Review: Kate Young for Target

Target’s newest designer collaboration is with Kate Young, a Brooklyn-based, sought-after stylist for the stars.  She has actually styled for Target in the past, which is what makes this collaboration particularly interesting.

According to Refinery29, Kate says that the Target collaboration is her proudest career moment so far.

According to Refinery29, Kate says that the Target collaboration is her proudest career moment so far.

I missed out on the first designer collaboration with Missoni, which I am bitterly reminded of every time I see a woman carrying a Missoni for Target tote at the airport.  (This happens all the time, ugh).  Since then, I’ve shopped the three latest Target designer collaborations (Jason Wu, Neiman Marcus, and Prabal Gurung).  I love that these partnerships let non-super-rich-people shop designer looks at affordable prices.

Target Style’s Facebook page has a preview of all the looks in the Kate Young collection.  Overall, I’m not loving the collection as much as the Jason Wu or Prabal Gurung ones, but there are a few pieces that really stand out.  Below are my favorite pieces that I think represent Kate’s fun, tasteful aesthetic and are the most versatile, long-wearing looks.

Beaded Dress in Yellow, $59.99

Beaded Dress in Yellow, $59.99

This Betty Draper-esque, mod mini dress is perfect for a cheery spring day.  (It’s also perfect for a gloomy spring day, a.k.a. April in Chicago, to cheer yourself up!)  I’d dress it up with black heels to wear to work or make it more casual with wedges for a weekend look.

Fitted Dress in Black with Belt, $49.99

Fitted Dress in Black with Belt, $49.99

This LBD is perfect for work or a dinner meeting, since it’s not too short or low cut.  I could definitely see this in my closet for years to come, as the simple, tasteful look won’t go out of style.

Jumpsuit in Black, $79.99

Jumpsuit in Black, $79.99

I love this sleek, classy jumpsuit for date night or grabbing drinks with friends.  A perfect way to experiment with the menswear trend, it’s structured, polished, and elegant without being too stuffy.  I’d pair with loose waves and a pop of red lipstick to keep the look young and fresh.

Flame Pumps in Red, $39.99

Flame Pumps, $39.99

Finally, these pumps with a cool, jagged cutout are rocker-chic and ladylike at the same time.  Wear these to work, a night out, to the grocery store… Whatever, get it girl!  I like that the details are interesting enough to catch attention without being over-the-top and inappropriate for more formal occasions.

Those are my top picks from Kate Young for Target.  What are your favorites?  Share in the comments!

 


Review: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

I decided to try Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder because I have a major shine problem that starts in the middle of the day.  I don’t look glowy or youthful; I just look greasy.  The shine sadly plagues me throughout the year, but gets worse during the summer.  Before using this powder, my face would become an oil slick by noon.  Every day.  Without fail.  There is an oil spill joke in there somewhere, but yawn.

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Overall, this powder is absolutely worth the hefty price tag ($34 for the full-size version).  A little goes a long way, so you’ll be able to make the product last for awhile.

Pros:

– Natural and Matte: If you’re looking for dewy, glowy skin, then this is probably not the product for you.  If you are like me and need help controlling oil, then go for it!

– Conservative: Using a little goes a LONG way.  Don’t overdo application or your skin may start to look chalky.

– Long-wearing: This powder helps to control oil throughout the day.  I used to have to retouch my makeup every few hours.  Now, I can retouch once mid-day and I’m good to go.

– Invisible: Don’t be daunted by the ghost white, baby powder look.  This powder is invisible even on my olive skin.

Cons:

– Drying: I’d recommend using a heavier moisturizer once you start using this powder.  I love the Body Shop’s Wise Woman Regenerating Day Cream, which my cousin Jen gave to me to try a couple of months ago.  It’s packed with nutrients and makes your skin smooth and soft without being greasy

– Fineness: Since the powder is so fine, it goes all over the place unless you are super careful to contain it.  I recommend using a Kabuki brush, like this one from Sephora, and tapping off the excess into the lid of the container.

To combat the drying nature of this powder, I’ve been using it in combination with Smashbox BB Cream, which helps my skin to stay soft without being too oily or dry.

Overall, applying this powder is now a part of my daily makeup routine.  It’s the perfect spring and summer 2013 beauty product to add to your repertoire!

What products help you stay oil and shine-free?  Share in the comments!