Holiday Beauty


One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is playing around with a new beauty routine.  It's practically the only time of year that I can legitimately wear false eyelashes regularly and red lipstick and people (kinda) get it.  With the holiday season also comes cooler temps and a need to change up the foundation of my skin care routine, so I've rounded up some of my favorite holiday must-haves, as well as some nice add-ons for you to make your beauty routine this year a bit more festive.

+ a killer moisturizer: I love Ole Henrisken's line; not only it is natural ingredients, but it WORKS.  I swear by their truth serum regularly, but during this time of year, the Nurture Me line (though designed for sensitive skin/rosacea) provides a really luxurious coverage (and smell!).

+ a little dewy add-on: I usually use this Laura Mercier illuminating moisturizer for all over coverage during the summer.  It's light weight and gives the right dewy look. In the winter, I like to use it as a highlighter on my cheeks to achieve a natural illuminating look for the winter.

+ an adele-inspired cat-eye: I love a good liquid liner, but struggled for years regarding finding the right one for me.  My girlfriend introduced me to this Stila liquid liner and I have to say I'm never going back.  Now if only I could manage a perfect cat-eye a la Adele.

+ a natural cheek shimmer: The Bobbi Brown Shimmer brick is a heavy hitter in my beauty arsenal (and it's currently on-sale at Nordstrom!).  It's great to use year-round or give you the extra oomph of shimmer for that holiday party.

+ a pop of red: Red is one of the quintessential holiday colors and the best way to integrate it into your holiday look is with a red lip.  Mac lipstick is my go-to: both ruby woo and lady danger are my faves.

+ get a little winky: I love any excuse to strap on some fake eyelashes.  It gives you an instant wow-factor with very little work.  They key with fake eyelashes is to apply the glue and let it dry a little before you apply the lashes to the lashline.  After it's attached (and the glue is fully dried), apply your eyeliner and a coat of mascara.  When it comes to which brand/type of fake eyelashes to purchase, I recommend investing a little.  The drugstore variety work well, but often times not re-usable beyond their first application.  Because I get a little more wear out of my fake eyelashes, I tend to purchase either Mac or Sephora's line.

+ dazzling eye shadow: If it's not obvious to you by now, I'm all about the shimmer for the holiday season.  The Naked Palette is a tried and true palette year-round, but their more sparkly selections come in handy particularly this holiday season to make your eyes pop.

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