Monday, June 18, 2018

Celebrating World Sea Turtle Day with Nail Art

Happy Monday, dear readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your week is off to a wonderful start! Saturday was Wold Sea Turtle Day, and since sea turtles are my favorite animal, you know I had to create a fun nail art look for the occasion!

To create this look, I started off by painting my nails with a white base. For this design, I used Rica Polish in Whiteout. On my ring, middle, and thumb nails (although my poor thumbs always end up left out in photos), I dotted Literary Lacquers cremes inSalmon Enchanted Evening, If Thou Hast Eyes To See, Desdemona's Handkerchief, and Cyan-Tifically Proven. Using a stamper, I then smooshed the dots to create the mottled colourful background. Once dry, I used Ever After Polish in Black Magic with MoYou London stamping plate in Explorer Collection #16 to place the turtles on my nails.

Even though Saturday was World Sea Turtle Day, I wanted my sea turtles to have some other ocean life friends on my nails. I kept it simple by applying starfish and fish + coral + seahorse patterned water decals from Born Pretty Store to my other nails. I then sealed all my nails in with KBShimmer's Clearly On Top top coat.

I hope you've enjoyed my nail art from the weekend! I have lots of ideas floating in my mind, and with the blog mostly settled with the new name and layout, I can start focusing my attention on other things, including nail art!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Highlights from the Beauty Spotlight Team

Do you have a shiny t-zone in the summer? 15 Minute Beauty hates mid-day shine on her nose and has tried just about every product out there to keep her skin looking matte. Here are her favorite products to mattify her skin. 

  Laugh, Love, Contour takes us on a trip to California this summer with the new KBShimmer Wanderlust Collection. The 8 piece collection will transport your nails to the lush West coast shore, even if the rest of you is stuck a little closer to home! 

 Are your feet ready for sandals weather? Never Say Die Beauty has fallen for Farmhouse Fresh Instant Pedicure Sampler for soft, smooth feet in minutes! 

Beauty Info Zone loves meeting new brands and loves to host giveaways. Put those together and you'll be able to learn and hopefully win a Body Be Silk Lip Fix Kit. It's scrumptious and efficient. Read and enter. 

If you have a penchant for luxury face oils, then Lola's Secret Beauty Blog highly recommends Herbivore Orchid Facial Oil and Herbivore Phoenix Facial Oil. The former is a delectable youth preserving oil for normal skin, while the latter is an ultra-luxe regenerating oil for mature and sensitive skins. Both are absolutely amazing! #Herbivore 

Prime Beauty loves the new OleHenriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask even if it makes her look like a Smurfette! 

Shipra from Taneja's Bride just isn't a rule follower. She has exquisite taste and no one is going to tell her the rules. That's why you need to read her Kris Eyeshadow Palette x Kylie Cosmetics review with your wallet nearby. 

There are many ways to save money on your beauty products these days. Head over to Makeup Obsessed Mom to make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck. 

Thinking of booting your Vitamin-C game? Pammy Blogs Beauty tries out JASON's Antioxidant skincare. Find out what she thinks! 

Have you heard Covergirl released the Peach Punch Collection? Polarbelle has it as well as comparisons to the TooFaced Sweet Peach palette for your consideration. 

How much do you rely on concealer? If you are Justina from Justina's Gems then it's a lot. See the comparison she did on two favorites from Tarte to see if one of them will become your favorite too.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

So Long, The Jedi Wife! Hello, Laugh, Love, Contour: Thoughts On Changing My Blog Name

Good evening, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well! I've been solo parenting this week while my husband has been out of town for work. It's been going relatively well, although after a few really rough afternoons, I am now in survival mode. At least everyone is being fed and bathed and teeth are brushed! I have always had a lot of respect for single parents out there, but it all comes crashing back as a tidal wave every time I am in this situation. Thankfully my husband gets home tomorrow afternoon, and I intend to run away for a few hours as soon as possible to enjoy total silence. Now let's get into today's blog post!

As I'm sure you've noticed already, there have been some big changes here on the blog over the last few days! For those of you that has guessed it, way back at the end of December I had hinted that something big was coming and you were right! Musings of the Wife of a Jedi has been rebranded to Laugh, Love, Contour. With the rebrand came a new look. There was no drama associated with this decision, and while I could easily explain it away as a "because I wanted to", I wanted to give you, my beloved readers, some insight into what made me make the change and where I would like to see my blog go from here.
When I first started blogging over six years ago, I had no idea the direction my blog would take. While I anticipated there to be some beauty and nail polish related posts, I never expected these subjects to essentially "become" my blog. I though my blog would be more along the lines of personal journaling, and while I have no objections to doing so, as it turns out, it isn't really me. I took on my blog name when I was recently married to my own Luke Sky Walker, as it seemed fitting at the time. I am still happily married to my husband, but I have come to the realization over the past year that I wasn't giving myself enough credit as a person. Yes, I am still very much "the Jedi Wife", but in the end, I am so much more than that. I am a mom, a writer, a thinker, a socially awkward quasi-extroverted introvert, and quite frankly, a sassy strong-willed woman who needs her mouth washed out with soap from all the F bombs that I drop on the daily. Musings of the Wife of a Jedi, also known as The Jedi Wife, was a cute idea, but it felt like it only captured a small piece of me and left out all the other substance. 

After much contemplation, I decided it was time to change my blog name into something that suited not only who I am, but also what my blog is truly about: all things beauty.
Coming up with a blog name that encompasses all the things you want AND is available is much harder than it was when I first created my blog! With all the negativity in the news, I knew I wanted to keep my blog a place to go to get away from it all. Yes, some of my reviews of products are negative, but overall, I wanted (and still want) YOU to feel comfortable and uplifted here. After mulling through a lot of blog ideas for almost a year, I finally came up with Laugh, Love, Contour. 

Naturally, I needed a fresh, new look to go with my blog rebrand. As much as I loved my colourful orange background, it was time that I moved on to something that was more mature but still kept my light-hearted quality. I really love the new look, and I hope you do as well!
Even though the blog has rebranded and has a new look, the same great content you have come to expect from me is still going to be here. Laugh, Love, Contour will still be rich in beauty products; wallet be damned! My writing will always be genuine as I write about my personal experiences with products I test, regardless of whether they were sent to me for review or if I purchased them myself. You can expect to see even more on products I have purchased, although ultimately press sample obligations will always eclipse what I buy myself. This is a large reason why I've introduced my periodic "That's a Wrap" posts showcasing many of the products I have purchased and have finished up. I will still be taking the occasional trip to cover events; you can expect to see content featuring my experience and brands at the upcoming Cosmoprof North America soon! While I still have the occasional bump in my blogging path, such as my constant wave of illness after illness the first several months of the year, or just other things in life needing to be a priority from time to time, in the end I want to see more content here at Laugh, Love, Contour. 

If you've managed to read this far and follow along on this lengthy post, you are a rockstar! Even if you didn't, I'll still give you the title. After all, you are a big reason why I am here and why I enjoy doing what I do. What I previously imagined to be a short term hobby has turned into something more throughout the years, and I look forward to seeing the direction we take together. If there is anything more you would like to see, please let me know and I'll see what I can do!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful evening!

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