Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Drugstore Essentials Giveaway

Hey guys! Today, the #25DaysOfGlam team is giving you another giveaway, this one hosted by The Makeup Whoreder! She's giving one lucky winner a bundle of her drugstore must-haves, something we can never get enough of! Enter in the widget below for your chance to win these amazing items!

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Remember, the Mavatar giveaway is still going on also, so be sure to check it out here!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Winter Wonderland OOTD

It's getting colder and colder here in Alabama, so I'm finally allowing myself to make the switch from tshirts to sweaters! Today's #25DaysOfGlam theme is Winter Wonderland, and I'm sharing one of my favorite outfits for the winter weather right now.

Boots + sweater = Perfect winter outfit. I'm matching my blue and grey striped sweater with some skinny jeans and my favorite black combat boots that I'm wearing with literally EVERYTHING right now. To give the outfit an even more wintery feel, I added a pair of snowflake earrings that I received as a Christmas gift last year. 

This outfit is so comfortable, and I love my "Cheshire Cat sweater" as I've come to call it (you all know of my Alice obsession). What kind of winter clothing is your favorite right now?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Survival

The holidays can be stressful for many reasons. You're wrapping up things at work or school in time for the break, worrying about what to get everyone, and then the most challenging aspect: family. Let's face it, depending on how close you are to your family, having the annual Christmas family get-together can be boring, uncomfortable, and near the last thing you'd like to be doing during your time off. Today I'm sharing my tips for surviving those Christmas gatherings with the family.
For me personally, I have one side of the family that I adore spending time with and another that just doesn't have the same appeal. I generally feel out of place just because I'm very different from most of them in general, making it hard to relate very well. This makes one hardship for us communication since there aren't many subjects we can really agree on. In the entirety of the fourteen years I've lived with them, I can safely say that I've perfected the art of small talk. Honestly, I hate small talk, but sometimes it makes things easier if there are a few broad topics you can bring up during an awkward silence. You don't necessarily have to love it, but making an effort makes it a lot more bearable. 

Another thing that can work in an awkward situation is the classic fake text message. Everybody hates being asked about their private life in the middle of a family gathering, but it seems like grandparents can never get the memo that you're not wanting to chat. I can't tell you how often I've acted like there was a message I just had to get to when I was really scrolling through my Twitter feed acting busy. After a few seconds, the family member that had put you on the spot will have focused their attention on something else. 

But sometimes things just don't want to work themselves out perfectly, and you continue to have family members harass you about your personal life. I read an article over at HerCampus a few days ago about surviving holiday parties that had some awesome tips for dealing with these situations (read the article here). Some of my favorites from this acticle include changing the subject by asking family members questions about themselves, staying positive, and going into the situation with an open mind. Keeping an open mind allows you to look at the situation through their perspective and provide better answers that are more likely to satisfy their curiosities.

Lastly, I would like to encourage you all to make the best out of a bad situation. Family gatherings can't be avoided, and attempting to have a good time will make the whole situation a whole lot easier. 

What strategies do you have for dealing with uncomfortable moments with family during the holidays? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Holiday Wishlist

There's only one school week left for me until Christmas break begins, and I'm so excited! The holiday hum that's been buzzing around school has been really getting me into the Christmas spirit, and today's #25DaysOfGlam post has a classic holiday theme: my wishlist! 
This first item I mentioned in my Three Trends I Just Can't Hide From post a while back, a pair or floral Vans. I'm the type of person that will wear Vans with anything and everything, and this pattern has been calling out to me for months. These shoes are easily on top of my list this year since I've been wanting to get them for ages!
Next up is the Naked 3 palette by Urban Decay. I use my Naked palette constantly, and the latest edition to this collection is gorgeous. I love the wide array of light and dark colors, and it would be fun to experiment with all of the different color combinations. 
Another thing I'd really like is a new set of sketching pencils. I'm not crazy about drawing in color, so I like having a larger variety of lead types to use since I have to mix up different types of lead to get the desired look.
Another thing I'm looking into is the brand It's a 10. I have their Leave-In conditioner that I use every time I dry my hair, and I absolutely love it. I'm looking into trying more by their line because that product works wonders for my hair. Since I'm planning on dying my hair in the near future, I'm going to need all of the strengthening and moisturizing products I can get my hands on! The main products I'd like to try are their Miracle Hair Mask, Miracle Deep Conditioner, and Miracle Dry Shampoo + Conditioner Two Pack. I currently don't use a hair mask on my hair or deep condition my hair ever, and I've heard that both are worth trying, and since I'm probably going to damage my hair a pretty good bit, I'm definitely planning on trying them out. I'm also notorious for washing my hair too often, so I need a leave-in conditioner that works really well and that can condition my hair between washes. 

This is it for my Christmas list! The main thing I''m asking for is cash for a shopping spree, but these are a few items that I'm personally really wanting right now. What's on your Christmas list this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Sales

It's always a challenge shopping for everyone on your list during the holidays, and I for one am shopping every sale I can find! Today, I'm sharing two great online destinations to get huge savings on amazing items. 
First up is Amazon.comAmazon runs some killer deals during the holiday season, and I can always find some of the best deals for my friends' presents. Especially in the days leading up to Christmas, Amazon is a perfect place to shop. They're also currently running a 12 Days Of Deals sale, so be sure to check in on that!
Another favorite online shopping destination of mine is Etsy.com. Etsy is an online marketplace where small, independent owners sell their products. They will have nearly anything you can think of, and these shop owners will cut some amazing deals this time of year. It's also great if you're buying the same thing for several people because, if you contact the owner, they'll often give you a deal on items if you're buying several at a time! There's no harm in trying, and it often pays off!
I'd definitely recommend checking out these sites for your last-minute holiday shopping, and I'd love to hear where you're finding deals this season! Leave me a list of your favorite sites or stores that are running cool sales in the comments below! Happy shopping!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Travel Solution

If anyone loves traveling, it's me. My family is traveling constantly, and although my entire family lives within a twenty minute drive of my house, we love traveling this time of year. We always go to the beach at Christmastime, but holiday travel is something that everyone has trouble with every once in a while. Here's our solution to traveling during the the holiday season. 
 One of the main problems travelers face when traveling is the huge mass of people that are also traveling during that time. The roads are always packed, and you can't get into a restaurant without an hour wait in front of you. To get that perfect vacation during the holidays, you're going to have to make some concessions. First, find locations that aren't crowded during the busy months. If you're wanting to go to Disney World during Christmas, there's no doubt that it's going to be crowded (believe me, I've done it). But if you're going somewhere that is more frequently visited during the warmer months, things will be much easier. Take the beach for example. We go every year in December because the beach is practically vacant, the cold is more tolerable that it is most other places, and the malls and restaurants are not even close to as packed as they are during the summer. Planning a smart destination is vital to having a relaxing holiday vacation.

To kick off your travels is a coupon code from Lane Swint, an urban lifestyle clothing brand for the "Ambitiously Foolish." Take 50% off your entire purchase with the code 50Glam! This includes already discounted for their holiday sales, so this is the perfect time to score some awesome deals! Check out their site at laneswint.com and apply the code at checkout. Good luck in your holiday travels!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Favorite Holiday Movie

Christmas is looming closer and closer, and we've all been watching Christmas movies so many times that the soundtracks are on repeat in our heads. Today's #25DaysOfGlam topic is Favorite Christmas Movie, and I'm talking about my favorite, Elf!
For those of you that haven't seen this film (You monsters!), Elf is the story of an orphan infant that crawls into Santa's sack of toys one Christmas night while he's delivering presents and ends up in the North Pole. The elves take him in as one of their own, name him Buddy, and keep his true identity from him, but as he grows older, he realizes that he's different from the elves around him. He uncovers his true identity and goes to New York City to find his family, but what he doesn't expect is that his father isn't quite as receptive of him as he'd hoped. Throughout the movie, Buddy discovers love, family, and what the true meaning of Christmas spirit really is. 

I love a good comedy, and Will Ferrell does an amazing job with Buddy's character, making him the most comedic Christmas figure ever. Watching him parade around New York acting like an elf is hysterical, and it always has me and my whole family rolling with laughter.
Aside from humor, Elf has some very touching moments. Watching Buddy falling in love, trying to connect with his father, and befriending his younger brother is beautiful to watch.

What's your favorite Christmas movie? Let me know in the comments below!