So the holidays are coming up quick, actually we’re right in the middle of the season, meaning all of the pretty little holiday nail sets are out right now! I went crazy at the supply store the other day…. impulsive shopper right here….. My favorite color right now is the dark plum, love it. And all of the glitters! Like the one in the photo (Venique – Jolly Holly Twinkle) and another one I like is Venique’s Twinkling Glitter (a silver sparkle).
VENIQUE NAIL POLISH DRIES IN ONLY 4 MINUTES!
It also has a silicone base which allows the polish to bend with your nail…. THEREFORE discourages chipping!
Basically, with all of these amazing holiday polishes out, my post today is going to guide you in creating The Perfect Manicure! It is important to keeps nice nails and soft hands, they are one of the center points to your appearance…. You’re shaking your interviewer’s hand, you’re writing down your number for that beautiful man asking for it, you’re throwing up the duece to that loser…. make him miss those beautiful hands…. lol I’am a dork I know, but the point is, Nice beautiful hands are important for you to have…..
What You’ll Need: Nail File, Buffer Block, Base Coat, Top Coat, Lotion, Cuticle Oil, and Your Favorite Polish
STEP 1: Shape – Decide on your desired nail shape, these days the pointy tips as seen on Rihanna and other celebrities has been the latest trend. Gently file your nail into the shape you want. If you need to take an adequate length off I would clip them first.
STEP 2: Buff – Your buffer block may have a few sides to choose from. The coarse surface is used to remove ridges, do this first. Rough up the top of each nail. Next use the less coarse surface to give your nail more of a matte shine and smooth it out a little.
STEP 3: Shine – The smooth side of the buffing block is to polish out the roughness. Polish of each nail until it squeaks with shine :)
STEP 4: Base Coat – This is an important step. Base coat’s not only help keep your nails healthier and stronger, they also keep dark polishes from staining your nail and will ensure your color will last longer…. insurance.
STEP 5: Your Favorite Polish – After your base coat, apply your selected polish. I would do two coats just to make sure you get a strong color.
STEP 6: Top Coat – The most important step in making your mani look professionally done is the shiny top coat! Check out some of the quick dry top coats to speed up drying time.
STEP 7: Moisturize – Now that you have finished your amazing manicure, nothing tops off nice looking fingers with soft silky hands. I love the thick body butters! Or one of my faves is Body Drench’s Pomegranate Crush Body Lotion
STEP 8: Moisturize Again – And for your last and final step, moisturize your cuticles. Cuticle oil is made to keep the cuticles soft and healthy, helps prevent those nasty hang nails, nobody likes those.
Found this awesome site! You can buy, borrow, SWAP!, sell/trade clothes with other people. There is a 10% transaction fee that is donated to your charity of choice. You can borrow an item for a week and up to a month at a portion of the retail price, swap clothes with fellow fashionistas for just a 5$ fee, … you seriously just have to check this site out it’s I-Ella.com
THINGS YOU MIGHT FIND:
-New or unused items with tags
-Beautiful quality vintage
-Accessories such as shoes, hats, scarves, belts, sunglasses, and of course, jewelry
-Truly covetable fashion apparel
-Art and books are welcome too
-Barely worn dresses
Soooo I think I am addicted to working out!! Not me necessarily in reference to my body image, but it’s the way I feel if I go too long without working out, and I’m talking hours not days here. I work out at the same time every day. If I go a day without working out, or even twelve hours past my normal time even, (so if I normally workout at 6, and I skip it that morning…) by the time the afternoon comes around I’m already feeling a sense of built up tension, I get a little irritated sometimes a lot irritated, headaches…! I think I have my body on such a strict schedule that I AM ADDICTED!!
I feel amazing btw :) I’m not exactly trying to lose weight; actually I’m trying to gain weight. And for all of you skinny-girl-hating people, I DO have a thyroid problem, and yes you can have it, take it, it’s not fun haha. I honestly think it’s just as much work to gain weight with a petite frame as it is to lose weight for a heavier person. For me it’s a daily commitment. If I happen to skip a meal or a day or two of not working out, it almost feels like all of my hard work disappears, really discouraging actually. It takes constant work to keep my body right, CONSTANT! I can’t ever be lazy! And protein rich and carb filled diets have taken over my life… I eat a lot. Anyone who knows me will agree to that :) A healthy body does not come to anyone naturally, and if any of you did get lucky with natural blessings, then you’re one lucky B.
My alarm is set for 6AM every morning… (ok, sometimes I hit snooze once or twice :) ) I run a mile, and then lift weights. I give myself a 40 minute workout, not long at all, just enough. (Then of course I get my tan owannn, I live in Washington where most are vitamin D deprived… it just feels soooo goood). I have been trying to make my workouts more and more intense by increasing the incline on the treadmill (I hate running on treadmills, can’t wait for summer) That slight incline, geez, it will definitely intensify that run!! And of course increasing my weights. I’m trying to gain muscle not just tone, so I set my weights to where I can hardly to 10 reps, I like to focus on my bottom half, I’m not trying to have a buff upper body haha And I do circuit training/lifting… I’ll do leg press, bench press, quads, hamstrings, and work in a circle, I do three sets of ten. My glutes, extra lunges and crunches are done on the floor. But 40 minutes a day, and it’s amazing what it will do for your energy levels!
I did some research though just to confirm my thoughts on addiction ITS TRUE! Exercise releases endorphins and dopamines, which are “Happy Chemicals” your body produces and anything that promotes those chemicals is proven to become addictive. (Also a known to reduce stress & anxiety…) Well if I’m going to be addicted to anything, let it be to something that promoted a good looking body !!