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I am totally obsessed with rosewater. I talked a little about it’s benefits here but over the last few weeks, I’ve kicked it up a notch. Per the esthetician (Read: Facial @ Ulta), I should use it as a toner more often. Since then, I use after each wash (morning and night), to set my face, to refresh midday but also to hydrate my hair. Of course, this resulted in me running out which is totally cool because I’m a badass that likes to live my life on the edge. I’ll just buy another one, right? So, I travel to Whole Foods Market and it’s sold out but I don’t panic. I then travel to my local organic grocery store and nothing! Then, they had the nerve to ask me if I wanted them to call me when it arrived.

Me: When will it arrive?

Them: Probably in two weeks.

Me: Girl, I can’t wait that long!

I still had a day or two of rosewater so I waited a couple of days and went back to Whole Foods Market and NOTHING! I needed a Plan B and no, it wasn’t me making it. I don’t have that type of time. I then traveled to Ulta to purchase Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater.

A refreshing, hydrating mist to use anywhere anytime. Simply formulated with fragrant herbal extracts and rosewater for a pleasant, pick me up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin. Spray your day and night creams for a boost of hydration or use it to set make-up or spray on dry hair throughout the day. Safe for all skin types. Gentle, non-irritating.

I really, really didn’t want to buy this. I had so much success with Heritage Rosewater and strongly believe it was because it included the essentials: rose and water. Aloe and Herb isn’t the problem but the other chemicals bothered me; especially, because I would also use this on my hair. But, I had no choice. This is one of the consequences of being so adventurous. In contrast, it’s super affordable. I bought the 4 oz. bottle for 7 bucks (to keep at home) and 2 oz. for 5 bucks (to keep in my purse), then got 3 bucks off as a result of my Ulta points which means I paid less than 10 bucks. For more, visit Ulta.

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I’m talking about nail polish… In So Your Manicure Won’t Suck, I told you how to keep your nail polish on.  Now, I’m going to tell you how to take it off.  Specifically, the removal of glitter and gel manicures.

First and foremost, I love glitter nail polish. It’s fancy, lasting, and uplifting.  Yes, nail polish does have the ability to put me in a good mood.  In contrast, it’s really difficult to remove.  Who wants to damage their nail beds by trying to peal and scrub polish off? And, this is what some of you do when trying to remove your gel manicures which is damaging enough.

It is highly unlikely that I will travel to a nail salon to get anything removed. That’s a waste of money. So, what do I do? Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Acetone (100%). You can find this at your local drug store, grocery store, and beauty supply store.
  2. Aluminum Foil. You’ll need enough to wrap around each of your fingers and or toes. Tear a few extras. You don’t know what you’re doing and may mess up.
  3. Cotton Balls.

First, soak cotton ball with acetone, press against nail then wrap foil around your finger tightly. I can do this easily on my feet and left hand. I usually enlist the help of Husband with my right hand; although, it’s doable. It just takes more time.

If you’re removing glitter, let it soak for 3 to 5 minutes. If you’re removing a gel or even acrylic manicure, leave on 10 to 15 minutes. While waiting, ask yourself “why did I put myself through this?” You could’ve had a regular manicure and would’ve been done removing your nail polish 10 minutes ago… Buff nails and proceed with your life.

Good luck and godspeed.

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The wealthier I get (in my head), the more expensive my nail polish. Most recently, I thought there was nothing better than Deborah Lippmann’s Hard Rock and Addicted to Speed which I’ve been using for the last couple of years.

I don’t remember where or when I saw advertisement for Seche Dry Fast Top Coat; however, I decided to try it out since I live my life on the edge (and had a 25% off coupon).

Source: Sally Beauty Supply

Source: Sally Beauty Supply

The patented formula allows the top coat to penetrate through the nail lacquer to the base coat, forming a single solid coating over the nail plate for a much more durable finish. Guaranteed not to yellow while leaving nails silky, stronger and resistant to chipping and peeling. Can be used on natural nails, nail enhancements and pedicures. Seche Dry Fast Top Coat is an award winning top coat year after year that provides a durable high gloss shine.

Per Federal Law, I applied Hard Rock Base and Top Coat Nail Strengthening, two coats of color and Seche. As advertised, it was a quick dry time. I know this because as usual, I bumped my nails 2 mins later and there was no smudge. Completely dry! However, I still wasn’t impressed. “Dry fast” doesn’t always translate into a shiny finish but this one did. And, no chipping! NO CHIPPING!

So, I guess this is the last rodeo for my Deborah Lippmann top coat. Not only is Seche 12 bucks cheaper, it’s just as effective. Shop this peasant top coat at Sally Beauty Supply (with your Beauty Club Card) or Ulta (because their discounts are always lit).

You’re welcome.

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All About That Base

A couple of months ago, I bought a new base coat (Read: All About That Base) and thought I should compare it to my usual (Read: DL’s Hard Rock).  Because it’s highly unlikely that you clicked either of those links, let me provide you with a brief recap.  All About That Base CC Base Coat is a formula that contains 10 nail treatments to conceal, moisturize and strengthen while Hard Rock Base and Top Coat Nail Strengthening strengthens and protects, encouraging healthy nail growth.

Since using All About That Base, my toenails have become a bit weak with a few actually cracking. My fingernails are doing a bit better, although, I did experience a tear in one of my nails.  As a result, I decided to give my nails a break by getting gel manicures on both my toenails and fingernails.  That may seem counterproductive but it’s allowing me to give my nails a break for a couple of weeks.


Hard Rock

This weekend, I plan on going back to the real MVP, Hard Rock.  With Hard Rock, my biggest issue was my nails growing too fast.  You guys know I’m a stan for Deborah Lippmann but All About That Base sucks.  Maybe its for people who don’t need real protection, who knows…  Shop both at Sephora.

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