Sequin Gowns & Mermaid Crowns : September 2019

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. ;)

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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