April 23, 2017

Favorite Sephora Buys

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I buy most of my beauty and skincare items at Sephora. They carry a huge variety of products, and I enjoy discovering new things in-store. They’re having a storewide sale right now, so I put together a list of some of my favorite products. The sale ends today for Beauty Insiders (free to sign up!), and tomorrow for VIB and Rouge level customers.

Hair

Living Proof shampoo and conditioner: I buy this in the big bottles. The restore line is great for my hair. I put my strands through a ton of abuse, and this helps to bring back the hair’s strength and shine.

Makeup

Lancome Artliner: I have been a loyal Lancome eyeliner girl since high school. I love liquid liner, and this is one of the best I’ve tried. I love how easily it glides on, with none of the tugging at your eyelid that you find with a pencil liner. Sephora used to carry more colors, but they’ve streamlined their offering to only the black.

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara: I love long lashes and this mascara gets the job done every time.

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer: If you think this is an unnecessary step/product, let me just tell you that the other day, two people asked me where I get my eyelashes done. No ladies, these puppers are my own lashes. This product can also be worn alone for subtle lash definition.

Hourglass Ambient® Strobe Lighting Blush: I got this blush recently and love it.

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain: This stuff does not budge. I can put this on, and hours later it still looks great. I have colors 01, 03, and 18. They’re all have a matte finish that doesnt make your lips feel like a desert.

Skin

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer: Origins is a great  brand, nd I use a ton of their product. This lightweight gel moisturizer is one of the products that got me hooked on their brand. The scent is light yet energizing, and it absorbs quickly. Love this stuff!

Clarins Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50: I started using retinol, so sun protection is even more important than ever. This sunscreen wears well under makeup, which makes it a great every day choice.It’s pricey, but the bottle lasts a while.

GlamGlow face masks: My favorite two are the ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment and PowerMud Dualcleanse Treatment.

Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment: Zits. We all get them, we all want them to go away fast. This product works really quickly. I’ll dab it on when I go to bed, and by the morning, there is a noticeable reduction.

Sheet masks! I love trying new ones and restocking on old faves.

Beauty Insiders- don’t forget to use code BISPRING by 4/23 to save 10%. If you’re a VIB or Rouge, use code VIBSPRING or ROUGESPRING to save 15% by 4/24.

April 22, 2017

Celebrating Earth Day with Thrive Exchange

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Happy Earth Day! My love for the environment is well-documented, starting as early as second grade. I’m not sure what the assignment was, but I wrote a “story” (all of four sentences) about how you will have more friends if you are kind to the Earth.

It will come as no surprise that I am a huge supporter of eco-fashion. Eco-conscious brands are becoming much easier to find as demand grows. One of the easiest ways to shop eco friendly is to thrift shop!

Did you know that Americans throw out an average of 68 pounds of clothings per person per year? 

By shopping second-hand, you’re keeping a TON of product out of landfills. You’re also spreading out the carbon footprint of a product. When a product is manufactured, there are emissions from its creation and delivery. When the item is purchased for a second time, the initial environmental cost is eliminated.

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I recently worked with Thrive Exchange to put together a spring outfit using their current inventory. Located in Somerville’s Davis Square, Thrive Exchange is in the middle of a vibrant area of the city. Their space is huge, and I spent quite a while going through each rack. I snagged this outfit for $20. Yes, that’s $20 for these like-new J.Crew shorts, a cute Loft tank in a springy color, and a mini backpack. The clothes are in great condition, and so great for the warmer temps of mid-spring!

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The U.S. EPA estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space.

You can grab awesome clothes at a fraction of the price at Thrive Exchange, as well as getting rid of your unwanted items. You can donate, consign, or trade your items – whichever method works best for you! They’re always looking for new items, so bring in your unwanted clothes, home goods, shoes, and accessories.

Textile reuse and recycling has the second highest potential environmental impact on reducing greenhouse gases compared to other recyclables. Recycling 2.3 million tons of clothing per year is the equivalent of removing 1.3 million cars from U.S. roads.*

A number of thrift stores partner with charities, so your purchase is actually a double-whammy of good karma. Thrive Exchange partners with National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and donates a portion of their sales directly to this organization.

Shopping second hand is a great way to find a cool look at while saving money and keeping items out of the waste stream. I mean, if that’s not a win-win-win, then I don’t know what is!

* Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Thanks to Jeff at Thrive Exchange for inviting me to come check out the awesome space and pick out an outfit! And thank you to my readers for supporting brands that support Champagne Thursday.

March 22, 2017

BOSTON GILT CITY WAREHOUSE SALE

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Oh Boston. There are so many wonderful things in this city, but we’re lacking in sample sales. I love designer pieces, but definitely thrive on scoring a good deal. (Plus, I work hard for my money and I want to make it go as far as I can!)

Good news for me…and anyone else who loves designer items for less than their retail price…the Gilt City Warehouse Sale is coming up! Grab your wallets and meet me at The Cyclorama (539 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End). Starting on Friday evening and going to Saturday afternoon, you can shop some major labels for less dough.

The Gilt Sample Sale will offer stylish shoes, handbags, apparel and home decor from coveted designers like Balenciaga, Prada, Valentino and Paul Smith—all at up to 80 percent off retail. Last year I was able to snag a pair of Jimmy Choo monkstrap flats at a fraction of the price.

Besides bargains, there’s a lot of cool perks once inside:

  • Complimentary Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel rosé
  • Personal styling advice from celebrity stylist, Tonya Mezrich
  • On-demand alterations and tailoring from Dependable Cleaners
  • ROYCE New York pop-up shop with leather accessories and complimentary onsite monogramming
  • Crane & Lion athleisure pop-up
  • Braiding and dry hairstyling from SalonCapri
  • Pop-up jewelry shop from April Soderstrom

Quick tips for navigating a sample sale

  1. Leave your big bags and jacket at home to skip the coat-check line.
  2. Wear shoes that you can slip on/off to try on shoes quickly and easily.
  3. Go with a plan and with a friend. Keep each other honest.
  4. Brand-blindness is real, and don’t buy something just because it’s marked way down. Make sure you love whatever you buy!
  5. If something doesn’t fit completely perfectly, think about getting it tailored. Keep in mind that it’s easier to tailor something that’s a little too big than a little too small.

Tickets on sale now here.

(And if you go, let me know what you snagged!)

March 14, 2017

Black and Tan

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I met up with Madeline during a balmy afternoon to shoot this outfit. We met electronically via a Facebook group, and made plans to collaborate. I love her work, and was excited to meet her IRL. I immediately loved her. We chatted about all sorts of things – the beauty of Beacon Hill, pets, hair stylists, our love for California. She is a fabulous person and a total lady-crusader, and my unbiased opinion is that you should follow her on Instagram if you don’t already.

This outfit is made of pretty classic pieces: a (faux) leather skirt with leopard print and a camel leather bag. These are pieces that will be in my closet until they literally fall apart. Can we take a second to admire this bag? I found it at a thrift store for a whopping $10, and while there’s no brand markings, it looks like a vintage Coach bag. It holds an insane amount of stuff, and I’ve been using it non-stop because it’s that perfect color that goes with basically everything.

Outfit details

Sweater: J. Crew. This is the Tippi sweater, which is one of their classic styles that has endless rotating colors so if leopard isn’t your vibe, they have TONS of other options.

Skirt: J.Crew but I scored it at one of my fav consignment stores in Portsmouth, NH called Wear House.

Bag: Vintage, but some similar vintage options are here, here, here, and here.

Shoes: Steve Madden. I’ve had these forever and couldn’t find a link to the exact ones, but they’re not crazy unique and there are a lot of similar styles available. Try here, here, or here.