October 31, 2013

Sweet Sale: Butter London Friends & Family Sale

Butter London's Friends & Family Sale has begun! Take advantage of 30% off your order now through Sunday evening with code FFHOLIDAY

October 30, 2013

Style Icons: Whitney Port

Whitney Port is a city-girl who knows street style, especially in the colder months, and I've envied her casual style since her days on The Hills, but when she hit The City, her style transformed from So-Cal cool to city-chic.

P.S. I met her last April, read about it here.

October 28, 2013

Manicure Monday: OPI 'Princesses Rule!'

This sheer pale pink shimmery shade is perfect for making your nails look polished, your fingers look elongated, while still giving you some sparkle. While I love this shade, it's a hassle to apply and take off! The picture shown here was only acheived after applying 4-5 coats and I know taking it off will be a hassle and a lot of cotton pads will be wasted trying to take off the fine glitter.

Buy it here.

October 27, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of October 27th

  • Buyers' Picks: 75 Beauty Must-Haves (Sale begins Noon ET 10/30)
  • Mario Badescu, Philip B (Sale begins Noon ET 10/31)
  • Beauty Gift Sets (Sale begins Noon ET 11/2)

  • La Fresh, Lucy B's Apothecary, philosophy Best Sellers Collection Set (Sale begins 8am PT 10/27)
  • HauteLook Fall Beauty Bag, Molton Brown, ybf Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 10/28)
  • Kinerase Pro, Lord & Berry Cosmetics, MyChelle Dermaceuticals (Sale begins 8am PT 10/29)
  • Pur Minerals, Riiviva Microdermabrasion Device (Sale begins 8am PT 10/30)
  • Metropolis Hair Tools (Sale begins 1pm PT 10/30)
  • Bioelements Skincare, e.l.f. Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 10/31)
  • Forsaken Inspired by True Blood (Sale begins 1pm PT 10/31)
  • Belletto Studio Beauty Basics Kit, Best-Selling Fragrances For Fall, CARGO, Crown Brush (Sale begins 8am PT 11/1)
  • Herstyler Hair Tools, Skinn Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 11//2)

  • Votre Vu: French Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 10/30)
  • Toss It In Your Tote: On-The-Go Beauty (Sale begins 4pm PT 10/30)
  • Makeup Bag Must-Haves, Votre Vu: French Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 10/31)
  • Skincare 101: Advanced Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 11/2)

  • Oscar Blandi (Sale begins 8am ET 10/30)

October 26, 2013

Link Love: October 20-26

NYC Apartment Tour [PinkBeautyBliss]

Career 101: Interviewing [Cupcakes and Cashmere]

Fashion Pumpkins! 7 Gourds Get Facelifts [Refinery 29]

Here's How Alcohol Wrecks Your Skin... And How To Choose The Least Damaging Drink [Huff Post Style]

LUSH Holiday 2013 Bath Bombs, Bubble Bars, and Gift Reviews & Photos [Temptalia]

The 7 Networking Mistakes We All Make By Accident [College Candy]

October 24, 2013

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: October 2013

Hold on We're Going Home by Drake: I'm loving all of Drake's new album, but this song specifically has been on constant repeat while I've been studying for mid-terms this month.

POP Beauty Aqua 'Flowering Fuschia' Lacquer: I received this in my October Birchbox and I've been using it almost every day this month when I haven't been using my other favorite gloss (see below!) It is super lightweight and the color is very buildable.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer: I've been switching out lots of my favorite high-end items for more affordable drugstore items, and this is pretty close to the Benefit POREfessional primer which has been one of my must-have items for years!

NYC Big Bold Plumping 'Pleasantly Plump Pink' Lip Gloss: This does an awesome job of plumping your lips! Although it doesn't add much color to my lips, it looks glossy without being overwhelming.

Clearasil Refreshing Superfruit Wash: Another item I received in my Influenster Varsity VoxBox, this face wash is awesome! Not only does it smell like candy, but it works amazing at clearing up any breakouts and in the morning this is very refreshing and foamy on your skin.

MAC Love Rock Mineralize Duo Blush: I've rediscovered my love for this blush (mainly because of its positioning in my traincase) which was one of my first high end makeup purchases a few years ago.

Trader Joes Cookie & Cocoa Swirl Butter: Hands down my favorite new food item. I've been eating this with a spoon when I'm stressed out (which is often) and I know it's a bad habit, but I can't help it, it's so good!

I'm so thankful I was able to go home during my college's parents weekend. I know it's unconventional to go home on a weekend that parents are supposed to visit you, but it worked out much better for everyone if I came home since it was my younger sisters homecoming weekend and I was able to watch her cheer at the football game and help her get ready for the homecoming dance.

October 22, 2013

At Home: Spookify Your Space

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Happy (almost) Halloween! Enjoy these few quick ideas on how to spookify your space this season!

October 20, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of October 20th

  • Luxe Locks: Philip B & Thairapy365 (Sale begins Noon ET 10/21)
  • Top Pro Beauty Tools (Sale begins Noon ET 10/23)
  • Bridal Beauty Essentials (Sale begins Noon ET 10/26)

  • M LAB Skincare, Zirh Men's Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 10/20)
  • Dr. Brandt Skincare, Korres Natural Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 10/21)
  • Betsey Johnson Fragrances, Osmotics Cosmeseuticals Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 10/22)
  • Argan Magic Haircare (Sale begins 8am PT 10/23)
  • Hair Tools Blowout (Sale begins 8am PT 10/24)
  • NP Set (Sale begins 1pm PT 10/24)
  • LORAC Little Lace Palettes, ORA Derma Roller System, StriVectin (Sale begins 8am PT 10/25)
  • ISO Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 10/26)

  • $49 & Under: Fragrance, Fall Fragrances: Warm & Sweet, Panier Des Sens: Bath & Body, Sweet as Posy: Floral Fragrances (Sale begins 9am PT 10/21)
  • Beaute Basics: Palettes & Brushes, Radiant Skin: New Mom Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 10/23)
  • $25 & Under: 25 Top Beauty Picks (Sale begins 9am PT 10/26)

October 17, 2013

Review: October 2013 Birchbox

This month's box includes:
Alison Raffaele Reality Base FoundationOil-free, weightless coverage that improves skin thanks to a patented antioxidant cocktail. Blend gently all over your face with fingertips, brush, or sponge. 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser- UK favorite that uses a two-step ritual to purify and exfoliate. Massage into skin. With muslin cloth, wipe off gently in small circles, from the center out. 

Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloth- Ditch your harsh exfoliator and use this pure muslin cloth, which gently polishes skin. Rinse with warm water and wipe off cleanser. Hang to dry. 

POP Beauty 'Flowering Fuchsia' Aqua Lacquer- A British makeup pro created this sheer gloss, which plumps and hydrates with jojoba oil. The cute paddle-style applicator makes for precise lines. 

Birchbox Finds: ChapStick Hydration Lock- When our gold standard for lip care - ChapStick - develops new 8-hour moisture technology that's definitely a breakthrough worth sharing. New ChapStick Hydration Lock is clinically proven to moisturize lips, from 9-5. It also doubles as a lip primer and comes chock full of damage-defending antioxidants like CoQ10 and Vitamin E. So swipe it on-and lock that moisture down. 

Check out Birchbox:

October 15, 2013

Crave or Save: Chunky Knits

Baby it's cold outside- well at least in Boston it is, and I'm loving the sweater weather! What's your favorite way to rock a sweater?

October 13, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of October 13th

  • Tweezerman (Sale begins Noon ET 10/14)
  • Laura Mercier (Sale begins Noon ET 10/16)

  • Blend Mineral Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 10/14)
  • Hairdo & POP, nailuv Gel Nails (Sale begins 8am PT 10/15)
  • Eve Pearl (Sale begins 8am PT 10/16)
  • Hydroxatone Anti-Aging Skincare (Sale begins 1pm PT 10/16)
  • Alterna Haircare, Proliss (Sale begins 8am PT 10/17)
  • France Luxe, MicrodermMD Microdermabrasion System, Vincent Longo Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 10/18)
  • Alice & Peter Fragrances, Bellezza 1.25" Steam Flat Iron, Costume National Fragrances (Sale begins 8am PT 10/19)

  • Kevyn Aucoin (Sale begins 9am PT 10/16)
  • $25 & Under: Skincare & Haircare, Ayres: Bath & Body, Top Hair Tools: T3, GHD & More (Sale begins 9am PT 10/17)
  • $25 & Under: Bath & Body Bliss, Nail Polish by Polish & Co. (Sale begins 9am PT 10/18)
  • BeautySage: Redeem Online (Sale begins 8am ET 10/13)

October 12, 2013

Link Love: October 6-12

5 Things to Try This October 2013 [Birchbox]

7 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Change The Way You Dress To Please A Guy [Gurl]

Breaking News: Gwen Stefani by OPI [Queen of the Quarter Life Crisis]

Gilded Garvest Place Cards [Cupcakes & Cashmere]

Sassy Smoking Slippers for Fall [For Chic Sake]

Stuart Weitzman x Kate Moss [Miss Whoever You Are]

October 11, 2013

Fall 2013 Trend Report: Comic Story

This comic trend has been huge for the past several months and will be even bigger in the fall. Check out a few of my top picks for the colder months. 

October 9, 2013

Polished Perfectly Turns Four!

Today, I turned 4 years old... well my blog did anyway. I began writing this blog as a freshman in high school as something for fun, and now as a freshman in college it has helped me get into college, and land positions on my schools fashion magazine, Her Campus chapter, and Fashion Society, among other things. I hope that my blog continues to grow and cheers to another 4 years!

October 7, 2013

Manicure Monday: Essie 'Van d'Go'

This light peachy pink polish is super cute for any season. It applies opaquely with just one coat, but two makes it look less streaky and glossy.

Buy it here.

October 6, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of October 6th

  • Dr. Hauschka (Sale begins Noon ET 10/10)
  • Luxe Hair Tools & Products (Sale begins Noon ET 10/11)

  • Best Teeth Bleaching, Purity of Elements Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 10/6)
  • blowpro, Conair Personal Care (Sale begins 8am PT 10/7)
  • skyn ICELAND, UV Nails (Sale begins 8am PT 10/8)
  • Hydroderm Skincare, LashFood DermaFood & iLashCare (Sale begins 8am PT 10/9)
  • BIBASQUE Hair Tools, JUARA Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 10/10)
  • Belletto Studio Airbrush Makeup (Sale begins 8am PT 10/11)
  • HerStyler Tourmaline Pro Hair Dryer 9Sale begins 8am PT 10/12)

  • Fall Transition: Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 10/6)
  • Scent-Sational: Perfumes (Sale begins 9am PT 10/8)

October 3, 2013

Dorm Tour 2013

Keep your closet clean! Get skinny hangers that have built-in cascading hooks on them to stack your clothes and create space (i.e. huggable hangers). Also put shoes and other items on the bottom such as shoes.
p.s. count the stripes! if you can't tell I have a bit of an addiction to striped tops :)

Decorate your space! These awkward gray squares are built into the windows so I am using it as an inspiration board with various magazine clippings. Posters are also a great way to spruce up plain walls!

Decorate your space! I love the look of my desk with pretty things on it that I love like perfume, nail polish, jewelry, and pictures.

Utilize under your bed! As you can see (hopefully) I lofted my bed with risers to give me a little more space for food, shower products, shoes, and an under bed storage container that holds sweatshirts and towels that are too bulky for drawers.

Take advantage of every bit of space you have! I used the top of my wardrobe to store miscellaneous items like extra shaving creams, cleaning supplies, my mini steamer, and more. 

October 1, 2013

Review: Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub

Clean & Clear's Blackhead Eraser Scrub ($4.99 for 5 oz.) is a unique multi-action exfoliator with bursting beads to clear the max amount of dirt, oil, and dead skin from pores.
Three sizes of multi-action beads exfoliate gently to remove impurities from pores. Salicyclic acid, a tough acne fighting ingredient works on clearing breakouts and preventing new ones from occurring.
The scrub works great at leaving your skin visibly and feeling smoother than it was before. It's also inexpensive and is gentle but still gets the job done.