All the fun of falsies without the stress of applying! 3D Fiber Lash Mascara Review

If you are anything like me, you don’t buy anything without doing a little research or asking around to make sure you aren’t wasting your money! I spent A LOT of time researching others reviews of the products and the company before I decided to sell Younique and I want to pass on what I have learned. So I to want to introduce you to some of the products I sell through Younique by doing makeup reviews. Remember that you are always welcome to ask me any questions and we can get a virtual party started for you at any time if you want to reap the hostess benefits!! (3D lashes for FREE in September!! Score!)

Of course I had to start with the best selling Younique product!

Younique’s 3D Fiber Lash Mascara:

 

I already mentioned the how and why of my decision to purchase and sell the product in my Younique business launch. So now let’s actually talk about what I think about these little beauties!

First Impression: Nice case, pretty packaging. Then I opened up the two tubes . “What the heck are these little hairy things?!” was my first thought!

I had read the tutorials and watched some how-to videos but I didn’t really pay attention to the texture of the actual product. These hairy things were in fact the fibers! Go ahead say it, Duh Andrea! So after I recovered from my shock and awe moment I took to applying the mascara. The application is a 3 step process.

Application: So you have your two tubes- The transplanting gel, and the green tea fibers.

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The transplanting gel is like a basic thick black mascara. It is used as a base for the fibers to attach to your own eye lashes. I applied a nice thick coat to one eye making sure my lashes weren’t stuck together in any place. Immediately after I then applied a LIGHT coat of the fibers. I cannot stress this enough, a very light coat! About one and a half swoops of the fibers onto your lashes. Anything more will end up making them look clumpy, spidery, and messy. You will have the option to layer for a more dramatic affect later but you want to do this in light coats. The first day I tried the lashes out I only put them on one eye so I could do a comparison between the 3D lashes and my regular mascara. So while I let the 3D dry I applied my regular mascara to the other eye.  After the fibers set I used the transplanting gel again as a way to lock in and clean up the fibers. This is really what makes your look! This will also ensure that the fibers don’t fall onto your cheek during the day (I haven’t had any problem with smudging or flaking of my lashes!).  And Wa-la! Your done! Now this is where I stopped but if you are going for a more dramatic longer looking lash this is where you would repeat the steps!

Review:

  • Step 1: Apply the transplanting gel. Make sure you have a good coat. Make sure your lashes aren’t stuck together
  • Step 2: Apply a light coat of the fibers. Start at the base and swoop to the tips. You can do this one more time if you wish. But lightly, please!!
  • Step 3: Re-apply the transplanting gel to lock in the fibers!

A Sidenote:

Younique actually recommends in their directions that you apply a base coat of mascara to your lashes. I am not sure why they recommend this but I don’t agree with this. I didn’t think I should have to apply a different mascara underneath their product so I tested it out without a base coat of mascara. I don’t see the need for the base coat nor will I ever be putting a base coat on my eyes!

So, it was easy enough. It took me a few applications to get the amount of fibers right. I learned quickly less is more. I like my lashes to look neat and clean and they start to look a little hairy if you apply them thick all at once!

My final opinion: I love them! (as much as one can love in inanimate object!) In comparison it knocks the socks off my old boring drugstore mascara. I once spent over $25 dollars at Ulta for Benefit’s “They’re real” mascara and that didn’t even come close to looking as good as the 3D lashes do! So in my book they are totally worth the money!

“Alright I’m interested, what now?!” Wonderful! You have a few options:

  • Head over to my website and purchase your own set! (And let me know what you think!)
  • Host your own “Virtual party”- what is that? An open event party to all your friends on Facebook! Invite them and they will come! (I feel like that’s a saying or quote someone famous once said!) You Do the inviting, I’ll answer all the questions! And you get all the hostess benefits! (Remember I said free lashes in September!)
  • Become a presenter: The presenters package comes with 1 set of 3D lashes. So if your interested in selling and want to be really adventurous go ahead and by the presenters package (It’s $99 and comes with over $400 dollars worth of makeup for YOU!)

So if your sold! Yayyy! Enjoy your new product! If not, thanks for allowing me to share my new business venture with you and come back for the real fun stuff (Details on our travel adventures!!)

 

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DIY cabinet remodel with Nuvo Paint

The topic of today is do it yourself (DIY) projects. During the whole process of our RV renovation I used other people’s blogs and internet sources for my inspiration and project research. I research the heck out of all my projects before I start most of the time, to avoid frustrating mistakes someone else has probably already learned from! So I was super excited to write my own DIY how-to’s and product reviews (I was in no way endorsed or compensated for my time or supplies and all opinions are my own)! For my first review I want to show everyone how we accomplished our biggest RV makeover, the cabinets.
For this projects I took to the internet to research cabinet painting. I came across many blogs and DIY projects of people who had already completed this monumental task. The pictures always looked amazing, and I was super excited to transform our RV! We choose white (coconut espresso to be exact) in an effort to open up the look of our small space.
After reading everything I could find on the internet I settled on a product called “Nuvo Cabinet Paint”. It promised to be an all-in-one kit that took most people 8 hours to finish, in fact they promise you can put your kitchen back together within 4 hours of painting. Well, either we have triple the amount of cabinets or we aren’t most people. This project took us almost 3 weeks!
The first thing I had to do was sand the cabinets. The kit provides you with a small piece of foam sandpaper. I used that (and about the rest of the sandpaper inventory stock at Lowe’s and Home depot!) The directions said to lightly sand, but I just had a feeling that the paint would not stick if I didn’t do my best to remove the clear varnish that was covering the cabinets. This obviously called for much more extensive sanding than the “lightly” recommendation. I was also facing the challenge of faux wood. Everything except for the actual drawers and cabinet doors had what appeared to be a faux laminate covering that I was going to need to paint. I ended up needing to rough up every surface I planned on painting. This took me about 3 days before I was ready to paint.
I choose the Nuvo brand based on reviews that said you didn’t need a paint primer, you only needed to “lightly sand” and the promises that the paint would wear well. I have to say, while my cabinets look great, the paint fell short on all my initial hopes.
If I had to do this project again I would without a doubt use a base of primer, for a couple of reasons:
                          1. As a first coat of paint – Since I was going from light wood to white I was essentially going from a dark color to a light color.
                          This took 3 coats of paint to cover completely. A primer would have prevented unnecessary coats of my pricey liquid gold
                          cabinet paint!
                          2. To reduce the amount of sanding- As I mentioned earlier, all of my cabinets are a faux laminate or had some type of glaze over
                          them.  I knew if I didn’t get it all off the paint would not stick to the cabinet. After learning the value of primer I believe that the
                          primer would have stuck to the cabinets and then the NUVO paint would have just adhered to the primer. I also think this
                          would have better protected my cabinets in the long run as some of them are starting to chip already from furniture
                          rubbing against them!
Ok, off my primer soap box for now! The next step was to clean the cabinets. I had to vacuum the dust and then wipe the cabinets that were full of leftover sanding particles. Then came the fun, the paint! I laid all the cabinets out on plastic in the garage before I started. This was mistake #2! After I painted the first couple doors I realized they were going to stick to the plastic when dried. So we put up some tables in the garage and placed the cabinets on wood chips that elevated them about an inch off the table so they wouldn’t stick. The tables made the painting 100 times easier!
DSCN0950 As a side note: NUVO recommends you paint while the doors are still attached to the cabinets but I didn’t want to worry about painting around the hardware. We removed the doors so we could make sure everything was painted perfectly!
I found it easiest to paint in the raised part of the doors with the roller first. Then the groves with the paintbrush and then touch up with the brush and roller. Watch for drips because they aren’t noticeable when painting but they are SO noticeable (and not fixable) when dried! I also always went with the direction of the grain of the wood.  Nuvo recommends a 2 hour dry time before applying the second coat. I used my 2 hours to start painting the cabinets in the RV. After I applied the second and {what I thought} was the final coat I needed to wait for them to dry before I flipped them. Since NUVO recommends you keep the doors attached while painting you don’t need to worry about dry time, and looking back, this wouldn’t have been a terrible idea. But because I wanted to be different, I had to wait for my cabinets to dry. Now, I live in Southern Louisiana and it was HOT and muggy. So this really threw a wrench in my plans to dry my cabinets. Luckily I had to work for a few days so the cabinets had some time to dry while I was busy.
Once dry, Jon reinstalled the hardware for me while I painted the outside and inside of the cabinets. I was really concerned about this part because this was the faux wood. And just as I suspected, it wouldn’t completely stick to the surface. Basically any corners or edges that weren’t sanded completely caused the paint to bubble and spread leaving unpainted portions of cabinet. I had to let it dry (or wipe it off) then re-sand and re-paint. As frustrating as it was, the finished product looks great!
So once everything was dry we re-installed the doors. That’s when we decided the cabinets needed another coat of paint. When we compared the cabinets to the doors, the doors looked kinda streaky and you could still see wood underneath. This would have been nice if we were going for a rustic look, but the cabinets themselves were totally white and didn’t match! So the third coat went on, and then the touch-ups went on (I swear I thought I’d never finish with those stinking cabinets!).
Ok, let me also mention that the small can you see in the first picture lasted me all of one coat of my cabinet doors. Granted, I have tons of cabinets in the RV but with NUVO’s prediction I thought I could make it go a little further. So on a frustrated whim I drove to Sherwin Williams and talked to the sales associate. She showed me their brand of cabinet paint and offered to paint match the sample of NUVO I had brought. I didn’t have the patience to wait for another can of NUVO in the mail so I bought a gallon of Sherwin Williams cabinet paint. This finished up the inside and outside of the first coat of the cabinets. So yes, I ended up buying another gallon. In total I used one quart of the NUVO paint provided in the kit and 2 gallons of Sherwin Williams paint (Should this be a review of Sherwin Williams cabinet paint?! whoops!) But let me mention, I also painted the trim in the RV and a door. If you are going to paint a regular kitchen you can probably get away with less paint than I used.
Now, let’s just summarize all this information I just threw at you!
  • Nuvo paint: Good kit, good instructions, but a little pricey ($69.95 for the kit). Overall, not really necessary once I ended up buying the Sherwin Williams paint.
  • Sanding: Sand it all! or use primer!
  • Paint coats: light coats, paint to your design preference. Be prepared to coat 3 times if you want full coverage.
  • Color: I used coconut espresso, which is an off white and looks great on my cabinets! I didn’t want stark white and this really softens the look of my kitchen/living room.

My opinion: This was a must-do project for me to change the look of our new home. So, it can be done, but it’s a TON of work! It doesn’t wear as well as I hoped. Now, you have to keep in mind that when we open and close our slides the furniture is constantly rubbing against each other. That being said, I have A LOT of nicks in my paint that will have to be touched up, eventually. But really, I love how our cabinets look and I would do it again if I had to (just don’t hand me a paintbrush any time soon please!) So, I’ll leave you with some pictures from our remodel!

 

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Finished Product!

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That’s a wrap! Thanks for visiting!

Until next time!

-The Nomad’s!

Where the buffalo roam! Yellowstone Day #1

 

We recently had a 5 day stretch off from my work schedule and decided to pack the RV up and head to Yellowstone National Park (YNP). We stayed in West Yellowstone which is only a 2 and ½ hour drive away from Helena. The town of West Yellowstone is set up nicely for tourists with many restaurant choices and souvenir shops! (and of course our personal favorite, ice cream!)

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We ended up staying in a very small RV park called the Pony Express RV park. Since we booked this trip about 2 weeks in advance our options were limited. The RV park had everything we needed amenity-wise; sewer, 50 amp electric, water hook ups and was less than 5 minutes from the West entrance of Yellowstone. This was definitely a no frills RV park. The spaces were small with just enough room for our slides to extend and the back of our RV bordered a main road. We couldn’t complain though because it had everything we needed for a reasonable nightly rate.

Since we only had 4 days we had our itinerary packed so we could see YNP and the Grand Teatons all in one trip. On day one we drove the “lower loop” of YNP which most known for showcasing Old Faithful. Our first stop was Firehole Canyon Drive where we stopped for a photo op of the falls. This is a 2 mile one way road that starts from the loop and merges back at the loop when it is finished. It is also home to the Firehole Falls swimming hole which is supposed to be a warm water flowing river perfect for a summer swim! We didn’t stop but were hoping to come back one day during the trip.

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Next stop was the Lower Geyser Basin also known as Fountain Paint Pot. This is home to many of YNP’s if best and most diverse geyser’s. It is an easy 0.5 mile boardwalk hike (if you can call it a hike, it’s has no elevation gain and is a level surface, but they call it a hike.) This was a really cool showcase of all four of YNP’s hydrothermal features; mudpots, geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles. And of course the pleasant sulfur smell that can only be best described as being similar to boiled eggs.

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After the basin we headed to Midway Geyser Basin home of the Grand Prismatic Spring. I was super excited to see this because the pictures of this spring are absolutely amazing! It was really cool but I was definitely unimpressed after seeing pictures online. The viewing boardwalk for the spring should have been built on a platform to allow for a better sight. Since you are on the same level as the ground below and the spring is about 100 feet in front of you, you cant really get a good view of the whole spring. There appeared to be a trail on a nearby hill you could climb for better views but we weren’t sure where it started and didn’t have a whole lot of time to spare for a hike. I’d recommend finding the hike though if this spring is of any interest to you in your visit to YNP for a much better view. (Totally cool side note: If you read CNN or follow the news you may have heard about the “Drone” that sunk in the Grand Prismatic Springs recently. Well, Jon and I just so happened to be at the springs that the exact moment the drone drowned. It was buzzing over head while we were viewing the other springs and as we walked up to the Grand Prismatic Springs we noticed it seemed to be bobbing up and down in the air as if it was running out of battery or loosing a signal. Then all of the sudden it just fell right into the Spring! Everyone around was sort of awestruck as we were all thinking, “Did that really just happen?” Someone clapped and then we all went back to sightseeing! I totally wish I would have gotten a picture/video at the time but I didn’t. So, no pictures, but we have a really cool story to retell! http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/07/us/drones-yellowstone/ )

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Next it was time to see the big kahuna, or better known as Old Faithful. This was a serious tourist attraction. There was hundreds of people milling around the lodge and land near the geyser waiting for the next eruption. The geyser erupts every 90 minutes and we arrived about 15 minutes after the last eruption. So we walked along the boardwalk checking out the other geothermal wonders. These thermals were so intriguing to me because you truly can’t see them anywhere else in the States. It is definitely a vacation worth taking just to see these natural wonders. We then found a spot to wait for Old Faithfuls eruption. It lived up to its name and erupted right on schedule for about 2 minutes. We definitely enjoyed checking that off our bucket list!

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After snack time and a little souvenir shopping at the lodge it was back to the truck to finish out the loop. We had more than half the loop left and took us about 2 hours to drive, even with our surprise delay. Jon mentioned numerous times throughout the day that he, “just wanted to see a buffalo”. Despite seeing buffalo’s on our trip through Custer State Park he really wanted to see a free roaming heard of buffalo. Well his wishes were granted and then some! We drove into a traffic jam that delayed us about 30 minutes. While we waited we debated on which animal was causing the hold-up. My hope and guess was a moose, Jon stuck to his buffalo. Sure enough when traffic started moving we were greeted with a small heard of buffalo and some forest rangers directing traffic. They rushed us along with the rest of the traffic and we were pretty disappointed to not even have enough time for a decent picture. But just up the road Jon’s wishes were granted as there were hundreds of buffalo roaming the land. We got awesome shot’s of these buffalo right alongside of the car. It was really neat and Jon was so excited! (Ask him to sing his now infamous buffalo song!)

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So all in all, awesome day 1 in YNP. This was an easy itinerary for the Old Faithful route and I am fairly confident that we hit all the important sights along the way.

 

All our love!

-The Nomads

 

Moved Post (A little bit about my job)

I am going to attempt to manually move some of my old blog posts so I don’t loose my blogging history. This is an incredibly frustrating and confusing process and this appears to be the best way to avoid loosing my history. This whole process of transferring my blog to WordPress has made me want to pull out my hair, and made me want to learn computer programming all at the same time! But I am stubborn and headstrong so I vow to figure out this new process! While I truly appreciate the new aspects WordPress has to offer, it is not without its difficulties. Most of which I am attributing to user error. So for now, here is a copy and paste of the last post I had on Wix.

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I wanted to take a little time out from all of our vacation posts to write about the part that’s making this whole adventure possible, my new job!

I started at a local hospital in Helena, Mt on June 23. I have been here for almost a month and have nothing but great things to say about this hospital, the people I am working with and the patients I am caring for! This hospital gave me a 2 day hospital orientation and a 2 day unit orientation before I started on my own. Their orientation was organized and allowed just the right amount of time for me to get acquainted to my new surroundings before I began working solo.

I was told that I would probably encounter a lot of progressive western medical practice when I moved north since historically the south is late at adopting the latest evidenced based medical practice. I have to say, I don’t think we are too far off (at least not in comparison to this first hospital). There are some differences though. They do a lot more Skin-to-Skin care with the babies and the new moms immediately after birth citing a more positive transitional phase for the neonate. It is common practice for the doctor to lay the baby on mom’s chest to be dried and assessed immediately after delivery. While I am used to a short bonding time with mom before I wisk the baby to the warmer to do a thorough assesment (administer my medications and weigh the baby among other things), their practice is to allow skin-to-skin bonding for as long as possible following birth. They believe(and appear to be correct) that most of your routine newborn care can either be preformed while the baby is on the mothers’ chest or can wait until the mother is ready for separation. This truly does seem to reduce the amount of respiratory distress that can be possible following birth. It is also an effective form of bonding and a great way to promote breastfeeding.

The International Breastfeeding Centre has a great article about the benefits of skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth and continuing on that you can view here:

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They even encourage the fathers to have skin-to-skin bonding time with their newborns which is very heartwarming in my opinion.

Another difference and probably the biggest difference I have seen is the culture in relation to breastfeeding. On my first day on the unit I quickly learned that it is common practice in the North to exclusively breastfeed. I would have to estimate they have about a 90% exclusive breastfeeding rate. I can barley even find formula in the supply room; it is always hidden on the bottom shelf! This is a great practice and I think it is something that is just not the cultural norm down south where it is completely acceptable and easier to formula feed your child. The benefits and the education are there, but to break a culture of acceptance will take a tremendous effort and a lot of time. (I will have to write another post to expand on this concept and include their thoughts on supplementation and newborn weight loss. It is fascinating to me!)

So, nice little education for my nursing friends, but back to our life! I am working night shift here and (holding my breath while I type this) am really enjoying it! Anyone who really knows me knows I loathe night shift. I’ve complained and sworn that I would never work night shift again (funny how things change!) When I was approached with this position the only downside was the fact that I would work nights. Jon and I talked it over and without much discussion we knew that we could not pass us the opportunity because I didn’t like working nights. I think this was the part of our adventure that I was most nervous about. I don’t do well without sleep and was truly afraid I would turn into the night-shift-monster! So in preparation for this new challenge we had some good open communication and decided on some helpful ideas to make our transition smooth. It has definitely paid off because things are going well. Actually we were talking just this afternoon about how we were surprised just how well working nights is working for us between my sleeping and his working. We are really thankful for that!

Now, we may be adjusting well, but one small member of our family is not! Poor Cooper just can’t get the hang of the fact that his mommy has to sleep during the day. He does well sleeping in his bed right next to me at night but for some reason he cannot leave me to sleep during the day. No matter how many distractions Jon uses to tire him out or redirect his attention, if he is inside, he is right next to the bed whining for me to pick him up and put him in bed with me. My sweet and usually well behaved dog is relentless. I’ve tried telling him no and ignoring him countless times but he will whine without fail until he can sleep curled up next to me in bed. So of course, after I frustratingly wake up hour after hour to his whining I throw him in the bed with me and fall back to sleep until my alarm goes off. I hate that I have had to succumb to his bad behavior but I need to rest. So all my puppy loving friends, we need help! Any tips or advice, please?!

Well, lastly I would like to leave you with this beautiful picture that was taken at work the other morning while my co-workers introduced me to a, “real Montana sunrise”. Even they mentioned that pictures can’t do this pretty sight justice! While we were watching the sun rise the other morning they all said, “Are you sure you don’t want to live here?” To which I nicely responded, “It snows here ya’ll!” They then proceeded to attempt to talk up Montana in the winter, which I admit, sounds quite tempting and enjoyable. Who knows, maybe we will say and become snowbirds this year! (But let’s be real, our poor southern skin would freeze! Where is the nearest beach?)

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Until Next time!

-The Nomads