My Red Apple Lipstick Lippies So Far

4 Oct

My Red Apple Lipstick Lippies

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the brand Red Apple Lipstick. Even before I went green, I was on a search for lippies that didn’t irritate my sensitive lips. I hesitate to try any product with any Vitamin E in it. However, RAL’s lippies are made with a high-quality, gluten-free Vitamin E that doesn’t make my lips angry. I am so glad I found them! Here are some of my favorite things about the company:

  • Safe ingredients – Their gluten-free Vitamin E doesn’t irritate my sensitive lips. Gluten-free and no harsh chemicals.
  • Extensive color selection – I want all the colors. It’s not hard at all to find a dupe/alternative to my pre-green favorites.
  • Quality products – These babies last. Like, MAC-status last. I’m sure you know that it’s hard to find longevity in “natural” products, but these lippies don’t play around.
  • Personalized customer service – Their support gal, Ashley, is always such a delight to correspond with. She even helped me with a coupon code over the phone when I didn’t have one!
  • Fast shipping – I usually get my order within a couple of days of placing my order.
  • Six-month return policy – Who else offers this? Come on.

I, myself, am not gluten-free, but I appreciate the carefully chosen ingredients. I imagine that being GF and stumbling upon RAL would be like finding a goldmine. I recently expanded my collection from one lippie to six, so I wanted to share some thoughts and swatches.

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My Altuzarra For Target Wishlist

14 Sep

My Altuzarra For Target Wishlist

Happy #AltuzarraforTarget eve! Here are my favorites from the fall 2014 Altuzarra x Target collaboration. Lots of slinky, sexy numbers  here. I’m keeping in mind that this fall/winter, I have a wedding and a holiday party to attend. I’m hoping to nab something for one (if not both) occasions.

1. Structured Dress with Crane Embroidery ($49.99) – Those gold cranes. That slit. This isn’t typically something I’m drawn to, but it stands out to me! I’m wondering if this dress can be dressed down with a button up underneath.

2. Sweater with Crane Embroidery ($49.99) – When you have a cute idea, run with it. Gold cranes everywhere, please. Sweater weather. You can’t go wrong with black & gold.

3. Maxi Dress in Black Orchid Print ($69.99) – The first piece I saw from this collection. Ahh, look at how gorgeous that silhouette is. It’s sexy without shoving it in your face.

4. Wrap Dress in Red ($39.99) – This would be a cute holiday dress! I’m not crazy about the neck wrap, though.

My Altuzarra For Target Wishlist

 

The last few items are more casual-wear for me:

5. Dress in Purple Orchid Print ($49.99) – I imagine wearing this with textured black tights and ankle boots. Gah! I’ve been re-thinking my relationship with purple lately (I’m getting purple hair next week – more on that later). This is like that Orchid Maxi’s cool, hip, younger sister.

6. Tee Shirt in Python Print ($17.99) – Well, obvs. Is it fierce, or is it fierce?

7. Trench Coat in Military Green/Black ($89.99) - I love the mixture of fabrics in this coat. Plus, Keri Russell looked super adorbs wearing it to the Target Launch event in New York. I need a good trench in my life!

8. Croc Effect Belt in Brown ($29.99) - I can absolutely see myself wearing this with almost everything in my closet.

9. Faux Croc Belt in Black ($29.99) - My dad always used to say, “if you find something you love, you should get it in all the colors.”

I’ll be staying up past midnight and trying to snag a few pieces online, although I haven’t decided which ones I really really want yet. I’m thinking of trying for the Orchid Maxi and a belt, maybe. With every piece being under $100, it’s hard to decide! I also plan on checking out a few Targets in person tomorrow to see what the stock situations are like. During last year’s Limsanity, I think I visited over 10 different targets (2 in Southern California!). I ended up with classic, cherished pieces, and was able to sell 2 handbags that I had changed my mind about. Fingers crossed this release doesn’t involve that many trips – I’m still hobbling around on crutches!

If you’re shopping online, don’t forget to use eBates for 2.5% cash back! Make sure you know if the item you’re lusting after is an online exclusive, and if so, which website it’ll be sold on (Target.com vs. NET-A-PORTER.com). If you’re a Target addict like me, take advantage of the 5% discount using your REDcard. Smart shopping, everyone!

You can check out the entire Look Book here, complete with product names and prices.

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February Favorites

5 Mar

February Favorites

I hope you’re ready for this. I found a lot of good staples last month that have made their way into my daily rotation.

1. 100% Pure Mint White Tea Tonique – I originally purchased this toner to use as a makeup setting spray, but I’ve also been using it during my daily/nightly cleansing routine. When my skin needs a little more hydration, I mist all over and let the toner sink in. Otherwise, I usually mist all over and wipe it up with a cotton ball. This toner smells wonderful, and keeps my skin feeling taught. It sets my makeup nicely and keeps it from looking cakey.

2. Kjaer Weis Creme Blush in Suntouched – I received this sample at Veer & Wander, a salon and apothecary in the SoMa area of San Francisco. The rep there said it was the perfect natural color for my skintone, and after using it almost every day, I totally believe her! It’s a beautiful, youthful coral that brightens the complexion. It’s very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. I think I’ll purchase a refill of this once I’m finished with my sample.

3. LC Lauren Conrad Necklace (similar) – I received this as a a Christmas gift from my brother, and I’ve been wearing it at least 3x a week ever since. I love how simple it is, and how it goes with almost any outfit. I’m not sure that this is still available online, but you may want to check your local Kohl’s just in case!

4. Kjaer Weis Creme Foundation in Just Sheer – Okay, time to fess up: I’ve been using this foundation since January but I wanted to make sure I love-loved it before I said anything about it here. Obviously, that time has come, hitting pan and all. Everything you have read about this foundation is true. The coverage is amazing. The finish is a gorgeous, natural-looking, satin-matte result that I can’t get from any other foundation. Some days I don’t even need to set it with powder (that’s saying a lot, considering how oily my t-zone gets!). The shade Just Sheer is a pretty close match; it’s a tad too dark but I can get away with it as long as I blend down onto my neck. Kjaer Weis has announced new shades in 2014, so I’m hoping that I can find a closer shade. If not, I’m contemplating purchasing Paper Thin to mix for my perfect shade.

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