Elf cosmetic purchase from Target

Elf Cosmetics is one of those hit and miss brands.  Some of their products are good and some are quite awful.  Today, I have a few Elf purchases to share and I’m happy to report that they are all fairly good.

Elf Cosmetics from Target

Elf Cosmetics from Target

1. Elf Makeup Mist & Set – $3.00

I found this product fairly good.  I spritzed my face after my makeup was done and my makeup lasted a decent amount of time in the desert heat.  The only downfall is that the spray pump doesn’t spray as fine a mist as the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray so you end up a bit soaked.  I just turn the blow dryer on my face for a few seconds to dry the setting spray.

2. Elf Studio Blush Palette in Light – $6.00 (sold out on Elf web site, available at Target)

I’ve seen a few reviews on this blush palette and wanted to give it a try. The colors are quite nice and pigmented, but have a dry and powdered consistency.  I didn’t find this a problem upon application and the blush wore well through out the day.  The only color that I found a bit odd is the 1st row, 2nd color.  The color is a rust / orange and I found it a bit off for a blush and wouldn’t use it as a bronzer.

ELF Studio Blush Palette

Elf Studio Blush Palette | Target

2. Elf EX-tra Lip Gloss in Michael – $2.00

My surprise purchase was the Elf EX-tra lip gloss.  Love this gloss!  It’s super pigmented, almost like a liquid lipstick, only there’s no dry down time and the product remains glossy.  Per the Elf web site, the lip gloss is “enriched with A&E, cocoa butter, sunflower, avocado and grape to nourish and protect the lips”.  There were limited colors at Target, but there are seven colors available on the Elf web site.

ELF EX-tra Lip Gloss in Michael | Target

Elf EX-tra Lip Gloss in Michael | Target

Have you checkout any Elf products lately?

Cheers,
Monica.

Casual sporty outfit

I’m in the desert this week and white it’s warm enough to wear shorts, I’m not quite comfortable with my shape to wear shorts so thank goodness for sports wear.

The top that I have on is the Tek Gear Yoga Tee in diamond white.  The top is actually semi fitted, but I have it tied in the back for a more fitted look.  I purchased the top for $8.99 (original price $16) at Kohl’s.

Tek Gear Bottom Woven Hiking Capris | Kohls

Tek Gear Bottom Woven Hiking Capris | Kohls

The cute and sporty capris that I have on are great for the gal on the go.  The moisture wicking material kept me cool and dry while running errands in the desert heat. These pants would also be good for low impact exercise such as walking, hiking or light weight training.

Draw string pants and  banded bottom cuff

Pant details:  Elastic draw string waist and gathered bottom cuff

The pants are semi fitted and as a pear shape, I found that the pants fit quite well through my hip and thigh area.  I’m normally a size 10 in pants and the capris are a size medium.  The Trek Gear pants retail for $44, but are on sale for $29.99 at Kohls.

The Skechers Go Walk Performance sneakers are nothing short of AMAZING ~ incredibly light weight and oh, so comfortable.  The shoes are made of a “Goga mat foot-bed” technology which is like walking on memory foam (only a little firmer).

The shoes also have an anti-microbial liner that allows for sock-less walking.  I put on a pair of peds as I feel more comfortable with some type of sock liner in athletic type shoes.  Although these shoes were not on sale, I am a Kohl’s rewards member so I always get their sale emails. I received 20% off the retail sneaker price of $69.99. If you like shopping at Kohl’s, I’d say it pays to be a rewards member.

Have you been to Kohl’s lately?

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Patti Over at Not Dead Yet Style!

Embroidered tunic style top

A few months ago,  I came across this pretty tan tunic style top with taupe and gold thread embroidery at TJ Maxx.  I probably should have pressed the top with an iron, but since it’s casual, I decided to go with the slight wrinkles.

I like how this button down top has a runched v-neck line instead of a collar.  I also like the rolled tab sleeve details.  The top is made of two types of textures: a cotton embroidered front and the rest is a soft textured rayon blend.

Embroidery Details

Embroidery Details

I am still loving the DL1961 jeans that were in my second Stitch Fix box so I have those on and I like the fact that the top is a tunic style and nicely drapes over my rear end.

Tunic style embroidered top and DL1961 jeans

Tunic style embroidered top and DL1961 jeans

Since winter by-passed southern California this year, I opted for a pair of patent leather wedge sandals.  I purchased these sandals from the DSW clearance rack and they are quite comfortable.

Adrienne Vittadini Faux Patent wedge sandals | DSW clearance rack

Adrienne Vittadini Patent wedge sandals | DSW clearance rack

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Alice over at Happiness at Mid Life

March Ulta Haul and Mini Review

March Ulta Haul

March Ulta Haul

Usually, I go to Ulta to browse, to swatch, to see what’s new, but today I went to pick up something specific and that was the It Cosmetics CC+ Foundation.  When I worked full time in an office, I didn’t bother with sun screen as I was indoors for 8 hours.  Now that I’m free and outdoors, I really should step up my sunscreen game, but – I’m lazy.  In the morning, I only want to put on a moisturizer and a foundation.  I don’t want to bother with sun screen so thought a high SPF in my foundation would do the trick.  

Mini Review:
I purchased the foundation in the color medium and found the coverage is a light to light-medium.  After application, I felt that I needed to use my It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness ( <– Great product!) to cover up the red patches on my face.  Although the foundation wears well, I do need to blot excessive shine throughout the day.

Repurchase:  No.  I need to find a product that’s better for oily skin.

It Cosmetic CC SPF 50+ in medium

It Cosmetic CC SPF 50+ in medium

Now I can’t just buy one product and leave Ulta, noooo .. so I wandered around and picked up a Rimmel Kate Rockin’ Curves Mascara in the color amethyst.

Mini Review:
I found the curved brush weird and it didn’t enhance the application of the mascara to my lashes in anyway.  The color is pretty, but on my dark lashes, you can’t really tell.  The mascara did a decent job lengthening and thickening my lashes, but at the end of the day, it did flake a bit under my eyes.

Repurchase:  No.  There are way better mascara’s on the market and I’ll just stick with my Cover Girl Professional Remarkable Mascara.

Rimmel Kate Rockin' Curves Mascara in Amethyst

Rimmel Kate Rockin’ Curves Mascara in Amethyst

I also picked up the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Black Orchid.  I believe this color may be limited edition, so couldn’t find a link.  Also, this product was quite difficult to photograph.  The picture below does not do this unique color justice.  Black Orchid is a lovely silvery lilac with a taupe undertone.  Definitely check out this beautiful cream eye shadow.

Mini Review:
This is a beautiful color on my green eyes.  I wore the cream shadow over a primer, with no other shadows and found that this product faded within 6 hr wear time on my oily lids.

Repurchase:  Yes.  I have a few of the tattoo cream shadows and find them best layered with powder shadows for longer staying power.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Black Orchid

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Black Orchid

So that was my small haul.  If you’ve been hauling cosmetics, please leave a comment and your link so I can check out your purchases !!

Cheers,
Monica.

Cream and maroon outfit

The cream lace top that I have on was purchased two years ago from a Macy’s clearance rack.  I thought the top would make a nice addition to my work wardrobe, but my office was simply too cold for me to survive wearing a breezy lace top. Now that I’m not working anymore – what to do about this un-worn lace top?

When a friend called to have lunch, I decided to kick my signature outfit ( t-shirt, jeans, hoodie, athletic shoes ) to the curb and find a way to incorporate the lace top with my NYDJ that I finally had hemmed.

Cream lace top and stretch NYDJ in maroon

Cream lace top and stretch NYDJ in maroon

The jeans that I’m wearing are the ‘Samantha’ Colored Slim Stretch Jeans.  I love how these jeans make my legs look long and lean.  The material is a soft stretch that moves with you, never binding or uncomfortable.

'Samantha' Colored Slim Stretch Jeans | Nordstrom

‘Samantha’ Colored Slim Stretch Jeans | Nordstrom

Although the maroon color is no longer available, Nordstrom’s still has a nice brown (Caribou), olive (Green Thorn) and a blue/gray (Eclipse) available for $56.90 (Reg. $114), so a good deal at 50% off. Since these pants are quite stretchy, it’s best to size down.  My jeans are size 8 although I normally wear a size 10.

Lace top by AGB | Macy's

Lace top by AGB | Macy’s

The stretch camisole that I have under the lace top is an old staple from NY&Co.  They have a nice selection of cami’s and layering tops.

I had a great time catching up with my friend at lunch.  Hope you are having a wonderful week.

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Alice over at Happiness At Mid Life!

Time to get up and go

When I left my job this past February, I thought that it would be great to be a lady of leisure.  I was going to sleep late, putter around the house and soak in the fact that I didn’t have to be anywhere at any specific time.

Well, that all lasted five days and now I’m ready to get back to a schedule.  So this morning I was up at 6:30 am, ready to start my day.  Any you know what?  I’m so much more energetic and less sloth like.  I got an early morning walk in and have been going strong all day.

So that brings me to my outfit today.  I had some errands to run and wanted to look powerful (black bottoms), but add some softness with accessories.  My outfit colors are based on the simple muted peach, gray, and black colors of my infinity scarf which I picked up at JCPenny.

Scarf and gem bracelet (JCP) | Jawbone (Amazon)

Scarf and neutral stone bracelet (JCP) | Up 24 Fitness tracker by Jawbone (Amazon)

On my wrist is a Liz Claiborne neutral stone stretch bracelet (similar in black gem stone) and a black Up 24 fitness tracker from Jawbone ( a review on that a bit later ).

JLo Jeans (Kohls)

JLo boot cut jeans (Kohls)

I also have on the fabulous JLo boot cut jeans in Onyx from Kohl’s which are back in stock ($36.99 / reg $54).  These jeans fit like a pear shaped gal’s dream!  The fabric has a nice form fitting stretch, are slightly fitted in the knee area and then have a nice flared boot cut.  The cut of these jeans really helps to balance out my figure and slim my hips.

Accessories

Accessories: Cage booties (Nine West), Sienna Belt (J Crew), Earnings (Liz Claiborne)

The drop earrings are also from Liz Claiborne and match the bracelet.  I’m not one for matching jewelry, but I really like the cool tones of the stones on both the earrings and the bracelet, so I purchased both.

Thanks it for me.  I had a great day now that I’ve put myself on a “get up” schedule.  I guess I’m just a creature of habit and the lady of leisure life isn’t really for me after all.

Cheers,
Monica

Link up!  Patti at Not Dead Yet Style

Simple southwest inspired look

Cara Fringe Cardigan | Charming Charlie

Cara Fringe Cardigan (sold out) | Charming Charlie

When I purchased the Cara Fringe sweater at Charming Charlie in February, I knew I wanted to put together a modern, southwest outfit.  I wanted the outfit to appear classic (white button down shirt), but at the same time, have a rustic appeal.   So I added a few southwest inspired touches like the warm sienna belt to bring out the rust stripes in the sweater and a small turquoise bracelet.

Amy Classic Leather Belt | J Crew

Amy Classic Leather Belt in Warm Sienna | J Crew

The belt was a lucky find at J Crew.  I don’t normally look for accessories at J Crew, so I was surprised to find this all leather belt with a gold buckle.  I was even more happy to pay $26.50 as the belt retails for $34.50.  Not a huge savings, but savings none the less :-)

Lucky Brand Gold-Tone Turquoise Link Bracelet

Lucky Brand Gold-Tone Turquoise Link Bracelet

I purchased the Lucky Brand Gold Tone Turquoise bracelet, this weekend (and it was not on sale, can’t win ‘em all), but I like how it has that southwest look.

Southwest inspired outfit

Southwest inspired outfit

I’ve worn the Pedrina Booties by Easy Spirit here and I’d have to say that I like these boots paired with this outfit much better.  Although the tan color is no longer available, the Pedrina Booties are now priced at $49.99 (reg $139).  NOW is the best time to buy boots!!

Are you still shopping winter clothing and shoes or have you moved onto spring shopping?

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Alice at Happiness At Mid-Life

Rotating storage caddy for makeup brushes

Back in the day, when I first started wearing makeup, I applied my makeup with the applicators that came with the makeup products.  I used the foam sponge applicator that came with eye shadows on my eyes, the brush that came with blush on my cheeks, and my fingers for my foundation.  It wasn’t until I started watching YouTube that makeup brushes became part of my routine.

Once I acquired a few brushes, storage became an issue so back to YouTube to find a solution. At the time, filing any type of container with plastic bead filling purchased at a craft store was the current solution.  So that’s what I did and I’ve had my makeup brushes in a glass vase for a few years.

Makeup Brush Holder: Glass vase with beads

Makeup Brush Holder: Glass vase with bead filler

The glass vase works just fine as a brush holder, but I am spinning the vase to find various brushes and I’m sure this is going to cause wear and tear on the wood top night stand table eventually.

Back to YouTube to see what the latest makeup gurus are recommending for makeup brush holders. It seems that makeup gurus with more brushes than they can use in a life time like the Pampered Chef Utensil Holder.  Although this spinning organizer is meant for kitchen utensils, it does make a good makeup brush holder.  However, I don’t have a lot of makeup brushes and I’m not in the market to buy more.  I quite like the brushes that I have and wanted to find a brush holder that would look nice in the master bedroom.

So while clicking on various links on Amazon, I came across a rotating storage caddy for makeup brushes.  I thought this holder was perfect and placed my order.

Cream Makeup Brush Caddy

Cream Makeup Brush Caddy

The cream faux leather finish on the caddy looks really nice in the bedroom as opposed to the hard black plastic of the Pampered Chef spinner.

The caddy has 11 different sized compartments

The caddy has 11 different sized compartments

I added the plastic beads so my brushes would stand up straight.

Brush caddy can fit slim eye shadows or lip products

The brush caddy can fit slim eye shadows palettes and lip products

There are currently 30 brushes in the holder and you can see that there is plenty of room to add more.

Makeup Brushes Organized!

Makeup Brushes Organized!

I purchased the rotating makeup brush caddy on Amazon for $28.99 + free shipping since I am an Amazon Prime member.  If you are looking for a cute organizer for your makeup brushes that doesn’t look like it belongs in the kitchen, then I recommend this product.

Cheers,
Monica



 

My life, Part II

livethelifeyouwanttoremember

This week I decided to take a short break from blogging while I get the second part of my life in order.  I finally gave my notice at my job and I have been training my replacement.  She is doing great, catching on quickly, and eager to learn, like me, 8 years ago.

After much soul searching, I knew that I was in a job position that I was no longer passionate about and the quote “You’ve got to live the life you want to remember” got me thinking that perhaps it’s time for me to re-evaluate the second half of my life.

I work for a good company with the most outstanding colleagues (ever), but my true interest is health and nutrition.  So I will be taking more educational nutrition classes and get myself back into shape.  Years of sitting on my bum hasn’t been good and when my husband asks when we should plan a trip to Hawaii, my reply is – After I lose 10 lbs!  Well, it’s time to lose those 10 lbs, for sure.

This new found freedom from corporate employment probably sounds quite good, but I will be helping my husband with his consulting firm, so I will be working, but I’ll have more free time for A Pear Shaped Gal and I may start a nutrition based blog as well (we’ll, see).

Thanks for stopping by .. more outfit photo’s to follow – hopefully in new locations!

Cheers,
Monica

Stitch Fix No 2 – Could not wait to get into my box!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I received my second Stitch Fix box while at work and I couldn’t wait to get home to open it!  It was the longest work day – ever.

Once I got home and opened my box, I received a pair of earrings, three tops and oh, what’s this…Premium Denim!  Then I unfolded the jeans to see that – Oye, super skinny.  Hmm, there’s no way I can squeeze into those; but if my stylist included these jeans in my box, I may as well try them on. And so I did.

The DL1961 jeans are incredibly soft and feel like a pair of leggings instead of jeans.  The Jeans are made of a special blend of lycra that lifts and tones and a type of ProModal fiber that makes the jeans soft and comfortable. Just look at my long, lean legs!!

Stitch Fix 2 Purchases

Stitch Fix 2 Purchases:  Loveappella top $38 | DL1961 jeans $168 (size 30, petite) | Drop earrings $28

Now I’m not going to lie, these are premium jeans at a premium price.  If I saw these jeans in Bloomindales, I’d never try these jeans on due to the ultra skinny legs and I’d laugh at the price. I’m still all for cheap, great fitting jeans, but if you are willing to pay a premium price for jeans, I encourage you to look at DL1961’s, Smart Denim Guide and check out the Coco jeans for a curvy and pear shaped fit.

The gold drop earrings that I found in my box are really unique for me.  I normally wear simple studs, so these earrings are a nice updated look and adds a pretty touch of gold.

Felicity Hammered Circle Drop Earrings

Felicity Hammered Circle Drop Earrings $28

I immediately loved the jewel tone purple top by Loveappella.  The top is made of a soft rayon, spandex blend.  I really like the notched collar which gives the top a little more detail than a plain v-neck line.  The top is a little longer in the back which gives nice coverage.

Loveappella Top and DL1961 Jeans

Loveappella Top and DL1961 Jeans

The two items that I returned: A black crochet blouse, which I liked but was too small and the embroidery detail top which I also liked, but the top didn’t quite look all that great on me.

Returned

Returned: Black top crochet blouse $38 |  Embroidery detail top $58

I really enjoyed my second Stitch Fix box and how my stylist selected a nice range of casual clothing and introduced me to a new jeans brand.  I also love the anticipation of opening the box, unfolding the clothing and being surprised at the awesome clothing selection.

If you want to kick up your style, find new and interesting brands or you find that you’re always buying the same thing over and over (that’s me), then I invite you to try Stitch Fix through my referral link:  Stitch Fix_Monica.  Or feel free to explore Stitch Fix and sign up on your own, either way, I’m sure you’ll like this incredible shopping experience.

My next Stitch Fix is scheduled in April ~ Can’t Wait !!!

Cheers,
Monica.