Mani Monday - finally spring?


Hello lovely blog readers! I think Spring has finally sprung around here! I was starting to think we were stuck in an eternal winter like a scene out of Frozen! It was beautiful yesterday and is supposed to be today too! So I thought I would do a quick, easy springy manicure today! (Partly cause my nails are crazy short!)


This weekend I went to Sally's Beauty Supply and they had their China Glaze polish buy one get one free! SCORE! I bought for Audrey which is obviously a pretty Tiffany blue which I got home and realized I must really like cause I have two other brands of nearly the identical  color. The sparkly one is called Prism and it is so pretty! Looking on pinterest it is super versatile and will look different paired with different polishes!


I simply painted a coat of the For Audrey then did an accent nail with the Prism!.
I have started using Seche Vite fast dry top coat and I must say it is AMAZING!!!!
Totally worth the price!

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Mani Monday


It's Mani Monday time! Got some bad news (er not what I wanted news, I know God has a plan) Friday, so was pretty down this weekend. But I did manage to play with some polish and painted my tootsies (which will be in an upcoming post they look awesome!)
I played a bunch a couple weeks ago on a day off from school and finally rocked the Matte topcoat! Which is part of what I am sharing today!
This ended up being a much more involved mani than I originally thought but the payout was great!
Yes 6 bottles of polish for one little simple looking manicure!


I started with the Gelous base coat - this stuff is AMAZING! My mani lasts so much longer with it on! And with Julep polish we are talking WOW!


The base is Julep Alaina - one of my very first Julep polishes ever! Love it! Then Seche quick dry topcoat (so I guess actually 7 bottles of polish) which I let dry then applied the OPI matte top coat over - that my friends I think is the key! Who knew - certainly not me! I have never gotten matte topcoat to look good before this! A whole extra step but I love the matte look so totally worth it!


Then I wanted a gradient sparkly tip - not a french tip. So I used the Orly Night Owl on the tip then OPI Baby Please Come Home from the Mariah Carey Collection. That one is the sandpaper finish and I wanted a smoother finish so I tried Juleps Gianna which has big ole' flakes and chunkes of Gold which is super pretty but not what I was wanting exactly! I need a brownish/purplish glitter polish -anyone? lol I probably should have just used regular topcoat!


Anyway...I do rally like how they turned out! My next big mani skill is going to be polka dots! - Stay tuned!

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Find Joy in the Journey,
 Tess

March Birchbox


This Month's Box

Back to being disappointed :(
I got tea...again.
Thinking this will be my last birchbox.

Mighty Leaf Tea - Again I don't do tea - my friend says it's good - she likes my tea.
Skinfix Body Repair Balm - This worked ok but not as well as my Caudalie hand cream or even Posh Hand cream - felt kinda greasy and didn't seem to last - no discernible smell which is good (either that or I am REALLY stuffed up!)
Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle - This works really well I will use it on Ava and save my incredible Kenra blow dry spray for me! Doesn't smell nearly as good as that does! But then again what does? This did make my hair soft and untangled! It seemed to keep in from tangling throughout a windy day!
COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face - I love a good SPF product but the tend to smell poorly and be oily in my experience! NOT so with this product! It feels great on and the smell is not too bad. My skin is a little dry from winter and this wasn't quite moisturizing enough but that wouldn't be an issue in summer!
Air Repair Rescue Balm All Purpose Skin Salve and Lip Balm - Wow that's a mouthfull! I was very skeptical of  this product I am not a fan of "all purpose" products. I feel the skin on your lips, face, elbows etc are all so very different that in general you need specific products for each part - especially my face! However I was pleasantly suprised - it is pretty multi-use similar to Posh's healer, this was greasier to me and not a stick I really like my stick form healer but this isn't bad.
Ghiradelli Intense Dark Cherry Tango - I am not a fan of dark chocolate or cherries so I gave this to a friend - she said it was good.

Find Joy in the Journey,
Tess

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