Monday, February 8, 2016

Born Pretty Store Review: Heart Beat Nail Stickers

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It's time to continue the month of love with another Born Pretty Store review. This time I'm featuring these heart beat nail stickers. I though these were so pretty right from the start. Not only are there hearts and the word "love" in the heart beats, but the heart beat can be a symbol of love itself.

These stickers were easy to use, just cut them to the right size, and stick them on your nails. I decided to go with sort of anti Valentine's day nail art with a red and black gradient. For the red polish I broke out Hutch from the Ciate Mini Mani Month 2015.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Love Shack Dog Rescue

It's February which means I am spreading the love around here as we count down to Valentine's day. I will be sharing a few Valentine's day nail art and makeup looks. But for this post, I want to spread actual love.

Of course I love my friends and my family, but I have a special place in my heart for my kitty, Muffin. She has taught me what unconditional love is. For all those that are lucky enough to have pets, you know what that special love is like. Sadly, so many dogs are homeless in shelters, and are not lucky enough to share that bond with a special human of their own.

One local rescue with lots of dogs waiting for their forever home is Love Shack Dog Rescue in northern Virginia.

Love Shack Dog Rescue in Northern Virginia

Friday, February 5, 2016

Makeup Looks: Red and Gold Valentine's

I'm not sure why, but I have been extra excited for Valentine's day this year. I have always loved this day of love, but this year I have been particularly nastolgic. I can't help but think back to passing out those little paper valentines in elementary school. This year Valentine's day will be extra special, because it will also be the one year anniversary of Ben and I getting engaged.

I wanted to do two Valentine's day makeup looks, a more subtle one, and one that's more traditional. I decided to play with reds, golds, and browns, because I just love those colors together. And it's always appropriate to wear red on Valentine's day, right?


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Born Pretty Store Review: Rose and Leaf Stencils

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Can you believe that it's February already? That means that Valentine' day is two weeks away, and I have a few Valentine's themed posts to share. I'm going to start off with a review!

With Valentine's day around the corner, I thought this was the perfect time to try out these Born Pretty Store rose and leaf stencils. I decided to just try out the roses to fit the Valentine's day theme. To use these stencils, all you have to do is cut out the size you want, and peal them off the plastic backing. Once your nail polish is try, stick on the stencils. Finally, paint over the image, and peal off the stencil right away.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Makeup Monday Must Haves: Oil Slick

Have you noticed that the oil slick look has been really popular lately? It's easy to see why, it's gorgeous! When black, blue, purple, and green come together, something amazing happens. I love the blends of colors and the amazing effect.

Makeup Monday Must Haves: Oil Slick

There are lots of ways to rock the oil slick look. You can go for a dark eyeshadow, nail polish, or  lipstick that color shifts. Or you can combine a few colors together to create an oil slick effect. How gorgeous is that eye makeup? And that hair!

Do you like the oil slick trend? How would you wear it?

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Look Book: Leopard Print Boots

Not only does the world go through fashion trends, but I believe individuals do too. In elementary school, you could spot me wearing peace signs all the time. When I got to high school, I wore skulls almost every day. Once I entered my 20's, I fell in love with leopard print.

It's easy to see why I love it. First, its's a cat print, and I am pretty obsessed with cats. But I also love how it's a fun and bold pattern, but it's all neutral colors. It makes me feel like I can express myself, but still look some what grown up. I also love how it's easy to pair the print with lots of different colors. My favorite color to wear with leopard print is red.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Makeup Look: Serenity

I'm sure you know by know that Pantone has chosen two colors of the year for 2016, rose quartz and serenity, and I love them both! After I realized that I had the most perfect rose quartz makeup look just sitting in the vault, I knew it needed to see the light of day. And I couldn't post a rose quartz look without doing serenity makeup too!

Serenity is a beautiful light blue, on the boarder of periwinkle. I was looking through my stash, and I actually had an eyeshadow that matched perfectly! I only had one shade of this color, so I added some lighter and darker shades for more depth.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Makeup Monday Must Haves: Glitter Eyeliner

Who doesn't love glitter? Makeup, nails, clothes, or accessories, I love it all! I love how it's so fun. glam, and makes a bold statement. It's so simple, but it never fails to turn heads.

Back in college I could frequently be seen rocking glitter eyeliner. Whenever I was gettign ready for a night out, I would complete my makeup with a few swipes of glitter eyeliner. But after a my bottles dried up, I ended up never replacing them.

Makeup Monday Must Haves: Glitter Eyeliner

After seeing all these glitter eyeliner options. I think it might be time to get back on the bandwagon. How gorgeous are those eye looks? I think this needs to be the next makeup trend comeback!

Do you like glitter eyeliner? What do you think about bringing back this trend?

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Makeup Looks: Rose Quartz

Sometimes I plan out my makeup looks, and other times I just do my makeup and see what happens. And sometimes I create a look and then it sits in the vault for months. This is one of those times. One day I threw together a light pink look, and took some photos to share it. Then other things came up like reviews I needed to post, and holidays, and the look stayed hidden.

I did that makeup look months ago, before Pantone announced the colors of the year. Once I realized that this was the perfect Rose Quartz look, it was time to let it out!


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Look Book: Starry Night

My obsession with Van Gogh's Starry Night started when I was in junior high, after watching an episode of Boy Meets World (major brownie points if you remember the episode). It continued when my bestie Sara and I worked on our own variation of the painting in our art class.

I love the motion in the painting. You can see all the brush strokes and it make the Earth looks like its moving. I love the colors from the dark blues and purples, to the pops of bright yellow. And I love how it shows how big the universe is, compared to how small we are. I was so obsessed with the painting, that I redecorated my bedroom to match. My mom, knowing my love for the Starry Night, and fun leggings, gave me the perfect addition to my wardrobe.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Makeup Monday Must Haves: Rose Quartz and Serenity

Goodbye marsala, and hello rose quartz and serenity! As I'm sure you know, Pantone's colors of the year for 2016 are taking over. Personally, I love these colors! Pink is my favorite color so I love seeing this lovely shade take center stage, and there is no denying that serenity is a gorgeous blue. I will definitely be rocking these beauties all year long.

Makeup Monday Must Haves: Rose Quartz & Serenity

Friday, January 15, 2016

Wedding Cake Tasting with Edibles Incredible

Life has been non-stop lately! Usually things are very busy for me in the fall, but by the time winter comes, I am finally able to relax and catch up on life. Not this year! A busy fall turned into a busier winter as Ben and I continue to look for a house, and plan our wedding.

There's no argument that trying on dresses is the most fun part of planning a wedding (and I can't wait to do that this spring), but cake tasting has to be a close second. Ben and I scheduled our cake tasting in Decemeber at Edibles Incredible with the owner, Alan Furman.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Purely Fancy Feast Review

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Have you guys joined Klout yet? It's a website that measures your social influence. It's neat getting to see the reach of my posts and how people interact. Part of being on Klout means you can be eligible for Klout perks, depending on your score.

I turned down my first few Klout perks (they weren't really for me) but I jumped at the chance to try out Purely Fancy Feast...well, for Muffin to try it out.

I swear, I didn't actually try it myself.


Monday, January 11, 2016

Look Book: Black White and Sweater All Over

My apartment complex sits along a really famous trail in Northern Virginia, and I wish I had taken advantage of it sooner. Ben and I only went jogging on the trail three times, before it got too dark and cold to run outside after work. And it was only a few weeks ago that I realized how beautiful the trail was.

I ended up getting a bunch of fun sweaters for my birthday and Chanukkah a few weeks ago, and I have been really enjoying making and photographing new outfits. I decided it would be fun to take photos along that trail and I just got so inspired! It's funny how a new environment can give you a new perspective.


Friday, January 8, 2016

Ciate Mini Mani Month 2015 Dupes

My brother and sister in law gave me the Ciate Mini Mani Month 2015 box for Chanukkah and I have been loving playing around with all the polishes. I used one of the glitters for New Year's Eve nail art, and I have lots of plans for the rest.

As I was pulling polishes out of their little doors, I noticed that two of the polishes looked very familiar. It turns out that two of the polishes in the 2015 box, were also in the 2012 Ciate Mini Mani Month. When I looked at the bottles next to each other, the color's weren't identical, so I wanted to do some comparison swatches.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Born Pretty Store Review: Rose and Butterfly Water Decals

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Sometimes I get an idea for a manicure and I spend all week planning it out. From swatching colors, to planning out what goes on each nail, it's a whole process. Other times, it comes down to spending an hour on Pinterest and finally settling on something that looks half decent. These usually result in a so-so result.

Last weekend, I sat down to review these rose and butterfly water decals from Born Pretty Store. This was more like scenario two, because I had no idea what I wanted to do with them. Unlike scenario two, I only needed to go through Pinterest for a few minutes when I found these flower nails, and inspiration struck!


Monday, January 4, 2016

Look Book: Gray Dress

This winter has been unusually warm! It's January already, and still no snow. Plus, most of December it was in the 70's. Crazy! I'm actually pretty sad about all this, because I love to bundle up in layers. One of my favorite winter looks is to wear a dress, but winterize it with warm tights, boots, and a scarf. Normally I would also throw on a sweater, but with the weather so warm, most days I didn't need one!


Friday, January 1, 2016

Makeup Looks: A Glittering New Year's Eve

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun and safe night, and you are all recovering today ;)

Creating twinsie New Year's Eve nail art with Autumn, was so much fun, I didn't want it to end! I loved my nail look so much, I knew I had to do New Years Eve makeup to match. This was the perfect opportunity to try out a few new products I picked up recently too.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Glittering New Years Eve With AuttyW

Halloween will always be my #1 favorite holiday, but New Years Eve is not too far behind. I love ringing in the new year by having lots of fun. You get to start the year off feeling good, and I think that can get the tone for the whole year to come.

My blogging bestie, Autumn, of AuttyW, and I were talking about new years eve nail art and we decided it would be even more fun to do a twinsie collab! I also felt that this would be the perfect opportunity to try out one of my new Ciate nail polishes.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Born Pretty Store Review: White Liquid Latex

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I really hate doing water marbles and gradients. Not just because I suck at them, but becasue of the clean up. I swear it takes me longer to clean up my cuticles than it does to do the actual nail art! I have wanted to try out liquid latex for my nails for ages in hopes that it would make messy nail art easier to do.

Born Pretty Store sent me a bottle of their White Liquid Latex and I was so excited to give it a go! The directions are simple, just paint on the liquid latex around your nails. Once it's dry, do your nail art like normal. When you are all done, use a pair of tweezers to peal off the latex.




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