Hi everyone! I hope you’re all adjusting nicely now that Christmas is over. That being said, New Years is right around the corner, so the festivities aren’t over yet! For my final article of blogmas, and my final article of 2019 at that, I’m going to be sharing with y’all what I got for Christmas. A majority of these things are from my mother, as I only live with her, but I also received a few things from friends and relatives. Let’s get into it!


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As many of you know, Eli is my best pal in the whole world. We’ve been friends for about eight years, and one thing I know about Eli very well is that he’s not great at remembering to buy gifts. Not that I feel entitled or that I expect him to- it’s just something I’ve noticed that he tends to let birthdays and holidays slide (and that includes everyone, even his family). So, this was the long introductory way of saying I was totally shocked when Eli bought me this stuffed animal heating pad! Yes, it is soft and fluffy, and yes, I have been sleeping with it every night. I found it to be especially thoughtful because Eli lives thousands of miles away, and I don’t get to see him very often, so this lil guy is sort of like a reminder that Eli is always with me. You know, in a sappy way.


So recently, my mom bought a candle from TJ Maxx called “Alpine Frost.” Please believe me when I say this is one of the most splendid candles I have ever smelled, and I remind my mother how much I love it constantly. Here is my evidence: 

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So it came as no surprise when she gave me my own alpine frost candle for Christmas, and yes, I was very excited about it! I’m telling you, Alpine Frost is absolutely delightful. If you find one at TJ Maxx, I highly suggest buying it. She also bought me a candle called “Berry and Spruce,” which is equally lovely and delectable-smelling. I love having candles going while I chill around the house and get writing done, and I especially love winter scents!

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This next gift was actually for my mother and I, gifted to us by our lovely neighbor, Rocky. These are Bond Touch bracelets, and basically, it means my mom and I can send each other little “buzzes” through the bracelet to remind the other person that we’re thinking of them! It’s so incredibly wholesome, and my mom and I have already gotten such a good use out of them. The bracelets literally vibrate when the other person sends you an alert, and also lights up in the color of your choosing. This was such a thoughtful and well thought-out gift, because my mom and I are incredibly close and I miss her when I go away to school. Now, we can stay BONDed for life! (Get it?)


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This notebook was another thoughtful gift from a different neighbor, my lovely friend JoAnn. I love the vibrant pattern of the cover, and the lined pages are going to be perfect for planning out Analog content and meetings! As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of stationary and anything that has to do with writing, so I always love receiving a notebook or a journal. I’ve already started filling out the pages with notes and future content, and I’m looking forward to using to more in the future. Thank you, JoAnn!


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Because JoAnn is apparently an absolute angel, she also bought me this cute ‘lil eyeshadow palette by Colourpop. I love warm-toned copper eye looks, as many of you can probably tell from my pictures, so this is a perfect palette for me. I’ve also never used Colourpop cosmetics before, and I have to say, the blendability and performance of these colors is amazing! Now that I’ve tried one of their palettes, I’m totally tempted to pick up some of their monochromatic additions. Eyeshadow palettes are definitely my favorite makeup item, so I’m always happy to receive one as a gift. 


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Aaand, here’s another one! I made a very short Christmas list this year, but this palette was one of the two items on there. I’m pretty sure it was NikkieTutorials who I saw using this, and that’s what inspired me to try it myself. I love that there’s a combination of practical and bright colors, and from what I’ve gathered from using the palette so far, the pigmentation is absolutely amazing. Mom, if you’re reading this, thank you for the palette! Apparently you can only get it from England, so I appreciate that she paid for that Royal Shipping. Mom, you the littest. 


From here on out, the rest of the items are things that my mom got me. Apparently I was a good daughter this year, because she got me some really beautiful, thoughtful things that I’m very appreciative of. I genuinely love everything she picked out for me! This coat in particular is one of my favorite gifts from Christmas (it’s a close second behind the Alpine Frost candle). I love the warm inner lining of the coat, and of course, the fake fur is a stunning touch as well (yes, it’s fake, don’t worry!). I’ve already worn it out on a hike with Duke, and as you can see, he’s very excited about the coat as well.

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Another lovely gift my mom purchased for me was this 25 Lb weighted blanket. As some of you who also struggle with mental health probably know, weighted blankets are amazing for helping with anxiety and insomnia. I’m not sure what the exact science is, but I know it’s very similar to the way deep pressure therapy works. Anyway, I really appreciated that my mom bought me this because it felt validating, in a way. I’ve been using it for the past few nights, and wow, I’m having a hard time getting out of bed! This thing is absolutely amazing. My sleep has already tremendously improved from where it used to be (y’all OGs will remember), but this blanket is helping me even more. I’m looking forward to bringing it back to school with me and *hopefully* continuing these healthy sleep patterns.


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I love my makeup, as you know, so that also means I need a way to carry my makeup around. I’ve never really owned a nice makeup bag because I didn’t feel like investing in one, so for the past couple of years I’ve been carrying it around in a gallon Ziploc bag. So it comes as no surprise that my mom was gracious enough to give me this lovely makeup bag for Christmas. The material is super sturdy and soft, and I love that it’s big enough to hold even my giant eyeshadow palettes. It was a lovely Christmas addition, so thank you again, mom!


The last few things were essentials that I am always running out of- toothpaste, socks, and headphones. I always appreciate toiletries, because like I said, I’m always running out of things like toothpaste and face wash while I’m at school. I’m really appreciative of everything she bought me, from the blanket to the socks, and I know that she appreciated the things I bought for her as well. It was a really lovely Christmas, and I had such a warm, cozy time spending time with her and the rest of my family. And that, of course, is the best gift of all 🙂


That wraps up Blogmas and 2019! Thank you so much for a year of kind comments, memories, and love. I’ve already started my articles for 2020, and I’m hoping that you’ll love them as much as I do. Have a lovely day everyone!

It’s no secret that I’m absolutely a makeup hoarder. I love collecting makeup, and I even struggle to part with makeup that I’ve had for years (and almost certainly has expired). This includes the 15+ eyeshadow palettes I currently have sitting at my desk.

Today, I’m going to guide you through all of my eyeshadow palettes, how much I use them, and how much I’d recommend them to others. You might even get a few gift idea inspirations for your makeup-loving friends!

I’ll start with my oldest palettes, and work my way up to the newest additions:


Naked3 | Urban Decay | $54

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In every makeup fanatic’s drawer, there’s bound to be at least one Naked palette! Naked3 is one of the first real palettes I bought myself, if not the first. I must have been fourteen or so when I bought this palette, because I remember looking up YouTube tutorials of how to do makeup for my 8th grade graduation. I’ve still kept the palette to this day, because Urban Decay makes pretty solid makeup and I think it’s a great collection of basics to have. I don’t wear it as often as I used to, but I reach for it every once in a while.


Sweet Peach | Too Faced | $49

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The Sweet Peach palette is another early-on makeup staple I added to my collection, and I actually still use it quite frequently. The pigmentation of many of the shadows is amazing, especially the warmer-toned colors. It doesn’t blend as well as some of my other palettes, but that may simply be because I’ve had the palette for 6+ years. I’m not sure when eyeshadow expires, but it’s probably some time before then. I actually just used this palette recently, because I absolutely love the shade “Candied Peach” and I haven’t found another palette with a similar color! I would totally recommend this palette to a beginner in makeup who loves sweet, pink things. It’s a great staple in my collection.


Carli Bybel | BH Cosmetics | $25

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The Carli Bybel palette by BH Cosmetics is one of my most-used items, and I’ve already hit pan on many of the shades. The highlighters in this palette are also amazing and absolutely blinding, especially the gorgeous pink-toned one. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure this palette was a limited collection and isn’t being sold anymore, but it was another great collection of neutrals and shimmers. It reminds me a lot of the Naked3 palette in regards to the color scheme and performance, and it’s a fraction of the price. 


Emerald City | Cargo Cosmetics | $9

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This is actually a palette I bought at Marshalls, so you may assume that the quality isn’t as great as some of the more expensive options. Surprisingly, this is actually a really impressive palette! I have no trouble blending out the colors, and the color payoff of most of the shades is extremely high quality. This palette is great for creating holiday-themed looks, especially with the vibrant greens and golds. If you come across this palette at Marshalls or TJ Maxx, don’t pass it up!


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales | Lorac | $30

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Funnily enough, this palette went on sale at Marshalls for significantly cheaper after I dropped all my money at Ulta. I’ve never actually watched Pirates of the Caribbean, but the colors in this palette were too gorgeous for me to resist. I’m especially in love with the royal blue shade, Starry Night. As you’ll hear me say from here on out, Lorac makes some of the creamiest, brightest eyeshadows I’ve ever used in my life. Although this palette doesn’t really have a color scheme, there are a number of creative, colorful looks you can make, especially for the holiday season.


Mega Pro 4 | Lorac | $25

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I’m pretty sure I bought the Mega Pro 4 palette almost immediately after the Pirates of the Caribbean one, due to instantly falling in love with Lorac. This palette has a gorgeous collection of neutrals, peaches, and warm-toned browns, making it ideal for all skin tones. If you’re not someone who likes to go all out with crazy makeup looks, this is probably the perfect palette for you. Similarly to the Sweet Peach palette by Too Faced, this product would be a great gift for a beginner in the world of makeup. And the pink packaging is so adorable!


The Jaclyn Hill Palette | Morphe | $38

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It’s no secret that the Jaclyn Hill palette is one of my all-time favorite purchases in general- not just makeup. It’s an absolutely gorgeous product, and a staple in so many makeup artists’s collections. I love the versatility in colors, and the performance of these shades is super pigmented and long-lasting. My personal favorite shades are the warm-toned reds: Hunts, Roxanne, and Hillster. Additionally, Creamsicle is the perfect mustard yellow shade for blending out the crease. I probably reach for this palette 2-3 times per week, and I’ll definitely be reaching for it this Christmas!


Luna | Bad Habit | $7-10

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If any of you remember the online makeup store Hush, that’s where I bought these Bad Habit palettes. I actually wrote a review of these palettes in the past, and since then, I’m still very happy with the products. Obviously, the price of these palettes is insanely cheap, and Luna and Retro Love are dupes for Norvina and Subculture, respectively. Even though Luna is inexpensive, I’m still very impressed with the performance and the color payoff. I also love the gorgeous shades, even if they are a ripoff of the Norvina palette. Unfortunately, now that Hush is out of business, I’m not sure where you can buy this palette. If you really wanted it, I’m sure you could find it secondhand on eBay. 


Retro Love | Bad Habit | $7-10

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Like I said, Retro Love is another super-cheap palette by Bad Habit. This palette is designed to dupe the ABH Subculture palette, and for only $7, I am completely blown away by this product. I honestly cannot find any discrepancies between Bad Habit and a high-end brand, because the shadows are genuinely so pigmented and smooth. They do feel a bit dusty, but that may just be because I’ve had the palette for more than two years now. Again, I know Bad Habit didn’t invent this color scheme, but this dark, winter-themed palette is perfect for a sultry holiday makeup look.


The Zulu | Juvia’s Place | $20

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I first learned about Juvia’s Place through watching NikkieTutorials, who raved about the amazing quality of these eyeshadows. As someone who loves bright colors and creating avant-garde looks, I knew I’d have to try out the brand for myself. Nikkie wasn’t lying when she said these are the best eyeshadows she’s ever tried! I was absolutely blown away when I swatched these colors on my arm. Especially for only $20, and such large pan sizes, these eyeshadows are an amazing deal. If I’m correct, some of the shades are actually pressed pigments, which explains why the color payoff is so powerful. This can cause staining on the eyelids, but don’t worry, it’s nothing to be concerned about. This palette is perfect for creating looks in every season, but I definitely use it the most in the summertime. 


Jaclyn Hill: Dark Magic (The Vault) | Morphe | $15

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I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with the Jaclyn Hill Vault Collection, and probably not for the best reasons. Although the Jaclyn Hill palette itself is amazing quality, her vault shadows aren’t quite as impressive. Don’t get me wrong, I love the shades and I think you could put together an amazing holiday-themed look with this color scheme, but the patchiness is a huge issue. I don’t reach for this palette as much as the others, but I do really like the medium brown shade “Shhh”, and the rich black shade “Temptress” has great pigmentation. 


Brights Ultimate Palette | NYX | $13

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I bought this palette around the time I was getting into super bright, creative, avant-garde makeup looks. It’s not the most pigmented palette I’ve ever used in my life, but for $13, it’s also not the worst thing in the world. As long as you have the patience to spend 5-10 extra minutes packing on the color, I think you’ll be happy with the results you see from this palette. 


The Tribe | Juvia’s Place | $20

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“The Tribe” is a beautiful collection of oranges and greens, and just like “The Zulu”, the pigmentation is absolutely breathtaking. I also love this huge pan sizes! I think the green looks great on all eye colors, especially if you’re trying to go for something Christmas-themed. Additionally, there’s enough neutral shades in this palette to create something much more lowkey and ideal for year-round makeup looks. If you’re trying to decide on your first Juvia’s Place purchase, I would definitely say go with this palette first!


Blue Blood | Jeffree Star Cosmetics | $54

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Blue Blood was the first JSC purchase I have ever made in my life, and although I partly bought it for the novelty purposes, I also use it pretty frequently. I mean, look at that packaging. She’s stunning. In true Jeffree Star fashion, these eyeshadow shades feel extremely luxurious and packed with color payoff. You can create so many colorful, icy-themed looks with these blues and peaches, and every shade performs like a dream. The price tag on this palette is a little up there, but I personally think this palette was a great investment.


Jawbreaker | Jeffree Star Cosmetics | $58

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Just a few months after I purchased Blue Blood, I knew I had to add Jawbreaker to my collection as well. I’m in love with the reds and oranges in this palette, especially that metallic bright orange shade, “Orange Juice.” Just like Juvia’s Place, JSC has pretty large pan sizes, so you really feel like you’re getting a decent amount of product for the cost. These shadows stay on all day, and will continue to look amazing and fresh even hours after you’ve applied. 


Desert Oasis | BH Cosmetics | $24

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This palette is another one of my all-time favorite staples, and I always make sure I have it with me at school. I love this palette because it’s multi-purposeful; you can use it for shadow, contour, highlight, bronzer, and blush! Considering the price point is already quite low, it’s even more impressive that you can use the palette for so many different things. I especially love the metallic shimmers- those blues and greens are absolutely stunning and so full of pigment. This is a perfect collection of neutrals with a hint of color, and I think it would truly complement all skin tones. 


Aurora Lights | BH Cosmetics | $21

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I bought this palette because I love adding a metallic pop to all of my inner corner eye looks, and this collection has the perfect color for every look! These baked metallics can be worn on their own, or added as a topcoat over any other shadow. I especially love the shades “Sparkling” and “Ombré”, because they’re super bright and they really make my tiny eyes look bigger. If you also have hooded eyes, try popping a light golden or white shade into the inner corner of your eyelid, and gradually blending out into darker colors in your outer corner. 


Strawberry Sprinkles & Raspberry Icing | Revolution Beauty | $7

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Aren’t these little donut eyeshadow palettes absolutely adorable? For only seven dollars per palette, they’ll make a great gift or stocking stuffer for the makeup lover in your family. I chose these two warmer-toned palettes because I love wearing pinks and oranges on my eyes to warm up my face. Just like other Revolution palettes, these shadows are extremely creamy and perform beautifully on the eyes. You can even pick these palettes up at some Ulta locations, so don’t pass them up if you see them!

Happy December, everybody! In celebration of Christmastime, I’ve decided to start an annual Blogmas tradition. For the entire month, every article I post will be holiday-related in some capacity. Per usual, I will still be posting my weekly catch-ups, but those won’t count towards the twelve days of Blogmas. While most of these posts are centric to Christmas, I would still like to be inclusive to those who do not celebrate Christmas but still want to enjoy my content. With that in mind, some of these articles are simply winter recipe guides, winter-themed makeup looks, and moodboards that everybody can enjoy, regardless of what you celebrate!

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 I’d like to note that there are pre-created templates you can use for your own Blogmas, but for me personally, I just came up with my own article ideas. Feel free to use my ideas for your own Blogmas, if you like them and want to incorporate them into your own template.

Here are the articles I have planned thus far:

Monday, December 2: Introduction to Blogmas

Wednesday, December 4: What’s in Season + Winter Recipe Guide

Friday, December 6: Eyeshadow Palette Collection + Winter-themed Makeup Looks

Monday, December 9: Winter Mood Board

Wednesday, December 11: Official Holiday Gift Guide

Friday, December 13: Holiday Outfit Ideas for Women

Monday, December 16: Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Wednesday, December 18: Holiday Movie Ideas

Friday, December 20: Holiday Craft Tutorial

Monday, December 23: My Personal Holiday Traditions

Wednesday: December 25: No article. Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 27: Re-visiting my 2019 Resolutions

Monday, December 30: What I Got For Christmas

In total, that is twelve Christmas-themed articles planned for the month of December! If there is anything in particular that you the readers would like to see, let me know in the comments below and I’ll see what I can work in. I’m looking forward to starting this new tradition and sharing it with all of you. 🙂