Basically, while trying to buy a gift for the boyfriend, I realized buying for men is weird because they usually never want anything. Also, everything they want, they usually buy or is $400. So, I wanted to put together some things under 50 bucks that you could buy for any man. A lot of this revolves around alcohol solely because my boyfriend loves beer and gin…like a lot.
Recently, my boyfriend and I have started doing long distance(ish), and he brings the biggest duffle bag that is half empty and takes up so much space. So, this weekender bag is part of his actual Christmas present.
The boyfriend loves his craft beer and gin, so I have a few alcohol themed presents. The cocktail set is great for someone in their early 20s who are just moving into their first place. The beer-making kit is a really fun idea and is definitely one of those “gifting an experience” things. Alternatively, if beer isn’t his thing, this gin-making kit is a similar idea.
If your boyfriend/dad/brother loves cooking, this cookbook is cool. I didn’t want this to be hyper-masculine “yeah guns, fire, boobs” kinda guide, but this book actually has really cool food ideas (aka food I want someone to cook for me).
Joggers are a fun alternative to Christmas pajamas that will actually be worn besides when someone runs out of laundry. These are fashionable and functional with hella pockets. Also, let’s be real, everyone loves being comfy in the winter time.
So technology pieces are usually hella expensive, but I found some really cool pieces under $50. I did some research to find these wireless earphones are just over 20 bucks and are highly rated on Amazon. They are perfect for anyone who loves working out. Also, the Amazon Echo Dot is really cool. It’s speaker, timer, etc. and is Alexa enabled, so you can use voice commands to control things around your house.
I hope this made your shopping a little bit easier. To see what to get for your beauty obsessed friend, check out this guide.
What are you buying for the men in your life?
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Today, I’m here to bring you a really exciting post with Evian for their new #AnytimeSpa campaign. The holidays are coming up, which generally means avoiding conversations about politics with people you see maybe one or two times a year. At some point, it just becomes awkward when everyone under the age of 25 is lumped together. Luckily, instead of going to watch some PG-rated movie about 15 times, you can just put on a little DIY spa. Get everyone in your family involved and try to help mend that stressed out skin.
Part I: Face
I would start off with a clean face followed by the Evian spray for some renewed moisture. Recently, I’ve been loving this mud mask from Formula 10.0.6. that I got in my Ipsy, which helps draw out impurities. It makes your skin feels so clean afterwards and is suprisingly affordable. Your skin will then be ready for a really moisturizing mask like the First Aid Beauty mask or just normal moisturizer. A quick DIY mask is yogurt mixed with honey. If you want to really go the extra step, add some turmeric for glowing skin!
Part II: Hair
The holidays are a time where you want to look your best. With all the heat and styling, don’t forget to give your hair some ~extra~ love. On a regular basis, I use the Aussie 3-Minute Miracle, which is maybe $3 at the drugstore. In my Ipsy, I also received the Briogeo deep conditioning hair mask and have been loving that for an extra moisture boost. For a quick DIY mask, just slather a bunch of warm coconut oil in your hair and leave it in for as long or as little as you desire! While your hair mask is in, spray your face with some Evian spray and exfoliate your lips gently with a DIY scrub of honey and sugar.
Part III: Nails
Nails are so easy and fun to do for every age range. The Sally Hansen Cuticle Remover literally makes your hand look like they worked the scary cuticle scissor magic at the salon. After that, you just need an array of nail polish, base coat, and base coat. If you want to make it pedicure appropriate, just get one of these little feet grater things to make your feet soft af.
Have an amazing holiday season! If you aren’t celebrating anything this time of the year, just enjoy the cold weather and furry blankets!
What are your favorite at-home spa treatment? Who would you want to do a DIY spa with?
So, today, I’m really excited to talk to y’all about a product I’ve been using for about 3 years now. I love that this foundation is available in like a gazillion colors and undertones. A big downside is the price, but honestly, I only invest in my base and buy about two foundations a year. Luckily, about a week after I finished my last bottle of the MakeUp Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, Influenster sent me both the liquid and stick foundation. Also, on Sephora, you can get a FREE sample of this foundation with a $25 purchase!
So a few general foundation things first. I apply my foundation with the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge. Also, I like to wear buildable foundations because I wear foundation maybe once a week because that’s about how often I go out. I am looking for a fuss-free foundation because I don’t have time to sit there blending it out and worry about how it’s going to look in every light.
First of all, the first thing I noticed was the repackaging. It looks the exact same besides adding the “Ultra HD” to the title. In the old bottle, the lid would pop off really easily, and I had so many foundations explosions. The finish of this foundation is absolutely gorgeous. It ups your selfie game like no ones business. I’m still shocked by how flawless my skin looks in photos when I wear this foundation.
Also, I have combination skin with oiliness in my t-zone and dryness on the tops of my cheeks. Basically, my skin always looks greasy af, but makeup catches on some random dry spots. This effortless glides over all my imperfections and to blur them out. However, it tends to get a bit slick after wearing it for a while. In Austin, it’s still in the 80s during the day and evenings, so I do use a primer and set it with a powder.
Like many people with dry patches, I’m weary of stick foundations. I can imagine the cake-y faced mistake of years past. Right now, the stick foundation is more a winter shade, so I use it to “highlight” under my eyes. It surprisingly wasn’t cake-y at all and didn’t settle into fine lines. Also, it didn’t stick to any dry patches. It stayed all day on my face during a game, the fair, and a few tears (because we lost).
This definitely isn’t going to be an every day product for me. It blends effortlessly, but as a I ranted before, I rarely wear any makeup. If I’m trying to look extra nice, I will use this. Also, this covered up my under eye circles like no ones business. Usually, I use the color correcting concealer with a normal concealer on top, and it helps brighten up the area a bit. I didn’t even need to with this gem, so #blessed to have one less step to do.
What’s your favorite foundation? Have you used any Makeup Forever foundations?
A little over a year ago, we did a post on shows to watch on Netflix during that summertime sadness. We wanted to update that to include new shows that we are in love with. For me, fall time is the time of the year that I snuggle up with my roommate and watch T.V. with scented candles. Also, the colder weather makes me feel extra cuddly. Side note, I’ve recently gotten back into Netflix since I’ve had a moment to breathe.
- Stranger Things
- The Get Down
- Jessica Jones
- Luke Cage
- The X-Files
- Master of None
- The Ranch
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
- Bob’s Burgers
- Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23
- The Mysteries of Laura
- Kid’s Baking Championship
- Cupcake Wars
- Fixer Upper
- Giada at Home
What are your fall traditions? What are your favorite tv shows? Did I miss anything on this list?
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I’ve heard of Groupon Coupons through the blogger grapevine, but this week I actually checked it out. I’ve been using Groupon for yoga and movie deals for years now. GrouponCoupons actually gives you really awesome coupons to a variety of places. If you have an online shopping problem like us, this literally saves you so much money. From hotels to clothes, they’ve got you covered.
Today, we wanted to show you how to save some money with business casual wardrobe basics featuring J.Crew Factory, Sephora, and Express. I highly recommend tailoring this to your work environment. Also, being a college blog, we are always super budget conscious. I personally consider business clothes more of an investment because they do last and tend to be versatile. Make the clothes you buy for career fair or an interview last way past just joining the work force. If you need help networking, we got you covered.
For your more conservative business place, we recommend J.Crew Factory. Business casual in a more conservative workplace is basically a suit without the blazer. You can play it up with textures and colors but generally keep things clean and muted. They have the simple pieces that you can build on to create an amazing work wardrobe. The first outfit is a really simple short sleeve top with tapered trousers and cute loafers. You can easily dress it up or down with accessories and heels to take you from day to night!
Trendy Dress Code
For a more trendy workplace, we recommend Express. They have those high quality trendy pieces that you can wear day or night. Once again, this is depends on your workplace dress code so take all of this with a grain of salt. We really wanted to find some edgy basics that are a modern twist on classic pieces to be trendy but versatile. like a blazer, shift dress, and button downs.
Best Face Forward
Bite MultiStick in Marscapone and Papaya are simple nude colors that can will keep your work appropriate and can double as a lip and cheek color. The Benefit Roller Lash will keep your eyelashes looking full and fluttery. This Clinique CC Cream will keep your skin fresh and dewy all day long! Honestly, wear whatever makeup makes you feel beautiful and comfortable all day. If you commute or want your makeup to stay all day, check out our no-budge makeup look.
Y’all, I pulled some next level magic this game day. My makeup did not budge the entire day even though it was 80% humidity and 90 degrees outside. I have really really oily skin, so this was an actual miracle that it lasted 9 hours through the game and tailgating. Because I turned into some makeup sorceress, I wanted to share with you my secrets to help your makeup stay in place.
I’m going to start off the primer. The Sephora Acne-Fighting Mattifying Moisturizer is super old, but it is the most effective mattifying primer. I put on two primers because I’m both paranoid and excessive. I used the Loreal Infallible Mattifying Base on my T-Zone and nose (the sweatiest areas). I followed that with the Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer.
Again, this might seem excessive, but I used three foundations. I used the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation under my eyes, on my nose, and on my forehead. This isn’t exactly a highlight/contour situation, but you highlight where you naturally glisten usually. I used the Maybelline Matte + Poreless Foundation in the places not mentioned above. After applying all that, I used the Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation.
When I get ready for a game, it’s definitely a marathon not a sprint. I wait to let all my products settle into my skin before I apply the next layer. I also blot my skin between layers of primers and foundation to make sure that it stays matte at all times. I like to finish my makeup some time before I have to leave to make sure that my skin has time to absorb everything and I can powder again. I was worried about looking cakey,but honestly, I sweat the cakey-ness off the second I stepped outside. To blend everything together and to prevent my face from getting cake, I very aggressively use my Real Techniques Blending Sponge. Sometimes, I use it damp with no product on just to get a flawless finish from my powder.
I received the Maybelline Better Skin Foundation for free and all opinions are my own.
What are your tips to keep your makeup from budging?