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DIP NAILS UPDATE:
Hate them, hate them, hate them. I received about 100 messages over the course of posting about these and there were 5-7 people who love them. Here are the reasons I didn’t like them: A) They took FOREVER to have put on. As in an hour which is basically forever when someone has your hands held hostage. I know that they say they last a super long time which brings me to the next reason. B) After one week (see left image) they started peeling up on the edges and strands of my hair would get stuck in them as I would fix my hair. Couldn’t even deal. I finally had enough and was ready to get them taken off and peeled one (BIG MISTAKE – almost took my nail off), and then I soaked the others and my nails look horrible (see right image). I think they look so bad because she filed my nails with a mechanical file and just really went to town. Maybe some of you that like them had someone manually file your nails down?? Long story short I’ll be sticking to gel nails from now on. 30 minutes for something that only lasts two weeks is better than an hour for something that only looks good for a week.
How do you edit your instagram photos?
I use the VSCO
app and love A2, A8, A9 & C1. Then I tweak the saturation, brightness and sharpness! VSCO
is great because you can compare it to how the other photos that you have previously edited look.
Colleen Rothschild or Tula?
This one is hard! I personally use Tula
for my skincare regimen of cleanser, toner and serums and then Colleen Rothschild
for moisturizing hydrating and treating with masks. You can read this post
to see all of the Tula products I love and this one for Colleen Rothschild
. Also, this post is a little old (I’m working to redo) but it describes a typical skincare routine for me.
How do you balance working and being a mom? I don’t feel like I do it well most days! Those memes about surviving on coffee, dry shampoo & Jesus totally describe my life. A couple of tricks that I have learned to help me is to prioritize based on necessity and not my wants. My dad used to drill into me as a kid to “do the things you need to do before you do the things you want to do” and it has stuck with me as an adult. I try to put things into buckets of “need to” and “want to”. Want to doesn’t only include watching TV, browsing pinterest or random leisurely activities but I have come to realize that sometimes things I deem as “necessary” really aren’t at all. One practical example is I always want to have a clean house. I want the laundry to always be done and the house to always be picked up because I can’t focus or concentrate if it’s not. #OCD. I’ve learned to put off my desire for order and tackle the things that need to be done first like blog post deadlines, school lunches packed and miscellaneous to-dos with deadlines. After all of that is done then I can tackle all of the cleaning at once instead of spinning my wheels all day long picking up 37 times. I also try to categorize my life into two areas… what can be accomplished with kids and what can’t. Maybe physically or maybe just for the sake of my sanity. For example, I try to clean the kitchen when my girls are eating breakfast or lunch because it’s easy for me to chat with them about their days as I unload or reload the dishwasher. I do laundry when they are watching shows after nap time and try to get them to help. Then when they are at school or napping I focus on all of the things I can’t do with them around including but not limited to working on my blog, organizing, packing for our move, running to 5 stores in 30 minutes because it would take me 300 hours with them, etc. (Whoa that was a long one, sorry!
What is the best primer for eye makeup?
I love this one the most! I also use this one
by Laura Mercier in color linen. This one
is a good drugstore dupe for the Laura Mercier one if you want a cheaper alternative. Read more about my favorite drugstore makeup in this post
What is a good dry shampoo for brunettes?
I don’t have any firsthand experience but I’ve heard that this one
is great as well as this one
and this one
What makeup are you wearing?
I try to keep this page
updated with all of my latest makeup stapes. You can also check out this page
for new makeup I’m loving.
What would you wear to a day of wine tasting?
I would wear a dress or a tunic. If you have a driver make sure your dress is long enough for you to get in and out of a car without exposing yourself. I love the purple dress
in this post
. This dress
is also a great option and I really love this patterned top