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12.07.2016

Essie Getting Groovy Winter 2016 4PC Mini Set Swatches + Review

I'm going to be honest, I almost didn't purchase Essie's Getting Groovy Winter 2016 4PC Mini Set when I first spotted it, because it felt a little too far-out for my festive taste. In fact, I passed it up on countless shopping occasions before finally caving. And you know what? I am so glad that I did, because this quartet is a true conglomeration of funky holiday treasures that I have fallen so hard for. See the prettiness for yourself below!

Satin Sister is a Deep Teal Creme. Typically, I'm not wild about teals, but this one is giving it to me! Satin Sister is a plush peacock that is rich and lush from the first stroke. Formula here is such a treat to work with - it's smooth, flowy, and reaches opacity in a snap! Plot twist: this one doesn't stain upon removal - natch! This is 2 coats.


Getting Groovy is a Sparkling Gold Shimmer . Looking at the bottle alone, I was poised to dislike Getting Groovy due to how yellow-toned it looked; then I applied it to my nails and died a little. The shimmer, the shine! It literally looks like molten gold metal on the nails - precisely what everyone needs for the holidays! Formula here was flawless! Fully opaque in two swipes, and pure decadence to work with. This is 2 coats.


Party On A Platform is a Deep Red Creme. Cheers to brick red polishes that feel festive without falling into the typical classic red category that pops up in every. single. fall. and. winter. collection. Consider that my rant for the day, m'kay? Party On A Platform is the perfect red for giving a subtle nostalgic nod to the 70s while feeling fresh for holiday 2016! This one falls juuust shy of being a OCW, but still works if you're looking for an easy paint job - reaching opacity in just two simple strokes without incident. This is 2 coats.


Ready To Boa is a Burgundy Brown with Iridescent Shimmer. Talk about yum! I liiive for colors like this - those rich shades that make you covet cozy sweaters and roaring fireplaces. And this particular one? Dyiiing over its pretty. Ready To Boa reminds me of hot chocolate, and it's formula is every bit as scrummy. This baby right here was opaque in 1 coat, but yeah, I made it a double for an ultra-decadent finish. This is 2 coats.


AVAILABILITY: ULTA.

PRICE: $18.00 for the 4PC Mini Set; or $9.00 per each full-size bottle.


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12.06.2016

{holiday gift guide} under $15

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Mug Cakes by Lene Knudsen | L’Occitane Shea Butter Ornament | SEPHORA COLLECTION The Romantic Eyeshadow Palette | Stephan & Co. Two-Stone Stud Earrings in SAPPHIRE/ROSE | Stephan & Co. Two-Stone Stud Earrings in JONQUIL/ROSE | Forever 21 Plaid Oblong Scarf in WHITE/BLACK | butter LONDON JOYfull Nail Lacquer & Lippy Liquid Lipstick Set (Limited Edition) | DRYBAR Mornings Blow Mug in WHITE/GOLD | SEPHORA COLLECTION Mini Cream Lip Stain Set

If you, like me, enjoy putting together gift sets of goodies or theme packages for your nearest and dearest, then you know just how invaluable the $15 and under mark is to your cause. It's one of those pricepoints that allows for luxury without breaking the bank. Example? These Stephan & Co. Two-Stone Stud Earrings in SAPPHIRE/ROSE and JONQUIL/ROSE. They look extravagant but are really just $12! And this SEPHORA COLLECTION The Romantic Eyeshadow Palette? Super cute and just $12!

My personal favorite? Mug Cakes by Lene Knudsen. I'm not ashamed to say that I've already purchased 3 copies for holiday gifting!


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12.05.2016

NOTD: Ciaté Mini Paint Pot in Espadrilles

Three coats of Ciaté Mini Paint Pot in Espadrilles. Fiery Copper Shimmer in a Crimson Jelly Base.

I'm not quite sure if Espadrilles reminds me more of fall or winter; regardless, it is hella festive, and I am o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d!

Ladies, this beauty right here was love at first sight. The copper shimmer throughout lends such dimension to the shade and truly brings it to life creating a hallelujah! feel. And the formula? Perf! It's sheer but buildable, so it works.

Babes, I'm only going to say this once: grab this gal if you can because she is on fire!


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12.04.2016

{holiday gift guide} the hostess

hostess
Williams-Sonoma Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate | Jonathan Adler Metallic Zebra Dish in GOLD | Primitives By Kathy Merry Everything Accent Pillow | Rosanna, Inc. Martini Pitcher in CLEAR/GOLD | ILLUME Luxe Mercury Jar Candle in WINTER WHITE | What's A Hostess To Do? by Susan Spungen | Shiraleah Liberty Cheese Set in GOLD | Nordstrom At Home Cuddle Up Faux Fur Wine Bag in IVORY TIPPED | Nordstrom At Home Faux Fur Throw in BEIGE OATMEAL | Shiraleah Assorted Set of 6 Wine Glasses in CLEAR/GOLD

I L-O-V-E shopping for the hostess because doing so always tends to bring on the cute, cozy, and chic vibes. I adore faux fur everythang, so this Nordstrom At Home Cuddle Up Faux Fur Wine Bag in IVORY TIPPED makes me swoon. And I don't think anyone could resist this ILLUME Luxe Mercury Jar Candle in WINTER WHITE.

As for noms, I don't think anyone {hostess or otherwise} can resist this Williams-Sonoma Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, amiright?


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