#NSale 2017 picks

Tomorrow is the beginning of #NSale for the public! If you have not seen the many blog posts/videos circulating around, it’s one of the best sales of the year where you can stock up on amazing beauty and fashion deals for the coming seasons. The sale opens to the public tomorrow and goes till August 6th, but better act fast on the things you know you’ll want because things will be selling out fast!

Below are some of my picks for this year’s sale, a variety of beauty products and lots of coats and boots for the fall and winter! Hope you find it helpful!

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Beauty Picks

  1. Jouer Long Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick Duo
    I’ve heard a lot of good thing about the brand and have always loved their packaging, but have never had the chance to try their products. When I saw this set I thought it would be a great opportunity to play around with the brand.
  2. Kiehl’s Jumbo Creme de Corps
    My first encounter with Creme de Corps wasn’t a very positive one. I was younger and thought the lotion was a little too thick and sticky. But now that I’m older, I think it would be good to give this another go as I find my skin is more dry now and need some extra hydration.
  3. Moroccanoil The Ultimate Hydration Collection
    My mom is a big fan of the Moroccanoil, so naturally I’m drawn to it because, of course, mom knows best. I love their hair oil and wonder if the shampoo and conditioner will perform the same.
  4. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Blush Glow Set
    The famous Filmstar Bronze and Glow has a new little sister! The highly coveted palette is no stranger to the beauty community. Now Charlotte Tilbury has come out with a set with blush, if you’ve been interested in trying but didn’t want the highlighter, this would be a good set to get instead.
  5. Diptyque Scented Candle Set
    Every year when Nsale starts, I look for the Diptyque set. It’s a great deal for those who wants to try out different scent from the brand. They’re beautiful, smells amazing, and the mini candle holder can be used as little hair clip holder once you used up the candle.
  6. YSL Lip Set
    I don’t own many luxury lip products, but YSL’s packaging is always so attractive! This set has 3 different formula included (and 3 different packaging), in 2 different color variation, which will be a great way to try out the brand.
  7. Dior Addicted Lip Set
    Another luxury brand lip product, this set includes some cult favorite Dior lip products, comes with a cute pink case and 2 different color variation as well.
  8. Sisley Paris The Best Seller Set
    My mom’s favorite skin care brand! This is truly an amazing deal for the product you’re getting. I’ve used both before and find them to be one of the best for my skin. It is definitely worth a try if your budget allows!
  9. Guerlain Terracotta After Summer Chic Tropic Bronzing Powder
    I stumble upon this bronzer when I was browsing the sale page. It’s simply stunning! I’ve seen a lot of great review for the Terracotta bronzers, and imaging this one will perform the same as the others.
  10. Voluspa Vermeil Mini Tin Candle Set
    I love the packaging of Voluspa candles, but I didn’t love the scents that were included in last year’s sets. This year I saw these minimalist mini tin candle set and thought I’d give it a sniff, surprisingly I liked all 5! There are 2 other sets (in 3s, come in normal and mini) available, in a more feminine, patterned tin. I definitely recommend going to the store and give them a sniff.

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Fashion Picks

  1. BLANKNYC Life Changer Moto Jacket
    Last year BLANKNYC came out with a similar style moto jacket, I was eyeing it for the longest time but never pulled the trigger. This year, they came out with a similar version but with gold hardware. I’m not as big of a fan of the gold but thought it’s a great find and will be a great staple piece for any closet!
  2. Trina Turk Dawn Genuine Shearling Collar Double Face Jacket
    A good classic coat is always a good investment piece. This gives the classic camel coat a little twist with the shearling collar. It’s so cute and gives it a more lux feel.
  3. Barbour Barrowdale Wax Cotton Coat
    These Barbour wax jackets are great for everyday activities, they’re great in quality and weather proofed. It will last you a longggggg time if you take good care of it
  4. Kenneth Cole New York Wool Blend Long Coat
    A long line design of the classic camel coat. Compare to the traditional black long coat, this color will lighten up your whole outfit, giving you an elevated look without being too dark in the winter.
  5. Stuart Weitzman Notazzie Bootie
    A pair of beautiful black booties is a must have for everyone. I’m a big fan of short boots because they’re easy to wear and is very versatile for all seasons. The plain, classic design will never go out of style, and the not to tall heel will give you a boost without slowing you down.
  6. BP. Lightweight Rib Stitch Cardigan
    Having a lightweight cardigan is so handy for the fall and winter (and even spring). There are many great reviews on this BP. cardigan and it’s a great price to invest in a piece that will carry you through 3 different seasons.
  7. Free People Electric City Pullover Sweater
    A textured pullover sweater helps breakup the boring, plain colors, it also makes the whole outfit a little more fun and relaxed and will be a great piece to throw over your outfit for many occasions.
  8. Stuart Weitzman Elevated Over The Knee Boots
    OTK boots are always very popular in the fall and winter. I love the look of them but I think the hassle of wearing tight enough jeans and make sure nothing creases when pulling the boots on might be a little much for me. They are however beautiful and made by a well respected brand that everyone loves, so if you’ve been thinking about investing in one, don’t miss out on these beaut.
  9. J Brand Maria High Waist Skinny Jeans
    There are many black skinny jeans out there, but the hard part is finding a pair that suits you and won’t fade after one wash. I’m hoping there will be more reviews on these soon so I can evaluate how they will perform overtime. I do love J Brand jeans and the one pair I have had previously was the most comfortable and good looking jeans I’ve owned.
  10. Steve Madden Hugh Embellished Mule
    As a Georgia Tech grad, everything with a bee has a special place in my heart. These mules are so so cute! Just not sure how practical they are…
  11. Lauren Ralph Lauren Hooded Quilted Coat
    This coat looks like it’ll be great for a lot of outdoor activities in the fall. The color is very versatile (also have it in black) and will match pretty much every outfit. I’m hoping it’s insulated enough that it’ll help me stay warm throughout the fall and early winter.
  12. Aquatalia Genna Weatherproof Tall Boot
    Riding boots style is my jam. The fact that this is weatherproof makes it even better! Black boots will match everything and they instantly sharpen your look.
  13. Treasure & Bond Slouchy Pullover
    A very relaxed feel, will be great for lounging around but you can also style it to make it a cute brunch outfit! The slight bell sleeve is very on trend and the variety of colors means there’s something for everyone.
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#NSale 2017 picks

The Wild Side

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The bush sure is one magical place. It is something I’ve always seen on TV, but never imagined I would have the opportunity to actually witness myself.

We stayed at 2 different private game reserve, where we saw very different vegetation and landscape. Both had amazing rangers and trackers that educated us on the animals, plants, and environment, every safari drive was a unique experience, nothing is ever the same. This truly was a once in a lifetime experience, I feel so blessed to have been able to experience it, and encourage the ones that are interested and able, to go out and experience the bush for yourself. I hope that one day I’ll be able to come back again!

The Wild Side

Cape Town adventure

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I don’t think any pictures can do what I’ve seen in South Africa justice. I’ve left all the photos unedited for my SA post, because I want everyone to be able to view the beauty of this place without going through a filter. It is truly a magical place and experience, I feel very lucky to have been able to visit and hope to return again one day.

During this trip, we were able to experience 2 very different places that South Africa has to offer – one in the city of Cape Town, the other out in the bush in Kruger National Park. There are simply too many pictures taken, too many beautiful scenic seen, and too many amazing people encountered. If you’ve ever thought about visiting, do it, you will enjoy every moment of it!

Cape Town adventure

Byredo Gypsy Water

Many good things were said about the Byredo fragrance line, although I’ve always been interested to try, there’s not a location near me where I can easily go and sniff all the scents they offer, and at $150 for 50ml I was not about to find out by blindly purchasing.

A couple weeks ago I had the chance to travel to NYC for work and was able to stop by their store in SOHO, the lady was very helpful and based on what I told her on my preference in scent picked out a couple for me to smell in store. At the time, I fell in love with Bal d’Afrique but wanted to see how the scent change on me throughout the day, so I wore Bal d’Afrique on one hand and Gypsy Water on the other as I travel home.

I’m very glad I waited to purchase because I ended up liking Gypsy Water more and more as the day goes by. I was able to order them on Net-A-Porte through ebates (gotta get that cashback!), and honestly this is probably the first perfume purchase I made that I’m 100% in love with. I do not have the most sophisticated nose, nor can I really pick out or name each note within a perfume, I just know what I like and don’t like when I smell them. I’ve always loved the idea of perfume or having your own scent, not in the sense to costume create one for myself but something that when my friends and family smell it they think of me, and I have a couple that I like a lot but none that make me have the heart eye emoji every time I smell them. I’m so happy I was able to try out Byredo and can pretty confidently say that I’ve found a scent for me! To me, Gypsy Water smells super refreshing but at the same time sweet and mature. It is very comforting and warm, on me it lasts a whole day and I just love smelling it throughout the day when I wear it.

Although I love love loveee Gypsy Water, I also loved Bal d’Afrique and have also placed an order for the roller ball Bal d’Afrique (I would like to eventually add a regular size of it to my collection, but baby steps), I can’t wait to have them both on my regular rotation!

Have you tried any Byredo scents? What are some of your favorites?

Byredo Gypsy Water

Day Heel

When I saw these shoes on the Everlane “coming soon” page, I immediately signed up for the waitlist and marked my calendar for when I can order them. And seeing them all over social media when they hosted the Day Market in SF and NYC the weekend before the launch I was so tempted to take the train up to the city and see them in person.

I stayed up late the night before the launch so I can order as soon as midnight hits, though I spent hours deciding which color to get (mainly between the nude, black, or the red), I ended up picking the black. After days of staring at the tracking page, it finally arrived! And it’s even more beautiful than I expect. The leather is SO soft, and they’re SO comfortable! I love the look of them and now am waiting for May 5th to arrive so I can place my order for another pair in different color.

Since I just got them yesterday, I can’t really speak to the longevity of them, but they’re seriously the most comfortable heels I’ve ever worn. We recently just got standing desks at work and being on my feet for 8hrs + a day I was worried about how these will hold up, but to my somewhat surprised (as many have already reviewed and raved about them) they really are so easy to wear even for being on your feet for an extended period of time. The one thing I think is worth noting is that since the leather is so soft, it will show where your feet stretches the shoes when you wear them, so definitely make sure you get the best size and don’t try to “make it work” with a smaller size. Everlane has great customer service and you can always exchange if you got a wrong size, though you might have to wait till May 5th (their restock day) to get the replacement.

So in conclusion, for those of you that waited or are holding out till you see the verdict on these heels, GET THEM! You will not regret it, seriously perfection of form and function.

Day Heel

Keep on blushing

During my last visit to NYC, I was able to stop by the glossier show room and test out their new Cloud Paint in person. First of all, I love their show room! The space is small but you can easily walk around and browse/try all products, and everything is so visually pleasing.

I went in with one goal in mind and that is to test out all the shades for Cloud Paint and figure out which 2 I want (they’re running a 2 for $30 deal!). I knew I wanted Dusk as an easy, neutral blush but couldn’t decide between Haze and Puff, after playing around with all of them I ended up picking up Haze, a darker berry tone blush over Puff which is a pretty baby pink because the darker tone works so well with my complexion. I loved how easy it was to use them, the finish is beautiful and so natural, literally, like you’re naturally blushing. It was love at first dab. But one note on them is that a little goes a longggg way, but no worries if you used a little too much, they’re so easy to blend, even with Haze.

Ever since I got my hands on them I’ve forgo my powder blushes. I no longer need to have a finished base to apply blush, as I use Cloud Paint straight on a bare face that’s freshly cleansed and moisturized face. It gives me a beautiful effortless flush in the matter of seconds, no prep work required, and on top of that the longevity is amazing, at the end of the work day I can still clearly see the blush on my cheeks. Cloud Paint is really every girl’s shortcut to achieve rosy cheeks! I definitely recommend you give them a try!

Keep on blushing

Charlotte Tilbury first timer

This Valentine’s Day Charlotte Tilbury came out with two limited edition lipsticks to celebrate the holiday, a newly created color Valentine in the K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula and their famous Lip Cheat color Pillow Talk in the Matte Revolutionary formula. I’ve actually been eyeing Charlotte Tilbury’s lip products for the longest time and I love the swatch of pillow talk, but since I don’t really use lip liner and prefer to purchase a lipstick instead, I was hoping to find a shade that speaks to me like Pillow Talk did in their lipstick range. But unfortunately nothing has made me want to pull the trigger to purchase. So when I heard they’re coming out with a Pillow Talk lipstick, I was beyond excited and immediately went onto her website to pick one up for myself.

This is my very first Charlotte Tilbury purchase and I’m incredibly pleased with everything, from the packaging it was delivered in, to the product itself. The lipstick came in the standard CT rose gold packaging, very elegant and a beautiful piece that could be added to any counter top display. I have many nude lipstick in my collection, but most of them are either have a brown-ish undertone or a warmer brick undertone. Pillow talk is a beautiful pink-y nude that is super wearable but at the same time gives a very “sweet” look. The color applies opaque and it looks exactly the same in the bullet as when you apply on the lips which is amazing because for some reason when I wear a nude lipstick the undertone is usually exaggerated (probably because of my natural lip color) and sometimes nudes can look a little lifeless on me, so I really love the fact that the color doesn’t change on my lips or pull an undertone of the lipstick. And on top of that, it’s probably the best matte formula I’ve tried! It is not drying and doesn’t tug on your lips when applying, and the best part is it doesn’t settle and enhance the lines on your lips.

Overall I’m super surprised and impressed by this lipstick, this makes me want to try more colors in the range, I foresee a darker red and a peachy nude in my future…

Have you tried any of her lipsticks? What’s your favorite formula and color?

Charlotte Tilbury first timer