Friday Faves – 6 Manicure Ideas Every Girl Needs To Try!

I love finding new manicure ideas and nail art inspiration! There are so many fabulous nail polish colors and with metallic gold nails being one of the hottest trends, there’s some fun ways to incorporate this style.

Here are six of the best manicure ideas every girl needs to try – just save this post or pin them to your Pinterest, so next time you’re at the salon you can get one of these beauties!

I want to know, which one is your favorite? I really LOVE the first one and the glitter tips too.

 

6 Manicure Ideas You Need To Try…

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paulinas passions nautical summer nail art ideas navy and white stripe manicure 2.  Nautical Manicure – Navy, White and Gold Nails (via @paulinaspassions)

 
 

    nailstorming mermaid manicure coral and gold nail art 3.  The Mermaid Manicure – Coral and Gold Glitter Nails (via @nailstorming)

 
 

Lines_zpsadffbefe 4.  Black Manicure with Gold Metallic Line Details (via Nailed It)

 
 

GlitterTips_zpsc3f45b7b 5.  Gold Glitter Tips and Nude Polish Manicure (via oneillgirls)

 
 

MattGlossy_zpsd11392f3 6.  Black Matte Nails with Gloss Tips (via Chloe’s Nails)

 
 

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Friday Faves: Tried and Tested – The Best Spring Beauty

I’m always trying new makeup products and get very excited when I come across something that is amazing and affordable. So today let’s talk about the best spring beauty products, a tried and tested collection I have personally purchased and used.

I wanted to share my favorites with you… they really are the key to flawless makeup and a gorgeous spring look.

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Best Spring Beauty Products:  1.  Mineral Veil Powder (this is actually incredible and suits all skin tones!)    |    2.  Primer    |    3.  Lip Crayon (the best pink-ish color)    |    4.   Concealer    |    5.  Nail Polish (Clambake)    |   6.   Illuminator  (this will give you a ‘lit from within’ look, I use it on the bridge of my nose, cheek bones and brow bones – it’s amazing!)   |    7.  Brightening Mask (this actually works and instantly improves your skin!)    |    8.  Mascara

 

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Friday Faves: Embroidered Jeans and Spring Fashion Must-Haves

Embroidered jeans are going to be a HUGE trend for spring and summer, this pair is the perfect mix of pretty and tough with distressed denim accents. I love the blush accents and paired with neutral tones of tan and soft pink, they’re playfully chic and an easy way to look on-point this season.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, are you a fan of the embroidered jeans trend too?

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Spring Outfit Must-Haves:  1. Emerson Slim Boyfriend Jeans (major trend alert, love these embroidered jeans!)   |    2. NARS Lip Gloss in Istria    |    3. Quartz Ring    |    4. Cat Eye Sunglasses    |    5. Tassel Earrings    |    6. Reversible Tote with Wristlet (only $48 and has over 770 five-star reviews!)    |    7. Flat Slide Sandals

 

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Friday Faves – I’m Getting Married This Weekend!

I’m getting married this weekend! I can’t believe the day is almost here… I am so excited, but the butterflies are really fluttering around in my tummy! I can only imagine how I’ll feel on Sunday morning as we are getting ready. It’s hard to believe that by Sunday night, six years after we met, Chris and I will be married!

I hope you all enjoy a beautiful weekend, I can’t wait to share our special day with you!

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Friday Faves: The Perfect Outfit for Wedding Guests

I am so excited… I am getting married NEXT WEEKEND! It’s come up so incredibly fast and wedding talk has hit fever pitch, so today I wanted to continue that vibe and share the perfect outfit for wedding guests. Whether it’s a spring, summer, winter or fall wedding, this is an easy outfit to style year round and most importantly, suits every body shape. Simply add accessories to change it up and use layers (such as a fur capelet) to suit the season.

With the coming week being my final week of preparations, I am surprised how many little things there are to do. I’m getting married back home in Australia and so excited to share the day with family and friends (some very special ones are flying in from around the world, it means a lot to have them there). When I first started organizing the big day, I thought “why does everyone think weddings are so hard? There’s not that much to do!”. I’m now swallowing my words. With so many final details (and being the main point of contact / decision maker for everything), it can get overwhelming at times, but I must say it’s been such a fun experience. After the wedding, I’m going to share lot’s of planning, details, tips and advice for brides-to-be so hopefully it will help others with their journey to the altar too.

Does anyone have any advice or words of wisdom to share going into my last week before the wedding? I would love to hear from you! Also, what do you think of this outfit for wedding guests? Do you have a go-to style for weddings?

The Perfect Outfit for Wedding Guests

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THE DRESS…
Eliza J Illusion Yoke Fit & Flare Dress

THE ACCESSORIES…
BAG:  Steve Madden Embroidered Clutch   |   Ted Baker Rose Gold Box Clutch (on sale 40% off, $89)

HEELS:  Sam Edelman Nude Linen Patent Hazel Pump   |   Sam Edelman Golden Caramel Hazel Pump

JEWELS:  Angelic Drops   |   Gold Celestial Drops (only $36)

LIPSTICK:  YSL Rouge Volpute Shine Lipstick in Lavalliere Nude   |   NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita

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Friday Faves – My Bridal Skincare Routine

With our wedding just over TWO weeks away (Sunday the 5th of March is coming up so quickly!), I’m giving my skin lots of love and extra care.  I always try to use the most natural products I can, but am really fussy because they have to be effective and really pack punch.

To say I’m obsessed with the Jurlique is an understatement! I’ve used this Clarifying Deep Cleanser for years, it truly keeps my skin fresh and blemish-free. I also recently added the Rosewater Balancing Mist, Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum and Herbal Recovery Night Cream to my routine. They smell divine! You know that gorgeous scent luxe products at day spa’s have? Every night I’m like ahh… it just makes your soul feel good.

Of course even more than that, I’ve noticed my skin really looks alive and has a pretty glow, it’s also much more balanced (areas where I was dry or oily have evened out). With all the wedding prep and late nights organising things, my skin started to look dull and tired… so I knew I had to up my game.

I really wanted to start sharing the skincare routine I’ve found effective and if your skin’s in need of a little TLC, I’d definitely recommend the Jurlique range. You can check out their best sellers here. I always like seeing the products other people love!

Have you tried his range before? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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My Bridal Skincare Routine:  Rosewater Balancing Mist   |    Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum    |    Herbal Recovery Night Cream

 

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Friday Faves: The Five Blush Pink Fashion Pieces You Need Right Now

There’s just something about blush isn’t there! I adore this beautiful color and wanted to share five blush pink fashion pieces you need right now. As soon as I saw this Bell Sleeve Dress it was love at first sight, isn’t it just the perfect dress for spring and beyond? So fun and feminine, absolutely love love LOVE! This cute Karen Walker Blush Mini Bonnie Saddle Bag with leopard trim is also beyond fabulous and it’s currently 40% off.

When it comes to blush pink fashion essentials, heels are the perfect neutral. I found these Jeffrey Campbell Elena Pumps and think they’re the ultimate blush style staple… pair them for work or play, the neutral tone will work with everything. Oh and finally, an easy budget-friendly way to inject a little blush pink fashion into your life are these Mini Piñata Tassel Earrings or this M.A.C Cremesheen Glass in Just Superb, it’s a pretty soft pink color that suits every complexion.

I’d love to hear from you, which blush pink fashion piece is your favorite? I just had to have the dress and bag!

Blush Pink Fashion Favorites

Blush Pink Fashion Favorites: 1.  Bell Sleeve Dress (LOVE THIS!)    |    2.  Karen Walker Blush Mini Bonnie Saddle Bag (on sale, 40% off)    |    3.  Mini Piñata Tassel Earrings    |    4.  M.A.C Cremesheen Glass in Just Superb    |   5. Jeffrey Campbell Blush Elena Pumps

 
 

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Friday Faves – Valentine’s Day Gifts For Friends, Loved Ones and Furry Pals!

Looking for cute Valentine’s Day gifts for friends? You’re in the right place. V-Day isn’t just about celebrating with your partner… it’s about celebrating friendship and love, in whatever form that comes. From gifts to self (because we all need to treat ourselves), to gifts for your furry friends, Valentine’s gifts for your bestie, thoughtful gifts for your family and of course if you’re coupled up, a lovely present for your partner.

Here’s my guide to the best Valentine’s Day gifts for friends, family, lovers and of course, you – all under $75!

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Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Friends:    1. DIFF Eyewear Rose Mirrored Sunglasses    |    2.  ‘Forget Me Knot’ Cuff Links (also in gold and gunmetal)    |     3.  Bow Tie Dog Collars (lots of prints and colors!)    |    4.  Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment    |    5.  Monogram Wallet    |    6.  Love Spinner Necklace    |    7.  Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish    |    8.  Prosecco Rose Candle    |    9.  Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set

Do you have any fabulous ideas on Valentine’s Day gifts for friends, lovers, furry pals or yourself? Please share and let’s help inspire each other!

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Friday Faves – 8 Blonde Balayage Hairstyles Every Girl Needs To Try

Lately I’ve been craving something new with my hair and have been looking at blonde balayage hair color ideas, particularly with ash blonde tones. Cool crystal blonde is one of the biggest hair color trends for 2017, I think it’s just so fresh, bright and gorgeous!  Of course, Pinterest is the ultimate source of inspiration and I have collected some beautiful hair colors and cuts on my Hair Envy Pinterest board (come join me and follow along for all my fab hair finds). I wanted to share some I’m considering with you and would love to hear your feedback.

I love col ash blonde tones, but am also drawn to golden highlights… decisions, decisions! Which do you prefer?

I’m also into really blunt cuts at the moment, I think they’re polished and so stylish. Plus, a blunt cut without layers also makes your hair appear thicker and more full – and who doesn’t want that!

Here are 8 blonde balayage hairstyles every girl needs to try… which blonde hair color blend do you like most?

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Blonde Balayage  – One:  Blonde Caramel Tones with Highlights

 

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Blonde Balayage  – Two:  Cool Blonde Hair Color

 

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Blonde Balayage  – Three:  Sandy Butter Blonde Highlights

 

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Blonde Balayage  – Four:  Bright Blonde Hair Highlights

 

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Blonde Balayage  – Five:  Dirty Blonde Blunt Hair

 

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Blonde Balayage  – Six:  Golden Lob (aka the long bob)

 

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Blonde Balayage  – Seven:  Crystal Blonde Ombre

 

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Blonde Balayage  – Eight:  Winter Blonde

 

 

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Friday Faves – How Long Can You Keep Makeup and How To Extend It’s Life

When I was younger, I would buy and use makeup without ever giving thought to the expiration date or how long you can keep makeup… some products I would have for years because I used them so infrequently. It never occurred to me that just like food, makeup does have an expiry date and for your own health and the effectiveness of the product, you really should adhere to it. I was always the worst with mascara! But when you think about it, your eyes and sight are everything, you don’t want to be messing around with them. So, the big question is… how long can you keep makeup? I’m answering this for you today.

I’ve done a bit of research and wanted to what I found with you. Importantly, I’ll also share my tips on how to make your makeup last longer so you get every cent worth (after all, our fave products usually aren’t cheap) and the one thing every woman will need to know at some stage… how to fix a broken powder compact!

I’d love to know, do you think about expiry dates or how old your makeup is before using it? Do you have any tips for how to make your makeup last longer or how to fix makeup breakages? Please leave a comment and share, let’s all help each other out!

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One of my favorite lip glosses, Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in #18 Seduction.

 
MASCARA:

Expiration: Three months from opening

One of the biggest annoyances for longevity is mascara drying out! My biggest and best tip is all in your application… do you ever pump the wand in and out of the tube? I used to… and you definitely should stop! This action is so unnecessary, it pushes air into the tube, really dries the product out and therefore significantly shortens your mascara’s lifespan. The alternative? Just gently move the wand around inside the tube before you pull it out, this will pick-up the product you need on the wand and won’t push excessive air inside.

Tip: If your mascara has dried out, you can salvage it by putting a few drops of baby oil in the tube.

 
 
EYELINER:
Expiration: Liquid Liners are three months, Pencil Liners are up to two years

For the best application and to avoid that frustrating moment when you accidentally snap off the tip of the pencil, warm the pencil in your hands before applying. Just take the pencil between your flat palms (palms face inwards with the product vertically held between them) and move your hands back and forth, the pencil will spin as you do this. The friction and movement will cause the product to warm up a little. This allows for a much smoother and more even application.

For liquid liner pots that have dried out, once again it’s all about adding a little heat! Just place these in the microwave for 5 – 10 seconds, or hold a hair dryer over them (with the lid closed so the air doesn’t dry it out further).

 
 
FOUNDATION:

Expiration: Oil-based, one and a half years. Water-based, one year.

It’s important to understand the composition of the foundation you use, is it oil-free? Water-based foundations tend to dry out more quickly. Good foundations aren’t cheap, so we want to get the most out of them! The best way to prolong it’s life span is to add a few drops of alcohol-free toner and shake / mix it with the product thoroughly.

 
 
LIPSTICK:

Expiration: One year

A simple trick to extending the life of your favorite lipsticks is to simply keep them in the fridge. It’s been proven that warm or humid climates can make the color pigments degrade quicker.

What happens if you drop your fave shade and it breaks? Ahh the horror. We’ve all been there, watching our most loved lipstick smash before our eyes, almost as if in slow motion and we’re powerless to stop it. But this doesn’t mean it’s all over… simply get a little pot and scoop the remaining product in, you can then apply it with a q-tip or lip brush.

 
 
BLUSH AND BRONZER:

Expiration: Up to two years

Just like the lipstick above, I think we’ve all squealed in devastation as our blush or bronzer has hit the tiles. The brilliant news is, believe it or not, your compact can be totally salvaged! Here’s how to fix a broken powder compact… to start the recovery operation, place the powder pieces back into the compact and break down any larger bits that survived, so it is all a smaller finer consistency. Then spray the powerdy pieces with rubbing alcohol and cover this with a tissue. Take a spoon and use the back-side to press down firmly on the powder in your compact, push down evenly to smooth the powder back into place and ensure it’s all positioned in tight. Place this on a counter top and allow it to dry. Then voila! Your powder compact will be back to it’s former glory.

 
 
NAIL POLISH:

Expiration: Two years

I hate it when I go to use my favorite nail polish color and find it’s all clumped or dried inside the bottle! The best way I’ve found to revive dried out varnish is to add a couple drops of nail lacquer thinner (this can be purchased from great discount places like Sally Beauty), then thoroughly shake to mix it all together.

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