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Fall Nail Art: Retro Owl Ugly Sweater

I received Zoya Emilia as a press sample back when I was Shelby Lou Nails

I love love love fall. So I came up with this glorious ugly sweater stamping and have been feeling festive af. I cannot even explain my love for fall, especially since I dislike Halloween and scary things. But October might be my favorite month of the year. You know, as long as it's all about pumpkins and non-threatening scarecrows minding their own business. The crisp weather, gorgeous foliage, and that spicey smell in the air just do it for me. And I love the return of dusty colors and boots.

For my nail art I started with one of my favorite Dusty Cremes from Pretty & Polished, Patch. I believe it was pumpkin-inspired, but it is a very red-leaning orange dusty creme. P&P's Dusty Creme line is a favorite of mine, especially in the fall!

I used a sweater-ish image from MoYou London Fashionista 14 stamped with Zoya Emilia. A lot of the Zoya cremes make great stampers since they are so pigmented. I…

Dusty Fall Houndstooth Nail Art

Nothing to disclose

I am really easing into fall this year. Usually I'm wearing my boots, sucking down pumpkin spice lattes, and setting out gourds on every available surface in my home on September 1st. Unfortunately we've had this ridiculous heat wave of 80+ degrees for the last two weeks. I am way too fluffy for this nonsense. I even had to get my first PSL as a frappuccino, although I can't lie it was pretty fantastic. Ah, the joys of living in Buffalo. You really can go to the beach one day and be wearing a sweater the next.

But lets talk about some nails, like this fall houndstooth. I started with a base of KBShimmer Teal It To My Heart. Can we just talk about how perfect KBShimmer's cremes are? They practically apply themselves. And ummm, OCW here! No pooling in my cuticles which made clean-up a pleasure.

After my base I did some stamping with an image from MoYou Fashionista 09 using KBShimmer Stonewashed. These two cremes together have me in dusty heaven. And w…

SeneGence Mascara: UnderSense & LashSense Review

Disclosure: I am a SeneGence Distributor and bought this product for myself with my distributor discount. 
My go-to mascara used to be a cheapie wash-off waterproof that started with A and ended in von. It was alright, it was indeed waterproof and I did not have any flaking... but I got zero volume from it. I tried a lot of other more volumizing mascaras and still had too much flaking, so I just called it a day and only dreamed of pretty lashes. Since LipSense by SeneGence has exceeded all of my expectations of a lip color ever, I figured I needed to give mascara another shot.
I present to you UnderSense and LashSense from SeneGence! A volumizing and waterproof mascara that stays put. I was totally prepared to be underwhelmed but I have been wearing and loving this mascara for the past month now. This mascara comes in a handy dual-ended tube of volumizer (UnderSense) and mascara (LashSense). UnderSense is a moisturizing lash-builder that is gray, but I promise it won't show once y…

Marie Antoinette's Nails

I promise I'm getting creative in other areas of my life... I'm just so used to blogging about nail polish!

A couple weekends ago I went to the Renaissance Festival with some of my cousins in Sterling, NY. It was so much fun and some damn good people-watching! It was Highland Fling weekend so we heard lots of bagpipes and saw some caber tossing. Which is crazy and awesome. Anyway, I threw together this nail art the night before--cue flashbacks of college papers.

The colors and gold damask ended up reminding me of Marie Antoinette. Wrong country and time period. Ooops.

I started with a gradient of Zoya Kristen and Polish My Life Peaches Anyone? I used my trusty, slightly-crappy make-up sponges from Walmart and some Liquid Latex. I love how well these two pale and dusty colors blended! They also earn the hashtag #daintyaf. I finished off the gradient with an image from one of my all-time favorite (and possibly way overused) stamping plates from MoYou London--Fashionista 07. It&#…

Make Your Own Homemade Deodorant

If you've ventured here to read this post, you're looking for a more natural deodorant option. You might be wondering how to make your own deodorant and about the process of switching from mainstream to homemade. Or you're my mom (Hi, Mom!).

I started making and using my own homemade deodorant a few months ago. I think I'm starting to become a hippy. I've been slowly (very slowly) working on replacing harsher chemicals and toxins in my household and personal care products over the last year or so. Making my own household products has been fantastic because I can customize my essential oils and fragrances, get rid of toxins and carcinogens, and save money. My husband is even getting on board which is like, whoa.

I decided to try making my own deodorant after reading a recipe on one of my favorite minimalism blogs, Nourishing Minimalism. I am so inspired by Rachel and her ability to live minimally and joyfully with a house full of children, which I am told are quite …

Neon Sunset Gradient with Stamping & Holo

So apparently this blog will be heavy on the nail art. Last weekend I decided to go all out and do a gradient. Then I stamped it. Then I couldn't even and I added some Northern Lights. This is what I got.

I used three neon cremes from the Pipe Dream Polish A Night In Vegas Collection. I lucked out and got these on the third restock, I guess she doesn't make them anymore? Shame, because they are perfection in every way. I used On The List (neon pink), 110 Degrees (neon orange), and V.I.P. Pass (neon purple). I used PUEEN Liquid Latexon my cuticles and painted three strokes in a row of the polish, then just dabbed away. I found that once I finished a coat I could start right over within a couple minutes, but it did take four passes with my sponge. It was a glorious gradient! Hint: cheap wedge sponges from Walmart work the best.

I then used an image from the Bundle Monster Blogger Collaboration with Lucy's Stash. I used my trusty Rica Blackout and my clear stamper, which was …

Review of Undersummers by CarrieRae

I am so excited to share this review with you guys! I first saw these amazing shortlettes, Undersummers by CarrieRae, advertised on instagram. I went to check out the website and after some easy-peasy navigation and descriptions, immediately purchased four pairs. I don't know what genius this CarrieRae lady was struck with, but these are pretty much my new secret weapon for dresses.

Undersummers are advertised on their home page as "Super Comfy," "Always Fun," and "Absolutely Not Shape Wear!" Alright, I'm in! I knew I needed to check out the Size Chart first and it was next in line on the menu--it's like this website was reading my mind. Anyway, I'm a plus-size woman and I was delighted to find they carry sizes US Small to 4X, basically the sizing equivalent of NY & Company through Lane Bryant. My next stop was their "Fit" tab to read about the styles and features. On each page of the style they also have a key with main fea…

Pastel Neon Chevron Stamping Nail Art

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Of course I have to open with some nail art! I do enjoy making teeny works of art from nail polish. I've tried nail wraps before but it doesn't compare to some old-fashioned nail stamping. Since refocusing my energy into myself, family, and home in the last couple years I haven't done as much nail art. This is the first time I've busted out my stamping since February 2016 (according to IG@shelbylounails). I enjoyed creating this mani immensely. I kept smiling and waving my nails in my husband's face. He liked it, promise.

I need to get my old lightbox set-up back out, this lighting is atrocious. I'll blame it on the neon. For this mani I started out with a base of Cult Nails Tempest. Tempest is supposed to be a one-coat white, I did two lighter coats to get full coverage though in order for it to dry better. I then very lightly dry-b…

And So It Begins. Again.

In October of 2013 I started an exclusively nail polish blog, Shelby Lou Nails, with what I consider some success. I stopped posting about two years later. I kept doing a little on instagram, but not consistently. But I learned a ton and generally enjoyed my time.

I started getting into Minimalism and ordered The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo in October 2015. I read the book in like three days and "Konmari-ed" my house of all the joy-less things. In one weekend I made seven trips with the SUV full to the Salvation Army near our house. And when I say I did I mean my husband did. He is wonderful and it's pretty much my job to find things to bother him with. Anyway, after about 6 months both my husband and I started seeing major changes in our home for the better and he got on board too. We have been culling, decluttering, selling, and donating since. I love my tidy and joyful home! I can clean without spending a half hour cleaning up first. Not that I cl…