Luxe Holiday Makeup Gifts

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The holiday season is quickly approaching (like seriously--Thanksgiving is tomorrow?!) so this is 'round about the time my makeup spidey senses begin tingling with JOY at the thought of holiday gift sets. If you followed this blog last Christmas season, you will know my obsession with holiday gift sets (especially ones from Sephora). I perused on down to the Sephora website and my eyes did lay on the most beautiful sight. Gift sets galore and bougie ones at that! My heart stopped, I fell to the ground and I died happy. 

Just kidding. But I was not let down this year as the sets are looking just as beautiful. Some of my favorites and most anticipated include...

1 // Pat McGrath Labs Metalmorphosis 005 Everything Set 

I have been SO. FREAKING. EXCITED. for the release of these metallic pressed pigments! I am definitely planning on using these for some more avant garde and graphic looks (I mayyyyyy have ordered it on Sephora as a birthday present to myself mwuahha) The set comes with 4 cream pigments, 4 metallic pigments, a dual ended eyeliner and a mixing liquid. The mixing liquid is used for a special "liquifying" effect that when combined with the pigments, looks like poured foiled metal on your face. There's gold, silver, bronze and copper shades included. 

2 // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit 

When this beauty came out the whole makeup world rejoiced--an even better version of their original blush palette?! This palette is the "new and improved version" so to speak as it includes never before released shades and includes powder, bronzer, blushes and highlight. I have their original blush palette and if this is anything like it, the colors are beautiful. The light refracts in the softest, most flattering way on the skin. These are true luxury powders that create a soft focus and have stunning color.  

3 // Laura Mercier Layer Up Caviar Stick Eye Coulour

While these may be a cult classic, I'm including this special holiday version as its a good excuse for anyone who has never tried these out (including myself). I've heard only good things about these sticks, which delivers long-lasting color with an easy swiping application. They are supposed to be great as a base to layer up a smoky look.   

4 // Bite Beauty Lipsticks Amuse Bouche Lipstick Vault

Bite are among some of the creamiest and highest-quality lipsticks I have tried. The pigmentation, pretty fruity smell and comfortable wear make them a favorite of mine. This would be the ultimate luxe gift for a makeup lover--especially a lipstick fanatic. There's 38 shades in this set of good-for-you vitamin rich lipsticks. Packed with omega oils and nutrients, they are supposed to give weightless cover. 

 

These all look so beautiful--would you buy a luxe makeup gift like this for a friend?

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A Foundation Stick for Us Oily Girls

hourglass foundation Besides its sleek, sexy triangular packaging, The Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick has a lot to write home about. I've been using this deliciousness for a few weeks now and I'm in love. It has totally replaced my Makeup Forever HD Foundation stick as my favorite stick foundation of all time. 

Some of its strong suits include full coverage that doesn't look caked on, fake or contrived and a stunning semi-matte finish that looks so beautiful on the skin. I like to apply the stick straight to the face and then use a flat top kabuki brush or wet beauty blender to blend. It blends easily and feels luxurious and creamy. Another huge bonus is that it packs double the amount of pigment when compared to other foundations on the market--meaning you won't have to add layer upon layer to get the full coverage you want.  

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Normal and oily skin types will rejoice as this foundation is waterproof and super long-wearing. As someone who usually resembles an oil slick by the end of the day, this foundation amazes me. The first time I tried it I wore it from morning until very late at night and I remember going to the ladies room and doing a double take because my skin still looked absolutely beautiful. While my skin definitely wasn't as matte as first thing that morning, I had a sheen that resembled the natural look of skin. That day I had sweated, chased after our toddler and touched and swiped at my face multiple times. Fully expected to look like a wreck! 

Now for the cons. While I fully LOVE this foundation, the amount of product you get is quite small for the price. A usual foundation contains about 1 oz of product while this one comes up sadly short with only a puny 0.25 oz. So you get 1/4 of the product for a whopping price tag of $46. When compared to similar luxury foundations priced around $60-$80 it evens the playing field a bit--but still. Why God why. 

I'll be using this lovely stick until the final swipe but hopefully something comparable will hit the market that saves us a few of our hard-earned bucks. 

 

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Have you found a foundation stick you absolutely love? 

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Beauty Favorites: February

IMG_6624 This month I'm feeling the glow apparently because ALL of the products I loved this month achieve some highlight/glow/luminizing/I've been kissed by baby angels effect. I usually keep everything a bit more matte looking in the cooler months but to hell with makeup rules--I'mma do me girls. And. Me. Wants. Glow. 

February Glowing Beauty Faves:

  • 01. Becca Backlight Priming Filter- I'm officially addicted to trying primers in general now--there are soooo many new innovations and branches of primers for different uses today. It's really incredible and exciting. There's spray on ones, creams, gels, ones that help with smoothing, filling pores, calming redness--the list goes on and on. This primer in particular is great as a luminizing priming product. The name "backlight filter" really does it justice since it literally looks as if an Instagram filter called "Glow" was lain perfectly atop the skin. It moisturizes the skin well too and helps the makeup last a bit longer.
  • 02. Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Highlight- I have the color "Gilded Honey", a very golden shade that applies surprisingly sheer for an understated, but beautiful soft golden glow. This month, I've added this color to the tops of my cheekbones non-stop. It's a nice switch up because I never thought I would stop using my Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighter in "Champagne Pop" and "Opal". They are seriously knockouts and more of a glamorous highlight (which mommy likey). For more great highlighting products and application techniques, this post might be up your alley. 
  • 0.3 Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil- I'm really into products that speed up my routine at the moment. This stick works great to clean up and highlight under the brow bone area. It has one shimmery champagne side and one creamy, matte eggshell color on the other. They both go with any eyeshadow look I choose to do. I throw it in my makeup bag or purse for on-the-go all the time. I like to apply the shimmery side next to my tear ducts too to open up the eye area. I have more tips on how to highlight the face with a white or cream pencil product in this post