NOTD: The Classy Sassy

Hi! How is everyone doing? I’m still staying pretty simple with my nails lately- no dots, glitter, or animals of any kind. You can’t go wrong with the classic red, but I decided to add some black tips for a little spice. I was going to reverse the colors on my ring finger (black with red tip), but I totally forgot and ended up just painting them all the same.

Have a lovely rest of the week, and see you soon!

NOTD: The Silver Lining

A french manicure never goes out of style, but how about adding a modern twist by trading in the classic white tip for metallic silver? This is one of my favorite ways to wear polish – it’s simple and clean with a speck of glam. After wearing bright neon yellow for the past few days, this is a pleasant change of pace.

Nail Art Featured on HelloGiggles.com!

Hey guys! Long time no post, I know- sorry! I just wanted to show you that I made it to the big leagues… Well, my nails did, anyway. My butterfly nails were featured on HelloGiggles.com, a blog founded by quirky girl Zooey Deschanel (and two other people). To see my nail art in all its glory, click here. New posts are coming soon, so stay tuned!

NOTD: The Feathers

I love wearing these vibrant colors together with a brilliant, eye-popping white on top! BTW, the new Wet ‘N Wild nail polish rocks. I normally stay away from cheap nail polish, but this line is amazing. All colors used for this design (except white) are from WNW.         ♫ Shake ya nail feathers! ♪♫

DIY: Mineral Veil Face Powder

I used to be obsessed with Bare Minerals makeup products for years, especially their mineral veil face powder. Three years ago, I glanced at the ingredients, and I was surprised. It was basically cornstarch with parabens (eek!) and iron oxides for color. Since then, I’ve been refilling the same powder container with my own mineral veil concoction, and it works EXACTLY the same (if not better) as the brand name powder. I still love Bare Minerals products, and they have now taken out the parabens, but I will stick with my own mineral veil, thank you. THE RECIPE:  In an old powder container, shake together one tablespoon cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon baby powder. You can add a sprinkle of powder foundation or cocoa powder for color, but this is optional. Congratulations, you just saved yourself $20.HEALTH TIP:  As with all powder makeup products, please do not inhale your makeup! Those tiny particles could enter the lungs, possibly leading to inflammation, scarring, and disease. When I use any kind of loose face powder, I hold my breath while tapping the excess powder off the brush and during application. Tap the brush away from you, and use only in a well-ventilated area. Try to keep it tidy – don’t let it fly all over the place. Because the more you know… (cue shooting star with rainbow).


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Review & NOTD: China Glaze Celtic Sun

Welcome back to the ’80s kids, neon colors are cool once again. This new color from China Glaze will certainly grab some attention. I wanted my little nails to be as bright as a highlighter, and I think I did it. Before you go out and try these trendy colors from China Glaze, you should know a few things about this neon line. These polishes are MATTE. It does not say that on the bottle. With neon colors, application will be a little tricky because the consistency is well, uh…sucky. It will seem a little thin, so multiple, multiple coats are in order (matte polishes dry quicker also). I wasn’t thrilled with the lackluster finish, so I topped it off with a clear high-shine top coat. I guess I’m still pretty happy with the result, but it would have been nice to know what I was going to be working with. Have a great weekend everyone!

Review: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils

Swatch colors L to R: Deliquent, Rehab, Sin, Clash, Juju. Pencils are approx. 3 inches long.

Sorry I’ve been a little sparse with the postings, but yes, I’m still alive! I wanted to share these killer Urban Decay eye shadows with you all. I bought the Pencil Stash on sale from Urban Decay’s website two months ago, and I’ve been using these little crayons non-stop. Hurry up and get yours because the sale is still on! These are waterproof, blendable, and smudge-able glide-on chubby sticks that function as shadow or liner. You can see from the swatch photo that one creamy smooth swipe produces some crazy-bold pigment! Yes, they really do last all day long – through rain, tears, sweat, humidity, sun, squinting, etc. Still, I found wearing shadow primer underneath gives them an extra punch of staying power. You’ll need some eye makeup remover at the end of the day. If you wish to blend or smudge these colors, you’ll have to do it immediately after you glide them on (if you wait too long, they won’t budge). They are also sold individually with more colors to choose from. Would I purchase again? ABSOLUTELY.

NOTD: The Victoria’s Secret

These nails were inspired by those famous pink and red stripes on the VS shopping bag (click photo to enlarge). I threw in some gold in there to represent the gold VS logo printed on the bag. When looking for nail art ideas, just look around. You might be inspired by the pattern on your favorite dress, the colors on your sneakers, or um… a shopping bag. Doesn’t take much to inspire me!

NOTD: The Starfish

Continuing with the whole starfish theme, here are the nails to go with your DIY headband! I started to get a little starfish-sloppy with these, but they still turned out pretty sweet if you’re not too critical. Use little paint brushes and/or homemade dotting tools (pencil, bobby pin, or sewing pin tips) to create the details. Have a great week everyone!

NOTD: The Butterfly Effect

Even though it’s not perfect, this is probably my favorite NOTD so far. I’ve seen this done with longer nails, but I think it looks cute on my super short nails too. I took my sweet time using a tiny paint brush and a pencil tip dipped in nail polish. I’m going to be sad when I have to wipe these butterfly wings off!

Hair How-to: The Sausage Ponytail

This hairstyle is making a comeback, and I’m thrilled! I actually started to wear my hair like this during group fitness classes for functional reasons. It keeps my hair out of my face and makes it easier to comb through after I turn into a sweaty mess. I’ve had many people asking me how I do it, so I posted the video hair tutorial below. You will need clear elastic bands (the smaller the better) to section off your ponytail. I like to do different versions of this style by varying the number of elastics and/or the size of the poofs (I made the poofs even bigger for the pictures).

NOTD: The Monet

This weekend I am flaunting this vibrant impressionalist-inspired manicure. Abstract flowers are simple to do because perfection is not obligatory (and let’s get real, perfection = boring). Little blobs of paint form the rosettes and leaves, very similar to NOTD: The Leopard. The green polish, my primary inspiration for this look, came in my March Birchbox today. Happy Saturday!