5 Favorite Fall Nail Colors

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing with you my favorite nail colors for this fall. I know I have done this type of post the last couple of years, but I figured things change, trends change, and I really like buying nail polish.  A couple of the colors you’ve seen in past seasonal favorite nail posts, and the others are brand new. So to prevent this post from getting too long, let’s jump in.

First up is a repeat offender. It is OPI’s Brisbane Bronze. I know I’ve told you all about this shade before. I love it, I use it every fall and in fact it is currently on my toes. It is the perfect sparkly brown, coppery, bronze shade.

Then we have the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear polish in 622 Retro Grade. It is a grey that is more on the mid-dark side. It is a creme formula, and if you’re in a hurry you can get away with just doing one coat. This shade is perfect for all year round or if you’re tide to dark shades in the fall and winter and bright/light shades in the spring and summer, it works as a great transition color between summer and fall.

Then we have the Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail gloss(polish) in Sapphire Flare. I believe this shade is also a repeat offender. It is a beautiful dark blue in a creme formula. Its a great neutral option and can still come off as a professional color and not an inappropriate color for the office.

The last two shades are definitely on the darker side. The first one is Carry On by Essie. It is a deep purple almost an eggplant shade. This again is a creme formula. I think there is a theme here with the exception of the first polish. I love creme formula nail polishes. Again because the shade is on the darker side, it is work appropriate, or can be used for a more formal occasion. The last shade is a cult favorite, and really what got me into darker nail colors. It is OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark. This is my absolute favorite fall/winter shade. I know I’ve shared this shade with you before, and the reason why it keeps popping up is because I really do love the color and the formula. It is a deep, deep dark purple that looks almost black. Once again another creme formula.

That’s everything! Those are my 5 favorite nail colors for fall. What are your favorites? Do you favor creme or glittery formulas? Any colors or brands or formulas I should try out? What would you like to see next? Clothing haul? Random fall favorites? A daily routine? Leave your suggestions in the comments. Have a great day and see you in my next post!

Project Pan and Products to Use Up in 2017 Update

Hello lovelies! Today I’m back with a long overdue update on the products that are in my project pan and products that I want to use up in 2017. I have used up a few items and made some progress on others. There is one item that I am just getting rid of because it just got old and smells weird.

Let’s start with the one item that I’m just getting rid of. I’m getting rid of the Victoria’s Secret Noir Tease. I’m getting rid of it because the scent changed and just doesn’t smell right. So because of that I’m no longer going to hold on to it.

The next few items are products that I have used up. I have used up the Benefit Porefessional Primer, the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, the Nivea A Kiss of Mint and Minerals Lip Balm, Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash, and the Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent Lotion. I know I haven’t used up nearly as many items as I would like. The summer has been really hot, and I’ve been in the pool a lot. For me, it just didn’t make sense to put on make up and take it off an hour later.

The rest of the items I have made minimal progress. Like I said I haven’t worn much makeup over the summer and just recently started putting on a little bit of makeup in the last month. I mentioned in another post that in the Chicagoland area we are still in the 80s, which is basically give me the sunscreen and ditch the makeup.

The next group of items that I will probably finish up by the end of the year. I should be able to finish up the E.L.F. HD Under Eye Setting Powder, Maybelline The Falsies Push-Up Drama Waterproof Mascara, NYX butter gloss in Creme Brulee, Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian, and MAC All That Glitters eye shadow. I will let you know of Instagram if I finish up anything between now and my next update.  If there is anything that you want to see progress on that I’ve shown in the past, let me know.

I think that’s everything for today. If you would like for me to continue doing posts like these, let me know. I would love to hear from you! Have a great weekend! I will see you in my next post.

17 Products to Use Up in 2017

Hello everyone! As you know by now I love to clean up and clear out my things. On top of my project pan that I am currently doing, I decided to do a products to use up for the entire rest of the year. I tried to choose  a few items in different categories in order to have almost a whole routine. There is obvious holes in the items needed to complete a full look, but that’s ok. The rules for the products to Use Up by the end of the year are…

  • Use up as many by the end of the year.
  • Replace with a similar item
  • Live life and have fun!

The last one is just a reminder to have fun and live your life. I have items from hair to nails, skin/body, and beauty. With that said let’s jump in to see what I am going to try and use up by the end of the year.

HAIR

Aussie Heat Protecting Shine Spray

Matrix Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil

SKIN/BODY

Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent Lotion

Bath and Body Works Exotic Coconut Body Lotion

NAILS

Sally Hansen Instant cuticle Remover

OPI Natural Nail Base Coat

Essie The Girls Are Out (I know this is my current project pan, spoiler alert!! it won’t be done in that time frame)

Orly Argan Oil Cuticle Drops

BEAUTY

Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter in230 Fair/Light

NARS Laguna & Orgasm Duo

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee

Avon Candylicious Lip Gloss in Candied Peach

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Waterproof Mascara in 307 Very Black

E.L.F. HD Under Eye Setting Powder

NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder in Translucent

NYX Matte Finish

There you have it! My 17 products to use up in 2017. Would you rather you see me just do one big yearly project or a bunch of project pans? Let me know! Have a great rest of your week and I’ll see you in my next post.

Holiday Nail Options

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing with you my options for the next couple of weeks. I’m no Van Gogh or anything and one of the items I used for the very first time, so it isn’t my best work. I dove into my nail polish collection and pulled out every shade that I would wear during this time of year. I wanted to give you as many options as I could and well… I came up with 10!

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Polishes I Used

Butter London Cotton Buds

Essie Set in Stones

Butter London Saucy Jack

Flower Budding Romance

Butter London Champers

Essie Leading Lady

Sally Hansen Disco Ball

Nail Kit Red and Black

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For the purpose of not wasting a top coat, I didn’t use one. I plan on repainting my nails with the winning choice in a couple of days. Now on to the options:

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Pinkie to Thumb:

Saucy Jack and Leading Lady

Cotton Buds and Red from Kit

Budding Romance

Cotton Buds and Disco Ball

Saucy Jack, Set in Stones, and Black from Kit

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Thumb to Pinkie:

Leading Lady

Saucy Jack

Cotton Buds

Champers

Disco Ball

Those are the options! What do you think? I know I’m not the most talented nail artist but this is my first time using the nail kit. I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a great weekend! See you in my next post!

Fall/Winter Empties! Part 1

Hello lovelies! Spring is now in full swing. I’ve somewhat have put myself on a spending ban since about Christmas. I had way too many things and not enough space. I became overwhelmed and made it my mission to use up items that I have including samples. Over the course of the last 5 months or so, I’ve accumulated quite a bit of trash. I’m going to cut right to everything that has been used up. I’ll let you know if I liked it or not and if I would repurchase it.

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Biotrue contact solution- Contact necessity, but I love it. Already using another bottle

Clinique Moisture Surge- I loved using these 2 little samples. I was able to get 3 uses out of each packet. I will eventually purchase this.

Equate Nail Polish Remover- This works pretty well on almost every nail polish formula. Already using the same brand but different formula.

Victoria’s Secret Body Wash in Pure Seduction- I loved this scent but I won’t be repurchasing any time soon. I have about 6-8 more bottles of body wash that I need to use up first.

Simple Cleansing and Exfoliating Wipes- I loved both of these!! The exfoliating I can use to “clean” my face when I need something quick. I repurchased a double pack of the cleansing formulation already!

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Balm- Loved the flavor, but I found that it didn’t moisturize my lips very well. It tasted good, though! I won’t repurchase this.

Mary Kay Clearproof Acne Treatment Gel- Love this stuff! It works! I’m working on my 4th bottle and have 2 backups.

Sally Hansen Brow Shapers- Here’s a little TMI, I have a little more than some peach fuzz on my face. I use these for near my temples, upper lip and cheeks and jaw line. I used to use a hair removal cream but over time my skin was getting burned and my acne was becoming worse. These razors have been a lifesaver! And it takes so much less time!

The last two items are face masks. I am trying to get better at taking care of my skin. I’ve started a new decade in my life and it’s time to start taking better care of my skin. The cucumber peel off mask, was strange at peeling off but it did help a bit with my skin. It looked clearer, brighter and smoother. I was able to get 2 uses out of the mask.

The Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Mask- I used this strictly in my t-zone area; across my nose, upper, lip and chin. I loved this!! This definitely helped with my blackhead and peeling situation on my nose.

Now that I’ve reached this point in my post I realized that this has gotten very long. I will show you the rest of my empties in another post or two.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’ve gone through over the last few months. More of my empties are coming soon! Have a great hump day!

Polishing Off the Polish

It’s here!! The Spring Cleaning series. It can be a daunting task to look at everything that you have and decide in one day to keep or get rid of items. Today I’m starting off simple. Ladies, pull out your nail polish! This includes your top and base coats. All of my polishes are stored on a shelving unit that my grandfather built and used in his garage decades ago. I have a little nook in my closet that is of no use. I installed the shelf and decided to use it as storage. Now that you know a little bit of how/where I store my collection, on to cleaning it out! Here are a few things I kept in mind as I went through my collection.

1. Do I really need it?/ I don’t really need all of these.

2. Do I have a similar color?

3. Do I even like this color anymore?

4. Will I actually wear this shade in the future?

5. Is the polish still good? or is it expired?

6. Which are my favorites, that I absolutely can’t part with.

Here is what I started with: (Not Pictured Top/Base Coat/Tool and Gel Kit & Polish Shelf)

 

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Keeping all of that in mind I pulled out color family by color family. I was pretty brutal in deciding what I was going to keep and what I was going to give away or toss. I forgot to count exactly how many bottles I was going through but I did count how many I was getting rid of or giving away.  I slimmed down my collection by 23 bottles! Twenty of the bottles are still good and are able to be given away to friends or family. Three of the bottles were just absolutely no good and had to be tossed in the trash. Here is what my nail polish shelf looks after.

 

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Hope you enjoyed my polish clear out and it inspired you to maybe clear out your old polish!