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?