November 2013 archive

Celebrity Fashion Lust #7

OHHHHHHH, OSCAR. Could this dress be any more divine?!

spl657007_001 Never thought I would see Katy Perry in this category, tbh.

I did not watch the American Music Awards, but when I saw photos of Katy Perry in this Oscar de la Renta, I gasped. Retro ravishing. Yes, please!

What do you think?

K.I.S.S.

K.I.S.S., or, Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Those are words to live by. And that’s what Melt Cosmetics does. They do matte lipstick, they do it bright, and that’s all they do.

I succumbed and ordered two of their colors a little while back (see, I told you I wasn’t as good as I should have been). I really love discovering new brands, and a brand specializing in matte lipsticks was right up my alley.

My picks were Belladonna 2 and Shady Lady.

DSC_1292Having them side by side, I kind of want to wear them together as a gradient!

Belladonna 2 was part of my “Find the Perfect Red” initiative. From the product description, it seemed so promising.

When they arrived, however, I had a little bit of a shock swatching Belladonna 2 on my hand. It looked pink. I showed it to Rose. She said it looked pink, too. It was worrying.

At home, I put it on full force. Like, multiple layers. And finally, finally, finally, it was a gorgeous cherry red. Very bright, cherry red. Definitely a gorgeous color—check out Keiko Lynn rocking it on her blog—but, sadly, not a contender for my perfect red.

The real pleasant surprise, though, is Shady Lady. I bought it mostly on impulse. I was going to just get the red, but I have a weakness for fuchsia/magenta colors. (As revealed by my swatch book.) You could say that I’ve been looking for my perfect fuchsia as well, since I always buy them thinking they lean purple/violet, and then on me, they just look hot pink.

First of all, when I swatched Shady Lady on my hand, even once I wiped it off, there was a stain there. It actually took me a couple of days to get it completely off!

When I wore the lipstick for the whole day, it left an amazing stain on as well. But, in a good way. Like, at 5:00 in the afternoon, my coworker commented on how awesome my lipstick was—and I hadn’t reapplied all day! I was just wearing the remnants and the stain that was left.

The best part of it for me is that it does lean a bit purple, and it is true to that when I wear it, as well. It’s the shade I was wearing in this photo:

DSC_1278I’ve found my perfect fuchsia/magenta!

If you couldn’t tell from that story, they wear amazingly well and long, stay matte, and feel good on your lips.

The only thing about the lipsticks is they have a very strong smell/taste. I can’t even really identify what it is. It’s kind of vanilla mixed with wax mixed with something else. I’m sure some people like it, but I would have liked them better without it. But they’re still totally worth it.

And, for Black Friday, they are offering 25% off! Just use code PAINTITBLACK.

What do you think of the colors? Have  you discovered any new brands lately? Are you going to get anything for Black Friday?  need to live vicariously through you!

Review: Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish – Unluckiest of the lucky ones

I know that it’s been a while since I received the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit that I won through Birchbloggers. You may or may not have been wondering about my review. Well, it’s finally ready.

Excited? 😉

Before I go any further, I do need to say that I feel truly thankful (heh, get it?) for having won this to try. It’s very hard writing a blog when you can’t afford new products to review. That’s probably why I took it as far as I did to really be able to give you a fair assessment.

The Liz Earle cleansing system works in two parts. The first step is the cream cleanser. Free from mineral oil, it contains naturally active ingredients, including eucalyptus and cocoa butter. It’s supposed to be a gentle cleanser, suited to all skin types, that still removes even the most stubborn of makeup. The second step is polishing with the muslin cloth. A gentle way to exfoliate your skin, it makes for a really lovely regimen.

Everything I’ve been reading about skin care lately has said to use cream-based cleansers, even if you have oily skin. Any cleanser that foams is supposed to be the devil. So this system definitely fits the bill.

Reviewing a cult product like this, one that has won over 90 beauty awards, one that so many people consider a holy grail product, you feel a certain burden of responsibility.

DSC_1289It’s just such a lovely system. Look at it.

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Wishlist Wednesday #11

Yesterday’s post reminded me how much I want this necklace by Les Néréides.

jewelry-les-nereides-lovers-and-starry-parisian-sky-necklace- La nuit de l’amour!

It’s a little kitschier than I normally wear, but I adore anything with stars, and LOVERS IN PARIS, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

I really do adore the earrings from yesterday, as well. But I also love the version with the carousel, so I would settle for this necklace, too.

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Giving thanks

For great fashion! Ha, kidding. Well, not so much.

 

I know this makes me downright un-American, but my family has never really been big on Thanksgiving. We’ve done a bit more since I’ve been an adult, but we really don’t do the whole big dinner thing.

 

But, if I was going to a Thanksgiving dinner this is what I would wear.Giving thanks

 

Really, it’s because I found that amazing retro dress and wanted an excuse to wear it for something. And to show it to you guys.

 

I couldn’t pick something to wear over it, so I thought this would give a couple of nice options. I can’t do sleeveless things, so I always need a jacket or sweater over. I think the blue really complements the orange, but the mustard and ochre also look really nice.

 

Again, I think the cognac color of the boots (heels, flats, and bootie options, depending on your preference) really look nice with the overall color scheme.

 

And because I’m obsessed with this Paris line from Les Néréides, I thought this would be a good place to throw one of the pieces in. (I especially want one of the necklaces!) Even if it is an American holiday. (It would be a very me thing to wear for the occasion. 😉 )

 

(Ugh, now I feel like this entire post should go into Wishlist Wednesday!!)

 

Anyhoo, what are your plans for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate? What festive things are you looking forward to wearing this season?

Music Monday #10

I love when I read a good blog and not only do I get great beauty and skincare tips, but I also find out about new bands.

Kate’s post did not introduce me to any new British bands, but instead to 2 American bands. I liked them both, but I’m starting with Kitten.

An LA-based band, Kitten released 3 EPs: 2010’s Sunday School, 2011’s Cut It Out, and 2013’s Like A Stranger.

I am really digging the track, “Cut It Out.” Hope you enjoy, too!

Any new band recommendations for me? What are you listening to today?

Too excited to wait!

Hey guys! So, if you remember way back a few weeks ago, I fell in love with what even Lisa Eldridge calls “the world’s most expensive lipstick“? Namely, Serge Lutens Pourpre Maure.

And if you’ll remember, I was unemployed at the time, but still wondering if I would spend $75 on a lipstick regardless.

Since then, I have gotten a job, but the question of whether spending that much money on a lipstick would classify me as clinically insane has not been resolved. Also, just because I’ve worked for a week does not mean I yet have any money. (I don’t. And I have bills. And debts. And I took a nearly $30k pay cut for this position, so I probably will never be able to spend like that.)

I even went into Barneys because I was nearby to try it on and make sure it wasn’t really that special a color.

It was.

But, since my new financial situation means I’m going to have to be ever resourceful, I followed up on a hunch that I had. Let me explain.

One of the things I do when discovering a new product that I’m jonesing for is to search for other bloggers who have had experience with it and have written about what they think. Now, every single blogger who wrote about these lipsticks seemed to have a sampler card, whether gotten from the company alone or as a gift with purchase. A sampler card that included my color, plus 5 others, including 2 reds I wouldn’t mind trying.

Well, guess who’s an expert eBayer? And guess who just won the sampler on Friday?

$_57Shamelessly stole the photo from the auction listing as I don’t have it in my possession yet. But I couldn’t wait!

THIS GIRL.

I paid less than $10 for it. And even had a Paypal balance from something I sold, so it’s almost like I got it for free.

So in a few days, I will be doing my happy dance. In the most gorgeous lipstick color ever! (To be honest, the guy at Barneys made me try on the Garde Rose shade Lisa mentions in her article, as well, and I’m sad it’s not included in the sampler. But still.)

Do you use eBay? What’s been your biggest coup of a purchase?

Allons-y!

It’s no secret that I love to travel. While I’ve only gone on mini adventures in the time that I’ve had this blog, my passion is traveling to Europe. But that’s hard to do when you’ve been unemployed for a while, obviously.

 

And, clearly, I love fashion. I mean, clearly.

 

Which is why I was so thrilled to receive an email about participating in the contest that Fashionchick.com is running to win a trip to Amsterdam Fashion Week!

 

This couldn’t be a more perfect contest for me if it tried. Despite living in New York my entire life, I have never managed to get invited to any Fashion Week events, despite how much I wanted to go. Also, I have dear, dear friends in the Netherlands, so visiting Amsterdam would hopefully give me a chance to see them after all these years.

 

In order to enter Fashionchick‘s contest, I had to put together an outfit that I would wear to Amsterdam Fashion Week. Or, since it sounds so much better in French, “Quelle tenue porteriez-vous pour la Amsterdam Fashion Week?”

 

Here’s what I came up with:
What I would wear to Amsterdam Fashion Week

I feel like my Isabel Marant pour H&M dress is a given. It’s the perfect occasion to wear it. But because the dress is so delicate and feminine, I think the rest of the outfit should add some edge.

That merlot biker jacket from Mackage is just amazing and the perfect color. Like everyone else, I have a black leather jacket, but I’ve long lusted after a wine/oxblood leather jacket, and this one looks perfect. (Yes, I know it’s in January. I’ll just throw a wool coat over it or something.)

 

My Calvin Klein Sable boots are elegant and edgy at the same time, a perfect counterpoint to the other two.

 

Rounding things out, I would love a Trixxi Chain from Liliclaspe to keep up the edge and add some sparkle.

 

And, as always, my Giles and Brother Railroad Spike Cuff will be on my wrist. (It has “Allons-y” engraved so that I always keep me spirit of adventure. And it’s a reference to Doctor Who.) (Well, it actually says “Allons y,” since I couldn’t get the hyphen engraved. 😉 )

 

What do you think of my choices? What would you wear if you were going? And can you tell Fashionchick to pick me, pretty please? 😉

I have to do WHAT now?!

A new job has brought a new requirement: Carrying a laptop with me every day.

I tend to favor smaller handbags, and don’t relish having to bring an extra tote with me every day, so I’ve realized I’m going to have to invest in a bag that can carry everything (and not tear under the strain). But I obviously want it to be stylish.

So I scoured the internet for some affordable (and some dream) options. I haven’t decided on anything yet. Also, I need money, first.

Laptop bags

Which do you like best? Do you have to carry a laptop with you? What do you use?

Wishlist Wednesday #10

It’s so hard you guys, now that I’m employed, to remind myself that a) I have not been paid yet, b) I have so many bills to pay before I can shop, and c) I’m operating on a MUCH tighter budget with this job, but my god, all I want to do is shop.

Especially when the desire for something long ago has suddenly been reawakened. I first saw Modern Vice’s Jett shoes on Keiko Lynn’s blog back in April. Then twice this week I’ve seen them again, once more on Keiko, but also on De Lune. And now not only do I want them, I want them in multiple colors! Oh, the agony!

SJ-yellow-4I never thought I would want a pair of bright yellow shoes so much.

SJ-red-4But the red is so pretty, too!

I’m not even usually super into menswear-inspired shoes. But I just adore the look of the wingtips and am crushing hard on the buckles.

Of course, I absolutely cannot afford these right now. Or, like, maybe ever again. But I still want them. A lot.

What do you think of the shoes? Which color would you get? What are you lusting after this week?

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