New From the Drugstore

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Last week I went to CVS to pick up a few bits. You know how it is- you go in to get contact solution and you walk out with four beauty products that were certainly weren’t on the list. Today I thought I’d share what I bought (think of this as a mini haul, if you’d like).

– Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow in Rose Haze: In last week’s makeup routine, I mentioned that I only wear eyeshadow from time to time. I’m not quite sure what compelled me to pop this duo into my basket, other than the fact that the colors are so pretty. I haven’t even read or watched any reviews on this product (normally I do all of my research before I buy). I am curious though to crack this open and give it a try.

– Burt’s Bees Lip Balm: Normally I go with Chapstick when I’ve run out of lip balm, but this time I decided to try Burt’s Bees. Plus, this one is mango scented. Doesn’t that sound delicious? (Promise that I’m not going to eat my lip balm.)

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in Mars: The unofficial plan is to own all of the colors from this line because the formula is just great. I always check the display in my local CVS and I was pretty excited when I saw a few new shades (although I think they might have been released a while ago in the UK). I was good and only bought one color this time. I used to own a bright cherry red like this but it became old and clumpy, so I thought I’d replace it with this Rimmel polish.

Maybelline Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Divine Wine: Ahhh, this lipstick. I was searching for this for a while. It seemed like every time I tried to buy it, they didn’t have this color in stock (and I tried a few different stores). I’d heard good things about the Maybelline matte collection, which is why it’s been on my list for the past few months. I’ve only used this color once so far, but it does feel creamy and pleasant on the lips. After hunting it down, I only feel about 80% about the way it looks on me. It has a little more brown in it than I’d like. I’m going to keep it because I do like it, but it won’t get a lot of wear right now because I’m transitioning into spring makeup.

Have you bought any great drugstore beauty products recently?

The Perfect Black Work Pant

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I’m looking for the perfect black work pant, which is no easy task. I’d like something fitted, but still comfortable. I also want them to be ankle-length with a skinny leg opening. I know I’m not the only one who finds it difficult to find pants that fit well. I’ve got a little bit of junk in the trunk, so it can be hard to find pants that fit well in the bottom and thigh areas without having that annoying gap in the back. I’m also on the shorter side (5’3″), so regular pants are sometimes too long or cropped pants will hit me at an awkward length. The point of all that is that I prefer to try on pants in stores since sizes and fit can vary widely. I’ve been looking for a few weeks now and here are a few pairs that I have my eye on:

Ann Taylor Sleek Stretch Ankle Pants I actually bought these pants last week for about half-off. On the hanger, I was not loving them, but then I tried them on and my opinion completely changed. They fit rather well and they are pretty comfortable. I’m not 100% sure that I’ll keep them though. We’ll see if they pass the at-home test.

Banana Republic Black Soft Pant I like the slouchy vibe of these and I think they’d be great for warmer months. I’m not sure how they’d look with flats though, or if I could pull them off.

Banana Republic Sloan-Fit Slim Ankle-Zip Pant I tried these on in the store a couple weeks ago and I kind of liked them. The legs are actually skinny and I like the side zipper- it gives a flattened, slimmer silhouette. I was having fit issues though. I was in a bit of rush when I was trying these on, so I’d like to go back to a store and take my time.

J. Crew Minnie Pant I know people love these pants. I’ve seen them in the store, but I’ve never tried them on, so I’d like to do that at some point.

Have you found your perfect black work pant?

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The Drapey Trench

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I’m on the hunt for a new spring jacket. I was trying to decide on a silhouette and I noticed the drapey trench popping up everywhere. I like this twist on the classic trench coat. They’re usually made of a lightweight material and I think they give outfits a relaxed polish. As you can see above, stores are carrying them in pretty, light colors that are perfect for spring. I’ve definitely decided that I want a colored coat and I’m leaning towards a blush/pink coat, grey, or perhaps light blue. I may still end up going for a more structured coat, like this pretty pink coat that I have my eye on. What do you think of the drapey trench?

01. Stone Crepe Trench Coat 02. Oversized Collar Wrap Coat 03. Long Coat 04. Long Trench 05. Hey Lady Jacket 06. Zip Trench 07. Draped Trenchcoat 08. Drapey Twill-Woven Trench Coat

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Loft Girl

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Up until a couple of yeas ago, I’d never stepped foot inside a Loft store. In my head, it was a brand for older people and not really somewhere that I considered shopping. Then one day I was wandering along Fifth Avenue after work and I decided to pop into the store. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the cute things that I saw and it didn’t hurt that they were having a 40% off sale at the time. I like Loft because the styles are simple and classic. The pieces I’ve purchased from Loft are very versatile, meaning that I can wear them to work or on the weekends. Best of all, they’re always having sales, so I don’t think I’ve purchased anything from there at full price! Do you shop at Loft?

01. Windowpane Circle Skirt (this skirt will be mine!) 02. Lou & Grey Static Dress 03. Short Sleeve Shirtdress
04. Lace Stripe Tee 05. Windowpane Sweatshirt 06. Piped Utility Blouse

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