Get the Look for Less ft. Wendy Williams!

I’ve always been a Wendy Williams fan due to her honest opinion on EVERYTHANG and if it weren’t for the #dayjob, I’m sure I can sit home and binge watch her talk show all day, every day.

In addition to celebrity interviews, she’s always down with the latest pop-culture and entertainment headlines AND has the best guests. Today’s guest is fashion expert Melissa Garcia who was on deck to show us how to get the look of our favorite TV leading ladies (ahem, Olivia Pope) for a fraction of the price! Watch it below!

Tell me: what’s your favorite look: Cookie, Chanel, or Olivia? Leave a comment below or tweet me! You guys KNOW of my love for Olivia Pope – pair that with my obsession with capes, I just might head on over to Asos!

Disclosure: this post is sponsored. I actually do like Wendy Williams though.

UncommonGoods (& enter my giveaway!)

The older I get, the more I start to appreciate unique pieces. I used to love the mass produced stuff (as evidence here on this blog) but I’ve come to appreciate unique designs and handcrafted gifts to give and receive.
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I recently learned about UncommonGoods (based out of my home city Brooklyn, NY) and instantly knew I wanted to work with them. They all of their operations out of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, including their warehouse where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% ABOVE the minimum wage.

We make it our mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what we sell is made by hand. Most of the products we carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of our entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. At the core of our company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is our responsibility to use our business to impact the world in a positive way.

It’s honestly a one-stop shop for anyone, especially gift givers. What hooked me in was their jewelry selection! Between earrings (check ’em out here) and necklaces (right this way), you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love. While browsing their selection of bracelets, my eyes landed on one piece that I knew I wanted: this Crochet Hook Bracelet.
The bronze bracelet, inspired by the crochet hook, is a dainty little cuff to wrap your wrist and stays on tight. I’m no crafter but I loved the simple design of this bracelet. There’s something beautiful about being inspired by the simplest things and turning it into a piece of jewelry.

As you poke through the UncommonGoods site, you get a sense of who they are as a brand. From donating $1 from every purchase through their Better to Give program (you select the non-profit of your choice) to giving you studio tours of the artisans behind your favorite pieces, this is a company that wants to make an impact in a positive way.
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I’ve partnered up with UncommonGoods to give one lucky reader a $25 gift certificate to their site. To enter, simply send me an email ( telling me what you’d like from their site. One lucky winner will be chosen. Open to US residents only (sorry international readers!). Ends 12pm ET, October 23rd. Good luck!

The post is sponsored by UncommonGoods. All opinions are my own.

shopbop friends and family

Of course five days after I place an order on Shopbop, their Friends & Family sale goes live -_-
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That said, I’m not bitter. Instead I’ve made my list for more autumn gear (remember when we used to call designer stuff “gear” in the ‘hood??). My wishlist is below. What’s yours?
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ENGLISH FACTORY Cest La Vie Dress //Vita Fede Mini Titan Cube Crystal Bracelet // Sophie Hulme Nano Envelope Bag in Oxblood (perfect for going out this Fall! // Dolce Vita Garnett Suede Boots (bought these!) // The Jetset Diaries Omar Jacket // Madewell The Transport Tote

Sale runs between 10/13 – 10/15 11:59 PST. Exclusions apply.

Happy shopping!

Morphe 35O Palette Review

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It seems to me that there’s never a good time to actually write about the Morphe 35O palette. I purchased it what seems like decades ago after Jaclyn Hill first mentioned it on her channel. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to order without a hitch and it sold out faster than you can spell your name. Fast forward a few weeks later where they restocked and it sold out again. I’ve held off posting about it because nothing is worse than discovering a product you love and wanting to share it with the world, but the world is unable to purchase, you feel me?

Well a few days ago Morphe restocked, sold out (crazy) BUT according to the brand this is a permanent item so they will be restocking again. Timing is TBD so I highly recommend you follow them on Instagram since that’s where they do a lot of announcements.

Since it is a permanent item, I’m going to go ahead and share with you how much I love it. Do yourself a favor and get it if you can okay.
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This palette retails for $23.00 and you get 35 eye shadows in a hard plastic case. The packaging is nothing to sing home to. It reminds me of those Coastal Scents palettes everyone went crazy for back in the early days of YouTube. The shades are warm and beautiful, perfect for fall as there are quite a few pretty browns and oranges. The powders are soft and easy to blend. There’s only one eyeshadow of the 35 that gives me trouble and it’s the glittery/ slightly pink color (first picture: third row, second to last color). It’s chunky and hard to blend. I’m able to work with it only with a slightly damp brush to give a foiled effect.
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The mattes shades are not too powdery or chalky and go on smoothly. The remaining shimmery and metallic colors are intensely pigmented and also go on smoothly. If you’re on a budget and looking for a palette, I would recommend it. It’s great for anyone starting their beauty collection or someone who is looking for fuss free makeup. If you’re the type that wants product AND packaging (it’s okay, we’re all a little bit snobby), I’d recommend investing on a palette by Urban Decay. I won’t knock this palette at all – I’ve been using it almost exclusively for the past six weeks. It’s great!

Morphe 35O palette is available in the Morphe store in California and will be restocked sometime soon (hopefully).

gerard cosmetics lucy star powder

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I didn’t want to like it but I did. So there’s that. I’ve mentioned Gerard Cosmetics before and while their products aren’t terrible they aren’t AMAZEBALLS to merit the price tag they are currently running for. Like I mentioned in my lip swatch video, if you are looking to purchase Gerard Cosmetics there’s always a 30-50% discount available via your favorite YouTube beauty guru or Instagrammer so there is no need to pay full price (it ain’t worth it). That said I feel down the rabbit hole after seeing MakeupShayla wearing this highlighter and I bit the bullet. I didn’t want to like it but I did. So there’s that.
gerard cosmetics star powder lucy highlighterThe Gerard Cosmetics Lucy Star Powder is a rosy highlight inspired by- you guessed it- America’s sweetheart Lucy. I was surprised at how finely milled the powder was as I expected it to be somewhat chunky. It gives off a true in your face highlight but it is blendable and velvety to the touch. It has soft gold shimmers so it’s not too rosy on the skin. If you have tan to deep skin, this will look amazing on you. It has quickly become my go to highlighter and if I’m feeling extra, I’ll layer this on top of another blush. Unlike the lipsticks, I couldn’t find a single negative thing to say about these (outside of price), so kudos.

I didn’t want to like it but I did. So there’s that.

Gerard Cosmetics is available online and now at select Ricky’s NYC locations. I, personally, wouldn’t buy it anywhere other than their site so you can leverage the discounts they keep having.