Monday, July 28, 2014

Orange and Coral Polish Favorites

We have just about a month left of summer, which means there's still time to make use out of all of my favorite orange and brighter coral nail polish colors! I looked through my nail polish and picked out my favorites in this color scheme and was happy to find a pretty wide variety in brands and price.

L to R: Dior Spring Ball; Wet n Wild Blazed; Julep Sydney; Zoya Paz; L'Oreal Orange You Jealous; Essie Haute as Hello
Dior in Spring Ball was actually from last year's collection-- I usually prefer cream finishes/no glitter and I don't typically spend $20+ on a nail polish but this color was so pretty I had to have it. The formula is amazing- it's opaque in 1-2 coats and I most recently wore it with a top coat without any chipping, other than minor tip wear for six days. I probably won't be running out and buying more Dior polish anytime soon, but I think they are worth checking out when they have special collections and unique colors.

Wet n Wild in Blazed is clearly the best value-- I definitely didn't expect much from a nail polish so cheap but it was awesome- you can see it on my nails in this post. I got it for under a dollar at Target a few months ago!

Julep in Sydney and Zoya Paz are a lot brighter and more pronounced orange polishes- they're really pretty on your nails but work really well on your toes too! I would also say they're the best in terms of formula & how well they apply. I can get away with one coat with both of them, though I usually apply two.

L'Oreal in Orange You Jealous is another perfect coral colored polish. From the name you'd expect it to be brighter, but as you'll see from the swatch below it's definitely more pink. I'm a big fan of this L'Oreal polish line and think it's one of the best you can get from the drugstore.

Essie's Haute as Hello is the perfect light coral, but the application is terrible and it chips in like two minutes (as most of my Essie polishes do)-- such a shame because it really is the prettiest color, which is why I still try and make it work!

Dior Spring Ball; Essie Haute as Hello; L'Oreal Orange You Jealous; Wet n Wild Blazed; Julep Sydney; Zoya Paz
For whatever reason I swatched the colors in a different order than how I took the photo of the nail polish bottles above-- sorry! Blazed is clearly the best value. Dior is the splurge. And the other three are happy mediums price wise- though I'd definitely recommend Paz or Sydney over Haute as Hello, sorry Essie! 

And this is the last week of the Christmas in July giveaway! Make sure you check out Kallie's post for information on how to enter to win a fun beach bag & some other summer goodies!

What are your favorite orange or coral polishes? Are you sad to see the season come to an end or are you ready to pull out some darker shades?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

DIY Carmel deLites

I know these have an updated name, samoas, but they were carmel delites when I was a Girl Scout, so I'm sticking with that name. I came across this recipe on Pinterest and thought it was way too good to pass up. I figured I would take a mini shortcut and use the Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix for the cookie and the ingredients for the topping seemed pretty basic.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shorts for Summertime (& a giveaway)

I don't really talk about fashion very often on my blog but lately I've had shorts on my mind. I typically stick to dresses in the summer but this year I've been a lot more into shorts-- the only issue is finding the perfect pair. If a pair is too long they make my legs appear short, if a pair is too short-- well that's just not cute on anyone. I'm linking up for Trending Tuesday to share this post today!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ulta Haul (NYX & L'OREAL)

I love when Ulta does the 40% off sale on brands like L'Oreal, Neutrogena, and NYX. It gives me the perfect excuse to try a few new drugstore products I've had my eye on. The usual Buy 1 Get 1 50% off is nice, but it's really not even that good of a deal if you think about it! I'm all for a sale where you get a discount on every item! Especially these days when I feel like many drugstore prices are rather high for the quality you often get.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Peanut Butter Cup Peanut Butter Cookie Bites

A few weeks ago I got a mini muffin pan, and it might be the cutest gadget type item in my kitchen! I had been looking all over pinterest for some good recipes to try out and came across these delicious peanut butter cup cookies. I'm linking up with Mary and Emily today-- make sure to check out their linkups for more recipes!

Monday, July 14, 2014

My Mini MAC Lipstick Collection

mac lipstick

I'm back with the second Christmas in July giveaway featuring 2 MAC lipsticks and 1 lipglass of your choice! I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share my (small) MAC lip product collection.

Angel; Impassioned; Dark Side

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BBQ/Buffalo Chicken Pockets with Crescent Rolls

I always see people making the most creative things out of crescent rolls, so when I saw them on sale at the grocery store I finally decided to pick up a container. I came across these seemingly easy recipes for BBQ chicken and buffalo chicken pockets and thought it was the perfect thing to try.

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (I used the butter flakey version-- they were good but rich!)
Cooked shredded chicken (I used 3 thin sliced chicken breasts)
Toppings of your choice (sauces, cheese, onions, peppers, etc.)

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
2. When you unroll your crescent rolls there should be 4 large rectangles or 8 triangles-- you'll want to fuse together the triangles to make 4 rectangles for the top and 4 for the bottom of the sandwich/pocket.
3. On an un-greased cookie sheet place two rectangles, top with chicken mixed with sauce of your choice and other toppings.
4. Place the other rectangles on top of the filling and fuse together the ends-- as you would press a pie crust.
5. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

I made two different kinds... I'm a buffalo chicken girl, so I mixed the chicken with buffalo sauce and then topped with greens once it was cooked.

My husband used a sweet & spicy BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, and red onions as his filling. He said this was definitely one of the best recipes I've made yet!

I was worried the bottom might get soggy, but the crust was perfectly light and crispy! I love how easy the recipe was to really make your own, and I already know this is going to be a quick and easy staple throughout the summer when we just want a quick weekend lunch or dinner!

As big of a buffalo fan as I am? Check out these other recipes:

What is your favorite thing to make with crescent rolls?