Tuesday, February 19, 2019

nails | how I'm regrowing my nails

One of the most asked questions I get on IG is "OMG, are those your nails?" or "you do your own nails??" and the answer is always yes! (I've had two manicures in the last 3 years and had issues both times...) I'm a bit of a control freak when it comes to my mani and pedis, so every Sunday, I get out my tools and get to work. 

A month or so ago, I was having a lot of breakage on the tips and peeling of the polish, two things I don't really ever have to deal with. I chalked it up to the cold weather and just kept hoping it would get better. Well when I woke up with the worst canker sore in my mouth and googled why you get one, I saw you could be lacking vitamin E. Well guess what else I learned when you have a vitamin E deficiency? Yep, you guess it-brittle nails. I was shocked. Not only was it effecting my nails, but I was getting painful sores too? I had enough. 

I promptly ordered more of my fave hair, skin, & nails gummies and hit Rite Aid to grab some vitamin E. I literally can't not have nail polish on, but I didn't want to continue to deal with the chipping, so I grabbed two different shades of the Essie Treat, Love, and Color line that helps strengthen while the polish looks pretty. 

I'm tackling this thing head on, so I can get back to my long, real nails ASAP!

Do you prefer short or long nails? Have any tips for growing long, pretty nails? Let's chat in the comments,

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Must Haves!

The beauty of doing an at home mani is you can do it anytime. So I decided to pull out my top colors for your last minute manicures and give you something to do while your nails dry with my top 10 vday movies! Don't say I don't have your back, girlfriend!

top 10 romcoms-that aren't in any particular order!
how to meet a guy in ten days
10 things I hate about you
endless love
forever my girl
safe haven
to all the boys I've loved before
love, simon
love & basketball
the vow
crazy stupid love
the holiday

How are you celebrating vday? I plan on cuddling up Zoey & watching a movie with some chocolate covered strawberries! Tell me what you're up to in the comments,

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

reads | Marry Mr. Valentine

Marrying Mr Valentine is now available to read for FREE via Kindle Unlimited - mybook.to/MarryingMV  Find out if Nicole is willing to put her heart and career on the line for the delicious Mr Valentine.

Nadine Roberts smiles for everyone, but beneath it she hides a heartbreaking past that only a few know about. Throwing herself into her new career; wedding planner at The Duck & Goose, a property recently purchased by newlyweds Florence and Hugh, has helped distract her from her loneliness.

When a teary bride suddenly cancels her upcoming wedding Nadine looks to the two year waiting list. Clara Blumenkrantz and Hartley Valentine. It’ll have to be a quick turnaround, but what’s the worst that can happen, right?

This should be like every other wedding she plans, but the magnetism she feels towards Mr Valentine disrupts the orderly life she’s worked hard to carve out. 

Can she ignore her intense desires and be a professional? Or will she open up her heart to the one person that has the power to break it? And in doing so endanger not just her job, but her venue’s reputation?

Thursday, February 7, 2019

What's in my purse?

Let's pretend it's 5 years ago when these what's in my purse tags were all the rage on YT...okay, good, now we can get into today's post!

and it now comes in blush which is just dreamy for Spring!

my wallet is Dusty Rose
and is the PERFECT Louis Vuitton dupe!

top row; left to right
wide tooth comb-I prefer to use a comb rather than a brush
pepto-cause your girl gets some bad bellyaches
essie-frock & roll; which I'm not sure how it even got in my bag cause I haven't worn that color in forever
eos crystal lip balm-this one is dye free and really keeps my lips smooth

second row; left to right
iphone charger-which actually I have two of these in my bag currently
AirPods-can't live without these babies
sugar free mints-love these
b&bw stress relief hand sanitizer-seriously love the smell of this 
essie-baubling for bobbles
halls vitamin C defense drops-these have been my fave since high school and now they make the pink grapefruit in it's own bag; praying hands emoji 

third row; left to right
philsopy amazing grace hand lotion-this isn't my fave, but it's small enough to keep in my bag
l'oreal infalliable matte in 'candy man'-this smells like chocolate and lasts all day
wet n' wild catsuit matte in -such a great red
kylie cosmetics matte in 'koko k'-my signature shade and absolute fave
too faced matte in 'chihuahua'-I actually haven't worn this in a while, so I popped it in my bag to hopefully pop it on soon
softlips chapstick in watermelon-this is my summer chapstick, so I'm not sure how it ended up in my bag-haha! Do you have seasonal products? I always do.
besty johnson black pen-which is not only pretty, but it writes so nicely as well!

I love a what's in my bag post because I feel like you can really get to know a person, so you will have to tell me in the comments what you think my purse contents say about me! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Amazon VDay Finds!

Here's the thing...I really like Valentines Day & I'm the most single person on the planet! I know people say it's really a made up holiday to boost the economy in winter and sure, that makes sense. But there's something about a holiday all about pink and hearts that this girly girl just loves. I also REALLY LOVE Galentines Day and celebrating the gals in my life, so I figured I'd round up some different Vday themed things.

Do you celebrate Galentines Day or Vday? Let's chat in the comments,

ps-if you use any of these links, I'll be in your valentine foreva because I'll receive a small commish!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

book review | Love Me, Crazy by Laura Burton


Brief Summary:
School teacher Audrey … is a young, innocent romantic looking for Mr Right. A chance encounter with the charmingly charismatic Tom AND the handsome and brooding Jack on the same day suddenly leaves her seemingly spoilt for choice.

But then a single kiss turns a pleasing quandary into a troubling dilemma. As her feelings for the two men begin to grow, it becomes clear that one of them is not quite what they appear and love quickly turns to obsession. Can she see the truth before it is too late?

This exciting romantic thriller will take you on a rollercoaster ride full of twists and turns, but will Audrey find the one, or will love be the death of her?

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I think a good chick lit read needs a few things-romance (duh!), a likable main character-you'll think of Audrey as a friend by the end, and some twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. Well Love Me, Crazy has all of these things and more. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next to Audrey and where she would end up. Love Me, Crazy is the perfect winter weekend read, you can cuddle up and be in Audrey's world waiting to see what's next!


What kind of books do you enjoy? Leave me your recommendations in the comments

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

beauty | cake dry shampoo review

I'm a big believe in dry shampoo and I'm always in the market for the next best one. I was almost out of the Kristen Ess one (which is 19 gold stars out of 5 for me!) and didn't want to go allll the wayyy to Target-okay, it's only 20 minutes away, but still I was at Rite Aid and this pretty pink bottle caught my eye. So I said "yup, I'll give this a whirl" and it was about $4 less than the KE one.

What it says it'll do:

Based on the cakebeautyusa website; 
Does your dry shampoo leave your hair lifeless and dull? Do you dream of a second-day hair routine that gives you that freshly blown out look every single morning? If you’re totally over formulas that weigh you down with unwanted residue, it’s time to meet The ‘Do Gooder. This quick cleaning confection cleanses, refreshes, and revives your locks all while completely brushing out at the end of the day – meaning you can go ahead and enjoy those third-, fourth- and fifth-day hair goals.
The superb scent: warm vanilla, caramelized sugar, and a gorgeous hit of lemon.

What I thought:

I had high hopes for this dry shampoo for a few reasons, one the packaging is adorable. Two I could grab it at Rite Aid & don't have to worry about going to Target every few weeks (hello-trying to be good and avoid the Target Temptation!)  But it really just fell short. I tried using it as I always do-at night before bed-this lets it really soak into my hair, but the next morning my hair didn't seem any less dirty than it did before I went to sleep. I tried it another time in the morning and that worked a little better, but it didn't really do a dry shampoo trick like I normally expect.

Smell: Ummm no, it doesn't smell anything like the bottle says it does. To me it smells like fake vanilla like they tried to hard to get it to smell like a dessert.

Feel: Not sticky or heavy. It's a pretty lightweight dry shampoo compared to others I've tried.

Would I buy again? No :( I just feel like even in a pinch it's not the best that you can get for the price point with Batiste being $1-$3 dollars less.

What dry shampoo do you love? Leave me your recs inthe comments, 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

beauty | top 10 of 2018!

I still can't believe it's 2019, but yet here we are rounding up the best of beauty for last year! These are the products I was constantly reaching for the most last year. I've got some skincare, some makeup, some tools, and a little hair care. I've also teamed up with some of my fave dolls on the internet to share links to their lists as well and I already have carts full of their goodies. 

Morphe's M501 for highlighting is the MOST perfect brush. It puts on the right amount of highlight to really step up your glow game. 

Morphe's M444 foundation brush has been a game changer for me. I was in the market for one for a while and grabbed this towards the end of the year, but it still totally counts because I'm no longer using my fingers to apply every morning. 

Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Detox Clay Mask is the best way to end the day. Whether you have 5 minutes or half hour to spare, this really cleans out your pores. 

Kate Somerville's Exfolikate helps my dry skin so much! It really gets rid of all the dead skin and helps my skin glow. Pro tip, put this on dry skin and rub in and then hop in a steamy shower and let it sit for about a minute or so and then rub in circles again! Your skin will be SO smooth!

Wet n' Wild's Megaglo Highlight in Blossom Glow is the best highlighter in the game. Seriously, it's my fave product of the year and you can tell how well loved she is-hitting pan :(

Dry Face Razor has been another skin saver. This gets all my peach fuzz off as well as every little bit of dry, dead skin. The hair that grows back isn't darker or thicker than what you shaved off-promise! I was skeptical, but now I swear by it. My skin is glowy and makeup glides on like a freaking dream. 

Kylie Cosmetics Koko Kollection palette has the second half of my fave highlighting duo and the best summer blush of all time. I use the highlight and then use the Wet n' Wild one on top and glow to the Gods. The blush is perfect for the warmer months on it's own and then a great base to layer a more mauve shade (like Tarte's Exposed) on top in the fall & winter.

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black gives my lashes SO MUCH LIFE. I used this in the past and went back to it in the summer and it's honestly the best. And the Carbon Black color is the best to get my lashes nice and dark.

Morphe's Matte Lip in School Girl okay, I'll be honest, I toyed around with getting this for a while, but honestly this matte formula is PERFECTION. It's not drying on, your lips will feel so freaking smooth all day long. I can't wait for them to expand the shade range cause I will buy them all.

Redken Color Extend Blondage has been the best purple shampoo for me. I've tried them all (no seriously, I have...) and I keep reaching to this one out of the 4 in my shower at all times. Bonus, it smells like my high school crush's cologne (Polo Sport...I went to HS from 98-02, it shows...)-serious yum!

check out the other ladies posts;

Be sure you check out my girls' posts and leave them some love! What did you love in 2018? Let's chat about them in the comments


ps-some of the links up top are affiliate links, so I'll receive a small comish if you use em. You'll also give me the biggest smile, so then there's that :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

books | my top three thrillers!

A while ago, I posted on stories about how I got my best childhood friend 3 books for Xmas and I joked that it was like the "Kayla Paine Thriller Starter Pack" & I promised I'd share them with you, so here they are!

I loved each of these books because they kept you on the edge of your seat and you couldn't put them down. Two things, I think every good book should have especially thrillers (my fave type to read!)

My fave book I read in 2018. It's also a series on Netflix too, but start with the book cause you NEED TO FEEL THE CREEPS. The show is amazing. Oh, I would be doing you a major injustice if I didn't warn you...DO NOT READ Hidden Bodies the sequel. It's not worth it, you can't get the wasted hours back.

I love all of Chevy's books, she's a must read for me. But this one is my all time fave of hers!

This book pulls at your heart strings while you try to figure out exactly what will happen next.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Winter Wish List!

Here's a list of a bunch of things that I've had my eye on! All of the links are affiliate links meaning if you want them too and use the link below to purchase, I'll get a v small commission! 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

book review | Verity by Colleen Hoover

Brief Summary:
Sexy. Twisted. Consuming. 
From the #1 New York Times bestselling and award winning author Colleen Hoover comes "standalone romantic thriller that is tragic, creepy, and brilliant!-Mel Reader Reviews

Thursday, January 3, 2019

beauty | interview with my hairstylist Claudia Cruz from The Great Studio & all the info on my hair!

This is probably the MOST requested blog post from back in p&b days and I finally got around to doing it. Last time I got my hair done, I interviewed my hair dresser to get to know her more & so I can finally share how we get my hair color with all of you!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Welcome 2019! | goals, words to live by in the new year, & what I'm leaving behind

Woah, it's 2019! It's crazy writing that, but here we are day one of the next chapter (which also if you're an avid reader like me a chapter being 365 pages (days) long is INSANE-ha!) Okay, I know you aren't here to hear me ramble, but here's my goals & words I will be living by this coming year.


-drink more water
-follow ww correctly; I actually had a conversation about this in The Sassy Club on fb (it's a grp put together by fashion influencer Dani Austin & I like all of the inspo it provides.) ww works if you work the plan and track everything. I will be giving my all to this again and will be posting weekly (okay, biweekly, monthly, who knows...) updates on here. When I do post, I'll include my weight and what I ate during the week. 
-commit to blogging again; I tend to lack motivation cause I'm truly layz, but I will give this a real go and go back to the mindset "even if no one reads it, I'm doing this for me."
-read 52 books; I lowered it from last year cause I didn't meet that 2018 goal
-stop comparing my life to those online & remember everyone just shares a highlight reel; this is a huge one for me because 2018 taught me how short life really is when my blogging friend Leslie passed away 
-put myself out there in the community as a blogger 

words to live by;

-present; as in be more present: as we all do, I spend a lot of time on my phone. So even if it's just sitting down to watch a show I like, I want to watch the show and not browse IG while doing it
- bold; as in be bolder: I just want to put myself out there more in any capacity possible (I don't necessarly mean dating or anything like that, but I want to do more videos on IG and maybe start YT again.)

what I'm leaving behind;

-self-doubt! This goes hand in hand with a bunch of what I already wrote & people who know me in my every day life will probably be confused by it cause I come off as the most confident person in the room, but my life motto is fake it til you make it. So this year, I'm ready to actually believe in myself!

What are you hoping for in 2019? Anything you're leaving in 2018? Let's chat in the comments so we can support one another!