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Festive Beauty Accents this Holiday Season

With Christmas and New Years around the corner, why not join in the holiday cheer with festive and fun ways to make your look match the season. We aren’t talking about ugly Christmas sweaters, socks adorned with tiny snowmen, or silly 2015 plastic glasses. We are talking about classy ways to express your personal style through make up tricks and other accents that deliver the message that you’re in for some holiday cheer. Here are some beauty accents that will step up your regular beauty regimen with some extra fun flair.


No matter what time of year, eye makeup can cross us over from an every day look to glitz and glamour within seconds.  Whether its shimmery eye shadow, dramatic eyeliner, or lashes that goes on for days, the eyes are the most fun thing to dress up on Christmas and New Years. A lot of retailers sell festive winter inspired shades like frosty blues and sparkly silvers in creamy eye shadows that will last through any holiday party. If you prefer to keep the shadow more neutral, hit your lids with a shiny red or bold green liner that will set you apart from the crowd. Gold liner will enhance brown or green eyes while silver liner will make your baby blues have an extra pop. Whether it’s the liner or the shadow you’re kicking up remember to choose one of the two so you don’t go into drag territory or look like you’ve been in a Christmas tree accident with an overload of glitter eyes. However, whichever you spruce up whether it is the shadow or liner, finish the look with thick, black flirty lashes. What better time of year to practice your fake lash application? New Years Eve is what those nights were made for. As you’re shopping for everyone else this season, head over to discount sites like and pick yourself up extra eye makeup accents that will give you a fun look on the holidays.


Another great beauty trick for a festive season is adding an extra bold color, even one with a little shimmer, to your lips. A classic bold red matte lip is both wintery and seasonally appropriate, and when paired with your sparkly silver eyeliner will give you an incredibly unique pairing you wouldn’t wear any other time of the year. Leave the glossy, sticky, fruity lips for the spring and summer and keep your look totally matte to pull in the winter simplicity. During this time of year a lot of retailers will carry holiday inspired lip glosses and lipsticks; try to avoid weird scents like apple, cinnamon, or pine flavors which will be a turn off to those around you and especially whoever is getting that midnight New Years kiss. Keep it flavorless, but add some sparkle if you don’t want to go with matte by covering the red with a clear sparkle. A trick would be to lightly tap your lips with your red or silver shimmer shadow for that extra surprise. Look through online sites that offer great discounts on stores like Beauty Encounter to find deals that won’t cost an arm and a leg.

Remember, the holidays are a time to be joyous and celebrate the year you had and the year ahead. Allow yourself to step out of your comfort zone of the same old makeup routine. If you can’t have fun and experiment during the happiest time of year, you won’t take new chances with your any other time of year either.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her: Nail Polish Fanactic

Third times the charm, and since this is the third gift guide of the season, this one must be lucky. First skin care, then makeup and now nail polish. From a cult-classic top coat to heavy-duty remover pads, I’ve got you covered. Give this nail polish gift guide a peruse and remember to get yourself two items for every one item you buy your loved ones.

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Remover Pads | Essie Box Set | Chrome Girl Set | Seche Vite | OPI Set

What are your favorite holiday polishes?

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$250 Instagram Giveaway

Hi beauties! Do I have a giveaway for you! I’ve teamed up with a bunch of my fellow beauty blogging biddies to bring you a $250 Instagram giveaway! Instagram and Sephora … what could be better? The giveaway runs until December 12th, so get entering!

Instagram $250 Giveaway


And if you need some help picking out beauty goodies to buy with your gift card, I thought I’d share some of my picks:

What would you treat yourself to with the $250 Sephora gift card?

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The Beauty Blogazons Weekend Roundup: November 29, 2014

This year, I’m thankful for you, my lovely readers, and my fellow beauty blogging buddies. To show my thanks, I’m sharing another week of fabulous blog posts from the fine ladies of the Beauty Blogazons. Happy reading!

And if you read anything fabulous this week, drop a link in the comments below. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, sharing is caring!

How was your Thanksgiving week and weekend?

Photo: beautyXposé

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Beauty Blog Coalition Weekend Roundup: November 22, 2014

Enjoying the calm before the Thanksgiving storm this weekend? Relax with the ladies from the Beauty Blog Coalition to catch up on all of the necessary beauty news. Happy reading!

Read something fabulous this weekend? Share it in the comments section so I can check it out!

Photo: beautyXposé

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her: Makeup Maven

The holidays are the perfect time to play around with makeup, which makes it the perfect time of year to celebrate the makeup maven in your life. To make sure your favorite beauty buff gets the best presents under the tree this year, take a gander at the items on our makeup gift guide.

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Sephora Lip Collection | Too Faced Matte Eyes | Hourglass Palette | tarte Palette | Lorac Lip Collection | Beauty Blender and Benefit Collection | Nars Palette | Benefit Collection | OCC Kit | Lumene CC cream

What gifts will you be picking up for the makeup lovers in your life?

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her: Skin Care Junkie

The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving is just short of two weeks away and Christmas and the likes are just a month away. And while I’m a freak who has already finished my Christmas shopping, I know most sane people are just getting started.

So to kickstart this year’s holiday gift guide series, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite skin care products. Everything from daily cleanser to an indulgent mask, this skin care gift guide is perfect for a lady in your life who wants to stay glowing. skin care gift guide

Michael Todd | Clinique | Vichy | Skin Authority ($5 off with code BEAUTY14)| First Aid Beauty | Bioderma

What items are your skin care gift guide?

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Beauty Blog Coalition Weekend Roundup: November 16, 2014

Oh Sunday, you beautiful, lazy day. As you lounge around in your pajamas, make sure to catch up with the ladies of the Beauty Blog Coalition. Happy reading!

I hope you enjoyed the reads!

Share what you’ve been reading in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

Photo: beautyXposé

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The Beauty Blogazons Weekend Roundup: November 15, 2014

Oh weekend, you’re a very  beautiful thing. I just got back from another work trip, so I’m relaxing by catching up with my lovely beauty blogging buddies of the Beauty Blogazons. Happy reading!

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I hope you enjoyed the posts!

What have you been reading lately? Share it in the comments so I can add it to my reading list!

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Bloggers Give Thanks: $225 PayPal Giveaway

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Myself along with a few other awesome bloggers have come together to bring you a PayPal giveaway just in time for Thanksgiving! It’s our way of saying ‘Thank You’ for supporting our blogs.


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1st Prize: $150

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3rd Prize: $25

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Co-Hosts: Prime Beauty Blog // Everyday Beauty Blog // Norah Loves Makeup // XONoelle // Beauty Info Zone // Sabrina Dellinger // BeautyZ // beautyXposé // Lipgloss Break // Beauty Tidbits // Making Up The Midwest // Beauty with a Twist // The Diary of a Debutante

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