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Beauty gift ideas for the holidays 2018

beauty gift ideas holidays 2018

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


My favorite beauty products from the Insider Sale

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My favorite beauty products from Sephora from top left: Moroccanoil / Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Night Eye Cream / Estee Lauder eyemakeup remover / Laura Mercier foundation powder / Urban Decay eye palette / Estee Lauder foundation / Laura Mercer loose setting powder / Laura Mercier caviar eye pencil (I always wear cocoa) / Bobbi Brown lipstick / Urban Decay lipstick /

The Sephora Beauty Insider sale event is in full swing! This is a great time to pick up beauty products you love on deep discounts; because let’s face it, beauty products never go on sale-at least the good ones!!

The beauty products I am sharing with you today are ones I use all the time. Some have been life-long favorites, while others are new to my beauty bag. Some of these products are part of the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale, and some are not. I didn’t want to share a whole bunch of sale products with you that I don’t use, so instead, I am sharing the products I use which are sold at Sephora. You don’t see a complete skin care, or makeup routine in this post. That’s because some of the products I use aren’t sold at Sephora, and I am not going to recommend random products to you in order to fill in the gaps. You can find my current nail polish here, my skin care routine here, and my go-to blush here.

The products I have been using for over ten years include Moroccanoil, Estee Lauder eye makeup remover (I’ve been using this one since high school!), Laura Mercier Foundation Powder, and the Laura Mercier Caviar eye pencil. The other products have been added to my beauty bag in the last two years; and the eye cream in the last month. These are all incredible products which I cannot live without.

Now onto the details of this sale! If you shop at Sephora, you may already know about their beauty insider program. If you spend a minimum of $350, you become a VIB Level customer. Once you spend $1000, you become a Rouge Member. Rouge members gain access to special discounts, custom make-overs, and invite-only events. VIB members gain access to the sale on August 30, 2018, and can continue to save through September 3, 2018. Rouge members can start saving now! If you aren’t part of the Sephora membership program, you can easily join the Beauty Insider Program online here.

Shop my beauty favorites at Sephora:

What are some of your favorite Sephora products?

Thanks for stopping by, and happy shopping!

XOXO

Cathy

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July 2018 beauty favorites

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Summer is in full swing, which means our skin and hair are exposed to the elements. It also means travel, warm evenings outside, and drying air conditioning. To combat these summer beauty obstacles, I have added a few fabulous products to my beauty arsenal for July 2018.

As you know, I receive quite a few press kits in the mail featuring new beauty products. I can’t review them all; to be frank, I don’t always like them all. So, starting earlier this year, I am doing one monthly round-up of my products from press kits which I love; and find myself actually using. The following products are from press kits. I fell in love with them so decided to share them with you. As always, I only share what I love!

Elemis Lily & Lionel Luxury Travel Kit

elemis travel beauty kit

Elemis is turning into my favorite skin care brand. I am addicted to their pro-collagen marine cream. It is my go-to daytime cream which I apply every morning. When Elemis sent this travel to me, I was thrilled! It contains a travel size of my daily cream, and additional products I enjoy using. I’m super excited to use this travel kit for an upcoming vacation later this month. You can find this fabulous kit online here for under $100.

Also this summer, Elemis has introduced a new collection of dynamic resurfacing products. My favorite product from the collection are the pads. They are so easy to use and do a great job of  smoothing out my skin. Five stars!!

Garnier Fructis Hair Mask Collection

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I just started to color my hair a few months ago in order to cover up the stray grays popping up on my head. Keeping my color looking vibrant is a little bit of a challenge in the summer since I am outside a lot, and in the pool often. These new masks from Garnier are a life saver! Think of them as an intense conditioner. They restore moisture to the hair which is lost when out in the sun, or in a chemical filled swimming pool. I’m totally addicted to these masks! My favorite is the coconut extract scent. It works wonders on my summer hair! Love!

Urban Decay “Born to Run” makeup collection

urban decay summer makeup

Warm evenings out on the town mean a new color palette of makeup! I’m loving everything from the “Born to Run” makeup collection by Urban Decay. The colors are great late-summer hues which will transition into fall easily. The lipsticks are moisturizing and the eye shadow palette has so many colors-it’s like an eye shadow candy store! Love that!

Shop my July beauty favorites:

Which beauty products are you loving this summer season?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy