Books to read in 2017

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One thing I want to accomplish over the Summer is reading some books I have been eyeing. Reading is such a calm, quiet activity. I used to love reading but then got so caught up in life that I haven’t read much lately, and I would really like to get back into it more. It would be awesome if one day I could do a monthly or seasonal book club, maybe via Facebook or even Twitter. Definitely an awesome possibility if you guys would be interested in that!

The book I am currently reading is Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell. I actually started reading this book a few months ago and then stopped during the busy-ness of the holidays and now I am starting to go back to it and read it. This is a book of not necessarily self-help but more like self-realization and being true to yourself. Light is the New Black helps you awaken your soul and really dig deep into your life and what makes you happy. Also, another thing I really love about reading this book is that she includes a Spotify playlist to listen to while you read and it is perfect. I always listen to music while I read and this playlist isn’t as distracting. I plan on reading her other book Rise Sister Rise after I finish this one.

Another inspirational self-help book I would be interested in reading is I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones. This book is supposed to be all about girls staying true to themselves and living a life that makes them truly happy. I would love to be that girl, and really just be the best version of me.

A book that I would like to read in 2017 to help my income and the business side of my life is Networking Like A Pro: Turning Contacts into Connections by Ivan Misner. One thing I am learning through blogging and trying to brand myself is how essential and necessary networking is. I also am getting into Real Estate and that is another field that in order to be successful I must have awesome networking skills. I firmly  believe that networking is one of the most crucial skills when it comes to success in business, so I am excited to read this book and learn more.

One novel that I am excited to read is actually about to be released. It is Marlena by Julie Buntin. It is about 2 teen girls and tells the story of loss, love, addiction and life in general. It talks about how there are certain people in life who we meet and they end up being someone who helps shape us and shape the person we become. I want to read this book for fun, it simply just sounds like it is going to be a good book to me.

Most Valuable Blogging Resources

As many of you have probably noticed I have taken a pretty big break from my blog. I have not posted any new content since before the holidays and I am finally ready to put some focus back into it and start to post again. So for my first post back, I want to show you what I have been doing for Corinna’s Corner since I have been gone. I have been going around reading articles and collecting as many resources as I can to help me as a blogger build my blog and brand myself as well.

The first resource I want to talk about is Facebook groups. I am a member of multiple Facebook groups online for business, blogging, entrepreneurship, and more. Facebook groups can be a more personal way to get advice or support for your blog. You can get opinions from people who are in the same position as you and it can really give you a sense of community. One of my favorite groups is Societygal which is a group of online women entrepreneurs. On that page you can find a lot of people offering services, looking for certain services, sharing articles and tips. Anytime I have a question about my blog or branding online I can go there to get it answered. I also really enjoy the Bloguettes Bulletin Board group. It is similar to Societygal but more focused towards blogs instead of businesses and brands. Bloguettes Bulletin Board always has awesome articles and blog posts being shared, and is also a good way to share your work as well.

Another resource I have been loving but not even fully utilizing yet is mailing lists. I have been signing up for more and more mailing lists lately and I love receiving the emails. A lot of blogs have mailing lists that you can sign up for and you will begin to receive emails from the blog that will normally have content you don’t get anywhere else. Also, it helps me remember to read certain blogs that I really enjoy, and keeps me updated with them. A lot of people who have mailing lists also offer freebies with their emails and you could be getting something useful for your blog out of it. I am currently getting into graphic design and I subscribe to many different mailing lists that send me graphic design goodies and free downloads every week. Having a mailing list of your own is also an awesome resource for your blog that can really help get readers hooked and make sure they are coming back for more. Especially if you are also a business owner, you can send special mailing list only savings offers and other things to help promote your sales.

Finally, another big resource I have been using is also the most obvious resource, Pinterest! Pinterest has the answers to all my blog related questions, and then some. Pinterest has unlimited resources and I can spend hours a day scrolling on Pinterest and finding more and more useful information for my blog. Also using Pinterest is another great way to share your own content because I can guarantee that I am not the only person spending hours a week scrolling Pinterest. If you want to run a successful blog then I highly recommend utilizing Pinterest for all that it is worth.

So these resources are the ones that I am currently obsessing over and using to somewhat “re-launch” my blog. I am hoping to start posting regularly again, although they will not all be beauty based posts. I really want to start doing a lot more lifestyle posts. I am focusing on my marketing degree in school, dabbling in graphic design, and am hoping to get my real estate license this summer so I definitely want to be able to reflect on those things on my blog as well. Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you all have an awesome week.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales

Hello everybody, and a late Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for every person who takes the time to read my blog. I know this is a little last minute but I really wanted to get up a Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales post for you all. So this is a round-up of some of my favorite sales happening this weekend.

The first sale I want to talk about isn’t as much of a sale as it is a special offer. Kylie Cosmetics on Black Friday will be doing a free holiday stocking for purchases over $100. Now, I am not a fan of the fact that you have to spend $100 but it is easy to spend on Kylie products, and the stocking is SO cute. She also restocked her holiday edition collection but for those products you have to be quick! One deal that she is offering that I love is that with certain Lip Kit shades (Candy K, Koko K, Posie K, and Exposed) she is offering a free matching gloss with purchase. For Cyber Monday she will be launching her brand new eye brush collection for only $35. Don’t forget that Kylie Cosmetics now offers free domestic shipping on orders over $40, and international shipping for orders over $60.

Now for my favorite actual sale, it will have to be Anastasia Beverly Hills. She is offering a huge sale on her official website only.  Click here to head to the website. Sale prices range from 10-60% off! I made a purchase and received 20% off Stick Foundation, 40% off Cream Contour Kit, 60% off Eye Shadow Singles, and 60% off Contour Refills. They also have 50% off Concealer, 30% off Lip Gloss and much more. Also, their new Pro Brushes were released and are 25% off as well. This sale is happening throughout the weekend and Cyber Monday. Anastasia Beverly Hills is an awesome brand with amazing quality, and I highly suggest taking advantage of this sale while you can.

Also, another favorite sale of mine is that Thursday and Friday Old Navy will be 50% off storewide. Saturday will be 40% off, with Sunday being 30% off and Cyber Monday they will have their website sale at 30% off sitewide. I wear some clothing from Old Navy but I think this is an awesome family deal, also if you have young children Carter’s is offering 60% off storewide and sitewide Friday only, but that is an amazing sale as well.

Some sales I want to mention are BOGO sales. Buy one get one free are always the best kind of sales to me, I love them. This year Target did BOGO for all jar candles, and all picture frames and photo albums. Now is definitely the time to stock up on those things, and this sale is Friday only so you have to move fast. It is definitely worth the trip down to your local Target to check out what they have left. Another awesome BOGO sale is on the Glamglow site, Glamglow is a little on the pricey side but if you use code BOGO2016 this weekend when purchasing a full-size product, you get an additional one for free. It has to be the same exact product, though. For Glamglow, that is a great value.

The final deal I wanted to mention is that Charlotte Russe has everything for $20 or less, in-store and online, as well as free shipping. That is a dangerously awesome sale. So those are all my favorite sales of this weekend. I wanted to just get this up for you guys even though it is last minute, hopefully, you can all snag some awesome sales. Holiday season is keeping me busy in my personal life and work life, but I will be spending the next 3 days working on blog posts for you all. I hope you have an awesome Holiday weekend!

Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon Review

Hello everybody and happy Monday. I am getting this up a little later than I wanted, so a majority of you are probably just about done with your day now and in for the night. So, I hope you all had an awesome start to your week. This post is going to be a review of the new Matte Creme Lip Crayons by Bite Beauty. Bite Beauty and Influenster were kind enough to send me these lipsticks to review for you all. Although these products were sent to me, I will keep my reviews 100% honest. Let’s get started.

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I just want to start off by saying that these retail at Sephora for $24 a piece, and I received 3 shades, Cava, Glace, and Red Velvet. I have bought Bite Beauty lipsticks in the past myself, I believe I have 1 regular Bite lipstick from them, and then I have 2 of their duo-ended lipsticks as well. I really enjoy Bite Beauty products, I have found them to be very creamy products, that never dry out my lips, and they also last a good amount of time throughout the day, especially for not being a liquid lipstick. I really love the packaging on these Matte Creme Lip Crayons. They are a soft matte black, and they are just perfect for throwing in your bag and taking on the go. You twist the pen to make the product come out more, and then there is also a little sharpener on the bottom that you can pop out to sharpen the crayon as well. I really like the fact that it comes with a sharpener because lip crayons can get pretty dull and messy.

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Now for the actual quality of the Matte Creme Lip Crayons. I think that these are really good products, just like other Bite Beauty products I have tried. They are a nice creamy texture, but they are still matte. They don’t make my lips look as dry as other matte lipsticks can do sometimes. They are not 100% transfer proof but if you are careful they last throughout the day quite well. I always keep the shade I am wearing with me, especially if I am eating, to do some touch ups. I wore the shade “Glace” out to go shopping the other day, and I wore it for 4-5 hours with no touch ups. It lasted pretty well and still looked nice at the end. “Red Velvet” is also a nice deep red shade, that I would suggest pairing with a red liner to make sure it doesn’t get too messy. I also got the shade “Cava” which is a new shade, and available online only but I also really enjoy this shade, it is a nice soft nude that looks pretty on a lot of different skin tones.

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For the price tag of $24, these are a little pricey, but they are nice products so I suggest trying them out if you are somebody who likes to have a variety of lipsticks. I find these similar in quality to Mac lipsticks other than the packaging. I really do enjoy the packaging of these Matte Creme Lip Crayons so I would spend the $24 to purchase these on my own. I also think these could be a great idea as a stocking stuffer as well.

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That is it today for my review, so if you haven’t checked out Bite Beauty products before I do recommend them, especially for lipstick lovers. You can find their social media, their handle is @bitebeauty on all social media, or also bitebeauty.com is their website. I also just wanted to let you all know that I have officially hit 500 followers on my Twitter (@corinnascornerx) so if you aren’t already you should go follow me, I will be posting a giveaway this week to say thank you for 500. I have a few posts coming, I am not sure what will be up first but I am thinking my next post will be a review of the new Koko Kollection by Kylie Cosmetics in collaboration with Khloe Kardashian. Thank you all for reading, and have an awesome week.

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Testing Out Bloglovin

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Hey everybody! So I know I haven’t done a new blog post in a while, but I have been keeping up on my social media. So I just wanted to keep you guys up to date on that and let you know I am still posting on my social media, and will also have a new blog post up tomorrow. I got a few new products gathered up and will be doing a reviews/first impression post tomorrow.

So other then on here, you can find me on snapchat with the username, Corinnascornerx. There was no room for the xo, so just the x. I will go ahead and put a snapchat screenshot for you here to access it more easily.

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Also, I have recently really gotten in to using Twitter. My Twitter handle is @corinnascorner and I plan on actually doing a post about Twitter soon with some tips and tricks on how to use it. I also have my Corinna’s Corner Facebook page, as well as my instagram @corinnascornerxo.

The point of this post is that I am going to try to sync my blog up as well with Bloglovin. I have seen more and more people using this platform but I am honestly not sure how it works really, so this will all just be one big test drive pretty much. So, maybe you can follow me on Bloglovin and give me some tips on how to use it as well. Let me know in the comments below the best way to utilize Bloglovin.

Don’t forget, I will have a new reviews post up tomorrow. Until then, thanks for reading.

October Sephora Play

This month I finally achieved a dream of mine, and was able to get off the waitlist and get a subscription to Sephora Play. For those of you who don’t know Sephora Play is a $10 monthly subscription bag from Sephora. You receive 4-5 mini size products, as well as a perfume sample each month for only $10. There is a waitlist and they will email you when a spot opens, from what I have heard and experienced it can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to get your email invitation. Make sure to watch your email because you only have a small amount of time to accept the subscription before your spot is given away. I really enjoy this box because all the products are of course, sold at Sephora. Let’s jump on in and see what I received.

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The first thing I noticed in the box was the Madam CJ Walker’s coconut oil. It is suppose to be nourishing and moisturizing for your hair. I have never tried coconut oil in my hair before but I did try this out and I really enjoyed it. It gave my hair a nice shine, and I love the scent of it. It really just made my hair seem extra clean. You only have to use a small amount so I think this size of a bottle will really last me a good amount of time. I probably won’t use it everyday because I think it can definitely make my hair oily if I use it too much. You can purchase 0.5 oz of this at Sephora for $14. I will most likely repurchase if I continue to get the same results.

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The next product I pulled out of the box was a Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade “Driver’s Seat”. I think this is an awesome shade for fall, and the swatch looks really pretty. It is like a dark, nude mauve color. I have seen a lot about these liquid lipsticks so I am excited to try it out and see how well it wears. These liquid lipsticks retail for $24 full size at Sephora.

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I also received the Skin Dew setting spray by Farmacy. I have tried Farmacy face masks in the past and I really enjoyed them and thought they were extremely moisturizing so I am excited to try out this setting spray. This says it should be hydrating but I haven’t tried it out yet, I am hoping it hydrates my skin and helps my makeup be longlasting. This retails for $44 at Sephora, full size.

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The next lip product I grabbed is the Estee Lauder Flash Photo Gloss. I have never heard of this product before but from what I have read it is a gloss to put over a lip color and it will make your teeth look whiter in photos. It has an iridescent blue tint to the gloss. From just swatching the gloss I do feel like it seems pretty thick to me. I am definitely interested in trying this out and seeing if I notice a change in my teeth. I do think it is a very cool idea for a product though. This full sized product retails at Sephora for $20.

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The final product I received in this bag was Night Serum from the Drunk Elephant. I tried this out last night and I thought my skin looked and felt awesome. My face looked brighter in the morning when I woke up, so I am definitely interested in trying this product out some more. I have heard good things about this brand and this is the first product I am actually trying out from them. This full size product costs $90 so I will have to be really impressed to actually repurchase this item.

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The bag also came with a small sample of the Derek Lam 10 Crosby perfume in the scent Silent Street, but honestly every bag coming with a perfume sample is not that much of a big deal to me because I have so many perfume samples already, this will just get tossed in with the others. Overall for $10 I do think this bag was pretty cool, I will receive another bag next month and really decide if this subscription is worth it. Thank you all for reading, until next time.

Life Update: Babies, Moving, and More

Hey everyone and happy hump day! I hope you had an awesome Wednesday and are getting ready to have a great weekend. Today’s post is a little bit different. I just wanted to do a quick life update on myself to kind of explain my absence during September and catch you all up.

The reason I wasn’t posting much in September is because I moved! My boyfriend and I moved out of his family’s house and into an apartment with our friends. So it has been a crazy, busy, stressful, yet awesome month. I am still in the middle of getting everything unpacked, and I am having so much fun decorating. I am going to re-do my whole beauty vanity from scratch, so that will be fun. I think I want to do a white and gold theme. Let me know in the comments below of any furniture or decor shops I should check out, or even any home decor inspiration. I am especially excited for the holidays in our own apartment and getting to decorate as much as I’d like. This has been a huge change, but I am so excited and ready for this new chapter.

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Also, some fun exciting news I have is… I am going to be an Aunt! I am luckily already an Aunt to my brother’s stepchildren, and now my sister-in-law is pregnant with their first together. Baby Bailey will be here in February and I am so excited for her arrival. Shortly after I received the news about Baby Bailey, I also got the news that my best friend is expecting a baby as well. My heart could burst I am so excited for all these new babies. I love when people around me provide me with cute babies to play with so I don’t have to have any of my own. Im sure my boyfriend is thankful as well. If you know of any baby Etsy shops that I should check out please let me know in the comments, I am ready to spoil these sweet babies.

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Lastly, I wanted to talk about my fitness journey and trying to lose weight. I previously did a fitness journey post and I just wanted to touch base on that. I have lost about 5 pounds since that last post by eating less fast food, but I didn’t really start to work out as often as I should have. I did though recently download an app called “ClassPass” and I am really enjoying it. You basically buy a class package once a month (I get the 5 classes for $50) and then you can use the passes at multiple different studios and classes throughout your city. I can do yoga, boxing, bootcamp, ballet, barre, pilates, open gym time, and more. I have done a few classes at different studios and I love it. The app makes working out and finding a fitness class so convenient and easy, I love it. Also as a bonus, I have found classes on this app that I have paid $20 for before…. that means I save 50% on the class using ClassPass. If you sign up through this link you can get your first 5 classes for only $20, that is $30 off! Save $30 Here! I also recently got a new juicer and plan to cut out my Redbull habit (5 Redbulls a week) and replace it with fresh juice. So after a few weeks of trying to keep this habit up I will do another fitness journey update.

That is pretty much it for my post today everyone. I just wanted to touch base and explain really quick. I plan on focusing a lot more of my time and energy on Corinna’s Corner. I will be trying my absolute best to have 3 posts a week up, I am thinking for the most part it will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday when I upload new posts. This Friday I will be posting a haul video of basically all the new products I bought in the month of September. Have a great night, and thank you for reading.