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!