3 posts tagged Birchbox
February 18th 2012
There’s a whole lot of DIY happening in this outfit. First, perhaps you don’t remember this top, but let me refresh your memory from last week. I decided I hate the way I look in turtlenecks. No sweat off my back, I simply took a pair of scissors to the neck and hacked away until it looked right. I did save the neck to use as a headband for holding back my bangs when I wash my face.
I made the necklace from some supplies at Joann’s, I’ve been aching for a 60” gold chain from Spike the Punch to match my bracelet, but she’s always sold out. This will have to do for now.
Finally, this jacket is amazing. I love it to pieces, but the buttons that came on it were hideous. I mean, they were just plain black buttons, but they really did the thing absolutely no justice. So I picked up these great gold ones at the fabric store as well (there are four buttons along the backside of each arm as well as the big one in front). Oh did I mention, it was only $20 — plus the cost of buttons.
Oh hey, I’m in California by the way. Not in these pictures, but as of yesterday I’m hanging out in my beloved home state for the week. I have a feeling I’ll have to be drugged to get back on the plane Saturday.
I don’t often get too crazy with my nails, in fact usually I have a gel color on that lasts me for weeks. I received this brilliant emerald green polish in my Birchbox last month. Wondering what a Birchbox is? Great, I’ll explain.
Once a month, I get a small box of 4-5 “Deluxe Size” beauty samples. They’re always a surprise, but are based off preferences I picked when I first joined. I’ve been a member for over a year now and each month I have received new and different things to try out. From make primers to mascaras, perfumes to lotions, and face cleansers. Sometimes I even get chocolate. They’re all mini sized, but big enough to last a month at least. They give you the option to buy the full size product later with free shipping from them. You get points towards products when you review and buy items, which brings the cost down further. It’s $10 a month, for essentially a little present to open in your mailbox all year long.
If you would like an invite to join, you may click here — please know that I get some points for each person that joins at my invitation.
To get the “silver tipped” look, use Essie’s newest limited edition collection of sparkly goodness — this is “Set In Stones” — after 2 coats of your base color. Apply a large goopy amount of the glitter polish to the tips and then wipe the excess off from the brush back in the bottle. Using the clean brush, drag the glob of sparkles slowly up your nail bed until it looks just right. Be sure to apply a good, thick layer of top coat or you’ll snag your glitter chunks (har har) on your favorite pair of tights. Ask me how I know.
Looking for some make up inspiration for the holiday season (even though it’s nearing a close …) then you’re probably looking for the classic red lip with a simple cat-eye lined lid.
Sorry I’m so close to you here. You can probably see my contact lenses and smell my breath at this point. For a nice and simple cat eye, pick up a felt tipped liquid eye liner. My favorite is Smashbox’s Limitless Liquid Liner Pen. I always refer back to Keiko Lynn’s quick tutorial about winged liner, but essentially you’ll need to play with the technique during some downtime, just to get the feel for it. If you’ve never attempted this before and you’re running 10 minutes late for a party, please, save yourself the hassle and don’t attempt to do it right then and there. The felt tip however will help with control, versus a brush tip.
When I wear bright lips and winged liner, I like to keep the rest of my make up simple. I’m wearing a pale shimmery eye shadow — Urban Decay’s Midnight Cowgirl. I have several coats of mascara on (Tarte Amazonian Gifted Clay) and a touch of flush to my cheeks (Benefit Benetint in Rose) with a bit of sparkle dust as well.
For a perfect red lip, it’s essential that you first line and fill in your lip completely with a matching pencil. Not only will this help avoid feathering and bleeding, but it will help saturate the color and keep it from wearing off where your lips are moist nearer to your mouth. I like to line just on the very outside edge of my lip, to make them a touch fuller. Once you’ve completely colored the whole lip in with the pencil, then apply your lipstick in the same manner women have been doing for years: carefully with a bit of a sexy opened mouth. You know.
I used MAC’s lip liner pencil in “Cherry" and MAC classic creme lipstick in "MAC Red" but if you can’t drop $40 on a red lip, I’ve always had incredible results with Revlon products. Again, make sure you get a matching pencil as well. It’s crucial. If you’re unsure about what hue of red will look right with your skin tone, it’s probably best to see a professional. I had the MAC girls try several on me in natural light before I settled on this specific shade.
Happy Holidays my darlings, I hope you found a little holiday inspiration here today and let me know in the comments what looks you’ll be wearing this season!
Earlier this week you saw my tribute to the Summer season, a bright yellow leather Stevie satchel from Kate Spade. This exact purse is no longer available however I found a very similar version — with tassels!
I purchased this purse during a sample sale in May on the designer’s website and paid nearly 60% less than it retails for. Just last week they had another sample sale and it took every inkling of restraint — that I keep hidden in the depths of my soul — to not buy a new bag for Fall.
This bright yellow purse has seen me through one of the strangest but greatest summers of my life. It came with me to Seattle, it was there when I quit my job and it tagged along to San Fransisco for a Giants game. It helped me move out of my house into this new cozy little studio last week and it held my entire life together when I wasn’t even sure I could do that task myself. Now it’s going away for a long Winter’s Nap, only to see the light of day when Summer rolls around again. As I was preparing to clean it out and transfer everything over to another purse that will carry me into Fall, I thought it would be a good time to show you exactly what I keep inside of this magnificent yellow beast.
I love these kinds of posts myself, so I’m excited to do one for you. I like seeing what other women carry with them everyday. It helps me to better understand a person and get to know them. It can be inspiring to know what someone is keeping near to them at all times, something I may have never thought of stashing in my own purse. Of course I’m a product junkie as well, so I love seeing what others are using for beauty and convenience.
This post is heavy with pictures, links and me blabbering on, so I’ve hidden it all behind a cut.