Manicure Monday: Blushing

Victoria's Secret's "Backstage"

Victoria’s Secret’s “Backstage”

Sarah here! For today’s manicure monday post I wanted something soft and romantic. This color, Backstage, is from Victoria’s Secret. Unfortunately, they no longer carry their line of nail polish. It’s sad because they had some really great colors! I’m seriously loving this one right now!

Manicure Monday: Scorcher

Urban Outfitters Scorcher

Urban Outfitters Scorcher

Sarah here!

I’m about to go on vacation so I wanted a fun, playful manicure this week! I decided to go for an all over glitter polish. This is one of my all time favorite glitter polishes: Scorcher from Urban Outfitters. It covers very well and the larger flecks of glitter are such fun colors! I absolutely love it and it’s perfect for this time of year! It’s just a little reminder that Spring is just around the corner 🙂

Manicure Monday: Coat Couture

Coat Couture by Essie

Coat Couture by Essie

I recently saw Essie’s new collection Cashmere Matte at Target and I fell in love with the color in the bottle. I wasn’t sure what exactly the finish “cashmere matte” would be but I decided to give it a try. The color once it dries becomes way less sparkly but I’m still satisfied with the end result. Coat Couture is a medium grayish-purple with undertones of teal glitter that you can see in the highlights. It’s so pretty!

Emily

Manicure Monday: Chilly

It’s been so cold and dreary here in Ohio and what better way to fight the snow (besides staying inside and drinking tea) then to cheer up your day with a little glitter!

This week I painted my nails with Urban Outfitters “Chilly” which has heavy purple and blue glitter in a clear polish. I did a subtle accent nail by painting purple, American Apparel “Dynasty,” underneath 2 coats of the glitter, as opposed to 3. I loved the way this turned out and the name of the polish is extremely fitting for the weather outside!

Enjoy!

Emily

Wearing Black in Winter

I started noticing a trend in my buying habits when I used to work at a store where the only clothes you could wear from other stores had to be black. I was on a tight budget so I didn’t like buying clothes that I couldn’t wear to work. Since then, I’ve worked at 2 stores where your clothes have to be all black. My wardrobe now consists of mainly blacks, grays, and other neutrals. I love to wear color, but black always looks good no matter how dressy or casual you make it. I wear black all year round. Today, I put together a couple of outfits to showcase some of the best black pieces in my wardrobe!

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Urban Outfitters Romper, Xhilaration Sparkle Moon & Star Tights, Victoria’s Secret Simply Victoria Strappy Bra, Vince Camuto Boots, Forever 21 Necklace

I bought this romper from Urban Outfitters without even realizing that it was a romper. I was in a hurry and they had 50% off sale and I didn’t feel like trying anything on that day. When I tried it on at home I was very confused by the leg holes until I realized that I just bought the most comfortable item of clothing that I will ever own. I love how the low back can show off your favorite strappy bra. The material is so soft and comfy, but looks great when going out! I have been loving paring it with my sparkly tights and favorite boots!

PINK Cage Pushup Bralette, Old Navy T-Shirt, Nordstrom Leggings, Vince Camuto Boots

I have had this t-shirt for a few years and I knew I had to buy it the moment I saw it. When I got it, I bought it 2 sizes too big so that I could wear it as more of an off the shoulder t-shirt like I’m doing here. It shows off my cage bralette and goes great with jeans or leggings when I’m going to class. It has developed some small holes on the front so I have been tying it in a knot or wearing it tucked into some high waisted jeans. These leggings were a gift; I feel like I wear them every other day. The fit is amazing and they’re thick so they feel like actual pants. They have cool details like seams going down the back and at the knees, as well as elastic panels on the hips.

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TJ Maxx Pom-Pom Top, Xhilaration Skater Skirt, Urban Outfitters Cut-Out Wedges

This is an outfit I wear to work sometimes minus the heels. I found this crop top at TJ Maxx for only $7 and it has adorable tiny pom-poms around the neckline, sleeves, and hem. I will buy almost anything if it has pom-poms on it. A black skater skirt is an essential basic. It’s flirty, but not too sexy for work when I wear it with tights. I can pair this black skirt with almost any other top or sweater in my wardrobe and it goes with everything!

Styling an all black wardrobe is something you can do year-round. I like throwing in pops of color with my lipstick, shoes, jewelry, or a fun cardigan or blazer. How do you rock an all black outfit?? The Babes want to know!

Formula X: The System

For Christmas I got a Sephora gift card so I decided to purchase some nail polish that I had my eyes on. Formula X sells a set through Sephora called “The System” which you can find here. It comes with a nail cleanser, a base coat, a color of your choice, and a top coat.

The System - Formula X

The System – Formula X

The price is $32, and for all 4 and with the quality that I know this brand has, it’s a great investment. I already had a couple colors and effects from them, and have already used their top coat, so I new how much I would love more of their products.

All of my Formula Nail Polish colors

All of my Formula X Nail Polish colors. Dramatic, Tide, Prismatic, Grandiose, Law of Attraction, Demolition.

I had not tried their nail cleanser, or base coat before. In fact, I have never used a nail cleanser before and I’ve never realized how useful it was! It’s nice to use after using a cuticle oil because it gets off all the left over oil residue on you nails, and makes the base coat work better. It’s very thin and you only need a small amount per nail. The base coat does exactly what it’s supposed to. It goes on smoothly, and your polish sticks to it for such a long time. The top coat is super shiny and dries pretty quick! The shine doesn’t fade either like I’ve experienced before with other products.

Nail Cleanser, Base Coat, and Top Coat

Nail Cleanser, Base Coat, and Top Coat

With the purchase of the set you also get to chose your own color. I decided to get 2 extras to use the rest of my gift card and because I couldn’t decide on just one! I got three colors:

Dramatic

Dramatic, a slightly greyish lavender.

Prismatic

Prismatic, a beautiful mermaid-like sparkly teal

Tide

Tide, a shimmery violet.

I previously wore Dramatic on mani monday, which is my new favorite pastel. Prismatic is just pure mermaid. One of the reasons why I love Formula X so much is because the nail polishes they have that are sparkly are not a huge pain to get off. I used 3 coats for this color, it’s slightly sheer. I think it would be really pretty over an emerald green or teal to bring out the mermaid-ness even more, but by itself is just as pretty! Tide is part of their “Sea Glass” collection. When left without a topcoat, it dries matte but still shimmers and has a texture like sea glass. And with top coat is makes it sparkle and shine more than any nail polish I’ve ever had and the color is a warm shimmery violet. Some of the colors look so different in various lighting.

Here's how the colors looked on me! From top left to bottom right: Dramatic, Tide (without top coat, it makes it a matte "Sea Glass" texture), Prismatic, Tide.

Here’s how the colors looked on me! From top left to bottom right: Dramatic, Tide (without top coat, it makes it a matte “Sea Glass” texture), Prismatic, Tide.

I love Formula X so much. I wish I could buy all of their polish. They last for such a long time, are super vibrant, and so shiny. I recommend this brand to everyone because of the quality and the unique colors and effects.