Monthly Archives: December 2018

Best Beauty Products of 2018

best beauty products of 2018 | Houston Blogger Lady in Violet

Ummm hi end of 2018….  I mean where did the year go.  I feel like I was just writing my January posts.  This year I sampled lots of beauty products, both PR samples and those I purchased on my own.  I’m rounding out my best beauty products of 2018 for you with a short review of each one.  I denoted which ones were gifted with the c/o, and I will say a requirement to make this list is that I must not only love it but must be highly interested in purchasing again.  All of these products will be making there way into my regular rotation well into 2019!

10) c/o Georgette Klinger Rose Clarifying Toner – I have never been a big toner person.  I always felt they dried out my skin and left it feeling tight, plus I think it wipes off my self tanner quicker.  When in NY, I met with the PR group for Georgette Klinger.  I picked up a few of their beauty products including an alcohol free toner.  This toner is perfect for my skin.  It doesn’t leave it feeling dried out, but actually feels a little hydrated and softer with each use.  My skin tone has evened, and I don’t feel like my faux tan is fading so quickly.  I have started using this product nightly to remove any excess dirt and makeup missed by washing my face.

9) Living Proof TBD Multi Tasking Styler –  When you order a beauty product online at Nordstrom, you get to pick free beauty samples!  This styling cream was one of my sample picks around mid year.  As soon as I was finished with the tiny sample and using another product, I noticed how much better this worked for my hair.  This is usually how I realize how fabulous something was…  I’m a big fan of Living Proof products, and this one is just an add to that list.  When I use this product, I feel like my hair is smoother, less frizzy, but also still has movement and is super soft.

8) c/0 Pixi Matte Last Liquid Lip in Evening Rose –  I have tried so many matte liquid lips.  I love the idea, but most leave my lips feeling so dry. This one does not and it lasts through a few happy hour drinks.  I’m currently obsessed with the evening rose shade for fall and winter.  I’m wearing it in this blog post.  I rarely do a darker lip, but this color is a perfect neutral dark color as I like to call it.

7) Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation –  Warning, this is a splurge foundation, but ya’ll it’s worth it!  I picked this up with a gift card I received for my birthday.  It made me feel better about dropping $40 for foundation.  This goes on so smooth and light, and covers all the things from acne to uneven skin tone, dark spots, and under eye circles.  It’s pricey, but I will definitely purchase again.  I went to the store and was color matched. It’s a quick process, and the shade they picked is perfect.

6) c/o NYX HD Finishing Powder –  I have used loose finishing powders before, and they were ok.  This pressed one is perfect for my skin.  I think loose is great if you have oilier skin.  Mine is on the normal/dry side which looks better with a light pressed powder.  This pressed powder leaves my makeup looking airbrushed, photo ready, and stays looking good all day.

5) Tarte Shape Tape Concealer –  My sister has raved about this product to me for months.  I’ve been to Ulta multiple times, and it was always sold out.  I figured this product must be amazing.  I FINALLY got my hands on a tube last month, and yes I see why it’s sold out.  I use it as an under eye concealer and highlight.  It doesn’t crease or settle in fine lines making them look worse.  I’m pretty sure I may never purchase another concealer again.

4) c/o Aveda Exfoliating Shampoo & Thickening Conditioner –  Aveda sent me these products earlier this year, I loved them so much I have continued purchasing them on my own.  The thickening hair line has helped me shed less and get my hair to start growing again.  I noticed an increase in overall thickness and fullness.  My hair also looked healthier while using these two products.  I recently tried a different brand, and it made me realize how much these products where improving the health and growth of my hair.  My only con to the shampoo is that it doesn’t get all of my product buildup out.  This was why I switched to a different product.  I purchased a charcoal shampoo, and I’m hoping using them one after another will be the fix to this problem.

3) Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Top Coat –  Earlier this year while I was getting a manicure at an event, the nail tech and I were discussing top coats.  She recommended Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails.  She said a client used it, and it worked better than some of the more expensive ones.   I immediately bought a bottle at the grocery store.  I use it every time I do my nails, and I definitely notice a difference in length of wear.  She recommended re-applying the top coat about every 2-3 days to increase the longevity of your nail polish.

2) c/o It Cosmetics Brow Powder –  This product was a game change for my brow game.  I’ve mentioned it before on the blog, and I think it’s worth bringing up again.  I have had my powder for almost a year, and I still have not run out.  When I do, I will immediately be buying again.  This brow powder is perfect for filling in sparse brows for a natural look.

1)Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara –  It was my favorite mascara for volume and length, and it’s my number one product of 2018!  This mascara gives me full and long lashes with 1-3 coats depending on how dramatic I want to go.  When I do 2-3 coats, you would think I have had lash extensions done!  I have tried other mascaras, but this one stays on constant repeat in my makeup drawer.

What are some of your favorite beauty products of 2018?  Drop them in the comments and maybe your favorite will make the cut next year!



Light Neutrals Outfit

winter outfit | lacy beige sweater | white skinny jeans | Popular Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

fall outfit | beige sweater | white jeans | Top Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

casual outfit | brown peep toe booties | white jeans | Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

casual weekend outfit | beige sweater | brown peep toe booties | Popular Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Creams, ivories, cognac browns, and whites, all come together to create the prettiest winter outfits.  Second to a great all black outfit for me is an outfit filled with light neutrals.  It has a chic and sophisticated feel to it, very put together and elegant.  It’s easy to create by mixing your favorite light colors.

I picked up this lacy beige sweater over Black Friday.  The lace like details are so gorgeous and add a beautiful feminine look to the sweater.  It’s a lightweight sweater, but it still has warmth to it.  This sweater comes in a few other colors, but I love a good neutral sweater.  You can also pair this with black jeans and brown boots for a different look.

Also, can we talk about these rose gold earrings! Rose gold jewelry is one of my current obsessions.  It’s such a beautiful color and mixes well with different outfits.  The color compliments this light neutral outfit perfectly.  These rose gold statement earrings are stunners and easily dress up a casual outfit.  These earrings will be on major rotation this holiday season!

We are officially one week from Christmas Eve, and in the final week of all the holiday parties.  It’s also time for my best of series.  Later this week, I will be sharing my best of Beauty Products of 2018, and I’m finally going to share some of my favorite runway looks from New York Fashion Week.  I figured we could all use a break from all things Christmas and Holiday related.  So stay tuned for all of that fun hitting the blog this week!

Photography By: Banavenue

casual winter outfit | beige sweater | kendra scott fabia earrings | Popular Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

casual fall outfit | beige lightweight sweater | white skinny jeans | Popular Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

casual outfit | loft beige sweater | kendra scott fabia earrings | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

casual winter outfit | beige sweater | white skinny jeans | Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet


Gray Button Front Suede Skirt

fall outfit | purple sweater | gray suede button skirt | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

winter outfit | purple textured sweater | gray suede skirt | Popular Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

winter outfit | gray suede button skirt | black suede boots | Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

fall outfit | workwear | gray suede skirt | Top Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Happy Friday!!  Ya’ll I’m obsessed with this outfit!  For starters, the sweater, skirt, and boots combo is one of my favorites this time of year. I have shared similar combos a few times already on the blog HERE and HERE, and I don’t see me slowing down on this one anytime soon!  I’m quite in love with this gray button front suede skirt.  The color is gorgeous and the pleated fit and flare design is so fun.  I also LOVE this color combo.  Dark purple and gray are so pretty together, and the pop of dark teal just compliments the whole look.

This lightweight sweater is designed like a thermal knit top.  It’s super comfy and comes in a bunch of different colors.  I could not resist this dark purple shade.  It’s perfect for tucking into skirts, but also looks cute in a more casual jeans look. It’s also 50% off until noon today with free shipping.

Can you believe we are just a few short weeks away from Christmas and a New Year?  I wrapped up all my holiday shopping this week, and it feels so good to have it all done.  Now all that is left is wrapping gifts.  By the way, I shared a cute way I wrap my Christmas gifts earlier this week.  You can check it out HERE if you need a new idea.  I have a couple holiday parties this weekend including a big family party that I look forward to every year.  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Photography By: Banavenue

winter outfit | purple sweater | gray suede skirt | Popular Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

casual fall outfit | purple sweater | gray suede skirt | Top Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

winter outfit | gray suede button skirt | black slouchy boots | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

winter outfit | workwear | purple sweater | gray suede skirt | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet


Holiday Gift Ideas under $25

Holiday Gift Ideas under 25 | christmas gift guide | Houston Blogger Lady in Violet

Hello Ya’ll! I can’t believe how close we are to Christmas!  I’m sharing my final gift guide of the holiday shopping season, and it feels like I was just sharing my first one.  Many of my holiday parties are gift exchanges with a $20-$25 limit, so I wanted to share a few ideas in case any of you are needing some ideas in the lower price range.

When shopping for gifts under $25, I like to head to Target or Nordstrom Rack.  Target has all the cute things, and Nordstrom Rack carries many of the same brands as the normal Nordstrom for a fraction of the cost.  Both are great options to find everything from jewelry, beauty, and home.  I also included a few items from Nordstrom, because I found a few cute under $25 gift ideas there too.  During the holidays, brands will put out gift sets closer to the $25 range.

If you plan to order online, I would highly recommend ordering today.  I know some places give you a few more days, but I like to be safe and order a few days before that deadline.  I will be wrapping up my final online gift order today, so I’m not stressing about my packages arriving on time.  Also, if you need a cute gift wrapping idea, I shared a simple gift wrapping tutorial yesterday.  You can check it out HERE.  Alright ya’ll, good luck with all your holiday shopping and thanks for using me this season for a gift ideas resource!