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!

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?

Beauty Blog: The Importance of Primer

Primers are one of my favorite things ever so I’ve listed some of my favorites and why I love each of them so much to help you choose a great one for yourself.

Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel– This is currently my favorite because it is not only a primer, but it also contains topical vitamins to treat skin. Best part, it’s tinted! That means I can just throw it on my face and be done with a little lip balm.

Benefit ‘That Gal’ Brightening Face Primer -Another great choice for outdoor/indoor use on a daily basis because it’s a bit more reflective and can help hide dark circles and uneven tone by itself. I don’t suggest it for flash photography though.

Becca Resurfacing Primer– Anti-aging and super matte. Works really well for skin that is a bit more oily. Makes pores disappear.

It’s My New Favorite Thing

So I get on kicks about stuff, as I’m sure you could guess. I find new products to try and when they’re awesome I simply have to share.

So here’s the latest: my new addiction is imPRESS press-on manicure by Broadway Nails. They’re designed to last up to a week. I’ll grant that because my hands are in shampoo sinks all day long they don’t last as well as they should, but I’m happy to use it as an excuse to change them twice a week. At $6.99 a pack it’s still cheaper than when I used to get a nail salon fresh set done every two weeks.


I just LOVE these!

Loot: 2012 IBSNY Hair Show

I have a new favorite hair extensions brand. Hotheads! Super fast to do so they lower the cost to client. I’m really excited to work with them more. Check out their philosophy and a photo gallery on their website:

(Hit me up at the salon if you’re interested in a consultation to get these done.)

My Favorite Things (Right Now)

In no particular order:

— NEW Venus Breeze disposable razors, incredible, two creamy-dreamy bars of what looks like soap become a silky smooth shave gel, brilliant, time saving, just add water and go, great for travel, great for hungover mornings, great for girls on the go

— Urban Decay NAKED Palette, super flattering on everyone I know, there are two versions out now and this is the original, my favorite because the colors from this palette are slightly more blend friendly (some more dramatic shades were picked up for palette #2, if that’s what you like go for it)

— Pure and Good Hand Cream Lemon Tarragon (not pictured, Anthropologie’s site has them all though), I love this one because it smells exactly like Fruit Loops, I don’t know how it does it but it’s incredibly cool, it’s such a nice combination of a child-like scent with the richness of the lotion, melting into your skin quickly, it’s a good year round hand cream because it’s not too heavy for Summer and Spring but it packs the moisturizing punch needed for Fall and Winter