July 30, 2014

Mood Board: Statement Jewelry

I love dressing up a simple outfit like a pair of jeans, boots, and a sweater and jazzing it up with a pair of bold earrings, or pairing a chunky necklace with an otherwise plain black dress. Jewelry is an easy and inexpensive way to jazz up pieces in your wardrobe, and no one will call you out on being an outfit repeater!

July 28, 2014

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: July 2014

Stay With Me by Sam Smith: I've been listening to this for a little over a month now and I'm not sick of it yet! It's relaxing and something you can totally belt out to while driving.

Physician's Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation: I watched a review from itsjudytime on this product a while back comparing it to the new Bare Minerals foundation which I was also interested in trying, but opted to go with this one because of the price. The only downside is that if it's dark on me now and I'm on the tanner side, I won't be able to wear it in the fall and winter when I'm not so tan. Expect a full review this week. 

Essie 'Haute In The Heat' Nail Polish: This was in the amazing goodie bag I received at the Her Campus Intercollegiette Conference two weeks ago and I have had it on my toes ever since. It's no surprise I love Essie polishes but this color is great. It's the perfect mid-tone pink and I can see wearing this all year round.

NYX Yogurt Jumbo Pencil: This is the perfect light pink champagne base for almost any nude eye look. I've had it for quite some time and I'm honestly surprised it has lasted this long without running out or drying out.

Fake Bake Instant Faux Glo: After spending a day this month in quite possibly the worst outfit possible for walking around outside on a hot overcast day (t-shirt and flawy pants) I got quite the farmer's and v-neck tan and no color on my legs. To compensate until I can actually get a more all-over color from being in the sun, I've been using this. Read my full review I did last month for more details.

Smith's Rosebud Salve: I've been using this for years and was good about using it at college every night before bed but stopped using it since I've been home up until recently. I've gotten back into the swing of exfoliating and moisturizing every night before bed (exfoliating every day may seem excessive, but my lips get chapped pretty easily) and this is a staple.

Jamba Juice 'Caribbean Passion' At Home Smoothie Kit: I've been getting more into drinking my fruits and veggies for the day, and this kit makes it so easy! I received a coupon in my Surfs Up Vox Box from Influenster but have bought a few additional kits throughout the month.

My weekend trip to New York City for the Her Campus Intercollegiette Conference was the highlight of the month. I spent all day Saturday at the conference, and Sunday going to the spa, before walking The High Line, eating at Lombardi's, and exploring downtown with a friend. 

July 27, 2014

Beauty Sales Week of July 27th

  • Gilt City Presents: Birchbox, Summer Beauty Staples: Up to 80% Off (Sales begin Noon ET 7/27)
  • Julep (Sale begins Noon ET 7/29)
  • Oscar Blandi & Cloud Nine (Sale begins Noon ET 7/30)

  • Salon Worthy Shears, Twist & Pout, Whitening Lightning (Sales begin 8am PT 7/27)
  • #ManiMonday: Orly Smart Gels, Kevyn Aucoin, Vichy Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 7/28)
  • Drunk Elephant Skincare, Juice Organics (Sales begin 8am PT 7/29)
  • Be A Bombshell Cosmetics, Molton Brown, T3 (Sales begin 8am PT 7/30)
  • Hairdo Hair Extensions, TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup, Wink Natural Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 7/31)
  • Allegresse Skincare, Jouer Cosmetics, Million Dollar Tan (Sales begin 8am PT 8/1)

  • Ahava Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 7/28)
  • Bliss Beauty (Sale begins 9am PT 7/29)
  • Kérastase Paris Haircare (Sale begins 9am PT 7/30)
  • Just In: His & Hers Fragrance Picks (Sale begins 9am PT 8/1)

  • Brilliance New York Skin & Hair Care (Sale begins 11am ET 7/29)
  • GLOSS Moderne & More: Defrizz Your Locks (Sale begins 11am ET 8/1)

July 25, 2014

Crave or Save: Red Lipstick

NYX Cosmetics 'Electra' Lipstick // Givenchy 'Carmin Escarpin' Le Rouge

I'll admit, I'm a lipgloss and lipstick hoarder but rarely (especially in the summer) do I stray from my favorite nude and light pink glosses. Red has always been a color I've wanted to play around with wearing but I haven't really had the guts to do it yet.

Tell me, do you like to experiment with brighter lipstick colors?

July 23, 2014

Traveling Blogging Beauty Review: Bliss49 in New York, NY

Last time I was in New York, I decided to finally try out Bliss Spa after always passing by the Bliss Spa in Boston which is not far from where I live and hearing great things about their services. I opted for Bliss49 at the W Hotel because of their QuickBliss Services which include facials, waxes, and targeted touchups under 30 minutes and I did have somewhere else to be that afternoon.

The only thing I can say I was disappointed in was everything up until the facial. The duo who greeted me weren't too friendly or helpful. When I asked where the bathroom was, they told me "up the steps, go find them." Well, I had never been there before so after wandering and clearly not finding steps I gave up. Maybe it was because I chose a QuickBliss Service, but I don't love that they have you sit in the front waiting area instead of letting you go to a more quiet waiting room because I didn't love watching and overhearing a woman's manicure that was going on a few feet in front of me.

The facial itself went great. My facialist Jaye and I had a great time talking and she did an amazing job and it left my skin feeling amazing afterward. One of my biggest pet peeves is product-pushing which I know is a part of many jobs in the cosmetic industry but I appreciated that once I was done I didn't feel forced to purchase anything when Jaye showed me the products she had used on me.

Overall, I would say if you want a more relaxing experience opt for one of their regular facials or body treatments because it seems like with the QuickBliss you don't get the full relaxing spa experience which is what I was hoping for. I can see myself going back to a Bliss Spa (most likely the one in Downtown Boston) because I love their products and aside from everything leading up to the appointment I had a good time.

541 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

July 21, 2014

Style Icons: Blake Lively

When Blake Lively starred in her first big role of Serena van der Woodsen on book series turned hit TV show Gossip Girl, you could tell there was something about her that was special. Although I have and always will consider myself Team Blair (she was even my doppleganger in my high school yearbook), I did enjoy how carefree Serena was, and that's not far off from how Blake appears in real life.

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