Friday, February 16, 2018

Fab Find: La Roche Posay Anthelios Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen

I have a problem with sunscreen, in that my sensitive skin is allergic to a lot of the common chemicals in them. It's gotten so bad that I've given up wearing foundation with SPF protection, and really only wear sunscreen protection when I know I'm going to be outdoors all day. But all that's changed now that I've found La Roche Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen. It safeguards against UV rays with SPF 50, and contains an antioxidant complex to provide free-radical-fighting nourishment. This serum with sunscreen also claims to visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots and fine lines while refining skin's texture for a more youthful appearance. But best of all - for me, anyhow - is that this serum is fragrance-free and gentle enough for most skin types. I've been using it for the past week with no irritation, making it a staple in my morning beauty routine.

La Roche Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen can be found in select Target stores and online on While it's pricey - at $42.50 for a 1oz. bottle - Target usually puts all La Roche Posay on sale a couple of times a year at buy one/get one 1/2 off.

Target's President's Day Sale

Target is running a few different President's Day sales this weekend. Select home items are up to 30% off, with an extra 15% off indoor & outdoor furniture, with the code GEORGE.  You can also get 20% off kids' clothing and shoes - in stores with Cartwheel and online with the code KIDS20. And save 20% off mens's and women's C9 Champion clothing in stores with Cartwheel and online with the code PRESDAY20.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Last Call: Nate Berkus Bedding

I was hoping that Nate Berkus would continue his partnership with Target in the Bed & Bath department, but it's looking more and more like that's not the case. My local store has eliminated almost all their Nate Berkus merchandise, and the store near my work is putting what they have left on clearance.

So if you're a fan of Nate Berkus for Target bedding (as I am) you may want to head to stores to see what you can grab on sale. Most items are already sold out online (and not available for store pickup) but you can use the 'check stores' tool to see which stores in your area still have products in stock. I plan to check the Target near my office today for this Handrawn Geo Duvet Cover Set (shown here) which is now 70% off!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Look for Less: Prada vs. Universal Thread

A friend gifted me a a pair of NWOT Prada sandals she found at a thrift store that ended up not fitting her. They're very similar to the Prada pair on the left, which are now sold out at Barney's but had a hefty price tag of $850. You can get a similar look - by saving a LOT of dough - with the "Agnes" sandal on the right from Universal Thread (at Target) for just $32.99.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Have you checked out Universal Thread yet?

As of last weekend, Target's newest brand - Universal Thread - is now available online and in stores. In fact, this past weekend Target debuted the line in stores with dedicated salespeople (to answer any questions) and refreshments (including complimentary Ghiradelli chocolates and Simply Balanced Sparkling Water.)

While browsing, a salesperson noticed me checking out the red peasant blouse (shown in foreground) and asked it she could help me find the right size. She advised that this new brand runs large, so I should size down from my normal size. As it turned out, the blouse on the mannequin was the last one they had, and it was a Small. I took a chance on it - although I usually wore a Large in Merona - and it fit!

I actually spent a lot of time looking around - something I haven't done in the Women's Department for some time, since A New Day has let me down and Who What Wear has taken an odd turn. From what I've seen so far, I'm fairly impressed. The denim offerings are extensive, and come in a huge range of sizes, from women's to plus with regular, short, and long inseam options. For example: these gorgeous embroidered jeans come in 33 different sizes online, so if you don't find your perfect fit in stores, check out The price points are good, too: these embroidered jeans (with REAL embroidery) are just $29.99, whereas I recall a similar version from Who What Wear last summer (the the embroidery patches simply glued on) for $36.99.

What do you think, readers? Have you checked out Universal Thread yet, and if so, do you give it a thumbs up?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

My small Sonia Kashuk haul...

After visiting two Target stores in 2 days, this was all I was able to nab: two lip glosses and two lip balms. The first store I visited was already wiped out of ALL Sonia Kashuk cosmetics except for a couple of lipliners and one cream blush. The second store I went to had a bit more to offer, but after buying these 4 items there were probably only 4-5 color cosmetics left.

Both stores had a LOT of brushes (individual and in sets) at 50% off as well as fragrance products (body lotion, body butter, and Eau de Toilette). Some readers have reported to me that Sonia's fragrance offerings are similar to those from L'Occitane, with good staying power and luxury ingredients in the lotions and creams. I also saw a smattering of Sonia skincare products, but the selection was slim. 

I don't know about you, but I'm really going to miss this brand. For the most part, Sonia Kashuk cosmetics were made from quality ingredients (that were irritant and paraben-free) at fair price points. I didn't love all her products, but her eyeliners, eyeshadow, and lip colors were staples in my beauty routine, and now I'm going to need to find a suitable alternative.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Clearance Alert: Sonia Kashuk Cosmetics

Heads up, readers: it's the last call for Sonia Kashuk cosmetics. As I blogged about 6 months ago, Sonia sold her brand back in 2015 to Target, and last Spring was her last collection for the retailer before stepping down permanently. At that time, I shared MusingsOfAMuse's prediction that Target would keep Sonia's brushes and makeup bags, but phase out the makeup to make room for newer brands. And that indeed seems to be happening, as readers of her blog have just confirmed that Sonia Kashuk color cosmetics are starting to go on clearance in stores.

I did a quick check of Target’s website, and many of her products are already sold out - with shipping unavailable - and store pickup not an option, either. There is a “check stores” button, to show what stores in your area still carries the item. So now's the time to stock up on your favorites before they're gone forever. I know I'll be scouring my local stores for Sonia's Luxe Tinted Lip Balm to snap up my fave colors.