Friday, December 16, 2011

Winner For the Revlon Lip Butter Giveaway!

Hi ladies! Thanks to everyone who entered the Revlon Lipbutter giveaway!  There were 22 entries total (including the bonus twitter entries).  I used to generate the winner....and without further ado....
Which means the winner is..... Sweet As Honey Blog
She won on her bonus entry for tweeting about the giveaway.  Congrats!  I'll be contacting you soon to get your mailing address to send out your lipbutter as well as some other extra surprises :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What's In My December Birchbox?

Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day to enter the Revlon Lip Butter (Plus other surprises!) Giveaway!

And now...onto the Birch Box!
  1. Harvey Prince Yogini Perfume sample
  2. Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Birchbox Pink
  3. Benefit POREfessional
  4. Olie Biologique 004 Huile Moderne (what?'s an oil...thing...for skin, face, and hair)
  5. Bonus: E-boost drink (ummm pass!)
  6. Bonus: Show Stoppers
I'm disappointed about half the items in this box.  I like the gloss and the benefit porefessional, but the perfume does not smell appealing on me and the oil I would only put on my hair.  I'm too afraid of breakouts to put that near my face.  The EBoost drink I find really odd...and it reminds me of airborne mixed with energy drink.  The showstopper tape would be handy but I don't normally wear dresses so low that I need to stick them in place...but it's nice to have it handy in case.

The gloss from Jouer is nice. Ultra moisturizing.  But the $20 for a full size is a bit hefty.  The hot pink color scared me at first, but it's very sheer.
I have about 3 coats on my lips in the above picture and it doesn't look very hot pink.  You can build it up more and get more pink, but I feel like it starts to look sloppy and goopy after doing that for a while.  Not a color I'd recommend running out to buy, but it's nice to have the smaller sample of it.  The gloss isn't sticky at all and it's unscented.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Office Holiday Party OOTD

Reminder: Don't forget to enter the Revlon Lip Butter give-away! Just a few more days!

Holiday season at my office means one thing, we get to start drinking at 1 in the afternoon.  I mean, we get a holiday party!  It's also a time of the year where you dress up, but newbies can often make a mistake of what to wear to a holiday office party.  No one wants to look like the office slob...or worse...the office slut.

This year our party was held at the Racquet Club. It's a daytime event that sometimes runs into the evenings.  I also live in an area where it's pretty cold already, so it's either tights or boots when wearing a skirt or dress.
Breaking down the outfit:
Sunny Leigh Textured Scoop Neck Shell from Burlington Coat Factory: $16.99
Why it works: Neckline is good for either a long or short necklace, it doesn't show cleavage, but allows enough skin to show.
Dana Buchman Lace Pencil Skirt from Kohls: On-sale now for $36 (use coupons for extra deals!)
Why it works: Appropriate length for the office.  Pencil skirts are always chic for the office (just watch how high your back slit is!) This skirt can also be mixed back into your normal work wardrobe with a nice top.
Gray Satin bow flats from Payless by Lela Rose: about $13 a year ago
Why it works: Adding a satin shoe can instantly add more glam to your outfit, especially if you want an extra touch.  Other good options are shoes with jewels/gemstones on them.  Just don't go breaking out your bedazzler.

-Black skinny patent leather belt (taken off another top)
-Black tights by Hue
-Cuff by Ann Taylor
-Silver tone necklace from Jennifer Lopez line at Kohl's (from the clearance rack for about $6).

*Sweater is a purple cardigan from the GAP outlet.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas/Holiday Nail Polishes

During the holidays, one of my outlets in my office is holiday nail polishes.  I don't find a need to run out and buy the newest holiday collection.  In fact the only polish I own that actually is named as a holiday color, I got last week on clearance at Sephora because it's last years collection! (so check your local clearance bins or just shop in January for colors).  Here are my top picks for the holidays! (in no particular order)
Left to Right:
  1. Wet n Wild Crystallic Nail Color in Cool Blue Blast - this is a frosty blue and reminds me of snow, ice skating, and all the things I grew up living in the North East.
  2. NYC I <3 NY - This was limited edition, but any bright cherry red will do.  They have a similar shade in their permanent line and I like the color and staying power. Make sure to use a base code with deep reds so you don't stain your nails.
  3. NYC  Platinum Card - Anything silvery or sparkley? Perfect time to glitter at a holiday party!  This is too much for my conservative office, but it depends on your setting.
  4. Sephora by OPI What's Your Poinsettia? - A deep burgundy with green, red, and gold shimmers.  This is discreet enough to be wearable to office parties and is a change from bright red.
  5. China Glaze Knotty - Currently on clearance at Ultra it's from the summer collection.  It's a light gold with fine shimmer.  I usually use about 3 coats because I like to build it up.
  6. Piggy Polish in Grasshopper - That kelly green you only break out at St. Patrick's Day?  Try it at Christmas!  This shade of green is in a lot of decorations, so polish away!
Knotty by China Glaze (3 coats)

Grasshopper, I <3 NY, Platinum Card, and What's Your Pointsettia?