Holiday Gift Guide #3: Makeup Edition!

Hey y’all! Happy Sunday!

Today I’m sharing my third and final segment of my Holiday Gift Guide series with you guys. Holiday season is officially in full swing, so if you haven’t gotten the chance to start your Christmas shopping — now is the time! If you’re still feeling a little lost on what to gift this year and need some inspo, I’ve got you covered. I put so much effort and care into this series, and I really hope you all have gotten some great gift ideas out of it!

This week, I’m going to be sharing some of my all-time favourite makeup products. A lot of these products haven’t even been featured on my Favourites segment yet, but Holiday season is here, and I personally think a lot of these would make fantastic gifts for any makeup lover. I just decided I couldn’t wait and had to share — but stay tuned for more in-depth posts on a lot of these products coming in the new year!

For A Makeup Lover Who’s Always On The Go

Huda Beauty Obsession Palettes

For any of your travel-savvy makeup loving friends, consider gifting them a Huda Beauty Obsessions palette! Not only are these eyeshadow palettes compact and perfect for travel — they’re all absolutely stunning. The best part about these palettes is that there’s a colour story for everyone. They have all the classics such as warm brown, mauve and smoky for a classic bold look. Nude colour stories for every skin tone. Neon for anyone who loves a bold, trendy look. Gem toned palettes in five different colours for whatever colour preference anyone may have. AND they’re all super pigmented, smooth and stunning. What more could you ask for from the perfect gift?

Feeling inspired? Check out Huda Beauty’s Neon, Nude and Classic Obsession Palettes at Sephora!

For Your Favourite Lipstick Fanatic

Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit and Glosses

No makeup look is complete without adding your favourite lip product as the final step. Ever since I took the leap and finally purchased myself some Kylie Cosmetic lip products, I’ve been obsessed. The Lip Kits in particular make great gifts, as they come as a complete set (lip product and liner) and come in a variety of formulas — such as matte and velvet liquid lipstick. As well, for any gloss or classic lipstick fans in your life, Kylie Cosmetics offers a large range of both products that are absolutely FANTASTIC additions to any makeup collection. Their lipsticks are smooth and creamy, and their lip glosses are SO pigmented it’s insane. As well, you can ensure any gift is on-brand for the holiday season by checking out Kylie’s stunning holiday collection!

Feeling inspired? Check out Kylie Cosmetic’s Lipsticks, Lip Kits and Lip Gloss online!

For Someone Who Loves To Splurge On The Staples

Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

Mascara makes a great gift as it is a solid staple as far as makeup goes. While sometimes it can be tricky to gift makeup if you don’t know someone’s preferred products, colours and formulas — you really can’t go wrong gifting a classic black mascara. If you’re looking to gift someone makeup but are worried about buying the wrong colour or product — consider gifting the Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara! Splurging on an expensive mascara makes a great gift for anyone as they may not necessarily get to spend as much on a mascara for themselves regularly. I’ve written about this mascara a little more in depth previously in my Favourites segment, but this mascara really is fantastic at creating a flawless, natural look. It does an amazing job at curling and lengthening lashes without clumping up or getting “spidery”. Plus, you can feel good about buying a makeup gift that’s pretty universal and just about anyone could enjoy!

Feeling inspired? Check out the Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, or Dior’s Mascara Line at Sephora!

For Someone Who Can’t Leave The House Until They’ve Perfected Their Liner

Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner

Eyeliner is another makeup product that makes a great gift for someone when you’re unsure about their specific makeup preferences. Just like mascara, though, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with a classic black eyeliner. For any winged liner fans in your life, or anyone looking to experiment but struggles with drawing on the perfect wing, consider gifting Tarte Cosmetic’s Clay Pot waterproof liner! I just recently received this liner in my Tarte Cosmetics custom makeup kit, but I’m already conviced it would make a fantastic gift. First of all, winged liner tends to be a lot easier to apply with a brush than it is with a felt-tip marker, making this great for beginners. As well, this stuff isn’t kidding about being waterproof — once it’s on, it’ll last all day. No smudging, nothing. No matter who you’re gifting for, eyeliner newbie or pro, there’s really no going wrong with this classic black gel liner.

Feeling inspired? Check out Tarte’s Clay Pot Eyeliner on Tarte or at Sephora!

For Someone Who Loves To Highlight EVERYTHING

CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops

For any highlighter addicts in your life, CoverFX’s Custom Enhancer Drops are a must-gift. These drops are so versatile and can add a stunning glow to just about any aspect of your makeup. You can mix them in with foundation for a dewy all-over glow, add them below or above foundation for either a natural sheen or high beam highlight, and they can even be mixed into lip products, eyeshadow looks, body makeup — you name it. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone OBSESSED with highlighter, you really can’t go wrong with these. They come in so many colours, there really should be one to fit anyone of any skin tone. Plus, these really are the most pigmented highlighters I’ve ever come across — so they last forever (a little goes a REALLY long way). As well, their multi-dimensional glow is absolutely stunning. You can’t go wrong

Feeling inspired? Check out CoverFX’s Custom Enhancer Drops at Sephora!

For Anyone Looking For Perfect, Bushy Brows

Benefit Gimme Brow Gel and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Natural, bushy brows have been all the rage this year. If you’re looking to gift brow makeup to someone, I’d absolutely recommend Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil + Benefit’s Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel. If you have someone who’s been looking to up their brow game while also maintaining natural looking brows, this really is the perfect duo. I’ve been using it myself for ages now, and it never fails me. The Brow Wiz pencil is perfect for shading in sparse areas, lining the brows and even adding in hair-like strokes. Benefit’s Gimme Brow Gel tops the look off perfectly by defining brow hairs and locking them in place, ensuring they don’t stray. They come in a wide range of colours, making them perfect for just about anyone too.

Feeling inspired? Check out Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Brow Wiz Pencil and Benefit’s Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel at Sephora!

For Someone Looking To Up Their Brush Game

Eyeshadow and Blush Brushes from MAC Cosmetics

You can have all the best makeup in the world, but it still won’t apply well if you don’t have great brushes to go with it. A lot of people avoid spending too much on brushes as it can be hard to see the point — however, it really is vital to flawless makeup application. There’s all kinds of benefits to spending a little more on brushes too — they last longer, shed less and stay soft (as long as you care for them properly). For someone who’s in need of a couple good brushes to add to their collection, consider gifting them some brushes from MAC! I’ve had many of these brushes for years now, and haven’t needed to replace them.

If you need suggestions on a couple staples, I’d definitely recommend:

  • #217 and #221 for blending eyeshadow
  • #239 for packing shadow onto the lid
  • #150 for setting and face powder
  • #168 for bronzer application
  • #116 for blush application
  • #184 for highlighter application
  • #263 for winged liner or lipstick

These are some of my favourite and most commonly used brushes — I use so many of these every day, and they’ve lasted me so well. They apply makeup flawlessly too — so if you know someone just starting out with makeup, or in need of a couple new brushes, they’d make the perfect gift.

Feeling inspired? Check out MAC’s brush collection on their website! I’ve also linked each specific brush on the list — just click the number to view it on MAC’s website!

For Someone Who Likes To Go Au Natural

Glossier Balm DotCom

For anyone you’re looking to gift for who likes to keep their makeup a little more on the natural side, Glossier’s Balm DotCom’s make the perfect gift! These lip balms are super hydrating and effective — they’re one of my all-time favourites. They make a great gift in the winter to help stop chapped lips in their tracks (and they come in a wide range of colours!). They help give a fantastic, natural tint — making them a great gift for anyone looking to keep things cute and simple. Whether it’s for some who likes minimal makeup 24/7, or someone who just likes a natural look for everyday matters, you can’t go wrong with these. Just for their hydrating aspect alone, they make a fantastic little gift collection or addition to any gift!

Feeling inspired? Check out the Balm DotCom line at Glossier’s website!

I hope you all enjoyed this series — I really enjoyed writing and sharing it with you. Christmas shopping can be challenging, and coming up with ideas isn’t always easy. The holiday season can already be busy enough as is, so I really hope I managed to share some great ideas with you guys and take a little load off so you can spend your time and energy enjoying the holidays, rather than stressing. (If you need more inspo, be sure to check out Part One and Part Two of my series as well!)

Don’t forget to stay tuned for next weeks post — after all, it’s my favourite part of the start of each new season! While it is a little delayed (as I received my box two days ago), I’m going to be unboxing my Winter FabFitFun box for y’all! I’m super excited about the winter box — I really loved the products I received last year and am VERY much looking forward to whatever self-care and cozy vibes this box brings.

Happy Sunday y’all, hope you guys all had an amazing weekend and are gearing up to have a great week!

Much love,

Meredith

Thursday Favourites: November 21st

Sephora Clean Up Nice Brush Cleaner Spray and Vera Mona Colour Switcher

Hey y’all!

A quick little update first — since my Tarte Custom Kit already arrived, I figured I would share my post on it this Saturday, instead of two posts on Sunday like I initially planned. I don’t want to overwhelm y’all with too much content, or have either of them get lost in the mix, so I’m spacing them out a little! Sooooo, be sure to check back in Saturday AND Sunday this weekend for some exciting new content!

This week I figured I’d share another post on how to maintain your brushes. Last week, I discussed my new favourite brush cleaner, but what about maintaining your brushes in between cleanings?

For this, I have two favourite products — one to keep your brushes clean and disinfected, and one to help remove excess pigment between colour switches.

First of all, consider where you keep your brushes. If you’re lucky enough to have a desk or vanity like I used to, maybe this isn’t AS big of a problem for you. However, if you’re like me, and do your makeup in the bathroom — consider how dirty your brushes may get daily. Bathrooms, no matter how clean your keep them, are FULL of all kinds of nasty bacteria and germs. Doesn’t sound like something you want to be rubbing into your face (and eyes! Yikes!) on the daily.

A quick and easy solution I’ve found to this is Sephora’s Clean Up Nice Antibacterial Spray. I spray this product on my brushes daily, whether I’ve used them or not. This helps to ensure your brushes are nice and clean — free of any harmful bacteria that may be causing you to break out, or worse. All it takes is thirty seconds of your time, and you know your brushes are perfect and fresh every time you use them!

Another problem I’m sure many of us have encountered is when you’re trying to create a bold eyeshadow look, only to find you need to reuse a brush you JUST coated in a completely different colour. For this, I’ve recently began using the Sephora Collection Color Switch By Vera Mona Brush Cleaner Mini. Rather than rubbing off access powder somewhere you shouldn’t, you can just rub your brush around this little sponge, and it’ll do all the work for you. If nothing else, it’s certainly a lot less damaging than scrubbing your brushes into paper towels constantly.

Between these two products, and the Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner I discussed last week (or whichever product of your choice!), you’ll be good to go with sparkly clean brushes every day! No more worrying about harmful bacteria or struggling with breakouts. You’re brushes will look and feel good as new.

If these sound like products you’ve been needing in your life, be sure to check out Sephora’s Clean Up Nice Antibacterial Spray here, as well as their Color Switch Brush Cleaner Mini here!

Hope you’ve all been having an amazing week so far! Be sure to check back in this weekend for BOTH my Tarte Custom Makeup Kit Unboxing and the first part of my upcoming Holiday segment. I hope you’re all as excited as I am to share them with you!

Love,

Meredith

Thursday Favourites: November 14th

Sephora Solid Clean: Solid Brush Cleaner

Happy Thursday everyone!

I think it’s almost universally true that most people hate washing their makeup brushes. It’s time-consuming and can be difficult, depending on what product you use. A few years back, someone told me the best, cheapest and easiest product to use was plain old Dove body wash — a hack I stuck to for years. Well, yes, it did a fine job of washing my brushes, there was a whole lot of downsides. The main one was it was difficult to use — I ended up making SUCH a mess every time I had to clean my brushes. On top of that, it never seemed to do any damage to my brushes, but it’s not a product meant for them — so who knows how much help and harm it was really doing.

Honestly, it made cleaning my brushes a challenge and turned it into a chore I often avoided — which, as we all know, is bad for your skin, brushes, and makeup application. After years of using this product, I’d finally had enough — so I logged onto Sephora and started doing some research.

There are legitimately endless products on Sephora’s online store meant to wash brushes — it was a little overwhelming, honestly. Not only does the Sephora line carry all sorts of products, but there’s other lines as well — and products such as those electronic brush cleaners, silicone brush cleaning pads, and more.

After reading through what felt like endless reviews, I settled on buying Sephora’s solid brush cleaner. It seemed to have the best reviews, price (it’s only $10.50!), and came with it’s own little silicone washing pad — which was a huge bonus. The idea of brush cleaner being solid was a little foreign to me, but I still decided to give it a shot.

Maybe it’s just because I spent years cleaning my brushes without the proper products, but this brush cleaner makes my life SO much easier. From the moment I started using it, I was sold. It’s incredibly easy, fast, clean, and honestly — it’s even kind of fun. This product seriously cleans your brushes in seconds, with minimal mess as it comes in a container to help keep from getting water all over your counter.

On top of that, the Argan Oil in this cleanser help to condition your brushes, which left them feeling soft and fresh. There was no residue left on my brushes whatsoever — it left them feeling good as new for the first time in years. (Plus, it’s formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates which is huge plus!)

If this sounds like the brush cleaner you’ve been needing in your life, be sure to check it out at Sephora here!

I hope you’re all having an amazing week! Just one more day left until the weekend, hang in there.

Much love,

Meredith