young & fab with ulta beauty…

// Tray by Annie Modica //

I’m not great at gifting. I either can’t figure out what to get people or I wait until the last minute. Luckily, I have an older sister to keeps a list and budget all year until the holiday’s arrive, then assigns us all the who/what/where/when of shopping. Not kidding, people like that actually exist! They are like holiday unicorns. 

Anyway, this year I decided to take matters into my own hands and plan fun gifts for my friends and family using the Ulta Beauty Young & Fab gift guide. Who doesn’t have fun playing with their look? I personally love switching it up and have really gotten into trying new colors and styles. That’s why I picked out a few items I think my girlfriend’s will have just as much fun experimenting with. I’m kinda of imagining a shimmering New Year’s Eve look…

NYX Intense Butter Gloss Set: I have been experimenting with bolder lips colors and want to share the love! NYX is one of my favorite brands and this adorable lip set comes with three gorgeous, eye-popping colors, so your friends can easily switch up their look all holiday long! (Plus, the small size is easy to throw in those tiny clutches we wear for style, not function.)

Essence How To Make Your Face Glow Palette: Contouring is part of my going out makeup routine and this little palette has all you need to create a beautifully contoured face. My favorite part? All the colors have a little shimmer that adds just a hint of that special holiday shine. Got friends who don’t know how to contour like Kim K.? Don’t worry! This palette comes with a secret “how-to” guide tucked behind the equally convenient mirror. Trust me when I say, your friends will want this!

Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour Brush: A great brush is the icing on the cake for any makeup look and if I were you, I would get this contour brush to complement the How to Make Your Face Glow Palette. I cannot get enough of the rose gold color as well as the easy-to-use shape and soft bristles. Brushes are a bit more of an investment, but think of it as introducing your friends to the magic of a great brush. After that it can be up to them if they want to continue to grow their collection (like this one and this one).

There you have it! With these three things from the Ulta Beauty Young & Fab gift guide, your friends will be all set to create one killer holiday look! And the hardest part will be resisting the urge to steal everything back and keep them for yourself!

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