Thursday, January 22, 2015

Current Obsession: Ear Pins

What rock have I been living under to miss out on ear pins? Ear pins are basically a cross between and ear cuff and an actual earring. They are so darn cute and the looks that I’ve seen (primarily on Etsy) can go from day to day casual to Swarovski crystal night time chic. One small warning, take your time and look around before you purchase many places have the same quality ear pins but are at a 98 dollar price point where others have the same looks at 20 dollars (although sometimes you have to wait for shipping from overseas) .

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dirty Mouth Primal Tooth Powder


My personal container, I love the spearmint option
 
 
I’ve mentioned primal and paleo lifestyles here before, but did you know that it goes well beyond just eating clean?  Since your skin is your biggest organ and you can absorb chemicals through various house hold items, include the lotion, and deodorant you choose you really have to start reading those labels.  While I’m admittedly not totally “clean”, my makeup is still dirty, I have been able to clean up my deodorant, moisturizer, and skin care.

 
Photo Credit: Primal Life Organics

Prior to even living a primarily paleo/primal life style one of the areas I started cleaning up first was my toothpaste. I started off slowly with going to a well-known “clean” brand (which isn’t that much cleaner that the regular drugstore brands) and by removing fluoride from my toothpaste. The traditional paste eventually left me with some serious temperature sensitivity, which made it really important that I look deeper in to a natural/clean dental care.   The next step was removing all the other fillers, so I went to my first ever tooth soap (good but not economical), and then my first tooth powder which I spoke about before.  I’m now using Primal Life Organics and I absolutely love it.

 
Photo Credit: Primal Life Organics

Dirty Mouth Primal Tooth Powder  is my favorite tooth powder for very key reasons that every consumer wants, variety!  The all natural powder does the work my previous powder did, but it comes in more “flavors” and an option to have activated charcoal (naturally detoxifies) in it which helps with tooth whitening naturally.  It also combines natural clays, sodium bio and other healthy and mostly organic ingredients aren’t overly abrasive on your teeth as many assume.   The price for a 1 oz tins are $12 and there are also 2oz and 4 oz refill options.

 

Happy and Healthy brushing!

P.S. Readers can get free shipping through January 20, 2015 with coupon KASEY at checkout. *US orders only, all international orders will receive $5.95 off their shipping rate.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Nailed It: Winter Wonderland Manicure

This is my current holiday manicure. I didn't want to go the typical route with the green, gold, and red. I used the same layering technique to ensure the polish would last longer and topped off my index fingernail with a pearl tree just to ensure there is no confusion it's all about the holiday!

I have one more holiday manicure up my sleeve, but I probably won't post it until the New Year!





Polish Featured:

KB Shimmer "Snow Way":

Winter Blue Crelly (Cream/Jelly) polish two sizes of white hex glitter, 2 sizes of round glitter and a white diamond shimmer glitter.  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Warby Parker Concentric Collection




 
 
If you've been reading my blog for a while then you'll remember August 2010 that was the day I was one of the few who was buzzing about Warby Parker. Warby Parker was the first to bring designer styles, high quality to the masses at fraction of the cost. They were also the first in the eyewear game to donate a pair of glasses to those in need for each pair they sold. It's no surprise that they've managed to stay ahead of the game even though the market now has more competition. They've done this by keeping their eye on fashion and releasing new styles in collections.

 

 


Today marks Warby Parker’s launch of their Concentric Collection, which features both their eyeglasses styles and their sunglasses styles. The collection features three new styles the Benchley, Murphy, and Everly alongside 3 new colors Whister Grey, and accent colors Vulcanite, Hazelnut, Flint, and Fjord Blue. What makes this collection so unique is that for the first time Warby Parker is working with a manufacture what can press two colors together which results in a two toned look highlighted by a ring around the lenses.

 

My personal favorite is the Murphy in Crystal with Hazelnut, although I already have a pair of clear glasses in my obscene collection (I have more than 12 pairs), the originality of the Concentric Collection and the touch of hazelnut in the perfect place make them a must have for me.  The line is prices starting at $145 and is available starting today!  Check them out at WarbyParker.com


My favorites (Murphy in Crystal with Hazelnut)..........



If you are in the SF Bay Area check out your local Warby Parker brick and mortar location.

357 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-906-5313
Open Daily 11am-7pm 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Nailed It: UV/LED free “Gel “Manicure featuring American Classic Gelous Nail Gel Basecoat


Day 1 of my Mani
I'm so glad figured out a way to get my nail polish to last, you know I had to share it with you especially after the epic failure that was the Gelish VitaGel debacle. Surpristingly I utilized a product that I've had in my nail polish arsenal for a while, American Classic Gelous Nail Gel Base Coat. I typically used Gelous Nail Gel Base Coat to apply glitter and rhinestones instead of using nail glue or resin, but I never thought to use it as it's name suggest.

 

Steps:

1.      Apply basecoat (in the video I’d already applied it so I’m just mimicking for you all)

2.      Apply 1st coat of Gelous Nail Gel Base Coat

3.      Apply 1st coat of nail polish

4.      Apply 2nd coat of Gelous Nail Gel Base Coat

5.      Apply 2nd coat of nail polish

6.      Apply 1st coat of top coat

7.      Apply 3rd coat of Gelous Nail Gel Base Coat

*Polish does not have to be 100% fully dry in-between coats.

 

Check out exactly how I got my mani below:
 
 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Nailed It: VitaGel Strength (including Final Thoughts)



 

I decided to try a new product VitaGel Strength which is from the makers of Gelish and an alternative for natural nails. It’s basically a cross between a nail strengthener and a Gelish basecoat, but it’s supposed to be better for your nails that typical gels.  Check out my video of my initial thoughts on the product:


 
 
 

 

I seriously wanted to love this product, but as I saw in other reviews it peels to no end. I followed all the required steps, buffing, pH bond, one coat of the gelish and a LED lamp. My nails literally started chipping and peeling the next day like I was wearing regular polish. By day 3 I started assisting the peel because the lifting was so noticeable I looked like I had zombie nails.


 




I honestly can’t say I’ll ever try this again, since I found a much better, cheaper, and non-UV/LED light product that I can use, I’ll tell you more about that on another blog!


 

 

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Nailed It: Bliss Kiss Simply Pure Hydrating Oil (Get Naked Challenge)


I have to tell you, I’ve been using cuticle oils like nobody’s business and have just done one home manicure since I stared my Natural Nail Challenge.  I have to tell you the results have been great!

 

 

Now I’m ready to kick it up a notch with Bliss Kiss Simply Pure Hydrating Oil’s Get Naked Challenge!  Yeah I know a challenge within a challenge. I’ve seen and heard so many great things about this specific oil from top notch nail art/swatching bloggers (who always seem to have the best nails by the way). 

Check out the pictures below of my progress throughout the 3 day Get Naked Challenge:

Day 1 (before on top/day 1 on bottom)
 

Day 2 (before on top/day 2 on bottom)
 
Day 3 before on top/after on bottom

How to Use:
  1. Click the bottom of the pen once or twice.
  2. Brush along the cuticles, side walls, and nail (including underneath the nails)
  3. Message in oil, including down to your first knuckle. 
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 after washing hands (or coming in contact with water), and anytime your nails don't feel smooth to the touch
*This pretty much meant I was using the oil 10-15 times per day over the 3 days

I had clear expectations from this product, even though I saw post online that made claims of nail growth, I knew that wasn’t going to be possible in 3 days.  What I did see was a softening of my trouble spot which are the side walls of my nails, the skin around them was much softer when I started. I’m also hangnail prone, and I didn’t get any new ones during the 3 day span. What you also may not be able to see from the pictures is I had a small split on my cuticle thumb, while the split hasn’t closed up, it is no longer sore to the touch. Overall this is a great product, my cuticles/nail beds are hydrated, and I’m not leaving a greasy trail of cuticle oil behind me (my nails are actually “drinking” this stuff up).  

video



Next Up: Combining the greatness of Bliss Kiss Simply Pure Hydrating Oil with SweetBabyDonna’s Cuticle Oil (the combination of the two are supposed to be GREAT!) to become a #BabyBliss girl. I’ll also be using my awesome products from Sunny’s Body Products (aka 365daysofcolor)


P.S.  I actually cut my nails after this, just to get back to my square shape and continue the health/growth path. This product has definitely made my nails stronger in 3 days, it was hard for me to even clip my nails they were so strong!


 
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