Giving Your Nails A Break

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I love nail polish! Such an easy and quick way to change your look or outfit. But sometimes it’s a good idea to give your nails a break from the harsh chemicals and nail polish remover. Typically I don’t put anything on my nail other than rubbing some cuticle oil right after I wash dishes or before I go to bed. I remember my mom making me run garlic slivers over my cuticle saying that it will help keep my nails strong. Don’t know if it worked or not, but it really make my fingers smell.

But since getting my birthday goodies last month from E (post: Spring FabFitFun, which I believe you can still get), I’ve been trying to find time to try ORLY BB Créme.  Finally found a bit of time this weekend and I have to say that they look pretty well.

I did the typical preparations for my nails before painting them: trim, file, clean and rub some cuticle oil. It’s an all-in-one topical cosmetic treatment that is suppose to help to smooth, moisturize and brighten natural nails with a slight peach tint. I can’t really seen the tint, but it’s nice and shiny. It also gives my nails a smooth appearance which is nice. Great stuff!

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Spring Nails

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Currently obsessed with this nail color. So much so that I’ve had it on my nails for the last three weeks! It’s Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Sweet London. Great color for spring!

I also got myself some new rings yesterday at Walmart. They, the geometric rings, were on clearance along with the chain & leather wrap bracelet. Love them to bits too!

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What’s your spring nail color this year?

 

March Favorites

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I’ve got a couple of March favorites. I had to think hard about these, but yeah, I’ve been going back to these guys a lot in March. Since I work out first thing in the morning, I’ve been needing some sort of pre-workout meal / snack and I think I saw either a blog post or video from viviannadoesmakeup about ‘Peanut Butter-stuffed Date’ as a good workout snack. I was having oatmeal, but I found it a bit heavy and I don’t think I was quickly digesting it before I head out. I really don’t have a favorite brand of date, but this is my favorite brand of peanut butter: Fred Meyer Brand Natural Creamy. It’s just peanuts and oil, and I have to keep it in the fridge. I’m really loving this quick meal with coffee on my drive to the gym.

Since the weather lately has been a bit bipolar here, my hair has bit too much volume for my taste. And since I use a flat iron on most days, I’ve been giving it beating. So after I wash my hair, I’ve been applying L’Oréal Sleek It Frizz Vanishing Cream before letting it air dry. Then when my roots are almost dry, I’ve been applying Gariner Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum to the body and ends of the hair. This combo is working great with my hair, plus using the Wen Cleansing Conditioner instead of soap and keeping washing my hair to only two-three times a week. It works for my hair!

My next fave is the Sephora Instant Nail and Cuticle Care. I didn’t think I was going to be using this very much, but since I’ve been doing my nails every week (and constantly washing them since there are people in the office passing colds around again), it has been a lifesaver of keeping my nail area from drying and cracking. I totally recommended it to a friend who cuticles were getting a bit out of control!

I’ve also been reaching for my Forever21 Blush and I’ve been using it so much that I no longer know the shade since it has rubbed off. So it’s a favorite along with my epicurean lip balm. I started reaching for that one again when the weather started getting cold again and I had to turn on the heater. Cracked lips are never good.

And for my fashion favorites, of course my new Wayfarer-dupe sunglasses from Amazon, but i also got a couple of tops from Old Navy that I’ve worn every week. I got a really soft grey sweater on clearance and a new white tank. The tank is a little different from all my other ones as it is a bit more relax and slouchy. Loving it!

And with that, I’m going leave you with my song that was on repeat, and still it, Pharrell Williams’ Happy. I just don’t know why, but it makes me want to dance. Maybe it’s the weather…

Nailed It // Studded Out

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I finally gave myself some time this weekend to do my nails. The last couple of time I painted them, it was just a quick color. But Sunday, during my lazy afternoon after coming back from the island, I decorated my nails using my new nail Ciaté studs that I got from the BFF in my late Christmas gift. I’ll post what I got soon, I promise!

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However I found out that my black nail polish completely dried out. So I ended up using my Nail Inc in Chelsea since it such a dark color, it almost looks black. You can barely tell!

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Another shot! This time with my rings! Whoo, getting back into nail polish!

Nail Polish & Gear I used: RGB in #0906 Doll, Nails Inc. London #381 Chelsea, Salon Perfect Nail Art #801 Black Ink, & Ciaté Studs

Turn up the music, bounce.

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It’s early, I know. But I’ve been up since about 4, and don’t need to be at work till about 7 (which by the way, my office, only 3 minutes away, so I’m not in a total rush!)

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NAIL IT!: Tropical Flowers

Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace. – Paul Theroux

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Sally Hansen Magnetic Nails

So this weekend I also finally tried the Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color I got with my Summer Influenster package (see post Here)!

“Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color: $9.99: NEW! Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color is summer’s hottest nail trend that allows you to create a gorgeous 1-D nail art effect in just seconds! This unique formula was specially developed with metallic particles – just hold the built-in magnet over wet polish to reveal a unique design on the nail.”

First Coat after base.

This stuff is so cool! And the color they sent me is just my taste!

This is just the start of my second coat. So, once you let the first coast dry, paint on the second coat and hold the magnet the is in the large cap over each nail you finish.

So I’m nearly done! So the thumb looks very plain while the other fingers have those great designs. I think the next time I do my nails with this stuff, I’m going to see if I can hold the magnet is a different direction and if that will give me a different look. I totally love this stuff! Made getting my nails done for the wedding easy and fun!