Valentine’s Day Gifts She Really Wants

Ditch the flowers and chocolates and get her something she really wants this Valentine’s Day. I’ve curated a list of the best Valentine’s Day gifts your special someone will love all year, whether you’re shopping for your galpal, girlfriend, mom, sister, or yourself (cause, let’s be honest, we all are). So drop a hint to your bae, or shop for a friend straight from my blog! Sending some love has never been so easy!

XOXO

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  1. So we love so much of the same things, I have that TooFaced Eye Shadow palette. I love the Furry Phone case, I need to find one for a Samsung 🙂 And i put furry slides in my Valentines Must haves too! LOL! Your blog is awesome, I’m going to subscribe. Check mine out when you have a chance! 🙂

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Shop my Favorite Skincare!

 

For those of you who follow me on Snapchat (@chicintheHOT), you may have already gotten a sneak peek of a few of my current favorite skincare products, including the amazing cleanser and moisturizer by Estée Lauder, my go to SPF for protection without the oily texture or “sunscreen smell” by Supergoop, the perfect retinol eye serum by Dr. Dennis Gross, and the newest addition to my skincare regimen, these daily cleanse vitamins by HUM, (they’re like a detox for skin)!

I’ve made it my mission this year to improve my overall health as much as possible, and skincare plays a huge role in taking care of my body. So I’ve made it a point to not only make regular appointments with my dermatologist and esthetician, but also invest in high quality products that work. I know it can be difficult shopping for skincare with what seems like endless products out there. But fear not, my friends, after trying what seems like everything, I’ve created a guide to my favorite skincare products for you to shop straight from my blog!

Enjoy!

 

Do you have any favorite skincare products? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Holiday Giveaway | FOUR Winners!

Chic in the Heart of Texas is almost 1 year old! (We officially turn 1 in January). So in order to celebrate I wanted to do something new and exciting for my chic fam! I decided to finally jump into YouTube, which is something I have always wanted to do. I decided to team up with four incredible local boutiques and create a video to feature them. Oh, and theres also an AMAZING giveaway!

I teamed up with Chic’tique, J for JMR, Zelle Boutique, and Chalet. All of these shops have been featured on my blog and social media several times throughout the year. And that simply because, I love them. Since starting my blog I have really made it an effort to only feature with brands that I wear, shop, and love. These four have certainly made the top of my list. And what’s even better, is that all four shops are right here in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas! Doesn’t get any better than that. Watch the video below to learn about these fabulous shops and enter to win some amazing prizes!

What you can win:

FOUR lucky winners will be randomly selected.
*ONE winner will receive a $75 giftcard to Chic’tiqe
*ONE winner will receive a piece of jewelry from J for JMR
*ONE winner will receive a scarf and a giftcard from Zelle Boutique
*ONE winner will receive a skincare kit from Chalet
ALL FOUR WINNERS will also receive a stocking filled with holiday goods!

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
1. LIKE and COMMENT on this video
2. SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel

*Giveaway ends on 12/16/16 at 5pm CT

ONCE ALL FOUR WINNERS HAVE BEEN RANDOMLY SELECTED
head over to my snapchat @chicintheHOT
to find out who won each prize!

GOOD LUCK!

XOXO

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Holiday Gift Guide: Makeup + Beauty

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A little holiday glam for ya! Shopping for the glamazon on your list has never been easier. I’ve selected some of my personal all time faves as well as new and holiday picks any makeup enthusiast is sure to love! Shop my picks straight from my blog!

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Summer Vacation

imageHello y’all! It has been a minute since I’ve last posted. I have been nonstop traveling all summer long! I went on a weekend long photoshoot in Marfa, Texas to take tons of summer outfit posts for the blog. Then I went to Miami for a friend’s bachelorette party, which was incredible! We went to the beach all day and the clubs all night. Now I have a few days in San Antonio before I head out to Las Vegas for a few days.

But before I go I want to share my beach essentials with you! I received an absolutely stunning swimsuit from Bikini Bunny Boutique that I will be wearing all summer long! Bikini Bunny Boutique carries gorgeous, luxury swimsuits in so many fabulous colors and styles, perfect to wear day or night at the pool or beach. I absolutely love the bikini I got. The asymmetrical straps make it so unique and flattering. I have never received so many compliments from a swimsuit in my life. If you are looking for a truly unique swimsuit this summer, Bikini Bunny Boutique will not disappoint.

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Swimsuit: Bikini Bunny Boutique, Sunglasses: Krewe, Hat: Lack of Color, Skincare: Supergoop SPF, Kopari Coconut Body Glow, Haircare: Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

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Galentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, but don’t stress girl, I got you! I searched the Internet high and low to put together a list of 80 Galentine’s Day gifts (*bonus: some of these items are on sale!!) including jewelry, accessories, handbags, pjs, cosmetics, perfume, and more! So whether you’re shopping for your galpals, dropping hints to your boo, or just want to treat yo self there’s no need to look any further!
Xoxo

22. It Girl Bobbi, $12
26. Twist Scarf, $20
50. Golden Stars Mug, $11.50
53. You Me Heart Mug, $6.90
63. Heart Lip Balm, $5.50
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Lash Extensions 101

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Okay, it’s no secret that lash extensions are the new, on trend, beauty ritual of the moment. After all, who doesn’t want long, thick, batt-worthy lashes without all the drama of falsies, hard to remove waterproof mascara and eyelash curlers? I, for one, have never been great at applying those strips of false lashes (even after watching, what may easily be, hours of YouTube tutorials on how to properly apply them) and once I finally, after several failed attempts, get those falsies on, they always end up feeling uncomfortable and falling off before the end of the night (not cute).            

So when I first heard about this new lash extension craze I was way eager to find out more. Don’t get me wrong, I was definitely skeptical at first, when hearing that the one set of lash extensions could easily last up to 3 weeks, and even more so after a few google searches led to some articles about women who had gotten cringe worthy allergic reactions and even infections on their eyes from sketchy salons using industrial strength adhesives to apply the lashes (yikes).

But, after researching several salons in my area and finding one that I trusted, I built up the nerve and decided to take the plunge for long sexy lashes. And O-M-G am I glad I did!! The end result was absolutely amazing! I never thought my lashes could look so full and voluminous, yet natural at the same time.

But before you go running to the salon there are some things you need to know before your first lash extension appointment.

1. Not all salons are the same (obviously) so make sure you do a little research to be sure you are going to a reputable salon. Trust me ladies, having gorgeous lashes won’t be so cute with an eye infection. So don’t be shy, ask your technician about the types of adhesives they use to ensure your skin will be safe from harsh chemicals. I went to Emme Nail Spa at The Eilan, where An did my lashes. She told me that she was using a mild, adhesive, which was made for sensitive skin, but believe me, it definitely did the job of keeping my lashes on for the entire 3 weeks.

images2. It’s pricy. Unfortunately, lash extensions do run about $150 for your first set and about $50 for fills. So if you see a salon advertising lash extensions at a way lower price, you may want to ask some questions. It could be a red flag that they aren’t using the best quality products.

3. It takes time. The entire appointment takes about 2-3 hours from start to finish. They begin by prepping your skin, removing any eye makeup or mascara before beginning.

They then put a gentle strip of tape to separate the lower lashline from the top, which, I know sounds awful, but you hardly feel a thing!

After that, the technician applies a padding underneath your eye to absorb any excess glue and to protect your skin.

Once the actual application begins you need to remain still with your eyes closed. I actually often fall asleep during this process because, lets just face it, it’s hard to lay still with your eyes closed for 2+ hours, especially with the calming spa soundtrack playing in the background. An actually said that it’s totally fine to take a little nap, as long as I remain still. The reason it takes so long is because each lash extension is applied one by one, on top of each of your real lashes, which is what makes them look so natural.

*side note: I once drank waayyyyy too much coffee before my lash appointment and my eyes began twitching so much that I had to reschedule (super embarrassing!). So learn from my mistakes, ladies, decaf only until after the appointment!

4. There are different styles! Long and thick, flared out and curly, or short and natural. It’s up to you! Ask your technician about the options they offer and pick one that’s right for you. I got the Extreme Lashes, which were extra long and thick like Katy Perry’s before a trip to Las Vegas, and absolutely loved them! But after winter break was over, I wanted a more natural look so I went for a slightly shorter lash with a flare, which was perfect for going to class during the day or out at night.

5. They need to be cared for. Don’t worry though, nothing major. Just be sure that after your appointment you don’t get any water on them for 24 hours to give the glue a chance to work it’s magic. After that they should be fully bonded. Your technician should also give you a spoolie, which is basically a mascara wand. Use it to brush your lashes twice a day, morning and night, to keep them from getting tangled.

6. THEY ARE AMAZING! Seriously! I absolutely love how they enhance my eyes without having to do anything to them. I love how I don’t have to fuss with falsies or mascara (not to mention all the drama of removing layers upon layers of mascara). I honestly love everything about them and will continue to get them filled and highly recommend you give them a try too if you’re looking to up your lash game.

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