Chica Girl Magazine

July 7, 2009

I did makeup for a photo shoot a while back for this awesome online magazine, chicagirlmagazine.com. You should definitely check it out if you get the chance. The issue won’t be out for a little while, although you can register for the site and read back issues. It features real women and girls with real stories to share.

Also, check out the newscast as well (I’m mentioned in the very end!) http://gooddaysacramento.com/features?articleID=55996

The gym shoe rant

May 27, 2009

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Going to the gym is so not on my list of fun things to do. However, I am not one to just run around the block or even pop in a mundane exercise video. Having a gym membership, for me, means that I’ll go because I don’t want to waste money. Lately, my feet have been hurting after my workouts. Granted, my feet hurt from constantly standing at work, but they shouldn’t hurt all the time.

I purchased two new pairs of shoes to wear to the gym today. I had a really fantastic discount coupon and it’s been ages (November 2000) since I’ve purchased new athletic shoes. I’d say it was about time for new ones! I honestly didn’t think much or wearing 8 year old shoes. I figured they were just as great as the day I bought them. Well, I was wrong! They turned out to be the reason for my foot pain.

I tried on what seemed like a zillion pairs and it was like walking on air. Let me tell you, shoe technology has come a long way since 2000. They are light weight and bouncy! I ended up with a pair of Nike’s and New Balances. I always thought New Balance shoes were “cheap” (i.e. sold at K-Mart) but oh no my friends, I learned today that they are, in fact, quite expensive.

While picking out shoes, I noticed that manufacturers certainly produce a lot of pink shoes. I kind of like pink in moderation but it’s nowhere near my favorite color. I don’t even think I own a single piece of pink clothing (besides undies). It’s like shoe manufactures think, “All girls like pink! Lets make 90% of our shoes pink and they will totally buy them! We’ll sell them for $150 and they won’t even notice because they’ll be so happy to have pink workout shoes!” Omg. No. Just no.

Perhaps in another 8 years when I buy athletic shoes again, there will be less of a pink color selection. Now I remember why I would only buy my athletic shoes in high school from the little boys department: no pink! BTW: both pairs I bought today are blue and silver. Even the black shoes had a trace amount of pink!

Winter Splurge vs. Save

March 5, 2009

Splurge:

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1. Bvlgari Jasmine Noir, 1 oz $68, Sephora.com and Norstrom.com. With notes of Green Sap, Gardenia Petals, Sambac Jasmine Absolute, Satiny Almond, Precious Wood, Licorice, and Tonka Bean Absolute, this deep, sultry fragrance will liven up a dreary winter days (and nights).

2. Makeup Forever Faux Lashes #109, $15, sephora.com. Put a little flirt in your wink with fluttery faux lashes. Tip: make sure to let the glue dry for 30 seconds before applying. This will help the lash grip better to your lid and prevent it from sliding off.

3. Fresh Winter Picnic Eye Palette, $48, sephora.com. With icy hues of  lavender, white pearl, khaki taupe, deep chocolate shimmer, muted blue, and pink shimmer, this palette includes all of the colors you’ll need to create sheer to dramatic looks in one palette.

4. Make Her Think Swallow Ring, $380.00, makeherthink.com. This whimsical sparrow ring features oxidized sterling silver with .20ct pave rough white diamonds and a textured feather band.

5. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, $22.50, fresh.com and Sephora.com. This lip balm is a daily indulgent treat and  feels divine. Real sugar imparts a sweet scent and acts as a natural humectant to hydrate parched winter lips. Oils, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins are blended in to protect your lips from the elements and keep them glowing and healthy.

 

Save:

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1. The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes Palette #15, $22, thebodyshop.com. With two blue hues, one shimmering white, and one shimmering grey, you can create looks that range from simple, colorful, and smoky. Also, check out the new Shimmer Cubes 18 Palette, which features lighter shades.

2. Laila Rowe Metal Flower Ring, $2.50, lailarowe.com. A great way to wear trends of the season is to pick up cheap and chic jewels and accessories from Laila Rowe. You can look up to date without dropping a bundle.

3. Sephora Flirt-It Lash Duo, $8, Sephora.com. These are some of my favorite lashes because you get a half strip, great for accentuating the outer corner of your eye, and a full strip that makes for a super flirty wink. Tip: apply the full strip, then layer the half strip on the outer corner for a full flutter.

4. Sephora Tropical Jasmine Collection, $6-$16, Sephora.com. If you want the sultry scent of jasmine without breaking the bank, try anything from this collection or layer products for an indulgent fragrance experience. With notes of Jasmine, Coconut, Sandalwood, Tahitian Vanilla and White Amber, you’re sure to turn heads.

5. Victoria’s Secret Pink Tinted Lip Balm, $7, victoriassecret.com, “Love” (a rich pink) is currently the only shade available. Lightly tinted, this lip conditioner packs a punch of moisture to keep lips looking healthy throughout the day.

Dresses for Summer?

March 4, 2009

I’m already thinking about my wardrobe this summer. When the 100+ degree weather hits, planning cute outfits that don’t involve shorts is a pain. I just went through a complete closet over-haul, donating almost 60% of my wardrobe to Goodwill. There’s still plenty left, although I have given away almost all of my summer clothes.

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To make my hot weather outfit planning easier, I’ve decided to do mostly dresses this year. They work for almost any occasion and are effortless. Finding cute dresses will be a much different story, as most styles are too long and I will have to have them altered. I love the sailor dress on the left from Misery Boutique, and I know it would have to be hemmed up. The one on the right is from here, and would also have to be taken up.

I pose this question, dear readers: what do you like to wear when the temperatures spike?

Pretty Charming

February 27, 2009

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One of the hottest ways to accessorize is with baubles that house beauty products, perfect for discrete touch-ups and girls on the go. Why not intermingle beauty and fashion? They go hand in hand and are a perfect pair. These items do tend to be available for only a limited time, and new favorites are always popping up each season.

1. Missoni Solid Perfume Charm Necklace, $50, Sephora.com: With notes like “Radiant Yellow Accord” (whatever that is), Bergamot, Magnolia, Mandarin, Bitter Orange, and Rose, this scent captures a perfect carefree summer day. The jewel-like orange and red crystals provide a burst of summer color in the middle of winter.

2. Juicy Loves Sephora Lip Gloss Heart Ring, $51 (originally $68), Sephora.com: I have been lusting over this ring for a while now. The pretty pink crystals and shiny sheer pink lip gloss calls out my name. Alas, a klutzy girl donning a large, jeweled cocktail ring is not particularly a good combo as I knock into everything. *Sigh* Maybe in my next lifetime….

3. Lady Dior Charm Radiant Couture Touch-Up For Cheeks and Lips, $75, Sephora.com:  Featuring a mirror, highlighter, and lip/cheek color, this faux leather accented handbag charm is a great way to touch up almost anywhere on the sly.

4. Marc Jacobs Daisy Solid Perfume Necklace, $35, Nordstrom and Sephora.com: Packaged in a circular gold zip case, the daisy necklace dangles on a black satin-esque cord, begging to be the conversation piece Du Jour. Not only is it a cute accessory, but slide the top over and the best selling daisy fragrance awaits in solid form to be swiped over your pulse points. You can adjust the necklace to any length, simply knot it at your desired length.

5. Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Solid Perfume Necklace, $56, Sephora.com: Feminine charms on the outside, and an equally alluring floriental fragrance on the inside. The JPG fragrance is all about evoking classic elegance and femininity, so it’s no surprise this necklace is dainty while still making a bold statement. The notes of Orange Flower, Bulgarian Rose, Italian Mandarin, Star Aniseed, Ginger, Vanilla, and Amber make this accessory all that more special.

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If I could only say one word about Sephora’s new Moroccan Sunrise collection it would be beautiful.  From the packaging, to the color choices, to the product textures, everything is indeed beautiful.

I’m generally not a bronzer fanatic and when I occasionally use it, I choose lighter matte shades. That said, I think I just might buy the Moroccan one. More gold then the orange of most bronzers, if brushed on with a light hand, it can be used as a subtle gold shimmer either alone or over blush.

The eyeshadow palette is gorgeous. The pigment is vivid and can be sheered down and the color payoff is high. A number of looks can be done with this palette for both day and night. I did a simple swipe of the orange and pink as liner (blended into each other for a slight sunset effect) then blended it with the neutral beigey-gold to eliminate harsh lines.

The collection also includes lip glosses that pack a punch of color, are smooth without being sticky, and feel hydrating. I’ve been wearing Roseberry and plan to buy Naked Peach. For those of you who like to keep a mirror in your bag at all times to aid with lip gloss or hair touch-ups, there are also Moroccan print embellished mirrors.

Also featured are emery boards, atomizers, a mini brush set, a larger brush set, several gorgeous bags, and a train case that lights up when opened. To check out the entire collection, go to Sephora.com.

Feeling blue?

February 8, 2009

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It’s raining and pouring where I live and while we need it (otherwise we might be further into a drought later on), I’d rather not slosh through the slush. Winter woes aside, the groundhog saw his shadow this year so hopefully we’re in for an early Spring! To celebrate, why not try out a colorful shoe? It is, however, still winter, so trying to be sensible, I rounded up shoes for every occasion and climate.

Clockwise from top: Men’s Diesel Beactive leather dress shoe, Diesel.com; Julia by LillyBee patent leather flat, simplysoles.com; J. Crew Camellia flower flip flop (vacation footwear du jour), J. Crew.com; Men’s Salvatore Ferragamo Ninja Sneaker, nordstrom.com; Criss cross dress shoe, barneys.com

Victoria’s Secret bust-firming bra

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There’s a new bra on the market that claims to enhance, improve hydration, and naturally lift your cleavage with results visible within four weeks. After eight weeks, you should see optimal “rejuvenation.” It must be worn daily for at least eight hours. Call me skeptical. If this bra could do that (really), one would think it would be more then $68. I had a VS gift card so I bought one, on sale for $48, with reassurance from the sales lady that I can return it if it doesn’t live up to the hype. I’ll report back in four weeks, although my expectations are low that I’ll see any results.

 

West Elm random weave headboard

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After nearly a year of searching for a new headboard, I finally made a decision! As it turns out, the one I wanted had been in the WestElm.com sale section for a while, perhaps too long, because the size I need is no longer being sold. I debated for months; This one, that one, the other one, none? I suppose the search is back on for something that doesn’t require a new bed frame and isn’t super pricey.

Winter fave: knit shawls

December 12, 2008

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I’ve been eyeing these two lovely ivory shawls on etsy from Trendyknitting. The left is very similar to one I almost bought at a little boutique but I just couldn’t fork over $100 for something I’d only wear occasionally. These are also more then I’d want to pay (plus shipping) so for now I’ll just stick to admiring them. Another and more affordable option is this knit neck warmer from Urban Outfitters.

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I made this for a birthday a few months ago. I intend for the toggle closure to be worn asymmetrical in the front. I’m rather liking this style and plan on doing more. I also like the option to wear it with the closure in the back or even as a lariat.  

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I love CB I Hate Perfume and wish they came in candle form. I can’t justify adding these little darlings to my fragrance collection because they will never be used. Luckily, I have a friend who from time to time will surprise me with little samples from her own collection. The most recent were Eternal Return and Winter 1972. Eternal Return is definitely a favorite, although I have smelled similar from “ocean” scents in the past. This version is just a bit more dead on and much more poetic. Winter 1972 is also lovely. It’s clean without being soapy although it’s something I would rather use as a room spray since it turned on my skin. CB, or Christopher Brosius, is the creator of many of the best selling Demeter fragrances. He left the company about four years ago and created the “I hate Perfume” brand. Check out his thoughts on perfume and the rest of his site.