A Few Of My Favorite Things: Jamberry Nails

You will never find me without nail polish on my fingernails. No matter how busy I am, I always find time once a week to paint my nails. Call me weird, but I find sitting down and giving myself a manicure so relaxing.

For those who don’t know, I am part of my university’s chapter of Her Campus. According to the Her Campus website, “Her Campus is the #1 global community for college women”. I am very excited to be the style section editor and writer for my campus chapter. As a result of this role, I have received many great opportunities. Being part of Her Campus has definitely sharpened my journalistic skills, but hands down the best part of Her Campus is going to events on my campus that are hosted by many different companies. Not only are these events fun to attend for team bonding but also it allows me to be introduced to new companies and the awesome products they offer.

Recently, our Her Campus team hosted a Jamberry nail party, where the brand Jamberry brought their 300+ nail designs to our campus. Ever since being introduced to Jamberry nails my nails have looked so stylish.

Jamberry nails are similar to the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Stick On Nails, but in my opinion Jamberry nails last longer, look more “real”, and come in a huge variety of colors and patterns. Not to mention you get more for your buck. A sheet of Jamberry nails will allow you two manicures and two pedicures for only $15. To me that’s a bargain compared to most stick on nails that are around $10-$12 for only one manicure.

The patterns that I have been wearing include Reminisce and Sugar & Spice. I have been using my Jamberry nails for a couple weeks now and so far I am very pleased with the results. They don’t chip or flake, and I can’t stress how stylish they are. No wonder why Jamberry nails have been featured in magazines like Instyle, People Style Watch, Marie Claire, Nylon, and so much more.

As you can tell, I can’t stop raving about the formula and patterns but you might be wondering how well do they apply? Good news, Jamberry nails don’t take tons of time to apply.

First, prep your nails by filing them and rub a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol on each of your nails. Next, match your nail with the best fit from your Jamberry nail sheet, heat with a blow dryer to make it tacky, then apply it to the nail, cut off the excess and file off the rest. Lastly, take your blow dryer and heat your nail again, making sure your Jamberry nail is securely on your nail. Voilà! You are done. I promise it is so simple once you get the hang of it.

The people at Jamberry nails are not lying when they describe this new approach to manicures and pedicures as a “nail revolution.” Say goodbye to boring single colored manicures and say hello to Jamberry nails.

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Sugar & Spice

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 Reminisce 

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The Best And Worst Dressed At The Grammy’s 2015

My Sunday was full of studying because my statistic and psychology professor decided to schedule our first exam on the same day. To say I was stressed is an under statement. I had to spend the majority of my afternoon and night studying, which meant I couldn’t spend all night watching the 2015 Grammy’s. I always enjoy watching this award show, because it recognizes great talent in the music industry.

Since I couldn’t spend my Sunday night watching the Grammy’s, I decided to only watch the red carpet special. I deserved a 2-hour study break, right? It was well worth it because watching the stars walk down the red carpet is my favorite part of any awards show.

Once again, most of the stars strutted down the red carpet in bedazzled and embellished dresses. Just like with every major award shows, I have picked out the best and worst looks. So keep on reading to see who made my list. 

Best Dressed

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Gwen Stefani- Hands down, Gwen Stefani was my favorite look of the night. Her semi-sheer jumpsuit by Atelier Versace looked great on the red carpet. I love the fit of jumpsuit. The sheer design on top and the tailored bottoms created a perfect silhouette. I love how she paired her jumpsuit with bedazzled pumps and of course her pulled back hair and neutral makeup tied the whole look together. 

Jessie J- The color black was a popular color on the red carpet and Jessie J rocked this Ralph and Russo semi-sheered dress with beaded embellishments. The dress showed the right amount of skin and had the right amount of bling. I loved how dramatic this look was and how she chose to wear dark makeup and a dark lip. This look was very edgy, which is what I like to see, especially at an awards show. 

Katy Perry- After seeing Katy Perry’s lilac hair, I am so tempted to dye my hair a beautiful, lilac shade. Her purple do complimented her silver beaded fringe dress by Zuhair Mudrad. Perry’s dress was eye-catching. The color, the beads, the fringe, and the purple hair certainly made a statement at the Grammy’s. 

Lady Gaga- I am a huge Lady Gaga fan. Recently, she has been working with Tony Bennett, producing a whole new genre of music. Since Gaga has been working with Bennett she has been wearing more sophisticated outfits, which in my opinion is a great look for her. Although I do miss her crazy costumes, especially that meat dress she wore at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, I have enjoyed seeing Gaga’s style transformation. With that being said, I loved her Brandon Maxwell dress she wore to this year’s Grammy’s. The dress was elegant, but still incorporated a plunging neckline and high slits. I loved how Gaga accessorized with emerald colored jewelry and emerald colored makeup. 

Worst Dressed 

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Charli XCX- I respect Charli XCX for taking a risk, but I just don’t like the color of her Moschino suit. The pale pink color and bright pink bowtie just doesn’t do it for me. Instead, if the suit was more of a neutral color, I would have liked it better.

Taylor Swift- Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t entirely hate Taylor Swift’s dress, I just felt like it was too formal for the occasion. Her turquoise high-low dress by Elie Sab just looked too stiff. I loved the color of her dress, her earrings, shoes, and eye shadow, but for me it was way too much color all paired together. 

Kim Kardashian- Is it just me or did Kim Kardashian’s dress look like a bedazzled bath robe? Her dress designed by Jean Paul Gaultier had too much bling, making it a very distracting choice for the red carpet. 

Ariana Grande- Ariana Grande’s Versace gown confused me. What’s the point of that piece of silver fabric that just appears to be hanging on the dress? Although I liked the silver and white color combo, the hanging fabric just puzzled me.

Dare to be different

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Rihanna- I decided to add a new category to this post, a dare to be different category and that goes to Rihanna. Kudos to Rihanna for being different. Yes, her dress was crazy, but that is why I like it. She was not afraid to wear something out of the ordinary. Sure her dress looks like a loofah or an ad for Pepto Bismol, but it did a good job grabbing people’s attention, considering everyone can’t stop talking about it. Rihanna shows people that fashion is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and expressing yourself. I hope Rihanna has inspired other stars to take more risks on the red carpet.

That concludes my best and worst dressed celebs for the 2015 Grammy’s. I am looking forward writing a similar post for the Academy Awards, which airs on Sunday, February 22nd. Can’t wait to see which celebs dressed to impress.

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Liv’s Style: Poncho? Sweater? Or Both?

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Obviously, these photos were taking before winter storm Juno or the snowstorm this week that slammed the East coast. I miss seeing the grass because now all I see is piles and piles of snow. Although the weather has changed in the last couple weeks, my love for this outfit still remains the same.

Whenever I wear this outfit, I always confuse people. They look at me and they think I am wearing a sweater, but then at a different angle people think I am wearing a poncho. This poncho/sweater has been one of my favorite fashion pieces because it is different and causes peoples’ heads to turn. The best part about this poncho and sweater combo is how comfortable it is. It feels like I am wearing a blanket, keeping me warm on those frigid winter days. The cream and black colored tribal pattern and fringe detailing adds to the uniqueness of this piece.

I love pairing this sweater/poncho combo with my Madewell jeans. I can’t express how much I love these jeans. Ever since I bought these Madewell jeans, I have been wearing them non-stop. The light wash with distressed detailing makes them a versatile piece to pair with anything.

I threw on a pair of heeled boots and some of my favorite accessories and this outfit is complete.

Whenever I find a clothing item that has more flair and uniqueness than a typical Forever 21 piece, I feel like I’ve won the lottery. My hunt for more distinctive fashion pieces continues.

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Top: Ruby & Jenna (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Jeans: Madewell (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Marshalls (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Brandy Melville (SIMILAR) | Earrings: Laila Rowe (SIMILAR)

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