_Lately I've been getting some pretty low breaks on my nails and decided I don't want to cut them short again, so I decided to pick up some products from Sally's Beauty Supply and give them a try. I bought some silk patches, a lightless gel, and its curing spray. To apply, you must first make sure your nails are clean, and then cut a silk patch to the appropriate size. After placing the patch onto your nail, squirt out a SMALL amount of gel over the patch, and spread it evenly over the surface of your nail with a brush. (I used an empty nail polish bottle filled with 100% acetone because it can disolve the gel that remains on the brush, preventing hardening after one use.) The most important thing is that the gel is distributed evenly in a very thin layer over the entire surface of your nail. I tried only putting it over the patch, and not only is the finish not very smooth, but it doesn't stay as well on the nail. As for the ammount of gel, you can always add more layers and it is important that the gel cures all the way through. After applying the gel, I waited a few seconds before simply spraying with the curing spray and then proceding to add more layers using the above process. I hope this post was helpful to those of you sporting natural nails like me! Don't forget to check out my photo gallery along with my Facebook page and Youtube channel!
Recently I've made a few dollar store purchases and would like to let you know what I picked up. I didn't think anyone would watch if I made a haul video, so I figured a blog post would be better suited to get the job done. (All purchases were made from Family Dollar).
First I bought DeMert Nail Enamel Dryer (Manicurist's Finishing Spray) for $2.50. I saw a different brand at Walgreens for $10, so although I haven't tried it out yet, I'm pretty happy with the money I saved. If you are unfamiliar with this type of product, it comes in a spray can (similar to hairspray) and after applying polish, you spray it over the nail and it accelerates the drying time. I'm very excited to try this product out!
I also purchased an L.A. Color White Jumbo Pencil with the intent of using it as a base to help brighter eyeshadows stay vibrant. It was only $1.50 and I tried it out yesterday and like it so far, but am going to use it a little more before doing a video review on it. *Update: Below is my video review!*
Lastly, I picked up a couple polishes also by L.A. Colors. The first one is called Sassy Sparkle (#NP441) and it's a very pretty glitter polish. The glitters are very small, sparkle a rainbow of colors, and are set in a clear polish base. This polish was only $1.00. The second polish I bought, Tropical Storm (#BCC558 ), was on clearance for only $0.60! It's a gorgeous darker gray with a shimmery finish. I haven't tried either of these polishes out yet, becase I had just painted my nails with Revlon's Smoldering #370 which also happens to be a shimmery gray with hints of purple and green. As soon as I get sick of that color, I'll try out my new ones and let you guys know what I think! *Update: Video review below!*
_ Because the weather has been so hot this summer, I've been trying a few things for my skin. I have a tendency of being lazy when it comes to washing my face, so as in an attempt to stick to a solid routine, I picked up a few products; Alveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser, L'Oreal Hydrafresh Toner, and Shiseido Cleansing Massage Brush.
I start off my morning by washing my face in the shower, and then I wash my face again just before I go to sleep. To do this, I put two pumps of the Alveeno cleanser directly onto my facial brush and use circular motions to buff my skin. After washing my face, I use a cotton pad to apply a small amount of the L'Oreal toner. At the end of the day, if I was wearing makeup, I use a generic makeup wipe to remove my makeup before washing my face uaing the afore mentioned process.
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