The Ever-Helpful Filler Post: A FOTD, Polish, and Nail Art!

Hiiii guys!  I have been hiding out and trying to minimize the time in front of my computer zombifying…seriously, these damn electronics can suck you in and eat your brain big time.  I’ve been drafting up posts here and there but not sitting down for too long because I just need a break.  S’OK?  And plus, I want to show you some fab looks with all of my new(ish) pretties!  Here’s one look that I wore out this weekend:

FOTD March 2013 (2) FOTD March 2013 FOTD March 2013 (3)

Forgive me for less than stellar shots, as usual I was running late and took these in the bathroom of the party I was at while trying to remain inconspicuous lol.  And I probably had a few rum & cokes by this point… I’m a lost cause ~sigh~  Anyway, I took this look directly from this tutorial of Lisa Eldridge’s – I ADORED how it came out, another one of those looks that made me feel badass and awesome all evening (and isn’t that the point?).  I’ve been really getting into colored shadows again lately, so fun!  FYI – I’m wearing MAC’s Blue Edge (discontinued) topped with Shimmermoss on my top lid and Beautiful Iris on my lower lash lines.  Oh, and also, I used the Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil in my hair and HOLY SMOKES.  I LOVE THIS STUFF – look at my hair!  Just look at it!!!!!

I’ve also got a spring-themed post in the works that I’ve been thinking of for ages but haven’t had all the pieces to put it together.  If I’m not too, um…under the weather after Paddy’s Day on Sunday, I plan to get it done that Monday as I’m off work.  It involves some very pretty polishes that I’m totally diggin’ – unlike this polish, which sadly did NOT do it for me:

a-England Tess d'Urbervilles

I know, an it’s an a-England polish too!  Tess d’Urbervilles, a blackened green shimmer.  It looks nice here but I couldn’t wait to take it off.  I’m just not a fan of green hued polishes, unless they’re pale /pastel-toned or more of a teal green.  Ah well, can’t win ‘em all!

I have been trying to do things that are good for my well-being as much as possible – this semi-computer break being one of them, as well as joining a yoga studio that had an awesome deal: $108 for three months of unlimited classes.  Heck YES!  I went today after work; the focus was shoulders and OMG I feel so effing great!!  My back and neck are always sore from working at a computer (and being at one at home too) and this worked it out so well.  I am feeling particularly SUPER WOMAN LIKE today because I also went for a run at lunch.  So YAY for mental & physical health! :P  I feel all zingy – kinda like this nail art I did a few weeks ago:

Nail Art Nail Art (5)

This could have been SO much better – the concept and colors I totally liked, but I used french manicure strips that kept pulling up the polish beneath it, no matter if I let it dry for 5 minutes for 15.  SO irritating!  Half of this ended up being freehand and the other is just a mess of me trying to fix the peeled polish areas.  Urgh.  For reference, the shades I used there Revlon’s Sterling, Essie No More Film, and Zoya’s Wednesday.

And there you have it!  My very best attempt at giving you something to look at while simultaneously chattering away with abandon, and trying to link the two.  Successful?  Probably not, but I wasn’t sure when or how I’d post these photos, so it worked for me! :P

I hope everyone had a great Monday!!!

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  1. #1 by Emi at Project Swatch on March 11, 2013 - 10:47 pm

    I love that eyeshadow look, and your hair looks so gorgeous!

    • #2 by Latoya on March 12, 2013 - 2:15 pm

      Aw thanks Emi!! I am really loving color right now!

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by Linda on March 12, 2013 - 12:37 am

    You look so pretty!That nail polish reminds me of OPI Live And Let Die.Are you going to paint your nails green for St.Patty’s day?

    • #4 by Latoya on March 12, 2013 - 2:15 pm

      I usually do Linda – I used to keep Essie’s Pretty Edgy on hand just for the day, but I gave it away. Now I’ll have to use something else, less true green. I’ll post whatever I come up with :D

      And thank you for the sweet compliment!!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. #5 by Sarah on March 12, 2013 - 10:07 am

    Gah that eyeshadow look is so pretty. I have that a-England polish too, but I liked it really only BECAUSE I like dark or blackened green. I didn’t think it was any more special than my $5 ULTA polish. I’m wearing Bridal Veil today and it’s the same feeling. I did love Princess Sabra, though.

    • #6 by Latoya on March 12, 2013 - 2:13 pm

      Princess Sabra is lovely, no question Sarah! I have quite a few a-England and this is only dud for me. I’m just not a fan of blackened polishes, don’t know what I was thinking. But it would hit that nail on the head if you’re into that!

      Sent from my iPhone

  4. #7 by Larie on March 12, 2013 - 12:38 pm

    Love the mani, and holy moly Toya, YOUR FACE. You’re gorgeous! I love your hair! It’s so fresh.

    Physical and mental health are important! You should tackle climbing next, eh? Eh? :D :D :D

    • #8 by Latoya on March 12, 2013 - 2:11 pm

      Thanks Larie!!!! I suddenly got the idea in my head that I need to give my hair more love – I don’t bother with it much, but it’s really the one thing that’s ‘unique’ about me so I gotta rock it!

      I would LOVE to try climbing. Adding it to the list – I think I’d get totally addicted! And a smokin’ bod like someone else I know ;)

      Sent from my iPhone

  5. #9 by Avec Veritas on March 12, 2013 - 1:43 pm

    The eye makeuo is so stunning!!! wow! Sp pretty! :) And lovely hair! xo, Vera

    • #10 by Latoya on March 12, 2013 - 6:08 pm

      Thank you Vera!! I’m so pleased you like it :D

  6. #11 by Eugenia on March 13, 2013 - 7:41 am

    Have I ever told you how envious I am of your gorgeous hair? You know the whole “grass is greener” line? Well, I was born with stick straight hair (which changed after pregnancy & when I began colouring at age 32, so not so stick straight anymore but whatever) & my brother got the curly hair – we each wanted what the other had!

    Love the makeup look – both colours suit you so well and really bring the focus to your gorgeous eyes!

    Even the nail art looks fab – I’ve never been brave enough to try anything like that, and if that’s your freehand, it’s great!

    Too bad about the a-england, but I understand as its green-ness & shimmer are pretty subtle, and not always to everyone’s taste!

  7. #12 by refinedandpolished on March 14, 2013 - 11:33 am

    All of the looks are gorgeous! Those blackened a Englands sort of feel flat for me in comparison to their other great polishes. It’s amazing how great yoga can make you feel. Always makes me wonder why I don’t do it more often.

  8. #13 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on March 15, 2013 - 6:55 pm

    Whooaaaa–serious skillz, Toya! I can’t believe you did that nail art by yourself. That’s awesome! I haven’t seen anything like it–it’s really unique and very pretty! I love the colors you used! :D

  9. #14 by Liz (@Reductionista) on March 16, 2013 - 3:05 pm

    Haha, I think you were totally successful in tying everything together.

    1. LOL @ party stealth photo ops. You look awesome!

    2. Hair – Keep doing what you’re doing! Love seeing it down.

    3. Fantastic nail art! Love the colours.

  10. #15 by Makeup Morsels on March 16, 2013 - 4:51 pm

    You are such a badass gorgeous girl Toya! I love love love that eye makeup, I think I might try something similar this week except I totally forgot to bring a single makeup brush home….soooo nevermind, that’s not going to happen. And I think your nail art looks super cool whatcha even talking about there. Reminds me of Rayism!

  11. #16 by Amy on March 30, 2013 - 11:50 pm


    Ahem. Hurray for feeling healthy! That eyeshadow and mani are both so gorgeous. The unexpected pops of color are excellent :)

    • #17 by Latoya on April 8, 2013 - 3:43 pm

      Thank you very much my dear girl! :) I thought it was pretty cool too! Lisa is a genius. Also – definitely YAY for feeling healthy, it makes me feel awesome!!

      Sent from my iPhone

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