Holiday Gift Guide 2014

It’s is that time of year again! Whether you are toughing out the madness with the other Black Friday shoppers, or taking the restful route through online shopping, but still in the “what should i get them?” zone, you’ve come to the perfect place! Below are Holiday Gift Guides for Her and Him – helping to make your buying decisions a little less stressful this holiday season! Enjoy!

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1. Taylor Swift Inspired Song Lyric Candle, $17, NandNDesigns
2. Best Bitches Handstamped Friendship Bracelets, $20, RadLion
3. Pile Jacket With Sequins, $79.95, H&M
4. Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Album, $15.99, Target
5. ArdaMarie Jewelry, Costs Vary, ArdaMarie
6. Tannery LA Bags, Costs Vary, Tannery LA
7. On The Rocks Be Legendary Lipgloss Set, $20, Smashbox
8. Sogno Bello Coin Necklace, $49, Urban Outfitters
9. ‘Yes Please’ by Amy Poehler, $17.65, Barnes & Nobles

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1. CPO Russo Quilted Shirt Jacket, $99, Urban Outfitters
2. ‘Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People’ by Matt Hoyle, Amazon
3. Derek Jeter Candle Yankees MLB, $17, NandNDesigns
4. Karsoni Foosball Table, $99, Fab
5. FujiFilm X UO Custom Colored Mini 8 Instax Camera , $100, Urban Outfitters
6. Herschel Supply Co. Little America Weather Backpack, $99, Urban Outfitters
7. Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer-Making Kit, $40, Anthropologie
8. Nixon Time Teller P Watch, $60, Urban Outfitters
9. Dollar Shave Club Membership, Costs Vary, Dollar Shave Club

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Feelin’ the Blues! 4th of July Makeup Faves

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Blue makeup is my fave because it draws sooo much attention to the eyes! No matter your eye color or shape, a touch of deep blue brightens eyes and adds artsiness to your look!

Even if you’re a skeptic or a fan of more neutral looks, blue is perfect for the Fourth of July! I buy cheapy brands when I’m playing with funky colors — I like knowing I can test out a color and not feel bad if I never wear it again. I love Beauty Rush from Victoria’s Secret for silly beauty buys and funky colors, because I know the stuff is super cheap but also quality that won’t run / smear all over my face (eew to smeary makeup).

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If you’re new to colorful makeup…

Start slow by applying your makeup as you usually would. Trade out your traditional black mascara for a blue wand, and sha-BAM you are now very edgy / artsy / hipster. The trick is to use a DARK blue (none of that baby blue ish on your eyelashes please!!) &I promise you can barely even tell that it’s not black! The effect is noticeable only when you’re outside and rays of sunshine hit your lashes. It’s subtle but sooo pretty… I’ve gotten tons of compliments on days I didn’t even realize I was wearing the stuff!

If you have big eyes…

Try a metallic baby blue shadow (my favorite is Teal Fury from Lancome. I have the old version, photographed below!). The look is perfect for a sunny summer day like the Fourth, and will bring attention to your big beautiful eyes!! The super light, shimmery effect is fun & playful, making you appear dressed up and put together even if you’re wearing a simple outfit or bikini all day!

If you have small eyes…

Use a thick, shimmery blue liner. The glitter in the liner will make your eyes look bigger, while the blue will complement your eye color and make it appear brighter!

If you’re here to party…

It’s Fourth of July!! Go big or go home. Put the whole shebang together (blue shadow, eye liner, and mascara) for a winning look. The trick is to really emphasize one product and remain subtle with the others! I like to go big on the eye shadow by layering it all over my lid, up to the crease. I add a thin layer of liner right against my top lash line, and finish with a few waves of mascara. BAM. You’re done!

Check out some of my favorite products below:

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◊ Victoria’s Secret Chubby Eye Stick ◊

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◊ Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Mascara ◊

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 ◊ Lancome Eye Shadow Palette with Teal Fury ◊

 What are your favorite makeup products? How are you wearing your makeup for the Fourth!? Share with us below!