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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: gift ideas for teens

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It’s official! I have a high school teenager in the house, and she has informed me of what is hot, and what is not, in the world of high school teens. So, it is with the authority of a high school freshman that I bring you this holiday gift guide featuring gift ideas for teens.

Teenagers are typically the most difficult group of people to purchase holiday gifts for. They only shop at certain stores, and they only like specific pieces from those stores. If you buy the wrong color or item, even if it is from a “cool”store, it could still be a complete bomb.

My daughter has informed me the best rule of thumb is to buy clothing in black or grey. Only certain pull-overs can be ivory. Teens do not want glitter or sequins; so those days are over for these kids! Clothing needs to be plain, dark, and understated; yet still display cool brand names such as “Pink” or Abercrombie.”

The following items were hand-picked by my teen daughter who is a freshman in high school, and knows what is cool, and what isn’t cool. I assembled everything she suggested in the shopping widget below.

Sometimes I cannot clip the dark color, so you might see an item in a light or uncool color. Simply click through and select the darkest color possible; and then it will be cool for a holiday gift for a teen! Be sure to disable ad blocker for my website so you can see the shopping widget below!

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope your teen loves these gifts!

XOXO
Cathy

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Beauty gift ideas for the holidays 2018

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beauty gift ideas holidays 2018 from top left: Molton brown advent calendar / Fresh gift set / “Offline” eye care gift set (only $25!!) / luxurious hair dryer / lipstick gift set / Tocca gift set / Chanel No. 5 special edition perfume / Milk gift set (under $50 – popular with teens and young adults!)

Who doesn’t love getting a fabulous beauty gift under the tree on Christmas? I know I do! So, if you need a few beauty gift ideas for the holidays, you have come to the right place!

There are so many fun and fabulous beauty gifts out there for the holiday season; it can be overwhelming! When shopping for a beauty gift, it’s always good to look for sets which contain items most people use such as hand cream, lip balm, shower gel, and varieties of perfume. It can be hard to buy things like foundation, setting powder, eyeliner, eye shadow, and blush. These items often need to be color tested on someone’s skin in order to know if they will look good.

If you are set on getting makeup for the beauty guru on your Christmas or holiday list, then look for makeup types or gift sets which work well with all skin colors and types. The types of makeup gifts which are usually a safe bet include lipstick sets, or eye shadow palettes with more than five colors.

I found a few fabulous beauty gift sets and beauty gifts ideas around the web, and assembled them into this post. I hope you love them! Better yet, I hope the beauty fan on your holiday gift list loves them too! So, without further ado, here are some fun beauty gift ideas for the 2018 holiday gift giving season!

Beauty gifts under $25

Beauty gifts under $50

Beauty gifts under $100

More fabulous beauty gifts

If the beauty fan on your list loves to wear the hottest nail polish colors of the season, check out my reviews of Chanel’s holiday collection and Dior’s holiday collection.

What types of beauty gifts are you hoping for this holiday season? I’m hoping Santa brings me the Chanel perfume, and some lipstick sets!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the holidays!

XOXO

Cathy


What’s in my November 2018 beauty bag

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Happy November! I have been testing out a lot of new beauty products this month, so I am excited to share my favorites with you in this monthly round-up, beauty bag post! Of course, I have several nail polish hues I am in love with too, you can check out my Chanel review, Dior review, and Londontown Gel Genius review.

Now, let’s chat about these new beauty products I love! So, if you have been following along for awhile, you know I quit coffee several years ago. Although I don’t drink coffee everyday, I do order it at restaurants if I am eating brunch, and when Starbucks comes out with new flavors I feel compelled to taste! haha Other than that, I don’t really drink coffee anymore. That being said, I still consume food and drinks which stain teeth. I drink tea a few times per week, and I enjoy tooth staining foods such as tomatoes and carrots. This means the expensive tooth whitening treatment my dentist gave me back in 2013 is no longer visible. My teeth are stained again!

I was thrilled when Billionaire Teeth Whitening contacted me a couple of months ago to test out their whitening pen. It’s an affordable way to whiten teeth at home. My dentist charged me north of $600, while this pen is nicely priced at under $50. I also happen to have a discount code to share with you! You can pick up your own pen online here, and use code BAF to save 10% of your treatment purchase. I hope you love your results as much as I do!

Be sure to use my link above to purchase the Billionaire Teeth Whitening Pen-you don’t want to purchase it elsewhere and end up with a counterfeit product!

Colleen Rothschild hand cream review

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Colleen Rothschild is a beauty brand I love and trust. So, when I needed to purchase some new hand cream, I decided to try hers out! I am so glad I did! I love this! The hand cream by Colleen Rothschild is non-greasy, and it adds just the right amount of moisture to help protect and repair dry hands. This is really good hand cream! I am hooked! As you can tell from this photo, I have already started to use my tube, and chances are, I will run out of it quickly. I am always washing my hands, cleaning my house, and in need of some hand cream. This is a workhorse, love it! You can snag your own online here.

EOS Lip Balm review all flavors

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In addition to hand cream, I am always in need of lip balm. The climate here in the San Francisco Bay Area is quite drying, so beauty products which help combat the dry air are a must. This lip balm by EOS is easy to use. There are a few scents to choose from, and they smell really yummy! There isn’t any waxy taste, or chemical taste; they taste pretty natural. I am addicted to the pink one! I know I will plow through these quickly. I keep one in my purse, one in my beauty kit at home, and one in my gym bag. Can’t leave home without one nearby!

Garnier Micellar Eye Makeup Remover Pads review

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Are you always running out of cotton squares? I change my nail color so often, I am always running out of my cotton squares! Thankfully, Garnier sent me these fabulous eye makeup remover pads which don’t require a cotton square. They are their own pad! I love an all-in-one product! These Garnier Micellar Eye Makeup remover pads are a game changer. They make makeup removal sooooo easy! Love! I will never go without a package of these, they are a must-have!

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There you have it! My new beauty favorites which have been added to my beauty bag, and beauty routine this month. Have you tried any new beauty products lately that you love?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

*products by Garnier, EOS, and Billionaire Teeth Whitening were gifted as editorial samples for consideration. all thoughts and opinions are my own.