January 31, 2012

Review: Revlon Lip Butters

By now, you've probably seen the gorgeous ad with Emma Stone wearing Revlon's Lip Butter in Peach Parfait {which sadly was the only color I couldn't find in stores during my search}.  There are a ton of reviews of this product online but I thought I'd go ahead and share my thoughts. 

{First Thoughts}
Each lipstick comes in an adorable quilted case colored to match the actual product.  For the most part, the colors were spot on and I also liked that you could see the color from the top of the tube.

 {Colors Reviewed From Left To Right}

 {Photo Without Flash}
The consistency of Revoln's Lip Butters are very similar to Bobbi Brown's Creamy Lip Color both of which go on like a thick, creamy chapstick.  I also loved that the colors were true to how they looked in the tube.  For the most part, they all had buildable depth especially some of the darker colors.  

{Photo With Flash}
For reference, I actually think this photo with flash captures the colors best. Creamsicle is a very light and creamy nude that looked horrible on me.  It might look better during the summer time or layered over a brighter color.  Overall opinion is that it wasn't my favorite.  Creme Brulee is a pretty brown/pink nude that is very easy to wear.  Two of my favorite colors that I tried are Strawberry Shortcake and Sweet Tart.  Both are pinks that work really well with my coloring {fair with yellow undertones, tans easily} and are good for everyday if I want something a little fun.  Next up is Berry Smoothie which is a light berry that I think could work for anyone.  It's a great everyday color to have on hand to make your natural lip color look a little more polished.  The next four colors were on the darker end of the spectrum.  Lollipop is a blue based fushia pink with shimmer in it that reminded me of Barbie.  Raspberry Pie is a bold, dark pink but it would look great with flawless skin and  simple eye makeup.  Candy Apple is a orange based red {which works better for me} and Cherry Tart is a blue based red that had some shimmer in it.  

Overall, I thought this was a great product at a really affordable price {$6.50-$7.50 depending where you buy from} which is great because you can experiment with colors you normally wouldn't.  I bought these at Walgreens where they were having buy one, get one 50% off so all 9 of these were almost the same price as buying a single Tom Ford lipstick!  My favorite lipsticks of all time are still Tom Ford and Bobbi Brown's Creamy Lip Color but I think Revlon Lip Butters are very comparable in terms of color range and consistency.

Stay tuned for a Giveaway and another Valentine's Inspiration Board this week! XOXO

January 30, 2012

Best Dressed 2012 SAG Awards

Amber Heard in Zac Posen. Angelina Jolie in Jenny Packham. Emma Stone in custom Alexander McQueen. Jessica Chastain in Calvin Klein.

Michelle Williams in Valentino. Kyra Sedgwick in Emilio Pucci. Lea Michele in Versace. Zoe Saldana in Givenchy Haute Couture.

images via justjared.com and life.com

January 27, 2012

Etc.: Week In Instagram

I absolutely love J.Crew's jewelry line.  They always have great, bold accessories that are the perfect little something something to jazz up a basic outfit.  I especially loved the pearl and crystal necklace and this piece from the mint green themed case pictured above.

The coral and red case also had some amazing pieces.  I loved this chunky orbit necklace as well as the coral beaded tassel necklace.  My favorite piece is the crystal venus flytrap necklace that I featured in this post.

These friendship bracelets were also great- perfect to add to your favorite stack of arm candy and also really affordable!  Sadly, they aren't online but check back this weekend for a chance to win one in my next giveaway.

January's Shoemint pick: the Janice in black.  They remind me of the Steve Madden Pembrook booties that I have on my CurrentlyObsessed.Me page.

The weather has been gorgeous this week. We've had some beautiful sunsets at the end of each day!

Raspberry Lemon Drops at Smitty's Grill last Friday... great way to start the weekend.

What week would be complete without a dose of Nala Riggins?

Hope you all have had a great week and have some fun plans for this weekend!  Sorry for the lack of regular posting, I had some computer issues (actually issues with my mouse to be exact) but they are all figured out now.  Happy Friday!  XOXO

January 25, 2012

Shop Now: Runway To Real Life

Runway: Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2011 Dress {no longer available}.

Real Life: Joie "Rori" Dress $338 {also here and here in black}. Jennifer Fisher Snake Cuff $315 {cheaper options here and here}.

The runway version of this Dolce & Gabbana spring 2011 dress was one of my favorites of the season and was worn by Diane Kruger, Kate Bosworth, model Alessandra Ambrosio and Vogue Japan editor Anna Dello Russo.  Luckily, Joie produced a similar dress at a more affordable price for spring 2012. LOVE!  The Joie version also come in black and blush {in stores at Neiman Marcus} if the white doesn't work for your wardrobe.  Pair it with Jennifer Fisher's snake cuff to get a similar look to the photo at left or rock it with an amazing pair of Kendra Scott "Danielle" earrings in your favorite color.  XOXO

January 23, 2012

Recipe: Recently Made Dishes

{I substituted quinoa for the couscous and added red pepper flakes and extra chili powder.}

Quinoa with garbanzo beans, feta and chopped red pepper dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, white truffle oil and oregano.  Salt and pepper to taste.

{ I halved the recipe and it made 12 muffins.  I also omitted the shredded coconut.}

Leave a comment with a link to your favorite recipe if you want to share.  I would love to try some new things! XOXO

January 20, 2012

Fabulous Friday

Cheers to the weekend!  Give a toast tonight to Kate Moss who turned 38 this week.  XOXO

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January 19, 2012

Shop Now: Valentine's Day Inspiration Board #1

Valentine's Day is still a few weeks away but it's never too early to rock an inspired look featuring some of my favorite colors: lipstick red, blush and nude.  I think my favorite pairing is the Kain Silk TankTucker Printed Pants and Oscar De La Renta Earrings- this would also look great with a chambray shirt or basic white t-shirt depending on where you're going!

Stay tuned for another Valentine's Day inspiration board with more options...  XOXO

January 18, 2012

Inspiration: Pinterest Dream Home Board

Check out my boards on Pinterest here if you're in the mood!  All links to these photos are from my Dream Home board.  XOXO

January 17, 2012

Current Obsession: CurrentlyObsessed.me Recent Favorites

{First Row}
Adir Kibur Necklace $174. Joie Lace Dress $338. Dara Ettinger Ring $115. Tibi Cheetah Shorts $230. Tibi Pink Pants $378.

{Second Row}
J.Crew Calf Hair Loafers $275. Tibi Dress $440. Steve Maddden Loafers $119.95. Christopher Rainbow Dress $2090. Alexander McQueen Bracelet $330.

{Third Row}
3.1 Phillip Lim Sweater $385. Stella McCartney Shorts $775. Oscar De La Renta Necklace $650. Oscar De La Renta Earrings $745. Vanessa Bruno Jacket $840.

{Fourth Row}
Alexander Wang Shorts $625. Giuseppe Zanotti Sandals $795. Current/Elliot Jeans $200.  Current/Elliot Leopard Jeans $ 195. Steve by Steve Madden Boots $79.99.

I love all the bright colors that are popping up online and in stores.  What trends and pieces are you loving for spring?

Follow me on CurrentlyObsessed.Me to see my most recent lust list pieces along with some of my favorite bloggers like Atlantic-Pacific and Venz Edits! XOXO

January 16, 2012

Best Dressed: 2012 Golden Globes

Julianne Moore in Chanel. Emma Stone in Lanvin. Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang and Harry Winston. Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci and Fred Leighton.

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture and Cartier. Nicole Kidman in Versace and Fred Leighton. Kate Beckinsale in Roberto Cavalli. Georgina Chapman in Marchesa.

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace. Nicole Richie in Julien MacDonald and Neil Lane. Jessica Alba in Gucci and Bulgari. Jessica Biel in Elie Saab Couture and Tiffany & Co.

images via people.com , justjared.com and zimbio.com

January 13, 2012

Etc: Follow Friday

Shirt: J.Crew. Pants: Paige Verdugo Denim in Scarlett c/o. Shoes: Lanvin. Accessories: Zara Scarf {recently on sale}. Lips: Dolce & Gabbana #136. Candles: Diptyque.

Catch up on the most recent posts from this week: Best Dressed: 2012 Critics' Choice AwardsShop Now: Current/Elliot Leopard Denim♥ Recent OutfitHow I Spent My... Weekend♥ Recent Outfit.

Follow Friday love to Bloom Designs, Brooklyn Blonde and Rosa Loves.  Do you have any favorite new blogs to share? XOXO

January 12, 2012

Best Dressed: 2012 Critics' Choice Awards

Diane Kruger in Prada. Kirsten Dunst in Dior.  Jessica Chastain in Balenciaga. Evan Rachel Wood in Prada.

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Shop Now: Current/Elliot Leopard Denim

They're a bold look.  With that being said, I have been loving these Current/Elliot leopard denim pants for a few months now and keep thinking about them.  They come in an array of colors {original, grey, red, pink, blue, mint, sapphire} which makes them all the more tempting since there is an appropriate hue for every season and situation.

I love them paired with the neutral tops and blazers as seen above and think they would be great with a bootie {like these or these} or a classic pump {like these} for both day and night!

I think I might bite the bullet but am having a hard time choosing between the original {classic} and the pink {great for spring and summer}.  Let me know your thoughts by leaving me a comment or by tweeting me at nsguidetostyle!  XOXO

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January 11, 2012

♥ Recent Outfit

Dress: Zara. Shoes: Aldo {similar here}. Accessories: Celine Bag. Jewelry: Jennifer Meyer, Anita Ko {similar here and here}, Michael Kors, Cartier, Etsy, Forever 21, David Yurman {similar here}, House of Harlow and Rosa c/o.  Lips: Make Up For Ever #39.

Reader question: do you prefer my outfit posts to be in collage form {example here} or bigger photos like this post?  Let me know in the comment section so I can post more of what you like!

Find me on FacebookCurrentlyObsessed.MeTwitterPinterest and Bloglovin' to see the latest updates and my current obsessions! XOXO

January 10, 2012

How I Spent My... Weekend

{Clickwise From Top Left}
Dinner date at Mas Malo in Downtown LA.  The delicious salsa flight {the burnt habanero & creme was so spicy but so good}.  Rose Bowl Flea Market find: map of Greece from 1903 {where we honeymooned} in a Pottery Barn frame.  Red tulips.  Homemade dinner from last week: baked salmon, sauteed broccoli with garlic and organic brown rice.  The colorful macaroon case at Bottega Louie.

Check out my new Facebook page, Nicole's Guide To Style or find me on CurrentlyObsessed.Me, TwitterPinterest and Bloglovin' to see the latest updates and current obsessions! XOXO