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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!

Loving the skin I’m in

16 Jan

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.

This Cheatin’ Skin

3 Dec

I love the music of Amy Winehouse. Especially when I’m driving and I can sing along, no holds barred. I was listening to the song “You Know I’m No Good” and it made me think of my body lotion, of all things. The song tells of her infidelities as she sings “I cheated myself.”  I totally cheated on my favorite body lotion and now I’m the one suffering.

Here’s the love of my skin.

Curel Fragrance Free Lotion

I started using this after I got my first tattoo. That particular tattoo artist said this was her favorite fragrance free lotion, and I listen to tattoo artists about skin care. Curel lotions all absorb into the skin quickly and deeply. They do not clog your pores (none of that nasty mineral oil shit). I’ve used this body lotion year round, in dry Colorado and in humid New York. My skin always feels smooth and comfortable, never greasy or thirsty. Curel’s been good to me.

 

 

 

 

Now here’s “the other lotion.”

Vaseline and CVS brand cocoa butter body lotions

This is Vaseline Cocoa Butter Deep conditioning body lotion, and the same formula by CVS pharmacy. (Deep conditioning, my ass. Liar.) I had used Vaseline before and either my memory failed me or I am too forgiving. My mind was focusing on stretch marks as I shopped for lotion. Cocoa butter is known to help with skin tone and texture. When I first used this body lotion, I was still living in New York and we were just coming out of summer so my skin wasn’t very dry, but applying this body lotion the first few times felt like trying to rub water into your skin. I didn’t feel hydrated beyond the surface. Now I’m in Colorado in the midst of freezing temperatures and 10 inches of snow. My skin is killing me. Just a few hours after moisturizing my skin feel dry and tight. I miss the 24 hour deep moisture of Curel. I’m cheap so I’m trying to use this up before I transition back. (Wasn’t I smart in buying that value size!)

 

 

This is what I’m running back to.

Curel Ultra Healing Intense Lotion

The transition to Colorado dry air has been rough on my skin, so I’m going to pamper it with the Ultra Healing formula. I’ve used it before during some fierce winters, and I’m pretty sure this winter will be just that. This one won’t clog your pores either, it’s still non-greasy and absorbs quickly. It helps soothe my super sensitive winter skin. My skin’s itching to use this the more I talk about it!

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Curel’s website where you can check out their products, including ingredient lists. I used the Skincare Advisor and they suggested I used the formula for sensitive skin. Hmm, maybe. I should ease back into my Curel relationship first. I also linked all the images above to the product pages in drugstore.com.

Ladies and gentleman, the late Amy Winehouse…