4.14.2020

At Home Nail Care





One thing I honestly didn't see coming (I mean beyond a lockdown due to a global pandemic) was how underprepared we are for at-home beauty maintenance. I don't mean "self-care Sunday" and whatnot, I mean stuff like "How do I give myself a pedicure?" and "WTF AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT THESE ROOTS?" - and I apologize I cannot help with that, I invented ombre hair. What I can do is gently advise you on some products to pick up online that can help you do your nails at home - or at least keep them clean and healthy. My partner Heather has done some great tutorials on taking your gel off and doing a basic mani over on IGTV; if you haven't watched those I highly recommend. I'm toying with doing a pedi video (definitely drunk) mainly to entertain you and less for actual skillz. So the above are some of the tools we use - or similar at the salons. I'll do one of those picture carousel things too you can shop. But let's get into it. 

Manicure Pointers
1. Again, watch our IGTV video on mani basics
2. The tools I list here are good and important, but I truly recommend getting our Nail Care Essentials kit from the PAINTBASE website (all levels have been restocked!) to start if you haven't. It includes a buffer and most importantly our glass nail file which I recommend FAR AND AWAY over a regular emery board. It it much more pleasant to use - aka it doesn't feel like sandpaper, it's washable and reusable, and the file works to help seal the keratin at the end of your nail which makes for a healthier nail! 
3. You can massage the cuticle softener on or you can apply it and soak your nails in a bowl of warm water (TBH you don't have to do that and I'd do it if you want to feel more "spa" about the whole thing)
4. Our kit comes with an orangewood stick you can use to pushback your cuticles, but you can also grab this one (which is gold and is more about style) or this one by Tweezerman which has a nice soft grip. Please, be gentle pushing back. 
5. I want to be sure to kinda warning label this with a few things:

  • Cuticle nippers are addictive and you need to use them sparingly. We do NOT recommend cutting your actual cuticle. Once you've used your pusher you gently and carefully trim away the dead skin and carefully clip any hangnails or skin flakies. I personally have an anxiety-driven abuse cycle with nippers and I don't recommend it.
6. The nice thing about Essie's Gel Couture polish line is that you don't technically need a basecoat. That's one less step to mess up. We use it at the salons and love it. Heather's mani video highlighted the topcoat. It's fab. Long wear and it's "gel effect" - meaning it gives you the high-gloss look of a gel mani and a little more durability than a normal regular polish mani. I also ADORE Chanel's polishes and topcoat. They don't really advertise it (I have no clue why) but their polish line is 5-free, so cleaner beauty yay! They also have a "gel effect" topcoat which I love and think is wonderful. 

Pedicure Pointers
1. I think we're all going to have a massive new appreciation for our nail stylists after trying to give ourselves pedicures. 
2. I linked to the pretty gold mani clippers, but you probably want to get serious with your toes. This clipper set has both a mani and pedi clipper - the straight blade clipper is the one you want to use on your toes. It can help reduce splitting and avoid ingrowns. Also, please don't fuck with your ingrowns. You don't want to get an infection and try and deal with a doctor right now I promise you that. 
3. Same general advice for cuticle care, you're prob just going to have a lot more crust to deal with. 
4. This again -- > I want to be sure to kinda warning label this with a few things:

  • Callus removal: again, be careful. The products that soften your skin for callus removal can be overused - do not leave on longer than the 3-5 minutes suggested. While it's on your footsies, gently buff your feet with the Cuccio foot file to exfoliate. Be very careful of the edges of the file until you've got the hang of it, it's similar to the edge of a nail file and can nick you if you're not paying attention.
5. You can also add in our POLISH Sugar Scrub for a treat or instead of doing callus remover if that's too daunting or you don't need it. 

Gel Removal

1. God Bless if you've still got gel polish on. 
2. Watch the IGTV video on home removal.
3. Grab this kit and some acetone and get to it.

Wrap Up
I definitely recommend the PB Cuticle Elixir as our cuticle oil of choice. It is the best, smells great and is going to take excellent care of your nails. I'd say applying cuticle oil daily is the #1 thing you can do for the health of your nails. It all starts at the cuticle, that's why pampering them will yield great results. 

We also use our THIRSTY Hand + Body Lotion in all of our services at the salons. It's organic, made in the USA and smells and feels delightful. I am also yelling at everyone to invest in one of our BOMB BALMs, it's like our supercharged hand cream. I have mine in the fridge right now (speaking of which, get yourself a beauty fridge!) because my hands are getting destroyed by all the washing, and using it cold is extra soothing. 

Anyway guys, do your best! I know you're gonna nail it! *Thumbs up, wink.* Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions! I'm happy to help if I can. We're so looking forward to getting the salons back open so we can hand this back over to the pros! More links below!





4.01.2020

Some Bright Spots




Weird times folks, if you're interested in some retail therapy, I'm here to help. I haven't really figured out what my coping mechanisms are yet, have you? I'm torn between shopping seems silly right now and holy shit shopping is critical right now. Most of the places I've linked today are running sales:


I've linked to stuff like normal above + below, but there are also a few local (to me-ish) businesses I wanted to call out too!

- The white Show Me Your Mumu romper is also available locally at Voda Boutique. I also like these V Affordable pom pom slides.

- The kewt Peepsish bunnies above are from Videri Chocolate Factory and you can shop them online!

- I love the rug above, but another AMAZING resource for rugs is mah friend Jamie at Furbish Studio.

- Some other local shops I love who are absolutely WERKING to get y'all fashun even under these pretty dark circumstances: 




3.11.2020

It Ain't Easy Bein' Green




St. Patty's Day celebrations will probably look a little different this year, what with the avoidance of crowds and people. Oh wait, is it my new favorite holiday? The thing that sparked my green joy was the release of the Clare V for Anthro collection, which really is just overall pretty joyful. Lots of cute to look at, and not just in green. Oh I especially love putting that bright green with a mellow yellow style green-yellow, like THISSSS. I love her aesthetic in general, so definitely a fave for me right now. I've poked around and found some other greenish items you should see, check out the little carousel thingy below. 
 Enjoy!  



2.23.2020

Floaty Florals!



Since we've had our snow for the year, let's start looking to Spring yes? You can literally do florals head-to-toe with these kewt earrings all the way down to these really, really adorable pumps. I mean, I wouldn't recommend it, but you could do it. Shop the above and linking to a multitude of other options below!

Part One




Part Deux


2.17.2020

Nudie Neutrals + Sale



Somewhat of a palate cleanser from the mega pink and red overload! I'm starting to look around at Spring trends and get a handle on what I like and don't like. But for now, enjoy these non-offensive neutral items. SOME OF WHICH are on SALE, I guess President's Day sales extend beyond mattresses now. Some really good furniture/home sales, also my favorite jammies that I linked to last week (almost the entire site is on sale)! I'll link to some other sale goodies below as well.



2.12.2020

Snuggle Style



Valentine's is the loungiest "holiday" to me. It's a great excuse to sleep in/eat in bed/burrito yourself in blankets/wear pjs all day. I want to preach the gospel of the Adult Blanky to you; THIS blanket has changed my life. If you're in Raleigh you can shop it locally at Charlotte's.  I very much enjoy a good pajama set. I have a strong affinity for Lake, everything is super soft and cute. Feels good on your skin. I like a good lounge set as well. Lots of cute options out there in the post-Juicy tracksuit landscape. Will link you some below! 

Jammies


Loungies




Robes




Slippers




Snuggle Accessories



2.09.2020

Most Loved!




Whether this is a "holiday" you care about or not, it's a great opportunity to post many pink and/or red items, or gift ideas. So I've done that here for you! Even if you don't have a Valentine, a Galentine or a puppy to hang out with, might as well treat yourself right? Shop the post above and I'm linking to some additional goodies below!

2.07.2020

Ahmahzon



Hi fronds. I've jumped on the Amazon bandwagon and created my own "shop". It's an easier way for me to streamline finds from there vs also using another affiliate site to deal with Amazon too - Amazon is forever figuring out ways for us to be more dependent on them, I suppose this is just another example. BUT, I actually do kinda love this. I created several sections, all of which are fairly obvious and I'm sure I'll edit those or add to/subtract based on interest. I'm also trying out having a monthly section to help identify what's fresh, then I'll move items into the other sections at the beginning of the next month. I may do an email type of thing too if people seem interested. Anyway, check out the Amazon Finds here, and as always, drop me a line if there's something you are looking for, I love a mission! 











 

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