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DIY Mermaid Nails

I've been promising you guys a new makeup tutorial, and here it is - a beautiful DIY mermaid mani! It's so perfect for Summer, and I promise you, it's quite easy to do. I was so inspired by the samples I recently received from Nail Social Nail Brand. I have to say, when I first saw the colors, I knew they were a little bit out of my typical comfort zone. Honestly, I haven't worn sparkly blue nail polish since college, which was quite a while ago for me. For years I've stuck with pinks, reds, and purples; with the most adventurous of my manis being hot pink (and only when hot pink was very on-trend). None the less, I was ready to try this "24K Mermaid" polish. Objectively speaking, as blue sparkly nail polishes go, it was pretty after all.

It was beautiful on, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that under different lighting it went from a true blue to a sparkly greenish blue that looked even more...mermaid-ish if you ask me. When it came time to take i…

The Best Affordable Beauty Products for Getting Photo-Ready


Getting photo-ready doesn't have to cost a lot. There are so many wonderful makeup products under $10 that cover, smooth, and prep your skin for a beautiful and flawless look. I recently featured these beauty products in my post Five Beauty Tips for Looking Gorgeous in Photos. With the holidays approaching, readers start to ask how they can look better in photos. It's partly how you apply your makeup, but it also depends largely on picking the right products to begin with. These are my personal favorites, both for their performance and price. Disclosure: contains affiliate links.

1. L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base, $9.99  //  2. L'Oreal Paris True Match Naturale Soft-Focus Mineral Finish, $10 at drugstores, currently on clearance for $2.26 on Amazon (limited quantity)  //  3. Revlon PhotoreadyLiquid Makeup, $11  //  4. Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream, $11  //  5. Maybelline Cover stick in Corrective Yellow, $5  //  6. NYC Sky Rise Lengthening Mascara in Extreme Black 

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