2017 Favorites

Well, 2017 was kind of a shit storm now wasn’t it? Its almost like when we all said it couldn’t get any worse than 2016, the universe took that as a challenge.  NOT. OK.  Regardless, there was still some good to come out of this past year I suppose.  I’m going to break down my favorite beauty  and fashion finds of the year, which were some of the only silver linings of the hellscape of this past year.

Perfect Hair Day In-Shower Styler by Living Proof

This stuff has been a GODSEND for me.  I found out about it through a friend, and decided to take the plunge and try it.  Since Sephora’s return policy is pretty great, I just took the plunge and bought the bottle. I have NOT turned back yet.  This product is meant for you to air dry your hair and give it more volume.  I like to shower at night and have my hair dry by morning.  By mid day, I used to have to throw it in a pony tail and hope for the best because it was nasty.  But after using the in shower styler my hair looks good ALL DAY LONG.  This has become a staple in my hair routine and I don’t see it going away anytime soon.

SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment by Glamglow

I finally caved and tried this cult favorite this year, and it is worth the hype. I have oily skin which becomes acne prone when I’m stressed (which is always) but using this either as a full mask or spot treatment usually does the trick.  Its a little pricey, but it lasts a good long time.  PRO TIP:I actually buy the mini one and it lasts me forever.  It makes my skin feel AMAZING and helps clear up even the nastiest break outs my 30 year old skin still has. Because out of all the organs in my body, my skin is apparently the last to know that we have left our teen years.

“Calm your tits” Cursive Cuff by The French Mermaid

I found this cheeky and ADORABLE cuff when I was perusing the Bryant Park Christmas Village.  I had a DAY at work and was like lets go treat yourself.  I stumbled upon The French Mermaid and fell in love with them.  I actually saw all their other cuffs first and commented that I loved them, and the owner showed me this one that she was wearing and I basically just handed her my credit card immediately.  This cuff is SO well made – its actually really thick and sturdy.  AND I found some of my tribe that day, and its just the best when people get you. Worth.  Every.  Penny.

Button Boat Neck Sweater by Jcrew

I saw this in store MONTHS ago and ordered it online two days later, because I had to have it. It is SO COZY and so cute – the button detailing is just everything. I can wear it to work or just hanging out. Its SOFT AF.  I love that the buttons allow you to make the look a little different each time. AND ITS ON SALE. Music to my ears.

Vinyasa Scarf by Lululemon

These things are so great that I have TWO.  So good for when you’re pretending you are going to work out but you’re just going outside to get a bagel.  The snaps allow you to wear it as a wrap as well, so its not only cute but versatile.  Like, they literally have a youtube tutorial to show you all the ways you can wear it.  Its ridiculous.  I own a lot of Lululemon and honestly, their stuff is always worth the money to me.  Its amazinggggg quality and lasts forever.

AND NOW WE CAN KISS 2017 GOODBYE. What was some good that came out of 2017 for you? Or are you glad to see it go? Comment and let me know!

Trend Tuesday: designers are trying to sell you ordinary things and it’s BS

IDK why – but some high end designers are trying to sell you some ordinary shit but call it fancy and charge you the blood of your enemies and your firstborn child.  Listen, I’ll sell my soul for a Celine trapeze bag, but like, everyday shit? You better believe I am looking for a sale. I’m not trying to go broke over here, even if my spending habits say otherwise.  And that’s just for things I need – like food, work clothes so I don’t look like a hobo, student loan bills despite my lack of use of my degrees, etc.  But like, things I will neverrrr use? Forget it.  Especially when its like, things I would throw away.  Why are we wasting money and resources on this? Let’s take a look at this questionable design choices.

Tiffany’s

Ah, Tiffany’s.  The jewelry choice of every middle school girl in the 2000’s. Everyone and their mother had those “Please return to Tiffany’s” tag bracelets.  The brand has evolved since then, and now it includes what they are calling “Everyday Objects”.  Its exactly how it sounds – they are normal things, not very special. Except the price tag.

Check this out.  Here is a crazy straw.  Yes, it is very different than the ones you get in a 12 pack for little kid birthday parties goodie bags (side note – can we get an adult version of those?). BUT WHO IS PAYING $250 FOR THESE?! Not rhetorical, I want to know if you’ve purchased this. So we can be friends/get married.  You know, casual. See where things go.  On the other hand, I can almost get behind this. Its whimsy, its cute. A nice conversation starter. Not very useful.

Ah look, an ice cream scoop.  That costs $375.  I’m not cheap, but if I’m paying that much for an ice cream scoop, it better come with unlimited Halo Top for life.  Also, if we are friends and you put this on your wedding registry, so help you god.

BUT – IT GETS BETTER. Or worse, depending on your perspective.

Yup. Its a protractor.  A fucking. $425. Protractor.  Now, other than elementary school kids and maybe architects, IDK who is using these things.  If you are an architect, then maybe this is a cute gift.  If you are buying this for your 3rd grader, I am judging the shit out of you.

There are more of these, but this was all I could emotionally handle. Check them out for yourself and let me know which is your favorite, or the worst one, if they’re not the same.

Moschino

Now, Moschino has been a favorite fashion house of mine.  They have been whismy as well in recent collections, and their play on McDonald’s I thought was super cute and fun. Their runway looks are always a highlight of any fashion week, and I envy all their RTW that I see on every housewives show.  Looking at you, Erica Jane. But THIS, this is not ok.

Yes, this is a dress that looks like a dry-cleaning bag.  Its being sold for the small price of almost $900. What could have been just a nice runway look, they are now trying to make happen.  Stop trying to make fetch happen Moschino, its not going to happen. Let us also note that this comes with no slip.  You are literally buying a dry-cleaning bag, and that’s it.

If that is just a tad out of your price range, you always have this option.  Which essentially is a black dress that looks like its trying to strangle you with a dry cleaning hanger. Cute.

If anyone has tried these on, or even better, purchased any of these, let me know in the comments. So we can be friends.  Because clearly you have a lot of disposable income, and I have a lot of debt.

Trend Tuesday: nose hair extensions. 

We’re back with trend Tuesdays to discuss this really messed up beauty trend: nose hair extensions.

…..I’m sorry. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?! Yes. This is an actual beauty trend, and we need to talk about how awful this is.

First off, look at this. It looks like there’s spiders coming out of your nose, and that is another nightmare entirely unto itself. Second, don’t people spend a lot of time trying to make sure you DON’T see their nose hairs? There are trimmers made specifically for that purpose. Literally people are putting a lot of effort to have something real ugly put on display.

HOW THIS GOT STARTED: I mean, we are living in the fresh hell that is 2017, so really anything is possible.  You owe this horrific beauty trend to Instragrammer gret_chen_chen who was the pioneer of this “trend”. (While you’re on insta willingly subjecting yourself to this awfulness, follow us @sweetandsnarky instagram.com/sweetandsnarky).

HOW THIS WORKS: Why you want to know this is beyond me, but for the sake of transparency, I’ll tell you. What people are using is their fake eyelashes and just simply gluing them around the nostril or shoving them up their noses.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Fake eyelashes, which if they are halfway decent cost more than a Starbucks run, are being shoved WILLINGLY up someone’s nose.  All in the name of beauty or Instagram likes, which sometimes are synonymous.

Babes, let’s just keep the fake lashes on our eyelids ok? This is not a train we all need to jump on. Thoughts on this? Tried it? Just as appalled as I am? Let me know in the comments!

Trend Tuesday: the pin craze that was cool in middle school is back

Remember in middle school when you had that goth/punk phase and you had pins with quotes on them all over your bag and jackets? No? Just me? Ok. Cool. Anyway….

WHAT ARE THESE THINGS: Adorable enamel pins with the likeness of everything you can imagine. These cute little things are back – and improved! These new shops are probably popping up all over your instagram feed as often as Kylie pregnancy conspiracy theories. Basically anything you love or have ever loved, someone has made into a pin. From cartoons to cult films to a cute one I found of a La Croix can, if you love it, it’s in pin form.

WHERE TO PUT THEM: I personally have mine on a mini backpack.  I’ve seen people put them on denim jackets, backpacks, and cork boards for starters.  So really, have at it! Throw them on your gym bag to add something different to that all black tote.  Add a few cute ones to your cubical at work to remind you of your will to live.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Instead of just going to your local Hot Topic, you can hop on Etsy and find some that better suit your adult interests.  Go on insta and search any pin hashtag or whatever interests you and you’re bound to run into something, and add a little color to your wardrobe or accessories. If you’re like me, your soul is still black, but your outsides are a little brighter.  Kind of.  Ok listen my wardrobe is mostly black but I live in New York so thats our uniform, ok? I’ll link some of the sellers I’ve found that I love here, and on my Insta!

SOME I OWN:

LOOK – ITS JOEY AND CHANDLER IN THE CANOE!


And because I am a closeted  geek – some Harry Potter ones.

These are just a few of the ones I’ve collected/impulse bought at 1am. A lot of these companies are also bringing back stickers, iron on patches, and the like.  So if the pins aren’t your jam, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something else you love.

Have you found any of these adorable little pins that you love? What would YOU like to see turned into a pin? It could be a movie quote, your favorite GOT character (idk, I don’t watch), a throwback to a cartoon, whatever. Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

Trend Tuesdays:WTF is up with the stick on freckles?!

Remember the times growing up I would PRAY for my freckles to go away? Or the times when I was MERCIFULLY TEASED because I have freckles covering my face and arms? And for once, I am not exaggerating when I say COVERED. (Spoiler alert: kids are MEAN AF).

But NOW the new thing is stick on freckles….

Stick on freckles. Stick. On. Freckles.

WHAT IN THE FRESH HELL IS THIS?!

Recap: for the majority of my almost 30 years on this earth, my freckles were things I would try to get rid of and were not viewed as something that was conventionally beautiful. And now they’re a god damn beauty trend.


Look at this – it’s even being marketed as “the new makeup”. This is pretty much the equivalent of wearing colored contacts. Everyone knows you’re faking it, its usually horribly obvious, is it really worth it? And as if it wasn’t obnoxious as it is, they come in metallic versions. So you can look like you are going to a festival all the time. K.

Apparently they work in a similar manner to temporary tattoos. I say apparently, because as I have natural GOD GIVEN freckles, I have no need for these (for the record, NO ONE DOES). They last for 24-48 hours (or more if you don’t wash your face for a while – I’m not here to judge).  The kicker? These things run for $15-$25! You know what you can get with that money instead? A lot of Starbucks, for starters.

My final thoughts: if Mother Nature didn’t give you these face stars, trying to fake it isn’t a good look.