A Smattering of July Makeup Looks

hehe….I love the word smattering, and its so underappreciated and unused.

Here are some of my faces from this month.

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Coppery tones. I know for a fact that the lipstick is Hard Candy–Knockout. The eyeliner is NYX.

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Green! Again, Knockout on the lips. The shadows are from a Wet N Wild trio set. I love them!

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Not sure what you would call this but its fun. This is another WnW trio. I think this may have inspired the new retro/popart collection (which I bought in its entirety today) as this particular trio is called ‘Feelin retro’ or something like that.

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Ariel palette look! I wore this when i took my younger sister to Sephora and the philosophy rep wanted to scan our faces to show us the sun damage. It was funny to have Sephora employees compliment me and they didn’t even know the Ariel palette was a THING. WHY DO YOU WORK THERE?! seriously.

As they say on Reddit, CCW!

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July Hauls!

Confessed shopaholic. If you have ever read any of my previous posts, you know this is me. Here’s a glimpse of some of the things I have bought this month. Only SOME.

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This palette was available for about 30 seconds on Ipsy’s FB page using their new IpsyMe feature, where all you do is comment with the codeword and you buy the item. You have to link your FB to your Ipsy acct to do so.

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There’s definitely some nice variety here and i love NYX products so I cant wait to break into this!

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e.l.f did a promotion where you got this giant palette free with a purchase. its inexpensive to begin with so I couldn’t resist.

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Here is the palette-a shit ton of shadows, 2 rows of lip color, and blushes/bronzers below.

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Everything else–refillable palette with 4 colors, zit zapper, fan brush, and falsies with applicator. also, great train case that I used to transport a selection of polish on my vacation.

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Shadows swatched!

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Here is an order from BirchBox based on my June box. I loved the polish, lip stain, and scrub, so I ordered full sizes! Plus two free samples with the purchase.

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Took my sister to Sephora @ KOP mall. 4 polishes, a bottle of Purity, and a whole slew of skincare samples with a bag, just for trying the new IQ feature where you scan an item and it tells you all the information thats on the website.

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Half of my Hautelook pixi & popbeauty order. the falsies are a gift!

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Swatches of the purple palette. On the back it tells you what the shadows should be used for (crease, liner, etc) and the two middle shades are highlighters.

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Cocoa palette. Set up very similarly to the purple palette.

Also, let me just take a moment to RAVE RAVE RAVE about Hautelook’s customer service! As I mentioned, this was just half of my pixi & pop beauty order. There were 2 more items that were supposed to ship separately. When I got the 2nd package, it had completely wrong items! I emailed them right away, and got a response that it might be a few days before I heard because they were really swamped, so I opted to IM them. Not only do I not have to return the items BUT they did a complete refund of the 2 missing items AND the shipping! It went through immediately and I could not be happier!

July Subscription Box Roundup!

To keep things clean and not clutter up your emails/feeds, I decided to compile the July boxes I got BEFORE my vacation into one post 🙂 I have to clear out the picture folder waiting to be posted before I upload all the mail that was waiting for me when I got home!

#1: Splendies

Splendies is a monthly underwear subscription box. The first month is currently on sale for $8, and then it increases to $12/month for subsequent months. This was my first Splendies box. I was very pleased with the discreet packaging.

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I was a bit disappointed that it was just 3 pairs of underpants wrapped in tissue paper–I saw on another blog review (to which they link on their website) that each panty arrived in its own drawstring cloth bag! Obviously known bloggers are treated better?

However, I loved the products!

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Seriously, how fun are these panties?! I love the bright colors and just the right amount of quirk. The materials are super soft and the lace doesn’t feel like it will be itchy on my ladyparts.

One other thing to note, however, is that there is no ‘customer account’ system on their website. You can’t log in and check or change your size selection, subscription, or shipments. There is no referral link, either. I don’t think I will stick with it for those reasons…plus 3 pairs of panties a month will add up super fast!

#2: Julep Summer Mystery big box version

As you may know, I have  Julep Maven subscription, and I couldn’t resist this big mystery box! I should have, but I didn’t.  If you don’t have a Julep sub, you can sign up here. They had different versions of the boxes and about 25% of people who bought the big box got like 15 polishes and 3 beauty items–I got 5 polishes, a scrub sample packet, and a makeup brush 😦 Color me disappointed. I may be a whiner but I don’t understand how it is fair or LEGAL for me to pay the same amount as someone else and they get 3x as much product as I do. LAME.

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Well Julep, I THOUGHT so. Guess I was wrong.

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Oh, I forgot I got toe separators too. Those I actually needed because my cat ran off with my last pair.

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The brush is actually kind of cool. The smaller brush pops out of the handle of the larger brush. Both are compact with soft bristles.

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3 polishes. All creme textured. All meh.

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names of the meh colors. in case you need them.

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Apparently I forgot these two existed. so i got 7 instead of 5. The left one is a dupe for 7 other polishes I already own. the lighter one is kind of cool.

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Names.

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These two polishes were in every box, and I actually love them both. I’m a sucker for glitter and these are jelly consistency. I have 2 solid creme colors from Julep that match the color almost exactly so I layer them over that.

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names.

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All together.

I don’t think I will be buying a mystery box again. I will stick to known entities, like my monthly box and their sale bucket.

#3 July BirchBox

You can get your monthly subscription to Birchbox here.

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Birchbox packaging never disappoints! This months box is based on items selected by the women on the TV show Suits.

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Contents!

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Closeup: DDF Acne control treatment, Benefit It’s Potent! Eye cream, Number 4 Super Comb hair protecting spray, Birchbox bobby pins, and theBalm Instain blush sample

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What is this? A Blush sample for ANTS?!?! Seriously, its too small for my barbie. I was disappointed in the size of this sample.

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Coupon codes! CHACHATINT for a chacha tint sample, and SUNBEAM for a sunbeam sample. I believe there is a minimum purchase.

Overall I was satisified. I haven’t tried everything yet, but the eye cream goes on smoothly and isnt too thick or fragrant. The bobby pins work well even on my heavy, thick hair, so thats a good sign as well.

#4 July Ipsy

Subscribe for your own Ipsy bag here. Then invite all your friends to join so you get extra goodies in your bag!

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Here it is! I get a little rush when that pink envelope is on my doorstep, and I loved the makeup bag this month! I took it to the beach with me!

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The products out of the bag/box.

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Coola sunscreen, benetint, pop lip crayon, bh cosmetics shadow, soy renewal beach spray, and NOPI polish for a referral bonus!

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Benetint swatched, unblended

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Benetint, one swipe blended. I think this will be a nice rosy color.

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The pop crayon in Rose Romance. It looks nude but when you swatch it the color is actually slightly pink. Love it!

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Shadows swatched. My favorite is the gold, Malibu! great pigmentation!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND that’s all folks. Actually it isnt, but I have a couple food boxes and I am going to do them all together.

Did you get any of these boxes? Did I inspire any of you to join any of these services? Tell me what you think!

I’m Back!! ….again…

Hey readers! Sorry I didn’t give you a heads-up but I was on VACAY!!! Every summer (mostly) my family (in some assortment) goes to Chincoteague Island Virginia for vacation and last week was the week! Needless to say I am behind on posts (again!) and came home to a ginormous stack of mail (and packages). Here’s a taste of the island for ya!

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The view from our back porch overlooking the marsh at sunset

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One of 3-4 beach manicures. Sand and seafood are hard on nails!

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One natural beachy look i did AFTER the beach one night i knew we were going out!

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The Annual Pony Swim! Yes, those are horse heads floating in the water! The pics are terribad because it was pouring rain for the 5 minutes the swim lasted. but I was waiting for this moment for 20 years!

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Not 45 minutes later, it was sunny and beautiful and they paraded the herd of ponies down Main street to the carnival grounds.

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My toes (and my stepmoms toes) in the sand!

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Tanning, bitches! with proper SPF coverage of course. Can’t be fading that tat ink!

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reading Glamour magazine in the sunshine! ( see how my thumbnail is now orange, and was mint green in my mani? yeah. )

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Peace love and ponies! My first ever fishing trip and I caught a trout! HE WAS DELICIOUS. NO REGRETS.

Most people squint at me and try and figure out what I’m trying to say when I say ‘Chincoteague’. We rent a house, eat lots of seafood, go to the beach…and this year, there were 3 teenage girls in the house, so I took face masks and mani supplies and we had a BLAST.

Now, prepare for an onslaught of posts. I usually try not to post more than once in a day because I think people will perceive me as obnoxious if I do (even though I probably am anyways). However I just have too much in the way of goodies to share! Stay tuned!

Christmas in July, from Germany!

If any of you readers are denizens of my subreddit, RAoM, you know that we did a Christmas in July gift exchange! The gifts had to be mailed by July 15th, and we didn’t know who our secret santas were. My gift arrived yesterday and i was absolutely flabbergasted! My Santa went ALL OUT and I was so impressed.

For perspective on how much mail I have been receiving in general…this was on my doorstep yesterday.

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The bottom package is my christmas gift! here’s a shot of the packaging for ya–check out all the stamps!

ImageIn case you cant read that, it says that it’s 12 days of christmas, and i have to open the gifts in ORDER. HOLY CRAP I LOVE THEMED PRESENTS. My excitement was building, and it was probably more exciting than real christmas.

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Upon unwrapping, I found my 12 gifts, as well as an extra gifty for my kitten, Kipper, and a hilarious little Santa figure!

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GIfts 1-3: Misscha BB cream, orange soap, and a VW magnet! My Santa stalked my Reddit history and this very blog to figure out good gift ideas for me. So she knew i had been dying to try Korean BB creams and that I just bought a new Volkswagen in April. The orange soap represents the traditional oranges given on Christmas in Germany.

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Gifts 4-6: A new toner to try, glitter powder, and my very first Illamasqua product! its a practically fluorescent pink gloss and I love it. Again, my obsession with neon and sparkles is public enough for her to find it.

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Gifts 7-9: Another present for Kipper! With an adorable poem. He loves it! Also a fabulous mascara and balm stain, both brands I never heard of but that I have since tested and ADORED.

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Gift 11 (relax, i know i skipped 10!): PALETTE! The colors are great, there are pop up pictures around the mirror, and 2 cream eyeliners. OH, and a parachuting pirate ninja. with a cupcake. HELLO, FABULOUS.

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Gifts 10,12, and the note: These 3 things were the most impressive, though only by a hair because the entire presentation was completely remarkable and awe-inspiring. The necklace is adorable, and HOW DID SHE KNOW MY VACATION STARTS MONDAY?! I don’t have anything like this travel bag and I really needed one. It’s absolutely perfect and just the right amount of quirky.

Isn’t that just fabulous?? I was so excited I couldn’t wait and this morning I was already diving into the products:

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I know the bottom left picture looks washed out, but that’s because I didn’t wait for the BB cream to fully adjust to my skintone. As you can see in later pictures, it ended up matching quite well! Also, my shadow looks chalky in the picture, but that is because sparkle doesn’t photograph well. The only products I used of my own that I did not receive were moisturizer, eye primer, blush, and bronzer. All in all, I think I looked fabulous!

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Products used!

The next gift exchange is at Halloween and I absolutely CANNOT WAIT. This was such a blast and I had such a wonderful Santa.

Do any of you have experience with any of these brands? Most of them are unknown to me!

RANT: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips

If you read one of my mail posts, you will know that I got these Sally Hansen nail strips in my $5 Target beauty box. I got around to trying them out not that long ago….hoo boy.

The website touts “instant salon effects.” I hate to break it to you, Ms. Hansen, but these took WAY longer to figure out than my manis take to dry! Not to mention trying to match up the strips to my fingernails…stretching the plaid pattern evenly….not ripping it….

It also states it lasts 10 days and is easy to remove with regular nail polish remover. BOTH FALSE. The edges were lifting within a day–and I even had wrapped the edges with topcoat to try and extend the lifetime. So, I decided to remove them and move on. WORSE THAN GLITTER POLISH. basically the color came off and I was left with remnants of the silver foil base.

Hell…at least they LOOKED cool for a day.

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Also…the line running across the nails mid-nail? That wasn’t user error. That is actually just how the strips looked–you can see where they were stamped and that’s where the ends line up. You can also see where the stretching was difficult to do evenly and i got tears (nail polish stretch-marks, haha) on a couple. behind the stretching is the silver color of the foil base. Luckily this particular pattern was pretty busy and observers didn’t seem to notice the flaws until I pointed them out.

All in all, this product did NOT live up to its promises nor my expectations. I will not be buying these again!

Princess Party Post Series: Phinal Post–ARBONNE!

Because in Philadelphia, everything with a ffff sound is spelled PH.

My friend Danielle is an Arbonne representative, and she attended my Princess party. We went to college together, and she’s hilarious and I love getting together with her. She hauled a whole bunch of her Arbonne arsenal with her to my Princess party completely without intent or expectation to sell, just to make us pretty! This is why I love her and will be posting much more about her. If you want to know more about Danielle, here is her Facebook page

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Like I said, I am a horrible friend and even worse blogger, so I have no idea what she used. However my entire face is Arbonne products top to bottom. Bonus: My best friend got an Arbonne makeover too, and wanted to be on my blog! You saw her nails in my Princess party manicure post, here is her adorable tiiiiiny face to go with it!

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Ain’t she cute?

And, because Danielle is so awesome she left me with all these samples! Expect reviews and looks soon!

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She sent a bunch of samples home with BFF too–she basically opened the sample pack and gave the pale half to her and the tan half to me 🙂 I can’t wait to dive in–I have to be honest, I already did, but I can’t find the pictures and I wasn’t keen on the shade anyway so too bad for you.

FUN FACT: Arbonne does snacks, too?

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As you can see if you can read my scribbly handwriting, this is an Arbonne Fit Chew in mango pineapple flavor. It was delicious. They basically are yummy little chewy candies–slightly more caramel in consistency than gummy. They have a wonderful fruity flavor and are designed to give you a satisfying little taste to tide you over until a meal so you arent reaching for that candy bar in your desk. A+ for branching out, Arbonne!

 

And with that, the Princess party posts have drawn to a conclusion. It only took 3 weeks….my bad. However now that I have nearly caught up to my lazy lifestyle AND it’s the weekend, I might be able to show you some really awesome things the next few days! Expect faces, polishes, reviews, and more! Stay tuned!

The Mary Kay Look: Influenster Glamour VoxBox

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Hello beautiful readers! I’m a bit late to the game but I haven’t yet posted my review and pictures from the Mary Kay VoxBox I received from Influenster! I got 5 full-sized products to test out. The Mary Kay brand is one that is known to me to be very reliable and have quality (if a bit pricey) products, so when I found out I had qualified and would be receiving the below cosmetics, I was very excited!

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Included were Lash Primer, Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (which is new according to that catalog), Cream Eye Color in Violet Storm, Cream Eye Color/Concealer brush, & True Dimensions lip stick in Pink Cherie.

I will tell you right now that I don’t have pictures or swatches of the lash primer or mascara. I don’t understand the primer’s purpose–I didn’t notice a huge difference. But this could be because I already have long-ish and thick lashes and don’t particularly need a large amount of lash products–if I forget mascara sometimes, no one notices.

HOWEVER I will say that if you love Clump Crusher, it’s very similar. The brush is identical, the application is identical, the only difference is the brand/price tag.

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The top swatch is the eyeshadow. I love it! It’s very smooth and has only a slight purple tint–a more accurate title would have been LAVENDER storm 🙂 With my normal primer it lasted all day and didn’t crease, and blends very well with my other shadows. Unfortunately due to my sub box obsession the $22 price tag is beyond my budget.

The bottom swatch is the lipstick. I LOVE THIS. You can see it actually on my lips in one of the pictures from my last post (paired with a lip liner from my Ipsy bag). It goes on butter smooth and blends nicely with my natural lip color. The container itself is innovative–I haven’t seen a similar tube from any other brand.

As for the brush, it is very nice. I didn’t have anything of similar size/shape in my current brush collection so it was a welcome addition. It seems sturdy and didn’t lose any bristles when washed.

OVerall, the total value of this box was $80.00, so how could I be anything but pleased? To be 100% straight with y’all, one of the best parts was this page in the catalog that actually shows different looks to try! I just substituted the items I didn’t have (most of them) with approximate items from my collection!

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Thanks and shout out to Influenster for the opportunity to test out these great beauty products from Mary Kay! Also it’s really important to note that “I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.” Which you already knew, if you knew anything about Influenster and its VoxBoxes.

Thanks for stopping by!

I Missed Your Face!!

Would you believe I am *still* behind from that one week I was unable to post? Yes. And I have 10 faces that you all were denied, incredibly. Rather than bombard you with 10 face posts in which I describe how I forgot which products I used and am unable to recall how well they lasted–I used my favorite Google Picasa feature and made collages!!  For funsies, you can guess what I used. I don’t rightly know myself, so chances are you might even know better than myself!

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I’m fairly sure this was either done with the Ariel palette or Shany….or a combination thereof.

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This may be the LORAC Red Carpet palette. Which would explain the “show off my blush head tilt” action of the center picture

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No idea. Might be a blue NYX shadow trio I have. I know the eyeliner is from H&M.

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at a total loss on this one.

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Also no idea, which is a shame because I really liked this look. The red might be MAC Cranberry.

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Rocking the 80s! the lightest shade could be the Mary Kay cream shadow I got in my Influenster voxbox (post forthcoming)

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minimalist neutral look. unknown products.

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Again the H&M eyeliner!

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This one turned out AWESOME. The Mary Kay box came with a catalog that actually had a couple look tutorials in it. I just matched the colors as best I could find and I loved the results!

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OK I know the liner is the Starlooks in tipsy from my last Ipsy and the lippie is Mary Kay in pink cherie from the voxbox.

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This may also be the LORAC Red carpet palette.

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Girls Night Out! I promise that’s a strapless shirt, I’m not nekkid.

So what do you think? TIps, advice, guesses on mystery products? Compliments encouraged 🙂 I dare you to feed this ego 😛

Nails, Nails, Nails–WARNING! May include Toes.

You’ve missed quite a few manicures, ladies! (I guess & gents…I don’t know if any of my male followers are particularly interested…) Let’s play the catch-up game!

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This beauty was done a few days before the princess party. The gold is Zoya-Kerry (it’s so beautiful I forgive them for spelling my name wrong!) and the oceanic glitter is Sally Hansen-Mermaid’s Tale.

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Funky Fingers-Jawbreaker! Which makes sense, though it also reminds me of funfetti cake 🙂

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I call this my SUNNY DAY mani! NYC Skyline Blue with NYC French Tip clouds. Yellow is RImmel Sunny Days with Julep Hilary gold glitter.

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As this was my first attempt at serious business nail art, I was super proud of my clouds! I used a cosmetic wedge sponge and painted one corner with the white polish, and dabbed away! This one got a lot of notice.

That’s what you missed on….NAILS.