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Teen Girls Makeup Starter Gift Guide

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! 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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HP Sprocket 2-in-1


We are back at it again with a review and gift guide idea for a tween, teen, and everyone in between.  Every so often we gotta change it up and bring new and innovative things to the table.  I was given the opportunity to review the new HP Sprocket 2-in-1 camera/printer.

HP Sprocket 2-in-1

If you are not familiar with the HP Sprocket, then let me tell you a little bit about it.  The HP Sprocket is a smartphone printer that can connect to your cell phone via blue-tooth.  It uses a special printer paper that allows for instant photos to capture memories-without having to worry about ink cartridges.

HP wanted to provide the convenience of the smartphone printer and camera in one.  They created the HP Sprocket 2-in-1.  You still get the same functionality of the regular HP Sprocket, but with the 2-in-1, you don’t have to lug around your phone if you don’t want to or you can have the option of both.  I don’t know how many times I’ve said that I will print out photos, but just never get around to doing it.  Having the accessibility really helps with printing off photos right then and there.  You can print them out for family members, decor, or my personal favorite, planner decorations.  My love being able to look back at past dates and seeing memories on specific dates.

Smartphone printer and instant camera in one

Print in-the-moment photos wherever inspiration hits, with the, included an instant camera.

With seamless Bluetooth® connectivity, you and all your friends can connect and print.

Perfectly portable

Quickly print your smartphone and social media photos through the free HP Sprocket app.

About the size of a cell phone, this portable photo printer goes anywhere.

Easily load a 10-sheet pack and print instant 2 x 3 inch (5 x 7.6 cm) photos or stickers.

Use the HP Sprocket app to print social media photos.

A more personal app experience

Download the free HP Sprocket app to customize your photos before you print them.

Scan printed photos to view photo collection and unlock content.

Here’s what’s included with the HP Sprocket 2-in-1:

  • HP Sprocket Photo Printer
  • USB cable, wriststrap
  • HP ZINK Sticky-Backed photo paper (10-sheets)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Regulatory sheet

With the holiday season upon us and coming rather quickly, I may add, the HP Sprocket 2-in-1 would make a great gift for under the tree.  It would be a huge hit for tweens up to teens.  A lot of kids have or want the Instax camera’s, but they are too big and bulky to want to carry around. In my experience, that thing just sits as a paperweight.  The Sprocket 2-in-1 is the size of a smartphone making it easy to carry around.  May I add that it comes in the ever so trendy white and rose gold.  If you can find to get for the tween/teen in your life, grab it up quick because they are selling out.

Check back tomorrow for another gift guide idea and stay tuned for some stocking stuffer ideas for her.

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.