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Four For You!

Hello, loves!

Today I have another round of Four For You!  Here are some of my latest obsessions:

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera

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It’s here!  I have been dying to get my hands on one of these instant cameras for a while now, so when I found one on sale for just $70, I knew it was time to pounce!  This little guy will definitely come in handy on my vacation this month, and will also help me capture some cool snaps of my year abroad.  Side note: I haven’t actually used the camera yet because I totally forgot to order film with it (lol) but I can’t wait to try it out!

2. Baublebar Emoticharm Bracelets

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I am head over heels for these emoji-inspired bracelets — how cute are they?!  I got one of these (the heart-eyed one) for my birthday and was so obsessed with it, I decided to order two more (the kissy-face and the smirk) to have a little set!  They’re so fun, and I got them on sale for just $10 each.  These are definitely my fave pieces of jewelry so far this summer!

3. Revlon Nail Polish in #771 “Clear”

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Okay, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect base/top coat for a while now, and I’m happy to say I’ve finally found it!  I cannot get over this Revlon polish — it’s truly a lifesaver!  I can use it both under and over my nail polish without a problem, and it dries super fast, so doing my nails no longer requires setting aside half of my day to allow enough dry time (thank God!).  It also keeps my nails looking super shiny, which I love, and it doesn’t get any weird creases or bubbles.  It helps my nails stay chip-free longer, too!  Ugh, I just can’t say enough how much I love this — and for $4.99, you can’t beat it!

4. L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Lipstick in #600 “Doutzen’s Nude”

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Confession: I 100% copied my older sister on this one!  She had this lipstick for a while and I totally fell in love with it, so I bought one of my own…and I’m so happy I did!  It’s the perfect subtle light pink shade, especially for my fair skin, and it’s great for the summer months when I keep my makeup lighter.  I can swipe this on quickly for a natural look and be good to go!  It also doesn’t dry my lips out, like some lipsticks, which is obviously also a plus!

So there you go…four for you, Brenn Coco, you go, Brenn Coco!

XOXO,

Brenna

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Four For You!

Hello, loves!

Hope you are all enjoying the warmer weather and the summer vibes that come with it — I know I am!

Today, I have a fresh batch of Four For You.  Here are my latest faves!

1.  Milani Baked Blush in “Luminoso”

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I did it.  I finally gave in and tried the holy grail item that everyone raves about — and I loved it.  I’ll admit I was skeptical about this peachy blush, as I tend to gravitate towards cool tones for my makeup.  I kind of thought it would disappoint me.  But when I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong, and I was definitely wrong about Luminoso!  It gives me the perfect healthy glow and I can’t stop reaching for it.  If you haven’t tried it yet, don’t wait another minute!

2.  Kate Spade Passport Holder

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Okay, I’ll admit it — this summer is basically just one long countdown to my study abroad year in Ireland, beginning in August!  I am so hyped about it, and I cannot wait to go abroad.  This passport holder from my girl Kate will most likely be my favorite travel accessory.  I adore it, and am so excited to put it to good use!

3.  Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette

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I have loved this palette since I received it as a Christmas gift, but I have been especially into it as of late!  I have found myself reaching for these shades on the daily to create a variety of natural looks.  The shadows are very versatile and can work with any skin tone or eye color.  My favorite shades?  “Bootycall” (third from left) and “YDK” (third from right).

4.  Lush Ocean Salt Self-Preserving Face and Body Scrub

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This thing is a little jar of magic.  Seriously, I am obsessed!  Real talk: I was a little panicked when I saw that I had accidentally picked up the self-preserving version of Lush’s bestseller, but I am so glad I did!  While it’s not as colorful and has finer salt crystals, I like it better than the original.  It’s a lot gentler and seems to make my skin smoother and brighter than it’s original counterpart — I swear it’s helped clear up breakouts, too!  It also still has the same yummy scent and is chock full of ingredients like lime, vodka (yes, really!), coconut, and avocado. Added bonus: it’s vegan!

There ya have it…four for you, Brenn Coco, you go, Brenn Coco!

XOXO,

Brenna

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The Need to Read

Hello, loves!

With summer comes a lot more free time, which for me means a lot more time spent reading!  While I love the occasional novel or two, I usually like to skim through articles on different blogs and online magazines.  You know I love sharing my favorite things with everyone, so — you guessed it — I’ve compiled a list of my favorite sites for you!  Here they are:

1. Twenty Something Living

This is one of my favorite blogs!  Obviously aimed at girls in their twenties, this blog’s got you covered when it comes to beauty, fashion, entertainment, health, and more.  New posts are uploaded regularly, and there’s always something interesting to gloss over!  Check it out!

2. The Lala

The Lala has great content, with tips and inspiration related to fashion, music, college, travel, food, and much more!  The site description asserts that “a true Lala girl oozes personality, owns her individuality, and gives a damn about the world around her.”  Um, sign me up!

3. Pink & Black

Pink & Black is an online magazine devoted to girls making the transition from carefree teenagers to independent, goal-oriented women.  But don’t let that fool you — the site still has a fun and fresh feel, with lots of interesting content!  See for yourself!

4. CHAARG

This is SUCH a feel-good blog!  Born out of the CHAARG college girls’ fitness program, this blog has a focus on physical and mental health and well-being.  It’s basically like a Pinterest board of positivity guaranteed to inspire you!  Take a look!

I hope you check out these blogs, and I hope you love them as much as I do!

XOXO,

Brenna

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Four For You!

Hello, loves!

I am (finally!) sharing another round of Four For You today!  Have a look at my latest faves!

1. Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

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My prayers have been answered!  I have been blessed/cursed with the straightest hair.  It’s great when I want a sleek style, but when I want a little texture, my hair sometimes won’t have it.  This spray has been a game-changer!  I’ve found it works best for me when I wash my hair at night, spritz this throughout my damp or dry hair, and braid it.  I’ll wake up, take the braid out, spritz a bit more, and style it with my fingers.  Ta-da!  Perfect beach waves.

2. Real Techniques Bold Metals Brushes 

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Okay, someone pinch me.  I have been long overdue for some new face brushes but could not find any that seemed worthy — until I stumbled upon these in Ulta!  I went for the Arched Powder (#100) and the Tapered Blush (#300) brushes and I am in love.  Not only are they excellent brushes, they’re totally glam, too.

3. Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

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This has been my go-to primer for a while now, but I’ve just started to really appreciate it (better late than never!).  Seriously, I love this primer.  It helps my makeup last all day, keeps me matte as promised, and most importantly, doesn’t give my face that slimy feeling other primers do.  So, I guess what I’m trying to say is thanks, Rimmel Stay Matte.  You’re a true homie.

4. Essie’s “Play Date” Nail Color

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I love a good Essie.  This purple color is a fun way to incorporate my favorite color into my beauty routine!  It’s one of my absolute favorites for the spring & summer months.

There you go…four for you, Brenn Coco, you go, Brenn Coco!

XOXO,

Brenna

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Sunnies Side Up

Hello, loves!

Today I’m sharing my top picks for one of my favorite accessories — sunnies!  As someone with eyes that are ultra sensitive to sunlight, I know the importance of picking the perfect shades to protect my eyes and keep me lookin’ fresh.  Here are a few pairs that I’ve been lusting after!

Quay Fleur Round Cat-Eye Sunglasses

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I adore these statement shades from Quay!  The metal geometric cut-outs are unique and fun without being too over the top.  I personally love them in black, but they also come in gold if you’re looking for a bit of shine!  Buy them here at Urban Outfitters.

Zara Striped Sunglasses

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While I usually go for classic black frames, I’ve been on the hunt for some patterned sunglasses to spice it up.  These striped ones from Zara definitely caught my eye.  The black and white pattern is versatile and fun!  Snag them here.

Forever 21 Oversized Round Sunglasses

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I have wanted to try round-framed sunnies for a while now, but always back out at the last minute!  This pair from Forever 21, however, just might be the one to break the cycle.  They’re simple and chic, and only $5.90 — I’m sold!  Pick them up here.

Steve Madden S5575 Sunglasses

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Tortoiseshell is one of the most iconic and timeless prints when it comes to sunglasses, which means it can be hard to make your turtle-y shades stand out.  Luckily, Steve Madden knows how to help a trendsetter out — these tortoiseshell shades are basically ombré, so they’ll make a statement for sure.  Grab a pair here.

I hope you love love love these shades as much as I do!  Now snag one of these pairs, or use them as inspiration to discover your own signature shades for the summer — happy shopping!

XOXO,

Brenna

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Four For You!

Hello, loves!

I’m back today with the second round of Four For You!  I have found myself reaching for these items nonstop throughout the past week, and I simply can’t get enough of them.

1. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Perfume

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I have had this perfume for just a little while now, and the honeymoon phase is still going strong!  This scent is a blend of violet, sandalwood, & vanilla (according to the description on sephora.com!) and is truly magical.  Above all, it’s mature and classic, which is exactly what I want in a signature scent!

2. Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner

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I am VERY picky about eyeliner, and even when I try new ones out, I somehow always find my way back to Maybelline.  This ink pen is super user-friendly, and lasts so long without smudging!  Perfect for a sophisticated, everyday cat eye.

3. Cake Batter ChapStick

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While I tend to gravitate towards minty lip balms, there’s something about this (limited edition!) flavor that I’ve just been loving.  I’ll admit, this was a total impulse buy at the checkout line in Target, but I have absolutely no regrets!

4. Mint Swarovski Alex and Ani Bracelet

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I seriously adore this bracelet!  It’s delicate and gorgeous, and as far as I’m concerned, you can’t go wrong with this minty-blue color.  I will definitely be donning this bangle a lot during spring and summer!

So there you are — four for you, Brenn Coco, you go, Brenn Coco!

XOXO,

Brenna

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Four For You!

Hello, loves!  Here is the first feature of Brenn Coco…drumroll, please!

Four For You will (hopefully!) be a weekly feature where I select four items of any sort that I’m super into at the moment.

So, without further ado, here are Four For You! (yay for accidental rhymes)

1. Essie’s “Borrowed & Blue” Nail Color

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I picked up this nail color at the Lilly for Target pop-up shop in Bryant Park last week and I am officially obsessed!  It’s the perfect light blue that I’ve been searching for.  If you’re looking to get your hands on this polish (or rather, get this polish on your hands!) don’t wait — it’s limited edition!

2. Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub

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Okay, so I know I’m fashionably late to this party.  But seriously, I’m not at all surprised this is a holy grail item for so many people!  This scrub is super effective, lasts a really long time, and tastes so yummy.  My only regret is that I waited so long to try it!

3.  Kate Spade “Brenna” Sunglasses

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Alright, so I may be a bit biased on these based on the name alone.  But I was so hyped when my sister surprised me with these as a gift — thanks, Melissa!  As with all things from my girl Kate, they’re playful and fun, and perfect for spring!

4. Maybelline’s ColorSensational Lip Color in Petal Pink

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I actually got this product unknowingly.  I had ordered some jewelry from Baublebar during their Rebel Bloom collab with Maybelline and was sent this lipstick as a free gift!  Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised (who wouldn’t love a free lipstick?).  Truthfully, I probably never would’ve picked this out in stores, so I’m so so happy Maybelline picked it for me!

And there you have it…four for you, Brenn Coco, you go, Brenn Coco!

XOXO,

Brenna

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