Monday, November 30, 2015

Nails of the Week #60: Mermaid Nails

I definitely could have made this more mermaid-ish with some fishnets and rhinestones, but that will be for another day. I was looking at my collection and noticed that I had this guy who was brand new still in the shrink wrap and I wasn't sure why so I went for it. Definitely the perfect mermaid color and it matches my purse and iPad case too!

This color is Formula X in Surreal which is a beautiful holographic mint green. It's very shiny as is and when I added the Seche Vite it just really dazzles. It's a perfect winter-y pop of color and was pretty much a dream to apply, just two quick drying coats! I only had the one mishap with the left middle finger where I had some dragging issues and some pin pricks of baldness but it didn't seem worth it to go back in and fix it since it really isn't noticeable.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Mental Holiday

Happy Turkey Day everyone! I'm coming on here real quick just to say that I've decided to take a little mental holiday today and tomorrow. There's just a lot of things going on right now and while I can't pause my life, I can take something off my plate by removing the obligation of writing two blog posts. I'll be back on Monday and then it will start the new three posts a week schedule that I'm backing off to.

I love you all very much and I'll talk to you soon!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Day Hacks

Thanksgiving is upon us, like it's tomorrow. If you've been living in a cave for the last few weeks I'll forgive you but for everyone else, the busiest cooking day of the year is here! If you're like me and you find yourself needing to work on Thanksgiving this year (my work is ruthless), never fear, I've scoured the internet for the best list of Thanksgiving Day hacks to help you get that meal on the table in just record time! Keep reading for a list of the clever and bizarre to help you have the easiest turkey day ever.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What's in my Trash?! #25

It's a product winter up in here. I just really didn't use up that many things this month except for mascara. Yes you heard me, mascara. I've apparently had a lot of mascara that ran out throughout the course of the month. Some favorites and some that I've been just trying and some that I've just held on for way too long because it took awhile for me to piece together that my eyes were burning because the mascara has expired. Anyways, let's dive into the few bits of trash I have gathered for you guys this month!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Nails of the Week #59: Nude and Dots

It was really hard to top my nails from last week and these are just really bland in comparison. I left that polish on for much too long because I just loved the flowers so much but that means the polish started to flake off meaning it was peeling my nails too. So sadly this week I had to cut my nails quite short to combat that and I feel like the length contributes to the overall blah-ness of this design. Oh well, nails can't be on point all the time.

So I went for a more conservative look this week using a nice neutral color butter London in Yummy Mummy and taking my Color Club Nail Art Duo Pen in White to place dots on each of my fingers. I totally forgot about this pen and it would have made my life SO much easier drawing on flowers but oh well. I actually wanted to also use the black pen too and do alternating dots or something, but that one is either dried up or clogged up, I need to investigate.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Unboxing: Birchbox November 2015

Usually I peek and this month the box totally caught me by surprise because it arrived on my doorstep and I had no clue what was in it! I liked that though so I think I'm going to try harder not to peek from now on and just be surprised.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with Birchbox it is one of those monthly beauty sample boxes where they send you a box of 5-6 (sometimes even 7 with bonus extras) samples and deluxe samples. Occasionally there will be full size products too! The brands they send are all fairly high-end and they have a point system and customer service staff that just can't be beat. For $10 a month you are able to select a sample from a select group of choices and have more surprises delivered to you based on your beauty profile! Have I convinced you to sign up yet? If so I would love it if you would do it through my referral link here! Feel free to also go to www.birchbox.com if you want to look around without any strings attached to me.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sick Day Essentials

I just love writing relevant posts so when I got deathly sick last week and I found myself sitting here last night, I decided what could be better than to improvise off that and write something about being sick! It was horrible, I'm pretty sure it was the flu because I just felt nauseous and achy the first day with no hint of a cough or runny nose, a false positive the next day where I thought I was better and still went to work but then suddenly it literally felt like I was hit by a truck because my body just shut down and I got a fever. Since then it's been a brief decline and now I'm just blessed with a phlegmy cough and a sore throat but on the mend. Conveniently this happened before Thanksgiving so there's no danger of being stricken for the holiday and the majority of it was during a weekend but nonetheless I've compiled together a short list of my essentials during this trying period.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What's on my Netflix?

I almost didn't want to do this since I watch some pretty random stuff on Netflix, but then I thought what the heck. I mostly like to use my Netflix to watch short TV shows since they are the perfect things to put on as I'm falling asleep and if I do fall asleep in the middle of an episode it's not hard to figure out where I fell asleep. That being said, here's the comprehensive list of everything I have saved to 'My List' right now on Netflix! I'll try and do a description for each about why it's on my list but honestly just now as I typed it all out, some of these I can't remember what was so appealing about them.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What I Bought & What I Wish I Bought: Sephora VIB Sale

I can't even wait for my package to come before posting about it. I literally ordered this stuff minutes ago and here I am already gushing over it. Sephora recently had their VIB/Rouge sale were you can get 20% off everything for being a VIB or VIB Rouge member. Last year I forgot to take advantage of it but this year I just happened to run out of my favorite mascara around this time so it was a perfect opportunity to stock up as well as pick up a few little treats for myself. I'll admit I went a little overboard, but then I took a look at my bank account and decided I could afford to treat myself a little bit, so here we are. I'm not ashamed to admit that I spent over $200 on this haul but got a nice little discount so it's not too bad!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Nails of the Week #58: Flower Nails

Honestly even I'm impressed with myself over these! Seasonally incorrect but I was inspired to test this pattern out so here we are. It's interesting that my right hand turned out better than my left hand since that's never the case but maybe because I'm a lot careful since I know it will be harder to do and that's why. I actually started this out intending on doing a pond manicure, where it's like a jelly sandwich except nail art instead of glitter, but I was so blown away by how nice I was able to do the flowers that I decided to just leave it alone this time around. Anyways, let's get into the specifics of this adorable flower manicure I was able to pull off.

So the base coat is Essie in Jamaica Me Crazy. This is a great fuchsia with a shimmer on top. The white is my handy Essie in Private Weekend and I used a dotting tool to draw little flowers on three of my nails. It seemed like overkill to do all five nails so this is a much more acceptable pattern especially since at this point it's clearly fall, borderline winter here. I love everything about this and feel like even the messy parts where the petals sort of bled together adds to the overall effect. It makes the design very unique and imperfect. I'll definitely be doing this more and experimenting with different colors!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday 5 Faves


One thing that will never get old are this Friday 5 Faves posts! It's been a rough week as evident with a post I made earlier this week yet I always look forward to these monthly posts. There's always a fun hodge podge of things I am currently addicted to, often without any real reason at all. It's been awhile too and I have a new song favorite to share!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

HelloFresh Review

You know me, when something needs to be said I say it. Recently I had an experience with HelloFresh which I just need to share with you guys here. So HelloFresh is one of those cooking subscription box with the premise where you can get a weekly box of meals sent to your house of 3 recipes and all of the ingredients are pre-measured and packaged together. All you need to do is follow the recipe and cook. It comes in huge refrigerated box and all the ingredients are grouped by recipe. You're able to pick out which recipes interest you out of about 7 per week the week beforehand and then you set a delivery date.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Unboxing: Naturebox November 2015

My last Naturebox for awhile! The snacks just started piling up so I just had to pause my subscription for a bit. The good news though, when I did it they told me if I ever plan on resubscribing I will get 50% off on three months! You best believe I'll be taking advantage of that deal and some point. 5 delicious snacks for $10 a month?! That's a deal. Anyways, let's take a look at the snacks I picked out this month.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The End of Blogging?

I woke up this morning and realized the my year 2 milestone of blogging had come and gone more than a month ago and I didn't even acknowledge that. That was the moment of clarity where I'm staring to question my passion for writing. Two years is a huge deal, especially since I was able to stick to this strict schedule I gave myself and constantly improvise for content even as the passion for makeup slowly fizzled out. I started this blog with such joy and enthusiasm to share beauty finds and makeup tips and as the months have gone by I found myself spending less time scouring drugstore shelves and slowly cancelling all my beauty subscription boxes.

I thought this was all temporary, that life and my career demanded a bigger chunk of my time, but I think it's time to step back and recognize what's going on. Sadly this blog is no longer a priority to me anymore and it's turned into a dread chore instead of a joy to maintain it. So what does this mean? Is this the end of blogging for me?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Nails of the Week #57: Ruby Red Nails

It's a struggle between nail art and learning how to paint my nails nicely so this week I went back to that second one. After surveying my nail polish collection I decided to pick up a polish that I knew I loved but for some reason I only used once. This polish came from the winter collection either last year or the year before and it really is a cool polish. I think I need to do my toes with it because it would be just perfect.

This is Essie in Toggle to the Top which is a beautiful dark dark red nail polish with ruby red glitter throughout it. It makes for quite a lovely and mesmerizing effect. I say I did a pretty good job applying this polish, it looks fairly professional to me! There are some finger around the cuticles where I didn't shape it as nicely but overall I say pretty darn good.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Fitness Friday!

So what happened this month? A whole lot of nothing! That's right, I'm not afraid to admit that I completely failed at the fitness thing, and I can explain! In October, I chose to just Google a random YouTuber for workout videos and without watching a single video I created a whole schedule. Well it turns out that the channel I chose, the videos weren't actually full workouts but they were just demonstrating movements to be incorporated into a workout. I didn't want something where it just showed a single move, I wanted full sets that I could just follow along and do, then be done with it. This is completely my fault and I just chose instead of revising the schedule to go ahead and forego it for the month. Best decision I've made? Probably not, but I'm living with it.

What's happening this month? Again the answer is nothing. November is just packed for me. There's holidays and a whole bunch of changes and I just know that there won't be an opportunity to dedicate myself to a fitness calendar. I'm going to make small changes such as taking the stairs at work (I work the 4th floor) and going for walks during my lunch break but in general there won't be a challenge to follow.

I'm planning ahead though and I think I do want to pick up a schedule again in December and I think I'll go back to doing Blogilates. Her voice was irritating but her workouts were effective for me, short enough to fit into my schedule, and overall I had the most success following her!

As for my eating habits, for about half of this month I did really well! I was eating balanced and large breakfasts followed by salads for lunch and a smaller dinner. I was actually filling up on the salads and it felt good to eat them. However at the end of the month I received some news and that kind of got thrown out the window. This month I'm sticking to the portion control (except for Thanksgiving, can't say no to my favorite holiday!) and I want to get back to drinking 6-8 bottles of water again.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fall 2015 Nail Polish Picks

Dear nail polish I love you so. Even though recently it doesn't seem that way I must chalk it up to general "life happens" moments, but know that at the end of the day you're still my favorite. Lately I'm finding less and less time to sit down and properly do my nails, I'm not sure what it is really but either way I decided it was high time for one of these seasonal nail polish picks! Last year I did this for every season, as well as just randomly. I don't know if it's because I stopped purchasing nail polish or finding time to casually peruse some colors in stores, something has thrown a wrench into my nail polish addiction. Nevertheless, here I am today with my top 5 nail polish picks for fall!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Unboxing: Beauteque October 2015

I know, I said I wouldn't be doing unboxings for this anymore but quite a few things happened this week and suddenly I found myself short one blog post. Naturally this bag came in November but it came at the right time this time and I'm able to put together a quick unboxing and save my blogging schedule! I had a whole post about this subscription service so you can check it out there, but otherwise I'm not going to go too much into the service itself and I'm just going to get right into the masks that I got in this bag and my thoughts on each one.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Skincare Hacks


These are always fun, discovering that common household items have a magical effect on skin! Here are a few tried and true methods that I want to share with you guys. As always keep in mind that what works for me might not work for you and to always do a spot test before proceeding to ensure that you aren't allergic to any of the ingredients used.

Monday, November 2, 2015

October 2015 Favorites!


Guess who still isn't wearing much makeup? This girl! Don't worry that should change soon. I mean, I probably still won't wear a lot of makeup but I'm starting to incorporate some new stuff into my regular routine in an effort to declutter my collection a bit. Who knows, maybe I will fall in love with something and it can make an appearance in the next favorites post. As for this month, it's a mix of skincare, nail polish, and a hair product. That's right, you heard me, I'm actually talking about a hair product on this blog! This month we're going with the bullet point format again with the products. I keep changing my mind about the best way to do these posts so I'll just keep mixing it up.