January Favorites!

Hey kiddies! Peep my favorite things from January. I realize February is almost over.. so sorry about that! I think I am going to start a trend of posting these favorites videos in the middle of the month. Maybe that would be kinda cool.. or not? ANYWAY. Dig it.


Weekend Mani

Aloha friends! So I’m trying my very hardest to keep up with my blog whenever I have time. I’m currently sitting on the floor of my living room while Charlotte (formerly known as Baby R) relaxes in her little nap nanny next to me. My, my, how my life has changed! This time 10 and a half months ago I’d be out to dinner with the hubs, enjoying a couple cocktails before our adventures for the evening began. But honestly guys, when I look over at my boogie and she smiles at me, I wouldn’t trade it for the world! It’s really the best feeling. BUT! This post isn’t about how awesome being a mommy is.. because I could go on about that forever. Eventually I plan on integrating a little motherly wisdom onto this bad boy, but I’ll need way more time for that!

Something you may seriously take for granted before having a newborn? Painting your nails! It really is a luxury! As is blow drying your hair and even being able to take your time…… going to the bathroom. So when my mother comes to take the babe for a couple hours, I jump at the chance to paint my nails. Check out some of my newest creations.

This is what I’m currently rocking right now. It’s a lovely combination of my favorite shade by Essie, “Fiji,” tipped with a new Essie shade from their metallic line, “Nothing Else Metals.” Cute right? It looks silver in the picture, but it’s a pink metallic shade.

This little look is a combination of ‘Kutki’ by NARS and the new “A Stroke of Brilliance” by Essie. Love this look too. The only thing I hate about using the Luxe effect polishes from Essie is that they are a BITCH to get off! You literally have to file the top of your nails for like 20 minutes to get the glitter off. Such a pain. But they look so good at the time, it’s like, whatever! hah

So these are the only two manicures I’ve been able to do with some fun since I’ve had the baby. It just doesn’t seem right for me, I know! I tried the first manicure (the french) when the baby was home and I literally had to do it like one nail at a time before she needed to be picked up or something. It’s a process, LOL!

So that’s it folks. Now it’s time to watch a little bit of the Olympic opening ceremonies before the babe has to be put to bed. I’m beyond stoked for swimming & diving, being a swimmer myself. Can’t wait to watch Lochte kick some ass! I also love gymnastics… hello guilty pleasure! Until next time, sweeties. Kisses!

Keep your nails in the shade

I have been really back and forth lately with the colors I choose to put on my nails. There is one thing I have noticed, my toes are all bright, bright, bright, while my fingers are a little bit more… subdued. Well, I don’t know if subdued is the right word for it, but they’re not hot pink. I wanted to share with you guys a couple of my favorite shades right now. Take a peek.

Now, the purple and the green are basically flat out primary colors. I have the green on my nails right now and while I’m kind of digging it, I don’t know how long it’ll last being that it is THIS green. See….

Like… green green. The whole point of buying the purple and the green hues were because I am kind of attracted to all things Fall right now. I think it may have something to do with the baby and my hormones, because I really have no other way to explain it, hah. I want to wear sweaters and boots right now and paint my nails Linkin Park at Midnight… I’m all about Fall right now even though summer has just kicked off. So these two shades have been my happy medium. I don’t have a picture of what the purple looked like on, but I can say that I did love it! The greatest thing about these two colors from Revlon is that they last a super long time without chipping. I had the purple on for over a week and it just looked worn as it was growing out with my nails but not one nail started to chip. So I highly suggest this brand. The green is 571 – Posh and the purple is 240 – Impulsive. I just love the names too! hah These two colors were actually on sale at the drug store for about $5.

My next love, which I am surprised I didn’t talk about first, is my coveted blue shade from NARS.

Sorry kids, had to take the picture off of my instagram.. I thought I had another one saved but it doesn’t appear to be so. (Speaking of… follow me on Instagram! TheRachelRoss of course) SO! I originally saw this color on Pinterest, of all places, and I was like I HAVE TO HAVE IT! And it took exactly one week for me to go out and find it. The color is called Kutki and it is part of a very fabulous limited edition collection of colors. Doesn’t the phrase “limited edition” give you anxiety? It’s like why can’t you just put a time limit on it? It really gets the job done of freaking me out and making me believe I have to buy something right then and there or else it could be gone forever. Actually… I did end up snagging the last of these from Lord & Taylor so I guess the whole Limited Edition and limited time offer thing is pretty legit. ANYWAY! For me, this is the perfect shade of blue for the summer! Essie’s Turquoise and Caicos is all the rage every summer, but if you want something a little more true blue, this is the shade. It was $18 at Lord & Taylor department stores, and totally worth every penny. It kept its bright shine and didn’t chip for the week and a half I kept it on. Perfection.

The last color is I Need a Refresh-Mint by Wet-n-Wild. I really liked this color because it’s kind of a combination of the blue and the green I’m so into right now. Sadly, I don’t have a picture of this one either, but take my word for it, it’s a lovely color!

So that’s it kids! A couple of my favorite nail polishes right now. I spotted Essie’s new resort collection in the store yesterday but somehow contained myself from buying every single one of them, don’t ask me how! That is so unlike me! haha. I am crushing on Mojito Madness and Off the Shoulder, so I may have to make some new purchases and do another little review for ya soon. Well, it’s beautiful out and my pool is waiting for me. So until tomorrow, have a lovely day! Kisses.

Winter Favorites: January

It is CHILLY out there lately. I’m not even sure if chilly is a good enough word. It’s so cold in New Jersey that my bones hurt when I’m outside for too long. And not even that long. The short walk from my car to the grocery store is enough to knock the wind out of me. Is that a good enough visual for you? It’s cold. So here are a few of my favorite things to keep me warm this winter… and a few things that in no way keep me warm but still make me happy.


1. ChapStick brand Medicated chapstick: I am a little bit of a chapstick addict. Like, no joke. On any given time I have no less than 6 different kinds of chapstick on me. However, when it’s super cold out and I feel like my lips are chapped beyond repair, I always turn to this particular chapstick. It may be all in my head, but I feel like it heals my lips within minutes.

2. A cute beanie with embellishments: I purchased this exact hat from Forever 21 and I adore it. It’s a slouchy beanie but somehow actually stays on my head, which pretty much never happens with hats like this. The bow is just an added bonus of cuteness that I love.

3. Nars Blush in Super Orgasm: I have been on an epic quest to find the perfect blush. Something not too red, not too orangey, and not too pink. Well fellow women on the same epic quest, you can stop searching. This blush is a game changer. I assume by the name, it’s supposed to make you look flushed, as if you have just finished having the most amazing…. well… you know. I adore this color. It’s pure perfection.

4. Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate:  I am an iced coffee addict. I will forever hold a place in my heart for Dunkin Donuts iced coconut coffee. However, as the weather plummets to the teens and I have to start lessening my intake of caffeine for the baby, I find myself drinking more and more of these salted caramel hot chocolates. They’re delish and warm me right up! But extremely filling. I can never finish one!

5. Extra long wool trench coat: Matt got me one from Express for Christmas and I practically live in it this winter. It’s super warm and not over-the-top bulky like some of those puffy marshmallow coats can be. Like really… is there any way to look good in one of those? I think not.

6. Urban Decay eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy: I love this shade! I’ve eyed it up for years and never bought it, because I had a shade that I thought was too similar. Fortunately for me, it ran out recently, so I picked up this bad boy and I love it! It’s the perfect shade to highlight a NYE smoky, shimmery eye. There’s also Midnight Cowboy Rides Again which has a little glitter mixed in and seems to be a little darker. I like it, but I’m not always a fan of the added shimmer.

7. Ugg Boots; Bailey Button Tall in Chestnut: Another Christmas present from the Hubbs this year, I live in these things. No joke. I had the same exact boots but the short version which I like to wear with jeans. These fit perfectly with my ‘i’m pregnant and can’t fit into jeans anymore’ leggings that I wear every day. They’re incredibly warm and comfy, but I mean, obviously, they’re Uggs!

8. Gloves: This is pretty much a no brainer for the winter, isn’t it? These Coach gloves have been keeping my fingers nice and toasty for years now and I will never part with them!

9. Nars nail polish in Super Orgasm: So I bought all three of these things together; blush, nail polish, and lip gloss, in super orgasm. I adore them all. This nail polish is super sheer but packed to the gills with glitter. I like layering it over a light pink polish.

So those are some of my favorite things this winter! Think I’m kidding about my chapstick addiction? Hardly. Check this picture out, I took it today. :] There’s even one missing from the picture, but I didn’t notice until it was too late. haha Also, here’s a picture of me (below) in my beanie that I featured. Unfortunately, it’s from the wrong angle and you can’t see the adorable bow, but you get the picture.

I may post again later because I am on a fashion high from last night’s Golden Globes and I don’t want to wait until tomorrow and the buzz wears off! So keep an eye out for that. Speaking of tomorrow! Matt and I are in for some pretty big news… we find out if Baby R is a boy or a girl!!!!! I couldn’t sleep last night I’m so excited and I can barely concentrate on anything today. So I’m sure I’ll be a nervous wreck for the rest of the day today. AH. Wish us luck!!! 🙂 Oh & also, Happy MLK day to everyone!

Love you all, bye!