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Beautycounter Tint Skin Giveaway!

April 9, 2015

Thursday. There you are. Thank God.

We. Are. So. Close. To. Fridayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

I’m super excited about today’s post because I have once again partnered up with SST reader/Beautycounter connoisseur Jennifer to do a giveaway of the newest Beautycounter skin product, Tint Skin. Tint Skin is a tinted facial moisturizer and is the bomb. Jennifer sent me samples when I originally worked with her in October, but I still had a full tube of my Clinique CC cream left so I decided to wait until I was out before buying the Tint Skin. I just ran out of the CC cream a few weeks ago and ordered the Tint Skin, and thank goodness that stuff ran out. The tint skin is liquid gold.

The Clinique CC cream is still a great product, but there is something about the creaminess of the Tint Skin that makes it easier to apply. And since I know pretty much zero about makeup, I can use all the help I can get. I also like the way you can layer coverage — I can apply just one layer if I’m feeling fresh and dewy, or two layers if I’m hungover and need to fake it. The latter option most often wins. 

 

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 Tint skin comes in a variety of shades to match your skin tone so that minimal blending is required – I wear Linen.

Tint Skin in Sand

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And at $38 a tube, it won’t break the bank, either. But if you are lucky, you’ll win a free tube of your choice below! Do one (or all) of the do-hickeys below for a chance to win…

Tomorrow’s Friday. We can do this. Together. And with lots of wine tonight.

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Fashion and Beauty

Investment Piece of the Month — Dior Glow

November 12, 2014

For me, cosmetics is all about the recommendation. Unless I have a personal recommendation from someone I trust about a specific product, then I won’t buy it. Makeup is freaking expensive and I’m not one to just “try” something for the hell of it. That’s like saying you’ll just “try” a $50 bottle of wine when there’s a large chance it could be a #fail. Pure idiocy. 

November’s Investment Piece of the Month is a line of products that were recommended to me by my mom and my friend Sara. They both introduced me to the wonder and magic that is Dior Glow. See below for your glow. 

 

Dior Glow Cosmetics

nail polish / lip balm

Both of these products are very pricey — the polish is $25 and the balm is $33, AH — but each are totally worth it. The nail polish is an easy-to-apply liquid that enhances the look of your natural nails, making your pinks pinker and your whites whiter. It’s perfect to put on your nails when you are in between manicures, as my Mom sagely recommends. My friend Sara is obsessed with this lip balm and practically made me get it, and boy am I glad she did. The balm also enhances the natural pink of your lips and goes on buttery-smooth. It also smells really, really good. So, if you are looking for two items to pump up your makeup lineup, I’d highly recommend these two. Perf. 

How is it only Wednesday? Why am I not on the beach with a mimosa in hand? Major life questions today… 

Fashion and Beauty

Beautycounter Talk and a GIVEAWAY

July 25, 2014

For the most part, I feel like I am fairly educated on how to be healthy/eat and drink well because of the bloggers I follow.  Some of my main gals are Domesticate Me, who is seriously hysterical and tells me what salads to eat so that I look like Kate Moss in a bikini; The Whole Tulip, who shares some awesome healthy recipes that are cheap (love them); and then The Food Babe, who tells me that everything I eat and drink is going to give me cancer and scares the shit out of me daily. It’s a good balance of laughter and shock that inspires me to (mostly) be concerned with the things that I eat and drink.

So while that’s all fine and well, all of a sudden I’ve started hearing about Beautycounter — from the girly gossip that seems to follow me — which provides chemical-free makeup/skincare/etc.

“You know some sunscreens can lead to cancer,” a girl said to me as I smeared on SPF1000 on my face while at the pool a few weeks ago. “Really?” I inquired, wishing she would just shut up and pass the mimosas. “Yea apparently it has a lot of chemicals in it,” she replied. Well dang, I thought. Here I am trying to prevent myself from getting cancer but I could just be giving it to myself anyway.

Then a few weeks later another friend told me about Beautycounter at a bachelorette party a few months ago. “You haven’t heard of it?” she said, shocked at my lack of knowledge of the latest thing. No I haven’t heard of it, I just told you I hadn’t. Now just freaking tell me. She then proceeded to school me on the world of Beautycounter, how everything in our skincare and cosmetics is bad for you and has gross chemicals and that’s probably why I get sties every time I wear mascara. Well shit. 

So when SST reader Jennifer reached out to me about doing a review of Beautycounter I was super excited to a) finally be in the know and b) try out some stuff that won’t cause an early death. Jennifer sent me a boatload of teeny little pots of samples and I tried them all out for a week to see if I could tell a difference — I wanted it to be a real review — and all of the products I LOVED. The best part? Not only are they not made with bad stuff, but everything is also pretty reasonably priced, mostly in the $20-$40 range for the skincare products. It’s comparable in my opinion to Clinique prices, which is doable for the good quality. There always needs to be a balance between price and quality. 

Here’s the lowdown on my favorites:

Beautycounter Favorites

 

1. Routine Cream Cleanser: thin, silky formula that left my skin super soft and squeaky clean. $24

2. Every Night PM Hydrating Cream: Ah this felt so good putting it on my face at night. The texture of a good sour cream, it goes on super smooth and my skin just drank it right up. In the morning I had a dewiness about me, and it wasn’t from night sweats, either. $44

3. Broad Spectrum Sunscreen: LOVE this stuff. Very light, not greasy, great coverage. I went out on a boat for half a day and got absolutely no sun on my face. $34

4. Any Time Eye Cream: I put this on after I washed my face every night and it felt so good to put on. Nice and cold on my puffy, dark-circled eyes. I’m so fan-cay… $32

5. Radiance Firming Complex: This stuff is fancy. I’m not even sure what it does, but I swear I looked better after putting it on. $60

6. Every Day AM Hydrating Cream: I loved the way this felt underneath my CC cream when I put on my makeup in the AM. It has a great orange-y smell… Reminds me of this orange Triaminic cough syrup that my mom used to give me growing up that I loved. I was not addicted to cough medicine as a child, I promise. $40

And because everyone should have the gift of a great face cream, Beautycounter is giving away a complimentary Every Day AM Hydrating Cream to a fortuitous SST reader. Enter to win by doing one or all of the things below. Freedom of choice, peeps. 

 

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  If you are interested in ordering any of the products from Jennifer, visit her website here or email her at jennl.bc2014@gmail.com. She’s the bomb. She’s also offering 10% back on all orders through July 30, 2014 for all SST readers. Booyah. Happy Friday! Oh thank goodness it’s Friday. Someone give me a bottle of wine.   **This post was sponsored by Beautycounter but all writing/thoughts/opinions/typos are my own. I wish I could blame any typos on them.  

Fashion and Beauty

Chatting All Things Beauty on The SoGood

February 27, 2014

Hiya people. I’m chatting about beauty products, organic skin care products and my disgusting makeup brushes with Jim from Jeffre Scottamazing cosmetic retailer in Charlotte — on The SoGood blog today. Don’t know about the The SoGood? Well you are in for a real treat!

The SoGood is a fantastic new app for ya phone that helps busy women live fabulous lives by recommending local businesses for anything that your heart desires — from florists to spa treatments to party planners to wine bars, this app has everything you could ever want. Most importantly, the app is devoted to promoting small businesses that provide the consultative, personal service of days gone by. Sure I shop at large retailers — HELLO J.Crew 40% off sale! — but it’s just so BORING. Same ol shit that everyone has. Download the SoGood app for your #shopsmall world to be rocked and live a life that is oh-so good.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the beauty biz chatter on the SoGood today…

Lotion Unlocked Collage

 

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All About the Eyebrows Collage

 

Hop on over and talk with me on The SoGood!

In other news, as a celebration of Thirsty Thursday, I am currently trying to figure out how to disguise a mimosa and make it look like a water. Wish me luck.

Fashion and Beauty

Tarte Beauty Spotlight

February 19, 2014

As promised, I’m very happy to share with you my new — well sort of new — eye makeup I purchased from Tarte to accommodate my unbelievably high maintenance eyes. Just call them Scarlett freakin O’Hara.

Tarte cosmetics are all natural, everything-bad-for-you-free makeup products that stay on your face for forever. I think I actually still have some mascara on from last night even though I washed my face.

Here’s the rundown of what I use and highly recommend if you are looking for some new eye makeup.

Tarte Beauty Spotlight
Tarte Beauty Spotlight by anna-161 featuring tarte

#1. Ooo I love this stuff so much. This waterproof concealer is made from Amazonian clay and is super tacky so it lasts all day long. I am blessed with naturally dark circles under my eyes — I’m pretty — so under eye concealer is a must for me. I only use a teeny tiny dot to apply under both my eyes and it transforms me from looking like I came off a week-long bender to impossibly fresh and perfect looking. $24. As Wilson says, Yakasha!

#2. This eyeliner is the bomb and waterproof also. I have it in green — pardon, “jade” — black and brown. $19.

#3. Tarte’s Lights Camera Flashes mascara is the bomb and is $23. I would love to spend $3 on mascara instead of $23, but chronic styes are no joke and preventing them with nicer makeup is well worth the money. The brush applicator on this mascara is great too — doesn’t clump and slides on realllll nice.

While putting on my eye makeup in the mornings I often wonder how Tarte gets clay from the Amazon into its products. I wouldn’t imagine South Americans love a makeup company stealing the clay from their super long river, so I called Tarte to see Wassup. Here’s how the convo went:

Tarte lady: Thank you for calling Tarte Cosmetics, how may I help you?

Me: Err hayy! Um can you tell me about the Amazonian clay in your products? Like, is it real? You can tell me. I won’t tell anyone. <thinking in my head — I’ll tell all of my 10 readers!!!!>

Tarte lady: Yes, it’s real. We use the powder of the clay and put it in many of our face powders and some of our creamier lotions.

Me: Oh OK. So, but… how do you get it from the Amazon? Do you have to dig it up? Do people mind that?

Tarte lady: What people?

Me: <pause> … Amazon people?

Tarte lady: Oh, <chuckle chuckle>

Me: <STOP LAUGHING LADY>

Tarte lady: No they do not mind. We use a sustainable process to collect the clay that does not harm the environment and harvests the clay for us to use.

Me: Oh OK that’s good.

Tarte lady: <trying to get me off of the phone> If you would like, you can visit our website where we have a great video explaining the whole process. It’s very interesting and I really recommend you watch it.

Me: Oh OK that’s good.

Tarte lady: OK well thanks for calling Tarte!

Me: <WAIT I have more questions like do the animals mind!?>

<click.>

So the Amazonian thing is totally legit, which I wasn’t expecting but am happy to hear. Watch the video, it is actually pretty interesting.

Also, if you subscribe to Tarte’s email listing you receive 20% off of your first purchase. You know how I feel about unsubscribing currently, but again 20% is 20%. You could always subscribe to the emails, get the promo code and then unsubscribe. I’m not one to judge.

Fashion and Beauty

The Best Eye Makeup Remover For Under $10

January 8, 2014

As of the past month or two, I have suffered from a very annoying and ugly ailment — styes. Even the word sounds ugly. The first one happened over Thanksgiving — too much tryptophan? — the second at the beginning of December — after which I threw out all of my expensive makeup, grr — and the third before Christmas. Needless to say, my eyes have taken a beating. Poor dears.

After receiving my third stye — thanks for nothing Santa — I went to the eye doctor. He gave me some drops, recommended I change my eye makeup remover and sent me along my merry way.

To accommodate my extremely high-maintenance eyes, I went to Sephora, purchased all new makeup — another post to come about my fab new eye makeup — and then asked the sales associate for a recommendation for an all-natural, non-irritating eye makeup remover. She tried to sell me three different kinds of eye makeup removers, but the store was out of every single one. In desperation, she whispered to me: “Forget the expensive ones. Go to any drug store, look for the Yes To brand, and buy the Yes To Cucumbers eye makeup remover wipes. They are all that I use and I love them, and they are $8.” Boom. Done. Thanks Sephora Lady.

Sephora Lady was so right too. These wipes are the shit and smell and FEEL like cucumbers. Why would you want eye makeup removing wipes that feel like cucumbers, you may ask? Because they feel awesome, that’s why. Shut up.

Yestocarrots.com -- Yestocucumbers Eye Makeup Remover PadsCue angels singing music.

The wipes are hypoallergenic and work like a charm. Silver spoon taste feel and plastic fork budget approved. Serious no-brainer.

Photo Credit: www.yestocarrots.com

 

Fashion and Beauty

Shoes to Point You in the Right Direction

October 28, 2013

I recently attended a fashion show at Neiman Marcus for a local charity that benefits the Levine Children’s Hospital called The Starlight Society. It is a fantastic organization — the group’s purpose is to plan events for the children in the hospital to lift their spirits and make sure they still have fun as kids.

Wilson and I sat front row at the fashion show and he was uncomfortable at best. Despite his squirming, he did learn that animal print never goes out of style and also that pointy-toed shoes are in this season. As the emcee announced that pointy-toed shoes were the only ones to wear this fall, I quietly tucked my round-toed leather booties under the gold-cane chair… As one of Wilson’s best friends says, my bad.

In my defense, I had originally planned on wearing this terrific pair that I recently purchased from Gilt Groupe:

Just call me Elvis with my blue suede shoes.

At $79, they are a decent price and not that uncomfortable for 4-inch heels. Gilt constantly carries a great selection of shoes — some are expensive, but others are pretty affordable like this pair. I trotted around in these shoes a few weeks ago at a work event and got lots of compliments.

As for my fashion faux-pas, don’t make the same mistake. Go buy some pointy-toed shoes and do not be shamed by the Neiman Marcus associate. And lesson learned, always follow your first fashion instincts. Damn. 

Photo Credit: www.gilt.com

Home Living

My Silver Spoon Taste

September 18, 2013

Well, this is very exciting. I have wanted to start this blog for some time now, and am extremely enthused to finally be writing it.

Silver Spoon Taste On a Plastic Fork Budget was a concept I came up with a few years ago and have been chewing on ever since. I am constantly writing hypothetical blog posts in my head for my hypothetical blog, and it wasn’t until my extremely supportive husband Wilson encouraged me to actually write the blog that I even considered it. That was about six months ago. After much internal waffling and self-doubt, I have finally decided to go for it. I hope you enjoy.

My name is Anna, and I am plagued with extremely expensive taste. Hello Anna. I cannot, for the life of me, ever innately choose something that is the least expensive of the options. I always, always, choose the most expensive. Always. It is exhausting to constantly choose something that is the most expensive, but more importantly, out of your budget. Let me explain.

I walk into a furniture store, I pick out the most expensive item. Ah yes, of course that campaign-style dresser I am dying for is $5,000.

I go to a restaurant, I want to order the priciest meal. I’ll have the lobster please. It’s $150? Never mind a side salad will be fine…

I walk into a department store, and only want the Jimmy Choos. Now how can I justify those $750 Jimmy’s when what I really came here for was some $10 mascara…

You get the picture. Having terrifyingly expensive taste is only a problem when you do not have an extremely large budget. As a 25-year-old marketing associate, my budget is practically nil, and yet this fact somehow does not alleviate my expensive, silver spoon taste.

In this blog, my goal is to share with you, my glorious readers, how I navigate my pricey taste and get what I want for the money I have to spend. Living luxuriously while still living within my means. Living within your means is something that is largely taken for granted for today, and I am determined to help change this priority through Silver Spoon Taste.

With a little bit of creativity, a good eye, and a lot of spray paint, you can do just about anything. Happy reading.