It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas: Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Junkie

Makeup is one of the easiest, fool proof presents you can gift – as long as you have some semblance as to what the giftee is into. Giving someone porcelain coloured foundation when they have an olive skin tone is just plain and utter stupidity. That’s where this guide comes in. Stay away from the every day, “I need to run into Sephora to replace my concealer” type products and steer towards one of a kind, treat yourself, pampering type goods. You’ll be her next favourite beauty supplier, next to Sephora.

*Each image will take you to a clickable, shop-able link. 

Happy Shopping

Sephora Collection Precious Metals Anti-Bacterial Brush Set

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Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

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Sephora Favorites Lash Stash

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Temptu Starter Airbrush Kit

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Glo Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device 

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Slip for beauty sleep Slipsilk Pillowcase

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

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T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand

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Wildfox Eau de Parfum Set

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Sigma Beauty Travel Brush Set

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Philosophy Glowing Days Ahead Set

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Sigma Spa 2X Brush Cleaning Glove

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Kiehl’s Night Time Essentials

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Laura Mercier In the Glow Highlighting Trio

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Yves Saint Laurent Kiss & Love Edition Touche’ Eclat

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Jo Malone Christmas Cracker

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Laura Mercier Limited Edition Le Petit Souffle Body Cremes

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Oribe’ Gold Lust Collection

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Fig & Yarrow Facial Care Kit 

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Glamglow Youth Luxe Set

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Cle’ de Peau Collection Bal Masque Nail Lacquer Trio

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Estee’ Lauder Diamond Nights Powder Compact

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Diptyque Colored Glass Candle Trio

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L’Occitane Advent Calendar

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CosmoCube Posh Makeup Organizer

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 Fred Segal The Blend Custom Fragrance Blending Kit

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Serge Normant The Glamour Girl’s Hair Set

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Voluspa Brance Vermeil Home Ambience Diffuser

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Bobbi Brown Basic Brush Collection

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Guerlain Meterorites Perles de Neiges 

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Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

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Diptyque Soothing Lip Balm

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Rouge Louboutin Silky Satin Lip Colour

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Purchased: VIB Rouge Pre Access Sale

Somebody call the po-lice because I have been victimized by this here mega retailer. They’re a repeat offender with a track record to rival Bill Cosby’s. I went there. They’re that twisted. The fact that I allow myself time and time again to experience such lascivious turmoil doesn’t say a whole lot about my character either so. No relationship is perfect right?

Anyways, the VIB Rouge and VIB annual holiday shopping event has arrived in a flurry of overly made up artiste faces and a cloud of Bobbi Brown’s beach scent. Both of which I am highly titillated by. The VIB Rouge sale was from the 5th to the 9th and VIB members have access from the 13th to the 16th. Here’s hoping there are some remnants left over for y’all.

Here are the items I scored but didn’t need. HAHAHAHA. Just kidding. I need everything.

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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Glow Palette

Ugh. Why. So much unnecessary goodness Jaclyn Hill? You already had us like crack addicts with your Becca highlighter – now there’s 3?! You bitch. You beautiful talented money making bitch. Take all my pennies. Take them all. This little palette contains three highlighters – Pearl (a pale shimmering white), Champagne Pop (soft white gold with pink undertones) and Blushed Copper (warm copper with rose gold shimmer). I love the colour range here – a bright highlight, a shimmery natural highlight and a darker tone to really add some depth to your usual blush application. Each shade is limited edition and exclusive to Sephora – more importantly they’re inspired by the holiday season so unless you’re one of those types offended by snowflakes and christmas trees, and the christmas season or just the word season or just every letter in the word season – how can you not?

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Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer 

This is my new favorite concealer. I’m a fan and avid user of NARS creamy concealer, Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able full coverage concealer, and the tried and true MAC Studio Fix – but this? This is Lindsay Lohan in mean girls. She comes in awkward, runs shit, and then emerges as an accepted, respected leader. The lightweight gel base is what really has me sprung. It’s easy to blend, doesn’t cake (even after an 8 hour day) and is easy to build on. I use it mainly underneath my eyes because that’s the only area I feel needs brightening – and it’s truly effective. No lines, no build up, no heavy feeling. It’s infused with pineapple ceramide which brightens and helps improve the skin texture. Pineapple ceramide – you bad. Also – biggest shade range in a concealer – there’s no way you won’t find something to match your skin color.

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Make Up Forever Mist & Fix 

I wish I had started using this product this past summer when my makeup was melting into my collarbone and not have waiting until the crisp autumn months – but clearly I felt I needed more highlighters and nude lipsticks to diffuse into a liquid rather than stay put on my face. Oh well. I spritz my masterpiece once after everything is applied and really – I’m not sure if it does the job because my makeup tends not to budge (professional artiste here) but I do feel like my skin is more refreshed and not screaming for fresh air. It does create a sweat proof, rub proof shield – which I have noticed, as well as keeping your makeup fresh looking for 12 plus hours, all the while increasing hydration, keeping it looking phresh, and silky, and not dry AF. Definitely good to have around if you don’t want to melt into a puddle of $2379489 worth of makeup.

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Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Velvet

This is my third go with Bite Beauty’s lip products and I am not disappointed. The Matte Creme lip crayon and the Luminous Creme lipstick are flawless – so I decided to try this one here. I like to get myself acquainted with all products – unless they’re from a drugstore. (Kidding, kidding, so rude). I totally use Sally Hansen‘s Hard as nails and cotton pads hair products. I digress. This pencil is described as a matte but it has more of a creme’/glossy look to it. I’m not complaining – I’m simply correcting Sephora’s description. Not matte. Has matte qualities, but more a glossier application. Micronized pigments, shit ton of antioxidants, and apparently it contains the amount of resveratrol found in 5 glasses of wine. My advice – try the lipstick, but don’t forgo the wine. That’s just preposterous.  *resveratrol -member of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols. These compounds are thought to have antioxidant properties – AKA Drink lots of wine  – it’s good for fending off heart disease and cancer, it also makes you feel happy.

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Diptyque Tam Dao

I haven’t tried this scent until now. One of my recent trips to Nordstrom – my favorite connoisseur of fragrance @ the Bellevue location gifted me with a little eau du toilette. Sandalwood is the most poignant note (I love warm, musky scents) and it’s unisex so you can share. Diptyque is my absolute favorite family of fragrance – so you can’t go wrong with any one of their exotic scents.

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Shop the products:

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Glow Palette

Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer 

Make Up Forever Mist & Fix

Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil 

Diptyque Tam Dao 

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