Thursday, September 20, 2012

AngelContacts Circle Lenes Review

True story. When I was in high school I had huge blonde chunks in my hair and blue colored contacts. Identity crisis or my first experiments with beauty? You be the judge.

Luckily for my parents, the colored contacts didn't last very long (the blonde chunks on the other hand...). They were severely uncomfortable and dried my eyes out within 10 minutes of putting them on. I don't even think I made it through an entire box before I gave up on them. I've always missed them though. I love the idea of being able to occasionally change the color of my eyes, but my experience with the colored contacts was so uncomfortable that I never tried them again.

I never really forgot about them, though. I thought about them quite often and was severely jealous of my college friend. She wore hers all the time and seemed totally comfortable in them (granted her eyes are about 3x the size of mine). So when AngelContacts asked me if I would be interested in reviewing their product I almost jumped for joy.

Note that these colored contacts aren't your normal kind of colored contacts. They're actually called circle lenses (well, technically all lenses are circle lenses, but for the sake of this post we're going to go with the popular term). They're meant to enlarge the appearance of your eyes to give that almost "anime" kind of look.

AngelContacts is a Canadian (why do all things awesomely beauty related come out of Canada?) based company started by a group of friends who have a passion for make up and fashion. The idea behind AngelContact circle lenses is to enhance your natural beauty, much the way eyeshadow and lipstick does. You can go anywhere from a subtle color change with their natural lenses or more dramatic with their bolder ones.

I personally wanted a natural look so I went with a Nudy Green pair.

The contacts came in a clear plastic box with instructions on how to open up the actual containers. The containers are foiled sealed with a rubber stopper underneath - super duper sterile! The contacts also came with a pink contact lens case! Pink!! It's like whispering sweet nothings in my ear. Or eyes? Hmm. In any case you can see how subtle the color looks just floating around in saline. I actually had some doubts as to whether or not the green would even show up against my eyes. And as you can see by the photo above (and below) those doubts were quickly dismissed.

I love these contacts. Like seriously. I want one in every color. Except brown. Seems silly to put brown circle lenses over brown eyes! They are so fun and photograph so well. They actually look pretty natural. And the best part? They're damn comfortable (excuse my swearing). I wore my contacts for around 5-6 hours and only felt a touch dry by the end of the night. They breath nicely, and because they're meant to give you that "enlarged" look, I didn't have issues with the color blocking my peripheral vision. This was a huge problem with my previous pair.

Once you pop the seal, the contacts are good for about a year. Which isn't too bad given the $25 price point. You can get quite a good amount of wear out of them. I highly, highly recommend giving AngelContacts a try if you've been thinking about trying out circle lenses. I think they're a nice way to change up your look every now and then. Great quality, great price, a total winner in my book!

The product in this post was provided to me by AngelContacts for review. All opinions are of my own and have not been influenced by AngelContacts in any matter.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Fall Shopping: Tips and Tricks Not to Break the Budget

I don't know about you, but I'm having some major shopping cravings. Its like the scent of pumpkin has been infused with impulse urges.

Must. Buy. For. Fall.

But shopping for fall is expensive. I mean, really expensive. Boots, coats, and sweaters? They all cost a pretty penny. Not to mention finding any kind of in season colors on sale is virtually impossible.

Or is it?

I'm here to tell you it's not. In fact, I'm here to let you on a dirty, dirty little secret. Just because something is last season, doesn't mean its not "in" season. Fall colors, just like any other season, pretty much circulate. Sure, each year a different color might be trending more than others, but for the most part a burgundy skirt from last year is going to be just as beautiful and amazing this year. With a little bit of research, its completely possible to afford a new fall wardrobe.

So where do you start? Well, this kind of depends on the type of shopper you are. If you're a thrifter, I recommend looking at the runway looks from Fall 2012 Fashion Week. Cuts and patterns often repeat themselves in fashion history, so you'll have a good idea on what to look out for. I also recommend checking out the Pantone website. This is always a great thing to do whether you are a thrifter or a bargin shopper. While you don't have to stick to these colors a 100% it gives you a good base line on what you might end up obsessing over (in my case it seems to be Rhapsody).

I'm definitely more of a bargin shopper. I'm a pretty darn good bargin shopper. Actually, judging by my exploding closet I might be a bit too good, but at least I can pass on some tips to you guys!

Everything pictured on this post cost me twenty dollars or less. The biggest winners being the snakeskin print skinnies and the linen dress. Both were a whooping seven bucks!

When shopping for your fall wardrobe, try to keep these tips in mind:

❤ Don't limit yourself to any particular store. You'd be amazed at the great things you can find if you just do a bit of digging. Especially when it comes to the boutique kind of stores--online or mall based. Pricing can really vary on same or similar items, so you really want to look around. I've seen the same item at DeMasque that I've seen on Tobi with a $30 price tag difference!
❤ Don't be afraid to shop at TJMaxx! I think TJMaxx gets a bad rap sometimes, but I've seen so many in-season items there, that its really worth checking out.
❤ Know your brands. If you're going to shop at TJMaxx, make sure you know your brands. The brands that find there, you can also find at Macy's, ModCloth, or Nordstrom. But there can also be some that are from stores that tend to buy lower quality item. Don't be fooled by the compare price tag! Do your research and always make sure to check out fabric tags. :)
❤ The same goes for Target! A lot of the items we find and love at ModCloth are really just bought and rebranded with a different label. Target buys from these same distributors, so, at least in terms of quality, its really on par with some of the things you find at Lulu's or Tobi.
❤ When digging through the clearance sections try not to get too caught up in the summer items. At most you'll get one or two wears out of them and unless you know for sure you are going to be wearing them the next year, its really just a waste of money.
❤ Know which stores offer rewards or giveaways. DSW is a great example. My red cowboy boots currently sell on DSW for $79.95. But thanks to Facebook Frenzies, coupons, and rewards, I paid all of six dollars and some change.

That's all the tips I have for you today! I've admittedly expanded quite a bit since taking these photos. I hope this post proves to be helpful the next time you are out shopping!

Happy Monday! :)


Thursday, September 13, 2012

First Fall Look

There's really no point in fighting it. Its pretty much fall whether the calendar says it is or not. The weather is just a bit cooler, perfect for all sorts of light layering. New York Fashion Week is just about wrapping up. Pumpkin has already made its way into our drinks and baked goods. Its fall, people. Embrace it. Love it.

Truth be told, I really do love it. I may have my share of complaints with the disappearing sun and cooler temperature, but the beginning of fall is about the only time of year where I can utilize my entire wardrobe. I can mix summer with fall colors. Shorts with long sleeves or light knits. Knee high socks with heels and boots. Light scarves with dresses and sheers. Ugh. How could you not love it?

This outfit will mark the first fall look of the season. Tangerine stripes over a pair of mint chambray shorts? I'm not sure what else would've been more perfect. Minus pairing them with my favorite pair of loafer heels, anyways. This shirt is becoming a fast favorite of mine. I was almost afraid it would look a bit clownish, but after pairing it with a few different items, I'm pretty much in love. I think the sheer aspect keeps it from being too loud and gaudy.

On a side note.. I'm seriously convinced that heels become about 10x more comfortable when you put them on with socks. No blisters plus a bit of extra padding? That's pretty much a win in my book.

And sometimes I get photobombed by the pups. Or by Kaylee in this case, since she's the only one allowed out in the front yard.

What do you guys think? Was this a good mix of summer to fall items? Have you broken out the light knits yet or are you still clinging on to the last few days of summer? Only have a couple weeks left! I hope you all are enjoying it!

TJMaxx Shirt (similar)
Madewell Double Dutch Shorts (similar here and here)
TIL Darling High Wheeler Necklace
MIA 2 Newberry Pump


Monday, September 10, 2012

Review: NIA24 Rapid Depigmentation Serum

If you are unfortunate, like me, and spent a good chunk of your life riddled with acne then you are bound to have some discoloration or scarring to your skin. Even though almost all of my acne has disappeared with medical treatment, I still didn't feel a hundred percent comfortable showing my bare skin because of the amount of discoloration I had. This is where the NIA24 Rapid Depigmentation Serum come in.

From the Bloom website:

NIA 24® Rapid Depigmentation Serum simply makes your skin look healthier and better. It is a concentrated serum formula that brightens and evens out your skin tone and leaves it radiant. This physician-recommended, non-abrasive repair and protection serum greatly improves the appearance of your skin tone and texture. It gradually erases dark spots and protects against future discoloration and even strengthens your skin’s supporting structure so your complexion is smooth, even, and healthier. No matter how you look at it, this is a fantastic skin brightener regardless of whether or not you have dark spots! This formula is free of artificial colorants, fragrances, and parabens. It is allergy tested and noncomedogenic.

Now, before I begin my review, I should add that I have been using a depigmentation serum for over a year now. The discoloration in my skin has faded quite a bit since, but there was more than enough left to "test" out. I was really excited to review this product for that reason--even if it was going to be four month process.

Yep, thats right. Four months. I've been using the NIA24 Serum since mid June. I use it twice a day, every day, and as you'll see below, while the results aren't dramatic, they are there.

The NIA24 serum is pretty friendly for most skin types. It did make me break out a bit the first two weeks I used it, but that quickly died off and I haven't broken out since then. Other than that, I haven't experienced any type of irritation or redness from using it twice a day. The serum is thin and lightweight and doesn't create a greasy film on your skin when you use it during the day. I've had this problem with my other serum and it would cause my make up to run in my eyes.

As you can see from my progress shots, the difference in each month is really subtle, almost unnoticeable. Truth be told, I was ready to write a review on how disappointed I was in the product because I wasn't getting any real visible results. That is until I took the before and after photos and put them side by side.

While the results were too subtle month by month to notice, comparing my skin from four months ago to today, I can definitely see a difference. The darker red spots on my cheeks have faded and are not nearly as noticeable in the after photo. Even some of my sun freckles have faded out, too. I've been quite happy with my skin lately, to the point where if I feel even remotely lazy, I'll run errands without any make up on. Hell, sometimes I'll even go to the mall barefaced--something I never thought I would dreamed of doing before.

Overall, I do recommend this product. It is bit pricey, however, which is my only real con. $75 for 1 oz--compared to the competition it is rather steep. But I've been using the product for four months now and am no where near close to running out. And with NIA24, you know you'll get results. The confidence you'll gain from your skin being even and clear is something you really can't put a price tag on.

The product in this post was provided to me by for review. All opinions are of my own and have not been influenced by or NIA24 in any matter.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Breaking all the rules

Its 3 days past Labor Day and I'm still in white. Never really been one for that silly rule, especially when a California summer can last all the way until mid October.

That, and I'm pretty sure I don't know how to survive with my closet full of white shirts.

In high school I was actually known as that girl in the white top and jeans. I managed to break that habit a long time ago, but have fallen back into it with this recent trend of sheers. I can't help it. Whites are just too perfect (and too easily dirtied) not to have an entire closet full!

This top in particular has been one of my favorites lately. Its so easily dressed up or dressed down, and with a surprise back, it works for a lot of occasions. I keep tempting myself at Cotton On, wanting to pick up one in another color, but so far self control is winning.

So far.

Lucky for me I didn't have to impose any kind of self control over these shoes. They were a combined birthday gift from my wonderful friends ❤ and man, are they awesome. And surprisingly walkable. I think my male friends will regret getting me these when I start threatening their unborn children with the spikes. I'm pretty dangerous. Small, but dangerous. And now, I think I'm like, life threatening dangerous.

Gotham City watch out. Pandippo is taking over for the Bat!

TJ Maxx Lace Tank (similar)
Cotton On Trevally Mullet Top
DIY Shorts
Steve Madden Obstcl-S
ASOS Hand Harness


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fleet + Links à la Mode (LALM)

Fleet announced the winner of August's Found by Fleet Contest.. and guess who won?


❤ Thank you for your votes! I'm unbelievably excited about this! ❤

Look out for an outfit post tomorrow guys! Birthday heels and DIY shorts.

Speaking of.. I was so busy last week that I didn't even realize I made the Links a La Mode Round Up for my DIY shorts! Feels fantastic to have a chance to be featured again!!

Summer Lovin' Fades to Fall