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Hi! I just found your site and I love it. The tutorials are really perfect. I looked around and found a lot of great tips!
I have a couple of questions about makeup brushes: what do you prefer to clean/wash them with? and how often?
thanks! and keep it up!

I am giving my daughter make-up and a train case this Christmas. She is 20 and I have created a MAC addict! I purchased some eyeshadows, lipstick and New Vegas MSF – she pretty much knows what she is getting – but I still think she will be excited!

I haven’t decided yet (thanks for reminding me!) but I think I’m going to get a friend who mentioned wanting a “new look” the Best of Benefit set. Either that or a really great eye palette.

Yes, I bought:

Friend 1: Eye pencil & glittery eye-liner
Friend 2: Liquid eyeliner & body butter
Friend 3: Eye pencil & liquid eyeliner
Friend 4: Lipgloss
Cousin: Body butter
Aunt: Face cleanser

(heh, I started using liquid eye-liner so they liked it, and when I asked do they have any wishes for Christmas, they asked for eyeliners…)

Yep, I bought my sister a Dior Show Unlimited Mascara and a Rouge Dior Crème de Gloss in A-List Pink.
I hope to get myself the new Escada Fragrance.

Nope! For my friends and family, through World Vision, an entire medical clinic was stocked full of supplies and a community will get vaccinated for things like measels and TB.
Oh, and a bottle of Crown Royal for my brother. *lol*

I bought one of my friends MAC vouchers because, despite now being 24, she is still sporting the raccoon black eyeliner that she had when she was a teenager and she looks so much better without it!!! It is my mission to stop this madness!

This year I made a choice to really try and reward the people in my life who make my daily living better. I have such a small family that its almost a bit of a let down to Xmas shop for them since there are only 5 of us total. So people like my sons teacher, my hair dresser and the blogger for my very favorite beauty site are getting special gifts. I took the pledge to make all my own handcrafted gifts but I am adding one special beauty product to the list of gifts πŸ™‚ I know the recipient will truly appreciate this yummy “luxury” item, in addition to the handmade stuff.

Next year I am going to look more into doing gifts the same way Tekoa did in addation to making some handcrafted items.

That’s such an excellent idea, Tanya! I felt like my to-give list was a bit small, too. I decided to give things to my aunts this year as well, since they’ve always been so generous to me for every other holiday.

Handcrafted gifts are SO fun to receive just on the basis that so few people do it anymore! I think my handmade items tend to be scrapbooks. I hope everyone enjoys your gifts, Tanya πŸ™‚

I always end up buying *someone* beauty shtuff. I got one friend a couple of eyeshadows in a quad for her birthday (which was last week) and Fresco Rose paint pot for Christmas (she saw my Rubenesque and mentioned wanting a pink one, so there ya go).

I’ll probably be picking up Full Fuschia lipstick for another one of my friends, and Lip Blossom lipstick for my best bud – she on the search for her perfect soft pink.

I got my mom some nifty face stuff from Body Shop, as well as Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash because she goes through mascara faster than I do!

Hey Courtney! It must be nice to have friends who are all beauty lovin’! Your friend better rock Full Fuchsia to the max, ’cause there is no fooling around with that color!

My sister and I tell each other want we want and this year she wants eyeliner and mascara and some skincare products so I am giving her MAC Feline Kohl Power, Plushlash mascara and Finery plum lips or heirlooms brush set (still deciding which would be of more use to her)….she didn’t specifically ask for MAC but I’m trying to turn her into a MAC addict as well hehe.

Aww, cute!! My sister didn’t give me anything to work with πŸ™

I love Feline kohl power – YAY! Spread the kohl power love. πŸ™‚

Don’t you love turning people onto MAC?

I bought my friend a CARGO giftset from sephora and I bought another friend a Dolce and Gabana light blue gift set.

I got my mum a bottle of perfume (Anais Anais) and my friends the following:

Clarins Color Quench Lip Balm
The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes
The Body Shop Oceanus Perfume Oil
The Body Shop Cassis Rose Shower Gel and Lotion

I love TBS gift sets – the packaging is great and the products are excellent.

Yep! I put a few goodies bags together…

For two of my co-workers: Heart-shaped compact mirror from UO, Stila Shadow Pot in Lily, Sephora highlighting pen, & $25 MAC gift card each.
For another friend: MAC Heirlooms Basic Brush set, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Stiletto and I’m going to pick up Parrot e/s tomorrow to include.
For another friend: Too Faced Good Girl/Bad Girl Palette, heart-shaped compact mirror, &I’m going to add MAC Fulfilled Plushglass & Plushlash.
For another friend: Too Faced The Life of the Party Quickie Palette, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Get Figgy, &I’m going to add MAC Viva Glam VI l/g.

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