Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sephora Gift Sets : Ciate Nailed It!

So I was poking around Sephora on Sunday and I was curious to what some of the holiday gifts sets looked like in person this year. Tracy's Notebook of Style recently shared a BUNCH of sets from Sephora and other stores you may want to check them out here: 20 of the best beauty buys.

I focused in on a certain type of value sets...nail polishes!!! I have quite the obsession you know.;)

Here are some of my favorites from Ciate...

 Ciate: "Mini Mani Month"
$58 ($180 Value!)

This is an advent calendar. Totally fun for nail addicts of all ages.
The point is to wait each day to open a new square as the countdown to Xmas continues.
Although I think I would end up opening them all at once :P

 Looks like the customers at Sephora couldn't wait either!
Spoiler alert!
Here's whats inside.
 Ciate: Tree Trinkets 
$30 ($50 value)

 Clear Ornaments with full sized polish in each.
 These are the perfect mini gifts to give to friends and co-workers.

Ciate: Nail Lab
$65 ($212 value)
This is for the Nail Polish Queen. All hail Ciate.
I'm craving this.

This has everything you need. Polishes, tools, glitters, etc! Heck you can even create your own polish and label it (perfect gift btw!) or follow some of the included "recipes."

P.s. I didn't even realize Sephora was giving away special gifts w/purchase for Beauty Insider card users. So keep you eye out for the emails and read them so you don't miss those little perks!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pick of The Palate: #SaleAlert KSNY

Trick or Treat? 
This is no trick, so treat yo self!

Shop the Kate Spade NY surprise sale before everyone else! Save up to 75% off.
Sale ends October 30th at 11:59 pm pt! online only. $5 Shipping. All sales final.

 Here are my Picks of The Palate
Under $25:

-Pueblo tiles Ipad sleeve, $25 (Was $50)

-Ksny x darcel davie Balloon pink makeup bag, $25 (Was $60)
I love the donuts and food NY prints on this one. 

-supercalifragilipstick!  Lipstick in Parisian pink, $10 (Was $24)
more shades available! Including Adventurous Red, one of my favorites. The case is also extra fun.

Bow Shoppe Small Flat Pouch $25 (Was $50)
Crazy about the bow print in classic black and white. This would be perfect to stow away change or jewelry in a larger sized purse.

All the trimmings gold hinged bangle, $25 (Was $78)
Perfect for stacking arm candy, and the little secret message will keep you all smiles throughout the day. :)

Get Carried Away Iphone 5 case $19 (Was $35)
Totally cute case, I'll try not to get to carried away with this sale!

There's of course a lot of great prices on handbags to choose from...

Like this Call to Action Eat Cake for Breakfast bag
 Now $99! Was $248

Story of my life!!!

And these sweet little flats...

Gooey Flats
Now $159, was $258! 
Patent leather with a cute little pink sprinkled donut on top.

Sweet deals right?
Are you shopping this one?
Maybe telling Santa about these deals is a good idea!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

#SaleAlert: Nasty Gal $25 Handbags

This just popped up today and only for today you can score this flash deal. 
$25 handbags from Nasty Gal.
I love it, they have a fabulous selection to choose from. The latest trends, patterns and faux leather. This is a deal not to be missed if you need a new fall handbag.

My $25 Picks:
 Hologram Dream Bag Flashy and fun! Was $40
Icon Tote Black w/gold studs perfect for everyday. Was $55
Pop Life Satchel Power Player, Orange w/gold details. Was $60
Fast Lane Duffle White Check Print, just cool. Was $48

Shop all the $25 Promo Bags here: Nasty Gal

One of the most trendiest clutches all year long, the lucite clutch now on sale.
 I love this clear blue with interior zip pocket that is gold, it's a nice touch.

Do you have you eye on any of the flash sale handbags? 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

#SaleAlert: H&M Fashion & Home deals

In case you missed the opportunity to shop the H&M sale yesterday it's still going on! You can get 30% off your entire purchase w/code 8946 (including sale items) w/free shipping over $50 until 10/22. Plus there's a new code for an extra 25% off highest priced one item using 0109
Be sure to put in code 0109 FIRST and then 8946 for the highest discounts to be applied.

Sequin Pillow, Candle Tea Cup

I'm taking this time to shop the home section only available online. Super cute pillows for as low as $2.95 and home decor, so much to choose from if you are on a strict holiday budget coming up and want to make your home look chic and cozy on the cheap.

Sale Price $3.95 (Orig. 9.95) Now only $2.65 ! This is a Cushion Cover so be sure to purchase the insert if needed, which is $4.86.

And as always every decorating diva needs to look the part, how about these on trend waxed denim for only $10.50?

Waxed Denim: Sale Item $15 (orig $34), after discounts $10.50.
I better stop browsing before my cart becomes unmanageable ;)

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

OOTD & An Outrageous Giveaway!

I love the fall, it's always a fun time to play with your wardrobe as it transitions into cooler temps. Light free flowing sweaters paired with flats and a must have handbag. And I feel like a statement necklace will always bring an outfit to its completion, it's kinda of like the icing to a cake.

 Hmmmm statement necklace...hints of the perfect giveaway!

 Wearing: Kenneth Cole Reaction- Flats from Marshalls, Calypso St. Barth- Cashmere Poncho, The Usuals- MeowMeow Sunnies, Outrage Fashion- Hilton Necklace (Gifted), Sanctuary- Cargo Skinnies (similiar here), Dooney & Bourke- Clayton Satchel (Gifted).

Who likes giveaways? Yeah me too, and this one is a goodie from Outrage Fashion, an online (Palo Alto, Ca based) shopping boutique with way fab statement pieces, like this stunning necklace, for ladies on a budget. 

I will be giving away a $25 Gift Card to Outrage Fashion to assist with your styling to be the most fashionable come cooler months ahead. I will be throwing this necklace over all my sweaters in November for a cozy glam fashion statement.

All you have to do is follow the RaffleCopter rules!
Contest Ends 10.29.13 12am PST
I will announce the winner on Facebook & Email the winner, so be sure to leave a comment w/your email address in the comment section.

Here are some of my Picks under $25 of course:

*Contest open to the US only.
TFP Photography by Jeff Gire

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ipsy Glam Bag: Oct 2013

Woo Hooo it's Ipsy time!
*Spoiler Alert: Don't continue reading if you like being surprised by your bag.

I received my October Ipsy Glam Bag and I'm so excited to share with you what I was surprised with for only $10 a month!

October Ipsy theme: The Art of Beauty.

The makeup bag is so cute, and with my art background this is my fave bag yet.

The beauty contents. This month I received 5 products. Nail polish, hair style product, cleanser, eye shadow and a eye shadow brush. I love the brush and eye shadow combo. Good thinking Ipsy!

Exciting..... :D

Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics: Navy Shimmer.
A $14.99 value 
I'm crazy about navy and I don't currently have a shade of it right now so this was nice.

 Coastal Scents: Medium Shadow Brush
$2.49 Value
Super Soft brush with pony hair bristle. I could always use another brush for my eyes, and I like that it's smaller and more precise than the one I have now. Perfect for adding shimmer to the brow bone.

Hmmm...not too crazy about this navy eye shadow anymore. Not seeing much blue. I can see how this would be nice for a smokey eye though. 
I will try it again later, maybe it was the brush?

10 wipes, Value $5.99
I like that its paraben free and biodegradeable. But to be honest I can't tell the difference with face cleansing wipes. I've tried Burt's Bees, Simple and now LA Fresh. I can tell you that this one smells good! Like raspberries...even though it's supposed to be coconut.

I tested the wipe out over my eyeshadow swatch. Clean, sparkling fresh!

 Ah, my favorite item in the bag. 
Sexy Hair: Spray Clay
$4.99 value for 1.4oz  $16.79 for 4.4oz

Good hair day much?
I think this is scaled on 1-10 so it has a 1 for Shine and 7 for Hold.
What I didn't expect was there to be so much volume.
My hair amplified 2x's and the hold is very soft and flexible. My hair feels so good.

Zoya Nail Polish: Mason
$8 Value
I'm looking forward to applying this glossy magenta soon. This color is part of the Cashmere & Satins Fall 2013 collection. Plus it's BIG5FREE - free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). I have nothing like this color and I'm so happy Ipsy sent me a polish this time! :D

 About a $36.50 value this month.
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What was your favorite item?

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

OPI: Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 pt.1

Some of you may not know this about me but I was, and still am a Mariah Carey fan. My first CD purchase was Mariah Carey Merry Christmas album. I played that baby non stop and attempted to sing along to every word hand waving in the air and all. I say attempted (even that is a stretch, singer I am NOT) because honestly who can reach those high notes and octaves? 

In 2011 I went to my first MC concert and it was freaking amazing. All the glitz and diva-ness I craved was showcased, feathers, fur, sequins, she sips champagne in-between sets, she even had multiple microphone ensemble changes, blinged out in crystals nonetheless.

So when I found out about the OPI collab with Mariah Carey, I knew she would deliver on extragavance. And with 18 polishes in the holiday lacquer collection and an 18k Gold & Silver leaf topcoat, I think she proved her point. Mimi fan or not, the nail polish selection is divine.

Here's what I was spoiled with (thanks hubby for indulging my inner diva!) :

Mariah Carey "The Look" featuring 3 holiday polishes to achieve that festive party look: My Favorite Ornament, Visions of Love, I Snow You Love Me. Mariah Carey OPI Pure 18k White Gold & Silver Topcoat.

I'm swatching Visions of Love for this post. 
I'll be swatching the other two, My Favorite Ornament (glitter overload!) & I Snow You Love Me (like throwing sequins in the air!) in another post.

Retails $27. Amazon Price $18.98 (Total w/Ship)
A deep burgundy red. 
Two Coats of Vision of Love.
I used to be scared of red vampy polishes, but I'm really loving this one or maybe I had a vision? ;P
Perfect for fall and holidays.

I love this trio from "The Look" selection. I get to try a little bit of each, red, glitter and sparkle.

All that is missing from my collection is All I Want for Christmas is OPI.
That red shade also looks like a must have.

Next up...PURE 18k White Gold & Silver topcoat! Bring on the gold leaf!

 Retails $30. Amazon price $19.88 (Total w/ship).

Now this is serious business here. Definitely buy this before it sells out or goes on eBay for some ridiculous price. This topcoat will enrich any polish in your stash. I was surprised at how big the gold/silver leafs are. I was expecting specks but this, this is huge! I feel quite decadent, thank you very much.

Let's see how Visions of Love looks with a topcoat of Pure shall we?

Kind of like a Fantasy right?
Have you tried or planning to try any of Mariah's new Holiday polishes?

Monday, October 7, 2013

I Heart Jeffrey Campbell & RiRi Hearts M.A.C

Over the weekend there was a special delivery in the mail. A new clutch that I won from subscribing to an email newsletter, or as JC put it, as a thank you for "signing up to receive our spam." I was 1 of 7 lucky winners to receive the newest Jeffrey Campbell Fall 2013 handbag collection. Each winner received 1 of the 7 new designs. And I actually was sent the one bag I was hoping for!

A red leather heart with black studs on both sides called VAL. It's ridiculously gorgeous and just recently hit online retail at Envi Shoes for $68.95. You can see the rest of the new collection here: We Got Baggage lookbook.

On Sunday I also picked up a few more beauty items from RiRi Hearts M.A.C Fall collection. I thought they were pretty fitting for my new Jeffrey Campbell VAL clutch.

The items are selling out fast as they debuted last week, all the lipsticks and the blushes were sold out.  I absolutely loved the shade RiRi Woo since I previously purchased the Matte Lipstick in the summer. So I returned for the Lip pencil and Lip glass in RiRi Woo. The red is intense and long lasting. I'm loving the new lip glass version and its definitely easier to apply than the matte lipstick with its smoother and gloss-tastic application.

Swatches top-bottom: RiRi Woo Lip pencil, RiRi Woo Lip glass, RiRi Woo Retro Matte.

The official M.A.C online store is pretty much wiped out of RiRi Hearts M.A.C. Try in-store, Nordstrom and Nordstrom online, Shop here.

*All opinions are my own. I was not sponsored or endorsed. Plain & simple, I just heart M.A.C and Jeffrey Campbell ;)