Create Your Own Sunshine

I don’t know about you guys, but Florida has brought a lot – I mean A LOT – of rain to us this summer. Which, yeah I know it’s necessary and everything…but I find it to be a big pain in the butt. Nothing dampens (haha) my day like having to go to work in the pouring rain when everyone magically forgets how to drive and then trying not to get soaked between my car and the building. I have since decided that I need to live somewhere where there are still seasons (meaning there is snow in winter and the leaves change color in the fall) but doesn’t get too cold (that’s a no to you, super northern states) yet also doesn’t get too ridiculously hot, humid, or rainy during the summer. Oh, and it also has to be on the coast because I love me some beach days.

Basically, I want to live in a fantasy land. XD

So in this instance, when there’s so much dark and gloomy weather that often puts my mood in this weird sleepy funk, I was inspired to create this little quote…

2017 create your own sunshine

Try to make it your daily mission to make yourself happy in some way. Don’t rely on others, or the weather, to decide on your daily moods. Make yourself happy. Create your own sunshine. ❤

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TextArt App Review

Amidst all of our busy and hectic lives, we always find a way to make time for our phones and apps, and playing around with our favorite social media apps. And, for those like me, it can kind of be time consuming and sometimes boring to find inspiration for posts or inspirational quotes. That being said, I’m always on the look out for apps and programs that will make my life easier in that aspect.

Introducing TextArt by SafeSpace, Inc. SafeSpace, Inc. reached out to me once before, you may recall the awesome Picas App that I reviewed a while ago. So of course, I had to give their newest app a go.

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*I’ll go ahead and mention now that I was provided this app for free for reviewing purposes. That being said, my review of this product (as always) will be 100% unbiased and truthful.* 

Ok, now that that’s out of the way…

With inspirational quotes with pretty background pictures being all the rage, there’s going to be tons of different apps to choose from. But, only a few of them are quick and simple to use. TextArt is one of them. This app makes creating designs (especially for social media) on the go super easy.

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You have a good variety of text stylings to choose from, anywhere between super modern, classic, and even a few playful styles. You can also tap through the different variances of each styling. Like a font style but not exactly happy with how the spacing and grouping is? Just tap away until you’re happy with a layout you prefer.

You can also choose to use your own image as a background or a super pretty premade background from their small image library. My personal favorites are definitely the watercolor backgrounds, if you couldn’t tell from my last two QoTW 😉

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There are also options to pick either a specific color for you text, or from one of the many presets of font colors that range from your basic black/white/gray to gold glitter, marble, ombre, and even a rustic wood-grain effect.

So at this point you’re probably wondering, “hey, this looks awesome and sounds super easy to use, where can I find it to play with this neat app myself?!”. You can go ahead and ::click here for the iTunes download::

There are, of course, a couple of downsides to this app however. Firstly, while the app is easy and fun to use, it does come at the hefty price of $4.99 USD on iTunes. I feel like for this price (and absolutely no free download version available) the app should come equipped with a larger background image library, as it is kind of limited as I mentioned briefly above. I also feel like it should also include a larger range of font styles and the ability to manually adjust the alignment of your text choices.

I do understand that this app is definitely made for quick and on the go creations, but $4.99 seems a bit much in my opinion for an app that is so simple, especially when there are other apps out there that cost much less – or are free – for the same thing if not more.

My recommendation? Bump down the price to maybe $0.99 or even a dollar, or create a free version people can try out before buying, then amp up the possibilities with either a full priced version or one time upgrade with a few more image choices in the library and maybe even a couple more font styles and custom alignment options. This is indeed a good app, but I just worry that so many people will simply scroll on by this app without even looking at the description with such a high price.

That being said, who knows what they’ll add to the app in future updates. Maybe they are already working on adding more text styles, etc. to make it worth that $5! I’ll have to keep playing with the TextArt and check back in later if they do.

So what’s my overall verdict?

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It’s a 3 out of 5 for me for now. I love the idea behind it, and I loved the fact that they super-simplified the process of creating content, but I just feel like it’s not quite worth the price point they’re looking for. Of course, I’m absolutely by no means an expert on any of this, I just know from personal experience that I’m not very likely to put out almost $5 for an app I have no idea that I’ll like or not.

If there was a free version with a few less options and then maybe an one time upgrade for the rest of the background, text and color options I would be way more into it.

But hey, maybe you’ve tried this app out and love it for all of it’s quick and simple creation abilities. Let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are!

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Always Believe

The first full week of August is officially here guys! We are sooo close to the beginning of Fall, I can almost smell it! Although, for some reason, I haven’t been able to quite let go of my recent obsession with pastels. From nail polish to QOTW art, I’ve just been surrounding myself with lots and lots of pretty pastel shades. This week is no different of course. 😉

2017 always believe

Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen. The anticipation of something great is an amazing and interesting feeling. Most importantly, believing that something good can come out of any given moment is a wonderful way to live life.

Have a great week everyone! ❤

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Worth The Purch? Little Ondine Water Based Nail Polishes

Life as a nail polish and nail art addict is pretty awesome. However, there are a few drawbacks (especially if you’re in love with glitter). For instance, the constant application and removal of nail polish is not only time consuming but also can be very drying on your nails. Plus, the process of applying and removal of glitter polishes can be, well, a pain. Sure, there are peel off base coats. But those are really only great if you like to change your polish every day or if you’re using it to do nail art and then remove as soon as all of the polish is dry. Personally, I like wearing my designs for at least a few days, and although I love peel porn I hate the anxiety that comes with peel off base coats…the constant worry of “will my nail polish peel off today while at work and leave me with naked nails?” is too much for me. XD

Enter: Little Ondine Water Based Nail Polish. (yes. you read that right. WATER based)

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Little Ondine is a fairly new (or at least to me) brand of polish that fits into a very special niche in the polish world. This is a water based nail polish that is pigmented with rich mineral colorants. They also claim that their polish is easy to peel off, quick drying, odor free with a rich & smooth formula – oh, and they also say that it can last up to a week with a good application.

For someone that changes their polish often but hates drying my nails with remover every few days, I was intrigued. Their website is U.K. based, but they also have one for the U.S. The U.K. site has a lot more color options available, as well as the special base/top coat that they recommend, so I ordered all of mine there. I’m sure I ended up paying more than if I had just got them from the U.S. site, but at the time the base/top coat was out of stock and the U.S. site also doesn’t have the holographic glitter polish that I desperately wanted to test. After all, if you’re going to test a peel off glitter polish why not make it holo?

Here are the colors I got to try out –

  • Secret – their special and recommended base and top coat
  • Radiance – a mesmerizing holographic silver polish
  • Twins set with First Love & Cherry Blossoms – First Love is a bright Barbie pink and Cherry Blossoms is a really cute baby pink.

I was especially curious to see if the glitter polish would not only apply well but peel off as well. But I decided to get a small duo set of colors to test out a dark/bright color to test for any staining, since peel off base coats don’t protect from staining I was weary that these might stain.

I went ahead and applied Radiance to my index nails and First Love to all my other nails so I could test them at one time. Below is the lighting comparison – Direct artificial light on the Left and then Natural light on the Right.

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OH. EM. GEE. How incredible is that holo?! ❤    (oh and btw, these photos were taken on Day 3!!!)

The application process is pretty simple, think of it as a combination of normal and gel polish. You apply it like normal polish and let it air dry. But you HAVE to clean up the cuticles and edges before it dries to prevent peeling.

How To Use:

  1. Clean & dry nails
  2. Apply 2-3 layers *2 layers provides rich color according to the website*
  3. Clean edges before polish dries
  4. Keep dry for the 1st hour (ideally 3 hours). Polish hardens and sets over time & may soften and cause the edges to lift if it gets wet too soon.

They also recommend to use their Base/Top coat to make your color last longer and appear brighter. I used it and holy cow it makes the polish super glossy. ❤ ❤ ❤

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Again, the above picture was taken on Day 3 after applying. So, needless to say this polish lasts really well without any issues chipping/peeling if you apply it correctly. I didn’t even have any problems on my right hand, which I’m hardest on as it’s my dominant hand.

However, I definitely had to use at least 3 layers of both Radiance and First Love to reach full opacity – I took an extra step and did 4 layers of everything plus a layer of the Secret base/top coat as a Base and then once as a Top coat. So I wouldn’t say that this is going to be a super opaque polish, I didn’t test the opacity of the baby pink Cherry Blossoms, as lighter polished are typically less opaque anyhow. Perhaps darker colors are more opaque?

That aside, it does dry really quickly, so I don’t think it’s too much of a problem to have to do a 4th layer (or even 5th if you wanted/needed to). These polishes also apply really smoothly with absolutely NO streaks.

Oh, and I am IN LOVE with Radiance. It’s a gorgeous amazing super pretty silver holo with GREAT glitter payoff, absolutely no sponging needed. I applied 4 coats and got it to full opacity like the rest of the polish. This would be a great one to layer over their other colors as a “holo top coat” if you wanted to.

Now, they do advertise that there is no odor to their polishes, however, I could definitely tell there was some kind of smell. Not the normal strong polish smell that you usually get, but almost a very faint “plastic” smell. Again, it’s not really strong and I just barely noticed it. So if you’re doing your nails around people with sensitive noses (or if you have one) this wouldn’t bother them with a nail polish smell.

Now for the true test, does this polish ACTUALLY peel off? Let’s find out….

This just in, this polish DOES INDEED peel off, including the several layers of highly packed holo glitter polish! I does leave your nails a tad dry, but nowhere near as dry as they would be is you used remover.

That being said, this happened at the very end of Day 3 after I had showered. I realized after showering/drying off and dressing that the polish on one of the nails was starting to peel every so slightly at the tip. I decided that 3 days was long enough of a test, after all, they specifically advertise this as a polish used by people that change their polish often, so 3 days is a good end point.

I do feel as though the rest of the nails would have held up for at least another day or two, because they were all pretty stable and one or two of them took a little bit of coaxing to start peeling to remove.

Conclusion: TBG Rating 5 out of 5 stars
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Yes, I wasn’t able to get it to last for a full week. But again, this polish is designed for those that change polish frequently. These polished did absolutely everything I asked of it. It held up for 3 days solid, not even starting to peel until after my third shower and plenty of hand washing. No chipping, no peeling, and holy cow it actually stayed 100% glossy the entire three days. Most of the time you get a tiny bit of fading on your glossy top coat as it wears off with hand washing and every day life. But the Secret base/top coat held up super well. On top of it all, both First Love and Radiance peeled off without and flaking or staining, and there was NO glitter left over to remove!

I will definitely be using these again, and more than likely I will be purchasing more. ❤

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Stay True To Yourself

Yay Monday…..not. Anyways. How was ya’ll’s weekend? I spent mine doing LOTS and LOTS of research and number crunching for my business (updates to come, I promise!) and prepping everything to start selling! It’s been SUPER exciting but also kind of stressful. There’s a lot riding on the thought of opening your own business. Which is why, when you’re opening your own business, things like money can cloud your judgment and original passion and reasons for starting one. Therefore, it’s important to –

2017 stay true to yourself

No matter what situation you’re in in life, stay true to yourself. Don’t let anyone influence you into changing who you are or how you do things, specifically if it goes against the things you believe deeply in. Change can be good, but something is wrong if someone is trying to change your passions or morals.

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