Archives for the month of: July, 2013

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Story behind foto: It’s Friday, weekend is only a few hours away and I feel like a nice tall glass of red wine – Zin. 

“Red red wine you make me feel so fine

You keep me rocking all of the time

Red red wine you make me feel so grand

I feel a million dollars when your just in my hand…”

What wine do you prefer?

-Cat

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Story Behind Foto: My favorite season is Summer! I love the weather, even though in the valley we get triple digits quite often. However, I thoroughly enjoy waking up to a bright sunny morning. My favorite time during summer is around 10:30am, it is still warm enough outside but not quite hot yet, it feels even better when there’s a slight breeze. My favorite time of the day!

When I lived in Southern California and hear the song below, I would imagine myself driving a convertible down PCH, taking-in the beautiful scenery and watching the sunset. Oh how I miss those beautiful sunsets over the ocean.

Summertime by Sublime, click here.

Hope you enjoy,

CAT

Welcome to C to C Friendspirations! We’re really excited to share our favorite summer nail polish, thus far, with you all.

Check out Cristy’s: 

Sinful Colors – Innocent. A lime green polish with a close resemblance to DID IT ON EM from the OPI, Nicki Minaj nail polish line. I typically use this one on my toes, but whenever I feel like being a bit wild, I definitely break out my Innocent polish.

Green Nails

L.A. Girl Disco Brights – Dance Craze. The picture does not do this polish justice, Dance Craze is more of a peach color with strong orange undertones and it is by far my favorite of the four. I’ve been rocking this most of the summer.

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Orly – Crush on You. A muted tangerine color. Typically I avoid orange polishes as they remind me of Halloween, but this one hits the spot for me. It’s a muted orange and it has a very fresh and summer feel.

Orange Nails

ORLY – Passion Fruit. A bright,  borderline highlighter pink polish. Not only does it dry super fast, but the color just makes me feel happy, not to mention it does not chip easily.

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Cat’s faves: 

Sally HansenBarracuda, a beautiful milky blue. Barracuda is definitely one of my top 5 favorites of all time.

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Essie’s- In The Cabana,  a deeper teal. I recently purchased this one and I absolutely love it, but be sure to wear a base coat because it stains.

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Rimmel London – Mintilicious. The picture does not show its true color, it dries to a gorgeous teal leaning more on the green side.

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Orly’s – White Tips. A plain white, nothing super special about it, except for when I wear it I feel crisp, clean, and tan. It would not be summer without a little white polish in the mix.

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As you can tell, we’re polar opposites!

Feel free to share your favorite summer colors with us.

– Cristy & Cat

Summer 2013 Butterfly

Story Behind Foto: much like butterflies, life is about becoming something better. It is about transformation, leaving our cocoon behind and reemerging as a beautiful butterfly.

Here’s a quote that inspired today’s post: “Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” ~~ Eckhart Tolle

Good luck on your journey,

CAT

Hello, my name is Cat and I have a problem… I am addicted watching make-up videos on YouTube! That’s right, you heard right – beauty videos on YouTube!

Most nights before falling asleep, you’ll see me in bed with my iPad resting on my chest, earphones securely place on my ears, watching “Beauty Guru’s” reviewing, giving tutorials, and sharing their favorite beauty related products on YouTube. One of the women I watch is Marlena (aka MakeUp Geek).

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Marlena has been sharing makeup and beauty video for five years on her channel and considers herself a Makeup Educator not necessarily a “Makeup Artist.” She also created an online store and a personal blog. Not too long ago, Marlena release her own makeup line.

Here are a few of the Makeup Geek shadows:

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Let’s get to the point of this post. Over a year ago, I had the honor of personally meeting Marlena and the Makeup Geek team. I met them at an open casting call for models in Sacramento. No, no, I am not a model, but it was an opportunity I could not pass on. Fortunately, for me, I was selected as one of her models and recently was featured on the Makeup Geek website and YouTube channel. I wanted to share my experience with any fellow Makeup Geek fans!

My shoot was scheduled in the afternoon at Makeup Geek headquarters in Sacramento. I met her staff and they took my on a tour of their office/studio. They made sure I was comfortable and were so hospitable.

Yes, I was a little star struck to meet Marlena once again, but she’s so sweet and kind that right away I felt as though we were good friends working together on a project.

Marlena went on to explain the inspiration for the look – the packaging for Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods: a pretty mix of purplely pink with some rustic gold and bronzy colors. I almost hyperventilated because I would never dare to wear so much color on my eyelids, but Miss Makeup Geek knew what she was doing. The look came out to be a pretty, dramatic smoky eye, with huge flirty lashes.

See the entire tutorial below:

As a perk of the gig, I was mailed Makeup Geek eye shadows and a check, thank you Marlena! Here are the colors.

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To learn more about Makeup Geek click here.

You should know, that I had a great time and I hope to be called back again (hint, hint, Marlena). The shoot took about 3 hours from beginning to end.

Thank you for visiting C to C,

CAT

 

Happy 4th of July and welcome back to our 4th day of 4th of July nails!

For our final nail art post I decided to go with something simple yet fun, I like to call it Party in the USA. There is no need for any fancy artistic technique for this design, simply have fun with it. The picture of the final product is self explanatory, but just in case you want to know what strategy I used, read below.

What you will need:

  1. Red nail polish (Sally Hansen)
  2. Royal blue nail polish w/blue glitter undertone (Sinful Colors at CVS)
  3. Glitter polish with red, blue and silver sparkles (Off Brand)
  4. Angled paint brush + nail polish remover
  5. Miley CyrusParty in the USA playing in the background 😉

polish

Steps:

I have this horrible habit of applying too many colors and too many layers at the same time and then simply ruining my polish.  Since I knew I would be using three different colors this time around, I decided to take it one color at a time.

1. Painted my thumb, middle and pinky fingers with the red polish and let the 1st and 2nd coat completely dry before moving on to the next color. Once these were completely dry I took my angled brush, dipped it in nail polish remover and cleaned around the edges. I chose to go with the red first, because it has been my experience that red polish is the messiest…especially when it comes to cleaning around the edges.

2. I went ahead and did one coat of glitter on my ring and pinky fingers.

3. I then applied two coats of the blue polish on my index finger. While that dried I applied two more coats of glitter on my ring and pinky fingers.

4. When the blue was completely dry I cleaned around the edges, applied top coat and wallahhh!

Like I said, the design is pretty simple, but I love it and I will definitely be rocking it at the 4th of July block party.

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– CRISTY

 

 

Thank you for coming back and taking a peek at our 3rd day of 4th of July nails !

Today’s design is what I like to call Patriotic Tye Dye. I came across a similar design (with different colors) on Pinterest and I thought it would be an awesome effect to try for 4th of July. The design is messy and fun.

You’ll need:

  1. White nail polish
  2. Royal blue nail polish
  3. Bright red nail polish
  4. make-up wedge (latex-free)
  5. Flat, angled paint brush
  6. Nail polish remover

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Step 1: Take your wedge sponge and dab a drop of each polish on a corner of the wedge sponge ( I recommend you used a latex-free sponge, as it is less porous). Allow the colors to overlap each other.

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Step 2: Take the sponge and start dabbing it on your fingernail until nail is completely covered.

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Step 3: Allow polish to dry and then take the angled paint brush, dip it in nail polish remover and clean up any messy edges.

Step 4: If you wish, add some subtle glitter, if not go ahead and add some top coat and walaaah!

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Thank you for stopping by and stay tuned for the final 4th of July post tomorrow!

– Cristy

Hi there, welcome back to day two of our 2013 4th of July Nails series!

Today’s design is easy and festive.

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Here are the products I used:

(Red) China Glaze “Cranberry Splash”

(White) Orly “White Tips”

(Blue) Julep “Ally”

(Glitter) Julep “Fireworks”

Small fine brush

I started off by painting my nails a solid white.

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Then I painted on Red and Blue stars.

Finally, I add a tiny bit of glitter on the edges. I could not help myself; “Fireworks” by Julep is like Fourth of July in a bottle! I LOVE it!

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Well, here’s the final design. Remember to top it off by using a clear top coat.

Come back tomorrow to see Cristy’s design.

Thank you for your visit,

CAT

P.s. the design was inspired by Miss Jen Fabulous, check out her YouTube channel.

Here’s the first in our 2013 4th of July Nails Series.

Products I used:

(Red) China Glaze “Cranberry Splash”

(White) Orly “White Tips”

(Blue) Julep “Ally”

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Start by painting your nails with a white base on your four fingers, and blue on the thumb.

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Then I added tiny “stars” on my thumb. Be sure the polish is still wet to secure the stars and top it off with a clear coat. Remember you can always pain on little stars or simply use a silver glitter polish to resemble stars.

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Next, use painter tape and cut little strips. Add those strips to your four fingers with the white base.

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After, add red polish on top of your four nails. Let the polish dry for a few seconds and peel off.

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Remember to add a top coat to add shine and here you have the final look!

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The design is quick and easy to re-create. Go ahead, rock that flag!

Thanks for your visit, remember to come back tomorrow for a new look.

-CAT

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