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Holiday Gift Guide: For The Beauty Lover

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Everyone has a beauty guru in her life (your sister, best friend, mom, or even you). It's that girl that's on top of her beauty game, wears that bold lip color that no else else can, and is the first person you look to when you're looking for a beauty product or want to geek our with. (If you don't have one of those friends then I highly suggest you get one...ahhhemm!) Lucky for you, I'm that beauty guru and have pulled together some of my favorite beauty products for you to give this holiday season that she's sure to love!

1. Formula X Bottle Service Nail Polish Set - Okay how adorable is this packaging - a perfect gift for a nail polish lover!

2. Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb - I've talked about this perfume on here before and so many of you either raved about it or said you were saving up because its on the pricey side, so I thought it would be the perfect Christmas gift!

3. Mason Pearson Bristle Hair Brush - If your beauty guru is a hair buff, then she will love this brush. Everyone has has this brush raves about it, personally I don't see the point in spending that much money on a brush but then again I'm not a hair guru. This is definitely a gift that will last for years and years. 

4. Becca Cosmetics Pressed Highlighter Trio - This is a very limited edition product by Becca (coming soon for the holidays) and you're beauty guru will love it because it has some of the best highlighters for your face. In fact, one of the colors "pearl" is exclusive to this trio. Make sure you're following on Facebook and will make sure to let you know when this comes out :) 

5. NARS Cheek Palette - This is a great all in one palette of blush, bronzer and contour that your guru will love - after all, every guru love versatility! 

6. Chi Pro Hair Dryer - Everyone needs a really good hair dryer and this is it! Ever since I got this hair dryer 2 years ago I've been hooked and even got some friends hooked (sorry I'm not sorry!). Honestly, I've never been able to get rid of frizz and dry my hair straight (without using more hot tools) if it wasn't for this hair dryer. It's also on sale right now for less than $100!!

7. Sigma Brush Cleaning Glove - A beauty guru takes care of her brushes, which means regular cleanings which is takes time. This glove makes it easy to clean makeup brushes with the different textures without damaging the delicate fibers of the brush. This has been on my list and also comes in black, pink and purple. 

8. Sigma Brush Set - Having a good makeup brush set makes all the difference in applying makeup. This si a great set with standard brushes that everyone should have in their makeup collection. 

9. Clarisonic - Every guru needs a Clarisonic. If she doesn't have one then she needs one because it will change her life. 

10. Manicure Set - Every girl (and guy) should own a proper manicure set with nail clippers, cuticle trimmer, nail scissors, nippers, etc. 

11. Kat Von D Contour Palette - A highlight and contour palette is a perfect gift! It's one that's actually on my wish list as well because I've been wanting to try this palette so figured it would be a great present...I mean who wouldn't love a good highlight and contour palette.!?!

12. Deborah Lippmann Undressed Nail Polish Set - So I'm giving you two nail polish sets because you cannot ever go wrong with nail polish. The first set (#1) has a bit more color, while this one is more opaque (don't say I didn't give you options :-))

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For The Love Of Highlighters

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Top Favorite Highlighters

Okay, so highlighters are literally my life! Yes I realize I just shared some of my beauty favorites, but purposely didn't include any highlighters. Now let's be honest, I am a highlighter phene - in my book, there's nothing better than a really good highlight (seriously, gorgeous!). I love the way a highlight grabs the light on your face and makes you glow. I get compliments almost everytime I wear it. I apply highlight on the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, center of my forehead and a little on my cupids bow and chin.

Top Favorite Highlighters

My Favorite Highlighters

1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade Champagne Pop is my newest highlight to the family and my all-time favorite. Becca Cosmetics collaborated with Jaclyn Hill (one of my favorite YouTube beauty bloggers) to create this highlight. Jaclyn's vision for Champagne Pop was to create a summertime glow for all skin tones - from the fairest to the darkest. Champagne Pop is a super pigmented rose gold color with both pink and gold iridescence. The pinks and golds adds more warmth to the skin to give you that summertime glow. It's a bit sheer, which is great because you have control more over the product - you can do more of a subtle natural highlight or build it up for a more dramatic look. This just came out to Sephora.com July 2nd and in-stores on July 16th, so definitely get your hands on this limited product before it sells out! 

2. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in the shade Opal is an all time favorite! In fact, if Jaclyn Hill didn't collaborate with Becca then this would still be my go-to highlighter. I love the way this illuminizer absorbs and reflects light. Opal gives you more of a golden glowing highlight, which is different from Champagne Pop because there isn't any rose and pink undertones. The shade opal is ideal for my skin tone and darker. However, If you're super fair get the shade Moonstone.

3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in the shade Luminous Light is more of a beige skin tone color. This highlighter is the most subtle of the three, but packs a big punch in the light. Think of luminous light of more of a champagne pearl color that gives you a soft, incandescent candlelit glow.

Top Favorite Highlighters

Monthly Beauty Favorites

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Monthly Beauty Favorites | http://thefourthreads.com

It's no surprise to anyone that knows me that I love beauty products, from skincare to makeup to hair and more. Still unsure what it is about products that make me all giddy inside but I can literally watch beauty tutorials and product reviews on YouTube all day! No really, if you don't believe me just ask my husband...you would think I'm a makeup artist by the amount of makeup I have everywhere. With that said, I’m constantly trying out new beauty products and I love getting to share my favorite finds with you guys. I would love for you to share your favorite products, what works for you or what you’re excited about trying. It’s a two way street and I love hearing your feedback. 

Monthly Beauty Favorites: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit | http://thefourthreads.com

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit                                                                  

This Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour has literally changed my life! I use this pallet practically every day and honestly have no idea how I got by so long without it. I love highlighting and contouring and am always trying different products to get the perfect contour. I use the banana shade (top, middle yellow-ish color) to set my under eye makeup from moving all day and the fawn shade (bottom, middle color) to contour my cheekbones, nose and under lip, then I mix the three brown shades to shadow my forehead, and chin. The yellow shade is perfect to hide my dark circles under the eyes. My favorite brush to apply the contour is this angled kabuki brush

Monthly Beauty Favorites: Hourglass Primer | http://thefourthreads.com

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer                                                                                 

If you're on the market for a primer, I highly recommend this Veil Mineral Primer, it makes my face feel silky and smooth throughout the day while hiding any fine lines and imperfections. A lot of primers leave my skin feeling greasy which I hate, but this one leaves my skin with a satin-finish. A little product goes a long way, I bought the little travel size (.33 oz) to test it out and have since bought the largest one and keep replenishing my travel size. 

Monthly Beauty Faorites: Becca Highlighter in Opal | http://thefourthreads.com

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector                                                                            

I feel like Becca is a hidden gem and you need to jump on the Becca bandwagon stat!! Words can't even explain how amazing this highlighter is. It leaves my skin with a natural glow and looks so luminous in the light. I have the shade Opal (pictured) an you're probably thinking, that's a highlighter, it looks so dark but I promise it's not. This is a perfect highlighter for spring and summer to give you that radiant sun-kissed glow! I've been using this highlighter for almost a year now and I haven't even hit pot yet so it's a product that will last you a long time as well. 

Monthly Beauty Favorites: Tarte Blush | http://thefourthreads.com

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush                                                              

You're going to officially think I'm nuts after this one but I used three samples of this blush from Sephora (I love me some samples!) before I bought this product. I mean after you go through three samples it's time to buy the product, amiright or amiright! I was first drawn to the blush when I saw the '12-hour' and thought there is no way this stays on for 12 hours; but sure enough it did. This blush is super pigmented and really does last all day. I use it on low-key makeup days to add a little color to my face but also when I'm all dolled up. I recommend using a firmer brush to apply because it's packed into the compact pretty hard, but on the flip side it will last you forever because a little goes a long way. 

What are some of your favorites beauty finds? 

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