Yellow Jackson Pollock Manicure

I’m trying to branch out into buying more products from small businesses, so I went a little nuts on Etsy. I have several new polishes in my collection, but the first one I’ve tried is Mod Laquer’s Salida Del Sol polish ($9.50) from the Southwest Spring Collection.

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This is a multi-glitter polish (I’ve counted 7 distinct glitters in here and I’m not entirely sure that I picked out all of them) with a sheer yellow base that’s not quite a jelly- more of a glazed finish. However, there’s so much rainbow glitter that it actually makes it look pretty opaque after just two coats. The glitter is really well distributed and applies super evenly. You can see some texture in these pictures due to the massive amount of glitter. A topcoat should help make it look smoother.

Mod Laquer Salida Del Sol nail polish Southwest Spring Collection

The coolest thing about this polish is how the different glitters create kind of a splatter paint effect when they’re all combined together. It reminds me of Jackson Pollock! At the very least, it reminds me of my favorite splatterpaint t-shirt from my 90’s childhood.

You can also buy this in a set of all four full sized Southwest Spring polishes ($28.50) or  a mini version of the same set ($12).

Bright Plum and Orange Eyes

Quick post because I am sleepy. Today I wore a super fun plum and orange look using a few of the more vibrant shades from my BH Cosmetics 88 Color Cool Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($19.95), lined with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper ($18) and finished with a coat of L’Oreal Waterproof Voluminous Volume Building Mascara ($7.99).

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I’m also wearing  Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed ($30) on cheeks and Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball Lipstick in Smitten ($22)lipstick queen butterfly ball smitter bh cosmetics 88 color cool matte palette kat von d tattoo linerSo… sleepy…purple orange warm summer eyeshadow black eyeliner makeup

I also got my hair done today! I’m really excited about it. Itook my hair as dark as my complexion allows (jet black looks funny on me) and have sneaky rose gold peekaboo highlights. Oh my god, these highlights, you have no idea how badly I’ve wanted rose gold highlights. And they’re so subtle! One second they’re hidden under my hair and then BAM! Love it. If you live in the Chicago area, Salon Tress is the place to be.

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Jenna Hipp x Costco Nail Polish

Thank you to Maiden Aunt for the heads up about these polishes. Super exciting! They’re already sold out online, but there were a ton at my local Costco last week. Pick one up if you’re a member; it’s a steal at only $15!

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First I tried out Freshmaker and Hashtag. These are very creamy with no shimmer. The formula for these pastel polishes was a little streaky at 2 coats, so I ended up with 3 coats for these pictures.

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Then I tried out the two glitter topcoats. I applied “Hollywood Reporter” holo glitter over the minty, Tiffany blue polish and “Afterparty,” a chunky metallic pink glitter over the orange shade. I had a hard time getting the pink glitter to distribute evenly, which I think was due to the tiny brush and not so much the polish itself. As a result, I ended up with two coats of Afterparty, which was overkill. It looked SO much better with one coat (even if it was a little uneven). Hollywood Reporter was a little easier, I only used one coat for that one.

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Then I went for the green and gold shades. I love “Look Hot Feel Cool.” This is a rich, true green polish with an interesting satin finish and a hint of golden sparkle in the right light. I couldn’t stop staring at it, it’s just such a pretty color. “Awards Season” is on my ring fingers, it’s a lovely gold that is truly metallic. It’s kind of an ashy, cool-toned gold that works well with my paleness. The gold does show brushstrokes for me, though. These polishes both had better workability than the pastels. These pictures show 2 coats of each polish.

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So if you have a Costco membership, get these as soon as you can. And if you don’t have a membership- why not? Costco is the best store ever (and is one of the most ethically run companies in America)!

Tropical Citrus Pinup

Sometimes I chose the look and sometimes the look chooses itself. Tonight I was going for something really simple using my Nyx Glam Aqua Luxe Liner in Lagoon ($5.49), and the color was so playful that I had no choice but to make the rest of my face just as cheerful.

I paired the liner with some warm citrus and bronze shades from my BH Cosmetics 88 Color Cool Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($19.95) and finished with a coat of L’Oreal Waterproof Voluminous Volume Building Mascara ($7.99).

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In addition, I’m wearing all three shades of my Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed ($30) on cheeks and Electric Grandma OCC Lip Tar mixed with Authentic Lip Tar ($18 separately, or $49 in a set of 5 colors) on lips. Oh, and we can’t forget my crazy red, gold and black Stanley Cup nails.


Oh, and how awesome is that necklace??? Rockin’ that Miss Cleo swag.

Blackhawks Manicure!


Seriously, though, I’ve never been a sports fan. Soccer and hockey were the only sports I could stand, but my hometown is known for its generally lackluster fandom so I never really paid attention to any teams (sorry Atlanta, I love you guys but it’s true). So imagine my surprise when I moved to Chicago and saw not only my friends, but the whole town going CRAZY for their hockey team. I mean, there were banners and signs everywhere early in the playoffs, and now that we’re in the cup you can’t go anywhere without seeing something about the hawks.

I’ve been watching games with some of my classmates for the last month and I’ve gotten really into it! It’s fun to be a part of such a passionate group of people and to represent my city. So in honor of the hawks playing in the Stanley Cup, I painted my nails red with black and gold glitter in honor of the team. Technically it should be red, black and white, but I think the gold works if you look at their home game uniforms. I showed it to a group of boys and they were impressed (the first time I’ve gotten boys to legitimately care about my nails), so I think it passes the test.


As for the polish, I’m wearing Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Laquer in Bloody Mary ($13). This is a brand that I found through Ipsy and I love it. It’s so smooth and opaque- this is only one coat you’re looking at! If I hadn’t slathered it with glitter, I don’t even know if I would have bothered with a second coat.

The glitter is two coats of Sephora by OPI Jewelry Top Coats Come To Paparazzi (on sale for $5!). Pretty, pretty.


OCC Black Dahlia Nail Lacquer

I finally tried my OCC Black Dahlia Nail Lacquer ($10) out. It’s really pretty! I was surprised by the workability, however. The polish was really thick, so the first coat went on pretty streaky. Thankfully, the thickness makes it super opaque, so a second coat evened everything out. Maybe it varies between the shades or maybe it was just my bottle, but the end result was lovely so I’ll forgive the initial difficulty. I always love a nice off-black polish. It’s hard to tell from these pictures (my camera doesn’t do dark tones well), but it’s exceptionally glossy even without a topcoat. Very expensive-looking finish, which is never a bad thing.
This picture makes the bottle look HUGE! It’s actually a normal size, I swear.

June Ipsy and Birchbox Breakdowns

This month’s Birchbox didn’t have ANY makeup, but I still liked what I got. It included:

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A minty, pistachio nail polish – London Calling from the Color Club Wanderlust Collection ($8 for a set of four mini polishes). I thought it was weird in the bottle, but I really like it on my fingers. This is a Birchbox exclusive, and they say it’s supposed to be a combination of pastel and neon. It actually is, which is pretty cool. It’s pale yet vibrant. In the early 90’s we called it Day-Glo, I don’t know if anyone else remembers that. Considering how big 90’s fashion is getting (YAY), expect day-glo to be the next big thing. It was one of my favorite things to wear when I was little.
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This nail polish alone made the box worthwhile for me. I love it so much and I’ve gotten several compliments.

Then we have the less exciting (but still useful) stuff:

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($18). This one speaks for itself, dry shampoo is dry shampoo. This is definitely a nicer one and dry shampoo can be a real lifesaver when I don’t have time to wash and style my hair before running out the door (this happens more frequently than I’d like to admit). However, I don’t think I’d pay $18 when I know I can buy something similar at Ulta for $7.99.

Tweezerman Matchbox Itty Bitty Nail Files ($4) What? Why? These are cute, but they seem like a novelty product. I don’t file my nails often, so the cute, Madewell emery board they sent me a couple of months ago is enough. And why would I ever need to take a box full of mini emery boards with me? If the idea is to save space, then why not just one tiny nail file and not a whole box full of them? I mean, they’re cute and they work perfectly well, but this is impractical. I now have enough nail files to last me forever. Please no more, Birchbox.

SW Basics Lip Balm ($15 for a 4-pack) – I’ve been getting more and more into healthy, ethically made organic products, so I really like this. The smell is pleasant and it feels nice and soft. Way better than standard chapstick.

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser ($32.95) This stuff really worked! The exfoliating bits are REALLY gritty and it felt like sandpaper on my skin, but my face did feel super soft and smooth later.

Then there’s the June Ipsy Glam Bag, which was ALL makeup (and how great is that neon and leopard bag?). I got:

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Nyx Powder Blush in Angel ($4.99). I already have this same blush since I have tons of Nyx, so I may give this to a friend. Still a great product.

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner with Built-In Brush ($21) This was really nice and I love the built in brush! This will be really great for storing in my bag without worrying about a brush rattling around, getting lost or dirty.

J.Cat Beauty Eyelashes + Eyelash Glue 66 ($3.99) I haven’t tried them yet, but they seem promising and they say they’re real human hair. I was looking around at the J. Cat website, and their packaging looks a lot like the old Nyx line. I guess it’s the same manufacturer? This is good, since their prices are a little cheaper than Nyx’s. I’m going to have to try some more of their stuff!

J. Cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette in Suzie ($4.49), I’m a little too old for body glitter, but this is still a fun freebie. It’s not meant to be used on eyes, however I tried it out anyway.  The key is to pat it on in thin layers so it doesn’t smudge into clumps.

Here it is with just a thin layer of the rose gold glitter. Just a subtle, pretty sheen:j cat glitter cream palette rose gold

Then I added a little more and tried it with the Cailyn liner and filled in lips with the Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tipsy ($12), covered in clear lip balm. I didn’t expect much from the Starlooks pencil, but it was actually really nice and creamy.

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Just to see how far I could take it, I added even MORE and did glitter lips, too. I mean, I wouldn’t wear this look except as a costume, but this is a blog about fun with makeup, so I went for it.

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What is up with me covering myself in glitter lately? I’m not reverting to a tween, I promise.