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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sidenote Saturday... well, Sunday: The Reward System


I have a pretty serious sticker collection. I originally bought all of these to bribe reward my high school students, but I like them so much, I tried to find a way to use them for myself.


I decided to put a sticker on my calendar for every day I go to the gym. If I workout on Monday, June 1, I put a sticker on that day. Okay, so you get it. Now here's the rewards system aspect: when I earn 40 stickers, I get to buy more polish. Until I earn 40 stickers, I cannot buy a single bottle of polish. I started this back in March-April and I've accumulated about 10 stickers (shaking my head at myself).

I've looked at polishes, and been verrrry tempted to purchase (OPI's new flutter collection was on sale at Ricky's....) but I've been good.

I cannot wait until I have 40 stickers- I'll be going crazy on 8ty8beauty.com!

Here are more pics of my sickening sticker collection:

Sparkles!




Yes, $12.99 for 435 stickers. Luckily, the lady at Barclay's was nice and gave me a serious discount!


My favorites! I love the orange-yellow color ones.

Nail Drama

Sorry I haven't been posting. Last Sunday, I was so excited about how healthy my nails looked that I decided to skip the professional manicure for the week (I can't even remember the last time I had a pro mani!). I used China Glaze Peachy Keen, and it was a streaky nightmare :( I loved the color, but the application was a disaster.


I changed my mind about the manicure, and decided I would go and let Tanya use that color so it would look nice. Monday, I went to the salon and she wasn't there! Gasp! She's on vacation until Tuesday. How dare she?!

I kept Peachy Keen on until last night, and now my nails are ... wait for it... NAKED!



I was going to re-polish and gear up for my Experiment (more on that later), but I think I'll wait. I have a lot of work to do around the house so I'd like to do that first instead of destroying a lovely manicure.

Last night, I put jojoba oil on for a few hours, washed my hands and applied Jergens Ultra Healing lotion. My nails and cuticles are still in decent shape today. I also like the idea of letting my nails breathe from time to time.

Okay- that was a lot, but I've been behind in my blogging. Plus, I got super sick the other day and I'm just starting to feel better. I had a fever while I was removing my polish and applying the jojoba oil!

I have lots more to say, but it has to wait until later!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sidenote Saturday: Facial Scrubs

Facial scrubs are my best friends. Sometimes my skin just feels so dirty that I can stand at my sink and scrub for like five minutes (don't do that! it can be bad for your skin- but it feels sooo good!)

With the summer months (read: heat, humidity, subway station grossness) fast approaching, I thought I'd share my favorite scrubs. They're cheap (less than $5.00), easy to find, and perfect for that squeaky-clean feeling.

#1 St. Ives Apricot Scrub



This scrub has three types: Blemish and Blackhead Control (for oily skin), Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub (regular) and Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub- Gentle (for sensitive skin). I use the one for oily skin. This product is a little bit thick, and the scrubbies are fairly big- you can feel individual scrubbies.

You can find this at any drugstore for around $3.50-$4.00.


#2 Queen Helene Oatmeal n' Honey Natural Facial Scrub

I've been teased for using such a black grandma product line but I LOVE Queen Helene! The Oatmeal n' Honey scrub smells good without being super-fragranced. The scrubbies in the wash are really fine, and it feels like washing your face with a fine paste. The product itself is a little more watery than the St. Ives, but it still leaves me with the super clean feeling.

Queen Helene face scrubs can be found at any drugstore (and some beauty supply stores!) for anywhere from $1.99-$2.99.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The 4-and-1 Mani







Yeah, I think I just made that name up- feel free to use it! I really liked the idea of having 4 nails one color, and another nail different. That is, until people started to take it a little too far for my taste. I mean yellow nails with a pink and black ring finger? It doesn't make too much sense to me. I like when the colors tell a "story" and aren't being different for the sake of having one different nail.

I've only done the 4-and-1 once. It was for Halloween, and I wanted a *subtle* nod to the day (esp. since last year's were Frankenstein green). The purple nails are Essie Sexy Divide (a reeeeally shimmery dark purple) and Essie Over the Top (a shimmery, metallic gunmetal). In certain lights, the colors almost looked identical.

I was hesitant about mixing these colors because I'm not usually a fan of dark, vampy colors and because I didn't know if I could pull off the 4-and-1- but this is one of my favorite manis of all time!

Monday, May 17, 2010

My Mani Essentials


Jojoba Oil: This is key! My cuticles get SO thick and gross, and my nails get really dry and peel- probably from using polish and harsh remover so often. Jojoba oil helps to resolve both of these issues.

NailTek Foundation II and NailTek II: My "manicurist" (Tanya at the nail salon haha) convinced me to buy these. NailTek Foundation is for "dry, peeling nails". I'm not so sure about that, but it is a nice foundation, and it has made my nails really hard and strong. NailTek II is just in the picture because I didn't want to leave it out. I rarely use it because I have Seche Vite, but it's supposed to be a healthy topcoat. I'll take ultimate shine over health any day!

Seche Vite: The BEST topcoat, ever! It makes my nails look like shiny little candies-- I love the wet look.

Essie Matte About You: If I'm not using super shiny Seche Vite, I use this mattefier (I think this is a nonword) for a cool look.

My nail schedule (up until very recently): Professional manicure every other Monday, and at-home manicures in between. After I gave up nail polish for Lent, I've been getting pro-manis less and less.

My Collection



I have two shoebox-sized containers for my nail polish. The first container is for browns, blues, greens and purples. The other is for reds, yellows, pinks and oranges. I have about 100 polishes and counting!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Welcome

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