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November 21, 2014

over-the-knee

Since I don't have my dream over the knee boots featured in my previous post, I've been emulating the look a lot recently with a over the knee sock + flat combination. The only problem is that I'm terrible at keeping track of my socks. At the end of each winter, I inevitably end up with a handful of unmatched, long, black socks. Let's hope this season's socks have a happier ending ahead of them.

On a completely unrelated note, the holiday season is almost officially here!! I didn't even realize until yesterday that Thanksgiving is next week (and that I have yet to buy my tickets to fly out East, oops.) (Another side note, is east capitalized or not? Cause here it refers to the action of flying in a certain direction, but also flying to a specific region. Idk, the grammar stickler in me is confused. I guess it depends on pragmatics.)

dress: urban outfitters, socks: hue, flats: urban outfitters (similar), hat: forever 21 (similar), lips: revlon matte balm in sultry



November 16, 2014

international beauty sale @ UO

When I happened to go onto the urban outfitters website last night, I was pleasantly surprised to see they had a 20% off beauty sale. And since recently I've been pulled into the allure of the French pharmacies, I was pumped to see that they had a few products I've been itching to try after reading way too many reviews. Upon further exploration, I found they also had some popular south Korean beauty brands as well. Here's what's on my list to buy before the sale is over tonight, but I'm (fingers crossed) going to narrow it down a bit.


Urban Outfitters French + Korean beauty products


According to Buzzfeed, this is a Korean cult favorite. Plus, they're so very affordable. I've only recently started wearing colored eyeliners, and they're perfect for spicing up an otherwise basic face. 

This was on practically every French pharmacie favorites list I read. I bought this during the beauty.com sale, and have already been using it for the past few days. At first I was skeptical for dishing out this much for a lip balm, but it is so worth it! The formula is very thick and very effective on chapped lips. SO perfect for a dry winter. I'm getting another one to keep in my bag.

Okay, this isn't an international product, but it is a brand difficult to find in stores.  The youtube community has been singing praises for these brushes forever. I believe there's usually a 10% off sigma coupon, but I've never ordered from them cause a) I hate paying for shipping b) if I wanted to return it, I would have to pay to ship it back. 


This jelly from Taiwan is supposed to control excess oil while keeping moisture locked in. I want that.

I've removed toners from my skincare routine since I started using my clarisonic. But this Korean cult favorite is supposed to be very gentle and non drying. Plus, the packaging is too cheeky to resist.

Are you tired of me saying cult favorite yet? Too bad cause this is another French cult favorite. Plus Ms. Man Repeller gives it two thumbs up.

Not an international product, but my favorite dry shampoo out of the ones I've tried. 

Nuxe Reve De Miel face & body ultra-rich cleansing gel (sold out :( )

I'm not 100% sure what the difference between these two are, but both have gotten generally positive reviews sooooo. Plus they were both sold out during the beauty.com, which I took as an indication that they must be pretty popular. 


Okay, not a French or Korean product, but rather an Italian import. This stuff has been around since 1867, so it must be doing something right.

Out of all of these products, this is the one I was most excited about seeing on the urban outfitters site... until I realized they also sold it at Sephora. But since I didn't get it during their 20% off sale, this is my second chance to get it at a discount. This was another product which I saw on literally every single French pharmacy haul/ review post I read. It boasts about being a primer, moisturizer, and makeup remover.

Korean cult favorite. That is all.

I would buy this just cause of the packaging alone, but it's supposed to be an effective product for removing dead skin cells.

If you have any recommendations for any other skincare products, please do tell :) 

November 14, 2014

on my radar: lowland boots

I'd say more often than not, over the knee boots get a thumbs down from me. But when they're good, they're so good. The stuart weitzman highland boots have long been on my "sooo good" list, but putting their price to the side, I never contemplated purchasing them cause the chances that I would wear a pair of over the knee boots with a 4 inch heel on a daily basis were slim to none. Enter, the lowland boot.

I'm not sure if they're new, but I first saw them this year and they were a love-at-first-sight item. So much that I have seriously considered purchasing them despite their ridiculously high price tag. I mean, it's the holidays. There are sales left and right. And I have a chunk of untouched birthday money just waiting to be spent. It's like it was meant to be.

Asides from the whole paying an arm and a leg for them issue, the fact of the matter is I don't even know if they would actually fit me. Their site claims they're made out of a stretchy suede, but I have a small foot and not so thin legs. I spotted them from afar at Nordstroms, in fear of going too close and succumbing to their chant of "buy me, buy me," and find it hard to believe they could be that stretchy. Maybe they could be some sort of weight loss reward incentive kinda thing. Instead of gaining weight during the holidays, I'll lose some and buy myself a fabulous pair of boots. A girl can dream.

buy 'em: bloomingdales, stuart weitzman, forward by elyse walker, zappos, nordstrom, neiman marcus

photo sources: Vogue Australia, could I have that, the Chriselle factor, and class is internal