Monday, January 26, 2015

Gel Nail Fake!! *How To Make Your Normal Polish Look Like Gel Nails*

Gel nails have been very popular this last year, and the trend continues into 2015, but gel polish is extremely HARD on your nail! Gel polish makes your real nails look incredible, without the use of acrylic or any "artificial nails", but once you decided you don't want the gel anymore it becomes a huge problem for the health of your nails. 
I have extremely brittle, peeling nails naturally , so quite a few years ago I had acrylic nails for over 3 years straight.
Here is a picture of what my acrylic nails looked like. So beautiful, but so terrible for the health of my nails.

 Then after "gel nails" became popular I decided to give it a try. I had heard how great it was for your nails, protecting your natural nails, and no use of acrylic. So the shape of my nails was the ACTUAL shape of my nails! So, I had my acrylics taken off, and replaced with gel. No chipping, longer wear time, healthy for your nails, is what they claimed. Who wouldn't want that? I soon came to realize because my nails were so brittle and peeling to begin with, the gel did not work well with me. After just a week I had peeling and chipping. What a rip off? So I decided that I needed to remove the gel and get my natural nails healthy. 
What I quickly found out was that removing gel polish is NOT an easy or painless process... After long hours of soaking and peeling and scrubbing I finally got off all of the gel. I soon would realize the horror of this product. My nails were shot. Peeling, breaking, aching, throbbing, thin, brittle nails is what I was left with, worse than my nails were after getting my acrylics taken off. 
I then decided that this was the time I needed to make my natural nails healthy. So after a few years of clear coats, and buffing, and maintenance my nails were in a decent state. Sill peeling, still quite brittle but I could work with it.

I've found the perfect combination of products to recreate that beautiful gel nail look, without ruining your nails. This regimen actually HELPS your nails! Now, the wear time is not as long as gel nails, but with a sacrifice of doing my nails ever week and a half my nails are healthy, and I get complimented on how great they look.
I get asked constantly if my nails are gel, or if they are my real nails! 

Here are the products I use to create the illusion of gel nails...

 I always start with the Instant Artificial as my base coat. One layer, and let it completely dry before moving on. I get this a Sally's Beauty Supply!! It's very affordable!

Next I move onto my Revlon Colorstay Polish. This is the BEST polish I've ever used and will never use another brand. It is amazing on its own or in combination with these other products! I only use 1 coat of this because the pigmentation is so great!

Next is my Seche Vite top coat! This is amazing stuff! Gives your nails that "Gel Polish" shine, and it is quick drying!!


Friday, January 9, 2015

New Year, New Menu! Pinterest Recipes Tried at Home!

Here are some of the dinners I've made this new year! Mostly from PINTEREST! If I got the recipe from Pinterest I will be sure to link them with the picture so you can try it out at home!!
Now we all know that things look more appetizing on Pinterest rather then when you make it your self at home, but these are pictures of ACTUAL renditions of those yummy looking photos! Also I included 2 of the deserts I made at the end!

This first dish is, brown rice with teriyaki chicken and veggies! This is AMAZING, and super easy to make! I use store bought teriyaki sauce, but you can make your own. I absolutely LOVE the SunLuck Teriyaki. Its amazing and I don't have to add anything to it to give that sweet flavor! 
Here is the recipe!:

This is Sizzler's Malibu Chicken! This is my FAVORITE dish! So easy and yummy! I always server broccoli when we are in need of a side, just because I know my boyfriend really loves it!
Here is the recipe!: 

Spaghetti and Meatballs! This is my own recipe, so I just use Whole Grain Linguini, Garden Sauce, and store bought meatballs! It's so easy and quick!! 

This one does not look appetizing at all, lol, but it was delicious! This is a Teriyaki Steak Roll stuffed with carrots and zucchini, and potato wedges!! The recipe I used was actually a Balsamic Glaze, but I substituted Teriyaki instead.
Here's the recipe!:

This is my take on a Chipotle burrito rice bowl! This is really easy to make! I use brown rice, black beans, chicken, cheese, salsa and sour cream! 
Here's a similar recipe!:

 This was one of my favorites! It is chicken stuffed with Black Forrest ham and Cheese! So yummy and easy! severed with mashed potatoes and broccoli!
Here's the recipe!:

My homemade Apple Sauce! So easy and better for you than store bought! I use about 10 large apples, cored, peeled and cut into large chunks. I just fill my crockpot all the way to the very top with apples! Sometimes I need more than 10 sometimes I need less, depending on the size of the apples. Then add about 1 1/2 cups of sugar, and a table spoon of cinnamon. Cook on high for about 5 hours, stirring only twice in that time. Cook until the apples are tender and get mashed up while mixing!

 Chocolate Pretzel Bark!! This is SOO addicting! Only 4 ingredients to make this! And they are things your probably already have in your house! I used white chocolate instead of milk chocolate, but I think next time I will use just plain milk chocolate, because the white chips didn't melt very well.. 
Here's the recipe!:


Current Skin Care 2015

Since it is the new year, I decided my skin was going to be one of my resolutions. Getting great skin takes time, as well as trial and error with products! So here are the things I am currently trying out this new year for my skin! 

 So here are all of the products I use on my face, morning and night! I used to use different products in the morning, and at night, but found that was not working for my skin. So I decided to give my skin some consistency and get a routine! 

First of all I want to talk about my cleansers, and spot treatment from the drugstore. These are the only products I use that are NOT high end, and I'll tell you why!

So to start, you DON'T have to spend a fortune on your cleansers and makeup removers! A cleanser is on your face for a total of what, ten seconds? So why spend a bunch of money on something that has no lasting effect on your skin? You just want to make sure that the cleanser you are using is removing all of your makeup, or anything that is on your skin throughout the day. I am enjoying this particular cleanser because it is exfoliating! I have very dry skin in the winter time, and I find that if I use a cleanser that is just cream, it doesn't remove that little excess dry skin. Some of you may not want to use an exfoliating cleanser every day, but for my skin, it just works!!

Also, if you are finding that an exfoliating cleanser just isn't quite doing the job, use a sugar and coconut oil mixture once a week to really buff all that dry skin away! I love using this combo when I'm feeling EXTRA SCALY! LOL

Secondly, the Clean&Clear Spot Treatment is a favorite of many, because it simply WORKS! But if you have Cystic Acne like me, this WILL NOT HELP! I only apply this to small pimples that I get, that are not cystic. If you need to know more about why this does not work for cystic acne, you can research the causes and treatment of cystic acne. But this product works great for the average pimple!!

My Second cleanser I use is COCONUT OIL! Believe it or not, this is the best cleanser I have ever used, and it completely removes ALL OF MY MAKEUP! I just put a small amount in my hands, emulsify it, and start massaging it on to my DRY face. Using circular motions until all my makeup starts to break down, even my EYE MAKEUP! After you've massaged your skin for a while, lay a HOT cloth over your face to really pull the oil out of your skin, then simply wipe it all away!! This leaves your face clean, makeup-free, AND moisturized!! This is a great way to get all the jobs done in one, if you are a little lazy, or just don't have time for a full skincare routine! 

Now, we all know that just using good skin care is not going to magically make your skin amazing. It all starts with what you put INSIDE your body on the daily! So, always keeping a water bottle with you is such a great thing for your skin! Keeping hydrated will not only improve the look of your skin, but also helps with anti-aging! 

Also, taking a multivitamin, or Vitamin A! This is so important, and a great habit to get into!I take Vitamin A every morning with a glass of water!

 After cleansing your face comes the very important part. Now is the time to really replenish your skin with GOOD THINGS! This is where I like to spend a little more money, and get things that will really help my skin..

To start I have been using the Origins Balancing Tonic Toner! I just put a little bit onto a cotton round, and swipe all over my face. This toner helps balance the pH levels in your skin, fixes any pigmentation issues or acne spots, as well as helps moisturize the skin. This particular toner has NO ALCOHOL which is ideal for my skin, since I already have dry skin. Alcohol toners really strip the skin of all the natural oils, which is good for those who have very oily skin, but for me it just dries my skin out.

Second, is my Moisturizer. This is the Energy Boosting Moisturizer from Origins. I have just recently started using this product, but I am LOVING it so far. The smell is amazing, and it really locks in the moisture in my skin!

SIDE TIP: Another way to give your skin some moisture is a Humidifier while you're sleeping! This balances the moisture levels in the air, leaving your skin plump and refreshed when you wake up!! 

Now onto any Serums. I am currently using this Murad Pigment Lightening Serum Sample I received from Sephora. And I'm LOVING it so far! The full size is very expensive but if you have any pigmentation issues, or old acne scarring, this is for you! I've only been using it for 4 days and have already seen a difference! I will absolutely be purchasing the full size when I run out of the sample!

And lastly, about once every 2 weeks I like to use a facial mask. If I feel I need something very intense I use this Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. This stuff is amazing at really pulling everything out of your skin, and refreshing it. But if I am feeling good about my skin, I love to use the individual masks you can get from the drugstore or ULTA. They give my skin a nice feel, and it's like a mini spa day! :)

What are your skin care secrets??


Monday, January 5, 2015

2014 Makeup Favorites

Here are some of my top 2014 makeup favorites! I've been loving these products and I know I will carry them into 2015!

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics - This has been SUCH an amazing pallet so far! I own the Naked 2, and the Naked Basics pallets and use them every day, and this definitely joined them. I've found myself using all three pallets daily!! Urban Decay shadows are by far my favorite, and I would HIGHLY recommend this one to you, plus its less than $30! 

Mac Matte Lipstick Smoked Purple - This lipstick is ESSENTIAL for the colder months. I love a matte lip, but sometimes they can be very drying during the winter months. This particular formula is AMAZING. I don't find it uncomfortable to wear, and you can really change the color with how much you apply. It ranges from a grey/nude purple if you only dab it on your concealed lips, to a very deep smoky purple when you build it up. The pigmentation is amazing, and definitely worth every penny!

BareMinerals Original Foundation(Medium Tan) - I LOVE using this for my contour/bronzing! During the summer time when I am self tanned, this is the color I use all over my face for foundation, but since I am extremely pale in the winter this is my perfect shade for contour/bronzing! I highly recommend using a color you know works for you when you are tan to contour with, this will help make your contour look more natural! 

Mac Mineralized Skin Finish(Soft & Gentle) - This is the PERFECT glowy highlight. I love using it on the tops of my cheekbones, my cupids bow, down the center of my nose and my chin, to give the perfect healthy glow! It's not too overpowering or glittery, but gives your skin a healthy glow during the winter! During this time of year my skin get very dry, so I need something to put some life back in my skin and make it appear supple and bright!

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer(NC15) - This is the perfect under eye concealer! If you have a problem with dark circles or just want a flawless/highlighted under eye, this is the product for you! It blends flawlessly, and after being set with a loose powder, will last all day!

Anastasia of Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade(Dark Brown) - Now, I know everyone went crazy over the Brow Wiz, but I personally like the control I have when using an angled brush rather than a pencil. If you are having trouble getting a precise line with a pencil definitely give this a try! Using an angled brush makes it easy to get a precise line with out having to go over it a hundred times. This is definitely for those who love statement brows!

Mac Paint Pot(Painterly) - I've been using this for YEARS, and have never found a better eye shadow base/primer. This is perfect if you have some discoloration in your eye lids, or just want your eye shadow to last longer without creasing!

Morphe Eyeshadow Brushes - These brushes have came as such a surprise to me! They are extremely affordable, but AMAZING quality. YouTube beauty guru Jaclyn Hill has paired with Morphe and has talked a lot about these brushes and eyeshadow so I decided to give it a try! They are absolutely amazing. If you are looking to save a little money here is a coupon code for the Morphe Website! Just use the code "JACATTACK" at checkout!