Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Biotin AKA I do it and my husband loves it!

It is no secret (and if it actually is, please don't tell anyone) that I have nubby nails. I have been struggling with growing my nails for my whole life. I have terribly weak nails that are constantly pealing and breaking. I see lots of bloggers with beautifully long nails, and I really wish that I could grow mine long too.

Name a nail hardener, strengthener, or grower and I guarantee that I have tried it! Yes I use OPI Nail Envy. Yes I use Barielle Nail Strengthener cream. Yes I have tried Sally Hansen Miracle Cure for Xtreme Problem Nails. I am telling you, nothing seems to prevent my babies from breaking.

Recently my mom told me that my grandma had the same problem. My mom remembers her trying every nail treatment (that you could get in the 1950's) and not a single one ever worked. I have tried to give up on finding that perfect product, but my everlasting desire for long nails just keeps me searching.

We have all seen that Biotin commercial, where the women imply that what they are doing occurs in the bedroom.  However, they are talking about taking the Biotin vitamin, that is said to improve skin, grow hair...and strengthen nails. I have tried everything possible to put ON your nails, but I decided that I needed to try a more internal solution.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Beauty Buffs: Royal Blue

Hello and welcome to another installment of The Beauty Buffs!

I have decided that I have a love/hate relationship with this group. I LOVE that we can pretty much post about anything we want. I love seeing all the other girls' different takes on the themes...and I hate that we can post about anything we want! It makes it super hard to decide what I want to do!

I'm just kidding, I love everything about this group :) But it is really hard for me to decide what kind of post that I want to do. Royal Blue week has been particularly difficult! That is because I love royal blue so much, and I have three amazing royal blues in my collection, one nail polish, one eyeshadow, and a pair of shoes.

Do I do a nail post? Look book? Makeup look?? Makeup! Clothes! Nails! I just couldn't decide. I love all three things so much, I didn't want to leave any of them out. No one wants to be the last kid picked for the team.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Deborah Lippmann's Mermaid's Dream

Mermaid's Dream isn't new, and I know almost all of you have seen it swatched already, but I was so excited when I got it, I needed to show it off myself. My mom actually got me a whole set of mini DL's, which included Mermaid's Dream. There were lots of beauties in the set, but none that stood out more than this one. Whenever I don't have time for nail art, but want something pretty on my nails, I usually go for something unique. A polish that can stand alone, and Mermaid's Dream is definitely that kind of polish.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mix & Match Makeup Looks Beauty and the Beast

Annnnnddddd I'm back with your regularly scheduled Mix & Match post.

As I mentioned in the first half, I wasn't too pleased with my nails, but I was really excited to show you the makeup portion. I was actually worried that the makeup look wasn't going to be all that great. I am not a fan of yellow, so I wasn't really sure how I was going to create a convincing Belle look. After playing around I ended up loving my makeup look so much more than the nail look!

I just have to say that I was super happy that I created my Belle looks during Valentine's week. I already had a beautiful red rose on hand given to me by my boyfriend, and I had just curled my hair = instant Belle perfection.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy Birthday, Muffin!

I just wanted to take a moment to wish my special little kitty a happy 15th birthday!

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Happy birthday to you, Muffin! I can't even express how much love and joy you have brought to my life. I can't believe it was 15 years ago that you were left on the vet's doorstep with a broken leg, 15 years ago that you came into my life. I am sad when I think about how you had been abused and abandoned. Somehow we were brought together, and both of our lives have never been the same. I hope that the love and care I have provided for you over the last 15 years has brought you happiness. Happiest of birthdays to you, Muffin! I love you!

Claws Up!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mix & Match Beauty and the Beast

A combination of working a lot, vacation, and just laziness, has led me to quite behind in posting. You may remember from a while back, that I have started a new Mix & Match Disney Series. I had been planning it for some time, but entering The Dark Side of Beauty's Disney challenge sent my series into hyperdrive. I introduced my new series way back in February, and have yet to share another post since then. I also created my matched Belle look back in February, but for some reason I am just getting around to posting it now.

Bad! Bad blogger!

The real reason that I haven't posted my Belle look until now is actually because I wan't too proud of it. I did  Beauty and the Beast nails way back when my blog was still in its infancy, and I ended up liking those nails a lot more than the ones I did for the challenge. I didn't really want to share these nails. However I want to stick with the series, and a Disney Princess series would be nothing without Beauty and the Beast!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Beauty Buffs: Pastels

Hello everyone! I apologize for my long absence. I spent the weekend in Texas visiting my brother and have been super busy with work.  But to make up for my lack of posting, I have something super exciting for today.

Nory of Fierce Makeup And Nails has put together a group of nail, makeup, and fashion bloggers to do biweekly posts centered around a particular trend. I was so happy to be chosen to be part of this special group. So far I really love all the ladies, and I can't wait to keep getting to know everyone.

This week's theme is pastels. I actually struggled pretty hard with this theme. My nails have taken a beating, and they are in no condition to be shown around here. I thought of doing a fashion or makeup post, but I actually don't have many pastels. In the end I decided to bite the bullet, and expose my nubs, once again, to the world.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Pinterest Look Book: Comfy Casual

I'm not sure if it is because of this long, dreary winter, or I have been feeling uninspired, but I seem to be lacking in the Look Book department around here. When we just started to get into winter, I was so excited to rock my new found sweaters and boots, but now that winter has been here for so long, every time I look into my closet, I just see the same outfits I have been wearing for months.

In order to help me re-invent my wardrobe, I decided to add a new series here on the blog. I love browsing Pinterest (heck, we all do), and finding outfit looks people put together. I have a whole board dedicated to outfits I'd like to try.  While I have been gaining inspiration for outfits from Pinterest for a while, I want to try to regularly feature those looks.

Today I am going to show you my take on this look I found on Pinterest, featuring a chambray top, leggings, a grey infinity scarf, and black flats. I'm pretty sure I have featured all those different pieces on the blog at some point, but with a little help, I found a way to reinvent them in a new way.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hidden Shamrocks

Oh my poor nails. I have had an idea for St. Patty's day nails for a while, and when I was all ready to do them a few weeks ago I had a pretty bad break..after break, after break. I was trying so hard to grow my little babies out, and the day before I painted them, one broke again! I'm not sure what's going on, but I really hope it stops soon.

I have a handful of other manicures I did in February that I will show you, but I wanted to get my St. Patty's mani out today. That means you guys are going to see some inconsistent nail lengths around here.

So here it is, my St.s Patty's nail look!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review: Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup

*I'm a Bzz Agent and receive free products in order to review. All opinions are my own, and I did not receive compensation for my review.*


Maybe its just me, but I feel like I am the only woman that doesn't use foundation. Ever since I was a teenager I have heard all about it, but never saw the appeal. Once, my mom took me to get my makeup done at a department store, and the woman applied foundation to my face, which was the first time that I had ever had foundation on my skin. I hated how it looked. It completely accentuated my pores, and it made my skin look fake. As soon as I got home I washed it all off.

What do I use for my makeup base? I use some concealer for my problem areas (blemishes, and under my eyes) then a light powder all over. I have been starting my makeup routine that way since I was 15 years old. I was skeptical about using foundation, since I had a bad experience with it the first time. But when I was given the opportunity to try Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup, I decided to give it a go anyway, maybe I could finally see what everyone was talking about.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Guest Post: Nude Nails & Gold Studs

Hello everyone! Today's post is being featured over at The Nail Snail! Head on over there to check out my first time using gold studs.

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Claws Up!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Makeup Looks: Jasmine (Red Outfit)

You may have noticed in the title of my post that I am going to be showing you a Jasmine makeup look, and by that I mean Princess Jasmine from Disney's Aladdin. What?? Not a mix and match post? And what's this Red Outfit you speak of? Well as you know from my Sleeping Beauty look, February was Disney princess themed over at The Dark Side of Beauty, one of the prompts was Jasmine...in her red outfit.  Do you guys remember in Aladdin when Jafar captures Jasmine and makes her his love slave [once I was old enough to understand what was going on, I thought that was pretty racy for a Disney movie (although, I guess the same thing happens in Star Wars, and that's a Disney movie now too)].

WELL...

When she is with Jafar, she wears a red and gold outfit. Did you click the link to that photo? Pretty risque for Disney.  No worries, I WILL be doing a mix and match look in the future inspired by her normal, turquoise outfit, but for today I will be showing you the red outfit inspired makeup look that I entered in the challenge.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

HSN: Save Makeup Save Money: Tips for Making Your Beauty Products Last

Hello everyone! I was recently contacted by HSN to share some money saving tips with all of you guys, my lovely followers! As you know, a few months ago I moved out of my parent's house and now live on my own with my boyfriend.  Now that we are supporting ourselves, I have turned quite money-conscious. I am always looking to save whenever I can, and that usually involves the grocery store.

I have my own little tricks on saving on beauty supplies, but this article by HSN gave me even more tips and tricks to save even more:

1. Build a Better Makeup Bag
At times, I look through my stash and find no fewer than a dozen variations of the exact same lip shade. None of these products get used consistently and they mostly end up expiring before I can even scratch the surface. I've learned that by better editing my purchase decisions, I can make sure that I have a variety of products that I use more frequently – and I’m more likely to use them to the very last drop.

2. Clean your Brushes
Not only are makeup brushes expensive, but they also touch all of your makeup. By keeping them clean, not only are you extending their life, but also the life of your products. Keeping powders and blushes free and clear of oils and bacteria that tend to break them down will help them live a longer life.

3. Keep it Pretty
You will never find my hard earned makeup knocking around in a vanity drawer or at the bottom of my purse. Oh, the horror! I’m careful to keep my beauty treasures tucked inside of pouches when I’m on the go or on a tray sitting on my vanity at home. This way, there’s far less chance that they will crack or explode, wasting precious product.

4. Scrape the Bottom
I recently discovered these little spatulas that you can use to actually scrape the bottom of your makeup bottles to get to the very end of them. I’ve also been known to use them after cutting open tubes of concealer and lip gloss to collect one final application. Brilliant!

5. Portion Control
It may go without saying, but using only what you need can really make your makeup last. I found that I was always left with unneeded foundation or extra moisturizer after applying, so I downsized my dose and I’m wasting less. Making other small changes like not spraying my fragrance into the air and walking through it has also helped!

This was some great advice! I can't wait to try these out myself, and see all the money I can save!

Do you do any of these tricks to save money? What are some of your own money saving tips?

Claws Up!

I was contacted by HSN to share this post. I was under no obligation, nor did I receive any compensation to do so.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mix & Match Makeup Looks: Sleeping Beauty

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a good week so far.  Today I am continuing my Disney Mix and Match series with my Sleeping Beauty makeup look. I actually intended to have this post come out yesterday, but that ended up just not being in the cards.

I actually had quite the day! Every morning on my way to work I listen to this local morning show on the radio. The DJs on the show are so funny, and you can even text them while they are on the air! As I was heading to work, I decided to text them to try and get a shout-out. About 10 minutes later, they called me! I ended up talking to them on the air, and they are even sending me a t-shirt!  I continued to just have the craziest day, and by the time I sat down to do my blog post, I was so tired all I could do was bum out and watch TV.

Without further ado, here is the second half of my Sleeping Beauty look, the makeup!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Mix & Match: Sleeping Beauty

You may have seen on Instagram that I have been planing a new Mix & Match series for the blog. And judging by the title of this post, you might have guessed it is Disney Princess themed!

I have been a Disney kid my almost my whole life, ever since I went to Disney World when I was 2 years old. My dad and I went to Disney World every other year until I was 18, then we went back a few times after, and to Disney Land too.  I love the fun and the magic of Disney world, and of course I love the movies. My favorites were the princess movies.  I used to watch them all non-stop as a kid, and even now I have been known to still watch my fill, and happily sing along.  With every princess having their own look, to their dresses, to where they live, and what their story is, I knew I wanted to represent my favorite girls on my nails and eyes.

Nancy over at The Dark Side of Beauty is actually hosting a Disney Princess series challenge, which gave me the perfect opportunity to unveil my new Mix & Match series. The first princess in the challenge was Aurora, better known as Sleeping Beauty.  I had planned to do Sleeping Beauty looks for my series anyway, however I didn't actually watch the movie for the first time until I was in my 20's! She is one of the original and iconic princesses, and I new I needed to represent her.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Tie-Dye

Whew. Valentine's day seemed to have lead to a whirl-wind of posts: two nail looks, a makeup look, and my outfit. I actually have a manicure to share today that I did at the end of January, and I finally now have an opportunity to post it.

You guys may not know, but I am truly a hippie at heart. If I could have one wish, it would be to live in the 60's. I want to dance in a field in a flowy skirt, listen to the incredible music, and protest..anything! A part of me lives in the 60's, so I love when I get to have some of those experiences. I have been to 12 Grateful Dead concerts, and my visit to San Francisco made me feel right at home. I even have a rainbow peace sign tattoo! So its no surprise how much I love tie-dye. I love to wear it, and to make it. I have made lots of tie-dye clothes, but now It was time to tie-dye my nails!

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Look Book: Another Valentine's Day

It's a few days after Valentine's day, do you know what that means? Time to see what I wore!

This Valentine's day was not without its struggles. I was extremely excited to celebrate with Ben this year. This was our first Valentine's day living together. When we were long distance, almost every holiday had to be celebrated on a different day, since we weren't able to travel to see each other on the exact day of the holiday. Now that we are finally together, we couldn't wait to go out Friday night, ACTUAL Valentine's day.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Elegant Valentine's French

Happy Valentine's day!

Hello everyone, I hope that all of you that were in range of the blizzard are all safe and doing well!  I woke up to about 8 inches of snow yesterday morning, and by the time the snow stopped, we had a foot of snow!  I tried really hard to go to work, but I couldn't even get out of my apartment's driveway.  Since I had a snow day yesterday, I have to go into work today, even though Friday's are usually my day off.  I'm not sure how long I'll have to stay at work today, but now that I have to work, Ben and I will probably have to cancel our Valentine's day plans. Luckily we set up a back-up plan for Saturday, a few weeks ago, just in case I had to work.

Ben and I are going out to a nice restaurant for Valentine's dinner, so I knew that my holiday nails had to be both elegant and festive. I normally do lots of pink and reds and glitters for Valentine's nails, but I wanted try something a little different for this mani.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Makeup Looks: Valent-eyes

Eh, I'm not doing too well with these clever titles.

Hello everyone! I am continuing the Valentine's day posts with my first Valentine's makeup look!  Of course I have done pretty makeup for going out on a Valentine's date, but I have never done a fun, themed, Valentine's look for the blog. When I started featuring makeup looks here, they were all ones that were wearable, and I did. I would do my makeup, take photos, and then go out. The more I feature makeup looks here, the more fun I am having getting a little more creative, and that means less wearable.  I knew I wanted to do a Valentine's makeup look, but when I started coming up with ideas, they were pretty far away from a pretty look to wear out to a nice restaurant.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

February Julep Box

Good morning ladies! I hope you guys all had a nice weekend. I spent my weekend working, watching the winter Olympics, cooking, and working on lots of blog posts. I am taking a break from Valentine's posts to show you something special.

Its a bit ironic, but my mom is a Julep maven...and I'm not. I don't have the money to spend on any monthly subscriptions, but somehow my mom got into Julep.  She isn't a huge nail polish freak, but she does enjoy pretty colors and good deals, so she signed right up.  The great thing about that is that if she doesn't want a particular month's box, she sends it to me instead! I have actually received a number of Julep maven boxes from my mom, but it took me until February's to realize I should be showing you guys what's in the boxes I get!  For February, Julep released the Dramatic Collection. While I loved almost all of the polishes, only the Modern Beauty set had the item that really caught my eye: the gel eyeliner. Today I will be opening Julep's February Modern Beauty box, from the Dramatic Collection.

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