April 24, 2017

Manicure Monday: Smith & Cult

Smith & Cult is back at it! It's not a secret that this pricey nail polish turned makeup brand has some of the best (in my opinion) polishes on the market. The formula is smooth and glides onto the nails easily; the brush is thin but not too thin so an even application is really easy to achieve.

The silver cap is very heavy which I think helps give you better control over how you're applying the nail polish, or at least it helps me.

Over the past few years I've built up my Smith & Cult nail polish collection and I have at least one of every color family; pink, nude, blue, red, and glitter. I'd really love to add Bitter Buddhist to the collection, especially for fall because a green shade would look awesome.

I wasn't planning on another Smith & Cult purchase but I saw on Birchbox's Instagram that they had a special Do Not Disturb limited edition box. It is themed around the Hygge trend, which is the idea of happy living and coziness. It's something that is right up my alley so I felt like I owed it to myself to buy the box.

Well, I received it last week and ugh, it's even better than I imagined. A picture of the box is below but one of the highlights was, of course, a Smith & Cult nail color that I didn't have. It's called "Exit the Void" and it's the perfect summer periwinkle blue shade.

It's very similar to Essie's 'Bikini So Teeny' which is an all time favorite of mine.

This is also really, really similar to another Smith & Cult shade I have 'She Said Yeah'. This is a little darker than "Exit the Void' but I probably wouldn't have purchased Exit the Void on its own, but since it was included in the box, why the hell not!

This will definitely be a summer staple and I'm so excited to have another great polish in my collection!


April 21, 2017

Kate Spade Handbag Review + Update

Hello! It's been a hot second this week but boy oh boy was it a week. I don't remember the last time I was this busy. Let me give you a run down of my week:

Monday- Sister's 21st birthday so we went out for dinner after work. I came home afterwards and was so full and exhausted I passed out.

Tuesday: Super busy day at work and then I attended an after work event/panel about influencers and I didn't get home until 9 PM... once again, passed out.

Wednesday: Went food shopping with my mom after work and then got SO MANY packages so I had to go through them; cleaned my room and packed all the boxes up. Passed out by 10 PM

Thursday: I'm currently writing this but it was a super emotional day (personal reason) and I had a dentist appointment after work. I just uploaded my 2nd Youtube video *which you'll see down below* and am working on my 2nd v-log which will be up over the weekend.

Phew! There ya go, a long, laundry list of excuses of why you got 2 posts this week.

I just wasn't in the right frame of mind to sit down and write, and I couldn't really focus on anything this week. I feel like I could blame it on a few things, like PMS or the fact that I was so busy, and I realized that I hadn't looked in my planner too much. Hopefully next week will be better!

I head to Florida in less than 2 weeks for work and I'm sure I'l have so much fun video content for you! I've really been feeling my Youtube channel and I know I have to figure out a nice balance of what will be video content and what will be blog content; I'll cross that bridge when I come to it though!

For now, let's dive into my current video; a review of the Kate Spade Leewood Place Rainn Leather Tote, my new favorite work bag.

I talk in depth about it in the video but I wanted to come here and just talk some more! When I saw this on Nordstrom.com I didn't even think twice about purchasing it. It's very soft leather, a great shape, and I love the scallop detail. Scallops are a critical part of Kate Spade's design and I've never owned anything scallop so I thought this was a great little piece.

Aside from my Tory Burch Perry Leather Tote I didn't have a black tote so that's why I got it in black. It's currently available in a pale pink, beige, and mint and I'm feeling all of them.

My favorite thing about this bag is how light weight the bag is, and how much you can really fit inside. It's very deceiving from the outside so don't be fooled. It's also a very structured bag but is able to move with your contents. There are some structured bags that are so tough it's not flexible enough to be comfortable; this bag is totally not like that. This is probably in my top 5 favorite bags at the moment!

Below are some more Kate Spade bags I have my eye on (and a few versions of the Leewood Place)

I hope you all enjoyed the video & the review!

April 18, 2017

Random Tuesday Favorites

It's 9 PM on Monday night and I'm so full from my sister's 21st birthday dinner, and also from Easter sweets at work, and from Easter Sunday dinner. I cannot even think straight and just want to crawl into bed.

That being said, I'm too lazy to go look in my blog planner to see what post was supposed to be up today, so here we are. I keep it real on Royally Pink and don't take myself too seriously. What fun is that?

First I was going to do a Thursday inspiration post but then I figured I always default to those posts when I'm feeling more lowkey. I should probably do an inspiration post because I had a rough weekend filled with lots of anxiety attacks, but I made it through. That also reminds me I need to do an updated anxiety post... putting that on my list now.

Instead, I think I'll show you some products I've been LOVING. They might not necessarily make it into my monthly favorites but I still wanted to mention them!

PS: I started my Youtube channel and below is my first real video. Subscribe here!

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April 17, 2017

Manicure Monday: I Believe in Manicures

There have been like 4 beauty posts in a row so I apologize but I'm just feeling my beauty stuff lately.  I also know this is the 2nd Manicure Monday in a row but you know how I get when a new season starts ... I get manicure crazy.

I mentioned last week how excited I am to start with my bright, spring colors and I just dove head first into that deep end with this manicure.

Ever since I got this polish back in the winter I've been dying to use it and I made the bold choice to rock it all week long.

"I Believe in Manicures" from the OPI Breakfast at Tiffany's collection is a rockstar. The formula was great with smooth application and hardly ANY CHIPPING, and the color was bright & beautiful. It is the perfect Tiffany blue I've ever seen in a nail polish and nothing compares to it.

I've become addicted to it and can't wait to paint my nails that color again. I've really been enjoying OPI polish and they have really gorgeous shades on Ulta.com so I may start looking at them more than Essie.

Unfortunately, the collection is no longer available (whoops) but here are a few two shades:


April 16, 2017

Surprise Sunday Post

Hello and Happy Easter! I just wanted to pop on here and say that last night I started a Youtube channel!!!

It's something I've talked about here quite a bit and it's something that I've been wanting to start for a while so I'm really glad I took the plunge.

I did a small intro to my channel but you guys already know who I am so you can skip that if you want ;)

Below is my latest video that I just put together, a small v-log! I really like v-logging so it'll be something I do more often.

Join me on this journey!