Saturday, May 23, 2015

Swatch Saturday: Julep Stevie

My nails have been through this same ol' song and dance before: major breakage. I have been moisturizing, using strengthening base coat, and taking biotin, but they have been breaking left and right.

Since I've been nubbin' it, I wanted to break out some awesome dark polishes. Is it just me, or do dark nail polishes and short nails go together like peanut butter and jelly? I opted for Julep Stevie.

Julep Stevie swatch

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Born Pretty Store Review: Green Floral Nail Art Decals

Welcome one and all! Step right up and see the latest and greatest Born Pretty Store review! Today I have these green floral nail decals to share.

I have reviewed lots of Born Pretty Store nail art decals, but these are a little different in that they are full coverage. They went on easy just like the other nail art decals, and these were actually opaque. I used white undies, but I don't think I needed them. These decals come in a sheet of 12, all in different sizes to make sure they fit each nail. They also came with a small nail file, which came in handy.

Born pretty store floral nail art decals. 10% coupon code JACG10

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Look Book: Mint Leopard

Yes, I have another mint look to share today. No, I am not ashamed of my minty addiction! Not only is mint really popular right now, but it is becoming one of my favorite colors. I love the soft color, it just makes me happy.

While my mom was out on a shopping excursion, she found the most amazing top. If a shirt could call out names, I would have been calling out "Jacquie!" Not only is it mint, but it also has leopard trim. Mint and leopard, need I say more?

Mint and leopard print top with black leggings.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Born Pretty Store Review: Palm Tree Nail Decals

Today is a great day! Spring is almost over, summer is well on its way, and I have another Born Pretty Store review to share.

With summer on its way, I was really excited to try out these palm tree nail decals. They come in red and black on one sheet which looks like it has 50 palm trees, plus a whole bunch of leaf deals as well. They apply just like any other Born Pretty Store nail decal. However since they were so small and thin they were just a little harder to work with, but nothing too difficult.

Born Pretty Store palm tree nail art water decals.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Makeup Looks: Double Eyeliner

I have really stepped upped my makeup game as of late. I have been making it a point to get a little adventurous with my makeup purchases. I added a few colorful liquid eyeliners, and I have even gotten into lipstick. I used to hate lipstick because it came off so easily and I hated having to pull out a mirror to reapply it. Also, I love a bold eye, and I felt like it would be too much to wear lots of lipstick and eyeshadow.

After picking up this magenta lipstick, I was hooked! I can't stop buying lipstick; the bolder the color, the more I love it. Magenta and turquoise is just a perfect color combination for spring, so I thought I would try it as a makeup look. I decided to keep it simple, and rock a double eyeliner look.

Black and turquoise double eyeliner makeup and magenta lipstick

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Electric Neon

How does creativity work anyway? One day I have no inspiration, and the next I am overflowing with ideas. Ideas come from a million places too, from movies, to music, even the time of year. This time, inspiration came from colors. With spring well underway and summer around  the corner, I have been eager to break out the neons.

One color combination I love is yellow and purple; make them neon and you have a winner. Add in some black and white for balance, and you are left with the perfect summer nail art.

Electric neon nail art.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Look Book: Mint Chevron

Hi, my name is Jacquie, and I am addicted to the color mint.

Hi Jacquie!

I have loved mint ever since Lady Gaga predicted it would be big in fashion in spring. My mint collection started small; a shirt here, a pair of shorts there. Now I have so much mint in my wardrobe it has taken over! One of my favorite mint tops is one I bought for work. It's really pretty and nice for the office, but would work great for a spring day out too.

Mint chevron top, white leggings, and a denim jacket.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Purple Pond Gradient

One thing that I have wanted to try more of was jelly polish nail art. I have been blogging for three and a half years and I still only have about three jelly nail polishes. I love how glossy and squishy they are, and I love all of the unique nail art you can do with them, but for some reason I don't have many in my collection.

Two of my favorite jelly looks are pond manis, and jelly gradients. Why not make up for all the lost jelly time and combine them into one look!

Purple jelly gradient pond nail art.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Swatch Saturday: butter LONDON British Racing Green

Have you ever thought to yourself "oh what a gorgeous nail polish I own, I should swatch it on my blog"...and then completely forget?

Well that happened to me when I did these matte foil nails. Butter LONDON's British Racing Green was such a gorgeous green that I wanted to show it to you guys on its own and I am finally getting around to it. Better late than never!

Butter LONDON British Racing Green Swatch

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jamberry Giveaway Winner Announced!

First of all, a big thank you to everyone that entered my Jamberry nail wraps giveaway, courtesy of Katie from Adventures by Katie. I just wanted to send out a quick update to announce that a winner has been chosen!

Claws Up and Adventures by Katie Jamberry Nail Wraps Giveaway

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Look Book: Engagement Party #1

As I mentioned in my last post, a couple weeks ago Ben and I had our first engagement party back home in New York. Yes you read that right, first engagement party. Since my family lives in New York, and his lives in Pennsylvania, we decided to have two parties so that everyone could attend at least one of them.

I chose a mint dress that I am obsessed with to wear, but when I got to my house, my mom surprised me with a new dress. It was too pretty and perfect not to wear!

Cream and purple flower dress with gold accents.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

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Recently, Ben and I traveled back to New York to visit my family. My brother and sister-in-law came up from Texas to celebrate my brother's birthday, and the next day my mom threw Ben and I an engagement party.

I decided that my engagement party would be the perfect time to ask my best friend, Sara, and Ben's sister, Kayla, if they would be a part of my wedding party. I have seen lots of cute ideas on how to make "popping the question" a special occasion. Even though I saw a lot of fun ideas, I wanted to do something that was more my style.

I picked up initial necklaces in the letters S for Sara, K for Kayla, and of course J for Jacquie so I could match them! I filled out a card for each of them, and in the card I asked if they would be my maid of honor/bridesmaid. I wrapped everything up in red and turquoise, my wedding colors.

Will you be my bridesmaid?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Muffin's Sweet 16 for #Caturday

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March 31st was my cat's birthday, but this past birthday was a special one, her sweet 16! Yes, I am fully aware that I am a crazy cat lady and I am proud of it.

Every year I celebrate her birthday because she is so special to me. When she was only three weeks old she was abandoned with a broken leg on the doorstep of my vet. The vet let me keep her once she was old enough and her leg was healed. I got her when I was 9 years old, so we have literally grown up together. I always say that I didn't rescue her, she rescued me.

Since this was her sweet 16 I new I had to make it special! I got her some cat nip toys and a scratching board, plus a cupcake and Fancy Feast for dinner. My mom even sent her a fun string toy!

Sweet 16 birthday party for my cat

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April Julep Box

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My mom signed up for the Julep Maven monthly subscription boxes a few years ago, back when you could opt-out of any month. That means I only get a box sent to me when I really want it, and I was really excited about April's box.

This month Julep released the Paradise collection and I opted for the Classic with a Twist box. Let's open it together!

April Julep Maven Box Paradise Collection

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Swatch Saturday: China Glaze Glitter all the Way

Welcome back to another swatch Saturday! Last Saturday I was actually in New York having my engagement lunch party, but I will talk more about that later. Today I wanted to share a gorgeous glitter bomb: China Glaze Glitter all the Way.

This polish came out as part of the 2012 Holiday collection, so I am sure that you have seen it already. I received this polish in some nail mail from Dulcie a while ago, and this is the first time I have gotten around to wearing it.

China Glaze Glitter all the Way swatch

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mix and Match Makeup Looks: Aladdin

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I showed you my Princess Jasmine nail art, so of course it's time for my matching makeup look. Normally, when I love one mix and match look, I end up hating the other. This time...I loved both looks! This is actually not my first time creating a Jasmine makeup look. Last time I was inspired by her red outfit, so of course this time I needed to do her traditional look.

Disney princess Jasmine makeup

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

Claws Up!

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