Trying Gel Nail Polish

First impressions, Nails, Product reviews, Videos
I fell into another Internet rabbit hole. This time it was nail videos, leading me to want to try using gel nail polish at home. I tend to paint my nails about every other week, but sometimes it takes longer to make myself want to (literally) watch paint dry. I also tend to chip my nails after only a couple days, so it doesn't always seem worth the time it takes to paint them. But, I do like when my nails are grown out a bit, and it's much too dangerous to navigate the world with long bare nails. So, gel nails intrigued me. You can get much more wear time when you apply it correctly, and it's much less likely to chip. And if you take good care of…
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VIB Rouge Exclusives: Info, Dupes, and Similar Products

VIB Rouge Exclusives: Info, Dupes, and Similar Products

Beauty hauls, Beauty steals, Comparisons, Face, Lips, Nails, Product reviews, Videos
I'M SO GLAD THAT THIS VIDEO + BLOG POST ARE FINALLY SEEING THE LIGHT OF DAY. I've been working on this since February. That's right, February, as in five months ago. Basically, finding dupes takes time, and every time I thought I was done, Sephora kept coming out with more VIB Rouge exclusives! Not to mention all the traveling and the fact that I work full-time. Even at the time I'm posting this, there's been at least one more item added, continually out of stock, and I'm NOT waiting another five months! I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me... I'm sure you understand the dreaded "out of stock" message anyway! VIB Rouge exclusive products are certain shades of popular products that are exclusive to VIB Rouge members. I…
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Gradient/Ombre Nail Tutorial

Gradient/Ombre Nail Tutorial

Tutorials and Tips, Videos
Hey everyone, I decided to go a bit of a different route this time and give you guys a nail tutorial. I used to be really into nail art, but over time I've had less and less time to spend on it. I thought it would be fun for me to go back to something I used to love so much, and put together a tutorial for one of my favorite techniques: ombre nails! All you need is some nail polish and an eyeshadow applicator (the cheap sponge kind). You can either search your stash for one that came with a drugstore palette, or buy a pack at the drugstore for super cheap. If you're a visual learner, check out my video to see me do this technique. Otherwise, scroll…
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DEAL ALERT: NARS Dolce Vita Trio

DEAL ALERT: NARS Dolce Vita Trio

Beauty steals
Hello! I was perusing the Nordstrom Anniversary sale last night and came across the "Beauty Exclusives." Uh oh. Of course, all of the brands had amazing sets, but NARS and MAC had the best, in my opinion. I came across this trio and put it into my cart immediately. [caption id="attachment_1932" align="alignnone" width="380"] Image from Nordstrom.com[/caption] This is the NARS 'Dolce Vita' Lip & Nail Set. Yes, you can now get their top-selling neutral as a nail polish, and apparently it's limited edition for the fall. Also, it's perfect. That nail polish. I've had the lipstick on my list for a while now, and while I don't love lip glosses, I've been curious about NARS' recent reformulation. Maybe this lip gloss will convert me into a full-on lipgloss lover. And…
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CVS Haul | June 2014

CVS Haul | June 2014

Beauty hauls, Videos
Hi, guys! Very exciting times--I made a video to show what I got at CVS yesterday. I know it's not perfect, and in fact I'm super nervous posting it knowing that there are obvious flaws, but we've all gotta start somewhere, right? Please watch, enjoy, and let me know what you think! I definitely want to keep at it and get better, so suggestions are welcomed. First thing on my list for next time is to fix the lighting... Next is to find some better video editing software while I'm away from home this summer (I'm rocking iMovie 2010 here after getting used to Adobe Premiere Pro). [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU2algRRKM0?rel=0&w=560&h=315] In my haul: Maybelline Eye Studio Quad in Copper Chic (wearing in the video) Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Candied Toffees…
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Fall Nails

Fall Nails

Fall, Nails, Product reviews, Seasonal
Hey, all! I'm going to close out what turned into a fall mini-series, with what got me interested in beauty in the first place: nail polish! I love how great I feel when I have freshly-painted nails. It can make something a mundane as holding a pen feel more exciting. I love digging out my fall colors because it gets me so inspired and excited for fall weather and outfits! Hopefully this will give you a little inspiration, too :) Fall Colors with a Cream Finish Cooler weather doesn't mean you have to suck the color out of everything! Fall is the most colorful time of year, and you can draw from those colors to bring some life to your nails. https://flic.kr/p/qb5idL Colors shown: Revlon Top Speed in Vintage -…
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Target + Ulta Collective Haul

Target + Ulta Collective Haul

Beauty hauls, Beauty steals, Style, Style hauls
Hey, girls! The best time to catch sales is between seasons, as stores are trying to clear the shelves to make room for the next batch of stuff. I went to Target and Ulta a couple weeks ago and decided to try some products I haven't tried before, and went back to Ulta last weekend, so now I have two trips worth of products to show you! I don't usually like to shop at Ulta for drugstore products (it's often more expensive, and I'm not in love with their coupon and rewards systems), but it's worth it when there are any deals or sales going on. Anyway, I just thought I'd let you know my first impressions of these products as I've been starting to use them. Trip 1 - Target…
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