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Ipsy July Glam Bag

11:15:00 PM

Ipsy July Glam Bag Review

Hello loves!!

Hope you are having a great week so far! 90% of my time has been dedicated to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I can wait to show you all what I got! Sooo many good things!!

I have to give a shout out to this month's Ispy July Glam Bag. I have a few different beauty subscriptions but hands down Ipsy is my favorite and this month's bag is the best yet! I am sooo good about reviewing each product every month and it has really made such a difference because every month, I now get all the products I really love and actually have an interest in buying.

My five monthly samples come in an adorable fun bag every month and July's bag is all about having a fun summer! It's all about the laid-back summer vibes!! I love it. Wanna know what I got?

1. Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in No Filter: So this is my 2nd time receiving something from this brand and so far both products have been amazing. They are all about being cruelty free and vegan! (Read about this highlighter I'm loving here.) This nail color is such a beautiful shade of a subtle violet and looks very elegant and classic. I can definitely see myself using this color a lot because it's so neutral. I admit, I went to my usual nail salon for a manicure and the girl loved the texture and formula of the polish but she didn't like the brush. This weekend, I am going to apply the polish myself so I'll let you know what I think about the brush. 

2. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer: Omg this product has been sooo hyped up. Like legit I have seen it on every beauty blog I follow. Of course when I saw it in this month's Glam Bag, I was super excited and I wanna know what the hype is all about. So I have used it for about a week now....I'm a huge fan of the coconut scent since coconut water is part of this formula, the texture, and the final finish. It leaves my skin feeling soft, hydrated, and a bit dewy. I would totally purchase it for the $32 price tag but I also picked up a new NYX primer for $6.99 and it's creating the same results. I think $6.99 better than $32. I have to use both products more but so far, I'm 100% NYX. 

3. Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask: I love clay masks and since my skin is protesting summer, I need all the backup I can find. My acne has been full force and it's not fun for me. This mask is full of antioxidants and helps reverse daily skin damage. I know my skin takes a beating die to my city environment. I use this mask every other day and it's helping to moisturize, smooth, and brighten my skin. I'm all for this gem.    

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in No Filter Review

4. VASANTI COSMETICS Professional Eyeshadow Brushes: I am loving this brush!! I am using it to apply my Avon eyeshadow primer since I was using my fingers before. The bristles on this brush are super tight and tapered. You can use it wet or dry and it also double as a concealer brush. I love when I can use one brush for two purposes...especially when I am traveling. If you want to create a super pigmented eyeshadow look, I would spray the brush with MAC's Prep and Prime and then pack on the eyeshadow. The final result will be stunning. This brush is a yaaaaassss for me! I also love the long handle which make it easier to hold on to since I have long fingers. I am just loving everything about this. 

5. skyn ICELAND The ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion: Since my skin has been giving me so many problems, I want to use only the best products on my skin. According to the site, this gems helps....
  • Icelandic kelp hydrates, detoxifies, soothes and calms inflammation.
  • Cooling sensation reduces redness for a calm, glowing complexion.
  • Cloudberry and cranberry seed (the super fruits of the Arctic) boost hydration.
With my acne, I definitely need something to calm and soothe the inflammation on my face. Reducing the stress my skin is feeling is key and so far this is helping!

This month's Glam Bag has been my absolute favorite so far. I am digging every sample.

What new products are you using this month? Do you subscribe to any monthly beauty boxes?

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

1:00:00 AM

Hi everyone! I have the privilege to be a guest blogger on The Gossip Darling today, how exciting! I'm Jordan & I love, love this blog! I look forward to writing posts on here every now & then! I usually write about beauty products, health & fitness workouts, so you may see me pop up on here occasionally!

Anyways, I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday!! I will be heading to the pool all day! Lets be honest though, I will probably do some shopping later & head to Ulta (because, makeup is life). I seriously have a whole different makeup routine in the summer than in the winter & one thing I needed this summer was a really amazing mascara (found it!).

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara Review
Tarte Mascara at Ulta. I purchased the Volumize & Curl (top) one.
I know Melissa has bragged about Tarte products before on The Gossip Darling & I am going to continue the praise. I purchased the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara about a month ago from Ulta & I am hooked!

First off: The packaging is fabulous. I love the purple leather with gold, makes you feel like you are really splurging. And the best part is that it is super affordable, only $21 at Ulta!

Now lets get to it: I purchased the black mascara because I am all about the dark bold lashes. I decided to choose the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara because I have purchased Tarte before so I trusted the brand (& because the packaging was pretty!). I have crazy long eyelashes, people always think I have fake lashes on (the idea of fake lashes kind of freak me out, honestly), & these insanely long lashes are a blessing and a CURSE. Mascara can make my eyelashes look super clumped together, or it can leave black marks on my eyelids where my lashes curl up, or the mascara can make my top and bottom lashes stick together (most annoying thing ever!). Tarte mascara has been amazing this summer. It makes my lashes look super fabulous! The mascara feels light & stays on all day perfectly. I even go to to the gym with it on at the end of the day & it stays on great without smudging! 

My friend ran out of mascara & I made her try this Tarte mascara. At the end of the day, she LOVED it & we went to Ulta the next day! Her lashes are not as long as mine & she has super sensitive skin, but this product works great for both of us!!

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara Review

Basically, if you want a light mascara that makes your eyelashes bold & fabulous all day, then I highly recommend the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara!!

Has anyone tried the Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara? I may need to buy it soon!

- jordan

Relaxation + Chrissy’s Socks

9:24:00 AM

Chrissy’s Socks Review

I love relaxing and lounging around after a long stressful week but for some reason, I'm often bad at it. I feel a little guilty for watching tv on my sofa and watching a series of Lifetime movies. But as I get older, I'm beginning to realize the moments of downtime are 100% necessary. After a mini break, I feel more refreshed, inspired, and more determined than ever. Shutting down is temporary and necessary in order for the little gray cells to recharge. 

Chrissy's Socks was awesome enough to send me a few pairs of their socks to match some of my pajamas. Absolutely nothing beats lying around in sweatpants, leggings, or shorts with knee high socks! I swear, I always wear socks to bed for some reason with shorts. Then I crank the AC on! Chrissy's Socks come in a wide range of styles and patterns but I stuck to my favorite type and had fun with the colors. But with hundreds of styles to chose from, trust me, I'll find one that you like!

Chrissy’s Socks Review

Soooo we have.....

1. Black with hot pink stripes: I absolutely love this color combo! Pink is my favorite color so I try to incorporate it into everything. Yes, even my apartment is filled with pink. My bathroom looks like you're walking into cotton candy.

2. Unicorns: How fun is this?? Unicorns are so amazing and majestic and I want a little bit of it. My nieces go crazy over this pair. 

3. Gray and pink argyle: Again, another great classic color combo. My friend's wedding color theme was actually gray and pink argyle! 

4. Royal Blue with white polka dots: Who doesn't love dots? Fun but again a classic. 

5. Dark Blue and black stripes: These two colors match with everything! 

Not only are all of these socks great for lounging around but I'll be wearing them under my Winter/Fall boots during the colder New York City months. Trust me, NYC winters aren't fun and waiting on subway platforms can get super cold super fast. These socks will be put to good use! 

Here are some ways I'm trying to mellow out...

1. Lighting a candle and turning the lights low as I watch some TV. Yes, very romantic but sets a calming tone.

2. Turning off my phone. I have to turn off my phone and not just try to ignore it. I'll still see the messages pop up from the corner of my eye. This is a total mental game. Haha. My iPhone is with me everywhere I go but sometimes it becomes an unhealthy relationship. Separation makes the heart grow fonder. 

3. Wine. Not sure if this is officially a good one or not but it makes me feel better! Just a small glass of wine as I watch tv. I was going to say drink a green tea which I do every so often but wine is more relaxing to be. (Especially when you add the candles)

4. Setting time aside. I know this may an odd when but I'm the queen of guilt. I'm trying to set two nights a week where I trying shutdown after a long day at the office. Since I won't be doing any work after hours and my workload hasn't changed, when am I going to do it? Instead of writing one sentence for a blog post and then checking Snapchat, I really focus and try not to touch social media until the post is written. I'm also using subway travel time to write instead of checking my gossip apps. I'm using my limited time wisely…

5. Reading! This is my all time favorite way to relax. Nothing beats reading a Mary Higgins Clark book and ignoring the world!

How do you relax?

* This product was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.

Purchases so far at Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale

10:50:00 AM

Nordstrom's NSale

It's game time!!!!!! Today I woke up extra early and extra excited! I swear, I placed two orders before I even brushed my teeth! Things sell out very quickly and I knew there were a few items I NEEDED to have. I'll be in stores this weekend but these are some things I found online. I was so ready for this! This morning I focused mainly on work out gear but later today, I'm going to focus on beauty and accessories. While in store over the weekend, I will focus on everyday clothes and shoes. I swear this is like planning for the Super Bowl. You need a plan! lol. This time of year makes me soooo happy! My Mom and I buy 90% of our things at Nordstrom. My Mom always jokes that the only thing we don't buy at Nordstrom is our toilet paper! Hahaha. 

The Zella live-in leggings are my absolute favorites. I actually gave away all of my other leggings as soon as I bought these about 6 months ago. I have them in so many colors now. I love them for causal lounging days but I have many pairs for my workouts. I bought black in both long and cropped versions. How can you go wrong with black leggings? Plus they are super flexible and comfortable which is what I need for my Zumba classes. 

I also want to start taking Barre classes after reading about it on Southern Curls and Pearls. I purchased this socks Caitlin recommended because I think socks are must for the class. My first class is next week at Equinox so I'll let you know how it goes!!  

Will you be shopping the sale? What are you buying?

Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Styling Iron Review

11:21:00 AM

Hello loves!!

Hope we all had a great start to the week. Monday was my 32nd birthday and I am still in celebration mode! hahaha. I guess I have to put my party hat away right? At least I get to talk about one of my favorite straightening!

I am obsessed with straightening my hair. I have always had extremely curly hair that can be very hard to manage. For the first time ever a few months ago, I did a keratin treatment and for the most part I love it but there are some cons. More about that later. Needless to say, with extremely curly hair and my strong desires to always have straight hair, a flat iron has always been my best friend. A good straightening iron should last you for years and that's even with me using it everyday. Today I will be sharing my thoughts on Irresistible Me's Diamond Professional Styling Iron. I absolutely love this iron and I know you will too! 

The first thing I noticed about this iron was the vibrant fun color. Red is such an awesome color and it's easy to see all the way at the bottom of my gym bag or weekender. Also, my second call out was the weight! It's sooo much lighter than other irons I've used. That's important because it can take some people over an hour to straighten your hair and your arm will definitely get tired! Even though it can become a workout, you still don't want to carry a heavier iron with you when you travel. This is super light and yet still amazing quality. I love that kind of combo and it's perfect for me since I am always on the go. 

Another plus, this iron is super straightforward (no pun intended!) and easy to read and use. Back in the day, my irons didn't have a temperature reader and most times just had an off/on switch. I had absolutely no idea what temp I was using! Depending on what treatments I have in my hair (like natural or keratin), I need to change the settings or else my hair will burn! This lovely gem has 3 buttons… increase temp, decrease temp, power on/off. I also love how to buttons are inside the iron so I don't accidentally change anything when I am in the middle of straightening. The cord is also long enough that I am not fighting with it as I move around…or reach for my cell phone!

This gem heats up within 15 seconds and has a 30 minute auto shutoff function which is amazing because I am always in a rush and when I am down the street, I always say to myself…"Did I turn off the iron?" Then I am going back home! (Please tell me I'm not alone!)  I love how they thought of safety!

More about the product from their site…
  • The Diamond Professional Flat Iron is our next-generation, digital, SMART styling iron featuring unique DIAMOND Hi-Tech, which coats the floating ceramic plates with crushed diamond particles mixed with tourmaline.  
  • The diamond and tourmaline technology will protect your hair and keep all the natural hair oils, color and moisture in, leaving your hair healthy, shiny and frizz free. The styling will last longer against air humidity and everyday stress.
  • The 1'' floating plate self-adjusts, eliminating any pressure points, so that the iron can work through your hair smoothly without pulling

Here's my hair totally natural and yes I know I need a color job…

Here it is straight….

I really love this iron and my hair comes out perfect every time. I just use this before I apply any heat, and use this and this afterwards. 

How do you straighten your hair? Have you tried Irresistible Me's iron?

* This product was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own. 

St. Ives Apricot Scrub {Blemish Control} Review

10:35:00 PM

St. Ives Apricot Scrub {Blemish Control} Review

So I am a little pissed now....I'm 32 and still suffering from acne! Like wtf? I shouldn't have to deal with this past the age of 16! I'm twice that age now and my acne still comes in waves. I must say that for the most part, my acne has been behaving 80% of the time but it's so important for me to stay on top of it. Like I can't go one night without doing my full skincare routine. I 100% can't sleep with any kind of makeup on or go a week without cleaning my brushes. I have to stay on top of everything...if not, then hello blemishes!

I can totally write up a post about my full skincare routine but it'll be a very long one. Please let me know if you wanna know all the details. But I thought I would share my thoughts of a new beauty goodie. Well this isn't exactly totally new because I remember my Mom using this when I was a little girl. She used to love this scrub and I remember always seeing it in the bathroom cabinet. It's true that mothers know best and my Mom knew what she was doing with her skin all those years ago.

During a recent Target run, I was browsing through the beauty aisles when my eyes landed on this gem...St. Ives Apricot Scrub- Blemish Control. I believe it's the same as the original formula but this includes oil-free salicylic acne medications. It's 100% sulfrate and paraben free and made from natural exfoliants. It promises to prevent blemishes and minimizes pores. According to the package, you're supposed to use this one to three times daily. I personally use it only at time but you can totally use it when you wake up as well. I don't think I can ever use this 3x daily considering I never leave home without makeup so I definitely won't be rinsing my face midday! Hahaha. It does say that drying may occur so you can gradually increase or decrease the amount of times you apply this daily. For my skin type which is combo to dry, I would recommend only use this once a day. Honestly, I was shocked that this product can be used daily. I know you are usually told to use a scrub only 2 to 3x weekly.

St. Ives Apricot Scrub {Blemish Control} Review

I absolutely love the little micro-beads because they are very gentle on the skin but they really scrub and remove all the dirt and germs from your face. After I apply, my skin feels like a baby's behind and I have not one trace of dead skin. I truly feel like it's helping my acne as well as making my skin look younger! It also smells great and gets the job done really well. I am obsessed with scrubs and this is feeding into my habit!

After I use this, I make sure to moisturize and complete all the steps in my skincare routine. (Cleanser, toner, eye makeup remover, serum, moisturizer, eye cream, and setting mist.)

I paid $3.69 for this baby and it's worth so much more than that! It's truly a steal. I much prefer this to any department store find. During the hot summer months, I definitely don't want my pores to clog with all the sweat and makeup! It's also very important for me to scrub down my face after a workout. I want my face to be a pimple free zone!

Have you tried St. Ives Apricot Scrub? What do you think?

Ringing in 32...

1:58:00 PM

Giftssss. I love anything from Louis Vuitton

Happy Monday darlings!! Hope you all had fab weekends!! Today is my 32nd birthday!! I'm soooo blessed and fortunate to be ringing in another new year!

My day started off with a Zumba class, then breakfast, then mani/pedi, and lastly dinner with the family. It's nice and relaxed and exactly how I like spending my birthday! My parents bought me a new LV wallet which I loveeee! 

with my Zumba teacher. I'm the taller one :) 

Since I'm another year older, I've been reflecting on my life and what I want to improve. You've read about some of these before but why not hear it again? 

Weight Loss: I'm down 5.6 pounds in three weeks and I want to keep it up. I have more energy than ever and it makes me sooo happy. I have 10 more pounds to go!

Wearing Blanc by Essie. One of my fave colors

Exercise: I'm working out more than ever before. I used to work out 6 days a week back in the day and now I'm up to 4 days per week. By the end of the summer, I'm hoping to be back up to 6. Between eating right and exercise, I've truly never felt better. 

Relationships: something happens as you get older and move away from home. I still talk to my friends but not as much as I would like. Well I'm changing that. Making time for friends and family is sooo important. They are everything!! Life is too short. Make time for the people you care about.

New earrings for my birthday dinner 

Blogging: I absolutely love this little blog of mine and I want to start blogging 5x per week instead of my 3x. I want to start working with brands and collaborating with others. Just like I have time for bravo tv...I can make more time for this little growing baby of mine. 

Thank you all for all the love and support. I truly appreciate it and I'm so blessed and grateful. Here's to 32! Let's do it!!