Friday, December 19, 2014

One Day Left! Scotch & Soda and Maison Scotch LA Sample Sale

Scotch & Soda and Maison Scotch LA Sample Sale

Seasons Spring 2014 and Fall 2014
Price Range: $20 - $150
Items Featured: Men's and Women's Accessories, denim & non-denim pants, shirting, tees, outerwear, blazers, loungewear etc. (FULL COLLECTION)
Credit and Cash accepted
Address: 860 S. Los Angeles Street #820, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Stila Pop-Up Shop Holiday Favorites

I can't believe Christmas is a week away! I have to say, I've really been procrastinating on my holiday shopping, and pop-up shops are great, especially when they involve incredible gift sets priced at 50% off! Initially I did some quick shopping during the Stila holiday pop-up shop party, but I wanted to go back when I wasn't in a rush and really get familiar with the products in the gift sets. 

The Sparkling Rose gift set is the perfect gift for anyone obsessed with rose gold (like me)! I would honestly use everything included, and am loving Stila's holiday collaboration with BaubleBar. I can never get enough of rose gold, so I absolutely love the rose gold knot bracelet this set comes with (plus a $10 gift card)! I have never tried the Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Cream in Lillium and love the soft texture and dewy finish. 

I also learned that you can create your own gift set at the pop-up shop! Cosmetic bags, eye shadows, eye liners, mascara, headbands, bracelets and more are just $10 each! They also make great stocking stuffers, or gifts for yourself in the shades you want! 

These are two Stila products that are also new to me but quickly have become obsessed with in the Radiant Beauty Set: One Step Illuminate and All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer. I've been using the One Step Illuminate for a few days now and I really feel like it has brightened and evened out my skin tone. The All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Rose Gold Shimmer I use mainly on my eyelids and as a blush, as it has a natural, subtle shimmer which I like. 

You can't go wrong with this 8-piece Putting On The Glitz Lip Glaze Set! You can even break this set apart and use it as individual stocking stuffers (and keep one or two for yourself in the process). It also comes with a jeweled headband to complete your holiday look. 

My favorite product in the New Year's Eve Glam Set is the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery. I'd even say this is my favorite Stila product of the holiday season! The first time I tried this is when I wore it to work two days ago, and I got so many compliments on this deep red, matte lip color. I have stayed away from matte lipsticks and lip stains in the past because they seem to dry out my lips but not this product. I love how pigmented and dramatic this color is, and it stays on for hours, even through lunch! I am also constantly getting lipstick on my teeth and don't have to worry about that when I apply this. I can't wait to try it in other shades! This product has completely made me love rockin' a matte lip!

Jane Cosmetics is Stila's sister brand, available at Kohl's and Ulta. The holiday eye shadows and lip glosses make great stocking stuffers. The New Year Nudes Lip Gloss Set is great for keeping at the office and in your bag, as an everyday essential. 

If you are in NYC, I definitely recommend stopping by the holiday pop-up if you can! The pop-up has a lot of sampling and surprises you don't want to miss! I also wanted to share the beauty beats from Stila's holiday party, mixed by DJ Rosé. Listen to it here!

 - Kim Weling

Monday, December 15, 2014

Recap: Further Reductions at Alexander Wang Sample Sale

So I went back for the last day of the Alexander Wang Sample Sale and of course items were further reductions and prices were amazing! Leather went from $450 to $300, tops went from $120 to $90, tees went from $30 to $25, and both blazers and dresses were marked down to $115. Check out my sample sale shopping haul from the sale below!

Twisted Drape Front Sleeveless Dress, $115 (originally $675)

Open Folded Back Slim Dress, $115 (originally $850)

Classic Boatneck Dress with Pocket in Gray, $25 (originally $95)

T by Alexander Wang Classic Long Tank Dress in Heather Grey, $35 (originally $110)

T by Alexander Wang Classic Jersey Racerback Tank, $25 (originally $75)

Stretch Sateen High Waisted Jeans, $10 (originally $295)

- Kim Weling

Leg Resource Sample Sale - 12/15 - 12/19/14

InStyler TULIP Auto Curler Launch

Last month I attended the launch for the InStyler TULIP Auto Curler, which gives you beautiful curls and waves in seconds! It's the perfect gift for someone who needs a new hair styling tool! It's the most unique curler I've ever come across, with a lightweight, ergonomic, open barrel design and dual rotating, ceramic barrel. 

This heat styler allows you to achieve several different looks, from beachy waves and soft curls to medium, body and tight curls. The open design and generous space surrounding the barrel keep hair visible at all times to prevent it from getting tangled or jammed in the unit. The 2-way rotating barrel allows you to curl away from or towards your face without switching hands or changing the TULIP's position, resulting in natural, flowing curls. 

I was surprised at how quick it was to curl my hair, and I loved how it allowed me to take bigger sections of my hair to curl at a time. I have to admit, it looked a little intimidating at first and felt awkward holding it but was easy enough once I put a section of my hair through it and around the barrel. My hair never got tangled in it either and I have really long hair! I stuck with the M heat setting and kept it on 8 seconds for some wavy curls. 

After a quick demo at the preview, I had tried curling my hair with the InStyler TULIP, and then used it for the first time on my own when I brought it into work to get ready for the International Emmys, which took place on November 24th. My colleagues were definitely curious to see how I curled my hair with my InStyler TULIP, and thought my curls looked natural and effortless, in just 15 minutes.
Normally when I curl my own hair with rollers or a curling iron, the curls never seem to stay but my curls were still holding up at the end of the night. I've tried other auto curlers and this is definitely my favorite. It has the most features and styling options, and I feel like I can safely curl my hair without burning myself with the barrel. 

The InStyler TULIP ($99.99) is available in-store at Ulta and Bed Bath & Beyond and online at For tips and tricks to beautiful curls, visit

The TULIP's features include:
  • 2-Way Heated Rotating Barrel - smoothes hair as it creates friz-free shiny curls without pulling or tugging, reducing breakage and damage
  • Open Barrel - leaves hair visible and exposed at all times, protecting it from tangling or jamming in the unit, and allowing you to curl long and thick hair
  • Cool Touch Safety Guard - prevents contact with the hot barrel and allows you to place the tool directly against your head without burning yourself
  • 3 Rotating Settings - easily switches the barrel right, left or auto, which alternates rotation left to right after each completed curl
  • Timer Switch - 3 timer settings to select 3, 8 or 12 seconds to create your desired look
  • 3 Heat Settings Up To 430 degrees Fahrenheit - allows you to select the perfect heat setting for fine, medium or thick hair
  • Powder Indicator Light - blinking light notifies you once the tool is ready for use
  • Auto Safety Shut-Off - to leave you worry-free

At the International Emmys, sporting natural, loose waves created with the InStyler TULIP Auto Curler

- Kim Weling