Thursday, November 29, 2012

Target & Neiman Marcus Collaboration Guide

I'm not sure how I only learned about this YESTERDAY, but since then I've been fangirling (appropriate term?) over the Neiman Marcus for Target collection. My friend and I actually spent a good hour or so talking about everything we wanted, along with our dreams of how we would spend our money if we won the $550 million PowerBall... but I digress.

We plan on getting to our local Target at 7:30 a.m. (it opens at 8 a.m.) because you never know what the turn out will be like, especially after the frenzy over Target's collaboration with Missoni last spring.

Collection details:
- Launches Dec. 1, 2012
- 24 Designers
- 50 items (link!)
- Ranges from $20-$500

Find the items I'm interested in after the break!

Black Friday & Cyber Tuesday Haul!

I had an amazing Thanksgiving and mini vacay from work, and I hope everyone else did too! I didn't do much shopping on Black Friday, instead I made most of my purchases at sales before and after the day.

Here is what I did purchase!

Forever 21 Cable Knit Pointelle Sweaters in Olive and Cream $22.80 each

I bought these sweaters on Cyber Monday. I've wanted cable knit sweaters for awhile, and these ones look super cozy. I also loved the olive green color. I normally wear a medium at F21, but I ordered these in larges because I want the over-sized look.

To make my order eligible for the discount and free shipping I had to spend over $50, so I also bought a pair of earrings and a cami. I own the cami in other colors, and it is really comfortable and the perfect thickness for layering.

UPDATE 12/12: I finally received my Forever 21 order and I have to say, I'm kind of disappointed :(. The sweaters did not look good on me, and even though I ordered them in the same size, the cream one was SUPER small. It fit snugly on my younger sister, who normally wears an xs or s at Forever. The olive one fit me in the large, but I think chunky/cable knit sweaters are not for me. Also, the earrings were way bigger than I expected. I guess I didn't read the description carefully enough, because I thought they were going to be 1/2-1 inches, but they're more like 2 inches, which is huge! I'm definitely returning the sweaters, but I have to keep the earrings because jewelry items are final sale. 

The one thing I do like about ordering off of is that when you return an item you get a full refund, whereas I'm pretty sure in-store purchases can only be returned for a store credit.

More items after the jump!

Urban Decay NEW Naked Basics Palette

This morning I received an email about a new palette by Urban Decay, and I had to tell you all about it! The Naked Basics Palette is the brand's first completely matte palette. It contains six full-sized eye shadows, four of which are new, never-before-seen shades, all for $27.

I am definitely going to snatch this up before it sells out! I'm always looking for good matte eye shadows, and since I love Urban Decay eye shadows in general, this palette is perfect. The packaging looks like a smaller version of the Naked2 Palette, so the smaller design will make it perfect for traveling. I haven't seen many completely matte palettes, except for The Balm's Meet Matt(e) palette, which I reviewed here, so this is a nice change.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fall Neutrals feat. Rag & Bone Harrow Booties

Today's outfit is pretty plain, but it's super comfy and I love how all of the colors look together. I don't own many brown shoes, so wearing these booties was out of my comfort zone color-wise. However, I'll admit I liked wearing something other than black, because it opened up a whole new neutral palette for me!

At first I didn't think the brown and grey would go well together, but somehow each of these specific colors complement each other perfectly!

Stylemint "Michigan" tee in Cabernet, $30
Loft sweater (last year)
Rag & Bone/Jean Kensington Skinnies, $187
Rag & Bone Harrow Boot, $495

Saturday, November 17, 2012

My Favorite Make Up Brushes

I was cleaning out my brush collection and realized I have accumulated a lot over the past few years! I wanted to come up with a list of my favorite types of brushes and share that with you, so you don't end up like me with a few dozen unused brushes.

The majority of my brushes are from Sigma Beauty and MAC, but there are a few rando brands in there. I would suggest starting with the Sigma brushes though, because they are relatively inexpensive and are GREAT quality. The brushes are just as soft as MAC brushes, maybe even softer, and there is more of a selection to choose from. I have also heard that Sedona Lace brushes are pretty good, but I don't own any so I cannot compare.

Since we are in the holiday season, a great way to improve your brush collection would be to ask for one of the Sigma brush sets as a gift. There are tons of sets to choose from; you can get an essentials kit that includes eyes and face brushes, or you can get a more specific kit for either eyes or face. I personally would love to own the Mr. Bunny Kit, but I need to save up a litte more first!

Eye Shadow brush

I use the MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush to pack color on my lid, smudge shadow under my eyes and place shadow in my crease. This is definitely a multi-purpose brush, even though it was created just for placing color on your lid. The Sigma E55 Eye Shading brush is very similar to the MAC one.

Small Tapered Blending brush

I really like this type of brush because the small taper makes applying color/defining your crease super easy. You are also defining and blending color at the same time. I have both the Sigma E45 and the MAC 226 (limited edition from the MAC Me Over collection, but they are EXACTLY the same), and use this brush on a daily basis to apply crease color. This is different than a normal blending brush, such as the Sigma E25, because it creates a more defined line. It also differs from a stiff dome blending brushes (Sigma E35 or MAC 217) because those apply color more lightly.

Fluffy Blending brush

I love my Sigma E40 Tapered Blending brush. It's amazing at blending out all eye shadow colors once they've been applied to the lid and crease. This ensures that there are no harsh lines around my eyes after using my tapered blending brush.

Eye Liner brush

I use this brush when applying gel eyeliner to my upper lash line. I have the MAC 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush, but you can also get the Sigma E10 Small Eye Liner brush, which is pretty much the same, just less expensive. The brush tip is thin, so it creates a smooth, thin line.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Winter 2012 Nail Polish Collections

We're only one week away from Thanksgiving, and you know what that means...winter nail polish collections have been and are currently being released!

China Glaze has a few Winter/Holiday 2012 collections. I've listed them and their promotional pictures below:

The Holiday Joy collection will be released in mid-November, so you can find it in your local beauty/drug stores now!

Holiday Joy
In-store display

More pictures and information about other Winter/Holiday 2012 collections after the jump!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Celebrity Look for Less: Taylor Swift in Polka Dots

I saw a picture of Taylor Swift on Pinterest a few days ago and absolutely fell in love with her outfit! If you couldn't already tell from my previous post, I am totally into burgundy, so her outfit is one of my faves.

Taylor is wearing cropped, dressier pants, but in the outfit I created I chose burgundy skinny jeans. It's pretty cold where I live, so I think jeans are more appropriate for the weather. Also, jeans make the outfit look more casual.

Outfit information after the jump!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Burgundy Bliss

I recently went a little crazy trying to find burgundy/oxblood/wine clothing and accessories online. I love dark shades, and purple is my favorite color, so this deep red/purple fall color trend is obviously my favorite - I want to own everything in this color!

At first I was going to provide links to all of the items I found, but there were just WAY too many. Instead, I picked out a few of my favorites (that are fabulous!) and listed them below :)

Top: Loft $50, Banana Republic $40
Bottom: Loft $45, Express $50, Ann Taylor $118


Top: Banana Republic $90, Tobi $62, J Crew $80 (similar here), Ann Taylor $70 (on sale)
Bottom: Loft $60, J Crew $62, Express $70, Loft $50

Blazers & Outerwear
Top: Shopbop $72 (similar here), $94, Express $90 (on sale)
Bottom: Nordstrom $110, J Crew $248

Pants, accessories and shoes after the jump!