Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Oly Bed Knock-Off

This is the Oly Studio Diego Bed.  It's gold, has spindles, is textured.  I'm sure it costs an arm and a leg (I found one quote of $5,450).

via Zinc Door and Pinterest

It's famous.

High Point Market via M.A.S.H. by Tiffany

My favorite thing about it is the combination of canopy and upholstered headboard.  Because I want both.  But since I dislike the notion of losing an arm or a leg (or both), I thought this cheap-o version could fit the bill.

Lauren King Metal Canopy Bed - Overstock

Gold leafed, of course.  It doesn't have the texture or spindles of the original, but I think the streamlined version would still be pretty.  Only $296.99 currently.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Nude Motorcycle Jacket

I made my Spring wish list of clothes to buy a couple of weeks ago.  A lot of the pictures I saved on my Pinterest inspiration board featured a nude or khaki coolored blazer. 

Polyvore - Untitled #69 by bbs25
via Pinterest

However, since I'm also looking to buy both a coral and a navy blazer, I decided to branch out and look for a proper jacket.  I liked this look "in-my-closet" put together on Polyvore, which inspired me to start searching for a nude motorcycle or bomber jacket.

Since it will be 150 degrees here in Austin by April, I thought the earlier I bought it, the better.  And, of course, I wasn't going to spend a lot on it.  I've been looking for a pair of nude heels and I realized my skin looks much better with a pinkish/light nude color that a darker one, so I thought I might apply the principal to my nude colored jacket as well.  I ended up finding two lighter choices.
Kohl's Hydraulic Moto Jacket
This one was at Kohls, on sale for $67.99, down from $98.  Plus, there was a 15% off coupon code at Retailmenot.com.  I liked the rose gold accents, but thought it might read too shiny/cheap in person.
Faux Leather Motorcycle Jacket
The second option (and the one I ended up going with) was at New York & Company.  On sale for $44.97, down from $89.95.  I added a $5 nail polish to get the total up and used a coupon code for $20 off of $50 - so end the end I paid $34.97 before taxes and shipping (total after $46.50).  I'm actually not swept off my feet by the picture (and New York & Company's website doesn't feature a lot of detail shots), but for the price I thought I had to give it a try.
via Pinterest
In case it doesn't work out, I have been researching options of a nude cropped or bomber style jacket.  I liked the picture of Lauren Conrad and her jacket from Kohls, but they don't sell it anymore.  However, New York & Company does have this one:
Faux Leather Cropped Jacket
It's more expensive - $89.95, although there are frequently coupons for $30-50 off $100 purchases.  We'll see, though.  Hopefully my original (cheaper) purchase will work out.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Garnier Moisture Rescue Rave Review

I've recently become an addict to watching beauty channels on Youtube.  As a girl who rarely wore make-up in my 20s, it's been a bit of a transition for me to wear it (almost) everyday of my 30s.  I simply didn't know anything but the basics, so I've been experimenting with lots of different products.  Meanwhile, my face has been getting drier with lots of splotchy red spots.  So, I did my Youtube research and stumbled across some rave review for Garnier's Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream.  It was around $8 at CVS, so I gave it a whirl.  I bought the Dry Skin version because my skin was really suffering.

Of course, everyone's experience will be different, but I have never been more pleased with a beauty product's performance, especially compared to their claims.  If I knew it was going to work so well, I would have taken before and after shots, really!  After washing my face one night, I put it on and instantly felt like my skin was smoother and deeply moisturized.  The next morning, all of my cracked and flaky patches were gone!  After a week of using it twice a day (in the morning before my make-up ritual, and at night after my cleansing routine), my skin has developed a lovely texture and even a bit of a glow.  It's a bit of a miracle cream, in my opinion.

Just so no one thinks they've stumbled on a sponsored, fake review - I also bought Garnier's BB Cream at the same time.  I knew from several Youtube reviews that this was not really comparable to the Asian BB creams everyone raves about, or even the more expensive BB creams from companies like Smashbox and Bobbi Brown.  But they also said it was the best of the drugstore BB creams, so I thought I would give it a shot.

Not nearly as impressed.  It provides very little coverage and doesn't really even out my skin tone like it claims.  It's basically a tinted moisturizer, but I have been satisfied with it as a primer (especially when I compare its $12 price tag to the $30 I paid for my Too Faced Poreless Primer).  It does have a bit of a glow to it and doesn't leave my skin greasy, while also feeling light.  It seems to help my make-up last most of the day (and my skin loves to absorb make-up).  I like that it has SPF, although 15 is kind of low.  So I'd give it a B for performance/cost, although a C- if I was expecting the "Miracle Skin Perfector" the box claims.

Anyone have any miracle/loved beauty products they can recommend?  I only recently realized I can return make-up to CVS if I don't like it - which was such a revelation.  No more paralysis over trying new shades.