Hauling, Hauling.

12 February, 2012

Yesterday (well, two days ago, since it’s now Sunday on the West Coast), I got my stuff from the new MAC collections-and I have to say, I’m in love with all of it.

Let me first give my impressions on the stuff: from the Vera side of things, the Pearlglides are amazing and full of win. The Plushglasses are all very sheer. The Aloha stack is really pretty, as is Strawberry Patch, but the latter is so similar to the pinks in the Stacked 1 set from two years ago. That being said, I may have to get it IF it gets to the CCO…the Pearlmattes are bleh. Not a fan. For an all-over powder, I either go with Lightscapade or Refined-Refined gives me a really nice, tanned look. I seriously need another. Oh, I can’t forget the polishes-the peachy polish is really pretty and I highly recommend it.

Now for what I did buy: Butterfly Party, the blue/purple stack. It’s so full of win, it isn’t funny. The silvery-green is very much like the one in Surf The Ocean from last year (at least that’s what I think it was), but the other three? Very nice. The blurple is just gorgeous, with the multidimensional pearl. I wish it was sold as a pigment, because I would literally buy stock in it. Speaking of which, MAC needs a good blurple, and I’m not heading anywhere near an Inglot stockist anytime soon for comparing. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Experiment…

29 November, 2011

Two years ago, I had accumulated an insane amount of nail polishes in a very short period of time. So many, so, that I actually had to plan out a calendar of what polishes would be worn on which days, with new finger polish daily and new toenail polish twice a week. And while I think that would be a good idea for me to do now (especially since my attitude towards nails has become a bit more lazy-ie some days I’ll skip changing my polish), there’s one thing I need to do it for: my clothes.

See, I suffer from the results of two years working in fashion: an overstuffed closet. As in, the load of laundry that dried right before I left on vacation was just tossed on the bed, hangers and all, because there was no room. And the haul of clothes that I bought-that’s the other thing. And before anyone tells me to clean out my closet, I do once a year-and I’ve just done the first round (getting the stuff ready to go to the charity shops). The second round is taking some of my dresses that I know are too big for me and sticking them in my mum’s closet (as she is a size up above me). Still, at that point, I have no idea what I have sometimes, and other times I get stuck in a rut. I want to pull out the harlequin dress/geometric print pencil skirt/pink shorts/navy blue blouse even if it just got finished drying, because I love them so much. (In a closet my size, some pieces are loved more than others-even though everything is loved and everything has a story)

So for the month of December (and last couple days of November), I am trying an experiment: at the beginning of the month, planning out what my outfits for every day will be. It is subject to change based on a) the weather, and b) any activities that may come up. My shift at work will also be a key deciding factor in it, as if I have a move in my department, it’s best to wear shorts with leggings because I have a LOT of reaching high and don’t want anything riding up. But for the most part, it’s a way of getting everything planned out at once (so no having to think about what to pull on in the morning), as well as making room for stuff (a lot of which is taken up by my obsession-a good blazer).

Black Friday Hauling

25 November, 2011

This year, I kept my hauling at a minimum. I’m running on smaller-than-normal checks, and also I don’t need to be buying a ton of things on the sales. But I still was able to make my money work for me in a very good fashion-and get a few things I actually needed!

First up was the Fred Meyer sock sale-and I limited myself to a single pair of slipper socks (which are so cozy on my feet right now), a two-pack of knee-high fuzzy socks, and then a pair of metallic tights. Total damage? Around $16 with tax. I could have bought way more, but I don’t need to. I almost got the faux fur legwarmers, but it’s a little too Jersey Shore for me. On the socks, though-many of my old sleep socks were getting seriously worn out after years and years of useage. It’s time to start replacing them-so it’s time to get new ones. It’s a gradual thing, but I’ll have plenty of time.

Then at my store, I was able to get something else I truly needed: pajama pants. Most all my pajama pants are way too big for me now, due to the sheer amount of weight that I have lost. What was once a medium is now a small-I never thought I would be a small in anything, let alone bottoms! We had a good sale on the pajamas, anyways, so I got the only two flannel pairs in a small. I also got two of a little kimono-inspired cardigan and three different little dresses-an A-line t-shirt dress, a black velvet-top dress with pleated bottom, and then an orange half-sleeve dress that is straight out of the 1970’s. I was so happy that we got our discount on top of the deals, which we didn’t get last year. I only spent around $36 after tax, which was way less than what I got out of there last year for.

I wanted to get the Benefit duo at ULTA, but they were gone:( I did, however, pick up a couple of the China Glaze polishes that were on clearance-Cha Cha Cha and Blue Iguana. I presume they were from the summer collection, but I got out of polish for quite awhile (fatigue and malaise, so to speak). I am loving Cha Cha Cha though; it’s very much like MAC’s Lucky Green eyeshadow, but in polish form. They had a few others that I may pick up next payday too, because I have to send some polish to California as well as hit the dusty for other polish gifts.

I very nearly plunked down the $28 for CARGO Laguna blush, but my headpiece was hurting my head a lot (basically a St. Lucia-inspired wreath, with greenery, LED tealights, and fake birds), so I had to mosey on home.

Oh, and at Macy’s I had my mum pick me up one of those old-style popcorn makers. I’ve always wanted one, and I can bring it to the church for youth events. Maybe even sell popcorn on Wednesday nights for a fundraiser, perhaps?

Sale Time!

15 June, 2011

Well, it’s my favourite time of the year-summer sales! I am a summer clothes person through and through, and saving money on all that? Yes please! But it’s not just that.
Victoria’s Secret started their Half-Yearly sale yesterday, and while I did not go and check it out (and I don’t intend to, unless I can get some of the old Heavenly LE fragrances), it is definitely worth a check twice: now, and in two weeks. I have so much bodycare, I’m skipping all the sales so that I can maybe use the equivalent of a bin or two of stuff before I start buying more.

Anthro has a 25% additional off sale items in stores, at least that’s what I thought I read. This weekend is the Sidewalk Sale at the mall that I work at, and I know for that they have Managers Specials ($10 and $20 items).

Nordstrom doesn’t have theirs for awhile-a month, to be exact. I haven’t even heard about any of the beauty specials yet but I hopefully will soon. I just hope for specials on my facial sunscreen (the Clarins one) because I’m running very low.

I forgot to do this the last few times out…but I got some good stuff! This weekend, the shopping center that I work at has been having a big sidewalk sale. Very few places are totally skipping it-for some, it’s as small as just putting a table out with existing sale items. Other places, they get transfers just for the sale, such as a drugstore that gets tons of seasonal merch. We just started our sale, and we put about 10 racks outside of various pieces. VS also had a table with some of the 6/$20 bodycare-and they don’t typically take part in any of the mall events.

Speaking of which, I hit there really good, since the lingerie shop that has my size had no good bras on sale:( But it freed up some cash to spend, and I got:
Cashmere Vanilla Jasmine EDP
Chiffon Peony Freesia EDP
Heavenly Flowers Angel Mist
Heavenly Flowers lotion
A Beauty Rush gloss
A Beauty Rush cassette gloss palette
A mini Acai Berry/Magnolia shower gel
A yellow “LOVE PINK” V-neck tee
Appletini shampoo

Total for all of that, with tax, was $72. The glosses are for the girls at church-gotta stock up on things for them, after all! I am loving the perfumes-anything peony appeals to me, and two of the three fragrances have that. If I am really good, I am going to go back for the jumbo-size of Dream Angels Wish, which I have loved ever since it came out. I will eventually get around to doing separate reviews for the two of the Parfums Intimes that I bought-let’s just say that they are worth the money and then some.

Then it was the usual bunch of stuff at my store, and I got:
4 pairs of underwear
A cropped blazer with beaded button
A black lace-top dress with ruffle bottom
A purple sleeveless ruffled dress, almost a flapper dress
A new purse
2 reusable shoppers
Black linen shorts
A houndstooth T-shirt dress
A black skirt

I am loving the purse-it’s almost like a messenger bag, with two front pockets, two inside pockets, and all in a lovely faux leather. The shorts are awesome as well-I love a nice longer short, it makes me feel more put-together. Sure, it may age me, but they’re a great cut. The purple dress is awesome, with a fedora it’s very much a mafia girl sort of look. Read the rest of this entry »

I was going to try and do an early reminder post, but um…I forgot. I was going to a pub to watch Cote d’Ivoire vs Portugal, so I had to be out of the house no later than 5:05 AM. But it has started-and the sales are great! Some things to look for:

Swimwear-I went to two locations today, and one of them had sale bins of swimwear that for the most part were $15 and up, although there may have been some exceptions.
Bras-Most of them were more than the $20 price point, but still great deals. Unfortunately, I am sized out of VS bras now-I still wear the ones I have, only since full replacement will be close to $1000 in my new size. Sure, the bras are online-but it’s not as easy.
Panties-Most are $4 and up, which is nice but I have no need:)
Sleepwear-Most is around $20-$25, including Lacie pieces.
PINK-Didn’t check as much. One store had very little, the other had a lot, but the sales are not as great as ones before, to put it bluntly.
Beauty-This is the good one. There’s many gift sets for 40% off, a lot of Beauty Rush and other cosmetics 75% off, some of the discontinued/classic Garden stuff at a 6/$20 price point, and then quite a few 50 and 75% off selections.

What did I get this time around?
Dream Angels Heavenly Flowers EDP. For 75% off, can’t go wrong. Almost got the other pieces, but I prefer the EDP the most.
So Sexy mini hairspray-It was $1. Can’t beat it.
PINK Warm & Cozy splash and lotion-They were in a labeled 75% off basket, but only rang up for 50% off-but I pointed it out and I still got them at that price! I’m a peony fanatic, and this is a good one.
A white bandeau bikini top

Honestly, there are a couple really good days to shop: the first day or two, while there is still a ton of selection, and then the last few, because some items do get marked down further. Other items of note-the Satin and another one of the Parfums Intimes are 75% off, while Chiffon, Velvet, and another are 50% off. Dream Angels Wish, SLT Ooh La La, Heavenly Bloom, and a few others are 50% off as well. Also, selection really varies from store to store, so it’s worth hitting a few if possible. (Thankfully, there’s a very high concentration in the area to the point of being able to hit one PINK store and at least 5 regular stores in an afternoon, if needed)

I’m not used to having to control myself so much financially-speaking, but this is definitely one where I do. Why? Mum’s Day, of course! And because I didn’t really get to do anything for her all of last year-or really most of the time-I went big this year and got us matching Tiffany mini bow necklaces. It’s a nice everyday style, it’s small, and it looks beautiful. Of course, because I got us both necklaces it puts me on a sort of austerity hold for the next two weeks, but whatever. Some people I work with said that the entire paycheck went towards their credit cards, so I feel lucky that I have a little bit of wiggle room.

Admittedly, I had never even set foot in T&Co before, but it was really friendly, if not a little intimidating.

Sephora had my birthday thing in-all Beauty Insiders get a little freebie on their birthday, and they really stepped it up. This year, it’s an eye set-a mini Volume Mascara, a Nano Liner in Silver Green, and a mini eyeshadow in Aspen Summit. In addition to that, I also bought a new atomizer. Didn’t realize it was a rollerball, but it may actually work better for the summer because I like the roll-on. Also helps to avoid startling the people at work, but I don’t care about that really. Learn to deal with my perfume, and stop whining. Back to the shadow, though-it may seem small, but it’s actually the same size as a MAC shadow. Read the rest of this entry »