Editors' Picks: $ vs. $$$$$
Because we can totally stick to a budget. Or not.
We like to shop. We're going to go out on a limb here and guess that you like shopping, too. What we really like, though, is snooping what other people are buying, contemplating buying, and going on to wear, use and love. With that notion, Editor's Picks was born: each week, we'll be breaking down the beauty products and fashion pieces that are taking up real estate in our digital shopping carts now. Oh, and don't mind us if we throw in a few not-so-material things in for good measure. We swear its synchronicity with pay day is only a coincidence.
Dealing with my often dry, prone-to-breakouts problem skin — it's a constant struggle to find the right products. For the past few months, I used an argan oil milk from Josie Maran, which just about saved my winter-ravaged life. But change in season, change in skincare (that's how the saying goes, right?). I've recently taken up a somewhat tempestuous trial of RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream Retexturizing Hydrator (it was a sample—half my salary is paid out in expensive beauty products, shhh). I've been using it nightly, and while it gives off an odd chemically scent when I first apply it, my morning-after skin has never been so soft—and that's what counts.
Now I'm after an equally good moisturizer for daytime—and I think it might be Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. It's oil-free and won't make me look greasy, a requirement for all summertime skincare in my books.
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I'm a sucker for a clutch (see my pick last week!) and for a novelty bag—and this Nasty Gal box bag is the perfect combo of the two. Plus at $55 my night won't be ruined if I break it trying to cram in makeup, a cellphone, my wallet inside—don't judge, you know it's happened to you, too.
If there it one way to say something—say it with your bag. I've said it once and I'll say it again, I love Anya's collection this season.
For me, shopping for workout gear is comparable to that of bra shopping: it borders on torture. Let me explain: I have a teeny-tiny waist that shirts love to ride up to, and a large—ahem—behind, that pants, especially of the spandex variety, love to slip down. The struggle is real, friends. So when I started hearing from practically EVERYONE that Lucas Hugh leggings just do not budge, even during a particularly intense bootcamp class, I immediately started searching for the most OTT pair, like this one. Hey, if you’re going to shell out $400, you might as well stand out, right?
But since one pair is never enough, I kept looking for a second set and found these awesome marble-effect Adidas by Stella McCartney sports leggings with an extra-wide band for, you know, avoiding any awkward wardrobe malfunctions.
My shopping brain thinks in basics. Not the type mandated by Tim Gunn and his ilk (blue jeans, white shirts, black blazers—although they all have their place, too), but the building blocks of my own wardrobe: flatforms, neoprene-y sweatshirts, gold chokers. I latch onto finding the same things every season (fall/winter, statement (ugh) coat and black ankle boots; spring/summer, sandals and floaty dresses) and when I find something I like, I wear it to death. Right now, I have my eye on sandals, which upon finding, I'll proceed to wear into the ground. Realistically, I should opt for something more budget-friendly, like these glittery ASOS ones, but I can't help if my eye wanders towards the more expensive NO.21 knotted leather slides—they're ineffably cool, but still dressier than your regular pool flip-flops. And, yes, I know they're kind of ugly.