Oops, I suck…(Sunday Shopping Spree Returns!)

Well. Took an unexpected few weeks off. Started my new job, had a ton of auditions, and then got really,really sick (AGAIN. UGH.)

Anyway, I’m back for the foreseeable future, so here’s a few things I’ve had my eye on.

*Side note, I’m watching the Cubs game as I write this. GO CUBS!

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I really love those gloves, but I feel like I can’t buy expensive gloves or sunglasses. I just lose them. That choker is pretty cool too, but I feel like the bow would get annoying. It’s pretty to look at though…and that’s why it’s on my dream shopping spree list. Duh. For some reason lately, I’ve been really into leopard things as an accent. I love it on shoes, or a cute bag like the one above. I say that, when this past week I bought this coat on clearance from Forever 21. I figure that if it’s really awful in person, I can just use it for the fabric and make ugly pillows out of it or something. After all, Christmas is right around the corner…

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As far as makeup goes, I’ve been drooling over this brush when I’m at work. I’m just not sure if it’s worth nearly $40. I’ve been starting to put foundation on with a brush more often, and while I love my Real Techniques brush, I thought I’d like to try something a little fancier…Without dropping hundreds on a REALLY nice one. What do you think? Worth it?

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Favorite Reds

I’m a bit obsessed with red. I’ve been eyeing that fall Chanel collection online…I stare at it the same way my dog stares at ice cream.

Red nails, red lips, red eyes. No seriously, a good cranberry shadow with blue eyes looks amazing. But that’s getting super hip now, so I’m sure you knew that already. Anyway, my all time favorite way to wear red is on my lips. Here are a few of my top picks:

YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 1 Le Rouge

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My all time favorite red lipstick. My only YSL lip product, but I love it so much I want to buy them all. Although that’s not at all practical.

Chanel Rouge Allure 99 Pirate

My former all time favorite red until the YSL knocked it off its pedestal. Again, expensive, but Chanel can do no wrong.

Nars Velvet Pencil in Cruella 

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I got a mini version of this from Sephora and I use it all the time. Easy pencil formula and leaves a nice stain on the lips.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso

I’m actually not a huge liquid lipstick lover (that doesn’t stop me from buying/trying them) but I get compliments on it every time I wear it because it’s so pigmented and pretty.

NYX Butter Gloss in Cherry Pie

For those that are intimidated by a bright matte red, this is a good place to start. I find myself reaching for these NYX lip glosses more often than my Chanel ones.

L’Oreal Colour Riche in British Red

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Great budget red. Maybelline has come out with really badass lip colors lately too, so check that out. Lipstick is definitely one of those things that doesn’t need to be expensive, but it is nice to invest in one every so often. They last a long time!

Bourjois Lip Velvet in Hot Pepper

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This is typically more of an orangey red, but I still like it. Especially in the summertime.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo OR Amsterdam…Both are perfect.

All the Soft Matte Lip creams are spot on. They’re similar to the Bourjois one I mentioned above or something like the Lime Crime Red Velvet.

 

 

 

 

 

Wish List

Hey guys. Just wanted to write up a quick, slightly silly post today. I’ve had a ton of stuff going on lately. My mom had both her knees replaced, I’m starting a new job, auditionsc, and as I’m writing this I’m sitting at the urgent care clinic because I’ve got some weird rash on my eye. Well it’s not that weird. I’ve been dealing with this issue since high school in varying degrees, but now it’s realllly bad. So with all this shit happening…I just felt like browsing the Internet and looking at things I can’t afford and you all get to do it with me. 

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac

I’m in love with this purse. I’m torn between the gold hardware pictured above, the all black, or the silver. I’m really digging the holographic oil slick hardware, but it’s double the price and I don’t care that much. Basically I like them all. I’m waiting for one of them to go on sale before I buy it….patiently waiting….
The bag below is just perfect. It’s about $900. That’s the only non perfect thing about it. 

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This plaid dress from Pretty Dress Co.
This picture is from Rachel at http://chicagochicblog.blogspot.com/?m=1 And she’s awesome. I love this dress and I like the way she styles it with her corset underneath. Everything looks better with a corset underneath. I wish they would make a dress just like this with actual long sleeves. I’m always freezing cold and I’d love a girly, swishy winter dress like this. I still love it don’t get me wrong, but I’d like to be warm AND have a pretty dress. Is that asking too much? It is 2016 after all.

Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder

I’m actually about to start working for Estée Lauder, but this is in no way a sponsored post. I’ve been waiting for this collection for months because I knew it would be awesome. I don’t think all the colors will suit me, but I’m digging the eye glosses and the super sparkly shadows.

That’s about it for now. They just  took me back to an exam room to check out my eye, so I’m going to wrap this up. Wish me luck.

UK Haul 

Hey guys. So as a few of you might know, last month I went to England and Scotland to visit my boyfriend. It was my first time in Scotland, and I already want to run away and live there forever. That being said, I made numerous trips to Superdrug, Boots, and a few other places. Since you all know I love a good drugstore purchase, keep on reading for some of my favorite finds from my trip.

This definitely isn’t everything I bought, but it’s my favorites from the makeup and skincare bits.

By some miracle I managed to find the Simply Pure Hydrating serum that Sali Hughes always goes on about. I bought the moisturizer to go with it. It’s actually a surprisingly good group of products. They do what they say on the bottle. The moisturizer was really cheap and doesn’t irritate my skin and the serum is just a good, basic, hydrating serum.

I was a bit obsessed with the Superdrug Vitamin E cleansing balm that I purchased earlier in the year, so I picked up the Facial Oil this time around. The bottle is pretty tiny, but you only need a few drops. I think it’ll definitely come in handy when winter gets here. Chicago winters tend to suck the life out of everything, including my skin.

I got a cool highlighter from Makeup Revolution. They actually stock these in Ulta in the US now. It’s obviously not a highlight on my skin tone, but it makes for a pretty effect over some blush and adds a hint of warmth. I found a new favorite Max Factor foundation. It’s a cream formula, and although the color is a little too dark, I find I can correct it with a lighter powder. The finish is beautiful and it feels really smooth when  you apply it.

I purchased two Sleek palettes from Boots. I’m not a giant fan of the highlighting phase. I like my matte white powder to highlight. However, I swatched the Solstice palette in store to see what all the fuss was about, and knew I had to buy it. I only bought the blush palette that went with it because every Boots within walking distance from Brighton was out of the Solstice palette and they had some insanely good deal on. The blush is really pigmented though. I like that there’s a cream blush in the same palette too. They’re both pretty nifty, and I got them both for twelve pounds or something like that.

As far as the non makeup finds, I bought a few scarves (Obviously. American girl goes to Edinburgh. Comes back with plaid scarves.) A cute safety pin brooch type thing– No idea what to actually call it. And I discovered two perfumes. I purchased one, and bought a sample of the other, insanely expensive one.

Dead Sexy is by Tokyo Milk. The name makes me cringe a bit, but I really like the way it smells. The salesgirl gave me a big speech about how they make their perfumes “without chemicals”. You know. However that’s supposed to work. So if that sort of thing is important to you, check them out. They’re actually cheaper to buy in America–Which I didn’t really realize until afterwards, but I blame the brain fog on jet lag. I’ve blown 10 dollars on stupider stuff, but we’ll save that for another post.

The other perfume is by fancy, super pretentious perfume house Illuminum. My boyfriend took me for afternoon tea at a super fancy tea room in York– No seriously, they had a pianist and everything. Although she basically sat there and played the entire score of Les Miserables, and being an actress I found it a strange, somewhat depressing choice. Anyway, York is home to one of the oldest perfume shops in England, and it happened to be right around the corner. I went in determined to love Floris Night Blooming Jasmine…and ended up really hating it. The salesman asked me what type of scent I liked and when I mentioned gardenia, he showed me White Gardenia Petals. Complete with a story about how Kate Middleton wore it on her wedding day–Which I assumed he thought would sway me to buy it, but for almost $200 a bottle, I don’t really care what she wore. I decided I would hold off on buying  a big bottle and purchased a sample vial instead. The sample vial does smell a little different, I definitely liked it on my wrist in York better. It’s a beautiful scent though. I think the next time I’m in the UK, that’s what I’ll splurge on. Illuminum do a really interesting black tea scent as well, so definitely check them out.

As mentioned in one of my previous posts, I’m working on making some changes to my blog and self hosting it. I have quite a lot of stuff going on at the moment, so it’s coming along a lot more slowly than anticipated, but I will keep you all posted so you don’t miss anything too exciting.

 

Lilash

When I was in the U.K. I ordered some Lilash. I’ve been on the fence about buying it for probably a year or two now, and finally I did it. I have really sensitive eyes, so I bought the demi size in case it irritates them.

 I have pretty thick lashes, but they’re fairly short. Not incredibly short when I curl them and use mascara, but they’re not super long. I’m obsessed with fake lashes, so obviously in comparison to my demi wispies, my lashes suck.

Here are my lashes without any makeup on

Here they are with one light coat of mascara

 I haven’t started Lilash yet, but I wanted to give you guys some before pictures so that everyone can see if it really works. Unless it melts my eyeballs or something when I put it on. We’ll see. That’d be one heck of a trip to the ER. Although, they’ve probably seen worse. I digress…

One eyeball with one light coat of mascara on top and bottom

So there you have it. A little pre-Lilash post. Fingers crossed that it works and is worth the money!

Vintage Vanity

 Hey guys! Short post today about this cute little lipstick holder/ vanity mirror tray I found at my favorite vintage shop. It’s called the Antique and Resale Shoppe if you’re in the Chicago area.

I just thought it was a really cute and convenient place to store the samples I get from work and some jewelry. The little lip earrings on the right are from the same shop and I’ve got a lipstick brooch that matches them! The necklace on the left is actually from a really cute shop based in Brighton called Posh Totty–my boyfriend got it for me, it’s the silhouette of the Brighton Pavilion

 In the back it’s got five little slots that hold lipsticks. The lipsticks in there are Night Crimson and Love Liberty by Charlotte Tilbury and RiRi Woo by  Mac- Which I hardly ever use anymore because I know I’ll never be able to buy it again. Have to stick with plain old Ruby Woo I guess. Although… That’s not my favorite red. I’ve been thinking about doing a post solely on red lipstick. So I’ll save that for later I guess.

That’s about it for today. Have any cool vintage finds? Let me know below!

 

Sally Hansen Gel

I know everyone is losing their minds over the new Chanel longwear polishes, but hear me out about this Sally Hansen gel polish kit before you run off and spend the money.

Gel polishes have really taken center stage and come a long way over the past few years. I’ve never had a shellac manicure, or really any manicure, I despise the nail salon. But I have the next best thing. The Sally Hansen Gel Nail kit. The one with the UV light. Now I know a lot of brands have come out with polishes that are pretty resilient without the need for a UV light. But once you get the hang of this… It’s just so good.

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Red My Lips  is one of my all time favorite reds. And 98% of the time, I have red nail polish on my nails. So that’s saying something.

The kit is pretty straightforward and is definitely worth the money in my opinion. Although Sally Hansen does have a smaller travel sized UV light that runs about $26 USD. I personally like the bigger one because you can do your whole hand at once. Basically, you clean off your nails with nail polish remover, apply a base coat, put it under the lamp and press the button until the light goes off again. Then you follow with one or two coats of the polish and a top coat letting it cure in the light after each coat. Wipe down each nail really well with a some rubbing alcohol, and then you’re done. Once you get the hang of it you can have both hands done in about ten minutes. No drying time. AND your nails will look perfect for at least 14 days.

I guess it can seem like a bit of an investment, but it’s a lot better than constantly going into a salon.

What are your favorite gel polishes?  Let me know!