August Favorites

August Favorites

Morning, Lovelies! I apologize for the lack of posting the past two weeks. I was on vacation in Cancun (mini travel vlog coming soon!) and moving back into college in Manhattan (dorm tour also coming soon!) and it was just too crazy to keep up my normal schedule. But now that I'm settled in, things can get back to normal! With that said, here's this month's favorites!

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June Birchbox

Birchbox absolutely nailed this box! They always send great products, but this month, they knew EXACTLY what I needed! After-sun lotion? YES please. Blemish Serum? Bring it on! Check out all the amazing products featured in this month's Birchbox!

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June Wishlist

June Wishlist - Southern New Yorker

This month, I'm getting excited for light, glowy makeup, beachy hair, and bright, fun, summer clothing! 

Everything from J.Crew, naturally. 

Pale blues, stripes gingham, tassels, & bows! J.Crew's spring/summer line is the perfect mix of classic and trendy! My top favorites? This chambray shirt with Ryder pants, gingham slingback flats, and robins-egg-blue beaded tassel earrings. And if that's not enough, this gingham clutch adds the final punch!

Block Heeled Sandals

The perfect heel, whether short or tall, the block heel provides WAY more support than a spike, while being more chic than a wedge. Steve Madden makes an amazing assortment for any need (and in tons of colors!) My favorites are definitely the Irenee and Rizzaa sandals!

Super Glowy Makeup

Lately, my makeup has been all about that glow-factor. Pairing down on the foundation coverage and amping up that lit-from-within, healthy glow! Becca Backlight Primer is a cult-product and I'm dying to get my hands on this best seller! Right behind that, is two Hourglass bits, their new luminizing primer, and another cult-favorite, the ambient lighting powders! But of course, that natural, dewy glow can't happen without taking care of your skin, so......

Pixi Products

Pixi's raved-about Glow Tonic has catapulted it to stardom, but hype is building around a few of their other products as well! I'm particularly interested in their undereye brightener and glow mist!

Kiehl's Skincare

And finally, a far underrated brand that should be on everyone's bathroom counter, Kiehl's. I recieved a sample of their Daily Reviving Concentrate in my Birchbox this past month, and oh sweet mama, it's a miracle in a bottle. (bold claim, I know) Not only has my acne almost vanished, but the overall texture and brightness of my skin is noticeably much better! To the point where I have started occasionally going without any makeup on my skin! (which has not happened since the eighth grade) After seeing this miracle in action, I'm dying to pick up the cleanser, eye treatment, and whatever else I can get my hands on!

xoxo,

Audra

In My Bag: Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise

I was ecstatic when I opened this Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise on Christmas morning this year, and ever since then, it has become the perfect bag for everyday and for taking to my internship! Today, I thought I would give a little peek inside and tell y'all what's hiding in this little red gem. Watch the video for a full, unedited version (complete with random papers, metrocards, and way too many lip products) or just keep scrolling for my edited version!  

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February Favorites

February Favorites

This month was full of rediscoveries and a few new favorites. February was all about pretty neutrals and muted colors to transition from winter to spring! First up, these gorgeous shades from Essie! I've been loving rotating and mixing these three for an understated but fresh mani. Imported Bubbly (left) has a beautiful pearl-effect on the nail, and looks amazing paired with Mochachino (right) which is a pretty light brown with tiny light-reflecting particles in it. Sugar Daddy (center) is the ultimate natural color. It adds just a slight polished pink to the nail, and pulls together whatever look you're wearing without drawing too much attention. 

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De-stress with the Origins Charcoal Mask

One of my favorite things to do during a stressful school week, is to take an hour or two, step away from the mountains of essays and projects, and take time to relax. During that time, I like to take off my makeup, put on a mask, and either read a book or paint my nails (Essie's Leggy Legend and Geranium are my current favorites). 

Recently, I've been loving the Origins Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask. It has charcoal which draws out deep impurities, white china clay to absorbs environmental toxins, and lecithin which dissolves all the impurities. 

I use this about once a week, after I've cleansed my face, and before I moisturize. It definitely has helped to clean out the New York City "gunk" from the air, and keep my acne under control! Plus, it's a great way to de-stress!

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September Favorites

September Favorites

Another month gone by, another round of beauty favorites! This month focused a lot more on hair and skin products, although I did happen upon two lovely makeup bits as well!

1. Beauty Protector - Protect and Detangle Spray

I received a sample of this little miracle in my August Birchbox and loved it so much, I couldn't live without the full size! My hair is long, tangley, colored, and an absolute nightmare to brush out after a shower. BUT NOT ANYMORE (<-- said in a dramatic announcer voice) This bright red bottle boasts being a detangler, leave-in conditioner, and heat protectant! (Plus it smells great, so what's not to love??) It's sold exclusively at Birchbox, so be sure to check it out!!

2. Amika - Bombshell Blowout Spray

Yet another Birchbox find! I've been using this little gem in place of my regular mousse and I adore it! It adds thickness and volume to thin, lifeless locks and smells awesome while doing it!

3. Stila - Stay All Day Liner

Here's where it gets tricky, trying to find an easy-to-use, waterproof, pigment-rich black liquid eyeliner is like trying to find a unicorn. But so far in the search, Stila takes the cake. In my experience, It's about 75% waterproof, moderately easy to use (but go slow, and have a makeup wipe handy) and it definitely packs a big punch when it comes to pigment!

4. Clinique - Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

If you only buy one lip product all fall, buy this one! The Almost Lipsticks are the ultimate cross between a lipstick and lip balm! Keep it sheer, build it up, whatever you want to do! I've been wearing this non-stop all month! I loved it so much that I did an entire post on it here

5. 100% Pure - Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

I swear this was made for college students. Late night studying (or watching netflix) are met in the morning will puffy, baggy eyes and that's where this gem comes to the rescue! Pop it on your lids and under your eyes before you make breakfast and by the time you're done, you'll be de-puffed and bright eyed! (Plus it smells like coffee, YUM!)

6. Origins - Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask

And finally, the wondermask that has put my skin back on track! (Changing climate, schedule, stress, etc of college takes a huge toll) I've been using this mask once a week to de-gunk my skin and it has worked wonders! 

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