Monday, December 23, 2013

NOTD: Wet n Wild Burgundy Frost

I still have lots to do before Christmas, but at least I can check off painting my nails with a festive holiday polish. I've gone with a deep berry red shade that's perfect for winter. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

FOTD: For Green Eyes

This is my Face Of The Day from Friday, but I forgot to post it. Oops.

I've been trying several new products recently, so to keep things balanced out, I decided to I pulled out a few old favorites that I already know and love. I decided to go with eye shadow shades that would make my eyes look more green- just in case the new makeup didn't workout. Keep reading to see what products I used today.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Victoria's Secret Haul

'Tis the season to score some holiday deals for everyone on your list and... stock up on essentials for yourself. That's okay right? 

I did a little shopping at Victoria's Secret this week. I wanted to redeem my Secret Rewards Cards before they expired and pick up a few "necessities" for myself.

For those of you not familiar, Secret Rewards Cards were earned before December 5th with purchases of $10 or more. Each card is worth either $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, or $500. Cards can be used in stores or online. 

If you haven't used your Secret Rewards Cards yet, get on it!
They expire on Friday, December 20, 2013. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

EOS Lip Balm in Sweet Mint

EOS Lip Balms are probably one of the most talked about balms. With all the hype, I decided to (finally) give it a try for myself. I'm glad I finally broke down and bought one of the balms; EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm has become a favorite of mine.

Friday, December 13, 2013

NOTD: OPI My Favorite Ornament

I wasn't going to purchase any polishes from OPI's Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection, but... I caved. Yesterday, I saw My Favorite Ornament in person and that did it; I needed it. I couldn't wait to paint my nails and share it with you. It's a glitter polish that's great for the holidays or would be perfect for a sparkly accent nail.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

FOTD: 'No Makeup' Makeup

I was out running errands and doing a little Christmas shopping today. Before I faced the world, I made up my face; opting for a simple makeup look. I wouldn't consider this minimal makeup since I used 7 products, but I guess it's sort of a 'no makeup' makeup look.

Monday, December 9, 2013

CVS Clearance Haul

It's CVS clearnace time again! Select beauty products are 50% or 75% off and sometimes marked with pink or green stickers. I showed restraint, but still took advantage of some of the great deals. 

My local CVS didn't have any of the clearance items marked (with clearance stickers) so I shopped using Nouveau Cheap's CVS Clearance List. G (from Nouveau Cheap) adds known clearance items to her master list. If in doubt, you can price check any item in the store by scanning it at the red box (the one that prints coupons).

Alright, now onto the haul!

Friday, December 6, 2013

True Blue Spa: Cracked Heel Treatment with Glycolic Acid

While it's not technically winter, it sure feels like it! Winter dryness is pretty common and I struggle with extremely dry, cracked hands. I blame it on a combination of cold weather and excessive hand washing... oh, and lots of antibacterial gel. If you suffer from dry hands or feet, regardless of the season, you'll wanna hear about this treatment from Bath & Body works. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

NOTD: Wet n Wild MegaLast Wet Cement

Last night was a sleepless one, but I decided to make the best of it and paint my nails! Way to be productive huh? I went with a combo of two of my new nail polishes (hauled here).

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

November Favorites

I'm a little late with my November Favorites. Last month went by so fast, I can't believe it's already December. I'm sure I'll be thinking the same thing in just a few more weeks!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Review: Nexxus Ultimate Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner, and Deep Conditioner

I happened to received a sample pack in the mail with three products from Nexxus. It included: 
  • Nexxus Therappe Luxurious Moisturizing Shampoo
  • Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisturizing Conditioner
  • Nexxus Humectress Hydrating Treatment Deep Conditioner
The Nexxus shampoo and conditioner is supposed to replenish and protect, leaving hair looking and feeling healthy. I decided to give it a try since my hair has been in dire need of moisture. After getting a few uses out of each sample, I thought I should share my opinion with you.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sweater Weather Tag

Baby it's COLD outside! It's a cold, rainy fall day and I'm trying to stay warm. The heat's turned up and I'm snug in a comfy sweater sipping on some hot vanilla caramel tea. Now is the perfect time for me to do the Sweater Weather Tag! There are several different versions of this, but I got my questions from Kendra's blog Beauty by Kendra C.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers

After all of the rave reviews from the UK, I had to get my hands on a couple of Rimmel Show Off lip lacquers (also known as Apocalips) once they were released in the US. I've been using these lacquers for a couple months and I'm ready to share my thoughts.

Friday, November 22, 2013

FOTD: Red Lips

Today, or rather tonight, I'm wearing a classic red lip paired with a simple eye look. I think this is a timeless look that's especially great for all the holiday festivities to come. Keep reading for all the details.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lipstick & Nail Polish Haul: Deals At The Drugstore

I stopped at Walgreens and Rite Aid yesterday to take advantage of some of their current sales. Here's some, but not all, of what I purchased. About half of the beauty items I purchased are for gifts, so I won't be showing those.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide: $50 & Under

I've put together a Holiday Gift Guide with items that are $50 or less. While this is a For Her gift guide, there are a few unisex gifts mixed in. Keep reading to find out all the details on the products above and to see additional picks, ideas, tips, and (of course) pictures.

Friday, November 15, 2013

OOTD: Oxblood Pants

Almost a year to the day, I did my very first Outfit Of The Day post (see here). I was wearing a pair of oxblood/burgundy pants that I showed in my Oxblood color trend post. As a nod to that OOTD, I thought I'd wear the same pants in today's OOTD. Think of it as a modified Flashback Friday.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

NOTD: OPI Russian Navy

After my week long break from dark polishes (shown in my last NOTD), I've decided, I'm ready for another dark nail polish.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Would You Rather Tag

I was tagged by Amelie from All Things Glitter and Beauty to do the Would You Rather Tag: Beauty Edition. I loved reading her answers to the tag (seen here); I just couldn't wait to answer them myself. 

There's some pretty tough choices to be made, so lets get to the questions!

Friday, November 8, 2013

FOTD: Daytime Smokey Eye

I mentioned in my October Favorites that I'm currently loving bold lip shades. However, chapped lip season has officially started for me, and I'm in no condition to pull of a bold lip until I mix up some of my favorite DIY Lip Scurb. In the meantime, I'm wearing a beautiful creamy lipstick in a subtle, natural shade to pair with with a daytime smokey eye for some added oomph. Read more to see what I used and find out how I created my eye look.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

NOTD: Wet n Wild Mega Last in Sugar Coat

There's nothing quite like freshly painted nails. It's guaranteed to put a smile on my face and instantly make me feel better. New polish is just what I needed after spending the past few days, sick in bed, peeling off my polish from last weeks NOTD. Is anyone else guilty of being a polish peeler?

I opted for a fresh, light pink polish. It's not one of the usual shade for fall, but there's something refreshing about a light polish after wearing so many dark shades. Anyone else agree?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Your Opinion Please

I want to hear from you! 
Yes, you! 

I'm going to level with you-- I didn't have a post planned for today; I've been sick in bed since Thursday. I rarely have posts scheduled in advanced or ready to go for situations like this, but I'm going to try to start planning ahead. That's where you, my lovely readers/followers, come in...

Friday, November 1, 2013

October Favorites

I'm sad to say, October is over. It's time to recap some of my favorites of the month before falling in love with new products in November. 

As a reminder, I only mention the products (that I'm loving) that I haven't mentioned in previous Monthly Favorites. If you'd like to see the products I still love, check out my past Monthly Favorites. Now, on to October Favorites!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

OOTD: Feline Flair for Halloween

Happy Halloween!
One of the best parts of Halloween is dressing up (and of course, candy). Kids aren't the only ones that can have fun, adults can dress up too. I'm feeling festive and have added a few feline touches to today's outfit. It's a simple cat "costume" that's appropriate for the weather and my day ahead.

Monday, October 28, 2013

NOTD: Wet n' Wild Night Prowl

There's only a few days left until Halloween so I wanted to select a polish that would be fitting for the holiday. In last weeks NOTD I showed how to created a festive Spooky Eye nail. I understand that not everyone is into nail art so this week I've come up with another option that's simple, but fun, and will get you ready for the 31st!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Costume: Zombie Makeup Tutorial

Have you been wondering what you should be for Halloween? If you're like me, I put off deciding till the last minute. I'm usually left scrambling for a costume idea based around things I already have on hand. Going as a Zombie is a great last minute costume idea that can be really affordable by using things you probably already have at home or can pick up at your local grocery or drugstore. Keep reading to find out how to recreate this scary unisex costume and to see my YouTube video!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Halloween Tag

Only one more week till Halloween! Kendra, from Beauty By Kendra C, and I have teamed up together to create a Halloween inspired tag. So, if you aren't already feeling festive, check out this tag and share your own Halloween stories. We'd love it if you'd take part in the tag too!

Monday, October 21, 2013

NOTD: Spooky Eyes - Halloween Nails

Halloween is less than two weeks away and I've decided that it's now time to start decorating... my nails, that is. Wearing festive Halloween nail art is a fun way to welcome Halloween, but I'm scared of spiders so I won't be including them, or their webs, on my nails. Instead, I've opted for a pair of spooky eyes that I think are adorable. Keep reading to get the details on this DIY nail art tutorial.

Friday, October 18, 2013

FOTD: Nude Eyes, Bold Lips

Today felt like a bold lip sort of day... I've paired a nude eye look with a bright pop of color on my lips. If you're interested in hearing more about the products I used and how I created my neutral eye then keep reading!  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Your Value

Last night I got sucked into the black hole that is Pinterest. I love the site and now, after just downloading the Pinterest App to my phone, I think I'll be pinning more than ever before. You can check out my pins and boards at and feel free to follow me :)

Monday, October 14, 2013

OOTD: Fall Color Trends - Emerald & Acai

It's been a while since I've done an OOTD, but I wanted to share this one with all of you because I've incorporated a couple of the Pantone Fall 2013 colors into my look. It's not too late to check out my post on Fall Color Trends if you haven't already done so. I've combined a top in the Acai shade (or purple) with an Emerald Green sweater.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Wishlist: Scarves

It's feeling like fall and that got me thinking... I need some scarves! I don't just wanna keep warm, I wanna look cute too. I'm looking to add to my collection with new ones in bold colors, fun patterns, and warm knits. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Look For Less: Reese Witherspoon

Yesterday, I received the November 2013 issue of Glamour magazine in the mail. I started flipping through and stopped at the Dos & Don'ts article (page 64). Reese Witherspoon is shown wearing a casual outfit that she dressed up with great accessories. The magazine broke down how readers can recreate the look with 6 key elements. I love when looks are recreated, but hate when that look is so expensive that the average reader can't afford it!

That brings me to today's post. I was on a mission to find similar, great pieces and at a fraction of the cost of Glamour's choices. Keep reading and let me know if you think I succeeded. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

NOTD: Peace & Love & OPI

Last night I painted my nails with OPI Peace & Love & OPI. It's a gray metallic with purple and green duo chrome. I thought the application was wonderful and I'm crazy about the end result. 

There are a few look-a-like polishes out there so if you want a similar look, but can't get your hands on OPI Peace & Love & OPI, there's hope! Essie For The Twill Of It is an exact dupe whereas Essence Where Is The Party? and Zoya Ki are similar to Peace & Love & OPI, but they're not identical. Let me know in the comments if you've seen any other similar polish(es). 

Friday, October 4, 2013

10 Beauty Things I Suck At

I was tagged by Amelie from All Things Glitter and Beauty to do the Beauty Things I Suck At tag. I took it a step further and came up with 10 things that I suck at... because it wasn't hard to think of beauty things that I, basically, fail at. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

September Favorites

I just gotta say, I'm happy September is over. Every other month this year flew by for me, but for this one it seemed I was living in slow-motion. I am so looking forward to October!

My Monthly Favorites are going to bed a tad bit different; no makeup favorites- sorry. I was sick for the majority of the month (it was Sick September) and I rarely wore makeup. When I did, I reached for my past favorite products. In case you didn't know, so as not to be too repetitive, I only include products that I haven't mentioned in a previous Monthly Favorites.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Wet n' Wild Color Icon Blush

You'll have to forgive me; my reviews have been Wet n' Wild heavy lately, but what can I say? I love their products. Today I'm reviewing and swatching Wet n' Wild Color Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink, a warm, medium pink with fine gold shimmer.

Friday, September 27, 2013

NOTD: Tiffany Blue Nail Polish

I felt like mixing things up with my NOTD after several weeks of berry shades. This creamy blue shade may not seem fitting for Fall, but that's okay with me! No need to play by all the rules, especially when I have such a pretty Tiffany Blue shade in my nail polish collection.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The ABC's Of Me

If you're at all familiar with my blog, you know I have a soft spot for tag posts. I love reading them and I like to do them myself. I can't remember where I first saw this tag because I came across it a while ago. I thought the ABC's of me was a cute tag and I hope you do too!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Wet n' Wild Color Icon Trio in Sweet As Candy

Happy Fall, ya'll! 

I couldn't resist rhyming. Yesterday, September 22, marked the first day of Fall. I had originally planned on doing a First Day of Fall OOTD- as I've done one for the past seasons (Spring and Summer). However, I've been sick in bed most of the week and wasn't about to do an OOTD wearing my PJ's. Ahh, what a glamorous life I lead. :) 

I'll be saving my Fall OOTD for a later date. Instead, I'm going to take this opportunity to swatch and review one of my most reached-for shadows, Wet n' Wild Color Icon Trio in Sweet As Candy

Friday, September 20, 2013

FOTD: Pink and Emerald

I'm getting a little bit of a jump on fall today with my eye makeup. I've used Emerald, one of my favorite colors of the season (and the Color of the Year), to change up a basic look. If you missed it, you can check out last weeks post reviewing the Pantone 2013 Fall Color Report.

If you wanna find out what I've used today... keep reading :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Skincare Haul

I've been looking to test new products to try to find the right ones for my acne prone skin. I've picked up a few essentials as I search for the perfect skincare routine that will work for me. Keep reading to see what I'll be trying on my mission for clear skin.

Monday, September 16, 2013

NOTD: OPI Pink Flaminco vs. OPI Dim Sum Plum

One of my long time favorite polishes from OPI is Pink Flamenco and it's funny (to me) that I've never shown it in a NOTD. That ends today! 

This NOTD will also double as a comparison between OPI Pink Flamenco and OPI Dim Sum Plum. Why? Well I've noticed several people coming across my blog by searching (Google) for just that. Unfortunately they haven't been able to find what they're looking for... until now.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Wishlist: Statement Necklaces

I had a lot of fun with my last post, Pantone Fall 2013 Color Trends. There was a lot of online window shopping required to come up with my inspiration pictures. I love browsing and always end up bookmarking my favorites. I came across so many great items, but couldn't include them all in that post. There's no way I can afford to buy everything, but I can still create a wishlist and share with you some of my favorite Statement Necklaces that I found.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Pantone Fall 2013 Color Trends

Fall is fast approaching and the Pantone Fall 2013 Fashion Color Report is a great color guide to the upcoming change of season. Adding a little splash of color to your existing wardrobe with a few new clothing items or accessories is a fun way to make the transition from our beloved Summer months to our chillier Fall. If you're looking for the hottest color trends to inject into your fall wardrobe look no further.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Huge Makeup Haul

Today, I'm sharing with you my recent makeup purchases that I've set aside for this one massive haul. There are lots of products in this haul so let's jump right in!

Friday, September 6, 2013

NOTD: OPI Embarca-Dare Ya!

I was eager to try another new polish from my recent Nail Polish Haul. This past week I've been wearing Wet n' Wild polish in Blazed (seen in this NOTD) which felt very summery to me. Today however, I've opted for a Fall shade from OPI's new San Francisco Collection

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wet n' Wild Color Icon Brow & Eye Liner Pencil

Wet n' Wild is has become a favorite drugstore brand of mine. The products are affordable and impressive- Today I'd like to share with you the Color Icon Brow and Eye Liner Pencils and why I love them. These liners are not only inexpensive (retailing for .99 cents), but Wet n' Wild has not skimped on quality or quantity. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

August Favorites

Summer is drawing to a close and another month has come and gone. You know what that means... Monthly Favorites! This month I've been using a lot of items mentioned in previous Monthly Favorites, but I do have a couple new favorites that I had packed away in my travel makeup bag, shown here in my What's In My Makeup Bag? post.

Friday, August 30, 2013

NOTD: Wet n' Wild Blazed

After purchasing a crazy amount of polish, I've got to paint my nails, right? Today I opted for Wet n' Wild Blazed. I purchased it for 69 cents and just hauled it in my Wednesday post: Nail Polish & Product Haul.