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Beauty Shop Tuesday

I meant to get this post out yesterday but the Mr. surprised me with a day at home.  And I was busy soaking that up!

So here we are having a Beauty Shop Tuesday…because it can be beauty shop time anytime, right?

Today’s topic, Sally Hansen’s Gel Nail polish.  You know how I love gel manicures.  But I just don’t have the time to maintain nails.  Seriously, I have almost four children now.  Get real.

I’ve heard some serious buzz about the Sally Hansen gel polish.  I’ve heard it’s the next best thing to salon gel manicures.  1) It’s affordable.  It runs approximately $15.  No $100 kit needed here.  2) There is no special light needed.  3) You can buy it anywhere.

So I had to check it out.

The last time I was at Target, I scooped up a color and the top coat.  And I’m gonna be honest.  I’ve been through that nail aisle several times lately and there were three colors left.  Out of about 25.  And I bought the LAST topcoat.  So…I’m thinking it is popular?!!

The color I chose was the only one that looked even remotely fall-ish, a bright violet (Hunger Flames).  So I’m not sure I would have normally experimented with this one.  But it’s just nail polish and I’m adventurous, right?

Previous Polish & New Gel Polish

Previous Polish & New Gel Polish

I went to work and put on the two coats that it asks you to use for the color.  And then also added the topcoat.  Now, it says that you can sit in natural light for them to dry. Since it was so nice out, I went outside and let the sun bake them.  I’m not sure how they’ll dry in the wintertime.

But surprisingly they were dry quite quickly, just like the real thing.  Maybe not put-your-hands-in-your-pocket kind of dry but more like run-errands dry.

So I’ll give them the test and see how long they make it.  And how easy it is to remove because the claim is that you can use your regular polish remover.  And I’m hoping for none of that weird-looking wrinkly nail issue that you have when you take off the salon gel polish.

Here’s the finished product.  Disregard the hangnails.  Having polish ON is a wonderment to moms everywhere.

Gel Polish

Gel Polish


BSS- A Week in Reverse

I am going to try writing this week in reverse.  So that means, today is Saturday.  Aren’t you glad?  I was almost worried there it was Monday.  Let’s celebrate with a little Beauty Shop Saturday talk.

Recently I’ve been sucked into QVC beauty.  I think it has mostly to do with the fact that I don’t want to get out of bed on Saturday morning.  I remember I had a co-worker once who thought her mom was becoming a QVC addict.  She kept saying, “Mom, they aren’t your friends!”  🙂

Friends or not, they can do a great job with their salespitch.  I’ve always wanted to try some of their products (Wren, anybody?) but haven’t pulled the trigger.

But I’m a sucker for a foundation.  If it promises fabulous skin, I’m all ears.  It’s the holy grail of beauty products.  Unlike wrinkle creams it promises instant satisfaction.  All you have to do is put it on….right?

Here was the recent product I purchased from QVC.

It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Celebration Foundation with Brush

it Cosmetics by Jamie Kern/Innovative Technology Cosmetics/Celebration Foundation with Brush $43.50

Disclaimer:  I was also about out of foundation.

Here’s my review:

While just about every product advertised on QVC is marketed as a “life changer,” this product isn’t exactly that wonderful.  I will say that as a powder, it is very discrete and the brush is simply amazing.  It’s soooo soft.

I wouldn’t say that it covers as it was advertised.  Here is how they advertise it as different-

“Why is it different: Using antiaging ingredients–including hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, antioxidants, grape seed oil, olive oil, hyaluronic acid, rose, aloe, niacin, silk, and vitamins A, C, and E–this foundation helps treat skin with antiaging benefits and give more youthful radiance while completely concealing imperfections and blurring away the look of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. The creamy, crease-proof powder foundation glides on easily and lasts. It’s formulated without talc, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance, and phthalates.”- QVC

If you have rosacea or acne or scarring or a birthmark, it won’t be the foundation for you. But for those of you who have oily but clear skin  or even combination skin and like to wear powder foundation, I do like that the product is good for your skin.  And I know this line has many different foundations, so I would be willing to give another one a try.

I’ll give it 5 stars for a powder.  But a 3 for a foundation.  Maybe next time QVC,   Maybe next time.


BSS- The Glow

Ah, I’m basking in second trimester skin.  If I ever needed proof that my breakouts are hormone related, all I have to do is wait until the first trimester is over.  Hormones settle down and suddenly, I get to enjoy the clearest skin of my life.

The next time you are judgmental about the skincare of those with breakouts or if your kids are hitting their breakout teenage years, please remember these tips from Web MD-

“Factors that may worsen acne:

These factors can trigger or aggravate an existing case of acne:

  • Hormones. Androgens are hormones that increase in boys and girls during puberty and cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives can also affect sebum production.
  • Certain medications. Drugs containing corticosteroids, androgens or lithium are known to cause acne.
  • Diet. Studies indicate that certain dietary factors, including dairy products and carbohydrate-rich foods — such as bread, bagels and chips, which increase blood sugar — may trigger acne.

Acne myths

Contrary to what some people think, these factors have little effect on acne:

  • Greasy foods and chocolate have proved to have little to no effect on the development or course of acne.
  • Dirty skin. Acne isn’t caused by dirt. In fact, scrubbing the skin too hard or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals irritates the skin and can make acne worse. Simple cleansing of the skin to remove excess oil and dead skin cells is all that’s required.”

I’m seriously not sure why the dermotologist world cannot figure out how to link pregnancy hormones to skin care.  Why can the hormones stabilize at a certain point and they can’t find this magic receipt in a pill form?  I realize some would say that birth control is the answer, but in the face of modern day medicine, I think we can do better.  (While they’re at it, let’s figure out why we have beautiful nails and hair too…)

And as sure as I write this, as soon as this little baby is born, my skin will go through all kinds of wackiness as my hormones settle down.

Meanwhile, I’m happy to report that for now my skin care concerns can be isolated to wrinkles, sun spots and sagging.  Thank goodness for that glow.  😉

BSS- The Hair College

Earlier this week I took the time to go get my hair done.  This is a major deal in this mom’s life.  Mainly because of the time it takes.  I don’t typically have half a day to waste in the salon chair.

I have to admit that I’m a serial salon visiter.  I don’t really have one salon that I’m loyal to.  I’m one of those hair clients that doesn’t fuss too much about the results of my day at the salon.  You can’t really screw this hair up.  Unless it turns out purple or falls out, we’re good.

So many of the time I like to stop in at the hair college.  If people like me don’t go there, how will those budding hair stylists learn how to do hair?  You cannot beat the price.  And I appreciate that you have someone who has to “check” someone else’s work.  What other stylist gets critiqued?  By a professional?

My visit to the salon involves highlights, lowlights (usually just half a head), a cut and occasionally an eyebrow wax.  I have to admit, on this trip in, I was in the salon chair from 1:00 to after 5:00.  I think my butt fell asleep at one point.  THAT’S A LONG TIME.  One would think I was prepping for the Oscar’s.

I think it took so long because my stylist was very cautious.  Perhaps she had just been through classes and I was one of her first experiments?  I tried to reassure her that I am not too picky.  But at least she wasn’t whacking away at my hair and it turned into a nightmare like it has before at some of those low-cost hair chains.  Whoa.

I can’t complain now.  My hair is done and I won’t have to do it for another three months. And at $65, it was worth it.

BSS- The Return

It’s been waaaaaaaay too long since my last Beauty Shop Saturday.  I have some fun things lined up for us, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, my skin has been going BONKERS.  So not fun to deal with breakouts but we’ll talk more about that later.

I’ve been using Mary Kay’s TimeWise at night and it takes awhile for my sensitive skin to adjust to any changes.  I know that seeing some wrinkle relief won’t be fast.  So I’ve been trying to be consistent and not pull the plug too early.  But my poor skin is just flipping out.

TimeWise® Night Restore & Recover Complex® (combination/oily)

TimeWise® Night Restore & Recover Complex® from Mary Kay $40

So I guess for now I’ll have to deal with both breakouts and wrinkles.  Oh the joys.

And I’ll let you know what I think of TimeWise after I’ve given it a good test run.

Until next week!

BSS- Never Let Them See You Sweat

That was a great slogan wasn’t it?  Unfortunately that’s just not always possible.  Especially if you’re trying to get in a good workout.

Today we’re talking deodorant.  While we all have varying degrees of sweat levels (some of us sweat more than others), we are all equally concerned with how we smell when we do.

Enter trial and error of deodorants.  I tested this one out lately at the gym.  Some of my co-exercisers might have been concerned I was smelling myself.  Cue Saturday Night Live skit.  But I was really just making sure that I was happy with how the deodorant was working.  And I have to admit, my nose has been working much more lately than normal, so I could keep track of the smell factor.

Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant & Deodorant Advanced Solid Marathon Fresh



Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant/Deodorant at Walgreens $9

I don’t really like the products that go on wet like this gel but you can find it in solid form.  I find they just make me feel sweaty before I’m even sweating.  But it did an excellent job of keeping me smelling good through cycling and boot camp.  I put it to the test.

So, for my money, if you’re looking for a good hardworking deodorant, especially one that has workout strength, give this a try!

BSS- Post Workout Hair

The agenda today.  What to do with your hair after a workout?

I try to wash my hair every other day.  Sometimes I can make it three days but it isn’t pretty.  This cycle is considerably thrown off when you add in a couple of hard workouts.  Between the sweat and the dirt, it makes for some pretty bad hair days.

The solution?  Well, according to Fitness Magazine, spraying your hair with hair gel and blow drying the sweat out.  Has anyone tried this?  I gotta say, the thought of putting gel into my sweaty hair isn’t appealing.  I think I found something better.

It’s a special formula of dry shampoo.  You know I love Sauve’s version but mainly that’s due to the price, availability and because with my blonde hair, the white powder doesn’t show so badly. Read more on that here.  This dry shampoo doesn’t leave any of that whiteness and feels more like a very fine gel in the hair.

This is it-

Pantene Dry Shampoo Root Reboost

Pantene Dry Shampoo Root Reboost at Walgreens $7.99

To use, simply apply to your sweaty hair after it is somewhat dried.  (I mean, nothing is going to take out drips.)  And brush through!  I think this stuff works wonderfully and makes the thought of gel seem stiff and a little 80s.

Does it save your hair after a sweaty workout?  It gets my vote.


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- 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.

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