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our favorites: summer beauty essentials.

We’re headed to Atlanta market on Friday to buy for Fall/Winter 15 (be sure to follow us on Instagram @glitter_blog_xo for sneak peeks and behind the scenes pics!), and afterwards we’re headed to Lake Oconee for a quick weekend getaway. Here are the seven things we never leave home without this time of year.

Summer Beauty Essentials

1 // Pale blue is THE nail polish color for summer 15 (we know you know this). L scooped Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Blue Away ($2.97 WHAT) the other day, and this polish brand just might make us abandon Essie forever. It dries super-fast and has an extra-wide brush for even coverage (and also a dumb name, but we can forgive that). We also love the Double Duty Top Coat.

2 // We both have wavy hair, and we like to experiment with sea salt spray to up the texture factor.  We like this one by Josie Maran, but different hair types need different sea salt sprays. This handy article will guide you to the right one for your hair.

3 // A sweaty face is not cute. These blotting papers by Tarte get rave reviews.

4 // Our friend Christa  is something of a lipstick savant. Coral Crush by Maybelline is her pick for summer – in her words, it’s “not very bright but super pigmented.” View other great options here.

5 // This natural-looking self tanning spray by L’Oreal is a year-round beauty essential. It’s honestly pretty goof-proof – just be sure to prep your skin before you apply. We graduate from the “medium” shade to the “dark” shade in the summer.

6 // Our favorite volume-boosting dry shampoo. Because washing, drying and styling your hair in the summer heat is straight misery. L has been known to go for a WEEK between shampoos using this. Really.

7 // Fedora – Despite our best ninja moves with dry shampoo and sea salt spray, sometimes the only answer to summer hair is a fedora. Throw it on and don’t look back.

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friday five: beauty buys.

1. Essie | Marshmallow: White not? Such a perfect spring/summer shade.

The Glitter Life Essie
confection perfection.

2. Colgate Optic White Toothbrush | Whitening Pen: It really doesn’t get much easier than this! Super easy for traveling purposes.

The Glitter Life Colgate
all. in. one.

3. Dermalogica | Daily Microfoliant: A product that we will buy over and over. See brighter, smoother skin with one use!

Dermalogica-Daily-Microfoliant
fresh faced.

4. EOS | Shave Cream: They know more than just amazing lip balm. Delight your skin with 24 hours of deep, ultra-soothing moisture every time you shave.

The Glitter Life EOS
silky smooth.

5. Tory Burch | Lip Color: That right, ladies. TB is in the beauty biz! As you can imagine, the products are nothing less than amazing. We need this lip color in every shade:

The Glitter Life Tory Burch
perfect pout.

And there you have it, girls. Your beauty buys for the weekend! Did we miss any? Tweet us!

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friday five: holiday survival strategies.

Happy Friday, glitter girls!

Eeeeek, only eleven days until Christmas! Holiday parties are in full swing (what to wear?! what to bring?!)) and shopping is at a fever pitch (what to buy?! how much to spend?!). Don’t stress. J and I are here to help. In keeping with our weekly tradition, we present today’s Friday Five: Top Five Holiday Survival Strategies.

1. Have a go-to appetizer. How often does it happen? You look at your calendar and realize you have yet another holiday party tonight…and you have to bring an appetizer. J and I have an arsenal of easy party recipes (duh, we get a LOT of invites), and this HONEYCRISP & GORGONZOLA CROSTINI from Channeling Contessa is one of our faves this time of year. Super easy, super pretty and sure to impress.

Honeycrisp Crostini
quick. fresh. easy.

2. Stock up on unique hostess gifts. Hostess gifts are a challenge. You want to show your appreciation for a gracious invite (your mother raised you right, after all), but you might not know your hostess that well. You may be tempted to go for something generic and inoffensive (another bottle of wine!), but don’t. Use this opportunity to give her something unique and creative, as well as thoughtful and useful. This list from Real Simple has twenty-two ideas for the hostess gifts. Our fave is this adorable sewing kit from anthropologie. You can order a bunch, or try your hand at making them in bulk. These would also be cute teacher gifts. Just grab and go! [[For the record, J and I would not sneeze at a bottle of wine, if we are your hostesses and that’s your thing.]]

Anthropologie Sewing Kit
this would be an easy DIY.

3. Make the most of your shopping dollars. We know, we know. Shop local. We really do try, but sometimes there’s just no reasonable alternative to online shopping. As long as you’re clicking away, you might as well earn skymiles to help with your holiday travels. Delta offers a certain amount of skymiles per dollars spent on TONS of websites. For example, J’s Christmas card order from minted.com earned her 3 miles for every dollar spent. Might not seem like much, but it adds up as you start checking things off of your list!

Skymiles Shopping
Watch the miles add up as you shop!

4. Detox on the go. Whether you’ve imbibed too many candy cane martinis, eaten too many slices of fruitcake, or dealt with a toxic relative, detoxing is critical during the holidays. This Tory Burch beverage container from the Neiman Marcus by Target collection is perfect for housing our Yogi Detox Tea.

Tory Burch beverage container
it’s a little embarrassing how happy that logo makes us.

5. Amp up your everyday look. Holiday parties call for a little something extra in the makeup department. Swapping your neutral lipstick for something brighter will boost your confidence and make your teeth look whiter. You don’t have to redo your entire face before that party–just change your lipstick, throw your hair in a topknot and go. Now, where’s that mistletoe?

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass
try MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass in Imperial Red.

The holidays don’t have to be stressful. A little planning–stocking up on appetizer ingredients, buying hostess gifts in bulk beforehand–makes it easy to enjoy this time of year. How do you survive the holidays? Got any tips for us? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo.

XO

L+J

*Congrats to Rebecca Greener who is the winner of our Holiday Giveaway! Please send your address to theglitterlifexo@gmail.com.*

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oxblood.

(To all of our email subscribers who received an incomplete version of this post on Saturday night…SORRY. Turns out jazz hands are not compatible with an iPad. We’ll stick to blogging from our laptops from now on.)

Happy Monday!

You can’t look at any fashion mag or shop online without seeing oxblood (which is just a creepy way of saying deep burgundy) everything. Trust us, we do a lot of both. Anyway, turns out that, despite its icky name, oxblood is THE color for fall. Here are some our fave ways to wear the shade.

Ann Taylor: Delaney Haircalf Stacked Platform Pump

Ann Taylor Delaney Pump
make a statement with these beauties. they’re on saaaale!

Sparkle and Fade: Pleat Front Trouser

Sparkle and Fade Trousers
it’s easy to take your look from day to night with these sleek wine colored trousers.

Banana Republic: Felt Panama Hat

Banana Republic Panama Hat
this adorbs panama hat screams rachel zoe.

Essie: Velvet Voyeur

Essie Velvet Voyeur
you know us. gotta have the latest polish.

Yves Saint Laurent: Rouge Volupte in Forbidden Burgundy

YSL Forbidden Burgundy
keep eye makeup minimal and let this beautiful burgundy shade speak for itself.

Have you purchased any oxblood for fall? Tweet us a pic! @glitter_blog_xo

X0

J + L

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friday five.

Well hello, Friday. We meet again. Time to sort out our weekend plans. Here’s what we’re thinking:

1. Lipstick Love: Update your fall beauty routine with a new lipstick. Add a little sass to your everyday outfit, or some extra glam to a night look:

YSL Lipstick
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Mat Lipstick 201 Orange Imagine. perfection.
Guerlain Lipstick
for a peachy/nude look like L loves, try Guerlain Rouge Automatique: Violette de Mad 101.
Two Faced Lipstick
Two Faced La Creme: Marshmallow Bunny is J’s idea of the perfect pink pout.

2. Crazy for Curls: We’re obsessed with perfectly twisted tendrils. Tight curls? Loose curls? Beachy waves? Love. Them. All. Here are our favorite looks:

Tight Curls.
tight curls.
Loose Curls
loose curls.
Beachy Waves
beachy waves.

3. Anna Dello Russo at H&M: The Vogue Japan editor and style icon is debuting her signature over-the-top accessories line at H&M. Here’s a peek:

Anna Dello Russo Jewelry
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!
Anna Dello Russo Luggage
how amaze is this luggage!?
Anna Dello Russo Jewelry
WE DIE.

4. Face Mask: After months of summer stress and workplace stress, L and I are getting our skin in check. A deep cleansing mask is a great way to start. Our suggestions:

Dr. Jart Face Mask
Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic: Pore Clear Mask: leave on for 15-30mins and you’re left with tight pores and smooth skin.
Caudalie Face Mask
Caudalie: Vinopure Purifying Mask is absolutely amazing. You instantly feel tightening and softening of the skin. No harsh acids!
Jeunesse Face Mask
this quick and easy peel (from my fave, CVS) gets rid of dead skin in an instant.

5. Relax: By some miracle, L and I are both enjoying relaxing weekends at home with NO PLANS. After we wash off our masks (hello, new skin), we’re going to chill on our patios and enjoy this beautiful fall weather.

Beverage Dispenser
let your guests sample a little of everything with this trio beverage dispenser!
Keep Calm Drinks Tray
our mantra for the weekend.
Tavern Outside Table
love this rustic outdoor furniture from pottery barn.

Here’s to a fantastic weekend!

xo

J + L

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