Lately I’ve been having the itch to read more. Now that I have been out of college for almost two years and required reading and various projects aren’t looming over me constantly, I want to spend some of my usual TV-time with a book instead. Along with trying to read more, I also wanted to start a book series on my blog so that I can a) stay motivated to read, b) look back on all of the books I’ve read that year, and c) share my thoughts with fellow readers who are looking for something to add to their “to-read” lists!…

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As of late, I’ve been obsessed with cranberry-colored eyeshadow. I’m not sure what it is, but it’s just so beautiful to me! I received this Studio Makeup On the Go Cool Down palette in my November Boxycharm subscription box, and I am obsessed! I can’t seem to find it on their website, but here is its counterpart. These eyeshadows are highly pigmented, especially the shimmery shades. They’re very powdery, however, so I do experience some fallout. This is mostly noticeable in the shimmery shades because they have glitter in them, so you will probably get a little glitter on your face…

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Ahh, I can hear it clear as day. “Why don’t you just get a tan?” was a question I was asked by my friends all too often growing up. When I responded, “I physically can’t…no, seriously. I can’t,” they would look at me like I had two heads. If you have pale skin like me, this probably sounds all too familiar. I grew up and still live in a very warm, sunshine-y area where everyone around me has beautiful tan-to-dark skin. I stick out like a sore thumb (well, more like flourescent lightbulb), and it took me until recently to finally…

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December has arrived, and that means it’s time to break out the bright red lips and gold eyeshadows and put together some fun holiday makeup looks! I love a look that only takes one eyeshadow palette to complete, and that’s exactly what I’m sharing with you today: something super simple, neutral, and festive. The Too Faced Natural Eyes palette is totally underrated. It’s a handy little makeup tin that holds nine beautiful neutral eyeshadows. Its small size is deceiving; you can totally create several different looks with this palette for both day and night. It’s one of my OG high-end…

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Men can be pretty hard to shop for. I’ve tried and failed to do the ‘surprise-gift’ thing a few times before just deciding to stick with specific lists and save the headache. However, that can suck the fun out of the Christmas spirit real quick, so I decided to consult with someone who knows a thing or two about what a man likes to receive as gifts: my husband. Here are some husband-approved gift ideas that the men in your life are sure to love. Flannel, $23 – If the guy in mind is pretty low maintenance (or even if not), flannels…

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