14 Sep

ModCloth Dazzling in the Daytime Inspired Manicure

modcloth dazzling dress manicure

Every now and again I post something fashion related here on Radiant Brown Beauty. These posts are usually reserved for special occasions. Well, it’s a special occasion!

September 14th is my 7 year wedding anniversary (today if you’re reading this post the day it went live).

For my special day, I wanted to do a really cute but elegant manicure. To do my nails, of course they had to match my outfit but I also created my manicure to match a beautiful dress I found over at ModCloth. One of the ModStylists over at ModCloth reached out to see if I would be interested in being a part of their Nail Klub and Dresses challenge. I happily agreed because when it comes to nail polish, I’m simply all for it. A great manicure is a must have “accessory” for any radiant beauty ;-)

Now, here’s my personal disclaimer. I’m not the best when it comes to nail art. Neither am I one who likes to wear a lot of prints. So, the Dazzling in the Daytime Dress was right up my alley where fashion is concerned – minimal texture print and simply elegant. It reminds me of a Jackie O. style dress when she was feeling a little daring :-)

Modcloth Dazzling in the Daytime Dress

I haven’t done my nails in quite some time (totally abnormal for me) because my nails had been undergoing a period of breaking and splitting. I finally traced it back to my poor eating habits. I’ve since begun correcting that and while my nails are in a short state right now, they are back on track for gaining a bit of length.

growing short nails

So that’s two special things to celebrate :-) (anniversary + healthier nails)

How To: ModCloth Dress Inspired Nails

To create my ModCloth inspired manicure, I used 3 different nail polishes from my favorite brands along with my  Nail Vinyls:

nail polish collection

    • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure  #160, Shall We Dance? as the base

nail vinyls

    • Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant, #230
    • China Glaze , #997 Street Chic

manicure using nail vinyls

dazzling nails one finger

modcloth inspired manicure

The Sally Hansen polish is actually a very pale pink but with just the right amount of application, it appears to be more of a neutral tan. It worked perfectly as the base because it’s the lightest color and darker colors cover nicely (hey, I said I was challenged when it came to nail designs. I know how to layer my polish though!)

This manicure was not only fun to do, it was really easy. So, if you are challenged for coming up with nail art, you’ll first need to get you some Nail Vinyls. They are a tremendous tool for those of us “skillfully challenged.”

ModCloth offers a nice selection of indie clothing, accessories, and decor. You’ll find everything from dresses to swimwear to underwear! Looking at pictures of various dresses like what ModCloth offers can greatly inspire. Check out more of the dresses available on ModCloth at http://www.modcloth.com

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11 Sep

Beauty Reshare: Most Simplistic Sharp Brow Tutorials Hands Down

Groomed eyebrows are a girl’s signature of fierceness ~Me

simple sharp brow tutorials

Groomed eyebrows can really lift a face. You may not have on any other makeup but when your brows are on point, somehow you are good enough to enter the great outdoors. I’ve watched tons of brow tutorials as I myself am not an eyebrow grooming expert. I do OK but I’m always looking at other ladies videos to see if there’s a way I can improve upon my technique.

How do I get that crisp, sharp brow without spending a half an hour to get it?

There are TONS of videos on Youtube and on beauty blogs. Many of them are very very good. Some are even great. However, spending 1/2 my morning to achieve a look is not quite my thing. My eyebrows don’t have to be perfect but they do need to be somewhat sharp.

I’ve seen ladies use a combination of products including powder, pencil, eyebrow gel, concealer/highlighter and more. I just want to make my brows look neat and sharp. Does it take all that? Apparently, if your eyebrows are really sparse, it does.  In other words, if you don’t have any brows, obviously you need to work much harder to create them!

Now, you may not agree but I seriously think the following videos are the most simplistic I’ve seen on eyebrow tutorials. I couldn’t narrow it to just one. They are both just so darn…..good! (and simple. #key) Check them out for yourself:

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08 Sep

Beauty Reshare: Advantages of Having Fine 3C Hair

A while back I wrote a post on the deceptions of fine hair. Now, not many ladies with fine hair will readily agree that having fine hair has it’s advantages but I did find one lady who can relate and she has shared even more advantages than I shared in my post! Check it out:

Are you disappointed when you have tried to wear a decent twist hairstyle only to find that the full and plump twists evade you like a plague?  Or, you’ve ended up with fine, thin twists and a lot of scalp showing?  Or, in order to get a full, plump twists it ends up taking up a quarter of the side of your head?  I raise my hand on each question.
Fine hair curlies downsides are scalpy twists, hair that is susceptible to breakage, fros that will flop and part like the Red Sea!
My 3c strands love to hang out with each other in thick clumps.  They will tend to “ball-up,” when hit with a spritz of water or when a creamy-based moisturizer is applied.  Dried, moisturized hair causes 3c types to “look as though” they have a thick head of hair like there 4-type curlies.  It wants to interwine and tangle itself, causing this hair-type to be plagued with Single Strand Knots (SSKs) or Fairy Knots.
Oh, and another thing, my 3c tresses HATE to be placed in a structured hair style.  It prefers the Lion-Mane approach.
Realizing that I will never have those lush, thick ropes of twists cascading from my roots, I sought out the advantages to having the curly, coily fine strands that wind there way, like vines of ivy from my scalp.  What?  you may ask.  Stay with me my curlies, there are some.
Now, that we have covered some of the cons of 3C, let’s take a look at the pros for this hair types:

Read the rest here.

If you have fine hair, don’t see it as a curse. It is not. It’s just different. Many ladies with thicker strands wish their hair wasn’t as thick because it takes a lot of work to care for it.  Having fine natural hair may be a little more challenging to style but it can still grow long and strong.

Here at Radiant Brown Beauty, it’s my goal to share as many tips on growing and length retention for fine hair as possible. As I mentioned in last week’s post kicking of the September Beauty Re-share series, I will share a lot of the content but for the month of September, I’ll be sharing other people’s content so stay tuned. Subscribe to receive free updates here.

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