Trying Gel Nail Polish

First impressions, Nails, Product reviews, Videos
I fell into another Internet rabbit hole. This time it was nail videos, leading me to want to try using gel nail polish at home. I tend to paint my nails about every other week, but sometimes it takes longer to make myself want to (literally) watch paint dry. I also tend to chip my nails after only a couple days, so it doesn't always seem worth the time it takes to paint them. But, I do like when my nails are grown out a bit, and it's much too dangerous to navigate the world with long bare nails. So, gel nails intrigued me. You can get much more wear time when you apply it correctly, and it's much less likely to chip. And if you take good care of…
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A Big Bag o' Empties

Empties and purges, Eyes, Face, Nails, Product reviews, Skin, Tools
Woohoo -- it's time to review my trash! I've been saving up these empties for a loooong time. So this video is quite long. To help you skim through it, I put text on the screen so you can find the products you're most interested in. https://youtu.be/seC2TXfoa_w I hope you enjoyed all those reviews. I haven't done an empties post or video since 2014, I think... Oh, and if you're curious about my makeup, I'm wearing the same face as my recent FOTD post ;)
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VIB Rouge Exclusives: Info, Dupes, and Similar Products

VIB Rouge Exclusives: Info, Dupes, and Similar Products

Beauty hauls, Beauty steals, Comparisons, Face, Lips, Nails, Product reviews, Videos
I'M SO GLAD THAT THIS VIDEO + BLOG POST ARE FINALLY SEEING THE LIGHT OF DAY. I've been working on this since February. That's right, February, as in five months ago. Basically, finding dupes takes time, and every time I thought I was done, Sephora kept coming out with more VIB Rouge exclusives! Not to mention all the traveling and the fact that I work full-time. Even at the time I'm posting this, there's been at least one more item added, continually out of stock, and I'm NOT waiting another five months! I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me... I'm sure you understand the dreaded "out of stock" message anyway! VIB Rouge exclusive products are certain shades of popular products that are exclusive to VIB Rouge members. I…
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Fall Nails

Fall Nails

Fall, Nails, Product reviews, Seasonal
Hey, all! I'm going to close out what turned into a fall mini-series, with what got me interested in beauty in the first place: nail polish! I love how great I feel when I have freshly-painted nails. It can make something a mundane as holding a pen feel more exciting. I love digging out my fall colors because it gets me so inspired and excited for fall weather and outfits! Hopefully this will give you a little inspiration, too :) Fall Colors with a Cream Finish Cooler weather doesn't mean you have to suck the color out of everything! Fall is the most colorful time of year, and you can draw from those colors to bring some life to your nails. https://flic.kr/p/qb5idL Colors shown: Revlon Top Speed in Vintage -…
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Summer Nail Colors

Summer Nail Colors

Nails, Product reviews, Seasonal, Summer
Happy Sunday! For my second Sunday Spotlight, I thought I'd focus on summer nail colors. I know everyone's wondering where the summer went and starting to gear up for fall, but if that's making you sad, let me remind you that fall doesn't technically start until the end of September. So go on ahead and treat yourself to a bright and summery manicure---you have time! Now let's talk COLOR! I've picked out my favorite summer colors from what I have with me right now: https://flic.kr/p/qb5qrU From left to right: 1 Revlon nail polish in Revlon Red (680) - A beautiful, bright cherry red. It's that classic red that looks great all year long. It goes on very opaque, so you only need one or two coats. 2 Hot Topic nail…
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