Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pink Wednesday

Happy Pink Wednesday!  This week, I am wearing OPI's The One That Got Away, from the Katy Perry collection. This is a deep shade of pink that reminds me of the color of sangria.  Since I have been wearing light colors on my tips and toes lately, I chose this shade of pink because I was craving something darker.   

For a little glitter effect, I layered Milani's Jewel FX polish, in Hot Pink, over the OPI shade on my ring finger.  This Milani polish is so pretty.  However, I don't think I showcased it in the best way.  I feel that this Hot Pink glitter would better stand out if layered over a lighter shade.  The two polishes are too similar in color.

Just one final note, excuse my paint job this week.  I was in a bit of a rush to get my nails done and this dark polish was very unforgiving of mistakes!  A good tip that I could offer you is that if you are in a rush to go out, but want to paint your nails, use a lighter color.  Mistakes made with a lighter polish are much less noticeable than with a dark color.  Thanks so much for reading.  Hope you have a fabulous day!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

I am linking up again with Create With Joy for another Wordless Wednesday.

Nothing Like a RI Summer Sunset!  The countdown to Summer is on! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Happy Pink Wednesday!

Good morning and Happy Pink Wednesday!  Since we have had a taste of Summer here in New England this week, I am wearing one of my favorite shades of pink...OPI's La Paz-itively Hot!  La Paz is an electric shade of pink that is a cross between a fuchsia and a purple.  To add a party nail accent to this look, I chose China Glaze's Broken Hearted, which is their pink crackle.  Broken Hearted is layered over OPI's Alpine Snow.

I adore this look.  I think that the color is fun, and feels so appropriate on an 86 degree day in April!  I hope you like this look as much as I do.  Thanks so much for reading and have a fabulous day!  

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Today I am linking up with Create With Joy for Wordless Wednesday.

  Oh the love between a brother and sister!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Long Time No Post

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope that you are having a great day.  I just wanted to take some time to apologize to you for the inconsistency in my blogging.  As you may know, my beautiful daughter Julianne was born two months ago today.  While these two months have gone by very quickly, they have been quite time consuming.  Julianne has colic and that has been quite a challenge.  I guess I expected her to be just like my son ...a happy, mellow baby.  However I quickly learned that every child is different!

Julianne started crying more than usual at about 2 1/2 weeks old and it just escalated from there.  While her "witching hour" was nightly from 6pm to 10pm, there were days that she cried for up to 8 hours.  It was concerning to me as her mom, because I couldn't figure out why she was so upset.  She was fed, changed, and dry.  My husband and I tried numerous methods to soothe her and everything would work for a short period of time.  Our only tried and true soothing methods were car rides and strapping her in her car seat and having her sit on our dryer.

After a trip to the Pediatrician and in talking to other moms, I realized that luckily, there was nothing medically wrong with my daughter, and it was something that would pass with time.  In short, I was so exhausted from the crying and taking care of my 2-year old, that I didn't have time for my blog.  Luckily, Julianne's colic has started to subside so I will be able to blog more!  I have truly missed writing about the things I enjoy...polishes, products, pampering, and most importantly, being a Mom. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.  I look forward to posting more regularly now that things in our home have settled down a bit.  Have a great day!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Cajun Shrimp For Me This Friday

TGIF!  I love to polish my nails on Fridays in time for another week with The Nail Files!  On my nails today, I wanted something a little different that I wouldn't normally wear.  I always tend to pick a pink but wanted something summery without being too light.  Therefore, I went through my polish stash and found OPI's Cajun Shrimp.  While I know this color has been around for a while, it is brand new to me and I like it!

Cajun Shrimp is a rich coral color.  It is a great look for these warm spring days as it has a tropical feel to it.  Orange polishes are very trendy this season, but I don't like a tangerine shade on me.  Cajun Shrimp is a nice polish for me because while it has some orange undertones, it is just the right shade for my skin tone.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!  Through following different blogs, I have discovered some wonderful link-ups. I just found Thankful Thursday and I love this idea. It is so important to take time to realize how blessed you are in your daily life. Therefore, today, I am linking up with A Punk, A Pumpkin, and A Peanut and taking some time to post one thing that I am grateful for this week.

My daughter Julianne was born 5 weeks ago today. She just started smiling this week and for that, I am so thankful. Nothing makes me happier than to see my children smile. Her first smile brought  a tear to my eye and absolute joy to my heart.

I hope that you have a great day!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!  Looking at these pictures of my son remind me that even when things in the house are chaotic, this is still the best time of my life.  It also reminds me not to sweat the small stuff when raising a two-year old...a bath can take care of everything.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Spring Manicure

Happy Sunday!  You may be recovering this morning from celebrating St. Patrick's Day.  With my two little loves, I celebrated at home with no green beer for me this year.  That is fine with me though because when I woke up this morning I felt quite rested.  My little girl was only up once during the night last night, which was amazing!  Therefore, I was able to get an early start this Sunday morning to relax and paint my nails!

Since I love the combination of black/white and pink I wanted incorporate this look onto my nails this week.  To achieve this look, I used OPI's Strawberry Margarita with OPI's Alpine Snow and Black Shatter on my ring finger.  Strawberry Margarita is just the right shade of pink.  It is a summery color that falls in the middle of too light and too dark.  To add the black and white element, I used Black Shatter over Alpine Snow.  As much as I like the shattered look, I sometimes think it looks excessive on all of my nails.  However, on one finger it is perfect.  It gives the Strawberry Margarita a whole different look and makes my manicure more fun.

I hope you like it.  Have a wonderful day! 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I love this holiday.  I am an Irish girl who looks forward to wearing my green.  Today on my nails, I am wearing China Glaze's Holly-Day, with OPI's Bring on the Bling.  The combination of green and gold feels very authentic to me.  I hope that you have a great St. Patrick's Day!


Friday, March 16, 2012

Survival Week

My son Michael
My daughter Julianne

TGIF!  Hope that you are having a great week.  I started this week planning to write posts on this blog related to Spring Break.  I was planning on testing self tanners, trying healthy tropical-themed drinks, and of course painting my nails in trendy spring colors.  However, my beautiful little daughter, who is 1-month old today, had other plans.  She has colic and acid reflux and her colic really peaked this week, making it difficult to do anything else but try to calm and soothe her.  Therefore, my Spring Break at home week turned into survival week at home with a colicky infant and a busy two-year old.  This week definitely  made me wish I had those carefree college days back when Spring Break was a party on a beach.  However, when I look at my two beautiful children, as tough as they can be, I wouldn't change my life for anything.   

Sure, I would love to sleep through the night again and be able to go out with my friends for drinks, but to me, being a Mother is worth every sleepless night. I love my kids more than I thought I could ever love!  So my plans for this week changed, but I don't care.  I would much rather tend to my daughter and take my son to the playground than do anything else. 

I will get back to my regular posts about polish, products, and pampering soon.  I am also going to post more about my adventures as a mother.  The Spa Mom is all about beauty, but beauty comes from the inside.  I firmly believe that when you are happy, you are beautiful.  My two children make me happier than I could ever imagine!  

I hope that you have a great weekend!  Thanks so much for reading. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Turquoise & Caicos for My Spring Break at Home

  Happy Tuesday!  I hope that wherever you are, the weather is as nice as it is here in New England.  It is the perfect week to celebrate my Spring Break at home!  With temperatures in the 70's I really feel like I am on an actual vacation.  Therefore, for my manicure I chose Essie's Turquoise & Caicos.  The name of the polish is perfect in keeping with my theme of the week, but the color is also very hot this spring.  

This Essie polish is a minty green shade of turquoise, and for spring mint green is the color!  Actually, all pastels are popular but mint green has been specifically highlighted in both People Style and Lucky Magazine.  Mint green is not just going to be a popular color for nail polish, but also for clothes and accessories.  As a Mom who is at home now, I don't have an occasion to wear fancy clothes or shoes in this color.  Yet I still feel stylish on the playground wearing this trendy shade on my nails!  Yet another reason why I am obsessed with nail polish.  I hope that you enjoy this look.  Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful day!   

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Spring Break Week: Beach Bum Mani

Happy Sunday!  I Hope that you are enjoying your weekend.  With the arrival of daylight savings, it is easy to get excited about the Spring!  This time of year always reminds me of my college days, when I would take a spring break trip to somewhere warm.  Now, as a 30-something mother of 2, Spring Break is just a great memory and something to look forward to again in about 15 years.  In the meantime, I am going to celebrate Spring all week on my blog.  This week is dedicated to spring trends, fancy nails, tanning products, and great drinks...everything you could want on spring break, minus the beach and rest.

To kick off Spring Break week, I polished my nails using Essie's Beach Bum Blu.  I picked this color for a few reasons.  First, I picked this polish because its tropical shade of blue reminds me of the ocean in the Caribbean.  It is a tranquil hue that invokes a feeling of relaxation.  The second reason I chose this polish is the name.  If you can't actually be a beach bum, why not wear it on your nails?  Finally, I chose this color because this spring blues are in!  Any shade of blue from baby blue, to turquoise, to navy are hot colors for spring.  So this week, go ahead and paint your nails blue.  You might find it has a relaxing effect and you will be right on trend.

Glitter polishes are also going to be a big trend this season.  Therefore, I added OPI's Save Me to my ring finger.  I hope that you enjoy this look.  Thanks so much for reading.  Have a great day and enjoy that extra hour of daylight!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Princesses Rule this Pink Wednesday

Happy Pink Wednesday!  I haven't posted anything on Wednesday in a few weeks because of the birth of my beautiful daughter.  Today, I am back and to celebrate her on this Pink Wednesday, I am wearing Princesses Rule by OPI!

I call my daughter Princess as she is so sweet.  Therefore, when I dug through my polish stash last night in search of a pink polish, Princesses Rule jumped right out at me.  I love the name, but also the color of the polish.  It is a light, shimmery shade of pink that looks so elegant on.  This OPI color is a very natural shade of pink, with just the right amount of sparkle.  It is soft, feminine, and pretty.  This polish looks great on my light skin, yet I think it is so versatile that it would look great on anyone including a bride on her wedding day.  It just has that special feel to it that I think would make any girl feel like a princess.

I hope you enjoy this look.  Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

More Charms for my Arms

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday!  Today I just wanted to post a picture of my newest Alex and Ani Bracelets.  I have blogged about their bracelets before, but I am just such a fan.  These bangles allow you to customize your look and wear different bracelets and/or different combinations every day.  My darling husband, for our daughter's birth, gave me a gift card to buy whatever I wanted!  So yesterday, when I really needed to get out of the house for a few minutes, I stopped by the Alex and Ani store in Cranston, RI and I picked up two more bracelets. 

I wanted bracelets with my kids' initials on them, so I bought an M for Michael, and a J for Julianne.  I picked them up in gold because I think the two-toned look is so classy.  I just have to say that wearing these bracelets makes me feel special and a little bit more put together.  In the 2 1/2 weeks since my amazing little girl was born, I have lived in sports bras, sweats, and old t-shirts.  At least when I have my Alex and Ani bangles on, I feel more glamorous.  I even love the sound they make as they jingle on my arm.

In addition to the M and J bracelet, I am wearing the Love charm and the Emerald Luxe beaded bracelet.  Hope you like this look.  For more information about Alex and Ani, their website is 

Sunday, March 4, 2012


  Happy Sunday!  I am sorry that I haven't posted anything in three weeks.  However, it is with good reason.  My daughter, Julianne, was born on February 16th!  She is doing great but life is very busy with a newborn and a busy 2-year old boy!  I haven't had any polish on my nails in three weeks and have felt naked without it.  I finally got a few minutes last night to relax and do what I love to do...polish my nails with beautiful colors.  My color choice for this mani was an easy one...I used Julieanne, by Zoya!
Julieanne is a gorgeous jewel-toned shade of purple.  It has a pinkish-sparkle to it and is very rich and luxe.  I am a huge fan of jewel tones, and would have probably purchased this polish anyway, even if the name of it didn't have such significance to me.  The first coat went on very light, but by the time I went over it with a second coat, the color really intensified. 

To give my nails a little more pop, and to celebrate my daughter's birth, I used OPI's Save Me on my ring fingers.  As you know, I am a fan of ring finger nail bling, and I like to incorporate different colors into my manicures.  The silvery sparkle of Save Me reminds me of confetti and has a real celebratory feel to it.  Welcoming my Julianne into our family is cause for huge celebration!

I hope that you enjoy this one.  I look forward to getting back to the blog and posting on a more regular basis.  As a mom of two now, this blog is a nice escape at night.  Thanks so much for reading and I hope that you have a fabulous day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Ruby-Inspired Mani for Valentine's Day

Happy Monday!  Hope that you had a great weekend.  If you celebrated Valentine's Day early, I hope it was fabulous.  My husband, son, and I celebrated on Saturday evening, and therefore, I did my Valentine's Day manicure for our big night out at the Ninety-Nine!  I, of course, had to choose a red for my nails to celebrate.

I started this look by using China Glaze's PoinsettiaPoinsettia is a classic, festive red that looks great for the holiday.  I used two coats of polish on my nails and the color was gorgeous.  However, I was craving some bling, so I layered MILANI Nail Lacquer Jewel FX in red over it.  What a gorgeous combination!  I found this polish at CVS, where the line has other colored glitter polishes as well.

The Milani polish is a bottle of red glittery goodness!  Its application was so smooth and I was quite surprised by that.  I have purchased drug store glitter nail polish in the past,and have been very unhappy with the results.  Milani, however, packs a good amount of glitter on the brush and therefore goes on the nail smoothly with a generous application of sparkle.  While I did apply a few coats of the red effect over the Poinsettia, it doesn't look too heavy and the glitter isn't too sparse. 

I was so pleased with the finished look.  When I look down at my nails, I can't help but think of Dorothy's Ruby Slipper from Wizard of Oz.  My nails got the attention of a few waitresses Saturday night at dinner too, which made me happy.  I hope that you like this look as much as I do.  I also hope you have a great Valentine's Day!  Thanks for reading.  

Friday, February 10, 2012

My Skin Saver

Good Morning!  Happy Friday to all of you.  This week, I wanted to write a review of my new, favorite products...Calming Body Wash and Calming Itch-Relief Treatment from Eucerin!  The last weeks of my second pregnancy have not been kind to me, or my skin.  I have developed a horrible skin sensitivity during week 36, that just causes me to itch all night long.  While my OB suggested Hydro-cortisone cream, it just wasn't working for me.  I felt like I was constantly applying it.  Therefore, out of solutions, I went to CVS and purchased these calming products by Eucerin. 

Once I got home from the pharmacy, I jumped in the shower to use the body wash.  It is a daily shower oil, and a very different consistency from what I am used to.  As a girl who loves products, I am used to foamy, lathery body washes that smell like coconuts or other exotic fruits.  Calming Body Wash is a fragrance free oil that is made with omega oils.  Once you work it into your hands, the product makes a nice lather.  Once I applied it, it felt wonderful on my skin.  It is soothing and feels so hydrating.  It helps so much with the itching too.  I have been using it twice daily in the shower and it definitely alleviates the itch.

After the shower, I follow up with Eucerin's Calming Itch-Relief Treatment.  This cream is amazing!  It is extremely hydrating and it does stop the itch.  My skin feels so soft and smooth.  The product is advertised as "Immediate Itch-Relief" and for me, it does provide just that.  It is made with an oatmeal formula and is gentle enough for use on children and people with sensitive skin.

In summary, I am impressed with Eucerin!  My OB, as well as articles online say that once my daughter is born, this itchy rash will go away.  However, I will continue to use these products.  I am a huge fan of self-tanner, but can now see the drying effect it has had on my skin.  My skin feels amazing now and I don't want that to stop.  Thank you Eucerin for saving my skin, and my sanity!  Being 9 months pregnant and up all night itching was no fun.  These products have helped with that.

Thanks for reading.  I hope that you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pink Wednesday in my favorite pink polish

Happy Pink Wednesday!  I am so sorry that I have not posted anything to this blog in almost two weeks.  I have been so sick with the stomach virus.  I know that I am really sick when I can't even muster up the strength to paint my nails.  That is how I have felt since last Tuesday.  Anyway, since I am still not feeling 100%, this week, I needed to wear something on my nails that would make me feel better.  That color is OPI's LA PAZ-ITIVELY HOT! 

This bright, punchy shade of pink just evokes feelings of spring and summer and when I now look down at my nails, I do feel a bit better.  Just for a little flair, I paired La-Paz with Essie's Loophole on my ring finger.  I needed something a little different.  Plus, after having ugly chipped nails for over a week, it feels wonderful to have a little nail art on, even though it is extremely simple.  I really like the pink and silver color combination.  I think the two colors work well together, especially when the pink a darker shade. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope that you are taking good care of yourselves and are avoiding all the sickness that is out there right now.  Hopefully we are on the home stretch of winter and better weather and health will be coming to all of us soon.  Have a great day!

Friday, January 27, 2012

My Accutane Success Story

Happy Friday!  I have recently read a lot of information on Twitter about the powerful acne drug Accutane.  While I know that there is a lot of negative side effects, I am an Accutane success story.  As an Esthetician and a blogger, I feel that it is important to write about my story because I believe that under the right circumstances, and to the right patient, Accutane can be a miracle drug, as it was for me!

I took Accutane, also known as Isotretinoin, when I was a junior in college.  It was back in the late 1990's, before some of the very harsh side-effects were brought to light.  I had struggled with acne since I was in the 4th grade and my dermatologist went through so many treatments with me in that period of time.  I was on mild topical creams, medicated soaps, Tetracycline, Minocycline, Retin-A and a host of others.  He had suggested Accutane while I was in high school, to which my parents strongly objected.  My acne started with black and whiteheads on my face, but over time, traveled to my neck, back, and chest.  It got to the point where my face was so red and inflamed that it would sting and bleed while I patted my face after washing it.

By the time I was in college, my acne was horrible and I had major self-confidence issues.  I would wake up two hours early just to cover my skin in makeup before my roommates were up.  My cover-up process would continue all day, and I would even wash my face and put fresh makeup on before I went to Cross Country practices.  No matter what I did, my acne would not go away.  In the summer, I fried my light Irish skin because I believed that the sun would clear it up.  This has come back to haunt me though because I had my first skin cancer removed from my face at the age of 28.

Finally, at 20 years old, I was so miserable and had to do something.  When my dermatologist suggested again that I take Accutane, I eagerly let him write me the script.  As I remember, I had to start an oral contraceptive as a precaution. ( Accutane is a strong derivative of Vitamin A that it is linked to serious birth defects and miscarriages).  I also had to have my liver enzymes tested before I could be cleared for the drug.  Once I started taking the Accutane, I had to get blood work done monthly, including a liver workup and a pregnancy test in order to get the next month's supply. 

I did have some minor side effects.  My skin and lips became quite dry.  In fact, my lips have never really come back from taking Accutane, and that was over 13 years ago.  Sun sensitivity was another side effect and I had to take extra precautions being outside, making sure to slather on a high SPF.

In the end however, after a six-month course of Accutane, my acne was cured!  Other than an occasional monthly breakout, my skin is clear!  I am so thankful to have been able to take this drug.  With clear skin, my confidence improved and I felt so much better.  I always thought that with acne, I was ugly and that other people thought I was dirty because I couldn't take care of my face.  Once it cleared, it was amazing how much more outgoing I became and I took more pride in my appearance.

Accutane has become quite controversial however since I took it back in the 90's.  It takes a drastic toll on a person's body and in my opinion, not every person is right for taking this drug.  Accutane works by essentially shutting down your oil glands, so that they don't produce any more oil.  This is the main reason why patients taking the drug experience very dry skin.  According on one website, the real controversy lies in that 90 percent of women, and nearly half of the teens who are receiving accutane suffer only from mild cases of acne ( ).

My case of acne was not mild.  Accutane is suggested for people who have severe cases of grade 3 and grade 4 acne.  Grade 3 acne constitutes as moderately severe acne with blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, and cysts.  It is very frequently red and inflamed.  Scarring starts if a person picks at their skin.

Grade 4 acne constitutes as having numerous black and whiteheads and pustules with a large number is cysts on the face, chest,and back.  In this stage, acne can occur in over 50% or more of the face.

In looking at the grades of acne, it is clear that Accutane isn't right for everyone.  It is not intended for a person with a few black and/or whiteheads.  However, for me, it was a great success.  I feel badly for those who have been on this drug and experience some of the very harsh reactions such as depression, strokes, or worse.  My point in writing this post was just to get a success story out there.  Thanks so much for reading!   

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Flip Flop Fantasy on Pink Wednesday

Happy Pink Wednesday!  This week, I am wearing China Glaze's Flip Flop Fantasy.  This incredibly bright pink polish transports me to an island far away.  It is a tropical shade of pink that almost borders on a pinkish-coral color.  It is so bright in fact, that it looks like it might glow in the dark.  I picked it up yesterday at Sally's on a promotion sale while it was 60 degrees out.  I was feeling spring in the air and this color, along with its name, immediately appealed to me!  

Flip Flop Fantasy, in my opinion, is an exceptionally fun summer color that is fabulous on the nails, but also on the toes.  If I were a few years younger and going on spring break, this would be the polish I would choose.  While my pale and dry winter skin does this polish no justice, I think that with a spray tan, it would look so much better.  I hope that you enjoy it and enjoy your day.  Thanks so much for reading!  

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nail Terminology Tuesday

My Hyponychium (the skin under my nail tips)

More Hyponychium

Welcome to another week of Nail Terminology Tuesday!  This week's term that I want to review is Hyponychium.  This is the thickened skin between your fingertip and the free edge of your nail plate.  If you are looking at your nails, it is the thick skin underneath the tips.  This skin serves a big function.  It forms the protective barrier that keeps pathogens from getting in and infecting your nails.

Since the hyponychium is so important, it is crucial to stop biting your nails if you are a biter.  You are placing yourself at risk of infections, viruses, and fungus.  It is also important to pay close attention when clipping your finger nails and toe nails.  If you have ever cut them too short, and your skin hurt and was red, then you cut your hyponychium.  Please watch out for this area of skin when you get a manicure or pedicure in a salon.  The nail tech should NEVER cut or nip this area!

I hope that this information is helpful to you.  E-mail me if you have any questions about the nail anatomy or a disease or disorder of the nail.  Come back tomorrow for another Pink Wednesday manicure and I will post more technical nail info. next Tuesday.  Enjoy your day!

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Fabulous Bracelet that Supports Animals

Happy Monday!  Hope that you had a great weekend. While I usually post a manicure on Mondays, this week, I wanted to show you my new, fabulous Alex and Ani Bracelets!  I just can't get enough of them!  As a jewelry lover, I think that these bangles are so pretty and unique.  I own seven of them at this time and just keep wanting more.  They are so stylish and reflect parts of my personality, as well as how I may be feeling on a particular day.

My newest bangle from Alex and Ani is my favorite...the Paw Print!  It is from their Charity by Design line that donates a portion of its proceeds to a worthy cause.  The Paw Print obviously supports an animal charity.  I like to layer this bangle with my Love and Happy bracelets, because my own cats bring so much love and happiness to my family and my home.  I rescued them from the street, and am very passionate about helping homeless pets.  We have to be their advocate, because they can't advocate for themselves.  (Also on my arm is my Alex and Ani Sapphire Luxe Bead bracelet.  I chose this beauty because of the deep blue color.  I wear it with all my Alex and Ani bangles.) 

The Paw Prints Expandable Wire Bangle in Russian Silver, cost me $28.00 and I purchased it directly from Alex and Ani's website  20% of each bracelet sold goes directly to the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals  This organization focuses on supporting, healing, and finding caring homes for dogs and cats.  The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, according to their website and twitter account is "a coalition of more than 150 animal rescue groups and shelters working with the city of New York to find homes for every cat and dog in the city who needs one."  Its goal is to make New York City No-Kill.  As a person who has three amazing cats that I found on the street, I am so happy to sport this bangle.  I feel that by wearing it, I am supporting such a worthy cause.  I believe that this Paw Print is a must for any animal supporter/animal lover!  Thanks so much for reading.  Have a fabulous evening!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

NFL Championship Sunday-Inspired Mani

 Happy Sunday!  It is cold out, there is a snow on the ground here in New England, and the Patriots are playing at home in the AFC Championship Game!  With it being such an exciting day, I couldn't help but be inspired to polish my nails with a New England Patriots theme!  The team colors are red, white, and blue.  However, silver is often incorporated into the logo and gear.  Therefore, I used China Glaze's Blue Year's Eve for my blue.  I LOVE this blue because it is a rich, royal blue that looks amazing in the middle of winter.  I polished two coats of Blue Year's Eve on my thumb, middle finger, and pinkie.  To incorporate the silver into this mani, I used OPI's Silver Shatter over the blue.  I really like this combination.  It creates an icy-blue look that reminds me so much of a cold winter day...much like today!

Finally, I used OPI's Big Apple Red on my index and ring finger to finish this Patriots-inspired manicure.  This red is one of my favorites because I think it is a classic American red!  I could have used some White Crackle or Shatter over the red, but decided that less is more in this case. 

I hope that you enjoy this look!  If you are a football fan, enjoy the games.  GO PATRIOTS!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pink Wednesday in Florentine Fuchsia

Happy Pink Wednesday!  This week, I am wearing one of my favorite OPI polishes...Florentine Fuchsia!  This pink beauty came in my nail school kit and have loved it ever since.  It is such a beautiful color that looks so rich and creamy on the nail.  I adore the color pink and always feel good wearing it on my tips.  For the last few weeks, I have worn lighter shades of this hue, but today I wanted something deeper.  Therefore, sporting Florentine Fuchsia was an obvious choice for me.  It really is my go-to polish when I don't really know what else to wear.  Florentine Fuchsia is a great shade of pink that looks great year round and is a classic for me.

Thanks so much for reading!  Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Nail Terminology Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!  Hope that you are having a great day.  As I mentioned last week, on my blog, I tend to post more about polishes because pretty nails are so much fun!  I really enjoy painting my nails as it is my downtime when my son is sleeping.  However, as a Licensed Nail Tech, I am also very passionate about both the anatomy and the disorders of the nails.  I strongly believe that this information, as well as proper sanitation, is the most important content for Nail Techs to know.  A well-informed Nail Tech translates to a well cared for, and well informed client.  Therefore, I want to dedicate Tuesdays on The Spa Mom to this crucial information.

The first piece of information that I want to start with is defining the Natural Nail.  The natural nail's technical term is ONYX.  It is mostly made up of keratin, which you may already know is the protein found in your hair and skin.  The nail plate protects the tips of your fingers and toes.  Their appearance can reflect the general health of the body.  When your natural nails are healthy, they should have a white or see-through appearance, with a nice pink color showing through.  The pink color is a healthy nail bed, which is the skin that the nail sits on top of. 

While your natural nail may look like it is dry and hard, it has a surprisingly higher water content.  Believe it or not, the natural nail is made up of 15 to 25% water.  This water is what gives the nail its flexibility.  When the water content is low, the nail becomes dry and brittle.  The best way to keep the nail moist, and improve its flexibility, is to use either an oil-based conditioner, or use nail polish! 

As a nail tech, I have heard people say that the nail needs to breathe and keeping polish on them all the time is detrimental.  In my opinion, keeping your nails polished with either a clear coat or colored lacquer is what keeps the natural nail strong!  What I recommend, especially this time of year, is to keep the nail polish onand use a cuticle and nail oil for moisture.  I use OPI's AVOPLEX Nail and Cuticle Replenishing Oil nightly, and I try to apply it at least once during the day.  I have found that since I have been using this product, my cuticles are in better shape and my natural nails feel better.  There are other products out there that will accomplish the same thing, but this product is what I know and like to use.

I hope that this post has inspired you to paint your tips and toes and moisturize daily with an oil or conditioning nail treatment.  I feel that it is important to know this information and I want to bring you more every week.  If you have a question about the anatomy or disorder of the nail, please feel free to contact me at or leave a comment on my blog.  Come back tomorrow for another Pink Wednesday post, and I will be working on another Nail Terminology post for next week.  Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!

(This information was written by me, however I used Milady's Standard Nail Technology as an informational resource).

Monday, January 16, 2012

Manicure Monday: Kristen by Zoya

Happy Monday!  Hope that you had a terrific weekend.  This Monday, I am wearing one of my new Zoya polishes!  Zoya had a fabulous promotion at the beginning of the month where they were giving you two free polishes.  One polish that I was lucky enough to obtain was Kristen.  I had to try this one out since it is my name and all.  Kristen is from their FEEL Winter, the New Neutrals collection.  This line features six beautiful shades.  The polishes are just enough color without being too flashy.

Kristen is a creamy, baby blue shade.  It is subtle, with a nice pop of color.  It is pretty, and very lady-like.  This is my first Zoya product, and I really love that it is Formaldehyde and Toluene free, and also a vegan friendly formula.  I am now a Zoya fan and am thankful that they had this wonderful promotion. 

Thanks for reading!  Hope you have a great day.