Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Great "Go-To" look: Rockstar Pink and Strobe Light

  Show off your inner party animal, with these great Sally Hansen nail varnishes! 

Glitter is a great "go to" polish when you are short on time, but still want to have a rockin' look for a night on the town... or take your every day look and... 
kick it up a notch!


This look came from a combination of two glitzy varnishes. One that is cram packed with glitter, and one with larger, but fewer pieces.

I started with the "cram packed with glitter" polish. Give each of the nails one or two coats, just eye it and make sure the amount of glitter on each nail is the same. If you get excess, just continue to brush over it, the brush will remove any extra clear coat and leave the glitter behind.

I used Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail color.
The label was "Rockstar Pink" as you can see below:

Let the first application dry for a few minutes and then do a coat of glitter polish that has larger chunks spread out with more clear coat. I did this to add depth with the larger pieces, but it isn't necessary. You can just use one glitter polish and a nice top-coat if you prefer.

For the 2nd varnish, I used the same brand from Sally Hansen.
The label was "Strobe Light" as you can see below:

I love glitter polish! It is super glam and great to just throw on and run, as it dries quite fast. PLUS if you bump into something, you can just smudge it back into place!

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

YBF Luscious Lipcolor!

 YBF - for Your Best Friend - Luscious Lipcolor

I received an AWESOME gift... A YBF cosmetics kit! I absolutely love this brand!
These are the lip products from the kit, the colors are supposed to make your lips look fuller. 

Here is the result after applying these cosmetics:

 I definitely feel like the color did exactly what it promised as my lips look much fuller!

Here's what went down...

First, I applied the lipstick:

This is a great nude color! It is slightly warmer in hue than my actual lip color which helps make my lips look fuller! The color is called "Tawny Terrain" as you can see in the image below:

Most people apply lip liner first, I apply mine second (after the lipstick) because I feel like the line is too bold when drawn on first. You can experiment and see which way works best for you! 

Next, I applied the lip liner:

I love this lip liner because it goes on very smooth and feels luxurious. It also has a sharpener built into the cap, which is great because you can throw it in your bag for touch ups and not have to worry about it getting dull. The color is called "Safari Spice" as you can see in the image below:

Last, I applied the gloss:

The gloss is located in this compact underneath the eyeshadow. I used the light pink gloss because I have fair skin and did not want my lips to appear too dark. If you have darker skin you might prefer the darker gloss. The gloss is great because it adds shine and helps blend the lip liner and the lip stick!

You can find YBF cosmetics at HSN, Here's the link!

Also, If you would like to see exactly how I applied these, you can check out the video from my youtube channel below:

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Monday, January 10, 2011

UPDATE! Ditch the Marshmallow! J.F.

Reader: Jason Fee

After reading the post, "Fashion Find! Ditch The Marshmallow," Jason decided to get one of the featured Nitrous jackets made by Mountain Hardware. I was glad to hear that he was happy about his purchase! Check out these pics of him in his stylin' new coat and read what he had to say...

"The jacket is much lighter than you think, is very flexible, and great for outdoor activities."

"It is a really good camping jacket..."
"It is fitted so your arms and chest are covered well, without worrying about having hot air escape through the bottom like on many coats because the arms aren't long enough..."

"It is very plush feeling and the goose down keeps you very warm."

"The fabric it is made of makes it pretty water resistant and causes the wind to break on it, so you don't feel anything."

Well, Jason, you are definitely rockin' that Nitrous dude! Love the red btw! Definitely your color!

You can also find this jacket in my post, "Hiking, Climbing, Skiing... Layers Keep You Warm!"

If you have an update for me please check out the "Reader Update" page for instructions on how to submit!
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

OPI Nails! "Let Me Entertain You"

So, yesterday I had a "girl's day" with my beautiful friend Aubrey. We started our adventure at the salon getting manis and pedis. After being directed to, "Pick a color," we found one of the most beautiful nail varnishes. It's OPI's "Let Me Entertain You."


This photo doesn't even do it justice! It's like a rockstar meets Dorothy in her ruby slippers kind of color. I love it!

Best quote of the day...

"You might be a redneck if... you compare your nail polish to the paint on a Bass Tracker!"

Want this boat? Here's the link! lol

Jeff Foxworthy would be so proud....

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

How TO: Get a Flawless Look!! Bare Minerals!

Every woman desires a flawless face, but let's face it... nobody has perfect skin. We try every cream, moisturizer, gel, foundation, and powder that we can get our polished little hands on, but we never quite reach perfection. Well, for the past few months I have been using Bare Escentuals' Bare Minerals and I can tell you that my skin hasn't looked this great in a long time!


On the top I have my foundation. I use the matte version because I have somewhat oily skin and this really helps control shine. My color is medium. In the back in the left is the same foundation but in Medium Beige. This one is for when I am out in the sun and get a bit darker. I probably wont be using that one again until spring. In the back on the right is the mineral veil. This is used after the foundation and it fills the pores and lines and really finishes the look. In the front on the left is a product called warmth. This is lightly used all over the face to give a sun kissed look. I am not currently using it because I am too fair in the winter, I'm sure I will put it to good use this summer though. The product in the front on the right is Honey Bisque. I use this as a bronzer/blush.

These are the brushes I use. They all came in a kit with some makeup to get started. It is a better deal to buy the kit instead of purchasing everything individually. It is somewhat expensive, but after you buy the kit and get started it is not that pricey to buy new tubs because the only ones you use a lot will be the foundation and veil. The bronzer/blush should last you a long time if used sparingly. Here's the link to the kits, I purchased the Customizable Get Started Kit!

This is the largest brush in the kit. It is used to apply the foundation and the mineral veil. I like to apply the foundation all over my face, then I use the max coverage brush to cover my problem areas. I then go back to the full coverage brush to apply the mineral veil. In the video, included in the kit, they tell you to apply the veil last, but I prefer to apply it before the bronzer/blush.

This brush is used for covering problem areas such as acne, redness, scars, etc. You use the same foundation that you applied all over with the Full Flawless Face Brush. This step can be done before or after application to the entire face, however I find it best to do this after.

This brush is used for the bronzer/blush. It is smaller than the Full Flawless Face brush. When applying this I use a figure 3 shape sweeping over the temple, cheeks, and chin. I pay extra attention to the cheek application, applying this just below the cheekbone and upward toward the temple. I also include the apple of my cheeks in this application. This is the final step in my Flawless Face look!!!

Ok, so... I cheat a little bit. I have always used a liquid foundation and I kinda feel naked without it. Before applying any of my Bare Minerals makeup I use my fingers to apply this all over my face and blend in to my neck. I chose Almay's Smart Shade Makeup because it is really light weight and blendable. The cost ranges between $11.97 and $12.54. I purchase mine at Walmart but I'm sure you could find it at any local drug store as well. Here's the link!

I'm doing something new today and including my first video. This video is somewhat long (I had to split it into two parts) but it shows exactly how I apply this makeup and achieve my look. I hope you find It useful! Be sure to share this with all your friends on Facebook and Twitter. You can follow me on Twitter @ashNICOLEley. Happy Shopping!! XOXO