Essie Penny Talk: Rose Gold Nails

Mini Post: Rose Gold Nail Polish Pick

Rose gold accessories, jewelry and makeup is in. And I love it. :) Today I’m going to focus on my favorite rose gold nail polish which is currently Essie Penny Talk. This polish is part of Essie’s new line, Mirror Metallic Collection for Summer 2012. It looks pretty on both the nails and toes and even better when it is paired with a rose gold accessory. The polish is a coppery rose gold and I think this shade will be the perfect summer to fall transition color! Also, Essie is Big 3 Free (which means their polish does not contain Toluene, DBP or Formaldehyde) so that makes me happy as well!



Zoya Nail Polish

Nail polish is one of my favorite things. I love wearing it, putting it on, and looking at it (both on me and on others!). I love it on my fingers but also on my toes and I think it looks so pretty in the bottle. It is easy to travel with, can make an outfit pop, and is a reflection of personality.

I was really disappointed when I discovered how harmful conventional nail polish brands are (on the cosmetic database – Some of my favorite brands that I have been wearing for years (like Essie) suddenly seemed off-limits and dangerous. Nail polish lost its appeal to me because I felt so guilty wearing it.

A little bit of research led me to Zoya. This brand really enables me to enjoy nail polish again! Zoya nail polish is free of formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl pthalate and camphor. The polish is also vegan-friendly. I like the fact that my nails can look pretty without compromising my health. :)

Zoya has an incredible range of colors to select from – each shade has an intensity rating (of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most opaque). In addition, each color has a color description, and information on the color family it belongs to, the finish (cream, frost or metallic), and tone (warm or cool). Zoya makes it really easy to find colors that work well with your skin (check out this youtube video on how to find the right color for your skin tone:

Right now, I am loving Zoya Elodie and Zoya Erin. I recently purchased Zoya Audrina, Zoya Sabrina and Zoya Kali (I am waiting for them to come in the mail!).

I get my Zoya nail polish at, where each bottle is $7 (+shipping and handling). This is an awesome brand and I highly recommend purchasing their nail polish! :)

x0 Katie

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol.III NYC Palette

Everything about this palette makes me happy. The packaging aesthetically pleasing and functional, the products within are awesome, and it is portable. Urban Decay palette are fabulous! I received this as a gift and loved it!  [Rating: 4.5/5]

The NYC theme of the package is trendy, bright & cute. It also feels like it is made well so it should hold up for a long time.

The top opens up to display a pop-up NYC scene, with the Brooklyn Bridge, a yellow taxi, the Empire State Building, etc. In the back of the scene is a great mirror. Lights are scattered about to display the awesome image.

Inside the palette, there are 16 Urban Decay eyeshadows. As you know from a previous post ( I love Urban Decay eye products. This palette contains Perversion, Uzi, Loaded, Kush, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Last Call, Rockstar, Money, Haight, Maui Wowie (personal favorite), Smog, Bordello, Radium, Snatch, Suspect, and Psychedelic Sister. In addition, there are two 24/7 Glide On eye pencils and one mini primer tube of Primer Potion (*This is the one downside – I wish it had a full-size tube of primer potion because there is definitely not enough of it in a mini tube for this palette!).

I LOVE this palette! It is limited edition and at $54.00 a great buy! You definitely get what you pay for: great colors, awesome quality makeup & cute packaging.

x0 Katie

Review: Sephora Deluxe Fragrance Sampler For Her ($96 Value)

Hands down, the Deluxe Fragrance Sampler is THE BEST fragrance option at Sephora! Although, the Collector’s Edition Fragrance Sampler for Her, $75 is pretty awesome too!) Anyway, I have been waiting for this set to come out since last year! The Sampler includes a voucher (a coupon) for a full sized perfume, 12 tiny fragrance samples (a mix of eau de parfum and eau de toilette – I am partial to the eau de parfums), and 1 refillable rollerball (that you can fill with any fragrance for on-the-go). The idea is to try out the 12 fragrances, select your favorite one, and use the voucher to purchase the full sized fragrance at no extra cost. Basically, it is like a free perfume trial, so awesome! This is a great gift option because it provides the recipient with an opportunity to purchase a fragrance of her choice, and also with an excuse to go to Sephora! :)

This set includes little samples of: Dior Addict 2, Versace Bright Crystal, Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy, Dolce & Gabbana Rose the One, DKNY Be Delicious, Philosophy Amazing Grace, Prada Infusion d’Iris, and Givenchy Very Irresistable Givenchy.

At $50, this is a great item to purchase online because you get free shipping, and 3 free samples with every online order. Honestly, don’t put too much emphasis on the samples though. The samples usually prove to be disappointingly tiny and worthless!  In most cases I can barely experience a product because I am simply not provided with enough of it.

Keep in mind, the Sephora Deluxe Fragrance Sampler is limited edition, so if you want it get it now!

x0 Katie

Review: Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin

The Goody Spin Pins are unfortunately handy. I didn’t believe they were going to work and since they were expensive, ($5.99 for two twisted pieces of metal? Lame!) I figured I would regret the purchase. It turns out that I really, really like the functionality of these pins. They are easy to use – 1. Twist your hair into a bun, 2. Twist in the two pins (if  you do not use both – one pin will not hold your hair in place), 3. Finish the look with a headband, hair spray or cute pin the front. To remove the pins, twist them the opposite way, gently and slowly.

*Just a note: You will probably not enjoy this product if you are not the type of person who likes a messy/carefree look. Also, I think that it works much better for people with medium – thick hair. Honestly, it seems like the spin pins would not hold very fine hair in place.

Although I enjoy this product it is honestly not worth the money. Regular bobby pins are quite cheap and can do the same trick (you might just need more than two, which is fine because they are easy to come by and inexpensive).  Additionally, the spin pins will be useless if you happen to lose one of them — which is likely because it is practically just a twisted bobby pin. I don’t know about you but I leave regular bobby pins everywhere and I also dispose of them after 1-2 uses. I am trying to keep the Spin pins in a place where I will not lose or bend them out of shape. If they were more reasonably priced I might not care as much but I definitely would not repurchase.


x0 Katie

Spring is here!

It has clearly been a while since my last post/review but I am back! :) Excuses are lame so I won’t make any about why I haven’t posted in a while. So after a cold/wet/snowy winter, spring is finally here! I am incredibly excited about spring clothes, makeup, scents, sights, and sounds.

Some fun trends this spring include: pastel paint for nails, tights (VS has them in every color) and tunics, nautical pieces & accessories (which I adore!), and floral prints – especially on sundresses and high-waisted miniskirts. Have I indulged in any of these trends? Of course.

Nail polish I am  loving right now (that do not cost a lot of $) – Pink Flamingo by Brucci; Intrigue by Brucci and Delia’s Lilac Purple Polish

Both Victoria’s Secret and Charlotte Russe have a plethora of tights and longer tanks and tunics. This style is adorable, wearable and versatile. Long tanks create the illusion of a longer torso and midsection which is slimming and suitable for everyone! :)

Nautical pieces & accessories – Urban Outfitters, Forever21, H&M, & Charlotte Russe are stocked with those shades of navy, red, and white/cream that scream summer! I purchased anchor earrings at Urban, a cute nautical bracelet at Charlotte Russe, and a bag with navy stripes at H&M. I love the nautical look! Rock you nautical wear with a touch of red lipstick to give your look a retro feel.

Floral prints – Florals are characteristic of spring but can truly be worn throughout both spring and summer. I have purchased several summer dresses and skirts at Charlotte Russe. On spring days when it is a bit too chilly to wear a skirt or dress, wear a matching pair of tights and a lightweight cardigan.

Favorite spring trends? Comment below!

Gift Guide #5 & #6 – Tiffany’s…

Tiffany’s jewelry is my gift guide pick for entries #5 & #6. Go to to browse jewelry.

Tiffany’s is synonymous with quality and class in the realm of jewelry. Although some pieces seem expensive, you are paying for exquisite jewelry that you can feel confident and happy about.

If you are considering getting a piece from Tiffany’s engraved, take it elsewhere. A store like Things Remembered will engrave a piece for a lesser price than Tiffany’s, and it will often be much faster. Additionally, look for complimentary shipping on the Tiffany’s website, this will minimize costs in that area.

Tiffany’s has great gift ideas for girls & guys (rings, bracelets, necklaces, money clips, cuff links, watches, fragrances, etc.) and it is fun to both receive and give Tiffany’s as a gift!

-Katie :)

Gift Guide Entry #2: The Little Black Book of Style

The Little Black of Style by Nina Garcia is a great gift for any lover of style, fashion, and/or shopping.

This book offers great style tips & ideas. It is interesting, practical, and well-written.

I own a couple of Garcia’s books, including The Little Black Book of Style and The One Hundred (which is also fabulous!).

This book is also a great conversation starter-if you are having a girls night or a party, you might find people picking it up to flip through it! :)

Recently, I have seen The Little Black Book of Style at stores (other than bookstores) like Anthropologie and Aerie.

You can buy the book right here on my website through, just click on the tab “Shop Katie’s Picks” above.

I would recommend this book for any woman or man interested in style!!! This could be a stocking stuffer or a small gift for someone special.

Check back tomorrow to see what the gift guide entry #3 will be!