21.12.14

NAIL IT: Tiffany & Co. Christmas Nails


Unfortunately those in the Southern Hemisphere, like us, don't have the luxury of just throwing on a trusty ol' Christmas sweater unless melted snowman is the look you're going for. There is though, an easier way of embracing the festive holiday for those experiencing a warmer 25th of December or just wanting to crank up the Christmas cheer a notch- NAIL ART! Just like a necklace can transform your outfit, nail art can put the oh! in any ocassion.


Trust us, even if you're crunched for time, this post will have you Christmas-ready in no time.
Keep in mind that all the colours we've used in our pictorial can be swapped with colours of your choice. We picked out these specific shades to recreate the iconic Tiffany & Co. boxes which, fingers crossed, some of us may be lucky enough to find under the tree this Christmas!
Cue the sleigh bells...

 
1. Paint your nails with a clear undercoat.
 
2. Paint all your nails, except the middle finger with a Tiffany Blue shade. Apply as many coats as required to achieve an opaque finish.
 


3. Create an accent nail with the middle finger by layering a silver and glitter polish
 
 
Now for the fun part...
 
4. Using a tooth pick, dip the tip into silver nail polish and draw in your bow.
     TIP: Start off with the cross before drawing the actual bow

 
 
5. Finish off with a clear top coat to seal in your design.

 
 
Voila!
 
If you try out this or any of our past nail art tutorials, send a picture or tag us in your photo so we can see!
 
From the both of us, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We hope your day is filled with lots of love, laughter and food! A big thank you to all our readers for supporting
M + K over the past year.  We can't wait to share with you more blogging fun in the New Year! 
 
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♥ M + K

17.12.14

SANTA BABY

 
With the biggest holiday just days away, some, ok most of us are probably still scrambling to get our Christmas shopping done in time. Between fighting your way through the desperate crowds, planning Christmas day lunch and wrapping gifts, finding time to give your outfit for the day any thought is a task in itself.
 
Don't worry, if you're like most of us and are pressed for time this Christmas, we've put together an outfit that ticks all the Christmas boxes.

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It's not Christmas without carols, baubles and tartan of course! If you're struggling to make your Christmas day outfit more 'Chrismassy' just add a tartan piece whether it be a scarf, skirt or a top. Living in Australia, the festive season is much warmer, so a soft cotton top like this is definitely alot more B.O. (body odour!) friendly than a big cozy sweater.
 
 
TOP: Country Road / *NECKLACE: Oasap / SKIRT: Jeanswest / SHOES: Airflex 
 
 

Nothing says Christmas more than some glitzy bling. The 25th of December is probably one of the days you can pull out all the stops, so why not go big and loud?! This has fast become our party necklace pick of the year. There's enough bling to deck out Santa's sleigh, but the pearls do add a delicate touch to the piece and rest of the outfit.

 
 
 
Have you got your Christmas day outfit picked out?
 
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♥ M + K
 
DISCLAIMER: Products marked with a * were kindly sent to us for consideration, but as always, our reviews and opinions are honest ones. 
 

14.12.14

BEAUTY REPORT CARD: Shiseido's Maquillage Edge Free Eyelash Curler

 
Beautywise, curling our lashes and coating them with generous amounts of mascara is one step we never skip when heading out for the day. Unlike others who seem to be blessed with lashes that defy gravity, ours are stubby and as flat as a pancake. Accepting that, we've got to work with what we're given, and let's just say we have come to appreciate a good eyelash curler. We've tried our fair share of curling contraptions, but we think we may have found the one in Shiseido's Maquillage Edge Free Eyelash Curler. Keep reading to see how it faired in our Beauty Report Card.
 
 
 
Curl// A+
It definitely does the job! We find that tilting the handle up while pinching down gives us the best results. Unlike the other eyelash curlers we've tried previosuly, you don't need to pump the handle as many times to achieve fluttering lashes that will have any guy weak at the knees.
 
Design// B+
Our biggest peeve with this particular curler is that it doesn't fit our eyes, so we can't curl all our eyelashes at once. Instead, we have to move the curler around the length of our lashline, curling our innner and outer lashes separately.
 



 
What eyelash curler is currently in your makeup bag?
 
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♥ M + K

3.12.14

BEAUTY REPORT CARD: KISS NAIL STICKERS

 
Stick on nail decals are something we've been seeing a lot of. But as nail art enthusiasts we've always liked doing our own nail art, so we've never tried any of these out before. But let's just say we've been converted. These floral, preglued nail strips are from the brand Kiss. We're so pleased with how easy and quick they were to apply. You can use these to either cover your entire nail for a full manicure or for a French manicure look. We will be definitely trying out more nail stickers! They're fun and convenient, and the best thing?!! No drying time!!
 

 


Packaging and design: A
The instructions for applying the decals to cover your entire nail or for a French manicure look are straight forward and easy to follow.

Formulation: A+
We're pretty sure these stickers aren't made to last on the nails for very long. But we are impressed at how well they've held up. They've held up for about a week so far and we wouldn't be surprised if they last a little longer!! 



Range: A
From florals to bejewelled designs, there is something for everyone. We were very impressed by their range and can't wait to try a few more of them out.

Price: A+
For $5 you really can't go wrong!! We've seen plenty of other nail decals for much more, so this is the perfect place to start for those skeptics who are just starting to play around with stickers.
 
Overall: A +
Kiss gets a big floral thumbs up from us! We wouldn't hesitate to repurchase these stickers or to try out other designs from their range.


 
 
  
We're keen to try out more of these nail stickers so let us know which brands you've tried out and what you recommend.
 
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♥ M + K

29.11.14

CURIOUS RUBY: to inspire...

 
“But the truth is, it's not the idea, it's never the idea, it's always what you do with it."
- Neil Gaiman
 
When it comes to blogging, there are a few things that inspire us when we're struggling for ideas. We're visual people, so whether it be flipping through our favourite magazines, trawling Pinterest or scrolling through other blogs, visual media is the key when we're searching for that light bulb moment.
 
Seeing the world through someone else's eyes can transform something that was once mundane into a brilliant idea. A pair of eyes we've been inspired to look through is Ruby's, traveller and emerging artist hailing from the sunny city of Brisbane, she is the mastermind behind Curious Ruby.  Her designs are dominated by geometric lines and shapes, and bold colours which are sure to get those creative juices flowing.
 
We were fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to pick a print from CuriousRuby.com to bring, as Ruby so wonderfully put it, "a little inspiration from my space to yours". 

 
 
Ruby also drew an ACED original just for us!
  
 
We originally picked out one of Ruby's prints, but she also kindly sent us Bloom, an ink and watercolour print. These photos don't do this amazing piece justice. Looking at it now, the bright and vivid colours are a lot more striking.
 
 Bloom*
 
 

 
 Kaleidoscope sits pride of place right in our creative space. The ink colour print gives a tribal vibe that has our minds racing with ideas.
 
 
 
 Kaleidoscope*
 

If you're lacking some inspiration then make sure you check out Curiousruby.com, and for daily updates, head over to Ruby's Instagram account, @curious_ruby for real time inspiration.
 
What inspires you?
 
 
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♥ M + K
 
DISCLAIMER: Products marked with a * were kindly sent to us for consideration, but as always, our reviews and opinions are honest ones.