GIFT GUIDE (under $50) : What to buy for your friends this Christmas 2016!

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 It's my favorite time of year guys (one because it's Christmas but also because I'm a Christmas baby)! But, it's also the most expensive time of year unfortunately. Buying gifts for both family and friends adds up quick! If you're anything like me, you're not with the idea of going broke over the holidays. That's not a good look at all. Today, I'm going to share some of my favorite gifts for under $50 that you can gift to your friends this holiday! So, let's get into it! 

For the friend that's obsessed with skincare... 

NIP & FAB $11.79 - $ 19.95

So recently, Nip & Fab reached out to me to see if I wanted to test out their products. I jumped at the chance because I've been dying to test out the top two products. Being that I'm 21 (well I will be in a few weeks lol), I'm settling into my adult body and I thoroughly examining everything. A few observations I've made are that my boobs are probably going to continue to look like I'm just hitting puberty until I have kids *sigh* and my butt is hanging on to a few dimples/ cellulite *another big sigh* for dear life. Sorry if that was too real, but it's true. So that's why these are life savers! I do see an improvement for sure in both departments. The effects are super long lasting, or anything, but if you plan on wearing something revealing, these products will be your best friends. 

  The cleaning pads are also great for those days that our skin just needs a little extra help. And the same goes for the primer. This will help you camouflage any flaws you may have. So I'd definitely suggest you grab these for that friend that's always complaining about a certain problem area on their body. It might just be what they're looking for! 

For the friend with a good sense of humor.... 

GRAPHIC TEE SHIRTS $28-$29

Now these tee shirts are a must! Both are so fun and are definitely conversation starters. So if you have a friend that's really out going with a great sense of humor, this is gift for them! These are definitely on my Christmas/ Birthday wishlist (hint, hint to all my friends that are reading this lol).

* I'd also I like to highlight that both of these are made and sold by black owned businesses!  

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For the friend that loves to beat their face...

COLOURPOP LIP BUNDLE $15

 

"OUT AND ABOUT " LIP BUNDLE - $15

 We all have a friend that always manages to slay their face so well that it snatches your edges. On the same token, they're always wanting something beauty related for a gift, but they can also be a bit of a product snob. ColourPop is the solution! Every makeup girl loves a good lip color and ColourPop undeniably gives it to you for such an affordable price! They also have some amazing bundles (such as the one I have above), with a great selection to choose from. Make sure you sign up for their email list as well so you can get $5 off your order!

For the friend that's a gym rat....

S'WELL BOTTLES $42

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S'WELL REFLECTIVE ROSE GOLD 17-OZ. REUSABLE BOTTLE - $42

Now, these bottles are perfect for the friend that lives at the gym, or that plans on getting in shape in January. Not only do they keep your drink at your desired temperature for an extended period of time, but it's also so cute that it makes you want to workout just so you can use it. I have one, and it works great! It's also great for road trips!  

For the minimalist friend... 

PHONE CASES $14.40

  We all have that one friend that's super hard to shop. They're too cool for everything you've thought of buying them, and they're always ahead of the trends and super modern style wise. These phone cases are perfect for them! Everyone loves phone cases, and chances are if your friend fit that description, they have an iPhone. Even if they already have a phone case, it's always nice to have options, and trust me, they'll appreciate anything accents their aesthetic. 

For the world traveler....

FLIGHT PILLOWS $28

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FLIGHT 001 2-IN-1 CONVERTIBLE PILLOW - $28

 This gift sounds like a dream to me! This is a convertible travel pillow, and it's perfect for the friend that has frequent flyer miles for days. It's small enough to carry in your carry on and easily adjustable to conform to your needs. Sounds perfect to me!

For the friend that loves to entertain...

DIAMOND ICE CUBES $14

Diamond Ice Cube Tray - $14

  Do you have a friend that loves to entertain, and they love a good drink,...and they also lowkey think they're a mixologist? This is the perfect gift for them. Since they're probably always trying to impress everyone with their drink concoctions, this will help them elevate their bartending game a bit. haha 

For the friend that's always stressed out....

ADULT COLOR BOOKS $14.99

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adult coloring book

  Last but no least, the gift for the friend that's always stressed. They seem to always have a slight attitude and not enough hours in the day. Or they've just been having a rough time lately. Either way, these adult coloring books are sure to help them improve their mood. Often times, when we engage in activities we used to enjoy as children, they help brighten our mood and can act as a stress reliever. Now, that I think of it, I may need one of these! ha

 This gift is best paired with colored pencils (they just seem more sophisticated and more ideal for an adult sized hand lol) and their favorite candy. If you want to be extra nice, grab them a massage pass on Groupon! They'll for sure bump you to the top of their friends list. 

I hope this was helpful and in the comments, tell me which of these friends on the list is you! 

 

Much Love,

Doni Brown

 

My ELF Snapchat Takeover! (What it was like)

 So, this past Saturday, I had the privilege of taking over the Elf cosmetics snapchat and it was so much fun! Incase you missed it, I figured I'd give you a rundown of what happened here.

 
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  The first thing on the agenda yesterday was a makeup tutorial, so I decided to recreate one of my favorite Kylie Jenner looks. I will admit that I underestimated how hard it is to record a makeup tutorial on snapchat. The whole recording and making sure I'm applying everything right with only one eye open, was kinda tripping me up, but I made it work y'all! 

 
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Here's a little glimpse of how the tutorial went... let me know in the comments if you want me to redo this tutorial on my YouTube channel. 

 The part I loved the most out of everything was the immediate response that I received! It was so fun being able to respond and see everyone's reaction to every step of the tutorial. Some of you even followed along and made your own versions of the look, which came out lovely! 

 
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Needless to say, I will be doing more makeup tutorials on my Youtube channel, plus I've decided I'll be more active on my Snapchat and IG story. 

Big thanks again to Elf and all of my new readers/ followers that were sent my way from the takeover! Xo

Much Love,

Doni Brown

Light Pink Romper + Nude Strappy Heels + Layered Choker Necklace

Choker : DIY

Earrings : F21

Romper : Ross

Shoes : Target

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 Have you ever worn something and thought you looked cute? And everyone around you said you looked cute, but then you take pictures and realize that both you and everyone else were lying? .... Well I'm having that moment right now. For some reason, I'm not completely feeling this look, but I thought I'd be real and share it anyway. 

 I definitely needed a belt, and maybe I should've thrown my hair up too. I'd love to hear in the comments what you think I should've done to make this look cuter. Give me some ideas guys! I'm always down to try something new. 

 

Much Love,

Doni Brown xo

Mirrored Sunglasses, Strappy Heels & Biker Shorts

 I may get cute and girly for you guys on social, but when I say I could literally live in streetwear! It's honestly my favorite style of clothing! I plan on including a lot more street style posts on here, so get ready...

  To achieve my everyday laid back style, I build my looks around three key things: basics, details, and menswear. Yes, you read that part correctly! I shop in the mens department on the regular (for tops, jackets, accessories, etc)! lol Sometimes the other guys shopping in the men's department give me the side eye, but I just pretend I'm shopping for my imaginary boyfriend....that actually sounds much sadder when I say it out loud.....

  Any who, my point is, don't sleep on the men's department ladies *wink*.  

 

 Top (mens) : Wally World aka Walmart (yup, I shop there too! #shameless)

Biker Shorts : F21

Sunglasses & Watch : Ali Express

Choker : DIY

Shoes: JCPenny

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mirrored sunglasses and biker shorts
mirrored sunglasses and biker shorts

Photos by Ebony Siovhan

In the comments, let me know if you ever shop in the opposite sex's department. 

 

Much Love,

Doni Brown