Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Wrap-Up: 4/16/2014

Hi everybody.  Hope you are all well and happy! We miss all your sweet faces and squeezes so much! Lucky for me, this week I got to spend some precious time with a few of my darlings I don't get to see that often.  Let's take a peek:
I was fortunate enough to spend a record-breaking 4 straight hours with my beloved sister whom I never, ever see!  This was so exciting for me, and we talked chatted so non-stop that I actually lost my voice for the next two days.  Sisters are the best!

This picture is so funky but no matter- it represents the special time I was able to spend with my dear friends the Marengos as they were sealed to their son for time and all eternity!  Beyond ecstatic for you three!

And then the rest of the week was business as usual, for example- Bug gave himself a makeover with some peach lip gloss...and I made him mug for the camera ofc

Miss Bee is still in full-time sticker mode!

One day, princess and I went to her own personal heaven: the shoe store- where she picked out the sparkliest shoes she could find.  We ended up settling for some silver glitter Dora shoes instead, it was a serious compromise on her part.

Bear was in charge of dinner on Family Night and pulled out some boss burritos!

This lady simply makes us laugh at all times, just by being herself

And I'll leave you with this super sweet, and peaceful moment.  Sigh...these two :)

Love from our house to yours!  Hugs and kisses to you until we see you next.  Have a fabulous day and I'll see you back tomorrow :)

Song of the Day: Ellie Goulding- Starry Eyed

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easy Spring Palate Gradient Tutorial

Happy Tuesday, lovies!  I have a super fast and fun tutorial for you today.  All you need is three Spring shades and a sponge.  Let's get started!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial (the colors ended up looking a bit like a papaya =p) and make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel so you don't miss out on any of the crazy nail stuff I upload.  Love to you and yours!  Have a fabulous day and I'll see you back tomorrow!

Song of the Day: AlunaGeorge- Outlines

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Monday, April 14, 2014

The Nitty-Gritty

Sorry I missed posting yesterday everybody.  We have company and I was spending time with family instead of blogging.  If I had planned ahead and had a couple posts in queue...well that would be something- but I'm quite a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants girl.  Here's a completely non-elegant nail art for you today, that is dedicated to my technologically-minded husband who tries to explain to me the language of 1s and 0s...programming speak.  We just had our 4th anniversary and I'm so grateful he's stuck with me this long!   I love you babe :)  The post is titled The Nitty-Gritty because I'm using a new textured polish from Nicole by OPI called I'm Stucco on You.  Here's the look:

Here is I'm Stucco on You at two coats.  This is a really different textured polish from most we've seen; it doesn't have glitters or shimmers, but instead it has these little pieces of confetti or something.  These are similar to the matte textures that China Glaze put out last year, but these are less coarse and have the multiple colors.

I hope you enjoyed this random look.  Have you spotted these Roughles polishes by Nicole by OPI?  Have a great rest of your day!  See you tomorrow.

Song of the Day: Air- La Femme D'Argent

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Random Swatchfest: 4/12/2014

It's that time of the week again- time for some random swatch love!  I'm going to pull 9 shades at random from my "swatched but not posted" file and one completely non-random, favorite polish of the week.  Let's get rollin:
China Glaze Adventure Red-y is a fabulous true red, not too blue, not too orange.  This comes from the Fall 2012 On Safari collection.  This was easy to apply in two smooth coats, and I think it's an absolutely fabulous staple to have in your collection.  A

OPI Suzi's Hungary Again is a very sweet pink that leans a bit warm.  It comes from the Spring 2013 Euro Central collection and this really wasn't a stand out from the collection for me because there are so many pink shades out there.  The formula was fine, but the shade isn't really doing it for me.  This is two coats and it's just ok.  B

This is kind of a weird shade of orange...this is Brash Orange You Pretty.  This was being clearanced for like 49 cents a Kmart a while back so I picked it up...I say don't bother.  I have seen pretty orange polishes, and in my opinion, this is not one of them.  This is two coats.  C

Zoya Piaf comes from the Spring 2013 Lovely collection and unfortunately I was just not feeling this color.  This pale yellow with silver shimmer just ended up looking dead on my nails :(  I found this in an Ulta bargain bin, so at least it wasn't a major sorrow to my piggy bank, but still- I love Zoya and I don't like to find a polish from them that doesn't agree with me.  This is two coats, and I guess I'd recommend a pass on this one.  B-

Ok, so I majorly love this brand of polish.  This is Layla Softouch Effects in the number 06 and as you can see, it's this lovely, dense lime shimmer/holo but it dries matte.  I think it's gorgeous and it was a dream to apply.  I wish these polishes had names, sorry, but if you see this little baby on clearance at Ulta, give it a try. This is two coats.  A

Say hello to Revlon Colorstay Midnight, whom you can find for a bit of change at Big Lots right now, at least mine you can...I thought this dusty deep teal was so divine.  This is two coats, and it didn't stain a bit! Yay!  Not sure why some Colorstay polishes are biting the dust(in fact I have seen them on clearance at Walgreens too) but I likey.  A

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pink-Grape Fruit, is a gorgeous pink and purple shimmer/duochrome topper.  This is one coat over two coats of black.  Perfection in a bottle!  A

This is Color Club Show Time from the Fall 2012 In True Fashion collection, which had a lot of winners!  It appears that I chose to swatch this polish as a one-coater, but looking at it now, I can see that it would benefit from a second.  This is a gritty gray/charcoal metallic/shimmer...what a description I know.  If you love gray polishes, you'll love this one.  A

For my glitter pick this week, I pulled out Nicole by OPI Heavenly Angel from the Selena Gomez.  It's a holo shred glitter in a clear base.  I swatched it over Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle in Blazing Sunset.  This is two coats, and as you can see, it's still pretty sparse, but it's still entirely lovely.  A

As for my A+ polish of the week, I give you OPI Front Lawn which is such a fun and beautiful bottle of green polish.  This is two coats and it applied no problemo.  I found this one in a Marshalls and I couldn't find that it was associated with any collection, but if you love it, you might wanna look in your local TJMaxx or Marshalls.

And that's it!  10 more lovely(and some not so lovely) polishes.  Which did you love, if any?  What were you wearing and loving this week?  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you're having a fabulous weekend; I most-decidedly am :)  See you back tomorrow

Song of the Day: Afrojack feat. Chris Brown- As Your Friend

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Friday, April 11, 2014

My Neighbor Totoro

Happy Friday everyone!  Do you have fun plans for this weekend?  I get to see my sister, and I'm pretty durn excited about it.  I have some Totoro nails for you today.  These were super fun to create and look down at all day.  Also, my kids love it when I create character-inspired manicures and they recognize what I'm painting, so that's a great bonus for me.  Here's the look:

The base polish is OPI Did You Ear About Van Gogh, and the rest of the work is done in acrylic paints.  Here is the base polish at two coats on its own, and it's a lovely light cream/taupe shade.

So glad you stopped by for a visit today.  I'll see you back tomorrow!

Song of the Day: Cardiknox- Technicolor Dreaming

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

e.l.f. Haul with New Products

Hiya Lovies.  In March I placed a couple orders to for e.l.f. brand products.  They had some 50% off sales, one of which was on bestselling and new products so I've picked up a few things I hadn't tried yet, including the shadow pots, single eye shadows, the brow treat and tame and some foundations.  Here is the video if you want to see my haul and hear some reviews of these items:

I hope you enjoyed the video and that you're having a fabulous day.  Have you given e.l.f. products a try yet?  They are an amazing bargain and if you're new to makeup and wanting to try a whole spectrum of products to start working with that isn't going to break your bank, you might want to check them out.  Like I mentioned in the video- wait for their 50% off sales- they happen on the regular, and if after the discount you've spent more than $35 then you get free shipping.  Shipping isn't bonkers fast, and sometimes there have been missing items in my order, but the customer service is great and they send the replacements out right away.  P.S. I'm not being paid for this review...these are just my genuine feelings.  If my daughter were getting into makeup and I didn't want the new interest to cost me a fortune, I'd take her to that website :)  I'll see you all back tomorrow when I may have some Totoro nail art for you!

Song of the Day: The Colourist- Little Games

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/9/2014

Hey Peeps!  So we were on the go a lot this week, so all my pics come from my camera phone...sorry about that.  Anyhow, here's what we were up to this week:

To which his dad made this gif out of.
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Missy Lady in her "boat" watching Frozen with snacks

I wanted to catch a picture of this- this is how she prefers to sit in her chair 9 times out of 10

Playin' some Dominion

We had the special treat of being a part of Team Brooklyn for the Ronald McDonald House Walk for Kids charity event!  Along with a massive group of family and friends that showed up to support the cause, we(yes the kids too) walked a 5k and it was so fun and so worthwhile!  

These cuties :)

A portion of that same day that was so sweet and special- which I don't have photos of btw- was the baby blessing of Mason, the son of my dear sweet friends Shannon and Ricky.  Their adoption finalization was last Friday and it was so wonderful to be able to attend his blessing and celebrate this wonderful time in their lives!

After that we went down to Seal Beach- which those lucky duckies live 15 minutes away from!

It was Missy Lady's first time at the ocean and as you can imagine it was so fun to experience it with her!

What a gorgeous day it was!

Building sand castles...kinda :)

He just went for it!  

The kids took turns using Daddy's headrest, this is Lady's experience

It's been really lovely outside so we've been doing as much as we can in the yard.  She pulled this encyclopedia out herself and plopped right down on the mat.

Well that's it from us!  I hope you're all doing well and we love and miss you all.  Hugs from us to you!  Make this week a great one and we'll see you back very soon.

Song of the Day: Chela- Romanticise

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