Beauty Gift Ideas for any Budget

Just when you thought I was done with the gift guides, I had to bring out another… 😉 This one is for all the beauty product lovers out there, like myself. So I put together some of what I think our great gift ideas for anyone’s budget. I’m sharing some of my favorite items and brands with a few things that are on my own wish list this season. I didn’t want to just throw a few products together that just looked good, I put together items that I know are great products for a great deal. 🙂

For the holidays I like to give gifts to friends and family that they wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves. Great beauty products can be very pricey, but luckily around the holidays there are lots of smaller sized gift versions of great products. Those make fun little gifts without spending a fortune.

Also, I should tell you that quite a few of these items are on SALE!

Most of these products are from ULTA or Nordstroms with fast shipping, and some of them can be found in stores. Norstroms has free shipping while with ULTA if you spend over $50.00 shipping is free. But really, we’re not too far out of the regular shipping window so almost all of these should arrive in time for Christmas!

Everything pictured is link below. 🙂

Gifts $25 and Under

1. Too Faced “Under the Kissletoe” Liquid Lip Kit$25.00
2. Bodyshop Seasonal Lotion Trio $18.00
3. It cosmetics CC Cream$15.00
4. Tartelette Tease Clay Eye shadow Palette$23.00
5. Amaze Balls Bath Bombs$25.00
6. Melisa Michelle Makeup Palette$20.00
7. Amazing Grace “Ballet Rose” Perfume$18.00
8. Tarte Duo Liquid Lip Gloss $12.00
9. Urban Decay Lock Down Travel Duo$19.00
10. Becca Glow on the Go Opal$20.00
11. Clinique Dewy Delights$25.00
12. Butter London 6 Piece Nail Polish Set $14.40 
13. Anastasia Mini Liquid lipsticks$25.00
14. Ardell Lash Look Book 8 Lashes –$17.49

 

Gifts $50 and Under

1.Lorac Pro Contouring Kit$45.00
2. NARS Liquid Li sticks  –$45.00
3. Beauty Blender Gift set$45.00
4. Hot Tools Curling wand$39.99
5. Benefit “Wink upon a Star” Bestsellers$29.00
6. Kate Spade Perfume Set  –$30.00
7. Nourishing Hair Masque  –$36.00
8. Becca Apres Ski Glow Collection Shimmer Eye shadows$29.00
9. Bareminerals Nude Matte Liquid Lip Stick  –$28.00
10. Anastasia Highlighter Kit$40.00
11. Glitter Liner –$29.00
12. Lorac Pro 3 Palette  –$44.00 
13. Too Faced “Best Year Ever”$36.00
14. MAC Shimmer Shadows$29.50
15.Tarte Magic Star Collector Set$49.00

Gifts $100 and Under

1. It Cosmetics Brush Set -$65.00
2. Peter Thomas Roth Mask-a-holic -$75.00
3. Estee Lauder "Ready to Glow" Set - $65.00
4. Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Quad in "Golden Goddess"-$53.00
5. NUME Curling Wand  -$69.00
6. Tare PRO Amazonian Clay Palette -$53.00
7. YSL Mascara and Lip Set  -$65.00
8. Bobbi Brown Caviar & Rubies Eye Shadow Palette  -$75.00 
9. Benefit Cheek Parade -$58.00
10. Chi Essentials Kit -$99.95
11. Bare Minerals Box of Wonders  -$59.25
12. Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne  -$65.00
13. La Mer Mini Miracles  -$85.00
14. Hourglass Highlighter Set -$62.00

Is there anything on this list that you’d want to give to someone or want to receive this year? Let me know in the comments. Happy Shopping!!

Gifts Ideas for Her

Happy Black Friday!! I’m sharing some of my top picks for gift ideas for all the ladies, just in case you wanna get a head start on your Christmas shopping or just wanna shop for yourself ;). All items listed are under $100 and more than half are under $50. I defiantly have a few of these on my wish list. 🙂

1.Kitty Cat Mug– also comes in black

2.Kate Spade Studs – these come in 4 different colors

3.Travel Jewelry Case– great for travel or just to keep organized

4.Knit Beanie – comes in 3 other colors

5.Aviator Sunglasses – comes in 4 different colors

6.Kate Spade Bow Tie Scarf-obsessed with this scarf, comes in a 8 different colors.

7.Kate Spade Planner– comes in 3 styles and on sale for $25.20

8.Initial Necklace– Love this gift idea, the letter even spines!

9.Kate Spade Travel Cup – on sale for $12.60

10.YSL Perfume– this is one that’s defiantly on my wish list. The smell is amazing!

11.Stella & Dot Pouf– perfect for travel

12.Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette-gorgeous palette with 12 shades

13.Leopard Clutch -great quality & goes with everything!

14.Amazing Grace Set -Love this scent. Great gift idea for only $18.00

15.Voluspa Candle-only $28.00

16.Ugg Slippers– Great for around the house. They come in 4 colors & very comfortable.

17.Liquid Lip Kit-3 Stay in place colors for $20.00

18.Stella & Dot Engravable Bracelet – you can engrave anything!!

19.Flannel Pajamas -comes is 12 different patterns and colors!

I don’t know about you, but I am hoping to knock out all of my Christmas shopping pretty quick. Wish me luck! Let me know what your favorite gift ideas are and if your ready for the holidays.

Happy Shopping!

IT Cosmetics CC Cream Review

Happy Friday friends, I am starting a new theme on my blog, where all my Friday posts will be all things beauty related. 🙂 I am full on makeup lover or product junkie, if you will, and I love trying out all new things. When I find something that I really love using, I have to share it. Which brings me to today’s post, it is a review all about the IT Cosmetics CC cream ” your skin but better” foundation. When I went into Ulta the other day I was actually going to try a completely different foundation but ended up leaving with this one. I am someone who likes to look up reviews before I spend my money on anything, so I can have an idea of what I’m getting myself into. This product I actually bought blindly, not knowing anything about it, which I rarely do. I was very surprised how much I ended up liking this.  I have used this foundation for almost a month now, so I feel like I can give a real and honest review about this product.

To give you a brief skin history of myself I have very oily/combination + sensitive skin, so the SPF 50 was something I was initially worried about. I was very excited that no breakouts occurred (or allergic reactions I might add) and my skin actually feels better than ever. This is defiantly a product I can see myself repurchasing over and over.

Consistency: It is very creamy feeling but not runny. It blends into the skin really easily and doesn’t look cakey. One pump of this is all you really need. A little goes a long way.

Coverage: It says it’s full coverage but I would say it’s more medium to full. It defiantly covers a lot for a cc cream but if you do have acne or quite a bit of redness, you will have top it up with a little concealer, like I do. One of the best things I like about it, it does what the packaging says, it looks like your skin but better.

Best Way to Apply: In my opinion, the best way to apply is with a damp beauty blender or a dome shaped foundation brush. It goes on smooth and blends out real easily. It’s also very build able if you want even more coverage.

Shades: It comes it 7 different shades, which isn’t a lot, but I did end up finding my perfect match. There is also an illuminating version of this foundation as well. (It is a tad glittery, so watch out)

Smell: This product defiantly has a strong scent. I did not like it at first, but now I actually have grown to like the smell. The only way I could think to describe it, is that it has a twang to it. So smell it first before you buy, just in case you don’t like the smell.

Pros:

  1. A little goes a long way
  2. Not cakey looking
  3. Works with oily skin
  4. Amazing Coverage
  5. Feels light on the skin
  6. It comes with a pump
  7. High SPF 50+

Cons:

  1. It has a “twangy” smell.
  2. Only a few shades to choose from.

Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ Light Main Image

 

Buy it here

$38.00

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my first ever makeup review. Let me know if you tried this foundation out, or if you have any suggestions for me to try. Let me know in the comments below.

Have a great weekend!!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Happy Wednesday!!

As Mother’s day quickly approaches I wanted to put together some cute gift ideas, for all the mom’s out there. Now that I am a mom myself, mother’s day has taking on a whole new meaning. Typically I would love to do a bunch of fun things with my family on that day, but this year all I truly want is a long, and relaxing… nap. 🙂 I know I am not alone with this, I think all the mommies out there know how valuable sleep becomes after you have a children. So any added gifts that day will be icing on the cake.

In my little gift guide, I included some sentimental pieces, as well as some fun girlie gift ideas. I included my favorites from makeup, perfume, and an engravable charm that I bought for both my mother and mother in-law. I’m also very partial to the James Avery initial ring because I have it with my daughter’s initial “M” and I wear it everyday. 🙂

 Enough rambling, onto more important things, the shopping

All the items above are linked below.

1.Rose Gold Glitter Phone Case

2. James Avery Initial Ring

3. Make up Bag

4. Kendra Scott Bracelet

5. Baies Scented Candle

6. Engravable Charm

7. Too Faced Eye Shadow Palette

8. “Ain’t No Hood Like Motherhood” Tank Top

9. Perfume Set

10. Tote

Thanks for stopping by!! Let me know which one is your favorite.

Happy Shopping!

Caitlin
XOXO

Best in Beauty 2016

Today’s post is all about beauty!!
I am a product junkie when it comes to makeup, skin care, hair care, etc. I put together all my most used and most loved products for all of 2016. Most of these are items that I’ve  repurchased over and over because I know they work.To start off I am going to talk about my favorite, which is makeup. I have always had a love hate relationship when it comes to makeup. Well I love it and it hasn’t always loved me. The past year I have had the worst allergies and makeup was one of them. I tried a new eye liner and eye shadow and things went wrong. My eyes swelled up for a solid month. So I ended up going back to my Maybelline eye liners and mascara because they are gentle and affordable. If you are having  similar issues I highly recommend this brand for their eye products. They’re both long lasting and easy to apply. Another makeup item for eyes is the Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay. It’s a palette Ive used for a while now and I love it. Its a perfect balance of shimmer and matte shades so you can switch it up. My favorite shades are booty-call, snakebite, and tease.

I also included my favorite foundation, concealer and powder which cover and conceal everything. Both foundation and concealer are from Estee Lauder the double wear stay in place line. If you have acne prone skin this will not break you out and it lasts all day. The best way of applying them is with a beauty sponge or a dense face brush. I included my two favorites, which are both from the drugstore. The pressed powder is by Rimmel London in the shade 001 transparent. It’s very affordable and you can find it in the drugstore. I have tried many high end and low end powders and this one is the one I always go back too.

For skin care I have found the brand that has really worked for me and that is Clinique. To give a little background of my skin, I have very oily, acne prone skin, and it’s been a long journey to really find what works for me.  This brand has always been gentle enough for daily use but still harsh enough combat acne. I highly recommend checking them out if you have similar issues with your skin. The other Clinique products I wanted to mention are the clarifying lotion for after you wash your face and the moisturizing gel for oily skin. These two have made a huge difference in clearing up my skin. They other Clinique items are the acne face mask, that I use as a spot treatment for blemishes and the eye cream. Both I have been using for years now.

As far as hair care, this has been the year I have really taken the best care of my hair. It’s fuller and thicker than its ever been and I truly give credit to the products that I have been using. I wash my hair every 3 days and instead of a conditioner I use a deep repair mask that I let sit in my hair for 5 to 10 minutes. It has made a huge difference in the texture of my hair. It’s the Macadamia deep repair mask. Another favorite it the Perfect 10 leave in spray. It does so many things, from conditioning, heat protection, and controling frizz, and more. Without this my hair gets very dry at the ends and hard to style. Another great tip, if you don’t wash your hair everyday, is to use a dry shampoo. I have tried many different types and I always go back to the Baptiste dry shampoo. It works well and it’s affordable.

That’s all of my favorite beauty buys for 2016. I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you use any of these items or recommend something new for me to try.

Here are all the products mentioned and a few more below with links to buy 🙂

 

Makeup
 
Skin Care