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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I hope you guys enjoyed this post + don’t forget to keep up with my social media below for daily updates, xoxo.

Summer Beauty Favorites

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Untitled-20.jpgOne thing I am really hoping to gain from FaithfulLuxe is the chance to captivate my readers, and find my voice as a writer. Taking that into consideration, I want to use my first couple blog posts to introduce myself. One thing you must know about me is that I am obsessed with skin care…yes, I am that friend. I’m not entirely sure where the obsession stems from, but I will say that spending my free time watching YouTube videos and scrolling through beauty blogs has had a significant impact on the person I am today. However, it wasn’t until the carefree, yet stress-filled college years when I truly realized the real importance of a consistent skin care routine. Don’t get me wrong, I only just turned twenty-one last month and have yet to develop fine lines or wrinkles, my skin care routine is simply preventative.

Before you roll your eyes, check out the products I use below and trust me when I say my skin has definitely improved since using these products ↓↓↓

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One thing I’ve learned about myself while writing this post is that I apparently have a thing for roses. I guess there’s just something so lovely about smelling like a flower.

One brand I absolutely LOVE for skin care is Fresh cosmetics, because their products are all natural and leave your skin feeling…fresh. Their Soy Face Cleanser has been my favorite for a couple of months now, and the product is super long-lasting, I think I’ve had this same bottle for about four months now. Along with that, I’ve been absolutely loving their Rose Hydrating Gel Eye Cream.

Okay, so now the Mario Badescu Facial Spray is my go-to during my makeup routine. I use it as a setting spray, and sometimes even before my makeup whenever my skin needs some extra hydration. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without this product.

Last but not least, two products I’ve been loving are actually from Target. Thayer’s Witch Hazel Rose Petal Toner has worked wonders for my skin. As well as the Pixi Rose OilBlend, which I use whenever my skin is feeling dry, or before applying makeup for an extra dewy look.

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       One of my absolute favorite brands of all time is Glam Glow, and I was so excited when they recently released the Glow Starter Mega Illuminating moisturizer. Having a good moisturizer is so vital to your skin care routine and this product has truly helped my skin. What I love the most about this product is that it leaves a glowing tint to your skin so even on those no-makeup days, you will still feel like you’re wearing something.

I can’t talk about my summer beauty favorites without talking about the product that’s been saving me this summer…literally. It took me the longest time to find a face sunscreen that didn’t cause breakouts. Luckily I came across this product by Drunk Elephant. The Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense is one of the best sunscreens out right now. I usually apply this everyday after I apply moisturizer right before I apply my makeup.

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This wouldn’t be a legitimate post about my beauty favorites if I didn’t include self-tanner. I am blonde-haired, blue-eyed, fair-skinned girl and it takes quite a bit for me to get a natural tan going. I am also the most impatient human being on this planet and I am all for the get-rich-quick kind of deal, so self-tanner is my best friend. St. Tropez is in my opinion, the best brand out there. I usually apply it at night before bed, and voilà, I wake up tanner than ever. The only downside of St. Tropez is that it can stain your sheets and it only lasts about a week or so, depending on how often you use moisturizer.  However, a couple of months ago, I discovered the brand Tan-Luxe and their amazing product, The Water. It’s a clear, gradual self-tanner that won’t stain your sheets. It also smells amazing.

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I am a huge face mask fanatic. These are two of my favorite masks I’ve been loving recently. Peter Thomas Roth is one of the best in the skin care game. I absolutely love his Cucumber Gel Mask for summer because it’s seriously so cooling and it will make you feel like you’re at the spa. The Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is another one of my favorites because it smells like pumpkin pie, and it leaves your skin feeling extra revitalized.

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I hope you enjoyed my summer beauty favorites, and I will link all of the products mentioned below, xoxo.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream

Another Eye Cream I LOVE

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner

Pixi Rose Oil Blend

Glow Starter Mega Illuminating moisturizer

Drunk Elephant Face Sunscreen

St. Tropez Self- Tanner

Tan-Luxe The Water

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic Set — such a steal!

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