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!

This post was not planned at all, I moved some things around but stay tuned for an exciting post (and possible giveaway for tomorrow!)

Over the long snowy weekend, I obviously did some window shopping on the Internet and stumbled across the retailer ILY. I have never heard of this online boutique before (let me know if you have) but I immediately fell in love with every piece of clothing on their website.

They have the most beautiful sweaters I've ever seen and they have the graphic sweatshirts that are very on trend right now.

I just had to share because I want/need everything!

What's on your wishlist?

I have been on a huge foundation kick lately. I'm just more attracted to foundations that I have been in a while and I want to try them all. Liquid, cream, powder, cushion -- give me them all, please!

It could also be owed to the fact that a lot of beauty brands have been releasing new foundations left and right.

Let's leave that there for a moment and move onto another related topic.

Two weeks ago I got a text from FedEx saying I had a package on the way. I had not ordered anything and did not receive an email. I was stumped on what this package was and then had a feeling it was something for the blog. I had a pretty good feeling what it was and when I woke up last Monday and ran to my door, I was proven right.

One of my new found favorite brands, Pur Cosmetics, released a BRAND NEW FOUNDATION. I saw them post it on Instagram and it intrigued me. Well, that little package that arrived on my doorstep was filled with every shade of the new HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation.

I am very intrigued by serum foundations and anything with the word "water" in it is something I need in my life. I have severely dry skin and it's been getting worst since the cold weather came in like a wrecking ball.

Before we get into the nitty gritty of the foundation, let me rattle off some of the benefits. It has an intense water complex that delivers you "Swiss Alps sourced glacier water" (WOW) to your skin for the deepest hydration. Because of this hydration, the foundation leaves your skin smooth and radiant. I love me a radiant finish!

It comes in 5 shades, which isn't ideal: Light, Medium, Tan, Dark, Deep. This will probably be amazing for darker skin tones because the foundation leans more to the deep side. I have pretty light skin and the light is a hair too dark but I make it work. I WILL make it work because this foundation is holy grail status.

Ok, by now you've figured out that I LOVE this foundation. It comes in a tube and has the oddest little applicator but it is so cool.

The foundation is definitely an intense liquid but it applies so beautifully. It blends out really quick and just leaves your skin looking so smooth and soft. It doesn't even look like I'm wearing foundation, it just looks like I have really great skin. I wore it everyday last week and it held up through the workday really nicely.

Foundation is usually something I can live without because my skin isn't that bad but I made a point to apply this every day because I just loved the way it felt and how it looked. I don't think I have ever loved a foundation this much.

Shade: Light
I gave my mom one of the darker shades and she has been loving it as well - she even took it away with her on the cruise she went on this week!

I HIGHLY recommend this foundation if you have really dry skin or even if you have normal-combo skin. It feels great, looks great, and is packed with those awesome skin loving ingredients.

The HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation is available NOW on PurCosmetics.com and launches on February 7th in Kohls and Ulta stores!

What is your holy grail foundation?

This was originally going to be a post on my favorite apps but honestly, I don't use many unique apps. I have the typical ones every has: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Weather, a period tracker, some shopping apps, my Jawboneup app, and that's pretty much it.

I blame my storage situation -- seriously, I have no storage left on my phone.

The app that inspired this post though? Slice.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I have an online shopping problem. Because of this, I get packages on a weekly basis and I like to keep track of all of them. I used to keep a note in my phone of all the packages I was expecting. I used to keep the tracking and order confirmation emails in my inbox until they were delivered. I also (like every other person in the world) obsessively tracked the packages.

Well, I now have an app that I didn't even know I needed -- and I didn't even know it existed and I'm pretty sure I forgot where I found out about it but my goodness it's amazing.

Slice tracks all your online orders. It gives you notifications when your order has been shipped, if your order is delayed, and when your package is delivered. You can also opt in for notifications of price drops of the items you've ordered in the past.

It keeps everything in one neat little place and you don't have to keep your inbox filled to the brim with shipping notifications. All your tracking numbers are in one place and you could click to them instantly.

I think my favorite feature is that it notifies you when your package is delivered, mostly because I am mostly at work when my packages are delivered  but its just a nice reminder for when they show up.

I don't think this is an app that a lot of people know about or talk about and I just had to express my love for it!

What is your favorite app right now?

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I'm 95% sure I'm getting the flu. My mom AND sister had it this week and I can feel the effects creeping up on me. I haven't been tired but I've had super low energy and I've felt really weak. That is definitely why I didn't have a blog post up yesterday. I even had half of it written and it was a pretty straight forward post but I couldn't find an ounce of energy to even open my computer.

To boot, NYC and the rest of the East Coast is expecting a HUGE snowstorm this weekend.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited. I love snowstorms where you're huddled up all warm and toasty inside. It's the best excuse to cuddle up with tea, Pinterest, and Netflix. I mean, what could be better? Going out in the snow? Yeah, that I don't like that much.

I have some things planned for the weekend, like applying to some freelance writing positions, blogging for next week, and maybe even a brunch with my Big (big sister in my sorority), if the snow permits. Otherwise I'll probably be cuddled up on the couch with a fresh bottle of wine and the remote -- if the snow is as bad as the news says it will be.

Before I start off on one of my rants, I'll just get right into my favorite posts of the week. There were a lot but I've narrowed it down :)

ICYMI on Royally Pink:

What are your plans for the weekend, especially if you're on the East Coast?

When was the last time I did a Wishlist Wednesday? I can't even remember! I have not stopped shopping and it's really bad. I will say I have gotten better--a lot better than I was but still, maybe February will be the month that I knock my habit!

Anyways, even though I shop a lot, there are still some things that I haven't bought and things that I am seriously lusting after.

Side note: What I really want and I'm planning on doing this weekend is trading in my old iPad 2 for an iPad mini. I think I'm at the point where I want a smaller tablet that I can travel with on an everyday basis. Also, mine is starting to run a little slow and it's kind of annoying. So, I'm going to head to the Apple store and see if I can trade in my current iPad for some cash toward my new one. All that being said, clearly I need a new iPad mini case so if all works out, I'll be buying one of the ones in my wish list below.

I've also just discovered Henri Bendel and I'm obsessed with the brand so you'll see a lot of Henri Bendel in the list. It's so classic and chic, similar to Kate Spade but I think of it as Kate Spade's much old sister.

My first purchases: a planner I didn't need & a phone case
But really, everything on this list I don't need but only want -- those are the best kinds, right?

What is on your wishlist?

Another new series I'm going to try out... Brand Buzz. It'll be different than Beauty to Know because it won't just be beauty, and it won't be just "underrated brands". For example, today I'm talking about one of the most beloved beauty brands in the industry, Maybelline.

Maybelline is a drugstore brand that I flock too. I don't know if it's the packaging, the name, the brand spokespeople, or the quality of the products but I definitely have more Maybelline than any other brand in my makeup collection. I'm not knocking the other drugstore brands, I just always get really lucky with Maybelline -- they always work the best for me.

But like every brand, there are definitely hits and misses, which is why I thought I'd round up my favorites from Maybelline.

  • FIT ME Matte & Poreless foundation: This is a foundation that came out last year and one of the first few foundations I fell in love with. It gets rave reviews on Youtube and rightfully so. It applies very smooth and leaves your face matte but not too matte. It gives the most flawless, beautiful finish and blends like a dream. It's everything you could want in a foundation and more. Whenever I'm going out at night, or to a function and I need my makeup to look perfect, this is my go-to foundation.
  • Fit Me Stick Foundation: This is the first ever foundation I tried almost 4 years ago when it was first released. Stick foundations get a bad reputation but this one is great in my opinion. It has a hydrating core which is perfect for my dry skin. It applies really light weight and has a powder finish so it's not heavy in any way. It gives light coverage and I just apply it directly from the tube and blend with my fingers--it makes for easy and quick application. It's a no muss, no fuss foundation which is sometimes what I need.
  • Better Skin Concealer: This is the newest concealer from Maybelline and I love a good concealer. This concealer, in my opinion, has more coverage than the Fit Me concealer and it blends like a dream, while also hiding my dark circles. It has a weightless finish and is just an all around good concealer for spots, dark spots, under eyes, and anything else! 
  • Lash Sensational Mascara: I can be kind of picky when it comes to mascara. I like my lashes to be separated and voluminous. I don't care too much about length because I have long lashes already. I like mascaras with very thick brushes -- skinny brushes do nothing for me. The Lash Sensational mascara has a curved wand that curls your lashes for you (similar to the wand of Benefit Rollerlash). It's a pretty wet formula but doesn't smudge (on me) and leaves my lashes looking exactly how I want them to look.
  • Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks: This were released at the start of the matte lipstick trend and still stand true to be the most comfortable matte lipsticks around. There are so many shades to choose from and they glide on smoothly, no patches or rough areas. They aren't drying and they dry to the most beautiful matte formula. They aren't hard to maintain during the day and stay on for a decent amount of time. They're a go to for me.
There are definitely some more Maybelline products that I adore that you can shop here: 

What is your favorite drugstore brand?

Another week begins, another Manicure Monday to start it off. I'm off from work today and it's a glorious feeling. I love work but I love being home as well. It's nice to have some downtime -- I say that as we just came off Christmas "vacation" a few weeks ago but it's been a whirlwind few weeks.

I won't babble on and on but I've been really feeling my new nail polishes. Additions to the collections usually result in me only using those new ones which is the exact situation I'm in now.

I spoke about my new Glisten & Glow nail polishes two weeks ago and I finally used the 2nd shade, Frosty Camel.

It's the perfect beige, grey color that is pretty great for all seasons. I love these neutral colors that are unique and unlike any other color out there.

The formula is still just as good as Dukeberry, and paired with the HK Girl Topcoat, it's a match made in heaven. Smooth, clump free, and gorgeously shiny. They really are some of the best polishes I've ever used. I'd love to try out more soon and I'll surely keep you updated in another Manicure Monday!

What's on your nails this Monday?

Did anyone else feel like this week went at a glacial pace? It started out super busy at work for me, and then slowed down. I thought Wednesday was Friday-- it definitely screwed me up! It was also the first full week of work for me since before Christmas so yeah, it definitely took some getting used too.

The good news is that I'm off on Monday so it's making my weekend a tad bit sweeter. I also will be catching up with my pledge class (sorority lingo) on Saturday and I'm so looking forward to some old fashioned girl time.

I also cannot believe that we're mid way through January. I mean 2016 JUST STARTED. Can time stop, please? It's genuinely freaking me out.

I feel like I haven't had enough time to do things I wanted to accomplish this month so Father Time, please chill out. Thank you!!

I won't ramble too much because it'll just be me complaining (it's that type of week) but sign up for the Royally Pink newsletter & let's get into my favorite links of the week!

I usually never care about Apple updates but this one,OMG GIVE ME!

It's always be ABC Family to me. Sorry not sorry!

This article comes at the appropriate time. RIP Alan Rickman <3

#SorryNotSorry again but leggings are pants IMHO & I will rock them forever

I'm lowkey obsessed with tea lately #TeaLife

I've been addicted to articles about sleep lately, mostly because I always want to sleep. #SleepNation

I bought this book last week from Amazon (new addiction) and so far, so good. Here's a little summary for ya!

Pretty Little Liars returned and where would we be without a Buzzfeed article??

The drugstore has been KILLING the beauty game and here's a round up for you (stay tuned next week for some reviews on new products!)

I have not an ounce of shame in me that this used to be me. #JonasBrothers #OneDirection

What did you love this week?

I've been flying through books on Audible lately, as well as reading them. I think I'm reading a total of three books right now. I've definitely gotten into a funk with what books I should listen to, that is until I saw that the entire Harry Potter series was available on Audible.

I only read the books once (OMG) and I figured listening to them would be amazing. Uhh.. it is! I also upped my subscription to the 2 credit a month which is $20. I was buying 2-3 books a month and only getting 1 credit so I think this may be cheaper.

In the past few months, I've definitely listened to a variety of different genres and types of books. You'll see that in this review... I go from memoirs to thrillers to fun, short stories. It's very odd but that's just my taste in books!

I was however, in a book funk, a few weeks back right before Christmas and that is when the Audible heavens opened up and gave me the entire Harry Potter series! I've been listening to all the books on my commute and honestly, it's the perfect cure to any morning. I'm on the Goblet of Fire and it's so nice that the books are super long and keep me entertained.

Before my funk, I did read some fabulous books and here's what they were:

After Perfect: I thought this was a fiction book at first, until the author started reading it and I realized that it was not. This book was incredible, so incredible that I have almost listened to it again. Christina McDowell is the daughter of a rich man... until he gets arrested and imprisoned for fraud. Her lavish life is suddenly taken from her and she experienced years and years of turmoil. At the start, you think why should I feel bad for her? She was a rich, spoiled brat but as you listen to her story, you see that it wasn't about losing materialistic things but about losing trust and family and friends and everything you've ever known. It was an incredibly moving book and I recommend it to everyone.

All the Light We Cannot See: This book got rave reviews and I couldn't wait to read/listen to it. I didn't really know what it was about. A French blind girl and her father live during Nazi Germany, while a German boy miles and miles away, is figuring out to live during this time. It is very, very interesting. It's hard to follow at times and this may have been a book that I would have preferred to read but nonetheless it was amazing. It was really interesting to see history play out in a fictional setting and it was seriously heart breaking at moments but I loved it. Another high recommendation!

Finding Audrey: This was a quick, easy read that I had been wanting to read for a while. A young girl has serious anxiety and is pulled out of school for reasons unknown--all we know is she got into it with some mean girls in her grade. She doesn't leave the house, wears black sunglasses all the time, and never touches anyone. It is another really interesting book with a nice, YA feeling to it. It wasn't sad and I actually LOLed at certain points. It took me only a few days to listen to this but sometimes short and sweet are appreciated.

Pretty Girls: Everyone needs a FAIR WARNING about this book. It was gross, graphic, and INTENSE. Picture the worst, most twisted episode of Law & Order SVU times 1,000. It was very warped and scary and horrific. A story about two sisters, ripped apart by a man who was hiding horrible, disgusting secrets. This book was incredible. I could've never imagined everything that was in this book but it was very intense. I may have a slightly twisted mind but these kinds of books fascinate me and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was listening. If you can handle kidnapping, murder, and some sick, twisted stuff, then definitely read this. It'll satisfy your craving for suspense, for sure!

Troublemaker: This is Leah Remini's memoir/biography where she tells the tale of how she got in and got out of Scientology. Leah was the one narrating it and her thick, New York accent, makes me feel at home. The story about how she was brought into Scientology is really weird and the stuff that went on while she was in Scientology was even weirder. It is a really interesting read and Leah is so funny, it made the book that much better.

What books have you been reading lately? Give me some recommendations :)

I never thought I'd be traveling so often, especially for work, but here I am! Last week I took my 4th work trip in 6 months and I feel like an old pro.

From a very young age, I always overpacked whenever I was going somewhere. I have so much stuff and I want it all with me at any given time. I have not gotten better as I've grown older and it's much worse now. On a daily basis, my bag weighs a ton because it's always packed to the brim.

The first few work trips I went on, I definitely overpacked. The trips I go on are to QVC and they don't require a lot of items. I'm pretty much awake for 24 hours, barely in my hotel room, and my attire consists of plain t-shirts, leggings, and slippers. Comfort is key when you're awake for an entire day.

After the first 2 trips, I definitely packed lighter this trip.  I learned my lesson!

Now, everyone is different and you may not be an over packer-- you may have this process down pat but I always feel like I need to pay close attention to what I'm packing. There are also certain things you think you may need, or things you may not think you need. Also, everyone's work trips are different so this may not really apply to you but I'm going to do my best to generalize these tips!

Tote bag for computer, etc 
Duffel bag

Makeup bag


  • Minimal bags: I usually bring a lot of stuff but I also bring a lot of bags. You really only need a duffel bag for clothes, toiletries, etc. I bring a tote bag to keep my laptop, iPad, and other items I need to bring with me back and forth to the TV studio. I don't usually bring a handbag but if you need one on the road, definitely tuck that bad boy into your duffel bag! The less bags you have, the easier traveling will be! 
  • Comfy Clothes: Comfort is key for me on a daily basis. If your trip is more casual and not a business conference, I recommend picking something that is comfortable but still makes you feel and look put together. If you could get away with a nice sweater, jeggings, and casual boots or flats, I'd go with that! Make sure you have a nicer outfit in your bag just in case! 
  • Two pairs: Shoes is something I always struggle with packing. I hate shoes, I'd walk around barefoot if it was hygienic. For trips like this, I always bring two pairs of shoes. This past trip I brought UGG boots and slippers, just incase I didn't feel like wearing one pair. That's my lesson for all of you-- bring TWO pairs of shoes that you really like but bring both just incase you're not in the mood for one of them.
  • Minimal makeup: A work trip, no matter the cause, is not a time for a smoky eye (in my opinion). It's also not the time to try out a new product. Bring the makeup you use and love; makeup that will give you your favorite look in an instant.
  • Chargers, chargers, and more chargers: I'm a social media coordinator, henceforth, my phone, iPad, and laptop are constantly attached to my hip. I bring extra chargers for all my electronics along with a battery pack for my phone. I'd be nothing with my technology. 
These are my major things that I've realized I needed help with along the way so I thought I'd offer them up! Also, I always make sure I have snacks and cash on me. I get super hungry very quickly so granola bars and pretzels are always on hand!

Shop my picks for luggage and accessories below!

What packing tips do you have?

I have gotten so many new nail polishes in the past few weeks and I just feel the need to use and share all of them.

The After Christmas sales really got to me a few weeks ago and while I was browsing the Interweb, I saw that Julep, a brand I have tried but not fully, was having a really ridiculous sale. From my memory, it was around 60-70% off. They had a lot of products on sale, and one of them was a mystery box of 10 nail polishes. It was only $20 so I jumped on that bandwagon really fast.

I loved the idea that I didn't know what shades I was going to get and couldn't wait to dig in when the package arrived on my doorstep.

When I received my order, I noticed there were a lot of glitter topcoats which I'm totally fine with. I love adding glitter to any nail look because it adds a little something extra. I knew I immediately wanted to experiment with the different glitters and the other darker colors in my new Julep collection.

I was immediately attracted to the purple polish, "Joanne" and the gold glitter topcoat, "Sharna".

Excuse the few chips :( 
Both polishes applied really smooth, clean, and neat. Two coats made the purple super opaque and the glitter applied in even coats, not patchy at all.

Julep polishes have a great reputation and I've tried a few in the past but now I think I'm really convinced that they're fabulous quality.

PS: Since we're talking about glitter polishes, I need to mention the best glitter (and regular) nail polish remover I have ever tried. Sephora's Instant Nail Polish Remover takes away the glitter and regular nail polish without even trying.

What is on your nails this Monday?

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own

Target is always my source of weakness. I mean isn't it everyone's? I avoid going to Target as much as possible because I get too sucked in. Between food, music, books, and of course beauty, Target is my place of happiness.

My Target is a 5 minute drive from me and it's awfully dangerous.

It's mostly dangerous because the beauty aisle is the first thing I see when I walk in. Target really is the best place to get beauty and skincare, in my opinion. Target is a tad bit cheaper than regular drugstores and they have a wider selection. I always find different brands and a bigger selection, which is always a plus.

This year, one of my favorite higher end drugstore skincare brands is launching at Target.

DermaE is a fabulous brand that I've discovered in the past few months. I got a scrub by them in my Ipsy or Birchbox a few months back and went through it very quickly. I got another scrub in another Birchbox more recently and have been loving it.

When I found out they were going to be launching at Target, I was super excited because my favorite store + one of my favorite brands=heaven.

Never heard of DermaE? Well.... they use vitamins and plants to create healthy, good for you skincare. They call it "green chemistry" and are cruelty free which I can always appreciate.

I have very sensitive skin and I find that DermaE is one of the only brands that I don't react negatively too.

One of the products that is available right now at your Target stores is the DermaE Firming Eye Lift. If you've been following me for a while you know that I have a thing for eye creams (I'll have a post about that up soon) and this is a really great drugstore eye cream. It has a very smooth, moisturizing texture and isn't heavy at all! I hate nothing more than a heavy eye cream and this is the total opposite of that.

A little video from DermaE all about their Eye Lift!

It claims that the creme will lift, firm, and tighten the skin around your eyes. I'm only 23 years old so I don't need to worry too much about those issues yet but I still do like using this creme. I usually use it in the morning because as I said, it's very light and soaks into the skin almost immediately.

The creme also contains Hyaluronic Acid which provides a slight cooling effect, which is my favorite effect of any skincare product.

I also received some sample packets of other DermaE products
I received the eye creme from DermaE, along with their Hydrating Night Creme which I have been obsessed with. I love a heavy, duty night creme in the winter and this provides some serious moisture. When I'm feeling extra dry, this leaves my skin instantly hydrated and smooth. It definitely has a heavier consistency so definitely only use it at night!

These two products from DermaE, featured at Target, are only fueling my love for the brand. I hope you all #NoticeTheLotus at Target this year and try at least one product from DermaE!

And another week bites the dust! It was the first full week of 2016 and it kicked my booty! I was in Pennsylvania Sunday-Tuesday for a work trip and it really wore me out. I've talked about it here before--once every few months my coworkers & I head down to QVC Studios and we basically stay up for 24 hours while the live shows are going on.

It is unlike anything I've ever seen or experienced and I really love it. It's one of my favorite parts of the job as Social Media Coordinator. However, it is quite exhausting. I was tired and run down all week so it definitely affected me but I'm glad the weekend is here. I'm hoping to get back to regularly scheduled programming soon.

Before I get into the links I loved, I really have to share one of the highlights of my week. I decided a while ago that I wanted to take my blog to the next level and I've been saying it for months. I've tried my hardest and I'm not anywhere near there yet --side note, I don't know where THERE is but whatever! I knew that one thing I needed to do was get new business cards. I purchased my domain last year and have never updated my cards with the new email address (Briana@royallypink.com) and the new URL.

I knew I needed new ones and when I logged onto Moo.com to pick them out, I fell in love with the Elle Woods design. I ordered them and they arrived last Saturday and I almost cried out of happiness.

How beautiful?! I am truly obsessed. They have rounded edges and feel really professional. I will be proud to hand these out whenever that time comes!

Anyways, if you want to help me take the blog to the next level, sign up for the Royally Pink newsletter! It's definitely in the working stages but I played around with something over the holidays and I like how it turned out! I have some more ideas for weekly content there so I'm really excited!

It's going to be a good year :)

And finally, here are my links!

I usually have my shit together but these apps would make things a lot easier (PS: I have some of them already -- oo maybe I'll do a favorite app post!)

Umm...the Tatums are HOT

I loved Barbie but I loved ALL of these toys too

Things to try in 2016 -- sure! 

Kourtney Kardashian is HBIC

I can sometimes relate to this article all too well

Tea has been my new obsession lately and I'm loving the benefits

Fake it till ya make it!

Happy weekend everyone!

I rarely stray from my traditional brands of polish, mostly Essie. If I do, it's with other well known brands like Smith & Cult or Ciate.

Another fun fact is that I will always support, be curious, and buy products made by my favorite Youtube vloggers. There has been Colourpop shadows from Kathleen Lights, Champagne Pop from Jaclyn Hill, and now finally a nail polish collab from Nicole of Young, Wild, and Polished.

Nicole talks about "indie" nail polish brands a lot, one of her favorites is Glisten & Glow. She has raved about their H&K Girl topcoat and the formulas of all their polishes. I've never bothered to try them out, but then last week she released the news that she was coming out with a collaboration with the brand.

It didn't take me very long to log onto the Glisten & Glow website and place an order. I ordered two shades from the collection: Dukeberry & Frosty Camel. I also grabbed the HK Girl top coat because I needed to know what all the hype is about.

I added a bit of glitter with a Deborah Lippman glitter topcoat
Well, let me just say that I could not be more thrilled with these polishes. I've only tried Dukeberry and the top coat because I received these right before New Years Eve and I wanted a darker color. However, I'm sure next week I'll do another post on Frosty Camel.

Dukeberry is a unique shade; it's a dark plum/brown color that has the most incredibly cream finish I've ever seen. The quality is definitely better than an Essie polish. It applied like a dream and two coats were more than enough to get the incredibly opaque finish.

The formula is smooth and buttery, I have never used a polish like this.

The HK Girl top coat was even better. It's a thick texture but not goopy or hard to work with. It actually applied very smoothly. It definitely helped keep the shine in my nails and dried super quickly.

It's safe to say that Glisten & Glow gets an A+ in my book and I'll probably purchase one or two more of these polishes soon!

What is your favorite underrated nail polish brand?

I haven't gotten a VoxBox from Influenster in the longest time and I've been patiently waiting my turn. Finally the moment has arrived and I think this was a pretty great VoxBox to receive.

First, let me ask--are you utterly confused as to what a VoxBox is and what Influenster is? Well, Influenster is a platform that connects to all your social channels and calculates a score based on your following and activity. They take that score into consideration and Influenster will send boxes of free products or VoxBoxes that they encourage you to review and share on social media.

You can also raise your score by reviewing products on Influenster's website and earning badges. You know dam well I have the beauty queen badge in my arsenal.

Because of that, I usually get beauty VoxBoxes, and like I said, I haven't gotten one in a while.

I recently got an email saying I was eligible for a VoxBox and to take a survey seeing if I was the right choice. It was all about skincare so I knew that I was going to get a skincare box and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw in my inbox that I was receiving a St. Ives Holiday VoxBox.

I love St. Ives -- it's one of the first cleansers I've used and I'm always up for getting new skincare products from the drugstore.

The package was left in the rain on my doorstep so I don't have the beautiful green, holiday
box the items came in! 
I got the box last week and have been loving everything. I received Refresh & Revive Peach Nectar & Soy Body Lotion, the Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Body Wash, and the Nourish & Soothe Oatmeal Scrub & Mask.

All of these items smell amazing, especially the body wash. I cannot wait to use it!! The body lotion smells amazing and is super smooth and hydrating, but I expect nothing less from St. Ives.

By far my favorite product and the product I was most excited for was the Oatmeal Scrub & Mask. I've been wanting this for months but never picked it up (unsure why) and was so thrilled when it was in the box.

I think it's such a unique idea to have a two in one product that could be used as a scrub but also as a mask. I immediately tried this out and was really pleased with it. It's not a harsh exfoliate and it really foams up on the skin. It left my skin smooth and supple and I think this will work great as a face mask.

I love Influenster and I love getting the chance to try out great products that I know I'm going to love, like the St. Ives line.

Do you use Influenster? What was the last VoxBox you scored?