Monday, July 27, 2015

Mani Monday | 4 Colors to Keep Up Those Summer Vibes

Take a bite outta summer with Sally Hansen!

A stylista can find style inspo pretty much anywhere. And Mani Monday is no exception! These 4 colors will keep you going through summer or just offer a sweet pick-me-up when the summer sun is interrupted with summer rainstorms.

This OPI color certainly isn't mini when it comes to a day at the beach!

Your foundation isn't the only thing that should change come summer. Your nail color should, too. Have you been eyeing a color only to tell yourself if I was only a little more tan I could wear it? Well, now's the time, sister!

You can't more specific than this color from Wet n Wild!

Not everyone's summer will include a beach and jet skis. That's okay because changing your manicure is an instant pick me up. And with season specific collections, you'll be cruisin' down 1-5 in a windows down, pop music induced adventure in no time!

If laughter is the best medicine, then this OPI color is the pefect compliment...

What new colors will you try to begin your next summer adventure?

xo | din

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My First Ipsy Bag!

There are a lot of beauty vloggers out there who have been raving over ipsy, a product company that delivers full and sample sized beauty products every month. One such vlogger is my friend, Susan of Simply Susan. After watching one of her YouTube videos on the product, I was like: Wait. I can get all that for only 10 bucks?! Sign me up!

What's great is that the Glam Bag is customized to my product preference. And, since I won't necessarily receive the same products as my friend, I take this to mean more opportunities to find new products to love!

Without further ado, here's the content of my first ipsy bag!

My first ipsy Glam Bag = 5 products + too cute tote!

1) Jersey Shore Cosmetics - Mongongo Vanilla Coconut Cream Lip Conditioner
  •  Why I'm looking forward to trying this product: 100% Cruelty Free, claims "will leave your lips silky-smooth, luscious and hydrated!"
2) Teeez Cosmetics - Read My Lips Lipstick in Killing Me Softly
  •  Why I'm looking forward to trying this product: "...smooth, ultra creamy texture and added coconut oil extract nourishes and hydrates the lips..."
3) Crown Brush - Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush
  • Why I'm looking forward to trying this product: Dual ended brush means I can multi-task that much better!
 4) OFRA Cosmetics - Bliss Eyeshadow
  • Why I'm looking forward to trying this product: Duals as a highlight for cheek bones and nose.
 5) Bare Republic Naturals - SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion
  •  Why I'm looking forward to trying this product: Always on a hunt for a good tinted moisturizer. This one's formula includes 40 minutes of water resistance.
I'll keep you posted on my thoughts of each product as I use them. Follow me on Instagram for the most up to date reviews.

Don't worry, you don't have to be a style or beauty blogger to get in on the goods! Sign up today to receive your first Glam Bag. ipsy's so popular that normally first time customers would be placed on a wait list for a few days, but for the next 48 hrs there is no wait list! How perfect is that?! Once you sign up, the next step is to exercise patience as you wait the arrival of a flashy pink package in your mailbox.

Have you tried ipsy before? Share your experience in the comments!

xo | din

See more about ipsy and subscribe to receive your monthly Glam Bag here.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mani Monday | Sheer Tints

This trio surely left their mark! I wasn't quite sure what to expect from OPI's Sheer Tints enamel. I wondered if it would only look good on top of certain nail colors and how long it would take me to discover which ones those were.

I was pleasantly surprised to see this purple hue look nice against a bare nail, as well as on top of OPI's Where Did Suzi's Man-go?. It brought the sorbet orange enamel to a raspberry sorbet and I love it! (Instant smile, in fact!) It's quite thick in texture, so an even stroke is important for a smooth, clean finish. Unless of course you're going for a textured look, then experimental strokes will do!

Definitely going to check out other Sheer Tint colors (perhaps blue next?), because Don't Violet Me Down surely satisfied and will be making several appearances!

Want to have more Mani Monday fun? Take a look at the first coat in Mani Monday | Where Did Suzi's Man-go and Crayola Magic.

What do you think about the tint? Sound off in the comments below!

xo | din

first coat | OPI's Where Did Suzi's Man-go
second coat | OPI's Don't Violet Me Down Sheer Tint
final coat | OPI's RapiDry Quick Drying Top Coat

Monday, July 13, 2015

Mani Monday | Foxy

To be honest, I felt a little "grown woman" reaching for the Revlon bottle at Rite Aid. It reminded me of when I first fell in love with nail color–– a young girl curiously eying the shimmering lacquers sitting on top of my mother's vanity. Now, much older of course, I picked up the color and figured I'd give it a shot. It was on sale at the time, so I didn't feel too much hesitancy!

Revlon color is great quality and goes on smoothly. This color is an eggplant-brown blend with a shimmer finish. While it's a little darker for summer, it works because it's classic and elegant. I've received several compliments on it already which means despite it's deeper hue, it still has that eye catching factor. In my book, that falls under "Good Purchase."

What do you think of the color?

xo | din

nail lacquer | Foxy by Revlon

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

4 Island Essentials

Since moving to Honolulu, my makeup routine has become extremely minimalistic. With the weather so warm and humid during the day, there's no need for a smokey eye that will eventually be running down my face. Am I right or am I right?! Instead, I'll save my more extravagant makeup for date nights with the hubs ;)

Let me share with you exactly what I'm wearing on my face: tinted moisturizer, mineral blush, mascara, and a lip crayon. These products are my go-to products every single day.  I'm going to break each product down for you so you know exactly what to expect.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue - This is a tinted moisturizer in a gel cream that has SPF 30. It's light weight with a sheer to medium coverage so you're left with hydrated and fresh looking skin. The shade I'm wearing is Tan 07.

MIRABEllA Cheeky Blush - This blush not only has a beautiful finish, but it has a super easy application if you don't want to fuss with a brush. Simply apply the applicator directly to the apple of your cheeks, and then use your fingers to blend it in. That's all I've been doing! The shade I'm wearing is Lively.

Maybelline Lash Sensational - Apart from brows (which I've been too lazy to do), mascara is what makes my eyes come to life. This mascara gives amazing length and fullness without flaking! I also love how much drama I can get out of it by adding multiple coats (like 5ish). here I'm wearing 2 coats. The shade I'm wearing is Brownish Black.

REVLON ColorBurst Matte Balm - With such simple makeup, it's nice to have a little pop of color. I'm pretty obessed with the ColorBurst lip crayons from REVLON. They come in both matte and glossy finishes and stay for hours. The shade I'm wearing is Unapologetic.  

If you're wanting to simplify your makeup routine, or if you just want to try out some new products, I highly recommend these! Enjoy!

xo | dré 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

"Best Day Ever"

There's something magical that happens when two people exchange vows. And for the wedding I attended on Saturday, it was so magical that it set off fireworks.

My friend Becky and her hubs, Heath, celebrated their union aboard the Miss Christin in front of family and friends on July 4. It was quite the holiday to be sailing on the Potomac in our patriotic attire––red, white, and blue themed––simultaneously toasting our beloved country and newly hitched friends.

Becky is so clever for how she made this space work. Her creativity surely did shine! Fortunately, everyone was able to have a great time without getting "Ship Faced" as they drank their red, white, and brews.

One of my best friends, Cindy, was in the wedding party. The bridesmaid dresses were navy (although it looks black in the photo above) and the shoes were silver with bows. It was quite lovely complimenting Becky who was flawless and absolutely stunning in her beaded floor length gown.

Congratulations to Becky and Heath on their best day ever!

xo | din

dress | A.L.C.
jewelry | Tiffany Atlas Collection here and here
bag | Chanel (similar here)
heels | BCBGeneration

Monday, July 6, 2015

Mani Monday | That's Hula-rious!

Aloha! I hope that your Monday is treating you well! I'm trying to turn over a new leaf today by trying to lay off on my chocolate consumption. It's a wonder that I haven't turned into a molten lava cake! I really am going to try to up my veggie intake, and see if I can actually stick with it long enough to see results.

Now for those that know me well, lowering the amount of chocolate in my diet might sound funny, hilarious even. So how fun is it that I'm starting off my week wearing That's Hula-rious from OPI's Hawaii collection? I really love this mint color, and it kind of reminds me of my mint hair that I had when I first moved to Honolulu! What do you think?

xo | dré

polish | OPI That's Hula-rious!

photos courtesy of Pinterest 

Saturday, July 4, 2015


Happy Independence Day, America! And to all who have served or are currently serving in our military––THANK YOU!

xoxo | drédin

photos | buzzfeed, atlantic-pacific, newsday, fabhousewife, akatasia, kristendukephotography, whowhatwear, theyallhateus,, kinnks

Friday, July 3, 2015

Homecoming Honolulu

TGIF! And as a double bonus to the start of the weekend, tomorrow is the 4th of July! I can't wait! 

Today I'm excited to share with you I local store I found called Homecoming Honolulu. It's full of fun clothing that's completely affordable. My shorts and sliders are both scores I made while I was there. 

If you're not local, but you'd like to shop their store, you can do so here. Have a great weekend! 

xo | dré 

tank | Freeze
shorts | Pistola 
sliders | Charlotte Stone (similar here

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