My Summer Look: Pretty Nails, Pretty Legs

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This #MySummerLook shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. my-summer-look It’s easy to lose yourself in the busy season known as summer. After a 6 month long winter here in Minnesota, summers are full of fun, plans, and almost no time to myself. But it’s still important to keep it pretty! Pretty nails, pretty hair, pretty legs! If you follow me on Instagram you probably know that I just got another balayage! The second one turned out even better than the first. So now that I got my hair taken care of, I decided to spend sometime on my legs and nails. When it comes to buying beauty products, Target is my top choice. Living in Minnesota has it’s perks. Target is everywhere, and it’s so conveniently located, that I can walk there, when the weather is nice (which is also dangerous 😉 ). I love the beauty stands there, they are always so original and well put together, that I can get all my products in one place. target-summer-look-products   So after another successful trip to Target, I spent some me time on my deck, painting my nails, listening to Spotify and drawing inspiration from fashion magazines. This summer one of my goals is mastering nail art, and Sally Hansen products, especially their nail art kit, are perfect for that. I picked a lot of “nature” colors this time. Greens, blues, maybe because they reflect how I feel, or maybe because I want to be closer to nature, create a simple, easy look. summer-nail-trends summer-passtime And then I simply enjoyed my “me-time”, browsed social media, sipping my citrus water. how-to-be-skinny minneapolis-fashion-blogger And of course I didn’t leave the store without my favorite sunscreen products. I once got a sunburn canoeing. Can you guess where the sunburn was? On the back of my legs! Because out of all the places, I didn’t put it on there. And when sun reflected off of the canoe bottom, it burnt me pretty bed. So never again, thought I. Sunscreen has been a major essential since then. Between sailing, and being outside for work with the kids, I go through sunscreen every 2-4 weeks, and the regular kind just doesn’t do. I like the moisturizing kind, the one that leaves my legs feeling soft and smelling good. While the spray comes in very handy on the boat.

And finally I have some great news for you! There is an Instagram contest with $2,250 in Target gift cards to help you get your summer ready look. Look for the #MySummerLook hashtag and follow the conversation. How to enter (June 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM (midnight) Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on July 10, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM ET):

  • 1) SNAP – take a picture of you getting summer ready
  • 2) TAG – use #MySummerLook (and on Twitter @SummerReadyLook)
  • 3) POST – post to Instagram or Twitter

Good luck, and don’t forget to tell me what’s your summer look like?

Beauty Swap 2013

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I have never been a huge fan of beauty swaps, but when I saw one on Luchessa’s blog, I decided to give it a go! If you’ve never participated in a swap like that, it’s really easy, you just need to make time to talk to the other person, find out what they like, shop for them and mail it all out!
This swap’s rules were simple:
– $20 limit without shipping
– Mail everything out by May 25

The swap was international, but I got paired up with Julie, the author of Short and Sweet in Texas. Not only was I excited to save on some shipping, I was really excited to find out that Julie’s blog is a nail polish blog! I am kind of behind in that department, so she became my saving grace, updating my collection and nail care arsenal!

But before I show what I got, let me show what I sent:

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(Image taken from Julie’s blog)

And here is what I got:

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NYC Long wearing polish 152 Tudor City Teal

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure 350 Pink a Card

Revlon 430 Whimsical

NYC Quick Dry Nail polish 201 Fashion Safari

Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser and Balm

Sally Hansen No more mistakes marker

I absolutely love the nude nail polish by NYC and the No More Mistakes Marker by Sally Hansen! I don’t know how I lived without that product!

Have you swapped anything recently?

Xo,

Z

Blog Make-up Sale/ Распродажа косметики

Hi and welcome to my very FIRST BLOG SALE!

As some of you may know I used to work in cosmetics, and even though that stage of my life is over, the makeup reminds me of it everyday. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to forget, I am trying to downsize! Plus it’ll be an awesome opportunity for you to try some products for cheaper.

Everything I am selling has only been used 3-5 times, some of the items are brand new and still come in packaging.

Here is how it works:

– Leave a comment under this post including what items you’d like, your full name and your email address that has to be linked to your pay pal account!

– If you are in the Twin Cities area, make sure to mention that, so we can do a simple cash and carry.

– If you are from out of state/area or international, please expect to pay for shipping, unless you are buying over $50 – then I’ll pay the shipping!

– The sale is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis 🙂

Have a great weekend and Happy Shopping!

Z

PS. Please spread the word! Tell your friends and family!

THE LIST OF ITEMS THAT SOLD:

Pixi Palette – sold

Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette – sold

Rimmel Blush – sold

Maybelline Color Tattoo (both) – sold

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Всем привет, сегодня на моем блоге стартует первая распродажа косметики!

Многие из вас знают, что я раньше работала в косметическом отделе и косметики у меня накопилось море. Я решила устроить эту распродажу для того, чтобы освободить место в комоде и дать вам шанс попробовать продукцию по недорогой цене! Все эти продукты мне очень нравятся, но я не могу их все использовать.

Если вас заинтересовал какой-то продукт, оставьте пожалуйста комментарий под постом и укажите ваше имя, какой продукт вы хотели бы приобрести, и имэйл, к которому привязан ваш PayPal. Если вы живете в Миннесоте, то продукты я могу передать вам при личной встрече, чтобы избежать возни с почтой! Пересылка будет бесплатной, если вы купите продукты на сумму более $50!

Всем отличных выходных и удачного шоппинга!

Женя

Makeup No More

Happy hump day! How is your week going? Mine is pretty, well if we put it in my husband’s best friend’s words – shnazzy (is that how you spell shnazzy? I hope so!)

First of all, let me share something with you:

– Working in retail turns you into a mean, spiteful person, who constantly wants to make fun of other people, especially customers. So let’s all try and be a perfect customer to each other shall we?

– Working in retail turns you into a helpful and compassionate person, who is supportive and loving of his coworkers, so lets be that coworker to each other!

– Sometimes helping each other pays off, today it paid off in:

 

Another thing that’s been on my mind today and honestly for a while is

“I SHOULD STOP BUYING MAKEUP”

Here is why:

And this is how it’s all organized in and on my dresser:

Now being the geek that I have been this past week, I came up with some numbers. So my collection includes:

5 Blushes

3 Powders

2 Bronzers

2 Highlighters

1 BB Cream

1 Tinted Moisturizer

1 VitaZing

1 Foundation

11 Liners:

– 7 gel

– 1 liquid

– 4 pencils

10 Mascaras:

– 1 Primer

– 1 Clear

– 1 Blue

– 7 Black

Lipsticks:

– 1 Lipliner

– 6 glosses, plus whatever is at work (about 3, I think)

– 2 chubby sticks

– 4 lipsticks

2 Serums and 1 Primer (I know these are mainly skincare, but they have snuck in the pictures somehow)

5 Concealers:

– 1 Brightening

– 1 Dark Circle corrector

– 1 Acne corrector

– 2 regular ones

1 Eyeshadow base ( 🙂 )

34 Nailpolishes

4 Shimmer Powders

6 Eyeshadow singles

23 Eyeshadow Palettes, 10 of which include blushes, bronzer and/or highlighters, then 5 of these include lipsticks and glosses

Now you know why I am going to stop buying make up. I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to use those things up, some items will run out/expire faster than others, but the goal is to use up as much items as possible 🙂 And I will definitely keep you updated!

Also, please no judgement on my collection, it is what it is 🙂

xo,

Zhenya

PS. If you want to learn more about any specific item, or for me to post swatches and reviews on any of these products, please leave a comment below 🙂 Also most of the brands are listed in the tags cloud!

Making Waves on Your Nails

Today’s post is all about nail polish. Specifically about the Sally Hansen Magnetic nail color that I received in my summer vox box. So I guess this is sort of a review. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting too much from this product. If MAC and NARS nail polishes chipped on me on the same day, the next day at most, I was ready to add this product to the – one day oh so not long lasting nail polishes. But in spite all of the chipping, this nail polish is actually fun! Especially if you are into science experiments.

So here is what I started off with:

The instructions on how to use the nail polish are on the back:

You are going to need a base coat for this though, so I used my Revlon one, pretty much the only one that I had:

Then you remove the top lid with the magnet:

And apply a thin coat of SH Magnetic Nail Color:

Then you are going to go over the 1st coat with a second, thicker one, and right after you apply it to one nail, you gotta hold the magnet over it for about 10 seconds. There is a guide on the lid, that you are supposed to place right below the cuticle, so that makes it easier, but you still gotta count to 10!

And then you end up with this:

So I thought this was kind of cool, not a very summer color, but okay. And honestly, the first time I tried this, I totally screwed it up. I don’t know how it was possible, but I did. It’s looking better now, but my thumbs aren’t wavy all the way, and my left hand is more wavy than my right. I hope that makes sense!

Have you tried this? What’s your favorite color? And are you willing to spend almost $10 on this? (I am glad I got to try this for free, I don’t know if I would’ve bought one for myself, even with a $1 off coupon at Target, it’s still pricey for nail polish)

xo,

Z