Monday, August 25, 2014

Water marbling fail?

I always try to water marble my nails and it never turns out the way I had hoped or seen others do in pictures. This is quite discouraging and I try to find tips online but all they say is PRACTICE! So I have been practicing and my most recent attempt is pretty good so I would just like to share with you what I did and what I think helps. 

First tip is to use room temperature water. This is very important because if your water is too warm or cold the polish won't spread the way that it is supposed and therefore won't work. 

Second tip is to use a newer bottle of nail polish. Older nail polish tends to separate or become sticky/gloppy. Also the brand of your polish is important. This attempt I used OPI and Essie brand polish and they both marbled easily and stuck to my nails without being watery. Some over polish brands are too watery and don't work as well. 

My last tip is to tape around the outside of your nail so that you can speed up the cleanup process. As you can see from the picture below, I used a purple/reddish shade and a gold/reddish shade so when the excess was left around my nail it looked as if I had just murdered someone. After you remove the tape you can dip a q-tip or cotton swab in nail polish remover and clean up whatever is leftover. 

So here is my attempt:

This attempt isn't too bad compared to some of my other tries but it still isn't the best. I should have used 2 colors that weren't so close together but because of the whole issue of which brand works, this is what I had to deal with. So hopefully you will learn from my mistakes and end up with beautiful water marbling. If you try the water marbling technique, you can send me pictures on my social media :) 

Love you lots <3

Saturday, August 23, 2014

August makeup favorites

August isn't over yet but I thought I would just give you a peek into what I have been loving this month makeup wise. I have made many trips to Ulta, Sephora, and Target in the past month to find these perfect products that I cannot stop raving about. So here are my August makeup favorites.

First off I would like to talk about this gorgeous Covergirl lipgloss that I found at Target and fell in love with. This is Covergirl's Colorlicious lipgloss in the shade 700 or "Whipped Berry".  This color is such a perfect pink that when you put it on it isn't a neon Barbie pink, it is just the perfect shade. I am a huge lipgloss girl and I can sometimes have problems finding lipgloss that isn't too sticky or too wet and that doesn't break the bank. This lipgloss doesn't do any of those things. It makes my lips feel smooth and moisturized while still being very glossy and it only cost $5.99! I cannot rave about this lipgloss enough so just try it for yourself and tell me what you think.

Next favorite is the Rimmel Wake Me up concealer in the shade Light/fair. This concealer is very brightening and conceals under the eye circles very well without looking too cakey or heavy. It is very light and I got it for a very low cost, I think about $5 which is great. 
Now I have Maybelline's The Rocket mascara in the waterproof formula. I love this mascara because it is waterproof, it make my eyelashes flare and look fuller and it isn't too expensive. (sense a theme here). I am all about saving money especially when it comes to makeup products because I don't want to spend a lot of money on something that may not even look good on me. This only cost $5.99 which is a great price for this quality product. 
Now I am not too sure what looks best when it comes to bold color eyeliner. But since I didn't have any I thought that I would never know unless I tried it so I popped into Ulta and picked up these and fell in love. The eyeliner on the left is the Pixel Pro Eye Liner pencil in the shade 401-02 or"Fabulous" and the eyeliner on the right is NYX Eye/Eyebrow pencil in the shade 910 or "Satin Blue". Both of these liners glide on smoothly and leave a lot of color behind without being too dark or heavy. 
 Last but not least I have this Maybelline New York Dream Pure BB 8-in-1 skin clearing perfector, and I'm not exactly sure which shade but it is one of the lightest ones. This BB cream has very light coverage and goes on very smoothly so if you are the kind of person who likes to cover everything on your face then this is not for you. This BB cream goes on like moisturizer and stays on all day. It does have a bit of a dewy finish but I just like to powder over top since I have slightly more oily skin and I don't want to look greasy. The product description off the Maybelline New york website says,
  • Clears acne
  • Conceals imperfections
  • Minimizes look of pores
  • Reduces appearance of redness
  • Adjusts to skin tone
  • Hydrates and smoothes
  • Enhances and clarifies skin
  • Is oil-free, with a lightweight feel 
I think it does all that while still being in my price range at $7.49.

Those are all of my monthly favorites and if you are also loving some of these products, let me know in the comments or on my social media :)

Love you lots <3

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back to school preperation

Since summer is almost over, I thought that I would come up with a few ways to get yourself ready for a new school year.

  • One way is to get a haircut. It's not like you have to chop off all of your hair, but maybe just a clean new trim for yearbook pictures or a new style to change up your look.
  • Another way to change your look is to buy some new clothes. If you are like me you will want your entire wardrobe to be different but we all know that that can end up being very pricey so you can always buy some new statements pieces to change your wardrobe from the previous year such as a statement necklace/jewelry or some colored flats. I love having colored or patterned flats because it can turn an ordinary/casual outfit into something special. 

  • One of my last tips is to get a cute backpack. Although this can sound a bit dreary, it really helps me to get a cute backpack that I love to help me get in the back to school mood. Canvas backpacks can be very cute and helpful in school because they are very durable and can hold a lot of school supplies.
  • My last tip is to be comfortable in whatever you wear and not stress too much. Just be yourself and everything else will fall into place :)             
Love you lots <3