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Holiday Gifts for the Skin Care Junky in Your Life

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If not ourselves, we all have a beauty junky in our life. Whether they are a hair, makeup, skincare, or perfume lover, the holidays are the perfect time to shower these gals or guys with some gifts that they will be sure to use. The best part? Many stores like Ulta and Sephora offer deals throughout the holidays, and not just on days like Cyber Monday or Black Friday. Here are some awesome sets that you will not want to pass up!

Let’s get pampered!

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Skincare is way more than just washing your face in the morning and at night. It is a lifestyle that sets the stage for how you will look and feel in the future. And let’s face it, nobody wants to be old and wrinkly one day. These days there are so many products, that it can get overwhelming. Luckily gift sets are a perfect way to start a skin care collection (or obsession!) Here are some sets you and your loved ones will go crazy over!

First Aid Beauty: All that Fab

Sephora

This is a fantastic starter kit for someone who is just starting to spice up their skincare routine! Exclusively at Sephora, this kit comes with five products for $49.99. What a steal! It comes with their Ultra Repair Cream, Facial Radiance Pads, Pure Skin Cleanser, Ultra Repair Up Therapy, and their Eye Duty Niacinamide Brightening Eye Cream. With a lineup like this, smooth, radiant, and hydrated skin is a guarantee!

Sol De Janeiro Wild Extravaganza

Sephora

Showers can be the ultimate form of self care when done right. And with Sol de Janeiro products, they aren’t just done right, they are done exceptionally. Not only do their products smell delicious, but they are effective, leaving skin silky smooth! They even have skin tightening elements. This kit usually retails for $92, but Sephora is running a special for only $62! Yes, please! The kit comes with an all star lineup of their best-selling Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, hair and body fragrance, Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing shower gel, and their ultra hydrating Cupa├žu lip balm.

Peter Thomas Roth Mask Trio

Ulta

2020 has been the year of the mask. Though medical masks offer great protection from the virus, “mascne” has become a real struggle for many men and women. Face masks are a great way to detox your skin and is a relaxing way to wind down and practice self-care. This set by Peter Thomas Roth includes three face masks that offer so many benefits like soothing, firming and exfoliating! It comes with the Cucumber Gel Mask, Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, and 24K Gold Mask. It even comes with an applicator for mess-free application. This set usually retails for $212 but is on sale for $79. Now that’s how to be boujee on a budget!

Jade Rollers

Amazon

Let’s be real though. Not all of us have $60+ laying around to spend on skincare related gifts for the fanatics in our lives this holiday season. However, there are some other nifty skincare tools on the market that are budget friendly. Jade rollers retail for around $10 on Amazon and are integral parts of the routines of many. And these users swear by them. They are known to prevent swelling and brighten complexion because they stimulate lymphatic draining. Throw one of these into a gift bag with a few sheet masks and you will be sure to brighten anyone’s day!

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Best Anti-Aging Products

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Town and Country Magazine

We all know the saying… “she ages like fine wine!” Fingers crossed, that will be the case for us. Getting older can be hard. Seriously, we are not looking forward to gray hair, sagging skin, and of course, menopause. However, what we are most dreading are the fine lines and wrinkles associated with aging.

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While some may say that smile lines are the product of a life full of happiness and laughter, we value taking good care of our skin so we can hopefully be silver foxes some day. With that in mind, we’ve been on the hunt for some of the best anti-aging products in the game, and are pleased to share with you some of our most loved!

Let’s get started!

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It Cosmetics: Confidence In An Eye Cream

Ulta Beauty

Anti-aging benefits aside, this eye cream is a must have for all of the tired ladies out there. Got dark circles and puffiness? This is your new BFF. This eye cream works overtime to restore brightness under the eye and it is ultra-hydrating, and will plump areas being affected by wrinkles and fine lines. We love that the ingredients in this product are super natural too! To name a few, avocado and licorice root.

Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Face and Neck Cream

Kiehl’s

This cream by Kiehl’s has an all-star lineup in the ingredients department. Talk about a trifecta! PhytoMimetic Vitamin A, Chaga Mushroom, and Hyaluronic Acid work hard to decrease the effects of aging on the face and neck. We love that the mushroom evens out skin tone and that the hyaluronic acid is uber hydrating. In just a few weeks’ time, you’ll be seeing crazy results. In our opinion, it’s worth every penny!

Youth to the People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser

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If you’re not investing in a high-quality cleanser, then what are you doing? We think that face washes should be exactly what they’re meant to do: clean! That’s why we love Youth to the People’s Superfood Antioxidant cleanser! First and foremost, this product is vegan (woohoo!) and made from kale, spinach, and green tea. Because of that, it is rich in antioxidants, which are known to protect from free radicals that lead to premature aging. It also smells absolutely amazing. It’s no wonder people swear by this product!

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum

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Drunk Elephant has quickly become one of the biggest names in skincare over the past several years, and now we know why! Though it’s on the pricier side, we believe that skincare is an important investment. This night serum rejuvenates congested skin by getting rid of dead skin cells. Bye, Felicia! In turn, this helps even out skin tone, smooth the skin’s texture, reduce the size of fine lines, pores, and wrinkles. Good riddance! A lot of people who suffer from acne also swear by this product. Still skeptical? There are some pretty bada*s before and after pictures to prove it, or check it out for yourself!

What’s your favorite anti-aging product?

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Our Favorite *Comfortable* Bras

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Good Housekeeping

As women, we know that nothing feels better than unstrapping the clasps of our bras and letting the girls loose after a long day. There is no sensation on Earth that is more relieving or freeing! Men will simply never understand!

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But what if we told you that wearing a bra didn’t have to feel like a chore? Believe it or not, there are some “over-the-shoulder boulder holders” that are quite comfy. Dare we say, comfy enough to sleep in? Have we captured your attention? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite brassieres, let’s get started!

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For Everyday Wear

SKIMS Fits Everybody T-Shirt Push Up Bra – $52

SKIMS

Every woman has that one friend that they can go to for everything, and we’d like to say that the SKIMS “Fits Everybody” T-Shirt Push Up Bra is ours. Designed by the queen herself, Miss Kim Kardashian, these bras were literally designed for everyday use. They are comfortable, supportive, and are made with a mold that contours to your body shape. Not to mention, it’s also lightweight and breathable. What more could a girl ask for?! Our favorite part is the inclusivity of this line. The bras come in so many different neutral “skin” tones, that anybody can feel confident and sexy while wearing this.

For Lazy Days

Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Bralette – $28

Macy’s

Nothing is more classic than this staple bra from Calvin Klein. We love the “Modern Cotton” bralette because it offers great support, while also being so. darn. comfy. Seriously, it’s butter soft. While it’s unpadded, it still offers full coverage. We like to call this one, “cold weather friendly” because your nips won’t be visible when temps drop. We think you get the idea. Anyway, the racerback design makes it a great option for pairing with workout tanks, but we think it even looks good on its own paired with sweats for a sexy and laid back look.

Aerie Real Me Wireless Lightly Lined Bra – $23

Aerie

We couldn’t choose just one for this category. That’s why we’d be remiss if we neglected to include this bra from Aerie. Not only do we love this brand because they don’t airbrush their models and promote body positivity, but because their lingerie is just that good! We cannot stop wearing this bra because it’s wireless. The days of uncomfortable digging are over! Plus, it’s super versatile and can be worn traditionally (like pictured on the model), racerback, or halter style, since the straps are adjustable. Don’t walk, ladies…run!

For Sexy Time

Victoria’s Secret Unlined Demi Bra – Prices Vary

Victoria’s Secret

Victoria’s Secret has always been the place to go for bras and lingerie that will make you feel like you’re an angel on the runway. When we found out that they sold these beautifully laced unlined demi bras, we knew we’d have to try them out and share our thoughts with you guys! The keyword here is “unlined,” which means that while there is an underwire keeping the girls in place, there are no cups. These bras are cute, sexy, and comfortable, and the best part is that they often can be paired with a matching set of underwear.

What’s your favorite bra?

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Holy-Grail Drug Store Beauty Products

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Vox Magazine

Some may say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but just think of how amazing it feels to open up a fresh tube of mascara or crack open a new bottle of shampoo. There’s just something so rejuvenating about going to CVS, Target, or Ulta and buying a haul of fresh hair and beauty products. Talk about bossing your life up!

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But really, not everyone has $30 to spend on an eyeliner, let alone $70 to layout for conditioner (we won’t say names, but we’re not kidding). That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite inexpensive beauty products that are budget-friendly and sure to impress.

Let’s get started!

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Essence Lash Princess Mascara

Ulta Beauty

If you are anything like us, you cannot be seen outside of the house without at least one coat of mascara over our eyelashes. Truly, it works wonders. While it is nice to splurge on a mascara from time to time, it can become a pricey vice if you’re a cult user. Luckily, we found this $5 mascara (you read that right ladies, FIVE. DOLLARS.) that can be found at any Ulta or drug store. It’s Essence Beauty’s “Lash Princess” mascara and it is the best way to lengthen and give yourself that “falsie” effect. The best part of all? It’s cruelty free and not tested on animals.

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer

Target

Hate to admit this, but the only time you will catch us being pale is when we’re dead. We’ve got to look glowing and bronze at all times, and this product from Physician’s Formula is truly a god sent. The Butter Bronzer not only smells so amazing (like coconuts) but gives the perfect, beachy bronze to your face. It’s the perfect option for contouring, or simply bringing your face back to life after a night out. Thank us later!

L’Oreal Paris Paradise Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette

Crystal Candy Makeup

L’Oreal simply couldn’t have picked a better name for this absolutely stunning eyeshadow palette. Though it isn’t everyday that we go full glam and opt for a full eyeshadow look everyday, this palette has beautiful options that are even good for a day working from home. The pink tones are girly and complement any eye color well. It even is cherry scented. It looks and smells good enough to eat! 5 stars from us.

Maui Moisture Shampoo

Amazon

If you’re hip like us, you’d know that many shampoo brands are under fire for including DMDM Hydantoin in their shampoo. We’re no scientists here at Misdomesticated, but what we do know about this chemical is that it releases formaldehyde and causes hair loss. 3 words – no thank you! Lately we’ve been loving the Maui Moisture line of shampoo because its DMDM Hydantoin free, smells delicious, and leaves our hair silky smooth. The first ingredient used is aloe vera, and it’s also silicon/sulfate free. Count us in!

Native Body Wash

Target

On the topic of clean beauty, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Native’s line of body wash. Cleanliness is key nowadays, and nobody likes a person with B.O. We love this body wash because it not only smells so fresh and so clean, but it’s sulfate, paraben, and phthalate free! It’s also subtly scented using natural ingredients. Don’t run, walk!

What’s your favorite drug store beauty product?!

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