Stocking Stuffers for the Makeup Lover Under $5!

The holidays are right around the corner which means buying gifts for all your loved ones. Using Naked palettes, Nars lipsticks, and Benefit blushes as stocking stuffers can really add up. Below are 5 products that equal to be $20.27 all together and can be used to create full faces of makeup. Let’s begin!

e.l.f. Essential Holiday Get The Look Set – Limited Edition $5.00

This holiday set is perfect for the makeup newbie! It comes with one eye shadow brush, black pencil eyeliner, black mascara, an eyelash curler, and one shadow available in two colors.

Fancy Lashes Gift

Essence Beauty Secrets Fancy Lashes (Ulta, $1.79)

These lashes are sure to stand out and come in a thin packaging for easy stocking storing. They are perfect for holiday parties!

Makeup Sponge Blender $3.48

Beauty Blenders are all the rage in the world of makeup, but who want to spend $20 for a little sponge? These are knock-off beauty blenders that are the same formula and under $5!

NYX Butter Gloss  $5.00

NYX Butter Glosses are highly pigmented lip glosses that are so moisturizing it is like butta! These can be ordered online or at your nearest drugstore. NYX glosses have received several awards for being high quality at a low price.

e.l.f. Essential Beauty Book Eye Sets $5.00

The final product a full eyeshadow palette under $5! This e.l.f. palette comes in 3 colors: Natural, Bronzed, and Smokey, along with a primer, eye shadow brush, and eyeliner. This Beauty Book also comes with step-by-step instructions how to apply for day and night looks.

Weekly Fashion Update~ Vintage Flannels for Fall!

I love the laid-back and cozy feel of flannels for fall and winter.  They are an ideal layering piece, and there are so many new ways to wear them this upcoming season. Even though there’s nothing better than a classic go-to fall outfit of jeans, flannel, and boots, today’s flannels can be dressed up with blazers, rhinestone necklaces, or maxi skirts. Whether you mix them with other prints, dress them up, or go for classic 90s grunge, there’s no going wrong with a classic plaid flannel. Let’s begin!

Flannels look adorable peeking out from under a sweater for a super preppy look. Layering is perfect for the fall because it allows you to stay fashionable and warm.

Pile on the jewelry with your flannel to make even the most casual outfit more eye-catching. The touch of a wedge adds more gleam to relaxed jeans and an over-sized flannel.

Flannel + maxi: you will feel like you are in your pajamas but you will still look so stylish! A solid black maxi is a staple because it can be matched with any pattern.

Love the mix of hard and soft with flannels, leather, and studs.

Flannels also look great buttoned up under a blazer!  The rolled up jeans and chunky boots add a bit of edge to this otherwise super polished outfit.

Updated 90s grunge look- tie a flannel around your waist for that touch of pattern and laid-back style.

Weekly Fashion Update~ Back-To-School Shopping Guide!

Unfortunately, for all students every where the clock is ticking until school starts in the fall. This means fighting back the crowds of people at malls and in cramped stores. The biggest tip I can give someone going back-to-school shopping is have a list in mind of the styles you want to abide by this fall. That way you won’t be persuaded to buy something you don’t need or won’t wear. The best knowledge to have is what trends you like, what your dress code is, and if you can picture yourself proudly wearing it. I am in college so I don’t have a dress code, but I still do like to look cute for school. Putting on that cute outfit every morning will help you stay positive and boost your confidence. Let’s begin!

Maxi skirts are still flying off the shelves every where. Recently, I bought one for only 5 dollars from Charlotte Russee and it is a spandex cotton blend and probably the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn. Maxi dresses, with a cute top, and comfy sandals are an easy way to seem dressed up. You can accompany it with a crop top, denim jacket, over-sized top, or an adorable tank.

Chiffon tops and blouses are probably one of the easiest types of clothing to wear. They literally go with anything. From fancy slacks for a meeting to light-colored jeans for study hall. Buying these tops in solid colors make them easy closet staples. H&M and Forever 21 have some of the best selection of chiffon tops.

Circle skirts and crop tops are the next fashion pieces. Circle skirts are much like skater skirts, but aren’t as pleated. Circle skirts are high waisted which is perfect with a crop top so that your mid-drift isn’t hanging out. Crop tops can also be paired with high-waisted jeans or pants for more coverage. If you don’t like getting all dressed up for school but still want to look cute, try a cotton-spandex blend circle skirt and a solid or printed cotton crop top (much like the blue skirt look above).

Military green is also a hot item for fall. Military green jackets and pants look amazing paired with a printed top. Strap on a pair of combat boots and you are ready for battle! These pieces add a punk flare without going overboard. The thickness of a military jacket will keep you warm all winter. Just sew on your favorite embellishments or patches and make it unique.

Over-sized cardigans and sweaters are perfect for the upcoming school year. Knit has been especially popular lately. In order to make it seem like you are not getting swallowed into the sweater or cardigan, keep it simple. Wear solid colors and big printed cardigan. Or, when it’s cold, wear your favorite knit sweater with leggings or tights and cute calf-length combat boots.

Backpacks can be fashionable too! You especially want a cute backpack if you are going to be lugging it around for a whole semester or school year. The latest backpack trends are pull-overs with leather zippers or buckles and a printed design. Lace and crochet have also graced the best of backpacks. When choosing one, go for a look that fits your personality and style.

DIY~ Flower Crowns

Flower crowns are an indie accessory that are flying off store shelves. These floral items aren’t only for Coachella attendees, but are also found on high fashion runways. To create these crowns, it only takes a small amount of supplies and easy steps. In this DIY I will show several different ways to make thicker and thinner flower crowns. They can be made with either silk flowers or real flowers. Let’s begin!

For all of mine I used silk flowers just because it tends to last longer and doesn’t wear or decay from the extended use. This process creates a thinner flower crown and is probably one of the easiest. To begin, all you will need is medium wire, preferably brown to match the stems, scissors, and your flowers. First, take the flower stems and put a few together. Wrap them together with about an inch and a half of wire. Cut off the excess wire so it doesn’t stab you in the head when you wear it. Keep adding more branches to the mix and coiling it with the wire. Base your shape into a circle as you bind the stems together. If you need to adjust the diameter of the circle, just loosen the wire, adjust, then tighten back up. Adding different color thin flower stems adds a summertime feel.

The second step is a bit more complicated and thicker. Start out doing the same process as the first crown, but wrap in the thicker white and yellow flowers in the front of the crown to create more dimension. If the bigger flowers won’t stay in or the wire keeps getting undone, then simply take a hot glue gun to the defected areas and let it sit for 15 minutes. Spreading the flowers out more will create a more equal crown.

The final step takes one more supply and more patience. The extra supply is floral tape and can be found wherever silk flowers are sold. To start, make your headband out of the wire and fit it to your head. Crop the flowers with the scissors so the stems are all the same length and there are no hanging leaves. Take two flowers and using the floral tape, wrap the stems to the wire headband. Repeat this process using different couples of flowers. Make sure the tape that you use matches the stem color or the crown will look sloppy. If you want to add pizazz to any of the crowns, adding ribbon to the back that wraps into a bow when you wear it will add the perfect touch. Simply string it through the headband and tape it  to the end of the headband. This works best if you have a headband format, rather than a crown format.

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