Sweater dress // Fendi bag // Eyeshadow palette

So instead of being late every year for Christmas cards and gifts, I am trying something new this year and DOING IT ALL EARLY. Holiday cards have been sent, with the exception of only a couple, and gifts have been ordered (just not wrapped). Most of you know I’m working on a secret project and spending time on last minute gifts is just out of the question. Nordstrom made it easy this year to get holiday gifts. I was able to get Reid some much needed skin care in an affordable gift set, my friend some facial sprays I’ve been telling her about, and myself, some makeup! I only use Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow and this case was too pretty to pass up. Below are some of my reoccurring purchases on Nordstrom online and why. Have you tried any of them? Let me know in the comments!

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Supergoop self tanning: two years ago, I forgot my self tanning towels on a business trip to Dallas, and a friend recommended this lotion. That weekend, I got a ton of compliments on my tan!! I ended up buying another bottle and the rest is history.

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen: I use this as a makeup primer. Goes on almost weightless and works well with my concealer and foundation I apply over this primer. Hello sunscreen you can feel, smell, or see, and protects you from dangerous rays all day.

Mario Badescu Facial Sprays This gift set is so good! (you’re basically getting one for free!) This is a great makeup setting spray or afternoon pick me up. It smells so amazing that I packed the lavender spray in my hospital bag when I had Levi. It’s so refreshing!

Jack Black Travel set: Reid hasn’t used a ton of skincare because he doesn’t need it. I sometimes get jealous of men and their good skin and they barely take care of it. This is gentle on his skin and he said he liked the moisturizer a lot.

Kiehls Hydration Essentials set: gentle on the skin and works for my tween! Honestly, this set caught my eye because I LOVE their lip balm. And I’m familiar with their creme de corps lotion. It is very dry here in LA, and I’m always misplacing lotions. My hands are dry from mom life, long nights on my laptop, etc, so this creme is a lifesaver.No guarantees I won’t loose this one too, lol.

Nuface Trinity (20% off!) If I want a good lift before a shoot, I use the trinity on my face. I love the results and moisturizing gel (with anti-aging hyaluronic acid)!

Altera Caviar Shampoo and Conditioner: My hair stylist recommended I use this duo on my color treated hair and I must admit, I like the results. My hair feels full and healthy. I don’t think I could ever go back to drugstore shampoo. Plus, did I mention it smells amazing?

Charlotte Tilbury Eye Shadow: So many good shades I found similar to the Naked palate but with more shine for the holidays and a limited edition Swaroski crystal case that is stunning! The best thing about this palette is that it compliments every skin tone.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm OMG. Have you tried this? I bought a sample off an Instagram ad, for $5. I’ll admit, I squeezed every last bit of balm out of that travel size. And may have cried a little when it was done. It smells like a botanical garden, luscious essential oils, and goes on like butter. It melts all your makeup off from the day, and after rinsing off, I feel like a new woman. I’m not frivolous, but this stuff is WORTH.EVERY.PENNY. I wish it could clean my room as well as it cleans my face.

Charlotte Tilbury bronzer and Highlighter I was introduced to this from my make-up artist Morgan. She uses the bronzer on my cheeks, and highlighter for my cheekbones for an evening glam. The queen of Hollywood glow, Charlotte makes a mean highlighter few can rival. Also, fits great in a stocking. Your stocking 😉

You probably already know this but, Nordstrom is your destination for ALL things beauty! Don’t forget on cyber Monday (December 2), head to Nordstrom to check out the gifts with purchase and can’t be beat deals. Which are your favorite?

Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!

Why I Take Collagen

by Shalice Noel

Sandals // Skirt wearing a 4 // Square Neck top worn in xs // Faux Shearling Coat

Why I Take Collagen

If you follow along on Instagram, you see me adding collagen to my morning coffee every day. Because of this, collagen is something I get asked about a lot in my DMs, so I thought I’d put together a post on why I take collagen and what it’s benefits can be as a reference for when I get asked. I hope this answers any questions you have!

First things first, it’s important to understand that collagen powder and protein does not equate to collagen in your skin, or on your face. What it does do is line the gut and help to support your gut health. Almost every skin issue and inflammatory issue humans have is linked to our gut health. Crazy, right? So, a healthy gut equals less inflammation. And, it just so happens that inflammation is the number one factor when it comes to aging. Therefore, a healthy gut = healthy skin.

In addition, healthy skin is more hydrated and strong, and can even result in fewer instances of rosacea and acne breakouts. Then, of course, consistent hydration and less inflammation mean fewer wrinkles. 

For me personally, I’ve seen a dramatic change in my hair and nails since adding collagen to my daily routine. I’ve always struggled with thin hair, so taking 2 scoops a day for over a year has given me fuller, thicker hair. Even my makeup artist noticed and asked what I’m doing different! My nails have also gotten stronger.

So, this is what motivated me to start taking collagen. Like I said, it doesn’t directly put more collagen in your skin, but it can play a huge role in how your skin ages, along with other benefits like stronger/thicker nails and hair.

Have you used collagen before? Tell me about your experience with it – I’m kind of passionate about it at this point!

Forward me any questions. Click HERE for my smoothie recipe using two scoops of collagen powder!

Did you know “retinol” is the number 1 searched skincare ingredient on Google? I haven’t always used retinol, but I left a facial appointment recently and the advice given to me was to continue with retinol 2-3 days a week. I know that in my 30s I need to take aging seriously and make use of the resources available to me. I spoke more about my routine here and how I’m sharing the importance of a skincare routine with my daughter Atalie. But after a little research, I found that finding affordable retinol is a challenge. I used another retinol product and it dried out my skin so I was hesitant to try again.

However, after just two weeks of use, I’ve noticed a brighter, smoother complexion. That’s why I got excited about this product from Olay! The best news is, Olay Retinol24 is only $28.99. That is less than 10 lattes! I’ll make note that out of all the products (there’s three in the Retinol24 collection), I liked the Olay Retinol24 night serum the best. Those who know me well know that I love serums! I found this one to be super moisturizing, smoothing and it had to be my favorite of the 3! I use 1 drop and that usually covers my whole face. And ladies, don’t forget an additional drop for your neck – you don’t want tech neck!

I thought I’d address some common questions about retinol and specifically what happened after I tried Olay Retinol24. Let’s dive into some questions, shall we?

1. What does Retinol do for your face?

After using the Olay Retinol24 night serum, I noticed smoother, brighter skin. Just after 24 hours, I noticed more hydration. Because I liked the results so much, I brought my Olay Retinol24 routine to Lake Arrowhead where it is notoriously dry and cold this time of year and it made a huge difference.

2. Which products have the highest amount of retinol?

Oddly enough, it doesn’t matter the amount of retinol in a product, rather it is the combination that should concern you. Retinol is a difficult ingredient because it degrades once exposed to the sun, air and heat. However, Olay’s formula stays stable from first to last use. Amazing! It’s an effective blend of Vitamin b3 and retinoid complex and more hydrating than the #1 best selling retinol on the market.

3. What are the side effects of retinol?

While 96% of women who tried Olay Retinol24 didn’t experience irritation, you can adjust how often you use. If you see any irritation, you can use 2-3 times a week instead of daily.

4. How do I personally use it? After I cleanse my face, I apply the Olay Retinol24 Night Serum before my moisturizer. It’s a milky consistency that leaves my skin feeling smooth and plump. One or two drops usually covers my face and neck and viola, younger-looking skin! What I do like is that it’s not a hard way to incorporate retinol into my skincare routine. I can accomplish this routine pretty fast and get back to putting the kids to bed, drinking chamomile tea, applying lavender oil and telling the kids no more water before bed. You know, the usual. But the best compliment was yesterday was when Reid looked at me in the car and said, you look younger. SCORE. I would definitely re-stock Olay Retinol24 Night Serum because A., it’s affordable and B. it WORKS.

Click HERE to try it for yourself

Thank you Olay for sponsoring this post. All opinions my own.

Chanel perfume // Givenchy Healthy Glow Powder in “Extreme” // Givenchy Brush Eyeliner in “vinyl black” // Cable Knit Sweater // Jeans // Fendi Bag // Levi’s onesie // Make-up brushes

If you’re a mom like me with a newly minted 1 year old, putting on makeup just isn’t what it used to be. I put mascara on one-handed, curling my lashes is also done one-handed, and my new bronzer has already been dropped and cracked. Sad face.

Alas, it is just not the same as it used to be. But might I add it has never been this fun? Levi brings a whole new level of joy to the mundane. And with that includes his wonder and excitement over my makeup brushes, chewing on my Givenchy eye pencil, allowing me to brush his cheeks as he hurls in giggles and belly laughs. Definitely not boring.

Now, the super mom skills come in when baby is on the hip, and you’re actually able to apply some makeup, and not look like Count Dracula. Didn’t I say skills? All that to say, my makeup and beauty routine has been abridged over the years. These items have been favorites as of late:

Givenchy Bronzer – Love this bronzer so much because it goes on very light. I try not to have too heavy of a hand when it comes to bronzer, so if you like it to be there but not like, REALLY there, this is a great option for you. The color is also really great and would go well with a lot of different skin tones in my opinion. Pro tip: Apply on your cheekbones, forehead and jawbone for that I-just got-back-from-St-Tropez look.

Givenchy Eyeliner – Levi loves to play with this, but so does mommy! I would definitely recommend this pencil if you’re needing some precision. It would be great for someone who likes to line the waterline or rock a super sleek cat eye.

Chanel perfume – This perfume smells amazing! It is more musky than flowery, which is my ideal perfume. I’m not a fan of anything with either a vanilla scent or too much of a floral scent. Pro tip: spray some in your hair before a night out. So glam!

Have you tried any of these? I’d love to hear.

Thank you Nordstrom Beauty for sponsoring this post!

Tula Eye Balm Stick Review

If I’m honest, the eye area is my biggest concern with aging. I fear unwanted fine lines under my eyes and apply eye cream daily. I tried both the pink and blue Tula stick under my eyes a couple weeks ago because I saw some of my favorite bloggers using it. I was curious to see how I would like it. I want to note that it is a VERY convenient size for travel and my ever growing makeup bag. First off the bat, I love that it is clean beauty which means it is free from alcohol, fragrance, parabens, mineral oil, etc. Which gives me peace of mind. I have already used Tula moisturizer and cleanser, which I have really liked. I have since given both to my tween who is now in need of skincare. She was having breakouts and I plan to only give her clean skincare and eventually makeup. Why would I ruin her virgin skin with parabens, mineral oil, and alcohol? Girls, I’m feeling old, I have a tween!! Hence the need for good skincare, less stress and 8 glasses of water.

While these don’t take away the need for eye cream, they add another step. But a welcome one that has benefits. After all, I’m still loyal to my bliss eye cream, here are some benefits to these convenient eye sticks:

The blue one: has a SUPER COOLING EFFECT and acts like a dewy highlighter. After a long day staring at my laptop, I like to keep it nearby for a pick-me-up. 1850 reviews with almost 5 perfect stars don’t lie!

The pink one: has rosehip oil (a natural retinol alternative) and hydrating rosewater which SO many benefits one of which makes me look more “awake.” The pink has a slight shimmer. I’m all about an “instant pick-me-up.” The cool thing is, if I use it over my makeup, it appears like a highlighter. Score!

How do they work?

I applied it before concealer for a cooling effect and after makeup as a highlighter. I tried both ways as some days are a 5 min make-up job, and other days, maybe a 10 minute make-up day. Either way, I added this refreshing stick to my routine.

The Low Down

If I could get just one, I’d probably get the rose glow and get it for the rose hip oil and rosewater ingredients. If you’re planning on traveling, it is a great pick me up for the plane ride both for convenient size and much needed hydration.

Have you tried either stick? I’d love to hear about your experience.


(this is not sponsored by Tula)

Comment below which one you would use and why you need it. I’ll pick one winner Monday to send an eye stick of their choice!

Also, you can use my code SHALICE for 20% off!

1.Nuface Trinity I can’t say enough good about this product! I use it to lift both sides of my face, 5 minutes.

2. Charlottle Tilbury bronze and glow Charlotte has mastered the glow, am I right?

4. Isle of Paradise I buy this in DARK. Exfoliate beforehand, apply mousse evenly with mitt on fronts and backs of limbs.

5. L’Occitane Immortelle Reset serum, LOVE this serum! I did a review in this post

6. Sunday Riley Good genes has a cult following and feels amazing on the skin. I’m wondering if Sunday Riley can do no wrong?

7. Tan Luxe “the face” I mix a couple drops into my moisturizer and boom, I have a tanner face to match my legs. Ha!

8. Tanning Mitt. This is a game changer! My hands are no longer embarrassingly dark and now I get an even tan!

9. Sunday Riley CEO cream, fights the first visable signs of aging and my sensitive skin just drank it up.

BONUS 10! I haven’t splurged on this, but with the sale I’m tempted. The Dyson blow dryer or the Dyson Airwrap styler. No extreme heat damage was a big bonus.

1. versed mask // 2. jelly peel // 3. foaming cleanser // 4.lip therapy 5. Cleanse Balm with scrubber (Atalie only uses the scrubber) 6. skin ceuticals serum 7. bliss moisturizer 8. Tula Cleanser (use code SHALICE for 20% off) 9. eye cream

A year ago, Atalie came to me and said mom look, I have these red things on my nose! Her 8 year old brother said, “woah, Atalie has a ton of bug bites on her nose!” While we found out they were in fact not bug bites but pimples. Atalie was entering puberty and I won’t lie, I was a little scared. She’s my first, our guinea pig who taught Reid and I so much about parenting. All I knew to do was give her clean beauty products, and the knowledge that I knew. I taught her there are 4 easy steps to washing your face:

  1. Rinse with lukewarm water to cleanse
  2. Use your fingertips to apply cleanser
  3. Use a washcloth or scrubber to wash your face.
  4. Apply serum and moisturizer

I handed her Tula cleanser (use code SHALICE for 20% off), a scrubber, and moisturizer and we were off. Our first mommy daughter clean your face party! I told her about pores and how to clean them with Biore strips, kinda fun to use, and you definitely look funny wearing them. Oh the price of beauty I tell her! I remind her that true beauty isn’t skin deep and that its the hidden person of the heart that really matters. Especially later in life and when faced with disappointment or heartache. We can take care of our bodies, exfoliate our faces, and moisturize our dry skin, but that is merely white washing the surface. Cultivating a beautiful heart is the highest calling. That, my friends, is what I tell my daughters.

“but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 Pt 3:4 ESV

*Shot on location at Park MGM Las Vegas

With the influx of new products and new devices that promise everything from tighter lips to tighter tummies to tighter everything, it gets a little confusing in the marketplace.

I was originally introduced to NuFACE products from my mom who gave me my first NuFACE mini device. Already familiar with the toning and lifting my NuFACE mini device did, I researched the body device. I’m always crazy about new beauty gadgets. Just ask Reid!

After I had Levi, I knew I needed to do something about my stomach especially, as it had stretched out for the fifth time! I must say, women’s bodies are amazing!

Instead of getting down on myself for having a less than desirable stomach, aka wrinkly with weird lines (Thanks Levi!), I decided I needed to do something about it. Without surgery, I knew that to get the stomach I wanted, required a good diet and exercise as well. 

How do you use the NuBODY?

I use it at night before bed. I even walk around with it because I’m a busy mom. It takes about five minutes after the application of the gel. I use it on my stomach in circular motions just as I do to tone and lift my face with the NuFACE mini or trinity device.

What are some tips for using my NuBODY device?

  • Results you FEEL instantly and SEE over time.
  • NuFACE is known for the instant lift you get with their facial devices. The same is not true for your booty, unfortunately! But after just 1 NuBODY treatment your skin will feel more firm and more energized, and with continued use, you’ll see the improvements over time.
  • You have to use NuBODY to see the results.
  • Like exercise, you have to do the crunches to reap the benefits. And with NuBODY, you have to do your 5-minute treatment 5 days per week to see the results in your target area. (1 stomach = 5 min treatment; 2 arms = 10 minute treatment.)
  • Quick and easy treatment.
  • Don’t target your whole body or you’ll be spending 30-minutes a day with NuBODY and that’s not reasonable for most. Target your arms, stomach, thighs, or butt; not all!  If you’re targeting dimples, you can just hold the device in place while you binge watch your favorite show or multi-task. Add some glides when it feels good, but it doesn’t need to be 10-minutes of movement.

What results have I seen personally?

I have seen my stomach more toned after I use the NuBODY device. See these before/after pictures. I love that I’m actually doing something for myself in the midst of busy mom life. Even if it is 5 minutes a day. Who doesn’t have 5 minutes? If you don’t, there’s a problem! It feels good to get a spa treatment AT HOME. So many times I have scheduling conflicts but would love a much-needed spa treatment. The founders of NuFACE are mothers and I’m grateful for a device that tones my stomach and smoothes the lines right in the comfort of my home.

FYI, there is a promo going on right now. No code needed, 2 free 10 oz gel primers with a NuBODY purchase, a $96 value. No code needed! Get your NuBODY here.

NuBODY // Prep-N-Glow sheets (great for cleansing while traveling) Gel Primer (leave on and hydrating)

The “After” picture. Taken 8 months after I gave birth to Levi. I used the NuBODY once a day in the evening.

Thank you NuFACE for sponsoring this post. All opinions my own!

Tanning 101

by Shalice Noel

How I tan

Hello! One of my most frequently asked questions is how I keep a year-round tan. It’s important to know my natural skin color is olive toned from my mom’s Portuguese side. So I’ll admit, lot’s of tanning products don’t do much for me. I also don’t like tanning products with a lot of scents and I hate an orange skin tone. So, let’s get right to it – what do I use?!

The secret to a natural tan and 391 reviews and 20k likes on Sephora don’t lie! I’ve been using  Isle of Paradise (IOP) drops for a couple of months now.

First, I love the customizable color. Depending on what time of year it is, and how much beach time I have, I adjust my color by using more or fewer drops (follow instructions on the bottle for more info). I started doing this because I’m no longer “laying out” for extended periods of time like I did in my twenties. UV rays just aren’t healthy, and let’s be real, no one has 3-4 hours to lay out in the sun all day? I know I don’t. Because laying out is no longer an option, I knew I didn’t want a tan that rubbed off or looked fake and Isle of Paradise was just the ticket.

How do I use the drops?

Before I do anything, I exfoliate. You want to do this beforehand using this brush. In order to get the best results, you must start with clean, exfoliated skin.

Next, I mix a couple of drops into my favorite moisturizer. Your tan will turn out dry and steaky if you don’t mix and apply with moisturizer, so don’t apply it directly. I rub it in it all over my body except my face. To apply the tan there, I switch to my face moisturizer and mix a couple of drops in and apply to my face and neck. I do this about two times a week. It leaves my skin baby soft and retains the color.

Lastly, after I “tan”, I do not exfoliate unless I want to wash off the tan. I haven’t experienced any breakouts on my face, either (knock on wood!). There is a bit of a wait time before the tan actually shows up so I recommend applying right before you go to bed. This way it has about 8 hours to process. And most importantly, don’t forget to wash your hands! You’ll wake up with stained, streaky hands if you do!

Now, break out that dress and show off those tan legs!

These are products I use and LOVE!

Before tanning, always exfoliate with a body brush. The Tan Luxe tan drops I add to my favorite moisturizer, and cover evenly.

Tan Towels are kind of an all in one. I always exfoliate before applying, I never put it on my face (since my face is sensitive), and always wash my hands after applying it.

The Vitamin C Serum quenches your skin in so many ways. I credit an even skin tone and glow to this product.

The Airbrush finish when applied to the T-zone, gives a mattifying look. I love the “finished” look this gives.

Summer Fridays face mask when applied to a clean face, leaves skin dewy and moisturized in just 10 min. No need to rinse. Also, it comes in a mini size if you don’t want to pay $50, and curious to see what the buzz is all about.

1. Tan luxe drops // 2. Vitamin C Serum // 3. Tan towels 4. Airbrush finish 5. Eyeshadow pallette // 6. Isle Paradise drops // 7. Face Mask