Favorite Nail Colors to End Winter

I’ve been obsessed with pretty, cool toned neutrals for a while now. I find them very flattering and they complement almost any outfit. While I do have my go-to colors, like power reds and classic black, I’ve recently found myself gravitating toward grays, taupes and pretty pinks. Below are some of my new favorite nail polish colors that I think transition well from winter to spring months and are perfect for the spring holidays.

fave-nail-colors.jpg

  • Trust Fund Beauty – $12 Latte: I received this polish in my February Ipsy. While I was a little unsure about it at first, it honestly reminds me of one of my other favorite polishes for fall – You Don’t Know Jacques by OPI. It’s a muted, toned down brown or dark taupe. I think it pairs well with a comfy sweater on a rainy spring day, of course with your favorite caffeinated beverage.
  • Sinful Colors Professional Polish – Taupe is Dope: This one definitely looks grayer than what I think taupe generally looks like. Regardless, it’s a great cool toned neutral that looks good with just about any outfit, transitioning well from office wear to a night out with the girls.

current-nail-color.jpg

  • OPI – Dulce de Leche: This is by far the best pinky nude I’ve ever come across. I find a lot of pinks are too bright or too white, but this one is absolutely perfect! Out of these three colors, this is definitely my favorite. Of course it’s made with the easy to apply brush that OPI is known for and the fabulous OPI formula. I’ll definitely be wearing this color next and throughout spring. It’s the perfect nude for Easter and Passover.

What are some of your favorite colors going from winter to spring? What color are you currently wearing?

Advertisements

Top 4 Nail Colors For Fall

While I love summer, there comes a point when I’m just tired of being hot and sweaty. I’m definitely an advocate for fall – a time when the sun sets earlier, the air is crisper and everything is pumpkin.

Fall is really exciting to me because we get to bundle up in different scarves, jackets and we get to accessorize with darker colors! I’ve been all about dark colors and nude hues all year, but now I can really embrace it in everything I wear, including my nail polish. Here’s a quick round up of my favorite nail colors going into the fall season.

IMG_0116.JPG

  • Circuits by L.A. Colors: Black is as dark and spooky as they get for this time of year. I’ve been obsessed with black nails all year because they look so sleek and edgy. This nail polish takes about two coats and dries quickly. This lasts at least a week – I change my nail color weekly – and it’s so inexpensive. I found this brand at my local dollar store for, you guessed it, a dollar!
  • Wicked Attraction by Sonia Kashuk: This color is more of a dark plum, but when it dries it looks almost black. I really like it because in certain lighting you can see the color, but like I said, it’s pretty dark and looks festive for fall. I don’t particularly like the brush for this polish because it’s very thin and doesn’t cover much of the nail in one swipe so it’s difficult to get an even coat. I generally apply two to three coats and I feel like the application for this polish takes forever. It’s a great color nonetheless.
  • Vacation Time by Sinful Colors Professional: You’ve seen this before on the blog – this color is my favorite go to. It’s the perfect pink/mauve nude. It’s great for any occasion. It’s such a timeless color. Love it!
  • Incognito y L.A. Colors: This color has the same formula as the black polish. It dries quickly and only takes a couple coats. It’s a really great cool gray color. Perfect going into fall and winter weather.

I’d really like to find a deep non-shimmery red, like a blood red for fall and winter. I’ll keep you all updated if I do find one that I love.

What are some of your favorite fall nail colors?

September Ipsy Bag Review

I just began hearing about Ipsy this past summer while watching some of my favorite beauty and fashion YouTubers. One YouTuber in particular raved about how she just began getting super into makeup and this was a great service to try different brands and products to see what works for you. With that being said, as a makeup junkie on a budget, I was definitely intrigued. After doing some research, I got the facts and signed up!

If you’re also new to Ipsy, it’s a monthly beauty subscription service, much like more popular and well-known Birch Box. While I don’t know the specifics about Birch Box, when you sign up for Ipsy, you take a short quiz to personalize your bag – choosing skin tone, eye and hair color, what types of brands you’re interested in, what types of products you’re interested in and more. Once your profile is complete, depending on if they have product available, you’ll be billed and sent a bag. You receive a makeup bag with a new design each month and each bag holds fives items, both sample sized and full sized, based on your preferences.

IMG_0164.JPG

I signed up about a week into September thinking I’d have to wait until October to get my first bag, but I was actually notified a few days later they still had some spots left for this month. I did end up getting my bag September 24th. I was pretty stoked when I got it and checked out all the products immediately. Here’s what I got in my first Ipsy bag with a quick review on each product:

IMG_0166.JPG

Befine Food Skin Care: Exfoliating Cleanser (1 oz Trial Size – $10.00)

I hadn’t heard of this brand before and was anxious to try it. If you’ve been following mIMG_0171.JPGy
blog for a little while, you’ll know that I was dealing with some skin issues about a year ago and have been recovering ever since. While I don’t really like trying new skin care products, I did try this one because it is all natural, allergen free and paraben free made for sensitive skin – so I figured it was safe. I used a relatively small amount of the brown sugar, sweet almond and oats mixture, which turned into a really nice and gentle lather. It has a really light, sweet, non-offensive scent. Once I rinsed it off, my skin felt soft, clean and renewed. I’m really glad I was able to try this product and I can’t wait to use it again.

Trestique Mini Highlight Stick (Received sample stick, 0.04 oz. Full size retails for $34.00)

I’ve only swatched this product on my hand because I rarely ever put on a full face of glam makeup. It’s a very beautiful champagne color that’s extremely easy to blend and feels light weight on the skin. I’ll definitely use this when I want a subtle highlight.

IMG_0173.JPG

Tarteist Lash Paint (Received sample, 0.10 oz. Full size retails for $23.00)

I was extremely excited to try this mascara. I’ve been wanting to try a few Tarte products, but have never wanted to spend the money. I found the wand for this mascara to be pretty stiff, but it has many little bristles that help separate and coat each individual lash. It definitely made my already black lashes, even darker and thicker. I’ll definitely be using this every day until it’s gone.

IMG_0175.JPG

Waxing Kara Sweet Lips Honey Lip Balm ($10.00)

This was another product I was extremely excited to try. You can never have too many lip balms! This was definitely a hit with me! It’s a simple, natural, non-greasy formula that’s extremely nourishing to the lips. I immediately threw this in my Speedy for everyday use.

IMG_0177.JPG

Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Va Voom Nail Polish ($6.00)

I was excited to get a nail polish, but not so excited about the color – at first. The color I got is a deep purple/blue. My mom was the guinea pig with this product, since I just applied OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques Friday night. The polish was super easy to apply and only took one coat for full coverage. Although the color is not something I would choose for myself, I would definitely try it for a few days. It’s very different, but it’s such a gorgeous, rich, jewel color.

IMG_0179.JPG

Overall, I was pretty pleased with my first Ipsy bag. For the three items I was able to find pricing information on, I found the bag clearly pays for itself. Each product is definitely something that would work for me and I’m really glad I got to check out brands I’ve never heard of. The bag is definitely worth the $10 a month so far. I’m pretty pumped to see what’s in my October bag!

Have you tried any of these products? Have you tried any similar subscriptions? What has your experience been like? What was in your September Ipsy bag?

Top 5 Nail Colors For Summer

Nail color is one of the easiest and most subtle ways to express yourself. Each color, texture and design shows who you really are, what you like and how you feel. Your nail color is an added accessory to every outfit. Even the red carpet starting showing nail designs with the mani-cam!

I’m the type of person who has to have perfectly polished nails, anything else drives me crazy! Now that it’s summer, I feel like I can play with brighter and bolder colors. I love summer and now my nails can reflect it. I’m here to show you my go-to top five nail colors for summer. These are the colors I grab the most. When I’m at work, they remind me of the beach, with the sun, sand and a drink in my hand!

c4f2ddc8-41e5-4fce-877e-4e7d7d17354a.jpg

From left to right: L.A. Colors Color Craze in Hot Blooded, Essie in E-Nuf is E-Nuf, Essie in Tart Deco, Revlon in Siren, Sinful Colors Professional in Vacation Time

  1. L.A. Colors Color Craze in Hot Blooded: I picked up this red hot color at my local dollar store. It’s such a classic red, perfect all year round. It’s super easy to apply and fast drying – all you need is two coats and you’re good to go!
  2. Essie in E-Nuf is E-Nuf: I don’t quite understand the name, but this is such a great bright pink. This color really packs a punch!
  3. Essie in Tart Deco: I absolutely love this color! It reminds me of an orange sorbet. It’s a really pretty peach color that looks phenomenal against tan skin.
  4. Revlon in Siren: I haven’t wore this color too often this year, but I definitely love this bright orange color. I’ve found that Revlon nail polish is pretty thin, so this one usually takes about three thin coats, but it dries very quickly.
  5. Sinful Colors Professional in Vacation Time: I’ve practically been wearing this color every chance I get. It’s a mauve, nude that reminds me of relaxing, sandy beaches. It’s the perfect tone, it’s not too loud, but you definitely notice it. This is definitely one of my favorites.

I realize now that I go more toward peachy, orange colors, other than very classic tones. When it comes to nails, you can really never go wrong!

Have you tried any of these colors? What are some of your favorite summer colors?

My Nail Care Routine

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t have some sort of color on my nails. In my opinion, if you don’t have a perfectly polished manicure, your life is falling apart. I know that’s not true, but I like to have my nails done and present the best possible version of myself.

Without further adieu, here’s my weekly nail routine!

3f20419e-38a9-4893-83b4-72aeea61c3f9.jpg

I begin my nail routine by removing my old nail polish. I’ll use whatever type of cotton ball or cotton pads I have lying around at that time. I try to use safer nail polish remover, but I did go through a phase of acrylic nails, so I still have this 100% Acetone.

After my nail polish is removed and my nails are clean, I wash my hands and file my nails to create my desired shape and size. I like when my nails are to the tip of my fingers, sometimes longer, and in a rounded square shape – squared oval or squoval below.

nail-shap-body.jpg

Photo from Beautiful You Australia

Once my nail is shaped and sized, I’ll push my cuticles back with my cuticle pen from Avon. Then I apply Sally Hansen Hard As Nails. I love this stuff! It applies smoothly and dries quickly! I like to use it as a base and a top coat.

After Hard As Nails dries, I’ll apply at least two coats of whatever color I’m going to wear for the next week. In the first photo, I have a pale pink color.

When the color is dry, I clean up the edges by dipping a tiny concealer brush in nail polish remover – just like at the nail salon! Once it appears the way I want, I lock everything down with Hard As Nails again.

There you have it! What tips and tricks do you have when you do your nails?