Sequin Gowns & Mermaid Crowns : December 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

SPA NIGHT with Montagne Jeunesse Clay Spas & Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish!


Hello again!! Back with my first set of reviews for my #InfluentserVoxBox !!  As you no doubt guessed from the title, this post is a review on the Montagne Jeunesse Clay Spa and the Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish that I received!

The MJ Red Earth Clay Spa



In my Violet Vox Box, I received the MJ Red Earth Clay Spa.  It's a mix of Mediterranean clay, pomegranate, and cinnamon! This is the first time I've ever used one of these spa masks and I have to say it was a very positive experience!  I've seen these around different stores for years, like almost as long as I can remember, and I'd only ever thought about buying one.  Personally, I don't tend to do masks in general so that's the only reason I didn't buy it.  But it did stand out to me enough to make me want to buy it.  Apparently, Influentser beat me to it.  

The masks are pretty easy to use.  The only thing that was a pain was positioning it.  That kind of threw me off, but in the end it didn't really matter.  So here is the easy step-by-step!

Step 1: Wash your face.  I recommend a gentle cleanser just to wash away any excess oils.  Also if you're wearing makeup, make sure you get that off first!

Step 2:  Put on the mask.  When I took it out of the package I was surprised.  I initially thought it would be like a cream that I had to squeeze out, but then I realized it was actually a "mask."  So once you get it out, just position the holes in alignment with your face as best as you can.  Like I said, I had a little trouble but it still worked.  Make sure you smooth it down to get maximum coverage!



Be prepared to look ridiculous. Did I do it right??

Step 3: Relax!  Leave the mask on for about 10-15 minutes and just chill out! Listen to music, read a book, stare at the wall, whatever floats your boat!  I recommend not doing anything that will make you laugh.  I had this happen while I was wearing mine and it kept peeling up and tearing on the open areas.  So stay serious.  Very serious.  

Step 4: Massage.  First remove the mask, then just rub the remainder of the mask goodness into your face.  Do this until your satisfied and then rinse your face with cold water, and pat dry.

And that's it! You're done!  I really enjoyed my time with my spa mask.  It felt really good on my face and smelled amazing!  And as I'm writing this it's been about an hour since I did it and my skin still feels smooth and taught.  Like I had some botox done. (haha)   I 100% recommend this product and I will definitely be trying the other spas that Montagne Jeunesse has to offer!!  

Keep up with Montagne Jeunesse!!

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Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish




Also in my Vox Box, I got the "Pixie Slicks" Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish!  It's an adorably girly bubblegum pink color and I'm in love.  I decided to paint my toe nails using the polish, and it looks so nice!!



The polish has bright color and great shine!  I also decided to top it off with my China Glaze "Pizzazz" glitter polish!  I call it my Pink Candy Pedi! I even made an Instavideo of how I did it!  


As you can see, the polish is wonderful! I will probably go and buy myself some of their other colors! You can never have enough nail polish!!

Stay tuned for the rest of my Vox Box goodies!! :)

XO, Briana

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Influentser Violet Vox Box!

At the beginning of the month, I had the honor of receiving my first ever Vox Box from the Influentser team!! After signing up for the site and completing all of the necessary tasks, I made the list!! So now I have a little box full of wonderful products to try out and review to all of you!! I'll be splitting them up a bit, so here is how the whole shebang is going to go:


In my #VioletVoxBox, I got one #GoodyAtheltique Velcro headband, one #SoyJoy Cranberry baked soy bar, one #SallyHansen #TripleShine nail polish, one #NYMCleanFreak Dry Shampoo, and one Montagne Jeuness Clay Spa Mask (#MJClaySpas).

So, I'm going to review the headband, the soy joy, and the dry shampoo together and then the spa mask and nail polish in a separate post.  That totals to three Vox Box posts (including this one!)

On every post with products from Infulentser, you'll see this little badge.  This just shows that, "Hey, I got this from Influentser! Yay! Thanks!"


So that's basically it for this introductory post.  Don't want to give away all of the fun stuff!! ;) In the meantime, here are all of the links to the Pinterest boards I made for this box! Have fun, and check back soon for post number 2! 


XO, Briana

Monday, December 23, 2013

Walk the Talk Event 2013!

This past weekend I had the honor of going to the annual Walk the Talk blogger event at Showroom77 in Center City, Philadelphia!!  The event was hosted by the fabulous Tweetie Elitou of Young Hip Chic and the equally as lovely Syreeta Martin of Sincerely Syreeta.   It was my first time in attendance and I have to say I had a fantastic time!  I brought my good friend Emma as my plus one and I know she had just a great of a time as I did.



As we entered we were greeted with awesome little gift bags, a complimentary pair of shoes from Shoe Republic LA, and a warm welcome from our hosts.



In the bags, we got several different beauty products from brands including Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils, III Sisters of Nature, and more! In my bag, I received tons of hair products, some key-chains, and a bracelet.



We also got a raffle ticked that entered us to win one of the many prizes provided by the sponsors, which included artwork, jewelry from Chandra Jewelry, gift cards to Top Shelf styling services, and more!!  Throughout the event, the girls called out winners to all of these awesome prizes.  I was lucky enough to win one, a tub of Coconut Shea All Natural Pudding Souffle for the hair from Eden BodyWorks. I can't wait to try it!





Delicious food was served by The Young Cookinista, my favorite being the mini desserts!! I would have eaten them all if I could have! She had a little bit of everything; meatballs, pasta salad, yummy rolls and a fruit platter.


The rest of the evening was filled with good music, networking, and lots of prize winners! I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of wonderful fellow bloggers and fashion industry mavens.  Overall it was a great time and an innovative concept.  I hope to attend the next event in the spring!!  Thanks girls!!








XO, Briana

P.S!  Here's a list of all the gifts I received, in case you were wondering! ;)

IN CONTROL: MOISTURIZING & SOFTENING CONDITIONER
CURL LA LA: DEFINING CURL CUSTARD
OH SO CLEAN!: MOISTURIZING & SOFTENING SHAMPOO
KNOT ON MY WATCH: INSTANT DETANGLING THERAPY
KEYCHAINS

III Sisters of Nature
NATURAL LENGTHENING CREME
SWEET HONEYROSE TREATMENT

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

#VSFASHIONSHOW

Being that this was the first year I got to actually sit down and watch the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show live, I figured when better a time to write a blog post about it!!

I really enjoyed watching the show!  As I'm sure most of us are aware of, it's not really about the underwear.  It's about the styling and the scenery and the glamour of it all!  One thing I thought was fun about this year's show was the music!  I even decided to write up the playlist for you all! Just in case you were wondering.



Now, I'm not Taylor Swift's number one fan, but I did like the outfits she wore! Especially that silver dress! No one can ignore how fantastic that piece was, no matter how much you hate her.


 Now I have to share my favorite looks of the night!  I really like how they always do themed sections.  I think it's really fun and gives them a lot of room for creativity!  It started off with the British Invasion which included the all-mighty 10 million dollar Royal Fantasy Bra (incredible) and some other really cute British themed looks.  Those wings are sick!!!

  

 Next up was the Shipwrecked section, which was really cool.  I loved the ghost-like, ethereal feel I got from it, and the sparkly runway looked like sand.  So pretty!.  This was my favorite from the group, but there we're a few others that really were beautiful.  But really, it's all about the wings!



Next was my personal favorite section, Parisian Nights.  There was some beautiful LINGERIE in this section! Some of the only looks that actually looked like underwear, which was appropriate seeing as we were being transported to Paris.  The opening look, worn by veteran angel Adriana Lima, was a stunner with giant red wings and simple red lingerie.  I also really liked the little Eiffel Tower headpiece! So cute!



Birds of Paradise was all about the feathers!! I loved the different placement on each girl, sleeves, collar, and full blown wings!


As for the Pink Network section, it was cute but I wasn't overwhelmed.  Seeing as the Pink brand is mostly known for the clothes, I thought they would have shown something new in terms of lounge wear but they chose to do the same as the other sections.  I did love this look with sequin jacket and "Pink Girls Rule the World" sports bra.  I would totally wear that! :)

                          

Last was your classic Victoria's Secret Angels.  Clad all in white with elaborate wings and lots of sparkle!  This was my favorite look!


 I really enjoyed watching the show and not only the runway but also the in-between bits.  It's fun to get to know the models and what they're like aside from prancing around in their underwear!  I also liked the message that it sent to girls of all ages.  The models are very "real" and fun and aren't worried about what other people think about them.  And they aren't just naturally built the way they are but they really have to work to look like that.  I find the Angels not only beautiful but inspiring!

I can't wait until next year's show! It would be a lot of fun to have a viewing party!

What were your favorite looks? Who's your favorite model? I want to know! Tell me in the comments section!!

XO, Briana