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Cozy Slipper Try-On Haul

December 11, 2020

APL Shearling Slides and Alo 7/8 Leggings in Chestnut | The Beauty Lookbook

Happy Friday! We made it through another week and I cannot believe it is almost Christmas time! I have a cozy slipper try-on haul roundup with my hits and misses. I tried several different styles and here are my thoughts on each style plus sizing. If you have any favorites I would LOVE it if shared your loves! It’s rarely cold enough to need slippers here in Florida although we’ve been through several years of cold seasons and my toes have been in need of something to keep them warm at home.

1 // Fuzzy Open-Toe Slippers

Amazon Soft Plush Flurry Cozy Open Toe Slippers | The Beauty Lookbook

Women’s Cross Band Slippers Soft Plush Open Toe House Shoes from Amazon in New Camel and New Cream ($24.99 each) – I’m usually a 6.5 in most shoes, based on the reviews I ordered the 5-6 and it fits perfectly. I have narrow-ish feet and these fit me perfectly. They are a little snug but will loosen up a little with a couple of wears. Love that they’re breathable, soft, fluffy, anti-skid and have a nice foam cushion on the base.

Above also wearing: James Perse Relaxed Crop Pullover in White, Alo Yoga 7/8 High-Waist Airlift Leggings in Chestnut, mirror from West Elm, mirror in background from Anthropologie, Sheepskin Rug from Pottery Barn

Amazon Soft Plush Furry Cozy Open Toe Slippers | The Beauty Lookbook

2 // Ugg Fluffette Slippers

Ugg Fluffette Slipper in Goat

Ugg Fluffette Slippers in Goat ($89.85) – These are fluffy and comfortable on my feet, but they’re not the softest. I ordered a 7 based on the reviews and agree that you should probably size up a ½ size if you’re in between sizes. Compared to other ones I tried the Fluffettes aren’t as soft. I wish I had opted for their classic Scuffette II but Andrew said they looked hideous on my feet so I did not buy them.

Also wearing: Lululemon Align Leggings in the 21” Crop Length (also love the 25” Length)

3 // Naked Cashmere Mules

Naked Cashmere Mule Slippers in Mink

Naked Cashmere Mule Slippers in Mink ($95) – I bought the S/M and they fit but are slightly big on me. These have the best cushiony sole out of all the ones I tried, but the front is semi-wide/loose. They don’t fall off my feet but I would have liked them a little more snug. The upside of them being a little loose on me is that my feet don’t get too hot or sweaty as air can circulate around the sides. Since they are cashmere you can’t machine wash these.

The ones I bought unfortunately have sold out, but you can still find them in the Love Mule Slipper style and Emory Mule Slipper. If you want a Bootie style they still have their Da Booties in stock.

Also wearing: Everlane Perform Legging in the Ankle Length (prefer the Lululemon Align or Alo Yoga 7/8 ones), side table from West Elm, tray from Nespresso, mug is Le Creuset, hot chocolate stirrer from Trader Joe’s

4 // APL Shearling Slide

APL Shearling Slides | The Beauty Lookbook

Also wearing: Everlane Perform Legging in the Ankle Length

APL Shearling Slide in Pristine/Black ($150) – I’m the biggest fan of all things APL and when they launched their shearling slide I ordered them immediately. The Pristine/Black is my favorite of the colors I ordered and it’s still available in most sizes. I hope they restock the other colors. I wear their sneakers in a Size 7 (same size as I wear in Nike) and I wear the Slides in a 6 because I have narrow feet. They’re an exact fit for me although if they made ½ sizes it would be even better. Andrew is a 12 or 12 ½ for sneakers and wears the slides in a 12.

5 // Madewell Sherpa Scuff Slippers

Madewell Shearling Scuff Slippers

Madewell Sherpa Scuff Slippers ($45) – These are still available right now at Zappos (I ordered mine from Madewell but they sold out there). These are probably my favorite out of the ones I bought. They’re basic but soft and cushiony. They do run wide but on me they’re comfortable and cozy. You can also find similar options in their Suede Scuff and Recycled Faux Fur Quilted (at Madewell, Shopbop and Nordstrom).

Above also wearing: Everlane Perform Legging in the Ankle Length, glass side table from West Elm, boucle chair and ottoman from Article

Cozy Fluffy Slippers Amazon | The Beauty Lookbook

My favorites are the ones I ordered from Amazon and Madewell. The Uggs are my least favorite. I might exchange them for the Scuffette even though Andrew doesn’t approve of the look. I’ve bought him the men’s version before and he liked those on his feet lol.

I’m sure by now you’ve already found your favorite cozy at home slippers, but in case you’re looking for some new ones to try I hope you find this roundup helpful!

 

Hauls Sephora

Mini Sephora Haul

December 9, 2020

Sephora Haul Kate Somerville, Sol de Janeiro Hand Sanitizer, Lawless Palette

I have a mini Sephora Haul to share – I ordered some things online for their Sephorathon promo that ends today 12/9. I restocked on a couple things and also bought some items I had my eye on. Use code SAVE2020 online at Sephora to save depending on tier. You can also use the code in store (ends today) – it’s a one-time use promo:

  • Rouge Members Save $25 off a $75 purchase
  • VIBs Save $20 off a $75 purchase
  • Insiders can Save $15 off a $75 purchase

P.S. for those who want to know, opening image details: nail polish is Essie Expressie Crop Top and Roll, side table is West Elm, chair is the Article Turoy Boucle Chair

Kate Somerville Eradikate Cleanser – one of my favorites to help prevent acne. I’ve raved about this one so many ties, it’s REALLY the best one to help with acne-prone skin. I ran out (even though I had recently restocked), stopped using it and started getting a wave of breakouts. It could have been from a number of things (hormones, stress, extra sweat) but when I use this I feel like it truly helps keep my breakouts under control, especially with the mask wearing.

Kate Somerville Eradikate Cleanser

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Sol de Janeiro Hand Sanitizer Spray is back in stock at Sephora. It doesn’t leave a sticky film and I love how it smells just like their body cream/shower gel. I ordered a couple more because I’m obsessed. The current version has a clear bottle (original one had a tinted bottle). Makeup bag below is from The Daily Edited (large size), also reviewed here.

Sol de Janeiro Hand Sanitizer Spray

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils have been on my radar as I used to use and love Peyote and Naked2 a lot. These have a smooth texture with a lot of great neutrals. I ordered 1993 (90’s-ish brown), Rush (rose pink), and Naked2 (nude pink). I swatched it next to Liar (deeper rose) and Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencils

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Lawless The Little One Eyeshadow Palette was on my radar and I have mixed feelings about this one. I haven’t had a chance to try it on my eyes yet since it just arrived but upon swatching it I feel like the powders have a LOT of powdery kick up. Also the colors look a little dry/chalky on the skin with my arm/hand swatches. The Anastasia Beverly Hills or Natasha Denona Palettes seem to have a much better texture and color payoff. I will keep you posted once I get a chance to try it on my face.

Lawless Little One Eyeshadows

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Last I ordered the Too Faced Hangover Rx Pillow Talk Balm. I had this one a while ago but gifted it away (brand new) to a friend and decided to buy one for myself again. It has a cushiony feel, glides on nicely, smells almost like a minty pina colada with a cooling sensation. Tingle is minimal. So far I really like it!

Too Faced Hangover Rx Pillow Balm

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Did you haul anything during the Sephorathon promo? Or did you already shop a lot during Black Friday/Cyber Week?

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Hauls Nordstrom

Fall Beauty Staples + New Finds

October 21, 2020

Fall Beauty Staples, YSL Water Stain Glow 207 | The Beauty Look Book

I’m excited to share a roundup of my fall beauty staples with some new finds from Nordstrom! I am thrilled to report that I have found a new holy grail hydration duo for hands and lips. Also by popular request I ordered a few of the new YSL lip stains to swatch and try for the season. I’ve partnered with Nordstrom today to share some new favorites along with a few staples that are going to be versatile throughout the year.

Fall Beauty Staples from Nordstrom | The Beauty Look Book

Foundation, Concealer and Powder

Best Foundation, Concealer and Blurring Powder | The Beauty Look Book

For my foundation I’ve been reaching for three things recently. For a minimalist natural glow the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is the best I’ve tried and one I’ve repurchased multiple times. For extra coverage or a long-wear formula I love the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion (I wear Dusk 3W1) or the Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation (I wear Natural 6.0 and Sable 6.5). These three are my no-fail go-to’s I think will suit a wide range of skin types.

Concealer-wise I think the Cle de Peau Concealer Stick is the best for full coverage. I currently wear Buff to spot conceal because it’s an exact match for my skin. If I want brightening I’ll go with Ocher. For under eyes the Cle de Peau Corrector for Eyes is an opaque but easy to blend formula with a brush applicator. This is what I’ve been using under eyes recently to conceal dark circles and brighten the under eye area. I think it’s 100% worth the splurge. If you want something more affordable you can’t go wrong with the ones from Laura Mercier and NARS – they’re versatile and have a nice shade range.

For powder long-time readers know that the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish in Medium is my holy grail and I still love it. I’m also a huge fan of the Sisley Blur Expert to give the skin a soft diffused evened out finish. This is my second compact and although spendy I think it’s a great product to give the skin a luminous matte look.

For touch-ups I think the Charlotte Tilbury Air-Brush is one of the softest retractable powder brushes I’ve ever tried. You can use it for bronzer or powder. I like that it has a protective cap.

Cle de Peau Concealer, Sisley Blur Expert, Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush

The Best Cheek Palette

Sculpture Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Sculpture Ambient Lighting Edit Palette and Bare Lip Treatment Oil

 

I’ve been really loving the Hourglass Sculpture Ambient Lighting Edit Palette. It’s the one cheek palette I brought with me on a recent trip and I used it the entire time. It has everything I need in one compact! I love how natural and flattering the glow is. I’ve been pairing it with the No 28 Lip Treatment Oil in Bare (also love Adorn and Cameo) for a healthy pink glow.

Eye Makeup Staples

Eye Makeup Staples Tom Ford Mink Mirage and NARS Climax Extreme Mascara

For eye makeup I get so many requests for a good all-matte neutral-cool palette recommendation. This can be harder to find these days as most palettes have warm shades or something with shimmer. The Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Mink Mirage is the best neutral-cool matte quad. It has classic colors that you can wear everyday. Colors are smooth, opaque and easy to blend. I find myself reaching for this a lot! You can dress it up by adding more of the deep brown or black for a smokey look.

For mascara I’ve been really impressed with the NARS Climax Extreme – it gives length, volume and holds the curl with no smudging on me. It has an extreme dark pigment which coats the lashes in a bolder look.

Tom Ford Mink Mirage Eyeshadow Quad

Another product I use weekly is the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in Rosegold. It’s my go-to all over base color to add a bit of glow. They just launched a Mini Caviar Stick Set for holiday with Au Naturel (cool-neutral beige), Rosegold (shimmery champagne, the color I use almost daily as a base), Intense Moonlight (sparkling taupe) and Magnetic Pink (metallic pale pink). If you’re new to the formula I think the minis are a nice way to try different colors.

Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick Mini

New YSL Lips

YSL Water Stain Glow Lips | The Beauty Look Book

YSL launched new Water Glow Lip Stains which are a gloss/stain hybrid that lasts long and leaves a glow. I picked four shades to try and think they’re lovely! They do darken and deepen once they set for a bolder color. I am wearing 207 Illegal Rosy Nude in the opening photo of this blog post. Other colors I picked include 203 Restricted Pink (healthy brighter pink), 202 Insurgent Red (brown red) and 211 Transgressive Cacao (plum mauve). They leave a stain on the lips but it’s not impossible to remove at the end of the day. Overall look to me is more glossy than a traditional stain but I really like these. They have that signature sweet YSL lip scent.

While at the counter one of the beauty stylists recommended the Lip Pencil in 04 Rose Fume which is the most perfect pink mauve I think I have ever seen. It’s creamy and smooth and I can’t wait to use it more this season.

YSL Water Stain Glow Lips swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Cozy Scents for Fall

Best Scents for Fall Diptyque Santal, Baies, Byredo

The weather has definitely shifted and fall has arrived although it’s still warm here. My go-to citrus scents seem a bit out of place so I’ve been wearing the new Jo Malone Fig and Lotus Flower Cologne (perfect fig scent) and started wearing my Byredo Bal D’Afrique again (mix of bergamot, vetiver and cedar). I think both are unique and long-lasting.

My top two candles for the home are Diptyque Santal (soft creamy sandalwood) and Baies (blackcurrant and rose). They make the home smell cozy and they both brighten the mood in different ways! Holiday sets just launched and the Mini 5 Piece Set is always a great way to sample them if you haven’t tried them before! It also makes the cutest gift.

Must-Have Skincare Treats

La Mer The Rejuvenating Hydration Set

I picked up two sets from La Mer and am in LOVE! The Rejuvenating Hydration Set has a mini Hand Treatment which is super silky and hydrating and a full sized Lip Volumizer which is a hydrating lip serum. The Lip Volumizer is more of a plumping product versus a balm but it feels smooth and softens my lips. You can use it under balm or lip color, but for me it feels smooth enough to use as a balm. I have been a huge fan of the La Mer Hand Serum and decided to give this set a try because it has a mini of the Hand Treatment. I think once this is used up I’ll splurge on the full size.

La Mer The Mini Miracle Broth Set

The Mini Miracle Broth Set is another one I picked up, mainly for a recent vacation as it has 4 minis of the Cleansing Foam, Treatment Lotion, Regenerating Serum and Moisturizing Soft Cream. It worked well for our trip and I think it’s a great starter set to try their products. There are different variations during the holiday, so I’d recommend finding one with the lotion or moisturizer formula you prefer. I really like the Soft Cream or Soft Lotion so this one was perfect for me.

La Mer Hand Treatment

Fall Beauty Staples from Nordstrom | The Beauty Look Book

That wraps up my fall beauty staples post! I have quite a bit in rotation right now but wanted to put together an edited roundup of the things I’ve been reaching for the most. As always I’d love to hear what you have in rotation right now! Or if you have any new beauty finds let me know in the comments! If you’re shopping online don’t forget to check out the Gift With Purchase page.

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Many thanks to Nordstrom for partnering to sponsor this post. All items purchased by me. As always all opinions are my own.

Hauls Nordstrom Sales

Best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Deals 2020

August 19, 2020

Best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives 2020 | The Beauty Look Book

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens up to the public today! Today I’m rounding up the best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale beauty deals with my haul picks for makeup, skincare, fragrance and hair. Starting today they will also be launching Daily Deals with special savings and promos for beauty. Also if you’re shopping online don’t forget to check out the Gift With Purchase section as they update it frequently. My haul picks are primarily focused on makeup sets – I think there are some really good bundles and palettes this year!

Best Nordstrom Sale Beauty Exclusives 2020 | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Sur La Plage Full Size Lip Balm Set $49 – NARS has some really cute sets this year and I was pleasantly surprised to find this super cute trio! The Afterglow Lip Balm formula is one of my favorites and this year the Sur La Plage Set has three full size lip balms in Orgasm (classic pink), Marabella (sheer poppy coral) and Baja (sheer pink red). The clutch is super cute for summer too.

NARS Sur La Plage Full Size Lip Balm Set Nordstrom

Marabella swatched on the lips (other shades swatched if you scroll down)

NARS Afterglow Lip Balm Marabella

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NARS Mini Oil-Infused Lip Tint Duo $24 – Another favorite is the NARS Oil-Infused Lip Tints and for the Nordstrom Sale they have new shades in mini-form! Beausoleil is a sheer shimmering gold and Solstice is a sheer clear strawberry pink. They have a sheer wash of color and on me they don’t transform the lip color. I love lip oils in general and think this is a cute way to try the formula.

NARS Mini Oil-Infused Lip Tint Duo Beausoleil and Solistice

Left Solstice (sheer pink), right Beausoleil (sheer gold)

NARS Mini Oil-Infused Lip Tint Duo Solistice and Beausoleil

Swatches of both lip sets below:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale NARS Sets

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NARS Vacances Face Set $49 – This palette is a winner for me. It has three easy to wear eyeshadows and a neutral rose blush. The eyeshadows are Alhambra I (shimmery champagne), Comporta (metallic nude champagne copper) and Rhodes (metallic plum). The blush is called Behave which is a matte rose. If you’re looking for a no-fuss everyday palette that can be worn year round I this one is really nice!

Nordstrom NARS Vacances Face Set

Nordstrom NARS Vacances Face Set swatches

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Bobbi Brown Full Size Extra Lip Tint Duo $29 – As a fan of balms I almost always buy the Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint sets every year. The set this year has Bare Pink (color-transforming, on me it transforms into a flushed bright pink) and Bare Rose (soft rosy pink). They’re comfortable without feeling thick.

Bobbi Brown Full Size Extra Lip Tint Duo Bare Pink and Bare Rose

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Bobbi Brown Full Sized Vitamin Enriched Face Base Duo $60 – If you’re a fan of Bobbi Brown skincare there are some really good bundles and value sets. The Vitamin Enriched Face Base has been a staple for years that doubles as a moisturizer and primer. For the sale they have a set of two 1.69 oz jars for $60 ($120 value).

Bobbi Brown Full Size Vitamin Enriched Face Base Duo Set Nordstrom

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Tom Ford Eye Color Quad and Mini Lip Color Set $88 – Another splurge I buy religiously is any Tom Ford beauty set from the sale. They usually have an eyeshadow palette with mini lipsticks bundle and this year the set includes Burnished Amber Eyeshadow Quad, Casablanca Lip Color (classic rose mauve) and Scarlet Rouge (deep red). I decided to give the eyeshadow quad a try which has a shimmery gold, warm pink red, deeper plum red shimmer and a shimmery copper. The overall look is on the warm side but I think it will be really lovely for fall.

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad & Mini Lip Color Set Burnished Amber, Casablanca and Scarlet Rouge

Below wearing the Burnished Amber eyeshadow quad and Scarlet Rouge lip color

Tom Ford Burnished Amber Eyeshadow Quad and Scarlet Rouge Lip Color

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Charlotte Tilbury always has some great sets to pick from! I really love the Glowing Gorgeous Eye Secrets Set with full-sized items. It has two Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Shadows in Golden Eclipse and Star Gold (one of my favorites) along with their Legendary Lashes Volume 2 Mascara. I use her cream shadows almost daily alone or as a base.

Her cult classic Pillow Talk Lip Secrets Set is my absolute must-have from the sale. The Collagen Lip Bath in Pillow Talk always gets me compliments whenever I wear it and is a soft rosy pink. I use her Pillow Talk Lip Cheat and Matte Revolution religiously – the set is priced at $68 ($91 value).

Nordstrom Charlotte Tilbury Anniversary Sale Sets

Below wearing all three of the Pillow Talk lip items layered together

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Look

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Oribe Full Size Gold Lust Dry Shampoo and Dry Texturizing Spray Set $64 ($96 value) is a great deal if you like dry shampoo or texturizers. I alternate between both and usually have some minis on hand. The full sizes are the better buy though and with the sale this is a great time to save as they’re pretty pricey at full price!

Oribe Full Size Gold Lust Dry Shampoo & Dry Texturizing Spray Set ($96 Value) | Nordstrom

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Beauty Exclusives

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Fragrance and Hand Care – I have a few Fragrance and Hand Care picks that I think are great options to put on your radar.

Le Labo Santal 33 and Another 13 Eau de Parfum Duo $98 is a cute sampler set with two perfumes. I love Santal in the candle form and used to use the perfume a while ago. I thought this was a nice way to try two of their scents.

Creed Les Essentiels Fragrance Trio $175 – I bought this for Andrew. Aventus is his signature scent (I’ve bought him many bottles and the flacons too). He has a few of his own atomizers already and I’m always on the lookout for sets like this for him to try other scents. If you’re looking for a really good cologne set this is THE BEST one. Aventus literally stops people on the street who pass us by – they always want to know what he’s wearing!

Supergoop! Handscreen Sunscreen Set $44 ($66 value) – I have tried to make a better effort to wear sunscreen on my hands. It’s one area I neglect for sun protection. I bought two of these sets and am sending one to my sister-in-law. The minis are perfect to throw in a small bag.

Le Labo Hand Soap Jumbo Size in Basil $40 – This is Andrew’s favorite hand soap formula. We just used up last year’s Hinoki scent and he asked me to repurchase this year’s which is Basil.

Nordstrom Sale Le Labo, Creed, Supergoop!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Beauty Exclusives

That wraps up my Nordstrom Beauty Haul favorites! I have a couple more things on the way that I ordered including the Diptyque 5-Piece Travel Set and T3 Luxe Brush Set which I think are great values but didn’t receive them in time for this roundup. Quick recap: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open to the public starting today and runs through August 30th. They will have different beauty deals every day so check back on their site for the daily special and possible restocks if something you had your eye on is sold out.

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Many thanks to Nordstrom for partnering to sponsor this post. As always all opinions my own. All items purchased by me.

 

Hauls Nordstrom

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Try-On Haul + Beauty Picks

August 6, 2020

Nordstrom Sale 2020 Haul Picks

I have my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale try-on haul along with a peek at my beauty exclusives purchases today! My local store in Tampa is on the smaller side but they still had a pretty good selection for the sale. There are always more options online so I ended up ordering a couple items online too (haven’t arrived yet). The store was very clean and easy to shop. Staff and customers and product displays were all very spread out. Associates were really friendly and helpful – one of the best parts about shopping at Nordstrom, they always make it a fun experience.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping 2020

Home Picks

Andrew and I took a few snaps while we were browsing. You can see more on my Instagram Stories Highlights @beautylookbook (I created a Nordstrom Sale bookmark). One of my first stops was the home section to check out the Barefoot Dreams. I already knew I wanted to buy one of the printed In the Wild options (bought the Stone/Cream). We picked up one of the Loop Fringe Blankets to try. I ordered one of the Leopard Dog Sweaters for Lucy.

Nordstrom Sale 2020 Barefoot Dreams

In the Wild print in Stone/Cream ($119.90 on sale) and the Loop Fringe Blankets ($119.90 on sale) from Barefoot Dreams. Regular Cozy Chic Throw is on sale for $88.90.

Barefoot Dreams Blankets Nordstom Sale

Accessories

There were some cute purses and accessories but I decided to opt for a few shoes instead. Shown below is the Tory Burch Carson Croc Embossed Leather Crossbody Bag (on sale for $149.90) and some of the earrings and sunglasses on sale.

Tory Burch Carson Croc Embossed Leather Crossbody Bag

For accessories I bought one hat on sale, the Brixton Lera Straw Fedora. I think it’s super cute but accidentally grabbed a Medium which is a little too big so I’m ordering the next size down.

Brixton Lera Straw Hat

Quick side note on another sale find. This isn’t part of the Nordstrom Sale but it’s too good to pass up. Many thanks to one of my readers Lisa C who let me know that favorite hat the Eric Javits Hampton Hat is on sale on the Eric Javits website. They’re having a summer sale sitewide for a limited time. In case you had your eye on one now is a great time to save. They’re fairly expensive but I think they’re the best hats that actually shade your head and face from the sun. I never get a scalp or head burn when I wear this. With other hats the sun always shines through.

The color I am wearing below is Cream. I also own it in Black. Throwback photo to one of our Miami trips last year.

Nation LTD Tank, Eric Javitz Sunhat

Shoes

I tried on some shoes from Tory Burch including the Leigh T-Logo Sneaker ($149.90) and picked the black color. They run true to size for me. I’m a 6.5 in most shoes and the Tory Burch Millers. I sometimes size up for sneakers but even with socks I felt the 6.5 was the best fit.

Tory Burch Leigh Sneaker T-Logo

There are some cute Tory Burch Leigh Slides ($139.90 for the tan, $149.90 for the printed ones). These ran a bit wide and big so I opted for a Size 6 which fits perfectly. I think they’re really cute but the strap is a little stiff so they are a little uncomfortable. I’m spoiled by how nice on the feet my APL Slides are (which are a completely different material, but still the most comfy sandals/slides I own). I may end up returning the Tory Burch slides. I’m not sure if they just need to be broken in but will make the decision before I wear them out.

Tory Burch Leigh Slides Nordstrom Sale 2020

Try Ons in Store

A few dressing room try-ons with notes on sizing. For reference I’m 5’3″. Most ankle jeans end up being full length on me.

Try On 1 (left): Vince Strip T Shirt (wearing XXS but ended up buying XS) | Rag & Bone Nina High Waist Ankle in Camden Wash (Size 26)

Try On 2 (right): ATM Schoolboy Cheetah Slub Cotton Tee (XS) | Mother Looker High Waist Fray Skinny Jeans (Size 26)

In all try-on photos wearing my own sneakers APL Techloom Breeze (in Size 7, same size for me as I wear for Nike sneakers).

Nordstrom Sale Try On Vince and ATM

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Try On 3 (left): Frame Puff Sleeve T-Shirt (XS, didn’t end up buying) | Mother Denim Looker Ankle (Size 26)

Try On 4 (right): Rails Ingrid Raw Hem Chambray Shirt (XS, ended up ordering a white one instead of this one) | STS Blue Emily Stretch Denim Skirt (Size 25, could have also worn a 24 but they didn’t have that size in store)

Nordstrom Sale Try on Frame and Rails

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Try On 5 (left): Rails Collins Military Jacket in Sage (XS) | STS Emily Denim Skirt (Size 25)

Try On 6 (right): Rails Hunter Plaid Shirt in White/Peony (XS) | Rag & Bone Mid-Rise Cate Ankle Skinny in Stevie (Size 26) this color wasn’t part of the Anniversary sale but was marked down (SA pulled the for me to try the size) the darker wash color Cate Ankle Skinny in April is part of the Anniversary Sale (fit didn’t end up working for me).

Nordstrom Sale Try on Rails

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Try On 7 at Home

Below wearing the Alo Yoga New Moon Tank in XS. These are super soft and lightweight. They run long on me so I will sometimes tie it on the side to shorten it. Other items I’m wearing aren’t part of the sale. They had a wide selection of Nike, Zella and a few other brands. I still find my favorites are from Lululemon or Alo Yoga so I decided to pass on most of the items this year.

Also wearing: Alo Yoga Biker Shorts in XS (not on sale), Adidas Mini Logo Hat, sneakers APL Techloom Pro (Size 7).

Alo Yoga Tank Nordstrom Sale

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Beauty Shopping and Haul Picks

Last but not least a look at some of the beauty options and what I hauled. I did order a couple more things online and I’ll have a separate beauty haul post later. Sets from Bobbi Brown, Oribe, Olaplex and La Mer. Tons of value sized options from Kiehl’s and Drybar to name a few.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives 2020

What I hauled from MAC, Bobbi Brown, Olaplex and Charlotte Tilbury. I’m pretty excited about the Olaplex trio as I go through bottles of these frequently.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives Haul

Quick swatches of the MAC Lip Sets: Love Me Pink Trio (I’m Doin Me Lipstick, Edge to Edge Lip Liner and Twinsies! Lipglass) and the Love Me Neutral Lip Trio (Inseparable Lipstick, Dervish Lip Liner and My Other Half Lipglass).

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale MAC Lip Sets 2020

Quick swatches of the Charlotte Tilbury Gorgeous Glowing Eye Secrets with Golden Eclipse (new) and Star Gold Cream shadows alongside the Pillow Talk Lip Secrets Trio.

Nordstrom Sale Beauty Exclusives Charlotte Tilbury Sets and Swatches

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That wraps up my shopping and try-on haul! Hope you found it helpful. Would love to hear what you bought or have on your wishlist if you’re shopping the sale.

Quick recap on dates:

Nordstrom Anniversary NSALE 2020 Dates

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Hauls Roundup

Five Things

May 4, 2020

May New Beauty Launches Beauty Shelf

I cannot believe it is already May! It seems as though summer will almost be here and I feel like it was just yesterday the new year arrived. I have a quick roundup today featuring five new things I have been just started testing but wanted to put on your radar. A lot of you have been asking me about a couple of these I previewed on Instagram stories so I hope this will answer all your questions!

1 / Gisou

Beauty Look Book Review Gisou Minis

First I wanted to let you know that Gisou restocked their Mini Series Set ($55 available online at Gisou). I’ve loved their Hair Oil and a few other items from the line. I had been wanting to try their hair mask and heat protectant spray so when they launched a minis set I thought it was a perfect way to try. The set sold out within one day when it launched but just restocked. I plan on buying the full sizes of the Heat Protectant Spray – I think it’s a really nice one! (You can also find the full size items at Revolve, but minis and travel sizes are exclusive to Gisou.)

2 / Glossier Hand Cream

Glossier Hand Cream Review

Glossier launched Hand Cream in the cutest most creative packaging I’ve ever seen. And of course it’s PINK! My DMs have been flooded with questions about the formula. You want to know is it actually good and not just worth it for the cute packaging? I bought two and at $18 each I do think they’re worth it. It has a semi thick texture but absorbs into the skin easily. It has a soft dry down so there’s no sticky residue – similar to the Chanel Hand Cream. The Glossier does smooth the skin, offers a nice lightweight veil of moisture, but it is very lightweight and not super rich. It has a soft pleasant perfumed scent like a watered down version of their perfume. The packaging has the perfect amount of flexibility to squeeze easily but still bounce back and retain its shape. I like it for lightweight hydration, but if you need a lot of moisture I still think L’Occitane or Chanel will be better.

3 / Fresh Petal Soft Lip Cream

Fresh Rose Petal Soft Lip Balm Review

Fresh added a couple new things to their rose skincare line including the Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum (still testing) and the Rose Petal-Soft Lip Cream. I immediately started using the lip cream the day it arrived and am 100% in love. I think it’s a super nice hydrating soft cushiony balm. Think By Terry Baume de Rose but softer and not quite as thick in texture. I love how the Fresh Rose Petal-Soft Lip Cream feels and it has a soft pleasant rose scent.

4 / Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Foundation

Armani Neo Nude Foundation in 6.5

Ever since the Armani Neo Nude Foundation popped up online so many of you have asked for a review. I ordered Shade 6.5 online sight unseen and it’s a perfect match right now. It has a thin easy to blend texture with medium coverage. It’s supposed to give the skin a glow effect but on me it looks very matte. I like how it looks natural on my face but I still prefer the Luminous Silk Foundation formula and finish as it has some glow/luminosity. For a matte finish base I find the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation is still better – I like the way it blends and sits on my skin. Still I do think the Neo Nude Foundation is a nice lightweight base that is easy to blend and looks natural, I just find other bases better. It has silicone and alcohol in the ingredient list (which is hit or miss for my skin depending on how high up it is on the list). It did not irritate me but your mileage may vary.

Here are swatches next to the other 6.5 shades I have and wear:

Luminous Silk Foundation
Neo-Nude Foundation
Luminous Silk Concealer
Power Fabric Concealer

Armani 6.5 Foundation Swatches Luminous Silk vs Neo Nude

5 / Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm

Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm Perfect Pink and Nude Chill

Last is a sneak peek of the Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balms. I managed to order a few shades before they sold out on Sephora for the recent sale. I’ll have a full review soon, but I like these SO much better than the stick version (which I actually hated). I’ve been playing around with 001 Perfect Pink (soft pink that turns a soft flushed pink) and 17 Nude Chill (perfect beige). They have a semi thick but non-sticky finish. The liquid balm has a cushiony feel with shea butter and has a slight plumping feel but minimal tingle. I really like how easy to apply and love the pigment. More to follow soon as I’m still waiting on a couple other shades to arrive but I really like these!

Below wearing the Armani Neo Nude Foundation in 6.5, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Powder in Medium, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light, NARS Powder Blush in Orgasm, Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm in Perfect Pink, Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Honeymoon

Armani Neo Nude 6.5 and Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm in Perfect Pink

That wraps up my Five Things Roundup today! Hope your week is off to a good start and hope you’re all hanging in there! Sending you lots of love and good vibes.

 

 

Fresh Rose Skincare provided for review. Other items purchased by me.

Hauls Natasha Denona

Natasha Denona Haul Review

April 27, 2020

Natasha Denona Haul Review

I have a roundup of some Natasha Denona haul picks I’ve acquired recently! Most were purchased by me with a couple items sent in PR. We have swatches plus thoughts covering these items in today’s review:

Mini Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Mini Glam Eyeshadow Palette

The Mini Glam Eyeshadow Palette was launched earlier this year and it’s a super cute mix of neutrals. For those who can’t do the warm eye trend, this has a really nice mix of colors including a shimmery soft bronze, matte camel, shimmery olive/taupe, matte brown and glistening neutral-warm champagne gold. The colors are easy to wear and layer for an everyday look. If you pack on more of the matte brown you can get a more smokey effect. Lasting power and pigment is excellent.

Natasha Denona Mini Glam Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Look wearing:

  • Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation in Dusk
  • Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Concealer in LM14
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in Medium
  • Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in First Love
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Caramel
  • Natasha Denona Mini Glam Palette all shades
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero
  • It Cosmetics Lash Blow Out Mascara
  • Marc Jacobs Poutliner in Nudist
  • Natasha Denona Lip Oh Phoria on top in Nude
  • Top by Everlane

Natasha Denona Mini Glam Eyeshadow Palette Look

Natasha Denona Mini Glam Eyeshadow Palette Look

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Mini Retro Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Mini Retro Eyeshadow Palette

The Mini Retro Eyeshadow Palette is a unique mix of green, olive and pinks. I looked at the @natashadenona Stories Highlights and tried to copy her tutorials with this one. They’re super helpful and easy to follow! I tried to recreate the one with just the pink shades and the olive matte as a liner.

Colors in the palette are a glittery pink/violet/blue top coat, shimmery olive silver blue mix, matte olive, matte warm pink, shimmery light pink. I really love the color mix here!

Natasha Denona Mini Retro Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Look below wearing same base product as the above look. Cheek is the Mini Bloom Blush. Lips are NARS Chelsea Girls + Natasha Denona Lip Oh Phoria Glaze in Duo Chrome Coral.

Natasha Denona Mini Retro Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Mini Retro Eyeshadow Palette

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Mini Bloom Blush

Natasha Denona Mini Bloom Blush

The Mini Bloom Blush is mini but mighty. It’s super pigmented and glowy pink coral with loads of shimmer but you can blend/sheer it out. Even just a little dab of the brush picks up a lot of pigment. If you want something a little less intense but similar in color the NARS Orgasm X Blush is very similar in my opinion. I did swatch comparisons below to other Natasha Denona blushes and shades from a few palettes I thought were similar. The swatches below will show that the new Mini Bloom Blush is the brightest and most pigmented:

Natasha Denona Mini Bloom Blush swatches

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Love Glow Cheek Palette

Natasha Denona Love Glow Cheek Palette

This Love Glow Cheek Palette is the first cheek palette I’m not crazy about from Natasha’s line. I really loved the Tan Bronze and Glow and Bloom Blush and Glow SO much, I was excited about this one that launched around Valentine’s Day. Pigment, blendability and texture are excellent with this one. The only reason I don’t like it is I find it too dramatic and intense with the glitter. It photographs BEAUTIFULLY but in real life it has that blinding highlight and glitter. Your mileage may vary depending on your makeup look preference.

Natasha Denona Love Glow Cheek Palette swatches

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Lip Oh Phoria Lip Gloss

Natasha Denona Lip Oh Phoria

Last but not least are three of her Lip Oh Phoria glosses. These are hybrid balm/glosses with a high shine. To me they’re not super hydrating like I’d expect from a balm, but they are definitely not drying. I love mixing and layering these over lipstick or liner. The Nude is a pale milky nude with a tiny bit of shimmer. Mauve is a cool toned nude mauve pink. Duo Chrome Coral is a high shine coral loaded with gold reflective shimmer. I find they last longer than the average gloss on my lips and I just dab a little and blend with my fingers.

You can see Nude and the Coral on my lips if you scroll up earlier in the post.

Swatches below: Nude, Mauve and Duo Chrome Coral

Natasha Denona Lip Oh Phoria swatches

Overall some lovely launches from Natasha Denona. I really love how she creates unique products and colors. I always look forward to what she’s coming out with next and I love her tutorials on her Instagram page! I really love the new mini eyeshadow palettes as I think the colors are unique. The mini bloom blush is quite intense so I don’t think it will be for everyone. Lip glosses are really lovely but only if you can wear lighter shades and mix them.

I hauled my items from Sephora although some things might temporarily be sold out from the sale. I’m hoping they will restock!

Natasha Denona Love Glow Cheek Palette and Lip Oh Phoria provided for review. Other items purchased by me.

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