Top 10 Seasonally Appropriate Fashion & Beauty Items for Spring

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I’m annoyed, you guys. The weather is all warm and pretty… then the next day huge snowflakes are falling making me want to rage. In an effort to nudge mother nature and maybe make ourselves are little happier the Top 10 Tuesday bloggers are sharing our faves for Spring!

Top 10 Beauty Fashion Spring 2014In no particular order…

  1. A beauty product in radiant orchid. Such a given, but it needed to be put out there. Reference this post on some of my top radiant orchid picks.A spring time neutral face palette for every day. Because you’ll reach for it constantly this type of palette should be a staple for you. Try Urban Decay Naked 3 or the Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette (to be reviewed).
  2. An awesome razor. Be honest, your legs look like Sasquatch lives there. I’m not judging, it happens (more often than you or your bestie will ever admit to). I’ve been a super-fan of the Schick Hydro Silk and now it comes to you in sensitive form! My legs are singing this brands praises.
  3. A chic bag. Spring time means put the everyday black bag down and go for a blush, soft grey or mint shade. I’m lusting for this one from Rebecca Minkoff because it’s muted but still edgy. You’ll also need a vibrant bag for off work hours – one of my go-to faves for the last few years is the fuchsia Cupid from Rebecca Minkoff.
  4. Speaking of vibrant bags a crossbody is a hands-free necessity for all of the walking you’re going to be doing in this gorgeous weather! I recently picked up this one in Mandarin from Michael Kors (and then 3 days later it went on sale… story of my life. Now that I look it’s not on sale anymore. hrmmmm).
  5. Vibrant statement jewelry. I lust for this bib necklace from Kate Spade. Normally I go for dainty, but these are bold without making me feel uncomfortable.
  6. Flowy tops and sweaters to wear with comfy pants. I just lost my mind at Old Navy and American Eagle on their tops. If you get a sec to run in, you must. Your wallet won’t be happy but that’s okay because you’ll look good.
  7. Get pedicure ready. Most slack in this dept through the winter (I do almost as much as in the shaving dept… #notreallyYESreally). Before I go in for my first pedi of the season I like to pamper my feet a bit and pretend like I kept up all winter long. I soak, scrub, trim and paint my piggies so as not to gross out the nail tech. Now you know all of my secrets.
  8. Consider picking up a product with more SPF. You should be using SPF year round but I personally up the wattage as soon as warmer weather hits. My cc cream/foundation of choice for this spring/summer is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+.
  9. Stock up on fresh scents. Put away the pumpkin, cinnamon and evergreen fragrances and head over to Bath & Body Works. Pick up spring scents that are Luau inspired so you can pretend you’re on an island. I did this past weekend during an awesome soap sale!!! Pass the Pina Coladas!
  10. Smile! That’s sounding so lame right now. But Annie was pretty smart when she was all like “you’re never fully dressed without a smile”. Smiling shows the world how sexy you are and radiates confidence. None of the clothing or face paint matters without your pearly whites!

What are your must-have fashion and beauty items for Spring?

Essie FOR THE TWILL OF IT Nail Polish Swatches & Review – Fall 2013

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Essie has some great shades out for Fall 2013, but the one that may have captured your attention the most is For the Twill Of It.  While all six of the shades from the For the Twill of It collection are certainly beautiful, none will catch your eye like the collections namesake.

Essie FOR THE TWILL OF IT Nail Polish Essie FOR THE TWILL OF IT Nail Polish Swatches(outside, in shade, with flash)

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For the Twill Of It is a really cool and complex multi-chrome metallic shade with hits of green, purple and silver.  The shimmer is intense and it’s fun to angle your hands around in the light and also in the shade to see what shade will appear next.

The formula was really great and easy to work with, becoming fully opaque in two coats.  Brush strokes are more apparent in the photo than in real life, but not as ghastly as you might imagine from a metallic.

Essie Nail Polishes retail for $8.00 each and are available at drugstores as well as at Nordstrom.


Makeup Wars – Favorite Summer Mani featuring Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Polish

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For this Makeup Wars we’re exploring our favorite Summer Mani’s.  For me, I like to change it up, sometimes add some sparkle… definitely be fun.  Essie’s Summer 2013 Naughty Nautical Collection  ($8.00 each or $17.00 for the cube) is pretty much the epitome of the core colors I go for in the Summer.

While at Ulta, I picked up three shades out of the six from this collection, the hues that called to me the most were Rock the Boat, Sunday Funday and The Girls are Out – mostly because of their subtle yet striking shimmer.

IMG_8532Rock the Boat is a lovely baby blue shade with the subtle silver mini-glitters.  I go for light & colorful shades like this when I need something more subtle, but not so neutral.  The formula runs a little thin on this one, so I needed three coats for full coverage.

IMG_8708Sunday Funday is a juicy melon shade with the subtle silver mini-glitters.  This is probably what most would gravitate towards for their Summer color.  I love shades like this for my toes, classy but fun!  Two coats of polish were used in the swatch photo.

IMG_8726The Girls are Out is a I whine a lot about hating fuchsia, but this shade has just enough purple in it to be a little different and a lot more acceptable to me.  Plus the name sends my immature mind racing and makes me smile every time I look at my nails.  Two coats of polish were used in the swatch photo.

IMG_8736What is your fave Summer mani?  Click on the icons below to see what the other bloggers chose as their go-to hot weather hues!


Mother’s Day 2013 GlossyBox Swatches, Photos & Review – Special Edition

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As I’m sure you’re aware, May is a special month for Mom’s!  Mother’s Day is tomorrow and GlossyBox has a special edition box that is especially for pampering Mom’s (or yourself, even if you’re not a mom… cause everyone deserves to relax)!

Keep in mind, there is still time to subscribe for the May Box, aka the Celebration Box, which is promised to be AMAZING since it’s the 1 year anniversary of GlossyBox in the US!

IMG_4673Currently available in 19 countries, GlossyBox has become known for their high quality samples and prestigious brands such as NARS, Lancome, Laura Mercier, and more.

So, what is in the Mother’s Day 2013 GLOSSYBOX?  Let’s check it out!

IMG_4674 IMG_4681 IMG_4685 IMG_4699 IMG_4700First up is an Essie Nail Polish in Geranium.  This polish is a bold and beautiful shade right on trend for the season.  The formula is fabulous and also perfect in one coat!

IMG_5200Next is the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara.  I reviewed this a few months ago and loved it.  It gives awesome curl and volume in just one coat!

From Biolage the ExquisiteOil Replenishing Treatment.  This Deluxe Size is exclusive to GlossyBox.  This oil smells yummy and works to restore your hair and give shine.  A little goes a long way!  I only use products such as this at the ends of my hair.

Next, from ModelCo the Cheek + Lip Tint in Rosy Red.  This stain gives a long-lasting tinted look to your lips and cheeks that, when worn correctly, gives that just pinched look.  Use sparingly, this isn’t easy to get off so you’ll have a better time just adding as needed.

IMG_5193From ColorProof Evolved Color Care the CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner.  These products (and yay for getting both a shampoo and condioner!) tamed my frizz well and my hair looked shiny.  Definitely a love!!

Finally, from ByTerry, the Creme de Rose.  This is meant to firm, moisturize and plump the skin.  The size is too small to accurately review on those terms, but I found that a little but had my skin feeling soft and the light rose scent isn’t overpowering.

With GlossyBox you get a bit of everything, makeup, skin care, nails, fragrance… I love that this subscription box is sure to cover all of the bases, every single month.

With the exception of the LMdB sample, the brands for Mother’s Day are all new brands to my stash!  Clearly, you’re getting your money’s worth, and useable items to boot!!!

GLOSSYBOX is a subscription service.  You sign up on the website and then from there you can order your subscription based on one month, six months, or a year.  You’ll answer a series of questions and based off of that, you will receive a customized box.  This is all pretty standard for a beauty subscription service.

The price is a bit higher than that of other services you may have heard of or belong to.  At $21 I would expect double the awesomeness of what I’d receive from, say, Birchbox.

GLOSSYBOX will always offer a MINIMUM of five products.  After receiving your box, you can fill out more surveys in order to rate the products you received so they can better tailor your next package.  So, basically, after a few months of the service, your packages should be PERFECT.

Again: May is their 1 year anniversary ;) so good things… hint hint….

**TIP – Make sure you review the products received in your GLOSSYBOX to receive 20 GLOSSYDots per review.  You can use these toward your own free box!**


essie “Get the Look” SAG Awards – Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Sarah Hyland

Hollywood’s Leading Ladies were Perfectly Polished for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Compliments of essie!

Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts and Sarah Hyland all stunned on the red-carpet with stand-out nails

Jennifer Lawrence, winner of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, complimented her stunning Christian Dior dress with a manicure created using essie’s prima ballerina layered with pure pearlfection from the luxeffects collection ($8/ for a final look that manicurist April Foreman described as, “A fresh, young take on classic Hollywood glamour.”

JLNaomi Watts, fellow Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role nominee, complimented her gorgeous silver Marchesa dress with a bold manicure created by Tracey Sutter using essie’s stylenomics mixed with imported bubbly ($8/

nwSarah Hyland’s manicurist Christina Aviles also kept her nails classic and neutral using two coats of essie’s prima ballerina layered with a sheer coat of pure pearlfection from the luxeffects collection ($8/ – a combo that just shined on the red-carpet! She completed the look with a clear rhinestone applied to the moon at the base of each nail.

Who: Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, and Sarah Hyland
Event: 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
Date: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Location: Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA
Manicurist Credit:
· Jennifer Lawrence (April Foreman (The Wall Group) for essie)
· Naomi Watts (Tracey Sutter (Cloutier Remix) for essie)
· Sarah Hyland (Christina Aviles (Opus Beauty) for essie)
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Photo Credit: Getty Images

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