Sephora VIB Sale Wish List

I am not sure what rock I was hiding under last year, but I didn’t find out about the special Sephora VIB member sale until after it was happening.  It’s a 20% off sale on everything at Sephora for two weekends in November and then again in the Spring.  Access (and which weekend you can shop on) depends on how much you spend at Sephora and which level you have reached. Unfortunately, Beauty Insiders are not eligible for the sale.

Monday is the last day for the Sephora VIB 20% off sale. If you haven’t already made your purchases, you still have time to get to the store or buy online.  I tried to be reasonable in my wish list because I already have quite the makeup stash (aka hoard), but that 20% off gets me every time!

First on my list is the Drunk Elephant AHA set

Drunk Elephant SetDrunk Elephant AHA Set

I’ve been looking to up my skin care game and I was debating between this brand and Sunday Riley.  I haven’t tried any Drunk Elephant products, but I have read rave reviews and I thought the gift set might be a good way to try a variety. I ultimately went with this brand over the other based on this mix of products being more what I was looking for.  You won’t go wrong with Sunday Riley either.  Neither is cheap, so the 20% off helps.

 

tarte paletteTartelette Palette

I actually own this Tarte Palette already.  It’s the original Tartelette Palette and has the matte shadows.  I use it pretty much every day.  I’m not ready for a new one yet, but I would highly recommend picking it up during the sale if you don’t already own.

Urban Decay All Nighter

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

I have lots of make up junkie friends who swear by this Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray and by the fact that my local Sephora only had two left, I think they are right!  Made to set your makeup, I think it’s something I wouldn’t normally buy, but on sale, I am intrigued.

 

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Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics

I don’t own this palette (yet) and to be honest I don’t usually love Naked palettes.  I know, kick me out of the makeup gang, but they usually are way too glittery for me.  This one is different though, it has soft matte colors.  It’s basically every color I would pick if I made my own palette.

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Tory Burch Fragrance

I really like this Tory Burch fragrance, but it is very expensive.  It does come in a roller ball version for less than $30 if you are cheap like me!

Did you shop the VIB sale?  What did you buy? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

 

 

 

Fall Purchases 2016

I need new clothes like I need a hole in  my head, so I tried to be reasonable when adding some new fall additions to my closet.  I thought you might like to see some of my purchases and hear about something I am still on the hunt for.

My Fall Purchases

 

Plaid Camp Shirt

I bought this maroon and black plaid camp shirt at Torrid.  It’s extra long which I love.  I also love that it’s not your standard red and black plaid.  I’ve worn it a couple times and it’s really comfy.

My Fall Purchases

I also bought this AMAZING olive green military inspired jacket at Torrid.  I had to go to two different stores to find it, but it was well worth it.  I will admit, I did feel a bit Janet Jackson circa Rhythm Nation, the first time I wore it, but I got over that!  I seriously want to wear it everyday!  Apparently, I am not the only one, because it is currently sold out online.  You may luck out and find one in store.  Definitely worth checking out.

My Fall Purchases

Bow Blouse

I fell in love with this Ruffle Bow Blouse from Eloquii.  It comes in a deep red and a yellow also.  It’s hard to read it in the photo, but the detail on the blouse is awesome.  It’s super girly, yet in black it’s a real statement piece.  You can wear it with jeans or a suit.  Highly recommend this item!

P.S. For those of you who haven’t ordered from Eloquii yet, I always order a size up.  They charge a restocking fee, so I would always rather err on the side of too big rather than too small.

My Fall Purchases

Metallic Patch Jeans

Again, the photo doesn’t do these jeans justice.  They are boyfriend jeans with distressed patches and the patches are lined with metallic gold fabric!  Can you tell I am excited about these?!?!  I bought them on the loose side because they are boyfriend style.  I cannot wait to wear these!

My Fall Purchases

Those of you who follow me on Instagram, have already seen this beauty.  I bought this Plaid Bag at the Kate Spade Outlet in Florida.  I can’t find it online, but you can call an outlet and if they have it in stock they will ship it to you.  I may or may not have bought the matching scarf too!

I’m still on the hunt for the perfect booties, but haven’t found the right price point, style and fit yet.  I know Nordstrom will have what I want, but at a price I probably don’t want to spend!

What did you add to your closet this Fall?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

 

Mammogram Tips

It’s October and that means it’s a return to Fall, Halloween, Football and everything turning pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month.  The best thing you can do to celebrate October is schedule your own mammogram.  I unfortunately have had friends with breast cancer and some discovered it via a mammogram and others noticed a lump on their own and pursued it with their doctor.  No matter how it is discovered, it is vital to discover it as early as possible.  Do not let fear of a mammogram ( or the results) make you delay getting yourself checked out!  I’ve shared this before, but I am always amazed at how many women fear getting their first mammogram.  For those of you who haven’t had a mammogram yet, I thought I would share these first-timer tips again.

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1.  Go to a center that specializes in mammograms.  I’ve been to several different types of centers, all of which were certified in mammography and now go to a major women’s hospital for my mammogram.  My reasoning for this is that I often need to have several different types of testing done and I prefer to do it all one after another versus waiting for my scans to be read on a different day and then making another appointment.  At my center, a radiologist is on site to review scans real time, so I leave with my results.  Other centers have a system where your results are mailed to you.  Every center is different and the one I go to definitely takes much longer during the appointment than going to a suburban center, but works best for me personally.  If you have a preference, ask your gynecologist for a recommendation or call and ask several centers in your area how and when the scans are read and results delivered to you.

If you switch between centers, you want to make arrangements ahead of time to have your previous scans sent to your new center for comparison.

2.  Your day of instructions will say to not wear deodorant, lotion, powder of any kind that day.  Be truthful when they ask you if you wore any, because it can show up on your mammogram.  I try to make my appointments early in the day because of this.

3.  Wear two piece clothing.  You will be removing your top and bra and putting on a robe.  Make sure you wear something easy to remove and comfortable.  I wear very little to no jewelry that day just because I don’t want to have to keep track of it.

4.  If you go to a big hospital screening center, bring a book, have a game on your phone or iPad to pass the time.  In my particular case, I usually have to wait in between scans for the radiologist to read them and then go into the next set, so it helps cut down on nervousness and irritation if they are backed up and I have to wait.

5.  Just go do it!  It’s a few minutes of some minor discomfort.  And I mean minor.  Compared to everything else women go through, this is a piece of cake!  Don’t be nervous about the process!  It is a little disconcerting to have some one else move your breasts around the machine, but they do it all day, every day for a living, so just relax!  The whole thing takes about 10 minutes from changing your clothes to having your mammogram done.

6.  Don’t panic if they say you need to get a more detailed scan or a sonogram!  Again, a few minutes for both and they just want to check something in more detail.  It can be for a variety of reasons, usually because the tissue is dense, could be a cyst or maybe the picture just isn’t clear.  Nothing to freak out about at all!  You could be told immediately after your mammogram that a more detailed look is needed or you could receive a card in the mail or a call from the center.

I of course have to qualify this by saying I am not a medical professional and these tips are based on my personal experiences and preferences.  Hopefully, this has made you feel a little more at ease and you will be scheduling yours this week!

 

Halloween Giveaway

Hey All!

I’ve teamed up with some bloggers for a Halloween Giveaway!  Use the money to create the best Halloween costume ever or get a head start on your Christmas shopping!

The giveaway is open WW, void where prohibited. The prize is sent in USD. There will be 2 winners of $500 each. The winners will be chosen using random.org (on Rafflecopter) and have 48 hours to respond to the email to claim prize. If prize isn’t claimed within that time it will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen.  Contest runs until 10/31/16 at 11:59 pm EST.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.

 

 

 

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Book Review: All Is Not Forgotten

All Is Not Forgotten: A Novel

One of the fun things about a long business trip is the opportunity to catch up on your reading.  I picked “All Is Not Forgotten” by Wendy Walker as my “airplane” book and I was not disappointed.  As a matter of fact, I stayed up that night to finish it.

It’s a psychological mystery based on the brutal attack of a teen at a party.  It’s told based on the voice of a third person who isn’t revealed into several chapters into the book.  Not only is the teen’s psyche explored, but her subsequent controversial medical treatment.

The fissures in her parents’ marriage start to crack wide open as the story continues and we get insight into what turned them into the people they are now.

Several additional players also enter into the story and serve pivotal roles in the resolution of the mystery of who did this terrible act.

I was completely consumed with this story and can’t recommend it enough.  There were a few passages I was annoyed by, but overall, it was a great read.  Reese Witherspoon’s production company bought the rights to the book and it will make for a great movie.

I don’t want to give too much away, because the peeling away of layers of the story are what make the book.  Have you read it? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

 

 

Fave Nude Lipsticks

I am always on the look out for great new lipstick shades that are your lips, but better.  My natural lip color is death warmed over, so it is more a normal person’s lip shade, but better!

Best Nude Lipsticks

In my searches, I’ve found three that are my faves!

Fave nude lipsticks

From left to right: MAC’s Half n Half, Bobbi Brown’s Blondie Pink and MAC’s Modesty.

MAC’s Half n Half is a old fave, that I newly rediscovered.   It looks great alone or over MAC’s Spice lip liner.  It has my favorite consistency of the three, very smooth and smells vanilla-ey!

Bobbi Brown’s Blondie Pink is the one I get the most compliments on.  It is sheer and I love to wear it on the weekends!

MAC’s Modesty is slightly darker than Half n Half and I usually wear it without a lip liner, but that is due to laziness!

Fave nude lipstick swatches

From top to bottom: Blondie Pink, Modesty, Half n Half

I am always on the look out for new nude shades, I’d love it if you would share your faves with me in the comments!

 

Gilt x Dole Dippers Chic Essentials Sale and Sweepstakes

 

Happy Monday Everyone!

Dole Dippers Pineapple

I wanted to let you know about an amazing sale and sweepstakes going on with Gilt.com and Dole Dippers.  The Little Black Dress sale on Gilt.com runs through Monday, September 5th.  Plus, there’s a sweepstakes to win a consultation with a Gilt stylist and a Gilt credit worth $500, plus every entrant receives a coupon to try Dole Dippers.

Dole Dippers Banana

If you haven’t yet tried Dole Dippers, the coupon will give you a great opportunity to try them! They are a great way to satisfy a chocolate craving.  Each pack contains 100 calories or less of a chocolate covered fruit.  So handy to have on hand to snack on.

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While you are snacking, check out Gilt.com’s amazing sale on Little Black Dresses!  Some amazing dresses at reasonable prices!  I’d love to hear which are your favorites!