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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Instagram Round-Up: March

I thought I'd start a little monthly series in which I highlight my favourite Instagram snaps and chat a bit about them. A sort of monthly round-up, I suppose. We'll see how this one goes - I spent quite a while narrowing down my top picks for the month, as I was quite active on Instagram this month, so I hope it's not this "difficult" and time consuming on a regular basis. Be sure to let me know what you think!

This month I added some more touches to my walk-in closet - I finally put up another glass shelf above my Audrey Hepburn print. It was quite the exercise in levels and drills to get this perfectly aligned with the shelf I already had up, but I like to think I'm an old pro at this sort of thing now. Now I have space for my beautiful 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli to be displayed. It had previously been languishing sadly under my bed in its dust bag, as I didn't have anywhere to put it. Now it gets to hang out with its friends Louis, Marc, Michael, Rebecca, and Coach, and all is well. 

I also took a little inventory of my fragrance collection, and it really is turning into a true collection. I'm a little bit obsessed with the mini-bottles Sephora puts out as a 250 BI points bonus. I have four of them now and it's pretty much Pokemon at this point - gotta catch em all!

I thought a quick look at my new rain boots was fitting, considering it's now "officially" spring... although it's just barely stopped snowing and we have a long way to go until the real spring arrives. It gets REALLY wet here in the springtime, and it's only practical to wear rainboots most days. I had had a pair of expensive fuschia Hunters but they were problematic from day 1. They made my feet sweat like crazy, and I'm convinced they had a hole or crack or something, because I would go out and not even step in a puddle and my feet would end up damp. Not cool. So I decided enough was enough, and found these Tretorns at Marshalls for only $50. So far so good with these.

As for new products this month, I've done quite a bit of shopping. I completely overhauled my skincare routine on the advice of facialist Caroline Hirons, and while I'm still tweaking the details I'd say it's made quite the difference. I've seen a drastic decrease in zits and breakouts (they still exist though!) and a lot less oil overall. It's been quite the revelation. I have ditched the NUXE cleansing milk seen above in favour of a REN cleansing milk though, as the NUXE one was so overwhelmingly fragranced I couldn't stand to use it. 

On the beauty product front, I had been very good at restraining myself... until I got the invite to the 15% off VIB Rouge Spring Social. It's bad luck to turn down 15% off at Sephora, I tell you. Bad luck. I had my makeup done by one of the artists at Sephora and purchased the palette she used - Too Faced's Boudoir Eyes - as well as some other goodies. A haul video showing everything is currently up on my YouTube channel if you'd like to see :)

Ever since I got that glass shelf up in my closet, my Pashli has been seeing quite a bit of action. I had been too afraid to carry it in the dead of winter (as is the case for all of my expensive bags) so I hadn't really carried it a lot since I bought it last fall. The minute the temperature hovered above zero, I pulled this baby out and carried it. It's still as fabulous as I remember, and I still get that giddy feeling when I see it. It's so beautiful that I'm willing to overlook how annoying it is to do up the closure clasp (very annoying, in case that wasn't clear). I'm planning to do a video review on my channel once I've carried it a bit more consistently, so keep an eye out.

Also, printed pants. These are from Vero Moda and I had been obsessed with finding a pair of these that fit properly. Story of my life: fits perfectly in the waist, too tight in legs. Or, legs are perfect, enormous in the waist. These work perfectly. I also just got a pair of floral pants from the Sarah Stevenson for Target collection, and they're an extra small and are perfect. It's kind of a miracle. They also come in black, and I've been a bit of a woman on a mission to find black joggers... so if I come across the SS for Target ones in black in my size, I will certainly pounce. 

Well, that was my March in Instagram photos - I also had the flu for a week, but did not document it. That's probably for the best. To see all of my Instagram posts, be sure to follow me @xochloegordon!

xo Chloë


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NARS Love: Tokyo and Kauai Duos

I think I'm finally in a good groove with NARS eyeshadow duos - we're friends again, and it's quite a relief. This may seem trivial to those of you who are already on the bandwagon, but my first NARS duo was Cordura, and while the quality was fine, the colours looked like utter crap on me and it was tossed unceremoniously to the back of my reject drawer. I was disenchanted, and became wary of any and all duo eyeshadow offerings from NARS. I realize, now especially, how foolish and petty this was, but it definitely made sense in my head at the time. They're expensive, and I didn't want to waste another $40 of my hard-earned moolah.

But now things are different. Very different. I've learned to love again, and it's all thanks to Tokyo and Kauai - very different and equally amazing duos from my dear friends at NARS. Holla!

NARS Tokyo Kauai duo eyeshadow swatch

My first try back into the duos came by way of Tokyo. I was looking for something soft and neutral, work-appropriate, easy to use, and easy to travel with. Tokyo fits all of those bills perfectly. So much so, that it may be a bit of a "dud" for those of you looking for something with more impact, and I totally get that - stay tuned for Kauai, because that may be more up your street. Both of Tokyo's colours are soft and not powdery, and blend really well. They also coordinate really nicely - the lighter shade (a satiny cool greyish white with a hint of sparkle) on the lid and the darker one (a muted, almost dirty lavender, again with a hint of sparkle) in the crease can happen in a snap. Super easy, and super chic. It's my whole look in one little case! I notice that in the photo below, the light colour barely shows up on my (very) pale arm - rest assured it comes across very nicely on my eyelids!

Tokyo is perfect for the "work" part of my life, but the "play" part definitely needs nurturing too - enter Kauai. I had stalked this for quite a while, finding it to be sold out in store everywhere I looked. So after swatching it and drooling over the tester at Murale one afternoon, I broke down and ordered it online - and it's everything I knew it would be! Buttery-soft texture - which is difficult to achieve for many shimmers - major colour impact, easy blendability, colour coordination... it's so, so, so lovely. The gold is cool enough (i.e. not goldenrod yellow!) for my pasty/cool skintone, and the purple is intense but not overpowering. Perfect. 

NARS Tokyo Kauai duo eyeshadow swatch

I'm so glad both of these were winners for me - I think I would have completely sworn off NARS duos if they had disappointed me this time around. Now I have my eye on Habanera and Violetta - both of which I've heard good things about. 

Do you own any of NARS's duo eyeshadows? Are you a fan?

xo Chloë
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