Beauty

Nail Rehab.

I’m a huge nail polish person.  I love doing my nails different colours, I love getting my impress press on nails, and I absolutely love getting manicures!  But for a few months now my nails have been brittle and chipping like crazy!  Not just the polish, but the tips of my nails are so unhealthy they’ve ben peeling!  It’s been a real problem lately, so I decided to start a little ‘nail rehab’.

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I’m going to go a month without any nail polish or nail applications, and see how it goes!  I want let my nails breath so they can (hopefully!) grow out and return to their once he althy selves! I’m going to make an effort to moisturize my hands, cuticles, and nails on a regular basis, and even look into a special nail oil!  I miss having my long, strong, and classy finger nails so much, and I am willing to wait to get them back!

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These were my nails when I was in Mexico, and I was getting so many compliments on them!  100% real, and the french manicure was done by myself.  Definitely an accomplishment in my books!

Kayla

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Formula X

When I was taking classes downtown, I would go into sephora every few days and paint my nails.  It was nice having such a huge selection of polishes to chose from, without having to pay.  I couldn’t afford to buy nail polishes, and I figured that if anyone had a problem with it, they would tell me.  While I was doing that, I fell completely in love with the Sephora formula X.  This Nail polish is seriously the best formula I’ve ever used!  I cant remember exactly how many days it would last on my fingers, but I remember I would go almost 5 days without any substantial chipping!
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The other day when I was with my mom doing some shopping,  we popped in to sephora, and she picked up one of the formula x polishes.  When I first saw the colour she chose, I was ambivalent but I put a few coats on last night and I’m in love!  I feel like it’s the perfect barbie pink!  Even though it’s fall, and the typical nail colour that I gravitate towards is the ox blood/maroon/dark red, but I don’t’ care! I’m in love with this polish!

 

Xoxo
Kayla

Freshly Painted nails

Recently I’ve become obsessed with nails.  More specifically, I’ve become obsessed with nail polish, constantly painting them, and making sure that they’re perfect.   I used to be the kind of person who painted my nails maybe once a week, and then let them chip off, but recently that hasn’t been working out for me.

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I’ve gotten into the habit of painting my nails ever few days, or however often I feel like I need to redo them.  Having freshly manicured nails, and looking down at them while typing really just calms me and makes me feel more pampered and put together!

Before, I thought that I never had time to repaint my nails.  That I wouldn’t be able to do anything while waiting for them to dry, but I’ve found that it really doesn’t take that long.  Between taking old nail polish, doing two coats, and then a top coat, it only takes about 15 minutes.  You know what 15 minutes is perfect for?  Taking a study break.  I like to have my nails drying while watching a few youtube videos.

Any great drugstore polishes I should check out for the season?

xoxo
Kayla

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Winged Eyeliner

It occured to me the other day that I have consistently worn winged eyeliner since 2011. That may not sound like a long time for anyone, but I am definitely not the kind of person that keeps things the same for very long.  I can’t go half a year without moving my furniture around, I am constantly switching my phone background and case, and while one day I’ll order a pumpkin spice latte, the next I’ll order a coffee, black.  So with all of that being said, I’m super impressed with myself for having stuck with something for so long.  (Although I probably still do it because I feel like it took so long to master I would be wasting some serious talent if I stopped)

My wings are usually very thick, and prominent. They aren’t just little flicks, but full on wings.  (You’d think after 4 years of it, I would have pictures, but of course I don’t.) But because I do such thick wings, I go through eyeliner pretty quickly, and since I’ve tried so many different kinds, I thought I’d share them with you!

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Essence Liquid Eyeliner 8/10
This little drugstore gem has recently stolen my heart, and it’s my favorite liquid liner to use!  It comes in a tiny little tube about the size of my thumb, it applies super black, the staying power is amazing, and the best part is that it’s only about $3.  Yeah.  It’s that cheap! Granted, it’s not the easiest to work with, and I have to make sure there isn’t excess product on the applicator before I apply it on my eyes or else it clumps up and gets all over my eyelashes, but once you work out the kinks, it’s an amazing product!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner 6.5/10
This eyeliner has a huge following among the youtube beauty gurus, so I thought I would give it a shot. If you’re a beginner with the winged eyeliner, and you don’t plan to do super heavy wings, I think this one has potential, but with that having said it wasn’t for me.  The things I look for in eyeliner are 1)lasting power 2)ease of application 3)a long life 4)good price.  Stila only checks one of those boxes for me and it’s the ease of application. Because it’s a pen style eyeliner, it’s super easy to apply, and the wings I got with it were always beautiful.  But the lasting power was mediocre, it only lasted me about a month (maybe a month and a half if I skipped using it on weekends) an it costs $26. That’s just not okay.

Maybelline Mater Precise Liquid Eyeliner 6/10
The first that I ever used was the Maybelline Master Precise, and I loved it.  But looking back, this one is extremely similar to the Stila Stay all day, but just with worse lasting power and a lower price.  It retails for about 10$, it wouldn’t last through the day, the product only lasted a month before drying out, but it was fairly easy to use.  As a drugstore eyeliner, it’s good for beginners but there are better ones out there.

Maybelline Line Stilleto liquid eyeliner 9/10
This one has been one of my favorite eyeliners for years, and for obvious reasons.  1) Lasting Power:  With the waterproof version, this bad boy will stick onto your eyes like glue! But will also come off at the end of the night with a makeup remover.  2)Ease of application: This one can be a bit tricky to work with if you’ve never used one like this before, but once you get used to it it’s a great product.  It’s not as easy or effortless as the pen formats (or even the essence product), but it’s not awful.  3)A long life: One tube of this product will last me 6 months.  6 months of drawing thick wings onto my eyes every day, and it lasted that long.  I’m still impressed. 4)Good Price: This one, like all other drugstore eyeliners, retails for about 10$, which is a very decent price, especially knowing that it lasts so long!

If there are any other eyeliners you think I should try out, let me know!

Kayla

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ps: I once did a black swan makeup look for Halloween with the maybelline  Line Stilleto, check it out! (Be warned, I was in highschool!)

 

Fall Lippies

I tend to go through phases of what I’m more interested in when it comes to makeup.  I started with eyeliner, then eyeshadow, lipstick, foundation, eyeliner, lipstick, etc.  But let me tell you, when september rolls around, I am always hopping on that Lippies bandwagon trend again.  It’s just such a great time to play around with colours.  And not just dark colours, but bright pinks and nudes too!  A light pink paired with a dark eye?  yes please!

Personally I tend to favour drugstore lip products, mostly because I very often lose lipsticks, but also because I chose variety over brand. Here are some of my favorites!

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Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout / Revlon Colorburst in Soft Nude / Maybelline Color Whisper in Berry Ready / Maybelline Elixir in Rose Redefined / Mac Satin lipstick in Mocha

 

xoxo
Kayla

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