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Shop Amanda’s 15 Favorite Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Now Open to Everyone!
Normally on this time every Friday, we show up with a general survey of the best and brightest in the internet's discount designer bags. Today is a very special Friday, though, so we're gonna go about this a little differently. Like we told you this morning, the very hotly anticipated (seriously--our PurseForum members have been talking about it for literally 150 pages) Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened to the public, and we did some digging to find out which things you should shop first.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is special for a couple reasons. First, it happens outside of the normal designer discount calendar; just as most stores are wrapping up their markdowns until November, Nordstrom take a huge chunk of in-season, brand new inventory and marks it down, which makes it a great opportunity to prep your fall and winter wardrobe. On top of that, Nordstrom collaborates with beauty brands to create tons of limited edition, exclusive value sets, which are a great opportunity to stock up on favorites or try new products.
Below, I've selected over a dozen of my favorite pieces from the sale. Shop my picks or peruse the full selection via Nordstrom. Act quickly, though--not only do things sell out, but everything in the sale will go back up to full price when it's all said and done.
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AllSaints Paradise North-South Bag
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Burberry Colfield Leather Moto Jacket
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Frye Vicky Engineer Boot
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Illesteva Leonard II Sunglasses
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Kate Spade Spencer Court Archie Tote
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La Mer Revitalizing Collection
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La Prairie Caviar Legends Set
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Longchamp Le Pliage Cuir Tote
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MCM Stark Small Backpack
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NARS Nordstrom's Best Cheek Palette
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Rag & Bone Margot Booties
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SK-II Anti-Aging Pack
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Stuart Weitzman Hilo Bootes
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Tory Burch Leather Hobo
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Tumi Voyager Super International Carry-On Suitcase
If you think you can’t have the best of both worlds think again for this recent collaboration between high-fashion brand Alexander McQueen and Globe Trotter which is a high street brand making luggage and carry-ons are giving you only the best and a cut above the rest when it comes to a utility case and a trolley.
We are definitely talking about the 13” inch mini utility case and 21” inch trolley brought about by this awesome collaboration. Both of the Alexander McQueen X Globe-Trotter 13” Mini Utility Case and the Alexander McQueen X Globe-Trotter 21” Trolley Case are products of great British craftsmanship.
Both creations were created with the use of vulcanized fiberboard with leather corners, making them durable and heavy-duty yet amazingly lightweight and functional at the same time. Alexander McQueen on the other hand has added its magic by introducing silver studs and riveting as an over-all decoration. And oh, the skull padlock definitely caught our attention as well as the case lining in skull print!
The Alexander McQueen X Globe-Trotter 13” Mini Utility Case is measured 32 x 24 x 12 cm (W x H x D), priced €1165 euro or $1415 USD while the Alexander McQueen X Globe-Trotter 21” Trolley Case is measured 54 x 38 x 18 (W x H x D) cm, priced €2730 euro or $3295 USD, available via Alexander McQueen e-store.
Whether it’s called “microblading”, “eyebrow embroidery”, “microstroking”, “semi-permanent makeup”, “cosmetic tattooing”, “pigment embroidery” or “3D eyebrow embroidery”, it’s undeniable that this new technique is the new big thing in salon treatments and permanent makeup. When I first started seeing microblading before & after pictures popping up on the Internet, I didn’t really believe them. They were the definition of too good to be true! The before pictures looked a lot like the eyebrows I had seen in my day to day life as a makeup artist and eyebrow technician: sparse, uneven, short, or spaced too far apart. The afters? Perfect, natural looking, lush, symmetrical brows!
So What Is This 3D Eyebrow Embroidery Magic, Exactly?
3D eyebrow embroidery or microblading is a “permanent” makeup technique done with a tiny, angled blade made of a row of even tinier needles. The microblading blade is dipped in ink, and then lightly scraped across the skin in delicate strokes, mimicking hair. I put the word permanent in quotation marks because, while it is the technical term, it’s not apt.
Unlike eyebrow tattoos that often look unnatural and unappealing, eyebrow microblading lasts for 3 years at most, providing you with your dream naturally looking bushy eyebrows or any other shape your prefer. For women in their 30s or younger the microstroking will likely not last for more than a year.
Where Did It Come From?
At first the only person who seemed to be doing eyebrow microblading was a permanent makeup artist out of Vancouver, but soon the technique spread like wildfire throughout salons all over Canada and the US. It’s not surprising, not only because of realistic results, but also because of the semi-permanence.
As Marion Godwin, the owner of Pin Ups & Pompadours Salon in Whitby, Ontario, says “microblading is excellent for women with commitment issues!”
A few years ago an eyebrow embroidery session at one of the few salons offering microblading would have cost anywhere between $700 to $1200, but now that the treatment is more common you are much likelier to find it offered at a salon near your house for under $500. 3D eyebrow embroidering, from start to finish, takes about two hours, which includes the time it takes to design the eyebrow shape with a pencil, the time it takes to numb the skin, and the microstroking itself.
I was interested in microblading, both on a professional level and as a candidate. For many years I worked at a salon as an eyebrow stylist, which also meant allowing new hires to occasionally practice and learn on my own face. The mistakes of inexperienced waxers combined with a genetic lack of symmetry in my face lead to thin brows that were too far apart, with my right brow distinctly higher than my left. I had become very adept at filling in my brows, but the idea of being able to cut 5-10 minutes out of my makeup routine appealed.
Things to Keep in Mind: The Pros
If you are also interested in microblading, it’s important to be well informed! There are a lot of wonderful things about eyebrow embroidery. For example, short of eyebrow extensions (similar to lash extensions), eyebrow embroidery is the most natural-looking way of correcting sparse or uneven eyebrows, without the fear of losing hairs.
The semi-permanent makeup results last for up to 3 years, and very few touch-ups are needed. Because the results are not totally permanent, there is no need to worry about the changing eyebrow trends. One year you can have your brows microbladed to look fuller and thicker, and two years later you can have them microbladed to look thinner and sleeker.
Cons of Going for Eyebrow Microblading
However, there are also some risks associated with microblading. 3D eyebrow embroidery is done with a blade that cuts into the skin, and one session can require over 100 tiny cuts. If the person doing the microblading is not properly trained they could cut too deep or skip important sterilization steps, potentially causing an infection. That is the worst-case scenario with microblading, of course.
Slightly less dangerous, but still scary, is the possibility of the 3D eyebrow embroidery technician just not doing a good job, and giving you a wonky eyebrow shape.
There is also some pain and discomfort involved in the process, although most microblading technicians will use a lidocaine-based numbing cream like Zensa before doing the procedure. However, the numbing cream may not be completely effective for everyone, and some discomfort may still be felt.
You Have Your Work Cut Out For You, Too
Semi-permanent makeup must be taken care of as much as one would take care of a regular tattoo. The aftercare of cosmetic tattooing is intensive; for the first few days the microblading recipient cannot wear any makeup near or above the eyebrows, lest makeup get in and infect the microblading cuts. They must keep the brow area clean, and well moisturized.
Some cosmetic tattoo artists swear by Vaseline, since it creates a total barrier and prevents bacteria from getting in the cuts. Other microblading technicians prefer natural oils like grape seed oil or coconut oil, since they still allow the skin to breathe and will not pull ink away from the microbladed eyebrow the way Vaseline might. Either way, you must remember to re-apply your chosen microblading moisturizer/protector multiple times a day.
For 7 days after the pigment embroidery it is important to avoid swimming or sweating heavily, since exposure to too much water can cause the microbladed eyebrows to scab over, which will cause the cuts to heal unevenly resulting in patchy eyebrows.
How to Choose Your Microblading Technician?
The key to having an amazing 3D eyebrow embroidery experience is to do your research before choosing a technician, and making sure you are ready for the involved aftercare process. When you search for your permanent makeup technician, make sure to look at their Instagram or website gallery for microblading before and after pictures.
Make sure you like their personal style. Some cosmetic tattoo artists have a preference towards longer, bolder strokes, while another might prefer softer, shorter strokes. You might see one microblading gallery filled with precise, artificial looking eyebrows, while another will be filled with more natural looking eyebrows that will be a little messier. The beautiful thing about microblading is that there is no right or wrong style – it’s all up to personal preference.
However, if it seems like the microstroking was done very tightly that’s actually a concern. Some technicians know that very tight microblading strokes look better in the before & after pictures, and might attract more customers, but the truth is that they don’t heal well, and after 2-3 months the semi-permanent makeup will likely look blurry and muddy.
Important Questions to Ask Your Eyebrow Embroidery Technician
Once you have selected your eyebrow embroidery technician, either give her a call first or do an in-person consultation. During an in-person consultation, or even right before the microblading session itself, the microblading technician should fill in your eyebrows with a pencil, giving you an idea of the kind of shape you will end up with.
During the microblading consultation make sure to find out what kind of pigments she uses, and how often she replaces them. Some great permanent makeup pigment brands include the Nano, PCD, and Biotouch. These cosmetic tattoo pigments must be replaced on a yearly basis, lest they expire.
Next ask her how she sanitizes her blades and blade pens. The best answer would be that she doesn’t. A good microblading technician will use a brand new, disposable, sterile tool on every client.
The last question to ask is whether a touch-up is included, and after how long. While some cosmetic tattooing salons like to have their microblading clients come back after 3 weeks, waiting for 6 weeks is preferred.
Why is a Microblading Touch-up Necessary, Anyway?
After 6 weeks, the skin will have fully healed from the microblading. This means that a new layer of skin has grown over the eyebrow embroidery pigment, so it will become anywhere from 30% to 70% lighter.
Many people leave their first microblading appointment worried that their eyebrows are too dark, however by the time their skin has healed the color should be perfect, or maybe even too light.
In some cases the body totally absorbs the ink, and the semi-permanent tattoo totally disappears. In other cases, because of a variety of factors, including body chemistry, medication, or sun exposure, the pigment embroidery might even change color.
The touch-up is an opportunity for the microblading technician to fix any of the changes that may have occurred. And before you ask, yes, even changed ink color can be corrected! It’s also an opportunity for your permanent makeup artist to make any small corrections or changes to the shape.
A lot of the time, during the first appointment microblading clients will be nervous about their brows becoming too dark or heavy, only to completely change their mind 6 weeks later and request stronger looking-brows.
And As For Me?
So as you may have guessed, I went through with the process. I’m thrilled with my new eyebrows right now! They’re even and natural looking. Now let’s just hope I don’t get lazy with my aftercare, and lose all the hard work of my microblading technician.
But the problem is that many of these sites that have Givenchy replica handbags that are not even worth considering. So as I was searching for “replica Givenchy bag” on Google, I started analyzing the first sites that showed up in the first results. And let me tell you girls, many of them are really bad.
You don’t have to take my word for it, I will explain why you should avoid them and also show you replica Givenchy bag photos I’ve found on these sites.
If you want to learn more about how to spot fake Givenchy Antigona bags or choose the best replicas, you can check any Givenchy Antigona review and guide on the blog. I think you will find plenty of information and useful tips there. But right now I just want to help you girls find the best replica Givenchy bag possible by avoiding the bad sites. Some of the trustworthy sites that I usually recommend don’t even show up in the results. But the bad news is that just because a site has good SEO it doesn’t mean it also sells good quality products. So just because a certain site is the first Google result, it doesn’t mean it should also be your first option for the replica Givenchy bag you’re looking for.
Replica Givenchy Bag Sites You Should Avoid
So here are some of the first replica bags sites that show up for this search term and a short analysis for each of them:
A Look At The Givenchy Replica Handbags on Handbagsebuy.com
What I do appreciate about them is that they use actual photos of replicas. Still, any replica Givenchy bag in their collection looks really bad and cheap and they are very expensive considering how bad they look. Every Givenchy Antigona replica in their collection costs over $300.
Dior runway, what runway? We think Dior is on the ‘highway’, they’re shooting one new bag after another and we can’t keep up the pace.
Well, introducing the brand-new Dior Runway Bag Collection. Yes, it’s really called ‘runway’ and we actually love it.
So what can you expect?
The Dior Runway Bags are very similar to the Lady Dior Bags but in smaller sizes. Okay perhaps we should say in ‘shorter sizes’ because they look like they’ve been shrunk in half.
It features smooth handles and refined with the iconic Cannage Stitching. The classic versions are crafted with super-soft lambskin. They come with the DIOR charm on the top eyelet and also with wide straps in case you want to carry them on your shoulder.
There are different styles of the Dior Runway Bag including ones in multicolor like embroidered with sequins flowers. So purchase the style you really like, however we always recommend the classic styles for beginners.
What’s more? Refined in light gold-tone jewellery, measuring 26 x 13 x 4.6 cm. We will announce the prices later on.
It has been quite a busy year for Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk, who has fronted many fashion campaigns so far, such as those of Victoria’s Secret Swimwear and Free People. Unstoppable indeed, the blonde beauty is now fronting Reformation’s fall 2016 bridal collection lookbook too, wearing eclectic and dreamy bridal dresses.
The Reformation fall 2016 bridal line-up could be regarded as the label’s largest bridal collection created so far, as it takes you from the aisle to the wedding reception and, if the party goes wild, to the dance floor as well. With more and more soon-to-be brides changing their wedding dress right after the ceremony, Reformation is translating this trend to an incredible amount of timeless staples that will at least persuade the bridesmaids (if not the brides) to agree with what to wear during the ceremony.
Aside from the white classics, the collection features a few solid-colored red and yellow pieces too, the modernity of which is however incomparable to that of the newest, iconic off-white two-piece staple. The overall collection’s attitude mixes Reformation’s signature boho-chic vibes with some of this year’s hottest bridal trends, such as cut-outs shaped on the shoulders and plunging slits either on the fronts or sides.
There’s even a Nineties-inspired mini slip-dress that flawlessly subverts all the wedding traditions and already is an absolute must-have. The slip-dress, which comes in a longer version too, is made using safe dyes that are devoid of chemicals, meaning that neither those who worked on the dressed, nor the ones that will actually wear it are going to be exposed to toxic materials. Speaking of sustainable fashion!
Other proposals include bridesmaid dresses in off-the-shoulder, modern princess-like backless silhouettes with ruches embellishments and imposing goddess-like wrap-dresses that will make any wedding unforgettable for sure. As for the adornments, aside from the ruches and pleats, the collection uses some floral lace embroideries too, the ethereal results of which could be perfectly matched with the bridesmaid dresses decorated with pastel printed floral patterns.
Shot by photographer Olivia Malone, Elsa Hosk seems to perfectly embody the collection’s solemn and jocose spirit, blissfully sporting both the brides and bridesmaid proposals as if we were invited to her own wedding reception. She will likely help the more skeptic ones to ultimately go for a “second wedding dresses for post-nuptial partying” too, which is, surprisingly, extremely affordable too.
With dresses starting at $198 and reaching $588, this Reformation fall 2016 bridal collection not only will let those who have a budget of $500 breathe a sigh of relief, but will allow those who happen to have a bigger budget to actually purchase a second, yet equally unique, wedding dress.
The collection is now available at thereformation.com and in Reformation stores in Los Angeles, Soho and New York.