Monthly Archives: March 2014


Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

There are a lot of beauty products and brands that I have stood by for years, but foundation has sadly, been one of those products I have never quite fallen into perfect harmony with.  Recently, Rimmel London sent me their Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, and I was excited to try it (obviously, I’m a big Rimmel fan!) and finding a great foundation has been at the top of my beauty list.

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Before I had even had a chance to put the foundation on, the formula itself nearly stopped me in my tracks.  Your typical foundation is liquidy and requires a bit of skill with a great foundation brush.  Rimmel’s Stay Matte Liquid Moussee Foundation has some density, like a cream, but goes on super lightweight, like a liquid makeup.  I fell for the texture instantly.  The result: a pretty flawless cover – no caking, no extra weight, and no shine, plus a perfect matte finish.  I cannot stress how important that matte coverage is to me – Miami can get seriously hot, and a shiny nose or forehead is just not okay in my makeup game.  I use a mattifying powder to keep shine down, but I always find myself having to touch up throughout the day.  Rimmel’s foundation is really matte, all on its own.

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(By the way, I didn’t do any editing to the photo at all because I wanted you to see how the makeup looks, in plain old sunlight, plus my very pale pale skin.)

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In celebration of the new product, Rimmel London is hosting a fun sweepstakes AND contest with amazing prizes.  Now that I’ve taken the Stay Matte Challenge, why not give it a try?

You can also enter the contest by writing a blog review or filming a YouTube review of the product and tagging it #staymatteswitch and entering the link on the Rimmel Tumblr submission pagePrize: Rimmel is giving away ten (10) makeup prize packs to create ‘endless London Looks’ (ARV $1,000).  You can enter the sweeps by entering through Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr by taking a selfie and declaring that you are making the #StayMatteSwitch. Be sure to use the hashtag #StayMatteSwitch and tag @RimmelLondonUS. Prize: Rimmel is giving away five (5) iPad airs.

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Rimmel London.  Get the London Look. Find out why girls across the country are making the stay matte switch at http://www.staymatteswitch.com. @RimmelLondonUS, #StayMatteSwitch

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Rimmel London via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Rimmel London.


Lexi

Little Love Notes

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Dear Pinterest, so glad I can now pin baby girl nurseries with reckless abandon.  (In case you missed it: we’re having a little princess!)

Dear fashion fanatics, The 50 Most Stylish Movies Ever.

Dear color lovers, the crazy process J.Crew uses to invent their colors.  And yes, J.Crew invents their own colors.

Dear land owners (or really anyone who has a piece of grass larger than our tiny cement balcony), you should grow a rose garden so that I can live vicariously through you.

Dear bloggers, you have to read Burnetts Boards’ post all about how to grow your blog organically.

Dear Spring, totally ready for you with this ridiculously amazing 20% off all necklaces deal at BaubleBar. {Use code NECKLACES at checkout}

Dear Ashlee Simpson, can I borrow your engagement party outfit?

Dear s’mores pull-apart bread with toasted marshmallow drizzle, I wish I could un-see you. #thedamageisdone

Dear torn between your boots and sandals (blame the Winter-to-Spring transition!), fret no more: Jeffrey Campbell has the perfect cutout ankle bootie … and I mean perfect.

Dear DailyCandy, so sad to see you go.

Image via Ellie Cashman Design


Lexi

Big Announcement No. 2: We’re having a …

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It looks like I’ll be handing over the crown (a floral crown, to be exact), we’re having a little princess!  Hubby and I could not be more excited and happy and giddy and elated and totally-obsessed-with-talking-about-tutus (or denim and converse, if that’s her style!)  We actually found out that our little princess was a “she” at about 15 weeks along, but being the ever-worriers that we are, we waited for two additional ultrasounds to confirm that our girl was still very much a girl.  (You can read the crazy details of our first big appointment, plus my party panty debacle, here.)  And truth be told, it’s actually been so much fun keeping this little secret to ourselves (for the most part).  (I’m pretty sure hubby has been shouting it from the rooftops from the moment we walked out of ultrasound numero uno.)  And though I hear many husbands dream of having a little boy, my hubs confidently told the tech that he wanted a little girl so that he could have a little Lexi clone.  That’s love.

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Next week I’ll be sharing how to make your very own lush DIY floral crown!

And be sure to follow me, @glitterinclexi, on Instagram and Twitter for behind-the-scenes bump pics and first-baby shopping adventures!


Lexi

{Maternity} Wear: Denim + Pants

I have a big butt and I cannot lie.  And for so long, before ever going and getting knocked up, I was convinced that Lexi with a booty, plus big ‘ol pregnancy belly, would look like a human weeble wobble.  When you have junk in the trunk, adding junk to the front can make you look, well, round.  But slowly and surely, I’m figuring this whole dressing-the-bump thing out, even with a booty.

We once had a client, back when our firm was handling a few divorces, who was getting a divorce from a not-so-faithful husband.  This client was gorgeous (and hilarious), and very Columbian, and one day, standing in the office, hollering (because that was just the sound of her voice) about the woman she had learned her husband had been sneaking around with, our client proclaimed, “I can’t believe he went for that woman!  She has nothing in the front and nothing in the back!”  Add a very perfect accent, and you had the state of affairs in our office that day.  You see, to our client, curves were sexy.  A woman with something in the front and something in the back was very sexy, and she should embrace that.  I’m not saying I’ll be thrilled about these newfound curves at eight-and-a-half months pregnant, but after years and years of lamenting my big booty, I’d learned to embrace it (and dress for it … dressing for your body is half the battle), so at this point in the pregnancy, I am going to embrace the curves.  I have something in the back, and suddenly, I have something in the front (Hello, baby belly!)  The best way to do that:  work with proportions.  A skinny leg pant has been my savior.  I’m not one to rock a tight tank, especially not when my flat tummy has been replaced by this miniature bowling ball, so loose tops have been my BFF (more on that, here.)  With a loose top, especially the kind with a longer hem (perfect for hiding hips and booty), fitted pants are a necessity.

I’m not suggesting this method will work for every pregnant body out there.  Again, the best fashion advice I can give is: dress for your body, not for the trends.  But as a pregnant girl, with a booty, this look seems to work like a charm.  (By the way, if you’re looking for the tops, I’ve got a whole post on Non-Maternity {Maternity} Wear: Tops + Dresses.)

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Shop the Look (plus a few other favorites):

 

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Invest in maternity jeans (you will wear them both during pregnancy and for the few months after when your body is still getting back to normal-ish), but …

Don’t stress yourself out about buying the designer brands, unless they look fabulous; then, and only then, buy them on sale.  For instance, I’ve always loved 7 for All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity denim, but when it came to pregnancy, even with the designer’s maternity line, trying to wiggle in and out of their version of maternity “skinny” jeans was hilarious, to say the least.  My guess is, for a girl with skinny legs and absolutely no bum to speak of, these jeans are adorable, but for me, writhing back and forth trying to ease my hips into too-tight denim … not cute.  And buying two or three sizes up was just not an option on my already fragile ego.  NEXT!

My favorite style for a girl with a booty/hips:  A Pea in the Pod …  They are soft, stretchy, and unbelievably flattering.  You can also buy your actual size and they should get you through your entire pregnancy.  I bought myself two pairs in a size Petite Medium, unlike certain other designer jeans that forced me into sizes I just don’t want to talk about.  Again with the fragile self-esteem.  And by the way, buy the right length – the fact that A Pea in the Pod carries Petite and Long Length is fantastic – no unnecessary hemming for me; plus, a skinny leg jean that hits right at the ankle is going to flatter shorter legs a whole lot more than bunched up too-long jeans.

I cannot stress enough – try your maternity jeans on.  No two pairs fits exactly the same, nor do two different brands.  If you’re ordering online – which is common with maternity, given that so few stores actually carry a wide maternity range in stores – look for free returns/shipping.  Also, decide what maternity style you prefer – the two most common: maternity jeans with side stretch panels and maternity jeans with a stretchy material that goes all the way up over your belly.  My take:  in the first few months, the stretchy side panels are great, and you can easily wear these jeans after you’ve had the baby until you’re ready to squeeze back into your traditional jeans; but, by about month six, you’ll probably feel more comfortable in the over-the-belly waistband version.  (It’s a pretty uncomfortable feeling to have your new belly hanging over your jeans, plus the high waistband keeps the too-short shirt problem at bay.)

TROUSERS

It’s important to note here that I would be nowhere without my elastic waistbands.  But I was not ready to give up style for comfort, so I searched high and low for pants with stretch that were still cute.  And thanks to the current trend in pajama/trouser-style pants, there are so many amazing and adorable options.  From all of the department stores to Free People to Anthropologie, even to Forever 21, there are awesome elastic-banded pants everywhere.  I’m only just shy of six months into my pregnancy, so I can’t promise these elastic bands will fit all the way through, but so long as you buy a looser style, or go one size up, I don’t see why you can’t rock these pants, under the bump, right up until the end.

HAREM PANTS

I could write a ten-page poem about my love for the harem pant.  I know they are slightly over-the-top, and maybe men aren’t the biggest fan of the drop-crotch (I mean, even the sound of “drop crotch” sounds pretty unappealing), but oh are they comfy.  Look for a harem pant with less drop, and a bit more style.  The buttery jersey material and forgiving waist on most versions, makes these my go-to lounge pant during pregnancy.  Plus, a harem style in black is always simple and cute, though I say, if you’re into pattern, go for it.

What pants did you live in during pregnancy?  Any suggestions?


Lexi

Nine West x InStyle {Miami Beach Event Thursday}

It’s no secret that I love shoes. But then, if you’re reading this, you probably do too.  So here’s the news:  InStyle has teamed up with Nine West to design a line of shoes and accessories for Spring, and the results are gorgeous.  Nine West‘s tagline for the collection:  “Designed by Editors.  Inspired by the runway.  Exclusively ours.”  And mine.  I’ll take the Izzy Sandals, the Gamin D’Orsay Snakeskin Pumps, the Aila Slingback Heels, and the Statement Cuff, please.

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And for my Miami girls, to celebrate the launch of their new and exclusive shoe collection with Nine West, InStyle is hosting an event on Thursday March 27th in Miami and they’d love for you to join them! If you’re around Collins on Thursday evening you should definitely come by the event (just be sure to RSVP to NineWest_Miami@timeinc.com.)

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This post is sponsored by InStyle x Nine West; all opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make Glitter, Inc. possible!


Lexi