Current Beauty Favorites || Fall/Winter 2018

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It’s that time again when I share my current beauty loves! Instead of sitting and chatting with you all I’m just applying everything to my face so you can see the products in action.


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Products Mentioned:


Simple Micellar Facial Wipes*

Pixi Glow Tonic

Clinique ‘All About Eyes’ De-Puffing Eye Massage

Nurse Jamie ‘Uplift’ Facial Massaging Beauty Tool

Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer*

Trader Joe’s Brand Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream

Lush Lip Scrub – Mint Julips

La Mer The Lip Balm

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

CVS Health Oil Absorbing Sheets

Milani Eyeshadow Primer*

Clinique ‘All About Shadow’ – Black Honey

Rimmel London Magnif’eyes – Jewel Rocks*

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid

Marc Jacobs ‘Highliner’ Gel Eye Crayon – Blaquer

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen

Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Mascara

Nars Bronzing Powder – Laguna

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer – Light to Medium*

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Jo Malone Black Cedarwood and Juniper Cologne


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A Holographic Stamping Polish? | Born Pretty Store Review

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Everyone in the nail art world loves a good stamping polish. The slightly thick, fully opaque, doesn’t bleed, doesn’t smear stamping polish.

When the stamping trend took off, we just wanted a white that could go over every color and any color that didn’t smear during top coat application. Next, we wanted all the neons and now we want all the holographics.

Born Pretty Store is known for jumping on the nail art trends quickly so when I saw a handful of holographic polishes marketed specifically for stamping, they peaked my interest.

I don’t own a lot of holographic polishes outside of traditional silver so maybe I shouldn’t have gotten yet another grey but I did and I was pretty impressed.

It is possible to stamp with your run of the mill (hah, who are we kidding, holos are never just average!!) rainbow delight polishes but they usually appear pretty sheer, which is never ideal. The Born Pretty Store one was suprisingly opaque even with small thin designs.

That being said, I’m not entirely convinced it is a stamping polish. The consistency is quite thin for one and feels more like a regular all over color. I don’t really care as long as it does what it is supposed to either way!

Go ahead and scroll down and let me know in the comments what you think!

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Abstract and Holographic Stamping Nail Art ft. Born Pretty Store, Sally Hansen OPI Nail PolishesAbstract and Holographic Stamping Nail Art ft. Born Pretty Store, Sally Hansen OPI Nail PolishesBase: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Petal Pusher*

Brushstrokes: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Short Cir-cute, OPI Freedom of Peach*

Stamping: Born Pretty Store holographic stamping polish – Fantasy Sky ($3.99 here)*, Born Pretty Store stamping plate BP – L070*


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A Very RA Thanksgiving || 2018


I’ll be perfectly honest, I’ve been a “Mopey Molly” the last few weeks. I’ve been almost sick so I felt totally spent. Just being awake was difficult. It was hard to feel good about anything until my sinus infection finally broke out and I am now on antibiotics and getting better.

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Every Thanksgiving I write a post detailing what I am grateful for because even though I am dealing with a pretty heavy illness I still have so much good in my life.

So, without further ado, here are the things I am most thankful for this year…

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My Brain

Rheumatoid Arthritis robbed me of my physical ability but I still have my wits. As long as I maintain my mental state, I can conquer the world.


RA is an autoimmune disease which means many of the symptoms (many, not all) are internal and invisible. Often times, chronic illnesses warriors feel isolated and unloved because the people around then don’t believe them.

My family helps me when I need it, doesn’t make me feel bad for it, and most importantly (for me, at least) doesn’t treat me like an invalid because guess what, I’m not.


It really astounds me how often people think I’m a burden because they feel like they have to make accomodations for me. (First, educate yo damn self and second, I make my own accomodations, thank you very much).

I am so lucky I have “true” friends who grab my arm and help me get up on to a curb; amigos who stop so I can take a break and don’t bitch about me holding them up; besties who help me cut up my food at restaurants without a lick of judgement.

And, what’s especially amazing is they just do. I rarely ask for help and my friends know how embarrased I get asking for it especially when it comes to my RA.

My current physical ability

I complain about the pain and swelling and immobility but truthfully, it could be worse. I am still mostly able-bodied. Yes, I do sometimes need assistance (canes, walkers, etc) but I still have the OPTION to use them.


Sure, I cannot work full-time without pain, fatigue and other symptoms but at least I can work. And, I am lucky that one of my jobs is done from the comfort of my own home.

…Speaking of…


I live in a beautiful house, in a safe neighborhood, close to everything I could possibly need, including…


…access to some of the best doctors/specialists (human and veterinary) in the country. They’ve kept my disease from progressing and I don’t have to wait ages to see them. Most I can see within days.

Private Insurance

It does not escape me that I could be paying thousands of dollars every month on medication alone. Add in doctor’s visits, specialists, routine imaging, etc I could either a) experience serious monetary instablity or b) forgoing important treatments all together because I point blank can’t afford them.

I am especially grateful I can afford good private insurance that covers most of my medical costs and ensures I can see all those great specialists without leaping through any fancy hoops.

My Pets

I bet you were wondering when they would pop up, right?

I don’t even know what to say except where would I be without them? They give me purpose (when I often feel like I have none anymore), they keep sane and safe. I am fortunate I can care for all of them both physically and financially.


What are you grateful for this week? LMK in the comments!


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Happy Halloween Sugar-Spin || Nail Art


Nothing to disclose.

I’m finally getting around to posting my Halloween nails to the blog. And of course, it wouldn’t be Fall if I didn’t spin some sugar on my nails. Unfortunately, there is no way the sugar-spin technique qualifies as “arthritis-friendly” nail art but I enjoy doing it and it is oddly therapeutic. For me, it’s worth the extra pain and immobility as long as I’m having fun!

I hope you like this double textured sugar-spin nail art. I couldn’t leave well enough alone so I added some funky glitter on top. I think it came out well, if I do say so myself. Heh…

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Halloween Orange and Black Sugar-Spin Nail Art with Formula X Glitter (ft. Zoya and Color Club Nail Polish)Halloween Orange and Black Sugar-Spin Nail Art with Formula X Glitter (ft. Zoya and Color Club Nail Polish)Halloween Orange and Black Sugar-Spin Nail Art with Formula X Glitter (ft. Zoya and Color Club Nail Polish)Base: Zoya Anais (discontinued)

Sugar-Spin: Color Club Wham! Pow! (orange), Formula X for Sephora Bombshell (discontinued)


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Peacock Feather Water Decals || Nail Art


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You all know how much I L-O-V-E water decals. They are the epitome of easy, arthritis-friendly (or, chronic pain-friendly) nail art. So, I am always on the look out for new to me designs and willing to try most any of them.

I eyed these peacock decals from Born Pretty Store for a while and finally decided to try them. They were cute and pretty but honestly, I was a little let down. First, the product only comes with 10 designs which is a little unusual…That’s not a lot to work with. For example, if I wanted to use a decal on each nail that would only leave me with enough for one manicure, right?

Though, to be fair, these are similar to full nail designs which never come with a lot.

My other biggest issue was the gradient style of the background ended in white which means I could only use it over a white base. Not a big deal but makes the decal way less versatile.

Otherwise, they performed well, slipped from the backing properly and didn’t bunch on the nail.

Check them out below but before you do, don’t forget to…

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Peacock Feathers Water Decals Nail Art ft. Born Pretty Store ReviewPeacock Feathers Water Decals Nail Art ft. Born Pretty Store ReviewBases: Zoya Rocky (blue), Essie blanc (white)

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Water Decals: Born Pretty Store peacock feathers* ($0.99/piece)


Want to know how I did this? Check out my water decal nail art tutorial below:


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Help Wanted



I struggled to put the litter in the trunk and as I turned to return the cart a man…rushed up and said “Let me take care of that for you”.

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How many times do I see someone struggle to carry something or just need help reaching something from a higher shelf? How about something basic like holding the door for the next person. What about a plain old “thanks”? These little gestures seem par for the course, right? Wrong. It amazes me that true decency doesn’t exist in the world.

I am young…I look even younger. So, I’m fit, right? Why do I need a disability placard? Why does it surprise me that nobody helps when I don’t see anyone jumping to an elderly person’s aid?

So, when something amazing thing happened to me it meant so much more than just the kindness of strangers.

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Easy as Pumpkin Pie || Video Tutorial 2018



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Sometimes you just have to update a previous makeup look and that is exactly what I’ve done. Last year, I created an arthritis-friendly orange, autumnal look that I have to say came out quite well.

I find myself reaching for similar colors and tones and decided to film an updated version. It is just as if not more arthritis-friendly and very easy to achieve. I’ve linked as many of the products as I could below the video.

But before you check it out, don’t forget to…

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Products Mentioned:

CVS Oil Blotting Sheets $4.99

*Milani Eyeshadow Primer $8.00

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (Shades: Mousse/Butter Pecan)

Morphe 35OS Nature Glow Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette $24.00

Tom Ford Eye Defining Liquid Liner PenEye Defining Liquid Liner PenEye Defining Liquid Liner Pen $58.00

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon (Shade: Blacquer) $25.00

YSL ‘babydoll’ Mascara $32.00

*Simple Cleansing Wipes $5.00

*Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream $10.00

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette $68.00

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray $32.00


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.