Beauty Wednesday: 5 Multipurpose Makeup Items to Keep at Your Desk

Multipurpose Makeup | Corporette For those necessary makeup fixes and touch-ups at work, you can avoid keeping a whole Sephora store in your desk drawer by having one or two of these multipurpose makeup items on hand. We’ve rounded up five beauty products with two, three, or more uses — do you have any to add to the list?

  1. NARS ‘The Multiple’ Stick: You can use the cream-to-powder Multiple Stick for eyes, cheeks, and lips — for color, contouring, highlights, and more. It’s highly reviewed at Sephora — 4.4 out of 5 stars with more than 2,000 (!) reviews — and customers say it’s easy to apply and looks natural. It’s available in 10-12 shades (which I would list here if they were a bit more self-explanatory — Puerto Vallarta, anyone?) for $39 at Nordstrom and Sephora.
  2. Ilia Multi Stick: This handy makeup stick works well on your lips, cheeks, and eyes — it gives a sheer, natural look, and it’s easy to blend. Ilia Multi Sticks contain 100% natural dye as well as Vitamin E and shea butter. They’re available at Net-a-Porter in four colors for $34 with free 3-day shipping (and directly from Ilia Beauty in six colors; shipping is $5.95).
  3. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm: While this fragrance-free product is meant for lips, it’s also a good bet for eyes and cheeks — and it never needs sharpening. (Here’s a how-to video if you’re looking for tips.) The Chubby Stick rates a 4.4 out of 5 from 2,000+ (!) reviews and was recently named to Allure’s “Best of Beauty” list. It’s available at Sephora in 16 sheer shades, from warm beige to berry pink to plum brown, for $17.
  4. Stila Convertible Color: Use this versatile product for sheer color on both lips and cheeks — it’s garnered a 4.4 out of 5 at Sephora from about 1,000 reviews, and reviewers say the product has a creamy texture that lends a natural look. It’s available at Sephora (six shades) and Nordstrom (nine shades) for $25.
  5. Vaseline: Yes, don’t forget the humble petroleum jelly! Use it as a lip balm (either right from a jar or by using Lip Therapy Advanced Healing) or as a primer under lipstick, tame your brows, highlight your cheekbones, moisturize dry cuticles, define your lashes if you’re going sans mascara, and more. Pick it up at your local grocery store, or at Amazon for $3 for 2.5 oz.

The Hunt: Wool Coats for Work

coats for workSure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

After the weekend we’ve had (thank you Jonas), it may seem a bit silly to talk about professional-looking coats — after all, when it’s freezing, nasty and disgusting outside, being warm and dry are the primary considerations. Particularly when working from home is easier than ever, if you make it into the office at all, no one should be judging you for blizzard attire like an expedition coat and Sorels. But it isn’t blizzarding every day in the winter, and I still think a wool coat (or, fine, even a slim-fit puffer coat like some of the ones we featured on our roundup of washable coats for CorporetteMoms) does look more professional.  Shop for a winter coat that covers your thighs (for warmth, as well as the most versatility — nothing looks quite so silly as a peacoat and skirt), and be sure to size up if you need to to accommodate a sweater or blazer beneath your coat. (Other great layers: silk turtlenecks and long johns can add serious warmth without bulk, and there are so many puffer/fleece vests that I’m kind of tempted to try them under my winter coat on really cold days.) I’ve always looked for a wool/cashmere blend as the best (the cashmere makes it warm; the wool makes it durable), but I’ve also heard great things about alpaca’s warmth; these days you can find technical enhancements to wool like Lands’ End (pictured after the jump; it’s good to 10 below!!) or lined with thinsulate, like some J.Crew and LL Bean coats.  Ladies, what coats are you wearing this winter? How many do you have; which ones do you think are the most professional-looking, which are the warmest, and so forth? Have you recently bought any coats you love? 

First, a roundup of some special interest coats:

(If you’re interested in previous discussions, here’s our roundups from 2013 and 2009.)

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Happy MLK Day! 18 Great Sales

workwear-salesHappy MLK day, guys — I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend.  I thought I’d do a mini-sales roundup since there are so many great sales around — I just pulled the trigger on a Magaschoni sweater at Last Call that I’ve been eyeing for literally a year, so I’m having a good day. :)  Which are your favorites — have you found any other great deals this weekend?

  • – MLK Clearance Sale! Up to 65% off MSRP. Lots from Cole Haan, Frye, Sesto Meucci, Nine West, and Rose Petals in shoes, and in clothing tons of coats (Via Spiga, Kenneth Cole) and dresses from Bailey44, Susana Monaco, Joie and more.
  • Amazon – Semi-annual savings — up to 70% off bras, panties, sleepwear and more.
  • Ann Taylor – Extra 70% off sale styles! Ends Monday night, online only.
  • Bloomingdale’s – Save 40-60% when you take an extra 20% off with code TAKE20 at checkout.
  • Brooks Brothers Up to 60% off fall styles, and up to 70% off clearance! (Their ruanas are down to $199 — I’m also a fan of their cashmere sweaters, non-iron dress shirts (now as low as $39), and of course their fun, affordable Red Fleece line.)
  • Club Monaco – Up to 60% off sale and clearance styles when you take an extra 30% off with code JANUARY.
  • Express – Take an additional 50% off clearance for up to 70% off.  Plus, $20 off every $80 you spend with promo code 1032.
  • J.Crew – Today only, extra 50% off final sale styles, with 250 new items added with code SHOPSALE.
  • J.Crew Factory – Extra 50% off clearance with code EXTRA50.
  • Lands’ End – 25% off your order with code all25, Pin2525.
  • Last Call – 50% off any one item with code FIFTY, plus take an extra 60% off all clearance.
  • Limited – Extra 60% off select styles, extra 60-70% off all sale items.
  • LOFT – The Getaway sale! 40% off the newest arrivals, and an extra 60% off all sale styles.
  • Neiman Marcus – Online only, extra 20% off sale prices.
  • Nordstrom – Almost 2000 new markdowns added just in clothing! Lots of little items like lingerie, socks and more marked way down.
  • Reiss – Winter sale, take an extra 10% off clearance.
  • Saks – Final sale, up to 70% off.
  • Talbots – Red Hanger sale continues. Up to 70% off original prices, plus (ends today), save an additional 15% on markdowns.


42 New Year Sales (and Kat’s Top 13)

holiday-sales-workwearHappy New Year, guys!  May 2016 be happy, joyous, prosperous, healthy, fun, and all that other good stuff for you and yours. I’ve already hit my favorite Dillards New Year sale (here’s my 2013 roundup on it) and the big Nordstrom sale; there are a TON of great other sales going on.   (My favorites are in bold.) Any big New Year sales you plan to hit?

  • – The $20.16 sale! Tons of clothing, shoes and more marked down. Other featured sales include Michael Michael Kors, Ugg, Frye, and Dansko.  (Reader favorite Michael Michael Kors Flex Pump comes down to $54.99.)
  • Ann Taylor – Semi-Annual Sale, up to 70% off sale prices.
  • Anthropologie – Take an extra 40% off sale items with code XTRA40.
  • ASOS – Further reductions up to 70% off.
  • Banana Republic – Extra 50% off sale.
  • Bare Necessities – Semi-Annual sale, bras starting at $15.99.
  • Barneys – New markdowns, up to 60% off.
  • Barneys Warehouse – Now through 1/3, take an extra 60% off clearance.
  • Bloomingdale’s – The After-Christmas Sale continues, save up to 75% off.
  • Boden – Extra, extra, 10% off sale with code 2SAL at checkout.
  • Brooks Brothers – Semi-Annual Sale. Limited time values end 1.3.16.
  • Club Monaco – Take an extra 40% off sale styles and clearance with code NEWYEAR.
  • Cole Haan – Extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30.
  • Dillards – One day only New Year’s Clearance sale. Save an additional 50% off all permanently reduced merchandise.  Great time to stock up on Antonio Melani, Tahari, and Coach.
  • DvF – Enjoy an additional 30% off sale items with code NEWYEAR30.
  • eBags – New Year, new deals, up to 80% off. End of year blowout, limited quantities.
  • Eloquii – End of season sale, up to 75% off.
  • Express – Take an extra 30% off clearance for up to 70% off. (B1G1 on tons of new fitness stuff that actually looks pretty cute, too.)
  • French Connection – 40% off everything and free shipping, use code 40NY16.
  • – Buy 3+, get 30% off with code GET30. Featured sales include “daily essentials,” cold weather shoes, “perfect day dresses,” and Emily Cho bags.
  • J.Crew – Extra 40% off winter sale styles with code SHOPNOW.
  • J.Crew Factory – Online only, extra 40% off clearance with code HEY2016.
  • Kate Spade New York – Enjoy 25% off all sale items with code THRILL.
  • Lands’ End The Great Winter Sale, plus, for a limited time, take an extra 20% off all sale and clearance with code SNOWMAN and pin 4115.
  • Last Call – Happy New Year Sale! Online and in stores, extra 30-60% off everything, and an extra 60% off all clearance. (Big sales on their 6 oz flannel bedding if you’re looking, as well as the reader favorite ponte sheath!)
  • The Limited – Extra 60% off sale items.  50% off full-price sweaters, and 30% off brand new arrivals.
  • L.K. Bennett – Take an extra 30% off sale.
  • Loft – Extra 60% off sale, with 100s of new markdowns added.
  • Neiman Marcus – Online through Friday only, take an extra 33% off already reduced prices.
  • New York & Co. – Save 30% off $100 with code 9287 on new arrivals, and everything up to 80% off clearance event.  Plus, today only, free shipping on all orders.
  • Nordstrom – HALF-YEARLY SALE. See my picks for the sale here and here.
  • Nordstrom Rack – Clear the rack sale, extra 25% off clearance items.
  • The Outnet – Take an extra 30% off selected styles.
  • Reiss – Winter sale, up to 30% off further reductions.
  • Rue La La – Accessories up to 70% off, tops from $24.99, shoes from $29.99, plus the Dress Sale. (Not a member? Click here for an invitation.)
  • Saks – Final sale, up to 70% off designer selections.
  • Saks Off Fifth – Clearance clearout, up to 75% off. Plus, up to 70% off new arrival DvF.
  • Sephora – Stock up on Big Deal Beauty (value sizes). Plus, take an extra 20% off sale items with code EXTRA20, online only, ends 1/1.
  • Talbots – The Red Hanger Sale: Extra 40% off markdowns to save up to 60% off original prices. Plus, extra 50% off all markdown sweaters, including this reader favorite crewneck as well as this cardigan.
  • Theory – Winter sale, up to 60% off.
  • Tory Burch – Extra 30% off all sale styles with code MERRY.
  • White House | Black Market – Winter sale, up to 70% off.


A Quick Look at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

workwear half-yearly saleI’m still having problems getting into Nordstrom from the homepage, but I’m not having a problem when I go to individual products (like ones we’ve featured before, or like this link to the general workwear section). So I thought I’d do a quickie roundup of some workwear ideas from the sale… tons of great dresses, sweaters, pants, and lots of heels and flats, particularly in lucky sizes. Ladies, what have you bought at the big Half-Yearly Sale thus far? What other major post-holiday sales have you taken advantage of?

59 Day-After-Christmas Sales (and Kat’s Top 14)

stylish work clothes saleHappy holidays! If you have time/energy to shop, there are some great deals happening today. Ladies, where will be your first stop?  Updates are in red. 

  • – After Christmas Sale! 60% off or more off comfort footwear, handbags and accessories, fashion footwear, and clothing.
  • Amazon – Up to 70% off for women, men, kids and baby.
  • Ann Taylor – The Winter Sale, this weekend only. Take 60% off your purchase, excluding new arrivals. 
  • All Saints – End of season sale, up to 50% off. Take an additional 20% off all styles with code MERRY (excludes handbags).
  • Anthropologie – Winter Tag Sale. Enjoy an extra 25% off sale items with code TAGTIME.
  • ASOS – Up to 50% off select sale items.
  • Athleta – Semi-annual sale, save up to 60% off.  Plus take an extra 20% off sale items through 12/28.
  • Banana Republic – Extra 50% off sale.
  • Barneys New York – Designer Sale – take up to 60% off designer collections from Valentino, Maison Margiela, Prada and More.
  • Barneys Warehouse – Take an extra 60% off all clearance.
  • BaubleBar – Post Xmas Clean-Up. Shop top styles at up to 65% off.
  • Bergdorf Goodman – Two days only: take an additional 25% off previously-reduced items already marked up to 60% off. 
  • Bloomingdale’s – After-Christmas sale: Up to 75% off a great selection of items.
  • Boden – Now up to 60% off sale. 
  • Brooks Brothers – Semi-Annual Sale: Up to 50% off (through 1/2). Extra 15% off sale items (through 12/27).
  • Club Monaco – Take an extra 40% off sale styles and clearance with code NEWYEAR.
  • Cole Haan – Take an extra 30% off sale.
  • CUSP – SALE until Noon CT today only. Up to 70% off when you take an extra 50% off already reduced prices.
  • Dorothy Perkins – Up to 50% off everything.
  • DvF – End of season sale, enjoy up to 50% off new sale styles.
  • Eddie Bauer – Semi-Annual Sale, up to 60% off.
  • Express – 50% off everything.
  • Forever 21 – End of season sale, up to 75% off.
  • Free People – 2 days only, all sale items an additional 30% off (ends 12/27).
  • French Connection – 40% off everything in stores and online, plus free shipping with code 40NY16.
  • Hugo Boss – Additional 15% off sale with code WINTER15 at checkout.
  • J.Crew – Extra 40% off winter sale styles with code SHOPNOW. 
  • J.Crew Factory – Online only, 30% off new arrivals, plus extra 40% off clearance with code SALETIME.
  • Journelle – Semi-annual sale.
  • Kate Spade – enjoy 25% off all sale items with code THRILL (ends 1/6).
  • Karen Millen – Further reductions, up to 50% off.
  • Kirna Zabête – Sale, up to 70% off.
  • Lands’ End – 30% off reg. priced styles with code POLAR. Up to 60% off clearance.
  • Last Call – Dec. 26 one day sale — extra 60% off clearance, and an extra 30%-60% off everything else. Dec. 27: One day sale, extra 40% off women’s apparel and all men’s.  
  • The Limited – 30% off brand new arrivals, 50% off select full-price skirts, extra 50% off sale items.
  • L.K. Bennett – Sale, up to 50% off. Extra 30% off sale items (ends 12/29).
  • Loft – 50% off everything with code HOLIDAY50.
  • Lord & Taylor – 3 day sale. 20% off sale and clearance items, 15% off regular-priced items with code NEWYEAR.
  • Macy’s – Free shipping at $25! One day sale, extra 25% off clearance.
  • Madewell – Extra 30% off all sale styles with code YOUWIN.
  • MZ Wallace – Sale! Deep discounts on lots of great totes.
  • Net-a-Porter – Now up to 70% off sale.
  • New York & Company – Save $25 off $100 (code 6007) with no exclusions during the “Everything up to 80% off Clearance Event.”
  • Nordstrom – HALF-YEARLY SALE! See my initial thoughts on what to get here
  • The Outnet – Further reductions on clearance, now up to 85% off.
  • Rebecca Minkoff – Ring it in event, up to 70% off select styles. Take an extra 25% off all sale items with code BYE2015.
  • Rebecca Taylor – Take an extra 30% off sale with code NEWYEAR.
  • Reiss – The Winter Sale, up to 50% off. New lines added. 
  • Saks – Last day, designer sale, up to 70% off select styles. 
  • Saks Off Fifth – Clearance Clearout, up to 75% off.
  • Sephora – Sale on sale. Use code EXTRA20, online only. 
  • Shopbop – New to sale, 100s of items added.
  • Soma Intimates – Semi-annual sale, up to 70% off. 
  • Stuart Weitzman – First item 40% off, second item and beyond, 50% off.
  • Talbots – Red hanger sale, up to 60% off original prices (and an extra 40% off markdowns).
  • Target – Clearance, up to 60% off hundreds of items. Extra 20% off clearance clothes, shoes and accessories with code EXTRA20.
  • Theory – 25% off everything including sale with code GIFT25.
  • Tory Burch – Extra 30% off sale styles with code MERRY.
  • White House | Black Market – Winter sale, up to 70% off.