Obsession of the Day: LetThemSparkle Custom Hand Painted Fake Nails

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I know I cover the beauty giants all the time, but I also love to love the little guy! Nail art rockstar Jessica Hapak hand paints these  fake nails on her own and sells them via her Etsy shop, LetThemSparkle. She embellishes them with rhinestones, spikes, studs, bows, and other cutesy 3-D accents. Had I known this before, I totally would have included her products in my Etsy Beauty Favorites.

She features these super creative designs and you can tell they were painted with love. You know how homemade cookies always taste better even if you didn’t bake them yourself?

Embarrassing beauty confession: My real nails are not cute. Like, at all. As a teenager I was in a car accident and injured my right hand which resulted in permanent damage of my nail beds. (Thank God the only issue I have from that is funky nails!) Moral of the story is, I prefer to keep my nails covered with fake tips of some sort.

I also am not a nail art pro. I could dazzle you for days with makeup tips and tricks, but nail art does not come as easily to me. So, I LOVE that these arrive all done in all of their nail arty glory. And they are way cheaper than the dough you would spend getting this kind of art done in a nail salon.

I scooped up the Blue Animal Print Set and the Pink and Grey Set (shown above) and I adore them both! I’m also loving these new designs:

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So fun! She even has festive offerings for the holidays up now too. Check it out!

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My Etsy Beauty Favorites

Let’s hear it for the little guys! Fancy packaging paired with a high price tag does not necessarily equal quality. Some of my favorite products were custom blended with love by home grown companies. Want to support some local entrepreneurs and independent companies with me? Here are a handful of my homemade favorites that I’ve found via Etsy, the ultimate handmade marketplace!

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OhSudz Skin Corrector Trio

The quality of these concealers is just as good (if not better than) some of the professional creams I’ve tried of the same type. OhSudz offers a trio of shades of your choice and even lists similar department store shades for comparison. Included in the shade choices are two yellow tones to choose from, a regular yellow based tone and a light yellow. The light yellow is perfect for me – it works great as a highlighter and also conceals purple tones underneath my eyes like a charm!

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Noella Beauty Mineral Foundation

Noella Beauty’s Mineral Foundation is a blend of calming minerals offered in the coverage level of your choice, from sheer to full. The vegan foundation comes in an assortment of shades and blends effortlessly into the skin for a natural looking finish. Noella Beauty will even custom blend a shade for you if you desire a specific tone they don’t offer!

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PuraLogica Pink Pearl Radiant Glow Blush

I loooove the silky texture and shimmery finish of PuraLogica’s Radiant Glow Blush. The pink pearl shade is a soft pink packed with the right amount of luminescent shine. It also doubles as a really pretty eyeshadow. The loose mineral blush is also free of talc, oil, and other ingredients that can cause skin irritation.

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Long Winter Soap Co. Lip Balm

I’m a total sucker for a catchy title. Long Winter Soap Company immediately won me over with their “Unicorn Farts” lip balm. I was doubly pleased when I tested it out! It smells amazing (who knew?) and soothes chapped lips completely. The balm is created using natural beeswax, unrefined cocoa butter, unrefined shea butter, and vitamin E, as well as jojoba, sweet almond, grape seed, and flavor oils. It’s carefully formulated to provide an equal balance of protection and softness without that waxy feeling. My other favorite balm flavors from Long Winter Soap include Lavender Peach, Coconut Limeade, and Earl Grey.

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JustPureMinerals Natural Vegan Lipstick

This universally flattering pinky nude tone is the perfect shade for daytime wear. The formula consists of castor oil, jojoba oil, carnauba wax, candied candelilla wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, and mica. Also infused with a hint of mint, the lipstick is creamy and glides on smooth for a beautiful natural looking pout.

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