Spring 2018 FabFitFun Unboxing

YAY SPRING IS HERE!! And you know what that means!!! My FabFitFun Spring 2018 box has arrived!!! Getting my FabFitFun boxes in the mail is seriously one of my favorite things and boy does it feel like Christmas. This spring box is full of so many full-sized goodies that are perfect for the season. There are some health and wellness, beauty, and fashion items. I got my box for just $49.99 and what’s even crazier is that the retail total value of the box is $347.99!!! What a steal!!

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What’s Inside the Box:

Rachel Pally Reversible Clutch in Paradise $60 

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This clutch will be wonderful for the spring and summer months. The fun pattern can brighten up any plain outfit and the best part is it’s reversible!! If you don’t want the bold pattern you can opt for the solid color leather side. Two bags in one!

Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion $40

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I have tried so many moisturizers I have lost count. You can’t use one too thick or it will clog your pores, you need SPF, you need lightweight, blah blah blah. SO many factors go into picking a facial lotion. I am super excited I got this in my box to try out. It smells so good and fresh and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth and hydrated.

ANDERSON LILLEY Sunset Collection Candle in Fresh Linen $45

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Candles. You can never go wrong with candles. If you ever don’t know what to get me for a birthday…candles. I gravitate towards fresh clean scents so when I saw there was a fresh linen option I jumped on that real quick. This candle smells so good and not to mention is GORG with the copper outside. Can’t wait to burn this in my apartment!

ISH Lip Statement Palette $42

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I am really pumped about this! I’m very safe when it comes to makeup — I like a very natural look. But  have been trying to experiment more with lip colors and this is going to be perfect. I can mix and match shades to make a perfect shade. I can try out both light and deeper more vampy colors. I’m excited to see what I can come up with.

Physique 57 Massage Roller $20

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Honestly, I was a little confused as I pulled this purple spiky thing out of my box. But once I read more about it I was intrigued. Similar to a foam roller, this helps improve flexibility, break up scar tissue, and soothe sore muscles. It definitely doesn’t feel great, but then again, that’s the point.

Free People x Understated Leather Starry Eyed Travel Eye Mask $40

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I will be the first to say I have never (and thought I would never) sleep with a sleep mask. I don’t like things on my face and want to be able to see if and when I need to. BUT I tried this mask out after getting this box and I seriously had the best night of sleep EVER. I woke up feeling so refreshed and awake. I was shocked that it made that much of a difference. The mask also has a removable cooling insert that you can pop in the fridge for an instant morning de-puffer for those under eye bags!

KNC Beauty All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask (5 pack) $24.99

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I just used one lip mask yesterday morning and my lips feel totally different. They were chapped and a flakey from the strong winter winds and they have made almost a full recovery after just one 15-20 minute mask. I am thoroughly impressed!

Ettika Day Dreamer Tassel Earrings $58

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I have been looking for earrings just like this to pair with my outfits for my summer trip studying abroad in Rome. I love the peach and gold details for a fun statement piece. I can’t wait to rock these fun earrings in Europe!

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Makeover Concealing Ridge Filler $18

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My nails are constantly peeling and chipping. This is going to be great for when I want to paint my nails and want a more even base. This can also be used as top coat! Keeping your nails looking clean and healthy is super important!

TOTAL RETAIL VALUE OF BOX: $347.99

*Use my link http://xo.fff.me/fom45 for $10 off your first box!!

XOXO Anna

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Winter Hair Care Routine

Happy Sunday, lovies!! This weekend has been amazing but I am completely wiped. I have been participating in my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega’s recruitment process to find some more REAL STRONG WOMEN to bring to our chapter here at Loyola University Chicago. This weekend has been filled with a lot of dressing up and with fancy clothes comes nice, polished hairstyles. Seeing all of my amazing sister’s lovely locks has inspired this week’s blogpost! I have started using a lot of new products to start off the new year. I love trying out new stuff and this is what I’m loving at the moment! I find these products keep my hair hydrated, healthy, frizz free and voluminous during the dry, windy winter months.

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo/Conditioner

I just recently started using this superstar duo after my most recent trip to get my hair done. My hair stylist has used this on me the past few times I have been and I always leave super obsessed with the smell and feel of my hair. It has a minty scent which leaves my wet hair really cold like I just had a mint except in my hair!!!! Such a cool feeling lol and I just really like how well it has helped maintain my color. It keeps it vibrant and healthy looking and I always look forward to washing my hair so I can use it hahahaha. P.S. It can be pretty pricey but I recommend checking it out during the Beauty Brands liter sale, it makes it WAY more bearable and worth the splurge.

 

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This is a total cult product and how in the world have I not tried it before? Like this works CRAZY well. I have heard nothing but AHMAZING things and had to try it out and boy let me tell ya it’s worth every penny. I spray it throughout my hair after I get out of the shower and it gets every single tangle out with no problem.

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This stuff ROCKS! I typically use this after the leave-in conditioner ^ and just put about a dime size amount in my hand. This is especially great if you are blowdrying your hair. It leaves you frizz free and super soft and smooth.

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Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny Serum 

LOVE this product. I combine this with the one above (usually half a pump of this combined with the dime sized amount of the other one). I find these two to be the perfect duo is keeping my hair silky smooth and shiny.

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Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo

This bad boy is PERFECT for second or third day hair. Not only does it actually smell like a legit coconut on your head (which I personally love) but it works really well too. And what I like about this spray is that it doubles as a dry shampoo AND a texturizing spray to give your hair that extra little volume we all want.

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Wet Brush

This has been my secret weapon for a few years now. I am obsessed with this and whoever came up with it is a pure genius. Anyone who knows anything about hair knows that your aren’t supposed to use a brush on it when it’s wet because it can break your hair. Wide tooth combs just don’t do it for me and I always wanted to use a brush but I knew it was bad for my hair. This is just what I needed, a brush I can use on wet hair. WELL if you haven’t seen this before you NEED to check it out. It seriously changed my life. Screen Shot 2018-01-27 at 9.03.07 PM.png

Have a great Sunday and a wonderful week ahead!
XOXO Anna

My Christmas Wishlist 2017

Happy Sunday, loves. Christmas is ONE day away!!! The year has come and gone in the blink of an eye yet again. Given that Christmas is SO soon I thought I would share what I am asking for this year. It’s always so hard to come up with what I want on the spot when my mother asks me weeks before. Sooooo one of my favorite *life hacks* is throughout the year whenever I see something I want I make a note in my phone. THEN, when I get asked that question from my family I have things to say! I go over the list and alter anything I need to change. This makes it SO much easier. Another thing I do to make it easier on Santa is I give website links to everything on my list (if it’s sold online) just to make sure they know exactly what I want. And I’ll do the same for you all, as always! So here we go!

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I love traveling and anything that has a part in that is worth it in my book. I am already a huge fan of these suitcases and can’t wait to see how these help me get even more organized! Some may say this is an unnecessary addition but I have heard countless amazing reviews saying they help fit so many more things in your luggage so I’m all for it!!!

White Adidas Ultra Boosts

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Every year around this time I try and get a new pair of tennis shoes. I wear mine a lot so by this time they are usually pretty beat up. I 9/10 times go for black so I decided to take a major risk (dirt wise) and go with the beautiful crisp white! Also have gotten SUCH good reviews and seem very supportive.

Fabletics Leggings

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Leggings are basically what I live in in college so some fresh new leggings are a must. Fabletics has been one of my favorite discoveries this year. They are so flattering and don’t slip like some of my Lulu Lemon ones do. They are a thicker material and come in a great variety of colors. I highly recommend if you are looking for a new legging.

Monogram Pendant Necklace

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I think this is such a fun twist on a simple initial necklace. This oversized letter makes a statement while also keeping its basic style intact. I am so in love with the look of it and need one ASAP.

Blushed Sherpa Coat

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This coat is so adorable and I am in love with the color. I have had a recent obsession with coats and outerwear and this is at the top of my list. Who says winter has to be only blacks and dark greys? The pink is such a fun and unexpected twist in your normal blah overcast wintery day.

What are you asking for for Christmas this year?! I hope you all have the merriest of Christmases and get everything your heart desires. Enjoy the time with family and friends!!

XOXO Anna

Winter 2017 FabFitFun Unboxing

Happy Sunday!! I am SO happy to say I am officially done with the first half of my sophomore year! I am also way happy that when I got home yesterday I came home to my Winter 2017 FabFitFun box! I feel like these boxes just keep getting better and better every time. This box retails at $393!!!! And I got it all for $49.99! If you don’t know what FabFitFun is it is an amazing seasonal subscription box that comes with nearly $400 worth of FULL SIZE products! Here is what is in this year’s winter box!

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BB Dakota Poncho in Black/Charcoal – $70

AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream – $33

DOUCCE Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette in Nude – $70

Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug  – $16

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment – $75

Point Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks – $19

8 OTHER REASONS Nine Lives Choker in Rose Gold – $58

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray – $29

Nelson j Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Hair Mask in Coconut – $23

TOTAL RETAIL VALUE OF BOX: $393

*Use my link http://xo.fff.me/fom45 for $10 off your first box!!

XOXO Anna

 

My Weekday Night Routine

Happy Sunday and happy fall!!!! I know I am not the only weirdo who loves seeing what other people do as a part of their daily routines, so today I am bringing you one of my own! MY WEEKDAY NIGHT ROUTINE WOOHOOO! During these cozy fall months, after a long day of classes I try to keep my nights free so I can wind down, spend some time with my friends, or just chill by myself. I have pretty early morning classes (which I actually love) and am typically done by at least 1PM so I don’t usually have a ton of homework to do in the evenings unless I am studying for a quiz or exam. I am an early to bed, early to rise type a gal and my nights are comfy, boring and relaxing, just how I like them.

First, I usually start out by making my dinner. Having a kitchen this year has been a TOTAL game changer. I love that I can make my own food when I want it and don’t have to worry about when or even worse, what, I am going to eat at the dining halls. Some of my favorite meals to make are pasta, crock pot meals (I know, am I 80? Yes. But they are so easy!!), and sweet potatoes in the oven! During this time I might watch some TV or eat with my roomie and chat about our days.

After dinner, I will get in some comfier clothes (if I’m not already) and light a bunch of candles. My friends and I might watch a TV show or I will watch something on my own. One of our current faves is Riverdale duh!! Highly recommend if you haven’t seen it! TOO much drama WOAH.

SO once all of the unwinding happens I actually start getting ready for bed. I start by taking off my makeup, washing my face, and doing my nighttime skincare. I use the Simple Cleansing Wipes for my face and to take off my eye makeup I use the Garnier SKINACTIVE Micellar Cleansing Water with a cotton round so I’m not tugging on my eyes with the wipes.

I have gone back to my roots lately for my skincare lately. I have tried A LOT of skincare products but what has proven itself time and time again is:

  1. CeraVe Oil Control Foaming Facial Cleanser
  2. OLEHENRIKSON Truth Serum
  3. CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion

These combined with my prescription acne cremes is the perfect combination for my skin.

I then get in bed and make a rough to do list for the next day. This includes homework or anything I have planned the next day in order to be productive. After this, I schedule out my Facebook posts for my job working for Mama Said Tees (literally the BEST job I am so lucky). Check out our amazing and KIND tees and apparel!

I usually go to bed around 10:30 or 11 since I have to get up between 6 and 7 for classes every day. Night time is a time for me to relax while also preparing for the next day. Hope you enjoyed my Fall Night Routine!! (morning routine coming soon???)

XOXO Anna

Fall 2017 FabFitFun Unboxing

Fall is FINALLY here!!! It felt like summer really dragged out these last few weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE summer, but I am ready for a little bit of cooler weather. A new season means a new FabFitFun box and I could not be more thrilled with what was inside the fall edition this year. This box retails to $377.50! And I got it all for $49.99?! What an amazing deal is that?!!! I can’t wait to try out all of these awesome FULL SIZE products in the upcoming weeks. Here’s all the amazing goodies that were inside!!!

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TOTAL RETAIL VALUE OF BOX: $377.50

*Use my link http://xo.fff.me/fom45 for $10 off your first box!!

XOXO Anna

UPDATED Makeup Routine

It has been about a YEAR since I did my last makeup routine! HOW?! So today I hought I would bring you my UPDATED current summer makeup routine. During the sweltering summer months I try to wear minimal makeup or none at all. I typically stick with lighter products that won’t instantly sweat off my skin the second I step outside. Some of these products are old, rediscovered favorites while others are new and I am loving them! Here is my go-to glowy summer makeup routine!

PRIMER: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance

This is the first step to my routine. This primer helps your makeup stay put all day and leaves you “glowing from within.”

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FACE PRODUCT: IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream

I’m really not sure how I didn’t start using this before I did. I used to shy away from liquid products in fear of them looking cakey, but this one is anything but that! While canceling out all of the discoloration it creates the most flawless and natural finish. P.S. I have discovered applying this with your hands makes it look even more natural

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(I clearly am obsessed with this product solely based on the state of its packaging)

SETTING POWDER: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

This is SUCH a good setting powder. I was nervous about the loose powder because let’s just be honest, that’s just a mess waiting to happen. But it works wonders. I use a wet real techniques beauty sponge (the orange one with the flat edge) to apply this all over my face and under my eyes.

CORRECTOR: Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque

This has been one of my LONG TIME faves. This is the perfect under eye concealer to cancel out under eye bags. It completely cancels out all of the darkness and makes you look more awake instantly.

CONCEALER: Benefit Boi~ing Airbrush Concealer in Light Medium

I got this for free with my latest Sephora purchase and I am obsessed. This super CREAMY concealer is perfect for spot treatment and any other problem areas.

BRONZER: Benefit Hoola Bronzer

This bronzer is a current favorite but also can be tricky and takes a good amount of blending. I love the color and natural warmth it gives my complexion. However, it is super pigmented and you need to use a light hand as well as blend blend blend!!!

BLUSH: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush

This blush is so so so natural. It is the perfect nudey pink to top off any look.

HIGHLIGHT: cargo_HD Picture Perfect Highlighter in Bronze

I have been trying out this highlighter recently after receiving it in my Summer 2017 FabFitFun box and boy oh boy do I love it! It is super duper pigmented and gives you the perfect bronzy glow.

 

MASCARA: Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

This mascara is a STAPLE in my routine and has never failed me. It makes my lashes look longer and gives them more volume at the same time. I don’t know if I will ever switch.

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BROWS: Shade “Naked” from the Urban Decay Naked Palette

After coloring my hair this summer and going a bit lighter I have switched to “Naked” in my trusty Urban Decay Naked Palette to fill in my brows.

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XOXO Anna

Summer 2017 FabFitFun Unboxing

Good morning everyone and happy Sunday!!! I am so excited to share with you today what’s inside my summer 2017 FabFitFun box! These seasonal boxes (so 4 per year) come with a wide range of FULL SIZE products and can retail to about $300!! And the best part is they’re only $49.99!!! These boxes are the absolute bees knees and I am always looking forward to the next season to see what goodies I get! SO SO SO excited to try out these products during these summer months!

What’s Inside:

Michael Stars Ruana – $54

BKR Little 500 ML Water bottle – $35

Cargo_HD Picture Perfect Highlighter in Bronze – $30

Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate – $29

Kris Nations Mystic Bar Necklace – $58

Eau Thermale Avène Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ – $24

Understated Leather On the Road Again Travel Set – $28

Kloraine Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – $20

TOTAL RETAIL VALUE OF BOX: $278

As a member you also have the option of adding on products! I also added the Kopari coconut sheer oil for your skin and hair!

I am LOVING this product SO much I am recommending it to all of you!

*Use this link for the Kopari coconut sheer oil as well as all of their other amazing products!

*Use my link http://xo.fff.me/fom45 for $10 off your first box!!

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xoxo Anna

My Summer Essentials

Hey friends!! Happy Sunday! It’s finally June and summer has officially begun. This week I am going to share with you my must-have summer essentials. The summer months are a perfect time to try out new products and see what new stuff is out there. Whether at the pool, beach, or just hanging around at home you can’t go wrong with these absolute necessities of mine.

  1. leave-in conditioner
  2. skincare with vitamin c
  3. hydrating lip balm
  4. summer scent
  5. fashionable sunnies
  6. pretty reusable water bottle

Leave-in conditioner is a summer staple I have been reaching for for years. It is such a hassle free product and leaves you with tangle free, silky smooth hair instantly. My go-to leave in product at the moment is the Briogeo Rosarco (rose, argan, and coconut oils) Milk. With no sulfates, silicones, or parabens it is natural, nourishing and super beneficial to your hair.

I have recently gotten into a skincare regime with products that have vitamin c and collagen in them to brighten my skin and lighten up some of the dark spots and hyper pigmentation I have. These two OLEHENRIKSEN staples are quickly making their way into my holy grail items list. I have noticed a significant difference in my skin and would definitely recommend. Skincare is something I am always willing to invest in.

A hydrating lip balm is so crucial in preventing dry cracked lips in the scorching summer heat. One of my new favorite lip combos is the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm and Lip Mask. These extremely moisturizing products keep my lips feeling soft and smooth all day long. I usually put on the lip mask before I go to bed so I can wake up with hydrated lips and put on the lip balm throughout the day as needed. One of the best lip duos I’ve tried.

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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask $26 and Lip Balm $18

A new and unique summer scent is so much fun to play with during these few warm months. My current favorite scent is Laila by Geir Ness. The fresh, clean scent is inspired by the mountains and fjords of Norway. Love this perfume and its beautiful bottle!

The sun sure is out and it is shining. Sunglasses are the perfect summer accessory to add just a little something to any outfit. My current favorite are the Emma Sunglasses from Urban Outfitters. I love the tortoise shell look and they are super flattering.

The last essential and maybe the most important health wise is a sleek reusable water bottle. Not only will this keep you hydrated this summer but keep you looking stylish while doing it. I take mine wherever I go so I constantly have water to sip on. I have the white lily wood S’well bottle and I love it. It keeps my water cold all day long.

 

XOXO Anna

 

 

Spring 2017 FabFitFun Unboxing

Happy Easter Sunday everyone! I hope you all have had a gorgeous and sunny weekend filled with family and friends. Subscription boxes are so popular these days and after receiving a few of my own I can see why! It’s an amazing way to test out products you haven’t seen or heard of before for a fraction of the cost. My absolute favorite subscription box service is FabFitFun. They send out four boxes per year, one per season. They go for $49.99 per box and retail anywhere up to around $300 worth of products inside. Who can say no to that?! These are the perfect gift and something fun to look forward to all throughout the year. Today I will be sharing with you what came in the Spring 2017 edition!

Included in the box:

Gypsy 05 Roundie – $50

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray – $20

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator – $79

Milly Zip Pouch – $45

Karuna Hydrating+ Face Masks – $28

RealHer Lip Kit – $48

Emerald Duv “Joshua Tree” Cage Bracelet– $80

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set – $19

TOTAL RETAIL VALUE OF BOX: $369

*Use my link http://xo.fff.me/fom45 for $10 off your first box!!

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XOXO Anna