How to Earn Extra Money this Summer

I am currently a college student who loves to buy coffee everyday & shop for clothes. Over the past 2 years I have done countless things online to try and earn money. I am probably signed up for every site. This is my personal list of sites and apps that work for me and I have actually received things from. These sites & apps are perfect to earn some extra money this summer.
 1. Ebates/Rakuten– This site is the real deal. This site has been featured on news shows, online, and even commercials. I love love love this site. Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 12.38.27 PMBasically you get paid whenever you shop online. The sites has thousands of brands to choose from: Macys, Victoria’s Secret, Nordstrom, Gap, and much more. All you have to do is search on the website for the store you are shopping at and click the link (which takes you straight to the website) and shop! Literally the easiest way to make money! You can either be paid through a check or gift cards. I have received 9 checks and I am currently about to get another check.
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2. Swag bucks– I think this is #1 on everyone’s list. This site is literally amazing. You can do so many things to earn points which later can be redeemed for sweepstakes or gift cards. You however do not receive actual dollar bills or checks. Swagbucks runs off a point system.  I have received around 17 gift cards from Swagbucks. When I got my first gift card I thought it would come in the mail and take forever. However, within a day I received an egift card for the store I swag
selected. This has been done with all my gift cards. The way I get my points is by doing the daily poll. I also search and watch videos for easy Swagbucks. Rarely I will buy or sign up for something where I can earn more Swagbucks for those offers. One thing that I do not do on Swagbucks is the surveys. There is no reason that I do not complete the surveys only that I do so many surveys that I need a break and this site allows me the opportunity to earn rewards without always having to complete a survey.
  • It takes me around 1 month to earn a giftcard. 
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3. Poshmark & Merci– Are apps that I use to make money by selling my clothes, shoes, and accessories. I like beingFullSizeRender (6) able to control and interact with people with my personal items. I can better explain to them or ask them questions personally. The vibe on these apps are amazing and everyoIMG_7519ne is so friendly. Each app has an advantage over the other. The only bad thing is that poshmark takes 20% of what you make which can be lot for listing priced low. However Mercari does not take any percentage from your earnings. But when it comes to shipping, Poshmark has a flat rate of $4.99 on every order where as Mercari has different prices for different sized items. But both sites are amazing and I have earned money from both.
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Posmark & get $5: BYHER 
                                               Mercari & get $2:Kev986 

 

Money from the grocery store/Walking into a store/Scanning your receipt:

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Ibotta-This app is the rebate queen without having to mail in the rebate. The app is super easy to use and is worth it! All you do is find products that you purchased in store, snap a picture of your receipt, and earn. You can find rebates from stores like: Walmart, Target, Macy’s, Old Navy, and even Sephora (for my makeup lovers). YOU EVEN EARN $5 FOR JUST SIGNING UP!!!! Use my code UMHXBHV 

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Checkout51-Another rebate app! Unlike Ibotta, you don’t have to choose a store. Just find the products and take a picture of your receipt. I love this app, because you get a check instead of a gift card. Real Money!!

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Shopkick– If scanning grocery’s and taking pictures of receipts isn’t for you, then just walking into a store and clicking this app is for you! Super Easy! You earn points called “kicks” for walking through the door of select stores. Once you earn enough kicks you cash your credits out for gift cards to places like: Target, Amazon, Apple, Walmart, and Nike. This one can earn you gift cards pretty fast. Click here to sign up

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Receipt Hog- This app is by far my favorite app to make quick easy money. All you have to do is take a picture of any receipt. ANY RECEIPT!!! I can’t say enough good things about this app. You can only earn Amazon or Paypal gift cards. I have cashed out many times on this app.

Where have I been ? Update

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The past couple of months have been rough. I have been super busy, and life is starting to set in. For the past couple of months, I have been transitioning from late teen life to young adult life. I recently finished my 2nd year of college. Between my job, finals, and moving from my dorm back home with my family, I have been on the go non-stop. I only have a year and a half left. This summer, I will be taking a few summer classes, and then in the fall I will begin my last full year of college. So that’s a brief update of where I’ve been. In addition to my crazy, busy schedule, I always have some BIG life updates as well. Keep reading to see what new & exciting things I have coming up!!

One big announcement is that I am getting my first apartment! I am super excited to have my own place. Since I’ve been in college, I’ve lived in the dorm rooms at school.  My first year, I lived a with a random roommate, and the second year I got to live with my 3 best friends. Although this was an experience itself, I am very happy to live in an apartment. I will have three other roommates, one being my sister! Yes, my sister will be attending the same college as me, and we will be living together. We have spent our entire lives together, so this will be interesting and exciting! I have been on the apartment hunt for about 4 months, so to finally have one is a big relief. Plus the apartment is fully furnished, which is amazing! I will not have to stress over finding furniture. However, I do not move in until August, but when I do, I will be doing a few blog post!

Now for the big big announcement. I got a new job!

 

I have had a few small jobs, and most recently I had a job at the college I attend. It was very convenient to go to class, go to work, and back to my room all in the same area. I loved the convenience of everything; however, it was time to move on. My new job is one where I will be doing exactly what I am going to college for. I am currently pursuing a Business degree, and my new job is in the Human Resource field, also known as HR. To not even have my degree yet but have a career in the filed, I  want to pursue is a blessing, and I am incredibly thankful. My job search was intense. I applied to many jobs and had many interviews, but this was ultimately the best option. My goal is to dedicate an entire blog post on my experience of finding a job. I want to share my experience and tips I found helpful. Be on the lookout for that blog post within the next couple of weeks!

I hope this summer to get back to posting more blog post because I love sharing and interacting with others! I do not have a set schedule for when I will be posting, but I hope to at least post once a week. If you have any updates to share, I would love to hear!!

 

 

Glowing Into Spring

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Good Afternoon Loves! I hope you are all enjoying your day and the beautiful weather as well. One of my favorite things about this time of the year is that I am encouraged to look more presentable. Not only that but I actually love to dress up, do my makeup, and look nice; especially when the weather is nice outside. As I transition from winter to spring and spring to summer, I like for my skin to glow (naturally & with some product). I love fresh, smooth skin and generally I have a nice natural glow. However, today I wanted to share some tips of how I get a nice spring glow.

What Is Highlight?

Highlighter is designed to give you a subtle glow and your skin a luminous, radiant look. Highlighters can come in a loose powder, creams, liquids, or a stick. Highlighter is a product where you can control how much you want to apply. By applying a little bit of product, one can achieve a more natural, glowy look. However, if you want to shine or look very glowy, then applying more highlighter can be used to build up the desired look.

Places Where I Apply My Highlight

I love how versatile highlight is. Typically people where a highlighter on their checkbones. Placing it here helps define your face while adding a glow. The second place where I apply my highlighter is my nose. This is a perfect tip to try if you want a thinner, more defined nose. Also the nose is at the center of the face; adding more sparkle to it will be an immediate notice! I first saw someone else apply highlighter to their upper lip and wow I fell in love. I tried this out for myself and it makes my lips have extra sparkle to them and makes them look glowy (especially when you take a picture with flash on). Now I usually do not apply all this highlighter all at once. Some days I’ll do my checks, some days I’ll do my nose & my lips.

When To Apply Highlighter

When you want to apply your highlighter is ultimately up to you and your liking. I find it best to apply all my makeup such as concealer, foundation, setting powder, and eyeshadow first, then I will apply my highlighter. I like to think of applying highlight as the last final touch. Highlighter can also be used instead of using a bronzer. Bronzer applies a glow as well. If you are using highlighter as a bronzer, I would suggest a highlighter that is not as glittery/sparkly.

My Favorite Highlighters 

Urban Decay Highlight in Sin– When I saw this product online I was super hesitant because it is super light. I like for my highlighters to have a bronze color to them. To my surprise I love love love this highlight! It is a very natural color that can be build up to have that glow effect. It is my everyday highlighter that I use. This is a universal shade that would look great on any skin tone! Highly recommend!

Sephora Highlight Palette-The palette includes 6 different shades. My favorite colors to to use for a highlight is either brownish bronze colors or soft pink colors. This palette is great because I have many options to choose from depending on the look I want to achieve. The first thing I noticed about the colors, were how sparkly they looked. Surprisingly these are not too shimmery. They are very wearable shimmery shades that I can wear everyday. My favorite two shades are the two middle shades, the two bronze colors. I love these so much. At times if I apply the other 4 shades, I’ll outline with a bronze shade and it is the prettiest thing ever. I am loving and using this product everyday!  I love this particular palette because it has 6 different highlight shades to choose from.

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Colourpop High Five Highlighter-I have been wanting to try a Coloupop highlighter for the longest. I have other highlighters from other brands that I love and have never seen the need to get another highlighter. Even though I’ve wanted to try this product for the longest, every time I ordered from Colourpop I always skipped right over the highlighters. However, I have finally gotten my hands on one. I really love the individuality of Colourpop highlighters. I like how they are not sold in palettes but sold individually. Also s the highlight seems to come with a lot of product within. I normally wear highlighters that have brownish, goldish tones to them. I rarely wear a highlight with pink to it. When I first tried the highlight, I did not realize how pink it is. However, I am open to trying another Colourpop highlighter that has gold undertones and is not very sparkly.

How I Apply Highlighter? 

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There are so many ways to apply a highlighter. With a brush & by hand are the top two ways I see highlighters applied. Many people use a fan brush to apply their highlighter. I could definitely see why one might do this. I do not own a fan brush. Instead I use the Real Techniques Contour Brush. This brush works very well and is easy to apply the highlight with. It remains me of a bronzer or blush brush .

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Favorite Spring Looks

Slip On Shoes

I have been wearing my slip on Vans nonstop! They are my everyday, go to shoe. I have four pairs of the slip on Vans. I love these shoes so much. They are comfortable for walking and perfect for when you are in a hurry and just need to slip on some shoes. There have been many times when I’m getting ready for my college classes and I have to hurry and get my clothes on and do my hair. Something that helps saves me time, are these shoes. They go with any outfit, they are simple to put on, and they are very comfortable. There are many brands that make slip on shoes in addition to Vans such as: Steve Madden, Target, and Old Navy. These are also great unisex shoes and are perfect for any age.

Colored Handbags

Sticking with the theme of incorporating more colors into my everyday black and gray outfits, having a cute colorful pastel purse is perfect for spring. The current handbags I have are either black or brown. I recently bought this baby pink Kate Spade crossbody purse, but I haven’t gotten to use it yet. However, the few times I have worn it, I love it! The baby pink is a cute but soft color that makes my outfit go from a 6 to a 10! Even though I love my designer bags, I still own some from places like Target or TJ Maxx. Depending on the occasion or activity I’m doing will determine which bag I bring.

Colored Pants

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This is a perfect spring trend that I have already begun incorporating into my clothing routine. When I want to make an effort to look cute while going to class and not wear leggings, I will wear colored pants/joggers with a cute or basic top and a necklace. For my shoes I usually wear my vans or sandals. This is such a cute, simple outfit that looks nice with little effort. All of my colored pants came from H&M. Before getting these olive green pants, I never bought bottoms from H&M. I was a little hesitant but I’m obsessed with H&M bottoms. They are true to size and perfect quality!

Cycling Shorts

I still don’t know how I exactly feel about this trend. When I see it on Kim K. or youtuber Jackie Aina, they look great on them. Being in college, these are very popular because they are so simple & easy to put an outfit together and to put on. I’m hesitant about this trend because I’m not sure how I would look in them. Cycling shorts are essentially exercise/ sports gear but they have recently turned into fashion statement as cropped leggings.

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Spring Lifestyle Essentials

Face Mist

I have found that when I travel there are always a few items that I always bring with me. My Mario Badescu Spray is one of those items that I always have with me. I usually use the spray for two reasons; as an overall setting spray in my skincare routine and as an overall body mist. I love how this product is versatile and even if I am not using it in my skincare routine, the product still works as an overall body mist. The spray helps refresh and hydrate my skin during seasonal and weather changes. The mist is formulated with aloe, herbs, and rosewater. I have purchased this product 4 times and I don’t think I will ever not have this product!

Portable Charger

How many times have I went on a trip, my phone died, and I wished I had this product with me but I always forget it at home? The answer is too many times 😦 Portable chargers are a must in todays times. We use our phones so much and while we are on vacation we may use it to take pictures, look for things to do, or look at reviews for restaurants. My advice, find a small portable charger that can easily fit in a purse or bag. There are also some chargers that have more than one charing port to it, so you are able to charge more than one device. Definitely an essential!

Necklace

This is my favorite essential on the list! Recently I have found that I wear a necklace everyday and it makes a difference. My go to outfits this spring will be leggings, shorts, or jeans paired with a graphic or basic tee. To add to the look I will wear a necklace. Now I know this is simple and you probably already do this, but in all seriousness, a necklace can transform a simple outfit. For the springtime I like to wear a simple gold or silver necklace. You can get this item from anywhere but I would try to find a good quality necklace that will not rust or break so you are able to wear it without having to throw it away after a couple of wears.

Sunglasses

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Of course sunglasses has to be on the list! I love wearing sunglasses year round, however, when spring time comes I like to bring out my bright colored sunglasses. Also during this time of the year I like to add new pairs to my collection. If I am going on vacation, a theme park, or swimming then I will wear a cheap pair. I do not like wearing my good pair of sunglasses during these activities because I am scared I will break them or even worse lose them. However, investing in a really nice pair of sunglasses is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I decided to invest in a more pricier pair so I could stop spending money on sunglasses & be ensured that they wouldn’t break so easily. I would definitely recommend this. Sunglasses are an essential that you will always use, so why not invest in a pair that you can use forever.

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Sunscreen

This past summer I dedicated an entire post to the importance of sunscreen. Check it out HERE. Sunscreen is a highly important skincare product that needs to be worn not only year round but by everyone. I know it can be tough to think about this, but protecting your skin is highly important. The sunscreen I use everyday and have been using for years is the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen. This product is very affordable and can be found at most drugstores.  I only use this product on my face, however, it can be used for any part of the body. This is a lightweight clean free sunscreen that is fast absorbing and also water resistant. If you plan to wear makeup or have already completed your skincare routine this sunscreen is probably best for you. Even if you are not wearing makeup or any skincare products this sunscreen will still work perfect!

Water

With the season and weather changing it is important to stay hydrated. From experience, my body overall gets very dry during the winter and when spring comes, I have to stay hydrated. Drinking water consistently is hard for some; hard for myself as well. I have found that if I have a cute water bottle, it helps encourage me to drink more. For spring, I am using a water bottle from Starbucks and a marble print water bottle. These help keep my water cold for extended periods of time, they are a nice size, easy to refill, and easy to carry around.

Basic Tees

A must for spring time! Well anytime. I love basic tees. Honestly I haven’t worn anything else this spring besides basic tees. The thing I love about basic tees is that you can do so much with them. Adding a necklace, colorful pants, shorts, or skirt, a cute pair of shoes, different hairstyles are just some of the things that look great with a basic tee. I suggest at least having a white, black, and gray tee in your closet. I also like to have a jean jacket or cardigan nearby just in case the weather gets chilly throughout the day. My favorite places to get basic tees are from Forever 21, H & M, and Target!

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Spring Wishlist

 

Screen Shot 2019-03-10 at 3.45.10 PM.pngDrunk Elephant The Littles Collection– I saw this product while shopping at my local Sephora. I have never tried any products from Drunk Elephant, but I have been wanting to try for quite some time now. I haven’t done full research on the brand but I have heard that the products work wonders. I was instantly drawn to the packaging. 8 products come in a little cosmetic bag. The Littles Collection is essentially travel size products of the brands’ top items. Although these are not full size products, they are still a good size where I can get a couple of uses out of. I think this would be a good starter kit to help introduce someone to the Drunk Elephant brand.

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Olly The Perfect Women’s Multi-Vitamin Supplement– I have recently been going crazy for vitamins. I love doing research on which ones are right for my body and the benefits they offer. I was first introduced to the Olly brand from my favorite youtubers. This interested me to find out more about these vitamins. The brand offers an array of different vitamin supplements to choose from, plus the taste is amazing. I have been on the lookout for an everyday multi-vitamin that has many benefits. The Olly Multi-Vitamin supplement has vitamins A,C,D,E and biotin.

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NARS Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette Mini– Every time I see a NARS eyeshadow palette I fall in love. The colors are beautiful and the shadows look very pigment. This palette, in copper, is the newest palette in the collection of NARS minis. I love the mini palette to easily use when I am traveling. The palette also has an array of shimmers and matte shadows that I can create multiple looks with. The only thing that is stopping me from getting my hands on this palette is the price. The palette retails for $32 for 6 shadows. I’m not sure if I’m willing to spend that when I can easily pay that price for a full eyeshadow palette. However, like I said before, the palette is beautiful, convenient, and has shimmers and mattes.

Redken Frizz Dismiss Mask– I love Redken hair products. My all time favorite hair product is from the brand and I have found these products work great for my hair. Lately I have been into hair mask. I usually do a hair mask every 2 weeks. Some hair mask I have seen instant results. When I came across this product, I knew I had to try. I have naturally frizzy hair and one way I have heard to get rid of the frizziness is to do a hair mask. The hair mask claims to nourishes, softens, and hydrates unruly hair. The container is a nice size where I will be able to get plenty of uses.

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Colourpop Just My Luck Eyeshadow Palette-With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, what better way to have on green than to have a beautiful eye look. I have worn green eyeshadow before and liked the look better than I thought I would. The palette has 9 different shades of green with a variation of mattes and shimmers. Although the palette is centered around green, I feel like some of the shadows can be manipulated to produce a brown or black shade to create many more looks. I usually do not buy makeup products out of the blue, but I could see myself really enjoying the green shadows.Screen Shot 2019-03-11 at 2.39.30 PM

Tree Hut Bohemian Escape Sugar Scrub–  I love Tree Hut body scrubs! These scrubs have many benefits and they smell so good. The brand recently came out with around 4 new body scrubs. The bohemian escape scrub has turmeric which detoxifies and tones the skin. The scrub is also formulated with Shea Butter, and an array of natural oils, including Evening Primrose, Sweet Almond, and Avocado. The scrub claims to provide intense exfoliation that leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

 

Morphe Full Coverage Foundation- If there is one product on the wishlist that I know for certain I am getting my hands on; its this product! I know this is not a new product, it has been out for a couple of months now. If you are familiar with the youtuber Tati, she first introduced me to the foundation on one of her videos. From watching other videos I have heard great things about the foundation. Usually foundation is a product where I will spend a lot of money on. The Morphe foundation retails for $18. I would consider this a perfect price. It’s a little more than a drugstore foundation but cheaper than a high-end foundation. This foundation has 60 shades!!! I personally have never seen another foundation with anywhere close to 60 shades. I know Fenty Beauty has a large selection of shades as well. This is a perfect product for those who have trouble finding their perfect shade. You are bound to find your shade!

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3 Things to Do for Your Skin Right Now

Good Morning Loves! Recently I have been in love with my skin. I go through phases where I am a skincare junkie and I constantly am buying skincare products. I also like to invest in makeup products as well. My skin has improved so much, especially when I take the time to do research and invest in the right products. We should value our bodies and want to take care of our skin by doing and taking proper steps. Today I waned to share some things I’ve been doing to help improve my skin. Please let me know some tips you use as well.

Water

I know we have all heard this before and we know it works; yet its so hard to stick to. I go through a phase where I am drinking water non-stop. The results are amazing. Then there are times, more times than the phase where I am drinking non-stop, where I am not getting the necessary water intake. If I am not drinking plenty of water, my skin tends to break out. I have heard some people claim that water does nothing for their skin. However, personally for me I see nothing but benefits. Not only does water help my skin, but I also feel better and have more energy when I am hydrated.

Prime Baby, Prime

First thing first! Primer is essential to having a good set up or base for applying your makeup. Before you apply your primer, you want to make sure you have a clean, fresh face. I complete my skincare routine before I apply my makeup. After my face is cleaned, I apply my primer. Putting makeup on-top of bare skin repeatedly can seriously not be good. Having a layer in-between provides many benefits. I am currently using the Fenty Beauty Primer. In the past I have used the Benefit Porefessional Primer and the Covergirl Outlast Primer. I squeeze a dime sized amount of primer onto my finger and apply it to my skin. The primer blends into my skin nicely, setting up a base for my makeup.

Sunscreen

This past summer I dedicated an entire post to the importance of sunscreen. Check it out HERE. Sunscreen is a highly important skincare product that needs to be worn not only year round but by everyone. I know it can be tough to think about this, but protecting your skin is highly important. The sunscreen I use everyday and have been using for years is the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen. This product is very affordable and can be found at most drugstores.  I only use this product on my face, however, it can be used for any part of the body. This is a lightweight clean free sunscreen that is fast absorbing and also water resistant. If you plan to wear makeup or have already completed your skincare routine this sunscreen is probably best for you. Even if you are not wearing makeup or any skincare products this sunscreen will still work perfect!

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3 Makeup Products to Have On the Go

I am not one who has to do my makeup everyday. If I am not doing a full face, then there are always 3 products that I grab to add to my face. Even though I am not wearing a full face of makeup, these products help to make me seem put together.  Even if you feel like you  have to do a full face, these are 3 products that you can always have handy.

Full Coverage Concealer

When I want a full coverage face or if I am trying to cover dark spots I will add concealers to my routine. In my current routine I am using the Colourpop No Filter Concealers. I also love the LA Girl Pro Conceal. I put the product under my eyes and on certain spots I wish to cover. To apply I use the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush. I like how natural these concealers look while also taking care of my skin concerns. If I have a little bit of time left, I’ll add some highlight to my look.

Mascara

My all time favorite mascara is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I love the Benefit They’re Real Mascara, but nothing compares to this one! I have repurchased this mascara 4 times and I do not see myself stopping! This mascara provides the desired length and volume I need.  This mascara provides an everyday look but also can be worn as an alternative to fake lashes. Even if I do not want a drastic eye look, this mascara is also capable of providing a simple look as well. If you really want your mascara lasting all day, then try using a mascara that is both waterproof and long lasting. This will ensure that your makeup will last for an extended amount of time and if you have watery eyes or you touch your lashes, that your mascara will not look smudgy. If I have extra time I add one basic eyeshadow color to my lid to make it seem like I actually have on a full face of makeup and the shadow is a nice simple touch.

Lip Product

This is a must for me because I always have to have a lip product handy, especially if I am not wearing makeup. I have found that a simple lip color on my lips can make me go from just waking up, to actually trying to look presentable. I always have my Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb  with me! This is my go to lip product. I love how the gloss bomb is a universal product. Meaning it is for everyone: any skin type or any skin tone. This color is perfect because it is so natural but also a shine and sparkle to it. The lip product is perfect for any occasion and any outfit. I can wear it just to the gym and even wear it to a nice dinner. Whenever I want more of a bold color, I grab my NARS Lip Pencil in Cruella . My go to outfit with a red lip and no makeup on, is a black sweater, black jeans, black leather jacket, black boots.

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Products I Would Try From the Sephora Collection

Good Afternoon Beauties! A couple of months ago I did a blog post of items that I would buy from Ulta’s own beauty collection. Check the post out HERE. Looking at which items I would buy from Ulta was very excited to see what items they have and interesting to see what I would buy. Today I wanted to take a look into the product line Sephora has. I am familiar with the Sephora Collection and have actually bought some products from the line. Although the collection is cheaper than many brands, it still pricer than Ulta. Keep reading to see which items from the Sephora Collection I would try out and buy.

 

Sephora Pro New Nudes Palette– From looking on the website, I was a little confused to why Sephora does not offer a lot of their own eyeshadow palettes. Eyeshadow palettes are not only popular, but easy to create dupes for. I would like to see Sephora dupe an eyeshadow palette or have more of their own palettes. One palette that caught my eye is the Pro Nudes Palette. This palette is absolutely beautiful. There are 28 shadows with a combination of mattes and shimmers. The shadows look very pigment, but I would definitely have to test out for myself. With all this being said, if I were in store I would have to get this palette! Only thing stopping me is the price. The palette is $68. Which is way too much for me especially since I am not aware of the quality of Sephora eyeshadows.

Sephora Pore Cleansing Pad– My initial reaction was that this product was a brush cleaning pad. The reason I looked at this product was because I thought it was a brush cleaning pad that was only $6 and I really would try. This is not a brush cleaning pad, it is a face tool for your pores. I have seen these before but never was interested in trying. Although its not the brush cleaner, I do think I would still try this product. Plus its only $6. I do like how the tool has a grip to make it easier to hold. The tool uses tiny bristles to invigorate the skin and effectively clean pores, helping to exfoliate and soften the skin. I would be a little hesitant that it might irritate my skin but I would still try.

Screen Shot 2019-02-09 at 7.39.46 PMSephora Collection 10 HR Wear Foundation– Can I say, this shade range is incredible! There are 38 shades to choose from. For this to be a foundation that is not the company’s sole big item, 38 shades is really good. In addition to the shade range I also like the frosted glass bottle. The only thing I do not like about the packaging, is that the product is not even 1 oz. Most foundations are at least 1 oz. The Sephora Collection Foundation is just under an oz, .84 oz. The foundation is priced at $20. I can see myself spending $20 for the foundation. The foundation claims to be buildable coverage that blurs imperfections and conceals blemishes for a smooth and natural finish. This foundation is also for all skin types. Would definitely try!

 

Sephora Bright Future Gel Concealer– Once I became interested in the Sephora Collection foundation, I knew I wanted to look at the brand’s concealers. This particular concealer stuck out to me because it is a gel based concealer. I do not think I have ever tried a gel concealer before.  The concealer comes in 20 shades and claims to be a lightweight concealer that covers and brightens to help you fake a more alert appearance in seconds. I am interest in how the gel formula is lightweight. The concealer is not that pricey compared to other brands. Overall I would definitely give this a try.

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Sephora Rose Quartz Facial Massager– I have seen this product everywhere from my favorite youtubers, instagram, and makeup stores. For the longest I was not interested in trying this product but most recently I have a new interest to try. The massager has many benefits. I usually do research before I buy something but as of right now I’m not educated enough to know the benefits. I also am unfamiliar with how much face massagers cost. The Sephora one retails for $20, which is not too bad. I am really interested in this product just because I have seen it everywhere, but I would still love to try it and to find out the benefits.

 

Sephora Hand Mask– I love Sephora Mask!! Sephora has some of the best mask I have ever tried. I love using the Sephora Foot Mask. Whenever I use the foot mask, I get instant results and my feet are perfect. I have also tried Sephora Face Mask and those are also good as well. In addition to these mask, Sephora also has lip, eye, and hand mask that I have not tried. I could actually see myself getting a foot mask and enjoying it. There are two foot mask: aloe vera and avocado. I definitely will be getting my hands on these soon!

Sephora Lip Last Lipstick– Of course I have to have a lip product on the list. I am very curious on how the Sephora Collection lip products holds up to other brands. Many brands we know because they have a nice formula. A few years back I remember I ordered a Sephora lip product online and I hated it. I returned immediately. I can not remember which lip product it was but the product was definitely coming out very liquidy and was not the same color as described. Maybe I just got one from a messed up batch so I am going to redeem my feelings and try out a new lipstick.  The Sephora Lip Last Lipstick stuck out to me because it claims to last 10 hours. 10 hours for a lipstick is crazy! Sometimes after I eat or drink, I hate reapplying my lipstick. This would be a perfect product where I would not have to constantly reapply. This lip product is priced  at $14!

Sephora Moisturizer: Hydrate & Repair– For me skincare is very important. I usually use the same skincare products whereas I am always open to try new makeup. For some reason this product really stood out to me and actually is a product I really want to get. I notice whenever I look at skincare products, I tend to look for things that hydrate. At times, especially if I’m not wearing makeup, my skin can look very dull. Hydrating skincare products have always worked well for me. The formula is similar to the current moisturizer I am using. I also love how the moisturizer is for all skin types.

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Valentines Day Gift Guide

For Her:

Lush- I love the idea of getting gifts from Lush. Every season, Lush rolls outs new products to celebrate the occasion. Of course for Valentines Day, they have an array of body products to choose from: plus the products are centered around V-Day.  Lush is also very affordable and I can get a couple of items for one person all under $20! However, they do offer an array of gift sets that are a little bit more pricer, but the gift sets includes a lot of items instead of buying each separately.

Eve’s Cherry Lip Scrub | Egg Plant Bath Bomb | All Yours Gift Set

 

Picture Frame- I absolutely love this idea! It is a simple gift but has so much value. For my birthday my boyfriend got me a nice picture frame with a picture that we took a couple of days before. The idea honestly melted my heart and it was one of my favorite gifts received. At least for me, I am someone who appreciates the little things that have a great thought behind them. Don’t think that just because its a simple gift that the person will not care, I promise they’ll love it! One way to make the picture frame seem more elegant is to get a really nice frame or a frame with a quote.

Wide Grain Frame | Single Image Float Frame | Espresso Matted Wall Frame 

 

I Love You Books/Themed Cards- I have never personally received nor gave this gift, but I love the idea! I love you books are basically a book that displays the love or shows off the person. The books have different themes that may have activities in them, games, or fill in the blanks. In addition to I love you books, coupon books are also a great gift to add some fun. Although this is under the list for girls, it can also be given to guys either already completed by the girl or as a gift.

I Like You, I Love You Book | 642 Things About You | Themed Cards 

 

Coffee Mug/ Water Bottle- I love love love coffee mugs. I literally have so many that I have to tell myself not to buy any more. I have recently been working out and going to the gym, so I have been buying cute little water bottles to take. These two gifts are perfect. I would be so happy to receive them. Although these are small gifts, they are gifts that the person will actually use. However, if you know the person doesn’t drink coffee or tea, then its probably best that you don’t get them this gift. If you know the person does, then this gift is perfect! You can get these gifts year round, but since its Valentines Day try looking for coffee mugs or water bottles that are Valentines Day themed. Throw in a coffee gift card in the coffee mug to add to the gift!

Love You Mugs | Red Lips Water Bottle | Hershey’s S’mores Mug

 

For Him:

Speaker- This makes a perfect gift for anyone. This is a gender neutral & age neutral item. There are many speakers that you can choose from. I’ve seen $15 speakers at Target & Walmart. Then there are some that are more expensive. Depending on who you’re shopping for will help determine which to choose. For me, I’d take the $15 one just because I just need a basic speaker that will play music while I shower, clean, or study. If you know someone who is a music person then maybe invest in a more expensive speaker.

Target iLive Speaker |Walmart iHome Color Changing Speaker(I have this one & I love it)

Walmart JBL Waterproof Speaker (My boyfriend has this one and he uses it everyday)

 

Charging Deck- I actually have one of these and my boyfriend has been hinting that he wants one. A charging deck is essentially a stand that will charge more than one device at the same time. The charging stand I have will charge my iPhone, my apple watch, and my airpods all at the same time. That way before I go to sleep, I can plug all my devices in at once and they will all charge. Other stands may have where you can charge more than one phone at a time. Also a gender neutral & age neutral gift.

Amazon Charging Station | Amazon Apple Charging Stand ( the one I have)

 

Themed Underwear, Socks, T-shirts- This gift is perfect! It’s a funny gift that the person can actually wear. Around Christmas time I always give everyone themed clothing items. I think Valentines is another occasion that is perfect to give someone underwear with hearts on them or a corny little t-shirt. I know Walmart and Target always have themed clothing items. Guys love this idea because its funny for them to walk around with hearts on their underwear or have on a corny shirt.

Read Heart Underwear | Graphic T-shirt | Heart Socks 

 

Men’s Jewelry- Let’s be real, shopping for guys is hard! I always have a hard time finding gifts for my boyfriend, dad, or grandpa. One gift that I know I can always give that will be appreciated is jewelry. Many think that for holidays that only females can get jewelry, but guys also can be gifted nice accessories. My go-to accessory is a watch. There are many watches to choose from such as smart watches, work out watches, and an everyday watch. For my boyfriend I would get him a nice black ring. I have seen simple black rings everywhere. These rings are very simple but are elegant at the same time. If you are shopping for a guy who is tricky to shop for or is not a jewelry person, I would definitely go for the black ring or watch.

Men’s Black Ring | Leather Strap Watch | Fossil Smart Watch

I hope the gift guide was able to help get some ideas for Valentines Day. If you have any other gift ideas please share!

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