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

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.

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!

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!