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
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?).
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.
It’s 11:31 PM, almost December 19, my birthday. I decided to get myself a present this year. Usually that means a new outfit for going out or a hot pair of shoes, but not for me. I’ve poured myself a glass of honey bourbon and drawn a bath with a LUSH bath melt to greet 29. Bliss.
A great LUSH review. I definitely want to try these toner tabs. My favorite part is that you get a steam facial AND toner to use later all for cheap. Yay for cheap!
Stumbled into this store last week and it really got my skin-care-loving juices flowing. I will write more on Lush very soon, maybe in the morning. G’night scumbags!