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Holiday Gift Guide (Beauty Basics)

Post + Graphic Design, Norah Curlee

While you’ve cannon-balled straight into the beauty pool, chances are you have a few friends who are still dipping a toe in to test the waters.Shopping for these wavering newbies can be…well, tough.  Good thing we here at TBD have made it super simple with our round up of the hottest beauty bits of the season all of which are guaranteed not to intimidate. These user-friendly gems will have your little glamour amateur diving in head first in no time!

Real Techniques Brushes: These babies are our budget pick for beauty brush beginners! Developed by makeup artist Samantha Chapman, they are budget friendly, super high quality, multi-purpose and easy to use. Brush set home-run!

Stila Tools of the Trade Holiday Brush set: Holiday time is the best time for brush sets! This one from Stila has all the basics covered for painting it all on!

BeautyBlender Holiday set: Even the biggest beauty amateur can work the beautyblender. They make blending foundation, concealer, and blush easy and seamless…and she’ll get three!

Dior Golden Winter Holiday Palette: For eye shadow newbies, we say keep it neutral and keep it simple (the cut crease and winged liner come later). This gorgeous holiday palette from Dior offers a perfectly portable quad with neutral shades. Eye shadow intro..done.

Eyeko Limited Edition Mascara Wardrobe: When diving into the beauty world it’s all about trial and error. It can take some major mishaps to find the perfect mascara wand…and Eyeko lets you try three!

Tarte Stop and Stare Eyeliner set: Put a twinkle in her eye with the amazing smudge proof budge proof eyeliners from Tarte! This offering has rich colors to create a subtle smokey lash line, perfect for a more natural holiday look! (No raccoon eyes here)

Josie Maran Lip and Cheek set: Multi-purpose products rock for newbies! It streamlines their stash so as not to get overwhelmed with product overload (until they become full blown beauty junkies like us). This offers four shades to color up your cheeks and pout.

Stila Portrait of a Perfect Blush: Five different shades to amp up her natural flush! These shades are so wearable and easily blended to suite different skin tones. A beginner winner!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector: This limited edition beauty illuminator by Becca is perfect for anyone intimidated by full on blush. A tiny bit of this dusted onto the cheeks adds a tiny tint plus a stunning winter glow!

Clinique Chubby Balm Holiday set: These are fuss-free wonders. Lip balm stains are perfect for a subtle wash of color that’s mega wearable. Easy to apply, no liner, primer or lip brush necessary!

E.L.F Holiday Lip Gloss Cube: The lip gloss mecca! She’ll be set with 9 sheer, easy to wear shades perfect for on the go. Not to mention this bad boy is a budget wonder!

MAC Stroke of Midnight Nude Lip Kit: If your beauty newb isn’t quite ready to bust out the bold pout quite yet, a nude lip round-up is essential. This holiday nude lip kit has everything you need from liner, lipstick and a gloss to shine things up!

Boscia Pink Peppermint Blotting sheets: Help newbie keep shine at bay with this adorable holiday facial blotting sheets. P.S. They smell amazing.

Smashbox Try It – Halo kit: Full on foundation can be a little intimidating for a first timer – enter the BB cream and finishing powder. Both included in this starter kit!

CAUDALIE Beauty Elixir Limited Edition By L’Wren Scott: The only thing required of this product is a spritz! It will take care of the rest. Refreshes the complexion with grape, orange blossom, rose, mint and rosemary.

Formula X by Sephora The System: Kickstart her future nail addiction with this exclusive set. Nail cleanser, base coat, top coat and you get to choose any polish from the entire line. Done!

Holiday Nail Wraps by NCLA: Nail wraps were made for newbies. Fool proof without having to worry about painting precision. Not to mention…instant nail art! Cute and so cute!

Tocca Holiday Trio: A trio of different scent mini’s for the beauty beginner to road test. Tocca’s line-up is always fresh and easy to wear!

What were your essentials back in your beauty newbie days? Tell us in the comments!

Holiday Gift Guide (Sister)

Post + Graphic Design, Norah Curlee

They can be closet raiders, tattle-tailers, secret blabbers, boyfriend stealers, attention hogs, pranksters and bathroom monopolizers…but they can also be best friends, confidants, shoulders to cry on, listeners, biggest fans, advisers, and supporters. We love them for that! Treat yours to something special this holiday season and show her just what she really means to you. This one’s for the sista’s!

Este Lauder Zodiac Compact: What’s her sign? The stars align with these gawgeous limited edition zodiac powder compacts from Este Lauder. These are the perfect addition to her handbag’s beauty party. RSVP yes!

Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Train Case: For the sister who has everything. We cannot get over how amazing this metallic gold limited edition train case is. Something pretty to house all her pretties and more!

Guerlain Meteorite Illuminating Pearls: Guerlain knocked it out of the park this year with their Crazy Paris holiday collection. These little illuminating powder pearls are at the top of our list for sissy!

YSL Golden Gloss Holiday Trio: Things are getting glossy with this trio from YSL…and we aren’t mad about it! Nothing says you’re special like some designer shine!

Ciate Nail Lab: This set includes everything she’ll need to play mad scientist with her nails. She can mix custom colors and sort out all her nail art whims and more! And let’s face it, she’ll probably invite you over for a mani party. Just sayin’.

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Holiday Set: Ohhhh these are good. You’ve probably heard the raves about this product (unless you’ve been living under a beauty rock) and we particularly <3 the shade in Amethyst. She’ll have four mini’s to glam up her eye looks. Score.

Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends Set – Orange Flower & Lychee: Kiehl’s has long dominated skin care shelves…now they are taking over bath tubs and shower caddy’s as well! She can max and relax with this yummy smelling bath treats!

Laduree Othello Candle: The makers of our favorite little macarons are now venturing into the candle arena! This holiday candle has a warm and inviting scent that is super lush!

Shu Uemura New Generation Eyelash Curler: The lash curling gods at over at Shu have done it again. The latest and greatest tool for va-va-voom peepers is here! Sissy needs it.

Eight Hour Cream Gift Set: What did we do before EA’s 8 hour cream?? Get this set into her grips ASAP this holiday and her skin will be sending you thank you cards well into the New Year.

Chanel Rouge Rubis: We think Chanel beauty always saves the best for the holidays. This limited edition shade may very well be the perfect red. It’s a beauty, trust us.

Clarins 7 Wonders Gift Set: When a brand puts all of their best selling/cult products into one package, its more of a must-have than a wish-list contender. Clarins packs this set full of minis to pamper into the new year!

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette: Speaking of Clarins…get ready to drool. This stunning, light-weight pressed powder is the perfect accomplice for a winter glow. Plus the lush packaging doesn’t hurt!

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette: Brand new and limited from Smashbox alert! We love the matte/shimmer ratio and gorgeous rich, neutral colors. Complete with double-ended brush and mini mascara and we would say that’s a wrap!

Glossybox for Net-A-Porter: When Glossybox + Net-A-Porter team up you know that it’s only magic in the making. Enter this limited edition box filled with goodies any sister (or any girl for that matter) would love to have.

RiRi Hearts MAC Superslick Eyeliner: RiRi hearts MAC but TBD hearts this rose gold liquid liner. Big time! This is such a unique product with serious pigment pay-off. One please!

HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM MASCARA

post + photography by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

We all have our own ways of applying mascara and no one way is necessarily the right way… if you’re happy with the results, then it’s a good way for you! But these simple techniques really coat and direct each lash, so it’s definitely worth a try. Here’s how:  (more…)

PINCH ME!

post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

Yes there are a bunch of different methods for curling your lashes. In makeup school I learned to pinch once at the base, walk it out halfway and pinch again, then again a quarter way out. Believe me I’ve tried them all… have even tried spoons and heated curlers. And I’m sure you have your own techniques too (do share!). But today I am simply sharing this one because it is a game changer. Hear my voice in your head, sister: if you only pinch with the curler upright, you’re only doing it halfway! You have to then also pinch with the curler inverted. Trust me on this. It’s one of the biggest secrets I can share. (more…)