Monthly Minute: April Favorites 2021

Monthly Minute: April Favorites 2021

Monthly Minute: April Favorites 2021

Monthly Favorites: April 2021

Happy Monday, friends!

Recently, I took a few polls on my Instagram to better gauge what some of my followers/readers wanted to see going forward on the blog & on my social media. Usually, my Monthly Minute monthly recap posts are centered around my monthly goals as well as my monthly favorites; however, many people said they were more interested in hearing about monthly favorites vs. monthly goal recaps. So, I’m here to deliver with my Monthly Favorites of April 2021!

This monthly favorites post and my monthly favorites posts going forward will consist of a few of my favorite categories ranging from beauty favorites, skincare favorites, shopping favorites, monthly book recommendations, TV/movie recommendations, and more! Everything I share is 1,000% something I love and believe in, or else I wouldn’t consider it a favorite let alone share it with my readers!

Let’s dive right in with my Monthly Favorites: April 2021!

Monthly Beauty Favorites: April 2021

Check out my Favorite Beauty Products of April 2021

Billion Dollar Beauty Box

Monthly Beauty Favorites
April 2021
Starter Kit – Billion Dollar Beauty

I’ve been totally loving my Billion Dollar Box from Billion Dollar Beauty! The best thing about these products is their clean beauty standing! They are vegan, cruelty-free, paraben free, and Target clean beauty approved! This “build-your-own” palette utilized thin magnetic pans to reduce waste. These clean beauty products come in a variety of shades and you can buy as many pieces as you’d like! They are made to match your beauty needs! Billion Dollar Beauty products can be found at your local Target or online!

Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extension Mascara

Monthly Beauty Favorites
April 2021
Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extension Mascara

The Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extension Mascara has quickly become one of my favorite beauty products! For me, this is the best mascara I’ve ever used! This mascara doesn’t budge until you take it off, which I love! Mascaras from other beauty brands have left me looking like a racoon after a long day but Thrive Causmetics Mascara stays in place for me and I look just as good at 8pm as I did at 8am! Check it out, I think it lives up to the hype!

Claw Clips

Monthly Beauty Favorites
April 2021
Amazon Claw Clips

My hair has gotten so long that I’m constantly trying to keep it out of my way. Claw clips have become a staple in my hair and beauty routine! They’re so cute and on trend right now. Check out this affordable set of 6 in spring colors from Amazon!

At Home Gel Manicures

In the last 2 years, I’ve stopped going to salons to get my nails done and have completely transitioned to doing my own gel nails at home! I’ve been loving trying out new spring nail trends of 2021 on my own nails! If you’re interested in saving money and doing your own gel nails at home, check out my post How to Get Your Best At-Home Gel Mani for a step by step guide on getting started! I highlight all the products you need and where to find them for an affordable price! Thank me later!

Monthly Skincare Favorites: April 2021

Check out my Favorite Skincare Products of April 2021

BalmLabs ClearBalm 3-Step System

Monthly Skincare Favorites
April 2021
BalmLabs ClearBalm 3-Step System

I’m going to have a full skincare review post of BalmLabs next month, but I am currently in the middle of taking the BalmLabs Balm 30-Day Challenge!

The ClearBalm 3-step system is a plant-powered skincare system that doesn’t rely on harsh chemicals to take care of stubborn breakouts or acne prone skin! The products are formulated for the most sensitive skin and promises to deliver healthy, balanced, and glowing skin AND the power of hemp-derived CBD is an added bonus!

Looking for a BalmLabs discount code? Look no further! Valued at $176 and offered at $146 YOU can get it for just $129 using THIS LINK and the code ‘ANGELA20’

Tula Protect + Glow Sunscreen

Monthly Skincare Favorites
April 2021
Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen SPF 30 Gel by TULA SKINCARE | Skin |  Moisturizer

The Tula Protect + Glow Sunscreen is my absolute favorite SPF for all year round! This is a staple in my skincare routine. This SPF protects from the effects of the sun as well as blue light, is reef safe, and it makes your skin look dewy and gorgeous. It provides a nice glow and smells AMAZING! In the summer (and now too, honestly) I’ll throw on a little bit of this SPF and some mascara and I’m good for the day! Tula also just launched a Supersize of this product! Stock up!

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Monthly Skincare Favorites
April 2021
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

I found this lip mask at my local Marshall’s and it’s been a game changer in my skincare routine! I’ve tried lots of different lip masks/products in my night time skincare routine but the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is by far my favorite overnight lip product! After 7-8 hours of sleep, I can still feel the moisture on my lips! I’ll also use this product in my day time skincare routine if my lips are feeling especially dry. My favorite flavor is the Grapefruit! Amazon if the best place to find these masks for an affordable price!

Monthly Fashion Favorites: April 2021

Target Swimsuits

Finding bathing suits that I felt comfortable and confident in has always been a struggle for me. Not this year! I have been loving the bathing suits from Target! I’m usually lucky if I can find one suit I like, but I recently found 2 from Target that I love! I have found I feel more confident in a one piece, and Target has so many cute styles! Check out the two I bought for myself!

April Favorites 2021- Juniors' Ribbed Side-Cinch One Piece Swimsuit - Xhilaration™
Juniors’ Ribbed Side Cinch One Piece Swimsuit- Xhilaration
April Favorites 2021- Women's Pucker Textured One Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit - Shade & Shore™ Pacific Blue
Women’s Pucker Textured One Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit – Shade & Shore™ Pacific Blue

Monthly Podcast Favorites: April 2021

Killing It On Broadway

Monthly Favorites April 2021
Killing It On Broadway Podcast

Killing It On Broadway is my absolute favorite podcast of April 2021! Broadway babes Jessica Vosk and Jennifer Simard host other Broadway stars to talk about true crime cases- because us theatre people are apparently all obsessed with true crime! It’s so entertaining, I highly recommend giving it a listen. I think it will quickly end up on your favorite podcasts list too!

Monthly TV/Movie Favorites: April 2021

The Vow (HBO Max)

Monthly Favorites April 2021
The Vow: A NXIVM Story

Killing It On Broadway led me to the true crime documentary, The Vow. The Vow revolves around the NXIVM cult and its founder, Keith Raneire. I can’t say much more about it without giving too much away, but I highly suggest watching it however you’re able. The documentary has been renewed for a second season.

Monthly Book Recommendations: April 2021

Believe It: How to Go from Underestimated to Unstoppable by Jamie Kern Lima

Monthly Favorites April 2021
Monthly Book Recommendations
Believe It: How to Go from Underestimated to Unstoppable by Jamie Kern Lima

Monthly Book Recommendation! It’s taken me a minute to get through this book, but I’ve finished it! I absolutely loved this book, and I think it is especially important for young women to read. Jamie’s writing is so unique, empowering, personal, and inviting; it makes you feel like you’re listening to a good friend! Any young woman who is finding their way through life, their job, or even becoming a businesswoman herself should take the time to read this book and listen to Jamie’s incredible story and encouraging words!


Thanks for checking out my Monthly Favorites of April 2021! See something you love and can’t wait to add to your favorites list? Let me know in the comments below!

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Talk to you soon! Lots of love!

~ Ang

Monthly Minute

Monthly Minute

March Monthly Minute
Monthly Review

March Monthly Review

Hi my friends!

Another month in the books! I know for many, March 2021 brought up a lot of unresolved emotions and feelings about being in the pandemic for a year, but I hope you feel proud to say that you’ve made it this far, you made it through, and you are gracefully moving forward!

As usual, I’m back with my Monthly Minute- March Monthly Review! I’m so excited to share my monthly goals with you and some of my favorite’s in this monthly review!

I guess it’s the 31 days, but this month has really felt like it’s gone on for a lifetime! SO much has happened this month so let’s dive right in to my monthly review!

Monthly Review!

March Monthly Minute
Monthly Review

March was a packed month for me! In addition to work, I was actually able to get some time to be a real person in her 20’s this month, and that time was MUCH needed. I got to sing at a dear friend’s wedding this month with my best friend, Kailey! The wedding was held at our university, so it was really beautiful to get to go back there and be part of something so intimate and special. Since we were singing, we decided to make a weekend out of it! I spent the weekend at Kailey’s and we were later joined by one of my other best friends, Bella! Kailey is a photographer, so we spent time capturing some creative content for me, she took new headshots for Bella and I, and we got to do a really fun and gorgeous shoot! Then we just went to dinner, paraded around a Target, and lived like we were just a couple of college girls. It truly was a much needed escape from every day life!

I also got my vaccine this month! Yahoo! I got the single dose shot which rocked, and I only had a headache, body aches, and a low-grade fever for 24 hours. I feel really grateful to be vaccinated and I’m grateful that my immediate family members were also all able to get vaccinated. A year later, here we are!

And the fun isn’t over! Remember about a year ago when I wrote my post “The Show Must Go On” about not being able to perform in my senior showcase in New York last spring? Well IT’S HAPPENING! Just in a different way! This past weekend, my friends and I all gathered on campus again, got tested and all, and were able to film the showcase to be sent a year later! I’m going to write more about this experience in a post next month, but feel free to read last year’s post to get caught up on the saga!

Goals

No lie, I fell off the wagon in terms of my goals this month- IT HAPPENS! Unfortunately, I got sick right in the middle of the month for the first time in over a year and it really knocked me on my butt. I spent a lot of time just trying to keep myself healthy so I could get well fast because of all I had going on! A handful of my goals included singing more, keeping up with my Dance From Home Classes, staying off my phone…and honestly, I didn’t do so well with all of that.

At the start of the month, I had to miss 2 classes of DFH a week because I was teaching dance classes of my own- no biggie. Then I got sick which didn’t really allow me to sing or get my sick butt in class. I spent a period of a few days feeling down about it, but I was actually really proud of how I took care of myself when I wasn’t feeling well.

In college, my life and schedule were always go, go, go, and sometimes I had to sacrifice proper rest to get assignments done, get into rehearsals, or I just didn’t rest well because I felt like I was an indestructible college student. But this time around, I really took the time to baby myself. I went to work, came home, and RESTED. I took a whole day off later that week to get myself better, got an antibiotic, and rested every second I possibly could. It was a really nice change of pace. There was no way I could’ve predicted getting sick or could have predicted I wouldn’t get to be in classes as much this month, but it’s called rolling with the punches, people!

Blog Goals

March Monthly Minute
Monthly Review

Looking at my blog goals for this monthly review, I am pleased to say that grow is slow and steady! I set 5 goals for myself for this month and was able to accomplish 4 of them! I’ve been setting what I think are rather attainable goals for my online presence and the blog every month and so far, I’ve met most of them each month! My follower count on here is growing, my follower count on Instagram is growing, I’m in contact with and reaching out to more brands, and I’m ahead of the game in my planning. It feels great to say that. I also upgraded my blog plan this month! I was waiting until I reached my 1 year mark in May, but there was a sale on plans and I had to take advantage of it while I could!

With my upgrade, I have more tools for things like SEO and I’m able to add more plugins that will help me make the site the best that it can be! I appreciate every single one of you who are on this journey with me! My 50th post is coming up next month and we are almost at the 1 year mark, so stay tuned for lots of amazing and exciting things!


Now, let’s dive into the favorites portion of my monthly review!

Amazing Grass Tablets

I’ve been using these Amazing Grass Energy Effervescent Tablets since the beginning of college and I LOVE them. Sometimes, I don’t feel like drinking coffee BUT I still need my caffeine! These tablets taste so yummy, I love the tropical flavor AND they have 1 full serving of greens & veggies, 85 mg Caffeine and 100% DV Vitamins B1 & B12. You can find them on Amazon or on their website!

Annie & Lulu Cup

And how do I drink my Effervescent Tablets? In my FAV Annie & Lulu reusable Starbucks cup! It’s perfect for on the go, easy to clean, and it’s customizable and cute! Check out their Etsy HERE!

My Ivory Paper Co. Planner

My Ivory Paper Co. Planner is seriously the best planner I’ve ever had! I have so much space to write down everything I need. There are monthly pages, weekly layout pages, and daily pages which allow me to see the bigger picture but still break it down with each day! I have lots of different stickers and markers I use to spice things up and make it as ‘me” as possible! If you’re looking for a new planner or some gorgeous stationery check out Ivory Paper Co.!

Keyper

Check out this video ALL about My Keyper! I feel so lucky to have been able to partner with this amazing brand this month- these wristlets and the key ring bracelet are SO functional and fashionable! PLUS- I’ve got an Easter giveaway running through April 2nd! Head over to My Instagram to see how to enter!

Believe IT | Book by Jamie Kern Lima | Official Publisher Page | Simon &  Schuster

My March Read

Sometimes, I have a really hard time working through books, and this month I DEF spent way more time on my phone than finishing up my book…womp womp. BUT! I’ve been reading Believe IT: How to Go from Underestimated to Unstoppable by owner of It Cosmetics, Jamie Kern Lima! It’s so inspirational, informative, and heart warming- the perfect read for anyone who may need a little added boost in their personal and professional lives! I highly recommend checking it out!


That’s my March monthly review for you! I hope that your last week of March is beautiful, and that you all have a happy, happy Easter! Lots of love!

~ Ang xo