Comprehensive Gift Guide Continued

My favorite part of the holdiays is honestly holiday baking. Chocolate + peppermint = heaven. πŸ«πŸ¬πŸŽ„ I’m literally obsessed with Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship.

8. The techie. This year’s tech wathes are so cool, likable, and wearable, you don’t even have to be technologically inclined or even like fitness to like them.

They’re sophisticated, sleek, and smart. My favorite this year, the Misfit Ray in rose gold, pictured above measures distance traveled, steps taken, calories burned, and even sleep cycles. Wouldn’t it be fun to really find out how well you’re sleeping? They’ll make a great gift for any bonafide techie on your list, and could be a great option for fitness freaks too.

9. The parents. I think the goal of gift giving when it comes to family should be making your loved ones’ lives a little happier and showing you care, not out doing one another or seeing who spent the most. That defies the purpose of the season. 

Pay close attention to what your parents need to update and what they’re neglecting. Has Mom been using the same wallet for years? Could Dad’s coat use an upgrade?

A timeless quality wallet or other useful gift is an easy way to show you care.

 10. Teenagers. Teenagers are some of the toughest people to figure out when it comes to gifts, and to appease in general. Remember you were one, and how picky you were? Maybe you only wanted money or specific things? Even though today’s teenagers may be more exposed to technology and the adult workd world than ever, some things remain the same. Teens still love music, makeup, and fashion.

The elegant rose gold Beats by Dre.

Like us, teens still want to impress their friends too. Beats by Dre, a teen’s first high quality palette, or some Nike or other shoes of their preference would be well received.

I would like to remind you even though you’ve heard it before, I’m sure, that gifts should not be at the at the center of your holiday celebration. At the end of the night, it won’t be the presents that will be most remembered, but the quality of time you shared with your loved ones and the memories you made. Make your celebrations count & don’t stress!

More gift ideas to come! I hope you’re enjoying this series. Thanks for reading. Love you all!

Maggie

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A Comprehensive Guide to Holiday Gift Giving (for Everyone On your List)

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Too Faced’s Merry Macarons palette, only available at Ulta. Isn’t it swoon worthy? Perfect for any makeup addict in your life (and me).

As many of you have probably gathered after past holiday seasons, it’s never too early to start thinking about buying your Christmas/holiday presents. Nobody likes a long line, angry coupon ladies, not finding the right size, being perplexed by what to get some of the people on your list, etc. Trust me, I know from working in retail.

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Michael Kors’ Access Bradshaw Rose Gold Tone Smartwatch; A gorgeous & elegant unisex watch for any refined techie.

To hopefully help you on your gift-giving journey this year and make the whole process a little more filled with cheer, as it should be, I’ve compiled a list of my top picks this for every kind of person in our lives. Here we go! πŸ˜ŠπŸŽπŸŽ„

1. Best friend; Sometimes the people closest to you are the hardest ones to buy presents for. The advantage; you know them well. The disadvantage; there’s an inherently greater expectation to get the perfect gift. My tip; pick something you both love to do, and give them something that will enable you to do it together. Are you coffee junkies?

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A DIY cold brew coffee kit would be an awesome gift. So would a personal espresso machine or a year subscription for a monthly dose of gourmet coffee.

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This “coffee sock” cold brew kit can be found on Thrivemarket.com for 10.95

Do you both need some TLC? Get them a gift certificate to your favorite spa. Do you love music? Get them some concert tickets.

2. The makeup lover. There are so many good options for this person. Any makeup junkie knows NYX has some of the best drugstore-brand makeup period. Their soft matte lip creams are beyond good. This lovely box below would be welcomed heartily in any girl’s makeup collection.

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These are tried, tested, and makeup vlogger approved. I’ve used this product too, and I love it all around. Desi Perkins, one of my favorites, just included them in her holiday gift/gifts for yourself haul.

The formula of this lipstick is perfect for when you want a matte lip, but don’t want a super drying finish. My lips are constantly dry, so it’s perfect for me.

3. The cook. Who’s the cook in your life? Your grandma? Yourself? Your boyfriend? Either way, this gift is perfect for the holidays for any home baker.

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This adorable apple pie kit comes with all you need to make a delectable apple pie, and was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine. Find it on Kerbersfarms.com

The kit comes with an all natural pie filling, crust mix, a genuine Pyrex glassΒ pie plate, a kitchen towel, an instruction booklet, and a sustainable wooden crate.

4. The boyfriend/husband/significant other. This is probably the hardest gift to give. Sometimes you know the person’s taste perfectly, but there’s always that ounce of doubt. Especially when the person is picky. You can just never know for sure. I highly suggest making wish lists and trading them. You can never go wrong because no matter what, it’s something he/she actually wants/will use.

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A heart-warming scene from “It’s a Wonderful Life”, one of my favorite holiday movies.

5. The mother in law or father in law. My top recommendation in buying a gift for this person is first, get to know this person a little bit. I know sometimes this isn’t an easy prospect, but trust me, it’ll any family time when you’re expected to interact with this person/people easier.

6. The sophisticated fashion addict. For me, this is the easiest one. I can be assured that pretty much anything I want, will probably sit well with any fashion addict. When it comes to picky or sophisticated fashionistas, finding out who their favorite designer is would be a good start. A candle by their favorite designer would be a lovely gift.

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This candle is described as a feminine and sophisticated scent. At $65, it’s a little pricey, so pick someone who appreciates the finer things in life to give it to πŸ˜‰

The candle’s scent is described as “…leathery violet with vibrant woody notes.” on NeimanMarcus.com, where you can purchase it.

7. The bargain hunter. This is a tough one. I definitely find out their favorite go-to store is for bargains and get them a gift card there. Normally, I’m against gift cards since they’re a bit impersonal, but I think in this case it works.

Feliz Dia de Los Muertos

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Happy Day of the Dead! In Mexico, November 1st is a day in which loved ones who have passed away are commemorated. My Mom is from Mexico and I always thought the sugar skulls and figurines were cute and the decorations and festivities were beautiful. I think remembering our loved ones is a wonderful idea and I had so much fun doing the sugar skull makeup above.

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I tried twice, and would like to keep trying, jusy because I think the more practice you have, the better the makeup will turn out. I don’t think it would ve socially acceptable if I walk around like this on a daily basis. So instead, I’m practicing more wearable daily looks right now.

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This was my first attempt. Honestly, this look is so easy! I know it doesn’t seem like it, and I’m not going to lie, you need at least 45 mins – 1 hr, but thr actual application is very doable. Here’s what I used;

  • Wet n Wild’s Halloween Fantasy Makers Painter’s Palette in Mesmerizing Mermaid

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  • Italia Matte Waterproof Black liquid eyeliner. (Any liquid eyeliner of this type will do).
  • Elf artistry palette

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I know a lot of bloggers & vloggers have dissed this palette, and it’s not the best I’ve ever tried, but for the price, and forΒ this look and a lot of simple everyday looks, it works.

  • Elf’s blush brush, crease brush, eyeshadow brush, and one that came wih their Artistry Palette.
  • Wet n Wild’s MegaSlicks Balm Stain in A Stiff Pink (only used in second look; first pic)
  • Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Best Red (only used in 1st look; pic below)
  • Flower headband by Sidecca

 

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I went for a creepier vibe for the first one, or at least I tried. πŸ’€πŸ‘»

 

Start by applying foundation and concealer as you normally would. I used Physicians Formula BB cream as a moisturizer, Elf’s Under Eye Concealer and Highlighter, and NYX’s Matte Not Flat foundation. Then, begin pouncing the white grease paint into your skin and apply until you have an allover ghostly shade.

Next, apply concealer on your eyes as primer. I really like the white side of Elf’s Under Eye Concealer and Highlighter for this, as well as to highlight any other white part of your face.

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Next, outline your hollow skull eyes witb the eyeliner. Use your eyebrow as a guide and draw a straight line from the inner part of the brow towards the inner corner of the eye. Do the same on the outer part dragging the line out as you normally would with a wing, except connect it to your brow. Next, fill in the entire lid and shape you made with the black face paint. Go over it with a black eyeshadow. I used the shimmery one in the Artistry Palette, but any will do.

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Proceed by contouring as you normally would with a creamy contouring makeup or bronzer, except use black, grey, or purple, as shown above by Brianna Fox. Check out her channel! The goal is to provide shading under your cheekbones, around your forehead, and anywhere else you think a skull would be hollow.

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Dulce Candy’s makeup, inspired by the character La Muerte in The Book of Life movie, also features purple contouring. Check her out too, if you haven’t already! She’s amazing.

Outline your lips and extend the line of the outer corners to create a sinister smile. You can exaggerate your lips as I did as well, for a more impactful effect. Fill in your lips with the black face paint. You can use a black lipstick if you you have one. I applied the black shimmery eyeshadow on top for a matte effect. Add teeth along the smile by drawing lines. 3-4 will do.

Then, add floral designs for the finishing touch, anywhere you want. Pinterest Β has so much inspo for this part.

Obviously the ladies whose makeup I showed above, outdid me, but I’m not a make up artist, I just love makeup, dressing up for Halloween, and having fun. You can take your look as far as you want. I did mine for a party and for handing out candy. I also was in a rush on both occasions.

Love you all and hope you had a safe and amazing Halloween! πŸŽƒπŸ’€πŸ‘»πŸ­

Feliz Dia de loa Muertos! 🌹🌹🌹

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