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Gift Sets Aren’t Just For Giving…

27 Oct

…They’re for trying out new products for yourself too!

One of my favorite things about the holiday season are all the cute little gift sets that pop up, and not for gift-giving reasons.  Stores like Sephora carry some of the best sets that you shouldn’t give away! Beauty sets are a GREAT way to test a new product before committing to the real deal & can save you a lot of money (especially if you  don’t end up liking your gift set tester). Even better, some gift sets are coming full-sized but still remain a fraction of the price of the individual items. Since it seemingly gets earlier each year, stores are already displaying their gift sets for purchase! So far, some of my favorite buy-to-keep gift sets are:

Too Faced

Too Faced On The Prowl set is a four-piece set featuring a lippy, primer, kabuki brush (great for loose-powder/ mineral foundation & bronzer application) & their complexion kit with bronzer, blush & powder. Too Faced products are popular for their fun packaging but also have a great reputation for flawless application (Sephora- $26.00 with a $75.00 value). Purchase It!


Clinique Fall In Love With Colour set offers a makeup bag, mascara, two lippies, makeup remover & eye palette. When you purchase Clinique, you know you’re getting amazing products that are all 100% allergy-tested. You could easily carry this whole set with you for on-the-go touch-ups (Sephora- $42.00 with an $83.00 value)! Purchase It!


LORAC  Shimmer & Shine Collection is the ultimate form of girly with neutral but feminine colors. This set offers three eye shadows, eye primer, lip gloss, mascara & a cute black bag to keep it all in. LORAC’s eye primer is reason enough to treat yourself to this awesome set. It keeps eye makeup in tact all day and night without smearing or creasing (Sephora- $37.00 with a $117.00 value). Purchase It!


Dior made this lovely Miss Dior Cherie gift set that includes perfume, shower gel & moisturizer all in the famous Miss Dior scent. Again, it all comes in a cute little bag for convenience. I love testing new perfumes and having a ton available at any given time for any given mood so the idea of a perfume gift set is super enticing (Sephora- $83.00). Purchase It!


L’OCCITANE Protecting Shea Butter Collection is the perfect set for the upcoming dry, winter weather. The set comes with lip balm, soap, shower cream, foot cream, & hand cream. L’OOCITANE products are sans a lot of bad chemicals & parabens so you can feel good about using them (Sephora- $36.00 with a $52.00 value)! Purchase It!

Now, don’t get me wrong, the holidays are definitely the time of giving, but when it comes to saving money on a new product you’re dying to try, I suggest seeing if you can purchase a gift set for yourself to have a few uses to try it out.


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Halloween Makeup

25 Oct

I’ve clearly got Halloween on the brain (see Costume Jewelry) so I decided to check out some makeup styles for the holiday. I came across some awesome & inspirational makeup ideas from MAC that I’m fascinated by:

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“Batgirl” is self explanatory.

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This look is totally suitable for a doll costume with the rosy cheeks and round eyes.

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I adore this look for a devil costume or some sort of “fire and ice” feel.

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This look takes a little more talent & creativity but would clearly look awesome paired with a fairy costume.

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Don’t just be Lady Gaga for Halloween, be one of her biggest hits- Poker Face. This would be super cute with a Queen of Hearts costume, as well.

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I envision this look with an Evil Queen type costume. The detailing is incredible & would definitely compliment the dark costume.

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This robot-inspired look would be incredibly easy to make and would add a ton of character to your costume.

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I can picture this pattern with either a snake or leopard  costume.

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This look would work with a spider costume, or a darker version of Little Miss Muffet. The spider is super detailed so it may take a little extra artistic talent.

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For a zebra or cat costume, this would be incredibly detailed but easy if you had the time to create it!

While it’s easy to get inspired by these looks, they might be difficult to create. You can log-on to MAC to book an artist or call your local MAC counter to see if anyone could help you recreate any of these looks. On their website, you can also find all the makeup needed to make all these looks. Get inspired & be creative!


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