Current Beauty Favorites

Hey you! I picked my current favorite gab-worthy beauty products and made a little video. Watch it below (change the quality to HD please) and let me know what you think. Ta-ta!

Products: Pantene Overnight Miracle Repair Serum, Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup, Lorac Perfectly Lit Highlighter, Nars Blush Exhibit A, BareMinerals All Over Face Color in Faux Tan, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Stash, Revlon Nail Enamels in Copper Penny and Heavenly, Color Club nail enamel in Age of Aquarius.

Gradient Ocean Glitter Nail Tutorial

Watch the tutorial in HD – it’s better that way. To make up for the lack of nail posts over the past few months, I’ve apparently made nails and nail art my main focus the past few weeks. Here’s another one for you, perfect for these upcoming summer months: ocean nails, mermaid nails, beach nails, whatever you want to call it. It took me five nail polish colors and some blotting action with the makeup wedge to create this gradient, glittery beach manicure, which sounds awfully time consuming, but it really didn’t take any longer than just normally painting my nails with one color. It is more sparkly in person – very eye-catching.

Here is the photo I posted on my Instagram. This was my first time working with makeup sponge wedges, a technique that always intimidated me. If you feel the same way, don’t worry- it is easy! You really can’t go wrong with these colors together, and the glitter is really the highlight of the look. Hope you give this manicure a try!

Nail of the Day

Hello! Just a quick peep. I stayed up late last night, and this happened. It’s been a while since I’ve had red nails (Revlon nail enamel in Craving Coral). I freehanded the silver/black chevrons to add some contrast, and there you go. Looks sassy! Have a happy weekend you.  :)

DIY Gel Nails (No UV light)

Hello! This is my fourth time doing my own gel nails at home, and let me tell you, this stuff is amazing. Did you know that you can do your own gel nail manicure at home using your own normal nail polish and no UV light? It will make your nails look thicker and freshly polished even after two weeks. Here’s how:

You will need GELOUS Advanced Nail Gel Coat from Sally Beauty Supply, ANY nail polish color of your choice, and ANY clear top coat of your choice.

1. Apply one coat GELOUS onto clean, smooth, dry nails. Let it set for a few minutes.
2. Apply another coat GELOUS. Let set.
3. Apply one coat nail polish. Let it dry.
4. Apply another coat GELOUS. Let it set for a couple minutes.
5. Apply another coat nail polish. Let it dry.
6. Apply one layer clear top coat. Let dry. DONE.

To remove your gel nails, use acetone nail polish remover, and it’s a breeze. Enjoy your beautiful nails! Watch in HD for best quality video.


Ipsy Glam Bag May 2013

Gosh! Another month has flown by in a flash. It’s time to show-n-tell my “Spring Fling” Ipsy Glam Bag for May. This one might just be the best one yet. It has a $50 value for cryin’ out loud! No duds in the bag for me – I’m in beauty product heaven. Watch the video in HD for best quality. I’m “super excited” about a bajillion times.

DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

Dry shampoo has been a MUST HAVE in my daily hair care routine for the past three years. I’ve gone through countless spray cans of different brands (Psst!, Tresemme, John Frieda, Garnier, Oscar Blandi, Batiste…to name a few), spending way too much for very little product. I started to use plain old baby powder, sprinkling it directly on my roots and rubbing it in, and I found that it worked just as well or even better at giving my hair added volume and combating greasiness. I continued to do this for months until one day I was at work, and I happen to catch a glance of my hair in the mirror. It looked like I had smeared a powdered doughnut all over my head. It was even more noticeable because I had my hair up in a ponytail, a voluminous, bouncy, GRAY colored ponytail. Horrified, I vowed to figure out a way to darken the powder… and that is just what I did. Oh, and your hair will smell a little chocolatey. Yum!

THE RECIPE: Mix 3 parts cocoa powder and 1 part cornstarch and/or baby powder in a small container. I lucked out and found an old Maybelline loose face powder container, which is perfect because it sprinkles just the right amount. Depending on how dark your hair is, you may need to tweak the recipe to make it lighter or darker. To darken the mixture a little bit more, add some cinnamon to the mix. Sorry for the lack of specific measurement, but I don’t measure anything. I just go freehand! Mmmm…my hair smells like cookies.Because this container works so well, I just hold the container in my hand and sprinkle the powder directly onto my roots and rub it in with my fingers. If you don’t have a nifty container like this one, you can just take a fluffy face powder brush and dip it into the dry shampoo and dab on to your roots. Other container ideas: salt/pepper shaker, mineral powder foundation containers (like BareMinerals), powdered sugar container/shaker, empty baby powder container.

QUICK TIP: Did you know that the best way to use dry shampoo is to apply it BEFORE you actually need it? If your hair is already oily before applying it won’t work as well. Apply at your roots and rub it in right after your hair is washed and dried. It will extend the life of your style, give you volume and thickness, and it will prevent your hair from becoming oily.

Watch in HD for best quality video! If you like this post, you should check out my DIY Mineral Veil! It’s the bomb :)

Ipsy Glam Bag April 2013

My Pretty In Pink Ipsy Glam Bag for April ’13 finally arrived (about 2 weeks late, but whatever). It was worth the wait! This is my favorite Glam Bag so far since I started my subscription in January. If you are not a fan of pink things, well, you probably won’t like these products with the exception of the hair powder. I LOVE me some pink, so I couldn’t be more thrilled. According to Ipsy, this month’s bag has a $30 value. I’m loving ALL of these products – no duds this month! Seriously.

Powder Play Voluminizing & Texturizing Powder by SexyHair: A great boost to my ultra fine/thin hair. Gives my hair a little lift by itself, or enables the tease to last.
Sation Nail Lacquer in Love At First Byte: My FAVORITE polish this Spring. A peachy-pink, high quality, glossy-sheer, yet buildable nail enamel.
Be a Bombshell Blush in Beach Please: Bright fuschia-pink blush that is super pigmented. Normally pink blushes don’t even show up on my skin. This one definitely does – a little goes a long way.
Mica Beauty Cosmetics Mineral Eyeshadow/Shimmer Powder in Earth: The most gorgeous shimmer powder that really shines! Use as eyeshadow or mix with lipgloss or blow onto nail polish. So many options for this versatile product.

Sunday Yoga

“Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
Sometimes you just have to view the world upside-down to fully clear your mind. I typically do my self practice in my living room, but today I decided to take it outside in the fresh, cool spring air. I’ve been feeling a little bogged down lately, just trying to handle the responsibilities of being an adult, combined with all the tragedies that are going on in our world right now. This past week left me drained and overwhelmed. What do I do when I’m overwhelmed? I stop and stand on my head. Works wonders every time.  :)

DIY Shoe Clips

Shoes: Gianni Bini

My shoes now have their own accessories! These shoes clips will transform the look of your shoes from drab to fab in no time! Instead of buying new shoes, just clip on a bow or flower to your old pair. You can easily switch the clips to another pair or move it from the front to the back of the shoe for a new look. Read on for the tutorial!  Continue reading

Avocado Smoothie Recipe

Hello! Just a quick post to share my yummy green smoothie recipe with you. Please don’t be turned off by drinking something green! Trust me, it tastes good! Toss some spinach, a half or whole banana, half of a Haas avocado, and some water (also add ice if you want it super cold) in the food processor of blender, and blend until smooth. Stir in a scoop of Chia seeds before serving. Enjoy! Cheers to good health!