I love doing my own manicures, and have many tools and tricks in my mani kit. Dry skin and cold weather combined with dry indoor heating is hard on our hands. Above are my favourites for lovely hands and long lasting manis right now.
Clockwise, from bottom left
A triple-action complete formula:
• Optimal skin recovery
[Madecassoside] + [Copper – Zinc – Manganese]
• Soothing of dry, irritated areas
• Skin protection
[Rich, nourishing texture] + [Antibacterial Agents]
Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover: Simply the best for the money. Why pay more when this one does the trick? Lasts forever and would likely dry up before getting used up.
Christian Dior Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream For Nails: A classic cuticle treatment that I have loved for years. The lovely retro Bakelite style Dior jar feels fancy, and it’s full of yummy apricot scented and enriched salve to enrich your cuticles and nails. It feels like an elegant ritual – also makes a great gift! We all love a little Dior on our bedside tables.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Passionate Jasmine Hand Cream: A limited edition version of the beloved Shea Butter Hand Cream, this yummy jasmine scented one is lovely and a treat for jasmine lovers! They also have Rose and Violet – get them while you can! I got mine in a little set with a jasmine lip balm – divine!
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil: Everyone needs a cuticle oil! I love this Essie one because it smells so good and I love the way it works. Keep it with your polishes and apply after your manicure. Apply in between manis around the nail bed, and my little winter trick is to apply it under my nails. I’m a moisturizing fiend, as you know.
Jin Soon Top Gloss: I am loving this top coat! The wise ladies at Gee Beauty in Toronto told me their clients said they had incredible wear from this line – almost like gel nails! And I have to agree. It stays super glossy and wears beautifully. I wish it was a quick dry but I still love it!
Revlon Colorstay Base Coat: I’ve been reading rave reviews of this base coat for awhile now. For around $8 at the drugstore I figured it was worth a try. Verdict? Loving it! I’m tempted to try the top coat as well, but it’s the base coat that gets the raves. Now I know why!
What are your favourite manicure tips and tricks? Share!
Just wanted to post a quick post on my recent Fall 2012 faves. I finally took the plunge and got Clé de Peau Concealer- what kind of beauty blogger would I be if I didn’t? It is all I dreamt of and more. Applies like a dream, gives impeccable coverage and lasts all day without caking or wearing. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? When I look at my pile of concealers that have not lived up to their promises, I’d say yes. Plus a little goes a long way so the CPU (Cost Per Use) numbers make sense as well. I got a chance to try the Becca Beach Tint cheek colour while perusing the lovely beauty offerings at Portofino Tanning in Beverly Hills while my girlfriend got a spray tan. FYI- best and most natural spray tan I have ever seen, by the way. Wow. Anyways, the gorgeous girls at the salon recommended this blush gel, and I LOVE it. Grapefruit is the perfect pinky coral tone for medium skin tone blondes, and it looks GORGEOUS on the lips too. I layer the Sara Happ Lip Slip on top. Ok- how did I not know about this product? Soft, cushy kissable lips that look full and gorgeous, with no plumping ingredients or actions? Wow. It’s the perfect pink lip balm/gloss. Not too sticky and with the perfect amount of sheen. I grabbed the California Tan bronzing powder as well. It is the *perfect* tan shade for my face without adding shimmer or a too baked look. A new staple in my make up collection. I’ve waxed poetically about Chanel Le Vernis Frenzy and Suspicious here…
Skincare for fall is important. Our skin is adjusting to changing temperatures and moisture/humidity levels, and is recovering from sun and wind. Even a judicious applier of sunscreen (like me!) needs to treat our skin kindly after summer. My skin is soaking up every drop of Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, creating a perfect base for my standard Vichy PROeven during the day, and my NeoStrata Level 3 Lotion is exfoliating all the dry dead skin cells left over from summer while keeping my pores squeaky clean at night. A simple glycolic acid exfoliator, the NeoStrata also reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores. Ok- Rodin Olio Lusso- can we talk? This stuff is divine and more importantly, it works, despite my concerns that it was all hype. I am using the face oil at night on my neck and wake up with moist dewy skin. It is a thick rich oil that leaves only the most lovely skin behind. I bought a perfect little Rodin travel set at Gee Beauty in Toronto and have a large sized bottle of the Rodin Olio Lusso in my future.
I grabbed a little bottle of Malin & Goetz Synthesized Musk and am seriously in love with this subtle and soft skin scent. It is similar to Kiehl’s Musk, but softer and a bit soapier or cleaner. It stays very close to the skin, and adds a sexy delicious sweetness to any perfume you might want to layer with it. The 30 ml bottle is perfect for the purse, and I love the clean white design of the Malin & Goetz line.
What are your fall faves…so far?