April 30, 2013

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: April 2013

L'ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Treatment: I have been using this per the recommendation of my stylist for several months, but it wasn't until April I realized my love! I've been attempting to use up all the little samples I own of various products, and once I finally finished all my hair oils, I switched back and noticed a huge difference! Definitely worth the investment if you love shiny hair!

Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men: This song is so fun to listen to, I find myself humming the lyrics more often than not and dancing in the car.

Rebecca Minkoff MAB Mini Bag: This was a big shopping month for me, and this is one of the biggest purchases I have made to date. Now, I got it on a huge discount (on sale + Bloomingdales Friends&Family Sale discount + ebates) but it was still a pretty penny. Navy and pink are one of my favorite combinations, and the basket weave pattern on the front is too chic!

Benefit They're Real Mascara: To be honest, I could get away without mascara and still get asked what mascara I have on because I was blessed with dark full lashes that already look like mascara was applied. But this takes my lashes to a whole other level giving them volume and length without flakes.

Estee Lauder Star Pink Lipgloss: My go-to gloss on a recommendation from Estee Lauder makeup artists who told me it was Emily Schuman of Cupcake and Cashmere's favorite color! It's the perfect uber-sheer light pink with subtle gold shimmer that isn't sticky and makes your lips look plump.

KIND Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Protein Bar: These are absolutely delicious! With school being over, I find myself eating these for lunch since I typically don't feel like making a full meal mid-day, or I just eat them as a pre or post cardio snack.

Spotify App: I finally caved and upgraded to Spotify Premium after using it since hitting the US in Summer 2011. I love it much more than Pandora and other music apps for several reasons: I can create my own playlists, no commercials, and I can play any song at anytime anywhere.

April 28, 2013

Beauty Sales: Week of April 28th

  • Beyond the Beauty (Sale begins 11am ET 4/28)
  • Sprayology (Sale begins 11am ET 5/1)
  • UV-Nails (Sale begins 11am ET 5/2)

  • Spring Skin Solutions (Sale begins Noon ET 5/1)

  • Derma Roller, Herstyler Tourmaline Pro Hair Dryer, Smileactives Whitening Pens (Sale begins 8am PT 4/28)
  • DECLEOR Paris Skincare, Vincent Longo Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 4/29)
  • Jose Eber Hair Tools, Liquid Keratin (Sale begins 8am PT 4/30)
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 5/1)
  • BRAD BIOPHOTONIC Skincare, ProSonic Cleansing Brush System (Sale begins 8am PT 5/2)
  • theBalm (Sale begins 8am PT 5/3)
  • Tools Of The Trade, Toppik Thinning Hair Solutions (Sale begins 8am PT 5/4)
  • The Gift of Relaxation: Essence of Vali Aromatherapy (Sale begins 9am PT 5/1)

April 27, 2013

Link Love: April 21-27

The Princess Roll Hairstyle Tutorial [birchboxtv]

Amanda Bynes Shaved Half of Her Head [The Cut]

DIY Colored Glass Mason Jars [Freut Cake]

FASHIONOTES 5: Fashion Books [Fashionotes]

Heartwarming: Teenage Cancer Patient Lands CoverGirl Deal, Launches Clothing Line [StyleBistro]

Organize, Please... Spring Closets [College Prep]

April 25, 2013

Recipe: Vanilla Bean Scones

Scones are a breakfast favorite of mine, and Laura Vitale has become my favorite chef over the past several weeks. Her videos are fun and informative, and the recipes always look delish, including her Vanilla Bean Scones recipe.


April 23, 2013

Currently Craving: Warm-Weather Wedges

1 // 2 // 3

How fun are these wedges? This is always the time of year I get anxious for spring and summer, and the Spring/Summer Collections being released aren't helping my impending case of Fever. Shoes are one of my favorite ways to accessorize, especially when the weather warms up, and wedges are the perfect mix of comfortable and stylish. 

April 21, 2013

Beauty Sales: Week of April 21st

  • Brooklyn Beach (Sale begins 11am ET 4/22)

  • Top Makeup Brushes by SILK Pro (Sale begins Noon ET 4/24)

  • Luminess Air, NuMe Style Hair Tools (Sale begins 8am PT 4/21)
  • Oscar Blandi Haircare (Sale begins 8am PT 4/22)
  • Dr. Brandt Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 4/23)
  • tarte (Sale begins 8am PT 4/24)
  • Hydroxatone: Rejuvenating Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 4/21)
  • Natural Beauty (Sale begins 9am PT 4/22)
  • Goldfaden Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 4/23)

April 19, 2013

Sweet Sale: Caudalie's Friends & Family Sale

Caudalie's Friends & Family Sale has begun! Get 20% off your order with the code FRF2013 now through April 24th.

April 18, 2013

Review: April 2013 Birchbox

This month's box includes:
Caudalie Divine Oil- Made with a blend of grape, argan, hibiscus, and sesame oils, this multitasking wonder gives skin, hair, and nails a gorgeous glow.

Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir- It's not just your skin that needs antiaging help. This new shine-boosting serum cures dry strands and reduces the odds of age-related breakage. 

Ruby Wing Color Changing Nail Polish in Poppy- Why stick with a single shade when you can switch it up with this color-changin polish? The pink hue morphs into a lovely purple in sunlight. 

Whish Shave Cream Shaving Cream- The organic shea butter in this foam-free shaving cream leaves your skin incredibly soft and your shave insanely close. Plus, we love the exclusive blueberry scent. 

Birchbox Finds: Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-OnWe love sending you the latest high-end beauty essentials every month. But we also keep an eye out for affordable finds that will brighten your routine. Our newest obsession: this nifty eye roll-on from Simple Sensitive Skin Experts. It helps to reduce puffiness and revitalize tired eyes by instantly cooling and gently massaging the delicate eye area. We're adding it to your sample haul because we think you'll love it as much as we do. And a fun tip -- keep it in the refrigerator for an added cool boost in the morning. 

Check out Birchbox:

April 14, 2013

Beauty Sales: Week of April 14th

  • Beauty Buzz: Top Skin & Hair Tools (Sale begins Noon ET 4/17)

  • Smile Sciences (Sale begins 8am PT 4/14)
  • Elizabeth Grant Skincare, Stila (Sale begins 8am PT 4/15)
  • Hair Rules Haircare, Proliss Hair Tools (Sale begins 8am PT 4/16)
  • Mother's Day Fragrances (Sale begins 8am PT 4/17)
  • Alterna Haircare, Dr. Sewinn by Kinerase (Sale begins 8am PT 4/18)
  • Hautelook Beauty Bag, Rain Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 4/19)
  • StarMaker Beauty Problem Solvers, TanTowel (Sale begins 8am PT 4/20)
  • Beaute Basics, Clear Complexion: Skincare, Scrubs & More (Sale begins 9am PT 4/16)
  • Women's Signature Fragrances (Sale begins 9am PT 4/17)
  • La Curcio (Sale begins 9am PT 4/19)

April 13, 2013

Link Love: April 7-13

Mad Men-Inspired Hair Tutorial: Birchbox Intern Diaries [birchboxtv]

Developing a Color Palette for Your Closet [already pretty]

Is the Longchamp Tote the Definitive Professional Woman's Bag? [The Jane Dough]

Managing Your Money: 12 Things Every Woman Should Know [Huff Post]

New Study: Having a Baby Makes Men Feel Hotter [Allure Daily Beauty Reporter]

The Easy Way to Start Saving More Money [The Everygirl]

April 11, 2013

Build Your Basics: Pretty Pumps

Pumps, Heels, whatever you want to call them, they're an essential for every woman's closet. A few necessities for your pump collection: suede, patterned, neutral, black, patent, and brights. 

April 9, 2013

Where Do I Shop?

Shopbop literally sells everything you could need, and the sales are TDF! 

J. Crew is the perfect store for classic, timeless pieces. Such as a striped tee, blazer, or pretty bauble. 

Urban Outfitters is my go-to for comfy sweaters in fun colors, and my favorite BDG pants that I want in almost every color!

I love shopping at tobi because of their trendy, affordable pieces. The quality tends to be better than stores such as Forever 21, and the items are just as on-trend. 

Lilly Pulitzer is my go-to shop for fun shift dresses and bright prints in all kinds of accessories, home decor items, and other clothes. 

Those are just my top 5 favorite shops, of course I love shops like H&M, Bloomingdales, etc. but those five are where I shop most often!

April 7, 2013

Beauty Sales: Week of April 7th

  • Salon-Worthy Gel Sets Feat. Red Carpet Manicure (Sale begins Noon ET 4/8)
  • Tweezerman: Perfect Brows & Beyond (Sale begins Noon ET 4/11)
  • Sprayology Natural Remedies (Sale begins Noon ET 4/13)

  • Electronic Facial Brushes & Beauty Tools, Sibu Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 4/8)
  • Three Custom Color Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 4/9)
  • Amir Argan Oil (Sale begins 8am PT 4/10)
  • Billion Dollar Brows, Nia 24 Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 4/11)
  • Ionic Pro 2000 Dryer, RapidLash, SpaRitual Nail Color (Sale begins 8am PT 4/12)
  • Cortex Hair Tools & Care (Sale begins 8am PT 4/13)

  • E.L.F. Cosmetics (Sale begins 9am PT 4/9)
  • New + Notable: Dermedicine, Skip the Salon: Haircare & Styling Essentials (Sale begins 9am PT 4/11)

April 4, 2013

Crave or Save: Printed Denim

Printed Denim is super-hot for Spring and Summer! Pair your favorite pair with red lips and neutral pumps or wedges for the perfect night-out look, or go casual for daytime with your favorite tank top and sandals.

April 2, 2013

50 Random Facts About Me

  1. I have been very independent my entire life
  2. I believe in karma and that God has a plan for everyone and everything happens for a reason
  3. My sister is my closest friend
  4. I went to public school from first-ninth grade, and switched
  5. I have OCD and anxiety
  6. I hate sushi
  7. Any combination of the number 1, 2, and 6 appears almost everywhere in my life 
  8. I am a constant to-do list maker and have 3-4 going at any given time
  9. Everytime I go to Starbucks I order a Peppermint Mocha
  10. My parents chose to name me Jacqueline because both of my grandfather's had first names that began with J, but ultimately chose to name me Jacqueline after Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
  11. I love to travel but have never been out of the country
  12. My parents were separated for 6 years from when I was 11-17 and it was the hardest time of my life, but they are together again
  13. Cooking is one of my favorite pastimes
  14. I am very sensitive and cry a lot
  15. My favorite color has been purple ever since watching Barney as a baby
  16. In a fit of jealousy at age 2 after my sister was born I threw a fork at my sisters face
  17. My shoe size ranges from a 10 to an 11
  18. I have never drank any alcohol or done any drugs
  19. When I was little I used to hate ice cream, now I love it
  20. I am going to college in Boston to pursue journalism and I am very excited
  21. I raised $5,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research in March through a charity fashion show at school, and it was one of the proudest moments of my life
  22. I was in 3 car accidents in 2012, one of which I had to go to the hospital for
  23. I am 50% Italian, and the other 50% is a mix of English, Irish, and Russian
  24. I am allergic to cats and dogs
  25. I was born on February 10, 1995 
  26. My favorite food is pasta
  27. I am an Aquarius
  28. Winter is my favorite season, and I don't like summer 
  29. My middle name (Ariel) was chosen after the Disney Princess from The Little Mermaid
  30. I love roller coasters and getting adrenaline rushes
  31. I have seen every episode of Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, Grey's Anatomy, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Desparate Housewives, and Criminal Minds
  32. I was hospitalized for depression when I was 14 
  33. When I was in 6th grade I cut 13 inches off of my hair for Locks of Love
  34. I will have an internship at Urban Outfitters during the month of May
  35. I am very close with my parents
  36. I tear up a little each time I watch the last Harry Potter movie
  37. When I was less than a year old I crawled under a table, lifting my head up and hitting it on my coffee table, and needed stitches in my head
  38. I am Jewish and extremely proud to have been raised that way
  39. I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  40. Babies are the cutest things ever
  41. I do not have my drivers license yet
  42. I pride myself in being able to purchase things for myself and not be dependent on my parents for money
  43. I have never had a cavity, but had all of my wisdom teeth removed last month
  44. I work at my dad's cheese shop, and therefore have an extensive knowledge of cheese 
  45. I feel safer in New York City than I do in my hometown
  46. Hilary Duff was my favorite actress/singer for a majority of my childhood
  47. I have high standards when it comes to everything
  48. There are very few people I trust
  49. I don't believe in best friends anymore
  50. I love trying new things