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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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All Photos & Certain Descriptions Property of Too Faced

  • 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!


The Desert Mermaids

A Few Of Our Favorite Things


Sunglasses Case: Rebecca Minkoff | Cream: Estée Lauder | Book: #GIRLBOSS | Bracelet: J Crew Factory (on sale!) | Foundation: Estée Lauder | Lipstick: MAC “Brave” | Powder: Estée Lauder | Lipstick: MAC “Up the Amp” | Lipstick: MAC: “Sweet Experience” | Earrings: J Crew Factory (on sale!) | Sponge: beautyblender (sold out) buy here | Necklace: J Crew Factory (on sale!)

Sorry we have been MIA this past week. We just got back from an amazing vacation in California. Tons of beach/outfit pics coming soon! We took these pictures during a stay-cation a couple of weeks ago in Arizona at Desert Ridge. It is one of our favorite resorts in the Valley. The items featured are must-haves/obsessions/favorites. And we think you absolutely need them too.

1. This Rebeca Minkoff sunglasses case is the best ever. It’s made of real leather and lightly padded to protect your sunnies so you know it’s quality. The neon pink is vibrant and the gold detail and tasseled zipper adds the perfect touch. Even the inside features a cute print which is why all Rebecca Minkoff is to die.

2. I actually have the sample size (o.5 oz) of this Estée Lauder cream because it was a gift with purchase during the anniversary sale. It smells nice and fresh and is complete heaven on my currently sunburned-from-california face. I love anything with anti-oxidants and SPF for the protection they provide. However, the only thing is I don’t know if I would be willing to plunk down $50 for 1.7 oz. Yet, I don’t have any face creams for day-time, so it would be great to have on hand for added hydration and protection, especially when your face is Sahara desert parched like mine is now.

3. I just finished this book in California and it was the perfect beach read! It gave me a boost of motivation to be my own #GIRLBOSS. Self-help or how-to type of books aren’t my cup of tea. I am more of the fantasy/fiction type of reader, but it’s not necessarily in that category which is why I really liked it. This book came at a perfect time for me and I definitely will be applying the knowledge I gained in the near future.

4. I wanted a crystal bracelet but didn’t want to spend too much so J. Crew Factory was the place to go for this bracelet! I think I bought it 50% off too so it was super cheap, but it doesn’t look like it! I love the vintage look to it, almost like belongs in 1920’s. I can definitely picture Daisy rocking it on her wrist in The Great Gatsby.

5. This Estée Lauder foundation is like nothing I have ever tried. I have sensitive skin and am always worried about make up causing break outs. Everything I have used in the past was either bareMinerals, tinted foundation or bb cream. But I wanted something with more coverage than what I was getting with all of those products. This is perfect for me. I don’t break out from it and it covers up everything I want without looking cakey. It’s pricer than my bb cream but it’s not for every day wear and a little goes a long way!

6. I bought this MAC “Brave” lipstick because of the whole “Kylie Jenner lip” craze right now. If you don’t know who she is or what that is… do yourself a huge favor and go look it up. Please. She has the best lips ever (real or fake) and I’m diggin’ the 90’s vibe she’s giving off too. But don’t worry, it’s not too mauve or brown (see Jennifer Anniston in Season 1 of Friends.) (Although that’s probably coming back too!) It’s more of a warm, pinky nude.

7. I purchased this Estée Lauder powder to go with the foundation. I absolutely think you can’t have one without the other. This powder is similar to the Mineral Veil from bareMinerals in the way it sets your foundation. But this does more than set, it completely locks it in! They’re not joking around when they say “Double-Wear” and “Stay-in-Place.” I have to wash my face at least two times to get it all off at the end of the day and I barely have to use anything too! The difference from before I use it and after is night and day. It makes my face much more “matte” which is major right now.

8. This MAC “Up the Amp” lipstick is a medium purple/berry/fuchsia color. I love that it doesn’t scream, “HEY GUYS I HAVE PURPLE LIPSTICK ON MY LIPS!” the way Heroine does. It’s creamy and dreamy and glides on your lips like butter. Bonus: It looks beyond with my purple hair. I’m really crushing on the color purple right now I suppose…

9. This MAC “Sweet Experience” lipstick is interesting. It was a limited edition from the “Playland” collection which of course makes it much more enticing. It is the prettiest light coral/pink color in the tube but on my lips I think it washes me out. Maybe it’s because of my fair skin or sheer sheerness of it… (get it?) You guys will have to let me know what you think if/when I wear it in an outfit post. 🙂

10. I bought these earrings to go with the bracelet. They are definitely statement earrings but because they are medium sized they aren’t too over the top. Again, they look much more expensive than they actually are. They dress up any outfit and go with just about everything so I will be adorning these darlings quite a bit.

11. Nothing compares to the beauty blender. It isn’t just a sponge. It is a revolutionary tool that has forever changed the way make up will be applied for years to come. Uhm… yes I’m being dramatic. Sort of. Not really. In all seriousness, it actually is the best make up tool and so so easy to use! A. run it under water then squeeze out the excess. B. dip it into your foundation and watch as it melts into your skin effortlessly. Your makeup suddenly looks airbrushed and blends so easily that you’ll never have to worry about weird lines on your jaw and neck again. I purchased the sponge/cleanser set during the Nordstrom sale. It was $22.95 but the sponge alone is normally $19.95. So basically I paid $3 extra for a tiny circle of soap and a dumb phone charm that I immediately threw away because I would never be caught dead with it. I’m just hoping the soap it came with has some extra special powers I don’t know about. The set isn’t available anymore but you didn’t miss out on anyting since you can just buy the sponge by itself here and use dish soap or soap you have sitting by your sink at home.

12. I also purchased this necklace to go with the bracelet and earrings. By now I’m sure you’re starting to see a theme here… And you’re probably surprised I didn’t get a crystal ring to make a complete set! Okay guys I’m not thattttt obvious. I like to keep people guessing every once in a while. (Ahem.) But anyway, before the earrings and bracelet, I wanted a crystal statement necklace! I liked the detail on this one: every flower crystal is different! It made it look unique and expensive. I personally feel this necklace is the missing link to an otherwise boring outfit that needs a flashy accessory to amp it up.




Sunglasses: Wildfox “Lolita Deluxe” | Necklace: Tasha (similar) | Eyeshadow: Too Faced Palette (similar) | Tart Maracuja Oil | Lipstick: Mac “Viva Glam V” | Lip-liner: Mac “Whirl

1. I love everything Wildfox and really who wouldn’t want heart shaped sunglasses? This brand emulates free spiritedness, something that I’m not, but whenever I put something Wildfox, it makes me believe that I am.

2. I’m a sucker for jewels, especially in an eye catching color like this one! Necklaces are definitely my favorite accessory because they can class up an outfit in a cinch.

3. If you don’t own a Too Faced Palette… run, don’t walk, to your nearest Sephora! The fun colors are not only long-lasting but easy to apply. They were practically glide on your eyelids, minus the annoying fallout. And with such a vast variety of hues, it makes me feel like I’m opening a present instead of a make-up kit!

4. Where do even I start with this liquid gold they call maracuja oil? I love that it is 100% pure, organic and rich in Vitamin C. It isn’t greasy and doesn’t leave a film like other oils do. I find if I massage in a few drops before applying my make-up that it makes my skin smoother, firmer and brighter. It’s my (not so) secret elixir to combat aging, inflammation, and dehydration.

4. I gravitate towards MAC’s lipsticks and lip-liners. Could it be the affordable price point? Or possibly the butter smooth application? Or just maybe the fact that they last forever? How about all of the above. 🙂 I found myself at the MAC counter recently because I was in desperate need of a liner that was just a touch darker than a neutral. This one was a match made in heaven next to my fair skin. The Viva Glam V lipstick is a neutral pinky pearl and it  honestly compliments every skin tone! It’s also a lustre, so it goes on a bit lighter making it the perfect option on those occasions where you don’t feel like putting too much on. I personally think the the matte liner and lustrous lipstick make one dynamic duo!