My go-to Manicure

I don’t know about you but I always need to have my nails done… but just like most things in life, some are wonderful and some are not quite so great.

When my nails are bare I don’t feel complete, yet at the same time, I have to admit, I hate getting manicures because of the time it takes sitting there. Pedicures on the other hand are relaxing, where manicures I am constantly wondering when it will be over, when I can have my hand back and when I can check my phone. Am I the only one?

I’ve had every manicure you could think of; regular manis, gel manis, acrylic tips, LCN’s, dip powder gel manis. You name it and I’ve probably done it at least once. There is no question that if regular manicures lasted long, I would get them, however they don’t. And I don’t want to spend time and money going to the nail salon weekly to get them done only for them to get messed up the second I get in the car because I never learn to let them dry long enough and have zero patience.

So, over the years I turned to gel manicures, acrylic tips, etc. and honestly, they looked beautiful. That is until I took them off. When I’d take off acrylic tips I couldn’t reach in my purse for weeks without cringing in pain from how thin and unhealthy my nails were. Same thing happened with regular gel manicures. Also acrylic nails took FOREVER to get done. Am I the only one who just wanted to scream “stop filing the same nail for 20 minutes, it’s fine!!!!!” The good thing about these manicures is they lasted somewhat long until they broke, but in the end it wasn’t worth ruining my nails. Also the UV light they used every single time I got gels, or gel over my acrylic would literally feel like it was burning. I was sick of getting told to switch hands or yelled at if I took my hand out of the UV light because it burned so bad. I know you guys can all relate.

So, I went back to regular manicures for a year or so to get my nails back to a healthy state where they didn’t break constantly.

Then last June (7 months ago) I was curious about dip powder gel. What got me thinking was the fact that there was no UV light. I started asking friends and researching where salons were that offered this manicure. I found one close to work and home that offered over 250 colors and so many people said it was the best place for powder gel. I walked in one day after work and I haven’t stopped going since.

First of all it is SO quick. There is no drying whatsoever, not in between or under a light or anything so it makes it easy and super quick for the nail tech. Basically the process go s like this; they brush on a clear coat and dip your finger, brush on a clear coat and dip your finger. They do this repeatedly until they’ve done about 2-3 coats. At the end they complete it with a top coat that makes it shine and makes them look PERFECT.

Every time I have gotten this manicure I have loved it and it never chips or breaks. My nails feel hard throughout, and the best part is, when they remove the gel, I always feel my nails underneath and they’re still hard as always and there’s no pain. I sometimes wait 4 weeks in between and the gel still looks flawless other than the fact that it’s grown out. Also- they use acetone to remove the gel which is key when not wanting to ruin your real nails- so make sure your salon is doing that, and if they aren’t, ask them to!

If you haven’t tried this yet and have had the same problems as me. I would suggest you do! Here are some of the dip powder gel manis I have gotten over the last 7 months.

I have loved them all! Hope you enjoyed reading and please let me know if you go try it or show me pix of your beautiful manicures! Talk to you soon!

-A

*This is what works best for me and me only. I am in no way telling you this will not ruin your nails. It just has not ruined mine while other manicures have ruined my nails.

New Year, New Skincare Routine

Happy New Year! What better way to start off the new year than with a new skincare routine? I so badly want to be one of those girls who has a nightly ritual with their skincare. So many times people ask me what I do for my skin/face and I literally always had no answer other than wash it every day in the shower with a drug store face wash, and throw on some drug store moisturizer. I don’t have terrible skin, so skin care was never something I thought much about.

Over the years I’ve tried and tried to follow skincare regimens before bed, and for a week or so I’d actually do it. Then I start getting lazy and it just stops. Can anyone else relate or am I the only weirdo. Let’s face it, at the end of the day the last thing I’m thinking about is, well, my face. Using 467 different serums and creams takes too long, right? But guys, I’m getting older and I think it’s about time that I started using some good skincare products and try my hardest to use them every single night and day to keep my skin looking fresh.

What better time than Christmas to tell your mom you want skincare products? Especially when they’re so expensive… and you have the best mom who gets you them all. My skin is usually dry and I’m starting to get some dark spots, or age spots. Whatever they’re called, they aren’t pretty. So… I went wherever I go when I need new products —-> the internet, duh. I researched some good products and here is what I ended up with and how they are working for me so far…Let’s start with one of the products I use every single day. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial CleanserI’ve been using this face wash morning and night and I truly love it. My skin feels so much softer. If you’re going to buy any of these, this is the one I’d choose!

After the face wash I use one of these two moisturizers. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream or It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream.

I honestly love them both and usually use whichever is closer to me at the time, I’m lazy, remember! They both really help my dry skin stay moisturized. The confidence in a Cream is also anti-aging so that’s a plus! Try either of them and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Before my makeup I’ve been using Kiehl’s Glow Formula skin hydratorSo, I actually bought this on a whim because I needed to fill my cart with something else to use the coupon code and get money off and free shipping. They always seem to get me, but man am I glad they did this time. I wasn’t even sure what this was at first but I saw the word “glow” and who doesn’t like when their skin glows? It is actually an orangey color and almost like a CC cream but very sheer with a slight shimmer. It gives your skin just the perfect amount of glow. I wear it alone or under my makeup and I can honestly say that my makeup has been looking better since I started using this product. Only con is the smell… it’s a little weird but it goes away after a few minutes and is worth it!

Before bedtime I’ve been using the Midnight Recovery Oil. Just a couple of drops of this goes a long way so this will last you a long time. I don’t feel ready for bed until I put this on my face. I am lovin’ the way it smells – it’s calming and it feels silky and smooth on my skin. The oil also absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a oily residue. Try it out! Once a week I use this Masque. I am a sucker for a good face masque and as I said, my face is very dry, so my face can use all the moisturizing skin care products it can get! I’ve only used this once but so far so good! Lastly- the dreaded dark spot Solution. I’m too young to be using this already, right?! So I’ve been trying to use this as much as I can, however, you’re supposed to put it on before other creams and sometimes I forget (I know, shocker). I want to try to use it religiously and see what happens. Does anyone have any success using this product? I have a couple of age spots I want to fade so bad! I’ll keep you guys updated! So here you go, my new skin care routine. Maybe I’ll continue with this routine for once? I know these products can be expensive but as of now I think they’re worth it. I am loving the way my skin feels and looks! I will update you guys again once I’ve been using these products for awhile but so far so good.

Let me know if you try them out or have any other recommendations for me. I love trying out new products, and especially ones that work.

I wish you all a happy and healthy new year! Talk to you soon!

 

P.S. I even bought my fiancé a couple of Kiehl’s Men’s Products!

He has used them once but let’s see if he continues…