Beauty Musings & Rogue Ramblings


Nails to ring in the New Year ♥

Simple and chic, but with just a little something extra – a dash of Millionaire!

So I finally tried out the half-moon manicure trend, also sometimes called a moon or reverse french. Personally, I’m really loving it – at least with this pair of polishes and it looks gorgeous in person.

The only thing I forgot to do was apply a layer of top coat over the glitter polish before applying the black, so the black did not come out as smooth as I would have preferred it to be, but I just didn’t feel like starting over :/

I hadn’t cleaned them up yet, so pardon the messy nails…

ArtsyArchitette New Year Holiday Half-Moon Manicure Nails

What’s on my nails:

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Salon Strengthener as my base coat, since I recently trimmed my nails down very short and wanted to get a little length back for the holidays.

Nailtini “Millionaire” Lacquer (2 coats) – you can read my thoughts on this polish in my last post.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro “430 Black Satin” Lacquer – love these polishes!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat

Have a very Happy & Safe New Years!! See you in 2013 ♥


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Fall/Winter 2012 Color Code: Mustard Gold

Back with part three of my Fall/Winter color obsession… 

You can checkout the first two here:

Fall 2012 Color Code: Shades of Eggplant and Fall 2012 Color Code: Rich Blues

Fall + Winter 2012 Color Trends: Mustard Gold

Mustard Gold - Dresses

Burberry silk dress
$310 –

Kaliko shift dress
$96 –

Lace dress

Slip dress

Bodice dress

Mustard dress

Mustard Gold - Coats

Current Elliott cropped jacket
$1,125 –

Ted Baker wrap coat

Jigsaw cotton trench coat
$135 –

Black rivet

Yellow coat
Mustard Gold - Tops

$40 –

Sheer top

$62 –

Chunky cable knit sweater
$37 –


Fat Face button shirt
$24 –

V neck top

Summer cardigan

Mustard Gold - Bottoms

Jason wu
$1,095 –

Diane von furstenberg

Old navy pants

Elastic waist skirt

Cotton shorts

Skinny leg jeans

Old Navy slim jeans

VILA pleated shorts
$35 –
Mustard Gold - Bags & Shoes

Mimco ballerina flat
$72 –

H M ballerina flat
$13 –

Urban Originals leather handbag
$94 –

Satchel bag
$125 –


Yellow tote bag


Mustard Gold - Accessories

Vintage style necklace

Timex watch

Stone jewelry

Post earrings

Chloé vintage jewelry

Kate spade earrings

Rhinestone jewelry

Cocktail ring

Pieces bangle bracelet
$22 –

J Crew j crew

Dickins Jones pom hat
$28 –


Knit shawl
$22 –

Sheer shawl

Yellow hat

Nars nail polish

Deborah lippmann
more color obsession to come ♥


Killer Nails


Dexter + The Walking Dead + Halloween + Blog + Saturday Boredom = Killer Nails!!

This trend pops up frequently around this time of year, for obvious reasons, and of course I had to have a go at it – and I’m definitely loving them!

Plus, for any fellow Dexter fanatics, a little homage to his signature bad guy slice, which of course (if you have been watching this season) he has now had to abandon that killer blood slide trophy ritual.

Personally, I feel this look is best with a deep rich red on nearly nude nails, but you can do with any colors.

No special tools needed here either, just a bobby pin and a flat surface to ensure you can steady your hand and be precise.

Oh, most important, remember to allow the “drips” to thoroughly dry (I would say a good hour or longer), otherwise the color will streak/smear – possibly ruining your work – when you apply the top coat. You can always judge by the first 2 nails you do if you need to allow for more drying time.

What’s on my nails:

  • Essie all in one base coat
  • Ulta It’s Nude to Me nail lacquer – single coat.
  • Ulta Plum Street nail lacquer
  • Ulta top coat (so sad, I ran out of my preferred Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat)

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Fall/Winter 2012 Color Code: Rich Blues

So, as promised, back with post 2 in my Fall color code series… RICH BLUES!

We aren’t talking about your favorite dark wash jeans here, but rich – vibrant – saturated sapphire blues.

Jewel-toned blues that put a spotlight on you as soon as you walk in a room and just like I mentioned in my previous color code post, Shades of Eggplant, you can incorporate this color in so many ways to suit your style. 

Fall + Winter 2012 Color Trends: Rich Blues

Rich Blues - Dresses

Lipsy short dress
$36 –

Zigzag dress

Coast chiffon dress
$78 –

AX Paris open back dress
$40 –


Jane Norman wrap dress
$96 –
Rich Blues - Coats

Blue coat

Fitted blazer
$45 –

Ellen tracy

Ted baker

Wool coat

Trench coat

Blue coat

Rachel zoe
Rich Blues - Tops


J Crew j crew

Knit top

John lewi
$38 –

Printed sweatshirt

Quiksilver shirt

Peplum top
Rich Blues - Bottoms

Pleated skirt

Old navy pants

Patterned skirt

Pencil skirt

Karen millen

Rich Blues - Bags & Shoes


Ted baker
$160 –

Hat Attack tote handbag

CC SKYE blue wallet

Vintage handbag

BDG rucksack bag

Lipsy leather satchel
$64 –
Rich Blues - Accessories

Long necklace

Cole haan

Kate Spade thin belt

J Crew j crew

La fiorentina

Brimmed hat

2b scarve

Charlotte Russe scarve

Essie nail polish

China glaze

Chloé wrap bracelet
Look out for more color code posts to come soon…