A Little Autumnal Waterfall | Nail Art



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I never quite know whether to feature waterfall nail art as arthritis-friendly. It is super simple, easy and forgiving…But, it can strain my wrists. The last time I did this my wrist felt like it was on fire (and I was not in flare). I felt a bit better while doing today’s look but I still found difficulty in manipulating the brush. Hmmm…I guess not all easy techniques are quote unquote RA-friendly!


I do have to apologize about my links lately. I am on a huge no-buy right now and paring down my nail polish collection. I feel way less claustrophobic but this process leaves me with utterly discontinued polishes. I’m sure you are all very resourceful and have or can find shades similar to the ones I use!

I hope you like today’s nails. I fished out one of my favorite polishes ever (it is liquid gold for me — do you remember Sephora by OPI???). I rarely use SOPI polishes because I don’t want to run out of them even though I am leaning dangerously close to too-gunky-to-save formulas. That’s okay, I can just put them on a shelf and stare at them, right?

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A Very Autumnal Waterfall Nail Art ft. Zoya Goldie, Sephora by OPI 212-SephoraA Very Autumnal Waterfall Nail Art ft. Zoya Goldie, Sephora by OPI 212-SephoraBase: Zoya Goldie, Sephora by OPI 212-Sephora (Isn’t it beautiful???)

Waterfall Details: OPI Yank my Doodle* (dark peach), Ro-Man-ce on the Moon (red), Pahlish Reinette


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


I OVERSLEPT! 5 Minute Easy, Healthy Face Makeup || Video


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…In probably less than five minutes. I haven’t felt well this month/IV med cycle. “Not well” as in I can easily sleep 11+ hours every day. I picked up a bug at school and I just feel knackered. When your immune system is suppressed even the sniffles takes a toll.

Before RA, I could hit the road without even running a comb through my hair. Now, I look just as ill as I feel (thanks autoimmune condition!) but when I sleep through my usual morning routine I have a safety look that only takes a few minutes!

I hope you enjoy the video!

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A Very RA Thanksgiving




I am grateful…


…I can still work, even if it is only part-time.

…I still have full mental capability

…I found blogging/vlogging

…I can still walk (sometimes)

…I can still rock-climb (occasionally)

…I can still care for my pets

…I can afford private insurance

& it covers all my specialists/PTs/rehabs

…for continuity of care and access to the best doctors

…for access to all my meds

…for never having trouble filling a prescription

& never been treated as an addict or drug seeker

…for my family who supports me through the harder times

& those who try to understand what I am going through

…for not bothering with the ones who don’t


Rheumatoid Arthritis changed my life. Maybe not for the better and probably for the worse but, it’s made me so much more thankful for the little things I took for granted before it.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

A Very Monarch Autumn Dotticure || Nail Art


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I don’t know what’s been happening this Fall but I feel extremely uninspired to do nail art. This is extraordinarily odd for me since I salivate over my leaf stamping plates the rest of the year and gravitate towards reds, golds and burgundies during these cooler months.

I thought about forcing my art and getting it done but I know me all to well. I’d lose my mojo even more and retire my polishes for good. It may sound dramatic but my back is still killing me and I don’t even want to sit up.

…Maybe that’s why I don’t want to do my nails? Because I’m in more pain than usual? Food for thought!

Anyways, I got some water decals from Born Pretty Store because we all know I cannot resist water decals in any way, shape or form and the orange Monarch butterflies were Fall enough for me.

I paired these cuties with some Autumn-ish dots and voila…nail art! I actually do like how these came out. Simple, sweet and super arthritis-friendly!

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fallbutterfliesBase: Sephora by OPI Metro Chic (close dupe: Sally Hansen Commander in Chic)

Dots: Color Club On the Rocks (dupe: essie No Place like Chrome), essie Blanc, *SinfulColors Feel the Vibe

Water Decals: *Born Pretty Store ($0.99 USD/sheet – Design 1218 here)


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My First and Foremost Holy Grail Skincare Product – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum REVIEW || Video


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I have another Rant or Rave video over on my YouTube channel! The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum gets an A++ in my books and remains my number #1 holy grail skincare product.

I know the Advanced Night Repair serum keeps my skin young, healthy and texture free because I see how my skin gets when I don’t use it. My face and neck absolutely adore this product and lap it up like none other. If I didn’t use this amazing nightly serum I honestly would look as ill as I feel. This Estee Lauder product is everything I could ask for and more. Did I pique your interest? Make sure you watch the video and subscribe to my channel!

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Disney x Kiehl’s Skincare Collaboration | Holiday 2017 Collection


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I am a sucker for an Disney collaboration be it fashion (anyone remember the Disney x Forever XX1 collection from a few years ago?) or skincare. But, this year, Kiehl’s has fulfilled my dreams with their Disney x Kiehl’s Holiday Gift Set collection. This year there are a fair assortment of products for every budget and taste. And, in Kiehl’s good fashion, the profits from some of these sets go to Feeding America.

You can see them all at the Kiehl’s website but below are my favorite picks!

1124657_07_Hydration_Essentials_COMP_RGB_r3Everyone’s favorite Hydration Essentials kit (USD$29)! This gift set comes out every year and does not vary in it’s contents. Of course, I’m not complaining because for less than $30 I get way more bang for my buck! My only gripe is that the limited edition Mickey packaging doesn’t extend to it’s contents but I guess for the price I really can’t complain.



Aww! Even if you are not a fan of the Creme de Corps lotion (who are you??) the packaging is reason enough to buy it! I plan on re-filling this pump bottle (16.9oz bottle for USD$48) with different lotions when I’m done.



I believe in re-purposing cute packaging so, for me, this Mickey tin is everything and contains some fabulous samples from Kiehl’s Creme de Corps range. I’d buy this for the body polish alone! This trio retails for USD$35.



I’m immediately drawn to this gift set because of the reusable tin and the products boast cute LE packaging. Better yet, every purchase of this collection means 350 meals for Feeding America. Vintage Mickey and helping charity? Yes, please! This set retails for USD$45.

Of course, there are many other gift sets to check out but these are the ones that drew my eye. What do you think? Are you a Kiehl’s fan? A Mickey one (do I even need to ask)? Comment below which is your favorite!


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Easy as Pumpkin Pie Autumn Makeup Look ft. Anastasia of Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette | ARTHRITIS FRIENDLY VIDEO



I’m so thrilled with this makeup look! It screams Fall and Pumpkin Spice (my fave) and is super arthritis friendly…Which is always a plus in my book.

Let me know if you try this look out and whether you liked it or not!

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Products mentioned:

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Anastasia of Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette || Raw Sienna, Realgar, Cypress Umber

Make Up For Ever waterproof eyeliner in M10 (matte black)

Sephora Brand Waterproof eyeliner in Cappuchino

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15

Becca X Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant mascara

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in N9