August 30, 2013

Ruffian x Birchbox Limited Edition Nail Polish Set

I'm a sucker for "limited editions" especially when it's a designer collaboration. Birchbox knows how to lure me in with their limited edition nail polish sets either with bloggers or designers. Their recent collaboration with RUFFIAN is no exception. I purchased the Classic set, which includes RUFFIAN Red, inspired by the mineral cinnabar and is a timeless high-gloss red, RUFFIAN Naked is a creamy neutral beige and then there’s CirĂ© Noir, a smoky black with a sleek finish.

August 29, 2013

My August Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

It's been awhile since I've rounded up my favorite beauty products of the month. Sorry about that! This month I decided to also include products that I've tried and didn't have much luck with as to hopefully help you with your purchasing decisions in case you're considering buying one of those items. So let's get started, shall we?

August 28, 2013

My First Escape Monthly Box

Being the self-proclaimed subscription box Queen, I feel the need to introduce you to new boxes and share my thoughts. I love subscription boxes because you get curated items delivered right to your door. It's easy, convenient and is a little bit of Christmas each month with lots of new goodies to unwrap! So now I'd like to introduce you to Escape Monthly - a destination-inspired monthly delivery of luxury products to help you relax and renew. Every month, they curate high-quality products to help you slip into bliss—from spa and beauty products, to gourmet snacks and gift certificates. Also, every month, one lucky Escape member wins a vacation to the destination!

August 27, 2013

Transitioning My Wardrobe For Fall

Transitioning Your Wardrobe From Fall
Bernardo Cotton & Faux Leather Anorak Jacket from Nordstrom ($110) // NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick - Red Lizard $26 // SUPERGOOP! City Sunscreen Serum $20 // H&M Cardigan and leggings // Liz Claiborne Nicole Leather Riding Boots from JcPenney ($99) // Jordan Taylor Athena scoop back 3/4 sleeve tunic (on sale $34)

I have been dreaming of fall clothes ever since mid-July where we experienced a few cool, breezy days after 100+ temperatures. Plus, the September issues of fashion magazines were rolling out and it always makes me wish fall weather would come faster. Plus, I think fall weather in the city is the best weather (and fashion!). Here are some ways I'm transitioning my wardrobe for fall:

August 26, 2013

Weekend Recap: Ready for Fall

Streaming HBO Go // Bubble bath

This week is my last little bit of vacation before starting school and a new internship in September. I've been doing a lot of reflecting and also getting excited for Fall's new beginnings. It really is my favorite time of the year: best weather, best fashion, smell of pumpkins and hot coco! I'm taking full advantage of it by relaxing (see bubble bath) and binge watching on TV shows I've been meaning to catch up on.

August 25, 2013

Best & Worst Dressed at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

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Tonight the MTV Video Music Awards arrived in Brooklyn after a summer long anticipation. The VMAs are usually a time to have fun with your fashion because it's not a serious award show. Some stars decided to go glam but most were underwhelming. Here are my pics for best and worst dressed from the red carpet arrivals. Let's start with the good...

August 23, 2013

Review: BA STAR Stardust Mineral Eye Shadow

I'm sure any of us who wear makeup get annoyed by the lasting power (or lack there of). If you work 9-5 then go out for drinks, you'd still like to look fresh faced (or like you got some shut eye last night). BA STAR  #1 Performance Makeup that keeps your makeup in place for hours whether you're just working at your desk or dancing on stage. I had the chance to review their Mineral Eyeshadow in Bronze Stardust & Body Shimmer Base.

Mani of the Week: Priti NYC's September Charm

This week's nail art attempt was a fail. See this Styleite post. It's plain nails this week as my Hautelook purchase of Priti NYC nail polish arrived! The color is called "September Charm" which is very suiting since September is just around the corner. I've been on the hunt for a creamsicle orange color but nothing seems to be going well with my fair skin. Any suggestions? Also, I felt like my nails had no interest in having polish on this week. Anything I put on got smudged or chipped or ruined somehow. What's up with that?! Has that ever happened to you?

August 22, 2013

Guest Post: 5 Fall Shoe Trends I'm Loving

This guest post was submitted by fashionista, Lissa Malone, who enjoys sharing her knowledge on the current fashion trends and tips. 

With fall nipping at our heels, it’s time to turn our attention to the upcoming fabulous footwear trends of the season. Now you may think this means that straps and bold, vibrant colors are “out,” but this season, you’re wrong. The smoothest transition from warm to cool, fall styles are a unique blend of seasonal shoe icons. For a taste of the best of what’s to come, grab yourself one of these hot, little pairs:

August 20, 2013

How To: Restring Your Drawstring Pants

Unfortunately, the string that tied my new LOFT pants broke. I asked my tailor what to do and he showed me how easy it was to put another string in. I thought it would be so difficult and was amazed this was something I could do myself. Just wanted to share in case any of you find yourself in a similar pickle.

August 19, 2013

Weekend Recap: One Final Left!

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Today is my last final - hooray! Then I get the shortest summer break ever before starting up in the fall again. So this weekend (like most) was not very exciting since I spent most of my time studying.

August 16, 2013

Review: Sally Hansen's Gel Cuticle Remover

I've been interested in trying a cuticle remover since mine are really dry. My sister picked me up Sally Hansen's Gel Cuticle Remover for my birthday. For approximately $5 you get .9 fl oz of product that gently softens and loosens excess cuticles. It's formulated with jojoba and kiwi extract as well as wheat protein that conditions and loosens cuticles.

August 15, 2013

My August Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was back to school. "We love the idea of zeroing in on the details: from the elegance of a handwritten invitation, to the confidence boosting power of a bright red lipstick." While I didn't get any elegant note paper, I did receive a highly pigmented red lipstick. Here's what I received:

Trying to Find My Bliss During Finals

Studying for Stats

Finals are upon me and of course your natural reaction is to stress out. However, I'm going to try and take a different approach with neuro BLISSneuro BLISS is a delicious tropical citrus lychee flavored drink designed to reduce stress and relax the mind. It contains chamomile and a powerful blend of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants including L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea which has been found to reduce stress, which helps you relax and focus. Just what I need right now! All varieties of neuro drinks have only 35 calories per bottle and contain no artificial coloring or flavoring.

August 14, 2013

The Mascara Files: Lorac, Benefit, Too Faced & Avon

Ever since my bust with Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes, I've been on the hunt for a new mascara. Rather than flood you with reviews, I thought I bundle some short ones in what I'm dubbing: "The Mascara Files."

August 13, 2013

What Your Underwear Color Says About You

It's time to get personal today! We're talking undergarments. Hanes is unveiling a brighter, more colorful look this summer with panties, bras and tees in on-trend patterns and vibrant hues that you'll want to show off. Hanes comfy and colorful styles are available in a variety of silhouettes to offer a great fit for every body type at a price point that everyone can feel good about.

August 12, 2013

Breaking Bad Has Returned!!

Nothing else really mattered to me this weekend except for the fact that the greatest show on television, Breaking Bad, has returned!! (oh... and finals are this week). There is going to be a major hole missing in quality television once this season ends. I'm so sad it's the final episodes. Somebody console me! I was thrilled that AMC ran a marathon before the premiere so I could remember all the plot points before the last season began since it's been awhile.

August 10, 2013

My #AllNaturalStyleSecrets

My Effortless Style

I think the secret to great makeup is great skin. It can be fun to play with makeup but in my mid 20's I realized that I'm never going to have young skin like this again so I need to protect it and not clog it up with harsh makeup. I wash my face every night and make sure to moisturize! It's a lot of maintenance but you only get one face (skin sounded weird to say) so you should take care of it. For an all natural beauty look I love: BareMinerals, Seventh Generation's Skin Serum Boosts, S.W. Basics Lip Balm and bushy eyebrows.

August 9, 2013

My August POPSUGAR Must Have Box

The theme for this month's POPSUGAR Must Have Box was all about the end of the summer season, getting organized and staying healthy. It seemed like a back-to-school box to me with lots of apples. It also was the 1 year birthday of the Must Have Box so POPSUGAR graciously included a bonus gift for all of us (take note Julep). Here's what was inside:

August 8, 2013

Brand Review: Skin Effects by Dr. Jeffrey Dover

"When I developed this skincare line, I was determined to provide the most technologically advanced formulations. I believe in creating skincare products that deliver the results you want... healthy, younger-looking, more beautiful skin." 
- Dr. Jeffrey Drover

I'm excited to introduce to you a brand that proves you don't have to spend big bucks at a department store for great skincare - Skin Effects by Dr. Jeffrey Dover! This brand is sold exclusively through CVS and prices range from $7.99 to $24.99. My skin was getting a little out of hand and needed some TLC (or a deep cleaning) so I tried the Glycolic 5 Minute Facial Kit and Glycolic Night Cream.

August 7, 2013

Trend I'm Currently Craving: Headphones

DJs are usually wearing them while they spin records. But now headphones have become a hot accessory item and I want in! In New York, all the cool kids have traded in their ear buds for over-the-head statement headphones that are treated like another accessory to their outfit. Even some of my favorite bloggers like Sherin and Alex have been sporting them. So for my birthday I requested some and my parents delivered! They got me these Skullcandy Navigators that I've been loving and are great for blocking out all that city noise:

August 6, 2013

My August Julep Maven Box

Julep celebrated their 2 year anniversary with a Garden Party theme. I felt the colors were fairly similar to others I had so I selected It Girl and added-on the new beauty product (which is really what I wanted). I also kind of hoped that since it was my birthday month as well that they would have included an extra (rather than 200 points to my account) but no such luck. Here's what I received:

August 5, 2013

California Birthday Weekend Recap

My weekend started on Thursday when I flew out to California to celebrate my birthday with my birthday twin (my nephew Jacob - see blurry pic above). Before I left, I painted my nails with minions and EVERYONE loved them. The airport check-in lady, the cashier at the grocery store, another girl at the airport on my way home... success! Friday was a lot of running around putting goodie bags together for all the kids and making a LEGO cake (you can find anything on Pinterest!). I did manage to squeeze in some time with a friend who had just left the city to settle down in California - I still don't understand how anyone could leave the city! We saw Fruitvale Station which is about the true story of Oscar Grant who was shot by police at a BART station. It was an extremely sobering movie but an important story that needed to be told.

August 2, 2013

Nail Art Tutorial: Minions!

Aren't they the cutest?!

I've developed quite an obsession with Despicable Me's minions. They really are the best part of the movie franchise. And when my nephews came to visit me this summer I got them into minions as well. Tomorrow my nephew is having his 5th birthday party and while the theme isn't minions, I got him some minion gifts (sshhh!) so I thought it would be fun to do some minion nail art! I saw several versions on Pinterest... some more intricate than others. This is my minimalist interpretation:

August 1, 2013

I'm on a Plane

I'm not here right now. I'm on a plane headed to California for the weekend. I'll be celebrating my 28th birthday Saturday and my oldest nephew Jacob (aka my birthday twin) will be turning 5! It's a short trip so hopefully you won't miss me too much but I thought I'd remind you of some of the travel posts I've featured on the blog while I'm gone:
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