Life Lately, Shopping & Style

My Current Obsessions List (November 2018)

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Apple iPhone XS 256 GB in a shell Mous case

Apple iPhone XS 256 GB

I recently upgraded from an Apple iPhone 7 to a XS! I LOVE IT! At first I was concerned that I wouldn’t like the fact that there is no longer a “home button,” but I got used to it quickly. I love how much larger the screen seems since there is no button at the bottom anymore. It was a breeze configuring everything from my old phone to my new phone. The only thing I don’t like about the XS is that the battery percentage isn’t viewable on the top right corner anymore. You have to swipe down to see the percentage. It’s a minor annoyance, really.

My brother got me this awesome shell case by Mous. If you haven’t seen this phone case in action, check out this YouTube review.

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NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Warm Leatherette

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Warm Leatherette & Starwoman, $26, Sephora

2018 is the year of lipstick obsession for me. Warm Leatherette is described as a rich berry pink and Starwoman is described as a vivid blue red. The formula is liquidy, but it dries quickly. I had to get used to the applicator because it’s small, but now that I’m used to it and I love it because I can apply it with precision.

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NARS Blush in Super Orgasm

NARS Blush in Super Orgasm, $30, Sephora

Super Orgasm is described as peachy pink with gold glitter… I freakin’ love it! I also have Orgasm. It’s a peachy pink with shimmer. I am more of a glitter kind of gal so Super Orgasm is my favorite of the two!

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Kylie Lip Kit in Head Over Heels

Kylie Lip Kit in Head Over Heels, $29, Ulta or KylieCosmetics.com

Ulta recently started selling Kylie Cosmetics. The cool thing is that Kylie’s lip kits and other select lip products are at EVERY SINGLE ULTA! So even our stores in Anchorage, Alaska got them! It feels good to feel included because we generally don’t get those products. For example, our stores up here don’t have a ColourPop section.

I’ve been curious about Kylie’s lip products, but I assumed that they’d be the exact same as ColourPop (since their parent company is the same). I decided to give it a shot and bought Head Over Heels. It’s described on her website as a deep plum, but on me it looks like the perfect dark mauve. I LOVE HOW IT SMELLS! Kylie lip products smell like the 90s to me. They smell like strawberry or cherry Lipsmackers – yum! I’m also really impressed with the longevity and array of color options. I’m officially hooked!

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Micro Backpack by Cotton On

Red Micro Backpack, $29.99, Cotton On

I freaked out when I saw these mini backpacks on Typo Shop’s Instagram account! I ordered this in both red and black. I also got the crossbody purse versions. A year ago, Disney and Coach had a collaboration. I was bummed that I missed out on it, but then these came out! I love them. Perfect way to add Disney to my everyday style.

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Nike Epic React Flyknit in Pearl Pink

Nike Epic React Flyknit in Pearl Pink, $150, Finish Line

I unfortunately have flat feet, and these are hands down the most comfortable sneakers I’ve ever owned. I especially love the pearl pink color. I can’t wait to see how they’ll fare next month at Walt Disney World!

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Bed Head Curling Wand 1″

Bed Head Curlipops Curling Wand 1″, $15.99, Amazon

I am blessed with straight Asian hair… AKA I let my hair air dry and it dries stick straight. It’s both a blessing and a curse. I made a mini goal a few weeks ago to try to style my hair more often. I used to curl my hair from time to time using a regular curling iron, but the curls never lasted and it would take me forever to curl. I’ve seen curling wands before, but I didn’t think they would be any different than a regular curling iron. Boy, was I wrong! It’s so easy to do my hair with my Bed Head curling wand and the curls last all day. It only takes about 12 minutes to do my hair.

With Love

Shopping & Style

Sephora VIB Shopping Haul

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My Sephora Haul

Today was the first day of the VIB Beauty Insider Appreciation Event! I believe Rouge had early access and actually started a few days ago. Sephora has 3 tiers to their rewards program – Insider, VIB, Rouge. During this event Insiders get 10% off, VIBs get 15% off, and Rouge get 20% off. You can use a discount code online once during the event and multiple times if you shop in store. I’m part of the VIB tier. I’ve been shopping at Sephora for many years (even before we had a local store here in Anchorage, Alaska) and I think this will be the first year that I’ll hit the highest tier! I’m very close to the threshold and I don’t know whether to be excited or be ashamed for how much money I’ve spent on makeup this year! I’m feeling the latter right now!

I was going to order my products online, but I was worried that my order wouldn’t get to me before I leave for my trip. Sephora is usually pretty quick about mailing orders, but during big sale events a few extra days of processing time is usually added. I looked up everything I wanted online and I checked to see if it was at my local store. Low and behold, everything I wanted was magically in stock. I decided to take an early lunch to beat the traffic and go downtown.

Here are the goodies I got (Retail prices are listed):

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Sephora Cleansing Wipes

Sephora Cleansing Wipes in Watermelon, $7.50

I’ve been buying cleansing wipes in bulk from Costco. I’ve been buying the generic Kirkland brand wipes and they get the job done, but sometimes you need a fun scent every now and then. I see that they have a Pineapple scent online – I may have to order it when I’m out of this Watermelon scent.

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Sephora Collection PRO Expert Sponge

Sephora Collection PRO Expert Sponge$14

I’ve been on the market for a new blender sponge. I was drawn to this because a storage case is included – perfect for traveling! I was surprised how small it was when I saw it in person, but it claims to grow twice as long when wet.

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Tatcha Travel Set

Tatcha Pore-Perfecting Moisturizer & Cleanser Duo$25

I’ve been wanting to try Tatcha products for a while now! I decided to buy this little set so I can try it out before committing to the full size versions (the 5 oz full size cleanser is $39 and the 1.7 oz full size moisturizer is $68).

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FOREO Luna Play Plus

FOREO LUNA play plus, $49

I have been a proud Clarisonic user for the past 7 or so years. I’ve been on the market for something that’s more travel friendly. I’ve heard a lot of great things about FOREO so I wanted to give it a shot. I picked this version because it’s small and because it’s powered by a single AAA battery. They also had another version online that is on sale for a whopping $20 (originally $39), but the battery is not rechargeable nor can you put a new battery in it (WTF, right?! What a waste!). The claim is that it’s good for up to 100 uses… While the price point was more intriguing, I opted for the “plus” version since I can simply put a new battery in it after the original battery dies.

I was going to wait to try it while on vacation, but I’m too excited about it so I will try it out in the morning.

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fresh BLOOMING BEAUTIES

fresh BLOOMING BEAUTIES set, 500 Points

A few days ago I redeemed 750 points for a FULL SIZE of the fresh Soy Face Cleanser! I had to jump on that deal. The full size version is 5 oz and retails at $38. I haven’t tried it yet, but the reviews look great. I saw this 500 point set in the store and thought it would be a great set to bring on my upcoming vacation. It includes a cleanser, face moisturizer, lip balm, and a toner. Perfect!


Here’s my wish list of things I didn’t pull the trigger on:

What did you buy or what is on your wish list?!

With Love

Life Lately, Shopping & Style

My Current Obsessions List (June 2018)

Hello, blog world!

I’ve discovered a lot of new favorites lately, so I thought it would be fun to do a blog post dedicated to them.

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Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Big Spender

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick, $24, Sephora

My favorite colors are Big Spender (a rose color, pictured above) and Bawse (a deep red). This lipstick is so comfortable to wear that sometimes I forget I’m even wearing anything. It isn’t transferproof, but it is long wearing. I put on my lipstick at 6:45 am and I wear it until 5 pm, sometimes even several hours past that. I only have to do a quick touch up after lunch. It also did great in summer Colorado heat.

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Huda Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife

Huda Liquid Matte Lipstick, $20, Sephora

This is another one of my favorite lip brands. It’s more liquidy than Smashbox Always On, but it dries quickly and it’s also long-lasting and comfortable to wear. It has a yummy smell, almost like vanilla. I really like Trophy Wife, Icon, and Heartbreaker.

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ColourPop Ultra Satin Liquid Lip in Dopey

ColourPop Ultra Satin Liquid Lip, $6.50, ColourPop

Okay, can you tell that I have a big thing for lippies?! ColourPop is one of my favorite makeup brands overall. All of their products are highly pigmented and priced beautifully. The Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks are amazing. My favorite colors are Dopey, The Rabbit, Ambush, and Redman.

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ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Over the Moon

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter, $8, ColourPop

I am obsessed with highlighters, especially the ones by ColourPop. One of my favorite colors is Over The Moon (Described on the website as “The cow jumped over the moon to find this sheer opalescent pearl with hot pink and violet glitters”). I feel like a mermaid or a unicorn when I wear it!

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Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Large Crossbody in Black

Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Large Crossbody, $148, Macy’s

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect crossbody and I finally found it! I don’t really use big purses anymore and I like being hands free. Most of my purses are handbags and shoulder bags. I was looking for a quality purse that wasn’t too big and wasn’t too small. I made it my mission to find one in Colorado earlier this month.

I’m more of a Kate Spade kind of gal and I was bummed that I didn’t find one that I liked at the outlet. I also looked around Coach, but I didn’t find a crossbody there either. I did find the latest Disney collection there though… So that was a win!

I haven’t been really into Michael Kors the past few years, but I felt the urge to pop in their store and look around. When I saw this black crossbody purse I knew it was the one! Since it was at the outlet I was able to snag it for $93 with taxes.

I’ve been using it everyday since I got back from vacation and it’s held up nicely. I love it so much that I also ordered the blush pink color.

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Fjallraven Kanken in Black

Fjallraven Re-Kanken, $90, Zappos

I blame my sister, Jennifer, for getting me hooked on this brand! I just got my first one a few days ago, and I’m already obsessed. They come in a variety of colors and I decided to go with all black. I chose this color because black goes with everything and I love how it looks tactical. This backpack is made with all recycled material and has thoughtfully placed pockets. The bag looks small, but it can carry a lot. I really like the handles at the top and the removable “pad” that’s stored inside. I’m sure you’re like, “huh?! Why is there a foam pad in there?” You can take it out of the bag and sit on it. It’s genius. Sounds way more comfortable to sit on a foam pad than on concrete while watching Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, haha. I’m so excited for my new travel bag!

I eventually want to get another color, maybe a Mini size. The color Slate (a dark grey) is calling my name!

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Shooter starring Ryan Philippe as Bob Lee Swagger

Shooter (TV series) on USA Network

I love this show. I rarely ever rewatch series (that aren’t sitcoms), but this series is that damn good! The cast is phenomenal. It’s about an ex-Marine sniper (Ryan Philippe) that was framed for trying to kill the president. You may even remember that there was a movie called Shooter starring Mark Wahlburg starring in 2007. I finally watched the movie this month! It was really cool to see the similarities and differences between the movie and the first season of the show. There’s also a novel called “Point of Impact” by Stephen Hunter that the movie and series originated from.

Watch Seasons 1 and 2 now on Netflix. Season 3 just started and the season premiere episode was crazy!

Thank you for reading!

With Love