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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Is it worth it to buy an expensive purse?

 The other day I saw a post by someone on my Facebook feed asking for justification to buy a purse over $150.  I immediately thought (and responded) materials and craftsmanship, of course.  It got me to thinking about it and I’d like to share my opinion on expensive purses.  While it may seem excessive to spend more than $150 on a purse, and even more so when you spend $1500 on a purse, it really does pay off.  Purses are, to me, a investment piece.  It’s something you use every day to carry all your stuff – your phone, wallet, keys, band aids, chargers, laptops, and, if you’re like me, at least 10 lipsticks at any given time, lol.  Besides the fact that it’s a vessel for your valuables, you have to think about the amount of construction that goes into a purse, what with all the small parts, hardware, zippers, etc.  When you add quality to the construction, well, it’s easy to see why they’re so expensive.  If you decide to go with high end designer (or Salon as Nordstrom refers to it), the price goes up exponentially, but so does the quality of materials and craftsmanship. Not to mention the style! I have a variety of Coach purses, in different colors and finishes, and I still have all of them, in tact.  My oldest Coach purse is 20 years old.  Why did I decide to go with a designer bag like Coach?  Because they have an embossed leather panel inside the purse with the serial number; they guarantee their construction for life.  It’s that level of service and craftsmanship that keeps me going back.  And let’s talk about resale value of designer…

10 Things: May Favorites

There are certain things I tend to gravitate to, and it changes frequently.  I thought I’d share a few of my favorite beauty products.  If you’d like more detail on these items, check it out on my You Tube channel:  10 Things: May Favorites Clockwise from the top: Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette:  Buttery, highly pigmented, all matte eye shadow palette.  Extremely versatile. Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover:  Removes nail polish so quick.  Fastest removal ever.  Seriously. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream:  I mix this with the Cover FX drops.  Alone, too dewy for me.  Together, amazing coverage. #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder:  This is a highlight/contour duo.  So finely milled, the banana powder sets concealer like a dream.  The contour powder – OMG.  That is all. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick:  These go on like water and dry to a matte finish.  I recommend using a lip balm underneath.  Colors shown are L.U.V. which is such a gorgeous purple, and Bauhau5 a lovely raspberry pink. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer:  Best concealer on the market, it doesn’t crease or settle into fine lines and provides great coverage.  I prefer to apply with a damp Beauty Blender. MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost:  Mixed with the UD Naked Skin concealer, it’s a match made in heaven. Cover FX Custom Cover Drops:  Combined with the Bare Minerals gel cream, it creates a lovely satin matte finish on the skin.  You can customize your coverage by adding 1 – 4 drops, 1 being light coverage and 4 being full coverage.  Great to adjust any foundations that are not quite the right shade, too. NARS Ita Kabuki Brush:  Best contouring brush…