Monthly Archives: July 2013

Grapey Gradient

Hey ladies and gents! Check out my favorite summer nail look that I have created so far: Grapey Gradient!

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Who likes a little bright summer gradient? I sure do! I got my nail confidence back up and decided to revisit the gradient trend. I tried it twice last year, and was never quite impressed with my results. But like Aaliyah said, “if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again”. You guys know what I’m talkin’ about! Haha… lyrics aside, I decided to imitate one of the prettiest gradients that I have seen. Here was my inspiration

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Image via Pinterest

I know that the finished product did not turn out like the Pinterest one above, but I still could not stop looking at my nails! They look so purrttyy in the sunlight, and I even added a few hexagon glitters on the ring finger.

How I achieved this look:
1 triangle makeup sponge
Sinful Colors polish in “Dream On” which is #80
Forever 21 polish in “Teal”
Sally Hansen in white

1. I started with a base of two coats of white polish. Then I waited for 15 minutes for it to completely dry.
2. I painted the two colors on the makeup sponge, so they lined up with one on top of the other. The colors blended together in the middle to form a deep purple color.
3. I used the sponge to repeatedly stamp the colors onto my finger
4. I repeated this painting of the sponge and stamping my finger for each individual nail
(Note: you can paint the sponge less, if you want more of an abstract look. I tried to make my look a clean as I could… But it was still a little messy)
5. Let it dry and then cleaned up the cuticles and outside nail with acetone
6. Added some Seche Vita, and girl, I was lookin’ FLY!

Pretty simple, no? It only took me about an hour, so it was not too bad. My best girlyfriend and I had a nice quiet Saturday watching one of the greatest cinematic masterpieces of the century… Clueless. I did our nails and snuggled up to this little cutie!

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His name is Rocky. He is 50% Pomeranian, 50% chihuahua, and 100% cuddle monster! He and I got along swimmingly… Seeing as I am a cuddle whore.

I hope you guys liked my summery gradient, let me know what you thought of it!

Smooches,
Simone

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Summer Coral Nails

¡Hola todos!

Anyone that knows me understands that I have a large nail polish obsession. I paint my nails once a week and I HATE when my nails are chipped. It is a bit compulsive, I understand, but I just can’t stop. I just love the feeling of a fresh coat of nail polish. I can’t help myself, hehe!

I usually attempt some sort of nail art, and this is what I have come up with this week.

 

Summer Coral

Summer Coral without flash

I will call her “Summer Coral” and I will love her forever. Haha actually this was a super easy nail art look, and I only used 3 colors, which is a pretty low number for me! I was inspired by my favorite summer dress (that I wear almost everyday lol), and I really liked the result. I just threw on 2 coats of the pretty F21 polish (it has a nice subtle gold shimmer and pretty coral finish), then did the teal Sally Hansen on my accent finger. Then I put a few stripes using my striping pen and finished it off with a few dots, using my dotting tool. Pretty easy, right? All it takes is a steady hand and a little patience. I like how the accent hand looks kind of like little berries, or little flowers.

Polish Used:

Sally Hansen in “Blue Me Away”

Love 21/Forever 21 “Pink”

Kiss Nail Art Striping Pen in “Black”

Here are some more pics with flash!

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Nails with flash

Summer Coral 3

Another with flash

 

Well guys, I hope you liked! Leave a comment below and tell me if you have any fave summer nail designs or colors.

Adieu!

Simone

Ouidad Curl Souffle Review

Hellloooooo people!

I have returned to the blogosphere! I had taken a lengthy hiatus from the lovely world of blogging because I was thousands of miles away in the enchanting seas of Europe. Now, I realize that this experience was no excuse to stop blogging, but I was just so dang busy. Never to fear, I am back with lots of exciting new products to review and talk about. Also, keep an eye out for an “International Curls” post for tips on curl care and maintenance while traveling. Here is a pic of my friends and I in France.

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I’m the curly one in the middle. A good day indeed

Now, on to the important issue of the day… this review! I was beyond excited to see that I had received a new product from Ouidad when I returned home from my trip. Their new line of “Curl Recovery” products have left my hair feeling soft and hydrated, so I was extra jazzed to see another new edition to the line. The newest edition to my ever-growing family of hair products is called Curl Defining Style Souffle

Curl Defining Styling Souffle

Image via Naturallycurly.com

Whoooooaaaaaa girls! I have to say that I luurrrvveee this product. I love the creamy consistency and yummy sweet smell of this curl souffle. It made my hair shiny and soft and really curly. I have very dry ends because I don’t feeling like parting with length (even though I really should). My hair drink this stuff up like crazy. I used it in conjunction with the Ouidad Whipped Curls Styling Primer and Ouidad Cleansing Oil, which are both part of the Curl Recovery Line. This was a winning combo. I loved running my fingers through my moisturized curls and they way bounced freely in the wind (Ok that was a little corny!) Check them out!

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So happy with my haiirrrr

In lieu of this phenomenal new addition to my hair care fam, I have decided to make a rating system, so you can see how these products stack up against each other. The categories are things that I always look for in products, and will be rated from 1 to 10.

Hold/Control, Softness, Frizz, Smell, Consistency

I would rate the Curl Defining Styling Souffle like this:

Hold/Control: 8

Softness: 7

Frizz Control: 8

Smell: 7

Consistency: 8

I hope that rating system has shown you guys how much I love this product. So much definition and bounce in my usually dry and unruly curls.

Check out some more pics below (straight flexin’ for the camera haha). But come on guys, you know when you have that magically awesome hair day, you take allllll these pics to document the momentous occasion. 

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After abour 5 hours of air-drying

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Ooh girl, them curls!

 

What do you guys think? Would you try this product? It is definitely great for summer weather. If you are interested, you can buy it here (just click the link).

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer, leave a comment and let me know YOUR favorite summer hair product!!!