Glitter Be Gone

I love the sparkle and glitter that comes with winter. The sequins, the tinsel, the glitter! I, however, have the toughest time removing my glitter nail polish. I literally can use acetone on my nails and it removes my base color that I paint underneath the glitter topcoat and it hardly touches the glitter. I usually end up painting over the remaining glitter with a new base color. Then I top it off with more glitter and you can’t tell. After doing this about four times, I decided it was time to finally get it all off. I found that soaking little pieces of Viva papertowels and placing them on top of my nails and then wrapping aluminum foil around them did the trick. The foil holds the papertowel (or cottonball) in place and keeps the acetone from evaporating. (By the way acetone is the best way to remove glitter assuming you don’t have acrylics or gel nails.). Normal people can wait five minutes and remove but since I had so many layers of polish I waited ten minutes. When I removed them I rubbed my nail a little before pulling the foil off. I found that it worked perfectly and now I have a clean slate again. Hopefully it works for you too!

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Audra

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Eye Catching

Everyone loves a little bling and shimmer to brighten up the winter blues.  This look accompanies the nude lip in my last blog post very well.  If you have a dramatic eye, you definitely want a subdued lip to compliment it so you don’t look like a clown.  I hadn’t tried the H.i.P. (High Intensity Pigment) line of eyeshadow by L’oreal until this week.  I have to say it really holds well and doesn’t crease like most eyeshadows.  The color duo I picked out is called “gilded” and it consists of a shiny metallic gold base color and a sparkly smoke color to add dimension.  I was very pleased with the intensity and brightness it brought to my look.  They are usually $7-$9 but I got mine on sale at Walgreen’s for $3.99-so I said why not try it?  I am very pleased and will be stuck on using this for a while!  Let the pictures speak for themselves!
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Audra

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Audra

The Perfect Nude Lip

I think everyone has pinned this picture on Pinterest. It is a girl wearing a beautiful shade of nude lipstick that clearly says YSL on it (which is pricey) but it is tagged as many brands like MAC, Revlon etc. It is a false representation and it bothers me! So, I decided to find my own cheap version that is just as fabulous. I found that E.L.F. makes a great one sold at Target called Matte Lip Color in Nearly Nude for just $3!!! I topped it off with a bronzey gloss by Hard Candy in the color Genie. Try it and let me know your thoughts!

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Audra

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2012

I am sitting here struggling with something to cover for my blog when all I can think about is this past month and how rough it has been. I have struggled with various health issues which are still unresolved but are less hindering, and I have struggled with finding the right job for a while now. I have had many recent disappointments in that arena on top of my health woes. That is why I have been MIA. With that said, I am thankful for my Faith and my family for helping me get through what has been a pretty rough 2012 for me. I am blessed to know and trust that despite my heartache that all things happen for a reason (aka God’s will). I also have a great friend my Brit who along with my husband and family have helped me through this past year. I am thankful for them, and my God. Without sounding too negative or “woe to me like” I have also learned who my real friends are. The ones who can be there during the good times aren’t always there for you when the crap hits the fan… I will try to learn from that and when someone is going through some difficulties really try to reach out more and check up on them. No one is perfect and we all get busy but let’s really try to comfort and be there for one another when we are hurting. With that said, let’s try to take this holiday season to learn from our mistakes and let God remain in control. I am trying to worry less and be more thankful for what I do have. I live in a country that, despite it’s poor economy, is for the most part safe, I have food, shelter, a husband that is my best friend, great parents and family, and some friends that feel like family. All due to God because he loves me and knows the big picture of my life and what I need to learn -that I am too ignorant to see yet. Continue to pray for me and my doctors for a clear cut diagnosis. Here’s to 2013- I am ready!

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Audra