May 2, 2016

April Favorites

April has been a long, crazy month. It's the first month after the whirlwind that was losing my dad, and a lot more has happened.

My family and I have to move from our house, (which means a lot of interior design posts coming soon), and I traveled for work twice. This weekend, I got back from Pennsylvania where I was at QVC. I've talked about this before but for my brand, around every 4 months, there is a huge show on QVC called the Today Special Value and I go down with my coworkers and basically stay up for over 24 hours and tweet, take photos, etc.

It's a huge deal for everyone and it's honestly really exciting. It's exhausting but it exhilarating at the same time.

I got home Saturday and on a wind of spontaneity, my friends who are still in college, called me to come up. I got dressed super fast and running on 8 hours of sleep (from Thursday-Saturday), went out with my friends and lived like a college student for a night. It's home for me and I always feel like myself when I'm in my college town and with my friends.

All that being said, I ended April on a fantastic note. April was filled with highs and lows, but there was plenty of room for favorites!

1. YSL Touche Eclat Limited Edition: Concealers are my obsession and this is the top dog. I've been meaning to buy this forever but with a $42 price tag, I've hesitated. Well, when I saw this limited edition "I Am Not a Morning Person" version, and it was 10% off at Nordstrom, I bit the bullet. I love this! The packaging is perfection, and the product inside is even better. I use it with my other concealers to add a brightening effect and it really makes a difference. I feel more awake when I apply this and I'm scared because now that I love it, I'll always want it. Sorry, bank account.

2. Belvita Breakfast Biscuits: Is this weird? I don't care! I want to include non beauty favorites as much as possible. I've had an obsession with these bad boys for the past few months but I don't know, this month I was just feeling them. They fill me up as if I've eaten a huge breakfast in the morning and I'm grateful for that. I need breakfast the moment I wake up and these are great to keep in my bag or at my desk. My favorite flavor is Golden Oat and they're so tasty for a morning breakfast.

3. The Selection Series: A few weeks ago, I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't sleep. I thought I'd read a little to put myself back to sleep. Well, I ended up staying up till 7 AM and read 3 full books, start to finish. Those books were The Selection series that I've been meaning to read for the past year or so. I won't go into too much detail because I want to do a Book Review Wednesday post but this is a definite favorite!

4. Halogen Shoes: I hate buying shoes, especially for Spring but that has all changed. While looking on the Nordstrom website I discovered my new favorite shoes. Halogen is a great Nordstrom brand that I've bought in the past but their studded heels & flats are my new favorite. They're super comfortable and so stylish without being too trendy. I hate heels so much but these are incredible. They fit great and are really comfortable. I want them in every.single.color & I might just do that.

These are just a few of my favorites, but take a look below to see what else I loved.

What did you love in the month of April?

April 27, 2016

Book Review Wednesday: The Heiresses

Pretty Little Liars is one of my favorite book series. Yes, book series! I read the books around the time that the series premiered and I became addicted. The books are very different than the series, so if you read both, it won't really spoil the other.

The reason I'm telling you this is because Sara Shepard, the brain behind the PLL obsession, wrote my all time new favorite book.

The Heiresses was Shepard's second departure from Pretty Little Liars (the first being The Lying Game which confused the hell out of me). The Heiresses was released in 2014 and it's been on my 'to read' list ever since.

After getting my iPad Mini and finding my Nook in the back of my desk drawer, I got back into reading and this was one of the books I immediately downloaded. I started reading it a few weeks ago, and then after a very relaxing bubble bath, I finished the entire book in 3 hours.

I could not put it down.

Does that ever happen to you.. where you hit a point in a novel where you know there is no going back. You can't help but finish it because you're so excited about finding out the ending.

This happens to me a lot, and it happened with The Heiresses.

The book is about this group of heiresses; they are to inherit a diamond fortune from their grandpa, and they all (almost all) work at the company that their grandpa left their parents. The girls are cousins, in their mid twenties, and they are simply glamorous.

It takes place in New York City, and you could feel the city and streets jumping off the page. Sara Shepard has a great way of giving detail and character background without giving too much detail. Sometimes authors go overboard with back stories but Shepard gets it just right.

Well, with that being said, the Saybrooks are said to have a curse following them because bad things keep happening to them. They are celebrity socialites and the world is enthralled by them so it's no wonder there is a website dedicated to them and their curse.

The book follows the Saybrooks and showcases their lives after a true family tragedy. It shows the inter minglings of their world, the crazy stuff that happens to them after this tragedy, and everything in between.

I don't want to give too much away (I always say that in my book reviews) but this definitely has that Pretty Little Liars feel. It leaves you on the edge of your seat and points you in all different directions. You think you know what's going to happen and then BAM, it completely changes.

It's probably one of the best books I've ever read: love, glamour, family, scandal, and suspense. The perfect combination of everything!

If you like suspense with a side of fluff, I 100% recommend this book!

What books have you been reading lately?

April 26, 2016

Travel Beauty: Face Masks

These products were sent to me in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own

Last week, while traveling to Florida for work, my skin took a beating. The moment I walked off the plane, my skin freaked out and I broke out everywhere. My skin was dry, sensitive, and so red. I had to wear full coverage foundation and concealer on the entire time (you can find them here & here).

I never break out... I mean NEVER. If anything, I have a hormonal zit every now and again but nothing like this. I've always known that flying can do messed up things to your skin, and I've experienced the occasional dryness but nothing like this. I owe to my stress and the fact that I went from 50-60 degree weather in NYC to 80 degrees in less than 3 hours.
While I was in my hotel room, I just felt like my skin was crying and desperate for something to help it. I was so thrilled that I had received these When face masks before I left on my trip. I've tried only one or two When face masks before but never the TravelMate and I always wanted an excuse to.

When was launched in July 2011 and they haven't expanded out of face masks, but why fix something that isn't broken? They're based in Korea and pride themselves of providing great skincare to customers who have multiple roles in life, and need a quick fix for their skin.

The face masks that When carries are sheet makes that are made from bio-cellulose and are much more powerful than regular paper sheet makes.

I can feel the difference; I've used a lot of sheet masks and I think When are my favorite. I love the packaging, I love how they feel on my face, I love how they make my face feel. These aren't filled with so much product that it's uncomfortable while wearing, or slipping and sliding all over the place. It has just the right amount of product to feel like your skin is being nourished, but not overkill.

I used the Travelmate face mask while in Florida and it's supposed to refresh and renew your skin after being exposed to the sun, wind, and dry air. It hydrates the skin, restores moisture, and is made from coconut juice. All of that combined makes for a great face mask.

After applying it, my face did feel a lot better. It didn't clear my breakouts (I'm still dealing with them) but it made my skin feel alive again.

I haven't used the Last Choice face mask but it's supposed to hydrate your very thirsty, dehydrated skin. This will definitely come in handy!

I'll probably do another round up of my favorite sheet masks but these are definitely up there. I love how there are different masks for different uses--it's not just hydrating or for acne prone skin, they're unique and a little kitchty but I love that!

What are your favorite face masks?

PS: I apologize for two "sponsored" posts in a row but my editorial calendar has moved around a lot and I needed to get them in! 

April 25, 2016

Beauty to Know: MAKE Beauty

These products were sent to me but all opinions are my own

I've seen the brand MAKE Beauty around but I've never picked anything up. There was no particular reason for it, I just never got around to buying it.

They have everything from makeup, skincare, tools, and gift sets-- the best of all worlds, really. They are paraben free, cruelty free, and a percentage of their sales is donated to the We See Beauty Foundation.

I really can appreciate companies that donate to charities-- I am much more inclined to buy from a retailer/company if I see that.

I also really like the message of MAKE; they create unique products that you may not see everywhere else, and they are dedicated to developing products that give their consumers the tools we need to create our own look. I really love when brands have unique products that not everyone else is producing, something that gives the products a bit of edge is something I'm really attracted too.

And I think MAKE does that perfectly.

I was lucky enough to get two samples of their products and I have to say, the quality is impressive. The size of the samples on the other hand were not impressive. I was expecting something a little larger but these are just basically unusable. I have tried the lipstick in Taffy and Eyeshadow in Alabaster, and they are beautiful and good quality.

To get a better sense of what this brand had to offer, I dove into their website and found so many wonderful things.

As I was looking through their website, I found SO MANY more items I want/need to try. Please, just give me all the makeup!

Sea Salt Exfoilator 
Twilight Lip Oil Remover
MAKE is being super kind to us and has given me a 20% off discount on their website! Just use the code MAKEYOURSELF for 20% off your order, and it's good until May 30th! Happy shopping :)

April 24, 2016

Sunday Shopping: Tory Burch

Nordstrom has been doing some hardcore price matching lately. From beauty to clothes and now handbags, Nordstrom has been reducing their prices anywhere from 10%-20%.

Well, I was looking at the handbag section just now because that's what I do on Sunday afternoons.

That being said, my breath was taken away when I saw that the bag I've been lusting after (when aren't I lusting after a bag?) the Tory Burch Perry Leather Tote is on sale for 20% off. This is a staple in Tory Burch's collection so to see it on sale, in the regular colors, is something that I feel I need to give in to.

I know Tory is also having a sale on her website-- use the code BLOOM for a certain amount off.

But this bag is calling my name. I need it so much.

What's a girl to do?