Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Casual Sequins

 Sequins, oh sequins...such an elegant addition to a garment. Women love sequins. And naturally so. I mean, it is no secret that chicks dig pretty, shiny things. And boy are they pretty... and oh so shiny. Up until maybe the last few years, I always associated sequins with the tacky, strippery 80's pieces you find in the thrift shops. This might have something to do with the fact that when I was younger, I went to a thrift shop with my grandfather and stumbled upon this horrible, stretchy, sequined... thing. I'm not sure if it was a skirt, tube top, or headband, really, but what I do know is that it 1. smelled like cigarette smoke, and 2. had been stretched way beyond its limits. So, thanks to this smokey, stretched out sartorial nightmare (which probably belonged to a prostitute,) sequins always sort of had a bad rap with me. Conversely, I also associated sequins with over the top, fancy parties that I would never be invited to, because quite honestly, I don't have many friends.

Many years later, maturity and a growing, unhealthy love for J Crew, have brought me to this grown up, updated take on sequins: The J Crew Cluster Sequin Tee. When I saw this, I didn't picture myself dancing in a thong and eight inch stiletto heels on a stage while a Motley Crue song plays in the background. I didn't imagine myself at an over the top cocktail party, smoking one of those long cigarette things while fake laughing at someone's awful jokes and sipping champagne. My first inclination was that I wanted to wear this top with some sort of chambray (I pictured a chambray blazer, but this button down shirt will suffice) and denim. Totally casual. Totally wearable. 

So, I am here today to prove to any other skeptics that sequins can be just as casual as, say, a pair of sneakers and jeans (at 12 pm for lunch and froyo.)

 J Crew Cluster Sequin Tee, ASOS Scalloped Edge Bag

Sequined tee: J Crew
Jeans: BDG via Urban Outfitters
Polka Dot Chambray Shoes: Charlotte Russe
Bag: Asos
Watch: Michael Kors

P.s. I am thinking of doing a giveaway soon for my lovely followers, so I have been compiling a list of items to include. I think it's going to be a small collection of some of my favorite, "can't live without" products. So, if you have any suggestions for products I have talked about in past posts that you would like to see in the giveaway, let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

June Favorites

The month of June brought a few products I was quite impressed with. There were actually a few more than this, but the others were so good, they deserve their own individual posts. So, with that being said, I bring you my June Favorites:

Philosophy Pink Frosted Animal Cracker Body Wash
First, let's talk about this body wash from Philosophy. Pink Frosted Animal Cracker? I mean, come on. What's not to love about that? And it smells just like an effing frosted animal cracker. It was love at first sniff. Fer realz. I am not super jazzed about the lack of scent lingerability here (yeah that's totally a thing, I just made it up.) This body wash would be perfect if the scent lingered on the skin post shower, but we can't all be perfect, right? This also gets points for not giving me little bumps on the back of my arms the way many soap products do. At $16.50, it was a bit of a splurge as far as body wash goes, but I would say it was worth it just for the delightfully sweet smell. Purchase here

Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine 

I'm not entirely sure if I have talked about this before, but regardless, we're gonna have a little rap sesh about it now. I have hair issues, that's no secret. For years, I have had this obsession with wavy, bed head, sexy hair. Well, what I naturally have is coarse, tight curls... a mix of tight ringlets and looser waves. So, what I do is straighten it and then use my conical wand to make loose curls. Then, I take a little dab of Brilliantine and distribute it throughout my mane. I sort of mess it up to give it the bed head look, and I'm left with a sort of second day, messy, wavy, gritty, sexy look (was that enough adjectives?) It also adds a bit of shine to my dry ends. This gives my waves a bit of movement and hold. I dig this stuff. Buy here

Orly Fancy Fuchsia Nail Polish

I was looking for the perfect bright pink nail polish and yes, friends, this is it. It is sort of a Barbie pink. I have been loving all things fuchsia lately. Fuchsia errythang. This looks great on toes. Like really great. It goes on nice and smooth and opaque in about two coats. I used my Seche Vite top coat over this and it takes a few days to chip, which is actually better than many nail polishes I own. Love.

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Honeymoon

This blush is sort of reminiscent of a MAC MSF. It is a lovely cool toned pink color with a lilac veining running through it. It adds a nice lilac-pink shimmer to the cheeks and looks really great when I'm wearing a bit of bronzer. I like wearing this with purple toned pink lipsticks. I also remember this being quite inexpensive. I want to say they are about $7 and can be found at Walmart. 

 St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse 
I look like a corpse. Let's be real here. I need all the bronzing help I can get. This crap might be $32 for a 4 oz bottle at Sephora, but I could not care any less. It gives me a nice, even glow without the risk of wrinkles or skin cancer. It isn't orange, if I prep my skin properly, and take my time applying, it goes on without streaks. This also doesn't smell as bad as most other self tanners. Don't get me wrong, it does smell. Just not as bad. It also doesn't rub off on my sheets or stain my clothing, which is a plus. Can find this at Sephora and Ulta or purchase slightly cheaper here

Makeup Forever Smokey Extravagant Mascara

This is actually a sample I got by using some of my Sephora VIB points. I love mascara samples. I want to try every mascara on the market, but that is economically impossible, so free samples are sort of a step in the right direction. I have actually never tried the original MUFE Smokey Lash, so I can't say how the two compare, but I will say that I very much enjoy this version. It gives me nice, intense black lashes. They look longer, volumized, nicely separated, and very black. The brush is a bit awkward with the thick base, but once you figure out how to work it, it is worth it. Also, you have to wiggle the wand a bit as you brush it through or else your lashes will clump together a bit. It doesn't flake, and it isn't impossible to remove at the end of the day. At $24 for the full size, it is pretty expensive, but I would say that it's right on par with other high end mascaras. Purchase here

Thanks for reading! What products are you loving right now? Have you tried any of these? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!