Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Everyone

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  1. Not even joking, these mugs are the BEST. They are sleek and functional, coming in a bunch of colors and keeping your favorite beverages at the perfect temperature. They’re a great gift for anyone that you love!

  2. Poo-Pouri is thee perfect treat for everyone on your Valentine’s Day List: yourself, your Galentine’s, and especially your SO! In case you missed my IG post, I was shopping for it here. I love how it comes in a dual pack specially designed to trap unpleasant odors beneath the surface of the water, it includes the delightful scents of vanilla mint and lavender.

  3. Planning a getaway? Treat your someone special with a new piece of Away luggage. I recently got this bag for my upcoming trip to Europe and I’m so excited to use it. It comes with a battery pack so you can stay charged on the go.

  4. For the sentimental one on your list, put together a collage of your favorite images in this beautiful frame. I recently bought a similar one for my parents of wedding photos, it was a hit!

  5. For the person who likes to have a little fun with their footwear, check out these heart socks. They’re unisex so they’re great for all!

  6. THE BEST slippers of all time, for your favorite fella. No joke, these are seriously the most comfortable slippers you will ever own.

  7. I’m not kidding, these slippers (for women) are the best. You can thank me later!

  8. You’ve seen me talk about this brand over and over again, here’s one of my new favorites in a sassy red hot style! Be aware of the sizing, I wear a 34FF. Check out your local Nordstrom to get fitted if you are unsure.

  9. Skincare is for EVERYONE! It’s important to take care of your skin. Relax and unwind with some of my favorites from this set.

  10. Your pets need love too! I recently got my pup this bed and he’s quickly adjusted to the life of luxury. Your furry friend will thank you.

  11. Gotta have some undies for the guys! These ones are Brian approved and come with a special “ball pouch” that keeps the boys tucked into place.

  12. What’s a Valentine’s Day gift guide without a little sweetness? Take your chocolate game to the next level with these adorable chocolates.

  13. These are my absolute favorite teeth whitening stripsThey may not be the first gift idea that comes to mind but your loved one will appreciate them. I originally got them from my dentist but you can also get them here!

  14. Sticking with the functional gifts, as spring approaches everyone needs an umbrella! I love how travel friendly these are and how many color variations they come in. Shop them here!

Are you loving this gift guide? Would love to hear any other gifts on your wish list! Thanks for choosing me to be your go to girl!

Try On Confidential - Episode 8: Skincare Routine

If you caught my “Let’s Get Caught Up” post on Monday, you’d know that I’ve been traveling a lot. This week, I modeled two days in Miami and then I flew across country for another modeling job in San Francisco this weekend. I knew with this week’s try on, I would have to get a little creative considering I only was able to travel with a carry on for six days.

Therefore, you voted on my stories that you were interested in me dabbling into my beauty and skincare routines. I’ve decided to share my skincare routine, keeping up with my skin while traveling and my travel kit! A bunch of you were requesting my makeup routine- that is coming soon but I wanted to focus on skincare first. You can’t have a gorgeous face of makeup until you have your skin down first!

Let’s begin with skin


I discovered Drunk Elephant less than four months ago and I’ve been amazed by the results. I’ve always had pretty decent skin, I identify as “combination sensitive,” with an oily T-zone and the occasional hormonal breakout. Ever since I started using these Drunk Elephant products, I literally get stopped in the street by strangers to tell me I have beautiful skin. The first product that made me a believer was the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil- but we’ll get to that shortly.

Morning routine:

I always start my morning off my washing my face with a gentle cleanser. I use Checks and Balances by Origins one or Purity Made Simple by Philosophy.

I then tone the skin with this gentle, alcohol-free toner and a cotton square—it has purifying chamomile and linden extracts—to remove every last trace of cleanser, leaving skin pH balanced, de-stressed, and spa-refreshed. If you use a toner, you should NEVER feel dry or tightness after.

I recently started using this duo in the morning and I definitely feel like my skin has been brighter. I also started adding Di-Bronzi into one of serums to give my face that “sunkissed glow.” My face is actually 3-4 shades darker than the rest of my body because I never tan my face so this helps me even my color out.

My skin is now primed and prepped to put on makeup or just breathe for the day.

Evening routine:

It is SO important to wash your face from the day, whether you wear makeup or not. I usually use the same cleanser from the morning but then I also use a Neutrogena makeup removing wipe to make sure I get everything. If I’m feeling ambitious, I will also tone and throw T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum on. At the very least, I ALWAYS remember to put on this Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. I was super skeptical about oils because of my combination skin but I seriously wake up GLOWING! It’s magical.

If you’re interested to try Drunk Elephant products but are a little unsure of the price tag, these sample kits are a great way to try the brand without having to commit to each of the items. If you’re going to splurge on one though, I’d highly recommend giving the oil a try. It seriously works on every skin type, my skin hasn’t been the same since.

Here is my favorite travel case for beauty products, it hold EVERYTHING in a way that you can actually see!

Are you loving this beauty content? What products are you interested in trying? Leave your feedback below!

My Favorite Self Tanners and The Best Way To Apply It

Hi everyone! It's been a minute since I shared my last post with you but I've been traveling a bunch which means less time to blog. Now that spring break is upon us, I've gotten dozens of requests on what self tanners I use. As a model, I have to maintain a healthy glow year round due to my swimwear and lingerie clients. Therefore, I've decided to breakdown my favorite products but before I do, I have to share a little secret: the actual product you're using matters about 25%, the way you're applying matters about 75%. In short: application matters! I've been getting spray tans for about a year now and applying self tanners for over 7 (#tbt to Jergens' orange covered palms) so I consider myself a sunless tanning pro! I'm going to fill you in on what makes my sunless tan so perfect in these easy steps. I have never been a fan of tanning beds for obvious reasons but I do love to feel golden bronze year round! I do a combination of spray tans and self application tanner year round. As always, the images shown this post are clickable/shoppable so clicking on the images will bring you to the site! 

Before you tan:

Whether you are going for a spray tan or applying it yourself, you need to exfoliate. In the shower, I use a washcloth or loofa with a sugar scrub on my skin to make sure I wash off any dead skin or previous tanner. This is an extremely important step, you cannot skip it! This is time to use a sugar scrub, this is my favorite exfoliant but you can use whatever or even make your own! When you exfoliate your skin, this gives the tan the opportunity to lay evenly. This is my favorite body scrub, but you can really any sugar based scrub (click the images to shop).

Once you're done in the shower, make sure you dry off really well. Sometimes I even still scrub my skin with the dry towel to make sure I got everything. Now, when I go to get a spray tan I do not ever apply moisturizer or makeup. I also try not to apply deodorant, so the tan sticks directly on my skin and nothing else. Side note: if you live in Buffalo, NY and need a good contact for an all natural spray tan, I have a girl who does it out of her house for $25! DM or message me if you'd like her info. She is phenomenal and my tan seriously lasts over a week. 

Before apply my tanner of choice at home, I put a little light lotion on my feet, heels, knees, elbows, nails and any other severely dry spots. I have also discovered that using a mitt has been a game changer, that way it helps you buff out the skin without getting your palms all orange. I use this to moisturize, I did a collaboration with Dove a few weeks ago and I'm still loving this light, unscented lotion:

While you're applying:

As I said before, using a mitt has made applying SO much easier. You can apply it without rushing out of fear that it'll soak into your palms. When you use the mitt, you want to make sure you're applying in circular motions so it doesn't streak. You want to "buff" it into your skin. I've been trying different self tanners for a long time, my favorite at home by far are bronzing mousses (click the images to shop):

The reason I like the mousse is because it's buildable and you can see what you're applying so if you cause any streaks, you can easily buff them out with a little lotion applied to the mitt. I have Brian help me get my back so that it's not streaky. Ask your significant other or a pal to help you out. I usually apply the mousse at night, wear baggy clothes the rest of the night and then shower the next morning.

If you're in a rush and don't have time for the mousse process, I still urge you to exfoliate but here are some excellent instant/ buildable tanners so you can apply and go with now down time:

After you apply:

If you're using the mousse or getting a spray tan, you want to make sure you give your skin some time to absorb the product. Wear loose clothing and don't sweat or workout immediately after so your clothing doesn't rub anything off. 

When you do shower, make sure you DO NOT take a super hot shower. This will cause the tanner to become spotty and uneven. Take a warm & lukewarm shower, and try not to exfoliate the skin until you want to wash the tanner off. 

Moisturize!!! This is super important everyday but when you want to keep up your fake tan, this is extra important. You want to make sure you're moisturizing more than you typically would so that your skin stays hydrated and so the tanner stays even. 

This may sound high maintenance but I've mastered the art of applying and as long as you follow these steps, you should have a long lasting tan. Feel free to ask any questions below! Would you be willing to try this routine? Leave your answer in the comments. 

Friday Favorites: Surviving Winter In Style

It's been a busy week of work and travel over here, which is why I haven't been as active this week online! But that's alright, real life happens and we gotta roll with it. I wanted to round up my favorite looks that have been helping me survive this awfully cold winter we're having and some looks I'm really looking forward to wearing in the spring. I'll be showcasing a few of these items on my Instagram story today, so be sure to check that out! Not sure if you've had a chance to check out my new Highlights on my profile, but I've saved a number of my most popular stories on there. Here are a few brands that I've been loving lately and are keeping me on point (does anyone say 'on point' anymore?) throughout these winter months:
As always, the images and font in bold are clickable- which means you can shop directly from this post! 

Boden: Coats

Okay, I'll admit it. My MOM told me about Boden and it's safe to say I'm OBSESSED! She wore a coat over to my house one day and I tried to steal it... They're a UK based company founded on the principle of stylish clothes that look great and never stint on quality. I typically don't splurge on items like this but I was incredibly impressed with their quality and 365 day return policy... and they've been having a serious sale, items are 40-70% off! So I just had to try them out and I've been blown away with what I got! I've ordered quite a few things and I am in love, I consider these items investment pieces- knowing that I will have them for a long time. For reference, I think they run pretty TTS (true to size) I've been ordering my usual 14 and everything has fit perfectly! 

Eliza J: Spring Dresses

Eliza J is my GIRRRRRL! I'm not sure if she actually exists, but I am seriously in LOVE with this brand. You've seen me in their dresses quite a few times now, I cannot get enough! I also love how on trend and current they are. Another reason why I love the brand is because they are size inclusive, they are always offering styles from sizes 0 to 24! Here are a few dresses that I just got and cannot wait to wear! A few of them are on sale so swipe them up before they're gone!

Bauble Bar: Earrings

I think my Bauble Bar earrings have become my signature thing. You know what's the funny part? I love to throw on a pair of fun BB earrings out of pure laziness because I'm not very good at accessorizing so it's just an easy way to pump up any look! I get asked all of the time where my earrings are from and 99.9% of the time, they're from Bauble Bar! These are a few pairs that I splurged on lately that I am loving! They're having a major sale this weekend, including an extra 15% off of sale so if you're looking for a refresh in your jewelry game, be sure to check them out! 

CO2 Lift Facial

A few weekends ago, I did a full Instagram story about my CO2 Lift mask experience. In case you missed it, I saved it as a highlight on my profile titled "CO2 Lift." They agreed to let me do a monthly review of their famous mask, which is INCREDIBLE by the way. This weekend only, they're offering $20 OFF if you use the code "CARALYN20" - which NEVER happens (it's usually only $10!) so if you've been thinking about trying it out, now is the time!  

As a member of their auto-ship "Glowing Skin" programevery month you will enjoy the comfort of having your CO2Lift delivered straight to your door for just $59.95.  That’s 30% off their regular price for their most devoted customers!

If that wasn’t enough, as a gift, they will send you a “starter pack” which includes an additional CO2Lift treatment and a bottle of our hyaluronic serum. That’s two CO2Lift masks and one bottle of hyaluronic serum for $95.00! ($229.95 worth of product)
Then for $59.95 per month, a single pack of CO2Lift will be delivered straight to your door.

Their single pack with one mask is usually $85.00 so at $59.95 is a real savings! But if you just want to try it, the $20.00 off would make the starter pack $75.00 for 2 masks and a hyaluronic serum!


I hope you enjoyed what I've been loving lately, would love to hear in the comments which items you're most interested in trying! Wishing you a fabulous weekend and happy shopping! Many of these sales end soon so be sure to check them out.

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My Favorite Beauty Secrets (Part 1: Skin)

One of the best parts about being a model is that I have access to some of the top hair and makeup artists in the industry. Every time I sit in their chair, I learn new techniques and about new skincare and beauty products. With that said, I am often asked about my favorite products so I've decided to compile a list to share with you! These are actual products that I use every day and this post is NOT sponsored. I just wanted to share the love! I could seriously write a novel about how many products I love, so I've decided to categorize these into three different posts. These products are all included in my every day skincare routine. Stay tuned for part two/ three: my favorite makeup and hair products! Click on the titles to purchase. 

SKIN:

One could say that I have a pretty high maintenance beauty routine. It takes me a good 10 minutes to get ready for bed. I truly believe in taking care of your skin and making sure you're washing off the makeup & dirt! Here's what I have been using every day:

ORIGINS Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash, $23

Why I love it: it gently yet efficiently cleans my skin without making it feel overly dry. 

What it is:  A face cleanser that cleverly balances dry and oily skin. 

What it is:
A face cleanser that cleverly balances dry and oily skin. 

CLARINS Toning Lotion with Camomile, $26

Why I love it: I use this with a cotton round to get off any extra bit of dirt/ grime from the day, makes my skin feel refreshed. The alcohol free formula prevents it from feeling dry.

What it is: A gentle, alcohol-free toner—with purifying chamomile and linden extracts—to remove every last trace of cleanser, leaving skin pH balanced, de-stressed, and spa-refreshed. 

What it is:
A gentle, alcohol-free toner—with purifying chamomile and linden extracts—to remove every last trace of cleanser, leaving skin pH balanced, de-stressed, and spa-refreshed. 

DAY (applied before makeup) 

CLARINS Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $43

Why I love it: It is a lightweight moisturizer that does the job- moisturizes, protects and sits well underneath my makeup. 

What it is:  A versatile sunscreen to protect from UVA/UVB rays, pollution, and free radicals while improving skin’s texture and tone.   

What it is:
A versatile sunscreen to protect from UVA/UVB rays, pollution, and free radicals while improving skin’s texture and tone. 
 

For days when there's a lot of makeup, I use: 

NEUTROGENA Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $6

Why I love it: There are some days when I have so much makeup on, I need all hands on deck to get it off. These gentle wipes get EVERYTHING off. They leave my skin feeling refreshed, never dry. 

What it is:  A   gentle, ultra soft makeup remover wipe that effectively dissolves 99.3% of your most stubborn makeup, even waterproof mascara - for clean, fresh looking skin in just one simple step. It leaves skin thoroughly clean with no heavy residue, so there's no need to rinse! Plus they’re gentle enough to use around the sensitive eye area, even if you wear contacts.

What it is: A gentle, ultra soft makeup remover wipe that effectively dissolves 99.3% of your most stubborn makeup, even waterproof mascara - for clean, fresh looking skin in just one simple step. It leaves skin thoroughly clean with no heavy residue, so there's no need to rinse! Plus they’re gentle enough to use around the sensitive eye area, even if you wear contacts.

NIGHT (applied before bed)

SUNDAY RILEY Luna Sleeping Night Oil, $105

Why I love it: It is never too early to start anti-aging! I love this oil so much! It applies easily, smells amazing and I've noticed a significant difference in my skin. 

What it is:   A next-generation retinol oil that boosts the look and feel of skin plumpness, while improving the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and pores for visibly younger-looking skin. 

What it is: 
A next-generation retinol oil that boosts the look and feel of skin plumpness, while improving the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and pores for visibly younger-looking skin. 

SKIN / FACE:

TRISH McEVOY Beauty Balm Instant Solutions® SPF 35, $86
Shade 1.5

Why I love it: Yes, this is makeup. However, technically it is skincare. It does INCREDIBLE things to your skin. I never believed in BB / CC creams until I found this. It has buildable coverage- you can wear a little or a lot. I also receive compliments whenever I wear it. Does good and feels good- how can you not?

What it is:     An all-in-one skin perfecter that instantly primes, brightens, evens, hydrates and controls oil. Rejuvenating peptides improve skin’s texture quality over time while SPF helps prevent sun damage. Worn under foundation or alone, it minimizes shine and delivers a look of healthy, natural coverage with a velvety finish.

What it is:
 An all-in-one skin perfecter that instantly primes, brightens, evens, hydrates and controls oil. Rejuvenating peptides improve skin’s texture quality over time while SPF helps prevent sun damage. Worn under foundation or alone, it minimizes shine and delivers a look of healthy, natural coverage with a velvety finish.