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OOTD and FOTD: Not-So-Ugly Holiday Sweater Party


My workplace was having a party where we were supposed to wear ugly holiday sweaters. Some people showed up with ugly non-holiday sweaters, some with non-ugly holiday sweaters. I saw this sweater on YesStyle and thought that sweater was wintery enough to be a holiday sweater.


I’m looking a bit bulky because I’m actually wearing a lot of layers. it was -18°C (about 0°F) outside so I had to find a way to stay warm!

What I’m wearing:

  • White tank top (not visible) – Forever21
  • Grey knit long sleeve top (not visible) – American Eagle
  • Polar bear pullover – Ringnor at YesStyle
  • Black fleece tights – unknown
  • Black stirrup tights (over the fleece tights) – 59 Seconds at YesStyle
  • Brown wool skort – mom

So I cheated a little on the “ugly” part, because if I was going to buy a holiday sweater, it better be something I would actually wear regularly! I think this pullover is adorable and it was actually the cheapest holiday sweater I could find. You probably can’t tell in the picture, but the patterned sleeves feel soft and fleecy while the body feels like a regular cotton shirt.


The pullover is pretty thin on its own so layering is a must. Check out the adorable polar bear all dressed up for winter:


This sweater is still available at YesStyle if you want to check it out:

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The stirrup tights from 59 Seconds are also available at YesStyle, although mine are starting to show some wear and tear at the seams. I bought mine two years ago though and have worn them often. Besides, they are ridiculously inexpensive and I love wearing them with pull-on boots because then my tights won’t bunch up. They can be pretty sheer though so you would have to wear a long tunic or layer up with another pair of tights like I did.


I think I’m going to stock up on a few more of these tights, actually.

I had to apply my makeup on the subway because I left the house pretty late. I had to stick with products that were easy to apply and natural enough so that mistakes wouldn’t be obvious. I applied everything either with my fingers or with the Sephora retractable kabuki brush (great buy, by the way – it’s so very soft and super convenient, in 5 different colours!).


What I used in order:

  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer – 08 Warm Light Medium
  • Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder – 06
  • TheBalm Hot Mama blush
  • NARS Laguna bronzer
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow – Birthday Suit (swatches here)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Mushroom
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal – 001 Black
  • Shu Uemura eyelash curler
  • Maybelline The Falsies mascara
  • NARS lipstick – Manhunt

I didn’t do too bad of a job, but I didn’t realize that I had forgotten to bring a single eye makeup brush! I usually bring at least a smudge brush with me when I do my makeup on the go. Smudging liners out makes things easier because I don’t have to be too careful on the moving train. I ended up having to smudge out my liners using my ring finger *shakes head*.


Do you have an ugly holiday sweater? I am loving mine!


Author: pearlessence

She who loves shopping, baking, gaming, and all things Disney! All on a student's meager budget :)

6 thoughts on “OOTD and FOTD: Not-So-Ugly Holiday Sweater Party

  1. You look adorbale in this outfit, I wouldn’t usually wear something like that, but I really like this!

  2. So cute! I never shopped on Yesstyle before, how’s the shipping costs?
    Your lipstick is such a pretty colour! And kudos for doing your makeup on a train! I can’t do much makeup on any moving vehicle!

    • Two years back, shipping was free with a $70 CAD but now you can get free shipping with a $25 CAD order on!

      I’m not sure how long it will last since these things change quickly at the company’s discretion, but I suspect it might not change drastically because other Asian websites offer free shipping with pretty low purchase amounts too.

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