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10 for $10! Last minute beauty gifts that won’t break the bank

15.12.14

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I love buying presents during the holidays and according to my credit card statement, I have a tendency to go overboard and over-budget.  So when I agreed to participate in my office “Secret Santa”, I didn’t realize until after the fact, how hard it is to find gifts with a price limit of $10. At that price point, even Ed Hardy perfume wasn’t an option.

But, with a little research, I came up with a great list of 10 beauty gifts for $10.

 

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Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Duo:  Since I love Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum, this is the perfect gift for glowing skin. It contains 10 x The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths: Brightening  and  1.5 oz African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser. $10

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Alterna Caviar Moisture Trio:   Yep, your hair shows signs of aging too! Altering gift set contains shampoo, conditioner and leave-in CC Cream. $10

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Bliss Lemony Trinkets: – I love the scent of lemon! Get a lemon scented cleansing body wash and body butter from Bliss. $10

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Burt’s Bees Beeswax Bounty – Classic Mix: Can’t go wrong with a classic! Set includes 4 count multipack of 100% natural lip balm in 0.15 ounce tubes and bonus change purse. $9.99

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NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipgloss Sugar Rush Set:  My favorite drugstore line has some great gift sets. I love their butter lipgloss and this set contains 3: featuring Cherry Pie, Cupcake, and Sugar Cookie. $10

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BECCA Online Only Complexion + Perfection Sample Pack: Each collection includes a sample of Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème in two of the most popular shades allowing you to trial the formula multiple days and discover your shade. Also included is a deluxe sample of Shimmering Skin Perfector. $10

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Clinique Happiness in Colour Gift Set: Love this set filled with minis for only $10! Clinique Happy Perfume Spray, A Different Nail Enamel in Juiced Up, Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Oversized Orange. Bag included!

9757324 e1418355770285 10 for $10! Last minute beauty gifts that wont break the bankLulu Lip Gloss Set (Set of 4) (Juniors): Great set of gloss from Nordstrom’s junior section for your little sis, niece, or yourself! $10

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Vaseline Gift Set: I love the Vaseline line of moisturizers. This set gives you the body lotion, spray lotion, classic vaseline, and vaseline lip therapy. $9.99

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Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ornament: One of Philosophy’s cult favorite products, this facial cleanser melts away all makeup and gently cleanses the skin. $10  (now on sale at Nordstrom.com for $9)

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BCA Lip Balm & Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer – Pink 2 Pc: My favorite lip balm with a side of OPI? Yes, please! $9.99

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Contouring Palettes: What Are They and Do You Need One?

04.8.14

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Blame Kim Kardashian. What was previously reserved for theatre, high fashion editorials, and drag queens, the skillful art of makeup highlighting and contouring became main stream with a simple Instagram photo.  In the midst of a major glam session with celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes, Kim posted the below pic with the caption, “Wanna see how @scottbarnes68 contours?!”

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photo credit: Kim Kardashian’s Instagram

While men, makeup novices and children were frightened at the tiger-like streaks of makeup on her face, makeup aficionados’ curiosity peaked and thus began a multitude of diagrams, blog posts, and youtube tutorials outlining their version of the ‘Kim Kardsashian Kontour’ (sorry about that—I had to).  After all, her makeup looks are the most searched on the internet.

Realizing that the trend isn’t going anywhere, beauty retailers are cashing in and products specifically designed for contouring and highlighting are hitting the shelves. But is this a trend you should skip or jump on?

Let’s get to the highlights:

  1. What is conturing? Simply put, using a shade or two darker than your complexion you can contour your facial features to minimize areas you want to appear smaller. On the contrary, you can use a shade or two lighter than your complexion to highlight features you want to stand out. When put together, you can fake cheekbones, a nose job, a smaller forehead and more. The placement of the highlight and contour is crucial to pulling the look off. If you need a refresher,  Danielle covered highlighting and contouring in depth here.

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  1. What is a contour palette or kit? A contour palette or kit will have both your contour and highlight together in one kit. Some have just one color for the contour and one color for the highlight. Others, like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit featured below, have more than one shade of contour and highlight.
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Anastasia Contour Kit

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The top row are highlighters and the bottom row are used for contouring

  1. Do you need one? If contouring and highlighting is something you want to try for yourself, chances are you probably have what you need already. A bronzer and concealer will do the trick.  I like to use Guerlain Terrecotta Bronzing Powder in 08 and NARS Illuminating Concealer in Custard. But if you are little unsure of what to use, a contour palette might help. A palette with more than one highlight and contour color can allow you to mix your way to the perfect shades. Here’s a list of some contour palettes worth checking out:

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Whatever route you go, my best tip when it comes to highlighting and contouring is to blend, blend, and blend!! What do you like to use to highlight and contour?

 

 

 

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LORAC PRO Palette 2: The Fall Makeup Palette You Will Want to Wear Now

17.6.14

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LORAC just released the PRO Palette 2, the sequel to the popular PRO Palette 1. It contains 8 matte and 8 shimmer colors (not to mention a Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Primer) that are clutch the pearls gorgeous. I’ve been playing with this versatile palette for the past week and it has quickly become my new favorite.  You can intermix the colors and textures to effortlessly go from day to night with vibrant colors and natural neutrals.

 

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The color payoff is great and for only $42 (available now at Ulta.com), it’s a steal. It’s the perfect palette for travel because you can create any look desired on the fly.

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Full Disclosure: Some of the products in this post were provided by the manufacturer for consideration. For more information on my disclosure policy, please see my disclaimer page

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Bridesmaid Boot Camp: 12 Essential Wedding Day Items Every Bridesmaid Should Have

28.5.14

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Last weekend I had the honor of being a bridesmaid in my good friend’s wedding. It was a beautiful day—the weather was perfect, the bride was drop dead gorgeous, and the reception was full of dancing and laughter. All the hard work and months of planning came down to a perfectly executed celebration of love.

Since this was my 5th go round as a bridesmaid, I knew to come prepared for the unexpected. The roll of the bridesmaid is to not only look fabulous, but to make sure the day goes smoothly. Just so happens as part of the bride’s gift to her bridesmaids, she gifted us the cutest monogramed makeup bag. It was big enough to hold all of my essentials, which I gladly filled for the day of the wedding.

Below are my 12 must have items every bridesmaid should have. There are more items that you will most likely want to add, like perfume, lipgloss, etc. But every single one of these items has come in handy for either myself, another bridesmaid, mother of the bride or the bride herself!  The majority of the items are under 5 bucks, so this makes a great gift idea for a bride looking to give her best gals (or guys) a little something extra on her big day.

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from l. to r.:

Conair Bobby Pins

Elnett Hairspray Travel Size

Static Guard Spray

Forever 21 Striped Lint Roller

Vaseline Coca Butter Lotion

Shout Wipe and Go

Clear Eyes Maximum Redness Relief

Singer Classic Sewing Kith in Storage Case

Secret Deodorant

Dr. Scholl’s for Her Fast Foldable Flats

Downy Wrinkle Release

NYX Blotting Papers

Tell us, are there any must have items for a bridesmaid to have on wedding day? Respond below!

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