Category Archives: Makeup


Happy Saturday, everyone! Today on SITNB, I’m featuring one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Zahra Sandberg. Zahra is the blogger behind Love Zahra and she’s here today to give us a peak inside her makeup bag.

Black_White3Aside from blogging and styling segments with major fashion retailers like Woodfield Mall, Zahra can be found covering major fashion events and shows all throughout Chicago.

I hope you’re ready for a makeup bag filled with goodies. Below, Zahra even shares her favorite four lip combinations and the colors you need to achieve each look!


Inside her bag:

SITNB: What’s your favorite beauty product of all time?
Zahra: The MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter was a game changer for me. It transforms my face to look like I actually got a full eight hours sleep!

SITNB: If you had to pick three key beauty items what would they be?
Zahra: My Bobbi Brown Lip Balm , MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter, and my NYC brow powder.

SITNB: Who is your beauty inspiration?
Zahra: This might sound cliche but I’d say Angelina Jolie is my inspiration. Not only is she drop dead gorgeous on the outside, but she is a mother of six children which is incredible in itself, and at the same time she is a really great philanthropist. I think when people do good for others in the world, they just radiate a much greater beauty.

SITNB: What was your biggest beauty no-no?
Zahra: I’ve had so many – but I think one of the worst is when I did a black lipliner and Vaseline lip (cringe!). Black lips should really be reserved for Halloween. Can I add one more? I used to wear a lot of concealer and in pictures I looked like I had these white half moons under my eyes- not cute!

SITNB: Guys want to know: How much do you really spend on makeup?
Zahra: Oh man, I really have NO idea! Can I take a pass on this question?

SITNB: When did you first start wearing makeup?
Zahra: When I was little my mom would let me wear a little bit of Kohl on my eyes, and lipstick or gloss for special occasions – but I really got into makeup in Junior High School. At that time I felt like there weren’t a lot of makeup options for darker skin tones available, and the makeup artists at the department store counters seemed to think that loading up the darkest shades of shadow, blush, and lipstick was the only way to go – (this is before YouTube changed the world of makeup for women of color) – that’s when I decided to take matters in to my own hands and I became sort of obsessed with playing with makeup.

SITNB: What has been your biggest beauty splurge?
Zahra: My biggest splurge to date was probably my Invisalign braces I did a couple of years ago. It wasn’t something I absolutely needed to do, and I thought hard about doing it so late in life – I mean braces are supposed to be for kids, right? but I’m so happy with the results I am glad I went for it.

SITNB: Do you have a product that changed your life and/or beauty routine for the better?
Zahra: Brow powder. I seriously don’t know how I lived without it – I think filling in your eyebrows instantly makes you look healthier and younger – who doesn’t want that? Also, if I can sneak one more in – I recently discovered contouring, I know I am really late to the party on this one, but I found that highlighting and contouring makes such a big difference especially when I’m taking pictures or making a television appearance. I mentioned the products above but I use MAC blush in Blunt for contour and MAC Prep+Prime highlighter in Bright Forecast. I highlight the middle of my forehead, along my temples, down my nose, and contour only in the deepest hollow under my cheek bones. Then I blend, blend, and blend some more!

I hope you all enjoyed Zahra’s debut on SITNB! Don’t forget to check out her blog and daily adventures here.

Cyber Monday: Kate Spade New York Sale

Kate Spade New York

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or others this holiday season, there’s something for everyone on your shopping list at KSNY. Save 30% today until 11:59 PM PT with code ‘CYBER30′ at checkout.

Take a peak at my wish list above in case anyone wants to help me check any of these items off my Christmas list (AHEM, that means you mom).

Happy Shopping! What steals did you pick up for Black Friday + Cyber Monday?

Holiday Gift Guide: Travel Chic


So until today at 1:30 pm, I have been completely dissatisfied with the travel cosmetic cases I’ve seen on the market. To make a long story short, until I crossed paths with this amazing + fun fold-up cosmetics case, I was beginning to settle with ziplock bags for my toiletries. This Jonathan Adler case has room for literally EVERYTHING: makeup, brushes, lotions, skincare, etc. The bundle of joy even has a mirror for quick touch ups, hair fixes, and anything else traveling throws your way. I don’t know about you, but I plan on ringing in 2014 with lots of travel plans and this case will be the perfect traveling companion. Take a peak inside….


(Images via Nordstrom)

My only question for you now is…..which color will be on your Christmas list?

Laura Mercier – Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lipsticks

If you know me at all, you know that I’m constantly trying buying new lipsticks. I mean let’s be honest, some people need their Starbucks-fix, well mine is lipstick. Before this specific trip to Nordstrom, I had never tried any Laura Mercier lip products. Thankfully, I had heard great reviews about their new Rouge Nouveau Lip Colours that had just launched.

This 100% wax-free lipstick delivers great pigment, hydration, and long-lasting color. The lipstick is available in three different finishes: matte, sheer, and crème. Laura even put a simple, yet fun twist with this launch – each shade name begins with the same letter as their finish.

S: Sheer for natural stained lips with a matte finish and sheer coverage.
M: Matte for velvety lips with a matte finish and medium-to-full coverage.
C: Crème for creamy lips with a luminous finish and medium-to-full coverage.

Naturally, I tried a handful of each finish and loved that they were exactly how the sales girl described: hydrating on the lips with great color pay off.

Some of my favorites that may or may not have made it home with me that day were - Moi (matte coral red), Chic (crème berry pink), and Silk (sheer pink rose).

If you’re looking for a new lipstick color, stop by the Laura Mercier counter and try a few out. I apologize ahead of time if one or two happen to wander in your bag like they did mine.


‘Rouge Nouveau’ Weightless Lip Color – $24

In case you missed the first part of my Laura Mercier Beauty Haul, be sure to check out what else made it into my bag that day.


Before I explode with excitement for my 16th “What’s in HER bag,” I have to apologize for the blogging hiatus I’ve been on for the past month. In case you didn’t know, I just recently moved to the best city in the world, CHICAGO (apartment tour to come).

To tie in with my new Chicago home, my next “What’s in HER bag” features Jill Badlotto, one of the fabulous bloggers behind Jess & Jill and the social producer for the Chicago Blogger Network.

For this edition of “What’s in HER bag,” SITNB readers will not only get to peak inside Jill’s makeup bag….but also some of her favorite ways to have fun in the Windy City.


FYI: Jill and I are not responsible for your Sephora shopping haul after taking a peak inside her bag.

(Jill’s products are in constant rotation in her bag, but these are currently occupying it)

Inside her bag:

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit

SITNB: What’s your favorite beauty product of all time?
Jill: I’m a rule breaker, so I’m going to have to go with two – Bobbi Brown’s creamy concealer kit for my dark circles and Anastasia Clear Brow Gel. Eyebrows are the windows to the soul, and mine are my best friend.

SITNB:  If you had to pick three key beauty items what would they be?
Jill: Moisturizer with sunscreen is definitely number one. I wouldn’t be caught dead without sunscreen on! Under eye cream and a bright lipstick (for a fun pick me up) come next.

SITNB: Who is your beauty inspiration?
Jill: My mom! She barely wears any makeup but has always been an avid moisturizer/sunscreen wearer, and it shows in how gorgeous her skin is.

SITNB: What was your biggest beauty no-no (come on, we all have had them)?
Jill: I gotta go with Jena on this one, roll on glitter. So embarrassing!

SITNB: Guys want to know, how much do you really spend on makeup?
Jill: They say they want to know, but trust me, they don’t. I love a good drugstore product, but I spend a lot of money on skincare – cleanser, moisturizer, under eye cream, etc. All the makeup in the world won’t matter if you don’t take care of your skin. And of course, splurge on a good foundation!

SITNB: When did you first start wearing makeup?
Jill: I think I was around 12, but it was very minimal, usually just mascara or concealer. My under eye circles have always bugged me, so I learned from an early age how to conceal them.

SITNB: What has been your biggest beauty splurge?
Jill: Does stealing my Mom’s La Mer count? That stuff is the fountain of youth trapped in a bottle.

SITNB: Do you have a product that changed your life and/or beauty routine for the better?
Jill: My Clarisonic Mia 2. I don’t know how I survived without it! Also Josie Maran Argan Oil has helped my dry skin fight the Chicago winters.


While I let you finish taking notes on Jill’s favorite beauty finds…here are some of Jill’s favorite Chicago places & feel good tips.

Your favorite happy hour spot: My balcony with a bottle of Champagne and my dog (he’s over 21, don’t worry.

Your favorite restaurant in Chicago: Nellcote. The decor, the food, and the drinks are A+.

Your favorite way to treat yourself: Shopping for a new pair of heels. I’m always more confident when I’m a bit taller.

Your favorite go-to meal: The Mama Depandi Bucatini at RPM Italian.

A guaranteed good night is where? RM, or anywhere that my friends are. Good company is the most important thing!

To find out more of Jill’s Chicago whereabouts – you can follow her on Twitter or on her fabulous, two girls & one blog: Jess & Jill.