Glitter Nail Polishes from SpaRitual {Shop the Looks}

I love glitter nail color because it can be worn in so many ways. You can wear it on its own for a special occasion like I did on New Year’s Eve, or you can layer it over your favorite shade. Lately I’ve also been loving the statement nail trend, where you paint one nail with glitter and leave the rest in a neutral color.

I usually love a sparkly gold glitter polish, and SpaRitual offers that and so many other glitter nail lacquers that are both vegan and 5-free. Shel Pink, SpaRitual and Slow Beauty founder, has five must-have glitter looks for 2015, perfect for both everyday or special occasions.

SpaRitual Glitter Nail Polishes

Gold: Soul / White: Snow Globe / Pink: Beyond Love

Purple: Living / Green: Home

 

According to Shel Pink, “These five SpaRitual glitters are the perfect complement to showcase your personal style for 2015.” In addition to these colors, SpaRitual has lots of other great glittery shades, and I can’t wait to try out more of them,

For more on SpaRitual, visit SpaRitual.com or follow the brand on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

SpaRitual Beyond Love Nail Polish

**Disclosure: While I was provided samples for review, all opinions are my own. Also, a similar version of this post was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com.

Style with Backpacks {Shop the Looks}

If you asked me a few years ago if I would be buying a backpack anytime soon, I would definitely have said no. I thought I had retired those back in my high school North Face days. But this year, one of my friends showed me a practical laptop backpack and I started to rethink them… and now, all of a sudden, they’re officially back in style.

Below are some of my favorite backpacks right now. Shop the look with the links below – or you can follow me on Instagram at @dailykatyblog and sign up for ShopStyle.it. From there, you can “like” my photos and get shoppable links delivered right to your inbox.

Stylish Backpacks

Rebecca Minkoff / Danielle Nicole (under $100!) / Frye

Neiman Marcus (under $100!) / Marc by Marc Jacobs / Longchamp

Easiest Mexican Layer Dip for Game Day {Recipe}

The Patriots are officially in the Super Bowl so it’s time to start preparing for my favorite Sunday of football and commercial watching and eating a million appetizers. While I usually use game days to try out new recipes, I have a few go-to dips that I make over and over again. Today I’m sharing my super easy Mexican Layer Dip. The best thing about it is that there are a few main ingredients, but after that, you can customize it however you want (I tend to go for lots of layers!).

Check out the recipe below – and note that taking a good photo of this dip was nearly impossible, so just know that it tastes far better than it looks… Enjoy!

Easy Mexican Dip - recipe on DailyKaty.com

Ingredients:

Dip Ingredients

  • 8 0z cream cheese (I usually go for whipped because it’s easier to spread, and because I love cream cheese, I use a little more than 8 oz)
  • Taco seasoning (I love the seasoning from Trader Joe’s, but you can use any)
  • 1 16 oz can refried beans (I use a little more than 3/4 of the can)
  • 1 16 oz jar salsa (I use medium or hot)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Optional Toppings

  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup sliced jalapenos (more or less depending on how hot you want it)
  • 2.25 oz can chopped or sliced black olives

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix cream cheese with taco seasoning. Spread along bottom of an 8 x 12″ baking dish.
  • Spread refried beans on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  • Spread salsa on top of the refried beans layer.
  • Sprinkle cheese on top of the salsa layer.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes on 350 degrees.
  • Finish with any or all of the option toppings.
  • Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

What are your favorite game day dip recipes? Let us know in the comments below!

Celebrity Hair Styles from Butterfly Studio Salon {Get the Looks}

It’s no secret that Blake Lively has amazing hair. If I had to choose one celebrity with the best hair, it would be her. Her effortless, yet glam hair styles are always perfect, from effortless waves to a ponytail that works for both day and night. Butterfly Studio Salon senior stylist Stacey Guerra has some great tips for creating looks like Blake’s that require minimal product, prep or time.

Get the Look: Blake Lively's Ponytail http://bit.ly/dailykaty

Pretty Ponytail

  • Upgrade a worn ponytail from day to night by taking out that pony and shaking it as hard as you can just to create some body.
  • Grab your purse-size dry texturizing spray (key for reworking fullness into limp hair) and apply through entire head, roots to tips.
  • Shake hair out, using your hands as well to break up, lift, and activate your spray.
  • Pull hair back, taking one section at a time to create a super textured look (versus slicked back and smooth).
  • Secure above or at the curve of the head with a hair tie (the positioning makes it more playful.)
  • Gently pull on the hair to create height and adjust the look.
  • Wrap a small section of hair around the base of the pony and tuck for a messy, sexy ponytail or add a metallic pony cuff for a chic way to accessorize the look.

Get the Look: Julianna Hough's Top Knot - http://bit.ly/dailykaty

Effortless Top Knot

  • To create the perfect, no-frills top knot, you need a little grit or dirt in your hair which requires applying as much dry shampoo as you can.
  • In the AM, hold your breath and spray through hair before creating your top knot.
  • Then in the PM, release your work knot and shake it out by flipping your head over and mussing for volume and texture. The product will have prepped the hair and controlled the day’s oils.
  • Take a fine size amount of molding paste, like Oribe Rough Luxury between your palms and rub through your hair.
  • Follow with hairspray for grip and a shine finish and flip back over.
  • Recreate your morning knot, but placing it more forward, towards the front of the head. (TIP: On the crown is more for a day look whereas more forward is nighttime-ready!)

Get the Look: Selena Gomez's Waves - http://bit.ly/dailykaty

Glam Waves

  • Go for the two pigtail twist trick.
  • Part dry hair into two pigtails and spray each one with a dry texturizing spray.
  • Take each pigtail and section into two braids, securing at the ends with a hair tie.
  • Twist braids tightly into two buns right above each ear, securing with a hair tie.
  • Sleep overnight and upon rising in the morning shake out and apply more dry texture spray for volume. Voila! Easy, beachy waves.

**Images Butterfly Studio Salon. Article originally published by me on Examiner.com.

Reese Witherspoon at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards {Get the Look}

One of my favorite parts of any awards show is watching the celebrities walk the red carpet in the latest in fashion and beauty. The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards was no different, and this year some of my favorite celebrity looks were Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Gwyneth Paltrow.

While we don’t all have the luxury of wearing couture gowns to awards shows, you can recreate Best Actress in a Motion Picture nominee Reese Witherspoon’s makeup with the help of her friend and makeup artist Molly R. Stern. Read on for more on Reese’s Golden Globes makeup, which Stern called a “statuesque and golden” look to complement her silver gown by Calvin Klein Collection (which I loved on her!).

Reese Witherspoon at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards - Makeup Look at DailyKaty.com

Photo by Getty Images via Laura Mercier
 

FACEClean and photo-ready skin

EYES:  Golden wash of colour

LIPS: Wine-stained lips

What were your favorite looks from the Golden Globe Awards? Let us know in the comments below!

Long-Lasting, Easy Curls with the KISS InstaWave Curler

I love a fun hair style, but in all honesty I tend to stick with what I know when it comes to my hair. I never quite figured out the traditional curling iron and finally managed to learn how to use a curling rod after lots of practice and YouTube tutorials. But my hair is fine, thick and long, so while the rod does the trick, for some reason it always takes longer than I expect it to. Because of that, I have left curling my hair to special occasions.

That’s until I tried out the KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler. I was skeptical of this product after reading mixed reviews. It claimed to automatically curl my hair with no tangles just by holding it up to a piece of my hair and pushing a button. I wasn’t very confident in it, and I had a bad feeling it was going to tangle up my thick hair. But then I gave the InstaWave a chance, played around with it for 10 minutes or so, and it really worked!

Kiss InstaWave Review - http://bit.ly/dailykaty

All you have to do is hold the InstaWave vertically next to a section for your hair, touch the Curl Dial either left or right, and it automatically catches the strands of hair and curls them. At first I thought you had to place the hair into the curler in a certain way, but it’s much simpler than that. Then you hold it for 5-10 seconds, longer for tighter curls and less for beachy waves, pull the InstaWave down vertically to let the hair out, and you’re good to go. You can see exactly how it works in the videos below.

I had heard from friends that switching the direction you’re curling in makes more natural looking curls, but I could never seem to angle other curling irons the right way to make it happen. With the InstaWave, it’s so easy. All it requires is holding the curler on the opposite side of the section of hair and pushing the opposite left or right button. And I found that it looks even better if you vary the size of the sections of hair.

Kiss InstaWave Review - http://bit.ly/dailykaty

Since trying out the KISS InstaWave, I’ve been curling my hair much more than usual because it’s quick and simple to do. The curls it makes last a long time even without much hairspray (and I always try to avoid the look of super tight, crusty curls). And I was also pretty amazed that it didn’t tangle my hair (if it does at all, you can always push the opposite left or right button and it comes right out). A couple other great features include the fact that you can use it from any angle with either hand, it automatically shuts off after 90 minutes, and it has two heat settings – low and high – with a maximum temperature of 420 degrees.

For more on the KISS InstaWave curler, visit kissinstawave.com. You can buy one for yourself at Target, Ulta or Amazon.com.

**Disclosure: While I was provided a sample for this review through BrandBacker, all opinions are my own.

Cheers to a Memorable 2014

After getting married and going on an amazing honeymoon to the Greek Islands in 2013, it was hard to believe that this year could even compare. But 2014 brought so many great things, the best being the new addition to our family, a mini bulldog named Hank. I was so excited to get a puppy, but I had no idea how much joy he would bring to our lives every single day! We also took trips to Cali, Spain and Aruba in 2014, and I closed out the year graduating with my master’s degree just a couple weeks ago.

2014 in Review - http://bit.ly/dailykaty

I’ve been a little MIA on the blog this past week (sorry!), which wasn’t the plan, but I found myself needing to take some time to myself and catching up with friends and family in town for the holidays. So to close out the year, instead of resolutions, I’m sharing some of my favorite memories from 2014. Thanks so much for reading and cheers to 2015!

1. California – Los Angeles & San Diego

For my birthday, my husband surprised me with a trip to visit my best friend in LA and more of our friends in San Diego.

LA Sunset - http://bit.ly/dailykaty

2. Spain – Ibiza and Barcelona

We spent a few days in Ibiza and then met some of my family in Barcelona for a week in April.

Spain - http://bit.ly/dailykaty

3. Hank

The day after we got home from Spain, this little nugget came home with us. Puppy training was not easy, but it was so worth it!

puppy

4. Weddings!

Wedding fun continued this year with four of our close friends getting married in beautiful locations from New England to Washington D.C.

Weddings - http://bit.ly/dailykaty

5. Celebrating a Special Birthday

My husband turned 30 this year and we celebrated with a big bbq with family and friends and then we went to Provincetown, Cape Cod for a nice weekend away. Ptown is very dog friendly, so Hank even got to come along!

Provincetown, Cape Cod - http://bit.ly/dailykaty

6. 1st Anniversary in Aruba

We celebrated our first anniversary sitting on the beach and relaxing in Aruba. We’ll definitely be going back there soon! The beaches are beautiful.

Aruba - http://bit.ly/dailykaty

What were your favorite memories from 2014? Let us know in the comments below!

Not-So-Wintery December Outfit {Get the Look}

Considering we live in New England, this Christmas didn’t exactly feel like Christmas. It was nearly 50 degrees and the sun even came out! So I was a little thrown off with what to wear for all of my family events. But I ended up with the fun sweater dress outfit below with some staples I have from Old Navy, Yosi Samra, Capwell + Co and more. I don’t actually have the Gucci bag and Sole Society wedges below, but I have my eye on them!

Shop the look with the links below – or you can follow me on Instagram at @dailykatyblog and sign up for ShopStyle.it. From there, you can “like” my photos and get shoppable links delivered right to your inbox.

Winter Style
Earrings: Jules Smith / Necklace: c/o Capwell + Co / Bracelet: Kate Spade New York
Dress: Old Navy / Lipstick: c/o bareMinerals / Nail Polish: c/o SpaRitual
Bag: Gucci / Wedges: Sole Society / Flats: c/o Yosi Samra

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide: Subscription Boxes

Subscription boxes are everywhere now, and while I still have so many to try out, I’m sharing some of my favorites below. They make for great last-minute gifts because you can easily go online and sign someone up at any time!

Subscription Boxes

 

  • BirchboxThis one has to be the most popular out there, with subscriptions for both men and women. Every month, you get a box filled with 4-5 beauty and lifestyle samples from both up-and-coming and well-known brands. They also offer lots of limited-edition boxes for the holidays and more, so there’s really something for everyone. {birchbox.com, starting at $30}
  • FabFitFunThis is a quarterly box, so every three months, you get a box filled with more than $200 in beauty, wellness, fitness and fashion finds for only $49.99 per season. The Winter 2014 box came with lots of great finds, including a Daniel Stone COCO Candle, Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel and Zumba DVD with a gift card for workout apparel. {vip.fabfitfun.com, $49.99 per box}
  • Beauty Box 5Each month, five deluxe samples and full-sized products sent to your for a low cost of $12 and free shipping. With a wide variety of brands – Nanacoco nail polish, Juice Beauty and Lucky New York to name a few from this month’s box – Beauty Box 5 makes it fun and simple to try out new brands and great products at a fraction of their cost. {beautybox5.com, $12/month}
  • Glossy BoxAnother beauty subscription box that gives you five deluxe-sized beauty products for $21 each month. GlossyBox is actually in 10 different countries, and they have a team of more than 150 beauty enthusiasts that work to pick the best products out. {glossybox.com, $21/month}
  • Nature BoxChoose from more than 100 different healthy snacks to be sent to you each month. You can start out with a free trial box with five different snacks and then you can customize it for each month, where you’ll get five full-size snacks. Some of my favorite snacks include Honey Mustard Dippin’ Stix, Jalapeno Cashews and Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pretzels. {naturebox.com, $19.95/month}
  • Foot CardiganWho doesn’t love fresh socks? I would wear a new pair everyday if I could. This subscription sends you a new pair of socks every month. These aren’t your everyday socks though – they’re bright-colored, fun-patterned socks. {footcardigan.com, $9/month}
  • ScentbirdThis one is unique because you get a 30-day supply of a designer fragrance every month. To get started, you take a quiz to determine what scents suit your tastes. And then you store your perfume in Scentbird’s signature, portable case – free with your first month. {scentbird.com, $14.95/month}
  • Conscious BoxEvery month, get new healthy, GMO-free food, beauty, bath and home products. The boxes come in three varieties: classic, vegan and gluten-free. You can also buy limited-edition boxes with different themes, such as “Decked Out” and “Bright and Cheery.” {consciousbox.com, $9.95-$19.95, less if you subscribe for monthly}

Have a favorite subscription box? Let us know in the comments below!

**Disclosure: While I was provided samples of most of these subscription boxes for review, all opinions are my own. Also, this article was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com.

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Guys & Easy Canvas Giveaway

This next gift guide is for the special guys in our lives, which I find to be surprisingly difficult to shop for! Does anyone else feel like guys tend to buy what they need and want for themselves? These gifts are great for Christmas and really any gift occasion, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day and so on.

Gifts for Guys
  • Easy Canvas PrintsMy go-to gift for my husband and dad are photos, and it’s not just because I love them. They just don’t go through the process of picking out and printing them, so they like when I do it for them. Lately I’ve been loving photo canvases like these from Easy Canvas. They make your prints look really professional and come in lots of sizes ranging from 8 x 10 to 24 x 36. Scroll down to enter to win a photo canvas! {easycanvasprints.com, prices vary based on size}
  • Sharper Image Sheepskin SlippersWho doesn’t want a nice pair of slippers for wearing around the house? These are fully lined up to your ankles and are have comfortable cushioning in them. Plus, they’re good for indoor and outdoor use. {sharperimage.com, $99.99}
  • Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle & Beer Growler: I’ve never seen a water bottle this big, but I know I love Hydro Flask and that my husband drinks a ton of water. This one holds 64 oz and keeps your water (or beer) icy cold for up to 24 hours, while hot liquids remain steaming hot for up to 12. {hydroflask.com, $54.99}
  • Baron Tequila PlatinumYou can’t really go wrong with alcohol, especially when it’s really good alcohol like this tequila. It’s a new, ultra-premium tequila handcrafted in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico and certified gluten free and kosher. {baronspirits.com, $55}
  • Sephora Favorites Cologne SamplerThis is a great way to let your guy find his new favorite cologne because it comes with 12 samples and then you can redeem a voucher that comes with it for one full-size cologne of your choice. {sephora.com, $60}

Giveaway! Easy Canvas is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a 16 x 20″ canvas print below. The giveaway is running now through January 29, 2015 – open to U.S. residents.

And in case you missed my other gift guides and giveaways, you can view them using the links below. There’s still time to enter most of the giveaways too!

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**Disclosure: While I received samples for review, all opinions are my own. Also, this post was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com.