Monday, July 21, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag July 2014


The July Ipsy Glam Bag is themed "Sensationally Sunkissed." 
Basically almost everything is summer time friendly! The Bag itself is super cute with it's pink scallops and it's waterproof. The perfect makeup bag for your beach bag.


Let's take a closer look at the contents shall we?


1. Models Own Nail Polish in Red Sea. It's a full size topcoat with a sheer red tint. The glistening topcoat glimmers in the light. The hand cut glitters retract the light. It's pretty cool.

2. bareMinerals 5-in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF15. ***Coming up for air. That was a mouthful, which is why I sat staring at this product for a few minutes just trying to figure it out. I proceeded to put it on my eyelids not quite knowing what it was. It's kind of a primer...a bb eyeshadow-Nm, I'm still confused. I received Barely Nude and just like the name suggest it was barely nude....It was way to dark for my eyelids giving it like a black eye effect. OK obviously not the look I was going for. Suitable for a base, and the formula was workable.

3. Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08. It's a natural, organic tanning oil with SPF. I was put off at first, since I'm not trying to attract skin cancer. But with the minimal SPF I think I'll try a quick leg tan on the patio and then run back inside the cave (house), hiss hiss!

4. Lord & Berry Kajal Stick. It's a kohl eye pencil in a rich creamy black. I love the intense black, but I didn't like the sample size...it was like waaaay mini sized, like the size of my thumb. I tried it without primer, fail. It immediately smudged and creased all over my eye.

5. Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment. This super mini sample contains glycolic and salicylic acid, good for clearing up blemishes but too harsh for my skin since I'm using retin-a right now. Unfortunately I won't be able to test this one.



Overall, I'm sad to say I'm not too impressed with this months bag. I had a good run from Feb-June, with only two disappointing bags such as this month and Jan. I think what did it was the small sample sizes. Usually Ipsy hooks it up. But the pencil eye liner is so tiny it's not going to last more than a few shavings, with previous pencils I received full sized products!

 I did really like the bag and the nail polish and I will try the spray soon. On another good note, a lot of other Ipsy subscribers got great bags, you should search them on insta, I was so jelly.

If you'd like to sign up for 4-5 beauty products a month for $10 use the link here-->http://www.ipsy.com/r/1pce

What did you guys think of this month's bag?


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chrome Girls Nails: All the Colors you need for Summer!

I seriously can't get enough Vegan and 5 Free nail polishes. I love that it's animal friendly, no animal by products are used in the ingredients and free of all those chemicals and toxins. Who knew nail polish could be so complicated right? But really girls, there are a lot of vegan/5 free brands out there right now, even on the cheap, so there's not much of an excuse not to use them!
I know I'm getting all hippie on you, let's just cut away to the newest brand I've tried as of late. Chrome Girl nails is simply awesome. And I'm not just saying that because I got the Spring/Summer 2014 collection for freesies. ;) I  like to go into this with an open mind and honest opinion for my readers and myself. I must say I am overall impressed with the formula (the blue tones and tan being the best application) and quick dry speed! Read on for my ratings on each color.


Summer Storm
5 out 5 stars. A denim navy blue with almost a hazy gray affect, it's perfect for the bay area gloomy summer we are having right now. This is my fave shade out of the collection. Easy to apply, one stroke wonder, dried quickly without a smudge!


Beach Undies
5 out of 5 stars. A bright lime green, reminds me of Nickelodeon slime, hey it's a compliment! I have no color like this in my own personal collection so it's a nice change of pace, fun and silly. The hubby liked it best, lol. Rich intense color, Two coats, dried fast.


Makin' Waves
5 out of 5 stars. A bright brilliant metallic blue. A vacation in a bottle. As mesmerizing as watching the ocean wave, you wont be able to take your eyes off the glimmering silver metallics. This was a one coat wonder- I did add two coats because I was curious as to how blue it would get. Def, better with two coats and dried fast.

Chrome Girl Top Coat over Makin' Waves
I wanted to show you how this shade looked like with a top coat. It appeared more glossy and watery. I like it without personally, but if you like a higher gloss you should go with this. It's a fantastic topcoat and like the nail polishes it..surprise, surprise, dries unbelievably fast!


I Scream
3 out of 5 stars. I LOVE the color and the name. The formula unfortunately got streaky on me as you can see the lines and lumps above. Maybe it needs more wait time in between coats (this was 3 coats later), I was impatient and I had just applied nail polish remover so maybe that screwed it up.
I will have to give this another go, just to be fair.


Salty Kisses
4 out of 5 stars. A bit tricky like the other brights (the blue lacquers were the easiest to work with) it needs 2 or more coats for coverage. The color is a super bright coral and dries quick.


Tan Cheeks
5 out 5 stars. Cheeky name, perfect nude, like literally matches my skin tone. It's a suede tan, and perfect year round not just for the beach. One coat is perfect, dries quick and a runner up to Summer Storm. 

$12 a pop from ChromeGirl.

Have you tried Chrome Girl? Which shade is your fave?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Nordstrom Anni Sale (Early Access Cardholders Sale Starts Tomorrow!!!)


For those of you that are Nordstrom cardholders my favorite sale of the year starts tomorrow! The Nordstrom Anniversary sale early access is from July 10-17, so whip out that Nordy's card and get to the good stuff first with double the points. This is the sale to get all your fall trends discounted before they go back to regular price for the season. It may be 90 degrees out, but grab those leather boots, wax denim, fall sweaters now!

The Anni Sale will be open for non cardholders to shop beginning July 18th until August 4th.

You can also shop online too (Nordstom.com) if you can't make it early enough. I suggest buying online maybe even a few sizes if you unsure and then select pick up in-store, then you won't miss out on a great deal, AND you can return the extra size.

The lookbook is also up--> http://bit.ly/UULqeW

Here are a few of my picks for fall:

How lovely are the two looks from the lookbook? I'm thinking I need floral silky cami to go under my sweaters for fall too!

I'll add links when they go live. But for now here's what to look for.

1. BP Zip Detail Slouchy Satchel $38.90 (Orig $59)
2. Sam Edelman Palma Suede Sandal $99.90 (Orig $159.90)
A good shoe splurge is necessary for Fall.
3. Hudson Jeans Collette $119 (Orig $189) (This is when I buy my Hudson's about every two years, it's the perfect jean!)
4. M.A.C Look in a Box, All About Pink $39.50 ($72 Value.)
5. Bella J 'Charming Darling' Candle $20 (Orig. $25) (Has a hidden charm inside! Possible diamond!)
6. Elodie Shadow Stripe Double Breasted Coat (Juniors) $49.90 (Orig $76)
7. BP seamed Moto Legging $24.90 (Orig $38)


And one last style inspiration, I'm feeling the whole look on the right. 
I love the tartan sweater, that's actually going in my cart and the leggings are awesome.

Will you be shopping the Nordy's Anni Sale?
Follow me on Insta tomorrow @TheFashionPalate, I will share some more fall sale items!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Target, The Sale: 25% Xhilartion & More Deals!

Is it another week already? 
There's quite a few deals to stack in the Target women's department this week! 

25% off all Xhilaration women's apparel with Cartwheel App coupon. PLUS when you spend $30 in women's clothing you get $5 off with Target Coupon. *It's come to my attention that there is ONE more discount even better than that, $5 off $25 women's apparel purchase with a mobile coupon. You can get that one by texting OFFERS to 827-438.

Here are some cute & trendy items I found under $20 a piece.


1. Asymmetrical Jeweled Top on clearance $13.98 ($10.48)
2. Printed Soft Pant $19.99 ($15)
3. Cropped Zip Back Pineapple Tee $16.99 ($12.74)
4. Skater Skirt Printed $17.99 ($13.48)

More cute Xhilaration finds.


Another print version of the soft pant for $19.99! So cute, versatile, comfy chic and it has pockets.


Xhilaration on clearance, $12.48 striped body con dress. 
Get more bang for your buck with clearance finds. 


Cream day time boho, cream night time chic.


Really cute floral blouse $17.99, dressed up or down, worn under a blazer for work.


Perfect summer knit dress.


I found these blazer vests on clearance for $13.98! Super chic and can be worn in SO many ways, over a maxi dress, with jeans or matching tuxedo shorts. I got it in black, the white was too white for me and my mocha/chocolate addiction.


It's hard not to spend all day in Target, I found myself in the baby aisle..whaaaat?!?!? Not for any reason besides to show you the arrival of Jessica Alba's The Honest Company bath & body products. They smell so good too.

Sweet coupon deal if you're actually in the baby department for the right reasons!


And $6 wooden trays....because we love trays!


Don't forget the $1 off select magazine Target coupon!



 Have a great evening Target addicts!



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Your 4th of July Week Shopping Guide to All the BEST SALES!

It's that time again! My roundup of the 4th of July Sales, not to be missed! 
These are some of the best sales this week in-store, online and at the outlets.

I plan on updating this list  & codes as more sales roll in and will be posting on Instagram various deals & outlet sales I come across. So stay posted!

Asos Lavish Alice Check Print Shirt $28.58.
C.Wonder  Printed Stripe Mini Bag $21.99.
C.Wonder Espadrilles $17.99
Target Exhilaration Dress. Take 25% off Dress w/Cartwheel Coupon--> $18.75.

Anthropologie 70% off Sale. Just added! Take an ADDTL 20% off sale items. Use Code:Buzz20. Exp 7/6

Ann Taylor 50% off. Use code: Big50. Ends today.

Asos 4th of July up to 50% off Sale.

Banana Republic Sale up to 50% off. 40% off your purchase online & in-store. Use Code: BRJuly. Exp 7/7.

Bloomingdales Up to 70% off online & in-store through 7/6.

Calypso St.Barth 70% off Sale in-store and online.

C.Wonder Up to 70% off Sale. In-store & Online. Calf Hair slide-ons for $29.99!

First Aid Beauty 20% online 7/1 7/2 only. With code: FABWORKS.

Gap Up to 60% off in-store and online, 1969 jeans are an extra 40% off in-store (hello $13 denim!) Extra 25% off online. Use code TREAT.

Groopdealz Take an extra 15% off everything (cute pineapple door hangers, maxi dresses, jewelry,etc! Use Code: Fireworks15

Hautelook Crazy Good Designer Deals for 80% off-just added for 4th of July-check it out!

H&M 4th of July Summer Sale. New styles just added.

J.Crew 40% off Sales. Use code: Shopmore.

Kate Spade New York Take an Extra 25% off Sale. Use code: MORESALE.

Kate Spade Saturday Take an EXTRA 25% off Sale items! Use Code: Instant25. Deal end 7/6.

LuLu's Hundreds of 4th of July Sale Markdowns! Cute sandals for under $15!

Macys Save an extra 25% off select items for 4th of July Sale through 7/6. Use Code: FOURTH.

Nordstrom Tons of new markdowns at their women's sale. Stay tuned for next week's Anniversary Sale!

Old Navy *50% off storewide sale, online and in-store!  $5 swimsuits. Flag Tees $4, $2 Tanks, $6 Tees and more. Save 30% off online only with code: SURPRISE. 

ShopBop Up to 70% off Sale.

Target Buy two Women's Clearance Save 10% off (Online only), 25% off dresses (cartwheel app coupon). And more deals-->see blog post.

Uniqlo In-store and online. Shirts & tanks at $5.90. UT shirts $7.90.

Ulta 40% off NYX, Loreal, Physicians Formula, Neutragena makeup at Ulta.
Deal Ends 7/5. PLUS 20% off Coupon. Click for Coupon Exp 7/5-->

Urban Outfitters Up to 70% off Summer's Last Sale.

Williams Sonoma Up to 75% off Sale Event. And 25% off Made in the USA items, use code USA20. Deal Ends 7/6.

Zoya Get 3 nail polishes of your choice for FREE! Just pay a $12 shipping fee and your good to go! Use code: THREEDOM.

*Attention Outlet Shoppers!

Banana Republic 50-70% off entire store though 7/6. Take an extra 15% off your purchase (excluding clearance).  Get Premium Outlet vip coupon here

Bebe 40% off entire store.

Bloomingdales Up to 75% off clearance, Red, Orange and Blue tag sale.

J.Crew Take 40% off reg storewide prices. Take 60% off Clearance, 50% off jewelry and belts, vintage, essential and baseball tees starting at $6.99. Hats for $6.

Gap 50-70% off entire store though 7/6.  Additional 20% your purchase of $75. Get Premium Outley VIP Coupon Here

Kate Spade New York 50% off entire store, extra 20% off handbags through 7/6.

L'occitaine  Sale items plus take another 10% off sale.

LuLu Lemon Take 30% off lowest price tag.

Off Saks 5th 40% off sale




Have a safe & fabulous 4th of July my fellow shopping addicts! :D

Monday, June 30, 2014

Target,That Sale: 4th of July Week Steals & Deals!

Surprise, surprise, I'm back again at Target. My 4th of July Sales shopping guide is planning to go up tomorrow on the blog, but I had to make sure I got my Target Sale post up to share with you before then!

Here are a few things that caught my eye this week, as always stack those savings with the Target Cartwheel App coupons!

Women's:
Cartwheel Coupon: 25% off Women's Dresses.
Weekly Ad Deals: Women's Buy 2 Clearance items and save 10% (online only!) through July 5.

                  

Super cute dresses just marked down, the easy breezy lace and bright detail makes it fun for a BBQ, or beach day-throw over your bikini and wine tasting (just add wedges)!
Clearance Price: $12.48

Cartwheel App Coupon: 20% off Mossimo Supply Handbags. 
Exp July 5.



Chic designer inspired bag for all your stay-cation needs. 
And take 20% off!


 Traveling like a fox?! I have to have it!

 If you plan on taking a little road trip, these bags would be perfect to tag along, and also 20% off!

 Polka dot canvas tote, marked down to $9.48

 Large duffel totes on clearance for $24.48

Home:

 These metal/wood stools will be perfect for backyard/patio parties, sitting down munching on s'mores. They are only $14.98!

Spotted in Snacks: 

 Speaking of s'mores. Great deals on chocolate and free marshmallows with purchase! Yum....

Cartwheel Ap Coupon: 10% off Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Bars

I tried the thin mints last week, and now there's a coupon, so try more while they last!

Spotted in Beauty:

 Sonia Kashuk Clearance! 
Powder room party touch ups :)
A vanity floral tray (sorry for the glare) for $6.48

 Brush Compact $7.48

Party Supplies:
Cartwheel App Coupon: 25% off reg price Oh Joy! for Target

 Everything you need to decorate your party and it's 25% off w/coupon!
My personal fave? The large fruit tray for $11.25 (that's with the coupon).

Totally cute clearance items that would be great for a 4th of July Party! 

Polka Dot Table cloth $4.18
Cat in a Bikini Place mats (lol) $2
Duck Ice Cubes $1.38

Happy Party Planning for the 4th! 
Come back tomorrow for my annual shopping guide to all the sales for 4th of July week.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Target, That Sale & Poppytalk!


After Sale and Cartwheel App Coupons: Bench $31, Chair $11, Hutch $44. Cats Priceless.
I usually feature some amazing sales and new finds when I shop at Target (see pic above from last week-home clearance btw it's still going on), which is quite often (cough cough), but I thought a post dedicated to all my finds would be a great way for us all to take note on the deals and spotted savings for the shopping week. I'm also featuring the new collection Poppytalk, much like the previous collab with Oh Joy! for Target, these products are fun for sprucing up a pretty picnic and events of all kinds.

*Note I may add deals stating it's from the Cartwheel app http://cartwheel.target.com/. I'll also list the deals at the beginning of each section and all prices I caption are with added cartwheel coupons where applicable* ALSO note that prices vary from store to store. Typical Target.


Savings: People Style Watch 10% off w/Cartwheel App
Spotted, New Items: Limited Time Only Crunch Girl Scouts Thin Mint bars! YUM.
& Poppy Talk Camping (Glamping) Lantern.

HOME: Up to 65% off Clearance. 
Cartwheel Savings:
20% off threshold chairs, ottomans
15% off Lighting and Wall Art, Threshold Toss Pillows

 Way too many good deals, and a lot under $30!
 
Prices reflected after Cartwheel Savings: Wall Threshold Mirrors $14.86

Threshold Lighting: $21.86

PATIO: Major Clearance. Use Cartwheel for added savings.
Cartwheel Savings: 10% off Clearance Lawn & Patio.
 Picnic Table $188.10
 Bistro set $98.55
Outdoor pillows $6.73
 Side table $8.10
 Mini circle side tables $9.90, Faux Wood table $33.75, blue chairs $12.15
 Outdoor Rugs $26.99
Ceramic pottery as low as $17, Plastic $3.59 (turquoise pot)

WOMENS: New Clearance items, AND Bogo 50% off: Clothing, Shoes, Accessories.
Cartwheel Savings:
25% off Sandals, Wedges, Pumps, Ballet Flats.
20% Canvas Shoes
20% off Sweaters and Handbags
15% off Merona Tanks Tees Cardigans
15% Skirts
30% off scarfs
15% off Shorts


 Take 25% off!
 $17 Merona Cardis

                                                
Bogo and Extra 15% off shorts:)
 Workout gear! 

Spotted in Beauty:
Limited time Sale on Shea Moisture beauty products, which btw I didn't even knew they made makeup! I'm dying to try the cool looking lip gloss seen in top right corner. The lip gloss tube appears to be wood.


Spotted in Snacks:

 Me want Cookies!!
 Girl Scouts bars? yeah no brainer.

PoppyTalk:

Affordable prices, and I like the whole glamping/shabby chic vibe.

Happy bargain hunting Target addicts!