My 6 Favorite Lip Products

 

Like many beauty enthusiasts, I love a good lip product. From stains to glosses, and from sticks to liners, there are so many different lip products out there. Over the years, I’ve tried some great (and not so great) products, but I’m excited to share a few of the awesome ones with you today!

Here are my 6 favorite lip products as of January 2017:

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Too Faced ‘Melted’ Liquid Lipsticks

The first product on my list is the Too Faced ‘Melted’ Liquified Long Wear Lipstick. This product acts more like a stain than a lipstick. I apply it and let it dry, and after that it clings to my lips all day. It’s absolutely amazing because it doesn’t budge until you decide you want to take it off. However, it’s very important that you moisturize your lips with your favorite lip balm before applying this product. Like many lip stains, it is very drying. If I don’t moisturize my lips before applying this, they become chapped after a few hours. Otherwise, I have no complaints about this product! My favorite colors are Melted Berry, which is a dark berry pink, and Melted Strawberry, which is a bright pink-toned red.

 

Smashbox ‘Be Legendary’ Lipstick

Next is the Smashbox ‘Be Legendary’ Matte Lipstick. I like this product because it is always reliable. It is easy to apply, which is helpful when I’m in a hurry or if I’m touching up my lipstick when I’m out. It also comes in a variety of colors to suit many skin tones. This Smashbox lipstick has moderately long wear. It won’t stay on forever, but it won’t fade after 2 hours. I highly recommend this product to those who are looking for a traditional, yet beautiful lipstick. My favorite colors are Legendary, which is a true red, Famous, which is a pink-toned nude, Fig, which is a dark brownish red, and Tabloid, which is a magenta.

 

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

I just discovered the NYX liquid lipsticks, and now I realize what I’ve been missing out on! The NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks are just as good as many high end products, and they’re about a third of the cost. This product is long wearing, highly pigmented, and awesome overall. Whether you’re on a budget or not, I’d recommend the NYX Liquid Suede Lipsticks to you. My favorite color is Kitten Heels, which is a deep red.

 

NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick

With a similar formula to the Liquid Suede products, the NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks are equally as amazing. They are long wearing and highly pigmented. These products come in a variety of nudes for different skin tones. My favorite color from this line is Ruffle Trim, which is a medium shade of pink.

 

Tarte ‘Tarteist’ Creamy Matte Lip Paint


I love Tarte products. They are always high quality, pigmented, and long wearing. The Tarte ‘Tarteist’ Creamy Matte Lip Paint is no exception. It’s a liquid lipstick that comes in many different colors and feels weightless on the lips. Like some matte lip products, this one is a little drying. Actually, I don’t think there’s any moisture in this product at all. I definitely recommend applying a lip balm underneath this one to ensure that your lips are moisturized. My favorite color in this product is Birthday Suit, which is a light pink-toned nude.

 

 

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick


The final lip product on my favorites list is the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick. This lipstick is long wearing and easy to apply, plus it comes in many beautiful colors. This is a product that I think could suit anyone. My favorite color is C211 Rose wood, which is a deep rosy pink.

 

That’s it for my lip favorites! Thanks so much for reading. If you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to pin it and enter your email in the box below to subscribe to me!

Blogging Goals for 2017

For bloggers, goal setting is incredibly important. We are self-motivated content creators. Our blogs’ success depends on on how passionate, dedicated, and strategic we are about our work.

I personally find it much harder to finish a project if I don’t set specific goals for it. In spirit of the new year, I’ve decided to set blogging goals that I hope to achieve by the end of 2017. Goals are motivational, and they also help to keep you accountable. 2016 was a great year for me. I traveled to Australia for a few months, I was academically successful, I grew a lot as a person, and I finally started this blog in November. I’m hoping that 2017 brings even more successes.

Below, I have listed several goals for Style of Change that I’m going work toward this year:

  1. Get at least 500 email subscribers.

    I’m only in my first few months of blogging, and I still have a lot to learn. I’m slowly building my subscriber base. By the end of this year, I would like to have at least 500 email subscribers. While this number might seem low to some, I have to remember to set goals that are challenging, but not impossible for me to achieve. I will work toward 500, but if I end up with more, I will be very happy!

  2. Write at least 5 guest posts for other blogs.

    Guest blogging is a great way to network and form relationships with other bloggers. I want to write at least 5 guest posts by the end of this year so I can help others while making more blogger friends.

  3. Write at least 2 e-books for my subscribers.

    Writing an e-book is one way to give back to my email subscribers. (Plus it can be used as an opt-in offer to get even more email subscribers.) I already have one planned out, and later in the year, I will brainstorm ideas for writing at least one more.

  4. Publish one blog post every Sunday and Thursday without missing a day.

    I recently set up a new posting schedule for my blog. I have decided to publish posts 2 times per week on Sundays and Thursdays. So far, it’s worked wonderfully. I haven’t missed a day yet, which I’m very proud of, and the days I picked go well with my work and school schedules. I hope to keep up my perfect posting streak, and by the end of the year, I will have over 100 new blog posts.

  5. Attend at least 1 conference for bloggers.

    I know that blogging conferences are excellent networking opportunities. I’m already looking at two in my area that I want to attend later this year. At the conferences, I’d hope to meet other like-minded bloggers and learn some helpful tips from guest speakers. I’m sure that meeting established bloggers in person would open up many doors for me!

  6. Start a YouTube channel.

    Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys reading. Before the end of this year, I would like to start a YouTube channel in addition to my blog so I can have another platform to connect with subscribers on. I plan on making style, beauty, and advice videos with some vlogs thrown in the mix. We’ll have to see where it takes me!

  7. Earn at least $200 from blogging.

    At this point in my career, I don’t plan on making blogging my full-time job. School is my number one priority, and after I graduate, I will likely pursue a career in communications. However, monetizing my blog seems like a great way to make a little extra money. This year, I will find different ways to monetize my blog, and I hope to have made a total of $200 by the end of 2017. I blog for fun, not for the pay. But if can make money writing about the things that I enjoy, why wouldn’t I capitalize on my passion? I don’t know too much about monetization yet, but I plan on doing more research in the coming months to refine my strategy.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what your blogging goals for 2017 are in the comments below.

The Keys to Happiness, From A to Z

Over the past few years, I have learned a lot about being happy. The most important thing I have learned is that happiness is a choice. While we cannot directly control our emotions, we can choose to live in ways that make us happy. I understand what it’s like to feel lost, so I wanted to share my “keys to happiness” to help others who feel helpless like I did. I wrote this for people who are struggling to find themselves, people who were once happy but seem to have lost it, and people who simply want to bring more positivity into their lives.

I realize that finding happiness is often a subjective matter; we all find it in different ways. This list was created from my own successful attempts at finding happiness, but some of the tips on it might not work for everyone. This is my advice based on my own experience.

Here are the Keys to Happiness, from A to Z:

Allow yourself to be imperfect.

If you’re like me and tend to be overly critical of yourself, stop. Take a step back and realize that no one is perfect. Recognize your faults and learn how to improve, but don’t beat yourself up over your imperfections. Think constructively, not destructively.

Believe in yourself.

You are capable of so much, but you have to stop doubting yourself. Your self-doubt is only getting in the way of your potential success. It’s time to start believing in yourself so you can get to work on things that matter to you.

Chase your passions.

I have to write. If I don’t write every day, I am not happy. Maybe you feel that way about art, music, crafting, or any other passion you might have.

“Chase your passion like it’s the last bus of the night.”

I couldn’t imagine living a happy life without writing. If you have something that you feel the same way about, make time for it. You will be a lot happier if you are able to spend time doing something you are passionate about.

Dance when no one is watching.

Or sing. Let loose. You don’t have to be serious all the time.

Express yourself.

Don’t let bottled up emotions affect your mood. Express yourself by speaking, writing, making art, or by using any other medium that suits you. We all have stress in our lives, and it’s important to relieve that stress through a healthy form of expression. Discover a medium that you love and devote a certain amount of time to it each day or week. For me, my stress relieving medium is blogging. I find joy in writing for this blog because it is a fun way for me to express myself.

Find inner peace.

Once upon a time, I felt like I was at war with myself. I was unhappy, depressed, and overly critical of every action I took. Today, my mind is a much more peaceful place. I learned to accept myself, flaws and all, and I became a much happier person.

Give to others.

It always feels good to help someone else. Anyone can do it, too. Giving can mean doing a chore for a family member without being asked, or it can mean going out and volunteering for a cause you are passionate about. There are infinite ways to give back. For a more extensive list, check out my post “50 Ways You Can Make A Positive Impact in 2017.”

Have an open mind.

One of the most beautiful things about this world is its diversity. There are so many different people, places, religions, cultures, lifestyles, and perspectives. I found that I was a much happier person once I learned to accept others and appreciate the diversity of my surroundings. It helped me to better understand my individuality; I realized that I have a place in this world just like everyone else. Being a more open minded and accepting person was just another step toward happiness.

Ignore hate.

While some criticism can be constructive, hate is not. Hate doesn’t help anyone. If hateful people are not trying to help you, then why should you listen to them? Positive people don’t allow haters to get in the way of their happiness and success. You are capable of so much. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Journey to new and foreign places.

It’s always exciting to see something new. Visiting new places helps you to understand the cultures and perspectives of people who are different from you. This goes along with my previous point about being open minded and accepting others. By traveling and meeting all sorts of people, you learn to appreciate the diversity in the world and also better understand your place in the mix. For many, traveling is a very fulfilling activity. You will probably be happier if you take some time to travel around and experience other parts of the world.

Know your worth.

You are a unique individual, and that alone makes you worth so much. Your thoughts, feelings, and ideas are priceless. You can contribute much more to society than you think. By living a positive lifestyle and working toward goals you feel driven to achieve, you can make an incredible difference in the world.

Love fiercely.

Love your family, love your friends, and love your significant other (if you have one right now). Life is too short to hold back your love. And if you really, truly, without a doubt in your mind love someone and want to be with him or her forever, don’t let that person go. It’s a mistake to turn your back on someone who could have made you the happiest person alive. Love fiercely, and when you find it, don’t let it go.

Manage your time and money well.

Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it’s a lot easier to be happy if you are able to live comfortably (whatever that means for you). The amount of money doesn’t matter as long as you are able to manage it well and know how much you need to live the lifestyle you want. The same goes for time. We are only given a limited amount of time in this world, so time management is key to everything in life. Spend your time in ways that you find productive and fulfilling, and you will be much happier.

Nourish your body.

Eat healthy. Exercise. Get enough sleep. Take care of your skin. Brush your teeth and floss every day. If you take care of your body, it will treat you well now and in the future.

Observe the world around you.

Turn off your phone. Get away from technology for a minute. I’m all for staying connected, but I think it’s equally as important to turn it off every once in a while and take a walk in the park or go for a bike ride. You’ll be surprised at how much you notice about the world around you when you actually look.

Paint a picture.

Let loose and paint, even if you’ve never painted in your life. Don’t worry about what it looks like. Just break free from the criticism of your left brain and allow your right brain to take over for a few minutes. Create something for the sake of creating. You might just find it relaxing.

Quit making excuses.

Excuses hinder your progress and success. If you keep making excuses, you will never accomplish anything. So stop! Hold yourself accountable, reach for your goals, and happiness and success will come to you.

Radiate positivity.

Positive people are happy people.

Socialize, but also spend time alone.

I have found that it’s important to balance social time with alone time. I am a lot happier when I’m able to interact with a lot of other people, but I also need alone time so I can reflect. I know I couldn’t be happy if I never spent time with other people, but I also wouldn’t be happy if I never had time alone. Finding the perfect balance can be tricky, and the balance varies from person to person. However, I still think it’s important for everyone to consider.

Try your best at everything.

You will find success if you always put in your best effort.

Understand your feelings.

We feel happy. We feel excited, sad, angry, depressed, and an array of other emotions in our lives, depending on the day and the circumstance. It’s important to understand that we can’t be happy all the time. We can’t control our emotions, but we can often control the circumstances that cause us to feel certain emotions.

Visit family and friends more often.

I find that I am a lot happier if I am able to stay in contact with my family and friends. I live several hours away from my family right now, but I call home often. I’m happy when I interact with the people I love on a regular basis. Perhaps you would be too.

Write in a journal.

Journals are great reflection tools. By writing in a journal, you can keep track of your experiences and feelings and look back on them later. After a while, you might even start to notice patterns in your behaviors and emotions. You could gain some valuable insight into yourself by starting a journal, plus you might find that you relieve stress by writing out your thoughts on paper.

EXpel negative energy.

It’s difficult to be a positive person if you have lots of negative energy bottled up inside of you. If you’re feeling upset, go for a run or do something creative. Try to get your mind off of what’s upsetting you by being productive. Radiate positive vibes and expel the negative ones.

Yearn to learn.

People who strive to learn are people who grow. I’m happier when I have the opportunity to learn something new every day. I love going to school because every time I go to class, I walk out of it feeling more enlightened about the subject I am studying. I feel as if I’m becoming a wiser person when I learn, and that makes me very happy.

Zero in on your life goals.

You’re awesome. You can do amazing things in life. It’s time to let go of your fear of failure, set goals you’re willing to work for, and pursue them. You will feel a lot happier and more fulfilled if you are doing things in life that you care about while holding yourself accountable. So get out there, work hard, and do the great things you’ve always dreamed of!

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12 Back to College Essentials

Like many other college students, I returned to school today. Sometimes it can be a little hard to get back into the swing of things once I’ve had such a relaxing holiday break. I started thinking about what I needed to have for the Spring, and I compiled this list of essential items for college students to have at the start of a new semester.

I realize that every college student has a different living situation (whether it’s in a dorm, apartment, or at home), so I left home related items off my list and focused mainly on items for school.

Here are 12 of my essentials for this semester:

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  1. Planner

    I’m convinced that staying organized is the key to success in college. Many students opt to use their phone calendar instead of a physical one, but I personally love being able to write important dates or assignments down on paper. It helps me to remember deadlines better. I am using a planner by Lilly Pulitzer this year. It’s gorgeous, has tons of colorful artwork on the inside, and is also very practical. There are different sections inside of it for travel plans, addresses, important dates, and notes. Even better, two full pages of adorable stickers come with it! It’s such a fun planner to write in. You can order your own here.

  2. Laptop

    Many universities have labs with computers that you can use. However, it is so much more convenient to have your own. I know laptops are expensive, but they are definitely worth saving up for. I do almost all of my work on my laptop, including taking notes in class, doing research, completing assignments, and checking my email.

    I use a 13.3-inch Apple Macbook Pro. It is an incredible computer that is absolutely perfect for the work I do (school assignments, intern tasks, photo editing, and design). I believe the 13.3-inch is one of the newer versions of the Macbook Pro. I purchased mine in October 2016.

    If you’re on a budget, you should consider purchasing a used laptop. Many used computers still produce amazing results for a fraction of the price of a new one. Amazon sells used Macbook computers, and I’m sure you could find some on eBay or any other resale website. Other students at your school might even be selling their old laptops. When purchasing a used computer, it’s important to make sure you do your research on what you’re buying and also make sure to purchase from a reliable seller.

  3. Flashdrive

    Flashdrives aren’t used as often anymore after the invention of file sharing services such as DropBox and Google Drive. Even so, it’s always a good idea to have one handy in case you don’t have internet access when you need to give a presentation or turn in an assignment. I highly recommend purchasing a flashdrive because an easy $10.99 investment could save you a lot of trouble in the future.

  4. Calculator

    If you’re like me and don’t have to take many math classes for your degree, you might not realize the importance of having a calculator at your desk. For my major, the only math classes I had to take were College Algebra and Elementary Statistics. Even after earning my math credits, I still find it super helpful to have my calculator handy in case I need to calculate finances or do other necessary tasks. I still have my fancy TI-84 from when I took math classes. A simpler calculator would be enough for basic functions. However, college math classes you take will likely require you to have a scientific or graphing calculator. Below, I have included links to both the TI-84 and a standard function desktop calculator

  5. Small wallet

    A small wallet that can fit my phone, debit card, driver’s license, and student ID is a must-have. I like ones that have wrist straps in case I want to go somewhere without having to carry a larger bag. Right now, I carry a Michael Kors wallet similar to the one below.

  6. Backpack or large purse

    Carrying textbooks, notes, your laptop, and other materials to and from class can be a real struggle if you don’t have a sturdy, reliable bag or backpack. A lot of people like using backpacks for school, but I personally prefer large purses that I can fit all of my books into. I use one similar to the Michael Kors purse shown below.

  7. Portable phone charger

    No matter how amazing your phone’s battery life is, it’s still a good idea to keep a portable charger with you at all times. Life has a funny way of surprising us, sometimes with unpleasant circumstances. Let’s say you miss the last shuttle home, or maybe you somehow lost your friends after a long night out. If your phone dies, a portable charger will be your saving grace. I know my phone tends to die at the most inconvenient times, so I’m going to start carrying around a portable charger in case I need to contact someone for help.

  8. Headphones

    I always listen to music, regardless of whether I’m studying, exercising, or writing. Not everyone listens to music as much as I do, but headphones are definitely a necessity for me. I like these Skullcandy ones.

  9. Highlighters

    I typically use my laptop to take notes, but I do read paper textbooks instead of online ones. When I’m studying, it’s super helpful for me to highlight important phrases or sentences directly in my textbooks. That’s where these Sharpie highlighters come in handy. These are great because they come in a variety of colors and they’re skinny, unlike the traditional fat highlighters.

  10. Mini stapler

    One thing I’ve noticed about college is the lack of staplers everywhere. Most classrooms don’t have them, and professors shouldn’t be expected to carry staplers around with them for their students to use. A mini stapler is definitely a useful thing to have in case you (or your friend) need to staple a multiple-page assignment before handing it in. This pink one is cute, light, and portable, making it easy to carry with you from class to class.

  11. Index cards

    If you’re a flashcard learner like me, these rainbow index cards are perfect for studying! Unlike the boring white ones, these are colored so you can separate your flashcards by class or subject. I recommend keeping some with you when you go to class in case you need to write an important term down during one of your lectures.

  12. Hand sanitizer

    I hate to say it, but college is full of GERMS (ew).  I always carry a pocket-sized hand sanitizer with me to use throughout the day. The flu is common among college students, and I know I want to avoid being sick so I can do my best on my schoolwork and feel 100% when it’s time to have fun. This particular hand sanitizer is cute because it has glitter in it! You’ll stay healthy and sparkly.

 

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What are some of your essentials for the beginning of a new semester?

 

Here’s A 150 Song Travel Playlist Perfect for Your Next Trip

I drove back to school today.

I’ll go ahead and say that there is no way I could make the 7 hour drive home without listening to music. I have listened to the same playlist in my car for too long, so I decided to make a new one!

Music has played a significant role in my life ever since I was 10 years old. At that age, I was a Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana fanatic; like many of the other girls in my grade, I mainly listened to Disney musicians. When I started middle school, my dad introduced me to some new artists. I started listening to Evanescence, Flyleaf, original Avril Lavigne, and Paramore. I realized that I really loved rock and punk pop music. From there, I branched out even more; I started going to concerts with my friends and discovering more music. Now, I listen to pop, punk pop, rock, metal, alternative, rap, hip hop… you name it. (Except for country. I don’t really like country.)

Here’s the playlist.

The playlist I created is a 9 hour long hybrid of many different genres. It contains everything from The Beatles to Lorde to Bring Me the Horizon. I think there’s something for everyone in this playlist, so I encourage you to give it a listen and see what you think. (Note: You may have to have a Spotify account to listen to it, but you can create one for free here.)


Here’s a list of all the artists on the playlist (in alphabetical order):

In case you were curious.

  1. The 1975
  2. Adam Levine
  3. Aerosmith
  4. All Time Low
  5. Arctic Monkeys
  6. Avril Lavigne
  7. AWOLNATION
  8. Bastille
  9. The Beatles
  10. The Black Keys
  11. Blackbear
  12. Blue Foundation
  13. Bowling for Soup
  14. Breaking Benjamin
  15. Bring Me the Horizon
  16. Bush
  17. Cage the Elephant
  18. The Chainsmokers
  19. Cheat Codes
  20. Christina Perri
  21. Counting Crows
  22. The Cure
  23. A Day to Remember
  24. Daya
  25. Death Cab for Cutie
  26. Demi Lovato
  27. Echosmith
  28. Ed Sheeran
  29. Ellie Goulding
  30. Escape the Fate
  31. Eyes Set to Kill
  32. Fall Out Boy
  33. Falling in Reverse
  34. Flume
  35. Flyleaf
  36. Good Charlotte
  37. Halsey
  38. Hands Like Houses
  39. Icon for Hire
  40. Imagine Dragons
  41. The Killers
  42. The Kills
  43. Lana Del Rey
  44. Lorde
  45. M.I.A.
  46. Marianas Trench
  47. Mark Ronson
  48. Maroon 5
  49. Matty Mullins
  50. Metric
  51. Miley Cyrus
  52. Mumford & Sons
  53. Muse
  54. Mutemath
  55. My Chemical Romance
  56. The Nearly Deads
  57. Neck Deep
  58. The Neighbourhood
  59. Nick Jonas
  60. Of Monsters and Men
  61. Panic! at the Disco
  62. Paramore
  63. Passion Pit
  64. Pearl Jam
  65. Phantogram
  66. Pierce the Veil
  67. Pvris
  68. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  69. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  70. Relient K
  71. Shinedown
  72. Sleeping with Sirens
  73. t.A.T.u.
  74. Tegan and Sara
  75. Three Days Grace
  76. Tonight Alive
  77. Tove Lo
  78. Twenty One Pilots
  79. U2
  80. We Came as Romans
  81. We the Kings
  82. The Weeknd
  83. Young Guns
  84. ZAYN

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100 Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas for 2017

As a blogger, I know it can be hard to come up with ideas for posts. Sometimes, I need a little extra inspiration. I have now set up a new posting schedule (twice a week— Sundays and Thursdays), and I wanted to make sure that I would never run out of ideas for blog posts. I took the time to come up with 100 lifestyle blog post ideas that I could potentially use in 2017. Sharing is caring, so I decided to publish my list for all you bloggers out there to use as well.

Here it is: the list of 100 blog post ideas. I hope you enjoy this and find it useful!

  1. Product review

  2. List of things that made you happy this month

  3. Typical day of your life in 10 photos

  4. Favorite products of the month

  5. Advice on a particular relationship/friendship issue

  6. What’s in your bag?

  7. What inspires you?

  8. Seasonal bucket list

  9. 2017 bucket list

  10. What’s on your desk?

  11. Share one of your secrets

  12. Favorite ways to unwind after a stressful day

  13. Weird/random facts about you

  14. Lessons you’ve learned in college/at work

  15. New Year’s resolutions

  16. How you stay organized

  17. Your favorite posts from other blogs

  18. Your opinion on a controversial topic

  19. Take a photo for every hour of your day, and then write a blog post with all the photos.

  20. DIY: customize an ordinary item

  21. How to ace a job interview (read my post on this topic here)

  22. Share some quotes that you live by

  23. How you spend your “alone time”

  24. Advice for incoming high schoolers/college students

  25. Why do you blog?

  26. Share your guilty pleasures

  27. Learn how to do something new, and share the process.

  28. Write a week long series of something (7 days of _______)

  29. First date tips

  30. Favorite photos you’ve taken recently

  31. Write an open letter to someone

  32. Share your opinion on a popular fashion trend

  33. Write about a cause you are passionate about

  34. “30 things before 30” bucket list

  35. Stay-in date ideas

  36. Create a downloadable/guide/e-book for your readers and share it with them

  37. Describe your ideal day

  38. Share an important life lesson you learned recently

  39. Reverse bucket list (cool things you’ve done already)

  40. Your everyday makeup routine

  41. Create and share a blogging mood board

  42. Create and share a playlist (for a party, rainy day, long drive, etc.)

  43. Find out your Myers-Briggs personality type and reflect on it in a blog post

  44. Your style wishlist

  45. How to find bargain deals on clothes, jewelry, etc.

  46. Do a YouTube tag as a blog post

  47. Write an anecdote of something that happened to you

  48. Share your weekend in snapchats

  49. Share some of your firsts (first pet, first kiss, first car, etc.)

  50. List some things to be happy about

  51. Show your makeup collection

  52. Take on a 30 day blogging challenge

  53. Create a 30 day blogging challenge and share it with your readers

  54. Show your handbag collection

  55. Create an A to Z list post

  56. Create a fun quiz and share it with your readers

  57. Interview someone else and share it in a blog post

  58. Things you don’t regret

  59. What apps do you use?

  60. Review a monthly subscription box

  61. Take your readers shopping with you

  62. Habits of a successful student/professional

  63. Favorite movie snack list

  64. Favorite piece of art and history behind it

  65. Massive list of blog post ideas!

  66. About your hometown

  67. Highs and lows of the year so far

  68. What’s your favorite song, and why?

  69. Relatable [insert place you’re from] things

  70. Create and share some Polyvore outfits

  71. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring?

  72. Answers to questions you get asked frequently

  73. Share your favorite fonts

  74. Topics you should avoid on a first date

  75. Share your journey in journaling

  76. Job interview questions to be prepared for

  77. How you pick yourself up on a down day

  78. Share lots and lots of lip swatches!

  79. Sorority recruitment advice

  80. Live blog a movie

  81. Share your favorite nail polish colors

  82. Your opinion on reality TV

  83. What’s a deal breaker for you in a relationship?

  84. What’s the best concert you’ve been to?

  85. Feature the best local boutiques in your hometown

  86. Share some girl power quotes

  87. How you bond with your family

  88. Share some of your favorite travel adventures

  89. Share the story of how you got your job

  90. What was the happiest moment of your life?

  91. Do you have pets? Blog about them

  92. Who are your favorite Instagrammers? Embed some of their photos into a blog post

  93. What are some of your favorite books?

  94. Share a recipe

  95. Does religion play an important role in your life? Share.

  96. Share some gift ideas

  97. Try out a Pinterest recipe or DIY project and see how it goes!

  98. Share one of your recent outfits

  99. Go thrift shopping and blog your finds

  100. Blog about a charity you support

That’s it, no more excuses. Go blog something awesome now!

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New Year’s Eve Makeup Tutorial

It’s almost the New Year, and I’m ready to go into 2017 in style. I created this makeup look with New Year’s Eve in mind, blending sophistication with a dash of glamour. I wanted to share the products I used and the process I undertook to create this makeup look. (I realize I used a lot of different products, but if you try to recreate this, you can definitely substitute things you already have for the things I used!)

Let’s get into it.

(Note: This post contains affiliate links.)

Here are the products I used to create this look:

 

Here’s how I achieved this look:

  1. First, using my hands, I applied the philosophy ‘take a deep breath’ moisturizer all over my face and neck.
  2. Next, I also used my hands to apply the Benefit ‘The Porefessional’ primer to all areas of my face with visible pores (mainly my nose).
  3. Using the Real Techniques by Sam and Nic Stippling Brush, I applied the Tarte Amazonian Clay full coverage foundation in the shade “Medium Honey” to my face, and then blended it into my neck.
  4. To cover up my dark under eye circles, I used the Nyx HD Photogenic Concealer in the shade “CW04 Beige” in a triangular pattern over my dark circles and blended it into my foundation using a beauty blender. This concealer in particular works very well for me because it has a yellow undertone, which counteracts the blue in my dark circles.
  5. To cover any other imperfections, I applied the Tarte Amazonian Clay waterproof 12-hour concealer to any remaining discolored areas of my face. Then, I blended it out using a beauty blender. Usually, I apply this concealer under my cheeks, where my skin tends to be a little red, and then on a few remaining spots.
  6. On to brows! First, I filled in my brows using the Benefit ‘Gimme Brow’ volumizing gel in the shade ‘5’. Because this brow gel has an applicator that is similar to a mascara wand, it really helped to apply the gel precisely to my brows.
  7. The brow gel didn’t quite get all the spots on my brows that I wanted to fill in, so then I used a tiny angled brush to apply the shade ‘Rewind’ from the Urban Decay Vice 2 eyeshadow palette to fix any areas of my eyebrows that still looked sparse. I have found that using eyeshadow to fill in my eyebrows was very effective. If you are going to do the same, be sure to pick an eyeshadow color that best matches your brow and hair color.

  8. After I finished with my brows, I moved on to my eyes. I first primed my eyes with the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in the shade ‘Original.’ You could also use the shade ‘Sin’ in this eyeshadow primer and it would work just as well for this look. I blended the product out with my finger.
  9. For my brow bone highlight, I applied the shade ‘Thirteen’ from the Urban Decay Naked Smoky eyeshadow palette using the Real Techniques by Sam and Nic Base Eyeshadow Brush.
  10. As my base color, I applied the Urban Decay eyeshadow in the shade ‘Sin’ all over my eyelid.
  11. To add a little more sparkle to this look, I applied the Urban Decay Moondust eyeshadow in the shade ‘Space Cowboy’ all over my eyelid. This eyeshadow is very glittery, but I think the glitz is perfect for New Year’s Eve.
  12. Using the Real Techniques by Sam and Nic Crease Eyeshadow Brush, I buffed the shade ‘Smolder’ from the Urban Decay Smoky eyeshadow palette onto the outer half of my eyelid and into my crease. Then, using the same brush, I blended it out well.

  13. Next, I lined my upper eyelids with the Tarte ‘Tartist’ clay paint liquid eyeliner using the tiny brush that came with the product. I lined my bottom lids halfway from the outer corners using the excess on the brush.
  14. When the eyes were done, I moved on to contouring. Using the Benefit ‘Hoola’ bronzer, I contoured my cheeks, jawline, nose, and temples. I applied the product with the Real Techniques by Sam and Nic Contour Brush. Then, I blended the bronzer well.

  15. Using the same Contour Brush, I took the PUR blush in the shade ‘Bluff’ and applied it to the apples of my cheeks.
  16. Moving on to highlighter, I applied the Benefit ‘High Beam’ highlighter to my cheekbones, my chin, the bridge of my nose, the center of my forehead, and my cupid’s bow using the applicator that came with the product. Then, I blended it out with the flat end of my beauty blender.
  17. To give my highlight a little extra glitter, I used the shade ‘White Sand’ from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit and applied it over where I applied the Benefit ‘High Beam.’ I used the Contour Brush to apply the product.

  18. Then, using my finger, I went over my brow bone highlight with the shade ‘Snow’ from the Ultimate Glow Kit.
  19. Once I finished my highlight, I set my makeup with the Nyx Matte Finish Setting Spray.

  20. I applied two coats of the Maybelline Falsies Mascara in ‘Black Drama’ to both my upper and lower lashes.
  21. Next, I applied the EOS lip balm to my lips to moisturize them.
  22. Finally, I applied the Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in the shade ‘Legendary’ to my lips.

And the look was complete!

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Write Yourself A Love Letter.

We all go through rough times in our lives. Whether it’s a breakup, the passing of a loved one, or another traumatic occurrence, sometimes we forget how to love ourselves. We feel pain, sadness, and guilt. We want to stay in bed all day. There are times when we don’t want to talk to anyone or do anything productive. And sometimes it seems like nothing matters at all.

If this sounds like you, you should take the time to write yourself a love letter.

It can be long or it can be short, it can be on fancy stationary or it can be on a sheet of notebook paper. Your letter can be whatever you want it to be. The important part is that it is unconditionally loving, from you and to you.

I was inspired to write myself a love letter by one of my best friends who had just gone through a bad breakup. She was upset about it for a while, so she wrote a love letter to herself in order to remember how beautiful, special, and important she is.

I think the self-love letter exercise is great because I know I feel lost sometimes. There are days when I look in the mirror and don’t recognize the woman staring back at me. Earlier this year, I struggled with personal issues that caused me to lose myself for a couple of months. I wasn’t happy. And overall, I think my life is great. I’ve learned that even the happiest people struggle sometimes, and that’s okay.

No matter who you are, or what your life is like, I guarantee you that you can benefit from writing yourself a love letter. Loving yourself isn’t vain; it is the key to happiness. After you have written your letter, try reading it to yourself at least once. You deserve to hear that you are loved.

 

Read my own love letter below:

 

Dear Samantha,

I am sorry for doubting you. Ever since you were young, you have always been special. You’ve always been a thinker; you were never the most talkative person in the room, but that’s okay because you knew when to speak and when to listen. You are a dreamer, and a great one at that. You set the bar high and work hard to achieve your goals.

You are beautiful, even though you don’t always believe it. You have a good heart, and you care so much for your loved ones. You are so passionate, and your passions will take you far as long as you don’t let self-doubt get in the way.

You have been through so much, but your experiences have only made you stronger. The bad times have taught you to be tough, and the good ones have taught you to love life. 

Your independence is a quality that makes you special. You have that drive to succeed, that desire to do great things and make something of yourself. Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle. Shine on, girlfriend.

You are destined to make a great difference in the world, and I know you will. You are a giving daughter, granddaughter, relative, and friend. Keep your head up. The hard times are only temporary. Happiness and success are at the end of the tunnel; you just have to work hard to get there.

Love,

Samantha

If you’re your own worst critic, I really recommend this exercise to you. Sometimes we need to criticize ourselves to stay grounded and become better people, but we should also make sure to love and appreciate our good qualities. So if you’re feeling down, go write yourself a love letter and remember how special you are.

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47 Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Your Favorite Beauty Addict

Let’s be real: Christmas shopping is stressful.

And I’m about to make it a little bit easier for you. Got someone in your life obsessed with makeup, nail polish, style, and everything girly? Look no further: here are 47 stocking stuffer ideas for those beauty addicted gals in your life.


  1. MAC Mineralize ‘Rich’ Lipstick
  2. Benefit Cosmetics Tints to Tease
  3. Benefit They’re Real! Travel Size Mascara
  4. Benefit Dandelion Blush Mini
  5. Benefit the Porefessional Primer Mini
  6. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  7. Anastasia Beverly Hills Precision Tweezers
  8. Michael Kors Enamel Heart Keychain
  9. Women’s Kate Spade Heart to Heart Socks
  10. Burberry Beauty Nail Polish
  11. Betsey Johnson Pink Flower Beaded Stretch Bracelet
  12. Kate Spade Quick & Curious Spiral Notebook
  13. Kate Spade New York Slim Portable Charger
  14. Too Faced Liquified Melted Lipstick
  15. Kate Spade ‘Pretty Little Thing’ Mini Notebook
  16. Kate Spade ‘Heart of Gold’ Bangle
  17. Benefit High Beam Liquid Highlighter
  18. Benefit Sun Beam Liquid Highlighter
  19. Nyx Cosmetics Glitter Primer
  20. Essie D’Oeuvres Special Effects Nail Polish
  21. OPI Nail Lacquer
  22. Pandora Ring – Sterling Silver Eternal Clouds
  23. Alex and Ani Feather Charm Bangle
  24. Alex and Ani Birthstone Expandable Bangle
  25. Lily Pulitzer Passport Cover
  26. Benefit “Watts Up” Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
  27. Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream
  28. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara
  29. Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
  30. Urban Decay Eyeshadow
  31. Benefit Hoola Bronzer Mini
  32. Butter London ‘Patent Shine’ Nail Lacquer
  33. PUR Revolution Mini Eyeshadow Palette
  34. NARS Lipstick
  35. Kate Spade New York Assorted Pen Set
  36. Aromachologie Revitalizing Roll-On
  37. THEORIE Argan Oil Body Cleanser
  38. Adorn Bath Bomb
  39. Solar System Bath Bombs Set
  40. 5-pc Women’s Perfume Gift Set
  41. Pandora Ring – Sterling Silver Forever Love
  42. Pandora Earrings – Sterling Silver and Pearl
  43. Ray Ban ‘Light Rey’ Cat Eye Sunglasses
  44. Forever 21 Square Sunglasses
  45. Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit
  46. Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Sweets’ Glow Kit
  47. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Kit

 

Thanks for reading, and happy shopping!

Outfit of the Night: Dinner with my Family

What to wear to dinner?

Choosing what to wear out can be a challenge. Tonight, I went to Outback Steakhouse, which is a restaurant that I figured I could either dress up or dress down for. I decided to go with a neutral outfit with a pop of color in the shoes. I paired a casual, horizontal striped sweater with a solid black circle skirt to add contrast and interest. Then, I decided to dress up the outfit with a pair of striking red heels. I matched the heel color with a bold red lip color. For accessories, I wore two rings from Pandora and carried a black and gray signature Michael Kors wallet.

Sometimes, it’s better to keep an outfit simple rather than overcomplicating it. Especially since I was going to dinner with my family, I wanted to keep my outfit simple and sophisticated. To complement the red heels, I wore the Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in the shade “Legendary,” which is a festive pinky red color. The nail polish I wore was the Butter London Trend Nail Lacquer in “Chimney Sweep.”

 

 

You can recreate this look with the items below:

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