Purple to Pink Gradient || Nail Art


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I haven’t done a gradient in a very long time and I just felt like doing one! Pink and purple together are always a great and forgiving option. I mean that I can spend half as much time sponging the gradient when the colors complement each other! This is a great thing when I am feeling stiff from the RA.

Enjoy! I added double stamping because well…why not? Do you like the index finger or the others better? I can’t decide!


gradient2I actually forgot I had these China Glaze polishes in my stash since they were all the way in the back. After clean-up, though, I kind of remember why I don’t use them that often.


gradient3Though, these colors blended so well I am kind of mesmerized! I did use a transition color between the bright pink and dark purple and that really elevated this gradient to the next level.


gradient1Base: SinfulColors Snow Me White (to make the colors on top pop)

Gradient: China Glaze Purple Panic (pink), Caribbean Temptation (transition), Zoya Haven

Stamping: Pueen Cosmetics stamping plate PUEEN83, Konad Nail Art Stamping Polish – White, Color Club Nail Lacquer On the Rocks (silver)


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#AtoZChallenge – P is for Plaid


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I am slowly but surely moving through the A to Z Challenge. I lost steam last week after a serious flare. My Orencia infusion cut out early (aka stopped working) and I barely functioned. But, today, I am back with a fun marbled stamping look. I used a fun purely plaid Born Pretty Store stamping plate! I’ve used it before and I’ll use it again.

I did not use any neon green polishes but in the sunlight these two look totally florescent. How cool! I hope you enjoy!


IMG_5078I am seriously digging how this final look came out! It is fun and funky, great for this weird hot weather in Spring.


plaid2Base: SinfulColors Snow Me White

Stamping: Born Pretty Store Checker and Plaid stamping plate, Barry M Cosmetics Cancun (dark turquoise) , Color Club Twiggie (sea foam green)


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Everyday Makeup Look || Video


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Ever wonder how I do my every day makeup look? Well, here it is! It is super forgiving, easy and arthritis-friendly which means I can do it even when I am in pain!



Products Mentioned:

Clinique All About Eyes Serum Rollerball

Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 15 Daily Moisturizer

Chanel UV Essentiel SPF 50

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette – shades: Mousse, Truffled, Frosting

Tom Ford Eye Definer Pen Liquid Liner

Make Up For Ever – black: M10, brown: 25L

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Mascara

Becca – Champagne Pop Highlighter

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Palette

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine – Fetiche (discontinued)

N is for New and Improved



Two years ago I started wearing a menstrual cup. I said “GOODBYE and GOOD RIDDANCE” to tampons, pads, and other reusable feminine hygiene products. To this day, I used the same box of daily liners and finished the half used boxes of overnight pads.

Well, the other day, I needed a new box of dailies. Unfortunately, I leak quite a bit on the first day and am not 100% comfortable going forth into the world without backup. I skipped into the feminine care aisle with every intention of staying there for no more than three minutes.

Boy, was I wrong! It took 15 minutes and one panic attack to find what I was looking for.


There are still only two major brands: Tampax and Kotex, plus the generic versions but within each brand there are countless varieties. Some come in small pocket size versions, while some come in four different sizes (and no, I am not talking about absorbency). Others have three separate versions of the same product, some come in thin or extra thin but all of them come in an assortment of loud bright colors and packaging.

Long gone are the days of three different absorbances in three different colors for easy reference. I’ve never been more thankful for a menstrual cup before!


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Silver and Blue Eyes | Tutorial Video


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Hey all! I hope you enjoy this look I created using blues and silvers. Below, I linked the products I used.

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder – Medium Deep

Lorac Mega Pro 3 Palette (no longer available…sorry!)

Urban Decay Electric Palette – Gonzo, Chaos

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Pencil – black (M10), brown (25L)

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

NYX Butter Gloss – Tiramisu


#AtoZChallenge – L is for Lines | Nail Art


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Playing a bit of catch up because of a nasty flare up but I did a quick and simple (and yes, arthritis-friendly) waterfall look for today’s prompt.

I hope you like it!


lines.jpgBase: Milani Vivid Violet (old formula)

Details: Zoya Payton, Sephora by OPI Domestic Goddess, Nfu-Oh 51, OPI I Drive a Supernova


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K is for the time Affie turned into Kibble


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I don’t think I ever really went into detail about Affie’s attack four years ago. Saachi tore Affie’s lower mandible off her face. It was possibly the most dramatic event to ever happen to me.



It was Saturday morning. I was warming up the dogs’ AM meal in the microwave (they eat home cooked food). My aunt was at the sink washing dishes. Suddenly, we heard Affie cry and we turned to see Saachi shaking her like a rag doll.

My aunt shrieked bloody murder and grabbed Saachi by her neck. I grabbed whatever part of Affie I could and pulled in the other direction.


Our yelling woke the entire household and they came running from every direction. I was still in complete shock. There were pools of blood all over the floor.

We rushed her to our clinic. My dad drove while I kept Affie conscious. We were almost at the hospital when she went into shock. The light left her eyes…I tried to stay calm and said “Come on Affie, wake up…wake up”. Dad freaked and almost crashed into the car ahead of us. I didn’t know what to do except grab Affie’s tongue and yank and pull almost hard enough to pull it off. She woke up (thankfully, because that would have been the end) just as we pulled into the parking lot.

Our vets called the closest emergency clinic and made calls to friends (dental surgeons) to get her into surgery as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the earliest appointment was Monday so we took her to emergency. I don’t know why we didn’t initially go there first. We probably should have but we were on autopilot and went to my work instead.

Photo on 3-2-13 at 9.20 PMThe veterinarian-on-call told me Affie’s lower mandible was separated from the top. I did not understand her words. I couldn’t fathom that my dog’s head was in two pieces and she was still alive.


IMG-20130430-00069Affie stayed in emergency, with her jaw taped closed, through the weekend. She, being the stubborn brat that she was, kept tearing off the tape. Her doctor worried she was very anxious to which I laughed and said she just didn’t like it and she wasn’t going to wear it!

Monday came and we took her to the surgeon. He took x-rays and showed us (read: me) the breaks (Dad can’t stomach this kind of thing). The right break was while the left was shattered pieces of jaw. He wired her mouth closed but left enough space for her tongue to grab food. He knew the right side would heal while it was a waiting game for the left. If the bone did not repair itself properly Affie faced paralysis for the rest of her life.


IMG-20130506-00086Affie wore the wires for six months and it took just as long for her broken leg to heal. Thankfully, given her diet, she had no trouble eating (the food is mostly ground). She was on house arrest and cranky but her bones healed perfectly.


IMG-20130411-00353Affie felt better within 10 days of the attack and immediately forgave Saachi. She wanted to run and play with her. She wanted to jump up on her face and lick her (which is how we ended up in this debacle). It was a full time job separating the dogs and keeping Affie from injuring herself more.

Affie was a stubborn dog. An obstinate and hard-headed dog. She was resilient and refused to die. I frequently called her my Nalgene bottle because no matter what happened she never broke.



“Mom! Look! I got my wires out!


It’s weird to think Affie might not be here today. She should have died. It’s unnerving to think about that sometimes. What is even more amazing it’s like nothing happened! She is as strong as ever and has the exact same temperament (even around Saachi). She has frequently has nightmares but hey, if that’s the only trauma that came from this then I consider her extremely lucky!


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