Lynnderella S.W.A.K. Nail Polish

February 28, 2015 | Beauty, Nail Polish | 2 Comments »


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Lynnderella S.W.A.K. Nail Polish

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Zoya Avril Nail Polish

I bought this beautiful nail polish like 2 years ago so that I could give myself the prettiest Valentine’s Day mani. And I did. 2 years later and several days AFTER Valentine’s Day. Better late than never?

I really love the way it swatched over a white base, but when I thought I didn’t have a white polish (I did) I went with Zoya Avril. It still made for a pretty mani though. The hearts are all kinds of cutesy!

You’ll have to excuse my nubs. I’m pretty jealous of anyone with long beautiful nails. Mine just don’t grow that long and if they do they usually break. Like I’ve said before, I’m always cleaning or cooking or doing something that leaves my nails looking rather… well, like that!

You can find more Lynnderella nail polish here: Lynnderella eBay store
You can find more Zoya nail polish here: Zoya.com

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February haul

February 27, 2015 | Beauty, Hauls | 2 Comments »


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This is a photo of some of my purchases over the past month. I’ve already photographed and swatched everything. I’m in the process of testing/playing and forming it all into posts. What? I’m serious!

This past month my husband helped me set up a mini studio in our bedroom. It took a while because we had to research and shop around a bit. I wanted something that was decent quality and wouldn’t take up so much room. The apartment we’re living in now is rather small and we plan on staying here until we move into our OWN home which is going to be another year at least. So I had to set something up for the time being. Anyway, even though the apartment is super tiny, my bedroom is quite large. It’s got a pretty decent size closet and holds a queen size bed, 2 night stands, an elliptical, desk, tool box, my camera and lighting equipment. I have more than enough room to get around and exercise, but if I add on things WILL get cramped and will definitely start looking cluttered. My husband wanted to go all out and get me a fancy backdrop with several types of lights, etc. We could have fit all that in our room, but the idea of using up every bit of free space made me feel uneasy. I really don’t like things to look cluttered. So I cut a few corners and we ended up with a setup that works for me. Is it perfect? Nope. But it works! No more sitting in the house sulking because it’s too rainy and gloomy to take photos. No more breaking down the table and running it all over the yard for that perfect amount of sunlight. No more dodging mosquitoes/bees/hornets. No more crazy gusts of wind knocking down my limited edition lipsticks (this has happened a few times, poor RiRi). No more freezing my butt off! Now all I have to do is turn on the lights and get to it! Easy. Just the way I like it! Now I can stop crying about how awesome my setup at the old house was. As awesome as it was the lighting was inconsistent.

So be on the lookout for lots and lots of posts!

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Fitbit Charge HR

February 3, 2015 | Lifestyle | No Comments »


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I’ve been a Fitbit user for almost 3 years now. I absolutely love my Fitbit! The very first Fitbit I owned was called Fitbit One and it was a tiny tracker that you could clip to your pocket. After that I upgraded to the Flex which was a tracker in the form of a bracelet. I really liked the idea of the bracelet, but the Flex didn’t offer much else. Progress was tracked with a dot. There were 5 dots in total and once you got one dot lit up you achieved that percentage of your daily goal. I was excited when I heard about the Force because I heard you could see your stats in real time. Unfortunately I didn’t get to order one as they were discontinued before I got the chance to. Luckily something better came along. Something much better! Enter the Charge HR!

The Charge HR like the Flex is in the form of a bracelet. It’s a tad bulkier, but not by much. It’s much nicer looking and easier to handle. It straps on like a watch for a more secure fit. One of the things I like most about this? Any vigorous hand movements won’t send my Fitbit into sleep mode. The Charge HR automatically tracks your sleep without having to tap it multiple times. You can still tap your Fitbit to instantly see the time or your steps (you can set that feature in the app) without sending it into sleep mode.

You can also see all of your stats right from your Charge HR! Including the time, steps, miles, calories, stairs, and heart rate. Even better? There’s a new feature that will alert you (vibrate) when someone is calling you on your cell phone! This is especially useful to me because when I’m in the kitchen doing my thing I can’t always hear my phone. Or if I’m out shopping and my phone is tucked away in my purse I can’t tell when I’m getting a call. You can’t exactly miss a vibrating wrist. That’s easily one of my favorite features.

I’ve heard some talk about the lack of battery life. I started using my Charge HR right out of the box and didn’t have to charge it until 4 days later! I usually get about 4-5 days of wear time before having to charge up. I do however have a few tips for lengthening your battery life. If you’re not doing any strenuous exercise, disable the HR feature. I only enable mine when I’m getting into some intense cardio. Otherwise, I really don’t need it on. Also, try not to check the stats so much. I only check the stats from my Charge HR when I’m out and about and don’t feel like reaching for my phone. It really does make a difference. I also charge up once or twice a week around bed time when I know I won’t be active. That way I don’t miss out on logging my activity for the day.

I really don’t have anything bad to say about this new tracker. I guess I could say it’s a tad touchier than the Flex. It seems to pick up an added step or two at times. And when I’m on the elliptical I actually have to use the bars and swing my arms in order for it to track my activity. But those are fairly minor compared to the awesome features and overall performance.

I’d also like to mention that I really dig the new features on the app and website. I love the challenges feature. Boy do those challenges really motivate you! I can’t even tell you how far I have been pushed. Actually I can! Before the challenges my record was about 32k steps. Now? I’m at about 45k steps! I’m aiming for that 50k next! And there’s a shiny badge that goes along with it!

Do you have a Fitbit? Do you have another type of activity tracker?

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