Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide Part 2: Gifts For Makeup Lovers

Luxury makeup gift ideas

We're back for round two of the Christmas gift guides here on ClionaHill.com. Just like the first instalment of my gift guides I'll be sharing my favourite makeup products that I use on an everyday basis and that I think would be the perfect gift for any makeup lover in your life....

Luxury Makeup:
If you read my review of the Hourglass Surreal Light Palette then it'll probably come as no surprise that it's being featured in this post. It's very pricey at a whopping €75 but if you're after a luxurious palette then this is the product for you. It houses 5 complexion powders; 1 setting powder, 2 blushers, a strobing powder and a highlighter. This is the perfect palette if you're always applying your makeup on the go i.e on the way to work or school. It's definitely one to hint your partner for *insert winking emoji*

If the Hourglass palette isn't up your street then another cheek option is the Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter {Review}. This the best highlighter EVER and rightly so because the pigmentation is just out of this world! The gorgeous peachy shade with golden undertones is the perfect shade to create a strong highlight. This one costs €38 and you can get it in Space NK on Grafton Street. It's definitely worth the pennies!

I'm always recommending the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils to people as they're the best lipstick formula in my opinion! I have three in my collection but I've just ordered the lip pencil set that they've released for Christmas from Feel Unique so I'm still waiting for the postman to pop that through my letterbox. The three shades I currently own are Bettina, Sex Machine and Cruella and I highly recommend them all! 

Another lipstick favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in 'Kidman's Kiss' {Review}. This was my first Charlotte Tilbury lipstick and I was blown away by the quality! The shade I have is a gorgeous peachy pink shade so it subtly brightens up my makeup look. I'm obsessed with everything about this from the rose gold packaging to the intricate details to how well the product itself works. This little piece of luxury would be any makeup lovers dream to wake up to on Christmas morning. 

Nars Eyeshadow Duos are another great luxury option! The quality of the shadows are incredible, they blend really easily and the pigmentation is spot on! I have St-Paul-De-Vence which is made up of a beautiful rose gold pink shade and a matte brown. Personally, I would be delighted to see one of these under my tree on December 25th!

Another great option for eyeshadow lovers is the famous Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Quad. The shades in the palette are perfect for the festive season and would be lovely for any Christmas/New Year's parties you have coming up. It contains a beautiful coppery shade, a dark shimmery brown, a highlight shade and a glittery gold. 

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Gift ideas for makeup lovers

High-end Makeup Gift Ideas:
The next few products are a great selection of good quality makeup products but they're not as luxurious as the products mentioned above. They're still quite pricey but a little bit more affordable than the other options so if you want to treat someone to something high-end but you want to get more for your money then this is the round-up for you......

There has been a lot of amazing Christmas releases from brands this year but my favourite has to be the Benefit Blushin' Babe Set. It contains five of their famous box o' powders - Dandelion, Sugarbomb, Rockateur, Coralista & Hoola - as well as a sample of the watts up highlighter, a mini they're real mascara and a mini they're real push-up liner. This is a great way to try out a few Benefit products to see if you like them and plus, I probably won't need to repurchase the full-size powders anytime soon because I have so many blushes and bronzers that I rotate between so they'll probably last me at least a few years!

For my birthday, I got the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette and I've been obsessed with it! It has the perfect variety of shades from everyday wearable neutrals to a few statement shades for your evening makeup. My favourite way to use the palette is to create a spotlight eye but I also like running one of the matte brown shades in my crease for a quick natural everyday look. If you know someone who is obsessed with their eyeshadows then you need to pick this palette up for them!

Another eyeshadow favourite is the Rosie For Autograph quad in 'Copper Gold Rush'. The shadows feel smooth, are easy to blend and the colour range is subtle but you can build them up also. The shades in this palette are perfect to create every type of look from subtle to dramatic. These quads are perfect if you're a beginner also as you have all the shades you need and they're very easy to use. And not to mention the stunning rose gold packaging *insert love heart eye emoji*

I recently bought The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter and it's become one of my top 5 highlighters! It's a stunning golden, champagne colour and the pigmentation is incredible! It's kinda like a toned down version of Becca Champagne Pop except the Becca version is a little bit more peachy looking. It's €18 cheaper than Becca so if you want something that's just as good in the pigmentation department then this is for you! 

Mac Lipsticks are another great option for a high-end present. They're not as costly as some other high-end lipsticks and they're perfect for everybody whether you're a makeup beginner or a makeup artist. Plus you can never have too many Mac lippies in my opinion! My top shades are 'Modesty', 'Brave' and 'Creme Cup' - all perfect subtle neutral shades!


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That's a wrap on my 2016 Christmas gift guides! I hope you liked them!

What's on your Christmas wish list this year?

Love,
Cliona xx

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