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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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Killer Nails

It’s BLOODY SUNDAY!!!!

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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Nails: A French Twist… Imperfect Chevron Tips

Just a quickie today… I have seen this look pop-up recently at a few fashion/style events and am loving it. I say it is a modern take on French tips, but what I really love is that it is super easy, chic, great for Fall/Autumn and doesn’t have to be perfect!

  1. Your favorite base coat.
  2. A single coat of clear or sheer skin-toned polish. 
  3. Grab your favorite Fall nail polish and swipe it across the tips, at your desired angle. 
  4. Top with your favorite top coat!

 

So easy! Warning, you will get nail polish on your fingers, but you can shield the sides with small pieces of tape or just clean up with a q-tip and polish remover.

Pardon the crappy photo quality. 

What’s on my nails:

  1. Essie “all in one base” multi-treatment base coat
  2. Sally Hansen Diamond Strength no chip nail color in “Flawless”
  3. Tip Color: “Status Update” (Birchbox and Color Club® Custom Collection – from the September Birchbox – review coming soon)
  4. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

 

 


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Influenster: The Spring Beauty VoxBox

So last month I received the Influenster Spring Beauty VoxBox! A FREE box full of full size products to test, evaluate and possibly recommend. I was so excited! This was my 3rd Influenster VoxBox and this ain’t no Birchbox honey…

So first off, a bit more about Influenster:

What is an Influenster?
Community of trendsetters invited to share their lifestyles and show off their influence to qualify for personalized product shipments, special rewards and exclusive deals from the brands they love. Members love testing the latest products, giving insightful feedback, and spreading the word on their favorite finds!

REGISTER. UNLOCK BADGES. GAIN ACCESS. REVIEW. SHARE. 

Member Benefits

  • Get the inside scoop on the latest products and brands to hit the market
  • Receive invites and deals that are personalized to your lifestyle
  • Opportunity to earn free VoxBoxes that reward you for being influential
  • Give feedback that sways product development catered to your needs
  • Be the trusted voice for top products picks, tips and recommendations

and a bit more about VoxBoxes:

How Does It Work?

Qualify

  • Members selected based on badges, demographics and internal influence scores

Receive

  • Members who meet qualifications for a program receive official notification

Evaluate

  • Qualified members test products and give feedback on testing experiences

Recommend

  • Members spread the word for brands they enjoy and rate positively

Who gets a VoxBox?
Influensters are selected for themed shipments based on the badges they have unlocked and individual demographics, ensuring members receive products that match their lifestyles and interests. Members with high ‘Influenster scores’ – within the specific consumer groups we are targeting for that program – are prioritized, so make sure to connect and unlock as many Influence Badges as you can!

When am I getting a VoxBox?
All new shipment announcements are made on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so make sure to Like and Follow Influenster on social media to stay in the loop!
Note our programs are themed and designed to target various consumer groups throughout the year. When you meet the specific requirements for an upcoming VoxBox campaign, we send a program invitation a few weeks in advance so that you can officially confirm your participation. Please note: we do not ship to Hawaii or Alaska at this time.

So the Spring Beauty VoxBox came with 6 items, plus a bonus item – which was quite a bonus for a shoe loving girl!

So onto what I loved and hated about everything…

Sheer Cover Duo Concealer (shade: light-medium)

Value: $29.95 (one month supply 6 product kit + 3 bonus products)

LOVED:

  • Creamy
  • Non-drying
  • Duo concealer lets you mix your own perfect shade
  • Good for fading blemishes

HATED:

  • Only sold in supply kit with other products
  • Light coverage
  • Slides into lines and creases, even after setting with powder
  • Would avoid the under-eye area
VERDICT: PASS

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

Value: $6.99 to $8.99

LOVED:

  • Light natural scent
  • Non-drying
  • Moisturizing
  • Doesn’t leave residue on your skin

HATED:

  • Had to use more product than expected, as it does not lather as well as others, as it is “soap-free”
VERDICT: RECOMMEND! 
ChapStick Lip Shield 365
Value: $1.89 to $2.39

LOVED:

  • SPF 50+
  • Smooth application
  • Smells like lemonade

HATED:

  • Leaves a sheer white tint on the lips
  • Tastes okay :/
VERDICT: PASS
Sally Hansen Salon Effects (style: Frock Star)
Value: $9.99

LOVED:

  • Easy to apply
  • Long-lasting
  • Wide range of styles
  • No waiting/drying time

HATED:

  • A bit pricey
VERDICT: BUY 🙂
Bath and Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist (scent: Sweet Pea)
Value: $14.00

LOVED:

  • Packaging
  • Scent
  • Light Mist
  • Good quality for the price

HATED:

  • Scent does not last all day, will need to re-mist throughout the day
VERDICT: BUY 🙂
SOYJOY Bar (flavor: Blueberry)
Value: $0.99 to $1.29

LOVED:

  • All natural
  • Healthy snack
  • Tastes quite good for a snack bar, and very good for a healthy soy bar

HATED:

  • Blueberry bar needed just a little extra spice
VERDICT: RECOMMEND!
BONUS: Dr. Scholl’s For Her Ball of Foot Cushions
Value: $5.74

LOVED:

  • Gel cushion
  • No glue = no damage to your shoe
  • Removable but doesn’t move
  • Cushions your toes in those sky highs!

HATED:

  • Toes can slip a little on the rubber
VERDICT: RECOMMEND!