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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16 Aug

Wantable Custom Boutique Accessories & Beauty Boxes

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wantable

About a week ago I received an email I almost deleted. I’m very happy I didn’t. It was from a representative of Wantable, a fashion and beauty company offering subscription boxes containing full sized, premium beauty products or limited edition, personalized accessories.

wantable accesories box

I’m just going to get right to it. I think this may be one of the best subscription box companies around. I know there are ones for hair and other beauty products but jewelry and accessories?

Take a closer look at what i got in the box:

wantable neckaceEmily Necklace – Retail Value: $32

bracelet

wantable accessoryGiszelle Bracelet – Retail Value: $24

wantable drop earrings Lisbeth Earrings – Retail Value: $20

That’s $78 worth of jewelry for only $36! I was so very impressed by what I received. It’s definitely worth the $36 I would have paid for if I had not received it complimentary for review. Not only are the pieces stunning, they are quite unique.

Phenomenal Customer Service

The only issue I had was the a stone had fallen out of the earring (you can see it in the photo) and was lying in the bag. It may have happened during transit, although it was packaged well.

I promptly contacted customer service and not only did they reply within less than 24 hours, they are already shipping me another piece of jewelry and are allowing me to keep this one! The customer rep said, “Maybe you can get someone to glue the stone in for you but we already have another stunning piece of jewelry (different) already on the way.” Now, that’s customer service. I’ll share it when it arrives. More excitement!

If you have a love for jewelry/accessories or beauty products, you may never get enough of what Wantable has to offer! And here’s the best part…

Subscribe or Buy a Single

You can subscribe for a box each month OR you can just purchase individual boxes whenever you like for only $4 more! You can also put your subscription on hold or skip a month at any time. But…

It gets better. Shipping is always free!

While I love the idea of receiving surprise pieces of high quality fashion and beauty products at great prices, I equally love that you can return something with no hassles if you don’t particularly care for it (which you should if you took the personal style quiz! :-)).

Earn Free Product

$36-$40 for a box of goodies as glorious as what Wantable offers is just the tip of the iceberg. If you turn others on to Wantable, you’ll earn $1 for every sign up and an extra $9 when they place their first order. Just 2 sign ups can cover 1/2 the cost of your next box!

About Wantable

Based in Milwaukee, WI, Wantable has a team of stylists and designers who work together to create a unique customer experience by bringing you the latest and greatest in beauty and fashion.

When you visit the Wantable site, you can complete a series of product and personality questions which aid in customizing your boxes with an assortment of products suited to your personal taste.

If you don’t like my jewelry, you’re blind. LOL I’m kidding. It just may not be your personal taste. It’s based on my personal taste so you’ll have to take the quiz before ordering, to make sure you get pieces based on your taste.

To Discover all the Wantable goodness, click here.

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04 Dec

5 Beauty Tips for Red Carpet Stardom & A $100 Giveaway (CLOSED)

cover girl outlast nail gloss


red carpet ready beauty tips

Parties, reunions and special nights out are at the cusp of a woman’s life when she must look her best. For my five beauty tips for “red carpet stardom” at social extravaganzas AND a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card sponsored by COVERGIRL, keep reading.

I- Channel Your Favorite Celebrity’s Style

There’s a lot of inspiration to be gained from your favorite female celebrities. If you’re a fan of Sofia Vergara, you know she’s famous for playing up looks that make you think of romance on the red carpet. Maybe, Janelle Monae is more your style. Her fashion sense is a bit more edgy. Janelle has been often seen wearing dark nail colors and rocking a tuxedo. Once you’ve decided the type of look you’re going for (formal, bad girl, etc), it’s time to plan your color palette.

II- Choose a Color Scheme for the Evening

For the most polished look, color coordinate from head to toe. Your makeup should be properly coordinated with your clothes, accessories and nail polish. When in doubt, go neutral (bronzes, silvers, golds). Neutral colors that shimmer are a great way to look gorgeous for a social gathering. COVERGIRL® Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss #230, Golden Opportunity is a gorgeous high gloss shade of gold with just the right amount of shimmer. This nail polish applies smoothly and is equal in quality to more expensive brands. It has a 3-in-1 formula so there’s no need for a base or topcoat. Visit COVERGIRL online for full details and 15 shades to inspire you (more shades coming in January!).

cover girl outlast nail gloss

cover girl brilliance nail gloss

cover girl outlast nail gloss

III- Prep Your Skin

Caring for your skin in the most protective way should be standard practice, but when you’re looking for red carpet stardom, you need a special glimmer. Some skin prepping is necessary. Before applying your makeup, give your face a good exfoliation. This will deep cleanse and even out your skin. Follow with a toner, moisturizer and oil-free primer. Then, you’re ready for makeup

IV- Play Up Your Eyes

To make a splash of impression, use your eyes to capture attention. Aside from your eye shadow and liner, your choice of mascara shouldn’t be made lightly. You need a mascara that glides on smoothly and has staying power. COVERGIRL® Clump Crusher Mascara will give you voluminous lashes that are set for the evening. This formula does not clump ever! I was a skeptic at first but after testing out the “zero clumps, even after 30 strokes” claim, I was convinced.

cover girl clump crusher mascara

The curved brush design allows you to layer this mascara on for darker, more voluminous lashes that last the evening through. Score!

V- Every Hair in Place

If you’re a natural girl like me, make sure every curl is in place. Wash-and-go styles are perfect for special occasions. Seal your hair before styling to prevent frizz from taking over. Layering a butter based curl cream over a gel yields beautiful results.

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If you’re not a natural curly, use stylers to keep your straight hair in place for a polished look. If you choose to “create” curls, style it in an up-do that cascades those curls for a sassy look.

BONUS Tip: Prepare for Mishaps

While this tip is less about getting you social stardom from appearing red carpet ready, it’s important because it will help keep you that way. When you’re out on the town, beauty mishaps happen. Make sure your handbag is stocked with beauty essentials like HandiWipes, hair pins, deodorant and a nail file. Check out the SheMergency Survival Kit Infographic for more ideas. Before your next event, follow these beauty tips to help you look radiant to release that inner diva!

Visit COVERGIRL on YouTube for more great ideas on how to get red carpet ready!

What makes YOU feel ‘red carpet ready’ and what are your go-to tricks?

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