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I’ve heard of Groupon Coupons through the blogger grapevine, but this week I actually checked it out. I’ve been using Groupon for yoga and movie deals for years now. GrouponCoupons actually gives you really awesome coupons to a variety of places. If you have an online shopping problem like us, this literally saves you so much money. From hotels to clothes, they’ve got you covered.
Today, we wanted to show you how to save some money with business casual wardrobe basics featuring J.Crew Factory, Sephora, and Express. I highly recommend tailoring this to your work environment. Also, being a college blog, we are always super budget conscious. I personally consider business clothes more of an investment because they do last and tend to be versatile. Make the clothes you buy for career fair or an interview last way past just joining the work force. If you need help networking, we got you covered.
For your more conservative business place, we recommend J.Crew Factory. Business casual in a more conservative workplace is basically a suit without the blazer. You can play it up with textures and colors but generally keep things clean and muted. They have the simple pieces that you can build on to create an amazing work wardrobe. The first outfit is a really simple short sleeve top with tapered trousers and cute loafers. You can easily dress it up or down with accessories and heels to take you from day to night!
Trendy Dress Code
For a more trendy workplace, we recommend Express. They have those high quality trendy pieces that you can wear day or night. Once again, this is depends on your workplace dress code so take all of this with a grain of salt. We really wanted to find some edgy basics that are a modern twist on classic pieces to be trendy but versatile. like a blazer, shift dress, and button downs.
Best Face Forward
Bite MultiStick in Marscapone and Papaya are simple nude colors that can will keep your work appropriate and can double as a lip and cheek color. The Benefit Roller Lash will keep your eyelashes looking full and fluttery. This Clinique CC Cream will keep your skin fresh and dewy all day long! Honestly, wear whatever makeup makes you feel beautiful and comfortable all day. If you commute or want your makeup to stay all day, check out our no-budge makeup look.
Y’all, I pulled some next level magic this game day. My makeup did not budge the entire day even though it was 80% humidity and 90 degrees outside. I have really really oily skin, so this was an actual miracle that it lasted 9 hours through the game and tailgating. Because I turned into some makeup sorceress, I wanted to share with you my secrets to help your makeup stay in place.
I’m going to start off the primer. The Sephora Acne-Fighting Mattifying Moisturizer is super old, but it is the most effective mattifying primer. I put on two primers because I’m both paranoid and excessive. I used the Loreal Infallible Mattifying Base on my T-Zone and nose (the sweatiest areas). I followed that with the Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer.
Again, this might seem excessive, but I used three foundations. I used the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation under my eyes, on my nose, and on my forehead. This isn’t exactly a highlight/contour situation, but you highlight where you naturally glisten usually. I used the Maybelline Matte + Poreless Foundation in the places not mentioned above. After applying all that, I used the Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation.
When I get ready for a game, it’s definitely a marathon not a sprint. I wait to let all my products settle into my skin before I apply the next layer. I also blot my skin between layers of primers and foundation to make sure that it stays matte at all times. I like to finish my makeup some time before I have to leave to make sure that my skin has time to absorb everything and I can powder again. I was worried about looking cakey,but honestly, I sweat the cakey-ness off the second I stepped outside. To blend everything together and to prevent my face from getting cake, I very aggressively use my Real Techniques Blending Sponge. Sometimes, I use it damp with no product on just to get a flawless finish from my powder.
I received the Maybelline Better Skin Foundation for free and all opinions are my own.
What are your tips to keep your makeup from budging?
In full honesty, I have been really disorganized in the first few days just getting back into a routine and seeing all my friends again. So, I took this weekend to really reflect on everything I have to do and wanted to share with y’all how I get organized. I use both a planner and Google Calendar to stay organized. Not only am I a crazy person, I also want to always be able to access my schedule and assignments. This post follow my post about using your syllabus to succeed this semester.
Also, I wanted to address blog organization really quickly. I use my blog email’s Google Calendar to create an editorial calendar. It’s not feature in this post bc I haven’t been using it (oops). I compile all my calendars on iCal, so they seamlessly sync on my phone and laptop.
Get all your syllabi in one place.
You’re basically transferring the course outline from your syllabus into your calendar. Have them easily accessible. Some professors decided to be unique and have weird hard to understand syllabi. This process makes you aware of all your deadlines and cut through all the filler nonsense.
Create a new calendar for the semester and add all your classes
I get rid of my old calendars every year and having a fresh start to the year. I start off with adding all of my classes. Some people find it pointless that I put in the time of each class. I do send this calendar off to my friends that go to school far away (and my mom, so she doesn’t freak out that I’m not picking up her calls).
Make each class day detailed.
I write down my readings and assignments for that day. This makes it super easy to access my readings, since I usually have 3-4 readings for each class. Also, to make it easier to find my assignments, I make the day red to indicate a deliverable.
Have all major assignments and tests easily visible.
Each assignment is marked in red. Assignments due on non-class days are their own event marked in red. This way you will never miss a deadline. I never have but the stress from potentially doing that stresses me out even more. Side note: I keep my calendar on a month view, so I know exactly how much work I have right now and in the upcoming weeks.
Have separate calendars for your academics and extracurriculars.
I used to have so much more information on my calendar and just found it overwhelming to have things like office hours and extracurriculars all on one calendar. Luckily, the lovely president of my organization made a separate Google Calendar for that and I recommend you do the same! Here’s my final view!
Integrate with your planner.
Every Thursday ( I don’t have Friday classes), I sit down and write down all my assignments and readings for the week along with other admin tasks. Along with that, I write down all the details for meetings and tailgates for the week. Yes, it’s possible to be a Google Calendar and a planner person!
How do you stay organized? Do you prefer Google Calendar or a planner?