Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cyber Monday 2013

Hi! I did some Cyber Monday shopping yesterday and thought I'd share my purchases here on the blog. Aside from the items shown above I also did a bit of Christmas shopping.. but those things have to stay secret for now;)

I've wanted a pair of heel-less shoes since the first time I saw Victoria Beckham wearing a pair and finally got my hands on a cheap enough 'test' pair from Charlotte Russe to try out. So excite! I can't wait to get them and start waddling around. I would love a pair of Jeffery Campbell Nightwalks like these (or some variation of those - the studded/nailed ones are gorgeous and amazing) but I didn't want to drop the coin just to find out I can't walk in them. Even for a seasoned high-high heel wearer these still kind of scare me a little because, after all, I'm just a pretty clumsy person. If I wind up breaking my face in these shoes I can always give them away and not feel too bad about the $15 loss.

My other most super exciting purchase are the TUK Mondo Creepers in white.. usually $75 but nabbed from Nordstrom.com for FORTY. FREAKING. DOLLARS. I almost cried little tears of punk rock joy, you guys. I already own the same pair in all black suede (paid full price, gah) and the next ones I plan to add to my creeper collection are these or these. Hard life decisions..

Other things scooped up: Black wedges from Charlotte Russe (I have the same ones in camel and nude so I thought, why the hell not??), basic black pants for work and black leggings with faux leather panels both from Alloy, and a deep olive green leopard print jacket from F21. Whew.

I've been on a kind of shopping hiatus for a while now.. not really NOT shopping but heavily considering each purchase before I make it, sometimes even for a day or a week, just to make sure I'm buying something I really want/need and not just shopping on impulse or because ooooohhh, pretty! It's been working out well for my finances (for sure!) but it was fun to do a little splurging yesterday, especially with all the great deals I got.

The hardest thing was not hitting any of the makeup sales because I already have so too much. I wanted to get some things from Urban Decay, Inglot, BH, NARS, and Coastal Scents but I resisted and I'm pretty proud of myself for that! In the end, it's just more money to spend on clothes and shoes ;)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Look Book: Colored Brows

(This post has been sitting in my drafts for a while...)

I like to use my days off from work to experiment with my makeup, whether that be trying a new foundation routine or wearing something that might not exactly be "office appropriate." Today I decided to rock some colored brows for the first time, in a magnificent deep purple. I wore my pretty purple brows out to run a few errands paired with basic black liner, mascara and a sheer pinkish gloss from Benefit then amped up the look for this post by thickening up my liner and adding purple lips to the mix.

I used a $1 amethyst eyeliner from Wet N' Wild to draw on/fill in my brows and then set them in place with Poison Plum pressed eye shadow by Sugarpill. I used Raisin lip liner by NYX to line and fill in my lips then patted the same purple shadow I used for my brows on top. I could have used the WNW pencil to fill in my lips so they'd match exactly with my brows but I wanted them to be a hue deeper and not completely matchy-matchy. 

And now, just for fun... ;)

I hope you've enjoyed this look and try some funky colored brows of your own ;)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Look Book: Fiery

Hi there! Long time no see.. How the hell has it been?? I'm just stopping by this poor little neglected blog to post a quick FOTD.

Sidenote: I'm using a new point-n-click camera that I got at work and I'm not sure why everything in the background is so.. yellow. I adjusted the settings but nothing seems to change. -shrug-

IN ANY EVENT, the color of my makeup is pretty accurate so I decided to post this picture anyway. I'm wearing a new red - Tarte's LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Fiery - which I absolutely love. It's a little darker than any of the reds I wear on a regular basis but still sooo pretty and perfectly matte, just the way I like my red lips!

Fiery goes on creamy and sets to a matte finish, but somehow manages to avoid being as drying as a lot of matte lipsticks I've tried out in the past. It's long lasting and wears really well - you don't have to worry about checking your makeup every 5 minutes because even when it does start to fade, it fades away evenly enough to where it doesn't look gross.

The rest of my face consists of;

-Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
-ELF Essential All Over Cover Stick in Light Beige
-Physician's Formula Concealer Twins 2-in-1 Correct & Cover in Yellow/Light
-Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation in 102 Warm Ivory
-Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Buff
-Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Taupe
-Too Faced Natural Bronzer in Sun Bunny
-Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface
-Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion
-Benefit They're Real! Mascara
-Jordana Lip Liner in 04 Cabernet
-Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Fiery

Whyyy do product names have to be so long, omg.

Oh, and for those of you who don't follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr, I dyed my hair back to black and, yay, I'm so happy with it. If I can't been super blonde I definitely prefer having black hair over brown (or auburn). Don't mind my crazy locks, btw! Sometimes this nonsense can't be tamed ;)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Buy ALL the shoes!

Pictured: Me, shoe shopping online.

You guys.. I had a total shopping meltdown!

I've kind of been on an unofficial no-buy for shoes for.. what seems like forever at this point... but it was all good! I have a nice size collection, including tons of stuff I haven't even worn yet, so it gave me a chance to wear and appreciate the things I already own without throwing more stuff on top of the pile. 

That is, until yesterday..

As you all probably know too well, when holidays roll around every retailer bombs your inbox with promises of totally fabulous sales. I've managed to look through, and subsequently avoid, most of the adverts until I came across an email from Frederick's - up to 80% off! It lured me in. I browsed, determined to buy something for myself, when I came across these...

Frederick's of Hollywood Studded Cork Wedge, $64 (here)

Just look at them. Aren't they kyooooot? And the fact that they were 50% off makes them even cuter. I even went ahead and picked up this little number for myself while I was at it because, sale. Damn you, Frederick, whoever the hell you are.

So here I am again today, wading through the dozens of OMGBIGSALE! emails when I come across one for Charlotte Russe. Why I chose to open this email, I'll never know... I knew it would be bad news.

In no particular order, here's the damage done...

Charlotte Russe PU T-Strap Cork Wedge Sandal, $32.50 (here)
I picked these because I "need" a black pair of wedges with gold hardware. I may or may not return these once I see them in person/see them on my foot.

Charlotte Russe Retro Patent Thick-Heel Pump, $32.50 (here
Another pair that might get returned. I both love and loath how these look. I like the patent leather, the thick heel and the cute lining.. but they're kind of reminding me of one of my first pairs of (beginner) heels from TUK and I'm not really loving that vibe. We'll see how they look on my feet!

Charlotte Russe Double Buckle Cork Wedge Sandal, $35.50 (here)
I have two other pairs of wedges from Qupid (in nude and in brown) that are similar to this style and I find myself sorely missing a pair in black. If these fit well, they're definitely keepers!

Charlotte Russe Sueded Lace-Up Creeper, $30 (here)
OH MY GOD, Y'ALL. Are creepers coming back, or something?? These are a lot shorter than what I usually wear (my TUK suede creepers are the 2 inchers, I lovvve those shoes!) but for FOURTEEN FREAKING DOLLARS?! How could I pass them up? I snatched them up in 3 styles!

Charlotte Russe Pleather Lace-Up Creeper, $30 (here)
UNF, super dapper black and white.. LOVE.

Charlotte Russe Sueded Lace-Up Leopard Creeper, $30 (here)
...and of course I copped the leopard version. I can't wait to get these on my feet!
Charlotte Russe Studded Lace-Up Sueded Creeper, $35.50 (here)
Okay, these were not $14, but I loved the style and still found the price to be really reasonable. I was pleasantly surprised when these came out to a mere $12.50, due to the BOGO/$12.50 sale they have going on. (I also got the buckle wedges for $12.50.. woo!)

Charlotte Russe Spiked Jelly T-Strap Sandal, $12.50 (here
I already own a pair of these, but in my rush to flee the mall after a bad day of shopping, I grabbed the wrong size and have been painfully wearing them anyway, since I think they're so darn cute (beauty is pain, after all). I decided to pick up a pair in a size up and give the smaller ones to my little sis-in-law.

So, yeah. I just.. I don't even know what to say. When it's broken down I only really paid about $20 a pair, so there's that, I guess?

Now I have to figure out how to smuggle nine shoe boxes in to my house, unnoticed ;)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Nails: Love & Beauty, Teal

♥ Love & Beauty Teal (2 coats)
♥ Seche Vite Top Coat (1 coat)

I got this nail polish for $.49, which is pretty exciting for me ;) I bought it some time in December when Forever 21 was having a "50% off clearance" sale. I picked up about a dozen shades since the price was right. The shades had different names online but when they arrived they were all labeled in a generic way (Teal, Pink, Purple, etc). Even though this was a clearance item I'm sure you can find a similar shade in their extensive line of blues & greens. There's this one also named Teal, but their online swatch is a little misleading (if it's even the same polish). They're $2.80 each at full price.

And now here's some miscellaneous ugly junk:

Nail One
Red Base (paint until opaque)
China Glaze Ruby Pumps (1 coat)
Seche Vite (1 coat)
OPI Black Shatter (1 thick coat)

This one's not so much 'ugly' as it is played out! With no other use for my shatter polish (since I'm over it and it's starting to dry out) I made this "lava" nail on a display wheel I started. This was one of my favorite combinations to wear when I got my first bottle of shatter so I guess I put it there just fer.. lookin' at ;)

Nail Two
Essie Ballet Slippers (1 coat)
Wet N Wild Part of Five Glitters (1 coat)
Essie Ballet Slippers (1coat)

(...and then I ruined it with)

Sally Hansen Magenta Moves (used for the 'cupcake liner' - L/E)
Wet N Wild Everybody Loves Redmond (used for the 'cherry')
Black Nail Art Pen (use to define the 'cupcake liner')

I went and made my very favorite jelly sandwich and ruined it by turning it in to a cupcake. That sentence sounds like it belongs on a food blog..

Nail Three
Any dark green base (paint until opaque)
Any mixed/chunky silver glitter (1 generous coat)
China Glaze Watermelon Rind (1 thin coat)
Seche Vite (1 coat)

Meh. I didn't really care for this combo.