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Monday, January 26, 2015

My January Face of the Month (FOTM)

This month is a great mix of some old stand-bys as well as quite a few new products that I've been playing with this month.  To see the products in action, click HERE to watch the video.  Otherwise, scroll down for my random comments about the products.

I've been sticking with my favorite foundation since August-Guerlain Lingerie de Peau in the shade 02.  It's a wee bit too yellow, but I don't care.  I LOVE the finish it leaves on my skin.  I added some new products to the rotation-the Clinique Airbrush Concealer and the RCMA Cream Blush in Gena Pink.  After finally trying the Clinique Concealer, I can see why Lisa Eldridge loves it.  The consistency is perfect for under the eyes, and it conceals AND highlights.  My first successful foray into cream blush was due to the ease in which the RCMA cream blush blends right into my skin.  I think it's because the consistency is a bit more firm than usual cream blushes.  I do feel more comfortable layering a powder blush over the cream blush, and for that I have been reaching for another new product (to me), Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop.  Every time I reach of one of the Cheek Pops (I now have 3) they bring a smile to my face.  They're so darn cute!

I stuck with my recent favorites here-mostly featuring one of my choices for Best of 2014-the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Eyeshadow Palette.  The colors I chose are very neutral and can go with any outfit, at any time of day.  You can always deepen the outer v with a darker color to make it more appropriate for evening.

I've been layering a lot, especially when it comes to what's on my lips.  Most long-wear lipstick leaves my lips dry, so I thought I would just pile on as many products as possible in the hopes that the color will stay on my lips longer.  I can't say that it works, but I love the color combination of Smashbox Alway Sharp Lip Liner in Nude-Fair, MAC lustre lipstick in Lovelorn topped with Christian Dior Fluid Stick in Kiss Me.  If only I could find a lipstick that combines all three shades in one tube!

What products did you find yourself reaching for over and over in January?  Any recommendations?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

My Picks for the MLK Jr. Weekend Sales!

Nothing says "let's celebrate the birthday of a man who changed the world into a much better place" than having a three-day weekend full of sales, right?  But really, is there anything more American than spending the weekend looking for bargains?

All kidding aside, there are a LOT of great sales going on this weekend, and in case you didn't know about them, I thought I'd list a few of the ones I'm most interested in here on my blog.  In case I get word of some more sales over the weekend, be sure to follow me on Twitter so you don't miss anything!

To shop directly from here, just click on the name of the store!  Have fun!


Loft: 40% off new arrivals, 60% off sale styles (excludes Lou & Grey)

Ann Taylor: 40% off new arrivals, 60% off sale items. Use code SHOPBIG

Nordstrom: 50% off select coats

BaubleBar: Stock up sale-buy 2 items, save 15% with code STASH15; buy 3 items, save 25% with code STASH25; buy 4+ items save 30% with code STASH30

Gap: 1 item get 20% off, 3+ items get 30 % off; 5+ items get 40% off w/code LAYER


Sephora: 2x points for all Beauty Insiders on all skin care purchases thru January 19

Ulta: BOGO 50% off: RealTechniques, NYX, CoverGirl, Revlon, Physician's Formula (and more brands)


Target: up to 20% off during Home Sale, $25 off bedding + bath with code HOME

Pottery Barn: Warehouse Clearance Sale up to 60% off, ends January 21st

PB Teen: up to 30% off desks, desk chairs, study items; Winter Clearance up to 75% off

Monday, January 12, 2015

My Eyebrow Essentials

When I first started getting into makeup as an adult, I never dreamed that "doing" my eyebrows would make all the difference in my overall look.  Now that I'm entering my 5th year of making YouTube videos, I feel like no look is complete without finishing the brows.

You can watch my step by step video here, but let's just get down to it; it's SO easy!

Here's what you need for perfect brows every time:

Here's the step by step process:
  1. Tweeze any obvious strays (this is assuming that at some point you've had your brows professionally waxed, threaded, etc.-we're on maintenance now).
  2. Comb your brows down.
  3. Pencil in the top outline of where you want your brows to be.
  4. Comb your hairs up.
  5. Pencil in the bottom outline of where you want your brows to be.
  6. Fill in any gaps with the brow pencil.
  7. Comb perfectly in place with the brow gel.
You're done!

Let me know what your brow routine consists of-is it very different from mine?  What are your must-have products?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Best of 2014!

Narrowing down 12 months of favorites is a daunting task, but I managed to do it!  I didn't choose something for every category.  I limited my choices to purely outstanding products that came into my life during 2014.  There's a little of everything-hair care, skin care, accessories, nail polish, books, and, of course, makeup!  I've kept this simple and just given you the list, but if you want to hear me talk about each product, watch the video!

Here are the winners!









Affiliate links have been used.

I'd love to hear what were your favorites from 2014, or what new products you'd like me to try/review in 2015!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Ask Me Anything!! #AskMsGoldgirl

Since this time of year is the time to review and reflect, I realized that I have gained around 20,000 subscribers since this time last year.  WOW!!  I'm really quite shocked and overjoyed.  I also realized that you probably haven't watched all 593 of my past videos, so there might be a few questions you have for me.  

I know many of you read my blog because of my YouTube channel, but just in case you don't, I wanted to give my blog readers the chance to ask me just about anything you'd like in an effort to get to know me better.  I'll answer as many questions as I can in a video in a week or two, and I'll also post the link to that video on the blog.  If I get more questions than I can reasonably answer in a 15 minute video, I'll do a follow-up video to that as well.

So get cracking-ask me anything you'd like in the comments below, or if you'd rather, you can also ask me on Twitter-just use the hashtag #AskMsGoldgirl so I can find it!

Thanks in advance for your questions!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Dupe for my Gucci Soho Disco Bag!

I promise that I'll do an updated "What's In My Bag" video featuring my Gucci Metallic Soho Disco Bag that I got for my birthday last year, but I had to tell you about an amazing dupe for it that I found that is 80% less money!!

First, let's get the details on the Gucci bag.  It comes in 15 different colors/options, ranging in price from $895 to $2500.  The majority of the options are priced at $980.  It has an adjustable leather strap so the bag can be worn either as a cross body or over the shoulder. There is one interior slip pocket.  The dimensions are 8 inches wide, 6 inches high, and 2.7 inches deep. 

Now let's talk about the best dupe I have ever found for a product-the GiGi New York Madison Crossbody bag.
The Madison Crossbody bag comes in 9 colors, has an adjustable leather strap, one interior slip pocket, and is able to be personalized with up to 3 initials.  The dimensions are 7 inches wide, 5 inches high, and 2 inches deep.  Now for the the best part...most of these bags are priced at $198!!!  

There is a sale going on for a limited time, so let's take a peek at the sale options!
This is the black embossed python leather, which is usually listed at $225, but because of the sale is only $157!  This definitely the best sale option!

There are two of the regular leather options for sale as well.

The brown pebble grain leather is now priced at $136.60, instead of the usual $198.

The orange pebble grain leather is also priced down to $136.60!

I don't know how long the Winter Sale is going on, but they have loads of their other handbags, wallets, and leather goods marked down 30%.  I can't recommend this company enough-I bought the Jessica Zipper Tote in black embossed python and did a What's In My Bag video with it.  It has become my go-to bag and I'm definitely going to pick up another one when they release the spring/summer collections!

Have you ever bought anything from GiGi New York?  What do you have your eye on?  Share!

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

What I've Been Wearing: Winter Wardrobe

I know that I've been promising to do Outfit of the Day (OOTD) posts/videos for a long time, but the reality is that it's easier said than done.  I'm by myself most of the day, and it's hard to video/photograph yourself, especially if you don't have a full-length mirror.  Until I figure it out, I thought I'd just do a few blog posts now and again showing you what I've purchased recently and have been wearing a lot.

I think if I had to pick a new favorite, go-to store to get clothing for myself, Ann Taylor Loft (or Loft as it is now known) is the stand out.  I know my size so I can order online, they're always having sales, and they have a variety of styles to suit every situation.  A close runner-up would be their sister store, Ann Taylor.  They're actually my new favorite place to buy shoes!  Ann Taylor runs a bit more expensive than the Loft, but between the two, I think I could find an outfit or piece for anything I could possibly need.

Just for reference, I'm generally a size 26 in their jeans, and a size 4 petite in their pants.  For most tops I wear a small, but if I want a little more room in the chest area, I'll go up to a medium.

Take a look at what I've been wearing all of November, December, and now January (you can click on the pictures to purchase/get more information):


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