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Quick backstory: I grew up loving MAC Cosmetics. I remember being in middle school and saving all of my babysitting money up, just to go to the mall on weekends and buy a new MAC lipglass or lipstick 😂 They were the first high-end brand that I knew of when I was just a pre-teen, and continue to love the brand to this day.

I recently received a package from MAC containing their most popular lip products. (I basically now own an entire MAC counter now.) While I normally sway towards more neutral and nude shades, I wanted to challenge myself to step outside of my comfort zone and venture into the world of bright lips for the summer.

My Must-Have MAC Lip Products for Summer

Lipsticks

MAC lipsticks are truly my favorite in the industry. They are pigmented, feel creamy on the lips, and come in the best colors/hues. I also love the different finishes of their lipsticks. My first favorite

My first favorite lipstick is Heroine (see below.) Heroine is a bright purple color with a matte finish. I love the unexpectedness of this color and I think that it could look gorgeous in the summer with a tan.

*Tip: Scared of bold/unusual lip colors? Try dabbing just a bit of the lipstick in the center of your lips + blending it out with your finger. It will give you a more muted, stained type of look!*

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My next favorite lipstick is M.A.C. Red. I honestly do not know how I didn’t already have this color in my collection…but I’m kicking myself for not getting it sooner. It really is a true, bold red that looks good on a variety of skin tones. And, red lipstick always makes your teeth look whiter, which doesn’t hurt 👍🏼

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And because I couldn’t help it and I’m a creature of habit, I had to include a nude color in my favorite picks for summer. There’s really nothing more classic in my eyes than a nude lip + big, bold lashes for a night out on the town. My neutral lipstick pick for the summer is MAC’s “Yash.”

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Liquid Lipcolors

MAC has a great line of lip products that are “liquid lipcolors”, basically liquid lipsticks. I love wearing these when I want my lip color to last long throughout the night, without having to worry if it budged/moved around. (Nothing is worse than going to the bathroom to see your lipstick has been feathering/bleeding all night.)

My 3 favorite liquid lipcolors for the summer are “Back in Vogue”, “Burnt Spice”, and “Fashion Legacy.” You can see them all below (listed from left to right.)

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Side note: How gorgeous is MAC’s packaging?! I love the sleekness of it and how simple it is.

Lipglass’

MAC’s lipglosses are classes lipglasses…basically, because they look like glass when on the lips. It’s hard to find a lipgloss out there that is shinier than MAC’s formula. And trust me on that, because I’ve been a lipgloss lover for years now 😂

My MAC lipglass picks for the summer are on the more coral-pinky side of things. I think coral is the perfect summer shade to wear during day or night, and MAC’s “Pink Lemonade” lipglass is a great shade (pictured in the middle below.)

My other two lipglass favorites for summer are MAC’s “Candy Box” and “Pink Nouveau.” (Candy Box is the bottom-most lipglass below, and Pink Nouveau is on top.)

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What is your go-to MAC shade for summer? Are you a neutral girl like me, or do you like more bold and daring colors? Let me know!

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*I did receive these products as a gift from MAC Cosmetics. All opinions are my own and honest.*

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I spend a lot of time writing about ways to make money on the side on this blog, and frankly, it’s because I have been using the methods I write about myself for years. Whether it’s taking online surveys or freelancing, I know lots of the different ways to make money for yourself online.

Read about my ways to make money online below:

Recently, I came upon a brand new way to make money on the side, and I know that you all are going to love it.

If you have designer pieces in your closet right now, you could be making money every week off them.

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How to Make Money Off Your Closet (Without Selling Anything!)

The truth of the matter is that people love designer clothing + accessories. But what they don’t sometimes love is the pretty price tag that comes along with buying designer. Luckily, there is a new Chicago company that recognizes this and wants to provide a solution for Chicagoland.

DesignerShare is Chicago’s first truly peer to peer designer rental service, that allows people to rent out their clothing/accessories to other Chicagoans while making money!

How does DesignerShare work?

  • Head over to www.DesignerShare.com and make an account. Setting your profile up is super easy, and only requires a few details.
  • Decide whether you want to rent your clothing out, or whether you want to rent a piece out from someone else.
  • Navigate to your Dashboard. Here, you will be able to see “My Lending” and “My Renting”. If renting your own pieces out, click “List a new item.”
  • Enter details about your item, like the brand, color, dimensions, etc. Then, add photos to your listing to show it off!
  • When finished, your piece will be added to the DesignerShare website and will be put up for other Chicagoans to view. When it gets rented out, a DesignerShare representative will come pick it up from you!

When I first heard about DesignerShare, I’ll admit, I was a little bit skeptical. But after trying it out for myself, I am completely SOLD. The quality of the items listed on DesignerShare is top notch and their customer service is amazing. I personally know + have met the people behind the company, and they are the sweetest.

ALSO: All DesignerShare rentals come with insurance. If you are nervous about your dress/shoes/handbag being rented out and scratched or ruined: you have nothing to worry about. DesignerShare charges insurance to protect your belongings!

How much money can I make?

DesignerShare recommends listing your items for 10% of their original price when putting items up for rent. When someone decides to rent out your item, you will be notified and someone from DesignerShare will even come to your house to pick up the item for you. They take all the hard work off your shoulders!

My DesignerShare Experience

I recently got to pick something from DesignerShare to rent for 2 weeks and it was amazing. Although there are many things I love on the website, I decided to rent out a beautiful YSL clutch.

After picking out the clutch, I put my request in for rental and chose a rental drop-off time. This is the time window when I knew I was going to be home and be able to get the YSL delivered to my door.

The rental came right on time and was delivered in a cute DesignerShare bag.

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The clutch was even more beautiful in person than online (only the best things are.)

I love the immense detail that Saint Laurent puts into their bags. I wore the clutch out around the city to several events and got tons of compliments.

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How I Styled my DesignerShare Rental

The best part about renting from DesignerShare is getting to rock your rental! Check out the pictures below to see how I styled my YSL clutch for a Chicago summer day.

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Interested in DesignerShare? Tell me in the comments below if you are going to start lending out your designer pieces to make money! And, if you want to rent something off the website for yourself, use the code “EMMA” at checkout 😉

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No, this isn’t a false alarm. And yes, you read the title of this blog post correctly. You can actually get paid to shop at all of your favorite stores.

I stumbled upon this method a few months ago randomly, and I seriously regret not doing this earlier. I’ve saved so much money since discovering this website…so today I’m sharing it with you.

Are you a shopaholic? Check out my post here about 3 life hacks for shopping online here.

How I Get Paid to Shop at My Favorite Stores

How to Get Paid to Shop

The key to getting paid to shop is to use a cashback rebate website/app. My favorite option is Ebates, because of how easy it is, and the high payout rates. It also helps you find the best coupons online at the same time, so you can be sure you’re getting the best deal possible.

What is Ebates?

Ebates is a cash back website that does all of the hard work and couponing for you. It allows you to earn cash back when you shop, and pays you via PayPal or check. You can earn up to 40% cashback at some retailers through Ebates…which is almost unheard of in the cashback world.

How to Make Ebates Work for You

My most favorite part about Ebates (aside from getting money back for shopping at Sephora) is how easy it is. Ebates makes it extremely easy to use their service so that you never have to worry about forgetting to get cashback on your everyday purchases.

  1. Click here to sign up for Ebates. They will ask for your email address…it’s simple as that.
  2. Download the Ebates Chrome Extension. This will let you automatically be alerted whenever you click on a website that partners with Ebates and offers cashback. The Chrome Extension will also search for the best coupons on the web for you when checking out, so you don’t have to.
  3. Surf the web + shop at your favorite stores like normal. When you see the visual below, you’ll know that your about to get some cash just by shopping! Just click “Activate” and checkout like normal. After, you can log into your Ebates account to see how much cash you got back + check your total balance.

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Where I Like to Shop with Ebates

Below are some of my favorite stores to shop at with Ebates. I’ve included the cashback percentage next to each store, but keep in mind that Ebates is constantly being changed and updated, with special deals + “double cashback” retailers happening weekly. (So you could be earning even more than what I listed.) In fact, when I’m writing this post, Ebates is now offering 15% cashback on tons of stores for a limited time.

Amazon (3% Cashback)

Ulta  (3% Cashback)

Sephora (4% Cashback)

Groupon (6% Cashback)

Saks Fifth Avenue (4% Cashback)

Missguided (4% Cashback)

Click HERE to sign up for Ebates and start earning cash back today!

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Do you use Ebates already, or any other cashback websites? Have you ever heard about this way to get paid to shop before?

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I’m a college girl on a budget, but let’s be real: I love fashion + shopping. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved getting new pieces, playing around with my outfits, and getting fashion inspiration from celebrities. I decided to share my all time favorite brands with you all, so you can always refer back to this post for all of my personal recommendations.

The brands + retailers listed below are my absolute favorite places to shop at. I’m constantly checking these websites for new arrivals, and count on them to carry new trends.

Get Paid to Shop!

If you want to get money back when shopping online, make sure to use Ebates! I use Ebates every time that I shop online because it essentially pays me to shop. Ebates lets me earn money back from my purchases, and get paid via PayPal. Ebates changed my online shopping game and I. LOVE. IT.

All Time Favorite Brands

All Time Favorite Brands

My All Time Favorite Brands: Clothing + Beauty

Retailers

Nordstrom: It’s no secret that Nordstrom has some of the best customer service around. I love every experience I have shopping at Nordstrom (whether in-person or online), because of how accommodating and helpful they are. Also, you can buy almost anything at Nordstrom, and it’s almost always high quality and perfect!

ASOS: This website carries a huge range and catalog of products, and they are super trendy. ASOS also has an awesome clearance section that is constantly being updated and added to.

Sephora: Sephora is my ultimate guilty pleasure. At any given time, I have a running wishlist of things I want to purchase from Sephora. Like Nordstrom, Sephora is always super helpful and the people that work there are incredibly talented and knowledgeable. Plus, I love their rewards program + getting point perks! (Plus you can get 4% cashback from Sephora via Ebates!)

Ulta: One thing I love about Ulta is that I can shop for my favorite high-end and drugstore products all in the same place. Plus, they carry OPI which is my favorite nail polish brand.

Clothing Brands

Topshop: Topshop is great for denim (which I will dive into later), but also has other great styles. My favorites at Topshop are their dresses, jackets, and basics. It’s easy to spend hours getting lost in the Topshop website.

Forever 21: As much as I try to avoid the chaos that is Forever 21, it can sometimes be worth it. If I’m ever looking for a quick, trendy, outfit, I know I can count on Forever 21. Their accessories are the bomb, too.

Boohoo: This is probably my current all-time favorite clothing brand. Boohoo is a UK brand, but their shipping to the US isn’t bad, and the styles they come out with are KILLER. I love Boohoo with all my heart and tell all my friends about it.

Sorella Boutique: This is a clothing brand that gets it. I love how on-trend they are, and I also love following the brand on social media (especially their Instagram.) Their team understands trends and executes them well.

ZARA: I really love ZARA’s graphic tees and their outerwear. The sizing can be a little confusing, but it’s worth figuring it out to find something you love.

Denim

Topshop: I am extremely tall (almost 6 foot), so denim can be hard to find for me. Lots of brands have jeans that only come to the top of my ankles…which just won’t do. Luckily, Topshop offers different cuts of denim for all different body types. I love their Jamie Tall jeans!

American Eagle Outfitters: AEO is one of the rare brands that can accommodate my body type. I like buying American Eagle jeans for more trendier washes and cuts.

Shoes

Steve Madden: Steve Madden is my staple shoe brand. I feel like they really excel in making classic shoes, and the quality is great for the price.

Nike: I am somewhat addicted to sneakers and tennis shoes, and Nike is one of my favorite brands. I especially love their Free Run shoes and Air Force 1’s. Plus, you can get a WHOPPING 9.5% CASH BACK with Ebates at Nike. That’s almost 10% of what you spend back into your bank account!

Public Desire: What I love most about Public Desire is how trendy they are. They aren’t cheesy, and really understand what’s hot. They also offer a great student discount for all you college girls out there!

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NARS: NARS is my go-to brand for face products. My favorite bronzer ever is NARS Laguna, and I also use their blushes and liquid highlighters. They nail it! (Ebates offers 5% cash back with NARS!)

tarte cosmetics: This is a brand that has been consistently impressing me with their beauty products. I love their highlighting palette and brushes. I’m excited to try out more tarte products in the future. (You can get 4% cash back with Ebates here!)

MAC Cosmetics: I’ve been buying MAC products since I first allowed to wear makeup in middle school. Their eyeshadows are a staple, but my favorite MAC products are actually their face powders. The powder is so finely milled that it gives your face an almost air-brushed look, without looking cakey.

Benefit Cosmetics: Besides the amazing packaging, Benefit’s products are top-notch. I especially like Benefit’s boxed blushes, and “They’re Real!” is one of my favorite mascaras of all-time.

Mario Badescu: This brand is my tried and true skincare buddy. I love Mario Badescu for a range of different products, especially the Silver Powder, Drying Lotion, and Rosewater. All of Mario Badescu’s products leave my combination/oily skin feeling fresh.

Home

Urban Outfitters: Ah, if only my apartment could look like an Urban Outfitter’s store display. I love checking in on Urban Outfitter’s Home Decor and looking for fun little accessories like firefly lights, tapestries, and kitchen supplies.

Target: Target has seriously stepped their home section up and I’m totally here for it. The best part about Target’s home decor is that it’s almost always super affordable, and on-trend.

Pier 1 Imports: Pier 1 is awesome for quality home decor. I have a few treasured items from Pier 1 that I plan on keeping for years to come.

Etsy: Don’t forget about Etsy! You can find the cutest + most unique pieces on this website to fit every lifestyle.

IKEA: I like to shop at IKEA for furniture because, well, let’s face it: it’s cheap. I’m a college student and I get a lot of my basic furniture like nightstands/desks from IKEA. However, my bed + mattress are both from Amazon.


What are some of your all time favorite brands? Let me know!

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