Friday, September 30, 2005

Spendy McBleedsMoney

I have recently purchased the following items:

~Ann Taylor Lindsay Waist Pants such as this model is wearing. Now, I work at Ann Taylor, and therefore I am slightly biased, but I am an honest person and would not lie to you: I. Love. These. Pants. They fit me like they were MADE for my J.Lo but and Mom hips, and manage to cut me so that the little rounding under my belly isn't quite so obvious. As soon as I tried them on I knew I would have to purchase them. I swear, if you are a shopaholic, it is not good to work in a store--think about it. If you would happily pay full price for the merchandise, you can buy almost TWICE as much with a discount! And I do, ladies. I do.

~A whole load of clothing for Leila. I am not sure if I have mentioned yet that she is fifteen months old. She seems to wear a different size at every store I buy from. I have added details that make shopping for clothing for her difficult, (another post, another day) then pile on top of that the fact that I am a true bargain hunter, and you will see why I was so proud of myself. She got four shirts from The Children's Place for $3.99 each. They are long sleeved and have a tiny ruffle with two little bows on it at the collar. Too cute! To match I bought two little corduroy skirts as well, for $5.99 each. At Gymboree I spent about $20.00 on a pair of pants and accessories, including an adorable little hat. She wore one of the outfits the other day and got complimented in every place we went to.

~At Target I bought roll-waist yoga pants in dark gray for $16.99 and three long-sleeved cotton tees in a prewashed fabric. They are very thin. Two have v-necks and are nice enough for work when paired with dressy pants. I got emerald green, pink, and light blue, the last of which I am wearing today.

~Three Agatha Christie books from Borders: Third Girl, Sad Cypress, and The Harlequin Tea Set. I was very excited because I'd never read the last two before and I devoured them yesterday afternoon after work.

Why, yes, I am a slacker. How did you know?

Sorry to my two readers: I am a little caught up in my own life of late. I am temporarily abandoning my format. I'd like to change it up a bit; for instance, just using one category or two per day. Plus I feel a little stupid posting my makeup when I wear almost the same thing every day, if I wear any at all.

Also, you know, this is a blog, and I am not made of fluffinstuff. I have a husband and a toddler and girlfriends and a job, and sometimes I want to tell you about those things too. But on the other hand, I don't want you to come here looking for relief from the daily tragedies in your household, hoping to dry your tears with Peppermint Foot Scrub or something, and then see a long post about my endometriosis and my Lupron shots and how I'm really too young for all the junk that has been going on with me for the past year because then you'll be like, "Okay, well, my son just POOPED IN THE LIVING ROOM and wiped his butt with a dishtowel! Beat that, Mrs. Stoic!" And, well, that's not the reader/blogger relationship I'm going for.

So bear with me, gals, as I sort myself out. For now, I believe I'll make a little spendy post, because that's what it seems I've been doing a lot of lately!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Shout out...

A little shout out to my girlfriends from 4th Kingdom! Hope you all find something new and yummy to try out!

...aaaaaaaand More Reviews!

I'm sorry for being a slacker in the what I wore, what I bought, etc areas, but I've been sick and sicker all week, so there's not a lot going on in the what I wore department, nor the what I bought department, but last night I did do a spendy, $16 at Ulta:
~ Freeman Totally Juicy Mango Taffy Pore Strips.
~Blistex Silk and Shine
~Maybelline PureStay Powder Foundation in Ivory
~Loreal Vive Smooth Intense Masque

I would have bought more, but payday was today, and in addition, I was on some serious painkillers, so not ONLY did I forget my list o' products to try (as recommended by site I will link to below) but I could only remember two things on the list, anyway, which was the Freeman Taffy Strips and the Blistex.

It's really important to me to review things that lots of people can afford to buy, although from time to time you might see me raving about something ludicrously expensive like the Coach bags. And I do buy my daughter's clothes (some of them) from Gymboree, because they have good sales and the clothes are so. effing. cute. Plus they have a high resale value on Ebay, so I feel that I can excuse spending a little extra money on a few pieces.

I know that I don't have any readers now, but someday I might, and I want to make sure I'm not babbling about inaccessible (able?) things all the time, just because that's not what I'm going for.

So. Of my new products, I have so far tried two.

1) Blistex Silk and Shine: This rocks. I put it on last night at about eight o' clock, and didn't have to reapply until right before bed at eleven. Furthermore, when I woke up this morning, my lips still felt soft and moisturized. I am really excited because winter cometh, and during the winter I am prone to my lips cracking and bleeding, and my entire face and scalp trying to flake off at once. So I have to get into the habit of overapplying moisturizers and lip balms.
This one is great because it has a yummy smell, comes in a fat, lipstick-like tube, and really makes my lips feel great. Plus it has a slightly glossy finish and a sweet taste. What more could one ask for?

2) Freeman Totally Juicy Mango Taffy Pore Strips: Now, the idea here is brilliant. You squeeze the stuff on your skin, kind of pat it down with a finger, and then in fifteen minutes or so, rip it off, along with all the gunk in your pores! However, it is super runny, making the application a little more difficult. I am actually using it for the second time right now, because last night? Not that impressive. But maybe my pores are so disgustingly clogged that I need two applications to really see a difference.
It's kind of neato; when I apply the stuff to my face and it starts drying, I can see the gunk in my pores rising to the surface and sticking to the taffy. It's gross and neat, all in one! But when I pulled the taffy off (be careful around the underneath of your eyes) my skin seemed a little smoother, but there were still blackheads and clogged pores. I am fairly certain I will need to do this several times before my pores really show a difference. I'll keep you updated!
Also, the back of the tube says ten minutes, but I waited twenty or so. It's thick and goopy and takes a while to dry...but it smells nummy!!

Now, for more product reviews, I recommend the awesome Delush and my favorite makeup blog, Lipstick Is My Crack.
For things you can't afford but still like to look at, I have been perusing Pink Mirage and I fully enjoy the beautiful things she posts about.

That's all for now, girls!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Product Reviews!

You can expect a full post about wearing and spending, etc, tomorrow, but today I wanted to post a bit about some products I am using lately. One of my favorite things about Lipstick is My Crack is the fact that Badger faithfully reviews the products she is trying out. Because of her I tried the Queen Helene's Mint Julep Mask and Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers. I also created a night time routine for myself and started wearing makeup more faithfully, after letting myself slack for awhile.

So, here go a few things I've been trying out:

Clean and Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser: This creamy face wash is a tad bit harsh on my skin, especially in the dryest spots. But I follow it up with a good moisturizer and that seems to help. It leaves my face feeling squeaky clean and I get less of those really irritating, deep-skin pimples. (I just realized I've been referring to this as Clearasil. It's not!)

Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask: God bless Badger. This mask smells awesome, makes my pores smaller, and leaves my face feeling super-soft. I plan to use it once a week. The best part? Ya'all, $2.99 for a bottle with a 33% bonus!

Target Brand Non-Oily Eye Makeup Remover: I'm not overimpressed with this product, but it doesn't irritate my eyes or break out the tender skin around them, and it does remove most of the gunk, plus it's about half the price of Neutrogena, Almay, etc. I follow it up with my Clean & Clear and there are no racoon eyes in the morning!

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: Most of my friends know that I am a complete Clinique ho. I love their products and would swim through crocodile-infested waters before missing gift time. I am just now getting into the facial products, and because of said gift time I have three. I use the dramatically different moisturizing gel as the last step in my nightly facial routine, and it leaves my skin feeling much softer, with much less little flakies. I take special care around the corners of my nose, which for some reason constantly are red and flaky. I also feel like I also have a little more evenness to my complexion due to the new routine.

Clinique Superdefense Triple Action Moisturizer with SPF 25: Love. This. Stuff. Makes my skin soft, keeps me from getting burned, and doesn't break me out.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Link City!

Since both yesterday and today are sick days, I decided to post my wish list for the coming weeks, with hotlinks and everything! Aren't I internet savvy?

This with a pair of knee-high brown boots and a chunky turtleneck sweater would be too cute!
~I must have one of these three gorgeous Coach bags ASAP!

Saturday, September 17, 2005


I am totally not posting about yesterday, because it sucked. But I did get some nummy sushi and I bought a few cute things for Leila in the eventide, which I will list below with today's purchases.

So, today:

What I Wore:

~a l/s button-up oxford, white, with really gorgeous shades of pink, mauve, burgundy, and lavender pinstriped, plus two little tiny teeny stripes of ruffles on either side of the buttons. Ann Taylor. Totally adorable, I own it in green/lavender stripes too.
~grey flat-front dress pants, NY & Co
~ freaking adorable black kitten-heeled shoes with a squared-off toe and a little flap and tassel on the end, Ann Taylor
(We had a fashion show at work today, so I actually got to wear several adorable Ann Taylor outfits, the descriptions of which would take a hundred years. So when I actually buy and wear them, I'll describe them.)
~Clinique Simply

My Face:

~Maybelline Dream Matte Foundation in Porcelain Ivory
~L'oreal True Match Powder, Warm/ Porcelain
~Rimmel Blush in Pink Rose
~Pur Minerals Lip Gloss in Rose Zircon (love this!)
~France did my eyes for the fashion show, which looked awesome, but I have no idea what she used
~Max Factor Volume and Lift Mascara in Rich Black

What I Did:

~totally overslept
~Worked 8-2, fashion show at 8
~did a bit of grocery shopping at Trader Joe's
~Target run
~browsed Gap and Lord and Taylor


~anniversary gift for Feroze at Gap, green shirt with cream pinstripe, button down, so cute! $30
~(yesterday) $25 at Gymboree: 1 cream colored l/s onesie with burgundy and lavender embroidered flowers, 1 cream colored s/s onesie for next summer with ALOHA embroidered on it, one pair purple socks with burgundy ruffle, one pair purple barrettes with burgundy rose, both matching l/s onesie. Also a burgundy s/s shirt with a satin bow in one corner, also matching the barrettes and socks.
~shoes I wore today, bought at Ann Taylor, $29.99
~assorted barrettes and headbands at Target, Target brand eye makeup remover, Queen Helene Julep Mint Face Mask (recommended by Badger, I believe), knee-high panty hose, assorted sundries for house (Feroze paid for this, came to about $50)

The Mailman Hates Me:

~Parenting Magazine, which, don't kill me, I kind of enjoy it, though some of the people are insane and judge-y, I just ignore them. I have in laws. I'm good at that.

Rants and Raves:

~Okay, my product purchases. I just used the eye makeup remover and it worked okay. Got most of the gunk from the fashion show off, and my Clearasil Continuous Clean face wash got the rest off. Then I did the Queen Helene and my face feels soft but a little sting-y. I finished up with Clinique's Dramatically Different moisturizer and I'm hoping for soft, glowy skin in the morning!

~Leila is going to look SO DARLING in the clothes I bought her from Gymboree! I love that store with a passion but it is heinously expensive. I spend more on her clothes than my own. She just needs a little denim skirt to wear it with, but they didn't have the one that matched it in her size. I'm off to peruse the website.

~Got a 25% off Friends and Family card from Coach. I've never bought anything there before, but will post a link to what I am going to purchase for my very first Coach bag!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005


What I Wore:

~chocolate brown l/s Old Navy "perfect fit" tee
~wide-legged NY&Co denim capris, dark wash
~ blue-and-white Aasics cross-trainers (still shiny and new looking!)
~Gap Blue for Women

My Face:

not a darn thing, not even sunscreen

What I Did:

~browsed at Borders
~ worked 10-4, leaving early 'cause I got sick


a coffee and a soda at the Coffee Beanery, $2.50
~ Good Housekeeping and Shop, Etc, an adorable postcard with a picture of cheese with hearts carved in it, and fat crayons for Leila to experiment with in her high chair only!!

The Mailman Doesn't Hate Me Today.

Rants and Raves:

I complained (something I never do) at Borders today because there was a manager berating an employee on the floor, and she did not stop, nay, did not even look up when I came upstairs to shop, and I heard the entire conversation, and it was very uncomfortable and crappy and I was mad. So I wrote a little complaint card out. I didn't want to have a confrontation, I just wanted to make the woman aware of how freaking tacky it is to have those sorts of conversations on the shop floor.

~Why is the receptionist at my doctor's office so freaking rude? She can't ever seem to connect me to the person I need to speak to without some sort of nasty, snippy comment.

~Shout-out to France! :-) A great co-worker and gal pal, who drove me home today when I started feeling ill. I love it when you meet great people at work, and get to spend time with them. France and my other girlfriend, Joy, are absolutely hilarious, and if nothing else, I'm thankful for my job because it helped me find some friends who find the same ridiculous things funny as I do!


What I Wore:

Silk periwinkle sweater with a v-neck and bell sleeves
~white cotton cami with lace around the neck and thick lace straps
~ black capri pants
~ black flat leather sandals with a huge flower on the side of the strap
~Clinique Simply

My Face:

Clinique Superdefense Sunscreen/Moisturizer
~Maybelline Dream Matte Foundation in Porcelain Ivory
~L'oreal True Match Powder, Warm/ Porcelain
~Sonia Kashuk eyeshadow from a "Color" face palette from Christmastime two years ago, in an icy lavender base shade and a darker purple in the crease
~Rimmel blush in Rose Pink
~ELF eyeliner in Gilded (just in the very outside corners)
~Ulta Contour lip pencil in Rose
~Cover Girl Wetslicks in Shimmershell, touched up with Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers in Watermelon
~ Max Factor VOlume and Lift Mascara in Rich Black

What I Did:

~cleaned a bit in the morning
~ worked 5-close (with two of my favorite gals, Jennifer and France, 'twas enjoyable!)


~ Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers in Champagne, $3.50
~ Bath and Body Works 2 oz. body lotion in Brown Sugar and Fig (brand new! Smells nummy!) for $2.00
~ $10.00 at Eatzi's for sushi, chips, and Fuze tea for my dinner

The Mailman Hates Me:

a really adorable Gymboree "Tiger Love" dress from last year's line, cream-colored velour with red and gray stripes, and a boatneck with heart buttons on either side, for Leila, size 12-18 months. It was like, $16.00 on Ebay with shipping. But I love it so much, I finally broke down and bought it.

Rants and Raves:

~nothing for yesterday, sorry.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


The link for ELF is actually -- sorry! Be sure and check it out--everything is only one dollar!

Okay, product name...

I swear, ELF is not paying me for this ongoing blurb about them.

The product I use on my cheeks on days when I don't wear any powder is called "Shimmering Facial Whip" and I own it in "Pink Lemonade" and will be ordering "Persimmon" today. I love this stuff. It has a great texture, just the right amount of color and shimmer, and lasts a nice amount of time. I also adore their eyeliner, it is really soft and easy to apply, as opposed to other cheap eyeliners, which have a tendency to feel like you're applying the liner with the safety pin or something,

Let's just pretend...

Let's just pretend that every post I write was actually written the night before, instead of lazily collapsing into bed without washing my face. (Because I would never do that. No, really, I am a face-washing fiend.)

So, yesterday was not the best day to start documenting my fashion prowess, but to be true to the new and improved spirit of my blog, I shall post it anyway. That was kind of the point, anyway, that I should dress up and take care of myself so that I wouldn't be ashamed to post about my clothes/makeup/spending.

My Face:
~ Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation in Porcelain Ivory
~ELF Cream Blush (actually, I don't know the technical name of this blush OR what shade it is. It comes in a little tube, very creamy, in an awesome pinky-peach.) (For ONE DOLLAR, ya'all!)
~Ulta Contour Lip Pencil in Rose
~Cover Girl Wetslicks in Shimmershell
~Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Soft Shimmer in Sierra Glaze (brushed very lightly over lower lids)
~Clinique Pore Minimizer/T-zone Shine Control (just on my nose)
~Max Factor Volume and Lift Mascara in Rich Black

What I Wore:

~l/s heather gray "Perfect Fit" tee, Old Navy
~ dark wash denim wide-legged capris, NY & Co
~ black flip-flops with rhinestone studs on straps, Payless
~wedding set (engagement ring with three princess-cut diamonds, wedding bands with channel-set diamonds, alternating princess and baguette. White gold.)
~ Large cream canvas tote with red leather straps and piping, Things Remembered (bridesmaid gift from my girlfriend Shannon, who just got married.)

What I Did:

~MRI scan in the morning
~Starbucks and Trader Joe's on the way home
~cleaned, made dinner, and baked M&M cookies


5.00 at Starbucks, venti iced Caramel Machiatto, extra caramel, extra ice, and a little chocolate-covered caramel.
~$12.07 at Trader Joe's; triple cream brie, baguette, Orangina, dried apricots, frosted Pop-Tarts

The Mailman Doesn't Hate Me Today.

Rants and Raves:

~If you haven't checked out the ELF website yet, you are not a true product junkie. I'm short on time so I won't hotlink it, bit's the

~I. Love. Trader. Joe's. I even managed to convince my husband we should start doing all of our food shopping there. I had never really absorbed the fact that the prices are so astoundingly cheap next to stores like Whole Foods and Eatzi's. Whole Foods has a better Health and Beauty section but for good eats, I plan to go the Trader Joe's route. The brie I bought was the best I've ever had, and it was $4.12!!! A big bottle of Orangina (tasty orange soda) was $1.79!! At Eatzi's, that same bottle was $3.99!

~The new Banana Republic website rocks. I am very pleased. I love how it shows you right away that things are sold out in your size, instead of getting your hopes all up. I will be purchasing the merino sweater coat for $78 in the light tan color, I believe. Or maybe the "city brown". Or maybe both!

~Clinique Pore Minimizer and Shine Control, mini-review. It's about $13 for a small tube (think Clearasil-sized) and I feel, definitely, that it makes the huge pores on my nose look smaller, as well as putting a damper on the shine. But don't expect a totally matte look--it keeps you from looking greasy, but you still have a faint "glow", and it most definitely is not an all-day-long product.

That's all for today, but I do have to work tonight, so my outfit, etc, will be much improved for tomorrow's post!

Monday, September 12, 2005

A whole new blog.

After discovering the wonderful Lipstick Is My Crack I realize that it was all I had been looking for in a fashion/makeup/vanity blog, and exactly what I had wanted to do, without knowing just exactly what I wanted to do. I have decided to emulate Her Badgerness, along with several other blogs I peruse on a daily basis. I have also (thanks to my good friend Lucas) finally figured out how to hotlink, so I will be giving credit where credit is due, not to worry!

Now, I am by no means a fashion expert. However, I do have a pretty decent sense of style, a long-running career in retail, and a love of makeup and hair products along with the usual clothes, shoes, handbags obsession. Plus I like to talk.

In addition, I am trying to help myself out here. I am a young mom, and I've been having some health problems lately that have led to depression and general schlumpiness. I have high hopes that by forcing myself to document certain things, I will be more likely to follow a new regimen of taking better care of myself.

So, future posts will look something like this:
My Face: (wherein I shall have a brief description of makeup and/or skincare products.)
What I Wore: (wherein I shall have the brand and a brief description of my clothes and accessories.)
What I Did: (wherein I shall discuss the business or boringness of my daily activities.)
Spendy: (wherein I shall discuss what I bought and how much it cost my poor, piddly bank account)
The Mailman Hates Me: (because he always has to walk up to the door to deliver my packages, and here I'll tell you what was in them.)
Rants and Raves: (wherein I shall discuss any ole thing that is irritating me and/or making me happy, and I promise that most of the time it will be directly related to consumerism.) I go!