Hi Guys! Thanks for stopping by. I thought I'd spend a little time introducing myself and telling you why I started this blog, and then we can get to the good stuff!
Every woman's morning routine is slightly different, some do a little more, some do a little less. Up until recently mine was as basic and quick as you could imagine.
Shower, wash and condition my hair, brush my teeth, and forget about it. Air dry the hair. No makeup. No nail polish even. Maybe some moisturizer in the winter. It did the job, but it wasn't great. I didn't feel good about myself, and I wasn't presenting the version of myself I wanted people to perceive.
It started with painting my nails. I got a compliment from a woman about them at a Buffalo Bills game. It was possibly the most random compliment ever. I was drunk and freezing cold, watching the game and holding up my sign for Boobie Dixon (we miss you Boobie!) when she stopped me and said I had beautiful hands.
Random, I know, but it got me thinking a little. I started painting my nails more and more often to show off my "beautiful hands". It looked nice, and made me feel better. It gave me time out of my busy week to stop and do something just for me. The next step was face masks. You know, the kind in the packet where you just leave it on your face, no messy mixing. All that moisture after neglecting my skin really made a difference. And again, it was a nice little indulgence for me to pamper myself and relax.
After splurging painting my nails and buying a few face masks, I took the plunge into subscription boxes. (You should see my new collection of makeup bags and the piles of samples and freebies on my dresser.) A sample of this, a trial size that, and I was hooked. "Do Good, Look Good, Feel Good" became my motto for 2018. Help out my community and my family, help myself, and feel better about my life. These are my goals.
So far, I think this new attitude is working. This year, I left a job where I wasn't happy, I started back at school, and I am planning my wedding for this winter. I am learning how to take better care of myself, both physically and mentally. I'm also trying to start a business and a blog. Maybe there are people out there who are as clueless as I am. I know there are people who want to do better. It seems like all we hear about, but the constant pressure to improve constantly and work harder can be overwhelming.
Trying to find a middle ground with a work-life balance, managing self-care, as well as care for the community, can be hard, but I think the journey will be worth it, and I want to invite you along with me on it. I want to share my journey with you, and start a community of supportive women who want to see each other
"Do Good, Look Good, and Feel Good." I'll show you how I mix nail polish colors together to fuel my creativity outside of my desk job, I'll share my messy and sometimes embarrassing beauty experiments, and together we can try out some new beauty trends, fun nail art ideas, and try to get our shit together, and hopefully have some fun along the way.
Anyway, enough of that stuff. Let's talk nails. Since it's October, and I love Halloween as much as the next basic bitch, here come the spooky nails! (I promise my writing and photos will get better the more I do this...Can't get worse right!)
I used Diva After Dark by CoverGirl for the base. I love the depth this black sparkle polish creates. The sparkle and shine add a little something and make black nails look a little more feminine and less goth. For the accent nail, I used Taheati by Sally Hansen. This Triple Shine polish claims to use crushed pearls to add luster and strenght, and it does have a nice shine, and seems very strong and durable. I'm not too worried about it cracking or chipping. The adorable pumpkin stamp was done with the Diva After Dark, it took quite a few tries to get a good stamp with this polish, something with less shine would probably work better, but it did the job for now. Don't mind the gold eyeliner on my hand, will save that for another blog post!