Payless Haul – Memorial Day Sale

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Let’s be real, Payless almost always has some sort of sale going on. I don’t shop there as much as I used to during college and my early 20s, but I still think it is a great place to find wallet friendly accessories. I will spare you dear readers an entire post on the difficulties I go through finding shoes that fit. So I was thrilled to find a pair of basic white sandals for uner $20! With budget products a good rule of thumb is usually to keep things simple. These simple white sandals will be wearable with a lot of items in my closet. The cheery tote is one of several styles Payless has right now. Accessories are buy one, get one free! So try a bold necklace, and donate some of those old items you’re not using. Many of my more eye-catching accessories were budget finds (Kohls, Target, Payless, Forever21). I sort through mine once a year, donating anything I get bored with. Lastly, sunglasses were 2 for $15 at Payless. If yours get tossed around and/or lost like mine you can’t beat less than $10 per pair.

“Trudy” Comfort Plus sandals – $17 (sale, org $29.99)
Small faux rhinestone earrings – $9.99
Pink necklace – org $7 (free with sale)
Yellow striped cloth tote – $11.99 (sale, org $19.99)

NYX “Natural” Palette

Quick Friday post on the NYX Natural eye shadow palette. Three big reasons I love this palette are a) several what I would call essential shades, b) travel friendly and c) costs less than $10…waaay less than Urban Decay’s Naked Basics. Set down your pitchforks and torches, I have nothing against U.D.. I do find the Basics palette lacking, with too many similar light hues. Personally I think one would be better off purchasing shadows that suit individual skin tones and eye colors, then putting them into your own small Z-palette. Also there are seriously loads of shadow palettes  with a better range of colors. The NYX Natural palette is one I picked up last weekend. Pigmentation is what I’d expect for a bargain brand, and I like that only one of the shades is super sparkly. A basic color range that works together well day or night. Slim packaging and at less than $10 if I lose or break it while traveling it won’t be a big deal.

UPDATE: After using this palette for awhile I haven’t been super impressed by the color/pigment payoff. Since it was so cheap, I am neither surprised or upset by this. There are much better products from the NYX cosmetics line.

NYX Natural Palette

Spring and Summer Color

In honor of our first 80 degree (predicted – fingers crossed) day here in the Chicago area, this post is dedicated to my blush picks for Spring and Summer. My picks range from the pricier Urban Decay “Flushed” palette, Clinique’s much blogged about “Peach Pop”, Maybelline’s bouncy blush in “Peach Satin” and Milani’s popular “Luminoso”. Though I believe beauty rules are meant to be broken I gravitate towards bright pinks and peaches for warmer weather.

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Urban Decay – Flushed: My favorite makeup palette that works well with my minimalist tendencies. Very portable and versatile. Colors can be used individually or blended. I’ve used this on my cheeks and eyes.

Clinique “Peach Pop” – I’m not exaggerating when I say I may end up buying the entire “pop” line of colors. Easy formula to wear and blend. Adorable packaging (which I’m a sucker for). In the past I was never very impressed with Clinique’s line of makeup outside of their bases/foundations. This is changing my mind.

Maybelline Bouncy Blush in “Peach Satin” – Similar color to Peach Pop, but very budget friendly. Color wears very well for a budget blush. Easy to blend on quickly with fingers. Small size makes it easy to throw in one’s bag for touch-ups.

Milani “Luminoso” – Lives up to the drugstore hype. Unlike the others, this has some sheen/luminosity to it. Great as a wash of color for fair skinned folks (I use it instead of bronzers). Works well with my Clinique and Maybelline blushes. If you have a medium/dark complexion this would make a nice highlighter.