Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mix and Match: Aladdin

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I have seen Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, and The Little Mermaid on Broadway. I added Aladdin to my Disney on Broadway collection when Ben and I went to see it together on Valentine's day (right after we got engaged!). Aladdin has been one of my favorite Disney movies for ages, so of course I needed to add Princess Jasmine to my Mix and Match Disney series.

When I visited Austin, TX in December I found a whole section in Walgreen's filled with Aladdin nail and makeup supplies. I picked up a makeup bag, and a Jasmine nail art kit that I knew would be perfect for my Mix and Match look.

Princess Jasmine nail art kit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

This Diamond Ring

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I have been feeling a little uninspired when it comes to nail art lately. I used to be able to just think up ideas, but recently I feel like I need to find things to gain inspiration from. Ben suggested that I do nails inspired by my engagement ring, and I thought that was a great idea!  This weekend I will actually be in New York for my engagement party so it was perfect timing.

Pink and silver engagement ring nail art

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Swatch Saturday: PINKi NATURALI Juneau

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In an effort to add more features to my little ole' blog, I decided to add something called "Swatch Saturday." Every so often, on a Saturday, I will be sharing swatches of polishes that I have in my collection. Some will be untrieds, and others will be ones I have used in nail art, but I have not shown off their beauty on their own.

For my first Swatch Saturday I want to share an untried polish from a new-to-me brand called Luna Star Naturals PINKi NATURALI. Luna Star Naturals makes nail polish and makeup that is natural and cruelty free. The nail polish is 3-free and odorless. Yes that's right, it does not smell at all! It is a water-based polish that peals off when you are ready to remove it and it's safe for kids.

Luna Star Naturals Pinki Naturali Juneau Swatch

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jamberry Nail Wraps Giveaway!

Guess what! Katie from Adventures by Katie and I have a lot of great Jamberry fun to share with you!

First of all, I am currently hosting a Jamberry Facebook party and everyone is invited! No, seriously. Katie and I are going to be spending some time on Facebook over the next few weeks to share information on Jamberry, play games, and there will even be prizes! How fun is that? The party is open so stop by and join in!

More excititng news, we are also hosting a giveaway! Katie has graciously offered to give away two sets of Jamberry nail wraps, accent nail wraps, and an application kit. Check out my Jamberry nail wraps review to see what I thought of them.

Some quick rules:
  • You must be 18 years and older, or have permission from your parents/guardians.
  • Giveaway is open to United States and Canada residents.
  • You must enter through the Rafflecopter widget below. Any false entries will discqualify you.
  • The winner will be contacted through the email address they provide. They will have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen.
On to the giveaway!

Jamberry nail art wraps giveaway

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Good luck everyone. I hope to see you all at the Facebook party!

Claws Up!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Jamberry Nails Review

When I first started developing an interest in nail art I didn't have any skills, and I didn't really know were to start. All I knew is that I loved expressing myself with fun nails. Nail wraps instantly became my go to. I wore them non-stop for some easy nail art that lasted. I then practiced and tried out different nail art techniques, but it all started with nail wraps.

The super sweet Katie from Adventures By Katie asked me to review Jamberry nail wraps and I was so excited! On a side note, everyone needs to check out Katie's blog. She blogs about all things Disney (which you know I love), vegan food, and she's located right in Northern Virginia just like me!

Jamberry cruelty free nail wraps

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My Wedding Plan

As I mentioned before, Ben and I recently got engaged! It's kind of a strange feeling that the day I have been planning and dreaming about since I was a kid is soon going to be a reality. While I work on planning the wedding and visiting lots of family during the weekends in the process  I might not be able to stick to my two-days-a-week blog schedule. I am going to do my best to stay ahead.

I also want to share my wedding planning experiences on the blog as I learn and figure out what needs to be done. Obviously I have never planned a wedding, and I have no idea where to start! What needs to be done? When should I do it? HELP! I decided to look up some different wedding timelines and checklists and I made one that best fit what our needs are.

Wedding timeline, wedding checklist, planing a wedding.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Born Pretty Store Review: Iced Mylar Sheets

How often does this happen to you? You set out with a clear plan for your nail art, and when its done it looks totally different. That's what happened to me when I was reviewing these Iced Mylar Nail Art Sheets from Born Pretty Store.

These mylar sheets come in 12 different colors in little pots. They are super hard to apply. I used tweezers but it was hard to pick up the smaller pieces with them, and the larger ones I could pick up easily were sometimes too big for my nails. They also stick up a lot, and even with a good layer of topcoat they wouldn't lay flat. But the fight is worth the outcome. They are so pretty on the nail and have a gorgeous effect when the light hits them!

SAM_2912

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mix and Match Makeup Looks: The Little Mermaid

It's pretty much inevitable at this point that I have fallen into a pattern when it comes to my Mix and Match looks. I always end up loving one of the looks, and hating the other. When I was obsessed with my Ariel nails, I should have predicted that I wouldn't like the matching makeup look. That's exactly what happened.

Disney's The Little Mermaid Ariel Makeup

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mix and Match The Little Mermaid + Born Pretty Store Review

I am back with another Mix and Match Disney princess look, and this time it's Ariel from The Little Mermaid. I love The Little Mermaid so much, I was even hipster Ariel for Halloween.

There's was no way that I could do an Ariel look without these seashell nail studs from Born Pretty Store. I received ten of the silver seashells studs (say that ten times fast). I love that they are curved because it helps them sit really nicely on the nail. They are so pretty, easy to apply, and really nice quality. The one negative is that they are a little big for my small nails, the one on my pinky pretty much covered up all the nail art I had done. On average sized nails I think they would be a nice size. 

Born Pretty Store silver seashell nail studs Coupon code JACG10

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I Said Yes! - Valentine's Day 2015

February is almost over, but I wanted to make sure I filled you in on my amazing Valentine's day! I mentioned that I would be celebrating in New York City, but I wanted to share all the details of my night.

It actually ended up snowing Saturday evening and it was really cold, but that didn't stop me from wearing my new dress that my mom got me for a Valentine's day gift. Ben and I got all bundled up and drove into the city.

SAM_2754

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Zoya Promo Swatches Part 2

I am so happy its finally the weekend! It was just one of those weeks. I can't wait to relax under a warm blanket, drink some yellow tea, and do my nails while it snows outside.

Today I have the second half of my Zoya promo swatches to share. I recently got six nail polishes in a Zoya promo, three that I chose, and three mini mystery polishes. The mystery polishes were really nice, but I was so excited to try out the three that I chose!

Zoya nail polish swatches, zoya solange, zoya channing, zoya paloma

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Zoya Promo Swatches Part 1

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's day weekend, and survived all the snow during the beginning of the week! I had a pretty amazing Valentine's day, which you might have heard about if you follow me on Instagram. I will go into more detail in a future post!

Recently, Zoya had a promo where you could choose three nail polishes and they would ship you three mini mystery polishes for free. I will show you which three polishes I chose in my next post, but fist I wanted to share the three free minis.

Zoya Mystery Minis Zoya Mini Servine Zoya Mini Charlott Zoya Mini Anais

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Look Book: I Heart NY

Happy Valentine's day! I have always liked Valentine's day from handing out Disney princess Valentines in elementary school (and saving the football one that I got from my crush), to anxiously waiting to see how many carnations I would get during the high school Valentine's day flower drive. But this year I am especially excited to celebrate since I am finally going to see Aladdin on Broadway and have dinner at Joanne Trattoria, the Italian restaurant owned by Lady Gaga and her family. For a Disney-obsessed little monster, this is dream come true!

I have already done a Look Book post on the dress that I will actually be wearing tonight, but I still wanted to show you a look that is fitting for a night in New York City. My mom got me this awesome dress for my birthday with the New York City skyline across the bottom. With some red accents, this is a perfect dress for Valentine's day in New York!

Black dress with New York City skyline print with a red belt and red heels

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ombre Hearts

Valentine's day is right around the corner and I wanted to squeeze in another love themed mani before Saturday!

Want to hear a secret? When I started this little blog, I did not own one bottle of red nail polish. You read that right, not one! Over the last 3 years my stock pile has really grown, and now my cup runneth over in red polishes. I have wanted to do some ombre nail art for a while, and with my collection of reds and pinks, I thought Valentine's day would be the perfect occasion.

Pink to red ombre heart nail art for Valentine's day

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Mix and Match Makeup Looks: Valentine's Day Glitter Gradient

After posting the nail half of my Mix and Match look, its now time to reveal the makeup half. I wanted to keep the theme with a red to pink gradient, plus add lots of sparkle. Of course I had to finish this look off with more of those little heart fimos. Seriously, how cute are they?

Valentine's day pink and red glitter gradient makeup

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mix and Match: Valentine's Day Glitter Gradient

February is here and that means Valentine's day is around the corner. I have always liked Valentine's day. I am a romantic at heart, and I will never pass up a day to celebrate the best thing in the whole world: love! Remember, the day isn't just about romantic love, but family and friend love too. My mom actually sends me a Valentine's day gift each year with a stuffed animal and Reese's.

I also love celebrating holidays because that means I can do my favorite thing, dress up! And Valentine's day means dressing up in my favorite colors, pink and red. Even though I have had some pretty brutal nail breaks recently, I decided to bring out my nubs for some Valentine's day looks.

Valentine's day pink and red glitter gradient manicure

Saturday, January 31, 2015

[Collab] Look Book/Mani: Plaid Perfection

I have really been enjoying creating these collaboration posts with Kelly this month! It has been a really fun experience working with such a sweet person to create some awesome posts together. My favorite part was seeing how Kelly created beautiful nail art that was inspired by one of my outfits. It was a surprise every time!

This is the final collaboration post that we planned, but I'm sure we will be back with more in the future!

Is it just me, or does winter just make you want to wear plaid? I think its the perfect winter print! I love the darker colors, but having a fun print is a great winter pick-me-up. For my birthday, my mom got me an awesome plain dress. Yes, I know it's completely impractical to wear an off the shoulder dress in the winter, but with the right layering it can be a great dress for a night out!

off the shoulder red plaid dress

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Born Pretty Store Review: Assorted Rhinestones

How is everyone surviving the snowpocalypse? I got really lucky here in northern Virginia, only getting a couple inches. If you are snowed in, I hope you are staying warm!

Today I have another Born Pretty Store review to share! This one is for these Assorted Rhinestones. In one small pot you get every color and size rhinestone you could want. I don't think I could name all the colors, but they include greens, pinks, yellow, blues, silvers and even more. Plus they come in small, medium, and large sizes. I thought a covered nail look would look awesome with these.

Born Pretty Store Nail Art Rhinestones Coupon Code JACG10

Saturday, January 24, 2015

[Collab] Look Book/Mani Swap: Lots of Leopard

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Kelly and I are back again with another collaboration post. If you missed last week's post, Kelly and I are getting together do to matching outfit and nail art looks. Today we are have a swap, we each did a new look to match a past look that we have done.

I decided to do my look book post to match this white leopard mani that Kelly has done. Okay, okay, technically its a white tiger, but the spots were leopardy, so I went with it.

White leopard print cardigan, faux lather skirt, and cat face shoes

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Born Pretty Store Review: Floral Nail Decal Sheet

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It's so nice to finally feel like I'm getting back into the swing of things. My nails are slowing growing out of their nubs just in time for me to get some items from Born Pretty Store to review.

First, I tried out these floral decals. Unlike the other decals that I got from Born Pretty Story, these come in a full sheet rather than individual flowers. I was nervous to try them at first because it looked like it was going to be hard to cut out shapes to perfectly fit my nails.

These apply just like any other Born Pretty Store nail decals. The best part is that they dissolve really quickly with acetone, so it actually was very easy to trim them down to the size and shape of my nail using acetone after I applied them.

Born pretty store multicolor floral full sheet nail art decals 10% coupon code JACG10

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