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05 October, 2015

Review & Swatches | Allure & Butter London Arm Candy Nail Lacquer Collection (+ GIVEAWAY!)

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Now that fall (and jacket weather—brr!) is in full swing, I thought this would be a good time to share my swatches of Butter London's recent collaboration with Allure Magazine, the Arm Candy Collection. Arm Candy consists of six fashion-forward, fall-tastic shades in a variety of finishes, so there's something to please everybody. Even better yet, Butter London has provided me with an extra set of nail lacquers to give away to a lucky reader—yay! Read on to find your new favorite shade for autumn.

Allure & Butter London Arm Candy Nail Lacquer Collection review swatches

30 September, 2015

Rebecca Asks | A quick poll of sorts about social media and blog-reading habits

Happy Wednesday, everybody! I've been immersed in some crazy non-HelloPrettyBird projects this past week, but I have some really fun stuff planned for early October (hint: giveaways!) so keep your eyes peeled. :)

Speaking of keeping your eyes peeled here's my question of the week:

How do you prefer to experience blogs and blog-like content in 2015? Do you spend the most time: 
  1. Reading traditional blogs/articles (text and photos) 
  2. Watching user-generated videos (like YouTube)
  3. Browsing short-form social media sites (like Instagram or Snapchat) 
  4. A balance of all three... or something else?

Just to clarify, by user-generated video I mean things like vlogs and and/or clips with commentary, not full films or television shows on Netflix, Hulu etc. For me it's #1 or #3—though for the past couple of months I've been so busy that it's been harder for me to do #1, sobcrysob. Which makes things like Instagram and Snapchat an appealing choice—it's easy to scroll through a bunch of photos and leave quick comments while I'm waiting for water to boil or something. But I wonder if my habits aren't part of a larger shift towards short-form media—not sure if that's a good thing, but it is definitely a thing.

Anyway, what do you think? Do you prefer consuming media via one of these methods over the others? Or do you think it's better to have a balance of all three? Or eschew technology in favor of other activities (in which case, why are you reading this?) Let me know in the comments.

25 September, 2015

An introduction to UNT Cosmetics (Taiwan): BBs, CCs, eye stuff (oh my!) Plus coupon code & GIVEAWAY!


A week or two ago I reviewed the Pore Minissima Super Anti Shine Oil Control Serum by Taiwanese skincare brand UNT, and now I'm back with more! UNT is perhaps best known for their skincare products, but did you know that they also make a ton of makeup? Well even if you didn't before you're going to now, because I'll be swatching not one but FOUR of their products today. Hold onto your pretty little hats.

An introduction to UNT Cosmetics (Taiwan): BBs, CCs, eye stuff (oh my!) Plus coupon code & GIVEAWAY!

24 September, 2015

18 September, 2015

5 tips to help you wake up (from a non-morning person)

Here's a personal factoid that's a bit of an understatement: I am not a morning person. Even when I'm not suffering from insomnia, there's something about getting out of bed that's just really, really challenging for me. Maybe I should invest in scratchy, horrible blankets? Or try to give myself nightmares so I don't doze back off once I wake up? I don't know. In any case I do actually have to get up and work most days, so today I'll be sharing a few of my coping strategies for surviving the morning and escaping Bed Mountain. (It's not nearly as treacherous as it seems once you're fully awake.)

5 tips to help you wake up (from a non-morning person)

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