Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Birchbox Book Club: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Summer is the best time to catch up on some fun and relaxing reading.  I was so happy to see Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) as the August Birchbox Book Club choice!  I knew this would be my last "fun" book of the summer, and I am thrilled that I had the chance to read it!

I love Mindy Kaling, I think she's hilarious & slightly underestimated in Hollywood- I still don't understand how she didn't get an Emmy nomination, RUDE.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) is the perfect read for a young professional woman who can appreciate the balance between sarcasm, real life dramz, and comedy.  

via Birchbox.com
Each of her short stories about her life, beginning from childhood, has something we can all relate to, crafted in a clever and witty way.  I mean seriously, I LOL'ed while reading this book, and that's a great sign..obviously.

I really love everything Chelsea Handler, so I was surprised that I enjoyed reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) just as much as I did Chelsea's books...if not more.

In fact, I found Mindy's book to be a bit more relatable than some of Chelsea's, and I think that's so important for capturing your audience, especially of this age and demographic.  Not only was Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) totally hilarious, but I could relate to some of her stories in my own way, which drew me into the book even more.

Ummm, I would totally love to hang out with Mindy Kaling, she's awesome. 

Pick up Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) at any major bookstore, or be really cool and stock up on some beauty products over at Birchbox, and get a copy of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) for free with a $35 purchase- just use code MINDY at checkout! 

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[Disclaimer: I received a copy of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) from Birchbox to review.]

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday's Fab Five

Thursday's Fab Five

Good morning everyone!
Here are my favorites of the week! 

LUSH Sandy Santa Body Butter
Yes, I realize this is something I should've used in the winter...no, I don't care.  I always exfoliate even in the summer, so Sandy Santa has worked just fine.  This exfoliating bar does it's job perfectly while still hydrating with coconut oil and Shea butter.  I know this product is no longer available at the moment, but I'll be scooping one up once LUSH releases their holiday collection!

English Laundry Signature for Her, $70
This was a perfume sample in a Birchbox, I can't remember which one though, oops.  The scent is fresh and clean with strong notes of rose and lighter notes of musk and "woody spicy".  I recieved quite a few compliments on it while I wore it, which is always a good thing.  I have my staple scents I always buy, so I probably won't be purchasing this scent, but it's still a great one to try if you love very feminine floral perfumes!

NatureBox Santa fe Corn Stix, subscription service
Snack. of. the. week.  SO YUMMY.  I'm sure you can guess the flavor by the name: tomato, green pepper, and onions- it's like a fajita without the meat, and it's still great.  Perfect for my daily car snacking since I never have time to actually eat a meal during the work hours.

The Body Shop Satsuma Soap, $4
I'm not sure why, but recently I've been obsessed with bar soaps.  I'm almost done with this one, I'm using a LUSH one in the shower, and I'm using a LUSH shampoo bar too.  So weird.  Anyway, this scent is amazing, it's a Body Shop best seller, and you can instantly figure out why- it's super citrusy and refreshing.

Bigso Kate Stockholm Desktop Collection, $7-$11
Don't you just love the Container Store?! I'M OBSESSED WITH IT.  I got this collection for my desk at work, it's super bright and punchy, and on sale, so hello it's perfect.  Next Friday I'll be doing a classroom post, so you can see these desk accessories in action looking pretty.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dove Sleeveless Summer Challenge

Disclaimer: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.

I love Dove deodorants, I've been loyal to my Go Fresh Cool Essentials for many years- see my post from 2011.  When I was chosen to help promote Dove's Sleeveless Summer Challenge I could not have been more excited! 

Head on over to the Dove Sleeveless Summer Challenge page and print out a coupon for the Advanced Care Deodorant!

Use Dove's Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture for 3 days, show off your best sleeveless style, and enter to win...are you ready for it...

A trip to NYC Fashion Week and a shopping experience with Erin Walsh, who's styled some top celebs such as Kerry Washington and Sarah Jessica Parker!!

Check out the Dove Sleeveless Summer Challenge, and start picking out a fabulous outfit!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

The Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow has been on my face almost every day for the past, oh I'm not sure, maybe 3 months?

I'm in love with it.

First of all, the colors are amazing- they're bright and punchy give an excellent flush.  The colors in Candy Glow, rose pink shimmer, soft coral pink, and peachy pink shimmer, may be a bit intimidating because they're so pastel-y, but I can assure you they are perfect.

{Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush, $30}
Candy Glow is very natural looking, lasts the whole day, and gives me an amazing healthy looking glow.  And honestly, the packaging is ridiculously cute, anything shaped in a heart, I will probably buy.  Duh.

The Perfect Flush Blush is also very buildable- I love using all three colors initially and then playing around with the rose pink shimmer if I want a bit more dramatic look.  I also love using the peachy pink shimmer as a highlighter and right below my brow bone- it looks gorgeous and luminous.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Thursday's Fab Five

Thursday's Fab Five

My apologies for this not posting yesterday, it's my fault!  Here are my favorites from the week.  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Summer is almost over, LIVE IT UP! 

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, $20
Okay so I only chose this because I blogged about it on Monday {read about it, here}, and would you believe I RAN OUT OF IT ON WEDNESDAY.  The horror.  I guess that proves how much I'm loving it, a quick trip to Sephora is in order after work!

The One & Only by Emily Giffin, $16.52
I usually only read mysteries, but I received this book with my POPSUGAR Must Have Box, so I figured I would give it a try.  So far {I'm on chapter 17}, so good- it's very interesting and a little weird (i.e. the main character is in love with her best friend's Dad)...so yeah, that's a little creepy.  BUT, it's a quick read, I've been reading a few chapters each night, and overall I like the story- it's a soap opera in a book, different from what I usually read, but a change of pace is always good!

LUSH 'A French Kiss' Bubble Bar, $8.95
I don't think I need to tell you all how much I love LUSH, and I'm about 75% through with all the goodies my bestie Heather and her family gave me for Christmas, which was basically the entire store, not kidding.  I used this bubble bar last week and it was amazing- all I could smell was rosemary and lavender, and it turned the water purplish-pink.  Oh, and it had a great amount of bubbles, clearly the most important part...because I'm still 5.

Marcelle New Age 8-in-1 Serum, $34
This serum was a sample in my Birchbox, and I used it all this week.  I really liked the texture, it absorbed into my skin quickly, and my moisturizer always went on smoothly after using it.  I'm excited to be receiving and reviewing Marcelle's makeup line thanks to a giveaway by Marcelle & Birchbox.  I'm very pleased with Marcelle's skincare, I can't wait to go through the makeup!

Trader Joe's Roasted & Salted Sunflower Seeds
This has def been my #1 snack of the week.  Perfect for summer, salty but not omg ew salty, good source of vitamin E, & super yummy.  Boom.

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