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Hello, loves!

Happy World Emoji Day!  Who even knew this was a holiday?  I definitely didn’t, but I’m down to celebrate these fun little images any day.

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In honor of the holiday, here’s a list of emojis I wish existed:

1.  Iced Coffee emoji

Yeah, yeah, we have a coffee emoji, but it’s hot coffee.  And we all know hot coffee and iced coffee are completely different.  As someone who drinks iced coffee on the reg, I’d love an emoji that accurately represents my caffeine of choice…preferably topped with a tiny green straw!

2.  Mic Drop emoji

Sometimes, the only proper way to end a statement is a mic drop, so a mic drop emoji is definitely necessary.  Just imagine typing out a lengthy message filled with a bit of sass, inserting an animated mic drop, and pressing send.  Ahhh, now that’s a satisfaction we need in our lives!

3.  Messy Bun emoji

All these emoji-ladies have perfectly styled straight hair — I don’t know how they do it!  Don’t get me wrong, I usually wear my hair down and straight, but some days, it seems like my only option is a messy bun (like today!).  An emoji-girl with a messy bun would look stellar in the captions of my lazy day Instagrams.

4.  Fingers Crossed emoji

We have several different hand signal emojis, but we’re missing one — fingers crossed!  As someone who always hopes for the best, a fingers crossed emoji would definitely come in handy for anything that’s out of my control.

Alright, I’m gonna go draft an email to Apple and get them to start working on these emojis because I need ’em ASAP!  Any emojis you wish existed?  Let me know!

XOXO,

Brenna

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Tre Songs

Hello, loves!

Comin’ atcha today with a lineup of Tre Songs!  Have a listen to my latest go-to tracks.

1. “Papercut” by Zedd ft. Troye Sivan

I was listening to Zedd’s newest album the other day and this track definitely stood out to me; when I realized it was Troye Sivan singing, I loved it even more!  It’s lengthy, but it’s dynamic and seriously catchy.  I’ve had it on repeat for, like, a week!

2. “Conqueror” by Estelle

I stumbled upon this song while I was doing research for a feature on Misty Copeland and I fell in serious l-o-v-e.  It’s a beautiful song with an empowering message — a.k.a. a pick-me-up in musical form!

3. “Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne is amazing — she’s honestly so talented!  I am all about this upbeat pop jam of hers.  It’s so cute and fun, and I can’t get enough of it!

I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do!  If you wanna help a girl out, let me know some of your fave songs so I can delve into some new music!

XOXO,

Brenna

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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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‘Scara Spice

Hello, loves!

If there is one makeup item I could never live without, it’s mascara — no question about it!  I love love love lashes.

I often layer my mascaras, and I always have a few different tubes in rotation.  Today, I have a teeny little review of one of my current go-to mascaras — Maybelline’s Lash Sensational!

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I have the waterproof formula in Black Pearl, and I love it — So let’s break it down!

Claims: “Introducing Lash Sensational Black Pearl: our unique fanning brush and new liquid formula with black pearl captures and volumizes lashes from root to tip” – Maybelline’s website

Packaging: As much as I hate to admit it, a lot of times I do judge a product based on its packaging.  I love the packaging of this mascara!  It’s a sleek, fairly large tube, in soft pink (almost a rose gold) with a satin-y finish.  No complaints from me!

Wand: When it comes to mascara, it’s all about the wand.  Seriously, it’s usually what makes or breaks your lashes!  The wand on this mascara is actually pretty cool.  It’s plastic, which is what I usually prefer.  It is curved, too, which I typically don’t go for…BUT in this case, I really like it.

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Now, here’s where the wand gets interesting.  If you look closely at the above photo, you’ll see that the bristles on top are longer than the bristles on the bottom…this is not an illusion, it’s intentional!  Maybelline recommends you use the shorter bristles first, to reach the roots of your lashes, then flip the wand and use the longer bristles to fan out your lashes.  Use this trick to get the best results from the Lash Sensational!  (It actually works).

Formula: When you first use this mascara, you might notice that it seems like a very wet formula.  This will fade a little though, and will dry out a little after a few applications.  I’m not really an expert on what exactly is good or bad about any given mascara formula…but I do know that I like this one!

Results: This does wonders for my lashes.  I have a hard time deciding between length and volume, so I like mascaras that give me a little of both.  Maybelline says this formula will volumize, and it does…not a whole lot, but it definitely adds some oomph.  While this mascara doesn’t claim to lengthen, I definitely think it does that as well.  This is one of the few mascaras I actually like by itself, without layering other mascaras over or under it (a timesaver, for sure!).

One thing I really love is that this mascara keeps my lashes soft.  I can’t stand when mascara makes my lashes feel flaky or crunchy — I like them to be feathery and still feel like eyelashes!  This one definitely keeps ’em soft.

I also have to add that this keeps my lashes clump-free — a major plus!

As far as the black pearl luminosity — I’m not totally sure.  When looking closely at my lashes, I do sort of see a little bit of a luminous/pearly shine.  But I mean, they’re eyelashes…who can even really notice a slight pearly touch on your little lashes?  Honestly, if it didn’t address it on the packaging, I don’t think I would have noticed.  But it’s not a bad thing!

Last but not least, I have one tiny not-so-ideal component…it’s a little stubborn.  Definitely not the easiest to wash off.  But give it a little more effort and you’ll be good to go — not a dealbreaker in my book!  They also offer a washable formula, so I may look into trying that out!

Bottom Line: I’m a huge fan!  Definitely recommend this for anyone who likes their lashes to have length and volume, remain feathery, and be free of clumps.  I’m pretty picky about mascaras, but I really do enjoy this one.

Have you tried the Maybelline Lash Sensational?  I’d love to hear your opinions!  I’d also welcome any mascara recommendations, as I am always looking to try new ones out.

Hope you enjoyed!

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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Tre Songs

Hello, loves!

I have a roundup of Tre Songs for you to enjoy today.  Lend your ear to some of my latest favorites!

1. “Until We Get There” by Lucius

I first heard this song on an episode of New Girl (thanks, Netflix!) and I immediately looked it up.  I can’t get enough of it.  It has a chill but uplifting vibe and can instantly improve my mood.  Love!

2. “She Moves In Her Own Way” by The Kooks

Another feel good track!  While this song is almost a decade old (!!!) it’s still hip in my book.  I can literally play this song any time of day and jam out — it’s that good.

3. “Barcelona” by George Ezra

George Ezra is the man.  Seriously, his voice is unbelievable and his music has an authentic and original vibe.  This song is one of my favorites off his album…well done, George.  So well done.

End of roundup…open Spotify & enjoy!

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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