Christmas Shopping 101

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“It’s the most WONDERFUL time of the year!”

 The time of year when Christmas music is on every single radio station and crazy people are as far as the eye can see. I mean really what is there not to love?

Well you you are an anxious soul like myself you have already dreaded this time of year since November 1st. Not its November 23rd and you are one of two people…

A) You have started shopping or have in mind what you need to buy for the rest of the people on your list.

B) You have not a damn clue where to start and the thought of shopping makes you want to throw up!

Hello folks, person B here! But what I will say I have a few ideas for you lovely folks that are shopping to hopefully make it easier!

Holiday Palettes/Makeup

Every year makeup brands come out with their “holiday” items. This my dear friend is going to save your life. You may even want to put it on your own Christmas list. Ulta and Sephora usually come out with a holiday box. That contains many different shades of eye shadows, blush, usually a lip stick/gloss and liners. Its a one stop shop for the makeup lover in your life!!

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Also certain brands may come out with boxes with 10 different lip glosses. Buying single lip glosses can get pricey. So having all of them in one box for one price is a steal!! They also have makeup brushes in sets too. If you are a makeup user you know how expensive the brushes get. So all of them in one spot of one price! YASS GIRL!!!!!

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You see there is no down side to this method!

Gift Cards

But its not a heart felt gift!! Okay I don’t know what is not heart felt about this gift. Its money. For anything you want. No returning, no re-gifting, no trying to put on the perfect face to mask the fact that you hate a gift! That person can get what they would like. I’m not seeing a down side. Well except one. Do not buy a gift card for a store you don’t know if the person likes or not. The last thing I want to do is go into a store I don’t like and try to find something to spend the gift card on. Just buy a Visa gift card. Promise the recipient will be more than happy with free money!

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Shop Online

For those of you who do not like the long lines, at times rude people and the hustle and bustle of the giving season, online shopping is the way to go. There was a time where I thought online shopping took the fun out of Christmas shopping. I can honestly tell you, I DO NOT think that now. There is literally nothing in the world that can be more relaxing than finding all of your gifts from the comfort of your couch. Except having them delivered to your front door!!! Seriously the best!

For the MEN in our lives!

Okay so what about the men in your life. To be completely honest I have no easy go to option for that. They say buying for men is easy. I say BULL HOCKEY! Every year I’m stuck trying to think outside of the box and not buy the sports jersey that he already has in E V E R Y color. I also am trying to stick to some sort of budget because let be real, my name is not Mrs. Bill Gates. This mama is ballin’ on a budget! So then where do you start? Well I have two “go to’s” solutions to this problem.

A) Let them pick out a gift that they really want. Then you pick out something you think they would like or need. (ie: new under wear)

B) Have the theory of “you get what you get and you don’t get upset!” and call it a day.

So men, when you think you are easy to buy for. Think again you little shits. I think guys are way worse than any woman.

Wish Lists

The ingenious way to get people what they want. People make a wish list and email it to you! You then pick items you can afford off this list! Seriously, you can’t ever get a bad gift this way!

My mother in law stresses out month before the holidays about what she is going to buy people. This year I brought up this idea and I think for the most part we are going to do gift giving this way. It takes the stress out of everything in my eyes.

For the GUY reading this!!!

So my dear love. Have you already bought a gift? Is it a waffle iron? Or possibly a toaster? Or my personal favorite a new contraption for the mop. Unless otherwise told, RETURN IT. Like yesterday! We appreciate the gesture but we cook and clean all year round and buying us something else to clean up with or around really is not thoughtful. We love ya though!

Well my loves that my Gift Giving 101 for the holiday season! Hope it helps!! As always STAY GORGEOUS!!!

XOXO

Elizabeth

Master Palette by Mario Review!!!!!

Well my loves, the review I have been itching to do is finally here!

If you know me, you know that my obsession with Anastasia Beverly Hills is real! I love everything about her products. When I heard Mario was collaborating with her I was sure it was going to be  something big! This my dears did not disappoint!

As you can already see the colors in this palette just scream “FALL OBSESSION.”It has been my obsession for the month of October! But lets get into the Pros and the Cons shall we!!

PROS

So so so many pros with this palette. First the colors. All of the colors are a dream to me! Every single color is super pigmented and easy to blend. The colors are also build able. In other palettes that I have used once you start to build you lose some of the colors as you go. This does not happen with the Mario palette.

Can we talk about the brush for a moment? This brush I loved in the Modern Renaissance palette and love it in this one too. It makes blending and apply so much easier to me!

The best part to me about this palette is that the colors stay vibrant all day long. They don’t fade. Sometimes I start my day looking like a movie star. Then I get home look in the mirror and I look like the hot mess express just pulled in! Not cute ladies! Then I start thinking how many people saw me today looking like this! Have no fear, this will not happen with this palette!!

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CONS

Well there is only one CON that I can come up with. That is the fall out that occurs with the shades. You need to remember to tap off all of the excess product before applying it to your face. This will help eliminate all the crazy fall out. But just a word of advice, this happens to many palettes I have used. Before you apply your foundation just apply your eye makeup. That was if there is fall out you can wipe away the makeup on your face with a makeup remover pad and go about your business. If you forgot and put on your face makeup, before your eyes “bake” your under eye area with translucent powder!

(If anyone wants me to show them how I do this just let me know in comments section!!)

That my loves is all!!! I highly suggest this palette though I do believe it is limited edition! So try to grab it ASAP and try it out!! Stay Gorgeous!!

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(Both looks created with this palette!)

XOXO

Elizabeth

 

Makeup for Beginners

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Do you ever walk in to Sephora, Ulta or the drug store, look at all the makeup and freak! You have no idea what to buy and then look at the price and have a mini heart attack? Have no fear my dear, I’m going to break it down for ya!

So many people have asked me over the years how I learned how to do my makeup. Well, for starters it took tons and tons of practice! I would put on a full face of makeup just to learn how to do a certain style I liked and then wash it off and try something else. I spent hours in my bathroom throughout high school. Makeup has always made me feel good, it’s my passion.

Okay so first things first. Every artist needs great tools. Brushes are the most important part of doing makeup. If you have the right brushes, for the most part the product can be almost anything. There are literally a millions brushes to chose from. So which ones do you need?

Brushes 101

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To be completely honest, your best bet for beginners is to buy a brush set. The ELF brush set is drugstore price but are really great. As you get more familiar with brushes you can buy brushes that you need. The best brushes that I own are from Morphe. The are reasonably priced and work like high end brushes would. They also sell brush sets for reasonable prices!

Eyes

When I first started doing my makeup I spent so much money in the drugstore. Usually it was on things that ended up not working they way I wanted them to. Here are two things that work amazing and for beginners they are perfect.

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On the left is The Nudes palette by . Super easy to use, has a lot of colors to choose from and nothing to “drama” that beginners can’t handle!! Also at a super reasonable price!! On the right is the Urban Decay Naked Palette. You can find this at Sephora or Ulta. This palette is higher end but I love it. The colors are super pigmented and blend out nicely. Definitely worth the money! This palette comes with the perfect brush for the eye shadows.

Foundations

 Now, when buying a foundation rule number 1 is that you buy a color that matches your neck. So you may have a face that stark white, but you neck is tanner you go with the darker color. This is so that everything flows seamlessly on your face. You don’t want to look “two-toned”, that’s not a cute look. So where should you start??

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To be honest, I have found that with the right tools, the kind of foundation doesn’t really matter.It comes down to preference at that point. These two are just my favorite. Left True Match by L’Oreal and Stay All Day Foundation by Stila.

So those are the most important aspects to your face that may be difficult to figure out as a beginner. Blush and bronze is pretty easy and lips are what you love.

But where do you get technique, where do you learn how to apply. Well you go go to school and learn how to apply make up is you wanted to make a serious career out of it. Even if you didn’t you could still attend, but they are quite pricey! But I also used YouTube.

YouTubers like Jaclyn Hill, Manny MUA, KathleenLights, Nicole Guerriero among so many other helped me with alot. These guys and gals are super fun to watch and walk you through makeup tutorials as well as information about the best products out there. Go check each one of them out and I promise it will help. No to mention they are great entertainment!

Well that’s all loves!!! Please subscribe!!! Stay Gorgeous!!

XOXO

Elizabeth

Too GLAM To Give A Damn!!!!!!

Come all makeup lovers and Sephora addicts!!!!!

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This post is going to be my go to’s whenever I step foot into Sephora!!! First of all, let me just confess one thing. I, Elizabeth have a serious addiction to Sephora and makeup. I am aware of the problem and I embrace it with open arms! In my eyes makeup is a way of expressing yourself, making you feel good and building confidence! So here we go!!!!

**Disclaimer**

I am not, nor do I claim to be a skin care professional. Everything that I write is this blog is my honest opinion on products I personally use. If you have skin care issues I can give you my opinion but ultimately you need to seek out a skin care professional for proper consultation. I also am not getting profit for speaking about any of these products. Its all my honest opinion folks!!!!

Cleanser

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I am in LOVE with this facial cleanser. Purity Made Simple facial cleanser is made by Philosophy. My skin recently is super sensitive. This stuff removes every trace of makeup from the whole day  and gently cleanses leaving my skin feeling refreshed and soft. Oh, did I mention it HYDRATES too!!!! Hello people with dry skin!!!! It’s magic in a bottle!!!

Moisturizer

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Hope in a Jar, is exactly what it says. My skin is oily in place, dry in others. This stuff is god sent to me. It’s super lightweight for everyday use. It leaves your skin glowing, moisturized and refreshed. It also fills in  fine lines!! SOLD!

Makeup Primer

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Some people under rate makeup primer but if you want your makeup to stay on all day, this is what you need. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil I stumbled onto by accident. I was searching  for a primer that would hydrate my dry spots but not affect my oily patches. The girl at Sephora gave me a sample to try and I was hooked! This stuff is golden! It leaves you with a clean, hydrated canvas and blurs imperfections!!! I don’t have super oily skin but I do have places where I have build up through out the day. This primer didn’t accentuate it all.

I am a HUGE fan of Tarte, and this primer blew me away. Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-HR Perfecting Primer GIVES ME LIFE!!!! I have never used loved a primer so much! Though I don’t have huge pores, I have been noticing that they do exist on my face and sometimes my makeup settles into my fine lines. That my friends is not a cute look. This stuff leaves my makeup looking amazing for hours and that my dears  is amazing by itself!!!

Foundations

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Well Hello Gorgeous!!!!! I have search to the ends of the earth (not really but damn near close) for foundations that I can be proud of. These my gorgeous sugar plums are it! I do not have a lot of imperfections on my skin (knocking on all the wood I can find!). So I’m always looking for foundations with sheer coverage. I also am not a fan of the caked on look. (which girl, you should not be a fan of either because it is not. cute.) These two hit the nail on its head.

So lets talk about the Stila Stay All Day Foundation Stila is a brand I have never really used. to be honest their foundation sets on my skin in the most unflattering way. But this, this and all of this stuff PLEASE!  Super sheer, doesn’t settle too bad (it does settle, but not enough for me to curse it to hell!) and stays on all day!!!.

If you follow makeup just a little bit you would have heard the rants and raves over Urban Decay’s All Nighter  Liquid Foundation. That foundation is FULL COVERAGE!! It’s the best full coverage I’ve ever used. But equally great is the foundation in the right hand picture!!! Urban Decay Naked Skin One&Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector This bad boy is amazing for me. It blurs imperfections you may have on your skin and its super light weight!!!

Concealer

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Well hello perfection in a bottle!!! I love everything about this concealer. From the packaging to the product inside. This Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is amazing. It covers up imperfections without looking like you have loads of makeup on which is a super plus! It also stays  put all day long. Lastly this concealer is super easy to apply and blend!!! Winner Winner!!!

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Ladies, Godessess and Girl Bosses, may I introduce the eye shadow palette that give me life. Anastasia Beverly Hill Modern Renaissance Palette. God was looking down on all woman when he gave this to us. In all seriousness, this palette is so pigmented, easy to blend out and so worth the money!! Ever since I got this palette I have not been able to put it down.  My suggestion is open a new browser window and order this, like yesterday!

Mascara

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Well if your in search of a new mascara, please look no further. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara This mascara is DRAMA all the way. It grabs each lash, extends it, makes it the blackest black you could ever imagine!! Simply amazing!!!

Eye Liner

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This eyeliner is the “drug store” brand but sometimes high end isn’t the best and this liquid liner proves that. I’m a sucker for eye liner like this. For me I have more control and it gives you the black solid line. With this your line goes on seamlessly and with ease!!!!

Brows

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So if you have not been introduced to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer (picture on the left) there she is!!! This brow pencil (if you will) has changed my brows for the better. The brow definer goes on nicely, blends our even better and lasts all day with its counter part, the Anastasia Beverly Hill Brow Gel. If you want your brows to stay put all day, this is what you need!!!

Blush/Bronzer

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Well here is more drug store products. First of all if you know me, you know I love bronzer! Well one day I was watching a Youtube video by Kathleen Lights (if you don’t know who she is, you need to click her link and take a gander. She’s amazing!) Anyways she had this and she spoke so highly of it. Now when Kahtleen Lights speaks highly of a makeup product you immediately run out and get it!!! This what I did and I’ so pleased with it!! Bonus- it smells like you just landed on a tropical island. Like I ope this and I feel like someone should be at the ready with a Pina Colada.

The blush on the right works on so many skin tones and I think that is the reason I like it. Like most I get darker in the summer and paper white in the winter. It works on both of those skin tons beautifully!!!!!

Contour

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This contour kit has been on the market for quite some time now and I will never get sick of. Other come and go but this is my ride or die!  Anastasia Beverly Hill Contour Kit. I first saw this on YouTube on Jaclyn Hills page! Jaclyn Hill is amazing and I honestly have used a lot of her makeup techniques on myself for about 3-4 years now. When she spoke about this contour kit I knew I needed it. If you dont contour or are just starting my suggestion is you get this. Super easy to blend with gorgeous results!!!

Lips

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These are hands down my favorite lip products at the moment. Tarte has created Tarteist Lip Paint. A matte moussey liquid lipsticks and boy are they amazing!!! They go on your lips s nicely and stay for a significant amount of time. The only thing I will say is if you place them to much on the inside of your lips you get that white ring so many of us hate so just be mindful!!

Setting Spray

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Last, but certainly not least is this Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Just mist, or drench yourself in this loveliness and you can expect your makeup to stay put forever!!! I love this stuff. Its refreshing and the perfect finishing touch!!

Finally, that’s all she wrote folks!! I hope you enjoyed this and as always, STAY GORGEOUS!!!!

XOXO

Elizabeth