With the holidays approaching, I am spending more time completing my Christmas shopping. I developed the idea for this post while browsing my local Winners-HomeSense store for gift ideas. I often spend a lot of time thinking about what to buy for stocking stuffers. To help both you and I find the perfect stocking stuffer idea, keep reading!
1. Bath and Body Products
Bath and Body Works offers a great selection of hand cream, bath fizzies, and body lotion to include in any stocking. Most of the smaller items sold are under $15. I love including Christmas-scented products with my gifts and return to the store yearly to select peppermint, candy apple, and nutmeg scented products.
2. Home Decor + Kitchen Items
Stores like Winners-HomeSense offer a wide, unique variety of home decor items. If you have a baker in your life, you’ll find everything from colorful mixing attachments to miniature baking trays at Winners. The store offers a variety of home decor items from cozy blankets to candles.
1. New Gloves
New gloves will not only keep his hands warm, but a pair like the Apex e-Tip are compatible with touchscreens! Even if the special guy in your life is not a glove wearer, a slim, text-friendly pair is a functional, and fashionable gift.
2. USB Car Charger
A car-powered USB charger is a perfect gift for a guy who is always on the move. He can charge multiple devices, and he’ll never have to wonder if he really left his charger at your house again.
What are you top ideas for a stocking stuffer?
I love to plan. I usually buy a new planner every January, but this year I decided to buy a new one in November. The planner I previously owned did not have adequate space for my daily scheduling and I know I’ll need more writing space once I head into a new internship in January.
What planner did I buy?
I bought a large, spacious planner from my local bookstore. This one originates from a brand called ban.do. It features a 17-month spread (August 2017-December 2018), color-coded tabs and yearly/monthly/weekly calendar pageviews. To satisfy my inner organized nerd, it even contains a coil-bound closure and internal pockets.
So, why did I buy a new one before the year ended?
This new planner serves two purposes:
- It tracks all my reminders – Important dates, reminders, and schedules popped up throughout this semester. I already used up a lot of space in my previous planner, and required more writing space to track everything. (Grad photos, party reminders, group work, etc.)
- I can schedule activities in advance – I already have a few important dates scheduled for 2018. This new planner allows me to write those dates and times without waiting until January.
Tips to set up a new planner
Setting up a new planner doesn’t need to be time-consuming. Here are three tips I use whenever I buy a new one:
- Transfer all important dates into your new planner before throwing the old one away
- Determine how you will colour-code your planner to organize it
How do you organize a new planner?
This season has brought me many things, but consistently clear skin is not one of those things. The state of my skin changes a lot and I’ve modified my skin care routine in response. (I’m currently sitting at my laptop with a charcoal mask smoothed across my face). Today I’m sharing why you need a dedicated skin care routine, and how you can make changes if your routine is just not working.
Why maintain a skin care routine?
Your hormone levels begin regulating between ages 22-25, but you may notice extra breakouts during certain times of the month. Engaging in a consistent skin care routine is beneficial for many reasons:
- The amount of collagen in your skin decreases in your late-20s and your skin’s barrier begins to thin. Sticking to a regular skincare routine ensures your skin continues to look youthful and radiant
- Your skin is a large barrier. It continuously protects you from toxins and other environmental effects. By engaging in a consistent routine, you’re helping your skin function at its best.
- With time, your skincare routine becomes a habit.
A few simple tips to help you maintain a skin care routine:
Developing and maintaining a skin care routine doesn’t have to be hard work! Here are a few of my favourite tips to regulate my daily and weekly cleansing:
- Use a moisturizer – A good moisturizer will keep your skin looking fresh and supple. Moisturizer protects your skin against wrinkles and reduces dryness.
- Exfoliate – Exfoliation rids the skin of dead skin cells which prevents the skin from appearing dry and dull
How do you care for your skin?
There’s no single way to blog, but there are common mistakes that new bloggers can make. I started my blog over a year ago and learned a lot of these mistakes myself. With a few tweaks and tips, I overcame these mistakes to improve my blogging. These are 3 common mistakes:
Publishing a new blog post on your personal Facebook page is one way to increase page views, but your content is likely to only be seen by your Facebook friends list. Posting to Facebook is not enough. Share your content on other social media websites, or groups dedicated to blog promotion to increase your reach and page views. A helpful hint is to tell your audience about the blog post, instead of simply leaving the link on the page.
NO OR LOW QUALITY PHOTOS
Blogs are largely about visuals. I like to include one main photo that captures the essence of my blog post. If I am writing a product review, I will often also include swatches of the product to demonstrate the colour/texture. Multiple editing tools exist to enhance and refine your photos to make them more appealing. Practice makes perfect, and keep practicing your photography until you’re happy.
I publish new blog posts 3 times a week. I publish on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while devoting each day to a specific topic. I plan my posts extensively before I begin to write them, and this actually speeds up the writing process. Consistency is key to maintain an active following. Try using a calendar to schedule content and keep your blogging on track.
What are common mistakes you made as a new blogger? Do you have any tips to share to avoid common mistakes?
I’m halfway through my second-last academic semester of university. As a social work student, I know that it is essential to avoid burnout by devoting time to myself. This task sometimes seems impossible with looming deadlines, a long reading list, and more. Self-care comes in many forms, and this list is just a few of the ways I implement a routine to take care of myself.
What exactly is burnout?
Burnout is essentially mental or physical collapse from becoming overworked. Burnout manifests itself in different ways. I’ve experienced physical sickness, mental exhaustion, and anxiety. By the end of a semester, for example, it manifests in me as a cold or tension headaches.
3 Ways to Avoid Burnout
1. Clear out
De-cluttering not only clears out your physical workspace, but it also clears out the mind. If you have a lot of items in your visual field, the brain works harder to ignore it all and focus on the task at hand. This can be tiring, and cause stress. I like to tidy up my desk daily or weekly, and arrange it so that only my calendar, laptop, planner, and a few notebooks are in my field of vision.
2. Practice positive affirmations/self-talk
Self-talk happens to everyone. We can use these conversations we often have in our headspace to our advantage every day. It can help us feel better, reduces anxiety, and improves confidence. One simple way to implement positive affirmations is by using words like “I can” and “I will”.
Sleep is so important but often undervalued. There are times when I skimp on sleep, though I fully recognize that I shouldn’t. Sleep helps us restore memories, recharge, and improves brain function. Maintaining a solid sleep routine is beneficial to all aspects of your health/wellness. Most health experts recommend 7-9 hours of sleep per night for adults.
How do you practice self-care?
I already discussed popular beauty trends for fall here on the blog. It features some of the lip colours I’ll mention in this blog post. I rotate my lipstick shades of choice based on the season. With fall (and October!) officially here, I decided to showcase lipstick colours I love this season.
1. Deep burgundy
Any shade of red or burgundy can be adapted for any season. A deep burgundy shade creates a rich, colourful canvas for light or dark makeup. This shade is the epitome of fall colours for me. My go-to shade of burgundy is M.A.C. Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in the shade Diva.
This purple-toned pigment gives the lips a bright, fun pop of colour. This colour is slightly brighter than plum but not as intense as a rich violet. I enjoy pairing it with silver or metallic purple eye makeup and highlight. One shade I adore is Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in LUV.
3. Brick red
Reds are versatile enough to wear year-round. A brick red pairs well with plush scarves and boots. A brick red always reminds me of fall, and I wear it often throughout the season. While I cherish all my red shades, my must-have for fall is Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Rocksteady.
This colour might be a surprising addition to my list. A bright, summery lip colour is a great way to deviate from the darker colours I have in rotation. This peachy-orange shade was created using my Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette.
Which lipstick shade do you love to wear during the fall?
I’m sipping on a Pumpkin Spice Latte and pulling a cardigan around my shoulders while I write this post. I am transitioning my closet for the fall, but my makeup also shifts to accommodate the new season. I’ve already implemented a few of these into my makeup, but read ahead for the top makeup trends you’ll see everywhere this season!
1. Dark/Vampy Lip
Rich red colours are a popular lipstick shade this season. I began wearing the colour midway through the summer season, but I will certainly continue to wear it into the fall. Burgundy, oxblood and Bordeaux hues look great on both lips and nails. I never thought I’d love a dark red lip. However, I fell in love with MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Diva.
This trend is popular for eyeshadow and highlight. A pop of gold, silver, or chrome is all that is needed to create this trend. One way to create a metallic hue is to apply a chromatic highlight on your eyelids and cheekbones.
3. Inner Eye Highlight
The inner eye is often ignored when applying makeup. Dabbing highlight or bright eyeshadow into the corner of your inner eye is a great technique to reduce darkness in this area of the face.
Are you trying any new beauty trends this season?