Dear Wendy
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Reader Recs: Kate’s Picks for Spring


Dear Wendy readers are some of the most intelligent, stylish, super-cool people around (it’s a proven fact), so I’m bringing back Reader Recs, which features some of their favorite products. Many of the recommended products happen to be affiliate products, which means I’ll receive a commission on any click-throughs or purchases you make through the affiliate links. As always, I appreciate your support! Today’s recommendations comes from from Kate, who lives just outside of Boston with her husband and their dog. She works in Shopper Insights, and loves products. Here are some that she’s tried this spring and recommends, in beauty, fashion, and literature.

I just finished this book, Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao, and I absolutely loved it. If you can deal with reading about poverty and human trafficking, there’s a wonderful (and suspenseful) story here about women and friendship. And if you feel like your self-worth is tied to your looks, your job, your status, having a husband, or whatever, this book will give you a new perspective. The two female protagonists have nothing, no opportunity, no education; they’re just property to be sold, used, and misused. And yet, they persevere with what they have – their intelligence and their spirit. It’s amazing.

The Naked Basics Palette is on sale for $19 at Sephora. I already have Naked and Naked 3, so why do I need this? Let me count the ways: These colors aren’t in those palettes. It’s purse-size. I am just about out of the color “Naked” in the original palette, and this “Naked 2” color is even better. And you can do anything from a barely-there daytime eye to a nighttime smokey eye with this little palette (layer on the darker brown and then add the matte black to the outer corners). The colors are super pretty. Highly recommend and would be ideal for vacation or a work trip.

I bought this top in February in the light purple color, and I wear it all the time. It runs big, so order a size down. It’s very soft and comfy, and it’s versatile. You can pull the wide bottom hem down over your butt if you’re wearing leggings, or wear it more at your natural waist. You might want to buy more than one color.

If off-the-shoulder isn’t your thing or you want something more work-appropriate but still cute, I love this top as well. I got it in the coral color, but there are nine other colors. It’s also super soft, and it’s great for transitioning to spring. It runs large so size down.

I wrote about this root cover on a weekend thread, but I’m putting it here too because it’s the answer to my prayers. I haven’t gone gray yet, but I have a gray hair here and there. My bigger issue is dark regrowth between highlight appointments, and the cover-up sprays are marketed just for gray cover, not dark roots. This is a powder in a compact, and you brush it on, so you can connect your highlights and camouflage re-growth. It covers grays as well, of course, so you can just fill in your whole part. It will make your hair look thicker too. It lasts until you shampoo, even if it rains or you sweat (though I haven’t water-tested it yet). I got it in the light blonde shade, which matches the color of my highlight.

These little no-show sock things. You can wear them with ballet flats or work heels or ankle booties or little sneakers, and they add comfort and a layer between your foot and the shoe. Your pedi won’t wear off from rubbing against the inside of your shoe. If you’re flying and have to take off your shoes, you’re not barefoot in line. They stay put because they have little strips of gel in front and back. They’re great for spring and summer.

Finally, these jeans (in petite here). I got them from Nordstrom for $69, and unfortunately they’re sold out there and are now selling elsewhere for $99. But I’d pay that much since designer jeans are $200+ and hard to find in short lengths. I’m 5’3” or 4” and these are perfect for me in the petite size. (They run large, so you may want to size down.) They are very flattering. They don’t bag out and lose their shape like cheap jeans I’ve tried.

Thanks, Kate! What are you loving this spring? If you have some products you’d like to recommend to the DW audience, shoot me an email at [email protected] with links to five recommendations (write “reader recs” in the subject line, please). Your recommendations can be from any store or website, but need to be accessible online. If your list is a good fit for the site, I’ll ask you to write a brief description of each item/ explain what you love so much about it.

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    carolann April 5, 2018, 12:28 pm

    Love the lilac Free People top ! Looks so soft and long enough to wear with leggings.
    I envy you’re being able to wear purple. I can’t wear anything purple or I look deathly ill. *Sigh* The gray and navy look nice too.

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    JD April 5, 2018, 12:35 pm

    I have been considering that mini Naked palette. I have ALL the rest and love and use them all. I am not traveling as much anymore but I did think it would be great for my travel makeup bag. I have all my makeup in travel sizes (thank you Sephora) due to how often I travel and the chances of me forgetting something otherwise. They have a good mini size section as well as I get emails with new trial sizes so I use my points to grab products when they are ones I use. When possible I then refill from my full sized.

    I just broke out my favorite spring perfume Gucci Flora. Obsessed with it. I don’t usually buy the lotions that come in the packs with perfume but this again was through Sephora and came as a deal. The lotion is so smooth and creamy and dries non greasy. It also isn’t overwhelming in scent like a lot of perfumed lotions are. I switch between different perfumes daily but I needed to feel some spring in this cold new climate.

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      MaterialsGirl April 5, 2018, 1:45 pm

      I’m a big fan of smashbox palettes actually. I have one of the nakeds (the smokey I think) and tartlette palettes. ooo I love eye shadows!

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        JD April 5, 2018, 1:56 pm

        My husband found out how many palettes I have a few weeks ago. He was not amused. Hahahah

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    ecwashere April 5, 2018, 1:56 pm

    I just recently signed up for Ipsy and can’t wait for my glam bag. I checked the Naked brand in the selection options. I’ve recently developed an allergy to mascara. I’ve tried several different drug store brands that are supposed to be hypo allergic and haven’t had any luck. Does anyone have any recs?

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      anonymousse April 5, 2018, 2:07 pm

      Dr. hauschka (seriously, so good!) or well people on the more expensive end. Pacifica or Mineral fusion, are good ones to try, and less expensive.

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        ecwashere April 5, 2018, 3:17 pm

        Thanks! The Ulta close to me carries Pacifica and I’ll check it out. Hopefully, I’m able to start wearing make-up again. There are days when I miss it. 🙂

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        anonymousse April 5, 2018, 3:31 pm

        On the other side….I’ve had my lashes tinted at Aveda a few times, and although it was a little irritating once, (I think i got the tint IN my eye) I get 4-6 weeks of luxuriously dark lashes.

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      carolann April 5, 2018, 6:19 pm

      I love the Ipsy Halloween bags.

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