Gift Guide for the Beauty Queen

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide for Women, Cruelty-free Makeup, Hair, and Cosmetic Products

I can’t believe how quickly time is flying! In only a week, I’ll be home in Baltimore celebrating Thanksgiving with the fam. With Black Friday on the heels of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a few more gift ideas before the hustle and bustle begins, so I present my second holiday gift guide of the season tailored for Beauty Queens. I pushed up the timeline for this post because I’m giving away #16 to to one lucky winner, but the giveaway ends tonight at 7:59pm EST. See this post for details on how to enter.

As a side note, I had so much fun putting this gift guide together! I love finding and sharing items that are cruelty-free/vegan, but may or may not be marketed as such, and this beauty theme is perfect for that. I hope you enjoy reading it/exploring the items as much as I enjoyed making it.

ONE. EYESHADOW PALETTE
An eyeshadow palette is an amazing gift for any beauty queen. I love this tartelette™ palette because mixes mattes and micro shimmers in universally flattering shades. Perfect for everyday use.

TWO. MATTE BRONZER
I’ve been raving about this Too Faced Matte Bronzer since I bought my first compact years ago. Turns out, Allure agrees and made it a Best of Beauty award winner.

THREE. PHOENIX FACIAL OIL
This is the face oil you never knew you always needed. Trust me on this one.

FOUR. PACIFICA NAIL POLISH
These nail polishes are not only quick drying and full color, but they are free of the toxic chemicals you’d normally find in nail polish. I love this neutral blue holiday set.

FIVE. CHARCOAL FACE/BODY SOAP BAR
Don’t think I can say it better than this reviewer: “The actual soap lasts a long time and lathers really well. Helps keep my skin clear and reduces my red acne scars. This is my holy grail when it comes to face soaps and I tell all of my friends and family about it.”

SIX. CHEEK STAIN
Tarte does cheek stains SO WELL. It’s brush-free application, so you just smile, dot and blend it – so easy!

SEVEN. MICRONEEDLING TOOL SET 
So, I’ve never tried a microneedling but I’ve always been curious! This limited-edition set definitely has my eye.

EIGHT. TATTOO LINER
Kat Von D is the QUEEN when it comes to eyeliner. Her tattoo liner makes doing cat eyes almost effortless.

NINE. AIR CONTROL™ HAIRSPRAY 
Three things you need to know: 1. its most amazing lightweight hair spray, 2.  it’s cruelty-free, and 3. Aveda funds renewable wind energy to offset the Co2 associated with this product so it has a net-zero impact on the Earth’s climate.

TEN. T3 STYLING WAND
I’ve had this styling wand for years and love love love it. The interchangeable barrels make it so easy to switch up styles. Lately, I’ve been loving the tapered barrel to get loose beachy waves.

ELEVEN. COCONUT LIP SCRUB 
This handcrafted, 100% natural coconut sugar lip scrub would make a perfect stocking stuffer!

TWELVE. SHOWER CAP & HAIR TOWEL SET
Obsessed with this shower cap and hair towel set! I’m such a sucker for palm leaves.

THIRTEEN. DEEP CLEANSING FACE WASH
This Pacifica Beauty Kale Detox Deep Cleansing Face Wash is super affordable and works wonders.

FOURTEEN. THERMAL PROTECTION SPRAY
One of the reasons I started this blog is because I showing amazing products that are also undercover cruelty-free and vegan, and Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press heat protector is a prime example.

FIFTEEN. MONOGRAMMED CANVAS MAKE-UP BAG
Couldn’t make a beauty gift guide without an adorable make up bag, now could I? I love this one is from Tuckernuck.

SIXTEEN. MOTD ESSENTIAL BRUSH SET
If you’ve been following along you know I totally love this M.O.T.D. vegan make up brush set because the brushes are super soft, don’t shed at all, hypoallergenic, and anti-bacterial (unlike regular animal hair brushes). I’m also giving away a set to one lucky winner. See this post for details on how to enter.

 

Let me know in the comments if there are other items that should be on this list!

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Gift Guide For The Nap Queen

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From now until Christmas, I’ll be posting gift guides to help with all things holiday shopping. If fact, you may notice I’ve updated my Navigation Bar to include a “2018 Holiday Shopping Guide” section. This is where I’ll be collecting all these posts so it’s super easy to find tailored shopping ideas and refer back to specific posts.

With that said, I’m so excited to put up my very first gift guide of the season! This one is dedicated to all the nap queens, myself included. Here are my top gift ideas for the nap queen in your life. Bonus – all the items included here are under $100.

ONE. COTTON PAJAMAS
A few years ago, I started getting matching pajamas as gifts for friends and family and they are always a HIT. You can’t go wrong with this classic set from J Crew. (Or flannel pajamas from LLBean, like this one.)

TWO: DIPTYQUE PARIS CANDLE
No gift guide is complete without an iconic diptyque Paris scented candle. I recommend the lavender scent since lavender has calming and soothing properties – perfect for falling asleep.

THREE. COZY CHIC CARDIGAN
Every nap queen needs a cozy cardigan for her wardrobe. This one is super soft and perfect to lounge around the house.

FOUR. FRAGRANCE DIFFUSER
I love lighting candles but I do sometimes worry about falling asleep with the wick burning. This fragrance diffuser is the perfect way to get an amazing fragrance throughout your house without any safety concerns. It’s a win-win!

FIVE. FLUFFY SLIPPERS
It’s hard to find this style of slippers that are quality AND cruelty-free (trust me, I’ve looked!), but this set checks both those boxes. Notable mention goes to these plaid Minnetonka moccasins.

SIX. POM POM THROW (FAUX FUR)
My favorite thing to do on cold nights is snuggle up on the couch and watch movies. This faux-fur throw is amazing because it’s not just super softy cozy, it also adds to the room decor.

SEVEN. CONTRAST PAJAMA SET
I’m seeing this style of pajamas all over the internet at the moment (see here for $55, here for $78, and here for $102!), and these Shein pajamas are by far the best bang for your buck. I own these in the XS and am so happy I chose this pair over the more expensive options out there. They are so comfy and fit like a dream.

EIGHT: SANTA EYE MASK
Okay, how cute is this Santa eye mask for the holidays? This gift is sure to make anyone smile.

NINE: YOGI BEDTIME TEA
When it comes to gift giving, it’s the thought that counts, so don’t feel like you need to break the bank for everyone in your life. Some bedtime tea makes a perfect stocking stuffer or addition to any small gift bag.

TEN: CALM SLEEP MIST PILLOW SPRAY  
This pillow mist spray also makes a perfect stocking stuffer or a small gift for a friend. It’s made from 100% pure essential oils – Lavender, Frankincense, Chamomile and Clary Sage and contains no parabens, synthetic fragrances and colors, sulfates, and phthalates.

ELEVEN. LUX BATHROBE
This robe is made from 100% long-staple Turkish cotton using Aerocotton weaving technology. If you’re looking for a gift that can be enjoyed daily, this is the one. It’s exceptionally soft, absorbent and quick-drying so it works well for both bathing and lounging around the house.

TWELVE: NAP QUEEN MUG
Finally, what’s a nap queen without an official mug?

 

Let me know if there are any favorite “nap queen” items of yours that would be perfect for this list!

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My Secret to Giving Really Cool Gifts

My Secret to Giving Really Cool Gifts

A few months ago my friend Blake created IGiveCoolGifts, and it’s been voted the best gift guide on Internet.* I love this site because I genuinely think a fun or thoughtful (bonus points for both!) gift goes a long way.

If this is your first time hearing about IGiveCoolGifts, I suggest you sit down, buckle up, and get ready to fall into a black hole exploring the site. Do you like Netflix? Check out the binge watcher section. Do you eat food? You’re gonna want to explore the foodie section then. Do you have a mom? Mother’s day is coming up (May 13th!) and – don’t worry – there’s a gift guide for that.

I love this site because it’s so easy. Blake’s already curated some of the coolest items the web has to offer to give as a present. Or, maybe just buy for yourself – I won’t tell. 🙂

Here are some of the items that caught my eye:

My Favorite Finds

Wine Stopper With Date Marker | Travel Mug Iced Coffee Maker | Geometric Desktop Planter Vase | Matching Human/Dog Hawaiian Shirts | The Chambong | Anywhere Travel Guide

Just For Fun

Wine Bottle Flasks & Cups | Dog Selfie Stick | Drinko Drinking Game | Sushi Making Kit | Sriracha2Go Keychain Bottle Pack |Hipster Reagan Print 

Notable Mentions:

Adidas Yoga Mat by Stella McCartney | Good Vibes Earrings | Guzzle BuddyFloral Hanging Cosmetic Bag | Donut Popsocket | Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker

Shop all my favorites here

 

*electorate consisting of me and everyone I know.