How To: Remove Glitter Nail Polish

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Happy New Year!!! Every girl knows that New Year’s Eve is synonymous with glitter…lots of glitter. Every year I paint some sparkles on my nails thinking it’s the best idea ever (!!!) until I’m faced with taking the glitter nail polish off. Glitter polish is notoriously impossible to remove, but through many a hungover January 1 I have managed to find a way to take it all off with minimal effort.

What you need:
Nail Polish Remover with Acetone
Cotton Balls
Tin foil cut into ~2″ rectangles

Step 1: Tear off pieces of cotton balls into thin, manageable pieces. Saturate one of the pieces in nail polish remover and place on top of the nail.

Step 2: Take a piece of the tin foil and wrap it around your nail with the soaked cotton. Try to completely encase the cotton so none of the liquid seeps out. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 on as many nails as you need.

Step 3: Leave the foil on for about 10 minutes. This is essentially the same removal process that a soak off gel would use, only you won’t have to scrape off the excess and damage your nails!

Step 4: Pull off the foil and cotton from your nails. There may be some residual glitter but the majority of it should come right off with the cotton. If you need to, you can quickly go over all of your nails with a fresh cotton ball and some more acetone to get all of the excess off.

Just like your fresh clean nails, I hope all of you kick off 2017 as a clean slate. This year is going to be your year, and I wish you all the happiness and motivation you deserve to kick ass in 2017! Happy New Year!

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Current Beauty Favorites

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Nars Outlaw Blush: This is a really pretty shade for fall/winter. It’s a red toned blush with golden micro shimmer that I always gravitate towards when I’m sick of my usual pink toned blushes. It’s surprisingly natural looking for something that’s a little intense in the pan.

Skinceuticals Retexturizing Activator: This is a product I recently discovered and am IN LOVE. It has technology that breaks down the bonds that bind dead skin cells to the surface of your skin…a major cause of blackheads. After using this for one week it completely got rid of the little blackheads on my nose. (cute.)

C.O. Bigelow My Favorite Lip Balm: I’m pretty sure I threw this into my Bath & Body Works cart to make a minimum $ to use a promo code and I’m so glad I did. I’m a lip balm junkie and this one feels and smells amazing. It’s a little more liquidy vs. thick so I’m able to use it in the morning before I head out the door to protect from the blustering NYC winds.

B. Balenciaga Eau de Parfum: Um first, can we talk about how pretty this bottle is? Obsessed. I love this fragrance all year, but especially in the colder seasons because it’s a little more woodsy and intense, but still fresh and not at all heavy. So bad at describing smells so check out the description in the link.

Maybelline Color Jolt in Stripped Down: I tend to stay away from liquid lipsticks because they’re usually very matte and very drying. This liquid lip is super creamy and a little glossy (sometimes I blot a little to get a more matte finish). This color is so beautiful! It’s my go-to browny nude that can be worn at work or out at night and kind of just goes with everything. The perfect “don’t have to think about it” lip.

Caring for Blonde Hair

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I came out of the womb with nearly white hair (this is a lie- I actually didn’t have hair until I was two…but THEN it came in white blonde). And it continued to be super blonde until around the time I turned twelve. I distinctly remember being in sixth grade and not knowing WHAT WAS HAPPENING when my hair started growing in darker. I was having a middle school identity crisis. Thankfully, my dear (bottle) blonde mother understood the struggle and added highlights into my hair while I sat in a stool in our kitchen.

Twelve years of highlights later and I’ve learned some tried and true tips from colorists, from work, and from experience, to keep damage to a minimum and keep blonde hair bright. My hair is the longest and healthiest it has been in years, and I attribute it to these products.

Purple Shampoo: This is an essential for any blonde. Purple cancels out the brassy orange tones in hair, (think: color theory), and is a must for keeping blonde hair bright. To improve effectiveness, I start with Redken Hair Cleansing Cream to strip hair of product build-up and create the cleanest hair strand. This allows the purple shampoo to penetrate the hair shaft and really get the purple pigment in there. I like Clairol Shimmer Lights which has been around forever and you can get huge bottle for cheap on Amazon. Treat it like a hair mask and leave on for ~5-15 minutes in the shower and then rinse out and follow up with conditioner. I do this about once a week.

Hair Masks: Bleached hair = damaged hair. Using a hair mask 1-2 times a week will deeply moisturize dried out strands and help prevent breakage. I’m a huge fan of the L’Oreal Professionel Pro Fiber line (not a typo, just French), the purple one smells AMAZING like sultry vanilla deliciousness.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime: This is v expensive so I hate that I love it. This hair oil has a molecular structure that is small enough to get inside the hair shaft and heal hair from the inside out. Most conventional hair oils coat the outside of the hair strand and act like a bandaid but won’t heal the hair. I have the mini size because I haven’t been able to bring myself to shell out the $$$ for the full size (YET).

Heat Protectant: If you heat style your hair, you need to be using a heat protectant. Period. The Tresemme Thermal Creations is a great affordable option that I’ve been using for years.

Do you have any blonde care tips? Let me know in the comments. Always searching for products that justify me bleaching the life out of my strands!

Halloween Nails

This month, I had a Halloween revelation.

In the spirit of being festive, I brought a jack-o-lantern of candy into my office and filled that sucker with 4 bags of chocolate and gummies. Those 4 bags of candy cost $25! Who knew mini Milky Way bars were so expensive?! Lesson learned friends, wait until Nov 1 to buy 50% of bags of chocolate.

I tend to get really festive around the “holiday time” which I deem to be from Mid October-Jan 1. I wanted to create a REALLY easy and simple Halloween nail look that I could slap on quickly and still rep Halloween. So here you go:

What I used:

Orly Bonder Base Coat
Essie Licorice
Essie Blanc
OPI Happy Anniversary
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat
Thin nail brush/Toothpick

Apply Base. Let Dry. Apply 2 coats of black polish. Let Dry.

Using a thin nail brush (or even a toothpick), dip into the white polish and drag 3 long lines from the bottom corner of your ring finger outward. Grab some more white polish and draw horizontal lines connecting the 3 lines you just created. Voila, spiderweb.

Using the same nail brush or toothpick, draw 2 white dot “eyes” onto your other ring finger. Then, wipe off your brush/toothpick and pick up a little black to create the pupil of the eyes. Super easy “ghoul” eyes.

If you’re feeling a little extra, go ahead and top some nails with glitter. Finish it all up with a top coat. (Make sure the designs are completely dry first!)

And there you go! Whether you’re going hard this weekend or just planning on handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, these nails will get you noticed.

…now seriously don’t forget to pick up candy on Tuesday.

Face Mask Favorites

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Face masks are just about the only thing you can use on your skin that will provide immediate results. If you’re into instant gratification, these are my current favorite face masks that will leave your skin looking incredible.

GlamGlow ThirstyMud:

This is for all the dry skin ladies out there. My skin is so incredibly dry that if I don’t slather on my serums and moisturizers right after cleansing my skin feels like the Sahara. Enter: ThirstyMud. This stuff smells like a vacation (read: coconut) and hydrates like a dream (thank you, hyaluronic acid). You can leave this on overnight, but I would recommend not sleeping in something brown and sticky…unless you don’t care about staining your pillowcases. 30 minutes is enough to leave your skin feeling super soft and plumped.

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Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask:

Pumpkin. Pie. In. A. Jar. This stuff smells like basic white girl and I don’t mind at all. (Clearly I have an olfactory fixation because if something smells good I automatically put it on my face). If this stuff makes it onto your skin and not into your mouth (plz don’t try) you get a combo of manual exfoliators from the aluminum oxide and the chemical exfoliators from the AHA. Leave it on for 3-7 minutes and your skin will be the softest baby skin you have ever felt. I love using it when I’m looking a little dull and uneven because it helps decongest your skin and gets rid of that dead top layer. If you have sensitive skin, try using for just 1-2 minutes the first time as you might feel a little tingling/burning sensation and don’t want to overdo it.

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L’Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Detox + Brighten:

I am SO excited that L’Oreal launched a line of clay masks this year. FINALLY we get some high quality stuff at the drugstore. Apply this clay mask to areas where you have enlarged pores and watch in disgust and satisfaction as you literally witness the oil being drawn out of your pores. If you have oily skin, it’s totally fine to use all over your face. For dry skin, just apply specifically around areas with enlarged pores as this formula is pretty drying. For even application of the mask, I like to use a cheap flat foundation brush that you don’t use for makeup. Black clay mask under fingernails is not a cute look.

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Happy masking!

BeautyCon NYC 2016 + Haul

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I am one of those nauseating people who works in an industry that I actually like. I’m a marketer for Maybelline New York, and had an Exhibitor pass to attend BeautyCon NYC 2016 since Maybelline had a booth! Despite having been interested in beauty for years, it was my first time at BeautyCon. The space was an enormous conference center filled with booths from all different cosmetics, hair and skincare brands with makeup junkies waiting in hour long lines for a chance to grab some free swag.

Below are a few photos of the event:

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While I loved getting to check out everyone’s booths, what I loved the most was the ~swag~. By the end of the day my team and I were each carrying two bags filled with goodies we couldn’t wait to test. While I’m excited to try nearly everything, I wanted to share what I’m most excited about:

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Colourpop Eyeshadows: I can’t believe I have never tried anything Colourpop yet given their ~Insta-fame~ but I’m excited I get the chance now! They were unveiling their new fall shadows, swatched below:

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Damn, these are pigmented! They’re so creamy that I actually couldn’t tell if it was a powder or cream formula. And I can vouch for the longwear because trying to take this ish off was a betch. V pumped.

CosRX Master Patch: Has anyone else noticed this emergence of pimple patches and been super eager to try but didn’t want to shell it all out for little pimple dots!? No, just me? I nearly grabbed a whole stack of these when I saw them. Essentially the idea is you put these clear coated ‘dots’ directly on top of a pimple and it dries them out really quickly. I don’t break out often but when I do they’re massive, painful cystic zits that are immune to nearly ANYTHING I put on them. Hopefully now they’ve met their kryptonite…

Kate Somerville Exfolikate: Cult skincare favorite and pretty much every celebrity has mentioned using this. Need I say more?

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator: This is another cult product I’ve never tried, but I’ve heard great things about! I did a quick swatch and it might be too deep for me to use a face highlighter, but I have a feeling it would look great as an eyeshadow.

Eva NYC Dry Shampoo: I had never heard of this brand before, but the woman working the booth was raving so much that even as an infrequent dry shampoo user, I was sold. It has technology that makes the spray completely clear (hello, brunette friends) and supposedly doesn’t build up at the roots.

Tried any of these? Let me know what you think!

Also, shoutout to the Dads of BeautyCon. #Godbless those patient men.

Gold Brushed Fall Nails

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In an effort to fully embrace every #basic fall impulse that comes to mind, I created this nail look on Sunday while hungover on my couch. I wanted to create something that was easy for shaky-handed fools like myself to create, but looks like you could have stepped out of a Paintbox (ain’t nobody got $$ for that). This one’s a winner, I promise.

What I Used:
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Essie Berry Naughty
Essie Good as Gold
Seche Vite Top Coat
Mini Fan Brush (super cheap on Amazon or craft stores)

Apply base. Let Dry. Apply 2 coats of Berry Naughty. Let Dry.

Apply a few drops of Good as Gold onto a paper plate/magazine/non-porous surface of choice. Take the mini fan brush and tap just the tips of the brush into the polish. Starting at the outer side of the nail (so left side on left hand, right side on right hand. Or whatever side you want, you do you) drag the brush lightly across the nail to the midpoint. Repeat on all nails.

Let nails completely dry before applying top coat. THIS PART IS CRUCIAL. If you apply your top coat before the gold is dry, you’ll ruin the design and it will look muddy mixing in with the burgundy color.

Now go enjoy your nails while drinking a PSL wearing UGGs while apple picking with some foliage in the background.