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5th Annual Beauty Gift Guide Vol 4: Thinking Inside the Box


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Gift Ideas: Thinking Inside the Box!

Each year we do a "thinking inside the box" volume of our gift guide and not just because I'm so amused with this play on words, but because each year we come across some super boxed gift ideas! This year we have a mix of makeup and food--trying to give you a guys a great mixture.

I personally love everything we're featuring in this guide, so hopefully you will, too!


1. Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Artist Pencil Collection - Retail: $250

Each year Make Up For Ever releases some of my favorite holiday sets and this year was no exception. MUFE Aqua XL pencils have become my holy grail since their launch. I was always a fan of their Aqua liners, but these are even more budge-proof--even on my difficult waterline. This kit comes with 20 different shades that range from staples to dramatic hues. Given the fact that these normally retail for $21 each, the price for 20 is pretty darn good value-wise!


gift ideas holiday beauty 2016 Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Artist Liner Set
  

2. MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag - Retail: $42.50 (Value: $82; 25% off as of the time of this post on MAC's site)

MAC's holiday collection was so cute this year! It's actually my favorite holiday collection in a long time, partially because I've always had a thing for The Nutcracker since seeing it at the Boston Ballet and partially because so many of the colors were on point ... on pointe! Sorry, couldn't help myself! One of my favorite launches with this collection (aside from the Viva Glam compact I featured in our lip focused gift guide) was the Smoky Eye Bag. Not only does it have some great staples like the mascara and Technakohl liner, but that Fathoms Deep extra dimension shadow was one of my absolute favorites from the Alluring Aquatics collection back in 2014! So gorgeous. The little clutch it all comes in is super cute, too. It'd make the perfect handbag makeup bag!


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3. Anna Sui Coffret Set - Retail: $38

Anna Sui is my beauty packaging crush. Everything she does is so beautifully feminine and whimsical. As part of their holiday beauty collection this year, Anna Sui released an adorable makeup case that comes with a lip rouge and card. The makeup case is petite and pretty--perfect for a young, budding makeup lover! It reminds me of a mix of Victorian era ornate meets mermaid. I love it!

Where to Buy - AnnaSui.com

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4. Love with Food December Box Curated by Tiffani Thiessen - (Subscription: $7.99-19.99)

We've mentioned Love with Food in the past because we love subscription boxes and we really love food subscription boxes that cater to gluten-free lifestyles! As if that wasn't enough, Love with Food actually donates to a food bank every time you subscribe to their boxes. So awesome! Love with Food's December box has been curated by Tiffani Thiessen (Saved by the Bell! Where you at, fellow 80s kids?) and has an amazing assortment of savory and sweet goodies. We opened the box and I practically had to fight people off to get a shot of everything before they took off like little thieves with everything. I guess that means it was a hit, right? This is a great treat for yourself, a friend or both! I love companies that do good. <3

Where to Subscribe: LovewithFood.com



5. Make Up For Ever Artistic Essentials Set - Retail: $35

Again, Make Up For Ever was a total hit for me this year when it comes to amazing holiday sets! This little set of 5 essentials is super cute, super useful and includes some of my favorite MUFE products in it--I frequently use all 5 products in their full-size forms in my daily routine (though I usually use the pressed HD powder over the loose because I'm a klutz). If you know someone dying to try out MUFE products or who travels a lot this is a fabulous option. So darn cute!

Where to Buy - MakeUpForEver.com

Gift Guide 2016 Make Up For Ever Artistic Essentials HD Powder
  

See? Sometimes it's okay to think inside the box ... when the box is filled with amazing beauty products or snacks! Hopefully I've given you some more ideas for what to buy the people on your holiday gift list. Stay tuned for more gift guides and don't forget to check out the ones we've already shared!

22 comments :

  1. I love that Tiffani Thiessen has curated a food box. That's right up my alley and a total wishlist add! As a fan of Make Up For Ever, I'd totally put that essentials set on my list, too! Great recommendations!

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  2. These are awesome sets. I especially LOVE the Anna Sui makeup case!

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  3. That pencil set looks to die for!

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  4. These are all great gift ideas! Especially the MUFE set!

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  5. These are great gift ideas! I haven't tried the box of the month companies yet. Keep wanting to try. May have to wait until after the new year!

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  6. Such great ideas! I truly love all of these.i haven't tried any yet but I'm looking forward to it now!

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  7. Oh I LOVE the first suggestion! The pencil collection is any makeup lovers DREAM gift! So many beautiful suggestions but that one has my heart!

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  8. Truly great gifts and the bags and boxes they come in are just as great looking. Something for everyone here.

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  9. Look at all this good stuff. I love that pencil collection. All of those colors are so pretty!

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  10. I love all of these gift ideas! I especially like the cosmetic and beauty ones for myself!

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  11. These are great gift ideas. I really love the food box since I am a big foodlover.

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  12. I like the thinking inside the box idea. These aqualiners look great. I do wonder if they would be too much for me, but they sure look pretty.

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  13. I love this beauty gift guide with all these fabulous beauty products. The Smokey Eye Bag is something I would love to have for a Christmas gift for myself. Thanks for sharing all these awesome beauty gift ideas.

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  14. These are some great ideas for women who are into makeup. I need to look into the Mac Smoky Eye product. It looks amazing!

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  15. This is an awesome gift guide. I definitely will be picking up some of these.

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  16. So many awesome ideas - love the "in the box" concept. I could use that Make-Up Forever set!

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  17. Wow, that artist pencil collection is gorgeous! My daughter just told me that she wants that for her birthday! Thanks for sharing this great gift guide.

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  18. i love the artist pencils the colors are gorgeous

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  19. That is one massive collection of eyeliner. And for just $20? I love it! That would be my choice this holiday season.

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  20. These are all great gift ideas for subscription boxes. I really love the Food one.

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  21. SO many great gift ideas! I really love the Love with Food subscription box! I'm sure my sister-in-law would love the Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Artist Pencil Collection, she is a big make up junkie.

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  22. I love Make Up Forever! It's one of my favorite beauty brands!

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