beauty · lifestyle

My Favorite Things: Shellac Pedicures!

Shellac by CND
Shellac by CND

Nothing makes me happier than a fresh pedicure, unfortunately when it’s cold outside I don’t want to wear flip flops for hours and hours while it dries fully. Enter Shellac!

Now I can get my toes done and put my socks on as soon as I’m done. Best thing ever! It lasts even longer than a regular pedicure. Try it at once and you’ll love it, I swear.

Shellac itself is a brand name for gel polish by CND. Other companies have Gellish, OPI Axxium, and several others. I’ve tried pretty much all of them with no major differences in wear time or nail health. Go wild for them!

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Happy News!

I try to make it a point to thank people when I am mentioned and hear about it so I wanted to give a shout out to some of the lovely people associated with Breakthroughbusiness on Blog Talk Radio. On December 24th, 2012 I was mentioned as a successful social media business user for how I promote myself and my hair extension work using my Instagram account. How cool is that?

You can listen to it here, I’m mentioned about 30 minutes in by Don Cooper, The Sales Heretic.

Digital Media Communication Strategist & Speaker Michele Price brings you weekly access to the top minds in Business Success Mindset and Web 2.0 tools, techniques and strategies. Michele Price the Breakthrough Specialist enjoys bringing you high powered guest each week as well as everyday business owners so you can build your online presence through relationships.

beauty · lifestyle

My Winter Face – Favorite Things

With the weather all wonky for Winter skin can be dry and lips can feel like they need some extra oomph (technical term, I swear). So today I reached for some of my favorite Winter products to protect and emphasize.

Dermalogica Barrier Repair
Dermalogica Barrier Repair

I’ll start off with Barrier Repair, a calming “moisturizer” for sensitive skin by Dermalogica. Barrier Repair is a water free silicone and natural oil based “moisturizer” designed to instantly form a soothing barrier for your skin. You’ll notice I keep putting moisturizer in quotes. This is because it’s not a moisturizer in the traditional sense. Most moisturizers add lots of oils to your skin to fill it up and keep it feeling supple, what Barrier Repair does is different because it’s not creating moisture so much as it’s protecting it. It’s also full of other vitamins to keep the health of your skin up during these chilly dry months. Think of it as the grown up version of when your parents put Vaseline on your face before you went out to play in the snow. Added benefit: it can be used as a primer before make-up or instead of make-up because the silicone adds a soft focus feeling and reduces the appearance of pores. Really a great multitask product. That’s what we all need right? Fewer things in our bag?

 

 

Du Wop Lip Venom Flash
Du Wop Lip Venom Flash

My other favorite Winter product isn’t as much a multitasker or hugely beneficial, but it always makes me feel like my lips really pop. In the Winter I feel like my lips start to disappear on my face because they get dry and they aren’t shiny so they look thin and, well, blah. Enter Du Wop Lip Venom (I prefer the Gold Flash version for added sparkle). Unlike many other lip plumping products this one stays shiny all day so that long after the effects have worn off it still feels like it’s working. It also has more of a cinnamon “flavor” than mint so I’m quite appreciative of the warmth during Winter instead of just the tingling you would normally get from other products.

So those are my gotta have Winter favorites for my make-up kit. What about you? What Winter product do you always turn to?