Mani-Monday: Golden Hour

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Here is a little something to cure your Monday Blues (I know mine are crippling!). This week’s Mani-Monday is inspired by that perfect time of day that turns everything gold, sparkling and magic. Many of you may know how obsessed I am with gold these days, it is the perfect tone, it’s modern, clean and luxe. To get this looks I simply put on 3 coats of the Maybelline Color Show polish in Mystic Green (perfectly named!) and then a coat of golden sparkle before topping it off with Seche Vite.
Mani-Monday: Golden Hour

Mani Monday: Polka-Dot Party

Let’s continue spreading  Holiday Cheer with fun Polka-Dot & Turquoise Mani! This winter inspired manicure is incredibly easy to do and is a fun way to get away from the red & green. 
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Mani Monday: Turquoise Sparkle
  1. Essie Grow Stronger Base Coat Smoot + Protect – I have noticed that my nails are getting really brittle with the cold winter weather, make sure to to add a base coat to prevent breaks and staining.
  2. China Glaze Neon Turned Up Turquoise – This show-stopping colour goes on matte but with a hint of shimmer! It looks amazing as is and changes a bit with the light. The picture above looks much more blue but it is more of a turquoise 😉
  3. China Glaze Platinum Silver – This high-shine polish is really cute for accenting nails. If you want really wow the crowd, wear it on all your nails for extra glitter!
  4. Topshop Nail Dotting Tool – This tool will help you complete the look, I dabbed some the silver polish on some tin foil and dipped the smaller end in. Next, dot your nail and re-dip when necessary; for this look I dotted opposite corners of the nails with more of a randomized pattern but the possibilities are endless!

Mani-Monday: Neutral Glitter

A shout out to all the glamour girls out there, this look nail look is for you. Neutral tones match anything, including glitter! I especially love mixing a greige nuetral tone with a little golden glitz, it makes for a  haute Holiday 😉
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Neutral Glitter
  1. Essie Grow Faste Base Coat – A good base make a world of difference and protects your nails from discolouration. I especially love this one because it also aids in healthy nail growth!
  2. OPI Berlin There Done That – A classic neutral shade, it is perfect for all seasons and pairs nicely with an array of other hues. This is my go-to shade when I want something sophisticated and fuss-free.
  3. Nicole by OPI Kissed at Midnight – Go for Glitz! Don’t feel gilty (pun fully intended), add a little festive flare to your mani with a glitter top coat. I like painting my ring finger and thumb as accent nails to give it an extra pop.
  4. Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat – This is by far the best top-coat I have ever used. It goes on thicker but dries in ten minutes and looks just like shellac. The only down side I have found is that I have to replace it more frequently (just past the half-way point) because it gets too viscous to apply.

Slumber Party Essentials

Let’s face it, even when you are out of your pre-teens sleepovers are still fun! A girl friend of mine was in town on business and we decided to kick it old school and have a sleepover in her hotel room 🙂 Here are some fun ideas for a cute and comfy way to spend a night in, not to mention a concise list of next-morning essentials that would be ideal to bring on a weekend away. 
Sleepover Party
On an overnight stay you want to pack light, chances are you won’t need your entire beauty arsenal for a 1 night stay. Here are a few beauty basics that are perfect for short term travel:
  1. Sephora Party Starter Brush Set – A little brush set comes in handy when you don’t want to sacrifice precision in your beauty routine, not to mention this fun little set is adorable!
  2. Stila All Day Try-Me-Set – Teeny tiny but still all of the lovely stay-all-day care you love about Stila 🙂
  3. MAC ‘Mini’ Demi Wipes Cleansing Towelettes – When it is time for bed you will thank yourself for this cleansing cloths, they are great when you don’t have a wash cloth handy.
  4. Urban Decay Naked Palette – This palette is just plain amazing, I take mine everywhere I go because you can create any eye make-up look your heart desires and it takes up minimal space when travelling.
  5. Batiste Dry Shampoo Original Mini – This product rocks! It works perfectly when you need to refresh your hair in the morning but don’t have time for a shower and style.
  6. Sephora Tame The Frenzy Travel Brush – Tame that messy bed-head after a sleepover with this adorable miniature and again, perfect size when you need to pack light!
  7. Revlon Photoready Powder – I love this product, it has amazing coverage and I find that I don’t even need foundation before I apply it.
  8. Bath And Body Works Forever Red – When you don’t want to bring your fancy perfume along (glass bottles are a little fragile!), this scent is luscious and a quick spritz goes a long way.

What is a Pajama Party without your PJ’s? Here are two fun looks that would be perfect for a girls night in:

1. Cutesy and Fun: This look definitely is reminiscent of teenage sleepovers. I’ve paired a My Little Pony sweater with some comfy and adorable shorts for a youthful and fun look. Add an adorable polar bear weekender bag and a girly floral make-up case to carry all your needed supplies.

  1. Royal Albert New Country Roses Rose Confetti Make Up Bag
  2. River Island Grey My Little Pony Sweater
  3. Juicy Couture Sleep Essential Short
  4. Olula Overnight Bag

2. Cool and Chic: This look is a little more sophisticated but still fun and chic. Pairing a comfortably loose tank with some graphic floral shorts is fashionable without sacrificing comfort. To carry all your essentials, I’ve added a fun neon make-up bag and a trendy Herschel duffel.

  1. Old Navy Citron Acid Neon Make Up Bag
  2. H&M Jersey Top
  3. Betsey Johnson Rayon Woven Item Short
  4. Herschel Supply Co. Duffel

5 More Cosplay Beauty Must-Haves

Hello Cosplay Enthusiasts! Here is another round of Beauty Must-Haves for Costume-Play or for dressing up (Halloween is right around the corner people!).
5 More Cosplay Beauty Must Haves
  1. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner – Liquid eyeliner is ideal for creating dramatic winged eyeliner as well as a great way to do any detailing around the eye that you really want to pop! I prefer the eyeliner pen style of eyeliner for better control and precision. Also, it is a great way to disguise the look of fake lashes 😉
  2. Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray – Face it, when you are running around a con or doing an intense photo-shoot the longevity of your make up is vital! After your make-up is complete mist your face with a setting spray to avoid your make up from smearing or sweating off. This is an important step especially when using face paint or other heavy makeup. If you don’t have a setting spray, mist your face lightly with some hairspray (it has a similar effect).
  3. Sally Hansen Air Brush Legs – When your Cosplay calls for bear legs and nude coloured tights won’t cut it, this product is wonderful for evening out your skin tone without tanning. I use it on my arms and chest area as well to give me a bit of a glow and even out skin tone (especially for photo-taking!).
  4. Topshop Gunmetal Brush Set – A hero is only as good as his weapon! Invest in a good brush set that will last your through everyday use as well as Cosplay! This gives you more control and cleaner lines when working with difficult or complex makeup looks.
  5. Shiseido Eyebrow Styling Compact – Stage makeup calls for more exaggerated features (especially on film or in photos). Styling your brows gives your face a more polished and expressive look, just be careful not to go overboard (you don’t want to look perpetually angry). I prefer to use an angled brush and flesh out the outer details with a brown liner.

What are your fave Cosplay Beauty Must-Haves?

Mani-Monday: Halloween Inspired Nailart

Goulish Greetings, are you in the mood for some spooky good fun? Here is how I created this Halloween inspired nail art: 

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Nail Art: Halloween

1. Start with an orange base (you may want to use a base coat like Essie’s Grow Faster to prevent staining!). I paint 2-3 coats for an even colour.

2. Next, use a polka-dot/ glitter top coat (I used the one pictured above). To prevent big globs of spots, try to evenly distribute the spots, I start at the base of the nail and drag downwards.

3. I cannot rave enough about Seche Vite Top Coat, it dries amazingly fast, last forever, and gives a shellac type shine and thickness. The best way to apply is to apply a droplet (at the base of the nail), wipe the excess off of the brush and then sweep the brush down the nail.

4. For the grand finale. I added Nails Inc. Matte Top Coat to give a cool texture. I love the way it makes the orange pop!

6 Fall Nail Trends

6 Fall Nail Trends
1. Hollographic – This trend is a shape-shift of metallic colours that mimic the changing of the seasons. So embrace the psychedelic craze with some wonderfully eye-catching, colour-changing shades.
Sephora OPI – S-age is Just a Number
ESSIE – For The Twill of It
Maybelline Color Show – Mystic Green
2. Opaque – Cozy on up to some darker, richer hues. Opaque jewel tones make a major comeback for fall fashion.
MAC – Rebel
ESSIE – After School Boy
Sephora OPI – Caught With My Khakis Down
3. Metallics – Shine on! The metallic trend keeps on keeping on with some updated fall colours. Think rich bronze, pewter and jewel tones when choosing a fall metallic.
ESSIE – Trophy Wife
Sephora OPI – Shiny Dancer
China Glaze – Ingrid
4. Neutrals – Keep things fuss-free with a classic nude nail. This is a versatile and sophisticated color choice making it easy to pair with everything from those taupe booties to your pumpkin spice latte.
OPI – Berlin There Done That
MAC – Hanging Loose
ESSIE – Hot Coco
5. Glitter – BAM! For a fun statement go for glitter. This is a glamorous look whether its your whole hand, just the tips or some dainty accent nails.
Deborah Lippmann – Let’s Go Crazy
Nicole OPI – Rainbow in the S-Kylie
ORLY – Watch It Glitter
6 – Top Coats – Change up your finishing move with a new effect this season. Matte, glow in the dark and classic gel-like shine are musts this season!
OPI – Matte Top Coat
Ciate – Glow in the Dark Top Coat
Seche Vite – Classic Top Coat