Monday, June 28, 2010

Teal Squeal

I found this great turquoisey, tealish colored nail polish on sale at my local Target in the clearance section for $5.

Nicole by O.P.I. in PEAS AND Q'S
No Flash:

This color is so refreshing and cute! But it takes 3 coats and a little long to dry (compared to the UO nail polishes).  I still like it just because the color is so summery. :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Soothing Blue 2

It's been awhile since my last blog! I have been S W A M P E D! @ work...

I really need a vacation... somewhere serene and near water, please.

On to the meat of the post! A new swatch of nail polish: Urban Outfitters - Blue 2 (I left my nails bare the last 1.5 weeks because I broke a nail from not using a clear coat base and needed to grow it back to a normal looking shape.)

With Flash:
Without Flash:

This definitely needs at least 3 coats to get the bottle color!  I only did 3 in these pictures, but I'm sure a 4th coat would make it really solid...if you have the time to let them dry between coats.  Drying time is pretty fast though. It's cute & creamy looking, and not too powdery or pastel-ish... perfect for summer!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lomo 2

Wow! I found a really cool collection of lomography online...
Check more out [ here ]

Floating lights

I love this! Floating waterproof, rechargeable lanterns ideal for the pool!

By: Metalart
Can be purchased at:

Something blue

I love this idea!
"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue!"
Modern, chic, and not some crazy & bright blue! I love it... a ring pillow! Get it at: Emersonmade

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Lemonade showers

I've been going through old pictures and ran across pictures I snapped at my best friend's bridal shower... memories! June 1st, 2006. Sorry, this post will be picture heavy!

The theme? Pink Lemonade!
Location: Laguna Beach, CA (we had to get up early and camp out to hold the space and set up starting at 6 a.m.!)

Do it yourself bridal shower favors... Lemon scented bath salt, custom ordered jars, raffia, bath salt scoopers, custom printed jar labels assembled by us.
Pink leis, lemonade, and a gorgeous view!
The other table we reserved nearer to the beach path.

It was a HOT & sunny day! Bride & I got sunburned--even after reapplying several times!

Frozen strawberries in the lemonades!
Prepping fresh yummies!

View from the path going down to the beach & our site.

We didn't have plates for the bruschetta we made, so we used Victoria's Secret boxes!

Most delicious cake!

Won't post the embarrassing lingerie gift photos we made her open, especially with her mother-in-law standing behind her making jokes.

The girls!

Scrapbooking time... reminds me that I need to finish that darn thing!!

End of the party... speaking from our hearts to give advice, love, and encouragement with a release of a balloon from each of us attending.

Friday, June 4, 2010

M.A.C. / NYX Dupes

As promised, I found the side-by-side lists I was talking about in my last NYX post!  This is a compilation of different shades I've collected from 5+ websites (Google: "MAC dupes") that are direct MAC-NYX dupes...with some other drug store options:

Brand Name
MAC Amber Lights
NYX Golden, Milani Sun Goddess, Milani Desert Sun, Prestige Melba, L'Oreal HIP Saucy
MAC Band on Blue
NYX Lanikai 
MAC Beaded
NYX Sahara 
NYX Wild Fire 
MAC Carbon
NYX Black 
MAC Coco
NYX Beanie 
MAC Coppering
NYX Copper, Milani Flare
MAC Cranberry
NYX Rust 
MAC Dazzleray Pigment
NYC Loose Sparkle Eye Dust in Champagne 
MAC Electric Coral Pigment
NYX Tropical 
MAC Electric Eel
NYX Irises, Milani Atlantis
MAC Emote
NYX Taupe 
MAC Eyepopping
NYX Lime Juice 
MAC Fab & Flashy
NYX Arica, NYX Golden Orange 
MAC French Gray
NYX Iced Mocha 
MAC Girl meets Boy
NYX Antique gold 
MAC Going Bananas
NYX Yellow Pearl 
MAC Humid
NYX Mermaid, Milani Clover, WnW Sensual Sage
MAC Juxt
NYX Springleaf, Jane Rain Forest, Milani Garden Mist
MAC Lucky Green
NYX Lime, Wet n' Wild Marquis
MAC Naked Lunch
NYX Aloha, Wet n' Wild Fine Wink
MAC Parrot
NYX Ocean, ULTA Deep Sea, L'oreal HIP in Showy
MAC Passionate
NYX Sunrise, NYX Redhead, NYX Cherry 
MAC Pink Vivid Pigment
NYX Hot Pink 
MAC Romping
NYX Hot Pink, NYX Burgundy Pearl, Milani Exotic Berry 
MAC Rose Pigment
NYX Flamingo 
MAC Satin Taupe
NYX Iced Mocha, NYX Mink Brown, NYX Root beer, Maybelline Silken Taupe, Rimmel Strength, ULTA Twilight
MAC Shadesticks
NYX Eyeshadow Wands 
MAC Shimmermoss
NYX Jungle Fever, ULTA Luna
MAC Shroom
NYX Bearly There, Jordana Beige, Jane Magic Mushroom, Wet 'n Wild Flirt Shimmer Stick
MAC Sky Blue Pigment
NYX Cool Blue 
MAC Star n Rockets
NYX Luxor 
MAC Sumptuous Olive
NYX Herb, Milani Antique Gold, ULTA Golden Olive
MAC Sushi Flower
NYX Cherry, Prestige in Love 
MAC Wondergrass
NYX Kiwi 

Hope it helps! I know some colors might be discontinued now, but oh well!

NYX Sale

For those who are curious about NYX products, is currently having a sale on most of their NYX inventory! For those who don't know, the NYX line is very, very similar to MAC's...just CHEAPER!  (Example: MAC eye shadow $14.50 vs. NYX eye shadow $5.50, but on sale right now for $3.50) Shipping is free for orders over $40 right now too, so stock up!

A few years back I found a website that gave you a side-by-side of like colors from each company. I'll do some research to see if I can dig it back up!

Coldstone memories

Coldstone Ice Cream always brings back wonderful memories of my high school friends when we'd stop by ice cream shops to get these on hot days from our dear friend Candy who'd sing her heart out when she got tips!

20% off (any purchase) coupon good til 6-30-10. ENJOY! 
My favorite mix up: cheesecake ice cream mixed with strawberries and crushed graham crackers. What's yours?
(click the picture to take you to the coupon page)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

UO Makeup

It looks like Urban Outfitters is jumping in with selling beauty products.

Special promo right now: free shipping on any beauty purchase!

What's even more exciting?.... they are selling NYX products! I def. need to check it out!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Symptoms of Loneliness

aw-musing: Simon Evans

In a name...

Just added 3 new girl names & 4 boy names to my list ^_^

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hello Kitty Oh Em Gee

I nearly fell out of my chair and peeed in my pants (with laughter) when I ran across this!
For all you hardcore HK fans with adoring husbands or boyfriends, this might be a fun (gag) gift!

Buy it: $8.99 + free shipping