My Top 10 Beauty and Skincare Favorites

Hey guys!

I recently listened to a podcast episode from one of my favorite podcasts, What We Said by Jaci Smith and Chelsey Curtis, where they talked about their favorite beauty products. As you all know from reading this blog, I love a good makeup or skincare product. Hearing about what Jaci and Chelsey love inspired me to do the same and share with you what I’m loving at the moment!

Glossier Bomb Dotcom in Rose: I’m going to keep this short because I’ve talked about this way too many times, but this is definitely one of my favorite lip balms. I’m actually close to finishing the whole tube which is super impressive considering it’s filled with a good amount of product.

Garnier Micellar Water: This stuff has made removing my makeup ten times easier. I always use this to take off the base of my makeup before using cleanser to really make sure my skin is completely makeup-free. If you haven’t used this stuff yet, you’re missing out! I’ve gone through so many big and travel sized bottles of this.

Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Gloss in Sophia: I love Buxom lip glosses. I have so many mini ones from sets, as well as a few full sized ones that I equally adore. They leave such a minty and fresh scent that lasts for an extended period of time. This one in Sophia is the perfect everyday color; it’s light pink with a beautiful, sparkly sheen.

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer: I have dry skin that needs to be moisturized whenever I wash my face. I picked this up about a month ago, and let me tell you, I have already made a fair dent in the moisturizer. After I use this, I never feel the need to use primer under my makeup because it still applies great. This is definitely a product that I will be repurchasing!

Glossier Lash Slick: This is another product that I’ve talked about many, many times, but I’m still not over it. I know most people say this is a good product if you want natural looking lashes, but use a few coats of this and you achieve voluminous and long ones. As a mascara lover, I’ve always been on the hunt to find one that’s the best; I come back to lash slick each time.

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal: God bless Rihanna for killing the beauty game. This highlighter is the best one I’ve ever tried. I love that it comes with the two colors; I find that Lightning Dust is less sparkly and glittery than Fire Crystal. I personally reach for Fire Crystal more, but both are extremely pretty and worth the hype!

Mer-Sea & Co. Body Cream in Coconut Sugar: If any of you also have a FabFitFun subscription, you might have gotten this in your last winter box. I love this stuff. I hate lotions that feel super slimy and sticky, but this one soaks into your skin and leaves it so silky smooth. It smells just like a warm, beach vacation, too!

Roses De Chloé Rollerball: This is my favorite perfume. My favorite flowers are roses, and it’s also my favorite scent. This fragrance isn’t too strong and overpowering; it’s floral-y and soft. I love the smell of this and how it reminds me of fresh cut roses.

Glossier Invisible Shield: I can’t emphasize how important it is to protect your skin daily from the sun. With a lemon scent, great sun protection, and a clear application, Invisible Shield is your new favorite sunscreen.

Lavanila Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Lavender: I’ve been using this stuff for years now, and I love it because it doesn’t have aluminum in it. If you’re going to be using a product everyday, make sure to check out how clean and healthy it is!

As always, the links to everything I’ve mentioned are up above! Also, make sure you tune in to What We Said every Tuesday for new podcast episodes and follow them below!

What We Said Podcast Instagram

Jaci’s Instagram

Chelsey’s Instagram

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

2019, I’m Ready!

2019!

This year has been one on my mind for awhile now since I knew it would be a year of new experiences, changes, endings, and beginnings. Now that it’s here, I can’t quite wrap my head around it but it gets a little more real each day.

I’m excited for 2019. Some resolutions for the year are…

-Wear more color! Try to step out of your habit of buying white shirts, Emily. You’re more interesting than that! (13 days into this new year, and let me tell you, I have been so much better already.)

-Actually eat breakfast. I’m the kind of person who runs out the door in the morning and doesn’t grab something to eat because I’m “too busy,” which is a lame excuse that will end this year.

-Read more books. I love reading, and I forget about how therapeutic it is for me. This year, I’m going to make sure I have a book that I’m reading at all times and that I give myself time to read it.

-Less Starbucks, more coffee at home. I have become way too reliant on Starbucks for my daily cup of iced coffee, but I have a Nespresso machine at home and am 100% capable of being my own barista. Catch me perfecting my iced coffee recipe this year.

Those are some changes I’m going to make this year; what are your plans and resolutions?

In terms of exciting and new changes, I will be graduating high school this spring and then starting college in the fall. However, I’ll be leaving my home for the past 18 years, Southern California, for a new adventure in New York where I’ll be a Fashion Studies major!!! I’m not too pumped about packing everything, but I’m ecstatic to be studying what I love in my favorite city! I also really love the school that I committed to, which makes everything ten times more wonderful (go Johnnies)!

Anyways, many amazing things are on the horizon, and I’m ready to make the very most of this year and all of the things that are coming my way. 2019 is going to be a year to remember!

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Nailed It

Hey everyone,

I’m definitely getting some flashbacks to my old blog posts where I used to talk about my nails and polishes quite a bit. I’m bringing those vibes back today to talk about my experience with acrylics.

If you’ve been here awhile, you know that I naturally have pretty long nails. However, in June, my nails were going through a new nail cycle where they were really short before they grew out again. My friend had gone and gotten acrylics, and I wanted to get my nails done since I hadn’t in awhile. I was planning on getting extensions and putting dip powder nail polish on top of it. Long story short, the place I went to was a disaster and ended up giving me really wide acrylics with gel on top. Thankfully, I was able to get them fixed, and months later, I love my acrylics and how they look!

However, before I had gotten acrylics, it would have been nice to read about the pros and cons of having them. Here’s a list of both pros and cons that I wish I would have known earlier:

Pros:

Saves Time: I’m able to spend a lot less time fussing over my nails when I have acrylics. I used to spend a good amount of time painting and repainting my nails. It’s nice to have them done and not worry about it anymore.

More Options: Having them done means that they’re always long and always the perfect shape. I have a variety of colors and polishes to choose from each appointment.

Longevity: I’m able to go two weeks with my nails looking super great which is nice since I’m usually busy with school or work. I feel a lot more put together when my nails are done and I’m using my hands during work (i.e. when showing jewelry pieces to customers or handling their purchases).

Cons:

An Investment: Getting your nails done every two weeks is definitely an investment in many aspects. If I didn’t have a job, I don’t think I’d be able to financially justify getting them done. They are also an investment of time – not everyone can make time to do them with everything else going on in life.

Upkeep: Acrylics require a lot of upkeep. You have to make sure you’re taking care of them and getting them done so you’re not at risk for infections.

Finding A Salon: I’m going to put this in the cons section because, let’s face it, finding a good nail salon and technician is hard. As I mentioned above, the first salon I went to was a nightmare, and until recently, I haven’t found one with really great people. However, once you find a good one, you’re set!

I hope this helps some of you who are planning on getting acrylics or are just curious about what they entail! Overall, it’s a personal decision and depends on your lifestyle, but I find them 100% worth it!

FYI: The shape I get is narrow and square. The gel color in the first photo is by DND and called Sunset Fog. The second gel color is also by DND and called Amethyst Sparkles.

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Moon Walker

If there’s one thing that I know for sure, it’s that I love a good pair of boots. Ever since I started this blog, I’ve had an eye for all pairs: velvet, faux snakeskin, patent, pointed… you name it. And today, I carry on the tradition of sharing my new favorites.

I got these as a Christmas present after wanting them for awhile, and since I tore open the wrapping paper, they haven’t left my feet. They’re unlike any other pair I have because 1. they are white and 2. they have a chunky, thick heel. One thing that I can say is that these boots are so comfortable. I’ve been wearing them for long periods of time, whether that’s shopping for four hours or working and assisting customers for five. No problems yet!

These shoes add a nice pop of color too (ironic, I know. The white is just so bright that it gives an outfit a little extra something). They go with everything and look interesting when paired with darker accessories.

Additionally, I’ve seen so many people wearing white boots lately, so these fit right in with the trend. A lot of the ones I’ve seen have been very big and bulky; these are not like that, thank goodness.

They seem like they will be relatively easy to clean, too. I know they are bound to get dirty, but if I keep cleaning them up as I wear them, they should be pretty solid.

You can get these Maci Chelsea Boots at Urban Outfitters here!

What’s one pair of shoes that you have been reaching for lately?

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’s,

-Emily Berrol

20 Holiday Gifts Under $15

Hello everyone!

With Christmas right around the corner and only six days away, I thought it might be a good idea to put together a last minute gift guide with items under $15. I know many of us are still scrambling to finish up our final touches on gifts, so I hope this is helpful for any of you that need an extra little something. All the items I’ve listed are ones that I think would make a great gift or stocking stuffer!

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater – $7

Velvet Hair Scrunchie Set – $12

Balm Dotcom from Glossier – $12

Cable Bites (I have one of these for my phone charger, and it keeps the end from breaking!) – $6

Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask – $8

Mini Capri Blue Candle – $12

Molly Hatch Icon Mug (or any mug for that matter – Anthropologie always has the best!) – $14

TONYMOLY I’m Real Sheet Mask – $3

Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water – $7

Mini Glitter Polaroid Frame – $6

Write On Mechanical Pencil Set – $10

Rose Enamel Pin – $10

Ban.do Tumbler – $15

Firefly Battery Powered String Lights – $12

Key Tags from Towne9 (I have the “I came, I saw, I left early one!) – $6

Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette – $10

Beauty Bounce Back Makeup Recovery Set – $15

BANG! Beauty Blowout Set – $15

Ban.do Sticker Book – $12

Gift Card of your choice!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

-Emily Berrol

The Best Black Friday Deals – 2018

Hey everyone!

Happy Black Friday! When it comes to the craziness that comes with this day, it’s sometimes easier to sit at home and do your shopping online. In order to make it even easier for you, I thought I’d compile a list of 15 places with good deals! Enjoy!

Urban Outfitters: Buy one, get one 50% off. Mix and match any items!

Topshop: Up to 50% off selected lines.

Glossier: 20% off everything!

Free People: 50% off selected items. Take an additional 25% off select sale items.

ASOS: 25% off everything with code EPIC25.

Nordstrom: Up to 60% off selected items.

Sephora: $15 and under Black Friday deals.

Succulent Clothing: 30% off entire order with code BF30. Free priority shipping.

Lulus: Take 25-90% off all items with code BF25. Free shipping.

Anthropologie: 30% off all items.

XLE The Label: Up to 30% off all items.

Revolve: Up to 65% off select items.

Reformation: 30% off all items. 

Luca and Grae: 30% off your entire order with code FRIYAY.

Verge Girl: 20% off all items and free shipping.

Happy Shopping!

Talk to you soon,

Emily Berrol

My Favorite Hair Products

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Hello everyone! 

While I was thinking of new things to blog about, I realized that I’ve never actually shared my favorite hair products with you. As someone with very long and curly hair, I know how important a good routine is. Keep reading to find out some of my favorite products!

Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner: Yes, I can promise you that I do own those big containers that I’ve decided to show. The product is just that good, especially for my curls. Instead of weighing them down or making them look flat, this product does a great job boosting them. I’ll say this probably one million times when writing this post, but the shampoo and conditioner smell heavenly. It’s 100% worth the money; Moroccanoil products are so great and always leave my hair soft, clean, and smelling amazing!

SheaMoisture Leave-In Treatment: If you want to close your eyes and imagine that you’re on a tropical vacation, this leave-in treatment will help your daydreams. With its coconut and beach-like scent, this product helps rehydrate and restyle your hair. I love using this when my curls need a little bit of volume and protection from frizziness. This spray completely helps give your hair that freshly washed vibe when it’s been a couple of days. I can’t really speak to this as a treatment, but more of a replenishing spray; however, it’s strong and healthy ingredient (coconut oil) does help repair hair, so I’m sure it would be awesome to spray this after brushing through wet hair.

12 Benefits Spray: This is a miracle, do-it-all spray. Seriously. On the bottle, it claims that it “seals color, smoothes frizz, repairs damage, prevents split ends, moisturizes dry hair, strengthens fragile hair, prevents flat iron damage, protects from chlorine, wind, and sun damage, adds shine, softness, and a silky finish, protects from blow drying, improves texture and manageability, and has an anti-age formula that keeps hair youthful.” Yep, all that in one pink bottle. It’s the best, and it smells the best. Since it is pricey, one way to make it last is by pouring half of it into a separate container and then filling it back up with water. This seriously helps if you’re using it to respray hair and make it look better. Besides that, I usually reach for it as soon as I brush my hair and spray it in. 

Are you sold on any of these products yet?

Here are their links so you can get your hands on them!

Moroccanoil Shampoo

Moroccanoil Conditioner

SheaMoisture Spray

12 Benefits Spray

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol