MOTD- Funky Fingers “Jawbreaker”

Hi everyone!

I went college visiting today and saw Haverford, and I really liked it! I’m a big fan of small, liberal arts colleges, and definitely plan on going to one next year! For my college visit, I chose a unique, fun glitter polish very reminiscent of what Indie polish makers (such as Dollish Polish or A-England, to name just a few) because of the mix of glitters. I picked up this polish at FiveBelow in a deal- 3 nail polishes for $5! The packaging of these polishes is unique- the bottle is wider at the bottom. The bottle itself feels a little like cheap plastic as opposed to a more expensive brand like OPI or China Glaze, but the polish inside is of a much better quality. So let’s look at this glitter bomb!

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Jawbreaker is a glitter explosion in a milky, off-white base (the base color leaned towards a very pale, pastel pink for me). There is all kinds of glitter in this bottle- large hex glitters in matte yellow, dark pink, teal, and lavender, medium size hex glitters in the same color (the purple is a bit darker though), and mini, red hex glitters. This polish really does remind me of a jaw breaker candy! Below is a comparison, lol.

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  Jawbreaker candy

Jawbreaker Nail Polish
Jawbreaker Nail Polish

 

Pretty similar, no? Here are some more pictures of this pretty polish!

Natural, Indoor light

Natural, Indoor light

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Interestingly, my bottle of Jawbreaker looks different than other bottles. I saw a recent post by Nailmattic (link to the post is here) in which she reviewed Jawbreaker as well. Her bottle, however, seemed to have a much more opaque white base that was a pure white, and hers also had red bar glitters in it that mine did not. I wonder why there are such large  inconsistencies between batches.

Regardless, I think this polish is super fun and whimsical, and to be honest, makes me really want a jawbreaker, lol! Funky Fingers nail polish retails at FiveBelow stores, 3 for $5 or $2 each. Despite their low cost, they are a 3-Free brand.

~Beth~

 

 

 

MOTD- Rue Beauté Nail Deco in “Show Stopper”

Hi there!

Happy Monday! Is that even possible? I’ve spent most of the day working on my AP World History summer homework :-p . It’s not fun at. all. Hopefully you guys are having a more exciting Monday than I am!

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Luckily, my nail polish today is basically excitement in a bottle! Today I have for you a Rue Beauté nail polish called Show Stopper (OMG IT HAS A NAME THIS TIME!!!!!) and it really is a party in a bottle. Its predominant color is gold mini hex glitters (and they’re very dense), but there are also larger hex glitters in all colors of the rainbow mixed in! Silver, green, orange, light blue, pink, and yellow. The glitters are so dense, they don’t need any undercoats of another color- they’re opaque by themselves in 2-3 coats! How awesome is that?! The texture of the polish does dry a little rough, but nothing 1-2 coats of topcoat won’t smooth out. Pictures below are with 3 coats of Show Stopper, and one coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless” as a topper.

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting

This polish is also gorgeous in the sun, but the sun isn’t cooperating today (or yesterday, either!). It’s been cloudy for 48 hours here. Hopefully I’ll get some sun soon, my blog is begging for it!

So what do you think of this glitter-tastic polish? Just a warning- it’s a bear to remove. The foil method (soaking a cotton ball in acetone, pressing it to the nail, and wrapping the whole thing in tin foil for 10 minutes before removing) should ease the process. Rue Beauté nail polishes can be purchased in Rue 21 stores (typically there’s a 2 for $5 sale, but if not, they’re $3 a piece) or on their website, here.

~Beth~

 

MOTD- Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat (???) in “Sage Smash”

Hi folks!

Hope you’ve all been having a great weekend! I went to a friend’s going away to college party, and the tears were flowing at the end. I’m going to miss all of my amazing friends who are beginning their college journeys in the next few weeks. To anyone out there starting college soon, good luck to you all! And to anyone in my shoes who’s beginning the college application process, good luck, it’s going to be a long road (but hopefully a rewarding one!)

Today I have for you an… interestingly marketed nail polish. It’s in the Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat line, and it’s called Sage Smash. The color is very similar to OPI’s Simply Smash-ingjust a lot more on the bright, spring green side than the OPI’s gold. The microglitters are also not as densely packed in this polish as in the OPI, so the coat is not opaque- it’s more of a glitter topper. And, um, that’s where the problem begins. Here’s the picture of what the polish is supposed to look like once it has shattered:

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But here’s what really happens…

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Maybe it’s just me, but um, the results I got and the results Sally Hansen is advertising are markedly different… While there is still some crackling (most notably on my pinky and pointer finger), it’s really not doing much… The glitter is still very beautiful on its own though, and dries matte (like most crackle polishes) which gives an interesting effect to the nail polish. While the desired effect is kinda a big fat zero in my book (crackles should probably stick to solid colors, and not glitter toppers), the glitter itself is nice on its own, and works well over the base color of pink I have here (and probably would also look good over dark blues, navys, or black). Pictures below are two coats of Sage Smash over Love and Beauty Red, no topcoat.

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Sunlight

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Overall, I’m disappointed with the fact this polish did not meet my crackling expectations. But the silver lining is I gained a fun, new matte green glitter topper for my collection! Sally Hansen polishes retail at most drugstores (like Walgreens and Riteaid) as well as most beauty stores (like Sally’s and Ulta) as well as on their website, here. Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat polishes generally retail between $5-$7, but I got this one on clearance at Target for $1.87!

So what do you think of this green glitter? And what do you think of my pairing of it with a hot pink base? I think it reminds me of a watermelon, no? Let me know what you think in the comments!

~Beth~

 

Review- e.l.f Essential 10-Piece Nail Polish Set

Hi all!

Today I have a limited edition e.l.f nail polish set I picked up at Target today! e.l.f also has a 14-piece nail cube for sale as well, but that wasn’t available at my Target location. This set came in two different versions: one had lots of darker, metallic colors, while the other had bright, bold cremes. I decided to get the creme set because my stash is very shimmer heavy. The collection I bought does include two fantastic glitters to satisfy my shimmer craving.  Its packaging is so cute; here’s a picture!

Packaging!

Packaging!

And did I mention it’s only $10?! So inexpensive! So without further ado, let’s get to reviewing the polishes!

Mango Madness is a bright, in-your-face coral color that leans more towards orange. It’s bright and applies like a dream; not too thick and not too thin! It’s very similar to Essie Tart Deco, which I’ve previously reviewed. Below is two coats of Mango Madness, no topcoat.

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Natural indoor lighting

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Flirty Fuchsia is a bright, bubble gum pink creme. Consistency is good, and is opaque in two coats. It’s not the most exciting pink in the world, but the formula is good. Pictures below are two coats of Flirty Fuchsia, no topcoat.

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Natural indoor lighting

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Electric Fuchsia is Flirty Fuchsia’s darker, more raspberry cousin. It’s a very similar color to Love and Beauty Red, but without the glass flecks, and a little more on the cooler side. It’s a very rich creme. While the pictures make it look somewhat like a crelly (creme-jelly), it’s definitely not. Pictures below are two coats of Electric Fuchsia, no topcoat.

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Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Smokin Hot is your basic, red creme. It leans more brick red (blue-based) than an orange based red. Almost opaque in one coat, but it really needs two to even it out. Pictures below are two coats of Smokin Hot, no topcoat.

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

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Sunlight

Sunflower is a bright yellow. Stop the presses, folks, this might be the ideal yellow. It has a slight shimmer to it that’s only really noticeable in the sun, but it helps build opacity. Depending on how thickly you like your coats, 2-3 should get this bright yellow in your face. It reminds me of cheese, lol. Pictures below are 2 coats of Sunflower, no topcoat.

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Natural indoor light

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Mint Cream reminds me a lot of Wet n’ Wild Megalast I Need a Refresh-mint. Its e.l.f counterpart is a little more on the green side. It’s a nice, basic pastel seafoam green creme. Pictures below are 2 coats, no topcoat.

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

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Skinny Jeans is a bright, basic blue creme. Surprisingly, I have nothing like this in my stash right now. When I buy blue polishes, I tend to gravitate to the shimmery and glitter blue colors. But this is going to be a great nail art staple. It’s very opaque- it’s almost a one-coater, but not quite. Pictures below are two coats of Skinny Jeans, no topcoat.

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Outdoor lighting (some sun)

Outdoor lighting (some sun)

Lavender Mist is easily my favorite creme color out of this collection. It’s a rich, periwinkle blue, and I’ve never seen a color quite like this before. It definitely leans purple, but I think it’s more blue based, especially when it’s on the nails. This is probably the most sheer of all the colors in this set, but evens out in 2-3 coats without a major issue. Pictures below are 2 coats of Lavender Mist, no topcoat. Yes, they do look that different in the sun and indoors.

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Indoor, natural lighting

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Sunlight

We’re on to the glitters! Dream Maker is a combo of tiny silver hex glitters and larger, holographic silver hex glitters in a clear base. It’s a total disco ball polish, it’s great! I like to wear silvery colors like this over a cool-colored based, and Lavender Mist was perfect for it! It’s the silver version of Love and Beauty Gold. The glitter hardly needed any placement on the nail, just a little bit for the larger pieces if you’re picky (like me, lol). Pictures below are 1 coat of Dream Maker over Lavender Mist. Sorry for the yellow looking fingers in the indoor picture, I altered the colors in the picture to do the polishes more justice to their actual colors.

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Sunlight

Indoor, natural lighting

Indoor, natural lighting

And, of course, you always have to save the best for last. And Fairy Dust does not disappoint! Fairy Dust is a semi-flaky polish. It has some flakes, as well as small, iridescent hex glitters to give it a more interesting look, all in a clear base. The glitters flash red and orange when the light hits them, similar to Essie’s Hidden Treasure. In no way are the two polishes dupes, but if you’re having a hard time finding the Essie, this e.l.f polish might satisfy your craving. I prefer flaky polishes like this over dark colors, but the beauty of the polish is it looks slightly different over every different color you try! I used 2 coats of Fairy Dust over Skinny Jeans in the photos below!

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Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Overall, I really like this set. Some of the colors aren’t really super unique, however, there are a lot of great staple polishes here for anyone just starting a collection. My favorites are Fairy Dust, Lavender Mist, and Electric Fuchsia.

So, what do you think of this stunning set? Will you be picking it up?

The polishes in this set are 0.203 fl. oz., meaning that they’re minis (but much large than OPI minis) and are 3 free. e.l.f also has the added bonus of being cruelty free- they never test on animals. The set retails for $10 and can be bought at Target stores, as well as the e.l.f website, here.

~Beth~

Nail Art- Sea Foam Green Glitter French Tips

Hi there!

Today I have for you a nail art design inspired by the classic French Tip. Instead of doing a stark white on my tips, however, I opted for a subtle, glitter pastel seafoam green. I think it takes away from the “starkness” that comes with a classic French tip, and adds a bit of whimsy to it. So let’s get started!

Seafoam Green Glitter French Tips!

Seafoam Green Glitter French Tips!

To get started on the design, I used a base color to kind of “even” out the color of my nails, since they’re pretty stained on their own. The color I chose for my base was Sephora by OPI “Dont Feed the Hand Models”, which is a nice, neutral color. It’s still sheer enough to mimic the natural nail color at 2 coats (which is what I’m using) but I find it becomes opaque in about 3-4 coats. I have a mini bottle of this polish because it came in a Sephora by OPI set I was given for Christmas awhile back. Here’s a picture of “Don’t Feed the Hand Models” on its own, 2 coats, no topcoat.

Don't Feed the Hand Models- indoor artificial light

Don’t Feed the Hand Models- indoor artificial light

After letting this polish dry, I took my favorite white, “Snow me White” by Sinful Colors, and painted it free hand across my tips. It takes a very balanced hand to get a steady strip of color, so if you find yourself struggling, you can purchase French Manicure tape strips, which create an easy to follow guide to creating perfect tips, mess free! I however, have practiced it a lot, so I’m pretty comfortable knowing that my hand won’t shake. When the one layer of white dried, I free-handedly painted the green glitter over the white. The color I chose for the tips is Kleancolor “Sparkle Emerald”. While the color, to me, is not reminiscent of emerald, it’s still a lovely glitter sparkler. The color itself is VERY sheer. It does not ever build up enough to wear on its own without obvious VNL. It’s best as a layering polish. Over white, it creates a very subtle effect, which I quite like in this manicure. It’s not too punchy, just very refined and whimsical, with all of the tiny translucent hex glitters. Below are pictures of the completed nail art look, with no topcoat.

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

So what do you think? Are you a fan of French tips? Or are they a little too “fake looking” for you? Let me know!

Also, as a disclaimer, while the pictures are mostly true to color, the Kleancolor “Sparkle Emerald” is a bit more saturated and noticeable in real life.

~Beth~

 

 

 

 

MOTD- OPI “When Monkeys Fly!”

Hi everybody!

Today I have for you an insanely cool glitter bomb topcoat from OPI’s 2013 “Oz The Great and Powerful” collection. This collection brought 3 of OPI’s sheer “softshades” colors, as well as 3 glitter bomb topcoats, and one fantastic liquid sand texture polish. Recently, I was able to try 1 glitter, 1 softshades color, and the liquid sand. Today I just have for you my glitter of choice. So let’s get started!

When Monkeys Fly!

When Monkeys Fly!

“When Monkey’s Fly!” is a glitter polish jam packed with very large, holographic gold hexagon glitters, medium sized silver hex glitters, and tiny, silvery translucent hex glitters, all in a clear base. I love this color! It’s very reminiscent of the Love and Beauty polish, Gold, that I reviewed here, except on steroids, lol! I was first inspired to try this polish when I saw MillieMuppet wear it on her blog (found here– lot’s of great nail polish beauties to be found!). She told me that she didn’t experience any glitter curling with the large gold hex glitters like I had heard other bloggers had had trouble with. And she was 100% correct. I had no issue at all wearing this polish. The glitters stayed firmly in their place. Application was easier than expected- I only had to place the large glitters occasionally. Overall, this polish is a real showstopper by OPI, and I would highly recommend it to any fellow glitter lovers out there! Below are pictures without any topcoat, and over two coats of Essie “Bonded”.

Natural, indoor light

Natural, indoor light

Natural, indoor light

Natural, indoor light

So what do you think of this glitter-tastic topper? Hot or not? Are you a glitter lover like me? Let me know in the comments below! I’ll have the other polishes I tried from this collection for you in the near future!

~Beth~

 

MOTD- Claire’s Nail Polish “Surprise Party”

Hi everyone!

I don’t know about where you live, but in Delaware, the weather was fantastic today! I don’t think it got above 80 degrees, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky the whole day. I babysat my 3 and 1 year old neighbors, and we just ran around and played outside for hours. I love these kinds of perfect summer days! I wish we had more of them!

Such a beautiful, sunny day called for a beautiful, summery color. And what better polish than a glitter polish to represent the shine of the sun?! I also had a huge purple craving today, so my new Claire’s polish seemed to quench all of my polish thirsts!

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“Surprise Party” is a deep red-purple jelly base (sooo squishy, it’d be great on it’s own, too!) with all sorts of colors of moderately sized hex glitters. The glitters sort of rise to the top of the polish on the nail, so with one coat, it looks like the glitter is a separate nail polish on top of the purple. However, after a second coat, the glitter gets more of a “3D” appearance, with some of the glitter being “sandwiched” in the purple jelly. Just a warning to people who hate rough textured nail polish, this will dry somewhat roughly due to the glitter density (and the density/placement of the glitter is pretty spot on with 2-3 coats). To fix this, a few coats of top coat should solve your problem. Two coats of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless” did the trick for me!

Overall, I’m a big fan of this polish. I actually got it for free from Claire’s as part of a “buy 2 get one free” deal about two weeks ago (and it might still be running at some locations). It’s a great, bright, and bold color perfect for the liveliness of summer. Below are pictures of sunlight and indoor lighting with 3 coats of “Surprise Party” and 2 coats of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless”, no base coat.

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Sorry for the messy cuticles, I had a cut on one of them and didn’t want to get anywhere near it with acetone!

So what do you think of this jelly glitter bomb? Will you be wearing a fun, sparkly color to celebrate August and the lazy days of summer? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Claire’s nail polish can be bought at Claire’s store locations, as well as on their website, here

~Beth~

Chinese-Inspired MOTD w/ New Love and Beauty Glitter!

Hi everyone!

Today I have for you another of the polishes that I bought from Forever 21 in NYC. As it happens, I’ll be going there again tomorrow with my best friend! We’re going to see a show at the Lincoln Center called “Monkey: Journey to the West”. It’s completely in Mandarin Chinese and features Chinese music and dancing. My Chinese skills are nonexistent, so I hope my friend will help translate for me, lol! Luckily there are English subtitles, so I can still understand what’s going on!

In honor of the show I’m seeing tomorrow, I’m wearing red and gold nail polishes, in honor of the traditional colors of the Chinese flag. The red I chose to use is an Ulta Salon Formula Nail Laquer (in the old, rectangular bottles, as opposed to the new cylindrical ones) in the color “Ruby Slipper”. The red is deep, rich, and for a shimmery-frosty color, the brush strokes are extremely manageable. It’s almost a one coater for me! To ensure it was perfect, though, I used two coats.

The gold glitter is the Love and Beauty Forever 21 polish I got in NYC, and its name is “Gold”. I know, what a creative name for a gold glitter. But while it’s got a boring name, it’s by no means a boring color! “Gold” has tiny gold glitters mixed in with medium gold and holographic gold hex glitters. The glitter is pretty easy to manage (the formula isn’t too thick) and with two coats, the glitter spreads fairly evenly, so you won’t have to do too much glitter placement. I love this combo together so much! I think it’s perfect for the occasion, and highly sophisticated. Below are pictures in artificial, indoor lighting, with a base coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless”, no topcoat.

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What do you think of this glistening combination of colors? Do you like fun, punchy glitters like this one? Let me know!

~Beth~

MOTD- Pink Ice by Rue 21 in Color 031

Hi everyone!

Happy birthday to the new royal baby! I’ve been more than a little obsessed with following the updates of the royal baby frenzy online recently, so it’s cool that it’s finally happened!

In other news, today I have for you a fun nail polish I picked up at the mall this weekend. This polish is a sub-brand of the store Rue 21, which is a Forever 21-esque store that sells clothing, jewelry, shoes, accessories, make up, nail polish, all sorts of great things! The brand is called Pink Ice (not to be confused with Pure Ice, the Walmart nail polish brand), and has pretty awesome glitter and creme polishes. At my Rue 21 location, they just expanded the line, and this color I’m showing you today is part of it. I also have another amazing glitter mix from them that I’ll share at another time.

Color 031 (this brand doesn’t have names, unfortunately) is a minty green pastel base, with tiny black hex glitters in it. I think this is very reminiscent of mint chocolate chip ice cream, or a pastel kiwi fruit! I’m absolutely in love. The formula of this polish was on the thick side, but not unworkable, and the glitter was evenly distributed throughout the bottle. It took about 2-3 coats, depending on how thickly you paint them on, to become opaque. Without topcoat, the polish is a bit rough to the touch when dry because of the density of glitter, but 1-2 layers of a good topcoat smoothes it right out. 1 coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless” did the trick for me! Below are pictures in indoor, artificial lighting, on my right hand (which may explain the awkward angles in some of the pictures, because I’m right handed and had to take pictures with my left!). 3 coats of 031.

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Packaging-wise, this polish is a total win. The bottle is uniquely square shaped, somewhat similar to old Rimmel packaging (I think I got that brand right…). My only gripe about this polish is that the brush on this particular bottle is terrible. It’s bristles are hard to control and just poorly shaped. I didn’t have that issue on the other Pink Ice polish I have, so maybe it’s an oddity.

I also saw a striking similarity in this polish to Deborah Lippman’s “Rockin’ Robin” (picture below). While I don’t own Rockin’ Robin to compare the two, they look fairly similar just in the bottles, with Rockin’ Robin potentially being slightly lighter in color than 031. If you’re looking for a cheaper dupe of Deborah Lippman, this would probably be the way to go!

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So what do you think of this minty fun polish? Are you a fan of black glitter? Will this be getting added to your nail polish stash in the near future?

~Beth~

MOTD- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Mellow Yellow” With Claire’s Precious Metals Glitter!

Hi everyone!

Today I have for you a quick MOTD, featuring one of the new “Precious Metals” glitter topcoats from Claire’s. Unfortunately, none of these polishes have names, so we’ll just call this one “blue/pink”, since those are the colors of the glitters in it!

First, I’ll discuss the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Mellow Yellow”. While I love this almost “cheesy” yellow polish’s color, it’s not too fun to apply. I found the formula to be somewhat thick, and while it was fairly self-leveling, I still found there to be bald spots, even after 3 coats (and I gave up at three coats because I was too impatient!) It took FOREVER to dry as well. However, it’s still a decent yellow, so the color alone is what saves it for me.

The Claire’s glitter, on the other hand, was a real winner for me. It didn’t require any “positioning” of the glitter, and was to my liking in two thin coats. It also was SUPER fast drying so I hardly had to wait between layers! I think it looks great over the yellow, the three primary colors work well together. It’s almost a comic book effect, in my opinion. Below are pictures in indoor lighting, with 3 coats of “Mellow Yellow”, two coats of the glitter, and Sally Hansen Diamond Strength polish in “Flawless” for the base and topcoat.

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What do you think? Are you bold enough to try yellow polish? Are you as in love with glitter as I am?

In other, much sadder news, a fellow member of the online beauty community has passed away today. Talia Castellano, age 13, died from her cancer today. Even though cancer took her life in the end, she still won her battle. She inspired so many others, like myself, to “just keep swimming”, no matter how hard things get. And due to her undying commitment to her cause, she’s helped raise awareness to several charities to help bring light to the horrific disease that is childhood cancer. May she rest in peace knowing that she’s touched the world in a beautiful way, and her bright, amazing spirit will never be gone.

~Beth~