November 2013 archive

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Style from the Sticks!

Tomorrow I will be live tweeting from Nebraska Furniture Mart during Black Friday Shopping!

Hope to see you there!

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Thanksgiving Break- Travel Day

Over the river and through the woods, to your holiday event we go!
Traveling can be a major pain…especially if you are going a long distance or sweating airplane travel with little ones.  Keep things simple.
Start with basic comfy jeans.  For climate control, try a tshirt and knit blazer.  Just one step up from a sweatshirt but so many more style points.
Needing to hop out of the car a bunch? Sport this fun hoodie at the gas stations and these sneakers that weren’t meant for the 5k.
Long way left to go? Snuggle up in a warm sweater and socks. Don’t worry, the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh.Thanksgiving Break- Travel Day

 

Thanksgiving Break- Travel Day by stylefromthesticks featuring lace print skinny jeans

Quiz shirt top
$32 – debenhams.com

Splendid white v neck tee
shopzoeonline.com

Lace up bootie
macys.com

Thanksgiving Break- Turkey Day

The family is all gathered and while you don’t want to be dressed up, you don’t want to look like a slouch either?  Time to break out those coated jeans that you’re not sure what to do with; they’ll be perfect for Turkey Day!
Wear them casually with tshirt and scarf, make them more formal with a blouse and blazer.  Or take them out with a little sparkly top and cape!
Let’s just hope on Thanksgiving…they breath!  🙂Thanksgiving Break- Turkey Day

 

Thanksgiving Break- Turkey Day by stylefromthesticks featuring sequin peplum tops

Sequin peplum top
allyfashion.com

Joe Browns summer tunic
$37 – debenhams.com

Izabel London black cape
dorothyperkins.com

J Brand skinny leg jeans
neimanmarcus.com

Lucky Brand ballet shoes
infinityshoes.com

Platform booties
bodycentral.com

Scarve
modcloth.com

Thanksgiving Break- Patterned Corduroys

Packing for Thanksgiving?  I’ve got you covered.  Take one pair of pants and I’ll give you three different looks to choose from to make any occasion your trip might throw at you easy to navigate from your suitcase.
The first look- patterned corduroys.  Don’t let these comfy little numbers scare you- there are many ways to wear them!  Find a tshirt with a little pattern to match or just a sweater in the same color family and you have two easy outfits.  Want to dress them up?  Wear a pretty little top with cardigan in a neutral.
These pants would be perfect for a family get-together, a movie run or maybe even Black Friday shopping!
Thanksgiving Break- Patterned Corduroys

 

Thanksgiving Break- Patterned Corduroys by stylefromthesticks featuring high heel stiletto pumps

Forever New cream lace shirt
$73 – forevernew.com.au

French Connection blue top
$79 – psyche.co.uk

Vero Moda studded top
$62 – veromoda.com

Oasis ruched top
$24 – oasis-stores.com

H&M grey booties
$49 – hm.com

High heel stiletto pumps
$40 – marksandspencer.com

Holiday Season

I hope you enjoyed the week of beauty.  And maybe are willing to give a few new products a try.  I was inspired!

This week we’ll be packing for Thanksgiving.  Many of you will be hitting the road for some family get togethers and I’ll be right there with you helping you decide what to take and what to wear!

Bring on the holidays!

BSS- Scent-sy

I do not have a reliable sniffer.  Long story short, it rarely works.  But when I do get a sense of smell, I love to smell Bath and Body works products.

I think they have the most wonderful lotions and bath soaps.  And I’ll tell you a few of my favorites- their aromatherapy collection.  I have the sleep, energy and stress relief lotions and bath soaps.  And they really smell great!  I have even been asked lately what I’m wearing because not only do they smell great, but they are also very long-lasting.  Nothing is more discouraging than applying something that smells wonderful only to have it wear off right away.

Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Lotion - Aromatherapy - Bath & Body Works

 

Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Lotion, Bath & Body Works $14

So if you are out shopping today, take a moment to smell all the great products they have to offer. It’ll do your nose some good.

Oh, and have you picked up your vanilla bean noel yet?  If not, now is the time to stock up!  If you haven’t smelled it, you’re missing out!  It smells like Christmas.

Curly Lashes

I don’t have much use for eyelash curlers.  Who has time for that?  Unless it is a wedding or a special event, I just don’t see the point.  I know that it really opens up your eyes, etc. But honestly.  There are days when my hairbrush is the most complicated tool in my beauty arsenal.

I also despise the pinching and holding in a cold, metal contraption.  99% of the time, I feel the urge to sneeze which could result eyelash baldness.  These are all reasons to avoid curling ones eyelashes like the plague.

So when I came across this little number, I couldn’t help but be curious.  Would it be the answer to all that I hoped?  Would it curl my lashes in one easy step minus pinching and the potential for naked eyerims?

 

Heated Eyelash Curler by Sephora Collection, Sephora $17

This little tool heats up like a curling iron, only it doesn’t get anywhere near that hotl  You place it on your lash line and work your way up, opening up your lashed and your eyes.

The instructions recommend that you use it after you apply your mascara.  I have tried it both ways now and I have to say, I’m not sold.  I think it does work, mildly.  Of course, I don’t know that I see that much of a difference with the traditional eyelash curler.  Maybe after you use it over a long period of time.

The verdict for now.  Save your money.  And have straight lashes.  🙂

Color Show

I love to pick up cosmetics on the clearance aisle because you never know what products you might like until you try them!  And if you are spending pennies on those items, it feels better when you hate them.  😉

So I bought some nail polish on clearance the other day, Maybelline’s Color Show.  The goal with this line was really fun nail colors. I tried the red relic.  But I was not prepared for a completely mat finish!

#color show

Color Show nails

I’m thinking that it looks like I used a red highlighter on my fingernails.  Esh.  And all that chipping is one day’s worth of wear.  Hm.

Maybe a clear shiny top coat will save the day?

 

 

Foundation Brushes

Never underestimate the power of a good beauty tool.  Think of applying makeup with the applicator that it comes with versus a tool purchased on its own with your guy’s power tools verses hand tools.  Things are a whole lot easier.

Today specifically I want to talk about the beauty of a foundation brush.  Excluding airbrushed foundation, basically there are three ways you can apply foundation- fingers, brushes or sponges.  Any of these applications are fine and can do a good job.  But the speed and coverage of a brush can make life just a little bit sweeter.

Do brushes have to be expensive?  I have to admit that you can definitely tell the difference in how much you spend on a brush.  Generally the more expensive the brush, the softer the brush and the less it “sheds.”  You don’t want to be stabbing yourself in the face with coarse bristles or anyone confusing your brushes’ “shedding” with a long coarse dark hair on your face or chest!  That said, there are quality brushes that don’t have to break the band.  There are even some at Target!

I have an assortment of brushes.  Some are Target brand, some are more expensive. There are approximately three different types of foundation brushes.

Here’s what they look like-

Sonia Kashuk® Core Tools Large Foundation Brush - No 114

 

Sonia Kashuk Foundation Brush, Target $11

This brush is a close second to my favorite brush.  It can be streaky if you aren’t careful.  First use it to apply your foundation in small brush strokes but don’t stop there!  Be sure to go back over those strokes and pat the flat side of the bristles so you don’t have any lines.

Sonia Kashuk® Kashuk Tools Medium Angled Multipurpose Brush - No 17

Sonia Kashuk Medium Angled Brush, Target $17

This angled brush is more for sheer coverage foundations.  So is flat brush.  For some reason I just don’t like the application of the angled brush.

Sonia Kashuk® Core Tools Large Duo Fibre Multipurpose Brush - No 115

Sonia Kashuk Large Fibre Brush, Target $13

This is my favorite brush.  I feel like it reallly gets the foundation down into your skin instead of sitting on top.  If you only have one foundation brush, this is the one to have. Use small pats on the top of your skin with this brush and then buff in circular motions after the makeup is applied.

I hope this gives you an understanding into the makeup world of foundation brushes!  These tools of the trade can really be effective, so give them a try!

 

Argan Oil

There was a time when women went to all kinds of lengths to avoid any products that had oil in them for their face.  And times they are a changing.

Speaking as a girl with extremely oily skin to now as an adult is more combination, I avoided oil like the plague.  But especially in the harsh Iowa winter, my skin gets BONE dry.  My sensitive skin can bake like a pancake in one afternoon’s worth of cold wind.  It doesn’t feel good or look good either.

Some of you might remember my post about this little gem I discovered awhile back.  But I’ve also been using something new, argan oil.  More specifically, Josie Maran’s light argan oil.

I picked this bottle up to give it a test run because I’ve heard so much about it.  I mean, if you wanna know the truth about any product, you can find out on the Home Shopping Network, right?

 

Josie Maran Cosmetics $48

I chose it simply because I do have acne prone skin and expected the lighter version not to clog pores and it was also formulated for sensitive skin.  Bing!  That’s me!

How exactly does one use facial oil?  Well, let me tell you, in my experience, you can’t rely on it as a moisturizer.  I just need deep hydration.  Maybe the original formula works better for that?  But I really love it on top of my moisturizer.  Think of it like an additional layer that you’re putting on to protect your skin.  And the best part is, whatever is underneath night cream or your sunscreen will be locked into your skin, doing its job without disappearing.

So if you’re like me and have your wintertime skin starting, consider facial oil.  It has a bigger price tag, but it leaves your skin soft, radiant and protected.  And as an added bonus, it works wonders on hair, nails and lips!

 

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