Luxury at your Fingertips

Lately I've been sporting low-cut, bear and clean nails - something that I haven't done in a long time. That made me all the more delighted to come across the new essie cashmere mattes collection featuring 4 nude shades and 2 steely blue shades, all with a semi-satin finish. I think this is a great transition collection for Winter into Spring with a versatile selection of colors.

Here are a couple of ideas:

Nail Art - Herringbone Leaves

Step 1: Apply 2 coats of Wrap Me Up. Let dry.

Step 2: Using a thin nail art brush dipped in  Comfy in Cashmere, begin stamping leaf shapes with tiny angled strokes on the nail starting at the tip.

Step 3: Skip top coat for a cashmere matte finish as shown.

Nail Art - Diamond Duo Tone

Step 1: Apply two coats of Spun in Luxe. Let dry.

Step 2: Use a liner brush dipped in clear polish create an “x” in the center of the nail.

Step 3: Create a triangle point at the top and bottom of the “x”. Now add a diamond over the center of the “x”.

Bringing in the New Year

Hey guys, I'm back. Sorry for seemingly falling off of the face of the Earth, but I'm still here. My entire Winter Break has consisted of grief and anxiety as I lost one of the most influential women in my life to Myeloma Cancer and Leukemia. My grandmother was a strong woman and it took me a second to realize that type of strength has lasted through generations in my family and was, without a doubt, passed on to me.

Sadly time doesn't stop and the world keeps moving and I can't allow myself to be left behind. Despite this, I still needed motivation to blog. I had to sit down and reassess why I was blogging and whether any of this mattered to me. In doing so I realized that blogging is much more than a method of expressing myself and reaching a lot of people in the process. People place a certain trust in bloggers that I wanted to be placed in me. Less and less we blindly consume products because a cute ad on TV that told us to do so. These newly empowered consumers go to the bloggers they trust for advice on what to buy, on whether things are a good investment, and what's the newest, shiniest object trending. And, I wanted to take on the responsibility of giving truthful advice based on my take on things.

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