Saturday, August 1, 2015

Makeup Looks: Kat Von D

Rabbits, rabbits! Wow it's August already. I am actually spending this weekend visiting family in Florida, but I have a post scheduled to share with you!

I have been loving the Kat Von D Kat Eye Set ever since Muffin got it for me for mother's day. After I tried the eyeliner and mascara duo the first time, I knew I wanted to do a Kat Von D makeup look. I found this photo of Kat and I instantly fell in love with her makeup, the fun eye shadows, the bold lip, and of course her tattoos!

Kat Von D makeup look

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Under the Sea

There's no denying that Lindsey from Wondrously Polished is an amazing nail artist. I have been admiring her work for over a year, and I love everything that she creates. The way she does her swatches is my favorite. Not only does she show the polish on it's own, but sometimes she will add nail art to it.

My favorite looks are when she paints beautiful nail art over a total glitter bomb. I have been wanting to take inspiration from Lindsey for a while, so I decided to do some glitter base nail art. I went for an under the sea theme, because I really wish I was at the beach this summer!

Under the sea glitter nail art

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Swatch Saturday: China Glaze Don't Make Me Wine

It has been a while since I had a Swatch Saturday around here, and I thought it was time to fix that. While I really like summer, and the colors that come along with it (hello, neon!), fall will always be number one in my heart. I'm over the summer heat, and with Halloween less than 100 days away, I wanted to cool it down.

Two years ago I won the entire China Glaze 2013 fall collection, the Autumn Nights collection. I decided to grab China Glaze Don't Make Me Wine for a swatch. I know this polish is old news, and it's already all over the internet, but I wanted to throw my hat in the ring.

Autumn Nights Collection China Glaze Don't Make Me Wine Swatch

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Look Book: Think Pink

I love saving money. There, I said it. Ben and I only eat one meal out a week to save money, and we are always using coupons at the grocery store. When we go clothes shopping at Kohl's, I walk right to the back to pick through the clearance racks. But once in a while, I lose self-control. As I was walking to the clearance rack, a beautiful pink dress caught my eye. It wasn't on clearance and I tried to convince myself I didn't need it, but I gave in.

But I did have a coupon.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Look Book: Orange You Glad?

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Confession time. For a while, I really hated the color orange. I used to feel like it was too bright and ugly, and it reminded me of orange lollipops that the doctor gave you after a checkup that tasted awful. Recently however, orange has begun to grow on me. I started to see all the positive aspects of orange. It was the color of pumpkins, fall, and Halloween, the time of year that makes me the happiest. Now, I have to admit I am an orange lover!

Hating orange for so long meant that it was really lacking in my wardrobe. With my new-found love for the color, I was determined to change that. I was so excited when I found this fun orange dress with blue beautiful details!

Orange dress with blue and turquoise details

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Say My Name 2.0 - Jacqueline Ferns

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Hello and welcome to the final installment of the Say My Name 2.0 series. I shared swatch after swatch of nail polishes featuring my name, and for the grande finale, I wanted to feature some nail art using all four polishes.

It look me a while to think of something that would look good using only the four colors I had. I finally decided on some colorful fern nail art.

Jacqueline nail polish

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Say My Name 2.0 - Jacqueline Swatches Part 2

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Welcome to the second installment of Say My Name 2.0, the Jacqueline Swatches. My last post featured Adesse New York Jacqueline and Julep Jacqueline. Since I am collecting nail polishes with my name, I thought it would be fun to give them all a few minutes in the spotlight. For my second two namesake nail polishes, I am actually sharing polishes that I have had for quite some time and were first featured here in my original Say My Name post.

Zoya Jacqueline Swatch

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Say My Name 2.0 - Jacqueline Swatches Part 1

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About two years ago, I stumbled upon Zoya Jacqueline, the perfect off-white polish. Not just a perfect color, but I thought it was so cool that a nail polish and I shared a name. Around the same time I also found Julep Jackie, not spelled the same, but close enough. That is how I started my collection of nail polishes with my name.

Recently, I saw a review of Adesse New York nail polish on Moxie Reviews, I have never heard of this brand before, but I nearly died with how amazing it was. Adesse New York is a New York (and we all know I am a very proud New Yorker) based nail polish company that is cruelty free and vegan. Their recent collection, The NYC Friends collection, featured a polished called, of course, Jacqueline! A cruelty free and vegan, New York nail polish with my name? There was no was I was passing this one up!

Adesse New York Jacqueline Swatch

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Look Book: Have a Grateful 4th of July

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Happy 4th of July! I am going to be celebrating this evening with some friends watching the fireworks. My mom found the perfect 4th of July top for me to wear this year. It has a dancing bear on it, which is one of the symbols of The Grateful Dead, a hippy rock band from the 1960's. Just like I am a Little Monster, my dad is a Dead Head, or a huge fan of The Grateful Dead. My dad's been to over 100 concerts, and when I was only a year old, he started taking me too. Going to Grateful Dead concerts with my dad was something very special for us (sadly, they are playing in their farewell tour this summer).

The Grateful Dead were very patriotic. You might have seen their most well-known symbol, a red, white and blue skull with a lightning bolt (like the sunglasses the bear is wearing on my shirt). Did you know the lighting bolt has exactly 13 points? That's for the 13 original colonies. So it's no surprise that my mom found this dancing bear shirt with a stars and stripes top hat.

The Grateful Dead Dancing Bear fourth of July shirt

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bronx Bombers

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Being from  New York, I am a pretty big Yankees fan. I have been going to games with my dad since I was a kid. Moving to Virginia meant that if I wanted to see the Bronx Bombers play, it would have to be at an away game. My dad even took me to see Derek Jeter's last game against the Baltimore Orioles. I have to admit, I was pretty scared to show up to an Orioles game decked out in full Yankees gear, but when I got there, almost half of the people were in Yankees clothes!

Ben and I were able to go to a Yankees game this year. I have been wanting to do Yankees nails for a while, so I decided to give them a ago for the game.

Baseball nail art, New York Yankees.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer Stripes

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Not too long ago, my company moved office buildings. Our new building is so cool an modern, it looks like it came right out of Pinterest! From chalkboard walls, to a game room with a keg, it seriously has it all. To celebrate our new office, we had a big work party a few weeks ago. I love the way the office looks, especially the colors, so I knew I wanted to do nails to match.

Our office is mostly shades of blue and gray, with some pops of yellow thrown in. I found this summer nail art and got inspired to do my own variation.

Geometric summer nail art

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kat Von D the Kat Eye Set

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My kitty, Muffin, is just the best. Not only is she the cutest cat in the world (though, I might be a little biased) she also gets me the best mother's day gifts. This year she got me the Kat Von D Kat Eye Set. This set comes with the Mini Immortal Lash 24HR Mascara and the Mini Tattoo Liner.

Kat Von D the Kat Eye Set mascara and liquid eyeliner

Saturday, June 20, 2015

My First Contour with Physician's Formula

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It's no secret the contouring is all the rage right now. Not only is it the perfect way to highlight your assets and hide your flaws, but have you seen some of the crazy transformations people have done? It seriously amazes me what makeup can do.

I have wanted to try my hand at some contouring, so I picked up the Physician's Formula Glowing Nude Powder palette from the Nude Wear line. I was also in the market for an under eye concealer so I grabbed Touch of Glow which is also from the Nude Wear line. P.S. Physician's Formula is cruelty free!

Physician's Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Powder and Physician's Formula Nude Wear of Glow

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Born Pretty Store $20 Gift Card Giveaway

I have some very exciting news to share... Born Pretty Store has decided to let me host a giveaway on my blog! I am so thankful that you all have been using my 10% off coupon and now Born Pretty Store and I want to give back even more. They have generously given me a $20 gift card that one lucky ready will receive.

Even more good news, this giveaway will be open internationally! This will be my first international giveaway and I am really excited that all of my followers will have a chance to win.

Claws Up and Born Pretty Store giveaway

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Born Pretty Store Review: Starry Night Full Nail Stickers

You may not know, but I am kind of obsessed with the painting Starry Night by Van Gogh. It all started with an episode of Boy Meets World, and continued to an 8th grade art project I did with my best friend, Sara. It grew to me fully redesigning my bedroom around the painting. I even had a Starry Night switch plate over my light switch.

I was over the moon (pun intended) when I received these Starry Night full nail stickers from Born Pretty Store. They come in a sheet of 14 full nail stickers in all different sizes. All you have to do it peal them off the sheet, stick them on your nails, and file off the excess. Make sure you apply these to naked nails, I tried the first time over topcoat and they would not stick at all.

Born Pretty Store Starry Night full nail art stickers. Coupon code JACG10

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Julep Maven June 2015: The Deep End

I was very excited when Julep Maven revealed the June 2015 box. This box introduced us to The Deep End collection filled with perfect poolside colors, and summer makeup. Not only did Julep release jellies in this box (and you know how I have been wanting to add more jellies to my collection), but they released a second polish with my name! I have decided to collect nail polishes that have my name, so keep an eye out for a special Jacqueline post coming up!

Julep Maven Box June 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Born Pretty Store Review: Love Ear Jackets

Press Sample

Has anyone else noticed how popular ear jackets are? They popped up a few months ago and I don't see them going away anytime soon. I have been on the look out for the perfect pair for my ears, so I was so excited to try these gold Love ear jackets from Born Pretty Store.

Born Pretty Store Love ear jackets. Use my coupon code for 10% off JACG10

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Born Pretty Store Review: Silver Triangle Embellishments

Press Sample

After the whirl-wind that was May, I am finally getting time to catch up on my bloggy life, and my real life. Ben and I have spent the last two weekends visiting wedding venues, and I think we found some contenders. I also am able to review all the awesome goodies from Born Pretty Store.

Today I have these gorgeous triangle nail embellishments. I received one pot of the silver ones (color #1), but they come in twelve different colors you can choose from. They are the perfect size for both full nail looks, or just an accent. They were easy to pick up and apply using a dotting tool and some top coat. The only negative is that most of the triangles are stuck together and it took a little effort to make sure I split them apart correctly.

Born Pretty Store nail art triangles. Coupon code JACG10

Friday, May 29, 2015

Guest Post for Sincerely, Sara: Purple and Plum

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by! Today's post can be found over at Sincerely, Sara. I hope you all head over there to check out my latest makeup look featuring lots of purples and a bold lip. See you there!

Purple makeup with plum lipstick


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

6 Years Together: Our Trip To Williamsburg, VA

Today marks exactly 6 years since my fiance asked me to be his girlfriend. Sometimes it feels like we have been together 60 years, and at the same time it feels like we have only been together 6 days. We have had so many firsts, and with our wedding in the future, we have many firsts to come. I love you, Ben! Happy 6 years!

To celebrate, Ben and I spent the long weekend in Williamsburg, VA. We went to Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Busch Gardens. I totally geeked out at Jamestown! I am obsessed with the movie Pocahontas, so it was so cool to see where she actually lived. I got to walk along the shores where John Smith landed (and where Pocahontas sang Just Around the River Bend), and even saw the original foundation of Virginia's first government buildings.

Busch Gardens was so fun too! The food and wine festival was going on and I got to try lots of amazing food. The best part was getting a personal tour of the wolf training program. Ben and I even got to work on some training with the wolves. Amazing!

If you follow me on Instagram, I posted a few photos of the trip, but I wanted to share a few more. I had amazing time and I wanted to share it with everyone. I will be back to regular posts soon!

Replica of John Smith's ship in Jamestown, VA

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