The Chic Gift Guide

What to get, what to get, what to get... The three words that have been racking my brain since Black Friday hit, the unofficial start the holiday shopping frenzy. Unlike many who have already finalized their gift giving lists, I am just at the start of my run (what can I say...I like to sprint rather than jog). Although I'm a last minute shopper, I have some go to gifts that would be great to not only give but to get as well.

FAB FUR

I'm a definitely lover of fur, and fur accessories (both real and faux) are perfect gifts. From the perfect snood to a warm hat, choosing a fluffy accessory is a great option for the women in your life. I received this fabulous fur pompom from the Linda Richards collection. I've seen a lot of these pom accessories available from Michael Kors,Fendi and even Target, but I have yet to see one as fluffy and full as this 100% rabbit gem. The good thing about choosing fur is you can go from high and low prices without missing the style. Going faux will always be easier on your wallet while getting the really deal will give you a more luxurious feel and will last longer.

GLAM PRINTS 

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Art is a reflection of someone's personality and can give life to a space. I adore Megan Hess prints and actually have 4 of her reprints hanging around my apartment at the moment. Her illustrations of women give power through beauty and are simply classic pieces for the modern woman. Even if you don't want to pay for an original print, you can go for a great reprint print of an amazing female figure in history. They're a great way to add glamour to your walls without being to obscure.

TAKE A PICTURE 

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Who doesn't like taking pictures? Certainly not me. I'm obsessed with the revival of the Polaroid camera and choose this as my super fun gift for 2015. This Fujifilm instaX Polaroid camera is compact and easy to use. Since Polaroid film can get a little pricey, you can find the film at a better price on sights like Amazon.  

SMELL GOODS 

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If you can't think of anything to get, relaxing bath products are always a great option. If you aren't interested in the cliche Bath & Body Works, you can go up a level to  Sabon . They're artisan soaps and body scrubs are amazing. I love the smell and I especially love the textures and styles. If you don't want to just go for a bar of soap, try my favorite product: Mineral Powder in Vanilla Cocunut. I love the fact that this product has multiple uses. You can put them in the bath for a soothing creamy feel or you can put it directly on your body after you've used rinsed of your soap. It leaves your body smooth and feeling refreshed.

They Created A Monster...

I've never been much of a makeup person; I'm known for wearing concealer, eyeliner and mascara   on my best days, if anything at all. So when my girlfriends convinced me to plump up my collection a little more, I don't think they realized that they may have created a monster...

Yeah... when I start shopping, it's definitely a little hard for me to stop, but I can say I'm overall extremely happy with my beauty purchases! And it doesn't hurt that I got great deals on everything through Ebates, Sephora VIB discounts and online beauty deals. Here's the break down of what I picked up:

MORPHE 686 SET: Brushes upon brushes upon brushes! For a girl who's literally only used 3 makeup brushes in her entire life, this can be overwhelming, but surprisingly it's not. I have yet to tap into the ten plus eye brushes, but am obsessed with the face brushes. They work extremely well when contouring and give a flawless finish.

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MORPHE 35K PALLETE: Whenever I open up these shades, I want to shed a tear. These 35 shades are absolutely everything! There's shimmer and matte shades and they're all these earthy almost coffee tones. My only issue with Morphe is their extremely long processing time. It took just over 3 weeks for me to receive this pallete and the brush set, which were both in stock!

BEAUTYBLENDER: It may seem crazy to say but I've never owned a Beautyblender Beauty Blender before. *say that 5 times fast* My usual go to blender is from Real Techniques, but I thought I'd try out the "real" thing for once. Plus with my VIP 20% off discount, it was only right that I shelled out the $25 for the blender and mini solid. 

MAC PRO LONGWEAR CONCEALER: When it comes to concealer, I think I found my match. This is actually my 4th refill of this concealer in 2 years, so I'm definitely sticking to this amazing product. NW40 is a perfect match for my skin tone. As I don't use foundation (I don't like the feeling of too many products on my face) this is a great way to mask my minimal blemishes without "caking" up my face.

MAC PRE+PRIME: Highlight highlight highlight! I live by this highlighter! All though this is very similar to my skin tone as well. I think it gives me that added glow underneath my eyes when combined with my Nars cream highlighter. 

LIVING PROOF: Okay, so I have to admit, my girlfriends weren't the ones who told me to buy this product...Kim K did. Or one of her beauty tutorials available through her app did. So far I've used the hairspray and dry shampoo. And They Are AMAZING! I can't get over how good they smell and make my hair feel absolutely fantastic. 

LAURA MERCIER SECRET CAMOUFLAGE: I must admit, this is another Kim Kardashian pick courtesy of her go-to makeup artist Mario. I'm excited to see what this product will do for me in terms of contouring and highlighting.

URBAN DECAY URBAN VICES: I rarely cash in my Sephora rewards, but when I saw this shadow palette, I thought why not. Although the shades are not very pigmented, It's not a bad 500 point reward.

MAC LIPSTICKS: Every girl needs a great lip. So why not buy 4 great shades! Overall these are really nice shades for my skin tone. From Left to right (SIN, MAC RED, CARDINAL, STONE). My ultimate favorite of the four would have to be stone lined with Chestnut. 

**For Liners, I'm loving Chestnut and Currant. I'm actually addicted to just wearing chestnut all over the lip and nothing else**

NARS LARGER THAN LIFE EYELINER: Last but certainly not least, would have to be my NARS long lasting eyeliner. Being that my eyes water pretty much all the time (blame the fact that I'm pretty much on the computer 24/7 for work) I'm constantly searching for an eyeliner that will last me throughout the day, and I'm pretty sure I found it. This liner is super pigmented and goes on easy enough to give me that smokey feel.