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!


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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

Autumn Leaves Marble Stamping || Arthritis Friendly Nail Art Video Tutorial

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Enjoy this super arthritis friendly nail art video tutorial. Marble stamping is great because you get so many colors on your nails with just one stamping movement! Of course, this time of year begs for autumnal colors and all sorts of fun leaf nail art, right??

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ARTHRITIS-FRIENDLY Autumnal Fall Leaves Marbled Stamping Nail Art || Video Tutorial ft. Born Pretty StoreARTHRITIS-FRIENDLY Autumnal Fall Leaves Marbled Stamping Nail Art || Video Tutorial ft. Born Pretty Store

Base: Barry M Lychee (two coats)

Liquid Latex Barrier: Bliss Kiss Simply Peel

Stamping: Born Pretty Store plate BP-19, SinfulColors GoGo Girl, Feel the Vibe, OPI Stay off the Lawn!

Flashback Friday – The More Crooked the Teeth, the More Active the Dog…



Like most puppies, Saachi gnawed and chewed as her adult teeth grew. Like most puppies, her mouth needed a lot of stimulation. Like a lot of puppies, Saachi destroyed furniture with her teething. Like a fair amount of puppies, Saachi chewed us out of house and home. Literally but not as dramatically.

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We should have found more ways to re-direct Saachi’s teething. She was extremely aggressive and toys were out of the question with other pets around. She had a bad stomach so bones and sticks were too. What did that leave us with?


Her favorite was a blue one that was part of a set of in our guest living room. The space we entertained friends, extended family,…clients…

But, sitting in the middle of the room was this one chair, with one leg missing. A leg that was fully chewed off one lovely evening during an even lovelier dinner party. Saachi and Affie both messed around nuzzling our guests, receiving lots of coos and “aww! how cute!”s. We settled into the seats and began the typical rounds of conversation.

Sometime during the evening, my father suddenly tipped in the chair. Saachi, his pride and joy, lay at his feet and cleanly gnawed off the front right leg of his chair!

A normal family would have trashed the seats but I guess we weren’t normal because instead we centered the chair like a badge of pride (after all, Saachi was the child my father always wanted) and balanced it with “smart” books. You know, the long, difficult monologues or transcripts everyone says they’ve read but don’t actually understand…


At the end of the day, it wasn’t Saachi’s fault, it was ours but as a result Saachi had the most lopsided row of adult teeth ever. And she, like us, flaunted them with pride!



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31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017 – #31DC2017) Supernatural Inspired Double Stamped Phoenix Nail Art

Halloween is my least favorite time of year. I spook easily and the nightmares last for months. When I watched “What Lies Beneath” I couldn’t go near the tub for weeks!! However, I do believe in a spiritual plane and this phoenix stamp represents it perfect.

I took a photo in the shade and I have to say I really love it! I can barely see the color but the phoenix really stands out!

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31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Inspired by the Supernatural Double Stamping Nail Art

31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Inspired by the Supernatural Double Stamping Nail ArtBases: Zoya Yara, OPI Stay off the Lawn!

Details: OPI Goldie, Color Club On the Rocks

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