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Holiday Gift Guide 2: Low End Beauty

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As I promised in my last post, today I'm bringing my favourite low-end beauty buys.  I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to makeup, but recently I've been loving drugstore lip products.  I also really like The Body Shop when it comes to more affordable makeup (they always have promotions on, like 40-50% off makeup, Buy 2 Get 1 Free, type deals) so it makes for an ideal place to find beauty buys for anyone on your list!


Bronzers/Blushes: While this can be a bit tricky to buy for someone else, I find that the Body Shop makes really usable, neutral colours that flatter any skin tone.  While they aren't the most pigmented, that actually makes it ideal for anyone on your list, as it's hard to over do it if someone is new to makeup, but they are easily buildable for the more adventurous gal.  And the beads are a perfect dupe for the coveted Guerlain products.  I'm currently loving this and this from The Body Shop.  

Nail Sets: Essie always makes the cutest sets, and seeing as it's near impossible to actually finish a bottle of nail polish before it gets all stringy and crappy, the mini-sizes are perfect.  I'm loving this 4 piece winter set, but they also make cute duos as well.  

Lipsticks: I'm not particularly fussy when it comes to lipstick, but other people may be.  If you are buying one for a friend, I'd opt for a neutral shade in a moisturizing (but not too shiny) finish.  I'm a huge fan of the Rimmel Kate Moss lippies, the Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Lip pencils (seriously love these, especially in Pink is All You Need), the Revlon Colourburst Lip Butters (specifically Candy Apple), and the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks (Pink in the Afternoon).  Also, the Body Shop lip and cheek stains are a great choice as well (as pictured above).  

One item that would be a fun little bonus gift for someone would be the Rimmel Moisture Renew Universal Tansparent Lipliner.  The premise of it is amazing.  It's a lipliner in a transparent colour that can prevent bleeding of any lipstick colour.  Cool, right? 

Eyeshadow Palettes: There is a lot of hype around the Maybelline Colour Tattoo eyeshadows, and their semi-new Nudes palette, but I just didn't get on with them.  Personally, I'd either skip picking out shadows for someone, or I'd go for a matte nude colour (I'm such a boring person).  The Rimmel one (pictured above) is great because it transitions well from day to night, and is actually really pigmented and long lasting.  

Brush Sets: I've a firm believer that every girl should have some quality brushes.  I purchased the core Real Techniques set earlier this year and I've really enjoyed using them.  The Buffing Brush has become my daily foundation brush, and the contour brush is perfect for either concealer, or, obviously, contour.  And the small detailer brush is really handy for those insanely pigmented lipsticks (I'm looking at you, Nars Audacious), that you just can't find a lipliner to match.  And in case you're wondering what the random orange blob is, it's the Real Techniques version of the Beauty Blender.  At only 6$, it's worth a try!  The Body Shop also has some single brushes, and sets this year, and as they are on sale for half off right now, they would make the perfect stocking stuffer! 

What are you hoping to give or receive this year? 

Until next time,

Happy Christmas shopping, 

xoxo K