How to Get Katy Perry’s Grammy Nails

Katy Perry's Grammy Nails


Did you watch the Grammy’s tonight?  This was the 55th annual Grammy Awards and the biggest trend this year was smokin’ hot nails.  Katy Perry looked to celebrity manicurist, Kimmie Keyes, for help completing her red carpet look.  While I wasn’t a big fan of her dress {I can’t help it, I like modesty!}, I did love her nails.  Kimmie  created her nail design with an affordable brand we all know and love, Sally Hansen.


To get this dreamy nail design at home, use Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Pink Pong on the nail and Gem Crush Nail Color in Big Money under the tips.

Winter Blues – Nail Polish Trend

Winter Blues


Here are the perfect hues to wipe away those winter blues!  That’s a pretty catchy phrase, huh?  I made that up myself; feel free to quote me.


I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a fan of blue nail polish.  To me it’s always been too bold and even a little child-like.  However these new richer blue shades have won me over.  Aren’t they elegant?  You can choose any shade from a deep cornflower to a midnight blue and still being in style this season.  Just be careful to not use this bold trend if your nails are too long because you don’t want to veer into tacky territory.


If you’re interested in any of the polishes above you can buy them at these locations:


Please note that these prices could change at any time; this is just what they are listed at today when I wrote the post.

Blue Heart Nail Art – For Valentine’s Day!

Blue Heart Nail Art


I wanted to do a little nail art for Valentine’s Day but I didn’t want it to be too girly.  I know that everyone doesn’t live in the pink, frilly, lacy, sparkly world that I do.  These nails have a beautiful subdued blue polish with a small shimmery heart — It’s like a mini Valentine to yourself!

I applied Julep Nail Polish in Julianne and painted the heart off to the side with Revlon in Silver Dollar.  I’m sure you could recreate this look using any polish in your stash and it would look just as good.  I love how the heart isn’t perfectly even; I think it adds to the charm and makes this nail art less intimidating to copy.

Would you do an easy heart manicure like this?  If so, what colors do you think you’d use?

Impala Nail Polish Bundle Giveaway! $40 Value Ends 2/14/13

Impala Nail Polish Giveaway


Impala is a nail polish brand that has recently launched in the US, bringing with it some Brazilian flavor!  Impala kindly sent me a few bottles to try out and I loved them.  One was featured in my Super Bowl nail art tutorial and the other one will be featured soon.  The colors are well pigmented and the formula is smooth which makes the polish glide on effortlessly.  I’m a huge fan already!  They have just about any polish you could think of – from holographic 3D to shimmer, to glitter, to matte and I can’t wait to try them all!  Are you ready for the best part?  They’re only $4.99 a bottle!  Isn’t that fabulous?!


Impala wants to give one lucky reader a $40 bundle of their most popular polishes!


Enter via the Rafflecopter code below and as always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Good luck!


Update: This giveaway is now over and we have a winner!  Congratulations Renee W.!!!


Impala Winner

Free Nivea, Eucerin, or Aquaphor sample (Facebook Freebie)

Nivea Lotion Sample


Sign up to get a free Nivea, Eucerin, or Aquaphor sample (scroll down to see the sample sign-up box).


You may choose one of the four different samples available.  Enjoy!


Thanks, Common Sense With Money!

DIY Halloween Nails

Just like I said I would, I gave Halloween nail painting another try.  {If you missed out, here’s my first attempt at Halloween nails.}  I wasn’t too pleased with my first try so I gave it another go.  While I’m not crazy thrilled with the results it was still fun.  Maybe I should leave nail design to the professionals though.  Either that or stick with the googley eyes.  Those were pretty easy and so far they’ve stayed on surprisingly well!


Halloween Nails

What do you think?  Which is your favorite?  I’m drawn to the tree because the girly side of me just loves seeing pink and black together.  The cat on the fence is fun but I think the cat could have been drawn better and next time I wouldn’t make the fence downhill.  I think the pumpkin looks sweet although maybe a little confused.  The silver spider?  Nah, I’m not a fan.  I promise it looked much better in my head.  Well, there you have it folks!  Another nail adventure comes to a close.  If you’ve painted designs on your nails lately I would love to see a picture.  Send me an email with your nail design pictures and they may even show up on our website!


Because inquiring minds want to know, most of the nail polishes above are from Julep with the exception of the black, green, and silver which is Essie and the purple which is Sally Hansen.

Halloween Nail Fail?

Painted nails are becoming the new trend fast!  Okay, not just pained nails but nails that have lavish designs on them.  I have to tell you that the little girl in me loves this!  I use to love painting designs on my nails and I would spend forever playing around with nail polish bottles and toothpicks.  I’m sick at the moment and I don’t feel like doing much of anything but I figured that painting my nails wouldn’t take to much effort and how hard could it be, right?  Wrong.  I don’t have the steady hand that I use to and this is going to take a little practice if it’s ever going to look good.  Okay, here are my nails.


Halloween Nails

  What do you think?  Halloween Nail Fail?  I’m thinking so.  I had such high hopes for Frankenstein too!  The blood splatter, although very gross, seems to have potential.  I mistakenly thought the pumpkin would be the easiest one.  The mummy and spider web were easy although not so attractive.


What about you?  Have you embraced this new nail trend or are you letting it pass you by?  I’m may be down but I’m not out yet.  I’m going to give this another go next week.  Keep an eye out here for some amazingly awesome nail designs!  Hopefully, awesome.  That’s not a promise.

Choosing Fashions that Complement Mature Women

Fashionable woman


Choosing Fashions that Complement Mature Women

All women have the ability to enhance their natural beauty as they age by choosing appropriate beauty products and selecting flattering styles. Clothing that is fashionable and form fitting creates a confident and becoming appearance. Tasteful hair and makeup styles that are subtle yet flattering create a youthful look that is appropriate for mature women.


The key to maintaining appeal throughout the years is to evaluate your favorite features and make careful choices that always make you feel good about yourself. Stick to your best colors and make changes gradually.


Fashion Statements that Flatter


An absolute first requirement when choosing clothes is to ensure that they fit properly. Tight jeans may look great on a slim figure, but too often they draw unwanted attention to the wrong places. Wearing overly loose clothing isn’t the answer either. There’s no reason to wear a pair of baggy pants and an old sweater that may give off an unattractive and sloppy appearance.


If you need to cover up the hips, try putting a fashionable blouse or tunic over a pair of leggings, and make sure that the top fits well in the arms, bust and shoulders. For women who want to draw attention away from their upper body, a pair of slimming pants and some colorful sandals will inspire compliments and improve your self esteem. Accessories can do a lot to help disguise flaws and add pizzazz to an outfit. Scarves, for example, can be tied at the neck or waistline, and add softness and color. Focal point jewelry, either a statement necklace or stunning earrings, add a young-looking touch and help lift the spirits. Older women often look best with bolder jewelry, particularly when the pieces complement eye color or complexion tones. Hair Styles and Makeup for Mature Women


As we age, we should emphasize our best features. Applying subtle colors rather than bold shades often softens lines, and creates a more cohesive overall look. Experimenting with a new shade of lipstick or adding sparkling eye shadow is fine, but the color palette should always blend. A fun, fashion hairpiece from stores like can help enhance facial features while offering a classic style.


Performing a periodic reevaluation of clothing and hair styles helps you stay in touch with current trends. Adding a single new piece may be all it takes to feel uplifted and in style. Well-fitting clothes and neat hairstyles can promote confidence for the long term.

Free Garnier Moisture Rescue Dry Skin Gel-Cream Sample

Garnier Sample


I love beauty freebies!  Hurry, and sign up for a free Garnier Moisture Rescue Dry Skin Gel-Cream sample.  Allow 4-6 weeks delivery. Available while supplies last.


Thanks, Freebie Shark!

Get Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara for Only $2.60 Shipped!

Mebelline Stiletto Mascara

If you’re like many people who love Maybelline’s mascara then you are going to be excited about the deal I just found on Amazon!!  Right now, you can get one tube of Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara in Black for only $2.60.  Plus, free shipping!  If you prefer the Brownish Black shade they also have that on sale for only $3 shipped.  They also have the Very Black shade priced at $6.85 and free shipping with a $25+ purchase.  Keep in mind that Amazon prices can change at any time so please verify the price before purchasing.  Happy shopping!