Saturday, October 2, 2010

September Favorites

Brahmin-Caroline Zip-Top Satchel $325 -For those of you who aren't familiar with the Brahmin brand they are a really great higher-end leather works brand that is based in Fairhaven, MA (only about 20min from me). They still have their outlet store there were you can score one-of-a-kind and sample bags (I have two of these bags and adore the fact that they are one-of-a-kind) and great sales, sometimes up to 50%off. About twice a year they hold a tent sale where you can get handbags and accessories for up to 50% off the retail price. At this year's autumn tent sale I picked up the Caroline Zip-Top Satchel in taupe/tan with crocodile (which Brahmin is known for) accents for 60% off retail price. I love this bag because it is so classic (can't you picture Audrey Hepburn carrying this) and you can wear it as a satchel or shoulder bag. Brahmin is sold at Nordstroms and Dillards and can also be found at

Animal Prints- are a MUST have this fall. Although I usually opt for classic looks I couldn't pass up this scarf that I bought at H&M for $9.95. I wore it out to breakfast and shopping yesterday and literally received a dozen compliments on it. It looks so expensive and paired with a black tee, skinny jeans and pointy toed flats it is a great way to wear animal print and be trendy while also remaining classy.

Almay Smart Shade Smart Balance Foundation- I use to use this ALL the time when it first came out. However, when I feel in love with MAC I abandoned it but have recently fell back in love. This foundation is a sheer to light coverage that looks like skin, it is amazing to even out your skin tone and lasts throughout the day. I use the color 100 in Light and it is a perfect match for NW20 coloring. I use my hands to spreed it on and then use my MAC 187 to kind of blend and even it out. I also set it with my MAC MSF natural.

Maybelline Dream Creamy Foundation in Creamy Natural- After I finished up using my old/left over Almay foundation I went to repurchase it and realized it was $13.99, that is A LOT of money for a drugstore makeup, so I was looking around and came across this maybelline foundation that I heard a lot about on youtube and it was on sale for $7 so I figured, "why not?". I do like it, but is a heavier coverage, more medium-to full. I applied it with my 187 brush and it still looks a little cakey and less "air brushed" like the ad says, you need a very light hand when applying this but I do like the texture and finish it leaves once it is appliet correctly.

L'oreal EverStrong Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner $6.99. I have been using sulfate-free shampoos on and off for a year now and so my favorite is the l'oreal everstrong brand, it doesn't weigh my hair down or feel flat. Instead my hair feels smooth, healthy and looks incredibly shiny.

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