Sunday, November 2, 2014

Autumnal Inspired Nails

Ah finally the leaves are beginning to turn that beautiful red-orange-brown and the weather is cooling down into the perfect leggings+boots+scarves weather. YES it is the signs of Autumn and I couldn't be more excited :)
Some random picture of Fall scenery that I found online. Doesn't it make you just so happy? :)
Today I wanted to share a simple nail look created with a mix of those more earthy-toned cream shades. I chose all cream colors and it actually looked fine without the gold accented sticker designs (actually better in my opinion but I can't really take off the stickers now sigh..). I was inspired by a nail look I saw online featuring simple colors so I chose out whatever autumn shades I had in my collection and came up with this!

 I kind of hate how you can see the fine details with such an enlarged photo haha especially since you can see all the beauty of my dry cuticles and the lines of the stickers and the bumps in the nail polish (sigh) BUT BESIDES THAT, I love the look! I was a bit impatient on putting the stickers on so I definitely messed up my nails but the overall effect is just so fall-esque and I totally loving it. 

I used the following nail polishes to get this look:
-White: Orly Nail Polish White Tips #42001
-Orange: Korean brand that I can't seem to find the name for so I'll show a picture of a similar shade
-Maroon: Zoya Natural Nail Polish Coco
-Dark Grey (that looks blue tinted but really isn't): Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish Lacquer Impeccable Greys 410
-Nude: 3 Concept Eyes (3CE) Nail Lacquer #BE02

I realized I really need more warm-toned/fall nail shades like an olive green or a dark brown so let me know in the comments if you know any nice nail polishes that you think I'd like and I might pick them up and use them in another nail look!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Another side to the beauty life offers...

Today's post is going to be something more personal and while you might first question why I would post it on my "beauty" blog, I feel like sharing this to the world because I think it is something that related to the beauty in life as well as the fact that I want someone to hold me accountable. Today, I went to a group gathering at my university with a Christian fellowship. I haven't gone to one of these in over a year, but I was definitely excited and happy to be there. I've been Christian ever since I was young because my mom brought my sister and me to church every Sunday, but then swimming and school seemed to just take up too much time and slowly we stopped going. Nonetheless, my faith has never wavered, but my life with God has certainly suffered and I realize that. As I've grown older, I've realized how much I miss having God be a integral part in my life and I want to want Him to be in my life. Like I want myself to want Him enough to actually change my life to make him a part of it. It's like you choose which friends you keep in contact with and I want to choose him, but it just always seems like I don't want it enough and I don't end up making time for him. I put other petty things before Him - school, my boyfriend, TV, club activities - all these petty things that can't compare to the time I should be spending with God.

So where does this bring me and what is the point of this post? Well, after going to today's fellowship, I've decided (and I want to be held accountable for this) that I'm really going to try this year to live a life with God. I want to take small steps like going to the Christian fellowship every Friday night, saying a prayer before every meal, going to church on Sundays, and sharing this all with my family. I want my family to be a part of this journey too and though it's hard that my father is not a believer, I definitely want to share God's message with them so that I can have their support as well as them having my support on this journey. I'm not trying to convert anyone or force my religion on anyone but I just want to share this part of my life that I'm excited to expand on and I wanted to share that with everyone. Living a life with God empowering you is something I can only think of right now and I hope to truly understand how amazing it is as I start to make time for God in my life. Life is beautiful but I think I will be able to see its true beauty with my eyes opened by God. Please wish me luck on this journey and I hope this different type of post didn't offend anyone. This is my own personal choice and religion and I am not telling you how to live your life. I am merely sharing my thoughts on this topic and if you agree or disagree, it is totally up to you :)

Live life in a way that makes you proud and you will have a fulfilling and satisfying life. xoxo.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cute Halloween Nail Art

Hello everyone! I haven't posted in a while (oh the joys of school) but I thought I'd share a quick post on some fun Halloween inspired nail art. I definitely did not come up with these designs myself (except maybe the pumpkin ones which aren't even that nice) and I got my inspiration from IHaveACupcake and cutepolish on Youtube. They both have tutorials which I semi-followed to get this look but as you can see, I deviated a little so feel free to add your own touches and flare (I sound like I changed the designs on purpose but really it was probably because I messed up and tried to fix it haha!).

I used the following nail polishes (shown below in order listed):
-Black: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color 370 Black Out
-Orange: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color 150 Sun Kissed
-White: Orly Nail Polish White Tips #42001
-Green: Orly Nail Polish Coachella Dweller
-Red: Forever 21 Red Sangria Nail Polish
-Yellow: Orly Nail Polish Lemonade
-Top coat: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat

I used some cheap dotting tools (basically little sticks with circles on the ends) to do the eyes but really you can use a toothpick or bobby pin which I've used before and they work just as well.  Oh and please don't mind the fact that my hands are incredibly dry and gross and that I have a nasty paper-cut-looking cute on my index finger (which I got from my friends broken phone screen .. WHO KNEW THOSE THINGS COULD CUT YOU IF YOU SIMPLY BRUSH UP ON THEM??)

Let me know what you think of these and what you're going to be for Halloween if you're dressing up in the comment section! Last year I went trick-o-treating with my friend (don't ask how old I am LOL because the answer is too old) but she's in Asia this year so I don't know what I'm going to do :(