Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Best Black Friday Sales



Hi there! I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving! I'm cooking tomorrow but in the meantime I'm rounding up the BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS for you (and me, let's be honest) from the places I shop from the most. I don't know about you, but I prefer doing most of my shopping online in my PJ's. You've seen me show items from these retailers on my Instagram and my YouTube channel. Let me know if you would like specific recommendations from any.




Kate Spade: 30% off $250 or more with code: GIVEJOY 
11/21 - 11/26

Tory Burch: 30% off $250 or more with code: THANKS 
11/21 - 11/27

Old Navy: 50% off entire purchase 

Loft: 50% off with code: FRIYAY


Ann Taylor: 50% off with code: THANKFUL


J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything


Nordstrom: up to 40% off select styles

11/24 - 12/2

J.Crew: 40% off with code: THANKU

11/21 - 11/26

Ray Ban: 20% off site wide (up to 50% limited styles)

11/22 - 11/27

T3: 25% off with code: FRIDAY17

11/21 - 11/26

Banana Republic: 50% off site wide


Wayfair: up to 80% off selected styles


Pottery Barn: up to 50% off selected styles


World Market: 40% off furniture with code: FERNDALE

Overstock: up to 70% off site wide 


Macy's: extra 20% site wide (some exclusions) with code: HURRY

Stella & Dot: up to 30% off sale styles now-11/26, 50 NEW styles added Black Friday up to 50% off

Wildfox: 40% off with code: ALLSMILES

Saksoff5th: extra 30-50% off with code: HOLIDAY17 for various discounts

Too Faced: 25% off everything
11/24

Mark & Graham: 20% off plus free shipping with code: FRIENDS

Origins: 25% off with code: FRIDAY

Tarte: 25% off (almost everything) with code: PREVIEW

American Eagle: 40% off everything plus free shipping

Dress Barn: Buy One, Get One 50% everything with code: FRIDAY50

DSW: 20% off everything (brand exclusions apply) with code: BLACKFRI20



Thursday, November 02, 2017

Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos

Hi everyone! I wanted to get this recipe for Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos out because I get a lot of questions asking how I make this each time I mention it in a video on my YouTube Channel. I use the term "recipe" loosely. There are 3 ingredients! This is a super easy weeknight meal and it serves enough for a family or you can have leftovers like we do.



Ingredients

*3-4 Chicken Breasts depending on size. (I've been using 4 at my Husbands request for more leftovers) I also use frozen chicken for this. You could use fresh of course. Both turn out the same.
*1 16oz jar Salsa Verde (I like the Herdez brand but any will do)
*Cumin Powder

Directions

Place the chicken breasts evenly in the bottom of the Crockpot. Sprinkle the Cumin over evenly just to coat (see photo). Then pour the jar of Salsa Verde evenly over all the chicken breasts. Cover and cook on High 4-5 hours or Low for 8 hours. At the end of the cook time, or about an hour before, take two forks and shred all of the chicken. I then turn the Crockpot to Warm and let sit until ready to eat (usually about 30-40 minutes more). There will be quite a bit of liquid still, so I like to drain off most before serving so not to have soggy tacos.

We eat this using soft taco shells but of course you could use crunchy. I think I'm just programed to eat crunchy tacos with ground beef/turkey and soft tacos with chicken or fish. I hope you enjoy and leave me a comment if you're making them.






Thursday, July 27, 2017

Morning Skincare Routine | Over 40


A little backstory on my skin... I have aging, hormonal acne, sensitive skin. Sounds great, right? It's not fun trying to keep up with my ever changing skin but for several months now, these products have been working and I'm seeing my skin in a better place. I also suffer from small to large milia on my chin. Those are bumps under the skin but are not acne. (they can appear like acne though because they change the texture of skin) Milia have to be professionally removed or treated with chemical and physical exfoliators. I'll explain more on that in my nighttime routine.


Step 1: Exfoliate

I've changed up my skincare slightly over the past few months. I have to do this from time to time when my current routine is no longer working. I'll often incorporate new products but always find myself going back to old faithful's as well. This exfoliating polish by Lancer is game changing! It's a new product for me. I've tried all the major brands of physical exfoliators out there. This one doesn't even compare! It feels like a microdermabrasion treatment you'd get in a professional skincare office. Starting out each morning with this polish has seriously made my skin so much softer and the texture is less noticeable. Tip: a little goes a long way so don't use too much and waste it since the cost is a bit higher. 

Step 2: Cleanse

I've used this cleanser off and on for several years now. I believe this is my second bottle. A little goes a long way. I like it because it has a small amount of Salicylic Acid but doesn't dry out my skin. Salicylic is great for unclogging pores and keeping acne at bay. I suffered from cystic acne in my 20's. Got over that and now I'm blessed with the occasional hormonal acne. All of these steps (plus evening care) are helping keep it in check. 

Step 3: Treat

After I've cleansed my face, I apply this eye cream. Several years ago my under eye area was dryer than the rest of my face so I started using one. Now it's like a habit I can't break. I have sensitive eyes and this doesn't bother me. I've had a few favorites over the years but always go back to this one. It has a nice but subtle pink tinted sheen. Great for brightening! 

I've also bragged about this Vitamin C Serum for several years. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant and helps to brighten and tighten the skin plus promote collagen. Again, I've tried many other popular brands but I never see results or they irritate my skin. This one is great without a high price point! 

Step 4: Moisturize

As I've gotten older, my skin has become more reactive and more sensitive. This moisturizer is great because it provides just enough hydration without being greasy or irritating my skin. I've used many products from the Origins line over the years and you really can't go wrong with any of them. Like I said, I always go back to them when my skin is freaking out or I just need something simple but also works. 

*thank you to Origins for providing some of these products. This is not a sponsored post. All other products purchased by me. The Origins products are just replacements for the same products I had already purchased.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Round 2

Hi everyone! I just posted my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale & Try On video so be sure to check it out to see how everything fits, what I'm keeping and so forth.


As I mentioned in the first post (you can read that here), I did make a second and third order. I'm still waiting on my third to arrive today. In the meantime, I wanted to break each category down for you and make it easier to shop and see things. Again, please refer to the video if you'd like to see what actually worked.

Beauty Items 
(I didn't purchase these during the sale but actually already own them and recommend)



Shoes



Dresses



Tops/Sweaters



Jeans


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!


Hi everyone! I'm not sure if you're like me but this time of year I go between getting sick of hearing about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale but then thinking about all the good stuff I can buy, lol. So I thought I'd just share what I bought this morning online during Early Access for Nordstrom card holders. {that's why I became a card holder a few years ago}

If you're not familiar with the Sale, every year Nordstrom puts a lot of their brand new Fall/Winter merchandise on sale. We're talking major discounts! Some as much as 50% off!!! It's not just clothing either. Mens, Womens, Home, Accessories, Shoes, you name it! I suggest starting with a category like shoes and search that entire category and move on. That's what I did and each time I found something, I added it to my cart and then did a final look before checking out. I'm sure I'll place more than one order though. :) *edited to add I've already placed a second order. 

Early Access for card holders: July 13-20. The public sale is July 21-August 6. You can browse the online catalog here. Items tend to sell out quickly so be sure to snag what you want early! If you're not sure on a size, order both!

You can shop my picks directly below. Or shop the entire sale here


Monday, May 08, 2017

Mother's Day Makeup & Skincare Giveaway!


Happy Mother's Day! I wanted to do something special for all the great Mom's out there that follow or watch my videos. Or you can gift this to your Mom. I've been gathering SO MUCH makeup and skincare to give away! There's everything from makeup brushes to nail polish, sheet masks and of course makeup. Hope you or your Mom enjoy and thanks for watching/following me! :)

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

White Denim & Navy



Ahh, something Navy. I'm pretty sure I've mentioned my love for anything Navy or Navy & White. I'm just drawn to it. Not sure if it's the classic vibe or the simplicity or what really. So about this sweater, it does come in other colors if you're not into Navy like I am. However, when I saw this I grabbed it up super quick! It's nice and lightweight - perfect for Spring or Fall! Would look cute with shorts as well. It does run true to size. I'm wearing a small. These White Jeans are ones I've had for a few years but I linked the new pair I bought recently as well as old favorites. Shop my Bracelet (which also can be worn as a necklace) here and my Diamond Initial Necklace here. These are my Earrings.




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Thursday, March 09, 2017

Light Colored Denim




These Light Colored Denim pants are fast becoming my favorite for spring. They are the perfect tan/gray shade that goes with practically anything. They are a great alternative to white but go with just as much. Love the zip detail on the ankles! These are ankle length so they look great with a variety of shoe styles. They are stretchy so you may want to size down one. Here I've paired them with a striped top and accessories from My Stella & Dot.





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Utility Jacket



This Utility Jacket or Anorak Jacket is by far one of the most worn items I own. In my opinion, everyone needs one. It's the perfect transition piece and looks great with many styles of outfits. I bought mine in a Medium so I could wear over sweatshirts like I did here, if need be. It's lightweight enough to pack though, too. Earrings are from My Stella & Dot.



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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Gray Pullover and Slip On Sneakers




If you've been following me for awhile, you know I'm a sucker for anything Gray and especially Slip On Sneakers. I've owned this Gray pair from Vans for a few years now and they are seriously one of THE most comfy pairs of shoes I've ever owned! I own many others from different brands but there is something about these Vans. These are the canvas ones. I just bought a black perforated pair but they fit differently. Trying to love those as much as these. I may or may not wear these with almost everything because they are just too easy to slip on and go.

This pullover sweater. Omg, THE softest thing ever! As soft as your favorite sweatshirt (maybe even more) but slightly more put together. It's a little oversized. I'm wearing a small here but could have gone with the xs for a more fitted style. I wore this for some quick errands and it was supposed to rain any minute. Earrings are from My Stella & Dot.




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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Cowl Neck Sweatshirt


How cute is this sweatshirt?! I showed it recently in a haul video and absolutely love it! It's like wearing a hoodie without the annoying hood throwing your neck forward or messing up your hair. I love gray so of course I had to have it. It also comes in a few other neutral colors. Would look great paired with white denim for spring as well! Today I'm pairing it with my new sneakers. Again, loving the neutrals and sneaker trend. Don't have to twist my arm to buy another pair. These run true to size by the way and do come in other colors. Get my Diamond Initial Necklace here




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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blog Sale | Closet Sale

Rules: 
1. Paypal only.
2. S/H flat rate $5 US + $1 for each additional item.
3. US Only.
4. All Sales Final. 
5. Items are first come, first serve.
6. Payment is due upon receipt of invoice or the item(s) will go to the next person.

Purchase Procedure:
Email me at misscrystalmakeup@yahoo.com with your order and Paypal email.
I will send you an invoice via Paypal.
Your item(s) will be held for 24hrs. Once payment goes through, I will send out the package.
* I can provide additional pictures if requested.
* NWT=New With Tags
* NWOT=New Without Tags


Kate Spade New York Cluster Stud Earrings $25 shipped SOLD



Target Merona Wedge Sandal - Brown - Sz 7.5 $12 SOLD



Target Merona Wedge Cork Sandal - Navy/Tan - Sz 7 $15 SOLD



LuLus One Shoulder Cocktail Dress - Black - Sz M/L $15 SOLD



 NWT Jessica Howard Sweater Dress - Navy/Tan - Sz S $25 SOLD



 NWT Gabby Skye Fit and Flare Scuba Dress w/Pockets, Back Zip - Sz 4 $25 SOLD



NWOT Truly Madly Deeply V Neck Tunic Tee - Gray - Sz M $12 SOLD



NWOT Cynthia Rowley 3/4 Sleeve Tee - Black/Tan - Sz M $12 SOLD



NWOT Target Merona LS Tunic Tee - Deep Plum - Sz S $12 SOLD



Chaps Ralph Lauren Plaid Flannel Shirt - Sz PM $15 SOLD



JCP Split Neck Blouse - Navy/White - Sz S $12 SOLD



Target Massimo V Neck Tunic Sweater - Gray - Sz S $15 SOLD



NWOT American Eagle Drapey Sleeveless Tank - Coral - Sz M $12 SOLD




Multi Color Brights Goldtone Statement Necklace $15 Shipped SOLD



Multi Color Pastels Goldtone Statement Necklace $15 Shipped SOLD



 Leigh Elena Leather Wrap Bracelet $25 Shipped



Turquoise Silvertone Statement Necklace $15 Shipped SOLD



Multi Strand Silvertone Link Statement Necklace $15 Shipped SOLD



Silvertone Statement Necklace $15 Shipped SOLD



NWOT Halter Tie Neck Maxi Dress Sz S $19 SOLD



Tie Waist Navy Print Maxi Dress Sz S $15 SOLD




Ralph Lauren Polo Sport Yellow/White Stripe Button Down Shirt Sz 4 $12 SOLD


Tunic Olive Green Sweater Sz L (juniors) $10 SOLD


Target Merona Sweater Sz M $10 SOLD
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