Recent (and not-so-recent) purchases

My laptop has been freezing incessantly. It doesn’t seem to be a hardware problem, but more of a problem associated with Windows Update. I will upgrade to Windows 7 in hopes of curing my laptop of its disease. Onto my recent splurges:

Fashion Haul

Floral Print Oxfords. I got these because… well, they are cute, aren’t they? They’re one of those things that can be really ugly or really cute depending on how you look at them, how you scrutinize and judge them, and how you wear them. I like pairing these with shorts and some white ankle socks or dark leggings. From Forever 21, these less than twenty dollars oxfords are not too comfortable because the material isn’t great and a little hard on the feet. But these are so much better than the high heel boots I recently got so thumbs up to florals.

Feather Headband. A girl needs at least one cutesy headband in her collection. I don’t accessorize my hair, so this is really my only headband at the moment. Admittedly, I don’t wear it often and rarely wear it out. I got these from Asos. I don’t understand how this UK company manages to deliver to the US for free regardless of order size, but most US retailers charge ~$10 for standard shipping?

Leopard Sunglasses. These shades give such an instant glam. I love wearing these out during the day. The leopard print design is chic and fun without being childish. They are definitely not an evening wear, but sunglasses aren’t meant for that anyway. These cost ~$12 from Sunglass Warehouse. You can find this and many designer-inspired sunglasses from Sunglass Warehouse for less than $20.

Bl^nk London Scarf. I have mentioned it before and I cannot get enough of this scarf. Because it is handmade, the details are absolutely stunning and unique. My only concern is that when folded around my neck, the intricate details are not completely visible. I like to play with it and spread the scarf around in such a way that the floral and beading details are noticed by passerby. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It has proven itself very durable. This scarf and many like it can be purchased from the Remedi. I recommend you take a look at their online boutique. The collections they carry are absolutely stunning.

Robin Hood Halloween Costume. I was Robin Hood girl and had an amazing time. =) This costume came with dress, boot covers, feather hat, puff sleeves, belt and satchel. I bought it for about $80 from buycostumes.com with free shipping and used a 20% off coupon. It is a little pricey overall, but still a lovely costume.

Beauty Haul

Maybelline Eyeshadow in Indian Summer. The crease color is little too dark for my taste, but it is a lovely taupe black and blends well. The light shimmer is a nice soft lid color. I wouldn’t wear this duo alone though. I am also guilty of having used the crease color as a foundation color to do a friend’s Halloween makeup. ๐Ÿ˜

BareMinerals Matte Foundation in Medium Gold. I have tried the regular one and didn’t like it quite too much. The matte one works much better for my skin although I don’t think it is a great blending foundation. My skin has been bad lately, with one or two acne popping up every week or so. Since using this foundation, I haven’t found any new acne though I can’t say there is any other difference. I rather like the matte look for late night pictures, because I always find my skin, although dry, to be a little shiny when taking flash pictures at night. Although this foundation comes in spf 15, there seems to be no ghastly whiteness associated with it. It is very natural looking with little coverage, which I think is great for work and school.

BareMinerals Mineral Veil. This purchase was totally unnecessary. I don’t find BareEssentials’ mineral veil that different from drugstore ones and the price (~$20) is a bit much, but I thought I’d pair it with the foundation. Anyway, one of these things will last a long, long time.

CoverGirl Aqua CG Smoothers Tinted Moisturizer. When I am in a hurry, I rub this on all over my face and over my under eye concealer and jet out the door. It is light, sheer and goes on easy. Unlike regular moisturizers though, I don’t find this very rich and comforting. It feels more like a light foundation than a tinted moisturizer. Maybe it is just me, but for something with so little coverage, I think it should feel a little richer, a little more soothing. Sometimes, I would rather just put on a light layer of foundation. I bought two of these at once, which may be a mistake. Summer is over and I don’t think I will use this for any other seasons.

Almay Smart Shade Concealer. Sometimes I think it matches my skin perfectly but some days I think the color appears is a bit off. Maybe it is my body temperature? I don’t know how this works, but I do like it in my collection. I rather like seeing it change color. Also, it is easy to use this on most of my friends and have it match their skin tone closely. It does make me wonder about their smart shade foundation. Has anyone tried it?

I am hoping to get back into blogging more often. It’s difficult without a fully functional laptop though. Keep an eye out the following week for a new giveaway. I am thinking of some sort of holiday themed one. ๐Ÿ™‚

Disclaimer: The leopard sunglasses and London scarf were sent to me for review consideration. I am not being compensated for this post. All opinions, as always, are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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