5 Sephora Stocking Stuffers Under $30

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I feel like a loser for having not tried very many items from Sephora’s brand. And it’s crazy because a great deal of their products are REALLY awesome. If you’ve got some beauty gals in your life and you’re stumped on what to get them, I’ve got 5 suggestions for you. And the good news…they’re all under $30. Woot! Let’s go…

 

Sephora Collection 3D Palette ($24-sold in stores)

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It’s been a while since I’ve dabbled in Sephora’s eyeshadows but these are glorious. Especially that purple eyeshadow!

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It’s the perfect buy for both beauty newbies and professionals alike. The double-ended brush is a nice little edition.

 

Flashy Eyeliner set ($16)

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These eyeliners are nice and totable. But wait…they are waterproof too! Because of the shimmer, they may not last too long on the waterline but as eyeshadow bases and liners on the lower lashline, they are awesome! These remind me a lot like Urban Decay and Make Up For Ever’s pencils.

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They’re pretty awesome and high-quality. Definitely an ideal stocking stuffer.

 

Sephora Gloss Lab ($25)

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Ohmimgooodness, these are glooooorious. Especially for a lipgloss junkie. This set comes with 10 different glosses of various shades and finishes. They’re full-sized too!

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This is such an adorable set for the teenage beauty lover in your life because these aren’t super pigmented. They are all incredibly glossy and even the brightest shade isn’t so bright on the lips.

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Gilded Trio Brush set ($10 – available in stores)

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Even though I have plenty of makeup brushes, I couldn’t help but go gaga over these. Do you see that gold! Do you?!

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These are just insane. 3 brushes at $10 isn’t too bad of a price, especially with the packaging being absolutely beautiful. The set includes a small powder brush, shadow brush and liner brush so it’s the perfect gift for the beauty beginner in your life.

 

24 Karat Gold Tweezers ($16)

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And since we’re talking about pretty gold accessories, how about these tweezers? I actually own a regular pair of these and they are pretty precise.

Now. Let’s review…

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5 beauty goodies under $30 for the beauty guys and girls in your life. Time to get to shoppin’!!

Too Faced Top 10 giveaway winner!

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It took me forever to choose a winner for this giveaway because many of the original winners didn’t respond to their emails. Eek! But I finally got a response so congratulations are in order for…

 

Annelise in Indiana

 

This lucky gal is going to snag 10 of my favorite Too Faced products. Thank you so so much for all you that entered. Stay tuned for more giveaways on Clumps of Mascara!

Join me for Beauty in the Bag’s Weekly Twitter Chats!

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I’m a bit of a loser for just NOW letting y’all know about this. My bad! For the past 2 weeks I’ve been co-hosting the very awesome @BeautyInTheBag Twitter chat. It’s a been a whole heap of fun and a nice little break in those mundane work days of mine.

Even if you aren’t much of a Twitter user, you’ll likely get a lot out of these beauty chats. Each week we chose a topic and tweet out questions, answers, suggestions and advice about said topics. Aaaand, at the end of each chat, one lucky participant is selected to win a gift bag of goodies. Woot!

Follow @BeautyInTheBag and the hashtag #BeautyBag. Hope to see you on Tuesday at 1:30 EST! Oh, and if you’re like me and find Twitter parties/chats to be a tad bit overwhelming, I recommend using TweetChat. It’s not foolproof but it’s great at speeding up and slowing down the flow of the chat.

 

 

Makeup Wars: Our Holiday Metallics

I’ve been asked to join another blog group and I’m all giddy about it because blogging is one thing but being a part of a community is something else. It just wouldn’t be as fun. I am the newest blogger on the Makeup Wars group, a band of bloggers who rally together to do showcase their opinions, recs and pics on a particular topic. It’s fun stuff because within MY post, you can click on over to another blogger’s post. It’s mad cool, yo.

This week we’re rappin’ about holiday metallics and while I’m not much of a metallic-wearin’ gal, I came across some goodies in my beauty stash. I’m going to tryyyyy to incorporate these bad boys throughout the weeks. Maybe I’ll grow to love them. Kinda like corals. OMG, remember how much I hated coral nail polish? Hmm mmm…

MoonRaker from OPI’s Skyfall collection is a fabulous metallic gray.

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And when it comes to metallic shadows on the lids, I am loooooving Urban Decay’s Smoked palette.

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I mean, check out that bottom row of awesomeness. Loaded is my favorite and it is a gorgeouuuus deep emerald shimmer with a metallic base. And when it comes to lips? Y’all know I looooove red. It’s hard to find a fantastic red metallic lipstick (although I think Hourglass Siren is close) so a few years ago, I faked a metallic lip by dapping a bit of hot pink glitter over red lipstick.

Sounds crazy, but I promise you it works. Especially if you’re pairing it with a shimmery metallic gold eyeshadow. POW! That red lip is COVERGIRL’s Cherry Bomb and I don’t even know if they have it anymore. It was hands down one of my favooooorite red lipsticks EVER!

Laugh at me if you want, but I promise it works. I’ve got plans to dabble in more metallic cosmetics so stay tuned for my findings.

Any metallic cosmetics lovers in the house?

Small Business Saturday!

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I have developed such an attitude about Black Friday (hence why you didn’t see any posts about it from me) but Small Business Saturday is definitely something that I can rally behind. I’d much rather support the mom and pop businesses over these huge corporations that are underpaying their employees and forcing that they work in these nutty Black Friday conditions. Yeah, I know. I’ve been a part of the problem before as I’ve done my fair share of Black Friday’ing throughout the years but when you know better, you do better.

Small Business Saturday rocks for everyone! That said, if you’ve gotta do some spending today, check out some of my favorite small but LARGE in quality/service businesses.

Cult Nails Lacquer – Because I adore everything about Maria, the person AND her brand.

Nail Veils & Chronicle Stones – Su runs both companies and she’s a fantastic mentor and power woman who has such an amazing eye for intricate pieces.

Boldly Unique - my good friend Christine handmakes these beautifuuuuul hair fascinators and hair pieces for women of all hair types.

Lipstick Mixtapes – Remember when I reviewed Safia Michelle’s lipsticks? She’s still rockin’ out with them and these babies can’t seem to stay in stock because they are THAT popular.

Oyin Handmade – The natural hair space has become sooooo full of natural haircare products and while it’s a great thing, I tend to stick with what I know. Oyin Handmade has delicious haircare and body care products for everyone. This company and their products seem to get better with time.

Quelly Rue Designs – I’ve reviewed her pieces before and ever since coming across this brand, I just have to make a purchase every few months. I love everything about Racquel’s handmade African-inspired jewelry, hair pieces and accessoires. Plus, she delivers a hand written letter with every purchase. Loves it!

Elessa Jade - Long time beauty vlogger and buddy of mine, Elessa of Pursebuzz recently launched her own line of brushes and jewelry. I’ve dabbled in both the jewelry and products and I’m in loooove.

EnkoreMakeup – And then there’s Koren, the HUGE YouTube sensation that has always been so supportive of lil’ ole’ me. He recently launched Lip Yogurts and omggggg, they are fabulous.

Rachel Stewart – Because her jewelry just screams to my afro-hippie bohem personality.

Tia Dantzler – Celebrity makeup artist and beautiful soul Tia just launched her Red Carpet Secrets Instructional DVD and I’ve already watched it 3 times. Makeup artist or just a beauty lover, this is a fantastic DVD that you’ll be watching time and time again to help perfect your skills.

Want to support the small businesses in your area? Visit this site to do a search on where you can find ‘em. Happy shopping!

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 69

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Welcome to the Lipstick League Best of Fall edition! We’ve asked our members to share a link to their favorite product they’ve reviewed so far this season. And without further ado, here they are…

Gouldylox Reviews – My favorite product so far this season is my current mascara. Would it work for you?

Nouveau Cheap – My favorite product this season, and the one I’ve been reaching for the most, is this little $2 lip balm. Sometimes the best things are just so simple, aren’t they?

Pink Sith – My favorite product this season is an all in one Armani Palette (OK, maybe not ALL) but the blush and eyeshadow are so awesome for fall and easily transition into the holiday season!

Prime Beauty – My favorite products of the Fall season can be seen in this look from Makeup Wars -Battle of the Fall Face. I especially love the LORAC Pro Palette!

Phyrra – I have been in love with my Makeup Show Orlando Manicure with Cult Nails Nevermore and butter LONDON Fairy Cake. I keep wanting to wear this combination over and over again.

we heart this – This is not only Stef’s favorite red lipstick of fall, but her favorite red of ALL TIME. It’s Stila’s liquid lipstick in Beso, and if you’re a red lip junkie, you pretty much need this.

Beauty Junkies Unite – I fell in love with the nail colors in OPI’s Germany Collection in the fall of 2012, and over 10,000 Pinterest users did too!

Clumps of Mascara – I have been in love with so many nail polishes all season but Zoya’s Ornate nail polish collection absolutely rocked my world. These polishes are so gorgeous that sometimes I just sit and stare at the bottles.

EauMG I have had a very busy fall and haven’t reviewed half of the perfumes that I have fallen in love with, but I did review one – Von Eusersdorff New York Classic Patchouli. It’s a warm, cuddly comfort scent for me that is perfect for fall.

See you next week!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

I’m so grateful for so many things. And I usually don’t need a day to think about ‘em. I make it my business to give thanks every day for my life, health, strength, family members, friends, employment, hobbies and then random things like blue skies, green grass, freedom of speech, blogging, Hello Kitty, glitter and charities.

Yep.

Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. family and those everywhere else in the world who celebrates giving thanks. Oh! And what relevance do those bubbles have? None. I just really like ‘em. :cool: