2014 Gift Guide $15 & Under

Happy early Thanksgiving everyone. I hope that you can spend some well deserved time with friends and family, and that you take the time to give thanks. I also hope that you aren't feeling pre-shopping stress about Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday... I will admit that the shopping season can feel overwhelming despite how much fun it can be to shop for loved ones (and maybe even yourself *wink* ). That's why I thought it would be fun to create my own beauty/style inspired gift guide leading up to Christmas. So to kick it off I'm starting with gifts that are $15 or less.

1. Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder (.13 oz) $14
The mini size of this powder will still last you quite a long time because you don't need a lot of this translucent powder to minimize shine and keep your makeup in place. I've never had this powder turn chalky or cakey on me. The mini size would also be great for travel. 

2. Essie Polish in Jazzy Jubilant $8.50
Whenever I take the time to do my nails I like using Essie glitter polishes to accent. Usually I'll paint my nails one base color and then paint over my pinky or ring finger with the glitter. Other times I'll do more of a french manicure, but with glitter on the edges. In general you can't go wrong with Essie nail polish- another favorite of mine is called Bikini-so Teeny and it looks great as a toe polish.

3. Nyx Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee $4.99
Smells good, not sticky, gives a nice sheen, a perfect subtle nude color, cheap. DONE.

4. Burt's Bees Hive Favorites $4.99
This little set is so cute, and perfect for chilly days when your skin is feeling dry and chapped. I don't think I've met one person that doesn't Burt's Bees lip balm once they try it. Boyfriends like it too.

5. Sigma Eye Shadow Brush $14
I use this eye shadow brush all the time. I like to do a winged eye look with shadow instead of gel or liquid liner, and this brush is perfect for that. It's thin enough that I can get the shadow exactly where I want it, but no so thin that it takes forever to build up the color or intensity of the line.