August 20, 2014

July Favorites

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's about that time to round up my favorite outfits from last month. Everybody is looking cute, as usual. I was surprised by the amount of tights I saw in posts from July. That would just never be possible where I live but its giving me plenty of fall inspiration! Everyone here has a great blog so be sure to check them out!

August 19, 2014

YouTube Tuesday: Authentic 50s Makeup, Science of Blue Eyes, & Robin Williams on Conan

Happy Tuesday everyone! It's time for another roundup of YouTube videos. There's a little science, a little makeup, a new song, and a little Robin Williams so hopefully you'll see something interesting.

I wanted to first share Conan's tribute to Robin Williams because I know many of us have been grieving this past week. I'm not sure if it's because a lot of us grew up watching his films or what, but I've never been sadder about a celebrity death. It makes it even sadder because he was such a kind guy. 

On a brighter note, this historically accurate 50s makeup tutorial is very interesting and pretty! It's a classic look so it's still in style. She has a ton of other historically accurate tutorials too so go check those out.

Here's some science for you! I knew this stuff already because genetics and recessive genes are really cool to learn about (at least to me) but maybe some of you might learn something new! Hooray for blue eyes and being rare.

And finally here's a new New Pornographers song for you to enjoy. I'm so excited about their new album coming out because they're my all-time favorite. Plus I'm going to see them again in November! Yay!

Have a great rest of your day!

August 18, 2014

Las Vegas Outfit: Red Skater Skirt, Polka Dot Bustier Top, & White Sandals

Happy Monday everyone! This is the last set of pictures from Las Vegas I'll be showing you! I didn't get pictures of every outfit I wore, but I have some of this one since just Matt and I were walking up and down the strip and he isn't annoyed when we stop to take pictures. We found a perfect spot on a walking bridge to get some pictures before heading back toward The Flamingo. You may notice my delightful beer accessory in these pictures too. We were having fun at MGM playing a Batman and Joker slot machine before stopping at an outdoor sidewalk bar and picking up a couple IPAs. I can't explain how cool and weird it was to legally walk down the sidewalk with a beer in my hand.

Polka Dot Bustier Top, White Cardigan, Red Neoprene Skater Skirt, and White Sandals
top: forever 21 | skirt: sheinside | cardigan: kohl's | sandals: boohoo | bag: pepaloves | hair bow: h&m

Las Vegas Outfit with a Polka Dot Top, Red Skater Skirt, and White Cardigan

Matt noticed a couple women giving me the stink eye while wearing this outfit. I made sure to be conscious of my butt being covered in this flippy little skirt, so I'm pretty sure it wasn't because my butt was out. I told him sometimes people just stink eye me and to ignore it. It kind of sucks when you get that look from women though - especially when you feel really good in an outfit. I mean, this can't have been the most provocative outfit they'd seen all day. We were in Las Vegas. Who knows what they were thinking though!

Anyway, do you have any fun plans for this week? I'm going to be planning/making a costume/costumes for Dragon Con next week. It's kind of last minute but the whole going to Dragon Con plan was made relatively last minute. You can help me by giving me ideas of what I should wear. I'll be scoping out the feel of everything so next year maybe I can enter one of the costume contests. This year will be just for fun. I'm excited!

Have a great Monday!

August 17, 2014

Quick Review: Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ Nail Polish in Redgy

You know I love nail polish so I was very excited to try out the new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish sent to me for testing by Influenster. They sent me the color Redgy to review. You apply two coats of the color over no base coat and then add the top coat. The formula was easy to work with and self leveled well. The unique thing about this product is that you get the long wear and shine of a gel polish but you don't need a UV light. I'm particularly happy about that because I'm wary of the unnecessary UV exposure needed for regular gel polish to cure.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Redgy

I'm not usually someone that requires ridiculously long wear on a manicure since I like to change my nail color at least once a week. I was intrigued by the claim that this polish lasts up to 14 days though. I went ahead and tested it over my trip to Las Vegas because I knew I wouldn't have time to paint my nails while I was there. Overall I wore it for 10 days and I was amazed by how durable it was.

After about 6 days I noticed slight wear at the tips of my nails, but there weren't any true chips. By the time I got home there was a decent chip on one nail because I was picking at it. What I was super impressed by was how shiny my nails looked even after 10 days. That top coat must be magical! Once I was ready to take it off I used regular old acetone. It came off just like regular nail polish!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Redgy after 10 days of wear
(After 10 days of wear)

You can find Sally Hansen Miracle Gel at most drug stores, Target, Walmart, etc. They have 45 shades including some nice nudes and an awesomely bright blue, so I'm sure you'll see a shade you like. 

Bottom Line: I was very pleasantly surprised by this nail polish. This formula is so shiny and durable. (I honestly didn't expect it to perform as well as it did.) It's a cutting edge gel hybrid that I'm sure you'll start seeing more of in the future. Try it out if you like high shine nail polish or are just sick of your manicure chipping after a couple days.

(Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.)

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