Spring Denim Must-Haves with Orvis

Disclosure: “I received complimentary product from Orvis for this review.”

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I don’t want to jinx it, but I am pretty sure spring is finally coming to Minnesota. The forecast said it will be above 70 degrees for 3 days in a row, and I am ready for the warmth. I think living in the midwest for the past 5 years made me want to talk about the weather more than anything, or I am just becoming boring.

However, one thing that never gets boring is the denim on denim trend. And this spring I am adding yet another chambray shirt to my collection, but this time I paired it up with a skirt. Are you surprised that I have taken a step away from my usual skinny jeans? I still have an X amount of those in my closet, even after I’ve been spring cleaning all week last week 😉

Both the skirt and the shirt are from Orvis. I am kind of in like with their spring line. And while they are an outdoorsy company that offers a lot of hiking clothes, there are pieces perfect for everyday wear. Also, just to remind you, I did hike around Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs two summers ago in a skirt!

So having said all this, I hope you enjoy my look, and my inner 8th grader that I had to channel by wearing the Adidas sneakers along with my Free People crop top 😉

Make sure to enter the contest Orvis is having for all the readers! They will randomly select 10 winners from all program entries and will send out the $100 gift cards. The contest runs through May 2, 2016!

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Can’t wait and want to shop now? I got a coupon code for you – ICSPRING, offers you $25 off a purchase of $50 or more and is good until September 30th, 2016.

Making Waves on Your Nails

Today’s post is all about nail polish. Specifically about the Sally Hansen Magnetic nail color that I received in my summer vox box. So I guess this is sort of a review. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting too much from this product. If MAC and NARS nail polishes chipped on me on the same day, the next day at most, I was ready to add this product to the – one day oh so not long lasting nail polishes. But in spite all of the chipping, this nail polish is actually fun! Especially if you are into science experiments.

So here is what I started off with:

The instructions on how to use the nail polish are on the back:

You are going to need a base coat for this though, so I used my Revlon one, pretty much the only one that I had:

Then you remove the top lid with the magnet:

And apply a thin coat of SH Magnetic Nail Color:

Then you are going to go over the 1st coat with a second, thicker one, and right after you apply it to one nail, you gotta hold the magnet over it for about 10 seconds. There is a guide on the lid, that you are supposed to place right below the cuticle, so that makes it easier, but you still gotta count to 10!

And then you end up with this:

So I thought this was kind of cool, not a very summer color, but okay. And honestly, the first time I tried this, I totally screwed it up. I don’t know how it was possible, but I did. It’s looking better now, but my thumbs aren’t wavy all the way, and my left hand is more wavy than my right. I hope that makes sense!

Have you tried this? What’s your favorite color? And are you willing to spend almost $10 on this? (I am glad I got to try this for free, I don’t know if I would’ve bought one for myself, even with a $1 off coupon at Target, it’s still pricey for nail polish)

xo,

Z

Latest Additions to my Beauty Collection

I’ve been shopping a little lately, well not really a little, the new bag, then the Old Navy Haul, now Beauty purchases, I am on a kind of roll and I keep telling myself that I gotta stop. But before I do, let me share some of my latest purchases with you!

If you follow me on Twitter on Instagram, you might have already seen these pictures, but I realize that not everyone is as obsessed/dependent on their phone as me, so here they are again:

As you can see, I got some Revlon and Maybelline (sorry, Clinique, but it’s taking too long to get my gratis :/)

Anyways I needed some powder, and even tough I said that I am never ever again buying pressed powder, I went against all odds and got a pressed Revlon Photo Ready powder in Light/Medium.

I also got a Revlon Photo Ready Pore Perfecting Primer, I had some of my Russian subscribers ask me if it was foundation. I know that the filter on the picture makes the primer look darker, it’s actually pretty pink 🙂 Now I am not going to lie, I am a huge fan of Clinique’s Instant Pore Perfector in Light – that stuff is magic and makes your skin super smooth. And even though Revlon’s isn’t as good as that, it’s really not supposed to be – first of all it’s a primer for a foundation, when Clinique’s product is just a treatment that’s supposed to minimize the look of your pores. It’s really hard to compare to be honest with you, but I can tell you one thing – Revlon’s product is a lot larger, so it’s a better value for the money. Again, sorry, Clinique!

Plus I got those two products at CVS and it was buy one, get one half off, and I had the coupons, and I got another $5 Extra Bucks out of it, so I firmly believe that I should become the official Beauty blogger for CVS pharmacy, so someone nominate me 🙂

Then I got the Maybelline Color Tattoo’s in 50 “Edgy Emerald” and 25 “Bad to the Bronze” – haven’t tried them yet, but the reviews are too good to pass out on this product, I had coupons for those little jars of popping color as well!

Today I went to Aveda. See, I am trying to switch all of my haircare and body care products over to Aveda. The process is going to take a long long time, because I have a whole bunch of products at the moment, but I’ll get there 🙂 Today I started with hairspray:

I got the witch hazel hair spray to control my fly-aways, plus witch hazel is simply awesome. I also signed up for Aveda membership/points/rewards program, so I am pretty psyched about that 🙂 Plus check out all of my free samples! Gotta love Aveda for that!

If you have tried any of those products, please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your opinion! And I am going to do a more thorough review on some of the products that I mentioned here!

Hope you all had an awesome day,

Cheers,

Z

Мне кажется уже давно не секрет, что я люблю шопиться, и что последнее время, я делаю это ну уж через чур регулярно. Недавно я показывала вам свои покупки из магазина Old Navy, сегодня я поделюсь с вами моими последними бьюти покупками. На самом деле скоро всем этим покупкам подойдет конец (это я так себя успокаиваю)! Но прежде чем конец настанет, я все же поделюсь ими с вами!

Если вы следите за моими твитами (@BeingZhenya) или постами в Instagram (ник такой же как в Твиттере), то вы скорее всего уже видели эти фотографии, но я понимаю, что не все так сильно зависят/сходят с ума от своих телефонов как я, поэтому я вставлю эти кадры еще раз.

Итак, как вы поняли по первой фотографии я прикупила себе пару вещей из Ревлон и пару из Мэйбеллин (прости, Клиник, но что-то мой гратис уж больно долго не идет :/)

Мне нужна была пудра, и хоть я и зареклась никогда больше не покупать прессованную пудру, я в который раз пошла себе на перекосяк и купила ФотоРеди от Ревлон в цвете light/medium.

Я также приобрела себе основу под тональник, которая способствует визуальному уменьшению размера пор! Некоторые мои русские читатели спрашивали тональник ли это – нет, не тональник. На фотографии средство кажется темнее, чем оно есть на самом деле – в жизни оно перламутрово-розовое. Я честно вам скажу – я большой фанат средства для пор от Клиник, которое называется Instant Pore Perfector в цвете Light – это какое-то волшебное средство, после него кожа настолько шелковистая и гладкая, что ее хочется трогать постоянно! И, хотя средство от Ревлон не дает такого эффекта, оно в принципе для этого и не предназначено! То, что купила я – это база под тональную основу, а Perfector от Клиник – средство, которое зрительно уменьшает размер ваших пор и которое вы наносите поверх или даже вместо тонального крема. Сравнивать эти два средства не имеет смысла, но я скажу вам одно – в Ревлон больше продукта, и цена ниже, поэтому вам решать, что вам нужнее. И опять же, Клиник, прости!

Плюс ко всему я купила эти два продукта в магазине CVS, на Ревлон была акция – купи один продукт, получи второй продукт со скидкой 50% , ну и конечно у меня были купоны. А в конце мне дали еще один купон на  $5, так что я на 100% уверена, что мне нужно становиться официальным блоггером для магазина CVS, поэтому номинируйте меня на эту должность кто-нибудь, ладно?

Я также приобрела Maybelline Color Tattoo в цвете 50 “Edgy Emerald” и 25 “Bad to the Bronze”- пока не успела их опробовать, но пока что все ревью на эти продукты положительные, и на эти баночки ярких красок у меня тоже были купоны!

Сегодня я заезжала в магазин Aveda. Я пытаюсь полностью перейти на уходовую продукцию этой фирмы. Конечно это процесс у меня займет уйму времени, так как у меня дома склад всяких продуктов и пробников, но я знаю, что у меня получится это сделать! Начало этому переходу положил лак для волос.

Я купила лак с гаммамелисом, который помогает контролировать маленькие волоски, которые постоянно выбиваются из прически. К тому же я фанат гаммамелиса! Я также завела себе накопительную/бонусную карту Aveda –  чему я очень рада! Также меня снабдили пробниками! В общем моей любви к Aveda нет предела!

Если вы пробовали какие-то из вышеупомянутых продуктов, оставьте пожалуйста комментарий с вашим отзывом, мне очень интересно ваше мнение! Также я сделаю более подробный обзор на некоторые из данных продуктов.

Всем отличного дня!

Z

 

The Love of Freebies

Oh Consumerism!

Alright everyone, let’s be honest, we all love free stuff. I know I do! There is a very good word in Russian that describes it – халява (read “halyava” or basically swag/freebies).

There are different kinds of swag, there are freebies that you get for running marathons (like mugs or T-shirts), but if you come to think of it, those aren’t really free, because you paid a fee to run the marathon in the first place.

Then there are samples (some people call them testers, I have no idea why, because those two words have totally different meanings). Samples sometimes come from a store, or you can get them in your mail. And samples are a good way to try put new products if you are serious about buying something. If you are like me, then you probably have a drawer full of shampoo/conditioner/body wash/lotion samples that are really hard to get rid of, because they just don’t end. Yes, maybe I am a sample hoarder, but at least I use them! I am working my way through all of those shampoo/conditioner samples that I’ve been receiving in the mail.

Then, there are samples that come with purchase, the so called Free Gift, and this is what I am going to tell you about. Actually I am going to tell you what not to do when getting Free Gift with purchase.

– If it says 1 per customer, it means 1 per customer. I don’t care if you are from China or California, it is 1 per customer. And if you think I don’t remember faces, oh you are so wrong! It’s all a game for me, after you’ve been coming to the counter 3 days in a row and purchasing the same thing every time! I also can’t imagine what you are going to do with 3 or 4 of those free gift bags? Donate them to Goodwill? How are you going to use up all the product?

– If there was another freebie in addition to the gift and you didn’t get it, don’t come asking for it for free, no one will give it to you. You can make another purchase, and we’ll all pretend we see each other for the first time. But do you realize how pathetic you look asking for that freebie? Especially if you start crying? So please don’t do that! There will be another free gift and more extra freebies.

– When you are nice, everyone else will be nice to you! No one cancelled “thank you”, just remember that!

– And finally, sales associates are there to help you, not to scare you away, so don’t be shy!

Finally, a couple days ago there was a “Beauty Bag” available on Target.com – and the ridiculousness of the situation and all the people who wanted to get it was rather comical. A lot of customers wrote on Target’s Facebook wall claiming there were problems receiving that beauty bag, but one comment stood out to me the most:

“Stop complaining that you can’t receive your samples! If you’ve been sitting refreshing your browser for the past hour trying to get the bag, you are probably a hoarder and have too many of those samples anyways!”

Kudos to the author of that message and good luck to you!

Xo,

Z

PS. There are usually free samples available at Target.com or Walmart.com. I also use mommysavesbig.com and sweetfreestuff.com! Good luck with your freebies!

My Coupon Experiment

Since we don’t subscribe to the Sunday paper, weekly mail in coupons are all I have, plus some in-store coupons, and the random coupon here and there I get from the manufacturer and which usually comes with a sample. I have to admit when it comes to in-store coupons, Target beats them all! The great thing about Target are sales/clearances which you can combine with a manufacturers coupon and a store coupon and viola – you have at least 40% of savings right there!

Anyways, I decided to do a month of coupon experiment, when every time Sam and I would go grocery shopping, we would use some coupons (I didn’t go crazy over anything) and write down how much we saved.

So it all came up to $88.62 a month, taking into consideration that we’ve only been grocery shopping 3 times, and spent around 50 bucks each time.

Now all the saved money can go towards… well, we don’t really know, but today we donated to the United Way, so I think that’s a good cause.

I am not an extreme couponer, and don’t claim to be one, I just like saving a few dollars here and there.

I might do another experiment like this, but with clothes. You know sometimes you find brand new things at thrift stores, like this black Gap dress:

The original tag was still on, with the original price of $59.95! That’s how much percent of savings? 99%?

What are the things you save one? And what do you splurge on? Let me know, I would love to hear from you!

XO,

ZhenyAH!

PS. I am also going to be appearing in the video Support Where you Live for Minneapolis Foundation holding letter “I” and waving 🙂 I don’t know if that video will ever be up on YouTube, but I will let you know if it is!

Life’s Lessons: What I learned from the Jews

This is the continuation of my Life’s Lessons series, so far there has only been one post about it, on Flexibility, and you can check it out here http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/lifes-lessons-flexibility/

Now, what does a simple Russian girl like me have to do with the Jews? Well, I used to work for them, I used to live with them, I celebrated Sabbath (almost every week) with them, I celebrated the other holidays, and I simply talked to them, and through that communication came the life’s lessons that I want to share with you today, maybe you’ll find them helpful, maybe not, but the goal of this post is to prove – that there are so many good things different nationalities can learn from each other (FYI: I do have a MA in Cultural Studies)

Lesson One: Patience

I lived in a family, that was in constant law suits (I do believe there was more than 1 going on at the same time). One of the law suits is still going on, as I am writing this post. Have you been in one? No? Me neither! But watching them go through this, I definitely realized, that sometimes you just need to be patient and most of the time, it’s the only thing left to do!

Lesson 2: Gratefulness

This lesson naturally comes out of lesson 1. I learned to be thankful for not having to go through law suits. I learned to be thankful for not having kids who misbehave, who pee themselves, and do other not so fun stuff. I learned to be thankful for Grandmothers, because the one they had was so extremely helpful (thought at times annoying), it definitely made me realize how important our relatives are! And to be thankful for the family! I learned to express my gratitude, and thank you cards is not all there is! You can make cookies, you can bring flowers, you can make photo collages, etc, etc, etc… What counts, is being grateful!

Lesson 3: Cooking

Not that I didn’t know how to cook before, but I learned how to enjoy the process! The host father was a fabulous cook! The best one I’ve ever met, never used a cook book, always followed the instinct/ intuition/heart/gut (pick whichever one you like!). He didn’t teach me how to cook, he taught me confidence! That no matter what you are making, it will turn out, as long as you are confident! I am not saying I am this super talented chef now, but I can cook to impress, and I am happy about it! I also learned the importance of buying organic and eating kosher meat (with all the junk they pump the meat with in the States), it’s the safest way to go and tastes as good. I began experimenting, trying different recipes, trying different foods! I never thought I would like falafel or beets! Now I do!

Lesson 4: Persistence

I will call until I get an answer (no matter how long I am going to have to spend on hold). I will fight until the end to get my refund. I will write reviews on sales reps, managers, assistants, if I liked them, if I didn’t like them, if I hated them, and in many other situations. Today, thanks to my persistence, I was able to finally get rid of this nervous, flip flopping feeling in my stomach! And all because I called and asked the right questions!

Lesson 5: Useful lingo

“Schmuck” & “Putz”, enough said!

Lesson 6: Saving on Everything

Couponing, shopping on sales, clearances, but I didn’t stop there. I began to freecycle (www.freecycle.org ), thrift shop, and it’s not just to save the money, but to reuse and save the environment! I am not an extreme couponer, like the ones they show on TLC, but I know my way around, and how to get free stuff. Some things I have freecycled include, but aren’t limited to 🙂 clothes, books, iHome, jewelry (real and costume), toiletries, house decor, movies, CDs. You name it, I have probably freecycled it at one point or another! I also went to monthly swaps! And those were amazing! Even my jewish host mom was amazed at me, because she considered herself thrifty, but I beat here there. Though sometimes I think she was just a plain hoarder 🙂

Lesson 7: Acceptance and Tolerance 

When it came to other cultures and religions, I used to be a person who would flinch, and go her own way, but this Jewish family changed a lot for me. I didn’t become a Jew, nor am I planning on becoming one, I simply was able to get a better perspective on God’s chosen people. Having been a Christian for the most part of my life, we were always taught the New Testament is more important than the Old. I was able to see that Old Testament with my own eyes, experience it through different holiday celebrations, and learn a lot about God, or as they call him HaShem.

I hope you enjoyed reading this, let me know if there is anything you want to disagree with.

PS. I left out the names, I hope I don’t need to explain why! Another important thing: this is the good stuff, there was plenty of bad, ugly, and even unmentionable. But I chose to remember the good, forget the bad, and move on. Though this only relates to my Jewish family, the Catholics can forget I ever existed!