Selfie Apps

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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!

Simple Mani: The Rainbow Fish

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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!

Long Lasting Liner

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After some great debate with myself, I decided what I would use the last of my Spephora gift card on. Waterproof liquid liner. I figured since the main focus of my daily makeup routine is all about my eyes, I should try something “high-end.”

This Urban Decay 24 Hour liquid liner is totally amazing. At 19$ it doesn’t kill your wallet, but it is a little pricey for an eyeliner in my book. However, I really can’t get over and how perfect it stays all day long—and its the blackest liquid liner I’ve seen! I was concerned it would be difficult to remove, but it was no match for my Olay moisturizing face wash. I definitely recommend you use this product if you’re a cat eye connoisseur, it really is 24 hours of statement liner!

Must-Try Manis

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Nail art is so much fun, and there is a lot of designs you can easily do yourself at home. Skip the salon and check out my latest manicures!

Try using metallic Sharpies to make dainty patterns or prints. Just draw directly onto a painted, dry nail and cover with a clear coat! Caviar beads are also a quick fix to fill that nail trend crave. Just mix multiple colors into a bowl and sprinkle on top of a clear coat or nail glue coat. You can buy your own at Joann Fabrics, PacSun, The Dollar Tree, or Claire’s. Confetti nails are one of my personal favorites because there are so many ways to sparkle your nails! Do just the tips, half moons, or the whole nail! Or stay classic with the French manicure. Change them up with metallic finishes or angled tips! It’s a great illusion to make short nails look longer too!

Peplums Please

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If you’re looking to add some fun to your drab winter wardrobe, look no further than peplum tops, dresses, and skirts. I thought the trend would have fizzled out by the end of summer, but lately I’ve seen them in every store at the mall and I love the fun variations they’ve come in for the winter season!

Charlotte Russe has tons of peplum tops, skirts, and dresses and many are currently on sale! I suggest shopping for long sleeved peplum tops, or unique ones with fun accents like leather collars, lace panels, or metallic threads! Same goes for skirts and dresses, look
for something appropriate for winter yet still has a fun and trendy aspect to it.

Peplums are very flattering for all
figures so you have to pay close attention to fit. Make sure that the peplum hits you at the correct placement of your natural waist. This zones in on the smallest part of your torso. Also, there should be enough flare and fullness to the peplum so that it balances out the fitted top. Bust darts are imperative to a well fitted peplum. And again, same goes for skirts and dresses. If the peplum is not landing in your waist, it will enhance your shape instead of flatter it.

Once you find the perfect peplum, dress it up! Peplum tops look the best with fitted bottoms, ie: pencil skirts or skinny jeans. If you’re worried about flattering your body, stick with darker shades. For skirts, make sure the top you choose is fitted enough and does not overpower the flare of the peplum. You can have fun by choosing a different color than the skirt too! Now, accessorize! I paired mine with pink accessories to play up the black and white look I was going for. Just make sure it’s all balanced: Pink loafers with a pink SKINNY belt topped off with pink lipstick is perfect way to play up
your peplum, AND in all the right places to ensure your accentuating your body correctly!

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Goldfinger

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If you’re bored with your manicure, bling it up with a trendy nail ring! It instantly adds glam to your nails without a trip to the nail salon! This one is from Claire’s and was only $5.50. They can be difficult to keep on if you’re doing something hands on, but they’re great for a night out or shopping trip! If you’re a fashion addict, this is definitely a fun accessory to have in your jewelry box!

Beauty: The Perfect Bun

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Whenever I’m short on time, my signature go-to hairdo is the topknot. It’s super chic, quick, and great for those days your hair is less than fresh!
Over the years, I’ve leaned new ways to perfect the ‘do and now I’m going to share them with you!

First lets start with the basics. If your hair isn’t first day fresh, grab some powder to soak up any greasiness. Baby powder, scented body powder, whatever you have! Simply pour a small amount on the crown of your head and pat it through to the roots. Next, brush your hair back until all the whiteness from the powder is absorbed and pull into a ponytail. Now, choose 1 of 3 ways to achieve bun perfection:

The first way is quickest, and requires only 2 small hair clips. Tease your ponytail and divide into 2 pieces. Take one piece and wrap it around the base of your ponytail and secure with a clip. Take the second piece and do the same but in the OPPOSITE direction around the base and clip. Hairspray any fly-always and you’re good to go!

The second way requires either a bun insert (like the small one above, available at Claire’s for $5) or use a rolled sock (check out the sockbun vids
on YouTube). Take your ponytail and pull it through the center of the bun insert of your choice, so it’s sitting at the base of your pony. Now, take the insert and pull it up the ponytail until only about 2 inches of your ends are hanging out. Then, tuck the ends over the insert and begin to roll the insert down toward the base of the ponytail. It’s much easier if you use your thumbs to push the hair up into the insert rather than try to use the tips of your fingers to pull from the top. After practice, you’ll have a perfectly tight ballerina bun!

The last way is my personal favorite! You’ll need the largest bun insert (Mine above was $5.25 from Claire’s) and 3-5 bobby pins. First pull the ponytail through the insert, so it is sitting at the base of the pony against your head. Divide the pony into two pieces and make sure both pieces are voluminous. Slightly twist one piece and wrap it around the bun making sure to hide the insert and bobby pin the ends under the insert. Do the same with the second piece but wrap in the OPPOSITE direction to hide the other side of the insert! And voila, the biggest and best topknot in under 5 minutes!

Beauty Review: Claire’s Nail Stickers

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So I recently picked up some cool nail stickers at Claire’s for 1$ (on clearance) and I finally got the chance to try them out! I have to say I’m disappointed in the quality, however I can’t stay I didn’t expect it. Sally Hansen still offers the best nail stickers by far, but these Claires stickers do offer a better variety of fun accents like rhinestones and ombré! The problem is the stick of them, meaning there is almost none! The edges are also difficult to trim off and they leave a rough lip that attracts lint and fur. They lasted one day in total, which is obviously a bust. I do have to say that they would be great for a one day event like a prom, party, or wedding! Next time I find them on sale again, I’d like to try them out as accent strips by trimming them up and applying a topcoat! So, maybe give them a try and send your feedback!

Beauty Tip: Let’s Get Catty

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As a part of my everyday routine, the cat eye can take months to master. I’ve been wearing my eye makeup like this for about 5 years now, and there are some secret tips to achieving the perfect wing. First, gather your materials:

 1. Eyelash curler

2. Liquid eyeliner (I use Maybelline’s Line Stiletto)

3. Gel Eyeliner (I use Maybelline’s Eyestudio)

4. Eyeliner pencil

5. Mascara

 First, curl your lashes (so you avoid smudging the eyeliner in the future). Then, draw a quick line over your lashline with a regular pencil eyeliner. Smudge it with a sponge. This will help the liquid liner stick to your lid. Next, using the liquid liner, draw your bottom wing tip. Now, starting from your inner eye, create the top of your eyeliner and connect it to the bottom wing tip you just drew. You should have a space of skin still showing between the two. Continue by filling in the space and perfecting the shape of “swoosh” you desire. Let that dry. Finish the perfect cat eye by going over it with gel liner. I just started doing this recently and found that my eyeliner appeared less faded, more black, and lasted MUCH longer. Simply dip the brush into the gel pot and gently trace the liquid liner. And finally, top your lashes off with mascara and you’re good to go!