Wednesday, April 24, 2013

ABC Nail Challenge: Letter P

Time for Letter P from the ABC Nail Challenge! I can not believe we only have 10 letters left! Today I am super excited about the polish I chose. Last summer NYC came out with a limited edition collection called Summer in the City, and there was this amazing polish that was part of that collection and I could never find it. Trust me I spend all summer trying to hunt it down. Well this past weekend, my husband and I went to visit my Mom and we stopped by a Dollar Tree on the way down there and I found the oh so hard to find limited edition polish!!! YAY! The polish is called Peach Sparkle and I just LOVE it and feel like I totally scored by finding it for $1.00!

The polish goes on very nicely I do think it is a bit sheer, so I used 3 coats. I'm thinking about trying it over black and white and see how it turns out. It dries super quick too, usually I dread trying to use 3 coats of polish, but this dried so fast it was no big deal.

This is a peach colored polish with major gold shimmer to it. So glad that my camera picked up a very accurate shot of this beautiful polish.

Be sure to see what the other ladies did with the letter P!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mini Shop and Show: Dollar Tree

By now you know that I love finding beauty products at super cheap prices and The Dollar Tree is one of my favorite places to go on a hunt for beauty products. Sometimes you can find great stuff and other times it's just a fail. This weekend I feel like I scored big time when I stopped in at a Dollar Tree while traveling to my Mom's house. I found Sinful Colors and NYC polishes!

The NYC polishes came 2 to a pack for $1.00, these retail for $1.72 each at Walmart, so to get 2 for $1.00 was super. Then I open up the packaging and find that one of the polishes was a polish that I spent all summer of last year trying to track down. It was a limited edition polish from the Summer in the City collection called Peach Sparkle, seriously made me so flipping excited to find that! The other polish that came in the pack is called Murray Hill Mauve, which is a color that I already own.

I will have more in-depth photos of Peach Sparkle on Wednesday in my ABC Nail Challenge Post.

I also found, as I said above some Sinful Colors polishes, these retail for $1.99 and you can find them at RiteAid and some Walmart stores. I picked up #946 Happy Ending, which is a beautiful bright green that has a hint of gold shimmer and #1145 Hot Hot Heat, it's a beautiful metallic burgundy.

Have you spotted any Sinful Colors or NYC at your local Dollar Tree?
L-R: Murray Hill Mauve, Peach Sparkle, Hot Hot Heat, Happy Ending

Could not resist adding a photo of my cat Mopey :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I Love Spring Tag

I love doing tag posts and was glad to see that Martha, from Quick Cheap and Pretty tagged me to so the I Love Spring Tag! If you have not checked out Martha's blog, you should do that right after you read this post :) She blogs about fashion, beauty and other things.
Thanks for tagging me Martha!

1.What's your favorite spring nail polish?
For spring I love pastel colors for early spring and then as the weather heats up I'll bring out the brighter colors.
Lexington Yellow from NYC

One Big Happy Fame-ily from Nicole by OPI
Blue Ming from Color Club
2. What is your must-have lip color this spring?
I really love nudes all year round, but for spring I might break out a light pink or peach color.

3. Show us your favorite spring dress!  
I don't wear dresses, but I love a good cute jean skirt.

4.What's your favorite flower?
I love Gerber Daisies, Lilies and tulips
Flowers my Husband got me for Valentines/Anniversary in 2012 (Gerber Daisy)
Flowers my Husband got me for Valentines/Anniversary in 2012 (Lily)
5. What is your favorite spring scarf/accessory?
I don't have any special accessories that I wear in the spring only, but I guess I'd have to say some hoop earrings because I love they way they look when I have my hair pulled up.

6. What spring trends are you most excited about this year?
More nude looking makeup, pinks and Emerald green is supposed to be hot this spring/summer

7. Favorite spring candle? 
Anything floral

8. Favorite body spray/perfume?
Wild Honeysuckle from Bath & Body Works

9. What is spring like where you live?

10. What is your favorite thing about spring? 
All the flowers, the warm weather. Just love being able to get outside and do things after being couped up all winter 

11. Are you a spring cleaner?
Kind of, I do tend to go thorough everything in the spring and toss stuff out and reorganize.

12. Any plans for spring break or an upcoming vacation?
No plans for spring break, but possibly planning a trip to Myrtle Beach sometime in September :)

I tag anyone that wants to do this tag. If you decide to do it, leave me a link down below. I would love to stop by your blog and read your answers :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

ABC Nail Challenge: Letter O

Oh my goodness I can't believe we are a little over halfway done with this challenge! We are up to letter O. I decided to use Nicole by OPI in the shade One Big Happy Fame-ily from the Kardashian collection.

I really love this polish it is a beautiful lavender color. It has a hint of silver shimmer to it. My Father-in-Law even commented on it!

Application was great, went on very easily. It is a bit sheer, so I did three coats.

Can't wait to see what everyone else did for the letter O!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Get to Know Me: The Beauty Blogger Tag

Hi everyone! I seen this fun looking tag over on Katy's blog, Skin Stuff by Katy, and I love doing and reading tag posts. So let's get started!

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
My hair is naturally curly, something that I wish I had known a long tine ago. Went through most of my school years with horrible hair cause I didn't know it was naturally curly.

2. Do you dye it yourself, or go to a salon?
I do it myself, though you can't really tell it. It is so dark and I would love to make it lighter in the spring and summer months, but it just won't lighten for me lol

3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it?
For the most part it is the same. I wear it straight some days, curled with a curling wand, or natural. When I don't go any where it is usually pulled back.

4. Do you do your own mani/pedi, or go to a salon?
I always do my own.

5. How often do you change your polish?
On my fingers I change it 2 or 3 times a week. My toes usually get changed when it starts to chip or wear off.

6. Do you polish your toes in winter or just the summer?
Usually only in the spring and summer. Every once in a while I might do them in the winter.

7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup?
That depends, if I just want a nice natural look I can usually get it done in about 5 to 10 minutes. If I want something more I would say it takes me about 15 to 20 minutes.

8. What do you do first, face or eyes?
Almost always do my face first.

9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
Started off just getting what I needed when I needed it, then started collecting it some what, now I am back to just getting what I need when I need it.

10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
Never wear them, not a big fan of them and they do not work well with my glasses.

11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?

12. Do you wear makeup makeup when you're home alone or with family?
Usually not. I do try out new eye makeup looks when I am home alone, but take it off not too long after I put it on.

13. Will you leave your house with out makeup?
Honestly I don't like too. I can only think of 2 times in the past few years that I have left my house without makeup and both times I was so sick I just didn't care.

14. How many high-end products do you have?
I have a couple of Model Co lip glosses that I consider high-end because they cost $16 each. And I have high-end deluxe size samples that came in my Birchbox when I was getting those.

15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you're getting dressed?
The only time I plan my OOTD is on Sunday's for church, otherwise I would always be late LOL

16. How often do you change your handbag?
Not very often. When I find one that I really like I tend to stick with it.

17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?
Well my hubby works a weird schedule and it's usually very late before he gets in from work so it's like 1am before we go to bed. Then I wake up at 7:30 to get him up, and I'll lay back down til about 9:30 and see him off to work, then I start my day.

18. How often or when do you workout?
Um, yeah I don't like to and I know that's bad! Hubby and I have agreed to start walking about 30 minutes on the days he is off.

19. Left handed or right handed?

20. How tall are you?

21. Do you speak any foreign languages?

22. How many pets do you have?
I have to adorable cats. Mopey and Buzzy, shortened names that came from their original names of Smokey and Bandit. Love them ♥

23. How often are you on Blogger?
Every single day LOL I don't blog every day or comment on blogs everyday, but I'm here.

24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?
Yes, I do. I like seeing what others have to say.

25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
I try to keep a mental list of products I see on others blogs that I would like to try, but have been thinking about actually making a list. That way I won't forget any of the products.

26. How did you come up with your blog name?
Well I had been looking for blogs that were based on beauty products that were budget friendly, and after not being able to find many I decided I'd just start one, and Small Budget Beauty just came to me.

27. What kind of camera do you use for photographs?
I use a Kodak EasyShare Z981

28. How often do you clean your house?
I try to vacuum every other day, because of my fur-babies. And I like to try to pick up and straighten and clean everything else once a week. Granted not every week goes as planned.

29. What's your favorite color?
I have been asked this several times and honestly I don't have one. I just like anything that is bright and pretty.

30. Do you swear?

31. What are you going to do with the rest of your day?
Well seeing as how it is 7:30 pm I am going to settle in and watch the Braves game! Love me some Braves baseball!

Wow! That was a long one! Hope you all enjoy reading and learning a little more about me! I tag anyone that would like to do this tag :)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

BBHQ April Task: Inspirations

Beauty Blogger HeadquartersToday I am back with April's Task from Beauty Blogger Headquarters. This month we are talking about inspirations!

What inspires me to blog?
Honestly it's just my love for beauty products. No one in my family or any of my friends are really as interested in beauty products and nail polish as I am, so blogging gives me an outlet to share my obsession :)

Share some of your favorite blogs to read for inspiration:
I don't really feel like I read other blogs for inspiration, I feel like I read other blogs for information on products. But some blogs that I do love to read are:
Green Eyed Monster
Quick Cheap and Pretty
Miranda's Makeup & More
World According to Shia
Check out my Blogs I Follow tab for several other great blogs!

Share some of your favorite YouTube channels to watch for inspiration:
Some of the YouTube Channels I enjoy watching are:
Ingrid from missglamorazzi
Emily from emilynoel83
and my new favorite Mellissa from Melmphs

What are your favorite magazines to browse for inspiration:
Currently I have been finding some inspiration from Redbook and Marie Claire

How do you organize your inspiration?
I use Pinterest to pin makeup looks and manicures that I would like to try. With magazines I will either mark the page by folding it down or just tear the page out.

What motivates you to continue blogging?
My passion obsession of beauty, makeup and nail products is a large part of what keeps me motivated to continue blogging. Another thing that keeps me motivated to continue blogging are all my lovely subscribers :) when I started blogging I really didn't think anyone would be interested in my thoughts and opinions of beauty products because I either didn't look like most of the girls on YouTube or because I don't purchase high end products, but now I have 78 followers via GFC and I am very thankful for each and everyone of my subscribers :)

How would you describe your style of blogging? How has it changed from when you first started?
I don't know that I really have a 'style' of blogging. I just try to give the facts and honest reviews. I think one way my 'style' of blogging has changed since I stared is that I feel like I give more in depth reviews.

How do you handle competitive thoughts with other bloggers?
I don't have competitive thoughts with or about other bloggers. We all have different styles of blogging and blog differently, I think that is what's great about the beauty blogging community.

Some photos that inspire me:

Image from http://www.beautylish.com/photos/summer-looks

Image from http://www.joyapreziosi.com/2012/06/amazing-eye-makeups.html

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review/Swatch: OPI Bubble Bath

Today I wanted to share with you another nail polish. This one is Bubble Bath by OPI. This was a product that I won in a giveaway.

This is my very first OPI nail polish and I'm impressed with it. It's a beautiful pinky nude color. Since this is a very light color it tends to be sheer. I think I  used 2 coats, I can't remember it's been a couple of weeks since I used it. Anywho, I think this polish is great if you are looking for a barley there or natural looking manicure. I also think it would be a great polish to use for a french manicure. 

I wanted to bling it up a little bit so I topped it off with Essie's As Gold as it Gets.

For this polish I'm giving it an application rating of 5/5, goes on super smooth, no streaks. 

For pigmentation I'm going to give it a 3/5, I know this is a light color, but I wish it went on as 'dark' as it looks in the bottle. I guess if I added an extra coat it might have. 

For quality I'm giving it a 5/5, Great formula. 
For price it gets 2/5 only because I'm cheap LOL. 
As far as longevity of the polish, as I've said before I don't usually leave my polish on more than a few days and my chipping peeling nails don't help much in testing the longevity :)

Overall: 15/20

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

ABC Nail Challenge: Letter N

Happy Wednesday! It's time for the ABC Nail Challenge, today's letter is 'N' and today 'N' stands for NEON! Although my camera totally washed out the polish even without the flash LOL.

I went with something simple this week, the weather where I live has finally started warming up and Hubs and I have been running around all week :) I used Sinful Colors 24/7 and stamped with MASH Nail Art Stamp Stamping Image Plate No 48.

Be sure to check out what the other ladies did for the letter N.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Review/Swatch NYC Lexington Yellow

Finally I have found a great yellow colored nail polish, NYC's Lexington Yellow!   I picked up this polish from Walmart for $1.72

I love this color, it's just a great sunshiny yellow. It's not too bright, to me it's just the perfect shade. The only complaint that I have about this polish is, that it's streaky. I had to apply 3 coats before it no longer looked streaky. Other than that I love this polish, great bright color for spring and summer.

For this polish I'm giving it an application rating of 2/5, just because of the streaky-ness. For pigmentation I'm going to give it a 4/5, I feel like because of it being streaky you have to apply to many coats to achieve good pigmentation. For quality again I'm giving it a 4/5, only because of it being streaky. For price it gets 5/5. As far as longevity of the polish, I can't really score that for two reasons; one, polish rarely stays on my nails for 3 days, I like to change it up, and 2, which is probably a result from number one, my nails chip and peel like crazy :(
Overall: 15/20

 Wanted to spice up the yellow, as if it needed it LOL. Threw a few streaks on with a fan brush, using another NYC polish I recently purchased.

***Bought Myself***

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

ABC Nail Challenge: Letter M

I don't know how I manged to forget that today is Wednesday (for a few more hours) and I totally forgot to post my ABC Nail Challenge this morning LOL

So I'll make this short :)

I used Milani White on the Spot as my base color and topped it off with Blue Flash, also from Milani. I have wore this nail look before, but I just love it so much I wanted to use it for my letter M :)

Be sure to stop by and see what the other ladies did for the Letter M
I will be stopping by either late Thursday or sometime on Friday :)

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