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February 9, 2013

Ciate Nail Day: Round-up

It’s about time, but I’m finally finishing up the Ciate Mini Mani Month box. I decided to go ahead and wear five colors at once and then just take a picture of the last 7 bottles. I got ridiculously behind. With work, switching jobs, interviews, and life, painting my nails didn’t happen much.

Without further ado I give you the colors:

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In order of left to right on nails: Headliner, Fade to Greige, Mojito, Big Yellow Taxi, Speed Dial

The yellow(big yellow taxi), green (mojito), and orange (speed dial) were by far the most difficult to apply thus far. They were very watery when I applied them. It took many, many coats to get a solid color formed.

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And here are the remaining bottles: bottles2Bottles from left to right: Glass Slipper, Power Dressing, Candyshop (caviar pearls), Magic Carpet, Sundance (caviar pearls), Enchanted Rose, Cookies and Cream

I love the color names of this whole box. Ciate is definitely going to have my vote for favorite nail polish for a long time.

Which is your favorite: Ciate, Essie, OPI, another??

January 6, 2013

Ciate Nail Day: Twilight

Next up in the Ciate Mini Mani Month is Twilight!

This black nail polish has flecks of gold in it making it a great choice for outfits. It goes with everything yet has a bit of something extra to it. The gold flecks really come out in the sunlight, making it look more gold than black.

I will admit, this nail polish was more of a pain than any others I’ve used so far in this set. It dried quicker, probably because of the high density of gold, but this caused it to clump while painting so it was very difficult to get it even.

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Please forgive my old lady looking hands, the cold and dry winter weather always makes my skin look like I’m well over 25 years!

January 5, 2013

Sephora 2013: Benefit Birthday Gift

As much as I’m not a fan of birthdays anymore… I’m excited for my birthday this year because of Sephora’s Beauty Insider Rewards gift.

If you don’t know much of Sephora’s Beauty Insider rewards program, than you probably don’t know that just by belonging and making sure they have your birthday, you are guaranteeing yourself a little gift during your birthday month. Last year it was two trial size Sugar lip balms from fresh. These things full size are $22 a lip balm. So it’s a pretty good way to test products and who doesn’t love birthday presents??

Anyway, Sephora has announced what this year’s birthday gift is and it’s pretty exciting:

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Two Benefit products: They’re Real mascara and Watt’s Up luminizer stick

So make sure to update your birthday, or sign up if you haven’t already for Sephora’s Beauty Insider rewards program to get your FREE birthday gift!

January 2, 2013

Beauty: Korres, Lancome, and Perfekt

I have a few products that I have been needing to review for you all. They are products that I’ve gotten recently and have been using daily because of their amazing-ness! They are Korres Magic Light/Face Contouring Powder Trio, Lancome’s ArtLiner in Noir, and Perfekt’s Lash Perfection Gel. So here we go:

First up is Korres Magic Light/ Face Contouring Powder Trio.

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December 30, 2012

Ciate: Mistress & Ladylike Luxe Days

It’s been a while since I painted my nails, so I thought I would try and get the next two of my Ciate Mini Mani Month in one. This is days 9 and 10 (yes, way, way behind) but I truly want to use them not just swatch them. Here is Mistress, a red color with an orange undertone. (It’s more red than shown in this image) With Ladylike Luxe as the gold shade. These colors were perfect together.

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Bottles below in respective order: Mistress and Ladylike Luxe

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December 20, 2012

December Beauty Box: Ipsy

Oh How I love IPSY! this month was AMAZING. Completely amazing. I really feel like I could potentially cancel Birchbox just as I did with Glossybox and be okay. That’s how amazing this bag is. Here’s some pictures for you:

First is the front of the card, very festive I might add…

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December 17, 2012

Beautiful Blogger Award

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The lovely lady over at The Passionate Fashionista nominated me for a Beautiful Blogger Award recently and I would like to thank her very much. This is the first time I have been nominated for any blogging award and I do appreciate it!! She is a new blogger who focuses mainly on fashion though there are few other categories too. For a new blogger she definitely has the hang of it and you should definitely check it out! http://thepassionatefashionista.wordpress.com

The Beauty Blogger Award has the following rules:

1. Link back the person who nominated you.

2. Post the award on your page.

 3. Tell seven facts about yourself.

 4. Nominate seven bloggers and let them know they have been nominated.

As I have done number one and number two, it’s on to number three.

Seven facts about me:

1) Me and fashion have been a struggle through the years. When I was really really little, all I wanted to wear was dresses and pink cowboy boots (yes pink!) and then I went through a phase were I hated fashion and brands, and then with a little help from my mom I found my way back and went above and beyond to the point where my life kind of revolves around it. It cheers me up and gives me a way to express myself since I am actually very quiet and introverted.

2) I am very, very, very picky, about almost everything to the point that I might actually be a little OCD, lol. There is a right way and a wrong way to do most things, and if something is not done my way then I get irked. This is most applicable in the kitchen.

3) I’m an animal lover, through and through. Seriously, when they show those ASPCA commercials on tv of dogs in shelters that are hurt, I can’t take it. I have to put the tv on mute and look away. It breaks my heart.

4) I love to read. Give me a book, put me in a comfy chair. You won’t hear a peep from me for hours. My mom gave me a love for reading when I was really little and I’m one of those readers that actually see the plot playing in my head, so to put down a book would be like stopping a movie. I have two bookshelves full of books. They’re kind of my babies.

5) I have two degrees: one in information systems technology and one in english and I’m currently a web developer. I have a really really weird mixed personality. I always tell people I’m neither left nor right brained because I can sit down and write code for hours and then go shopping for clothes and makeup for the next few hours. Weird, right?

6) I LOVE FOOD. I’m not a sweets person, but a FOOD person. Steak, seafood, veggies, potatoes, pasta, I’m making myself hungry just thinking about it all… I can literally eat all day long if you let me.

7) My dream is to go to Paris one day. I went to London two years ago and being that close yet not being able to go was so painful. I want a life that allows me to travel everywhere I want. Paris, London, Rome, Madrid, Sydney, I want to go to them all and see how other people live. Seeing London made me realize how similar we really are. It wasn’t weird being there, it just felt like a more relaxed atmosphere where people knew manners just a bit better ;)

And there you have it, 7 facts. Hope you learned something about the person behind the writing and pictures. If you’re curious about anything, just ask, that’s always been my motto.

And now to nominate 7 other bloggers (in no particular order):

1) Storybook Apothecary: http://storybookapothecary.com/

2) Mademoiselle Snow: http://mademoisellesnow.wordpress.com/

3) Your Style Journey: http://yourstylejourney.com/

4) 2 Chic Gurls: http://2chicgurls.com/

5) Love Niki: http://loveniki.wordpress.com/

6)Bliss No 9: http://blissno9.wordpress.com/

7) Care To Be Glam: http://caretobeglam.com/

You should check them out if you haven’t already. They’re all fantastic blogs!

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