May 30, 2017

Monthly Muse: May Favorites

I can't believe May is over and it's basically, officially summer. I'm excited for summer (yes, seriously) and excited for it to be over because that means FALL. Will you ever get sick of me saying that? Probably!

This month was a whirlwind with many trips, lots of business at work, and a few personal milestones that I won't share. It was an exhausting month but now that the month is over, and after this week, everything will calm down.

I'm making plans for the summer and I can't wait to travel and get out there to see what's waiting for me!

I feel like I didn't have many favorites this month but here's what I did enjoy:

1. Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Pouch: I bought this little adorable baby on Tradesy and it's in perfect condition. I was very nervous to use it but I really started using it this month and I have fallen head over heels. It's so gorgeous and versatile, and the pink interior is so girly and chic. Of all the things I bought pre-loved Louis Vuitton, this is my favorite. I highly recommend purchasing it!

2. NARS Tinted Moisturzer: I did not need a new 'foundation' type product but I was really feeling NARS this month. They popped up at Ulta and I was on an Ulta spree this month. This tinted moisturzer is more like a foundation because it's thick and covers a lot (I can't just rub it in with my hands, I need to apply it with a beauty blender or brush) but I've never loved the way my skin looked more. It evens everything out, covers every imperfection, and leaves a radiant finish on the skin. It's the ultimate lazy girl product (you almost don't even need concealer with it) and I think everyone would love it.

3. Too Faced Hangover RX Primer: This is a primer I purchased years ago, loved, and never got again. I felt the need to have it in my aresnal and boy am I glad I repurchased. It's just as good as I remember because it feels so good on the skin and it doubles as a moisturzer. In the summer, I don't like putting too many layers on so I think this is a great summertime product because you can moisturzer and prime in one step!

4. Nature's Bounty Hair Skin & Nails Vitamins: I received this in a subscription box last month and finished the bottle. I've since went out and purchased a new, bigger bottle because I've never loved vitamins more. I always thought I never needed Biotin because my hair is thick and long, and my skin is decent; my nails always could use some help. Because I never thought I needed these vitamins, I never bothered to purchase them but since I had them, I used them. I noticed a huge difference in my nails and skin -- I don't know what it is, and I don't know if I could explain it, but to me, there is a difference. These vitamins are gummies and taste so good, I could eat the entire bottle in one sitting. Also, they are on the less expensive side (at least in my drugstore) so I highly recommend these, even if you don't think you need them!

What are your favorites of the month?

May 26, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up: Week 16

Another week in the books and a long weekend is ahead of us! I'm off today and Monday so a nice, long four day weekend is just what I need. I'll be heading off to Pennsylvania next week for a few days on a work trip (what else) so blogging will be limited but for now, here we are!

I don't have much else to ramble on about, other than the weather was less than springy in New York this week but it was a-ok with me. I love a good rainy day!

I uploaded a new Youtube video this week and another one will be coming very soon!

I'm going to the HerConference in July (my 4th time going I think) and they announced some keynote speakers this week. UM Troian Bellisario is going to be a keynote speaker as well as Lisa Sugar. There are a few more speakers to be announced and this year they're going to have an Influencer Track so I'm excited to get a real blogging conference experience.

If you're in New York and have never been to #HerConference, I highly recommend it! You can see my past posts here:

I went in 2016 but didn't write a post about it!

Here's what I loved this week:

Here's what you missed on Royally Pink:
Enjoy the long weekend!


May 24, 2017

Book Review Wednesday: In a Dark, Dark Wood

After I read "Woman in Cabin 10" a few months back (which I'm just realizing I don't think I did a review on) I knew I was going to have to read more by Ruth Ware. I knew that the first book was going to be 'In A Dark, Dark Wood'.

This book takes place in England (all the best thrillers do) and revolves around the hermit writer Leonora who gets invited to her old friend's Bachelorette party in the English countryside.

Below is the publisher's summary

"What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Sometimes the only thing to fear…is yourself.

When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods."

I wasn't sure what this book was about and wasn't sure how it would turn out but it was really good. The book starts slowly at first, and I have to admit, I didn't really like any of the characters, but it kept me on the edge of my seat.

At first, you're not sure why Leonora and the rest of the group fell out of touch or why she's invited to this party but by the end, everything makes sense even it comes with a fatal outcome.

By the time the climax of the story hits, you don't even realize what's happening. So many secrets come out throughout the course of this weekend you don't know who is telling the truth or what is the truth. It's truly wild.

I wouldn't say this is was my favorite book ever but it was a decent read and worth it if you don't know what book to read next!


May 23, 2017

Handbag Review: Henri Bendel Stanton Tote

Handbag reviews are probably going to be my favorite series on the blog because I love handbags more than anything in the world and I have a lot.

I went on a Henri Bendel kick a few months back and bought 3 handbags within a few weeks of each other (whoops -- that's what happens when you have a Henri Bendel credit card and they have awesome sales).

I felt like I needed a regular sized everyday handbag. All the bags I've been buying were either tote bags for work or mini handbags. There was nothing I really had in my collection anymore that could be a regular sized everyday bag.

I was buying my aunt a birthday gift (I got her this bag) and saw that the Stanton Top Handle Tote was on sale. I've seen this bag on Henri Bendel's Instagram before and saw that it looked like the Celine Belt Bag, which I adore. Why not just get the cheaper verison from a brand I already love?

The Stanton Top Handle Tote was on sale and I got it for a ridiculous price, and I decided to purchase it in black because believe it or not, I didn't have a black handbag.

I really like this bag -- it's a good size and fits everything you need, and I also really like how it only has one top handle. There's something very uniform and chic about one strap bags. It of course also comes with a shoulder strap which is super handy. The bottom has also four feet that are super handy for when you have to put your bag on the ground; the bottom won't get scratched up or dirty.

The bag is a decent weight, not too heavy or too light and the material is a nice grainy leather. There's one zipper pocket inside along with two smaller pockets which is also a plus. My favorite part is probably the back slip pocket on the outside of the bag because it's a perfect size for your phone and other things you may need in a pinch... which brings me to my next point.

The one con that I have to say about this bag is that the magnetic closure clasp does get a little annoying to keep going in and out of. You can't just leave it open and have easy access. Also, the flap doesn't stay open, you have to hold it up to get in and out of the bag.

Like I said, I like this bag and it's a decent size for everyday. It's just not as practical to get in and out of like a zipper only bag would be.

Do I recommend this bag? Yes definitely but to an extent. If you're not bothered by constantly lifting up a flap and are comfortable just keeping your phone and keys on the outside pocket (which I am). I think it's a sleek, beautiful, simple bag that is high quality, classic yet still trendy!


May 22, 2017

Manicure Monday: MB45 + OPI INFINITE SHINE

Last week I went to a salon in Manhattan for a complimentary blowout and manicure. It's called MB45 and is located in Tribeca. Their whole shtick is that you get a blowout and manicure in 45 minutes; I posted an Instagram gallery all about it last week -- it's definitely worth it in my opinion!

I was not going to do a Manicure Monday post today because it's just been too much but I feel like it's my civic duty to tell you about this.

At MB45 they used the OPI Infinite Shine nail polish which is OPI's version of Essie Gel Couture -- a gel manicure without the LED light.

I've never used this nail polish before so I just assumed it would be like a regular polish; non LED light gel manicures never really last longer than regular polish on me. My nails are just too damaged for that.

Well, I'll be dammed!

It's been one week and there is minimal chipping on my nails. I've never been so impressed with a nail polish formula before.

It was a long week and I was very active with my hands so I'm really shocked that the polish held up well. I could probably last another half a week with this polish and I just might!

The color I got is gorgeous; it's called "From Here to Eternity" and it's the perfect summer pink; it's a hot pink with a touch of coral but not neon, so it's awesome for everyday.

Below is a photo of when I first got my nails done:

Here is a photo of my nails on Sunday, almost a week after the manicure:

I will be running out to purchase a color from this line along with the gel top coat!

Have you ever tried the OPI Infinite Shine? Let me know if your results were the same!