Sorry for the late update, guys! I got married in June and started working again shortly thereafter, so I’ve had a lot less time. Anyhow, now I have some money (some), so here are my latest purchases, that I absolutely love. My favorites come from the new line from Hard Candy, now exclusively available at Wal-Mart. This is an amazing thing, because Hard Candy has only ever been available from Sephora since it’s launch in 1995, and was quite a bit more expensive before they moved out of Sephora and revamped their cosmetic line. Their cosmetics are nicely packaged, and high quality- up there with Too Faced cosmetics at a fraction of the cost.
Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in “Jaded”
Sinful Colors Professional in “Just You Wait”
London Drugs; $2.99 (on sale)
Sinful Colors Professional in “Cream Pink”
London Drugs; $2.99
Sinful Colors Professional in “Hottie”
London Drugs; $2.99
Hard Candy Meteor-Eyes Baked Glitter Eyeshadow in “Supernova”
Hard Candy Take Me Out Eyeliner in “Chop Suey”
Hard Candy Take Me Out Glitter Eyeliner in “Roller Derby” (far right)
All of Hard Candy’s ‘Take Me Out’ Eyeliners are shaped like chop sticks, and most of them have oriental food names, like Bamboo, Saki, Rice and Soy. One was a lime green color and named Hay. I would have named it Wasabi. They also have a metallics line called Molten Metal.
Hard Candy Painted Lady Lipstick in “Flirt”
Hard Candy Moonglow Illuminating Powder in “Luminescence”
George Women’s Double-Breasted Peacoat
What I really loved about this coat was that the hem fell just above the knee, so it had a mid-leg trench coat feel to it. It cinches in at the waist without a belt, and though wide belts look fabulous with this coat, it was more comfortable without it. The buttons stop just at the hips, so the bottom of the coat hangs open and flares nicely at the leg. The neck is open just enough to allow for a peek at a nice scarf paired with the jacket. Though thin, this jacket is actually quite warm.
Other things I’m currently loving:
1. As much as I hate to admit it, the new Miley Cyrus clothing line at Wal-Mart. I shop there a lot, because they have competitive products at competitive prices that I can afford- and affordable fashion is deep and dear to me. Miley’s line is sized more for ladies on the petite size, but I can fit most of the clothes she has made. I really love her rocker tees and tanks, especially with the rips up the back. She has a sensational military jacket, available in black and olive, that I was panting over.
2. The Ed Hardy fragrance collection. It all smells fantastic. All of it.
3. La Senza’s double push-up line. The bras are scary expensive. They are around $50 each- but for women with modestly sized breasts, it’s thousands of dollars for an upgrade surgery, or a new confidence-boosting, non-invasive bra that takes you up two full cup-sizes. My husband loves them- I have two!
4. Sweater dresses. Yes, I am late to this fashion event. They’ve been popular for several years, and have gradually become shorter and shorter- now they’re just long sweaters that you absolutely must wear pants under. But I am completely in love with sweater dresses, ones you can wear free of pants or leggings, that fall just below the knee at pencil skirt length, or just above the knee. I like ones with long and short sleeves, as long as the neck is interesting, not too high-cut or bulky. That tends to look boxy and less feminine.
5. While I am still loving the bright, vibrant nail enamel trend (thanks, Rihanna!), I am deeply loving soft pastel colors that are usually reserved for spring. While trends seem to be leading back towards the classic french tip, classically manicured or nude nails, and fall leaf-inspired reds, berries, oranges and golds, I am deeply loving the idea of a cooler, softer color pallette that will play really nicely as it stands out and contrasts against the colors of fall, and into snowy days.