Fitting Room Review: Loft 50% off Sale

Loft has a lot of simple, classic pieces and often has friendly sizing for petite figures. My favorite pair of dress pants comes from Loft and they fit like a glove. So when I saw that the sale section is an additional 50% off (still going on in stores and online!) I wanted to try to find some pants. Sadly, I didn’t end up with either of the pants that I tried on but there were many great deals so I still would like to share. Jean, from Extra Petite blog often does mini reviews on items that she’s tried on in the fitting room and they are helpful for those who are going to be ordering online. So this post is inspired by her :)

I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not I want to get boyfriend jeans and while I like the idea of them, every single pair I try on makes me feel frumpy. I have a pair of Citizens of Humanity jeans that have a slimmer boyfriend fit that will do, but every now and then I am tempted to get a slightly distressed pair. Below is Loft’s version. I tried size 25/0 and the waist was perfect but the rear felt a little loose. I do love how relaxed they look. After sale, they were around $23 – not bad at all.

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The other pair I tried on fit the exact opposite because they were skin tight. The fit is called the ‘Curvy skinny ankle zip’ with about 4 inches of zipper on each side. (Not very comfortable, but so cute.) Despite being so tight, the denim had a lot of stretch – almost like a jegging. This light wash would be fantastic for summer and spring I think but I do wish they were less tight. So pair #2 didn’t make it home with me. I also didn’t see a price tag on them but looking online, they are $54.99 then additional 50% off. Sizing wise, they run true to size for me – I tried on a 25/0 as well but the petite version so as to get a true ankle pant. How many times have I tried on ankle pants and they hit er, far past my ankle? Quite a few times – and my legs aren’t short. I’m just not very tall :)

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Here are a few other picks from the sale!

$44.99 + additional 50% off

$84.88 + additional 50% off

$39.99 + additional 50% off

I do have some more exciting purchases to share soon but it’s a little project that requires a little more work than usual so stay tuned!

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Review: Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream

Summertime skin deserves to be nourished and hydrated too, even though it may be hot and humid. The US is always months, if not years, behind the trends in skincare in Asian countries. Now that BB and CC creams are seen in the states, you can find a variety of drugstore versions which are more budget-friendly than buying the original Asian brands online and dealing with international shipping. Today I’ll be reviewing this one from Olay:

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$10-13 | 2.5 oz | Light-Medium shade

First impressions: The product size is huge – over twice the size of a standard foundation. (Great value for your money!) The packaging feels a bit flimsy but it does the job. I also noticed that the scent was strong at first but I have come to like it – more on this later.

The Good: Obviously any product at this price, so readily available at a drugstore, and with this size is a winner already! This product is a no fuss solution to summer days when you just aren’t feeling up to applying tons of products to your skin to get a fresh faced glow. The squeeze applicator keeps dispensing easy and sanitary. I’ve found no difference in applying the product with a stippling brush, rounded dense foundation brush, and my fingers. My personal preference is to use the rounded brush because I think it gives a TINY bit better coverage and is fastest. The coverage is sheer so for extra coverage on the days when I need it, I just use a little bit of cream concealer. It feels slightly greasy after application but after a few minutes, it disappears. The finish is beautiful and gives you a healthy glow so you can ditch the highlighter on top of your bronzer. It can last through an 8 hour work day but to last through the heat, I recommend setting with a good oil absorbing powder (my all time favorite for summer is the rice powder by Palladio) or using a setting spray.

The Not-So-Good: The lack of shade selection (there are only two options) is a big problem because only fair to medium/olive skin tones will be able to use this product. I have been spending more time in the sun and using some self tanner so the Light to Medium shade looks many shades lighter than my hand as you can see in pictures below. Wearing SPF on my face has kept it about the same shade as it is in the Spring however, so luckily the shade works. As the description claims, this product truly does blend into your skin. So while I got lucky, I think Olay could benefit from offering more shades. The scent doesn’t bother me but I know many who are sensitive to fragrance would appreciate less scent. If you enjoy cucumber melon scents, you’ll like this one. The scent doesn’t linger after application thankfully. I’ve never been a fan of my face smelling like one of my old favorite  Bath & Body Works hand soaps, personally.

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Bottom Line: If you only have some redness or blotchiness to cover and like a one step process in the summer mornings, this product’s for you. If you have some blemishes, no worries – you can just add some concealer. This product combines moisturizer, coverage, and SPF into an easy application and gives a beautiful glow. (I sound like a broken record about SPF but I would still recommend putting on a separate SPF product underneath this product because it only has SPF 15. If my skin tone stays the same for the rest of summer, I’m going to continue using this!

If you like BB creams, let me know what your favorite is! I have two others that I’m also using so I’m in a constant rotation of them this summer.

Thanks for reading as always!

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Beauty Review: Birchbox & POP Beauty Bright Up Your Life Palette in Naturally Bare

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If you’re into beauty, I’m sure you’ve heard of beauty subscriptions such as Julep Maven, Birchbox, and Ipsy. After months of hearing about these I jumped on the bandwagon because $10 a month seemed completely justifiable for a box of goodies delivered to my door.

The idea is simple: you sign up, take a fun style/lifestyle quiz, and the company ships you a box of 4-5 products for only $10. Don’t worry, they automatically bill you weeks before the box is shipped…for an East coast company, it seems like they’re headquartered in China because it took me forever to get my boxes. Their tracking is horribly inaccurate but at least the shipping’s free, I guess. I’ve just gotten too used to being pampered by Nordstrom’s always fast, always seamless shipping service.

{the good}
Variety: I did get to try a lot of products that I never would have picked up on my own. I actually only got three boxes, but that’s over a period of 90 days. I don’t know about you, but for some reason it takes me forever to finish products. I end up having to throw away products because it’ll be time to toss them and I still haven’t finished them. For someone like me, using up samples is sometimes a struggle. So currently my vanity is still cluttered with these three boxes, some samples unopened, because I just have so much.

Rewards: The rewards system is pretty decent. Your first box shipped gets you 10 points, a friend referral gets you 50 points (thanks for signing up through me Blair!), and if you write a product review for each product you’ve sampled – you get 10 points each too. 100 points equates to $10 which you can spend in the Birchbox store which has tons of products. I tried to write a review for every product I got and racked up some points that I couldn’t let go to waste! I was able to only pay a few dollars for the palette that I’m going to review below! I thought about it this way – for every box I successfully review, it’s like I’m only paying $5 for it. Sort of works, right? 

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{the bad}
-Some samples are so small that I couldn’t justify the price. If a sample has a larger bottle, chances are half of it is empty.

-Shipping, as mentioned above.
-Nowhere did I mark that I wanted to be sent the lifestyle samples but I have received packets of tea, chocolate, and an overly healthy snack bar in my boxes before. What are these things doing in my beauty subscription box? Some people might like that surprise but if those are making up my 4-5 items, no thanks.

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{bottom line}
If you have $10 to spare each month and you don’t mind trying truly sample sized samples, this is pretty fun to receive and if you do the reviews, think of it as only $5 a month. But you can get deluxe sized samples from places like Sephora or simply asking at department stores. For now, I’m on a break. But I’m definitely interested in giving ipsy a try – Michelle Phan’s version of Birchbox
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What I’m really excited about in this post is the palette that I purchased partially with my points! This is affordable, has a good selection of neutral shades, and after a week of testing has proven to be a great product especially for the price.

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The shades are very buttery and comparable to the texture of Urban Decay shadows actually, however the pigmentation is not as intense. Some of the top row shades come off a bit chalky and there is a bit of powder on the black palette packaging. Speaking of packaging, the sleek palette is small and light enough to travel with however I prefer to bring something even smaller or with more multi-purpose products. There’s also no mirror as the top is clear. The front clasp is also pretty difficult for me to open each time. It comes with a dual ended brush that’s decent for basic application. The concealer looking brush is good if you wanted to smudge some shadow on as liner.

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Keeping in mind the price tag, I would say it does a good enough job. I would give this 4/5 stars. What would make it a 5? Some matte shades that aren’t chalky, a mirror, and slightly better packaging. I see a lot of potential in this brand however and I would love to try some more of their products! Sadly, POPBeauty is a UK company :(

I’ll leave off with some swatches of the shadows. (I apologize for the goosebumps..I was a bit chilly I guess.) As you can see, the top row isn’t TOO pigmented but on my finger they were more rich. All the colors seemed to lose a bit of payoff as I swiped them on my arm. The third picture shows a view with flash – you can see how shimmery some of the shades can be.

 

Today’s outfit: Necklace|BCBG. Bag|Longchamp. Sweater|Lucky Brand. Skirt|Forever21. Wedge caged sandals|Unpictured and unknown from Nordstrom Rack!

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Have a wonderful week! As always, thank you for reading!
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Review: White Mountain Booties {6pm.com}

As I mentioned in my last post {read it here} I bought a pair of booties during a post-finals online shopping spree. This particular pair is from 6pm.com an online retailer that I haven’t heard much about compared to Zappos, hautelook, etc. One of my friends recommended the website 6pm.com to me when I bought my Sperry’s a while back. I’ve since purchased a few things from the website and I’ve had a great experience so far! Some reasons why I keep coming back:

  • Free, fast shipping (Standard is 3 day shipping with tracking)
  • Huge brand/item selection
  • Frequent sales/markdowns
  • Great customer service

I received my package exactly when it was estimated to arrive. I’d give every package I’ve received so far 5/5 stars because everything’s always in great shape and packed really well when it arrives. The shoes I purchased are the White Mountain Jitter booties in Taupe. {Buy them here} They’re originally $79 and now you can get them for $30. When I purchased them, they were having a $17 one day only sale so of course I had to take advantage! I was a little iffy on the quality of the boots since I’ve never bought a pair from White Mountain and they were so inexpensive! However I was pleasantly surprised when I tried them on for the first time. Not only are they very comfortable, the shoes are very high quality. The suede is genuine leather, the zipper is very sturdy, and the shoes have a bit of weight to them. Definitely not cheap quality for the cheap price tag. This is how I styled them on my first time taking them out! {Outfit details: Top – Xhiliration/thrifted, Chambray button up – H&M, Jeans – ZARA, Sunglasses – Nordstrom BP, Bag – Longchamp}  Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to wear these throughout the spring, I can tell they are going to be well loved this season.

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