Hello! I’m so sorry it’s been so long since I’ve done any tips… I don’t know about the other tip girls, but it’s been NaNoWriMo month for me, so I’ve been really busy… plus I had two tech weeks! Things are finally starting to calm down a bit for me, so I decided it’s more than ready for me to start coming back… especially when I have a bright, shiny, and wonderful new laptop to work on! Early Christmas gifts are the best, aren’t they? Although it’s only early because my old laptop broke (seriously, 3/4s of the screen stopped displaying!) and my dad wanted his old one back… hee hee.
Well, there’s quite a few things I’ve been lusting over at Ulta and Sephora that I’d love to find in my stocking… or, of course, give to the many other ladies on my list! Which reminds me… expect some more upcoming holiday tips, including Secret Santa and New Year’s Eve tips! I’m planning to host a movie marathon with my friends, so I’ve already been planning some ideas… I should probably get to the tip, shouldn’t I? I have a bad habit of talking on and on in my tips about things you probably don’t pay much attention to :P From now on, I think I’ll try to contain my prattle at the bottom of my tips.
Anyways, on to the tip! Here’s a list of beauty essentials to put at the top of your holiday wish list. Special thanks to my mom and a couple of my friends for help! For each of my essentials I’ll put some information, and then a product or two that I recommend- all of the prices/stores are just what I found online: you can find most anything at Ulta or Sephora, and even at drugstores, and often for cheaper than what they say (gotta love holiday sales!)
o1) Eyeshadow Primer ◕‿◕
Okay, I don’t know if you guys know this stuff exists or not, but my mom and I literally just discovered this and it works WONDERS! You just put the tiniest bit on your eyelids before applying your eye makeup and it makes your eye makeup last a million times longer! No creasing, no fading… it’s amazing! I had a show last night that involved a whole lot of jumping and dancing around (I played an insanely hyper candy factory worker) as well as a TON of sparkly purple eye makeup- I put it on at 4:30 PM, and it looked just as great at 11:30 that night!
•Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion- $20, Ulta
•Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, $20, Smashbox Cosmetics
•Pop Beauty Eye Magnet Primer, $15, Ulta
o2) Colored Mascara ◕‿◕
I’m a total mascara addict, and colored mascara is no exception! I have a dark plum mascara that I just love, but I’m also dying to get a bright blue or purple, or maybe even some other colors.
•Benefit Badgal Plum Mascara, $19, Benefit Cosmetics
•Diorshow Mascara in Azure Blue, $25, Sephora
•Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils in Fascinating Violet, $30, Sephora
•Sephora Full Action Extreme Effect Mascara in Purple or Blue, $15, Sephora
•Or you can also go the DIY route and grab some eyeshadow and clear mascara- I recommend Maybelline GreatLash Clear Mascara, $6, Ulta. A great thing about this is that it’s a great gift for any younger girls on your list (little sisters, anyone?) who may be eager to start wearing makeup, but can’t delve into anything real adventurous yet.
o3) Holiday Lip Gloss ◕‿◕
Now is the time to grab all of the delicious holiday flavors of lip gloss- while they last! I love holiday flavors- gingerbread, spice, pumpkin, peppermint… and I love lip gloss, too! Plus, your lips can easily dry out from the cold weather, so get some lip balm while you can!
•Liplicious Holiday Traditions Lip Gloss in Twisted Peppermint, Vanilla Bean Noel, Winter Candy Apple, or Whoopie Pie, $8, Bath and Body Works
•Philosophy Flavored Lip Shine in Candy Cane, Marshmellow Cone, Candy Ribbons, or Old-Fashioned Eggnog, $10, Philosophy
•EoS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Sweet Mint, $4, Ulta
•C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine in Vanilla Mint or Cinnamint, $8, Bath and Body Works
o4) Sparkly Nails ◕‿◕
A little- or a lot- of sparkle is perfect for spreading holiday cheer, and nails should be no exception! Not all of these are sparkly, actually, but I just picked pretty winter colors too. A really fun thing to do with friends is to all grab a couple cute nail polish colors and swap with each other!
•OPI Skyfall Collection Nail Lacquer in GoldenEye, Skyfall, The Living Daylights, and Tomorrow Never Dies, $9, Ulta (Who wouldn’t want James Bond-inspired nails? Seriously!)
•Essie Leading Lady Collection Nail Polish in Beyond Cozy and Leading Lady, $8, Essie
•OPI Muppets Collection Nail Lacquer in Excuse Moi, Fresh Frog of Bel Air, Rainbow Connection, and Warm & Fozzie, $6, Amazon
•Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Shiny New Year, $10, Ulta
o5) Hand Cream ◕‿◕
I don’t know about you guys, but my hands get so dry in winter, so I always need a good lotion on hand!
•True Blue Spa Shea Cashmere Hand Cream, $10, Bath and Body Works
•EoS Travel Everyday Hand Lotion in Berry Blossom, $4, Ulta
•Philosophy Amazing Grace Perfumed Hand Cream, $15, Philosophy
o6) Pretty Perfume ◕‿◕
And to top it off, a bouquet of sweet scents to make everyone on your list happy!
•…To make this short, any Fine Fragrance Mist, $14, from Bath and Body Works. There’s so many scents I love that I couldn’t choose!
•Victoria’s Secret Pink All-Over Body Mini Mist in Sweet & Flirty and Soft & Dreamy, $8, Bath and Body Works
•Aromatherapy Body Mist in Eucalyptus Spearmint and Lavender Vanilla, $15, Bath and Body Works
I hope you enjoyed this tip, and I’m definitely going to try and tip more often! Do you guys have any beauty necessities for the winter season? Tell me in the comments! As always, I love tip requests & replies. Good luck!