Black Friday Favorites: Beauty Edition

Hey sweet friends!!

I wanted to share some of my favorite beauty products that I use and wear everyday that are on sale today!!

This post is going to be a little quick and to the point! I’m just going to list my faves with the sale and coupon codes! If you want to hear me rave about any of these products more in depth, head to my Youtube channel! 

Claire René on Youtube!

Foundation

I wear the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, and you can take 20% off with the code: TAKE20 on www.nars.com

Concealer

I ONLY use the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer! It’s the best concealer on the market! You can get 30% off TarteCosmetics.com with code: FRIDAY30!

Bronzer

The Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer is the BEST drugstore bronzer, and it smells amazing! I wear it every single day! Shop Physiciansformula.com and use code: BFBOGO to get everything buy one get one 50%! 

Blush

My go-to blush I wear every single day is the Becca Nightingale Blush! Another fun option is their luminous blush, which adds a little bit of a glow! Both of these blushes are 50% off on Beccacosmetics.com. 

Highlight

This Pixie by Petra Highlighter is the best highlight I’ve ever used, and all of Pixie buy one get one 50% off with code: PIXIEBOGO!  

Setting Spray

Another item by Pixie , their Glow Mist! This is my favorite drugstore setting spray/makeup mist! It leaves the skin so unbelievably dewy and really melts the makeup in! You could get both Pixie items for BOGO 50% off with code: PIXIEBOGO!

Mascara

This is my go to mascara! The Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara is incredible! It makes my lashes look so long, full, and it’s a buildable formula! Get 20% off with code: FRIENDS on Lancome!

My Go-To Brushes

The best “high end” brushes that money can buy are by Sigma Beauty! Get 30% off site wide! 

A Great Gift Set Option

This Benefit Gift Set is a really good deal from Sephora! This set is only $15, and it includes my favorite primer the Benefit Porefessional, the Hoola Bronzer (a great bronzer), and the Bad Gal Bang Mascara (also amazing!) 

Happy Shopping!

xx Claire

Black Friday Favorites: Fashion Edition

Hey friends!!

I thought I’d throw together a quick little guide to Black Friday from all the stores I love  and post about constantly!! 

Most of my wardrobe are from these 3 stores, and they’re having amazing sales today! 

Target

Target’s sales differ across the website, but they’re all great!!

Women’s sweaters are starting as low as $10! This mustard sweater is only $10 and is available in other colors as well! 

All their Christmas PJ’S are on sale for the whole family! My Santa Hat PJ’s are only $5 today!! 

I get a TON of my boots and booties from Target, and these Black Chelsea Boots are only $15! 

Plus, when you spend $50 today you’ll get  20% off coupon by email good to use on your next purchase! (11/27-12/8)

https://www.target.com

Boohoo

Boohoo’s sale is unreal!! 60% off SITEWIDE!!!

They have some of my favorite jeans ever!! I wear my Light Wash High Waisted Mom Jeans ALL THE TIME! They’re real denim, so they have some weight to them, and the high-waist is perfect!! Today they’re only $14.40! 

Another pair I love are my true blue Straight Leg Jeans! I love the cropped fit, and they’re a staple to have in your closet if you’re into that retro vibe! Today they’re only $20!

I get a lot of my fun, printed trousers from Boohoo that you all seem to love!! Both of these pairs are $20 and under!

Woven Tartan Wide Leg Trousers

Woven Check Print Tapered Trouser

Boohoo has some of the most unique boots and booties, and they’re all so affordable!!! I am adding these Red Patent Leather Chelsea Boots to my Christmas list!!! ❤ AND they’re only $17.60 today!!

https://us.boohoo.com

Forever 21

Forever 21 is doing 30% off site wide today + free shipping, with the code: BLKFRI30!

If you know me then you know I get the majority of my closet from Forever 21! 🙂

First of all, this Multicolor Cardigan is the coolest thing i’ve ever seen! For sure adding that to my wishlist! 

The whole world asks me on Instagram almost everyday where my sherpa lined jean jacket is from, and I got mine from TJ Maxx, so it doesn’t exist anymore, and I can’t link it for you! BUT this Quilted-Lined Jean Jacket from F21 is IDENTICAL!!

Oh HI!! I love blazers, overcoats, and all things plaid, so this Tweed Glen Plaid Coat has my name written all over it, and today you can get it for a steal!!  

I have been loving the fringe cardigan trend we’ve been seeing lately, and this one from F21 is beautiful!! 

I just loved this Mock Neck Sweater the second I saw it! So elegant and classy, and a staple for your closet! 

https://www.forever21.com/us/shop

Some of my other favorite stores!

http://us.topshop.com – up to 50% off

https://www.asos.com – 20% off with code: HELLO20

https://www.urbanoutfitters.com – Mix & match any items, BOGO 50%


Cozy Gift Guide with Sweet Olive & Co.

Hi sweet friends!

Welcome back!! And Happy Thanksgiving!

Today’s post is super exciting!! We’re talkin’ a collaboration with Sweet Olive & Co. Boutique! 

Sweet Olive is the one-stop-shop for all your holiday shopping and gifting for all the amazing women in your life! They literally have everything. From home decor, to the coziest beanies, they have it all. 

If you aren’t familiar with Sweet Olive Boutique, they’re a trendy, women’s clothing boutique with 4 locations across Indy: Greenwood, Franklin, Plainfield, and Noblesville. They carry sizes small-3X, and they have an online inventory with free U.S. shipping! 

If you’re anything like me, or you know someone like me, and love all things cozy and warm, then this is the gift guide for you.

Cozy Gift Ideas!

Gift ideas for the girl who’s always cold, for the boss babe who works from home in her PJ’s (aka the homebody aka me), or for anyone who just likes really soft, cozy things and a good cup of coffee!

The Ultimate Pullover

Oh hi, perfect! Is this not the perfect pullover? The “Country Hayride Pullover” in camel is not only the cutest pullover I’ve seen to date, but also the comfiest I’ve ever felt. I wish you could feel how soft this is through the screen.  I haven’t taken it off since the day I bought it. Yes, I  bought it for someone else. And yes, I do have to go back to Sweet Olive to get another one for them because this one is now mine. It’s that good.

Can’t Go Wrong with a Christmas Graphic

Okay I know what you’re thinking. Not cozy, not warm, why is this in my gift guide? Well, coffee, duh! Nothing warms my heart more than coffee & Christmas cheer! (It’ll all come full circle soon! ;)) I think this “Christmas Cheer Top” is the perfect tee to throw on under the pullover, so not only are you warmer because of an added layer, but you’re also super festive just in case! You never know. 

The Best Leggings

Every girl can always use a really great pair of leggings, for warmth and for functionality. Or for your pants of choice M-F. (Shhh I won’t tell!) And these, my friends, are a really great pair of leggings. Sweet Olive’s “Classic Premium Leggings” are not see through, they’re seamless, and they’re just really good. They hold up really well, and they’re not super thin! And also now we have a whole outfit, which is always nice. 

Go-To Warm Scarf

Seriously? It doesn’t get better than this scarf. Well, actually I can name a few things that are better. Like Disney World and Golden Doodles. But that’s pretty much it. 

Let’s just start from the top.

The color, stunning. The texture, so good! The style, dead. The ability to keep you warm? Unreal. This scarf is SO warm!

Sweet Olive carries a few color options in this style of scarf! Unfortunately, this exact one isn’t available online, but I would check in-stores!! Here are a few good scarf options that they do have online! I feel like every woman loves receiving winter staples like scarves or beanies for Christmas, so you can’t really go wrong here! 

A Sweet Olive Gift Box!

And last, but certainly not least, we have this super unique gift option: The Sweet Olive Gift Boxes! These are available in stores and are customizable! Each box comes with a bath bomb and a Signature C.C Beanie (you decide the color of the beanie), and the 3rd item is up to you between a mug, a wine glass, a candle, or a gift card! And guess what? It’s a $45 value for only $30!! And it’s the cutest, so it’s a win-win for everyone!!

I chose a mug for mine that reads, “She believed she could, but she was really tired so she didn’t!” Literally me. Lol. Sweet Olive has some super punny and goofy mugs and wine glasses! The perfect addition to any gift! (See, I told you we’d make it back to coffee!! I always do. ;))

The Signature C.C Beanies are my favorite!! I’m not much of a beanie wearer, but these fit so well, and they’re super warm! And they come in a billion colors!!

I hope I’ve inspired some gift ideas for you for that someone in your life who’s maybe always cold, or who you constantly hear say, “OH MY GOSH IT’S SOOO SOFT!!” or who’s idea of a wild night is a cozy night in, by the fire, with a cup of coffee! If you’re curious, all of those things are me. Lol.

Sweet Olive has a super awesome Black Friday deal going on now: THANKFUL4U30 for 30% off site-wide and in-store!! (A Cyber Monday deal headed your way very soon; I will update you, don’t worry!) But on any other day of the year you can use the code: CLAIRERENE15 for 15% off your purchase!

Follow Sweet Olive on Instagram!

Thank you so much for stopping by & Happy Gifting! 

xx Claire

This post is sponsored by Sweet Olive & Co. Boutique. 

Welcome to Indy, Macaron Bar!

Hi friends! 

I am so excited to let you guys know the Macaron Bar in Indianapolis on Mass. Ave is officially open and taking over the world. Well, my world. Lol.

If you don’t know, the Macaron Bar is basically the coolest place ever. They specialize in making and selling classic French macarons (that’s only one ‘O’) and they’re the only bakery dedicated to macarons in Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Louisville, and now Indy! They offer over 10+ flavors daily and have seasonal flavors added in as well.  They also offer classes so that you can learn their techniques and tricks and make them at home. And trust me, you’ll need all the tips and tricks you can get. These guys are hard to perfect. I’m still very far off from perfecting mine, but attending the event at the Macaron Bar last week with the ladies of the Indy Blog Society sure did help. 

The Macaron Bar started in 2014 in Cincinnati, and has expanded into 3 more cities in the last 4 years. Cincinnati native Nathan Sivitz, our instructor for the evening, helped launch the brand in 2014 and even took a macaron master class in Paris, France. So basically he knows what he’s doing. 

Nathan walked us through the basics and the process of creating the traditional, French macaron. I was like a little kid in a candy shop. If you didn’t know, I have loved to bake and cook my whole life, and the only channel I watch on TV is the Food Network. Every since I was a little girl, I wanted to open my own pastry shop and use the word “eclair” only spelled “Eclaire” somewhere in the title. I have always wanted to be on some form of competition show on the Food Network. So basically standing in the kitchen, watching him whip up some macarons, felt like I was on “The Holiday Baking Championship”, and everything was okay in the world. 

The basics of a French macaron are: powdered sugar, almond flour, room temperature egg whites, and granulated sugar. Fun fact: they do not flavor the cookies themselves, they only flavor the filling! Each macaron has the same cookie, with a different color added, and a different flavored filling. 

If you add flavorings to the cookie itself, you risk messing up the consistency and texture. If you add the wrong kind of food dye (liquid) you can also mess up the cookie. 

Sift. Whip. Fold. Cut. Scoop. Turn. Fill. Pipe. Drop. Set. Bake. Got all that?

Like I said, these little guys are challenging to make, but well worth the perseverance and endurance. Not sure what any of what I just said means? Perfect! You’re the perfect candidate to attend one of their unique classes!

They offer classes for anyone at any stage in the baking process! If you’re brand new to the world of macarons, they have a class for you! If you’re more advanced or need some decorating guidance, they have a class for you! If you have a child who loves to bake, they have a class for them! 

If you’re interested in attending a class, book HERE!

I got to try my hand at a few of the steps along the way during our event, and I can tell you that I will definitely be back to further my knowledge of the French macaron, as well as perfect my technique! Even though, my fiancé will still eat them despite their density, texture, and cracks! Lol. 

If eating is more your speed, the Macaron Bar Indy is located at 425 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN, 46204, open: 

  • Monday – Thursday: 12 pm – 9 pm
  • Friday: 11 am – 10 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 10 pm
  • Sunday: 11 am – 8 pm

Be sure to check them out on Instagram for local updates and seasonal flavor additions: Macaron Bar on Instagram and like them on Facebook!

Thanks so much for stopping by! And thank you to the Macaron Bar for having me! 

Skincare Must Haves with Advanced Clinicals

Hey friends!!

Sorry I’m really bad at this whole blogging thing. One day I’ll post consistently lol

Today I am sharing some newfound loves of mine, that I’ve added into my skincare routine: the Advanced Clinicals Retinol & Collagen formulas! They have both serums and lotions in these lines, and they’re all amazing! These Advanced Clinicals products are available at select Walmart stores nationwide!

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But I’m getting ahead of myself. Who’s Advanced Clinicals? I’m glad you asked! They’re a skin care line focused on “problem solving,” using only high-quality ingredients backed by science at AMAZING prices!!

All Advanced Clinicals products retail for $30 and under. That’s basically unheard of when it comes to skincare! And this stuff actually works!!

Okay, where were we? Retinol & Collagen!

Both are so important to be included in your skincare routine! Retinol and collagen both help fight against the signs of aging, and it’s never too early to start!!

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Collagen: Collagen is a protein found naturally in your body! As we get older, our bodies produce less and less of it, resulting in wrinkles and fine lines. Using collagen orally or topically will  improve your skin’s elasticity, reduce your wrinkles, and increase your skin moisture.

Retinol: Retinol is a form of vitamin A. Retinol helps to prevent buildup of dead skin cells, helps create new cells, and encourages new collagen formation. All of that to say, your skin will feel softer and be more plump!

Advanced Clinicals’ Retinol and Collagen formulas are both available at select Walmart locations nationwide!

DSC01281RETINOL ANTI-WRINKLE SERUM – $4.82:

  • Gives your skin a healthy glow
  • Enhances your skin’s elasticity
  • Revitalizing your complexion

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RETINOL ADVANCED FIRMING CREAM – $5.99:

  • Replenishes your moisture barrier
  • Green Tea
  • Aloe Vera
  • Chamomile
  • Body, face, and all-over moisturizer

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COLLAGEN INSTANT PLUMPING SERUM – $4.82:

  • Supports the natural production of collagen in the epidermis
  • Skin will look plumper and firmer
  • Soy Extracts – targets sagging skin, lost elasticity in the skin, and facial lines

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COLLAGEN SKIN RESCUE LOTION – $5.99:

  • Green Tea
  • Aloe Vera
  • Chamomile
  • Pure collagen
  • Body, face, and all-over moisturizer
  • Softer and plumper skin

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I always apply my serums before I apply any other skincare, that way they can deeply penetrate into my skin! So start with the serums, then go in with your moisturizer!

I use my Advanced Clinicals collagen regimen in the morning and my Advanced Clinicals retinol regimen at night, because retinol can cause sun sensitivity.

A serum is basically a high concentration of active ingredients that are able to penetrate further due to lack of ingredients like thickening agents or petroleum that are found in a typical cream moisturizer!

So using a serum PLUS a cream is like double moisturizing, double hydrating, and double anti-aging!

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Like I said, all of these Advanced Clinicals products are available at select Walmart stores nationwide! The lotions retail for $5.99 and the serums retail for $4.82!! WHAT A STEAL!!

If you’re having trouble finding them at your local Walmart, they can be
purchased through www.advancedclinicals.com or on Amazon.

Here’s a picture of what my skin is looking like after about a month of consistent use of the Advanced Clinicals Collagen & Retinol formulas! Honestly, my skin is looking really amazing!! I can definitely tell my skin is more hydrated, plump, and glowing! I also feel like my makeup goes on a lot better too!

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Your makeup can only look as good as your skin does, so make sure you have a solid skincare routine, which obviously includes the Advanced Clinicals Retinol & Collagen formulas! 🙂

Thank you so much to Advanced Clinicals for sponsoring this post.

Fall Dream | Topshop

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Hey friends!

Happy September! I am thrilled about today’s post! It’s another collaboration with Topshop and Stylinity, and it doesn’t get much more fall, am I right?

I’m getting some Halloween vibes, and I’m living for it.

In my mind, September 1st is Halloween 1st, and the Halloween makeup looks begin. And don’t worry, yes, my room is already decorated for fall. Lol.

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LOOK at this dress.

All of the details of this dress are to die for. From the gorgeous color palette, to the stunning lace layers throughout the bodice, to the beautiful floral design, all the way to the sheer, lace sleeves, I’m dead. But in the best way.

Shop the look here!

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Topshop carries a wide variety of dresses perfect for every occasion and every style! Be sure to check out the Stylinity Topshop page for some great deals too! P.s. there’s a 10% off discount for all students year round, so take advantage, girl!!


D E T A I L S   O F   M Y   L O O K:

FLORAL MIDI DRESS

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Are you kidding me? Look at those little buttons, SO CUTE.

The back of this dress is completely sheer lace, which is stunning if you’re into that kinda thing, I’m just a little funny about showing off my whole back! haha

I plan on wearing this dress to a formal, late September wedding, because it’s literally the perfect formal, fall dress!

SHOP THE DRESS!


CHUNKY BLACK HEELS

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These heels have quickly become a favorite of mine!

They’re SO comfortable!! And they look good with just about anything!

I love how they add a unique, street-style flair to an otherwise, rather feminine dress!

SHOP THE SHOES!


Topshop has a super cool guide to all their unique, beautiful dresses, which is super helpful, and you’re sure to find one you love for any occasion! Check it out here: The Dresses Guide. And while you’re at it, take the dress quiz here, to shop your curated edit, made just for you!


Click the photos to shop my Look via Stylinity


Thanks so much to Topshop & Stylinity for collaborating with me on this post!

I hope you love this fall dream as much as I do 🙂

xx Claire

Daytime Dressin’ | Topshop

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Hey friends!

I am so excited about today’s post! It’s in collaboration with the Topshop and Stylinity, and this look is also the cutest, so there’s that.

This style of “shirt dress” has become super popular this season, and I had never tried one on! Everyone else always looks so cute in them, but for some reason, I just thought I couldn’t rock it!

I was WRONG.

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Untitled designThis little yellow number is from the Topshop, and I’m genuinely obsessed with it!!

Shop this look here!

The Topshop carries a wide variety of dresses perfect for every occasion and every style! Be sure to check out the Stylinity Topshop page for some great deals too! P.s. there’s an additional 20% off for all students, so don’t miss it!!

D E T A I L S   O F   M Y   L O O K:

STRIPE DRAWSTRING SHIRT DRESS

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I love everything about this look! It’s the perfect look for any daytime outing like brunch with the girls, shopping and lunch.. or anything, really!

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This dress is so lightweight and breathable, relaxed, and it’s so comfortable! It’s made so well, and I can tell I will get a ton of use out of it!

The drawstring waist is an adorable touch, too!

I paired the dress with a pair of classic sneakers just because I was doing a lot of walking that day, but you could easily dress it up a bit more with a heel and fun bag!

Shop my dress here!

POINTY POLLY FRAME SUNGLASSES

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I am a total sunglass junkie; the more pairs, the merrier!

I am so into cat-eye shaped sunglasses, but these ones from the Topshop are by far my favorite ones I own! I’ve never owned such a nice pair of sunglasses before!

I love tortoiseshell too, you can easily wear it with both blacks, browns, and every color in between!

Shop my sunglasses here!


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The Topshop has an awesome guide to all their unique, beautiful dresses, which is super helpful, and you’re sure to find one you love! Check it out here: The Dresses Guide. And while you’re at it, take the dress quiz here, to shop your curated edit, made just for you!

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Click the photos below to shop my Look via Stylinity!

Thank you so much to the Topshop and Stylinity for collaborating with me on this post!

Thanks for stopping by!

xx Claire