June 30, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of June 30th

  • Get Flawless Skin with Tanda (Sale begins Noon ET 7/2)
  • Beauty Essentials: Up to 80% Off (Sale begins Noon ET 7/3)
  • Beauty Essentials Under $50 (Sale begins Noon ET 7/5)

  • DermaHeal Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 6/30)
  • Salon Haircare: Biosilk Joico & More, Stila (Sale begins 8am PT 7/1)
  • M Lab Skincare, TanTowel (Sale begins 8am PT 7/2)
  • Billion Dollar Brows, Proliss Hair Tools (Sale begins 8am PT 7/3)
  • nailuv Gel Nails, Toppik Thinning Hair Solutions (Sale begins 8am PT 7/4)
  • Hot Tools Salon Double Barrel Curling Iron, Pixi & POP Beauty, Purity of Elements Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 7/5)
  • Sibu Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 7/6)

  • 360 Skin Care (Sale begins 9am PT 7/5)

June 28, 2013

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: June 2013

Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke: Honestly, I don't think I've ever heard a song that I've liked so much. It's a tad raunchy, but very motown-esque so it's something my parents and I can both agree on loving!

Tigi Runway Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo: This smells amazing and adds texture to hair without looking overly teased. Sometimes, I use it in my hair right after a shower even though there's no oil to be absorbed!

L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm 'Pink Cashmere 171': This is very moisturizing and sheer, but the color can build to a full wash of color, perfect for summer! It's not as heavy as a lipstick, but not quite as light as a lip balm.

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash: My skin type varies between dry and normal, and after going through a dry spell, I decided to switch from using any heavy perfumed body washes to something simpler. This does a great job of moisturizing my skin without feeling too heavy.

Revlon PhotoReady Foundation: I have been on the hunt for a good full coverage foundation for big events and days when I need a little more coverage compared to the BB Cream I've been using on a daily basis. It gives a good amount of coverage without feeling too heavy, and photographs beautifully just like it claims.

suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser: This was definitely the highlight of my June Birchbox. It smells like lemongrass and works into a foamy cleanser while exfoliating off dead skin.

Special K Chocolatey Delight Pastry Crisps: These are absolutely delicious! At only 100 calories, you won't feel guilty about eating them, no matter how good they taste!

Dress // Shoes // Earrings

Graduation was one of the most surreal days of my life, it's so weird to think that I'm done with high school forever and the past 3 years at my school flew by. When I was a freshman in high school I was very unhappy with my school so I decided to make a change by switching schools. This was one of the best decisions of my life because it literally changed everything. I was so happy my family came into town for graduation and I couldn't have graduated with a better group of girls. 

June 26, 2013

All Things Pretty: July Fourth

Sweet Treats & Fruity Drinks
Chocolate Dipped Pretzels // Fruity Iced Drink // Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Patriotic Clothes & Beauty Woahs

Reverse Americana Studded Denim Shorts // Patriotic Manicure // Free People Flag Scarf

Pretty Decor & Interior Designs

Ribbon Wreath // Glitter Star Wands // Burlap Candle Wraps

With the 4th of July quickly approaching, it seemed neccessary to post a few of my favorite clothes, treats, and decor ideas I've found via pinterest lately. Enjoy!

June 24, 2013

Manicure Monday: Color Club 'Mod in Manhattan'

Color Club's 'Mod in Manhattan' is a light shade of milky pink which applied opaque and evenly after two coats of polish. The color is a nice change from my typical baby-pink shades because it has a certain brightness to it.

Color Club's Wanderlust Collection is the latest collaboration with monthly-subscription service Birchbox. The collection is inspired by Birchbox's four international headquarters in Barcelona (Reign in Spain), New York (Mod in Manhattan), Paris (Pardon by French), and London (London Calling). These 'neon pastel' shades are available for $8 exclusively on Birchbox.com as a set of all four mini polishes.

June 23, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of June 23rd

  • So Fresh And So Clean (Sale begins 11am ET 6/23)
  • Blithe and Bonny (Sale begins 11am ET 6/24)
  • LashLove (Sale begins 11am ET 6/29)

  • Dr. Hauschka (Sale begins Noon ET 6/27)

  • Paula Dorf Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 6/23)
  • Somme Institute Transforming Skincare, Summer Scents (Sale begins 8am PT 6/24)
  • Pur Minerals (Sale begins 8am PT 6/25)
  • Manna Kadar Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 6/26) 
  • NuMe Style Hair Tools, Rodial Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 6/27)
  • Brush On Block, Crown Brush, Hot Tools Flat Iron (Sale begins 8am PT 6/28)
  • Evis Light Therapy, La Fresh (Sale begins 8am PT 6/29)

  • Amal Oils (Sale begins 9am PT 6/23)
  • $19 & Under: Posh Beauty Picks (Sale begins 9am PT 6/24)
  • Up To 65% Off: Luxury Haircare (Sale begins 9am PT 6/25)
  • Belli Skin Care, Style On: Must-Have Hair Tools (Sale begins 9am PT 6/26)
  • $25 & Under: Must-Have Beauty, Colorevolution, Made in USA: Nail Polish by Polish & Co. (Sale begins 9am PT 6/27)
  • Kevyn Aucoin Beauty (Sale begins 9am PT 6/28)

  • GLOSSYBOX: Redeem Online (Sale begins 8am ET 6/25)

June 22, 2013

Link Love: June 16-22

Spicy Grilled Chicken Salad with Avocado [Laura in the Kitchen]

30 Tie Front Shirts for Summer [Glamazon Diaries] just a little shameless self-promotion, i just starting writing for Glamazon Diaries, so make sure to check out the blog to see everything I'm writing about

A Real Person Tests 5 Wildly Popular Pinterest Beauty Tutorials [Buzzfeed]

Chinese Women Are Allegedly Wearing Hairy Stockings to Ward Off Perverts [The Jane Dough]

Nicole Kidman's 10 Most Dramatic Beauty Transformations [Style Bistro]

What Happened When I started A Feminist Society at School [Guardian News]

June 20, 2013

Build Your Basics: Sunny Day Shades

Quay Retro Sunglasses // Prada Baroque Round Sunglasses // Rebecca Minkoff Chelsea Sunglasses // Dior Ever 2 Sunglasses // Thierry Lasry Barely D-Frame Acetate and Metal Sunglasses // Prism Rio Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses // Giorgio Armani 54mm Round Sunglasses

Sunglasses are a summer must-have no matter where they are from, or what shape they are. Personally, I love the retro inspired style of cat-eye glasses (so Jackie O!) so I always have a pair on my eyes when I go out. Don't forget to make sure they have UVA and UVB protection to keep your eyes safe from the sun! 

June 18, 2013

Review: June 2013 Birchbox

This month's box includes:
Birchbox + Color Club Wanderlust Collection 'Mod in Manhattan'Exclusive neon pastel shades inspired by four of our favorite cities. Two coats will give you an opaque, glossy finish. 

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk- Beloved by celebs, this award-winning oil-buster revives second-day styles. Hold about 10 inches away from your head. Spray evenly on your roots.  

LAQA & Co Lil' Lip Duo- A Birchbox exclusive, these pencils have a creamy texture, satiny finish, and minty kick. One coat gets you a pretty wash of color; two gives you a serious pop. 

suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser- Two-in-one cleanser and exfoliator that magically lathers and smells deliciously lemony. Massage a nickel-sized amount onto damp skin, then rinse. 

Lifestyle Extra: twistband Birchbox Nautical Hair Tie CollectionSeaworthy hair ties that will charm even the landlubbers among us. secure ponytails or buns, or just wear on your wrist. 

Check out Birchbox:

June 16, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of June 16th

  • Sexy Summer Hair: Alterna & H2Pro (Sale begins Noon ET 6/20)
  • Deborah Lippmann (Sale begins Noon ET 6/21)

  • Zirh Men's Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 6/16)
  • LaLicious Bath & Body, NYX Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 6/17)
  • Mario Badescu (Sale begins 8am PT 6/18)
  • CARGO Cosmetics, Whish (Sale begins 8am PT 6/19)
  • Blend Mineral Cosmetics, GO SMiLE (Sale begins 8am PT 6/20)
  • Hautelook & Nordstrom Summer Beauty Bag, Orly & SpaRitual Nail Color, Wonderbar All-In-One Cleansing Bar (Sale begins 8am PT 6/21)

  • Nature's Shea Butter (Sale begins 9am PT 6/17)
  • Beaute Basics (Sale begins 9am PT 6/18)
  • Tanda Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 6/19)
  • Beauty Genius: Scientific Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 6/20)
  • Get Glowing: Summer Makeup (Sale begins 9am PT 6/21)
  • Botanical Beauty: Natural Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 6/22)

June 13, 2013

Recipe: Bountiful Blueberry Muffins

This is one of my most commonly made recipes, and for good reason. These are yogurt-based muffins so they are lighter than most muffins and are always a crowd-pleaser whether it's for a light breakfast or late brunch. 

June 9, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of June 9th

  • HerStyler (Sale begins 11am ET 6/9)
  • Vitagoods (Sale begins 11am ET 6/12)
  • wHet Nail Laquer (Sale begins 11am ET 6/13)

  • Ahava: Dead Sea Skincare (Sale begins Noon ET 6/10)
  • Laura Mercier, Quasar Pro: Light Therapy Devices (Sale begins Noon ET 6/13)

  • Vivant Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 6/9)
  • Laura Mercier, skyn ICELAND Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 6/10)
  • Alterna Haircare (Sale begins 8am PT 6/11)
  • MD Lash Factor, Orly Gel Nails (Sale begins 8am PT 6/12)
  • Fun Hair Styling: Chalk & Ties, Ouidad (Sale begins 8am PT 6/13)
  • Belletto Studio, Layla Nails (Sale begins 8am PT 6/14)
  • gLOVEtreat (Sale begins 8am PT 6/15)

  • Dermedicine (Sale begins 9am PT 6/9)
  • Summer Locks: Haircare Must-Haves (Sale beigns 9am PT 6/10)
  • DDF Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 6/11)
  • Parisien Skincare: Votre Vu (Sale begins 9am PT 6/12)
  • Crystal Peel: Microdermabrasion (Sale begins 9am PT 6/13)

  • Beauty Picks: For Skin, Hair, & Makeup (Sale begins 8am ET 6/12)

June 8, 2013

Link Love: June 2-8

Haul: MAC, Sephora, & more! June 2013 [amarixe]

Go Nuts With This Nutritional Breakdown [fitSugar]

Halfway Homemade: PB & Pretzel Brownies [A Beautiful Mess]

Judging Others' Feet in the Nail Salon: Are You Guilty of This Pedicure Habit? [Girls in the Beauty Department]

Kate Middleton Wears Jenny Packham and a Neat Hairdo for the Queen's 60th Anniversary Coronation [Fashionista]

The 2013 CFDA Awards: Some Gorgeous Dresses, Some 'Meh' Dresses, and Some Dresses That Made Us Run Away Screaming in Terror [Betty Confidential]

June 6, 2013

Glam It Yourself: Revive Your Hair-Do

In need of some hair restoration for summer? Do any of the following adjectives describe your hair? Try these treatments!

Dull and Drab? Try this Banana Deep Treatment...

-1 over ripe banana
Mash the banana until a creamy paste and apply to wet or dry hair. Leave in for 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly running a wide tooth comb through your hair to remove the banana. Shampoo and condition as normal after.

Greasy and Gross? Try this Herbal Shampoo...

-1/2 cup distilled water
-2 oz. liquid castile soap
-4 tsp. dried mint
-1 tsp. dried sage
-2/3 cup regular shampoo
Combine water and liquid soap before adding dried mint + sage and adding regular shampoo. Wash your hair with the shampoo before conditioning as usual. 

Damaged and Dry? Try this Avocado Deep Conditioner...

-2 eggs
-2 tbsp. olive oil
-1/2 ripe avocado
-2 oz. water
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and with your fingers apply to dry hair and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and shampoo as usual. 

Frizzy and Fried? Try this Rose-Oil Mask...

-1/2 cup coconut oil
-2 tbsp. rose water
-1/2 cup mixed fresh flower petals (rose, jasmine, etc)
Boil the coconut oil, rose water, and petals for three minutes in a pan. Let the mixture cool, strain it, and massage into your scalp. Wrap hair in a towel in 20 minutes before washing it out.

Flat and Firm? Try this Mint Tonic...

-2 oz. witch hazel
-2 oz. mouthwash
Mix ingredients together and apply the liquid to your scalp with a cotton ball. Massage into your scalp for five minutes and then shampoo and condition as usual. 

Recipes originally seen in Seventeen Magazine April 2013

June 4, 2013

Gift Guide: Gifts for Grad 2013

Tis the season for graduation, a time for change for many young adults, including me! I can't believe I graduate from high school in 8 days. The past 4 years of high school have been some of the most challenging and exciting years of my life, next year I'm headed to Boston to study at Emerson College and I couldn't be more excited to start this new chapter of my life. Here are a few gifts for the grad in your life, but don't forget you can't go wrong with a check, savings bond, or gift card to their local dorm room go-to shop. 

June 2, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of June 2nd

  • Quasar Pro: Light Therapy Devices (Sale begins Noon ET 6/3)
  • Beauty Finds Under $50 (Sale begins Noon ET 6/5)
  • Clairins (Sale begins Noon ET 6/6)
  • BY TERRY (Sale begins Noon ET 6/7)

  • Smile Sciences (Sale begins 8am PT 6/2)
  • Urban Decay (Sale begins 8am PT 6/3)
  • Terax Haircare (Sale begins 8am PT 6/4)
  • Serge Normant Haircare (Sale begins 8am PT 6/5)
  • FACE atelier Cosmetics, Trend Tweeze (Sale begins 8am PT 6/6)
  • Brilliance New York, intelliWHiTE, V. Swish (Sale begins 8am PT 6/7)
  • Booty Parlor (Sale begins 8am PT 6/8)
  • Belvada: Innovative Beauty (Sale begins 9am PT 6/3)
  • Luxury French Skincare: Votre Vu (Sale begins 9am PT 6/4)
  • Beach Beauty: Bronzers SPF & More, Panier Des Sens (Sale begins 9am PT 6/5)
  • Summer Scents: Fragrances For Her (Sale begins 9am PT 6/6)
  • The Makeup Vanity: Palettes & Kits (Sale begins 9am PT 6/7)

  • AHAVA (Sale begins 8am ET 6/3)