So this is going to be a little different from my usual posts, but recently, JCPenney approached me to discover their “new shopping experience.” That includes a completely new look and feel to their store, including “fair and square” pricing year-round. In fact, Forbes published a whole piece on how JCPenney will be the Most Interesting Retailer of 2012. “[They’re] implementing a new pricing strategy,” the article says, “slashing prices up to 40% with to keep them that way year round.” And PS, did you guys catch Ellen’s JCPenney commercials during the Oscars last night? HILARIOUS. Check out the outtakes from the commercials, if you haven’t yet!
JCPenney in the Manhattan Mall
Anyway, I was given a $200 gift card to check it out for myself. I recruited my friend Afaaf to come along with me. Best.Decision.Ever. I think she was a stylist in another life.
The new JCPenney shopping experience
The first stop was the women’s department to update my wardrobe with some Spring-ready clothes. We found a fabulous pair of high-waisted navy blue linen pants from MNG by Mango that I fell in love with on first try.
MNG by Mango linen pants
We moved on to the accessories department, where we spent the MOST time…we kept stumbling over most stunning cascading necklaces, drop earrings, cocktail rings. We both loved this white-plated necklace so much (“It’s one of those things that you know people will notice first,” Afaaf said). I got one for me and another for her and it’s one of my favorite pieces now.
Afaaf also spotted this gold and gunmetal link necklace that would compliment so many outfits, I couldn’t leave without it.
Gold, gunmetal link necklace
If anyone looks in my closet, you would totally understand my obsession with blues. That’s why I NEEDED these blue crystal studs when I saw them ($12 no less):
Finally, we spotted a Sephora and almost thought it was totally separate from JCPenney, but on of the employees told us our gift card was good for all their products too.
Sephora in JCPenney
I have heard storied legends about Urban Decay’s Naked palettes. My writer, Nicci, even emailed me separately to tell me how amazing it is, and how I had to check it out. When we spotted it outside on a display, Afaaf grabbed it. “You HAVE to have this,” she said, showing how complimenting all the colors are. I grabbed it for her instead — hey, that’s why it’s fun shopping with frands:
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, $50
By the end of it, we easily exhausted our gift card and went home with a bag full essentials (apparently that includes a pack of plain white-Ts my friends asked me to pick up from the men’s department). I rocked that white necklace the very next day! Has anyone else checked out the new JCPenney? What do you think? What would you have picked up if you got a gift card too?
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Stila's Black Diamond Mascara
Sephora‘s giving away samples of Stila’s brand new Black Diamond Mascara with any online order. The lengthening formula is infused with genuine black diamond powder for luxe, shimmery lashes. Enter promo code BLACKDIAMOND when you order.
Assuming what makes me happy, makes you happy.
Among my favorite mascaras are the ones that belong to the Dior family. But running $24-$27 makes them quite an investment. So, when I saw that for a limited time, you can get a full size of Dior’s Iconic mascara along with two mini companions of DiorShow and BlackOut for $29 at Sephora, I was all smiles.
It’s part of their DiorShow Lash Essential Set. If it’s high time for a new lash wardrobe, I say go for this.
If this still doesn’t fit your budget, I have an awesome drugstore brand substitute coming up later this week!
Bare Escentuals' Leslie Blodgett's new BARE SKIN perfume
All you Bare Escentuals, Bare Minerals makeup loyalists will especially love this…
Leslie Blodgett, CEO of Bare Escentuals
, CEO of the makeup brand that started the whole mineral makeup frenzy, Bare Escenutals
, has officially launched her limited-edition perfume line, Perfume Diaries
. The first perfume of the series, Bare Skin
, is already out exclusively at Sephora. The perfume has top notes of freesia, midnotes of vanilla, and touch of sandalwood.
The idea behind the line is trying to evoke the scents and feelings Blodgett experienced at a series of countries she visited and wrote about in her journals. Bare Skin represents her trip to Mexico.
“Bare Skin, which is what Mexico reminds me of, is the way you feel when the sun is beating down on you during the day, but then you go out at night and you’re still sizzling from the warmth of the day which mingles with the night air and the music,” she says.
Bare Skin ($55) is available now exclusively at Sephora
Sound enticing? So, I wanna know how interested you guys would be in a sample giveaway of Bare Skin…thoughts??
In the mean time, Bare Skin is running a facebook contest where you can win a vacation to Hawaii! All you have to do is share a solo photo and your most memorable vacation story on http://www.facebook.com/LeslieBlodgettPerfumeDiaries.
Contest ends 10/23, so get on it!
Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners
I’ve told you guys about my favorite non-smearing eye liner pots
, though I totally get that some of you might just prefer using liquid or eye pencils. Thas cool, thas cool.
As you might also know, I’m a bit of a whimp when it comes to liquid, so I’m forever on the search for a good eye pencil. Enter Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners.
They come in rich colors that won’t wipe away or smear. And they glide right on for major definition.
They are $17 each, but if you think about that one black or (my favorite on darker eyes) navy colored pencil you need that’s also waterproof, smudge proof, and lasts, it’s worth that pretty penny.
Check them out at sephora.com, or Sephora stores.
Do you have a favorite eye liner pencil?