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September 1, 2015

Life Lately

Another life lately post? Don't mind if I do... oh, Happy September!!!!!!

I'm currently in bed with a horrible stomach, watching The Real Housewives of Orange County, and a few blinks away from sleep.

This past week was the longest of my life; I worked from Monday-Wednesday, got up Thursday morning and drove to Pennsylvania for a work trip. I know I said I wouldn't talk about my job in any specifics but I will say that I was at QVC.

Yes, one of the home shopping networks -- that's where my work trip was. It was surreal and cool and very odd. I basically was up for 24 hours straight, only sleeping for about 4 hours from Thursday into Friday. It was really weird being in a television studio and actually being held responsible for something.

I was basically live tweeting/'gramming/facebooking the entire time during our 10 shows on Friday, last from 12AM-12AM. It was truly a wild experience and I never thought I'd do anything like that.

I was nervous the day or so leading up to the trip but it was nothing compared to what I usually experience. I was calm in a sense, and fine once we got to the studio. The only thing that truly worried me was being awake for so long because when I'm awake for that long, I get sick.

Which is how I feel now.

After a whirlwind few days, I drove home Saturday morning, rested for a little bit, showered, and then headed to a Mets game at Citi Field that afternoon with my college friends.

#Basic #SnapChat Filters

My basic bitch face & my friend Will
My anxiety hasn't been that bad lately, but the past two weeks I've been struggling really bad -- and it hit me after the trip more than before/during, probably due to the overwhelming exhaustion I feel. It's so bad that I slept through three alarms this morning and basically was asleep the entire day at work.

(Side note: I have no idea where this post is going... I'm just talking)

I am so excited for the fall it's unreal-- I feel like I come alive in the fall. The crispness in the air, pumpkin everything, sweaters, riding boots -- BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!

Got my fall candles ready & waiting :)
I also have been on a kick of "get me out of the house, let's do something". I've been (OMG) socializing with the outside world the past few weeks and it feels good. I feel the need to keep myself busy and just feel fulfilled. It's been so out of character that my friends were talking behind my back and said "Briana has left her house three weekends in a row!" - I am a true homebody, through and through.

A lot of fun things are happening honestly, and I'm excited. I recently became a volunteer advisor to my sorority -- I'll be helping out a local chapter in Long Island and I don't remember the last time I was this excited. My sorority was such a huge part of my life in college(as you know, I talk about it constantly) and to feel like I'm going back, and doing what I've always loved and what I was good at, feels right. It'll give me something else to do and I'm really looking forward to it.

I have another little side project planned but don't want to say anything yet because it's not 100% definite but if so, it will surely keep my hands busy!

I'm also getting into making monthly goals for things I want to do -- from making a doctor's appointment to getting a new blog design. I think that'll keep me focused and force me to do things from a bigger perspective.

I just feel like I need to get my shit together. It's been two years since senior year started, and I'm still very much longing for my college campus and I think I need to just suck it up. It's over, it's done with, all I have are the memories so let's move on. I need to find other things to do; I can't just stay at home every night watching TV and beauty tutorials on Youtube. I need to DO SOMETHING.

I feel the fire being lit under my ass and it's time to get moving!

What advice do you guys have about staying busy, getting out of the house, staying motivated & positive? I could use all the good vibes I could get :)

August 31, 2015

August Favorites

Thank GOD!!!!

Oh I am so happy August is over! I think February-April & July-August are my least favorite months. August is hot and sweaty and humid. It's the Friday of summer, yes, but I am very happy to welcome September with open arms!

August was an odd month. I still feel like I should be sitting in a classroom instead of in an office and the realization is just as bad as it was last year (ok, maybe not THAT bad). I feel like it went very slowly and I'm perfectly fine with that. I can't believe how fast 2015 is going, and has already gone.

Before we know it, it'll be Christmas! Oh I CANNOT WAIT.

Before I begin rambling more and more, let's get into my favorites. I didn't keep track this month of what I loved, so we're rolling with the punches, especially since I'm writing this at 8 PM on Sunday, after a very long and tiring weekend. I was on a work trip and was basically up for 24 hours straight (#socialmedialife) and then I went to a Mets game with my friends on Saturday afternoon. It was a tiring, exciting, and overwhelming weekend for sure.

Side note: It's also been ONE YEAR since I posted my first favorites blog -- oh how things have changed!

Ok ok, no more rambles!

//Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer: I have been an avid wearer of the no make-up, make-up look all summer. I barely wear any liquid foundation so I've been sticking with concealer and my powder foundation. This concealer from Maybelline is new to drugstore shelves and it's the only thing I've been using this month. Maybelline concealers are my favorite and you'd know it from looking at my concealer drawer (yes I have a concealer drawer). This one is very thin in consistency but covers your under eye like it's nobody's business! I have not used anything else and I'm perfectly okay with that.

//Too Faced Amazing Face Powder Foundation: I feel like I spoke about this once before but I couldn't find any record of it. I bought these foundations (yes plural because I have 3 different shades) a few months ago for $8 in Nordstrom Rack. I really wanted a powder foundation and these seemed like a safe bet. I bought one, my mom bought two, and she decided she didn't want them anymore so now I have three shades. I've already hit pan on the deepest one "Honey Beige" because it was honestly all I was wearing for two months straight. It was just easier to apply before work, and I couldn't stand the feeling of foundation during the heat and humidity.

//Caudalie Lip Conditioner: I've spoken so many times about my problem with dry skin, and my dry lips. I've used so many different lip balms, trying to find the perfect one. I've had no such luck; they all work fine for the first week or two, and then they don't work anymore. The latest one I had was the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment and it was $22 and lasted about two weeks before I was finished with it. Not worth the money! I was on the Birchbox website, looking for something to spend money on and realized I needed a new lip balm. I saw this Caudalie one and OMG I'm IN LOVE. It's hydrating, nourishing, I don't have to reapply too often, and it doesn't feel heavy on the lips. It's $12 which is pricey for a lip balm but I think I need something heavy duty and I'm willingly to spend that much if it works.

//Herbal Essences Dry Oil Spray: I got this in a Target Beauty Box (not the one I posted about) and I have used a decent amount. I've never used dry oil and I never really use oil on my hair but now I see the benefits. This is really easy to apply (no greasy hands), and it leaves my hair soft, smooth, shiny, and frizz free. It's a life saver in the heat and humidity.

//ban.do planner: August is national planner month apparently so when August 1st struck, I was stoked to start using my ban.do planner. It's small but mighty in my opinion. It fits in all my bags perfectly, yet still big enough to write in. Not to mention it's SO cute! I'm always looking for a reason to take it out and write things down--definitely a good purchase in my book.

//Seamless: This is such a typical NYC, basic girl favorite but I've been ordering off Seamless basically everyday at work, for lunch. I hate bringing my lunch because it's never as appetizing as something fresh. If I bring a sandwich, by the time lunchtime comes, I no longer crave that. It's easy to just decide right then and there what I'm in the mood for. It's dangerous and I need to stop spending money on food.

I probably have more favorites but this month has minimal in terms of "things".

What were your favorites this month? Tell me in the comments!!

Shop my favorites below: 

August 25, 2015

Baublebar Wishlist + NYC Store

Sunday afternoon I decided to get out of the house and head to the mall. I haven't been in a while and I knew I wanted a few things that I didn't want nor could I order online.

I never go to the mall a lot because it's a good half hour away, and I always feel like it has to take up an entire day. When I was younger, and I'd go shopping with my mom, we'd be at the mall for up to 4 hours. It was an all day thing that left you exhausted, and usually in tears after fighting with my mom and/or sister.

Now that I'm older, I can relish in the fact of taking the car and doing my shopping in under an hour. I knew exactly what I wanted and went to a few stores, and got what I needed.

I did roam around the mall a tad bit, heading into Forever 21 to browse, and then I found Mecca. On the bottom level of Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island, next to Sephora (which I resisted THANK GOD) and Nordstrom, is the first ever BaubleBar store.

I knew it was there and I meant to see where it was but then I forgot once I got there. Hence why I was pleasantly surprised when it just kind of appeared.

I walked in and ugh, it was amazing to see the baubles in real life as opposed to shopping them online.

It's a small store, but has enough baubles stocked that there's something for everyone. It was adorable and chic, in true BaubleBar fashion and I kind of never wanted to leave.

I didn't buy anything because I was on a mission to spend a certain amount of money, and I didn't need any new jewelry -- you'll find out next week as to why ;)

I also haven't been wearing too much jewelry because it's so hot out and I don't like feeling the extra metal against my chest. With Fall coming, however, it did spark my interest to invest in some new Baublebar pieces. I never buy my jewelry anywhere else because they make it so easy. They have everything from chic, delicate pieces, to chunky and trendy statement necklaces. They've expanded their line so much in the 2 years that I've known about them and it's so amazing to see the store come to life.

Here are some pieces that I have my eye on for the fall:

August 24, 2015

Birchbox August Review

Let me start off by saying that I love Birchbox for so many reasons. The monthly box of surprises, the perks of being an Ace, the points system, and the endless possibilities that the Birchbox shop holds. There is really nothing bad about Birchbox in my opinion.

I am however, getting quite overwhelmed by all the product I have. There's just so many samples everywhere, so much other make-up that I have...it's a lot. I haven't bought make-up in a while, but all my Birchbox samples are becoming a lot. I already cancelled Ipsy because it was just too much.

So, I have a feeling, sooner or later I may say goodbye to Birchbox-- temporarily, and give myself a break from all the product I have.

Uhh..this box is ADORABLE!!!! It looks like it's 3D and I can't get enough!

Despite all that, my August box was awesome, aside from another perfume sample which I cannot use because I'm allergic.

Everything else in the box was perfect and I'm pretty sure I already went through one product already.

//Coola SPF 30 Organic Make-up Setting Spray: This was my sample choice that I chose. I've been obsessed with setting sprays and facial mists recently and I figured I'd try another one out. This is the product I've gone through fully already and I'm considering getting the full size. It smells heavily of sunscreen so if you don't like that scent, you may not enjoy this, but it feels really refreshing and I think it does help my make-up stay on longer.

Full size: $36.00
Sample size: 3/5

//IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer: I haven't tried this out yet but I'm looking forward to it. I love primers, they're definitely one of my favorite make-up products and I love radiance primers. This one seems promising and I can't wait to try it out!

Full size: $28.00
Sample size: 3/5

//Parlor Blowout Spray: With all the make-up I have, I've been loving hair & skincare products lately to fill the void. This one made me extremely excited! My keratin treatment is still lingering in my hair, but with winter coming, I know I'll be more patient with my locks and will actually take the time out to blow and straighten this. I'm sure this will come in handy in extending the time the style lasts.

Full size: $24
Sample size: 4/5

//LAQA & Co Charm School Kit: I've never tried a LAQA & Co product and they're a cult favorite in Birchbox so I'm happy to have the chance now. I received the chubby lip pencil in Cray Cray, a coral peach shade, and I'm obsessed. They're smooth, pigmented, and really great for an everyday lip color. I have so many lip products but nothing like this so it'll come in handy for the last few weeks of summer.

Full size: $20 for set of three
Sample size: 5/5

//I Am Juicy Couture: I don't even have anything to say about this because I can't use it. It does smell good, probably not a perfume I'd wear. To me, it seems faint and floral, and just not my taste in perfume. I wish I wasn't allergic because I feel like it's such a waste of a sample to me.

Full size: $95
Sample size: 1/5

What are your thoughts about subscription boxes? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the products you have from them? 

August 21, 2015

Links to Love

This week was extremely long. I don't think I've had this long of a week in a few months, at least. I don't know if it was the fact that I was away all weekend, or if work is just super busy, but I've felt like every day was 100 hours long.

I realize I only posted twice this week, basically because Wednesday night I was too tired to write a post for Thursday, even though I had one on my schedule.

I don't remember if I mentioned this, but I'm probably going to cut down on blog posts for a little while. I haven't been truly inspired so I don't want to just write for the sake of producing content. I really want to take Royally Pink to the next level (I know I keep saying that), so I want to make sure I'm producing good content, and I feel like right now, posting about 3 times a week fits my schedule.

I usually write on Sundays and writing 4-5 posts in only a few hours, taking good photos, and playing in Photoshop is a lot.. not to mention actually trying to do things on the weekend.


Next week is going to be a busy one! I'm heading down to Pennsylvania for work on Thursday, coming home on Saturday morning, and then heading to a New York Mets game that afternoon. I *might* go to a bar Sunday afternoon for my friend's birthday, so if I do, it will for sure be another tiring weekend. I'm excited to rest up this weekend though, run some errands, and get some hardcore writing done.

I was so happy to get out of New York last weekend (I went to Boston if you didn't know) and now I have that adventure, travel bug inside me. Maybe I'll actually start living a life I want now ...

Ok ok enough babbling about nonsense -- here are some links I loved this week:

Harry Potter always gets me right in the feels


Pancakes as dumplings? Hmm.. I'm intrigued

Beauty products for post work-out -- these are hands down my favorite types of beauty posts

Carly from The College Prepster was on Career Contessa yesterday and my girl crush on her has been reignited 

TV finales are always the saddest, and always make me cry

Anxious? Laid Back? Yup, sounds accurate

Have a great weekend everyone!!

August 19, 2015

Favorite Face Masks

I apologize if this post is a little all over the place ... I'm pretty tired and can't form coherent thoughts but I've been wanting to get this post up for a while so I figured there's no better time than the present! I'm also trying out a different format for writing review & round up posts -- let's move away from lists from a little bit and try regular writing for once - let me know what you think!!

Ever since I was little, I had a fascination with face masks. Whether they were the peel off masks, or green mud masks, I loved the idea of applying something to your face, sitting in a bubble bath, and having the ultimate relaxation experience.

Even if face masks didn't work, I think I would still use them because it's the idea of helping your skin while just laying down-- who wants to move around when your face is tight and you look like a zombie? Nope, I lay down in my bed or a bath when I have a face mask on.

As I've learned more about beauty and skincare, I've learned more about what face masks can do for you and all the different types. I've gotten a lot better at choosing face masks for my skin type and my needs... I've also started doing face masks 1-2 times a week. I like to space them out so I'm not overdoing it and putting too much on my skin.

I've recently been really into sheet masks, as has the entire beauty industry. They're quick, easy, and aren't as messy as typical masks that you apply from a tube or jar. My favorites have been the Sephora face masks (they have eye masks too which are amazing), and I really like the Dr. Jart ones as well, especially the Pore Minimizing one which I received in a past Birchbox

I will always be a drugstore gal through and through, and you can't go wrong with the Freeman Masks, whether you get them in foil packets or in the big tube. I have the Stress Relief, Avocado, and Charcoal masks and I use them regularly. They all have different uses and satisfy my different skin needs.

I also just tried two packets of the famous GlamGlow Youthmud Mask (in the black jar) and I will be buying the full size -- full review coming soon so stay tuned! It definitely is worth it to me... at least get the $19 one from Sephora.

I think face masks are an important part of your skincare routine because they give your skin that extra boost and those extra benefits that you may not be getting from your regular skincare. I usually stick to brightening masks, mud masks, charcoal masks, and fatigue masks. They all serve my skin differently, and actually work. I think my favorite has to be charcoal and mud masks because they are so purifying and I can feel the difference in my skin.

Face masks are an addition to your regular skincare and if your skin is acting up, a face mask can be a quick fix. If I have a blemish, I'll break out a anti blemish mask and it'll help speed along the process.

You can shop all my favorite face masks, that I continue to repurchase over and over and I feel like really work for me, below.

Here are also some face masks that are on my "to buy" list and that I've heard amazing things about!!

What are your favorite face masks? What's your opinion -- do you think they really work?

August 18, 2015

Weekend Trip to Boston Recap + Photos

I never travel. I can count the states I've been too on 2 hands, and still have some fingers left over.

I've talked before how I want to be that spontaneous, adventurous, twenty something traveler. It goes back to me stepping outside my comfort zone, saying yes to things, and having an idea in my head of the type of person I want to be.

I think this weekend was a step in the right direction.

As I said on Friday, my friend (and old college roommate) Marissa asked me to road trip to Boston this past weekend to see our friend Will, who lives there and who we also went to college with.

I would be lying if I said I wasn't skeptical about it. My weekends (and pretty much any time away from my work desk) is sacred and I'm very picky about not having time to "relax." I am a homebody through and through, and I'd even go as far as to say that it's a major problem.

Well, I survived and I wasn't struck by lightning, I wasn't overly exhausted on Monday morning at work - the world didn't end just because I spent a weekend away from home.

I did get a little antsy while away -- I was tired from walking (13,000 steps on Saturday afternoon), and was excited when I was on my way home. I just wanted to be in my own bed.

I was never weird about sleeping out, but as I got older, I savor my time in my own bed and feel very disorientated when I'm out of place... but as I said, I survived.

The weekend was FANTASTIC! I had been wanting to visit Boston for the longest time and it was a great first visit.

Me and Marissa drove up on Friday night and didn't arrive till around 11:30 PM. We were both equally exhausted and just hung around until around 1 AM and went to bed. We knew we had an early day in the morning!

My friend Will lives right outside of Boston, in Cambridge and it's gorgeous! It was the cutest little town! Marissa and I were very out of place and confused, because Cambridge isn't considered a "small town"-- it's a city but it basically looked like New York suburbs.

We got breakfast in Cambridge (Boston bagels are NOT as bad as I thought haha They were delicious!) and got ready for the day!

We first headed into Harvard Square and walked around Harvard's campus. I was in awe... I felt like I was in a movie. Harvard is gorgeous... lush trees every where, gorgeous architecture, and tons of people!

We wandered around Harvard Square (outside of campus) for a really long time, walked into a few Harvard shops and book stores, and just admired everything around us.

How cool is this?!

Stopped for some Pinkberry (forgot to take a pic #bloggerfail) and then took the T (not the train) into Boston. This is where we did the majority of our walking and where I legit felt I was going to die.

It was great thought.

Potato, Bacon, Cheddar, Sourcream Spring Rolls?! 
You could feel the history on the streets, from the trolley tours, to the town halls, to the historic statues, it's easy to forget that our country started in Boston and the history there is richest. We actually saw a historic reinactment on the streets of Boston, with men dressed in red coats and screaming something as they galloped down the cobblestone road. It was awesome.

There was also no shortage of Red Sox & Patriot talk/gear spread around the city - I saw a street stand with "Free Brady" shirts as well as hearing people scream that through the streets #LOL.

We walked through Quincy Market that has tons of little shops, stores, and restaurants, before heading into downtown Boston to sit, eat, and drink at Brewery. Afterwards we met up with some more friends, and went to a classic Boston bar. We were in bed by 12 (which I was very thankful for) and up early on Sunday to get some classic New England seafood and then on the road back to NYC.

I think my favorite part of the trip (aside from seeing my friends and road tripping in the car) was Harvard. It felt so surreal to be in a place that so many great people have been before. My one regret this trip was not getting a Harvard t-shirt before I left.

Side note: I also LOVED all the Snapchat filters, as you can see above. I mean, come on--is it really a road trip if you don't add some snapchat filters?

For my next trip, I want to do a lot more sight seeing and possibly head to Salem (maybe during Halloween?!)

I feel like I may be doing some more road trips in my future!

Have you ever been to Boston? What's your favorite road trip you've ever taken?