Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nail Art Haul

I know that I've been talking about doing this haul for a long time, so I'm happy to finally be posting it! I went through and did a lot of shopping on Amazon and on Born Pretty's website - sometimes you've got to treat yourself, you know?

I ordered 5 gel polishes that are cured under a UV light from Born Pretty, and they came in some really cute packaging! Each box looked the same, but they did have the names of the colors on the sides of the boxes. I chose the colors Truth of Lie, Graceful Soul, Make My Day, Forest Talk, and With An Orchid.

Yes, they really do work! I was kind of skeptical just because a thermal polish seems a little bit too cool... Like the mood rings that end up just being green or blue. I've worn two out of the five that I got so far and they've worked just as well as I hoped!

The only thing that I wish was different about the Born Pretty Thermal polishes was that there was a way to tell what the colors are on the outside of the packaging. The names of some of them give me an idea of what they are, but it would be nice if there was something on the bottles that helped me identify them!

Something I've been wanting to add to the types of nail art that I can do so I knew that I needed to get my hands on some chrome nail powders. I've worn one of these so far and it was ssoo beautiful! It's kind of pricey considering how much you get in one of the containers, but it's definitely a fun skill that I'm excited to develop. I'm not to the point where I can show the world, but I hope to get there soon with these! 

As you can imagine, I've done a lot of cuticle clean up with cotton swabs, which doesn't always leave me with the results that I want. I've seen a lot of nail art gurus using clean up brushes so when I was able to I got myself a set!I got 4 different sizes that came in one set from Born Pretty but I've noticed that I favor the number 2 brush so far.

All of the brushes are really flat, which I like, and they have very dense bristles which helps when cleaning up nail polish - you don't want a flimsy clean up brush! They're also really cute pastel colors, and it's really easy to wash nail polish out of them. 

This one isn't as exciting... With all of the Gel polish that I got, I also got a gel top coat to go over them. I also got it to use with the chrome nail powders because they blend in best over a cured glossy gel top coat (or so I've learned from my internet nail art education). This was something that was linked on a Simplynailogical video which is how I found it.

With all of the gel polish that I've acquired, I needed to get a UV LED Lamp to be able to cure them. This one was really cheap off of Amazon, plus it was also linked on a Simplynailogical video so I felt like I could trust the quality even though it was a lower price. It's worked perfectly on all of the polishes that I talk about in this post, so if you're looking to get into gel polish but don't have a majorly huge budget then this lamp will be perfect for you.

I was really excited to get this set of Arte Clavo polishes! They're a set of pink and orange shades, which are my favorites to wear. The first time I wore them they cured beautifully and although I didn't apply it very evenly I think that they looked really good. I also really like the packaging - unlike the thermal polishes it was extremely easy to tell which color was which.

Next to the Born Pretty Thermal polishes, the Gellen polishes had the best packaging. They came in a cute little felt case, all neatly lined up. I got them in a set of nudes because I thought that they would be good for the winter months. I also think that having some nude tones works well when doing nail art and gradients. I don't think that I'd wear them super often though, which is why I was happy with getting the 8ml size for them. 


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

October 2018 Overview

I loved October! Mostly I love the Fall.... Where I live the trees turn the most beautiful colors and there's so much rain - It's almost like everything is new again! Everything gets washed with the rain and all the leaves fall. Everything is crisp.

I've broken out my sweaters already, long with my hats and scarves. I'm not a fan of snow but I love the rain! In fact, it's raining right now as I write this, which makes it even more enjoyable.

When it comes to school, I've been getting everything much more under control which is really great. I haven't been nearly as stressed or overwhelmed as I was in previous months! I also started to plan out my classes for the upcoming semester, which is exciting.

One of the big things for me in October was that I got Peanut neutered so that he'll be able to live with Gus full time. I was extremely worked up about it- I had total Mom Guilt. My school has an amazing vet program, and I know a majority of the people involved in it through shared classes, but even though I know them and that they would do a great job I was still so worried that something would happen!

When I first dropped off Peanut at the Vet, they were really impressed with how healthy he is and how well I had been clipping his nails (having a vitamin c deficiency and having extremely long nails is pretty common - and what they see most guinea pigs for at their hospital) and they assured me that everything would go well and walked me through the process.

The next morning, I went back to pick him up and they told me that it couldn't have gone any better and he was doing amazing! It was so hard to believe that he had just had a surgery - I took him home and he was acting and eating just like his normal self.

I haven't been able to bond Peanut and Gus yet because there's a window of time after a neuter that you need to wait in case there are any...leftovers. But I'm looking forward to being able to go through that process and to have them living together full time.

Other than my guinea pigs, I had a few exciting things happen in October. One of them was that I was able to communicate more effectively to my doctor and get off of an old medication that was making me drowsy almost constantly (which is part of how I've been able to be a lot less overwhelmed - It's easy to get things done when you're awake longer and able to focus better!).

The last exciting thing that happened in October was that my roommate and I were able to invite our friends over and have a really fun Halloween party the weekend before Halloween! On the Wednesday that actually Halloween we got some pizza and ice cream and watched some movies before going to bed (it was a school night, after all). We set it up kind of like a potluck, so everyone brought different things to share, and we played a lot of card games and talked pretty well into the night.

October was a really happy month for me, and I hope that I continue to have things go my way in November!

I'll see you next Tuesday!
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