October 31, 2014

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things: October 2014

i by Kendrick Lamar // PRADA Candy // Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner // Living Proof Prime Style Extender // Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask // bare Minerals 'Rebel' Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss // Trader Joe's Crispy Crunchy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

i by Kendrick Lamar: I've been a fan of Kendrick for a while and this is definitely one of my favorite songs he's released.

PRADA Candy: I ran out of all of my perfumes before my last empties post and decided to give a new scent a try, and I love it! It's definitely the grown-up version of Aqualina Pink Sugar meets Viva La Juicy, both perfumes that I overused in middle school. I'm still a sweet-scent lover, so this is right up my alley.

Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner: I've never been a huge fan of Liquid eyeliner, but I finally decided to break this open after having it for a few months from my Her Campus National Collegiette Conference goodie bag and I'm loving it! It's super pigmented and applies easily without skipping along my lash line and creates a cat eye with ease.

Living Proof Prime Style Extender (℅ Millennial Central): I've been using this for about a month and a half now, and it's finally started to grow on me this month. At first I wasn't really sure if I liked it, but now it's a keeper! I've been using it in place of oil which can weigh even my thick hair down because this leaves my hair soft and light.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask: I've used this on and off for a few years and recently picked up a new tube and I've fallen back in love. It definitely brings impurities to the surface the next day but they clear away quickly with care.

bare Minerals 'Rebel' Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss: This has turned into my my go-to gloss this month. It's the perfect 'my lips but better' shade and is the perfect consistency and the sample size I got fits right into my mini wallet along with chapstick for easy application wherever I am.

Trader Joe's Crispy Crunchy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: I've been a huge fan of the original crispy crunchy chocolate chip cookies for years now, and just discovered the oatmeal version this month and I'm hooked!

I visited NYC on October 11th to visit the Friends Central Perk pop-up with my best friend Jennie and we had the best time! Despite a rainy 4-hour wait, we made the best of the situation, mostly due to my mom and her best friend who drove to the city from Philadelphia to see us. Inside, we drank complimentary coffee, saw outfits and props from the set, and most importantly- we got to sit on the beloved couch from Central Perk on the show.

October 29, 2014

Tech Talk: Cinch App

Cinch is a new app that makes decision-making way easier! Get real, unbiased opinions from all Cinch users, your phone contacts, Facebook, Twitter, or Whatsapp friends. Voters can't see what others think until they vote themselves, so you can see what your friends really think about the shoes you're deciding on or your dress for a big date! You can even make your poll public or private depending on how big of a response you're looking for. Even though the Cinch app is for iPhone only, non-iPhone users can vote from their phone's internet browser.

I used Cinch before, during, and after Her Campus' Boston College Fashion Week a few weeks ago and it works great, just check out my screenshots on some of the questions I asked friends for opinions on!

I would definitely recommend Cinch if you are in need of any opinion, on pretty much anything! Whether it be from your friends, or complete strangers, Cinch makes it easy to help you make decisions.

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October 27, 2014

Review: Living Proof Haircare

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review.

You may recall a post about a month ago covering the pHD line from Living Proof, which I’m still using and loving so read on for an update on those three products, plus two other awesome products from their line, the Prime Style Extender and Restore Hair Mask.

First of all, I’m totally obsessed with the scent of all the Living Proof products. While it is a bit perfumy, after a blow-dry my hair it can smell a bit “fried,” but the scent of their entire line will last in my hair for a while!

PhD Conditioner: This leaves the ends of my hair super hydrated and looking totally rejuvenated with every wash! It also smoothes away any flyaways before I even blow-dry my hair for an even more effortless look daily.

PhD Shampoo: I've been pretty blessed with easy to manage hair and rarely get flyaways. If I do get them, they're closer to my scalp and I've noticed a big difference since using this that I don't have as many. I've also cut down washing my hair every other day to every 2 days and I think that's mainly due to this because I haven't been using as much dry shampoo as I have in the past since starting my new PhD regime.

PhD 5-in-1 Styling Treatment: This is definitely what I would purchase if you wanted to only try out one product to start off with (even though they're better in a group + work amazingly well together) and is for sure the stand-out product of the line and my personal favorite.

Prime Style Extender ($20 for 5 oz.): I’ve tried this two different ways in the shower, and I’d definitely go with the latter mentioned: when my hair is still pretty wet, and when my hair is almost completely rung out. I love to use this once every two weeks and just have it sit in my hair while I do everything else in the shower. It leaves my hair feeling like I don’t even need a conditioner but I will usually follow up with my pHD conditioner. It hydrates and leaves even my super thick hair feeling light.

Restore Hair Mask Treatment ($42 for 8 oz.): I’ve been using this interchangeably with the pHD 5-in-1 styling product, on damp hair after a shower to smooth and prep my hair for blow-drying. While it doesn’t provide all the benefits that the 5-in-1, it gives very similar results.

August 2014 // October 2014
Overall, I'm loving all of my PhD products and two additional products! They've definitely improved the health, and length of my hair since I started using them!

Now through November 8th, with an order of $20 or more on LivingProof.com, get a free travel size PhD 5-in-1 Styling Treatment with code NOV2014. Plus, you'll get free samples and free shipping!

October 26, 2014

Beauty Sales Week of October 26th

  • The Beauty Boutique (Sale begins Noon ET 10/27)

  • Bella Semplice Eye & Face Masks, Nature's Shea Butter, VIOlight (Sale begins 8am PT 10/26)
  • #ManiMonday: Orly Smart Gels, Suki Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 10/27)
  • Brilliance New York Skincare, Laura Geller Beauty, Truth in Aging LED Light Therapy (Sales begin 8am PT 10/28)
  • Absolute Hot New York Hair Tools, Lotus Cosmetics, Solyvia Aromatherapy (Sales begin 8am PT 10/29)
  • Mai Couture Cosmetics, Osmotics Cosmeceuticals, Wink Lash and Brow Serum (Sales begin 8am PT 10/30)
  • Algenist Skin Care, BeingTRUE Cosmetics, Clean Fragrance (Sales begins 8am PT 10/31)
  • La Femme Actuelle Diamond Infused Skincare, SpaLife Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 11/1)

  • Luxury Beauty: Borghese & More (Sale begins 9am PT 10/27)
  • A Night of Pampering: Bliss Skincare & More (sale begins 9am PT 10/31)

  • L'OCCITANE & More For Your At-Home Spa Day (Sale begins 11am ET 10/26)
  • Bond No. 9 Women's & Men's Perfume (Sale begins 3pm ET 10/27)
  • Brilliance New York Skin & Hair Care (Sale begins 11am ET 11/1)

October 25, 2014

Link Love: October 19-25

8 Ways to Stay Super Productive When Working At Home [Levo League]

Emirates Airlines Flight Attendants Reveal Just How Much Goes Into Their In-Flight Look [Huff Post Style]

I Have 4 Jobs - Is This the New Normal? [Refinery 29]

Make Homemade Cookie Butter (With Any Cookie!) [A Beautiful Mess]

The Real Cost Of TV Apartments - And Who Could Actually Afford Them [Refinery 29]

October 24, 2014

Sponsored: Scoopsies Ice Cream Service

Scoopsies is a start-up craft ice cream company in the Boston area, hand delivering right to your door. Scoopsies started in 2013 as an ice cream challenge to make 100 flavors in 365 days and after accomplishing her goal, Chloe Jankowitz started Scoopsies. 

I tried out S'moreo and it was pretty good! Handmade in micro-batches, all of her unique flavors look delicious, just check out all the amazing flavors she has which include seasonal Halloween flavors among many others!

Currently, Scoopsies can be delivered to Cambridge, Allston, Brighton, Somerville, Newton, Brookline, and parts of Boston. It worked out perfectly that Chloe could deliver right to my dorm because she's an Emerson alum!

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October 22, 2014

Brand Spotlight: Oscar de la Renta

"But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise. It's not lapis. It's actually cerulean. And you're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns." -Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada

Oscar de la Renta, world-renowned designer passed away on Monday October 20th in his home in Kent, Connecticut from complications from cancer at the age of 82. Gaining fame in the 1960s after dressing First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Mentored by Cristóbal Balenciaga, founder of Balenciaga fashion house, and employee of Lanvin and Balmain, before beginning his own fashion house, Oscar de la Renta is leaving behind a legacy.