Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Perfect Summer Sweater

Photo Credit: Katy Dew Photography

Katherine and I decided to forgo our normal backdrop and opt for the Walker Sculpture Garden for our photos.  I have lived in Minnesota my whole life and had never been to the sculpture garden nor had I ever seen the cherry and the spoon aka "Spoonbridge and Cherry."  Now that I've been there AND been super touristy and taken multiple pictures by it, I can call myself a true Minnesotan. 

We had a spur of about 4 days where it was unusually cool around here.  I'm talking highs in the low 60's when it's usually in the mid 80's.  It was kind of nice to be able to open the house up and get some nice, cool (non-recycled) fresh air circulating but I'm really hoping this isn't how the rest of the summer goes.  The hot weather can return for a while.

Because of the chill, I tossed on this open-weave sweater that I got from an Old Navy Outlet store for...wait for it...$3.50!  Seriously my best purchase in a long time.  I feel like it's a good summer sweater since it is so airy but also provides more warmth than a tee shirt.  Also, I had to bust my boots out of storage (and they were covered in dust by the way...maybe I should re-think my storage system).  I must admit, I have missed those trusty things.  So comfy and versatile.  That doesn't mean I'm ready for summer to be over...really....the hot weather can come back any time now.

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

Get the Look:
Sweater: Similar Exact (but only in XXL)
Necklace: Similar Similar
Jeans: Exact and might I mention ONLY $7.80!! (used to be $10)
Boots: Exact
Purse: Similar

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Beauty Tip Tuesday #4

Olive Oil

Taking off makeup can be the biggest pain in the butt after a long day when all you want to do is crawl into bed and be asleep as soon as possible.  If your under the age of 21, you may be able to get away with passing out with your makeup on occasionally.  However, if Jesse and the Rippers means something to you, you're old enough to know better.  You gotta take off that makeup at the end of the day.

There are a ton of micellar waters coming on the market after the success of Bioderma and as a result, there are endless options to get the job done.  But, sometimes the best option is the simplest.  I've found that olive oil is an amazing makeup remover.  I used to use a mix of olive and castor oils as my cleanser but my curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to try something new.  One thing didn't change though.  I still use olive oil to remove my makeup.  It can get every trace of annoying, waterproof product.  It isn't drying but also doesn't break me out.  You just take a tablespoon or so and massage it into a dry face.  Wipe off with a damp washcloth and you're ready to move on to your cleanser.   

Do you have a favorite makeup remover? 

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Summer Gloss

From  Top: Maybelline Super Stay 10 Hour Stain Gloss in Cool Coral, Revlon Super Lustrous gloss in Coral Reef, Rimmel Stay Glossy (color 2074), Revlon Color Stay Mineral Gloss in Perennial Pink

Summer is the time for a great gloss.  It's something that's easy to throw on and looks good with any sort of makeup.  If there could be a magical gloss that lasted all day without reapplying (I always just forget about it and never end up reapplying anyway) and wasn't sticky that would be AMAZING!  Unfortunately, we live in the real world and I don't care how much a brand boasts those abilities, there's just not a lipgloss like that.  But there are some really great ones out there that are worth the extra effort that comes with reapplying a gloss.  

Here are a few drugstore options that are nice formulas in fun summer colors:

1.  Maybelline Super Stay 10 Hour Stain Gloss in Cool Coral -- My only beef with this guy is that it says it's a "10 Hour" lip stain.  I always wonder how brands come up with those claims.  This definitely does not last for ten hours (at least not with a nice strong color), but it is really long lasting.  I actually really love these stains and bought it in a few different colors.  They last for hours and have a nice smooth formula.  The last picture is actually after I washed my hands with soap.  Maybelline isn't lying when they say stain, that's for sure!  They are pretty strongly scented, so if that's not your thing I would maybe stay away.

2.  Revlon Super Lustrous gloss in Coral Reef -- For some reason this looks straight up orange in the pictures.  I promise it's not that orange-y however I would call it a true coral.  These glosses from Revlon are a nice standard gloss.  Not too sticky and lasts as long as any regular gloss can last.

3.  Rimmel Stay Glossy in Fuchsia Fever -- I like this one because it's such a fun bright pink.  It's a nice and smooth product but has a little bit of a plastic scent.  You've been warned.

4.  Revlon Color Stay Mineral Gloss in Perennial Pink -- Another really nice pink.  This is more of an everyday, just want a lil color on my lips sort of product.  A great staple to have when you don't know what else to throw on.

What's your favorite drugstore lipgloss for summer?  

Friday, July 26, 2013

High Five For Friday!

High Five For Friday

High five for Friday everybody!  Here's a fun down of the week.  Hope you have a good weekend!

1.  The 23rd was our anniversary.  We were married 2 years ago at Grand View Lodge.  The path in the picture was used as the aisle with chairs set up on either side.  I was the mean friend that made my bridesmaids walk down all those steps :)

2.  For the first half of the week I was up at my family's cabin (near where we got married).  It was so relaxing to sit on the boat and drink margaritas in the sun.  Seriously didn't want to come back.

3.  Here's a little pic from our wedding day, just for fun.

4.  We had smores while up at the cabin one night and they were delish.

5.  This is the most hilarious thing I saw all week.  Apparently there's a clap off bra...ya know, for all those super lazy people out there.  Here's the video.  You're welcome. 

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Unique Stripes

Photo Credit: Katy Dew Photography

 This dress is a Marshall's find from a while back.  It's one of those things that you buy and put in the closet only to be forgotten for months on end.  I don't know why, but it was just never a dress that I would reach for.  Then, last week I ended up wearing it to work.  Once I did, I wondered why it had taken me so long to take it out of the closet.  It's a cotton dress, so not super dressy but nice enough (and long enough!) to wear to the office.

Have you ever had that piece of clothing that never seems to make it out of the closet, but when it does you wonder why you never wear it?

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

Monday, July 22, 2013

Out of Office


I'll be a little MIA for the next couple days -- I'm spending some time up at my family's cabin.  It will be pretty rough having to spend time on the lake, playing games and relaxing...but I'll try to make it through.  I'll be back later in the week with a new outfit post and hopefully another beauty one as well.  In the meantime, enjoy your week!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Using the Wet n Wild Nude Awakening Palette

Since I have mentioned the Wet n Wild Nude Awakening palette multiple times over the last week, I thought I would show a look using the opposed to saying it's awesome without showing it in action.  So, without further adieu, here's what was used:

All over the lid - left side "eyelid" 
Browbone and inner corners - left side "browbone" 
Defining/crease color - left side "crease" 

*A little tip: to get a flawlessly blended eye, use a clean blending brush after you have applied all of the shades.  It won't muddy up the colors like it would if you use the same brush you've applied color with.

The funny thing about Wet n Wild is they completely take the guessing game out of where to put the shadows.  Nice for applying...but makes me feel silly actually typing what color I used where since the "colors" are named after where you should put them.  Yeah...

Anyway, like I've said before, if you can get your hands on this palette I would definitely recommend picking it up!  It's a useful little thing.  

What's your favorite palette to use for a natural look?

Photo Credit (first two): Katy Dew Photography

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Navy + White

I'm pretty sure I've said it before, but I'll say it again.  I love me some navy and white.  It's just so clean, classic and easy.  Basically anything nautical is just great.  Maybe I secretly want to captain a sail it still a captain when it's a sailboat?  I just searched that and a picture of a naked girl on a sailboat popped up as one of the image results....awkward.

This particular shirt is actually a dress but surprise surprise it's too short for me to wear without something underneath.  Or at least too short for my liking!  So why not throw on some shorts and roll it up a bit?  I know I've said multiple times that I hate shorts, but what can I say.  I'm trying to force myself to get used to them.

What are your favorite color combinations?

Get the look:
Top - Michael Kors Similar
Shorts - Abercrombie and Fitch Similar
Shoes - Frye Option Option
Belt - H&M Similar
Bag - Nine West via DSW Exact

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Just for Fun

Something just for fun today -- while driving home from work yesterday I was browsing Twitter and came across a Tweet with a link to an article about the Zara skort.  On a whim I ended up clicking on it and came across a familiar face on slide #9!  It was pretty fun to see one of my images on a popular site like Lucky Magazine.  Here's the original post that the image came from.

Now if only the other images didn't make me want to buy the blue version of the skort...

Monday, July 15, 2013

Dupe for Urban Decay's Naked Palette?

 Left: Half Baked   Right: Left Eyelid        Left: Darkhorse   Right: Right Eyelid
 Left: Creep       Right: Right Side Definer
          Right: Buck   Left: Left Crease                       Left: Gunmetal Right:   Right Side Crease
                 Top: Naked            Bottom: Right Side Browbone

In one of my posts from last week, I had mentioned that the Wet n Wild Nude Awakening palette looked very familiar to another popular eye palette.  Well, as you may have guessed, that palette is Urban Decay's Naked.  Six of the eight Wet n Wild colors are either nearly exact dupes or realistic swaps for colors in the UD palette (the closest matches are swatched above). 

While the Naked palette is really great, it comes in at $50.  If you're not one to spend the cost of a good meal on a makeup product, the Wet n Wild Nude Awakening is a great alternative and only $4.99.  Not too shabby as the Wet n Wild version encompasses all the very usable shades of the UD palette (in my opinion anyway) for ONE TENTH of the price.  

The only thing that's a little tricky is that Nude Awakening can be difficult to get ahold of.  Not only does WnW only sell in North America, it seems that only certain stores carry their limited edition items.  However, they are re-releasing this lil gem so hopefully you can find it somewhere!

Do you have either of these palettes?  What do you like/dislike about them?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

What's Going on in the Drugstores?

I must admit, this is a bit of a rant but bear with me.  I was in CVS yesterday and noticed a display of L'Oreal's Made for Me Pinks (the new lipsticks in the Color Riche line).  I was looking at the two colors they had under the "Fair" category (they have the shades split up into which would look best for what kind of skin) and really loved them.  I thought hey, I have $3 in CVS bucks to use up, I'll get these two lil guys.  
Then...I looked at the price.  They were a whopping $9.49 each in store!  I'm sorry, did I stumble into Sephora without realizing it?  Some of the drugstores are getting out of control with their prices.  My theory is that they do this because they have decent rewards programs but if they are overcharging for the product in the first place...that kind of negates the benefits of the reward program.  For some reason, they are slightly cheaper on the CVS website at $8.99, but still annoying.  Also, the Magic Nude foundation was over $12.  That's getting pretty close to "high end" status.  

I don't mean to hate on CVS (or L'Oreal for that matter).  Most of the drugstores seem to be doing this.  However, I will say that Target always has better base prices on their beauty products than your CVS, Walgreens, etc.  Their prices for both of the aforementioned products are a lot more reasonable.  The foundation is currently listed at $10.99 and the lipsticks are $5.99 (a solid 3 bucks cheaper than the in-store CVS price).  
So, long story short, even though those drugstores might make you feel like you're saving money with their generous rewards programs...they are probably overcharging in the first place.  So really if you use their rewards/coupons you just end up spending what you would at Target or the like.

Maybe I'm just having a crabby day or am being too harsh, but seriously drugstores, what's goin on??  End rant.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

They're Back! Wet N Wild Limited Edition Spring 2013 8 Pan Shadows

 Left: Nude Awakening Right: Going in the Wild
 Going in the Wild
Nude Awakening

As I've said before, Wet n Wild has really brought it when it comes to their shadows.  They have a great texture without too much fallout and are easy to blend.  When their spring palettes were released this year, they sold out really quickly and a lot of people (cough...including me...cough) were forced to use unconventional ways of finding them.  After some searching, I ended up getting these off of Ebay a few months back (still sealed, no worries).  

However, today on Nouveau Cheap, I learned that the brand is re-releasing the duo!  Wet n Wild's limited edition collections aren't always the easiest items to find, but if you can get your hands on these I would definitely recommend it.  Especially the Nude Awakening palette. It has some really great colors.  If you can only get one, I would skip on Going in the Wild (Anyone else think this is kind of a weird name?  It makes me think of...relieving yourself in the wild.  Just me?).  The yellow, green and purple in this one are a bit chalky.  But, at $4 it's worth it if you like all the other colors.

If you're thinking the Nude Awakening palette looks naggingly're not alone.  More on that coming later in the week.

Have you scored any of the LE palettes?  What's your take?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sometimes You Just Want a Casual Day

Photo Credit: Katy Dew Photography

With all the dresses, skirts and heels in the fashion world, sometimes you just want a comfy tee shirt and jeans day.  A perfectly soft shirt and an old pair of jeans can be the perfect outfit.  I am particularly a fan of these Target ones (linked below) as they are incredibly soft and, well, they are on sale pretty often.  Even at full price they are $10 or under. 

The second thing about this outfit that I need to point out: the shoes.  I have to admit, it took me awhile to warm up to the "boat shoe" thing.  My husband wanted a pair a year or two ago and I may have made fun of him a bit.  But, here I am, sporting the same shoes I thought were grandpa-like a year ago.  I must say, they are so damn comfy.  I've walked miles in them without my feet hurting which is amazing when we walk to Twins games from our apartment (about 2 miles to give you an idea).  Let's just say if I had to walk that in shoes that were anything less than comfortable, I would not be a pleasant person to be around for the remainder of the evening.

What are your comfy outfit staples?

Orange Tee: Target
White Tee: Target
Jeans: Banana Republic Similar
Shoes: Sperry via Nordstrom Exact
Necklace: Forever 21 Similar

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

Monday, July 8, 2013

Thoughts on Diptyque Perfumes and Candles

One day when I got my daily Hautelook email, I noticed the site was going to be featuring Diptyque products.  Needless to say, I was pretty excited at the thought of getting some of their products for a big discount.  If you haven't heard of Diptyque, they are a Parisian brand selling mainly perfumes and home fragrances.  It seems like tons of beauty bloggers rave about their products so I thought I would take advantage of the discounted prices and purchase a few things via Hautelook.

To start off with, it's pretty difficult to order perfume online.  You basically just have to go with it and hope the over the top descriptions are fairly accurate.  I ended up chosing the Oyedo which is described on their site as:

     "This eau de toilette is named after the city of Edo, the former name of Tokyo, where very fresh scents, structured upon citrus fruit, such as yuzu (multifaceted cousin to the lime), were very much in demand. It recalls a citrus orchard on the shores of the Pacific. A fresh scent, yes, but also distinguished and joyous, warmed by sun-drenched thyme."

Again, the description is a little over the top but basically it's labeled as a citrus-y fruity fresh scent.  I would agree that it is fruity, but it is incredibly sweet.  It's not much of a problem for me since I don't mind sweet perfumes, but it seems like I'm the minority in that regard so it may not be everyone's cup of tea.  You guys are probably going to think "how the f can you like that" after I give this description but it almost reminds me of the scent of knockout powder from back in the day.  Remember that stuff?  Basically Kool Aid without the water?  Good times.  Anyway, yeah, it's that kind of sweet...just a little more toned down.  

Lasting power for the perfume is medium.  I find that it doesn't quite last all day or stay on my clothes like my trusty Miss Dior so that's a bit disappointing.  However, you only need one spritz and you're good to go (you really only need one spritz of any perfume but that's another story).

As far as the candle goes, I ordered the Lilas aka Lilac scent.  There's no mistaking this one.  It smells like fresh lilacs, which is amazing.  It's a nice light and fresh smell that is quintessentially spring.  The candle is about 6.5 oz so it's not huge but this guy will only be burned ever so often.  I'll keep using my good 'ol Bath and Body Works ones for everyday.  

On the topic of repurchasing, I would maybe try another perfume if the brand is featured on Hautelook again.  I feel like I got a pretty good deal since perfume in general is so expensive.  It was $35 for the 1.7 oz bottle (for reference, the Miss Dior is $70 for a 1 oz. bottle).  So, I was able to get the candle and the perfume for the full price cost of just a candle.  Speaking of, their candles are just so dang expensive for what they are.  Yes, they are nice, but to be completely honest I just wanted to try them out since all the big girl beauty bloggers have Diptyque products. 

Have you ever tried Diptyque?  What are your thoughts?

Friday, July 5, 2013

High Five For Friday!

Hi five to anyone that actually made it to work today!  It was a little rough getting up this morning after last night's festivities but hey, I have more important things to save my vacation days for.  To everyone else that was able to take the day off, I'm jealous and wish I was in your shoes.  Either way, happy Friday and here are some highlights from last week...most of which have to do with Fourth of July.

1.  Tis the season for iced coffee...and I never want it to go away!

2.  I finally received my Diptyque items from Hautelook.  I got the lilac smelling candle and it is just that, pure lilac smell.  MMmmmm.

3.  The view from our friends' rooftop pool where we spent the holiday.  It was pretty rough sitting by the pool all afternoon...I mean I actually had to lift my head to drink out of my cup!  Horrors.

4.  We also watched fireworks from said rooftop.  It was glorious to not have to deal with huge mobs of people and have an actual chair to sit in instead of the blanket on the grass set up.

5.  My food contribution for the day.  I thought I would make the cupcakes a lil festive (and healthier....right??) with the strawberries and blueberries.

How was your week?  Any US people do anything fun for the holiday?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth