Saturday, February 20, 2016

NOTD: China Glaze Let The Beat Drop and Julep Raegan

Here's a little NOTD I did with some polishes I got at IMATS! Hope you enjoy! Also, I'm not sponsored by Suja just FYI.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Perfect Care Package: Sister/Girlfriend Edition

During some holidays throughout the year or to say "Just Because I Love You" to my sister or girlfriends, I like to send out care packages. These are a great idea for if your friends live away from you, the Christmas season, or a sorority gift exchange. I have a few examples of what I sent my sister and sisters-in-law this Valentine's without breaking the bank. I got everything at Target since they have a lot of cute bits and bobs for a very affordable price (this post is NOT sponsored by them--they just really fit the college girl budget)

I purchased a makeup bag($17) to pack all of my little gifts in and some elastic cloth hairties ($4) in girly/Valentine's colors.

Since all the girls are into makeup and I wanted to go with a pampering/spa theme, I got them a small makeup palette from NYX ($8), Fiji nail polish from Essie ($9), Pacifica body lotion ($15), and of course candy for Valentine's! The Pacifica lotion brand is a bit expensive, but I know a few of the girls are into all-natural products so I tried to buy a lotion that would accommodate their desires.

The last few gifts came mostly from the dollar section at Target: Valentine's socks, facial tissue (great for a purse or school bag), and a relaxing mud mask ($2).

I hope you were inspired by this post. What do you typically get your friends as gifts for care packages? I'd love to know in the comments! :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

My Beauty Essentials: Purse Essentials

So I am collaborating with the Glossier to bring you today's post. They wanted to know what my natural/minimalist beauty favorites are that I use when I want to look natural or have a minimal makeup day. Below you will find my purse favorites that I keep on hand every day.

The bag: I'm always on the look out for ways to re-purpose tiny makeup bags that I get from subcription boxes.  One of my favorite things to do is to use my old Ipsy bags as mini makeup bags that I can toss in a school bag or purse. This method helps me stay organized and have the ability to contain a spill if one of my products leaks or breaks.

L'Occitane hand cream: I LOVE this stuff. The super small size is easy to carry on the go and it keeps my hands hydrated through out the day which is perfect for me since I frequently get dry hands from lab chemicals at work and frequent nail painting.

NYX blotting sheets: I tend to rotate all the different types of blotting sheets NYX has throughout my various purses depending on my skin at the moment. I have oily skin most of the time, and these sheets help absorb the excess oil while helping keep my foundation in place. Alternatively, in the summers when I don't have a foundation, they keep me from looking like a walking oil slick in the desert heat. 

Marc Jacobs Daisy and Diptique Volutes: I always have a few perfume samples in my bag or a roller ball. After work, riding public transportation in the summer heat can get smelly and disgusting. I like knowing that I smell good despite the heat. Personally, I hate rollerball applications and wish everything came with a spray nozzle, but since Daisy didn't have that option, I carry the rollerball.

Clinique All About Eyes Depuffing Serum: I have the sample size and it's running out. Time to get a new one! This stuff is amazing. It helps depuff tired eyes and I use it whenever I've had a long night or just need a refresher. It's also great when I'm on a plane and need to hydrate my under eye area.

Burts Bees lip balm: Drinking coffee chaps my lips severely so I cannot last the day without applying a lip balm to my lips. This one is my current favorite after my EOS lip balms left me with chipped cracking lips.

Tic Tac mints: Lots of coffee can make a girl's breath smell NASTY!!! I keep these mints on hand so I can pop one in my mouth before a meeting for fresh breath or when I just want to reach for a nice piece of candy/gum. This particular kind is the peach + lemonade flavor.

What are some of your everyday natural must haves?

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