the Shira Rose

A NYC Body Positive Fashion Blog

The Most Overrated Skin Care and Makeup Items (And what to get instead!)

If I hear one more time about how great Maybelline Great Lash Mascara is (ya know, the pink and green tube), I’ll scream! There is NOTHING great about this mascara. It creates no thickness, has very average lengthening abilities and has some flaking too. L’oreal Double Extend Lash Boosting Mascara is a great choice and I find it works even better without that clear base coat. I’ve heard great things about Telescopic Explosion Mascara as well as Maybelline Lash Stiletto Waterproof (the regular version isn’t as good).
(Edit: I didn’t mention what I use and I was asked a few times so my personal favorite is Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes. I was just trying to find a mascara at the same price as Great Lash)
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is THE most overrated moisturizer out there (in my opinion he he). Is it bad? No! So why do I say that it’s so overrated? Because it’s just super outdated and very average. There are so many great moisturizers with antioxidants, ingredients that are beneficial to skin, anti irritants, etc and this moisturizer has none of that. It just has some mineral and sesame oil and you can do way better for your skin. By the way, the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is much better than the lotion. It feels light and silky and is great for normal to slightly oily or slightly dry skin; it has some antioxidants although not a lot of it but it’s well priced and a decent option. Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer is great but definitely more pricey.

Did I just knock your favorite product? 🙂 Let me know! Tell me what you like…or what you don’t like!


Teal Lace

I’m innocently walking down 5th Avenue and as I pass Madewell, I see a sign that says additional 40% off all sale items. So how could I not check to see if the gorgeous lace dress I’ve been wanting went on sale? So I went in….and it was on sale….in my size….so I bought it. And as I swiped my credit card, I remembered that I was supposed to be trying not to spend money. Whoops.

Photos by Chani Shmookler-Deutsch
Dress: Madewell
Shoes: Steve Madden (old)
Bracelets: Aldo
Ring: J.Crew

My First Real Ombre Manicure!

There’s a nail salon in NYC-Valley Nails- known for it’s nail art but I never thought about going because I don’t spend hundreds of dollars or even fifty dollars on a manicure. So when there was a groupon for a gel manicure with nail art at Valley Nail, I jumped at the chance to try it out! They are not the most friendly place  in the world but they definitely know what they’re doing and they can do some pretty crazy stuff. I personally have no problem with bright colors and subtle nail art but I draw the line at studs and crystals on the nails. It seems so cheap to me! What are your opinions on nail art? Like it? Hate it? Only some kinds? Tell me!

Here are some other pretty ombres:
And for a full pinterest board of ombre or gradient nails, check out my pinterest board:

Lace+Pop of Color+Leopard

Tip of the day: If you’re looking for ways to spend less money on shoes and your feet are smaller than a woman’s 7 1/2, you should try the kid’s department. You think I’m joking? Totally not! The super cute leopard loafers I’m wearing in today’s outfit were purchased at Zara. I’ve also gotten kid shoes from Gap, Ugg, and J.Crew for really great prices. Generally, you go down 2 sizes so if you’re a 7, you’d be a 5 kids, a 6 would make you a size 4 kids, etc. Have any of you done this before? Obviously, I’m not going to buy a great pair of heels from the kid’s department, but a great pair of ballet flats (which makes up the majority of my shoe collection, ha ha)? Heck yes!

Photos by Chani Shmookler-Deutsch
Lace top: Madewell (sale)
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Zara (kids)
Bracelets: J.Crew, Aldo
Necklace: Kate Spade