When it comes to Prada’s Candy perfume, I seem to have a love-hate relationship. The original Prada Candy Eau de Parfum was a bit too sweet and I blame the caramel accord. It’s a beautiful blend and the dry down is wonderful but getting there was the issue for me. That said, I was always tempted by it. I’d spray myself at Sephora and walk around. I debated buying the rollerball version. I’ve asked for samples but never wore them. I was trying.
And then Prada released Prada Candy L’Eau and I edged closer. I preferred Candy L’Eau to the original because it was lighter and less head on gourmand. I purchased a rollerball for the convenience of carrying it around. It’s a bit more elegant than its predecessor and that I appreciated. Finally there’s Prada Candy Florale – boy, oh boy. This one did it for me! Bright, fresh, and not overly sweet this was the scent for me. Just call me Goldilocks.
Now the hit fragrances, all three of them, are available in a delightfully small size that’s perfect for travel albeit for a limited time only (these launched in April). Called Prada Candy Kiss, adorable perfumes still have the same scent but come in a 20ml size that’s purse friendly and affordable. There are even adorable illustrations by graphic artist Vahram Muratyan (author of Paris Versus New York). I’m a sucker for a cute video 😉
Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of those brands that I watch and admire simply because they understand social media and how to leverage the beauty community to their benefit. I can’t help as I work full time in digital AND I write a beauty blog.
Over the past year or two ABH has gone from a brand known for brow care to a full fledged color cosmetic line. Her palettes are oft seen in YouTube tutorials and her liquid lipsticks caused social pandemonium when they were first released. It seems as if some shades are just always sold out! I’m no stranger to her products having purchased the Amrezy palette when it was released (I love Amra because she’s a total Brooklyn girl despite having “made” it) (made it being that she’s internet famous) (what?).
I was planning on skipping the World Traveler Palette ($30) but one quick swatch in Sephora and I knew there was no way I wasn’t going to go home with it. I mean look at it…
With 12 shades (some are part of her permanent collection including Morocco, Noir, and Soft Peach), this limited edition palette has a pretty mix of neutral shades and the beautiful pop of color. What I love most is the range of finishes available. It’s great to have metallic shadows but I love it when they include matte shades, particularly crease colors. The shadows in this palette formulated to be applied wet or dry.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture World Traveler Palette is available now online and at Sephora.
If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter (which you totally should) then you would have known that I’m currently in the process of growing out the pixie (#RIP). I’ve been doing a few protective styles and twist outs but what I haven’t done was get a proper blow out. When I was invited by Neutrogena to get a blow out and meet Kerry Washington’s stylist – Takisha Sturdivant-Drew – I couldn’t pass it up!
Takisha is the sweetest person ever. Even after a long day, she was able to provide me with a few tips on how to manage this mane as I transition from pixie to bob and from relaxed to natural. As we spoke, I told her I use a LOT of saying products to get my curls to pop and she recommended using Neutrogena Shampoo’s Anti-Residue Formula once a week to remove build-up.
Between mousse, curl creams, styling gels, and the various oils I use, hair can be left weighed down and lackluster. Using the Anti-Residue Shampoo, I instantly felt a difference in my hair. It as lightweight and had such clean, fresh scent and my hair felt clean. Next she recommended the Triple Moisture® Deep Recovery Hair Mask, also by Neutrogena, to help restore shine and moisture in my hair. Y’all when I tell you my hair was soft after being washed, I mean SOFT!
I also had the chance to meet Tina Pearson who gave me the most wonderful blowout and style! The proof is in the pudding. She recommended using the Deep Recovery Hair Mask once a week since I’m natural to really soft my hair and make it easy to style. Exhibit A.
Neutrogena haircare products are available drugstores nationwide.
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When I received word that Shopbop was going to have a handbag sale, I instantly decided to peruse the shop to create a wish list. Then I realized it was a selection (so my Pashli Dreams Part Three will have to wait). That said, I’m thinking ahead and planning my autumn lewk, part of which includes backpacks. I can’t remember the last time I wore a backpack in a serious fashion – outside of that time I went HIKING in an attempt to woo a guy. The relationship fizzled and so did the thought of me ever wearing a backpack again.
Not one to quit and the mere fact that you cannot walk into a store without seeing a fashionable backpack, I’ve added a few to my cart and want you to wear one with me.
Okay so the Lipault Paris 4-Wheeled 28″ Packing Case in Poppy isn’t a handbag but I literally just planned a girls trip for September and realized that I only have one 22” suitcase that doesn’t wheel. The wheeling part may seem like a minor detail but carrying a bag is out of the question for me. I’m lazy, sue me. Other non-backpack but still made this list include the DKNY Drawstring Bucket Bag (White) and Loeffler Randall Medium Rider Satchel (Electric Blue). I mean, look at them. You know you want it.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Ligero Backpack (Black) for those who want to look less schoolgirl and more “I hang out downtown but really live uptown.” I have a love-hate relationship with Rebecca Minkoff primarily because I think her prices had gotten way out of hand in recent years. That said, I’m no hater and this Rebecca Minkoff MAB Backpack looks pretty damn good. Lastly this Elizabeth and James Cynnie Sling Bag (Canopy Green) is what dreams are made of and Herschel Supply Co.’s Heritage Mid Volume Backpack is quite affordable.
The handbag sale starts August 18th (7AM U.S. Eastern Time) and lasts until August 20th (4AM U.S. Eastern Time). It’s a blink and it’s gone before you know it kinda sale so be quick. Enter code: INTHEBAG at checkout for 20% off.
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