Hey guys! It's time for the main Gift Guides for the gift giving season. This first one is going to be skincare and makeup, since that's what this blog is mainly for. The next part (or parts, who knows) is going to focus on other categories. These are the big ones because it's not about one store, one brand specifically, specific price points, or the normal categories that I talk about.
This year is, obviously, diiferent. We're in a pandemic. People are shopping online more than usual. Some are also more financially strained than others. Businesses are struggling or on the verge of going under whether they are big or small. A lot of people won't be able to celebrate together this year at all. It's going to be a different Christmas.
When making this, I was trying to figure out how to be helpful and give new ideas. I was also trying to be mindful of the many issues people are facing daily. So what I thought was the best approach was to shop online and try to do a majority of shopping with your friends or family's businesses whether that's on Etsy or their own website, fb page, etc. Or to shop with those who are consultants for companies and may work off commission. I also think finding things are Poshmark, Mercari, even Ebay sometimes is a great way to find discontinued items (not skincare and makeup buy those from a retailer) sometimes that are brand new like purses or shoes, anything really is a greay option to get cool gifts and help someone else out by buying their stuff. That way you can do your Christmas shopping as well as help your friends, neighbors, family, etc out through these different methods and outlets. It's just a few thoughts I had.
I will also add in which companies are now doing payment plans/installments. For instance: Afterpay, Klarna, Paypal payments, etc.
Starting with skincare:
Wie Magie products.
The next products are from Rodan and Fields.
You have to order by 12/7 from Rodan and Fields to guarantee getting gifts before Christmas.
I've been loving Bliss products, they're such an overlooked brand.
They have some incredible treatments like their Vitamin C "Bright Idea" which also has Tri-Peptides and Collagen. It's incredible. They have great AHA products, in particular I enjoy their peel pads. They are stout! I've been trying their "Clear Genius" lately because I'm breaking out. It's a 10% AHA + BHA + PHA Blend meant to be a clarifying liquid peel. It's more of a light gel consistency I think.
They also have some beautiful soothing products in the Rose Gold Rescue line. Their mist in the Rose Gold line is amazing and I always keep it on me. Not kidding, it's in my bag and everything. I love the moisturizers in that line.
I've been using YENSA products lately.
I've tried their masks but they send me some products from their CBD skincare a few months ago. I'd been avoiding talking about CBD products just because there are so many companies putting them out that it's overwhelming. So these are only the 2nd products I've tried that are CBD infused. I absolutely love the CBD Superfood Face Oil. It's by far one of the best oils I've tried all year. I also love the Dual Cleansing Oil. They have makeup products as well like foundation, concealer, primer, cream bronzer, etc and those are nice as well. They are totally worth checking out.
I still enjoy my normal brands: Glow Recipe, Kate Somerville, Sunday Riley, Algenist, OSEA Malibu, Farmacy, Maya Chia, and so many more. However, we don't have all day.
This probably won't be that long of a list because I've not changed my mind on many things. I do have a few brands/products to talk about though.
Maven Beauty: This is the brand new makeup line from Fashion Nova. There is the "Basic Beat" line and then the "Cosmic Drip" line that just dropped this week. I just got finished doing all the swatches for a total brand overview post that's coming up. I can tell you that I'm really impressed by everything. The shadows perform so well and are very pigmented. It's all very affordable. It's worth checking out 1000%.
Rare Beauty: I've talked about this a lot lately. I keep getting more products from the line and it's just different. I've not tried the shadows so I won't recommend that right now. However, the other products are lovely. I know I bring this up all the time but it's the reason I like the brand so much: this was created so that those who had arthritis and other conditions could have an easier time applying their makeup because the applicators are easier to hold and use. There's no brand I've ever heard of that has been that thoughtful.
I still love Natasha Denona palettes. I've been really into the smaller Pat McGrath palettes, I just got the Rose Decadence that was on sale for $39 which it was around $60 I believe. It's beautiful. I seen that the Tarte Park Ave. Princess Chisel Palette was on sale for $29. I have it and I really like it. It's a great gift in my opinion because it's a face contour and highlight palette essentially. There's 4 contour/bronzing shades and two highlight shades one being more of a pale yellow shade and the other a pale pink shade. Plus the packaging is epic.
I'm gonna stop here. It's already so much going on.
Sephora and Etsy now has "Klarna" as an option in the checkout. Where you pay 4 payments instead of your entire total upfront. It's automatically taken off your card. I use it alot. They send you a reminder before your next payment is going to be taken off your card.
Beautylish has their installment payments they've always had which is either 3 payments or 2 payments depending on the total of your purchase.
PayPal is offering installment payments in 4 automatic payments in some cases as well. I don't know if it's for everything but I just used it on a bath product purchase, so I hope they're offering it for purchases coming through PayPal since so many people check out with PayPal.
A ton of stores especially popular indie brands are offering After Pay now. Which again is 4 installments that come out automatically.
Some of these come out weekly, every two weeks, or once a month. It will show you the timeline and dates of your payments though. They are all automatic so you don't have to worry about going in and manually paying it yourself and trying to keep up with it. They take care of all the fuss. There is no interest or extra charges for using them as of right now or none that I've seen so far.
I hope this is helpful. Happy shopping! Stay safe, stay healthy. Thank you for reading and don't forget that I love you. (I had a Sunday School teacher that used to say "I love you, and God loves you" that's what I think of every time I sign off and tell you I love you guys. So in case you don't know: I love you, and God loves you.)
I'm from Tennessee. I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.