Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cyber Monday 2013

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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 ;)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Buy ALL the shoes!

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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

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♥ 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.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Review: China Glaze Whirled Away

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Did you think I dropped off the face of the Earth?? No such luck, bud-day! No excuses, no explanations.. just a quick + dirty review of my most recent polish purchase.

Whirled Away is from the China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil collection and one of the only shades I desired from this release (the other being It's A Trap-eze! but I can't find it anywhere). It's totally unique to my collection; out of 320+ bottles I don't have a single black, white, or black & white glitter top coat so off to Sally's I went.

'Weeeeeee!' I exclaimed in the car after purchasing it. It looked so. cool! It contains medium black hex glitter, black bar glitter, and large white hex glitter. As I mentioned on Instagram, my bottle had one rogue, tiny red glitter floating around in it.. it does not belong there. Wish I would have noticed that before completing my purchase because I am WAY too lazy to go all the way back to do an exchange over ONE red glitter (c'mon now!). I couldn't wait to try it out!

Pictured above: DISAPPOINTMENT.

I imagined this perfectly speckled/splattered look to my mani, over vibrant, eye-catching colors. Every photo I saw online of this top coat looked awesome over every single color it graced.. I couldn't wait to get it on my nails! I picked Zoya America as my base color which is my very favorite bright red cream. Now comes the sad part of this dramedy...

What you're looking at above?? That's THREE painfully annoying (!!) coats of Whirled Away over two coats of Zoya America. I realize this is not meant to be a full cover glitter but the glitter was so fucking sparse in a sea of thick, blobby, clear base that it made application a nightmare. I had to fight with this polish on every finger, trying to fish out the the good stuff while trying to avoid layering on too much of the clear base. The white hex glitters were nearly impossible to find/fish out so I only have one per nail which looks kind of wack. Of course a ton of the base still poured on to my nails which meant they took forever to dry - even after sealing it up with a coat of Seche! (Are you counting along? That's a full 6 layers on nails..)

My boyfriend said, "Looks like ladybug nails." which is, uh, not exactly what I was going for. Also, having so many layers on the nail means that this mani was more prone to chipping.. and chip it did, in big, jagged pieces. It only lasted two days.

When all was said and done I was far less impressed with this black & white glitter. I liked the look.. or rather, what it could have been... but anything that takes that much effort is just not worth it to me. I might hunt down one of the indy versions of this polish some time after Christmas, that is, if I can find one that doesn't cost the same as a Volvo.

The verdict: I wish I had more hands so I could give this polish 4 thumbs down.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Katy Perry's Nails

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I just stumbled upon this collage of Katy Perry's nails in Us Mag. I just wanted to share because I am completely in LOVE with her Daria manicure.. how awesome is that?!