You know what they say about best laid plans… I had planned on posting a little get ready for work with me bit, can’t say tutorial because I am no makeup professional and will not pretend to be one! I just really love makeup and what I do works for me, but it’s not always by the books or anything… Buuuut…. since I worked all weekend (and stayed over for a few hours each day) my time at home was spent with my son, and sleeping, and cleaning, oh and laundry too, aka the bane of my existence. So during that time, I really didn’t like what I had come up with so I decided to start fresh today because it’s JUST ANOTHER MANI(C) MONDAAAAAAY! haha Can you guess what I have in store for you?? Drumroll please!….

Bonus points if you actually tapped a sweet little drumroll for me ♥
Bonus points if you actually tapped a sweet little drumroll for me ♥
Pretty little Essie mattes! From left to right we have All Eyes On Nude, Just Stitched, and Coat Couture. Since I took these pics with my phone, I got another angle just for color clarity sake…

The sun doesn't want to be my friend today
The sun doesn’t want to be my friend today
Same lineup, just reversed!

So the color I picked for today was All Eyes On Nudes because I guess I love my neutrals on my nails! I have never tried a matte before so I don’t know if some of my critiques are of this product by itself or the whole matte family. Once again I was happily surprised by a super quick dry time. I have a habit of destroying my nails before they even get a chance… such a shame… The package said that these last 2-4 days and are for fashion (as opposed to…?) oh and no top coat because that kind of defeats the purpose.

AllEyesOnNudes4

Different light angle
Different light angle

annnnnd one more
annnnnd one more
I don’t know if all mattes are this soft, but my nails feel as smooth as they do with regular shiny polish! I was expecting a chalkboard like texture, which is what has kept me from matte nails because that would just freak me out too much! So now the Cashmere in the name makes way more sense!

I did try the pink one (Just Stitched) but I didn’t love it as much as this one. It had some metallic blues in it which is really strange to see with a matte finish, but I guess, science ya know! I wish I would have taken a picture but I wanted to hurry and finish before my little man woke up!

♥ and here he is! ♥
♥ and here he is! ♥
My sweet little cuddle bug 🙂 Well, since I have painted my nails, I decided to throw them through the wringer and see how much this polish could actually handle. I swept, I scrubbed, I vacuumed, I peeled Mickey Mouse stickers off of furniture… so far, no chips! I am sure this will change by tomorrow or the next day, but I have to say, I’m pretty impressed! I may look into some matte top coats and see if any of those help with the lifetime of the polish on the nails because I am really loving the matte!

And I forgot to mention that I got these as a set from Sephora (I should probably go to S.A. Sephora-holics Anonymous). I do not remember the price but you guys are smart, I trust you can find it if you want it! 🙂 (EDIT! I actually got this set from Ulta last month or so haha I confuse myself sometimes!)

Speaking of Sephora… Anyone a BI, VIB or Rouge? I keep checking for the “Epic Rewards” to drop! I’m so excited, but trying not to be too excited because I will probably pass out during B’s nap and miss all the good stuff 😉

Next post will probably be next week if it is not tomorrow (gotta work to pay the bills!), and will be a more mommy-centric post. I’m thinking a little comedy relief of Why My Kid Is Crying. Spoiler, he’s 2… he is supposed to cry at the most insane moments! haha

xoxo Mandy

“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and… I believe in miracles.

-Audrey Hepburn

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