Sunday, November 23, 2014

NOTD: Sangria Polka Dots

I used Essie's Bahama Mama for the sangria color, OPI's Samoan Sand for the polka dots, and PIXEL's Cuddle Time for the brown base. Google 1+ this if you want more like this!


Friday, November 21, 2014

The Perfect Hot Chocolate


Now that the winter season is upon us, I wanted to share my recipe for the perfect hot chocolate. This is great for those cold nights alone or for a hot chocolate bar at a holiday party. I had a friend comment on how this hot chocolate "looked like something you would pay $3 at some fancy cafe." I consider that a win. I know that when I was a kid, I always felt like I was kinda missing out on a "special drink" at holiday parties. All the adults would be drinking alcoholic drinks and the kids didn't have much variety beyond juice. Not only is hot chocolate a festive and exciting alternative, creating a make-it-yourself hot chocolate bar will also entertain the young ones.

Here is what I used:

1 packet of Starbucks hot chocolate per cup (This makes a large cup in my opinion and can be shared)
1 cup of milk per packet of Starbucks hot chocolate 
1 can of whipped cream
1 packet of marshmallows
cinnamon
peppermint sticks
sprinkles

How to Make It:

Heat the milk in the microwave until hot. Then add the hot chocolate mix. Stir. Get crazy with the toppings!

I am working on my own special recipe for the hot chocolate and will post it as soon as it is ready. Until then you guys can enjoy this one. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Part Two: How to Winterize Your Nails

In the last post, I told you guys I had teamed up with Julep to share how I winterize my nails. You can click here for the first half of this post if you missed it. If you are all caught up, here are the rest of my looks inspired by Julep's style personalities:

Bombshell
To me, the Bombshell, is the girl who is always perfectly put together and in line with what is currently in style. Since greys are very popular this year, I was inspired to create a nail look based on this outfit from Banana Republic (I believe). I also included a little bit of sparkle on the nails using Kiss Nails nail polish so that they are holiday ready. I used Julep's Lorenzana and Clara for the half moon manicure. Lorenzana has been my go-to polish this entire fall season. It's such a beautiful nude and the hint of grey makes it very of-the-moment.


Boho Glam
Boho Glam is a very fun, creative style. So I really tried to capture the winter season on the nail. What better way to do that than a string of festive holiday lights?! I would recommend spreading reducing the light colors to maybe two or three, however. I chose four and it got a bit chaotic. I used Julep's Donna, Lexie, and January for the lights as well as Butter London's Royal Navy. The base was NYC's white but Julep's Soraphine is similar. You could use Julep's Plie brush to draw the string for the lights or grab a fine point Sharpie like I did.


It Girl
The It Gitl is someone who is very trendy and chic. Black nails are edgy and a look I always picture an "it girl" wearing; also nail art is quite popular these days so I wanted to combine the two for my nail look. I created the snowman using a dotting tool similar to the one that comes with Julep's Plie Wand. To get this look I used Julep's Soraphine, Jet, and OPI's In My Back Pocket which is similar to Julep's Cody.



Below are a few of Julep's suggestions for winter nail colors. You can get them here.

Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite! I can't wait to get my hands on Joanne and Shari! Ilsa and Kiki remind me of the movie "Frozen"!

Disclaimer:
MakeupandMasala was not compensated in any form for this post. The honest opinions in this post belong to the writer of MakeupandMasala.  All polishes listed in this post were purchased by MakeupandMasala and are part of her private collection. Clicking on links will not generate any revenue or perk for MakeupandMasala; they are listed purely for reader convenience. Julep provided the last image in this post. 



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Part One: How To Winterize Your Nails

So as the weather starts to get colder, there are several things we can look forward to: decorated store fronts, hot chocolate, comfy sweaters, and.......dry, chapped hands?!

Well, thanks to MakeupandMasala and Julep, hopefully the last one will not be the case. We've teamed up to share with you guys some of the best tips and products to keep your tips and toes winterized:



One of my favorite tricks is product versatility. I keep the Julep Pedi Creme in my handbag at all times. I slather it on my feet during flip flop season when my feet need a little extra TLC. However, in the winter, I have found that, in a pinch, it works as a great hand moisturizer. This is especially important for me since I live in the desert and work in a lab all the time so my hands are usually very dry from the climate and the excessive use of solvents.

Let's be honest, We all like pampering and manicuring our nails. But the best part is definitely the polish! Another way I "winterize" my nails is picking out colors and patterns that are more on trend for winter. Cue the glitter. Winter is the season of holiday parties and excessive glitz and glam. I normally wear conservative cream finishes, but during the holidays I get a little fancy. In honor of the season, I created four winter looks to take you from the office to holiday parties and from day to night based on Julep's style personalities.    

Classic With A Twist
This look is one of my favorite since I, myself, am Classic With A Twist. I wanted a day to night look since I have to have conservative nails for work, but I want them to be holiday party ready. With this look, you can wear the timeless red nail to work and glitz it up before the weekend party. The glitter tips took me all of 10 minutes to apply before I was out the door and off to party. I used OPI's Mrs. O'Leary's BBQ for the red and Julep's Paris for the glitter. I actually wanted to use Julep's Coco for the red since the two came as a set during the Paris Collection, but I left it at my boyfriend's house after painting my nails there. 


Stay tuned to see more Julep inspired looks in Part Two! In the mean time, be sure to check out Julep's new nail polish colors! 

Disclaimer:
MakeupandMasala was not compensated in any form for this post. The honest opinions in this post belong to the writer of MakeupandMasala.  All polishes listed in this post were purchased by MakeupandMasala and are part of her private collection. Clicking on links will not generate any revenue or perk for MakeupandMasala; they are listed purely for reader convenience. Julep provided the first image in this post. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Smokey Eye Look: Amrezy Palette and Nude 'Tude Palette

So I'm headed to Vegas for Thanksgiving and I wanted to perfect a night look I could wear while clubbing. You can use one of two palettes for this look: the Amrezy Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills or the Nude 'tude Palette from theBalm. I'm sorry my picture quality is not amazing. I'm hoping to get a new camera soon. Hope you enjoy this look!


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