Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday Night Ritual.. NOTD Removal

Hi loves!  I've had a pretty rough few weeks, I'm not going to lie.. hence the lack of blog posts.  Being couch ridden does not help my motivation to create make-up looks, even though I really want to..  So I've pretty much stuck to nails, hair and skincare for the moment.  This Sunday was no different than last Sunday to be honest.  I stayed off my feet and instead of putting nail polish ON, I've taken it off, but in a slightly new way. 

My June Birchbox came with a couple samples of Deborah Lippman's "Stripper-to-Go" Nail Remover mitts.  I usually just do it the old fashion way with a big bottle of Polish Remover, some cotton balls, and a paper towel (for protection purposes).  But these are just genius!!  Let me know show you - 

Nails from last Sunday (ewww)
 The package (front)
Package (back)

Now, the package says that 1 mitt is able to clean all 10 fingers.  Unfortunately that was not the case with me.  It dried out about 8 fingers in and the material started to stick to my nails.  So I broke out the old polish remover and finished the rest.  See the results below - 

 1st nail in Mitt
 Used up mitt :(
Clean nails!

Even though I was a bit disappointed that it dried out so close to the finish line, I am amazed by this new-found product!  Especially for me, who is pretty lazy about keeping up with nail care, this product is brilliant and I will definitely be purchasing more.  These specific mitts are 10 for $12 and you can buy them at Nordstroms, Barneys, Amazon, and of course if you are a subscriber.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this product review and let me know if you are loving any different nail removal techniques that are a bit out of the norm.  Oh also, it's Father's Day today and I must give a shout-out to my Dad, even though he doesn't know my blog exists, haha!  HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all the Dad's out there!!!  xoxoxoxoxoxo

Sunday, June 12, 2011

SNR with Ben & Jerry's!

Good evening ladies!  How was everyone's weekend??  Even though it's summer, unfortunately it's June Gloom here in L.A. so it's not really "beach" weather yet (which is okay because my body isn't nearly beach ready).  So, I spent a lot of this weekend staying in and watching movies, but tonight I needed to re-paint my nails BADLY (when it gets to the point where your boyfriend is pointing out your chipped nails, you know it's time..).  So I decided to use the Zoya color that I got in my April birchbox.  I've never used Zoya before but WOW does it go on smooth. Here is "Dove" - 

I also stopped by Victoria Secret to pick up some much needed under garments and, as always, they had 5 for $25.  Gotta love their underwear specials.

Then I spent the rest of the night eating my favorite Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie ice cream and watching Game Of Thrones (I won't spoil it for you, but oh. my. god. am I sad)  I hope ya'll are ready for the upcoming week - I'm not, but who ever is?  :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dry Shampoo Test Results

Hola!  So I've been using Umberto Beverly Hill's Dry Shampoo for a few weeks now and although I don't have anything to compare it to, it's actually been quite nice.  My hair is in the "normal to dry" category, so when I don't wash it after 24 hours, the roots become uber greasy and my head looks like an oil slick.  Not cute.  I've been reading about dry shampoo for ages, but I guess have been too lazy to try it.. until now! 

I picked up Umberto at Target for $9.99 (I believe) and it comes in a decent sized can (4 oz).  I apply it by sectioning off my hair into four parts - left side, middle, right side, and back (where my crown is) and spray each section holding the can about 6 inches away from my head.  It goes on white, but once you rub it in (I do it with my hands AND brush), it immediately gives your hair volume and soaks up all the grease.  However, the white residue doesn't completely go away.  I'm lucky enough where my hair is fairly light, so the dry shampoo just makes it look a bit more blonde on top.  I don't know how well this spray would work on darker-haired people.

Here is a picture of my hair at 8:00pm (13 hours after using dry shampoo, 48 hours since the last time it's been washed) - I know, gross!  But I promise, this is a HUGE time saver for those of us who are not morning people... plus I hear it's bad to wash your hair every day, so that's my excuse.  Let me know what Dry Shampoo you love and I'll check it out!

(It was no make-up day) hehe!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday Night Ritual - I'm back baby!

Hi loves!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend.. I know I did :)  Yesterday I went shopping with my boo and then we saw Bridesmaids at Arclight.  If you haven't seen it, please do - it's sooo funny!!  And although we saved all the laundry and cleaning for Sunday, it was actually pretty relaxing.  We even ordered groceries from I know, lazy, but it's just one of those days.  

So with all my free time, I was able to paint my nails and went with my go-to summer color "A True Ab-Original" by OPI.  I think I've posted this before, but without the NOTD shot, so here's a picture of it on my pathetically short, stubby nails...

Then I treated myself to a hair mask, since I received a sample in either a Sephora purchase or an old Birchbox.. I honestly can't remember.  It's the Phyto Phytodensium Mask, which you can buy at Sephora for $38, and it's an anti-aging hair mask... so funny to think that your hair ages!  It's actually pretty well-reviewed and I have to say, it's very nice so far.  It makes my hair feel very smooth and silky, but it's also supposed to maximize volume which I haven't noticed yet.  Most likely will do in the morning when it's completely dry.  To be honest, my hair is pretty healthy as I hardly ever color or blow-dry it (I like to air dry if possible), as I can't stand unmanageable straw-like hair.  So we'll see how my hair responds to this mask.

I also applied a fake tanner and foot exfoliant, but I'm not going into more detail as I want to review both thoroughly later in the week.  And I do apologize for being so lacking on posts lately, but I think things are calming down and my posts will start to be more regular like they were.

And now I am waiting for my wonderful English boo to finish cooking our Sunday roast, so we can sit down and enjoy a new Game of Thrones.  Seriously, if you haven't gotten into that show, you're missing out.  Anyway, I hope everyone had an amazing weekend and unfortunately it's back to the grind tomorrow but... at least it's summer!!!!