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June Favorites

Hey guys! I’ve never actually done a monthly favorites post before, but decided that since I have a few things that I have been reaching for consistently, I decided to give it a go. I doubt I’ll have a favorites post every month, but here we go! Continue reading

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A Big Haul

Hey guys! I went shopping for a bunch of goodies at Sephora, Ulta, Target, Macy’s, Rite Aid, and CVS. Come find out what I got!
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Pre-Christmas Haul

Hey everyone! I somehow managed to forget to come on WordPress for over a week… oops! I had teaching assistant duties and a major paper to write by the eighteenth, came home from school, and had all of my Christmas shopping and preparations.

While I was out shopping, I did manage to get myself a couple things. I had a coupon for Ulta, 20% off of my entire order. I also picked up a few things in Target. Continue reading

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Essie Sexy Divide Polish

Hey everyone! I’ve been kind of busy lately with school. And yes, I know, you’re all thinking, but didn’t it start last week? And didn’t you have Monday off because it was a holiday? Yes, but everyone wanted to start off the semester with a bang, and things seem to just hit me out of the blue, every single stinking day. It’s also been insanely hot for summer’s last hurrah and is gross…

Anyway, onto beauty-related things, I tried out a beautiful dark purple Essie polish that I bought in a CVS mini haul. Interested to find out more? Read on! Continue reading

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Essie Fall Nail Look

Hey everyone! I wanted to share my latest nail look – and what will actually be on my nails for the first day of classes (and probably on the first day I have class, as I don’t have any Monday classes). I kept wanting to try more summery looks to go out with a final bang, but between the colors I recently bought and the fact that I haven’t been happy with the majority of my recent nail looks/they didn’t hold up, I’m just going to give up and go with fall shades. Or, y’know, Gryffindor colors.

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Essie Lilacism and Butter Violet’s Revenge

More nail polish reviews! And I managed to wear makeup today for the first time since Wednesday. Touching my cheek was painful from getting my wisdom teeth removed and my face is currently somehow super dry and gross and not at all what I want to put makeup on. But I did another very quick French mani the other day using new nail polish. And then promptly took a nap and messed up most of the nails on one hand. Continue reading

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Ombre Beachy Nails

One of my favorite tricks that I’ve come up with is an ombre effect on a nail. It takes two or three colors and blends them into a more continuous ombre effect. While I’ve only ever done this with a black or white base color before, today I decided to use Essie’s Sand Tropez nail polish as my base. It’s a lovely tan that’s great for a nude nail, and I’ve fallen in love with it since I first bought it a few weeks ago. Because it’s beach season, I’ve decided to pair it with a pale grayish blue, Maybelline Color Show polish in Poolside (It’s a limited edition shade) to look almost like the water’s edge.

The main tip to this look is to use very little polish on the brushes so that it’s hard to get an even coat (or if you do, it’s a super thin coat). By layering up a couple coats and having each layer’s colors end in a different spot of the nail, each layer may look splotchy but the overall effect is like an ombre. The best part of it is that while it looks professionally-done, it requires no tools other the basic brushes that come with each polish.

First, I used Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat. Then I put on two layers of the Essie Sand Tropez. While one layer may go over the entire nail, one or both layers should start at the cuticle and end about halfway down the nail (but not at the same place). Both can cover the entire nail, but there are a lot of layers of polish that can build up.

Two coats of Essie Sand Tropez

Two coats of Essie Sand Tropez

Then I put on three coats of Maybelline Poolside. The trick to this is actually to start at the tip and paint downwards, so that when you lift the brush away, not all bristles pull up at the same time and the color trails off. I usually start with the shortest layer first and then make a longer layer. If you let layers dry between coats, you can usually dab at the color if the color change looks too extreme on the last layer. The last layer for this was actually the thickest and the shortest, to smooth out the finish near the tip and make sure the color is the most vibrant.

Two to three coats of Maybelline Poolside.

Two to three coats of Maybelline Poolside.

Then I added a slight sparkle/shimmer. I used a shade from OPI that was actually a mini without a name (it has NL !36 13130 printed on the bottom, though I think at least one of those refers to the batch number). It’s mostly translucent white with small white sparkles . Extend it a little bit past the longest bit of blue. I then finished off with a top coat, Revlon’s Extra Life No Chip Top Coat.

Thoughts on this final look: I’m not so crazy over using so much sparkle. It’s what I like using to finish off white-base ombre looks, and I figured it might look a little like seafoam. It’s too powerful on top of the entire blue half of the nail, and you lose a lot of the ombre look from the blue. I’ve never had this happen before on any of the polishes or looks I’ve done, though this is the first time using it over top of either color. (I also used it over the whole nail on the thumb before realizing it didn’t work).

Poolside also wasn’t a good color to use. The formula is very thin and watery, which made it a little difficult to work with here, and it just seems too light for the ocean. Having a third color on top of it may have helped.

Close-up to show textures.

Close-up to show textures.

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