|The Recipe For RVAfashionista|
3 parts Pride
2 parts Mania
1 part Glamour
Splash of Wisdom
Finish off with a squeeze of lime juice
I need to finish up laundry and getting ready so I can go shopping. Christmas money is already burning a hole in my pocket... I briefly checked out H&M yesterday but I didn't have time to really dig through the racks. So I'll hit up Short Pump Town Center and Regency in a little bit.
I'll keep you posted if I find anything good!
Earlier this week on Wednesday, I managed to record my Bargainista Babe spot for Q94's Melissa and Sid which aired on Thursday morning. I haven't heard the official end result myself but I talked to a few who caught it on air and said it was really good.
So here's a re-cap of what I featured!
You always want to look fabulous on New Years Eve and a classic little black dress (L.B.D.) is always a good choice. My two picks are by Old Navy and AB Studio at Kohl's. Both dresses feature empire waists which are great if you enjoyed a bit more than your fair share of cookies, fudge and other holiday delights. The AB Studio dress is good for covering up any "arm jiggle" but still shows a bit of tasteful cleavage (sounds like an oxymoron but trust me on this one).
A great dress always needs a great pair of shoes to go with it! I've liked some of the shoes for the Hollywould line at Target, these red shoes are too cute and will add a nice pop of color to your outfit. Check out the matching clutch too!
I'm still a Payless girl at heart so check out their massive collection of cute party shoes. Ladies, remember that you do need a bit of a heel when wearing empire waist dresses so you don't look frumpy and make sure to wear your heels around the house a bit to break them in before New Year's Eve!
If you decide to stick with a black or metallic shoe, why not add some color with some fun footless or patterned tights in a bright color! Target always has a great selection of fun hosiery but also check out DOTS, Ross, T.J. Maxx, and K&G Fashion Superstore as well. You never know what you might find! DOTS also has a good selection of cute metallic and sequined clutches so if you want to go the metallic route for a handbag, check them out!
For jewelry I'd suggest a pair of dangly earrings and a cute bangle. Target has a cute jewelry selection including their Marvella line. A fun pair of earrings will work for New Year's Eve as well as any fancy event or to dress up a simple outfit.
I hope you all have a great Christmas and a happy holiday season! Happy New Year too!!!
So if you're looking to treat yourself or someone else during the holidays, give Let's Face It a call at (804)364-1112. They've got lots of great specials going on so call to find out!
So the lovely ChicArmoire requested I show off my new boots I ordered from Nordstrom.com. I should be able to upload a picture later on in the day but here's the link to the Trotter's Audrey boots online.
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I'm in a migraine induced fog today so back to being passed out on the couch... Ugh.
I tested out the Starlet Hand & Body Lotion this morning and this lotion absorbs into the skin quickly with a nice subtle fragrance. I can't quite pinpoint the scent but to me it's got a slight hint of vanilla going on. The website describes the Starlet scent as: "A deliciously flirty hand and body lotion that will leave star struck admirers wherever you go! A delicious mix of red berries, vanilla and spun sugar." I usually tend to go after vanilla or musk or citrus when choosing fragrances so this is perfect for me!
When I try out the Starlet Bath & Shower Bubbles and the Starlet Bath Fizz, I will definitely let you all know how I like those too!
For the record, I am a huge lip balm/gloss addict. My latest lip balm discovery is Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil. I usually find most of the Burt's Bees lip balms to be too waxy for my tastes but this one glides on, smells and tastes good, and keeps my lips soft and smooth. It adds a very slight pink tint but looks quite natural.
If you're looking for a new lip balm, give this a try! The weather's getting chilly and nothing is more unsightly than chapped, peeling lips especially with all the new matte lipsticks out!
Now to keep my blonde hair in fabulous condition, I swear by Suave Vibrant Blonde Shampoo. It smells great and the sunflower, orange, and lemon oils keep my oily-ish hair just moisturized enough to skip out on conditioner. If your hair is on the drier side, I would definitely pair the conditioner with it. Suave is awesome because it works well for being on the inexpensive side and I also swear by their 24-Hour Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant.
So for me, life is better blonde (and not covered in sweat either)!!!
Olay Regenerist Thermal Skin Polisher - I love how this heats up and I like really using it in the shower because the steam warms the product up a bit more. It rinses clean with no residue which is a plus!
Biore Pore Minimizing Microderm Exfoliator - This stuff is especially great for the t-zone and the skin on my nose has gotten smoother with a few less blackheads.
Clinique 7-Day Scrub Cream Rinse Off Formula - I received this in a Clinique bonus recently and I've tried it before in years past. This scrub is different than most because it works better on dry skin than wet. This almost reminds me of the Biore scrub mixed in with a face cream. This stuff is great for a "scrub on the run" because it takes under a minute to scrub and rinse off!
I hope one of these scrubs work could work for you because I certainly love them!
I've succumbed to the dark side and bought a pair of Uggs. I don't feel that they're the least bit fashionable but at least they're comfortable. I bought them for comfort and warmth because I find no asthetic value in them. I know a ton of people who are "Ugg-crazed" but I'm not...
*REAL* update later tonight or tomorrow because I do have some beauty products to write reviews about!
My definition of quintessential also includes the terms cute, comfortable, and preferably under $50. I found this pair of grey suede flat boots by White Mountain at South Moon Under that met all those criteria. The height of the shaft is great because it's proportionate to my frame. I just need to buy a can of Scotchguard and spray them down since they're suede and I don't want to mess them up.
Aren't they cute?
I am so ready for the weekend... I am hopefully having dinner with my pal Janice and her crew on Friday, Saturday morning I'm getting my oil changed and car inspected, Saturday afternoon I should be shooting a friends engagement photos, and then Saturday evening will be a movie and Panera date with my sister. Sunday I'm working the retail gig.
I know this post isn't very much fashion or beauty related... This just proves I've gotten more low-maintenance nowadays.
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Her website isn't up-and-running yet but keep checking http://www.mycloset-yourtreasures.com and you'll be able to check it out very soon!
I do have my eye on this Merona cardigan from Target. I'm a huge fan of half-sleeve and three-quarter length sleeves for sweaters. Due to me being 5'1" and having short arms, most long sleeved sweaters don't work for me. So I think this could be a perfect addition to my wardrobe since I pair cardigans with both tank tops and dresses constantly. Hopefully I can find this cardigan in-store and not have to order it online.
Anyways, I'm signing off for now... I'll hopefully get some ideas together for new posts! If you have any fashion questions or if you'd like me to feature a product, please e-mail me at email@example.com!
On the bright side though...
Lipstick Powder 'n Paint is having a fabulous contest for the month of October with a new beauty prize each day! I won an eyeshadow palette towards the beginning of the contest and a chance to win free goodies is always worth passing on!
I had lunch with the always fabulous ChicArmoire on Monday and it was nice to catch up and have some girl gossip time.
And last but not least, I had a mention about my blog both online and in print for Style Weekly's Belle magazine!
Now only if fall would truly make up it's mind to get here - humid 80 degree weather is not pleasant and it's too hot to wear my cute cooler weather pieces!
I present you with the ELLE Makeover Challenge sponsored by Target (and we know how I love me some Target). If you've recently re-invented your look or are in the mood to do it, now's the time because you could win a trip to New York and receive a complimentary makeup and hair makeover from Sonia Kashuk and Umberto. Who wouldn't want that?!?
Click here for the official rules to enter the contest.
Hello all! Tomorrow morning I'll be featured again on Q94's Melissa & Sid's morning show as their resident "Bargainista Babe." So if you haven't heard my segment before, have a listen (it should air around 7:20am on WRVQ 94.5fm or stream it at www.q94radio.com)! If you're visiting my blog because of the show - I'm totally glad to have you here!
You're always welcome to leave me a comment here or you can send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. Let me know what you want to know or what you want to hear on upcoming segments and I'll see what I can do! *muah* Love y'all!
Another fall makeup focus is the metallic eye! There's many ways to wear this look, whether you wear a bit of metallic shadow smudged on upper or lower lash lines or a full on metallic eye. While you can wear any metallic shade, I would suggest silvers for blue eyes, golds for hazel and brown eyes, and bronzes for green eyes. So here are my top metallic eyeshadow picks in silver, gold, and bronze (respectively).
M.A.C. Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Silver Ring
Clinique Colour Surge Super Shimmer in Gold Rush
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Baked
AND A STEAL...
Jane EyeZing Shadow in Hi Ho Silver
Revlon Diamond Lust Sheer Shadow in Grab Me Gold
CoverGirl Queen Collection 1-Kit Eyeshadow in Hot Toffee
If an eyeshadow palette is more your style and you'd prefer a neutral yet metallic look, I'd suggest the splurge of Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar Metallics palette or the steal of Wet 'n Wild's Ultimate Expressions Eyeshadow Compact in Sand Castle.
PHOTO CREDIT: TeenVogue
So I will admit, one of the few things I splurge on happens to be underwear considering I wear it everday (well, duh). Hanky Panky markets themselves as having the world's "most comfortable thong" and I promise they're not kidding! The stretch lace fits like a dream with no itching, digging, or shifting! Hanky Panky offers a wide range of fun colors and prints so you'll be sure to find a perfect pair but they also offer the basic colors like nude, white, and black. The solid colors retail for $18 a pair and the printed ones cost a couple dollars extra.
Here's a link to a list of reputable retailers on-line who carry Hanky Panky.
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Yes, this post was sparked by me wearing a gosh awful uncomfortable pair of undies today because my nude colored Hanky Panky thong wasn't clean and I'm wearing light khaki pants and had to make do with another pair of undies! So I had to share my love of Hanky Panky with you all. The low-rise style is my fave (and is good to wear if you're on the petite side like myself)!
PHOTO CREDIT: Fig Leaves
The black liner and red lips look is classic and glam but totally wearable if you wear it the right way. The key to pulling this off is to go easy on the eyeshadow (as in wear a wash of a pale neutral from lid to brow), wear a bit of blush, and do a sheer red lip to balance out the black eyeliner. Well-groomed brows are also a must!
Lancome Artliner in Noir ($27.00)
LipFusion Micro-Injected Collagen Lip Plump in Sexy ($38.00)
AND A STEAL...
L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Eyeliner in Black Micah ($8.99)
Physicians Formula Plump Potion Needle-Free Lip Plumping Cocktail in Berry Potion ($8.95)
Keep your eyes peeled for more and listen to Q94 on Thursday morning for my Bargainista Babe segment!!!
Payless is having their Fabulous For Fall Sale with select styles up to 40% off - so click here to check out some great sale goodies!!!
I've had my eye on these boots for ages. They look really nice for an inexpensive price! The only thing I fear is that they might not look good because I'm only 5'1". I think I'd definitely have to try them on with an outfit that could go with the boots to get a feel...
I'd definitely pair a tank with a longer cardigan and then belt it at the waist!
Check back this later evening for a massive post of more of my fall picks!
Now I need to do a write up some of my picks that will be featured on the show!
I'd never been to Georgetown in my life so we headed there... OMG, shopping galore. When I actually have extra spending money, I'm so going to Georgetown for a day. I saw the Intermix store and just about died with fashion lust.
On our way back to Springfield, we stopped by Pentagon City to have a snack/mini-dinner at the Nordstrom Cafe. While waiting in line, a mother and daughter fell in love with my bag and loved my personal style. Yesterday I wore my Delia's Morgan jeans, a coral and blue cami layered under a black knit babydoll top and my Reef flip-flops. I was carrying my beloved blue Rafe bag which is seriously the best bag ever and I can't wait for another Rafe line at Target.
So overall yesterday was lots of fun and I must visit D.C. again soon!
OK, I will admit that the first thing that comes to mind when you think Delia's as a mid-twenty-something is teeny-bopper. Yes, the store is usually packed with teens, tweens, and loud music but if you can get past that- you can find cute jeans and tops for cheap and chic prices. I love their Morgan Low-Rise Skinny Jean. Their jeans have a ton of stretch and usually feature a nice selection of washes (I like the ink rinse) and inseams (from 26" to 36" on quite a few pairs). The key to shopping at Delia's in the post-teeny-bopper age is to find basics. Avoid the printed tees, stick to solid colors, and brave the dressing room to try see what works for you!
Yes, I splurged. I needed it. Two pairs of Dolce & Gabbana glasses with Transitions lenses and an anti-glare coating as well.
One pair in eggplant and one in dark brown - both with moss green accents. I already love the Transitions lenses so no more worrying about switching between sunglasses and regular glasses!
Photo Credit: http://www.go-optic.com
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In good news, I'm getting new glasses with the Transitions lenses since I'll be back to spending a lot of time outdoors with my county job. I picked up two pairs of D&G frames from PearleVision. They're the same frame but two totally different colors. One's fuschia with green on the insides and one's tortoise with green as well. So I'll have two pairs to rotate out and go with my outfits. Yes, I'm spending a decent amount of money on these but they had a 6-month-no-interest deal. So my monthly payments are totally doable for glasses I love and that I got not just out of necessity.
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Just to let you know that my stylist Michelle has moved to Textures Hair Salon and Day Spa. So if you're in the Richmond area and you need a great cut, give her a call.
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I checked out Halcyon the first time on Monday and I picked up an adorable vintage 1960's dress. I can actually wear it year round!
I just hit a major rough spot and as for now, my boyfriend and I are not together. I will always love him and he is going through his own issues right now that he needs to fix if we are to possibly pursue things in the future.
On that note, any good de-puffing eye creams?
On a side note, I totally wish I could rock the super smoky eyes that I saw on many... Unfortunately I think I am too pale and no matter how much bronzer that I put on, I still won't be tan enough. Oh well.
ps. M.A.C.'s Goldmode pigment from Rushmetal is my new love (in makeup land that is)!!!
I did read some reviews on MakeupAlley and a few reviews suggested to add more coats of the Eye Style Mascara for extra volume. So we'll see... So far I'm liking this one a lot and costs around three bucks. So another cheap and chic find.
So while perusing the mall on my lunch break, I stopped by South Moon Under and picked up this totally cute Sweet Pea camisole off the sale rack. I wanted something cute because I am throwing myself a birthday party on Saturday so of course I want to look fabulous! I'll most likely throw a cami underneath it to keep the cleavage minimal. This Sweet Pea top will look great with white or black and I could even wear in the fall with a cardigan or over a fitted black tee. I'll probably wear it to work in the morning because I love it so much!
Dear Rafe for Target,
Thank you for going on sale! By doing so, I even more justified purchasing you. I will love you and carry you even into fall because I do love carrying colorful purses. So thank you for making me a happy girl!
ps. My other "justification" is that I cleaned out my purse collection and gave some to my mother.
PHOTO CREDIT: Target.com
My haircut is by the lovely Michelle at the Alexander Cahen Hair Studio. She's been cutting my hair the last three years and does a wonderful (yet affordable... as in a $23 haircut) job! The salon's number is (804)288-4922 if you'd like to book an appointment with her. She also does color and highlights too!
Last Monday (July 9th) I had lunch with the fabulous ChicArmoire and it was so nice to catch up with her and gossip/talk fashion/etc. I proceeded to head over to Regency Square which houses the only Sephora and Forever21 in the metro Richmond area. To be honest, I was rather disgusted with Sephora since no one bothered to greet me or even give a nod in my direction. *sigh* I poked around there for a good 15 minutes and left. So instead I spent my money on a pair of $10 pants at Express as well as some sale earrings and a t-shirt for my boyfriend. I decided to pop into The Body Shop and both of the sales associates there were very knowledgeable and nice! I bought two concealers - Lightening Touch and the Ultra Smooth Liquid Concealer. I know it's sad that I now use three concealers on a consistent basis but it's a pain to rid myself of those dark circles, shadows, and leftover acne marks. I also like Physicians Formula's Conceal Rx. So I have a habit of mixing my concealers to fit my needs...
I spent the rest of the week working and then after much deliberation, I decided to get my hair cut again... This time it's even shorter but sassier! My stylist Michelle and I both felt that Victoria Beckham's latest look would suit me quite well. This is definitely a great cut for fine, thin hair like mine. However, because this look is so angled and sharp - proper makeup application is a must with this look. At the bare minimum, brows must be done and blush/bronzer applied to enhance the facial bone structure. I've been sticking to similar variations of an angled bob for the last few years and I was finally ready for a big change! I definitely need to post my own pictures of my new cut!
On Sunday I ran over to Delia's on my lunch break and picked up a pair of their Morgan Low-Rise Skinny jeans. They had a deal where if you tried on any pair of jeans, you got a $10 gift card. I also picked up in orange and white the Solid Ruby V-Neck which is great layered with a cami or two underneath. We all know I'm all about the layers!
Now I need to hop in the shower and get ready for work... Hopefully my next post won't be as long and as sporadic!
PHOTO CREDIT: People Magazine
Eek! Swimsuit season is definitely here! I still haven't bought one but I've kept my eye on this one from Victoria's Secret for a while. I'm a bit paranoid of online shopping especially when it regards things like bras and swimwear where fit is essential. My swimwear dilemma involves having a fuller bust but with a 34 band size and a relatively small bottom half. So if I really had the urge to go swim at a topless beach, I'd have no issues shopping for swimwear off the clearance rack at Target. *sigh* So my options are somewhat sparse. I also liked this brown and turquoise tankini but I like the metal hardware on my first choice better. Oh, the decisions.
I do need a swimsuit soon though because my new place does have a hot tub and my fellow housemate is throwing a hot tub party very soon!
PHOTO CREDIT: Victoria's Secret
I've also become addicted to Evian's Mineral Water Spray which is great for setting my makeup in the morning and to freshen up throughout the day. This product definitely has made a huge improvement in my skin the past few days and I don't look as tired while my makeup holds up a bit better!
Finally, don't forget the sunscreen! I love Clinique's City Block line and I've been using it for years. I can't say enough good things about it!
Stay cool and fresh my friends!!!
I am totally EXCITED!!!
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Yes, I've been plotting this for a while but also budgeting the finances and stuff so that way I'm not completely broke as a joke while doing this. Perhaps it's a good thing that I'm not having the urge to shop. It's a sign?
Isn't it cute? The best thing is that it's large enough to tote all my junk with me... I've made efforts to "downsize" my purse load and haven't quite done that. I was briefly looking at my purse collection and realizing that I can't fit my stuff into most of my purses. I'm sure Mom wouldn't mind if I donated a couple of my handbags to her... So now I'm back to carrying my chartreuse snakeskin bag since the red bag I've been carrying decided to kick the bucket... I suppose that's what I get for spending $10 on a purse but it should have lasted more than a couple months in my opinion. I've also been eyeing some of the Rafe For Target purses too. I've been so good about not shopping but "the itch" is coming back.
PHOTO CREDIT: Nordstrom.com
City Shoes, you will be missed! xoxo
I'm also doing the unthinkable and attempting to grow out my brows on one side. One brow is damn near perfect and the other is a bit sparse on the end. Ugh. Thank goodness for my 99 cent Wet & Wild pencil to fill in the sparse bits!
Anyways, I think I might have overdone the blogging for today. It's now time to tackle housework!
So the previous two entries below are indeed camera phone pictures but I must say that the quality on those are quite nice!
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On a whim this weekend, I purchased the L'Oreal StudioLine Unkempt Out Of Bed Weightless Texturizer. This product gives great texture, style, and a bit of definition to my fine hair that is usually weighed down by most hair products. My hair has actually had volume and style today when it normally falls flat in most cases! So for all you short haired girls, especially those with fine/thin hair - you need to check this out!
I'm trying to get back into beauty and fashion blogging because I've been M.I.A. for way too long!
I have one sweater in my wardrobe from a few years ago, it's a three-quarter sleeve white cardigan with blue dots (almost resembling Easter eggs, go figure) and mini-bouquets of flowers in blue, green, and yellow with touches of brown. I fondly call it my "Easter Sweater" so I've decided to wear that to stay festive and warm. Of course at 10pm last night, I realized I don't have an exact matching colored camisole to go with it so I'm pairing a fresh coral cotton stretch one with it and a tan super-stretchy cami underneath to smooth it all out. I am the queen of layers!
The standard "I can wear these all day and be comfy" black pants by Semantiks will be paired with the above combo of shirts. Debating whether to wear my Liz Claiborne black pumps or my Seychelles. Choices, choices.
I will try to get a couple pics of the Easter goodness!
I spent a good portion of last night in front of the magnifying mirror damn near obsessively plucking the brows but I've slacked off lately with the brow maintenance and I noticed a crop of semi-blonde hairs had attacked my arches. Eeek! Yes, I do fill my brows in for some much needed definition but I often get the most hair regrowth in the spots I don't need it! I'll double check my work this morning post-showering. Straggly brows don't look good on anyone!
Can anyone suggest a good eye cream that helps eliminate dark circles? I feel like I'm applying gobs of concealer with no avail and it still looks dark in spots. This St. Ives stuff is the best for keeping puffiness down to a minimum but the darkness is still there! I've tried MAC's Fast Response Eye Cream too and while it feels great on the eyes, the darkness still prevails.
On a side note, as much as I love my Maybelline Full 'n Soft Mascara - the waterproof version and I are learning we do not get along. The stuff flakes like crazy on me and so now that's going in the trashcan. I wish I could find a 100% smudge and flake proof mascara but I'm not having much luck.
ps. The usual neutral look is MAC's Fairylite and Lily White Pigments mixed together in my trusty Sephora Powder Jar with Sifter. A pale shimmery neutral from lid to brow and a bit of liner is what I use on a consistent basis. I always start with my neutral "base" and go on from there if I feel like doing color.
Now I need to get coffee en route to my orientation (i.e. filling out my paperwork) for my new county job!
I'll be working part-time/full-time flex for the summer since my school job will give me summers off. I unfortunately won't get paid for this summer for working at the school because I'm starting so late... However, next summer I plan to take a full load of courses (18 credits) and do minimal part-time at the retail gig.
Yes, I'll still be busy as ever but I kind of like it... Yes, I'm a weirdly demented workaholic.
All I can say is that state benefits will be lovely with this school job!
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I wish I had something fashion-able to update on other than I love these pants a.k.a. I bought two pairs though they run terribly tiny and I didn't feel the need to have them plastered to my rear end. So I do have some "Daisy Dollars" to redeem starting April 5 (as in $25 off a $50 purchase) so I'm thinking I'll just pick up more pants. Every girl needs new black pants!
I've stumbled upon the Texturize! line by Pantene Pro-V thanks to my manager's recommendations (well, she was nice and bought it for me to try out - I totally wasn't expecting it). I've got the Moussing Foam Wax which is great because I can use it in damp or dry hair and it's not as heavy as most waxes. The hold on the Ultimate Texture Hairspray is pretty darn strong so I'll probably keep that as a must-have.
I'm still playing around with my new hair and getting used to the cut since a good couple inches were snipped off! I'll try to post pics sometime this week but they might be camera phone ones for the sake of convenience.
Then again, I need more jeans like I need a hole in my head. Seriously. I really should be buying more dress pants, right?
I've seriously been debating cutting a great deal of my hair off. It's currently an angled bob - shorter in the back and longer on the front/sides with side-swept bangs. I'm approaching almost two months of not having it cut so I'm probably due for a trim but part of me wants to cut a good couple inches off. Besides, I don't have the patience nor the desire to grow it out long enough to reach my shoulders. It's already become a pain to blow-dry lately! I'm a short hair girl at heart. I'm also realizing I'm a blonde at heart too because I'm gradually bleaching it back to it's former state of blonde-ness before I went dark for barely a month. Blondes have more fun, right?
My gal-pal "J" has the cutest haircut right now which I totally want to steal.
I will probably give my stylist Michelle a call and see if she can fit me in this week. I need to at least get my ends trimmed. If not more... Snippity-snip.
If anyone has any hair suggestions, let me know!!!
Lately I've been using CoverGirl's CG Smoothers Concealer in #705 Fair (the pinkish tone slightly balances out the blue-ness of the dark circles) with L'Oreal's Infallible Concealer in Fair/Light over it with a light dusting of Everyday Minerals Intensive Fair Concealer on top. Still, the dark circles tend to show through...
While perusing through the cosmetic aisles at Wal-Mart this evening, I stumbled upon Max Factor's Erace Secret Cover-Up with a shade that's actually slightly paler than my skin - #221 White. I figured what the heck, I'll try this! After leaving Wal-Mart, I rushed to my car and put some on underneath my eyes using my rearview mirror and it actually brightened that dark undereye area quite a bit. I shall try it tomorrow underneath my regular concealer routine because I don't want to have the circles under my eyes "highlighted" instead (reverse raccoon eyes - LOL). I just want my eyes to look brighter and less tired looking!
I shall keep you all posted on my beauty adventure with white concealer!
I've heard good things about Everyday Minerals so I figured I'd give their free sample kit a try and you only have to pay for shipping. So far I'm really like their products and the makeup is extremely fine milled. You get your choice of three foundations, a concealer, and a blush/face color. I am absolutely in love with the Light Pink blush/face color because it gives me a nice natural looking glow. Out of my samples - the Neutral MultiTasking Intensive formula is my favorite because it blends into my skin perfectly on a "pale day" as well as when I use my liquid bronzer underneath to give myself a little more color.
I'm definitely debating ordering from Everyday Minerals once I use up some of my "stockpile" of products. MAC's Studio Fix Fluid used to be a top foundation choice but I now feel like the coverage is a bit heavy sometimes.
There's plenty more things I should fill you in on beauty and fashion wise but I need to head off to the dentist momentarily.
I know it's only February but summer is just around the corner which means finding a swimsuit. *runs&hides* This is what Victoria's Secret website is offering so far in regards to DD sizes. There's only ONE tankini? Great. I could hypothetically stuff myself into last years bikini but I'd literally have to remain in a stationary location due to the potential of over-cleavage and something popping out.
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In other news, I can upgrade to a new cell phone tomorrow! I've been scouring the reviews on Cnet.com and I think I'm going to end up with the LG VX8300. I originally wanted the LG VX8600 but the camera doesn't have a built-in flash so I'll pass on that.
So for the infamous V-day, I plan to wear the new dress with a new red cami underneath for a bit of color. The shoes of choice will be my hella sexy black and gold lace pumps and I'll either wear my black velvet wrap or some variation of a cardigan because it's seriously been FREEZING COLD.
I'm debating on what kind of wine to bring (of course I'll probably stick with a Riesling) and I'll probably bring some munchies as well.
YAY FOR PARTIES!!! The hostess was quite pleased at my decision to dress up, this shall be fun!
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Here's a random quote du jour found on my sister's away message on AIM:
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." -Leo Buscaglia
In reality, I probably don't need more clothes.
I do need to pick up a new red or pink camisole because Valentine's Day is Wednesday and I've been invited to a Singles Are Awesome (S.A.A.) party so I need to look festive, right? I swear my go-to outfit lately has been some form of a black v-neck sweater with a colored camisole underneath paired with jeans or black dress pants. Simple, easy, and it ALWAYS looks good. So I'm thinking that combo but with dark cuffed jeans and my sexy as hell black and gold lace pumps. Oh, the possible ideas of what to wear...
On a technological side note, I'm due for a new cell phone soon and I can upgrade on the 20th. I'm possibly thinking of the LG VX8600 or the the LG VX8300 that one of my friend's just bought. Choices, choices.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss: I happen to own both the Pink Afterglow and Glossy Rose colors. They go on really smooth and there's minimal stickiness. Yes, I admit I just picked up the Glossy Rose shade today while at Big Lots - TWO PACK FOR $3.00!!!) Glossy Rose a nice shade of pink/rose with some neutral tones for daytime wear but I could always pair a darker or brighter lipstick or liner to snazz it up. I have a feeling this Glossy Rose color is going to become a lipgloss staple for me! The Pink Afterglow shade does go on very sheer and it is a bit glittery but it's still a nice "enhance your natural lip tone" color.
Wet 'n Wild Eyebrow Pencil: I swear by #648 Taupe because it's neutral enough to go with many a hair color change. Since I just dyed my former blonde-ish hair brown with some red and gold tones, I've been using the Taupe pencil and then adding a little bit of MAC's "Folie" Eyeshadow and sealing it with some brow wax.
N.Y.C. Browser Brush-on Brow Powder with Grooming Wax and Tweezers: This product is worth it just for the brow wax alone even if the three shades offered don't coordinate to your brow color of choice.
Sally Hansen Lip Inflation: This stuff seriously works despite the insanely affordable price tag. If you are slightly curious about trying a lip plumper, check this one out!
So there's a few drugstore items that happily reside in my makeup bag (ok, well on top of my dresser)! HAPPY SHOPPING!!!
Today I shall try my hardest to escape a case of the Monday's due to the cold weather and the snow/sleet/rain combo mix that happened yesterday. I plan to wear my Aussie Dog boots with my Old Navy Special Edition Skinny jeans tucked in and some sort of sweater paired with some fun jewelry to sass it up. I'm trying to go for comfort today. I'm sure the parking lot shall be icky when I arrive and when I leave since it will be well after dark and temperatures will be dropping. So hence the boots to keep me from slipping and falling on my butt!
I seriously can't wait for spring! I've been so spoiled by the mild winter weather but now it's starting to get chilly!
So for once in my life, I actually found a comfortable pair of high heels. Imagine that! I ended up trying on and buying the "Head Over Heels" style by Seychelles. I wasn't planning on buying new black pumps immediately but I had been doing some comparison shopping the last few weeks. I've heard good things about Seychelles especially that they're both comfortable and stylish. Today was a moment of desperation though because I was wearing my "wicked black heels of death" and after almost four hours of wear on a concrete floor, the idea of Botox-ing ALL the nerves in my feet felt like an appealing idea. I was hoping to have a "your's truly is woman enough to handle almost three inch heels with a super pointy toe" sort of day but my feet had other ideas. So now say hello to my new shoes! I've been seriously tempted by the new spring shoes but I felt that new black pumps with a bit of flair and comfort would be a better shopping decision in the long run. I'm trying to buy smart and add in pieces that will enhance my wardrobe.
On my way home from work, I stopped by CVS since my beloved Maybelline mascara is buy one, get one free! Their Full 'n Soft is seriously the best stuff ever! I also ended up buying a Cristophe Beverly Hills headband in black snakeskin which goes quite nicely with the new shoes! It's just match-y enough to look put together and headbands are great for days that I really don't want to attempt straightening my hair!
Myself as well as my mother have witnessed some poor boyfriend or husband being pulled around by an invisible dog collar and chain in Victoria's Secret countless times. I personally find it to be quite humorous but I feel sorry for the guys.
I will admit than in my case, bra shopping is an adventure unless I'm buying a Body By Victoria Shaping Full Coverage bra because I know it fits perfectly. I'm also fan of the Emma Collection Full Figure Bra. So for all of you holding it down in the DD crew, there's my top two bra picks!
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In other news, I can't wait for the Barbie Loves MAC collection to come out! I'm seriously buying two of Moth Brown eyeshadow as backups. This color is essential if I want to rock a smokey eye but it's also great to use as a liner for everyday looks! Yesterday I picked up Glissade Mineralized Skinfinish from my MAC counter - it's my one purchase from the Danse collection! Overall, I wasn't super impressed with Danse but I figured I'd hop on the bandwagon and pick up a Glissade MSF. I already own Petticoat and Shimpagne MSF's from last collections so I figured I'd acquire a third!