Thursday, December 9, 2010

Build a Drugstore Makeup Gift Bag!

Hey everyone! If you follow me on Twitter you've probably heard enough of my complaining... but this week has just been a big pain when it comes to uploading on YouTube! I'll spare you my sob story, and just say that I've been trying since Monday to get this video posted, and at 3:15 this morning (gave it a try while I was getting ready)-- the thing finally uploaded! I almost had to slap myself to believe that there wasn't another error message.

Anyway, I hope you get 10 minutes or so to watch this video, because I was SO excited to make it! It's all about creating a fun, thoughtful, personal gift for someone in your life! Many of you shared some great ideas in the comments section of this video- like using something like this for a gift swap! Or keeping it as a gift to yourself! You know what would also be so fun? If you create a DMGB (Drugstore Makeup Gift Bag, of course), shoot a quick video & post a video response! Or snap a picture & post it for the Beauty Broadcast Facebook Family to see! They're the nicest bunch!


As captain obvious, I'll point out that a key part of any DMGB is the BAG. I mean, you could definitely wrap everything and do it that way, but I think it's extra enjoyable when your products are nicely housed in a makeup bag! So I thought I'd take this opportunity to show you some cute ones that I LOVE.

I'm kind of in love with this makeup bag. It's the Sigma MAXBag in this gorgeous Violet shade. (it also comes in black). It's 14 1/4 inches x 11 inches. So it's a rather large makeup bag, and at $29 bucks you're obviously adding some extra cost to your gift. But perhaps that's what you want to do! This bag is like nothing else I own. It's sort of flat, but has a large zippered pocket inside, and some open pockets as well. This will totally accommodate a brush roll. AND- if you're thinking about giving a larger-sized makeup palette- this is a great fit! You can also toss your hair styling tools in here if you want! The side pockets are great for smaller makeup products. The metallic-quilted pattern is lovely. Terrific for travel! Here's a look inside:



My flash went a little wild with this one, but this hot pink bag is another great looking, functional makeup bag! This won't fit your larger palettes, but it's a great size for traveling with makeup. It goes with me whenever I travel- sometimes I use it for jewelry & other accessories too! Comes in other colors as well, so check the Sigma website for details on these.


These other bags (the top one was featured in the video), are more here as examples than something that's available for purchase right now. They're both from past seasons gift-with-purchase promotions- the top one is from Clinique, and the bottom is from Lancome. Just wanted to remind you that if you haven't used those cute bags, why not use them for a DMGB for someone else? Sometimes they have sort of a seasonal look to them- so I could see the top one as a spring birthday gift, or the bottom one as fun gift for the bride during her bachelorette party!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today everyone! We're almost to Friday, so I hope you have a wonderful weekend! :) Talk to you soon!

Em


Daily Nuggets
  • I have been watching a lot of QVC lately. I find it relaxing & entertaining.
  • Some of the items on my makeup wish list for Christmas are from brands seen on QVC! Like Mally Beauty, Laura Geller, and Philosophy. QVC.com has some nice gift sets!
  • Big Christmas party for Tyler's law firm this weekend.
  • I'm enjoying fruit-flavored herbal tea in the evening.
  • I bought Wheaties this week for the first time in a long time.
  • Cupcake has the loudest purr. It's sooo cute.
  • I'm doing the morning show by myself tomorrow. My co-anchor Kevin has a much deserved day off.
  • Just realized I need to be taking my shower right now.
  • I have Softsoap shower gel that smells like Christmas Cookies!


23 comments:

  1. Thanks for the video adn ideas ! Love your stuff!

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  2. I love QVC too! I like watching the gemstones and doll segments!

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  3. Good suggestions Em. Glad you finally got your video to upload too.

    Have fun at the party this weekend and enjoy the "boy free" show tomorrow. :D

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  4. I watch HSN all the time. I don't actually WATCH it, but I love the noise and talking. I find it relaxing!

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  5. Great post and video Emily!!! And, what a good way to use all those GWP bags that we all accumulate! You are making me want to watch QVC too...I must admit...I have never watched it! :)

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  6. I did something really similar with e.l.f. products for my best friend for her bday and she looooved it! And she felt like she got so much stuff but I didn't spend that much because e.l.f. is so affordable! Great post, Em! :)

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  7. This was a great idea Emily!. It's perfect for any girl you know who loves makeup. I would love to recieve something like this. It gave me the idea to make a mini version for my 6yr old daughter. She loves makeup, she always wants to use mine. Of course it's only for the house. Im gonna fill up a little makeup bag with ELF products and have that be one of her Christmas presents. Also gonna do one for my teenage sis. Thanks so much for the idea I really love it!

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  8. Great post Em! You inspired me so much that I went out and bought some of the items you recommended! I actually already had the idea to do makeup faves as a gift for my best friends for Christmas, but the makeup bag was a great idea on top of it!
    I picked up 2 cute makeup cases, false Ardelle lashes, ELF blushes, 2 large ELF blush brushes, beauty blended sponges, Vera Wang roll on perfume sticks (Sephora), Stilla lip glosses and OPI holiday nail polish mini packs.

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  9. After a stressful day or a tense movie, the hubbie I put on qvc all the time! Good luck solo achoring!

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  10. Thanks for this great idea and all of your other great tips and tutorials. You are the best! Merry Christmas!

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  11. Oh great idea! I actually did something similar but with different nail polish, and nail stuff, but instead of a bag I used I cute Christmas box.

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  12. I've been enjoying fruity herbal teas, too. But I mix mine with some decaf green tea...delicious!!

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  13. The Sigma max bag looks amazing:) Very spacious!

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  14. Fantastic idea! :) Looks really good and I love how thoughtful this is. Its not exactly "homemade" but it's still such an individual and original idea and beats a typical drugstore makeup or soapy set ♥

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  15. OMG! I have been watching so much QVC too. I thought I was the only nut. I really wonder about Laura Gellar and Mally and have put it in my cart online but bailed on it at the last minute. Would be very interesting to hear your point of you. Have a great holiday!

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  16. Thats a really great idea! I should do that for my best friend's birthday, she would love it. :)
    http://bronzeddoll.blogspot.com/

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  17. We don't get many channels, so I've been getting into watching QVC lately as well. I definitely agree that it's relaxing and entertaining! I enjoy watching the the different makeup brands, Philosophy, and the hair care; I haven't actually purchased anything though lol!

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  19. Emily you gotta try YBF on HSN hands down the best lip gloss!! I just realized I'm out of Champagne a GORGEOUS COLOR..you will compare all glosses to these and I'm finding out I need back ups!!Not a lot of color for some but they last for hours and soooo comfortable and moisturizing!! Can't say enough...and Stacey...so fun to watch her!!

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  20. I love softsoap shower gel! I wasn't sure of the one you were talking about in this post (that smells like cookies) but I think the one I have is the shea butter one (has pictures of shea nuts on it) and that one smells pretty darn good :)

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  21. I did a smaller version for the gals at work. There are six of them! I put in some Bert's Bees lip balm, nail files, small compact mirrors, some body/hand lotion and some Christmas Candy!

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