Giving Thanks (Through December) || 11.04.19

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And, for day four, the thing that made me smile:

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SANTA CAME TO MY HOUSE! Every year the local fire department decks out one of their trucks and Santa sits on top while it drives around the surrounding neighborhoods. I live on a closed street so the truck rarely (as in they’ve never been to this street as long as I’ve lived here) comes down it. This year, they did!!

It was one of my favorite Christmas traditions with my mom. We would run down to the end of the driveway and wave to Santa.

This year’s visit made this holiday season!

 

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Giving Thanks (Through December) || 11.3.19

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gray bridge and treesI am currently re-reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier which I haven’t read since 5th grade.
I am grateful for an education that made me read these kinds of novels when I was 11 years old.

 

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Giving Thanks (Through December) || 11.2.2019

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Definitely back-peddling here but I want to work my way through the November Gratitude/Giving Thanks month!

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The second prompt (November 2nd) shows gratitude for an obstacle I’ve overcome.
While I still try to work through it I think I’ve made a pretty good life even with my Rheumatoid Arthritis. It may be with me forever but it’s definitely an obstacle I continuously overcome every day!

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Y’all know I love abstract designs so it’s no surprise this Born Pretty Store stamping plate called out to me!

I had no issues with transfer or application except a bit of smearing during top coat application but that was pure human error.

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Yellow Floral Design || Born Pretty Store Review

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I have tried many a stamping plate from Born Pretty Store but I have never tried a stamping nail polish from the company! I was very interested when I saw the new versions so I immediately added one to my list for review.

It’s a little thin for a stamping polish so it’s a bit sheer on darker nail polish (not pictured) however, on light colors it looks very nice. I haven’t tried darker shades but this specific yellow is easy to clean up and does not stain my cuticles or nail beds.

Scroll down to see the look I came up with! I say it’s floral but it reminds me more of a 70’s wallpaper…

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Spider Gel Try Out || Born Pretty Store Review

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If you’ve been around for a while you know I love a good sugar-spin nail art. Using this technique is fun, rewarding and relaxing….And, a major pain in the ass. I spend hours waiting for the polish to thicken, getting the consistency right, pulling it across perfectly, cleaning up around the cuticles and then waiting for the entire thing to dry. It’s a process but one that I love (for whatever reason).

Lately, I’ve seen “spider gel” on Instagram and a lot of people taking on the art of the sugar-spin. Spider gel is supposed to make sugar-spin hassle-free by taking out the guesswork of it all. I can just dunk a toothpick in the bottle, pull the polish over my nails and voila. A home-made sugar-spun manicure in half the time. Now everyone can have that cool abstract design!
I was thrilled to try the spider gel, from Born Pretty Store, because maybe it would make my favorite technique easier. No. Spider gel sucks and here’s why.

Here are the pros first. The product is easy to handle. It picks up and moves easily. It’s a good consistency for sugar-spin which means there is no wait time to start.

Here’s why I hate (edit: strongly dislike) it. First, it’s hard to get a nice thick line. While it is easy to handle and maneuver I don’t like the stringy nature of the product. Yes, I prefer thick lines but these ensure there is an even amount of polish from one end of the nail to the other. I struggled with this and it was very frustrating.

Second, it’s sticky and a little messier. It smears easily, gets everywhere and stains! It is also very difficult to clean.

Third, it never dries! I don’t wear topcoat over sugar-spin designs because a) it destroys the design and b) I like the 3D effect. I got quite a bit of the gel on the outside of the container and legitimately (I do not exaggerate) the next day it was still sticky. What?

Thinking about it a bit more…is spider gel actually gel? Am I not having good luck with it because I treated it like regular nail polish? Let me know if you’ve tried it and your thoughts in the comments!

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Giving Thanks November | 11.1.19

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I’m back-peddling a bit but here is my gratitude post for the first of November and Giving Thanks month!

Scroll down to see the prompt and my response for the first day! But…of course, before you do…

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gratitude november calendar 2019What do you love about yourself?

I am pretty proud of my resilience. No matter what, I come out the other side. Maybe a bit banged up, maybe a little torn down but I still manage to keep going. I am grateful for that!

 

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