Monday, September 30, 2013

September Favorites: Steven Madden, Bare Face Cleansing Oil, Lust Soap and More!

Another month has come and gone. I'm so excited that it is finally fall! Check out what I've been loving this month:

1. Pink Wild at Heart Body Lotion. I love this lotion! I wanted to try something new after running out of my Strawberries and Champagne lotion from Victoria's Secret and decided to pick this one up. It smells amazing; the scent is red passion fruit and musk. The best part is the pump action top which allows me to throw on my lotion quickly before getting into my clothes.

2. Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil. I got this in my September (I think) Julep Maven box. I was not planning on getting this box especially when I saw this product (I have plenty of facial cleanser right now), but I forgot to cancel the box in the middle of moving chaos so it ended up at my front door. It was the perfect serendipity for my hormone-crazed, oily skin as it washes my face without leaving it oily. My favorite part is the grapefruit scent. I love everything grapefruit and this one smells just like the body scrub and lotion Julep sent out a while back.

3. Steve Madden Leader Boot. I wanted a cute military boot to go with some of my fall outfits and I stumbled across this one at my local Nordstrom's. It also comes in brown! Let me know if you guys want me to do outfits to match these boots.

4. Naked Juice's Green Machine. I would never have tried this if it wasn't for my boyfriend. The juice looks absolutely disgusting with its green color (it even admits it on the bottle!). However, the taste is super fruity and it is a great way to catch up on one's daily fruit/vege intake.

5. Nude Tude Palette. I got this on sale off of Hautelook a while ago and I have been loving it. To me it is very different from the Naked palette (which I have) since this palette has more matte colors and the shimmery colors are not has glitter-heavy as the Naked shadows.

6. Lush's Lust Soap. I shower in this vanilla scented soap daily. It makes me feel super girly every time. 

7. Peach Bellini Candle from Bath and Body Works. I got this candle last fall and just started using it. In my opinion, it is the perfect transition candle between summer and fall. It has a sweet fruity scent reminiscent of summer, but also evoke the scent of fall parties and bubbly champagne. It looks like Bath and Body Works is not carrying this scent as a candle right now, but as I bought it in the fall/winter season, keep your eyes open since I am sure it will come back soon.

Do ya'll have any September favorites? What did you love that you think I should try?
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Artsy Wednesday: Three Colors

This is one of the first stamping manicures I tried (evident by the half formed cow print). Enjoy!

Be sure to check out the other girls' multi-color-inspired manis:

Sunday, September 1, 2013

How To Make A Mani Last Longer

Every girl out there who paints her nails or gets them done would love to have a long lasting manicure. Here are my not-commonly-heard-of tips for making a manicure (or pedicure!) last longer.

Add glitter.
Covering a nail in glitter or even creating glitter french tips can extend the life of a manicure by hiding small tip chips. It also is a quick way to refresh an old manicure.

Go French.
By French tipping an existing manicure, you have a whole new nail look with a small amount of effort. This method beats removing all the polish and starting from bare nails. Two toned manicures are all the rage right now.

Stamping over the top of an existing manicure can hide the tip chips of an old manicure while giving it a new dimension. Suddenly the plain manicure that is starting to look not-so-great can look like you just got your nails done.

Get naked.
Wear a nude or light colored polish. Darker reds, purples, and blues have a tendency to make even the smallest chip look HUGE because the dark color contrasts sharply against pale skin or even the pale nail bed. On the other hand, wearing a pale pink, light brown, or beige makes the nails a slight bit darker than the nail bed so if chipping does occur, it will not be as noticeable.

Until next time! XOXO,
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