Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Makeup Gifts.

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: The best makeup gifts to give this year include something for every beauty girl on your list. It includes everything from the simple and subtle eyeshadow palette to the most sought after one on the market; pair that with one of the super hot glosses from one of the best gloss sets, a great blush and put it on with one of the must have limited edition holiday brush sets that are always a popular gift.

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Best Makeup Gifts

MAC Enchanted Eve Lip Bag
This limited edition lip bag comes complete with a MAC lipstick, lipglass and lip pencil. Choose from Pink, Red or Nude. Buy it for $39.50 at Nordstrom.

Stila Trust in Love Gift Set
This palette has 12 beautiful shades that range from soft to sultry in really great pigmented shadows that last the day. The palette also comes with a deluxe size Lip Glaze and Extreme Lash Mascara to complete the set. Buy it for $40 at Ulta.

Jane Iredale In the Blink of a Smoky Eye
This sleek palette has eight shades to create your favorite smoky eye, from simple to sophisticated. The shadows are super pigmented and blend with ease. It includes a handy guide with five step-by-step looks that are easy to re-create. Buy it for $50 at Nordstrom and

Lancôme My French Noel Palette
This all-in-one holiday palette is inspired by Parisian Elegance is filled with shades to create a gorgeous party look in minutes. I'm impressed with everything about it — from the shade selection to the looks I can create. I love the lippie colors too. Buy it for $65 at Sephora.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Plexi-Gloss Collection
The MAKE UP FOR EVER Plexi Gloss is a super shiny lip gloss that lasts! This is a collection of 12 of the hottest shades to suit everyone. From the super soft and neutral to the super sophisticated and bold, there is something to capture every mood. Buy it for $150 at Sephora and MUFE boutiques.

MAC Enchanted Eve Eyes X 6
This limited edition eyeshadow palette is filled with six highly pigmented shades to create a gorgeous smoky look. Choose from Warm (neutrals), Navy or Mauve. Buy it for $39.50 at Nordstrom, Dillard's or MAC Cosmetics.

Tarte Holidaze at First Blush deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set
Four Amazonian Clay Blushes fill this boxed set that will have your cheeks glowing all year long. These blushes last all day and this set contains two matte and two shimmer shades in limited holiday editions. Buy it for $35 at Ulta and

Sephora Stand Up & Shine Prestige Pro Brush Set
This 12 piece brush set is super impressive with its high performance PRO brushes that will have anyone applying their makeup beautifully and flawlessly. It comes with a unique stand-up pouch that doubles as an easel so tools are readily at hand. Buy it for $130 at Sephora.

bareMinerals The Royal Court
This trio of face shades will have give her an all-over glow in a flash. It's super smart containing READY products! This compact has the perfect shade of blush, luminizer and all-over face powder. Buy it for $29 at Sephora.

BUXOM Leave Your Mark Full-On Lip Polish & Lip Cream Set
The ultimate gloss set, this one contains a massive 15 shades of BUXOM Lip Polish or Lip Cream in really amazing shades. They are all full-on pigmented colors that fit perfectly in your makeup bag, purse or pocket. Buy it for $59 at Sephora

MAC Enchanted Eve Brush Kit
This MAC brush kit contains all of the essentials that you need when traveling. This kit contains a brush for foundation, powder and everything she needs for her eyes. It comes with a handy cosmetic case too. Buy it for $52.50 at Nordstrom or

bareMinerals Love at First Kiss
With 10 pieces of Marvelous Moxie lipstick in shades that range from soft to sultry, she will never be without what she craves. These are full coverage lipsticks that feel super creamy and offer a beautiful satin finish. Buy it for $36 at Ulta, Macy's or

Urban Decay Vice 4
The ultimate eyeshadow palette for any makeup lover, this one has 20 beautiful shades of super pigmented eyeshadow. Inspired by an oil slick (and a shade of that very name) the shades feature jewel tones and run the spectrum.  Buy it for $60 at or Sephora.


Teri Cosenzi

I'm Teri, your resident beauty expert. While I'm not playing with beauty products, painting my nails or shopping for makeup with my daughter who loves trying products with me, you will probably find me sneaking off to Florida with my husband of over 25 years or cheering on one of my three sons. I like baking, re-decorating, drinking tea, fussing with my flowers and facials.

Staying Calm, Cool and Beautiful this Holiday Season with Dove Dry Spray.

Introduced by Simply Stylist, I've partnered with Dove to bring you today's post.

 Now that the holiday season has officially begun, I am in full-on holiday prep mode. That means I am busier than ever. Between working, I am busy decorating the house, baking cookies, shopping and attending parties and events. I don't have time to think about the little things like, ahem, antiperspirant. Antiperspirant is actually one of the most important steps of my daily beauty routine. It’s just one of things I’m sure to stay on top of to stay calm, cool and beautiful this holiday season. This year I've become obsessed with  Dove Dry Spray.

Staying Calm, Cool and Beautiful this Holiday Season with Dove Dry Spray

I like Dove Dry Spray for a few reasons. First, it provides Dove’s signature ¼ moisturizers in a dry spray format. That means, my underarms are treated to real skin care benefits from a deodorant — I don't like to neglect any part of my body, especially in the dry, winter months. That means I have softer, smoother underarms. How great is that? Dove Dry Spray also goes on instantly dry and I never have to worry about visible residue! I’ll never use a messy stick again! The best thing about Dove Dry Spray is that it offers up 48 hours of unprecedented odor and wetness protection. No matter how crazy my day or this holiday season gets, I know I'll be protected day in and day out.

Dove Dry Spray

Dove Dry Spray comes in six Dove fragrances.

Nourished Beauty - A floral, powdery fragrance
Beauty Finish - A sophisticated scent with notes of watery florals, sandalwood and amber musk
Cool Essentials - A blend of cucumber and green tea
Revive - A pomegranate and lemon verbena scent
Skin Renew - A mix of light florals notes including violet, lilac and rose mixed with vanilla musk
Sensitive - Unscented

As I really don’t like anything additionally scented, I have been using Dove Dry Spray Sensitive which is unscented.

Dove Dry Spray Sensitive

Look for Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant at your favorite drugstore or mass retailer for about $5.49.


Teri Cosenzi

I'm Teri, your resident beauty expert. While I'm not playing with beauty products, painting my nails or shopping for makeup with my daughter who loves trying products with me, you will probably find me sneaking off to Florida with my husband of over 25 years or cheering on one of my three sons. I like baking, re-decorating, drinking tea, fussing with my flowers and facials.

UD | Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette : Review + Swatches.

I teased you with the news of the Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette last week and now that I have it, I just had to show it off. This palette is nothing short of spectacular — every detail! From the case that truly represents Gwen's lifestyle to the shadow's themselves, it is a true collaboration between Gwen and the Urban Decay brand.

Gwen and Urban Decay spent hours together at Gwen's hours. They talked makeup and design; the palette is a true representation of Gwen.

The case and box are stunning! I love the gold and white stripes on the box and it makes it giftable for the holiday's. The case is sleek and heavy and it really surprised me. It feels very custom and is quite detailed. It features a black and white graphic dot print and has a antique gold plaque that features the UD | Gwen Stefani logo. It's very rich feeling.

Upon opening, the palette is filled with 15 must-have shades — all made with Urban Decay's great formula that are pigment last and very long-lasting. 12 of the shades are brand new and were created just for Gwen and three are from the UD shadow collection that Gwen handpicked. They are overall pretty neutral. If you look at Gwen, her eye looks are mostly neutral with a bold liner or pop of color, like you you see from the hot pink (Harajuku) or bold blue (Danger) which makes an amazing liner or crease color for a smoky look. I really love the shades and the names are really Gwen!

  • Blonde (because Gwen is) - pale beige with pink iridescent shift
  • Bathwater (a No Doubt song) - pale beige with gold pearl
  • Skimp (a favorite of Gwen's from the UD line up) - pale nude satin
  • Steady (after the No Doubt album "Rock Steady" - medium rose with metallic rose gold shift
  • Punk (the music genre Gwen got started in) - reddish brown matte
  • Baby (an homage to her fashion line L.A.M.B.) - cool metallic rose
  • Anaheim (where Gwen grew up) - light taupe-brown matte
  • Stark (another of Gwen's favorite shades) - nude-pink matte
  • Zone (after the song "Danger Zone") - medium brown matte
  • Serious (another of Gwen's songs) - smoky gray with iridescent floating pearl
  • Pop (like her current music) - pale coral with iridescent sparkle
  • Harajuku (one of her style influences) - metallic blue-pink with iridescent micro-shimmer
  • Danger (because we like a little danger) - deep metallic royal blue with blue micro-sparkle
  • 1987 (the year No Doubt formed) - bright metallic yellow-gold
  • Blackout (Gwen's favorite black shade) - blackest black matte
UD| Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette : Review + Swatches.

The UD X Gwen Palette is available now on and it's at Sephora for Rouge and VIB members. It will be available for all, any day at Sephora, Ulta and Macy's. Buy it for $58.