September 24, 2013

NOTD: OPI Need Sunglasses?

I have always stayed clear of yellow nail polishes since I assumed that the shade would be unflattering against my yellow skintone. About a year and half ago, one of my friends gifted me with a dozen OPI nail polishes, including Need Sunglasses?. I didn't give it a chance until I pulled it out this month. Today I want to share my impression on this wonderful yellow nail polish.

The actual color is more of a mustard-yellow than the neon that the photos capture. This nail polish works surprisingly well as a transition color between summer and fall, especially against what remains of my summer tan. It is different from the traditional fall shades, but it still complements the darker clothing that I have started to wear.

As usual for bright colors, the formula is not very pigmented. I would definitely recommend a white base. I applied one layer of China Glaze White on White, two layers of the color, and finally topped with Color Club 0-60 Speedy Top Coat (which is one of the shiniest top coat that I have ever used). The wear time is average with tip wear after roughly 3 days.

Do you have a favorite yellow nail polish?

September 21, 2013

DIY: Ring Tray

Rings have always been my favorite jewelry pieces to wear. I have bought (and tossed out) many rings over the years and I usually keep them individually sealed in plastic bags to prevent tarnish. As my collection grew, I began to neglect and forget about the older pieces that I have acquired years ago. I haven't come across an affordable ring tray that fits my needs, so I decided to make my own until I find the perfect one. This ring tray is intended to store my current fashion jewelry selections, I keep the finer pieces in their original packaging.

I only used scrap materials from past projects to make this ring tray. If you are interested in some references for a similar project, do keep reading.

September 17, 2013

Outlet Shopping with PinkStyle

There are quite a few outlets within a couple hours drive from where I am staying on the east coast. While I have been recommended to check out the ones in Merrimack (New Hampshire) or Wrentham (Massachusetts), I drove out to a smaller one in Tilton, New Hampshire last week.

Affordable deals in outlets are nothing new, and today I want to share the PinkStyle fundraiser that started on September 12th.

For a $5 donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, you will receive a booklet of five coupons that are each redeemable against 25% off one item at participating outlet stores (including Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Coach, J. Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Yankee Candle, and much more). Although the limit is one coupon per customer per store per day, these vouchers can be applied to sale items!

These shopping passes are valid until October 25th and are available at Tanger Outlet locations in the United States and Canada. Participation does not require registration, so one booklet can be shared among friends. If you got a Tanger outlet near you, this is a great opportunity to help a good cause while saving money.

Despite braving a thunderstorm during my commute, I am pleased with my shopping trip. There were times when the visibility was so bad that I feared for my safety on the highway. In retrospect, the storm-induced power outage the night before should have been a sufficient warning.

To conclude, I have a general word of caution regarding outlet shopping. The same brand name does not imply the same quality. Some of the merchandises are made specifically for the outlet stores. As these selections are intended to be sold at lower prices, they are often of inferior quality or design. For example, at the Gap (and at Banana Republic under the same umbrella group), outlet-directed merchandise are marked with 3 squares under the logo. So shop wisely!

What are your favorite places to shop?

September 14, 2013

Vacation around the UK: Harry Potter Edition

Are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, read on. If not, well, read on anyways. When I took a two-week vacation to travel around the UK last month, I stopped by several attractions around the Harry Potter theme. Today I want to share them together.

Since I departed my vacation from London King's Cross, let's start with the Platform 9 3/4. There is also a gift shop located next door with the same name. Unless you are in the station in the early morning or late evening, do expect a long line if you want to take a photo with the trolley.

September 11, 2013

In the Mail: Another Sephora Haul, Swatches, and First Impressions

I am currently visiting family on the US east coast and I couldn't resist making another Sephora order only weeks after my previous one. I am super excited about the two Urban Decay palettes that I picked up on sale. Today I want to share my order, swatches of the palettes, and my first impressions on what I picked up.

September 8, 2013

NOTD: Sally Hansen Salon Effects (Skinny Jeans)

I picked up this Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Skinny Jeans along with the one in Cry Baby [NOTD Here] when they were on sale for only $2. While I used up Cry Baby months ago, I forgot about this pattern until I rediscovered it while packing up for my move. Today I want to share my second attempt at using nail polish strips.

Luckily the pattern was quite forgiving at hiding the wrinkles from my application. The edges took some work to smooth over, and with a layer of top coat, the final result looked even and glossy. I absolutely adore the vintage look of this pattern.

The wear time was not much different from that of a regular polish. I got tip-wear after 2 days, but no major chipping until about a week later. While I wouldn't pay full price for it, if I chance upon a sale, I may stock up on a few more of these nail polish strips.

Have you tried any nail polish strips from Sally Hansen?

September 5, 2013

Review: Bourjois Intuitive Liner (02 Noir)

I have been eyeing the Bourjois Intuitive Liner for months before I finally picked it up. After two months of trying it out, today I want to share my thoughts.

September 1, 2013

In the Mail: Sephora Haul!

Today I want to share what came in the mail from the Sephora order I placed during the recent points promotion (2x for IB, 3x for VIB, 4x for VIB Rouge).