Monday, June 23, 2014

Rose Gold

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.

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 twist. I saw this skirt the other day and couldn't pass it up.

Allentown Art Festival

Monday, June 16, 2014

Steve 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. We ended up buying 6 photographs and 2 drawing to hang around the house. I just need to find some frames for them now!

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

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. 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 caught my eye 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'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 :)

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