Now is the time to maximize your cosmetics without blowing your beauty budget. Many of the top cosmetic brands are offering holiday gifts that are way more chic than gifts of the past. Back in the day, when companies offered gifts with purchase, the gifts were usually unappealing lip colors or foundation for only one skin tone. Nowadays, companies are more savvy, and are offering gift sets that are totally wearable and even coveted by many!
Check out Bobbi Brown for the Lip Gloss Trio which has three gorgeous, shimmer glosses. I love Bobbi Brown Shimmer Gloss, as it’s not sticky and lasts all day. Smart marketing continues with the line including two different smokey eye palettes, one in “cool” and the other in “warm” to accommodate different skin tones.
NARS, one of my favorite lines, is getting into the holiday spirit with fifteen different limited edition gift sets that will make you want to thank the cosmetic gods. There are so many sets to choose from that I’m not even sure of where I want to start. As always, NARS offers luxurious and decadent colors that work well with all skin tones.
Companies like Smashbox have even decided to offer tools to help you create your special look. The Wondervision Brush Set (pictured at the top of the page along with the Wondervision Jumbo Primer) comes with FULL-SIZED brushes, and the chrome colors are perfect for a holiday gift!
*All images were taken directly from Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, and NARS websites
If you’re reading this, you’re just in time to create a sexy and sassy look for all of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities that taking place all over the U.S. tonight! If you’re NOT venturing out into the Land O’ Green and Gold, you can still work this Green and Gold fabulous look! I’m under the weather and won’t be celebrating my 1/16th percent Irish heritage tonight, however, I was inspired today by all the green and gold photos I’ve seen so I decided to do a cute look for those who are partaking in the green beer this evening! Before I applied any shadow, I used some Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer in “Eden” in order to prep my lids and give me hint of shimmer. Then, to the brow and inner tear duct areas, I applied CoverGirl Eye Enhancers Shadow in “Gold Sizzle”. I followed up those same areas with a layer of M.A.C. Eyeshadow in “Amber Lights”, a popular golden/bronze shadow, that I also used as an undereye liner (just dab a wet angled brush in the shadow and line the eyes). Next up, GREEN, GREEN, GREEN! I used 2 different green shadows to achieve my St. Paddy’s Night Time Look. Urban Decay in “Mildew” was applied on the lids starting from the inner corner to mid lid, then I followed up with L’oreal HIP Metallic Shadow Duos in “Gunmetal”, only using the rich, darker, shimmery green of the two choices. I also used that same dark green to line right above the line I made with the M.A.C. shadow. You with me so far? Next, I lined both upper and lower lashlines with a soft, black eyeliner, and followed up with 2 coats of Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Mascara in Blackest Black.
Make sure you pencil and powder in your eyebrows one shade lighter than your haircolor, to avoid a harsh, dramatic look that is dated. I use various pencils but I love the Sephora Eye pencils with a corresponding shadow. You have to try out different ones until you find the combo you love.
Alright, NOW you’re ready to bat those pretty eyes of yours, while you sip that green beer! Send me some pictures if you decide to try this look or leave me a comment!