Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I need a cute duffel bag

My heart hurts. How can it hurt when it's dead?   Hope.

The love I receive on a daily basis from all of your true and kind souls gives me hope. Hope is all we need right? A little hope will grow into more hope.

I will scrounge around and look for it, collect the small pieces.  Soon I will have a batch.  Enough batches and I will make a rainbow of happiness ... and share it with you.


Where is my duffel bag?

Friday, November 18, 2011

You are like a rainbow

I wear my heart on my sleeve ...  or maybe my face.  If you saw my face right now, you would ask, "what's wrong?"  I can't pretend everything is okay, it spews out of me ... and now spills over here ... a place of my happiness.

When I am happy you will know, when I am sad, you will know.  I can't control it, that's just me.  I write what I feel, when I feel it, no intention, just me.  I share what I want to share, when I am ready to share it, whether with words or feelings.

Right now happiness has left me.  I never new hate like I do right now ... time ... time ... pass.

Rainbow's are amazing ...  to everyone that has given me kind words and love, thank you.  You are amazing.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

One day I will look back and laugh ...

I died a little last night.  I was wounded, took the blood and painted my nails with it ...

not really.  It's China Glaze - Masai Red

However, this manicure will live in infamy in my world.

Posts will be sporadic, full of sarcasm, rage, sadness, etc.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Pink Haters Look Away

I like pink, especially when it's on sale at Big Lots for a dollar a pop!

Revlon - Sweet Tart

Oooo, so shiny!

I can't remember how many coats this was, but normally I do ~2-3 coats with Revlon.

I enjoy Revlon formulas.  The finish on Sweet Tart was very smooth.

But how about I make it sparkly instead?

I am holding ...

KleanColor - Cream Pearl (111)

It's a nice way to jazz up any color.

Click on this picture to see the bottle in more detail.  Hopefully, you can see the blue and purple flecks in a clear base.

It's so great, but pretty hard to capture ... this is as good as it's going to get folks.

KleanColor is usually $1-2.  I found this one at a local discount beauty supply store, but have bought some of my other KleanColors at Beauty Joint

At least I know Ivana likes this mani! :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Snack Break

I like fruit, how about you?  Raspberries are delicious.  We used to have raspberry bushes when I was growing up and we used to gorge often.  There are all kinds of raspberries, but China Glaze decided to mimic the pink variety ...

China Glaze- Raspberry Festival

In the shade.

 It can look really bright pink with more sun.

Or kind of red.

Either way, notice the glass fleck things.

I was in the mood to wear this, but not for long.  I guess I'm just torn about pink/reds with my skin tone.

Does that ever stop you from wearing a color often?

P.S. Be jealous. :D

Friday, November 4, 2011

Can I please have those 5 seconds back?

No joke, I break nails doing the stupidest things.  I have kept my arm flailing to a minimum lately and have gone unharmed for months.  The other day, however, I was so excited to buy nail polish that I flailed right into a shopping cart ... blammo! Please, can we turn back time?! A girl can dream.  In reality though, I saved the nail.  I have posted on this before, way back ... part I, II, III and IV, but this time I made a video!

Check them out ....

Intro ...

Part I

Part II

 Yay.  How do you fix your nail boo boo's?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A non greasy moisture option

Recently I was sent a moisturizing cuticle cream for review ...
Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Rejuvenail Fortifying Nail and Cuticle Treatment.  And by recently I mean months ago.  I have had the last few months to try it out and see what it has to offer.

As you know I am a tyrant when it comes to moisturizing nails and cuticles.  It is one of the most important things you can do for your nails, if you want them to be strong and flexible.  I have preached several times on the topic in the following posts:

1. Have you moisturized today?
2. In a pinch here is a possible substitue
3. Moisturizing Nail Polish Remover ... i.e. Zoya Remove + substitute and the video here.
4. My face telling your face that you need to moisturize

If you have previously perused the posts you know that I favor a combination of two ingredients ... oil, followed by a waxy cream/balm/butter to seal in the moisture.  However, moisture delivery is a highly individual thing.  For example many people don't like the greasy feeling or have had  unfavorable reactions to oils.  I hope to show you that perhaps Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Rejuvenail Fortifying Nail and Cuticle Treatment would be a good alternative to your moisturizing routine ... I'm talking to you Abby and Lena! <3

First a few vitals:
Product: Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Rejuvenail Fortifying Nail and Cuticle Treatment
Size: 1 oz.
Price: $18
Can be found here

Now some pictures:
Here is the humungous pot you get.  I am not sure if you realize, but 1 oz. is a lot ... especially when you're only putting it on your cuticles!  Therefore, the $18 price tag is not as frightening.  It will last you a long time.

The product itself looks heavy, but is surprisingly light on the skin (more on that when I get into the ingredients).  It has a very light scent of roses, but not old lady roses, because that crap stinks.

  I would normally take a small bit out ... like so ...

Put a small bit on each finger.  Actually you can put waaaay less than what I have done, but surprisingly either way your hands will not be greasy.  Your skin will just be left hydrated.

Then start working it in by massaging each finger nail and cuticle for a few seconds.  Stimulate those cuticles!  Hopefully this will get the blood flowing and encourage faster nail growth.<--not a proven fact, I'm just a dreamer.

It makes no difference whether you have polish on or not, as long as you moisturize frequently and consistently!

I love that the directions on the box tell you to use it 3-4 times a day, hell yes! Listen to them ... see I am not the only one spreading the crazy moisturizing love.

The product seeps into your skin and leaves your cuticles and skin hydrated and silky.  I was pleasantly surprised and thought this would be the perfect option for those ladies who can't stand greasy fingers.

Since I would put more product than necessary, I would just let the stuff sit there for 5 min or so then massage again.  This is probably overkill, but hey ... I have a problem, this we know.

After a second massage it is nearly gone, but I leave what is left on my cuticle and go about my business.  The non-greasy formula allowed me to do this.

Now the result ...

So hydrated, but NOT greasy!

Don't forget to moisturize under your nails too.

A brush is totally unnecessary for application, however, if you are feeling fancy, do eet!

I have to include the following two pictures because I used my mouth and chin to take them, enjoy!

Work it in!

Polish: Color Club - Alter Ego

Find more pictures of it here.

I must discuss all of the great stuff in the formula.  Many of the ingredients are not the simple moisturizers, waxes and butters that we are used to seeing, although they can be found in there as well.

First I am going to group a whole bunch together, then go over individual ingredients I find interesting:

Emolliants, conditioners and lubes galore!:
cetearly alcohol
shea butter
almond oil
vitamin E

The other more interesting ingredients:

Alkyl Benzoate - the main skin conditioner that allows for the non-greasy silky goodness. 

Wax - yes you are my friend.  Not that interesting, but I love you. <3

Hydrolyzed Keratin - Like the keratin in nail treatments, I am not truly convinced they do anything with regard to cross linking to my own nail keratin, but I like having it in there. You can read my thoughts and opinions on protein based nail treatments here.

Allantoin - I love this ingredient.  It does so many things.  It has the capacity to increase the hydration levels in the skin and has exfoliating properties.  Read this if you want more info.

Saccharide Isomerate - marketed as "Pentavitin", it is essentially a moisturizer that has a unique method of delivering hydration.  It contains carbohydrates similar to some found in your skin.  Their interaction apparently results in longer lasting water retention.  I would love to see published scientific research on this, but okay.  

Sodium Hyaluronate - Like Hyauronic Acid (HA) ... but better.  I first heard of (HA) watching Adrien Arpel on one of my favorite TV channels.   This is a great ingredient, but this is not the time or place to go into how it works.  In short, it is a moisturizer, but belongs in it's own category. One day I may write a post on the topic.  Until then, it will suffice to say, when I see it in an ingredient list it makes me happy.

Retinyl Palmitate - not to be confused with Retin-A, which I LOVE, but similar to retinoic acid, it does have complicated anti-aging and conditioning properties that I will not go into in this post.  I will leave it as a possible future post.

Short comings:
1. The container is really large.  It makes it quite cumbersome to carry around and apply 3-4 times/day.  However, like my other cuticle moisturizers, I would happily distribute the product into smaller containers.  Doing this makes it quite easy to reach for and use often.  You can place it anywhere you occupy space ... house, car, purse, work, etc. 

2. Price.  I would consider this a higher end moisturizer, however the ingredients are well worth it and speak for themselves.  You will achieve hydrated healthy nails and cuticles with these high quality ingredients. A price comparison to other popular cuticle moisturizers:

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter: $15/1.5 oz. = $10/oz
Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream: $6/0.6 oz.  = $10/oz
Hard as a Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream: $7/oz
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula: $1/oz (not popular, but cheap and good) :D
Olive Oil:  $0.29/oz (wow! I never did this calculation before, but I like it)

I looked at the ingredients alone and fell head over heals over this cuticle treatment.  After having tried it, I am highly impressed with what it is able to do.  Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Rejuvenail Fortifying Nail and Cuticle Treatment is a superb, high quality moisturizing option for the lady (or gent) that does not like greasy fingers!

Remember, no matter what you choose to moisturize your nails and cuticle with, just make sure to do it frequently and consistently!

*The product in this post was provided by Dermelect's PR department ... thank you!*