Friday, November 30, 2012

Holiday Snow Polish & OPI Giveaway!

With December starting tomorrow I decided to get into the holiday spirit and did a nice snow topped Christmas mani. I have a dear friend who is also in love with nail polish and she rocks the snow topped manis most of December. So I decided I would give it a try.
For today's mani first I did three coats of my all time favorite red China Glaze Ruby Pumps. This color is stunning on its own! Ruby Pumps is a gorgeous red jelly that is dense with red glitter. It's absolutely stunning.... Ok I think you get the picture I LOVE this color.

After Ruby Pumps I added the white snow tips. For the tips I used a Styli-Style Xtreme Nail Art Dual Polish & Pen. This can be found in my Shop but has a VERY limited quantity. I really like the polish/pen combos because the polish is thick and opaque which make them perfect for nail art. To create this look I used the polish end of the lid.

Then I topped the whole look off with some SV. I really like how it turned out! What do you think?

Before we get to today's giveaway let us all please take a moment to morn the loss of my once beautifully long nails. This happened to me on Black Friday and it was a black day indeed.

Maybelline Downtown Brown (Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic.)
I'm not opposed to nubs it's just heart breaking when you're nails are at their ideal length and SNAP... Anyway onto happy and brighter things.
Today's Giveaway!!

I am giving away 2 OPI Nail polishes that are perfect for the holidays and year round! A $17 value!1 winner will receive a bottle of OPI Number One Nemesis from the discontinued Spiderman Collection and a bottle of OPI Bagota Blackberry. (Click on the nail polish names to see swatches of each color)
Enter here to win:

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Looking Fabulous On Ordinary Days

Do your make-up brushes ever get a mind of their own? How about you hair straightener?
On occasion while getting ready for a completely ordinary day my make-up brushes get a mind of their own and I end up looking like I'm about to go to a red carpet event. I love to have fun with my make-up and I won't apologize for it because it's just so fun to play with.

Here are a few examples of glamours looks for not so glamorous days.

Here the glamour bug struck two of my friends and I... So what better to do then have a just for fun photo shoot.

This is my amazingly beautiful friend Amber Michelle. She is an Actress/ Freelance Make-up artist, she did all our makeup for this shoot. Amber is such a beautiful person inside and out! Love her!

Well thanks for checking out today's silly little post.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Best- Mommy Daughter Edition

Today's Sunday Best features my lovely amazing daughter.  When I asked my husband to take my pictures for this post my little Zoey got supper excited and asked if I would take pictures of her too. How could I say no to that! So I bring you today's Sunday Best Mommy Daughter Edition.

Here is my wonderful little Zoey! I Told her "Do your modelings!"... and this is the magic that happened. This is every picture I took in the exact order I took them. I LOVE HER!

Want to know what Zoey is wearing?
Everything she is wearing is from Walmart except the headband.
The Top and Leggings are both Garanimals and the lace skirt is from Walmart's Holiday Time Collection. Isn't that skirt cute!?! I want one in my size!! 
The headband is from DownEast Basics... yes we share hair accessories.
Everything she has on was $5 or less.
I will forever tell my daughter that she is beautiful and encourage her to love who she is! You can read more about that Here.

Here we are both doing our Kissy faces:

Ok, Ok, Here is what I wore today:
Dress:  Tiana B 
I got this dress for $1.50!!!! I picked it up at a local thrift store in my small town the retail value is $50!
Boots: Bamboo Store: Shiek Shoes
Belt: Unknown Brand Store: Ross
Earrings: Target... I Freaking LOVE these Earring! What do you think?
I also had on a simple black bangle bracelet. I've had the bracelet so long I forget where it came from.

Now for the make-up:

Well I hope you enjoyed today's Sunday Best! Feel free to let me know what you think, your comments mean the world to me.

Want to see more beautiful looks check out these other link ups:
All items were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale!

Announcing the Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale! Everything at Beauty by Crystal will be 10% off! The sale will start Thursday at Midnight and will run till Midnight on Monday.

To help with your shopping this weekend, here are my top 10 picks from Beauty by Crystal for this holiday season:

1. Wet n' Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow & Lip Gloss Quartet- I Reign Supreme: This eye shadow and lip quartet is perfect for all your holiday parties. The charcoal & silver eye shadow are amazing for smokey eyes. With two lip gloss shades that transition perfect from day to night.
2. Fantasy Makers Nail Polish & Lipstick Set- Classic Red: Because nothing is classier than red lips and nail, especially during the holidays!
3. Red Rhinestone Hoop Earrings: These fun earrings are perfect to create an edgy holiday look.

4. Naturistics Super Shine Nail Polish- Starlight: Is the perfect glitter top coat for any of your seasonal manicures.
5.  The Color Workshop Make-Up Set Travel Kit- Plum: Perfectly coordinated nail polish, eye shadow and lipstick all in a convenient make-up bag. These kits are also available in 6 different colors!
6. Fantasy Makers Body & Hair Glitter Gel- Mysterious: It's just not the holidays without a whole bunch of glitter!! 

7.  Fantasy Makers Glitter Eyeliner- Hypnotic: This beautiful gold shimmer eyeliner is is absolutely gorgeous
and will brighten up any look. These fabulous glitter eyeliners are available in 4 different colors.
8. Sinful Color Nail Polish- Exotic Green: The green creme polish you've been looking for and it's perfect for nail art!
9. Fantasy Makers Self-Adhesive False Eyelashes- Tease: Stunning long black lashes... need I say more. Check out all the lashes available Here.

Now for the Grand Finale!!

10. Gold Chain Jade Bead Necklace & Earring Set: This beautiful set would make the perfect gift! Make sure you pick up two because you are going to want to keep one for yourself.

Are you planning on fighting the crowds this Black Friday? If so, what is it you just can't wait to get your hands on?

Have a wonderfully beautiful Thanksgiving!! Don't eat to much... nahhh eat till you can't move, it's much more fun that way!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Mani Monday- Racing Stripes

I've seen a few racing stripe styled manis on Pinterest so I thought I would give it a try. I wanted it to create a look that was perfect for fall with a touch of elegance. This was my first attempt at this look and even though it wasn't perfect I still really like it. Next time I try it I am going to go with thinner stripes.

For the base color I used OPI Road House Blues which is a deep purple/blue creme. This color is so in between purple and blue there is no way to describe it other than Blurple.

For the stripes I taped off both sides of the nail and painted down the middle of the nail with Pure Ice- Get Low. Get Low is one of Pure Ice's new colors, though I do think it looks almost exactly like the gold they released for Chinese new year last year. It is a beautiful orange gold foil and it covers very well. All the racing stripes are one coat of Get Low and you can't even see the base color through it at all.
What do you think? Do you like the racing stripes?  Comment below and let me know. I absolutely LOVE hearing your feedback and great news... I took off the pesky word verification so no more ouchy eyes when trying to leave a comment.

I would love to see your mani Mondays too! So make sure you stop by Glitter and Gloss to link up and while you're there make sure you enter my GIVEAWAY!!