FOTD ~ Blue & Silver Smokey Eye


A puppy peed on my foot today – he got a little too excited! It was ok though, another dog licked it clean a couple minutes later.


A few years ago this would’ve grossed me out (as I assume it grosses out pretty much everyone who is reading this), but it’s just another day at work now! Anyways, I came home, showered, and decided to do a little FOTD. I don’t often do smokey looks, and don’t often wear blue eye shadow, either,  but I found the silver really plays down the blue so don’t be scared.

I got the inspiration for this look while perusing Instagram – specifically from @feliciaox, check her out for some awesome looks!




Apparently it’s time to get my brows done.




  1. Apply Orange Soda & Sienna on & above crease as transition shades.
  2. Use NYX Jumbo pencil all over lid; blend out with fingers.
  3. Pack Antique all over the pencil we just put on.
  4. Place NYX shadow in Blue Marine (or any navy blue shadow) on outer V and blend about 1/3 of the way into crease.
  5. Blend!!
  6. Darken outer 3rd of lid with Black Diamond.
  7. Blend!!
  8. Run a bright blue shadow on lower lash line from inner corner to the middle of eye.
  9. Take a bright purple shadow and continue to line lower lash line from middle of eye, to outer corner and extend in a wing.
  10. Blend blue & purple on lower lash.
  11. Highlight brow bone & inner corner with a shimmery champagne shadow (I used a Lorac single)
  12. Blend any harsh lines!
  13. Line upper & lower waterlines with a black eyeliner.
  14. Create a winged liner – I used liquid but use whatever you prefer.
  15. Apply mascara.
  16. Admire work!!

Eye Products:

  • UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
  • Anastasia Lavish Palette (Orange Soda, Sienna, Antique & Black Diamond)
  • BH 1st Edition 120 Palette (bright blue & purple shades)
  • NYX single shadow in Blue Marine
  • Lorac Single Shadow in Sand
  • NYC Liquid Eyeliner

Anastasia Lavish_palette


Other products used:

Face Products:

  • Estee Lauder Foundation (sample size, I don’t know that name!)
  • Benefit PoreFessional
  • Cargo blu_ray HD Mattifier
  • Maybelline FitMe Foundation in 355 Coconut (to contour)
  • MAC Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze
  • NYX Stay Matte but not Flat Powder Foundation in Natural
  • Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Cirlce Eraser in Brightener

Brow Products:

  • Anastasia DipBrow in Auburn
  • Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette in Light
  • Anastasia Clear Brow Gel


  • Jane Volumizing Mascara
  • Benefit They’re Real
  • Maybelline The Rocket
  • L’Oreal Lash Out Butterfly


I have been on the hunt for the perfect, bright pink, spring/summer lip product, and I think I have finally found it! Wet ‘n Wild’s Don’t Blink Pink is almost neon in hue, but paired with Nicki 2, which is generally too pale for me to wear on its own, was the perfect combo! I topped it off with a Butter Gloss and I am in love!

Lip Products:

  • Wet ‘n Wild Megalast Lipstick in 966 Don’t Blink Pink
  • MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

What do you think?

Love, Natalia


**THANK YOU** We hit 100 followers, so…


*@beautyNbowwows – oops

 Well, that didn’t take long!  🙂

Oh. Em. Gee. I am super stoked, probably more than I should be, but whatever!

A HUGE thank you to all my followers, I never expected to have 20 people, let alone 100, be interested in what I have to say. The support I feel from the blogging community is priceless and encourages me to keep writing.

So, on to the good stuff – the instructions for the giveaway!

Rules/Limitations/Fine Print/Etc:

  • This giveaway will be open for two (2) weeks.
  • Open to US residents, only, sorry 😦
  • In order to be eligible to enter, you must: follow this blog (der) & @beautynbowwows on Instagram
  • On Instagram, comment on any of @beautynbowwow’s photos & mention “100 Follower Giveaway”.
  • Fill out all personal info that Rafflecopter asks for so I can contact the winner.
  • Winner will be picked at random & notified within 48 hours here & on Instagram.
  • Leave a comment below with a suggestion on what you would like to win!!!
  • Click the link below to enter, and BAM! you’re done!


98 Followers! 2 More Will Kick Off a Giveaway!


Beauty ‘n’ BowWows is 2 followers away from reaching 100!! It has only been a few short months since we started and I cannot believe all the love and support I have received from my fellow bloggers. This is truly a great community!

In honor of this milestone, once I reach 100 followers I am going to do my first ever giveaway! Once this happens, I will do a separate post with the instructions on how to enter. I haven’t decided what I am actually going to include, product wise, so it’ll be a surprise. And who doesn’t like surprises!? They will be beauty-related, of course.

What kind of beauty-related prizes would you like to see in my giveaway?? I am so excited!

Love, Natalia

Mani Monday ~ Green & Gold Daisies


I know, I know, it isn’t Monday – I had everything prepped, but ended up going to a BBQ at my parent’s at the last minute and came home with a headache. Well, that’s my excuse – lame, I know. But here we go anyways!

I wasn’t feeling super detail-y yesterday, so I kept it fairly simple. I even considered just doing a single color polish, but nixed that idea. To keep it even simpler, I just did the design on two of my nails. This design was suuuuper easy – just use a dotting tool to make five dots in a circle, then connect them all with a dot in the middle and voila! Daisies! Instead of another spot of polish in the middle, I opted for green rhinestones to bring in the green from the other nails.



  • Dotting Tool
  • Rhinstones
  • Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear in White On
  • OPI’s Keep Off The Grass!
  • Cover Girl’s Bronze Beauty
  • Top Coat
  • Base Coat



The gold polish I used for this mani is waaaay old, from high school I think. Anyone have any suggestions of a good gold polish? Let me know in the comments below!

Love, Natalia

Mani Monday ~ Sunset Ombre Tribal



Happy belated Mother’s Day! The boy and I are doing a little recovery today – we had a joint Mother’s Day celebration with both our moms since both our dads had to work! We went out to Tomales Bay and picked up some oysters, then sent our moms to get pedicures. Later, we partied. Maybe a little too much. Now I have a headache. Boo.

So, it has been movie & ice cream day. I’m fairly sure I may be slightly lactose intolerant, as eating any dairy makes me feel sick to my stomach almost immediately. I never eat it anymore, but the boy got strep throat and all he could eat was ice cream and pudding – well, he pretty much couldn’t eat anything, so guess who did…


Disregard the messiness!

I have been wanting to do a tribal style manicure for awhile, but I thought it would come out looking like a two year old did it. I didn’t take pictures of my right hand because it does actually look like a child did it.

What I used:


  • Nail polish remover
  • Dotting tool
  • Q-tips
  • Top coat
  • Base coat
  • Makeup sponge
  • Essie’s DJ Play That Song
  • Essie’s Watermelon
  • Sinful Shine’s Mardi Gras
  • Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear White Out
  • Black Nail striper

This was also my first attempt at an ombre, which I just looked up on Youtube. It can get a little messy, hence the need for polish remover and q-tips. Then, I simply used a black striper to make different designs on each nail. I was going for a sunset theme and think these color choices came out great! You just need an orange, a purple, and a pink. Make sure to start with a white base, though, as the sponge application technique leaves a less than opaque result.


Have you ever tried a tribal manicure?

Happy Monday, everyone!

 Love, Natalia

BowWow Book Review: Lipstick and the Leash



I FINISHED A BOOK!! A few years ago, this wouldn’t have been such an exclamation since I am a huge book worm, but with work, dogs, the boy friend, bills, etc. I find that finding the time to sit down and read a book can be difficult. I have really been missing it lately, however, and have been forcing myself to make time for it.

I recently set a goal to read one industry-related book per month (click here to see my original post). I say “industry-related” as books I may choose to read could deviate slightly from topics solely regarding dog training. I already have a couple books in my Amazon Wishlist that have to do with horse training.

Lipstick and the Leash: Dog Training a Woman’s Way by Camilla Gray-Nelson was a book I’ve been meaning to read for some time. I saw Camilla at the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) 2013 Conference this past September and really enjoyed her presentation. I even adopted a couple of the techniques she demonstrated.


  • Published in 2012 by Double Dove Press
  • 200 pages
  • Includes text, as well as black & white photographs
  • Some basic how-to instruction at the end
  • Includes an appendix of suggested training tools

Level of difficulty: Basic, easy enough to follow for those with no dog/dog training experience. Also, the text is quite large – it kind of comes off more like a young-adult read text- & photo-wise.Lipstick & the leash_inside

Content: I find Camilla’s theories regarding leadership and the most effective ways to train you dog coherent and would make sense to anyone who owns a dog. The book is specifically geared towards women, and while there are some mention of emotionality and techniques that would make sense for (most) women, I do not find that anything explained therein would be more helpful to women who are training. Additionally, this book is geared towards pet-owners, not necessarily other dog trainers so some that are professionals in the field might find this book more useful as a recommended reading for the owners.

There is a section that objectively explains specific uses for different types of training collars/tools. I emphasize the word “objectively” because Camilla does not demonize any tool that she explains, and she explains all of them. Even though you can tell fairly quickly which types of collars she prefers to use, she goes over those others that you can tell she does not use frequently, but without condemning those tools or the people that may choose to use them. This is refreshing for me, as I find a lot of trainers spend too much of their time condemning certain tools (or trainers that use these tools) and less time explaining the techniques they use.

training-can-single__85315.1329269628.1280.1280One aspect of this book that I did not really like was the frequent self-promoting that goes on. It isn’t overly apparent and I of course understand that one point of publishing a book is to make a profit and bring more attention to your business, but a lot of the techniques Camilla demonstrates would require the use of one of her “essential training tools”. One big one that she cannot seem to function without is her “Training Cans”, which are basically your standard metal can with pennies inside. These retail for $6.95 on her online store. The theory behind her extensive use of the Training Cans is that they simulate a corrective “bark” that one dog would give to another to warm him/her to stop what they are doing. Now, I use shake cans on occasion with my training, but I tend to gravitate more towards the ones made with an empty plastic water bottle. The sound is less harsh vs. one made with metal-on-metal. Certain dogs can become extremely fearful of the noise, which can be counter productive.

Additionally, she suggests the use of a “Fight-Not Fan” {retails for Fight-Not-walking__37953.1304448202.1280.1280
$12} for dogs with leash aggression/reaction
issues. This is
basically a piece of cardboard attached to a stick that you are meant to use to block your dog’s view of other dogs. However, I did not like this concept for 2
reasons: 1) carrying around a large “fan” during your walks seems annoying, especially if you are trying to simultaneously walk your large, socially-challenged dog, and 2) this method would just solve the reaction, not the underlying need the dog feels to react in the first place. I would find something like a Calming Cap to be more convenient in these cases.

The instructional section towards the end is basic, but easy to follow. She does not really introduce any spectacularly novel ideas for teaching your basic dog obedience commands, but she does use leash guidance & corrections in many of them.

Bottom Line: 3 out of 5 stars. This would be a great book for dog owners, though doesn’t really offer anything new or outstanding for those of us who work in the field. There are quite a few basic editing mistakes (spelling, grammar), though not so much that I found it too distracting. The text is large, which to me felt like they were trying to fill space and make the book seem more extensive than it was. Also, the self promotion of what the author considers to be “essential” training tools (that you can of course purchase through her website) was a bit obnoxious, as well as some of them really not being essential. I do like her explanations of the importance of leadership and calm control, and her unbiased description of training collars. If you are looking for a book to help with training your ill-mannered (but not seriously challenged) dog, then this would be a great read for you. If you dog has a more serious behavior problem or you are looking for a book to expand on your base of training knowledge, then you will want to keep looking.

I hope you liked my first book review, let me know what you think in the comments below!

 Love, Natalia

May Reading List ~ BowWow Edition

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I just fished a bug out of my tea…then continued to drink it. Is that gross? Probably, but I didn’t want to go all the way back to the kitchen to make a fresh cup. Yay for laziness!

I have a plethora of dog and dog training related books that I purchased when I first started training, but have only read 1 or 2 of them. Lately – well, the last couple days – I have been feeling pretty down about my dog training experience. I mentioned in my Jane Haul that I had finally found a new person to help me out in the training department, but, sadly, things did not work out. I am more bummed than I usually am (this is the 4th time I’ve lost my partner!) because, unlike the others, this guy had a TON of experience. Not only that, as there are lots of people with experience, but he had experience using the types of tools and techniques that I use, which is rare. I was learning the most interesting, effective and useful methods from him and he was getting my dogs to places on day one that would’ve taken me 5x as long. I got my hopes up, then got pooped on.

So, in an effort to not only make myself feel better, but to expand my dog-knowledge (as I should be anyways), I have delved into my book shelves and started some new reading material. My hope is to get through at least one work-related book per month, though I have currently started reading 3:


I am 95% finish with Lipstick and the Leash (appropriate for this blog, right???) and just started Koehler’s book, which I actually bought by accident as “utility” training apparently has to do with obedience trials. Control Unleashed I had to start over – I’ve been “reading” this one for about 6 months now.

Do you have any good training related books that you recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Mani Monday ~ Pink & Teal Spring Flowers



I’m a bit hungover today. Not really alcohol-hungover, more food-hungover. I attended my great aunt’s memorial yesterday, and it happens that that side of my family is Italian & everyone is in the wine business. So, there was lots of wine, pizza, bread, etc. I was pretty good at avoiding all the gluten, until I was on about my 3rd glass of wine, then all bets were off. Then, the boy picked me up after having been out with one of our roommates, who insisted we go to Jack in the Box. I got an oreo shake.

Bad idea.

So now I am sitting in my PJ’s, drinking my 3rd cup of {paleo} hot chocolate and desperately wishing I didn’t have to go grocery shopping today. You can live off celery & hot chocolate, can’t you?

The weather cannot make up its mind today – it’s sunny, then dreary, then sunny again. In hopes of inspiring the sun to come out and STAY out, I gave myself a spring-themed mani! I got the idea for this manicure from TotallyCoolNails on Youtube. Check her stuff out, she always gives good instructions and super cute ideas!

What you will need:


  • 3 pink polishes, ranging from dark to light (I used Essie’s Bottle Service {bright pink}, Zoya’s Dot {pale pink}, & mixed the two for a mid-toned pink)
  • 2 green polishes, a lighter and a darker (I used Essie’s Shake Your $$ Maker & mixed this with white for the lighter shade)
  • A teal polish for the background (Essie’s Naughty Nautical)
  • A white polish (Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On)
  • A base & a top coat
  • A tiny paint brush


This manicure came out looking a bit “Monet” – up close it looks like a mish-mosh of blobs & colors, but farther away you can tell that they are flowers. My nails are so artsy right now! This style was fairly time consuming, but overall easy enough to do. Also, it didn’t really take any artistic capabilities to complete so even the novice could do it!


Happy Mani Monday!

 Love, Natalia