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Nail Art: Easter Bunny

Easter is right around the corner everyone (like, this Sunday!), so if you’re still stuck on ideas to complete your adorable Easter outfit, here’s the perfect mani to go with nearly any Easter colors you’ve got!

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So first things first, as usual you’re gonna want to start with clean nails & a good base coat. My favorite one to use is Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear “Invisible”.

  1. Using a nail art brush (or toothpicks), paint a semi-circle and bunny ears on your ring finger.
  2. Then, use a pink polish to paint narrow lines one the ears and a dot as a nose, and two black dots for eyes.
  3. Paint the rest of your nails with various spring/Eastery colors & top it all off with a sealing coat!

I am a huge fan of this design, it’s gonna be hard to take it off once Easter is over! I love having the chance to flaunt so many bright and happy colors at the same time…granted you can technically do that any time of the year if you really wanted lol.

So tell me, what’s your favorite Easter activity? Mine was always the egg hunt, but now that I’m better at painting I might want to give it another go. :)

till next post, Katie

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Don’t Let Someone Else Sink Your Ship

Another Sunday, another week, which means another Quote. I’m excited about this design, it took a while to get it just right. And I’ve got a surprise for you guys later this week relating to it!

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Have you ever had a dream, or a goal that you wanted to reach? Where there people that always told you that it’d never happen, that you couldn’t do it, or that it was impossible? How many times did those people actually lead to you giving up? I’ve found that I’m guilty of having let others sink my dreams in the past. And I’d like to change that.

We have to realize that we are the Captains of our own ships, or dreams. And that as captains, it’s our job duty to ensure that no one is able to sink them. Others will attempt to fire cannonballs into the hull and perhaps one or two makes contact. But what matters is that we do not allow those hits to let us take on water. We must seal them and keep sailing forward. While the occasional storm will make a ship sink, as the captain we are the only ones responsible for the fail or success of a voyage, and a good captain is capable of bringing their ship out of danger.

So let’s stop letting what others say or think about our dreams affect us. Why should they have the power over you to control which of your dreams or goals you do or don’t reach?

till next post, Katie

Weekly Rewind 4: A New Friend, Some Business Finds & a Bubble-Loving Kitty

This week has been, well, tame to say the least in comparison with most weeks. You’ll forgive me for the lack of photos from this week. While I do my best to capture moments on-screen, for the most part I choose to live through them and forget about getting the camera out.

Let’s start with the friend shall we? While I am quite the little social butterfly, I don’t have that many friends, and even fewer close friends. So it’s always a nice change when I can add another person to my small “collection” of people. Even nicer, this person and I seem to get along remarkably well, considering the fact that we have yet to even actually meet. Yes, I met this person through a mutual friend on Facebook. And yes, we’ve been talking for a little more than a week now. Hopefully when we do meet we’ll still get along.

Now to some more exciting news. It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned anything relating to the business I eventually want to start. A couple of things. I’ve gotten back into the roll of testing out different waxes and fragrance oils for candles. I’ve run across some ok waxes, but overall I think I’m decided on my starting champion wax. Gel wax. It’s a beautiful and fun type of wax, which creates a clear candle. I’ve used it before when making some Raspberry Tea candles to see if a local restaurant would want to sell them.

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This kind of wax is great for making candles that look like drinks, or filling little fish bowls with sand and shells to create pretty works of art. So I’ve ordered some wax, some new containers to put the candles in, and plenty of spring fragrances to test out. I’ll keep you posted on that when the materials arrive!

This last little bit happened just yesterday when I was testing out my first product from the mini Lush haul I just did (post on that coming up, don’t worry!). I decided to use their Sunny Side Bubble Bar first. Pascal likes to join me in the bathroom sometimes, weirdo that he is, and while I was soaking in the bubbles he reached over and swatted the mounds of bubbles. I was lucky enough to be able to grab my phone and film him playing with a few I scooped up in my hand. Most of the time if I try to get him to re-enact a goofy move it doesn’t work out.

That’s all for now, I’ll see you all tomorrow with the quote of the week, which I’m pretty excited about. How was your week?

till next post, Katie

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10 March Favorites

Is it just me or has March been a particularly long month this year? Regardless of how long it actually did feel, I’m here today with my first “monthly favorites” post. So without further ado, here are my 10 favorite items from March. Enjoy!

1. EOS Chapstick

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I know these guys have been out for a while now, but until recently I just never jumped on that bandwagon. But I decided that it was finally time to give them a go, and boy am I stuck on that wagon. They all smell great, they’re easy to use and well, come one, the packaging is adorable.

2. Stila Liquid Liner

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I am a huge liquid liner girl, it’s pretty much the only type of eye liner I’ll ever use. My favorite liners are those that come in pen form like the Stila liner. I use to use the Ulta store brand, but after growing tired of them wearing off during the day I went in search of a longer lasting product. I’m happy to say that I’ve found it in this liner. It’s water-proof and comes in a few nice colors, so it’s perfect for all day wear.

3. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Gel

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I’m always looking for a better foundation-type product. I hate the look and feeling of 99% of all of the foundations I’ve ever tried, powder or liquid. And while I had good luck with BareMinerals’ BareSkin Liquid Foundation, it made my skin look almost air-brushed (which, weirdo that I am, I grew to not be too fond of over time) so I still wanted something that didn’t feel as heavy, and looked more like just my skin. This is basically a basic tinting moisturizer with sunscreen. It doesn’t have a makeup feel, it goes on and looks like my actual skin, has buildable coverage, and gives my skin a glowing and dewy finish. I’ll definitely have to do a more thorough review later.

4. Philosophy Amazing Grace Perfume

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I’m a bit of a perfume junkie. But through the various perfumes I’ve tried and loved, this one is by far my favorite girly, light, spring-y perfume. It’s perfect for spring and just seems to fit my personality very well.

5. Scrunchies

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Remember the 90’s when scrunchies were all the rage? Well I’ve fallen in love with them all over again! There are so many cute designs and styles, and I’ve been using my creamy coral scrunchie with silver sequins a lot. Scrunchies add an awesome fun pop of color and style to your hair, and it amplifies my girly persona while I’m getting down and dirty in scrubs at work. Bonus: when not in use they make adorable bracelets!

6. Bauble Bar Arrow Necklace

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This was sent in my PopSugar Must Have box from February, and I was so excited when I saw it because I’ve been dying to have a necklace like this for the longest time. It’s gorgeous, delicate, and sparkly. It’s just enough to catch your eye, but doesn’t make too loud of a statement.

7. Michael Kors Sexy Amber Perfume

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So I’ve got two perfume personalities. Girly, floral and sweet. And musky, sultry and sexy. This perfume fits into the later category. I was obsessed with this when I got a sample that came in a catalog, but was so sad when I saw the price on the bottle. Luckily, my lovely mother saved the day by giving me her mini spritzer that she got around Christmas with a purchase she made at Ulta!

8. Bauble Bar Earrings

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The necklace I got in February came with a discount code to Bauble Bar, so I went to see what kind of stuff they had. I found these beauties and decided I needed them, after all I’ve been searching for a nice set of replacement studs for my sterling silver lady bug studs. Like the necklace they are simple and pretty, and while they’re sparkly enough to get noticed while in close proximity, they aren’t an eyesore.

9. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush

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I also got this in my PopSugar Must Have box from last month, and was excited because I’ve never tried anything from Tarte before. I was very pleased to find that the color they sent was a very flattering warm pink tone, and even happier that it lasts all day. It’s become my go-to blush since then.

10. Bare Minerals Moxie Lipstick in Express Yourself

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This is my first step towards coral lipsticks, a baby one, but a step nonetheless. I love the texture of the BareMinerals lipsticks and glosses, and it’s great how pigmented it is. It’s perfect for spring.

And there you are my beautiful geeks, my 10 favorite items from the last month. I hope you guys enjoyed the post. What items did you favor in March?

till next post, Katie

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Nail Art: Pink Tips

I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have the luxury of time to spend on intricate nail art designs anymore (I know, the horror!). But I still love creating something cute and eye-catching to wear around. Here’s a super simple and quick little design that you can use any time of the year, any colors, and for any occasion.

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  1. As always, start with a good base coat.
  2. Apply 2 coats of your base color, for this I used Wet n Wild’s I Need A Refresh-Mint.
  3. Using a striping brush, toothpick, or carefully using the edge of a polish brush, apply your bright secondary color to the tips in a diagonal line & fill in. I used my Kiss Nail Art paint in bright pink.
  4. After everything is nice and dry, apply a good top coat & be sure to go over the tips!

See? Super easy! The best part is that this look can be worn almost anywhere, any time of the year. And there is no limit to the different color combinations you could use.

till next post, Katie