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23 April, 2015

Unboxing | Chococurb Premium Chocolate Box + GIVEAWAY!!!

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This may sound crazy to some of you, but when I was a kid, I didn't really like chocolate. It just tasted... bland to me. As I got older, I realized that there was more to chocolate than sad and waxy chocolate bunnies from the drugstore: There are lots of artisinal chocolates with complex flavors out there just waiting to be discovered. Dark chocolates, salted chocolates, spicy chocolates! But how to get started with your fine chocolate journey? Meet Chococurb, a Seattle-based subscription service and online shop dedicated to introducing you to unique chocolates from around the globe.

Chococurb Premium Chocolate Box discovery service

22 April, 2015

Unboxing | Target Beauty Box Spring 2015 (plus a little Instagram giveaway)

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The latest Target Beauty Box is here! I feel like this box both sold out and shipped faster than any of its predecessors, whoosh. I really wish that Target would introduce a subscription service for their beauty boxes, but until they do, I recommend that you grab them as soon as they're released if you don't want to miss out. Anyway, I have some first impressions to share—let's dive on in!

Target Beauty Box Spring 2015

Weekly Poll | A Fair Day to be at the Fair

Happy Wednesday, everybody! I hope you're having a nice week so far.

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This week's question was inspired by my recent obsession with stalking the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's cherry blossom bloom map. I want to visit when lots of trees are blooming, dangit! Anyway I was thinking of popping by there this weekend, but apparently the Sakura Matsuri festival is going on then, so maybe it'll be totally crowded with people. Is that going to improve my enjoyment of cherry trees or destroy it? I don't know. In any case, it got me wondering....

Are there any festivals, fairs or special seasonal events you plan on attending this spring/summer? Or hope to attend? Which ones are you looking forward to the most?

I was about to say that I really wanted to go to the Mermaid Parade this year because I keep missing it, but when I looked up the date I realized that it's happening at the same time as a conference I am almost certainly going to. Haha, oops! Guess that wasn't meant to be. Back to the drawing board....

20 April, 2015

For the Love of Lavender: An easy floral-inspired purple nail art design


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Nail art is one aspect of beauty that has always proven challenging for me. I have a chronic tremor in my hands, so the outcome when I try to paint really intricate designs can be... interesting. So what to do? Don't stop trying, just simplify things a little bit. Today I'll be sharing a tutorial for a super-duper simple floral nail design that anybody can do—seriously, if I can do it, you can do it.

19 April, 2015

Review & Swatches | XO Memebox X Nylon Sweet 16/#ItGirlPalette

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I have to tell you something: I love colors. More specifically, I love wearing bright colors on my face and body. I also love Memebox and a lot of the own-brand makeup they've been putting out lately, but after a whole bunch of releases I found myself wishing SO HARD that they'd put out a colorful palette instead of another one containing neutrals and rosy shades. Don't get me wrong, some of those palettes are gorgeous—but I wanted something new. Thankfully, my eyeshadow wishes were answered: Meet the Memebox X Nylon #ItGirlPalette, which is filled with bold, vibrant and fun shades. Yay!

XO Memebox X Nylon #ItGirlPalette

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