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White + Red


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Dress: French Connection (obsessed with this) | Sash: Cara New York (need this!) | Pumps: Kate Spade (love these) | Purse: Louis Vuitton | Earrings: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Bracelets: J. Crew Factory, Gifted | Rings: Ariella Collection (similar here & here), Gifted | Lips: Bite: “Tannin” + Liner: MAC: Pro Longwear in “Trust In Red” | Nails: OPI Liquid Sand in “Solitaire

I hope you all had a Merry “Kissmas!” I wanted to share a few more pictures from our holiday outfit post Krystal and I took last week. I love getting dressed up, especially when it’s so festive like this outfit. Because how often can you wear this is public?

I’m so excited to share my collaboration that I did with Maddie and Farnsworth Videography this week for a fun New Years Eve look! It’s going to be my first video ever so I’m pretty pumped!

Here’s a little sneak peek of what it looks behind the scenes of our tutorial being filmed!



Grown Up Christmas List


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With Christmas Day fast approaching, it’s time to get your holiday wish list out of your shopping cart (real or virtual) and under your tree! These are a few items that I am currently loving and think you should have, or are already on their way to me via Santa’s sleigh! My birthday is on the 22 of December and my husband’s is on the 30, December is a pretty expensive month for the both of us to say the least. I usually shop for myself for my birthday and Christmas presents from Todd, but he still somehow manages to surprise me with something! I wonder what it will be this year? 🙂 Is there anything you are wishing for on this list? Or perhaps you have a few suggestions to add to mine? I’d love to know in the comments!



September Favorites






Purse: Alexander Wang | Headphones: Beats by Dr. Dre | Hat: Phase 3 | Sunglasses: Quay | Wallet: Marc Jacobs Travel Wallet (sold out) similar | Makeup: Urban Decay ‘VICE 3’ |  Urban Decay ‘Illuminated’ | Lipstick: Mac ‘Myth, Mac ‘Rebel’, Too Faced ‘Melted Fuchsia | LipBalm: Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick | Face Cream: Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream | Perfume: Tom Ford ‘Tobacco Vanille’Hair Ties |

My September favorites… where should I begin? There is a plethora of them to choose from and all are winners in my opinion! Let’s get this party started.


First, there is the tried and true MAC lipsticks. Myth is one of my all time favorites and I love that you can wear it alone or over other lipsticks. Rebel is a newer one to me but perfect for fall! The color is the prettiest shade of deep reddish purple.

I believe I have already mentioned how much I adore the Too Faced Melted Fuchsia! It goes on perfect and lasts a long time.

I can’t forget the lip balm that I put on before my lipsticks! It’s the most important step if you ask me. It has a refreshing scent and quenches my parched, Arizona lips.


For that illuminated look I have started using the Urban Decay Naked Illuminated. I tend to apply it to my décolletage more than my face, but it enhances your already beautiful skin.

If your wondering what is that crinkly tube of cream… I am not ashamed it’s obviously used because it is literally THE BEST face cream I have ever tried. I love the rose scent and the rich consistency so a little goes a long way. This tube has lasted me several months. I put this on before I apply my makeup and it makes my skin smell like fresh cut roses. If Jennifer Lopez uses it then you better believe that I will be too!


So here’s the thing, I simply can’t get enough of eyeshadow palettes! The idea that you get so many gorgeous colors in one compact palette sings to my soul. I already have the ‘Vice 2’ palette and couldn’t wait until I could get my hands on this little magnificent piece of art.

I’ve also already talked about these sunglasses from Quay. But just to reiterate, they’re super affordable and come in such a wide variety styles! They’re too good of a bargain to pass up on.


I’m new to the hat arena. Solely because my head is on the smaller size and finding a floppy that didn’t look ridiculous on me was unbelievably difficult. The struggle is real. This one is was on the smaller side, so I can pull it off without looking like a child playing dress up. (YAY!)

BEATS! I’m a little late to the party with these but now that I have them can I just say, I GET IT. My music sounds crystal clear, like I’m attending a private concert.

Do you see those sparkly things laying around? Those would be my hair ties that I use every day. No joke. EVERY. DAY. They don’t leave creases in your hair and they come in so many bright colors and patterns I’m like a kid in a candy store.


TOM FORD … the end. But really though, I have no words for this perfume and othing compares. The notes of ginger, tobacco leaves, clove, fruit wood sap, and vanilla, make the smell distinct, warm, and smooth.


The classic and durable Alexander Wang. I chose the bucket bag because I liked the look and it was different from my other handbag shapes. The paring of supple leather and rose gold hardware adds edginess and looks rad.



Organized Chaos







I kept having this problem where no matter how hard I looked, I couldn’t find my favorite lipstick or blush for the life of me. I swore I put it in it’s usual place but it’s like once I had the desire to go and use it, it was lost to the world! Well, I decided I was sick of my cosmetics playing hide and seek with me, so I did something about it!

I purchased all of these clear acrylic cases at The Container Store, mixing and matching what worked for me with the limited space I had. This is quite probably the best organization tool I have ever come across. No joke. I always know exactly where everything is now because the clear acrylic containers let me find what I want in the matter of seconds. If your’re interested in these containers but don’t have the income, I highly suggest you start with the lipstick organizer and then expand your collection from there. Basically, the lipstick organizers are bomb and you will be hooked! Don’t blame me… or do because this, my friends, will make your life a whole lot easier.

Also, I simply had to have this mirror! The sensor is motion activated so it’s hands free all while looking simple and sleek, my favorite!



$85 Too Faced Cosmetics GIVEAWAY! {WINNER ANNOUNCED}

IMG_0635 IMG_0639 Products (All by Too Faced Cosmetics): Natural Flirt Make Up Bag ($10 value) / Petite Pouf Retractible Powder Brush ($15 value) / “Caribbean in a Compact” Deluxe Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer in (Satin Suntan/Rich Satin Bronze) (0.08 0z) ($30 value) / Queen Mascara (0.5 fl oz) ($30 value)

THE WINNER IS ERIKA GREENE! Please email thedesertmermaids@gmail.com your address so we can ship it to you! 🙂 Congrats!


  • Bag- This coated-satin mini makeup bag features feminine black ruffles and oversized bows. It won’t fit all full size brushes since it’s only eight inches long, so it’s best used for travel or touching up make-up on the go.

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  • Brush- This charming little brush is a petite three inches. It works as portable tool for powders, bronzers, and blush. It has a retractable barrel that holds left over product for touch-ups. All while conveniently keeping make-up bags mess free. It’s even made from their signature “Teddy Bear Hair” that’s cruelty-free, synthetic and extremely soft.


  • Bronzer- Too Faced Says: “Dust yourself with this perfectly tan-like bronzer. Enjoy year round bronzed perfection with the most natural and skin perfecting glow this side of the Caribbean. The silky golden warmth combined with a pink under toned bronze mimics a natural tan without any of the orangey ick! So save you skin and stop harassing your travel agent, and fake your bake like a Hollywood Starlet!”

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  • Mascara- Too Faced Says: “Our gigantic, dual-helix brush and keratin-infused, curl-setting formula work synergistically to create magnificent, multi dimensional lashes instantly! The massive, corkscrew-shaped brush boasts both long, lengthening bristles and short, volumizing fibers to grab, coat, and condition every single lash for a lavish, layered effect.”

We are big fans of Too Faced Cosmetics around here. The packaging is always adorable and luxe, while the quality is just as impressive. We have fallen in love with all of the products above, and think you will too! It’s your lucky day because we are giving away these products to one of our readers! Follow the steps below to enter! Each step counts as 1 entry. The more steps the more entires! 5 total entries per person!

1. Follow our Instagram account: @thedesertmermaids.

2. Screen shot and post our giveaway picture on Instagram and tag 3 friends!

3. “Like” our page on Facebook: The Desert Mermaids & share our giveaway post on FB!

4. Leave a comment on our FB page about which item you’re most excited about!

5. Leave a comment on this blog post saying which steps you’ve competed!

The winner will be announced next Friday! Good luck!


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