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March 26, 2015

Welcome to the Real World Book Review

It's been a while since I finished a book. Sometimes I just get caught up in life and blogging and the Internet and forget that one of my favorite things to do is to read.

It's the perfect way for me to get lost in something else, in another world. It clears my mind and puts everything into perspective, no matter what book I've got in my hands.

Sometimes, I'll be reading a book and I get to a certain point where I sit for hours and feverishly finish it, without doing anything else.

That's what happened a few weeks ago. I had "Welcome to the Real World" by Lauren Berger (AKA the Intern Queen) sitting on my nightstand for months, my bookmark just moving a few pages every few weeks.

Finally, I was super bored one Saturday. Nothing on television, not in the mood for Netflix or Youtube, and Pinterest was boring me. I decided to pick up the book and I sped read it.

This is a bible.

I never put it past Lauren Berger to give the best career advice but this book knocked it out of the park.

It was perfect, the answer to all my questions. It was a reassuring pat on the back for all the worries I've ever had. It was your friend telling you "It'll be okay" but your friend is a very successful entrepreneur who has seen it all.

I enjoyed how this book was set up. It had 10 chapters, each with a different theme and it traveled through your first day on the job to what you should do each day. From the rules of the workplace to actually working to organizing yourself to making mistakes.


Lauren introduces the chapters with her own story of her own career journey, introduces a few lessons, and gives hypothetical situations to prove the lesson.

It's very similar style to her first book, "All Work, No Pay" which makes sense because this is almost the sequel to that in a way.

Lauren wrapped up each chapter with a quick list in bullet form of all the lessons from the chapter, making for quick reference if you need advice in a pinch.

Some lessons were more important than others, to me right now, and sometimes I was reading stuff that I already knew. Some lessons were things I don't need at this very moment but in the end, every piece of information is useful, whether you need it now or later.



It definitely lit a fire under my butt and inspired me to get moving, in all aspects of life. Berger is someone with such a drive and determination to be the best she can be and help others who may be struggling that it's impossible to not feel that through the pages.

This is definitely going to be a book I keep close by at all times just in case I need some inspiration or advice. I've bookmarked my favorite pages, for what I feel is most useful to me at this moment and I've already flipped to them a few times since finishing the book.

If you're a recent graduate, someone graduating from college soon, or even if you're making a career move in the near future, this is a book that will be of great help to you. In my opinion, there's no one better than Lauren Berger. They don't call her the Queen for nothing!

What's your favorite book at the moment? Tell me in the comments!



March 25, 2015

Recipe Wednesday: Breakfast Pizza

Another recipe Wednesday because I have an addiction to Pinterest recipes...especially breakfast ones.

I've seen a lot of variations of this particular recipe but the one I followed was easiest and virtually took no time.

I made this last Tuesday because I needed to kill some time and on Sunday because I was in the mood for a big breakfast.

Honestly, these are really similar to the breakfast cups I make (I use the same exact ingredients) but just in a different form.

This is the original recipe but I changed it up very slightly.



Ingredients:
1 can of crescent rolls
4 eggs
4 slices of bacon
Shredded cheddar cheese
Salt & pepper

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Lay out crescent rolls on aluminum foil covered cookie sheet; grease aluminum foil with cooking spray
3. Divide the crescent rolls into to separate pieces



4. Seal up the openings of the crescent rolls and roll up the sides about an inch in, creating little walls
5. Crack two eggs on each crescent roll; place bacon strips on top, sprinkle as much cheese as you'd like, and add salt and peppers to taste





6. Place in preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes or until crescent rolls are browned



And then enjoy!

It's not the healthiest breakfast but it's delicious and a special treat.

What's your favorite Pinterest breakfast recipe? 


March 24, 2015

InstaNatural SkinCare + Review

This post is sponsored by InstaNatural and Brandbacker. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

A few months ago, I received some products from InstaNatural and have been testing them out since then. I have a lot of hair and skincare products so I'm always alternating between them, hence the reason this review is super late.

Also, because my skin was acting up, I had to stop using one of the serums I received, just to see if it was irritating my skin (it wasn't)

InstaNatural is an all organic skincare brand that has everything from mud masks to face serums to essential oils. I've been obsessed with skincare lately so I thought it'd be cool to try out some organic, natural products. I am always a little weary of trying brands I've never used but so far so good.

The products I received were an Argan Oil Hair Mask, Argan Oil, and a Vitamin C Serum.



I've heard so many incredible things about what Argan Oil does for your hair and skin so I knew I wanted to try it. I had a small sample bottle of Argan Oil from a Birchbox and I used it to nourish my cuticles so I was really excited to have a huge bottle to use for different things.

I've been using the Argan Oil from InstaNatural really only on my cuticles because I forget to use it for other things (#bloggerfail) and it does an incredible job. I will say that my mom has been using this religiously and has gone through half the bottle. She's obsessed and uses it for everything. She uses it to shave her legs and slathers it on as an in shower moisturizer. It really is an all in one product.

The Vitamin C Serum I have been using sparingly. This is supposed to brighten your skin, even out your skin tone, and fight the signs of aging. It's combined with other oils such as Argan, Rosehip, Sea Buckthorn, and many more. It's very light in texture and melts into your skin. I use this every so often (mostly because I'm afraid of adding anything else into my skincare routine) but I never notice an irritation. I do however, notice that my skin does look more even and bright after a few days of using this. A Vitamin C serum is a definite A+ in my book and should be incorporated as best as possible.

Now for the Argan Oil Hair Mask... this I was not too pleased with (my mother is though). It made my hair feel goopy, dry, and brittle. It didn't leave my hair soft and honestly made my hair feel dirty. I used it once and that's it but my mom started using it and loves it. She says it makes her hair easier to brush and a lot softer. That goes to show you that different products affect everyone differently.

Conclusion... InstaNatural has some amazing products and I think I'll be trying out some more soon. All organic products are really great and oils do wonders for your skin!

What are your favorite all natural beauty products? Tell me in the comments!


March 23, 2015

Manicure Monday: White Out

I've never been a lover of white nail polish... in reality, I love the way it looks but I always forget about it because it's so plain.

I never buy white nail polish because there's so many other colors that catch my eye.

I've seen a lot of Instagram photos of white polish and Youtube gurus were raving about the trend and thought I had to get in on it.

I saw a new line of nail polish in CVS a few weeks back for $1.99 but because it was so cheap, I passed it up. I'm always weary of really cheap nail polish that's from a brand I've never heard of.

That is until I saw one of my favorite Youtubers, Nicole from YoungWildandPolished gush over this brand...Poparazzi.

The next time I was at CVS, I saw that they had a white nail polish so I decided to pick it up.



I also purchased a new quick dry topcoat from Orly and I'm very very pleased with it. My Essie to Go was no more and I figured I'd try something new (and a little cheaper).



To start off with, I liked the nail polish. It was opaque and got the job done. It definitely chipped after a day or two but wasn't worst than any other polish.

The formula was a little goopy and streaky at first but after the second coat, it was definitely better.

I'm officially a white nail polish convert and I think I'll be rocking white nails a lot more this Spring and Summer... and I'm awfully happy about it!

Would I buy another nail polish from this brand? Yeah probably. For $1.99 you really can't beat the price and the quality is better than expected.

I've also made the official transition to Spring nail polish colors and I couldn't be more excited!

What are you wearing on your nails this Monday?


March 20, 2015

Game Day Style + Garnier Color Styler

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Garnier and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own!

March Madness is upon us and coming from a school that lives and breathes basketball, I'm programmed to like March Madness.

Iona doesn't have a football team so basketball is our main focus. While I was in school I loved getting dressed up for games in my best Iona gear and cheering on our team. Also, it was always so exciting to watch the championships to see if Iona actually gets a chance to compete in March Madness.

I remember two years ago, the entire school in our local bar, watching the Gaels compete in the first NCAA game. We're an Irish school so we obviously have a pipe band and having the pipe band stand on the bar and play as we all cheered on the team is such a great memory.

Even this year, as an alumnae, I watched eagerly at home on ESPN to see if Iona beat our rivals, the Manhattan College Jaspers to score another ticket to the NCAA. Unfortunately we didn't but I still love game day.

It's so much fun to be dressed head to toe in school spirit. Sometimes, I'd throw on jeans and an Iona T-shirt and call it a day but other times I wanted to be a little more fashionable and stick a gold bow in my hair and throw a cardigan over a maroon tank top.

I know some people at really big schools go all out for game day; they paint their faces and coordinate outfits from their makeup to their shoes. Something along those lines that's really cool, fun, and easy is temporarily dyeing your hair.

Wait, just hear me out.

A hair dye that comes in your school colors, that you can apply within minutes before the big game, and washes out in 3 shampoos? The Garnier Color Styler is the perfect product for that.

I've seen so many hair chalks on the market lately but those rub off on your clothes and can be messy; this temporary (2-3 shampoos and it's gone!) hair dye is not like that at all.

If you want to make a bold statement, if you want everyone to know how much you support your school and how dedicated you are, this is the way to do it.

Just think, if you walk into the game decked head to toe in school colors, including your hair, no one will ever question your fan-hood. Plus, it's always nice to test out a different look and play around. What better to do that with than temporary hair dye?

The Garnier Color Styler is a water based, quick drying hair dye that comes in a variety of colors (you'll have plenty to choose from depending on your school). It doesn't rub off onto your clothes, like a hair chalk might, and it washes out in 2-3 washes so by the time class comes on Monday, your blue or yellow hair will be gone.

Everything you need before getting started
Right after I dyed my hair OMG
I wish I knew about this when I was in school because I would've rocked it for March Madness and other events like Spring weekend or homecoming! That's the great thing about the Garnier Color Styler, it's perfect for any occasion.

The application is super simple (I've never done an at home hair dye before and it was a breeze for me). All you have to do is apply a dollop of the dye onto your glove covered fingers (gloves included) and apply a thin, even coat to your DRY hair. If you want a deeper color, you can go back and apply another layer.

Let your hair dry (whether you let it dry naturally or use a hair dryer) and viola! your hair is ready for game day!

I showcased my game day style and my newly dyed hair using the Garnier Color Styler in red. Iona's colors are maroon and gold so I thought red was a nice touch! I decided to do two looks, one more casual and one a little more fashionable.

The red is a little hard to see (and excuse the terrible background, I am NOT a fashion blogger by nature)
More selfies to capture the Color Styler
True school spirit #Gaels
Add a bow for a girly effect (or the sorority effect)
Garnier & Her Campus have been kind enough to offer Royally Pink readers a coupon to purchase your own Garnier Color Styler, in the color of your choice! Go to your local drugstore to pick up a Color Styler in your school colors. They have bronze, red, pink, blue, and purple so the possibilities are endless.

What colors will you be rocking on game day? What do you think of temporary hair dyes? Tell me in the comments!



March 19, 2015

March Birchbox Review

It's that time of the month again!

This month for Birchbox, I didn't choose the curated box nor did I pick any sample products. It was a total surprise and I'm always super anxious to see what I get when I know everything is a complete surprise. All of the sample choices were hair products and I had a feeling I'd be receiving one of them anyways, whether I chose it or not.

I was in fact, right, and I was so happy that I got what I did.


Most of my box was skincare and one makeup product. I didn't mind this because I've been kind of obsessed with skincare lately.





Here's what I got in my March Birchbox!

//Elite Therapeutics Rosemary Eucalyptus Body Creme: I love a good lotion and this was a pretty nice sized sample. It has an odd smell, very herbal, but after one or two uses you barely notice it. I've been keeping this in my desk drawer and it's very hydarting, nourishing but not greasy in the slightest. This is a definite plus for me!

Full size: $19
Sample Size: 4/5

//It's a 10 Miracle Leave in Product: This is what I was most excited about! This was the sample I would've chosen if it wasn't sold out when I went to go choose. I've used this product before and it's incredible. I've been looking for a great leave in conditioner that won't weigh my hair down and honestly, this is it. It smells fantastic, leaves your hair shiny and soft, and I'm basically obsessed.

Full size: $18
Sample Size: 5/5





//Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Highlighter: I'm all about highlighters and I'm always willingly to try out new ones. This is unlike anything else I have. It looks like a nail polish and it's a rose gold, bronze color. I haven't applied this to my face yet but when applied to my hand, it gives such a great J.Lo type glow. I don't have many liquid highlighters so I'm happy to add this to my collection.

Full size: $12.75
Sample Size: 4/5



Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser: Okay, I've been wanting to try something like this since I found out about this type of product. What you do is, when you're ready to wash your face, rub this cleanser all over your face (with a full face of makeup), let it sit and it'll break down your makeup. Then you go in with the cloth (soaked in hot water) and rub it all off. It's sort of like a cleansing balm and I think it's pretty cool. It really does dissolve all my makeup, replacing a makeup remover wipe which I think is a great alternative.

Full size: $25.50
Sample Size: 3/5



//Roloxin Lift Revitalizing Facial Masque Treatment: I haven't used this yet and I'm skeptical because it's supposed to reduce the signs of wrinkles and being 22 years old, I don't have any yet. I will be using this soon because it's there and it's a face mask and I love face masks.

Full size: Set of 10 $110 (IS THIS A JOKE)
Sample Size: 2/5

See? Lots of skincare! Anyways, I was really happy with this box and already can't wait for April's!

Do you subscribe to Birchbox? What did you get this month?



March 18, 2015

Decor 2 UR Door Giveaway

Last year I hosted an awesome giveaway with a great company called Decor 2 Ur Door. The website is filled with lots of beautiful accessories, all that can be customized with your monogram, which is basically the best part of anything.

The shop is filled with gorgeous, feminine bedding, and you can even design your own which is perfect if you're decorating your dorm or apartment. I think my favorite thing is Customize Your Own Headboard... how cool would that be?

They have everything from bedding sets to throw pillows to curtains... everything you could ever want to decorate a bedroom in your personal style.

Something that I discovered when I went away to college were wall decals. Everyone had one in their dorm or apartment, I even have one on my wall at home of a lovely little quote.



A wall decal that I've been lusting after and really regret not getting while I lived in my own apartment at school is a monogram decal.

Decor 2 Ur Door has so many monogram wall decals, everything from traditional monograms to one initial, to your full name.

Because my last giveaway was so successful, Decor 2 Ur Door and I have teamed up for another giveaway to give one lucky reader the chance to pick the monogram wall decal of their choice! Any style, any color--it's all up to you!

Add a little personalization to your bedroom, whether you live in a dorm with roommates, in an apartment by yourself, or even with your parents! The possibilities are endless :)

Enter through the rafflecopter below! The giveaway will last one week. Good luck!

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