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  • Fresh Skincare Studio-Regina Thomas

Beauty Gift Guide 2018!

Do you have a loved one who is a makeup addict? A loved one with a whole cabinet of skincare? Someone who uses phrases like "highlight and contour"? A loved one who is always coming home with black and white striped bags or bright orange bags? Someone in your life who takes two hours to get ready for a trip to the store?

If so, then this is for you!

As a self-diagnosed beauty-product addict and a former employee of the best cosmetics store in the world (it rhymes with men-or-ah), I know how overwhelming choosing beauty gifts can be. It can be super tempting to just get a gift card and call it a day. But, if you like to wrap a little something that feels more personal, here are some ideas!

1. Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette ($49 Sephora): I personally have been coveting this palette! It's on my Christmas list too haha. These are unique eyeshadow shades that are perfect for the holiday season and Urban Decay makes some of the most high-quality cosmetics on the market. I've had my Naked 3 palette for two years and it's still going strong!

2. Too Faced Pretty Rich Diamond Light Eyeshadow Palette ($49 Ulta): Nothing says "holiday season" like glitter! There are so many amazingly sparkly shadows in this palette-I can't even! Not to mention there are also plenty of matte and neutral shades to complete everyday looks as well!

3. Morphe The James Charles Palette ($39 Ulta): In case you didn't know, Morphe is a BIG deal in the land of makeup, especially since they finally starting carrying their products in-store at Ulta instead of just online! What makes Morphe so special is that they're affordable and their eyeshadows and brushes are amazing quality. You can't go wrong with any of their palettes (they're beautiful and usually have around 40 colors-yes, 40!), but this is the newest palette and it's getting rave reviews!

4. Bite Beauty Four Little Bites Amuse Bouche Lipstick Set ($15 Sephora): Bite Beauty makes the best lipsticks on the market hands down. They have a huge variety of shades and formulas and they are one of the very few brands to formulate their lip products without lead, yep, lipsticks often have lead. Plus, these smell really nice and they're packaged beautifully.

5. Atelier Cologne Discovery Advent Calendar ($49 Sephora): This is a very special fragrance brand in that it's cruelty-free (most fragrances use things like cat urine-yuck) and it's pure perfume sourced from herbal ingredients. Most importantly, they smell fricking amazing! Bonus, you can figure out which fragrance in the set is your persons' favorite and get them a full-sized bottle for Valentine's Day; you're welcome.

6. Mario Badescu Classics Collection ($38 Ulta): Mario Badescu is one of the few over-the-counter skincare brands that I recommend. I've used all of the products in this set and enjoyed them, especially the Seaweed Night Cream because my skin is super dry!

7. PUR The Grinch Beware of Perfection 4-Piece Mask Sampler Gift Set ($28 Ulta): I'm a huge fan of masking and I love that this comes with a variety! Also, is this adorable or what?! I've used PUR masks before and had positive experiences, plus this is seriously so cute haha.

8. SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Holiday Bath And Body Gift Set ($10 Target): I have to put forth a disclaimer that Coconut Oil is NOT for your face; it'll give you acne in hot second. That being said, Coconut Oil is great for the body (different skin structure science boring yada yada)! I love SheaMoisture products because they smell fabulous and they're so hyrdating!

9. Real Techniques You Glow Girl For A Full Face Look Kit ($50 Ulta): This is a steal of a deal for quality makeup brushes! Like, I once spent $50 on a foundation brush...yep, on one brush lol. Real Techniques brushes are soft, durable, and they really are just as nice as some ahem, obscenely priced brushes. Plus, they're synthetic, which means cruelty-free, which means awesome! Side note: there's no such thing as too many makeup brushes!

10. Stila Triple Threat Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set ($25 Ulta): I couldn't resist one more glitter item on this list! This Stila glitter was my favorite product of 2017 and guess what, still my favorite in 2018! I love this glitter because it stays put and it comes in gorgeous colors. I just tap some on top of my eyeshadow to make me feel a little fancier!

Honestly, I could just keep going and going on this list until it gets ridiculous, but I hope these 10 ideas are a good start! Would you like a list of men's grooming products? Let me know! I hope your having a marvelous holiday season!



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