Tips + Tricks: How to Make a Rental Feel More Like Home

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I am a firm believer that a happy environment at home can have the most positive effect on your everyday life. Similar to my own unique style and writing, I consider decorating as another form of a creative outlet for myself. As cheesy as it may sound, I think it’s so important to use your creativity in your everyday life. By surrounding myself with the things I love, I feel so inspired and motivated to be my best self. Since moving into my own place, I have been overly-obsessed with decorating and finding the perfect pieces for my little apartment, on a budget. I’ve mentioned before that as a college student, it’s so easy to feel like you’re just going through the motions and don’t have a set place you necessarily call “home.” With my own experience with renting, I’ve found that it can be difficult to make it feel like home, when you don’t exactly “own” the place. However, I’ve found that adding your own personal style, with bits + pieces of inspiration can fix any situation to feel cozier. No matter if you’re in a dorm room, apartment, or house,  I have a couple helpful tips + tricks that will go a long way into making your rental feel more like home:img_9355-e1531256243851.jpg

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I can’t stress this one enough…nothing makes a room feel more lonely than empty wall space. With rentals, there’s really only so much you can actually do with your space so there’s no better way to lighten up a room than with some wall art. A lot of online website are pretty pricey when it comes to simple prints, so I have a life-hack for you guys if you aren’t looking to over-spend in this area. On websites like Pinterest and Tumblr, there are tons of different prints and photos that you can print out for free…and then dress up with a pretty frame from your local thrift store. I will link some examples of prints I found online below.

Grateful Print

Do What You Love Print

X Print

Another place to find inexpensive wall art is on Amazon. I think it just might be my favorite place to find home goods because they have so much to offer and they make it so easy for you to shop. I found this wall decal on amazon for a decent price and it was so easy to stick on-to my wall.

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IMG_9356Now this tip might seem a bit strange at first, but trust me when I say adding different textures to a room can seriously change the vibe and make it feel extra cozy. For instance, I have been loving the whole wicker trend. You can find wicker baskets at your local Home-Goods, or online on Amazon for a decent price. Not only are they great for storage but they can quickly switch up a space and make it feel more put-together. In my apartment, I knew I wanted to add some type of marble piece but I wanted to stray away from making my living room “too” modern, so I decided to add a wicker basket on my marble coffee table and I swear it gives the perfect balance of modern, yet shabby chic.

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Another way to add texture is with your throw pillows + blankets. Pillows are my favorite because they are so versatile and can seriously change the feel of the entire space. I like to do this by playing around with different prints and colors, this is definitely where you can add your own personal style and creativity.

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This is probably my favorite tip I have for you guys and it’s so simple! Adding plants + flowers is the best way to freshen up any space. I like to find a good balance between real and artificial plants throughout my apartment because I am honestly the worst at keeping plants alive. However, I do love picking up a bunch of fresh flowers during my weekly trip to Trader Joe’s…they have the best options at the lowest price! As for artificial plants, I usually go to IKEA or Target. They’re always reasonably priced and seriously change the entire vibe of a room.

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Being the coffee enthusiast I am, I had to dedicate a section of my kitchen to my absolute favorite beverage. So I decided to turn a basic utility cart into a coffee cart. This obviously isn’t a necessity but I wanted to mention it because I am seriously loving mine! It’s perfect for small spaces that are lacking in counter-space.

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This might sound super cliché but it’s the little things that make a difference. I am obsessed with candles and make sure to put them everywhere. It’s a quick and easy way to make a room feel cozier. I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite candles with you guys:

Sweet Grapefruit Soy Candle

Capri Blue Candle

Panjore Lychee Candle

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Do What You Love Wall Decal

Woven Wall Hanging

Zodiac Print

Black + White Palm Print

Letter Board

Woven Basket

Woven Coffee Table Tray

Pink Pillow

Yellow Pillow

Fluffy Gray Pillow

Evil Eye Pillow

Coffee Cart

Coffee Table

Rug

Plants

Blue Keurig Coffee Machine

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Everyday Makeup Must-Haves

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I’ve been wanting to do this post since I started my blog because I’ve finally found a makeup routine that I absolutely love! Each and every one of these products has been a part of my everyday makeup for at least a few months to a year, so you can trust me when I say these are my favorites! As someone who loves watching makeup/beauty videos a little too much… I can honestly say that I have had my fair share of trying out different brands and products and I can’t seem to stray away from these!

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Before applying any makeup, I always moisturize. I’ve been absolutely loving the Glam Glow Mega Illuminating Moisturizer underneath my foundation because it gives my skin such a dewy finish.

I don’t always use primer, but if I do I use Smash Box.

Oftentimes, I feel like you can’t tell a difference when it comes to using primers, but this product color-corrects and gives your skin such a soft appearance.

Lastly, the Mario Badescu Rose-Water spray is my go-to product throughout my entire makeup routine. I spray it before I apply my highlight, and after I’m done with my makeup to set my face.

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After I prep and prime, I use my FAVORITE foundation ever: Too Faced Peach Perfect. I’ve been using this product for over a year now, and I am still obsessed. First of all, it smells amazing. It’s the perfect every-day foundation because it has the appearance of any other full-coverage product, but it feels so light on your skin.

Next, my go-to concealer is the Tarte Shape-Tape. Not only does work amazingly, but it also lasts forever!

For contour, I love Benefit’s Hoola cream to powder contour stick. I use their powder bronzer as well, and I love it!

For blush, I’ve been obsessed with this Too Faced Peach Perfect Pinch My Peach! I was hesitant about cream products at first, but this has changed my makeup game. I swear it’s so easy to apply and it’s such a natural-pretty color.

Once I’ve applied all my cream products, I finish the look with my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium! After trying out several different translucent powders, I found that this product gave my skin such a glowing finish!

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Now time for finishing touches…

I’ve been using the Anastasia Brow Wiz for as long as I can remember. I like to use the Benefit Gimme Brow for some extra hold.

My absolute favorite part of my makeup routine has to be highlight. I’ve used so many different highlighters and I absolute LOVE precious petals by Wet n Wild. I swear it gives the perfect natural glow and it’s perfect for summer.

As for eye makeup, I usually just add some bronzer to my lid. I have eyelash extensions which is why I don’t wear any mascara! Comment below if you’d like a post all about eyelash extensions…

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Although this isn’t necessarily a part of my “makeup routine”…I’ve been using these products DAILY. I absolutely love this brand and their products.

I use the OUAI Sun of a Beach spray on my damp hair before I blow-dry and it lightens my ends and gives more of an ombre effect. My hair is already very blonde so it’s just a tiny difference but this product is amazing for brunettes who want to lighten up their hair for the summer.

Once my hair is dry, I love using the Wave Spray for some extra texture. It’s the perfect product for beachy curls.

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Glam Glow Mega Illuminating Moisturizer

Smash Box Photo Finish Primer

Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Benefit Hoola Creme to Powder Contour Stick

Too Faced Peach Perfect Blush

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Powder

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Benefit Gimme-Brow

Benefit Hoola Powder Bronzer

Wet N Wild Highlight in Precious Petals

DOSE of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bare With Me

OUAI Sun of a Beach Spray

OUAI Wave Spray

Vanilla Perfume — my absolute favorite!

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