Holiday Gift Guide: mark. by Avon For Her

The gift gifting season is right around the corner (four Fridays away!!), can you believe it? We just celebrated Halloween, and now it’s the middle of November! Christmas commercials are on, all the Christmas decorations are in stock, and I watched the first Christmas movie of the season (Christmas with the Kranks) a few weeks ago!! It’s coming up fast, and I am super excited.

With Christmas, obviously comes gift giving – friends, parents, kids, bosses, employees, siblings…you name them, there is a gift out there for them. Well today, I am going to show you ten items that you can get for her – all from the current mark. by Avon collection! My Mom is an Avon rep and Christmas is probably the busiest time of year – I have already selected my favourite items for this holiday season, and some of them are in this guide!

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mark. Warm up to it Muff Bag | mark. Dream Sequins Shimmering Eyeshadow Palette | mark. Second Nature Necklace | mark. Crushing on Coconut Body Scrub | mark. Crushing on Coconut Body Butter | mark. Baroque the Mold Ring | mark. Shine of the Times Ring | mark. Clutch Situation 5-piece pro brush setmark. What a Tassel Necklace | mark. Draw to a Close Bag

Christmas shopping can be hard sometimes and gift guides can certainly make it easier! All of ten of these picks are $50.00 and under, just the right amount to spend on your loved ones! I am a huge fan of mark. by Avon and I always know that some of my best Christmas gifts will be from the magalog! If you haven’t checked into it, I suggest you find a rep and quick, because these items are the perfect gifts for your best friend, Mom, sister, or Aunt! Trust me, if she likes fashion, beauty and accessories…this is your go-to catalog!!

These are ten of many fun gifts that mark. by Avon offers – head over to their website here to check out more great picks for this year’s gift-giving season. Keep in mind that many of their products can be purchased on sale and that way you can bundle them together in a gift basket (especially with the bath products…such a great gift!!).

I can’t wait to begin my Christmas shopping and wrapping them all up – the season is upon us and I could not be more excited (Christmas mode activated!!). Have fun shopping!

Beautiful Beauty Bloggers: Fall is Here! 7 Easy Ways to Move Your Makeup Routine into Autumn – Guest Post

5This is the fifth day of Pearls and Polkadots’ “Beautiful Beauty Bloggers” series. I have Natalia from I’m Almost Ready guest posting today! It’s too bad we are nearing the last couple of days of the BBB Series, but I am psyched about these seven ways that Natalia has put together for us today!! Happy Reading!!


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Natalia is a beauty and curly-hair blogger in New York City. When she’s not busy exploring NYC one makeup store at a time, she likes to take photos, read horribly-written mystery novels, and hopes one day to create a cat eye that’s even on both eyes. You can find Natalia at her blog, I’m Almost Ready.

I absolutely love fall and everything that comes with it: sweaters, boots, changing leaves, apple-picking, pumpkin-flavored everything, and, best of all, fall-inspired makeup!

Even if you’re not a fan of the cooler weather, it’s tough not to find something fun in the fall makeup trends that feature darker, richer colors and lots of experimentation in the looks you can create.

While summer makeup is usually characterized by a lightweight base, bronze eye shadows, coral lips, brightly-colored nails, and glowy skin, fall makeup tends to be dominated by heavier bases, as well as darker and richer shades on our eyes, lips, and nails.

Just as we have to clear out our closets to make room for our cooler-weather clothes, it’s also a great idea to go through your makeup bag and get yourself ready for the fall’s makeup trends. If you want some tips and techniques on how to bring out your facial features click here, you can learn effective ways to bring out your facial features and enhance your natural beauty, creatively expressing yourself through makeup.

Below, I’ve shared my 7 tips for turning your summer makeup collection into a fall one!

First, we’ll prepare our skin and our base:

1. Add some more moisture to your skincare routine

With the cooler weather coming our way, it’s incredibly important to make sure that your skin is getting all of the moisture it needs! Even those of us with oily skin should make sure that our faces are properly moisturized. While it might seem counterintuitive, if you’re not adequately moisturizing your skin, it’ll overcompensate by producing more oil!

2. Choose a heavier base…

With the heat and humidity during the summertime, you can easily feel like your skin is suffocating under a heavier foundation. It’s no surprise that we all flock to the much more lightweight tinted moisturizers and BB creams in the warmer months.

As fall rolls around, though, you can comfortably pull out those foundations with more coverage than your tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Some people have recommended foundation such as Estee Lauder foundation, which they feel is a more lighter and comfortable foundation than some.

3. …but be sure to match your lighter skin tone

I know you all wear sunscreen like you’re supposed to (you all wear sunscreen right?), but even with the best of intentions, you probably tanned a bit this summer. Or, maybe you tanned the healthy way with some self-tanner.

Either way, as summer winds down, your tan will start to fade–and you’ll want to make sure that the foundation you’re using matches your lighter skin-tone, in order to avoid the dreaded “mask” of foundation, where your face is a different color from your neck.

Now, we’ll switch up our makeup:

4. Use your bronzer to contour instead of glow

Summertime makeup is all about glowing, and when we’re not strobing, we’re using bronzer to create a warm, summer glow by placing bronzer on the places where the sun would normally hit our face.

As fall rolls around, however, you’ll want to switch out your shimmery bronzer for a matte one. Applying your bronzer below the cheekbones, rather than on top of them, and lightly contouring your face will give you a look better-suited for fall.

5. Opt for darker lips and nails

The corals and fuschia lip colors that tend to dominate our makeup bags during the summer can be replaced with deeper burgundy, wine, and marsala tones (finally, the perfect season to work Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year into our makeup routines!).

The same rule goes for your nail polish. When fall rolls around, trade in your bright shades for your richer, deeper tones, as well as your more metallic shades.

6. Put those shimmery eye shadows away and pull out your metallic shades

During the summer, shimmery eye shadows create the perfect summer glow, but as the leaves start to turn, metallic golds, silvers, and coppers work wonderfully to create a fall-inspired look.

7. Embrace lots of liner and smokey eyes

In the warmer months, we tend to use a lighter hand with our liner, if we wear it at all. With the cooler weather on the horizon, though, this is a perfect time to pull out our sadly-neglected black liners, and create some bolder looks.

Graphic liner looks, bold cat-eyes, and smokey eyes in shades of black and brown–topped off with some black liner, of course!–paired with your favorite boots and a pumpkin-spiced latte: could it be any more fall?

What do you look forward to the most when it comes to fall makeup?


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What’s in my Makeup Bag? + New Series

BannereLet’s start by saying this…I am not a beauty blogger. I blog about fashion, style and even in some cases…DIY projects. However, when it comes to beauty, I let the professionals educate me on that! I have learned a ton from watching YouTube videos, reading beauty blogs and talking to various beauty bloggers. I’ve even started thinking about using some sort of eyelash serum thanks to these videos, one of them mentioned something called Xlash? Point is, as a whole I let the expert beauty bloggers take the reigns with this subject as a whole.

However, I do have a super cute new makeup bag that I won in a #TeamPineapple giveaway…and I want to share it. I am going to give you a little looksey into my makeup bag and detail some of my favourite products that I am currently using and have found very useful over the summer.

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I have tried a lot of different products since I began wearing makeup, but the products I am going to show you today are my favourite so far!! I change up the products I use pretty frequently, but this summer, I have really stuck by these brands and I will tell you why!

Brushes: e.l.f., Bella Piere, & mark.

You can never have too many makeup brushes! I have found the best brushes for such a great price! There are some that I have owned for a while, and some that I have collected this summer. mark. is an Avon brand, and I have been using their brushes for years! They maintain their soft quality and don’t shed.

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I recently began to use e.l.f. brushes – mainly because they are great brushes for such a great price online! Bella Piere is a new brand that I have discovered, and only because I purchased a “Starter contouring kit” which came with a little kabuki brush. It has proved to be really good at blending my bronzer and blush together! The purple blending sponge is probably the best thing I have ever purchased – beauty wise. I will never apply foundation with a brush again after using this sponge. I picked this little beauty up at Shoppers Drug Mart about two months ago, and I haven’t stopped using it since! Such a staple.

Foundation, Mascara, Blush, and Bronzer: Avon & e.l.f.

This summer, I kept it really light on the foundation. Besides, you don’t want to clog up your make up when you’re sweating in the sun! However, it’s nice to smooth everything out…which is why I opt for the e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation. I actually began using the e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation, and when I ran out, I resorted to using the stick! Well, I loooved it! It’s a lot faster to throw on and blend!

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I have always used Avon mascara. This particular line that Avon sells – Big and Daring Waterproof Mascara – is perfect for my lashes. It makes them full and long and I don’t even have to curl them!! Plus, what other option is there than waterproof mascara?? This e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder has been a staple in my makeup bag this summer. Even though it is for contouring, I like to use it just to give my skin a little glow. Dusted on lightly (because it is rather heavy), it gives the perfect finish!

Eyeliner, Highlighter and Setting Powder: mark., e.l.f., & Rimmel

Eyeliner isn’t part of my every day routine because I have not nailed a quick way to do it just yet, but when I do put it on, I always use mark. on the edge Hookup liquid eyeliner. I definitely love liquid as opposed to pencil eyeliner, and this brand makes a great product! I have used many different brands and I find that this product lasts the longest on my eyes, without rubbing away!

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This highlighter is more than just a highlighter. I would actually use the term “highlighter” loosely, as it really doesn’t serve just one purpose. The e.l.f. Essential Shimmering Facial Whip can be used on your lips, eyelids and cheeks – anywhere that needs a little shimmer, to be honest. I have used the facial whip in all three of those places, and I have never been disappointed! This Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder is absolutely essential and definitely an everyday product for me. It is the last product I brush across my face before I rush out the door. It keeps the shine away from my nose, forehead and cheeks and keeps everything looking perfect!

Concealer and Primer: e.l.f. & Rimmel

Lately, (as you can see) I have been really into e.l.f. product, and the first product that turned me onto this amazing brand, was the e.l.f. Studio Complete Coverage Concealer palette that comes with four different shades. You can use the four different shades to transition between seasons, but I like to use each shade depending on the look I am going for that day. Typically, I use the lightest shade to brighten up under my eyes and cover my slight dark circles…but I have also used the darker shades as a slight contour!

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Probably the most important thing in my makeup bag is my Rimmel Fix and Perfect Pro Primer. I make sure to apply a good layer of primer before I put anything on my face. My skin has definitely thanked me for it, and that’s why it holds a place in my makeup bag always. There are many great primers out there, but this one is well priced and always available at any drug store!

I love makeup, but have never really been amazing at it. These products that I have featured in my bag today really have helped me step my game up! You can get all of these products by clicking on the embedded links throughout my post – I have made sure to link pretty much everything to make it easy for you to find!

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So if I’m not a beauty blogger…than why am I doing this? Good question! I am writing on the beauty topic because, my darlings, I am kicking off a Pearls and Polkadots original series called “Beautiful Beauty Bloggers”!! Yes, that’s right – for the next five days, I will be hosting five lovely beauty bloggers who are going to tell us about select topics! I am so excited and cannot wait to make this a regular series for Pearls and Polkadots!

We’ll have to see where it goes! Stay tuned throughout this week for more – I want this series to become a showcase for beauty bloggers out there to show off their talent and knowledge (because what is style without beauty?).

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Cheers beautiful people! I am out for the week, but these ladies will make sure you get your daily Pearls and Polkadots fix! Who is posting tomorrow?

Who is posting tomorrow? You will meet Ashley! Have fun!

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