Reviving your Brow Wiz 

What’s this, a blog post, let’s just pretend I was here the whole time. 

I recently dyed my hair a bit darker than normal. I normally do lowlights and this time I did a full head dye. So my light blonde eyebrows really disappear this time around. Lately I’ve been using the Sephora brow builder or my elf eye brow palette in light. And while I love both those products they are a bit to light/orangey for my new hair coulor. 

So I pulled out my Anastasia brow wiz which I have stopped using because it’s was VERY dried out. I had a thought that. What if I added some castor oil which is known to help hair growth and will also listen up the dried out product. 

Keep reading to see how it turned out. 

What you will need. 

A sad paint pot. 

A brush to stir (I needed up using another one to actually mix because it got really messy)

Castor oil (you can find this at the drug store near the diaretics or the rubbing alcohol) 


Step one: I dipped my brush into the castor oil and dripped a bit of oil into the pot.


Step two: mix that shit up, until it turns its to a creamy/mousey texture. 


Step three: clean up the sides and pack the product back in. 

Looks better than new! 


I almost forgot what it was like to have Anastasia brows 😍. 

***my brows are never perfectly even because one of my brow bones always raises… first world problems 

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Pink Hair, Don’t Care

As I sit here in my kitchen on a Saturday night (when this was written…SHH), I realize that one blog post a week is about all I can handle. I wish I could handle more but life is just too hectic. My goals for this week are a. to not burn out by Tuesday like last week, and b. to post two, that’s right TWO blog posts this week. So here comes number 1!

I did it, after over a year of deliberation I did it… What is it you say??

I dyed my hair pink, well not really dyed but I have pink hair.

How do I have pink hair without dying it you say…. I will tell you! just hold tight.

So around this time last year I started tossing around the idea of putting some pink in my hair, I was hoping to do something like this….

pink-brown-hair

but didn’t have the guts to, instead I decided to do a chunk on the right side of my head. 

 My hair dresser and I bleached my hair in chunks and then added 3 different colours to get to the desired pink I wanted. It first when orange and then purple then we found a middle ground that was a mix between pink and purple but I was okay with it. My hair dresser suggested I purchase the Revlon NutriColour in pink to keep it vibrant. This stuff is great, you leave it on for a few minutes and then rince it off. All it does is stain your hair by adding colour on top of your hair and not actually altering any of your colour.

So this summer, as always, I got bored and decided to go big or go home (I swear I should change my blog name to this, I feel like I say it once a post), and do the whole thing…

HOWEVER, my hair dressed and I have worked very hard to get my hair to the stage it is at now and I wasn’t ready to bleach my whole head. So instead I went and picked up two different NutriColours, a pinky, purple colour and then the vibrant pink I used last year. 

  I applied the pinky purple all over my head (be careful it will dye your scalp! so use your conditioner for around your part and face and try not to apply too much in those areas, AND WEAR GLOVES). I then applied the lighter pink at the bottom to create a fade effect (this didn’t really work but I still liked the outcome). I let it sit in my hair for about 8 minutes and this is the results. 

   
 (A little before and after)

I love it, love it, love it! Because my hair is pretty dark the colour doesn’t show to drastically which I like since I’m still  working at school and I need to be professional… In addition the product washes out in 3-5 washes (it says 8-10 but I assume that is for bleached hair), so I normally apply the colour on Friday and then by Monday have washed it at least once so it is not as intense.

I highly recommend this product if you want to jazz up your hair a bit! Obviously the lighter your hair is the better the colour will come through.

What do you guys think??

Pop the Champagne, she’s changing her last name 

My best friend, my sister from another mister, my goofy other half is getting married in 13 short days. HOLY CRAP. I’ve known her since we were fetuses, well I was a baby but she was a fetus. We met because my parents and her parents were neighbors and my mom was her day care provider, and so our relationship started with a lot of biting and fighting over my moms attention (she won most of the time). But we never grew apart, not when I moved out to the country, not when we got boy friends, not ever. We will be friends forever and I know that for a fact. 

Okay enough with the mush, as one of her maids of honour (she’s different and had two) it was mine and the others and bridesmaid to plan her last night of freedom as a non-married woman. She loves going to the casino, she collects cards, she loves gambling, and she loves champagne (who doesn’t). So we decided to rent a hotel room across the road from the casino in hull. Since I am the more creative one of the group (although mrs.Z out created me with the wall poofs… See here) I took it upon myself to make some adorable things for the shower. 

First I got  shirts made for me and the rest of the bridal party. 

  Then I used the same saying to make us our own individual champagne bottle and then one for us to share.  

 I really wanted to do before and after pictures of us the night before going out and then the morning after. We didn’t get to the after picture, for self explanatory reasons. 

 And I also made is some bridal taboo to play. 

Also it enlisted the brides aunt to make us some adorable cookies.  

 And finally I made champagne flavoured, casino decorated cupcakes.  

   
Overall it was an amazing night, but we were all a little slow the next morning and I still feel like I’m recovering. Man we are old. 

At Home Shellac Kit Review

This week has been nothing but a shit show. If you read my last post you know that I recently got a job, so this week consisted of training and running around to get all my paper work together. I also bought a bunch of new work clothes which I will be showing off in a post soon. To add to all the madness my best friend broke her arm so I’ve been hanging out with her lots to keep her mind off of it.

With all this being said I know I’ve been doing a lot of nail posts which can get boring I’m sure but this is the last one and well worth it. I will let the video review speak for itself, however, I will mention that last week I tried the french manicure kit and it was AWFUL! long story short, if you are thinking of buying this I still recommend the french kit because you get the top and bottom coat but would could buy those separately because the french kit SUCKS!

Hope you enjoy!

Watch video HERE 

 https://youtu.be/kDonkWM0rzs

 

 

How to take shellac off without damaging your nails. 

I know my posts have been heavy on the nail content but I promise I have some non-nail related posts coming soon. 

This post is brought to you by the fact that I’m too cheap to go get my shellac taken off by the professionals, so here is how I do it at home! 

You will need

Cotton balls or pads 

Scissors 

Acetone based nail polish remover 

Tinfoil 

A cuticle pusher (metal works best)

Some cuticle oil and repairing nail polish 

  

How to:

Step 1. Cut your cotton pads or ball so it fits on your nail.  Also take this time to cut your tinfoil into small squares 

 

  Step 2. Soak the cotton in the nail polish remover so that it is soaks through.   

    

Step 3.
I like to do one hand at a time because it’s impossible to do anything when you have tin foil on your fingers. Place the cotton pads on your nail and wrap it in tin foil to keep it in place.  

 My finger nails are safe from the aliens

Step 4. Wait 10 minutes or until polish starts to peel away from your nail.  

 Step 5. Using your cuticle pusher, gently scrape the polish away. If any areas are problematic repeat step 3 and 4.  

   

Step 6
. Wash your hands to remove any flakes of polish, then apply a moisturizing cuticle oil. The acetone is very drying, your nails will need some hydration. I like this one by Nicole O.P.I (I can’t find it online but I got it at Walmart) because it has a brush on the end so you can apply the oil all over your nail.  

 Step 7. OPTIONAL: wash your hands again to remove the oil and apply a clear repairing nail polish. This will help restore your nails and strengthen them to help with growth.  

 There you go! I hope I saved you a couple dollars, it’s quick and easy once you get the hang of it. 

All About Nails: shellac fix and update

So if you read my previous post you know that my idea of using a regular nail polish and shellac top coat did not go as planned. However, here is how I tried to fix it. 

I decided to try and file down the bubbles and bumps with a buffer and then use a shellac top coat to seal everything up. I’ve used this technique before after a manicure I got at a salon. I had gotten nail studs applied and they fell off a few days after my visit to the salon so I filed down the parts of my nail that were bumpy and applied a shellac top coat! This worked very well so I tried to do the same thing with my botched manicure. 

Here is my nail after filing down the bubbles, you can still see some of the uneven texture but it is much better then it was before.    
After buffing out most of the bumps I used a lint free towelette to wipe off the residue from th buffer. IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not use the alcohol cleaning solution on the nail polish, this seems to be when the bubbling occurs, so simply dust off the residue. 

  Next I applied the shellac top coat and cured it under the uv light for one minute. Apply the cleaning solution after curing to remove the tackiness and shine those babies up. 

As you can see it is not perfect but it is much better then before.  
Here’s the before shot  

 

I’ve had the polish on for four days now and I did a lot of baking a cooking yesterday and the started to chip a little. It’s definitely not as good as professional but it is better then regular nail polish and I like that there is virtually no drying time, more to come in the full review. 

Here’s what they look like on day four after being quite rough with them yesterday.  

  
 

All About Nails: can you put shellac over regular polish? 

Answer: Well sorta 

Happy Easter readers! Here is a bonus special Easter post!

Recently I bought a Kiss Cosmetics Gel Nail Kit and have been experimenting with it over the past couple weeks. I will eventually do a full review but wanted to give it a few tries before doing so. 

Since I just bought it my colour selection is limited, I only brought a very light pink (almost translucent) and a black, as well as, a French nail kit. I wanted to paint my nails a bit more of a fun colour so I decided to try and put normal polish with a top coat of shellac. Here’s what the verdict is :

It worked, well sorta! If you are going to do this you have to be patient (which SURPRISE! I’m not). Because, you have to wait for your regular slow drying nail polish to be 1000% dry, like probably over night dry. If you don’t do this…. Something mildly terrible will happen. The shellac top coat will make the nail polish under it bubble like so :  

 
As you can see the pointer and ring finger bubbled quite a lot, and the pinky and ring finger that were more dry didn’t as much. 

I don’t really care that much because from far away you can’t really tell and it took me over an hour to do my nails so I’m not about to take that shit off.  

 However I learned my lesson for next time, either buy more colours or be more patient. 

I’m interested to see how long this last, regular nail polish normally doesn’t stick to my nails very well so I’m hoping this will help. I’m also going to try and fix the bubbles at some point this week, I’ll attempted to do so and write another post to keep you up to date. 

Have you ever tried a regular/shellac combo? What are your tips? 

Ps. This nail colour is called Orchid Around by Sally Hansen and I’m kinda obsessed.