Saturday, August 27, 2016


I don't know what's going on with me this summer, but I have been feeling uninspired. I hate all my nail polish colors, and have been feeling too lazy to recreate the looks I've pinned. After a lot of thinking I decided I wanted to do some red and summery, and I ended up with picnic nail art.

Picnic nail art

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Makeup Looks: Lemon Drop

Fruit in the summer is the best. Actually it's best in the fall too (hello pumpkin everything!). I love snaking on fresh fruit, and sipping on fruity drinks. I have actually been drinking lemon water almost every day!

I just wanted to have some fun and do a simple lemon makeup look. I just used a yellow eyeshadow on my eyes and lips, and then I stuck on a few lemon fimos.

Lemon makeup look

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Physician's Formula Shimmer StripsCustom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner Nude Collection

It's pretty obvious that I love experimenting with fun makeup looks, since I have a makeup blog. I like more bold and colorful looks, but my normal day-to-day makeup is much simpler. I go to work really early, so to maximize my much needed sleep, I wear pretty basic makeup.

My go-to eye makeup for work is a nude, shimmery eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. It started with only one eyeshadow that I wore to work, and then I bought a palette with three colors. After going through those, I wanted to add a few more shades to my rotation.

Physician's Formula Shimmer StripsCustom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner Nude Collection

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Look Book: Summer Uniform

I have gotten to that point in the summer where it is just too hot to think about choosing clothes. All I want to do is stay cool, and be comfortable. I have been pretty much wearing the same outfit every weekend (no shame).

In other news, I have new hair! I am slowly but surely getting my hair the color I want for my wedding. That means right now I am rocking wine colored hair tucked under my brunette hair. I can't wait to see it transform over the next new months!

Split back tank top, green shorts, and wine colored hair

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ice Cream

Where I live, in Northern Virginia, it has been a hot summer. We had a heat wave a few weeks ago, and this weekend the heat index is supposed to be at 110 degrees! When it's this hot, all I want to do is cool myself from the inside out. Like most people, all I want all summer long is ice cream. I can't think of too many things better than hearing the ice cream trick come down your street on a hot summer day.

Summertime is the perfect time to rock some ice cream nail art. My nails are already kind of pointy, so I thought ice cream cones would fit perfectly!

Ice cream nail art

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Look Book: White Lace

There is something so pretty about white lace. It's clean, simple, and timeless. For the past couple of summers, I had been looking all over for the perfect white lace dress. Something I could throw on and look effortless. For some reason, I just couldn't find the perfect one.

I am telling you, all the best clothes are found in clearance racks. I found this perfect dress a few weeks ago for less than $15! I have been wearing it non-stop all summer long.

White lace dress and faux snakeskin ballet flats.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Ahoy Sailor

Ben and I nicknamed our house The Beach House. It was just very coastal. Plus, the previous owners left one room, and the window treatments, sea foam green. Ben and I aren't beach people, but we felt the theme went with the house, so we made one room beachy. I was actually really easy to decorate, beach decor seems to be very popular this summer.

I grabbed Ahoy Sailor from the Ciate Mini Mani Month 2015 calendar. I loved that the color matched our Beach House. Of course I had to do some nautical nail art.

Nautical nail art using Ciate Ahoy Sailor from the 2015 Mini Mani Month

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

July 2016 Round Up

Summer has been crazy, and it's only getting crazier. I was so busy in July with work, family visits, celebrations, and wedding planning. The month started with 4th of July celebrations. Then my brother, sister-in-law, and mom came to visit for a long weekend, and we did the tourist thing in Washington DC. Last week, Ben and I went to an awesome event, Brew at the Zoo, to support wildlife while drinking unlimited beer.

All in the middle of this was wedding planning. We actually hit a huge milestone, all of our vendors are booked! That means all that's left is just buying and crafting things. A big weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I no longer need to contact anyone, or worry about people being booked on our date.

Nail Art

Claws Up nail art blog

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Look Book: On My Way to a 5K

As I have mentioned, When I moved to Virginia, I gained a lot of weight really fast. Last fall, I made the decision to go on a diet, in hopes of losing the weight before my wedding dress shopping appointment in April. After a month I still had not lost any weight, and I was feeling really disappointed in myself. That's when Ben suggested that we could go on walks after work.

What to wear to go running

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Raspberry Collins

What's better than a cold drink in the middle of a heatwave? Fall, fall is better. But when fall is still months away, we need to find ways to beat the heat.

Ciate Raspberry Collins came in the 2015 Mini Mani calendar. I just love the gorgeous hot pink/ magenta color, and the smooth formula. At first, I was just going to do raspberry nails, but summertime inspired me, and I thought, why not actually do Raspberry Collins nails?!

Raspberry Collins nail art using Ciate Raspberry Collins

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Brew at the Zoo 2016

A few days ago Ben and I went to Brew at the Zoo, at the National Zoo in Washington DC. There were over 80 breweries at this event, both local and national. All proceeds went to supporting wildlife conservation. The Reagan Years, a local 80's cover band, was there playing live music, plus there were local food trucks there offering amazing food.

Brew at the Zoo fundraiser for Wildlife at the National Zoo in Washington DC.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Physician's Formula Sexy Booster Cat Eye Collection Mascara

There is some makeup that lasts me forever, then there is mascara. I don't know why, but I breeze through it so fast! That means I am always looking for new mascaras to try out. I heard some great things about Physician's Formula Sexy Booster Cat Eye Collection Mascara, and with the adorable packaging, it was hard to resist!

Physician's Formula Sexy Booster Cat Eye Collection Mascara review

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Look Book: Floral Crop Top

Sometimes I felt uncomfortable talking about my weight. Just like nearly every other girl person, I have things about my body that I don't like. People often dismiss my body issues because I am not overweight. Its such a frustrating feeling to be told that your feelings are less important.

Black floral crop top with a black a line skirt.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

French Chalet

There is something so pure about a French manicure. Its classic, beautiful, and elegant. After wearing nail art look after nail art look, sometimes I just need to refresh with a French manicure. Now, I wouldn't be true to myself if I didn't jazz it up just a little bit.

I was looking for a way to use Ciate Chalet Chic from the 2015 Mini Mani Month. A chalet is actually a cottage in the Swiss Alps. The loose white glitter screamed for snowy nail art, but its the middle of summer, and I just did snow covered house nail art a few months ago. I decided to relax, clear my mind, and go for a clean canvass, with a little fun.

Ciate Chalet Chic from the 2015 Mini Mani Month

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion

Why is it so hard to find cruelty free moisturizer with SPF that doesn't break the bank? I have been living off moisturizer samples for a while now, and recently I realized that a woman cannot live off samples alone, and I made a decision that it was time to find my go-to.

My usual first step in looking for a new beauty product is to check out what's available at the drug store. I spent 30 minutes searching CVS and all I ended up with was a Burt's Bees moisturizer, but it didn't have SPF. After that, I turned to the internet. While there were plenty of options, they were all so pricey for such a small amount of product. I felt defeated.

Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

4th of July Celebration

Ben and I moved to northern Virginia three years ago, a few days before the 4th of July. Since we were so close to Washington DC, we thought there was no better way to celebrate than in the nation's capital. While it was an amazing experience, it was also really overwhelming, and we knew that was going to be our first and last time going to the city for 4th of July.

Enjoying local beers on the 4th of July at Lansdowne Celebrates America.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

June 2016 Round Up

I really love when other bloggers do round ups. Its a great way to catch up on their posts, and learn more about what's going on their lives. I had been toying with the idea, and I decided that I wanted to start a monthly round up feature here.

This month has been a crazy one behind the Claws Up scenes. Not only has work been busier than ever, Ben and I are also trying to balance home improvement projects, with wedding planning. Now that May is over, we are officially less than a year away until the wedding. Ahh! I feel like there is still so much left to do!

Nail Art & Swatches

Nail art and swatches

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Makeup Looks: Orange Julius

As a blogger, I spend most of my evenings browsing through other blogs. I love catching up on what everyone is doing, connecting with other bloggers, and gaining new inspiration. One blog I follow is Taya My Little Beauty World. Recently, she posted a gorgeous orange and glitter makeup look that I knew I needed to recreate.

Gold glitter and orange makeup look

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Swatch Saturday: Ciate A List

As Ben and I continue to wedding plan, we are just finishing up getting all the big stuff taken care of, and now it's time to focus on the details. One of the more recent things we nailed down was the rabbi. Not only will she marry us, but we also get three premarital counseling sessions. We just had our first one last night. On the positive side, I learned that while we have vastly different interests, a lot of our goals are aligned. On the negative side, I learned that I am very needy.

 With all the wedding planning, I am surprising myself with how well I am keeping up with blogging. (I admit, I has been tough). Today I am swatching Ciate A List from the 2015 Mini Mani Month collection.

Ciate A List Swatch

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wet n Wild CoverAll Correcting Palette

When I was in High School, I was super into art. I even opted out of language classes to take more art and science classes. One of the very first things we learned about in art was the color wheel. I can talk about warm colors and cool colors, mixing colors, and color opposites until I am blue in the face (no pun intended).

That is where the idea behind color correcting pallets came from. When you use the opposite color on your skin, it cancels out the color that you want to hide. That really intrigued me, so I decided to pick up the Wet n Wild CoverAll Correcting Palette.

Wet n Wild CoverAll Correcting Palette



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