Monique Valeris of home and design blog Decor Musings always has fantastic suggestions for how to spruce up your domestic space, but she’s also an avid beauty fan with a keen eye for products. Which is why she’s the perfect person to tell us how to meld our love of makeup and home design together. This week, she’s sharing her tips on the best beauty gifts for your house guests, the accent wall color she loves right now, and more.
If you’re taking a vacation soon, don’t neglect to carry along a few beauty essentials to ensure that your hotel room is super comfortable. Here are my four suggestions:
We’re all too aware of how insane magazine deadlines can be, which is why we’re amazed how editors can muster up the energy to blog in their spare time. And yet, somehow they do. This week, Nykia Spradley and Ayren Jackson-Cannady, the expert duo behind Gloss Daily, the Ladies’ Home Journal beauty blog, are on board for five days of expert tips, product recommendations, and more.
Some days, we’re just as obsessed with home décor as we are with beauty. Over the next few weeks many of us will turn our quiet abodes into boarding houses for family and guests. If you’re anything like us, before opening your doors for the holidays, you contemplate a minor bathroom upgrade. Okay, let’s snap back to reality for a sec. We might not have the time or resources to make permanent changes to our bathrooms, but we can make small changes that have a big impact. See our picks after the jump!
One of the many amazing things about the TEDWomen conference was that it brought together creative, brilliant women from around the world. We were psyched to hang out with Rebecca Kousky, the founder of Nest, a nonprofit that aids female artisans around the world with an innovative combination of microfinance loans, mentorship, and retail exposure. The Nest Shop has plenty of treats (I’m in love with these cheery Guatemalan journals) and they’re constantly adding more products. It’s a great way to score one-of-a-kind gifts (for yourself or others) while doing good. Recently, Nest has partnered with another woman-founded business, Kahina Giving Beauty. Kahina has a line of gorgeous Argan Oil products from Morocco and donates 25% of the profits from the sales back to the Berber women communities. Kahina and Nest have teamed up to create this beautiful gift set: a block-printed case hand-stitched by formerly trafficked women in India that contains Kahina Argan Oil and Argan Bar Soap. Say you heard about it through Nest and Kahina will donate an extra $5 to the organization’s causes!