Thursday, November 28, 2013

BLACK FRIDAY Sales & Coupon Codes!

Hey everyone! If you are in the US, Happy Thanksgiving to you and I hope you are all surrounded by blessings and remembering the things you are thankful for. It's one of my favorite times of the year because it's a holiday that isn't focused soley on some gimmick, but it's a chance to give thanks to all those who make up what we are and who we are today. For me that means God, my family, friends, and loved ones. :)

After today the holiday season is officially kicking off and that also means the start of the frenzy we call Holiday gift shopping. In case you are still trying to decide on what to get for your friends and family, check out my Holiday Gift Guide:



I also wanted to share a Pre-Black Friday Fashion Haul for fashion lovers:



Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Time for the crazy to come out! Everyone loves a good discount, right?

To make the most out of Black Friday and upcoming Cyber Monday's shopping I wanted to put together a list of the Black Friday sales from some of my favorite stores so you can get your deal on once the tryptophan has worn off from turkey overload. Check out the huge list below!

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ALDO :: Save an extra 30% off all reduced footwear + save 50% off select Men’s footwear.
DATES: Nov 27 – Dec 1

Ann Taylor :: Save 50% Off Entire Purchase.
DATE: Nov 28
CODE: ANNTHANKS
Save 40% Off Entire Purchase.
DATES: Nov 29 (3AM EST) – Dec 1 (5PM EST)
CODE: GET40

ASOS :: Save 20% off site wide.
DATES: Nov 28 – Dec 2
CODE: GIMME20



Monday, November 25, 2013

Manicure Monday: Urban Decay Nail Color in Blackheart


Hey everyone! Today's Mani Monday is another Urban Decay nail color. It seems Urban Decay has decided to get back into the nail polish world by releasing 2 nail polishes each Spring and Fall season and Blackheart (which shares names with the eyeshadow shade in the Naked 3 Palette) is one of the holiday offerings. You guys know I love complex, hard-to-describe colors so it's no surprise that I was happily surprised after applying this one. Let's check out more about it below!




Saturday, November 23, 2013

TRAVEL TIPS: Packing List for a 1-Week Trip


Hey guys! Today I wanted to do a travel-related post since you know I am frequently flying here and there for work. Before every trip I take I scour the internet to find a good list to remind myself of what I should pack, but it can be tricky to find a good one. That's why I decided to write my own handy guide which may hopefully be helpful for your next 1-week trip too. :)

Oreo says, "pack me too!"

The first thing to consider is luggage. Will you be using checked luggage or a simple carry-on? Carry-on luggage size requirements can vary per airline so be sure to check beforehand so your luggage will fit. My luggage here is from Tokidoki but I recommend something with 4 wheels and zip compartments inside.

I personally find packing cubes to be so helpful in neatly organizing my clothes and keeping items from getting lost so if you've never used them, I highly recommend buying a pack in various sizes! TIP: Roll your clothes to keep wrinkles away and save on space. 


There have been cuter packing cube options that have come out lately and I've found that having a variety of sizes and designs really helps to keep things organized. Here are a few options that I've been loving:


Once we have our luggage and cubes ready, we can start to pack for our 1-week trip!

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Lets start with clothes:

  • 8 shirts (4 tanks, 4 tops)
  • 1 cardigan
  • 1 hoodie
  • 2 pants
  • 1 pair of shorts or skirt
  • 1 dress (if applicable)
  • socks (take the # of days you'll likely wear socks and add +1)
  • undies (take the # of days of your trip and add +1)
  • bras (2 everyday bras, 1 strapless if applicable)
  • pajamas
  • 1-3 outerwear (1 jacket, 1 blazer, 1 heavier coat if applicable)



Thursday, November 21, 2013

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Comparisons (Naked, Naked 2, Naked 3)



Hey guys! I'm sure a few of you are wondering with this new Urban Decay Naked 3 palette release if it's a worthwhile purchase. As this is their third in the Naked series, I feel like it's pretty important to see how this one compares to the previously released Naked and Naked 2 palettes.

Right off the bat you can see that the Naked 3 has an overall rose gold theme with 12 eyeshadows in a gorgeous, wave-textured tin case.






Wednesday, November 20, 2013

REVIEW & SWATCHES: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette


Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share the much anticipated review of the brand new Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably already know that the Naked line is not just Urban Decay's strongest offering, but it's a concept that has been duped by nearly every major makeup company out there so it's nice to see UD expanding it to fit a wider variety of preferences and skintones. 

Just like Naked 2, Naked 3 comes with a synthetic dual-ended eyeshadow brush (blending and flat) which is quality and very much usable. It also comes with a sampling of 4 Primer Potions: Original, Eden (nude matte), Sin (shimmer), and Anti-Aging.


The packaging is quite similar to Naked 2 which is very sturdy and snaps shut. Inside the case are 12 all brand-new eyeshadows and a well for the shadow brush as well as a large mirror.



Monday, November 18, 2013

Manicure Monday: Deborah Lippmann Lady Is A Tramp & Gel Lab


Happy Manicure Monday everyone! Today I have a very classic color that I am quite smitten with: Lady Is A Tramp from Deborah Lippmann. Just like the perfect red lipstick, I believe there is a "perfect red" nail polish out there for everyone. You know, the one that makes hands look beautiful, sexy, elegant, and ladylike in a way that trendy shades just can't match. Having seen this on my friend Wendy and knowing we had a similar skintone, I had high hopes that this would be my perfect red too. 

More info as well as Deborah Lippmann's Gel Lab Base & Top Coat after the jump!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

NO HANDS Makeup Challenge


Hey guys! Today I just wanted to do a really quick post sharing a fun video I recently filmed with my friend Amy Okuda whom you may recognize from the Wong Fu webseries I was in last year, Away We Happened.

We thought it would be a brilliant idea to tape our hands together and film ourselves putting on makeup because when you set the bar that low, even failure is a win. ;)


Monday, November 11, 2013

Manicure Monday: OPI The One That Got Away


Lately, my mind has been marinating on the upcoming holidays. One of my favorite things about American Thanksgiving dinners is eating turkey with cranberry sauce which is exactly what today's Manicure Monday reminds me of. OPI's The One That Got Away is a gorgeous glass-flecked polish from the Katy Perry collection and stunningly Fall-appropriate color. Let's check it out below.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

My Skincare Routine


Hey everyone. Today I wanted to share a highly-requested topic: My Skincare Routine! 

Your skin is the largest and one of the most important organs on your body so it only makes sense to take care of it just like you would exercise your muscles and eat well to promote better function of your insides. I don't have perfect skin, but one thing I've learned is that taking care of your skin today can help reduce chances of scarring or blemishes tomorrow. 

Here's my current skincare regimen and how I modify it to target a variety of different skin issues.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

SALES: Sephora F&F and Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sales!

Hey guys! Now that Halloween is over stores are gearing up for the holidays and you know what that means: SALES! Whoohoo!

I wanted to give you a little update and a few recommendations if you are interested in checking out the upcoming Sephora Friends & Family sale beginning tomorrow or Nordstrom's Anniversary sale for Women & Kids which started today.


Lets start with my favorite makeup store: Sephora. The VIB Friends & Family sale is their big annual pre-holiday shebang where they offer 20% off your entire order using code VIBTOPIA and goes from November 7 - 11. Purchases over $50 receive free 3-day shipping. (Note: you must be a Sephora VIB for this code to work)

Here's a list of some of my current obsessions and long-time favorites:





Next I wanted to share some of my picks from Nordstrom. Their Half-Yearly Sale for women & kids is going on starting today, November 6th. Prices are already marked down and the website has free shipping and return shipping all the time.

I don't know about you but I'm a shoe girl and a couple of my best shoe friends were just marked down, including a super cute pair I recently wore in my Fall Lookbook video. Lately, my fashion obsessions are soft, girly knits perfect for snuggling in the cooler weather. :)



Readers, will you be checking out the Nordies or Sephora sales? What's on your holiday wishlist? Let me know in the comments below!


Monday, November 4, 2013

Manicure Monday: Essie Mint Candy Apple


Hey everyone! Today's Manicure Monday is a polish that is one of my favorites of all time: Essie Mint Candy Apple. You remember back when the minty green-blue polish trend first started a few years ago? To me, Mint Candy Apple was the ultimate pastel mint creme polish on the market. I have tried what seems like a million mints, but even now this one is my favorite and I'll show you why below.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Clinique Goes To Hollywood



Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share a few pics from a Clinique event I recently attended. For the very first time, New York-based Clinique held a party on the West Coast in glitzy Hollywood to share their current lineup of products, from color cosmetics to skincare to their men's care offerings (which my husband happens to big a big fan of). I was super excited to see what must-haves and new cravings I would find for Fall here!


The first product that you guys probably know I love and was immediately drawn to were the iconic Chubby Sticks. They are hydrating, colorful, and the easy pencil shape makes them exceedingly purse-poppable as well. Love, love, love!



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