NOTD: Sparklicious

Today’s Nail has a theme song. No, not Gangnam Style. It’s Rihanna’s “Shine bright like a diamond, shine bright like a diamond…” This is Sparklicious from Loreal’s new Diamond Collection, and it would certainly do Rihanna proud. A million bagillion mirrored glitter foil flecks are densely packed into this little bottle. Two coats are all you need, unlike most glitter polishes which require numerous applications. “♬ So shine bright..tonight…we’re beautiful, like diamonds in the sky…♪”

What’s In My Bag?

Curious about what lies inside my bag? Sure you are! Nothing too crazy, but here ya go.Bag: Michael Kors Mirror Cross-body bag in Rose Gold
Wallet: Kate Landry. Yellow patent leather.
Little pouch: Betsey Johnson. Yes, this is a bag inside my bag. It holds oil blotting sheets, business cards, Zyrtec, Tylenol, and coupons.
Sunnies: Betsey Johnson. Fuschia with leopard print.
iPod Nano: Old Nano circa 2007. I use this to teach my fitness classes. Sad, but I would be a total wreck (I’m talking sobbing, rolling around on the ground) without it.
Little notebook: I write down meaningful quotes for my yoga classes in here. I also use it for writing down things at my nursing job.
Sharpie and pen: Mostly for nursing.
Elastic hair tie: Sparkly gold from this DIY post.
Lip balm: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Tiger Lily.
Lip enhancer: by Jouer. I either use this or the Burt’s Bees. Both products on my awesome list.
Bobby pins: Cool painted ones as seen in this DIY.
Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Smog. A light, glisten-y brown with olive/gold undertones. I have the same color in UD liquid liner also. Beautiful color.
Lip/cheek stain: Cha Cha Tint by Benefit. Everyday on my cheeks! It leaves a natural peach/coral tint with a lovely sheen.
** Not pictured but probably should be: car keys, phone, some food item (nuts or cereal in a bag, banana), gum, stethoscope, and dare I say…Tampax.

NOTD: The Pink Tuxedo

My little pink nails are all dressed up today with white tips and a tiny tuxedo. Little do they know, they are going to spend the rest of the day doing yard work and cleaning. Which leaves me wondering… How come whenever you look cute no one sees you, but the one night you step out to go to the grocery store in your stained, disintegrating house clothes and unwashed hair, you run into your boss and three people you knew in high school? Deep thoughts.

NOTD: Pure Pearl

Presenting my favorite nail polish for October (drum roll): Revlon’s Pure Pearl. No fancy lines, glitter, or graffiti, just a beautiful, clean, feminine color that makes your nails look like little shiny pearls. When I bought this bottle last week, the Walgreen’s cashier guy (who apparently has noticed my garish nail art many times before) said, “This color doesn’t look like you. Trying to tone it down?” I laughed, and told him that I agreed, but inside I was covertly flattered, offended, and a little creeped out that he keeps stats on my nail color. I went ahead and applied two coats that night, and the next few days were filled with random compliments from friends and strangers on my new polish. Good purchase. The moral of this story: People notice little details!

DIY: Glitter Tattoo

Temporary heart and leopard print glitter tattoos. Yes please!

Pretty cute, no? The pictures really don’t do them justice – these little tatts REALLY sparkle! I’ve been wearing them all day, and now that it is night time, I can’t stop staring at them in the light. Yep, that’s me in the grocery store parking lot, turning up my spots toward the lamp post, tilting my arm back and forth to see them twinkle. I can see this being very popular for kids/tweens/teens (or grown-ups young at heart), especially with Halloween coming up! If glitter is your thing, you NEED to try this tutorial.
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NOTD: Dark Sparkle

Hi friends! I am so ecstatic that it’s Saturday – I just had to whip out my glitter! Last weekend was very hectic, involving a minor invasive procedure on my foot, barfing all day on a small boat with cameras and media on board, and a little dinner party for Joe’s b-day at my parents’ house. After long days (and nights) at work this week, I am chill-axing with my glitter. This NOTD didn’t turn out the way I intended, but I’m kind of digging the result. I wanted the navy blue glitter to only be on the tips, but instead I accidentally created somewhat of a nice gradient effect. I used REAL glitter by just sprinkling it onto wet tips, and for some reason it stuck to the dry base coat. I ended up liking it and sealed it with a clear top coat for extra shine.  Have a lovely weekend, and I’ll see you guys soon with more glitter ya’ll!

NOTD: The Color Block

Happy Friday to everyone! Here is a vibrant and fun nail look to try, sure to please any kindergartener (or kindergartener at heart). This was a speedy application, so please excuse the sloppy lines! I actually think my right hand looks cleaner with a better choice of color combos, but the left hand photo will have to do. Have a fun weekend, and I’ll see you very soon!

NOTD: The Leopard II

I decided to do another leopard pattern but with a more sophisticated color scheme that wasn’t too flashy. Leopard spots are not difficult to accomplish. They’re pretty much just two colors in blob form – one splotch, then a blotchy outline in another color. Joe just informed me that these spots bear resemblance to tiny Oreo cookies… They really do, don’t they? Maybe I’m hungry? To see my first Leopard NOTD click here.

DIY: Elastic Hair Ties

Hey guys, it’s another hair DIY! I received an Alex & Isabelle hair tie in a Birchbox a few months back, and I loved it so much that I bought a few more in different colors. They are less damaging to the hair, not to mention cuter on the wrist. They are becoming increasingly popular, popping up with a glittered version at Anthropologie that sells for $12 for a pack of 5. This whole time I’ve been thinking how easy they must be to make, and I finally did some researching to figure out where I could find colorful elastic.
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NOTD: The Potpourri

This color mix was inspired by a bowl of potpourri – a stinky, dried up mix of crunchy rose petals. Bad in the bowl, yet beautiful on the nails. It took me forever to take this photo because I accidentally spilled the gray color all over my laptop, desk, legs, and shorts. Note: Do not pick up the bottle from the top if it is not screwed on. Happy Monday!  :)

DIY: Painted Bobby Pins (with nail polish!)

Normally I would want my hair pins to be strategically tucked into my hairstyle making them inconspicuous, but these bobby pins are too cute to be hidden! Just paint with one or two coats of your favorite nail polish, let dry, and they are ready for show. I even sprinkled some glitter on a few to satisfy my need to make things sparkly. This is so easy – you cannot mess this up! Hmmm…what else can I paint with nail polish?

NOTD (& OOTD): The Summertime Blues

Nails: Blue Me Away by Sally Hansen; Bikini: Forever 21; Sunnies: Prada

Oh hello! I’m just having a Sunday-funday, soaking up some Vitamin D on the backyard dock. This bright smurf-blue nail color from Sally Hansen sure does liven things up. I love how it provides a happy color pop when paired with my leopard swimsuit. Blue is my favorite hot weather color because it reminds me of everything summer- blue skies, the ocean, the pool… I know many people are scared of wearing blue polish for some reason, but I think it is beautiful! Hope you are enjoying your day, and I’ll see you again soon.