the best last minute beauty gifts

We are officially 2 weeks away from Christmas and I can hardly contain my excitement!! I also can hardly contain my stress because I have a lot of shopping left to do. I usually tackle it all early and am finished by this point, but this year I seem to be lagging on everything and still have quite a few names to check off. The men are always my challenge- I never know what to get the guys. But the girls? That’s easy! I head to Sephora inside JCPenney to find the newest and best beauty products that any girl will love. Family gift exchange? Secret Santa swap? Hard-to-please SIL? Sephora inside JCPenney has something for everyone. Sharing what I picked up last week for a girlfriend gift below!

My favorite way to give a gift to a girlfriend for Christmas is in a beautiful stocking that she can use, and isn’t much more than a gift sack that would just end up in the trash. I fill the stocking with products that I know she will love and use, all found at Sephora inside JCPenney. I avoid ULTA and department store beauty counters because during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, they’re so picked over and I can never find what I need. I love that Sephora inside JCPenney always has a great selection, and around the holidays they have the cutest sets!

I picked up this Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Collection for $28 ($84 value) that I’m thinking I’ll have to go back and get for myself. If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I love and swear by Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains. They have such great pigment and last all day without drying out my lips like other liquid lipsticks. This set is a steal and has shades for every season. I also grabbed the Sephora Collection Wish Upon a Star Mini Brush Set that is just $15 and creates the perfect eyeshadow blend. For the last stocking stuffer, I opted for the OUAI Memory Mist because I’ve been using the spray for months and it is a miracle worker. Not only does the Memory Mist hold a hairstyle like no other, but it also acts as a heat protectant. It also smells amazing- I get asked often what perfume I’m wearing and I don’t wear any (since Boone is nursing). It’s the Memory Mist!

All 3 of these products fit perfectly inside a stocking and make for the cutest holiday gift. I always include a lipstick or gloss so I can tie a note on the stocking that says "Mistletoe Survival Kit"- it's always a hit! It was so easy to run inside Sephora inside JCPenney at our local mall because there was no wait and an employee helped me find exactly what I was looking for. Their customer service is unmatched and so are their prices this holiday season. You have to go see for yourself!
Have you tried any of these products? I’d love to hear!
xo, Britt

*This post is sponsored by Sephora inside JCPenney, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #SephoraInJCP

the secret to better hair, skin, & nails

Going to have some real talk with y’all today! Becoming a Mom has definitely changed my life for the better and in so many ways, but it hasn’t always been the best for my skin or hair. After having Bear, my hair fell out for over a year. When I was pregnant with Boone, the skin on my face was flaking off, it was was so dry. I knew months ago that I wanted to take better care of myself after having a baby but didn’t really know how to help these things, until I attended an event this summer that opened my eyes to something I hadn’t ever tried: NeoCell Collagen.

Since I’m breastfeeding, I’m always weary of what I put in my body. I was excited to learn that NeoCell Collagen is completely safe while breastfeeding, and the benefits for skin, hair, and nails are amazing. I’ve been using Neocell daily for 4 months now and can’t believe the results- my hair feels fuller than ever, my skin is hydrated and clear (despite a major lack of sleep!), and my nails are stronger than they’ve been in years. Talking more about how I take NeoCell and it’s benefits below!

You may be wondering what exactly this product is, so let me explain that first.
What is NeoCell Collagen?
NeoCell Super Collagen Powder is the most awarded line of collagen supplements, packed with essential nutrients to maintain strength and flexibility. Taking collagen has been clinically shown to help the body in the formation of healthy collagen leading to healthier, more flexible bones, hydrated skin, and minimized lines and wrinkles. NeoCell has a new flavor, Berry Lemon flavored Super Collagen Powder, that is a quick dissolving powder and can be mixed in teas, smoothies, cocktails and juices. NeoCell Super Collagen powder is non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, and paleo friendly, as well.

How do you take it?
Several ways! Prior to the new Berry Lemon flavor coming out, I would mix Super Collagen Powder into just about anything (and still do). My morning coffee or a batch of blueberry muffins are my favorite ways to get my collagen- probably because those are my two favorite things to put in my mouth :). Now I’ll put the Berry Lemon flavor into smoothies or my favorite this time of year, hot tea. I think it would also be a yummy addition to my blueberry muffins! For me, taking NeoCell is all about self-care and taking care of my body. It makes me feel good to be doing something that has so many positive effects on my body, especially because I don’t really have the time to work-out or get facials weekly. Taking NeoCell allows me to do something good for myself and it’s so easy- I can’t believe I didn’t start taking it sooner.

During the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in taking care of others. That is, after all, what the season is all about: giving. But it’s also important to remember that taking care of yourself helps you take better care of others. If doing something as simple as adding NeoCell Collagen to my nightly tea helps my skin, hair, and nails immensely, I’m going to do it. I’m not one to take products unless I absolutely have to, but I feel good about making the choice to better myself and my hair especially is thanking me. Now if only NeoCell could actually tame this mane for me…we’d really be in business.
What are you doing to take care of yourself this holiday season? I encourage you to take a little time for yourself this week whether it’s getting a mani or having your morning coffee in peace- you deserve it!
xo, Britt

*This post is sponsored by NeoCell, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

my secret to hydrated skin

Being a busy mama of two now, I feel like I never really sit still. I’m either in the car driving to swim lessons, running around after a (very quick) crawling Boone, or folding seemingly never-ending piles of laundry. And don’t get me wrong, I love how busy this stage of life has become. My skin? Not so much. When I was pregnant with Boone, my skin was drier than it’s ever been before. The skin on my face was actually flaking for months- I felt like my face was one big onion peeling back layers little by little. It was frustrating, and nothing seemed to help the dryness, which lasted for months until I recently discovered a game-changing secret: Olay Mists.

I have always used and loved Olay skin care. My mom taught me from a young age that beauty products didn’t have to be super expensive to work well. My mom has always loved Olay products and it’s easy to see why- they are amazing quality at a price you don’t have to feel guilty about spending. Sharing more about my new favorite Olay product below…

When I discovered Olay Mists were just $9.99 at Target, I couldn’t believe it. You guys, these Mists will change your skin in the best possible way. I never leave home without the Olay Energizing Mist- it gives me a skin hydration boost on the go that helps keep my make-up in place and brightens my dull skin. Now that winter is basically here in Houston, my skin needs all the help it can get in the hydration department. Does your skin get dry in the winter, too? If so you have to try these! Our skin benefits so much from one bottle jam-packed with Vitamin C, Bergamot and Vitamin B3.

I use the Calming Mist at home both right after I apply my make-up as a setting spray (it really works!) and at night after taking off my make-up, right before bed. The botanical ingredients not only make this Mist smell amazing but seem to tell my skin to “chill out” when it is feeling super dry. I love products with Aloe since I know this is a natural ingredient that won’t harm my skin, and the Olay Calming Mist has Aloe Leaf, Chamomile and Vitamin B3 as its main hydration-boosting ingredients. And if I’m being completely honest, sometimes I spray the mists on my face just for fun, because I love the way it feels. You know that feeling when you’ve just done an hour-long sweaty work-out and take that first big drink of ice-cold water? How good it feels going down? That’s the same feeling my skin gets when I nourish it with an Olay Mist. And I don’t even have to run 3 miles to get it….although I do probably chase Boonester around the house that much in an hour.

I tend to ramble, as y’all know, but my point is this: Whether you’re a busy mom on the go or plan to sit on the couch and watch Hallmark Christmas movies for the next 2 months, Olay Mists can and will help your skin. And they’re affordable. I plan on using both the Calming and Energizing Mists as stocking stuffers this year because no matter what age, lifestyle, or skin-type a person has, these Mists reap the same benefits. And who doesn’t want softer, brighter more hydrated and healthy skin? I’m proof that they work and trust me, this mama needed a lot of help. Now if I could just find a way to energize the rest of me as much as my skin, I’d be set.
Have you tried the new Olay Mists from Target? If so I’d love to hear your experience!
xo, Britt

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.