December 19, 2014

Links to Love

God, this week sucked. Anxiety was on another level, one crisis after another, and I'm pretty sure I'm getting sick. The only thing getting me through is knowing Christmas is in a few days and the fact that I've watched 6 seasons of Californication in one week. (Seriously, Hank Moody is awesome)

I also have so many gifts to still buy this weekend, hence my post on last minute gift ideas, so the stores are calling my name.

I don't want to ramble so here are some things I loved this week:

Happy weekend before Christmas everyone :)

December 17, 2014

Gift Guide: Last Minute Gifts

It's the week before Christmas and I still have a few gifts to get. This weekend it is on, though, I need to get it all done.

There's nothing like a last minute shopping trip right before Christmas. Usually these gifts are for your friends or people you forgot about (not in a bad way) or for a hostess of a holiday party you're attending.

Last minute gifts are kind of my favorite because they're nice but you don't have to put too much thought or spend a lot of money...almost like stocking stuffers. They're things that are probably in boutqiues in your neighborhood or can easily be found in a mall.

You may not have to spend a lot of time on picking out the perfect gift but they're still really nice. They don't have to be super personal, just items that pretty much anyone would like and appreciate.

Here are my ideas for last minute gifts:

Alex and Ani Bangle  C.Wonder Scented Candle Back Me Up iPhone Charger Throw Pillow Macaroons Glass Ornaments  Natural Life Initial Mug
Shop my ideas here:

What are your ideas for last minute gifts?

December 16, 2014

December Birchbox Review

The packages coming to my house have been insane. Between my shopping addiction that has flared up again, products to review for the blog, subscription services, and Christmas's gotten a little insane. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for lots of reviews on a variety of different things, it'll be good.

Anyways, no more rambling, lets dive right into the Birchbox.

I chose not to receive the curated box like last month—even though some of the items were the same. I really wanted to be surprised and didn't care for all the products in the curated box (it was put together by one of my favorite celebrities, Lo Bosworth). 

Here's what I received in my box this month:

Can we talk about how beautiful this month's box design is?

//Vasanti Kajal Extreme Rose Gold eyeliner: This was the sample choice I got to pick in my box. I knew I was going to love it because I've been really into rose gold and eye brightening products lately. This is perfect for the inner corner of your eyes and your water line, perfectly brightening and widening your eyes to make you look more awake. I've been using it everyday and it's so creamy and smooth—I'll probably purchase the full size eventually.

Sample size: 4/5
Full price: $18

//Davines Replumping Superactive: This is a hair serum that claims it makes your hair look thicker and shiner. I definitely don't need my hair to look thicker because we all know I have a lions mane. I just used it this morning and after I blow dried and straightened my hair, I could definitely say that my hair is thicker and shiner. It's actually kind of mind-blowing how a product can change how your hair looks but it feels healthier as well. This was also an awesome sample size.

Sample size: 5/5
Full size price: $39.50 (YIKES)

//Manna Kada Lip Locked: This lipgloss claims it's a primer, stain, and gloss that is also nourishing. Once again, I'd have to agree. It's a cute little sample that has a lot of thick product inside. The pale pink color is perfect for the fall and winter seasons and I love it. I usually don't use the lip products that come in my Birchbox because they're super glossy and sticky and the sample is too small but this one is different. It's definitely a stain but not that sticky and it's a decent size. A definite plus!

Sample size: 3/5
Full size price: $24

//Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Ruffian Red: I spoke about this on Manicure Monday yesterday but I think this was my favorite product in the entire box. I love a good nail polish and having a simple red is essential, especially around the holidays. Ruffian is a really great Birchbox brand and I'm so happy I finally got one in my box. It's a really great formula, just opaque enough that you could get away with one coat. I'm obsessed. 

Sample size: 5/5
Full size price: $10

//SeaRX Anti Wrinkle Facial Lift Treatment Serum: I don't think I really need anti wrinkle serums but I may use this any way. I may also just give it to my mom. It's a very think serum and feels good on your skin so who knows, I may use this. The sample is a nice size as well.

Sample Size: 3/4
Full size price: $34

I also received two nice sized foil packets from Davines of their Replumping Shampoo and Conditioner. I haven't tried these out yet because I've been using Head and Shoulders shampoo for my dry scalp. I may try them out next time I wash my hair. These weren't part of my samples but just a nice little extra.

Sample Size: (2/5)
Full size price: Both retail for $25 each

I'd have to say I was really happy with this box. I could use pretty much all these products and I think they're perfect for winter.

What subscription services do you subscribe too? If you get Birchbox, what did you receive in your box this month?

December 15, 2014

Manicure Monday

Good lord, the weekend I had. Santacon forever does me dirty. I think next year I may have to skip out on it. We never have a good run and this year may have just done it for me.

It was fun for a bit, though. I mean, day drinking in the greatest city in the world, with your best friends and everyone is dressed as Santa? It's a recipe for fun and disaster.

For the occasion, I needed to make my nails more festive, of course. It's the week before Christmas and my nails need to be as festive as possible. 

In my December Birchbox(to be reviewed later this week), I received a Ruffian nail polish in Ruffian Red. I've seen this brand in other Birchboxes and have been waiting for my chance for one to pop up in mine.

I used this Ruffian Red with my trusty Sephora by OPI "It Looks like Rain, Dear" gold sparkle polish and created my classic, holiday nail look.

What are you wearing on your nails this Monday?

December 12, 2014

Links to Love

I apologize for last week not having a Links to Love post was a bad week. I know I'm really vague about my personal life on the blog and I don't know whether that bothers anyone or not. I don't know whether or not you guys want to know about my problems or if I really want to put my real life problems out into the world this way.

Anyways...this week was a whole lot better and Christmas is in two weeks! I'm so excited! The energy in the air is so cheery and I think I like Christmas so much better this year because I'm not in school. I could enjoy December 1st-25th without suffering through all nighters and finals. 

I've been spending my nights sitting by the Christmas tree, watching Christmas movies and unwinding from the day. It really is so nice to not have to study for finals for the first time in years. 

Another thing about this week that was fabulous was that I got all my Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases...and continued to shop along with getting a new Influenster VoxBox and Birchbox in the mail. 

Tomorrow I'm going to Santacon (read my post on last minute costume ideas) and I'm so excited to see my friends, it's actually ridiculous. 

Enjoy the weekend and here is some light reading for the weekend!

Happy Friday and enjoy the second to last weekend till Christmas!

December 11, 2014

What I Scored on Black Friday/Cyber Monday

A few months back I told you all about how I was trying to save more money and I've been really great at it. I haven't gotten myself into a crazy amount of debt, been paying off my credit cards, and started paying my student loans. I've honestly been really proud of myself...

That is until the biggest shopping weekend of the year came upon me and I went a little nuts. I definitely could've done a lot more damage but my wallet definitely felt the hit. 

I decided to treat myself to a few products I've been wanting and items I knew I needed...but like I said, it's not as bad as you think.

As big of a shopaholic as I am, I don't really follow through on all my purchases. I can't tell you the number of times I filled my cart up with goodies, entered my credit card info, and then just cancelled out the entire window. Sometimes, my buyer's remorse gets the best of me before I even purchase something.

I'll stop rambling and share my purchases. Everything I bought was truly a steal, whether it was 30%, 40%, or 50% off, plus free shipping. I wasn't messing around!

American Eagle Chunky Cable Knit Cardigan (ON SALE NOW) American Eagle Jeggings American Eagle Blanket Scarf Coastal Scents Beijing Eyeshadow Palette Coastal Scents Brushes 1 2 3 4 Bauble Bar Crystal Mason Ring in Rose Gold (I've talked about this ring for MONTHS and I finally got it and I'm obsessed)  tarte Lights, Cameras, Fashes mascara (this was a purchase for my mom but I got a sample of the lights, camera, lashes mascara)
Aside from my own frivolous purchases, I helped my mom pick out my Christmas presents. With all the deals going on, you couldn't pass them up. I picked out this C. Wonder Monogrammed Tote and two Baublebar necklaces. (1 2)

Sidenote: USE EBATES! I know you've all probably heard of the site but may have thought it was a scam. I kid you not, this site is a godsend. All you have to do is create an account and whenever you want to shop online, just go to Ebates first to see if you can earn cash back. Some sites will have more cash back than others but during Black Friday/Cyber Monday, some sites had DOUBLE the cash back.

Your cash back earnings are stored in your account and Ebates will send you a check in the mail. You actually are getting paid to shop. This is incredible.

This was my one treat to myself, along with some other frivolous purchases from Target and CVS that I may haul but for now, this is it. Back to saving money!

Shop all my purchases here!

What did you all get during the big shopping weekend? Please share in the comments!!

December 10, 2014

Last Minute Santacon Ideas

With the holidays come holiday bar crawls....

Or is that just me and all the people in NYC? A bar crawl to celebrate the most wonderful time of year seems weird but not to the thousands of Santas who every year, run through the streets of Manhattan, drunk and disorderly.

Santacon is a beloved tradition in New York (and they try to shut us down but they can't) and I know there are definitely other Santacon-like bar crawls across the country.

I blogged about my first Santacon experience last year and I'm tackling it again this up coming weekend with all my alumni friends.

I'm honestly really excited about it this year, mostly because I know what to expect, I'll be with all my best friends that I haven't seen in a while, and I'm in need of alcohol, desperately.

The one thing I struggle with in times like this is finding a fun outfit to wear. These types of events always sneak up on me and I never have time to prepare nor do I have the motivation to think of creative ideas.

As of right now, I'm wearing a Grinch sweater and a Santa hat. We'll see if my plans change...

If you're on the fence with your costume or are unsure if you're going to actually be attending, here are some last minute ideas.

Santacon 1

//Ugly Christmas Sweater: I think I may be the only person who doesn't have an ugly Christmas sweater in their wardrobe but if you're stuck on a creative, Santacon idea, go simple. Grab that sweater, jeans, boots, and a Santa hat and you're good to go. No one will judge your decision.


//Character or movie: This sort of goes along with throwing on an ugly Christmas sweater but throwing in your favorite holiday movie into your costume is a really fun option. It's still really simple and easy to throw together but will still give you the holiday impact.

Santacon 3

//Reindeer: This is another really easy costume that you can make as outlandish as possible. I was a reindeer last year and we went as 'holiday' as possible. Grab yourself a pair of reindeer ears, a white shirt, brown leggings, brown boots, and a cut ton drawn on nose and you have yourself a Santacon outfit.

These outfits are also great ideas for fun, holiday parties that invite you to dress up. They're just fashionable and fun enough to be acceptable on all accounts.

What are your costume ideas for holiday parties and events?