Gift Guide for the Beauty Lover: Under $25

Beauty Gift Guide: Under $25
Hi everyone! I’ve complied a list of products ranging from $25 and under that I would personally love to receive as a gift, and that I think would be great affordable gifts if you’re shopping on a budget for the holidays. Let me know any other beauty steals under $25!

New Makeup Purchases and Reviews

Did you all have a great October? Spending the weekend in San Francisco and experiencing the SF Giants parade and Halloween in one day was a fun time! I have a very busy month of November coming up, so I made a few new makeup purchases that are mostly “staples” to my makeup collection, and they definitely came in handy this weekend.

1. Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 115 – I’ve been needing a foundation that I can use when I go out at night, especially because my friends and I (mostly I) love to take photos and capture each moment. This foundation is great because it’s smooth, full coverage, and when I take pictures while wearing this, it does not make my face appear lighter than my natural skin complexion. One thing that I truly dislike is when I am wearing a foundation that has SPF in it, and it makes me look lighter than I actually am!

2. Kat Von D Ink Eyeliner – Now that I’ve become a little better at applying eyeliner and creating a winged-liner look (at least in my opinion) I decided I could graduate to trying Kat Von D eyeliner, because I have heard a lot of hype around these liners. Well, all I have to say is that it definitely does live up to the hype! Yesterday when I went to the Giants Parade, it was raining like crazy, and since this liner is waterproof, my liner lasted throughout the entire day! Even after all of the rain and cold weather, my winged-liner still appeared flawless.

3. Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes in Divine Wine – I have been trying to follow fall makeup trends, and I definitely wanted to jump on the bandwagon of the “dark lip look” for fall. I originally wanted to try Mac’s lipstick in Diva, which is a great matte burgundy color, but I wanted to find a more affordable option. I discovered Divine Wine after watching a review and swatches video on YouTube. The YouTube beauty guru said that this specific lipstick was a perfect dupe for Mac’s matte lipstick in Diva, and she was absolutely right! The color pay off is awesome, but if you have dry lips like I do, you should definitely apply a lip balm or lip primer before applying this lipstick. Overall I’m loving this color for fall, and get it fast because it’s selling out like crazy!

Have fun discovering new goodies this month!


September 2014 Favorites

Hello all!

It has been a few months since I last posted. I have been busy with my new job, so here are my favorites for September!



I’ll start with the candles. I am obsessed with Bath and Body Works candles, so I had to get my hands on the new fall scents! The Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun candle literally makes your house smell like a bakery, it’s absolutely amazing! I just recently bought this during their 2-for-$22 sale, which is a great deal. I also bought the Pumpkin Caramel Latte candle, and if any of you love caramel coffee as much as I do, then you will love this one!

Bath and Body Works Mad About You body mist– If you’re looking for a new fragrance that smells like candy and flowers combined, this is a great choice. I have been wearing this scent before I go out at night or to hang out with friends, and surprisingly the scent lasts throughout the night! If you prefer something that lasts all day, I recommend buying the eau de parfum in this scent.

Boots Botanics Mattifying Gel-Cream– ATTENTION all Philosophy skincare lovers, if you are looking for a more affordable dupe for the Hope in a Jar moisturizer, look no further! This has to be my favorite moisturizer that I’ve ever discovered. I have combination skin, so this moisturizer not only keeps my skin hydrated, but it also keeps it oil-free for most of the day. Boots got me hooked on this one!

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N9 Lipstick– I originally received this lipstick in the mini size for my free birthday gift from Sephora, and I instantly fell in love! This lipstick color is really good for either every day use or going out at night. It’s such a versatile color and the creamy formula stays on the entire day. I’m definitely going back to Sephora to repurchase the full size.

Ulta Demi Eye Shadow in Brownie– I’ve been looking for a great versatile matte brown eyeshadow that I can blend with a lot of different shadows, and this was a great steal. The color pay off is great, and blends very easily on the eye. I use this with my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, and it works really well blended into the outer corner or the crease to create that smoky look.

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Pressed Powder Foundation in Light– This is the first time I’ve ever used powder foundation, and I instantly fell in love. You can use this as everyday coverage or even for going out at night. I mostly use this for work because it gives me moderate coverage, which takes me less than 2 minutes to apply in the mornings and it still keeps me looking professional. It gives you an airbrushed look that lasts all day!

Ulta Sculpting Palette in Muse– I’ve always wanted to use bronzer and highlighter but I never had the courage to try it. I decided to buy this palette and it is great for beginners! The bronzer and blush color have great payoff, and the highlighter is great if you just add it right below the outer corner of your eyes and up to your temples.

Urban Decay Ink for Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen– If you’re also a beginner at doing a winged-eye look like me, this eyeliner is a great option. The eyeliner ink doesn’t come out too fast, so that makes it easy to apply and create a look that can be build-able. It also stays on and lasts the whole day, and comes off very easily!

Thanks for reading everyone, I will be back with another beauty post soon!