An Unlikely Haul!

Yesterday, I found some amazing stuff not at the mall… but at Kroger, my local supermarket! Granted, this Kroger isn’t your typical grocery store –it’s much closer to a Super Walmart, or other multi-purpose store. I was picking up some items for a meal I was taking to a lady who just had a baby, and decided, why not check out the cosmetic and clothing section?

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I had lot of fun in the Revlon section. I looked for the two colors of lipstick by Revlon that I really wanted to try. And sure enough, they were there!

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I also checked out the Revlon Parfumerie nail polish section. They had my surf spray nail polish, which was pretty exciting. And, it was on sale!

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Once I got to the clothing section, wow! I found some amazing deals! There was a huge clearance section filled with clothing and accessories –and that clearance section had an additional 50% mark down! And, on top of that, there was 15% off coupon that applied to all items, including clearance!

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I really liked this pair of earrings. They are super cute and whimsical. While I didn’t get them, I just might in the future!

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This matching necklace was pretty cool too.

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Now, this pair of earrings, I did get! They’re perfect for Linda’s wedding, as it is one of her wedding colors! I’m pretty stoked to wear them on August 6th!

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I thought these sundresses were pretty cool too. I like the bright pink one, the medium blue dress that’s pulled out, and the teal/turquoise leopard print dress. They weren’t on clearance, so I didn’t get one, but I just wanted to show you that Kroger actually has some pretty cute clothing options! And, I really liked the green scarf below.

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So, what did I come home with?

I bought a super cute turquoise dress marked down from $70 to $15.99, a gorgeous green scarf (that I’m really excited to wear when I get back to Idaho!) marked down from $17 to $6.79, a pair of blue earrings marked down from $10 to $3.40, and a bottle of Revlon nail polish marked down from $6.39 to $4.79. It came to a total of $30.97, which is a steal if you ask me! The dress alone should have cost that much!
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All in all, it was a pretty awesome shopping trip. :)

Things I Want…

Things I Want...

Today, I thought I’d write about some items on my beauty wish list! I decided to include 4 drugstore beauty products, and four higher end products. That way I can showcase my dual love for cheap items, as well as luxury! From blush to concealer to nail polish to lipstick, I think this is a pretty well-rounded wishlist!

1.    NYX Rouge Cream Blush –NYX is a cult drugstore classic, and I have to say, that the eye pencil that I tried by them has a fantastic formula! So, with that in mind, I’m ready to try out more products by NYX. This crème blush by NYX looks super awesome. I’m a big fan of crème cosmetics, as they tend to blend better and look more natural. Too bad my local Kroger and HEB don’t stock this product. I just might brave buying it online one of these days. I’d like to try Boho Chic, Tickled, or Glow.

2.     Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Crème in Cherries in the Snow –This lipstick is a classic color and formula that has been around since the 1940s. Bombshells and celebrities have worn this shade throughout the ages. It’s a blue-red, and is just gorgeous. I really want to get my hands on this lipstick, as well as the Revlon classic Fire and Ice, which debuted in the 1950s. Fashion Thrill has an interesting blog post on these two lipsticks, in case you are interested: Revlon’s Fire & Ice and Cherries in the Snow: A History.

3.   Clinique All About Eyes Concealer –I really love my foundation by Clinique, which I blogged about here: Clinique Super Balanced Foundation. I’ve been really struggling to find a good concealer, and I’m thinking I’ll go to a brand that I trust. Plus, it’s really handing to have the salesperson behind the counter help me pick out the perfect shade. One of things that I like about Clinique, is that it’s relatively cheap compared to other department beauty brands. If I try and buy, I’ll let you know. :)

4.    Revlon Parfumerie Nail Lacquer in Surf Spray –I’m in the process of trying to find a fun blue nail polish for my sister-in-law’s wedding. I pass by these scented nail polishes by Revlon every time I’m at the supermarket, and they really call to me. Partly because I wore a scented Revlon nail polish to my own wedding. :) This one by surf spray is a pretty blue, and I just might pick it up. My main hold-up is determining whether or not it will explode on the airplane… :)

5.   Tom Ford Lipstick in Flamingo –At $50 bucks a tube, I know I won’t be purchasing this lipstick anytime soon. But a girl can dream, right? Tom Ford lipsticks are supposedly very hydrating, pack a punch of color, and have long lasting wear. They’d better at that price range! Initially I was drawn in by the shade Aphrodisiac –it’s the perfect full rounded rose color lipstick. It’s not too dull, and it’s not too bright. But, it looks like that shade is no longer available! Sad day! Flamingo is pretty close, though. It leans a little closer to a coral rose than a rose rose, but I still like it. Will I ever own this lipstick? Maybe, maybe not. But if I ever do, you can bet that I’ll blog about it!

6.   Victoria Secret Bombshell Perfume –I tried this perfume on Monday, when I went to the Woodlands Mall. I even briefly mentioned in in my Forever 21 blog post. It’s a fun, floral and fruity perfume, and I like that it’s not too heavy. And well, the name bombshell really gets to me. I just love that old school vintage archetype. It’s most prominent notes are passionfruit, oriental peony and vanilla orchid. While it’s not hundreds of dollars per ounce, this perfume is still a bit on the spendy side. The body mist is cheaper… but the bottle is so cute… Sigh. I’ll probably won’t be buying it for a while.  I need to finish up all of my Cashmere Glow perfume from Bath and Body Works anyway.

7.   Butter London Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator –One of the things that really annoys me about my hands, is that my cuticles grow really high. Pushing them back doesn’t seem to help, and I’m scared to try and clip them. But here’s a product that can magically wipe them away. I read a blog post about this product, and was amazed by the pictures. Sadly, I can’t remember which blog posted about Melt Away, so I can’t credit them. Anyway, I’m so getting this product as soon as I can! Granted, it’s not a drugstore product, so again, it may be a while…

8.   NYX Macaroon Lippies –With a fun name like Macaroon Lippies, how could I not want to try one of these lipsticks? These are fun neon and pastel colors not typically available in normal lipstick collections. Personally I’d love to try the rose, royal purple and orange. The mint green and electric blue, while super cool looking, will probably not ever end up in my makeup bag. That said, these colors are just so fun! :)

My First Time at Forever 21

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While I’ve heard of Forever 21, I’ve never actually visited this store! Rue 21, yes, but Forever 21? No. And I wasn’t expecting to be impressed, as I find Rue 21 to be a little too middle school/ high school for me. But, wow, was I wrong! I feel like this store is a little more sophisticated, and a little less cheesy than Rue 21. Plus, the cheap prices are pretty fantastic! I spent a couple of hours perusing the giant Forever 21 at the Woodlands Mall, just taking in all of the beautiful clothing and accessories. From faux leather to modern floral prints to fun head wraps and scarfs, I felt like this store really had an outfit for everyone.

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In their clearance shoe section, I found a stunning pair of blue velvet stilettos. I love the ankle strap, and the 5 inch heel is to die for. Or to die from –I’m still not sure which. :) One fall in those might just snap my ankles. But, they are gorgeous, and they were 30% off clearance price, and came down to $16.10 (excluding tax). While I didn’t end up buying them, I spent an awfully long time staring at their beauty, and imagining them with the perfect summer evening outfit. I really liked them too, because they would be a great transition piece from summer to fall. Velvet is traditionally a fall/winter fabric, and the strappy, open toe heel look would be perfect during August, September, and even October in Idaho (We’re heading back to Idaho at the end of Ben’s internship). What is it about an impractical shoe that leaves me clamoring to try it on? I can guarantee that after just one hour of standing or walking in those shoes that my feet would be in agony. So why do I like them so much? Is it because they are a status symbol? Is it the extra five inches lent to my height, and the redistribution of my weight and curves? Is is just because I like cute shoes? I don’t know the answer to this mystery, and I’m certainly not alone. :)

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I also loved the jewelry section. They had mostly gold-toned jewelry, which while it isn’t typically my thing, somehow it worked. I also like the blues and gold mixes that I saw sprinkled throughout the area, like this turquoise and gold necklace. It was not on sale, but was only $7.80. For reference, that’s about the same price of jewelry at Walmart, but a lot cuter. There were also a lot of peach and gold combos too. Again, I didn’t buy this necklace, but I did love it. It’s probably a good thing this little necklace did not end up in a shopping bag –I have enough teal and turquoise pieces as it is. I really need to branch out and add more colors to my wardrobe.

So while I didn’t end up buying anything, I was excited to check out this store! I actually continued my Woodlands mall exploration and had lots of fun! I tried on the Bombshell fragrance at Victoria Secret, applied Marc Jacobs lipstick at Sephora, and read fashion books at Barnes and Noble. I didn’t find anything for my anniversary, but that’s okay. It was still lots of fun! My trip to the mall -and to Forever 21 was an excellent window shopping adventure!

Yardley London English Lavender Bath Bar

 

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There’s a new soap in town! I’ve been looking all over for a nice bar of soap, or body wash that would leave my skin feeling soft, instead of dry and itchy. Well, Yardley London English Lavender Moisturizing Bath Bar won the ballot! This soap smells lightly of lavender, and comes in a big bar. It’s your typical-looking ivory bar of soap, but instead of being drying, it works up to a beautiful lather, and leaves my skin soft and happy. Now that I’ve found such an amazing bar of soap, I’m never turning back!

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This soap was available at Kroger in a two-pack, and was on sale for $1.67. That’s a pretty good price, if you ask me. :) I really like that it’s made without any parabens, and is SLS (sodium laurel sulfate) free! I’m starting to think my skin is allergic to that detergent, now that I’m cutting back on the amount of sodium lauryl sulfate in my beauty products. I also like that it’s made with lavender essential oil, and real lavender extract. The fact that this soap was not tested on animals, and has 100% recyclable packaging is pretty neat too. (Please keep in mind that there is tallow in this soap, so it is not completely vegan).

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The smell of this soap is very soothing, and I love using it. It’s so nice to have a good alternative for my sensitive skin. I was starting to despair that I would never find a product that was nice to my skin, smelled good, and actually cleaned. Thanks to Yardley, I now have a soap I can rely on!

7 Things I’m Grateful For -#22

7 Things I'm Grateful For -#22

Here’s my latest gratitude post!

My brothers and sisters, to express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven. –Thomas S. Monson

1.  Blonde Highlights –This week, I had lots of fun with my new highlights! I have a touch of fun blonde added to my natural red hair, and I think it is whimsical, fun, and really sassy. Thankfully, I got my hair done by a professional, Stephanie Chamlee, and so the highlights don’t look brassy. Plus, since the roots weren’t touched, I don’t have to worry about it altering my natural hair color at all. I love this look, and think it is perfect for summer! I blogged about my new hair color here: Yes, That’s Right -Blonde Highlights!

2.     Chinese Food –Yesterday, Ben and got some delicious takeout from Jade Garden, a Chinese restaurant super close to where we live. I love Chinese food, and think it tastes amazing! While I wouldn’t recommend eating it all of the time, it is a fun, occasional treat for dinner. It’s amazing to me how many types of food are available to me. I am so blessed. :)

3.     Disc/Frisbee Golfing –On Friday, Ben and I went Frisbee golfing. This is our second time this summer, and my second time ever. Though throwing a Frisbee around may not sound too difficult, climbing up and down steep hills helps up the ante in this outdoor sport. It’s lots of fun, and I’m getting better! Hopefully someday, I’ll actually be competent at the sport. Until then, I’ll have lots of fun goofing off! You can read all about my Frisbee Golfing Adventures.

4.     Frank Sinatra –Until now, I have never had a particular love for Frank Sinatra. The only songs I was familiar with by him are the ones sung during the holidays, and I wasn’t too impressed. But, with a nudge from one of my favorite books, I started listening to some of his works on Spotify. Turns out, I really like him as a musician! I love discovering new –or in this case old –music.

5.     Lancôme Lipstick –After getting my new highlights, I felt the urge to pick up my tube of red lipstick again. I have a favorite red lip color made by Lancôme. It’s called Haute Red, and is in the Color Design Sensational Effects Lipcolor collection. I blogged about here:  Finding the Perfect Red Lipstick At Macy’s, and I am wearing it in my blog post about my Blonde Highlights. It’s such a fun, bold red, and I like the texture of the lipstick. It’s just right –not too matte, not too creamy, and not too drying.

6.     Silver Bangle Hoop Earrings –I have a pair of really big silver earrings that I have been dying to wear, but felt like they were a little out of my comfort zone. Well, I tried them on Thursday, and fell in love with them all over again. While they are big and even crazy looking, I kind of like the look. You can bet that I’ll be wearing them a lot more often now. You can see what they look like in my Blonde Highlights post.

7.     32 Pounds of Weight Loss –I stepped on the scale today, and was shocked to see that I had lost 3 pounds last week. I’m not sure how that happened, but I’m certainly thankful! I have now met my weight loss goal for the wedding -30 pounds –and have already exceeded it by 2 pounds! I still have a little over 2 weeks left until Linda’s wedding, which is fantastic! Who knows how slender I’ll be by the wedding. Thank goodness for good eating, exercise, and plenty of sleep!