The holidays are here and we're all busy attending after-work holiday parties, cocktails with friends, and family gatherings. As we get ready for all of our special events, we all want to look our best. Today, I'm sharing three holiday sets that you can add to your brush collection or give as a last minute gift idea.
The Festive & Flawless Set features five face brushes, this is the set I keep in my makeup bag and take to work. If I need to freshen up after a long day at the office, I can fill in brows or brighten up my cheeks with a touch of blush. For $14.99, it's a small investment for anyone working 9-5 with a busy social life. If you don't want to carry around the brushes, you can also store them at your desk.
The Mini Essentials Holiday Set makes for a great stocking stuffer and is also ideal for traveling. If you don't want to pack up your larger brushes for your weekend trip home to see family, pack up these petite brushes for brows, eyeshadow and powder.
This is how I store all my makeup brushes. I clean out old candles and use them to hold all my brushes.
Below are a few of my favorite makeup items. I'm a huge fan of the Make Up For Ever foundation and concealer. I have freckles and found that this combination helps conceal any imperfection - without looking like I have makeup caked on my face. Also featuring the Four-Piece Beautiful Complexion Set.
Check out this Holiday Tutorial from one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Teni Panosian from MissMaven, to see show you how to use the holiday sets from EcoTools.
Step 1. First, take your Skin Perfecting Brush and apply your favorite foundation.
Step 2. Next, take the Precision Foundation Brush from the Festive and Flawless Face Set and use it to apply your concealer under your eyes, around your mouth, and a bit into the center of your forehead to highlight and conceal.
Step 3. Using the Buffing Concealer brush in this set, begin blending the concealer in small circular motions for flawless coverage.
Step 4. Going back to the Complexion Collection, take the Mattifying Finishing Brush and use a matte bronzer to warm up your skin. Apply at the hollows of your cheeks, along your jawline, and into your hairline for a more sculpted look.
Step 5. Using the same brush, sweep a bit of your favorite blush onto your cheeks to bring a little more life to the look.
Step 6. Take the Full Powder Brush from the Festive and Flawless Face Set and set your makeup with a translucent powder.
Step 7. To add a healthy glow to the look, take the Complexion Blending Brush and dab on your favorite powder or cream highlighter to the high points of your cheekbones, your brow bone, and above the arches of your brows.
Step 8. Taking the Angled Eyeliner Brush from the Mini Essential Set, apply a black gel eyeliner from inner corner to outer corner, creating a dramatic winged eyeliner.
Step 9. To complete the eyes, apply a coat of your favorite mascara to your top and bottom lashes.
Step 10. For an extra festive look, apply a matte bright red lip color.
Step 11. To create a sleek and clean lip look, take the Flat Concealer Brush and apply a tiny amount of concealer at the edge of your lips, creating a clean and crisp edge. Simply blend out the concealer and you’re done!
Today, I'm sharing an exciting collaboration with Curate Chicago. Curate Chicago is a new ecommerce gift giving business, located in Chicago. The name implies the importance the company places on pairing product together to create beautiful gifts. Their goals are to create unique gift boxes with a high regard for product selection and modern aesthetic.
When the boxes arrived at home, each package was perfectly packed in shipping boxes. After I opened the shipping box, I was surprised by the gold and white box, wrapped with a carefully tied bow and "Enjoy" tag.
When I opened the boxes, each box was carefully paced with black shredded paper and curated gifts. The first box was the Colette. The box was inspired by the signature chic style of French women. As some of you might know, Paris is my favorite city, I'm inspired by the beautiful architecture and culture of the French.
The next box is the Theodore. This box celebrates the new little bundle of joy with three precious toys for baby boys. Theodore captures his playful spirit with an elephant (my favorite animal) friend, swaddle and baby first book. This box also comes for baby girls, Lola. These precious baby gifts will be the perfect gift for any friend. I'll be ordering these gifts for 2 of my expecting girlfriends and my sister-in-law.
For anyone who wants to send a gift that is personalized, the boxes from Curate Chicago will definitely leave a lasting impression to any of your friends. For an even more personalized experience, they recently released the option to build your own box. Start with including all your own content, next pick your ribbon and you have the option to add glitter. Then write out a message to your friend and your box will be ready to be sent out within 5-7 business days. This is the perfect gift and just in time for holidays!
For the holiday season, I'm collaborating with Curate Chicago to create the OLIVIA box. When I created this box, I had some of my best friends in mind, from holidays to birthdays. The box includes Love Style Life by Garance Doré, illume hammered metal talisman candle in amber dunes, a set of Cheers! coasters by Garance Doré and illume coconut milk mango lotion.
The boxes bears approximately 15.5" L x 11.5" W x 4" H
This year for my birthday we decided to go to London for a few days. From New York it's an easy flight and I luckily I found reasonable tickets on Norwegian Airlines. As for our hotel, we're big fans of Hotel Tonight. If you've never heard of the app, it's a great place to book last minute trips. We cross reference the hotels with online reviews from TripAdvisor and thus far we've really enjoyed our experience.
We took a redeye from NYC and landed in London at 10:30am. After we made our way through customs we took an express train to downtown London and had afternoon tea at Sketch. If you've never heard of this place, it's spectacular. Vibrant pink decor in the Gallery dining room and tier of sandwiches and dessert were decadent. Couldn't ask for a better day to spend my birthday.
While shooting photos for a recent collaboration with Square, I also wanted to snap a few photos of my "birthday dress". Tonight for dinner I"ll be wearing this lace midi dress by Cynthia Rowley. It's an investment dress, but it can be worn to several occasions. For anyone attending a work holiday party, this dress is perfectly appropriate to wear to your event.