A New Outlook on Life & Maybelline Color Show Sequins Silver Gleam

If you’ve spent any time on my site at all lately it has probably occurred to you that I’m prone to feeling overwhelmed by life. Sometimes I just seem to crumple under pressure, feeling like even the most seemingly benign tasks are insurmountable. What’s strange is that I’ve never been that way before – this is something new to me and it started a few years ago, about year after I passed the bar. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what in my life changed such that I constantly feel that way. I’m still not really what is causing it but I finally decided to try to do something about it.

First, I sat down and identified a few things that seem to contribute it. I think was spending too much time watching television, particularly netflix. Don’t get me wrong, I love TV and still do but I was watching it to a depressing excess. So for the past month, I’ve spent the excess time I would have spent watching an entire season of any given TV show in one sitting, reading great books and gardening. That was a good first step.

I then moved into phase two and three – home and work. My husband and I are messy people. When he moved in, we never really unpacked and I’m a bit of a pack rat. You know the type, I can’t throw away a magazine because I might need to re-read it some day! This extra frying pan? What? I know we have 3 just like it but I can’t get rid of it – what if we need it in the future!!?? If one were to rate my organizational skills, words like “poor”, “needs improvement” and “deficient” would come to mind. It finally started to get to me so I decided about two weeks ago – this is it, spring cleaning time. After working really diligently for about 10 days, the house is SPOTLESS. No more piles of magazines, closets, drawers, cabinets, all cleaned out. I gave away about 6 bags of clothing and 4 boxes of stuff. The result has been astonishing. We have found that now that there is less clutter, it’s been really easy to maintain the organization. We actually put things away now since everything has its own place. It’s honestly amazing. You don’t think about it much until the mess is gone but it’s a lot harder to leave a cup out or neglect to fold the clean laundry when these things are not sitting next to 15 bottles of nail polish, a pile of sweaters, a couple of magazines and a cluster of dog toys.

And, finally, work. The spring cleaning coincided with a particularly busy week at work. In the past 2 weeks I’ve had roughly 5 briefs due. I’ve gotten them all done, with minimal fuss. It was like I had a moment of clarity. This too was amazing. I love my job but I always feel like I’m playing catch up. If I had had the same number of briefs due a couple of months ago, I certainly would have had to work several late nights. I would have stressed myself out to the point of getting ill. But ever since we started putting everything in order, I’ve been so much more efficient – like in the zone – the legal arguments have just been flowing out of my brain in a constant stream.

I think what I’m getting at is… cleaning your house is like a magical elixir. It’s the fountain of youth, people! I feel really great and I’m going to stick to it. So… to celebrate this new lease on life, I thought I would drop some bling on everyone. I’m a little late to the party on this one, but it’s worthy of posting anyway.

Maybelline Color Show Silver Gleam

 

Maybelline Color Show Sequins Silver Gleam is a gorgeous buildable glitter. It’s silver micro glitter, small hex glitter and medium silver and holo glitter suspended in a clear-ish base. This is three generous coats – plus two coats of Gelous and one of Seche. You probably could get away with less top coat but I’m pretty particular about the smoothness of my glitter polishes. I’ve read a few reviews that complain about the formula on these – I didn’t notice an issue per se (well, not more than what would be typically expected with a glitter that can build to opacity) but it’s definitely not going to be a creme-like-smooth application process. In any case, this polish is a show stopper for sure. The collection was limited edition, sadly, but they’re still available online for reasonable prices. You can see a few more shades from this collection on Imperfectly Painted.  Ugh, after seeing her beautiful swatches I feel like the one that I really need is Cocktail Dress. Ebay, here I come.

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Disclaimer: This polish was sent to me for review by Maybelline’s PR representative. 

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10 Responses to “A New Outlook on Life & Maybelline Color Show Sequins Silver Gleam”

  1. Mnemo Says:

    Good for you, I’m happy to read that you’ve made a positive change! I recognise myself in your story (and a lawyer here as well :)), so I’m going to follow your example. :) Gorgeous swatch btw! Don’t have it, but now I need it… After I’ve cleaned up and purged my stash!:D

  2. Emelie Says:

    Wow, I should certainly try that, our house has been a bit messy since our baby, which is quite common I guess, but I really need to clean out my stuff. So much nail polish related things, scrapbook paper, makeup etc – I think I will give this a try. So glad it worked for you! Stressing everywhere hasn’t done anyone any good what so ever. Thanks for sharing this story :)

  3. Dream Mom Says:

    I felt that way too although I am pretty organized. I think I need some sleep and a vacation, lol. I just bought a new home and moved in six weeks ago so maybe I am just tired.

  4. Shelby Says:

    Good for you! I love the clarity I get from purging unwanted things from my house and sending them on. Trust me, you won’t miss that magazine :-)
    I’m glad you’ve found some peace!

  5. Ivana Says:

    This polish looks amazing! it looks like a texture polish, but glittery. i love it.

    oh my… I should clean my house to. you got me motivated right now and I think I’ll do it :-))
    thank you for this post <3

  6. Sybelle Says:

    Holy crap! You’re back!!! Welcome back! This is exciting! I’mma use a ton of exclamation points!

    Gorgeous nails as always, and glad to see you’ve found the time to blog again. <3

  7. Anna Says:

    I’ve heard it said that Feng Shui is proof that people will believe anything, but I really do believe that the central idea, making a deliberate effort to make living spaces more liveable, really does have an effect on our quality of life. There should be space for the stuff, space for the people to move and live, and it should be arranged in an attractive, reasonably harmonious way that’s nice to look at.

    A friend of mine has a huge living room, and she’s got it arranged so that there’s plenty of space around the walls. The sectional sofa isn’t jammed against the wall, there’s a folding screen and several planters in that space. The sense of openness it creates really does make the room even more comfortable and attractive. The artwork is arranged in such a way that it can be admired, it’s not cluttered or cramped. Now if only I could get my own home so nicely organized, LOL!!

  8. Anna Says:

    Ack! Why are certain words in my post above showing up as links? Definitely not deliberate on my part, sorry about that if I’ve done it somehow.

  9. Rie Says:

    Pretty! I love colors like this for blinging out an accent nail. I might have to hunt on eBay for this one myself. ^_^

  10. Steph Says:

    Mnemo – I have to work my way up to purging nail polish! I’m such a hoarder at heart – books and nail polish are my weaknesses. : ) It’s really great to see another lawyer/nail polish appreciator. : P

    Emelie – You can’t keep a mess-free home with a new baby around! : ) But definitely a one-shot spring cleaning is a worthwhile effort.

    DM – Tired for sure. I would love a vacation… or not even a vacation, maybe just a staycation. Just a week to sit around, read books, watch star trek and play with nail polish. lol.

    Shelby – Thank you – and your so right, I don’t miss the magazines at all. : P

    Ivana – that’s a perfect description for this color, texture, without texture haha. Let me know how the cleaning goes.

    Sybelle – Thank so you so much! haha. The blogging has sadly been sporadic because it’s still difficult to balance life with hobbies but I’m really glad to be back. I missed this and everyone so much. : )

    Anna – SO SO true. Our apartment now is pretty small so everything is crammed in – my hope for our next home is exactly that – plenty of open space, clutter free, everything with it’s own place. And sorry for those links. It’s a program called skim links, it looks for words that it can convert into ads. It’s definitely not you, it’s my site.

    Rie – it’s pretty blingtastic, perfect for an accent for sure.

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