a geeky nail artist with a crafting streak and an obsession with all things beauty

Month: February 2018

Mini Thrifty Haul

Hello! One of my favorite thrift shops held a 50% sale on President’s Day and I wanted to show off a few of the pieces I got!You can’t see it unless you get up close and personal, but this jacket has a subtle snakeskin shimmer print […]

Level Up Your Photography Game

Hello!Today I’m want to share a couple ways that I’ve improved my photo taking method over the years, and how I get inspiration for keeping my style of photography fresh and interesting!The area I feel I’ve shown the most improvement in is lighting. I’ve always […]

Conquering Gel Nails


I’ve been fighting an ongoing battle with gel for a couple years now; I’ve never been able to get a set to cure properly until just now.

I got a few polishes when I was reviewing for Born Pretty a few years ago, and I had also picked up some mini-kits at the drugstore, but no matter what brand I used, I always had problems with shrinkage or the polish just wouldn’t cure properly. I used to change my polish almost every other day, so gels never appealed to me until now since the main benefit is the wear time.

As of late, I haven’t had as much time to change up my polish. I’ve either had bare nails *gasp*, or chipped nails in between each design.
So I started researching into gels and I picked up Sally Hansen Salon Gel Kook A Mango to experiment with, and I was able to iron out most of the kinks in my technique!

I started “flash curing” each nail as I worked my way through each hand. This is where you cure the individual nail for around 10 seconds to keep the polish from shrinking around the edges and cuticles. I also tossed the cheap cleanser I had been using and switched to plain old rubbing alcohol. 

Apparently, all the cleansers that nail brands sell are basically just perfumed rubbing alcohol with a colorant. I had been using a mini LED light that came from a Fuse mini-kit, I think it was the root of a lot of my problems since it had a low wattage.

I got this Ceenwes LED/UV 24W lamp off of Amazon, and I’ve been very happy with it! I had some reward points floating around on Born Pretty so I have some new pots of gel coming in the mail, once I get my hands on them I’m planning on doing a little series about putting together your own gel kit. I know it can be a bit daunting in the beginning, what with choosing a lamp, polishes, base/topcoat, so I want to share my experiences with you all so that you can have fun with gels too!

Have you played with gel before? If so, what’s your favorite brand? 

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Sephora 2018 Birthday Freebie

 Hello!I thought I would share my pick of Sephora’s birthday gifts for 2018, I went with the mini Bite Beauty Lip Kit~ It comes with Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai, Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace, Agave Lip Balm, and Agave Sugar Lip Scrub. I […]

DIY Chalkboard Computer Desk

Hello! My work recently got rid of a bunch of office furniture and let the employees have their pick before it was taken to be thrown away. This desk had been sitting out front of the building for a couple weeks; I had no interest in it […]

Back into the swing of things


As the days have gotten chillier, I’ve found myself spending most of my morning dreading leaving the warm bed to get ready for work, and far less time worrying about skincare, much less putting any makeup on.

I’d gone around a month without wearing a lick of makeup and it reminded me just how much of a pain wearing a full face of makeup can be; you tend to tune it out after a while and you don’t realize all the little habits you adopt to avoid smudging or smearing your work.

My biggest problem is if I go too long between using eyeliner/mascara and then I happen to wear it one day, I will find myself halfway through rubbing an eye and think Oh crap, I have raccoon eyes now. Or second to that, I frequently brace my elbow on my desk and rest my face in my hand when I stop to think while typing, so if I’m not careful, I will end up with half my face smeared off.
I have also accidentally rested my head on my bf’s shoulder at the wrong time and gotten orange makeup stains on his poor white shirt…

My temporary solution is the selection of makeup above, I don’t have to worry about washing it off at the end of the day with the exception of the highlighter, and they all have light natural finishes that won’t show smears!

Moisturizer/Primer: Y.F.M Snail Repair Cream

Do you ever run into problems like this? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

This post includes some complimentary products that were received for testing in the past and affiliate links.
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