Take a peek what's in my April Sephora Play monthly sub box (or if you want to be technical, Play! by Sephora) Don't know Play! by Sephora is? It's a monthly subscription for $9.99 that has between 5-6 luxury samples! It's my fave subby box (like it so much more than Birchbox) Be sure to check back in 2 weeks to see what I thought of each item, xo!
I have to admit I didn’t know either of
these products existed before I was sent the GlamGlow Highlighting
Moisturizer in my March Play! by Sephora (which I always call Sephora
Play-whoops!). But this was right up my alley, so I was super
excited to test it out. I grabbed the Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting
Moisturizer as my 100 point perk at Sephora and decided these two should
battle it out!
What they claim:
GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer full size 1.7 oz/50mL $49 3 different shades; pearl glow,
nude glow, sun glow Sephora.com says it’s “a hydrating, super-charged
cream with iridescent illuminating pearl particles to blur,
reflect, and enhance your complexion for an instant luminous finish.”
After using these both a bunch of times,
I’ve decided that they could be siblings and not twins. Hear me out, I
know you just read that and said “Kayla, they are both illuminizing
moisturizers. How different can they be?” For starters,
let’s start with the smell shall we? The Tarte one has no smell, but
the GlamGlow smells like a creamsicle and what dreams are made of.
Seriously, I don’t like smelly stuff of my face, but I want this on my
face All. The. Time. It just smells that good! Now
let’s move to consistency, while they both are pretty similar in
thickness and how they spread on the skin, I have to say that the for
Tarte one a little goes a long way! While I appreciate that my GlamGlow
has a nude tint to it, it doesn’t add any real color
to the skin. I do wear just this to my skating lessons each week to
trick my “up before 8am on a Saturday” brain into thinking I’m getting
some coverage (reality is, I’m not.) So what’s my overall consensus?
Either of these are going to last all day under
your foundation and give you a dewy finish! If you like that glow like I
do, then you can’t go wrong with either of these! Seriously, even
without a highlight or a dewy foundation, you’ll be glowing from within.
The price difference is a little much for being
the same size, but with GlamGlow you can pick the tint to the product
and with Tarte it squeezes out which I like better than dipping into. So
this battle is a draw for me!*
*I wanted to mention that we all know I
adore the L’Oreal Lumi Primer, but this doesn’t compare to these as far
as overall benefits to the skin. I would much rather use an illuminizing
moisturizer than a primer just cause it kills two birds
with one stone….#lazygirl
Have you tried either of these? If so, let me know what you think in the comments below, xo!
I wrote and set up a newsletter with MailChimp, but after spending close to 3 hours and not being any closer to figuring it out...I decided to post it here! If you want to sign up for my newsletter which hopefully will go out as an actual emailed newsletter next month, let me know in the comments! Anywho...here it is, xo!
I feel like I’m slipping into your DMs, but
really it’s me slippin’ into your inbox! I’ve been wanting to dip my
foot into the newsletter pool for a while, but kept reading articles
about how newsletters are on their way out. Which maybe
they are, but hey, why not give it a try, right?
My newsletter will be monthly and will
include my fave products of the moment, random ass stories and thoughts,
and anything else I decide to write about. So without further ado,
let’s get into it!
·I’m totally feeling nude nails still-this week I’m rocking Zoya in Portia which is a nude-ish soft mauve and is too die.
·Dunkin Donut’s Coconut Cream Pie iced coffee with a
splash of skim. UGH, this is the bomb.com. If you like coconut do
yourself a favor and pick this up!
·I’ve been binging SO MUCH Beauty Break on Clevver
Style (youtube.com/clevverstyle) Lily and Jocelyn (and the occasionally
episode with Meghan) make me laugh so hard. I feel like I would love to
guest star on it one day…hint hint to the
9 of you that will read this, tweet @lily_marston and let her know I’d
be great on BB.
·I don’t have a current fave book…well that’s a lie.
I do, but it won’t be out until September ;) I’m currently reading
Solitaire by Alice Oseman and so far so good…I’m only on page 10, so
don’t take my word for it just yet.
·The Amazing Race is back and I’m loving this
season. The idea of being partnered up with a complete stranger to race
around the world is pretty crazy tho. I feel like I would have to be
pretty straight forward with the person and explain
that you don’t get between me and money. ESPECIALLY a million dollars.
·Oh crap, I forgot, my most favorite thing of all of
the favorites…p&b is now a .com. Yup, that’s right. You can find me, any, and all things polished & bubbly at polishedandbubbly.com :)
April means lots of things…like what you ask? It’s my childhood bestie’s bday (Happy 33rd,
Jenpup413!), Easter, a special brunch, a baby shower for Jenpup’s
little girl (yay, finally a girl), and most importantly, it’s the
If you know me personally or follow me on any of my social meads, then
you know that the New York Rangers are one of my most favorite things
ever. If you asked me when my obsession (borderline unhealthy obsession)
with NYR began, I’d take you back to the 90s.
I remember being a little girl and watching hockey games on my small tv
in my room when the puck had a laser in it so you could see it at all
times. I remember begging (not hard at all) for my Grandpa to play
Blades of Steel with me on the Nintendo for hours
on end. I would ALWAYS be the Red & Blue team from New York (they
didn’t have specific team names, but duh that was the Rangers!) I could
name my favorite players and tell you what position they played. I was a
girl obsessed. Cut to 2017, and I still feel
like that little girl sometimes. There is nothing I love more than
sitting down in a Rangers tee with my dad on the couch watching the
Blueshirts take the ice. This time of year, I’m completely superstitious
so I will wear my complete outfit if they win or
move on to something else if they don’t, I’ll sit in the same spot each
game-well I start out sitting and then I end up standing (especially in
the later rounds), and I will barely answer my texts during the game. I
just love the idea of being a part of something
bigger than me and that’s what being a sports fan is! #LGR
So there we have it kids, my first
newsletter! Let me know what you thought by tweeting me, commenting on
IG, Facebook, or drop me an email. Also if you have any questions for me
the girl behind polished & bubbly, don’t be shy ;)
I am digging this whole look for either a brunch with the babes, a farmer's market, or hitting a festival. I think it's the perfect mix and it has the standout color of the season...blush! Which I can't get enough of! What's on your Spring wish lish? Let me know in the comments and shop this look below, xo!
I love to mix up my seasonal manis. I just got 'Backseat Besties' from Essie's spring collection and it's the perfect spring pink to test out a new mani.
Essie in 'Backseat Besties'
Essie Gel Couture top coat
After you prep your nails however you like (I file and buff mine and then wash my hands, nails, and cuticles) block off the sections on each nail. I like to do my dominant hand first so I know if all the looks will work using my non-dominant hand. I opted to do a french tip on the thumb with a small half circle near the cuticle, half moon on the pointer, diagonal on the middle finger, full nail on the ring, and french on the pinkie. The thing I love most about negative space manis is you can do all your nails the same or opt for a different look for each finger like I did.
What's your fave spring polish? Let me know in the comments and be sure to use the hashtag #polishedandbubblymani if you recreate, xo!
I've been on a Colleen Hoover kick. So my two faves for March are Hopeless-my review here and Slammed-my review here. I highly recommend both of these 5 star novels.
Movies, I actually went to the movies 3 times in March-Beauty & the Beast, Fifty Shades Darker, and The Tomorrow Paradox-which was hands down my favorite. The movie is extremely smart and thought provoking. It also holds a spot near to me because my brilliant cousin Mikey co-wrote and co-produced it. Give them a follow on Facebook to see when it will hit your city or NetFlix!
This Express distressed sweater is another of one my staples. It's just heavy enough and the little holes keep it trendy. I've worn it 100 times and don't have a pic to share with you...same old Kayla ;)
What's your March faves? Let me know down below, xo!
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hopeless and Losing Hope.
Falling in love can feel like poetry. Or it can feel like a slam to the heart.
Hoover’s romantic, emotion-packed debut novel unforgettably captures
all the magic and confusion of first love, as two young people forge an
unlikely bond before discovering that fate has other plans for them.
the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken becomes
the rock for both her mother and younger brother. She appears resilient
and tenacious, but inside, she's losing hope. Then she meets her new
neighbor Will, a handsome twenty-one-year-old whose mere presence leaves
her flustered and whose passion for poetry slams thrills her.
long after a heart-stopping first date during which each recognizes
something profound and familiar in the other, they are slammed to the
core when a shocking discovery brings their new relationship to a sudden
halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to
find a balance between the feelings that pull them together and the
forces that tear them apart. Only through the poetry they share are they
able to speak the truth that is in their hearts and imagine a future
where love is cause for celebration, not regret.
I could read Colleen Hoover all day every day. She can WRITE. If you want to feel every emotion, pick up one of her books. I read Slammed after Hopeless and loved it so much. Slammed has a story line that if you've been around p&b for a while you know it's one of my faves to read. I don't ever give things away, so I won't do that here, but it's a good plot twist! You don't need to be fan of poetry to let each one of these poems touch your heart. Layken is a lead you want to see come out of her darkness, she feels so real. Will is a male lead that you want to be your boyfriend and not because he's handsome, but because you can tell he wants to make you better. The roller coaster ride that is Slammed will keep you turning the pages late into the night. If you haven't read anything by Colleen yet, do yourself a favor and pick up Slammed...then clear your schedule, cause you will need to read all of her books, xo!