1.31.2012

NOTD: Zoya polish in Kristen

Hello beauties!

I posted about my first Birchbox arriving and in it I received this Zoya nail polish in Kristen.


I absolutely adore the color! While I was out shopping a woman said to me, "I like your Tiffany Blue nails!" Up until that point I had not thought about the color but Tiffany Blue is the perfect description.

Have you tried Zoya polishes before? How did they work out for you?








1.29.2012

Guest Blogger: Kelly of Beauty Obsessed

Hello lovely beauties!

I'm excited to begin the Guest Blogging series here on Beauty by Arielle. Each month, a fellow beauty blogger will be writing in and sharing the beauty love!

I'm excited to have Kelly of Beauty Obsessed as my first guest blogger! Kelly's blog was one of the first I discovered after beginning mine and she has been extremely supportive and wonderful! She is also one of the co-hosts of the Monday Beauties Blog Hop.

image via Beauty Obsessed

In this post, Kelly will be blogging about nail files. Take it away Kelly!

Hi, my name is Kelly and I have a beauty blog, Beauty ObsessedI’m extremely honored to be able to do a guest post on Arielle’s blog today!  I'm really into nails, nail polish, nail art, the whole nine yards. I am in no way a professional nor do I claim to be, however  I have learned a lot of tips and tricks from doing my nails over the years. In this post I want to talk about nail files, all the different ones out there, which ones are actually useful and which ones aren’t. Included with some tips on how to properly file your nails.




I believe that everyone should own a good quality nail file that is categorized by a grit number. A grit number is the roughness of a nail file. The lower the grit number the rougher the nail file is. For example; Nail salons use a 100 grit file for acrylic nails, that is way too rough on natural nails even if you have thick nails. The grit number I use is 240 and my nails aren’t really thick but there not thin either. Grit numbers that are safe for natural nails are 240, 300, 400, 600. A nail file with a 600 grit could be used on any natural nail and would never rip or tear your nails. So you get the idea, right. They sell these nail files at Sally’s Beauty Supply and other beauty stores. I haven’t seen them at drugstores though. You want a nail file that suits the type of nails you have. You can usually find ones that have the grit number right on the file like mine. 


METAL FILES 

All I can say about these files is that if you own one then throw it out lol and if you use it PLEASE DON’T! This file is as useful as a brick, seriously! These are the types of files that come with manicure sets, so we've all probably owned one at one time. There way too rough and all they'll do is damage your nail plate and cause peeling. 

DECORATIVE FILES 

These are the files that you can find at the dollar store or basically anywhere and there probably no more than $2. There pretty to look at and I have a few that I've gotten for presents and that I bought a while ago. But truthfully, there not made out of good quality and they wont file and shape your nails very well. They wear very quickly so if they did file your nails chances are it would only be one time.

THE 7-SIDED NAIL FILE: 

I really like these files and find them very useful. You can get these at any drugstore and I like how each side is labeled for you.

1-     Coarse Grit
2-     Medium Grit
3-     Fine Grit (to neaten edges of nail)
4-     Even Out
5-     Smooth Out
6-     Buffer
7-     Shiner

Number 3 is probably equivalent to the 240 nail file I use. Number 1 & 2 are a little too rough (for my nails anyway). I like # 3 a lot and use it after to smooth and even out the tips of my nails. You can definitely use # 5, 6 & 7. However, I prefer to buff my nails with a nail buffer block because I find it a lot easier. # 7 is good for a natural look with no polish. The one thing I did notice about these files are that they don’t last too long for some reason. I find myself buying a new one every 6 months or so. But there not expensive , you can probably get one at any drugstore for no more than $3.

CRYSTAL/GLASS FILES 

These files have become really popular lately. It’s not a nail file you would use if you wanted to file down your nails, but it’s a file you would use to shape your nails without having to worry about it ever tearing your nails or causing peeling. The grit on a crystal file is probably between 400 and 600. (Remember when I said a 600 grit would file natural nails without any tearing or peeling). After I have filed my nails with my grit file, evened them out with the 7 Sided File, I use this to file them into the shape I want. These are a little more expensive depending on where you buy it but I feel like it’s a good investment. I think I paid around $8 for mine but they do last a while

NAIL BUFFER BLOCK: 

There is actually a wrong way and right way to buff your nails.  First off, buffing is for smoothing out ridges you have in your nails or to get rid of any residue from when you filed your nails before hand.  It’s really not necessary to buff your nails every week or every time you give yourself a manicure. Too much buffing can cause your nails to weaken or cause peeling. When you do buff your nails start at the cuticle and work your way down to the tip in one gentle motion. Don’t buff your nails using a back and forth motion, this can cause damage to your nails. If you plan on not using any nail polish, use the part of the buffer that smoothes or shines your nails. They do really make your nails look polished.

TIPS FOR FILING YOUR NAILS. 

-You can use a nail file if you need to take down some length, but if you want to get rid of more than 1cm long I suggest using nail clippers. Otherwise a nail file is fine.

- Make sure your nails are not wet or damp when filing, because your nails are at there weakest point when wet. 

- Filing your nails should be the first step in your manicure, that means filing with your nail polish still ON. Why? The nail polish acts as an adhesive on your nails reducing your chance of splitting or breaking your nails while filing. It will also help you see the tip of your nail better bc of the contrast  between the color of the polish and your actual nail. I find that my nails are so much easier to file with the polish still on.

 - If you file under the nail at a slight angle it will give you more control because the tip of your nail will be visible the entire time you're filing. 

Determine whether your nails are thick or thin, this will help you determine which grit number is best. Thicker nails can use something around 220 and thin nails would need something like 300 or higher.

- For the most part nail filing should be done in one direction. The only way I would say that you can go back and forth was if you were using either a crystal file or a grit number of 400 or higher

-    Keep filing in one direction until you reach the length you want. Once you have the desired length, finish by sealing the edge of your nails. Run the file from above your finger down the nails edge. This makes the tips smoother.

Kelly, is the author of Beauty Obsessed. A blog where you can find tons of beauty tricks & tips, product reviews, DIY treatments or projects, basically anything beauty related.  On twitter you can follower her at @kellabel. You can check out her blog here or contact her at kelbananas14@yahoo.com.

Thank you so much for guest blogging today Kelly!

1.25.2012

Sephora Perfecting Eye Primer Review

Hi beauties!

I must say the best beauty discovery I have had is primers. When you find the right one it is such a holy grail product because they really make your makeup last all day-which is important for this combination skin girl!

However, the Sephora Perfecting Eye Primer is not one of those holy grail primers-it is actually a product I regret buying. I am giving it a:
The tube states, "Eye primer. Base for long lasting eye shadow and concealer. Contains anti-wrinkle activities."

The website has more to say, "This first step to smooth, lasting eye makeup works beneath shadow to make it more vibrant and crease-proof, and gives concealer extended, flawless wear. Formulated with a special blend of filling spheres that draw moisture to plump fine lines, it also contains anti-aging actives help to reduce fine lines with continued use. Meanwhile, light reflecting chromospheres minimize skin imperfections, brightening dark circles, de-puffing, and creating an overall soft-focus effect."

Sephora, $14

Unfortunately, this product was a big disappointment. It literally did nothing for me. I wanted this to work and make my eyeshadow last longer but it didn't. My eyeshadow creased and the color was not more vibrant although the tube promises otherwise. I do not have fine lines so I can't reflect on that part of this product but I know it did nothing for de-puffing or brightening dark circles. I completely gave up on this primer after using it for a couple of weeks.

One thing I found strange was that the product comes out of the tube white. Any other eye primers I have used are nude. 


What really bothered me is when the product is rubbed in it left my eyes looking more oily. I already have oily lids, thus the need for a primer. The fact that it does this is quite frustrating. Also, the primer is very wet, something I do not desire in a primer. 

Rubbed into my hand

The price tag is almost laughable (at least that is how I feel after using it-had it worked then it might be reasonable for the quantity). You can buy a tube of Urban Decay Primer Potion for $5 more or the NYX HD Eye Shadow Base for half the price. Both of those products are amazing primers. 

Sorry Sephora but you need to reformulate this primer. 


1.20.2012

Cute Blog Award and Versatile Blogger Award

Hello beauties!

In the past couple weeks I have been given two awards by Kristen at Glitter, Gloss, and Glaze! Her blog is fantastic and you should all go check her out!


For this award you:
1. Link back to the person who awarded you.
2. Answer the award questions.
3. Tell something about yourself that you haven't told anyone on your blog yet.
4. Award as many blogs as you think worthy of this award.
5. Make sure to let everyone you gave this award to know that you awarded them.

1) What is your go-to make-up brand?
bareMinerals! I have sensitive skin and I've found that their products improve my skin.

2) What was your favorite fashion trend of 2011?
I enjoyed the comeback of the Sperry Top-Sider. I bought myself a pair with cheetah print and they are extremely comfortable and
cute!

3) What is your favorite dessert?
Anything chocolate!!!

4) Favorite color?
Purple

5) What is your middle name?
Elizabeth

6) What's the last song you listened to?
When I'm driving I don't listen to music. I have satellite radio and am addicted to Cosmo Radio!

7) Cats or dogs?
Dogs!

Something you didn't know about me is....I hate feet.


Who I award this to:
Coming Unstitched



Rules
  • You must thank the person who gave you the award, including a shout out with a link on your blog.
  • Share 7 random facts about yourself
  • Send the award on to 15 other bloggers whose blog you like to read, and let them know about it. 
These are always so difficult to do!
1. I really don't care for Spotify. Pandora forever!
2. My high school graduating class was over 400 people.
3. My college mascot was a Saluki which is an egyptian dog.
4. I went to a completely different school for graduate school. 
5. I just started watching How I Met Your Mother and LOVE it!
6. One of my favorite movies is Saving Private Ryan.
7. I have a love for The Beatles and own all of their albums. 

Who I award this to:

Disclaimer: I wanted to give these to bloggers I had not awarded in the past. I also tried to make sure to not give the awards to bloggers who had already received them! 

Thanks again Kristen for the awards!



1.19.2012

NOTD Gold Tips

Hi beauties!

Here's a quick nail of the day! I decided to do a twist on the French manicure and used gold instead.

Wet n Wild Fast Dry in The Gold and the Beautiful

How do you experiment with your nails?


1.16.2012

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Powder in Catwalk Pink

Hello beauties!

It's time for another review!

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Powder in Catwalk Pink


$3.99, Drugstores

I'm just going to get right down to it. I rate this product:
This is a holy grail highlighter. At $3.99 you just can't beat the price. It works perfectly to highlight your cheekbones, down your nose and anywhere else you normally highlight. I have used it everyday since purchasing in October and see no need to go for the high end highlighters now. 

I swirl a contouring brush or my index finger in all of the colors and this is what you get from that combination:


While there is a bit of shimmer, it will not leave you glittery or shiny. This highlighter will give your face the subtle dewey glow that you are going for when using a highlight. The name Catwalk Pink is misleading because it does not come off pink at all but more of a sheer with a hint of bronze. 

I must say I am truly impressed by this product. I had pretty low expectations when I bought it but I'm very happy with the results. 

Have you found drugstore highlights that you're impressed with?





1.14.2012

Breakfast Smoothie

Hello beauties!

With New Years weight loss resolutions swirling about I thought I would post this recipe for a breakfast smoothie. Shockingly part of the recipe calls for spinach! Not only will you get your fruit in-but veggies as well!! Such a healthy way to start your day!

I found this recipe from The Frugal Girls but I modified it quite a bit. I found that it's best to make a huge batch that way you don't waste the ingredients. Plus, spending 30 minutes or so making them all will reduce the time you spend making breakfast every morning. I was able to get about 12 servings.

This smoothie was delicious and satisfying. You do not taste the spinach at all-it just tastes fruity. My first thought after sampling was that it tasted like an Orange Julius smoothie!! My fiancĂ© walked in when I added the spinach and looked at me like I was crazy but when he tried it he thought it was very good too.

What you will need:


4 large handfuls spinach (I bought a 10 oz bag and used nearly all of it)
2 cups plain Greek yogurt (an entire 17.6 oz package)
1 bag frozen blueberries (mine was 15 oz)
1 bag frozen strawberries (mine was 16 oz)
4 bananas, sliced
4 cups light soy milk
4 cups orange juice
2 packets of sweetner (optional)

Depending on the size of your blender you will have to split this into smaller batches. I did two batches in a 6 cup blender but I really should have split it into 4 because it was almost overflowing. However you plan to split up the batches divide the recipe into equal parts. Let's say you're going to do this in 4 batches...you would blend 1 handful spinach, 1/2 c yogurt, 1/4 bag of blueberries & strawberries, 1 banana, 1 c milk, 1 c orange juice and 1/2 packet sweetner.

These are easy to make. Start by adding the spinach, yogurt and fruits into the blender. Blend until all parts are broken up into smaller pieces. Then, add the liquids and blend until everything is well mixed. Pour into sandwich sized plastic baggies in 1-1 1/2 cup servings (I just eyed it). Freeze the portions and when you're ready to drink one place one baggie in the fridge to thaw!

Tip: place the baggie in an empty cup for easy pouring


This is what they look like frozen and yes I know they don't look appetizing but they really are delicious!

I used Greek Yogurt because it's packed full of protein, which satisfies hunger. When I looked at buying regular yogurt it only had 11g of protein per serving while the Greek had 23g. There's also less sugar. You can substitute fat free plain yogurt. 

Light soy milk has less fat and calories than low fat milk. You can still use low fat milk if that's your preference.

If you would like more protein, these smoothies have about 7g, then add scoops of Whey Protein powder. You can also add some ground flax seed (which I totally forgot to do!)

My calorie guesstimate is: 139/serving
This is just a guesstimate based on the quantities and the calories on the packages of each item used. If you use different yogurt or milk this will have an affect.

Cost: about .97/serving
I tried to buy the generic brand of what I could. Brands will affect cost.

To put this into perspective, if you're on the Special K Diet you will spend $1.25 on each protein shake with 190 calories. Plus you only get 4/pkg. Making them this way saves money and calories plus you get the bonus of added nutrients!

Hopefully this recipe is just as tasty for you!