Holiday Gift Guide: Skincare Edit

The holidays are my favorite time of year. I absolutely adore the cold weather, hold chocolate, & being with loved ones. This year, I am on a mission to find the best gifts for my friends & family. These are my top skincare recommendations!

 

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Beauty Heroes Subscription Box

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I received my first Beauty Heroes box year ago & I regret nothing! When I first got this monthly box, I know nothing about green skincare. Looking for products was so overwhelming. I didn’t know what I should be looking for or what companies were actually any good. Then I found Beauty Heroes. They had done all of the work for me and curated only the best products to be included each month.

For someone just dipping their toe into green skincare, this would make an amazing gift. Each box costs $39, but comes with well over $100 worth of products inside. Novembers box contained a total value of $205. Value for money is impeccable.

The one downside to Beauty Heroes is you must purchase a 3 month subscription, but after your first box, you’ll be so excited about the 2nd & 3rd box that you won’t mind having already purchased them!

MINTD Subscription Box

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I recently received my first MINTD box. And by recently I do mean I got my box 3 days ago. But I love it so much already, I decided to include it here.

Unlike the Beauty Heroes box, you can purchases on a month-to-month basis. Each box costs 65 Euros, a bit of a price increase from the Beauty Heroes box. But for that price increase you do get more. Where Beauty Heroes feature a single company, MINTD features 4-5 different companies. The most recent box contains 4 full size products as well as one deluxe sample size.

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Besides just getting more, my favorite part is that you get the chance to try something from multiple companies. This months box featured products from Votary, African Botanics, Oribe, Skin Laundry & De Mamiel.

You really can’t go wrong with picking up any green beauty subscription box, but if you’re looking for the best of the best, this is where it’s at. Just based solely off of value for money, MINTD can’t be beat.

 

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Drunk Elephant Come C About Me Gift Set

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Drunk Elephant may be one of the most well-known green skincare brands on the market right now. It seems like everywhere I turn, someone is talking about the amazing effects of Drunk Elephant products.

My favorite of the gift sets that Drunk Elephant is offering this year is the Come C About Me set, which includes a full size of the C-Firma Day Serum as well as deluxe sample sizes of the Beste Jelly Cleanser, B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel & the Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30.

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Beste Jelly Cleanser A jelly-based cleanser that removes all traces of makeup, excess oil, pollution and any other grime. With a unique blend of mild surfactants and makeup dissolving emollients, this gentle formula rinses away without an ounce of residue, leaving skin clean and soft without feeling stripping.

B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel This ultra-hydrating gel replenishes the complexion and improves the look of skin texture and tone. Formulated with pro-vitamin B5 and pineapple ceramide, B-Hydra delivers steady hydration throughout the day, leaving the skin looking healthy and more illuminated. This light-weight, hard-hitting gel is ideal for all skin types.

C-Firma Day Serum A vitamin C serum packed with a powerful antioxidant complex of l-ascorbic and ferulic acids that reveals a brighter, firmer and more even-looking complexion. Formulated with pumpkin ferment extract and sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, C-Firma helps to dissolve surface dead skin cells as it intensely hydrates.

Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 This sheer, physical sunscreen is loaded with potent antioxidants like astaxanthin, grape juice and sunflower shoot extracts to minimize the appearance of photoaging for a more youthful-looking complexion.

I took a full size of this beauty with me when I went hiking for a week in Chile last year & it was absolutely amazing. Out of the probably 15 different sunscreens that everyone brought, mine was the only one that people wanted to reach for. Why? Because it doesn’t burn your eyes. And when you’re hiking for 12 hours a day for a week, you’re bound to sweat, which means your sunscreen will run down your face and eventually some will get in your eyes. I also came back without a burn on my face, proving that it actually does work. Trust me when I say that this baby has been tried & tested!

Retrouve Collection Quartet

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The most expensive product that I will be recommending, there is a reason that celebrities swear by Retrouve. I got the chance to test out the Luminous Cleansing Elixir & the Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer. Besides being gorgeous, these are highly effective products.

The Luminous Cleansing Elixir reminds me of an even more luxe version of the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. This emollient cleansing balm is richly textured without being thick & moisturizes while gently cleansing the skin for soft, nourished, hydrated result. I may love this beauty even more that my beloved Oskia Renaissance.

The Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer is like a hybrid between a serum, balm & moisturizer. With an almost a caramel-like consistency, this is ideal for people concerned with dehydration & firmness. Formulated with stem-cell rejuvenating properties, this moisturizer is one of the most intensely moisturizing products I’ve ever tried. This is the type of moisturizer that would be perfection for someone like my mom, who suffers from intense dehydration.

Now, you can’t go wrong with picking up a full size of any of their products as a luxurious gift, but my recommendation would be to pick up the Quartet. It contains 1/2 sizes of four of their products: Nutrient Face Serum, Dynamic Nourishing Face Cream, Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer, & the Revitalizing Eye Concentrate.

At One Skincare Iconic Facial Collection

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This collection includes three FULL SIZE cult products from At One Skincare: Flawless Cleansing Oil, Night Repair Serum & Vitality beauty Balm.

The Vital Cleansing Balm is an intensely purifying formulation blended with seven key skin loving botanical oils. The unique blend includes Watermelon seed and Hemp oils that rejuvenate tired, dull skin while opening pores to deeply cleanse.

The Night Repair Serum is a lightweight and intensively hydrating serum that repairs skin on a cellular level, reversing stressors and environmental impacts.

The Vitality Beauty Balm is a deeply nourishing daily moisturiser formulated with only the purest plant oils and butters to soften, hydrate and protect delicate skin, making it perfect for this cold winter season when skin needs a little extra love.

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While I have not had the chance to try these products out myself, I can say that this gift set is on the top of my Christmas List (*hint hint wink wink Austin).

I did speak with the founder of At One Skincare (she’s amazing btw) & she is giving all of y’all 25% off your order with the code IamAtOne (excluding gift sets). Go check her out & give her a big thank you for being so amazing!

Caudalie Trio Mini Masques

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If you’re looking for a small gift that really packs a punch, I would recommend the Caudalie Trio Mini Masques. Like the rest of the Caudalie line, these masks are beautifully formulated.

The Glycolic Peel treatment renews skins texture, visibly tightens pores, reduces oil, and provides an immediate burst of radiance to your complexion. This non-irritating, two-in-one peel diminishes dark spots and smooths skin’s texture.

The Moisturizing Mask is essential for anyone seeking a high dose of hydration. The formula protects against future dehydration and leaves skin supple and quenched with a youthful-looking radiance. It is enriched with vinolevure to strengthen and soothe, grape seed oil to nourish, and hyaluronic acid to moisturize.

To treat enlarged, clogged pores, apply the Instant Detox Mask to immediately bring life to dull, tired skin. This mask acts like a vaccum for the pores to draw out any impurities and toxins, leaving a smooth and clear complexion.

Votary 3 Step Routine Gift Set

I have longed for Votary products for quite some time. There is just something so luxurious about them. The gorgeous packaging. The incredible ingredients. Votary can basically do no wrong. I recently picked up two products from them: the Clarifying Cleansing Oil & the Calm Your Skin Jasmin & Calendula Facial Oil. And I want more. Votary has come out with discounted gift sets & they have made their way onto my wish list.

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The one that I am most interested in? The Votary 3 Step Routine, which includes the Rose Geranium & Apricot Cleansing Oil, the Toning Serum, & the Smooth Your Skin Neroli & Myrrh Facial Oil.

 

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Planted In Beauty Reparative Complex

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If you are looking to spoil your mom, or grandma, or yourself (I see you people), I would start here. Yes, it’s expensive. But it is a treat. And the type of product my mom wouldn’t buy for herself.

This natural, multitasking complex promotes skin’s overall health and delivers firming, smoothing and brightening actives that support skin’s natural cell metabolism and revitalize from beneath the skin’s surface. Green Algae, Beech Tree Bud and Pomegranate promote collagen production for firmer, smoother skin. Ascorbyl Glucoside (stable form of Vitamin C) brightens and restores radiance while Alping Willow Herb refines the skin’s texture and minimizes the appearance of imperfections.

There really isn’t anything from Planted In Beauty that I wouldn’t recommend picking up, but this is definitely my top recommendation of the products that I have had the chance to use. This is actually what I’m looking at getting for my mother since it has such beautiful firming & brightening properties.

Vintner’s Daughter Limited Edition 50ml Bottle

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I’ve lusted after Vintner’s Daughter for years. It was one of the first things I got interested in when I started looking into green skincare.

This lightweight face serum has an award-winning formula consisting of over 22 active ingredients that work in synergy to firm, clear and add radiance to your skin. Housed in a limited edition 50ml glass vessel, it deeply penetrates the top layer of skin to battle signs of agin and maintain elasticity and brightness, as well as stimulate cell turnover for a smooth, even and balanced complexion.

Oribe Balmessence Lip Treatment

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With the holidays in the dead of winter, intensely chapped lips are becoming a major problem. Possibly the best balm I’ve ever used, this makes an amazing stocking stuffer for your skincare loving bestie. Thicker than a typical lip balm, Oribe has found a way to make something that can intensely hydrate & thick while still feeling comfortable.

 

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BKR 500ml Water Bottle

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We all know that drinking water is one of the most important things when it comes to skincare. But if I’m being completely honest, I’m the worst at getting myself to drink water.

I know that a cute water bottle is not necessarily the answer, but maybe it is. It’s freaking adorable, which makes me want to take it with me. And if it’s with me, I’ll use it, which means I actually drink more water.

Madison And White Clean Skin Pillowcase Set

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For someone that loves skincare so much, you would think that I would have thought about this before, but your pillowcase really does play a large role in your overall skin. These satin pillowcases allow the skin to gently move across the surface without tugging or causing wrinkles, the way a typical cotton pillowcase can. The fibers in these satin pillowcases also help the skin to retain its natural hydration levels, which helps you wake up with beautifully plump skin every morning. The extra plus is the satin helps keep your hair fresh longer and lowers your chances of hair loss due to your hair tugging on a traditional cotton pillowcase.

Girl Undiscovered Stars Aligning Crystals

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Know someone that could really use a way to relax? These beauties may be the perfect gift. I just started getting into facial massage, and it’s one of the most relaxing things I’ve ever done. That level of self care is wonderful. These can be used with any oil that you already have in your collection. These crystals calm, naturally lift and help to increase product absorption while encouraging skin repair and rejuvenation.

HUM Nutrition Supplements

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I truly believe that great skin starts on the inside. When you eat, what supplements you take, all play a huge role in how your skin looks. While I try my best to eat healthy, HUM supplements are really what I rely on to help cleanse my system.

If you have a friend that is into smoothies, protein powders & supplements, I would look into HUM. My two favorite supplements for skin health are the Daily Cleanse & the Gut Instinct.

Daily Cleanse detoxes your skin, liver, bowel, kidneys and lungs from toxins, leaving your skin as clear as can be.

Gut Instinct is a probiotic blend of bacteria that helps with digestion & supports your immune system which aids in beautiful skin.

I know supplements may be an odd thing to recommend as a gift, but I truly believe that if you have someone that is struggling to keep their skin clear, these are lovely and definitely something that I would have appreciated.

QYK Sonic ZOE

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This thing is freaking awesome! Not only is it amazing for a deep cleanse, but flip it around & you can use the back of it to apply your skincare products to help them penetrate deeper. With eight pulsating speeds, your bound to find a setting that work perfect for you. I personally prefer to have it on a lower setting for both cleansing as well as skincare application as I find its essentially like giving yourself a beautiful facial massage at the same time. It also has a pointed tip to help you get into the hard to reach corners of your face. This is an A+ gift for the skincare lover in your life.

 

 

What are you looking at picking up for your loved ones?

Holiday Gift Guide: Bath, Body, & Haircare Edit

The holidays are my favorite time of year. I absolutely adore the cold weather, hold chocolate, & being with loved ones. This year, I am on a mission to find the best gifts for my friends & family. These are my top recommendations for Bath, Body, & Haircare!

 

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Susanne Kaufmann Bath Oils Trio

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Dear lord these smell amazing. If you are wanting to get into the Christmas mood, these are how you do it. These luxurious oils elevate any bath into a beautiful self-care experience. Which Hazel is designed to help combat dry, flakey, winter skin & smells of witch hazel & sage. Bath for the Senses contains a gorgeous blend of ylang ylang, patchouli & lavender. It has a slightly soapy scent, but still beautiful. My personal favorite, Winter smells of cinnamon, clove & orange. Literally sweet cinnamon, this is the perfect holiday scent. I open it up randomly just to smell it. If they ever came out with a candle version of it, I would pick up 12 and burn them all year long. I actually think I may love these even more that my favorite Aromatherapy Associates bath oils, & that’s saying a lot!

Therapie Discover Me Gift Set

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I have long been an admirer of Therapie. I’d seen The Anna Edit talk about them for years & have always been curious to see if they really were as amazing as she made them sound. The Discover Me Gift Set is the perfect way to explore the range of products that Therapie offers.

This set includes deluxe minis of their Boost Hair & Body Wash, Cherish Skin Repair Serum, Equilibrium Bath & Shower Essence, Himalayan Detox Salts, & the Restore Aura Spray.

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Don’t want a whole gift set or have your eye on one particular product? Therapie offers stocking stuffer sized versions of some of their cult products. My personal favorite (this seems to be a cult favorite) are their bath salts.

YUZU Bath Bomb Cubes 

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These quickly became my favorite bath bombs & would make the perfect small gift or stocking stuffer for a loved one. With multiple scents to choose from the bath bomb cubes are creamy, making your skin so silky smooth you can skip out on your lotion. I’ve never found a bath bomb that was more moisturizing. This scent in particular, Lavender Sage, is one of the most relaxing scents I’ve ever smelt. But be warned, it may make you want to fall asleep in the bath!

 

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Moon Juice Moon Dust Collection

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I am just getting into the world of smoothies, juicing and powders. I will not claim to fully understand what each ingredient does and why, which makes something like this the perfect gift for me. Each collection box comes with 12 single serving sachets, 2 of each type of Moon Dust that Moon Juice offers: Beauty, Brain, Sex, Power, Spirit, & Dream.

Moon Juice Bliss Miss Set

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Don’t want a smoothie or juice but still want to try out the benefits of Moon Juice powders? Look no further! Moon Juice came out with Bliss Miss, a hot chocolate gift set that comes with a full size of either the Spirit or Sex Dust. One of the better hot chocolates I’ve had, no one with even know their having something healthy!

Marvis Seven Days of Flavor Set

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Am I the only weirdo that would be excited to get toothpaste in my stocking? Probably.  But there is just something so appealing about this set. I first saw Marvis at a drugstore in Paris, & after that, I’ve been wanting to try them.

 

 

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IGK Friends With Benefits Texture & Shine Set

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What I refer to as the “Cool Girl Haircare Company”, IGK has something for every type of hair need. My favorite gift set that they offer has to be the Friends With Benefits set, as I find that it works amazingly well for thin hair that can easily get weighed down with product. I never thought that I would say that I actually liked a 2 in 1 cleansing conditioner, but Smoke & Mirrors is perfection. This cream-to-oil melts into your scalp & hair, providing the perfect amount of moisture while still actually getting your hair clean. Mistress, the leave in conditioner, is the shot of moisture that my hair desperately needs without ever weighing down my hair. To add extra volume & texture, I use Beach Club that is salt-free, so it doesn’t dry out my hair.

 

 

What product are you gifting this holiday season?

Holiday Gift Guide: Makeup & Scent Edit

One of my favorite things to gift around the holidays is makeup. there are just so many  gorgeous gift sets that come out this time of year. It seems like everywhere I turn, there is a new eyeshadow palette or lip set popping up. It can get a bit overwhelming to know what is worth picking up. And if you’re trying to shop smaller brands, it can be ever more difficult to know where to look.

The second in my gift guide series, these are my favorite makeup & scent gifts this season.

 

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Linda Hallberg Infinity Palette

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Want a palette that can do everything? Contour, Bronzer, Blush, Highlight, Brows, Eyes. This bad boy is a power house palette. With a beautiful silky formula, this is the perfect travel palette. The Infinity Palette comes in a combination of four warm and four cool shades, in both matte and shimmery finishes. The best part about is? I truly believe that almost any skin tone could use this.

Kosas Color & Light Cheek Duos

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Small enough to fit in a stocking, these cheek duos prove that great things come in small packages.

These cheek duo come in both cream & powder finishes and include a blush as well as highlight. The two that I have included are Tropic Equinox (Cream) & Papaya 1972 (Pressed Powder). I must say that if you like a natural highlight, then the highlights in these are perfection.

The pressed formula is one of the most finely missed powders I’ve ever used, making it incredibly silky. Because of how smooth these are, they almost feel like a cream to the touch allowing them to never feel drying or cakey on the skin. When it comes to blush shades I am very picky & Kosas really has outdone themselves on this one. This truly is the perfect nude-coral shade. Be warned though, the blush does have a good amount of pigmentation to it, so I would recommend using a light hand (as I would recommend for all blushes) & building up to the color you want.

The cream version has an almost oil based consistency to it, so if you have oilier skin, you may want to opt for the powder formulation instead. If you like a dewy look, this is beautiful. I love this specific one (Tropic Equinox) because the blush shade works perfectly as a cream bronzer on my pale complexion & since most days all I use is a bronzer & highlight, this is the perfect on the go duo.

Want both of these shades AND two lipsticks? Kosas makes an Alter Ego set in Future Icon which comes with both of these Cheek Duos as well as a bright red & deep neutral lipsticks.

By Terry Compact Expert Dual Powder

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If you are looking for a perfectly milled powder & highlighter compact, then look no further. I believe there are 8 shades available, but since I’m pasty AF, I use the lightest shade: 01 Ivory Fair. All of the shades come with a matte outer ring, perfect for setting your foundation & concealer, and a glimmering highlight in the center. Both powders are incredibly smooth and glide on the skin without grabbing onto any dry patches or accentuating imperfections. The highlight provides almost a lit from within glow without any perceivable glitter particles.

Just looking for a highlight? By Terry recently came out with a Holiday Dual Compact similar to these, but both rings are highlights: By Terry Preciosity Flash Light Dual Compact.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Holo

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One of the most unique highlighters I have ever come across, Cover FX’s Custom Enhancer Drop in Holo gives of a beautiful lilac glow. These drops can be applied before or after makeup, or mixed into foundation for a luminous glow. I refer to use them mixed into foundation. If a lilac highlight is exactly up your alley, they also offer these drops in a variety of shades that suit almost any skin tone.

 

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Melt Cosmetics Rust Stack

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If you are looking for a killer basic matte palette to gift to someone, I would highly suggest looking at Melt Cosmetics. Their Rust Stack is something to be fawned over. The packaging makes it stand out immediately, but it’s really the quality of the shadows that make you reach for it over and over again. The shadows are smooth, buttery, & pigmented while still blending beautifully on the eye. Slightly on the warmer side, I find these shades really make my green eyes stand out, especially the shade Rust (second from the bottom), which has a red undertone.

Linda Hallberg Eyeshadow Palettes

Linda Hallberg calls all of her palettes “multi-functional palettes” because the powder is formulated where you can use them any way you like. These two new palettes I added into the eyes category just because that’s where I thought the shades were most suited, but you are able to use them all over the face & body.

Metallic Mysteries

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My personal favorite of the two newly released palettes, specifically because I’m likely to use it more in my everyday makeup routine, these four intense metallic shadows are not quite as soft as the Enchanted Secrets & Infinity Palettes, but give of the most beautiful reflective sheen to the eye. With 3 intense metallic shimmers & one metallic infused with sparkle (Collision), these shades are beautiful as a wash of color all over the eye or as a bright pop in the center of the lid.

Enchanted Secrets

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Enchanted Secrets Duochrome Palette is hands down one of the most unique palettes Linda Hallberg offers. These duochrome shadows are softer than silk & transform depending on which color you use underneath. They can be used dry for a light wash of reflective color, or over a dark base to really make the duochrome effect stand out.

Natasha Denona Sunset Palette

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One of the most beautiful palettes I have ever seen, I have been debating picking this up ever since it first came out. This really would be one of the most luxe palettes that you could get for someone. The formula is perfection, and the shades are absolutely beautiful. If you are looking for a warm toned luxury palette, you really can’t go wrong with this one.

Looking for an cheaper alternative for the Sunset Palette?

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Check out the Sephora Pro Warm Palette. At less than half the price, this is a beautiful palette. The formula obviously isn’t as glorious & buttery, but I find it’s still very easy to work with. There is a little bit of kick-up, but the shades are easy to blend and are fairly pigmented.

 

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Bare Minerals Send Nudes Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor Trio

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My favorite “liquid lipstick”, the Bare Minerals Gen Nude collection has an almost velvety texture that never dries out your lips. These truly are the most comfortable liquid lip that I have tried. These three nudes all have a warm undertone to them, yet somehow look good even on my slightly cooler toned complexion. If you are looking for a nude lip gift set this holiday season, I highly suggest look at Bare Minerals.

Dose Of Colors Holibae Matte Liquid Lipstick Set

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Looking for a red liquid lipstick alternative? Look no further than Dose Of Colors. They have some of the most smooth, opaque liquid lipsticks around. While not as moisturizing as the Gen Nude Liquid Lipsticks, these are not overly drying & I don’t find that they crack on my lips.

Clinique Party Pops Set

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Prefer an actual lipstick? This set from Clinique comes with two minis of their Pop Lip Color + Primer: Cherry Pop & Plum Pop. Pop Lip Color + Primer has a luxurious, weightless formula that glides effortlessly onto your lips, providing you with saturated color that stays true and lips that stay moisturized for up to eight hours. These travel sized beauties glide on like butter and never accentuate line or creasing in the lips.

Extra Bonus: With a hanger on the top of the packaging, it makes an adorable Christmas Tree ornament

 

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Commodity Style Guide/Gold Perfume

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Commodity has long been one of my favorite fragrance brands. My #1 fragrance is the Gold perfume from them. It is pure heaven. With a lingering scent of caramel, its the perfect Christmas scent. The full size of any of gorgeous scents from Commodity would be an amazing gift for that special someone.

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If you do not want to buy a full size of a single perfume, or are not exactly sure which scent to pick, I would recommend picking up the Commodity Style Guide. With 9 different 2ml samples, whoever you give this too will be able to test out all the different scents that they have to offer. The best part? All of Commodity’s scents are unisex, so the Style Guide will have something for just about anyone on your Christmas list.

Boy Smells Redwood Candle

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A newer candle brand to me, Boy Smells has quickly become a brand I truly love. All of Boy Smells candles are made with Beeswax & Coconut Wax blend. In a gorgeous black glass tumbler, REDWOOD reminds me of going to my Grandmothers house for Christmas. With hints of cinnamon laced beneath a slightly powdery top note, I feel like I’m eight again, running around the Christmas tree with my cousins while my Grandma makes diner for us all. Although not a scent I would typically gravitate towards, there is something so comforting about this scent in particular for me.

SKANDINASVIK Candle in JUL 

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I have an obsession with candles, specifically luxurious candles. I have a ridiculous collection, spanning from Bath & Body Works, to Diptyque (the ultimate for someone as candle obsessed as me). When Austin & I are home, there is at least one candle burning. So when Christmas rolls around, everyone knows that they are probably getting a fancy candle from me. One of my current favorites is JUL from SKANDINASVIK. This candle exudes Christmas cheer. It’s a richly spiced scent with bold notes of baked gingerbread, melted honey, cloves, and warm eggnog.

 

What makeup/scent gifts are you looking at picking up this holiday season?

 

 

 

** Some of these were sent to me, however, all opinions are my own.

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Holiday Gift Guide: The Boyfriend Edit

When it comes to Holiday shopping, I always find it’s hardest to shop for my boyfriend. And pretty much all the guys in my life. My boyfriend, brother and dad can all be tricky to find the perfect gift for.

Here are the gifts that I think would be great for the man in your life.

 

JORD Meridian Watch in Nightfall

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Austin is literally the toughest when it comes to watches. He has one watch. For the last five years, he has told me to NEVER buy a watch for him without him there. And then I found this one from JORD. As I promised, I showed it to him and he instantly fell in love. The band is made out of wood, but since it’s in such a dark color, it’s only faintly noticeable. It just adds a little extra piece of interest to the watch.

What really made Austin fall in love was the dual wheel movement. As Austin has so lovingly told me, for automatic watch enthusiasts, a dual wheel is a must. Because the movement is mechanical it requires no battery. The best part is that the dual wheels are completely visible, which makes it aesthetically pleasing. Austin will literally sit and stare at the exposed wheels all day long. We went to a wedding last weekend, and he proceeded to show everyone and tell them how amazing his new watch was.

Extra Note: if you’re looking at picking up this watch or any others from JORD, I would suggest filling this out to get 25% off your order instantly.

 

Topman Side Ribbed Slim Fit Sweater

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If your guy is anything like mine, then he probably refuses to buy nice clothes for himself, especially anything nice. I always like to try to find one nice piece of clothing to give him for the Holidays that I think is something he’d actually enjoy but would never pick out for himself

I really love this one from TopMan because it wasn’t terribly expensive, but it’s very nice quality. This specific sweater has ribbed panels on either side and inner arms. Casual enough to wear with jeans, it can also be dressed up with a pair of slacks.

 

Commodity Style Guide

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This is one of my favorite gifts, mainly because it’s unisex which means I can enjoy it too! Commodity has some of my favorite scents. My all time favorite is Gold. While that is unlikely to be Austin’s favorite, this Style Guide gives him the chance to test out different fragrances and find his perfect match.

 

Art of Shaving Sandalwood Shaving Cream

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One of the most luxe shaving creams around, this is something I rarely find that men splurge on for themselves. The Sandalwood Shaving Cream generates a rich and foamy lather that helps protect the skin from irritation by improving the razors ability to glide across the skin. It softens the beard for a close and comfortable shave. The formula contains glycerin and coconut acid that provide hydration during the shave. A luxe shaving cream is something so small, but I think it really elevates your daily routine.

 

Apple AirPods

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Austin specifically asked me to include this in my gift guides as he is madly in love with them. What is it with guys and headphones anyway? My favorite thing about them is the technology behind them.

AirPods can sense when they’re in your ears and pause when you take them out so you never miss your favorite part of a song. They hold up to 5 hours of listening time on a single charge. And since the case can actually hold multiple additional charges, you can get more than 24 hours of listening time before every having to plug the case back in. 15 minutes in the case gives you 3 additional hours of listening time.

 

Native Union Night Cable Marble Edition

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This has to be one of the fanciest chargers I have ever seen. Absolutely beautiful, it is not only gorgeous to look at, it’s also incredibly functional. This comes in both a white as well as black marble base to fit your aesthetic. Since the marble is naturally heavy, it works as the perfect base to keep your charger on the table instead of dropping to the floor. With a 10-foot charging cord, there is no need to worry that a plug may be too far away. The weighted ball attached to the cord helps hold the cable where you place it. Because the cable is made with a braided nylon, it reduces the likelihood of the typical wear and tear of most cables.

Want just the charging cord? There offer just the Night Cable here.

 

May Lindstrom Problem Solver

Problem Solver

If you were to give your man one skincare item this winter, I would suggest the May Lindstrom Problem Solver Mask. As the name would suggest, this mask works to combat a variety of issues, from breakouts to irritation. If your man is anything like mine, giving him a pre-mixed mask is a waste of time. He’ll never finish it before it expires. Which is where a powder mask comes in handy. And if he’s only going to use one mask, a max of once a week, then it needs to be a powerhouse.

This intense correcting mask effectively purifies and tightens pores, extinguishing inflammation, fighting blemishes, jump-starting circulation and detoxifying skin with delightful ease and power. A jet-black fusion of antioxidant-rich raw cacao, healing bamboo charcoal, soil nutrients, salts, and exotic warming spices go deep on a mission to reveal your most radiant self.

If your guy is into skincare, I have a skincare gift guide going live soon with more things he may love!

 

What are you gifting the men in your life?