Monday, December 14, 2015

Ulta Haul/Holiday Gift Guide

Wow wow wowwwww! So your WDA girls have been on a little holiday hiatus! Sorry about the absence but ya'll know how crazy this time of the year gets. We might be a little light on posts this month but we'll be sure to check in when there's something we just HAVE to share! Like today's post!

Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

I snagged some a-mazing things from Ulta's Black Friday sale and I am dying to tell you all what I picked up. PS... everything I got would make perfect stocking stuffers too! #justsaying

Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

First up, Mario Badescu Holiday Essentials. I've been wanting to try this skin care line for a while but  the products I had my eye on were a little out of my price range. Enter the holiday sample kit! I love getting samples/kits of new products because you can try out a few things without really having to commit. This Holiday Essentials kit has it all, Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, Seaweed Cleansing Lotion, A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap and Facial Spray with Aloe and Rosewater. 

Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

Next is a great gift for all your traveling friends. The IT Cosmetics Mini Travel Brush Set. Foundation, eyes and blush brush...you're good to go! These are some of my favorite brushes because they're so darn soft! This one was an in-store deal but I did find an upgraded travel set online for ya. 

Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

And I couldn't resist a Lorac Palette. This one is actually my first Lorac Palette purchase can you believe it?! I'm not as into eyeshadows as my girl Clancy, but after seeing her collection I'm starting to fall in love. The Love, Lust & Lace Matte Eye Shadow Palette is a great "starter" for anyone just testing the waters with eyeshadow. The shadows are beautiful neutrals but give you the option of going for a bolder look as well.

Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

While we're on the topic of palettes I guess I was in a "go big or go home" mood because I picked up another one from Pur Cosmetics. This one has a little more shimmer, perfect for the holidays! I'm for sure going to use this palette for New Years Eve. And this one came with their Volume Vixen mascara too. This one was also an in-store exclusive but if you're looking for an online deal their Secret Crush Palette has some similar shimmery colors.

Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

And last, I grabbed the Too Faced Christmas Miracles set. People have been raving about the Better Than Sex mascara so I had to try. And this Melted Lipstick is literally a dream. But my fave part of this has to be the Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer. You guys, it smells like cake! I am obsessed. You can pick these up separately in the store. If you're looking for a kit, they have the mascara and bronzer in their Sex & Chocolate gift set.

Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

Hope you all are enjoying the season!


Porter


Even cats can't resist.
Holiday Gift Guide! Ulta favorites: Lorac, Too Faced, It Cosmetics, Pur cosmetics, Mario Badescu skin care.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Cozy In A Faux Fur Vest



It's December. Christmas is only weeks away. "Let it snow" is on the radio. And I'm LOVING it! Seriously though, I'm ready for all things holiday. Starting with the style. I've been hunting for the perfect faux fur vest for years now and every one I've liked was wayyyyy out of my budget. But I think I've finally found it...the one. The most perfect, affordable, freaking' adorable vest!




This little babe was only $50 from H&M! YASSS!!! It makes me feel so darn cozy and festive too! Obviously I'm going to wear it with everything since it's the perfect neutral color, but for this outfit I paired it with classic black and white to really make the vest stand out.









 It's safe to this this will definitely be my go-to holiday activity outfit. I'll be comfy and warm while looking at all the sparkly Christmas lights.


Outfit Details:

Vest // H&M
Top // H&M (similar)
Pants // Loft
Boots // Lucky Brand
Lips // MAC Diva



Porter






Monday, November 30, 2015

November Faves!

Man, Mondays are rough. But Mondays after holiday weekends … no thank ya. Hope yours was spent eating too much turkey and spending time with family on Thanksgiving and shopping on Black Friday! Oh, HAPPY CYBER MONDAY. If you’re wondering what our favorite deals are, Porter’s got you covered. Anyway, I wish I could tell you my weekend was spent doing those things, but just kidding I was working because you know …#retail.



I can’t believe today I’m sharing my November favorites with you guys! I really feel like this month flew by. Honestly, this entire year flew by. I don’t have tons of favorites this month because work is super busy plus I’m getting ready to move!! But, here’s what I got for you. HAPPY DECEMBER.

TV/MUSIC

I don’t even think I need to tell you how amazing the new Adele album is. Seriously if you haven’t purchased it yet, what are you doing? I know I know, it’s annoying it’s not available on Spotify- but it’s worth the $14. Send My Love and Water Under the Bridge are my jams but everything on there is golden.

How To Get Away With Murder finale was this month. Actually, I think it was just the mid season finale because it’s back in February but OMG can it come back now please?! So many more questions I need answered.

Vanderpump Rules is definitely my guilty pleasure. I am so happy it’s back in my life. It’s definitely an hour of ridiculous drama but I LURVE it. I can’t wait to see Tom and Katie’s proposal SPOILERZ and what happens with Stassi.

BEAUTY

I bought this NARS velvet lip pencil during the VIB sale and I really wish I picked up some more. Aside from being in love with the color, the formula is amazing. It’s more long wearing than I thought it would be but it also wears off nicely. Some lipsticks start to crack or get patchy after a while and I don’t feel like this one does. It's also super comfortable on your lips, velvet is definitely a good way to describe it!

Obsessed with Champagne Pop- so many praise hands emoji for this highlighter. I don’t know what it is about this color, its a little golden, a little pink and a little champagne all at the same time. It pairs so nice with any makeup look. 10/10 would recommend.

I have been reaching for my Tarte palette a ton this month. Like I said, it’s been crazy so I haven’t really been experimenting with my makeup. These shades are the perfect go to look when I don’t have time but still want to look put together.  They just came out with a second one and I miiiiiight need to get my hands on that baby.

FASHION

I can’t get enough of stripes. Seriously I have purchased 4 striped tops this month and I am not at all sorry about it. I love wearing them on their own or pairing them with other patterns

OTHER


Like I said, we’re getting ready to move in so this month I found myself at Home Goods probably more than I should have. I haven’t bought a ton of stuff because I haven’t yet decided what I want to do for my room and want to wait to get settled with the big stuff. But I have picked up some things here and there. I’m obsessed with these bathroom accessories. Is that what you call them? No idea but they’re super cute.

What have you been loving this month?!

clancy

Friday, November 27, 2015

Cyber Monday Gift Guide: The Best Online Deals at Our Favorite Places!

cyber monday gift guide! best online deals at our favorite places!

Alright, so you're out Black Friday shopping right now and turns out you're a little late for those doorbuster deals. Listen we've all been there. Sometimes sleep is more important! But not to worry we've still got Cyber Monday just around the corner. So hang onto your list because the deals aren't over yet!

And since most online store won't even reveal their deals until Monday, we've come up with a little guide some deals we did find at our most favorite places! Check it-

Beauty

Sephora: Free shipping for Beauty Insiders on orders of $25 or more with the code SHIPNOW. And receive a free tote bag with your order of $25 or more with the code SUSPENSE.

Ulta: You can still use your $3.50 off $10 coupon in stores and online. Ulta will have lots of holidays "extras" going on as well. Select Benefit Cosmetics %50 off, 2 for $12 OPI mini nail polish gift sets, $19 Lips and Lashes set from Tarte and a bunch more! 

Clothing

Old Navy: In the past Old Navy has had full price items at 50% off, so crossing our fingers on that one. Also, they'll have their $8 tees, $15 sweaters and $20 dresses.

Loft: Ya'll know Loft is gonna have some store wide sales. The trend has been 50% off store wide on Black Friday and 50% off online Cyber Monday

H&M: Up to 60% off clothing (same as Black Friday deals but that will carry over to online). Also there are some great retailmenot.com coupons you can use through December!

Alright everyone, let your debit cards rest today and let's get a plan together for some serious online shopping this Monday!

Porter


Monday, November 23, 2015

Say "Yes" to the Desk

Well happy Monday everyone! Hope you all have done your Thanksgiving shopping and are getting prepped for the big feast this week! Personally I am SO excited and will definitely have a "no ra-grets" mindset for the holiday. 

And during all this holiday hustle and bustle I am currently in the process of moving. Woohoo! I'm so excited to decorate, have my own space and a super cool roommate, buuuuut not so excited about the big purchases like new furniture. 

Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware inspiration. Overstock.com and ikea prices for lovely dressers, nightstands and desks. Home decor.

I've been blessed with some quality hand-me-downs in life so far, but there comes a time when you just really want to create a space for yourself from scratch. That's where I'm at now. However, did you know that furniture (all furniture) is HELLA expensive??? Dear Lord, shopping got overwhelming real quick. But no matter...I've been "ballin' on a budget" for quite some time so I'm pretty good at finding a good deal. And with Black Friday right around the corner the online deals have already started, hallelujah! 

So what I have for you today is a little bargain shopper post for those of you trying to find quality furniture but who still want to afford food and gas. It's all about the research people. What works best for me is to window shop at high-end stores to get inspiration then go online at discount places and find a good copy-cat piece! You get the look you want for the price you can afford. 

My first task: finding a dresser. 

These beauts are from Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. Their pieces are so beautiful but unfortunately way out of my budget. 
Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware inspiration. Overstock.com and ikea prices for lovely dressers, nightstands and desks. Home decor.

Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware inspiration. Overstock.com and ikea prices for lovely dressers, nightstands and desks. Home decor.


Now these two are from Overstock.com (a recent obsession of mine) and they are equally are gorgeous in my opinion! And like a quarter of the price! #addtocart

Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware inspiration. Overstock.com and ikea prices for lovely dressers, nightstands and desks. Home decor.

overstock.com (left)
overstock.com (right)

And you know you can always rely on Ikea for a solid, minimal dresser. This one was a definite contender.
Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware inspiration. Overstock.com and ikea prices for lovely dressers, nightstands and desks. Home decor.


Next up: a cute little nightstand.

Again Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware are so on point with their style. Love love love. But sadly, ya girl cannot spring for a nightstand in the $400-$900 range.
Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware inspiration. Overstock.com and ikea prices for lovely dressers, nightstands and desks. Home decor.

Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware inspiration. Overstock.com and ikea prices for lovely dressers, nightstands and desks. Home decor.



Overstock ya done it again. I had so much trouble deciding which of these three I liked best. Did I want the classic white or add a little interest and texture with the wood finish? And you guessed in these three are all from $100-$200.

Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware inspiration. Overstock.com and ikea prices for lovely dressers, nightstands and desks. Home decor.


And this one from Ikea is only $100 too!

Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware inspiration. Overstock.com and ikea prices for lovely dressers, nightstands and desks. Home decor.


Finally...a desk. This one was possibly the toughest. I wanted something minimal but super functional.

I actually found two from Pottery Barn that I thought were great inspiration!

Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware inspiration. Overstock.com and ikea prices for lovely dressers, nightstands and desks. Home decor.


And these three from Overstock.com are absolutely amazing! I mean come on, you can't tell me that this middle one isn't the twin to my second Pottery Barn pick.

Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware inspiration. Overstock.com and ikea prices for lovely dressers, nightstands and desks. Home decor.


And if you're going minimal, Ikea is your place!

Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware inspiration. Overstock.com and ikea prices for lovely dressers, nightstands and desks. Home decor.


I feel so relieved that I have so many options with the look I want without breaking the bank. I'll have to let you all see the final product when my room is finally finished! Ahhh! I can't wait!!!

Porter


Friday, November 20, 2015

Sephora VIB Haul!

I’m not quite sure why it hadn't happened yet, but I just became a Sephora VIB earlier this month. My wallet finds that hard to believe considering all you have to do is spend $350 in a calendar year and I definitely feel like I did that long ago. Anyway, great timing considering the VIB sale was this past weekend! You know your girl took full advantage.


I didn’t really need any new makeup, nothing really has been catching my eye lately. Uhhh actually can’t wait to see the new Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette but I’ll wait. But other than that I didn’t really have anything on my list. Although Porter will tell you otherwise because we walked around for what felt like hours so I didn’t forget anything.


I knew I wanted to pick up some of my holy grail products. Things I was going to have to repurchase anyway, so why not get the 20% off?! I grabbed a new Brow Wiz, Better Than Sex and Eyeshadow base. Disclaimer: I wasn’t a huge fan of Better Than Sex but it has definitely won me over. I’ve been non stop hearing about how great the Laura Mercier setting powder is, so that went in my bag. I’ve had my eye on Nars Train Bleu and Becca’s Champagne Pop for a while now, so ….in they went too! 




Since I didn’t pick up a ton of makeup (… or did I because I feel like I might have?) I also wanted to check out some new skincare. I have a couple products from boscia that I’m a fan of so I picked up a mask I love and an exfoliating peel gel because well.. doesn’t that sound fun? I was also in the market for a new moisturizer and 2 different girls recommended one from belief and if two people like it, it must be good right? Grabbed some new brush heads for my clarisonic, I’ve been obsessed with mine lately. 


Obviously I couldn't wait in line without picking up something! I swear Sephora could make enough money to operate on their revenue from what they have in that little area. Does anyone just stand there and not add at least one thing to their purchase? One day I'll have enough self control! Anyway, I picked up a small bottle of the primer water from Smashbox, so stay tuned to see if I'm a fan! Oh, I also grabbed a roller ball of the most amazing scent. It took me a while to pick out one- I went home with three other samples because I was very indecisive. Nest Midnight Fleur. You're welcome.



I know this may sound like a lot but it’s hard to pass up 20% off! Especially on brands that are never on sale and are on the more expensive side. I meaaaaaan, I have no regrets.  Did you take advantage of the sale?! If you did, you know I want to hear what you got! Even though I'm not allowed in Sephora for some time. 

clancy