3 Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

Hello, beautiful readers!

The holidays are a joyous, exciting, but stressful time. With shopping, baking, and other activities to complete, there are several ways to minimize your holiday stress.

1. Set a shopping budget

This is the first step in my holiday shopping routine. While spending money throughout the holiday season is unavoidable, there are ways to control your spending. Plan ahead, review your finances, and develop a realistic budget for gifts.

2. Make a list, and check it twice

Creating a shopping and ‘to-do’ list is beneficial to keep yourself on track before Christmas. A list enables you to determine who you are shopping for, what you plan to buy, and organizes other activities to complete.

Forget the idea of perfection

Don’t stress about trying to be perfect. Focus your energy on the people in your life and enjoy the quality time you have during the holidays to spend with them.

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4 Time-Saving Beauty Hacks Every Girl Should Know


Hello, beautiful readers!

How many of you spend a lot of time and energy getting ready each morning? With a few simple tricks, it is easy to minimize the time and effort it takes to complete your morning routine each day.

1. Make your eyeliner symmetrical every time by marking the end of the line with a dot 

Once you figure out where you want the dot, draw a small line from the dot inward to to connect it to the liner at your lash line. This trick ensures your liner is crisp and straight every time. Alternatively, you can place a piece of tape along the desired line and trace your liner along it.

2. Mix together foundation and moisturizer 

This tip combines the steps of applying moisturizer and foundation into one. This also helps you adjust the foundation tint to your skin. The moisturizer will also add extra moisture to the foundation, giving your skin a dewy finish.

3. Use baby powder in your hair to absorb excess oil 

No time to shower in the morning? Adding a small amount of baby powder to your roots and combing it through your ends absorbs excess oil from your scalp. I use this trick often when I sleep past my alarm.

4. Combine eyeliner and mascara 

I use this tip often when I do not have eyeliner nearby. I substitute it with mascara instead. Dip a thin brush into your mascara tube and apply along your top lash line. This creates the effect of eyeliner.

Do you use any beauty hacks to save time? 

My first makeup bag 

Buying makeup can be so overwhelming. And if your a total beginner things can get ugly! So I hope to give you some ideas to create a whole makeup bag that can take you from day to night with easily applicable products! 

  

General rule: When buying makeup for the first time stick to cheaper products until you find what you like and works best for you. 

Face:

  

If you have a pretty clear face a BB cream is a must! If not go for a foundation with more coverage. I did not include a concealer and a primer because to me they don’t make a huge difference and you shouldn’t get overwhelmed by a huge amount of products.

What I suggest

  • Garnier BB cream according to your skin type
  • Maybelline dream satin liquid foundation
  • Maybelline Super stay better skin powder

  

For cheeks the Estée Lauder signature powder blush no 19 is great because you can use it as a blush as well as a light bronzer. 

Eyes: 

  

For eye shadow stick to not as pigmented neutrals. The outcome will not be as strong but it will be extremely difficult to mess it up!

What I suggest: 

  •  Maybellne The Nudes pallete

  

Sticking to the same vibe go for a felt tip eyeliner as it is more easily applied! For a bolder look you can go over it with a liquid eyeliner.

What I suggest:

  • Sephora felt tip eyeliner, classic line 
  • Seventeen mascara X-TRAOIRDINAIRE, black 01
  • Maybelline mascara Lash sensational

Lips:  Rules always have exceptions! I would definitely splurge on a red lipstick because it’s a classic! Lastly a makeup bag is not complete without an everyday nude lipstick.

  
What I suggest:

  • Yves Saint Laurent rouge pur couture 35
  • Rimmel by Kate Moss 01
  • Koress guava 13 natural pink   

What was your first makeup product? Let me know in the comments below!