December 10, 2018

Tis the Season for Gifting Great Makeup

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I think as a child getting gifts is the most important part of the season. It’s the thing that really makes you the happiest! But as you get older I think the joy comes from the giving. I love finding the perfect gift for my friends and family. Something that’s perfect and just for them. Something they’ll love, something they might cherish, something they might find useful, or most important, for makeup lovers, something that will make them feel beautiful.

I don’t have a lot of friends or family in my real life that is terribly interested in makeup but oh how I treasure the ones that I do have! I always get a warm, fuzzy feeling inside when I have someone I can sit down with and talk about the variety of five hundred red lipsticks I have without judgment. Or a friend that encourages me to just go ahead and buy the gorgeous nude eyeshadow palette even though I have a dozen others like it at home. But it’s especially fun around the Holidays because that means I get to hunt down the perfect makeup gift for the person that loves makeup as much as I do.

Two of my greatest friends are visiting from abroad this year for Christmas which means I get to spoil them with makeup since they love it as much as I do! I had a lot of fun selecting gifts for them this year and I was shocked when my friend Leez asked me, “Have you ever tried Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick? I don’t really like the dryness of liquid lipstick! Are these any good?” See? We’re soul mates! I don’t like the dry feeling of long-wearing lipsticks either as you know. I mean, I’ve ranted about this enough right?

So of course, I dragged her immediately to Ulta and promptly purchased her the Stila With Flying Colors Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set ($39). It’s actually a traditional set that Stila launches each year with their Holiday Collection and one I commonly purchase for myself. I know, I scared you didn’t I? Me? Buying long-wearing liquid lipsticks? Unheard of! But I actually love this formula. It’s creamy, pigmented, applies easily, and has a long, strong hold without being dry! The With Flying Colors Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set gets you six deluxe shades (0.05 oz each) to play with!

See swatches and more pics below!

Stila With Flying Colors Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set Swatches (Baci, Fiery, Fia, Patina, Rubino, and Vino

Of course, while at Ulta you run into about five hundred other things you need and want! That would include Stila Shimmering Heights Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set because lord knows, I couldn’t let my bestie go home without buying as many Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows as she can fit in her suitcase!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Vino

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Rubino

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick i Patina

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fia

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Baci

You didn’t think I walked out of there without stuff for myself did you? I snagged the Makeup Revolution Jewel Collection Eyeshadow Palette in Deluxe and I also got a Mia Smart Glowing Skin Holiday Gift Set because I have no willpower!

Did you buy any fantastic makeup gifts for your friends or family this year?

Or yourself?

Do share!

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Adrienne

    I totally agree. For me it’s about giving, especially when your friends/family admire things they have seen you with or in magazines but feel guilty about “treating ” themselves so it allows us to spoil them. Although I have received the occasional ” I said it looks good on YOU” response but we can adjust. I may have to pick up that Stila kit, I avoid kits because there are usually 1-2 colors I can wear and can’t gift the others because they are usually too light. That’s why I passed on the Bare Minerals lip kit that was on sale.

    • Isabella Muse

      Amen! My mom is like this. SHE NEVER wants to buy anything for herself and I love buying her the things I know she’d love but would never buy for herself ;-D I have that issue too πŸ™ the only shade in this set that didn’t quite work for me was baci but all the others were brilliant!

  • Nikki7434

    I still have packages working their way to me from all the holiday sales! Lol I went way too far for myself this year. I didn’t really even have anything to ask for when my mom requested a list! I did buy her the Tarte Amazonian clay blush set this year though. She has loved that blush in the shade Glisten since I introduced her to it back in like 2011, so I thought she might appreciate playing around with other shades. Not sure why I hadn’t thought of this sooner…. ^_^

    • Isabella Muse

      me too! I haven’t even opened the ones I have eep! I have to start doing so and wrapping! Glisten is such a fab shade ;-D one of my favs!

  • Kish

    This is such a sweet post. I love buying more than receiving myself, it’s the best. I’m so glad you get to spend the holidays with such good friends. And the fact that you can spend time makeup shopping makes it even better! πŸ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      ITA! I do too! I used to love getting gifts when I was a child! I have an older sister and she spoiled me rotten! now that I’m older one of my greatest joys is hunting down beautiful things for her and returning the favor of how well she treated me when I was a kid ;-D haha! Yes makeup shopping makes everything better ;D

  • julie fielding

    You are TOO sweet, and I wish that I lived nearby. I would hope that we would be friends, for sure. Also, I am mildly (or more) obsessed with your pink fuzzy, sparkly sweater! It’s a beauty, just like you!