Friday, November 30, 2012

November Favorites

I want to share with you my favorite items of the past month. With a blog titled Fairest's Favorites it only makes sense that I talk about my favorite items right? You can expect to see a rundown of my favorite beauty and fashion items each month. I may even throw in a few extra favorites of the moment, in miscellaneous categories, just for fun. 

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige, Physicians Formula Nude Shimmer Strips Palette, Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What's In My Bag?

I'm a big fan of the 'What's In My Bag?' tag. I love reading people's posts or watching their videos exposing what's in their bag. I'm just curious to know what other people carry around with them and these posts make it super convenient (and legal) to snoop.

For those of you out there who have that same curiosity, here's a little insight into my life via my bag.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Jewelry Haul

I have a weakness for jewelry. There's something about shinny things that I can't resist. 

I've recently picked up a few new pieces of jewelry from Target, Forever21, and Kohl's and wanted to do a collective jewelry haul. 

Clockwise from top Left: Target earrings; $3.98, Lauren Conrad necklace from Kohl's; $28.00, Forever21 black and white earrings; $4.80, Forever21 blue and silver earrings; $5.80. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale

Black Friday is tomorrow and Cyber Monday is right around the corner. I am more of a Cyber Monday shopper myself. There are great deals on Black Friday but you have to battle swarms of people to get them. If you wait a few days until Cyber Monday you can shop from the comfort of your own home or office. 

Some of you may know from reading my "About Me" post that I sell on eBay. I am excited to be taking part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday as not only a buyer but, also, a seller this year too! I wanted to share with you that I will be having my very own Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale where I will be discounting some of my top items, including designer handbags! 

I will be offering a 10% discount on all Coach, Betsey Johnson, and candles and home fragrance items. I have a number of designer handbags and accessories listed so be sure to check those out!

Thanksgiving OOTD

Hey everyone! Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday.

Top: Ann Taylor Loft 3/4 length sleeved v-neck sweater, Pants: Cello skinny jeans, Shoes: Extreme by Eddie Marc boots, Bag: Fossil purse, Jewelry: gold, silver, and diamond hoop earrings, New York & Co silver and gold 3 tier necklace, silver twisted bracelet, Tiffany & Co heart bracelet, David Yurman toggle heart bracelet. 

I wanted to do a quick Outfit of the Day post to show you what I am wearing on this Thanksgiving. Just as a refresher, I live in Florida. Although it has been a bit cooler lately, I don't need to be all bundled up like I have the past several years when I was living in Pennsylvania.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Maybelline Volum' Express One by One Mascara

My tube of Maybelline Volum' Express One by One mascara is on its last leg and I will hate to have to toss it out. This product took some time for me to develop warm fuzzy feelings for, but I eventually grew to love it (with some reservation).

Maybelline Volum' Express One by One Mascara

What initially drew me to the One by One mascara was the packaging. Yes, I admit it, the bright colored packaging got me; I love this coral pink color. One look at it and I thought, I have to have it! I guess it also helped that I trust Maybelline, I enjoy using their other product lines, and oh yeah, the price was right.

I knew I had used Maybelline mascara before but couldn't remember why I hadn't ever repurchased it. The second I opened the tube it all came back to me, they smell… bad! Now, I understand this is debatable. Everyone I’ve talked with about it said they don’t think Maybelline mascaras have a smell, but I knew I wasn’t imagining it. In fact, the smell was so strong to me that every time I used it I ended up with a headache. I decided to search Google to see if anyone out there in the cyber webs had similar complaints and just as I had suspected, I am not alone. There are plenty more people out there that can detect a smell too. While I can’t describe what it smells like, I can say it doesn’t smell like perfume or mascara that has gone bad. Regardless, it's not a good smell. Thankfully, with this particular tube, within a month the smell started to fade and was more tolerable. 

Even though the smell was bothering me, I decided to give it a try because I really wanted to test out the mascara wand and see if it worked the way it said it would. The wand, called the Lash Catcher, was designed to separate each lash while providing volume. It has silicone bristles and a very flexible tip. This has to be the most flexible wand that I’ve ever used and it took some time to adjust to. You could say I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the wand at first because while it wasn’t my favorite, the actual silicone bristles were perfect! They did just what they said they would: they separated my lashes and kept them from clumping together. I was able to achieve my desired look with just one coat of mascara. 

Maybelline One by One: Before and After

Friday, November 16, 2012

Outfit Of The Day

I love Outfit of the Day (OOTD) posts. I think they’re a great way to get ideas for selecting items and pulling a style together since you can see a completed look. I plan on doing OOTD often so I can share with you what I'm wearing any given day. In these posts you can expect to see photos and details on my outfit and accessories and where I was going wearing these outfits.

In my last post on the  Oxblood trend I mentioned that I just bought a pair of oxblood (or burgundy) pants. Now today I wanted to share with you how I styled them when I went out to dinner.

Top: Fun & Flirt button down top, and The Limited camisole, Pants: Ci Sono, Shoes: Nine West black peep toe wedges, Bag: Coach plaid pleated front wristlet, Jewelry: small silver hoops.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


If you've picked up a fashion magazine or clicked through a fashion blog recently I'm sure you have seen and are now familiar with the word “Oxblood”. It’s this seasons "it" color. I'm not crazy about the name; it doesn't conjure up the best mental images, now does it?  Getting past that, I love this color. I'm a fan of red; almost all shades. I feel the bolder the better. This deep burgundy or wine red color is a favorite of mine this season. I love how rich this color is. There are so many different shades and interpretations there really is something to suite most tastes and skin tones.  

Clockwise from Top Left Corner: New York & Co Ribbed Boatneck Sweater; $49.95 and Colored Skinny Leg Jeans; $59.95, New York & Co Lurex Knit Belted Sweater Dress; $64.95, New York & Co Colorblock Sheath Dress with Belt; $64.95, New York & Co Dangling Orbs Bib Necklace; $24.95, New York & Co Faceted Triple Drop Earrings; $14.95, Forever21 Pleated A-Line Blouse; $24.80, Forever21 Essential Perma-Creased Trousers; $22.80, Target Merona Opaque Tights; $8, Target Hailey Jeans Co Suede T-strap Round Toe Pumps; $34.99.

Monday, November 12, 2012

About Me

Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog!

I recently moved back to Florida, where I was born and raised. I was living in in Pennsylvania for the past few years but, I was really missing my home state so I decided to pack up and move out! I've had lots of fun with the transition getting to decorate and re-organized in my new space. I'm finally feeling settled in my new place. In addition to my move, I also recently started selling accessories and beauty items, as well as some other items on eBay. While I'm still new to selling, I'm really enjoying it. 

I have wanted to start a blog for quite some time now but, for one reason or another, have just never done it. With so many new things in my life I thought this was a great time to start blogging.

I still consider myself relatively new to makeup. I almost never wore it when I was in high school and didn’t start really experimenting with it until college. Have any of you ever felt like you were absent from class the day an important lesson was taught? That’s how I felt with makeup; I was inexperienced and I was surrounded by girls that were makeup application experts that received an ‘A’ on their final. That all changed when I discovered YouTube. It was as if someone just handed me Cliffs Notes! The beauty community on YouTube helped to show me that makeup and beauty can be fun, not torture.