I've had a nice, yet entirely too short Thanksgiving break. While home I managed to grab a few new products to keep up a good well-being/self-care routine once I get back to the hustle and bustle of my normal schedule (+ my final exam schedule!). Before getting into November favorites next week, here are a few new buys that I'm excited to try out.
Garnier Whole Blends Haircare Line
I was browsing the aisles of Walgreens and stumbled upon this line, which I had never seen before. Everything is paraben-free, meaning the formulas contain less harsh chemicals than usual. The branding on these products was adorable, so I had to pick up a few things. The Smoothing Leave-In Conditioner has coconut oil and cocoa butter, which should be great for styling my frizzy hair. The Nourishing Mask is made with avocado and shea butter, so I'm excited to use that when my hair needs a little TLC. Lastly, the Hydrating Shampoo has coconut water and vanilla milk, meaning it will smell delicious and provide moisture for my dry locks.
Bath & Body Works 'Magic in the Air' Ultra Shea Body Cream
My wonderful mother picked this up as a surprise for me, and I've already snuck a couple uses in. It smells absolutely delicious with notes of vanilla, sandalwood, white iris, and pear blossom. In addition to smelling great, the inclusion of shea butter makes this ridiculously moisturizing. This will be great heading into the cold winter months.
Naples Soap Company Lip Balm
In addition to the body cream, my mom picked out a lip balm from a local company in Naples, Florida, where she was spending some time. I'm excited to try this out, especially because my lips have been getting extra dry lately. It smells amazing, which makes me even more interested to see how hydrating it is.
L'Occitane Exfoliating Foot Care
This mini was collecting dust in my parents' bathroom, so I decided to give it a new home. The formula is supposed to begin as an exfoliating scrub, and turn into a paste the longer you rub it into your skin. I hope this will help remove the dead skin that plagues me during winter.
Victoria's Secret Racerback Bralette
I couldn't not take advantage of the 50% off all bralettes deal that Victoria's Secret had during Black Friday. I picked up two of the lightly lined racerbacks, and am hoping that they will be supportive and comfortable, regardless of regular bra size.
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
After months of searching and hoping for a camera, I've finally got my hands on one! I settled on the Canon Rebel SL1, which is the company's smallest SLR camera. I managed to find a great deal that included the body, an 18-55mm lens, a 75-300mm lens, plus a camera bag, all for the same price as the body + one lens normally is. Additionally, I picked up a 50mm f/1.8 lens. So far I'm incredibly happy with the purchase, and cannot wait to learn more.
What products are you trying out this month?
Today is a very exciting day, because I have a new blog design! I purchased it from the lovely
Etsy shop Fearne Creative Design, and am so happy with how it turned out. If you are interested in updating the appearance of your blog, look no further than this Etsy shop for clean and beautiful designs.
On a similar note, I have recently found some great free fonts that look gorgeous paired with blog pictures. As I am still up to my knees in midterm work, I thought this would be a perfect, simple post leading into Thanksgiving week. Without further ado, here are 10 great fonts that are free & easily downloadable to a computer.
I can't remember the last time I read the news and was not filled with fear. I have felt this for quite some time now, however in light of the results of last week's election I feel this subject is more important than ever. I am disappointed, I am disgusted, I am distraught, but most of all, I am afraid. Afraid of what's to come, and afraid of what has already come to pass. I've found myself asking if there's anything I can possibly do in the face of hate.
Hate is there all the time, but learning to live in spite of it is no small feat. But changes can start small. Remember that. You may not be able to create tidal waves, but you can start ripples. Any tiny action you take can begin a chain that will work towards creating a more accepting, loving world. Start with these five steps.
1. Go outside and breathe in the fresh air. Look up and see the gorgeous sky, trees, and flowers. Reminding yourself of the beauty of nature can give you a new perspective on any difficult situation. Ultimately, your happiness and calm will radiate onto others.
2. Give back to your community. Donate to a cause that you believe strongly in, such as cancer research (I strongly recommend donating to Planned Parenthood). Volunteer at an animal shelter, bring cans to a food pantry, give old clothes to Goodwill. You don't need to give a lot, but directly or indirectly helping someone else out can have many positive repercussions.
3. Smile. Whether it's just for yourself or in the direction of someone who could use cheering up, this simple motion can work wonders for how you are feeling. Not only does it help your own emotions, but it is actually infectious. One smile leads to many.
4. Leave a generous tip at a restaurant. If you're financially secure (even if you aren't), sometimes it's nice to leave someone a little something extra for the effort. You never know how you might be helping out - tuition, rent, groceries, etc.
5. Hold a cute animal. I highly recommend puppies, kittens, bunnies, baby goats, hedgehogs - really, any cute animal you can get ahold of. Holding something so warm and lovable can put you in a good mood, regardless of anything else happening at that moment. But don't keep the mood to yourself! Spread the love and happiness.
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Times may seem tough, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and a way to learn from the rough situation we are in now. What's your favorite way to find the good?
A little late, but October was a month filled to the brim with activities. I managed to grab a few items that I completely fell in love with, and will probably be blabbing on about for the next few months. Although I'm happy with the results of this month, I am definitely looking forward to my Thanksgiving break (and for all the delicious food!), when I'll be able to have some time to relax and unwind.
Urban Decay Naked Concealer
After hearing great reviews of this for months, I finally caved once my last concealer ran out. I already love it after a couple weeks use, and would say that it even compares to my all-time favorite, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. It provides excellent coverage, blends seamlessly, color matches well, and is extremely smooth. The coverage typically stays for most of the day, however it does fade slightly and could use retouching in the afternoon/evening. But if reapplied, it layers well and doesn't look patchy. I do wish this was slightly more affordable, but absolutely love it otherwise.
Charlotte Tilbury Rock N' Kohl Liner
This came at the perfect time amidst all my midterm exams and assignments, and it has been making me happy ever since. I have the shade 'Bedroom Black', which is a dark, matte black that looks perfect any way it is applied. My favorite way to wear this is smudged close to my upper lash line, with a light layer of mascara for an every day, low-key effect. It has amazing staying power, which is ridiculously helpful for long days of class and studying.
Bath and Body Works Lavender Vanilla Candle
Thanks to Bath & Body Work's amazing sales, I picked this up for $12.50 instead of the usual $22 (sure, this sale runs fairly often, but a 3-wick candle for $12 is great regardless). I was trying to find a great seasonal scent, but this was the one that called out to me most. It's simple, calming, and isn't too strong, which are my favorite aspects of a candle.
Plaid Blanket Scarf
Every time I logged onto Pinterest (pst: follow me!) this month, I managed to see at least one picture of a camel coat paired with a huge plaid scarf. I have now purchased versions of both, which I have explained in detail in this post. The scarf is incredible - soft, warm, and matches literally everything. It looks great with army coats, denim jackets, and of course, my new camel coat.
What did you love this month?