Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Shopping Trip at Nordstrom Rack!

I went to Nordstrom Rack to return the Vince Camuto sweater I got from Hautelook a couple months ago.  Of course I ended up trying on a bunch of stuff and taking home a Vince top, DvF dress, and Converse Chuck Taylors!

I used to really dislike Converse shoes, but they've been growing on me.  So I was considering getting some for my New York trip.  I like that their style is pretty versatile.  A nice casual shoe that is not super athletic looking.  Nordstrom Rack had both the Chuck Taylor style and the Shoreline style.  I debated between the two, but ultimately went with the Chuck Taylor because the Shorelines were really tight on the top of my feet - the tongue/laces are not adjustable, and I even tried a size up and had the same issue.  I believe I have higher than normal arches, but was surprised at just how tight they are.  I do really like their lower cut though!  But I also like the classic look of the Chuck Taylors.  Here are the Chuck Taylor and Shorelines side by side that I took at the store:

Anyway, the Chuck Taylors are not discounted at all at Nordstrom Rack.  The Shorelines were like $30 or so.  I guess they just carry the Chuck Taylors because they are popular?  I got my usual size 6, but they seem to run large.  I could totally size down to 5.5 but the store didn't have any for me to try on.  I bought them but I'm not sure if I'll use them in NYC after all.  I didn't realize that their soles were so heavy, and I don't think they would be that comfortable to walk around all day in.  

I like the red/white/blue combo though!  How fitting that I bought them on Memorial Day!  =P

They look pretty cute with ankle pants, I think... here they are, along with the Vince Drop Shoulder top I bought.  I can't find the exact one online, but here is the same style in different colors also on sale for about the same price I paid (~$50).

This Vince tee is pretty comfortable, and I like the casual loose fit.  I got it in size XS, same as all my Vince tops, and it's still very loose.  I seriously love this brand.

There are subtle stripes in the print, but kind of hard to see:

It's got the split hem with back longer than front by about an inch:

Lastly, I got the DvF New Julian Two Silk dress in ocelot floral multi.  Nordstrom Rack is selling it for $159, which is pretty much the lowest price I've seen for DvF wrap dresses.  I thought the print was pretty striking!  I worried for a bit that it may be too tropical/Hawaiian print.  But I think if it is, then it is in a good way lol.  I like it.  Got my usual DvF size 4.

Here's the print up close - so the Julian 2 dress differs from my Jeanne 2 dress in that it is 3/4 sleeve, and has no collar.  Otherwise the two styles fit the same.

I found this dress on Nordstrom Rack's website in like all sizes.  The web photos make it look so dull and yucky!  It's no wonder that no one is buying it.  It looks much more vibrant in person (like in my photos).  I think it's a steal!  I would even consider wearing it to work, either with a blazer over or on its own on a summer Friday.

I would never have considered buying this dress if I only saw these Nordstrom Rack photos lol.

It's also red, white and blue!  Too late to wear for Memorial Day, but perfect for 4th of July?!  =D

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Funday!

Wow today doesn't even feel like Sunday!  One, tomorrow is Memorial Day, and two I am going to be in New York next week!  It's a pretty last minute trip decision, but I haven't been to NYC in a while and wanted to take a break from work.  I hope the weather will cooperate!  So far the forecast looks like very hot weather (85ish high) with scattered t-storms.  Whatever that means.  I am from LA where we are in the middle of a drought so I don't even know what rain feels like anymore lol.  I also haven't owned an umbrella in years.  That's probably about to change.

My workout sessions went very well this week!  Probably because I'm getting back on point with my diet.  I sure hope I can keep it up while in NYC, though it will be tough.  Usually when I visit a different city, I want to experience all that it has to offer!  I better bring lots of workout outfits and hit the hotel gym every morning lol.

Monday 5/18
What I did:  Strength #1.

Alo Yoga Exhale LS as to and from:

Tuesday 5/19
What I did:  Strength #2.

What I wore:  Lorna Jane Macy tank with Titika March bra under.  Lululemon giant houndstooth dip dye wunder under pant, and same shoes as the day before!

Splits59 Venus jacket as to and from:

Wednesday 5/20 - Rest day.

Thursday 5/21
What I did:  Strength #3.

What I wore:  Lorna Jane Heather tank with Lorna Jane Portia bra under.  Lululemon Inspire crop in oil slick lotus camo, and Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 shoes in hyper cobalt/bright mango.

Friday 5/22
What I did:  Strength 4.

What I wore:  Nike camouflage burnout tank with Lululemon Free To Be bra in power purple under.  Lululemon Inspire crop in deep zinfandel, and Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 shoes in venom purple.

Lululemon Forme Jacket in savasana camo fatigue green as to and from:

Saturday 5/23 - Rest day.

Sunday 5/24
What I did:  I haven't done any conditioning workouts from my workout program in a while.  But I decided to do both Month 8 conditioning workouts back to back today lol.  I almost died, I think.  Then I attempted to do 20 minutes on the gauntlet but only lasted about 12 minutes.  

What I wore:  Lorna Jane Erika tank with Lululemon Pace Crop and same Nike shoes as the day before.

Alo mesh hoodie as to and from:

Not sure if you can see from the last pics that I chopped off my hair!  It was actually a pretty spontaneous decision when I was planning on getting my regular trim and told my hair stylist that I felt a bit boring with the same hair cut.  She said that nowadays everybody is getting the Kim Kardashian mid-length hairdo.  So I decided to jump on the bandwagon too!  Haha - I don't even like Kim Kardashian!  So my hair stylist chopped off about 5 inches of my hair.  This is the shortest I can remember having it in at least the past 10 years!  It's amazing how much lighter I feel now!  I am figuring out new ways to style it.  I like the beachy wave thing Kim K has going on.  But that seems to be too much maintenance for me.  So we'll see... even though this is a pretty big change for me, I think I like it!  =)

Anyway, I gotta get packing!  As usual, I always appreciate recommendations on what to do, where to eat, etc. so if you have any favorites in NYC, please share!  Have a great rest of the long weekend!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Lost & Replaced Sephora Order!

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had made an order at Sephora.  It was delivered to my front door... and then stolen!  I contacted Sephora and they were kind enough to send me my order again.  Luckily nothing I ordered was sold out yet.  The second package was sent to my work, and it arrived safe and sound!

I have been using the products I ordered for a couple weeks now, and I have got to share this amazing product - Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base!  When I used it the first time, I was instantly impressed by the result.  I've never liked mascara base too much since what I had tried were always too wet and could not hold my lash curl.  But this one is amazing.  It is a very dry formula.  In fact, when you put it on, it feels like nothing is going on your lashes.  But if you turn your head around and let your lashes catch the light, you will see that they are covered in this very light white film.  It sets in no time, and then your curl is held in place perfectly, no matter how many coats of mascara you put on top.  It also lengthens your lashes, so after you put on mascara, you will have such a dramatic eye-opening look.  It's a MUST product for me now!  I'm a big fan of Shiseido, but they've outdone themselves this time!

I also got a cute mascara set - Sephora Favorites Lash Stash To Go.  It comes with 5 sample sized mascaras, and a voucher for a full sized one of your choosing after you've tried them out.  The whole set only costs $25!  Usually a full sized mascara costs around that price anyway.  So this one essentially lets you try the 5 samples for free!  I love this idea.  I wish they would let you make your own box out of all the mascaras they carry haha!  I've already been using the Two Faced Better Than Sex mascara so I would have skipped that if I could.  But I'm not mad at it either.

I think I've mentioned this before, but I actually like sample size mascaras better than full size.  I feel that mascara is one of those things that you don't want to sit around too long.  Full sized ones tend to dry out at some point and the rest of the product is wasted.  Might as well go for sample sized ones and have a higher turnover so you are always using a fresher product.  The small sizes are also easier to carry around!

The packaging is cute... all the mascaras are stored in the box and you pull it out like a drawer.  The voucher is stored inside of the box lid:

This is such a great idea because you can get to try all 5 mascaras at once.  I've been rotating them and using a different one each day.  That way you really get to see the difference between them.  If you use one at a time until it runs out, you probably won't remember how you felt about the first one you tried - at least I don't.  So this really works for me.  

If you go to the Sephora site and zoom in on the pictures, you can see that the brush heads are all quite different.  Out of the 5, I would say the Lancome Hypnose is the most dramatic.  The brush head is slightly curved, which I don't really mind.  It goes on rather heavily so even one coat is pretty dark already.  If you put on two coats or more though, it does clump!  So while I like the dramatic look, I'm not 100% happy with this one.

The Tart Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara is probably the one I would use my full sized voucher for.  It is the second most dramatic out of the 5, I think.  And it doesn't clump like the Lancome one.  However, the brush head is made of hard plastic (similar to the Benefit They're Real mascara brush) and it is pretty easy to poke your eye while applying.  It hurts when that happens!  

The Jose Maran Argan Black Oil mascara comes in the prettiest tube lol.  It has a zig zag kind of brush head.  It does not go on super heavily, so I like to put on a couple coats.  One day I put it on without the Shiseido mascara base and this mascara dragged down my curl quite a bit.  But if I use the base first, I have no such problems at all.  I would say this one ties with the Two Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which is to say that they are nothing special.  I especially don't like that the Better Than Sex mascara has a fat tip so it's almost impossible to put any on the corners or bottom lashes without it smearing onto your lids.

The Blinc Amplified mascara is not comparable to the others, in my opinion, since it is a tubing mascara.  It is the least dramatic look of all 5.  So it's good if you want that natural look.  And it goes on super smooth - does not clump whatsoever, which I am pretty impressed with.  When I had lash extensions on, I used tubing mascaras because they wash off when they come in contact with hot water.  You don't need to use makeup remover, so they didn't damage my extensions.  That said, this mascara actually does not come off very well with makeup remover.  You really just have to use hot water.

I do have to say that my mascara experience with all these mascaras is definitely made better because of the Shiseido base!  My bf even asked me if my lashes were real the other day...!!!  

In addition to mascaras, I also was in need of a new powder.  I had been using the Two Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation (I wear it over BB cream) which I like, but when I use it with one of my BB creams that is a wetter formula, my face gets shiny throughout the day and I'd have to pat it down.  I decided to try the Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation since it has great reviews, and is the same exact price as the Two Faced.  From reading the reviews, I was afraid the coverage was going to be too high for my liking.  But it's actually about the same as the Two Faced, which I would say is medium coverage.  I do use a pretty light hand when I apply it though.  But this one so far seems to stay matte throughout the day, which is awesome.  So I'm pretty happy with it!

I also needed a new blush/bronzer.  I've also been using Two Faced bronzer as a blush (Sun Bunny bronzer).  I love it but I was intrigued by the BECCA Limited Edition Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Blushed Copper.  It has really good reviews, and since it's limited edition, I thought I'd give it a shot.  Though it looks like it might be a part of their regular line now.  Maybe because of all the good reviews!

I find that it is a suuuuper pigmented product.  A little goes a long way.  I barely tap my brush in it and sometimes I still think it's too much product as a blush.  But it blends easily.  If I accidentally put too much on, I just blend it out with my foundation powder.  It's a really pretty copper color.  It has very subtle shimmer.  I like it on me when I don't use too much, however I think it would be drop dead gorgeous on someone with mid to dark skin tone.  

I also got the Peter Thomason Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask to try, also because it has great reviews.  And I got the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation as one of my 100 point rewards.  I haven't used these enough times to have a proper opinion yet.  So I'll get back to these later!  

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