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Formula X

So today I have a few swatches for you guys from Sephora’s new Formula X nail polish line. So Sephora  decided to discontinue their Sephora by OPI line and replace it with Formula X. I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised. While I love the OPI brand, the Sephora by OPI polishes definitely left something to be desired in the creativity department. I have only two polishes from that line that I actually love (both are glitter top coats: Traffic Stopper Copper and I Found a Pot of Gold). The Formula X line, however, consists of tons of nail colors with a multitude of finishes/textures.

Here are a few swatches of my favorites so far:

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High Frequency with Drawn To You as an accent nail.

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These polishes are amaze balls {insert heart-eyed emoji)!!!!!!! The formulas aren’t too thin or too thick, and the colors are very pigmented. With these two colors I only needed one coat of nail polish.

I love these polishes so much, I have purchased 9 colors since they came out in October. There are more that I want to try but because I already have so many color so I will try to refrain. Lol…I’ll be sure to swatch the rest for you all, but I think you’ll love them as much as I do.

You can purchase Formula X polishes in any Sephora store, as well as on their website: www.sephora.com. The price point is from $10-$12.50. Luckily, I was able to purchase most of mine during the VIB 20% off sale.

Have you guys tried these polishes yet? If so, I am curious to know what you think about them.

I hope everyone is having a blessed week…I’m soooo looking forward to Thanksgiving! Talk to you soon. xx

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Nordy Girl Favorites

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I have a bunch of beauty products and one accessory to tell you guys about today…

Nail Products

I previously tried samples of Bubble White, and finally decided to get the jar so that I could soak my nails on a more frequent basis. I love this stuff because it is a quick and easy way to prep your nails for an at home manicure. Bubble White cleans your nails and softens your cuticles, and it literally works in 5 minutes. Amazeballs! As for the hand cream…I was previously stuck on Soap & Glory’s Hand Food, which I still love, but I didn’t realize that Silk Elements sold a hand cream that is comparable and much more affordable. What I love about this particular hand cream is that it smells amazing and moisturizes my hands without making them feel greasy. And for a little over $3…Yes, I’ll take that! Lol…

Make Up

Lately, my make up has been super easy going: Brows.Mascara.Lip Gloss. These glosses from Sephora and Revlon have been giving me that super shiny look that I love. Unlike mac lip glosses, they are light…No crazy thinkness here, but a lot of shine, which is exactly what I need. And for my lashes I’ve been obsessed with this Lash Potion from Revlon. OMG yall!! The volume and length that I get from this mascara is unreal. I use at least 3 coats when putting on my make up. Lol…

Nail Polish

Pastels and bright pinks!! I’ve finally ventured away from blue (cream) nail polish, ladies…I thought I would try something a little different from what I usually wear. These three polishes are jellies, meaning that they are a bit on the sheer side but are buildable, and can easily be layered with glitter nail polish. Ever heard of a “jelly sandwich”? Well, that is when you put a layer of glitter in between two coats of jelly nail polish (I’ll be sure to post an example of one this week)…Well, these polishes are perfect for that sort of thing. Here are swatches of each:

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Gargantuan Green Grape (L), Don’t Touch My Tutu (M), and You Drive Me Coconuts (R).

Accessory

Finally, I have been dying to tell you all about this eye glass case from Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale. This is the only thing I bought from the sale and I am so in love with it. I swear I would probably buy anything that has “Nordy Girl” on it for the phrase alone. All I can say is this case is sooooo me…Period…

All Products Mentioned:

I hope you all enjoyed this post…If you’ve tried any of these items, let me know what you think of them. Talk to you all soon! xx

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Haulin’!

Check out my haul video that includes recent purchases from Nordstrom, Sephora, Target and Rite Aid!!

Here are the swatches of each nail polish mentioned in the video:

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From left to right: Revlon Colorstay in Wild Strawberry, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Sun Kissed, Mint Sorbet, Coral Reef, and Sinful Colors in Faceted and Super Star.

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xx

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What’s In My Wang

I know what you’re thinking…Kel, I thought you said you weren’t going to buy that Alexander Wang bag?! Well, my friends, I saw this puppy in Nordstroms (Tysons Corner, VA.) and I had to have it. Ya’ll know how I do. Lol…I originally wanted the one with the rose gold hardware, but I am so glad I opted for the matte black hardware instead. This bag is everything! I mean, look at that leather, honey!! I am so in love with it…

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Alexander Wang Rocco

But since carrying this satchel, I have had to adjust the amount of junk I normally carry. The studs make this bag just a little heavy, so piling a bunch of stuff in here is a big no-no. I reduced the size of my wallet (I had been carrying the big leopard print Halogen one). I pulled out this old Juicy Couture one that I hardly ever use and fell back in love with it. Although its quite compact, I can fit all of my essentials in it.

Below are some other things I’ve been carrying in my satchel recently. As you can see I am usually only concerned about my eyes, lips, and hands. Lol…These TB sunnies have been a staple piece in my 2012 ensemble (I didn’t take them out of the case because you guys have probably seen them a million times since I bought them in July) and I carry them everywhere I go now.

As for the lippies, although I am usually a gloss girl, I have been loving Mac’s matte red lipstick in Ruby Woo. But let me tell you, that stuff is super DRYING! I’ve also been loving this cream lip stain from Sephora because it reminds me a lot of Ruby Woo, but it is also DRYING! I mean, maybe it’s me…Maybe I just have dry lips but sheesh! Therefore, I have to carry this Sugar lip treatment with me at all times. Whenever I go red I have to have some chapstick or something at the ready! I’ve never been a lipstick wearer but red lips are just sexy to me…Despite the hassle…(BTW if you know of a similar color that isn’t drying, please let a sistah in on the secret!)

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As for my glosses, Smashbox’s Pulse is my number 1 most worn lip gloss in 2012. This is my second one and I have been wearing it to death! I’ve also been wearing this Bobbi Brown lip gloss in Firefly. If you like shimmer, you will love this one. I like layering it over sheer or nude gloss.

To keep my hands moisturized during this winter, I’ve been using Soap & Glory’s Hand Food. This stuff smells like heaven on your hands. Makes your hands super soft and moisturized without making them greasy. And when my cuticles are looking rough, I always reach for Burt’s Bee’s Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. If you like lemons, you will love this stuff as well.

Last but not least, I’ve been carrying this customized business card holder I received from an old boss some years ago. Since one of my goals this year is to network more at blogging events (and in general), I’ve been carrying my blog business cards with me in case I meet anyone who may be interested in Clutchez.

I do carry a little more than this in my handbag, but these are my most recent essentials. I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I hope you all have  a blessed weekend! xx

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Rouge Pop Art

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I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and stumbled upon this baby on a beauty blogger’s feed. Now I know that the mere thought of YSL nail polish makes people cringe because of the pricey-ness associated with the brand, but let me tell you that this nail polish is well worth the money they are charging for it.

YSL’s Rouge Pop Art (RPA) is a super vibrant red, and is probably the most gorgeous red I’ve seen in a long time. Not just because the formula is smooth and easy to work with, but the brush alone makes this nail polish a gem. The brush is flat and fans out a little at the tip. When I used RPA to paint the swatches below, my nail was completely covered in two strokes. And if you are into nail polish you know that rarely ever happens. There are only a handful of brands with brushes like that. The shape of the brush also helps to avoid getting nail polish all over your cuticles.

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I purchased this beauty from http://www.sephora.com during their VIB sale so I actually didn’t pay full price for this. It retails for $25 and is available here and here. There is another one (which I posted here) that I want to try, but I think I’ll wait for my Nordstrom Notes to come in the mail before doing so. Lol…

What do you guys think about high end nail polish? Would you splurge on it?? And what about red nails? Are you rocking them this season? Red nails are just so classic, aren’t they?!

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Nail Polish Haul (Part One)

Considering that I have been super busy, I have racked up quite  a bit of nail polish over the past two months or so. Therefore, I decided to do a two-part haul. This video details all the high end polishes I’ve purchased recently:

Here are the swatches for each of the polishes mentioned in the video:

From left to right:

  1. Zoya’s Raven with Zoya’s 18k Top Coat (www.zoya.com).
  2. Illamasqua’s Cameo (Sephora).
  3. Butter London’s Two Fingered Salute (Nordstrom).
  4. Deborah Lippmann’s On the Beach (www.nordstrom.com).
  5. Deborah Lippmann’s Cleopatra in New York (www.nordstrom.com).
  6. NARS’ 15 Minutes (Sephora).
  7. Zoya’s Purity with Zoya’s 18k Top Coat (www.zoya.com).
  8. Ciate Mini Mani Month (Sephora).

I hope you all enjoyed this post! See you later this week! xx

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Caviar Manicure

The Caviar Manicure seems to be all the rage right now. In case you don’t know what that is, it’s a three dimensional nail design that literally looks like you have caviar on your nails. It was created by a UK based nail polish line, Ciate, and they just recently released the Caviar Manicure Kits, which are being sold in Sephora retail stores for $25 each. Although I don’t plan on trying it (don’t think it’s my cup of tea), I have to admit that the design and the concept is kind of hot. The kits come in black, multi-color, and white micro-beads:

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As with most nail trends, there are gurus who find ways to get high-end looks for less…I found this Youtube video by MissJenFabulous. Apparently, you can purchase microbeads from any craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby for a fraction of the price, and save yourself a whole heap of change…

Check out the Youtube video here:

Will you be trying out Caviar nails?? XOXO

Image Credits: http://www.ciate.co.uk

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Baker Street – Nails Inc.

This is my second Nails Inc. nail polish purchase and I am very pleased with it. Not only is the formula incredibly easy to work with it, but the color is fully opaque with just one coat. You all may remember a few months back when Beyonce was sporting this amazing, vibrant blue mani, which I’ve pictured below…Well, I had immediately put this color on my wish list and was finally able to snag it yesterday at the Sephora in Chicago. Sidenote: There will be more on the other fabulous things I found in the Chi, but as for now, back to Baker Street:

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I had seen some swatches and wasn’t sure if Baker Street was going to be bright enough for me. Well, it is! It looks just as amazing, if not better, in person. The pictures below really don’t capture the color in all its glory but these swatches will due:

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What do you think about Baker Street? Will you be running to your local Sephora to pick it up?? Enjoy! XOXO

Image Credits: http://www.usmagazine.com (Beyonce photograph)

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Organized Beauty: Nail Polish

My entire nail polish collection...OMG...Don't Judge Me!

It’s the a new year and a new beginning! It’s time to get organized!! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to store my make-up and nail polishes because they seem to be all over the place! All over the bathroom counters, my dresser, every freakin’ where!

A few weeks ago I was out with my girlfriend, Manda (Hey Mandy!) and we found these nail polish racks in the Container Store. They were only $5.99 each and I thought that was a great price. However, there is a drawback! Not all types of polishes fit into these racks. Here’s a list of polishes that I know can fit:

  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear
  • Misa
  • Color Club
  • Ulta
  • Essie
  • Deborah Lippmann
  • Milani
  • Love and Beauty (Forever 21)
  • Sally Hansen Hard As Nails
  • Nails Inc.
  • NailTek

While I will still need to purchase a wall rack for the rest of my polishes (i.e. China Glaze, OPI, Sephora by OPI, Revlon, Finger Paints, Orly, etc.), which I plan to install in my bathroom, I think these racks are awesome! They can easily be used to add some flavor to your decor, or can simply be stored on your dresser or countertop to keep everything organized. Here is how I display mine on my mantel:

You can purchase these racks here.

As for the rest of my polishes I have them stored in a plastic bin in my bathroom along with my other manicure essentials:

I hope this gives you some ideas regarding how to get organized. In one of my upcoming posts I will discuss how I organized my make-up within the same storage bin. Talk to you all soon! Smooches! XOXO

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Try This: Magnetic Nail Polish

I went to Sephora last night and was finally able to purchase the Magnetic Nail Polish by Nails Inc. I purchased it in Whitehall, which is the greenish teal shade. It also comes in Trafalgar Square (metallic grey) and Houses of Parliament (purple). I haven’t decided if I want to purchase the rest of them yet, but after trying this shade I am definitely considering it…

It’s $16 for one bottle, but Sephora is selling all three colors for $30 so it just may be worth it to buy them all at once! The design is very pretty, and if done properly looks very professional. All you have to do is apply one coat of polish to all of your nails. Then you must apply a second coat of polish on each nail, and immediately place the magnet (which is built into the cap of the nail polish) over your freshly painted nail. It only takes seconds for the design to appear. You should notice though that my middle finger design isn’t as pronounced as the rest, so it is possible for the patterns to differ for each nail. You gotta be precise folks! I enjoyed doing it though…You should try it out as  I think it is worth the $16 they are charging for it…Check out a video below on how it’s done:

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