August 31, 2013

Link Love: August 25-31

DIY Ribbon Shoe Laces: Cute + Easy! [amarixe]

9 British High Street Brands You Should Know [Style Bistro]

10 Celebs We're Pretty Sure Have Found the Fountain of Youth [Betty Confidential]

Essie to Launch Professional Gel Manicure That Won't Damage Nails [Beauty High]

Fabulous Kids Get Their Own Show at Fashion Week [The Cut]

Secretly Healthy Black Bean Chocolate Protein Truffles [Ambitious Kitchen]

August 30, 2013

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: August 2013

Holy Grail by Jay Z: How great is this song? The whole album in general is worth listening to, but this is definitely my number 1 pick.

Maybelline Clean Express Classic Eye Makeup Remover: I know I'm pretty lazy when it comes to removing makeup, so that's why this month two of my favorites have to do with taking off my makeup rather than putting it on. This breaks down eye makeup without irritating your eye area and removes it all without leaving black streaks under your eyes.

MAC Era Eyeshadow: Honestly, I don't do much new makeup shopping unless I'm out of something or I have found something on a great sale. The Back to MAC Program is one of the best out there, just use 6 products bring them back to a store or counter and get a free lipstick, lipgloss, or eyeshadow depending on where you go. This has been my go-to color since picking it up for a quick all over lid color that isn't too dark or too light.

Simple Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes:  As an oily skin sufferer, I constantly need to blot and reapply powder to keep my skin looking fresh. For days when I don't wear makeup and my skin starts feeling a little oily throughout the day, these are a great pick-me-up, but they also work well removing your makeup.

Miss Dior Cherie Perfume: One of my all-time favorite scents that I recently re-fell in love with, this smells deliciously sophisticated without being too heavy.

lululemon fly away tamer headbands: I love working out, and these headbands pull together all of my workout ensembles. Although my hair is pretty straight and frizz/flyaway free, when I work out all the little pieces come out to play. This keeps any fly away's away (hence the name) because of grips that stick to your hairline and prevent that area from getting sweaty.

Brookside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Pieces: My mom got me hooked on these, and I recently picked up a giant bag from Costco that I'm sure will last me a while. They're the perfect nighttime snack without making you feel too guilty, because it's fruit and dark chocolate and tastes so good!

How could my favorite moment of the month not be moving to college? Of course I'm sad to leave my family and life in Philadelphia behind me, but I couldn't be more excited to be spending the next four years in Boston! I have only been here for a few days so the above pictures are a work in progress of my dorm and a few shots around the city, but make sure to follow me on instagram and twitter to see more photos and find out more about what I'm up to! 

August 26, 2013

Manicure Monday: Essie 'French Affair'

Essie's French Affair may just be my all-time favorite nail polish! It's a pale pink with cool undertones and a cream finish that looks beautiful on your nails! The shade isn't ultra bright but on the more pastel side so it looks sleek all year round.

Buy it here

August 25, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of August 25th

  • Meow Meow Tweet (Sale begins 4pm ET 8/28)

  • Bioelements Skincare, Riiviva Microdermabrasion Device (Sale begins 8am PT 8/25)
  • David Evangelista Haircare, Stila (Sale begins 8am PT 8/26)
  • Conair Personal Electrics, DermaHeal (Sale begins 8am PT 8/27)
  • Pixi & POP Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 8/28)
  • Polish & Co, SpaRitual Nailcare Essentials (Sale begins 8am PT 8/29)
  • Burberry Fragrances, Crown Brush, philosophy Best Sellers Collection Set (Sale begins 8am PT 8/30)
  • Brilliance New York, La Fresh (Sale begins 8am PT 8/31)

  • I Coloniali (Sale begins 9am PT 8/25)
  • Dead Sea Spa Care (Sale begins 9am PT 8/26)
  • $25 & Under: Eyes Lips & More, $25 & Under: Sumptuous Skincare, Hydroxatone: Rejuvenating Skincare, Up to 70% Off: Beauty (Sale begins 9am PT 8/29)
  • Back to Basics: Cleansers & Moisturizers, Lovely Locks: Haircare Must-Haves, Smooth Hydration: Body Moisturizers, Windows to the Soul: Eyecare (Sale begins 9am PT 8/30)

August 22, 2013

Outfit: Pretty in Peplum

As I say my goodbyes preparing to go off to college this week, I went out to grab a quick brunch with family. I love this top (I got it for over 60% off at Bloomingdales) especially because I never thought I could pull off peplum, but it turns out that I can. The bright color paired with fun accessories was the perfect outfit for the occasion.

August 20, 2013

What to Wear Where: Weekend Getaway

Taking one last weekend trip for Labor Day Weekend before getting into the swing of school. Above are a few essentials that you should make sure you don't forget before your trip!

August 18, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of August 18th

  • Handy, Handsome Essentials (Sale begins 4pm ET 8/20)
  • Foreign Beauty (Sale begins 4pm ET 8/21)

  • Get Gorgeous Hair: Sedu & Philip B (Sale begins Noon ET 8/21)
  • Kate Somerville (Sale begins Noon ET 8/22)
  • Go Smile Teeth Whitening (Sale begins Noon ET 8/23)

  • Purely Pro Cosmetics, Smile Sciences (Sale begins 8am PT 8/18)
  • Hydroxatone Anti-Aging Skincare, Keranique (Sale begins 8am PT 8/19)
  • Eve Pearl, Jose Eber (Sale begins 8am PT 8/20)
  • Belletto Studio, reVive LED Light Therapy (Sale begins 8am PT 8/21)
  • Osmosis Cosmeceuticals, tarte Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 8/22)
  • Game Day Men's Skincare, NuMe Style Hair Tools, ProBody Anti-Cellulite Massager System (Sale begins 8am PT 8/23)
  • Liquid Keratin, MyChelle Dermaceuticals (Sale begins 8am PT 8/24)

  • Soothing Scents: Aromatherapy and More (Sale begins 9am PT 8/18)
  • Dr. Brandt Skincare, For Mom and Baby: Basq Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 8/19)
  • Amal Oils, Belvada: Innovative Beauty (Sale begins 9am PT 8/21)
  • Bathing Beauty: Scrubs Soaps & More, Breakout Busters: Anti-Acne Skincare, Votre Vu: Parisian Cosmetics (Sale begins 9am PT 8/23)
  • Perfect Your Look: Makeup Brushes, Nature's Shea Butter, The Makeup Vanity: Up to 70% Off (Sale begins 9am PT 8/24)

August 17, 2013

Link Love: August 11-17

Healthy School Lunch Ideas! [breelovesbeauty]

First Look: CoverGirl Catches Fire With 'The Hunger Games'-Inspired Capitol Collection [Betty Confidential]

"Mademoiselle C" New Documentary On Carine Roitfield [TrendLand]

The Funniest Tweets From #SadGoogleSearches [College Candy]

Trendsetter of the Week: Lily Collins [WWD]

You Must Now Be 18 or Older to Buy Nail Polish Remover from CVS [Fashionista]

August 15, 2013

Review: August 2013 Birchbox

This month's box includes:
Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer- Oil-free lotion hydrates oily and blemish-prone skin with natural antioxidants and hyluronic acid. Morning and night, apply a thin layer to clean face, neck, and décolleté. 

LA Fresh Oil-Free Face Cleanser- Oil-free, fragrance-free, biodegradable wipes that remove makeup, dirt, and oil in a flash. Sweep over face and neck whenever you need a pick-me-up.

ModelCo Party Proof 'Red Velvet' Lipstick- A semi-matte lipstick that delivers both hydration and lasting pigment. One coat will do, but feel free to layer it on for extra richness. 

uniqONE Hair Treatment- Leave-in treatment with 10 benefits that makes hair smoother, shinier, and healthier. Spritz 7-8 inches from locks and detangle with comb. Style as usual. 

Beauty Extra: WEI Pomegranate Buffing BeadsNatural scrub that uses finely ground pomegranate peels to brighten and declog skin. Mix a packet of scrub with a quarter-sized amount of your daily cleanser. 

Check out Birchbox:

August 13, 2013

Review: Soap & Glory Pulp-Friction Foamy Fruity Body Scrub

Soap & Glory's Pulp-Friction Foamy Fruity Body Scrub ($20 for 8.4 oz.) is a foamy and fruity-scented body scrub by British cult brand Soap & Glory.

So, "was her surreal, velvety smooth skin simply the product of Pulp-Friction?"

The scrub features Soap & Glory's Fruitigo Fragrance (this scent is also used in Foam Call Dual-Use Shower and Bath Body Wash, and Butter Yourself Smoothing Body Cream) which includes notes of frozen yuzu, orange oil, green fig, and jungle pomelo essence which leaves your skin deliciously scented like a tropical vacation.

The clay based formula combines fig powder, pumice, peppermint oil, lemonade tree liquid, orange waterjuice, and vitaminballs A, C, and E to create a foamy exfoliating scrub.

The scrub is not super harsh because it's pumice bits are fairly small but that doesn't mean it doesn't get the job done! It smooths off dead skin to leave your skin feeling soft and smelling good.

August 11, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of August 11th

  • R. Cooper (Sale begins 4pm ET 8/13)
  • Let Your Hair Down! (Sale begins 4pm ET 8/14)

  • NuFace: Facial Toning Device (Sale begins Noon ET 8/13)
  • Philip B: Luxury Haircare (Sale begins Noon ET 8/14)

  • Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 8/10)
  • Elchim Hair Tools, UV Nails (Sale begins 8am PT 8/11)
  • AHAVA Skincare, Blend Mineral Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 8/12)
  • Hot Tools, Ouidad (Sale begins 8am PT 8/13)
  • keeki: Pure & Simple Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 8/14)
  • CARGO Cosmetics, Erno Laszlo Classics (Sale begins 8am PT 8/15)
  • Baby Quasar, Calvin Klein Fragrances, Elizabeth Grant Skincare, ReFa PRO (Sale begins 8am PT 8/16)
  • Forsaken Inspired by True Blood, Miss Oops (Sale begins 8am PT 8/17)

  • 29 Cosmetics, Favorite Fragrances for Women (Sale begins 9am PT 8/12)
  • $25 & Under: Bath & Body Picks (Sale begins 9am PT 8/13)
  • One Time Only:  Up to 60% off DDF, Up to 70% Off: Luxury Cosmetics (Sale begins 9am PT 8/15)
  • Clear Complexion: Tanda Skincare, Goldfaden: Anti-Aging Skincare, Polish & Co (Sale begins 9am PT 8/16)
  • Amal Oils, Fountain of Youth: Anti-Aging Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 8/17)

August 9, 2013

Dorm Room Essentials

P.S. I wrote two articles for Glamazon Diaries about clothes, accessories, shoes, and more that you should bring to college. Read the articles '20 Fashionable Items to Pack for College' and '10 Must-Haves for Every College Student'.

August 5, 2013

Manicure Monday: Sinful Colors 'Island Coral'

How pretty is this color! It's a pinky-shade of coral with a bit of a jelly finish. It applied opaquely and evenly with two coats, which I had doubted after experiences with other Sinful Colors polishes in the past that I was less than impressed with.

It lasted for several days with no chips (obviously when paired with a top and base coat). This color is absolutely gorgeous for summer!

Buy it here.

August 4, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of August 4th

  • Thairapy365 & Gloss Moderne (Sale begins Noon ET 8/5)
  • Dr. Brandt Skincare (Sale begins Noon ET 8/7)

  • Brush On Block, Lucy B's Apothecary (Sale begins 8am PT 8/4)
  • Koh Gen Do (Sale begins 8am PT 8/5)
  • Naked Princess (Sale begins 8am PT 8/6)
  • LashFood DermaFood & iLashCare, Priti NYC (Sale begins 8am PT 8/7)
  • HerStyler Hair Tools, LORAC, StriVectin (Sale begins 8am PT 8/8)
  • COOLA Suncare (Sale begins 8am PT 8/9)

  • Dermedicine (Sale begins 9am PT 8/6)
  • $25 & Under: Chic Cosmetics (Sale begins 9am PT 8/7)

August 3, 2013

Link Love: July 28-August 3

Career Advice: Breaking into the PR Industry [PinkBeautyBliss]

Grapefruit Cake [Cupcakes and Cashmere]

Hair Sculpting 101 [Into The Gloss]

'Mini-Me' With High Heels of Her Own [New York Times]

"Orange is the New Black" Makeup Artist Explains the Dark Circles and "Drab" Transformations [Beauty High]

What Happened When My Son Wore A Pink Headband To Walmart [Huff Post Parents]

August 1, 2013

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: July 2013

Crooked Smile by J.Cole: J. Cole is one of my all time favorite rappers (I even saw him in concert this month on the 4th of July and he did not disappoint!) The song has a good message about nobody being perfect and not to worry about what people think, not to mention the song features TLC (hello, Waterfalls and No Scrubs anyone?)

DDF Acne Control Gel: I received this in my July Birchbox, and it soon became a favorite of mine. It works effectively at removing breakouts without leaving scars behind.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser: Originally I bought this for a makeup artistry gig I had this month, but of course I had to try it myself to make sure it was ok, and it totally is! Thankfully, I don't have under-eye circles or a puffy under-eye area, but my blue veins are definiely visible without concealer. This covers the under-eye veins and still looks natural while also brightening my eye area.

Benefit Sugarbomb Blush: I've had this blush for quite some time, but I had never given it a lot of attention until recently and I'm really enjoying it's light yet highlighting color.

Revlon Super Lustrous Pinkissimo Gloss: I absolutely love this gloss! I got it for a really good deal at CVS too which didn't make me feel guilty about getting it (it was $1!). It's glittery without being chunky and the color lasts a good amount of time!

Soap & Glory Pulp-Friction Foamy Fruity Body Scrub: This scrub exfoliates well and leaves your skin feeling smooth and hydrated after. It also smells absolutely amazing and is a perfect summer scent that stays on your skin post-shower.

Yopliat Strawberries 'n Bananas Light Yogurt: This yogurt is super yummy and I love eating it either with my breakfast, or lunch, or as a snack. During the school year it's harder to eat yogurt for lunch because it would never stay cold, so it's a good summer treat!