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

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.

the skincare products you need now

One of my very favorite things to do is travel- of course I wish I could do it more! The only downside is that my skin can take a beating going to different climates and falling out of my normal routine. I'm always searching for great skincare products that will protect my face, especially since I'm 30 now and my skin is not quite what it used to be! Years of playing golf in the sun without wearing sunscreen have taken a toll and I'm constantly working to repair damage I did 10 years ago.

I have a one stop shop for these products: Sephora inside JCPenney. It's much easier for me to take the boys to the mall than a stand-alone store because we can make a fun outing of it! We grab lunch at the food court (y'all know Bear and his Chick Fil A obsession), let the boys pick out something small from the Disney store, hit up the playground to burn off some Bear energy, and make a few stops for Mommy. Sephora inside JCPenney is so easy and convenient and they always have just what I need! I tried three new products recently that I am LOVING and want to tell you all about. When I'm traveling, these products will be in my carry-on because I wouldn't dare leave them behind or risk losing them! They're worth every penny and the results I'm seeing already are amazing. I'll give you the full details below!

The products are just as amazing as their pretty packaging! They are:

Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen- This is a vegan, collagen-based formula to maintain skin’s youthful vitality. It helps with the loss of firmness and elasticity, dullness and uneven texture, and is universally great on all skin-types. This product is ONLY sold at Sephora inside JCPenney and Sephora and I plan on stocking up! My skin has a lot of uneven texture and sun spots that need treating but I don't want to pay the hefty price of some laser treatments that wouldn't last forever. The Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen allows me to have even better results without the expense and from the comfort of my own home.

Ole Henriksen C-Rush Brightening Gel Cream- This is probably my favorite of the three so far; I've already seen pretty dramatic results on the wrinkles around my eyes and mouth. The cream is a brightening, vitamin C-rich gel cream that hydrates for up to 24 hours, firms, and targets fine lines and wrinkles. It illuminates the look of skin and delivers an energizing burst of up to 24 hours of hydration, so I've added this to my morning make-up routine. It's also only available at Sephora inside JCPenney and Sephora, too. I will not be traveling anywhere without it!

Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream- The older I get, the more puffy my eyes seem to be every morning. I'm sure having a newborn doesn't help, either! This eye cream instantly delivers a lifted and de-puffed look to the eye area while rapidly reducing the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. I've already noticed a difference using this product, as well, especially with my dark under-eye circles. You will notice your dark circles reduced after just a few uses of the product- it's a serious game-changer to one's skincare routine.

As much as I love to travel, I'm somewhat of a homebody these days as well. It's just as important to keep a skincare routine going whether you're at home or on the go and these three products from Sephora inside JCPenney are a part of my daily routine now. I'll be honest and say that I had never tried a Sunday Riley product until now; I'd heard great things from several friends but had yet to try any until getting the Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour CreamI'm now a believer and can't wait to pick up more products at our local Sephora Inside JCPenney! You too can meet beauty that's worth the buzz and discover the hottest skincare, makeup, and more only at Sephora inside JCPenney! 

xo, Britt

*This post was written in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. Find more goodies available at your local store by searching the hashtag #SephoraInJCP