Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Haul 2017 v. Work Hard, Play Harder

Good morning, beauties!

As some of you may know, I recently went back to working full time after taking quite a while off to stay home with my kids. We really needed the extra income so I found a job and have been working full time again for the last few months now. Anyway, I work my ass off, so I always try to set aside a few dollars to get something for myself from each paycheck (after bills, kids stuff, and expenses of course). Since one of my favorite stores (as you probably already know if you've followed me for a while) is Burlington Coat Factory, it's a no-brainer to use the money I put aside for myself there. A little bit of money goes quite a long way while shopping there vs going to the mall. Here are some things I've purchased for my spring wardrobe in the past month or so!

Mirrored Storage Box With Crystals - $12.99
Not only does Burlington have amazing clothes, they also have a TON of awesome home decor. I could easily spend my entire paycheck there in 10 minutes if I wasn't careful. Lol. I've been wanting a mirrored storage box for a while to put as a decorative item on the vanity I plan on getting (eventually). I came across this one and fell in love. The top of it has fake diamonds (that look real) under a glass panel, and they move around when you open and close the box. I am completely in love and so happy I found this!

Nude Studded Bebe Purse - $39.99

A lot of women are obsessed with shoes, and while I love shoes, I am definitely more obsessed with purses. I needed a new one for the spring because my everyday Coach purse that I've been using was getting pretty worn out. I saw this one and fell in love right away. It has gold hardware, and comes with a little wallet. It's nice and big with a dividing pocket in the middle. The little puff ball is mine, I bought that from Burlington a while back but it matched perfectly so I clipped it on there.

Steve Madden Sneakers - $19.99

I desperately needed white gym shoes for the spring, because I only have colored gym shoes (pink, green, black, etc.). I was so excited when I found these because they are super cute with the stars on them, and they were only $19.99!! Steve Madden shoes for $19.99!! I couldn't believe it! #TotalSteal

Panty Sets- $8.99 for 3 thongs, $8.99 for 3 boyshorts
I am forever buying panties. You can NEVER have enough. I bought two 3-packs. One pack was thongs (pink, white, black) and one pack was boyshorts (pink, white, black). I didn't feel the need to lay them all out, lol, but you get the idea.

Derek Heart Shorts - $6.99

These are the softest shorts I've ever felt. I had to get them, and they were only $6.99! Plus I love the color, I've been really loving maroon everything lately.

Sweatpants- Leopard Print $10.99, Colorblock $12.99
I lost a lot of my clothes when I moved, so I really needed sweats to lounge around in. I hate wearing jeans in the house, so I can never have enough sweatpants/joggers/PJ pants/etc. These were both adorable so I had to get them.

Leggings- $5.99 each

We're not allowed to wear jeans at work, so I wanted to buy some more bottoms to wear to work. (I don't wear them as pants, I always make sure whatever I wear on top is covering my butt while wearing leggings, lol.) Leggings are another thing you can never have too many of. I wanted some more fun, springy prints, and at $5.99 you can't beat the price, so I bought two! I'll definitely buy some more when I go back.

High Waisted Destroyed Denim Ultra Crop Jeans- $12.99
I love destroyed denim, especially for spring/summer, so when I saw these jeans I had to have them. After looking at the price tag, I loved them even more. I tried them on and they fit like a glove so into my cart they went! 🙂

Lightweight Floral Hoodie - $10.99
I thought this was super cute and great for chilly spring days. It is really lightweight but still has a hood so it's perfect for spring.

Floral Sheer Top With Shoulder Cutouts - $9.99
In case you couldn't tell already, I'm very into the floral print trend lately. I love that this top is opaque in the front but sheer in the back. It has the cutest shoulder cutouts and the color is gorgeous. 

Floral Tee - $10.99
The quote on this shirt really resonates with me, and I love the beautiful floral print. I already have a few outfit ideas centered around this top and can't wait to wear it!

Extra Long Hi-Lo Cami - $2.99
I found this on clearance. It's a nude colored cami that is perfect to wear under something. It's shorter in the front and longer in the back. It's racerback and has lace detailing. Super pretty and you can't go wrong paying $2.99!

That's it for this collective haul. I hope you guys enjoyed seeing everything I got! I'll definitely do another one in a couple months. Please keep in mind that this post is not sponsored and I paid for everything with my own hard-earned money! 🙂 Have you gone shopping for spring/summer clothing? Is there anything catching your eye? What spring trends are you loving? Let me know in the comments below! 💖

xo, Sarah

Sunday, March 26, 2017

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Review

Happy Spring everyone!

I'm so happy to finally be in spring. It's definitely my favorite season and I've been loving the weather lately. It's definitely been warming up! I've been asked a lot (both through this blog and on my personal Facebook page) to do a review on the new L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation, so I thought I'd do that today.

Unfortunately, I have very acne prone combination skin. I've gotten it under control lately compared to a few years ago, but it's still not perfect. I still break out and have some blemishes here and there and some acne scarring, so I almost always use a full coverage foundation. I was using the Kat Von D Lock It foundation but it's a little pricey so I don't like to use it everyday. When I saw that L'Oreal came out with a new full coverage foundation, I had to try it. I bought mine at CVS for $11. They have a good range of shades, going from ivory to cocoa. I sometimes have problems in the winter finding a light enough shade for me without pink undertones, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a perfect match (#303). I was also very pleased with the price. It claims: "You can get up to 24 hours of full coverage with a lightweight feel and a natural finish! Blends instantly to cover dark spots, blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation for a flawless complexion."

First impressions...

The first thing I noticed when swatching it on my hand, was that it's very thick. You have to squeeze the tube pretty hard to get it out. A little bit goes a long way.  Luckily it didn't feel very heavy on my face. I wouldn't say it's very lightweight, but it doesn't feel like a mask either. It's somewhere in the middle. I would, however, definitely suggest using a good moisturizer and/or primer before applying this because it will stick to dry skin and make it very noticeable. This product has a demi-matte finish. It does do a wonderful job covering imperfections. I barely have to use concealer when I use this. My t-zone and chin can get pretty oily throughout the day, so I did have to touch up my setting powder a couple times, but that happens with any foundation.

Final thoughts...

I'm really impressed with L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover, and have been using it almost daily. It's become a drug store favorite of mine. Unfortunately the tube is only 1 oz., so it runs out pretty quickly. That would probably be my biggest complaint. I would give this product a 9/10 and would recommend it to anyone with oily or combination skin, acne prone skin, and/or skin discoloration that is looking for a full coverage foundation that is long lasting.

Have you ever tried the L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation? If so, what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below. Hope you all have a wonderful week! 💖

xo, Sarah

Monday, March 13, 2017

Moda Prismatic Oval Brush Set Review

Good morning beauties!!

The weather here in Chicago was really beautiful for a while, and then this last week it turned cold again and now we're in the middle of a snowstorm! Yes, in the middle of March. 😏 I decided to stay in the house until I have to go to work tonight, so I thought I might as well write a review of the new Moda oval brush set I got a while back. I've been meaning to do it but have been so busy between my kids, their after school activities, work, etc. that I just haven't had the time to sit down and write it. Seeing as you couldn't pay me enough to go outside in this crap right now though, I finally have time to write my review. So let's get into it! 😉

The Moda brushes are a perfect dupe for the more expensive Artis oval brushes. I've used both and honestly there is no difference between the two, other than a huge price gap. I don't have the extra $200 to spend on a brush set, and I'm not about to sell a kidney to be able to do so. 💁😂 I wasn't expecting the Moda brushes to be an exact dupe, but I was pleasantly surprised. I definitely suggest buying the Moda brushes over the Artis brushes, because they are just as good. You get the same quality and end up saving a ton of money! I purchased my Moda Prismatic Oval Brush Set from Walmart for about $16. I had been on the hunt for these for quite a while, but couldn't find them anywhere but online. Every Walmart within a 50 mile radius was sold out of them (Believe me, I checked!). Finally one day I was in Walmart looking for something else, and came across the last set tucked away behind a face cream display. (I'm sure someone hid it on purpose to come back and buy it later....sorry! Finders keepers! LOL.) They come in a 4-pack of brushes with a beautiful holographic finish. I honestly didn't even want to take them out of the packaging because they are so gorgeous. They have super soft synthetic bristles. I was really surprised how dense they were, but so soft at the same time.

As I mentioned, the set includes 4 brushes. The largest one is a 3 inch oval brush. I use that to buff in and blend my liquid or cream foundations. I've been loving using it with the new L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation. 👌 The next brush in the set is a 2 inch oval brush. I use it mostly for blending in blush/bronzer. The 1 inch oval brush works flawlessly for contouring/highlighting. It gives such a nice, precise contour. I am obsessed with this brush and WAY more impressed with it than any other contouring brush I've ever used. The smallest brush in the pack is tiny with bristles that make a circle. I use this brush to cover any imperfections I have. It's very small so you can really get in and cover anything you need, especially in harder to reach places that a bigger brush wouldn't be able to get at. The brush necks are also somewhat flexible which is really nice, because it makes them much easier to maneuver around your face.

Overall I'm extremely impressed with this brush set. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it's also amazing quality, and definitely worth the hype. They are very affordable and also 100% vegan for those of you that are looking for that!

Have you tried the Moda Prismatic Oval brushes? What do you think about them? How do you think they compare to the Artis brushes? Let me know below in the comments. Stay warm, beauties! 💖

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Burlington Coat Factory/TJ Maxx/Discovery Haul

Hey Beauties!!

I desperately needed a few things, and have a pretty strict budget right now, so I decided to stop by Burlington Coat Factory, TJ Maxx, and Discovery to look and see what they had. As usual, I picked out more than a few things. Those stores get me every time!! Burlington Coat Factory and TJ Maxx have brand name clothing/shoes/accessories/etc. for up to 65% off retail! Discovery is a great store with inexpensive clothing that is still cute and trendy. Since I got a lot of cute stuff for super cheap, I decided to do a haul for you guys! Here's what I got:

Faux Fur Knee Boots - $10 (Burlington)
These boots were on clearance, and it was the last pair left. They were in my size too!

Brown Faux Leather Boots - $14.99 (Burlington)
Mid Rise Destroyed Denim Jeans - $14.99 (Burlington)

Pom Pom Accessory - $4.99 (Burlington)
(The Coach purse was a gift from a friend. I saw the cute little pom pom and it matched so perfectly, I had to get it.)

High Waisted Distressed Jeans - $19.99 (Burlington)
I lost a lot of weight recently and my favorite pair of high waisted jeans didn't fit anymore, so I had been frantically searching for a new pair. I was so happy when I found these! $20 and they fit like a glove!!

Long Sleeve Camo Sweatshirt with Shoulder and Back Cutouts - $12.99 (TJ Maxx)
Sheer Olive Green Bodysuit with Lace Up Front - $12.99 (Discovery)
This is my first bodysuit! I was super excited to find one that I really love. I really have been loving the lace up trend, so I purchased a few shirts this day that have lace up fronts.

Long Sleeved Lace Up Top - $7.99 (Burlington)
 Sorry about the wrinkles, it was like that when I bought it. I haven't washed or worn it yet. I loved it so much, I bought the same shirt in a nude color. (See below.)

Long Sleeve Lace Up Top - $7.99 (Burlington)
Flowy Sleeveless Top (Maroon) - $7.99 (Burlington)
Flowy Sleeve Open Shoulder Floral Print Top  - $12.99 (Burlington)
When I saw this top, I fell in love with it. It looks like a tank top, but it actually has really flowy sleeves and open shoulders. It looks so cute on, and the print is perfect for spring! (Can you tell I'm over winter already?! 😂)

Pink Choker With Jewel - $5.99 for 4 pack (Burlington)
This choker came in a 4 pack (see below) but it's the only one I've worn so far. Look out for this in an upcoming OOTD! 😉

4 Pack Fashion Chokers - $4.99 (Burlington)
I also got a pair of plain gray leggings from Discovery for $4.99. They are so soft and comfortable! I was surprised that they weren't sheer (like so many leggings unfortunately are). I couldn't take a photo though because they're currently in the laundry. They are just your basic plain, gray leggings that you can wear in so many different ways.

I'm very happy with everything I purchased, and it was nice to spend a little something on myself for once. I haven't been shopping for clothes in quite a while, and I really needed some new clothes! Comment below what your favorite item from my haul is! Also let me know what your favorite store is to shop at for clothing/accessories/shoes! Keep an eye out for an OOTD with some of the clothing I bought soon!

xo, Sarah

Friday, January 6, 2017

Aisle Style

Happy New Year everyone!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. Mine was good, I'm just trying to stay warm in this horribly cold Chicago weather!! I've been spending most of my time indoors lately, and have only been going out if I absolutely have to. When I'm not spending time with my kids, I'm on my laptop a lot. I've been doing a ton of "online window shopping". I came across a website that has some gorgeous dresses, Aisle Style UK. They have a huge selection of bridesmaids dresses (uk)prom dressescommunion dresses, wedding dresses, homecoming dresses, and more.

Here are some of my favorites:

Delicate Lace Long Sleeved Mermaid Prom Dress

Fancy off the Shoulder Sparkle Beaded Bodice A-line Peach Chiffon Prom Dress

Sexy Black Lace Overlay Tulle Shoulder Straps Mermaid Keyhole Back Prom Dress

The links to the beautiful dresses above are under the photos. They have dresses for every occasion. Go take a look!

xo, Sarah