Satisfied Sunday 6/3

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This week I am grateful that…

black and brown short haired puppy in cup…when I have an acute pain it only lasts an hour or two…

 

What are you grateful for this week?

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Decorating the Robin’s Egg || Nail Art

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Spring screams the birth of new life, plants, and birds. And this year, the plummage on said birds seems so much more vibrant. Anyways, this look was inspired by the beautiful blue Robin’s egg.

I used the next Born Pretty Store stamping polish and a new to me stamping plate from the same company. I have to say, I honestly didn’t expect much from the polish because it looked rather sheer in the bottle. I was pleasantly surprised to see how opaque it was, especially over this blue!

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Robin's Egg Blue and Gold Stamping Nail Art featuring Born Pretty Store and ZoyaRobin's Egg Blue and Gold Stamping Nail Art featuring Born Pretty Store and Zoya RockyRobin's Egg Blue and Gold Stamping Nail Art featuring Born Pretty Store and Zoya RockyBase: Zoya Rocky

Dots: Zoya Goldie

Stamping: Born Pretty Store fireworks stamping plate (ID#42510)*, gold stamping polish (ID#39203)*

 

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Satisfied Sunday (5/27/2018)

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mocha4_edited-1…Mocha is almost fully recovered from surgery (she displaced a tendon in her ankle 7 weeks ago) and almost back to her old happy-go-lucky self!

 

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Once More Into the Depths…Once More

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The Orencia biologic is an IV drug that suppresses the immune system. There are multiple biologics on the market and each hit a different part of the immune response. So far, Orencia has worked the best for me.

I have been on it for nearly three years straight. I was initially on the subcutaneous self-administered injections but they did not work nearly as effectively as the IV. Now, I go to the clinic once a month and sit for anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes.

I schedule my infusions for Friday because I need the weekend to recover. I used to ask for the day off but now I am free and clear to work. I don’t generally experience any side effects except for varying degrees of fatigue.

This past week has been a bit weird for me. I experienced a very localized “flare”. I hesitate in calling it a flare because my increase in symptoms (pain, fatigue and joint stiffness) are usually globalized. I have extreme pain in my hips, knees and ankles. Joints north of the equator felt fine. I felt pain staying in any one position for more than a couple of minutes (including just standing upright). I almost have full loss of motion and just an overall heavy feeling.

I really hope it’s just the Orencia cutting out early. Even though it works the best, for me, it sometimes only lasts two out of the four weeks. But, after my infusion today, I feel worse. I slept for almost 5 hours, totally lost to the world and when I woke up I felt like I was dying.

I won’t really worry until Monday because it takes a couple of days for the medication to kick in but, if the pain doesn’t go away by the beginning of next week then it’s probably not a flare and there must be something else going on, right?

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Cop-per into Spring Eye Look || Makeup Tutorial Video

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Well, hello there, my Spring Bunnies! Today, I’m going to show you a super easy, arthritis-friendly copper look. Let’s hop into the season together. Enjoy!

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Products Linked:

Milani Eyeshadow Primer*

Laura Mercier – Translucent Pressed Setting Powder

Too Faced Semi Sweet Eyeshadow Palette – Shade: Truffled

LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette (LE 2016) – Shade: Maple

Morphe 35OS Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette

Olay Regenerist Micro-Exfoliating Wet Cleansing Cloths*

*Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye PencilUrban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye PencilUrban Urban Decay 24/7 Eye PencilUrban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil РShade: LSD

Urban Decay Electric Eye Palette – Shade: Gonzo

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips – Shade: Vegas Strip/Light Bronzer*

YSL ‘Babydoll’ Mascara

MAC Fix+ Setting Spray

 

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Satisfied Sundays 5/20

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This week I am grateful that…

Leaves after a Heavy Rainstorm…it’s warm and rainy. It’s been raining for seven days straight. The world is green and well-hydrated. The brown lawns of winter and now growing wild and green. Springtime in Washington DC is a beautiful time of year.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Born Pretty Store Holographic Polish in Pumpkin Carriage || Review

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The holographic train doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon and I am personally quite okay with that! Born Pretty Store recently came out with some new holographic nail polishes and I couldn’t help asking for one. In this line, there are six new shades ranging from purple and red to grey and green. I went for the orange “Pumpkin Carriage” since it’s my favorite color!

The color builds up quite nicely in two/three coats (depending on the layer’s thickness). And wears well with and without top coat. In the following photos you might notice something a little odd which I will get to after I’ve shown them to you. As I’ve stated in previous reviews, my biggest grievance with BPS polishes is their brush. They are thick and clunky and promote pooling in the cuticles. Sure, the polish cleans up pretty well but with a nicer brush clean up could be completely avoided!

 

With top coat.

Born Pretty Store Holographic Nail Polish: Pumpkin Carriage ReviewNotice anything unusual??

Born Pretty Store Holographic Nail Polish: Pumpkin Carriage ReviewNot yet?

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Born Pretty Store Holographic Nail Polish: Pumpkin Carriage ReviewWhat is happening?? First, top coat dulls the holo and makes it look more like orange shimmer. Second, it shows a massive uneven finish in color! Why are parts of it super dark? I did even coats on each nail. It is an odd reaction that is extremely noticeable in any light.

Without top coat.

Born Pretty Store Holographic Nail Polish: Pumpkin Carriage ReviewClearly there is a difference when it comes to top coat application and unfortunately, it’s an issue that plagues most holographic polishes. The addition of top coat always diminish the rainbows! The orange is not as bright so I guess I have to decide. Do I want brighter orange or brighter holo?

I recommend using the polish without top coat. The holographic particles are more noticeable and the polish lasts just as long, if not longer than with the sealant. It’s a little gritty but honestly, not all that noticeable.

If you’re interested, check out this polish (here)*. And don’t forget to use my 10% off code if you place an order.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

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