September 29, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of September 29th

  • Ahava Skincare: Dead Sea Minerals (Sale begins Noon ET 9/30)
  • Dr. Hauschka (Sale begins Noon ET 10/2)
  • T3: Luxe Styling Tools (Sale begins Noon ET 10/3)

  • Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories, LORAC (Sale begins 8am PT 9/29)
  • NuFACE Facial Toning Devices, Stila (Sale begins 8am PT 9/30)
  • Koh Gen Do, Mario Badescu (Sale begins 8am PT 10/1)
  • Pure Brazilian Keratin Treatment (Sale begins 8am PT 10/2)
  • TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup (Sale begins 1pm PT 10/2)
  • Urban Decay (Sale begins 8am PT 10/3)
  • Erno Lazlo (Sale begins 1pm PT 10/3)
  • Betsey Johnson Too Too Pretty, Men's Best-Selling Fragrances, NUXE Skincare, Tarina Tarantino Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 10/4)
  • China Glaze Nail Polish, NuMe Style Hair Tools (Sale begins 8am PT 10/5)

  • Tanda Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 10/1)
  • Hydroxatone: Rejuvenating Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 10/2)

September 28, 2013

Link Love: September 22-28

My Jewelry and Perfume Collection [AllThatGlitters21]

How to Network (Successfully) [College Prep]

I Just Had Sex: The Faux Post-O Glow [Into The Gloss]

Is Rick Owens' 2014 Spring/Summer Fashion Line Racist? [College Candy]

The 6 Best Looks from Milan Fashion Week [Daily Beauty Reporter]

Why It's So Incredibly Expensive to Be a Woman These Days [Beauty High]

September 26, 2013

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: September 2013

Sail by AWOLNATION: After hearing lots of people at my school sing this and I didn't know it I felt out of the loop, now I can't get enough!

Maybelline One-by-One Waterproof Mascara: This is great for my long days of classes so I don't have to worry about re-applying or smudging. 

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45: I received a sample of this in my Birchbox this month and I loved every last bit of it! It does a great job of covering and leaving my skin feeling light.

MAC Fabby Lipstick: This lip color is the perfect neutral with a hint of mauve for fall and isn't too dark or too light.

Nivea Vanilla & Macademia Kiss Lip Butter: This balm is super moisturizing and leaves my lips feeling hydrated in the cool weather.

Brandy Melville Mid-Finger Rings: These are super cute and really easy to throw a ton on without looking over-done. 

Vitamin Water ZERO Power-C Typically, I only drink water, chocolate milk, and coffee but this is too good! It's refreshing and makes me feel hydrated, plus it's like a fruity dessert at the end of the day without the calories.

What a crazy month it's been with my first 4 weeks of college already over! I'm loving exploring Boston and finding new and fun things to do. Some highlights of the month include late night trips to the North End to hit up Bova's Bakery, Mixfest by 104.1 where I saw The Backstreet Boys (again!), Gavin DeGraw, and Of Monsters and Men, and joining the staff of Emerson College's Her Campus Chapter! 

September 22, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of September 22nd

  • Skincare Brands We Love (Sale begins Noon ET 9/24)
  • Amika Hair Tools (Sale begins Noon ET 9/26)
  • Paula Dorf Cosmetics (Sale begins Noon ET 9/28)

  • Million Dollar Tan, Terax Haircare (Sale begins 8am PT 9/22)
  • Laura Geller Beauty, Sephora by OPI (Sale begins 8am PT 9/23)
  • Clean Fragrance, Fusion Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 9/24)
  • reVive LED Light Therapy, Somme Institute Transforming Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 9/25)
  • Amir Argan Oil (Sale begins 1pm PT 9/26)
  • Orly Gel Nails, Three Custom Color Specialists (Sale begins 8am PT 9/26)
  • Crown Brush, DERMAdoctor Skincare, philosophy Best Sellers Collection Set (Sale begins 8am PT 9/27)
  • bmr Beauty Toning Devices, Sibu Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 9/28)

  • 360 Skin Care, Feminine & Elegant Fragrances (Sale begins 9am PT 9/23)
  • $19 & Under: Makeup Must-Haves, Fall Essentials: Makeup & Palettes, Forever Young: Anti-Aging Skincare, Skincare Picks: Face & Body, The Art of Bathing: Spa Essentials, Up to 75% Off: Luxury Beauty (Sale begins 9am PT 9/26)
  • Me! Bath (Sale begins 9am PT 9/28)

September 20, 2013

Review: September 2013 Birchbox

This month's box includes:
amika Obliphica Blow Up SprayLightweight mist that adds lift and major shine for the perfect blowout. Spray on damp hair before blow-drying. Use on dry hair to restyle or for light hold.

Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Cream SPF 45+- A cult favorite, this all-in-one provides light coverage, antiaging benefits, and mega SPF. Blend a nickel-sized amount onto clean skin, following with foundation if desired.

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips- Originally made for nursing moms, this ultrahydrating balm is a makeup artist fave. Dab onto parched lips, cuticles, and elbows as needed.

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara- Water-resistant formula that curls, adds volume, and has major staying power. Sweep the brush upward to coat your lashes.

RUFFIAN Nail Lacquer 'Hedge Fund'Metallic green from the fashion label's first lacquer collection. Exclusive to Birchbox! Apply two coats for a glossy finish, then share your #RuffianManicure!

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September 18, 2013

Currently Craving: Pretty Pajama's

1 // 2 // 3

Since I'm now a college student, I felt that more 'grown-up' pajama's were something to purchase before leaving home. These are all so adorable and make going to bed a much more pleasant experience. I can also attest that the second pair of boxers pictured are the most comfortable and complimented pajama's I own. (I have them in 5 patterns!)

September 16, 2013

Manicure Monday: OPI 'La Paz-Itively Hot'

How gorgeous is this hot pink shade by OPI? It's one of my favorite summer polishes because it's a bright shade without crossing over to neon. It has some blue undertones and looks amazing on nearly every skintone.

Buy it here.

September 15, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of September 15th

  • 40 Must-Have Beauty Finds (Sale begins Noon ET 9/16)
  • Get Flawless Skin with DERMAdoctor (Sale begins Noon ET 9/20)
  • Deborah Lippmann (Sale begins Noon ET 9/21)

  • ANSR Sole Callus Remover System, Sultra Professional Hair Care Tools (Sale begins 8am PT 9/15)
  • Dermovia Anti-Aging Systems, Lisa Hoffman Beauty Fragrance Jewelry (Sale begins 8am PT 9/16)
  • Embryolisse Skincare, Victorinox Fragrance (Sale begins 8am PT 9/17)
  • Kinerase Haircare, Mirabella Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 9/18)
  • Boyfriend Fragrances by Kate Walsh (Sale begins 1pm PT 9/18)
  • Booty Parlor (Sale begins 8am PT 9/19)
  • Rain Cosmetics, Serious Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 9/20)
  • Jeffrey James Organic Skincare, Nutraluxe MD (Sale begins 8am PT 9/21)

  • Crème de la Crème: Face and Body Creams (Sale begins 9am PT 9/15)
  • Calvin Klein Fragrances, Keranique Haircare (Sale begins 9am PT 9/16)
  • $25 & Under: Skincare, Haircare & More (Sale begins 9am PT 9/17)
  • Bulgari Fragrances, Panier Des Sens: Fruits & Florals (Sale begins 9am PT 9/18)
  • Beauty Elixir: Face Eye & Hair Serums, Givenchy Fragrances, Makari Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 9/20)
  • Carolina Herrera Fragrances, Panier Des Sens: Olive Oil & Honey (Sale begins 9am PT 9/21)

September 14, 2013

Link Love: September 8-14

Cinnamon Roll Pizza Recipe [Laura in the Kitchen]

15 Editor-Approved Matching Nail and Lip Combinations [Byrdie]

50 Breathtaking Snaps From Fashion Week [Refinery 29]

Anna Wintour's Net Worth: How Rich is She Really? [The Vivant]

Five Things You Should Know How to Do in a Pinch [The College Prep]

If Cher From "Clueluess" Had Instagram [Buzzfeed]

September 12, 2013

Recipe: Magnolia's Vanilla Cupcakes

Magnolia Bakery is known for their delicious cupcakes, so when I found their signature vanilla cupcake recipe online, I knew I had to try it out for myself! The cupcakes turned out delicious and trust me, you'll never go back to boxed mixes again because these are so easy to make!

September 8, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of September 8th

  • Vichy Skincare (Sale begins Noon ET 9/10)
  • GHD: Luxe Hair Tools (Sale begins Noon ET 9/11)
  • Gilt City Presents: Clarins (Sale begins Noon ET 9/13)
  • Gel Manicure Sets by Nailuv (Sale begins Noon ET 9/14)

  • Whitening Lightning (Sale begins 8am PT 9/8)
  • American Crew, Kevyn Aucoin (Sale begins 8am PT 9/9)
  • Billion Dollar Brows, BRAD Biophotonic Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 9/10)
  • BH Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 9/11)
  • ISO Beauty (Sale begins 1pm PT 9/11)
  • Fall Fragrances, gelliebeans Gel Nails (Sale begins 8am PT 9/12)
  • Luminess Air, MedPeel Skincare, MicrodermMD Microdermabrasion System (Sale begins 8am PT 9/13)

  • Oscar Blandi Salon Haircare (Sale begins 9am PT 9/8)
  • Designer Scents: American Edition, Designer Scents: European Edition, Fall 2013: The Smoky Eye - Shadows and Liners (Sale begins 9am PT 9/10)
  • Pamper Yourself: Bath & Body Favorites (Sale begins 9am PT 9/11)
  • Burberry Fragrances, Fall 2013: The Red Lip - Lipstick, Gloss & Stain (Sale begins 9am PT 9/13)

September 5, 2013

Feeling Good Inside & Out

As I try to find balance between the changes currently going on in my life associated with moving to college, these are a few tips that are guiding me along my journey and will hopefully be beneficial to you as well. 

Prioritize and Organize
-Prioritze everything from who you surround yourself with, to how you spend and make the most of your time. As a working college student who is also trying to have a social life, rush a sorority, and land an internship, I know all about multi-tasking and I haven't been in school that long. Make lists that you can keep on your phone and computer and break them down into what you have to do each day, organized in order of importance.
-Organization is one of the biggest keys to my success. I keep my room both at home and at school clean and know exactly where everything is. If you take something out, put it back when you're done with it, whether it's your clothes or your books. Also, storage containers, folders, drawer organizers, and more are your friends! Utilize your space big or small to be the most functional and organized.

Hydrate and Moisturize
-If the fact that without water you would die isn't enough to get you drinking water, how about how it clears your skin, can help you drop a few pounds with a fiber-rich diet, and works as a natural toxin in your body. I drink strictly water, coffee, and occasionally chocolate milk because soda just isn't my thing. Aside from being sugary, soda bloats your stomach because of all the air bubbles your swallowing. Water is truly the way to go, and if you get bored, use sugar-free flavoring.
-When I look at my mom's speckled skin from years of going in the sun, I'm appreciative for my pale damage-free skin. But wrinkles and stretch marks come up faster than you think. Moisturize your body every day with a natural moisturizer to prevent stretch marks, and 30 years down the line you'll be glad you did.

Strengthen and Nourish
-You don't have to be rail thin to be fit or in shape. Typically, I work out 1-1.5 hours 5x a week and spend equal amounts of time doing strength exercises (crunches, leg presses, bicep curls) and cardio (treadmill, elliptical). To make the time go faster, create a playlist you love to listen to during strength and bring something to occupy you during cardio such as a movie on your phone, a book or magazine, or even school work to make the most of your time.
-A healthy diet goes hand in hand with exercising. Fill your body with healthy fats such as nuts and avocado over sugary sweets. However, don't deprive yourself! If you're craving a milkshake, treat yourself! But make sure you balance out that milkshake with a salad and grilled chicken instead of a loaded burger.

P.S. Here's an amazing piece I recently read on about 20 Things You Need to Let Go of to be Happy.

September 3, 2013

Beauty Buzz: Back to School Beauty

Looking for the perfect back to school look that matches your style and personality? I've created 3 back to school beauty looks, that each only take a few minutes to create!


Inspired by the likes of classic starlets such as Marilyn Monroe? A clean face with bold lashes and bright lips is your go-to look.


For a quick pulled together look, double duty products are for you. Utilize your brow pencil as an eye liner, use light shadows for a cheekbone highlight, and stains for cheeks and lips.


Like a spiced up style with lots of studs and rock glam? Create a quick smoky eye with a jumbo pencil and brighten your cheeks with a peachy blush and a coordinating gloss.

September 1, 2013

Beauty Sales: Week of September 1st

  • Revolution Brushes (Sale begins Noon ET 9/3)
  • Nuxe Paris (Sale begins Noon ET 9/7)

  • Fahrenheit 1.25" Limited Edition Flat Iron Set (Sale begins 8am PT 9/1)
  • Neo Hair Tools, Spring 2013 HauteLook Beauty Bag Blowout (Sale begins 8am PT 9/2)
  • Dr. Brandt, It Factor Professional Haircare (Sale begins 8am PT 9/3)
  • NYX (Sale begins 8am PT 9/4)
  • Deep Cover Nail System (Sale begins 1pm PT 9/4)
  • Eva NYC, France Luxe Hair Accessories (Sale begins 8am PT 9/5)
  • Epilady (Sale begins 8am PT 9/7)

  • Botanical Beauty: Natural Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 9/7)