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12 days holiday beauty gift guide and giveaway: Day 10 | Smashbox Cosmetics

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If there is one thing people do not celebrate about the holidays it's the added stress and longer hours that result from trying to cram all the gift shopping, house decorating, and menu planning into a regular day. Add the elevated amounts of city hustle and bustle, and that makeup from this morning at 8am before work? Yeah, it didn't stand a chance!

Smashbox cosmetics has a little something that can help with both the wear of makeup and give a little boost to help skin survive the rough winter weather. Their iconic Photofinish primer gives an extra layer of protection to help stop makeup melt down and create a lightweight barrier to the elements. And, it makes a great stocking stuffer.

Here to give more advice about holiday season makeup and share some of her own favorite holiday memories is Smashbox Global Pro Lead Artist Lori Taylor Davis.

EXAMINER: What is your favorite holiday memory?

LORI: Going out with my husband to purchase a Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, then staying up all night decorating it, and drinking egg nog with brandy-- while listening to A Motown Christmas. We're super old school.

EXAMINER: What is your pick this year for a fail proof holiday beauty gift for your favorite gals? What is your pick for the fellows?

LORI: For the ladies in my life, a gift bag of 3-5 Smashbox bestsellers is always a crowd pleaser. I recommend a primer, a mascara, an eyeliner, a gloss, lipstick and bronzer. And for the boys it's always the latest in tech gift

EXAMINER: You have 15 minutes to get ready for a holiday soiree, what do you do?

LORI: Hydrating Primer, BB cream, Concealer, Halo Wand in gold, mascara, smokey eyes and bold lips!

EXAMINER: It is actually the annual office holiday bash-- what is an appropriate makeup look?

LORI: I think all you really need to make your "Everyday Look" to "Office Holiday" appropriate is: a bit of black liner, extra concealer, a little high light and contour, and a bolder lip!

EXAMINER: You have one of those tiny sparkly cocktail purses and you are going to the party of the year, what goes into it?

LORI: Mints and a matte lip!

EXAMINER: Glitter, yes or no?

LORI: Shimmer and sparkle yes-- for makeup. But big glitter for nails only!

EXAMINER: Do you believe in Santa?

LORI: I was raised my two very strong grandmothers who believed in traditions-- so yes, and besides, I think there's a little bit of Santa in all of us. I love the feeling of watching someone open a gift that I really put thought into.

EXAMINER: Any final words of wisdom for how to look great and feel great all the way through this holiday season?

LORI: Take chances, live out loud, and remember: It's only makeup!!!

In the spirit of holiday giving, Smashbox is partnering with Examiner Alice An to offer a giveaway. Swing by Made (Up) in NY to enter for a chance to win one of multiple Smashbox Photo Finish Primers! Stay tuned, a new giveaway will be posted every day leading up to December 25th.

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