Makeup Wars – Travel Items I Wish I Could Afford & How to Get Them on the Cheap

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This week for Makeup Wars we’re featuring our must have travel items. I’ve covered posts similar in the past when I went to New York and Florida as well as for Beauty Blogger Travel. For this post I wanted to do something a little different by sharing my Travel Items Lust List and a site I have been using to silently stalk these items to get them pre-loved and much, much cheaper.

What are the must have travel items that I lust for? Louis Vuitton luggage, of course. I’d love to get my hands on a keepall, suitcase and cosmetic case as well as a scarf and sunglasses for good measure. Ideally in carry-on sizes, because I’m too paranoid to let them out of my sight.

Authentic Inexpensive Louis Vuitton Travel Items WishlistHow am I attempting to get these items on the cheap? I’m using a luxury reseller called The RealReal. They offer pre-loved designer items at up to 90% off the original price and *BONUS* they will also give you 20% off of your first purchase for an even bigger discount… YES you can get brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci, Hermes… the list is endless! You can also consign your designer items and make some quick cash.

Other sites that carry authentic designer items at discounted prices are ShopBop, Gilt and HauteLook.

What travel item out there is on your lust list?

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February 2014 RocksBox Photos & Review #RocksBoxSelfie

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RocksBox really hit it out of the park with this shipment on two out of the three pieces that they sent. I kept one of them and almost kept another… but at the last minute I decided to ship it back. Keep reading to see what jewelry pieces I needed to keep in my life!

February 2014 RocksBox Photos Review JewelryFrom Loren Hope, Clara Bracelet. I love this bracelet. I wore it twice while I had this shipment here. I had planned on keeping it, but the clasp, while easy to put on was also just as easy to come off. It’s gorgeous, but I don’t want to spend all that money then just end up losing it. A safety clasp added on would make it perfect! The retail price of this item is $65.00 and the member price is $52.00.

From Lotus Jewelry Studio, Zephyr Necklace in Gold and Diamond Labradorite. The one I kept! I just thought this necklace was so different with the delicate chain and small stones with even more dainty chain accents. The best part? All of those extra chains don’t get all twisted and tangled into one another. I know I’d regret it if I sent it back, so with me it stays! The retail price of this item is $76.00 and the member price is $60.80.

From Urban Gem, Outburst Earrings in Nautical. These totally weren’t me. They’re okay, and I’m sure someone will love them… but my style is more classic. While I’ll sometimes venture into the land of statement/color these earrings aren’t my type of entry ticket. The retail price of this item is $24.00 and the member price is $19.20.

RocksBox Jewelry Subscription Box Review PhotosFollow me on Instagram for monthly RocksBox teaser shots (like the one below) before the post goes live.

RocksBoxMy style is constantly changing and evolving.  I love the idea of getting new jewelry any time I want it and not keeping pieces I’ve grown away from.  We all have those pieces that just sit in our jewelry box… forgotten.  =(

Here is the best part!  Yes, there is more!  You can get purchase credits for referrals!  Let me explain.  For every person you refer that signs up for RocksBox you get a $25 referral credit!  Also, beginning January 15 get on Social Media (Instagram or Twitter) and show off your baubles!  #RocksBoxSelfie will get you entered into the monthly contest where you could win a different prize every month.  January’s prize was a $50 RocksBox Purchase Credit, this month could be designer jewelry or a free membership – be sure to enter for your chance to win!

What do you think of RocksBox?  Are you going to check it out?

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January 2014 RocksBox Photos & Review #RocksBoxSelfie

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RocksBox sent some beautiful pieces with this shipment.  I was especially enamored with the bracelet the moment I laid eyes on it!  To find out which piece I kept, keep reading!!

RocksBox Jewelry ReviewFrom Urban GemNautical by Nature Necklace in Sterling Silver. At first I wasn’t loving this.  Until I put it on.  This necklace is so beautiful and delicate, it’s basically perfect.  I love to layer it with my Nadri Arrow necklace (shown below). I purchased this necklace and wear it almost daily! The retail price of this item is $68.00 and the member price is $54.40.

From Robyn RhodesNiut Earrings. These were actually pretty and felt very lightweight on the ears (even though they look like they’d be heavy). Unfortunately I didn’t think they fit my personal style, so they went back. The retail price of this item is $78.00 and the member price is $62.40.

From Loren Hope, Small Sarra Cuff in Pine. I loved the look and style of this one, but was disappointed in the sizing.  My wrists aren’t big at all and I could not get this bracelet on me.  I was pretty disappointed, and probably would have kept it if I could’ve actually worn it.  The retail price of this item is $58.00 and the member price is $46.40.

Follow me on Instagram for monthly RocksBox teaser shots (like the one below) before the post goes live.

RocksBox Review Fashion JewelryMy style is constantly changing and evolving.  I love the idea of getting new jewelry any time I want it and not keeping pieces I’ve grown away from.  We all have those pieces that just sit in our jewelry box… forgotten.  =(

Here is the best part!  Yes, there is more!  You can get purchase credits for referrals!  Let me explain.  For every person you refer that signs up for RocksBox you get a $25 referral credit!  Also, beginning January 15 get on Social Media (Instagram or Twitter) and show off your baubles!  #RocksBoxSelfie will get you entered into the monthly contest where you could win a different prize every month.  January’s prize was a $50 RocksBox Purchase Credit, this month could be designer jewelry or a free membership – be sure to enter for your chance to win!

What do you think of RocksBox?  Are you going to check it out?

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OPI Joins BCBGMAXAZRIA & DEGEN at NYFW AW 2014!

OPI walked the runway with BCBGMAXAZRIA at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014 this morning! Models wore OPI nail lacquer in Passion to complement the collection’s warm muted pastels.

BCBG1 BCBG6OPI joined designer Lindsay Degen for the DEGEN Fall/Winter 2014 presentation this morning! Models wore short, squared tips featuring a blue sky/cloud nail design on all fingers except ring fingers, which were painted with a rainbow atop a chrome, glitter base. The designer selected this bold and colorful nail look to complement bright knits and reflective fabrics. The rainbow theme was continued throughout the clothing and an LED rainbow backdrop.

Degen8editThe nails were created using:

Sky nails — Can’t Find My Czech-book (sky), Alpine Snow (clouds)

Rainbow nails — Push and Shove layered w/Desperately Seeking Sequins (base); Red Hot Rio, Toucan Do It If You Try, I Just Can’t Cope-acabana, Amazon…Amazoff, Dating a Royal, Next Stop…the Bikini Zone (rainbow)

***All backstage photos courtesy of OPI.

 

NARS Beauty Report: Tanya Taylor, Helmut Lang, Alexander Wang AW ’14

BACKSTAGE AT TANYA TAYLOR AUTUMN/WINTER 2014

NARS Beauty Report Tanya Taylor AW '14NARS created the look for the Tanya Taylor AW ‘14 runway show. Please find more information below and attached images for your reference.
SHOW: Tanya Taylor AW ‘14
 
LEAD ARTIST: Uzo, NARS International Lead Makeup Stylist
 
LOOK: “This season, eyes were brought to the forefront and given a modern, graphic edge by lining them in jet black with an unexpected break in the middle on the lower lash line. Skin is super-clean and fresh with a touch of pale pink on the lips and cheeks.”
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
 
FACE
CHEEKS
EYES
Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Eyeliner
Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil
Nepal Eyeshadow
Phoebe Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (New for Summer 2014, for now try the iridescent smoky orchid side of Kauai Duo Eyeshadow)
Larger Than Life® Lengthening Mascara
LIPS

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BACKSTAGE AT HELMUT LANG AUTUMN/WINTER 2014

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NARS created the look for the Helmut Lang AW ‘14 runway show. Please find more information below and attached images for your reference.

SHOW: Helmut Lang AW ‘14
 
LEAD ARTIST: Hannah Murray for NARS Cosmetics
 
LOOK: “The Helmut girl this season is tough and masculine with a refined polish.  I loved the idea of a rich burgundy wash on the eyelid giving a hint of punk in a very beautiful minimal way.”
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
 
FACE
CHEEKS
 
EYES
Deborah Audacious Lipstick (New for Fall 2014, for now try Pigalle Semi Matte Lipstick)
 
LIPS

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BACKSTAGE AT ALEXANDER WANG AUTUMN/WINTER 2014

AlexanderWang AW14NARS created the look for the Alexander Wang AW ‘14 runway show. Please find more information below and attached images for your reference.
SHOW: Alexander Wang AW ‘14
 
LEAD ARTIST: Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics
 
LOOK: “The look focuses on ‘pure’ beauty – it’s all about lightness and the shadows between.”
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
CHEEKS
Matte Multiple (shades Altai, Vientiane or Cappadoce depending on skin tone)
 
EYES
Matte Multiple (shades Altai, Vientiane or Cappadoce depending on skin tone)
 
 
All products, except where noted, available at www.narscosmetics.com
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