Believe it or not, next Monday is Halloween. Do you have a costume picked out? If you don’t have one yet, check out these options for free last minute Halloween costumes.
So, your first option is to be a ninja. A video tutorial by Michelle Phan shows you how to be a ninja in less then a minute. Pretty handy if you have a last minute party invite.
Second option, have a last minute Halloween costume swap party! Invite a bunch of friends to your house, have some candy corn (yum), and tell them to bring all of the costumes and costume accessories they have. Have some stations set up to sort costumes by size. Then all of your friends can switch costumes. Afterwards you guys could watch a scary movie or have a sleepover. The only thing you have to worry about is making sure you wash and return the costume to the proper owner within the week after Halloween.
My last suggestion is to borrow your parent’s clothes from when they were teens or dig up some of your 90’s dudes. Going for a specific time period is a really good option for last minute costumes.
Now you have a few options without having to spend a dime!
I have been really intrigued with the candles on diamondcandles.com for a few months now but I had to restrain myself and wait until I finished my other candles first. I’m trying to learn to finish all of my products before I try new things, which has actually been a bit of a challenge for me because I am not horribly patient.
The idea behind Diamond Candles is really interesting. They are soy candles, in lovely scents, that have rings inside (like a Cracker Jack box). Each ring is valued between $10-$5,000. Wow. Can you imagine spend only $24.95 for a candle and get a $5,000 ring from inside it?
I purchased the Fall Sample Pack, which comes with five candles: Cinnamon Roll, Vanilla Cream, Harvest Blend, Pecan Pie, and Pumpkin Chai.
Overall I liked how the candles burned evenly (I almost never see that in all of the candles I have purchased before, not even Yankee Candle) and the fact that they last 120-160 hours but I was disappointed with the amount of black smoke that formed after I blew the candles out. EDIT: I’ve spoken to some people on the Diamond Candle Facebook page and it was suggested to me that I cut off some of the black build up on the wick before lighting it and there will be less smoke.
As for the rings that were hidden in the candles, I didn’t get any of the really expensive ones (I assume they are more rare) and they were all fairly large for my fingers. On Diamond Candles FAQ it states that the rings range from sizes 6-8. This isn’t a con though because the whole point is you don’t know what you are going to get. It was fun getting the rings out of the candles, even if I didn’t end up liking the ones I got and didn’t get any my size.
I’m not sure whether or not I will repurchase or try out a different soy candle company because the smoke is just hard to ignore.
Let me know what you think of my Diamond Candle review and answer the below question in the comments.
Do you have any soy candle company recommendations?
I feel like I am a high maintenance girl that is lazy. I like my makeup to look like just an enhanced version of myself but in a really short amount of time (average of 10 minutes). This is how I do it! All of the products are listed below, it looks like a lot but it goes by so quickly.
Loreal Magic Perfecting Base
mark. Get a Tint, Buff/Natural
Colorscience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Powder, Medium
Sigma Miss Taylor
mark. Just Pinched, Cheeky
-Eyes & Brows-
NYX Eyeshadow Base, ESB03
Urban Decay Naked Palette, Buck and Sin
mark. No Place to Run, Jet Set
Jouer Eye Clarifier, Clair
Revlon Growluscious Mascara, Blackest Black
YBF Automatic Eye Pencil, Universal Taupe
mark. Brow Factor
Pangea Organics Lip Balm (not shown, featured in my September Favorites)
A few months ago I started writing about what makes me happy, hence 100 Reasons To Be Happy was born (inspired by sophiasjournal.com). I thought it would be good to take a minute to think about the little things. I loved doing the posts so much that I decided to add more then 100 Reasons. Be merry and read on!
Today I want to be thankful for… my skin! I thought it would be fun to add to the 100 Reasons To Be Happy list with some skin appreciation.
When I joined Birchbox I was struck with an over abundance of extra boxes. I didn’t want to throw them away so I’ve just had them accumulating in a corner. That seemed just as wasteful, so here I’ve compiled a list of ways you can upcycle your Birchbox boxes.
The easiest way to upcycle your boxes is to store makeup in them! I have a box to organize my foundations and concealers as well as a separate box for eyeliners (since they are always rolling around!). See a cute DIY on how to make little drawers out of the boxes (picture above) from eat.sleep.Make.
Physcians Formula is a cruelty-free brand that is available at the drugstore and at Target locations. It has a thick plastic wand with short small bristles to help add volume, definition, and length to your lashes. The packaging is pretty bulky for a mascara but it is eye catching at the same time.
What is your favorite mascara? What mascara should I review next?
Everyone has trouble feeling confident at times. No one feels beautiful, successful, and happy everyday. I have had some stressful days recently so I wanted to share my tips with you guys on how I cheer myself up and stay confident in this post on feeling blue. Some of these tips are kind of strange but I hope they help.
My tips for feeling happy when you are blue…
Fake it until you make it! Keep your shoulders back, chin held high, and smile. Act like the happy person you want to be and you will start to feel it.
Surround yourself with things you like. Play your favorite song on your iPhone (or one that really pumps you up like Push It by Jessie and the Toy Boys) and wear your favorite outfit.
Wear heels! They make you feel great. You look more put together, stylish, and in my case… older!
Keep a life notebook with your goals, resolutions, inspiration pictures, etc. as a motivator. Imagine the life you are going to have.
Feel inspired by operationbeautiful.com. It is an amazing website where people around the world are trying to help other people feel confident. I’ve participated a few times by leaving notes in my textbooks when I return them and in movie theater bathrooms. Help someone else feel beautiful and you will feel it too!
Save for your future goals (I use mint.com to help me keep financial goals). I actually have six savings accounts where I put money aside for important things like Chris and I’s first house and our children. Whenever I feel down, like I have no control of my situation, I put a little extra into those accounts.
I hope that this video was helpful to some of you! I know some of the tips were strange but that is how I stay motivated and happy.
Have a lovely happy day.
Tell me how you stay happy and confident in the comments!