Month: September 2012

Me, Myself and I link party #3: September 2012

Well, this is something new! If you’re unfamiliar with the link party check out one of the lovely hosts to find out more.

Without further ado, here are the September link-up questions…

1. When you’re feeling down, what do you do to pick yourself up?

I usually listen to music to put myself in a better mood. And snuggle with my kitties!

2. If you had to live in a different time period which would you prefer?

That’s a toughie. The sixties always sound like they’d appeal to my hippie self. But to be honest I don’t know a lot about the different time periods so I’m not really sure–I just know I wouldn’t want to live in an era with corsets!

3. What is the most creative Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?

Last year I found out everyone at my workplace would be allowed to dress up for Halloween, so I dressed up to the hilt as a pirate. I was the only one who arrived in costume!

4. Five weird things we wouldn’t know about you without being told?

  1. I was home-schooled.
  2. I tend to wear either head-to-toe black or very colorful outfits. There’s no middle ground for me!
  3. I adore penguins.
  4. I’m super-shy when you first meet me, but if we get to know each other well you’ll find I have a wicked and often inappropriate sense of humor.
  5. I used to swear up and down I wouldn’t get married, ever, period. Look who got hitched early!

5. What would you tell your 16-year-old self?

  • Don’t be so shy, and don’t be so hard on yourself. People will like you even if you’re not perfect!
  • That boy isn’t worth it. Someone else will come along who is, though, so don’t let all of your hurt prevent you from being happy again.
  • It’s okay to go out of the house without makeup on!
  • Don’t change anything about yourself to make other people happy. You’re insecure right now and want to fit in, but you’ll wind up unhappy in the long run if you don’t stick to your guns. Don’t worry, though, you’ll eventually figure it out and then life will get awesome.
  • Please stop wearing so much eyeliner. And learn to use the lash curler properly!

The cheapie nail art tools you already own

Sure, you could spend tons of cash on nail art pens and other goodies designed to help you recreate the fancy nail art patterns of your dreams…but chances are, you’ve already got quite a few “tools” at home that can help you create beautiful nail art without breaking the bank. As a bonus, if you have the right tools on hand, there’s no need to buy special nail art pens–you can just use regular polish.

Here are some of the tools I use when I’m creating my nail art designs:

  • Bobby pins, Q-tips, toothpicks, an old pencil (or a Bic pen that’s run out of ink)…all can be used to create dots and fine lines on your nails. You can create dots with a pencil eraser, too!

  • Cheap, disposable makeup sponges can be cut down to size and used to create an ombre effect on your nails.
  • Cheap eyeliner brushes are great for nail art–I love the ones from E.L.F. for $1 to $3.

  • You can buy an artists’ palette from a craft store (they’re pretty cheap), or just save and wash a lid from a yogurt or Cool Whip container and use it as a cheap “palette”. In a pinch, a sheet of wax paper works great, too.

  • Scotch tape is great for sectioning off your nails to create geometric designs, or just for taping off the tips for a modern French manicure.

 What are your favorite tools to use when creating nail art?

A chic and easy way to fix chipped nail polish

If your nail polish is chipped but you aren’t ready to switch shades yet, here’s a chic and easy way to fix your tips and get a fun new mani all in one.

See my chipped tips? I’m going to give them a quick fix with a modern, metallic twist on a French manicure. Find out how after the jump!

Start by applying nail tip strips or Scotch tape to mark off the tips of your nails…

…then brush on two coats of nail polish. I used metallic gold, but you could go tone-on-tone or try a funky contrasting color, too!

When the polish is dry, very gently peel off the tip strips. I can’t stress this enough–DON’T rip them off, or you’ll pull up your base polish, too!

Now add a coat of glossy top coat and you’re done!

No more chipped tips!

Beauty website to bookmark: Coterie (MASSIVE intro promo code+Butter London deal! Hurry!)

Have you heard of Coterie? It’s a beauty sale site that’s currently offering both a mind-blowing intro promo code and a deal on Butter London nail lacquer, and I could not wait to share it with you.

I have to give huge props to blogger Sparkle Girl’s Life for posting about Coterie, because while I’d heard it mentioned in passing, her post was the one that sent me to the site to see exactly what the buzz was about. (Check out her awesome blog here!)

Coterie is a members-only flash sale site dedicated to beauty. From the website:

Coterie is an exclusive, members-only site featuring an ultra-selective collection of the newest and most sought-after beauty products. In collaboration with top makeup artists, stylists and industry trendsetters, Coterie provides the woman on-the-go access to everything she needs to know, all in one place.

It’s basically the best of beauty deals, online shopping, social sharing, and flash sale alerts, all in one place! It’s free to join and the site is planning to offer a host of new features like a virtual vanity, personalized sale alerts, and rewards points for referring friends.

Now, on to the really good part (and the massive intro promo I mentioned in the title!). The first deal available on Coterie is a trio of Butter London nail lacquers, plus your choice of a P.D. Hardwear or Matte Finish topcoat. There are six Butter London shades to choose from: West End Wonderland, Wallis, Pillar Box Red, Knackered, Bluey, and All Hail the Queen.

The Butter London deal costs $36 and is listed as a $60 value, so you’re already saving money there. But here’s the really really amazing promo deal: Coterie is offering a limited code for new members only. Enter the promo code “VIPMEMBER” at checkout to receive $25 off your order!

Yep, do the math! A $60 package cut down to $36, minus the $25 promo, plus $4.99 for ground shipping = $15.99 total. That works out to $4 per polish, which is jaw-dropping considering that the polishes retail for $14 apiece and the top coat retails for $18. In other words, these super-pricey, high-fashion colors, from the lacquer known for creating exclusive fashion week shades, cost less than a drugstore polish.

I simply couldn’t pass up this deal, so I signed up for Coterie. It’s super-fast, super-easy, and free. You have to enter a valid e-mail address and password; that’s it. Go to your account to add your name, shipping address, and birthday; you can choose whether or not to keep credit card info on file, or simply add it when you’re ready to checkout. (I always prefer that sites NOT remember my info, so I loved that feature.) I think the site looks really clean and lovely and is easy to use, and I’m very impressed.

Remember when you get to the checkout to choose the $4.99 shipping option and enter the promo code! You’ll kick yourself if you don’t! And don’t wait to order–while I was placing my order both packages were listed as available, but when I went back to the site ten minutes later to double-check my account the “matte” package was already listed as sold out!!

I can’t wait to get my Coterie order and will definitely share swatches and reviews when it arrives. I ordered the Hardwear package with Wallis, Knackered, and Bluey. This will be my first experience with Butter London and I can’t wait!

Do you like members-only or sample sale sites? Any good ones to share? Any you tried and hated? Let me know in the comments, and let me know what you think about Coterie!!