#NOTD / #ManiMonday – Shades of Blue with Dots!

Note: This post does contain referral links – but you get your first Julep box free, and I get points for referring you! I also pay for all of these nail polishes – I don’t get free samples for reviews. So don’t worry – I’m a very honest reviewer.

I really suck at blogging – I started writing this on Monday and I probably won’t finish it until Tuesday. Anyway, Mondays give me the blues. So since I have a ridiculous amount of blue polishes, I decided to start swatching them… and ended up with a pretty fun manicure. I’ve never actually swatched my nail polish before like professional nail bloggers (see hello glossy, Petite Peinture or Emi’s Manis). Only I don’t like wasting my polishes… and I have way too many polishes to swatch (with more coming!). So I decided to just paint different colors on different fingers! I used Julep’s Josephine & Lacey, Chanel’s Blue Satin and Sally Hansen’s Gunmetal.

On my right hand: Pinky finger is Julep's Lacey; Ring finger is Julep Josephine; Middle finger is Chanel Blue Satin; Pointer finger is Sally Hansen Gunmetal; Thumb is Julep Lacey On my left hand: Pinky finger is Chanel Blue Satin, Ring finger is Julep Josephine, Middle finger is Chanel Blue Satin, Pointer finger is Sally Hansen Gunmetal & Thumb is Julep Lacey

On my right hand:
Pinky finger is Julep’s Lacey; Ring finger is Julep Josephine; Middle finger is Chanel Blue Satin; Pointer finger is Sally Hansen Gunmetal; Thumb is Julep Lacey
On my left hand:
Pinky finger is Chanel Blue Satin, Ring finger is Julep Josephine, Middle finger is Chanel Blue Satin, Pointer finger is Sally Hansen Gunmetal & Thumb is Julep Lacey

I love Julep’s Lacey – it’s a deep blue polish with a purple microglitter, making it shimmery. I actually ended up applying Lacey on top of the Chanel I had originally painted on both my pinkies because the Chanel was just chipping too fast. Josephine ended up being more on the grey side than the blue side for me – I’ve seen the shade seem bluer on other people’s nails. Chanel’s Blue Satin polish is one of my favorite navy polishes – but it just chips so fast! And I’ve always loved Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Gunmetal – it’s just a really pretty shade. I just don’t like how I never seem to be able to apply it nicely… but that’s alright because it’s so pretty!

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September 2014 Playlist: My Favorite BBC Live Lounges

So, since my playlists are honestly more filled with my favorite songs that I happen to play during my workouts & warm ups rather than legitimate workout music, I’ve decided to change my monthly playlists from exercise music to my favorite new songs of the month. But this month is special because September is BBC Radio 1’s Even More Music month! The station had a Live Lounge session every day this month – and they’re ending on Tuesday with an Ed Sheeran Live Lounge that I’m ridiculously excited about. I’ve been listening to BBC Radio 1 for a long time – and I love that I can stream the audio from anywhere in the world (even if the UK is 5 hours ahead, so I’m listening to Greg James’ “Going Home” song when I’m about to have lunch). Radio 1 is how I tend to find out about new artists, and how I stay up to date with my world news. I especially love Fearne Cotton & her Live Lounge sessions because they’re just awesome. During a Live Lounge, an artist or a band will come in and play one of their songs, then they’ll usually play a mystery cover – which is always my favorite part.

Anyway, to celebrate BBC Radio 1’s Even More Music month, my September playlist is filled with my favorite Live Lounge covers from days, weeks, months & years past – and everything is going to be pulled from YouTube so everybody can listen to them. It’s organized alphabetically by artist, but you’re all welcome to guess which one is my absolute favorite from this list. And please don’t get too annoyed by the BBC Radio 1 beginning & end bits – most of the videos are from the official Radio 1 channel. Continue reading

Now Playing: Lucy Hale – Road Between

I have FOUR minutes to post this… otherwise this is going to be a super belated #musicmondays post. Which it will probably be. (Totally called it – finished writing this at 1:12 AM.) I meant to post this last week, when I posted that Instagram photo of what I was listening to… but time & life got in the way. But I’ve still been playing this album (and a few key songs) nonstop – so posting this a bit later than expected is still alright in my book.

As everybody knows, I like listening to almost everything – and my latest obsession is Lucy Hale’s country album – Road Between. I don’t know how I found out about it, but I haven’t been able to stop playing it since I got it. I don’t even watch Pretty Little Liars (although it’s been in my Netflix queue since I got Netflix)! However, Lucy Hale is seriously talented – and I’m looking forward to what she does in the future.

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#NOTD / #ManiMonday – Pink Ombré Nails

Note: This post does contain referral links – but you get your first Julep box free, and I get points for referring you! I also pay for all of these nail polishes – I don’t get free samples for reviews. So don’t worry – I’m a very honest reviewer.

I think by now it’s been established that I’m awful at blogging – especially during busy seasons, since all I do is work and sleep. (Thus why I’m going to attempt to post two Monday-themed posts in less than 45 minutes.) But I somehow managed to find some time last week to de-stress by giving myself a fun manicure! Since all of our VPs from around the world were coming into the office (and my dot art nails were chipping), I knew that I wanted to have professional, traditional office-appropriate nails.

Only… I get bored with non-nail art nails quite quickly – it’s a bad habit, I know. So I decided that last week would be the best week to try doing ombré nails! I’ve been wanting to try doing an ombré nail since I saw a tutorial ages ago on The Beauty Department (and yes, I totally want to try the gradient nail next). I was going to do a french manicure ombré… but I somehow messed that up and ended up doing just a plain pink ombré. With two polish colors. I know, a bit of a #nailfail, but it turned out very pretty.

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