March Favorites 2017

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to my blog! I want to apologize for not posting this on Thursday-- this week has been crazy. (Next week is about to be even crazier, but that's beside the point.) Today I'm talking about my March Favorites.

Let's start off with some beauty products I've been loving this month:

Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask

This month I've been loving my Neutrogena Light Therapy mask. I use it 2-3 times a week and it keeps my skin super clear. However, it does dry out my skin quite a bit. If you haven't heard about it, click here to read my review.



Bare English & Co. 

Bare English & Co. is the new hot spot to purchase your lip balms. These lip balms are absolutely incredible. Ingredients include: tea, coconut oil, vitamin E, etc. The organic lip balm glides right onto my lips. After using this product for a decent amount of time, I've found that the lip product is not drying like other lip balms. (Other lip balms dry out your lips overtime to ensure you continue purchasing their product.) My personal favorite is the tinted grapefruit lip balm. It smells so good!


Suds N Scrubz

Earlier this month, I treated myself to a bath bomb from Suds N Scrubz. The bath bomb is handmade with the following ingredients: coconut oil, essential oil, citric acid, epsom salt, herbs, and more. There was also some sparkles left in the water which was really nice. I loved coming out of the water with shimmering skin. I also love their sugar scrubs. I love using them on my arms and legs to make them super soft. They also smell incredible. Check them out!




Little Lonestar Soap Co.

Little Lonestar Soap Co. is one of my favorite places to get all of my skincare needs. Lately, I've been loving the Happy Face Activated Charcoal Face Soap. If you struggle with acne, I highly recommend this soap. It has incredible ingredients to help dry out your acne. Just remember to follow up with a moisturizer. The Little Lonestar Soap Co. also sells other fun products including lib scrubs and face masks. I really want to try out their body polish-- it looks incredible. I've been using products from this Etsy shops all month.



Divide

"Ed Sheeran's new album rocks" is an understatement. I absolutely love this album. Some of my favorite songs include: Galway Girl, Happier, and New Man. What are some of your favorite songs from Divide? I know you have a ton.


What are some of your favorites from this month? Comment below!

Thanks for reading,

The Ultimate Guide To Accessorizing This Spring & Summer

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! Today, I'm sharing some of my favorite accessories for spring and summer. 


Mikukumi is one of my personal favorite brands. Let's take a look at their adorable stud earrings:




(This isn't a prom post, but hey, these earrings could definitely do the trick! I have a navy blue dress with silver sequins, I'm probably going to wear these.)



These are my personal favorite earrings from Mikukumi's entire collection. I like to wear them with my navy spirit jersey from Fort Lauderdale and my structured shorts from J. Crew. (Don't worry, I'll be doing lots of spring/summer outfit posts featuring these earrings once it gets warmer.)



These are also super cute. They're a little bit smaller than the previous pair, so they're perfect for everyday wear.


When I'm rocking a basic white tee and jeans, I gravitate towards these earrings. They're so cute; and they scream spring!



And the last pair of earrings from Mikukumi I'm featuring is this adorable pink pair with gold pineapples. I am planning on wearing these all the time during summer. (Is it just me or do they remind you of Lilly P. too?)



Hair ties! You can never have enough. I like these because they don't leave a crease in your hair. You can also wear them around your wrist.

The pastels are perfect for transitioning into spring.



I wear this necklace way too much! It goes with anything and everything. It's the perfect way to add a bit of glam to your casual wear. 



Karch Creations is an Etsy shop ran by a mother and daughter. (I love that!) They were so kind and sent me these three pairs of stud earrings. My personal favorite is the blue pair. Use code Guilianna for 10% off. 





I am obsessed with this watch from City Watch Co.  I like that it has a simple face with a casual wrist band. It's easy to dress it up or down. I personally like to wear it with boat shoes-- makes for the perfect "preppy in paradise" look. Use promo CITY20 for 20% off.



I love these sandals from J+S Sandals. These shoes are 100% handmade-- which is so cool! I love that they're tan too! They go with everything. (I'm planning on wearing them to my graduation after-party!)

Beaded Headbands


Headbands are a great and simple way to accessorize. I love this beaded one from Zaleon, an Etsy shop that specializes in beaded headbands and infinity scarves. 

Lightweight Scarves




Lightweight scarves are another one of my favorite accessories. This one is also from Zaleon. I love it because of all of the different colors and textures. It's perfect for transitioning into spring. 

That concludes my guide to accessorizing for spring and summer. Comment below what some of your favorite accessories are for spring and summer.

Thanks for reading,

Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask Review

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! Today I'm doing a review on a product I purchased about a month ago: the Neutrogena Light Therapy mask.

After seeing a ton of commercials featuring Olivia Holt, I decided to try the magician out for myself.



At first, I was a bit skeptical about the lights, however they are 100% UV free. After doing some research,, I also found that the treatment is also chemical free and FDA approved. 

As soon as I press the power button, blue and red lights come on. The blue light fights bacteria, while the red light reduces inflammation. Immediately after use, I found that my skin looked "duller."

My acne was lightened in color, however the rest of my facial skin felt dry and lacked color.


After using it for four days I noticed a difference in the appearance of my acne. It was much, much lighter (and almost completely gone).

However, my skin felt dry and looked dull. It didn't have the healthy glow I desired. 



Though the product makes my skin dull in color, it serves it's overall purpose of diminishing acne. Now, I've moved to using the product 2-3 times a week as opposed to 7 days. I've found that my acne has toned down quite a bit.

I love that I can use the product while still being on my laptop/phone. It makes multitasking easy-- which a busy girl like me appreciates.

I'd definitely give this product a 7/10.

PROS
+ Easy to use
+ Results in as little as 4 days
+ Gets rid of acne

CONS
-Buy battery ($15)
-Dries out skin
-Leaves skin with dull appearance


Thanks for reading,


My Go-To Spring Makeup Look

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! Today I'm talking about my favorite makeup products for the spring season.

I'm all about a healthy glow and natural finish:


Keep it light with a BB cream.

I've used a number of BB creams. However, my two favorites are the Face Defender BB Cream from Mally Beauty and Dream Fresh BB Cream from Maybelline New York. These products are light and airy; and therefore still allow your skin to breathe.

Conceal dark circles. (I've got two AP exams coming up in May, so all aboard the no sleep train!)

These days I'm not getting any sleep. Going to bed around 11:00-11:30 and waking up at 6:00, doesn't necessarily give me the flawless skin I crave. Therefore, I use the Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser from Maybelline New York. I also like to use a random powder to bake my under eyes. I've found that baking my under eyes really helps the everyday-glasses-wearer.



Conceal any blemishes.

I use the SkinClearing Blemish Concealer from Neutrogena. This is a holy grail product for me, as I've been using it since the 8th grade.

Curl eyelashes.

Curling my eyelashes is a really important step in my makeup routine. It makes me look more awake.

Tight line upper lash line.

Because I wear glasses, I want to ensure that my eyes don't hide behind them. Creating a thicker upper lash line helps create a balance behind my frames. My personal favorite eyeliner is the Highliner Gel Crayon from Marc Jacobs. (BTW: I just got a new pair of frames. They should be here by the end of the week; expect some Snapchat selfies!)



Apply a mascara that gives a natural finish.

I am definitely a mascara junkie. I love trying new mascaras. However, my current favorite is Lights, Camera, Lashes from Tarte Cosmetics. Not only is the mascara lengthening, curling, and volumizing, but it's conditioning. This mascara is infused with olive esters to condition, treat, and protect lashes. It feels incredible!

Apply a blush that gives a natural finish.

I adore the amazonian clay blushes from Tarte Cosmetics. I swirl it up to my temples for a natural finish.



Apply a highlighter. (It's the trend RN.)

I use Benefit's award winning High Beam Liquid Highlighter. I apply this to the highest points of my face including: the bridge of my nose, highest points of my cheeks, and cupid's bow.

Glide a lip balm/gloss over lips.

I switch up my lip balms and glosses all the time.


That concludes my spring makeup look. What are some of your favorites for the spring season? Comment below!

Thanks for reading,

GYM.Bag Subscription Box Review

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! I would first like to apologize for having this post up so late. I'm usually pretty good about having blog posts up at 10:00 A.M., but I was pretty busy this past week.

Let's talk about my new favorite subscription box: GYM.bag Shop. The GYM.bag is a monthly subscription box that appeals to the fashionable, yet fit lifestyle.

Each box includes a fashion or fitness bag, a clothing item and two to three bonus items. Bonus items include beauty products, fashion accessories, and/or fitness tools.

To give you a better idea, here's what was in my February box:


There were actually three bonus items in the February box:
  • The Laughing Tree Organics facial scrub, lip balm, and reusable cotton facial pads
  • L.A. Colors Nail Polish
  • Two samples from All Good: Coconut Oil and Lavender Body Lotion



I absolutely love the smell of the facial scrub; it smells like walnuts. 


(I still have yet to try these products out. I'm saving them for a rainy day.)


I am absolutely in love with this pink crewneck. It is made of the softest material-- ever! I love how I can wear it with leggings for the gym or I can pair it with jeans and booties. (Or, better yet, I can wear it to bed! So comfy!)

I also adore the headband. It is gold with silver detailing and black flower-like studs.



And now, for the most exciting feature in my subscription box: a Melie Bianco clutch. (For those of you that don't know, Melie Biano makes vegan leather handbags.) With that being said, I was very impressed. This bag is such great quality!

My final thoughts:

I thought that this subscription box was very similar to the FabFitFun subscription box. However, the FabFitFun subscription box isn't as customizable, nor as cheap.

The GYM.bag Shop box costs $39.99 per box, whereas the FabFitFun box costs $49.99. The GYM.bag shop also allows you to choose monthly or quarterly deliveries. The FabFitFun box only does quarterly. So, if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to FabFitFun, I would definitely go with this box. Plus, you can get it every month!

I was recently looking at the contents of their March box-- order it; you won't regret it.

Thanks for reading,


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https://www.gymbagshop.com/
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Bloggers Go On Spring Break Link-Up: My Spring Essentials

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! Today I have an exciting post for you all: My Spring Essentials. More importantly, this post is a link up with several other bloggers. They will be linking their post up at the end of this post; be sure to check them out!



Cross Body Bags

Cross body bags are perfect for spring and summer. Your hands are free to do whatever! 

Boat Shoes

Boat shoes are a spring and summer staple. They are the spring version of UGGS as far as I'm concerned. They go with everything! Pair with J. Crew shorts and a flowy top for a day out on the water.

Big Tote Bags

I love using tote bags for day trips. Throughout the spring and summer I find myself going to the beach and/or park for the day. A larger bag makes it easy to store headphones, snacks, books, etc. in it.

One Piece Bathing Suit

Bikinis are great, but one piece bathing suits are better.  I've found that I can utilize a one piece suit a little bit more than a two piece. For example, a one piece bathing suit is perfect for the water park and family functions.

Music: Ed Sheeran

Good music is a must for spring break. Lately, I've been listening to Ed Sheeran's new album. I love "Galway Girl" and "New Man."

Music: Olly Murs

I recently rediscovered Olly Murs on Spotify. I love "You Don't Know Love."

Stud Earrings

I love wearing simple stud earrings during spring and summer. It's too hot to wear long, dangly earrings. (P.S. I love these pearl earrings! They go with everything!)

Cardigans

Cardigans are a great way to layer during the spring season. I find myself wearing them all the time. Especially in the morning when I'm walking from my car to school.

Athletic Shorts

Athletic shorts are a must for me. During the spring season I play soccer outdoors. 

Baseball Caps

For Christmas, my parents got me a baseball cap from Cabrini University. It's perfect for bad hair days and lazy days.

Floral Dresses

Floral dresses are always in style for spring. I have at least 10 floral dresses that I wear all the time. You can layer a cardigan over it for warmth.

Pink Makeup

I love wearing light pink eyeshadow during spring. Pink, sparkly eyeshadow is one of my favorite ways to play around with my makeup.


That concludes my spring essentials. I know they're all over the place, but I hope you enjoyed it. Be sure to check out all of the links below. 

Thanks for reading,










HW Naturals LLC Review

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! Today I am featuring an Etsy shop by the name of HW Naturals LLC. This Etsy shop contains all of the products you need for a Sunday night pampering session.



First things first: the packaging; it's adorable! I am absolutely in love with the way everything was boxed up. In this white box, there were four bath melts in chocolate rose. 



Here is an up close picture of the chocolate rose bath melt. Let's talk about the individual packaging for a second; it's so cute!

Secondly, the product itself smells just like chocolate and roses.

It took a decent amount of time for it to completely dissolve. So, I decided to help it along and break it apart every now and then. But more importantly, when I got out of the tub, my skin was so, so soft! I was amazed! I don't remember a time when my skin felt softer.



I've always been the type of girl to gravitate towards lotions, but after using this product I don't know if I'll ever go back.

After stepping foot out of the shower, I applied the smallest amount of product to my arms and legs. My legs felt very smooth. And, they had a hint of shimmer! (I am definitely planning on using this product for prom.)


The Organic Lip Polish was the last product I tested. Again, this product smelled so good! I applied a little bit of product to the center of my lips to target the dry areas. I found that my lips felt fairly soft afterwards. 




In order to lock in the moisture, I used this lip balm from HW Naturals in mint. It smells very fresh. I now carry it in my backpack and reapply it throughout the day. It's a great little pick-me-up! 



Last but not least, Haley also sent me four samples of different body butters. Again, all of the lotions smell amazing. However, I have to admit that my favorite scent is Orange Vanilla. My grandmother, on the other hand, loves Lavender Kiss. She immediately put some on after I opened the package. She just "couldn't resist."

That concludes my review on Haley Williamson Naturals LLC review. I want to thank her for sending me these lovely products. They were incredible! You all will probably see some of these products in April/May when I put together some different prom posts.

Thanks for reading,


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