I resisted for months because Chanel anything is pricey, even a bottle of nail polish. Although I was always drawn to its steely blue color, there was so much hype surrounding Black Pearl that I didn't want to give in. How many polishes can one girl own? My collection is pretty large, and it's not something I'm proud of. I convinced myself that I didn't need this. However, I finally gave in to Chanel. And you know what? I'm happy I did =)
Do any of you own Black Pearl, or any other Chanel polish?
I always go alone. And although I enjoy the "me" time it provides, having a partner in crime in the dressing room would most definitely be helpful. Should I size up or size down? Does this color suit me? And the most obnoxious question in the world to tumble out of a woman's mouth, " Does this make me look fat?" Hey, it's an important question, one I can't really answer on my own. So I normally end up putting items on hold while I mull them over. Lately, and as part of my New Year's Resolution, I am only going home with things I love or need in my closet. I took a little trip to Forever 21 today, camera ready to take some dressing room shots. I love seeing these posts on other blogs. However, there was only one problem: I forgot to charge my camera and I only got one picture of a dress I was trying on before it died! I was so disappointed! I think I actually cursed. With the loud music blaring throughout the store, nobody heard. I think.
This dotted number DID NOT come home with me. Cute, but way too baggy on top and I felt it was incredibly unflattering.
Then..........Camera died. But I was just getting started! Hmmmmmmm.
However, I found the dress that did come home with me on the website.
Love the pockets, the tiny cream polka dots against the black background, and the full lining. It's been very chilly here, but I can't wait to wear this with a skinny belt, cardigan, and my new heels.
While reading Veronika's Blog, I noticed that many girls were recommending Nine West's Ambitious Pumps. I've been searching for platforms, and the hunt continues. I tried several pretty pairs on, But they were all either far too tall for me or out of my price range. But then these caught my eye and I remembered the raves they received on her blog. They aren't platforms, but they are gorgeous and extremely comfortable. I would say the heel height is about three inches which is perfect. I love the classic look and shiny patent is beautiful if done correctly.
So overall, my attempt at taking you with me to shop was a giant fail. I love the idea, so my next attempt will be better. I promise.
After what seemed like forever, my Zoya polishes arrived last Friday. I originally blogged about them here, way back on January 5th. I'm sure shipping isn't normally that painfully slow, but the promotion they had going on backed up the process. This is my hope anyway.
L to R: Valerie, Pinta, Demi, Edyta, LC.
~ With Flash~
I wore the bright reddened coral, LC, all weekend and was very pleased with the smooth formula, opacity, and wear. I have tested each color out and two coats provide the hue that is seen in the bottle. I've read rave reviews on many blogs and now I understand why. Dare I say these are superior to OPI, Essie, China Glaze, and Sephora by OPI? Yup! You bet they are. My only complaint is that I have to order Zoya online. I wish they were more easily accessible. But, good thing they aren't because otherwise I would have another addiction on my hands ;)
Cardigan - Express, Blouse - Zara, Jeans - Banana Republic, Clutch - Jessica Simpson, Heels - Zara, Rose Gold Ring - Ariella Collection (Nordstrom), Necklace - Lisa Taubes 17 inch Rose Gold Chain (Lorraine Stanick)
In doing these weekly outfit pictures for the blog, I have come to the realizations that:
1) I wear jeans about 99% of the time in Winter. Reason? Pale legs (which I actually don't mind as much as I used to). And the fact that once you stumble upon that elusive perfect pair, you don't want to take them off. Ever.
2) My style is quite simple. I love girls who love to follow the latest trends and who never seem to fear anything in fashion. I however like simplicity. I've made enough mistakes to know what works for me and what doesn't. I'm trying to step out of my comfort zone as often as I can, but I'll never tire of classic lines and shapes.
3) I really don't like posing for the camera this way. I keep asking boyfriend to take pictures, but so far it hasn't happened.
4) Neutrals are my best friends.
5) I'm obsessed with stripes. Polka dots are sure to follow this Spring.
On another maddening note, the YSL Lapis Arty I ordered has been cancelled! It isn't in stock anymore, and I am furious! Yes, I am being overly dramatic. It's not the end of the world. The hunt is on, Readers. It's on.
Last week, I posted some beauty buys that I have acquired. I had a few requests to review two products in particular:
ELF Shimmering facial whip, Hard Candy Glamoflauge concealer
ELF on the left, HC on the right.
~The ELF shimmering facial whip is a liquid highlighter that can be used anywhere on the face. I use it on the very tops of my cheekbones and above my cupid's bow. Only a TINY amount is needed! I used way too much for the swatches above. The color I have is called lilac shimmer and it reminds me of Benefit's High Beam highlighter. The color looks dark and almost brown in the pictures, but it's actually a really pretty light rosey pink. I had a sample at one point of the Benefit and almost purchased that one, but it is quite expensive. Overall, I think the ELF facial whips are great. When blended out, a pretty sheen is left behind. This one is not glittery. The only problem I find is that it doesn't stay put. I top mine with a powder highlight to ensure it lasts throughout the night. For $1.00 at Target, I think it's worth a try.
~ The Hard Candy Concealer can be found at Walmart. I don't remember how much I paid because I threw away the receipt, but I know it was inexpensive. This stuff...is serious! It is extremely thick. I mean it. I have tried using it under my eyes, and I have found that it is way too thick and hard to blend out. However, this stuff is perfect for covering blemishes and any scars or redness on the face, even on the body. One small dot of this is what I have been using on stray red marks on my chin left behind by old blemishes (those darn things!) I have read that this heavy duty concealer is comparable to Kat Von D's Tattoo Concealer. Although I haven't tried that, I definitely believe that this version by Hard Candy would do the trick. I have a tattoo on my lower hip that I actually tried covering up with this, just to see if it worked. It did! I took pictures but I don't want to show them here because it feels a bit indecent. But if you're looking to do some heavy duty concealing, I would try Glamoflauge. I do not think it is good for under the eyes. I love my Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer palette for that.
Top - Anthropologie Volante tee, Jeans - BR Petite Skinny, Shoes - Jessica Simpson, Clutch - Unknown, Watch - Michael Kors, Earrings - Chanel, Lipstick - MAC Viva Glam Cyndi
There's something about wrapping myself up like a giant present that delights my fashion sensibilities. I don't know what it is, but I think it began when I was a little girl and my mother used to tie big bows in my hair and send me off to school. Or, it could also be the fact that my father was the person who showed me how to tie my shoelaces into fanciful looking knots. "Now dear, the bunny goes through the hole..."? Whatever the case may be, I love bows! I thought that maybe the satin one on my Anthro top mixed with the cute Valentino-esque detail on my new JS peep-toes may be a bit overkill. Nah! That worry lasted, oh, about two nano seconds. I'll just go with it. I think the MAC Cyndi lipstick ties it all together. No pun intended.
Have a wonderful weekend! To all the ladies back east, stay safe and warm!
Saving My Pennies by beautygirl24 featuring glass rings
My first attempt at Polyvore fun! These are some dream items currently on my lust list. Some are more attainable than others, but still saving my pennies nonetheless.
You know, after paying for important things like bills ;)
Here are some recent beauty products that I have admired and acquired over the past couple of weeks:
1. Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Pink Ice
2. MAC Mega Metal Shadow in Dalliance
3. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi Lipstick
4. MAC Shy Girl Lipstick (repurchase)
5. Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer
6. Essie Polish in Chinchilly
7. Essie Polish in Over the Edge
8. ELF Facial Whip in Lilac Shimmer ($1.00!)
~If you would like a closer look at anything or have any specific questions, feel free to leave a comment!~