Manicure Monday: Periwinkle and Purple

Emily here! Happy Memorial Day! This week I got my gel polish off and have been experimenting with my long nails and different nail art techniques! I decided to do a sponge ombre using Sally Hansen’s Insta-dry in Set Sail as a base and sponged on Urban Outfitters Blue Jeans. An easy and cute manicure for the summer!

Birchbox Babes

The adorable May Birchbox!

The adorable May Birchbox!

The Babes both subscribe to Birchbox and today they will be reviewing some of their favorite products from their May boxes! Birchbox is a beauty subscription service. For $10 a month they send you a perfectly packaged set of beauty, grooming, and lifestyle samples that are customized to your personal taste. The Babes love it because it allows them to try tons of new products and brands without committing to full-sized purchases. You can get your own subscription here!

Sarah's May Birchbox Items

Sarah’s May Birchbox Items

Sarah’s May Birchbox:

1. Benefit The POREfessional

2. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

3. Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer

4. Marcelle Clay Mask

5. Laura Geller Beauty Color Drenched Lip Gloss

Emily's May Birchbox

Emily’s May Birchbox Items

Emily’s May Birchbox

1.Beauty Protector Beauty Wash Body Cleanser

2. Parlor by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray

3. Benefit Lolibalm

4. Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer 

5. English Laundry Notting Hill Femme

Benefit The POREfessional

Benefit The POREfessional

Benefit

The POREfessional

Sarah: This pore minimizing formula from Benefit is great! I’m definitely planning on buying the full sized version. It goes on super smoothly and not only minimizes the appearance of pores, but also reduces redness. I’ve always had great experience with Benefit products and this one is no exception!

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Amika

Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Sarah: I was super excited when I received this sample because it’s the perfect purse sized dry shampoo! Amir’s dry shampoo is great, but I am personally partial to the Dove brand of dry shampoo. I was happy to get this sample, but I will continue to buy the $4 Dove product. The full sized Amika Dry shampoo is $21.

Parlor by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray

Parlor by Jeff Chastain

Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray

Emily: This product was super featured for last months Birchbox since this is a new company for them and I was so disappointed that I didn’t get this sample last month. It has such great reviews and I really wanted to try it and I was not disappointed! This sea salt spray gives my hair a little extra bounce and wave when I want the perfect mermaid curls. It smells lovely and keeps my hair soft while still holding the style! I’ll definitely be getting this product!

Benefit Lollibalm

Benefit Lollibalm

Benefit

Lollibalm

Emily: Benefit never lets me down. While I wish this was a warmer pink so it looked better on my skin tone I really liked this lip balm! I’m usually a lipstick girl but this provided me with amazing moisture that lasts all day. The bubblegum pink tint is sheer enough that I will still keep using it, I may buy the full size Benebalm (the same product only a deeper red) instead!

Manicure Monday: Blushing

Victoria's Secret's "Backstage"

Victoria’s Secret’s “Backstage”

Sarah here! For today’s manicure monday post I wanted something soft and romantic. This color, Backstage, is from Victoria’s Secret. Unfortunately, they no longer carry their line of nail polish. It’s sad because they had some really great colors! I’m seriously loving this one right now!

Where in the World have The Babes Been?

The babes at graduation!

Sarah & Emily at graduation

The Babes have been super busy with graduation and other exciting things! They’re back to their regular posting schedule now, but you can read about what they’ve been up to below!

Emily with one of her prints hanging up in the Canzani Gallery for SHOW: The 13w6th Annual Student Exhibition

Emily with one of her prints hanging up in the Canzani Gallery for SHOW: The 136th Annual Student Exhibition

Emily: The past few weeks have been insane. The last week of school I was very busy getting all of my projects done. I had my final class with a few of my friends and we all enjoyed the beautiful weather outside on campus. We all hung out for the rest of the evening, it was the perfect end to school. The weekend after I helped out backstage with all my best friends at the CCAD Fashion Show. I felt like a parent getting all emotional from seeing how much my friends have grown. I found out that night that one of my photographs was chosen to be printed and framed and hung up in the Photo Department hallway for the next year. They choose 3 student photos every year! I also found out that was one my prints (shown above) was hung up really big in the student exhibition. I took my parents to see if after graduation and I was surprised to find out that I actually have 3 different large prints throughout the gallery! Graduation was beautiful and emotional and it happened so fast, I definitely didn’t cry as much as I thought I would. Since graduation I have tried to get into a healthy morning routine by getting up early every morning to workout. i’ve been applying to a ton of jobs including product photographers, jewelry apprenticeships, retouching, and assisting. I’m going to be staying in Columbus for a while unless I get offered something else. I’m hopefully going to be visiting a few places this summer that I’m thinking about moving to eventually and I have some super exciting photoshoots happening soon! Stay tuned!

Sarah after receiving the Outstanding Senior Award

Sarah after receiving the Outstanding Senior Award

Sarah: The past couple of weeks have been a crazy blur! As a fashion major I spent the last 4 years prepping for the senior fashion show so it’s hard to believe that it’s over already. The show was incredibly fun! I couldn’t think of a better way to end my college career than displaying my work in that way and being able to celebrate all of our accomplishments with my peers. I think the highlight of my time at CCAD was when I was chosen as the Easton Town Center Fashion Award recipient! I was able to rein in the tears during the fashion show, but I expected to cry throughout the entire graduation ceremony the next day. However, when I arrived at commencement on Saturday I was much more joyful than sad. Yes, I am incredibly sad to be leaving CCAD, which has been my home for the past four years, but I know that it isn’t really goodbye. The people of CCAD are what make it so special and the bonds that I’ve forged there will last forever. I’m planning to stay in Columbus until July when I will be moving to New York to pursue my dream of becoming a lingerie or textile designer. Wish me luck!