8 Budget-Friendly Beauty Buys

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If you’re on a budget, and let’s face it most college students are, that doesn’t mean you should have to forego quality when it comes to beauty products. Here’s a list of some of the best budget-friendly beauty products I have come across over the last year! Enjoy!

1. Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss Lipstick

rimmel-lipstickThe Kate Moss lipsticks from Rimmel are long lasting and highly pigmented.  The shade 01 is a great red for pretty much any skin tone.  These lipsticks go on easily and look beautiful.  They retail for $4.99 at Target.

2. Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow

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These are the best cream eyeshadows I’ve found not just in the drugstore, but in general.  They last all day, don’t crease, and come in some great shades.  My favorite shades are Bad to the Bronze and Inked in Pink. They make a great base, but are also great on their own.  They retail for $6.99 at Ulta.

3. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

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Rimmel has the best translucent powder out there!  This powder lasts all day and controls shine and sets your makeup really well.  They come in other shades as well, but the transparent one is my favorite for everyday use.  They retail for $4.99 at Ulta.

4. NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder Kit

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The NYX eyebrow kits come in a decent range of shades and each kit comes with two matte eyebrow powders and a clear brow gel to set your brows in place.  They are  super easy to apply and give a very natural look.  They retail for $5.99 at Target.

5. Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

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This is the best drugstore mascara on the market.  It gives thick, full, long lashes and can be controlled so your lashes don’t clump.  It also comes in waterproof, which is great for a long night.  They retail for $5.94 at Walmart.

 6. L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Concealer

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The True Match collection from L’Oreal has a fantastic range of shades for every skin tone and are really easy to apply and blend.  They are great for under the eyes and for covering up blemishes and imperfections.  They retail for $7.59 at Target.

7. e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzer Duo

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This is a great buy since you get two products in one.  You get a great blush and a great bronzer.  The bronzer is great for contouring as well as all-over use to add a nice tan, glow.  The e.l.f. duo also makes a pretty good dupe for the Nars Blush & Bronzer duo!  The e.l.f. duo retails for $3.00 at Target, while the Nars duo retails for $42.00 at Sephora.

8. Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer

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This Olay moisturizer is great for everyday use.  Moisturizing the skin is very important for your skin’s health and is a far-too-often forgotten part of the skin-care routine for many of us.  Don’t leave out this terribly important step!  One tub lasts for several months, so it is worth every penny.  It retails for $12.99 at Target.

Sony Pulls “The Interview”

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Sony Pictures cancelled the Christmas day release of the controversial movie, “The Interview” amid recent hacker’s cyber attacks and threats.
In response, Sony pictures made this statement: “In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to the show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, or of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theatergoers.”
The comedy, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is a about a fictional plot for twojournalists to kill the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un.   In recent weeks, Sony Pictures has been the targeted by hackers, in which private emails from executives and other important documents were leaked to the public. There has been speculation that North Korea was responsible for the hacks as a form of retaliation for “The Interview.”
There are currently no plans to even release the movie on DVD or video on demand. Movie posters and billboard for the “The Interview” have been taken down all over Hollywood and Los Angeles immediately. Sony has come under criticsim from Hollywood for this decision. Actor Rob Lowe said, “Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them.”

Holiday Gift Ideas

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The holiday season is upon us and if you’re anything like me, you probably haven’t finished (or even started) your holiday shopping yet. It can be extremely difficult and stressful to think of good gift ideas, so here are a few ideas to help you if you’re stuck!

  1. Cookie Baskets

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 If you have someone on your list that you just can’t figure out what to get or if you’re low on cash, this is something that will please just about anyone. Bake a batch of homemade cookies and put them in a festive basket, box, or bag. You can make whatever kind of cookies you want, so think about what you think they’ll like best and go for it!

  1. Restaurant Gift Cards

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 Pick up a gift card from your sibling’s/friend’s/family member’s favorite restaurant. Sometimes practical is best and getting someone a gift card to a restaurant you know they love and go to a lot guarantees they’ll get good use out of your gift!

  1. Movie Night Kit

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 For this one, you’ll need a DVD (any movie you know they don’t own, but would probably enjoy will work), the receiver’s favorite movie theater candy, popcorn (you can just throw in some packages of un-popped microwave popcorn), and a basket, gift box, or gift bag. Just put it all together and give the gift of a great stay-in movie night!

  1. Travel Essentials Basket

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 Have someone on your list that loves to travel or has a long plane ride coming up? Pick up a neck pillow, some cozy socks, some of their favorite snacks, some hand sanitizer, a package of gum, and anything else that you think will make for an optimal travel experience. Toss it all in a gift basket and you’re good to go!

No Plans? No Problem!

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Internship, travel and plans-less this winter break? Here are some ideas to help you make the most out of your vacation (in a not-binging-Netflix-the-WHOLE-time sort of way!):

Look for summer internships!Or study abroad programs or jobs.
Some applications are just opening up over winter break, so getting a head start on your search now might put you ahead of the game.

Clean up your resume!
This is a project that can take an hour or 4 days. Making your resume stand out (without the pink paper and strawberry scent) can also put you ahead in an internship or job search.

Take a winter class!
Get ahead in your studies and you might be able to graduate early (read: save money).

Get in shape!
If you never have time to hit the gym during the semester, try getting in shape over the break and then trying to stick to your routine when you return to school.

Learn a new skill!
Whether it’s learning to cook, play guitar, ride a bike, computer code, rock climb or speak Spanish, you’ve got free time and skills to learn!

Roadtrip with friends!
Find friends who also have a week or weekend and head someplace new!

And when all else fails?
Binge Netflix!

White House Hosts Summit on College Affordability

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Hundreds of college presidents from across the country joined President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden for the White House Summit to hear about new actions for students to prepare for college.

The White House hosted its second annual College Opportunity Day of Action, which focused on President Obama’s broadened agenda for higher education. The president plans to implement these steps:

1. Increasing Pell scholarships by $1,000 a year
2. Creating the American Opportunity Tax Credit, worth up to $10,000 over four years of college
3. Limiting student loan payments to 10 percent of income
4. Laying out an ambitious agenda to reduce college costs and promote innovation and competition

The president also explained the need for increased investments in America’s community colleges and simplifying the FAFSA to make it easier for potential and current college students to apply for financial aid.

For more information visit:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/16/fact-sheet-president-and-first-lady-s-call-action-college-opportunity