October 6, 2011 § 2 Comments
I stumbled upon this little beauty trick for the nails and just found it too cool not to share.
Here’s What You Need…
OPI Samoan Sand, or any light nail color
Vodka or rubbing alcohol
10 strips of newspaper big enough to cover each nail
NARS Top Coat, or any top coat
Here’s How You Do It…
Apply the neutral nail polish and allow to dry.
Dip each nail into the vodka or rubbing alcohol.
Press a large strip of newspaper onto the top of each soaked nail. Hold in place for about 30 seconds without moving.
Remove the newspaper slowly and seal it with the top coat.
September 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
Summer is technically over, but the heat isn’t totally gone. This means I still need to have a tan, but I don’t have the time and the sun is becoming less powerful. So, I opt for the spray tan. Don’t get me wrong, I love the creams, specifically Jergens, but I can’t always get that full body tan like when I get a spray tan. Yes, they are a little risky if you don’t follow all the rules of a spray tan. If you do follow the rules, you can be one hot, bronze goddess.
Here’s what I do:
Shower. Make sure you don’t use an oil-based soap because it will leave a residue that will create a barrier between your skin and the tan.
Shave. You definitely want to do this before because this is a natural exfoliator. If you shave after the tan, you will take the color off.
Exfoliate. It’s important to scrub all the dead skin off so the tan will adhere. The tan will come off with the dead skin.
Do not moisturize. This too, will create a barrier between your skin and the tan.
Wear something loose-fitting and dark. If you can wear a strapless bra and a strapless maxi dress. Make sure it isn’t white either.
At The Salon:
Moisturize your joints, hands and feet. Elbows and knees are drier than other parts of the body which means they can absorb more of the solution, which means splotchy. Put a little moisturizer on the knees and elbow as well as the bottom of your feet and the palms of your hands.
Know your poses. Whether someone is painting you or you are alone in the chamber, make sure you know exactly how to stand and when to change poses. You may feel stupid, but you will feel even more stupid later if your tan is messed up.
Do Not Drip Dry. As soon as you finish, look for any drips or streaks down your body. Make sure and blot any drips with a towel. Most times there will be a huge fan to dry you off. Make sure you are completely dry before you put your clothes back on.
Cuticles. Wipe down cuticles with a baby wipe to prevent dirty looking fingers later.
No sweating, showering, or shaving. Eventually you can, just wait eight hours before doing so.
Moisturize. Now, you can go to town on the moisturizer. Keeping your skin hydrated will stretch the life of your tan by preventing the dead skin from taking off your tan.
Spot Check. As your tan develops, you may see some trouble spots around your ankles, feet, or hands. You can easily exfoliate these areas to blend your tan evenly.
Take it all off. If you are done with your tan and want to take it off before it naturally wears off, just soak in a hot, chlorinated whirlpool and it will speed the de-tanning process along.
*A good, well-kept spray tan should last about eight days.
September 12, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’m pretty picky about what I wear on my lips. It can’t be too thick, not thick enough, sticky, or fragrant. I like the consistency of a chapstick, but you don’t get color. If it’s tinted, usually the color isn’t the greatest quality.
So, my solution to this life altering problem, Fresh sugar tinted lip treatment. They come in several different colors. I have it in Rose and it works great with my hair and skin tones and fits all my crazy lip product criteria:
Perfect consistency, not sticky
Conditions my lips
Good color quality