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If It’s Not Worth Ruining Your Manicure…

Hello and happy Sunday my geeks! This one’s more of a cheeky feminine quote, but I have to admit that as a nail art and polish addict, I find that this is one of the most relatable quotes I’ve ever posted.πŸ˜„

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I find myself thinking this to myself every time I’m waiting for my nails to dry. My nose itches, or I have the sudden urge to pee. I think – “is the satisfaction I’d get from doing ____ enough to outweigh the risk of ruining the polish I just put on?”. And most of the times that answer is no. I can wait until the nose itch passes and I can wait until my polish is dry to use the bathroom.

The same logic applies to real life situations. Someone said something that just rubbed you the wrong way, or maybe your roommate didn’t sweep like they said they would. It’s annoying, and maybe it’s happened more than once so it’s extra irritating. But when these things come up, think about it. If your nails were wet with fresh polish and the trade off for telling that person off about what they said or making your roommate take care of the chores they said they would do is ruining the design you spent an hour working on…is it really worth the effort?

If it is – by all means go at it. But for the majority of life’s issues they really aren’t. You learn to roll with the punches and get over it.

This quote is designed to remind you to actually think about the consequences before acting on anything. And this logic could be applied in a multitude of ways – not just polish. It could be a tradeoff of losing your WiFi or the dishes being done once, or all of your video games broken or having somebody apologize over something stupid they said. Think before acting…you wouldn’t want to ruin that mani.

till next post, Katie

this week’s QOTW was made with a combination of PicMonkey (to create the Polish Bottle) and Adobe Spark (for the word placement)

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Never Grow Up

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been in a particularly “Peter Pan” mood lately. Maybe it’s got something to do with the number of adult responsibilities that I’ve been having to take care of. But the point is:

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Because even if you’re in your 30’s, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy little “immature” things. When you become and adult (whenever that is – because I’m 22 now and just feel like a teenager trying to make it in a grown up world) it doesn’t mean that you are no longer allowed to go to Disney or sit down for a weekend of video games. It doesn’t mean that you have to give up playing with Legos or dolls – though face it, most of us do anyways.

Being an adult really, really sucks. Keeping track of a budget, paying bills on time, car maintenance, doctor’s appointments, going to work so you keep having money to take care of all these adult things. It all sucks. Gone are the days where we could just play all day and our biggest worry was who took our favorite box of crayons or what clothes our Barbie dolls should wear. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun.

Take the time to be immature once in a while. Enjoy life and look at the world and admire all of it’s wonderful things. Never stop appreciating the little things in life, and never stop seeing the world as a wonderful and magical place. I think that’s where most adults go wrong – they grow up and all of their energy is focused on work and survival. They lose the colorful rose-tinted light that they used to see their environment in. Things aren’t new and amazing anymore. It all becomes a two-tone black and white film where everything is dull. Don’t let that happen to you. Keep seeing the world as wonderful. Don’t lose faith in people’s abilities to be good. Stay optimistic about life. Never grow up.

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Purple Fall Matte Mani

It’s Hump Day! And with Fall quickly approaching, I thought I’d go ahead and get a head start by prepping my nails for the beautiful seasons coming our way. I wanted to do something simple but also different from my usual designs, so I opted for a matte mani today.

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The great thing about this design? It’s soooo easy! You just need two complimenting polishes (I used two shades of purple), tape, and a matte-ifying nail top coat. Note: a dotting tool is optional, you can also use the brush tip itself or a bobby-pin. However you want to make the dots is up to you!

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Products Used:

  • Gloomy Kitty by Pretty Serious
  • No Filter by Trust Fund Beauty
  • Matte Me Crazy by NYC
  • Tape
  • Dotting tool

How To:

  1. After applying a base coat and allowing to dry, apply two coats of Gloomy Kitty – let dry COMPLETELY {you can use a quick dry top coat to help speed things along if you’d like}
  2. After your base color is 100% dry, apply tape to your nail to create a triangle shape on your nail. Paint over the open triangle with No Filter and peel the tape off immediately after – otherwise you won’t get sharp crisp lines.
  3. Using the end of the polish brush or a dotting tool/bobby pin, apply a small dot of No Filter to the tips of each triangle, either connecting them or letting them “float” a bit – whichever you prefer.
  4. Once No Filter is dried, apply one coat of Matte Me Crazy and allow to dry.

Like I said, super easy. If you decide to give this look a try, tag me on your social media! I’d love to see your takes on it!

till next post, Katie

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Every Day Is A New Adventure

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Happy Sunday my geeks. I hope everybody’s week went well. This week’s Quote of the Week is another adventure “themed” one.

This one is here to serve a simple reminder – that every day is a brand new adventure, waiting to be found out by ourselves. No two days are exactly the same, each one comes with new events and struggles. New problems arise that we must solve. And no two people ever face the same sort of struggles.

But when we awake each day, we are presented with the opportunity to make better decisions and try new methods of getting around our problems from the day before. We are gifted a new clean slate for each day. A chance to see the world a little differently than we did the day before.

In this way each day is a completely different adventure. Perhaps not in the sense of dungeons and dragons like we played as children, but in the sense of different challenges and tasks all the same.

Enjoy this new adventure, embrace the change and freshness of each day. Live as if this is the grandest adventure you’ll ever have.

till next post, Katie

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Summer 2016 Fab Fit Fun Box

Summer is finally at an end you guys! I can’t believe that it’s September (and Halloween is NEXT MONTH)…it’s crazy how fast this year has been moving.

I am currently subscribed to the Fab Fit Fun box, a seasonal box that I get 4 times a year that is chock full of (usually) full sized goodies to go along with the season. The FFF Summer box was full of all sorts of super summery items…let’s take a look.

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I didn’t get full detailed photos on some items, but only the ones I had strong feelings towards.

Summer’s box included…

  • Summer & Rose Yoga Towel (mine says “More Happy, Less Worry”) – $36 value
  • Trina Turk Tote Bag (Sunshine and Saltwater) – $55 value
  • OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream – $48 value
  • Stemulation Daily Micro Derm Scrub – $34 value
  • FabFitFun Every Day Beach Waves Spray – $18 value
  • Passport to Beauty Gypsetter Luminous Lips in Free Spirit – $18 value
  • Betches Ice Pop Molds – $19 value
  • Burt’s Bees BB Cream Samples
  • Compeed Blister Cushion Sample

I was really excited to get both the yoga towels and tote bag – I’ve been needing one of both, and they are adorable, but I didn’t get much chance to use them over summer (maybe next year?).

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The Stemulation Exfoliator is probably my favorite product out of the entire box – I got a full 8 oz tube of it!! It’s super gentle (enough to use every. single. day. – I think I’m addicted) and it smells fresh and citrusy…kind of like those orange slice gummies, but in a pleasant way.

The Everyday Beach Wave Spray was probably one of my lesser-liked items. But then again I’ve never been a fan of beach wave spray products. It made my hair feel extremely dirty – and not in the “I’ve been at the beach all day” way.

As for the OSEA moisturizer…I’m kind of on the fence. It’s a decent moisturizer and I like that it’s got a very natural and mineral-ly smell to it. But I found that my skin was breaking out more often than when I was just using my normal moisturizers.

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The next product I felt like I had to single out was the lipgloss. Now, I’m generally not a fan of lipglosses to start with, so I didn’t have high hopes for. I did like the color, so I had to give it a shot. Let me tell you…this is the stickiest lipgloss I have used since my middle school days. It kind of felt like I had smeared glue on my lips. Needless to say, I will not be keeping this one – luckily I have gal pals that are into lipgloss.πŸ™‚

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Lastly…how stinking adorable is this Champagne Bottle Pop Mold? I filled it with raspberry tea to test it, but I can definitely see using actual champagne and fruit to make an alcoholic pop. I also love how they’re silicone, which makes removing the pops super easy.πŸ™‚

Overall, it was a really good box. It was just unfortunate that I wasn’t able to use a few of them over the summer and give you guys a good review on them.πŸ™‚

till next post, Katie