April 24, 2014

Don't Believe the Hype: Nails Edition

This post could be called "everything except Rejuvacote." My nails cannot survive without it. It is my base coat, top coat, my everything. Without further adieu here are the nail products that have disappointed me:

Seche Vite™ Dry Fast Top Coat $10 - I know I'll get a lot of flack for but honestly this product inspired this whole idea. It works wonderfully the first month or few weeks but then it dries out FAST! I barely got a few uses out of it before it was gooping up. There are a lot of great fast drying top coats that are much less expensive. It also contains TONS of harmful chemicals, which is why it smells so bad. You shouldn't be doing that to your nails.

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS Ridge-Filling Base Coat - Debaser $10 - Did nothing for my nails and in fact my polish chipped off within a few hours of using.

Julep Nail Therapy $16 - Similar results to OCC's base coat. I do like Julep's Oxygen Nail Treatment but you can't put polish on over it.

Essie Sleek Stick Nail Appliques $10.25 - They felt more like stickers. I ended up peeling them off by the end of the day. The best nail stickers, for me, continue to be Sally Hansen.

Qtica Half Time Polish Drying Accelerator $22 - These didn't do much for me. They weren't fast acting. Julep's are still my favorite and more reasonably priced.

What nail products have disappointed you?

April 23, 2014

My Oil Pulling Experience

I have been seeing a lot of articles about "oil pulling." The name kind of scared me until I read Clear the Way Kate's experience with it. She eased any worries I had. Oil pulling has been around thousands of years and basically you swish around oil in your mouth to remove harmful bacteria. It's like using mouthwash but with supposedly better results. It is recommended to use coconut oil since a) it tastes better than other oils and b) because the lauric acid is more effective.

April 22, 2014

The Style Box by Socialbliss

Found another box! lol The Style Box by Socialbliss is a monthly subscription for $39.95 that brings you the latest in fashion finds. "Each box will contain an assortment of popular one size fits all fashion accessories and lifestyle products" curated by their global members. Each box is valued at at least $100 but this month's box was valued at over $200! Here's what I received:

April 21, 2014

MMG: Happy Easter

Hope everyone who celebrates had a great Easter weekend! My parents came in Saturday to help me hang my curtains. My apartment looks like a real home now! Saturday night I found Purple Rain playing on VH1 and my night was made. I haven't watched it in years but the soundtrack is one of the greatest soundtracks of all time. Forgot what heavy topics it deals with so probably shouldn't have been watching it at 10.

April 18, 2014

My April Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was "Rainy Days" which we are having plenty of here in New York City. "April showers may bring May flowers, but they're also a blissful excuse to stay tucked inside, doing all those things that fall by the wayside when it's glorious outside. This month, we're embracing that rainy-day mentality..." Here's what I received:

April 17, 2014

Don't Believe the Hype: Skincare Edition

For this week's 'Don't Believe the Hype' I decided to categorize all these products as "skincare" but it includes lotion, face wash and acne spot treatments. That's skincare right? Let me know which edition you'd like to see next!

April 16, 2014

Spring Date Ideas in New York City

The weather this weekend teased us and it got me in the mood for some fun outdoor dates. I shared them for my latest 'Dating Girl' post where most of the date ideas centered around food... naturally. Check it out and tell me some of your favorite date ideas!

April 15, 2014

Review: Liz Earle's Gentle Face Exfoliator™

Last Friday I had the privilege of attending a breakfast with Liz Earle hosted by Birchbox at their headquarters. Dana Kline, Global Ambassador of Liz Earle, spoke with us about the company and their philosophy around beauty. A popular brand in the UK, Liz Earle launched their best seller Cleanse & Polish™ through Birchbox for their entry into the US market (which I got to try in my October box last year). I highly recommend it for all skin types. They also graciously sent us home with some more lovely products to try including their Gentle Face Exfoliator™.

April 14, 2014

MMG: April Showers

This weekend I headed down to Jersey for an event filled weekend - showers! (See what I did there?) This weekend was my sister's best friend since kindergarten, Nora's, bridal shower so my sister, Keri (in the stripes), flew in from California. It was great to have some time with her this weekend since I haven't seen her since Christmas. I got tons of compliments on my Majestical Jewelry necklace! They have great pieces at affordable prices. Take 20% off with code "TWENTYOFFNOW."

April 11, 2014

#FBFF: 4 Spring Trends I Love

Happy to say FBFF is back! Katy of Modly Chic has thankfully decided to resurrect Friend Beauty Friend Friday and reached out to some bloggers to be a part of her editorial board. I was happy to help! How it works is that each week there will be a topic and a few of us will discuss. Today's topic is Spring Trends We Love and I'm participating along with Katy, Arash and Kristin Marie. See their answers below and feel free to share your favorite trends in the comment section!
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