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May 5, 2015

April Favorites

April went very slow and very fast. A lot happened...and I mean A LOT! It was a very emotional month, for good and bad reasons. I went through a lot, one chapter of my life ended and I began a new, very real one.

Because so much happened, it felt like it took an eternity to get through. Yet, at the same time, it felt like the days were flying by, especially in my first two weeks of work (aka the last two weeks of April)

Anyways, I won't ramble because I've done that enough in my previous posts and I have a post grad update coming up soon!

I've been in my own world this entire month so these favorites may be all over the place but let's just get right into it.



//Kate Spade Sunglasses: I got these glasses last month and haven't been wearing anything else. I haven't had a good pair of sunglasses in quite some time and I knew I needed a new pair. They were a VERY late Christmas gift (LOL) and I forget sometimes that I can wear sunglasses in seasons other than summer. I wear them pretty much whenever I leave the house and I'm pretty obsessed. Here are a similar pair!

//LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub: I've been on the hunt for a great lip scrub for months now. The winter really took a toll on my skin (as I've talked about so many times before) and my lips were pretty bad. That's why I'm so glad I stumbled into LUSH Cosmetics and found this precious little jar at the register. I use it a few times a week, just scrub it on dry lips and then wipe off with a dry towel, apply some lip balm, and my lips are smooth and supple. It's been a lifesaver!

//Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel: I got this as a deluxe sample from a Sephora order last month but I've fallen in love with it. It's a gel consistency that you rub on your clean face and it breaks up all the dead skin. You can actually see the dead skin coming off your face so it's pretty gross and cool, at the same time. I've been doing this once a week as a treatment, and especially when my skin is extra dry and moisturizer isn't helping. It's great for bringing a new, fresh layer of skin to the surface and I notice a real difference when I use this.

//Audible: I don't know if this is a cheat favorite since I've only been using it for two weeks but I'm obsessed so I must include it. I'm a huge book worm and I've always loved reading. I never understood the appeal of audiobooks because I like to be able to read and hold an actual book (or e-reader) and I thought it would be hard to follow the story, but that has all changed. I downloaded the Audible app (Audible is powered by Amazon and linked to your Amazon account) and downloaded a free audiobook & fell in love. I listened to "Girl on the Train" (review coming soon) and loved the feel of listening to a story, so I bought another book. It's so relaxing and calming, and I love listening to them on the train as opposed to music. I'm officially a convert.

//Soap & Glory Hand Food Hand Cream: This is a product that I have had in my Sephora favorites for over a year. Finally, all of the Soap & Glory products were on sale at Sephora because they are no longer carrying the line and this little gem cost me $4. I bought it with the body butter(which I haven't used yet) but this hand cream is a Godsend. It smells amazing and is so soothing, moisturizing, and not greasy at all. I have a lot of hand creams but this is the only one I've been using of late.

As I always say, I need to keep track of my favorites more throughout the month and not just think about when it's time to write this post. I have to say, I've been using so many new make-up products lately so I don't have anything that has been used continuously.

Another favorite of mine....


There's a new little princess!!!!!! Did you really think I would go without addressing this?? I'm SO happy the Royal Family has welcomed a little girl... can you imagine the little outfits Kate is going to dress her in? PRECIOUS!

Happy May everyone :)


Shop my favorites below!!



May 4, 2015

Manicure Monday: Butter London

I've always wanted to try a Butter London nail polish but I could never muster up the courage to buy a $15 nail polish.

Much to my surprise, I received a Butter London nail polish in Pink Ribbon as a gift and I was overjoyed to finally try such a well known and loved brand.

The shade Pink Ribbon is a very, very pale pink. At first, I thought it was white and it wasn't until I read the name that I knew it was the palest, baby pink I have ever come across.



I was very, very surprised at the formula of this polish. It is very thick, much thicker than any Essie polish I have ever used. It was so thick that it felt like a gel nail polish.

I did use my Sally Hansen base coat but I don't think that affected the formula of the polish.



I'm not saying that it's a bad polish, because I do like it, but the thickness is something I wasn't used too and it made working with the polish a lot more difficult. It didn't dry quickly and then the morning after I painted my nails, two of them were completely smudged.

The polish didn't really apply smoothly and I could still feel the bumps along my nails.


This may have something to do with the fact that my nails are gross & I need a real manicure to buff and smooth out my nails. I also had a gel manicure last week and that always "ruins" my nails.

I also needed three coats to get an opaque look and it honestly still wasn't enough.

All of that was my first impression of the polish but as I am writing this blog post (on Thursday night), I repainted my two smudged nails and it was much better.

I took off the smudged polish two hours ago and let my nails breathe. I painted one layer of the base coat, let it sit for a few minutes, and then gently took the Butter London polish to my nails and it was so much better. It was still a little thick but not as hard to work with and not as goopy. It still wasn't too opaque but let us remember that this is a very pale color.

I also think that white (or pale pink) polishes are very hard to do right.

In conclusion, this isn't my favorite polish but I will for sure use it and I'm glad I got to finally try Butter London Nail Lacquers!

Have you ever tried Butter London? What is your opinion on it? Is it just me or is this polish very thick and goopy? 



May 1, 2015

Links to Love

Oh hello again. After Monday & Tuesday's post I fell off the face of the planet... I had all intentions of writing a post on Tuesday and/or Wednesday night to go up the following day but then something truly crazy happened. Wednesday morning I got up at 4am and boarded a flight to Chicago...

What?!

Yup, a last minute work trip put me on a plane, by myself, for the first time ever, to a strange city that I have never been to go to a work event... when I've been working for less than two weeks. Oh, I also came back the same day. I boarded the plane at 6am to go and boarded again to come home at 6pm. CRAZY!

If you know anything about me you know that I was freaking out inside. My anxiety hit a new level but honestly, I could not have asked for a better experience. I am SO PROUD of myself for going and having the time of my life. I'm so proud of myself for not freaking out too much and for remaining calm at all costs.

It was a crazy whirlwind but my goodness, it was amazing.

If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm being very vague about my entire job situation. I have always kept part of my life private from the blog and it will continue with this new chapter... no mentioning of the brand or the work I do. I mean, it's not like I'm hiding it--if you stalk me well enough you'll find out, but for the sake of my blog & my professional life, it'll stay quiet. No conflicts of interests please!

I will however, be talking about the transition into this new world and new life... like spontaneously getting on a plane to Chicago for a day. I'm learning a lot about the industry, the company, but also a lot about myself. It's all very eye opening and scary.

I kind of love it... actually, I really love it.

I promise that I will find a happy medium with posting. This weekend will be a little quieter than last weekend so I should be able to get a decent amount of writing done.

Side-note... it's May 1st. 16 days till I have been a college graduate for a YEAR. My god, time is flying. How is 2015 half way over? Time goes too fast. I'm losing it! haha!

Anyways.....

I haven't had a chance to save some cool links that I loved so some of these may be a few weeks old... either way, I still enjoyed them!

Jon Cryer has not aged a single day... this is amazing

Growing up in NYC, these are 100% true. It's scary

Cauliflower grilled cheese? YASS please

Oof, this was hard and interesting and true to read. 

Will Don Draper get a happy ending? I hope so.. 

Shonda Rhimes has a tendency to make her fans want to jump out a window... looking at you last week's Grey's! But she is a feminist & creates BADASS female characters

See? Not A LOT of links but I promise, things will get back to normal soon :)

Have a great weekend everyone!!


April 28, 2015

New CoverGirl Products

I received these products free of charge from the company but all opinions are my own!

Being the beauty junkie that I am, you could imagine my surprise and insane delight when I received an email from CoverGirl asking me if they could send me some of their new, not yet in store products.

UM YES!!!!!!!!!

I mean, CoverGirl is one of the first brands of make-up that I have ever bought and it's such a classic so it was a really proud moment for me.

The package arrived over the weekend (while I was away at school) so I played with them on Sunday.




The package was adorable with cute, blue confetti pieces and I was excited to dig in. The two products I received were a new eyeliner and mascara. The eyeliner is called "Intensify Me Eyeliner by LashBlast" and the mascara is the "Super Sizer Mascara"

I haven't been wearing eyeliner a lot lately but last week, I did and I realized how much I liked how I looked and that I missed wearing it. I was probably equally excited for both products but maybe slightly biased toward the eyeliner. I haven't found an eyeliner that I've LOVED recently so this one is a contender.


The eyeliner is very odd. It is a flat yet rounded, stiff brush that is unlike anything I have ever seen. It's SUPER black. It's one of the blackest eyeliners I have ever come across and it makes the most precise, thick, black line. It's amazing. I think I'm in love.



The mascara however, isn't my favorite. It's not that there's anything wrong with it, it's just not what I prefer. It's a very skinny wand that has short, synthetic bristles. It didn't give me much volume, as those types of brushes usually don't, but it did lengthen my lashes. I have very long lashes to begin with so that's why I usually prefer thicker, fuller brushes to give me lots of volume and separation.

I will, of course, use the mascara because I have it and I don't totally hate it but it's just not what I prefer. Who knows, after a few times of wearing it I may fall in love. I don't discriminate against beauty products!

I am so grateful that CoverGirl chose me to try out these products before anyone else! It's a total honor and I am really excited to use both of these products in my daily make-up routine!

What are your favorite types of eyeliners and mascaras? Tell me in the comments! 


April 27, 2015

Oh hey...

So, last week I didn't write any blog posts. Today is the FIRST DAY since last Sunday that I even turned my computer on. That is so unlike me but last week was insane.

It was the first week of my new job and I am LOVING it. It's so much fun and there is so much to do and so much to learn-it definitely isn't boring. It's surreal to have my own desk, go to meetings, and take charge of something that is my own.

It's a really odd feeling, having your first full time, big girl job. It really has been messing with my head and throwing me for a loop. I mean, all week I came home, showered and immediately got into bed. I was asleep before 11pm every single night. It was insane.

I know it's going to take some getting used too, my new schedule and this whole new "life". Everything is changing and it's nerve wracking.

Also, I had some functions up at my alma mater this weekend that I was looking forward too and I knew they were looming in the distance so I think that also made me feel unsettled this week.

On that note, I had so much fun. I had a friend's "function" on Friday night and then Saturday was my sorority formal. It was really weird being back but still so much fun. I know that this was probably my last formal because it's just time. It needs to be done.

I am now exhausted because I'm old and can't hang like a college student anymore.

This is just a warning post to say that I'm still getting adjusted to work and my new schedule so blog posts may be a coming less. I'm going to try and work with a new editorial calendar, maybe posting 3 times a week instead of 5, just for now, or maybe for a while... who knows!

Enjoy your week everyone :)


April 17, 2015

Links to Love

When was the last time I wrote one of these posts? Last month? I think that's correct.

My Thursday nights have been exhausting lately... I'm just too tired (and sometimes I just forget) about this post.

Also, I'm not sure if I've talked about this on the blog but I have a real bad wrist (or wrists, I guess). I've been going to doctors and it's not carpal tunnel but my tendons are inflamed and there may be fluid building up. It's basically from overuse and it hurts like a bitch... so after a long day of being on the computer at work, the last thing I need to come home and do is be on the computer more... just typing this now hurts like a bitch.

Anyways, I gave you enough of a life update this week in a post so I won't ramble.

Here's what I loved this week!

For sure, I'm not a chill girl. 

Did this mom want a girl? I couldn't tell

Boy Meets World was always super real... they went there.

This is REALLY controversial but as a journalism junkie, it's mind blowing

Mad Men came back two weeks ago, and the obsession has never been more real

Beauty bloggers tell all-- very interesting!

The last time Hilary Clinton ran for president, it was a very different world. Like REALLY different

Also, I'm so late to the game but I kept forgetting to mention it, I can't believe Zayn left One Direction. My heart is still hurting.

Have a great weekend everyone and get those wallets ready for Lilly for Target on Sunday!! #YEEEEKKKK


April 16, 2015

Birchbox April Review + Mad Men Curated Box

When I heard that Birchbox was releasing Mad Men curated boxes for the big premiere of the next seven episodes, I knew I needed it.

I have developed a deep love for Mad Men when I watched the entire series for the first two weeks after graduation, back in May 2014. I love Don Draper, Betty is a bad bitch, and Joan is incredible. Being such a media junkie, I love the feel of the advertising agency and the 1960s add the perfect touch.

It's just an amazing series; if you haven't it yet, I suggest you do before the series ends in a few weeks.

With that, I knew I wanted to have the Mad Men April Birchbox, and then when I saw what was inside, I knew for sure I needed it. Birchbox featured two Mad Men boxes, one for New York and one for California, since towards the end of the series, some of it takes place in Cali.

I stalked my email for sample choice and clicked Mad Men New York box since that had, in my opinion, the best products.

I literally couldn't wait to open this box and dive into all the products. I think this is the first Birchbox in a while that I was excited for every single product. I've already incorporated every product into my routine and it's so exciting.



//Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel: I got this product in an Ipsy bag a few years ago, before I got more into blogging and Youtube vloggers, and I was in love. Ever since I went through my first tube, I wanted another one but I can't justify the price. I was so excited and then a little disappointed because I don't remember this brow gel being as tacky and crispy as it was this time around. It definitely held my brows in place all day but it felt like hairspray on my eyebrows and I didn't like it. I'll probably keep using it because I have it.

Sample size: 4/5
Full size: $22


//Beauty Protector Protect & Oil: This is a hair oil that protects against UV rays and heat. I've been wanting to try a heat protector forever since I am constantly putting heat on my hair. I haven't tried this yet but I am planning on using it tonight when I wash my hair. I love Beauty Protector as a brand so I know I won't be disappointed.

Sample size: 3/4
Full size: $25.95



//Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush in Los Cabos: I once got a Cargo blush in a Birchbox but it came broken and they couldn't replace it. I was so disappointed but I knew I'd get a chance to try it eventually. I've been on a huge blush kick and I was super excited to try out this brand. I've heard great things about Cargo and this blush and it definitely lives up to the hype. It's such a soft texture, not too powdery, and it's the most beautiful peach color with gold sparkles. I wore it the other night and it just looked beautiful; I think it'll look even better with a tan!

Sample size: 5/5
Full size: $26

//Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion: I think I was most excited for this product and when I saw the size of the sample, I was even more excited. I'm all about eye creams and lotion and I was running out of mine so I needed a new one. This one is very liquidy and I usually use it in the morning; I pour it on a cotton pad and rub it around my eyes and on my eyelid. It claims to de-puff and refresh tired eyes and I honestly think it does work. I'm obsessed!

Sample size: 5/5
Full size: $25

//Whish Shave Cream in Blueberry: I've had a Whish Shaving Cream before and I got a body butter a few months back and I love it. I love the brand and the products and I will never say no to a shaving cream. I haven't used it yet but I know I love it!

Sample size: 3/5
Full size: $20



All in all, I was clearly happy with this Birchbox. I already can't wait for May!

What did you get in your Birchbox this month? Did you choose the curated box? What was your favorite product? Tell me in the comments!