Mirela Talic Fashion Stylist & MUA

Mirela Talic Fashion Stylist & MUA

Monday, October 19, 2015

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Stud Medium Top Zip Satchel Review

So for the last year or so I was in a search for a good mid size black handbag. And while you might think a mid sized black handbag is so easy to find and I must say I would agree with you, for me it was anything but an easy task due to my pickiness. I didn't care if it was branded or not, if it cost more or less. The most important thing was that it was perfect for me and that I really loved it since a black everyday handbag is an irreplaceable staple in every women's closet. It is after all, meant to be used frequently and very often on daily basis. I didn't want anything plain and boring......but then again I didn't want anything too crazy over the top. It had to be the perfect size .....and a perfect balance of classy and modern. A bag that would work with a huge variety of styles and outfit combinations......I went thru a lot of bags.....and I do mean a lot. Even though my search was not always focused strictly towards finding the bag....I would casually look thru hand bag selections 
every now and then while I found my self shopping for something completely unrelated. 

During my search I came across the  MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Stud Medium Top Zip Satchel few times and I would always make a mental note that I really loved this bag. I was just holding out a bit in case there was something "better" out there. Not that there was something wrong with this gorgeous handbag....It of course came in variety of colors with different selection of hardware colors as well as different sizes and I loved all of that but I was firm on getting a black option which came with a choice of silver or golden hardware.....I chose the silver simply because I always go for the gold.....I felt like I needed to be a bit rebellious this time around :)))

Since the first day I got it home I was in love and have been using it non stop. I got it just in time for fall rainy cold weather. It is perfect size for me. Big enough for all my daily essentials but small enough for me to cram anything else that really doesn't belong there which is a big plus in my case :))) .....the bigger the handbag I have the more I seem to put in there and the heavier it becomes....that is the exact reason I have reserved bigger handbags I own for travel only from now on. 

The bag also comes with adjustable strap with 19-1/2" drop (which I don't use on daily basis because I prefer the look without it but I also don't really have the need for it on daily basis but it's a good thing to have for those times when you expect to have your hands full. Apart.from  that I also features double handles with 4" drop. I love that the bag is leather made. The leather is sturdy and holds its shape regardless of the bag being empty of full. I also appreciate that it has a good quality zipper so 
my things don't spill out and are  not lost easily. The  top zipper keeps the contents safe and it's 
impossible for anyone to slip something in or even pull something from your bag without you taking notice right away.....so that is always a good safety bonus right there which for me is hugely important.

Another thing I wanted to mention is that the bag had two compartments on one side where you can keep you phone and stuff such as a lipstick or a mirror for example and a zipped compartment on the other side for things you want accessible but still kept safe. The bag in not too deep and it's really easy to find anything you have in it ....but it's deep enough to keep a bigger wallet, a small cosmetic bag, a mini umbrella and an iPad or something similar....so it perfect mid size bag.
It also has metal "feet" on the bottom so it's not directly on the floor or any surface you chose to put it on. Apart from that it features MICHAEL KORS logo in front and the lovely studs which are place along the back and the front edge of the handbag. It's a nice detail  against the leather background that gives this hand bag a good mix of  classy sophistication with a bit of an edge and toughness. 

I'm really enjoying this bag and am contemplating of getting another color perhaps before this style disappears ....... 

Macy's online description of the handbag:

Sized right for daily essentials, this sophisticated satchel is made of scratch resistant Saffiano leather trimmed in gleaming gold/silver-tone studs. By MICHAEL Michael Kors.
* Saffiano leather
* Double handles with 4" drop; adjustable strap with 19-1/2" drop
* Top zip closure
* Exterior features gold-tone hardware, signature lettering and stud detail
* Interior features 1 zip pocket, 2 slip pockets and key clasp finder
* 13" W x 8" H x 4" D
* Includes dust bag

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Stud Medium Top Zip Satchel Review

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Friday Night Red Fringe OOTD

Fringe as most of us I'm sure  have noticed by now, is everywhere! It's been so on trend this year. You can  pretty much see it on handbags, shoes, coats, skirts, dresses, tops.....in every color and in various varieties of fabrics. And I of course, had to jump on  the fringe wagon myself and join the crowd who was already adding some sass to their everyday wardrobe with in this fun and flirty trend.

I found a red fringe skirt few weeks ago at Lane Bryant while I was there looking at some fringe boots. I don't shop for clothes at Lane Bryant normally because the clothes are too big for me......even their smallest sizes are usually quite big. I will normally wander in there to look at shoes, bras or accessories. This time however I spend half a morning looking at different fringe boots in few different storescasually walked in. They had a black fringe booties but I did not like them much. As I was talking to the sales lady about this fringe trend that has taken over everyone....I casually mentioned that I would love to find a nice fringe skirt. Couple minutes later, she came out with the new red  fringe skirt they just got in stock that very morning that wasn't even on the floor get. I was both delighted but also felt a bit disappointed. The skirt was exactly what I was looking for.....and on top of that was a beautiful red color (black also available now).....my favorite color ....but  the smallest size was too big.

I decided to try it on anyway hoping and praying it ran small.  I really wanted it to work ....Few minutes later I came out with a long face.....it was huge in the waist area :(. The sales lady looked at me and said "if you like it that much, just tailor it". If course, I smiled ....that is exactly what I was going to do......

Fast forward few weeks to last night (Friday). I was going out and it was a cold, fall night. I needed
something sexy but not too revealing but also something warm enough and comfortable. The combo
of my black fitted sweather with subtle lace along with opaque tights and tall suede boots combination with playful red fringe fit the bill perfectly.  I paired the outfit with bold brown/black cat eyeliner and shimmery red glossy lip....and I was out the door.


MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Stud Medium Top Zip Satchel

IMPO Olita Boot

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Casual Rainy Fall Sunday Jegging OOTD

Last Sunday was one of those busy fall days. I had to get some groceries and just run some errands. Even though it wasn't freezing outside, the fact that it was pouring like crazy made the day a bit on a cooler side. Usually when it rains like this I tend to feel sleepy and a bit lazy and all I want to do is feel warm and cozy.....probably warped in a warm blanket enjoying some tea would be one of my most favorite things to do on days like that. However, Sunday or not....rain or shine, when you got stuff you got to do that cannot be put off for a later date sometimes you just are forced to get yourself together and get out of the house even when you really don't want to.

 For these type of days I usually have my go to outfit....or actually I should say, a few of them. It's the type of  an outfit that is not too dressy and not too casual .....but most of all super comfy. For me that usually means some type of a legging and a casual basic top or a longer cute sweather.....plus some comfy flats or booties/boots depending on the time of the year. 

So last Sunday I decided to pair my HUE Original Jean Leggings  in "midnight rinse" color which is basically a dark wash with a sold basic inexpensive v-neck navy long sleeve top by Faded Glory. I wanted to dress this up just a tad, but didn't really feel like putting too much effort since I was short on time so I wore my high heel tall black IMPO suede boots and called it a day. The only thing that added to my look was my Michael Kors hand bag ....and perhaps my  dark smokey eye makeup but besides that this look was pretty simple and effortless to pull. Not to mention very comfortable when running across the parking lot without an umbrella when it suddenly started pouring like crazy while we where trying to get back in to our house :).

HUE Origional Jean Legging

Faded Glory Women's  Long Sleeve V-Neck Tee

IMPO Olita Boot

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Stud Medium Top Zip Satchel

Monday, October 5, 2015

Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup for Face and Body SPF 15 Review

For as long as I can remember wearing makeup, I was always a full-coverage foundation girl. Though currently I possess more than a few light weight, light coverage foundations, BB creams, tinted moisturizers and similar products mostly sent to me by PR staff from various cosmetics brands, my preference has always been and remains being to this day medium to mostly full coverage foundation. 

While I'm not a fan of thick, pore clogging, goopy, sticky,  cakey, shiny melting consistency, I am very much a fan of matte, light weight, seamless, full coverage long lasting, shine/melt proof formulas. I'm the type of a person who would rather have a one holly grail full coverage foundation that I can thin out with a moisturizer during summer months or when I just feel like wearing very little......than someone who has numerous light to medium  coverage foundations, BB creams and tinted moisturizers that  just don't give you enough coverage. I hate sitting there forever trying to blend and mix various products to just end up with a semi-satisfactory result. It's frustrating to say the least. Foundation is called a foundation for a reason, therefore if it's not doing what it's suppose to the rest of your makeup will not look as good either. Well, at least that has been my personal opinion all these years and you of course are free to disagree :). 

Now I'm aware that not everyone enjoys a matte finish. Some people prefer dewy or semi-matte, glowy types of finishes when it comes to foundation or foundation-type face makeup products. However, I'm certain that most of us will agree that good coverage is important.....well unless you have a perfect skin, which to be very realistic most of us don't. Sure, some of us need more coverage than others hence the differences in preference. Things such are skin type and skin issues will also play a huge role  apart from our finish and coverage preferences when it comes to choosing a perfect foundation for you.....therefore the choice is very personal which is why of course there are so many out there to choose from. As if it's not confusing enough ....and I'm not even referring to to those of us out there who are very new to makeup. 

So let me start by describing my own skin to begin with. My skin is quite fair and more on a warm neutral side. I'm a NC15 shade in MAC foundations, Ecru shade in Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation, and Light 48 in Kat Von D  Lock-it Tattoo foundation.....just to give you some perspective. My skin type is combination, which basically means that I get oily on my forehead and nose area as the day goes on .....though during colder months I lean more towards a normal skin type because my skin doesn't seem to produce as much oil during those times. Combination skin also means that I usually use  face primer more often than not ....and that I struggle with black heads and pimples and dark spots from blemish scars which are even more noticeable  on me because of my 

very light/fair skin color. Exfoliating and moisturizing have become a part of my regular skin care routine long ago however, most foundations don't cover enough  in those areas that need covering .....even some that claim to be full coverage of build-able coverage leave you with a very thick caked on  heavy layer that still shows most of the imperfections leaving you trying to take care of those with additional concealer..... ultimately resulting in a hot mess. 

From experience I can tell you I love all of the foundations I casually mentioned above (MAC Pro-Longwear, Estée Lauder Double WearStay in Place and Kat Von D's Lock-It Tattoo Foundation), I have tried them all and enjoy using them all very much. Couple that I heard so much about and I still am planing to try are MAKE UP FOREVER  Matte Velvet + and Hourglass Immaculate   .....so if you are looking for a good long lasting full coverage type foundation you should probably ask for a few samples of these in your skin shade and test them out to see which work  best for you....or you can check out the foundation I'm about to review today that is very new to me though it is not new on the market at all and actually has been available for quite some time. I just can't believe I have never noticed it before. It's the  Estée Lauder Double Wear
Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup for Face and Body SPF 15 that I accidentally noticed/came across few weeks ago reading a blog someplace about something completely unrelated. I have been using Estée Lauder's Double Wear Stay in Place foundation on and off for a few years now, so imagine my surprise when I discovered that during all those times spent at the Estée Lauder counter, or even recently in Sephora since they started carrying Estée Lauder line playing around with makeup I have never noticed it while it was sitting right in front of my nose all along :). 

Recently, I was running out of my much loved Double Wear Stay in Place foundation and before I went ahead and purchased a new backup, I decided to take a sample of the foundation I read so many positive reviews about since I first discovered it in my matching shade which for Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup for Face and Body SPF 15 was in Creamy Vanilla (currently the lightest shade available). The next day as I was getting ready I decided to test it out and see how it goes. The very first thing that completely surprised me was how light weight this was.....no matter how many layers I applied to my face it felt like air .....like I was wearing nothing. I first applied a very thin layer all over thinking I would need  a second one and a bit more here and there where I had some acne scars and similar stuff I needed more coverage for, but the thin layer almost covered all my imperfections right off the bat and it felt like absolutely nothing was on my face at all. I have to say I was extremely impressed. And I must admit that I don't get impressed very easily, especially when it comes to foundation being that I tested a lot of full coverage, long wearing, high end foundations during the last few years or so.... Admittedly, I tend to be very picky. I added a tiny more just to a few areas/spots without touching the rest of my face .....AND I WAS DONE! I had no need to conceal anything. I added a bit of under eye brighter, usually layered on top of my under eye concealer for which I had no need for using this particular foundation. I used a tiny bit of hourglass ambient lighting  powder just to set the foundation and add a bit of subtle glow ....though I think I would of been just fine without the powder .....and that was it. I used this foundation with and without the primer in the last week or so and both ways it stayed put, matte/shine free and flawless all day until I took it off without budging, rubbing off or melting. It's so lightweight I forget I'm even wearing anything. It gives me very natural flawless even skin look.....that looks very natural. It gives you  such flawless finish that people  around you will question if you're even wearing anything and comment on your beautiful skin/completion. This happened to me few times this week....which was very pleasant 

I'm still using the sample given to me after a whole week or so  has gone by of exclusively using this foundation everyday .....and I still have a tiny bit left. That tells you that very little goes a very long way. I ordered a full size last night so it's probably on its way as I'm writing this. 

On Estée Lauder's website this products is described as "12-hour wear. Natural-looking. Long-wearing. This soothing liquid-creme makeup is designed to camouflage all skin imperfections, including surgical and acne scars, tattoos, birthmarks, sun spots and varicose veins. Helps protect with SPF 15." and I must admit, I whole heartedly agree with everything used to describe it. 

The consistency is liquid-creme. It's neither thin and runny nor thick and goopy. It is easily worked with. You can apply it with a brush, cosmetic sponge or hands. Either way, application is fast and easy and finish is beautiful without any fuss. The foundation has a pleasant light floral scent, though barely noticeable that completely disappeared upon application. 

The packaging is a squeeze tube  as oppose to glass or plastic bottle which is very convenient due to the lack of  the need of a pump while also being travel friendly due to the fact that it cannot break or shatter. It also saves space because the packaging is not bulky at all which is a very welcome change. The squeeze tube makes the use more sanitary and it's easier to use only the amount you actually need. 

When compared to Estée Lauder's Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation that I have been using, coming back to time and time again and loving for the last few years now. I have to say that this foundation is much more light weight but also has a much fuller coverage. The packaging is hands down much more practical while both are pretty much long lasting without budging thru-out the day until I take them off myself. I did notice that this foundation while fuller coverage is surprisingly  easier to take off though, I'm not entirely certain but I suspect it might have something to do with its light weight. Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation feels heavier on and requires deeper cleansing at the end of the day just to make sure it's all gone while Double WearMaximum Cover Camouflage Foundation washes off with ease without much effort. I have also noticed that while Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation doesn't break me out ....or I should say that while I use it I don't break out any more than I would with any other foundation I loved and used,  however while using Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Foundation during the last week I seemed to break out  much less than usual....so that was completely unexpected. Actually I was anticipating a possible increase in breakouts as I usually do when testing a new foundation which didn't happened here. I do plan to compare the ingredients in the two foundations and with the other foundations mentioned previously in here to see if there might be a common ingredient that breaks me out .....that perhaps this foundation doesn't have. 

As far as the amount of the products ....it seems to contain the standard amount of 1 fl oz as do many foundations in today's market. It might seem less due to the lack of really bulky packaging most foundations have, though I'm not really missing that part at all. 

Finally, I think Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage might become my new holly Grail foundation as I seem to enjoy it more than all the foundations I mentioned here so far including the Estée Lauder's Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation ....that in my book was very hard to replace.