M.Gemi Review/Unboxing – The Stellato

UPDATE: Cyber Monday Special!  $50 off every pair–until 11/30/15.  Have fun!

I apologize but the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about these shoes is, “SQUEEE OMG I LOVE THEM SO MUCH.”

So now, with a bit more polish, I’ll begin.  If you haven’t heard of M.Gemi before, please please please go check them out.  How it works is M.Gemi releases new collections of shoes every week–everything is Italian made and it’s BEAUTIFUL.  They do everything from amazing pumps to extremely covetable flats, comfortable boots, sandals, you name it.  They do business with the same factories that do luxury brands so the quality is ON POINT–I can definitely vouch for that!  The shoes are in the $200+ range but they offer free shipping (for continental US) and free returns so if you’re not entirely in love, no worries there.

I’ve been looking for a pair of comfortable flats for a while–something that I could dress up and down.  It had to be okay for work BUT NOT BORING, and a bit flexible because I’ve inherited wide feet and a bit of a bunion on one foot.  Thanks Grandma (its okay, I still love you).  I currently own a pair of Tory Burch Revas and I love them but gosh, they are so uncomfortable.  I’ve had my eye on a pair of Everlane Modern Loafers ($170) but I was worried about the width (they run rather narrow) and I wasn’t sure how I’d like it overtime with the pronounced crease when worn.  (Plus, they were black.  I typically LOVE black but I want something really FUN.)

Enter, M.Gemi’s Stellato. They run for $198 and are inspired by a smoking flat!  My heart was set on Bronze but I was tempted into buying that really vibrant Violet Shimmer.  Hahaha.

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I like that every style has a personalized Details and Fit Notes section.  You should read the ones for the 4″ pumps–they’re really cute.  (Also, in regards to M.Gemi’s fit–it’s extremely consistent!  They have a model who tests every pair out to make sure.  I appreciate this–It makes me feel a lot better when ordering expensive items.  Also, this section would say to order half size up depending on the style–esp. for those 4″ pumps)

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Target Beauty Box: October 2015

Part 2 of the Target October Beauty Boxes!  I forget which one cost more, probably this one because it had WAY more stuff  (This one was $10 and the L’oreal Paris Box was $5–both were 5% off with Target Red cards and free shipping) but I enjoyed both equally.

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  • Goody Ouchless Silicone Lined Elastics
  • Covergirl Intensify Me Eyeliner
  • Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick
  • RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
  • ACURE Moroccan Argan Oil + Stem Cell Triple Repair Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Skinfix Ultra Rich Body Butter
  • Hello Toothpaste
  • Olly Beauty Vitamins
  • S.W. Basics Certified Organic Body Scrub

Unboxed, the products barely fit back in!  There’s just too much goodness for October and I. Am. Loving. It.  My absolute favorite (YES THANK YOU) product in this box was the RoC Night Cream.  I’ve been really lazy about going and buying a retinol night cream (I’m good and I use a retinol eye cream though) so thanks, Target!  The RoC brand is occasionally on sale at Costco but it comes with 2 tubes.  Share with your bestie/sister/mom?

I have not tried the eyeliner yet but I’m liking the fine tip already.  I have tried the lipstick–it’s creamy without feeling too drying.  I have to remember to apply some lipbalm first.  The shade is a very Fall, not-too-bright mauvy pink and it’s perfect for work.

Target always throws in fun extras like vitamins (delicious!  I should buy some if they go on sale) and little packets of body scrub.  I think I prefer the Target box over the Walmart box, but I do enjoy Walmart’s regular quarterly schedule.    What do you guys think?  Since we’re on the topic of sub boxes, it seems like EVERYONE is developing a subscription!  I heard Macy’s and Sephora are doing beta tests right now.  I would be over the moon for a Sephora box…

Target Beauty Box: L’Oreal Paris

I have no self control when it comes to the Beauty Boxes offered by Target.  It’s just such a good deal!  Typically, there’s at least *1* full-size product.

Target sent out two boxes in October (perhaps as an early treat for Halloween) and one of them is this beauty:  The L’Oreal Paris box.


  • L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara (Full Size)
  • L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 (Packet)
  • L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray
  • L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Night Cream (Packet)
  • L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler (Packet)
  • L’Oreal Paris True Match Shade Strips
  • L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Ultimate Straight

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I feel like I recouped the value of the box just from the Voluminous Mascara which seems to be a drugstore fave (I can’t wait to try it but I have 3 tubes of mascara open right now).  I’m kind of surprised that there’s a hairspray in there–typically, you can’t send cans like that in the mail USPS, but I LOVE getting new hairspray product samples because I hate committing to big cans that feel meh after the first spray.

I always appreciate the shampoo packets for business trips, that Revitalift packet is the same kind that sometimes comes in Allure magazines, and those True Match strips were interesting!  They’re very sticky–you put them on your jawline and whichever shade blends the best is your match.  Interestingly, the color that I was matched with was not something I’d typically pick for myself.  It was a lot lighter–almost 2 shades then what I thought!  This makes me feel like I should leave the shade-picking to the experts…or perhaps that Pantone matching tool that Sephora has.  Have you guys ever tried it?  I’ve always been a bit too timid to ask but I really should.

What do you think?  I loved this fun little showcase of L’oreal products.  I can’t wait to try this mascara!

November 2015 Birchbox: Feeling Fancy

Guys, I’m slacking.  I have 3 or 4 posts that are in draft form that need to go out.  AHHHHHH–let’s do an easy one. Birchbox!

This month, the theme is Feeling Fancy.  To prep us for the onslaught of Holiday events?  I still can’t get over the fact that October has come and gone (Halloween!!!  It was so quick!) and now it’s November–practically Thanksgiving and then bam.  It’s Christmas.

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This month’s sample choice was the LOC product–this is Birchbox’s House Brand that’s a colab with Beauty Blogger Tati.  You could pick between lipsticks or eyeshadows–I went with an eyeshadow in Impress Me, which is a deep rose gold.  I wonder if these will be similar to the Pixi Shadow Sticks?  I have one in a bronze color.  It’s saved me countless times when I need a quick swipe of *something* on my lids.  It also seems to last FOREVER.

That MAKE Face Gloss is an illuminator–you dab it on the bridge of your nose and your cheekbones.  This is a perfect item for holiday season (and pictures)!  I hope it blends well since it seems to be a cream.  I had a Benefit illuminator that I LOVED–it came in a bullet but eventually, it snapped off and I dropped it.  *sigh*

I’m over the moon to be getting a Bumble and Bumble product, I’ll def. use that shower gel on my next work trip (Korea in December!), and I’m curious about that Christie Brinkley skincare product.  I didn’t know she has a skincare line? I like that it’s an exfoliator–in dry climates, I feel like I have to (gently) exfoliate more often to avoid flakiness.  And then put on a heavier moisturizer–sorry cold weather ladies!  I’m new to this!

Overall, I’m really looking forward to this box!  I hope next box is a Luxe themed box, for Holiday month.  Fingers crossed! :]