Thursday, July 23, 2015

This or That: Mango Sugar Scrub

Hi there!

I've been loving fruity sugar scrubs this summer...

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Tropical Mango versus
The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub.

... and I think it's fair to say I love a good value even more!

The Tree Hut scrub retails for $6.48 ($0.36/oz.) while The Body Shop scrub retails for $20 ($2.70/oz.). Yikes.

The Tree Hut (TH) scrub smells AMAZING! It's sweet and natural at the same time... while The Body Shop (TBS) scrub kind of smells like a scented Play-Doh! It smells okay in the shower, though.

The textures of each scrub are both nice in their own way. TH is rougher. I feel like it exfoliates much better and leaves my skin feeling soft after bathing.

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Tropical Mango.

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub.

I used the TBS scrub in the bath, and it turned my water milky. My skin was left feeling soft, but it was on the verge of greasy.

Both scrubs are organic- that's cool.

Overall, I don't think this one is even close. I'll use up the TBS scrub, but I most definitely won't repurchase it.

Have you used either of these scrubs? What are your thoughts?

Until next time...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

All Lives Matter

Hi there!

Soooo many of my Facebook friends have been posting stories and articles regarding #BlackLivesMatter... more specifically, that #AllLivesMatter is ignorant and racist. What?

I'm curious why this is the belief of so many.

Isn't the goal for every life to be equal? I really think the purposeful segregation is perpetuating the problem.

I was told that because I'm technically white skinned, I'm at the top of the racial hierarchy and I have "nothing to worry about." Okay, it's nice that you think that... but you're just as ignorant as you think I am.

I believe in a healthy debate, so I asked this friend a series of questions mostly pertaining to his claim that I'm ignorant for thinking that ALL lives do matter. I asked him if I'd be considered racist if I held a sign saying "white lives matter." Luckily, his answer was no. BUT because I'm white, he said I'd look silly- seeing, again, as I have nothing to worry about. I laughed aloud.

I understand that this world is not what it should be when it comes to treating people the way they should be treated. That doesn't make me happy at all.

A change will only happen when (if) we as a PEOPLE... not a color... not a gender... not an anything but a PEOPLE realize that person A is just as much a person as person B.

It's time to stop with the division of people based on anything but their integrity.

To those who assume that I am where I am today because of the color of my skin: goodbye. My pigment gets zero credit for my success. I have worked, and currently do work very hard for everything I've achieved. Thanks, affirmative action.

One more thought... there is no such thing as reverse racism. Racism is racism.

I can feel myself rambling on, so I'll leave with this... "black America. White America." STOP. IT!

Oh yeah... #AllLivesMatter

Until next time...

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Hi there!

My little guy gave this to me today for my first Mother's Day to a human...

My nails painted with Sinful Colors - Picante.
Sinful Colors Sinful Shine.

Awww ❤ 

I hope you're all having a great day!

Until next time...

Monday, April 28, 2014

First Postpartum Manicure

Hi there!

While pregnant, I really had no desire to paint my fingernails. It wasn't because the smell bothered me... I just didn't care. I kept chopping them as short as I could get them, so even if I wanted to sport a somewhat creative manicure, I don't think it would necessarily look lovely.

My nails painted with Sinful Colors - Dark Room.
Stamped with Konad image plate M57
and Color Club - Halo-Graphic.

I painted 1 coat of Sinful Colors' Dark Room before stamping... and then I added a coat of Seche Vite. Even though they're short as can be, I don't think this manicure looks terrible. The holographic touch makes me happy :-)

And since I think I'm starting to care about nail polish again, I raided my local drugstore this past weekend...


The Rimmel polishes were $0.49 each and the Sinful Colors polishes were $0.99 each. Do you blame me? Most of the Sinful Colors polishes were originally $2.99.

Until next time...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

He Lost A Bet

Hi there!

Hunny Poo made a bet with one of his coworkers regarding the 49ers/Seahawks football game this past Sunday. If Hunny Poo's team lost, he had to wear the winning team's colors on his nails for a week... and vice versa with his coworker.

China Glaze - Man Hunt and Color Club - The Lime Starts Here.
Seattle Seahawks MANicure.

Needless to say, Hunny Poo lost. For the base of each green nail, I painted a coat of OPI's Alpine Snow... then I painted 2 coats of each polish to achieve what's pictured.

I think he made a pretty safe bet considering some of the other bets I've been made aware of. One of the guys has to wear a blue and green tutu for TWO WEEKS (until the Superbowl)!

Until next time...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Being Thankful

Hi there!

Today, I'm thankful... but it's not really as simple as that. I try to be thankful every day for the people, things, and opportunities in my life- and I think I'm pretty successful at doing so. What I have a more difficult time doing is realizing what I take for granted.

I'm thankful for my eyesight. It's been almost 2 months since I regained it with nearly full cooperation of my eyes. One minute, I was talking on the phone and everything seemed perfectly fine. In less than a full second, I couldn't see. Literally. I will never be able to justly describe or explain the feelings I felt in that moment. It was plain scary.

I don't know about you, but when things like that happen, all of the "what if" thoughts rush through my head. My pulse was quickly climbing. I thought that if I cried, I'd somehow make things worse. My right eye felt enlarged... so I kept thinking it'd explode or fall out (I never said my thoughts were rational). When I stood up, I felt dizzy, I couldn't walk straight... in fact, I walked straight into my dresser even though I knew where it was and I actively tried to avoid it.

Once I was at Quick Care (it's a place that's not so quick, but it was closer to my house than the ER), my heart rate was upward of 150. As much as I tried to calm myself, I couldn't stop thinking the worst. Without an explanation for what was happening, there was just no way I could be calm. They had me do their eye chart- you know, the one you stand however far behind and you have to spout off the letters you can see? I questioned the guy on what the point of this test was. I said I could see 3 of him when I could see. I still couldn't stand up straight- my husband had to hold me up. The guy told me to try anyway. So I did. It took quite some time because I had to hold my right eyelid open. And my eyeball burned. You know what he told me after I finished naming off the letters I saw on the eye chart? "You have perfect vision." WHAT!?

I forgot to mention just what my eyes looked like. My left eye and eyelid looked normal. My right eyelid looked like a Pug dog's forehead. My right pupil was dilated so greatly, it was hard to tell the color of my eye. Oh, and the pupil was most definitely not aiming forward. It was as far right as you could imagine it might go.

Anyway, the people at "Quick Care" sent me to an eye doctor. He ran some fancy tests- all of which, I passed with flying colors. He then did the simple "follow my finger" test. He said my right eye seemed like it became disconnected. My eyes were not cooperating together or with my brain. No kidding, Sherlock ;-) He sent me to the ER because he was convinced I had suffered a stroke or had a brain aneurysm.

After a very long MRI, I was told there were absolutely no signs of a stroke or a brain aneurysm. I still had no answers, though. The best the doctors could do was guess. So what it came down to was stress. I had gone through sooo (can I double underline that?) much of it in the hours leading up to that dreadful day that my body couldn't handle it. I was told that basically, just like your feet can swell, your eyes can, too. Fluid behind my right eye more or less exploded and pinched a nerve. Phew! That sounded hopeful. Except that the doctor then told me not to expect a dramatic or quick recovery.

I'm still recovering, and I will be for the next 4+ months. Bright lights and cold temperatures really hurt my eyes. I do feel an occasional burst of pain through my eye and I can't keep my right eyelid open all day. Sometimes I either have to hold it open with a finger or let it close and take a rest. I'm hopeful.

I'm thankful again for my eyesight. I'm confident I'll never take it for granted again. I appreciate being able to see my loved ones, the changing of the seasons, the sky, and that dang pimple on my chin. I feel like I've gone through a journey. As odd as it may sound, it's self-discovery.

There are so, so, so many things to be thankful for. Especially around this time of the year with holiday gifts and such, it's easy to lose sight (heh, no pun intended) of what's really important. Sure, I think it's okay to be thankful for a game console or a new bicycle... those things do bring joy and entertainment- and I think joy and entertainment are necessary components of life. But I urge you to think about the things and abilities you have that you may not notice. It's kind of enlightening.

What are you thankful for that you may have taken for granted in the past?

Until next time...

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Patriotic Week - Day 7

Hi there!

This is my Independence Day manicure...

My nails painted with OPI - Alpine Snow.
Patriotic 4th of July nail foil design.

I painted 2 coats of Alpine Snow. Once dry, I applied the foil glue and waited for it to become tacky. Then I pressed the foils over the glue, and... voila! I used Seche Vite as my topcoat.

I was inspired by a combination of this picture...

Photo source - avenue.com

...and the fact that I've not tried nail foils before. They've been sitting among my nail art supplies for over a year! I think the technique is pretty simple- but more importantly, it was fun to achieve.

To see my other Patriotic manicure ideas, click here.

Welp... I'm off to go down to the waterfront to watch the neighborhood's firework display. I'd love to know how you wore your nails and how you celebrated today/tonight! Stay safe.

Until next time...

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Patriotic Week - Day 6

Hi there!

I enjoyed the sponging of yesterday's manicure, but I wanted something more...

My nails painted with China Glaze - First Mate and Hey Sailor.
Stamped with Winstonia plate W107.
Patriotic 4th of July manicure.

I painted 1 coat of Julep's Brigitte before sponging with First Mate and Hey Sailor. Once dry, I stamped with Konad's special white polish and then topped everything with a coat of Seche Vite.

To see my other Patriotic manicure ideas, click here.

Until next time...
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