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Easy DIY Halloween Party Favors

There are so many cute Halloween party favor ideas floating about the web, like the witch's broom goodie bags for example, though they do require some DIY experience. These tin-tie bakery bags are the perfect size for a Halloween goodie bag, and they require no crafting skills. I love howthe favor bags I made them with are cute enough for kids but still nice enough for the grown-ups as well. All you need are the bakery bags, ribbon, and 3D Halloween stickers from the craft store. You can use the smaller bag pictured above or a larger bakery bag with a window display. I like to fill the larger ones with treats to give out as holiday presents to neighbors and teachers.



Simply fill the bags with a Halloween treat (homemade or store-bought), close them up and tie them off with ribbon, then affix a sticker to each bag. These are food-grade bags, so they're perfect to fill with homemade fall treats like popcorn, kettle corn, or Halloween chocolates. Try my DIY gourmet popcorn

Maybelline Lash Sensational


It's no secret that bloggers get things for free in exchange for reviews and promotion. I myself am currently testing a Lancome skin treatment that I received for free. Though as I use it, I'm keeping in mind that the market price is $75.00, so I'm not just testing it to see if it's pretty good; I'm making sure it's something I'd recommend considering it's on the expensive side for most people. I do also review items that I've paid for, like this Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara.

What really bugs me about this product is that I bought it because I saw it ALL over Instagram and blogs last year, meaning it was promotional...bloggers were given it for free, just as I've been given other products here and there.

Brands know that there is a power in repetition. It causes the illusion of buzz. For example, I saw this posted so many times last year, all with positive comments, so I assumed it must be as good as everyone else had claimed.

So when I couldn't find the mascara I usually buy in-store ( the NYC Skyrise Lengthening Mascara, which I highly suggest ), I thought I'd finally give this Maybelline Lash Sensational a try. It had to be good, right? Everyone was posting about it, after all.

I did love it at first. It without a doubt lengthened my lashes and made them look fuller. But then my eyes started to itch. Granted I may have more allergies than the average person, so it might not affect everyone the same. What I imagine it will do to anyone though is dry out the lashes, as it did mine. In a perfect world, I would remove my eye makeup everyday. But let's face it, that doesn't always happen. As I went to wash my face the next morning, I noticed my lashes were very dry. And after that, every time I wore this mascara even just during the day, that it would leave my lashes feeling quite dry and brittle. That alone wouldn't have been a big problem, except that super dry lashes become brittle and fall out more easily. And mine certainly did. I used the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara a few more times, because it really did make my lashes look good, but every time I would notice a lash or two fall out whenever I went to remove the mascara, even when I used gentle makeup remover.

So, this isn't one of those...it doesn't work as well as the expensive stuff, but it's cheap, so it's a good deal for the price. It's as I said above, a great way to lose your lashes...so obviously not a product I'd recommend.

I do still believe in sponsored reviews. I think it's a great way to connect brands with influencers, and it's great for bloggers to share their favorite products with their readers. But we shouldn't feel pressured to give the same generic positive review just because we got something for free. I know I won't.

Try This Instead: NYC New York Sky Rise Lengthening Mascara

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