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Flare Sleeve Sweater – Great For The Holidays

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Flare Sleeve Sweater ((comes in 4 colors) | Jeans | Booties | Leopard ClutchLips: Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in "Lolita" | Necklace

This week has been so crazy! I'm trying to pull together all the Black Friday/Cyber Week sales for y'all and figure out Thanksgiving because we're doing it at out house this year! Yup...I'm making a turkey...wish me luck! What are y'all doing for the holidays? 

I recently purchased this bell sleeve top at Nordstrom because it just screams fall. And you bet I'll be wearing it on Turkey Day! You can wear this top several different ways this season. With jeans and booties or an OTK boot, or pair it with a black leather sweater. I loved adding a touch of leopard detail to pull the look together. Not to mentions, anytime I can throw leopard into the mix, I will. 

Black Friday / Cyber Week Sales

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Y'all I've been so on top of my gift buying this year! I'm usually so last minute buying gifts for Christmas but this year my goal is to buy everyone's gift with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday (more like Cyber Week) sales! A lot of stores have started their sales early so I wanted to help you find the best sales so we can both save our money! Throughout this week and next, I will be updating any/all sales on the blog and on my Instagram and sharing some of my favorites from the sale. Here we go.... PS - Click any of the photos to shop  or head straight to the e-commerce site here.

J. Crew – 40% off + free shipping with code THANKU

Abercrombie – 40% off site wide

Goodnight Macaroon - 30% off site wide with code BLACKFRIDAY17

Sam Edelman - 20% off site wide with code SAMSGIVING

TULA - 20% off site wide with code FOURTHREADS 

Some of y’all may remember THIS skin care post I did a few weeks ago. Tula has completely changed my skin and I’m SO thankful for their probiotic products! A perfect gift for the holidays! 

Express - 50% off entire purchase + free shipping

What's In My Sephora VIB Shopping Cart

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It probably doesn't come as a surprise to you that I live for the Sephora VIB sales. By now you're well aware that I'm a product junkie and constantly trying out new things. I'm aways reading reviews and trying things before I buy so I can try it and share my review with you so that you can see what I've loved and what to save your money on. Today is the day..from Nov. 10-15, VIB members and Beauty Insiders get 15-20% off. If you're a VIB member, you can use the code "20FORVIB" for 20% off and Beauty Insiders (free to sign up( can take 15% off with the code "INSIDER15." The best part is you can use these codes as often as you wish.

I've been low on a bunch of my holy grail products so stocking up on all of those, but I'm also trying out some new products (below), and getting a little jumpstart on some holiday shopping with the 20% off sale -- duh! 

Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner: I usually use the Beauty Blender cleaner to clean my brushes and Beauty Blender, but this is way cheaper and apparently gets the job done. So I cannot wait to try it. 

Cover FX Blurring Primer: I haven't used this primer, but it's in my shopping cart. Y'all know I'm pretty picky when it comes to primers, but I've heard so many good things about this one as it minimizes the look of pores and hides texture. 

IT COSMETICS Superhero Volumizing Mascara: Another one I'm dying to try. I really love my mascara but have heard great things about this one so am going to compare the two and see which one I like better. 

Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray: I got a sample of this in my Birch Box a few months ago and holy moly batman this stuff is GOOD! You know when you go to the salon and they blow out your hair...well this stuff gives you that blowout! I've never gotten go many comments on my hair and how bouncy and voluminous it looks until I started using this spray. It also makes my blowout last. I'm ordering the full size because I've never had a product do exactly what I want it to do with almost no effort.

Lancome Lash Primer: Eyelash primer makes your lashes look longer and fuller. I know it sounds silly but I do notice a different when I use one. 

 

 

Tula Skincare Review - What's The Hype?

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I'm always trying new products, whether it's skincare, makeup or hair products. A few months ago I ran out of my face wash and moisturizer, which led me on the hunt for new skincare products. After seeing so many other bloggers rave about Tula's skincare line on Instagram, I decided to give it a try to see what all the hype was about. Before I made a big investment in each full-size bottle, I bought the Discovery Kit, which is the four products I wanted to try just in travel size: face cleaner, illuminating face serum, day & night cream, and eye cream. I've been using these Tula products for two months now so I feel like that's a long enough time to truly review the products. I've also since, bought the larger size products. 

I reached out to Tula and they were so kind to give a discount code, for my readers only! You get 20% off sitewide + free shipping on orders $30+! Expires 12/1/17.

Code: FOURTHREADS (it’s case sensitive, so make sure you use all caps)

PURIFYING FACE CLEANSER

I love this purifying face wash! I wet my face then in small circular motions apply the cleanser. It takes all my makeup off, even my eye makeup. It has a fresh, cucumber-like fragrance and gives my face a "deep clean" feel. For the two months, my skin is looking better than ever. I've never been one to leave the house without makeup and since using  has corrected the hormonal acne I was getting post-baby.
 

ILLUMINATING FACE SERUM 

This stuff is the bomb.com. I can definitely tell my skin is brighter and more vibrant since adding this serum to my skincare routine. It's very lightweight. I use this illuminating face serum twice a day: at night before bed and before I apply my makeup.  I really like how light it is under my makeup, it's quickly absorbed and super hydrating. It doesn't leave my skin greasy or oily looking at all, it leaves my skin glowing. I'm all for that glowing/dewy look! 

DAY & NIGHT CREAM

I haven't been able to find a moisturizer that truly sinks into my skin to hydrate until this one. I feel like all the other moisturizers I've tried just lay on top of my skin. I love that it's lightweight but creamy, and can be used for both day and night, which totally save your bank account from having to buy two different products. It makes my skin feel refreshed and not greasy. 

REVITALIZING EYE CREAM 

I've never really used eye cream before (except for the samples I get) but have been on the hunt for a good eye cream for a few years because it's time to start taking better care of my skin and prevent aging with 3-0 approaching. The product is smooth and silky, and doesn't irritate my eyes. My eyes look less puffy when I use it and my fine lines are slowly disappearing. I've also started to apply the extra product between my eyebrows where my skin creases and near the corners of my mouth to prevent fine lines. 

Newborn Baby Essentials

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Newborn Baby Essentials

Olivia turned 3 months last week and I just don't know where the time has gone! She's gotten so big and has gained such a personality. Since becoming a mom, everyone keeps asking if I'm going to start blogging about that. I really want Four Threads to stay as a style and beauty blog, but it's only natural to throw in some "mom" things because it's my reality now. So I've decided to start a series every Monday for all the mommy's out there. This #MommyMonday will be reviews of products, essentials, what's worked and what hasn't, etc. Since I'm a 'new mom,' I'm constantly asking other moms or researching things so wanted to share everything with other mamas out following. 

If you have questions about being a mama that you would love for me to review or talk about for #MommyMonday I would love for you to send me a comment or message.

To kick off the first #MommyMonday, I wanted to share the newborn essentials that I've loved using within the two month of having Olivia. 

BATH

Tub - This tub has been the best purchase. My husband thought I was so  crazy to spend $60 on a bath tub but now after using it he totally gets it and feels comfortable giving our daughter a bath. There are two things we love about this tub: it tells you if the water is too cold or too hot and it runs clean water in while dirty water flows out. Olivia loves bath time and I can honestly give all the credit to this bath! 

Body Wash - I found that Johnson & Johnson dried out her skin to started using Babyganics Baby Shampoo + Body Wash and am totally obsessed. I love the smell and how it's gentle on her skin. I also love that it foams so a little goes a long way! 

Lotion - Our pediatrician told us to stay away from lotion at first because babies skin is so sensitive, but I couldn't help myself after seeing how dry her feet were. I love the baby smell to this!

Hooded Towel - I have a couple hooded towels but this was gifted to us and it might be my favorite so far because it's warm and cuddly (and super cute!!).

Wash Cloths - Perfect to wash their face. 

Brush - My baby has a lot of hair so a brush is a must. I love this Wet brush for babies.

FEEDING

Nursing pillow - I thought this was a marketing-gimmick at first, like why do I need a nursing pillow, can't I just use a regular pillow?! But I got a Boppy Pillow and cover as a gift from and it's been amazing. I used it to sit on the first few weeks after delivery and when I'm nursing or will give to someone else when they're feeding her to give their arm a break. 

Bottles - I'm breastfeeding and pumping so have been bottle feeding her my pumped milk. I've been loving these Dr. Brown's bottles. disclosure they are a pain to wash because there are so many pieces but they do work. 

Burp Cloths - I don't think you can have enough of these...so stack up ladies!! I have them scattered around my house ready to grab incase she spits up. 

LAUNDRY

Drying rack - I was a little clueless to the whole 'you can't put babies clothes in the dryer because they'll turn into barbie clothes.' So quickly invested in a drying rack. 

All Free & Clear Laundry Detergent - I bought the baby laundry detergent at first and almost gagged when I opened it because of the perfumes. So talked to my doctor and got the OK to use my regular detergent as it's free of perfumes and dyes. This also makes things soo much easier because I can throw our laundry and hers all together.  

SLEEP

Velcro swaddle - As cute as the Aden and Ani swaddles are, they just weren't practical for both my husband and I during nighttime changes and feedings. We quickly realized we needed velcro swaddles and have been using the SwaddleMe swaddles and love how quick and easy they are. 

HALO Bassinest - Pre-baby I was going back and forth between this Restoration Hardware Bassinet and the HALO Bassinest but SO glad I went with the HALO Bassinet. The mesh sides are great for the baby to breathe, it has a built in light and sound machine that come in handy, it swivels to the bed, and has pockets so you can put bottles, diapers, burp cloths, etc. 

White Noise Machine - At night we've been using the white noice on the HALO Bassinet but during the day the white noice comes in handy when she's fussy. We bought this one, but I also use this YouTube white noise video on my phone and it works like a charm.

CHANGING

Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers - Hands down my favorite diapers. My favorite thing is the yellow line that turns blue when the diaper is wet, which makes it so easy to tell if the baby needs a diaper change without taking the diaper off.

Uppi Diaper Pail - This pail is so great because it keeps out all the smells. 

Motherlove diaper cream - I bought this on accident thinking it was their Nipple Cream (hello pregnancy brain!) but started using it after Olivia get a little diaper rash and it cleared up better then the Desitin, which also leaves a white residue on the baby's skin. 

Pampers wipes - I have both the Huggies and Pampers wipes but prefer the Pampers as they're a bit softer on a baby's bum. 

PLAY/MISC.

Momaroo - I heard so many mixed things about this - some babies loved it while others hated it. So I made sure to save the box incase our daughter hated it. But, the verdict is out...she loves it. Best baby swing ever! This Mamaroo swing is fancy, it comes with various types of swing motions including a car ride and makes sounds, which you can also connect to your phone to play off there. 

Rock N' Play Sleeper - I love this sleeper! It's great for newborns because their head is at a bit of an incline, it rocks without you having to push it, and it's easily portable so she can sleep in any room.

Bouncer - This is a newer purchase towards the end of two months. My mom bought this when Olivia stayed with her and she loved it. Our daughter loves looking around so this is great because I can put it on the table or kitchen island and have her at eye level with me. She also likes the bouncing...it keeps her very occupied. It also makes sound and vibrates. 

Wubbanub - If your baby will take a pacifier, get a  Wubbanub. They are a lifesaver; like the burp cloths, I have a few upstairs and downstairs. 

Nail file - I haven't quite mustered the courage with nail clippers yet so have been filing her nails when they get too long. 

I know this post is SO long, and I give you props if you've made it this far! Every item I linked is the exact product I used! I really hope this helps a lot of you new mamas because it's certainly helped me. If theres any essentials you're using for 3+months, I'd love to know. :)