November 28, 2013

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: November 2013

Counting Stars by OneRepublic: This song is really catchy with a great beat and it's been on constant repeat this month.

LUSH Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter: After a recent trip to Lush, I decided to pick up an old favorite of mine, Lemony Flutter. It works wonders on dry hands and feet in this cold New England weather.

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips: This intensely moisturizing lip balm is one of the best out that I've tried. It's ultra hydrating before bed or at the beginning of the day to combat dry lips caused by dry fall air.

Revlon Just Bitten 'Cherish' Kissable Balm Stain: This has been my go-to lip color lately. It's moisturizing but provides a decent amount

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum: I got a sample of this at the beginning of the semester and I've been using it in place of my L'Anza Keratin Oil, and while I don't like it as much as that, this has been a nice change. 

Essie 'Topless and Barefoot' Nail Polish: This is one of my go-to shades all year round, but this month I've been wearing it a lot because it's super easy to touch up if there are any chips (which are rare). 

Whole Foods Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels: These are insanely decadent and relatively inexpensive since they are from Whole Foods (only $6.99 for 16 oz.)

November 26, 2013

Recipe: Monkey Squares

After trolling the pinterest Food section late at night, I came upon this delicious recipe. They looked too good and I knew I just had to try them out. These would make the perfect last minute addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table!

November 24, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of November 24th

  • GHD: Luxe Hair Tools (Sale begins Noon ET 11/25)
  • Glo Science Teeth Whitening (Sale begins Noon ET 11/26)
  • Blisslabs by Bliss Spa (Sale begins Noon ET 11/27)
  • Beauty Black Friday (Sale begins Midnight ET 11/28)

  • Booty Parlor, blinc, Smile Sciences (Sale begins 8am PT 11/24)
  • Serious Skincare, Serious Skincare EGG Facial Toning System, Sephora by OPI, Tanda Light Therapy (Sale begins 8am PT 11/25)
  • Lisa Hoffman Beauty Fragrance Jewelry, ProSonic (Sale begins 8am PT 11/26)
  • France Luxe, Swissco, theBalm (Sale begins 8am PT 11/27)
  • Burberry Fragrances, Kevyn Aucoin (Sale begins 8am PT 11/28)
  • Crown Brush, ORA Derma Roller (Sale begins 8am PT 11/29)
  • Embryolisse Skincare, NuMe Style Hair Tools, Twist & Pout (Sale begins 8am PT 11/30)

  • $12 & Up: Holiday Beauty (Sale begins 9am PT 11/27)

November 23, 2013

Link Love: November 17-23

Easy DIY Holiday Treats & Hot Chocolate! [HauteBrilliance]

Etiquette 101: Your Wine Etiquette Questions Answered [The Vivant]

Holiday Entertaining with Kate Spade New York [Elements of Style]

How To Not Overeat This Thanksgiving [Refinery29]

Let'd Debate Soap vs. Body Wash, Shall We? (Bonus: Stocking Stuffer Ideas!) [Girls in the Beauty Department]

Motivation Behind Blogging [College Prep]

November 22, 2013

Review: November 2013 Birchbox

This month's box includes:
Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo- New from the best-selling haircare line, this sulfate-free formula adds shine and volume. Work a quarter-sized amount into damp hair and rinse. 

Beauty Protector Protect & Condition- This nourishing conditioner hydrates with the help of shea butter and pearl powder. Work through mid-lengths and ends of hair, then rinse. 

Chella Highlighter Pencil- This face illuminator brightens and contours - it can be applied 10 different ways! Blend onto brow bones, cheekbones, or along lip line. Go to our Magazine for a tutorial. 

Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC CreamNext-generation SPF 35 CC cream that triple protects against UVA, UVB, and infrared-A rays. Apply a nickel-sized amount over face and neck - it works as both a primer and foundation.

Lifestyle Extra: Fatty Sundays Chocolate Covered PretzelsSweet and salty gourmet pretzel sticks that we can't stop eating. Whenever you eat them, these treats are downright addictive. 

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November 20, 2013

Style Icons: Olivia Palermo

I've loved Olivia Palermo's super-chic style since her debut on The City on MTV.

November 19, 2013

Sweet Sale: philosophy 20% off Sale

Take advantage of 20% off your order and free ground shipping now through November 22nd with code HOLIDAYSHIP. Scoop up a few holiday gift sets with this discount to take care of a few ladies in your life!

November 18, 2013

Manicure Monday: Sinful Colors 'Hazard'

This color was kind of 'meh' to me. While the formulation was great for such an inexpensive polish, and it applied streakless and clean, the color when applied to my nails was not as peachy as it looked in the bottle, but came out more orange.

Buy it here

November 17, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of November 17th

  • La Roche-Posay (Sale begins Noon ET 11/19)
  • 40 Pro Beauty Tools (Sale begins Noon ET 11/20)
  • Jouer Cosmetics (Sale begins Noon ET 11/22)
  • Beauty Gifts She'll Love (Sale begins Noon ET 11/23)

  • NutraLuxe MD Skincare, Salon Haircare, T3 (Sale begins 8am PT 11/17)
  • Dermovia Anti-Aging Skincare, Laura Geller Beauty, LVX Vegan Nail Laquor (Sale begins 8am PT 11/18)
  • Ouidad Haircare, SUPER By Perricone, Whitening Lightning (Sale begins 8am PT 11/19)
  • ISO Beauty, tarte Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 11/20)
  • Epilady, TRUHAIR by Chelsea Scott (Sale begins 8am PT 11/21)
  • Gifts For Him: Men's Fragrances (Sale begins 1pm PT 11/21)
  • Dermabrush, Holiday Fragrances, NYX, Soho Beauty Essentials (Sale begins 8am PT 11/22)
  • Beauty Bag Blowout, CLARO Acne Clearing Devices, FHI Heat (Sale begins 8am PT 11/23)
  • Hair Perfection: Tools, Shampoos & More (Sale begins 9am PT 11/19)
  • Party Essential: Holiday Beauty (Sale begins 4pm PT 11/19)
  • Flawless Skin: Skincare Essentials (Sale begins 9am PT 11/22)

November 12, 2013

Review: NYC New York Color Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss

NYC New York Color Cosmetics launched a range of Big Bold Plumping Lipglosses. These glosses house a whooping 0.39 oz of gloss for a mere $3.99 each! Available in twelve shades the price and color selection definitely gives other drugstore glosses a run for their money. This a lot of gloss for the price so when I saw received it in my Influenster Varsity Vox Box mid-October I was very excited to try out my shade 'Pleasantly Plump Pink.'

NYC New York Color Big Bold Plumping Gloss vs. Revlon Super Lustrous Gloss
Each gloss has a massive sponge applicator, which may seem clumsy but actually works really well to get gloss onto lips in a single stroke. Be careful when removing the applicator as globs of gloss come out with it, do so slowly to avoid this.

They wear quite comfortably on my lips and lack a tacky feel, but at the same time the gloss has a gooey texture. Despite this thick constancy, they apply dry without a ton of shine or glossiness. They give lips a nice plush look but not necessarily the 50% pouting effect that NYC promises. Although a plumping gloss they don’t sting in the least, I believe the formula is dependent on the thickness to create the pouting effect. The scent is probably my least favorite part of the gloss, it smells extremely cheap (which yes, I know it's only $4) but they smell is not pleasant at all.

Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with it….but it wasn't entirely bad either. Perhaps on sale they might be worth picking up a shade or two. I wouldn’t write them off completely, so go give them a try!

Please note: I did receive this item for free, but am not being compensated in anyway to share my opinions. 

November 10, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of November 10th

  • Blisslabs by Bliss Spa (Sale begins Noon ET 11/11)
  • Perfect Holiday Hair: Top Tools & Products (Sale begins Noon ET 11/12)
  • Skincare Brands We Love (Sale begins Noon ET 11/14)
  • Deborah Lippmann (Sale begins Noon ET 11/15)
  • Beauty Finds Under $50 (Sale begins Noon ET 11/16)

  • Stila, Philip B. Haircare, Professional Beauty Cases (Sale begins 8am PT 11/11)
  • EVA NYC, Fun Hair Ties & Chalk (Sale begins 8am PT 11/12)
  • Freeze 24-7, Medpeel Skincare, Pixi & POP Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 11/13)
  • Alice & Peter Fragranes, Nailcare Essentials, Orly Smart Gels (Sale begins 8am PT 11/14)
  • FACE atelier, Jose Eber Hair Tools, Laura Mercier Anniversary Sets, Verseo Roller Cell Massage System (Sale begins 8am PT 11/15)
  • Comptoir Fragrances, LORAC Little Lace Palettes, RNC Fragrances (Sale begins 8am PT 11/16)
  • CHI Hair Tools (Sale begins 9am PT 11/12)
  • Nature's Shea Butter (Sale begins 9am PT 11/13)

November 9, 2013

Link Love: November 3-9

Empties: Products I've Used Up #2 [Meghan Rosette]

American Girls Aren't Radical Anymore [The Atlantic]

Breakfast at Macy's: Celebrate Their New Flagship Beauty Floor with Allure [Allure Daily Beauty Reporter]

How to Throw a Dinner Party…for Work Purposes [Corporette]

The Most Common Lies Men Tell Women and Why [College Candy]

Top Tips: Cheese Plate [Cupcakes & Cashmere]

November 7, 2013

Brand Spotlight: Rebecca Minkoff

I'm a huge fan of Rebecca Minkoff's bags (see a photo of my collection below!) because of their classic shapes, hardware, and color variety.

November 6, 2013

Sweet Sale: Too Faced Friends & Family Sale

Too Faced's Friends & Family Sale has begun! Take advantage of 20% off your order now through November 10th with code FAMILY20

November 5, 2013

Her Campus College Fashion Week Boston 2013

On October 26th, Boston's most fashionable collegiettes gathered at The Estate for a night of fashion, giveaways, performances, and more. I was among the guests which included correspondents and writers for many of the Her Campus chapters located in Boston, and was lucky enough to score a VIP seat! The show was divided into five sections, each with about 10 models.

1. You Snooze, You Lose

2. Go to Class? I am Class

3. Werk It!

4. Twerk It!

5. Halloween

Everly Dress // Stella & Dot Earrings // Tory Burch Cross Body Bag // H&M Shoes
You can read what I've written for Emerson's Her Campus chapter here.

I scored an awesome goodie bag thanks to my VIP status, here's what was inside! Neuro Sonic Drink, Poppin Notebook, Her Campus Sticky Notes, Her Campus Pen, Luna Bar, Sports Club/LA Water Bottle, Goldwell Color Brilliance Shampoo, MiniLuxe Exclusive Offer, be styled Exclusive Offer, Poppin Coupon Card, Sports Club/LA 3-Day Guest Pass, and a Tieks $50 Gift Card, all inside an adorable tote bag!

November 3, 2013

Beauty Sales Week of November 3rd

  • Kate Somerville (Sale begins Noon ET 11/4)
  • José Eber Styling Tools (Sale begins Noon ET 11/6)
  • Go Smile Teeth Whitening (Sale begins Noon ET 11/7)

  • Air Curler, Liquid Keratin (Sale begins 8am PT 11/3)
  • Fusion Beauty, Mai Couture Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 11/4)
  • Clean Fragrance, Elizabeth Grant Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 11/5)
  • Amazing Cosmetics, NEO Hair Tools (Sale begins 8am PT 11/6)
  • Nailbuds (Sale begins 1pm PT 11/6)
  • Billion Dollar Brows, Miracle Skin Transformer, Naked Princess (Sale begins 8am PT 11/7)
  • ANSR Sole Callus Remover System, BH Cosmetics, Tweezerman (Sale begins 8am PT 11/8)
  • Boyfriend Fragrances by Kate Walsh, GLO Science, Luminess Air, Tarina Tarantino Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 11/9)

  • Bottled Bliss: Designer Fragrance (Sale begins 9am PT 11/4)
  • Goldfaden Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 11/5)
  • Hydroxatone: Rejuvenating Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 11/6)

  • Trophy Skin At-Home Microdermabrasion & More (Sale begins 8am ET 11/8)

November 1, 2013

Review: Influenster Varsity VoxBox

Work Hard. Play Hard. No one does it like you. Your course load is full and your pockets are light, but you're still livin' the dream. This Varsity VoxBox is for the sleepless nights spent studying, partying and making memories to last a life time. And, here at Influenster, we've got your back. Log in to your profile and check in now to begin your epic Varsity VoxBox adventure. 

Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Wash- Delight your senses with NEW Superfruit cleansers from Clearasil Daily Clear. Formulated with a blend of Superfruit Extracts, Vitamin B3 and blemish prevention for radiant skin day after day. 

Airheads Xtremes Bite- New Airheads Xtremes Bites are the perfect balance of sweet and sour, just like the Airheads Xtremes belts. These rainbow berry bite sized pieces are easy to eat and perfect for sharing with others. Rainbowberry Airheads Xtremes Bites are available in a 6oz peg bag. 

Kiss Nail Dress- Give yourself the perfect manicure or pedicure in no time with Kiss Nail Dress. Quick and easy to apply, these strips stick on in minutes and come right off with no remover needed! Your manicure will last a week, chip free - available at Walgreens. 

NYC New York Color Big Bold Plumping & Shine Lip Gloss- Have you always dreamed of the full, plump lips? Get voluminous lips in one effortless stroke with NYC's Big Bold Plumping & Shine Lip Gloss! This sultry gloss adds up to 50% more volume and four hours of shine for lasting wear! 

Tid Pods- Tide Pods is the only unique 3 in 1 Detergent that contains a Detergent + Stain Fighter + Brightener all in one small pac. All you need to do is pop in 1 Tide Pod pac to clean any size load. It can be used in any washing machine and dissolves in any temperature, even in cold!

Please note: I did receive these products for free, but am not being compensated in anyway to share my opinions.