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Inspiration from Instagram #13

I was browsing on Instagram and came across these awesome nails from @polishandbeyond and knew I wanted to recreate them!

I started off by painted every nail with two coats of Beyond the Nail - Frosty. When they were completely dry, I placed on some Line Nail Guides across each nail in different places. I painted in the open spaces with Beyond the Nail's Space Cadet, Beyond the Teal, & Sloteazzy. I immediately peeled off the nail guides to get crisp lines! I topped every nail off with a coat of PRO-FX - Quick Dry Topcoat.

Taken with flash to show the HOLO!

Burgundy & Gold Stars

I’m really loving this colour combination, what do you guys think?

I started by painting my middle finger with two coats of Beyond the Nail – Holy Grail and the rest of my fingers with Beyond the Nail – Cherry Wine. When everything was dry, I placed a Star Shield Nail Guide on my ring finger and painted over it with a generous coat of Holy Grail and immediately removed the guide. I added one coat of PRO-FX – Quick Dry Topcoat to every nail and added some Gold Half Round Studs to my index and pinky fingers.

Taken with flash to see the HOLO!

Turquoise Stone Nail Art

I really loved my beachnails that I did a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to try the same techniques out again with a turquoise stone look. It didn’t turn out exactly like I wanted it to, but it’s not bad either.

I started by painting each nail with two thin coats of Beyond the Nail – Crème de Menthe. When it dried, I got a piece of saran wrap and bundled it together to form a messy “ball”. I dipped it into Beyond the Nail – Angel and lightly dabbed it over each nail. I painted around each nail with NailExperiments – Easy Peel Latex Barrier so that the next step was an easy cleanup. In a cup filled with water, I added drops of Beyond the Nail – Deep Black and sprayed over it with alcohol to separate the polish. It didn’t separate as much as I’d like, but I continued with the watermarble technique. I dipped each finger into the splattered looking nail polish, then took my finger out and removed the latex barrier. I added one coat of PRO-FX – Quick Dry Topcoat to each nail & voila! 

Covergirl Super Sizer Fibers Mascara & Clean Matte BB Cream Review

I always love to try out new products - especially ones that I use everyday. 

COVERGIRL is a very well known brand and I've had a lot of great experiences using their products. I recently received their Super Sizer Fibers Mascara and Clean Matte BB Cream from BzzAgent in exchange for my honest opinion. I use mascara every day (well 3 a day lol) so I was happy to get their new mascara. I just started getting used to wearing BB creams instead of foundation this year, so I was really interested in trying our their matte bb cream.

If you've read my blog before, you'll know that when I apply mascara, I use 3 at a time - a plastic wand, a bristle wand, and a thick bristle wand. This gives me long and voluminous lashes! I tried the Super Sizer Fibers Mascara first in my routine as it has a plastic wand. I was expecting this mascara to separate my lashes and give them a lot of length. However, I was disappointed with how it worked because it left my lashes clumped together. The packaging says it gives 400% volume + length for full, fanned out lashes, but I only get the volume, not the length I was hoping for. 

The BB cream was a little bit of a let down for me. I did not like the coverage or application. It went on really streaky, and the more I applied, the more "cakey" it looked. It is said to provide the perfect amount of coverage to even skin tone, hide blemishes and keep your skin shine free all day. I found that with the streaky application, it did not hide any blemishes or give me perfect coverage. I might keep trying to use this, but change up how I applied it. I tried with a beauty blender and my fingers, but I might try it with a brush to see if there's any difference.

Streaky and poor coverage

Happy Birthday Kaitlyn (@pawlished.kait)!

Happy Birthday Kaitlyn!!

A couple of us girls came together and did our nails for Kaitlyn's birthday today! I decided to recreate a design she did months ago.. back in December! Click HERE to see the original.

I painted all my nails with one thick coat of Beyond the Nail - Cornflower Blue Creme. When it was fully dried, I placed on a Heart Nail Guide from Beyond the Nail's Nested Basic Shape Nail Guides. I painted over each nail with Beyond the Nail - Nebula, then immediately peeled off each nail guide to get crisp lines. I added one coat of PRO-FX - Quick Dry Topcoat to each nail to finish off the look.

FaceOff Cloth Review

How do you wash your face? I usually use an eye makeup remover, then a face wash, and then toner. I have always seen ads and reviews online for face cloths that eliminate the need for all those products. I finally got the chance to try FaceOff – a natural, soft, reusable cleansing cloth that removes eye and face makeup using only warm water. 
This product was sent to me in exchange for my honest opinion.

I was a bit skeptical about using this at first because I do wear makeup every day and was concerned how this would work against layers of mascara, sweat built up under my makeup, etc. I was really concerned because with the warmer weather, I am finding that my skin is breaking out more, so I’m trying to wash my face at least twice a day to combat all the dirt and excess oil that builds up on my skin.

I went out on Sunday and had my makeup on for about 12 hours. I did apply more than usual because I went to a day party with some friends. I did my usual eye makeup routine (with 3 different mascara’s, so it was really layered!) and used foundation, concealer, blush, highlighter, etc. After a whole day outside in the sun and my skin getting sweaty and oily, I was really interested to see how well this cloth worked.

I wet the cloth with warm water and started to wipe my face. I did half my face so you guys can see the difference. From just looking at my skin, it looks like the cloth did a great job on my makeup, except for a bit of eye makeup. I used different parts of the cloth to get a “clean part” so I wouldn’t be wiping the makeup all over my face. I felt like I really had to apply pressure to my eyes to remove the makeup – which was a bit unsettling because I didn’t want to take any eyelashes out. When I was done, my face looked clean, but it definitely did not feel like it. It felt tight and I could definitely feel leftover makeup around my eyes.

No Makeup vs. Makeup

Leftover Mascara
I went over each eye with a cotton pad and eye makeup remover to see how much was left on my eyes. I did have quite a bit of mascara and eyeliner left, which might only be because I use a lot of mascara and I didn’t keep wiping off until it was all gone. I would have kept wiping, but it was getting painful to keep wiping my skin around my eyes and I felt I was just wiping the makeup around my face instead of off my face.

Leftover Foundation
I then went over my face with a cotton pad and toner (which I usually do after washing my face to ensure all my makeup is off and I can really get my skin clean. It surprisingly didn’t have a lot of makeup on it, which was great because this cloth didn’t work so well on my eye makeup.

I washed the cloth thoroughly with soap and water after I was done and let  it hang to dry. I did have some makeup stains left on it, but I think if I throw this in my washing machine I could get better results.

I always love trying new products, so this was a neat one. I won’t be changing my face wash routine or replace this with any products, but I do feel like this will be handy if I ever go away for a night or am too lazy to actually wash my face. 

If you're interested in trying this product out for yourself, you can buy it for $12.95 here: