February 5, 2016

Links to Love

We did it everyone! We made it to Friday! I am so happy for the weekend and so looking forward to it. It was a solid, nice week but I am excited to sleep in all weekend and just hang out. Relaxing has always and will always be my favorite hobby.

Like when people ask what I like to do in my spare time, I have to bite my tongue to not say "sit on my couch and watch tv", because that is ultimately my favorite thing to do.

I mean, besides reading, watching youtube videos, and blogging, that is my favorite thing to do.

Speaking of all those things... I started reading Me Before You and I forgot how much I loved a good, fiction book. I bought it on my Nook (yes I have an e-reader apart from my iPad) which I haven't used in forever because I mostly read regular books, or read on my iPad but ugh, I forgot how good it felt to not look at a blue light.

So far the book is awesome and I can't wait to dive in deeper.

On the beauty note, last night I attended an event with Vita Liberata, the self tanning company, and it was amazing. I can't reveal too much yet but in a few weeks, I'll be able too! It was such an incredible experience and I even got a free spray tan (I am so bronzed!). I can't wait to share everything with you :)

Also picked up the Life Changing Magic book and its so far, so good!
ALSO -- this week I got my first adult coloring book (not that kind of adult, but just for grown ups) and I've really been loving it. I can't tell if it's helped with my anxiety or stress but I shall keep you posted!

There's that little update, now for the links!

The People vs OJ was amazing and this little recap was awesome

Sleeping by 10 PM is my guilty pleasure


Vanessa Hudgens IS Rizzo!

"Drunk Girl's Guide to Skincare" is my kind of article

Give me all the mac & cheese, please

Happy weekend everyone!

February 4, 2016

Book Review Thursday: Adulting

I totally meant to get this up yesterday because well, my series is called Book Review Wednesday but I'll make an acceptation this week. Tuesday night I was completely pooped and could barely keep my eyes open to watch Pretty Little Liars.

I feel much better today (Wednesday) and I think it's because Tuesdays are my DAY. Most people despise Mondays with a passion but I hate Tuesdays more than anything.


Let's get onto the review...

I've been talking about the book "Adulting" by Kelly Williams Brown for almost 2 years. I also just finished it a few weeks ago.

It's been on my nightstand since senior year of college but I didn't start reading until I graduated. It just felt wrong to read a book about being an adult when I didn't consider myself an adult. I was still going out on Tuesday nights and attending sorority meetings.

I also didn't seriously start to read it until I started working, because I still didn't feel like an adult. There were still some chapters that I skipped, like things having to do with living on your own because I still don't live along... I also still don't feel like an adult so I don't know why I even read it!

I am glad I did though because it was very helpful and reminded me that I am definitely not alone.

The book is written in the form of "steps" so the entire book is numbered with the steps you need to take in order to become an adult. It covers everything from love, living alone, living with roommates, getting a job, keeping a job, finances, dealing with issues, and everything in between.

It is a bible for those entering adulthood. Every question you've ever had about taxes or apartments or careers can be answered in this book. It's actually pretty amazing.

Kelly Williams Brown knows what she's talking about but she doesn't talk AT you. She is taking the ride along with you, and just giving you advice on topics she's come across in her travels. She doesn't claim to know everything but it sure seems like she does.

This is a book that will never leave my nightstand until I feel like it's time to part with it... until I feel like an adult.

If you are graduating college soon, have graduated in recent years, or just feel like you need some extra guidance (and a laugh or two), definitely pick up this book. I think it would make the perfect graduation gift for any upcoming senior!

I've been really into this books lately so definitely look out for some more "lifestyle/self help" book reviews coming soon :)

Any recommendations on new books? I'm on a HUGE reading kick!

February 2, 2016

Recent Beauty Hauls + Reviews

Is this a surprise? Not at all! I never stop buying beauty products, it's a problem but I'm addicted. I consider it my hobby so I use that to justify it.

Hey, I could be spending my money in a lot worst way.

Over the past month or so, I've collected a lot of beauty products, all of which I've been loving, and I want to tell you alllllllll about them.

  • Loreal Cushion Foundation: The moment I heard that L'oreal was coming out with a cushion foundation, I was patiently awaiting it's arrival. I've always wanted to try a cushion foundation and I couldn't wait to try the cheaper alternative. I saw it on Ulta's website and didn't wait a second before ordering it. I've fallen in love and it's become an easy, go to foundation for me. I apply it with the sponge it comes with and pat it into my skin. It leaves a nice coverage -- I'd say it's light to medium coverage and it gives a dewy, luminous finish. It's comfortable to wear and makes my skin look really great. 
  • Makeup Forever Ultra HD Concealer: When I saw all the reviews on this concealer, I knew I had to have it. I've never tried anything from Makeup Forever so I figured a concealer was a good start. It's light weight but very pigmented -- therefore, a little goes a long way. It takes a little to blend and I like using a beautyblender to apply it but my goodness, the coverage is incredible. It brightens my under-eye area (I have the shade Y23) and leaves the area flawless. It's beautiful, unlike anything else. I know I talked about my Urban Decay concealer yesterday, and these two have been the only concealers I've been using.
  • Too Faced Natural Matte Palette: I was in the market for a new all matte palette and I knew it was going to be this one. Too Faced has the best eyeshadows and their mattes are no expectation. They're smooth, buttery, and very pigmented. They blend together so well and the palette has the best neutrals I've ever seen. I usually wear it when I'm running errands or didn't wake up for work in time. If you're in need of a good matte palette, or just a beginner palette, I highly recommend this one.
  • Carli Bybel Eyeshadow Palette from bH Cosmetics: I will always support beauty bloggers but Carli is one of my favorites so I knew I needed to get her eyeshadow palette, which comes with 10 eyeshadows, 4 huge pans of highlighter and it's only $12.50. The pigmentation is awesome and they blend really well. The shimmers are really fabulous and show up great on the eyes. I don't reach for this palette nearly enough, but I really need to start using it more.
  • Maybelline Master Prime Eye Primer: Maybelline (along with every other drugstore brand) released new products this month and I was in need of a new eye primer. This one from Maybelline has exceeded expectations. Eye primers from the drugstore are not my cup of tea but this one is pretty awesome. I got the smoothing base and it isn't tacky, but actually smoothing. Because of this I didn't think it would hold onto eyeshadow as well but boy was I wrong. It makes all my eyeshadows look super intense and they stay on ALL DAY. I've never had that happen before so this is a new favorite, for sure.
I'll have another haul post + reviews in a week or so because I have that much more but these have been some of my recent favorites!

What have you picked up in the beauty world recently?

February 1, 2016

January Favorites

I hate February almost as much as I hate March, April, and May. Today starts my utter hatred for the next few months. What a positive way to start off Monday morning!!!

I just really prefer September-January. Sorry not sorry.. I'm just a true winter type of gal and February signifies the end of winter and Spring is around the corner. UGH.

Anyways, January went kind of slow and kind of fast. That's been my conclusion of the past few months actually. Slow and fast at the same time, which I'm kind of ok with.

During the month of January, I tried so many new things. It was just something new everyday and I loved it, which is why I have quite a few favorites.

  • PUR Cosmetics HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation: I won't get too into this because I ranted and raved about it in a review last week. It's an amazing foundation and the only one I've been reaching for all month. Great coverage, hydrating, and leaves my skin smooth and flawless. That's pretty much everything I look for in a foundation. It's my #1 right now
  • First Aid Beauty Lip Treatment Balm: I've been on the hunt for a new lip balm that actually works. My lips are dry, cracked, chapped, and itchy-- really attractive, I know. I just needed and wanted something that worked and this bad boy has been that for me. I have a lip balm post coming because I've found a few that work great but this one takes the cake. It's minty yet hydrating, and thick but not too thick. I really have been enjoying it and it's helped a lot! 
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer: Concealers are my vice and this satisfied it this month. I was in the market for a new concealer and I just had to have this one. It's been raved about since it came out and all my favorite beauty bloggers adore it, so I knew I had to try it. It's very lightweight but full coverage so it covers all the darkness under my eyes. It blends out beautifully and it has a flat, wand applicator which is awesome. I wear the shade "Light Neutral" and I honestly can't get enough.
  • HK Girl Topcoat: I raved about this top coat in a recent Manicure Monday but my love for it has just grown and grown. It's thick and it has a chemically smell but my goodness it works like a dream. My nail polish stays on for days and days without chips and stays very shiny. I used my Essie Gel Setter top coat one day this month and it chipped within a day. I immediately went back to this one and the difference is spectacular. I LOVE this top coat! 
  • Rebecca Minkoff Medium M.A.B Tote: If concealers are my vice, handbags are my true high. I have a lot of handbags but I just always want more. A good handbag is everything to me and this month, I caught the bug. I always feel like I carry more things with me during the winter and my Kate Spade Cedar Street Hayden felt too small and I wanted/needed a new bag. I didn't want another Kate Spade because I wanted to try something different and then I remembered how much I lusted after Rebecca Minkoff. This gorgeous bag was on sale and Rebecca Minkoff was having an extra 25% off. I bought it immediately and haven't looked back. I get so many compliments on a daily basis and the bag is a lot bigger than it looks. I just love it so much and I'm so happy that I bought it.

  • Henri Bendel Planner & Phone Case: I posted a photo of this in a recent post and raved about how much I loved the brand. These two items have not left my side. I usually change my phone cases a few times a month but I couldn't depart with this adorable one. I also already have a Lilly Pulitzer planner that I use on a daily basis and didn't think I'd get much use out of this baby, mini planner but boy was I wrong! It's perfect for throwing in my purse and just jotting down random things. I love it! 
Favorites on favorites on favorites! Shop more of my monthly favorites below :)

What did you love this month?

January 29, 2016

Links to Love + HUGE GIVEAWAY

I promised on Wednesday that this post would be up but it's just been one of those weeks. My mom is away on a cruise, the snowstorm is still getting to me, and work has been very busy (in a good way). I've been exhausted and last night I was SO SICK. It was horrific.

Okay, enough of my complaining.. let us get into the entire point of this epic Friday post. I've been thinking of doing a giveaway for a while. I have a lot of stuff that I love but have extras of or don't really use. I've been sent products that I just have too much of and I wanted to do something extra special on the blog.

It's been a while since my last giveaway and all my giveaways have been with companies -- I wanted to do one on my own!

The giveaway is mostly of beauty product (ok, all beauty products) and I'm so excited. I put together this goodie box last night and it just made me so happy!

It includes:

  • Pur Cosmetics HydraFluid WaterSerum Foundation in Medium(if you need the shade dark or deep, I have those as well!)
  • Pur Cosmetics Cameo Contour in Medium (if you need darker shades, I have those as well)
  • Mac Lipstick in Fresh Brew
  • 2 Julep Nail Polishes
  • Wet & Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette
  • Kat Von D Lolita Duo (Deluxe samples of Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita and Lolita 2)
  • ELF Blush Palette in shade dark (gorgeous colors for all skin tones)
  • Makeup Forever Mini Lipstick in Natural
  • Bath & Body Works Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Body Lotion
  • Vita Liberata Luxury Tan (OMG THE BEST TANNER EVER)
  • 2 Borghese Masks
  • Sephora makeup bag (filled with some extra fun goodies!)
Okay, how does that sound?

Enter the Rafflecopter below -- it'll run for 1 week and I'll contact the winner next Friday :) 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you guys like giveaways like this, let me know! If you like it more not coming from a company and from me, I could definitely do more! 

Alright, enough giveaway talk, lets get into links:

Happy weekend everyone!