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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Song of Style x Formula X | Beauty Talk

This was impulse. Total, complete impulse. I had a gift card, I saw a nude nail, and it just kind of... happened. Sephora is dangerous like that. 

The Song of Style/Formula X #ColorCurators collection launched this month, with three colour offerings: Girl's Best Friend (pink), Mintfluencer (mint green), and Nude For You (nude beige). To be honest, Girl's Best Friend was my first choice, but was sold out in-store, so into the basket went Nude For You

Song of Style and Formula X in Nude For You

So here's the rundown:
  • The colour is pretty. I'm still not totally sold on it on my "winter skin", but I think it's a really nice neutral. I think this was a good debut for the collection, but there's something about the mint colour that just doesn't fit for a January launch. 
  • It was opaque in one coat, but I put on two for good measure. 
  • I'm not all that thrilled that these "Color Curator" polishes go for $3 more than the regular Formula X line, which are already a bit pricey at $13. 
  • I can't comment on longevity, since my latest habit has been to use the NYC peel-off nail polish base coat. That means the first sign of dishwater or a hair washing, my manicure is done. 
I'll be interested to see what the other "Curators" come up with in the coming year!

xo Chloë


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

All About That Lash | Beauty Talk

I often go through phases when it comes to beauty products. Not a "rut", per-se, but I definitely tend to use the heck out of something if I like it. I'm currently getting back into false lashes. The last time I was knee-deep into lashes was when I was hell-bent on acquiring the Eylure #143 eyelashes, as a total stalker-moment for Laura from Buy Now Blog Later. A lovely friend in the U.S named Sam so kindly sent me two pairs in the mail. I wore the first pair right out, and have been saving the second. Then I got distracted by some other lovely lashes, so here we are... 

An assortment of false eyelashes from Eylure, Huda Beauty, and Ellie Goulding for MAC

First it was the Ellie Goulding for MAC lashes. I'm a total sucker for individual lashes, but am terribly out of practice in putting them on. My first go with these was comical to say the least. They were all over the place. I looked a hot mess. I vow to persevere though, as the variety of lengths is just so convenient and versatile, and they can go almost undetectable when actually applied correctly.

Then came the big ones: Huda Beauty lashes. Also a Laura stalker moment. Actually, to be fair, I had been looking at them online for a little while before I saw her Snap Story about these, so her influence was mostly which style to try. I ended up with #7 Samantha, a medium wispy fluttery type deal. I cut them in half for easier application and a longer life, and they are absolutely stunning. 

Huda Beauty #7 Samantha eyelashes, cut in half

This moment right here is the only time I will ever voluntarily compare myself to a Kardashian. These are Kardashian eyelashes, and they are so lush and beautiful. My only complaint is how thick the band is, but I suppose that does serve a functional purpose. Gives me an excuse to load on the eyeliner and mascara, I guess, which is just fine with me. 

Have you tried Huda Beauty lashes, or other higher end brands? What do you think? Are they worth it?

xo Chloë

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Camel Coat | OOTD

I surprised myself with this purchase - a camel coat. I think a lot of it has to do with my new hair. Previously, I shied away from any and all brown tones due to my hair also being brown, and not finding brown to be all that flattering on me. Now that I'm blonde, I guess all bets are off. I found this coat in the Zara sale, and had to have it. 

OOTD featuring a Zara camel coat, Oak and Fort sweater, Zara leggings and boots, and Alexander Wang Rocco

OOTD featuring a Zara camel coat, Oak and Fort sweater, Zara leggings and boots, and Alexander Wang Rocco

OOTD featuring a Zara camel coat, Oak and Fort sweater, Zara leggings and boots, and Alexander Wang Rocco

OOTD featuring a Zara camel coat, Oak and Fort sweater, Zara leggings and boots, and Alexander Wang Rocco

I was torn between this coat - then $60, now even lower - and another that seemed to be a lonely unicorn one size too small that didn't seem to be in the sale and cost $200. I think for a camel coat test drive, I made the right choice. This one will last me at least a couple of seasons, and while it's not wool or anything fancy, it's warm enough. 

This little shoot was also a test drive of my new Panasonic Lumix mirrorless camera I mentioned in my year-end review post. I happened to have the camera in my bag, so I thought I'd take it out and do what I had intended to do with it! We're still getting to know each other, but I really like how these shots turned out. Now to save up for the 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens so I can get some great depth of field ;) 

Outfit stuff --

Coat - Zara (on sale right now here
Sweater - Oak and Fort (no longer available)
Leggings - Zara (I have two pairs of their "body shaping" leggings and am 100% obsessed. Buy them. You won't regret it.)
Boots - Zara (really similar)
Bag - Alexander Wang Rocco (similar, I have the light gold hardware, not rose gold)
Sunglasses - Warby Parker Reilly 

Hope you're enjoying (or at least surviving) this sudden winter weather. Brrrrrr, it's cold in here!

xo Chloë
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