Nail Art Tutorial! Navy/Gold "Ruffian" Inspired

Gotta love accidental nail-art.
Today I was feeling a navy and gold look. When trying to create a sort of "ombre" gold-on-navy effect, I totally failed and when trying to fix it, came up with this...

I seriously impressed myself.
Seriously enough to create a quick tutorial sharing this easy nail art goodness with you all.

Hope you love it!


Collective OOTD's (Outfits of the Day) Nov. 18-28, 2012

Hope you all are having a wonderful week! The past ten days have been full of lots of family gatherings (Thanksgiving) and outings. Speaking of, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Can you believe November is almost over??

Anyway, here are my recent OOTD's. Usually taken "Instagram-style"

Because let's be honest, I don't have time for a full-out faux professional photo shoot prior to leaving the house every. single. day... haha

OH and I almost forgot! In lots of these photos over the past week, I'm wearing items from my recent HUGE Forever 21 Haul.  Don't miss that video! It's seriously the largest haul I've ever seen. Gotta love Forever 21 and the hidden gems you can find there on the cheap!

Hope you guys enjoy!

 Me and my fav scarf. Ever.  Perfect shopping outfit for a cold day when you don't want to lug around a coat. 
LNA top, 7 For All Mankind pull-on stretchy "jeggings" (not sure of the exact style name), Frye "Carmen" Harness boots, LV scarf and bag (35)

I wore this outfit to celebrate an early Thanksgiving with my husband's family. We had to travel a bit and this outfit was super comfy.
Splendid top, J.Crew bubble necklace, 7 For All Mankind Skinny jeans (shock.), Tory Burch Flats, French Connection peacoat

 My Thanksgiving Day outfit. We celebrated Thanksgiving at our house this year which was really nice. Lots of family and food. Such a fun day.
Madewell top, 7 For All Mankind Gwenevere skinny jeans, Tory Burch flats, Forever21 necklace

I wore this out to do some Christmas shopping and to dinner with the hubby.
Forever21 top, 7 For All Mankind skinnies (I have multiple pairs and I'm obsessed, what can I say...), Tory Burch bag, House of Harlow necklace, J. Crew flats

 LOVE this outfit. LOVE this chambray... the studs give it an unexpected and different twist. Great alternative to the plain old chambray you can find anywhere.
Forever 21 top, 7 For All Mankind pull-on leggings, Target Boots, J. Crew headband

Another great find from Forever 21. I LOVE this top so much, I can't even.
Forever 21 "fashion capitals" top, J. Crew "Schoolboy" blazer in navy, Express necklace

 ...and finally, busting out the exposed socks with boots thing again. Cute look, but not feeling it as much as I did last Fall. :/
Tory Burch cashmere tunic (FIND OF MY LIFE.  Scored this at a deep, unbelievable discount last year), Forever 21 pants, Steve Madden Boots, Target knee socks, LV Neverfull GM and LV Leopard Bandeau

So there ya have it! This week's looks. Hope you guys enjoyed!


Bella's Vampire Makeup Tutorial From Breaking Dawn Part 2

I'm SO excited to share this look with you all! Even more excited that I actually waited to see the movie before I did a tutorial on this...
In the movie, Bella's makeup (as a vampire) was gorgeous. Super enhanced features, thick and flirty lashes, and porcelain skin. I love how most of the female vampires in the movie tend to have that "lit up", mesmerizing look that I've been dying to recreate. Not scary or dark in any way.
But it can be a bit tricky to create a really enhanced and flattering look while adding nothing rosy and covering any pink around your eye. So I hope you find this tutorial helpful and easy! 

While watching the movie, I just happened to realize that this look would be PERFECT to recreate with my new limited edition Defining Eyes  palette, available TODAY from Sigma Beauty! You can get yours here. Don't forget to enter the promo code "TIFFANY" to save on your purchase!

Products Used:
Defining Eyes Palette
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ liquid foundation
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Undereye Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (shade #1)
Nars blush in Madly
Armani Eyes to Kill mascara
MAC false lashes, #36
Revlon Lip Butter in Fig Jam
Sigma Brushes 

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My Defining Eyes Palette is HERE! Swatches and Discount Info

This has been SUCH an exciting week! The release date for my limited edition Defining Eyes palette for Sigma Beauty is HERE!! I wanted to do a little (well, pretty big actually) post giving you all some exclusive discount updates as well as some more detailed photos of the palette itself.

TiffanyD for Sigma Beauty
(available WORLDWIDE)
Enter code "TIFFANY" at checkout to save $6
(final price for my readers: $49) 

Before I get too ahead of myself, hopefully you guys have been following my journey on here for a while now and are familiar with my new palette.
Basically I wanted to create a palette that worked. One that wasn't a typical "neutral" palette which sometimes are too basic and limiting with the looks you can create. I also wanted to get away from the other typical type of palette... those composed of a random mash-up of fun colors that usually require other products to make it work.

So I created a palette with colors that all work together flawlessly to create looks from the most natural and toned-down, to the most dramatic.  Aside from being able to create beautiful looks with the palette, I also made sure the products worked together to create the most flattering eye effects.  Such as making your eyes look bigger, brighter, more awake, creating a thicker lash illusion, etc.
Like I said, a palette that worked.

A really helpful booklet comes with each palette containing photos of different looks and eye effects I've created with the palette as well as step-by-step instructions on how you easily recreate these with my palette.
Here's a sample of the looks and eye effects in the booklet...

So from start to finish, I completely envisioned this palette. The concept, the products, the colors.  All which work together to create exactly what I had wanted and more. It was so wonderful working with Sigma Beauty on this and they made sure that everything I wanted and envisioned happened. It's been such a rewarding experience. I didn't just put my name on something that someone else created. I really am proud of this palette and I created it with you all in mind. I hope you all love it!

OH and can we please talk about the gel liners for a minute??

I knew I wanted to include liners and shadows together in this palette. So not only does it include the FIRST ever gel liners for Sigma Beauty, but a double-ended pencil as well.  No worries about them drying out... The gel liner pots are REMOVABLE so you can use them outside of the palette and come with a nice lid you should replace every time (which I removed for the photo).
I was so picky about the gel liners. I'm a liner girl and I like my black and brown to be super pigmented. These totally are... and they are really long-wearing.

Ok, ok... so here is what the palette/kit contains:

8 eye shadows
2 gel liners
1 "Brighten-Up" double-sided pencil
2 brushes (double-sided) E55 & E30
Booklet with photos and my instructions for different looks and effects you can create with this palette

*Also, with every Defining Eyes order, you will receive a free E05 travel-sized liner brush which is a perfect addition to the palette. ;)

 Here's some more eye candy...

 eye shadows (left-right): Brunette, Chestnut, Smoke, Beam
eye shadows (left-right): In the Dark, Midnight, Fog, Halo

Gel Liner in Blackout

Gel Liner in Chocolate

Gel Liners: Blackout (top), Chocolate (bottom)

"Brighten Up" double-sided eye pencil

E30 & E55 double-sided brush

Also, I hope you all got a chance to see my "First Look" post a few weeks back where after teasing you all long enough, I finally revealed the inside of the palette. I also shared lots of photos from my Defining Eyes pre-launch event at the Mall of America.
 It was such a successful event and SUCH and incredible and fun experience meeting you all and seeing your reactions in person to the palette.
The lucky peeps who came that day even got to purchase the palette before anyone else.

I've been completely overwhelmed with all of the love, photos, and amazing compliments I've received since from the people at the event who have been enjoying my palette. I cannot WAIT until all of you are able to get one. It's going to be so unreal knowing that my little "creations" are going all over the world!

Keep in mind, this is a limited edition palette (quantities are limited). So be sure to take advantage of my discount code and get yours while you can!  

Also, don't miss my newest tutorial using my new Defining Eyes palette: Breaking Dawn Part 2: Bella's Vampire Makeup Tutorial

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HUGE Forever 21 Fashion Haul! Crazy huge.

Forever 21 is one of those places that I really don't shop at regularly. I'll find a gem occasionally, but I've never had success with finding great things consistently. Part of the issue is that I'm not crazy about shopping in the actual store.  I'm a Forever21 online fan.
So Forever21 and I have some issues.

Anyway, I found a CRAZY amount of amazing things there recently. I placed a huge order after exploring the site for hours looking through pages and pages of things that seemed too good to be true.

I totally didn't expect to be MORE pleased with all of the stuff in person. Seriously, so many items were even better quality than I expected and the material seriously rivals things I've paid three times the price for.
Granted, I've found some treasures at Forever21 in the past, but never this much.

Ok, ok... I could seriously go on and on.  Here's the goods!


Collective OOTD's (Nov. 1-17, 2012)

 Hello loves! Sorry about the little gap in OOTD posts. I decided to stretch this one out a bit..
Well, it's been a little over two weeks since the last post and I've got a LOT to share! Well, a lot considering I didn't really take a lot of OOTD photos during the first part of the month (explains the little gap...). I typically do an OOTD every other day so I guess it makes sense. Anyway,  hope you guys enjoy!

I LOVE this top. It's literally called the "silk shirt" from VS online and it's amazing. It comes in a million colors and it's fabulous. I wore this outfit to see Breaking Dawn Part 2 on opening day (and ended up wiping waterfalls of tears on the black cuff because I thought I was too tough to cry at a Twilight movie and didn't bring tissues... so bring tissues, that's all I'm sayin).
 top: Moda (VS Online), 7 For All Mankind, Tory Burch "Sophie" wedges, Club Monaco necklace, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford "Racquel" sunglasses, J. Crew phone cover

This is definitely my favorite outfit out of the whole bunch this time around. Faux fur, faux leather leggins... I call this "faux cavewoman chic". ;)
Sabine vest, LNA top, Club Monaco leggings, Express necklace, J. Crew necklace, Henri Bendel bangle, J.Crew phone case

 I wore this look out to dinner at a fun spot in Atlanta. I absolutely love mixing my favorite tough-looking leather jacket with super feminine pieces like the silk shirt underneath and the shoes.
 Tinley Road jacket, J. Crew silk blouse, 7 For All Mankind leggings, Christian Louboutin "simple" pumps

 I love the easy feel of this look. I wore this out shopping during the day and then out to a relaxed dinner with my husband and some of friends.
 Brandy Melville sweater, LNA leggings, House of Harlow resin necklace, Frye "carmen" harness boots

I'm not even going to lie to you... I have no idea where the heck I was going when I wore this...haha
But I love this look.
Tinley  Road leather jacket, H&M top, 7 For All Mankind leggings, Target boots

Sometimes (ok, most days), I just want to be comfortable. This top is what I like to call a "best friend" wardrobe item. You know, those items that always feel right and that you always feel comfortable and good in.
 Michael Stars top, 7 For All Mankind skinnies, Steve Madden boots, Nashelle necklace

 When I look at this photo, all I can think about is how much I love these shoes. Love. These. Shoes.
 Express top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, J. Crew flats, Henri Bendel studded bangle, cuffs from thecurrentcustom.com, Louis Vuitton

This top brings back good (and kind of stressful...haha) memories. A few Septembers ago during my trip to Paris to work on the Paris Palette with Sigma Beauty, my luggage didn't make it. For 2 days. So we went on a super quick trip to H&M to buy a few things. Which was stressful because for trips, I like planning outfits ahead of time and not just picking out stuff on the fly.  So I grabbed this top figuring I couldn't go wrong with it (and some underwear, hello), and it's one of my all time favorite tops. So comfy and perfect and appropriate anywhere, anytime.
H&M top, 7 For All Mankind leggings, Frye "Carmen" harness boots

Hope you guys enjoyed a little peek into the outfits I put together over the past few weeks! Until next time, loves!

Manicure Tutorial! How I Get Salon Results at Home....

Happy Saturday Loves!! I'm really excited to share this video/tutorial with you all today because nails have been a bit of an obsession for me lately. All the fun nail art ideas, crazy colors, and glitter...  So many possibilities to express yourself.

You can have all the nail polish in the world, but when it comes to really getting your nails looking like those Instagram/Pinterest photos (yeah, you've seen 'em), things can get tricky.
It's not just about a steady hand or good quality products, it's mostly about how you care for your nails.  I've discovered some great products and simple tricks to get nails looking Pinterest-worthy.  For a super easy and fool-proof painting technique, check out my video below as well.
Nail salons... who needs them? ;)
Hope you guys enjoy!


Colorful Autumn Makeup Look & Tutorial

I'm absolutely loving this different and colorful makeup look for Autumn! You can easily take this into the holidays as well for any type of party or event. It's so fun and unique... So different from the typical darker Fall looks.  I actually used fun and bright colors for this! Colors you wouldn't typically associate with this season. However, when all put together, it works!
Hope you love it!

Products Used:
MAC Paint Pot in Idyllic
MAC eye shadows:
Carefree (ProLongwear formula)
Creme de Violet
Loreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense
Lancome Hypnose Star mascara
MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass in Lasting Achievement
MAC Lipglass in Pink Lemonade
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Stellar
Too Faced Candlelight Highlighting Powder
Sigma Brushes: P86, E30, E55, E20, E40, E50, F40, F55

not shown:
Sigma Brow Kit
Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Foundation & Undereye Concealer