The holidays are time for giving, and I love gifting presents for the people in my life that I love! To kick off the holiday season, I’ve created the perfect guide for any lady in your life, whether it be your sister, your best friend, your mom, or any other special gal!
Whenever I’m picking out presents for friends or family, I always get them something that I would want myself/that I already have! (those puff-ball shoes have been in my cart for a month now and thanks to the black friday deals I got them in gray 😉 same thing with the joggers and vans lol)
Get my list of different gift ideas all under $100 below:
Using good quality makeup products is SO important! Now look, I’m not saying you can never shop at the drugstore for makeup… I’m just saying that I have noticed a difference in not only makeup application, but in my skin too. For face products I find it more necessary to splurge a little to keep my skin looking fresh. Down below is a list of all my makeup products I swear by, go shop ’em for this holiday season!
Makeup Brushes: Nanshy Brushes (the eye crease brush is my all time favorite)
For those of you that don’t know, color correcting is when you use makeup to cancel out any unwanted colors on your face before applying foundation/concealer. Many youtubers talk about color correcting and do tutorials but the products they use are usually highend. My favorite color corrector is by NYX and is only $12!!
If you want to WATCH instead of read… watch the video down below!
Follow the guide below for some color correcting tips!
Make sure you don’t use a color just because other people are! You don’t always need what other people are and it will actually make your skin look worse.
If you have very dark undereye circles, you wil want to cancel out the purpley blue tones with a yellowy peach concealer.
In order to cancel out yellow or sallow skin, you can use a purple cream to hide it. This one can be the trickiest to use and not many people will need to use the purple. I personally only use the purple to highlight my cheekbones since thats the only place my skin needs brightening.
For redness, using the green concealer from the palette with cancel out the redness on any pimples or just your face in general.
After putting on a thin layer of the corrector, spray some rosewater spray allover your face to soften the product. Dampen your beauty blender and start to softly blend out the color corrector. You want to be able to see the product still but don’t want a heavy layer that will peak through your foundation/bb cream. Make sure you push the product into your skin as opposed to rubbing it since that will just move the color around and rewind all the hard work you just did.
Because I go back to school on Sept. 8th, I wanted to share my routine for the first day! Also check out these pics of a few of my first days of school when I was little. And an extra pic of when I was a cheerleader just because it’s too funny not to share.
2nd Grade Maggie:
1st Day of School in 3rd Grade:
1st Day of School in 4th Grade:
Cheerleading in 5th Grade (I cheered from 5th-7th Grade) :
For me, getting ready for any big event/day, like the first day of school, starts the night before (or a few days if you can). I’m a big sleeper so anything I can do the day before, I do! Down below is what I will be doing for my first day and some tips for YOU!
The Week Of:
Wash your face 2-3 times a week! Ya gotta prepare the whole week, it’s rare for a new pimple to go away overnight!!
Mentally plan out your outfit. Don’t wait until the night before incase you have to buy something!
Go school supply shopping. DUH!!
Finish any summer assignments. Just incase you were bein’ a lil procrastinator (like me lol!)
The Night Before:
Wash, Exfoliate, Shave and Moisturize. Your whole body girlfriend.
Amp up your skin care routine.
Use a clarisonic (or a wet washcloth!!) and exfoliate your face too!
If you are prone to blackheads make sure to use pore strips!! You can DIY them but I use the Biore ones.
Use a face mask. My new favorite for super soft skin is the Fresh Rose Face Mask. If you have me on snapchat you know I’ve been loving this. (buybyebymaggie)
Use an acne face wash, if you don’t normally. I love the basic Clearasil one.
If you have normal to dry skin~ after washing, use manuka (or raw) honey and rub it onto a wet face (like a cleanser) and rinse off with warm water.
MOISTURIZE! I don’t care whether you have dry, normal, combo or oily skin… you gotta moisturize your skin and I use the Cetaphil one.
Spot treat any stubborn blemishes that haven’t gone away yet. You guys know I like my tea tree oil.
Spoil your hair girlll.
Use an in-shower hair serum/lotion. I love the Drybar Hydrating Shots but these cost a pretty penny so I like to save them for big days.
Deep condition your hair. I’ve been using the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter one for around a year and it’s my all time fave because it makes my hair unbelievably soft and it smells SOOO good.
If you don’t already, make sure to include a hair serum for your hair type after showering. My straight hair lovveess the Verb Ghost Oil but you BBbM viewers know that 😉
Paint your nails. Or go get ’em done if you’re feeling extra fancyy.
Whiten your teeth. Instead of damaging the enamel with chemicals, I like using oil pulling. (1 tbsp. of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth and pull it through your teeth for 10-20 mins, then spit it out and brush regularly).
Lay out your outfit. I’m a fan of sleeping in so I like to hang it up on my dresser.
Style your hair the night before. IF you are planning on styling your hair in the morning, do it the night before and sleep in a scrunchie!
Pack your backpack. Because who has time for that in the morning!
Pamper your lashes. Mix castor and coconut oil and load it up on your lashes (and brows) to promote growth and strengthen them!
Brew a coffee. I do this every night before school and put the mug in the fridge so it’s nice and cold in the morning~and isn’t watered down by ice~.
The Day Of:
Wash your face. A very common theme here.
Finish styling your hair. Or go au natural 😉 If you use heat make sure you are protecting your hair with a heat protectant spray!
EAT! Because YUM. (also, since I’m a coffee addict I always make myself iced coffee to go)
So everyone, obviously everything is optional and you can get ready however you want (I just am a little bit of a diva and need to go through a whole salon routine for the first day lol). And NO I do NOT do this every night because ya girl doesn’t have that much time.
Middle school is usually the time girls start to branch out into makeup (unless you’re like me and put red lipstick on at the age of 2 lol). Don’t be shy to experiment, just try to keep it age appropriate. When you’re 11 you don’t necessarily need a smokey eye as your “go-to look” for school, however do whatever you’re comfortable with! This is just some inspiration if you were wondering what makeup most middle schoolers wear. Remember, you are naturally beautiful and makeup will just enhance your beauty. Everything will be drugstore because mom and dad don’t always wanna break the bank on beauty products!!
side note: these are just what I’m using but if you have a die-hard makeup product then do you boo and use it!
Everyone secretly (or not so secretly, like me) wants to have gorgeous mermaid, or disney princess, hair. If you’ve read my “About” page you would know that I chopped my own hair as a toddler. I’ve always been back and forth with my hair, whether I want it long or short, my natural brunette or blonde. Luckily for me, my hair is SOOO thick (thanks mom and dad for the Italian and Spanish genes!). Not only did I cut my hair 5 inches at the end of January for my high school semi, I recently went a little blonder with some highlights.
my natural, brown hair at its longest
the end of January when I cut off 5 inches!
my current hair: full highlights as of Aug. 3rd
Shampoo & Conditioner I’ve been using Nexxus’ shampoo and conditioner for years and have nothing bad to say about it. I’ve gone back and forth and tried a million different ones but the only other one I really like is the Pantene Beautiful Lengths shampoo and conditioner which is much cheaper.
Olaplex Ever since I got my highlights I’ve been using this treatment from my hair salon to maintain strength and hydration in my hair. I’ve heard so many horror stories about how dry and brittle hair can get after coloring it. Thank God for Olaplex no. 3 otherwise who knows what my hair would look like.
Hydrating Shots I got a free sample of the Dry Bar Hydrating Shots at Sephora once and after one use I fell in love. You spray the whole bottle in your roots and your ends in the shower and WOWOW it made my hair SO soft!!
Serum My favorite hair oil is the Verb Ghost Oil. It is so underrated and needs some more hype because it does wonders for my dry hair. Especially paired with the hydrating shots, my hair feels like silk.
Coconut Oil Because my hair is naturally dry, I find myself having to re-hydrate it ALL. THE. TIME. At least once or twice a month (more often in the winter) I saturate my hair in coconut oil, wrap it up, and let it sit for 20+ minutes (the longer the better) before washing it out really well.
Don’t Over Wash I recommend washing your hair every 2 or 3 days. I know some of you are probably freaking out right now buy trust me, it improves the condition of your hair incredibly. When you wash your hair, it strips the natural oils at your roots and dries out your hair which causes your body to produce MORE oils making it oily quicker. Try to slowly cut out how often you shampoo a week (still wash yo body though!!), eventually your hair will get used to your new routine and not create oils as frequently.