10.15.2014

October Must Have Box from PopSugar Reveal!

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If you are looking for a super fun, well rounded monthly subscription box, check out the Must Have box from PopSugar! Here is what the October box contained:

Pumpkin Spice maltballs from Dean and Deluca. I love the pumpkin craze that the fall season brings on...so I was super excited to try these. They are yummy and rich so I don't feel the need to eat the whole bag at once. ;)


These water decals from Nailed Kit are right up my alley! I LOVE using water decals. These ones are especially cute for Halloween. My only complaint is that they look like they were meant for an 8 year old's nails because even the biggest full nail design wouldn't fully cover most of my nails. There also aren't enough of one image to use on both hands. It's probably the nail enthusiast in me that is making me more picky on this one. But I will definitely still mix and match these for a cute mani.


Chalkboard anything is all the rage right now...so this soy based candle in a chalkboard ceramic container from Mine is right on trend. I took it a step further and added a monogram, which I am also seeing everywhere.


Butter London is a makeup line I have been wanting to try more of. I was excited to see this Wink Eye pencil in Earl Gray in this month's box. I made a point to keep the swatch on my hand to see how long it would last and I had to take it off with a remover wipe at the end of the day. Impressed!



I am not one for plain, boring socks and I love these cute leopard ones from Happy Socks.


This fresh, luxuriously scented soap from K. Hall Designs is quite heavy. It will definitely last a while and I can't wait to see how moisturizing it is.


The last item is a magnetic glass picture frame from Isaac Jacobs. I got my daughter's preschool fall photo just in time! ;)



There are also a few offers with coupon codes included in the October box. 


What do you think about the contents of this PopSugar box?


If you are interested, here is a great offer for you! Get $10 off a 3 month Must Have subscription with this code: OCT14SELECT. It expires on November 2, 2014. Click *here* to get started!



POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.
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10.07.2014

Jordana Playful Pastels Nail Art

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It may seem a little out of place, but I have seen in multiple fashion magazines that pastel clothes and makeup are on trend for fall! So, when Jordana released a collection of pastels recently, I wasn't too thrown off! haha Instead of the traditional swatches, I decided this collection was begging to be used for nail art! I used all 6 shades for this look.


I used Whimsical White for the base. I used nail vinyls from Neverland Lacquers to section off my nails. Pastels from thumb to pinky: Sunsational, Pink Petunia, Baby Blue, Lively Lilac, and Merry Mint.

I then added the cutest water decals along the border of the two colors. I love water decals so much! You get such a detailed effect with minimal effort. So many people asked me if this mani was Jamberry nail wraps. haha



You can find this pastel collection at jordanacosmetics.com. Great formula on all of these polishes!

*Here* is a link to Born Pretty's water decals, where mine are from. I don't see the this exact design available anymore but there are others similar. Use code AMG10 to get 10% off.
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10.04.2014

Zoya Ultra Pixie Dust Swatches and Review

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Hey everyone!

Zoya has released a small collection of a new breed of their gorgeous Pixie Dust line called Ultra Pixie Dust. These have larger glitter pieces and have a chunkier texture than the original Pixie Dusts. To me, these seem too have a more matte finish as well. Let's take a look!

Arianna is a cranberry/wine shade.


Noir is a deep plum purple shade.


And finally Oswin, a bright red shade. Reminds me of Dorothy's shoes from Wizard of Oz, right?!


I love these next generation Pixie Dusts. They look like jewelry for your nails!

There's a few tips for applying these to get the intended finish. These come straight from Zoya.

For best results: Prep nail with Zoya Remove Nail Polish Remover and Prep. Apply 1-3 (for full coverage) thin coats of Zoya PixieDust polish. Allow product to dry completely between each coat for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat.

If polish base does not dry down to a matte finish this may be due to not enough wait time between coats or because the color was not applied to a perfectly clean surface that is free of base coat (note: some basecoats may prevent the color from drying properly). This YouTube video is another source to get help with application:
http://youtu.be/Sm5ZTEtYZmI.

Who else is loving these sparkly pretties? I'm a fan!



*Product sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions. 






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9.26.2014

Milani Enchanted Garnet

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Hey guys!

If you keep up with drugstore brands, you know Milani has released an LE fall collection. It's been popping up at CVS and the official release is October. I have one of the polishes from the collection to share with you!

Enchanted Garnet is a deep wine/burgundy with a shimmer finish. This is 3 coats. Talk about a perfect fall shade! The formula was a tad bit more thin than I was expecting but it builds up nicely if you let it dry down a little between coats.



Are you on the lookout for the new limited edition Milani collection?


*Product sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.

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9.21.2014

Sally Hansen Red Snapper + Leopard Stamping

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Good evening, readers!

Hope everyone is wrapping up a good weekend. :)

I recently did a stamping mani after quite a while. I need to get some better stamping polish, I think! Any suggestions?

I used a new stamper and scraper from Born Pretty for this mani. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Red Snapper is my base, which I love. I also made a couple accent nails with China Glaze Fairy Dust.  


I love the look of black and red together! Fun but a more simple mani.

You can find all of Born Pretty's stampers and scrapers *here*. They also have some new stamping plates that look gorgeous!

My code (AMG10) will get you 10% off too!

*Product used in this post sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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9.08.2014

Black and Neon Nail Art

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Hey guys!

I love the combo of black and neon that I see others use. On me, I'm not so sure but I was excited to try! I was inspired by these super cute studs I got from Born Pretty Store.


I used Zoya Storm as my base. The accent nail is randomly painted with neon shades. Then I layered striping tape with Zoya Storm on top. I used nail glue to attach the studs and then topped it off with topcoat. They stayed put very well!



Do you like the neon and black combo?

You can find these neon studs *here* at Born Pretty Store. My code (AMG10) will get you 10% off too!



*Product sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions. 

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9.02.2014

Water Marble Water Decals

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Born Pretty Store is my go to for all things nail art. They have a great selection of all kinds of fun embellishments, stickers, glitter, polish, and tools. One of my favorites are their water decals! They are so easy to use and relatively quick for the end result you get. 

To use water decals, all you do is soak the design in water for maybe 10 seconds or so and it will slide off the paper in a super thin sheet. Simply place on dry polish, press down and finish with top coat.

I admit I'm terrible at the actual water marbling technique, so any sort of help (cheat) I can get, I'll take! haha This design reminds me of the look of a water marble and it's so cute!



This mani lasted as long as any other mani would for me, another plus with the water decals.

You can find this exact design as well as other styles *here*. Get an extra 10% off with my code just for you guys: AMG10.

Have you tried water decals before?


*Product sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.*
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