use it: nail polish

Hello, everyone! Did you have a great weekend? I did! I got to spend a week straight with Dan, which was so nice. We hadn’t been able to spend that much time together in awhile. Then to have such a nice week followed up with my favorite holiday and plenty of time spent with my family; it was just perfect! : )  This week I am house-sitting and enjoying the down time that comes with it – including Law & Order: SVU marathons and painting my nails. As I’ve mentioned, I was never big on beauty products and trends until recently, and I’ve become especially addicted to painting my nails. Here are my latest and most adored shades:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPI by Nicki Minaj in Metallic 4 Life: I really love this shade. It’s a nice deep black, and while I wouldn’t normally wear black polish, I’m drawn to it due to its flecks of cool silver glitter in different sizes and shapes.The color combo is sleek, simple, and sexy. It’s the perfect shade for almost any season. I’m so glad I picked it up! I recommend using three coats for a very solid look to the black base. Paired with a clear top coat, it lasts quite awhile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revlon Nail Enamel in Minted: Pastels are are pretty popular this season, especially mint! I was excited to find this shade in the aisles of Walgreens one afternoon while on a magazine pick-up trip. This color went on pretty easily. I put on roughly two shades of this color, and then swiped on a clear top coat. Again, it lasted well. Seeing the color on my nails always made me smile, and I got a bunch of compliments on it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essie in No Pre-Nup: I found this shade in Ulta. It seems to be a more “rare” color, since I’ve never seen it at Target or Walgreens, and online it says to visit a local salon for the color. I thought it was a more solid color of a thicker liquid, but I was actually pleasantly surprised at how diluted the color and polish itself is. It’s a nice nude pink, with the pink undertones becoming more clear each additional coat. I loved how the shade looked with three coats, and it was so easy to apply. Plus, I just love the name for some reason! It’s cheeky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essie in No Pre-Nup + Essie Luxe Effects in A Cut Above: After I applied No Pre-Nup, I applied A Cut Above. A Cut Above is a gorgeous, deep rosy pink glitter, whose sizes vary even more than the glitter flecks in OPI’s Metallic 4 Life. A Cut Above is a much more loose glitter style than As Gold As it Gets, which is much more gel-like. I added one layer of A Cut Above and let it dry completely. I then added a second layer. However, when I added the second layer, instead of swiping it on normally like I had the first layer, I lightly dabbed and then swept at the spots on my nails that had no or little glitter already. Finally, after the second layer of A Cut Above dried, I added a clear top coat. I adore this polish combo. The pink nude doesn’t take away from the pink glitter, but rather enhances it, and every time I look at my nails, I feel like I’m looking at pink disco balls. Instant mood boost!

 

What shades have you been loving lately? I can’t get enough of this season pastels (lilac is at the top of my wish list!), glitter top coats (clearly), and the Hunger Games Capitol Colors China Glaze collection. I also cannot wait for OPI’s upcoming Minnie Mouse and Amazing Spider-man collections – they look awesome!

 

 

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use it: cool stuff round-up


Lately I’ve been trying to stay better hydrated in order to have more energy, and I’ve taken to drinking my water with a ton of ice. Sometimes I wish there was a way to make the ice water a bit more interesting. Conveniently enough, every now and then while perusing Pinterest, Tumblr, or the web in general, I come across some products that are just plain neat. Over time I’ve found a bunch of fun ice cube trays and molds. Here are my favorites:


Duh-dun. Duh-dun. Duh-dun-duh-dun-duh-dun…











LEGO my ice cubes!


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FossilICED










“Babushka” dolls – love!










Ice cubes that can doggie paddle!










Rubber duckie, you’re the one!


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And my FAVORITE one…Han Solo in carbonite!


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Would you use fun ice cube trays? Which of these do you like, or are there different ones from around the web that you enjoy?






gift guide, etsy edition: valentine’s day cards

A lot of people don’t like Valentine’s Day, noting that it is mostly just an over-commercialized holiday that puts a lot of pressure on people to have some sort of big romantic night. I don’t care about those points; I love Valentine’s Day anyway. I always have, even when I was little and Valentine’s Day was just about collecting Pokemon and Snoopy cards from your classmates. I love the idea of a day that is devoted to romantic love, but that can also be used to celebrate the love you have for your family and friends in a cute and goofy way. PLUS Valentine’s Day always means chocolate, fluffy stuffed animals, mushy movies, and yummy meals. What’s not to like? ; )

Aside from the above reasons to love the day, my favorite part of Valentine’s Day is still the plethora of sweet and funny cards available to send to the special people in your life (although my tastes have upgraded a bit from elementary school when I would send out the entirety of my Disney-themed perforated 24 pack). While I do admire cards by big brands such as Papyrus, American Greetings, Hallmark and online top dog Minted, I always enjoy perusing Etsy for creative cards. Here are my favorite Etsy cards for this Valentine’s Day (a bit aways from the actual day, in case you decide to buy and send one):

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“Heart Strings” card by Wild Beanlore

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“I Love You More Than Ice Cream” card by Oh Geez Design

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Valentine’s Day Peacock card by My Zoetrope

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“Home Is Wherever I’m With You” card by JulieAnnArt

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“You’re Perfect” card by HEN & CO.

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“I Just Want to Eat You Up” card by Abbey Jay Handmade

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“Love Roses Kraft White” card by Champagne Press

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“Obi Wan” card by adelynSTONE
Which of these cards do you like best? Have you found any other cards on Etsy or a different website that you are enjoying for Valentine’s Day this year?
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product round-up: retro print star wars posters

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Source: etsy.com via Kelly on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Kelly on Pinterest

I love pretty much everything in Jan Skácelík’s Etsy shop, but these retro print Star Wars posters just might be my favorite. I love how they each contain just two colors, important characters and images, a memorable quote, and key words and phrases in small print at the bottom. And, on top of all that, they pay tribute to a great film trilogy! I’d love to see Jan’s take on classics like The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, or Casablanca. What movie would you like to be made into a retro print like these?



use it: winter survival guide

In honor of today being the first day of February, and today being a snow day (yay!) due to the almost-blizzard hitting Ohio, I put together a winter survival guide for you all. Enjoy!

What items make your winter survival guide?