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.

Fringe Cardigan and a few accessories from Charming Charlie

You may notice that I shop at Charming Charlie quite a bit.  It’s because Horton Plaza is a short walk from where I work and after I hit Jimbo’s Natural Food Grocer for a healthy lunch, I’ll wander through Charming Charlie before heading back to work.

I saw the Cara Fringe Cardigan on my Friday afternoon lunch break, but thought $35 was a bit high for this sweater.  Luckily, when I got home there was a mail flyer from Charming Charlie with a $10 off a $50 purchase so at least I would get a small discount.  This weekend, I picked up the sweater and a few fun items as shown below.

Cara Fringe Cardigan | Charming Charlie

Cara Fringe Cardigan | Charming Charlie

The sweater looked cute on and I would have taken an outfit photo today if it had not been so windy.  Of course, later this afternoon the wind stopped along with the nice natural daylight .. ugh, the problems of a blogger!

Accessories | Charming Charlie

Accessories | Charming Charlie

I also picked up a pair of Glamburst Stud earrings, a Chronograph Cuff Watch in silver (as seen in StyleWatch magazine!), a “M” initial necklace and a very inexpensive pair of sun glasses.  If I like the sunglasses (how they look and wear through out a day, then I’ll see if Ray-Ban makes a similar style).

Well, I’m off to sort through some pants that need to be hemmed.  I’ve gathered quite a pile and if I don’t get these pants to a seamstress, I’m not going to have any content for the blog :-)

Hope you had a great weekend.

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style

Lata Tee from Anthropology

Lata Tee | Anthropology

Lata Tee | Anthropology

In December my husband had to make an clothing exchange at Tommy Bahama and lucky me, it’s right next to Anthropology on El Paseo in Palm Desert.  So I promptly went over to Anthropology and found this fun t-shirt with super adorable details on the cuff.  This shirt comes in 8 different colors, including yellow which I thought was really cute and cheerful.

Casual weekend look featuring the Lata Tee | Anthropology

Casual weekend look featuring the Lata Tee (Anthropology | Similar Boots:  Madden Girl (6pm.com)

For a simple weekend casual look I just added a pair of jeans from Kohl’s, gray boots and I was ready to go.

Cheers,
Monica

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January shopping at Sephora

January Shopping at Sephora

January Shopping at Sephora

I recently posted the picture above on instagram of a few items that I picked up at Sephora and thought I’d let you know how these products worked out.

1. Clarisonic Sensitive Replacement Brush Head: I had been using the deep pore brush head, but over the mild winter months it felt overly harsh on my face, so purchased the sensitive brush head and it’s working out perfectly.

2.  Sephora Collection, Instant Nail Polish Remover: This is my third bottle.  I love this stuff!  It has a nice compact foam insert that really grips your finger as you swirl around in the polish. Really just takes a couple of dunks and bye, bye polish!  They even have one for glitter polish. Both removers do contain acetone so if you find that a bit drying, then these products probably aren’t for you.

3. Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat:  I’ve been having an issue with my nails splitting so have tried every nail strengthener on the planet.  This product is just as good as any drugstore nail strengthener, but leaves a very sheer pink tint on your nails.  It’s pretty, but my preference is just a simple clear polish.

Pink Gel Coat

Pink Gel Coat | Sephora

4. Sephora Collection Colorful Blush in Rose Pop:  This is a pretty bright matte pink blush.  The formula; however, is dry and the blush doesn’t blended very well.  I really wanted a Tarte Amazonian clay blush, but the samples were such a wreck that it wasn’t worth my time to swatch.

Rose Pop Blush | Sephora

Rose Pop Blush | Sephora

5. Make Up For Ever in N145:  Definitely my favorite foundation.  It always looks pretty darn good on my skin and although I’ve tried drugstore and other high end foundations – the clear winner is always this product.

Make Up For Ever N145 Foundation | Sephora

Make Up For Ever N145 Foundation | Sephora

This swatch probably looks too dark for my skin tone, but N145 is for medium skin with dark pink undertones and since my face can look a quite red, this works the best and gives me an even skin tone look.

6. Amazing Cosmetics Anti Aging Face Primer:  What can I say .. this product is meh.  It’s a clear gel and an ok primer, but it’s no Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer – that’s for sure!  I was looking for a less expensive option than Hourglass and quite frankly, I should have just purchased the Hourglass primer.  The Amazing Cosmetics primer also contains dimethicone.  If you are break out prone, then this primer isn’t for you.

Well, that’s it for my shopping at Sephora.  If you are using a primer that you love – let me know!

Cheers,
Monica

Tahari baby blue jacket

I’ve had this Tahari baby blue jacket in the back of my closet for far too long.  I remember purchasing the jacket at TJ Maxx and then tucking the jacket away for a special occasion, but really – what’s the point in that?  If you buy something – wear it!!  And so I took this rather unique jacket and put together a casual weekend outfit.  Since the jacket is made from a mix of cotton, nylon, and metallic the material appears wrinkled so the jacket really suited more for outer wear than office wear.

Tahari Jacket | TJ Maxx

Tahari Jacket | TJ Maxx

The blouse that I have on is from Target (Merona), jeans are the Levi’s 529 Curvy Straight leg jeans in smooth black ( love these for the pear shaped gal! ) and my silver loafers are from C Wonder.  I recently read that C Wonder will be closing (how sad!).

Tahari jacket for the weekend

Tahari jacket for the weekend

And lastly, on my lips is a wonderful lipstick by Korres that I picked up as a trio from HSN.  I’m wearing the Raspberry Twist Lipstick in Lust.

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Patti over at Not Dead Yet Style!

Jennifer Lopez Bootcut Jeans at Kohl’s

In 2014, I wrote a post about a pair of JLo jeans and the terrible placement of the acid wash on the thighs and rear end of the jeans.  The highlighted spots on the jeans drew attention to the very areas that pear shaped gals are trying to conceal.  Those jeans left me with no hope of ever owning a pair of JLo jeans until my recent discovery in December 2014.  The Jennifer Lopez Boot Cut jeans from Kohl’s are fabulous!

JLo Jeans Outfit

JLo Jeans Outfit | JLo Boot Cut jeans in the color “Michael”

What I really love about these jeans is the way they hug my booty.  Jeans that are made for the pear shape gal often neglect the baggy material at the back of the thighs.  These jeans hug ( and lift!!! ), the rear end ~ quite nicely ~ with no extra material hanging in the thigh area.

Booty popin' JLo Jeans

Booty popin’ JLo Jeans

Also to note, these jeans are a size 8 short and they are still quite long.  I also purchased a pair in black and the darker rinse called “Edinburg” in long which are super long and will need to be hemmed.  I noticed that these jeans are practically sold out online, but your local Kohl’s may still have these jeans in stock.

Eiffel Tower T-Shirt | H&M

Eiffel Tower T-Shirt (H&M) – Old Navy has a cute Eiffel Tower Graphic t-shirt | Oval Links Layering necklace (Charming Charlie)

I purchased the Eiffel Tower T-Shirt at H&M a while ago and it’s a bit long so I just gave it a little twist knot on the side.  The material of the top is also thin so it’s not something that I would recommend.

Overall, I’d say keep searching those stores, my pear shaped gals, there are really wonderful jeans on the market that fit our curvy shape!

Cheers,
Monica

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L’OREAL 5 pc Mauve Lip Set from All Cosmetics Wholesale

L'Oreal 5pc Set | All Cosmetics Wholesale

L’Oreal 5pc Set | All Cosmetics Wholesale

I love trying out new makeup, but not paying full price so while on my holiday break, I purchased a few items from All Cosmetics Wholesale and one of the items that I purchased was the L’Oreal 5 pc Mauve Lip Set.

1. Colour Riche Extraordinare Liquid Lipstick in Molto Mauve

Colour Riche Extraordinare Liquid Lipstick in Molto Mauve

Colour Riche Extraordinare Liquid Lipstick in Molto Mauve

Thicker than a gloss this mauve lipstick is very creamy with a slight hint of reflective shimmer. Scent was mildly fruity and the liquid lipstick was not sticky.  I thought this was super pretty on my lips.

2. Colour Rich Balm in Plush Plum 

Colour Rich Balm in Plush Plum

Colour Rich Balm in Plush Plum

This vanilla scented balm was my favorite.  I liked the sheer wash of color and found this lip balm comfortable on the lips.

3. Infallible Lipstick in Tender Berry

Infallible Lipstick in Tender Berry

Infallible Lipstick in Tender Berry

This lipstick has a rather waxy or greasy feel upon application.  It looks pretty, but I just didn’t like the texture.

Regarding this lipstick, it’s interesting to note that while I was searching the internet for key words for my post, I stumbled across a site called, Cosmetic Calculator, which will check the shelf life of your cosmetics using the batch number on the product.  I punched in all of the lip products (out of curiosity) and of course, The tender berry lipstick was manufactured in Sept 2010 – 4 yrs ago!  Grrr, well .. let’s just say this is an over site by All Cosmetics Wholesale.  I sent ACW an email to pull this product from their site.

4. Infallible le Gloss in Modern Mauve

Infallible le Gloss in Modern Mauve

Infallible le Gloss in Modern Mauve

The Infallible le Gloss in Modern Mauve was my second favorite.  I’m not usually a fan of long wearing lip glosses as they are usually sticky.  This lip gloss is thick, but not tacky on the lips. The gloss has pink and silver micro glitter in the gloss which adds a reflective quality, but isn’t gritty on the lips.  I went out for coffee and had a blueberry scone and the gloss does wear off leaving a hint of ity bitty sparkle.

5. Infallible le Gloss in Modern Mauve

Le Gloss in Saucy Mauve

Le Gloss in Saucy Mauve

I’ve always wanted to try LeGloss from L’Oreal and I will say that this is a really pretty, sparkly gloss; however, once it wears off or is wiped off the chunky glitter remains and I’m certainly not a fan of that.  I normally wear lip gloss as a topping over my lipstick so this gloss probably wears better over lipstick than on bare lips.


 

Overall, I really liked the L’Oreal 5 piece set from All Cosmetics Wholesale. The price was $15.49 so that’s around $3.00 a piece to try a few L’Oreal lip colors that usually range from $8.00 to $10.00 per lip item in the regular drugstores.  It was a bummer that one of my lip products had expired, but I will be more diligent in checking the batch numbers when ordering discounted makeup online.

Cheers,
Monica

Sunday, rain, and soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup | Oxygen Magazine

Chicken Tortilla Soup | Oxygen Magazine (February 2009 issue)

It’s a rainy Sunday in southern California, you know, one of those misty rainy days where you’d rather stay inside?  That’s the kind of Sunday I’m having this weekend.  Since my husband has to leave on an earlier flight to Houston, TX today, I decided to make the supper I had planned for lunch.

I love making and freezing soup.  This particular soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup from the February 2009 issue of Oxygen Magazine is not only delicious, it freezes well too.

Chicken Tortilla Soup: Ready in 30 min, Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
1 tbs olive oil
1 medium onion
1, 7 oz can diced green chilli peppers
3 garlic cloves, diced
1.5 lb chicken breast (uncooked)
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
2, 14.5 oz cans whole tomatoes
1, 14.5 oz can corn (I used frozen corn)
1, 14.5 oz black beans, drained and rinsed
Sea salt, to taste
Tortillas (white, wheat, multi-grain tortillas if you want to make your own tortilla strips).  Tortilla chips will work as well.

Directions:
1. Put stockpot over medium heat and add first four ingredients. Let simmer until onion softens.
2. Add chicken, broth, water and tomatoes with liquid. Cover and increase heat until liquid boils, then reduce heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes.
3. Remove chicken from pot and, on a plate or cutting board, use two forks to shred it.  Return chicken to pot, chop up tomatoes in the pot with a spoon and add corn and beans and continue simmering for another 10 minutes or until chicken is entirely cooked through.  Salt to taste.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 500, Total fats: 8 g, Saturated fat: 2 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 100 mg, Sodium: 820 mg, Total Carbohydrates, 100 53 mg, Protein: 54 g, Dietary Fiber: 10 g, Sugars: 19 g, Iron: 4 mg


I'm wearing: Zella top, Bettona pants, Target Slippers

Casual rainy day Sunday outfit

For my casual rainy day Sunday outfit I’m wearing:
Zella All Shirred up top | Nordstrom
Merona White T-shirt | Target
Bettona Classic Pants | Athleta
Chandra Scuff Slippers (grey) | Target

What is your favorite soup to make on a rainy or cold winter day?

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style