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Self Date Sunday : Triangle Mani

Blue hued fall nails with Essie and Sally Hansen

I have been on the hunt for the perfect navy hued nail polish for months, nay years. So many I found were too blue, too gray, too pale… But alas, the God’s at Essie heard my telepathic plight and recently released just for me (or so I tell myself) “After School Boy Blazer”. Giddy ol’ me scooped that ish up SO FAST. But now, how to wear it? I could pull it off by itself but I wanted to go a bit further. I’m not one to be content with bare boned basics. I decided to play off the Navy as a New Neutral with some trending baby blue (Sally Hansen’s “Barracuda”). Together, a match made in a blue heaven.DIY Traingle detailed nails for fall

I started with the all over navy nails. Using cut up scotch tape I created diamonds to paint the Barracuda in. Be sure the base coat is 100% dry before putting the tape on or it will pull off. Next up, slather on some of your top color. I love that the scotch tape allows me to be a little messy, because let’s be real nobody is good at painting with their non-dominant hand.

Next: let them dry. Or, do as I do and take the dog to the park *thinking* your nails are dry and then come home and start all over again. Your call. Then, take pictures and share them with the internet.

Now take some vino or mimosa and indulge yourself in a little #selfdatesunday. Enjoy!

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Self Date Sunday: Nugg Facial

https://i2.wp.com/1b40d7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec10.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/987fcac44269666933e9b73bfdfbb46ca8b815b1_600.jpgThis week’s Self Date Sunday is a fun one! Over the summer I teamed up with Nugg Beauty to try out their line of various face masks. Over the course of the last few weeks I’ve tried them out sporadically, when the stresses of life would get to me and my skin needed some TLC. After a week of four planes, 5 states, two drunken nights, and much stress (don’t mind my acne, I really needed the Nugg Love), I needed to use the deep cleansing one (my favorite). Infused with cucumber, this light calming face mask is a great skin soother.

Nugg Beauty Facial Self Date

 Oh, hello Butch! Easy as pie, and as you can tell in these un-photoshopped photos, my skin was instantly visibly better.

 

Now, for the fun part! I’ve got a few extra facials ready to go to a new home…so that means it’s giveaway time! Be sure to enter on my InstaGram today through Wednesday to win!

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Summer Beauty Faves

Hi guys! Summer is in FULL SWING and while it’s been a mild one, it’s still been fairly hot and humid. Watch the video below for my beauty pics to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh and clean all day long!

What are YOU loving this summer? What beauty products do YOU recommend!?

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Hi Guys! I just finished my first video in YEARS. WHAAA. Yea, I hate listening to myself talk but hopefully you don’t hate it! Below is a video review for my Mary Kay products that I received from Influenster recently, that you may have seen being worn and used via InstaGram. Hope you enjoy my video! Be kind, please ❤

*sidenote* of course as soon as I mention the non-lasting lip gloss it actually stayed on for the next 4 hours soooo, it’s actually amazing.

The Product LowDown:
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Have you tried Mary Kay products before? What do you think? Be sure to shop at MaryKay online to support local ladies and the wonderful MK business! Thanks to Influenster for sending me the beauty products!

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Studio Gear Cosmetics Holiday Palette

20131211-100314.jpgI may not be your usual beauty blogger, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate an easy to use palette for dolling myself up! This palette was sent to me by BrandBacker and Studio Gear Cosmetics for review. It arrived quickly in non-descript yet festive holiday packaging (love the bokeh effects!)
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I loved that the inside gave concise directions for applying the make up, and the powder isn’t too loose or messy. The colors are bold, but they don’t show up/stay as such even with primer, which is good for those not looking to go crazy. I know the “coal” hue scared me at first, but it’s not overbearing at all. I’m the biggest fan of the ‘frost” color, as it’s used on the inners of your eyes and reminds me of a pin-up style like that. The “Frost” and “Glimmer” are even great colors on their own/with just eyeliner and mascara.
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What do you think of me in this holiday make up!?

If you’re interested in trying out Studio Gear Cosmetics’ Holiday Palette, you can score 10% off by using code SGHOLIDAY at checkout!
And don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win a BATH BOMB GIFTSET!
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Gift Guide: 11 Beauty Products for the Blogger on Your List

Welcome to the second installment of my holiday gift guides! I’ve compiled the list of top books for the blogger in your life, and today I’m bringing you my top beauty picks! Again, some I already own and recommend, others are on my own list, and others are just famously wishlist-ed around!
beauty1. Illamasqua Kontrol
With Lourde and the runways making purple an acceptable lip color, this old favorite of mine is finally coming into play! The color is bold, but also just muted enough to not appear too costume-y. It lasts all day as well, what being by a quality make up line.

2. MoroccanOil Conditioner
I LOVE this conditioner; it always leaves my hair irresistibly smooth, no matter how many times I dye, straighten, and harass it. The blogger in your life will LOVE this product.

3. Tokyo Milk Lotion
This is a more recent acquirement of mine, but the Tokyo Milk lotion leaves my hands silky smooth subtly scented, and with no oily or sticky residue. Definitely a quality lotion, and coming in a variety of scents. My favorite is the woodsy “dark excessive” shown here!

4. Birchbox
What blogger wouldn’t love a subscription to the latest samples of beauty products!? No blogger, that’s who. Birchbox delivers a carefully curated box of beauty products to the door each month, chock full of samples to test out and review and play with! Alternatives to this brand include GlossyBox and PopSugar Must Haves!

5. Chance by Chanel
Whilst many bloggers have their own signature scent, few will say no to a spritz of this iconic perfume. With the air of luxury and classic elegance, Chance by Chanel will not disappoint this holiday season.

6. Clarisonic
Though it may be pricey, the Clarisonic facial cleanser is a dreamy wonder. It works like magic to make any skin flawlessly smooth and clear.

7. Eos Lip Trio
Eos lip balms have been on the up and up, and while Chapstick and other brands of lip balm are a classic stocking stuffer, the Eos is a step up. These are a great gift for any stocking you need stuffed!

8. Ciate Caviar Nail Kit
Ciate kills it with nail kits; they’ve done velvet, pearl, and now “caviar”, little embellished balls that great a three dimensional glam look for your nails! A great gift for the DIY nail lover to create envy inducing tips.

9. Aerin Winter Palette
Aerin beauty products, coveted and clean, are to die for. This winter palette has you covered with all that you need to look fresh and ready to party the holidays away!

10. Lash Stash Gift Set
Sephora is always on point with their holiday gift sets; they have perfume sets, brush sets, nail sets, and ofcourse, the lash set. Each comes with a perfect sampling of the year’s hottest products in generous amounts, making this a gift easy on the wallet and pleasing on the eyes (is that a mild pun!?)

11. Naked 3 Palette
Beauty bloggers, and all other ladies and drags interested in make up, have been obsessing over the Naked palette’s for years. I still have my first one around here somewhere; they’re the perfect palette for all things you need for flawless skin for a night out or any other event; that’s the great thing, they’re versatile! Now, just in time for the holidays, Urban Decay has released the latest; the Naked 3 Palette. Currently sold out and extremely coveted, if you can get your hands on one your little blogger would love you forever, of this I am sure!

What do you have on your beauty wishlist!? Would you be excited to receive these products for the holidays?

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Fall Beauty Wishlist 2013

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As I go through life, I go through phases of not wearing make up, save for the occasional touch of concealer and mascara, to weeks where I toy with make up on the daily, playing with techniques and such. Growing up I was the girly-tom-boy, if that makes sense. I wanted to roller blade, but for holiday photos I NEEDED red lipstick, even if my grandmother huffed and puffed about how I was too young. I’m a simple gal, who never got into wearing a lot of make up. As a cheerleader, I didn’t paint my nails until after high school. Nowadays, I’m in one of those moods where I want to play with smokey eyes do my nails every other day, and throw on some lipstick to up the sex appeal, or something like that.

For fall, I’m craving new and old. My favorite mascara has been out for awhile, so while I use cheap shit I’m missing my Benefit “They’re Real”. I’m also missing my Nars “Orgasmic” blush, a perfect shade for a slight hint of cheek toning. As for adding on, I’m enamored with the blue Marc Jacobs Beauty nail polish; dark and iridescent, it’s a perfect color for fall, especially with blue being such a hot color this season! I had heard that Pixi Lip gloss was a glossy, yet non-sticky product, and with long hair that is commonly down I NEED to try this! I’d love to toy around with a Naked palette, and am totally coveting a classic matte nail for a simple fall manicure.  Lastly, I just LOVE Balenciaga’s Florabotanica scent; I think I’m due for a new perfume anyway and this one has been on my list for almost a year!

What are you craving for your body and face this season?

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Lush Cosmetics

For those of you who don’t know, Lush’s much anticipated cosmetics line “Emotional Brilliance” just launched! As a frequent shopper at Lush I’d been waiting for this to arrive since they unveiled their concealers and foundations. I was also ecstatic that they’re all made with vegan ingredients and way brighter than I could have imagined.

So, coming in to the beauty counter the sales representative begins with a color reading. I pick out the first 3 colors that catch my eye and am explained the emotional meaning behind my choosings.

I’m explained that I’m feeling secure in my own skin, craving being in charge, and I’ll get that when I feel calm. Eerily true considering how I am confident in myself but sick of living in the chaos of my parents’ home.

Next up comes the fun part, trying on the colors! They’re all very hyper pigmented so I figured I’d do something fun and bold. I started with “Dynamic” as my eyeshadow, which went on as smooth as butter and dried quickly and evenly. I then used my “Calm” blue as eyeliner, and dabbed on some “Strong” as lipstick, which reminded me of my all time favorite YSL I have at home. Finished off with a swipe of “Eyes Right” mascara and voila! I was in love. Also, I was informed that because all the colors are made of the same materials and are basically all the same cream, they’re pretty much interusable as liners, shadows, and lipsticks; and at $22.95 for 8oz of product, it’s really not that bad of a deal!

Now, I was wary the color would fade or bleed, but after hours more, a rain storm and a nerf gun fight, the colors were still bright as day. They remind me of a vegan, creamier version of Sephora’s Make up Forever line.

Have you tried the Lush Cosmetics line? What did you think?

*this was not a sponsored post*

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Nails of the Week: Chanel Drip

I kept seeing the below image floating around on Tumblr and was SO SO inspired! I had to try it out for myself, thankfully it was fairly easy, considering how I’ve become a sort of (self proclaimed) nail drip expert.

I started with a basic base coat, slightly whiter than the inspired image. I used Sally Hansen Hard Nails Xtreme Wear in ‘Bamboo Shoot”. Then, using the same drip technique I used here and here, I created my drips on most of my fingers, saving my pinky for the interlocking C’s, using Esse’s ‘Licorice’.

I then used my bobby pin and verrrry carefully drew in my C’s. Sadly, my left hand isn’t as sturdy as my right so when it came time to do it on my right hand it came out so horribly I had no choice but to paint the whole nail black. I topped each nail off with a top coat of N.Y.C.’s Nail Glossies in #201. Anyway, simple yet edgy chic. Ya dig!??

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Nails Of The Week: Pastel Drips

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Did these nails for the week! Started with ‘Licorice’ by Esse base (two coats) then used a bobby pin a la my blood drip nails tutorial to great drips in ‘Waterlily’ by Dior. Once that dried I created drips with ‘She’s Picture Perfect’ by Esse. And voila! Pastel drippy nails that almost remind me of ice cream!

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