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

This is a sponsored post. 

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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College | Using Google Calendar to Get a 4.0

In full honesty, I have been really disorganized in the first few days just getting back into a routine and seeing all my friends again. So, I took this weekend to really reflect on everything I have to do and wanted to share with y’all how I get organized. I use both a planner and Google Calendar to stay organized. Not only am I a crazy person, I also want to always be able to access my schedule and assignments. This post follow  my post about using your syllabus to succeed this semester.

Collegiate Guide to Google Calendar | Use Google Calendar to get that 4.0.

Also, I wanted to address blog organization really quickly. I use my blog email’s Google Calendar to create an editorial calendar. It’s not feature in this post bc I haven’t been using it (oops). I compile all my calendars on iCal, so they seamlessly sync on my phone and laptop.

Get all your syllabi in one place.

You’re basically transferring the course outline from your syllabus into your calendar. Have them easily accessible. Some professors decided to be unique and have weird hard to understand syllabi. This process makes you aware of all your deadlines and cut through all the filler nonsense.

Create a new calendar for the semester and add all your classes

I get rid of my old calendars every year and having a fresh start to the year. I start off with adding all of my classes. Some people find it pointless that I put in the time of each class. I do send this calendar off to my friends that go to school far away (and my mom, so she doesn’t freak out that I’m not picking up her calls).

Collegiate Guide to Google Calendar | Use Google Calendar to get that 4.0.

Make each class day detailed.

I write down my readings and assignments for that day. This makes it super easy to access my readings, since I usually have 3-4 readings for each class. Also, to make it easier to find my assignments, I make the day red to indicate a deliverable.

Collegiate Guide to Google Calendar | Use Google Calendar to get that 4.0.

Have all major assignments and tests easily visible.

Each assignment is marked in red. Assignments due on non-class days are their own event marked in red. This way you will never miss a deadline. I never have but the stress from potentially doing that stresses me out even more.  Side note: I keep my calendar on a month view, so I know exactly how much work I have right now and in the upcoming weeks.

 

Collegiate Guide to Google Calendar | Use Google Calendar to get that 4.0.

Have separate calendars for your academics and extracurriculars.

I used to have so much more information on my calendar and just found it overwhelming to have things like office hours and extracurriculars all on one calendar. Luckily, the lovely president of my organization  made a separate Google Calendar for that and I recommend you do the same! Here’s my final view!

Collegiate Guide to Google Calendar | Use Google Calendar to get that 4.0.

Integrate with your planner.

Every Thursday ( I don’t have Friday classes), I sit down and write down all my assignments and readings for the week along with other admin tasks. Along with that, I  write down all the details for meetings and tailgates for the week. Yes, it’s possible to be a Google Calendar and a planner person!

How do you stay organized? Do you prefer Google Calendar or a planner?

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College | Syllabus Week Checklist

It’s that time of the year again. I can’t believe that I’m starting my fourth year of college and my last year of undergrad. I’m in a five year Masters of Accounting program, so it’s bittersweet. It’s my last year with a lot of my friends, and I’m definitely not ready to say bye. Anyway, syllabus week has me stressed me out, but I’ve learned to channel that into a few small things that prepare me for the semester!

What to do during syllabus to get a 4.0 this semester | gold&hearts

Don’t miss class!

It’s really easy and super tempting to skip syllabus week, but some professors really notice and care when students are missing. They show up ready to teach, so you should show up in return out of respect for your professor. Not to mention, missing class is actually a really big waste of money because you are paying to have a spot in that class. You might still be unpacking, but the first week is relaxed anyway.

Print off your syllabus

Having a paper copy of your syllabus is vital! I keep them pinned up on the bulletin board above my desk! If you want a more eco-friendly option, I recommend downloading your syllabi on to a free pdf reader app on your phone just to make sure

Put everything from  your syllabus into your calendar/planner.

Your syllabus is really you map through this semester because believe it or not your professors have all of theirs expectations listed. A syllabus can be overwhelming so make sure you mark down all the important information using this method. If you are really into putting your life into your Google calendar, my lovely friend Kayla has an ~amazing~ guide for you! If you’re a student with a receptive schedule, I highly recommend this amazing planner, so you can create masterful planners.

Go to your professor’s office hours.

I say go the first week because no one else will be there. It really builds goodwill and you seem like less of a douche when you only see the professor the office hours before the exam the rest of the semester. Building a relationship with your professors is important because they can be your advocates if you want to further your education or just get bumped from the B to an A. Also, if you’re a freshman, you’re probably in these huge lecture halls, so having the  professor at least know your face really benefits you.

Order all your books!

This is pretty self explanatory, but make sure you comparison shop for your textbooks. I usually just google the ISBN number and buy the cheapest option. Keep in mind shipping costs and dates when you shop because if you have assignments due, you may want to go with a different option. My fellow Longhorn Jessica Slaughter has a comprehensive guide to help you out.

Get ahead!

Your motivation for an amazing semester will literally never be higher than this week. Use this week to build a good base for the semester and get ahead on all your readings! Also, I like to print out as many notes of class and make binders for each class during this week. I spend the first week getting ahead on as much work as possible because I ~know~ I’m going to fall behind afterwards.

Have fun!

If you’re anything like me, you started getting really nervous and stressed out your first week because you realize the difficulty and rigor of your classes. Remember to have fun! This is the last chill week you’re going to have a for a while. Catch up with your friends and have fun before the semesters starts.

What do you do during syllabus week? Do you take full advantage or do you get lazy like I do?
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College | Dorm Tech Essentials Under $20

Over the years, I’ve realized I made some dumb tech purchases that I’ve either had to replace or get rid of all together. I’ve complied a list of 6 tech products  that will save you space and money.  Also, just a fun behind the scenes blogger thing, I tried to make the image clickable using and image map and spent 6 hours doing it (incorrectly) and gave up, so if anyone wants to help a girl out…Dorm Tech Essentials Under $20! Save space and money! | gold&hearts

So, while making this list, I took into account my own laziness, and I made sure everything is on Amazon Prime. If you didn’t know, you get six free months of Amazon Prime Student when you first make your account. If you don’t know what it is, Amazon Prime is free two day shipping. Amazon Prime Student is great when you wait till the last minute for everything like me. Recently, I’ve found out how to shop for clothes on Amazon, so my bank account is about to be drained.

 

Dorm Tech Essentials Under $20! Save space and money! | gold&hearts

  1. Everyone needs a 10ft long iPhone charger in college. You’re probably wondering, why Shaguna, what a waste of space. Well, you can only have your bed in so many positions, which means that you might not always be next to an outlet. Also, this makes sure that you can continue your late night scrolling even if your bed is lofted! Also, this comes with two, so it’ll come in extra handy when you see number 5!
  2. Wow, a steamer seems super fancy pants. It seems excessive, but a steamer is a) cheaper than most irons and b) smaller than most irons. Better yet, you don’t even need an ironing board, so you don’t have to worry about having to store one of those either. Also, if you’re like me and don’t understand settings/temperatures on a iron, this is the solution for you.
  3. A decent sized mirror is necessary for when you share a room with another girl and you both have to be out the door at the same time. Also, its great when you have a bunch of people getting ready together. I like this one because of the shape and size!
  4. Okay, so wow~ ground-breaking~ a  multi-plug thing. However, in order to combat the same problem as in the first item, this has a super long cord so you can plug it in anywhere you want and use it wherever you want. My dorm allowed power strips but not extension cords, so this is the best of both worlds.
  5. I am ALWAYS breaking my phone cords which isn’t something out of the ordinary. I’ve made a rule to keep one in my backpack and one in my bedroom, so I don’t keep on destroying them. This little stand makes sure your phone charges and is ~super~ aesthetic. Also, since number 1 comes with two, you can leave one at home and take one with you!
  6. So, again this addresses the problem of randomly spaced plugs.  You will probably need to plug a few things in right next to your bed. For me, that’s my laptop, phone, lamp, and iPad. This sort of multi outlet is perfect bc it has USB slots to make charging everything extra easy! Full disclosure, there are some power strips that have them, but they are ridiculously expensive.

What are your dorm tech essentials? Which one of these picks are your favorites?

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College | Pre-Moving Checklist

Moving is arguably one of the worst things  you have to do, and in college, you do it yearly! I like to treat moving as a time to restart, refresh, and renew my life.  Over the years, I’ve learned ways to make moving easier by taking time to reduce clutter. Most people move every year in college and curse themselves when they realize how much stuff they have accumulated over the year. I’m not talking about a seriousMarie Kondo-esque reflection on each object you own; but, just some very logical and rational decision-making on your shopping habits and actual consumption. If you’re an incoming freshman, we have a printable checklist of exactly what you need!
Pre-Moving Day Checklist
I highly recommend donating anything you don’t plan on keeping. Every year, I see so much waste when students move. If you can plan ahead, ask your dorm supervisor to have public receptacles to donate goods. I moved a little over a week ago and wanted to share some of my tips and my experience before everyone moves back into their dorm/apartments.

Before anything…  

Pack a bag with your essentials
This bag of essentials will have all your stuff for your first 2-3 days including bedding, makeup, skincare, and clothes. Using this bag, see what you really need to function on a daily basis. Tackle this first, so if everything else goes absolutely horribly, at least you’re not completely screwed.
Contact your utilities and internet provider
We had a mishap transferring our wifi and it was an absolute disaster. Usually, you can plug in your modem at your new place and contact your internet provider informing them of a change of address. Find out early if you need to have someone come in to physically install anything because you will want to plan for that.
Change your address
If your apartment address is your permanent address, make sure to inform the U.S. Post Office of your change in address, so your mail is forwarded.

While you pack…

Clean out bathroom/toiletries/makeup
You don’t need 5 face washes that are all full. Donate, throw away, or give your half used or lightly loved products. I realized that I had so many moisturizers that I didn’t use because I didn’t’ like the smell or some other arbitrary factor and my mom happily took them back for herself. Also, use this time to clear through your makeup. Reminder: Makeup does go bad. I have so much makeup that is old or just unflattering that I passed on to my friends or threw away.

Donate your clothes and shoes!
Do you see a little dust on the hanger? Get rid of it! I personally love getting rid of clothes (and replacing them with new ones). I recommend looking at the clothes in your closet and getting rid of the ones that don’t fit, look extremely worn, or are out of date. Also, this is a great time to have a clothing swap with your friends, especially for special occasion dresses that you wear rarely. I got rid of so many shoes that are uncomfortable because I will literally never wear them.

Clean out your kitchen
When I moved, I still had non-perishable goods that were pushed to the back of the pantry from my grocery trip with my mom before school started. Keep food if it isn’t expired, but also take a moment to reflect on your grocery shopping habits and the amount of food waste you produce. I realized if some things aren’t kept in front of me, I won’t eat them. Also, sometimes I try to be healthy, but when things taste bad, I just don’t eat them. I really need to stop doing that. Donate all non-expired non-perishable goods to local food banks!

I hope y’all enjoyed our decluttering tips! Regardless of whether you’re moving, make sure to go through all your things to live with less junk! Do y’all have any moving tips? How do you feel about moving?
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