Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Nude'tude palette (nude is in)

It's been quite some time since I ordered from hautelook, and I thought I was done with that site. Too many deal sites clogging my email! I happened to read that the palette I've been eying was on sale so I jumped at the chance to get it. I love a good deal!

Today I received the Nude'tude nude eyeshadow palette from The Balm. Occasionally you will find it 50% off from only. It was $18 + $5.95 for shipping which is a very good price for this beautiful palette!

I've heard very good things about this, and it is also compared to the UD Naked palette. Funny since the colors are not similar. I can't wait to test it out for myself.

Hautelook personal invite:

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Makeup Storage sneak peek

For my makeup storage I use these awesome drawers from The Container Store. I first saw them on youtube and I thought they looked like the PERFECT solution. It's true!

They are called "Stackable Desktop Drawers" and are made of polystyrene. Basically plastic. It's originally for sorting paper. Each unit has three white pull out drawers. The drawers pull out nicely and I love how they are shallow and wide. I didn't want to waste vertical space or have to stack my makeup on top of each other. Each drawer is only 1.25" high.

To hold my makeup I need two sets of these so I have six drawers. I actually prefer this to the muji. It is a cleaner look when closed. (and costs less) I also have the muji that I use for jewelry storage. Muji is great and I love acrylic; it just tends to look cluttered.

Perhaps later I will have more pics of what's in my other drawers!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Loving clearance deals

These are some things I picked up at Dillard's almost monthly clearance sale this weekend. This time all permanent markdowns were an additional 40% off! Yay!

*I'm trying to post from my phone, and it's very limited. Who knows how this will look when posted haha.*

Jessica Simpson Claria wedges in Ivory Lisa []

Flour sifter [similar]
Tovolo slotted turner [buy]
Kuhn Rikon Pairing knife [similar]

Steve Madden B Gracie clutch wallet []

Saturday, June 23, 2012

DFW Bloggers Shop Around at Allen Premium Outlets

Last Saturday I was invited to tour the Premium Outlets in Allen, TX with ten other bloggers from the Dallas / Fort Worth area. It was organized by my blogger friend Cris of with help from Robyne (Central Marketing VP) and Penny (General Manager). There are so many Premium Outlets all over the US, I'm sure there's one near you. This was my second time at this location. It's been 5 or 6 years!

Some new and familiar faces! A good mix of mommy bloggers and fashion bloggers. We started the morning eating breakfast, meeting each other, and going through our gift bags full of coupons.
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L-R top: Penny, Robyne, Cris
L-R bottom: Stephanie, Me, Ivonne, Melissa, Tamara

I can't believe they gave us such a great quilted black tote to carry all of our finds! Inside it was stuffed with special VIP coupons and goodies.

Just some of the coupons we were armed with. Every Premium Outlet will have coupons you can print out online before you go. I would make a list of all the stores you want to visit and make sure you print a coupon for those stores. You never know what you might find!

The VIP coupon booklet that's valid until 2013. Isn't it a convenient all in one brochure? Sign up to get yours here.

Our first stop was Banana Republic Factory Store. Most of the clothing you will find here is exclusive to the Factory Store. Therefore they are on trend and it's not leftovers from the regular stores. Great right?! These three ladies are modeling Summer Trend looks put together by the store manger. From the blue cardi, to the wedges, to the floral print I love it all!

Banana is not short on cute PRINTS and these are my favorites from the store.

Next we headed over to Samsonite where Patrick demonstrated how to pack for summer using the Eagle Creek Packing system. I was not a believer when my brother first told me about the packing system. I really didn't think it would make a difference at all but WOW when Patrick unfolded everything from the Folder I was amazed how useful the Pack-It system is. It was like that scene in Mary Poppins, he kept lifting out shirt after shirt.

Here are the different size Pack-It cubes. If you don't have a Samsonite near you, try the Container Store. After our presentations we were free to roam the outlet and we left in groups to hunt for our free gifts.

Other goodies: Samsonite 3oz travel bottles, Movado Jewelry Cleaner, notepad

A special gift from White House Black Market. Personal fan, hand sanitizer, laundry scents, and mints.

Another tote! I was actually looking for a canvas tote I could paint on. This came at a really great time.

At Vitamin World we were introduced to the magical Coconut Oil. It's good for you inside and out. Just google this craziness!

Retinol Cream and a Protein Bar from Vitamin World. Thanks to the manager! He was really friendly and curious about all our blogs. ;)

My FAVORITE find is this adorable green pan from Kitchen Collection. You never need to use oil and the food won't stick. I can't wait to test it out! This store was a baker's heaven!

NY & Company gave us a $25 off $25 coupon so I picked up a white bolero and this black enamel multi-chain necklace. I plan on recycling the chain and spray painting the black part gold. You'll have to wait and see the before/after on my other blog Julu Jewelry.

Columbia gave us a $15 gift card to use and I used it to buy a hat for my dad. My cashier was also really cute. BONUS!

I stopped by the CCO (cosmetics company outlet) but I didn't see anything I wanted. bummer! Same for the Coach Outlet. I wasn't in need of a purse, and I was overwhelmed by the selection and people buzzing around too.

My last stop before I went home was the Le Creuset store. The discounts were generous and they even had a 25% off sale on top of that for all of the beautiful blue items. I wish I could take it all home!

Allen Premium Outlets had so many stores but I only walked half of the huge property before I decided it was time to go home. I didn't want to tire myself out otherwise I wouldn't make the hour long drive home. Coming here is really an excursion so you need to be prepared. Wear comfy clothes, make a plan, bring water, wear a hat, wear a cross body purse to keep your hands free, and most importantly bring a friend.

Check out what the other bloggers had to say!

  • Ivonne - Ivonne Stacy Style
  • Cris - My Fashion Juice
  • Alicia - Fashion by Alicia
  • Stephanie - Beauty and Gardens
  • Tamara - Southern Yankee Mix
  • Staci - 7 on a Shoestring
  • Heather - Dallas Single Mom
  • Melissa - MelissaStuff
  • Metsy - Metsy Shines
  • Jenn - Jenn's RAQ
  • Stephanie - Korean Bohemian
  • Friday, April 13, 2012

    April myglam bag review and surprise bag

    This is my first myphan myglam bag, and I wanted to see what the fuss was about. There have been good and bad said about this company who copied Birchbox, who copied My Pretty Pink Box. It's $10 (same as birch) and you get 4-5 deluxe and full size products (same as birch) every month in a bag/pouch. This month it's metallic pink! ($2 value?)

    This month's theme is Girl's Night Out.
    Shadow brush and liner brush - $2 value each?
    The quality reminds me of Sephora collection brushes. It's actually a nice brush and densely packed.

    Urban Decay 24/7 travel size liner in Woodstock - $6.40 each
    You had the possibility of 3 colors. I would have preferred Perversion or Ransom but hot pink eyeliner will have to do. It'll be a challenge to make a wearable look.

    Dermstore Lip Quench - $12 full size
    A glossy lip moisturizer in a pale pink shade. Haven't tried it yet.

    All-belle lashes in 2822 - $2?
    Handmade in Taiwan. They don't look too bad but I've seen better. Like most Asian lashes it comes with a small vial of glue.

    To add up the value of this month it's $24.40 and I consider that estimate generous. If you're paying $10 you should only hope to get something valued at $10-$12 anyway, right? Since that's half of my estimate I'd say this box was worth it. But will it satisfy everyone? No, because many people think they should open it to find makeup gold or something that looks like this:

    This is the "Never Gonna Happen" bag for $10... Full size Mac brush! YSL! full size shadow OMGZ!

    shipped on time
    this month's samples were good
    $10 to try won't break the bank
    listens to customer feedback

    no points system or referral system
    no store
    no personalized picks (everyone gets the same thing)
    no skipping the month
    new company (will have glitches)
    the card explaining everything was cheap looking. hire a new designer please!
    very basic website

    Will I keep my subscription for May? Not sure, but I think I will cancel. I have way too many samples as it is. I do think it's worth trying ONCE though. :)

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

    Easter Egg Half Moon Nails

    The first time I saw the Half Moon Nail trend I wasn't a fan but after seeing it with pretty pastels I'm a convert! This is my first go at it. If I had a true white I probably would have done these differently. Also you usually don't see this look with a trim but I flubbed it so the white trim covers up my mistakes. The white trim gives it that Easter Egg look.

    How to:
    1. Paint your nails the base color (top part). Make sure to paint the whole nail.
    2. Wait for it to dry completely or use seche vite to speed it up.
    3. Use Hole Reinforcements and place them on the top part of your nail where you want to keep the base color showing.
    4. Paint the bottom portion of the nail any color (same or different ones to complete your look).
    5. Remove the reinforcements carefully to reveal your half moon shape!
    6. Add a middle trim with a thin brush or skip this if your application and sticker removal is clean.
    7. Apply a top coat and let it dry!

    Colors used:
    Etude House BL501 Cloud Milk - pinky
    Revlon Lilac Pastelle - ring finger
    Revlon Cafe Pink - first finger
    Revlon Electric - middle finger
    Revlon Pale Cashmere - top moon
    Rimmel French White - trim

    Happy Easter!

    Saturday, March 24, 2012

    Take a sexy plunge with Candice

    I was invited to interview Candice Swanepoel (you know the super model plastered all around Victoria's Secret and on tv?) so I put on my Victoria's Secret best (my secret) and headed out to Northpark Mall in Dallas.

    Now Candice didn't come in wearing this amazing White Herve Leger Ari Essential Bandage dress. The word is she stopped by the BCBG store first to pick it out. How gorgeous is she?? And I love her South African accent!

    So why is Candice here? She's promoting the new line of deep v plunge bras, very sexy bras and Very Sexy Touch fragrance. I know first-hand that Dallas and the rest of the metroplex loves Victoria's Secret!

    "My favorite part of the new collection is the new bras with the deep v plunge. You can wear it 5 different ways, and it's basically your go to bra. Great for low cuts to get that cleavage you want."

    This season's new fragrance Very Sexy Touch with italian iris, gilded apricot, amber wood. The packaging is very pretty! Doesn't it remind you of YSL lipstick?

    Friday, February 10, 2012

    In love with Chanel Amour (swatches and review)

    Released just in time for Valentine's Day is Chanel's newest collection of pinks called "LES ROSES ULTIMES DE CHANEL." Out of the 6 new glossimers and 4 nail colors I decided on the one featured on the model. Amour #166. The Frisson nail polish also looks pretty but I'm waiting to see some swatches of that first. It reminds me of Zoya Erika which I have already.

    According to the website she's wearing Amour glossimer and Pink Sugar lip pencil together.

    Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Amour. My camera picked up the same pink as the promo shots so I would say it's accurate but what you can't see well is the subtle shimmer which reflects fuchsia under my fluorescent lights. I'd call this gloss a rich coral pink with iridescent shimmers.

    Formula: Thick and smooth but never sticky.

    Take a look at this swatch! Where it is misleading is how it shows up on the lips. It swatches thick but sheers out quickly once on pigmented lips. It's not too sheer that it does nothing for me though. It brightens up my lip color with a nice pink glow. I'd say if you have REALLY red lips this wouldn't show up at all.

    If you were expecting the color in the ad you will need a lip pencil underneath. They've tricked us with a little bit of photoshop magic!

    It does in fact go really well with my pink heart macarons I made this week! :)

    Saturday, January 21, 2012

    Two pumps and a dress

    I definitely did not plan to buy dressy clothes this week but when a great sale comes around- I just can't pass it up!
    First are the much raved about Perfect Pumps from Ann Taylor in Patent Dark Navy. The retail for $155 and I bought them for $35.93 online. They are surprisingly comfy and true to size! And that's coming from the girl who hurts in almost every shoe. I'm a big fan of the round toe shape and it's all around classy and beautifully made. 3.25" heel. Will a Perfect Pump ever get this low again? I don't know, but I hope so! I would buy another!

    I popped by Banana Republic actually hoping I wouldn't find anything. Ah, and of course I would! There weren't many clothes left but there were many shoe styles and sizes to choose from. Something I didn't expect! Most of the shoes were marked down to $30-$40 PLUS an additional 25% off. I ended up buying these Mad Men Izzy Pumps in Dark Platino for around $24. Dark Platino looks more gunmetal in person. They are hidden platform 4" heels. It's my first hidden platform shoes and so far I can tell it's just comfy enough. I will say they run a little narrow so I wasn't sure if I should get a half size up, but I ultimately decided against it and stuck to my normal size. Now that I think about it, I've wanted Banana Republic shoes since high school! I'm so glad I found these!

    Sweet Azaleas

    Oh garden part of this blog- I have not forgotten you!

    Since Asian New Year is in a few days the Asian markets and floral shops are FILLED with beautiful new plants. Last year I missed out on buying an Azalea plant. Bby the time I was ready to buy it all the blooms had died, and I thought I could wait it out another year for a "fresh" pick.

    Well dang it the shop owner raised the price to $55 from $25 this year! Of course I was outraged but I still bought it anyway like an obsessed idiot. It is possible last year's plant was smaller. (what I tell myself for comfort) I googled around and the going rate for this is around $100 now so maybe it's not so bad? I really wanted it to be a twisted topiary and it is! The dark pink petals actually sparkle in the light like a shimmery nail polish/ lipstick would. It's so pretty! If I could afford more than one I would also pick the white and pink mix above but I'm happy with just the photo for now. :)

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    End of last year Freebies

    I found this post in my draft box that I compiled back in November of some samples and freebies that came my way. I think I thought of making it a monthly series like "what's in my mailbox" but then I changed my mind. If you have any questions about these products let me know in the comments below.

    Target Beauty Bag - a cute pouch with mostly shampoo samples

    Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer- with my dry skin this season I'm really liking this primer! The texture is really unique.
    from the Perks program. Klout Perks are exclusive products or experiences that you earn based on your influence. It changes weekly.

    I received a card in the mail from Sephora JCP to try out BareMinerals. Which I do not like so I gave it to my sister.

    BCBGMaxAzria EDP - from the Dillard's Beauty Event. So far I'm liking this scent!
    Clinique  Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser & High Impact Mascara - from the Dillard's Beauty Event
    Green & Black's Organic Chocolate - from the Sephora VIB event

    And a free panty from Victoria's Secret. I occasionally get cards for these that require no purchase. Why? I don't know, but it's awesome!

    Paris Amour Body Lotion - If you know me than you know I hate Bath & Body Works. Very rarely do I find a scent that I actually like there. In comes Paris Amour. It's actually light and non-offensive so that's a winner in my book. This lotion will probably last me a few years. I kid not.

    The rest below came free with purchases.

    Sephora Fabric Tote from the Sephora VIB Party. It's plain enough that you can embellish it to make it your own.

    Perfume Sampler from a purchase.

    Perfume Samples from a purchase.

    Anyhow I just wanted to release this post from the draft box as way to get back in the blogging mood. I have lots of photos I've been taking but not yet uploaded. I hope to soon!