Everything You Need to Prep for all of Your Holiday Parties

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

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There is nothing I like better than a good holiday party. I’ll snap up any opportunity to get all dolled up, and I feel like we’re all granted a little leeway to get ridiculously glittery and glamorous during the holidays. There’s nothing more festive than velvet heels, glitter eyeshadow, cat eyes, and a flute of champagne in hand. Thanks to BabbleBoxx, I’m sharing with you my favorite picks for getting party perfect in a pinch!

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I’ve mentioned my super-dry lips before. Nothing ruins an expensive lipstick (of which I may have placed many on my wishlist), like dried out and flaky lips. Taking care of your lips should be right up there with the amount of time we spend worrying about the state of our eyebrows. The Chapstick Total Hydration Lip Scrub is effective at sloughing away any rough patches, and leaving your lips soft and perfectly kissable – cue the mistletoe! Another bonus? This scrub is perfectly affordable, which I love, and make for a perfect stocking stuffer.

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Another Chapstick product I can’t live without this season? Their new Total Hydration Moisture & Tint Lip Balm. In three gorgeous shades – Merlot, Coral Blush, Rose Petal – these lip balms use ingredients that are naturally sourced like Rosehip Seed Oil and Argan Oil. The formulation is really gorgeous and doesn’t feel oily or sticky, and the colors themselves lend a really pretty tint to your lips.

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Masks have ruled the beauty marketplace for a few years now and with good reason. There’s nothing like being able to apply a mask and forget it, letting them work their magic as you dance around your apartment to Carey, Buble, and Crosby. Or is that just me? The Dr. Brandt 3-D Filler Mask is a leave-on mask that works to counteract the effects of aging. It’s basically a gentle push-up for the lower half of your face. Among is benefits is the ability to visually add volume to plump the skin and visually smooth laugh lines. I’ve loved all the Dr. Brandt products that I’ve owned and this one is no exception. This mask is sure to get you feeling ready for a night on the town or that amazing New Year’s Eve party you’re planning on attending! Sore 20% off your mask by using the code BABBLE3D and going through this link.

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If you’ve been around here before, you know I’m always on the hunt for the ‘perfect’ hairspray. I probably won’t be satisfied until they come out with a hairspray that reaches out and does my hair for me while serving me champagne and a giving me a manicure. A girl can dream. Until then I’ve got MarulaOil Rare Oil Protecting Hair Spray. It’s a flexible, layerable hairspray that works to replenish your hair while holding it. I know what you’re thinking, “layerable?!” While visions of helmet hair float through your head, let me assure you that this is not the case. This hairspray leaves your hair perfectly touchable and shiny, even after multiple applications. Definitely worth finishing off your party ‘do with. This Protecting Hair Spray retails at around $26, find out more here.

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Katy Perry’s advice for applying perfume? “I never spritz on my skin. I always spritz and walk into it and I like to spray on my hair.” Take it from Katy, whose new Katy Perry Mad Love Fragrance is already social media famous. The fragrance itself is really fun with top notes of Lady Apple Sorbet, Mara Strawberry, and Pink Grapefruit, a heart of Peony Petals, Sun-kissed Jasmine, and Bleeding Heart flower, as well as a base of Sandalwood, Skin Mush, and Coconut Wood. The bottle itself features a trendy marble top, with pink glass and black labeling. I’m fairly certain this fragrance found its way on many a wishlist this year, and it would make a great scent to spritz before you head out  for your end of the year bash! To find more deets and purchase, click here!

So what parties do you have planned for the end of 2016?

Helpful Essentials for Transitioning Back to Class

*This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media*

I just finished my summer semester last week, and now I’m back on campus for the fall semester. It’s great, and I feel uncharacteristically excited about this semester. I think it must be the impending cool weather, and the fact that my birthday and all the good holidays take place during the fall semester. Honestly, I’m thisclose to sipping pumpkin spice lattes, donning my brand new booties, and throwing leaves in the air as I prance around in my off-the-shoulder off-white cable knit sweater, reveling in my utter basic-ness. Before I get ahead of the season, it is important to acknowledge that this is back-to-school season, where buying dorm supplies and picking out matching folders is a national endeavor. I was lucky enough to get my mitts (cool weather fashion, anyone? No? still too early?) on a brand new BabbleBoxx! Chock full of amazing goodies that are ideal for those of us heading back to college, here are my picks for heading back to class:

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FUJIFILM’s new INSTAX MINI 70 is perfect for capturing every late night study sesh or Spring break fiesta. I love old school instant film cameras, the great thing about the INSTAX MINI 70 is that you get that awesome instant film aesthetic but with the benefits of all the excellent features that this camera has – that includes macro and micro focus, as well as a selfie mode. The selfie mode automatically adjusts settings for perfect selfies – so you can make sure to get everyone in your snaps! I’m understating things by saying I’m kind of obsessed with this, I’ve already started my own photo collage. Thinking about putting together a college care pack for your collegiate? They’ll love one of these, trust me. Available in Canary Yellow, Moon White, Island Blue, Passion Red, Midnight Black, and Stardust Gold – check out the entire collection here.

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Being able to plan ahead and learning how to cook for one (or two) is definitely something you should do before you walk for your diploma. GreenPan’s Mini Ceramic Non-Stick pans are perfect for cooking for one, its size is great for portion control plus space efficiency, and the handle is silicone coated! I love my new Square Egg Pan, it’s more than adorable – I actually have never been able to do proper sunny-side-up eggs until I got this pan. Turns out that’s thanks to the Thermolon™ ceramic non-stick surface which was designed for perfect frying results, using less oil, and needing less cleaning. Since using it I have yet to tear a yolk! Basically, with tools like the GreenPan, I can pull together a back to school or study brunch in a snap. I am the brunch queen.

GreenPan is offering The NYC Talon readers an amazing back to school discount! From now until September 4th get 20% off AND free shipping with the promo code ‘SCHOOL20′. Start planning your back to school brunch and check out all the GreenPan’s here!

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You’ll definitely want to make sure you have everything you need for that first day back. My first fall class was on Thursday and I can’t tell you how many people were without paper or pens. Even on that first day you get weighed down with a ton of information – what your semester schedule will be like, your professor’s office hours, online course codes, what days your lecture won’t be meeting for class, etc. The student next to me earned major side-eye from one of my professors because he was unprepared. You’ll want a pen that can help you take notes like a pro! My favorite pens are these new Zebra pens – they’re the sort of pens you would never lend out for fear of losing them. They write smoothly, the H-301 Steel Highlighter doesn’t bleed, and 3 Series Ballpoint pens are dreamy. They look as well as they write – sleek and professional. I love using their color gel pens to color code my agenda, they dry in less than a second and the ink is smooth and distinct. If you’re someone who is stationary and writing-implement obsessed like me, you will love these.

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Keep chapped lips at bay with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula FlipBalms! These are so cool, my sisters immediately laid claim to two of these. Palmer’s is my go-to for cocoa butter products, they always have impeccable quality products and these new FlipBalms are no exception. Available in three flavors – Juicy Watermelon, Creamy Coconut, and Ripe Mango – they feature a revolutionary “flip to open” packaging design, which I adore because it keeps you from losing the lid, and it keeps you from having to touch (and potentially get dirty) the balm itself. The formulation is packed with natural ingredients like pure Cocoa Butter, raw Shea Butter, and Vitamin E. I love that they fit easily into my purse, so my lips are always moisturized.

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Speaking of my purse, you can pretty much always find Simply Sensitive Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths tucked in there somewhere. As a female constantly on the go, there’s no denying the usefulness of these cloths. They’re great for post-gym, and I loved that they rely on gentle formulas that are hypoallergenic, alcohol free, and won’t irritate sensitive skin. Plus, the individualized packaging makes them discreet to carry around – they’re also available in Island Splash and Sheer Floral.

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Do you have any back to school essentials? How to you ease into a new semester? Let me know!

FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 70 | GreenPan Mini Ceramic Non-Stick Egg Pan | Zebra Pens | Palmer’s NEW Cocoa Butter Formula FlipBalms | Simply Sensitive Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths