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Teen Girls Makeup Starter Gift Guide

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My favorite kind of person to shop for when it comes to gift giving is the teenage girl. Most people hate trying to figure out what their picky moody teenagers want for Christmas and let me just tell you I absolutely cannot wait for my nieces to get a little older. I won’t be able to help myself, the stuff they have out now is so much cooler than anything we had when I was little. Girls out here nowadays are learning to contour and wing their liner when I hadn’t even heard of a blending brush.
Lisa Frank even is coming out with cosmetics now, let my teenage girl heart contain itself.  One of the most budget-friendly places to grab quality products perfect for that girl starting out who really wants to learn and have fun with it is Sephora! They carry everything a girl could need in their own brand line and make sure to have a little fun with it as well.  Read on to see our teen girls makeup starter gift guide ideas.
Sephora Collection DoubleTap Brush Set

Some of the things that have caught my eye this holiday season are these gorgeous brush sets! The Sephora Collection DoubleTap Brush Set is so pretty I can’t stop staring at it. This iridescent purple is my all time favorite color, it beautifully accompanies the gunmetal tone on the brushes. These full sized brushes in a travel-ready format are perfect for your suitcase with the hard shell zip-up case or just to throw in my bag on the go! It sounds silly but being the one everyone comes to for makeup you have no idea how many times I’ve needed a blending brush while out and didn’t have it. 
This set contains a Cheek and Highlighter Brush, a Shadow and Crease Brush, a Foundation and Buffing Brush, a Double-ended Concealer Brush, a Spoolie and Liner Brush, and a Travel Clutch. The double-ended design for the brushes allows for more use out of such a compact product. The brushes are synthetic as well as cruelty-free with a value of $135, perfect for any teen in need of a good set of starter brushes, there’s everything she could need! It’s even on sale right now on Sephora.com! Parents are always looking for budget-friendly buys for gifts and this one is certainly a great bang for your buck!
SEPHORA COLLECTIONDark Rainbow Ready in Five-Brush Set

An even more affordable option when it comes to great brush buys for teen girls is the Sephora Collection Dark Rainbow Ready in Five-Brush Set. Like many teens, girls glitter is one of my all-time favorite things. This blue toned purple glitter hard case clutch is absolutely stunning, and the purple handled brushes are such a beautiful bonus! Something this pretty could almost double as a bag on a night out.

At a $55 value, you get a Powder Brush, a Tapered Crease Brush, a Mini Shadow Brush, a Liner Brush, and a Travel Clutch all
on sale for half off at just $14! These hard cases are great, I love them for any brushes I have to carry on the go. So many times
I’ve reached into my makeup bag to find that the brush I need has bristles smushed all out of shape in every direction. These cases keep brushes intact safe and sound. Often I’ll even keep them to throw my more expensive brushes in to protect them in my suitcase. At such a low cost getting so many pieces is almost an investment as a gift for a teen. This case is so pretty I’d recommend just tying a bow on it and plopping it under the tree, but hey, I’m a fan of keeping things simple.
SEPHORA COLLECTIONEasy on the Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

When it comes to keeping things simple the is created to do just that! With a mix of 30 different matte and metallic shades, this palette is perfect for the average teenage girl.  These shades are great for someone starting out in makeup, mainly due to the many transitions and blending shades the palette has to offer as well as not forgetting about those pops of color every young girl desires! With offering so many shades these shadows can offer every kind of look her creative heart desires. The numbered shades are great for tutorials or remembering which combos went with what looks. The designers of this palette must have had the makeup novice in mind when arranging the layout grouping shades by tone and depth.


This is a deal hard to pass up at a $145 value on sale for just $19! The packaging is pretty in pink and even includes a mirror in the palette which is a necessity for me. I think this palette would make a great gift for any younger girl this Christmas, much better quality than those old color mates sets I used to get!
SEPHORA collection Fox In The Box Sponge Set


An easy gift to add in while you’re shopping at Sephora is the Sephora Collection Fox in a Box Sponge Set. This set is budget friendly as its currently on sale online. Also, it includes 3 sponges for half the price of one sponge from other comparable brands.


It comes with a small, medium, and large sponge as well as the cute packaging which makes gift wrapping a cinch since you could just hang it right there on the tree. These ergonomic blending sponges assist for a streak-free buildable makeup application, just right for the young makeup adventurer. Their shape allows easy access to hard to reach spots. The sponges are made out of polyurethane and completely latex free. Using the sponges wet can allow for better control of coverage during application. The
wetter the sponge the sheerer the coverage. This set could be a great stocking stuffer or even good to throw in a bag with a less expensive gift as an add-on.
I’ve found some great products hidden in Sephora’s own line. I suggest even giving them a try yourself! All of the these would be amazing for a young gal to open on Christmas day, but your aunt or best friend may even love them too! I know I have my eye on these brush sets for sure! So get on down to your Sephora before they’re all sold out and give a gift to help that gal sparkle all her own this Christmas!

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Gift Guide For Her

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Happy Wednesday!  We are back today another gift guide for her.  This gift guide is going to cover everything from beauty to a hostess gifts options.

Elemis is Britain’s number #1 skin care luxury brand and rightly so.  I remember the first time I tried Elemis at my local Nordstrom’s about 10 years ago.  I had seen the brand but had never tried any of their items.  The counter manager had hooked me in and started explaining the importance of a good skin care routine and then offered me one of the spa facials- I couldn’t pass up that opportunity!  She spent a great deal of time explaining what each product was used for and how to use it.  From that I point, I was hooked.  I would get monthly facials from her for year’s- until the Elemis counter was removed from my local Nordstrom.  Whenever I get the opportunity to purchase items, I do.

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This brand is a great gifting option because they provide basically something for everyone.  One product, in particular, is the Soothing Glow Candle.  This candle brings the fragrance from one of their top selling products to life with lavender, eucalyptus, and geranium.  The benefits of the candle are soothing, calms, and uplifts.  It makes the perfect hostess or home decor gift.  I would even include it in a gift pack with a face mask, bath bomb, and champagne for the perfect me time gift or on its own with a $33.00 price tag.

 

You’re probably wondering what Pop White is, well, it’s a color correcting oral care brand.  It’s peroxide and sensitivity free, clinically proven, and dentist recommended.  The Power duo set comes with a primer (toothpaste) and toner (mouthwash) for $39.00.  When used together, twice a day, consecutively for fourteen days- you will see a whitening difference of four shades.  Some other great points to this brand are:  it is made in the US, vegetarian & cruelty-free, alcohol-free, and fluoride free. This is a great practical gift for basically anyone- guy or girl.  I would gift this gift set to a friend who is a heavy coffee drinker or someone who is really big into teeth.  I know that I have numerous friends that this gift would be great for.

H20 Beauty is one of my all-time favorite skincare brands for numerous reasons.  The brand has a luxury feel with a great price point. I highly recommend their gift sets for the best value and for the opportunity to try a number of different products.

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OASIS HYDRATION HEROES– $10.00

This holiday set is a top pick for me because it contains one of my all-time favorite products- Oasis hydrating treatment.  It’s a gel based moisturizer that feels amazing on the skin.  The kit also includes the Ultra Hydration Cream.

– Oasis Hydrating Treatment is clinically proven to keep your complexion  noticeably softer, smoother, and continuously hydrated for 24 hours – Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream clinically proven to relieve dry, parched skin, instantly boosting its hydration by over 100%

This duo is the perfect gift for someone with dry skin, believe me, it will help!  A huge plus is not having to wrap this gift.  The product comes ready to hang on the tree or thrown in as a stocking stuffer.

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Milk-Luxe Upon a Time-$20.00

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love the scent of this collection.  It smells is light and super fresh, but smells amazing- well, at least to me.  The kit pictured above is called the Luxe Upon A Time, unfortunately, I’ve had some difficult times trying to locate this kit for you.  You can find this kit or similar at Ulta, Kohl’s, and the Skinstore or for a bit more you can purchase the Milk Body Duo from the H2O beauty website.

This combination cleanses and luxuriously hydrates while indulging your senses with clean fresh aromas. Dry skin is no match for the creamy moisturizing powers of this duo.

This kit makes a perfect secret Santa gift, hostess gift, or a gift for any friend or family member.  Because who doesn’t love taking bubble baths and having soft skin?  I would also suggest throwing in one of H20 beauty’s face masks to make it a complete me time kit.

 

 

CocoRoo is an all natural skincare brand created by an American mother who was tired of all the extra ingredients in products.  Jill, the founder of CocoRoo, has taken the time to select the right ingredients to make the perfect blend of product.  The great thing about CocoRoo is that the products only have three to four all-natural ingredients in each product.  Do you want to know how natural the products are?  It’s so natural that you could eat it.  Not saying you would want to, but if needed, you could.  

CocoRoo® Naturally Naked™ Coconut Oil Moisturizer & Coffee Scrub-$30.00

This holiday season CocoRoo has come out with a few different gift sets.  You can choose to go for the top-selling coffee scrub or mix and match with one of the moisturizers.  I opted for the coffee scrub and moisturizer in coconut.

Our amazing Total ReJavanation™ coffee scrub with organic coffee beans and Naturally Naked™, our original USDA Organic Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil with added Cold-Pressed Macadamia Nut Oil. Nature’s finest moisturizer in a tube.

This duo makes a great gift for yourself, friend, or co-worker.  It’s a universal gift that even a guy might like. I know, I know- not all men will like it, but some might.

 

Flirt Cosmetics a new stand-alone brand created by Estee Lauder and backed by Amber Rose and David Robertson.  Estee Lauder wanted to try and launch a brand fully made famous by digital influencers on social media and e-commerce.   Starting out with just false lashes, this company has grown to create lipsticks, eyeshadows, and eyeliners.

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Flashes Lash Applicator-$28.00

The Flirt lash applicator holds up to 40 lash buds at any given time to create a customizable lash look. You can apply as little or as many lashes you want, to create an everyday look or super glam.

Flashes is Flirt’s ground-breaking product. A false lash applicator with patent-pending design and technology that gives instantly sexy, flirty eyes that are bold, fuss free and fresh. This revolutionary self-contained storage and applicator package dispenses false lash buds, allowing you to customize your lash look, by applying as many or as few lashes as you want to, all in a just a flash!

This item is a perfect addition to a stocking for your makeup loving friend or for someone who loves false lashes and may not be a very good application, like me!  I would also say it’s perfect for a makeup artist to add to their kit for easy application on a client.

 

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Muva Mouth Matte Liquid Lipstick

As stated above, Flirt Cosmetics has some great lipsticks. My top pick from the brand is the Muva Mouth matte liquid lipsticks.  It’s lightweight formula with a velvety feel.   These liquid lipsticks are pigmented and are supposed to hold color for up to 8 hours.  I can tell you that they are relatively easy to remove.  They also come in an array of colors.  My favorites are nudes or my lips but better shades.

Power your pout with this full coverage, ulti-matte lightweight, creamy formula that envelops the lip with a liquid velvet sensation.
Developed with Amber Rose, these must-have shades lay down intensely pigmented color that lasts up to 8 hours to help shape & define for gorgeously flirty lips.

Lipsticks are great gifts for just about anyone.  Perfect for your girlfriends.  You can pick out a shade for each friend and throw it in a cute makeup bag with some other goodies or throw it in as a stocking stuffer.  I know I would love to have more of these for my collection.

 

Tweezerman is a private company based out of New York that sells consumer and professional beauty tools.  I would say one of the top, if not the top in beauty, especially in brow tools.  Tweezerman tweezers are used throughout Benefit Cosmetics beauty bars.  This is another brand I look forward to each year because they come out some of the best holiday gift sets.  Their sets are practical and chic.

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Sparkle & Shine Gift Set- $48.00

This gift set is perfectly on trend for this season with a  blush pink makeup up bag, rose gold glitter tweezers, and a rose gold eyelash curler.

Our new gift set hypnotizes with a dazzling rose gold glitter Slant Tweezers paired with the warm, blushing rose gold glow of our Pro curl Lash Curler. Luxe, faux-snakeskin travel bag in a soft rose-petal pink included.

This is the perfect gift for her to add to her makeup routine.  She’ll have beautiful new tweezers and lash curler to make sure brows are on point and lashes are curled.

BrowFood Mighty Mini Brow Trio

This gift set is great partnered with the tweezer man gift set above or on its own.  This set is great to give someone who has a hard time growing our their brows or for someone who is looking for assistance with upkeep.  Back in the early 2000’s, it was cool to have thinner brows.  Nowadays, this is not the case.  We all want thicker and fuller brows that even when no products are being used, they still look great.

 

Tropical Apothecary is a brand that I am new to, but since discovering it has been a constant in my weekly bath time routine.  They have a wide range of products ranging from bath, skin, hair, and sun recovery products. Being islander, I have a deep love for a lot of their products, because of the smell.  What can I say, it reminds me of home?

Bath Rituals – $24.00

Bath salts are one of my favorite things to put into a bath for so many reasons, but the main reason is for relaxation.  Let’s not forget fragrance it gives.  Apply a face mask and you are set for some “me time”.

Made from authentic, naturally farmed Sea Salt from the island of Moloka’i, Maui Sugar Cane and Coconut Milk.  Infused with our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and WildcraftedHawaiian Healing Botanical Distillates (Hawaiian Seaweeds, Aloe Vera, Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Banana, Noni, Mamaki, Olena and Taro).  Our bath rituals will cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your skin while relaxing sore, aching muscles.

You can gift any of Tropical Apothecary’s items to friends or co-workers who need that little to nudge to take time for themselves.  I aim for my stressed out friends, mommy friends who don’t even remember what alone time is.

That’s it for my gift guide her.  I hope you enjoyed my picks from some brand favorites while introducing you to some new brands that I know you will love.  Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for another gift guide on hair care items, a gift guide for him, and a teen a teen gift guide.