A Gift Guide For The Makeup Lover In Your Life… On A College-Student Budget.

A Gift Guide For The Makeup Lover In Your Life… On A College-Student Budget.

Gift the makeup lover in your life something she will love.
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… well almost. Most of us college students are trying to stay alive through finals week. And right after, we’ll be hit by the fact that we need to buy Christmas presents for our loved ones… with our very limited budget, of course.

While we were trying to rationalize our excessive amount of procrastination throughout the semester during Thanksgiving break, we missed America’s biggest shopping days filled with insane sales. So it’s time to start brainstorming.

Gifts sets are a little over rated. It’s the fastest and easiest way for a company to attract customers and sell its products – that’s consumerism at its finest. Something about miniature products and insanely cute packaging empties people’s pockets. However, most people will agree that receiving gift sets is not as fun and exciting as many may think. A gift set says: “hey, I honestly did not give it too much thought, I didn’t know what to give you, and this was the easiest option.” Don’t be that person.

We all have a variety of people on our Christmas list – mom, dad, sister, brother, uncle, and so on. There is high chance we all have that one girl in our lives that is obsessed with makeup. Makeup can quickly turn into an expensive obsession. Here are some tips and ideas to give her something she’ll love, while staying within your budget.

The biggest and most important piece of advice when gifting a makeup lover makeup is to stay away from products such as foundations, concealers, powders, eyebrow products, and primers. As a makeup lover myself, I am the only person that knows exactly what my skin needs and likes – from the color shade to the consistency of a product.

Let’s begin with the eyes. Unfortunately, most of the popular eyeshadow palettes are expensive and if you have no idea what you’re looking for or at, let me tell you, there are some hidden and inexpensive treasures. If she’s a makeup lover, she most definitely will know who Carli Bybel is and about her top rated eyeshadow and highlighter palette – you’ll two birds with one stone. For under $15, you find this neutral and pigmented palette at Ulta. Now, if you want more options or know she already has that palette, check out Makeup Revolution and see the variety of palettes that they offer for $15 and less. If you want to give more for less, NYX Cosmetics has great quality eyeshadow pencils for under $5 – get a few a wrapped them. If you’d like to add a little extra to the gift, take a look at Maybelline’s mascaras for her to finish up her eye look.

On to lip products – currently makeup lovers are raving about mauve-brown matte liquid lipsticks. The popularity of these products has quickly increased the priced. But if you take a closer look, you’ll find the Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick line by NYX Cosmetics. The 12-color option ranges from light nudes to perfect browns.

If you’d like to gift her the option of having perfectly blended makeup, check out Real Techniques for a range of brushes to beauty sponges. Not only are they inexpensive, but they’re high-end quality as well. If she’s an environmentalist, check out Eco Tools.

Now, it’s time to shop… well after you’re done with finals. And if you still love the idea of gift sets, you can build your own with these products while not spending much and also giving your gift thought and personality.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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