THE PERFECT TRAVEL MAKEUP BAG FOR YOUR VACATION — YOU CAN THANK US LATER

When a makeup lover goes on a trip, even if it’s just for a weekend, she puts a lot of careful thought into what gets packed. Between storing all of the tools necessary for completing a full face beat, to squeezing in a few multi-use, all-in-one palettes just in case, there’s a lot of precious (read: valuable) cargo in tow. Luckily, shopping for the best travel makeup bag can actually be really fun, especially when they’re as cute as this.

Calpak Travel Vanity Case

Consider your products protected in this hard shell cosmetic case from Calpak. It comes complete with three internal pockets for easy organization, a shoulder strap, a luggage trolley sleeve and to top it all off, is available in nine chic colorways. 

Livana Perfect Temp Leather Cosmetic Case

The trait you didn’t even know you needed in a makeup bag: temperature control. Anyone who’s ever opened their cosmetic case after a long flight or car ride to find a melted lipstick knows the struggle. This leather traveling case uses renewable energy (no batteries) to keep your products safe and at a stable temperature during your journey. 

The Daily Edited Clear Travel Case Set

What better way to ensure your makeup doesn’t get mixed up with anyone else than to monogram your initials on the case? This customizable clear travel case holds all of the essentials for an extended weekend away and makes a great gift. 

Caraa Nimbus Cosmetic Case 

This waterproof nylon carrier is the ultimate travel companion. Not only is your makeup safe in the cloud-like case, but it features an easy-to-clean lining and is ultra-lightweight — perfect for your carry on. 

Madewell Large Crystalline Travel Bag 

Say goodbye to digging around in your bag to find that one missing lipstick that’s lodged itself way at the bottom. This clear vinyl travel bag is large enough to hold a fair share of makeup and best of all, is easy to clean. 

Tartan and Twine Oro Sheen Deluxe Weekender

Are you a brush finatic? Same. This weekend makeup bag contains removable center panels with an organizer for all of your tools and multiple zipper pockets to hold everything you need.

What is your all time favorite travel makeup bag?


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Ways to Make Your LIPS LOOK FULLER (NATURALLY)

Societal standards of beauty are ever-changing and have come a long, interesting way from the ideals of ghostly white powdered skin, strong Roman noses, and tiny, pinched pouts of ladies painted with love and lust in Renaissance imagery. The past several decades have shifted toward ample lips that practically beg to be kissed.

We tend to think of beauty as an ownable entity, and that everyone’s unique look is what makes the beauty spectrum subjective and exciting. Besides, confidence outshines and outlasts any societal beauty expectations, so we say start there. The root of feeling confident starts with a healthy dose of self-love, and your lips’ fullness potential comes from a little TLC—so treat your kisser to a little extra care.

Exfoliate.

A dry, pale, shriveled lip is no canvas for lip color, nor exactly a beckoning call for a smooch. Exfoliation will rid your lips of any dry, scaly flakes and bring circulation to the area. This extra blood flow naturally fills a few cracks for an instant plump, and brings a flushed and rosy tint to your natural lips for a little color on their own. A lip scrub is perfect for the task, and most of them on the market are sugar-based, so if a little gets in your mouth (and it will), it’s perfectly safe and probably a little sweet. Try our DIY lip scrub recipe here.

Strategically line.

And, never forget a plump pout’s best friend, lip liner. Not only does this help keep your lip color contained in the right perimeters (aka not bleed out for a Joker-style grin), but it also lends you a little creativity about where you want to define your lip line. We definitely suggest that subtlety is key here—going too far outside your lips toes the line of drag or even clown makeup. Both of which have their time and place, though it might not be at your office job or out on a casual date.

A very impactful difference can be made by penciling in just barely outside your lip line, mostly at the center edges of your lip and coming in closer to your true, natural lip at the corners of your mouth. Exaggerating just the cupid’s bow can make a world of change in the shape of your final look. It’s doll-like with reds, deep pinks, and berry hues, or sultry with a spectrum of nude shades.

Add a gloss.

The same way that exfoliation smooths things out, a gloss will help your lips reflect light for a larger look, too. If glossy isn’t really your thing, try just applying it to the center of your lips, so the shine is contained but creates a serious highlight.

Subtle contour.

A little bit of bronzer at the bottom part of your lower lip—right where a natural shadow occurs—can help. Use an eyeshadow brush to create a thin line just at the center point beneath your lower lip to exaggerate the shadow and make your lip appear more voluminous.

Try a stimulating balm.

If you prefer to go completely natural and want your full plump potential sans lip color or makeup, a stimulating ingredient in a balm or lip oil can help bring that coveted circulation back to your lips for easy reapplication all day. Peppermint and cinnamon are both incredibly stimulating—you can even feel the tingle. Look for products that already have them in the formula, or simply add a drop of the essential oil to your favorite lip balm. If you’re not sure of any sensitivities you may have to either oil, test on a small patch of skin on your arm, first.

Gift Guide: Amazing Fitness Essentials

We all know someone in our lives who is yoga-obsessed, spin-addicted, or just active all the time. So today, I’ve rounded up the perfect gifts you can get your favorite exercise guru. I’ve started my fitness journey again and since I am broke, I have look for ways that could help me lose weight and stay motivated in a affordable manner. Today’s holiday gift guide was geared perfectly toward your workout-loving friend who never goes anywhere without her Fitbit while staying stylish. Just beware… You might find that some of these gifts will end up on your own wish list as well!

FitTrack Dara

Smart Body BMI Scale, $84.95

FitTrack scales are a simple and effective solution to stay motivated. Measure, track, and trend your body vitals over time with 17 Health Measurements at the comfort of your fingertips.

Comfitude

A Comfitude therapeutic weighted comforter or blanket can help reduce daily anxiety, increase calmness, and achieve deep, quality sleep without drugs.

Within Comfitude blankets and comforters, the weighted areas activate pressure points within the body, resulting in a direct improvement in mood and a feeling of relaxation. This gentle pressure has been shown to increase serotonin and melatonin levels, while decreasing levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Increased serotonin and melatonin levels result in deeper relaxation and a great night’s sleep.

S’well

Calacatta Gold, $35

This fancy vessel gives your boring old water bottle a whole new makeover! We love how S’well bottles keep our water cold for hours—especially when we’re heading from work to the gym at the end of the day.

Fitbit

Health and Fitness Smartwatch, $129.95

Elevate your day with Fitbit Versa 2—the health & fitness smartwatch with Amazon Alexa Built-in, 24/7 heart rate tracking, Sleep Score, apps and more, all in a premium design. Special Edition Versa 2 includes a 3-month trial of Fitbit Premium.◆◆

A Fitbit is a gym essential these days.

The Laundress

Sport Detergent Kit, $45

Okay, this gift idea is genius and we all want it in our stockings this year too. A laundry detergent made specifically for your athletic wear is one of the smartest ideas we’ve seen in a while!

Diva Boutique

Fitness Collection

If this workout collection isn’t on your radar, it should be! Any workout junkie will adore the cute print on these leggings, pant set, jumpsuits, and etc.

Amazon

AIKENDO Running Pouch Belt, $9.99

Speaking of heading from the office to the gym, this bag will hold so much gear in an effortlessly stylish safe way.

Flattummyco

FITNESS APP!

OK babe – this is no freaking joke. Flattummyco created their very own BRAND NEW Fitness & Nutrition APPFlat Tummy App include meal plans, equipment free workouts and fitness tracking to help you get fit, get strong, and get the results YOU want!

prAna

Transformation Mat, $59

The yogi in your life will adore getting a fresh mat for the holidays! Are designed to help you thrive by providing essential balance and support.

Which of these items will you be getting for the fitness fanatic on your list?

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Tarte’s Holiday Cheek Trio Gets You 9 Blushes For $35

Welcome to Extra Gifted, our hub for all of 2019’s superlatively superior presents worthy of a moment in the spotlight. We’ll unveil a new pick every holiday, so watch this space for the best of the best in giftitude to suit every price point and person on your list (even if that person is you).

Calling all blush lovers, we’ve got the ultimate gift for you — and just in time for the last wave of holiday parties on your Google Calendar.

Tarte may be best known for iconic products like Shape Tape concealer and its collection of Tartelette palettes, but the natural beauty brand really did the most this holiday season, with blockbuster palettes and sparkly things galore. However, our top gift pick has to be the 9 Ways To Shine Cheek Wardrobe, which checks all the boxes in our book; the packaging is gorgeous and luxe as can be, the shades are mesmerizingly pretty, and best yet — it’s an amazing value for the price.

Here are the deets: The wardrobe includes three stacked blush trios, for a total of nine cheek shades — a major steal considering the $35 price tag. The packaging features three gorgeous metallic finishes — gold, rose gold, and gunmetal — and each wheel has a curated highlighter, blush, and bronzer shade to make your skin gleam and glow. Shade names like Peppermint Mocha, Frosty, and Mistletoe add a fun, festive element to your beauty stash, and the interlocking design makes them ideal for travel if you’re looking to make the most of an already-crowded makeup bag. However, the best part of this gift is that it’s a beauty choose-your-own-adventure; the trio can either be a hero present for your makeup-obsessed bestie, or you can share the love three ways by splitting them as individual stocking stuffers. (Albeit a great stocking stuffer at that, since the recipient is still getting three complementary shades in one beautiful package.) Who’s ready to get cheeky this season?

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