Pin of the Day: Franken Nails

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How fun are these for a Halloween Party? Find some bright green polish and use a nail art pen (or a thin sharpie!) to paint on the stitches. I have found a lot of great Halloween nail ideas…perhaps another Inspiration Board is on the way? These are on my Ghosts and Ghouls Board.




Pin of the Day: OMBRÉ!

Maybe I’m way behind the times here, but I just asked myself…what EXACTLY is ombré? I have pinned a couple gorgeous examples of ombré without being completely clear what it was. So, I googled it…and I LOVE it! According to an online dictionary, it is “having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark”. I define it as gorgeous! This article (yes, from 2008…I am behind) from Martha Stewart gives some great tips and ideas. Here are a couple of my favorite examples from all over the web – they’re also on my Culinary Compilation, Decor Digest, Style Selections, and Party Pins Boards.

Pinterest strikes again!



Pin of the Day: one glitter nail

What do you think of the one sparkle nail trend? I see these pictures on Pinterest all the time and I am kind of tempted to try it! Here are some of my faves!

I like it the best when the glitter is the same hue as the other polish (or close to it), so that it doesn’t stand out quite as much, it is more of a subtle touch. How would you wear it?

Pinterest strikes again!


Pin of the Day: Polka Dot Nails!

How cheerful! I came across this on Pinterest and it really caught my eye. I snagged this idea from alllaqueredup and investigated it on Birchbox, which I reviewed just today! If you’re interested in trying it out, here is a fabulous video tutorial from Miss Ladyfinger on

Pinterest strikes again!



Website to Watch: Birchbox

Meet Birchbox, a beauty subscription service that delivers deluxe samples to your door every month…for just $10!

I have been a Birchbox member since December of 2010. Since then, I have seen the company grow and change in so many ways! Every month I look forward to seeing that pink box in my mail…it is always full of great stuff! Don’t just think makeup: it’s all beauty products, (face, body, nails, hair), but also great fragrances, beauty tools, lifestyle products (tea, snacks, laundry detergent, notebooks, mp3 downloads), you name it! When you find something you can’t live without, you can buy the full size in their shop.

Here’s the thing: To subscribe to Birchbox, you need to have an open mind. Sometimes what you get will not thrill you. Your Birchbox is only $10, shipped to your door, and I believe my subscription is well worth the money. Here is a photo of my March Box:

It contained a Twistband Hair Tie, a sample of Annick Goutal Petite Cherieessie® Luxeffects Nail Polish (I got “set in stones”!), Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Papers, and tarte LipSurgence™ lip tint. Both the nail polish and the tarte lip tint were full-size. That is worth $10, no?

You many notice the Teen Vogue logo on the box. Birchbox often partners with other companies (Like BaubleBar!) So I’ll begin my review of Birchbox’s features with partnerships!

Partnerships and Promos:

Birchbox does a great job of connecting you with other amazing companies. Off the top of my head, I remember collaborations with Cynthia Rowley, BaubleBar, Poppin, and Teen Vogue. When you go to buy products in their shop, check to see if they have any kind of promo happening, either for a free product or for extra points. I got a notebook and pen from Poppin for free once when I placed an order on Birchbox. Now I swear by their pens!

Beauty Profile:

Fill out your beauty profile to make sure Birchbox will send you samples suited to your beauty needs and preferences. A tip I’ll give about the Beauty Profile is: be careful about your answers. For example, I answered that I have curly hair. Which I do. But there was no way to add “Curly hair that I blow-dry straight”. So for months I got samples of products for curly hair. That is, for women who wear their hair curly. Once I changed it to “straight hair” I got some truly awesome samples, more than one of which I now use regularly. So really think about your answers!

Reward Points:

I love any company that rewards you for using their service. has their Bloom Dollars, BaubleBar has credits, and Birchbox has Points. For every 100 points you earn, you get $10 off in their store! Points add up quickly – you get points for purchasing your subscription, referring friends, answering surveys, giving feedback, and purchasing full-size versions of your samples. Make sure you review everything in your Birchbox every month to get 10 points per review!


Birchbox has a library of videos to help you use the products that come in the box and tutorials for makeup trends. They are a great added resource even if you do not subscribe.


Checkout Birchbox’s Blog for even more tips, to get connected to their fantastic community, and to hear about their many giveaways and prizes!

Birchbox Man:

Birchbox even has something for the men folk. Soon they are launching Birchbox Man, which has samples geared toward men. If you can convince your man to get one, good for you. I will be very interested to see what this service will offer!

So, have I convinced you? If you want to sign up, go here and start getting your beauty on!



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