Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Beauty Holiday Guide

My Makeup Favorites: Holiday and Everyday  

As many of you have suggested and requested, I have FINALLY added a beauty tab to my blog! Since I have started blogging, I have been talking about doing beauty (makeup, hair, skin care, etc.) posts every now and then but unfortunately have never gotten around to it.... until now 🎉  And what better time to start because all of these items double as the perfect Christmas gifts! Stock up for yourself or a beauty product lover in your life. I am going to be sharing some of my recent favorites (like the eyeshadow I'm wearing) and also my everyday favorites! 

To be totally honest, I am really not good at doing hair or makeup but I still love it 😁  I am always the first to try the newest or most talked about product, expensive or not (as bad as it is to say). As many of you know, I was a receptionist at a hair salon all through college and learned many things about hair products during that time! However, I unfortunately never learned how to do hair or even style it. I tried and tried but it's just not something that works out for me. When I have a nice/dressy event to go to, I'll be the first to admit that I go to Ulta or a local blowout bar to get my hair done. I'll sometimes even recruit my friends to do it 😂  Same goes for makeup! We have to do what we have to do right?!

First, I want to share my recent eyeshadow obsession that's perfect for the holidays! My friend and fellow blogger Holly, from Make Today a HollyDay, showed it to me and actually did my makeup the day this picture was taken! Unlike me, she is extremely good at makeup and always has the best product choices and recommendations. Like I previously said, this eyeshadow is PERFECT for the holidays and any dressy events you have to attend! It is not one the products that I use on an everyday basis, but it shows up wonderfully in pictures and makes your eyes really pop. Did I also mention that it's on MAJOR sale at Nordstrom right now?! The brand is Stila, which is one of my favorite makeup brands. It is a liquid eyeshadow (which I've always been hesitant of) but not anymore after trying this one. The color that I am wearing is called 'Kitten Karma' (left in picture) but this particular set is worth trying and only on sale AND available together for a limited time! You can get all three for practically the price of one here now.

My Everyday Favorites:

The next several products I am going to share are ones that I wear on a daily or nearly daily basis! I truly have tried MANY different products over the years and these all remain my favorites time and time again.


This concealer is the BEST for under eyes and for adding extra highlight! It's under $30 and definitely worth the price. One of my best friends also uses the Shape Tape foundation and after seeing her use it this past weekend, I may have to try it myself. The coverage is amazing but it does not appear thick at all. Shop the Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer here now from Ulta! 

This is BY FAR the best foundation ever made in my opinion. When it says 'stay in place,' it's really not lying. It stays ALL day long. I have a naturally oily complexion and this completely covers that up. I am fortunately blessed with clear skin but I have always liked a thick foundation because I have NEVER intentionally let sun get on my face. Therefore, my face is several shades lighter than the rest of my body so I have always liked to have makeup thick enough to make it match. Shop this Estee Lauder Double Wear makeup here now! 

This is another product that helps with oily skin! It gives you such great coverage and you can purchase it at any drugstore. I've tried more expensive versions of this (incuding Mac and Tarte) and I haven't found one that I liked any better. I actually wear this over top of my Estee Lauder just to give me even more of a matte look. It stays in place all day and is also great to wear with a tinted moisturizer by itself if you do not like thick makeup! Shop this Loreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder here.

This Mac matte 'Honeylove' lipstick is my GO TO. I wear it every single day. Whether I mix it with other shades/glosses, you can always be sure that I have it on. It's my absolute favorite, this color in particular. However, I have several other colors in this Mac lipstick and love all of them! It's stays on very well and does not dry out your lips. Shop it here in all shades now. 

I am not typically a gloss fan because I prefer the matte look, but I LOVE this stuff. I always get so many compliments when I wear it and I've gotten SO many questions about it recently. It is Dior, which of course is a nice/pricey brand, but this product is definitely worth the money. It lasts forever, plus it instantly plumps your lips in addition to giving you color. It's also on SALE right now so shop it here before the price goes back up! 


Again I'm no makeup artist, but this stuff works wonders. One of my best friends gave me my first one of these palettes several years ago and I've been hooked ever since! This is another product that lasts forever so it's definitely worth the money. Plus, a little goes a long way! It's $42 but you get 4 colors for the price of one. My favorites are the two colors on the right side, especially for people with fair complexions like me. Shop this Too Faced Cocoa Contour palette here now.  


Out of all the mascaras I've tried, this is the BEST. I have never tried any of Lancome's other products before this but my Mom has and she's always been a fan. I have naturally long lashes but they aren't thick and this mascara makes them look super thick. I highly recommend it if you're looking for fullness in your lashes! Shop it here now for under $30. 

Please comment below with any questions or comments you have about these products or other products not mentioned! I'd also love for you to leave a comment with some of your favorites. 


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