Friday, April 24, 2015

Weekend Window Shopping: Clog Sandals.

I'm still completely obsessed with my Lotta From Stockholm peep toe sandals and really wanted a second pair in red, but they've sold out of my size. (SAD FACE.)  I started poking around to see what else is available from other brands and was pleasantly surprised:

Cute Boy Friday!

I am sitting here with a blank brain and a slack jaw trying to think of a cute boy for Friday. I am failing, so I would like your suggestions. Who am I overlooking? In the meantime, I will give you some Cute Man in the form of Idris Elba because why not:

Woof. I hope the James Bond thing actually happens. I can't imagine anyone more awesome to follow in Daniel Craig's footsteps. I just passed out.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Stuff Marianne Gave Me That I Love.

So, one of the things Marianne and I did while I was visiting was to sort through all her makeup. She asked me hesitantly, as if I might say no. Um, YES? YES. I live for this shit! Let me at it! In the course of this activity we threw out a LOT of stuff, but I also became the happy owner of a bunch of new makeup. Yay! Here's what I'm currently loving:

Pretty Princess

Dior Addict Lip Glow
Okay, this stuff is kind of ridiculous. I mean, really. $33 for a barely-tinted lip balm? Really? But oh my God you guys, I LOVE THIS STUFF. It has an oddly appealing scent, leaves a nice sheer glossy pink tint on my lips and the packaging is pure luxury. It's so pretty! I am embarassed by how happy the packaging makes me, but not so embarassed that I won't admit it to you all. Prettiest lip product I own.

That Gal There

Benefit Cosmetics 'That Gal' Brightening Face Primer
Marianne gave me a deluxe sample tube of this and it's one of those confusing Benefit products that you're not really sure what it's for, exactly. Okay, a primer, sure. But it's pink. And smells vaguely of raspberry and the applicator looks like weird deodorant. But, I tried it under my foundation and was pleasantly surprised by how nice it made my face look. Just a bit brighter and slightly glowy but not obvious or shimmery. I dig it.

BB 'n Beyond
Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer
I was dumb and didn't read the (tiny sample tube) packaging, so I slapped this on thinking it was tinted primer, when in fact it's BB cream. The color I have is a bit too light for me but if I use a little of this as primer and then my regular foundation over it the results are super nice (though probably because I'm wearing a metric ton of makeup at that point.) I would like to get a sample in the right color to try as a summer foundation. Good stuff and SPF 30!

CANMAKE Cover & Stretch Concealer
Marianne reviewed this a while back and liked it but thought it was too dry for her under eyes. I disagree and find it's quite good for the under eye area, though I always put eye cream on first. It's a bit sheer but layers well and has great staying power. And it's waterproof! And not expensive! Bonus. It's not my first tier concealer but it's a great makeup bag option.

That's all for now! Y'all know I took advantage of the Sephora VIB sale so I'll talk about that next week.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Adrien: Well, This Happened.

So, I'll just start by saying that April is not going to be a good month for the budget. In fact, I think I'm just going to pull a mulligan for spring and start up the budgeting again in June. In my defense, I have been going through all my stuff and took a bunch of clothes to the consignment store and I've been listing items (mine and Marianne's) in the blog shop daily, so keep checking back!

Now, on to the show. I am wearing an outfit. Also, this:

Too Hot To Handle Hobo

YEAH. A MBMJ Too Hot To Handle Hobo. I finally got a 30% off coupon for Piperlime and they'd put it on sale already and...yeah. It was nearly half off retail, so I am happy with the price and completely blotto insane over this bag. I LOVE IT. I think I love it more than the classic Hillier. Yes, I said that. The Too Hot is slightly bigger and wider and the lining is more subtle, which is a nice touch. Also, the magnet closure is leather-covered like the old Hilliers, a feature I'm really glad they brought back. Okay, now my outfit:

I'm wearing my new coated denim jacket from Banana Republic (apparently sold out but this one is rull cute) and an Old Navy dress Marianne gave me. It's from a few seasons back I think, but they have lots of fun print dresses right now! I need to go check them out.  This is what happens when I get busted by a pedestrian:


Embarassing. I'm wearing my super favorite red Chie Mihara mary janes, long since discontinued. Might I recommend this pair by Miz Mooz instead? This fancy pair is also very tempting. And again, I want to show you this:

The color is "cement" and it's the perfect neutral. Not quite grey, not quite taupe, not quite tan, but works in all those capacities. It's so good, you guys. It's not marked down anywhere right now but Saks has it and it's eligible for the F&F discount. (You're welcome!)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): Saks Friends & Family

It's Saks Friends & Family time: use code FRNFAM for 30% off plus 8.0% cash back with eBates! There is a ridiculously long list of exclusions but still lots of good stuff available. Now would be a great time to pick up a fun little luxury for summer:

We Have Thoughts About Coachella.

L: As my husband astutely pointed out this weekend, I wasn't into what "the kids were doing" even when I was a kid, so maybe I was just born old, BUT: what the hell are the kids wearing at Coachella??


L: 1. If you're not a hippie in your non-festival life, you don't get to
be a hippie at a festival.

A: 2. High waisted jeans look good on exactly nobody.

L: 3. John Lennon sunglasses looked bad in the 60s. John Lennon sunglasses looked bad in the 90s. John Lennon sunglasses look bad now.

A: 4. Which reminds me: Sean Lennon. Can he be stopped? Please?

L: 5. Your butt is popping out of your short-shorts.

A: 6. Nepotism! It’s always in style.

L: 7. You are wearing too many accessories.

A: 8. How is Alexa Chung always SO G-D FLAWLESS.

L: 9. Zoe Kravitz: 100% cool gene inheritance complete.

A: 10. Katy Perry looks cute.

L: 11. You jack Jimi Hendrix's style, you're bound to look cool.

A: 12. Don’t hassle The Hoff! (What?)

L: 13. If you're a bro, you're gonna have a hard time looking "wacky."

A: 14.  Justin Bieber continues to fill me with nameless rage.

L: 15. You chill with Chris Brown, you're bound to make people have nameless rage about you.

A: 16. NO. I just got ragey all over again.

L: 17. All of you at Coachella are trying too hard. Stop making us mad.

A: 18. I need to go lie down.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz.

***New stuff from me and Marianne in the shop! MBMJ, Anthro, Loeffler Randall!***

For years and years and years I didn't bother to fill my brows. I got them shaped and kept them tidy but I never filled them in. Then I got older and something happened - they started to look sad and patchy. (GETTING OLD IS THE WORST.)

So, I started filling them in, first with some ancient Club Monaco brow powder that grossed out Marianne, then with Benefit Gimme Brow (eh), then with the Urban Decay Brow Box (good.) I also have an NYX brow pencil stashed in my bag  just in case. If you're like, "Eh, I don't get the big deal" here's what I'm talking about:

no brows

all the brows

Right? Your brows frame your face and give you expression. You don't have to go crazy, but if you're not one of those hateful people with perfect, dark brows, go ahead and fill them in. Take before and after photos and see what you think. In the picture above I'm using the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil in caramel because Marianne told me to buy it. It's expensive for the amount of product you get but DAMN DO I LOVE IT. One end is a super-skinny mechanical pencil and the other end is a brow spoolie. It stays all day and looks very sharp. Brow Wiz gives a more "done" look than brow powder but I have pretty much given up on natural. Here's a super creepy close-up with my hair pulled back:

What do you guys like for your brows, or do you leave them alone? Also! It looks like NYX has knockoff versions of both Gimme Brow and Brow Wiz. Has anyone tried them?

PS. I am totally using one of those teenager filtering selfie apps because I got tired of how horrifying my skin looks under florescent lighting. It's best for everyone involved. trust me.