Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty and Makeup

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Alright ladies, this one’s for you. If you’re like me, you are throwing various makeup brands on your wish list ;)

I wanted to share my own favorites since we all know makeup lovers like getting ideas from other makeup lovers!

Holiday Makeup Gift Guide

Okay here are some of my daily go-tos:

Urban Decay 24/7 EyelinerUrban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner – $20

I have been using this eyeliner for years now. I absolutely love it. I have tried other brands but they always seem to fade away within hours. I cannot rave about this eyeliner enough. AND now they just came out with a special waterliner for lining your waterline (duh). I love so many Urban Decay products (also try out their mascaras!). You can order Urban Decay online or go to your local Sephora.

Korres Face Cream TrioKorres Firm Believer Black Pine Collection (Sephora) – $68

Omg this is an amazing deal. The Korres day cream, night cream, and eye cream all for the price I paid JUST for the night cream. I honestly might order this myself…today. 

I bought the Korres Black Pine night cream because my boss told me I should start taking care of my skin more now that I am getting older (lol ugh). I had a Sephora giftcard so figured why not. I can’t believe this trio is now on sale for the price I paid for one! It says limited edition so hopefully that means it will be out through the holidays. I love it and it seems like the ingredients are okay. After reading about  how some St. Ives products actually AREN’T that great for your skin, I wanted to find something else and of higher quality. My face feels much softer and more moisturized now…I highly recommend this product!

Maybelline Waterproof MascaraMaybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – $6-$7 at any drugstore

I actually only started using mascara again recently. My eyelashes are totally straight…my friends call them “camel lashes.” So mascara only accentuates that. BUT then I found some video on YouTube about how to curl your lashes and have them actually stay curled. It’s a process but you 1) heat your eyelash curler, 2) curl, 3) apply waterproof mascara, 4) let it dry, 5) apply normal mascara. Apparently the waterproof mascara acts like a gel and keeps it up. My only complaint is that it is hard to get off at the end of the day but hey, my eyelashes finally curl! This one does the job well.

Mac Studio Sculpt FoundationMAC Studio Sculpt Foundation – $33

If you’re looking for a solid foundation, this is the one. I never wanted to spend on foundation and always just brought drugstore brands. I liked Revlon foundation and Maybelline FIT. Then I went to the MAC counter to pick up my usual Studio Fix powder (another thing I’ve been using for years) and asked about the foundation. My skin get super dry in the winter so I wanted to try using liquid instead of powder. This one is moisturizing and is SPF 15. I apply with a brush and it takes me less than a minute each morning AND it lasts all day! 

Curling Wand


Tourmaline Curling Wand 1″ (Sally’s) – $29.99

I can’t find the exact curling wand I have but it is very similar to this one. I use a 1″ barrel because my hair doesn’t hold a curl so I do tighter curls since it will fall out anyway and just become waves. If your hair DOES hold a curl I’d suggest 1.5-2 inches for a natural wavy look. I know you can do basically the same thing with a curling iron but I prefer using a curling wand and feel like it holds my curls longer…who knows! I spray styling product in it first, curl, then light hairspray. It actually doesn’t take long at all!

Too Faced Sun BunnyToo Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer – $30

I’ll leave you with my now all-time favorite bronzer. Perfect for winter when you want a little color. I know people rave about NARS but I find their bronzer a bit too shimmery (can’t think of the specific one right now). This one is the perfect blend and not too shimmery or matte. I have also tried MAC bronzer which I thought was too shimmery and not pigmented enough. This one is seriously amazing, and you just need a little bit on your brush for the perfect color.

So there you have it…my beauty favs. My beauty routine is rather simple, but when I find products I love (like the Urban Decay eyeliner or MAC powder), I will use them for years.

What product have you been using for years?

Do you straighten or curl your hair? Do you prefer a wand or curler?


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  1. I do love a great bronzer all year around! Great way to give a little color without over doing it
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  2. Would you believe I’ve never ever used a curling iron. I have no idea how! haha. I used to straighten by hair all the time, but now I’ve learned to love it’s curly, lioness craziness haha.
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  3. My hubby just glanced over and said – why are you reading about makeup? I guess that shows you how much I wear ;) I am seriously so lazy when it comes to makeup and hair. I do always put some mascara on though when I’m going out somewhere, since I feel like it makes my eyes pop (and possibly look more awake when I’m sleep deprived, haha). I like physician’s formula mascara.
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  4. I’ve worn Clinique mascara for ages. Thankfully I do nothing to my hair, although I just go the teenager a flat iron.
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  5. I do use bronzer, I think it’s the cheapo NYC brand. Does the job though!
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  6. Beauty and makeup aren’t really my thing but I do love MAC
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  7. Ah I don’t own much MAC but want to try that foundation. I love Urban Decay and that eyeliner rocks!

  8. I have an urban decay coverup that I love! I’m also a fan of benefit products, especially their pore perfecter! And I just ran out of black eyeliner so I may hit up Ulta for your urban decay pick!
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  9. I straighten my hair the majority of the time, but sometimes if I have enough time I like to do some beachy waves. I had never heard of heating the eyelash curler, it wasn’t uncomfortable and hot?!
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  10. Great guide! I used a curling iron many years ago but always burned myself so I gave up.

  11. Great list :) I still don’t know how to curl my hair.. haha! I’m a straightener girl all the way.
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  12. Gah! I love how those wands make your hair look but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to use one without burning myself! Maybe that pink one could be the one.

  13. I have to have mascara! Such a great pick me up :)
    I have a flat iron and a curling iron, but I mostly use the curling iron. Great beauty items!!

  14. I use nothing but Bare Minerals and scrubs and masks from Lush. Love the Lush stuff!
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  15. The 24/7 liner is amazing!
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  16. Thanks off putting this together! I am so clueless when it comes to beauty products so I never know what to get my friends. I use a flat iron when I need my hair to be tame because parts are wild and curly and others are straight :P but I never use a curling iron or anything else!
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