Anti-Haul #2: What I’m NOT Gonna Buy

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Hey my loves! If you’ve never heard of an anti-haul, basically I’m gonna “haul” to you guys stuff I’m not going to buy. I’ve done an anti-haul before, which you can check out here. You guys know I’m a beauty junkie, so it’s hard for me to say no to makeup but I definitely do have enough makeup. I also feel like a lot of products are incredibly overhyped so if you’re interested in what I’m not going to buy, keep on reading!

1.) KKW Beauty Contour Sticks

I’ve heard rumors that the KKW brand is cruelty free, but I’m not 100% sure on that. I won’t be buying anything from her brand because I feel like the contour sticks were very overpriced for the amount of product you get. The shade range too isn’t that great, so I’m going to stay away from them.

2.) Naked Heat Palette

I’ve never owned an Urban Decay palette before but I know that the Naked palettes are a lot of people’s go-to’s. I do love the colors in the palette but I feel like it’s overhyped. I also find it expensive and I have palettes with similar shades, so I won’t be buying it.

3.) Colourpop Pressed Face Compacts

I love Colourpop but lately they haven’t been wow-ing me (besides the Fem Rosa palette). I’m kind of disappointed in their new pressed bronzers, I feel like the shade range isn’t that great. All of them are warm toned when I really need something cool toned, since something warm would make me look like an oompa loompa. Maybe they’ll release more shades, but for the time being, I won’t be buying them.

That’s it for this anti-haul. What are you not gonna buy? Let me know!

I hope you enjoyed the post.

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: This is just my opinion and why I won’t be buying these products. Just because I’m not interested in them doesn’t mean you can’t be interested in them!

 

August 5, 2017
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5 Confidence Boosters To Help You Get Ahead

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Life is hard enough without you feeling low about yourself. A lack of confidence can rob you of so many wonderful opportunities to get ahead. What you might not realize is that it doesn’t matter what has come before. Instead, focus on what you have right now and come up with a great action plan to make it even better. Here are just a few of the ways to help you feel great with what you’ve got and inspired to do more:

Health

Most people in their early twenties have good health. In fact, they can probably get away with a less than healthy lifestyle thanks to their youth. But this isn’t the right approach to good health in the long term. While we’re young, we should be focusing on boosting our health and fitness now. That way, it will be easier to maintain in the future because it’s habit or routine now. Pick a diet you can stick with, and an exercise plan you can fit in with real life for now and forever.

Education

Whether you’ve slogged away for years at college or didn’t make it through high school, continuing education is essential. It paves the way for promotion, pay rises, and even more desirable career options. Most importantly, it gives you the confidence you need to stand up and say “I’m worth more.” The best thing is you can do this at home, from a high school diploma online to post grad stuff. That way nobody needs to know, and you don’t need to take time off work. How far will you go?

Circle Of Friends

Your social life is as important today as it will be in the future. Maintaining good friendships is actually really hard, especially when you part ways after school or college. It’s important that you try though because there will be plenty of times when you really need a friend. Of course, friends come and go. Some will get married, others will have kids, and a few might move to the other side of the country for their careers. Practice meeting and making friends so you can always have a good sized circle in the real world. These skills will help boost your confidence, and may help boost your career too!

Hobbies

Having a hobby or two is a really great way to boost your self-confidence. Most hobbies give you the chance to achieve something and better your skills at whatever it may be. You might play a musical instrument, or enjoy making home movies. Perhaps you write a blog? Creating, making, producing, or changing things all boost your confidence. And if you share these hobbies with friends or family members, you’ll always have good company.

Help Someone

Finding a good cause and making a difference for somebody else can go a really long way to helping you feel good too. Putting yourself out for the sake of another is a challenge. This might be physical as well as mental. What can you do today to make someone’s world a better place for the future?

I hope you enjoyed the post! What do you do to help boost your confidence? 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

August 3, 2017
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August Goals

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Hey my loves! It’s been awhile since I did a goals posts so I thought I would do one for today. I think it’s a great way to start the month off!

1.) Be more active on Instagram.

My Instagram has definitely been lacking in posts lately so I really want to get more active on it. I would like to post at least once a day, which is why I’m going to take part of Megan’s August photo challenge! I’m hoping that having a prompt will help me to keep motivated to post. I guess we’ll see how that goes!

2.) Get into a routine.

My life is pretty all over the place and it makes it hard for me to get some things done every day, it also doesn’t help that I’m incredibly lazy. I started to bullet journal, which if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen my first spreads. But I put in some habit trackers and I hope that will get me into a good routine, like waking up at the same time every day and making sure to take my vitamins.

3.) Work out at least once a week.

I know that I should be working out multiple times during the week, but with my work schedule, it’s a little tough. I’m going to aim for at least one time a week just to get it thrown into my routine and see how we go from there. I really need to become more active!

4.) A better sleeping pattern.

I love to sleep and I think I love it a little bit too much. I could sleep all day without a problem and I know most people probably couldn’t. Most days I go to bed super late, then wake up at 11 am or later, which really isn’t healthy – plus it’s a waste of a day. I want to start going to bed at a certain time and waking up before 9 am.

5.) Drink more water!

I drink a lot of water when I’m at work since that’s all we’re allowed to have, but other than that – I don’t drink a ton. Water is amazing for your body and for your skin so I really need to start drinking more of it. Maybe I’ll add a water tracker into my bullet journal next month!

What are your goals for this month? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

 

August 1, 2017
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Ulta Promo Codes & Where to Find Them!

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Being a makeup junkie and a college student is hard sometimes, especially with all of these new palette releases happening each week. Which is why I’m always searching for coupons high and low! You really shouldn’t click that check out button until you’ve done a thorough search for some promo codes – trust me, it’s worth the digging.

Ulta is my go-to retailer for makeup. They have a great selection of drug store and mid-range cosmetics. They carry various cruelty-free brands and their in-store brand is also cruelty-free! Lucky for us, Ulta always has coupons available! But what if that $3.50 coupon just isn’t enough for this purchase or what if you can’t find one that’s working? I got your back. Follow me along to find some promo codes for Ulta!

Do a Google search.

Remember how I said do a thorough search? That’s the best way to find working promo codes. There definitely are a ton of sites that you can find coupons on, but I always find that the sites have pop-ups or the codes no longer work. Sometimes the codes will say “20% off” or something similar, but then it just brings you to the sale page – when that’s not what we want, we want promo codes!

For example, RetailMeNot only has a couple of the $3.50 off qualifying purchase coupons but lists their current sale items as coupons – which kind of tricks you into thinking that you’re getting an amazing deal but you really aren’t. I looked at Groupon and they do the same thing.

Let’s take a look at Dealspotr’s Ulta promo codes/coupons and see how they compare.

Dealspotr has numerous of the $3.50 codes plus I saw a code for 20% off your first Ulta Salon visit, so that’s pretty neat. I would like to point out that these $3.50 coupons aren’t able to be used on the prestige brands that Ulta carries, but everything else is fair game. I also want to point on the coupon filter on the left side of the Dealspotr site. You can filter out what you want to make your deal searching faster and more effective.

So let’s use one of these coupons! Let me show you how it works on Dealspotr. I found an item I’m interested in buying, so I added it to my cart.

I wander back over to Dealspotr to check out their codes for Ulta.

I’m going to click on one of the codes, then this will open up.

I’m going to click the “Copy Code” button and the code will automatically be copied to my clipboard. Now back to Ulta to apply the code during checkout!

Ta-da, it worked. Now I know that $3.50 isn’t a mega discount, but it’s worth it. I also didn’t have to do a lot of searching to find a code, which I’m happy about. Dealspotr is always the first site I go to find the best promo codes. There are a ton of different features on Dealspotr that you can narrow down your searches with, such as single-use codes, third party deals (so deals listed on other retailers sites for specific items), or site-wide deals + more.

I also really like Dealspotr because you can earn points by posting deals, validating deals, and referring others. These points you can redeem for gift cards! If you sign up using this link, you can start posting and validating deals to share with others!

Have you used Dealspotr before? Let me know in the comments 🙂

I highly recommend it! I’ve used it numerous times and I’m always sharing deals for cruelty free brands.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: This post contains referral links. This post is sponsored by Dealspotr but all written content is my own and 100% my own opinion. Dealspotr is a site I use often and I had the opportunity to share it with my readers!

 

July 25, 2017
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Retain Your Youthful Looks With This Essential Guide

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Unfortunately, we won’t stay young forever. Short of a miracle cure, aging is something we all go through. However, we can offset the ravages of time by taking better care of ourselves. Here are some effective ways to help you retain your youthful features and fight the inevitability of the aging process.

Exercise regularly

Exercise is not only good for your health, but it also boosts collagen which helps keep your skin looking young and fresh. A regular workout will increase your blood flow, which is a natural way to detoxify your body from the inside. Of course, more exercise is also good for your heart, reducing the risk of possible cardiovascular problems and other diseases. Therefore, to live longer while looking younger, you should commit to an exercise plan on a regular basis. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, so read the article at https://www.nerdfitness.com, which will help you think outside of the box when it comes to planning your workout session.

Care for your skin

Looking after your skin on a daily basis will improve its health and youthful texture. Gently washing and moisturizing each day are two of the ways to keep your skin looking fresh. We also recommend you read the article at http://www.exfoliate.com which showcases the benefit of exfoliating when taking care of your skin. Removing those dead skin cells will free up your pores, and reduce the risk of acne on your face and body.

Get your beauty sleep

Unfortunately, a partying lifestyle where you are awake well after midnight, will not help you in your attempts to stay young looking. It is important to get at least six hours sleep a night, to avoid the effects of tiredness. When you are fatigued, your body releases the hormone known as cortisol which ages your skin through dryness. Your eyes will also look puffy, so regular late nights may increase the chances of bags under your eyes as you get older.

As we sleep, our body produces growth hormones which will alleviate the risk of premature wrinkling. Sleep is also an effective way of dealing with stress, helping us to relax and ease mental tensions that can also age us.

Focus on your lifestyle

When we are young, we often take risks with our health. However, we don’t live forever, and we do get older, so it’s important to cut down on anything that can cause us long-term damage.

Many of us know that smoking is damaging to our health, but this bad habit also affects our skin and teeth, making us look older ahead of time. Alcohol dehydrates your skin, making it less elastic and prone to wrinkling. Read this post which covers the way an unhealthy diet can also damage your skin. Eating badly will increase your body weight, affect your heart, and ruin your teeth when you spend your days eating more chocolate than fruit.

Beginning a healthy lifestyle when you are young is a habit you don’t want to avoid.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

July 24, 2017
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