5 Tips For Stress-Free Black Friday Shopping

It's almost Thanksgiving Week here in the states, and we all know what that means...time to get ready for the biggest shopping weekend of the year! Black Friday is only one week away and with how busy everyone tends to be, I'm sure the time will fly by. To help everyone get prepared and focused (cause this is a serious event in America, y'all), I thought I'd share my tips for getting the most out of your Black Friday shopping.

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Staying Motivated This Holiday Season

Every year, I struggle with seasonal affective disorder when autumn rolls around. Some years are worse than others, but it usually involves feelings of sluggishness and a lack of motivation and inspiration, paired with intense sleepiness and no real will to partake in my usual activities. Basically, I just want to hibernate all winter and I have a severe case of "the blahs" until March. This year, I've decided to do things a bit differently and make a real effort to stay productive. So far it's really been working out great, and the things I've been doing might be able to help others dealing with the seasonal blues.

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The Autumn Lip Edit

Every time autumn rolls around, I pull all of my favorite seasonal lip colors to the front of my makeup drawers so they can be used as much as possible. There are certain colors I especially love wearing during this time of year, from rosy nudes and muted taupes to dark berries and shimmering rose golds. This year, I've put together the perfect little assortment of lip products to achieve every autumn look my heart could desire.

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BeautyMandy Ferrugia
The Best Mantras To Start Your Day

How you start your day is a huge indicator in how the rest of it will play out. If you wake up rushed and out of sorts, it's likely that the your day will be a bit off and you'll feel stressed and unhappy. I try to do everything I can to make sure I can wake up slowly and start the day on my own terms. This includes everything from planning my day out the night before and creating a solid to-do list to having a pleasant alarm sound and making sure I get enough sleep to feel well rested. I also like to meditate on some uplifting mantras when I first wake up, to get me in a happy mindset and establish a positive outlook for the day.

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A Dreamy Eyeshadow Duo For Fall

Autumn will forever be my favorite season for makeup. I love playing around with all of the different colors that are deemed "too dark" for spring and summer. Taupes, grays, golds, mauves...be still my heart! This year, while experimenting with a few different eyeshadows and application techniques, I stumbled across a duo that creates an absolutely dreamy eye look for fall. The best part? It's super easy to do and barely takes any time or effort at all!

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BeautyMandy Ferrugia
5 Essie Nudes For An Effortless Mani

While this is the season of berry hues and festive golds, I tend to stick with nude shades for my nails. Not only are they easy to wear, but they fit in rather nicely with A/W colors and make for a quick manicure, which works for me since I tend to be so busy during this time of year and can't spend too much time on mani maintenance. Today, I thought I'd share my top 5 nude polishes from Essie (my favorite nail care brand) for any of you looking to change up your nail look or add a few new bottles to your collection.

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BeautyMandy Ferrugia
Gift Guide For Rose Lovers

I'm so excited to kick off the holiday season with my first gift guide! These are some of my favorite posts to read each year, and I'm thrilled to announce that I have some great guides planned to go live over the next few weeks. I've tried to make these a little more specific and unique than your average recommendations, and I hope you guys are able to find them helpful while doing your Christmas shopping. To start the season off, I've put together a guide for all of the rose lovers in your lives, full of things that look, smell, and are infused with the floral essence of this beloved flower.

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20 Misconceptions About Blogging

For the past 8 years I've been blogging off and on, and I've been fortunate enough to call it my full time job for almost 2 years. Over that time, I've encountered everything a blogger possibly could - from extremely amazing opportunities and reaching impossible personal goals to crippling self-doubt and embarrassing mistakes. Being a full time blogger may sound like a glamorous profession, but there are actually quite a few things that I feel no one really knows or thinks about when it comes to blogging.

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Blogging, TipsMandy Ferrugia
4 Ways To Update Your Look For Fall

Autumn will forever be my favorite season for experimenting with style. There are so many different ways you can play around with your look during this time of year, whether it's with makeup, clothing, hair, or accessories. Since the weather is nice and chilly, you can get away with layering clothing and accessories to create cozy outfits, plus the colors of the season make some great inspiration for your own color palette. If you're unsure how to update your look for the season, here are four easy ways I like to do so each time fall comes around.

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Beauty, Fashion, TipsMandy Ferrugia
A Creepy Autumn Reading List

Even though Halloween has passed, I'm still in the mood for all things creepy. I've been watching scary movies nonstop, but I also decided to put together a little collection of creepy reads to really put me on edge. Autumn is the perfect season for curling up with a scary book before bed, so I thought I'd share which ones are currently living on my bedside table in case anyone else is looking for a good spook as well.

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Books, LifestyleMandy Ferrugia
Clear Skin & Empty Pores with Clarisonic Mia 1

For the past few years, my skin has struggled through a myriad of problems. Besides being naturally dry and sensitive, I've been battling hormonal breakouts, texture issues, and flaky patches lately that have really been a pain. Luckily, I got the chance to test out the Clarisonic Mia 1 Cleansing System and have finally found some relief from the skin ailments that have been bothering me.

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Beauty, ReviewsMandy Ferrugia