Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Makeup Looks: Halloween Smokey Eye

Back in the summer, I posted a nude-toned and orange makeup look on the blog. My bestie, Sara, suggested that the look would be perfect for Halloween too! While I loved the original look because of the subtle nude and the pop of orange, I wanted to make it even more Halloween-y for October. I decided to go for a smokey eye, with a pop of orange, to play off the classic Halloween colors.

Smokey eye makeup for Halloween

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Haunted Mansion

In my last post, I talked about my love for cats and Halloween. Another one of my major loves is Disney. From age 2 through 18, my dad took me to Disney World every other year. It is probably my favorite place on Earth. I have gone back a bunch of times as an adult, and I am just as filled with magic as when I was a kid.

This is not the first time I have done Disney Halloween nail art, last year I took inspiration from The Nightmare Before Christmas and did Sally nail art. This year, I went with of my favorite Disney rides, The Haunted Mansion.

The Haunted Mansion nail art for Halloween

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Zombie Cat

It's pretty clear that my favorite holiday is Halloween. And, if you have been following my blog for a while, you'd know that my favorite animals are cats. So if you combine Halloween and cats, that's a winner in my book. Ben's dad knew that when he got me a little zombie kitty figurine for Chanukkah last year.

That little zombie cat has a permanent home on my nail desk. All year long I look at him while I paint my nails, just waiting for Halloween.

Zombie cat nail art for Halloween

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Halloween Makeup Looks: Harley Quinn

It is no secret that ever since the trailer for Suicide Squad came out, Harley Quinn has become insanely popular. Of course she had a strong following before then, but it seems like the movie made her more mainstream. I have been keeping this to myself because I didn't want to be cliche, but after seeing Suicide Squad, I fell in love with her too.

This year for Halloween, every girl and her sister will be dressed up as Harley Quinn. Even though I will not be going out as her this year, since lots of other girls (and guys!) will be, I wanted to put together a Harley Quinn makeup look for Halloween.

Harley Quinn makeup look for Halloween

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

September 2016 Round Up

The end of September and the start of October has been a whirlwind! If you follow me on Instagram, you would know why. This month has been crazy busy, and full of ups and downs. Ben and I had lots of fun at the Ren Faire, and going out to celebrate his birthday. We also had a second engagement photo session done (photos from that are coming soon). Finally, after months of anticipation, we ran a 5k, which was a blast!

Sadly, at the end of this month, my grandpa passed away at 98 years old. I was very close with him and I am going to miss him so much. As I grew up we had amazing times together filled with lots of laughs and happiness. I am sad to say bye to him, but happy to know that he is finally reunited with my grandma, and they can dance together forever.

Nail Art

September nail art

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Halloween Bouquet

Happy first day of Halloween! For most people Halloween is just on October 31st, but for crazy Halloween people like myself, it goes all October long. To celebrate the first day of Halloween, my dad and I used to shop for new decorations, and decorate the house, and Ben and I are going to be continuing the tradition.

The first day of Halloween also means a month of Halloween looks on the blog! I am starting off with a subtle Halloween nail art look that I have wanted to do for a while.

Stripes and roses Halloween nail art.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

5k Glow Run: Post Race Recap

I ran my very first 5k on Saturday: the Glow Run. It was a nighttime race with a glow in the dark and neon theme. I have been training and looking forward to the race for months, and now that it's over, I wanted to share my experiences.

What to wear to a glow run 5k

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Glow Race 5k Nails

Today is the big day! I am running with Ben in my first 5k race today. As I mentioned, this is a glow race, so the race is at night. Everything is going to be neon and glow in the dark. I am so excited to get all dressed up, and getting dressed up also means matching nails.

I knew I wanted to start with neon, so my nails could be as bright as possible. Next, I added a layer of glow in the dark top coat so that they would glow when the sun went down. Finally, I added some contrasting black nail art to match the shirt I painted, plus a big 5k.

Glow run 5k nail art

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Look Book: B+W Peplum

Peplum made a huge comeback in fashion a few years ago. Is is starting to go out of style by now? Maybe so, but I don't care! I love how feminine and flattering peplum is. I pretty much buy anything peplum that I can get my hands on!

On a recent trip to Forever 21, I saw a black and white peplum top and I instantly fell in love. Do I need another peplum top? Probably not. But I saw the black mesh top, the contrasting white, and the plunging back, and I knew it had to be mine.

Black and white peplum top

Saturday, September 17, 2016


Sometimes, I get inspired and pick nail polish to create art. Other times, the nail polish inspires me. That was the case with Ciate Heirloom from the 2015 Mini Mani Month advent box. This is a gorgeous duochrome that shifts from reds and oranges to purples and golds.

I love the name Heirloom and it got me thinking about family keepsakes. I added gold flakes to play off the gold shifts in the nail polish, but also because a lot of the time heirlooms are made of gold. I also included a cameo, which I feel is an iconic heirloom.

Gold flake and cameo nail art with Ciate Heirloom

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Save Money with Groupon Coupons

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Have you seen those extreme couponers? It's crazy how much money you can save using coupons. I make it a point to use coupons every chance I get. I am no where near as intense as those extreme couponers, but using coupons does add up in savings, and we all know how much I love to save money.

Betsey Johnson Star bag and beige booties

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Save Money With Groupon

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Those that know me know that I am cheap frugal. There's no shame in it, I love saving money! It gives me a thrill knowing that I got an awesome deal. Some of my favorite ways to save money are to pick through clearance racks, and using coupons.

Cowgirl boots

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Every year, Ben and I like to go to the Maryland Renaissance Festival. If you have never been to a Ren Faire, its basically a lot of people dressed up, Shakespeare plays, jousting, great food, and shops. It's a lot of fun talking to people and pretending like I'm back in time. Plus I enjoy any event where I get to dress up.

What to wear to a Renaissance fair

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Look Book: Hippie at Heart

Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the 1960's. Everything from the clothes, to the music, I was obsessed. I wished that I could have grown up dancing at music festivals and going to protests while spreading a message of love. My first tattoo was of a rainbow peace sign that I got to represent that I am a hippie at heart.

One of the destinations that Ben and I will be visit during our honeymoon is San Francisco. Of course, I had to get some flowers for my hair! I picked up a flower crown, but I knew I couldn't wait until next summer to wear it. To feature this flower crown, I needed a hippie inspired look!

Lace top and a flower crown

Saturday, September 3, 2016

August 2016 Round Up

I can't believe summer is almost over and fall is around the corner. I can't wait for the best season ever. Everything from sweaters and scarves, to Halloween and pumpkin everything, I am so excited!

August was a fun and busy month filled with family visits. Unfortunately that meant not getting as much done around the house, or for the wedding, as we would have liked. On top of that, we started training for the 5k that is later this month.

Nail Art

Claws Up nail art blog

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

On My Way to a 5k: Prepare to Glow

I mentioned a little while ago that Ben and I have been running for almost a year now. A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to run my first 5k! For the past few weeks, Ben and I have been training, and we have been running 5ks after work once a week. I am trying to shorten my time and my goal is to be under 40 minutes.

Since I am new to running, and with my busy schedule I don't have as much time as I'd like to get better, I knew for my first 5k I wanted it to be a fun run. I needed something relaxed and not competitive so I would feel comfortable taking walk breaks, which I still need a lot of.

After searching online, Ben and I took the plunge and signed up for the Glow Run in Herndon,VA. Before the race there is a pre-run party where they will be handing out prizes for the glowiest costumes. I'm pretty sure that is a word, yes. I already knew I wanted to dress up for my first 5k, but now I knew I needed to go all out.

What to wear to a glow run

Saturday, August 27, 2016


I don't know what's going on with me this summer, but I have been feeling uninspired. I hate all my nail polish colors, and have been feeling too lazy to recreate the looks I've pinned. After a lot of thinking I decided I wanted to do some red and summery, and I ended up with picnic nail art.

Picnic nail art

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Makeup Looks: Lemon Drop

Fruit in the summer is the best. Actually it's best in the fall too (hello pumpkin everything!). I love snaking on fresh fruit, and sipping on fruity drinks. I have actually been drinking lemon water almost every day!

I just wanted to have some fun and do a simple lemon makeup look. I just used a yellow eyeshadow on my eyes and lips, and then I stuck on a few lemon fimos.

Lemon makeup look

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Physician's Formula Shimmer StripsCustom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner Nude Collection

It's pretty obvious that I love experimenting with fun makeup looks, since I have a makeup blog. I like more bold and colorful looks, but my normal day-to-day makeup is much simpler. I go to work really early, so to maximize my much needed sleep, I wear pretty basic makeup.

My go-to eye makeup for work is a nude, shimmery eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. It started with only one eyeshadow that I wore to work, and then I bought a palette with three colors. After going through those, I wanted to add a few more shades to my rotation.

Physician's Formula Shimmer StripsCustom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner Nude Collection

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Look Book: Summer Uniform

I have gotten to that point in the summer where it is just too hot to think about choosing clothes. All I want to do is stay cool, and be comfortable. I have been pretty much wearing the same outfit every weekend (no shame).

In other news, I have new hair! I am slowly but surely getting my hair the color I want for my wedding. That means right now I am rocking wine colored hair tucked under my brunette hair. I can't wait to see it transform over the next new months!

Split back tank top, green shorts, and wine colored hair



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