The best thriller books to read on the beach this Summer!

I can’t wait until the summer time to lay out by the pool and go on vacation and bring a good book with me and just relax. Putting your phone down and unwinding with a book is one of my favorite things to do!

Lately, I have been loving thrillers. Laying in bed with my favorite sparkling water (Ya know, preggo trying to spice up what I drink) and reading a thriller! I’m always in bed at night going “OMGosh!!!” and Carl laughs cause I’m so into what I’m reading.

The best is when a book is so good you just can’t put it down! Here are some favorites that I’ve read recently that are all available for quick shipping! Each book is linked!

Still Water by Amy Stuart – Order HERE


This story is about an investigator who is tasked with finding a mother and her son who mysteriously disappear. In order to find them, Clare, the investigator, goes to the town where they vanished from disguising herself as the mother’s best friend to get some answers. She soon learns that everyone is hiding something and the answers she finds were not what she was expecting.

Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin- Order HERE


Another missing person’s tale, Girl Last Seen, is about a little girl who goes missing outside of her elementary school. The narrator soon realizes the photo of this missing little girl could be her! There are two missing girls, thirteen years apart and now their stories have too many similarities. This is a psychological thriller that will hook you from page one!

Run Away by Harlan Coben- Order HERE


This thriller is about a parent on a quest to find their runaway daughter. She’s addicted to drugs and to her abusive boyfriend and doesn’t want to be found. But when she’s found in Central Park, she’s a completely different person. I was hooked from the first page!

The Names of Dead Girls by Eric Rickstad- Order HERE


If you’ve read The Silent Girls, you must read this book! It’s a sequel and just as good, if not better. This story is about college student Rachel Rath who feels as if she’s being watched. A side glance reveals this man looks like the same person who killed her mother and father. Detective Frank Rath, Rachel’s uncle, adopted her after the murder, and when other girls in the town go missing and are found murdered, it becomes all too real.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough- Order HERE


Louise is a single mom who just got a new job. While she’s out one night, she meets and hits it off with a man who turns out to be her new boss. She then meets the boss’ wife, Adele, and puts the pieces together. These people are hiding some secrets, and Louise is determined to find out what is going on.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn- Order HERE


If you’re a big book to movie person like myself, this is the book for you! The Woman in the Window is soon to be a major motion picture and is a number one bestseller. Taking place in New York City, this book is about a woman named Anna who spends a little too much time in her apartment, giving her ample time to spy on her neighbors. When the Russell family moves in, her spying one night leads her to see something she probably shouldn’t have and she has a hard time distinguishing between imaginary and reality.

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld- Order HERE


This book is about Naomi, dubbed “the child finder” due to her knack for locating missing children. When little Madison Culver disappears during her family’s Christmas tree chopping outing, the Culvers turn to Naomi to help find their missing daughter. During her pursuit to find Madison, Naomi slowly begins to uncover the secrets of her own life. This book alternates between Madison and Naomi’s voices so it can become confusing, but is so worth the the read! **My number ONE**

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Creating the perfect honeymoon ambiance with Ralph Lauren’s Romance Perfume at Macy’s

This blog post is sponsored by Macy’s. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ralph Lauren’s “Romance” is the perfect scent for a romantic occasion. With Valentine’s Day coming up, gift yourself or your partner this gorgeous scent that is sure to bring out your sultry side! There’s nothing that makes me feel sexier than a gorgeous outfit and a beautiful scent to compliment it.

During Carl and I’s belated honeymoon to Aruba, I made sure to pack Ralph Lauren’s Romance fragrance along with me. The scent evokes notes of floral and citrus that smells romantic and of a special occasion, perfect for a honeymoon.

I first wore this perfume out to a nice dinner with Carl in Aruba. It made me feel sexy and fresh heading to beautiful beachside dinner. Sometimes, perfumes can be overpowering; but Ralph Lauren’s Romance is the perfect balance. The scent stayed on all night even by the salty sea water with the fish Carl and I ate for dinner. Not to mention, the bottle is gorgeous and the spritzer distributes the scent on your skin evenly. The large bottle ensures that you’ll be able to enjoy Ralph Lauren’s Romance on many dinner dates and romantic getaways.

Macy’s is my ultimate fragrance destination. With 250 different fragrances available to try, I love experimenting with the different scents and love that Macy’s even has a fragrance quiz online to help you discover your perfect scent that’s just right for you!

TAKE THE QUIZ HERE

So, if you’re searching for a new perfume that is not only budget friendly, but smells amazing too, look no further than Macy’s for Ralph Lauren’s Romance perfume.

Click here to SHOP!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Explore your own city in 24 hours! DC Style.


Right before Christmas, Caroline and I decided we were both in need of a ‘staycation!’ We decided to head up 495 just about 45 minutes away from my home in Northern Virginia to stay at the Pod Hotel located right in the heart of Chinatown.

We wanted to try something different than the “usual” hotel, and after a few recommendations decided on the Pod Hotel located in Chinatown! The attractive price point of $100 a night for a queen size bedroom made this the most affordable yet luxurious option in the entire city.

The small sized rooms are perfect for those who want to explore the city and are just coming back to get ready for the day and to sleep! Caroline and I each got our own rooms for some extra space and would highly recommend doing so unless you’re traveling with a significant other. 

After settling into our rooms, we headed downstairs to the Crimson Diner where we had some light bites before heading out to eat. Perfect for some photo ops, the décor was amazing as was the food! Caroline and I got some chips and pimento cheese dip, onion rings and I got a breakfast meal as it’s served all day long! I also used my 2-for-1 drink tickets provided upon check-in for us to get a cocktail with our appetizers before heading out for the night.

Following our run around the city, we headed downstairs to Pod’s Whiskey Bar which was not only huge but totally packed with city-goers. It seemed like the go-to spot for many locals and provided a cozy yet fun atmosphere, bumping to Spotify’s Hip-Hop 2000’s playlist which is now Caroline and I’s new work playlist!

The next morning, we used our free coffee and donut “tokens” to each get a caffeinated drink and a donut before heading home.

We had a great time at an awesome hotel and would highly recommend staying here! If you’re local or visiting to New York (Brooklyn, Manhattan) or Washington, D.C. any time soon and are looking to affordable options, definitely check out the Pod Hotel on your next stay!

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Give the gift of self care this holiday season with Raw Sugar!

This holiday season, I am always looking for affordable gifts for my friends and family that show how much I appreciate them. Personally, I think the gift of taking time to pamper yourself is the greatest gift of all. My favorite way to gift pampering and self care to others is Raw Sugar’s gift sets!

Available at Target, these gift sets are “packed with fruits, vitamins and love” and are perfect for anyone on your list this year. The best part is how many products are included for such a low price! I picked up some of Raw Sugar’s bath fizzies and sugar scrub with body wash gift sets from Target. Beautifully packaged, they’re perfect for anyone on your list who’s deserving of some pampering!

Made with “nature’s basics” of fruit, plants and wholesome vitamins, Raw Sugar’s products are cruelty-free and vegan friendly! I feel even better about gifting an all-natural product to my friends and family knowing that none of their ingredients include harmful chemicals or dye. Not to mention, they feel incredible on your skin. They’re also gorgeous in a nice, warm bubble bath with some of their bath fizzers!

If you’re struggling with choosing gifts for friends and family, head to your local Target and pick up some of Raw Sugar’s gift sets and give the gift of self care and pampering. Don’t forget to grab one for yourself too!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Rescue your hair with the new Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots.

This post is sponsored by Pantene however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

When Pantene asked me to try out their new Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots, I was pumped. Imported from Brazil, this product has not hit stores in the U.S. yet but has been a staple in Brazilian hair care.

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I have to admit, at first, I was a little skeptical. I was excited to try out a product before anyone else, but I rarely stray away from my usual hair care routine. But I could not be happier with the results from the Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots and can’t wait to make it a regular part of my hair care regimen!

The Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots are single-use and come in a pack of three. My hair had been extremely over-styled and over-processed the last few weeks between shoots and special events, it was in dire need for some salon-quality care. After shampooing my hair, I squeezed the entirety of the Pantene shot into my hands and massaged the conditioner-like formula into my hair from root to tip for 30 seconds, focusing on the troublesome spots like my split ends. After 30-seconds, I rinsed it out and that was it!

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I wasn’t expecting to notice an immediate difference. I’ve tried so many hair-damage-eraser-type products that promised instant results but to no avail. But wow was I wrong!

I brushed out my hair like I usually do and let it air dry naturally. My hair was noticeably shinier, the normal elasticity in my hair was back and it truly looked like I had just come from a salon! It was smooth and not to mention smells amazing, even a day later.

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So, how did Pantene do it? Their absorbing blend of Pro-Vitamin B5, strengthening lipids and natural glycerin target your hair’s damaged areas. Because the Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots act like a deep conditioner, I was worried using the whole “shot” would leave my hair greasy like other deep-conditioners I’ve tried, but Pantene formulated their Rescue Shots to prevent overdosing, so there’s no need to worry about putting in “too much!”

For the best results, Pantene recommends using their Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots once per week in place of conditioner.

Pantene’s Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots hit stores in the U.S. January 2019, but you can get your hands on this exclusive product right now at Walmart.com before it hits shelves in January – see here! I 10/10 would recommend you pick it up, I know I will!

Xx, Tonya Michelle

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Top 5 Must have gifts from Nordstrom!

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  

When it comes to gift giving, I have you covered! Nordstrom has something for everyone on your list with services available for assistance in picking that perfect gift across all price points so that every size budget can be accomodated!  

I did a little shopping at Nordstrom online to show you some great gift options!

S’well Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

S’well water bottles are the best gift for anyone, especially your active or on-the-go friends and family members! They come in a range of colors and fun designs that can suit any personality or style. I picked out the standard 17oz S’well in “Milky Way” and let me tell you that it is gorgeous! Click HERE to shop!

DIFF x Jessie James Decker Polarized Aviator Sunglasses

Sunglasses are also a great gift for anyone on your list. I love Jessie James Decker’s new line with DIFF and couldn’t wait to try them out, so I got these blue lens aviators for myself! These sunglasses are just one of the many brands that Nordstrom carries and they’re affordable! Click HERE to shop!

Cool Mist Cosmos Scentilizer Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser
With essential oils all the rage right now, this beautiful diffuser not only looks pretty but will smell amazing in your home as well. This gift would be great for someone on your list who loves candles but may go through them quickly or likes to try all kinds of scents. Even better, there is a built-in timer with an automatic shut off capability so it’s worry free! Click HERE to shop!

Best Boyfriend Brushed Hacci Lounge Pants

Last but not least, these “boyfriend” sweatpants are the comfiest pair you will ever own. Perfect for someone who loves lounging around the house, these sweatpants come in a range of different colors. Click HERE to shop.

Nordstrom’s stress free shopping experience allows you to buy those last minute gifts at a moment’s notice. Their curbside pick up option, buy online and pick up in store option, style experts and gift boxing services all make gift giving stress free and easy! Hope you were able to get some new ideas and hope some great items from Nordstrom. #nordstrom @nordstrom

Xx, Tonya Michelle

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Last minute gift ideas with Sephora inside JCPenney!

When it comes to the holidays, there are just so many people you feel you need to buy a gift for or treat this season. Whether it’s your boss, coworkers and of course, friends and family, Sephora inside JCPenney has the perfect gifts for family gift exchanges, office parties or secret Santas. I stopped by my local Sephora inside JCPenney to pick out my favorite gifts that I know your friends and family will love when you’re stumped on a gift to get them! 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I don’t know about you, but I love gift giving more than I like receiving gifts. 

I love shopping at Sephora inside JCPenney all of the time, but even more so this time of year. There’s holiday music playing, everything is decorated so beautifully, and it really gets you into the spirit of giving! 

Some of the items I picked out for my friends and family (maybe myself too hehe) included: 

Fresh Destination Sugar Lip Balm Trio–$25 (this is an in-store exclusive!)

There’s nothing worse than chapped lips this time of year! This Sugar Lip Balm Trio by Fresh is the perfect solution for anyone who struggles with dry lips and they’re small enough to be perfect to put in anyone’s stocking! Use the store locator to find: https://chtp.co/SiJCPLocator

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder–$38, mini for $23 

This setting powder is hands down the best on the market! What’s great about it is that it’s perfect for any skin tone. No guessing their “shade.” This translucent setting powder is great for anyone who loves makeup on your list! Click HERE to shop!

Fresh “Frequent Flyer” Set–$19.50 

Another product by Fresh that I love that also includes their sugar lip balm advanced therapy treatment is their “Frequent Flyer” set. This is the cutest gift idea for any of the wanderlust people on your list or who may have a trip coming up. I’m a huge fan of this cleanser since it removes dirt and makeup, but also leaves your skin feeling hydrated. The worst part about travelling is the airplane cabin that instantly dries out your face and this is the perfect solution. Click HERE to shop!

Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow–$23 

I’ve been dying to try Drunk Elephant’s products, and this is a perfect way to try out a new product without committing to purchasing the full size. This “daily dose of vitamins for your face” comes with their C-Firma Day Serum and their B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel and is perfect for the skincare junkie on your list! Click HERE to shop!

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo–$13 

This is my favorite dry shampoo right now and the travel size is perfect for a stocking stuffer. The formula actually cleans your hair unlike other dry shampoos I’ve tried and I swear by it! Click HERE to shop!

Sephora Collection Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes–$7.50 

Sephora Collection has some of the best beauty products and my personal favorite is their face wipes. They are so inexpensive at $7.50 and their different scents target various issues. I purchased the Rose cleansing wipes and the Papaya exfoliating wipes! These are perfect for stocking stuffers and you can have fun picking out and trying the different scents! Click HERE to shop!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick, Shade “Mocha Choco-lata!”–$28 This is an in-store exclusive! 

Marc Jacobs Beauty’s lip gloss has been my go-to lately. The colors are so pigmented and won’t dry out your lips with the added hydration. I love every shade I’ve tried from their Enamored collection, and loved the “Mocha Choco-lata!” shade when I saw it at Sephora inside JCPenney! Use this link to for the store locator: https://chtp.co/SiJCPLocator

Sephora Collection Lip Balm & Scrub–$6 

Another Sephora Collection product that I love that comes in all kinds of scents and “flavors” are the lip balms. The packaging is so cute. I got the Almond and the Coconut ones and they both leave my lips feeling so nice and hydrated! Click HERE to shop.

The Original beautyblender –$20 

You really can’t go wrong with a Beauty Blender for the makeup junkie on your list. $20 may seem expensive for a makeup sponge, but it’s worth every penny. There are also cute gift sets by Beauty Blender that you can find at Sephora inside JCPenney that give you more bang for your buck! Click HERE to shop! Gift sets: HERE.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Brow Pencil in shade dark brown–$21 

Last but not least, this is my all-time favorite brow pencil. After all of the brow products I’ve tried over the last few years, this is still my favorite. Even all of the makeup artists I’ve worked with swear by this product, so it comes highly recommended! Click HERE to shop.

If you need help thinking of an idea for a gift from Sephora inside JCPenney, feel free to let me know. I’d be glad to help! 

Xx, Tonya Michelle 

This post is written in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney. #SephoraInJCP

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Making the perfect holiday gift basket with Signature Reserve.

This blog post is sponsored by Safeway, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

This time of year is all about giving. Whether it be your boss, coworker, friends or family, everyone deserves a little extra something around the holidays. I always try to be creative with my gifts and be sure that they’re tailored to the person I am giving it to. That’s why I create the most gorgeous holiday gift baskets with Signature RESERVE™ products exclusively from Safeway

Putting together a gift basket is so much fun. You can get creative with the products you’re choosing, create a theme in which you center your products around, or just have fun throwing items together! For me, I choose products by Signature RESERVE from Safeway because I know they’re quality, delectable and budget friendly so that I can create a basket with many items inside! Signature RESERVE offers a range of various products at Safeway, including pasta sauces, pie filling, loose leaf tea, coffee and ice cream. 

I decided to create an “at home” gift basket as my theme for a neighbor who always watches my home while Carl and I are away. I love caffeine, who can live without it am I right? And Signature RESERVE makes some amazing coffee and teas. I included their Colombian Whole Bean Coffee in flavor “Antioquia Finca Orizaba” as well as their “Cranberry Blood Orange” tea and “Ginger Peach” tea, as well as a snowman mug to drink out of that I also found at Safeway! To go along with my “at home” theme, I included a debi lilly design ™ candle I also found at Safeway that smells of birch, cedar and pine. The perfect scent for the holiday season. What goes well with caffeine? Chocolate, of course! And who doesn’t love that? Signature RESERVE makes some delicious, decadentchocolates and I picked my favorites: Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate caramel. They even have some sea salt on top! 

I put everything into a basket that I already had in my home and wrapped it up for my neighbor who is always there for my family this time of year. I know they will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it! You don’t need to spend a lot of money on making someone feel appreciated this season, which is why Safeway’s Signature RESERVE line is my go-to for gift basket making this time of year!

Make your holiday gift basket special with ultra-premium Signature RESERVE products. I buy my Signature RESERVE ™ products at my local Safeway and you can also find them exclusively at all of the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, ACME, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, and Carrs/Safeway. Visit Safeway.com to find a store near you and discover more meal prep tips and recipe ideas.

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My Top 5 Favorite Podcasts!


Lately, I’ve been loving listening to podcasts! I listen while I’m cleaning up around the house, getting some work done and just as a general break from listening to my favorite music which can get old after constantly putting the same ones on repeat! I’ve done a bunch of podcast listening and with the help of my assistant Caroline, have come up with some favorites that I’m excited to show you all!

My Favorite Murder

If you love true crime, this is the podcast for you. Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff are two comedians who share an affinity for all things murder. The two engage in light-hearted banter while discussing their “favorite murders” that week offering insight to how they think the story will turn next or researching fan theories. My Favorite Murder is currently at No. 20 on iTunes’ Top Podcast chart and for good reason. I love listening to their favorite murders as well as fans writing in about their “hometown murders” or other creepy happenings.

Chicks in The Office

If you love pop culture and celeb gossip, Chicks in the Office by Barstool Sports is the podcast for you! Barstool’s Ria and Fran have the friendship you and your best friend have and listening to them discuss the latest in pop culture always keeps me up to date every Monday when they drop new episodes!

Almost Famous Podcast

If you’re as big of a Bachelor and Bachelorette fan as I am, this is the podcast for you! While the podcast is technically not “in season” right now, I love listening to hosts and former Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants Ashley Iaconetti and Ben Higgins discuss the previous night’s episode. They even have the recently booted off contestants come on and set the record straight or give their two cents on the season. If you don’t have friends to discuss the latest episodes with, this is the perfect way to recap the previous night’s episode!

The GaryVee Audio Experience

I personally prefer motivational podcasts like Gary Vaynerchuk’s “The GaryVee Audio Experience!” Gary is a CEO, investor, vlogger and public speaker who motivates everyone to follow their dreams. His podcast episodes are kind of a mix of all of the above: Some interviews with notable guests, speeches about marketing and business ventures and just a bunch of daily thoughts that resonate with all listeners. I saw Gary when he came to George Mason University in Fairfax for a keynote speech and he was amazing. I highly recommend listening to him if you have not already!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST MY FAVORITE…The “I’m Not Crazy, I’m Exhausted!” Podcast!

My BFF and fellow blogger/influencer Lauren Stewart (AKA @lauren.stewart_dc ) has started her own podcast! I am so excited for her and as someone who is hopefully going to be a mom soon, I totally appreciated her first episode. Lauren will have different guests on every episode discussing everything from Motherhood, Body image, social media, makeup tips, “Your child said what!?” and so much more! You can listen to here first episode HERE: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/you-are-the-perfect-mom/id1446231201?i=1000425467991&mt=2 and her second just launched TODAY, which is HERE: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-simple-service-project/id1446231201?i=1000425708452&mt=2

Have a favorite podcast? I would love to listen to a few more! Let me know in the comments below!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Bridal Box from Babble Boxx

I’ve partnered with Babble Boxx to help share some great items that every bride will need either during or after the BIG day! I’m excited to show you some of their top picks.

First up is Mixbook. It’s a great way to design and create your own ideas and make them come true on paper. You can make it your own personal style. There is also a 50% OFF discount code in the photo for anyone who would like to use it!

Website: HERE

CODE: BABBLE50 – 50% off all wedding stationery. Expires 12/31/2018

You can visit them on their social channels for more info and to purchase:

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest: @mixbook

Next we have RingHero – This brand was created by three women entrepreneurs in Chi-town! They all said they had the exact same problem, no safe place to put their ring while working out, running, hiking or doing anything else that involved doing something active.

Below you can see how you simply unzip, place and zip! Put this band on your arm and you’re ready to go hiking or running! Maybe even an OTF workout like myself.

You can visit them on their social channels for more info and to purchase:

Website: HERE

Discount Code: “BBRingHero” 10% off code, Valid May 1st–June 30th, 2018

Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest: @YourRingHero

Charles & Colvard sent these STUNNING earrings, I almost died when I open this box. They are based in North Carolina and are the original creators of the Moissanite!

I know I will be rocking these during some fun events leading up to my wedding. They are also perfect for day to day wear. SO SO Stunning!!!!

You can visit them on their social channels for more info and to purchase:

Facebook: @charlesandcolvard

Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest: @charles_colvard

This is a must have for your wedding day! The Bali Lace ‘N Smooth Body Briefer is not only super sexy, it will hold me into place in all the right spots. *wink wink* Don’t we all need this?! I know I do! I also love how it has some stretch to it, I can breathe in it just fine. I know some I’ve tried before kind over does it and it’s way too uncomfortable. Good job, this not only makes you feel sexy, you look sexy too!

You can visit them on their social channels for more info and to purchase:

Website: HERE

Instagram: @bali_intimates

Facebook: @bali.intimates

Twitter: @BaliIntimates

ZOYA nail polish is a brand I fell in love with during NYFW so I’m really excited to see them in this box as well. They have the biggest range of colors I’ve ever seen, and they are beyond stunning.

The three colors below are:

Jordan (ZP886), Leia (ZP835) and Abby (ZP887). Packaged in a stylish white trio box!

Zoya is a Big-10 free breathable formula free of: Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Dibutl, Toluene, Camphor,TPHP, Parabens, Xylene, Ethyl, Tosylamide, Lead.

You can visit them on their social channels for more info and to purchase:

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest: @ZoyaNailPolish

Website: HERE

I hope some of you future brides found some great gifts for yourself or even for your best friends who are currently engaged to be married. If you have any questions feel free to reach out!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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