The Ruffian Manicure | How To!

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Just when I thought I was bored with nail art something new comes my way! If you’re like me, you’re favorite part of nail art is getting to be creative and giving these neat looks your own spin, and the Ruffian manicure does not disappoint.
The Ruffian manicure is the brainchild of the new Ruffian nail lacquer (which I was lucky enough to get to try out in my September Birchbox.). The idea behind the manicure is a throwback to old Hollywood half moon nails and my favorite part of this manicure is that you get to be totally creative which the colors, texture and styles. While I did receive a Ruffian nail lacquer in my Birchbox, it was a dark green color and I’ve been wearing it for weeks, I wanted to show you my lighter, shinier version of this look! Here’s how I pulled it off:

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Because this is a duo color look you’re going to need at least two shades, not to mention a killer base and top coat! Because I can never decide on anything I decides to go for a three shade look! As my base coat I’m using Sally Hansen’s complete manicure polish in their pink nude shade. First I made sure that my nails were prepped by trimming my cuticles and making sure my nails were clean and free of any old polish or oils. So I applied my base coat and let it dry, it is very important to let them fully dry before the next step!

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Next I added those little paper hole saver stickers to the top part of my nails (Ruffian does make their own nail stickers and I believe they are for sale in the Birchbox online store) you want to leave enough nail at the base of your nails so that there is a half moon shape exposed.

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Next take the whichever shade you choose to fill in that half moon, I chose to go with this beautiful Julep polish in the shade ‘Madison-Classic with a Twist’. Don’t be afraid to get some polish on the stickers….that’s what they’re there for!!
After the polish is dry very carefully remove the stickers, don’t be afraid of mistakes, you can always touch up and fix with your top coat. Now the next step is optional….but gorgeous! While you have a perfectly acceptable Ruffian manicure, what’s the harm in adding a little sparkle? I filled over my first base coat at the top of my nails with Julep’s glittery gold polish ‘Oscar-It Girl’. I loved this step because it added beautiful dimension and made my manicure just a little bit different, and that’s basically me In a nutshell. The last step is to let that glitter dry and top it off with your top coat, I’m using the Nail Aid ‘Hardener’.

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That’s it! You have an amazing Ruffian manicure, which I think is such a classic look with a sparkle twist. The best part for me? When the manicure fades away I still have a ton of different color combos to choose from so it never gets boring! If you try this look out, take a snap of it and tag me in Instagram @mkateholmes so I can check it out!
Most importantly, have fun. I bet you’ll “nail” it (insert my corny laugh here)

Lots of Love!
Kate

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Halloween Makeup Tutorial : Sugar Skull

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October is almost here and that means it almost time for us parents to run around town with our kids trying to hold onto our sanity. While I’m long past my costume wearing prime, I refuse to follow the rules. My son loves that I dress up with him and it’s just a lot of fun.
This is a quick tutorial video on how I do one of my favorite Halloween looks, plus it’s really easy and quick and best of all you can be 100% creative with it. The colors, styles and designs are all up to you and mistakes are encouraged!
So check out of I pull off my Day of the Dead Sugar Skull look. If you try this out take a picture and tag me on Instagram @mkateholmes I would love to check it out!

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Lots of Love…and trick or treat?
Kate
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Get Ready With Me Date Edition!

Last night was Sunday night, so you know what that means….date night! Every Sunday my husband an I put the kids to bed nice and early and cook ourselves an awesome meals…often times new ones we haven’t tried before. The best part? We get super gussed up! Yeah it’s silly and weird but we love it, and I really think that it’s little things like this that keep relationships fresh and fun.
So follow me as I attempted to get myself fancied up for our date!

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Love you guys to pieces!
Kate

Birchbox September 2013 Unboxing and First Impressions!

It’s finally here! After a week of craziness and odd shipping patterns, my Birchbox finally arrived! So here is a little video of my first impressions of my September Birchbox! Did I love it…or hate it? See for yourself!
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As soon as I try these products I am going to write a blog review so stay tuned.
Lots of Love!
Kate

Golden Look Using The Urban Decay Naked Pallet

Hello and might I say a biiiig thank you! My blog has been going crazy with views and subscribers more these past couple weeks more than ever and it makes my little black heart melt. You guys are truly awesome!
Now lets get to the stuff we all love the most…beauty. If you saw my birthday haul blog you saw that my amazing husband gifted me the Urban Decay naked pallet and since then I have been non stop playing with different looks and combinations and decided to share some of my favorite looks with you all in an easy how-to series of videos.
So here is my first installment of this series and I hope you like it! I call it my “Golden Smoke” and its a really wearable look for night and day and plus it shimmers! If you try this look please take a shot of it and tag me on Instagram @mkateholmes so I can see the amazingness that is YOU.
In all seriousness you guys really do make my world go round.
Lots of love!
Kate
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Now on with the fun….

How I Curl and Style Short Hair

I recently cut my very long locks off and have been searching for the perfect short hairstyle, ala Alexa Chung! So here is my take on the quick and easy way to curl and style short hair using only one tool!
If you try this, let me know what you thing and snap some shots!
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Lots of Love,
Kate

Influenster Cheese Surprise, Plus a Surprise For You!

My Goodies From Influenster!

My Goodies From Influenster!

I am an Influesnter lover, if you don’t know what Influesnter is, hang tight, because I will give a few of you the opportunity to join the elite!
Influenster is an invite only club (yes you can sign up but if you do so without an invite it can take a while to be accepted) where they send out monthly VoxBoxes full of goodies (if you qualify for them) for free! Now if you think that it’s a place to get free stuff and that’s it then it probably isn’t the place for you. In return they ask you to review these products and send them some social media love, so they are looking for people who are big opinion givers on social media and those who love trying new stuff!
In addition to their monthly boxes they do other programs a few times a month and I was sent their latest one. A box of goodies from Sargento Cheese. The box included a voucher for a free package of their new snack cheeses and dollar off coupon for any Sargento product of my choosing, along with a really cute insulated pouch that fits the snack size cheese (perfect for my son’s lunch box!)
It just so happens that Saragento cheese is my favorite brand that can be found in every grocery store. They are not super processed like most cheeses and I love how their stuff comes perfectly portioned which is great for those of us on a diet. Right now i’m really into protein intake and cheese is a great source! So this little treat I received in the mail today was AWESOME!
Now the good part…I have long since run out of invites but Influenster has granted us with a few more invites to send out to who we wish…so this is where you come in:

I’m looking for people who love to test products and give their honest opinion and people who want to join us at Influenster! If this you leave me a comment with your email and the first four will receive my last four invites!

I really do love influesnter, and its not all about cheese and food! They send out many different boxes, even beauty boxes full of awesome beauty products to try as well! So there is something for everyone. So let’s keep the fun rolling!

Good Luck!
Kate

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes