Nail Adventures: Adorned

So my body still feels like a truck hit it (omg sore!)

After a hot shower and meal, I decided to take my mind off of it by doing my nails.

And then I fell asleep, hence yesterday’s post.

However, last week’s mani was starting to chip and look bad, so I made sure to get to it last night. I found me some good tv and got to work.

I love the idea of the negative space mani, so I decided to try a different shape of stripe. I went with a single chevron, and I took it to a deep, fall appropriate oxblood color.

I don’t normally do super dark, but I’m trying to expand my horizons.

Since the initial look felt too plain, I dressed it up with a bit of glittery polish and studs. The results?

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Yep, managed to get polish everywhere. I’m messy too, y’all. :D So, the oxblood is Julep’s Aisha, and the glittery bit is Julep’s Love (pictured). I actually wanted to get some pics of me with the mani and my rings, but it just looked too much for me. That’s ok, I have plenty of jewels on my fingertips. :)

Next week is Comic Con. And I’m going all 4 days.

Are you ready for the nail art coming your way?

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Nail Adventures Teaser

So, normally this is when you see my weekly manicure.

Well, I went back to yoga yesterday, and let me just say that my ass is sufficiently kicked.

I’ll finish up the post tonight so you’ll have it tomorrow. In the meantime, have a pic of what I used for my newest look:

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Yep, the rings are important too. :)

See you tomorrow!

Nail Adventures

New Goodies: Glossybox Review

I love it when I come home to a box of goodies. Makes me feel like Christmas came early. :)

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And this month’s box was curated by Harper’s Bazaar. Which means bring on the luxury items!

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Jackpot!

So, I got some things I already own (*giggle*) and some things I have been wanting to pick up but hadn’t. SO excited about this box. So, I’ll separate this into stuff I have, stuff I didn’t, and stuff I’ve been wanting to try. Let’s get to it!

First up: Vichy LiftActiv Night. I have this. I have the day, the night, the eye, AND the serum. Why is that? Because I work in beauty, I have the opportunity to sell this everyday. So, if you got this in your Glossybox and you’re wondering if it’s worth it to get it: GO BUY THE DAMN THING. And get the day cream, eye cream, and serum while you’re at it. While this is not for me (my focus when it comes to my skin is acne and oil control), my clients have had some amazing results from it. If you’re in the market for some powerhouse anti-aging skincare, go get it. You won’t regret it.

Second: Essie Nail Polish in Madison Ave-Hue. Of course I own this. I even have two other Essie colors dangerously close to this shade. And I am excited as I don’t know what because if it’s discontinued: I’ll have spare bottle! :D Score!

Stuff I didn’t have: did y’all know Bulgari had conditioner? I sure didn’t. And this smells so good, omg! I’m due for my weekly hair washing, and I cannot wait to comb this through my curls. It smells like green tea and sunshine.

Stuff I’ve been wanting to try: Benefit’s It’s Real! Mascara. I have been hearing so many mixed reviews on if it’s worth it, I’ve been hesitant to try it. And now I don’t have to get a full bottle of something I may not want.

And finally, OCC Lip Tar. Now, the insert said that I was supposed to get a different color, but this one is just perfect. I swatched my hand and fell in love, and hopefully will get to showcase a look with it soon.

That’s it! This box was an all around win. :D

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Nail Adventures: Rawr

Looks like animal print will be all the rage for fall!

Cue a million pieces of zebra/leopard/giraffe/etc. printed EVERYTHING for me to wear.

That, for me, is quite scary.

Animal print is one of those things I love to see other people rock but on me…it just makes my brain short circuit. I always feel like it’s too much or that it’s overwhelming.

So, I break it down into something bite sized for me to handle. I have, for example, a flowy vest with leopard print on it, and giraffe printed sandals.

I stick with accessories. And what better to accessorize than my nails?

I found an adorable set of Sally Hansen nail stickers, and they were on sale. Naturally, that meant that I had to have them, because sale!

What? Don’t judge me! :D

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How cute are those? I had to have them. The three longer packs will be a part of my Halloween set of manicures coming next month (get ready!), but the tiny one in the front? I had to jump on that one ASAP. I decided to use the stickers on 8 nails and do a freehand design on the ring fingers.

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The name of print is called Fl-Roar-Al. Cute, right? Just enough animal print to make me comfortable. I did a couple of freehand flowers on the ring fingers, just to keep with the theme. Bonus: the decals have a blend of zebra and leopard. As I can use 1 decal for 2 nails, my right hand has majority leopard and my left hand (pictured) has majority zebra. So cool.

I love how this one came out!

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Monday Motivation

Mondays are hard to deal with.

Either you had an awesome weekend, and you want to continue to bask in the glow that comes from it, or you had a horrid weekend, and the fact you have to go to work today and tell people (or not tell people) about it makes you want to call out sick.

Maybe you worked the whole weekend, and you still have a few days yet until you can have a day off to enjoy your life. Or do laundry/grocery shop/wash dishes. And Monday is just another day in the way.

You can do this.

Monday isn’t your worst enemy.

Life isn’t either.

No matter how rough this day can get, or how rough the week can stack up, you can handle every obstacle thrown at you.

You can make your appointments, make it through the appointments, handle the day’s tasks AND get dinner ready.

Your boss won’t work your nerve today, and even if said boss does, you’re gonna handle it with the class, grace, and dignity you always have.

You’ll be able to ask for what you want or what you need. Even if you don’t get it, your boundaries are set and now you can work towards the end goal.

You can do this.

Grab your coffee, your tea, your juice. Have a delicious breakfast, and take a deep cleansing breath in and out.

You got this.

You’re bigger than any issue that comes towards you. Let your self doubts know the deal.

Have a positive day!

Positivity

Uptown Fashion Week: The Recap!

So, last Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend one of 4 fashion shows hosted at Uptown Fashion Week. There was a plus size show I ended up missing because it was too far away ( :( ) but I did get to see the huge 11 designer extravaganza. Super cool and excited.

One of the best parts was that all of the designers were Latino. I love the idea of inclusivity in fashion, and that extends to both the models (which were diverse) and the designers.

If I had to have a quibble with this show (and I might add, this is the first time I’ve had to attend UFW) is that if it’s going to be that many designers, it should a) start on time and b) have snacks.

Just some constructive criticism. :)

The showings from each designer were beautiful. Without further ado: Enjoy the fashion!

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A note here about the next pic and video: the designer sent out the models like this:

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And then, this happened:

Super cool, right? Totally unexpected, and the clothes were gorgeous. Also, here’s the final collection that had that awesome intro I showed you yesterday:

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Beautiful!

Outside of the minor quibbles, it was a lovely showing, and I had a great time!

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Uptown Fashion Week Recap: Sneak Peek!

Hey lovelies!

So, I’ve been in the bed sleeping off my cold.

I hate being sick. I smell like the medicine cabinet and sound like I’ve been gargling gravel.

:(

Anyhow, I’m still sorting through pictures. I attended one of the shows for Uptown Fashion week last week, and I wanted to share this video I took of the last designer of the night. SO beautiful, and sparkly and lovely.

And that wasn’t even a part of the line being shown! Pretty hot, right?

See you tomorrow with the round-up!

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