One of my favourite celebrities, Lauren Conrad, inspired me to do this. I saw this post over at The Beauty Department quite some time ago, and fell in love. I didn't like the idea of each nail being a different colour, so I decided to do ombre my own way.
Here are my ombre nails:
Your favourite colour polish + white polish + a soft paint brush + a small bowl to mix colours
Start at the bottom, painting the original nail colour about halfway up.
Mix with a small amount of white, and work your way up.
Keep adding more white polish, until you have your desired ombre effect. I chose to use 4 shades.
Voila! I really like the painted look of these nails. An air-gun would have given them a more true ombre effect, but using uneven strokes with a brush makes them look more artistic! To be honest, this colour makes this design more of a winter look. For summer, try pinks or orange and yellow!
Magazines are important to me. Because I don't live in New York or L.A., and don't watch much fashion TV, PerezHilton, blogs, and magazines are my only fashion connections. For nearly 5 years, I have had subscriptions to Seventeen and Bazaar. Now that i'm getting older and my priorities are changing, it's time to switch it up.
I have limited myself to only 2 magazine subscriptions, and here are the contenders:
The new guy: Cosmo
I am in love with this magazine. There is a little bit of everything- sex, style, beauty, stories, etc and I'm pretty sure that I am going to pick this as my new subscription. Now- to choose which other magazine to stop subscribing to.
A fashion favourite: Bazaar
I love Bazaar because it's high fashion. The only problem with keeping my subscription to it is that I know that it's never really going to help me. I will never be able to afford almost everything in this magazine, so it's more of a fantasy. I just really like to fantasize about Chanel.
The guilty pleasure: Seventeen
Okay, so I am not 17- I am actually going to be 21. But, the magazine is full of fantastic beauty and fashion ideas for things that I can afford. It is centred around high school problems, but I actually find a lot of useful stuff in this magazine. I just wonder if I really am too old.
I am pretty sure that Seventeen and Cosmo are going to be the winners. As much as I love Bazaar, I have to admit that I don't even read the articles, I only look at the pictures of my dream clothes. I would love to get some comments on this. Let me know what you think!
My lips are in no way my best feature. They are extremely small and have no real shape to them. Although my lips are not as beautiful as some, I still enjoy slathering them with all types of lip products. What you are about to see are my favourite products. I have probably close to 100 other lip products, but these are the ones that rotate in and out of my purse, and sit on my dresser ready to be used.
A pretty silver platter that houses all of the glosses-the ones not in my purse at the moment.
My absolute favourite lip product. Also pictured above, this lip shine is not only a fantastic and smooth lip gloss, but also a breath freshener! Can you say amazing? I can. I currently own the vanilla mint flavour, the magenta mint flavour (tinted pink), and the spearmint favour.
This stuff is a life saver in the winter. For chapped, dry, and red lips, nothing else compares.
These are my fun glosses. Skittles LipSmackers are self explanatory, as well as a raspberry sorbet gloss, a peach gloss, and a plumping gloss from La Senza.
For a light summer feel, this Aquafina lip balm is absolutely the best. It's ridiculously hydrating for being so light.
Because the weather where I am (Southern Ontario) is unbearably hot, we decided to host some friends and have a few drinks. I rarely drink, so this time I decided to do something fun. Wine Pops- a delicious and extremely simple way to beat the heat and relax!
Fill small cups with desired amount of wine.
Place a stick inside each cup and freeze until solid.
H&M is my favourite store in the entire world, and looking in the new arrivals there always kills me. I havn't really shown my personal style on this blog yet. I see other bloggers doing OOTD posts, and quite frankly, it makes me a bit jealous. I have a fear of my own body, let alone pictures of it. Maybe one day I will get into the whole OOTD thing, but for now, you can take a quick glance at my personal style and see my current H&M wish list.
1. A beautiful blush skirt. Perfect for the hottest days, and oh so girly!
2. Polka dots and chiffon- two of my favourite things.
3. Fluttery sleeves get me every time, and I also love that it comes in a light green.
4. Tops with giant bows have my name written all over them.
In Southern Ontario, we are experiencing a ridiculous heat wave. According to weather reports, outside here today it feels like 42 degrees Celsius. If you didn't know, that converts to 107.6 degrees Fahrenheit. It is unbearable to even exit the house, so what better to do than change my polish?
Chanel's Kaleidoscope + Nail Stickers = a fun golden summer nail!
I switch products like you would not believe. I am a "use something until something better comes along" type girl. I do of course have a few items that I use for years at a time, but right now I am obsessed with the following:
Now this is one of my staples, and has been for years. Dry shampoo is a lifesaver, trust me.
Clinique's Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion. I'm not sure why it's called a lotion because it's more of a toner, but this stuff gives my face that really clean feeling that we all love, and keeps the red bumps away.
Curly Hair + Summer = Mess.
I have tried about 15 different smoothers and lotions for my incredible coarse, think, long, and frizzy hair, and this one is by far the best. It doesn't hurt that it's insanely cheap either.
My household has recently discovered a new favourite drink- raspberry lemonade.
The taste and look of pink lemonade goes perfectly with summer, and so do these nails!
If you need it, apply one coat of your favourite strengthener, growth treatment, or base coat.
Next, apply a pretty pink! I chose two coats of China Glaze's Coral Star because it's a beautiful, bright, and bold coral pink. A lighter pink would look incredible, but this colour was more of what I was going for.
Finally, polka dot one (or all) of your nails with a soft yellow. I chose Sally Hansen's Yellow Kitty.
I can't lie, I think this nail design would look a lot better if I didn't bite my nails and have horrible cuticles. But, this is the final product!
This week was a very thrifty week for us. I wanted to show off our great finds for the week, so here you go!
This amazing 2-tier silver desert stand was found at Value Village for $1.99. It is by far my favourite find this week. I have tons of silver, but haven't been able to find any 2 tier stands in good condition. This piece will soon be filled with my small earrings and possibly perfumes! I'll be sure to update on what I do with it!
I have been looking for a white victorian-inspired picture frame for a few weeks now. I've found several at stores like Home Sense, only to realize the prices of these frames range from around $7.00 to $15.00. I just so happened to find this frame at Value Village for $1.99, with the Home Sense tag still on it. I will post an update of this frame when it's been filled!
I have been looking for a children's table and chair set for some time now, and saw this one on Kijiji a few days ago. When I contacted the seller, I realized that she had a children's picnic table for sale as well. I ended up getting the picnic table and the table and chair set both for $15.00! The picnic table will be staying outside, but the table and chair set will be part of Holly's room re-design!
Chris found this slingshot at Value Village for $3.99. He claims it can be used for protection.
We added the scooter on the right to our collection of outdoor children's toys. It was free...because we found it at the side of the road! I can't lie, we are those people that drive around on garbage night looking for free stuff.