Beauty, nails

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure 

Fake nails have come a long way since I was in junior high. When I started a new school in 8th grade, I wanted to stand out more than anything in the world (which was difficult with the rigid uniform). I decided to wear acrylic nails for about six months. I changed them every week and struggled with the messy glue and the constant frustration of nails falling off at the worst possible times. It was absolutely ridiculous, and it did a lot of damage to my nails, but I’m also still proud of younger me for holding on to my individuality. The other day, I was shopping and saw these Broadway Nails imPRESS one-step gel fake nails. They were on sale and I felt filled with nostalgia, so I decided to give them a chance. These retail at most drugstore and grocery stores for between $5-8 depending on the kit.

I was actually very impressed (no pun intended) with these nails! The application was super easy. You just have to remove your existing nail polish if you’re wearing some, wipe your nails with the included alcohol swab, peel off the tab on the back on the gel nail, apply it over your real nail, and press down thoroughly (making sure to also press on the sides). Since there’s no dry time, this actually was faster than a traditional manicure, and the best part was that there was zero mess! Since the adhesive is pre-applied, you don’t have to struggle with tiny tubes of sticky glue that goes everywhere.

In terms of size, there was a great variety. Each kit includes 30 nails, so it’s very likely you’ll find nails that align almost perfectly with your cuticles. It took a while for me to get used to the look (it has been 13 years since I was 13 and last wore fake nails) but they kind of grew on me from an aesthetic perspective.

These nails lasted 5 whole days before one fell off, which I thought was great since I worked with my hands every day, did a lot of typing, washed dishes several times, unpeeled many tangerines, and more throughout the work week. I’m right-handed and it was really only the nails on the right hand that were loose at day 5. Had I been gentler, they probably would have lasted even longer. I was impressed by these, although it was honestly a relief when I was able to remove them. They were long enough to get in the way and slow down my typing which I did not enjoy. Also, rolling coins at work was super frustrating when I was in charge of banking.

Overall, I could definitely see me use these for special occasions. I can apply them quickly and be certain that they will last through big events. For the price, these are such a great deal, and they come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. I’m really glad I gave these a try!

Have you tried these one-step gel nails? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Fashion

Trending Pattern: Gingham 

Gingham isn’t just for picnic tablecloths anymore. It’s a major trending pattern for Spring 2018! So many brands and stores are promoting this fun print right now, so I wanted to share my favorite picks if you want to give this one a try.

 

First, we have the Gingham Bi-Stretch Racer-Neck Sheath Dress from Banana Republic. It retails for $128 but is currently on sale for $90! I am in love with the structure of this dress, especially the cut of the neck-line and the change in pattern around the waist. This looks so slimming and would be perfect for the office.

 

For a subtler bit of gingham, you could try the Gingham Knotted Crossover Slide which retails for $98 from Banana Republic. This is such a cute sandal, and I love that they’re backless, have a teeny boost of a heel, and have that interesting knot by the open toe.

 

If you’re feeling bold, there’s always the Gingham Vented Tie-Cuff Top from Banana Republic. It’s usually $88, but it’s now on sale for $33.99. The tie embellishments on the cuffs of the sleeves are fun and daring, and the larger print is also sure to stand out.

 

Lastly, we have a fun pink option: the Gingham Medium Envelope Pouch from Banana Republic. This was originally $58 but has been marked down to $23.99. Of course, I love the color, but it’s also such a nice sized clutch.

Are you loving the gingham trend? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Beauty, Skincare

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks 

I’m obsessed with the skin underneath my eyes. I want to avoid crow’s feet as long as possible, so I’m very diligent about eye cream, sunscreen (also, avoiding the sun), plus not tugging at the skin when removing eye makeup. I’m always excited when I’m sent new eye products, and recently I had the chance to try the Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks. You can get 6 pairs of these single-use masks for $25 at Sephora and similar retailers.

My first impression of this product is that the size is ridiculous. The pads are way too big for the undereye area, so I had to maneuver them really carefully to get them on the skin underneath my eyes without them getting too close to my actual eye. This was extra difficult since they were so big and bulky.

I was, however, pleased that they really stayed in place. You’re supposed to keep them on for about 10-15 minutes. I left them on for about 20-25, and they never fell off as I did some work around the apartment. Other eye masks I’ve tried were so slimy and weird that I had to recline with my head back the entire time to keep them from falling off, so this was a welcome change.

In terms of results, I was a bit underwhelmed. My undereye area seemed a bit more moisturized afterwards, but that was about it. It contains lavender and aloe to soothe the undereye, but I felt like a lot of eye creams I use depuff better than this. There’s also hyaluronic acid for moisture and anti-aging effects, but that’s something you’d need to track over time, and I’m not sure this would be the best everyday product when there are plenty of great eye creams with hyaluronic acid that would be more affordable for daily use.

Overall, I definitely won’t be purchasing these, but I do think they could be a fun addition for a girls’-night-in spa party since the gold foil looks pretty fancy!

Have you tried an eye mask that wowed you? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Fashion

Trending: Espadrilles 

I am loving this warm weather because I get to wear sandals every day! Recently, I was browsing some shoe stores, and I realized that there’s another shoe trend happening right now: espadrilles. I’ll be honest, I don’t usually love the look, so this is probably not the trend for me, but I did find three options from Steve Madden that I would actually wear:

First, we have the Steve Madden Brussel Espadrille Wedge which retails for $59.99 at DSW. I love the contrast between the black and the beige here. The wedge is also pretty high, which is perfect for me.

Next, we have this lovely lavender number: the Steve Madden Lesko Espadrille Flat. This one retails for $54.99 at DSW. I love the color, the cute detail of the holes in the front half of the shoe, and the heel-hugging strap. It’s a nice structured shoe that’s perfect for spring and summer.

Finally, we have the Steve Madden Talula Espadrille Wedge Sandal. This one retails for $59.99 at DSW, and it’s a fun neutral option. The beige tones will make it look like a natural extension of the legs, which is a good way to create an optical illusion of longer, more toned legs (because wedge heels make your calves flex constantly).

The more I look at these, the more I’m coming around to the espadrille trend. I think I might have to actually get some!

What do you think of this trend? Would you rock some espadrilles? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Jordana Cosmic Glow Holographic Lip Gloss 

It’s no secret that one of my vices would be buying new lip products. I have way more than a person ever needs, yet they keep catching my eye. The other day, I was walking around Walgreens and saw the Jordana Cosmic Glow Holographic Lip Gloss. It was mesmerizing and only $5, so I decided to give it a chance, having no expectations whatsoever.

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Truth time: I’ve always avoided this brand because it seemed cheap and I’d never read good reviews. But I knew I wasn’t going to care if a $5 lip gloss ended up sucking. Still, I was extremely impressed! I went with the shade “crystallized pink” which shows up as a sheer medium pink wash of color with some blue holographic sparkles (fun fact – blue and blue undertones make teeth look whiter!)

Overall, I actually loved this lip gloss. It was super easy to apply evenly with its doe-foot applicator and just a swipe or two provides enough coverage. It’s pretty but also kind of whimsical with the holographic/glittery finish. Texture-wise, I was so pleased that it was not sticky AT ALL. As for wear, it’s pretty typical for a gloss. The glossiness will fade within 2 or 3 hours, but it still left an even stain of light color which was nice.

I can’t believe how well this product performed for $5. I think I’ll actually repurchase it and get a few more shades to try soon!

Have you tried anything from this brand? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Ciaté Wonderwand Mascara 

I’ve been looking for a better mascara for a while now. For some reason, nothing I do seems to make a difference with my lashes. They just won’t keep a curl and always look so dull. Recently, I tried a new mascara: the Ciaté Wonderwand Mascara. This mascara is $22 at Sephora and similar retailers.

My first impressions of this mascara have been positive, but I’m not at all blown away. My eyelashes still don’t look the way I want them to, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. I love the small, stiff bristles which seem to comb through the lashes and coat them evenly. This mascara is supposed to add a lot of volume, and I think it does an okay job at this, but the main feature I see is how it separates the lashes well and seems to add some length.

I do like the mascara, and I’ll use this deluxe sample up, but I don’t think I’ll purchase the full-size version.

Do you have a mascara that holds curl well without weighing down thin lashes? If so, please let me know in the comment section so I can try it out!

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Fashion

All About Jumpsuits! 

Jumpsuits are so in right now! I really wish I could pull them off, but I’ll never be able to (since I’m curvy and 5’2″). Still, that doesn’t mean a girl can’t dream. Here are some of the jumpsuits I would definitely rock if I was tall and willowy:

All of these are available for purchase from New York & Company. A lot of them are on sale for about $30, and none of them are over $80.

Do you rock a jumpsuit? How do you feel about this trend? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Skincare

Pacifica Kale Detox Cleanser 

I rarely have strong feelings about the cleansers that I use. They all seem to mostly do the same things: remove makeup and clean the skin. Some do very little, and some are so heavy that they take too much out of the skin. Finally, I’ve found a great one that’s also inexpensive and gentle on skin: the Pacifica Kale Detox Cleanser. This product is available at Target and online for jut $10.

I’ve been using this cleanser for a few months now, and I really love it. It’s so gentle but leaves my skin feeling really clean. It cleans without stripping too much of the essential, natural oils that the skin makes. I’ve also noticed my acne has been improving, and while I can’t prove it’s caused by this product, at least I know this product won’t make acne worse. I use this as both a morning and evening cleanser. It does a great job at removing makeup.

There are so many great ingredients in this product. It contains clay, kale, coconut water, and aloe vera, which explains how it is great for sensitive skin but still manages to clean so well. For eco-conscious readers, you’ll also be pleased to hear that this container is recyclable, and the product itself is not tested on animals and is completely vegan.

I think I’ve finally found a favorite cleanser! I’ll be sure to repurchase this one when it runs out!

Have you tried this product or do you have a favorite cleanser? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Fashion

Trend Alert: Blue Jewelry 

I used to wear a lot of jewelry, but I just haven’t as much lately. I’m not entirely sure why, but I suspect I’m getting lazier or I just lost interest when I stopped wearing my engagement ring. So, recently, I was browsing Nordstrom‘s website for inspiration, and I found a major trend in jewelry: the color blue! Now, I’m not really into the color blue (I think because my eyes are green, I just gravitate towards greens and purples instead), but I wanted to share some of my favorite picks:

Would you wear this trend or do you prefer different types of jewelry? Do you tend to wear the same jewelry or do you like to change it up? Be sure to let me know in the comments section! As for me, I’m going to try to wear at least one piece of jewelry daily and see if I can get back into it again.

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Skincare

Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy 

I always keep lotion in my handbag. Even during Spring and Summer, when dry skin isn’t as common, it’s still nice to stay moisturized so that hands remain soft. Recently, I tried the Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy range. These small 0.9 oz containers retail for about $9 in store and online.

I love how quickly these lotions absorb into the skin. They never leave a thick, greasy residue, and they do a good job at moisturizing skin. Also, I have about 6 of the floral ones at this point, and they all smell divine! The scents are all very light but still noticeable. I love when lotion is scented but not overpowering.

Overall, I think I like the scents far more consistently than I do L’Occitane. So far my favorite is Summer Hill, which has a faint trace of honeysuckle (one of my favorite floral scents!) The lavender is also far less overpowering and medicinal-scented than L’Occitane’s, and the rose is more subtle. I will definitely be repurchasing these hand creams!

Have you tried this product or do you have a favorite hand cream? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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