Monday, December 28, 2015

Burberry Makeup - Worth the money?

I recently ventured out of my comfort zone and got some Burberry makeup while shopping at a Sephora in New York City.  Since my local Sephora doesn't carry Burberry makeup, I thought I'd pick some up and give it a try.  All I bought were face products and one tube of lipstick, so I didn't get any of the blushes or eye shadows, which I hear are quite good.

I got the Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance No. 1 ($48), the Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Foundation in Ochre No. 20 ($52), the Burberry Cashmere Concealer in Honey No. 4 ($40), and the Lip Velvet Lipstick in Rosewood No. 421 ($34).

The Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base is supposed to be used as a primer to give your skin a fresh "glow." This product was incredibly light weight and went on the skin easily.  I actually liked this underneath some of my more matte foundations to give it more of a dewy finish.  Underneath the Burberry Luminous Fluid Foundation, however, it made me looked way too luminous than desired.  I ended up returning this item because I already had a deluxe sample size that I was using and didn't feel like I would use this too often to justify the $48 price tag.

Fresh Glow Luminous Base Nude Radiance No. 1

The Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Foundation is a very sheer foundation.  So if you're like me, and need something with more coverage, this foundation is not for you!  It claims to be build-able, but I didn't find it to be build-able at all.  What I did like about this foundation is that it is very hydrating and it gave the skin a healthy glow.  Like I previously said, however, if you use this with the fluid base, it gives too much of a glow.  I ended up returning this product because I was incredibly frustrated putting this on.  At one point, I put on about 3 layers of this foundation with the Burberry Cashmere Concealer and still found that it looked like I had zero coverage.

Cashmere Concealer Honey No. 4 and Luminous Fluid Foundation in Ochre No. 20

Now about the Cashmere Concealer.  This is also a very sheer concealer, which in my opinion, defeats the purpose of a concealer.  I also think I bought the wrong color.  I should've gone one shade lighter because Honey No. 4 is quite close to my skin tone.  Every time I wear this concealer, I feel like there's no point because it just goes on a creates a glow look to the areas I'm trying to conceal.  It also has those sponge tip applicators where you twist the bottom and product comes out of the sponge.  I don't like concealer that comes like this because at some point, it'll become messy and the thought of this sponge that I keep putting on my face day after day, kind of grosses me out.  That's just me though.  I didn't return the concealer, though, it's quite hefty at $40.  I didn't feel it was right to return used concealer that has a sponge tip applicator!

The Lip Velvet Lipstick is actually a really good lipstick.  It is semi-matte finish that's pigmented, but not so much to the point where you get too much color.  This was the one thing out of the items I purchased that I really like.  The lipstick feels hydrating for a matte lipstick and lasts quite long throughout the day.

Lip Velvet Lipstick in Rosewood No. 421

I think all the Burberry face products are supposed to be very light, hydrating and sheer.  So if you're not the type to want a glowy face and need more coverage, this line is not for you!  However, if you're looking for minimal more natural looking makeup, this is perfect.  Unfortunately, the base products didn't work out for me, so in my opinion, they are not worth the money.  Again, I loved the lipstick, so at $34, it's not that bad for high-end makeup (pretty similar to Chanel prices).  I think I might try some of their eye shadows and other colored products to see how I like them.  Let me know if you've tried any of the other Burberry makeup and what you thought of them!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

2015 Makeup Year in Review

2015 is swiftly coming to a close and this year has gone by so quickly!  This year came with a lot of ups and downs, but for the most part was a good year full of travel, discovering new things and getting to know my own style and being comfortable with who I am.

As I reflect back on 2015, it had definitely been a year of discovery in makeup.  I've definitely become more daring with my makeup looks this year and was open to trying new things, since for the past 10 years all I've been using is Bare Minerals makeup.  Bare Minerals is amazing and I still love it, but I feel like venturing out of that brand and line made me discover so many other things that look and feel better on my skin.  That being said, here are my 2015 beauty favorites!

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Foundation
Powder: Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Concealer: NARS Creamy Concealer in Custard
Blush: Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore
Eyeshadow: Olivia Palermo X Ciate London Smokey Suedes Palette
Eyeliner: Olivia Palermo X Ciate London Gel Liner in Fig
Lips: Makeup Forever Natural Rouge Lipstick in N9 and NARS Lip Gloss in Chelsea Girls
Nail Polish: Victoria Beckham X Nails Inc. VVB Nail Polish in Bamboo White

Sunday, November 29, 2015

December 2015 Stitch Fix Review... and it's been one year already?!

It's been exactly one year since I started getting Stitch Fix.  I think it's been a good year in new outfits and trying things that I would never have tried (i.e., skinny jeans).  I think the one thing that I like most about this service is exactly that... being able to try things on in the comfort of my own home without having a pushy salesperson watching you or asking how you're doing.

What holds true is that the longer you get fixes, the better they get, since your stylist gets to know you and your personal style.  This is my 13th fix, and I think it's definitely the best one this year!  Check out my December fix below!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Travel, Travel, Travel!

I've been traveling non stop for the last month and I'm so happy to finally be home for the rest of the year!  At the beginning of October, I spent one week in London.  I came back to San Francisco for a week, then headed off to Canada!  I spent one weekend in Toronto with family and a week in Montreal for work.  Both places were absolutely amazing.  I love Canada.  Following Canada, I went to my second home of Austin, Texas for a few days.  After another week back home, I headed off to New York City for a week of conferences.  It's been a whirlwind of a month, but of course, in between all this work, I had time to go site see a bit and, of course, do some shopping!

I didn't film the stuff from England or Austin, just because this video would've been an hour long if I did, but I did get a bunch of cool stuff from both places!  In London, I did some major drugstore makeup shopping at Boots and picked up a lot of Bourjois Paris makeup, stocked up on Garnier micellar water, and of course, got some stuff from Sleek Cosmetics.  One has to take advantage since we can't get any of those things here in the US!

Despite getting into Austin in the midst of a downpour from the aftermath of Hurricane Patricia, I checked out the Round Rock Premium Outlets for the first time and it's a pretty decent outlet!  I got a couple of sweaters from Ann Taylor Loft (one of which I'm wear in the video below) and picked up some bath gel and lotion from Bath and Body Works.

Check out my video below on the rest of the things I got in Canada and New York City.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November 2015 Stitch Fix!

Hey everyone!  It's time for another Stitch Fix!  This month I got some great items, so check out my video below to find out what I kept and what I returned, and let me know what you think!

As always, here's a little sneak peak of the items that I received:

The items I got were:
  • Liverpool Anita Skinny Pant ($78)
  • Pixley Montgomery Cross Front Knit Top ($48)
  • DownEast Turin Asymmetrical Wool Jacket ($78)
  • Fun2Fun Enid V-Neck Top ($48)
  • Skies are Blue Donatella Striped Pullover Sweater ($58)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

What the heck is inside the Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream

Okay... I had to blog about this because I feel scammed for buying the Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream.  This cream at Sephora is $99.  $99!!!  I actually have no qualms about the product itself because I think the eye cream is great.  However, the jar itself looks and feels a lot bigger than the amount of product that is actually in the jar!  If you look carefully, you're only getting 0.5 fl. oz for again... $99!!!

Thank goodness I did not pay $99 for this eye cream.  I bought this in France, for still a hefty price tag of 60€!  Last weekend I realized it was getting difficult to pump the product through the bottle and I've only been using it for about 2 months, so I thought it was weird.  I decided to try to take the pump off and dig the rest of the product out, but what I found was the following:

I was wondering at first why it was so hard to remove, but out came the pump along with a little plastic pouch with all the product left in it.  So the bottle itself is a lot bigger than the actual product.  It looks and feels like a lot, but don't be fooled... it's not!  

Though I like this eye cream, I don't think the amount you get is worth almost $100 USD.  I was having a hard time paying 60€ for it and would never buy this in the US!  Totally nuts.  

Anyhow, just wanted to share my experience and disappointment with this product.  I wish the price tag was lower and that it had more than 0.5 fl. oz. in this very luxurious bottle.  The cream claims toinstantly revitalize your eyes, making your skin smoother and more hydrated, getting rid of dark circles.  Honestly, I didn't see a whole much of a difference between this product and the Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream that I really like.  For $72, you get 2 fl. oz. of product.  It's still pricey, but you get more than almost double the amount!  

I will definitely not be buying the Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream again... even if it's from France at almost 40% of the price you pay in the US.  For the money you pay, I expect at least a full ounce of product. This is definitely the most disappointing purchase of the year!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Olivia Palermo X Ciaté London Smokey Suedes Eye Palette

When I bought and reviewed the Olivia Palermo X Ciaté London fall collection a few weeks ago, the eyeshadow palette had not come out yet.  I finally got my hands on one of these and here's my review on it!

To start off with, the packaging again, is just like the rest of the fall collection... gorgeous!  It's got the fake leather with the gold trim to it, though it's all just plastic, but looks great.

The palette comes with 9 different shades and the formulation in this palette is very creamy in texture.  It is incredibly soft and as the name suggests, suede-like.  In fact, I accidentally bumped my palette up against something after taking these shots, and a whole chunk of the top right color came out.  I patched most of it back in, which again, just shows how soft and creamy it is.

The nine different shades are
Top row (L-R): Shaken (pearl gold shimmer), Verde (pearl bright olive), Macchiato (matte mid-pink brown), Cocoa (pearl bronze shimmer)
Center: Butler (matte bone)
Bottom row (L-R): Prosecco (pearl ivory shimmer), Glazed (pearl bronzed/red shimmer), Whoopie Pie (matte deep brown); Plumberry (matte deep aubergine)

My general take on this palette is that the colors are beautiful and it's a great smokey eye palette, since all the shades are very neutral.  The pigmentation, however, is not that great.  I feel like you have to apply a lot of product to achieve a good smokey eye.  The shimmery shades definitely have more pigmentation than the matte colors, but even then you still need a lot of product.  This palette costs $39, which is pretty pricey, so is it worth the money?  In my honest opinion, I like this palette, but I feel that the Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette has a broader spectrum of shades and the shadows are more pigmented than the ones in this palette, so you use less product.

Overall, this is a good palette if you are looking for just neutral colors.  If you want more dynamic colors, I would recommend the Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette over this one.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

October Stitch Fix Review

Thank you to everyone who participated in my giveaway last month!  Congratulations to Allyson and Michelle who were the two lucky winners of a $50 gift card to Stitch Fix.  My October fix was very delightful this month, and though I got a new stylist (yet again), she hit the nail on the head with all the items she selected!

Here are the items that I got this month:

  • Market & Spruce Dollie Tie Back Neck Knit Top
  • Lugo Split Neck Blouse by 41Hawthorn
  • Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan by Market & Spruce
  • Kut from the Kloth Sienna Cropped Pant
  • Papermoon Marisol Mixed Material 3/4 Sleeve Knit Top
There were two items I got that did not fit me right off the bat and they were the Lugo Split Neck Blouse by 41Hawthorn and the Sienna Cropped Pant by Kut from the Kloth.  I was actually super bummed out about that because I loved both of those items!  Alas, they had to go back.  

41Hawthorn Lugo Split Neck Blouse ($68)

I really liked the style of this blouse.  It's got a camisole on the inside since the blouse is slightly sheer, which I thought was a nice touch.  I liked the rollup sleeve, the black stripes on white and the neckline on this.  There's absolutely nothing I don't like about it, except for the fact that it didn't fit!  Bummer.

Kut from the Kloth Sienna Cropped Pant ($58)

Slightly better experience with these pants than with the 41Hawthorn top... I actually got these on!  However, they were just slightly too tight.  They fit on me, but it was like a glove.  I think if these were a size larger, they would've been perfect.  Again, nothing I didn't like about this one either.  I liked how they were cropped pants, and the material was very comfortable.  Again, another bummer.

Market & Spruce Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan ($68)

My stylist said she saw an asymmetric jacket on my Pinterest board, so decided to include this piece in my fix this month.  I've been wanting one of these jackets forever!  It fit perfectly and was very comfortable.  It's snug, but has just the right amount of stretch to it.  I'm definitely keeping this one!  

Market & Spruce Dollie Tie Back Neck Knit Top ($54)

I actually really liked this one and thought the open back on this sweater was unique.  I, however, just received a grey Market & Spruce sweater in last month's fix.  Even though the other one was short sleeved, I still felt that the two were too similar in order for me to purchase another one.  This top was incredibly comfortable, but all in all, it was a bit plain.  I decided to return this one.

Papermoon Marisol Mixed Material 3/4 Sleeve Knit Top ($48)

I really like this top and how the back is different from the front.  The front is knit and the back is more of a blouse material, which I thought was fun.  Plus, I'm a sucker for polka dots!  The only weird thing about this is that since the materials are different, the back of the shirt doesn't have as much stretch as the front.  So at times, it feels a little awkward.  But all in all, I love how this looks and am keeping it!

Overall, style-wise, this fix was right on point!  These items were all very "me" and I really liked each one.  I think if the blouse and cropped pants have fit, I would've kept all 5 of these items.  One thing I did learn this month is that your Pinterest board really helps out your stylist.  My stylist wrote in the note card that she got inspiration for most of these items from the things I pinned on my board.  If you have a Pinterest board, make sure you share it with your stylist!  I give this month's fix an overall score of 4 out of 5.  I was absolutely delighted by these.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Summer Empties!

I've been using up so much product lately that I actually have a collection of empties to show you guys!  These are things that I've finished up during the summer that I have been saving up.  Most of these items are things that I use over and over again, so my tried and true products.  I hope you guys enjoy this video, and let me know in the comments what you think!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Marc Jacobs Nail Polish - Hot or Not?

Wine Not (L) and Petra (R)

Marc Jacobs' nail polishes are definitely a NOT.  At $18 per bottle, these polishes chip like crazy!  I think they lasted all of 3 days max before massive pieces started to peel off.  I tried these on with different base and top coats, and they all seem to do the same thing.  I tried two incredibly gorgeous shades, Wine Not (Sephora VIB Rouge exclusive color) and Petra.  I LOVE the colors.  The colors look amazing, but it's the formulation that I have a problem with.  I don't like having my nail polish last only 3 days when it takes so long to do them.  

This is what Petra looked like at the end of day 2, so it didn't even make it to day 3:

I have never seen a polish chip in large chunks like that.  Well, not true... my Barry M polish that I bought in England for all of £3 (about $5), did this.  But that was $5.  This Marc Jacobs polish is $18!  I thought... "Okay, maybe it's just this color."  So the following week I tried Wine Not.  This is what it looked like on Day 3... it made it one day further than Petra:

Wine Not was slightly better, but it still peeled off in large chunks.  I would not recommend this polish to anyone.  I think it's fine if you like the colors and you just want to wear it for a special occasion, because it won't last much past your event!  However, again, at $18, it's probably not worth the money when you can find some dupes at the drugstore that will last longer.

Have you tried Marc Jacobs' polishes?  Leave me a comment below and let me know if you experienced anything different.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Ciaté London X Olivia Palermo Fall Collection Review

Ciaté recently launched their new fall collection designed by guest Creative Director, Olivia Palermo, and of course, I had to go buy it!  Olivia Palermo launched three nail polish colors for the summer, Nantucket (coral), Sundays (nude white), and Hutch (true bright red).  Those nail colors were amazing, but the nail colors in her fall collection are even more amazing.  Along with the new nail colors, there is also a new bronzer/blush duo, eyeliner, lipstick and an eye shadow palette.

As of today, the eye shadow palette hasn't launched at Sephora in the US or on Ciaté's website in the UK.  I picked up the nail polishes, two lipsticks, one of the bronzer/blush duos, and the eyeliner in Fig.  

Napa Valley (L) and New England Fall (R)

To start off, the fall nail polish collection, valued at $24 each, comes in two colors - Napa Valley (deep cool toned red) and New England Fall (dark blue).  Napa Valley is Olivia Palermo's "new fall favorite" and it is a gorgeous deep red.  New England Fall is deemed Olivia's New season pick."  Dark blue seems to be a trending color for fall, and this one is so versatile that it can be worn for any and all occasions this season.  The formulation on these polishes are really good.  You really only need one coat for the color to look opaque.  The polishes are supposed to have a Dual Polymer Mesh Lock Technology, which leaves your manicure shiny and long-lasting.  My favorite so far is definitely Napa Valley.  My only beef with these is the same beef I have with all dark colored nail polishes - they stain your nails and fingers when you remove them!  I guess it's worth the effort taking the polishes off since these colors are just beautiful.

Truffle (L) and Praline (R)

The Satin Kiss lipsticks, valued at $25 each, come in four different shades - Velveteen, Praline, Cashmere, and Truffle -  but I only bought two of them.  Velveteen is a classic red, Praline is a rich burgundy, Cashmere is true nude and Truffle is a pink nude.  I bought Truffle and Praline and I have to say that I wasn't sure about these two colors at first, but they are a lot more neutral than the names and pictures online would suggest.  Praline is not "rich" at all, but in fact a very neutral and wearable burgundy.  Truffle is nude, but has a hint of color to make it wearable.  These lipsticks are satin and goes on smoothly and very comfortable to wear.  They are very pigmented, but I noticed they don't last long.  After eating or drinking, you will need to reapply!

Bluff Point

The Cheekbone Cheat blusher/bronzer duo is valued at $32 comes in two different shades - Bluff Point and Seaside Park.  Bluff Point has a dusty pink blush and Seaside Point has a coral colored blush.  These are highly pigmented and have a smooth formula that almost goes on creamy.  I really enjoyed using this and it's a great travel blush/bronzer. 

Eyeliner in Fig

The final item that I was most impressed with out of this collection was the Smoked Out Gel Kohl Liner ($20).  I was hesitant to buy this at first because I thought $20 for any old pencil eyeliner was a lot to pay for, but boy, am I glad I bought it!  This comes in two colors - Black and Fig, which is a deep purple.  I got the Fig color since all I have are either black or brown eyeliners.  Now there is kohl in the name, but there is no kohl in this product... nor gel.  It's super soft pencil that goes on like gel and blends like kohl.  It also comes with a fluffy brush at the end of the pencil so you can blend it out.  The bristles on this brush are super soft!  The color is super intense when you put it on and it lasts all day!

As a bonus, since I was buying the Olivia Palermo collection, I also decide to grab one of the three summer nail colors, since they are limited edition and I really wanted another nude polish (not that I need one).  I love this nude color, Sundays, since it's so versatile.  It's really not a summer color, but can be worn all year round.

This collection is quite pricey, and my personal opinion, is that the amazing packaging has a lot to do with how high these items are priced.  However, are they worth it?  Absolutely!  The formulation and pigmentation in all these items are very rich and of high quality.  A little bit goes a long way so this will last you a while.  As I said, the item that surprised me the most in this collection was the eyeliner.  If you can only try just one item out of this collection, I would highly recommend the eyeliner.

Friday, September 4, 2015

August Favorites

August is always a sad month since it marks the end of summer.  However, that also makes way for autumn, which is one of my favorite seasons.  Here in California, there are still remnants of summer with "Indian Summer" in September and then the weather cools down to a comfortable temperature to prepare you for winter.  This August has been a month of exploration, relaxation, trying new things.  Here are some of my favorite things that I discovered this month.  What are some of your favorites for the month?

Monday, August 31, 2015

September Stitch Fix Unboxing... and I'm doing a GIVEAWAY!

This month I am doing a giveaway for two $50 gift cards to Stitch Fix.  All you need to do is watch the unboxing video below and give it a thumbs up, subscribe to my YouTube channel and comment in the video which item is your favorite this month!

The giveaway is open only to U.S. residents right now since Stitch Fix is only available in the U.S. at this time.  Winners will be selected on September 15.  Good luck!

If you don't have time to watch the video, here is what I got this month.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to take pictures with the clothes on.  The day I was trying these on and filming the video, it was about 98 degrees and I couldn't wait to get out of the clothes!

Lucerne Halter Blouse by Renee C ($44)

I really liked this tank on and it was very flattering.  Unfortunately, the top of the blouse was a bit tight and didn't feel comfortable.  I probably could've made this work, but at $44, I didn't want to spend that much on something that was a bit snug.  If this was a size larger, I would've kept it!

Verdict: Returned

Bash Anza Sweetheart Neck Lace Blouse ($44)

When I took this out of the box, I thought this camisole looked like lingerie.  It also looks very sheer and the back of the cami was really low.  Surprisingly, when I put it on, it looked amazing!  Only problem?  It was WAY too small.  I got it on and BARELY was able to get it off.  It's unfortunate because I really liked this one and thought it would've been nice with the Kensie jacket I got a few fixes ago.

Verdict: Returned

Sugar Dot Print Dress by 41Hawthorn

This was my favorite item this month!  This dress fit so well on me and is incredibly comfortable.  I like that the top of the dress is slightly pleated and the bottom is flared like a skater dress.  This would be a great summer or fall dress and would look nice with a black cardigan and patent black pumps!  It would also work nicely by itself with any type of colored shoes!  I love it!

Verdict: Kept

Luisa Printed Pencil Skirt by Pixley

As I loved the last item, I absolutely hated this one.  This is totally not my style and it was pretty long on me.  It went past my knees and the material just clung to me like static.  The stylist had told me to pair this with the Bash camisole, and it looked nice together, but just not on me.  

Verdict: Returned

Market & Spruce Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee

The material on this t-shirt is incredibly soft, comfortable and versatile.  This is a great shirt for casual weekends or I can pair it with some nice pants and heels to dress it up.  I don't have these, but it would also look nice with a pair of feux leather jeans!

Verdict: Kept

All in all, I thought this was a good fix, though I only kept two items.  Aside from the horrid skirt, the style was actually pretty on par!  To be fair, the skirt was nice.  It just wasn't a skirt that was right for my body type!  I give this fix an overall 4 out of 5.  Remember to watch my YouTube video in order to participate in the giveaway!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sephora and NARS Haul!

I recently went to my very first Sephora VIB Rouge event, the Beauty Before Brunch event that took place on Sunday, August 2nd.  It was basically a private shopping event and they had makeover stations and free breakfast.  I bought a bunch of stuff at the event since they were giving away 4x Sephora points for anything you purchased that day.

At the same time, my friend hooked me up with a massive discount on some NARS products, since her husband works Shiseido, which is NARS' parent company, and some of those items came in this week that I'm super excited to share with you all.  Enjoy the video!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation Review

I just got the new Too Faced Born This Way Foundation last week.  I've used it a few times now, and I think I've found my new favorite foundation!  It is light-weight, has great coverage, hydrating and lasts all day!  The foundation is oil-free and has coconut water for all-day hydration.  I have combination skin with a T-zone that can get pretty oily and this foundation does a great job at keeping the oiliness in check.

The longest I've worn this foundation was for about 14 hours, and at the end of the day, it still looked intact.  There was a bit of break up on my nose area, but I really started noticing it after about 8 hours!  The best thing about this foundation is the coverage.  I've used this without any concealer and it's covered up a lot of my hyper pigmentation and blemishes.  This product claims to be medium to full coverage and it delivers.  One layer of application will definitely give you medium coverage and you can build this up to a full coverage foundation.  I've also noticed that this foundation gives your overall complexion a milky smooth finish.  Most full coverage foundations start to feel heavy and cakey after a few hours, but this one remains completely light weight!

Here are my before and after photos:

I did not use any concealer, but did apply two layers of the foundation with a slight dusting of Nars' Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder to set the foundation.  My hyper pigmentation and redness is all covered up and my complexions smoothed out.  All this with no concealer!  Also in this light makeup look, I used Nars' blush in Orgasm, Smashbox's Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Filter, and L'Oreal's Le Matte Lip Pen in She's So Matte is on my lips.  Simple weekend makeup!

I would absolutely recommend this foundation if you are looking for something that is light-weight but also provides amazing coverage.  I can't say enough great things about this!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

August 2015 Stitch Fix Review

It's my favorite time of month again... Stitch Fix unboxing time!  I always look forward to receiving my Stitch Fix box in the mail at the beginning of each month.  This month the fix actually came a few days early, so of course, I couldn't wait to open it.  This month's video is a bit different since I already opened everything a few days back, but check out all the awesome things I got this month!  This was truly my favorite fix to date!

The items that I got this month are:

  • Everly Dixon Scallop Trim Dress
  • Luna Lace Detail Blouse by Daniel Rainn
  • Makridge Crew Neck Top by Olive & Oak
  • Sweet Grey Jafar Peplum Back Cardigan
  • Kut from the Kloth Kate Boyfriend Jeans
I loved every single item this month and it's the first time I've kept all five items.  As a reminder, if you keep all five items, you get a 25% discount off the entire fix.  Even one item that I was iffy about, the Kut from the Kloth jeans, I kept because it was essentially free with the discount! 

Everly Dixon Scallop Trim Dress ($64)

Okay - I know I need to tan my legs... no judgments!  
I loved this dress!  I think it has a flattering shape and it looks just like the scallop trim dress I got back in my April Stitch Fix that I liked, but didn't keep because I would wear a pencil skirt that often.  This is a great alternative!  

Olive & Oak Makridge Crew Neck Top ($58) with Kut from the Kloth Kate Boyfriend Jeans ($78)

This top was amazingly comfortable and fit well!  You can't see it, but it has about ten small hooks on that back of the shirt to hook it up!  So cute!  The jeans look great, but I was iffy about it at first since it's a bit long on me.  However, if I put heels on,  as you can see, it's not a problem.

Sweet Grey Jafar Peplum Back Cardigan ($68) with the Luna Lace Detail Blouse from Daniel Rainn ($64) and Kate Boyfriend Jeans

I think this whole outfit just looks great.  The colors look nice together and the items layer nicely!  The cardigan has a peplum back that looks great and the materials are super comfortable.  The blouse is a great weekend or work blouse... so versatile!

This fix was my absolute favorite.  I was incredibly delighted by every single item in this shipment!  Needless to say, I'm keeping everything, which is a first for me.  I actually didn't think that this day would happen due to the last couple ones being hit or miss.  Stitch Fix has really stepped it up this time!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Trade or Sell Your Unwanted Makeup... What??

I recently stumbled upon eDivv where you can sell or trade (which they call "Divvy") your unwanted makeup items.  These are things that you may have received in a subscription box or maybe something you bought that just didn't work out for you.  Someone out there will want it, even if it's slightly used.

Now I'm not a fan of using other people's used makeup.  I don't think it's sanitary, but hey, if someone wants mine, I'm more than happy to make more space in my bathroom for other things.  I tried eDivv for the first time last weekend.  I posted about 10 items in one night and was surprised at how fast my items went.  Within an hour, I traded away about five items.

That being said, that's the worst thing about eDivv.  You can sell stuff, but no one on the site wants to buy anything.  Finding someone to trade with for stuff that you actually want was pretty difficult.  My first trade was one of my new Stila Stay All-Day Lipstick, which I got in my July Birchbox, and a free makeup kit I got from Bare Escentuals that I never used.  The lipstick was way too pink for my liking and I've had the makeup case for about 7 years now.  I was happy to get rid of these two items.  In return, I got an unused bottle of Butter London nail polish and Bite Beauty lip gloss from the Watercolor collection.  The person I traded with didn't use these products, so I thought it was a great deal.  I have yet to receive the package, so hopefully when they arrive, the items are as described.

After this first Divvy, I was pretty encouraged and then all the ridiculous offers start coming in.  Someone wanted my entire collection of items and in exchange only wanted to give me one of hers.  The next person wanted something but didn't want to give up anything except for a used brow pencil.  No thanks.  I eventually Divvy-ed some more items, but there was a lot of negotiations involved.

Though I like the concept of this website, I find that some people are just really hard to bargain with.  That is what makes this website annoying to use.  Like I also said, no one is willing to actually purchase anything either, so it's hard to get rid of your stuff without getting more stuff!  Would I keep using this site?  Maybe... I'll have to see when my first trades come in just how honest people are about their item descriptions.

If you want to check out what I have listed on eDivv, please go to my eDivv shop!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Disappointing Purchases!

We've all made purchases that we regret buying later.  Here are some make up and skin care products that I bought recently and just wasn't impressed with.  Some of the things here just didn't work out for my skin type or tone, and then there are others that I just absolutely didn't like.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

TLC for my dehydrated skin!

I recently came back from a week long trip to Los Angeles and it was summer in LA, which means, very hot and dry weather.  This has never happened before, but my face was completely irritated.  I think having traveled a few weeks back on two long haul flights, and then subjecting my skin to this hot weather, it finally gave up.  It was done with me.  My skin was incredibly sensitive to touch, had a lot of redness (which I normally don't get), some areas broke out, other areas formed dry patches.  I had one dry patch on the corner of my eye lid!  My upper lip and the sides of my mouth completely peeled off.  I was in horrible condition.  When I got home, I took some serious measures to get my skin back to normal.

The first thing I did after getting home was wash my face with a gentle cleansing foam.  I used my newly purchased Pureté Thermale foaming cleanser by Vichy.  It is made with thermal water and is for sensitive skin.  In LA, I was using the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser, which is normally fine for me, but with the travel and heat, it was too drying on my skin.  My skin immediately calmed down after washing my face with the Vichy cleanser.  I kid you not, within 10 minutes, it didn't feel as irritated.

I swapped out my regular toner, the Pixi Glam Glow Tonic, for the Avène Thermale Water Spray.  Yes, it's just water, but thermal water has a calming effect on irritated and sensitive skin.  I sprayed some on my face and left it there for a minute and patted it dry.  Again, within minutes the redness went down.

The next thing I used was one of my Lotus soothing and moisturizing sheet face masks from Sephora.  Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and it infuses your skin with a bunch of good vitamins and rehydrates dry skin.  This plumped up my skin immediately.  I followed it up with my beloved Bioderma Hydrabio Riche face cream, which is intensely hydrating.

My lips needed some major work.  It was peeling like nothing else.  I felt like layers and layers of skin from my lips just constantly came off.  This went on for a few days.  To get rid of all the dead skin, I first used the Sugar Lip Polish to gently buff away dead lip skin.  I followed it up with I the Kiehl's Lip Balm #1, which is 90% petroleum jelly and 10% other oils and vitamins.

I did this for about a week and by the middle of the week, I saw massive improvement in the hydration and look of my skin.  I'm no longer sensitive or peeling.  If you ever experience incredible irritation or dehydrated skin, try the routing above.  I guarantee you'll see results in about 2 days.

Friday, July 3, 2015

July 2015 Stitch Fix Review!

It's that time again for my monthly Stitch Fix review!  Please check out the video below on the unboxing and review of my July fix.

For a sneak peek, I got the following items below in my fix this month.  Can you guess which ones I kept?  Watch the video above to find out and let me know what you thought of my July fix and if you agree with my choices!

(L) Liverpool Daryl Printed Capril Jeans ($68)
 (R) Kasidy Swing Skirt by Papermoon ($58)

(L) Market & Spruce Barrymore Solid Pleat Detail Top ($48)
(R) with the Abriella Waffle Knit Cardigan by Pixley ($48)

Courtney Printed Knit Back Top by Collective Concepts ($58)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

European Beauty Haul Favorites!

I've been trying all the great stuff that I got in Europe a month ago and finally am able to share with you all some of my favorites!  Please comment below and let me know what else you would like to see from the European Beauty Haul.

Monday, June 15, 2015

LookFantastic Beauty Box

I recently got a three month subscription for a LookFantastic Beauty Box.  The LookFantastic box is just like any other beauty box subscription such as Birchbox.  The only difference, for me, is that the LookFantastic is British and has mainly European products that we don't get here in the US.  I was going to try Birchbox, but everyone gets Birchbox and, honestly, I just wanted to be different.  Check out my video review of my June LookFantastic box.  Leave me a comment if you want to see what I got in previous months as well!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Bioderma Crealine H2O vs. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

On my recent European trip, I came back with two different types of micellar water: the famous Bioderma Crealine H2O, which is only found in France, and the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.  For those of you who haven't tried micellar water, since we don't really have these in the US, it's a MUST try!  I believe the only micellar water I've seen in American drugstores have been the ones by Simple.  Honestly, I've tried Simple's micellar water before and didn't like it at all.  It barely took off any of my makeup, so I was reluctant to buy anything other than Bioderma, which has been raved about by tons of people.

I found a bottle of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water at Boots in London and decided to grab a small bottle of it to compare against the Bioderma.  I had doubts about the Garnier due to my experience with the Simple Micellar Water, but decided to give it a shot since it was a new product in the UK.  Here's what I found:

  • These two micellar waters are very comparable!
  • Both removed my makeup, though the Bioderma probably took off more at once than the Garnier.  I had to go back with another cotton pad with both products, but the Garnier left more makeup on the cotton pad the second time.
  • The ONLY difference is that the Bioderma was gentler on my skin.  I felt a slight (and I mean very slight) stinging sensation with the Garnier.

As you can see from the photo, both products worked well.  I definitely still prefer the Bioderma as it was gentler on my skin, but I would not hesitate to pick up another bottle of the Garnier water the next time I'm in the UK again!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

June 2015 Stitch Fix Review... and something new!

Hello everyone!  This month, I decided, after much encouragement from a few people, to do my first YouTube video.  I chose to do the video on my June Stitch Fix, so that you can see my reactions to the items live.

I never knew doing these videos took so much time and effort... people definitely make it look easier than they are!  Check out my video review this month.  I'll list the items below with prices so you can get a sense of how much these pieces are through Stitch Fix.  Enjoy!

Items from the fix:

(L) Pixley Tammi Print Dress ($68)
(R) Margaret M Emer Straight Leg Pant ($98) with Kensie Rebekah Contrast Detail Blazer ($88)

(L) 41Hawthorn Queensland Dolman Jersey Top ($48) with Margaret M pants  
(R) THML Grant Chevron Print & Embroidery Top ($48)

Friday, May 29, 2015

My European Beauty Haul!

I just came back from a week long trip to Paris.  Friends have told me to visit the pharmacy when I'm in Paris for deep discounts on beauty products.  When I hear "pharmacy," I immediately think of CVS or Walgreens.  The "pharmacie" in France is far from your typical CVS though.  It's full of high quality beauty products such as Caudalíe, Vishy and La Roche-Posay, not to mention, they are about 50% of the prices you'd find here in the United States for those exact same products.  Needless to say, I went a bit crazy.

In the next few weeks, I'll be doing reviews on some of the items I try.  For now, I'm very excited to try the Bioderma Créaline H20, which is micellar water for removing makeup.  You can't find it here in the United States as easily, and if you do (most likely on Amazon), it's about triple the price.  I'm also super excited to try the Caudalíe Eau de Beauté spray, which is a part-toner and part-serum mix of essential oils.  

I've wanted to buy the Caudalíe products at Sephora before, but they were extremely expensive.  For example, the "newly released" Instant Detox Mask goes for $39.00 USD at Sephora, but at the pharmacy in France, you can get the same thing for 16,89€, which is about $18.50 USD - that is significant savings!

I also spent a weekend in London, and got a chance to visit the famous Boots drug store.  I went to the flagship store on Oxford Street, which was more of a three story heaven of makeup products versus a drug store.  The first floor was dedicated to makeup with drugstore and high end makeup products available.  The second floor had your typical drugstore items such as medication, toothpaste, etc.  The basement contained British body products and hair care items.  I really had to control myself in this store.  I had to consistently remind myself that 1£ = $1.50 USD!

I stocked up on some Soap & Glory items, since they seemed to have discontinued them at Sephora here in the US, not to mention that they are still cheaper in the UK than in a Sephora store in the US.  I've been wanting to try the Sleek eye shadow palette for a while now, as well as the Bourjois CC cream.  I picked up the Garnier micellar water to compare it to the Bioderma.  I predict we'll see the Garnier one here in the US sooner than we'll see Bioderma, so if it's the same, that would be a great alternative.

In the next few weeks, I will be posting more reviews on the makeup and beauty products from these hauls.  Stay tuned!