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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Nails of the Day: The Mermaid Effect




More gel polishes arrived this week in the mail, I feel like I have my own inventory by now haha. Anyways, this week's nails are featuring Gelish's "Oocha Coocha Bing Bang Bam Alakazay Alakazam" (seriously who made up that name?!) which is a teal color with green shimmer in it that reflects gold at times. This specific polish is from their Aurora FX collection which basically is all shimmery gel polishes. Although I'm a sucker for teals and love the color, it annoyed me that it came out a bit streaky and still wasn't opaque after 3 thin coats. I'm thinking it has something to do with the formula since this specific color was thinner than other Gelish polishes I've used but at least the shimmer effect makes up for it! It was a bit hard to catch on camera but it looks so much better in real life.

As always, I bought this on Ebay and I found a great seller who has a wide variety of Gelish polishes that she's selling for only $11.45 (full size) which is a better deal than what you would get at Sally's with those Gelish mini's for $20! Ridiculous! Let me know if you want a link to the seller!

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya
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Friday, September 27, 2013

5 Hairstyles That Won't Make You Late for School

Everyone has a signature hairstyle, but once in a while I feel like doing something different to my hair so I thought I'd share my go-to hairstyles that require little effort and make you look glam in no time! Mind you, you don't have to be good at doing hair in order to recreate these hairstyles at home!

 The "Blair Waldorf"


Is it just me or does anyone else miss watching Gossip Girl?! I still adore Leighton Meester's character Blair Waldorf and her epic headbands. You can just put one on and go! But on the days where I have extra time, I like to curl the ends of my hair like Blair to give it that extra oomph! If you're someone like me who gets headaches from headbands, try wearing a silk one that you can just wrap around your head and tie!

The Fishtail Braid


I used to do this hairstyle back in my senior year of high school when it first became popular and I'm so glad that the trend is here to stay! It looks a lot more interesting than a regular old braid yet it's easy enough to do for someone who's not that great at braiding. Plus, it's easy to take this look from day to night! In case you don't know how to do the fishtail braid, check out Youtube which is where I learned!

The Side Bun


This is another hairstyle that I used to do in high school, especially on the days that I had presentations! It's sweet, girly, and looks flattering on almost anyone! I remember getting lots of compliments on this and it's especially great for someone with wavy/curly hair like me! All you do is put your hair into a ponytail on the side, twist the ponytail, wrap it into a loose bun and pin it with bobby pins. Have bangs? It'll look even better!

The Bohemian Do'


If you're someone who always parts their hair down the middle, this one is definatly for you! Simply take two small sections of hair from the front and twist it while pinning it to the back of your head. Take a curling iron and create a few waves at the ends and you got yourself a bohemian look!

The Messy Ponytail


For some reason, I never see too many people at school wearing a ponytail anymore...strange. Anyways, I love a messy ponytail but the trick is to start out with straight hair and then mess it up from there. The ponytail should be a bit high up with a bit of volume on top and a few messy pieces pulled down at the front to flatter your face. Pair this look with some cute earrings and you're all set to go! 

I hope you enjoyed this post and found some ideas from this!

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya
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Monday, September 23, 2013

What Is A Classy Person?

 
I've been thinking about this question a lot for the past couple years and since I named my blog "Classy Girl Diaries", I thought I should explain what being classy means to me. After all, it is one of my favorite words in the English language ;) 

It's about having old world charm, it's knowing that you're more than what society wants you to be and not giving into those bad habits. It's about being graceful and elegant and knowing that although you have many things to flaunt, you choose to not show it. When it comes to your style, it's about being sophisticated and never showing too much skin. It's not a rule book but something that comes naturally to the person because they have a good head on their shoulders and can carry themselves well. Basically, it's about being an Audrey Hepburn in a room full of Paris Hilton's. Some days it may seem like you're all alone and that you should become a copy of everyone else, but it's about staying true to yourself and your beliefs despite what everyone else is doing. The best part is that you don't need tons of money to be classy and even if you were rich, you can't go off and buy class. 

Although there's a fair share of celebrities who obviously aren't classy and some days it may seem like classy girls are a dying breed, believe me there's tons of classy girls still out there. I think in a way that's why I created this blog, to find more girls out there that are like me and to be classy together, as cheesy as that sounds!

I think I'll end this post with some advice: Although trashy girls may get all the attention, a classy girl will always get respect. Class is forever...

What are your thoughts on being classy? Anyone you look up to that just screams classy? 

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya 
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Favorite Fall Nail Polishes

If you couldn't already tell, fall is here which means nail polish collections are going darker for the season. Personally, I rarely wear dark polishes but I've been spotting a few "fall" colors that I've been adding to my "to buy" list and thought I should share with you all! There's also some non-fall colors that I think would work great for the season since I'm someone who gets bored easily from the same old colors all the time...anyways check it out! 

OPI "I Have a Herring Problem"


I'll be honest, I don't really keep up with all the new OPI collections coming out and have always been more of an Essie fan but I remembered this being in the Holland collection. It's a denim blue-grey color with subtle silver sparkles in it and oddly enough in certain photos that I've seen it comes across as a bit green also. It's also available in their gel polish formula so I'll defiantly be grabbing this one soon!

Butter London "Black Knight"

This is probably the only black nail polish that I've tried that I actually liked since I think plain old black nail polish looks too severe against my skin tone. This one I got done as a manicure at a salon and it's the typical black nail polish but what's different is the microglitter in it which consists of purple, blue, silver, and pink. It makes your nails look sophisticated since the glitter is small yet at the same time it's fun and interesting to look at! I wish the price was a bit cheaper but I've heard great things about them so I might have to splurge on this one!

Essie "Recessionista"


Burgundy is my favorite color to wear during the fall because it looks so rich and makes your nail look instantly glam. This one actually came out last year in Essie's fall 2012 collection and I consider it my go-to nail polish. I already checked out this year's fall collection from Essie and nothing really caught my eye even though I know a lot of people are loving "For The Twill of It"...ehh last year's collection was better haha. If you're not into blacks but still want to wear dark nail polish try this burgundy color instead!

 Julep "Trina"


I'm a huge Julep fan yet surprisingly only own a couple from them but Trina is one of my favorites since it's great to wear around October since it has that "witchy" effect to it as I like to call it haha. It's a dark purple with a slight metallic sheen to it along with fuchsia and blue micro-shimmer in it. For glitter lovers, this may not be for you since it's a bit subtle but looks great for the season nonetheless.

Chanel "Particuliere"


This color I consider to be a "weird color" because I never would've thought about wearing something like this until I actually apply it to my nails. It's a gorgeous grey-brown sorta of color that looks great with almost any outfit and although it may seem ugly in the bottle, check out the swatches online and you'll see what I'm talking about! It's kinda like a winter version of a nude nail polish and although Chanel's nail polishes are steep, there's tons of dupes for it!

Nicole by OPI "Khloe Had A Little Lam-Lam"


Last but not least, this color is from the Kardashian Kolor collection from Nicole by OPI and it's a gorgeous forest green color with a bit of blue in it. Khloe is the only Kardashian that I like and I always notice Khloe's nail posts on Instagram so it's no surprise that I loved her nail polish as well. It's a color that looks amazing on many different skin tones so I highly recommend this one!

Well that's it for now! Hopefully I can post some more this week to make up for the lack of posts last week!

What are your favorite fall colors? Have you tried any of these before?

Until next time lovelies,

-Ruya
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Friday, September 20, 2013

What to Wear: Effortless Fall Looks

Inspiration struck and I thought I'd start making some sets of outfits to wear for the fall season in college since I feel like many of us are starting to get lazy when it comes to what to wear for school. Getting up for that 8am lecture these days is painful, yet what's worse is looking in the mirror around 12pm and realizing what you chose to wear for the day...yikes! Here are some outfits that will help you to avoid that while still managing to require little effort in the mornings so you'll have time to get some much-needed coffee to help you through that painful lecture. Enjoy!

Look #1 - "The Uniform"


I call this the uniform because I always fall back on this outfit whenever I'm in a rush and it's basic enough to create different looks with by mixing and matching a few accessories. It consists of a black shirt and jeans which almost everyone has in their wardrobes while using bright accessories like this patterned scarf and flats to make the outfit more interesting. Who needs sweats when you can look stylish this easily?

 Look #2 - "A Walk on the Floral Side"


A year ago, I probably would've never worn patterned skinny jeans but now I love them! They can easily make any plain outfit look interesting and for me, the trick is to wear some neutral colors in order to keep the outfit from not looking too busy. I think these floral ones are great since they're a darker color and look more like a fall essential rather than something you would see in the spring. Bonus: The leather jacket toughens up the look and keeps it from looking too sweet!

 Look #3 - "The Romantic"


Shorts and black tights are great for those warmer fall days in September and depending on your style you can switch it up from edgy to girly in seconds. I went with the more girly look here by pairing the shorts with a cardigan (what's fall without cardigans?!) and a black bow shirt to give it a more sophisticated look.

If you'd like to know more about the outfits or cheaper alternatives feel free to comment below! What's your fall style like? Any outfits that you think are perfect for fall?

Until next time lovelies,

-Ruya 
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Nails of the Day: Sunday Funday






Apologies for the lack of notd posts, I was waiting for my new gel polishes to come in the mail and yesterday they finally came in! It's hard ordering gel polishes online cause you really don't know what the color is going to look like until after you apply it to your nails. Although, I looked up swatches online and most of them were accurate, Gelish's Carnaval Hangover turned out to be a hot redish-coral color instead of a purple, weird! The bottle even has a purple stripe on it to show it's color but it was completely wrong! Not that I don't like the color cause I love how bright it is but it's just not what I was expecting! I put on two coats to make it opaque but maybe I should've applied more to make the color darker? Oh well...

As for the accent nails I first applied Ink's Victorian Rouge which is a clear gel filled with medium to large size blue glitters. I realized that it's better to use this as a top coat on top of other colors instead of on a plain nail like I did because it takes a while to make it opaque. A lot of the glitter from it didn't show up so I layered OPI's Which is Witch on top of it and bam! Instant glittery nails! I'm extremely impressed with the OPI gel because one thin coat easily covered the whole nail in glitter and made the blue glitter from Ink stand out more. I just can't stop staring at my nails now! I usually don't do clear glittery polishes on plain nails since you can see your nails underneath the gel but I liked the way it looks so I decided to keep it. If you can't tell OPI's Which is Witch is a clear gel with both small and large size silver glitter in it and is available in regular nail polish form. That's what I love most about OPI: many of their nail polishes are sold as gel polishes as well so you can always have chip-free nails yet still be sporting the latest from OPI!

I'm defiantly planning on buying more OPI gel polishes in the future although the price tag is a bit steep even though I bought it from Ebay! But at least now I can understand why! Defiantly the best out of all gel polish brands that I've used out there. 

What do you guys think of OPI gel polishes? What's your favorite brand? 

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya 
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

NY Fashion Week 2013 Favorites

Who isn't obsessing over Fashion Week right about now? It seems like everyone's there! It's only a 6 hour drive from where I live and every year it gets worse and worse thinking about how I can't go! I envy bloggers and fashionistas who get to experience the whole thing! Thank God there's Instagram to see all the details including behind the scenes photos of the shows! It's almost like you're there yourself, ALMOST. Here are some of my favorites...

Rebecca Minkoff


I'm a huge fan of her bags but haven't really paid much attention to her clothing line until now. I love the fact that milkmaid braids aren't out of style yet and the sporty-bohemian clothes make her line more wearable for anyone who's not a celebrity on the red carpet (ahem, me!). I would totally be rocking this shirt right about now, but I have a feeling a few popular clothing chains will be making some cheaper versions of this in the future.

Naeem Khan


By far, my favorite from this year's show is Naeem Khan's beautiful designs. I could go on and on about just the makeup and hair alone! The models looked breathtaking! In this show, milkbraids were also used yet this time around in a more elegant, Frida Kahlo inspired look. The whole collection has this Spanish-matador type of vibe to it which looked regal and luxurious, a definite winner in my book!

Herve Leger


Who doesn't love a good ol' stretchy Herve Leger dress? This time around the collection had a more darker feel to it with many leather materials shown which is quite trendy right now so I'm glad to see that the trend will be continuing towards next year. What stood out to me was that although the pieces were edgy, the simplicity of the clothes gave the collection a more sleek, sexy feel so heavy makeup and hair weren't even needed! Aside from the clothes, there was a huge turn-out at the show which made me want to mention...NICKI MINAJ. This girl actually looks sophisticated for once! I love her hair and that outfit? I can't believe I'm saying this but I love what she's wearing!


Well that's it for now! There's been a lack of posts lately since I've been back at school but hopefully I'll be able to post more frequently as I get into the hang of things again.

What are your favorites from fashion week this year? Any trends that you're willing to try out?

Until next time lovelies,

-Ruya
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Benefit Hoola Bronzer




I used to never wear bronzer until this past summer and I've become addicted eversince! I've been using my mom's Dior Original Tan bronzer until I realized that it was showing up too orange on my skin and had to start looking for a new one. On PurseForum, many people recommended Benefit's Hoola bronzer for giving you a more natural look and I decided to put it to the test. It retails for $28 at Sephora and unfortunately comes in one shade (which I think is a bit annoying!) and a small wooden handle brush that fits right into the box. Here are the results:



The first thing that I noticed about the bronzer was that it was completely matte and had a soft, brown color instead of the shimmery, orange color that the Dior bronzer had. The first time I tried the product, I used it with the brush that it came with and I had to blend it out because the brush picks up a lot of product at once. It is quite a pigmented product so I switched to using a Mac 188 brush which is a stippling brush to apply less product at once. Once I did, the bronzer looked amazing on my skin! It was subtle but easily buildable and goes onto your skin smoothly despite it being powder. It wasn't orange at all but more of a caramel brown that looks great on light to medium skin tones. Another thing I should mention is that it doesn't show up muddy on your skin at all which is something that I've always been afraid of! It just blends in easily and is great for beginners to bronzer such as myself. It's great for a bronzer to wear during the fall/winter season since it doesn't make it look obvious that you're wearing bronzer yet still gives your skin some color if you're looking pale and ghostly like I do. I can see why so many people like this one and will defiantly be re-purchasing this when I run out!

The only problem I have is that I wish it would come in pan-form instead of a box since it's a bit hard to fit a big brush in there and the box doesn't actually close making it hard to travel with in your purse. I think I'll live since most Benefit powder products are made like this but it's defiantly something to think about Benefit! 

What's your favorite bronzer? Are you more a blush girl?

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya 
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

 

 

I've been wanting to try this tinted moisturizer for a long time but the $43 price tag always made me ignore it but luckily a few weeks ago, Sephora was doing an online promotion exclusively to VIB members for a makeup bag filled with deluxe samples. Once my online order arrived, I was impressed with so many huge samples that Sephora gave out including this tube of Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer. I thought it was big enough to do a proper review on and was happy to notice that they sent my exact shade! What luck! 

On the website, the tinted moisturizer is described as "a perfect blend of skincare and makeup that hydrates skin and softens fine lines with a sheer hint of color for a healthy, dewy glow". It does contain spf 20 in it like most other tinted moisturizers and contains vitamins C and E in it. Once I applied it, it went on smoothly and blended into my skin quite nicely like a normal moisturizer would without feeling greasy. It doesn't feel heavy or sticky at all and seems like you're not wearing anything (YAY! I HATE THE FEELING OF FOUNDATION!) while still giving a good amount of coverage. In the pictures, it makes my skin look like...my skin! Except a better version of it! It doesn't hide my freckles either which is nice since some foundations give you that greyish look when applying it on top of your freckles. Forgive me for looking so tired in my photos, I actually took these pictures before I went to school in the morning!

 If you're someone who has skin troubles or lots of acne, I don't recommend this tinted moisturizer because it doesn't have high coverage. The coverage is light but I did layer it in some areas of my face where I had blemishes and it covered them easily without looking too heavy. It also took away some of my redness and evened out my skin tone while giving a natural, fresh look to my skin which I loved. I was apprehensive about it being "dewy" cause I didn't want to look shiny but I had no trouble with it at all. I wore this for 8 hours straight at school and by the end of the day, my skin was still looking fresh and my t-zone wasn't oily. For people with dry skin or combination skin like me, this would be perfect for you. The best part is that a little goes a long way and I'm sure this small tube will last me for at least a month or two. If you're interested, Laura Mercier makes these same tinted moisturizers but in an oil-free version for people with oily complexions and a illuminating version for people who want that extra glow on their skin.

I'm so glad that Sephora included this in their sample bag because I'm defiantly going to be using this everyday for school and I only wish I tried it sooner so I could've used it for the summer! It would've been perfect! 

What do you guys think of tinted moisturizers? Any particular ones that stand out to you?

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Nails of the Day: Gel Nails at Home

Hey guys! So I finally bought all the things I needed to do gel nails at home and here's a look at my first attempt: 




I was originally going to buy the CND UV lamp which was what my nail lady was using but I found a cheaper alternative when I was browsing Chickettes.com and she recommended a UV lamp for only $40 on Amazon. After reading some reviews, I decided to take the chance and also ordered the Gelish starter kit to go along with it. As for the gel polish, I ordered them from Ebay for only $8 so it's a couple dollars cheaper. Thank God for the internet! Gel polish is a bit expensive in stores but at least if I order them on Ebay, it would be about the same price as regular nail polish that I was already buying. After receiving everything in the mail, I simply went on Youtube and watched a few videos and that's it!

Although the starter kit that I used was Gelish, I decided to go with gel polish from Glam and Glits because of their super sparkly polishes. I bought polishes from their Ink gel polish line and made sure that it could be cured under 36 watts. I heard some gel polishes don't work well when you mix brands but I had no problems using a Gelish foundation and top coat with the Ink gel polish. The specific one shown here is Blueming 42 which is a sky blue with some subtle shimmer in it. I did have to do 3 coats of it in order to make it opaque but I'm glad I did since it made it even more glittery. The camera doesn't do this one justice! I'm looking forward to buying more from them!

This was probably one of the best investments I've ever made since I no longer have to go to the salon to get them done! The only problem now is what am I supposed to do with all the regular nail polish I already own? Haha. I'm just glad I bought it now before school starts next week so my nails look all fresh and glam. I'm someone who always stares at their nails during class and it's a relief that I no longer have to worry about chipped nails!

Until next time lovelies,

-Ruya
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