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Top 5 – March

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Another slow month come and gone. Trying to keep myself busy with endless job applications, knitting projects, and oh yeah I’ve started cross stitch. Oh boy, do I need to get on with my life. So what has this ‘ol grandma been loving this month?

1. Rimmel Lasting Finish Skin Perfecting Primer – I picked this one up on a whim at the beginning of the month. I do love sales! And I would have to say that it’s been quite some time since I’ve been so impressed with a primer. Most primers I use have a thick, silicon-y feel to them, or leave my face feeling greasy. But this one is a thin moisturizing cream that blends in smooth, feels great on my skin, and allows my foundation to stay for up to 8 hours! I real win with this one.

2. Nails Inc. Vitmin E Oil Pen – My sister bought this for herself and didn’t see the use in it. With my ravaged nails still working their way towards normal I thought I’d give it a go. It’s super simple for on-the-go and travelling and is great for moisturizing and nourishing dry and damaged cuticles. It comes in a simple twist-up pen form and you just brush it on and massage it in.

3. Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner – I’m not really one for lip-liners unless it’s a universal one. I’m never good at the whole colour matching thing, although I do see the benefits. I loved the colour of this lip liner while browsing a CVS across the border a few months ago and I picked it up, not really knowing how I was going to use it. I’ve started wearing it as all over colour by itself and I absolutely love it! It may feel very drying on the lips, but lip liners offer full coverage matte lips and are so easy as all over colour.

4. Tweezerman Special Edition Floral Sorbet Mini Slant Tweezers – It was time for a new pair of tweezers. Mine seemed a little dull, but it wasn’t until I picked up a new pair that i realized just how dull. These mini tweezers are not only adorable, but are sharp and precise. Tweezerman really is the best of the tweezers.

5. Essie Blanc – with the sun shining and the snow melting, the fashions and colours are turning to the soft pastels, including on the nails. While I’ve been enjoying my light lilacs and nude beige nails lately, I have also been loving pure white nails. Brings back fond memories of painting my nails with liquid paper in elementary school – yet this time not so thick and chunky. Just clean, bright, white nails.

So there you have it. What have you been loving lately?

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Stiletto Nails

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My nails are something I’ve always liked. I have a great natural nail shape, I’m decently skilled with an emory board, and I have a steady hand with nail polish. But after going two years with rare polish occurrences and a general inability to wear nail polish, the first chance I got I went all out.

I went to Essence Beauty in Oakville Ontario and asked for Stiletto Nails; this new trend of pointy, almond shape nails that are meant to look like the thin, sharp, pointy heel of a stiletto shoe. Having only ever had acrylic nails once or twice before, I was so excited to have over-the-top, out there, attention catching talons…although also a little worried I would be able to complete the simplest of tasks due to the extra plastic inches on the end of each finger. Either way, I was so pleased with my nails, a dark grey matte stiletto nail. They didn’t really get in my way or cause any problems, and were seriously amazing head scratchers. I got countless compliments from complete strangers and for the week and a half that they lasted I felt absolutely fabulous!

Yet with interviews for new jobs lined up for this coming week, I decided to soak off the unprofessional talons. They were really fun while they lasted. Yet every time, after the soaking off process, I regret my acrylic decisions. What I have left over now are incredibly weak and thin nails all the way from my nail bed to the tips of my nails. I’ve used countless coats of Essie’s Millionails to try to strengthen the layers, but they still keep bending in the most uncomfortable of ways.

Stiletto nails: well worth the fun, but acrylic nails are never worth the aftermath. Going to take weeks to get my lovely nails back to normal, and heres hoping I can paint them whenever I want in the future!

Have you ever had stiletto nails? What are your thoughts on acrylics?

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Review – Essie Millionails

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If only a little bottle of nail lacquer could make me a millionaire. Well…even if not, it is possible for this little bottle of nail lacquer to make you feel like you have millionaire quality nails! The Essie Millionails is truly the most successful nail treatment that I have ever used. 

As a life-long nail bitter, I’ve always struggled to grow my nails before I bite them off. And with mandatory bare nails at work, the option of painting them to prevent my nibbling is not possible. My nails always grow out weak and start to peel in layers before I can get anywhere with them. So to get rid of the uncomfortable bendy-nail feeling I bite, bite, bite.  My discovery of the Essie Millionails is the first success I have ever experienced in the nail growing department. This clear nail treatment strengthens and protects weak and brittle nails. Even the weakest nails feel just as strong as thick acrylic nails without the price and tacky fake appearance. 

The treatment is made up of iron, amino acids and kevlar – isn’t that the same stuff bullet-proof vests are made from? They’re super nails! Impenetrable. I’ve even started using it as a base coat on the rare occasions I’m able to paint my nails. For only $9, the Essie Millionails and the results have given me more confidence due to the more feminine look of long, healthy nails. So thanks Essie! I love it.