My Easy-Peasy Everyday Makeup Look ft. Maybelline Cosmetics & Review

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Maybelline is one of the large, global makeup brands we all talk about but few people actually use more than one or two cult products from the line. It has just so many products standing in front of the display can be overwhelming but, below, I review a few of my all time favorite Maybelline products. And, of course, because it’s me, this makeup look is arthritis-friendly, fast and easy to apply.


Maybelline is one of the top drugstore/high street brands in the world so it has endless resources to follow trends, create catchy new products and market them properly. It can be overwhelming and confusing but more products mean more chances for everyone to find something they like, at a reasonable price.

I, like so many others, have limited time to get ready in the mornings. I don’t want to use multiple products with lots of brushes. I just want a few that create an easy, chic makeup look that stays put no matter what.

Cue Maybelline.

Its long-lasting products do just that. Once they set, they don’t budge. I don’t worry about shadow fading or mascara flaking, which is one less headache on my list.

For my everyday makeup look, I only use one brush (that comes with the product) to apply my eyeliner; I apply everything else with my fingers and it doesn’t take me more than 10 minutes!

What more can I ask for?

 

I hope you enjoy this look. It is fast, simple and effortless.

Enjoy!

 

Maybelline Age Rewind – Dark Circle Eraser is my holy grail concealer. I apply it directly from the applicator and blend it in with my fingers to warm up the product. It does not exaggerate fine lines and hides my genetically dark under eyes.

 

The 24H Color Tattoo shadows are close to magic. They have a silky texture which makes them easy to work with. I blend them out with my finger but can use a brush to pack on pigment. These shadows don’t set too quickly but, once dry, they won’t budge. They make a great base for powder shadows eliminating the need for primer.

The brown shades are perfect for a subtle wash of color while the brighter shades add intensity to any look.

 

I am first and foremost a liquid liner girl but when I want a softer look I reach for gel. The 24H Lasting Drama Gel Liner is very similar to its Tattoo counterpart. I go in with a first line, let it dry, apply my shadow and smudge the edge out. I apply one more swipe to darken and set the eyeliner. I have enough time, before it sets, to perfect the line.

The brush is soft but dense and easy to manipulate. Do you like a thicker line, maybe a thinner one? This brush can do both.

 

We have all heard of the iconic Great Lash, Maybelline’s best-selling mascara. Well, there are a multitude of others and my favorite is the Rocket Volum’ Express. It makes my lashes look naturally thicker. I wiggle the wand through the bottom of my lashes then bring the brush straight up. I look like I’m wearing nothing at all.

Have oily eyelids like me? Don’t worry. Powder your lashes before application, it’ll help the mascara stay on and not flake. Keep in mind Maybelline mascaras have a wet formula so they take a little longer to dry.

Don’t want it to transfer to your upper or lower lids? Look down, eyes open, until the mascara becomes tacky.

 

Have you tried these products? Would you wear this look? Let me know!

 

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Born Pretty Store Metal Series Nail Polish in Heroine || Review

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A while ago I reviewed a Born Pretty Store holographic polish called Shine in the Dark. You can see my short live swatch video here. It was a gorgeous gunmetal grey that had a great linear holo in it. I quite enjoyed the polish except for it’s brush. It was too thick and hard to maneuver on my tiny nails. Because I liked the polish I decided to give the brand’s new Metal Series polish a try as well. I don’t know what I expected but I didn’t realize “metal” meant “foiled”! Scroll through to check out my thoughts and photos on this beautiful pastel purple. P.S. The brush is exactly the same!

Born Pretty Store Metal Series Nail Polish in Heroine Review

heroine4Heroine (USD$3.59 here) is a very pretty lilac color. As foiled polishes go, this one is pretty good. It covers well in two coats and is not as streaky as others. Of course, if you are familiar with foils you know all this is taken with a grain of salt. After all, foils magnify imperfections like you’re looking at them through a looking glass. Is this the best foiled polish on the market? Maybe. It certainly cheaper and works better than some more expensive foiled polishes. I would highly recommend it so scroll down to the end for my simple tricks for perfect application!

Born Pretty Store Metal Series Nail Polish in Heroine Review

To Top Coat or Not to Top Coat?

Personally, I don’t like using top coats with foil polishes because bumps, lumps and streaks look worse; not to mention, it can dull the shine. The finished manicure will not last as long but will look way better. Ultimately, it’s up to you and what you need: time? or beauty? Having a flare? Foiled polishes are the best because you can eliminate one step: top coat!! 

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How do I apply foiled polishes, Monica??

  • Start with a proper ridge-filling base coat. OPI’s Ridge Filler and Essie’s Ridge Filling Base Coat are great options to minimize imperfections and streaking.
  • Stay the heavy hand. Apply thin, light and even layers from cuticle to tip. Take care not to re-apply over the same area twice.
  • Seal off the tips (meaning apply a little polish to the tips and underside of the nail) between the first and second coat so you can’t see the line of demarcation.
  • Let each coat dry completely before applying the next.

So, what do you think of this color? Born Pretty Store has other “metal” polishes and a whole slew of nail art goodies for very competitive prices. Make sure you check out their website here and if you do place an order don’t forget to apply my 10% off discount!

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Wonder Woman Movie Nail Art | Arthritis Friendly Dotticure

OMG. I saw Wonder Woman this past week and this movie surpassed every single one of my expectations. I have not really been feeling the recent major blockbuster superhero movies which just rely on effects and just sheer volume so I was pleasantly surprised when Wonder Woman had that but also a great deal more compassion and human spirit. Gal Gadot blended bad-ass warrior princess and warmhearted benevolence perfectly without making either feel forced. This movie was successful not just because of it’s grandeur and special effects but also because people could relate to it on a very human level. I know many Wonder Women in real life!

On another note, Chris Pine nailed his role as Steve Trevor. While he was certainly not the main focus of this movie, he played the sidekick to a tee without disappearing into the background. Of course, I may be a bit biased as I think he has done a superb job in every movie I’ve seen him in but what can I say? I am a Chris Pine fan! And, now, I am a Gal Gadot fan as well!

I think this one of the better movies I’ve seen in a while so I created a fun, arthritis friendly Wonder Woman nail art in honor of all the Spoonie superheroes I know. I used the colors from her amazing live-action costume which empowered her but was not too sexual.

Spoonies have so much to deal with every second of every day. They have to wake up, get ready, eat breakfast, go to work, come home, make dinner, and repeat; all the while pretending their bodies are not trying to destroy itself. Take it a step further and most of these lovely chronic illness sufferers have families and children whom they take care of. That is a lot for anyone to handle even more so for those who don’t have the same physical or mental ability as other people. Wonder Woman is a true hero but Spoonies are superheroes in their own right.

 And, with all that said….I hope you enjoy this Wonder Woman movie inspired nail art!

Check out the tutorial below on how to re-create these dots!

 

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Dots: OPI Guys & Galaxies (red), SinfulColors Midnight Blue (blue), All About You (gold)


OPI Guys and Galaxies     midnight blue      all about you


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That Time of Year Again: Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale

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The Half-Yearly Women’s Sale is in full swing (the sale ends June 4th. If there is anything you are on the fence about purchasing do it now!)  so I had to check it out. This is the best time to shop the Nordstrom sale because many high quality items go for anything between 30% and 50% off! Those are pretty good numbers in my book! Helpful Hint: If you don’t find what you’re looking for keep an eye on the Nordstrom sale tab because most of their non-luxury items end up there at some point or other during the year.

The sale is site wide and in-store, hitting women, men, home and accessories so there is bound to be something of interest to you!

Below are my picks for good clothes choices for people with RA These make one of the more common symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis more manageable. As a Spoonie, I look for an easy fit, makes difficult Rheumatoid movement easier (ie. zippers, buttons, etc), and comes in fun colors that brighten my mood.

What do you think of the items I chose? Do you like them too?

 the Rite of Aging...Early's Best of the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: NIC + ZOE '4 Way' Convertible Three Quarter Sleeve CardiganThis awesome NIC+ZOE Convertible Wrap is the perfect soft material to get in and out of easily without moving my shoulders too much. It is comfortable and does not apply unneeded pressure to any sensitive joints! The color is fun and jovial! Right up my alley.

the Rite of Aging...Early's Best of the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: Sanuk 'Yoga Sling' SandalI already own these Sanuk Yoga Sling Sandals and absolutely love them. The bottom is nice and squishy so it super comfortable on the feet (my most painful joints). The bands are super soft and easy to open without stressing the fingers too much. Another added bonus is how well they fit my skinny little ankle! Over time the bottom will compress and the bands will expand but for $40 I really can’t lose! There are other solid colors like white, burgundy and black but the print just screams summer to me!

 

the Rite of Aging...Early's Best of Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: Bobeau Cold Shoulder Slub Knit TeeThis Cold Shoulder Slub Knit Top from Bobeau is my quintessential summer top in one of my favorite colors! The material is very thin but it is perfectly billowy and cool. It allows good air flow so my body won’t get sweaty and uncomfortable. The sleeves are a little more tricky to get into but they are soft and don’t mind a little stretch! Orange not your color, no worries, there are plenty more!

 

the Rite of Aging...Early's Best of Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: BP Faux Suede Beaded Wrap NecklaceWrap necklaces are all the rage and adorn almost every fashion blogger’s neck. For the first time, I actually like the style of an on-trend piece and this one from BP has the right amount of cord and pizazz. This might take a little shoulder, wrist, and finger manipulation but if you suffer from steroid ‘moon face’ and have extra bloating in your face and neck, the wraps will trick the eye into thinking you look thinner!

 

the Rite of Aging...Early's Best of Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: SOCIALITE Metallic PulloverI am a tight pants, slouchy top kind of person and during the summer I go extra with the top. I want something bright, fun, and easy to put on like this SOCIALITE Metallic Pullover. The fabric is light and malleable so it provides a slight barrier against any winds that want to slap at my already sensitive joints.

 

the Rite of Aging...Early's Best of Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: kate spade new york HomeWomenHandbags & WalletsShoulder Bags Size Info 10If you are a Spoonie and a fashionista it is no secret that a new accessory in your favorite print just puts you in a better mood which in turns lessens the symptoms of your autoimmune. Good use of psychology, right?? I love Chanel tweed and this kate spade new york purse is similar at a fraction of the cost! I would so carry this on the days I need an extra pick-me-up.

 

What did you think of my picks? Are you going to try out these pieces? Did you try any others? Let me know in the comments!

 

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The Best Burgundy Eye Shadow Palette – Anastasia of Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Review

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I FINALLY got my hands on the Anastasia of Beverly Hills (ABH) Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette after months of it being sold out online. Initially, I thought there was just a bunch of hype because of ABH’s cult product, Brow Whiz so you may ask “why bother buying it, Monica?”…Well, I had nothing like it in my collection and like every good beauty junkie it was important to flesh it out!

I was actually blown away by this palette. There is a reason why everyone raves about it. It is the best burgundy eye shadow palette I have ever tried. In my experience, red eye shadows are patchy and powder-y and the color is too cool to look good on the eyes but the Anastasia of Beverly Hills pink shadows are a little more warm toned so they pair nicely against the skin. ABH is known for their brow products but you have to give their shadows a try.

This palette is on the more expensive side ($42.00 at Sephora) but this is one of the few where I can use all the colors (even the lighter ones which will make great highlighters). I am really happy I purchased it!

Check out swatches and eye looks below!

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Anastasia of Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Palette Review - Best Pink Pigmented Eye Shadow Palette

I was highly impressed by how pigmented these shadows were, even the warmer, matte shades. I guess now, with so much competition, it’s not an option for brands to put out patchy, powdery ones. The ABH palette is one of the most pigmented palettes I’ve tried and with that, the shadows are so buttery and easy to blend. There is fall out but nothing near to Lorac’s. I would however use a guard under my eyes for easy-clean up.

These shadows held up so well! I generally wear my eye makeup for 8 hours and I did not have to touch up my look at all. The colors stay put, did not fade or crease over that time.

If a full red look is not what you’re after there are plenty of neutral shades to play with (matte and shimmery) so the magentas can be saved for a pretty pop of color.

Anastasia of Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Palette Review - Swatches First RowTop Row

Anastasia of Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Palette Review - Swatches Second RowBottom Row – Note: Red Ochre was the only one I thought was kind of (read, very) patchy.

The above swatches were done over primer and powder (the base of my usual eye looks). Did you know applying powder over primer helps powder shadows blend better?

Anastasia of Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Palette Review - Best Pink Pigmented Eye PaletteAnastasia of Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Palette Review - Best Pink Pigmented Eye PaletteHave you tried Anastasia of Beverly Hill’s Modern Renaissance Eye Palette? What do you think? Do you rave about it as much as I do or do you have different feelings? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Born Pretty Store Review – Plaid Water Decal Nails (+ Tutorial)

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As you guys very well know, I swear by water decal nail art. Water decals are easy to use, create incomprehensibly complicated looks and make you/feel look like a professional artist. They are perfect for autoimmune and chronic pain sufferers.

Look, the truth of the matter is us Spoonies love beauty but many of us can’t manage the physical aspect of it. That’s where these great nail art hacks, like water decal nails, come into play.

Scroll down for photos and a quick review on these inexpensive and cute plaid decals from Born Pretty Store.

When I saw these plaid designs I couldn’t help but place them in my cart. I have a soft spot for water decals and for plaid so if you combine them, you have my heart!

I was very impressed with these decals. I soaked them for only a few seconds and detached them easily from their backing. I had no issues placing them and they did not move around once I did. I did not experience bunching or creasing. I did experience a bit of tearing near the edges but, given the pattern, it was barely noticeable.

The best part about these is the white color is completely opaque!! I did not need a base color, just a base coat, and I was all set. So many wins and so little polish wasted!

What do you think? Is this something you’d wear? Scroll to the bottom for my water decal tutorial!

 

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Easy Glitter Gradient || Nail Art

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Sometimes all you want is simple glitter nails and nothing is easier or more arthritis friendly than applying glitter to just the tips of your nails. All you do is take a foam eye shadow applicator, load up the polish and dab away. Stress even less with a peel off base product. You don’t have to rub at your fingers with drying acetone just peel the polish right off!

For this look, I dug into my collection and pulled out an old (very old) Milani polish that still works well. Even though it is a glitter topper it stains my nails every time I use it! I don’t mind though because it’s so freaking pretty. For a little extra flair (because why not) I added some holographic nail topper goodness as well.

Enjoy!

Scroll down to see simple glitter gradient tutorial!

 

Simple and Easy Glitter Gradient with Milani Hot Pink, Revlon Holographic Pearls and OPI Freedom to PeachSimple and Easy Glitter Gradient with Milani Hot Pink, Revlon Holographic Pearls and OPI Freedom to PeachSimple and Easy Glitter Gradient with Milani Hot Pink, Revlon Holographic Pearls and OPI Freedom to PeachSimple and Easy Glitter Gradient with Milani Hot Pink, Revlon Holographic Pearls and OPI Freedom to PeachSimple and Easy Glitter Gradient with Milani Hot Pink, Revlon Holographic Pearls and OPI Freedom to PeachBase: OPI Freedom to Peach

Gradient: Revlon Holographic Pearls, Milani Hot Pink (old formula)


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