9 nude nail polishes you need to try now

To me, a nude nail just screams sophistication. It is the perfect color for a job interview, a wedding, work, play, and any other event or activity you can possibly dream of. 

Before I started wearing colors like green and grey, I stuck to nudes. On my short nails, it was perfect. Once my nails started to grow out, I was (and still am) all about experimenting. Of course, I still love a beautiful nude nail, so today I wanted to share nine of my FAVORITE nude nail polishes.

Essie Topless & Barefoot 
The perfect soft beige nude that is great for that effortless beachy look

Butter London Yummy Mummy
A cool beige nude that is perfect for any mummy

Lauren B Beauty Nude No. 2
A crisp champagne hue sweetened with a hint of honey

Morgan Taylor In The Nude Nail 
A light sheer shade

Essie Truth or Bare
A light cinnamon brown

ella + mila Sugar Fairy
A deep pink rose ladylike nude

Pacifica Dream Catcher
A glistening tan

Orly Mind, Body, Spirit
A breathable treatment + color in a nude beige creme

Londontown The Full Monty
A creamy nude

Which nude is your favorite?

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Links & Loves

Ah, it's Sunday. The sun is shinning, the day is lazy, and it's time to tell you about all the things that I have been loving lately.

These watches are beautiful and I really want one.

I just bought this coat from Old Navy and let's just say- I think everyone that lives in the tundra of the Midwest needs one. It's warm, has a faux fur embellished hood, and is in an on trend color. Utter perfection.

Everyone needs these leggings in their life. Like now.

This ring is so pretty.

I really love oils and this one has been my go-to for the last week.

I need this print. And so does any beauty-obsessed gal.

Multi-task beauty products are my go-to and this salve from Farmacy is definately on my must-have list. It contains honey (which is a natural healer), and you can use it on your face, hands, body- practically any where on your skin that is dry and needs some extra love.

This skincare tool is a game changer.

Anything that you have been loving lately? Tell me about it.

Finally getting the right diagnosis

In November 2017, I was diagnosed with Bipolar II by a new Psychartrist. 

Basically, Bipolar I disorder involves periods of severe mood episodes from mania to depression. Bipolar II disorder is a milder form of mood elevation, involving milder episodes of hypomania that alternate with periods of severe depression. (Webmd.com)

I have talked about my depression before... in a nutshell, I was a teenager when I was diagnosed with depression. I was on  many medications, and to be honest, none of them actually worked. I was able to manage my depression through life changes- my parent's divorce, college, the birth of my son- but in December 2016, I finally needed help.

I was off medication and my spirits weren't as high as they should have been. Bluntly, I was numb. Numb to the holiday spirit, numb to the love around me, numb to being happy. I felt as if I was on a roller coaster ride and the roller coaster stopped in the low part with all of the murky water, and it had no hopes of moving any time soon. At that point in my life, I finally reached out to my gynecologist at my yearly and asked for help. He put me on Lexapro. After about 4 weeks, I felt better, but had a new symptom. 

I still cried and felt numb, but I could feel the love around me while on the meds. The unfortunate side effect was that I was having a "touch" of OCD. I would check to make sure that my flat iron was unplugged, that I had my phone, that doors at my previous job were locked; all several times and then several times more. I felt like I was going crazy. At the neck check up, my gynecologist told me that the OCD was normal on the meds, so he upped the dose. He told me that the OCD would go away. I said ok.

In June 2017, I went through a major life change. I quit my job after being offered a full-time job, moved, put our cat down, and started the new job, all within a week. Once starting the new job, I was driving almost an hour to work and back. During the first few weeks of the job, I was tired, stressed, and studying to take my RBT test (registered behavioral tech). I, of course, was depressed. It happens... 

After I took my RBT exam and passed, I was moved closer to home- my drive is 30 minutes on a good day. I loved the job, and still do. But I was still depressed. Mostly due to the stress of the job, irritating co-workers (just comes with the territory), and the fact that I couldn't spend any time with my kid. 

In August, I was in a car accident. I was hurt, and still am. I have issues with my neck, memory, and all that fun stuff. My depression got worse. I cried alot- and still do. I tried to go back to my gynecologist for help, but he told me that he wasn't able to increase my dose, because psychiatrics was outside of his realm of expertise. I understood and finally made a call to an actual Psychiatrist in October. 

After waiting what felt like forever, I had my first appointment in November with my Psychiatrist. She asked me a lot of questions about my depression, my anxiety (mostly from the car accident), my college life, and everything in between. I told her. 

She said, "Well you have Bipolar II, OCD, ADD, and Anxiety." 

I wanted to cry when I heard my issues. She explained that since my depression came in waves and I was horrible at anything money wise- I shop way too much- I had the symptoms of Bipolar II. She then explained the issue I have with my planner- I decorate it and get it perfect, then don't use it. She said that the OCD wants me to make things nice and organized, but the ADD comes in and fu*ks everything up basically. Same thing happens with my procrastination- which happens to be a part of my ADD.

I felt so much weight being lifted off of me. I finally had an answer for how I was feeling.

At the appointment, she told me that she wanted me to stay on my Lexapro, but wanted to add a mood stabilizer. To date, I have seen her twice since the initial appointment, and I am on my third mood stabilizer & an ADD medication. I am starting to feel so much better. 

I have stopped crying. 
I no longer think about suicide. 
I can feel the sun on my face. 
I can finally feel the happiness around me. 

Have you ever been diagnosed with a mental health disorder? 
How did it make you feel?

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How to get glowing skin {PMD Microderm Review}

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network and PMD Beauty. I was gifted the PMD Microderm in exchange for an honest review. As always all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting brands that help me bring you great content!

Alright, it's confession time... I have always had very sensitive skin, so I don't always feel comfortable not wearing makeup. I have redness in my cheeks and cystic acne around my time of the month. I absolutely hate going out of the house with out any powder to cover my issues. 

I started using the PMD Microderm about two months ago, and I have to tell you, using the device is smart, convenient, and effective. And my skin is finally GLOWING! Which means that I am also starting to get comfortable in my own skin. It's crazy how much confidence I have right now.

Before I get into telling you more on the PMD, I have to show you my results >>>

In the first picture, (which was taken about a week before I started using the PMD) you can see the redness in my cheeks. I am looking into the light, hence the squinting, but I wanted you guys to get the full picture. AND I am NOT wearing makeup. Like I said before, it was hard for me to go out with just moisturizer on. 

In the second picture, I am wearing some bb cream and highlighting powder; along with eye makeup and my brows are done. 

But can you see the difference? 

The difference in my two photos above is attributed 100% to my PMD Microderm. It has been so easy to use and convenient. I only use it once a week- usually on Sundays when I do my masking and such, so it doesn't interfere with my normal beauty routine. But I haven't even gotten to the best part >> it takes less than 5 minutes!

So let me tell you about my little miracle device. 

What is the PMD Microderm?

The PMD Beauty Microderm device is an at-home skincare tool that mimics the results of a professional in-office microdermabrasion treatment. The PMD Microderm combines a patented spinning disc embedded with aluminum oxide crystals and vacuum suction that  increases circulation and triggers the skin’s natural healing process which boosts collagen and elastin leaving skin firm, fresh and radiant. Both the spinning disc and the suction work together to remove dull, dead cells from the surface of the skin and leaves skin feeling soft, fresh, and radiant. 

How often do you use the device?

The PMD Microderm is recommended for weekly use. Weekly treatments reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes and enlarged pores. Results can be seen after just 1st session. Maximum results will be seen after 8-12 weekly sessions. Long term results diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, blemishes & dark spots. 

What comes in the box?

The box includes the PMD device, a power cable, multiple discs, and two caps (one for face and one for body). Also included is a two sided how-to instruction card.

How do you use the device?

Using the PMD Microderm is a breeze once you get use to it. Here's how in detail.

1. Thoroughly cleanse and dry the skin
2. Begin with the White Training Disc. Practice on your arm or leg before using on face. Pull the skin taut with your free hand to allow the Personal Microderm to smoothly glide over the skin.
3. Move the Personal Microderm in an upward fluid motion across the skin. Do not hover on any spots and move quickly.
4. Immediately after treatment, wash and dry the skin. Apply a calming toner and recovery moisturizer.
5. Clean the cap and filter after use with rubbing alcohol or antibacterial soap.

You can see more facial tips and how-to guides here.

Overall thoughts on PMD

Other than me gushing about the PMD, I have be real honest. At first I was a little bit worried that the PMD wouldn't be great for my skin. Like I said- my skin is sensitive. After using the PMD, I did notice that my face looked red and felt warm, but both only lasted less than an hour (less if I used a mask; which I did each time). And that is normal to feel like that. The idea is that the spinning disc, along with suction, is essentially taking the dead skin off of your face. There is going to be some discomfort. BUT I DID NOT FEEL ANY PAIN whatsoever.

If you are interested in trying out the PMD, which I definitely recommend, because every girl needs this in their life right now, click here and get 20% off with code PRIMP20.

Plus, if you don't believe me, check out this other PMD Microderm review

Have you ever used the PMD Microderm? What did you think?

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8 things I hope to accomplish in 2018

A new year means new goals. For the past few years, I have done resolutions and they have always included something about loosing weight. Well, the spark usually fades out by about March, and the resolutions are usually not met. So this years, I am picking 8 goals: 4 personal and 4 blog related.

Personal wise

I have to say that the last six months of 2017 was not my cup of tea. After my car accident, I was depressed and honestly didn't want to do anything. Now, I am starting to feel better mentally (thanks to some meds) and hopefully the physical part will come soon. Until, here's what I want to accomplish personal wise in 2018. 

1 // buy a house
I have had the whole house thing on my goal list for forever. Now that I have a decent paying job, I am hoping to finally get into a house this year. My goal is to be at least putting in an offer and on our way to closing by the end of Summer. I am going to have faith. And my fingers are going to be crossed.

2 // go back to school
I have been toying with the idea of going back to school for awhile now. People think I'm crazy for wanting to, because I already have my Master's, but this time, I want to get a Post Grad Certificate in ABA. I am currently a RBT, so getting the certificate may allow me to get my BCBA and make more money. *If the Certificate doesn't work out, then I am open to getting another Master's degree. Basically I do therapy with children with Autism, and I am wanting to be able to draft and implement behavior plans. AKA: More money :) 

3 // go on vacation
I get that with wanting to get a house and go back to school, that money wise a vacation may not be feasible, but I really want to take my kiddo to Disney; or even back down to Tennessee. Vacation is the one time that my husband and I are able to relax without the stress of the house, family drama, or even bills. 

4 // better myself
I don't want to say "loose weight", because see above; but I do want to better myself- as in get healthier. I am addicted to pop. I would like to break my habit, and maybe go Vegetarian or Vegan. There is a lot out there that I can do to accomplish this goal... maybe I will even take a Yoga class. Or learn hand-lettering/calligraphy.

Blog wise

Over the past six months, I have been tweaking a lot on this here blog of mine. I have upgraded to a new & fresh blog template thanks to Georgia Lou Studios (I am able to change up colors as I please), changed my signature, I am working with more brands and websites, I only write about what I truly feel that my readers would want to read about, and so much more.

1 // grow social media & page views
Instagram is my favorite social media platform and my goal for 2018 is 3500. I would love to hit 5k, but that's a jump from just over 1600. I have some plans in motion to start this goal. Another thing is to grow my page views. I have seen a drop since I took a little hiatus, but that was to be expected. My goal is to put out a new post 2 times a week. If I can't maintain the twice a week, then once is ok. Honestly, I just don't want to go a whole month with only two blog posts. It doesn't help with my views!

2 // professional blog photos
I have been talking about taking actual professional blog photos for awhile now. I have several photographer friends and I am going to reach out to them. I hate having selfies as my profile pics!

3 // clean out my computer
Sure cleaning out my computer isn't a big goal, but it is something that I really need to do. I have been blogging for four years and I have a ton of pictures. I would like to get an external hard drive to store everything on, but I don't know. 

4 // start vlogging
I have a Youtube channel, but I never make videos for it. I want to start filming. I recently grabbed a new camera and my goal is to put out at least 3 new videos a month. I want to film hauls, beauty tutorials, product reviews, and even everyday life.

Do you have any goals for 2018? Tell me about them!!!

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