NOTD Peach & Purple Gradient

L to R: Sinful Colors Skylark, Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac, Sinful Colors Tempest, Sally Hansen Ivory Skull

Flight - Sunset Sunrise Photography Purple Pink Orange Yellow Lake Murray Water Nautical Fine Art Metallic Print - 8x10 Photograph

Photo Cred: etsy

Hi guys! I decided to try my hand at a gradient manicure, something I’ve tried before and failed miserably at haha. I did ok this time with the help of this YouTube tutorial. I went for peach and purple colors, and the final result reminds me of a sunset/sunrise 🙂 p.s. please excuse my messy cuticles >_<

Nail Polishes Used: Sinful Colors Skylark, Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac, Sinful Colors Tempest, Sally Hansen Ivory Skull

Base Coat & Top Coat: Revlon Colorstay

Makeup wedge with colors striped on

What I did was cut a makeup wedge in half as suggested by the YouTube tutorial, striped on the purples and peach, and pressed them onto my nail over a white base.

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading! 🙂 Next I’ll have to work on glitter gradients, I still struggle with that!

xo Sandy


The Lipstick Tag

National Lipstick Day

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The lovely Katie of Plus+Beauty tagged me to do this, and of course I was super excited to do it! This is totally up my alley. Check out Katie’s post  here! 🙂

The Rules

  1. TAG 3 bloggers to answer these same questions.
  2. Those bloggers will TAG 3 more bloggers of their choice with the same questions & rules.
  3. No tagging back (mentions are fine).

The Questions

1. How many lipsticks do you own?

Umm I would guess somewhere in the range of 50-60. I’m too lazy to count haha.

2. What was your first ever lipstick?

Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Fairytale! I only remember this because it was the first makeup product I ever bought, and was pretty much my gateway into the makeup and beauty world. Those lipsticks are great by the way! I went on to buy about 6-7 more of those lippies. I know they revamped that line of lipsticks recently, so I don’t know if the quality or shades has stayed the same.

3. What is your most worn lipstick?

Probably MAC Angel or MAC Brave. Angel I’ve had longer, and I’ve definitely made a dent in it. Angel is such a lovely shade of light pink, and Brave is a great MLBB.

4. What is your favorite brand for lipsticks?

Definitely MAC! I just love how wide their range of colors and finishes is. I’m totally a sucker for their seemingly constant LE collections.

5. What is your favorite finish?

I really love a Matte finish lipstick. They seem to last the longest on my lips and are usually very opaque.

6. What is the last lipstick you bought?

CVS had a sale on Milani lipsticks last week, so I bought three of their Moisture Matte Lipsticks. I only intended to get one shade but of course I walked out with three, plus some NYC liquid lipsticks that I found.

7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?

Omg I usually so bad with this-whenever I wear a lipstick out, I just toss it in my bag and then by the end of the week there are like 4-5 lipsticks in there haha! I always forget to put them back. Right now it’s not bad, I have three Jordana lip liners in my bag. I always carry these around in my purse because they are light and don’t take up much space.

8. What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip?

My favorite is MAC Russian Red.

9. How do you store your lipsticks?

I keep my MAC lipsticks and Covergirl Lip Perfection lipsticks in acrylic lipstick organizers. I have a large, rectangular acrylic makeup organizer that I stand lipsticks in. I group them into nudes, pinks, and reds/corals  Whatever doesn’t fit in that organizer is sitting in a small plastic bin with a lot of other random makeup items.

10. What lip products are you currently lusting over?

Ugh, so many! I think I will always lust over the Nars Audacious lipsticks but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing one anytime soon It’s just too pricy for me, even though I know the quality is amazing. There are plenty of quality lipsticks out there with more affordable prices. I’m also lusting anything ColourPop-especially their lippie stix and eyeshadows. I’ve only heard good things about the brand, but I’m trying not to order anything because it will be like opening Pandora’s box haha! I’m afraid I’ll never stop ordering, and of course I have enough makeup as it is (although really it’s never enough lol).

That was fun, thank you for tagging me Katie! 🙂 I’m going to cheat too and tag four people hehe. I tag Alice of Alice’s Wonderland, Bree of Always, Bree, Sam of Glam with Sam, and Melissa of Sober Ramblings of Life and Makeup. I hope you enjoy this tag as much as I did!

Top 5 Spring Fashion Trends

Happy Friday everyone! This post is the final segment of the spring collaboration series with Merisa of Monogrammed Magnolias. Today’s post is about the fashion trends I’m looking forward to wearing this spring. I did a little online search to see what’s the latest and greatest trends from the fashion runways for the spring season. To be honest, there wasn’t much of these trends that I could actually see myself wearing(if you’re curious, here’s a sampling of what’s “in” this season according to the fashion world-yellow, military, sashes, large print floral,70s, and these weird wide-legged capri looking pants that I forgot the name of) . So I’m going to keep it real and stick with some basic, classic trends that I always look forward to wearing in the spring.

As I compiled these pictures, I could tell the theme was dainty-ness and pastels 🙂 That pretty much sums up the styles I like for spring haha!

1. Lace

Gorgeous lace

Ahh lace-who doesn’t love lace?? It’s just so cute and can give you an “I’m a classy lady” kind of vibe. And how gorgeous is this dress? *swoon*

2. Floral

Botanical Occasion Dress. Floral prints make any event more delightful, so don this sleeveless shirt dress by Tulle Clothing and enjoy the party!  #modcloth

Florals-the most obvious fashion choice for spring and summer. I just love that there are so many different prints out there to choose from, and anything from dresses to skirts, shirts, pants, even shoes!

3. Black and White

Spring/Summer 2015 #Fashion Trends

Black and white-such a basic combo that is appropriate and classic all year round.

4. Circle Skirt

*sigh* I just love how cute these types of skirts look! Must have!

5. Pastels

Lastly, pastels. Such a mainstay for Spring and it’s super easy to incorporate into your outfits outside of clothing, such as jewelry, nail polish, or makeup.

That concludes my top 5 spring fashion trends! What fashion trends are you looking forward to sporting this spring? Or do you not pay too much attention to fashion trends?

Don’t forget to stop by Merisa’s blog to check out her picks! 🙂 And check out our previous posts if you haven’t yet 🙂

Merisa Top 5 Spring Lipsticks , Top 5 Spring Nail Polishes , Top 5 Spring Beauty Trends

Sandy Top 5 Spring Lipsticks , Top 5 Spring Nail Polishes , Top 5 Spring Beauty Trends

Thank you so much for reading, and have a great weekend! ❤

xo Sandy

Photocred: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

30 Days of Lipsticks Challenge: Week 3

Hello my loves! It’s time for week 3 of my 30 Days of Lipsticks Challenge! If you don’t know what this challenge is about, see my original about it here. Keep reading to see the lip colors I wore this week! 🙂

Lip Colors 

L to R: Rimmel Metoric Matte, Tarte Flush, Tarte Moody, Jordana Sedona Red, NYX Istanbul, Jordana Cranberry Crush, Essence In The Nude

Lip Swatches

Swatches & Thoughts

Day 15 Rimmel Show Off Lip Velvet “Meteoric Matte”: A deep berry shade with a matte finish. Beautiful color and creamy formula, but it transfers very easily.

Day 16 Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment “Flush”: A strawberry pink color in a twist up/chubby pencil form. This is fairly pigmented and comfortable to wear. It’s got a tacky/waxy formula, which helps it stick to my lips and last a long time on me. It stains my lips a little bit too.

Day 17 Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint “Moody”: A deep wine color in the tube, it sheers out to a lighter version of what it looks like. This one is less pigmented than the Power Pigment but much glossier and more balm-y. It makes my lips look a little plumper. Super comfortable to wear but it does not wear long.

Day 18 Jordana Easyliner “Sedona Red”: A bright cherry red color with a matte finish. It’s matte and does grab on to my lips very well, but doesn’t feel too drying or uncomfortable. A very nice and creamy formula, and the the fact that it’s a liner makes it easy to apply precisely. This wears quite well on me and I love the shade.

Day 19 NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream “Istanbul”: A light pink shade with a slight blue undertone and a matte finish. Not much else to say here, I think the soft matte lip creams are great in general! This is what I wish the Rimmel Show Off Lip Velvets were like-the formula actually sets and stays on my lips without transferring much, and lasts a few hours.

Day 20 Jordana Twist & Shine “Cranberry Crush”: An oldie but a goody, this is a standard chubby lip pencil. It’s a sheer cranberry shade that can be built up for more pigment, and it does leave behind a light stain. Super moisturizing and comfortable to wear.

Day 21 Essence lipstick “In The Nude”: A peachy nude with a very creamy, moisturizing finish. It definitely gives off some shine. It’s not highly pigmented so I do have to build it up, but I think it’s a wearable shade and very comfortable.

Favorites of the Week: Jordana Sedona Red and Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Flush.

This challenge is almost over, wow! A little over a week to go. What colors stood out to you this week?

Check out the lip colors from the past weeks if you haven’t already! 🙂  Week 1 Week 2 

Thanks for reading!

xo Sandy

Review: Love & Beauty Tea Tree Oil Sheet Mask

Hi beauties! Here are my thoughts on this Love & Beauty Tea Tree Oil Sheet Mask that I got at Forever 21 for $1.00. When I saw that it is targeted towards blemished skin, I grabbed it because I figured I might need it at some point. Alas, my skin did start to freak out over the weekend so it was a good time to try this out. When I first opened this, I could definitely smell the signature tea tree oil scent. One thing I noticed is that the mask isn’t very saturated compared to the Baroness (review here) one I also purchased at Forever 21. Another thing that was weird was the shape of the mask-it was wider than it was long, and it didn’t want to stick to my face in certain areas. I think the dimensions were just a bit off. It made it to my chin but only a little bit past my eyebrows (then again I have a big forehead haha). Again, the Baroness sheet mask covered my entire face.

I left the sheet mask on my skin for 20 min and massaged in any excess product into my skin. Did I notice any differences in my skin after using this sheet mask? Nope, nothing. Haha then again, for a $1 I guess I can’t complain. I will say I liked the Baroness brand much better. I still have one more Love & Beauty sheet mask to try, and it’s targeted toward oily skin. I’ll let you know my thoughts on it once I use it 🙂

Thanks for reading!

xo Sandy

FOTD Glam Look

Hello my loves! I decided to do a more glamorous, heavy look because the mood struck me haha. I busted out my Naked 3 Palette, which I haven’t reached for in awhile. I also through on some false lashes, which are a little more on the natural side. I kind of did ok putting them on this time, but the ends didn’t look so great and I forgot to smoosh them together with my natural lashes. Whoops. So please excuse my messy false lash application 🙂

Primer: Boots No7 Matte Makeup Base mixed with Smashbox Photofinish Primer

Foundation: Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous (115) mixed with Physician’s Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation (Light)

Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind (Light) on undereyes & Rimmel Fair Match Perfection (Fair) to highlight

Powder: Tarte Smooth Operator

Bronzer: Tarte Park Avenue Princess & Benefit Hoola (contour)

Blush: Benefit Rockateur

Highlight: ELF Baked Blush Pinktastic

Eyebrows: Anastasia Dipbrow (Medium Brown)

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette-Limit and Nooner in the crease, Darkside and Blackheart on the outer corner, Mugshot on the lid topped with Dust, Dust on the inner corner, Blackheart on the lower lash line, Strange to highlight browbone

Eyeliner: L’oreal Infallible Gel Liner (upper lash line)

Mascara: Physician’s Formula Instant Lash Extension mascara

False Lashes: Kiss Lashes (Sultry)

Lips: Rimmel Show Off Lip Velvet Meteoric Matte

Hope you enjoyed, thanks for reading and have a fantastic rest of your weekend! 🙂

Top 5 Spring Beauty Trends

Hello beauties! Today, Merisa of Monogrammed Magnolias and I are sharing our Top 5 Beauty Trends for the Spring. This was hard to do because looking through the Spring Fashion Show runway pictures there were so many beautiful looks!

1. Flowy Hair

THIS is what we call glamour. The screen siren hair at Jenny Packham was created using Moroccanoil Root Boost and a 1" tong for curls, brushed through for 1950s-style bouncy waves. The deep side parting kept it current.

I love this wavy hair do-somehow it looks messy and put together at the same time. Definitely a bombshell kind of hairstyle.

2. Pastel EyeshadowPastel was the palette at the Kabuki show where eyelids were washed with a purple haze and the hair loaded with pastel extensions.

I love the light purple eyeshadow, pale colors like this scream spring to me!

3. High Bun

Maybelline's 60s makeup – graphic white eyeliner and top-to-bottom lashes – and fat top knots? There's nothing not to love about the look at Lepore.

I’m really digging the high bun she’s rocking (I have yet to master the high bun, mine always get all sad and droopy LOL). Also, those doll-like lashes are gorgeous!

4. Bright LipsFinally, some hot lips! The makeup trend at Tanya Taylor was courtesy of NARS Playa Dorado Velvet Lip Liner and NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil. We're shopping them now.

I love this vibrant orange lipstick color. Oranges and corals are a staple for the springtime.

5. Bright EyelinerPeter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, set a modern trend for delicate expressions of colour next Spring. The "Pastel Eyes" were created using laser-cut patches of satin, in a similar ilk to Fendi's demonstration of leather liner. We love this trend! Stick on material eyeliner as you would falsies with eyelash glue and keep the rest of your makeup natural.

Love the pastel shade eyeliner! Time to use some springy colors on my upper lashline other than black!

Those are my top 5 Spring Beauty Trends. Do you keep track of makeup trends? Are there any you are looking forward to trying during the Spring?

Thanks for reading dolls! 🙂 Check out Merisa’s top 5 beauty trends here.

❤ Sandy

Don’t forget to check out our top 5 Spring Lipsticks and Nail Polishes if you already haven’t!

Merisa Top 5 Spring Lipsticks and Top 5 Spring Nail Polishes

Sandy Top 5 Spring Lipsticks and Top 5 Spring Nail Polishes

Photocred: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5