Patriotic Nailart

With the 4th of July coming up, I wanted to show you a fun, patriotic nail art tutorial! Showoff your American pride this year and try this. 🙂

Style Trials 4th of july Patriotic Nail Art Tutorial
Patriotic Nail Art Tutorial
Apply a base coat, then paint your nails a solid red (this color is more red than it appears in these pictures).

Apply a base coat, then paint your nails a solid red (this color is more red than it appears in these pictures).

Use a sparkly silver to lightly paint over each ring finger (the red should still show through).

Use a sparkly silver to lightly paint over each ring finger (the red should still show through).

With the sparkly blue color, lightly start at the base of the nail and paint halfway up into the silver.

With the sparkly blue color, lightly start at the base of the nail and paint halfway up into the silver.

Remove excess polish from silver brush, so it's pretty dry. From the top of the nail, use this brush to blend the silver back down into the blue, blurring the line for an ombre effect.

Remove excess polish from silver brush, so it’s pretty dry. From the top of the nail, use this brush to blend the silver back down into the blue, blurring the line for an ombre effect.

Use a white nail art pen to draw two white lines that follow the shape of your nail.

Use a white nail art pen to draw two white lines that follow the shape of your nail.

I applied the first at the very top (like a french manicure), left a space of red in-between the top and bottom stripe.

I applied the first at the very top (like a french manicure), left a space of red in-between the top and bottom stripe.

Use the white nail art pen to create a big circle in the center of your thumb....

Use the white nail art pen to create a big circle in the center of your thumb….

...then pull from the center of the dot out to create a star.

…then pull from the center of the dot out to create a star. Mine’s a little sloppy because I was rushing, but from a distance you can’t even tell! So it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Last step! Use a q-tip soaked in nail polish remover to clean up your edges, then apply a shiny top coat.

Last step! Use a q-tip soaked in nail polish remover to clean up your edges, then apply a shiny top coat.

You're all done! Now enjoy your beautiful nails, and have a great holiday! :)

You’re all done! Now enjoy your beautiful nails, and have a great holiday! 🙂

Also, if you’re looking for outfit inspiration for the 4th, make sure to checkout this vintage American look I put together last year. I recommend picking one patriotic thing, and working neutrals around that so as not to go overboard. 🙂

Cruise and Beach Vacation Essentials – Stock Up On End of Summer Sales!

Cruises, beaches, tropical resorts! You’re probably wondering why I’m doing this post going into Fall, huh? In my attempt to hang onto the last bits of Summer, I actually have good reasoning beyond that. Here’s why!

  1. Summer is ending so now is the time to find great stuff on clearance and stock up for next year.
  2. I live in Florida so it’s still 90+ degree beach weather!
  3. Most importantly, my husband Gary and I are celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary NEXT WEEK (yayyy!) on an 8-day Carnival cruise! SOO EXCITED!!! 🙂 While cruises are definitely top of my mind right now, I actually know a lot of other people who are going/just went on a cruise too. Makes sense because you can find great deals on cruises in the off-season.

Whatever the case, my universal problem with traveling has always been packing because, let’s face it, I pack way too much….I like options! So I thought long and hard to narrow the essential must-have pieces for a cruise or really any other beachy, tropical getaway. You can use this as a packing guide, or inspiration for items to hunt during these end-of-season sales.

CRUISE WEAR

Obviously it doesn’t have to be these exact pieces, but this is a general idea of basics to include. A few tank tops and shorts, a casual sundress, a swimsuit coverup, a nicer outfit you can dress up or down (like the romper), comfy flip flops, and dressier shoes that still look casual (platform wedges).

You’ll want to accessorize with a bag that is fairly neutral so you can wear it with everything, cool sunglasses, and a straw beach hat. Of course you’ll need a few bikini options, and I’d suggest mix-and-match bikinis so you can get more looks out of less pieces. Victoria’s Secret is actually having an end-of season sale right now on their swimwear, so I’d suggest checking it out! I just stocked up.

WHAT’S IN MY CRUISE BEAUTY BAG

If you’re like me and don’t want to be pale in a bikini, you should checkout the Style Trials Bronze Skin Series for the BEST Self tanners.

I just want to leave you with one last thing. Have a great Labor Day weekend, and think of me while I’M ON A BOAT!

 


Yeeeep, I just went there. 🙂

What are your  top fashion and beauty items when packing for a vacation getaway? Leave me a comment and let me know!


How to get a Flawless Face

I recently got a request to do a flawless face tutorial, and I LOVE requests! There are many things that can go into a flawless face, starting with good skincare, but I wanted to focus this tutorial on an everyday makeup routine that’s a perfect base for ANY makeup look. I cover tips and techniques for achieving this look and making it your own, touching on a few beauty tricks. It really depends on how much coverage you’re going for, but for my preference I like a minimal look for everyday, which I showcase in the video. I do mention ways to get heavier coverage though (which I love to do for nighttime or blotchy skin problems), so make sure to watch the entire thing!

I forgot to mention in the video that before you start any flawless face look, you start with a clean, moisturized face. I also like to add face primer to smooth out skin and have makeup last longer.

HOW TO GET A FLAWLESS FACE

Products Used

Make sure you checkout these other posts I mention that go hand-in-hand to this flawless look! These are great basic techniques to ANY makeup routine! 🙂

HOW TO GET PRETTY, CONTOURED CHEEKS

HOW TO GET BIG, BEAUTIFUL EYELASHES!

So my question to you is, what kind of coverage do you prefer for an everyday look?


Tutorial: How to Contour and Highlight your Cheeks

Some people are just born with beautiful, defined, high cheekbones, while others need a little help bringing them out. For those of us who crave cheekbones like Angelina Jolie, Kiera Knightly, and Scarlett Johansson, this tutorial is for you! I’m going to show you how to do some basic face contouring, so you can make the most of your cheeks. This will give you really pretty, dewy looking cheeks, and add shape while creating the look of high cheekbones. It’s something you can do everyday, and you don’t have to use the specific products I use. You just need a basic highlighter, whatever blush you want, and shading powder or bronzer.

Angelina Jolie Cheekbones
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Kiera Knightly Cheekbones
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Scarlett Johansson Cheekbones
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Pretty, huh? Watch my video below so you can achieve this look.

HOW TO CONTOUR/HIGHLIGHT YOUR CHEEKS

Products Used:

Here’s some “after shots” showing my contoured cheeks from all angles. Try it out and let me know what you think!

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How to do a Brown Smokey Eye – HOT Makeup Look!

If eyes are supposedly  “the window to your soul,” than a smokey eye is definitely the window to a guy’s heart. Not only that, a smokey eye will make you feel smokin’ hot! Check it out!

This makeup trend gives a sexy, smoldering gaze, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to stick to traditional colors of dark grays and silvers. For example, have you ever tried a blue, green, or brown smokey eye? Follow my steps to try your own shade variation, or follow my tutorial below exactly for a brown, bronzy look (which is really the latest in the smokey eye world). Please make sure your volume is turned completely up! I’m using a backup camera while my other one is getting fixed (dropped it in the sink, ugh!).

PRODUCTS USED

  • MAC Paint Pot – “Painterly”
  • MAC Eyeshadow Highlighter – “Nylon”
  • MAC Eyeshadow Lid Color – “Amber Lights”
  • MAC Eyeshadow Crease – “Swiss Chocolate”
  • MAC Eyeshadow Crease – “Sketch”

I specifically love this brown smokey eye because it’s fresher, can transition from day to night if needed (it’s not as intense but still sultry),  and a lot of Celebs are rocking this look!

Kim Kardashian with a brown smokey eye.

Amber Heard with a brown smokey eye.

So go ahead, give a brown smokey eye a try. You will FALL IN LOVE. Also, make sure to checkout my massive eyelash tutorial, which goes hand-in-hand with any glam look!


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