DIY Gold-Speckled Easter Egg Nails

0.diyeastereggnails_introphotoSince Easter is coming up soon, I was collecting some images of inspiring egg decoration. I landed upon this, and began thinking…what about doing this to your nails? So I did. And it turned out amaaaaaazing. (Who doesn’t love chic gold leaf, right??!) diyeastereggnails_done3Here’s how to do it too:

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Review: Beauty Box 5 and Its Products

beautybox5_1 I was contacted by Beauty Box 5 to see if I could do a review of their monthly beauty subscription box service. I immediately agreed (after all, who doesn’t like free beauty items?!) and they sent me a customized box in December.

My BB5 box came with¬†Coolway Cool Cleanse & Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner, be a…bombshell Eyeshadow in Bora Bora, Spongeables Pedi Scrub Foot Buffer, and NUBAR Nail Lacquer in Blondie. Here’s what I thought:

Coolway Cool Cleanse & Hydrate Shampoo and Conditionerbeautybox5_coolwayshampoo

I was glad that I received both the shampoo + conditioner in the box (sometimes you only get sent one or the other and it makes it tough to tell if it works). The duo smells spicy and minty, with a fairly light texture. Once my hair dried, I could tell it was shiny and there seemed to be fewer flyaways…but I love messy volume and texture so these weren’t my favorite.

be a…bombshell Eyeshadow in Bora Borabeautybox5_eyeshadow

This eyeshadow from be a…bombshell is a bright teal: a beautiful turquoise blue with a green shimmer to it. It’s very, VERY pigmented and bright. Normally I don’t go for a ton of bright eyeshadow, but this is a fun one even just used as a thin liner close to the eyes. I have to do a full face of makeup to feel even remotely comfortable wearing it, but it is quite a head-turner and long-lasting.

Spongeables Pedi-Scrub Foot Bufferbeautybox5_pediscrub

I think this was my favorite product in the box: this little workhorse of a foot scrubber from Spongeables. Besides it being so well-timed (my feet are definitely feeling ravaged by Winter lately!) it smells amAHzing: soapy and vaguely floral. It lathers up quickly and scrubs efficiently, all while releasing that lovely scent. My feet never felt so pampered! (I was sad that the trial size I received only lasts 5 uses…this full-sized versionlasts a good 15 uses before you have to dispose of it.

NUBAR Nail Lacquer in Blondiebeautybox5_nubar

This glitter polish from NUBAR is great – LOVE that it is vegan and cruelty-free. It has scattered glitter in large hexagons and small dots – that ranges from light gold to light turquoise depending on the angle. Two coats is what it took to get the coverage above – and I found it was quite easy to take off with a nail polish remover (no scrubbing or soaking like some glitters).[line]

So is Beauty Box 5 worth it?

Starting from $12, Beauty Box 5 subscription plans are one of the most affordable out there, and deliver 5 beauty samples and products each month from drugstore, vegan, and luxury brands. (For only $30 you receive a subscription for 3 months!) You specify your personality and beauty issues and you receive a personalized selection each month. Every month there is always 1 full-sized product in the box, so the monthly subscription pays for itself.

If you love trying new beauty products and especially like vegan or cruelty-free brands, I’d recommend trying our Beauty Box 5. Every single item in the box may not be a keeper, but it’s certainly fun to try new things – and is way less than a splurge at Sephora. Plus, you’re bound to come across a new product or favorite brand that you find you just can’t live without. ūüôā

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FTC Disclosure: I was sent a Beauty Box 5 with 5 products in it for review purposes. The above opinions are my own. I have not received compensation for this post. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.

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DIY Metallic-Tipped Nail Art: How to Extend the Life Of Any Manicure 2

diymetallicnailtips1 When nail polish starts chipping there are only a few options for you: take it all off, swipe another coat of same-colored polish on to try to hide it, or try a contrasting color layered over top. I’m very much a contrasting-color sort-of-person since I love incorporating different textures and colors into my mani.

glittertips2One of the easiest ways to fix a slightly chipped mani is by adding a French manicure tip: I love the luxe look of a gold glitter tip! {Click for photos of my version above)

diymetallicnailtips5Another great way is with a shiny metallic tip: so chic and polished. I love cool silver too – and this can even be accomplished with a silver metallic Sharpie you may have on hand!diymetallicnailtips2 diymetallicnailtips3 My mani is just a coat of clear – and then silver Sharpie at the ends – and a topcoat. You could also do any color you want, and pair with a gold, rose gold, or other metallic-hued pen for ultra glamour!

diymetallicnailtips4How do you extend the life of your mani?



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Max Your Morning with Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer – and Win a $1,000 SpaFinder Gift Card!


We’re¬†all¬†busy.¬†Life can be totally hectic¬†sometimes, and it’s easy to let one’s beauty routine fall by the wayside, especially when you’re in a rush. Besides being a full-time fashion and DIY blogger and freelancing in graphic design and illustration, I’m also a full-time mom to a rambunctious 7 year-old. It seems no matter¬†how¬†early we get up in the morning, we always end up in the car 20 minutes late to get my little one to school.¬†Body lotion is the¬†last¬†thing on my mind¬†in those precious few minutes I have to get ready.


But summer’s here, and I want to walk around in¬†breezy dresses, shorts, and shorter skirts. My legs are nowhere near summer-ready and I am way behind on starting a moisturizing routine, but I’m still in a rush and honestly quite lazy when it comes to beauty.¬†The more hands-off and fuss-free, the better!


That’s why¬†Vaseline¬ģ¬†Spray & Go¬†Moisturizer¬†appealed to me from the very first commercial I saw (I tried the Total Moisture¬ģ variant, specifically).¬†Spray it? Go? Instant absorption? Sounds like Vaseline just cut moisturizing time in¬†half. It’s super easy to use–same concept as using hairspray or spray-on sunblock–just uncap, aim, and spray.


The moisturizer is actually more of a lightweight lotion (with a multi-layer moisture complex), and I was surprised by how quickly it absorbed into my skin. Before, I would apply body lotion (when I would remember to) at night after my bath, but with Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer I can just add it into my morning routine and have healthy, moisturized skin all day without the mess.

To apply, you just spray up, switch hands, spray down, and then rub in (‚ÄúUp, Switch, Down, Rub‚ÄĚ).¬†After spraying it on and rubbing it in, I put on a pair of jeans within 3 minutes and my legs weren’t sticking to the inside of the jeans–an awesome improvement.

And I was surprised that my legs were still soft and gleaming–even when I got in the bath about 8 hours later in the evening, when the water beaded wherever I had applied the moisturizer.


Vaseline¬†Spray & Go Moisturizer¬†comes in three variants:¬†Total Moisture, which contains¬†pure oat extract and leaves skin feeling healthy and¬†soft skin¬†(pictured);¬†Aloe Fresh, which contains¬†pure aloe and leaves skin feeling healthy and fresh, and¬†Cocoa Radiant‚ĄĘ, which contains¬†cocoa butter and¬†leave feeling healthy and¬†skin glowing.


And yes, although I am still rushed in the morning, it’s not that big of a deal to just spray the moisturizer onto my legs before slipping into jeans.


Soon…I’ll be slipping into shorts. ūüėČ

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DIY Easy Ombre Sherbet Nail Art

0.diyombresherbetmani_introphotoAs a child I was always drawn to the rainbow sherbet at the ice cream shop in my little town…and loved to watch all the colors melt together in my tiny paper cup into a rainbow lava flow of epic proportions (read: icky orangey-brown). I’ve always had a thing for ombre colors (and sherbet, LOL), but they’re really hard to re-create on one’s nails without an airbrush. diyombresherbetmani_setsWhile in Tokyo I recently bought a couple extra sets of Beauty Wild’s nail polish trios that I first discovered during last year’s Japan trip. This year Beauty Wild now has a “Gelato” version that includes a neutral base + color, with a glitter polish to create a pretty ombre transition (and labeled A, B, and C for ease of use). diyombresherbetmani_setEven if you don’t have access to Beauty Wild products, you can easily re-create the ombre mani at home with 3 coordinating nail polish colors in your stash. Here’s how:

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