Meg here! I have just been looking at the weather channel and good Lord, is this spring? I thought this post was going to be timely. Everyone was going to be so eager to learn about my new fantastic faux tan! Then I saw that the country was blanketed under weather misery, let's hope you can use this advice sooner than later!
The weather here is starting to get warmer and the limbs are beginning to come out. It's L.A., it's not like we've had a difficult winter. I hesitate to even call it "cold" since there may be some of you that are actually in weather less than 48 degrees (brrr!)
I went to the dermatologist 2 weeks ago and I asked him "What's this brown freckly type spot on my cheek?" I then pointed to my lower face. I don't know how the next sound wasn't "thud" as I wanted to drop down and faint on the floor as he casually replied "oh, that's from the sun. Just an age spot." AN AGE SPOT? On my face. I immediately thought of my friend Emilie, her 85 yr. old Grandmother called her 88 yr. old boyfriend "M&M Head" because of all of the sun spots on his face. I really am not ready to become "M&M Head." Speaking of age spots, there also seem to be a few getting ready to make their way on my hands. Yup, you can tuck and lift and inject your face. You can laser it and bleach it and peel it. What can you do with spotted, ugly hands? You can buy fancy gloves. You better sunscreen those hands now, unless you're into telling people that you like to work part time as a chauffeur, and you're just in uniform..
No one that knows me would believe either! With my amazing, pasty Irish skin, the only choice I have is to sunless tan. Sure, I could sit in the sun but the fear of age spots has me paralyzed and I can't actually move.
All of the Oompa Loompa fear has been taken away by the beautiful Sinead Norenius and her fantastic tanning line, Beautisol! I've always been rocking the faux tan. With more success some times than others. Since I have been introduced to the Beautisol line, I am streak-free and have a super gorgeous glow. It's so easy, dries fast and they even have a product made just for your face! Not only is Beautisol's "Need I Glow More?" specifically targeted for your face, it targets for your skin type! How awesome is that? I used it yesterday and not only do I look "glowy" it also camouflages skin imperfections (Ahem, like the above mentioned "age spot.")
I look healthier, I look sexier, I look thinner! It did not make me humble. But who needs humble? When was the last time you put on a pair of short shorts and thought "do these make me look humble?" Never, that's when.
How did I achieve limbs that I am proud of? Ones that make my body smooth and fake something people call "toned?" How am I streak free and fabulous? The boobs to the left? Those are mine. Well, I mean, they were paid for, so yes... Anyhow, look at the tan color? That's after one application! Pretty darn great right?
3 EASY STEPS AND 15 MINUTES!
SHOWER: The first step to a gorgeous tan is to exfoliate.
#1 Michael Todd True Organics Walnut Grapefruit Scrub: I applied this to my body in the shower, I let the shower steam up and I grabbed ths tube.
Michael Todd True Organics Walnut Grapefruit Scrub $19.00 You have to exfoliate or else you're going to have a splotchy tan. Dead skin cells don't soak up the pigment of a self tanner. I love how this scrub isn't so grainy, it doesn't hurt but it exfoliates. You have baby soft skin, skin that is ready to drink up pigment. You're smooth and your stems glow. It doesn't leave any residue and the bottle is HUGE.
After the shower, I towel COMPLETELY OFF (water can streak!)
This applicator mitt cuts self-tan time in half. It also takes out the annoying step where you have to scrub your palms! It is easy peasy and I have enlisted Nick Stern into Self Tan back applicator. He's not exactly happy with this new job, but he still manages to breeze through it in 2 minutes and it looks like a professional did it. I swear, I am really building his resume of "special skills."
The Grand Finale! The final step. It dries fast, is cruelty free and STREAK FREE! Looks naturally amazing. Like, I've never had a REAL TAN this GREAT! All of my friends are in awe and buying their own bottle!
The first thing you notice is there is no stinky scent, it's clean. Like fresh linens or like you're Fabreezing your body. The pump distributes just the right amount. I like 4 pumps and then I fold the mitt in half so the tanning lotion is evenly distributed. I start from bottom to top. Sinead recommends you do this after your shower before bed. I have done that and I find it is also the best way. However, you are literally dry in about 5 minutes. Knowing this, I have also done this before I start my day. While I am drying my hair I let my body dry. I throw my clothes on and have had no issue with streaking. It is really so easy, it looks so nice. I can't tout this product enough!
To make it even easier for you to give this a shot (DON'T FORGET THE MITT!) Sinead is offering 25% with code MEGSTAN. How great is that? 25% OFF BEAUTISOL! I posted my boob picture all over the social networks and interwebs so let's hope she got some sales coming in!
What's the weather doing in your parts and how are you staying "tan" but keeping out of the sun?
Stacy B here! Despite the fact that I'm a suburban mom (ugh, that even sounds depressing), I am far more city than country. My husband and I have this dream of retiring - independently weathly of course - to a brownstone in Boston with a doorman, a personal shopper and a heated garage for the winter. And maybe a little beach condo somewhere warm for winter getaways.
I have no desire to live off the land, or retire to some field somewhere where I can feed birds out back or listen to the crickets while I churn butter or whatever. Bugs are gross, butter isn't all that good for you and peace and quiet make me restless. If that's your thing, then good for you, enjoy it! But, give me city lights, shops within walking distance, excitement and entertainment and good food....made to order and served to me on demand. I like more excitement and action and feel more comfortable when there are lots of options, things to do, things to talk about, things to explore. I don't even like country music or cute, farm-y decor. So, I was really suprised when my mom introduced me to a product made by hand from the backwoods of Maine and I fell totally in love.
I'm taking a break from my normal drugstore product because you can't get this stuff in a drugstore. In fact there are only about 10 stores on the East Coast that sell this brand, so you're better off ordering on line. This place started out with jams, jellies and other country-esque gifts and recently branched out into things like body lotions, cleaning supplies, cookware and gift soaps, all natural, of course.
My parents (who are a little more into this stuff than I am) always grabbed some of their jams and jellies whenever they were up near our vacation home in New Hampshire (which I don't go to very often, way too remote!!) The Red Pepper Jelly is a favorite, and so is the Apple Cranberry Chutney. I have no idea what chutney is, but it's great on a cracker. I never thought twice about this stuff until she came home with this amazing Grapefruit Thyme lotion.
This has saved me from grossly cracked and paper-cut-up hands this winter. This lotion is the perfect product to keep right by your sink so when you finish the dishes, you can slab some on and avoid dry and cracked skin and knuckles. It starts out really liquid and oily and when my mom insisted I try it, and practically poured it on me herself, I instantly said how slimy and wet it was and how it would never soak in. She just looked at me and said, 'just wait'. I did, and in less than 30 seconds, I was hooked. My skin was completely moisutrized, felt smooth, soft, silky and touchable. Every bit had soaked in. My mom just looked at me with that knowing motherly smile and said, "I know. I'll get you some next time we go to New Hampshire". Moms always know.
I kept stealing it every time I went over there until I finally got some under the Christmas tree and was so excited. Even my husband uses it a lot. The scent is very neutral, with the thyme offsetting the citrus of the grapefruit so it's not too girly for a guy to use. I really want to try the antibacterial gel from this line, and the soy candle, too. They have so many interesting sounding scents. The only drawback to limited stores, is you can't smell something online. But, the scent I have really does smell like a grapefruit with some thyme in it so I'd trust the title. And yes, I had to dig into my mom's spice cabinet to sniff some thyme to verify that.
This lotion is great and has gotten me through a long, cold winter! Now, one last bit of advice...I know this is a makeup site and sugar should only be in scrub form, but if you have some extra cash, get the Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce for your next dessert. YUM. Any of you have some great, secret gems that aren't hugely known?
Meg here! I have the most super fantastic find, it saved me $115 today. Really.
I am a nail biter. I am a disgusting nail biter, nothing could stop it. Not acrylic nails not silk wraps. I would seriously bite plastic nails in moments of boredom and anxiety. Sexy.
What makes me behave? Gel nails. Gel nails (I know most of you have tried them, if you have not had them done at your salon-well, now you don't need to.) Read on, this is EASY and inexpensive and looks really amazing. My roommate has already dragged this into her room. Her mother is in town and after watching me use this, ordered one for herself off HSN (I'll include the link.) I only go absolutely crazy if something blows my mind and I am very excited to tell you about Gel Haute Nail Polish Kit with an LED Smart Light and nail polish.
I am a regular at my nail salon, since the introduction of gel nails I'm less of a regular. With a gel manicure I can get a solid 2.5 to 3 weeks of staying power. No chips, just some grow out on the botton. The only downfall of a gel manicure? The cost. I'm sure there are cheaper places to go, I am a creature of laziness and my salon is walking distance (a rare LA luxury.)
When I walk into my nail salon it's like a casino slot machine going off, all the nail techs hear is cha-ching!
Manicure? Yes.Extra Hand Massage?Yes.Back Massage? Yes.Pedicure?Yes.Extra Scrub and Leg Rub?Yes.Eyebrows?Of course.
Before I know it, I'm out $115.00 and two hours of my life. I really shouldn't spend either. I decided that I wouldn't be so militant about the nail salon. I mean, the earth wouldn't stop spinning if I didn't have my nails done. Right? Wrong. Murphy's Law they call it.
I had exactly 2 hours notice that I would be filmed for TV. TWO HOURS. Not only did I decide to be more laid back about my nails but my hairdresser had the flu last week and I wasn't able to get my hair done for 3 weeks. I have serious roots issues. I can't go 10 days without getting my roots done, nevermind 21.
There I was, getting a call to be filmed on National TV, as a beauty expert no less. A beauty expert with long grey roots and mangled, chewed up nails. Don't you love when life laughs at you?
There was no time to get either professionally done. I drove to Rite Aid and grabbed a box of hair dye (It actually came out great-review to follow.) The nails? Unfortunately, all I could do was run a quick file over them and try to remember to not talk with them too much.
Did you hear that? I did gels, by myself and they look expertly done. I did them in a rush. This was so easy, and they look so fabulous. Not one smudge, and all you do is hold it under a provided LED light where it takes exactly ONE MINUTE to dry. It is impossible to screw this up ladies. IMPOSSIBLE. I have witnesses, this is the real deal.
I opened my Gel Haute Nail Polish Kit and was prepared to be overwhelmed. There was absolutely no reason for me to have any trepidation. This is a cinch. You do your nails exactly the same way that you would normally do them. The set comes with four great colors, I love muted greys and taupes so I went for the shade "earth." Instead of waiting for them to air dry you hold them under the small LED smart light to dry. In the age of Suri, the LED actually talks to you. My LED is named "Emily." Emily reminds you that you only need to hold your nails under the light for a minute and then you're ready to apply your second coat.
You do the exact same process after your second coat, wipe it off with the provided finisher towelettes and your DONE.
Finished and fabulous and looks like you've been in the salon all day! Now, lets talk about price. For half the price of one of my nail visits, I get the entire system and a nail polish. It also saves me hours.
I can't say enough about how convenient and great this system is. I will never be caught with nasty nails again! Its a comforting feeling to know you're always ready for your close up.
Who else is serious about their nails and plunks down a lot of cash to keep them perfect? Are you all on the gel train or do you stick to the normal mani? I like to shake it up and do gel twice in a row and then take a LED break. You?
Nick here! The male is a strange animal of habit and the one thing we don't spend time thinking about is changing what ain't broke. That is why we don't really switch up our hygienic (refrain from calling them beauty products around men) staples. The main staple in a man's arsenal besides soap is deodorant...and let's be honest we wouldn't even use it if we could get away with it. Honestly I rarely use it as it is unless I'm going to work or leaving the house...sorry Meg you wanted to live with a guy. I've used the same brand of deodorant for the last 10 years and the only reason I chose it in the first place is because they told me that it was the official deodorant of NASA. So if I'm not going to achieve my childhood dream of being an astronaut I sure as hell am going to smell like one. ( I'm literally listening to the theme song of Apollo 13 as I type).
Now the best way to get a man to try something new is to introduce a FREE product ( so ladies this will cost you but hell it's an investment like painting your house or gardening) when they are close to running out of their current one. That is howMeg got me to change deodorants (or maybe it was a hint that I don't wear it enough). I remember toweling off after a nice shower and looking in my cabinet to realize that my deodorant stick was out but conveniently next to the empty stick was a brand new shiny blue stick of Jack Black's Pit Boss Antiperspirant and Deodorant. How did Meg know that my second childhood dream was to be a race car driver. I've driven with him, let's all just be thankful his dream is "producer."Ladies, don't laugh you can rule a man's heart and emotions by humoring their childhood dreams. I just gave you the key to running the world...you can thank me later.Thanks Nick, we had no idea that "humoring a man" could be helpful in getting what we want. No idea. Newsflash, ladies.
The first thing I do before using Jack Black's Pit Boss Antiperspirant and Deodorant is smell it...naturally. I notice that it actually has a subtle soapy scent which is much different than the heavily perfumed deodorants found in those horrible pharmaceutical stores (Meg, haven't I come a long way...you've instilled this snobbery in me). Beaming with pride. Beaming...The mild scent of Jack Black is great because it leaves such a fresh neutral smell that I can feel comfortable using a cologne without the fear that it will conflict with another pungent fragrance. The most important feature though in any deodorant is the one apply a day. Guys hate reapplying deodorant throughout the day fearing that their appliance that morning is failing them. My last deodorant failed me once and it's the worst feeling knowing you're so vulnerable...that is why the true test of any deodorant is seeing if it lasts all day. I have to say that Jack Black is truly a boss of the pit because I wore it through a couple of runs and was pleasantly surprised that I could sit on the couch next to Meg without her any of the wiser. You pick your battles.Is your man a real man's man, then even better, because Jack Black Pit Boss is paraben-free --which is a chemical that mimics estrogen and is found in many deodorants -- so Jack Black is as manly as it gets.
The one downfall of Jack Black is that they don't make pit boss in a bigger stick so if you're reading this Jack I need more pit boss. P.S. Loved you in School of Rock. I've told you THREE times already that it's not the same-nevermind.
What deodorant is your guy using and Valentine's Day is coming up? Who is thinking of gifting their guy with some great "man product" he'll secretly love you for it!
Stacy B here! I'm freaking cold. It's 10 degrees with a wind chill of 1 right now as I write this. One. ONE degree. We are dangerously close to negatives. And I mean dangerous literally, if you are outside for too long, you can damage exposed skin! No make up can cover up frostbite so get inside!!
I normally don't complain much about the cold, I live in New England and choose to stay here. I accept the winter cold, I love the snow and I enjoy the changing seasons. But, every year, we get a 1-2 week stretch of bitter cold that really tests my decision to live here. My husband is from LA so we do have an out if we were desperate, but so far, he's happy here, too. In fact, he just left to go out in downtown Boston to meet up with a friend who's in town for work and happily put on his warmest coat and gloves knowing the wind chill is even worse with all the steel buildings creating wind tunnels.
This kind of weather really does a number on your hair, nails, skin and overall demeanor. Especially after the holidays, there's such a letdown. After I took off my holiday red nail polish my nails were so awful. They kept breaking and chipping and splitting, it was gross. The extremely dry air didn't help, along with making my skin crack and my hair static-y. The skin I fixed with some heavy winter lotion, the hair I run a dryer sheet over before I head out and that keeps it fairly tame. But the nails, I had no quick fixes.
I was so fed up I said, "that's it, I'm cutting them all down to the skin!" and looked down and realized half of them were there already. I didn't even have to cut them. I just filed them so they were smooth, even, and unbelievably short. Like, can't even scratch an itch, peel off a label or tap out a fun little tune on my desk, short.
I knew a fix would take a week or so, so I went with a trusty Sally Hanson polish that my husband put in my stocking for Christmas. He chose Sally Hanson's Green Tea and Bamboo Strengthener. He definitely had no idea what it was, just told me "you drink green tea a lot and say it's good for you and the box said green tea so it must be good for you, too". Smart guy.
It's supposed to be a top or base coat, but I've been wearing it as just a clear polish for a few days. I've put on a coat every third day or so and it's really working. I finally have a little bit of a nail and they aren't breaking or catching on things at all. Before, I felt like as soon as they grew a bit, I'd bump something and the whole nail would explode. They were so weak!
My nails are doing much better right now, they are growing evenly, strong and fairly quickly for the dead of winter. I'm not embarrassed to show my fingers and have been able to peel stickers for my son's sticker book without swearing. I mean without saying 'whoops'. I don't swear around the 4 year old, he'll repeat it. Forever...
This is a classic drug store buy, cheap, easy to find,it works and you can probably find a coupon. I have always loved Sally Hanson nail care products and this did not disappoint!
Nick Stern here! Meg's Man roomie, the one she makes write for her! Happy Belated New Year Everyone!!! I love the beginning of a new year because it's the time when people are the most positive about change. They vow to achieve some resolution that they lacked the previous year promising to lose that extra weight or quit that bad habit. As the clock struck midnight, I certainly felt a strong bond to my fellow human knowing that every year this time we as a race make that universal goal of being better...THIS YEAR IS MY YEAR! Then I woke up January 1st and threw up...(awesome, thanks for cleaning the toilet bowl-not.)
January 2nd I began my journey of leading a healthier more productive life. My biggest challenge and worst enemy to achieving productive success has been the word that many of us struggle with...procrastination. (I would have gone with "lazy" but sure, we can say procrastination.) I must apologize to Meg and to my growing fan base (thanks for your patience Mom) for being so lackadaisical with my Manly Monday reviews. Meg reminds me constantly how lucky I am to have access to so many amazing products because before her I thought CVS was the only place a man could purchase hygienic items. She's right...I must share these products with the millions of men in the world and show them that there is something more than what's in their local pharmacy (or at the very least the women who can nag influence them:) Oh boy Meg is yelling at me about my deadline....where was I...oh yes...my review. You're "wordy" and take too long to write anything. Get to it Nick. For the Love Of God, we don't have all day.
Today, I will be discussing Billy Jealously Salad Days Body Scrub which I've implemented into my daily shower routine at a reasonable price of $36.00 a bottle.(It's reasonable because I gave it to him for FREE)To be completely honest, I have always used an unscented bar soap but after moving to the dryer LA climate I swapped out the bar soap for a body wash and a manly gray loofah (which hangs among the fifteen pink and purple ones...I have no clue why girls need multiple loofahs but they're like fucking ornaments in our bathroom).Did you just really write "fucking" on Megsmakeup.com? My Grammy reads this!
At first I thought a body scrub named Salad Days was a poor name choice since guys hate eating salads much less putting something called it on their body...but then I realized that it isn't that men don't like salads it's that they don't like admitting that they like salads. Salads are the least manliest food there. Right next to sorbet so men must become closet salad eaters. If I'm out with a girl and she orders a burger I'm ordering a burger extra bloody just to prove a point...but secretly my heart belongs to that baby spinach and beet salad with roasted asparagus. (Really, how is he still single?) Where better to be a closet salad lover than in your own shower. Salad Days Body Scrub has a refreshing scent with hints of mint and citrus that leave your skin smelling fresh without an overpowering perfume smell. The Jojoba Esters gently exfoliates removing dead/dry skin cells and allowing the sage and peppermint to purify and tone the skin underneath.
I noticed that it says you should use it every other day (I'm not really good about reading labels) SHOCKING! but I find it's gentle enough to use every day. Also, the best part is that the smell is so nondescript that you and your man can use it together splitting the cost while both profiting from all the skin renewing benefits. So go out and try it for yourself and remember to tell your man it's okay if he tries a little salad too.
Nick, the review was great but we need a little more info...So, if a lady friend brought this to you as a gift, what type of occasion would this gift be appropriate for? Nick: Not as a gift. Just if she brings it over and puts it in the shower, that would be nice and then I would have sex with her in the shower.
What? What are you talking about? NICK!! It's just nice that a girl would make her presence known with adding things like that into the shower. The thing is, guys get weird if a girl brings them body products to their house, but if she can disguise it as her own thing then that's OK. We secretly try and sniff everything that she leaves anyway.
What about the sex in the shower part? What was that?
I just like to have sex in the shower, but if a girl has established a presence in my shower than I will see her products and think about having sex with her in my shower.
Stacy B here! "This year's flu season could be the worst in decades" uh, what? You're kidding me, right? I have two kids who attract germs like a Kardashian attracts papparazzi and now I have to worry about the flu!? They just got over coughs last week!
Break out the kiddie pool, I'm using it indoors and filling in with sanitizer. We will NOT get the flu. We WILL NOT. OK, maybe I can get it, I hear it helps drop the holiday weight. Kidding!!
I'm not sure what else I can do within the realm of normal parenting behavior. Everyone washes their hands when they get home, sheets are washed weekly in hot water, scarves, hats and mittens are thrown in there occassionally, both boys (and adults) are eating lots of healthy veggies and vitamin-c packed fruits, adults take multivitamins, we all drink lots of water and exercise regularly. We can't live in a bubble.
In case the bug gets us, we do our best to make the duration of the cold or flu as short and pleasant as possible. Steamy showers, hot tea, lots of rest, chicken soups, doctor's visits, if necessary, and for the adults, cold medicine (which you know never works). I definitely feel bad for my youngest who, at 8 months, can't take any medicine or drink tea and soup. My 4-year-old has a few more options but still. I try to find non-drug ways of making them feel better.
I found some body wash from Kiss My Face called Cold and Flu Shower and Bath Gel. Sounds way too good to be true. And it kind of was. I didn't love this. I liked it. Just liked it. Which was tough because I loved the company, the message behind the products, their environmental responsibility, the innovative products, even the price.
It started out really promising. The bottle is huge, and only about $11 retail price. I was intrigued by the eucalypus and menthol blend and the advertising on the back. It says "While it doesn't provide a cure, it sure does provide a dose of soothing comfort."
What? A company being totally honest with you and not trying to trick you into believing they can cure the world? Set my expectation right away: this wouldn't work miracles, but would offer a break from the annoying cold and flu symptoms we all hate. Perfect. We all know there's no cure for the common cold, or flu, so a break is about all we can ask for as we let these things run their course.
The smell is amazing. It was like a healthy spa smell when I opened it, and when I took a good wiff, I swear my sinuses opened a little and I'm not even sick. I made my husband smell it, who IS sick. Or at least try to smell it. He hasn't smelled anything in 3 days. I told him to guess the scent and he said, "I think I smell mint?". And then sneezed. It definitely got something moving up there.
We were very eager to try this. Hubby, because if he smelled a little mint, there was hope after a steamy shower and some aromatic lather, and me, because it smelled like a relaxing spa and with a sick husband and two young kids, a nice-smelling shower is like a gift.
My husband tried it first and was not impressed. He said it didn't smell any more and there was no lather. He said he had to use a ton to get enough soap to wash himself. Uh oh. I'm a total bubble snob. I need lather. I know, I know, most lather is extra chemicals, but I need it. I went into the bathroom immediately after he got out of the shower and there was no lingering scent either. That's another thing I was hoping for, that the scent would get steamed up and fill the bathroom. It didn't.
I tried it the next morning and have to agree with everything my husband said. The scent died out immediately, and I had to use a ton on my loofah to get any bubbles. It washed away very clean, but I'm not sure if that's because it's a clean product, or because there were hardly any bubbles to wash away. I didn't get that steamy, eucalyptus and menthol spa aroma like I had hoped. I even turned our bathroom fan off, hoping to keep the steam in. That didn't work either.
Not the best product, but the company has so many good things going for it, I'd definitely be willing to try another item of the many they offer.
Have you ever tried a product that helped you with your cold or flu that didn't require a prescription?
Stacy B here! Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a great day celebrating with friends and family and way too many sweets. Don't worry, the collective diet starts Tuesday.
I was really lucky this year that my office closed on Christmas Eve so I had 3 days before Christmas Day to get fully prepared. We hosted about 15 people at our house for dinner so I had a lot to do! Luckily my mom and aunt have been doing Christmas dinner for years so they basically brought everything and just took over my oven. I made potatoes, corn and about 4 different types of cookies. With help from my son, of course. He's getting really good, especially at cracking eggs, which is his favorite thing to do. If there are no eggs in the recipe, I pretty much can count on him bailing on me. Luckily, every cookie and treat I made had eggs. Healthy stuff....really.
During a rare moment of down time Sunday afternoon I had time to do my nails. No fancy manicure, just a quick two coats while my youngest napped and my husband and older son ran some errands (last minute shopping, of course).
I went with a perfect Christmas shade from OPI called Speak For Your-Elf. How appropriate, and cute! It was a true red glitter polish but the glitter was red, too, and very fine so it wasn't chunky or flashy. Just a nice shimmery sparkle in the right light.
Just as the second coat was drying, my son woke up demanding lunch and mommy attention so I didn't get to do a top coat. I figured I'd get to it later....take a guess if that happened or not...
My only trick for time is to swipe a bit of polish across the tip of your nail. Hold the brush vertically and lightly swipe it across the edge of your nail, bonus points if you get a little on the under side of the nail. If you can't get in a top coat, this helps protect from chips.
I hardly expected this to last and anticipated some touch ups before the big day, or even a full replacement. But, OPI really came through. After two full days of craziness, I just had a little wear on a few tips, but no major chips. This polish made it though two baths for each kid, all the present wrapping, 4 different batches of cookies, assembly of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Farm set, two stockings stuffed, one Christmas Eve party, one champagne bottle popped, a full house clean, my own showers, one round of coloring Rudolph pictures and a sprinkling of reindeer food on the front lawn. With a very difficult top to open! Plus, opening all my own presents, and all presents for my 8 month old. He only wanted to chew on the paper.
I have no less than 6 paper cuts on my hands, 2 hangnails, and dry, cracked hands from hand washing all 12 place settings of our fine china.
But this polish weathered it all. By Christmas evening, three full days after I applied without a top coat, I saw my first chips. Amazing. I didn't even have to worry about making sure my nails looked good before company, I already knew they did!
I have always like OPI but have started to explore other brands, like Zoya, which uses less chemicals and really does work well. This extreme test of nail polish durability really reminded me why I have always leaned toward this brand. And I'm really glad it's becoming more easy to find, too. Most local drugstores now carry some of the OPI collections.
I hope you all survived the holiday and are looking forward to the new year. Stay safe on New Years Eve and check out some sparkly OPI polishes to complete your party look! Here's to a safe and happy 2013 to you all! WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE OPI? I LOVE THE NAMES!!
Stacy B here! I'm so embarrassed. I should be fired from writing on this site. I committed one of the cardinal sins of beauty.
I forgot to wash my hands after applying self tanner. For like 3 days in a row. So stupid of me! You know what happens, darker palms, orange spots between my fingers and weird splotches on the heels of my hand and wrists. I have been pretty annoyed for the past few days, everytime I look down I am reminded of my error.
I found a new natural tanner that I wanted to try, Nature's Gate Glow Lotion and I just dove right in. I guess I can state the obvious here...it works.
I think my mistake was trying it after getting out of the shower in the morning. We're like a well oiled machine in my house, my husband gets up and showers first, I get my younger son and lay him next to me for a few more minutes of sleep while we wait for my older son to get up. When I'm showering, he gets the kids dressed and fed and then when he leaves, I get them out the door and to wherever they are going that day.
Yes, you read that right, my husband does the breakfasts and outfits each morning. I am really lucky to have a very involved dad as a husband! I would be willing to bet he'd pass off the outfits to me if we had girls, but with two boys, it's not like you have to worry about accessorizing!
Adding a new step to my routine wasn't as easy as I thought. The first day my older son decided he wanted to dry his hair, too. I had to help him hold the hairdryer to keep him from dropping it because the air flow 'tickled his head'. The second day we were running late because both boys chose to sleep for about 15 minutes longer than normal and the third day, my younger son decided to flip himself over onto his belly and then scream in frustration because he was stuck like that. He's not quite strong enough to crawl but deparately wants to move. I had to rescue him.
Really, I'm just lucky that neither boy has tan handprints on them somewhere. Even if they did, it's a natural product so I wouldn't feel bad about chemicals on them!
This company has been around for 40 years and is based on botanical, herbal and floral products. I thought this was great when I read it on their site: "Our Certified Organic botanicals are farmed without the use of synthetic or inorganic chemicals, utilizing methods that naturally enhance soil structure, conserve water and mitigate climate change." Not only is it good for you, it's good for the planet!
The lotion has readable and recognization ingredients, like shea butter, apricot, almond and soybean oil and Vitamin E. I bet it's great for those of you with sensitive skin or allergies. It goes on very smoothly, is thick but not sticky, absorbs fast and smells great. Sort of a floral, citrus blend. Or as my husband said, "you smell like Key Lime Pie". Um, thanks?
My only complaint is that it's not as moisturizing as I'd hoped. Clearly the gradual tan works, but I felt like after an hour or so, I needed more lotion. I used it one night before bed on my face and I woke up feeling a little tight and dry. Which is not good for this time of year. It was better on my arms and legs, but my face needs more. This might be something that I'd use every other day so I get some color, but didn't dry out my skin.
So far, I don't look orange but my palms are definitely darker than they should be! I will have to really try to remember to wash my hands! Any tips out there on fading the color? Vinegar? Lemon juice? Gloves? :) Guess I'll have to live with it for a few more days!
Meg here! I just wanted you all to see my powder room. I love languishing in my deep soak tub as I eat grapes and sip champagne by my roaring fire. Sexy music is usually playing as I stare out the windows of my slice of Heaven. I have a great, big cashmere blend robe waiting for me and my towels are imported from Turkey. Jacques is just a bell ring away. He's so amazing at scrubbing my lower middle back.Every bath time should be an experience so I just wanted to let you not only know, experience and really see mine. It's fabulous...And then the alarm goes off and I wake up. It was all a dream!? What?! Nooo!
Cue Dolly Parton
"Tumble outta bed
And stumble to the kitchen Pour myself a cup of ambition Yawnin' and stretchin' and try to come to life
Jump in the shower And the blood starts pumpin' Out on the streets The traffic starts jumpin' With folks like me on the job from 9 to 5"
Sorry if now that song is stuck in your head for the rest of the day. I love me some Dolly. But, 9-5? She's a little lazy. I've been working all day and now I'm blogging at 10:30 pm. Jacques!?!?
I love my shower time. My shower, while not a strung up hose, is not much better. I live in an older house and once the water is hot and steamy I hop in. I get a good 2 minutes before I'm cursing NICK!LISA!!SHUT OFF THE SINK!! (the kitchen sink.)
To where I get the reply "Oh, sorry! Didn't know you were in there!!"
After 30 seconds water pressure resumes and I'm not left shivering in my 1930's shower. Jesus, if I took this shower on Antiques Roadshow I'd probably be a millionaire.
So no, my powerball ticket has yet to give me the bathroom pictured above. But once that damn lottery pays off, it's on my top ten of purchases.
I'm going to take lemons and make lemonaide! Or make Thymes NAIA. It is a floral/citrus fabulous lemon/flower invigorating scent. I love Thymes. I have yet to be let down on any of their products. When I grab my loofah sponge and pour this on, if I shut my eyes for a minute , while it deliciously lathers and suds up-I am transported.
It makes my limbs not only sudsy but silky and even though my tile has probably had Mary Pickford as a guest at some point. I feel luxurious and new.
The clear bottle packaging looks very lush and the scent? Well, this baby gets 5 out of 5 stars from independant reviewers and this sums it up "Think of a cool morning in a lush garden after a rainfall and the sun is just starting to kiss the flowers and evaporate the moisture into the air with all the crisp and delicate aromas...this is what this product conjures up in my mind. What a glorious way to start the day or wash away all the stress at night! LOVE IT!!!!"
Don't take my word for it (but your here, so might as well.) It's a really great gift for under $20 for anyone that has a shower. Even if the plumbing is from the 19th Century.
While it will make your wet body and your entire powder room smell fantastic. I did the test. I asked Nick to smell my arm after I had dried off, put my PJ's on and 45 minutes went by. "You smell clean but I can't smell anything else." It will not compete with your perfume. If you want it to? You can go "all Naia" Thymes has the complete set!
From bath salts to soap bars to cologne to even a home fragrance, you can become a true Naia Girl! I just might. I'd rather my house smell like Naia than "dog pee." Yup, I just rescued another one! His name is "Chopper" pics soon!
Your husband's weird boss? Give her Naia. Your mother-in-law? Get her Naia. The dog walker? Stay with me here...Naia
You don't have to win the powerball to be able to do this but you'll make the gifted think they're in a powder room...With Jacques.
So tell me who else is a Thymes fan and your most favorite bath product. There maybe some Naia in it for the BEST DREAM POWDER ROOM SCENARIO! Get creative! ONE WINNER!