With bold lips on the horizon for winter, I’m finding it hard to keep the color from creeping beyond my lip line. Feathering and dryness are two factors that can totally kill the look of a great lip.  Enter the lip primer. Beyond what a balm can do, a lip primer does to your lips, what an eyeshadow primer does to your lid. It creates a smooth base and helps keep the color from fading, cracking, and moving.  There are a few on the market but I picked up the Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer on a recommendation from a friend. It goes on a like a gloss but dries to a buttery, matte finish.  Since I had an event this weekend and was wearing a bright red lip, this primer was everything it lived up to be.  It kept my color vibrant and smooth, and I only had to touch up once during a night of eating, drinking and chatting. Sold!



Every year at Christmas and Hanukkah time, my family sends out their lists of present ideas so that we know what to get each other.  I undoubtably get makeup, hair, and skincare requests with something usually along the lines of, “I’m not sure what I need but just pick something out for me”.  Since many products get pricey, I love finding travel-sized and budget friendly picks that are perfect for stocking stuffers. I’ve rounded up a sizable list of 25 under $25 that will definitely earn you beauty brownie points with family and friends. Happy Shopping!


Lipstick Queen Three to Thrill Chinatown Setklorane

Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Eye Contour Patchesnailpolish
Deborah Lippman Best of Both Worlds Jazz Standard Duet 

oribeOribe Côte d’Azure Hair Refresher
_9784287Pinch Provisions ‘Icebreaker’ Minimergency Kit


Burt’s Bees Honey Pot

166-Stila-Stay-All-Day-10-in-1-HD-Beauty-Balm-Trio-for-Women-1Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm Trio_9788055Herschel Supply Co. ‘Small Northern Lights’ Canvas Pouch

Murad Rapid Results Set

A5898_BK0001Madewell Beaded Hair Ties

3a4caDZHN56N89stAARq_400Tocca Crema Veloce Trio


Eyeko Fat Eye Stick Trio

300Bliss Mistletoe Gems Hand Cream and Lip Balm


Klorane Shine & Go Magnolia Set

ROS006Rosebud Salve Lip Balm Trio 

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The Salon Outlet Makeup Brush Set in Purple


Goest Perfumes Tester Set

s1478023-main-zoomSmashbox Try It Kit
Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 9.08.11 PMThe Gnarly Whale Baby Beluga Box Gift Set
IzolaToothbrushesIzola Guest Toothbrushes
SER-SN-VOLU-mainSerge Normant Meta Lush Volumizer
_9906252Bella J. Deluxe Manicure Set

2243706 Stila Makeup Palette in ‘Not So Nude’
34351270_066_b2Illume Go Be Lovely Gift Set


Ok, so there’s a million articles on red lipsticks and which ones go with your skin tone, eye color, hair color, dog, socks, etc. But ’tis the season for festive makeup, and for me, that’s a red lip! There’s something so classic about throwing on red lipstick day or night.  You’ll look instantly put together even if you’re running to the drug store in your pajamas.  I’m sharing a few of my fave “true reds” that aren’t dry, but leave a smooth, matte finish. Just remember to start by sloughing off any dead skin and applying lip balm for a crack-free pout.

Red_LipstickFrom left to right:
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lipstick in Red Carpet, MAC Lipstick in Russian Red, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Certainly Red, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Color in Pirate