October 31, 2014

Links to Love

I have never been so happy to see Friday. I can't even begin to tell you how EXCITED I am that it's the weekend. 

Do I have exciting plans? No. Am I going out for Halloween? No. 

My plans are to not move from my couch starting right now till Sunday night. After the exciting, fun October I had, I am in desperate need of a resting period. 

November is going to be quite exciting (MY BIRTHDAY #22) and I need a transition weekend.

This week went so slow and I don't think it was just me who felt like that. It was Wednesday and I was watching the clock constantly, praying for Thursday night. It was actually painful.

Anyways, mix exhaustion and a slow week and you have an unhappy Bri. I am going to do be doing some retail therapy today so that will definitely make me brighter :) I will 100% do a haul post because that's what bloggers do.

This is the first Halloween in 4 years (#sadcollegegrad) I'm not getting drunk or dressing up and I could actually care less. 

Enough blabbering, here is what I'm loving this week:

What are your Halloween plans? What are you dressing up as? Tell me in the comments :) Happy Friday and Happy Halloween!

October 30, 2014

October Favorites

Tomorrow is Halloween. It feels like October went really fast but when I think about it, it really hasn't October was such a fun month for me, so much better than September. I was happier this month, things went my way, and I just had the best time.

It's always great when I have days, weeks, and months like that. It makes life so much sweeter.

I'm sad to see October go but November is definitely my second favorite month, since it's my birthday month! Just as good things happen in October, great things happen in November as well.

I don't have too many exciting things planned this month but I'm sure it won't disappoint. 

I'm getting the hang of taking note of my monthly favorites and what I've been reaching for and loving through the weeks.

I think this will be better than September favorites but lets see, shall we?

//NYX Concealer: This was in my Ulta Haul earlier in the month and I have to say, I haven't used another concealer since. It's easy to apply, covers my dark circles, and is just light enough to add a little highlight to my under eye area. I don't know if I'll ever buy another drugstore concealer again. I have been debating though, to purchase my Erase Paste again or try Benefit's Boing concealer. Any suggestions?

//100% Pure French Lavender Hand Buttercream: I ordered this last year with the last of my Birchbox points and I've been loving it lately. With the cooler weather hitting NYC, my hands have been super dry. A little bit of this thick buttercream for your hands goes a long way and it doesn't leave my hands feeling greasy. It also smells heavenly.

//Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle: I received this in my October Birchbox and haven't stopped using it. It's a leave in conditioner that also detangles and it's my go to hair product of the month. My hair is back to it's natural state after a nice run with the Keratin conditioning treatment so I need all the help I could get. I spray this in my hair after a shower, let it sit for a few minutes and then brush it out. My hair is smooth, shiny, and easy to tame. I will 100% be purchasing a full size of this baby.

//Soy Body Whip: This is the definition of an oldie but goodie but I just found it again and I'm loving it. Like with the Pure French Buttercream, it keeps my hands soft and smooth without feeling greasy. I didn't realize it until I was examining the packaging that this is "body" whip (uh, duh Briana) but I've solely been using it on my hands. When I run out, I may purchase a full size to use as body lotion because my skin is going to dry up with the cold weather.

//Whitney English Day Designer: I know I raved about this during the summer, when I received it at the Smart Girls Group Conference but once I started working, it just was a hassle to use two planners. I liked having one planner for everything and that was my Lilly Pulitzer agenda. Well, this month, I started getting more serious about blogging and have been using the Day Designer as a scheduler for the days I'm working or blogging from home. I schedule out my days and it has been really helpful. I'm in love with it again!

Also, my favorite days from October were definitely my Little's 21st birthday, Homecoming 2014 and my first football game!

What are your October favorites? Tell me in the comments :)

October 29, 2014

Pumpkin Muffins + Other Recipes

When I went to my college's homecoming two weeks ago, some of my sorority sisters were kind of enough to let me stay with them.

In return, I brought them alcohol and muffins--what more could a college student want?

I had bought a box of Pillsbury Pumpkin Quick Bread a few weeks ago and it was burning a hole in my pantry. I was waiting for the perfect time to whip up some pumpkin muffins and I thought this was a good idea.

I've always loved Pumpkin Spice Lattes but pumpkin flavored food freaked me out..until last year when my roommate made pumpkin bread from scratch. I had never tasted anything so delicious so I was officially converted.

I knew creating pumpkin bread from scratch wasn't in the cards for me so this Quick Bread box was the next best thing.

I have to say, they were delicious muffins and super easy to make. Muffins are by far one of my favorite breakfast pastries, I don't know why, I just love them.

Anyways, I totally forgot to save the instructions but hey, they're on the box if you decide to make them. Because I could never do anything without chocolate, I added some chocolate chips to a few of the muffins and the added sweetness made the muffins so much better.

Yes, I burned them a little bit but they were still delicious. 

There are so many other Pillsbury fall desserts I want to try--if only my supermarket has them! 

Here are some other recipes that I think would be perfect for a fall day. 

See all my favorite recipes on my Nom Nom Nom Pinterest board :)

October 28, 2014

Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel

I'm going through an intense skincare obsession. I have been obsessed with trying new products and trying to get my face back to it's normal self. Seriously, maybe it IS because I've been trying new products but I mean, I don't have sensitive skin but who knows.

I really enjoy skincare products because unlike make-up (which I still love), these products are actually doing something for your skin. These products are repairing your skin and making it healthier. I love it!

A few weeks ago, in our Birchbloggers Facebook group, I saw a deal to receive three samples of this new product that was featured in the Birchbox shop and people had received in their boxes. With three samples and only paying $6.00 shipping, I immediately ordered.

That skincare product is the "Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel" and it's one of the coolest products I've used.

I love weird products that do something different to your skin and this "peel" definitely falls into that category.

It's not so much a "peel" as you would think; I initially thought it was a mask that you peel off your face but that is certainly not the case. 

You squeeze a very small, dime size amount of product in your hand and apply it to a clean face. You leave it on for 20-30 seconds and then gently start to massage your face. At this point, small solid balls will begin to form under your fingertips and this is your dead skin combining with the gel.


Seriously, I'm obsessed with the fact that you can feel and see the dead skin cells being removed from your face. That truly proves that the product is working.

My skin also looked a little brighter and was smooth and soft after washing it off. There was a difference in my skin from before and after and it was apparent. 

The great thing is you can order a trial size (the sizes I received) for 5.75 plus shipping. It says to do the treatment once a week and with the small amount you're supposed to use, one trial size will most likely give you multiple uses. 

I'm really excited to keep using it and after the first time, I kept looking forward to using it again. Like I said, I'm addicted to skincare. 

What is your latest skincare discovery? Give me recommendations please :)

October 27, 2014

Manicure Monday Halloween Edition

When I was younger, Halloween was my favorite holiday. I loved dressing up, going to parties, and watching Halloween movies all month long. 

I used to really get into the spirit but as I got older, I kind of lost it, mostly because Halloween became a day to dress up like a slut and get drunk beyond words but nonetheless, I still enjoy the holiday.

When I received my October PopSugar Must Have box I was hoping for some Halloween goodies and I was right.

When I saw the Nailed Kit  Halloween nail decals I jumped for joy. They were the cheapest item in the box but I was so happy to get into the Halloween spirit.

I thought about which color polish to pair with the decals and I decided on my favorite fall color "Fall in Line". It was dark enough to coincide with the holiday but light enough to have the decal stand out.

I chose the least Halloween of the decals, mostly because I did this last week and wanted to do a test run first. 

They're super easy to apply; you just peel the back paper off, place on your nail and then hold a wet cotton ball to it for a few seconds. Apply one-two coats of clear nail polish to set the decal and viola, there you have it--decorated nails! 

The good thing about these decals are that you don't feel them on your nails. They just feel like regular nail polish, nothing tough or heavy about them. I've tried nail polish decals in the past and I hated how they felt and they were more difficult to apply than I thought but these are super fun.

I love jazzing up my nails, especially when it comes to holidays so I feel like I'll be purchasing some more decals for the holiday season from Nailed Kit. 

What's on your nails this Monday?

October 24, 2014

Links to Love + Homecoming 2014 Recap

Happy Friday! I cannot believe it's already Friday. I feel like this week flew by, did anyone else? Maybe it's because I had the best weekend last week--the best one I've had in a while. 

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you might've seen that I returned to my alma mater for Homecoming weekend. Homecoming is a HUGE deal at Iona. We have no football team but that doesn't stop us. 

Little and Big :)

The whole dam fam #TSM

My sisters are the greatest, most beautiful ladies I know
We day drink, have fun with campus activities and root for our friends who are running for Homecoming Court. Usually, this is the first weekend that alumni come back and the Class of 2014 took over campus. It was glorious.

It was wonderful to be back in my element with all my sorority sisters, my favorite fraternity men, and all my former classmates. It was just what I needed...a weekend acting like a college student.

I think homecoming started off my week on a great note and aside from an anxiety attack or two, it was a pleasant week.

Next week is Halloween and I have zero plans. Anyone have any ideas? As of now I'm planning on being cuddled up on the couch with some candles, a book, and Hocus Pocus playing on repeat. That sounds lovely compared to my days of dressing up and drinking at a bar. 

Anyways, here is what I LOVED this week.

But really, who else is excited about Bethenny coming back to the RHONJ?! I LOVE HER!

Happy weekend everyone! What was the highlight of your week?

October 23, 2014

Wishlist: Winter Jackets

The end of October means winter is coming and the colder weather is going to be here soon enough. Last year's polar vortex left us all freezing and unsure how to deal with the temperatures.

I seriously have never felt anything like that, I was in my house for a week straight because school was closed due to the snow and freezing temperatures. I felt like I would never be warm again.

This year, I'll be more prepared. I have a problem when it comes to shopping and its not accessories or beauty supplies. I love to buy things I don't need and then I'm left with no essentials and a sad bank account.

I'm making a vow to stop doing that and spend money on the things I need..like a really good winter coat.

I was thinking about it and I seriously don't have anything substantial, especially for work. I need a good, stylish winter coat along with one for the lighter weather. I've been going jacket-less to work for the past month, and its fine, expect for days when a coat is essential.

I've been doing a little window shopping and looking at the best fall/winter coats. Here are my picks!

What outerwear are you loving this season?