OLEHENRIKSEN C-Rush Brightening Gel Creme

Recently, I got sent a full-sized sample of the C-Rush Brightening Gel Creme from OLEHENRIKSEN and Influenster.

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This is a brightening, vitamin-C-rich gel cream that hydrates for up to 24 hours. It is intended to help with dullness and uneven texture, dryness, and fine lines and wrinkles. I’ve been a huge OLEHENRIKSEN fan for a while now and mainly use products from the Balance line, so I was excited to try a product from the Truth line! I thought that this creme was really hydrating and smelt amazing. However, it goes on a bit goopy and it feels like you have a layer of balm on your skin until it really soaks in. The payoff is good, but if you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to your skincare routine this might not be the product for you. You can get a 1.7 ounce jar for $44 at Sephora here.

As usual, all products sent to me by Influenster are free, but all opinions are my own. Interested in joining Influenster? Click here for more info!

xo, Angela
Twitter: vintageboombox
Instagram: angela.parr
Email: angelamarieparr@gmail.com

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OLEHENRIKSEN C-Rush Brightening Gel Creme

Life Updates

Hi friends! I’m alive!

Boy, the first half of 2017 has flown by! I know I did a terrible job of blogging and I feel so bad about it. Let me fill you in on what I’ve been up to in the past few months.

First of all, I graduated college! In late May, I got my BA in political science – with a minor in creative writing – from Gettysburg College. My college experience was incredible and I wouldn’t have traded it for the world. I had the greatest professors, an amazing group of friends around me, and opportunities that I will never forget. If any of my readers are looking at colleges and want a liberal arts education, please drop me a line and we can chat about Gettysburg!

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Only four days after graduation, I was offered an incredible job in Washington DC. I had been interviewing for months, and this firm was the first place that I felt like I would fit into the team and culture well. I accepted the job with only a week to find a place to live and move, leading to one of the most chaotic and crazy weeks of my life. But I did it! After several trips to Ikea, long phone calls with realtors, and several bottles of wine, I got myself an apartment in Arlington with a short commute to my future office. It was such a relief, let me tell you.

The night before my move, I had friends and family come to Connecticut to celebrate my graduation. It was so nice to see people and connect before my move! Plenty of laughs and fun were had – I’m lucky to have such an amazing group of people around me.

And now I’m almost done with my first month in the DC area! My new job has been so wonderful so far. I love what I’m doing, I’ve made some amazing new friends, and my team has been so helpful in getting me up to speed with what I’ll be doing. Working in commercial learning and development is fascinating. (Again, if any readers are interested in the field, drop me a line!) Plus it has been such a great time getting to see more of the nation’s capital; I’ve already been to the national zoo, seen a bunch of the monuments and memorials, and gone exploring in Georgetown.

Happy July, friends. Here’s to a great second half of 2017!

xo, Angela
Twitter: angelamarieparr / vintageboombox
Instagram: angela.parr
Email: angelamarieparr@gmail.com

Life Updates

Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme

Hi friends! Long time, no write!

Recently, my friends at Influenster and Marc Jacobs Beauty sent me a complimentary Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme to try. I received it in the shade “Fawn Over Me,” which is described as a peach nude.

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I personally was not a fan of this shade. It was a little too similar to my own lip color, so while described as a nude, I felt like it didn’t add anything to my look. In fact, I felt like it was more beige than peach, which was a bit disappointing. The formula was also a little sticky for my taste, more of a gloss than a liquid lip creme. While I’ll definitely keep this product in my bag, I think I would use it more if I had a rosier shade.

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Have you tried the Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme? What do you think of it?

xo, Angela
Twitter: angelamarieparr / vintageboombox
Instagram: angela.parr

Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme

Mood Board: 24 Hours in Paris

As a writer, when I dream of disappearing somewhere to work on my novel for an extended period of time, I dream of Paris. No city seems chicer, more inspiring than the City of Lights. So if I had 24 hours in Paris, I would…

pamper myself along the Champs-Elysees. This shopping mecca goes straight through the heart of Paris, and nothing seems more glamorous than getting myself a pretty new party dress in one of the many shops.

…stare at Monet at the Musee de l’Orangerie. Monet’s paintings seem synonymous with Paris. I am a huge art and museum lover and could imagine just how inspiring viewing his works in person must be.

…have lunch and write at a street cafe. When you think of beautiful French women, you think of ladies lingering over cafe lunches. I would love nothing more than to have a nice latte and croissant and scribble away in my notebook for an afternoon in the Paris sun.

…get glammed up and get drinks. I bought myself a pretty party dress, so I might as well wear it, right? I’d love to go grab a drink or two at one of Paris’ many bars or lounges (I hear Freddy’s is amazing!) and make an interesting new friend or two in the process. I’m sure the experience would be amazing fodder for some of my writing.

…dance under the Eiffel Tower at midnight. Not going to lie, this is a childhood dream of mine. I want to twirl under the glittering landmark in a pretty dress to end a wonderful day in Paris.

Where do you dream of jaunting off to? Let me know in the comments below.

xo, Angela
Twitter: angelamarieparr / vintageboombox
Instagram: angela.parr

This post is part of Accor Hotel’s “24 Hours” contest.

Mood Board: 24 Hours in Paris

Family Weekend in Gettysburg

Over this past weekend, my parents came down to visit me in Gettysburg. It was the first time I got to see them since they drove me down to school in August, so I was quite excited to see them!

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Friday night, my parents and I caught up over dinner at the Appalachian Brewing Company. This local eatery has become a family favorite of ours, and I finally got to enjoy some of the brews (21 baby!). If you’re ever passing through Gettysburg, I’d highly recommend stopping in. Their food is to die for – my personal favorite is the southwest pork quesadillas.

After dinner, my parents and I met up with my boyfriend for some drinks at the Attic, the on-campus bar and nightclub. My dad entertained us with some of the wild stories he has from growing up, which is always a favorite of mine.

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Saturday was a day of adventures! We started our morning off by wandering around campus and I showed my parents the buildings where I have classes. After a quick lunch, the four of us went off to the battlefields, which my parents had yet to see. I took them to Culps Hill, which is my absolute favorite spot in all the nearby battlefields. Then we made a stop off at Mr. G’s, a Gettysburg classic. I got salted caramel ice cream, which was delicious. We finished off our afternoon at the beer garden across the street so my parents could grab a quick drink and rest their feet.

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That night, my parents and I made homemade pizza in my room and watched a little college football to relax. After dinner, we headed back down to campus for the student showcase, where I was performing with my dance team.

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Before my parents left on Sunday morning, we stopped by the Mason Dixon Distillery for brunch. It’s a fairly new establishment in Gettysburg, so I had never been there before. They made one of the best mimosas I’ve had in ages, so I’m sure I’ll be back again!

Overall, it was a great weekend with my family. Seeing them made me get excited for the holidays to be coming up! What is your favorite thing to do with you family? Let me know in the comments below.

xo, Angela
Twitter: angelamarieparr / vintageboombox
Instagram: angela.parr

Family Weekend in Gettysburg

Valentina Night Revive Retinol Serum

Hi friends! Recently, I had the chance to test out the new Night Revive Retinol Serum from Valentina. I’ve been trying to mix up my skincare routine and find some things that work well for me – I’ve been experiencing more blemishes than usual recently – so I was super excited to give this product a go!

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This serum is marketed as “a transformative retinol serum that fights wrinkles and provides hydration, for visibly smoother, rejuvenated skin.” It is packed full of ingredients to make your skin look its best, such as: retinol (aka Vitamin A), which works at the cellular level to stop winkles, manage breakouts, and evens out skin discoloration; Vitamin C, to guard your skin against environmental free-radicals to prevent premature aging; Vitamin E, to provide your skin with intense hydration to diminish the drying effects of retinol; and squalane, which is derived for pure olive oil to soften and condition delicate skin.

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I’ve been using this product for about a week now and I’m honestly so impressed with the results! I noticed less breakouts and a more even skin texture almost immediately, which I wasn’t expecting. My skin hasn’t looked this radiant in ages, so I can’t even imagine what it’ll look like after a few more weeks of use! If you’re looking to add a new product to your skin care routine, I highly recommend you check out Valentina.

You can follow Valentina on Instagram here and Facebook here.

xo, Angela

Twitter: angelamarieparr
Instagram: angela.parr

This post was sponsored by BrandBacker.

Valentina Night Revive Retinol Serum

September Recap

Hi friends! My apologies for not having written recently, this past month has been absolutely crazy with the transition back to school. I thought I’d just give you guys some quick bits to catch up on 🙂

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I started my semester off moving in early and helping out on freshman move-in day. It was so much fun to see them so excited/nervous/ready to start their four years at Gettysburg! I even got to move someone into my old freshman room, which was really cool.

Wandering around campus while it was still so empty was beautiful. Summer in Gettysburg is so pretty: campus is greener than can be, flowers are still in bloom, and the sun is always shining.

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I had so much fun decorating my new apartment! Picking out what photos to put up on my photo wall, buying new bedding, getting kitchen supplies and starting to cook… it all felt very adult and exciting.

Starting my classes this semester has been awesome. I’m taking my capstone in voter behavior this fall, which is really hard but has also been really rewarding. I’m also taking an interesting history/politics course, a poetry class, and public health. Despite the workload, it’s been so stimulating and I’m enjoying all of them.

Lastly, it’s been great seeing my friends from school again. I have a bunch of people who I hadn’t seen since sophomore year due to the fall/spring abroad conundrum. Catching up over coffee and heading out to parties together has been a blast, plus I keep making more friends 🙂 It’s always nice to see friendly faces around campus.

Overall, it’s been a hectic but happy month! I’m looking forward to having my schedule a bit more under control and getting back to posting regularly soon!

xo, Angela
Twitter: angelamarieparr
Instagram: angela.parr

September Recap