8 Tried And True Beauty Products For Your Wishlist

8 Tried And True Beauty Products For Your Wishlist

Whether you're the beauty guru looking for unfailing products to add to your holiday wish list or the friend wanting to give the perfect gift, here are eight beauty products that really work.


The beauty world can be a scary place to sift through. You might hear that certain products work for certain people, but how do you know they'll work for you? The truth is you don't know until you try them! That is why giving and receiving products as gifts are the perfect ways for people to try them out.

1. Becca | Backlight Priming Filter ($38)

This product is not so much a primer as it is the perfect subtle highlight. It can be used before or after foundation, or even when you're not wearing foundation at all! The frosted glass packaging is so luxurious, and the pump makes application really easy.

2. L'oreal Paris | Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara ($10)

This mascara has been a staple for me since it was first released. I remember trying it for the first time and loving how it provided my lashes with both length and volume. The part I love most about this product is that it doesn't transfer to my eyelids throughout the day! It has adorable pink and gold packaging and even more exciting, it's affordable!

3. Chanel | Soleil Tan De Chanel ($50)

I believe this product is marketed as a perfecting base, but I use it most frequently as a cream bronzer. One downside is it only comes in one shade, but the formula is so soft and offers the perfect sunkissed bronze. Again, this product smells SO good. A little bit goes a long way, so it will last you a long time too!

4. Cover Fx | Perfect Setting Powder ($35)

This powder offers the perfect amount of setting without accentuating any dry skin. While only two shades are offered, it is marketed as "translucent" so it can work for a variety of skin skintones. The packaging also includes a plastic sifter mechanism as well as a stopper, and this makes using it much easier and cleaner than other loose powders.

5. Benefit | 24-HR Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel ($24)

For when you just need your brows to stay in place, this is the ideal product. It does make the hair a bit crisp, but I'm always willing to accept that in exchange for knowing my brows won't be all out of place by the end of the day. I'm on my second tube of this product, which has lasted at least four months.

6. Sol de Janeiro | Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($20/$45)

This product, like many of the other products mentioned in this list, smells amazing. It absorbs fairly quickly so you don't have to deal with that slippery lotion feeling. Still, it leaves your skin feeling so soft for more than just a few minutes, and the scent really sticks. This lotion is fairly pricey, which is why it is an ideal holiday gift!

7. Real Techniques | Miracle Complexion Sponge ($6)

Much more affordable than the Beauty Blender, this sponge does the same job just as well if not better. The pointed part allows for really easy access to the corner of the under eye, and the flat part is great for larger parts of the face like the foreheads and cheeks. These also come in bulk packages!

8. Not Your Mother’s | Naturals Linseed Chia Blend & French Plum Seed Oil Volume Boost Dry Shampoo ($9)

I have found that this product really makes a difference in the volume of my hair, and really does seem to absorb the oils. When I use it I don't just feel like I'm covering up the look of oily hair, I really do think it works to make my hear FEEL clean again. This is the perfect affordable gift that also lasts for a fairly long time.

Hopefully at least a couple of these products stood out to you, because I can confidently say each of these products serve a good purpose. Again, some of their price points don't correlate with the average college student's available funds, and that is one reason why they make the perfect gifts! Happy holidays!

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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11 Skin Care Tips If You've Never Even Touched A Cleanser

Good skin doesn't have to cost a fortune.


Skin care should be simple. We wash our skin every day when we wash our hands and shower, but this is still not enough, especially for skin prone to acne or dryness. So, what is a cash-strapped college student supposed to do? Here are 11 tips for taking care of your skin that won't break the bank.

1. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated and drinking enough water is the first step to getting healthy skin. Just like the rest of your body, your skin suffers if you don't drink enough water can look dull and lifeless. Just by making sure you're getting your daily dose of water, you're doing your skin a huge favor. Not to mention, if your skin is dehydrated, it won't benefit from skin products the same way as it would if you were drinking enough water.

2. Catch Some Z's

Again, like with water, if you aren't getting enough sleep, it can cause your skin to look tired, too. Just by getting a full eight hours of sleep (consistently), you can guarantee that you will see an improvement in the look of your skin.

3. Rinse

Before taking a foray into the world of cleansers and any skin care product, just rinsing your face before you go to bed can clean off surface dirt and help keep your skin cleaner. It's easy to add into your before bed routine and while it certainly isn't a cure for acne or any other skin condition, rinsing your face before bed can be easy to set up a routine and to warm up to more intense skin care regiments.

4. Moisturize 

Once you've gotten warmed up, the most basic step is to get a cheap moisturizer. Moisturizers range from affordable to designer, but to start off, you're probably best just going to Target and picking up a cheap one. Follow the directions on the package for the most part, however, I have noticed that if you have naturally oily skin, it might be best to start off moisturizing every other day, or once a day. But, you will soon find a regimen that works for you.

5. Remove Your Makeup

This might seem disgustingly simple, but growing up, I didn't realize you had to remove your makeup. I either automatically did it by showering or would just let it wear off until the next morning. Obviously, this is terrible for your skin and can cause acne, as well as make acne worse. One of the easiest ways is simply to shower, or, you can buy makeup removal wipes, cleansers, etc. But, I think showering or wipes are usually the cheapest and easiest ways to go.

6. Use Toner

For those of us that suffered from teenage acne, many of you may have already used toner or another astringent. For people with oily skin or those with acne, toner can help dry up the skin in those areas and kill off the blackheads. Careful though, if you already have dry skin, you might be best to not use toner altogether or to use extremely sparingly. Even for those with oily skin, toner should be used only in problem areas and not spread across your whole face like a mask or other products.

7. Face Masks

Speaking of masks, it seems like face masks have become the one way we treat our skin. While face masks are beneficial and a great way to treat yourself (don't stop on that front!), they can't be your only foray into skin care. However, masks can help with various problems, so working a mask in once or twice a week is certainly going to help you get the skin you want.

8. Sunscreen

Even though we live in one of rainiest and cloudiest areas of the US, sunscreen is still important in the winter when the sun doesn't shine as much. While there's certainly no reason to lather your entire body in it (assuming you're probably covered up due to the cold), but finding a moisturizer that doubles as a sunscreen is a great way to protect your face from UV rays year round.

9. Try A Simple Cleanser First

Before getting too fancy, buy a simple cream or foam cleanser. They are usually pretty cheap and are an easy way to work into more intense skincare regimens. These kinds of cleansers persist for a reason: they work! At the very least, they will keep surface dirt from getting too far down into your pores and causing outbreaks (although may not help outbreaks with other causes such as hormones).

10. Experiment

Everyone's skin is different. What works for me, may not work for you. The best thing you can do is experiment with different cleansers, exfoliates, masks, etc. and see which ones do your skin the most good.

11. Stop Touching Your Face So Much

This is a tip, however, everyone can use. As adults, one of the ways we get acne is by touching dirty hands to our face. Even if you religiously wash your hands, there is a transfer there that can cause acne. If you tend to get acne on your cheeks, this may be the root cause. Give your cell phone a good wipe down and try to be conscious of when you're touching your face.

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