December Life Lately

Can you believe that Christmas is only two weeks away!?! Between client work, birthdays, and prepping for Christmas, things have been a bit crazy around here.  So why don't we just dive into what's been going on in my life lately....

Reading
Yes you read that right. I actually read a book this month. If you have seen my latest gift guide you know I recommended a few books. I started with The Little Book of Hygge. It was exactly the book I needed to read. I'm pretty obsessed with the concept of hygge, so you will be hearing a lot more about it on the blog. It is a lot like self care in some ways.

Watching
I am going to sound like such a teenager, but I've been loving Riverdale. I might have a somewhat inappropriate crush on Jughead.  I was super weirded out when I realized he is one of the twins from The Suite Life of Zach and Cody..... But the actor is 25 so I'm not being completely gross.

Kiddos
A goodness my hands are full. Plus there has been a bit of drama with the in-laws concerning the children... Basically my in-laws have a favorite grandchild and I was uninvited to my own kids birthday party.... Aside from that we are in process of potty training the oldest and it is taking forever. If I can manage to figure out potty training, I might write a post about it, maybe.

Wife Life
Things get pretty stressful around here from October to early December. Last year, it almost ruined our marriage. This year we knew the busy time was coming and I was better prepared.  I just really had to deal with taking care of the kids by myself most of the time and doing my own work at night. Daddy not being available had the largest negative impact on the kids though. My oldest would ask first thing when Dad would be home. Sadly, even when he was home, he didn't have time to play with the kids because he still had more work to do. Thankfully, things should be slowing down a little bit for the next few months.

Blog Life
This time of the year is the busiest for all bloggers. I have been so busy with work I had to turn jobs away. Right now, I am thinking a bit about the goals I have for Feisty Green Polka Dot in the new year. I will say I plan to be posting here more and focusing less on posting to Instagram. You will also see less sponsored work. I won't be cutting it out completely because I do need the income. If you are interested in learning more about blogging and monetization, please let me know and I can share more posts about it.

What Is Ahead
I've been thinking a lot about the future. Hopefully the next few months can be calmer. I certainly need some time for deep reflection. I plan to really think about my personal growth and development. I also want to look into how I can market the skills and experience I've gained from working on Feisty Green Polka Dot. While I love what I do, I ultimately want to work outside of the house. Hopefully, sooner rather than later.

Behind The Scenes

The No Time Makeup Routine

While I am a lover of all things beauty, I pretty much never have time to do my hair or makeup. So when I want to look somewhat presentable, I need it to take 5 minutes not 15.

These are the products I have been turning to when I need to get ready in a hurry:

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge: I have started using this over the more expensive Beauty Blender.

bareMinerals barePro Foundation: I love this foundation. It gives medium coverage and comes in a wide range of colors.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick: You won't ever hear me say transition shade or  see me do an eye look with more than three colors. This shadow stick is easy and comes in a variety of colors.  I just blend it with my fingers.

Physicians Formula Butter Blush: This has a pretty strong smell but it is one of three blushes that I own. I have my eye on a couple of blushes but they aren't a priority right now.

Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up: This is easy to apply and doesn't have big glitter chunks. I just swipe some down my nose, a little on the cupids bow, and a touch where my nonexistent cheekbones are supposed to be.

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara: I apply one coat of this to my top lashes.

Lancome LAbsolu Rouge Hydrating Shaping Lip Color: I own this in four colors so I will pick on that suits my fancy for the day, which is usually Exotic Orchidee.





No time makeup products for when you need to look good fast.


The Only Holiday Gift Guide You Need

It is so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Next thing you know it will be New Year's Eve! Of course with the days flying by, it is time to get serious about your holiday shopping. I am running short on time when it comes to getting everything finished and I am betting you are too! Here I have compiled the only holiday gift guide you need. You'll find something for everyone on your list.

A lot of time and energy went into this post. I made sure to only pick items that I would personally give or like to receive. Please note this post does contain affiliate links, should you make a purchase I will make a small commission at no added cost to you. Your support means the world to me and helps keep this little blog running.



Holiday Gift Guide


THE HOMEBODY











THE TECHIE











THE GREEN THUMB









THE HANDSOME MAN







THE FOODIE










THE GIRLY GIRL









THE KIDS








STOCKING STUFFERS

Compliment Pencils

Overnight Foot Care Kit

*More Glitter Hair Tie Set from Charming Charlie

*Popsocket Mermaid Phone Stand from Charming Charlie

*Brown Bun Hair Doughnut from Charming Charlie

*Tassel Charger Keychain from Charming Charlie

Gentlemen's Hardware Toolkit Keychain

Calvin Klein Unisex Spray

 Tactical Flashlight

SoundBot Shower Speaker

Silk Striped Tie

Jumbo Rainbow Spring

Sophie Infant Teether

Laugh Out Loud Jokes For Kids

 Nerf Blaster

Uno

Mitch Double Hitter 2 in 1


*Want to save more on your Charming Charlie purchase? I have a special offer just for you. *CLICK HERE* You can buy all of your stocking stuffers and a few things for yourself too! (That's totally my plan!) I'll be heading to Charming Charlie on Friday. Make sure to check out my Instagram Stories so you can see what I pick out.



PS. If  you really need some additional gift guides, I have those too. 

Luxury Items Gift Guide, Gifts That Give Back, Girly Girl Gift Guide, Beauty Lover Gift Guide, Kids Gift Guide

5 Ways To Get Ready For The Holiday Season

Winter in Portland is often cold and rainy. But one good thing comes with the winter weather: holiday parties! Whether it is Friendsgiving, family photos, or a NYE out on the town, you will want to look your best.

Looking fabulous can take some extra effort this time of year. The winter weather can wreck your hair and leave your skin looking less than stellar. So in effort to help you be your most fabulous this party season, I have rounded up 5 ways to get ready for the holiday season.

This post contains affiliate links. Should you make a purchase I will make a small commission at no added cost to you. 

get ready for holiday season


BRIGHTEN YOUR SMILE
Sponsored Content: I have partnered with Smile Brilliant but all opinions are my own.

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SHED THE DEAD SKIN

I'm betting you have a lovely pair of strappy heels to go with all of those party dresses.  Unless you have been keeping up with your pedicures, I'm also guessing your feet could use a little love. Two to three times a year I do a foot peel. I've tried several different peels but I like that the Patchology one has a bigger treatment sock. You are going to want to do this three weeks before you need to wear those heels so nobody sees the peeling skin.

BREAK IN THOSE SHOES

Speaking of shoes, you don't want to be breaking in a new pair of shoes while you are at your holiday party. I've learned this the hard way. Go on a date night or wear them around the house to get them broken in. Your feet will really thank you for it.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR TRESSES

Blow drying your hair, straightening or curling with hot tools, and exposing your hair to the cold weather can leave your hair damaged. Before the party season make sure you have your hair cut and colored the way yo want. Getting in an appointment right before a big holiday, say NYE, can be pretty hard so book your appointments early. Also keep your hair healthy by using good hair products and doing hair masks.

BUY SOME BEAUTIFUL DRESSES

Personally, I just buy one dress for the season since the guests at all of my events don't usually overlap. However, you may find that you want to have at least two dresses if your event calendar is very full. Buy your dresses (or outfit) now so you aren't scrambling to find something to wear at the last minute.


Even though the holidays are just around the corner, it isn't too late to get started on this list. PS. Don't miss this opportunity from Smile Brilliant and use code feistygreenpolkadot15 and save 15%.

What To Buy During Sephora's Sale

This is the first year that I actually qualified for the VIB. Which really means, I've spent way too much money at Sephora. My makeup and skincare collection has exploded in the last year but I can always add a thing or two to my collection. I have my eye on quite a bit but I am going to do some more beauty research before I hit the check out button.

STOCK UP ON STAPLES

I plan on making sure I am stocked on my staples like primer, foundation, and powder. If you know you are going to use them, why not save on your purchase?



Cane+ Austin Mattifying Primer: If you have issues with your foundation sliding off your face, try a mattifying primer. This one is a bit higher priced so you'll want to get it during the sale.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: Suffer from redness or have issues with texture? Try this primer. This one is my cart to buy for sure.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation: If you want a long wearing  and high coverage foundation that feels like you are wearing almost nothing at all, this is the foundation to chose.

Tarte Water Foundation: If you have oily skin and want to try a water based foundation this is a great option.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder: A top rated setting powder and the one in my cart.

TRY SOMETHING NEW TO YOU

Sometimes I get a little nervous to try something that I haven't heard a lot about. I get equally nervous about trying brand new products that everyone else loves because I really picky.  But with the sale and with Sephora's return policy now is the time to take some risks.




Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette: If you want to try a Huda eyeshadow palette but don't want to commit to buying the larger Desert Dusk or Rose Gold palettes, these smaller ones are a great choice.

ColourPop Golden State of Mind Palette: If you like everything shimmer, get this palette. It's already a great price and with the added discount it is a steal.

Natasha Denona All Over Glow Face & Body Shimmer:  Want to look like a shimmering goddess for your holiday parties? This is a great way to try Natasha Denona without shelling out the cash for an eyeshadow palette.

GIFT SETS FOR YOURSELF OR A FRIEND

I love to get gift sets for myself because it can be a great way to try  a lot of new products.  Also sometimes they are a really great value. Of course you could actually give your gift set as a gift.




Caudalie Ultimate Anti Aging Trio: Need an eye cream? Pick this one up for yourself. The eye cream alone is worth the price plus you get two more great anti-aging products.

Sephora Favorites Lashstash: Who doesn't need this? I don't think you can ever have too much mascara.

Tarte Limited Edition Treasure Box Set: This box set has eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, highlight, bronzer, and a lip paint making it a really well rounded gift. Maybe for teenager that is just starting to get into makeup...

GIVE ME SOME SKIN... CARE PRODUCTS

This is where I am going to get honest. I'm having a fling with makeup but my true love is skincare. Invest in your skin and you will find yourself looking beautiful even without the full coverage foundation.




Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator: Keep dry flaky skin at bay with this hard working exfoliator. A little goes a long way making it well worth the price.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All In One Lactic Acid Treatment: If you have sensitive skin lactic acid is a better alternative to glycolic as it is less harsh.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum: I highly recommend this product for all skin types but especially if you have sensitive skin and find vitamin c serums too harsh.

Dior Hydra Life Jelly Sleeping Mask: During the winter you are likely to need a touch more hydration, even if you have some oiliness in your skin. This sleep mask will hydrate without feeling greasy.

Lancome Energie de Vie The Illuminating & Purifying Exfoliating Mask: This mask exfoliates and hydrates the skin in under 5 minutes. This mask is seriously so good. I love it.

MAINTAINING YOUR MANE

One of the things I have been lucky to have it nice hair. I work really hard to keep it that way and I only use the best hair products. While Ulta has more selection in the hair department, there are some great hair products at Sephora too.


Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray: I have tried a lot of leave in conditioners. This one so far is the absolute best at leaving my fine hair tangle free without leaving it greasy.

Briogeo Don't Despair Deep Conditioning Hair Cap System: I always use a cap when I do a mask. This cap however is loaded with extra goodies that leave your hair incredibly soft.

Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo: If you get buildup, you need this product. Use it once a week to remove all of the left over dry shampoo.

This sale won't last long. In fact it ends 11/15! So head over to Sephora right now.