{beauty board} orange crush

Get ready for spring with the look that has taken over the runway: orange lips.
It's bold. It's beautiful. And it's far simpler to wear than one would imagine. Trust.
orange crush
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{1} Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar - Matte in Beta {$18.00}

{2} Maybelline Color Elixir by Color Sensational Lipcolor in Mandarin Rapture {$6.99}

{3} Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Punch Drunk {$19.00}

{4} Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Bang {$22.00}

{5} Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera {$28.00}

{6} MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge in 17 Bright Orange {$24.00}

{7} L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Orange Tempo 300 {$9.99}



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{fashion folio} low-key love

Ray-Ban Aviator 58mm Sunglasses in Medium Blue + DV by Dolce Vita Marana Bootie in Cafe + Jenny Packham Tesoro Earrings I in Rhodium + Chinti and Parker Love-Intarsia Cashmere Sweater + AG 'Stilt' Cigarette Leg Jeans (Eleven Year Journey) + Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Freestyle + Essie Nail Polish in Smooth Sailing

Peep-toe ankle booties provide an instant spring-approved update to your wardrobe. Pair yours with vintage-wash denim {cuffed to show off a peek of ankle} and an oversize slouchy knit. White-framed aviators are effortlessly cool and timeless; while a bronze tinted lip gloss is the perfect way to subtly enhance your pout without being too over the top. Finish up with a shimmery, sea blue polish on tips and toes; and classic white studs for an extra dose of sparkly bling.



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Ciaté Mini Mani Month Set Review {Part 1}

Despite the fact that it was made as an advent calendar, the day after Christmas, I bought myself the Ciaté Mini Mani Month Set from Sephora {which is no longer available; but the one from Nordstrom, linked here, is almost identical}, because the sale price was too good to resist, and I had been coveting it for months. If you follow me on Instagram @cateyesandskinnyjeans you know that the last thing I need is more nail polish; but I'm a sucker for cute packaging and had to have it.

The collection includes 18 Mini Paint Pots, in addition to 6 Mini Effects Paint Pots {caviar pearls, sequins, glitter}. Today, I'm reviewing/swatching the first 8 days of the set, as well as a few of the effects Paint Pots {which are so much fun}.

Snow Globe {Day 1} + Sugar Plum {Day 6}

Snow Globe is a Holographic Glitter Top Coat. It's full of varying sizes of iridescent glass flecks that distribute evenly in just one coat. Snow Globe could easily be layered over any polish shade; but I loved how it looked with this pastel purple. I found the formula to be slightly thick - not unmanageable; but it takes a little effort to even out. This is 1 coat.

Boudoir {Day 2} + Dallas Dolly {Day 19}

Boudoir is your Classic Red. Perfect for the holiday season, or a sophisticated year-round look. I am not a red polish person; but I loved this color on. My only qualm was how sheer it was. Indoors, it looked opaque; but when I took these photographs in natural light, I realized that I had a lot of VNL - not a fan of that. This is 2 coats.

On the accent finger I am wearing Dallas Dolly {one of those Effects Paint Pots I mentioned earlier} which is a mix of loose hexagonal glitter in red and gold mixed with very thin strips of green/blue bar glitter. Again, this is loose; there is no base. To apply you paint your nail with the desired shade, then pour the sequins over the nail, and press gently to keep them in place. You don't have to use top coat over the sequins, but I did {and recommend doing so}.

Amazing Gracie {Day 3} + Caviar Metallic Pearls - Silver {Day 4}

Amazing Gracie is a Sheer Pink Creme. I love this color - absolutely love it. It is the quintessential girly hue. What I am not crazy about is the formula. It's very sheer. Buildable, yes; but sheer nonetheless. You have to add coat after coat after coat in order to make it opaque, which is just too time-consuming. On the other hand, if you like a clean, French Tip like mani, you'd be very happy with this shade. This is 4 coats.

Caviar Metallic Pearls - Silver...the name says it all. These are another Effects Paint Pot offering; and one of the things that put Ciaté on the map. Basically, this is a bottle of loose mini bead pearls. When I say mini...I. Mean. Mini. {I suggest using them over a disposable plate to minimize the mess - and there will be a mess}. Like with the Dallas Dolly Sequins, you simply pour these over wet polish, and push gently to stick. If you want them to last for more than 1 hour, use 2 coats of top coat {that is my secret for keeping them intact for a few days}. Gorgeous wedding nails combo, right?

Hoopla {Day 5} + Caviar Pearls Midnight in Manhattan {Day 8}

Hoopla is a Summer-Perfect Coral Creme. I keep seeing Hoopla described as peach, but I find that to be inaccurate - the orange base definitely makes it a true coral / salmon pink. Formula-wise, Hoopla is super easy to work with - just make sure you allow enough time to dry between coats, otherwise you'll create bald spots. This is 2 coats.

Midnight in Manhattan is another mini paint pot of caviar pearls - these ones being a mix of Black, White, and Iridescent shades {see those little purple-looking pearls? Those would be the iridescent bits}. I love this combo because it's all girly and then bam! a little bit of edge. Application is identical for all caviar pearls. Again I stress...use top coat to keep them intact.

Sugar Plum {Day 6}

Sugar Plum is a Pastel Lilac Creme. This is my new favorite lilac shade - one that will be getting a lot of use come springtime. Out of all of the Ciaté Paint Pots I have tried so far, the formula of Sugar Plum remains my favorite. It's a little bit thick, but very easy to control. This is 2 coats.

Main Stage {Day 7}

Main Stage is a Rich Magenta Creme. I was worried that I would encounter those sheer issues that plagued Boudoir with this shade, but it wound up being perfect. Main Stage is similar to Hoopla in terms of formula and dry time. It's not as thick as Sugar Plum, but still hearty enough to give amazing coverage. If you like the color pink, but want something more sophisticated and grown-up, you'll love Main Stage. This is 2 coats.

Do you have a favorite, or do you love them all?



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la vie en rose

Rose. It's a grown-up version of pink, if you will. More first kiss blush; less Bazooka bubblegum. Elie Saab's Spring 2014 RTW is the perfect example - lacy rompers, high-slit maxi skirts, high-waist trousers...all done in a romantic rose-toned color scheme that juxtaposes sophisticated femininity with whimsical playfulness. It's enough to make you see the world through rose-colored glasses, yes? Here, 6 of my favorite rose-hued offerings {Clockwise from Top Right}:

Eberjey Estelle Teddy Lace-Trimmed Stretch-Jersey Playsuit {$95.00}

Rose & Co. Rose Petal Salve Handbag {$18.52}

RumbaTime Union Gem Watch in Rose Smoke {$55.00}

Paris House Hello Card Case in Rose {$41.50}

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick - Rose {$42.00}

Sole Society Devin D'Orsay Heel in Dusty Rose {$69.95}



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NOTD: Nicole By OPI Gumdrops Collection in Cinna-Man of My Dreams

Two coats of Nicole By OPI Gumdrops Collection Cinna-Man of My Dreams. Finely Textured Red / Brown Shimmer.

If you're seeking unique, Cinna-Man of My Dreams is it. From afar, it looks like a red / brown / cranberry-based shimmer; but it is so much more. Up close you can see that it is packed with red, gold, and blue micro-glitter that gives it this gorgeous fall effect. Formula was perfect - opaque, self-leveling, non-scratchy, and full of depth.

To note: The shades in Nicole By OPI's Gumdrops Collection are similar to those found within OPI's Liquid Sand Collection with the exception that the Gumdrops texture is more finely-milled. So if you aren't crazy about how textured the Liquid Sand Collection is, you may really love the Gumdrops offerings.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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sunday {outfit} selfie

Scarf season is upon us.

The winter has been unseasonably warm in my neck of the woods {even by SoCal standards}; thus, I'm embracing any and all times that allow for a bit of bundling up - this being one of my favorite favorite favorite favorite looks at the moment.

the outfit: Nine West Magic Boots in Cognac Leather {similar} + Mossimo Supply Co. Aviator Jacket {similar} + Multicolor Open-Weave Scarf via Kohl's {similar} + Forever 21 Everyday Skinny Jeans in Indigo

And yes...that would be my cat Gypsy sneaking into the picture - as per usual. She has selfie radar.


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Nicole by OPI Launches New Nail Lacquers for 2014!

New Year, New Color!

Nicole by OPI announces 15 new nail lacquers for 2014, featuring a range of shades from dark blue and cool mint to bright sorbet hues, as well as metallic shimmers and creamy nudes. These highly-pigmented lacquers offer nail fans a unique, varied color palette ideal for coordinating with the latest fashion trends.

“Maintaining manicures is an important goal to have on the New Year’s resolution list! Perfectly painted nails are one of the best accessories any fashionista can have,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “It’s easy to add this finishing touch to any look with so many stylish shimmers and vivid tones. With a wide array of options, wearers can truly express their personality through these shades, whether they change up hues often or mix and match to create fun nail designs.”

The new lacquers for 2014 include:

Be Awesome
A rainbow of light that takes your breath away.

Sweet Surrender
Defeat looks sweet when wearing this pink blush.

Fabulous is My Middle Name
Pink and silver super-shimmer is my game.

Always a Flirt!
This luminous fuchsia is more than just a wink of pink.

Something About Spring
When I saw this hot pink, it bloom my mind!

At Least I Pink So
I’ve got this pretty bubblegum pink on my mind.

I'll Have the Salmon
I’m hooked on this peachy-pink!

Oh my! This creamy white is quite yummy!

That's Putting It Mild
This luscious, creamy nude makes a big fashion statement.

Taupe of My Class
This earthy taupe is a real overachiever.

I Shop Mintage
A timeless minty green with real retro appeal.

Teal Me Something New
This of-the-moment teal has headline-making style.

Oh That's Just Grape!
How am I supposed to resist this cool and juicy violet?

The Blue is So You!
This dramatically dark blue was created with you in mind.

Emerald Empowered
When I wear this gemstone green, I feel like I can conquer the world!

Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. The 15 new nail lacquers will be available in stores beginning January 2014 for $7.99 each at retailers including select Walmart, Target, CVS, Kmart, Kroger, ULTA, H-E-B, Meijer and Duane Reade locations. In Canada, these shades will be available for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.

For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!


About Nicole by OPI:
Nicole by OPI offers a salon-quality range of bold, fashion-forward nail lacquers. The brand’s heritage is based on OPI’s well-established foundation of excellence in both color and technology, providing premium products to a broad range of consumers looking for trendsetting nail lacquers. Known for its celebrity collaborations and partnerships, the brand invites consumers to be creative and confident by expressing themselves through color. Currently, Nicole by OPI range boasts over 120 shades, including retailer-exclusive lacquers, and serves as the color authority for the younger demographic.

Which new shades are you coveting?


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{fashion folio} black florals

New Look Jewel Beanie + NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna + Halogen Halogen Lizard Embossed Patent Leather Flap Clutch in Black Lizard + Mossimo Supply Co. Junior's 2fer Hatchi Top in Black + Helmut Lang Basic Reflex Stretch-Crepe Leggings + Sole Society Double Stone Ring - Natural + Frye Veronica Slouch Boots in Black + Sole Society Crystal Serpent Ring - Black

A hi-low hemline in a contrasting pattern {in this case, floral} breaks up the moody monotony of winter blacks, adding just the right amount of springtime sass; while second-skin black leggings and rugged moto boots keep a monochromatic, elongating vibe going. Accessorize tresses with a dove gray slouchy knit that brightens the look; slipping on an oversize cocktail ring or two for elegant embellishment. Toss your must-haves in a croc-embossed envelope clutch; following up with a dusting of peachy/pink shimmer blush and bronzer on cheeks for a healthy, sun-kissed glow.



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{beauty board} purple haze

Purple is a little bit sugar, a little bit spice. On one hand, it's demure, dainty, and feminine - just a stone's throw from ultra-girly pink; on the other, it's bold, daring, and sultry. It's this versatility that makes it such an unstoppable color for eyes. A shimmery violet around the inner corner brightens; while a dark and dusty plum {I regularly use Too Faced's Voulez-Vous from the Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Shadow Collection} lends a smoky, mysterious touch. Here, 5 amazing palettes for creating a bold, beautiful, ultraviolet gaze:

purple palettes
ONE: Rimmel London in PURPLE REIGN {$1.49} TWO: Lancôme in AMETHYST GLAM {$50.00} THREE: Yves Saint Laurent in 4 LILAC SKY {$58.00} FOUR: SEPHORA COLLECTION in 06 ULTRAVIOLET {$19.00} FIVE: NYX in XOXO, MONA {$7.99}

If you're iffy about purple eyeshadow because you: a} don't know if it will work for you {I promise it will}; or b} are unsure of how to use it, Rimmel London's Glam Eyes HD Eyeshadow in Purple Reign needs to be on your radar. The mini how-to on the back of the packaging makes application a breeze; and the price point makes it an affordable test drive option. Speaking of affordability...

...the NYX Love in Florence Eye Shadow Palette in Xoxo, Mona is fab if you're on a budget. The color payoff is incredible; and, bonus: it's a near-dupe for the luxurious Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Amethyst Glam from Lancôme {which I highly recommend if you love shimmer}.

Yves Saint Laurent's OMBRES 5 LUMIÈRES - 5 Colour Harmony For Eyes in 4 Lilac Sky is one of my personal favorites. It's similar to Lancôme's Amethyst Glam; the difference being that it contains a matte purple shade that works so well in tying the pearly / shimmery violets and lilacs in the palette together. Last, but definitely not least...the MicroSmooth Baked Eyeshadow Trio in 06 Ultraviolet from SEPHORA COLLECTION. If you're not great at blending, this trio was made for you. The baked consistency makes it super easy to use; plus it allows for wet or dry application. In my opinion, this is one of the best all-in-ones available.



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OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Liquid Sand Mini Trio # 2 Dark Review

Last week I showed you swatches of the Mini Trio # 1: Light from the Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection Liquid Sand; and today I'm bring you swatches of the Mini Trio # 2: Dark. Without further ado...

Two coats of OPI Kiss Me At Midnight from the Mariah Carey Holiday Liquid Sand Collection. Frosted Ice Blue.

Kiss Me At Midnight has restored my love of blue polish. It. Is. Brilliant. The vivid blue base is reminiscent of all things winter; and the large silver glitter throughout adds just the right amount of sparkle. From looking at the bottle alone, I thought ooh, I like that...; then I put it on and it was such an intense feeling of L-O-V-E - I could barely bring myself to remove it for my next mani, and that never happens.

Two coats of OPI It's Frosty Outside from the Mariah Carey Holiday Liquid Sand Collection. Frosted Icy Silver.

It's Frosty Outside is basically the epitome of holiday polish colors - it's like wearing tinsel on your nails. The mix here is finely ground silver glitter {don't worry, it's easy to remove}, with hexagonal silver sequins tossed in to really make it sparkle. This one is hyper shimmery; so if you like a lot of nail bling, It's Frosty Outside is sure to please.

Two coats of OPI Emotions from the Mariah Carey Holiday Liquid Sand Collection. Coal Black.

I. Love. It. Emotions is proof that all holiday polish collections need a black, coal-like shade. This one is flat black {though it does contain somewhat undetectable glitter pieces}. No shimmer. No sparkle. Just a textured matte that is spectacular. If this is the type of coal that Santa left in stockings, you would surely welcome it. Truth.

Like with the Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Liquid Sand Mini Trio # 2 Dark; I only bought this trio for one color: Kiss Me At Midnight - which remains my favorite. It's Frosty Outside is gorgeous for the winter season. I feel as if I would have appreciated it more had I not been burned out by the influx of silver shades I had already been seeing / wearing for a month or two prior to trying it out; but it's still gorgeous. Emotions comes in at number two as my fave in this trio because it is just. so. chic.

Of the two trio sets, I feel as if # 1 Light was more focused on champagne-like, party-apropos neutral hues; whereas this trio {# 2 Dark} fell more towards winter / New Year's shades. Neither trio was overly-holiday due to the fact that they lacked the typical reds and greens; which is why I feel I liked both of them so much - they are perfect for year-round. I highly recommend this trio - especially if you're looking for a good mix of shades with an interesting finish.

Thoughts on the Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Liquid Sand Mini Trio # 2 Dark? Which shade is your favorite?


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pony up!

Saddle up for the Year of the Horse {beginning January 31 as per the Chinese Zodiac}
by adding a few hot to trot pieces to your closet, accessory collection,
and makeup drawer.
Clockwise from Top Right

ASOS Horse Stud Earrings {$4.63}

Yumi Shirt Dress With Belt In Horse Print {$32.41}

GUCCI 18-Karat Rose Gold Horsebit Bracelet {$7,600.00}

Chantecaille 'Wild Horses' Eyeshadow & Blush Palette {$83.00}

Chloe 'Marcie' Leather Crossbody Bag in Tan {$1,395.00}

VIONNET Printed Stretch-Jersey T-Shirt {$575.00}



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NOTD: VS PINK Nail Paint in Never Too Bronzed

Two coats of VS PINK Nail Paint Never Too Bronzed. Metallic Rose Gold Foil.

This. Is. Stunning. I literally could not stop oohing and aahing over this shade the entire time I wore it. So much so that I didn't want to take it off. The name is slightly misleading. Never Too Bronzed is a gorgeous rose gold - plain and simple. It's the type of foil that has a mirror metallic element to it {think those sparkly Minx Nails}.

Formula was in-cre-di-ble. This is the second shade I have tried from the VS PINK Nail Paint line {see Teal With It here}, and I am, once again, completely impressed with not just the color; but the formula, and ease of use as a whole. Highly, highly, highly recommended.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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Nicole by OPI Partners with Country Superstar Carrie Underwood for 2014 Collection!

Nicole by OPI launches 14 new nail lacquers inspired by award-winning recording artist Carrie Underwood. This collection features a colorful mosaic of hues in a variety of finishes, including pink, red and coral crèmes; chunky and textured glitters in gold, silver and white; and rich eggplant and khaki green shades.

Carrie is the perfect partner for Nicole by OPI. Her music evokes powerful emotions in its listeners, and we wanted to give fans a way to express their feelings through color,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “In working closely with Carrie, we came up with 14 nail lacquers that truly encapsulate her soulful spirit and showcase different facets of her personality – from softer pastels and dark sultry shades to playful glitters.”

The Carrie Underwood Collection includes:

Carrie’d Away
Carrie’s own gold record signature shade.

Lips are Dripping Honey
This multi-gold glitter is sweet on you.

Southern Charm
Frankly my dear, this nude shade looks charming on you.

Sweet Daisy
A bouquet of southern peach blossoms.

Carnival Cotton Candy
This spun sugar pink is all about fun.

Goodbye Shoes
Hit the road, but leave me this standalone gray-green.

Backstage Pass
I want access to this brown with purple nuances.

Sing You Like a Bee
Put some of this frosty ice on that, honey!

Party Bus
Celebrate on-the-go with this party-perfect confetti glitter.

Love My Pups
Let’s “paws” for this adorably sweet pink.

Color Me Country
This soul-ful hot pink makes me want to sing.

Some Hearts
You can’t beat this romantic coral dream.

American as Apple Pie
Tradition runs deep in this classic red.

Fisher Queen
I’m hooked on this deep, deep eggplant.

Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. This limited edition collection will be in newly designed bottles featuring the NEW Nicole logo. These shades will be available January 2014 for $7.99 each at retailers including select CVS, Duane Reade, HEB, Kroger, Kmart, Ulta, Walmart, Fred Meyer, Meijer, and Harmon locations. In Canada, these shades will be available for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Target Canada, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, London Drug, and Loblaws.

For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!

Which colors are you loving from this collection?


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gratuitous olsens...

...because their level of chic is undeniable.


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{what to wear} houndstooth

Black and white are two standalone hues that will forever be in style. Put them together and you wind up with the latest of-the-moment print...houndstooth. The chic black-and-white motif manages to be elegant, a touch mod, a little Jackie O, and sophisticated in that European-meets-fashion-week way - all rolled into one. Pair a printed coat with black suede over the knee boots, or allow a small smattering of the combo to sparkle from your fingernails. Regardless of how you wear it, you're in very good company. Here are six of my favorite patterned pieces {Clockwise from Top Right}:

Topshop Maple Pump in Black {$60.00}

Sally Hansen Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Check It Out 240 {$9.00}

Mcginn Katie Houndstooth Shorts {$111.98}

LAUREN Ralph Lauren Rossalyn II in Black / Cream Houndstooth {$79.00}

MICHAEL Michael Kors Houndstooth Front Stretch Cotton Slim Pants {$110.00}

Sara Designs Houndstooth Chain Wrap Watch in Houndstooth / Gold {$98.00}



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{beauty board} heavy metal manis

Keep the shimmering holiday festivities alive - on your fingertips - with
a runway-approved metallic mani. It's like jewelry for your nails.

metallic manis
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{1} Ciaté Gold Digga Paint Pot {$15.00}

{2} Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Old Hollywood Nail Polish in Solid Gold {$15.00}

{3} Deborah Lippmann Today Was A Fairytale Nail Color {$20.00}

{4} Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Whatever Lola Wants {$17.00}

{5} MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in 112 Le Charm {$18.00}

{6} Ciaté Glametal Paint Pot {$15.00}

{7} Julep Beauty Julep Metallic Nail Color in Stevie {$14.00}



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DOVE® + Nicole by OPI® Dark Chocolate-Inspired Nail Lacquer Kit Review

I posted the Press Release regarding the DOVE® Chocolate + Nicole by OPI® Ring in the New Year with an Irresistible Sweepstakes this past weekend {so check that out if you want to win these shades for yourself}; and today I am so excited to share swatches of these colors with you, because they are part of one of the yummiest nail polish duos ever. And I'm not just saying that because they were shipped to me with two bags of DOVE Chocolate. Seriously. Onto the swatches!

Better After Dark is a Milk Chocolate with Microshimmer. This one caught my eye first because the color truly looks like melted milk chocolate - right down to the slightly red undertones and subtle glistening shimmer that tend to appear when you melt chocolate for baking. The shimmer is only discernible in certain light; but when it does make an appearance...swoon. Formula was great here - self-leveling, opaque, and easy to work with. This is 2 coats.

Promises in the Dark is a Dark Chocolate Creme. This is a unique one. From a distance, Promises in the Dark looks black; in sunlight it looks slightly hunter green. The true color? A rich, dark chocolate, coffee bean brown. No shimmer. The formula here was fantastic. A heavy hand could get away with using one coat for this shade; I used 2 coats here for opacity. Make sure your first coat dries completely before applying the second; otherwise it drags and gets patchy.

Brown is not a color that is high on my polish radar; but I liked both of these shades. Promises in the Dark wound up being my favorite from this duo, as it's a shade that I have never seen before {so no dupes to speak of}; plus, it serves as a nice subtle change from your standard blacks and black-reds.

As I mentioned earlier, I did receive two types of DOVE Chocolate with these polishes - Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate and Dark Chocolate. Can I just say that these flavors perfectly capture the nail shades in this duo? I couldn't have come up with a better pairing. Honestly, I would buy far more chocolate if each bag came accompanied with a nail lacquer. Just saying.

What do you think of this collaboration? Do you have a favorite shade?


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FTC Disclosure: The products mentioned within this post were provided to me for review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


{fashion folio} weekend brunch

brunch...bohemian style
David & Young Floppy Felt Hat in Dark Brown + Rebecca Minkoff Dexter Bucket + Sole Society Keelie Almond Toe Flat in Brown Sugar + Topshop Knitted Chunky Bobby Jumper + Topshop Milly Wildflower Print Skirt + Alexis Bittar Suspended Pendant Necklace in Hematite

A slouchy sweater gets the flirty treatment with the addition of a winter-friendly floral skirt; while a bucket bag and floppy hat add a dash of bohemian bliss {perfect for a casual weekend brunch}. Up the feminine ante with ankle strap ballerinas and a minute yet mesmerizing pendant necklace. So charming, yes?



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NOTD: OPI Mariah Carey Holiday Liquid Sand in Silent Stars Go By

Two coats of OPI Silent Stars Go By from the Mariah Carey Holiday Liquid Sand Collection. Taupe / Nude Champagne.

When this collection was first released, I kept hearing that Silent Stars Go By was a near dupe of Make Him Mine. It most certainly is not. In fact, if you ask me, it's not even close.

Make Him Mine is pure rose gold; while Silent Stars Go By is...office-apropos glitter. It's a shimmering take on the typical neutral, mixing taupe / nude shades, adding a mauve / pale pink undertone, and tossing in the perfect amount of glitter to make the combo sparkle like champagne.

The second coat is where the mauve hue truly comes into play. Coincidentally enough, the second coat also serves as the finale for opaque bliss.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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links à la mode: the IFB weekly roundup {january 9, 2014 edition}

Today I am thankful for...having one of my favorite posts of the week {OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Liquid Sand Mini Trio # 1 Light Review} featured in links à la mode: the IFB weekly roundup {january 9, 2014 edition} - courtesy of Independent Fashion Bloggers. Spend the morning surfing my post and 19 others written by the amazing peeps of the blogosphere!


New You

Oh hey, it's January! You know what that means... it's back to business, refreshed, restored and at the start of a new year. Last week we had all the hopes and dreams of the beginning of a new year, but now? Now it's time to put all those dreams to work. How to keep your resolutions, whether it's saving extra cash or being bolder with your style, taking better care of yourself, or heck, maybe it's time to give your blog that makeover you've been putting off. This week's roundup is all about the shake up that is the start of 2014. So get your green tea (in case one of your resolutions was to give up coffee) and read these wonderful links!

Links à la Mode: January 9th

SPONSOR: East Dane Jocelyn, Hand Candy,
Mr Start,
Sam, Otte,
Roarke,50% Sale,
Agent Provocateur
Sale, Kors Watches


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DOVE® Chocolate + Nicole by OPI® Ring in the New Year with an Irresistible Sweepstakes!

25,000 winners to receive DOVE® Dark Chocolate-inspired nail lacquer kit!

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. {Jan. 3, 2014} – DOVE® Dark Chocolate and NICOLE by OPI® celebrate the New Year with the launch of the “Discover Your Dark Side in the New Year Sweepstakes.” The Facebook-based promotion will randomly award 25,000 entrants with two exclusive NICOLE by OPI® nail lacquer shades inspired by DOVE® Dark Chocolate: “Better After Dark” and “Promises in the Dark.”

As the #1 solid dark chocolate on the market, the unique, silky-smooth taste of DOVE® Dark Chocolate lives up to people’s expectations of what chocolate should taste like. Available in four varieties, including new DOVE® Silky Smooth Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate, DOVE® uses carefully selected cocoa beans to deliver its signature taste and a special process that delivers the unique, silky-smooth texture.

“In 2014, we want to encourage people to discover the delicious taste of DOVE® Dark Chocolate, which offers a creamy taste experience that shatters the perception that dark chocolate tastes bitter,” said Roy Benin, Chief Consumer Officer, Mars Chocolate North America. “With this sweepstakes, we’re putting the silky-smooth taste of DOVE® Dark Chocolate at people’s fingertips with the always smooth nail polish experience from NICOLE by OPI®.”

Enter the “Discover Your Dark Side in the New Year Sweepstakes”
From now through February 5, 2014, DOVE® Chocolate Facebook fans can enter once per day for a chance to win one {1} of the 25,000 NICOLE by OPI® kits, which include:

§ A coupon for a free DOVE® Dark Chocolate Bar {1.34 oz. - 1.44 oz.}
§ Better After Dark NICOLE by OPI® Nail Lacquer Bottle
§ Promises in the Dark NICOLE by OPI® Nail Lacquer Bottle

To enter, simply “like” the DOVE® Chocolate Facebook page and click on the Sweepstakes tab to enter your name, email address, shipping address and date of birth. The Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States who are age 13 or older on or before December 27, 2013. All winners will be selected at random by an independent agency in the week following the sweepstakes.

For more information, please visit DOVE® Chocolate Facebook page or Nicole by OPI Facebook page.

What do you think about wearing a little dark chocolate on your nails?


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leith clark x warby parker

MARVA Eyeglasses Cobalt Leaf

Leith Clark has worked wonders as the stylist, editor, and founder of the British mag LULA; now she's doing the very same for Warby Parker - having signed on for the Leith Clark x Warby Parker collab of eyeglasses and sunglasses.

The 5-pair collection {available in optical and sunwear} harbors the same type of retro whimsy and charm seen in the pages of LULA; and stars actress Zoe Kazan in the vintage vibe lookbook.

As always with Warby Parker, for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. A percentage from each Leith Clark x Warby Parker sale goes to Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign mobilizing American girls to raise awareness and funds for UN programs that provide life-changing opportunities to girls around the world.

GRETA Eyeglasses - Crystal

"I like the 1960s, librarians, nerdy girls. I like glasses you had when you were a kid—or that your dad wore when you were a kid—and wearing them now. I like Bergman. Big thick glasses on a little, tiny face. When there are etchings or engravings or magically-made materials. I like pearls, brass, opera glasses. Everything being all violet. I like seeing the world with a pretty pink tint to it."
Leith Clark

GRETA Sunglasses - Crystal

WILLOW Eyeglasses - Aldabra

AURORA Eyeglasses - Daughter of Pearl

WEDNESDAY Sunglasses - Noir

Which style is your favorite?



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OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Liquid Sand Mini Trio # 1 Light Review

After falling in love with the OPI The Bond Girls Collection Liquid Sand Mini Set last year, I couldn't resist picking up all of the shades from the Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection Liquid Sand. I rarely make it through a full bottle of nail polish, so I opted for the two Liquid Sand mini sets. Today I'm reviewing the Mini Trio # 1: Light; and in the next week or so I'll be reviewing the Mini Trio # 2: Dark.

Two coats of OPI Silent Stars Go By from the Mariah Carey Holiday Liquid Sand Collection. Taupe / Nude Champagne.

Silent Stars Go By is office-apropos glitter. It's a shimmering take on the typical neutral, mixing taupe / nude shades, adding a mauve / pale pink undertone, and tossing in the perfect amount of glitter to make the combo sparkle like champagne.

The second coat is where the mauve hue truly comes into play. Coincidentally enough, the second coat also serves as the finale for opaque bliss.

Two coats of OPI Make Him Mine from the Mariah Carey Holiday Liquid Sand Collection. Soft Rose Gold.

Make Him Mine is like jewelry for your nails. The color is absolutely breathtaking - think a perfectly flushed, fresh-from-the-slopes ski bunny cheek mingling with fine silver sparkle. It's a shade that manages to maintain that rosy glow without crossing into pink territory. Formula was fantastic - user-friendly, long-lasting, and swoon-worthy {these are a few of my favorite things...}.

Two coats of OPI Baby Please Come Home from the Mariah Carey Holiday Liquid Sand Collection. Lilac / Lavender-Toned Charcoal Gray.

Just look at it...have you ever seen anything so pretty? The color is absolutely stunning - a charcoal gray with lilac / lavender undertones {which are not obvious in all light}, and intertwined with silver.

As with all liquid sands...the formula was fantastic. Two coats for complete opacity, and no chips, or tipwear to speak of {just the way I like it}.

Initially I went for this trio solely for Baby Please Come Home, thinking that I wouldn't even try the two additional shades; but, I wound up loving them all. For me, Baby Please Come Home and Make Him Mine are the standout shades, and my favorites from this trio; though Silent Stars Go By would be perfect if you were looking for a neutral with kick. I thought it was clever that OPI opted for a less typical holiday collection; using pinks and charcoals as opposed to your standard reds and greens. It was a nice change; and definitely one that can be used year-round. Total love!

What do you think of the Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Liquid Sand Mini Trio # 1 Light? Do you have a favorite shade or do you want them all?


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{beauty board} pumped-up pouts

Go bold with a high-impact pout that commands attention and brightens up
your look with a simple swipe.
Clockwise from Top Right

{1} NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition Cinematic Lipstick in Short Circuit {$26.00}

{2} Maybelline Color Sensational Color Whisper Lipcolor in Mad for Magenta {$7.49}

{3} MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Lovemarc - Lip Gel in 122 All the Way {$30.00}

{4} SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick {$18.00}

{5} NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave {$26.00}

{6} Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar - Matte in Nylon {$18.00}

{7} Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in Hot Plum {$7.49}



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the army jacket

Not to be confused with the military jacket; the army jacket is a touch tomboy with a chic-meets-unfussy high-fashion flair. Pair it with denim and dresses, pumps or brogues. The slightly boxy fit makes it cool, casual, and a charming way to accessorize anything in your wardrobe; while the olive hue keeps it sophisticated {but never boring}. Seeking one for yourself? Here are 5 to love:

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ONE: Current/Elliott the infantry jacket {$268.00} TWO: Faubourg du Temple sequin sleeve twill jacket {$118.00} THREE: Lily Aldridge for Velvet by Graham & Spencer ruby army jacket {$150.00} FOUR: Current/Elliott the lone soldier jacket {$388.00} FIVE: Rag & Bone/JEAN the pump jacket {$385.00}

Faubourg du Temple's Sequin Sleeve Twill Jacket and Current/Elliott's The Lone Soldier Jacket are amazing choices if you love the look of menswear-inspired pieces, but prefer them to be slightly more feminized. The sequin sleeves on the former and stud embellishments on the latter add the perfect unique, girly twist without forsaking the tomboy vibe.

The Infantry Jacket by Current/Elliott is fab if you want to go all-out slouchy and oversized; while the cropped aesthetic and bomber-like fit of Rag & Bone/JEAN's The Pump Jacket make it a casual choice for the girl just dipping her toes into the army trend. And if you can't decide on fit, look no further than the Ruby Army Jacket from Lily Aldridge for Velvet by Graham & Spencer, which gives you the best of both worlds - a little bit slouchy, a little bit cropped, yet a gorgeous piece for any fashion maven.



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