I just wanted to take a moment to drop in and say hello! Hello!!
It has been too long since I dropped in to say hello! I just wanted to let everyone know what has been going on in my life in these last few months.
2017 flew by and was filled with major computer crashes, part-time jobs that occupied every single moment of my time, a few vacations, and some serious growing (and some growing up).
I needed to take a beat at the end of the year and really figure out what I am doing and what I am aspiring to do. I left my job, which I thought was going to a lifelong career, about two years ago and have been bouncing around ever since. My heart and soul is always in beauty. I obsess over lipsticks, research skincare, collect nail polish, and I am always the first to notice a flawless complexion or bold statement. I live and breath all things beauty. Nothing makes me happier than when I can bond with someone about beauty items that I love; which is why we started this blog in the first place.
So, in the last year or so, I have kicked around a few jobs that never really…sparked anything. I have always worked in a retail-type capacity. From part-time to management, my footsteps have always been in brick and mortar store. This year, I decided that it is time for something new!
I recently enrolled to go back to school…for the first time in 16 years. I graduated from a community college back in 2002, when I thought life would figure itself out a little easier. At the time I was working for a small company as a retail manager and quickly got out of the habit of going to school. Years went by with minimal job hopping; all the companies I worked at were for pretty good chunks of time. Life sped by and here I am … going back to school at 37. It is exciting but certainly nerve-wracking. I have been wanting to go back for many years and now seemed like the right time. I am almost finished with my first term and everything seems to be going well so far.
One good thing about enrolling back in school is that it is helping build back some of my self-esteem. I didn’t realize how much of an impact leaving my previous career had on me. I was feeling pretty beat up and it has taken a while for me to feel good again. Now I am working on research papers, and doing homework, and trying to be social in an online classroom.. and I must admit it feels pretty great,
Which bring me back here! Like I said, my passion has always been in beauty. Being that I am currently not working in the industry, I need an outlet where I can share my thoughts and ideas! I have been revamping my skincare over the last few months and I need to talk about it and be excited about it!
It is so easy to get caught up in all the fears that come along with posting anything on social media and I am guilty of letting it get to me. Wondering if people will like your “voice”? Is the lightning in the picture okay? Does anyone even care about what I have to say? Am I posting too much or not enough? Now is the time for me to shake all those fears off and do what feels right to me. I can learn as I go, but it is important to me to show up. I mean we are “Sparkle Like You Mean It Blog”, I should sparkle like I mean it.
So, I am going to set aside any fears of failure that might have been creeping up over the last year and rededicate myself here. I will do my best to post often and share things that I am using or looking for. I am excited to take these next steps! Thank you for being our readers and for being so patient with us.
I f you know me in real life, you know that I LOVE New Orleans. It is one of my absolute favorite places to visit. I love the city, the culture, the vibe.. I could just stay there forever. So, when OPI launched a New Orleans collection… I obviously needed to own them all.
This week I grabbed Crawfishin’ for a Compliment from my collection. I was optimistic because I love all things Nola, but this color is not usually in my rotation.
I have been feeling very Spring-ish with March finally rolling it and I wanted to have a nail color that made me feel that Spring was coming. However, if you live in the state of New Jersey with us, you know that we just got more snow!
OPI’s Crawfishin’ for a Compliment was my color of choice. It is a creamy, full coverage light orange; almost a vibrant peach. When it dries down on the second coat it is beautiful and exactly what I was looking for.
However, the first coat made me second guess my choice. The formula is very think and at the same time runny. It dried down to an uneven, streaky, dull peach. I almost panicked for a minute, but figured.. its nail polish and I had already come this far… I was committing.
I am glad I stayed committed. It turned out to be a really pretty orange. It has a lot of saturation to the color on the second coat and covers any unevenness of the first application.
Again, I use the description orange lightly. Crawfishin’ for a Compliment is more of a vivid peach, with a light orange undertone. I actually find it to be a very unique color.
It required very little clean up, since the formula is a little on the thicker side it did not run everywhere.
1 coat OPI Ridge Filler
1 coat CND Stickey Base Coat
2 coats Nail Color
1 coat Butter London Hardwear Shine UV Topcoat
On a side note: I can not stress the importance of while filing.. going one direction. My manicures have been super rushed the last few weeks and I managed to do some damaged with my wild filing. This week I took the time to do it correctly and can really see the difference.
What do you think is weird? Bright Hair? Funky Makeup? Pink Lipstick?
I am a person who likes to celebrate the “weird”, or as I consider it individuality. I love people with bright makeup or funky hair. I love when people go against the trend and really embrace what they find happiness in.
MidnightMani: Butter London’s Royal Navy
My nail color selection doesn’t always have a meaning behind it. Generally, I just go with a color that speaks to my soul at that moment. Sometimes it is a color that I have been mentally obsessing over or even a color that I know will lift my spirits. However, every now and then I pick a color for a specific reason.
I like to give myself quite a bit of time when it comes to anything I’m using on my face. My skin is kind of odd in a way where it will immediately love something then hate it over time or vice versa. I don’t always know what’s truly going on, and quite honestly, with most products, I don’t survive the in-between unsure phase long enough to ever find out.
When pondering a nail color this week, I knew I wanted to go with something dark. I had on the OPI Center of the You-niverse for about two weeks. It wore beautifully for the most part (two weeks is a long life for natural nails), but I was ready to be rid of it by the end of last week. A busy schedule demanded that it stay put until last night.
So I knew I wanted my next choice to be something dark. In my head I was leaning towards something in the purple family. However, while I was perusing my options I came across OPI’s German-icure, and I have had zero regrets:
I know, I know.. I always love me a good nail polish.. and I always rant and rave about nails. So I wanted to expand on my #midnightmani posts with follow ups on application details and color woo. So here is my first:
OPI Center of the You-niverse. Wow…just wow. This color is a beauty. The color is a black on black with black glittery goodness. There is also a subtle silver glitter that just brightens the entire color up.
So for Christmas, my delightful Niece gifted me this plate:
Which, obviously, I immediately loved. I knew that I needed a good use for it, but was not 100% sure of what that use would be.
Every year around this time, my Husband and I do the annual “clean the entire house for the New Year”. Everything top to bottom gets a deep clean to start the year off right.
As an avid nail polish lover, I was always intrigued by the brand Ciate London.
Ciate London Nail polish is ALWAYS on the Top Nail Polish lists: great color, must have, celebrities swear by it.. ect. I would always read the list and make a mental note to research it, but somehow I never actually did. I would end up gearing back to my hearts content… OPI; and sometimes Essie ( love the colors.. me and the brush aren’t the best of friends).
I was beyond excited when I received the Ciate London Nail Polish, in Dangerous Affair, in my August Ipsy Glam Bag. So excited! I might have let out an actual squeal of excitement. However, it was the dead of August and I was still pretty dedicated to my summer colors. So, I put it on the back burner for use when I would fully appreciate it.