October Wishlist

26 Oct

May's October Wishlist

1. I recently cleaned out my stash of toxic nail polish, so I’m looking to re-build. Aila Cosmetics seems like a good place to start. Their Prime Basecoat and Better Than Gel Topcoat have great reviews. The shade PFFF UGGGH is pretty warm grey-taupe that looks similar to All Hail The Queen by Butter London (sans shimmer). Kelly is an orchid pink that I’m itching to try, too.

2. Earlier this month, Ilia released their Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer and my interest is seriously piqued. Face base? I’m in. I’m still searching for a good TM that I like. I’m willing to give it a try, even with Dimethicone being one of the ingredients. It’s #14 on the list so I’m hoping that it won’t clog my pores.

3. Lily Lolo is slaying me with these eye palettes! I’m usually drawn to neutrals, making my attraction to the Laid Bare palette make perfect sense, but the colors in Enchanted palette are speaking to me. I’d love to add some of those fun shades to my collection. I can’t even choose between the two; I need them both.

4. This Victoria’s Secret Leather Moto Jacket is making my life right now. I really miss having a moto jacket. They seriously go with everything. I outgrew my last moto and had to get rid of it. Ever since then, I’ve been searching for one with gold hardware. I didn’t know how hard it would be to find the perfect one, but I think this might be it! Because it’s leather, it would last me a really long time. Droool.

5. I’m impressed with the many glowing reviews I’ve read about Yuli’s Cocoon Elixer. Calms skin stress, irritation and inflammation? Sign me up! My skin is never not stressed. I just finished my ED4OLO Vitamin D Mist, but I’m super tempted to try Yuli based on online reviews. In the mean time, I’m using my trusty George’s Aloe until I can pull the trigger on this guy. Since it’s a little pricey, I may opt for a trial size first!

6. Finding a green and natural mattifying primer without silicones has proven to be a difficult task thus far. My t-zone gets crazy oily throughout the day. Some of the skin types Haut Cosmetics’ Purifying Primer was designed for are oily and combination skin. Online reviews are saying it helps to mattify and hydrate simultaneously. Yes, $59 for a primer is steep, but I’m willing to try anything at this point! My dream is to be blot-free throughout the day. I placed an order at BeauTeaBar and requested a sample of this primer. Fingers crossed!

7. Good jeans are hard to come across. Good skinny, midrise jeans are even harder. I’m interested in trying a pair of Industry Standard’s Simone Midrise denim based on their shape-holding and bag-resistant claims. It doesn’t hurt that they’re affordable and made in the U.S. (much like my favorite v-neck supplier, Everlane!) I’m really digging these companies that provide high-quality items without traditional retail mark-ups. Does anyone know of any others I should check out?

8. I’m really bad with coasters and need to get into the habit of using them more often. What better way than with these gorgeous Threshold Agate Coasters from Target? I don’t even think I need this many but I certainly want them all over my house. I saw them in store but haven’t been able to find them online yet. If I end up getting some, I’d love to add some gold leaf to the edges.

Love love love. What are you guys currently lusting after?

P.S. I don’t know if this is good or bad, but I ended up getting 5/9 items from my last wishlist.

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.

Are you eyeing anything?