9.17.2018

NOTD: Essie Fall 2018 Nail Polish Collection in Empire Shade of Mind

Two coats of Essie Fall 2018 Nail Polish Collection in Empire Shade of Mind. Charcoal Silver Metallic.

I'm not gonna lie, when I saw that Essie had released this shade for autumn, the first thing that went through my mind was metallic silver? for fall? why? And no, that reaction wasn't based on the fact that I have a love/hate relationship with silver polishes {because I do}; it just felt like it didn't fit with the season. But then I put it on, and saw that it wasn't your basic silver, but a charcoal silver. A fall-apropos hue that felt perfect yet unexpected. But I digress...

Empire Shade of Mind is a vampy shade for the girl who wants something deep without entering oxblood, ebony, or navy territory. It's smoky and seductive in a seriously sophisticated way. And really, who can resist that? Formula was flawless. You can reach opacity in just one coat; but I went with two to try and conceal brushstrokes. Get it girls!

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9.15.2018

9.13.2018

tennison

Free People Tennison Tall Boot.

Free People killing the boot game this season! I already purchased these bad boys in MAHOGANY; now I'm coveting the BEIGE!


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9.10.2018

NOTD: China Glaze Ready to Wear FW'18 in Throwing Suede

Two coats of China Glaze Ready to Wear FW'18 Nail Lacquer Collection in Throwing Suede. Putty Creme.

Where do I begin?

Throwing Suede is an interesting shade. It's not white, it's not nude; it's more of an in-between vanilla hue with a subtle rosy undertone that is v pretty and will capture the hearts of those who love a clean, neutral nail. For me, however, I found it a bit...boring.

I'm not going to lie; the formula is good {decent consistency, and quick coverage}, but overall I feel as if it's meh, and just doesn't do anything for me. I think this would look best on a darker skintone, as it would really standout. If you're not a fan of neutrals, pass on this one. Womp womp.

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9.08.2018

south side

We the Free by Free People South Side Thermal Top in LILAC.

Bought this beauty a few weeks back, now I'm craving it in all of the colors - it has the perfect slouchy fit for fall! Also pertinent: the name of this makes me think of Riverdale's South Side Serpents. Natch!


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9.06.2018

OPI Pop Culture Nail Lacquer Collection Mini 4-Pack Swatches + Review

Texture's back alright!

Babes, I was bummed when textured polishes went bye bye, so imagine my excitement when I came across OPI's Pop Culture Nail Lacquer Collection Mini 4-Pack! Initially I thought it was paying homage to Andy Warhol and his brights {which it is}; but it's also a reference to the finish...a playful bubbly that pops! Let's take a peek at the poppin' pretties, shall we?

Days of Pop is a Bubbly Blue Texture. Bright blue polishes always get me, so I had to take this bad boy home! Color-wise, Days of Pop is everything you want for the summer {and 4th of July!}. It's playful and fun; and the bubbly texture coupled with the ocean blue shade give it a mermaid-esque feel. My one qualm: you need a lot of coats to keep VNL at bay. Granted, this is ultra-fast dry; the fact that you have to apply coat after coat after coat can become a little tiring. Not a deal-breaker; but something to keep in mind. This is 4 coats.


Pink Bubbly is a Hot Pink Texture. I've been loving pinks lately, so Pink Bubbly was calling my name, and it. is. perf. This shade is the epitome of girly, and so much fun for the warmer months! The bubbly finish makes painting your nails effortless; and the fact that it dries lightning fast is amaze! Additional bonus: no top coat required. Natch! This is 2 coats.


OPI Pops is a Coral Red Texture. Red is a nail color I tend to reach for only during the fall and winter months, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that OPI Pops was more of a coral-based red than a vixen red, making it perfect for summa-summa-summatime! OPI Pops is like a vacation on your nails - the shade is vibrant and playful without being too OTT. And the formula! Fast-dry, long-wear, and necessary for your next beach outing, okuuurr?! This is 2 coats.


Pop Star is a Poppin' Purple Texture. Purple, purple, purple! I do love a good purple when the temps start to drop; and this bad boy is a double beauty whammy due to the color + that playful pop texture! Pop Star is a great transitional shade - being light enough for those last days of summer, yet dark enough for those first days of autumn. On the nail there's a subtle blue holographic shift; however, it's not visible in photos {womp womp}; nevertheless, the red undertones make it complementary for everyone! This one applies v sheer; but builds beautifully, and has insane staying power. Dig it! This is 3 coats.


AVAILABILITY: Ulta.

PRICE: $14.50 for the 4PC Mini Set; $10.50 for each full-size bottle.


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9.03.2018

happy labor day babes!


saluting the end of sticky summer days and the start of crisp fall nights.

Just remember...white after Labor Day is always apropos.

Happy Happy!



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9.01.2018

the rivington

BLANKNYC The Rivington Ripped Straight Leg Jeans in JACKPOT LIGHT WASH.

Obsessing over the relaxed fit + ripped panels on these bad boys!


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8.30.2018

Morgan Taylor Platinum Mini 4 Pack Swatches + Review

Holo may not be my one true love when it comes to nail shades; but I was looking for a little something something out of my comfort zone to switch things up a bit, and couldn't resist snagging the Morgan Taylor Platinum Mini 4 Pack. Yes, the shades are definitely more girly glam than my typical nail fare; but they are so. much. fun. for channeling your inner mermaid / unicorn / what have you! Prepare to be hypnotized!

Diamonds In The Sky is a Blue Holographic. So shine bright, tonight, you and I, we're beautiful like diamonds in the sky... Babes, I liiive for a good blue nail color, so I couldn't resist snagging this bad boy! Diamonds In The Sky is a gorgeous lemming of a shade that will standout in your nail collection! The holo effect picks up so perfectly in sunlight and legit makes it look like diamonds. Formula here was amazing. Yes, it's long-lasting; but the real standout point is that it applies seamlessly - swipe once, swipe twice, boom you're good to go! This is 2 coats.


It's Lit! is a Lilac Holographic. OMG babes I'm a unicorn! Okay, not really, but this color is giving me all of the unicorn vibes! It's Lit! is a brilliantly blinding lilac holographic that just. feels. magical. The lilac base mixed with the silver particles is just breathtaking; and that formula ain't too shabby either! Two easy peasy swipes and your tips are dazzling for days. Huzzah! This is 2 coats.


Liquid Bling is a Silver Holographic. Le sigh... is it too early to start thinking about NYE nail colors? No? Awesomeness, because this one is my top pick! If you love silver polishes, Liquid Bling is the crème de la crème because it shines, like. whoa. The formula is a liiiittle thin and sheer on coat one; but it builds to opacity beautifully with literally no muss or fuss. Highly recommend this beauty for all of your holiday 2018 gatherings! This is 3 coats.


Holo Lover! is a Pink Holographic. Holo {not to be confused with shimmer or metallic} isn't really my thang; but I was feeling unicorn and stardust vibes so I grabbed this beauty. Holo Lover! {gotta love that nod to SJP's Carrie Bradshaw} is a gawgeous pink with magical qualities - specifically, the way in which it catches the light, casting prismatic designs around you. Holo Lover! dries matte, so you def need a top coat to bring that holo to life. My one qualm? I had chips on two fingers in less than 24 hours requiring touch-ups. Kiiind of a pain. This is 2 coats.


AVAILABILITY: Ulta.

PRICE: $17.50 for the 4PC Mini Set; $11.99 for each full-size bottle.


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8.27.2018

NOTD: OPI Peru Nail Lacquer Collection in Somewhere Over the Rainbow Mountains

Two coats of OPI Peru Nail Lacquer in Somewhere Over the Rainbow Mountains. Rosy Nude Creme.

This shade! Honestly, I've contemplated Somewhere Over he Rainbow Mountains over the past few days, and I still can't figure out whether I like it or loathe it; thus, I'm going to chalk it up to a love/hate relationship.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Mountains is an interesting shade for fall - falling into the nude category; but being sliiightly darker, so it adds a bit of depth. I actually like it for autumn, as it has a cozy, café au lait feel to it; I'm just not sure if I like it on me. For those of you who are feeling it, however, the formula was primo - applying in a smooth, fluid fashion, and drying quickly. If basics are your thing, you'll dig this beauty!

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8.25.2018

2003



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8.23.2018

makin' waves

Free People Makin' Waves Bodysuit in TERRACOTTA.

Those bell sleeves are everything!


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8.20.2018

NOTD: Morgan Taylor Platinum Professional Nail Lacquer in Diamonds In The Sky

Two coats of Morgan Taylor Platinum Professional Nail Lacquer in Diamonds In The Sky. Blue Holographic.

So shine bright, tonight, you and I, we're beautiful like diamonds in the sky... Babes, I liiive for a good blue nail color, so I couldn't resist snagging this bad boy!

Diamonds In The Sky is a gorgeous lemming of a shade that will standout in your nail collection! The holo effect picks up so perfectly in sunlight and legit makes it look like diamonds. Formula here was amazing. Yes, it's long-lasting; but the real standout point is that it applies seamlessly - swipe once, swipe twice, boom you're good to go!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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8.18.2018

fem

BP. Fem Sport Tee in WHITE.

Not sure what I'm loving more: those sleeves or the $29 price tag!


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8.13.2018

NOTD: OPI Pop Culture Nail Lacquer Collection in OPI Pops

Two coats of OPI Pop Culture Nail Lacquer in OPI Pops. Coral Red Texture.

Red is a nail color I tend to reach for only during the fall and winter months, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that OPI Pops was more of a coral-based red than a vixen red, making it perfect for summa-summa-summatime!

OPI Pops is like a vacation on your nails - the shade is vibrant and playful without being too OTT. And the formula! Fast-dry, long-wear, and necessary for your next beach outing, okuuurr?!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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8.11.2018

red



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8.09.2018

8.06.2018

NOTD: OPI Nail Lacquer Collection in A-Rose At Dawn...Broke By Noon

Two coats of OPI Nail Lacquer in A-Rose At Dawn...Broke By Noon. Rosy Mauve Metallic.

Not my typical color, I know, but I couldn't decide on a shade for the week, so I played Eeny, meeny, miny, moe {because clearly I'm 5} and landed on this little lady.

A-Rose At Dawn...Broke By Noon is a pink with a grown-up feel to it due to the metallic finish. The formula is flawless, serving up even coats and no brushstrokes in minutes; with a wear-time exceeding the 5 day mark. Would I wear it again? Honestly, no, because it's simply not my kind of color; but if it's a hue that you think is haute you need to grab it stat girlies!

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8.04.2018

8.02.2018

beach comber

Free People Beach Comber Crop Sweater in ORANGE.

This slouchy knit is giving me allll of the fall vibes rn!


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7.30.2018

NOTD: OPI Pop Culture Nail Lacquer Collection in Pink Bubbly

Two coats of OPI Pop Culture Nail Lacquer in Pink Bubbly. Hot Pink Texture.

Texture's back alright!

Babes, I was bummed when textured polishes went bye bye, so imagine my excitement when I came across...Pop Culture! Initially I thought it was paying homage to Andy Warhol and his brights {which it is}; but it's also a reference to the finish...a playful bubbly that pops!

I've been loving pinks lately, so Pink Bubbly was calling my name, and it. is. perf. This shade is the epitome of girly, and so much fun for the warmer months! The bubbly finish makes painting your nails effortless; and the fact that it dries lightning fast is amaze! Additional bonus: no top coat required. Natch!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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7.23.2018

NOTD: Morgan Taylor Platinum Professional Nail Lacquer in Holo Lover!

Two coats of Morgan Taylor Platinum Professional Nail Lacquer in Holo Lover!. Pink Holographic.

Holo {not to be confused with shimmer or metallic} isn't really my thang; but I was feeling unicorn and stardust vibes so I grabbed this beauty.

Holo Lover! {gotta love that nod to SJP's Carrie Bradshaw} is a gawgeous pink with magical qualities - specifically, the way in which it catches the light, casting prismatic designs around you. Holo Lover! dries matte, so you def need a top coat to bring that holo to life. My one qualm? I had chips on two fingers in less than 24 hours requiring touch-ups. Kiiind of a pain.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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7.21.2018

7.19.2018

China Glaze Chic Physique 6PC Micro Mini Nail Kit Swatches + Review

Rarely do I find a mini set with all of the colors included calling my name; but when I spotted the China Glaze Chic Physique 6PC Micro Mini Nail Kit my brain basically started singing I've got to have it. The shades are v 80s Jazzercise chic, with a nod to Bruno Mars + Cardi B's Finesse, with an electrifying power to pump. you. up. Peep all six sassy shades below!

Bodysuit Yourself! is a Watermelon Creme. Ermagersh babes! You know I'm not typically a fan of pink/red shades; but Bodysuit Yourself! is the perf hybrid of the two - and so phenom for summer pedis! The formula here is rich and gummy; however, it was a little bit thinner than I expected - leaving a few barely-noticeable bald spots. A heavier hand during application or a third coat would curb that tho. Still excellent in my book - love! This is 2 coats.


Glamletics is a Periwinkle Creme. Never have I ever met a baby blue/periwinkle shade that I didn't love, so y'all know that I went all heart eyes when I was introduced to Glamletics. Glamletics is so my color jam for spring / summer 2018! Though largely a crème shade, there is the sliiightest hint of pink iridescent shimmer in certain lights that gives it an ethereal, unicorn horn vibe. Random description, I know; but simply how I see it. Formula here is flawless - zero chips, and literally no tipwear {even after 7 days of heavy typing and texting}. Natch! This is 2 coats.


Activewear, Don't Care is a Teal Crelly. Fact of the day: While I love a good mint green, teal is a shade that v rarely does it for me; so I can tell you right off the bat that Activewear, Don't Care {love the name btw!} just didn't do it for me. I found it to be a v ho hum hue that felt sliiightly too dark to fit in with summer vacay vibes; but that's me. Activewear, Don't Care is a v thin formula, which has more to do with the fact that it's a jelly/crème hybrid than anything else. I'm not gonna lie, the wear-time was phenomenal, with 0 chips and no tipwear for 6 days, so if you're a fan of shades like this one, grab it! If not, I would say pass. Womp womp. This is 3 coats.


Low-Maintenance is a Dusty Rose Nude Creme. Plot twist: never have I ever fallen for a nude-esque nail color - I always find them too blasé and boring for my personality. But Low-Maintenance? Hi, I adore you... Low-Maintenance is one of those nail colors that is neutral with a playful yet feminine twist making it pure perfection for the workplace or after-hours. While the density of Low-Maintenance is excellent, it did feel a little bit sheer to me after two coats, so I added a third. For those of you who are heavy-handed with application, however, two should do the trick. Grab this one girls! This is 3 coats.


Get It Right, Get It Bright is a Lilac Shimmer. True story: shimmers are simply not my thing; but this one right here reminded me of a unicorn in the bottle, so I had to give it a whirl. OMG babes...a momet of silence to absorb the beauty of this...well, beauty. Get It Right, Get It Bright is simply magical. It's definitely on the thinner side; however it builds lightning fast! While I went for 3 coats here; if you're slightly more heavy-handed with application, you can definitely get away with 2! This is 3 coats.


Pilates Please is a Peach Creme. Peach colors are basically my ride or die during the spring and summer months, so you know that I was allll over this bad boy when I spotted it. Pilates Please is a peach that leans more towards the orange spectrum as opposed to the pink; however, it has a beautiful, bright undertone to it that still gives it a strong feminine feel - so even if you're not into orange, you will love this one. Trust. Like with the majority of the Chic Physique collection; Pilates Please has a fairly thin formula, so you do need multiple coats to avoid VNL. That said, the weartime is phenomenal! This is 3 coats.


AVAILABILITY: Ulta.

PRICE: $15.00 for the 6PC Mini Set; $7.50 for each full-size bottle.


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7.16.2018

NOTD: OPI Grease Nail Lacquer Collection in Don't Cry Over Spilled Milkshakes

Three coats of OPI Grease Nail Lacquer in Don't Cry Over Spilled Milkshakes. White Creme.

True story: I've been obsessively watching Riverdale {hi Jughead!}, so the name of this one totes had me thinking of Pop's Diner!

As you all know, I live for a white mani, so this color right here is legit making my summer magical. A little on the thin side; I found that three coats was perfect for reaching opacity - no big when you take into consideration that the staying power was phenom {we're talking 6 days and counting with no chips!}. Get this beauty babes!

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7.14.2018

7.11.2018

galaxies abound

Billabong Galaxies Abound in CHILI PEPPER.

Not sure what I'm digging more: the plunging neckline or the flirty ruffle details.


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7.09.2018

NOTD: China Glaze Chic Physique Collection in Activewear, Don't Care

Three coats of China Glaze Chic Physique Nail Lacquer Collection in Activewear, Don't Care. Teal Crelly.

Fact of the day: While I love a good mint green, teal is a shade that v rarely does it for me; so I can tell you right off the bat that Activewear, Don't Care {love the name btw!} just didn't do it for me. I found it to be a v ho hum hue that felt sliiightly too dark to fit in with summer vacay vibes; but that's me.

Activewear, Don't Care is a v thin formula, which has more to do with the fact that it's a jelly/crème hybrid than anything else. I'm not gonna lie, the wear-time was phenomenal, with 0 chips and no tipwear for 6 days, so if you're a fan of shades like this one, grab it! If not, I would say pass. Womp womp.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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7.04.2018

happy 4th babes!


may your day be brimming with boys, bonfires, and red-white-and-blue popsicles!

happy happy!



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7.02.2018

NOTD: China Glaze Chic Physique Collection in Bodysuit Yourself!

Two coats of China Glaze Chic Physique Nail Lacquer Collection in Bodysuit Yourself!. Watermelon Crème.

Ermagersh babes! You know I'm not typically a fan of pink/red shades; but Bodysuit Yourself! is the perf hybrid of the two - and so phenom for summer pedis!

The formula here is rich and gummy; however, it was a little bit thinner than I expected - leaving a few barely-noticeable bald spots. A heavier hand during application or a third coat would curb that tho. Still excellent in my book - love!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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6.28.2018

6.25.2018

NOTD: OPI Pop Culture Nail Lacquer Collection in Days of Pop

Four coats of OPI Pop Culture Nail Lacquer in Days of Pop. Bubbly Blue Texture.

Bright blue polishes always get me, so I had to take this bad boy home!

Color-wise, Days of Pop is everything you want for the summer {and 4th of July!}. It's playful and fun; and the bubbly texture coupled with the ocean blue shade give it a mermaid-esque feel.

My one qualm: you need a lot of coats to keep VNL at bay. Granted, this is ultra-fast dry; the fact that you have to apply coat after coat after coat can become a little tiring. Not a deal-breaker; but something to keep in mind.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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6.18.2018

NOTD: China Glaze Chic Physique Collection in Glamletics

Two coats of China Glaze Chic Physique Nail Lacquer Collection in Glamletics. Periwinkle Crème.

Never have I ever met a baby blue/periwinkle shade that I didn't love, so y'all know that I went all heart eyes when I was introduced to Glamletics.

Glamletics is so my color jam for spring / summer 2018! Though largely a crème shade, there is the sliiightest hint of pink iridescent shimmer in certain lights that gives it an ethereal, unicorn horn vibe. Random description, I know; but simply how I see it.

Formula here is flawless - zero chips, and literally no tipwear {even after 7 days of heavy typing and texting}. Natch!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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