DIY Faux Snake Skin Nails


Animal prints are everywhere lately. I'm loving them! My "go to" animal print nail is usually a leopard or zebra, but I wanted to try something different.  Several months ago I saw THIS post and filed it away in my brain for future use.  Today, I'm pulling it out of the vault to show you how to create a snake skin look for your nails. First choose your colors.  I wanted a bit of a variegated look so I started with a base color of Julep Nessa- similar shade found here. When Nessa was dry to the... Read More

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Face Toner


If at one point in your life you ever picked at a zit, chances are the acne scar left on your face is a constant reminder of the bad things that come with picking. It's great to remember not to pick, but it would be even better if you didn't have to stare at your mistakes forever. Right? Well I am one of those people who once had an issue with picking, and I am left with quite a few nasty little reminders.. When it comes to my face, I personally prefer to go the more natural route as some store bought... Read More

DIY Easy-Breezy Chevron Nails Tutorial

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Chevron patterns are everywhere lately.  They're all the rage in fashion, accessories and even home decor.  Why not sport this trendy design on your nails too? • You could freehand this design, but if you're like me it won't look so hot, a better way to do this would be to use tape.  You'll also need some pinking shears or craft scissors. • I chose Julep Annette as my base color.  Start with the lighter of your two chosen colors.  It will need to be quite dry so your tape doesn't pull your... Read More

How to Dress up a Pair of Shorts

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People often designate wearing shorts for summer days, but as many celebs have showed us, shorts are actually perfect for a night out on the town! To master this look there are a few things you need to know about how to wear shorts without looking too casual or revealing too much skin. Here goes... + Don't go too short. Way back when, the length of girls' shorts/dresses/skirts were measured every morning to make sure they were appropriately dressed. Teachers would have the student(s) in question... Read More

Beauty School: Eyeliner Basics


Welcome to class guys, today we will be talking about all things eyeliner! When it comes to liner there are always so many questions to be asked. Should I pencil my waterline? Is a powder or a gel better? What is the easiest way to use liquid liner? The list can go on and one, which is why I decided we all need a little eyeliner refresher!! Here are some things you should know before you end up with a black smear of liner down your face. Please, questions are always welcome... after class (in the... Read More

How to: Choose the Perfect Shade of Polish

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I don't know about you guys, but I have a serious issue when it comes to picking out my nail polish color (I am incredibly indecisive)!! Whether I am choosing from my own collection or having to pick from my local nail parlor- the thought of having to choose just one seems near impossible. Two days ago I was actually dealing with this exact conundrum and decided to close my eyes, pick a color, and use whichever one I blindly chose. I ended up with a really pretty shade of tan, that ended up looking... Read More

No Tools Necessary Nail Art: The Claw


Eye catching nail art is such a trending statement to make nowadays, everyone wants in on it. It can be expensive and daunting to collect all the tools you could possibly need to recreate the hot looks you see in your favorite magazine.  Here's one bold design that is sure to make your BFF jealous. I call this "the claw" because the shape that it creates near your cuticle resembles a talon to me. All you need to get started are two complementary polishes.  I prefer a lighter shade and a darker... Read More

Nude & Gold Mani: Brought to you by The Frugalista Diaries


90% of the time I have something bright and intense for my mani's and pedi's so every now and then I want to treat myself to something a bit more on the muted side. Since gone are the days of the delicate (and dated) pink and white french manicures, I thought I'd take a stab at a nude and gold tipped french manicure instead. The right amount of neutral looked great with a subtle, almost missed, pop of metallic.   Step 1: I started out painting my nails with Julep's Alyson.   Step 2: Let... Read More

Beauty School: How to Curl your Lashes & Apply Mascara

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People often don't realize the importance of mascara, nor do they know how it can really change the whole look of their face for the better. Mascara, if applied correctly, can enhance all the beautiful details of your eyes and make them look bigger than they actually are. The main problem about the statement above is that many people don't know how to properly apply mascara, which is the precise reason I am writing the post! Time for a little make-up refresher.... Step 1: Okay, so the first thing... Read More

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