15 Things You Need To Add To Your Amazon Wishlist This Holiday Season

15 Things You Need To Add To Your Amazon Wishlist This Holiday Season

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The holidays are coming up and it can be really overwhelming and stress-inducing when you don't know what you want, especially when your friends and family keep asking you. Perhaps you don't know what to get all the special people in your life and need some inspiration. Amazon is the go-to website for all your shopping and splurging needs, especially if you have Prime and can get free two-day shipping. Here are 15 things you need to add to your Amazon Wishlist this holiday season:

1. "The Dating Chronicles: Confessions of A Heartbreak Girl"

This a great read for anyone who wants to read about someone else's dating experiences and bring a little laughter to their lives. It's also a quick read, too.

2. Fuji Instax Polaroid Camera

Get creative with your photos with this Polaroid camera. Print out instant memories to have for a lifetime. You can even display them on your wall buy getting a string photo holder.

3. Amazon Echo

Haven't you always wanted to ask Alexa so many questions? Well, with the echo dot, you can. It's inexpensive and great if you want to hook your phone up to it to play music to have an instant speaker.

4. Instashiatsu Foot Massager

Do you really need convincing as to why you need a foot massager?

5. Cards Against Humanity

The best game to play with your friends for a game night or at a party. It's a great way to see what type of humor people are into.

6. "My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry"

A great novel to read if you want a good cry.

7. "Shit I Can't Remember: An Organizer For All Your Passwords And Shit"

Can you never remember your passwords for your multiple accounts? Well, now you can write it down in this book so you'll never forget.

8. "Q&A A Day: 5-Year Journal"

This book asks you a different question each day for 5 years. It gets you thinking and when you complete it, you can see how your answers have changed over the years.

9. Essential Oil Diffuser 

Want to feel relaxed in your room or living room? An oil diffuser is a great choice to make a room feel calmer and make it smell great.

10. Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock

This alarm clock is clinically proven to help you wake up feeling more refreshed.

11.Truly Clear Acne Face Wash

The best face and body wash to control your acne. It's made of 98.42% natural ingredients!

12. Kangvo Mini Portable Air Humidifier Cowboy Hat

This product is meant to relieve cold and flu symptoms. This also is environmentally friendly because it helps reuse bottles.

13. Cactaki Water Bottle With Time Marker

This water bottle helps you drinks the precise amount of water needed at certain times. It'll remind you when to take your next sip.

14. Himalayan Salt Lamp

Salt lamps are not only pretty, but they're said to be beneficial. It can help reduce anxiety and help you sleep better.

15. Anker Powerline 6ft Lightning Cable

Now you can charge your devices conveniently with this 6ft chord.

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5 Makeup Tips You Should Know

A small change in your daily makeup routine can make all the difference.
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Makeup is fun and a lot of us wear it practically every day. The problem with that is sometimes we may spend years applying our makeup in the same incorrect way. Makeup should be used to enhance our features, and applying makeup in the wrong way can have a reverse effect. The five tips below will hopefully help guide you in perfecting your makeup skills and choosing what techniques best suit your face features.

1. Color correcting makeup

Color correcting cream, liquid, or primer aims to cover any discoloration or blotchiness which appears on the face. For example, color correctors that are green are used to reduce redness, whereas orange color correctors combat dark circles under the eyes. Palettes such as the Correct & Perfect All-In-One Color Correcting Palette by Stila contains several different colors, all of which are useful for neutralizing face discolorations.

2. Defining eyebrows

We're all aware of how trendy perfect eyebrows are these days, and in my opinion, they never need to go out of style. Eyebrows are an important aspect of any makeup look, especially for an "everyday look." You don't have to draw on your eyebrows or have them perfectly plucked, but filling your brows in makes a world of difference. Start by combing out the brow, then carefully and tactfully filling them in with a brow cream, using a small brush, or an eyebrow pencil. Finish by combing them out with an eyebrow brush to make sure the product is even and clean. A popular and highly acclaimed brow product is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade.

3. Nose contour

Nose contour may seem trivial, but it really does make a difference. By applying dark contour powder or cream to the sides of your nose, blending up to the brow, and a light cream or shimmer powder to the slope and tip of the nose, you can create the illusion that your nose is either slimmer or wider than it actually is. Because the nose is in the middle of the face, it can easily add or take away from your overall makeup look depending on how and if you contour it.

4. Eye makeup according to eye shape

The eyes are the most prominent part of any makeup look. Applying eyeshadow and eyeliner in a way that compliments your eye shape can greatly alter how big your eyes look and whether you look awake or tired. It's helpful to use an eye shape chart to figure out what your eye shape is and what type of eye makeup would work best for you.

5. Highlighter

Highlighter is a wonderful extra touch used to frame your face and capture the light. When applied correctly, highlighter will make your face glow and show off your cheekbones. When using highlighter, apply it to your forehead, tip of the nose, chin, and cheekbones. For a super shimmery highlighter, be careful where you apply it. I would stay away from applying heavily shimmered and pigmented highlighter to large areas of the face, such as the forehead, and confine it to only the cheekbones.

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7 Ways To Avoid Buying Everything You See On Amazon

Shopping can be a source of instant gratification for many people, but it also puts a dent in your wallet if you aren't thoughtful with your purchases.

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Though I don't do a ton of online shopping, when I do I find it very easy to get sucked into a vortex of "stumbling upon items I never knew I needed." This can include everything from clothes, to gifts, to books, to basically whatever else shows up in my "recommended purchases" column. Shopping can be a source of instant gratification for many people, but it also puts a dent in your wallet if you aren't thoughtful with your purchases. With that in mind, here are some ways to avoid making spontaneous, probably unnecessary purchases on Amazon when you're browsing at 2 am right before going to bed.

1. If you really love an item, put it in your cart and come back to it a day later

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This is a classic "Mom" tidbit of advice: "Honey, why don't you sleep on it and tell me if you still want that toy car tomorrow, and I'll look into it." Seriously though, I've managed to talk myself out of a few almost-purchases just by not buying the item in the heat of desperately wanting it. In the light of day, suddenly those adorable ballet flats don't seem as crucial to your future happiness.

2. Resolve to only pay for things with Amazon gift card money

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This is a principle I generally try to stick to, though of course I don't have such a generous influx of Amazon gift cards that this is really possible. However, paying for things only with gift card money is a good way to motivate yourself to look for the best deals on whatever item you're looking at. It's also a good way to streamline your purchases and make the most of those $25 birthday gift cards that seemed boring when you were younger, but now fill you with excitement about future purchases.

3. Resist the urge to go on Amazon when you're feeling the itch to shop

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It may sound simple, but one of the best ways to temper your online shopping is to just not go on Amazon as much. That way, you won't stumble across as many "can't-miss deals" and won't feel a sudden urge to empty your wallet just to add yet another pair of cute leggings to your closet. For those die-hard online shoppers, this advice might seem like quitting shopping cold turkey, but consciously avoiding the website that sucks away your money might be the easiest way to spend less money on Amazon.

4. If you're looking at clothes, see if the item you're looking at fills an actual need in your wardrobe

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When I browse online for clothes, I try to make sure that I'm only actively looking at items that I really need. For example, if I'm looking to replace my beat-up ankle boots with a new pair, I'll do my best to only browse the shoe section. It can be tempting, especially on websites other than Amazon, to casually migrate into the "tops/blouses" section and stray away from your original shopping intention. Sticking to your guns about what you're actually looking for could help remove that temptation to buy another cute top "just because."

5. Make sure you don't already own a similar version of whatever item you have in your cart

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This more happens when I shop in person than online, but it's important to recognize that a big reason why you may be attracted to a specific item online might be because you already own something just like it. Then, suddenly you end up with two coral-colored short-sleeved shirts, which could have been avoided if you had just done a quick sweep of your closet before clicking the "complete purchase" button.

6. Ask yourself if this item will still be popular or in-stock in three months

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Of course, it's impossible to predict the exact online lifetime of anything, especially an article of clothing. However, stopping to ask yourself this question could help prevent you from buying stuff that's all the rage "right now," but probably won't be popular in a month. There's nothing wrong with buying something that isn't that popular with other people, but if you're looking into a particular style of jeans that you see all around you right now, chances are high that you're just buying them at least partly because you keep seeing them everywhere.

7. Unsubscribe from as many store emails as you can

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This can apply to Amazon purchases as well as purchases from other retailers, but those darn store email chains that give you 10% off your purchase just for signing up can really zap you of your time later on. Even if I love a certain store, I generally shop infrequently enough that my shopping schedule won't be dictated by the emails they send me. Still, getting off of those promotional email chains could have the exact "out of sight, out of mind" effect that you need to curtail your online shopping habit.

Shopping can be a fun activity, but it can also be a useful exercise in mental restraint. Of course, everyone can fall prey to that "have to have it" purchase at any time. But if you are a little more strategic with when and how you shop on Amazon, you're a lot less likely to groan when you check your next credit card statement.

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