Nails

Fake OPI Cuticle Oil Pens

September 13, 2017

I found these fake OPI cuticle oil pens on eBay a few months ago, not knowing that they were being labeled as OPI products. The ad just said something to the extent of “fruit oil cuticle pens” and the pictures did not show a brand name. They were only 79 cents each, so I decided to get two: the yellow one advertised as lemon and the pink advertised as pomegranete. I received them about three months after ordering and was surprised to see “OPI” on the labels. After researching them, I found out that OPI doesn’t make them or anything similar, but I decided to try them out anyway.

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Makeup

Amuse: Pro Matte Eyebrow Pencil

September 11, 2017

I’ve never been very interested in the “fleeky” brow look that has taken over Instagram. My eyebrows aren’t exactly thick, but they’re definitely not thin either. I pluck about five stray hairs on each side on a regular basis, but I wouldn’t lose sleep if I forgot to do it. Then again, I’m a beauty blogger and trying out new products is always fun. Plus, my brows are definitely not getting any love right now. When I found this Amuse Pro-Matte Eyebrow Pencil in “Brunette” on ShopMissA, I thought I’d give it a try.

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Nails

DIY Faux Acrylic Nails for 20 Cents

August 23, 2017

When I first saw these, it was on Instagram and while they were pretty, I wasn’t interested because I don’t like what acrylic nails do to my natural nails. Luckily, I read the caption. They weren’t acrylic. These are Makartt ABS Fake Nails. Let’s get scientific for a moment. ABS is a type of plastic, but it’s more sturdy than most plastics. In fact, it’s likely what your computer’s keyboard is made out of.

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Makeup

Monave: Lip Glaze in Tigerlilly

August 21, 2017

I’m a lip product junkie, through and through. Liquid lipsticks have always held a special place in my heart. How did my lippie obsession begin though? With this: Monave’s Lip Glaze in Tigerlilly (#166). Not only is this lip glaze a beautiful color, it’s a vegan product. While I’m not vegan, I appreciate the extra time and effort it takes to make products that can be used by people living the vegan lifestyle. So, what exactly is a lip glaze? The best way I can describe this is that it’s a highly-pigmented lip gloss with amazing staying power. It’s also insanely moisturizing, which is always a plus in my book!

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Makeup

L.A. Colors: Liquid Foundation

August 18, 2017

I’ve been trying to get my hands on one of these L.A. Colors Liquid Foundations for a while now, but it seems like everyone is always sold out of the lighter shades. When I went to my local dollar store a few weeks ago and saw they had just restocked the makeup aisle, I was so excited. I chose the shade 312 Creamy Beige because it most closely matched my neck in the bottle, although it did look a little pink.

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Makeup

Rich On: Intense Colour Eyeliner

August 16, 2017

This is another item from my recent ShopMissA purchase. It is a waterproof liquid eyeliner from Rich On Cosmetics. I thought it was a pen-style liner when I bought it, but it has a wand. At first I was disappointed by this, but the more I use it, the more I appreciate the wand design.

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Skincare

Nirvana Spa: Rich Body Butter

August 14, 2017

This body butter arrived in my mailbox one day and I still have no idea where it came from or who sent it. If you sent it, please shoot me an email! It is the Real Fruit Goodness Exotically Creamy Coconut Rich Body Butter from Nirvana Spa. According to the label, it is made in the UK. I’ve been using it on my roughest skin, my feet and elbows, for about a month now and am ready to share my results.

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Fashion

Styling Platform High Heels

August 11, 2017

I got these gorgeous platform high heels from AMI Club Wear about a year ago and I wear them all the time in the fall. A lot of people correlate heels like this with clubbing, but there are so many ways you can wear heels like this for a casual look. The fact that I’m a stay-at-home mom should tell you that anyone can rock heels like these! The ones I’m showcasing here have an ankle strap, which I love. It just feels and looks more feminine to me. Here’s some tips on how I style them for everyday wear.

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Nails

A Real “How to Grow Your Nails” Guide

August 9, 2017

After I stopped my lifelong habit of biting my nails, I started researching how to make them grow long and strong. Unfortunately for me, everything I read said to “treat your nails like jewels” and basically never use your hands. I’m a stay-at-home mom. That’s an impossible expectation for me. I’m constantly buying my daughter new books that have pesky stick-on price tags, dishes always need to be done, and sometimes it’s just easier to pick at stuck on food instead of scrubbing for an hour. For all my fellow people out there who need to use their hands, here’s a real guide to growing your nails.

Note: Yes, I do know my nails aren’t insanely long, but they are strong. Length is a personal preference.

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