Easy Holiday Beauty Look

Christmas is finally here, and I couldn’t be more excited! My plans for this holiday look a little bit like this…family, food, drinks, and repeat. Oh, and all to the tune of my favorite Christmas music (that has been playing since Thanksgiving!)

The holidays are a time for family and thankfulness, not a time to spend hours in front of the mirror. That’s why having an easy holiday beauty routine is key. Today, I am sharing a simple and festive beauty look perfect for all of your holiday events.

 

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I started with my usual layer of powder foundation. For the eyes, I applied a gold shimmery shadow to my whole lid, used a white shimmery shadow under the brow and on the corners of my eyes, and used a silver shadow for the eye crease.

Next, I used Rimmel London’s Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kahal Eyeliner. I am obsessed with this eyeliner. It glides on effortlessly and looks fantastic. Plus, a waterproof eyeliner is longer-lasting than other liners, which is perfect for days filled with holiday events.

I applied two coats of mascara (because lashes are a girls best friend 😉 ) and brushed a cranberry blush on my cheeks.

For the lip, I used NYC’s Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum. Let’s talk about this lipstick for sec…first of all, it smells amazing. Second, I am in love with the color. It makes the perfect subtle statement. Third, it’s only $1.99 (Merry Christmas!)

To finish off the look, I used EcoTools Sleek and Shine Finisher Hair Brush to brush my hair into a simple ponytail. This took about 10 seconds and left my hair feeling silky and smooth.

 I’d love to know what your holiday beauty looks are this year! Share them with me below!

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes, but all opinions expressed are my own.

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Vegan Applesauce Bread

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Applesauce Bread is a huge holiday tradition in my family. Every Christmas, my mom would make dozens of loaves of applesauce bread, attach a cute Christmas ornament to each, and give them as gifts to family, neighbors, and all of my school, dance, and piano teachers.

This year, my mom decided to switch up her famous recipe by making it vegan! It only took a few small changes, and the bread is as good as ever! The recipe includes an easy egg substitute which really comes in handy whenever you are trying to ‘veganize’ a recipe.

Give this applesauce bread as a hostess gift or enjoy it as an after dinner treat. Whatever you choose, this bread is bound to be a hit!

 (Lori’s) Vegan Applesauce Bread

(makes either 3 regular size or 5 mini loaves)

 INGREDIENTS:

1/3 cup water

3 tablespoons flax seed meal

1 ½ cup sugar

1 cup oil

2 cups applesauce (unsweetened is fine!)

2/3 cups almond milk (or soy milk)

3 ½ cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup vegan chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine water and flax seed meal in a bowl, stir, and place in refrigerator for 10 minutes (this substitutes for the original 4 eggs in the recipe)
  3. Combine sugar, oil, applesauce, milk, and “egg” in a bowl and stir
  4. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate chips in a bowl and stir
  5. Mix dry ingredients in with wet ingredients
  6. Pour batter into loaf pans and fill about ½ way
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes for regular sized loaf pans and 40-45 minutes for mini loaf pans
  8. Enjoy your cruelty-free holiday treat!!

 What are your favorite holiday baked goods? Share them below!

Secret Santa Gift Ideas (Under $30!)

Secret Santa

Monogram Votive Candle/Posy Bib Necklace/Monogram Mug/Cloud Spike Stretch Necklace/Printed Corkscrew/Kate Spade Knee High Socks/Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Gift Set

It’s the busiest most wonderful time of the year! Some of my favorite things—Christmas music, pretty lights, and the spirit of giving—happen during this season. But this season also brings a plethora of projects, papers, and of course, final exams.

On top of a jam-packed schedule, gift giving can seem like a full-time job, especially when you are shopping for someone you really care about! Secret Santa gift exchanges are a great way to reduce the number of gifts you have to buy for your loved ones, saving both money and time (amen!). I am in a couple of Secret Santa exchanges myself and know that even finding one gift (instead of 5, 10, or 20) can be a challenge, so I put together a collection of great Secret Santa gifts, all under $30!

 

Happy giving!! 🙂

Time for Thanksgiving

There are so many ways to show gratitude this holiday season: sending cards to loved ones, giving back to others, or simply taking the time to tell those special people how much they mean to you.

This year, I want to show my gratitude in the post public form I can…on my blog! This is an exercise of reflection for me–a time to appreciate all of the incredible blessings in my life. But this is also a way to let the people in my life know how much they mean to me.

So, here it is. One big thank you note that attempts to compile all of the love and appreciation that just can’t be put into words.

Thank You

I am thankful for my body that allows me to move easily throughout my daily life, in the dance studio, and at the gym. After an injury last winter, I am especially thankful that my body allows me to wake up every morning and work out.

I am thankful for food and the ability to eat it. Last week, I had terrible problems with my stomach that kept me from eating anything without pain; so eating in general is something I really appreciate these days, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect (bring on those holidays meals and treats!!)

I am thankful for Villanova. From #novasaladbar, to my favorite professors, to the academic, service, professional, and study abroad opportunities, and to some of the greatest people I have ever met…Villanova has become a home that will forever be where my heart is.

I am thankful for my family and the immediate comfort and love their presence brings. Being away at school makes me appreciate every moment I have with the most important and special people in my life more than I ever have before.

I am thankful for my boyfriend. Those cheesy rom-coms and Nicholas Sparks novels are nothing compared to the love and care he brings to my life. He brings me more joy and happiness than I ever knew possible.

I am thankful for my roommates. Coming home to an apartment of four of my favorite people on earth is the best feeling and can brighten up even the most trying of days. For the laughs, the support, the friendship, and the love, I am so very grateful.

I am thankful for my friends, at Villanova and at home. I can’t help but smile when thinking of each of you; you mean so much more to be than you could possibly know.

I am thankful for you!! Thank you for reading this article, whether this is your first visit to The Pace or you are an avid reader…thank you from the bottom of my heart. 🙂

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? In whatever way you choose, make sure you save some room between courses for some true thanksgiving.