A Gift Guide For The Makeup Lover In Your Life… On A College-Student Budget.

A Gift Guide For The Makeup Lover In Your Life… On A College-Student Budget.

Gift the makeup lover in your life something she will love.
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… well almost. Most of us college students are trying to stay alive through finals week. And right after, we’ll be hit by the fact that we need to buy Christmas presents for our loved ones… with our very limited budget, of course.

While we were trying to rationalize our excessive amount of procrastination throughout the semester during Thanksgiving break, we missed America’s biggest shopping days filled with insane sales. So it’s time to start brainstorming.

Gifts sets are a little over rated. It’s the fastest and easiest way for a company to attract customers and sell its products – that’s consumerism at its finest. Something about miniature products and insanely cute packaging empties people’s pockets. However, most people will agree that receiving gift sets is not as fun and exciting as many may think. A gift set says: “hey, I honestly did not give it too much thought, I didn’t know what to give you, and this was the easiest option.” Don’t be that person.

We all have a variety of people on our Christmas list – mom, dad, sister, brother, uncle, and so on. There is high chance we all have that one girl in our lives that is obsessed with makeup. Makeup can quickly turn into an expensive obsession. Here are some tips and ideas to give her something she’ll love, while staying within your budget.

The biggest and most important piece of advice when gifting a makeup lover makeup is to stay away from products such as foundations, concealers, powders, eyebrow products, and primers. As a makeup lover myself, I am the only person that knows exactly what my skin needs and likes – from the color shade to the consistency of a product.

Let’s begin with the eyes. Unfortunately, most of the popular eyeshadow palettes are expensive and if you have no idea what you’re looking for or at, let me tell you, there are some hidden and inexpensive treasures. If she’s a makeup lover, she most definitely will know who Carli Bybel is and about her top rated eyeshadow and highlighter palette – you’ll two birds with one stone. For under $15, you find this neutral and pigmented palette at Ulta. Now, if you want more options or know she already has that palette, check out Makeup Revolution and see the variety of palettes that they offer for $15 and less. If you want to give more for less, NYX Cosmetics has great quality eyeshadow pencils for under $5 – get a few a wrapped them. If you’d like to add a little extra to the gift, take a look at Maybelline’s mascaras for her to finish up her eye look.

On to lip products – currently makeup lovers are raving about mauve-brown matte liquid lipsticks. The popularity of these products has quickly increased the priced. But if you take a closer look, you’ll find the Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick line by NYX Cosmetics. The 12-color option ranges from light nudes to perfect browns.

If you’d like to gift her the option of having perfectly blended makeup, check out Real Techniques for a range of brushes to beauty sponges. Not only are they inexpensive, but they’re high-end quality as well. If she’s an environmentalist, check out Eco Tools.

Now, it’s time to shop… well after you’re done with finals. And if you still love the idea of gift sets, you can build your own with these products while not spending much and also giving your gift thought and personality.

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22 Of The Best Beauty Product Dupes Of All Time

I love buying new make up, and I love saving money -- dupes are the best way to have the best of both worlds!
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I am a make-up and beauty product junkie. I always have been, and probably always will be. My heart yearns for the high end, and raved about products. Unfortunately for me, my wallet cannot support these desires. So, if you're looking for a way to keep your make-up game on 'fleek,' but you're on a college girl budget -- check out these amazing dupes of name brand products:

1. NYX Lingerie in 'Bedtime Flirt' for Kylie Lip Kit in 'Candy K'

You won't get a matching lip liner with this one, but they are pretty much the exact same color. NYX does have a line of very affordable lip liners as well. So, finding one to match shouldn't be too hard, and will still save you money.

NYX 'Bedtime Flirt': $7.00

Kylie Lip Kit 'Candy K': $29.00

2. NYX Liquid Suede in 'Vintage' for Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in 'Trust Issues'

While ABH's liquid lipstick has a little more of a matte finish than NYX's Liquid Suede, the color swatches are almost a perfect match. The top lip, pictured above, is 'Trust Issues.' The bottom lip is 'Vintage.' Can you spot a noticeable difference? Me neither.

NYX 'Vintage': $7.00

ABH 'Trust Issues': $20.00

3. L'Oreal eyeshadow in 'Iced Latte' for Stila's 'Kitten' eyeshadow


Stila's 'Kitten' eyeshadow is perfect for every day eye wear. This L'Oreal eyeshadow is the perfect dupe for it. You won't be able to tell the difference!

L'Oreal 'Iced Latte': $7.00

Stila's 'Kitten': $18.00

4. L'Oreal True Match blush in 'Baby Blossom' for Benefit's Luminizer in 'Dandelion'

The 'Dandelion' luminizer is one of my favorite cheek products. L'areal True Match is the best drugstore dupe for it, and let me tell you -- it's a dang near perfect match. The packaging isn't as cute, but if it saves you money? Why not!

L'Oreal 'Baby Blossom': $10.95

Benefit 'Dandelion': $29.00

5. NYX Born to Glow liquid illuminator in Gleam for NARS illuminator in 'Orgasm'

This is a perfect dupe, and a must have for anyone who loves that glow-y illuminated look. This stuff is a steal!

NYX 'Born To Glow': $7.50

NARS 'Orgasm': $30.00

6. City Color 'White Gold' highlight mousse for Pat Mcgrath Labs highlighter in 'Golden'

Pat McGrath Labs' highlighters are to die for. While City Color provides the perfect color dupe, there are some differences -- you won't receive it in an adorable package filled with gold sequins, and you will miss out on the make up brush and Skin Fetish Balm. 'White Gold' is also a cream versus 'Golden' being a pressed powder. If you're like me, and are in awe of the glow this gives, but can't afford to dish out the cold hard cash for it...this is for you!

City Color 'White Gold': $5.99

Pat Mcgrath Labs 'Golden': $72.00

7. NYX 'Matte Bronzer' for NARS bronzer in 'Laguna'


'Laguna' is one of my favorite bronzers! It's matte, perfect for everyday use, and can be used for contouring. Unfortunately, it's a little on the pricier side. So, go with NYX 'Matte Bronzer' for a drugstore dupe!

NYX 'Matte Bronzer': $9.00

NARS 'Laguna': $30.00

8. Makeup Revolution's 'Lip Lava' for Too Faced's 'Melted'

Too Faced Definitely wins on the packaging, but with prices like these? Who cares. You can count me in.

Your dupe cheat sheet: Shockwave = Melted Violet, Forgiven = Melted Nude, Tremor = Melted Peony, Unleash = Melted Coral, and Firestorm = Melted Ruby.

'Lip Lava': $5.00

'Melted': $21.00

9. Elf dupes for NARS blush:

'Pink Passion' is a little less pigmented than 'Desire,' and 'Peachy Keen' is not quite as deep in tone as 'Luster,' but other than that -- these dupes are spot on.

Elf blushes: $3.00

NARS blushes: $30.00

10. NYX 'Photo-Loving Primer' for Smashbox's 'Photo Finish' Primer

The trick to long lasting make-up? Primer and a good setting spray.

NYX 'Photo-Loving Primer': $13.00

Smashbox 'Photo Finish': $36.00

11. L'Oreal Infallible 'Pro-Spray & Set' for Urban Decay 'All Nighter' make up setting spray

Speaking of setting spray, 'All Nighter' is one of the best out there. If you're looking for a cheaper option, this is it. I use this stuff every day!

L'Oreal Infallible 'Pro-Spray & Set': $13.79

Urban Decay 'All Nighter': $30

12. Rimmel London blush in 'Pink Sorbet' for Benefit's 'Coralista'

Coral-y blushes are my personal fav for achieving a pink cheek. Benefit is known for their cheek products, but if you're looking for a cheaper option, this is it!

Rimmel's 'Pink Sorbet': $4.00

Benefit's 'Coralista': $28.00

13. Elf Radiance Enhancer in 'Spotlight' for NARS illuminator in 'Copacabana'


You obviously do not get nearly as much product, and the Elf product has more of a pinky tone to it, but this stuff is a very close match for the price! (If you want something less pink, and want to spring a few extra dollars for a closer dupe, try NYX 'Born To Glow' liquid illuminator in the lighter shade! It's only $7.50 and a closer fit)

Elf 'Spotlight': $3.00

Nars 'Copacabana': $30.00

14. Colour Pop's 'Chilly Chili' for Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in 'Veronica'

I think the color swatches pretty much speak for themselves here! I am a huge Colour Pop fan. They have decent quality products for low end prices. Their color varieties are out of this world, too! If you ever are looking for a dupe, you can probably find one through them. You're welcome.

Colour Pop 'Chilly Chili': $6.00


ABH 'Veronica': $20.00


15. Elf's baked eyeshadow in 'Enchanted' for Becca X Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in 'Champagne Pop'

Now, to clarify, this is in no way a perfect dupe for this amazing product. Obviously, the consistency is far less creamy and smooth (it is a drugstore eyeshadow after all), but color wise? It's an almost perfect match. Don't be afraid to use products in the "wrong places."

Elf 'Enchanted': $3.00

Becca 'Champagne Pop': $38.00

16. Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip in 'Rooch' for Kylie Matte liquid Lipstick in 'Leo'

If you are anything like me, you were extremely disappointed to find out that Kylie's Birthday Collection was only available for a limited time. If you missed out on the 'Leo' shade, Colour Pop's 'Rooch' is the perfect dupe! Not to mention, it's much cheaper.

Colour Pop 'Rooch': $6.00

Kylie's 'Leo': No Longer Available

17. Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip in 'Chi' for Kylie's Matte Liquid Lipstick in 'Dolce K'

Another Colour Pop steal! I told you this brand was amazing, and I wasn't kidding. This is the perfect dupe for one of my favorite Kylie lip shades. A must have in, in my humble opinion. Again, you won't receive the corresponding lip liner with this one, but you can probably find one that's pretty close and still be able to save a few bucks in the process.

Colour Pop 'Chi': $6.00

Kylie's 'Dolce K': $29.00

18. Maybelline Fit Me 'Matte And Poreless' for MAC 'Studio Fix' foundation

Seriously, this is my go-to for every day foundation. I am in love with this stuff. I actually had been using this foundation for over a year before I found out it was even considered a dupe for MAC 'Studio Fix.' A high quality find for a low price is always a win in my book!

Maybelline 'Matte and Poreless': $8.00

MAC 'Studio Fix': $30.00

19. NYX 'Radiant Finishing Powder' for Bobbi Brown Brightening Finish in 'Porcelain Pearl'

Bobbi Brown's version has a little more of a glow-y look when applied than NYX's version, but as you can see, they are pretty dang close. This dupe is definitely worth the investment.

NYX 'Radiant Finishing Powder': $8.99

Bobbi Brown 'Porcelain Pearl': $57.00

20. BH Cosmetics 'shaaanxo' palette for Kylie Jenner's 'Kyshadow' palette


There was some controversy over this one, but none-the-less it's nearly the perfect dupe. Not to mention, 'Kyshadow' is not an easy thing to get your hands on -- this is a much easier route.

BH Cosmetics 'shaaanxo': $14.50

Kylie Jenner's 'Kyshadow': $42.00

21. Milani's Baked Blush in 'Rose D' Oro' for MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in 'Cheeky Bronze'

I love Milani products when shopping the drug store make up aisles. Plus, I love the cute gold packaging, and actually really prefer it over the MAC plain black packaging. I suggest checking out their other products as well if you're an avid drugstore shopper for your beauty products.

Milani 'Rose D'Oro': $7.99

MAC 'Cheeky Bronze': $33.00

22. Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lips for Jeffree Star's Velour Liquid Lipsticks

Yet again, another Colour Pop steal for the win! Pictured above are a few examples, but there are many more! Including the more exotic shades of blues, purples, and greens. These liquid lipsticks are the bomb dot com, and are on this list so many times for a reason. There is a dupe for almost every high end lip product your little heart could desire.


Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lips:
$6.00

Jeffree Star's Velour Liquid Lipsticks: $18.00


I love buying new make up, and I love saving money -- dupes are the best way to have the best of both worlds!

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14 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas For Your Sweetheart

If you need gift ideas, look no further!

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Everyone has a hard time deciding what to get for their significant other. Thankfully, I have a whole list of what to get your favorite person whether you've been dating for one week or a year. Anything on this list is sure to be a people pleaser and you'll be able to get it in time for the holidays.

This list will ensure that you don't forget about this holiday.

1. Flowers

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This one is a given because everyone gets flowers on Valentines Day but there are a variety of flower arrangements to give other than just red roses.

2. Movie tickets and movie goodies

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A more creative idea, you can get them a movie gift card with bags of candy and popcorn with it.

3. Valentine's day apparel

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Whether it's red and pink apparel or outfits filled out with hearts, giving your significant other something to wear the night of is great.

4. A spa day

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You can give them a couple's massage, a facial, or just a mani/pedi.

5. Gift cards

They can be to their favorite retail store or even their favorite restaurant.

6. Amazon Echo

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Amazon Echo can help them with all of their daily needs. "Alexa, play romantic music"

7. Perfume/cologne

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There's no shame in getting them to smell good.

8. A night sky map of the stars

You can buy them from etsy or even thenightsky.com and you can personalize the star map to when you all first met.

9. Candles

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A romance staple, you can get them all of their favorite scents especially ones from Bath and Body Works.

10. A pet

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Who doesn't love a puppy or a kitten after all.

11. A monthly subscription box

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There's fabfitfun, ipsy, and the dollar shave club.

12. A nice handwritten letter 

A handwritten card or letter is not only inexpensive but it's heartfelt as well.

13. Jewelry

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Another classic gift, you can get rings, bracelets, or even necklaces.

14. A "love coupon book"

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Another inexpensive and creative idea, you can give coupons for one free date night, one free massage, one free homecooked meal etc.

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