Christmas Gift Guide 2016: Beauty Edition

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, but now that Thanksgiving is officially over and November is coming to a close, its time to start thinking about gift ideas. Last year, I made a Christmas gift guide for her, for him, and for the kids. You can check those out here! This edition however, is for the beauty lover in your life – whether that be your mom, friend, or significant other 🙂 My guide features the hottest gifts in beauty this year. Whatever you choose, I am sure your recipient will love!

  1. The first gift I recommend for a makeup lover is actually something I have been wanting myself! This Laura Mercier highlighter looks absolutely stunning! The shade I really want is Devotion, but there are a variety of shades that should work for every skin tone. The face illuminator retails for $44 and is available at Sephora and the Laura Mercier website.



2) Next up is this Fresh Sugar Lip set! I have their lipstick in Petal and I absolutely love it. Gorgeous color and smells amazing! Pick up this holiday set at Sephora for $50.)


3) The Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay palette is one of the latest additions to Tarte’s eyeshadow collection. This palette features a stunning array of mattes, along with 4 shimmers. This is available at Sephora and Ulta – retails for $54.


4) Red beautyblender!! A cult favorite, the beauty blender sponge, is one of the best tools for applying makeup. I love to use mine for foundation, blush, concealer and so much more! This red color is perfect for the holiday season. Sold at Sephora for $20.


5) Next up on my list of gift picks is customizable! Buy your friend, girlfriend, or practically any makeup lover an empty palette and a gift card that he/she can use to purchase the eyeshadow shades of their choosing. If you want to make it a little more personal, fill half the palette with shades you enjoy, and let the recipient pick the rest. Brands such as MAC, Makeup Forever, Buxom, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and theBalm all offer customizable palette options.


6) Second to last is a face mask! Who doesn’t enjoy a little bit of at home pampering 😉 The GLAMGLOW facemask is on my Christmas list for sure. They actually sell a smaller set of single use masks as well, so now you don’t have to spend $69 on the full pot! Check out the $22 set at Sephora, link above.


7) This last gift idea is something I have heard great things about! The Smashbox Master Class Palette: Lighting Theory just recently went on sale at Sephora, and I thought I would mention it. This palette contains everything: from color correctors, to blushes, to bronzers, to eyeshadows! It retails for $45 (was $65) at Sephora.



I hope you found this holiday gift guide helpful! As I was finishing this post up I also wanted to mention that the Sephora Favorites kits are always great gift guide options as well – especially for someone who may be a bit more picky with their makeup. Those sets range from $25+ typically, and you can find them online or in store at Sephora.

Let me know what gift idea is your favorite! What are you giving your friends this year, and what’s on your holiday wishlist?

Love, Mariel


Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, and all ideas are my own. 









Etsy Must Buys

Hi everyone!!

Sorry for being inactive on here, I know I haven’t been posting a lot. Not to worry though, I have a long list of post ideas that should keep me occupied for quite some time 🙂

Today, I am going to be sharing some of my favorite items that are available on! I have over 340 favorites on my Etsy wish list, so I thought you would be interested to see what items I adore. There’s a ton to choose from, so I’m only going to be sharing a few of my top picks. Some of these items may be things I own, things I want, or things I bought as gifts for others. This post is not sponsored, I simply thought my followers would genuinely enjoy seeing what listings I’ve been loving. Maybe you’ll even get some gift ideas for a friend – or yourself!! To shop my picks, just hold your cursor over the photo to view a caption with the link for an easy purchase.

  1. I purchased this gorgeous crown ring as a present for my friend’s birthday! It’s absolutely stunning and is a perfect example of why I am in love with all the jewelry AOS DESIGN offers.

2. This next item is something I have been admiring for a few months. This makeup bag is so precious and has the trendiest print! Prepare to fall in love with this item and all the other makeup pouches, pillows, and posters over at Miss With-It on Etsy!

3.  I consider myself a major Gossip Girl fanatic, so naturally once I found these pencils I freaked out! Kudos to DottieRocks for bringing out my inner fangirl! I think I may just have to pick up a few of these pencils ASAP – xoxo Gossip Girl

4. While I’m definitely not getting married anytime soon, these magnets from CorkCountryCottage sure make me wish I was 🙂


There are so many more items I adore, but I don’t want this post to get too lengthy. Etsy is one of my favorite websites, and I check it on the daily. You can always find something new and exciting to purchase as well!

Hope you enjoyed! Comment below what item you love the most and share this post with your friends.