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January 29, 2015

HSN Huge Beauty Sale

I never really post about huge sales, aside from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but when I was going through my Instagram feed this morning, I saw something that blew me away.

Too Faced posted on Instagram about a huge Home Shopping Network sale going on. They're hosting a huge Too Faced special that I honestly could not resist. 

I immediately went to the website, from my phone and purchased (with 3 easy payments) the "Better Than Chocolate Essentials" that contains:



-1 Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette ($49)
-1 Full Size Better than Sex Mascara ($23)
-Deluxe Sample of Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer ($9)
-La Creme Lipstick in Nude ($22)

That's over a $100 value all for $49 or you can use Flex Pay and pay in installments...which I chose.

I've been eyeing the Chocolate Bar Palette for months now so I was able to justify this purchase. Also because I've been good with not spending my money frivolously and I'm gearing up for No Frivolous February, where I won't spend any money on things that aren't essential.

However, this Too Faced special isn't the best thing about today. HSN is hosting a HUGE BEAUTY EVENT WITH FREE SHIPPING.

Um hello?! That's incredible!

A lot of the time, I won't buy beauty products online because I refuse to pay shipping. This is the perfect time to stock up on your favorites or try that product you've been lusting after.

I'm so excited and going to try to resist the rest of the sale! 

Go now because it only lasts 24 hours!



January 28, 2015

Recipe Wednesday: Breakfast Cups

Is this a new series? I have no idea but let's roll with it and see.

Since I've been home from school, especially since the weather has gotten colder, I've felt the need to cook more. Sometimes when I'm home, bored of Netflix and my computer, I'll log onto Pinterest and see what I could make.

Honestly, I've made some pretty good things off Pinterest lately and I'm super proud of myself! Pinterest makes everything look so easy so when you finally do make something successfully, it's a big deal...right?

These breakfast cups that I'm about to tell you about is by far my favorite recipe because it's the easiest. It's basically full proof, you cannot mess it up.

I love breakfast. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day...words cannot explain it. I will pick breakfast over anything and I love finding new ways to make it. 

Over the past few months I've seen so many variations of these "breakfast muffins" and I even attempted one last year but I like these so much better. 

Bacon, eggs, cheese, and crescents all in one neat little package...seriously what more could you want?

This is the original recipe I found but I changed mine up a little bit. This recipe makes 12 muffins, perfect for on the go breakfast or just something different from your standard bacon and eggs.

This recipe isn't an exact science. You really can do whatever you want. If you don't want bacon, use something else, just more or less cheese—seriously, whatever you want! I won't tell anyone.


What you need:

6 eggs
8-12 strips of bacon (depending on what you want)
Shredded cheddar cheese
1 package of crescent roll dough

Directions:

Spray muffin tin with cooking spray, thoroughly

Preheat oven to 350 degrees


Scramble 6 eggs with a little bit of milk

Cook the bacon to your liking, whether it's in the microwave or oven

Roll out the crescent roll dough onto a cutting board, making sure there are no spaces between the dough. Make the dough one complete sheet, not separate pieces


Place the dough pieces on the bottom of the muffin pan, bringing them up on the sides as much as possible but making sure there are no tears. If there is and you have left over dough after covering each pan, you can add the extras on the bottom.

Place bacon strips on top of crescent dough (I usually cut one strip in half and place the two pieces in the pan) 


Pour egg mixture (as much as you want) into each pan


Sprinkle cheese (as much as you want) onto the top

Place in oven, bake for 15-20 minutes, until cheese melts and you can clearly see the egg has cooked. 

Viola, you are finished!

I took one out of the pan before I could take a pic #bloggerfail
Like I said, you can substitute items or add more or less of each ingredient. It all depends on your mood and taste... you really can't mess this up, promise!

I've made these a few times and each time they come out better and better. They are truly the perfect breakfast! 

What has been your most successful Pinterest recipe? Tell me in the comments!




January 27, 2015

"I Just Graduated Now What?" Book Review

I remember laying in bed one night while I was still a college student (insert crying emoji) and saw Katherine Schwarzenegger on Jimmy Fallon. I didn't watch the entire interview but I saw them talking about her new book so properly titled... "I Just Graduated Now What."

From that moment on, I could not get that book out of my head. I did not purchase it while in school because I was in denial and kept putting it off for the first few months post grad. I hadn't seen any reviews of it, I didn't even know if Katherine was entitled to write it because...I mean, her last name says it all.


I got a Barnes and Noble gift card for Christmas and was trying to wrack my brain for what book I wanted. Suddenly I remembered the book and immediately purchased it.

I just finished it last week and my goodness, the book has calmed me down so much. I can't even explain the goodness that is this book.

The format is incredible and something I didn't expect. It's also something I've never seen before. Katherine interviewed well known, successful people in a variety of different industries to tell their stories about how they felt after graduation.

Katherine would introduce the person being interviewed, explaining why she chose this person and then they would take the reigns and tell their story in their own words.

Each story was unique, special, and really had some fabulous advice. Hearing words of wisdom from the likes of John Legend, Maria Shriver, Andy Cohen, Serena Williams, Sara Blakey and so many more...it was so inspiring.

It lit a fire under my butt to truly find my passion and it reminded me that having no idea what you want to do after college and that living at home with your parents while you figure it all out...well that's all perfectly normal and okay.

I read some of the customer reviews on this book and they weren't the greatest but I truly loved it. This will be a book I re-read over and over again because you can learn something new every time.

It was just nice to know that I'm not alone and even the most successful people have had their doubts. It was nice hearing words of inspiration when you feel really crappy about trying to figure out what you want to do with your life.

The future is really scary. Not knowing what is going to happen or where you're going to end up is really scary. It's the scariest part for me. I could get past everything else but the unknown is what terrifies me. 

This book made it ok to not be sure and ok to be afraid of what is to come. Our lives have been planned out and we have been working toward this goal of "college" since we walked into Kindergarten. Now that plan is complete and everything is unwritten. No one can predict their future and we need to become more comfortable with that.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who just graduated or is about to graduate. It will help you immensely! 

Here are some of my favorite quotes and pieces of advice from the book:

"Focus on what you control in life, and don't give any time or energy to the things you can't. You have to learn to control the controllables and let go of the noncontrollables in life."—Darren Hardy

"When you feel passionate about something, it isn't work—it's a dream come true."–Alli Webb

"Being patient is hard, but I've learned that if I am patient, answers always come."—Katherine Schwarzenegger

"The reality is, you don't even know what you don't know. Experience only comes from doing."—Gayle Kind

"The real world is difficult and full of challenges. People suck sometimes. People aren't always nice. bag things happen."—Ron Bergum

This book is filled to the brim with little bites of inspiration but these were some that really stuck out to me!

What book have you been reading that's inspired you?


January 26, 2015

Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala + Products

It's only been in recent years, when I've had the blog and become obsessed with online media outlets, that I paid attention to the Pantone Color of the Year. I first remember Emerald two years ago and then Radiant Orchard last year.

Neither of them really impressed me.

I do like the idea of having a color of the year...it's like a full proof guide of staying on trend.

A few weeks ago, the new color of the year was announced but I had no idea it was even happening, that is until I saw it on Twitter and I was super excited.

It also wasn't a surprise that Marsala was chosen as the Pantone Color of the Year...I could've called that from a mile away and if it wasn't Marsala, I think I would've been pissed.

I've been obsessed with this burgundy, wine, nude, mauve color (it can be really any shade of those four) since I saw Kylie Jenner rock it on her lips and every beauty blogger on Youtube started talking about it.

What I didn't realize was that I had been wearing a variation of Marsala for over a year now. I have a pair of maroon/marsala pants from American Eagle that I wore to death last winter and am still getting use of today.

I also have been obsessed with the Essie shade "Angora Cardi" since I picked it up in CVS last winter.

So apparently I've been on trend for a while.

What I like about Marsala and what Pantone says is great about it, is that it's a universal shade that looks good on anyone...any skin tone, man or woman, any hair or eye color, it compliments everyone. It also is a very practical shade, which I think is my favorite reason for it.

The Radiant Orchard shade from last year seemed unwearable to me but Marsala, that's a totally different story. There is so much you can do with it, in both clothes, accessories, and makeup. There are also many different variations of the color...it could have more brown undertones or more pink or more nude. It's so versatile.

I'm a little obsessed, can't you tell?

I wasn't intending on doing a blog post about this but I was in an Internet black hole(ever get into one of those where you don't know how you ended up on the page) and got inspired.

I wanted to share my choices for the best Marsala products...makeup, accessories, anything really!

Side note: Reading about how Pantone picks the Color of the Year is fascinating! 

Here are my favorite Marsala products!

Too Faced La Creme Sweet Maple (I have Cinnamon Kiss, which is no longer sold, but a more brown Marsala that I LOVE) Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice Bite Beauty Matte Lip Crayon in Glace (I have Gavi and it's similar and amazing!)  Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Soft Rose Essie Nail Polish in Angora Card Make Up Forever Artist Shadow in Pink Ash


Shop my picks below! (The sweaters are SUPPOSED to be in Marsala but for some reason, they showed up differently!)
What are your thoughts on the Color of the Year? Are you going to be incorporating any Marsala products into your routine?





January 23, 2015

Links to Love

Did anyone else get completely thrown off by the short week? Having off on Monday's seem like a good thought but in reality, it throws off my entire week. 

I was thrown off, case in point, the reason there was no blog post yesterday. My mind escaped me this week. 

Nothing really significant happened this week, aside from the fact that I was way too inside my head, the rash on my face cleared up, and I impassively purchased a JawboneUp on Amazon for less than $50.

On that note, I decided that I'm going to have a No Frivolous February where I don't buy anything I don't need. I say it every month but I need to save more money. I could feel the quarter life crisis sneaking up on me with each passing day.

Anyways...like any other week, I spent most of it on my laptop and here's what I came up with:









Happy Friday and have a good weekend everyone :)


January 21, 2015

How to Fall in Love with Anyone

This article was all over the Internet and the blogosphere last week. I made a mental and physical note to write this post because I thought it was so cool and I love jumping on bandwagons.

Hallie from Corals and Cognacs first posted this and then passed it around to all her blogger friends, whom I follow and adore. 

The NYT first published this article on the psychology of falling in love and how you can pretty much fall in love with anyone if  you choose. It explains how psychologists have tried to make people fall in love by having them sit and stare into each others eyes for four minutes. Those two people were later married. Weird, right?

I find the psychology of falling in love to be completely fascinating. Falling in love itself is fascinating... how your mind, body, and spirit just chooses this person. It's been said that love is like a addiction and that person your mind chooses is the drug. I'd have to hold that saying to be true. Love does crazy shit to you and I didn't believe it until I experienced it myself so how this article explains you could 'fall in love with anyone', is pretty strange and cool. 

"Most of us think about love as something that happens to us. We fall. We get crushed. But what I like about this study is how it assumes love is an action"—that's a quote from the article and I've never read anything more true.

Anyways...the article says that there is a study consisting of 36 questions that you and your partner answer in order to fall in love. I doubt I'd ever do this with a stranger but the questions seemed intriguing and I'd like to answer them...just to see.



I'm going to skip some of them because it would be too long and some don't work in this context. 

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?: Jackie O or  Kate Middleton. The classiest, most elegant women in the world. 

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?: I wouldn't want to be famous in Hollywood with paparazzi and tabloids but I'd like to be famous in a sense...as a journalist, as a writer, a blogger, an author...something with my career. I want to share my thoughts and words with the world so famous in that way. 

3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?: Yes, always. I hate making telephone calls, it terrifies me. I like to know what I'm going to say and how I say it so I don't screw it up. 

4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?: A day spent with no anxiety, no mood swings, in comfortable clothes, watching TV or hanging out with my friends.

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?: Probably sang some One Direction to myself yesterday. To someone else? Probably this past weekend at brunch with my sorority sisters.

6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?: Mind. My body means nothing if I can't act, think, talk, and be myself.

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?: No, not at all. Hopefully peacefully in my sleep.

8. Name three things you and your partner(readers) appear to have in common: We love to read. We love the Internet. We love feeling a sense of community with others who share similar interests. 

9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?: A loving, supporting group of family and friends.

10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?: Probably my parents being divorced...would've made things a lot easier. 

11. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?: The ability to stop overthinking and overanalyzing...being able to live in the present and stop worrying about every aspect of my life. Basically I'd like to be more laid back.

Set II

12. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?: I'd like to know the truth about my career and my love life.

13. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?: Writing more outside of the blog. I want to write articles and get started on my book ideas. I haven't done it because my motivation isn't there. I'm always very lazy and tired when it comes time.

14. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?: I'd say walking across the stage at Madison Square Garden and officially becoming a college graduate. 

15. What do you value most in a friendship?: Loyalty, honesty, good conversation. 

16. What is your most treasured memory?: I have so many wonderful memories, I can't pick just one. Something during my senior year of college, definitely. 

17. What is your most terrible memory?: Something having to do with a fight within my family, probably. 

18. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?: I would do my best to live in the moment and stop making excuses. The couch and netflix and your computer will always be there. Get out there and live your life the way you want too, not how anyone else wants you too.

19. What does friendship mean to you?: It means being there for someone and being part of their life and supporting them in however they need you too. It means spending time together and having a good time, no matter if you're at a bar or sitting in your pajamas talking about nonsense

20. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?: We're very close. Whenever I need advice, depending on the situation, she knows what to say. She's pretty much always right. I would be lying if I said I went to her with everythingbecause I don't, nor do we never argue but she's my mom and she's always there.

Set III

21. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life: Probably saying something stupid when I was drunk or falling in the mud during an 8th grade kickball game.

22. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?: Cry in front of another person? Probably a few days ago in front of my mom or sister. By myself? Once again, probably a few days ago. I can't remember exactly. 

23. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?: How much I appreciated them and truly loved them. I tell them, probably just not enough.

24. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?: My computer...hands down.

Like I said, some of the questions didn't fit without having someone else there to respond so I cut out 10 of them. 

I'd have to say that I truly do think that you could fall in love with someone based on these 36 questions... maybe not JUST on these questions but it's a definite start. They get deep, you really get to know someone quickly when you hear their responses. This is an incredible study, very interesting.

What do you think? Do you think you could choose who you fall in love with, solely based on these questions?


January 20, 2015

January Birchbox Review

I'm always excited to receive my Birchbox...it's just the best way to treat yourself every month. It also prevents me from splurging on a bunch of other makeup products, especially when my budget is crazy tight.

Anyways...I didn't pick one of the curated boxes and didn't really like any of the sample choices for this month so I chose to be completely surprised. I did however, receive some of those sample choices and products in the curated boxes.

I have to say, I have been really good about using all my samples. Sometimes I throw certain ones (most lip products) in my draw and forget about them. The past two boxes I received mini lip glosses and I've actually been using them so I'm pretty happy about that.

Let's see what I got this month, shall we?



Can we also talk about how friggen adorable this box is?! I'm OBSESSED and so happy that Birchbox is going to be continuing with this trend and giving us cool, colorful boxes all year! It's so much prettier this way :)


//COOLA Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint: Let me just start off by saying that I already finished this sample. I got my box on Thursday or Friday and it's already gone. There wasn't much in there to be begin with but my goodness, it's an amazing product. I already put it in my cart to buy the full size. This is a matte finish BB cream and it goes on so smoothly and air light, it doesn't even feel like there is anything on your face. It evens out my skin tone, stays on all day, and gives me a nice 'no make up, make up look.' I love BB creams but I think I finally found my favorite one. 

Sample Size: 3/5
Full Size: $36

//Whish Three Wishes Body Butter: My skin has bee insanely dry (today I'm actually headed to the dermatologist to get my eczema taken care of) so I always welcome a good body butter. I've tried Whish products before and I'm a fan. I've only used this on my hands but it's super smooth, not greasy, and really moisturizes my hands. The smell is divine as well...the perfect lavender scent!

Sample Size: 4/5
Full Size: $24



//Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Hair Mask: I was SHOCKED when I opened my Birchbox and saw this insanely large sample. I mean, I was pleasantly shocked and super excited to try it out. I love hair masks and this bad boy will last me a while as you only need a little bit. I've used this twice and I can't tell how I feel about it. It does leave my hair soft but a with a little static. It also makes my hair feel and look thicker and fuller, which I definitely don't need. I want to like this but the verdict is still out...

Sample Size: 5/5
Full Size: $26

Top: Coola Matte Tint
Bottom: Cynthia Rowley Stain
//Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain in Heartthrob: I have been waiting patiently to receive a Cynthia Rowley product in my Birchbox and the day has finally arrived. I LOVE this lip stain. I've been really into reds and berry colors and wanting to try more liquid lipsticks and stains. This is the perfect combination of all of those things. This is a very creamy lip product, not sticky at all, and it's a reddish, orange color. It's a good day time red, nothing too dramatic and I've been truly loving it.

Sample Size: 2/5
Full Size: $20

//Harvey Prince Sincerely: I feel like I haven't gotten a fragrance sample in a while and I was kind of disappointed when I saw I'd be getting one when I took a sneak peek at my box online. I was pleasantly surprised however, because this is a hefty sample size and it's a spray top so it's definitely usable. The scent is divine...I love Harvey Prince and all his scents I've received in my boxes I've used up completely. This won't be any different. It's a musky yet floral scent and is perfect for any time of day!

Sample Size: 4/5
Full Size: $55

I have to say I was really happy with this box. Birchbox has been KILLING the game lately...I love everything I receive!

Have you signed up for Birchbox yet? What'd you get in your box this month?