REVIEW: Nutra Nail Gel Perfect in “Pretty Pink”

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DIY gel manicures are everywhere, from $60 complete kits to $7 gel-like finish nail polishes. I found this Nutra Nail kit at a dollar store that promises a gel manicure look with no UV light required.

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The process is pretty easy. Apply the activator, apply the gel polish right after and repeat one more time. Apply one last coat of the activator and let it dry for 2 minutes or so to get that shiny finish. The finished product is pretty convincing with a high amount of shine and density.

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This lasted only 5 days for me before it started chipping and breaking off like crazy. The removal is moderately easy with dipping your fingers in acetone until it can be wiped off. I was disappointed in the strength of this polish, I expected it to be stronger than my usual polish with topcoat.

For a buck, it wasn’t bad. The smell is strong and I didn’t enjoy the application process at all but the finished product is nice to look at. Maybe the UV-cured polishes are a bit stronger? I’ve been dying to try the Sally Hansen kit but am hesitant dropping $70 on it.

BEFORE: Desk Spring Cleaning

Oh man, spring’s almost over. I’ll admit that I’m a bit late when it comes to the annual spring cleaning thing. I’m rushing to finish organizing and cleaning all the things I swore I would when March came around!

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My biggest project is my desk. My awesome desk was handmade by my father and somehow transported upstairs through our teeny hallway with my help. When I was a skinny 13 year old that didn’t lift yet. I remember lots of battle scars that day.

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So of course, ten years later all the nooks and crannies of this desk ended up stuffed. Things I no longer use, things I didn’t even know I kept, and things I wanted to keep using were all jammed together. You can even see an unopened bag of coffee there lol.

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These are a few photos of inspiration that I’m drawing on. It’s crazy how much cleaner a space can get by just simply hiding things. Whether it be away in a drawer or cabinet, or just partly hidden inside a basket or bin, hiding stuff from plain view can instantly change the way a room looks.

I’ll be back with after photos soon! Hopefully… this project is a thorough one.

Seeing Stars: Vintage Star Maps


     
I have this innate love for astrology, though I’ve never taken a formal class or read any books. There’s just something about stars, galaxies, and the prospect of something out there that is so mysterious and intriguing. It also helps that images of outer space from the Hubble telescope are damn gorgeous.

These Etsy products I stumbled across would be great decorations for any bedroom or office. Vintage star maps have such beautiful geometric shapes. My favorites are those with the classic navy blue and white color schemes.

Click any image to go to their Etsy product page!

Thrift + Market

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My friends and I went to the Little Italy Mercato (Farmer’s Market) this morning expecting a decent crowd buying flowers and treats for Mother’s Day tomorrow. That is exactly what greeted us. I scored three beautiful bouquets for only $11. Now if I bought flowers from any grocery store, I’d only get one bouquet for that price. But three? Score!

If I could, I’d buy fresh flowers every week.

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Earlier in the week, I dropped by one of my favorite thrift stores to scope out some home goods. I came out with this pretty frame and plate for only $2.50 all together. Seriously, the plate alone looks like something I could purchase new for $5. I paid only 75 cents! The best part is when you find out the history of the things you buy. This little saucer came from a series of flights conducted by America West Airlines back in 1989. I plan on turning the frame into a chalkboard later on.

One of the things I love about San Diego is that our constant sunny weather allows for great farmers markets almost all year round. All the fruits I sampled today were so sweet and tempting. I love farmers markets and thrift stores! Great value for your dollar and lots of things to look at.

Little Spring Giveaway

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Hey y’all. Just wanted to give my readers a chance to win a little care package. It has a few beauty-related things that would be useful during spring break or any spring vacation. I’ve actually added a few full-sized things after I took this photo. Thank you for always reading!

Simply leave a comment with the following info for a chance to win. Open internationally!

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This giveaway ends May 23, 2014 at 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time.
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Prizes or giveaway rules are subject to change at any time.

REVIEW: Sally Hansen Top Shine Nail Polish

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Tried out some new polish recently and they did not disappoint. Sally Hansen is a solid drugstore brand for nail polish and can be picked up for really good prices when on sale. I bought mine at CVS since they have a Beauty Rewards program. They also had them in a new product display with $2 off coupons attached that made it way too good of a deal to pass up.

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The colors I tried were “Drama Sheen” and “Dive In”. The formulation is thick, as expected from polishes that promise long wear. The purple one is a little thinner and is definitely more of a topcoat with iridescent shine. They aren’t streaky and can be a bit troublesome to apply at first. Both colors have lasted at least a week now on my nails, chip-free. Not bad!

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I love the vibrant colors and long-lasting finish. At a decent price point (especially when on sale), these polishes are a damn good addition to the Sally Hansen line. I want to buy more!

A Few Favorites // FW14

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Hi everyone! These are a couple of my favorites lately that I’ve been reaching for almost nonstop. I’ll go from left to right:

- Physician’s Formula Super CC+ Color-Correction + Care CC+ Powder in “Light/Medium”: Besides the horribly long name, I love everything about this powder. The color is spot on for me. Covers up redness and the tones in my under-eye area fairly well. Love the way my skin looks with this on. Unfortunately, there really isn’t much color selection. I’m pretty sure all I saw was Light and Light/Medium, wtf.

- Almay Oil Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads: I love that these come in so many sizes. I have a bunch of the small 15ct ones that are perfect for travel. These are gentle on the eyes but do a great job removing makeup. They are soaked in the makeup remover and I actually have to squeeze some out whenever I use a pad. One pad can usually take care of makeup on both eyes and brows.

- AcneFree Oil-Free Acne Cleanser: This cleanser has always worked for me. I have extremely acne prone skin so I’ve experimented with my fair share of cleansers. This creamy cleanser is oil-free and contains benzoyl peroxide which works better than salicylic acid for my skin. I use this in the morning and night and it’s been keeping new breakouts away.

- psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo: My go-to dry shampoo. It’s simple and relatively inexpensive but gets the job done. I use dry shampoo more so for getting rid of dirt/oil than volumnizing so this is perfect for me.