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!


 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Beauty Quickie: Belle Butters Premium Whipped Shea Butter (Coffee Con Panna)


WHO: Belle Butters

WHAT:
Premium Whipped Shea Butter


HOW (it looks, smells , cost etc):
A creamy, dreamy, thick, white, perfectly whipped ( seriously no random lumps of shea in it)

formulation of Shea Butter and Oils. It comes in multiple fragrances (as well as fragrance free), but the fragrance I purchased was Coffee Con Panna which smells like espressos and whipped cream. Hide this from the kids and coffee lovers they just might eat it. Price Point: $14 for 8 oz or $23 for 16oz, the 16 oz container is HUGE! ( great value)

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Shea butter, Calendula oil, Extra virgin coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Brahmi oil, Neem oil, henna oil, Rosemary oil, Sweet almond oil, Chamomile flower extract, Lemon, Vitamin E(preservative)


WHERE TO BUY:

Bellebutters.bigcartel.com
 

THE VERDICT:
I’ve used many independent brands of whipped shea butter, but not one of them works for both hair and body. This is a smooth lump free formulation, that you don’t have to spend days rubbing into your skin the heat from your hands is enough to melt this whipped dream (think marshmallow fluff). Another bonus is during the fall Belle Butters offers a wonderful Pumpkin Spice version of this cream. I also love the addition of oils traditionally found in ayurveda, as they are synonymous with healthy hair.  The product leaves me moisturized for a full day, without leaving me greasy or potentially staining my clothing. I must try the  warm vanilla scent next.


Photo Credit: Belle Butters

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars (Perfect)

 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shoes of The Day (plus sale): BDG Maigold Leather Platform Clog


I’ve always had a thing for clogs, even before they were stylish, so nothing makes me happier when I run across a cute reasonably priced (on sale 50% off the sale price) pair. On a recent visit to UO, I tried a pair of the BDG Marigold Leather Platform Clog on and they looked really great sadly my size wasn’t in stock, so I ended up picking some jeans out instead. The great news was this week UO launched a great additional 50% off sale-sale, which means I can get them for $19.50.  I also learned something unfortunate, I already know that the sale in store can often time be better than online sales, but what I found out is that sales can differ from store to store.

 


 

I’m definitely going to make my way to another location to see if they have my size in stock, if not I’ll have to order online. I haven’t gotten a chance to see the brown colored ones in person, but the black is the way to go. I found the maroon pair a bit too shiny, and wouldn’t really go with anything in my wardrobe.  These babies are comfy and can be worn through many seasons, although they clearly aren’t suggested for those of you guys who get snow.  Happy Shopping!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Nailed It: Natural Nail Challenge


I know I've been quiet on the blog front and especially quiet in the beauty realm  all together (updates about my nail polish brand Lacquery later). As a lady with natural hair there's a term called "protective styling" which basically means a style in which your hair (especially the ends) are kept under wraps, by either braiding, twisting, weaves etc. Many people also do protective style challenge in which they keep different protective style in for extended periods of time typically seasons.

I'm in need of a manicure this week, but this is how I'm starting off my challenge!

 

I thought since I take care of my hair and know the benefits of protective styling and minimal manipulation of my hair why wouldn't it be the same for my nails? While there is no way to fully protect your nails, I thought why not be 100% natural for an extended period of time? For me that means investing in some all natural nail/hand/skin products, regular manicures (bi-weekly) with not cuticle cutting and *drumroll* no nail polish! I'll be updating periodically when I find a new products or new techniques.

 

Check out the video below and the burial of my beloved nail polish:

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