Black

Obsessed with this black heart on nude nails, nail art. 



essie cashmere collection, “All Eyes on Nudes” 

Au Naturel

All natural. Hashtag no filter. Hashtag no makeup. Hashtag natural beauty. Makeup free Monday. Beauty from within. Fucking liars. In fact, I’ll go as far to say that nothing in a daily beauty look is really natural. All natural is the result of serious practice. Hard labor.

It takes one to know one. It takes work. If you’re not working now, I will LOVE to laugh at your gross lines and wrinkles 20 4 years from now. The best care is preventative care. Not reactive care.

Don’t wear too much makeup or try too hard. Wear makeup that makes it look like you’re not wearing makeup. Try to avoid the intense foundation, especially if you can see it. Use something so sheer or lighten it up by mixing with a moisturizer to make your own Bb cream. Avoid too many colors and avoid too major of bronzer. Mascara works wonders (Chanel Le Volume, trust).

Don’t blow dry your hair everyday and don’t color it so often. I’ve been victim to both of those things with overly drying results. Change takes time but you can change your hair [look and feeling] with a few simple regimen changes (like a hair mask).

Keep nails short and well manicured. This does not necessarily mean having polish on your manicured nails. I try to stick to nude tones, red tones or black tones – but in reality, my polish color choices have evolved over time and I still pick a bright crazy color on occasion. When you do have polish, keep it clean. I would rather see unpolished nails than ratchet half-polished or a 3 week old mani. Keep them clean as well, dirty nails are for 5 year old boys.

Take care of your hands, lotion up! And when you’re moisturizing your face, start from the bottom up! Moisturize the skin on your chest (décolletage) and neck. Move from the center of your face outward, in upward sweeping motions. Pull the skin upward, gravity pulls it down all day. Try to reverse effects of aging this way. Who knows if it actually works but — better than downward motion! AmIrite?

Under eye cream is a MUST. Start this now. Before you need it. So that when you really need it, you won’t really need it that bad.

The au natural look will get more and more chic with age. And it gets more and more easy with regard to time and confidence. You’ll feel more confident in your skin and going natural when you wear less makeup to begin with. Work hard.

essie fall 2014 color picks!

Got your next Weekday Manicure ideas for this Fall… Essie just released their Fall 2014 shades and THEY ALL RULE!

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Essie 2014 Fall Collection

Of course I’m obsessed with every damn color but my absolute favorite is “Dress to Kilt” a deep sexy red, perfect for your autumn afternoons playing in the leaves and drinking Pumpkin Spice Latte’s!*

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*(Don’t really drink these, please! – See Nutrition Facts below). I allow myself 1 per season (because, OBVIOUSLY – they’re so good!) – and if I really need a “pumpkin spice fix” – I’ll get a dirty chai with 1 pump of Pumpkin Spice (cuts the fat almost in half & the calories down by at least 100!) & still tastes pretty legit. Weird ramble…

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Anyway, my next favorite from this collection is “Take It Outside” which is a beautiful taupe and I think it’s a nice mix between essie’s classic colors: Sand Tropez and Chinchilly. AKA I’m going to wear this all autumn long! Although I’ve been wearing dark nails for the past few weeks embracing the start of Fall, I do LOVE wearing a lighter shade with darker hues of clothing and accessories during the fall and winter. Go get your nails done, people! Or DIY if you’re talented enough. ❤

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Weekday Manicure: Rad Nails

“OMG I really really want a tattoo!” – dumb girls, everywhere…

And here I am again, solving your white girl problems. 😉

So here’s a cute way you can get a new tattoo without actually getting one. Fucking genius. obv.

I hear betches say things like this all the time…

“I want another tattooooooo!” “Let’s get matching tattoos!” “I want a lotus flower tattoo.” “I want a tattoo but I don’t know what I’d get.” OK, boring…

Here’s your answer – fake fucking tattoos, ummm duh.

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Cuticle tattoos. How interesting.

I saw these bad boys from Rad Nails on Twitter (probs?) and had to try them out. They make 3 types of cuticle tattoos so I naturally purchased all 3 styles. Brought them to my manicurist Cindy to put them on me because I can’t do this shit on my own.

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UMMM…. these are much more difficult than we both thought! After several attempts, Cindy just got frustrated, telling me that these were “weird” and not like the ones from China that she uses. I, of course had NO freakin’ time to be getting this detailed of a manicure to begin with…

So – we agreed she forcefully told me that she was just going to paint the exact replicas on my nails and call it a day. The design is cute – though not my style at all. Maybe I’ll try Rad Nails again one day when I have a LOT of time and patience.

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Essie Resort 2014: find me an oasis

Essie Resort 2014: find me an oasis

I’ve been searching for this color for what seems like forever. Essie, you never fail me! The Resort 2014 line has gorgeous hues – another favorite of mine is the beautiful coral peach “Resort Fling.”

Nail polish is one of my favorite beauty tools and I change mine every week no matter what. I try to keep a balance with my colors – basic, simple tones are perfect. Nudes & light pinks are a favorite of mine: Essie’s Spaghetti Strap, Essie’s Ballet Slippers. I also love a vampy purple or navy blue & of course, black.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, I go crazy for bright, crazy blues & purples and greens – anything that’s pretty absurd to wear on nails for longer than 2 days. Which creates the necessary need to change polish colors. This very light blue is a clear and comfortable way to wear a blue nail while still being able to pull off the “light” basic hue. Perfect for this time of year and upcoming Spring. Great for work or play!

Natural & Subtle Pinks

My obsession with designer makeup with REAL. I got completely sucked into buying more things I don’t need at the makeup counter yet again. Shocking absolutely nobody. Thanks, NARS Soho. xo

I also did a drug-store make-up haul recently at Target, which I’ll post about later this week – product reviews and how they compare to the “real deal.”

Have been completely lusting over these new purchases though!

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Roman Holiday.” Also comes as a Sheer Lipstick. Perfect shade of light pink. Great for daytime use. Grade = A, love the coverage, great for layering with a sheer or pink hued lip gloss over top.

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“The application of a lipstick combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design. Lips are instantly saturated with rich pigments and a velvety matte finish. The long lasting, non-drying formula is enriched with emollients for a creamy texture, while a combination of unique silicones ensures long-lasting, seamless color for hours. Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product.”

NARS The Multiple in “Riviera”

Beautiful color, adds just a little bit of color to the cheeks, even added above my eyes as referred by Maria, the makeup artist in the store. Grade: A+, incorporated this into everyday wear.

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“François Nars’ iconic innovation, the original multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and body. Its unique creamy formula and sheer color blends effortlessly to create shimmering accents, contours or dynamic highlights on all skin tones. Apply with fingers: the skin’s warmth allows for perfect blending.”

Essie “Spaghetti Strap”

Grade: A. This is a fabulous pink shade for your neutral nails. Great for any time of year. Perfect if your job doesn’t allow you to have bright colored nails, very subtle shade. Great look for interviews and it’s great for long-wear because you never see chips on neutrals like this.

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“hot summer nights call for a breezy dress, strappy sandals and lovely, sheer pink peony nails. romantic manicures and perfect pedicures begin with this delicately hued nail lacquer.”

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Simple, natural nails & lips. Great for Spring 2014 for “to the office” chic or weekend afternoons.