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May 29, 2013

Moving to NYC: Part 1

Whether you are a friend, family member, or a blog/social media follower of mine, by now you know I am moving to NYC (and almost officially there)! I can't even begin to explain how much love, support and guidance I have gotten so far through this entire process. But with a move to NYC, like many young people's dream, I have also received a novels worth of questions. I will be posting many NYC-related posts in the future to address as many of the frequent questions I have received to answer at once to all my friends and for anyone else interested in the process. Feel free to comment below with questions!

Step 1: You want to move to NYC. Then what? Read after the jump...

May 28, 2013

A Quick Pre-moving Beauty Haul!

In just 12 hours from now, I will be at the airport ready to begin my journey up to New York City. This time I mean one-way ticket style, so exciting/scary! I had some giftcards and wish lists that I've accumulated since Graduation and decided to do some last-minute shopping. 

In terms of beauty products, I picked up two new Real Techniques brushes (blush and powder). I wanted these because I've just been so in love with the RT brushes I do have and am not sure where in New York City I'll be able to find them. The only places I know of that sell them are Ulta and Bed Bath & Beyond (select stores that carry cosmetics). Something that wasn't planned was yet another Essie shade! Typical me...impulse nail polish spender. I passed the Resort Collection and saw this coral gem called Sunday Funday (such a cute name)! I shockingly enough don't have anything similar and thought it would be perfect on my toes for summer.

Last but certainly not least, a blogger and executive cult-favorite, the Stila Convertible Color in Petunia. This color is perfect for me, not to say I wasn't tempted by a few other shades. I have NEVER owned a cream blush before- crazy, I know. Honestly, I have oily skin and never though it would really work for me. I decided if I'm going to try one, I might as well try the best. Doesn't hurt that it can be used on the lips too. Multi-purpose products will be great in my adjustment phase from school to job (aka lots of time crunches)! I spoke to the man at the Stila counter in Nordstrom about this product for a while. He said he recommends applying it with a sponge or synthetic brush. Why yes, your fingers is an option too, but bacteria is easily spread that way. It lasted on me for SO long while I did the rest of my shopping and packing later on at home. Impressive product and I can't wait to wear it more this summer!

Stay tuned for many NYC-related posts coming soon! xx

May 24, 2013

May Favorites: Makeup, Skincare, Hair, Nails & More!

Makeup: All the products I mentioned previously in 'My Everyday Makeup Routine!'

Skincare: I'm always looking for new skincare miracles for some reason. I enjoy buying skincare as much as makeup! I have heard great things about REN, which is sold at Sephora. I saw this affordable kit and knew it would come in handy with all my traveling this month and it most definitely did. I have not used much of the eye gel or glycolatic mask yet only because I'm trying to finish up similar products before opening these. However the serum and night cream has been an amazing go-to night routine! I swear it has reduced redness and evened out my hyperpigmentation and scars. The t-zone cleansing gel is very gentle and is great to use after removing your makeup. I've been using the facial polish in the shower for a gentle exfoliator and it's been great as well! I've been using these products daily for a month and still have plenty left. A little goes a long way with each product, a quality I find with many higher-end skincare products.
REN Six of the Best Kit
Hair care: I gave this conditioning treatment a shot because it was very affordable and I have enjoyed the Aussie leave-in conditioner in the past. It surpassed all expectations and is quite possibly the BEST conditioner I have honestly ever used. I plan to repurchase this over and over again. The Wet Brush I purchased with an Amazon order a couple months ago and never quite got around to doing a haul of (yet all of the products have popped up in previous posts). I hate brushing my hair out with a comb after the shower, it's simply too tangled. I absolutely love this Wet Brush and can tell how gentle the bristles are. It does not tug at my sensitive wet hair nearly as much as my ordinary paddle brush did.
Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Deep Conditioning Treatment

The Wet Brush - bought on Amazon
Nail Polish:
Essie Mod Square
Essie Fiji - Such a classic polish color
Favorite Songs:

Beautiful cover of Little Talks
The song Treasure on this album is my favorite of the moment

Clouds by Zach Sobiech - Such an incredible guy

What have been YOUR favorites this month?

xx, Ariana

May 21, 2013

Skincare Ingredient Breakdown & Products

The most important and often overlooked fact about skincare is this: Everyone's skin is different. Therefore, everyone's skin responds to products differently. What works wonders for one may cause more breakouts and irritation for another. If you struggle with acne, it is worth your time to try out each and find your go-to ingredient or brand from the list below.

May 19, 2013

My Top 5 Favorite Fashion Blogs

During the past few years, I have really enjoyed reading and following blogs, some more loyally than others. I continue to discover new fashion blogs and love discussing with friends who their favorites are. To me, a fashion blogger I am more drawn to is someone young, admirable, shares occasional beauty/hair/skincare/home decor tips, and wears both high-fashion designer labels and affordable brands. A mix is ideal because you have those key pieces you sought after and those you could actually pick up yourself. Here are my top 5: all such beautiful women with impeccable styles. Keep up the great work ladies! :)

May 16, 2013

My Everyday Makeup Routine

It's been a while since I've done an everyday makeup routine, so I figured it was time for an update! Typically, I switch up my look on a daily basis according to my mood and where I'm going. However, the past few weeks have been extremely busy and have involved a lot of traveling. Instead of having access to my entire makeup collection (since most of it is packed up from my move), I've been limiting myself to use only what I can fit in my makeup bag. This look would flatter absolutely anyone. Since it is natural, it is very versatile. I wore it on interviews, walking around with a broker in NYC to find an apartment and to dinner (see what I mean...versatile!).

Apr 30, 2013

I'm Back!

Blogosphere, don't you worry. I haven't disappeared or forgotten to post new blogs. Rather it has been the busiest month I have had in a very, very long time. I am a last semester senior in college, so that alone calls for constantly being on-the-go to accomplish everything off that college bucket list! I had finals this past week, as well as my 22nd birthday! I am officially done with classes and have said far too many goodbyes and see you laters. I graduate this weekend and am so excited to be reunited with my family and then move back home to South Florida. I am also approaching the next chapter of my life, which will be in New York City, where I have always dreamt of starting my career.

Traditional pre-graduation pictures around campus!

As for what types of posts you can look forward to in the upcoming month...


  • Sephora VIB 15% off haul
  • Amazon haul (why did I not realize until now how many products are cheaper on Amazon?!)
  • Birchbox and Ipsy Hits & Misses (since I have been trying out the products all month)
  • April Favorites 
  • My Top Tips for Interns (Eight internships later, I've learned a thing or two)
  • My experience in the city apartment hunting (can't wait!)
I am open to any requests of posts you would like to see or products you would like my thorough opinion on :)

xx, Ariana

Apr 19, 2013

Spring Fashion Favorites

It's been a little while since I've done a fashion post, so I wanted to share with you some of my spring fashion favorites!

Apr 18, 2013

April Birchbox Unboxing!

My favorite item this month is definitely the Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On! Great for de-puffing and soothing the under eye area.

What was in YOUR April Birchbox?

xx, Ariana

Apr 16, 2013

Favorite Campaign: Dove Real Beauty

I am an advertising/public relations major, so I can't help but give recognition to a fabulous campaign. If you follow me on Twitter @arianavoyer especially, you will see I frequently post about campaigns, TED talks and Mashable articles.

Just published hours ago is the newest addition to the Dove "Real Beauty" campaign. They only seem to get better and better over time, digging deeper into the internal emotions of personal beauty.

I strongly encourage each and every one of you to watch this video HERE and realize that the flaws you put upon yourself often go unrecognized by your peers. The fact of the matter is everyone is beautiful in their own way and no one is perfect.

If you want to see the Mashable article on this campaign, THIS will bring you directly to that!

xx, Ariana

P.S. New beauty and fashion posts coming soon! I sincerely apologize for the delay. It has been incredibly hectic as I am finishing up classes and preparing for finals week.

Apr 10, 2013

Lip Products Galore

The past couple months I have been altering my makeup look to accomodate a fun lip color, instead of focusing on my eyes like I used to. I got some at the drugstore and the rest on Amazon! They have all been on my wish list for such a long time and have all proved to have amazing pigmentation and formulation. Read after the jump to find out more and see some swatches!

Apr 8, 2013

I Love Spring Tag

It's spring time when flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up and fashion/makeup become brighter! I have seen this tag going around YouTube quite a bit lately, so I thought it would be fun since I like to do occasional tags on this blog. 

Apr 3, 2013

Where To Use Your Student Discount

As I quickly approach graduation from college in one month, I have begun imagining what it will be like to no longer be a student for the first time in 16 years. While I am definitely excited to be done with tedious homework, tricky tests and buying textbooks, I am somewhat dreading the fact that I will no longer be able to use my student ID to receive discounts at some of my favorite stores. This led me to the idea to share with all of you the places who do offer student discounts, some of which you probably didn't realize!

Apr 1, 2013

50 Random Facts About Me

After seeing this tag go around the YouTube world and blogosphere, I thought it would be fun and have finally jumped on the bandwagon. Here it goes...

Mar 31, 2013

March Beauty Haul

From random browsing through drugstore makeup aisles this month, I decided to do a collective haul (CVS, Walgreens, Ulta, Target). I'm excited to say I have definitely picked up some new favorites! I will review each below in no particular order. 

L'Oreal Caresse Lip Stain in Rose On and On and Infinite Fuchsia

Mar 27, 2013

Face Mapping: What Your Skin Is Telling You

Before I get started, I want to let any of my readers know that what I am sharing is based upon research and only research. It was consistent information, however, which is why I thought it would be interesting to tell you all about.

Have you ever wondered why you always seem to break out in certain areas of your face? There's a reason, and it correlates with your health in other parts of your body.

Mar 25, 2013

How To Use Oil: Face, Hair, Nails, Skin

With the recent trend of multi-purpose oils, many people have asked me how I use them. I'm going to keep this short and sweet because I'm no expert! I just have a few quick tips to share :)
First off, what oils have I tried? Now I've tried Moroccan Oil and all that jazz that is meant solely for the hair, but I'm reviewing more of the multi-purpose/cosmetic oils from popular beauty brands.

Mar 15, 2013

St. Patty's Day Eye Makeup Look

Looking to add a hint of green to your eye makeup this Sunday and not sure how without it being too overpowering? I posted on Instagram about a month ago an eye look that was pretty popular among my followers. I used a new shadow that I picked up from the drugstore, coming from a line that I love and have been so impressed by. Find out how to recreate this look after the jump...

Mar 13, 2013

Mario Badescu Products

After being tempted by the Ulta samples near the register and seeing many bloggers talk about Mario Badescu products, I finally gave in. After trying to figure out what products to get on their website, I saw that you can sign up for e-mails and take a survey to get free samples that are suited for your skin type. I thought that was such an awesome idea, so obviously I did it! The picture below is all of the samples I got. Pretty good deluxe sizes too and I loved the variety! Nothing that I wouldn't use.

Mar 12, 2013

"March Madness" Birchbox 2013

It's that time of the month again. No...not that...I'm talking about Birchbox! This month's theme is March Madness for all you sports lovers. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with this box except for the fact that I didn't get the Benefit Benetint! I have been DYING to try that and when I saw it in someone else's box, I hoped it would be in mine too. But instead, I got something I've been really in need of. Find out after the jump!

Mar 11, 2013

NEW Covergirl Products Review

A recent CVS trip and the BOGO deal on all Covergirl products easily convinced me to try out many of the new favorite beauty items. If I'm honest, I have never been a huge fan of Covergirl makeup. The classic green powder compact was among the first of my makeup products in middle school, but ever since I haven't been impressed...until now.

Read my individual reviews below...

Mar 7, 2013

Did You Know?

Lately, I have been preparing for job interviews at cosmetic companies in NYC. Competitive, I know, so I take any extra time I have in my day whether it's while I'm eating breakfast or right before I go to sleep to study up on the industry. During this research, I've come across so many interesting facts that I, a beauty addict and loyal blog reader, never knew. I thought I would pass along what I find in one place for all of you :)

Did you know... (find out after the jump!)

Mar 3, 2013

My February Favorites

I'm a little late on bringing to you my February favorites, but better late than never! I'm now at home with my parents for my LAST spring break ever. Hard to believe I'll be a graduate in just 2 months and making my permanent move to the city of dreams, NYC.

February was a month where I really preferred the quick and convenient looks, without having to think too much into what I put on while still knowing it would look good.

Mar 1, 2013

Final Thoughts on February Birchbox

Last month, once I received my Birchbox subscription in the mail, I immediately did a haul showing what I got. This month, I thought it might be more useful to my readers if I wait until the end of the month to review each product in my box. With that said, here goes my February 2013 "Red Carpet Ready" Birchbox review...

Feb 26, 2013

Essie & OPI Nail Polish Collection

Within the past year, I have gotten much more into nail polish than ever before. I end up painting my nails on a weekly basis and have an obsession with trying new colors (and being tempted everywhere when I see Essie and OPI for sale). Here is my current collection...I hope you enjoy! :)

Top Row: Raise Awareness (767-Limited Edition), Splash of Grenadine, Nice is Nice, Play Date, Turquoise & Caicos
Bottom Row: Angora Cardi, Bahama Mama, Sole Mate, Size Matters, E-nuf is E-nuf

Not pictured: Essie's No More Film

Clear Top Coat, Privacy Please, Seniorita Rose-alita, Last Minute Shopper, Diva of Geneva, Cuckoo for this Color

Next on my list to buy:
-Essie Knockout Pout (used to borrow my roommate's all the time! perfect pink)
-Essie Van D'Go (wearing it on acrylics now and obsessed- peachy pink)

What are your favorite Essie and OPI colors I should have in my collection? I love suggestions! :)

xx, Ariana

Feb 23, 2013

My Entire Makeup Collection!

As requested by many, I have taken pictures and organized my entire makeup collection. My purpose of this post is that now that you know what I own right now, if you want a review on any of the products then I'd be happy to do so! Some products are relatively old while some are brand new. This is also a way to show my true passion and interest in cosmetics! Nail polish collection and brush collection coming soon :). Enjoy!

My entire collection organization using Muji acrylic drawers and Target 3-drawers (eye shadow palettes not included)


Feb 13, 2013

Tarte Journey to Natural Beauty 6-Piece QVC Collection

Comes with (from L to R):
-Adorable chevron bag (perfect for travel)
-Airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush (flawless, soft application)
-12-hour Amazonian clay blush in Fearless, a warm pink with light shimmer (beautiful!)
-Amazonian butter lipstick in plummy rose, a deep rose/mauve (LOVE)
-Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage SPF 15 foundation (so smooth/great coverage)
-Brow architect brow shaper (creates very defined brows)
-Lights, Camera, Flashes! statement mascara in black (better than Lights, Camera, Lashes!)

See swatches & my review below:

Feb 11, 2013

My Top 5 Makeup Brushes

One of the most highly asked beauty questions I receive is what makeup brushes to buy to start out. Many quality brushes can be a bit pricey, so I will address both luxury and drugstore brushes I have found to work the best and last the longest.

I'm going to rank 1-5 based on what you must have in your collection (#1) to what you should have (#5). So keep reading to find out!

Feb 8, 2013

February Drugstore Haul

I went to Walgreens to pick up a few essentials and decided to only get a few makeup products that I've been wanting for a while- no impulses aloud!

1.  L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Golden Sage
I have the Infallible shadows in gold and amber rush that I absolutely LOVE. They are dupes for the Armani Eyes to Kill shadows that retail for way more expensive. I don't have a single green eyeshadow and wouldn't have considered it until I saw Andrea review it and LOVED it.

2. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded
I have the color tattoo in Bad to the Bronze and wanted a lighter shade as well. This color is SO practical that I feel like I will wear it everyday. It's a light and shimmery champagne color that would flatter any skin tone.

3. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink
My roommate picked this one up and after seeing it on her, I loved it! I think with MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow over it will be gorgeous! It's also perfect to use for a Valentine's Day look :)

4. Essie Nail Polish in No More Film
I don't really have a navy polish in my college surprisingly, because I like dark colors a lot. This one is an opaque and glossy formula.

5. Covergirl Lip Perfection Gloss Balm in Rose Twist
I first heard about these from Eleventh Gorgeous and they reviewed them highly. They also were wearing them in the video and I loved the look. I was torn whether to get Rose Twist or Berry Twist, but I figured rose would match more and be more practical for now. If I like it, I'm definitely going back for Berry Twist too!

6. Jordana Lip Pencil in Tawny
If you have heard of Carli Bybel or carlibel55, then you have probably heard her mention Tawny (in addition to L'Oreal Telescopic mascara). I don't use lip liners often, but it's a great natural pink to own for when I do want to wear mauve/pink lipsticks.

I swatched all the products (except the nail polish of course) on my hand! Beautiful colors, right?!

What are your February drugstore favorites?

xx, Ariana

Jan 23, 2013

My First Ipsy Bag!

As I mentioned in my Birchbox post this month, I also subscribed to Ipsy. Two of my roommates have been subscribed to it for a few months and have raved about what they got. Unfortunately, this one isn't quite as exciting, but it's still new products that I've never tried before.

For those of you who don't know, Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription that was created by Michelle Phan, one of the most popular and successful YouTube beauty gurus. You receive deluxe samples and sometimes full-sized beauty products to try out. I believe it's 5 products each month, and you're only paying $10! You can also cancel at any time if you are unhappy with the glam bags or are trying to save money.

In the January Ipsy bag, I got...(keep reading to find out!)

Jan 22, 2013

My Everyday Makeup Routine

I've picked up some new products in the past few months that I have come to love and use on a daily basis. This has been my no-fail makeup routine that compliments well with my paler skin for the winter.  This may seem like a lot of steps to some people, but to anyone who knows me, that's just what I always wear. It's not that I am embarrassed in my natural skin, I just enjoy putting on makeup :)

To find out the product list and what I use them for, read after the jump!

Jan 17, 2013

A Classic Makeup Look

One of the most simple, classic and beautiful makeup looks is the red lip, winged black liner and wavy/curly hair. Think Marilyn Monroe-esque. I recreated this look, of which I was never able to master until now! I have hooded eye lids, making the "wing" be nearly impossible. I discovered a way to do the wing to suit my needs. I keep my eyes open when I initially create the wing.

To find out what products I used, read after the jump!

Jan 16, 2013

How To Prep Your Lips For Lipstick

I was never someone who wore lipstick until this past Fall when I fell in love with the look of berry lips. Lipstick always scared me if I'm honest. The bold, opaque color, the fear of it smearing on my face or getting on my teeth. Sounds silly now, but we've all been there.

While I still have a small lipstick collection, I have found ways that I like to make the most out of my lipstick, which you can read about after the jump!

Jan 14, 2013

All-Natural: A Golden Globes Trend

Whether you were able to watch the Golden Globes or not, I'm sure you've seen all the red carpet pictures. I personally love watching award shows, not just the red carpet, so I was sure to be home in front of my TV when 8pm rolled around. I also love watching my Twitter feed rapidly burst out in comments as people speak, win, react, and walk by on TV! See my tweet reactions during the show @arianavoyer

One of the major trends from this years red carpet was NATURAL
From makeup to the nude/beige colors of the gowns.

Kate Hudson with pale, natural makeup- This is one of my favorites too!

Jan 13, 2013

LUSH Cosmetics Haul

My roommates and I who all follow beauty bloggers have been hearing about LUSH for way too long. We decided to take a trip to the Florida Mall in Orlando since they have a stand alone LUSH store to pick up a few products we've been lusting over the past year. It's not a big store by any means, but still filled with all their yummy smelling, skin soothing products.

Jan 12, 2013

MAC, Tarte and Urban Decay Haul

With giftcards from Christmas, what else would I spend them on than makeup?! I got all products that I've been eyeing FOREVER and never convinced myself to buy...until now that is.

Jan 8, 2013

Birchbox January 2013

For Christmas this year, one of the gifts my sister gave to me was a Birchbox subscription to try it out for a few months! I was super excited since I've never had one of the beauty box subscriptions before, even though I probably should have sooner for my constant makeup shopping addiction. Since I was so excited about Birchbox and seeing what my roommates got from Ipsy, I subscribed to that one too, YAY! :)

Jan 2, 2013

Favorite HAIR Products of 2012

In the year of 2012, I have used both drugstore and luxury products. I have provided my favorites from each category to fit your budget. Check out my favorite face, eye, lip and skincare products. Now for hair...

Jan 1, 2013

Favorite SKINCARE products of 2012

In the year of 2012, I have used both drugstore and luxury products. I have provided my favorites from each category to fit your budget. Check out my favorite face, eye and lip products. Now for skincare...

Favorite LIP products of 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! May 2013 be filled with more blog posts :).... and happiness, good health and success of course! 

In the year of 2012, I have used both drugstore and luxury products. I have provided my favorites from each category to fit your budget. First I did my favorite face makeup products and eye makeup products. Now for lips...