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Monday, June 23, 2014

Rose Gold Manicure

Friday, June 20, 2014

I applied two coats of Sally Hansen Triple Shine in Pixie Sticks and added Maybelline Color Show in Gilded Rose just on the back half of the nail. I couldn't resist a polish with a rose gold look to it and the glitter is a nice mix of fine and larger pieces. I really like how it looks with the shimmer on the only part of the nail and the light catches the pink tones of the glitter really well. Both polishes applied nicely (I love the Color Show range) and the Triple Shine polish comes with the biggest brush I've ever seen!

I'm really liking this twist on a glittery manicure for spring. What do you think?

Digital Floral

Thursday, June 19, 2014


I'm absolutely loving these type of digital floral prints- they're girly with a bit of a modern edge. I saw this skirt the other day and couldn't pass it up. Are you loving this type of print as much as I am?

Skirt - Lily Rose (Kohls)
Shirt - Mossimo (Target - similar here)
Heels - LC Lauren Conrad (Kohls- no longer available)
Watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs

Allentown Art Festival

Monday, June 16, 2014

My husband and I decided to go to the Allentown Art Festival on Sunday. It's an annual event in Buffalo that fills several neighborhood blocks with vendors selling their art. Along with all of the art to browse (and buy!), the architecture is beautiful to look at too!
It was way hotter out than the forecast said, so I was pretty much dying in jeans by the end of the afternoon. That giant bottle of water was my savior- big thanks to my husband for buying the large bottle! We ended up buying 6 photographs and 2 drawing to hang around the house. I just need to find some frames for them now!

Are any of you going to any local art festivals this summer?

Tank- Recycled Karma (Kohls)
Mint Jeans- LC Lauren Conrad (Kohls- no longer available) similar here
Pink and Snakeskin Print Sneakers- Guess (Macy's- no longer available)
Sunglasses- Ray Ban Wayfarer
Watch- Marc by Marc Jacobs
Colorblock Bag- Apt 9 (Kohls- no longer available)

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending Collection - Review

Friday, June 13, 2014

I've never tried anything from Pur Minerals before, but I thought I'd give this Jupiter Ascending Collection a whirl. For $29, I thought that a six shadow palette, a felt tip liner, and a gloss was quite a steal. The makeup set is based on the movie Jupiter Ascending, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. I honestly have no idea what this movie is about, but this collection looked nice, so I tried it. Let's get into it!
The shadows in this palette are completely hit or miss for me. The pigmentation is not great- you really need to build it up with a lot (a lot!!) of layers to get the color to show up. Night Sky and Caine are my top choices in the palette and seem to show up the best. However, there are a lot better shadow options out there, in my opinion.

Moving on...the felt tip liner is pretty good. It's super wet, to the point that you need to wait a few seconds until the line you drew has dried before blinking, unless you want to risk getting faint black lines on your upper eyelid. The staying power of the liner is really nice- it lasts all day without budging or fading and it's just as intense of a black when you remove it at night as it was when you applied it. The only negative aspect is that I've only used it a couple of times and I've already noticed the felt tip starting to feather slightly, which means it probably won't last too long before the it frays.

Lastly, the gloss! The gloss that came in this little collection is absolutely gorgeous!! It's a beautiful light pink/nude with tiny gold flecks in it. It doesn't dry out my lips and it's not sticky, so I'm loving it. And the best part (which I didn't even know about until I opened it)- it has a mirror along one side of the tube and two little LED lights inside of the top applicator portion, so you can apply it at night without needing to find a mirror. This is genius!! How have I never seen this before on a lip product?! Love, love, love. I would definitely try another gloss from the brand.


Have you ever tried anything from Pur Minerals? What were your hits and misses from them?

At Home Manicure Tips

Monday, June 9, 2014

I'm no expert at doing my own nails, and they always turn out better when I go to a salon to have them done. But, I don't always have time to go, so I usually end up painting them myself. I've learned a few tricks along the way, so I thought I'd share some of them with you!

First, I always start my doing a light buffing of the top of my nails to rough up the nail. This helps the base coat to adhere to the nail better and smooths out any ridges on the top of the nail to make it look smoother. I use the Revlon Nail Buffer- it does a great job of smoothing out imperfections on my nails while still keeping it rough enough to cling to the base coat. 
Unbuffed (still pretty shiny and you can see the ridges)
Buffed (smoother and more matte)
I also always do a base coat no matter what. The base coat will help your polish to last longer and keep the polish from staining your actual nail. I typically use the Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat as my base coat. Whenever you use a base coat, make sure you let it dry for 30 seconds to a minute before applying your polish. If you don't wait for a little bit, the polish will drag through the base coat and look messy.
My last tip I just discovered within the last year and it's absolutely awesome! I picked up the Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops thinking that it was a top coat (I clearly didn't read the label very well!) and I was really skeptical once I realized what it was. Basically, once you have finished applying your top coat, wait about a minute and put on a few drops from the little dropper. I'm not even exaggerating, within a couple of minutes, your nails will be completely dry!! Love it! 
Here's the finished product:
Main color: Essie Play Date

A Little Ulta Haul...

Saturday, June 7, 2014


So I went into Ulta with the intent to buy...which is never a good thing because I usually leave with even more than I planned to buy in the first place. On to the splurges...

1. Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending collection. This came as a box set with six shadows in the palette, a felt tip black liner and a gloss (and all for only $29!!) The colors and names are inspired by the upcoming movie Jupiter Ascending, which I don't know much about, but the set looked really pretty. I'll be doing a full review of this once I test it out a bit.

2. Real Techniques Blush Brush. I have a few of their other brushes and I love them. The brushes I've been using for blush are both smaller and larger than this one, but I think this will be the perfect size I've been looking for to apply blush or bronzer.

3. The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Cleanser. I spotted this mini on the way to the register and as I've been looking for a facial wash with tea tree oil in it (I hear that's good for getting rid of areas that are a little red) I decided to give it a go. 

4. Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Streak. I love that this blush, bronzer, and highlighter combo is peach toned, and I've heard good things about it, so I thought I'd check it out. Plus, as crazy as it sounds, I don't own a powder highlighter yet!! I'm really looking forward to trying this out this weekend!

5. Jane Cosmetics Water-Resistant Eyeliner in Midnight Blue. I had a hard time finding a drugstore eyeliner in a deep blue that didn't have a really electric look to it. I wanted something navy, almost black, not indigo or bright blue (who would have thought it would be hard to find this color??) I've read that these eyeliners are very good, too, so for a few dollars, it was worth a try.

6. Pacifica Roll On Perfume in Indian Coconut Nectar. First, the box this comes in is soooo beautiful! I love the design. Second, this smell is amazing and the fact that it comes in a rollerball that I can throw in my purse is fantastic. Sold.

Anyone else have a bit of a spending problem when they go to Ulta? Let me know some of the products you've picked up on your latest shopping expedition!

OOTD - LC Lauren Conrad

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Shirt- LC Lauren Conrad
Skater Skirt- LC Lauren Conrad
Shoes- LC Lauren Conrad
Bag- Olivia & Joy
Sunglasses- Ray Ban

Mally Beauty Shadow Stick

Monday, June 2, 2014

I've been hunting for a dupe of the By Terry Misty Rock shadow stick  for what feels like weeks without any luck. I just cannot justify shelling out what they are asking for a single shadow. (If you know of a reasonable priced dupe for this please let me know!!) Anywhoo...on my hunt I happened to see a display of eye shadow sticks from a brand called Mally Beauty. I've never heard of them before, but the display was bright and girly and the packaging was lovely- which I'm a sucker for, of course. I didn't find a shade close to Misty Rock, but after testing quite a few of the colors I settled on the shade Rosy Taupe. It was $25, so not as reasonable as I would have liked, but not outrageous, either.


It's a medium taupe shade with pink undertones and just enough shimmer to make me happy. It applies smoothly and blends beautifully, plus it lasts all day without budging and without needing a primer. I'm also quite impressed with how long the shadow has lasted in the tube itself. I used it for about a week straight and I haven't needed to twist up the product yet, so a little seems to go a long way. I'm looking forward to trying some other shades, but I might need to order them as they seem to have larger selection online than in stores. 
Rosy Taupe- unblended
Rosy Taupe- blended
Baxter does not seem to be enjoying the sun as much as I am :)
Have you tried anything from the Mally Beauty brand before? What products would you recommend from them?

~Laura

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