Jan 29, 2015

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Manicure : DIY tropical nail decals

Palm Nails

I decided a few days ago to try to make my own nail decals using stampers. I used this tutorial and one of my favorite nail designs.

I occasionally have a similar pattern as a phone background. And I've used it on my nails countless times. But this is a new twist, since the background and the leaves are different colors.
For this I used Morgan Taylor Little Black Dress (black), Essie The More the Merrier (green), OPI Mod About You (pink) and for the nail decal backing Revlon Multi-Care Base & Top Coat.

Pro-tip, the nail decals last several days when left on a piece of plastic (I used a cut up sandwich bag.) But I would highly recommend using them ASAP after creating them. You should be able to put it directly onto your nails or with a layer of base coat. I needed a base coat, a lot of smushing, a little polish remover to fix up the edges and then a top coat.
Palm Nails

Jan 14, 2015

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Ipsy January 2014 Glam Bag : Fresh start

I totally skipped posting about my December bag. My bad. I went to the dentist every week in December, at least once. Blech.
Ipsy Glam Bag January 2015
  • Pacifica natural mineral coconut eyeshadow in ethereal - I like this shadow color a lot, and the formula feels crazy silky and smooth. But for the life of me, I can't get it totally opaque on the lid. So it's just a sheer shimmer. Bummer 'cause I love the color on the pan. And also bummer, the packaging feels like it's from ELF.
  • La Fresh Eco-Beauty be good. good day. day moisturizer - I've only swatched this on the back of my hand but it feels nice. Light weight but still moisturizing. It's "highly natural", has a biodegradable formula, is cruelty free and California born. I really want to like it, but it means I would have to slap SPF on top of it. And the directions veer from cute & quirky to preachy. Don't tell me to exercise modestly, eat healthy and sleep enough hours, dammit.
  • Elizabeth Mott all over shadow brush - This brush is pretty cute, dense and soft. I mean, it's a shadow brush. I have a bunch but can always use more. It retails for $9.99 on it's own so that's a steal.
  • LashFood phyto-medic lash enhancer - I'm excited to try this out. I don't really care about lash length, but I wouldn't mind thicker lashes. It's apparently a one month sized sample and you're meant to see results in 4-8 weeks. So we'll see how that goes!
  • Probelle nail lacquer in into the blue - I love blue polish. I have more blue polish than any other polish by far. I'm not sure if I have a dupe for this, but I'm hoping it's quality.
  • Ipsy the bag - blue on one side, white on the other and a coral-y pink zipper? Probably one of my favorite recent bags, for sure.

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    Ipsy Glam Bag January 2015

Jan 4, 2015

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Influenster & Cover Girl : goBloom review

I got to try @covergirl's #goBloom mascara compliments of @influenster. It successfully makes my lashes not blonde but anything beyond a coat and spider - lash city.
Ever get REALLY excited about a product and then totally bummed about the outcome?
That's exactly what happened to me with Cover Girl's goBloom mascara. You know the one:

Sure, Katy's lashes look bomb. But on me? One coat adds color to my lashes. A second? Spider. Lash. City. Sure, it's a look. But it's not the volume I'm looking for, personally.
Influenster and Cover Girl
It's a total shame because I really enjoy the brush. And my lashes are not only soft, but there's no flaking.

Influenster and Cover Girl

The eye on your left (my right) has no product, the eye on your right (my left) has one coat on. As you can see (and please ignore my terribly warm bathroom lighting and the vague squint, I didn't have my contacts in so I was basically blind) there's not much volume. And there's no real lengthening either, the tips of my lashes are basically invisible, but there. Literally any mascara makes my lashes look longer. I'll definitely consider wearing a coat of this mascara just to add some color to my light lashes until the tube dies, but I won't be re-purchasing.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Dec 31, 2014

Unsolicited Advice (2015 Prep)

Guys, guys I am SO ready for 2015. For the first year I ever I actually remembered to snag Adam JK's Unsolicited Advice planner on Kickstarter. I figured if I'm using the planner I may as well pick up 1 Page at a Time too. Look at all the extra goodies that came along with the Kickstarter order! Look how I show these pictures at two separate times! Look how I already blew up the balloon!
Unsolicited Advice (2015 Prep)
Unsolicited Advice (2015 Prep)
Unsolicited Advice (2015 Prep)

Happy New Year everyone!

Dec 27, 2014

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DIY : tissue box découpage

Tissue Box
So tissue boxes are pretty ugly, right? My comic shop has a cute découpage with comics tissue box holder so I decided to hit up Michaels to make my own. I picked up some pink paint (pink chiffon by Craft Smart, if you're wondering) and found some sweet découpage paper cutouts on clearance from Martha Stewart Crafts. One was butterflies and ferns, the other birds and some branches.
Tissue Box Tissue Box
Tissue Box Tissue Box
Tissue Box Tissue Box
Tissue Box

Probably one of the quickest crafts ever. I filled some cracks with some Kwick Seal, sanded the box and did a quick white base coat. I may have forgotten that the bottom slip slides out, so I may have needed to cut the box open. Hence the knife in the first still pic. And then I used matte Mod Podge to attach the cutouts and seal the box all over.

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