Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Born Pretty Store Review: Round Neon Glitter

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. I was not compensated for my opinions.

I know that its weird, but Tuesday has always been my favorite day of the week. I Like that its productive, it makes the day go by faster :) I hope you are all doing well on this fine Tuesday.

Today I have my second Born Pretty Store review to share! I was so excited when I received these 1mm-2mm Mixed Nail Art Glitter Decoration Colorful Mini Round Thin Paillette Design glitters. Boy, that's a mouthful! I'll just call them Round Neon Glitter. 

The container came filled with neon circle glitters in two different sizes. There were eight colors in total, though a lot of them were a variation of pink. One container costs $4.36 and its comes with more glitters than you could know what to do with! I love how neons pop over a white base, so I decided to try these out in a rainbow gradient over a white polish.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

July Julep Box

Happy Friday everyone! What do you have planned for the weekend?

Today I am going to show you what I got in my July Julep Maven box. This month, Julep introduced the Poolside collection, which was filled with perfect summer creams. I opted for the Bombshell box.

Want to open it with me?

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Beauty Buffs: Floral + Born Pretty Store Review

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. I was not compensated for my opinions.

Hello everyone! Sorry for my little hiccup in posting.  Hopefully what I have planned for today will make up for it :)

First, today is another The Beauty Buffs Wednesday, and our theme is floral.  I am not the biggest fan of floral clothes, I'm more of an animal print girl myself. But I just love floral nails. They are simple to do, but can create beautiful results. However, for my floral look, I have something a little special!

BB

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My First Time with Acrylics...sorta

Hello everyone! How was your 4th of July? Mine was super rainy, but I was happy I still got my beach day on Saturday. But now I'm back to the daily grind. I actually have a day-long meeting at work today. This is my first one so I am excited to see what it entails.

As you know, my nails don't like me. No matter what I try, they are always breaking. My grandma also dealt with this disability, but then I remembered my mom. She has had acrylics on her nails since before I was born. I remember being a kid looking at her nails and asking if they were fake, and she always said no. For a while this really confused me, until I realized that she had acrylics over her natural nails, and she didn't have false ones under. What a brilliant idea! I hate fake nails, but I could put acrylics on my natural nails to prevent them from breaking.

That meant a trip to CVS...

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

A 4th at the Beach

Hello and happy 4th of July! What do you have planned for the holiday? Last year I spent Independence Day on the capitol lawn for the Capitol 4th concert. I was worried that that might have been my last 4th, since my old job made me work on holidays. Just in the nick of time, I got a new job, and now I have a whole long weekend! Ben and I are spending today at the Jersey Shore, hanging around the beach, walking the boardwalk, and watching the fireworks. I am so excited about our 4th of July plans that I needed some nails to match!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Beauty Buffs: Polka Dots

Hello everyone! It's time for another Beauty Buffs post and this one is about polka dots! I think polka dots are so fun. They are so versatile! There are endless possibilities from perfect ones all in a row, to different sizes, and of course millions of color combos. Since I did nail art for my stripe look, and I don't have any polka dot clothes, so I thought I would try out some makeup art! I love to play around with fun makeup designs, but I have never done polka dots. I have done dotticures a few times, so I wanted to do something new :)

BB

Monday, June 30, 2014

Floral for an Ice Cream Social

Hello and welcome to another Monday. Now that I work a 9-5, Mondays are a sad thing. But that also means I actually have weekends off! Its so nice to go out and do weekend things, since at my last job I used to have to work on the weekends.

Yesterday I actually went to my very first blogger event! It was a Gifford's ice cream social hosted by the Nova Housewives. There was delicious food, free ice cream, and lots of fun things to do. After Ben and I had our ice cream, we spent the evening playing mini golf. I also walked away with an awesome goodie bag! I wish I would have talked to more bloggers, but it seemed like everyone knew each other and I was the odd one out. Hopefully in time I'll start to know everyone too!

Since I am partly a fashion blogger, I wanted to wear a cute dress to represent myself. It was the perfect summer evening, and that means a perfect summer dress!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Delicate Flowers

Woohoo! I am finally all caught up in life! My shows are all watched, blogs have been read, and I finally have time to sit down and post. I feel like I am on a pink kick lately. My last couple posts have been all about the color. What can I say? Its fun, cute, girly, and my favorite color. I promise, all of my upcoming posts wont be pink...eh who am I kidding, I can't promise that!

This post didn't start out being all pink. I was actually torn between a few ideas, until I saw this post from One Nail To Rule Them All and I knew I had to try my own version. I was going to do all different color flowers, but after I did my pink ones, I didn't have enough room for any others...oops!

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Creating a Color for Julep Inspired by my Grandma

Today I have a post to share that's a little different, but I am so excited about it. Julep contacted me to help them inspire a new nail polish color! I was so excited when they contacted me that my head started filling with ideas. "Julep’s nail polish colors are all named after women who inspire us—women who are strong and smart and funny and gorgeous and different.”After some thinking, I knew exactly where to find polish inspiration.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Beauty Buffs: Stripes

Hello and welcome to another Beauty Buffs post! Sorry for my sporadic posting lately. I had a hint of a mental break down last week because I was soooo busy.  But I managed to get everything done before my trip to Florida last weekend. My dad and I went to my favorite place ever...DISNEY! Then we visited my grandpa for father's day. Now I am back and with some awesome updates...but you will have to wait for those! Sorry I'm such a meanie, but it will be worth the wait :)

Today's post is all about stripes. Sadly, I wasn't feeling too inspired by this prompt. I did a stripe look for my pastel Beauty Buffs post, and I didn't want to do another similar look. I decided to try and think out of the box, and make striping tape out of pink nail polish and scotch tape. Sadly, it didn't turn out how I had hoped, plus I had just suffered a terrible break, and I wasn't too happy with my little nubs.

BB

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Makeup Looks: Maleficent

My life has been one major game of catch up lately. I had to get ready for my anniversary weekend trip last week, so this week I need to catch up from being gone the weekend before last, plus I'm going to Florida this weekend! I am still a week behind reading blog posts, plus I am scrambling to get my own posts done! On top of that I am trying to stay on top of my TV shows and movies.

Oh Movies.

There are so many good ones that have been coming out one right after the other. Last weekend, Ben and I went to see Maleficent. Ben wasn't thrilled about it but I am a HUGE Disney fan (2 more days until I am in Disney World!!!!) So I needed to see it. It was pretty good, but I had hoped it would be creepier/less kiddie. Saturday morning I put on a purple and green top, and I decided to match my makeup (as I usually do). When I was all done the colors reminded me of Maleficent! I guess that was pretty appropriate since I was seeing the movie that night.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Beauty Buffs: Neon Everything

Everything? Neon everything? Well you asked for everything and you are going to get everything!

I have been planning this Beauty Buffs post ever since I first heard about it. I absolutely love all things neon! Now, pastels are nice, and I do love royal blue, but neons would have to be my favorite, and when Nory said that this week's theme was neon everything, well I am going to give you everything!

BB

Monday, June 2, 2014

5th Anniversary Weekend Camping Trip

Well, I'm sorry about that! When I was planning everything last week, I didn't intend for a big blogging break. Even though I only worked 3 days last week, I ended up being super busy. May 27th was my 5 year anniversary with my boyfriend. We wanted to go away for Memorial day weekend to celebrate, but my last job didn't let me have the days off, so we celebrated last weekend. We decided to do a camping trip in Luray, a small town about an hour and a half away. We had lots to do to prep for the weekend, plus I knew I'd be without technology, so I needed to do all my blog prep the weekend before, and I ran out of time to get posts done.

Oh well.

We had a really nice time over the weekend. We stayed in a cabin, which was a step up for Ben who usually camps in a tent, but for a city girl like me, it was hard to adjust to bugs, mice, and no cell service. We explored the little town and picked up some cute antiques and ate at little cafes. We also toured the Luray caverns and did a bit of hiking. For our anniversary dinner we made veggie burgers, corn, and garlic bread on the grill, and made s'mores every night. On our last day we took a privet horse ride before we left to go back home. It was a fun get-away weekend, and definitely something different for me!

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Look Book: artRAVE

Happy Friday! Today marks my 7th day at my new job and the end of my first full work-week. Things are starting to pick up and I'm enjoying things. All of my co-workers are super nice and friendly and it feels good to me working on such a large, important project!

You have seen my nails, you have seen my makeup, now its time to see what I wore to Lady Gaga's ARTPOP Ball: The artRAVE. I have posted about crafting my costume, but now its finally time to see it all together!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Beauty Buffs: Coral

I interrupt my series of Gaga posts for this week's Beauty Buffs!

Today we are talking about coral. I wouldn't say that I am the biggest coral fan, but over the years of blogging I have collected a pretty good amount of them. For this post I decided to try out a technique that I have never tried before: the pond mani! I actually have been wanting to try out the technique for a while, but I only one one jelly polish. Yep that's right, all of you nail bloggers can shun me now. I really want more jellies, but I just haven't gotten around to buying them. Well it turns out that my one jelly is coral..er..coralish. But that's good enough for me!!

BB

Monday, May 19, 2014

Makeup Looks: ARTPOP

I showed you guys my artRAVE nails, now its time for my makeup. While it took me a long time to figure out my nails, I decided how I was going to do my makeup pretty quickly . Of course it had to be bold, fun, and crazy, but I wanted it to reference Gaga too. I took inspiration from her clown makeup in the ARTPOP video.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

MANiCURE

And I'm back!

I apologize for my absence but last week was just a whorl-wind! I said "good-bye" to my last job, drove 6 hours to New York for the Gaga concert on Tuesday, then back on Wednesday, and I started my new job Thursday! The concert was awesome! I had such a fun time dressing up, meeting other little monsters, and just letting loose. It was incredible to finally live out a dream! My first days of work weren't bad. Since I'm brand new there isn't mush for me to do, so my days have been a little boring. But from what I have been told, I will be spear-heading a brand new project with the company, so things should get busy for me in no time. So far I have been getting positive feedback, so I am happy about that!

No on to what you are here for: nails!

After lots of thinking, I decided that for the ARTPOP concert, I wanted honor all of the Gaga eras: The Fame Era, The Fame Monster Era, The Born This Way Era, and of course the ARTPOP Era.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

This Little Monster Gets Crafty Part 2

Just one more sleep until the ARTPOP Ball at MSG (well maybe 2 or 3 sleeps if you count my naps in the car ride on the way to New York). I am spending the day getting everything packed, and of course painting my nails. Once I return from the concert I will post my nails, makeup, and full outfit, but for now I promised you the piece that I have created for the ARTPOP Ball.

As soon as I got tickets, I started dreaming up ideas of what I wanted to make. Gaga has been telling us to get our seashell bikinis ready, so that is exactly what I did!

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

This Little Monster Gets Crafty Part 1

I have just realized something that I have done that is completely criminal! But first, into my time machine!

*Wavy timey lines*

About two years ago, I was all set to have my biggest dream come true: seeing Lady Gaga perform at Madison Square Garden. I had gotten my tickets to the Born this Way Ball, requested off from work, and made all the arrangements. Since I had made a caution tape dress To wear to the Monster Ball, I decided to keep the tradition alive and create another piece to wear for the BTW Ball. I had taken step-by-step photos to post on my blog, and I was saving them to reveal right before the concert. Well, Gaga had a hip injury, had to cancel the American leg of the BTW Ball, and my dreams were crushed.

What did I do that was so criminal? Well in all of this, I never posted what I made for the concert!

Good news is that I am all set to have my biggest dream come true, crossing fingers that nothing gets in my way again, I'll be all set to go to New York for the ARTPOP Ball. That means time to keep the tradition alive and create another piece. Since I never got to wear my Born This Way one, I am going to wear it along with my ARTPOP one. So I am finally going to show you what I created!

I decided to re-create the Born The Way Jacket that Gaga often wore during the BTW era.

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