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.


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

Saturday, January 17, 2015

[Collab] Look Book/Mani: Winter Green

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Kelly from Devilish Designs is one of the sweetest bloggers I know. I have been following her blog for as long as I can remember. She does some awesome nail art, beautiful swatches, informative reviews, plus I love watching her videos.

I have really enjoyed getting friendly with Kelly, so I was super excited when she came up with the idea for us to do some collaboration posts! We wanted to put some looks together that feature her nails matching my outfits. Fun, right?!

For our first collab, we started off with one of my favorite dresses this winter. I just love the geometric lace pattern and the see-through sleeves. The dark green is so perfect for winter time, it totally reminds me of evergreen trees.

Winter green geometric lace dress

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Look Book: NYE 2015

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Its a good thing my new years resolution isn't to be on time more, because I was super late getting up my new years outfit post!

Actually I'm always always early for things. In college I handed in a paper about two weeks early, with lots of judgement from my fellow classmates.

For new years I knew I wanted to wear something colorful and fun. I mean, when else can you go all out? I found an old gem hiding in my closet that I knew would be perfect. Actually, I was really surprised that I hadn't worn this dress on new years before. My mom also got me a really fun pair of colorful flats, and a gorgeous mint jacket. I had all the pieces ready for a new years look!

colorful dress, black belt, and mint jacket for a new years eve outfit

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Black and White and Cats all Over

Due to the cold weather, expect delays in your normally scheduled nail art posts.

I can't catch a break (no pun intended)! Every day I have another broken nail. As soon as my nails just start to look decent enough to photograph...something breaks. This has left me pretty uninspired.

It has been way too long since I have done nail art , and even though my nails are a hot mess, I wanted to paint. While I was in Texas, my brother and sister in law gave me Deborah Lippmann's Polka Dots and Mood Beams for Chanukkah, which I have had my eye on ever since I first saw it. I really wanted to break it out for a black and white mani.

Black and white cat nail art with Deborah Lippmann Polka Dots and Moon Beams

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Makeup Looks: NYE 2015

This whole having two long weekends two weeks in a row had gotten me off schedule. I feel bad that my makeup look for new years is a few days late, and I feel even worse that my outfit post is going to be even later. But better late then never, right?

I hope you all had a fun, and safe, new years. Ben and I had a lot of fun at a bowling/arcade playing games until the ball dropped. Even though the venue was super casual, I am always looking for an excuse to dress up, and new years is no exception. I will have my outfit post up soon, but today I want to show you guys my new years makeup look!

glitter smokey eye makeup for new years eve

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Look Book: These Boots are Made for Walking

When I started my first office job in May, I was unprepared for office life in the winter. I stocked up on some comfortable heels and nice tops, but as the weather got colder, I quickly realized I needed to expand my work wardrobe.

One item I decided I couldn't live without was a pair of high heeled boots. Since my boyfriend is already on my case about the amount of shoes I have, my goal was to get one perfect pair that would match with everything. I scoured the internet for months. Why was it so hard to find taupe, high heel, not leather, knee high boots in a size 6? Eventually the stars aligned, and this pretty pair fell into my hands (thanks for the Chanukkah gift, mom!)

Tall gray boots, black leggings, and beige sweater

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Beauty Buffs: New Year's Eve [Round up]

Happy New Year's Eve! New Year's is one of my favorite holidays. I love to get dressed up, go out, and celebrate the end of one awesome year and welcome what the future holds. I am pretty nontraditional when it comes to resolutions. I usually just pick one with a defined goal. One year it was to get my driver license, another I vowed to get a new job. I decided to keep 2015's resolution to myself, but I will share it if it happens!

Also, this is my 400th post! Yay!

In March of this year, Nory of Fierce Makeup and Nails brought a bunch of beauty, nail, and fashion bloggers together to create a group of kick-ass girls and called us The Beauty Buffs. For this Beauty Buffs post, I wanted to take a look back at our awesome year! 




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