Sunday, February 19, 2012

My Skin Care Routine


I am so excited about my updated skin care regimen! I feel so good about my skin that I have gone the entire week without foundation! This post is just an initial compilation of my routine. Expect future posts with more details. If you have any immediate questions regarding products, please email me (minimaestra@hotmail.com) or ask in the comments.

For reference, my skin type is combination. Also important to note, I live in a dry and sunny climate. I am most concerned about protecting my skin from premature aging and preventing pimples. Here is a quick glimpse at my regimen:

Morning Routine
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil*
DHC Mild Soap*
Clarisonic Mia (around nose, forehead, and chin only)
DHC Mild Lotion*
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence*
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock Lotion SPF 55

Night Routine
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil*
DHC Mild Soap*
Clarisonic Mia
Topix Gly Sal 10-2 Pads
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence*
Topix Replenix Power of Three Serum

Morning and Night Eyecare Routine
Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System
Clarisonic Opal Antiaging Sea Serum
Clinique All About Eyes Rich

Twice Weekly Treatments
Borghese Fango Active Mud For Face and Body
Afirm 3x Retinol Cream

*Denotes an item that I have been using for less than one month


What are your favorite skin care products?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

New Hair...Again


CLOTHES: j. crew tee / loft jeggings / free people jacket
JEWELRY: necklaces from grandma's jewelry box and childhood
ACCESSORIES: banana republic belt / tory burch flats / francesco biasia purse



Here are the necklaces that I layered. The heart-shaped locket is actually from my 6th grade boyfriend...it was stored away in my grandmother's jewelry box. The "A" necklace sparked the statement, "I didn't know you were an Angels fan" twice tonight.


I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend! :)



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See my review of the J. Crew tee I am wearing.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

J. Crew Saturday Pant


j. crew saturday pant, xxs in heather midnight
style #33004   sale price: $59.50 $49.99


If you missed out on J. Crew's in-store deals, many of their final sale items are available online in small sizes since the stores have cleared their merchandise. I bought these pants a couple months back and have been in love. I have been wearing them almost daily around the house, and I plan to wear them when I travel.



This is how they look rolled over. Caution! I rolled them without paying any attention to the elastic waist, so over time it got twisted and took me about fifteen minutes to fix. Not fun. Also annoying, the seam of the inner-left leg will sometimes shift below the knee so that it looks crooked. Despite that defect, I still love these pants.



I love how cozy and form-fitting these are.



Two big back pockets that lay flat. Nice spot for my cell phone when I am walking around the house.


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Extra 30% off final sale with code SHOPNOW until Fri., 2/17
The bateau tee is available online in xxs sizes. See my review here.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Kate Spade Sample Sale


kate spade crystal kaleidoscope double necklace
style #wbru3978   sample sale price: $148.00 $59.00

Kate Spade is having an online sample sale tonight of up to 75% off items. The sale ends at 11:59 PST tonight. The kaleidoscope necklace that I styled recently (see below or my post) is heavily discounted. Shipping is $5 for all 50 states and all sales are final.



CLOTHES: j. crew tee and pants
BRACELETS: banana republic and j. crew
ACCESSORIES: h&m belt / tory burch flats / prada purse


Other good deals:


An adjustable martini cocktail ring for $77.00 $25.00

The pop art leopard stevie baby bag would make a great airplane purse for $395 $149.00

Get the pop art leopard stevie purse for $295 $129.00


Monday, February 6, 2012

LOFT Slubbed Linen/Cotton Sweater


loft slubbed linen/cotton sweater, xxsp
style #277872   full price: $49.50


Hi ladies! Here is my last recent LOFT item. I love the look of this sweater on the model, but it did not look so good on me. I think the length of a regular xxs would work better for me.



I loved the look and feel of this material. The oatmeal color is gorgeous. However, the elastic bottom kept riding up. You can also see my bra a bit.



Lots of excess fabric at the armholes.







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Free shipping when you spend $125 or more
Enter for a chance to win LOFT forever

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Banana Republic Stackable Rings


banana republic mixed stone stackable ring, 7
style #429367   my price: $35.00 $12.49


I found these at Banana Republic last weekend. The sale price is marked down to $20.99, but I got them for less with the 40% off sale promotion last weekend. I have already worn them out three different times. The size seven fits my right index finger perfectly.

Below are two other stackable rings offered by Banana Republic. They are currently full price, but with code BRSUPER they are 25% off now through Sunday, 2/5.




banana republic marquis stackable ring
style #462348   full price: $39.50



banana republic pink stone stackable ring
style #904817   full price: $35.00



Here are the stackable rings from my grandma's jewelry box. I love these so much! :)



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25% off full-priced items with code BRSUPER thru Sunday, 2/5
Free shipping when you spend $50 or more
Get the pocket cowlneck for $26.25 with the discount code. See my review.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

LOFT Colorblocked Dress


loft colorblocked dress, oop in fresh navy
style #275729   full price: $89.50




I love the length of this dress! My bra did not peek through the white.



This is how it looks after pulling the bottom down!



This is how it looked on me without tugging it down.



Looks saggy in back. A belt might help.


This is not a purchase I would make. Even with a belt, I feel that I would be having to adjust the bottom. If you are interested in this new item, there are only a few sizes left online, 00p being one of them.


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