Painted my nails for the first time in forever because they are actually growing! Been using my Hard as Hoof nail cream every night and started taking extra strength Hair, Skin and Nails vitamin supplements.
I gave myself a very 80s mani. pretty bold for me but sometimes I can’t resist a little ghetto gold. Excuse the painted skin, this is pre-touch up.
The fuchsia nail polish is scented! Smells like cherry pie! This manicure makes me want to tease my hair and dance on the hood of a Pontiac.
Warrant – Cherry Pie
In a previous post, Manicures What Ails Ya, I wrote about the excitement of starting a new nail polish collection since my nails were growing out healthy and strong. The day after posting said blog, I broke two nails at work. Ironic. (I think. Alanis really got me confused over the proper use of the word.) My nails have been shit ever since. Part of it is the job. I never knew retail could be so hazardous to a manicure, but somehow I’m breaking nails left and right. It’s got to have something to do with those evil hangers. One got me right in the face a couple weeks ago, the bastard. Also, it was super dry in Colorado, especially the month of March. “One of our snowiest months,” according to the news. Not this year.
Something had to be done. I want to be able to use my growing nail polish collection (got some scented nail polish this week that I am dying to try). I turned to an old favorite; perhaps my favorite drugstore product ever. It’s definitely a hero product.
Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream will (hopefully) rescue my nails. I’ve used it before with good results. I’m not promising a miracle, but it is really good for your nails and cuticles. There are a lot of moisturizers and vitamins in that little 1 oz pot. Healthy nails start with healthy cuticles, so any nightly cuticle cream or hand lotion will help, this guy just seems to pack a little extra punch for the nails. They changed the packaging from what I remember and made it look even MORE 80s fabulous, so I thought it’s very own Glamour Shot would be appropriate. This definitely looks like one of those scary drugstore products by a brand you don’t recognize that looks like it may have been on the shelf since 1987, but it is legit. Don’t be afraid of Hard as Hoof.
And as for my nails, so far so good, BUT I have had the last two days off work (seriously! those hangers! evil!). Applying nightly cuticle cream is a habit that can only benefit me, and I love having a nightly beauty routine (ooo, I should write about that). I’m going to keep drinking plenty of water, taking my multi-vitamin, and start eating more Jell-O. Gelatin helps your nails stay strong and helps your joints too! Is there anything Jell-O can’t do? Which reminds me, Hard as Hoof has a cherry almond scent that is delicious. I mean, smells good. Don’t get it mixed up with your cherry Jell-O. You won’t get the same results.
Hard as Hoof costs 5 bucks at your drugstore or Wal-Mart, scumbags!
I’ve got to post about this right away, just in case you want to go buy this makeup kit before it’s gone. On sale this week, the $20 regularly priced UO Beauty Playground Kit is only $4.99. I’ve been staring at this kit for weeks while I work, unwilling to pay the $20 for eyeshadow in a paper box. Mostly I’ve been plain curious to try the Urban house brand of cosmetics, wishing I was a beauty buyer picking out the product or the merchandiser packaging it.
The kit includes 4 eyeshadows, black pencil eyeliner, gold shimmer powder, and a lipgloss. Shimmer powder is almost as useless to me as glitter. I just don’t need it or really dig it. I wore it today as a highlighter on my cheekbones today just to try it. Eh. Maybe if I was a tan girl and not Snow White I would love it. The eyeliner was pretty basic. It went past smudge-able to “you can practically wipe it off.” I wore it under my eyeshadow so it set pretty well. The eyeshadow palette was similar to a Mary Kay one I got for free, am almost out of , and loved. Again, they may look better on a tan girl, but they’re still good metallic neutrals. I’ve been seeing a lot of magazine spreads using colors like the lightest shade, a shimmery peach, as a base, highlighter, and along the lower lash line. It’s been a great change for me from the super light base colors I’ve been using. No more white mask around my eyes.
I’ve saved the best for last. The lipgloss was my favorite part. It’s a great rusty cherry color (always worry about reds and the whiteness of my teeth and this looked good). The lipgloss was smooth and not sticky, it felt great. It didn’t last terribly long but maybe that’s because it smelled and tasted like candy (yummy).
If Urban sold these lipglosses individually, I would snatch them up. Especially if they featured the new trends (bright orange? Hot pink? Yes please.) I understand the difficulty of creating an in-house cosmetics line: loss prevention, training employees on the product, keeping sanitary testers, building a brand and regular customers. BUT Urban should totally push these lipglosses. They’re doing well with their nail polishes. The great colors get girls to buy them. I think the quality for the price gets them to come back for more. Nail polish and lipgloss have become as important as jewelry to a girl’s wardrobe.
After years of serving and bartending, I had given up on keeping my nails painted, and through multiple moves I tossed all my neglected nail polishes. In a new line of work and with healthier nails, I get to start from scratch (there’s a pun in there somewhere). Here is my new fledgling collection, courtesy of Wal-Mart and Urban Outfitters (sale!). I was totally clueless that Essie polishes were at Target and Wal-Mart. What? I dig their matte topcoat. My current color obsessions are grey and orange. My favorite brand so far is Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, because it really has lasted me the longest and I HATE chipped polish.
I haven’t jumped on that nail art bandwagon, though. I don’t think I can really do any of the really detailed stuff and my style is really about simplicity. I tried a crackle topcoat, which I’m not even sure if I like yet, I will always be down with glitter (but no rhinestones please), and I want to try the magnetic polishes next. One Urban Outfitters sale item sent me back to middle school and I LOVE it. Glow in the dark nail polish! They’re pretty thin on their own so I’ve been using them as a topcoat to make any manicure glow. Reminds me of when I had glow in the dark stars all over my bedroom or when I had the coolest pair of flare jeans with a glowing stripe down the side. I was soo cool, especially when I wore them in our little school planetarium.
Back to nails, no more about my nerdiness. Tell me your favorite brands and colors! I’m especially interested in finding a no-chip topcoat that actually holds up to the name. What are some easy art and effects I should try? And I mean easy.
At work today, I noticed my pout was not looking up to par. They were pale, dry, even starting to peel and my multitude of salves, balms, sticks and glosses weren’t cutting it. I made a mental note to exfoliate my lips when I got home tonight since I hadn’t in a while. I know the cosmetic connoisseurs out there will think of this as old news; we scrub our hands, faces, and asses. Why not our lips, too? Then there are others whom I can barely get to use a body lotion, let alone worry about scrubbing their lips. The ultimate scumbag way is a wet washcloth or soft toothbrush to scrub off dry skin. It works and won’t cost you a thing (maybe the extra coin so your lips can have their very own toothbrush), BUT as cheap as I am I do love a good sugar scrub. The one I’ve been using forever is C.O. Bigelow’s lip buffer from Bath & Body Works. I just went to their website to price the damn thing and they don’t carry it anymore. (C.O. Bigelow’s website lists the product as out of stock.) Ugh. It was only 7 or 8 bucks and they always have some sort of buy 3 for $x where I would stock up on my rose salve and mentha lip shine too. Seems there is just less and less stuff I’d buy at B&BW. So, similar to the rest of my cosmetic needs, I went to LUSH (dot com).
LUSH sugar lip scrubs
They have lip scrubs in three different flavors for $9 a pop. The website didn’t have a super detailed description on how to use it, but I’ve held on to their catalogue and it said you can just lick the scrub off. I like the edible idea, especially with flavors like mint julep and chocolate.
Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be a scumbag if nine bucks still didn’t feel like a splurge. I checked my two ol’ stand-by shopping sites, soap.com and drugstore.com and found Softlips Pure 100% Natural Lip Polish. Listed for $4.99 on both sites, so go with whichever one has better shipping options for you if you can’t find it in any local stores. I have not seen this before but now I will be on the lookout on my next Target or Walgreens trip. The reviews are good and I’m into the “natural” part. Most of the $15 dollar and up lip scrubs I found had a lot of mineral oil and not a lot of sugar… which is the whole point! I was never big on Softlips‘ balms, but I know many a girl who have been using them for years. They’ve got the track record, hopefully this becomes a product I use for years. If you’re a fan or have used this please let me know! Or fill me in on any other scumbag ways to scrub those kissers (homemade sugar scrubs anyone?).
My new best friend
An update on a previous post, titled This Cheatin’ Skin. I am happy to share with you that my relationship with my Curel lotion is going even better than expected. I kicked my cocoa butter lotion to the curb before I even finished the bottle. The itchy dry skin had gone on long enough. Good riddance to it! My skin is staying hydrated and comfy (yeah I said my skin is comfy) all day in this dry Colorado winter. The best part has been restoring my hands. I don’t bartend anymore, but my hands were worse than they have ever been; chapped, cracked, painful skin and weak broken nails. Curel Ultra Healing lotion has helped a lot. My nails actually grew out this week and I haven’t had a split cuticle since I started using it! Yay! When my skin feels better, I feel better.
Forget 24k gold facials or crazy surgical stuff, if I had tons of money to spare I would do two things. One, commission a fragrance to be made based on my own personal scent and body chemistry (eau de scumbag!). My friend Ryan would have to be in charge of this because he has an amazing sense of smell and can identify me based on scent. I think it would have a lot of orange and other citrus. Two, I would buy THIS! Clarisonic PLUS Sonic Skin Cleansing System. This is the one that comes with the body brush, which is what I want it for the most. That body brush and the multiple speeds make this bad boy $225. Yowzers. If someone gave me this as a gift right now, I would probably feel obligated to marry them and bear their children. But I would do it all with amazing skin.