The Only Nail Color I’m Wearing This Summer

Cajun Shrimp Nail Polish

I definitely have the tendency of getting a little… well… super into things.  Right now I’m obsessed with all things coral. Purses, shoes, clothing, eyeshadows (seriously!) if it’s coral color, it’s love.  So when I got my OPI gel mani done in its Cajun Shrimp color, it was love at first sight.  It’s the perfect combination of pink and orange.  Not to mention it totally compliments my super duper pale skin tone!  This is my third mani (in a row) of this color and I’m so not even close to tired of it yet!  Cajun Shrimp is hands down my nail color for the summer!

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Valentine’s Day Nails

NailsI love Valentine’s Day because it gives us an excuse to show our loved ones how much we care.  Not that we need an excuse but it’s an excuse nonetheless.  I’m definitely a girly girl at heart so painting my nails pink and sparkly for Valentine’s Day feels only natural!  I added “Love Always” Sally Hansen nail polish strips to my ring fingers for some extra fun.  And the final result was…

Nails 2Ta Da!  My nails are super short now that I started playing the banjo.  Doesn’t mean I can’t still have fun with it!  Here’s how it’s done.

Step 1:  Apply Sally Hansen nail polish strips to ring finger according to package directions.  Be sure to swipe the nail with polish remover to remove any residues before applying.  Trust me.  It seems counter-intuitive but it really makes the polish strip last longer!

Step 2:  Apply two coats of Essie “Blanc” nail polish.  Let it dry completely.  The next polish is so light that adding a pure white underneath will help so you’re not adding 30 coats to achieve full color.

Step 3: Apply two coats of Deborah Lippmann “Shape of My” Heart polish.

Step 4: Top off with 1 coat of Dior Perlé iridescent matte top coat.  Make sure to add the top coat to your Sally Hansen polish strip as well.  That’ll make all your nails matte so you don’t have 1 weird shiny finger.

Happy Valentine’s Day Loves!

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Lust List Gift Guide: Beauty Junkie

I’m a major beauty product junkie.  Nail polish, lip glosses, designer collaborations… swoon!  You name it, I’ve probably tried it.  I’m definitely not saying I’m a master cosmetologist but I know what works for me and I’m always open to trying something new.  There are a lot of beauty product lovers just like me out there that would love anything on this Beauty Junkie Lust List.  Happy Shopping!

Beauty Junkie Lust List

 

1) Ciaté Mini Mani Month Set – $58 – With 24 mini nail polishes, it’s the perfect advent calendar for the nail polish loving people on your gift list!

2) Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain – $34 – My personal favorite lip stain ever… period.  It’s fantastic!!

3) Philosophy Thank You Gift Set – $20 – The perfect unique hostess gift.

4) The Body Shop Festive Manicure Set – $8

5) Jo Malone Cologne Collection – $100 – Jo Malone is one of my favorites so a 5 piece sample set is a perfectly luxurious gift.

6) Laura Mercier Luxe Color Eyes and Cheeks Palette – $125

7) Clinique Party Favours Gift Set – $47

8) Estée Lauder Lush Lip Glosses – $38.50

9) MAC ‘Stroke of Midnight’ Essential Brush Set – $49.50 – All the brushes she’ll ever need!

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Monday Must-Have Lust List

1) BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PRODUCTS

I love products with a cause.  And I particularly like to support the Breast Cancer Awareness cause.  Many of you probably already know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so there are tons of ways that we can show our support.  And what’s great is we can do so without having to donate tons of cash or attend swanky events (if you have the means, I want to see pictures of the event!).  We can help just a little by purchasing some of the products that in turn will donate a portion of their proceeds to charity.  Here are a few of my favorite products:

Deborah Lippmann Shape of My Heart

10% of proceed will benefit Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, CA

10% of proceeds will benefit the Beast Cancer Foundation Center

10% of proceeds will benefit the Beast Cancer Foundation Center

Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil

20% of the proceeds is given to The Rose, a charity that supports women with breast cancer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) PUMPKIN PATCHES

I love this time of year.  And one thing that really gets me in the spirit is heading to a pumpkin patch.  I love to wander around and find the perfect pumpkins for carving.  I’m no master carver but there’s nothing more fun to me than the traditional lopsided pumpkin smile.  Stay tuned on my social media accounts if you’d like to see the final product!

Pumpkins

3) HALLOWEEN PARTIES

It seems like most Halloween parties are happening this weekend and it’s one of my favorite parties of the year.  It might be tied with Christmas and New Year parties…  I can’t decide.  Seeing everyone’s costumes is always a blast and I usually have mine planned out for the follow year by November 1st.  I’m really excited about my costume but it’s a secret for now!  You’ll just have to wait!  Oh, the suspense!  What are you going to be?

4) PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING

You want to know how I know it’s fall?  It’s not boots, not sweaters, not the changing colors of the leaves.  It’s pumpkin spice everything emerging!  I mean, seriously!  You can get candles, creamer, coffee, beer, soap, etc in pumpkin spice flavors.  And of course pumpkin pie starts popping up on menus all over.  I personally love it.  I tend to over do it and will be over it by December but I can’t help it!  It’s like my cat nip!

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5) FASHION 2.0: SEASON OF CHANGE BY YULI ZIV

Yuli Ziv’s next book in her Fashion 2.0 series will be a controversial hit discussed widely among those in the industry.  It forecasts how the changing world of technology will disrupt the fashion industry.  Without a doubt, technology will change all of us but this book sounds interesting and scary specific to fashion.  My copy is on its way and I’m looking forward to doing a book review on it soon!

Yuli Ziv

Monday Must-Have Lust List

While we are still on our Hawaiian adventure, here are a few things that have made the island inspired lust list…

1) Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen

For as pale as I am, it’s a miracle I’m not burned to a crisp.  I always rely on Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen for basically all my sunscreen needs.  I haven’t gotten burned even a teeny tiny bit!!  I’m knocking on wood as I write this though… just in case!

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2) Anti-itch Cream

So I haven’t been sun burned but I’ve gotten so many mosquito bites I’m worried people will think I’ve contracted leprosy.  Seriously, I have 22 bites and counting.  It doesn’t help that I have basically no self control when it comes to itching them.  Luckily my friend had brought some anti-itch cream that has become my favorite thing on the whole planet.

3) Sun Hats

I love me a good sun hat.  Basically I love all hats but right now I’m specifically in need of some sun shade.  My favorite, that I’ve mentioned in some previous posts, is my Eric Javis Squishee IV Wide Brim Hat.  It has UPF 50+ which means my scalp will remain unburned!  A double bonus is it packs really well.  You can simply roll it up and throw it in your suitcase.  I usually wear mine to the airport but that’s mostly because I’ve run out of room to pack it!

Eric Javits Hat

4) Homeaway.com

Both the homes we have been staying at on Oahu and the Big Island we found through Homeaway.com.  Both of them have been really incredible.  I totally prefer to stay in a rental home compared to a stuffy overcrowded resort.  Not to mention with 2 or 3 couples, it ends up being a huge savings to rent 1 house over separate rooms.  I’ll do reviews of our specific places soon!

5) Sparkly Debra Lippmann Nail Polish

I know it’s basically all about fall nails now but I’m stretching out some summery nails through the rest of my Hawaiian trip.  I packed some fun sparkly Debra Lippmann polish in ocean and sunset shades.  Right now I’m wearing the Mermaid’s Eyes color so I’d feel like a mermaid while I was snorkeling and swimming in the lagoon.  It only seems appropriate!

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