Quick Dry Nails

I have an obsession. A nail polish obsession.

It all started when I was unemployed and looking for a job. My nails needed to look good and groomed but my unemployment check didn’t allow for a weekly manicure. Once terrible at doing my own nails, I quickly improved and as soon as I nailed a full-time job, my polish collection grew.

These days, I’m giving myself a manicure about twice a week and the only time I have to do it is close to bedtime. After weeks of waking up with sheet creases on what I thought were fully dry nails, it was time to invest in a more effective drying method.

Sally Hansen Dry Kwik was the perfect solution. When you are done with your manicure, top coat and all, let it dry on it’s own for one to two minutes. Then apply Dry Kwik. I wouldn’t recommend doing something that might smudge your nails RIGHT away but you certainly can a few minutes faster with this stuff. And no more sheet creases for me!


5 Things I Can’t Live Without – Winter Edition

Everyone has a few things that they cannot live without. Okay, that might be a little dramatic but these are some of the beauty items I currently have with me at all times and why:

5 Things - Winter

1. Kate Spade Twirl – I received a sample in my first birtchbox and went through it pretty quickly. Santa was kind enough to put the roller ball version in my stocking. It’s now my go-to scent.

2. Smith’s Rosebud Salve in Minted Rose – When my lips are chapped I am not a happy camper so I always have Rosebud to the rescue. I prefer the Minter Rose flavor to the original only because I love mint scented lip gloss.

3. Nail Polish – Any dark Essie or OPI color will do, I love them all. And ever since this happened, I always want my nails to look perfect.

4. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream – I may or may not be addicted to this stuff. It has a light, refreshing scent and sinks into my skin very quickly.

5. Pop-up brush – Between winter static and windy walks to work, I brush my approximately three dozen times a day. I wish I were joking. This thing is a lifesaver, or least hair saver.


Life Saver

There are few things at which I am better than dropping a make-up compact and watching it shatter on the bathroom floor.

Seriously, I’m so good at it that I do it at least twice a week.

As I was putting my face on recently, I brushed the compact a little too hard, watched it slowly fall out of my hand, bounce off the counter, hit the ground and shatter EVERYWHERE.

Whomp whomp.

Or so I thought.

I salvaged as much as I could in the compact and left it to deal with until later. During my lunch break, I popped into Sephora with the intention of purchasing new bronzer. Instead I discovered this life saver:

Just pop your broken make-up in here and voila: broken bronzer, saved.