DIY Press On Nails

If you know me, you know I love to have my nails done. But going to the nail salon every few weeks can be pricey. In order to save some money, I tried out press on nails and fell in love.

What I wasn’t loving was the plain Jane designs most press ons have. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and paint them myself. I started off making a set just for the Halloween season. It’s actually pretty fun to do, so check out how I created these slimey bad boys below!

DIY Slime Halloween Press On Nails

What you’ll need:

  • Set of plain press on nails
  • Nail polish of your choice
  • Nail glue
  • Nail file
  • Orange wood stick
  • Poster putty
  • Toothpicks

Step One: Choose which size press on fits each of your natural nails best. (Tip: keep them in order once you find your sizes, especially if your design incorporates different things on specific nails)

Step Two: Using putty, attach each nail to the end of a toothpick. Simply roll up a small piece of the putty, then secure it to the end of the toothpick. Your nail should firmly stick to it, but not so much that it won’t come off when you need it to later.

DIY Press On Nails
DIY Press On Nails

Step Three: Once your press on nails are secured to the toothpicks you are ready to paint your design! Just place a finger on the toothpick attached to the nail you’re painting to hold it still. I used the polish’s brush for my base, then a teeny-tiny paint brush for the ooey gooey slime. (Tip: paint two coats of polish for your base color, let these coats dry completely before going in with any designs!)

DIY Paint Your Own Press On Nails
DIY Paint Your Own Press On Nails

Step Four: Let your nails dry! Letting them dry completely is very important. If your design is very thick (like the slime on my nails), I recommend letting them dry overnight.

Step Five: Push your cuticles back with an orange wood stick, and gently file the surface of your natural nails. Doing this is key in making your press ons last!

Step Six: It’s finally time to apply your nails! Apply one nail at a time, since nail glue dries quite quickly. Cover the surface of one natural nail with a thin layer of glue, then line up the back of the press on nail with your cuticle and press it onto your natural nail. Press on the nail until you feel it is secure, then continue to the next nail. Repeat until all ten press on nails are glued on! (Tip: be sure to wait at least an hour after applying your nails to get your hands wet!)

Step Seven: Rock those claws! 💅🏻


DIY Paint Your Own Press On Nails

Whether you’re dressing up for a Halloween party, a special occasion, or just want to wear some nails for fun, I recommend trying out customizing your own press ons. They’re a budget friendly way to have nice nails and they were fun to make!

If you decide to make your own nails, I would love to see them! Feel free to DM me on Instagram some pictures of what you create.

DIY Paint Your Own Press On Nails Slime Nails Glowing Blacklight
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Alani Nu Product Review

Alani Nu Pre-Workout and Collagen Supplements

I’m sure by now you’ve at least heard about Instagram fitness entrepreneur, Katy Hearn, and her supplement company, Alani Nu. If not, no worries. I’m going to introduce you to and discuss a couple of the products today!

First off, let’s talk about the company itself. On their website it says their mission is to help Alani Nu customers succeed in their fitness and wellness goals. They have eliminated “negative ingredients” and fillers from their supplements, and carefully created flavors to ensure each product is delicious. Everything is made in the United States in a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified facility, which basically means that all of the products are under strict quality control. So far, so good, right???

Now let’s get into the products! I regularly began using the Pre-Workout and Collagen + Hyaluronic Acid Supplement about a month ago.

The Pre-Workout is made to maximize your workout. Like the container says, it aids in energy, endurance, and pump. Each scoop contains 200mg of caffeine derived from coffee, 200mg of L-Theanine derived from green tea, some Beta-Alanine, L-Tyrosine, and L-Citrulline Malate. If you’re like me and have no idea what these ingredients do, let me quickly explain. After a little research I found out that Beta-Alanine enhances your workout by increasing exercise capacity and decreasing muscle fatigue; L-Tyrosine aids in improving mental performance, alertness, and memory; and L-Citrulline Malate is a naturally occurring amino acid that is changed to nitric acid in our kidneys, which in turn lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow. The ingredients list also includes a bit of Turmeric Extract and Beet Root Extract. It is vegan and gluten-free as well!

I really enjoy taking this pre-workout supplement! It actually does what it says it will. It increases my energy during workout sessions, and it definitely gets me sweating, tingling, and burning more calories! The taste is amazing as well. So far, I have tried Hawaiian Shaved Ice (my fav!) and Mimosa. The other flavors all sound amazing and I can’t wait to try more. Right now, there’s even a limited edition flavor called Witch’s Brew, just for the spooky season! So, if you’re in the market for a new pre-workout supplement, definitely try this one out! I highly recommend it.

Next let’s talk about the Collagen + Hyaluronic Acid powder. This stuff is all about the skin! It promotes healthy, youthful, and smooth skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as firming and hydrating. It is gluten-free, but not vegan, as it contains collagen peptides derived from the hides of grass-fed bovine. Each serving also contains a little over 18g of protein. It is clear and tasteless, so you can put it into just about any drink without it altering the taste. I will say, however, I recommend putting it into a smoothie or shake, or even a warm drink, as it can stay a little clumpy in cold or room temperature liquids. I love to blend it up with Califia Mocha Cold Brew Coffee with Almond Milk and a little ice!

But let me tell you, incorporating collagen into your supplement routine works! With the help of collagen and a good skincare routine, I no longer have to worry about my foundation and concealer creasing or cracking in the fine lines around my eyes and mouth, because they’re completely gone! Overall, my skin is just healthier looking. Now I just need to tackle my breakouts with some Balance supplements, which help support hormonal balance, weight management, complexion, and fertility. I did take Balance for a month or so sometime last year, but consistency is key and I was not consistent at all with them, so I can’t really give an official opinion on it yet. But I will say, these magical little capsules have 4.9 out of 5 stars, with almost 7,000 reviews, so I think that speaks for itself.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a new brand of supplements, give Alani Nu a try. I love the fact that they do not add fillers to their ingredients, and that they make their product right here in the US in a GMP certified facility. Also, nothing beats their flavor selection. Overall, they make some good stuff, and if I were you, I’d try out letting Alani Nu help you reach your fitness and wellness goals!

Also, I just wanted to say, I am not being paid, nor am I earning rewards of any sort from this post about Alani Nu. It is simply my opinion on the product.

Have you tried any Alani Nu products? If so, which ones do you love? What are your favorite flavors? I want to try it ALL! Leave your recommendations down below in the comments.

10 Things I Wish You Knew About BPD

OCTOBER 10TH IS WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY!

Because all of my previous mental health posts were deleted by a hacker, I wanted to create a new, updated version of one of my most popular posts. In honor of World Mental Health Day I wanted to share a little about my experience with Borderline Personality Disorder, as the key to ending the negative stigma surrounding the illness is being open and willing to educate and discuss.

TRIGGER WARNING: mention of suicide, substance abuse, sex

For those of you who do not know much about it, “borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness marked by an ongoing pattern of varying moods, self-image and behavior” according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Symptoms often result in rocky relationships, impulsive behavior, and intense episodes of rage, depression, and anxiety.

There are nine diagnostic criteria for BPD; in order to be diagnosed you must meet at least 5 of the 9 below criteria.

  • Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
  • A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.
  • Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.
  • Impulsivity in at least 2 areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating).
  • Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures or threats, or self-mutilating behavior.
  • Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days).
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness.
  • Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights).
  • Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.

Now that we know the main symptoms of BPD, we can jump into the list.

10 Things I Wish You Knew About Borderline Personality Disorder

  1. We feel too much. I believe this quote from Dr. Marsha Linehan, the founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (a common treatment for BPD), sums it up perfectly: “People with BPD are like people with third degree burns over 90% of their bodies. Lacking emotional skin, they feel agony at the slightest touch or movement.
  2. It’s not just BPD we’re dealing with. It’s more common than not that a person with Borderline Personality Disorder is suffering from more than just BPD. We are often also diagnosed with anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, Bipolar, substance abuse, etc.
  3. We probably think you hate us. Usually due to the fact that we do not feel like we are “enough,” or that we are unlovable, we often think you will abandon us at any moment. This can cause us to act out, either in hopes of making you stay, or pushing you away before you get the chance to leave. In all honesty, if I ever marry, I feel like I will be standing at the altar asking, “Are you 100% sure you actually like me???”
  4. We’re often thought of in a negative light. There’s a lot of negative stigma surrounding the BPD diagnosis. We are often described as manipulative, untreatable, selfish, too sensitive, or attention-seeking. I have even heard of medical professionals refusing to see borderline patients due to these harmful beliefs.
  5. Research shows several differences in healthy brains and those with BPD. These differences include a smaller amygdala, an overactive hippocampus, an inefficient prefrontal cortex, and abnormal cortisol production. The smaller the amygdala, the more overactive it is, making emotions much more intense than normal. The hippocampus, being in a constant state of hyperarousal, interprets otherwise safe situations as threatening and relays faulty messages back to the amygdala. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for rationality, reason, and decision-making. Because it is underactive, it is believed to be the reason for the impulsivity that comes along with BPD. Cortisol is a natural chemical released during times of stress; Those with BPD have abnormal levels of cortisol in their bloodstream, causing any stressor to seem incredibly overwhelming.
  6. 90% of everyone diagnosed with BPD will attempt suicide. Recurrent suicidal thoughts and actions play a major role in the lives’ of those with BPD. 10% of those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder will successfully commit suicide. The rate of suicide among those with BPD is 50 times greater than that of the general population, according to an analysis of BPD research by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2014. In fact, BPD is the only mental illness that includes suicidal behavior in its diagnostic criteria.
  7. BPD is not Bipolar Disorder. Sure, both illnesses cause extreme shifts in mood, but they’re not the same disorder. Bipolar Disorder involves shifts in behavior between depressive and manic or hypo-manic episodes, and does not involve a fear of abandonment. In some cases, such as mine, you can be diagnosed with both BPD and Bipolar, making for an interesting combination of symptoms.
  8. We understand others’ feelings to a greater degree. I’m usually pretty good at sensing a change in someones’ mood as soon as it happens. Picking up on the emotions of others is quite taxing though; if I am around someone who’s in a bad mood all day, it can take some time to recover. A study from the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University suggested that individuals with BPD may have a greater ability in a particular form of emotion recognition called “mental state discrimination,” particularly when it comes to the eye region of the face. According to the study “an enhanced sensitivity to the mental states of others may be a basis for the social impairments in BPD.”
  9. Not everyone with BPD has the same symptoms or experiences. As I mentioned above, there are 9 different criteria that medical professionals go by in order to diagnose BPD. Because you must have at least 5 of those 9 symptoms, there are 256 total possible combinations of symptoms by which you could be diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.
  10. We can recover. Previously it was believed that Borderline Personality Disorder was an untreatable illness. A study of BPD patients published in 2011 found that 85% of them were in remission within 10 years of treatment (remission being defined as having 2 or fewer of the 9 diagnostic criteria). With therapy, medication to treat comorbid disorders, and a lot of hard work, BPD is actually very treatable and the outlook a lot brighter than originally believed.

If you’ve made it this far, I just want to thank you for reading this post! I could probably make a list of 100 things I wish everyone knew about Borderline Personality Disorder, but ain’t nobody got time for that! So I hope you find this list informative and helpful.

Lastly, in honor of World Mental Health Day, I ask you to share your experiences with mental health with others; whether it be in the comments of this post, on your own social media, or just with a friend or family member. Be open and honest. Let others know they’re not alone! Reach out to your friend who may be struggling. Let them know they can talk to you and be supportive of those who are having a hard time. And I hope you all have a lovely World Mental Health Day!

Urban Decay Stay Naked Foundation Review

If you keep up with the latest in makeup, you’ve probably at least heard about Urban Decay’s latest creation: Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation. Beauty Bloggers all over have been raving about it. So when it was time for me to pick up another bottle of foundation, I opted for UD’s Stay Naked rather than reaching for my old trusty, CoverFX Power Play Foundation.

First, lets start off with the basics. The UD Stay Naked Weightless Foundation is a medium coverage, waterproof, liquid foundation that promises to stay on up to 24 hours. They describe the finish as a “real-skin matte.”

The foundation comes in 50 different shades – including nine shade intensities, three “master tones,” and seven undertones. The shade range is impressive and really makes it easy to find your perfect match.

Now let’s jump into the review!

When they say this foundation goes on like a second skin, they’re really not lying. It sits on your skin so nicely, yet doesn’t settle in fine lines at all. It does take about two layers to get the coverage I need for my acne scarring and dark circles, but I’m convinced I could put layer upon layer of this stuff on and it wouldn’t get cakey. It really is weightless, too. Even when first applying it, I can’t feel it on my face!

But does is stand the test of time? Surprisingly enough, this weightless foundation stays on just as well as foundations that feel like paint on your skin. I actually wanted to test its limits, and wore it to a car show. I was outside, in 95 degree weather, literally all day and my face didn’t budge, even though I was constantly sweating. I was impressed, to say the least! What’s more impressive is that my skin gets oily as the day goes on, and it still did not effect its staying power. While sweating profusely though, this foundation will transfer just a bit, which wasn’t a huge deal to me. With this product being so light and airy, I didn’t expect it to stick the way it did. The “up to 24 hour wear” claims are legit, y’all.

It does not seem to oxidize on my skin after wearing it for a while either, so those oh so accurate shade matches will stay that way.

I’m also pumped that this foundation is vegan and cruelty free! I tend to be picky about the beauty products I use on my skin, so I love the fact that this is formulated without icky ingredients. I’ve been using it for about a month continuously now and I can say it has not caused any abnormal breakouts for me!

All in all, I love this foundation. I think it will definitely be my new go to. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still obsessed with CoverFX Power Play and its unbeatable coverage and staying power, but it’s nice to change things up every now and again.

Take a look at the video below where I demonstrate how I use Urban Decay’s Stay Naked Weightless Foundation and show off the end result after completing my makeup!

As you can see in the video, I prepped my skin with Urban Decay’s Optical Illusion Complexion Primer. I use a flat top brush to apply and blend the foundation. I usually use two pumps in order to achieve the coverage I like, but I prefer to apply one pump at a time. Pump, blend, pump, blend!

Off camera, I followed up with Tarte Shape Tape Concealer on my dark circles and any blemishes that needed it. Then I set everything with W3ll People Bio Baked pressed powder.

In conclusion, Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation is amazing and you should try it out if you’re in the market for a longwear matte foundation. Of course, not everything will work for everyone, but in this case I think it’s worth a shot. I’m definitely glad I strayed away from my tried and true product and changed it up this time.

I’d love to hear what you think about UD’s new foundation! If you’ve tried it, have you used the Stay Naked Concealer yet? I can’t imagine loving something more than Shape Tape, but I may have to try that out next!

Collagen Infused Sweet Energy Bites

A couple of days ago, I decided to make a snack that satisfies my sweet tooth, and incorporates healthy ingredients. I have made plenty of protein/energy bites in the past, and I knew I wanted to try using my new Organisource protein and collagen powder in them. So I looked over a few recipes and came up with the following:

• 2 cups 100% whole grain old fashioned oats

• 2 tablespoons flax seeds

• 2 tablespoons chia seeds

• 2 cups nut butter

• 2/3 cup 100% maple syrup

• 1 cup granola

• 2 scoops Organisource Chocolate Keto Collagen with MCT Powder

The type of nut butter and granola you use for this recipe is totally up to you. For my energy bites, I chose all natural peanut butter and organic dark chocolate and red berries granola. You can also use any type of protein powder you have on hand!

Making these energy bites is super simple! Just add your ingredients to a large bowl and mix well with a spoon. Be sure your nut butter is evenly dispersed throughout the mixture.

After your ingredients are thoroughly mixed, refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Once chilled, scoop round tablespoons of the mixture out and form into balls. This recipe should make about 30 bites, give or take.

Now your energy bites are ready to enjoy! Be sure to keep any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge to snack on later.

If you would like to try out your own Organisource protein powder, be sure to use the code KATRIST for $ off your purchase!

I love this recipe because it is incredibly simple to make and the energy bites themselves are easy to eat on the go! It is also completely customizable; it’s up to you to choose which nut butter, protein powder, and granola to use! So try it out, and let me know what ingredients you included in your energy bites in the comments below!

Why you should be Livin’ Lively, too

If you follow me on Instagram, you should know I’m a big fan of Lively, a lingerie company specializing in what they call “Leisurée,” or “athleisure for lingerie” according to Stylecaster.

Lively black mesh lace bralette and panties

The company has over 60 years of experience in manufacturing lingerie, and they source the highest quality materials they can find for their brand. Lively also owns their own factory, meaning they have control over every detail throughout the production process.

girl wearing Lively mesh lace bralette with blue jean jacket

Lively, however, is not only about the products they sell. According to their website:

“it is about a mindset we want to share with women around the world. One that reminds, empowers, and enables us all to live life doing what we love, with the people we love!”

Cool, right? A brand that’s all for empowering women! Lively is also quite inclusive in comparison to some lingerie brands. With a wide array of sizing options and several shades of nudes, there’s something for nearly everyone!

Not only that, but this brand produces some of the comfiest bras, panties, swimwear, and loungewear I’ve ever owned! Seriously, I threw out all of my Victoria’s Secret bras as soon as I discovered Lively.

Not completely sold on the comfort level of Lively’s products? Take my word for it – I suffer from chronic pain due to fibromyalgia, and normally, bras and I don’t get along. They sit on some typically tender spots for me and there’s usually no way I can get through a full day of bra-wearing. Lively’s bralettes have been a game changer, though. I’ve even forgotten I had one on at times, which used to never be a thing!

Lively also offers accessories and apparel like totes and tees! They even have their own signature scent, “Jasmine. Sea. Sun.,” you can buy in your choice of candle or perfume.

The quality and comfort of Lively can’t be beat, and the prices are pretty good as well. They also offer a rewards program, making it easy to earn discounts on future purchases. You get free shipping with every order over $40 and if you don’t care for what you bought, or it does not fit, Lively offers free returns.

Lastly, I would just like to point out that I am not getting paid to write this post – I am just passionate about comfortable undergarments, tbh. So if you haven’t yet, do yourself a favor and try out Lively!

Use promo code AMB-KAT.RIST2 for $$ off your Lively purchase!