Sunday, August 30, 2015

Beauty/Life: August Favorites

It's that time of the month again!! Well, that's TMI, but it's also Favorites time! I've loved a majority of skincare products this month. If you'd like to know how I've come to love them, keep on reading.

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen in Pure Lavender - it'd been so hot this month so I'd been trying my best to remember to put on sunscreen. This was obviously my favorite because it's lavender-scented and it has SPF 45.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief - I felt like my face was drier this month so I'd been using this moisturizer day and night for the month of August.

Pacifica Vital Immersion Deep Hydrating Mask - I used this to bring back more moisture into my face. I also loved that it goes on clear on my skin.

Acure Facial Toner - Since it was so hot, I've cherished the moments when I would use this toner because my skin also felt refreshed in the process.

Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover - I caved in and bought the full size version. I loved the travel size so I thought it was a good enough investment. I wasn't willing to pay more than its price tag for an eye makeup remover so I decided to just buy the full size instead of try other higher end products.

Bath and Body Works Wild Honeysuckle Gentle Foaming Hand Soap - I didn't know how much I loved honeysuckle until I smelled this hand soap. I had only recently opened it, but since I'd be using it all of September and most likely loving it, I thought I'd include it in this month's favorite as well.

King's Hawaiian Mini Sub Rolls - I loved a lot of these this month. I prefer them from the actual rolls. I thought the bigger size was more convenience for making sandwiches.

Almond Breeze Almond Milk - I bought a 6-pack of them from Costco, not realizing they were unsweetened. Ah well, I still like them. They just happened to make my chocolate smoothie less sweet, but that was totally fine with me. I just told myself that it was healthier that way.

Let me know in the comments what you've been loving in August!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Life: 10 College Saving Tips

I was chatting with someone on Twitter, and then a thought popped into my head: I was pretty good with saving my money when I was in college. I lived on a budget and was still able to get by without taking out a loan. So, here are my tips for making the most of your money while in college.

1. Apply for scholarships. If you're reading this and you're still in high school, my very first tip would be to study hard to get the best grades so you can qualify for scholarships and grants. If you're already in college, I suggest joining undergraduate programs such as EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) if it is available in your school (in the U.S.), or something similar to it if you live internationally. DO YOUR RESEARCH. Money won't come knocking at your door.

When I was in college, I was in EOP and received a grant of $300 each semester. It wasn't much, certainly wasn't enough to pay my rent, but it helped pay for my gas and food.

There are also many scholarships out there that you can apply for; you just have to be willing to write a lot of well-written essays to win the scholarship. The website I used to search for scholarships was called Fastweb. It literally has hundreds of scholarships you can apply for.

2. Cook your own food. Think about it. A fast food combo averages about $7, but you could also use that to buy all the ingredients for a meal. So what's the difference? A fast food combo is only good for one meal, but if you cook your own food, it could last for at least 2-3 meals depending on how many ingredients you can afford for the same amount.

3. Buy used books. As much as possible, I avoided new books like the plague. I scoured the internet for used books. The most popular I found was Also, after the semester, you can resell your books to other students taking the same class or the Amazon trade-in program.

4. If you have a computer, buy a printer. In college, you write a lot of papers - drafts, more drafts, and more drafts, before the final paper. Paying to print at the library for four or more years would cost more than if you invested in your own printer. All you have to do then would be buy your own printing paper.

5. Carpool. If you have friends in the same class, you would save gas money if you carpool. Usually, classes are twice a week so you can alternate with your friend. You can also save on parking permits by sharing it. Just make sure that you have complete trust of each other. If all else fails, or you don't have a car yet, take public transportation. Make sure you do your research to see if there are discounts for buying a long-term bus pass.

6. Live off-campus. When I was in college, I paid half the rent of what students paid for living on-campus. If you know where to look, you could save so much more and have a much bigger, possibly private, room. If you have a lot of clothes, you would also appreciate a regular-sized closet.

7. Get a part-time job. If you have the discipline, get a part-time job, whether that's off-campus or on-campus. You can also apply for work-study if your university offers it.

8. Join clubs. You might be wondering, "how would joining clubs help me save money?" Well, you know how clubs have gatherings? Well, gatherings always have food - free food that's paid for by the club budget. Take advantage of it and make friends at the same time!

9. Use your student status for discounts. If you didn't know already, being a student makes you entitled for discounts online and in-stores. All you have to do is ask if they offer student discounts.

10. Make your own coffee at home. Assuming that you drink coffee and assuming that you would have many sleepless nights cramming all day and all night; it is much cheaper to make your own coffee at home than regularly buy them at Starbucks (or Costa if you're in the UK).

I'm not an expert. These tips were only based on my experiences when I attended college. I hope this post would help you save money. Let me know in the comments if you have other tips on saving while in college.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Beauty: Health and Beauty Haul

I've been buying a few things the past month or so and I wanted to share them with you!

One day I suddenly thought I wanted to buy the Nutri Bullet, so I did! Talk about an impulse buy, huh? It was on sale at Target for $79.99 and with my Target redcard, I got it for even lower than that. I do love a good bargain! I've used it once and it was amazing and blended so quickly! It was so easy to use and I was quite happy with my investment.

Real Techniques Sculpting and Blush Brush - I've been wanting these two brushes, and when I finally went to Walmart, I decided to have yet another impulse buy and bought these two brushes. They were amazing as usual!

Rimmel Exaggerate Automatic Eyeliner - I liked automatic liners so I thought I'd get this in Rich Brown. I love it, but it wasn't as great as the Scandaleyes eyeliner, though they were both waterproof.

Rimmel Eyeshadow Stick in Bootleg Brown - I loved my other shadow stick so much that I thought I would get another one. One thing I learned though was that I couldn't pack this on as much as I could the other one. When I did, I looked like I had a black eye.

Clinique Eye Makeup Remover - I caved in and finally bought the full size version. I wasn't willing to pay more than this product for an eye makeup remover, and it was the best one I've tried so far. It was so gentle and amazing for sensitive eyes.

Pacifica Vital Immersion Deep Hydration Mask - I was having trouble with dry patches on my face again so I thought a hydrating mask might be helpful, which was why I bought this. Of course, this was an all-natural product and I loved it! I can't wait to try more Pacifica products! I discovered this brand because of Jackie from Jaaajack. (Check out her YouTube channel)

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - I finally bought this mascara. Be prepared to see it in my favorites!

Simple Micellar Makeup Wipes - As I've mentioned before, I stopped using makeup wipes because they all burned when I used them. This one was the one that burnt the least so far. I bought it because first, I had a discount at Target, and second, I wanted to use something easy to remove my makeup before I work out at the gym.