Review: KISS Gel Fantasy (ready to wear gel) nails

Friday, June 26, 2015



So I just want to say that I'm not a big fake nail kinda girl and this was actually my first time trying anything like this out. I was a little worried when I bought these because I use my hands a lot at work and having a missing nail...was not something I wanted happening to me. The pack came with several different sizes to fit everyone's nails. It also came with two types of adhesives; an adhesive tab and glue. After I cut my nails, I peeled off the sticky tabs and put them directly onto my nails and then pressed on each nail. I loved the way these nails looked in the box, but once I had all of them on...it looked like I just got my nails done for my wedding. I love anything sparkly, but I think this was a little too much for my complexion. It only took me about 15 minutes to apply. Shortly after, I was out the door and on to my Atlanta adventures! That night I came back with 9 nails. Yup...not for me. I got home and applied another nail...but this time with the glue. Lesson learned? Always use the glue. It held up so much better. So what are my official thoughts?


Here it is: I love how pretty the designs are and I like that there are bigger size options for nails. Would I wear an entire set? Heck no lol. Personally, an entire hand of sparkly is too much for me. And truth is, I can't wear these with my job. However, I can absolutely wear one nail on each hand just for the design itself. It looks so much better as an accent rather than having the design on every nail. I've had mine stay on this entire week! Also, I'm not very good at drawing designs on my hand, but if I can attach a pre-designed fake nail, I will totally do it. *insert muahahahaha here* I'm currently looking into buying more. Will I buy the same brand? Maybe, maybe not. I paid about $11 for these and I think I've seen more inexpensive ones available. Think of the possibilities ladies!! 

Until Next Time!
Good vibes :)


Review: COVERGIRL truBLEND foundation + L'OREAL Voluminous Million Lashes Excess

Thursday, June 18, 2015


I'm the kind of girl who loves sticking to what she knows works best, but sometimes I get that urge to  find something bigger and better. Well guys...I don't think I've found it yet...at the drugstore anyways. I love my L'OREAL true match foundation. It's the best one I've used so far from the drugstore. I always go back to it, but recently I decided to give another guy a chance. Same goes with my mascara...although I'm more willing to explore several different mascaras! Keep reading to find out what I thought about my new purchases!


I was immediately drawn to Covergirl's truBLEND foundation because the color looked insanely similar to my skin just by looking at it. So what did I think about it? Straight to the point, this foundation wasn't for me. I'm not sure if I like the lotion feeling consistency it has, but I would consider it a light-medium coverage just because I currently have acne scaring and it was hard to cover with this foundation -with or without a brush. It did feel nice once on and the pump was a great plus, but if this was a first date, we didn't have chemistry...we didn't click. :( But remember guys, what might not work for me, could work for you. The color I used was in m5, and it cost me about $8. 



Moving on to the next product! I'm always trying out new mascaras, but I'm very picky about the type of mascara I get. I have very long lashes and have found that big brush type wands work better for me...not the plastic/rubber comb ones. Why? Because the brushes give me more volume and coat more individual lashes. So here I go, out of my comfort zone, I tried one of these rubber wands.


With the rubber comb type wands, I tend to get messy and get mascara all over my eyes. I also have a really hard time getting my bottom lashes. Maybe I just haven't quite figured out the technique for using these brushes, but the formula itself isn't bad at all. It does last long and it dries once you apply it. Totally a good thing because I've tried mascaras that somehow still feel wet on the lashes. Even after a nap, my lashes were still looking pretty good and not clumped up. Oh another thing, I really don't like mascaras that have a strong odor to them...and this isn't one of them. It has a low, mild odor.  :) I won't be returning this mascara because well...the packaging is pretty and today I received a compliment on my lashes. That's worth something right? It's going into my back-up mascaras. At around $7, I think I'll be okay keeping it. I did like the formula.  


Well guys...thats all I have for you today! I hope my personal thoughts and experiences helped you in some way. I've been so busy lately, I'm glad I had time to write up this post! I'm off to go color my roots and lighten my brows! As you can see in my photos, my roots are trying to say hello... If you enjoyed my post, follow my blog! Or follow me on google+! :) ...pssst, I have an instagram too!!! 

Until next time!
Keep the good vibes,
:)


LAKE CAMPING TRIP + YOUTUBE UPDATE

Monday, June 15, 2015

Here are some photos from my camping trip back in May. I didn't take too many photos because it was sort of a therapeutic trip I took with my friends, but I did manage to take some footage. Hopefully, I'll be able to upload a video soon! 








If anyone has been wondering where I've been or why I haven't updated my Instagram or blog lately, it's because I've been going on a lot of adventures lately. Between out of state music festivals, camping trips, and shows in Atlanta, I've been pretty busy to update my blog :( I've also been studying for a new job I just started! I get to work from home so I'll be able to work on my blog and youtube channel! 
It may actually be a while before I actually upload videos on there because I'm still experimenting with editing and music. If you're interested in what I will be vlogging about here's a quick summary about LifeWithLaly: 


LifeWithLaly: In case you haven't figured it out yet...I am Laly! It's the nickname my closest friends gave me. Music is a big part of my everyday life, every day has to have a soundtrack. I need to have my music just like I need to have my iced coffee. Follow me as I go on adventures in Atlanta or out of state for music festivals, shows, or life adventures in general! Meet the people I meet on a weekly basis. Everyone has a life story and a journey, join me as I cross paths with them. :) 


Until my next post!
(sooner than you think!)
Good vibes, iced coffee, and wine! ;)



SELL YOUR UNLOVED CLOTHES ON VINTED!

Thursday, May 14, 2015







I have been using the Vinted app for quite some time now. I know I'm not the only girl who holds on to clothing and shoes she no longer wears! Sometimes, I love looking at my shoes more than I do wearing them hahah. One day I decided to put up some items I no longer wanted. I have since sold quite a few pieces! Here's a quick rundown on how it works. 

On the vinted app, you can shop other girls' closets and vice versa! You can make offers on items or you can also trade items! (Note: Vinted does take a percentage out for being the middle part, but they let you know exactly how much you would make on an item) The buyer always pays for shipping, you just have to make sure you select the correct size for your package! Once the buyer submits their payment, Vinted then emails you the shipping label to print. Pick up a couple of boxes from the Post Office (totally free), package your item nicely, tape the shipping label on it, and ship it out! Just be sure to grab the proper boxes! You do NOT want the FLAT RATE boxes. Vinted gives you a timeframe to send the package to the buyer and also lets you know once a package has been scanned and sent! When the buyer receives the package, payment is then forwarded to you via Vinted. You will have to add your bank account info for them to pay you. 

So far, I have not had any problems! I've tried using Poshmark before, but I get so easily overwhelmed, I end up giving up. Vinted is just simpler to me. When I decide to try Poshmark again, I'll be sure to post about it. I have friends who love that app! Are you a Vinted girl or a Poshmark girl? Want to check out my closet? (You can click on the side of the page on the Vinted Button) 
Or check me out here: 


(Ps- Autocorrect messed up my name when I was signing up!) 


 Until Next Time!
Good Vibes, Iced Coffee, and Wine… ;)

Sensationail FUSE gelnamel Review (Bonus: Sensationail gel primer + base & top coat)

Monday, May 4, 2015

I am a huge gel polish lover! I do a lot of work with my hands and getting a regular manicure is usually a waste of money for me. My nail polish will always chip within the first two days. With gel polish, my nails can grow longer, won't chip, and last for as long as two weeks. However, going to the nail salon every so often can get pricey and I still have not found my go-to nail salon. Most of the salons I go to, don't have a wide variety of colors I want, or do a mediocre job on my nails. So what better solution than to get my own gel polish kit and do it myself? That's exactly what I did. I went to walmart and picked up the affordable Sensationail FUSE gelnamel kit for $13 as well as the Sensationail Gel Primer + Base & Top Coat for $10. Here is my first impression of these products:




I was initially doing a test run before I would fully commit to a review on this, but I did manage to capture some photos along the way. I followed the directions step by step. I buffed the shine off my nails, wiped each one individually with the cleanser, applied a light coat of the FUSE polish, and capped the ends before moving on to the UV light. I repeated a second coat of the polish making sure I did not have any unwanted excess. I used the UV light again and so far…everything was going well! 


I was instructed to use the cleanser to wipe off the sticky residue left on top of the nail, but I immediately noticed the shine was dulled. According to the instructions, they claimed the shine would come back over time… I also noticed a tiny tiny bit of the blue polish come off with the cleanser. It also did not feel like a regular gel polish on my nails. 
Halfway through the next day, this is what my nails looked like. The ends were beginning to chip and I began to peel away at them. I was completely convinced I was going to return this product. 


Later that day when I got home, I decided to use the primer and base & top coat that I purchased seperately with my own nail polish to see if I got better results. 


After removing the blue FUSE polish, I buffed my nail of any shine, and wiped it down with the cleanser from the FUSE starter kit. Then, I applied the primer onto each of my nails. 



Next, I applied a thin base coat and put it under the UV light from the FUSE starter kit for 30 seconds. 



After each base coat, I applied my regular nail polish and waited for it to dry. This part was tricky because you need to make sure each coat is flat and even. Once the regular nail polish was dry, I applied the gel top coat and used the UV light for another 30 seconds. 


After I was done with the base coat, I then wiped off the sticky residue with the cleanser and pads from the FUSE starter kit. My nails did not lose their shine and to this day have still not chipped on me. :) 


Honestly, I would not repurchase the Sensationail Fuse Starter Kit again, I will actually be returning it. I wasn't fond of the formula at all. 
I did however like the Sensationail primer + base & top coat. I have heard of girls being able to use their own polish by just using the top & base coat, and I'm glad I was able to do it too. Go ahead and just invest in a full hand UV light starter kit that comes with a polish and top coat. It's less time consuming and you'll be happier with the results! 


 Until Next Time!
Good Vibes, Nice Nails, and Wine… ;)

April Adventures in Atlanta

Thursday, April 30, 2015
















 Until the next adventure!
Good Vibes, Jenni's Ice Cream, and Wine… ;)


My Foundation + Findation.com

Tuesday, April 28, 2015



I love my L'OREAL true match foundation. It has been my holy grail for years now. I've even gotten a few of my friends on it, but recently I wanted to find a more full coverage makeup. That meant I had to begin my journey on finding the right shade of foundations for my skin. It isn't easy, even when the girls over the counter try and match you, they don't always get it right. It's a lot of trial and error. I tried searching online for girls with my same skin tone, but found it extremely difficult. I used a website called foundation.com to help point me to the right direction when buying a new foundation. It helped, but it wasn't 100% also. It was pretty close though! Here are two foundations I bought and tried:

First up, Mac NC30 in Studio Fix Fluid. The girl over the counter matched me to this, but it is a little bit dark for me. I wasn't too opposed to it though because I tan really easily in the summer and I didn't have a summer foundation yet. I also like to contour with foundation rather than with powders. I love how full coverage this foundation is, but I wish it wasn't so chalky. It could just be because it's a matt foundation. 

Next, I wanted to try RCMA makeup because I've heard such good things about it, and I really wanted to use a cream makeup. The makeup I bought from RCMA came with four different shades. KO-2 seemed to match my L'OREAL W4 pretty close. Instead of using this as a foundation, I use this to conceal since I love liquid foundations better. 

I'm still trying out more foundation brands and shades to see which ones best match with me, but I am keeping these foundations to keep up with my summer to winter shades. 


Are you the same shade as me? Have you tried Findation.com? Have a blog? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time!
Good vibes, iced coffee, and wine!
:)


Review: Loreal Ever Pure Sulfate-Free Blonde Brass Banisher

Thursday, April 16, 2015





Before I went to Miami for Winter Music Conference, I decided to get my first Keratin treatment. My hair was pretty damaged from the amount of bleach I used on it over the past two years (mainly from when I was trying to figure out how to become a blonde at home). Well, if there's anything I learned about going to music events and festivals, it's that my hair will always go from looking cute to looking like a frizzy mop on my head. Getting the keratin treatment made my life soooo much easier, especially during my Miami trip. Of course...it also helped that I wanted to get a low maintenance bob last minute. (Does anyone else ever get the urge to chop off your hair into a bob during the warmer months??) Well, my hair is so much more manageable now and I even had my boyfriend tell me it felt a lot healthier. When you get a keratin treatment, you also have to purchase sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner if you want to prolong the life of your gorgeous new hair. The sulfate in most regular shampoos will strip the keratin from your hair much faster than it would if you were to switch to a sulfate-free shampoo and because I have blonde hair, I also need a shampoo that will tone my hair  to get the brassiness out. Lucky for me, I found Loreal's Blonde Brass Banisher shampoo which turned out to be sulfate-free as well! I really fell in love with this shampoo and conditioner more than I originally thought. My previous purple shampoo was extremely harsh on my hair and I would rarely use it because it left my hair feeling dry and brittle, but this shampoo left my hair feeling super soft. Normally, with sulfate-free shampoos, I have to wash at least three times before I feel like my hair is clean. Not with this one. I only need one good wash and my hair feels clean. If you decide to use this shampoo, be sure to keep it in your hair for at least five minutes before washing it out. My friends could instantly tell my hair was more ash toned and less brassy. If you are a blondie who just got a keratin treatment, I highly recommend this line! Have any other products you think I should check out? Let me know!


Until next time, 
Good vibes, good hair, and good wine 
;)



Let's make a lifestyle change...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Summer is around the corner again and I'm feeling motivated to change my eating habits again. I'm really trying to eat healthier again…meaning I will be cooking at home more often and making fruit/veggie smoothies in the morning. I never let myself buy packaged snacks or frozen food. My shopping cart usually consists of fresh produce and chicken. I haven't really gone back to eating red meat on a constant after I did my vegetarian for a month challenge. I'll still eat it, but it's very limited to the weekends when I go out to eat with friends. 
Need some tips for eating slightly better than you are at the moment? Switch from eating white rice to brown rice, breads to wheat tortilla wraps, sugary juices to fresh smoothies or juice. Also, get creative with your salads! Stay away from iceberg lettuce, go for the Romaine, Spinach, or Spring Mix. If you still feel like a salad won't be filling, my tip to you is, add a bit of quinoa or brown rice! Some of my favorite add ins to a salad would be a nuts, cheese, carrots, feta cheese, raspberries, corn, rice, and egg. Not only does your food begin to look pretty, but you also start to feel good about the nutrients you are about to put into your body.










Have any particular salad recipes you love, I'd love to hear them! Want more tips, leave a comment below! Have fun creating your salad!


Until next time, 
Good vibes, salad, and wine ;)