December 30, 2016

10 Low- Key Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve

10 Low- Key Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve

The countdown to 2017 is on! This year I have absolutely zero plans to go out for New Year’s Eve and am looking forward to a low-key and wallet-friendly evening. If you’re like me and plan on keeping the evening casual, check out some of these inexpensive ideas that you can do with friends, or even just you and your honey:

December 29, 2016

December Beauty Favorites

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black, Colourpop Lippie Stix, Physiicans Formula Shimmer Strips Palette, Pixi Rose Oil


It's been a couple months since I last rounded up some of my beauty favorites so I wanted to share a few that I've been using... a lot. It's funny, I feel like I have SO many products, but I always tend to keep using the same ones all the time. Does this happen to anyone else, too?  Here's what I've been loving this month:

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black is a deeper, warmer scent than the white version and seems more fitting for winter months. Notes include sandalwood, vanilla, and violet, a mix that has a slight masculine appeal to it. Since the scent is a bit heavier, I tend to wear it when I go out at night. The one I have is in a smaller travel size, which I prefer because it let's me try out a fragrance before committing to a full size-- rollerballs are also great!

My skin has been super dry this past week so I've been applying oil at night. One that I've been using is the Pixi Rose Oil Blend, which has a mix of almond, jojoba, rose hip, pomegranate seed and rose geranium oils.  It is on the pricey end, which oils typically are, but well worth every penny. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and smooth!

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I love a good highlight and right now my go-to has been Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Nude Palette. This palette includes 12 soft shimmery shades that can be swirled together, used individually or pretty much used in whatever combo you'd like-- I usually take a fan brush and run it across the upper half. The result is an absolute perfect highlight that's soft, glowy and just all out gorgeous. I use this on my cheeks, to highlight brow bone, inner eyes, and even cupid's bow above my lip. You can even use the shades as eyeshadows! If you love a good highlight, I highly recommend trying this one out.

Early this year I tried Colourpop for the first time and since then I've been hooked. Lately I've been loving their Lippie Stix in LBB, a pretty deep wine shade, like a plum-red and is so stunning for the holidays. Did you see that Colourpop launched a collection with Revolve?! You can grab the limited edition Colourpop x Revolve Lip Kit with 6 Lippie Stix for just $30!

What have been some of your favorite beauty products this month? Share!

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December 27, 2016

Rosé and Sweater Weather + Good HUES-Day LINKUP

Soft pink sweater outfit from A Good Hue

Eeeks, can you believe 2016 is already ending? It has definitely been a roller coaster of a year so I'm hoping 2017 will be a bit more of a smooth ride. I'm looking forward to what the new year will bring. 

Before the year ends, I wanted to share one last outfit for 2016-- which seems fitting given the colder weather lately. At least here in SoCal. Then again, anything under 60* is cold to us :P Keep reading to see more and get all the outfit details. Don't forget to join this week's Good HUES-Day linkup>>

December 26, 2016

Unwrapping the December POPSUGAR Must Have Box + Coupon

POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try, all opinions are my own. No monetary compensation has been provided. Thank you for supporting brands that support A Good Hue.


A couple week's ago, a box of cheer in the form of this month's POPSUGAR Must Have box arrived on my doorstep! This month's theme is based around giving, minimalism and of course holiday festivity.

The POPSUGAR Must Have Box is a lifestyle subscription box curated by the POPSUGAR editors that includes beauty, fashion, fitness, food, even home items. Every month, a new box is released containing new items (full-sized!) from these categories. Read more to find out what's in this month's POPSUGAR Must Have box, plus a coupon code to save on your first box!

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale NYE Picks


Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! It's crazy that Christmas is done and over with. Did you get anything good? I'd love to hear about your the best gifts you received (and gave!), let me know in the comments below! Admittedly, I am a bit shopped out (shocking, I know) from all the gift buying this past month but I couldn't help myself and took a peek at the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale that's going on now through Jan. 2nd.

There's a lot of great buys-- especially for New Year's weekend- no matter if you're heading out to party the night away on NYE, embarking on a weekend ski trip, or staying in parked on the couch all weekend (AKA my plan). I also rounded up a few fab beauty deals I discovered-- such great prices on these! To shop or for more product info, just click on each of the products below:

Party Night


Snow Ski Weekend


Cozy Night In
That adorable mug is seriously under $4... Love!

Beauty Buys


Do you have plans for NYE? Share!

December 22, 2016

The Perfect Gift with Thoughtfully + GIVEAWAY [CLOSED]

*I received this gift set from Thoughtfully.co for review purposes, all opinions are my own. No monetary compensation has been provided. Will work for cookies. Thank you for supporting the brands that support A Good Hue.

Sweet Circus Skillet Cookies and Milk Holiday or Birthday Gift Box from Thoughtfully

The countdown to Christmas is on... just three more days! If you're still trying to figure out what to get for your boss or maybe you need to send a gift to your friend or family in another state but don't want to get those generic chocolate & sausage gift sets (you know what I'm talking about), I feel your pain. Luckily, this is where the ultra-amazing gift boxes from Thoughtfully come in.

Keep reading to find out why Thoughtfully gift boxes makes the absolute perfect gift for anyone on your list... even those hard-to-shop-for people.

December 20, 2016

Good HUES-Day: Winter White in Toronto + LINKUP


During my busy travel week earlier this month, I went to Toronto for a couple days for a work event and was pretty stoked about this trip. I was excited because A) I built in some extra time to explore Toronto a little and B) I finally had the chance to wear this chic white dress I bought at Forever 21 last year. Yes, it took me a year (maybe even longer?!?) to wear this dress but it was the perfect occasion. I think white looks so chic during December/January and added a stunning statement necklace for that perfect touch of bling.

See more of this outfit and my quick trip to Toronto, plus join this week's Good HUES-Day linkup>>

December 19, 2016

Double-Date Night Fun at WinterFest OC + Discount

This post is sponsored by Gigasavvy on behalf of Winter Fest OC. Thank you for supporting the brands that support A Good Hue.

Winter Fun at Winter Fest OC in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Where else can you find real snow, millions of lights, ice skating and snow tubing in SoCal? Down near the beach at Winter Fest OC, of course! Even though we don't have kids, Steve and I like finding fun holiday events and attractions to get in the Christmas spirit so we were we're thrilled to have the chance to go to Winter Fest OC this year. The event, which takes place at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. allows us to have a fun, inexpensive date night and is great for all ages. We made it even more fun by going with another couple for a double-date night. 

We grabbed some drinks (and made sure our jackets were zipped up, it was so chilly that night!) and made our way through the event for some double-date winter fun. Continue reading to find out our favorites from the event and how to get tickets, plus a fab discount!  >> 

December 13, 2016

Good HUES-Day: New Orleans Holiday Style

New Orleans Holiday: Plaid Shirt, Uniqlo Down Jacket and The Limited Jeans
Jacket: Uniqlo | Plaid Shirt: H&M | Skinny Jeans: The Limited | Ankle Boots: Sole Society | Crossbody Fringe Handbag: Target | Necklace: Stella & Dot

I had THE busiest travel week I ever had-- I visited Toronto, New York City, and New Orleans all within one week... whew! While I was in Toronto and NYC for work, New Orleans was all play. I met up with my aunt there for a long weekend to explore the French Quarter, try some yummy foods (like gumbo!) and sip some good drinks (my drink of choice was Pimm's Cup). We had a great time taking in the rich history and culture in New Orleans. 

Check out more of what I was up to in New Orleans, plus join this week's Good HUES-Day link party >>

December 12, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Guys

Holiday and Christmas Gifts for Him

TBH I've been doing okay on my Christmas shopping this year. Not great, not even good. Just "okay". I'm somewhat at a loss as to what to get the guys in my life-- my boyfriend, dad, brother-in-law, etc. I'm hoping that by putting this post together I'll find some inspiration, I mean, if I were a guy I would like any of these gifts! I can always go with fishing gear, some cool tech accessories, comfy slippers, or even men's grooming sets-- there's so many possibilities! Here's a few gift ideas for men that I think would be fantastic:

1. I was talking to a co-worker about the Amazon Echo Dot last week-- they sound so neat! This is definitely topping my list. You can ask it to play music, get Uber, shop, and even control your home devices. Tres cool.

2. How awesome is this Marshall 'Kilburn' Bluetooth Speaker? If the guy you're buying for is into music or has ever in a band, he will definitely appreciate this speaker that looks like a Marshall amp.  Trust me on this one.

3. If all else fails, I always know that flannel sleep pants / PJs are always a welcomed gift, especially with the weather getting cooler. Last year I bought my boyfriend a fun pair of fishing PJ pants-- you can never go wrong with a simple plaid though!

4. That special man in your life can get the perfect shave with The Art of Shaving Starter Kit. The set is great for those with sensitive skin, using aromatherapy-based products including pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after-shave balm, and shaving brush.

5. Motivate him to keep up with his fitness with the Fitbit 'Blaze' Smart Fitness Watch. Not only can he keep track of his steps and sleep time, he can receive texts, caller ID and even switch up his music using this smart watch.

6. Let him play bartender with a Moscow Mule gift set from Thoughtfully.co. This set includes all the essentials-- two copper mugs, a glass shaker, gourmet ginger beer, mule mix and even ginger beer.

Tell me, what are some great gift ideas for the men in your life?


December 5, 2016

Snow Date at Winter Fest OC + GIVEAWAY [CLOSED]

This post is sponsored by Gigasavvy on behalf of Winter Fest OC. Thank you for supporting the brands that support A Good Hue.

Southern California Winter Fest

Aside from a drive up into the mountains, there's not much of a chance you'll see snow in Southern California, least of all right next to the beach... unless you go to Winter Fest, of course!

The snow will soon be coming down at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa for Winter Fest December 16- January 1. Winter Fest is perfect for some wintery family fun, for groups of friends looking for a fun time, or like me, a chill(y) and charming date night with your SO. We're planning to make it a double-date for double the fun!

This snow-filled event will feature snow tubing, a full ice skating rink (I am horrible but I'll still lace up get on the ice!), snow play including an ice slide, a holiday light show with more than 2 million lights, carnival rides, eats & drinks and even the chance to see Santa! Hey, us big kids love Santa too.  If you're looking for something to kick your holiday spirit in gear or to start a new tradition, this is definitely it.

Winter Fest- Orange County
Image via Winter Fest OC

Grab your honey for a snowman making contest or a race down the ice slide, then warm up with a yummy cup of cocoa... and a cookie or two ;)  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.winterfestoc.com.

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