Vacation on a Budget

Vacation on a Budget

Vacations are something I look forward too along with millions of people. Hearing the word vacation alone may make some people take a step back because they may feel like it isn’t possible because of cost. All you need to know are a few tips I’ve taken on how you can go on a fun, relaxing and amazing vacation.

  1. BUDGET

This is definitely my first tip when it comes to taking a trip. That goes for if you are going alone or with others. Save as much as you can from your paychecks and set that aside. Be mindful of how much you have in your account and set an amount you would like to spend in total including airplane, transportation and hotel costs. It’s not just that but think about whether you will be spending extra on food, excursions, souvenirs, etc ..

2. SELECT A GOOD TRAVEL TIME

By this I mean be mindful of the times you are going. This alone will help you reduce your trip which means saving money. Who doesn’t love saving money? For example, if traveling during holiday periods trips are prone to cost a bit more such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring break (depending on the location you desire to attend) ad more you guys get the point.

3. RESEARCH & PLAN!

Research where you would like to take your trip according to the budget you have set for yourself. If traveling to another state airline and hotel tickets will be much more cheaper than if you were planing to take an international flight. If you’re staying stateside majority of hotels offer complimentary breakfast and some even serving lunch, this is great to keep in mind and will save you even more money that you would have spent if no food was to be served. Now for a trip out of the country look for a hotel/resort that is ALL INCLUSIVE. I can guarantee you this is by far the best option because food you will not have to worry about and even activities that are in the resort themselves. Keep in mind the excursions if any that you want to complete. Look on different sites to plan your trip, compare prices and see which will give you the best deal. Personally, I like using and comparing Expedia and Orbitz. Many times depending if you are a member you get percentages off, and depending on the hotel there are percentages that are included so be mindful of that.

Save your money for traveling. Go see something different. Instead of going on shopping sprees put that aside for spending money on a trip.

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Home Beauty 101: Avocado hair mask

If there is anything I love is being home and looking up different types of DIY’s projects whether it be home, beauty or clothing related there is something pretty fun about them and sometimes what you’re looking for is right in your home and you don’t have to go out of your way and spend money. I like this especially when it comes to beauty related things, I like to keep it quick and simple and not buy a thousand and one products have them stashed in cabinets looking dust. Nothing beats making your own stuff because you know exactly what’s going into it, and not worry if there are some unknown chemical thrown in there for thew heck of it.

With that being said here’s an avocado hair mask I’ve meaning to put up for a while now but would also get sidetracked by homework. I use this every time before washing my hair and brings such a difference and life to my sometimes dry hair. I flipping ADORE this. Maybe you will too! You’ll thank me later, well not really me but my mom, I’ll let you know why soon.

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What you need:

1 half avocado
1 large egg yolk
2-3 tbsp of olive oil
honey (optional)(if you have ombre/or highlights and want it to be a brighter look; add some lemon juice).

What you need to do:

First, make sure you take the avocado before someone goes off and eats it before you even get to make the mask. Yeah, it’s happened to me like twice.

Alright, then take the half of that avocado and empty it out on a plate (make sure it’s ripe because it’s smoother and easier to mix) take a spoon and mash that bad boy up. Once that is mixed together take your egg yolk and mix it in with the mashed avocado until well combined. Lastly, take your olive oil and honey, mix it in your avocado hair mask. You’ll know it’s done until its a smooth consistency, it should be a bit thick. Place it in the microwave for about 10 to 15 seconds just to give it a little warmth and it’ll feel good, trust me.

Then, starting from your scalp, apply the hair mask deep into the scalp and work your way around your head. Once you have covered your entire head and have some left over place them on your ends OR on your face (which will leave your skin feeling smooth plus avocado is known to be anti-wrinkles helps reduce them. Place your hair into a small bun, and cover it in a shower cap (if you do not have a plastic bag works just as fine) and ten go on about your business. You can go cook, clean, paint your nails and watch some Lifetime movies (me) and do what you want and enjoy yourself. You can leave this hair mask on for hours yes hours. But if you’re not like me and want to move it along the minimum is 15 minutes to leave this hair mask sitting. When you’re done doing whatever your doing go hop in that shower. Wash the hair mask off, and then scrub your hair down with your favorite shampoo … basically do whatever you would do to wash your hair with the shampoo and conditioner all of the usual things. And THERE it’s done! Either leave it to air dry, blowdry then flat iron or do some rollers and go under the dryer for an hour (like I do) wrap it up and the next day BOOM you will be looking like a billion bucks with nice silky hair and roots 🙂 Also I can’t forget to mention, for me personally, I’ve seen growth occur faster once I cut my hair to shoulders length in the summer, so yeah it’s not only good for your hair to be nice and smooth but helps you grow it as well. Also thanks, to my mom who watches a morning show every Saturday and writes down some of the recipes they give out for your skin, hair etc … I use to think it was stupid until I tried and it actually worked.

Reasons why this mask is amazing:

Avocado is a true super food! It has many nutrients and vitamins which is good for the body that really does need it. It also serves as so many benefits for your hair and I will definitely name a few so you can see it’s not only for one specific hair type. I for one tend to have dry hair and sometimes pretty itchy and the different benefits that I have read have shown me that they would work wonders on my hair and it has. It’s a great dandruff treatment. I’ve tried this on my brother who had this issue and now I don’t even need to put any one him because his hair has totally changed. You probably read this and said “oh crap! I don’t have dry hair so now I cant do this” well guess what you’re wrong. It works for shiny hair as well the only difference is you’ll only need the ripe avocado obviously, coconut oil and a yolk. This mask will dry the hair a bit and add some volume into it. And let’s not forget about the frizzy hair it helps it keep it tame and in its place. Like I first mentioned it’s great to use as a face mask as well it helps dry, dehydrated skin. If you get into that habit of applying it this and washing it off every night before you go to bed you will feel and see such a difference on your skin in a matter of days. If you can oily skin I wouldn’t recommend this it will probably make you break out because the oil in the avocado is very absorbent and nourishing.

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Easy Way to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

It’s finals week and needed to take a break and do a post so here it is. If you’re anything like me you have a serious problem getting up and cleaning your makeup brushes. I can get rather lazy, and completely try to forget that they need some cleaning and I’m talking weeks of no cleaning them and then I wonder when I put on makeup it goes on rather weird. But yea I did say weeks I can go with without cleaning them which can be bad as well all know and the product keeps adding on and on and on … That, right there is a big no no, because the germs and bacteria that can evolve on you brushes after using them a few times.

As you may know keeping your brushes clean helps along with maintain healthy skin because no bacteria will get to your face.For us non makeup artists, it is said to be good to clean your brushes weekly to prevent many things shadows not going on right, colors mixing and just have good skin overall. Taking care of your brushes equals them last for a long time. Hopefully these are helpful. There are also makeup brush cleaners that tend to be more on the expensive side of things and are obviously simpler and easier  to clean, the shampoo will do the same job unless you want to make sure your brushes are in tip top shape and buy some of those expensive products. Read below for my quick tips on cleaning them!

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Things you will need:

  • Lukewarm running water
  • Head and shoulders shampoo / or any shampoo you use that’s good quality
  • Dirty brushes
  • Small plate
  • A clean towel

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  1. You’ll need to squeeze some shampoo (just a little) onto a clean small plate before dipping your brush head to it.
  2. first, you’ll need to let your brush run through the lukewarm warm for about a minute. Then dip your brush had to the shampoo.
  3. For this step make sure the palm of your hand is clean, you will swirl the head of the brush in the palm of your hand, you will start to see the color that was on the brush on your hand and sink.
  4. Then with the brush downward and your palm keep swirling until you see and feel no more shampoo of the brush. Squeeze to make sure it is clear.
  5. Lastly, lay your brushes to dry on the towel. Let them dry out for about a day, overnight.

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