Island in the sun

April 23, 2015 | Photography | 2 Comments »


Taken at the Missouri Botanical Garden

MAC is Beauty Collection

April 18, 2015 | Beauty, MAC | 6 Comments »

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MAC is Beauty Collection


Alpha Girl Beauty Powder


Swatches (Left to Right): Alpha Girl, Make Me Gorgeous, Real Doll, Reel Sexy

This post took a little longer to put together than I wanted. If you follow me on Instagram you know that my first Alpha Girl Beauty Powder arrived damaged. MAC shipped a replacement out rather quickly, but then I got caught up with other goodies and this post just got pushed back. Better late than never, eh?

I really wanted the lipsticks more than anything. And I think I picked some good ones! I was originally just going to get Reel Sexy, but decided to pick up Make Me Gorgeous and Real Doll as well. After seeing swatches I convinced myself that I needed them in my life.

Let’s start with the Alpha Girl Beauty Powder. It’s described as a soft peachy pink with gold nuance. I applied it to my cheeks as a blush because I thought it would add a nice little glow. I really like it paired with the Reel Sexy Lipstick.

As for the lipsticks, Make Me Gorgeous is an amplified and described as an intense coral pink, Real Doll is a lustre and described as a light pinky lilac, and Reel Sexy is an amplified and described as a bright coral. At this point I don’t think I can pick a favorite. I love them all! And for a lustre I’m really surprised at how Real Doll applied. It really does look like the perfect lilac! You can see them in action below.


Make Me Gorgeous


Real Doll


Reel Sexy

I think my camera captured Reel Sexy at its best. But I assure you Make Me Gorgeous and Real Doll look SO much better in person!

My first gel polish manicure

April 16, 2015 | Beauty, Nail Polish | 2 Comments »


A few weeks ago I went to the nail salon for a pedicure. I usually do my own manicures, but since I was there I figured why not? Usually when I go I get some form of a French tip. It’s simple and I like simple. With Easter approaching I thought it would be nice to get something colorful and maybe add some cute polka dots. The manicurist kept insisting that I get the gel polish. I almost always know exactly what I want when I go places and stand my ground when someone tries to change my mind. But when she said that it would help strengthen my nails I just nodded my head yes and went with it.

I’m sure you’ve seen my nails in swatches. I have freakishly short nails. At times the tips are longer than the actual nail. It’s weird, but hey there’s nothing I can do about that. I guess my nails would be considered weak. They crack and break easily. I’m a very active person. I’m always cleaning/scrubbing/moving/organizing something. My nails withstand the majority of it, but once I feel they’re starting to look decent… one of them suckers breaks.

Now because I’ve never had a gel manicure before I had NO idea what I was in for. My pretty manicure lasted a week. It probably would have lasted longer, but like I said, I’m just way too active. The gel started to peel at the base and the sides and it looked icky. So I grabbed my nail polish remover and tried to remove it. Go ahead. Laugh. Yeah, that sucker was NOT coming off! A trip the pharmacy for some acetone, 10 cotton balls soaked in acetone, foil wrapped around the cotton balls soaked in acetone, and 15 minutes later, the gel would not budge! I had to scrape and file it off and it was an hour long process that left my nails looking and feeling weaker than ever.

It’s super pretty. I loved the feel of them. It really did last longer than my usual manicures. But the removal process was too much headache and left my nails looking worse than ever. I don’t think I’ll be getting another gel mani any time soon. Yikes!


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