This month, we welcome guest contributor, Melissa Drobnis, who writes a makeup and beauty blog for her company, Dancing Canvas Art. Melissa is a talented make up artist with more than 10 years of providing face and body painting to a slew of clients, so she knows a thing or two about beauty products. In her blog post below, she generously offered to share the best of the best for this season’s gift ideas.

Melissa’s Makeup & Beauty Must Haves

I have a confession to make. I am an addict, a makeup and beauty product addict. I know there are worse addictions to have, but lets be honest makeup and beauty products can get pricey real quick. My addiction has cost me thousands of dollars and I have spent years of my life narrowing down the perfect products for my beauty rotation. I thought I would share some of my top picks in the hopes it will help save you some time and money. I will warn you this list is in no way complete since I have not given up my habit. I will be sure to update you on future products as I find them.

Seche Vite dry fast top coat $9-$10seche

If you want that finishing touch on your in home manicure Seche Vite top coat is essential. It dries fast and adds superior shine. It also melts small smudges so if you mess up a nail during your first 2 polish coats don’t worry Seche Vite will save the day!

 

Tweeserman Cuticle Cuttertweeserman_cuticle

Easiest tool to use for cleaning your own cuticles. Has a great cuticle pusher on one end and nice sharp cuticle cutter on the other end. If you are like me and prefer to do your own manicures, this is the best tool for the job. This is a must-have for every makeup and beauty kit.

Younique Lip Glossyounique_lipgloss

This is hands down the best lip gloss I’ve ever used! It’s not sticky, conditions your lips, with great colors options and shine. What more could you ask for?

Younique Royalty Divine Moisturizeryounique_royalty

This moisturizer has renewed my skin, evened my skin tone, and almost eliminated my acne scars. I cannot say enough about how much I love this stuff. It’s now a staple in my makeup and beauty routine.

Urban Decay Naked Basicsurbandecay_naked

This palette is a staple in my makeup bag, it comes with me everywhere I go. With 5 matte shades ranging from a pale beige to a charcoal black and 1 shimmery cream tone it’s perfect. You can easily go from a bright day look to a deep smokey eye with the colors in this pallet. I use this on almost all the brides I work with that want a subtle natural look for their big day.

 

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Color WOW Cocktails – Available at both trUe locations!

We all know coloring your hair causes damage but that doesn’t stop most of us from booking our next visit to the salon. This product is great for colored hair and makes it look and feel healthier than you could ever dream possible. It comes in 3 options for different hair types and needs. Kale to restore bonds and strengthen hair, coconut to restore soft texture and shine, and Card to add volume.

 

Urban Decay Electric Palette  – Regularly $49 (On sale now for $27)!urbandecay_palette

If you are like me and love a splash of bright color in your eye shadow every once in a while then you will love this pallet. The colors are super pigmented, bright and really pop. It’s great to blend into the inner corner of your eye to give you a look with a little edge and a lot of fun!

Murad Sulfur Face Maskmurad_face_mask

I have large pores and oily skin. I get black heads easily. Murad’s sulfur face mask has saved my life. You put it on and leave it for 10-15 minutes and as it dries it literally pulls out all the dirt, oil and makeup that has built up in your pores. When you wash it off it leaves you with fresh new skin. Follow it up with the Divine moisturizer and you will think you just spent the day pampered at the spa without the price-tag.

Nars Blushnars_blush

This blush is AMAZING! It has just the right amount of shimmer and the color is perfect for any skin tone. It gives that great flushed look that is so hot on the runways this year. It is definitely my new favorite for that finishing touch to all my makeup fantasies.

Too Faced Mascaratoo_faced_mascara

I have a strong love affair with this mascara. This stuff lives up to its name, and it’s simply amazing! This mascara curls my lashes, lifts them, gives them volume without clumping and just makes me feel like the prettiest sunflower in the garden! If I have nothing on but this mascara and some foundation, I’ll still feel ready for the ball. You have to try it, you’ll love it too!

– Melissa Drobnis

P.S. Now’s a great time to visit either trUe location to stock up on your favorite hair products too! As the dry winter approaches WOW, Soma Volumizing Spray and Aquage Thickening Spray Gel are great products to have around.

To keep those bouncy curls bouncing this time of year, check out Soma’s Curly Cue, Moroccan Oil Curl Definer, and Aquage Curl Define Creme.

Finally, from all of us here at trUe we wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season and a wonderful 2017. We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again in the new year!