Selfie Apps

20140515-215705.jpg

20140515-221846.jpg

Editing selfies can be a real pain! Switching between apps to get the desired result can end up taking much longer than anticipated. Well, my two favorite apps have FINALLY been translated to English and they are too cool not to try for yourself!

MeituPic and BeautyPlus. They’re similar in filters, but each has their own special features! I took my selfie to a super kawaii level, but they have the BEST skin smoothing effects! It’s amazing. You can also make acne disappear, eyes and teeth whiter, or make your face slimmer!

One other app that can be really beneficial in selfie editing is Perfect365. When downloading this, be sure to have some time because you’re sure to get carried away with this app! Change your hair and makeup completely, make your smile bigger, and even CONTOUR YOUR NOSE. This app is a lot of fun, especially when comparing the before and after so check it out!

How to: Statement Necklaces

20140425-173913.jpg

20140425-173925.jpg

20140425-173931.jpg

20140425-173937.jpg

When getting ready, my favorite go-to accessory is a statement necklace. The bigger the better! I have accumulated so many they barely fit in my jewelry armoire!

As you may know, statement necklaces are always expensive and can cost you more than an entire outfit. The trick to get by these obscene prices? Ebay. Never pay more than $10 again!

Just type “statement necklace” in the search engine and instantly you’ll be overwhelmed by the numerous results. The only con? They’re coming from China which means a longer delivery. But honestly, it’s worth the wait. You’ll save yourself money, and you can shop from home.

You can filter your results by lowest price which will show you most necklaces in auction form (which start at a PENNY) or you can filter it further by choosing lowest price AND the “buy it now” option if you don’t like bidding. Definitely do your research before buying though. Sometimes the same necklace will end up being cheaper through a “buy it now” offer rather than an auction or vice versa! I’ve seen necklaces go for $15 when you can “buy it now” for $3.

Choose your search terms carefully. When you start to really search for unique pieces it can be hard to filter through the crap. Pay attention to the necklaces you do like and see what the sellers use in the title. Words like “trendy,” “fashion,” and even “statement” are added to necklaces that are none of those things. Try searching under specific details such as “crystal,” “resin,” “irregular,” “Art Deco” and “vintage.” You’ll be finding the best necklaces in an instant! Happy shopping!

DIY: Thrifted Vanity Decor

20140423-044415.jpg

Every girl’s vanity/dresser should be customized to match her personality. A great way to do so is thrifting. By finding unique decor you can achieve a fun vanity space all your own, and on
a low budget!

Look for items that can be converted into something else. For example, I took a shabby chic toothbrush holder and turned it into a makeup brush organizer! I also found an awesome
mirror to use as a vanity tray. Just refresh your perspective and you’ll find there’s tons you can do with regular household objects!

Simple Mani: The Rainbow Fish

20140421-103519.jpg

20140421-103528.jpg

Here’s a simple mani that’s quick and easy! All you need is a nail dotter (or a bobby pin or something with a round end) cling wrap, and multiple nail polish colors! Check out Juleps awesome variety here.

On the cling wrap place a dab of each color you’re using. Start with a bright color and dot randomly on your nails. Repeat with all your colors, alternating your neutrals with your brights. Be sure to cover the tips of your nails. Then, take a glitter polish and dot over one of your bright colors. Finish with a top coat and voila!

Beauty Review: Ciaté Colourfoil Nails

20130826-120709.jpg

20130826-120732.jpg

Ciaté is known for its fun and eccentric nail trends, most of which are more pretty than practical. So when I stumbled upon this nail kit I knew I had to try it! It comes with a nail poilsh, multiple foils, foil glue and plastic nails to swatch.

The manicure itself is fairly easy, however it can be time consuming depending on the effect you want to achieve. You paint your nails and let them dry. Then you take the foil glue, dab it on in the desired area and let it partially dry. While its tacky, you place the foil shiny side up on the glue, press down and remove quickly. You’ll be left with an abstract sparkly piece of foil! Repeat the above steps several times on the same nail with different foils to create a mosaic look. Then, seal with a top coat.

I adore this manicure. I think it’s much more practical than the caviar or velvet nail kits. My only issue with it is that it lasted one day. I definitely recommend multiple top coats, and I think that will solve the one-day problem. Next time I plan to do the foils over a black nail for a more intense result.

Ring Leader

20130822-215820.jpg

If you’re in need of a quick outfit pick-me-up try simple midi rings. Stack them atop various gold rings for added interest. Or play it up by adding contrast with metallic silver nails! In an instant you’ll find you’ve added a chic edge to anything you’re wearing!

Sandy Nails

20130816-223148.jpg

20130816-223201.jpg

I’ve recently tried various name-brand liquid sand nail polish and didn’t get the hype. Well, I came across Forever 21’s brand today while at work and thought I’d give their unique shades a try. Definitely a smart buy! The Love & Beauty brand’s “Sand Lacquer” really delivers. It leaves a perfect sand texture on your nails while keeping the glitter and sparkle in tact; and, the gold shade is very flattering on all skin tones! It’s a very pretty manicure that takes less than 5 minutes and costs $3. I suggest you give it a try!

Give me a Full Ballerina Skirt and a Hint of Saloon

20130701-204917.jpg

Mix prints and fabrications to create the ultimate carefree outfit! Keep the waist accentuated with a cropped blazer to avoid looking boxy. Add a pop of sparkle as a finishing touch for an effortless, “threw it on,” look.

Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Top: Pacsun
Blazer: Charlotte Russe
Booties: Charlotte Russe

Fist Party

20130422-174527.jpg

20130422-174547.jpg

A fun way to accessorize any outfit as quickly as possible is through statement jewelry; One or two pieces that speak for themselves, as well as the entire outfit. Rings aren’t typically the first accessory we picture when thinking of statement jewelry. However, they can play up any other accessory. A simple gold charm necklace stands
out even more with a chunky bauble ring.

Above are my recent purchases. I stumbled upon this fun crystal piece, which really adds a fun twist to whatever I’m wearing, at Forever 21
for only 6$! Same with the set of dainty gold knuckle rings. Only $5 at Forever 21, these little guys draw attention instantly! And as a bonus, they make your mani look fabulous!