Current Indulgence: Glint & Gleam

I am obsessed. I have been stalking this website for quite some time and finally took the plunge and made a few purchases! Through the Shop Lately website, they have certain boutiques that cater to different tastes and types of accessories you’re interested in. The one I found that I am completely head over heels for is Glint & Gleam, an affordable very trendy boutique that has tons of styles of jewelry that cater to many likings.

I was first intrigued by their pieces from seeing people like Amy from Vagabond Youth and Sarah from Sarah Hawkinson show their pick ups from the site as well as different stylings with them.

I placed two orders on separate occassions and got them two days after I placed the order–which is amazing! Don’t you just love when your packages ship quickly?

Anyhow, here is a video of the things I picked up:

And here are some detailed shots of the pieces as well:

I am such a sucker for cute packaging as well as good quality and Glint & Gleam does just that: delivers great quality items in cute packaging–AND did I mention they’re affordable?! Two thumbs up!

What do you guys think? Is this something you guys are interested in? Did you see anything you liked from my haul or their site? Please share!

XOXO Alyssa

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Drugstore Discovery: CVS 20% Beauty Purchase Deal

Okay ladies and gents, if you have a CVS store near by and have been eyeing some goodies you’ve been meaning to snatch up but haven’t… It’s time to do so! CVS is offering their Extra Care Members (you know that card you swipe for some awesome deals–basically a membership card which is free) a 20% off coupon through their Facebook for the first 100,000 people to register!

If you don’t have an Extra Care card, it’s easy and completely hassle free to sign up, and even easier to join the Beauty Club (a club within the club where you get awesome deals too!). Please click here if you haven’t joined the club yet.

To get this snazzy deal, simply go to the CVS Beauty Club fanpage on Facebook–yes, on Facebook! And scroll down until you see…

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Then, click on the video looking button and this should pop up…

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Then you just fill out the necessary information, click submit and voila! They should send you the coupon in your email asap and you’re ready to save and spend!

I just received my coupon and it expires 8/26/2012, which is 3 days from now.

I’ve heard that this doesn’t work in conjunction to the sale products going on right now, so be sure and check with your cashier if it does or doesn’t apply to your purchase (as it has no restrictions on the fine print).

Good luck, and hope you find some great deals!

XOXO Alyssa

Swatches | Sugarpill Limited Edition “@#$%!”

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’m always impressed with Amy’s (aka Shrinkle) Sugarpill eyeshadows. For one the color range is amazing, and second the pigmentation is perfection.

If any of you went to IMATS LA this past June, you must have stood in the worth-the-wait line of the Sugarpill booth. I was so giddy, I nearly died of excitement nearing the booth because of how colorful and lively the girls were. One eyeshadow in particular caught my eye the most, it’s called “@#$%!” and how exactly you pronounce that, I have no clue! BUT, when I did ask for it, the salesladies just referred to it as the “limited edition” eyeshadow. And well, there ya go! It is LIMITED EDITION, which meant… yes, I had to get it for that reason. And another reason was because it was exclusive to IMATS only! How exciting is that? Yeah, pretty darn exciting.. I know. I didn’t even need to swatch it to know I wanted it.

@#$%! is a cool toned berry red with silver microglitters/shimmer that actually stay when swatched and applied/blended with a brush (WOW!). The texture is perfect, it’s not gritty as you’d imagine with the fine glitters and it feels like butter… so smooth.

As soon as I took this bad boy home, I noticed it looked familiar to another color I just picked up from Sugarpill, called Love+, the bright vibrant red available on its own or in the Burning Heart palette.

But long behold, no two eyeshadows are ever the same (unless you really have two of the same eyeshadows!).

Here is Love+

And here is @#$%!

As you can see, Love+ is a lovely primary red. It’s just RED. True to color, red. It’s matte with no shimmers and has a similar smooth texture when swatched and applied.

Here is Love+ on the left and @#$%! on the right.

Now, I love these colors! I’m not one to sport the red everyday on my eyes, but hey I like options. I do not own any other red eyeshadows so I cannot compare these to any brands or other products, but as far as these go, I really like them! Normally Sugarpill eyeshadows retail for $12 but at IMATS I got @#$%! for only $8.40 and Love+ was in a palette I got for $24! Such a steal!

I am not exactly sure about the availability of @#$%!, whether it is only an exclusive to the LA IMATS or if it will go to the others, or even if it will be released in the near future. But I really do enjoy the color. Did you miss out? Probably not, but I have yet to discover any comparisons if there are any.

XOXO Alyssa

Current Indulgence: Brandy Melville <3

This is pretty self explanatory. WE LOVE BRANDY MELVILLE! Long story short, we accidentally stumbled across the Brandy Melville store located here in San Diego with the intention of visiting the stores around it. With no distinct sign in front of the store, we had time to kill so we just walked in and checked it out. Needless to say, it was love at first sight! The store was filled with so many cute clothing items, not to mention their awesome accessory selection. Karla and I are happy to add this to one of our must go to places. If you have a Brandy Melville be sure to check them out, and if not visit them online!

Most of their pieces are a “one size fits most” type of deal, which we can appreciate because the clothing items we chose are universally flattering to our body types. The prices vary–for example the same prints on different material can vary in price one may be cheaper than the other. But that also shows they have various options. They are affordable, but some items like their knits and pants are a tad pricier than we’d like. Overall, we’ve always had a pleasant experience and great time shopping here. Stay tuned and see what we’ve hauled in from them recently–we have some really cool finds I think you’d all enjoy!

XOXO Alyssa

IMATS LA 2012 Haul

I hope you guys aren’t tired of hearing about IMATS! Because I know I’m not. I feel like since last week, I’ve been so inspired and just enamored by everyone’s beauty and passion for makeup, it has really sunk in that the makeup industry is somewhere I want to be a part of one day. It sounds so superficial to some people, but really, it’s about the confidence and the added spunk that these tools we use can add to us which can easily brighten up anyone’s day, including our own! From the funky, bright colors to the drama and darkness, the possibilities are endless! Not to mention the special effects. 

Anyway, moving on. Our long awaited haul! This was so exciting, we filmed it as soon as we got back to our hotel room because we wanted to play with our new goodies ^_^ Hope you all enjoy!

We got everything we wanted, plus more! 

If you went to IMATS and have some awesome goodies you’d like to share with us, or even would like to hear/see a review of the things we’ve gotten, please let us know! 

XOXO Alyssa