Beauty | Hair Routine ft. Hask

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Low Maintenance Hair Routine for Wavy Hair | gold&hearts

New Year New Hair! Today, I have a slightly different post for y’all about my haircare routine. As a person with wavy/curly hair that never does what I want it to do, I struggle to be able to leave the house without styling my hair. As a lazy person, I usually just throw it up in a half up half down or ponytail. With my internship coming up, I wanted to really dig deep into my haircare, so I wouldn’t be heat damaging my hair.

Low Maintenance Hair Routine for Wavy Hair | gold&hearts

Today, I’m working with HASK Chia Seed Oil Volumizing Collection, which has a shampoo and conditioner. Hask is great because all of their products are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors. Okay, first note, this shampoo conditioner set smells amazing. Even my older brother thought our shared bathroom smelled good. Weirdly, despite having absolutely huge hair, my volume stays at the bottom giving me the dreaded triangle hair. Usually, on the first day, my roots stay volumized. but it ends there. This collection really helped keep my hair volumized in the roots to the next day. I apply conditioner only to the bottom half of my hair to weigh them down and make sure they are curls and not waves. My roots stayed super soft despite not applying conditioner. Also, the weight of the conditioner is perfect to actually curl up my hair. #bless

Low Maintenance Hair Routine for Wavy Hair | gold&hearts

After showering, I put the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Spray in. Not only is this much cheaper than the Bumble and Bumble alternative, it doesn’t have the same amount of salt and doesn’t dry your hair out. I then brush my hair out with a wide tooth comb. I, then, use the Aussie Mousse to scrunch my hair gently. I was always scared of mousse because of the hard wet-look mousse people used in early high school with the super straightened  bangs. However, this just keeps my hair from getting big and preventing frizz. Additionally, if I ever need additional hold for any hair style, I use a little bit of the Not Your Mother’s Volumizing Hairspray.

If I had told myself a year ago that I would spend this much time or effort on my hair, I would have laughed. Honestly, this takes about 2 minutes and the results are visible! The best part is that all these products are super affordable and I don’t have to choose between a $20 bottle of shampoo or going out to dinner that week when I have to restock on products. All products are under $10 and go on sale often!

What’s your hair routine? How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
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Gift Guide for Men Under $50

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.

Gifts for Men Under $50 | gold&hearts

Weekender Bag

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.

Alcohol-themed Presents

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.

Cookbook

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

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.

Technology

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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DIY | #AnytimeSpa with Evian

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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.

When you're bored during the holidays, get your family members together and do a DIY Spa Day with Evian. | gold&hearts

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?

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Gift Guide for Beauty Lovers Under $25 and $50

So, we decided to do #Blogmas and have failed epically and have started today.Hopefully, we will have 12 new exciting posts between now and Christmas! We have some super exciting (holiday and non-holiday themed) content for y’all. Buying Christmas gifts and not going broke is pretty hard. You have that “do I love the x dollars or y dollars?” discussion, so we are hoping to make that easier and have some Christmas guide for everyone in your life.
Gift Guide for your favorite beauty lover under $25 and $50! | gold&hearts
Today, we are starting off with the beauty lover in your life. Everything above the words in the image is under $25 and everything below is under $50. Even if you know nothing about makeup, we’ve got you covered! If you know what your friend likes (lipstick, eyeshadow, etc), we have options for every price point. If you have no actual idea about makeup at all, we still got u covered.

Under $25

Any beauty lover can’t get enough of Beauty Blender. This set also has a cleanser which will last past the life of the Beauty Blender. I personally steal my friend’s sponge cleaner, so this is a steal for $25.

First Aid Beauty Christmas value sets are my favorite. I got introduced to the brand through one and buy one at least every year (oops). This set includes a cleanser, a lip conditioner, and facial radiance pads for $15. I don’t want to sound gimmick-y but holy shit what is in those facial pads and how do they make my skin look so good. They are usually my treat-yo-self because they are $$$ but actually have the payoff.

Also, perfect for this winter season is the L’Occitane Shea Butter Ornament that is only $15 (!!) and has hand cream, body lotion, and body soap. If you have ever owned any L’Occitane products, you know how luxurious they are. Side note: this is great for moms and grandmas too!

This Becca Glow on the Go set has both a liquid and powder version of their Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector. They both are in travel sizes making it for easy for the one who wants to try everything or the one who travels a lot.

The Kat Von D Bow and Arrow Set is perfect for your favorite trendy beauty lover at only $20.  Literally all my friends are obsessed with this lip color. It comes with their legendary liquid eyeliner.

Under $50

This palette is the real bae. The Tarte Tartlette in Bloom palette is on my wishlist (hint hint mom/bf). It has the perfect combination of shimmery and matte shades to create a variety of looks from natural to full on glam. Palettes are an amazing present because they basically last forever and your friend will always remember you for only $45.

If your friend loves her contour, she either has the Kat Von D Shade + Light palette or wants it. At $46, buy it for someone special who really never treats themself or really loves being glam at all times.

For you friend that basically has everything, this Nars Velvet Matte lip set will complete their collection of lip shades that are similar but not the same, which is the ideal standard for a lip product, for $45. These products are high quality and your friend will love you for them.

Lastly this amazing Beauty Blender + Benefit kit comes with a Beauty Blender (can you tell we are obsessed?), special blotting sheets, and the amazing Benefit Porefessional Primer for your friend that’s always touching up her makeup because the weather is ruining her life. (all Texas girls ever)

What are you favorite beauty purchases? What do you want on this list?
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Beauty | Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Liquid + Stick

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.

Makeup Forever HD Foundation Liquid + Stick Review | gold&hearts

Liquid 

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.

Makeup Forever HD Foundation Liquid + Stick Review | gold&hearts

 

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.

Makeup Forever HD Foundation Liquid + Stick Review | gold&hearts

Cream 

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).

Makeup Forever HD Foundation Liquid + Stick Review | gold&hearts

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? 

 

 

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Shows to Binge Watch this Fall

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.

Shows to Binge Watch This Fall | gold&hearts

Drama

  • Stranger Things
  • The Get Down
  • Jessica Jones
  • Luke Cage
  • Shameless
  • The X-Files
  • Reign

Comedy

  • Master of None
  • The Ranch
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23
  • Easy
  • The Mysteries of Laura

“Reality” TV

  • 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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How I Keep Up With My Planner

Hey guys! I hope everything is going well! Exam time is upon us, so I basically have had nonexistent free time the past two weeks. Fear not, I have an exam and three projects this week, so it’s only going to get better. When I start to have a lot of studying to do, I stop effectively using my planner. I know when my tests are because I’m so insanely stressed out. I use my Google Calendar and planner to stay organized because I’m actually a crazy person. So, I wanted this to serve as a reminder for both myself and y’all to stay organized.
Planner Tips for Mid-Semester | The middle of the semester can be rough. Stay organized!

Overview

Just a background on my planner, I bought it from Target for two specific reasons.  I like this layout because I’m a to-do list person, and I have a pretty regular life with few changes week to week. This basically becomes my master to-do list, and I tend to write my daily to-do list on a sticky note or on my Momentum home page. Momentum is a home page for Google Chrome that features gorgeous places around the world along with a to-do, daily intention, inspirational quote, and weather.
Momentum | Planner Tips

 Monthly View

In the beginning of the month, I write down all my work for the month. In that, I mainly have big assignments, tests, and extracurricular activities. I like my month at a glance to really highlight the important work. Side Note: The time I took these pictures and finished this post took waaaay too long. Also, I don’t have gorgeous blogger handwriting, so oops.
Planner Tips for Mid-Semester | The middle of the semester can be rough. Stay organized!

Weekly View

I have classes Monday to Thursday, so every Thursday between classes, I sit down and write my schedule changes and to-do list for the week. I have some very ambitious friends that write down all their work for the semester in the beginning. I’m waaaaay to lazy, and I like to know exactly what I have coming up for the week. I first write down everything on the right side of the page and fill in my to-do list chronologically. Through out the week, I fill in all the other boxes. My favorite is the “To Buy” column because I always remember groceries I need when I’m in class.
Planner Tips for Mid-Semester | The middle of the semester can be rough. Stay organized!
So that’s your reminder to get your life back on track! How do you use your planner?
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Beauty | Pamper Yourself with Groupon

Disclosure: This post is sponsored, but I’ve literally been using Groupon for 4 years now. 

A few days ago we talked about building your business wardrobe in college without breaking the bank with Groupon Coupons. This week, we are back with Groupon to learn how to #treatyoself and not go broke af. Last week I talked about using Groupon for yoga and movie deals. It baffles me how mcuh cheaper things are on Groupon. It’s also an amazing place to get Christmas presents for your friends and family. Last Christmas, I bought one friend tickets for the Globetrotters and my boyfriend a gin distillery tour.

Pamper Yourself with Groupon | #treatyoself on a college budget with Groupon Coupons

A not-so-secret tip is to use Groupon for the Health, Beauty, and Wellness section. I’ve used Groupons for a haircut and keratin treatment (for only $25), shellac manicure (for only $10), and my laser hair removal (for $180). I’m not a very treat yourself kinda person. I rarely splurge on makeup and skincare and usually ask my lovely friends and family to buy me the fancier things I use. Groupon lets me splurge on my college budget without worrying about reducing my bank balance to zero or going into credit card debt. My favorite part about Groupon, which will reveal how lazy I really am, is that you can search based on distance from your location.

Recently I’ve been loving finding Groupons for hair salons. I’ve literally never used a shampoo over like $6-7 dollars a bottle. However, I’ve started getting hair cut 3-4 times a year instead of 1-2, which I know isn’t good for it. Short hair is trendy right now and I didn’t realize the maintenance it requires until I cut my hair short.  After cutting it short, my waves turned into full on curls, and the frizz monster attacked in full force. Now, I get my hair cut more frequently to maintain the style and shape (to prevent the hate triangle). Because I used to get my hair cut so rarely, I don’t really have allegiance to a salon. Groupon lets me see reviews for new salons, so I can get my hair cut and deep conditioned regularly.
Have y’all ever used Groupon? What’s your favorite Groupon you’ve ever bought? 
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Affordable Business Casual with Groupon Coupons

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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.

Business Casual Basics with Groupon Coupons-Spon

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.

Conservative Workplace

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.

Where do you shop for work clothes? Is your business casually more conservative or cute?
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Beauty | Sweat-Proof Game Day Makeup

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.

Sweat-Proof Game Day Makeup | Make your makeup last all tailgating and game day!

Primers

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.

Sweat-Proof Game Day Makeup | Make your makeup last all tailgating and game day!

Foundations

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. 

Process

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?

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