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Nude Nails

In the past, I had a strong addiction to nail polishes. I wanted (and almost had) every shade possible. No matter the brand, color, or texture; I needed it. I had so many nail polishes that it eventually became a burden to store my nail polish.

Over the course of a couple of years, I’ve not only downsized my collection, but also my preference of colors. I no longer gravitate to toward bright neon (maybe for a summer pedi) and glitter (accent nail friendly), but instead stick to mostly classic and neutral shades of pinks and reds. However, the shade of polish that I wear the most is nude polish for a clean and classic look of nude nails.

For me, having a nude nail polish is a must for various reasons. Finger nails with nude polish gives the illusion of longer and slender fingers, doesn’t look that noticeable when chipped, and goes with everything and every season. It’s pretty much a no brainer.

Currently, I’m wearing Sally Hansen’s ‘Camelflage’ (I love polish names!), which is the perfect light khaki brown for my late winter skin that’s not too pale or my naturally tanned complexion. However, when summertime arrives and drops off my full coverage tan, I know I’m going to have to go up a couple of notches on the color spectrum. Luckily, more makeup and nail polish brands are coming out with collections that feature natural neutral shades. So, everyone has a chance to be nude in some way or another. *insert seductive wink*

Finding The Right Nude Polish For Your Skin Tone:

Fair/Pale Skin: Sheer pinks and milky mauves. AVOID stark whites and pinks, because they will look too harsh and washed out.

Olive/Tan Skin: Sandy beiges vey soft taupes. AVOID polishes with yellow undertones, because they will washout against your complexion and look shallow.

Deep/Dark Skin: Dark browns, coffee colors, and pinky beige colors. AVOID polishes with grey under tones, because they will make your hands look dull and “ashy”. Who wants that?

 

Here some safe color choices that are complimentary to multiple skin tones.

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Deborah Lippman Bare BeigeEssie All Eyes On NudeZoya Nude Perfectorbutter LONDON ‘Tea Wit The Queen’

I hope you are no a little more informed and determined on finding your perfect nude polish for nude nails.

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3 Must-Have Items In My Purse for Cold Weather

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Every season, your daily needs that reside in your bag changes. In the spring and summer, you always try to carry sunscreen, a bright lip products, and a sweet floral scent. In the winter, you become all about moisture.

Like most people, in the winter I try to keep as many hydrating items, as possible. For me, I have 2 areas that get ridiculously dry as soon as cold weather hits and that’s my  lips and hands/cuticles.

Lipsticks and glosses, while making your lips look pretty and shiny, can also speed out the drying of your lips in conjunction with the cold air. So, a really heavy and penetrating lip balm is necessary for me and I have been finding that in Vaseline’s Lip Therapy in cocoa butter. However, I recently stumbled upon their new rose lip balm one and I love it! It’s just as moisturizing as the original and cocoa butter options, but it has a soft rosy scent and hint of pink helps add a flush of natural pink to your cold and pale lips.

Bad cuticles and dry hands are one of my pet peeves to see on people and when I see them on myself, I instantly reach for one of multiple bottles of Sally Hansen Vitamin E cuticle oils and my Nivea Creme tin from the bottom of my purse. These 2 little hydrating gems are amazing on their own, but when combined? Oh, my hands are pretty much miraculous. Clean, soft, and moisturized hands…is the only thing that I like.

Stay Stylish!

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HALLOWEEN: Bloody Nails Artwork

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With Halloween right around the corner, most people are just now deciding what costume to wear for costume parties and/or trick-or-treating with the kiddos. However, there are some of us who don’t have a reason to dress up, but would still like to participate in some way, small or large, in Halloween.

One of the ways I like participate in Halloween is with my nails. Usually, I use a bright orange and/or black, but that has become very boring over the years. Enter, nail art! One nail art design that has peaked my interest in the past couple of years is ‘bloody nails’. I’ve always wanted to try it, but never got around to trying it out. However, I’m ready this year.

Here are some polishes that will help you attain this look and design.

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essie ‘Limited Addiction’Ginger + Liz ‘Poole It Together’OPI ‘Alpine Snow’Ulta ‘Baby Doll’Seche Vite Top Coat

The look of “bloody nails” might be a little too gore for some, but there are couple ways you can try this trend that can be more cool than creepy. If you are interested in trying this or some other nail art designs for Halloween, you should check out my Pinterest board for Halloween nail art ideas.

Stay Stylish!

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Weekend Beauty Buys: 2 regrets and a decent one

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I had another weekend in the house thanks to a weekend full of events throughout the city; particularly, around my neighborhood.  Unfortunately, despite the very pleasant weather, I was not in the mood to deal with any the crowds and traffic that comes with such events. However, things eventually died down, which gave me enough time to go wander around some stores. Therefore, here is the latest addition of WEEKEND BEAUTY BUYS!

The first item I picked up was one that I’ve been eying and itching to buy and try and that’s Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel. Every time I would go to Target, I would put it my cart before ultimately putting it back before checkout. I decided that I needed go ahead and do a buy and try. Since buying it, I’ve already used it. I think I’m going to write a review about this. So, look out for that.

The next thing I picked up Maybelline’s Pumped Up Colossal Mascara. All the mascara I had was dried up and needed to land in the nearest garbage can. So, I decided to pick up this up while investigating the makeup aisle at Walgreens. Sidenote: I wish I had naturally thick and long lashes and I needed to do was swipe a couple of clear mascara. Eh..what can you do.

Finally, ELF Eyebrow Kit caught my attention and I decided to buy it. As of this moment, I’m not sold on it, but I think I need to play around with it more. Fingers crossed, because I’ve heard fairly good things about this kit.

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Favorite 5 for Under $5: Drugstore Beauty Products

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A few beauty products under $5 that include some of my personal favorite drugstore products, including a few cult favs and new classics in the makeup junkie world.

  • Rimmel London Stay Matter Powder in Transparent, $3.99 – This is my go-to powder for everyday use. I initially bought it to set my undereye concealer, which it does a wonderful job at doing so, but recently I’ve been using it all over my face and it’s just the bees knee.
  • Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear, $3.97 – This is the only gel I use to keep my brows in place, bare or filled in with powder. It keeps my brows in place and on point…all day. I’ve been using this clear mascara for my brows for years and haven’t looked back.
  • Sinful Colors Nail Polish, $1.99 – If there is a color of nail polish you are looking for, there’s a strong chance that Sinful colors has it ans for less than $2, at that. The color payoff for Sinful Colors is amazing and the selection of colors is vast.
  • NYX Lip Pencils $3.49 -These knocked Wet n Wild Pencils off of my favorite drugstore lip pencils. They offer a wide selection of colors, plus it has a high longevity during the day. My personal favorite colors are Blooom which is a nice and deep fuschia and Peekaboo Neutral which is the base for all my nude lip options.
  • Covergirl Cheek Blushers $3.99 -My favorite drugstore blush. Nicely pigmented and my favorite shade, Pretty Peach, adds a soft and natural flush to my skin.

Stay Stylish!

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