Beauty

A Perfectly Pink Vacation Manicure

The night before we left for the Bahamas, I gave my Mom and myself gel manicures so our nails would be chip free and shiny the entire week we were away.

We both wanted a bright, tropical pink shade, so I got out my OPI Axxium Pinks & Pales starter kit…

They have a really amazing shade called “Strawberry Margarita”…

This particular color painted on pretty sheer, so I ended up using 3 coats…which made my nails super thick. I took a couple of pictures (polish photographs are so odd, you’ll notice it looks like two completely different colors)!
In person this shade was definitely most similar to the second picture.
The mani lasted flawlessly all week, but once we got home, I was slightly impatient (as usual) and wanted a fresh manicure. I decided to give my nails a break from gel for a bit, and went with my all time favorite polish- Sally Hansen’s “Shall We Dance”
When using regular nail polish I refuse to use anything other than a quick dry top coat- so I picked up a new bottle of the best
Seche Vite- this stuff is AMAZING!

Three days in and my nails are holding up! They’re still shiny, and luckily no chips or breaks (keeping my fingers crossed)! Every  2-3 days I’ll continue to add another top coat. 🙂

Do you like to mix up your polish colors for a vacation? Reds and orange’s are some other vaca favorites, what are yours?

The Louboutin Manicure!

During the Grammys last night, I tweeted how much I LOVED that Adele showed up with a Louboutin manicure! A bunch of people tweeted me back asking what exactly that was, so here’s a quick 101:

Traditionally, it’s a black polish on top, and a red polish under the nail…resembling a Louboutin shoe!

Adele had a silver polish on top of her nails with the red polish underneath to match her Louboutin shoes –>

I’ve had the Louboutin mani on my radar for a while, but have yet to try one since I’ve been on a gel-kick. I can’t imagine the red bottom would last very long, but for a night out I think it’s an amazing look! 🙂

Have you tried a Louboutin manicure yet?

2012 Grammy Recap

Another awards show has come and gone, and boy was it an interesting one.

We watched at our apartment and filled up on far too many finger foods! (I was on a roll in the kitchen yesterday!)

Rice crispies, fresh mozz, bruschetta, pigs in a blanket, nachos and peanut butter cookies 🙂

We all got our tweeting fingers ready and settled in for the pre-show (obviously the best part ;))

Let’s start with the red carpet- the good, the bad, and the ugly! We’ll get the bad out of the way…and let me be clear…it was quite difficult to narrow it down.

1) I love Nicki Minaj- it’s hard not to love her. But between this sac-religious mockery, and her on stage exorcism…I just don’t get. But I guess that’s what makes her Nicki! *Sigh*

2) Who even is this? Her ploy to get me to google her didn’t work.

3) Fergie deemed this dress the “safe” choice. Honestly, if she had cute little black underwear on as opposed to the control top spanx, it would have saved the dress.

On to my faves!

4) I’ve got to give props to Giuliana, she’s not even an artist, but she might as well have been! This skinny mini always looks adorable, but I LOVED her LBD and gold belt last night- a nice little ode to the Grammys 😉 She’s so cute!

5) Kelly Rowland looked STUNNING. She’s so talented, classy, and professional- this completely exudes that.

I couldn’t help but notice her hair was very Jessica Simpson-esque circa 2005 (@ the MTV Movie Awards).

Ugh, I died for J. Simps- she was such a babe.

6) And then there was Carrie Underwood- this woman is so perfectly beautiful, talented, and absolutely phenomenal that she can do no wrong. Out of all the high neck-long sleeved dresses last night, she is the only one that I think was able to pull it off flawlessly!

As for the show, I think that Jennifer Hudson did such an amazing job with her Whitney Tribute! However, I couldn’t help waiting for her double, wearing white, to come out and sing next to her. I’ve been brainwashed by weight watchers!

Taylor Swift is my girl, she did her thing with Mean!

And of course Adele was the big winner, every time she got to the mic she reminded me of Bridget Jones lol- she was cute, she deserved all that she got! (AND she had a Louboutin mani! LOVEEE!)

Rihanna’s performance was fun, but I officially prefer my boyfriends version of “We Found Love” over the original! Check it out 🙂

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What were your Grammy highlights?

Quick Trick for Fuller Lips

I lucked out with certain physical qualities, but one that I was totally jipped on were my lips! I have super small lips, so I am always up for trying everything and anything to make them look bigger.

I’ve tried so many plumpers, serums, and tricks- everything from DuWop Lip Venom to staining my lips with red jello powder and hot sauce, to brushing them with a tooth brush to biting them until they swell…FYI- none of these were very effective.

So, I usually resort to makeup! Here is my little trick for making my lips look fuller…

Start with a lip liner, lip stick, chap stick and lip gloss– (ANY brands will work fine, just be sure that the colors are compatible. Ex- don’t use a burgundy lip liner with a hot pink lip stick):

I used an NYC lip liner pencil 954A, Maybelline lip stick Roseberry A97, Blistex Deep Renewal chap stick and NARS Turkish Delight gloss. –>

Here are my nakey lips 😉

Step 1: Apply your liner around perimeter of lips. I extend the line a bit above the actual lip to make them appear larger.

Step 2: Fill in lips with liner pencil and dab with lip stick.

Step 3: Apply chap stick over color. (I find that chap stick helps to lock the color in and make it last longer)

Step 4: Dab a bit of gloss in the center of your top and bottom lip only (this will help the lips appear larger).

Step 5: Rub the dabs of lip gloss together, and voila!

Can you a tell a difference?

I’ll definitely be getting some collagen injections one of these days, but for now this works just fine. What are your favorite lip plumping tricks? I’d love to hear them!

My Picks for Best Dressed at the 2012 SAG Awards

The best part of any awards show is the beautiful gowns that walk down the red carpet! Here are my top 3 favorites from last nights SAG Awards.

Lea Michele in Versace:

Stacy Keibler in Marchesa:

Naya Rivera in Naeem Khan:

Now, don’t pin me for a hater, but am I the only one who didn’t like Ashlee Simpsons get-up? I think people were raving so much because for once she didn’t look like she just rolled out of bed and threw on an outfit  that came out of her boyfriends hamper.

Who were your picks for best and worst dressed?

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