May 30, 2014

BeautyCon NYC 2014

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending BeautyCon NYC 2014, which the organization describes themselves as "a fashion and beauty summit for the internet's most influential and everyone who's obsessed with them."

H&M Kimono // J. Crew Tank Top // Joe Fresh Jeans // Guess Wedges // BCBGeneration Tote

At Pier 36, there were booths from brands such as Bare Minerals and Tarte, beauty vlogger meet-ups going on at various spots, a large tent where panels were going on, VIP/Pro Zones, and a NYX Talent tent. Almost all brands were giving away free goodies, but waiting in line for almost an hour for a free mascara or over 2 for a free foundation (even though I am bummed I skipped out on that) just wasn't worth it for me.

I would say my highlight of the day was being able to chat with Joe Zee, ELLE Creative Director as well as have a mini-mentoring session from Emily Dougherty, ELLE Beauty & Fitness Director as well as Ali Finney, ELLE Beauty & Fitness Editorial Assistant. It was amazing to be able to meet some of those whose footsteps I hope to follow in one day.

Ticket & wristband // Complimentary glosses from the StyleHaul x Maybelline Booth // ELLE Magazine & photos from my GIF shoot (watch it on instagram) // VIP Tote

Overall, I think BeautyCon was a great experience and I hope they come back to the East Coast next year!

May 28, 2014

Giveaway: Father's Day Goodies

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Father's Day is around the corner and you don't want to wait until the last minute to get the father in your life a gift. Why not get him some goodies you know he'll love? I teamed up with some of my HCBN ladies for this awesome giveaway. 

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May 26, 2014

Review: Whish Body Shave Products

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Millennial Central for Whish Body. I received a promotional item and Whish Body samples to facilitate my review.

Recently, I had the pleasure of testing out products from Whish Body. Whish offers earth-friendly and simply packaged high-end shave, body, and skincare products. Their line of products are all natural, paraben free, sulfate free, TEA & DEA free, and petrochemical free. In addition, Whish products are made in the USA and tested on people, not animals. Scent options for their line of products include Almond, Blueberry, Coconut, Lavender, Lemongrass, and Pomegranate available in everything from Sugar Scrubs to Shave Creams.

I have been testing out the Shave Savour Hair Inhibiting Gel and Shave Cream, both in Lavender. Read on to here my thoughts on the products!

The Shave Cream (5 oz. for $20) was created in the image of men's shaving cream, but without the harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin. Made with Natural Squalene, Organic Shea Butter, and Organic Raspberry Butter to moisturize, Organic Green Tea and Coconut Oil to Smooth, and Organic Jojoba Seed Oil to Nourish this non-foaming shave cream is rich and luxurious.

Overall, I think that this Shave Cream is super luxurious and for that reason I've only been using it for more special occasions and using a regular shave cream for day-to-day purposes. Also, beware of this clogging up your razor! To prevent this from happening, I apply a very thin layer of the shave cream to my skin and rinse off my razor in between every stroke. This is another reason it's not a day-to-day shave cream for me because the shaving process does take a little bit longer than usual.

The Shave Savour Hair Inhibiting Gel (7.4 oz for $26), is a quick-absorbing and versatile moisturizer. It can be used to soothe your skin after a day in the sun, moisturize and repair skin after shaving, waxing, or lasering, and it also slows hair growth! Made with Organic Aloe, Organic Shea Butter, and Panthenol to Moisturize, Chaparral Extract to Inhibit Hair Growth, and Hyaluronic Acid and Retinol Palmiate to Renew this gel applies and absorbs quickly into skin.

Overall, I have really been enjoying using this! It smells lovely and is perfect for nighttime use because the lavender scent is very calming and relaxing. I think I'm going to have to use it for a little bit longer to be able to tell if it actually decreases how fast hair grows back, but from what I've seen so far, I can go two days without shaving my legs as long as I apply this after shaving which is something I had never been able to do in the past.

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May 25, 2014

Beauty Sales: Week of May 25th

  • Luxe Hair Essentials feat. GHD (Sale begins Noon ET 5/28)
  • Flawless Summer Skin Must-Haves (Sale begins Noon ET 5/29)
  • Favorite Beauty Finds Under $50 (Sale begins Noon ET 5/30)

  • Whitening Lightning (Sale begins 8am PT 5/25)
  • Hair Tools Blowout (Sale begins 4pm PT 5/25)
  • #ManiMonday: Orly Smart Gels, Sugar Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 5/26)
  • Argan Magic Haircare, Makeover Essentials Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 5/27)
  • Dermatouch, Mario Badescu (Sales begin 8am PT 5/28)
  • Fusion Beauty, Nailed It! China Glaze & Seche Vite (Sales begin 8am PT 5/29)
  • Brush On Block, Crown Brush, HAIRrage Mini Set, Pure Brazilian Keratin Treatment (Sales begin 8am PT 5/30)
  • Hairdo Hair Extensions, Proliss Hair Tools (Sales begin 8am PT 5/31)

  • $29 & Under: Beauty Essentials (Sale begins 9am PT 5/25)
  • Skip the Salon: Hairstyling Essentials (Sale begins 9am PT 5/27)
  • The Bride: Beauty Essentials (Sale begins 9am PT 5/28)
  • A Day at the Spa (Sale begins 9am PT 5/30)

  • How To Get Beach Hair Featuring SARAHPOTEMPA (Sale begins 11am ET 5/29)

May 24, 2014

Link Love: May 18-24

Candy from New Zealand [itsJudysLife]

Hot Trend on a Budget: Gem Accessories Under $50 [Apartment Therapy]

Instagram Insight: You Know You're a Fashion Blogger If… [Fab Sugar]

Nails Inc. Signs Alexa Chung [WWD]

Strawberry Basil Coconut Cream Puffs [Hummingbird High]

Workplace Hair and Beauty Advice From Marissa Webb, Rebecca Minkoff, and Others [Lipstick]

May 23, 2014

All Things Pretty: Printed Pants

Lately, I've been obsessed with prints, especially on my pants. They're perfect because you can throw them on with minimal accessories and a plan top and look instantly pulled together. They're the perfect way to look stylish yet professional in the workplace, and also look great paired with heels and a blouse for a night out. 

P.S. I may or may not own the H&M pants in 4 colors! ;)

May 21, 2014

What to Wear Where: Graduation Parties

It's that time of year again- graduation season. While many colleges have already held their graduations, many high schools have not, and I'm sure there are parties to be attended for many of you.

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May 19, 2014

Review: Dove Advanced Care Deodorants

I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central for Dove. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

I grew up using Dove products, so I was thrilled to be able to test out their new Advanced Care Deodorants through Millennial Central.

Over the past few weeks I've been trying out the Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant in Nourished Beauty, a floral, powdery fragrance with notes of jasmine and rose and the Advanced Care Clear Tone Anti-Perspirant in Pink Rosa, which is floral and fruity with scents of violet, rose and raspberry blossom. Personally, I'm loving the Pink Rosa scent right now and with summer coming up, these deodorants are must-haves in your summer skincare routine.
The Clear Tone line is available in 3 scents, Pink Rosa, Skin Renew (light floral notes of violet, lilac, and rose with vanilla musk), and Sheer Touch (light citrus notes with hints of almond and coconut milk).

The original Advanced Care line is available in 8 scents, Cool Essentials (cucumber and green tea), Beauty Finish (sparkling sophisticated scent with notes of watery florals, sandalwood and amber musk), Revive (pomegranate and lemon verbena), Rebalance (plum and sakura blossom), Shea Butter (a floral, powdery fragrance with notes of shea butter, rose, vanilla, and lily of the valley), Sensitive (unscented, hypo-allergenic), Caring Coconut (light coconut scent with jasmine floral notes).

With so many scent options available, there is definitely one for you! I'm looking forward to picking up the Shea Butter and Revive next time I stop by the drugstore.

These deodorants moisturize underarm skin to provide softer, smoother underarms in just three days with NutriumMoisture. Comprised of Humectants to help skin retain its moisture balance over time, Occlusives which form a barrier to help lock in skin moisture, and Sunflower Seed Oil and Stearic Acid to aid the skin's natural renewal process, all ingredients known to moisturize the skin and offer 48-hour odor and wetness protection. The Advanced Care Clear Tone line also contains calendula to restore skin to its natural tone.

Overall, I really like these deodorants because they really do what they say and moisturize under my arms while providing wetness protection and I would definitely recommend them if you're looking for a new deodorant this summer. I know that this is exactly the type of deodorant that I will need during my trip to Israel this summer! Also, the packaging is great, it's not too fussy and there's lots of product in one stick.

May 18, 2014

Beauty Sales: Week of May 18th

  • Pro Beauty Tools (Sale begins Noon ET 5/21)
  • Summer Beauty Staples (Sale begins Noon ET 5/22)
  • Designer Fragrances Feat. Versace (Sale begins Noon ET 5/23)
  • Beauty Essentials: Up to 80% Off (Sale begins Noon ET 5/24)

  • Elizabeth Grant Skincare & Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 5/18)
  • Hair Tools Blowout (Sale begins 4pm PT 5/18)
  • LORAC, Tweezerman (Sales begin 8am PT 5/19)
  • Brad Biophotonic Skincare, Designer Fragrances For Women (Sales begin 8am PT 5/20)
  • Elite Model Hair Accessories, True Silk By CROC Hair Tools (Sales begin 8am PT 5/21)
  • Blend Mineral Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 5/22)
  • California Tan, Skinn Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 5/23)
  • Epilady: Hair Removal and Facial Tools, Riiviva Microdermabrasion Device (Sales begin 8am PT 5/24)

  • Mad For Make-Up (Sale begins 9am PT 5/19)
  • Indulge: Face & Body Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 5/22)
  • Gorgeous Skin: Hydroxatone & More (Sale begins 9am PT 5/23)
  • His & Hers: Signature Scents (Sale begins 9am PT 5/24)

  • Royal & Langnickel Makeup Brushes (Sale begins 11am ET 5/21)
  • Juelp Nail Kits: Exclusive to Rue (Sale begins 11am ET 5/22)

May 16, 2014

Quote du Jour: Arianna Huffington

Making money and doing good in the world are not mutually exclusive.

We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of the time we put in.

We all have within us the ability to move from struggle to grace.

May 14, 2014

Recipe: Belle Chèvre Scrambled Eggs with Shiitake Mushrooms

I've had this cookbook that I won in a blog giveaway for quite some time, but I hadn't tried it up until recently. Since I'm now home for the summer from college, I don't have the luxury of having other people make me breakfast in the morning, and I've been so accustomed to having a veggie egg scramble or omelet every morning I've taken matters into my own hands with making breakfast. This is super hearty because of the shiitake mushrooms but creamy because of the goat cheese.

Although I didn't use Belle Chèvre's goat cheese (my father owns a cheese shop so buying outside cheese isn't a thing in our house), you can achieve the same recipe with any high quality goat cheese.

May 12, 2014

Style Icons: Jenna Lyons

President and CEO of J. Crew Jenna Lyons has got some serious style, which is expected for the "woman who dresses America." Known for mixing patterns, and her signature bright lipstick and tortoiseshell glasses, Lyons can do no wrong in my book, evident by the way she dresses and presents herself and by the consistently amazing pieces that launch at J. Crew. 

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May 11, 2014

Beauty Sales: Week of May 11th

  • no!no! Hair Removal (Sale begins Noon ET 5/12)
  • Hair Essentials Feat. Philip B (Sale begins Noon ET 5/14)
  • Fresh Spring Beauty Picks (Sale begins Noon ET 5/16)
  • NUXE Paris (Sale begins Noon ET 5/17)

  • Burberry Fragrances, Donna Bella 24K+Caviar Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 5/11)
  • Terre Mere OrganicVegan Cosmetics, UV Nails (Sales begin 8am PT 5/12)
  • Medpeel Skincare, MicrodermMD Microdermabrasion, Kale Naturals For Men (Sales begin 8am PT 5/13)
  • Badrick's Skincare For Men, Father's Day Fragrances (Sales begin 8am PT 5/14)
  • Aviva Hair Revitalizer, T3 (Sales begin 8am PT 5/15)
  • Immoral Tanning, Tarina Tarantino Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 5/16)
  • Alison Raffaele Cosmetics, Best Teeth Bleaching (Sales begin 8am PT 5/17)

  • Soft & Smooth: Scrubs, Butters & More (Sale begins 9am PT 5/11)
  • Lovely Locks: Haircare Essentials (Sale begins 9am PT 5/13)
  • Panier Des Sens (Sale begins 9am PT 5/15)

  • Creed Perfume (Sale begins 11am ET 5/16)

May 10, 2014

Link Love: May 4-10

on purpose [kate spade new york]

A Harvard Grad Invents a 3D Makeup Printer [Boston]

Exclusive: Monica Lewinsky Writes About Her Affair with President Clinton [Vanity Fair]

I Sold My Body (and Nearly My Soul) to Abercrombie [Salon]

Perks! Your Student ID Can Take You Shopping [Refinery29]

'Top Model' Contestant Is Redefining Beauty, Inside And Out [Huff Post Style]

May 9, 2014


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. offers 200+ designers of lingerie, swimwear, apparel, sleepwear and more. Figleaves carries something for every body type, which is hard to say for most retailers when it comes to swimwear. With cup sizes ranging from AA-GG and styles ranging from printed bikinis, to chic tankinis, to the classic one piece, there's something for everyone this summer at Figleaves.

Personally, I love black one-piece swimsuits. There is something so classic about them and they also make you look amazing no matter what. My new suit, the Sophina by Icon Lattice Back Shaping Swimsuit is classic yet modern and does it exactly what is says in slimming my back.

As someone who has struggled with weight in the past, I've never been comfortable on the beach in some skimpy bathing suit but what I love about my new Figleaves suit is how confident it makes me feel, totally beach-ready! I'm excited to wear this when I head to Israel this summer but also wear it for days at the Jersey Shore.

Want to see my favorite swim looks from Check out my Pinterest board but be sure to head to to check out their entire range of swimsuits for the summer.

Overall, I would say if you're looking for stylish swimsuits for this summer, check out for all of your swim needs!

Use promo code LOVE2014 for 10% off all full priced items at now through June 15th.

May 5, 2014

Crave or Save: Pretty Peplums

Peplum is a style that's perfect for spring. I'm loving how designers are switching it up and making the peplum asymmetrical more often because it makes things just a little more interesting. 

May 4, 2014

Beauty Sales: Week of May 4th

  • Best Beauty Buys (Sale begins Noon ET 5/7)
  • Baby Quasar: Light Therapy Devices (Sale begins Noon ET 5/8)
  • Skincare Must-Haves: Up to 70% Off (Sale begins Noon ET 5/9)
  • Deborah Lippmann (Sale begins Noon ET 5/10)

  • DermaMD, Soho Beauty Essentials (Sales begin 8am PT 5/4)
  • Liquid Keratin, LVX Vegan Nail Laquer, Pucker Up! Lip Beauty Bag (Sales begin 8am PT 5/5)
  • Nature's Shea Butter, NP Set By Napoleon Perdis (Sales begin 8am PT 5/6)
  • Eve Pearl, Million Dollar Tan (Sales begin 8am PT 5/7)

  • Face Time: Makeup & More (Sale begins 9am PT 5/5)
  • CHI Hair Tools (Sale begins 9am PT 5/9)
  • Skincare Feat. Freeze 24-7 (Sale begins 9am PT 5/10)

  • Erno Laszlo Skincare (Sale begins 11am ET 5/6)

May 2, 2014

Sponsored: Keds Trendsetter Community

Keds, the timeless American original shoe company is looking for the most fashionable females out there to join their new, exclusive, online communities.

Taylor Swift is the current face of Keds, and I'm loving her Taylor Swift for Keds Collection just as much as I love the Keds x Kate Spade NY Collection that are both perfect for Spring. 

This is your chance to inspire new styles from Keds, while having fun exchanging opinions and tips with each other on a private website anytime, 24/7. Another perk? You can earn Keds prizes for sharing your ideas!

To be a part of the Keds Trendsetter Community, girls will need to follow the link and full out a short application questionnaire. After completing the questionnaire, if eligible, they will be contacted by Keds (on behalf of their agency, Communispace) with next steps for community membership of either the 13-17 or 18-24 age groups. 

 Membership is completely free, but spots are limited! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

I partnered with Keds through the Her Campus Blogger Network but am not being influenced by any opinions but my own.