#BusyGirlNails Flower Week: Poppy Nails

Our theme for #BusyGirlNails this week is flowers. I was very excited to complete this one because I had pinned this tutorial, from Paulina's Passions, for poppy nails. I thought the look was incredibly beautiful.

My version didn't quite turn out but I know it was because I didn't have the right tools. Either way, I'm happy with the result!

Poppy Nail art

Poppy Nail art

If you want to join in on our weekly nail art challenge, here is the info post. Last week, the theme was pastels. I was loving mirandasmakeup and krissutiina's work.

xo, arielle


Weekend Wear

I'm dropping in today to bring you a quick outfit post. Since it's spring, I'm busting out my bauble necklace again. I won mine in a giveaway but it is from Wild Butterfly Boutique. Sorry not sorry if these things have gone out of style because I love 'em!

I put this quick outfit together for my weekend shopping. I bought the shirt a few years ago at K-Mart on mega sale. Jeans are thrifted and my black flats are Steve Madden. 

What do you wear on the weekends?

xo, arielle

In case you didn't hear, I ran my first 5K on Saturday. You can read all about it here.


60 Second Review: MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation

As many of you know, I made my first trip to MAC. I picked up their Matchmaster foundation and wanted to share a 60 second review on it. Watch to find out more (I am wearing the foundation in this video)! Scroll down for the before and after plus swatches. 

MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation
MAC Matchmaster foundation in 1.0
MAC Matchmaster before and after
before and after
MAC Matchmaster 1.0 swatch
MAC Matchmaster foundation in 1.0, right blended out

  • $34 for 1.2 oz
  • Pump foundation
  • Light-medium coverage
  • Melds well into the skin
  • Dewey finish
  • Not good for oily gals
  • Not good for ladies with acne or a lot to conceal

What is your favorite MAC foundation?

xo, arielle


How to Look Fresh and Awake for Spring

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One of my goals this year was to collaborate with a different blogger each month. For April, I'm working with Fashion Maven Mommy. She brought up the idea of a Spring Awakening post to highlight the products we use to look fresh and awake for spring. I thought this was a fantastic idea because, now that the weather has finally perked up, I do find myself reaching for different products than in the winter months. I go for products that highlight, look natural and fresh. 

The products

During the spring and summer months, I think it's important to go for a lighter, natural base. That's why I have been reaching for MAC Matchmaster Foundation. Now that it's warmer, we can finally apply those bright pinks! I'm loving City Color Be Matte Blush in Fresh Melon and NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie together. I always highlight but in the spring I go for something with a pearlescent glow. That's why I tap Benefit High Beam on my cheek bones. The combination of those four products will really brighten up your complexion. For my lids, I like to keep them light. L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Iced Latte is perfect for this. To brighten tired eyes, my best trick is to swipe a flesh toned pencil, like Pixi Crayon Combo in Wide Awake, in your waterline. 

I have been using all these products every day together for several weeks now. With a little bronzer, pencil liner and mascara and I'm out the door in about 5 minutes. If you're using products that do wonders for your complexion you won't need a heavy hand or a lot of time to look fresh and awake.

Don't forget to drop by Fashion Maven Mommy to see her picks and advice!

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xo, arielle

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#BusyGirlNails Pastel Week

I'm excited that #BusyGirlNails is back for spring. If you want to join us, it's never too late. Here is the info post.

This week, our theme is pastel. I dug through my nail polish to find my shades. I decided to make this fun and go with multiple colors and polka dots!

pastel nails

pastel nails

What are your favorite pastel nail polishes or designs?

xo, arielle
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