Archives for December 2012

Product Review: Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Nail Lacquer

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I was lucky enough to work with one of my dearest old friends who works in PR to test out and review one of the new, up-and-coming brands in the nail polish industry. Dermelect Cosmeceutical’s 2013 “ME” Resort Collection is hot off the press this December, featuring some of the runway’s resort collection colors. The three-color collection contains a metallic chartreuse color, a shimmery ivory color, and a bold coral opaque color, which was the color I chose to sample.

What sets Dermelect’s product apart from all the other brands is the fact that they are infused with ProSina, a pure protein peptide extracted from New Zealand sheep’s wool. Thanks to this extra ingredient, the lacquers provide a fast-drying, high gloss shine, while also offering an unmatched level of strength for stubborn, weak, and brittle nails to grow longer and more resistant to chipping, peeling and splitting. Consider Dermelect the answer to all signs of anti-aging on your hands and feet.
The lacquer requires two coats of paint in order to work most effectively and colorfully. In my experience, a third coat may even be necessary if you are looking for a really bright, bold and full pop of color on your nails.
My favorite perk about Dermelect’s lacquers is that they are cruelty free, meaning they don’t test their products on animals. But the benefits don’t stop there–the products also offer UV ray protection as well as claim to be water and detergent resistant.
The only drawback for Dermelect’s lacquers, as far as I’m concerned, is that the suggested retail price is $14.00 a bottle. This is very nearly twice as much as I usually pay for a bottle of nail polish, and being in my early twenties, anti-aging components is not something I look for in nail products. However, I can always tell a higher-priced nail polish from a more affordable polish. The coverage of the Dermelect lacquer is exceptional, and its claims to be a long-lasting polish turned out to be true. Furthermore, after finally removing the polish, my nails truthfully felt slightly sturdier than I remember them being before I used the Dermelect polish.
I encourage you all to browse through their products on www.dermelect.com to find the color that best fits you and find out more about the newly-introduced brand. Also, feel free to connect with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyDermelect and follow them on Twitter @dermelect.

*This is not a sponsored post. I was offered to choose a color from their 2013 Resort Collection and was then gifted the polish with an informational sheet about the company and their products. I copied brief supplements from the company info sheet when describing the background and logistics of Dermelect in this post. However, all opinions in this post are my own.

 

Christmas Spirit

Needing a little Christmas spirit during all the holiday madness? Hopefully these images will bring you some holiday cheer! Christmas is right around the corner :)

I love how dainty this is.

I love how dainty this is.

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These pretzels look so yummy - I love combining sweet and salty!

These pretzels look so yummy – I love combining sweet and salty!

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Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree....

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree….

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I mean, how cute is this?  I can't even handle the dog wearing the tutu.

I mean, how cute is this? I can’t even handle the dog wearing the tutu.

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Vintage Christmas romance...

Vintage Christmas romance…

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These gifts are too cute to open!

These gifts are too cute to open!

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Hump Day Hearsay #7

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Well, I finally did it this past weekend…..I graduated!!! I never thought I’d see the day. And the most amazing part of it was that my brother surprised me and showed up so I had my WHOLE family there to celebrate with me. It was one of the most amazing weekends I’ve had in a long time. Thank you so much to everyone for your support this past weekend :)
On a different note, the holidays are just around the corner….and I have barely done ANY Christmas shopping. Yes, I am one of those who waits until the last minute. I also have been extremely busy these past few weeks with finals and graduation and job searching (with no luck, of course).
Anyways, I have a wide assortment of links for you all today, so enjoy your hump day…Christmas is only 6 days away! Xoxo

How cute is this winter date night idea!?

I am loving the metallic foil sweaters trend. I need to get the Michael Kors sweater ASAP.

Every single one of these gingerbread recipes sound totes amaze. The picture of the gingerbread ice cream is making my mouth water! Must try.

This DIY Spicy Bloody Mary Salt is such a cute, fun, unique AND easy gift idea!

The cold weather can be harsh on our precious skin…learn from an expert dermatologist how to best take care of your skin this winter

If you’re like me, your drawers are a mess…I basically shove as much stuff as I can in every drawer and pray that they close. Learn here how to organize your drawers.

I can’t believe I never thought of this simple yet fab way to add a whole new twist to your manis!

Your ability to say no to sweets is probably diminishing as the holidays draw closer…try this 30 minute workout you can do anywhere.

Speaking of sweets, before you do that 30 minute workout (or after, as a reward), you gotta try this peppermint crunch puppy chow.

Season of Sparkle

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Have you ever seen so much gorgeous holiday sparkle in your life? I had way too much fun browsing through tumblrs, and blogs and websites looking for the holiday sparkle that caught my eye the most.
Between the various holiday gatherings, celebrating the Christmas holiday with your friends and family, and the fast-approaching New Year, there is a high demand for sparkle in your wardrobe. I love this time of year because, even though various forms of sparkle are worn year round, there is just something about holiday attire that has an extra edge of glamour, class and sophistication.
If I had it my way, I would buy new pretty, sparkly things everyday. But, alas I unfortunately have not struck it rich quite yet, so I will have to hold off on that dream for a little bit longer. Instead, I have put together a collection of some of the ways to get in the spirit of sparkle this holiday season :)

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Kate Spade gray sparkle mittens // Gold pouch // Silver shimmer box clutch // Sequin pumps // Pink shimmer satin motorcycle blazer // Black sequin leggings // Sequined pixie crop top // White shimmer winter wanderlust dress // Tulle pom headband // Pop of pink chain bracelet // Luxe crystal necklace

Hump Day Hearsay #6 : Ho, Ho, Holiday Helpers

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Happy Hump Day, everyone! Half way through the week, which means it is getting closer and closer to Christmas! And, for me, this is the last week of school FOR-EV-ER! I (vaguely) remember when my older brother and sister were in college I thought they were so old, like “real adults,” and now I am 3 days away from being done with college, yet I still feel like a kid. Funny how life is experienced and observed from different points of view.
The amount of posts and articles related to Christmas this season is a little bit ridiculous, and it makes me sad when I see Christmas posts becoming repetitive and unoriginal. However, there are still a lot of gems out there with great Christmas cheer. Here they are below:

If you still have absolutely no idea what to get for anyone this holiday, To & From magazine has every gift idea you could ever imagine.

I have been really into beauty products lately, and I am anxious to try out these eye primers so that my eyeshadow and eyeliner stay on all day and night!

Presents for everyone’s inner geek chic

Pretty hardcore wrappin’ that might make your recipients think twice about tearing open their presents.

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the stresses and glamour of the holiday season, but don’t forget what Christmas is really about

As if Kate Middleton’s wardrobe wasn’t swoon-worthy enough, imagine what the royal baby wardrobe is going to be…

Did that holiday party get a little out of hand last night? Master the detox/retox with this approach

Online shopping is becoming a much more popular way to shop for the holidays this year, make sure you know the 20 best and budget-friendly holiday gift websites

I stumbled across Birchbox’s blog the other day, and every since then I have been obsessed with finding other monthly subscription boxes…here are 8 monthly subscription boxes that sound very promising (and could be a unique Christmas gift!).

Have you seen the December Matchbox magazine issue? If not, you must.

I am obsessed with each and every one of these looks for what to wear to a holiday party. Now, if only I had holiday parties to attend…

Avoiding all those delicious cookies and holiday treats is next to impossible, but this guide to surviving the holidays might make it a bit easier.

Um, I am absolutely dying over this DIY heart sequin shirt.

You don’t have to feel down in the dumps for being single this holiday season any longer…see why being single could make for a very enjoyable holiday

Blog Goals for 2013


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Hello all my long lost loves! As I mentioned in my last post, my life is CRAZY busy lately. I am in the midst of finals week this week and then Saturday….I graduate!!! Who woulda thunk, right Mom??
Today I thought I would take the time to share the goals I have for my blog in 2013. I think it’s important to make goals in all aspects of your life, whether they are short-term or long-term, and no matter how big or small. I don’t know about any of you, but I am a compulsive list maker. I have to write (or type) things down, otherwise I will forget and the idea will be gone forever.
So without further a due, I present to you…the 10 goals for my blog in 2013!


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1. Integrate occasional personal style posts. I’m hoping to get a DSLR camera for graduation/Christmas and I can’t wait to start taking some pics! (For those of you that don’t have a professional photographer at your every beck and call, how do you take your personal style photos!? Who takes them for you?)
2. Break 1,000 views in one day.
3. Host a giveaway (or several).


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4. Attend Blogshop! (I’m thinking of either going the weekend it’s in Boston in February, or when it’s in Minneapolis in March if anyone else was thinking about going!)
5. Write my 500th post.
6. Start a new series. (Any suggestions? What kinds of series do you have on your blogs? What have you seen on other blogs that you liked?)


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7. Write a guest post.
8. Develop a consistent blogging routine.
9. Update and/or install necessary plug-ins to improve my blog’s optimization.
10. Make lots of new blogger friends and hopefully have the opportunity to meet some of them in person!

*Also, I love discovering new, helpful tools for my blog so if you have any favorites I would LOVE it if you shared with me in the comments below :)

Humpday Hearsay #5 :: Loading on the Holiday Cheer

Happy Wednesday, everyone! The picture above could not summarize my life right now any more perfect. Between finals sneaking up on me WAY too quickly, graduation preparation (yes, I am graduating college next weekend…alert the media), looking for/applying to jobs, taking care of my little bunny girl (which is a lot harder than we are lead to believe let me tell ya….typical girl), aaaand keeping up on my blog, I am feeling quite overwhelmed and exhausted.
However, I did still manage to round up some wonderful links for you all to browse through below:

Made by Girl’s Holiday Treats really have me channeling my inner sweet tooth

The Beauty Department’s post on keeping our cell phones clean reminded me that I never do. Oops.

Even though the holiday spirit is in full swing, there is always room for more, especially when it comes to these 10 ways to decorate for Christmas

It also seems to be giveaway season for many bloggers, most notably the 12 Days of Damsel over on Damsel in Dior. Make sure you enter to win some damsel-tastic goodies!

This zebra wrapping paper needs to be mine like yesterday. Traditional holiday wrapping paper is so old-fashioned. I want zebras under my tree this year.

Speaking of things I want under the tree this year, I stumbled across this ever-so tempting Macaron of the Month Club that I wouldn’t mind gifting myself. This would be the perfect gift for…anyone, because who doesn’t love macaroons?! Plus, it would be a totally unique and unexpected gift that literally keeps on giving month after month.

Did you really think I would discuss the holidays without including the greatness that is red pants? Check out the pairs you need right meow.

These phenom holiday cards make me wish I had people to send holiday cards to. I also wouldn’t mind receiving one (or all 10) of these in the mail with a cute inspirational holiday message inside…and a check for $100. Hey, I’m just throwing it out there.

I hope these links brought a little bit of holiday cheer to your day! I will continue the cheer tomorrow on the blog with Gift Guides for Dad AND Sister, so all you little elves best check back tomorrow for some gifting inspiration!

Holiday Gift Guide: For Mom


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Unless you’re a crazed shopping addict like me, holiday shopping can be a horribly overwhelming experience and, again, if you’re like me, you often times just end up buying things for yourself and forgetting about the loved ones you are supposed to be shopping for (sorry family and friends).
Thanks to the Internet, holiday shopping has become a much more visual experience. These days, almost every store has all of their products online, so you can pick out what you want to shop for before-hand.
With my help, figure out just what you want to buy for mom this holiday with my gift guide below. Links to all of the products are at the bottom if you see something you think your mom will like. Enjoy!


Pearl Drop Earrings // Is This Seat Taken? // Cuff Bracelet // Black & White Watch // Molton Brown Body Hydrating Gel // Circular Manicure Set // Diptyque Body & Home Spray // Miss Dior Perfume // Bobbi Brown Blush // Suede Ankle Bootie // 2013 Cities Calendar // Colored Bamboo Utensil Set // LOVE Paper Weight // “Mrs.” Necklace // Zebra Salt & Pepper Shakers // Monogram Cup // Pajama Set // 2013 Date Book // Bon Appetit Cheese Board