January 19, 2018

Royal Round Up: Week 3

It was a short week but usually, that means it's all the more busy and stressful. I don't know when work got so busy but it has and it's interesting. My days go much faster and I feel more accomplished but it's definitely tiring.

I've spent the past few hours laying in bed, doing a whole lot of nothing as my Friday nights usually go, but I felt more drained and dead inside (LOL) than usual. However, Gilmore Girls marathons make those times much better and that's currently what I'm doing now.

In other TV news, Riverdale came back this week and I was super pumped. I finished binging the first season as well as catching up on the 2nd (I spent almost $20 on the episodes on Amazon Video because I just needed to finish) and it's my new addiction. The show is so unique, so fun, so dramatic and has that perfect CW twist.

I also tried to watch Black Mirror, made it through 4 episodes and just gave up. I don't understand it, the 5th episode was in complete black & white, and I just can't get into it. On that note, I discovered that I could watch Netflix on my television through one of the cable channels on Fios -- this is a game changer.

I need more Netflix recommendations so please leave them below!! There's so much to watch but yet, I don't want to watch any of them. Weird...

I wanted today to be the day I made a special announcement but I don't think that's going to happen the way I planned. I'm hoping that by Sunday/Monday I'll have everything complete but I can give a sneak peek as I've already mentioned it on social media.

I'm launching a new newsletter. I've been toying with the idea for a while, about launching a beauty-focused newsletter because there is another side to my beauty passion besides what you see on the blog. I also love newsletters, like The Newsette and theSkimm because it gives you snippets of the news you need without being overwhelming.

My Royally Pink newsletter kind of flopped because I felt like it was just a repeat of what was on the blog and it seemed redundant to rewrite information.

Please sign up for the newsletter here; I promise it's going to be different and give a unique perspective on the beauty industry.



All that aside, here are the links I loved this week:

Here's what you missed on Royally Pink:
Have a great weekend everyone!
xoxo
B

January 18, 2018

Beauty in Review: The Best Non Face Masks

I've spoken time and time again about how my makeup purchasing has decreased, but I've been more obsessed with trying skincare.

Skincare is having a major moment and it's not going away in 2018; one of the biggest trends you're going to see is skincare as makeup. That means more natural finishes, more radiance, more hydration, and just more natural beauty. I for one am excited about this because I love a good trend and I'm ready for some new stuff!

Now, this post isn't necessarily about skincare but it is about masks. I'm not talking about face masks or sheet masks, I'm talking about nonface masks.

There are masks for everything now, for every part of your body and for every concern. I love a good nonface mask and I've tried my fair share. I think I love the 'gimmick' but just as you take extra care of your face, you need to take extra care of other parts of your skin/body as well.

I've tried my fair share of all different types and I've come up with these as my current favorites.



1. Skyn Iceland Eye Masks: I've tried so many eye masks but I always go back to these. They're soft, smooth, and very cooling. They don't tug on the skin and don't slip or slide all over the place. They are the perfect undereye mask and I don't know if I'll ever be able to try anything else.

2. Sephora Lip Masks: Sephora Collection is sneakily becoming one of my favorite brands and I love their lip masks. They're inexpensive, easy to use, and makes your lips super soft. I always make sure I have at least one on hand.

3. Patchology Lip Masks: In the same breath, I love the Patchology lip masks too. They're gel masks that fit on your lips perfectly and feel really nice on your lips. My lips feel very soft and smooth after using these! I don't think these are better or worse than the Sephora ones but just different in texture.

4. Sephora Collection Hair Masks: I bought one of these masks on a whim and used it one random night when I knew I had to wash my hair in the morning. OMG I was stunned. I've never used a hair product that made such a quick and noticeable difference. After using the rose mask, my hair was softer, shinier and easier to style. I need everyone to try one of these, ASAP.

5. Nails Inc Overnight Detox Mask: I wouldn't forget your nails, would I? I love a good at home manicure and probably get a salon manicure 1-2 times a year. This overnight detox mask has really helped my nail growth and strength. Every so often I'll take my nail polish off, let this sink in overnight and then repaint in the morning. It's nice to give my nails a breather

6. Sephora Collection Foot Mask: TMI but I have really terrible feet. They're always dry, cracked, and just gross. I do my best to take care of them with the Emjoi Micro Pedi but sometimes I need extra help and these Sephora foot masks are the ticket. They leave my feet so soft it's actually insane. After using one of these, my feet feel like a baby's butt.

What are your favorite non face masks?
xoxo
B

January 17, 2018

Book Review Wednesday: She Regrets Nothing

This book isn't set to release for another few weeks but I had to figure out a way to get my hands on it. It's all over my Instagram feed and the cover is just enthralling, as well as the title.

I did some research and stumbled across a website that I used to use and completely forgot about; Net Galley is a way to request books before they're released, directly from the publishers. All you do is fill in your info and you're all set. I don't think you need to be a blogger/reviewer to use it but it definitely does help if you have a place you can review the books you request.

The catch is you need to have a Kindle account (whether on a tablet or actual Kindle) to download and read the books. I don't have Kindle but I do have an iPad so I just downloaded the app and voila, I was ready to read.

She Regrets Nothing was the first book I searched for and was so happy when I was accepted to read it. (The publishers can accept or decline you based on your profile.)



I finished this book within a few days because it was a very easy read but also very interesting.

Here is the publisher's summary:

When Laila Lawrence becomes an orphan at twenty-three, the sudden loss unexpectedly introduces her to three glamorous cousins from New York who show up unannounced at her mother’s funeral. The three siblings are scions of the wealthy family from which Laila’s father had been estranged long before his own untimely demise ten years before.

Two years later, Laila has left behind her quiet life in Grosse Point, Michigan to move to New York City, landing her smack in the middle of her cousins’ decadent world. As the truth about why Laila’s parents became estranged from the family patriarch becomes clear, Laila grows ever more resolved to claim what’s rightfully hers. Caught between longing for the love of her family and her relentless pursuit of the lifestyle she feels she was unfairly denied, Laila finds herself reawakening a long dead family scandal—not to mention setting off several new ones—as she becomes further enmeshed in the lives and love affairs of her cousins. But will Laila ever, truly, belong in their world? Sly and sexy, She Regrets Nothing is a sharply observed and utterly seductive tale about family, fortune, and fate—and the dark side of wealth.


Some critics have compared this to The Nest, which I read and hated yet I do understand the comparison. This book heavily deals with family drama and uncovered secrets, as well as how a small town girl deals with a huge life change.

Let me say this, Laila becomes more unlikable throughout the entire book, but most of the characters are unlikeable. I wasn't really rooting for anyone to come out the star on the other side. However, the book was very, very enjoyable. I was invested in the storylines and characters unlike any book before.

It was a little far fetching in terms of plot, at times, especially when Laila is whisked away to a private island (spoiler without being a real spoiler) and the turn of events that happens there. I kind of rolled my eyes at it because it was very unbelievable.

I expected this book to be really good with the way people are going on about it but I don't think I expected to be really surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

What I was wasn't expecting was the plot twists and mystery of it all; there are a few huge happenings that occur toward the end of the book that make it very, very interesting and just shocked me to my core. It was wild and intense.

Another thing I really liked about the book was how you weren't given every single detail. It wasn't overfilled with frivolous details. When the 'big' storylines happened, you kind of had to think about it and read between the lines to figure out what the author was trying to get across. Because of that, I felt like the book was really well written.

The ending of the book was perfect too, the ending thought was inspirational at best. 

I HIGHLY recommend this book. The release date is February 6th so make sure to stalk Barnes & Noble and Amazon for it!

xoxo
B

January 16, 2018

The Best Way to Clean Jewelry

I've always been someone who takes care of my things very carefully. Everything I have is always in perfect condition and I'm very serious about making sure they stay that way.

That being said, I'm not perfect and something that falls on the waist side is the fact that my jewelry is always dirty.

I've always loved jewelry but I occasionally do have periods of time where I hardly wear anything aside from rings.

Right now, however, I'm having an 'I love jewelry' moment and after deep diving into my collection, I needed to get everything cleaned and bright again.

Most of my Kate Spade jewelry as well as some costume jewelry doesn't ever really get dirty or tarnished so I don't have to worry about that but others are not as lucky.

The pieces that get the dirtiest are my Tiffany jewelry and my Alex and Ani items. It was so bad that I couldn't even wear most of my stuff because it was filthy and looked very tarnished. The problem was that you can't use jewelry cleaner on Alex and Ani pieces so I wanted to find something that could clean everything I have and do it in a safe way.

I'll be damned because the item I'm talking about is pure magic.

How the cloth looks after it's been used


Alex and Ani have their own cleaning cloth that is made for their jewelry and you can use it on other brands as well. I figured it would work but I truly had no idea how good.

All you have to do is rub the jewelry between the two pieces of cloth and it is magically good as new.

Before

Before2

After
It was weird because whenever I rubbed the cloth on the jewelry, there was some sort of smoke (or some airy substance) coming off of the cloth. It was wild and weird but I was so pleased because I cleaned every piece of dirty, tarnished jewelry I had and everything is gorgeous and good as new.

Before

After  *it's a little more difficult to see the difference*
I cannot recommend this cleaning cloth enough. It's inexpensive, reusable, and you don't have to wait for your jewelry to dry. You can literally keep one of these in your purse, car, or on your desk and you can clean your jewels whenever you want!

How do you clean your jewelry?
xoxo
B

January 15, 2018

How to Get a Good Night's Sleep

When I was younger, my mom always took naps. I didn't really understand why but as I turned 25 and am entering my 4th year of 'adulthood' post graduate life, I realize why.

Life is exhausting.

I never napped as a child or teenager; once I got to college and had all this free time before or after classes, I napped all the time. As time ticked on, naps and getting more sleep became been more important than ever.

Forget once I started my anxiety medication, I am constantly exhausted and constantly feel like I need sleep. Sleep is my lifeline and I hate getting out of the bed in the morning.

All that being said, it's really important to me that I get a good, decent night sleep. I've gotten a routine pretty down pat and something that works for me.

My current sleepmask is from Etsy


1. Reading: I am someone who watches TV before bed and I sleep with the TV on all night. My phone is the last thing I see before I close my eyes and if I wake up in the middle of the night, I usually am on my phone. Therefore, the bluelight kills me but I do find that if I read before I go to sleep, it does help. It calms my mind and helps me relax. I think I get a better sleep on the nights I read than the nights I don't.

2. Sleep Mask: This is probably the most important and most effective thing I'll talk about. When I was younger I always tried to use these because I wanted to be fancy but it never worked. A few years ago though, I started using these religiously and I hardly ever go to sleep without one. When I put the sleep mask on, I fall asleep within minutes and I usually stay asleep. It does come off in the middle of the night because I toss and turn but I put it back on (if I wake up) in the middle of the night. It blocks the light out and helps me stay asleep. My mom started using these too and has fallen in love. It's a must-have for anyone who is having trouble sleeping.


3. Writing: I've talked about how much I love writing everything down but I started journaling every night before bed, even if I had a good day (journaling isn't always to talk about bad or worrisome things) but just getting some sort of thought out on paper really can help clear your mind.

4. Cool Down: I can only sleep in a cold room so I make sure that my room is nice and chilly. Your body sleeps best in a 65 degree room but sometimes I like it even colder.

5. Essential Oils: While I love candles to relax, I like to diffuse some lavendar essentail oils before I go to sleep, usually while I'm reading and writing. Lavendar obviously helps you relax and is known to be helpful for sleeping so it makes sense. Also, if you can use some lavendar products before bed or even to spray on your pillow and sheets, that'll help! I can't use them because I'm very sensitive to fragrance but I believe they do work!
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6. Sleepytime Tea: If you struggle with sleep like me, get yourself some Sleepytime. It calms me down and while it doesn't really make me tired, it's very soothing and I feel like it helps me stay asleep.

What helps you fall (and stay) asleep?
xoxo
B

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