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).  

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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:

Friday, September 5, 2014

BASF August Favorite Things


I know I've been M.I.A, but it was a good summer ( and it's technically not over in California....fingers crossed for Indian Summer). My August favorite picks, are not about the potentially warm California weather, but getting ready for layering and bundling up for the fog and  some much needed rain. For me it's always about getting one really cool coat, and some reasonable priced sweatshirts/sweaters. What's your fall/winter must haves?



August Favorite Things



Monday, July 7, 2014

Cover Shot: Solange Knowles + Lucky Magazine

This cover shot is all about that spectacular hair Solange is rocking (well it is for me). All I want to know are details and more details on how I can recreate this look.  I could really care less about her disclosure (or lack thereof) regarding the infamous elevator incident again, hair information please! My guess is there was a light blow out on her hair and some loose finger waving in the front, but how did she get those cotton candy like textured ends ( I must know).  The effortless pastel pants, sweatshirt, and minimal makeup balance out the look. This is something very attainable which is why I love this cover so much, great job by Lucky! I'll be buying this issue TODAY! 




Check out my hair at the video below I can get similar volume (without heat) just how do I get the curls/waves back in to achieve the cover look?





Photo Credit: Todd Cole for Lucky Magazine

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vintage Point: My day at the Alameda Point Vintage Faire



This was my first time back at the Alameda Point Vintage Faire since missing the last two; it was also a change of venue for both me and the event itself. This ear it was held at Michaan’s Auction Annex right next to St. George Spirits on the old Alameda base.  The theme for this year was WWII/40’s Vintage ( pin up girl city), and the venue which was an old hangar with a piece of a vintage plane in the entrance was perfect. 





The event itself was much smaller than it had been in years past, but that did not mean that the selection was not great, one of the first booths I visited Mystery Mister (www.mysterymister.com) was where I found two wonderful pair of 80’s dead stock aviators.  And yes there as more, I also bought a pair of frames for my Rx from one of my favorite vendors Allyn Scura (allynscura.com). I typically swoon after his spex at the outdoor flea market, and surprisingly this is my first purchase from him.




For you ladies who were there for all things designer or high end MK Retro (www.mkretro.etsy.com) and _MKRETRO_ on Instagram)   who I purchased a cute pair of 70’s wrangler’s jeans from the last time I visited had a gorgeous Channel purse.  There was a vendor with a pair of Christian Dior sunglasses that I managed to not buy (it was a hard battle).  Vintage fellas had everything from Pendleton’s, dress military garb, and causal polo’s to choose from.


This is my all-time favorite item, but my hair is too big for hats Le Sigh. From www.etsy.com/shop/ChickaBoomVintage




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