August 28, 2014

Review: Crave Collection Brow Braun

I have been using thoroughly reviewing products this month! If you read this blog enough you'll know I'm obsessed with bold brows. I unfortunately have thin hair so I'm always intrigued by brow conditioners which promise to help your hair grow. Crave Collection's Brow Braun (retail $85) is a "fortifying eyebrow conditioner that leaves you with powerhouse brows in as little as 4 weeks!" I have been using it for 2 weeks and thought I'd report on my results.

August 27, 2014

My August Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

I'm back this month with a round up of my favorite (and not so favorite) products! Honestly, last month I didn't have enough products to round up. But I've been busy testing products and have some to report on this month:

August 26, 2014

How I'm Using Intel Tablet This Summer

My friendly travel companion

In the summer time I'm always heading down to Jersey for family get togethers. There's nothing I dread more than lugging my heavy laptop with me. Enter Intel Tablets! Thankfully these little guys are lightweight yet can help me do everything I need to (i.e. schedule posts, edit photos). I have been enjoying using my Iconia Tab 8 this summer, which is powered by Intel® Atom Quad Core CPU and weighs less than a pound! It can slip into any bag whether you're reading on the subway for your commute or going on your next vacation but need to keep in touch. The Atom processor gives you 7.5 hours of battery life where you can enjoy videos, listening to music or read Tweets anytime, anywhere.

August 25, 2014

MMG: Meeting Baby Liam

You may remember that I went to Cali the last week of July when my sister was due any minute. Well baby Liam arrived two days after Auntie Kim left. Boo! But I finally got to meet him this past weekend when my sister and her family were in town. Friday night I headed down to Jersey for a packed weekend.

August 22, 2014

Monster Tour Nail Art

As I mentioned in Monday Morning Gossip, I had the pleasure of attending Eminem & Rihanna's Monster Tour. Of course I had to do some nail art! I took inspiration from the posters (pictured above). I used the red/blue image for most of my nails and then did the E/R image on my middle finger (because... of course). Definitely think it was fitting for the occasion:

August 21, 2014

Review: Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Line

I was given the opportunity to review Neutrogena®'s new Rapid Wrinkle Repair® line. It includes Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Serum, Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Eye Cream, and Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Moisturizer for day and night. "All four products contain Accelerated Retinol SA, the fastest retinol formula available. By combining a unique combination of Accelerated Retinol SA, Glucose Complex, and Hyaluronic Acid, these four exclusive products will fade the look of stubborn deep wrinkles (including crow’s feet, forehead, and cheek wrinkles), brighten skin’s tone, and smooth fine lines and texture." Neutrogena promises results in just one week. I have been using it for 2+ weeks and thought I'd report on my results.

August 20, 2014

#DatingGirl: Can You Find Love on a Reality Show?

Image via Bravo

I'm back with another Dating Girl post where I'm discussing this summer's reality dating shows. Which ones are you watching? Do you think any of them have the formula for love? Weigh in here!

August 19, 2014

DIY: Double Chain Link Hat

As soon as I laid eyes on this leather chain hat I fell in love. But it's $164! I knew I could DIY my own version. I found a snapback for $5.95 in the clearance section at Wet Seal. Then I went to my trusty MJ Trimming for the chains. They recommended I sew the chains in but since I'm not a highly skilled sewer I used safety pins. Here's what I did:

August 18, 2014

MMG: Monster Tour

Excuse me while I scream like a little girl! Last night I fulfilled a 15+ year wish to see Eminem live. It was worth it! He was amazing. I brought along my boo Nicole who shares my love and could sing almost every word lol. He did a mix of old and new, which brought back so many memories of singing "You don't want to fuck with Shady" and terrifying my parents. Unfortunately, we were a little late so we missed the first time Em came out but thankfully that's what YouTube is for. Here's the opener:

August 15, 2014

Mani of the Week: Julep Claudia

I passed on this month's Julep Maven box but couldn't pass up ordering the August birthstone polish, Claudia. It's a gorgeous peridot multidimensional polish. I had interviews this week so I wanted a muted look so opted for nude nails with one nail in Claudia.

August 14, 2014

My August Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme is Lighten Up - "We don't take ourselves too seriously any time of year, but especially not during the height of summer. Here's to keeping cool and laughing our way into fall." I'm definitely lightening up this August with fun activities planned. Can't believe summer is almost over! Anyways... here's what I received:

August 13, 2014

Yay or Nay: Women in Boxers

The '90s are back! And I've been craving my tomboy ways. Aaliyah was always a style inspiration to me then and I'm still seeing her influence now (cough: Rihanna: cough). A style I liked but was probably a little too young to rock then was the boxers peeking over jeans look. Everyone wore their Tommy Hilfigers and Calvins a la TLC in their "Creep" video a la Halle Berry in Bulworth.

So what say you, should I dare? 

August 12, 2014

Blogger Dinner in Central Park

Last night I had the pleasure of meeting up with fellow bloggers Jodi, Christina, Allison, Kelly and Leeann at the Central Park Boathouse. Living in New York City for nearly 9 years I have never been lol. It is a great open space on a lake. I definitely recommend going. Would be a good date night spot. Afterwards we headed to momfuku to complete the touristy evening. Glad they had the chance visit the city I love. Hopefully I'll get a chance to visit these ladies in their cities.

August 11, 2014

MMG: That Time Your Hosts Met

Well not quite yet but tonight! Leeann is finally in my beloved city and tonight we're getting together along with a few other bloggers. Hopefully she's enjoying herself in the Big Apple. It will be nice to meet in person after all this time although I feel like I already know her such as shared loved of Eminem. She got to see him in LA and I'll be seeing him this weekend in Jersey! Here's what else I'm gossiping about:

August 7, 2014

Don't Believe the Hype: All-Star Edition

Seche Vite Top Coat // DiorShow mascara // Maybelline's Great Lash // Klorane dry shampoo

The summer is coming to a close and I thought I'd do one final round up for Don't Believe the Hype featuring the most hyped products that have disappointed me. Let me know if you enjoyed this series and would like me to reinstate it. If so, which categories would you like me to cover? Thanks for reading!

August 6, 2014

How I'm Shaking Up My Summer

I don't go to the Starbucks for the coffee. I go for the tea. I'm a tea drinker. So when they released their new Starbucks Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas I was over the moon. They come in a variety of flavors including Teavana® Shaken Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade™, Teavana® Shaken Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade™, and Teavana® Shaken Iced Black Tea Lemonade™. Personally, the Teavana® Shaken Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade™ is my favorite. It is a blend of green tea, juicy blackberry, mint, and a splash of lemonade all for just 130 calories. They're only here for a limited time and all their iced teas are hand shaken vigorously 10 times to mix and unlock all of the unique flavors. It’s a cool, refreshing blast on a warm sunny day.

August 5, 2014

My Target Beauty Haul Reviews

Whenever I find myself in the 'burbs I love to make a trip to Target (it's tough for us city folk) and that was the case during my recent Cali trip. I picked up a few staples such as L'Oreal's Voluminous mascara and eos lip balm but I also picked up some new items I hadn't tried. I thought I'd share my reviews in case you were thinking about picking them up yourself:

August 4, 2014

MMG: Birthday Weekend

Yesterday I turned 29 -- gasp! I know... many women would be hiding under the sofa. No it's not quite 30 but still you get the comments "omg you're so old." I think women should proudly say their age because you've earned it! I would never want to go back to my early 20's. I made so many stupid mistakes and I'm such a wiser, more mature woman now. Sure I wish I was further along in my career and definitely didn't think I'd be where I am at 29 (both good and bad) but life never works out the way you expected and I can only hope that means there is something awesome awaiting me soon. The job process has been frustrating and can wear down your confidence so this month I decided to say YOLO and have a lot of awesome things lined up. Such as next weekend I'm meeting my lovely co-host Leeann for the first time! (P.S. Don't forget to say Happy Birthday to Leeann tomorrow!)

August 1, 2014

Lightsaber Manicure

My nephew had a Star Wars party so of course I had to create some nail art for the occasion! After browsing Pinterest for some Pin-spiration, I found lightsaber nails. They are fairly simple to do -- one line in either blue or red with a silver base. I did blue on one hand (good guys) and red on the other (bad guys). I tried to write out Star Wars but that wasn't happening so just put silver glitter. My nephew liked them. Glad a 6 year old appreciates my efforts.
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