Christmas Planning 2017 | The Budget Shopping Tips + Gift Suggestions


Today’s video is the Third in a serious of  Christmas Planning Videos. If you have not watched the first two, you will want to do that prior to watching this video. In video #2, there is a GIVEAWAY! There are only a few days left! So Be sure to get entered, TODAY!! You can get to those video links, here:

Christmas Planning Video #1 (Why to Start Early): Here

Christmas Planning Video #2 (The Planner + GIVEAWAY): Here

To Create a Planner for yourself, You will need the following:

Other products shown in my Christmas videos:

I get asked, often about my Planner, My Daily Planning Printable’s and My Daily Devotional. You can shop those products here:




How to Be on Your A Game (Youtube)

5 Tips To Being A Classy Lady (Youtube .. This is a MUST!)

How to have Motivation (Youtube)

Organization Tips & Block Scheduling Your Time (Youtube)

How To Create A Family Calendar (Youtube)

The Family Command Center (Calendar) (Blog Post)

Avoiding Drama With Family Over the Holiday’s (Youtube .. This is a MUST!)


FACE | Watch this Video Best in Beauty – Face | Under Eye Concealing & Brightening Tutorial
— Primer: Hourglass Mineral Veil Nordstrom / Sephora
— Foundation: Foundation: Estee Lauder DoubleWear ( Wheat) Ulta / Sephora applied with damp Beauty Blender Pro
— Under-eye Concealer + Brightener: Benefit Boi-ing .. used to be called Erase Paste (Medium 02) Ulta / Sephora
— Face Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Sephora / Nordstrom
— Under-eye Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder 01: Sephora / Nordstrom
— Under-eye Setting Powder + Brightener: Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit Ulta / Sephora
— Bronzer + Contour: Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit Ulta / Sephora
— Blush: BH Cosmetics 10 Color Blush Palette (wearing the vibrant magenta shade): Amazon
— Highlight: Laura Mercier Highlight 01 Sephora / Nordstrom
— Set & Forget: Mally Poreless Face Defender Ulta  /  Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Sephora / Ulta

EYES | Watch this Video Best in Beauty – Eyes | False Eyelash Tutorial
–EYESHADOW LOOK: I started with Milani Shadow Primer . I dusted the entire lid with the Cream shade (M-126) from this MUFE Palette. Using a windshield wiper motion, I applied the matte, light brown shade from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. On the lid, I packed on the color M-806 from the MUFE. From the Urban Decay Smoked Palette, I used the blue shade (Evidence), and the dark brown shade (Backdoor) to work on the outer V. At the end, I went into a different MUFE Palette, and dusted the vibrant Peach shade (I-804) over top of the pink lid shade
— Eyeshadow Single (Tear duct Highlight): MAC Shroom Ulta / Nordstrom
— Eyeliner Liquid: Kat Von D (Trooper) Sephora
— Eyeliner Retractable (Tight-line): Essence Long Lasting Eye Liner (Black Fever) Ulta
— Mascara (Top Lashes): Cover Girl The Supersizer Ulta
— Mascara (Lower Lashes): Maybelline Lash Discovery Ulta
— False Eyelashes: Red Cherry Amazon
— Brow Pencil: Anastasia Brow Wiz (Medium Brown) SephoraUlta
— Brow Powder: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo (Dark Brown) Ulta / Sephora
— Brow Gel: L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper (color was worn off, Brown of some sort) Ulta

LIPS | Watch This Video Best in Beauty – Lips

— LIP PENCIL: Palladio (Rose)

— LIPSTICK: Estee Lauder (Crazy Beautiful)

  • Watch this Video Best of Beauty – Brushes


    • TOP: Nordstrom (US 6 .. fits like 2-4)
    • PANTS: Express (size up one size) .. the pants that I have on are not these exact pair. But, I ordered The ones that I have linked, for Fall & Winter
    • EARRINGS: Nordstrom
    • NECKLACE: Necklace
    • RING: Express
    • CLUTCH: Etsy
    • SHOES: Aldo

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  • Reply Lisa

    Awesome video. I am excited to start using these tips in January. Great tips Tracy. I’m going to be starting my shopping now anyway to try to get done before Thanksgiving so I can be done and enjoy the spirit of Christmas 🎄 love ya Tracy.

    • Reply tracyhensel

      Thank you Lisa! I love your attitude! Enjoy the planning season!!

  • Reply Adina

    This video was fantastic! Love your tips for an organized, well-planned, and enjoyable Christmas season.

    Would you add a ‘yearly budget’ to your list of videos, please. I find that watching what other people budget for, and how they go about the planning is helpful in refining my planning habit.

    Again, thank you for this wonderful series.

    • Reply tracyhensel

      Thank you, Adina! I will absolutely add a yearly budget to the list of videos to come! Hopefully in the new year I can get to that one!! Blessings! Have a great day!!

  • Reply Susan

    I’ve so enjoyed your videos- discovered you a couple of weeks ago. You have a wealth of information that has been most helpful- using some of products you suggest, found the testing brush to be the perfect answer in my hair styling, and absolutely love your organization and strategy! You are getting me on track. Look forward to your budgeting video and more of your time mgmt tips. Your personality is perfect for motivating me! 💙Susan

    • Reply Susan

      Oops! That was teasing brush

    • Reply tracyhensel

      Good Morning Susan! Thank you for your nice message! I am so happy that you are feeling motivated by my content! Bless you! have great week!!

  • Reply Linda Curtis

    Tracy, I just recently found your YT channel and have watched both your videos on Christmas planning. I am definitely going to use the envelopes as I have a tendency to over spend. Thank you for such inspiration! I am going to go on a binge watching your other videos! I am not on Snapchat but am on Instagram at @lcurtisrn. So glad to call you my new friend!

    • Reply tracyhensel

      Hi Linda! I am happy to hear that you found me. The envelopes will definitely help with the overspending issue. Glad to have you here!!

  • Reply Jaya Yurchisin

    Tracy, question. I know in your videos you mention that you do most of your shopping online.
    Do you use the money you have in the envelopes to buy gift cards to make purchases online?
    Or do you buy those gift in the store since you are using cash only?

    • Reply tracyhensel

      Yes, that exactly correct!!

  • Reply Casey Copeland

    Where did you get your slim Christmas trees that you had last year? I kine of remember from snap chat that you got them from Home Depot.. is that correct? Can you send a link to buy that one or a similar one? Thanks!

  • Reply Farah

    I’m wondering about the teacher gift this year. Our boy is 11 – just like your Chloe – and here in Australia he is finishing primary school, starting high school next year. More importantly, he has autism and while there have been several special needs teachers here at the school who worked hard with him, I specifically want to gift the special needs aide because she has been with our beautiful boy since his very first day and she has patiently and lovingly guided his steps, truly I think she loves him almost as much as us. I just don’t think that a box of chocolates or a gift card will even BEGIN to express how we feel about this wonderful woman. I was thinking about a simple charm on a neck chain. Nothing big and flashy but just something a bit different. Argh! Decisions!!

    • Reply tracyhensel

      I will have a Gift Guide coming out soon.


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