Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Eve Hair

Very rarely do I take the time to actually do my hair. I'm fairly low maintenance in that regard, or possibly, lazy. Since my hair is so long, and it's so time consuming just brushing through it, I think that that qualifies as doing my hair. Leaving it to air dry or putting it up in a top knot will not do today though; no, not on New Year's Eve, it must be done! This is the night to start off with good habits for the year. So, on NYE, my hair will be styled!

My New Year's Eve hair tutorial is the final post in the three part series for my holiday look. It has all come together in time for the big day. If you haven't already viewed my other two posts, you still have time. Be sure to check out those posts to see my outfit and my makeup that I'll be wearing tonight.

I envy straight hair... mine is naturally curly. Since my hair is so long now, the sheer weight of it pulls out a lot of its curl, and makes it more wavy, or even straight. I still consider it a bit of a luxury to have straight hair because I have to spend the time using a heating tool to get it that way. Since NYE is a special occasion, I decided that it would be well worth the time invested in doing my hair. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

New Years Eve Makeup Look

When I think of getting ready for holiday parties, I am most excited for my makeup. The holidays are a time when you can be more adventurous, bold, and daring. Don't be afraid to add some drama and definitely don't shy away from glitter!

As promised in my last post, New Year's Eve Party Look, I will be going over my makeup for NYE today. Be sure to check back Monday to find out how I did my hair. I have done a warm, gray smokey eye look with touches of fine glitter to catch the light. Although it may be a little intimidating, I think smokey eyes are an easy look to recreate because you don't have to be super precise; it's okay if it's not perfect. 

To get started, lets go over what products I used. Keep in mind, to recreate this look yourself you don't need to have these exact colors or products. Check your own collection for similar shades or stop by your local drugstore for inexpensive alternatives; all the products I used are drugstore items.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

New Years Eve Party Look

I can't believe that Christmas has come and gone and now the New Year is less than a week away. How did this year go by so fast? I thought I would have more time to do holiday posts, but I'll be cutting it close. 

I want to show a New Year's Eve Party look in detail without creating one massive post, so I'll be breaking it down into three parts. Today I'll go over the outfit, Friday I'll talk about the the makeup for my look, and Monday (NYE) I'll go over the hair, all in detail. Be sure to check back for those posts to see how to complete the look. Until then, let's talk about the outfit!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Nail of the Day: Silver French Tips

I recently saw Emily of Beauty Broadcast do a festive french tip gel manicure on her blog. I wanted to give it a try myself because I really liked the look and thought it would be fun for the holidays. While I don't have a gel kit, I decided to attempt it with regular nail polish and hope that it looks great for both Christmas and New Years Eve. 

I decided to shop my stash and search for polishes that would help me achieve a silver and festive nail look. 

Nicole by OPI Gone Platinum

I came across Gone Platinum from Nicole by OPI to paint my tips. This color is a pretty light silver that at certain angles looks a holographic white. I have no idea how old this nail polish, is but it's past its prime for sure. That said, I was able to make it work and applied one thin coat in a strip across the tips of my nails. 

OPI Bubble Bath

To fill in my nails (all but the tips), I used OPI's Bubble Bath. This is my 'go to' nail color because one coat give nails a natural, but healthy shine. 

Lastly, I topped off the entire nail with a clear top coat. If you have read any of my other NOTD you know that this is a step I usually skip, but I've finally included it! I decided since I didn't have one continuous color over the whole nail, a top coat would be a good idea. 

What polish will you be wearing for the holidays?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fossil Haul

I'm the type of person that has a running wish list in my head, but I never write it down. If someone asks me what I want for my birthday or Christmas my mind will go completely blank, I'll have forgotten my list ever existed, and I'll say, "Oh, there's nothing that I want or need." Is anyone else like this? 

One item that I've had on this wish list of mine is a large faced watch. It's something that I have wanted for well over a year now. I admire other people's  from afar, "window shopped" online, and try them on in stores. I've tried on so many watches, in many different price ranges, and even some that are way beyond my means (a girl can dream). Nothing had really wowed me. Well, let me clarify, almost all of them impressed me, that is, until I put them on my wrist, then I was less than impressed. 

That all changed when I returned to the Fossil store this week to buy a few items for eBay. I had been there a few weeks ago to buy a Christmas gift, and while there, I tried on a few watches that I liked, but they just weren't for me. On this visit I found a few watches that I didn't see the last time, and I decided to try again. My search is over- I have found the one. I treated myself and crossed off an item from my list.

Fossil Stella Faux Tortoise Glitz Watch, Fossil CZ Bracelet, Tiffany & Co Ball Bracelet, Fossil Pave Link Bracelet 

I bought myself the Fossil Stella Faux Tortoise Glitz Multifunction Watch. It has a tortoise resin band with a large multifunction face. On my previous visit to the store, I tried on one almost identical, but the face was dark brown. Although I liked the watch, there was something that wasn't right. As it turns out, it was the color of the face. My new watch has a white face with mother of pearl Day, Date, and 24-Hour Analog dials and surrounding the the face is, oh-so-sparkly, crystals. I adore it! It goes great with my silver bracelets that I wear just about every day. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

OOTD: Coral

Today was another fairly casual day, just out doing some shopping and waiting in the massive line at the post office. I wanted to be comfortable, but also needed a little pick me up. I decided to use bright cheerful accessories to help make me feel a little better. One of my favorite colors is coral and this OOTD has several different shades of it and I think it's lots of fun. 

Top: Forever21 light coral v-neck tee, Bottoms: skinny jeans, Purse: Coach black leather bag, Shoes: Margaretaville boat shoes

I tend to wear jeans and tees a lot. It's my go-to; what I feel most comfortable and most myself in. Today was no exception. I wore a light coral v-neck top with skinny jeans.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Bath & Body Works Haul!

I had just been to Bath & Body Works a little over a week ago to pick up some bath products for Christmas gifts. I had a coupon for a free item so I got myself a Twisted Peppermint candle, thinking that this would be the last of the candle shopping that I would be doing for a while. With my purchase, I received a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $30 or more. I figured that I'd hold onto it just in case I needed to pick up another gift.

Then, I got an email this past Friday from B&BW: All 3-Wick Candles $8 - In Stores Today Only! The regular price for their 3-Wick (14.5 oz) candles is $20 a piece, but often go on sale at 2 for $22 or 2 for $20. I knew that I'd be making a trip into the store before the day was done. By 5 PM, when I arrived, there were barely any candles left on the shelves and display tables. You would have thought they were giving the candles away! Lucky for me, I was able to find the scents I wanted and walked out a very happy camper.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Nail of the Day: OPI Crimson Carol

My last manicure looked great for one week, to the day, before it chipped beyond repair. I was pretty impressed considering I don't go easy on my nails, and if you read my last NOTD post, you know that I skipped a top coat. I'd say that was pretty good.

OPI Crimson Carol

Today's NOTD is OPI's Crimson Carol. Since this week I'm celebrating the holidays with my mom (who's in town for the week), I thought I'd wear a festive holiday polish. I've had this polish for possibly two years now, and it has remained one of my favorite winter shades. I love that this red has a hint of a pink hue, and I can't forget to mention that it also has fiery red and gold glitter in it which makes it a bit more unique. I love all the sparkle and it goes great with most holiday looks.

I applied a clear base coat to protect my nails from potential staining and then applied 2 thin coats of Crimson Carol. Since last weeks polish held up so well, I figured I'd skip the top coat again. 

What is your favorite polish color to wear for the holidays?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holly Jolly Holiday Tag 2

I've been seeing a lot of holiday tag videos on YouTube lately. One of my favorites that has helped get me excited for the Christmas season is the Holly Jolly Holiday Tag 2. This tag was started last year (Holly Jolly Holiday Tag) by beautybaby44 and strawverryelectric48 and they came out with a new tag for the 2012 holiday season (Tag 2). 

This year I won't be home with my parents for Christmas. However, my mom is in town this week and we have decided to have an early Christmas celebration before she goes back home. To help get my head in the game I thought, "what better way than to do the Holly Jolly Holiday Tag 2 today!" Feel free to answer these questions too.

Monday, December 10, 2012

DIY Bow Bracelet

DIY Bow Bracelet
I enjoy crafting and I love to make my own jewelry. I came across this Bow Bracelet on Pinterest and thought, 'I must make that... now!' From the pinned picture, I thought it looked fairly simple to make, so I decided I'd give it a shot. If you'd like to see the original post and pictures for the inspiration for my own DIY Bow Bracelet, check out the The Quiet Lion. Keep reading if you'd like to find out how I made mine.

Friday, December 7, 2012

OOTD: Berry Sweater

I wasn't planning on doing an OOTD today since I was just running errands, but since I'm wearing one of my recent purchases (from my Target haul) I thought, why not?

Top: Forever21 white teeMossimo berry knit fly away sweater, Pants: Cello skinny jeans, Shoes: Rainbow double arch in brown, Purse: Fossil bag

I get really cold inside with the AC, but with the weather being warmer this week, I thaw out as soon as I get out into the sun. Since I was going to be in and out of stores, I needed to layer to handle the frequent changes in temperature. I'm wearing a short sleeve white v-neck tee shirt with my new berry knit fly away sweater (as seen in my Target haul). This sweater feels cozy and comfortable. I'm really liking this color too, and it just so happens to match my nails (OPI Dim Sum Plum). 

OPI Dim Sum Plum

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Nail of the Day: OPI Dim Sum Plum

My nails were in need of some TLC so I decided to give myself a manicure. I went with OPI's Dim Sum Plum. It's a pretty purple- pink color. It reminds me of a deeper and darker version of one of my favorite OPI  colors, Pink Flamenco. I'm loving this one too. While I wear Pink Flamenco a lot during the spring and summer, I think this is a great color for fall and winter. 

OPI Dim Sum Plum

I applied a clear base coat and two coats of color to my nails, but I skipped the top coat. Maybe I'll get around to it later or, maybe not. I'm so bad about applying the top coat. By the time all my other layers (the necessary layers) are done drying I don't really want to sit around and wait for one more to dry. Any of you feel that way too? 

What's your NOTD?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Target Haul!

I was just running into Target for Cascade dishwasher tabs, but I walked out having spent way more than I intended. Really, one item turned into jewelry, shoes, clothes, in addition to what I went in for! I'm not sure how this happens. I honestly believed that going into the store without grabbing a shopping cart or basket would be the answer to cutting back on the extra buying. Nope. Target has great prices and I usually save money shopping there; that is as long as I can avoid temptation and practice self control.