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Wishlist Wednesday #35 – Latest beauty lusts

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I do have some new-ish purchases I’m getting ready to feature here, but the weather is not cooperating for photography. So I thought I may as well share my latest beauty lusts. We’ll see if they feature on here in the future, eh? 🙂

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latest beauty lusts

Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette in Couleurs 10

This may look like an odd choice, but do you see that muddy color up in the upper left hand corner? It’s muddy because it’s blue with golden shimmer and it’s BEE-YOO-TEE-FUL. You can see it better here and swatches here. I think my desire for the blue may stem from this photo of Valentine, though I’d be better off with a matte blue to recreate that look, and I’d probably pay less for it. At $60, I feel like YSL may have outpriced themselves with these new palettes. (Too bad, because it’s so prettttttty!!) (more…)

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FOTD: Cynthia Rowley Beauty Spring Line in action

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Hey guys, hope you had a good weekend. I’ve been super distracted by the huge global sports event currently occurring (no, not tennis), so I’m falling back on things I have ready to go. Sorry to repeat back to back Cynthia Rowley Beauty Spring Line posts, but what are you gonna do? Football calls!

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Review: Cynthia Rowley Beauty Spring Collection

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Cynthia Rowley Beauty Spring Collection And…I’m back with my thoughts about the Cynthia Rowley Beauty Spring Collection I was so lucky to have won from Birchbox* and Birchbloggers. I’m throwing in a look with the products, to boot! (I have another FOTD to come.)

(*In case you’re not familiar with it, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service where, for just $10 a month, you receive a box full of deluxe-sized and travel-sized samples. You receive Birchbox points for every purchase you make and every review you write, which can be redeemed in their store. For every 100 points you earn, you get $10 towards a full-sized product order. Get your own here.)

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Spring Collection

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Giveaway: Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Collection

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The lovely people at Skin&Co Roma were nice enough to send along an extra set of their Truffle Therapy samples for me to give away to one of my readers, so what better day to start the giveaway? Consider it my Valentine’s Day present to you!

Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Skin and Body Care

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Review: Haus of Gloi Valentine’s Collection Goodies

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Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all. Which means nothing to me except for the new products I have to review. Still, lucky me!

After how much I loved the Yule collection (and regular) products from Haus of Gloi, I had to indulge in some goodies from the Valentine’s collection. No regrets, either!

Haus of Gloi Valentine's Collection Goodies

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The outfit post: Basic black sweater

Basic black sweater

Basic black sweater by shedreamsinperfectfrench showing how to wear colored denim skirts

Uniqlo cashmere top / Colored denim skirt / CYCLE zipper skirt / Bea Dot mid calf length skirt / Cotton a line skirt / Current Elliott stretch denim skirt / Earrings / Everlane Slouchy Cashmere V-Neck / Lexington Pendant by Lili Claspe

I always joke that I could never be a Parisian/French woman, because I wear too much color. I so admire the minimalistic, neutral-color–wearing aesthetic that typifies Parisian style, I just don’t think I could ever pull it off long-term. (That’s why I adore reading Valentine and Naelle’s blogs, because they’re Parisians who dress however the hell they want to. 😉 )

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Best Red Lipsticks for Valentine’s Day (and Every Day)

I’m not sure if you know this, but I’m a little bit of a red lipstick aficionado. So with the day of hearts and flowers and red lips (gag gag gag, sorry) upcoming, I thought I would share my top red lipstick picks at every budget level (and in every formula)!

Best Red Lipsticks for Valentine's Day Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

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Wishlist Wednesday #7

Okay, now. I’ve covered boots, jewelry, dresses, hats, makeup, and shoes. It’s time for purses!! (You know, all the basic food groups!)

I discovered the bags of French brand Tammy & Benjamin through a boutique that I adore in Paris. Shortly after that, I saw Valentine rocking one of their bags. (In fact, I found out about her blog when the company referred to that entry, and I’m glad I did!)

Lucky for me, they deliver to the US, with no problems at all. (As does Shop des Créateurs.) I just adore their vintage feel, combined with the amazing French craftsmanship. I currently own the Elizabeth in gold, the Petit Charlie in blue, and the Emma in black. But what I really want now is this:

TammyAndBenjamin_03_resize Just freaking look at it!!

Considering my current unemployed state and lack of fundage, the good news is, I can’t find this version of the Petit Charlie anywhere. The bad news is, I CAN’T FIND THIS VERSION OF THE PETIT CHARLIE ANYWHERE. It’s in their lookbook for the new collection, but it’s not on their site. Or Shop des Créateurs. I tweeted the company, but they did not respond.

IT HURTS MY SOUL THAT THIS BAG CANNOT BE MINE.

But, if I have to settle for a replacement, the yellow and black Petit Charlie is pretty spiffy, too. Still. *sniff*

How many purses are too many purses? And isn’t “sac à main” such a great term? What are you lusting after this week?

Wishlist Wednesday #2

First off, just a quick update on last week’s Wishlist Wednesday: I was wrong about Valentine having the Chloé Susanna boots. In her recent post, she identified them as a very, VERY convincing imitation. Too bad they don’t have my size! Tant pis. 🙁

Today’s object of desire is by a jeweler that I have been a bit obsessed with of late, Stephie Tchamanian , whose line is called Liliclaspe. I’ve bought about 20 pieces from her in half a year, and people ALWAYS comment on it. She has style. She is a doll. And her jewelry is to die for.

Cadet Chain All kneel before the glory of the majesty of the Cadet Chain

 However, again, unemployed, no money, yadda yadda. Also, this one is a bit more pricey than the other pieces I have bought. But I am obsessed with the colors of the stone. A friend recently commented to me, “You’ve really been into raw stones lately,” and she’s right. I’ve gotten a lot of druzy and rough-cut stone pieces from Liliclaspe (as well as Cleopatra’s Bling, seen here), and this would just put the feather in my cap of a collection.

Maybe it’ll still be there when I can afford it! If not, I’m just enjoying looking at it. If you head over there, send my regards!

What are you lusting after this week?

Wishlist Wednesday #1

Just around a year ago, I first saw a photo of one of the WAGs* from my team wearing these AMAZING boots. She had them in black. And in red. And I wanted to know who made them. And to own a pair myself. I held out some hope of them being even remotely affordable. I mean, why crush my dreams before they even began?

*The term used for wives and girlfriends of football players, for the uninitiated. 😉

Well, I should have known. They turned out to be the ubiquitous Chloé Susanna (née Susan) boots.

0462261210022_396x528 Comme ca, these ones

501669760_product_1 Ou comme ca? Or these ones?

Le sigh. OF COURSE they would have to be ridiculously unaffordable designer shoes. These puppies would set me back $1345 dollars. To anyone who a) is on a budget b) likes to travel a lot c) is not rich and famous and d) has any brains in their head, that’s just too much money to spend on A SINGLE PAIR of shoes. Granted, a spectacular one. And, at the time (like now), I was unemployed. Definitely no time to spend that much money.

But, as I mentioned, if you’re someone who loves to travel, how do you reconcile spending the amount of money of a plane ticket to Europe on a pair of shoes EVER?? Go to Paris or buy the Chloé boots? I mean, really?!

The scary thing is, if you google them, SO many people have them. Which is the trouble with coveted, iconic designer items. And one reason why I usually stay away from buying things that are very recognizable—I don’t really like to have the same things as everyone else. But I really can’t blame all these regular people who have spent the money on them—they just look so damn good on!

So I contented myself with these very serviceable knock-offs by Vince Camuto.

41-C31-HcaL Vince Camuto Tema boots

But I confess, every time someone has complimented me on them, and it’s been very often, I invariably reply with, “Thanks, they’re my fake Chloés.” Which shows where my heart really lies.

Even when I was employed again, I just kept saying, I can’t spend the money. I already have my black Vince Camutos, would I really buy the red ones? (And there are grey ones now. And black with silver hardware. [Originally I had disliked the gold and wanted the hardware to be silver, but now I look at the silver and think it looks cheap.])

A couple of months ago, a used pair of the red boots showed up on eBay for half price, and the only thing that kept me from snatching them up was that I am once again unemployed. And the last vestiges of sanity that told me that over $700 for a pair of boots is STILL too much. Le sigh encore.

Just recently, I saw a photo of one of my favorite French bloggers, Valentine, wearing the Susanna boots, and my lust was reawakened all over again.

So the question becomes: When I am once again employed, what do I do? Do I buy them? And which color?? And how does one find a sugar daddy??

But whether or not I do, these divine beings remain at the tippy tippy top of my wishlist.