Friday, October 14, 2011

DIY Ankle Cuffs

I live in a part of the world where it's summer almost year around. Where I live, you see people rocking flip-flops well into December. So you can imagine how I flipped when I saw this DIY ankle cuff. It looks like its part of your sandal, but you actually put them on AFTER your sandals. It looks like I'll be having to retire my ankle bracelet for a bit while I rock this look during autumn.

For step-by-step instructions, click HERE.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Random Mani: Layering Frenzy

My family and I celebrated my grandmother's 75th birthday by spending the weekend on a boat deep sea fishing in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. There is only so much time a girl can spend on a boat before she gets bored of her freshly done mani and busts out layering options. I know I'm not the only one out there that would pack 5 nail polishes when going out to sea for the weekend.

Here's what I ended up with:

OPI-Ink (2 layers)
NYX - Blue Avenue (1 layer)
NYX - Peach Avenue (1 layer)
NYX - Pink Avenue (1 layer)
Confetti - Ice Ice Baby (1 layer)
Seche Vite Top Coat.

Seche Vite gave me massive tip shrinkage, but fishing and having my hands elbow deep in fish bait didn't help my mani either. But I love how it looks. I want to give it a name but I'm drawing a blank. Any suggestions?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Chanel Shade Parade

Hello Lovely readers!

It's been far too long since my last post. I have no excuses other than to say, I just needed some personal time which I'm sure you all understand. I have many posts already in the works including a dupe find of Chanel's Graphite. Speaking of Chanel nail lacquer, I found this uber cute video showcasing Chanel's permanent line of polish.

I promise not to abandon you readers for that long ever again. <3

Enjoy the video.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Favorite Products of Summer 2011

With all the Back-To-School ads and even Halloween stuff in stores, I can't help but feel like summer is already over. So I thought I would post my go-to products that I've been using on almost a daily basis for the past couple of months.

In no particular order:

Poppie Jones across the shoulder fringe purse in brown suede that I bought about 3 years ago from DSW.

Jade and Bamboo Necklace from Island Dancer Jewelry (a gift). Sorry, Island Dancer Jewelry website is not up at this time

Bath & Body Works body cream in Country Chic.

Maybelline Shine Sensational lip gloss in Pineapple Paradise

No brand name sunglasses (gifted to me) with animal print

Gold and turquoise cuff from India, I bought this from a local festival

NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Yellow Gold Pearl

Bath & Body Works Body Spray in Hello Sugar Whole Lotta Lemon Going On (sadly discontinued) - this really complimented Country Chic.

OPI - My Chihuahua Bites, I've been wearing this on my toes all summer long.

Icing Mood Swing Color Changing Nail Polish in Confident/Cheery

Pur Minerals Eye Pencil in Black Amethyst - This has been truly waterproof/sweat proof in my opinion. Not so great for the waterline But I still love this eyeliner.

Loreal Infallible 6hr Never Fail Lipgloss in Rebel Red - Red lips was my favorite thing this summer. And this is probably my favorite lipgloss of all time. Really pigmented and had long lasting wear...even while eating and drinking. Fabulous.

Gold Peacock Long Necklace - I think I bought this at Charlotte Russe a year ago?

Revlon Molten Metal Liquid Shadow in Platinum Pinup - Sadly also discontinued.

Cateye Black sunglasses from Target, I believe they were on sale for $12.99

Lancome Color Design lipstick in Red Haute - BEST MATTE RED LIPSTICK EVER! I never had a red lipstick that I liked on me until I found this beauty. Even the packaging is sleek. Wear time is really good too. After it fades, your lips still have a red stain on them.

Vintage looking flower ring from Pier 1 Imports - It was less than 3 bucks and it's adjustable.

And this was my favorite product of the summer:

 LA Splash Liquid Eyeliner in Royal Blue - I bought this on clearance at Ulta awhile back. As a liner it was ok. Gives a great pop a color and a great alternative to Urban Decay liners in the same colors. Definitely not sweatproof or waterproof. As a liner this really needs a primer and a sealer. But then I started using it to tint my lashes and I fell in love! It looks gorgeous paired up with gold eyeshadow that really popular to wear in the summer.

LA Splash Liquid Eyeliner in Royal Blue layered on lashes
I don't think the picture does it justice. You can definitely tell your lashes are blue in real life but there not a neon sign above your head announcing the color of your lashes either. TONS and TONS of compliments wherever I went. I applied my usual mascara like usual and once dry, I layered the liquid liner on top of the mascara. You can also use a disposable wand to apply the product. I just didn't have one.

I kept hearing all summer that THE nail color of the season was a toss up between yellow and orange. So when I saw the Mood Swing polish in Cheery/Confident, I thought "Why not wear both at the same time?"

WARNING: Manicure was 5 days old!

Warm hand
Dipped in Ice Water

After a few minutes

Few minutes more

Back to warm temperature
 I highly recommend this nail polish.

As much as I love these products. I'm not sad to see summer go. I've been melting in this summer heat. And as I type this, the area where I live is on the cusp of being hit by Tropical Storm Don. I much prefer the fall. But I will miss seeing these lovelies in my backyard:

What was your favorite product this summer?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe Dupe?

I was at Icing the other day looking for some of the awesome holos they had debuted with their Charlie Sheen theme (I found one leaky bottle) when something caught my eye:

Now I absolutely love Deborah Lippmann so I kinda feel like a traitor posting dupes of their fabulous nail polishes, but sometimes a girl needs to save some money to buy herself a Clarisonic Mia to shrink her large pores!

Force of Love is part of their Duality nail polish duos. It has a navy blue sheer jelly base with aqua and green hexagonal glitter and silver micro glitter. I don't have Across the Universe to do a complete comparison but from what I've seen online, Force of Love has more micro glitter than Across the Universe.

This formula was not my favorite. It was very chunky and gloopy. My bottle definately needed some thinning. I also needed about four coats to reach opacity. And because I needed so many coats and the bottle is mini, my bottle is now half empty. You can layer this over a navy or black cream but unless you have more than one coat, you will lose a the depthness that mulitple coats gives you. Case in Point:

Here is Force of Love layered over Sally Hansen Navy Baby on the Left and the other polish included in the duo Magnetic Attraction layered over Color Club Black. I was able to get rid of the chunkyness here by adding a coat of Gelous and then topping that off with a coat of Seche Vite. Even though you lose the depthness of Force of Love when layered over a cream, it's still really pretty. I even prefer it this way.

Now as for Magnectic Attraction...I simply love this lacquer. LOOK AT ALL THOSE COLORS!!  It has a sheer grey base with micro holo glitter and larger hexagonal holo glitter. The base is simply to sheer to be worn alone (but I have to admit, I haven't tried). As you can see from the swatch above, it has so many layers to it! It looks like the galaxy on my nails without even trying.

All in all, I don't feel comfortable calling Forces of Love a dupe of Across the Universe but it is pretty gosh darn close. And it has satisfied my lemming of Across the Universe for the time being. Maybe I'll ask for it when my birthday rolls around.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Fairy Name is:

Polish Insomniac posted her fairy name after getting it from a generator and I thought it was a small fun random thing to do. So I decided to post mine as well. If you go to this link you can get your own fairy name (and elf, fantasy, mermaid, Star Wars, Unicorn, Vampire, Witch, WoW names). Here's mine:

Get your own fairy names from The Fairy Name Generator!My fairy name is Moth Demonglitter
She is a playful mischief maker.
She lives close to caverns and stalactite grottoes.
She can only be seen in the light of a shooting star.
She wears dresses stitched with crystals and has red wings like a brightly coloured butterfly.
Get your own fairy names from The Fairy Name Generator!

I love my fairy name. And it's so appropriate. Almost want to change my blog name to it. :-) Thanks Polish Insomniac!

What was your fairy name?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Favorite Nail Artist - Sophy Robson

I was super excited a couple days ago when I opened my email from Sephora announcing the lastest fashion trend - NAIL ART. And to my surprise my favorite nail artist Sophy Robson had curated some designs for Sephora.

I've been following Sophy's blog for quite some time now and she was the one who really opened up my mind to this cult art. Check out her designs in the video's below (I love her simple white nails in the videos. I think I might have to paint mine the same color.). And you'll see in the Distressed Metal tutorial that Sephora is coming out with their own line of crackles. Surprise Surprise.

Which nail art look will you be trying?

Cherry Blossom Tutorial:

Wild Giraffe Tutorial:

Punk Cheetah Tutorial:

Distressed Metal Tutorial:

Glitterati Tutorial: