FAVORITES | August 2018

I had been planning to post a favorites in July, but when I couldn’t really muster up enough loved items to warrant a post. It’s the start of September now, and I think I’ve gathered enough items to share with you what I’ve been loving for these last two months.

Ilia Illuminator in Polka Dots & Moonbeams (0.18 oz, $34): This gives the most subtle glow-from-within look. It blends very easily and smoothly, even moreso than my well-loved W3ll People Bio Brightener Stick (0.21 oz, $23.99).

The Leo Oil (1 oz, $46): I’ve written a review already on this, so all I’ll say here is that this is worth every penny.

Alterna CAVIAR CC Cream for Hair 10-in-1 Complete Correction (5.1 oz, $41): My best friend got this for me for my birthday this year. She claimed it was hair crack, and I couldn’t understand why, until I used this for myself. It’s amazing. When I put it in my damp hair and let my hair air dry, my hair dries so smoothly that it’s almost like I got a blowout. It’s magic. I tried using this recently before blow-drying my hair, and it’s great that way as well – my hair stays smooth, soft, and far from frizzy until my next hair wash. My only concern with this product is that Alterna is a grey-area brand on the cruelty-free sites I could find it on.

Glossier Cloud Paints (0.33 fl oz, 2 for $30 or 1 for $18) in Storm and Beam: I’ve already written a review on this, but basically, these are some of the best blushes I’ve ever used.

Glossier Stretch Concealer (0.17 oz, $18): There’s also a review on this already, but tl:dr, I love this concealer’s creamy consistency that makes it great for both blemishes and under the eye.

Mount Lai Mini Jade Roller ($20): I definitely fell into the hype of these facial rollers, but I’ve known for a long time that these are really effective for de-puffing the face, and jade has cooling properties as well. My face doesn’t puff up that much in the mornings, but I definitely enjoy using this after applying my skincare because of how cooling the jade feels on my skin. The facial massages I give myself with this roller also helps relieve any tension I have in my face after a long day.

Anthropologie Palm Leaf Dish ($20): My friends got me this for me as part of my birthday present this year. It’s been a great prop in my pictures, and I love that it’s both extremely cute and functional.

Madewell Oversized Hoops ($24): I’ve been eyeing these for a while and finally picked them up in August when I got a $25 off birthday coupon. I’ve already lost count of how many times I’ve worn them, since they go with almost every outfit.

Madewell Bandana ($12.50) in Strawberry Multi: I’ve gotten obsessed with bandanas in the last couple of months and amassed a little collection, but this strawberry one is by far my favorite. I managed to snag it on sale for less than $5, but unfortunately it’s sold out now 😦 I highly recommend Madewell’s bandanas, because all of their bandana prints are extremely cute. They’re also pretty reasonably priced, especially if you can find one on sale (and there almost always is one on sale).

What have you been loving during these last couple of summer months?

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HAUL | Summer 2018, Fashion

And now, the fashion portion of the haul! I have to confess… I’ve definitely purchased more items since I decided to do this haul. I do have a lot of traveling in the coming months, so hopefully, that makes it okay??

 

If you’re interested in what beauty products I got as part of this haul, check out my previous post here.

Abercrombie & Fitch

A&F is probably my most shopped store for clothing, especially after it re-branded itself a few years ago. I always pick up A&F stuff on sale, and it’s easy to do so because there are sales extremely often. If you sign up to be an A&F member, you also get plenty of exclusive discount codes and $10 rewards when you reach a certain spending threshold. It’s also super easy to place orders on the A&F site often, since A&F offers free pick-up in store.

Knot Front Dress in Black Stars ($23.20, originally $58): I had a dress years ago that had a similar shape to this, but it was cheaper and shorter. I loved it regardless, and wore it to death. When I saw this dress in the stars print, immediately I thought of that dress of mine from college. This one definitely feels like an upgrade. I love that it’s so versatile, and since I got it in the tall size, it’s long enough that with a cardigan, I could wear it to work as well. I’m thinking of bringing this with me on my business trip to wear on my time off.

Long-Sleeve Colorblock Tee in Light Blue ($11.52, originally $24): A great basic that’s not too basic. I love pairing this with medium wash mom jeans and the belt that I’ll be sharing next.

Athletic Belt in Navy Blue Stripe ($6.72, originally $14): I’m so glad these belts are in again, because I find these easier to wear than leather belts.

Scoopneck Tee in Off White ($11.52, originally $24): I’m in the process of building up my wardrobe again after clearing out things I don’t wear anymore, and this seemed like a good, quality basic that I can wear with plenty of different things.

Twist-Front Bodycon Dress in Black ($23.04, originally $48): I like getting dresses in the Tall size at A&F because otherwise I find them to be too short for normal wear. Unfortunately, this one was sold out in Tall, but I liked it so much that I got it anyways. It’s a really comfy, stretchy dress that’s easy to throw on and run out the door. Unfortunately, this seems to be sold out in Black now, and the other colors still have XL in stock.

Embroidered Mesh Lace Dress in Cream ($17.88, originally $68): I thought this would be a good dress for occasions that call for something nicer than the typical casual dress. I’ll probably wear it out the next time I go to a nice dinner.

High Rise Ankle Straight Jeans in Light Wash ($20.52, sold out 😦 ): A&F has plenty of denim offerings, but this one was different from the typical A&F denim. Rather than the usual stretchy denim, which I enjoy for skinny jeans, this pair had thicker denim, reminiscent of Levi’s. I love this pair of jeans. They’re high-waisted and hug my butt in a very flattering way. I’ve worn this once so far, paired with a graphic tee.

V-Neck Boyfriend Tee in White ($6.84, originally $18): I bought this because I needed to get my order total to $50 so I could use another discount code… but also because I realized I needed more basic white tees.

One-Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit in Navy Blue and Pink ($16.43, originally $48): I’ve been hunting for new swimwear for my trips to Taiwan and Australia later this year, and this one really called out to me. I haven’t picked this up from the store yet, but I’m pretty sure I’ll love it just fine.

Short-Sleeve Button Up in White Check ($18.07, originally $44): I had actually been eyeing this for a while, but it had never been at a price point where I was willing to buy it, until most recently when I went onto the A&F site to look for swimsuits.

Madewell

Palisade Button-Front Midi Skirt in Indigo ($44.99, originally $98): I had been looking for a midi skirt for ages, so I was glad to see that this one was on sale at Madewell, another one of my favorite clothing stores. By the time I saw this on sale, there were only sizes 00 and 14 left. It was final sale, so I was hoping that the skirt ran big like most of Madewell’s clothing. Thankfully, it did, and the skirt fit me perfectly. I love this so much that I’ll probably find a way to wear it year round.

The Sari Crisscross Sandal in Warm Nutmeg ($69.99, originally $128): I’ve wanted these since I saw Madewell come out with them, so I’m glad I was browsing Madewell when they happened to be on sale.

Bandana in Hayfield ($5.59, originally $12.50): I’ve been getting more into bandanas lately, and this one in mustard yellow and red called out to me. I can imagine this looking great with just a plain white tee and denim.

Lo-Fi Shrunken Tee in Nona Stripe ($13.99, originally $32): Madewell tees are extremely comfortable, and this one is in such a cute stripe print.

J.Crew

I hadn’t been planning to purchase anything from J.Crew, but I was helping my boyfriend order stuff and just got sucked into the July 4th sales. Ebates also happened to be having a 10% off cashback for J.Crew, which only enabled me more to pick up these items.

Tortoise Hoop Earrings ($11.70, originally $19.50): I’ve been building up an earring collection, among other things, and I thought this would be a nice addition. I’ve come to realize that outside of gold earrings, I love tortoise shell or similar looking material for my earrings (see my post on Thrifty Thieves earrings).

Long-Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt in Slub Cotton in White ($9.99, originally $29.50): J.Crew, like Madewell, makes amazing basics, and I highly recommend picking some up when they’re on sale.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters had 20% off your whole purchase a while back, and I didn’t limit my haul here to beauty.

Out From Under Seamless Back Bra in Black ($10, originally $16): I love this. It’s not often that I’ll find a bralette, especially a spaghetti -strapped one, that looks good and fits well on my small frame/large chest combination. It’s also the rare bralette that I don’t mind wearing as a top. I’ve paired this with some black high-waisted linen pants, and I can see myself wearing an outfit like this in LA or for dinner by the beach. This also comes in red and white, neither of which I’m really keen on wearing for this top, so I hope they come out with more colors soon.

Out From Under Markie Seamless Ribbed Bra in Medium Orange ($10, originally $16): I love this even more than the previous bra, because the straps are slightly thicker, and the shape is slightly more flattering on my body type. I also like wearing this as a top, especially paired with medium-wash high-waisted jeans. The medium orange is basically an awesome rust color, and I plan on picking up more colors in the future.

UO Wrap Midi Slip Dress ($23.99, originally $69): I’ve come to realize wrap dresses are one of the more flattering dress forms on me, so I tend to go for these types of dresses nowadays. I thought this one was cute, with its blue floral print contrasted with the black of the dress and the slightly asymmetrical hemline. Unfortunately, this is sold out on the site.

UO Wind Song Wide-Leg Pant ($23.99, originally $69): I loved this as soon as I saw it online, but I was a bit hesitant to purchase it at first because it was definitely out of my comfort zone. I’ve only started wearing wide-legged pants in the last year, and I definitely haven’t worn any rainbow colored pants before. I’m glad I got these though, because they are extremely comfortable and look great with a white tee and some sandals. The material is super thin, so it’s great for warm weather, and I see myself bringing these with me to Taiwan.

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I.AM.GIA Pixie Jacket ($68.55, originally $85.68): This isn’t really summer fashion, but I bought this last month when the Youtuber Amy Vagabond had a 20% off discount code, and I have been eyeing this teddy jacket for ages. I won’t deny that I got sucked into buying this because of all the Instagrammers that I’ve seen wearing it, but I’m so glad I did, because it’s so cute. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this when it’s colder too, since it keeps me pretty warm. Believe it or not, I’ve already worn this once – it got a bit chilly last week up here in the Bay Area, so I wore it out to a concert.

Indigo Vintage

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I’ve recently been inspired to do some thrifting by various Instagrammers and Youtubers that I follow. Not only is thrifting great for the environment, it’s also a great way to find unique pieces.

However, to be honest, I don’t always have the patience to dig through racks and racks of clothes. Thankfully, I discovered this amazing vintage store near Berkeley campus, Indigo Vintage, which has since become one of my favorite stores ever.

The store is a curated boutique – there are little sections with pieces from different online vintage stores and local makers. I’ve gone a few times, and I’ve since purchased rust orange linen blend pants (vintage), the silk scarf pictured above (vintage), a fanny pack (vintage), and two pairs of earrings pictured above, one from Moonwalker Things and one from Prism Jewels.

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AT A GLANCE | Lively

Recently, I came to the realization that most of my bras were getting misshapen because they were old. I had been eyeing Lively bras for a while because I was really drawn to the brand’s marketing and bigger bust friendly sizing, and it was as good a time as ever to try out these Lively bras.

Lively bras are at a flat price of $35 per bra, no matter the style, but you can get two for $55 and three for $75. I decided to pick up 3 to maximize my savings: (1) the Busty Bralette in Jet Black, (2) the Mesh Trim No-Wire in Jet Black, and (3) the T-Shirt Bra in Toasted Almond.

Before I talk about my thoughts on the actual bras, I want to point out that I wear a size 32DD, so it’s really difficult for me to find bras on any old website or at any old store. I really appreciate that the site has a specific bra category of “DD/DDD” that doesn’t just have one or two styles. There’s actually a great selection of styles, and they all look very comfortable and sexy. I love that there’s also a selection of bralettes with sizes made just for larger busts.

It seems that all of the bras have a J-hook in the back, which allows you to convert the bra to a racer back bra. The straps are also front-adjusting, so you can adjust the strap length while you wear them. Both of these features make the bras very versatile.

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Each order comes with a simple little drawstring bag to store your bras as well!

I’m really enjoying all three of the bras that I purchased. The bralette has a lot of coverage and fits wonderfully, and the t-shirt bra is very comfortable. The Mesh Trim No-Wire bra is probably my favorite – it has the support of a typical wire bra but is more comfortable because there is no wire. To me, it’s the perfect hybrid of a bra and bralette.

Unfortunately, after wearing the Mesh Trim No-Wire bra for only one day, the bra strap completely snapped off. Thankfully, Lively’s customer service team was very understanding and sent me a replacement for free after I sent them pictures of the broken bra strap.

I’ve been loving these bras so much so that I purchased three more bras as soon as Lively released their strapless bras: (1) the Lace Strapless in Jet Black, (2) the Lace Strapless in Toasted Almond, and (3) the All-Day Deep V No-Wire in Midnight Navy.

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The Lace Strapless was love at first sight. It’s a beautiful bra, so I really hoped that it would be comfortable and provide ample support, and it did not disappoint. The four hook and eye closures on the back as well as the side boning ensure that the bra band does not slide around without straps, and although the cups are not padded, they have that line of gel/silicone that you usually see on the top of strapless dresses to help hold the cups up. To be honest, that line of gel/silicone didn’t do too much to hold up the cups, but the bra fit well enough that it wasn’t much of an issue. It was the most fuss-free strapless bra I’ve ever worn – I didn’t feel myself pulling the bra up much, if at all. I’m glad I bought this bra in two colors, because I see myself getting a lot of use from these. No more bra straps showing for sleeveless and/or strapless tops!

The All-Day Deep V No-Wire is great at all, though, to me, it looks and feels the same as the Mesh Trim No-Wire bra. I compared the two, and it seems that the Deep V has slightly less fabric on the cups where they are close to your cleavage – I’ll have to try this versus the Mesh Trim on a lower cut shirt to compare, but regardless, I enjoy this bra very much as well.

Lively also sells undies ($10 each or 3 for $25), bodysuits ($45 each, maternity bodysuits included!), swim ($65 for one pieces, $45 for bikini pieces), and its own fragrance ($55). I’ll be looking at the swimwear because I’ll be going on a couple of vacations later this year, but otherwise, I don’t have a need for any of these other categories, so I probably won’t be checking those out for a while.

As a final cherry on top, Lively has an amazing point system. For every 100 points, you get a $10 reward. You get a 100 point bonus for making a Lively account, then 1 point per dollar spent, but sometimes there are are double point events. I made my second purchase during such an event, so now I have over 300 points, which is $30 to spend. I’ll probably be purchasing a bikini top with that reward.

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AT A GLANCE | Thrifty Thieves

It was love at first sight when I stumbled upon a picture of Thrifty Thieves earrings on the Tictail Instagram page. (Tictail is like a more curated Etsy, for those of you who don’t know.)

As soon as I saw that picture, I immediately went to the Tictail website to check out their offerings and was pleasantly surprised to see that the earrings were affordable as well! I ended up picking three different styles to try. Since the brand is based out of Singapore, I expected to pay shipping, and I was willing to since the earrings were both nice and affordable. My total for three pairs of earrings was a little under $32, with approximately $8 shipping and a 10% discount for my first purchase through Tictail.

Shipping was also amazingly fast – I expected to wait at least a week to receive my order, since it was an international order, but I probably got it within a week! The box itself was packaged very cutely. The earrings inside were also packed very nicely, with cute yellow, heart-shaped bubble wrap. I like that they included a little postcard with my name on it. Even though it’s not much, I appreciate little details like this that try to personalize your shopping experience. It makes buying from brands like this much more enjoyable – receiving packages like this make it feel more like you’re receiving a gift than merely receiving something that you purchased 🙂

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I got three different styles: (1) the Mini Moon in Lava (top left in picture below, $8.12), (2) the Tranquil (right, no longer available 😦 ), and (2) the Crescent in Honeycomb (bottom left, $8.12).

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I was really satisfied with all three pairs of earrings – they’re all really well made and go really well with plenty of outfits. I’ve already worn each style a handful of times, and I can’t wait to get more earrings from Thrifty Thieves!

Check out the brand’s website and Instagram to see the various styles they have available.

Have you heard of this brand before? What are your favorite places to get jewelry?

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FAVORITES | April 2018

No excuses, but I failed to post last week 😦 I’ll really have to try harder to be more consistent in posting…

Anyways, April favorites! As I hadn’t really posted for most of the last few months, some of these items have been in use for more than just April. Can you believe it’s already May? The year’s gone by so quickly…

This month’s favorites includes beauty items, of course, as well a few fashion items, a movie, and a recipe!

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  1. Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask (2.25 oz, $48): Let’s just say this deserves all the hype it’s getting. Stay tuned for a more detailed review.
  2. Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Weenie (0.074 oz, $5): I’ve been a longtime fan of the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows and of Kathleenlights, who created this shade as part of a collaboration with Colourpop. I had purchased this beautiful rose gold ultra-metallic shade right when it was released, but hadn’t used it until recently. It is as beautiful as it sounds. I actually use it as an everyday shade, applied with my fingers as a wash of color and shine on my lids, as the rose gold is rather subtle on my skin tone. However, I can definitely see myself using this shadow wet for a more dramatic look.
  3. Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black ($18 for full size): I got a deluxe sample of this mascara in one of those Sephora Favorites boxes, but just started using this in April after my previous mascara had dried up. I never expected much from this mascara, but I was so impressed from the very first time I used it. It’s definitely more of a natural look mascara, but it does an amazing job of lengthening my lashes. I never really purchase full size mascaras, but if I ever do, this one is definitely on my list.
  4. No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation in Warm Beige (1 oz, $15.99): From first application, I knew I was going to love this foundation. It was so easy to blend with a beauty sponge and looked like my skin but better. The formula definitely leaves your skin subtly glowy as promised, and I appreciate the SPF 15 as well. The relatively inexpensive price doesn’t hurt either.
  5. Botanics All Bright Foaming Face Wash (5 oz, $5.99): I’ve previously mentioned this in my post about Botanics, but didn’t get around to using it until a couple of months ago. Since I’ve started using it, it’s become a daily cleanser of mine. I started using it every morning, but now I prefer to use it at night. Despite being a foaming face wash, it doesn’t strip my skin at all, and my face still feels refreshed and clean afterwards. It’s also really affordable and easily found at Target, which only makes it more awesome.
  6. Glossier Body Hero Oil Wash (8.4 fl oz, $18 or save $5 with the Body Hero Duo): This body wash is amazing. I’ve never really used an oil wash before, and I loved how this one started as an oil, but lathers up as it interacts with water. My skin always feel moisturized but clean after using this, and it smells amazing. I also use it to shave. It’s more than I’d usually pay for a body wash, but I definitely plan on repurchasing in the future. I haven’t used the companion Daily Perfecting Cream yet, but plan on writing a review of the two together when I do.
  7. Face Brush ($1.50 at Daiso): To those of you who don’t know what Daiso is, it’s like the cooler Japanese cousin of the Dollar Store. Everything there is $1.50 unless marked otherwise, so it’s easy to get sucked into picking up things you didn’t intend to get when you set foot in the store. This face brush was one of those things. It looked like a tiny, manual version of the Foreo brush so I decided to give it a try. I love using this with the Botanics cleanser, and using this combo always makes my face feel extra clean and even slightly exfoliated without being abrasive at all. As a bonus, my dog loves when I brush her head with this, and it leaves her fur extra soft as well (yes, I clean the brush between using it for my face and for her face).
  8. Madewell Canvas Somerset Backpack in Acorn ($78): I’ve been wanting a cute but practical bag for a while, and I purchased this as soon as I had a discount code for Madewell. I wasn’t disappointed – the acorn color is beautiful, and it’s so nice to have my hands free, especially when I’m going on local hikes with my dog and my boyfriend on the weekend that don’t require a serious backpack. It’s also nice for just running out the door.
  9. Madewell Wrap Top in Star Scatter in Spicy Saffron (originally $69.50, now $29.99): I have been on a journey to incorporate more color into my wardrobe, and this top was just calling out my name. I’ve been loving shades of yellow in particular lately, hence the choice of this pattern and color. When I received the top, I loved it so much that I got another one Albury Stripe (originally $69.50, now $52.50). This wrap top is appropriate for work, but I can definitely see myself wearing it paired with shorts as well. For someone like me with a small frame but large bust, this is an amazingly flattering top that doesn’t also make you feel like you’re showing too much cleavage.
  10. A Quiet Place: I had been waiting to watch this since I saw the first trailer, and it did not disappoint. I won’t say much so as not to spoil anything, but if you’re into horror and/or thriller films, definitely give this one a watch.
  11. Mochi Muffins: These have been appearing at cafes everywhere in San Francisco and East Bay, and for good reason. They’re delicious. So I figured rather than spend up to $4 every time I want one, why not make my own? I found this recipe by the Tea Squirrel and adapted to my own tastes, replacing milk with coconut beverage (aka coconut milk in a carton), and omitted the sesame seeds and matcha. It was still delicious, though I may make more changes to adapt it more to my taste.

What were your favorites this past month?

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FAVORITES | September 2017

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Another month has come and gone, and that means another favorites! This month, I share with you three beauty favorites, four fashion favorites, a movie favorite, and a TV show favorite.

  1. e.l.f. Pore Refining Face Brush and Mask Tool ($5): This tool has made masking so much easier. Honestly, I get lazy and reluctant about applying masks because if it’s a rinse-off mask, the application gets pretty messy. This fixes that problem, and so I’ve gotten better about masking regularly. I don’t care much for the pore refining brush and don’t ever see myself using it, but this product is so affordable that only having one usable side isn’t a big deal to me.
  2. YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in Black ($32): Honestly, this isn’t anything groundbreaking for me. But I’ve had a streak of really mediocre mascaras in the last year, and this one grew on me because it actually lengthens my lashes and does hold a curl for a while. I got a deluxe size of this as part of one of those Sephora mascara sampler packs, so I didn’t know the price. Knowing it now and unable to find any information on how much product you get for $32, I’m not too keen on purchasing a full size of this.
  3. Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Blaze (0.074 oz, $5): I’ve actually had this for a while, but didn’t really bust it out until recently. This shadow, a coco bronze sprinkled with multi-dimensional glitter, is part of the Where The Light Is quad (4 shadows, $18) from Colourpop’s collaboration with KathleenLights. I’ve never been disappointed with Colourpop shadows, and I’m glad I finally put this shade to use. The bronze color keeps it very wearable for day-to-day, and the glitter adds a little extra something that keeps this from being a typical bronze. My favorite look with this shadow is a standard warm crease shade, Blaze all over the lids, applied with finger tips, and a darker matte brown smoked out in the outer edges of the eye. With whatever product I have left on my fingers, I smudge Blaze through my lower lash line.

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  4. Men’s Tees at Marshalls ($7.99 each): Last month, I was obsessed with digging through the men’s section of Marshalls for graphic-tee treasures. I had two favorites, both of which I’ve already worn every opportunity I get: (1) a Pulp Fiction tee, and (2) a plain white tee with a little french bulldog patch on the top left corner.
  5. Abercrombie & Fitch Lace-Trim Cami ($28): Since this was first released, I’ve kept it on my radar so I could buy it at first discount. I bought two, one in black and one in olive, for $16.80 each. They’re great as layering pieces, and I can see myself wearing these in so many different outfits. The straps are also adjustable, and the lace is so very pretty. The only concern would probably be that they’re pretty sheer, so lighter colors could be see-through.
  6. Abercrombie & Fitch Cropped Wide-Leg Pants in Black ($58): First of all, I want to say very proudly that I got these for a steal at $17.40 with a couple of discounts, and I love them already after wearing them only once. I actually wore these with the previous item, the lace-trim cami in olive, and my mules that I featured in last month’s favorites, for a laid-back yet still put together look.
  7. C9 French Terry Jogger in Light Grey ($22.99): I had never been planning to purchase these, but at the beginning of September, I traveled to Upstate New York extremely unprepared for the chillier weather. For some reason, I saw that the weather would be in the high 50s to low 60s and interpreted that as sundress-and-shorts weather. Not really sure what I was thinking, but as soon as I saw these at the local Target I grabbed them without even trying them on first. Despite being an impulsive purchase, I have enjoyed wearing these, even after coming back from my trip. They’re extremely soft and not too baggy. For a quality pair of sweats, these are at a pretty good price point. I only wish they had my size in the darker grey, since that would’ve been my color preference.
  8. Little Evil (out on Netflix): This is branded as a horror comedy, and is something of a parody of The Omen, but really, there wasn’t much horror in it besides the premise itself. Adam Scott (from Parks and Rec) plays Gary Bloom, who marries the woman of his dreams, but his stepson may be the Antichrist. Adam Scott is great in this role, but the supporting cast, specifically the group of stepdads from Gary’s support group, really make the movie. Watching this inspired me to watch the director Eli Craig’s previous movie, Dale and Tucker vs. Evil, which was also hilarious, and I’m excited to see more horror comedies from him.
  9. The Strain, season 4 (on FX): The Strain is a horror drama about vampires that are created through a virus, and a ragtag group of protagonists that come together to fight these strigoi, as vampires are known in the show. It isn’t the most well-written show out there, and I still don’t understand the showrunners’ obsession with the possible redemption of one possibly evil, psychopathic character (if you watch this show, you know who I’m talking about), but I’ve always found the world of The Strain and most of its characters worth watching. I had been slightly disappointed with season three, but the fourth and final season did not disappoint, and I really liked how the show explored the effects of a complete strigoi takeover of society. I was also satisfied with the ending to the series, as it was very fitting of the show and its characters.

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FAVORITES | August 2017

In the blink of an eye, it’s already September, and we’re heading into Labor Day weekend and the end of summer. With that in mind, I thought it’d be nice to start a favorites series before summer comes to a complete end.

These posts will primarily be on beauty favorites, but if I have any fashion or other lifestyle favorites, I will include those as well. For this month, I have a fashion love that isn’t included in the post image – continue reading to see what it is! 🙂

  1. LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask (2.3 oz, $25): My friend recommended this to me, and I am so glad I picked it up. It’s lightweight, fast-absorbing, and very easy to use. I usually put this on in place of my nighttime moisturizer, and when I do, I wake up the next morning with soft, dewy skin. It’s also pretty good value for the price – you get a hefty jar of it, and the packaging neither looks nor feels cheap. There’s also a spatula that you can use to scoop out the product.
  2. Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Face Palette Pretty Cheeky (0.38 oz, $19.99 – currently $16.98): As soon as I saw KathleenLights recommend this on Youtube, I went ahead and purchased it. Despite being a drugstore product, the quality of the packaging is good, and the design on the compact is very cute. The formulas for the bronzer, blush, and highlighter are all amazing – if you swatch any of them with your finger, you’ll find that they’re almost creamy in texture. They’re also super pigmented, so make sure you go in with a light hand, especially if you’re more fair-skinned, since these colors are definitely more targeted for medium skin tones. There is quite a bit of fall out when you dip your brush in, but that’s not too much of an issue for me because they apply so nicely to my face.
  3. Kevin Aucoin The Eyelash Curler ($21): My previous eyelash curler from Trish McEvoy was great, but it was old and no longer curling my lashes. I decided I wanted to try a new one, and this one had decent reviews on Sephora. It definitely didn’t disappoint – it curls my lashes nicely and fits the shape of my eye well.
  4. Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum ($58 for 1.7 fl oz, or $77 for 2.5 fl oz): I have a whole review of this here. I love how this makes my skin feel and plan to purchase a full-size version when I have used up more of my current skincare inventory.
  5. Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser (6 fl oz, $18): I’ve had this for a while and had been using it solely as a makeup remover. It did the job, but I never particularly enjoyed using it. Recently, I decided to try using it as a face wash instead, and I love using it as a face wash so much more than I ever did using it as a makeup remover. I use it as a morning cleanser now, and it leaves my skin clean and refreshed without stripping it of moisture. Unfortunately, I’m almost near the end of my bottle, so I won’t be getting back to it for a while.
  6. Glossier Priming Moisturizer (1.7 fl oz, $22): I bought this a while ago when Glossier was first getting big, and I have to say I didn’t think it was anything extraordinary as a primer, which was how I used it. In hindsight, it’s probably because my skin is normal/combination/oily, so additional moisture isn’t really what I need in a primer. In a recent effort to finish products before they expire, I started using this as a moisturizer in the morning, and it’s amazing. It gives just the right amount of moisture and dewiness to my face. With the rediscovery and newfound love for this and the Milk Jelly Cleanser, I’m excited to get my hands on more Glossier products.
  7. The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel (25.3 fl oz, $20): I love The Body Shop’s shower gels, and they’re pretty affordable since there are sales so often. I got this particular one when Amazon had a deal on these for around $11, but The Body Shop often has “buy x amount, get x amount free” deals where you can get them for even less. I had to give a shout out to the Pink Grapefruit in this post because this scent is stronger than any of the other scents I’ve used, so every time I shower, my whole bathroom smells nice and fresh.
  8. The Gemma Mule in Leather in English Saddle ($98): I love these. I purchased them last month as a birthday present to myself when Madewell offered me $25 off my purchase. I hate wearing socks, so I’ve been trying to find a good pair of work shoes that don’t require socks. These are extremely comfortable, and I can walk a long time in them. The leather started off a bit stiffer and rubbed at certain parts of my foot the wrong way, but as I wear them more that’s become less of an issue.

What were your favorites this past month? Let me know in the comments section below!

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HAUL | Nordstrom Anniverary Sale 2017

I hadn’t been planning on getting anything during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year, but a few deals caught my eye that were so good I couldn’t resist. Here’s what I purchased:

  1. Fresh Sugar Lip Romance Set ($26, $38 value): This set includes a full-size (0.15 oz, $26) Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy and a half-size (0.07 oz, $12) Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15. Fresh has one of my favorite lip balm formulations ever (with SPF included!), and I’ve always wanted to try the Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy, so this one was a no-brainer.
  2. Living Proof Perfect hair Day Collection ($75, $130 value – SOLD OUT 😦 ): This set includes 24 fl oz bottles with pumps of both the shampoo and conditioner ($59 each) and a travel size (1.8 oz, $12) dry shampoo. My friend had gifted me a trial set of these products last year for Christmas, and I loved all of the products. The dry shampoo is probably the best I’ve ever used, and the shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling clean and moisturized. I hadn’t ever planned on purchasing full-size bottles of the shampoo and conditioner because I don’t like spending a lot on shampoo/conditioner, but with this deal I decided to splurge. Plus, at $75, this set is almost 50% off what you would pay for the three items if you purchased them separately.
  3. beautyblender® air.port.pro Makeup Sponge Applicator & Large Cosmetics Bag Set ($35, $66 value – SOLD OUT 😦 ): Two beauty blenders, a solid sponge cleanser, and a large cosmetics bag, all for $35? This was another no-brainer, and a lot of people definitely shared my thoughts, as this is now sold out. Beauty blenders retail for $20 each and the sponge cleanser retails for $16.
  4. Band of Gypsies Faux Wrap Maxi Dress in Wine/Teal/Rust ($35.90, $55 after sale ends): I’ve been really wanting a wrap style maxi dress in a cute print, and this did not disappoint. It’s so flowy and romantic, and the different print at the very bottom of the dress was a nice touch. It also has a high-low skirt which I always think is extra flattering. I’m already thinking of occasions when I can bust out this dress to wear!

The sale ends Sunday, August 6, so get on it before it’s over! What did you all buy during the sale? 🙂

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