Beauty { Ipsy Glam Bag | March 2014 }

This was the first time I was disappointed with my Ipsy glam bag…I didn’t like the design on the bag, the shade of the OPI nail polish, and the eyeshadow quad. The only thing I’m looking forward to trying is the Pixi primer, and the bareminerals lipstick. Hopefully next month is better!

I’m still keeping my subscription because I really liked what I received previous months, and it’s a great way to try new products and brands. I’ve been trying to be more adventurous with my makeup and this is a great way to do that.

What did you guys get? What do you think of the products I received? Any other subscription services that you would recommend?

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Mani-Monday { Pink & Silver Glitter }

Who doesn’t love a little glitter? The silver accents nails were just enough for my taste. I really liked this sandy-glittery by OPI from the Mariah Carey Collection (in the color ‘It’s Frosty Outside’). I would definitely recommend it as a silver glitter in your collection. The effect reminds me of the Louboutin Fifi Strass. But until I can get a pair, I’ll settle for the same look, but on my nail.

The pink is the Zoya ‘Dot’ polish that I received in my February Glam Bag and I really like it. It’s a great polish and a great shade.

Doing my nails is a fun and relaxing way to tune out after a long day. It’s important to find activities that you enjoy and that help you decompress. I’m learning that taking time to take care of myself is so important, because when I feel recharged, I have even more energy and love to put out into the world.

What are some things that you enjoy doing on your alone-time? 

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Mani-Monday { Black Sand }

I’ve gathered quite the collection of nail polishes. In fact, it feels like there aren’t enough days in a week to enjoy all of them, since I keep a mani for 4-6 days, and then wait a few days to give a break to my nails. But because there are still so many colors and appliqués that I haven’t tried yet, I’ve been creating manicures around the ones that I want to try.

In the custom-made Birchbox that I received for my birthday, there was a set of three small OPI polishes from the Mariah Carey collection with a sandy effect. As you might have noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a black & white kick lately, so I paired simple white nails, with a few nails with the black sand, called ‘Emotions’. Although I loved how the effect looked (it looks like asphalt on your nail), it did take me a few tries to get it right. I wouldn’t recommend using a base color under it, but simply a base coat (I put white under it and it took AGES to dry…drove me nuts).

What do you think of this effect? Have you ever tried it? Do you like it?

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[ Photo credit Saba Sabati ]

Mani-Monday { 2014 }

I’m back!!! I’m so sorry for the lack of posts, but life has been crazy lately. I’ve also been doing a lot of work and soul-searching and I have some exciting new ideas and projects lined up for the blog that I can’t wait to share with you very soon!

Here’s a fun, very girly, manicure that I did last week. It was the first time that I’ve tried Quo nail polish (that my boyfriend surprised me with randomly one day) and although I loved the color, my nails started to chip the next day! I’ll have to give it another try with another base coat. The glitter is Nicole by OPI and it’s from the Selena Gomez collection, and it’s called “Inner Sparkle”. Can you tell I’ve been a bit obsessed with sparkle polish lately?

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Mani-Monday { Nude & Glittery }

I love how this mani turned out, quite simple but with a hint of gold glitter adds that festive touch to it! I’m so happy with this nude OPI (‘Glints of Linda’) as well, it’s the perfect nude colour! What do you think? Do you like it? Any other recommendations for a good nude polish?

 

Mani-Monday { The Jean Look }

I’ve had the Matte top coat by Essie for such a long time, but I never used because I have been meaning to try this manicure, an idea I got from Pinterest a long time ago, but since it’s dark colours and it was summertime, I wasn’t really feeling it until now! Fall weather draws me to darker and warmer colours. 

I used OPI’s ‘Russian Navy’, which is one of my favourite nail colours, but I don’t use it often because it tends to leave my nails blue-ish, even though I use a good base coat. It’s a dark blue with specs of purple – I tried getting the best picture of it as possible. The top coat is from Essie, ‘Matte about you’ – there are many companies that make this top coat now, but I’ve always been an Essie girl. 

I LOVED the matte look on my nails. It’s such a different look than the shiny finish that I’m used to! And combined with this OPI colour, it reminds me of dark jeans..! Dark jeans mani anyone?

On a side note, my camera is on the fritter…so I’ve been using my iPhone whenever I can, so bare with me until I can get it fixed or get a replacement. I’ve been wanting to work on my photography skills so if you guys have suggestions of tutorials, leave links in the comments below!

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