8 Gifts For The Makeup Lover In Your Life

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We all know that person who has an unhealthy love for makeup. A do I eat this week or do I buy the new Too Faced pallet kind of unhealthy. I was once one of those people, but then I started college and to replace my makeup money for book money, and that’s where I’m at now. Although I don’t buy makeup like I used to, I still love it, and so I made a list of all the makeup and makeup related products that I would love to get as a gift! So here are all the gifts that would be perfect for the makeup lover in your life!

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  1. Artis Brushes– I don’t own any of these brushes, but they look heavenly, and everyone I know who has them loves them. I have dreamed of owning these brushes for a long while, but the price is heavy and definitely not in my budget, but everyone who has them says they’re worth it. I’m still saving, but I hope to get a set someday!
  2. Becca Highlighter– I dream of one day owning a Becca Highlighter! The one that I swatch every time I’m in a makeup store is champagne pop and let me tell you it’s crazy beautiful! They have shades that work for every skin tone so if you aren’t sure what to get you can ask someone in the store and I’m sure they will help you find the right shade!
  3. Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Lip Kits– Again, like most high-end makeup I can’t afford this, but I often dream of owning a Kylie Lip Kit. I’ve heard only good things about the lip kits, and I know that they are a great product! I’m excited to see if and when she comes out with a Christmas or holiday collection this year because I love to see what colors she decides to create!
  4. Beauty Blender– I actually own a beauty blender so I can honestly say that this product is amazing! I highly recommend this to anyone who does their makeup. This makes my foundation go on amazing, and it looks full coverage, but natural looking all at the same time! Make sure you get the real product because there are a lot of fakes that don’t work as well.
  5. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer– There is so much hype around this concealer, and as soon as I run out of my Urban Decay concealer I am going to try this one. The only issue with buying this for someone else is the picking the color, but if you’re creative, then I’m sure you can figure something out.
  6. Anastasia Lip Gloss– This product is something that I have been dreaming of ever since gloss came back into style! I would love this gloss, and the reviews are amazing! This seems like a really great product that I would love to try!
  7. Anastasia Contour Kit- This has been on my wishlist for a very long time! Contour kits are great because they feature a couple different shades that could be used for different purposes. I often find the cream version at TJ Maxx, but I’m set on the powder version, so I haven’t considered the cream, but it is an option.
  8. Eyeshadow Palettes- There are so many great palettes that if you ask anyone at a makeup store, they can point you to one of the greats! However, if you want to buy online, I picked out three that are guaranteed to please. The first palette I chose is a new palette that everyone is talking about and that most people love. This palette, the Anastasia Sultry palette is a little pricey, but it’s totally worth it, and you can check it out here! The next palette, created by Morphe, is a more reasonably priced option that is still amazing quality and you can check this palette out here! The last palette is one that is a holiday release by Too Faced, and it’s everything I hoped the holiday palette would be and you can get it here.
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7 Perfect Gifts For The Fitness Fanatic

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Everyone has that special someone in their life who happens to love the gym more than they love you! My lovely friend Abby, who is one of those people that loves to workout (check her Instagram out here) helped me develop the ultimate gift guide for your favorite fitness fanatic!

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The Gift Guide:

  • Resistance Bands: Resistance bands are a great gift especially if you want to get something that isn’t crazy expensive. Since some gyms don’t have resistance bands, these would be great for someone to keep in their gym bag to enhance their workout.
  • Shaker Bottle: This one is a little obvious, but this bottle is good for more than just water. It’s made for protein powder, but it also works for pre-workout and powder supplements. However, this water bottle is used it’s a great multipurpose item.
  • Gym Wear: While every person who spends a decent amount of time at the gym will have some gym wear. It’s nice to have some quality gym wear that will make you feel your best as you workout.
  • Gym Bag: For someone who spends significant time at the gym and might even get ready for work or a night out there will love a gym bag. This is an excellent gift whether they put clothes for the rest of their day, shower stuff, or equipment that they like to bring with them! Check out one of my favorite YouTubers ‘what’s in my gym bag’ video here.
  • Yoga Mat: A yoga mat is great for someone who loves yoga, but is also useful for anyone who works out in general! Yoga mats are good for yoga, stretching, HIIT workouts, and conditioning training.
  • Headphones: Most people who like wearing headphones while they workout probably already have some headphones. However, some people might want a better pair of headphones or even some wireless headphones.
  • Compression Socks/ Sleeves: This is a great gift for runners! My dad and I wear these when we run, and they always make my shins splints feel so much better.

Links for the Perfect Present!


 

No Spend November​ Challenge

Last year, I ‘took the challenge’ and participated in No Spend November. This time of the year is a great time to reflect and think about what truly matters. No spend November is more than just a way to save money, and it’s more than just a financial reset. Last year I learned so much more than just fiscal responsibility and the importance of saving, but I also learned how to focus on what matters. I encourage everyone to do this for financial reasons, but I know from experience that you learn so much more. November can be especially stressful with the upcoming holidays and the financial stress that tags along with them. This challenge makes you think about what matters most to you. Is it the presents under the tree, is it your family that surrounds you during the holidays, or is it the true meaning of the Christmas season which is found in the Gospels.

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Here are the rules that I follow during No Spend November:

  1. No spending money on anything that is not a necessity.
  2. A budget of 15 dollars a week for fresh produce. (If you aren’t a college student who only feeds themselves, then you’ll probably need more than this.)
  3. A budget of 20 dollars (for the whole month) for emergency purchases. This money is for the random binder I need for class or when I run out of glue in the middle of a project.
  4. I do not include my gas in this challenge, because it’s a necessity that I have to spend money on so that I can get to the places I need to be.
  5. Emergencies clause, I have a clause that if I need to spend a lot of money for an emergency, then I am allowed. Although I hope and pray that there won’t be any emergencies, I obviously will take care of them if I need to.

Those are all my ‘rules’ for No Spend November. These rules are custom set for me, and I realize that my rules are impossible for others to follow. If you would like to participate, then I encourage you to look at your finances and only pick out the mandatory purchases and not buy anything else all month. Also, be picky! If you can live without it, then live without it. Do you need Starbucks every morning? Is pizza night necessary or could you eat something that you already have? Do you have to take the kids bowling or could you have a family game night at home? Get creative, and get cheap! Last year it seemed almost impossible, but I guarantee that it will be worth it!

I challenge you to participate in no spend November and to learn from the experience as I did! I’ll admit that watching my savings account grow during November was a motivating factor in me deciding to do this challenge again this year, but the unexpected lessons were the deciding factor and the reason I decided to share my journey and challenge all of you! If you choose to do the challenge let me know and I will help you in any way that I can! Comment any questions you have, and I will be happy to answer.

 

6 Teas You Need To Survive Cold and Flu Season

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1. Throat Coat – Traditional Medicinal*
This tea is one of my favorites for when I have a cold! I’m not a huge fan of the taste, but I love how it soothes my throat. There is no cough drop or throat lozenge that works like this tea does. It’s magic, and I love it.

2. Breathe Easy – Traditional Medicinal*
I just recently tried this tea and it works great. I wasn’t super congested, but it really did help! I plan on keeping this on hand for when I really need it and can put it to the test. I would recommend this for the small sniffles, and I will have to put it to the test when a real cold hits.

3. Chamomile Tea – Harney and Sons*
I love this tea. I have loved chamomile for years, and I often drink it before bed. This tea is excellent for helping you relax and get ready for bed. When I am sick, there is nothing that I want more than to be able to fall asleep fast and have a good night’s sleep. This tea always helps with that

4. Sleepytime Tea – Celestial Seasonings*
Speaking of a good night’s sleep, this tea is another one that I love to drink before bed. Like I said before, there is nothing better than a good night’s sleep when trying to recover quickly from a cold or the flu. I tend to drink this tea when I want something a little more flavorful than chamomile.

5. Lemon and Ginger – Twining’s*
This tea is perfect for when your stomach is a little sour. I wouldn’t recommend drinking tea when you have a stomach virus or ‘stomach flu.’ However, when your stomach is a little off or when your stomach is bothered by all the mucus you’ve accidentally been ingesting this is a great fix.

6. Peppermint Tea – Harney and Sons*
This is another perfect tea for when your stomach feels a little off. I usually prefer this tea over the lemon and ginger, but I do like them both. Since I tend to get sick during the winter, the peppermint still makes me feel like I’m a part of the holiday season even though I probably feel awful.

6 Best Movies To Watch on a Fall Night

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Many great things come with the lovely season of fall. Fresh apple cider, corn mazes, bonfires, cute sweaters, football, and some of the best movies. Since fall is a great time to have a movie night, here are some fall classics that I love to watch.

Football Movies

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Fall is football and everyone who loves football loves these football classics. These movies are about breaking boundaries and coming together as a community. Both stories are based on football teams that have an opportunity to grow and to realize the beauty of diversity. My only suggestion is that you keep a tissue box handy, especially if you’re a softy like me.

1. Radio*

2. Remember the Titans*

School Movies 

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Along with fall comes the beginning of the school year. This Robin Williams classic is all about students finding their voice and learning how to see learning about literature in a different light. The first time I watched this movie was in the fall during my public speaking class so maybe I’m just nostalgic, but I highly suggest adding this movie to your fall watch list.

3. Dead Poets Society*

Halloween And Thriller Movies 

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Now seriously, what is more fall than Halloween? While not all of these movies are ‘Halloween’ movies, they all give the same effect of creepy mystery. I’ll admit that I watched Hocus Pocus every year even though I didn’t sleep for a week because I was convinced the sisters were going to come and get me. These movies are always a good fall watch!

4. Hocus Pocus*

5. Halloween Town*

6. The Village*

7. The Crucible*

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Italian Sausage Soup

This soup is a favorite of mine and everyone who has tried it loves it! I came up with the idea for this soup while I was walking around the store wondering if I could make a simple soup with the spinach I had left over. I was able to buy some ingredients that sounded like they would work and I made this incredible soup. I wanted everyone to try it I was so proud of my creation! I’m excited to share this recipe with you and I hope you love it as much as I do.


Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 pound of mild Italian sausage
  • 1 medium sweet onion (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 2 large stalks of celery (chopped)
  • 2 large carrots (chopped)
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of cannellini beans (drained)
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of basil
  • ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes (or more if you like spicy)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 oz of chicken broth

 

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Directions:

  1. In a pot on medium heat, pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil, then add Italian sausage. (If the sausage sticks, add about ⅓ cup of water)
  2. Chop up the sausage with a spatula as it cooks in the pot.
  3. Once the sausage is cooked, remove it from the pot and put in a separate bowl.
  4. Add the chopped onion, garlic, celery, and carrots. Add about  ½ cup of the chicken broth and cook veggies until they are soft.
  5. Add the spinach until it has cooked down, and then place the sausage back in and add the beans and canned tomatoes.
  6. Add the oregano, parsley, basil, and red pepper flakes.
  7. Add the rest of the chicken broth, then season with salt and pepper to taste (I add about a teaspoon of both) and let the soup simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!