Saturday, April 25, 2015

Humble Beauty #17

This month I finally got a few items off my Wish/Shopping List!

I was so excited to finally get my NARS "Ita" brush from The Makeup Bin on Instagram!
About $20 cheeper and I have been loving it! 
Using it everyday as a quick, accurate contour! 

I was so excited to finally order the Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette by Morphe Brushes,
They are not suppose to ship until the end of April, but apparently some may be coming early!
**Fingers crossed!**
I will probably do a review next month when it arrives!

When I got home from TxSc I knew I wanted to finally get the benefit Dallas blush,
since it was not in the benefit vending machine in the Austin airport...
I heard that it was going to be discontinued!
I have been enjoying it a lot, it is highly fragranced with a sweet smell though...

I love how you can always add up free samples with Sephora orders,
I mainly went with the Marc Jacobs Fragrances,
I have been enjoying them but not as much as I thought I would...

I added the NEST fragrance which I really wanted to try {also a reason for the Dallas blush order...}
I have also been loving the Make Up For Ever "Correcting Primer" sample,
it is green to correct redness and I like the way it smells

I did a little CVS Shopping,
I have been compacting coupons and saving Extra Bucks, I got this makeup brush that I have been using daily and really enjoying, very soft {retails $18, I got it for $3 with a series of coupons!}
I want the powder brush but they always seem to be sold out...

An impulse buy was this Wet & Wild palette in "Smoke and Melrose"
I was really attracted to the colors in this palette, and the mix of shimmers and mattes,
I am loving it!
Wet & Wild are my favorite eye shadows & I own quite a lot these days

I have also been enjoying this CVS brand self tanner lotion,
it does not smell like the Jergens one it creates a much more enjoyable experience...

This month's ipsy bag was AWESOME!
Product Reviews:
I love the actual bag and will be using it as a clutch this summer!
The polish is super bright and pretty, I have a few similar colors though
I like the MICA eye shadow base but it does crease
I LOVE the Balm Nude Dude Mini Shadow, I want that palette even more now!
I have the NudeTude & I love it! Very underrated palette.
I like the blush but I need a new Z palette to put it into, a little powdery though
& the chapstick is nice but smells a little weird

I have also been using this Nailtiques "Formula 2" protein base coat that my Zia (Aunt) gave me!
After a few gel manis my nails needs some TLC...

This month's empties:

Bath: Trader Joe's Coconut Body Butter- LOVE this stuff, have a few backups, smells like vacation / LumaLight "Weathered Driftwood & Peppered Cedar"- I love this, not as good as the Target candle that I loved from the fall but I would repurchase / Anthropologie "Sage Blossom" Candle- bought when I worked there, I liked it but not my fave / Dove "Advanced Care" deodorant this was send to me by Dove, I enjoyed it as far as deodorant is concerned / Nivea "In Shower Body Lotion" I got this sample from my last Walmart beauty box, I used it up and had already previously purchases a bottle, jury is still out on this product  

Beauty: "Powder" brush- I have no idea where this is from I think Elf? Either way it is scratchy and sheds, so goodbye / Jergens "National Glow" left over from last year, used up and like said above I have been enjoying the CVS brand / Not Your Mother's "Beach Babe" spray- I like this stuff, one of my faves, smells nice and my sister loves it too / Sonia Kashuk white brush- also very old and sheds A LOT, bye

What products have you been loving / using up?
Please share!

Check out my vintage finds: InTheLeopardCloset on Etsy
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Friday, April 24, 2015

matching my dress to the flowers in our yard

Happy Friday! 

Perfect day to sit outside with two of my favorite people,
my hubby & sister

What I Wore: glasses- Steve Madden, lips- Clinique "Ginger Flower", dress- Target, flats- UrbanOG

We went out to dinner at Tortugas in Princeton, NJ
I LOVE their fajitas, best around!

Of course while in Princeton, The Bent Spoon is a must, even worth waiting on line.

A few faves on this Friday:

I love this magnolia tree in our yard

I LOVED this article from PopSugar about buying an old home,
hilariously accurate & I have thought and said all of these things in our house...
a must read!

I have also been really enjoying Smoothie King these days, 
I used to get them all the time when I taught at my last school & they brighten up my day


Check out my vintage finds: InTheLeopardCloset on Etsy
Shop my closet: PoshMark

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lilly vs Milly

This has been quite an interesting week for designer features in stores!

With all the craziness that was Lilly + Target
& the recent release of Milly for Kohls

I wanted to compare / contrast how collections are handled and received by these stores:

I consider myself pretty experienced at these releases,
I have survived/shopped & scored at these Target collections:
Missoni for Target
Kirna Zabete for Target
Jason Wu for Target
Webster for Target
Neiman Marcus + Target
Prabal Gurung for Target
Kate Young at for Target
Sam & Libby for Target {a collection that I've continued to enjoy}
FEED for Target
3.1 Phillip Lim for Target
Peter Pilotto for Target
TOMS x Target
Altuzarra for Target

I also have a Rodarte for Target top that was a gift from my sister YEARS ago,
& ordered a Thakoon for Target top second hand {who is also the next Kohls DesigNation collab!}

I have also shopped a couple of the Kohls DesigNation collections,
I usually pick up 1-2 items from the collection, usually including a dress:
 Peter Som for DesigNationElie Tahari for DesigNation

I also shopped the Isabel Marant for H&M & scored a few things...

I noticed a few huge differences in the way that Target releases designers
compared to other companies like Kohls,
Lilly + Target Release:
   Target collections are usually larger and reasonably priced
   No online release time, leading to a longggg night, buying through links on twitter
   Never restocked
   illusive & overly hyped
   Sold out in minutes both online and in store
   Huge lines outside the store for the opening
   Got brutal in store and brings out the crazy in a lot of people
   People buying multiples for resale on eBay
   HUGE resale prices on eBay

 Preorder available    
   Released early in some stores
   Smaller collection
   Higher price point
   Always have immediate sale prices {I would rather they start at these prices}
   No stress shopping
   Not on resale websites for ridiculous prices 
   Longer lasting in stores and on website 
   Not as promoted on social media 

Why can't Target make these collections a little more enjoyable?
I understand the hype and the HUGE amounts of money they make in seconds from selling these collections out, but would it really hurt to allow a restock so people could add these coveted pieces to their wardrobe?

don't get me wrong I LOVE shopping {and collecting} designer collaborations,
but I am behind in sleep after this crazy weekend

I feel like these little shopping sprees give me a little pep in my wardrobe
& always seem to come at a time where I could use some new items in my closet

It felt nice to relax and order the few items that I wanted from Milly for Kohls collection without lines, staying up all night, & being harassed in the dressing room for items...

I went with the two lemon pieces that I really wanted, waiting for my preorder to arrive,
I do like the black patterned pants too, might order!

Also check out the tips & suggestions for Target that Key to Chic wrote, couldn't agree more!

What do you guys think?
Are you into these collections?

What designer WOULD you like to see do a collection?

I would love Kate Spade, Betsey Johnson, & Tory Burch
+ many more!

Keep them coming, but maybe in a more organized, enjoyable way...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Chico's Chic: Wear it Wed!

What I Wore: glasses- c/o Firmoo, lips- Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in "Ingenue", top- Ben Sherman, blazer- Chicos for sale in my PoshMark closet {$19}, pants- JCrew, flats- Adrienne Vittadini {via Marshalls}

Check out my vintage finds: InTheLeopardCloset on Etsy
Shop my closet: PoshMark