Archive of ‘Beauty’ category

BSS- Double Wear

Before we get on with today’s Beauty Shop Saturday’s topic, I wanted to give you a little update on the press on nails.  I would give them a two-day lifespan.  They claim that they’ll last a week, but I think these are more for a special event, one-night occasion.  I tried to baby them and keep my hands out of dishwater, but the glue just isn’t strong enough to make it past two or three showers.  However, they’ll work great for a day or two!  And they came off like a breeze.  No weird nail bed issues below.

Today’s topic is hair ties.  I really love the Emi-Jay ties (and their look-alikes) especially when they come in metallic.  I enjoy wearing something on my wrist that looks a little fancier than a piece of elastic.  At least we’ve come a long way baby since the scrunchy generation.

I think the makers of hair ties are starting to realize that dressing them up a notch is a great idea.  Because let’s face it, they end up on your wrist more often than not.  So why not wearing something pretty?

Goody has answered the call with their line of Double Wear hair ties.  What started with just the metal bars and expanded.  And my wish is that they’d make grown up charm hair ties like they do for the little girls.  If you haven’t seen them, check them out.  They are adorable.

Here’s an example of the cute hair ties I’m really liking-

Double Wear Floating Beaded Elastics by Goody

This isn’t the only brand making cute little hair ties.  You’ll find quite an assortment at

Pretty on your wrist, pretty in your hair!



BSS- Press On Nails

Did you ever try Lee Press On Nails when you were a kid (or not so much a kid)?  I remember how excited I was as a kid at the thought of having gorgeous long nails simply by peeling off a sticker.

At my blogging conference this year I received a package of new and advanced press on nails by Broadway Nails.

The set that I have has a really cute pattern on a French manicure look.  And I’m testing them out this week to see if they live up to the claimed week-long duration period.


Broadway Press On Nails

To apply, you simply need a clean, dry, polish free nail.  They also provide a small prep tool that is just to rough up your nail bed.  You peel back the adhesive strip covering, press and hold.  Just like old school.  And you should avoid submerging in water at least right away.

My set is also a short set, so I actually had to file down a few nails to apply.  Otherwise, they come with extra nails so that you can match your nail size.

I’ll give you some updates on how long they last.  For now, here’s how they look!


Patterned Press On Nails

BSS- Dry as a Bone

With temperatures below zero, it was only a matter of time before my skin flaked into a snow shower of its own.  Oh. It. Is. So. Dry.

I’ve been oiling and lotioning to no avail.  But there is always my little standby.  It really is a cure for pretty much all that ails the skin- Aquaphor.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment - 1.75 oz


Aquaphor, $6

I love it.  Think of it as an almost Vaseline like thickness that can heal chapped lips, dry skin, ragged cuticles, rough knees and elbows, cracked feet.  The list goes on.  And it can be found just about anywhere, just check the local drugstore.

If you are feel a little like the Sierra lately and haven’t tried it, I hope you do!

BSS- Scent-sy

I do not have a reliable sniffer.  Long story short, it rarely works.  But when I do get a sense of smell, I love to smell Bath and Body works products.

I think they have the most wonderful lotions and bath soaps.  And I’ll tell you a few of my favorites- their aromatherapy collection.  I have the sleep, energy and stress relief lotions and bath soaps.  And they really smell great!  I have even been asked lately what I’m wearing because not only do they smell great, but they are also very long-lasting.  Nothing is more discouraging than applying something that smells wonderful only to have it wear off right away.

Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Lotion - Aromatherapy - Bath & Body Works


Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Lotion, Bath & Body Works $14

So if you are out shopping today, take a moment to smell all the great products they have to offer. It’ll do your nose some good.

Oh, and have you picked up your vanilla bean noel yet?  If not, now is the time to stock up!  If you haven’t smelled it, you’re missing out!  It smells like Christmas.

Curly Lashes

I don’t have much use for eyelash curlers.  Who has time for that?  Unless it is a wedding or a special event, I just don’t see the point.  I know that it really opens up your eyes, etc. But honestly.  There are days when my hairbrush is the most complicated tool in my beauty arsenal.

I also despise the pinching and holding in a cold, metal contraption.  99% of the time, I feel the urge to sneeze which could result eyelash baldness.  These are all reasons to avoid curling ones eyelashes like the plague.

So when I came across this little number, I couldn’t help but be curious.  Would it be the answer to all that I hoped?  Would it curl my lashes in one easy step minus pinching and the potential for naked eyerims?


Heated Eyelash Curler by Sephora Collection, Sephora $17

This little tool heats up like a curling iron, only it doesn’t get anywhere near that hotl  You place it on your lash line and work your way up, opening up your lashed and your eyes.

The instructions recommend that you use it after you apply your mascara.  I have tried it both ways now and I have to say, I’m not sold.  I think it does work, mildly.  Of course, I don’t know that I see that much of a difference with the traditional eyelash curler.  Maybe after you use it over a long period of time.

The verdict for now.  Save your money.  And have straight lashes.  🙂

Color Show

I love to pick up cosmetics on the clearance aisle because you never know what products you might like until you try them!  And if you are spending pennies on those items, it feels better when you hate them.  😉

So I bought some nail polish on clearance the other day, Maybelline’s Color Show.  The goal with this line was really fun nail colors. I tried the red relic.  But I was not prepared for a completely mat finish!

#color show

Color Show nails

I’m thinking that it looks like I used a red highlighter on my fingernails.  Esh.  And all that chipping is one day’s worth of wear.  Hm.

Maybe a clear shiny top coat will save the day?



Foundation Brushes

Never underestimate the power of a good beauty tool.  Think of applying makeup with the applicator that it comes with versus a tool purchased on its own with your guy’s power tools verses hand tools.  Things are a whole lot easier.

Today specifically I want to talk about the beauty of a foundation brush.  Excluding airbrushed foundation, basically there are three ways you can apply foundation- fingers, brushes or sponges.  Any of these applications are fine and can do a good job.  But the speed and coverage of a brush can make life just a little bit sweeter.

Do brushes have to be expensive?  I have to admit that you can definitely tell the difference in how much you spend on a brush.  Generally the more expensive the brush, the softer the brush and the less it “sheds.”  You don’t want to be stabbing yourself in the face with coarse bristles or anyone confusing your brushes’ “shedding” with a long coarse dark hair on your face or chest!  That said, there are quality brushes that don’t have to break the band.  There are even some at Target!

I have an assortment of brushes.  Some are Target brand, some are more expensive. There are approximately three different types of foundation brushes.

Here’s what they look like-

Sonia Kashuk® Core Tools Large Foundation Brush - No 114


Sonia Kashuk Foundation Brush, Target $11

This brush is a close second to my favorite brush.  It can be streaky if you aren’t careful.  First use it to apply your foundation in small brush strokes but don’t stop there!  Be sure to go back over those strokes and pat the flat side of the bristles so you don’t have any lines.

Sonia Kashuk® Kashuk Tools Medium Angled Multipurpose Brush - No 17

Sonia Kashuk Medium Angled Brush, Target $17

This angled brush is more for sheer coverage foundations.  So is flat brush.  For some reason I just don’t like the application of the angled brush.

Sonia Kashuk® Core Tools Large Duo Fibre Multipurpose Brush - No 115

Sonia Kashuk Large Fibre Brush, Target $13

This is my favorite brush.  I feel like it reallly gets the foundation down into your skin instead of sitting on top.  If you only have one foundation brush, this is the one to have. Use small pats on the top of your skin with this brush and then buff in circular motions after the makeup is applied.

I hope this gives you an understanding into the makeup world of foundation brushes!  These tools of the trade can really be effective, so give them a try!


BSS- Facial Brushes #2

This is a follow-up to last week’s Beauty Shop Saturday, which you can read here.  I was trying my facial brush for a week to see what I thought of it verses plunking down the money on getting a battery operated brush.

I used the brush for several days before discovering that it is really more like a once a week kind of deal for this girl with sensitive skin.  Yikes!  My skin was peeling like a snake shedding its skin!  I have combination skin and this time of year it starts to lean more towards dry, so I should have realized that this would add to the dryness.

Overall, I really liked it.   It did leave my skin feeling really clean and super soft.  Just use with caution.  This little tool will definitely get rid of dead skin cells!

BSS- Facial Brush

I had a chance to stop at Sephora this weekend and I’m like a kid in a candy store at that place.  I could probably be there for hours sampling makeup, fragrances and hair products.

I’m pretty sure at some point I’m going to break down and buy a Clarisonic facial brush.  But in the meantime, I’m too tight.  At my visit in Sephora, I found a manual facial brush, just like the real deal, only obviously you do the work, not a battery.

I thought I’d give it a try since I am not opposed to manual labor.  And I’m saving the environment right!?

SEPHORA COLLECTION - Dynamic Duo Face Brush


Sephora Dynamic Duo Facial Brush $16

The brush is a Sephora brand, Dynamic duo face brush and runs $16.  It is designed to exfoliate and deep clean your pores.

I tried it for the first time last night and I’ll use it all this week to report on my findings.  I know that right away my skin is much softer and feels cleaner, even though I wash my face every night.  This brush has two sides and one side is very gentle and the other is a little rougher.  Use accordingly.  I’m also curious to see if my night cream does a better job because my pores are so cleared out and my dead skin cells are gone.

Time will tell!  Can’t wait to see what the week brings!

Do you have a facial brush?  How do you like it?

BSS- Beauty vs. Vanity


I’m going to take you back on a journey to childhood. Do you remember reading Anne of Green Gables and the part where Anne dyes her hair green instead of black, purchasing a dye from a peddler. Marilla discovers her and says, “”Well, I hope …you’ve got your eyes opened to where your vanity has led you, Anne.”
Marilla was always on Anne about vanity. She didn’t want her to have puffed sleeves (the fashion of the day) rather than straight and scoffed at Matthew’s string of pearls.
The definition of vanity in Anne’s day verses the vanity we face now has changed just slightly. These were the days before makeup and baring your ankles. Remember how Anne used to hate her freckles and she put lemon juice on them to fade them? Can you imagine what ladies of that era would think of all our potions and lotions?
People say, beauty is only skin deep and all beauty fades over time. While that is certainly true of physical beauty, I don’t think time can erase spiritual beauty. Nor can a woman whose love for the God be ugly. His light shines from within.
What I’m trying to say is I don’t believe trying to put our best self out there is vanity. God created us in His image. And that means we are pretty beautiful, pretty amazing.  However, with sin being in the world, my own included, it is easy to let the vanity creep in.  I’m not saying “vanity” as in, looking at oneself in the mirror and thinking how great looking they are.  I mean, trying to achieve perfection in how we look or in our physique. There is healthy and then there is what society says is right.  You aren’t “beautiful” if your eyebrows aren’t the right shape.  Or if you need a facelift.  Or if you have stretch marks.

But the truth is, none of that makes us beautiful or not.  I say, go ahead and wear that eye makeup if it makes you feel confident about you.  But don’t become so obsessed with how you look that it becomes all you are about.  You are nothing more than a pretty face.

What we should be achieving is helping others, spreading the message of God’s love, and being a part of a community of women enriching the lives of those we love around us.  That in itself is extremely hard.  Forget the figuring out how to wear the latest cat eye.

To quote Anne:

“We are rich,” said Anne staunchly. “Why, we have sixteen years to our credit, and we’re happy as queens, and we’ve all got imaginations, more or less. Look at that sea, girls—all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.

“I’m quite content to be Anne of Green Gables, with my string of pearl beads. I know Matthew gave me as much love with them as ever went with Madame the Pink Lady’s jewels.”

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