Archive | April, 2012

Tough as Nails

28 Apr

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.

Nail Cream

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!

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Making faces

25 Apr

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.
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