Want This: B Makowsky's Jakarta Tote

Last Friday night I saw two things that gave me a bit of pause… I saw the infamous Mary K Letourneau walking about in the Nordstrom beauty department (the woman looks exactly the same, she does not age!) and I saw a handbag that I have been obsessing about ever since, the B Makowsky Jakarta tote.

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Note: different retailers have different colors so search around!

It must have been all the bright colors in the area because it was like I zeroed in on the B Makowsky Jakarta tote and couldn’t look away. I have a few different B Makowsky handbag and I have to tell you that they means business, their bags are well made. For as much as they are charging, they should be right? Only thing I can pick on here is the unfortunate choice of inside lining fabric but who’s really going to be looking at that anyhow? For a gal who use to only get her handbags from TJ Maxx or Marshall’s, this is a definite improvement. Now I’m just hoping I’ll find the color I want when the time comes. 🙂

As Seen on TV: Bumpits – Hair Volumizing Inserts

Have you seen the commercial on TV for Bumpits? I usually have enough will power to hold out on things I see on TV but I have to admit, I want them bad… besides the PedEgg turned out to be pretty good. Right? 🙂

big-happie-hair-bumpits The idea is simple, you place one of the Bumpits at the scalp below a part and then cover it up (you can find more elaborate instructions here). I guess this is something I can do on my own but I absolutely hate teasing my hair with a passion. Wouldn’t something like this just make it so much easier? YES. I keep going back and forth on actually ordering these, simply because I’m so impatient but if I see them in person, it’s on! I really like wearing my hair with my bangs pinned back into a little bump and I love that there’s a smaller version of the Bumpits just for this purpose.

What do you think? Have you tried this product? I’d love to hear what you think about it. Better yet, I’d love to see how you’ve used it!

Miss Oops Says NO to Crack

Miss Oops is a company founded for the sole purpose of solving whatever beauty and fashion faux pas that a modern woman may encounter.  From double-sided tape to deodorant-erasing sponges, this company has a solution for your beauty woe. They urge women who love low rise jeans but hate all the backside exposure to “Say No to Crack!” by wearing Jaks. They are a stretchy double band of lacy material that is worn over the waist band of your jeans. The band fits snugly to eliminate “peekaboo” that you might experience when bending over or sitting and the overall illusion is that you’re wearing a lacy cami under your shirt.

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I had really high hopes for Jaks, as I have, on occasion overexposed myself in the past.  I tried the white Jaks in M/L on top of some low-riding trouser jeans before work.  I liked how the Jaks fit nice and snugly over my jeans, creating a clean line and flattening my tummy a bit.  However, as soon as I walked out the door, it shifted and scrunched all the way up to my natural waist line.  As I walked, I had to pull down the Jaks and hold it, otherwise I’d have a funny looking lace band around my waist.  I was noticeably uncomfortable, more so than if I mistakenly exposed my backside.  As soon as I got to work I ran to the bathroom to rip off the band and haven’t revisited it since.  I am wondering if I experienced trouble due to sizing – they are available in S/M and M/L, perhaps my Jaks was too snug for my hips so it migrated north.

Jaks are available in white, beige and black, and retail for $38.  Let us know if you’ve ever tried it.  Stay tuned for more reviews of Miss Oops products!

I Love Brushes!

This Friday night I spent the evening at home relaxing, watching makeover shows like “10 Years Younger” and “What Not To Wear.” I suddenly got the inspiration to clean my makeup brushes. All 20 of them. As I stood in front of the sink for about an hour, gently cleaning each and every brush, I couldn’t help but think, “Wow all that was hiding in there? Gross!” I also became well aware of how long I’ve actually held on to many of these tools and how essential they have become in my routine. I thought I would share my top 5 favorites:

MAC Cosmetics 187 Brush 1) MAC Cosmetics #187 Duo Fibre Brush (a.k.a. “skunk brush”) – I’m sure you’ve heard about this beloved face brush and its odd dual texture of dense black goat hair and lighter, fluffier white synthetic hair. This tool is a must with airbrush foundation. I usually spray foundation onto a jar lid or the back of my hand, stipple the white part into the foundation, then “buff” onto my face with light, circular motions. The structure is really unique, as it allows color to be picked up by the softer hairs but supported at the denser base.

Bare Escentuals Full Flawless Face Brush 2) Bare Escentuals Flawless Face Brush – Having acquired a few of these from various BE “Get Started Kits,” I tend to use them a lot. I really love the soft, light, fluffy texture. I have used this brush for mineral makeup but find myself using it for regular applications of face powder more frequently. I use it daily with my Napoleon Pardis Camera Finish Powder Foundation, lightly sweeping across the T zone to eliminate shine. I also use this as a back up blush brush. I find that the shape is perfect for dabbing color onto the apples of the cheeks.

Sephora Rounded Smudge Brush 12 3) Sephora Rounded Smudge Brush – I got this one years ago, when I was much younger and none the wiser. I thought it would be a good crease brush, given the round shape. Every time used it, the bristles were too dense and it almost drew color on, making for a streaky application. Well, duh that’s because its made for smudging liner! I’m not sure of when I actually came to my senses, but I started using it to blend creamy liners. I love that I don’t have to worry about the application because it will smudge out evenly. Sometimes I simply dip it in a brown shadow, then black and use as a liner. It has helped me create various looks from a natural looking almost-not-there liner to smoldering smoky dark eyes.

Stila 30 Double Ended Shadow Brush 4) Stila Double Ended Shadow Brush #30 – After my realization that I still needed a crease brush, I found this this double-ended wonder. It really saves time and space in my makeup bag. After using a flat shadow brush to apply color to the lids, I follow up with a darker one in the crease using the fluffier tapered end of this tool. I then dip the denser, shorter end into a pearly white and use as a highlighter on top of brow bones and in the inner corners of the eyes.

elf Eyelash and Brow Wand 5) Eyelash and Brow Wand by Eyes Lips Face – I am a true believer in the philosophy of “you get what you pay for” especially when it comes to skincare and makeup. Several items from e.l.f. have proven to be the exception. This brush is perfect for brushing brows into place or separating lashes after you apply mascara. I actually lost this, and on a whim ended up replacing it with MAC’s #204 Lash Brush for 10 times the price, figuring it would be worth the extra expense because it would be a better brush. Not so. I have found that it performs just the same as M.A.C.’s and holds up to frequent cleaning and “defuzzing.”

What are your favorite brushes?

Dreams Are Made of This

Normally I do not write about this kind of thing but I had an interesting shopping experience last week so I wanted share it. Lea and I went to Nordstrom on Monday to look around as we often do. We usually spend the most time in Beauty but I wandered over into the Lingerie section intrigued by the gorgeous bras and before I knew it, I was being fitted. Did you know that 8 out of 10 women wear the wrong bra size?

I was a little apprehensive of having someone in a dressing room with me. Like Miranda, I have a “no visitors” policy in the dressing room so this was a little awkward for me. Danielle, the sales assistant at the Seattle Northgate Mall Nordstrom, was marvelous though… go see her if you’re in the area. I felt like I was on How to Look Good Naked with the lighting and the mirrors but she did the most amazing job of putting me at ease and making me feel comfortable with each fitting. She explained what I should look for in a bra and how the right size band can help get rid of unsightly “back fat”. She was very sweet, I left with a new bra size and feeling that this may have been the best shopping experience I’ve ever had at Nordstrom.

Le Mystere Dream Lace Tisha Bra So what did I buy? Well, in the last week I’ve spent way too much money on bras but there is one that I’m absolutely in love with. It’s the Le Mystere Dream Lace Tisha Bra. A version of this bra was featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2003 but this one is a little more feminine and what’s not to like about lace? Normally I don’t do well with underwire, for a fuller gal like myself it can be a challenge sometimes, but this bra was comfortable and gave me great support. It was nice to find a bra that didn’t dig into my sides and is actually flattering. I went back to an older bra the day after I wore this one all day for the first time and I felt like something was missing.

The downside with this bra is that it’s pretty pricey. They say that you should have a bra for every day of the week and at that rate, I would have to spend the equivalent of 1 month’s rent on bras. It seems ridiculous to even say that but sometimes a well made bra is worth it. Since I developed this new bra obsession, I’ve seen a few sales on a few sites so I’m going to keep an eye on them and slowly but surely stock up. Before I know it, my everyday bras will be replaced and from then on, it’s all gravy lace. 🙂

Off on the Right Foot

Fragrant Footings Insoles Insoles are usually not the kind of thing that I talk about with people but we were sent some interesting insoles from Fragrant Footings that we liked so we’re taking the opportunity to try and expand the range of products we talk about on Product Girl.

Fragrant Footings Scented Insoles are scented with essential oils and are hypoallergenic. The insoles are made of a wool and rayon blend that can be trimmed to fit any shoe. At first glance, the feel of the materials may seem a little odd but it’s the material itself that really makes these insoles worth trying. The insoles come in Garden Party Lemon, Kiss Me Till Morning Mint and Bare Shoulder Smolder Jasmine. They also come in different sizes so you can wear them in a variety of shoes. The blend is perfect for keeping your feet dry, they absorb any moisture and even provide a little traction in your shoe. There’s not really any cushion to these insoles but keeping our feet dry and our shoes from slipping off definitely make things more comfortable.

These insoles are a little pricier than your typical shoe insoles but sometimes slipping off your shoes to find dry and stink free feet is worth it.