Sequin Gowns & Mermaid Crowns : 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

5 things I miss about Hawaii

The most beautiful rainbow showed up as soon as we stepped foot on the beach on our first day!

So if you didn't already know, Sky and I went to Oahu for our honeymoon and it was absolutely amazing.

I had been dreaming of going to Hawaii since I was little and as I got older, I started saying, "If I don't go there before I'm married, I'm going there for my honeymoon!"

Lucky enough, Sky also was stoked to go there, so we very eagerly planned our trip!

I'll say we were a little green when it came to planning. It was both of our first times there, so we did a lot of tours and things. But I'll get into that more in another post!

Today is just about why I am missing it so darn much just a few months later and the top five things that I miss about Oahu, Hawaii!

1. THE SCENERY


Literally everywhere you look is stunning. From gorgeous coast lines, beautiful flowers and palm trees as tall as sky scrapers, to murals that take up entire sides of buildings and sunsets that look like paintings. There is always something of beauty, even in the darkest corners.

The view from our hotel balcony.


We both felt constantly in awe of the island's landscape and plentiful colors.

Even though where we live now is beautiful and tropical, it's just not the same. Hawaii just offers some kind of magic that I just can't put my finger on.

2. THE FOOD


We went to many restaurants during our trip, but the one thing I still dream about, and may or may not be salivating over right now just thinking about it, was the Kalua pork sandwich from a little bar/grill in the Ala Moana Center, which if you don't know is a mall.

I've had Kalua pork a few different places, but this one took the cake. They also had a really delicious drink called The Big Island—a spin on a Long Island Iced Tea. Yum.

Also, I am a huge fan of coconut shrimp. I ate it multiple times while on the trip and I've yet to find a place that has been better, even living in SWFL. I'd say the closest I've gotten was a restaurant in South Beach, Miami.

Malasadas from Leonard's Bakery


Then, there's the Malasadas. They're like small, Portuguese donuts and they are probably one of the most delicious desserts I've ever had. We were told we had to get them from Leonard's Bakery, and we were definitely not disappointed. I have dreams about those too.

3. THE ALOHA SPIRIT


Everyone there is just so laid back and nice! Even the people visiting seemed to all be in really good spirits (which I honestly don't know how you couldn't be in such a beautiful place, unless you're my husband who got cranky because it was raining lol) But really, the locals just embodied that aloha spirit and were always so eager to help anyone out!

The one day we decided to take an Uber to the mall, but then when we went to head home, we realized there was a bus that went to our hotel for a couple bucks. We waited in line, only to find out they only accepted cash. We didn't have any on us at that point so we had to walk away and figure something else out. But as the bus was making it's way out, the driver flagged us down and let us ride for free!

I felt awful about it but I guess we looked sad and dejected that he felt bad for us haha. He was really kind, and so was everyone on the bus! They found us seats and told us not to worry. I won't soon forget that kind gesture!


Me @ Kualoa Ranch


4. THE CHILL, SURF VIBES


Everywhere you look is either ocean or something referring to it. The ocean is like the goddess of the Hawaiian people, and I'm not just saying that, a lot of people will tell you that when you go there. It's truly their lifeblood, and is constantly celebrated.

I really love being able to go to so many different beaches that are all unique in their own way. I loved watching a surf competition in Honolulu and then seeing locals surfing on the North Shore.

Waikiki Beach during the Adaptive Surf Competition


I also really love the laid back, beach style that I incorporate into my daily life. Seeing it on a larger scale and truly embracing it was liberating.

5. THE ADVENTURE


We had so much fun just getting to see everything the island had to offer us. We went hiking up to the Waimea falls, got Dole Whip at the pineapple plantation and even spent a day driving around ourselves!

We learned a lot on the tours and they were really a lot of fun. But the real adventure was one day, just us and the island. We hit up a couple places we had already been but wanted to see more of, and then we found our own exciting places!

Lanakai Beach sunset


On our way headed back to the hotel from the North Shore, on a rather cloudy day, we were treated to the most breathtaking sunset. We were just driving along when we hit a ton of traffic. We didn't know why until we came to a clearing and saw this sunset on the beach. We were able to park off the road, run down to the beach and enjoy that wonderful gift from the islands. It was a perfect end to a perfect day.

BONUS: LEARNING A CULTURE


I consider myself pretty well-versed in the basics of Hawaiian culture, but actually going there and hearing it from the locals was fascinating. We learned about their dances, their food, the way they dress, the names of all the different trees and where they came from. We learned the history of the culture and the history of the island and even after hours of new information, we could just not get enough.

Byodo-Inn Temple


I can't wait to go back to Oahu and I look forward to the day where we can visit the other Hawaiian Islands.

Keep an eye on the blog for an upcoming post about some of our favorite, must-go places!

XO, Briana

Friday, October 4, 2019

Makeup products I've been eyeing

With all of the new releases and holiday kits coming out, I have quite a few products on my list of "things I want that I definitely can't buy all of so I need to pick a couple."

Eyeshadow palettes are my weakness and with all the new foundations that have come out in recent past, I'm just really overwhelmed with all of the pretty, shiny things.

So here are just a few that I've had my eye on lately that I may or may not buy.

EYES


Like I said: my weakness. There are quite a few palettes that I've really been drawn to but I literally cannot decide which to buy!

Colourpop x Kathleen Lights So Jaded Palette

(Credit: Colourpop Cosmetics)

As we all well know, Colourpop is a workhorse, pumping out new products all of the time. I haven't really been too interested in their monochromatic palettes because I already have soo many palettes and they just look too similar to things I already have.

However, the So Jaded palette has had me in a damn tizzy for the past few weeks. If I'm being honest, when I first saw it I wasn't too excited. It didn't really excite me at first. That was only until I saw all the looks being made using the palette! I am part of a Coloupop group on Facebook that is choc-full of gals who know their way around color and let me tell you, I've saved about a dozen different looks that I absolutely loved: all using this palette!

Needless to say, it's at the top of my list. It's a little high price-wise for my taste when it comes to Colourpop, but with all the fantastic reviews rolling around, I may just splurge a bit! Plus the colors are great for fall!

Grab it for yourself, here.

Ace Beaute Oceanic Palette

(Credit: Ace Beaute)
This one is a beauty! It's all blues and greens and each one is unique and beautiful! I fell in love with this brand thanks to BoxyCharm when I got a small palette of theirs as well as some really cool shadow creams.

The formula is really nice with lots of pigment and a smooth finish. They're also really easy to blend and go on the lid really nicely!

This palette obviously caught my attention because of the colors, but knowing how much I love their formula, it makes me want it even more!

My hesitation is also the thing I love the most about it: the colors. How often do I wear bright blue eyeshadow? Not much. But that doesn't mean I wouldn't be inspired to wear it more if I had this gorgeous palette!

Grab it for yourself, here.

Iconic London Brow Silk

(Credit: TrendMood)
Recently, I've become a pretty big fan of the Iconic brow cushion and I think using that in conjunction with this product will take my brows to the next level!

I am 100% aware that this is just a souped-up version of the old "toothbrush and soap" trick to get your brows to stay up. BUT I believe in the Iconic formula and a lot of people have had a lot of good things to say about it.

Basically, it's a compact with a waxy formula accompanied by a toothbrush-esq spoolie brush to brush the product through your brows.

Could it be overhyped? Yeah. Do I want to try it anyway? You betcha.

Grab it for yourself, here.

P. Louise Eye Base

(Credit: P. Louise)
My gal NikkiTutorials has been bashing this product into my mind for a while now and I've been really wanting to give it a go!

I ashamedly admit I am not one to use an eye base on a regular basis because most of the time I just either don't have time or can't be bothered.

However, I like to have a solid one around for really vibrant looks!

Grab it for yourself, here.

FACE

There are also a couple face products I've been looking at.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Face Palette – Ghost

(Credit: Sephora)
Ooooh she pretty! I've seen a lot of amazing reviews of Hourglass products but I haven't tried them myself yet. So when I saw this palette was being released, I quickly added it to my list!

It's a little bit up there in price, so I'm definitely giving myself time to think about it...or I'm waiting for a Sephora coupon. I'll let you decide.

Either way, the blush colors in this palette are stunning and I have heard great things about the formula. Same goes for the highlighter. Even though I'm not super drawn to them, I know Hourglass makes a bomb-ass, natural highlight that is more glow than glitter, which is my favorite.

I'll probably go and swatch it for myself before deciding to purchase. But if I'm not huge on the highlighter, they also released a smaller blush palette that's also really pretty!

Grab it for yourself, here.

Fourth Ray Beauty Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer 

(Credit: Fourth Ray Beauty)
This Colourpop sister brand has been on my radar for a minute. I haven't tried anything yet, but just recently they released a tinted moisturizer!

If you know me, you know how much I love a tinted moisturizer and how I love hyaluronic acid even more! So this was a dream team product for me.

I'm still waiting to watch some YouTube reviews before I give it a try. But I'm thinking at a $12 price point it's totally worth checking out.

Tinted moisturizers are great for those days where you don't really want to wear makeup but also want a little bit of coverage. I like them especially for days where I don't want to wear really any makeup (like when I have to work at 6 a.m.) or for when I'm spending most of my day outdoors.

So I think I'll totally pick this one up!

Grab it for yourself, here.

I'd say that's all for now in terms of things that have already been released! There are a few other eyeshadow palettes I've been trying to decide between, but I think I've pretty much narrowed it down to the two above.

What products have you been thinking of purchasing?

XO, Briana

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Brand love: R + Co.


R + Co. has been on my radar for a while now, making their debut in my beauty bag when I received their Death Valley Dry Shampoo in a Birchbox a million years ago.

Now, I'm so thrilled that they contacted ME to work with them as an affiliate! #swoon

As a welcome gift, I got to choose a few products that spoke to me and share with you my thoughts.

Needless to say, those thoughts are very good.

Some highlights about the brand that I love:

  • They have some really cool and innovative products! And from what I can tell thus far, they deliver on their promises!
  • They are a vegan and cruelty-free brand!
  • They always offer free samples! I love free samples because it gives me the chance to try another product, even when I can't afford to buy more than one thing.

HIGH DIVE




Let's start with the High Dive Moisture + Shine Creme. My frizzy, Florida curls are so grateful for this magic in a tube.

I use this as an after shower, leave in conditioner of sorts. After towel drying my hair, I slather this all up in there and then brush it through.

It leaves my hair hydrated and gives it a nice, healthy glow! I've been using it every wash for the past month and I have not once been disappointed. Oh, also, it smells really good!

MOON LANDING



When I ordered these products, I had just found out I was moving to Florida. So when I saw this Moon Landing Anti-Humidity Spray, I was like, guuurrrll give me ANYTHING to save me from having a humongous frizz afro on the daily!

After styling my hair, I make sure all my flyaways are tamed and spray away! This isn't your typical hairspray. It doesn't feel stick at all and doesn't make your hair crunch. Think of it as making a barrier between your hair and the humidity! It lightly lays on top and adds some extra shine too! I use it on my entire head, not just the top and it really does help.

Now I'm not going to say my hair is never a victim of the humidity. Some days there's just no getting around it. But on those days I just embrace it and accept that it is what it is lol.

But more often than not, this spray keeps the frizz at bay!



I also got a travel size of the Waterfall Moisture + Shine Lotion. I really liked that too, although I haven't used it too much since it's happily living in my travel bag! Although I have used it to smooth out dry strands when my hair is already styled and it worked quite nicely! Gives a similar shine that I get using High Dive but I prefer that for when my hair is wet. A great alternative!

IN MY SHOPPING CART

Here are a few products I've had my eye on! In case you need suggestions on what else to buy. ;)

Shopping leafs monstera plants trolley gif shopping shop women people illustration
Credit: Paulina Procner
  • Television Perfect Hair Shampoo + Conditioner — I may be biased because of the name, but a friend of mine swears by this set, so it's definitely on my must-try list!
  • Centerpiece All in One Elixir Spray — Anything that is going to get more done in one shot sounds good to me! It's fragrance is also called "Dark Waves" with notes of tangerine, pineapple and lavender, which sounds AMAZING. Yes, please!
  • Pinstripe Intense Detangling Spray — "Intense detangling" sounds like what I have to do every time I decide to go a few days without washing my hair. #CurlyGirlProbs. The name says it all with this one, and I'm always down for anything that is going to help me tame my mane!


If you're interested in trying any of the R + Co. products, click HERE to shop and use my affiliate code 6zqL to get a welcome credit of $10 off your first $50+ purchase AND free shipping on all orders over $50!

Happy shopping!

XO, Briana



Saturday, September 21, 2019

#MOTD: Bikini Bottom Baddie


So since my blog is mostly geared toward beauty and makeup, I thought I'd start a new style of post featuring those things I love to use daily!

From now on, you'll be getting posts of some looks that I created and really loved and wanted to share with you! I'm thinking sometimes those will include mini reviews, like this one, but mostly just photos of the look and what I used.

Let me know if you like this style of post and want to see more!

Without any further ado, here is the first of the #MOTD series, a look I have dubbed "Bikini Bottom Baddie!"

I centered this look around the Spongebob Squarepants inspired Bikini Bottom Palette from Hip Dot that I absolutely could not pass up.

I have loved Spongebob from the day it was released and 20 years later I'm still quoting the show weekly, if not daily.

So this palette was nostalgic and a lot of fun to play with!

My first impression of the palette is great! This is the first item I've purchased/tried from Hip Dot and I was pretty impressed!

The pricing was about average at $36 for 15 shadows. The color palette is bright and happy, but totally wearable.

I used it for this very sunshine-inspired look, but I've also used it for a more neutral vibe. The packaging is good quality and really cute! There's a mirror inside, complete with a little Spongebob in the corner.

The names of the shadows are all drawn from Spongebob favs like "Wumbo," "Advanced Darkness" and "Imaginaation."

If you love bright colors and are a Spongebob fan, you may want to pick up this palette!


WHAT I USED


SKIN




FACE


I hope you like the look and this style of post! I really enjoyed creating it!

XO, Briana


Saturday, September 7, 2019

A new chapter

So much has changed since the last time I posted!

I got married.

I went to Hawaii.

I got a new job.

I moved to Florida.

Pretty much sums it up. It has been a JOURNEY with lots of craziness, love and adventure. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

So let's go through one by one, shall we?

MR. & MRS.


On June 15, 2019, I became Mrs. Harvath. I couldn't be happier. Schuyler and I are two peas in a pod and I cannot imagine my life without him. Our wedding day was beautiful—surrounded by family and friends. Everything came out perfectly except for a few minor things, but what event is complete without something going wrong? I will certainly have another post with photos and details, but here's a couple to tide you over until then.

I think it's fairly obvious that I've never smiled harder in my life. (Gene Ho Studios)

Cake by the Ocean! Yes, we played that song lol. Cake by Chef Geoff Blunt (Gene Ho Studios)

ALOHA HAWAII


My entire life I have dreamed of going to Hawaii. As time went on and I got older and still hadn't made it there, I said if/whenever I got married that's where I'd go on my honeymoon. Needless to say, I was stoked when Schuyler agreed. It was everything I'd imagined and more and we've been itching to go back since the plane's wheels were taking off. I will do a whole post detailing our adventures and with some tips for your trip!

The view from our hotel room in Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Our first luau!


WINK NEWS, NOW


Schuyler and I got lucky enough, on our honeymoon actually, to be offered jobs at the same news station. WINK News in Fort Myers, Florida. We were so excited and are still working in the same positions, just moving up markets and making more moola. We've been here about three weeks now and are loving it! Everyone has been very kind and welcoming and we're settling in just fine. But that's not to say that we don't absolutely miss our WPDE/WTGS family!

Our first day at WINK!

The WINK News studio.

THE SUNSHINE STATE


A month ago yesterday we moved into our nice little two bedroom, two bathroom apartment in Fort Myers. It's 10 minutes from work, 25 minutes from the beach (if you drive like my husband) and is brand, spankin' new. It really was the perfect spot for us. We love the view of the lake and the fact that our bathroom has Jack and Jill sinks. *insert meme that says, you know your old when...* We still have some work to do to set up, but it's certainly coming along. We're here for at least three years, so we'll finish eventually.

Our view from the balcony of our apartment.
Our bed all set up! Occy the Octopus was a gift for my bridal shower!
Downtown Naples

Overall, we're having a great time creating our new life together as husband and wife. We are still like two teenagers in love and probably always will be. We love watching Expedition Unknown together after work and drinking wine, planning trips to Disney World (that will maybe happen eventually) and exploring our new home.

One thing that has been nice is being on a day shift, so we actually have time to do things after work. Which also means I plan to be on here much more often from now on! So make sure you're keeping your eyes open for new posts! I've got some fun things in the works!

XO, Briana

Thursday, April 25, 2019

How NOT to diet: A recent experience


We're about to get super real and down right personal with this post.

Raise your hand if you've ever been victimized by dieting--most of us have, myself included. I've struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember, which I'm very open about taking about. Not only to share the positive things I've learned, but also the negative--which is what I'm talking about today.

Over the past year, a lot has changed. I changed jobs, started a new shift and also have been dating my now fiancé. Those things can all have a pretty solid effect on your weight.

First off, I went from working in retail, where I stood up and walked around for 8 hours a day to 8 plus hours of sitting on my tucus. That makes a huge difference. I went from being lightly active to basically sedentary all day. Now I try to get up and walk around now and then, but it's no where close to the steps I got in working in retail.

Second, my shift. Even though working in retail can create some crazy hours and a different shift every day, they're all normal working hours. With my new job, I work from 2:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.--the night shift. I went from eating breakfast around 9 or 10 a.m. to about 12:30 or 1 p.m. The other huge thing, I'm still snacking around 1 a.m. and don't typically get to sleep until 2 a.m. That certainly does wonders for one's metabolism.

And finally, being in love. I love love, who doesn't? But in my research, it's totally normal for people to gain weight when in a relationship. There's lots of eating going on and if your partner has bad eating habits, it's common for the other to pick up on that.

Long story short, there are a lot of factors that have personally affected my weight in the past year. And I've gained weight. Working nights has lead to eating out a LOT, a lot of fast food and a lot of late night munching. Oh, and no exercise. For me to get to the gym, I have to go AFTER work-- meaning like, midnight, or super early in the morning, which I quickly figured out does NOT work for me. After working in a high-stress job all day, going to the gym is probably the last thing I feel like doing. So basically, it's been hard for me NOT to gain weight.

Now it's not a lot, but enough that I'm feeling uncomfortable with my body. So here's where we get to today's lesson.

I made the decision to, again, try Jenny Craig. I'd done it twice before; the first time I lost 30 lbs. and the second I also lost. (I don't remember how much because I gained it right back since I was severely depressed...but that's another story for another day.) Either way, I knew the program worked for me, it was convenient and I could lose the 15 or so pounds I'd gained fairly quickly...or so I thought.

The biggest downfall for this program (I'd thought) was the price. But with eating out all the time, it didn't seem to be too big a difference. So I went for it. I signed up and got my two weeks of food.

Now from what I knew from past experience, the Jenny Craig program was good because the foods were good, they were properly portioned and easy to take with me. Plus it was healthy with eating lots of fruits and veggies. Or at least that's how it was.

When I got the food, I was upset for a couple reasons. First, I have a lot of picky preferences and allergies: lactose intolerance, allergic to eggs and pumpkin, and I refused to eat mushrooms, broccoli and sausage. Not TOTALLY unreasonable, right? Well unbeknownst to me, they had changed the program to follow a very specific menu that made it extremely difficult to substitute things. So I just went with it. Then, when I ate my first day of food, I realized the little plastic bowl most of the meals come in was convex. So it made it look like a lot more food, until you actually move it around and realize you could fit the contents in your hands. "How is this enough food," I thought. I'd quickly learn, it wasn't.

So the first week, I stuck to it. But I also didn't eat a lot of the extra fruit and nuts and stuff because I had a bad cold and zero appetite. But I was good and stuck to only eating the JC food. I lost 7 1/2 lbs. Awesome! Maybe not... What I realized was that yes, I lost weight, but it was really not a healthy way to do so. I was basically starving myself. And what made me realize that is that when I went away for 3 days and couldn't eat the JC food, I gained 3 pounds back and I didn't even eat that much. Something just wasn't right here. This wasn't the program I was familiar with, and I was miserable.

I started back up again after traveling and struggled tremendously. Going from eating closer to 2,000 calories a day to 1,500 or less was just too far a gap to fill. I did it the right way this time, eating all the fruits and the salads, and was still so hungry! Believe me, I'm aware that it takes time to kind of fight your way through a little bit of hunger when you first start out, but this felt excessive.

I had been pretty good during the week, and one day I went out to dinner. I tried to pay attention, eating only half of the meal. At the end of the week, I'd lost the 3 pounds I'd gained on vacation.

And that's when it hit me. I had my weekly call, but it wasn't with my usual consultant. And let me tell you, it did NOT go well. I filled her in on my goals and my motivation and what not and then told her how I'd done for the week. And what she told me was pretty upsetting, yet also a wake up call.

In as many words, she basically told me I was NOT allowed to eat regular food or eat out AT ALL while on the program. Mind you, this was during the holidays. She asked me, well, do you want to eat dinner with your family or do you want to lose weight? And I said, "Both." She wasn't amused. "Well, that's not how it works."

Well, how, exactly, is it healthy to be eating only processed foods with tons of preservatives? How am I going to maintain my weight after this program if I'm not allowed to eat normal food at all? I don't understand how that could possibly be a healthy way to lose weight---that's because it's not. Not anymore, at least.

Long story short, the consultant made me feel really guilty and like I should be over the moon to sacrifice so many things I love- just to lose weight. And when I say "things I love," I don't mean french fries and mozzarella sticks. I mean enjoying my dad's cooking, trying new restaurants, traveling. Being on this super strict diet would have kept me from experiencing my life, and that was not what I was looking for.

So, unsurprisingly, I decided to stop the program. Starving yourself, eating food you hate, eating food that's all processed and making yourself miserable is NOT THE WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT.

I've spend a lot of my life trying diets and along the way, I've learned a lot about them and also nutrition. I know how to eat healthy, I know how to lose weight. It's the other factors that I lack- time, motivation and cooking skills lol.

Dieting DOESN'T WORK. If I had continued with that program, I may have lost a ton of weight. But more likely than not, once I stopped, I'd gain it back. And that goes for pretty much any diet program or fad diet.

It just doesn't work. So don't think of it as a "diet." If you don't just want to "drop a few pounds" but want to get healthier, think of it as changing the way you eat. What I found works well for me is "clean eating" and regularly exercising. I focus on eating as much organic as I can, lots of salads and fruit and not a lot of red meat, and pay attention to my calorie intake. Once you've counted calories for a while, you'll train yourself to know how much to eat and what foods. This is a reasonable and maintainable way to eat. Denying yourself food doesn't work. Cutting out an entire food group doesn't work.

I could give tips for days, but I'll save that for a future article.

In summary, nothing is worth putting yourself in misery. There are other ways to lose weight without having to change your whole life to eat a "healthy cupcake" for dessert instead of a real one. (Another thing I don't get about the program. How are iced cinnamon rolls and chocolate muffins healthy breakfast options?!) I will say I feel a bit betrayed. JC is a program that I've sung praises about for years, and now I will tell people to steer clear. Their motivation has changed. It's not about helping people get healthy, it's about making money. And there's never anything good about that motivation.

XO, Briana


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Pinspiration: Make waves

For the past few months or so, 99% of my pins on Pinterest have been wedding-related. Recently, I've kind of gotten back into pinning more random things I like again, plus more wedding stuff. Honestly, it's pretty hard to focus on anything else right now, and I don't mind at all. But here are some of the cool photos, quotes and ideas I've pinned that stuck out to me!

XO, Briana

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

First Impression: Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation


Y’all. I’ve never been more disappointed with a foundation. I hate to say that too, because I’m always open to trying new things, but this one right here may be the first I actually return to
This is the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation. I picked it up on sale for $19 because I’d been wanting to try it. I am an avid user of the Shape Tape concealer; in fact it’s all I’ll use. I’d heard mixed reviews about the foundation, but I figured I’d just give it a shot, especially since Tarte is one of my favorite brands.


Well let me tell you, not only does this foundation make me look 10 years older, but I also had an allergic reaction to it. My face felt tingly and it gave me a burning/numbing sensation in my cheeks. 
As for the look of it, for a “hydrating” product, it made my skin look even MORE dry and sunk into EVERY fine line and pore on my face. Now I pride myself on having great skin. I take good care of it and often get compliments on it. This foundation looks so bad, even my fiancĂ© was like, yeah it’s not your best. I was not only uncomfortable but felt ugly. I think I described is as, "I look like a potato."


The other weird thing was that it seemed like any powder products just faded away. My setting powder did NOTHING. My face felt wet still after I put it on. When I put on bronzer and blush, the color was super pigmented and then two minutes later it was practically gone. Also, it made the rest of my face dry, but within an hour my nose was oily! 
After a few hours, the allergic reaction I was having became unbearable. I would have taken it off sooner, but I was at work and didn’t have any remover with me. So after about 3 1/2 hours of wear, I finally got to take it off. Under the makeup my skin appeared dry and my cheeks, in particular, were a nice bright shade of red. 


Several hours after removing the product, I still was experiencing itching on my cheeks and nose and a burning sensation. 
Once I got home, I put on a cooling/calming, very gentle face mask to soothe the itchy and burny, It definitely helped. I also put on a heavy duty night moisturizer.

The following morning, the reaction seems to have pretty much gone away. I still have some small splotches on my cheeks and a slight numbness and itchiness, but overall it's been okay. It worsened a bit when I put on some makeup, even though it was light, but ya'll know I can't leave the house without SOMETHING on my face lol.

Overall, I just wouldn't recommend this at all, ESPECIALLY if you have sensitive skin. I don't have sensitive skin and have never had this issue, so if your skin does skew on the sensitive side, I'd stay away. The only positive I would say about this product is the applicator. It's just like the shape tape wand! Although, I do wish it was a little bigger. 

XO, Briana

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

New year, new wishes!


Happy 2019 everyone! This year is going to be a good one, I can just feel it! I'm so excited for this year to begin, mainly because I'm getting married!!! But also, because I get to start a new chapter. So I especially wanted to write down a few things I want to keep in my mind throughout the year.

I have noticed that every year I tend to have the same goals/wishes in the new year (i.e. lose weight, read more, etc.) This year, those will stand, however I have some new ones.

My two main goals this year are to take care of myself and to go after my dreams!

Making some "me" time


Being in a relationship with my best friend means we are attached at the hip 24/7. We're lucky enough to work at the same place and the same hours so when I say 24/7, I mean literally, and I absolutely love it. Why wouldn't you want to be with the one you love as often as possible? Alas, with that amount of time spent together, I don't really get any "me" time. When I say that I don't mean alone time, I mean time to take care of myself.

Being a girl is complicated and time consuming. Face masks, moisturizing, exfoliating, painting your nails, trying different hairstyles; all of those things get pushed to the way side for me nowadays. Those things and also things that I enjoy that are more "single-player" like reading a book and writing my blog.

I've noticed my skin is suffering from not giving it enough love and I've had that yearning to read a good book. So I've decided to give that gift to myself. I have my reading list already set, and I want to try to get back into a routine of doing a face mask and LEAST once a week!

I'm going to take some "me" time at least a few times a week to do something good for my mind, body and/or soul. Those don't all have to be by myself, but a lot of them will be to an extent and I need to be okay with that. When Sky and I move on from our current jobs, the likelihood we'll be working together like we are now is slim. So I really need to prepare myself for some separation anxiety! So if that means taking some alone time together (i.e. sitting together reading our respective books) I'm a-okay with that!

Our New Year's Eve outing! Ringing in 2019!

Dream BIG!


I have a lot of big dreams. They range from regularly writing here to really getting into starting my YouTube channel. And then I have dreams stemming from those, like what I would do if I become an established YouTuber. With all that I've been through in the past year, good and bad, I've realized that those big dreams are attainable, especially now that I have someone to help me!

I'm really hoping to re-brand a little and kick off Beach Babe Beauty this year. That may mean a little less writing and a little more video-ing(?) but I think the trade off will be worth it!

Overall, I want this year to be a constant vibe of positivity and happiness!

XO, Briana