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Beauty Review: Kiss Nail Dress

If you're looking to dress up your nails in fun prints and patterns, try Kiss Nail Dress nail strips.

Earlier this month, I received a package of leopard-print and rhinestone-sprinkled nail strips complimentary from Influenster in my Varsity VoxBox. Not totally fond of the design, I decided to give them a test-run anyway to see how they really looked on my nails and how they kept up after a week or two.

Read on for my review...

Kiss Nail Dress Strips

In stores and online, you can find Kiss Nail Dress for $6.99. The package includes 28 strips in 14 different sizes, a nail file, and a little booklet to inspire your nail look.

The great thing about these nails strips is how versatile they are. You can choose to use the full look of the nail strips (like I did), or you can use them as accents. Use only one on each hand to have an accent nail (paint your nails your favorite color, then put on a nail strip on your ring finger on each hand) or you can cut the nail strips into fun shapes and accent each of your nails for a fun look.

What I also loved about these nails strips were how easy they were to put on. There are really only two steps:

  1. Stick 'em on! These nail strips are basically stickers for your nails. You simply peel off a nail strip that best fits your nail and stick them on and smooth them out. This can be a little bit tricky because if you're not careful, you can easily get air pockets between your nails and the strips.
  2. File away. Then, to get the nail strips to perfectly fit your nail bed, you fold over the excess part of the strips. Take the file that was included in the package and file away until the excess tears off.

Kiss Nail Dress Strips

At first, I though the rhinestone/leopard print was a little too much to have on each of my fingers, but after having them on for a week, I kind of love them. Plus, they'll go well with a Halloween outfit!

My Bottom Line: I like these nail strips! I have yet to try other brands, but Kiss Nail Dress is proving to be well worth $6.99. I've had these nails strips on for about a week and they are nicely staying put. I've had no tears and no problems with the strips falling off. I'll give an update in a few days to let you know how easy (or difficult) these nail strips are to take off, so check back soon!

Have you tried nail strips, from Kiss or another brand? Let me know what you thought about them in the comments!

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. Other than the products I received in my Varsity VoxBox, I am not compensated in any way. The opinions in this post are honest and entirely my own.

By | October 30th, 2013|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Influenster’s Varsity VoxBox Review

Goodies? Yes, please! This month, I was lucky enough to receive Influenster's Varsity VoxBox.

Influenster is an exclusive online community of "tastemakers and trendsetters" who get to share their thoughts about products and experiences. Members can receive access to deals and VoxBoxes (boxes filled with special items that match their interests and what they're influential about).

The Varsity VoxBox was filled with goodies that are great for really anyone, but specifically college women. Take a look at the great things I found in my VoxBox, below. If you've already used some of these products, share your thoughts with me in the comments!

Influenster Varsity VoxBox

 

Influenster Varsity VoxBox

Kiss Nail DressI've wanted to try a pair of nail strips, but have been holding out just because I don't want to be disappointed. Luckily, the Varsity VoxBox included a pair of Kiss Nail Strips! I'm looking forward to trying these out so check back soon for a review on my leopard/rhinestone print nail strips from Kiss.

NYC Big Bold Plumping Lip GlossI'm not a fan of lip gloss, especially plumping lip gloss so I was very reluctant to try this, but I was happily surprised! It's not sticky, which is the problem with most lip glosses. It also has vitamin E in it which is great for moisturizing your lips. I can't say that it did any "plumping." At least, it wasn't noticeable to me. But this lip gloss felt great on my lips and was definitely moisturizing! This lip gloss is around $3 so it's a great lip gloss if you're looking for something inexpensive.

Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit WashWith a blend of raspberry and cranberry extracts, this face wash smells delicious! It's a great scent to pick you up in the morning and it leaves you feeling fresh and clean.

Airheads Xtreme Bites I'm not a huge candy person but have always loved Airheads as a child. I haven't had them in a while so seeing the colorful packages of Airheads Xtreme Bites in my Varsity VoxBox was a nice surprise. These fun and fruity candies in Rainbow Berry taste delicious and are even better bite-sized! If you're looking for something sweet but (very mildly) sour, grab a bag of Airheads Xtreme Bites.

Airheads Xtremes Bites

Tide PODS DetergentI have a love/hate relationship with Tide PODS. For someone who is in college and has to do her laundry somewhere other than her own place, it's great to have detergent in a compact pod that you can easily carry to and from the laundry room.  The pods are simple to use - just throw a pod in the laundry and you're good to go. You don't need messy liquid or powder.

However, as simple as it sounds, I've also experienced Tide PODS not doing its job - it didn't pop in the washer like it was supposed to so I had to get my other detergent and re-do my laundry. However, this may have been just one defective pod. But I have a whole package of Tide PODS (that I purchased separately before I received this VoxBox) to try out, so I'll update this post with the outcome!

 

If you're looking to try other great products, check out samples that I tested from the Spring Fever VoxBox.

Have you tried any of these products? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below! 

 

InfluensterDisclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. Other than the products received, I am not compensated in any way. The opinions in this post are honest and entirely my own.

By | October 24th, 2013|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , |3 Comments

How to Dress Business Casual and Take it From the Workplace to a Night Out

Who said business casual had to be boring?

It's important to dress right for the office, but if the dress code is business casual, you have a little bit more room to have fun with your outfits.

For those who are still confused about what exactly "business casual" means, think about it this way: it's the middle ground between formal business wear and every day wear. This means mix up your traditional business pieces with everyday clothing items.

Think dress pants/khakis/pencil skirt with a nice blouse/sweater. Or pair a dress (knee-length!) with a blazer/cardigan.

To make sure you're dressing appropriately for work, stick to these four guidelines:

  1. Modesty is key. Cover your cleavage and make sure your skirts aren't too short. If you'd wear your outfit to a party, you definitely shouldn't wear it to work.
  2. Close-toed shoes are a good idea. If your workplace is more lax, sandals may work. Just make sure your toes and polished and pretty!
  3. Forget anything with logos, rips, and tears to avoid looking sloppy.
  4. Have fun with prints and patterns! Business casual gives you room to play with some color, prints, and patterns. Just don't overdo it.  A patterned pencil skirt goes great with a solid blouse and a patterned cardigan is a great way to easily add color to your outfit.

To give you an idea on how to dress business casual, I put together an outfit that you can easily take from work to a night out.

For the workplace, add a blazer or cardigan over a tank and replace open-toed heels with closed-toe heels (these nude heels are my favorite) or flats in your favorite color.

For a night out, remove the blazer/cardigan, replace the pants with black jeans or a skirt, and keep the heels.

P.S. If you don't have one already, invest in a peplum! It's a flattering wardrobe staple for every body type. Experiment with peplum tops, dresses, and jackets to see which one you love most.

Peplum Business Casual Outfit

 

Outfit Details: 

What are your favorite outfits to wear to work? 

By | September 1st, 2013|Categories: Fashion|Tags: |13 Comments

Dive Into Fall Fashion: The 5 Trends to Fall in Love With

With fall just around the corner, it's time to dive into cooler weather (finally!) and fall trends that you're sure to fall in love with.

While there is no shortage of great trends for fall 2013, the five trends listed below are fall's top trends. Not only are these trends a great refresh for fall, but they're also easy to incorporate into your wardrobe.

1. Winter Whites:

Winter Whites

Michael Kors Peacoat, Topshop Knit SweaterTretorn White Rain Boots, Rebecca Minkoff Jane Skinny

As the weather grows cooler, it seems like our wardrobe does too. We reach for darker colors to fit the cooler air, but trying wearing something other than dark colors this fall. Instead, up the wattage of your wardrobe with winter whites.

To avoid looking like you're stuck in summer, keep textiles in mind with this trend. Choose knits, cashmere, and leather over cotton or linen.

Wear a white coat to work, white denim to class, or a classic white chunky knit sweater paired with dark denim.

2. Classic Prints: 

Classic Prints

Marc by Marc Jacobs Lenticular iPhone 5 Case (this switches from a preppy plaid to leopard depending on the angle!), Houndstooth Skater DressPlaid Button DownExpress Leopard Sweater

If you're sick of florals, brights, and heavy graphic prints, then fall is your season. It's time to embrace plaid, leopard, and especially houndstooth. These classic prints have made their way back into everyday wear and are as stylish as ever.

All three prints are a classic, chic, and fun addition to your wardrobe.

  1. For a modern twist on classic plaid, play with fabrics. A plaid print chiffon blouse is great for the office while a plaid print jacket (try it in tweed!) is a chic way to stay warm. And of course, a simple plaid button down with dark denim is a perfect casual outfit.
  2. Houndstooth, on the hand, may seem bold and a little too much, but try it out! Treat it as a neutral and embrace the chic pattern in all your favorite pieces. Think a great statement coat, houndstooth print shoes, jewelry, and clutches.
  3. Designers took in leopard print for fall and gave it a modern twist by making leopard larger than life. Look out for oversize leopard print in the classic black/white and other fun color combinations.

3. Camel:

CAMEL

Tory Burch ToteTuxedo JeanH&M Infinite ScarfFrye Booties

This fall is about simplicity so go au natural this season with camel - a warmly toasted brown. Because the chic color is just another neutral, it's incredibly easy to incorporate it into your wardrobe. Mix camel with winter whites, black, navy, and greens. Camel also looks great with a pop of bright color (pink, orange, red).

4. The Turtleneck: 

The Turtleneck

Colorblock SweaterDream Crush DressCotton Blend SweaterExpress Striped Turtleneck SweaterSleeveless Top

Believe it or not, turtlenecks are back. Though you may want to skip this trend entirely, give it a shot. A turtleneck can easily look chic if you style it the right way. Plus, what's a better way at keeping yourself warm without adding bulk to your outfit?

Pair a basic turtleneck sweater under your favorite statement coat or grab a knitted turtleneck sweater and pair it with dark denim. Add your favorite statement necklace and no one will believe you're working a turtleneck.

5. Leather:

Leather

Leather Seamed TeePrinted Leather SkirtPeplum TopBlack Faux Leather Skater Skirt

Don't shy away from this trend just yet. This season, try leather in looser silhouettes and different colors (maroon is a must!).

Needless to say, we can't wait for fall! What trends are you most looking forward to wearing?

By | August 21st, 2013|Categories: Fashion, News|Tags: , |1 Comment

Must-Haves from the 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target Collection

The most anticipated Target designer collaboration is here! Well, not yet, but the look book is. Target's newest designer collab with 3.1 Phillip Lim is the best everyday-wear collection we've seen yet to emerge from the retailer. And it's definitely worth getting your hands on.

From trench coats, sweaters, work-appropriate dresses, and must-have bags, Phillip Lim's collection is simple but totally chic.

“This is really personal, because growing up, I was a Target customer. My parents were always taking me to Target for back-to-school shopping, and I would find things, but they were not quite right. This was my chance to go back and relive this and do it right,"  Phillip Lim told T Magazine.

The collection consists of 100 items for both men and women ranging in prices from $19.99 to $299.99 for apparel and $19.99 to $59.99 for accessories.

Lim divided the collection into three wardrobes: morning, noon, and night.

Take a look at my favorite picks below:

Morning Looks: 

3.1 Phillip Lim x Target Morning Looks

Look 1: Trench Coat in Khaki/Blue $79.99, Pant in Light Blue $39.99

Look 2: Pullover $34.99, Silky Skirt $29.99

Noon Looks:

3.1 Phillip Lim X Target Noon Looks

Look 3: Sparkle Sweater in Navy $39.99, Pant in Light Blue $39.99,  Mini Satchel in Gold $34.99

Look 4: Woven Shirt Dress in Paper Floral Print $39.99, Carry-All Bag in Black $54.99

Night Looks: 

3.1 Phillip Lim x Target Night Looks

Look 5: Sparkle Dress in Black $49.99

Look 6: Dress with Faux Leather in Navy/Black $49.99

Within the collection, you'll also find perfect-for-everywhere tops, sleepwear, and dresses for day.

3.1 Phillip Lim X Target

 

3.1 Phillip Lim X Target

Arguably the best part of this collab are the bags. They're well-designed, come in classic colors (black, gray, blue, red), and each is perfect to be your go-to almost "it" bag. The collection even includes a less-pricey version of the coveted Pashli bag.

3.1 Phillip Lim X Target3.1 Phillip Lim X Target3.1 Phillip Lim X Target

Photos courtesy of Target

Find the collection in Target stores and online at Target.com on September 15. I suggest you get to the store or right online early if you plan on grabbing any of these items because no doubt they'll go fast.

Feast your eyes on the full look book and find your must-haves to start planning what you want to get your hands on.

Which items are on your shopping list? 

 

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By | August 13th, 2013|Categories: Fashion, News|Tags: , , |2 Comments