Top 10 Seasonally Appropriate Fashion & Beauty Items for Spring

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I’m annoyed, you guys. The weather is all warm and pretty… then the next day huge snowflakes are falling making me want to rage. In an effort to nudge mother nature and maybe make ourselves are little happier the Top 10 Tuesday bloggers are sharing our faves for Spring!

Top 10 Beauty Fashion Spring 2014In no particular order…

  1. A beauty product in radiant orchid. Such a given, but it needed to be put out there. Reference this post on some of my top radiant orchid picks.A spring time neutral face palette for every day. Because you’ll reach for it constantly this type of palette should be a staple for you. Try Urban Decay Naked 3 or the Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette (to be reviewed).
  2. An awesome razor. Be honest, your legs look like Sasquatch lives there. I’m not judging, it happens (more often than you or your bestie will ever admit to). I’ve been a super-fan of the Schick Hydro Silk and now it comes to you in sensitive form! My legs are singing this brands praises.
  3. A chic bag. Spring time means put the everyday black bag down and go for a blush, soft grey or mint shade. I’m lusting for this one from Rebecca Minkoff because it’s muted but still edgy. You’ll also need a vibrant bag for off work hours – one of my go-to faves for the last few years is the fuchsia Cupid from Rebecca Minkoff.
  4. Speaking of vibrant bags a crossbody is a hands-free necessity for all of the walking you’re going to be doing in this gorgeous weather! I recently picked up this one in Mandarin from Michael Kors (and then 3 days later it went on sale… story of my life. Now that I look it’s not on sale anymore. hrmmmm).
  5. Vibrant statement jewelry. I lust for this bib necklace from Kate Spade. Normally I go for dainty, but these are bold without making me feel uncomfortable.
  6. Flowy tops and sweaters to wear with comfy pants. I just lost my mind at Old Navy and American Eagle on their tops. If you get a sec to run in, you must. Your wallet won’t be happy but that’s okay because you’ll look good.
  7. Get pedicure ready. Most slack in this dept through the winter (I do almost as much as in the shaving dept… #notreallyYESreally). Before I go in for my first pedi of the season I like to pamper my feet a bit and pretend like I kept up all winter long. I soak, scrub, trim and paint my piggies so as not to gross out the nail tech. Now you know all of my secrets.
  8. Consider picking up a product with more SPF. You should be using SPF year round but I personally up the wattage as soon as warmer weather hits. My cc cream/foundation of choice for this spring/summer is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+.
  9. Stock up on fresh scents. Put away the pumpkin, cinnamon and evergreen fragrances and head over to Bath & Body Works. Pick up spring scents that are Luau inspired so you can pretend you’re on an island. I did this past weekend during an awesome soap sale!!! Pass the Pina Coladas!
  10. Smile! That’s sounding so lame right now. But Annie was pretty smart when she was all like “you’re never fully dressed without a smile”. Smiling shows the world how sexy you are and radiates confidence. None of the clothing or face paint matters without your pearly whites!

What are your must-have fashion and beauty items for Spring?

Estée Lauder Michael Kors Set from Macy’s – Swatches & Review

This is the second year that Estée Lauder has teamed up with Michael Kors to create the ultimate in purchase with purchase gift sets.  The catch?  In order to purchase the set, you have to make an Estée Lauder fragrance purchase.  I don’t like EL fragrance, and unfortunately don’t know anyone who does, so I missed out on the sets from last year.

This year, when we put together our Wish Lists for Makeup Wars, my mom read about my plight and decided to hook me up with the best gift everrrrrrr.  The Estée Lauder Michael Kors Set from Macy’s!  She found some loophole where she just needed to make a purchase (on the website) rather than the $55.00 purchase that in store is asking for.  My momma is a smart cookie.  WOOOOO!

008What the Macy’s website has to say about the contents of the Estée Lauder Michael Kors Set:

This set includes:
  • Deluxe Blush Compact containing PC Blush in Soulful Spice Shimmer, Brazen Bronze Shimmer & Lover’s Blush Shimmer
  • NEW Pure Color Lipstick – Cherry Passion
  • Pure Color Gloss – Garnet Desire Shimmer
  • Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Black
  • NEW PC Intense Kajal Eyeliner in Blackened Black
  • NEW PC Nail Lacquer in Enchanted Garnet
  • Black Michael Kors Case with new applicator
  • (A $200 value)
  • Quantities limited. Special purchase available while supplies last. Minimum purchase amount for special offer does not include Gift Card purchases, tax, shipping or gift wrap charges.
  • One gift per customer. Available while supplies last.

009 010 011 012(L-R: Nail Polish, Lipstick & Gloss, Lipstick, Gloss, Cheek palette blended, three cheek colors separate, mascara, liner)

I adore everything in this set.  I didn’t think I’d be a fan of the lip colors, since they swatch and wear fuchsia.  However, I managed to make it my own by dabbing on the lipstick to create a bit of a stain and then dabbed some of the gloss over top.  (results are below).

019The eye look below was used by layering MAC Nubile Paint Pot, MAC Idyllic Paint Pot and Chanel Beige Lame Eyeshadow over the paint pots and the black EL liner from the set.  The mascara is one coat of EL from the set.

024All of the products were of great quality and even if you still have to purchase a fragrance next year, I’m going to suck it up and get one just to get another one of these sets.

This Estée Lauder Michael Kors Set is available for $38.50 with a fragrance purchase at Macy’s.  Other sets are available for purchase at  Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Dillards, and


Makeup Wars ~ My Holiday Beauty Wish List

The Makeup Wars Bloggers decided it would be a smart move to do up our Holiday wish lists.  Basically, if any family or friends are reading this and want to tell Santa so I have a little surprise under the tree… you won’t hear me complain.  I might even have a smooch waiting under the mistletoe for anyone thinking of me!

I thought it would be a good idea to pick some “wants” at several price points… just in case my hubby or someone else who loves me equally as much is checking this out!  Keeping it tame, this is just beauty items.  If I would have dove into handbag, shoes, jewelry… well, we’d have been here all day.


  1. Tarte Carried Away Collector’s Set ($54.00).  This set from Tarte has is ALL.  It’s so beautiful and clearly necessary for all of your beauty needs and wants!  Photo courtesy of
  2. OCC Pro’s Picks Lip Tar Set ($49.00).  I own nothing from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and I’m DYING to.  This set is the perfect opportunity!  Photo courtesy of
  3. Make Up For Ever Be Your Own Make Up Artist Station ($950.00).  Let’s just be honest, who DOESN’T want this?  At that price point it’ll very likely never happen for me, but I can dream!  Photo courtesy of
  4. Burberry Complete Eye Palette ($59.00).  I’ll take any of them, but the one pictured, Dark Spice, is my top choice.  Photo courtesy of
  5. Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Shadow in Rose Gold ($24.00).  I love the style of the shadow pan and the shade just looks stunning!  Photo courtesy of
  6. Estee Lauder Michael Kors Set ($38.50).  This one is tricky, you can only purchase it with an Estee Lauder Fragrance purchase.  I cannot stand EL fragrance and I don’t know anyone to give it to if I bought it.  So go buy yourself some perfume and then get me this Michael Kors set!  Different sets are available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Dillards, Macys and  I’ll take any of them.  Photo courtesy of
  7. MAC Hang Up the Glamour Hanging Travel Bag ($40.00).  It’s leopard on the outside, lacy looking on the inside and securely holds all of our travel junkies with style.  Hook me up.  Photo courtesy of
  8. Bare Escentuals The Star Treatment Set ($40.00).  I love the pressed shadows from this brand, and the shades in this palette are right up my alley!  Photo courtesy of
  9. MAC Making Pretty Brush Set for Face & Eye ($100.00).  I obviously don’t NEED this, but its so pretty and chic… I just want it to look at it.  I’d never buy it for myself, but would loveeee to have it as a gift!  Photo courtesy of
  10. Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel and GLOW10ai Mask Set ($265.00)  I am so totally addicted to this.  It’s easy to do, safe and it works!  You can check out my experience with this product by clicking here.  Photo courtesy of

Oh, drugstore beauty, I haven’t forgotten about you!

  1. Cover Girl Clump Crusher LashBlast Mascara.  I’ve heard great things from fellow bloggers.  Photo courtesy of where this product is currently buy one get one half off.
  2. Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eight Pan Eyeshadow Palette Collection.  I’d love the two palettes I don’t have that released with Holiday 2012 (I think the matte one, Drinking a Glass of Shine, was released before as I <3 Matte) in Sparkle ‘Til Morning & Shimmer the Night Away (see pics at Nouveau Cheap).
  3. L’Oreal Project Runway Electric Fantasie Collection.  Any and all of it.  We’ve been ripe with sickness here so I haven’t really been out and about to get any pieces =( See photos at Musings of a Muse.
  4. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips.  I always see these and always want to try them out.  The colors just look so pretty sitting by each other.  The set shown above is in Nude.  Photo courtesy of

What is on your holiday beauty wish list?

See what the other participants in this installment of Makeup Wars came up with!  What WILL we think of next?!

Get to Know STREET MODA & a Michael Kors Giveaway

Have you heard about  It’s very likely you’ve heard of this popular retail website, but you may not know the interesting story behind the brand as well as the philanthropic nature of the company.

The first thing you need to know, is that you can get some of your favorite HIGH END brands at Street Moda for a fraction of their retail cost.  Some of my favorite brands that are carried by Street Moda include Michael Kors, Jessica Simpson, and Bearpaw… just to name a few!

The Company
Street Moda began back in 2005 by Matt Kubancik when he was a mere 18 years old.  I don’t know about you, but at 18 the last thing on my mind was starting my own company!  From that young age Matt was determined that everyone should and would be able to own and afford authentic top name brands.  Thus, Street Moda is born, providing customers with 30-80% off of retail prices.

As an independently held company, Street Moda has people on board with 45 years of experience in the shoe and apparel industry.  This makes them able to buy items at a low cost and pass that savings on to their customers.

Street Moda has everything I look for in a website when I’m shopping online:

  • Free shipping anywhere in the United States
  • Free exchanges
  • Easy PREPAID return label

Not only does Street Moda carry some AMAZING women’s brands such as Michael Kors, Coach, Frye, Lacoste, Steve Madden, Betsey Johnson, Volatile, Naughty Monkey, Michael Antonio, Not Rated, Ed Hardy, Affliction, Sperry, Kenneth Cole, Chooka, Bearpaw, Iron Fist, TUK, Calvin Klein, etc… but there are also a ton of men’s brands.  Something for everyone!

Giving Back
The most amazing part of Street Moda, to me, is that they give back to the community and in a BIG WAY. One of their recent charity efforts involves an event where Street Moda made a $250,000 donation to Safe Place, where the reigning Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler also spoke. Please watch the video below to find out more about Safe Place (warning, you may tear up.. I did!).


Giveaway time!!!!  Please read all of the info below before entering this giveaway.  Your entry (entries) in the giveaway state that you understand all of the terms and conditions.

This giveaway IS open Internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on November 13, 2012.

You can enter this giveaway via the RAFFLECOPTER WIDGET that will be at the bottom of this post.

*** Entries placed in the comments will not be valid and will not be approved. ***

The ONLY mandatory entry on the Rafflecopter Widget is the first one – to enter your email address.  Please note, these emails will be shared with Street Moda.  You can also enter your CELL PHONE number to earn 25 entries, but that is optional.  Your cell phone number will be shared with Street Moda and be added to their SMS list.  Msg&Data rates may apply. STOP to STOP. Up to 5 messages per month.

To enter, please wait for the Rafflecopter Widget to load.  If it doesn’t, try to refresh.  If you still have issues (sometimes if you’re using Google Chrome it can be a pain) please contact me via the comments or email.  Additional terms and conditions are listed on the widget.  Please contact me with any questions!

The prize? The covet-worthy MICHAEL KORS Bedford Women’s Bowling Satchel (MSRP is $448, but you can purchase on Street Moda for only $398!).  The bag pictured is the EXACT bag that the winner will receive and it will ship from me.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you’re looking to get a head start on your Holiday Shopping enjoy these codes from Street Moda!  Save 15% off on regular priced items with code NOIRMODA and 30% off on clearance items with NOIRCLEAR.  Here are some quick links to Men’s Clearance & Women’s Clearance.  These codes expire on December 4, 2012 and cannot be stacked.

***Thank you to for providing the prize for this giveaway!


Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is ON!

Yesterday began the Half-Yearly Sale for Women & Kids at Nordstrom!  What this means for you is lots of stuff on DEEP discount (up to 40% off) and double points yesterday and also today!

I’ve had my eye on a bag for Fall from, of course, Rebecca Minkoff so I ran out to Nordstrom to be there the minute they opened.  It was a flipping MAD HOUSE.  Luckily, the bag I had my eye on was still there and 40% off.  The Rebecca Minkoff MAB Mini in Ecru with Black studs.  Retail on this bag is $525.00 (shown here at Zappos because it’s not currently on the Nordstrom site) but at 40% off it was $315.

It’s the perfect size for all of my must-haves and I can wear it with absolutely anything.  Beautiful!

While I was there I picked up a Michael Kors cell phone cover because my behind-the-times self finally got an iPhone and it needed to be fancied up:

So, what are you waiting for?!  Get to Nordstrom and get some deals!  Then come back here and share what you bought!

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