Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Five: White Hot!

I love shades of white, ivory and cream; I think they are so fresh and elegant. White is part of the unofficial year-round uniform of the State of Florida and is now becoming acceptable everywhere outside of the old Memorial Day to Labor Day period. And since we're in the thick of summer, it's essential to cool off with this crisp color!

Essie Tuck it in my Tux - I'm all about a slightly-sheer white manicure, and this fits the bill perfectly. I'm IN LOVE with this polish! I had planned to buy a similar shade I really like, OPI Funny Bunny, but when I saw this one for half-price at Marshall's, I decided to try it out. It gives you the idea of a white manicure without looking like you painted your nails with Wite-Out. With two coats, I could see a little of the tips of my nails through the polish, which almost gives the illusion of a semi French mani. It was easy to paint on, was forgiving of mistakes around the cuticles and after a swipe of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, looked like a professional job. I couldn't stop looking down at how pretty my nails looked. I also think you could achieve different looks based on the number of coats.

Kira Grace White Hot Romance Yoga Collection - I'm lusting over these pieces, especially the Mesh Ballet leggings! White yoga/workout pants can be tricky, but I've found there is no reason to completely fear them. I bought the more budget-friendly Cozy Orange Aquarius Crops, and I love them. It's shocking, but they are actually slimming and do not highlight cellulite. Nude underwear is of course a must, and if you're still wary, pair with a longer top.

Schutz Gilberta Pumps in Oyster - So I'm cheating just a little on these, because they're not quite white, but close enough. And I love me a beautiful, neutral pump. I found out about this brand through a photo posted by Lilliana Vazquez. (She's a style contributor on Kathie Lee & Hoda...and can I ever get through a blog post without mentioning them?) Lilliana is wearing these fabulous pearl sandals in the photo that I can't seem to find online, so I'm guessing they are a past season. I did find some similar ones on Amazon. AND I found about a dozen other pairs on the Schutz website that I love. Although these Gilberta pumps would still be a splurge for me, I think they are a pretty good value for what appears to be nice quality.

RumbaTime Orchard Gold Watch in Snow Patrol - This watch was available, in a different color, as Birchbox Plus add-on item. I only found out after the fact, or I would have probably jumped on that since it was offered at a reduced price. But the good news is these watches are affordable even at the full price of $45. This company is based in NYC and was launched by two best friends in 2009. There are several different styles and colors for men and women. I was only able to find this style in white on Overstock, and they sold out of the gray one that was my absolute favorite. I just love that the style is so sleek and can be dressed up or down!

Lulu's Go All Out Ivory Sleeveless Dress - And finally, everyone needs a Little White Dress. I love that this one is fun and a little daring. Great price, too. (And those shoes! Need.) This one is also gorgeous. I found both on Lulu's, which has a huge selection of white dresses and just about everything else for that matter.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Recent Beauty Buys

Living proof full root lifting hairpray - For many years I've been in search of the holy grail. The holy grail being the perfect root boosting product that gives lasting volume without greasiness, stickiness or stiffness. This is not exactly it, but it's scoring pretty high in my book. I wish it gave a little more volume, and I do notice my hair is sometimes slightly more greasy the next day than it might be had I not used this. But it smells great and does not make my hair stiff or sticky; it gives just enough oomph at the roots. Since I use a generous amount of root boosting product before I dry my hair, and I dry it often, this is a little pricey at $26. But it's a large bottle that seems like it will last for quite awhile. I've been using it in conjunction with Living proof style lab prime style extender and Fekkai Brillant Glossing Cream. I'm interested to try more of Living proof's "Full" line, which I'll be receiving (12!) free samples of from a recent Sephora order. It's one of their weekly specials going on now with a $25 purchase.

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Plum and in Fig - I want this in every color! I've always loved Burt's Bees products, but this is the first time I've tried any of their makeup. I picked this up after seeing on Pinterest that the Plum shade is a dupe for Clinique's cult favorite Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. I haven't worn that in years, but from what I remember, it's a very similar shade. For this little tube that looks like just a lip balm, it's actually highly-pigmented. It leans more toward a lipstick than it does a sheer, hint-of-color balm. The Plum can be a little dark if you don't have on makeup, but the Fig is great to wear at anytime. It feels wonderful on your lips and has a tingly, peppermint scent. It's a skinny little thing, so you can easily throw a few in your purse. And since they're less than $5 each, I'm looking forward to trying a few more shades.

Bumble and bumble pret-a-powder - I MUCH prefer dry shampoo powders to sprays, so I've been wanting to try this one for awhile. When I saw a travel/trial size was available at Sephora, I picked it up. My go-to dry shampoo powder is Oscar Blandi because it absolutely, 100 percent does not make my hair greasy or sticky. The only drawback is it doesn't give me as much volume as some other dry shampoos. I think this pret-a-powder is a happy medium. Although it's a little stickier than Oscar Blandi, it gives me more volume. And you don't need a lot to get results! I've also had great luck using both powders together- OB all over and this where I really want more oomph.

Cover Girl Outlast Longwear Lipstick in Magnetic Mauve - This may sound strange, but lipstick and gloss can make it difficult to talk when I'm anchoring the newscast. When your lips are sticking together, it's hard to get the words out correctly! Although not all lipsticks are bothersome on air, I decided I need to try more of a lip stain, something drier but not too dry. So this is the Goldilocks product I settled on, and I think it's just right. There's plenty of pigment and just enough moisture, plus it lasts through a newscast without being stuck on my lips until bedtime. I'm not 100 percent sold on the color, so I may experiment with a few other shades.