Monday, September 18, 2017

Dried Flower Nails

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Mine went by way too fast, as usual. I could use some extra sleep for sure. I was so tired all day at school! I even sat in my car for 10 minutes with my eyes closed before going into the building.

I was recently sent these awesome dried flowers from Born Pretty Store. The box comes with 12 colors of dried flowers and 2 sets of each (so 24 flowers total!) These flowers really couldn't be easier to apply. After your base color, adhere the flowers to your nails and seal with top coat. I used a dotting tool with a bit of top coat on it to help me pick up and place the flowers. I really love how they look and the color assortment is great.

For my nail color today I used two Zoya polishes. I realized that I used Zoya for the past couple of manis I did and I think I'm just really feeling the formula lately. I'm finding that when I paint my nails with Zoya polish my manicure lasts a bit longer than other brands. The color in the middle is Kendal, a muted/greyed out lavender. It would look really pretty during any season! The outer color is Tara, a dark purple/plum creme. I really could have even gotten away with one coat for that one, but went with my usual two. I LOVE this color and can see myself wearing it a lot this winter. Don't these colors just go perfectly with the flowers?!

Btw, when you place an order with BPS make sure you use my discount code ASYW10 for 10% off. Have a great week!


Disclaimer: The nail art products in this post were provided for my honest review by the Born Pretty Store. All opinions are my own.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Innisfree Intensive Hydrating Serum

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? I stayed up way too late and then was not prepared at all for the school week. I'm missing summer soooooo bad :(

For the past week I've been trying out the Innisfree Intensive Hydrating Serum, which was gifted to me by I did a little research about Innisfree and learned some really cool stuff. This brand sells natural Korean beauty products and this serum is one of their best sellers.

Here's some more info from their website: Innisfree offers products that are created with natural ingredients responsibly sourced from Korea's Jeju Island. The formulas in these products work for all skin concerns without the use of harmful chemicals and preservatives. They are also formulated with an average of 80% naturally-derived ingredients (wow!)

Let's talk about the Intensive Hydrating Serum ($25). Packed with amino acid and minerals, this balanced blend of Green Tea Extract and Green Tea Seed Oil works to replenish your optimal moisture level and create a strong moisture barrier to keep your skin moisturized longer. I think this will be perfect for my dry winter skin!

How to use: After cleansing, pump a few drops (I use two) of serum into your hand and gently pat it to clean, dry skin for optimal absorption. You really want to do this immediately after washing your face to lock in the moisture.

What I noticed after a week of use was pretty surprising. To be honest I never have high expectations for products like these. The first morning after I used this serum my skin was actually GLOWING. I was like wait what and literally did a double take in the mirror. After a week of use my skin seems brighter and definitely more hydrated.

I'm eyeing their pore clearing clay mousse mask to try next. Head over to to check out more of their cool products!



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Essie Urban Jungle

Hey everyone! I hope you're enjoying your weekend so far. The weather has been unusually cool here and is tricking me into thinking it's already fall. We're going to the US Open tomorrow and I'm hoping the incoming rain will end early so we can enjoy walking around.

I was looking at my new stamping plates from Born Pretty Store and was really feeling the summer template. I started with a base of Essie Urban Jungle, an almost nude that looks off white in some lighting and other times leans slightly pink. I used two coats here for full opacity. I then alternated stamping with the flamingo pattern and one of the leaf patterns. For the flamingo I used Essie Bachelorette Bash, which turned out to be the perfect pink. I used Essie Off Tropic (great name!) for the leaves. I found that the formula for this one was perfect for stamping.

I start school next week (first day is Tuesday) but I'm hoping to keep up with posting twice a week. Good luck to all of my fellow teachers getting started with the school year! Btw, when you place an order with BPS make sure you use my discount code ASYW10 for 10% off!


Disclaimer: The nail stamping products in this post were provided for my honest review by the Born Pretty Store. All opinions are my own.