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How to Cover Dark Circles: Exam Season

Prelim season is here. Or midterms, if you want to call it that. Each week, I have at least one exam, group project, or presentation due, and it is taking a toll on my sleep schedule. I am the type to require a solid eight hours a night, so anything less goes straight to my under eye bags! With my eyes puffy, I have learned some great ways to cover dark circles in the morning. Hold Something Cold on Your Under Eye The spoon trick has always ...
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Splurge or Save on Make Up Basics

The question to splurge or save often has an easy answer for me. Save. So when it comes to make up, I am no different. I am always looking to save on make up. In order to find great products, I always like to try samples of the upscale version to make sure I am getting the same level of product for a fraction of the price. Here is a list of my favorite make up basics in their most economically savvy versions! PRODUCTS Brows: While the ...
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Fall Makeup Favorites

Fall. When the leaves turn, the air changes, and my skin dries out the closer it is to winter. To keep up with all the fall changes, I like to update my makeup and facial products to be seasonally appropriate.   Fall Makeup Favorites by sophisticationandsparkles featuring a lip shine EYES Wet and Wild Eyeshadow Trios: Amazing in both pigment and shade, these trios are perfect for a quick everyday look. They are also extremely affordable.
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Summer Skin and Hair Care Essentials

  Summer time frees up hours to spend pampering yourself, which I like to do. A lot. This summer my favorite hair and skin products have been: Jergens Natural Glow Lotion: This lotion is great for those of us trapped inside at work all day. It keeps my skin tan, while still looking naturally sunkissed. I like this product more than other self tanners because the scent isn’t too rough and it is gradual, giving you the power to use it to ...