Sunday, June 3, 2012

Spring & Summer Nailpolishes

 I have been going nail polish cRaZy lately! I have an obsession with getting mani/pedi's and painting my nails by myself in between! I have a horrible nail biting habit so keeping my nails perfectly polished is my only way to avoid the dreaded super short and brittle nails. Here are some of my favorites for the spring and summer!

LIGHTS by Essie
For graduation I got this color on my nails and toes! It is the perfect matte hot pink color from Essie's Poppy-Razzi collection. What I love about it is that it is vibrant without being neon, contrary to what essie's website believes it is. I think it is a perfect hot pink color to add to your collection and it definitely screams summer! Lights is a staple color because pinks and neons will always be in style. 
I was on the hunt for a perfect mint green color for the longest time. Every color I found resembled more of a candy-apple light green than a minty one. This is seriously my new favorite summer nail polish color. I just cannot get enough of it! It has a nice matte finish which looks perfect with adding some small silver glitter on top. The only flaw to this polish is that it takes many coats to get rid of the streakiness. Once I have it looking like it does in the picture, it seriously looks like a flawless salon done manicure!

by Nicole by OPI
Compared to the previous colors, this is not your traditional spring and summer polish. But if you want to change it up and go against the trends, this is certainly a fun way to do so! From the Kardashian Kolor Kollection, this is my new favorite glitter polish! It applies like a regular polish, not a glitter polish after three solid coats and dries so quickly. It has multi color blue and green glitters. I am just so in love with this color and I really recommend that everyone try it! It looks so fun and sparkly on your nails, and by my blog/youtube name I love glitter. 
BLUE AWAY by Sally Hansen
Last summer I was on the lookout for the perfect blue color, and this is what I found! A year later I am still obsessing over this gorgeous sky blue color that I found at Ulta. It does dry quickly, but nothing "instant" that the name suggests. I love having this color on my nails and toes. It is also a perfect color for an accent/party nail! I have Absoluetely Shore (above) by Essie on my nails and this color on my ring finger nail. It is such a fun way to give yourself a manicure by keeping up with the Summer nail polish trends and the accent nail trend. Overall, this matte blue color is such a fun way to brighten your nails without it being super neon. I use this color all the time and the bottle is till 3/4 of the way filled. I love the brush from this polish because it is short, but thicker so it really will get your whole nail in one quick swipe. The constancy is not goopy and goes on thick so not many coats are needed, hence why there is still 3/4 of the bottle left!

In the comments below, tell me what your favorite nail polish is for the spring and summer! Have you tried any of the ones above? Are you interested in trying any of them? 

xo Victoria
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

The End of a Beginning

I have finally graduated high school! (emphasis on the finally). Most people say that this is the quickest four years of your life, but being realistic it was certainly the slowest. I'm not one for sugarcoating things, but high school just was not all I expected it to be. When thinking about my favorite memories, it would most definitely meeting the girls who are now my best friends. Without them I would have not gotten through these long four years, as they helped me get along the dreaded seven hour school days and countless hours of homework, projects, and "studying"... aka Facebook and Twitter. 

My one piece of advice for high school is to not sweat the small stuff. I remember sophomore year I exited the classroom after taking a geometry test and I just knew I failed. I studied, but I did not understand the material and knew that I was going to receive a poor grade on my test. I remember that this was a Friday so I had to worry about my test score the whole weekend. I remember thoughts running through my mind, "I failed. My teacher thinks I am so dumb. I am never going to get into college. I just ruined my future." In retrospect, I was overreacting. But at the time I thought it was the end of my world. Lets just say, yes I did fail that geometry test. Yes, it may have brought down my grade in the class but I am still going to the college that I have wanted to go to since sophomore year. To sum it all up, don't let one small slip up bog you down. My favorite quote is "never a failure, always a lesson." I took this test grade as a learning experience. I met with my teacher outside of class to understand the material for the final, and also went to the tutoring center in my high school to get additional help to make sure I was successful with the rest of my tests in math. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Your teachers are there to guide you, assist you, and be there for you. Take advantage of tutoring centers, your friends, or peers. There is always someone out there to help you!! 

Moving onto college is bittersweet. I am the only person from my high school going to the college of my choice next year. I am from Chicago and I am moving to the west coast for school. I am so excited for the change in climate, people, lifestyle, everything. The nerves have not really kicked in yet, but I am sure they will as I get closer. I am sad to be leaving my friends where most will be staying in the Midwest, and one is even traveling the world! I know that we will stay connected through Facebook chats and iChat video chatting, as well as texting (obviously). So, I am ending this with the fact that I am so excited to start a new chapter of my life. It is the end of a beginning :) 

xoxo Victoria