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Autumn-Inspired Makeup Tutorial

18 Nov
Happy pre-Thanksgiving guys!
While the holiday season is about to start come later next week, I decided to create an autumn inspired makeup look tutorial for you guys. When I think of autumn, I think of warm rustic oranges, and golds, along with deep brown or gray smokey eyes. This tutorial has a bit of those qualities, while keeping it glammed up during a festive holiday night as well.
Best part about this tutorial? The items I’ve used are all affordable. I’ve got a few more tutorials coming up for you guys next month, so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to see when those go live!
Hope you all have an awesome Thanksgiving and rest of autumn season!

 

Halloween Makeup: Glam Cleopatra

24 Oct
Happy almost Halloween!
I can’t believe the end of October is also near! As for my videos for the next two months, they will be less and less because of the busy holidays, and well, sometimes a gal needs a break. But before the end of the year, I promise some more awesome videos, and blog posts to come!
Hardly ever going out on Halloween, I never really dress up anymore. Yet, if I had to use creativity for a last minute idea, why not use makeup items I already have to create it?
It’s less money spent, but the same dress up effect can be achieved. With this version of a Glam Cleopatra look, you can pull together your last minute Halloween idea, and wear it however you please!
I hope you all enjoy this video, and have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Top 3 Favorite 2016 Drugstore Mascaras

3 Oct

Hey everyone!

In the next few months starting with this post, you’ll see a lot of posts pertaining to what products I’ve enjoyed during the year of 2016. Today’s post is all about my favorite drugstores mascaras that I know I will be using well into 2017. They each have unique qualities about them, and I rate them from three to one as far as my scale goes in this video.

I explain what I like, and dislike about each mascara, and why I feel they’ve made it into my top three of this year. If you guys want to keep up with my YouTube channel, all you have to do is subscribe!

Thanks so much for watching, and I hope you’ve all found your favorite mascaras of this year as well!

September Monthly Favorites

30 Sep

Hey there!

My birthday has come and gone, and I’m officially a year older. September is always a weird month for me, because I have to remind myself I have to stop telling people a number I’ve gotten so used to saying for a whole year now. Yet, where would I be without my monthly favorites? I’m always indulging in the items I own, and find my little happy place when I start using them routinely. These next items are no exception to that.

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A Thousand Wishes is a very popular fragrance at Bath & Body Works, but I’ve since had to stop purchasing any lotions from there due to skin allergies (go figure). I was happy to learn this scent came in a candle. It’s described as a mixture of champagne, peonies & almonds.

I can’t really say for sure that’s what it smells like, but I do know it has a very light musky scent to it, which is perfect for anyone who loves subtly but doesn’t want a scent to be faded away in the background at the same time. Whether you like strong scents, or light scents, I feel everyone would love this candle, and I highly recommend it!

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I swatched both the Matt Kumar and Swag lippies and eye shadows in my July Ipsy Glam Bag review of this year. Since trying them out, I’ve become a huge fan of them. TheBalm Cosmetics and BareMinerals are both high quality cosmetics lines, and the shade selection I own couldn’t have been more tailored to my likes! TheBalm Cosmetics Matt Kumar eye shadow is rich and buttery, and packs a punch, so I always have to be cautious when dabbing my brush into it.

It’s so easy to get carried away with that shade. While the new Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolors by BareMinerals never fully dry into a true matte, they are quite comfortable on the lips. Swag is an everyday shade you can wear no matter the occasion, and it also leaves your lips feeling hydrated after use!

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I ran out of my Sephora Water-proof Eye Makeup Remover, so I was able to truly make use of my Klorane Floral Water Make-up Remover, and I absolutely love it! I usually use it just to remove excess eye makeup that my cleanser, and Garnier Micellar water didn’t fully pick up, and it’s been working out wonderfully.

I’m also obsessed with everything L’Oreal this month, so excuse these next brand raves. I’m loving the new Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation, and find myself picking it up more often than my Infallible Pro-Matte. If you haven’t yet seen my video comparing both foundations, see it now here!

You’ll be seeing me talk about these mascaras for the next few months, because they have quickly climbed to my top favorites list. The L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer along with the Voluminous Mascara are two drugstore duos you never want to underestimate.

I didn’t think much of them once I received them in my last Influenster Voxbox, but once I tried them out as instructed, I fell in love. The primer sets the lashes into place, and placing the mascara on top, creates a dramatic effect without having to put on false lashes. Who doesn’t want to save money on lashes? Pick these two up!

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Included in my Voxbox, was an eye shadow form the L’Oreal Colour Riche line, in Paris Beach. If you’re looking for a matte, creamy, and pigmented lid base color, this is another one you don’t want to bypass at the drugstore. This shade is unbelievable for being a low-end product.

I even compared it to Urban Decay eye shadows, and was stunned to find this one was more pigmented than some of the UD lighter shades. I have been using this shade as base color ever since purchasing. It’s a beautiful, true cream white shade.

What are some of your September favorites? Thanks for taking the time to read this post, and I’ll see you back here on The Gift of Gab, for my October favorites coming up next month!

Products Mentioned

Bath & Body Works A Thousand Wishes 3 Wick Candle

L’Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Paris Beach

L’Oreal Original Voluminous Mascara

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer

L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation in Creamy Natural

Klorane Floral Water Make-up Remover with Soothing Cornflower

BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag

TheBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony in Matt Kumar

Skincare Products for Sensitive Skin

23 Sep

Hey there!

As you guys might have seen, I do have a video on my channel of my skincare routine. Yet there are so many other products I use on a daily basis, that cater to sensitive skin like mine. If you also suffer from sensitive skin, this post might save you time during your trial and error phase of products.

Starting with bath products, I’ve had the best experience using the original Dial Soap Bars for my entire life. I find that the Dial body wash breaks me out, whereas the scentless soap bar has never failed me. Since some body washes tend to not contain anti-bacterial qualities, I always use the soap bar first, and then grab my Aveeno body wash. I usually interchange between the Skin Relief one and the original one. They both work great on me, and Aveeno is a wonderful brand for those who have sensitive skin like myself.

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After my showers, I’ll grab my preferred body lotion by Eucerin, which is probably the only body lotion that has worked on my skin for a long time. I’ve tried many brand name lotions such as Bath & Body Works, Gold Bond, and others that have only left my body itching and full of new rashes after application. I swear by the Eucerin Skin Calming Cream, because it actually works.

To prep my face for my moisturizer, I use Thayer’s Scentless Aloe-Vera Formula Toner, which is extremely gentle on the skin. I ordered mine on drugstore.com after I read several reviews on it. I originally used an alcohol based toner, which isn’t necessarily bad for you, but I was tired of my face burning all of the time. With the Thayer’s Toner, you’ll feel like you’re applying chemical-free water on your face, with no harsh skin reactions to show for it.

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Finally, some awesome facial cleansers that I’ve interchanged between for some time now, are the Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, and Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. The Soy Face Cleanser has a hint of cucumber scent to it, and feels like a milky lotion once you apply it. It doesn’t foam up, but it leaves your skin feeling clean and smooth after a wash. My go-to and favorite cleanser though, is the Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. It feels wonderful on the skin, and is scentless.

Makeup from the day instantly melts off, and your face is left feeling squeaky clean. If you’re willing to splurge a little bit on a cleanser, then you can grab the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser at Sephora. Yet if you want to save a few pennies, and want the same results (if not better), then picking up the Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser at your local drugstore will work too!

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If you guys have any sensitive skin product suggestions as well, just comment below with them. I’m always up for testing out new products that will only leave my skin feeling healthy and taken care of, minus the blemishes.

I hope you’ve found this post helpful, and thanks for stopping by!

Products Mentioned

Dial Antibacterial Deodorant Soap Bars

Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash

Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel with Organic Aloe Vera Formula Toner

Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette Makeup Tutorial

16 Sep
Hey guys!
You might be asking yourselves, why is she making a video about a sold out palette? Turns out, about two months ago, ULTA exclusively brought back to life this limited edition palette from the fall of 2015, for around two weeks or so. The Self-Made palette is no longer on the market, so I made sure to grab a chance at purchasing this one.
I decided not to get the new Modern Renaissance Palette, because I already have so many shades similar to that one. So here’s a look I created using just the Self-Made Palette shadows!
I hope you enjoy this makeup tutorial, and if you subscribe to my channel, you’ll see many more looks coming up in the future!

My Everyday Makeup Routine

9 Sep
Hey everyone!
Although I love filming fun and colorful makeup routines that take much time and effort, I also don’t do these looks every day of the week. I have certain products I gravitate to on a daily basis. Whether I am going out during the day time, or want to have a fresh face without neglecting my concealer at least, I have a signature look I like to recreate.
Here’s a tutorial on how I achieve my everyday look, along with information on the products I use. Many of these items are affordable, and easy to find in stores. I’ve also talked about a few in my Holy Grail Product blog post. So make sure you check the description box in the video, and don’t forget to subscribe!
Thank you for watching!

My Blow Dry Routine

2 Sep
Hey there!
This will be my third hair tutorial video on my channel and blog! I always get asked what products I use to style my hair once it’s blow dried, so I’ve featured an in-depth description on what each does for my hair, and why it works so well!
The tools I also use, as well as the techniques featured in this video, will only help you achieve a blow out within a shorter time span, and give you beautiful voluminous hair for around two days or so after your blow dry session!
Make sure you subscribe to my channel, and let me know what you want to see next!

August Monthly Favorites

29 Aug

Hey everyone!

August has come and gone, but I’m excited for this month’s favorites because they’re all new, and I’ve been obsessed with them! Starting with some awesome new skincare products I’ve been testing out, I was able to get my hands on the Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick. It’s purposely made to help concentrate on specific target blemish areas, in a roll on liquid formula.

The blemish stick contains 10 natural herbal ingredients, such as calendula, Tea tree and juniper oils along with willow bark. So far, whenever I had a blemish, I apply this stick on it, and the next day it’s calmed down or completely disappeared. I find this has worked out better for me than any tooth paste trick, or market pimple cream I’ve tried before.

Burts Herbal Stick Garnier Micellar

I received the Garnier Micellar Water from an order purchase at ULTA for free, so I figured I’d give it a go. I find that this product works best to use AFTER a makeup wipe application to the face, because the micellar water isn’t as potent as its water-proof version is. I love how gentle it is on my face, and it does remove any residue that the wipes didn’t pick up. Then I continue with my regular cleansing routine after that. If I had known about this product beforehand, I would have used it in my skincare routine video. Yet with the way it performs, I must say this is the micellar water I’ve been in search of for a long time now.

L'Oreal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray September

A product I’m extremely impressed by, but was not expecting to be, was the new L’Oreal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray. Blow drying my hair is such a pain because I have so much of it. It usually takes me around 30 minutes to brow dry my hair fully, but with this spray, it took me about 10 minutes. If you’re ever in the drugstore section of any store, please do yourself a favor and pick this gem up. I got this product at ULTA on sale for around $4, but I know at Walmart is only around $3. I’ll will repurchase after my first trial of it. I only wish it came in a bigger bottle!

I got an Essence Lip Liner in #11 In The Nude, which was super affordable, and glides on the lips easily, unlike many cheap lip liners. The Volumizing Lip Booster by Catrice does feel tingly, as it’s supposed to plump the lips up, but I feel it only plumps your lips slightly, and that’s not always a bad thing. The shade #010 is a beautiful sheer pink, which I feel would go great with any skin tone, as it accentuates your natural lip color with a tint. It was on sale for only $3, and I’ve been swapping my liquid lipsticks for lip gloss as of late any ways.

Volumizing Lip Booster Lipliner in Nude

Finally, I accumulated enough points that had been sitting in my ULTA account for some time. Then suddenly, Anastasia Beverly Hills temporarily restocks their Self Made Palette (only available last fall), at ULTA and I immediately jumped the gun to own it. While this palette is no longer available after it sold out, I do plan on doing a tutorial on my channel by creating a look with it. So those of you who own this palette, you’re in for a treat. The Modern Renaissance Palette just had too many shades I already own. I have no regrets about getting the Self Made Palette, and that’s why it’s on this month’s favorite’s list!

Self Made Palette

That’s it for my August favorites. Have you guys made any recent product discoveries yourselves that you’re adoring? Let me know, and until next month’s favorite’s, I hope you all have a wonderful beginning of September!

Products Mentioned

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water & Makeup Remover

Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick

ABH Self Made Palette (Limited Edition)

L’Oreal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray

Catrice Volumizing Lip Booster in #010

Essence Lip Liner in #11 In The Nude

Best Nail Polishes: Summer 2016

5 Aug

Hey there!

For those of you who’ve been subscribed to The Gift of Gab for a while now, you might remember that last year I posted my favorite nail polishes for the Fall of 2015. I’m here to chat about the one’s I’ve been liking for Summer 2016! During the Summer and Spring season, I like to wear pastels, nudes, and at times a bit of a shock color if I know I’ll be out at a daytime party or hanging at the beach.

Some are wearable for every occasion, while other’s you might want to try to wear on the weekends if your work is in a professional setting. I’m a sucker for nude polishes, but I figured I can cater to all types of polish lovers for this season’s favorites!

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If you want bright colors, but not to an overwhelming extent, I suggest picking up the OPI New Orleans Collection Set. It comes with four colors of their New Orleans line which are: Got Myself into a Jam-balaya, Take a Right on Bourbon, I’m Sooo Swamped! and Show Us Your Tips! My personal favorites out of the set are Sooo Swamped! and Show Us Your Tips! I find that they are both gorgeous blues and greens for the summer, while having dimension to them. They are a duller version of a true bold.

I want to switch over to the nude and blush toned polishes I cannot leave out for the summer. This is my go-to personally, and I love that a nice nude toned polish is favorable for all seasons of the year. Starting with my top pick, Dulce de Leche, is one of the best nudes I feel will go with any skin tone. The DERMELECT ‘ME’ polish in Commando is a few shades darker than Dulce de Leche, so it’s quite similar if I had to pick a dupe. I received this polish in my November Ipsy Glam Bag of 2015, so if you’d like a more in-depth description of it, check that post out.

As far as blush toned polishes, I highly recommend Diva Bride by China Glaze and Bittersweet by Nina Ultra Pro. I feel that Bittersweet is a true medium blush along with plum shade, and Diva Bride is perfect for when you want that fresh semi-french mani look. They’re both gorgeous shades, so if you’re looking for those types of colors, pick those up!

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Now we can jump back into the bold and the beautiful. Vermillionare by Essie is a bright orange, with a hint of shimmer when reflected in the light. You can either wear this one out on Halloween, or summer time which makes it appealing. Orange nails I find are just as original and creative as yellow ones (sorry I don’t have any yellows on this list, because I myself have yet to find one I like). Another Ipsy Glam Bag discovery was the Formula X Power Source nail polish.

I like Formula X because it’s long wearing, and I am a fan of coral colors for the season. It reminds me of being away on a tropical vacation, while sipping on a strawberry frozen margarita. Nice scene I painted there, huh? Miami Beet by OPI is a deep rosy plum shade, and it’s beautiful in the summer. This shade might look dark, but once it’s on the nails, it’s buildable so if you’d like a lighter tone, I suggest just one layer or two. I personally love the deeper shade, so I stick to three layers!

If you like bright with glitter specs, plus affordability, I think the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polish in Violet Voltage is the next one to pick up at your local drugstore. This is a truly bold lilac purple, that has a good amount of glitter in it. Yet it’s not hard to take off, which is a relief to everyone that fears glitter nail polish. Influenster was nice enough to send me this one for free, and I’m glad I got to experience it!

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The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish in Jaded is a bright blue turquoise, that could be also described as a deep aqua. This color is gorgeous, and reminds me of the ocean in the tropics. I usually grab colors like these during this season, because it adds a pop of color to your nails, yet it isn’t too distracting as it is still in the paler range, making it wearable to any occasion.

Finally, I have one of my all-time favorite OPI nail polish colors in Alpine Snow. This shade is wearable all year long, and it looks like pure white out. I feel that white nail polish is so classy, and wearable with any outfit. This is one shade I’ll probably keep repurchasing when the formula gets dry or I run out!

What are some of your favorite summer polish shades? Let me know, as I’m always looking for new ones to try! Hope you’ve found this post helpful, and have a great summer!

Products Mentioned

OPI New Orleans Collection 4-Pc. Mini Pack

OPI Nail Lacquer in Dulce de Leche

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Diva Bride

Nina Ultra Pro Nail Enamel in Bittersweet

DERMELECT ‘ME’ Peptide Infused Lacquer in Commando Terra Cotta

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Color in Jaded

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Violet Voltage

Formula X The Colors Nail Polish in Power Source

Essie Nail Polish in Vermillionare

OPI Nail Lacquer in Miami Beet

OPI Nail Lacquer in Alpine Snow

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