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Monday, September 29, 2014

[Manicure Monday] Vegas Glam!

  Hi everyone!  Long time no post!  I've been really busy!  My final for my current class is next week and I've been a busy bee, trying to get my portion of the team final complete.  I finally finished everything today!  I also took a three day weekend trip to Las Vegas last week and had a lot of fun with a friend I haven't seen for around 11 years!  I'll have a separate post with silly pictures soon!

  Today, I wanted to share my manicure for my weekend getaway!  I thought it was perfect for the glam that is Vegas.  I went for a little sparkle, some darkness for those late nights on the strip and a little gold for luck!  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this picture, but unfortunately it's the only shot I snapped while I had the mani still.  Enjoy!

I used the following products for this Manicure Monday:
  • Base - OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener
  • Base color - Essie Licorice
  • Glitter gradient - OPI for Sephora Only Gold For Me Top Coat (discontinued but you can find similar!)
  • Accent nail - Gwen Stefani for OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby
  • Top coat- Sech Vite Fast Drying Top coat
  I really love black and gold combinations, especially on manicures.  There's something a little edgy, a little glam, and a little dark, but not too dark about it.  I think this is perfect for Fall and Winter months too!  I got tons of compliments on this manicure while in Vegas, also, it was about 96 degrees there the whole time and so it was super sunny and SUPER hot!!!  This manicure is beautiful in the sunlight, the sparkles catch glints of sunlight and it is just so sparkly!  If you love dark nail polishes, do yourself a favor and grab a gold glitter top coat, you'll thank me.  It's a perfect topper for dark polishes for a hint of glam and sparkle.

Hoping everyone has been enjoying the first week of Fall (or Summer? depending on where you are in the world).  What's your favorite manicure combos for Fall and Winter?  
Let me know in the comments! (^.~ )v

Monday, September 15, 2014

[Hair] Went shorter!

  Hi everyone!  I'm back with an update post!  I began my week long vacation from work last Friday and have the rest of the week off until next Monday!  *Big cheer!*  Some of you who have followed my blog for a while know that I had really long hair for a few years.  A few months back I decided to cut a majority of it off for Summer and for a new change (though I've had both short and long hair off and on throughout my life).  I went in for a clean up/trim and decided to go a bit shorter!  I thought I'd share with you the new cut!  I have been really loving the new length lately and it's so much fun and there's so much you can do with short hair too.  I got it to a length where I can just barely get it gathered into a tiny pony tail, that's okay though; my showers have been cut in half if not more, styling is a breeze and takes less time too, and I feel like my hair is back to being super healthy again!  Really, a nice haircut really refreshes and revives you and your look!  So if you've been contemplating the big chop, just go for it!  It'll grow back anyhow!  And if you're still on the fence, don't go super short all at once, I wasn't so sure how short I wanted it, but I decided I could go shorter this time because my hair grew so quickly!

  If you follow me on Pinterest, you'll see how many short/medium length cuts and styles I've pinned lately and so basically I've been a little obsessed with this length.  When I first cut off around 10 inches of my long hair, I got it cut up to about my collarbone and went for a "long bob" kind of look, you can see that in this post.  The cut I went for this time, the front layer is much more angled and more "classic bob" and the length of the layer in the back is a bit shorter like your traditional bob.

Yikes! No makeup!  *Dem dark circles/eye bags tho.*

  It isn't that much shorter than it was before, I think the shape is just a bit more angled, so the back is actually much shorter than it was the first cut.  In the picture above, I just did my usual routine, and blow dried, but used a round brush and skipped the flat iron.  Nice and effortless and really, it only took like 10 minutes to do my hair this morning.  That's a nice change from taking an hour to do my hair!  In these next pictures, this was the day I got it cut and I went out for a lunch party for my hubby's birthday!

  I'm excited to curl my shorter hair, I just love the waves that some people can get with shorter lengths, so cute and spunky!  I feel like this length of hair gives me a new energy and I feel a lot more lively!  I've also had people tell me it makes me look younger */fistpump* and some people have said that it makes me look more my age or more mature.  Not sure, but I'm mostly ecstatic at how little time it takes me to get ready now haha!  Anyway, I hope to have more posts this week and I'll be documenting or at least camera blogging my trip to Vegas this weekend!!!  I'm going with a good girlfriend and it's my first time there!  Be sure to follow me on my trip via Instagram!  I'm sure I'll have lots of stuff to share!

Let me know in the comments if you've had a major hair change this Summer!  Let me know what you got done!  I'll be seeing you guys later this week! Until next time, Happy Monday everyone! (^.~ )v

Friday, September 5, 2014

[Sidetracked] "Real Life Facts of Actual Couples" - Panda Loves Eyeliner ver 2.0

  Hey everyone!  Been a while since my last post.  Today's post is a tad different from my previous ones.  It's not beauty related (lolwut!?), isn't a new drawing (unfortunately), and isn't a huge announcement of any kind.  I was inspired by a small article that my husband linked to me.  Now, if you know me personally or have known me for a while, I have a strange sense of humor, and so does the hubster; put the two of us together and we can come up with even stranger things. O_o

  The article, which you can find here, is actually really cute.  Some of the things mentioned in the article are supposedly facts from real life couples.  I thought it'd be entertaining and kind of funny to create my own list of facts; from personal experiences between me and the hubster, or things I've heard from friends and family, or even Youtubers and fellow bloggers.  I also thought why not!?  I mean, I finished all my homework for this week, caught up on all of my TV shows for the week, and had some time to kill and share it with you lovely readers. (^.~)b  Take a flip and find out what facts I decided to share!

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