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Beauty and Makeup reviews. Manicures and nail polish too.

Almost Natural Nail Polish Remover vs Acetone

Acetone vs Natural Nail Polish RemoverIf you follow me on Instagram or if you have read my blog for a while you probably know that I am a manicure, pedicure, and nail polish enthusiast. Decorating one’s nails with unusual colors, glitter, designs, sequins and stones has been trendy for a while, and although it seems like the designers have lost interest in the more fun aspects of nail individualism the trend hasn’t abated. Certainly this woman isn’t ready to go back to unpolished nails anytime soon! There is a problem with my new love of colorful nails however, and the problem is keeping my nails simultaneously polished, strong, and healthy.

I’ve found some great nail products to help strengthen my claws, long-wearing polishes for natural nails, and a few great ways to keep my professional pedicures looking fresh, but recently I’ve discovered a new secret weapon in my nail polish arsenal: Almost Natural Nail Polish Remover. Continue Reading →

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Big Hair! An Ongoing Obsession.

Big Hair! The products.I am always amazed by women who have naturally thick, full, wavy, tresses. Big hair like that only exists in my dreams. It certainly doesn’t exist on my head. My hair is fine, strait, and pretty much lifeless. This has led to a lifelong quest for products that will give my hair body and volume. I own two sets of hot rollers, a curling wand with a brush and the prerequisite quasi-professional hair dryer. Although I’ve never found a shampoo that does much more than clean my hair, I have found foams, gels and sprays that help to give my lifeless locks a bit of body. These hair potions coupled with heat from hair styling appliances take my hair from blah to bodacious. Well, they make it look pretty good. Here are my favorite big hair products. They all work well to give my fine hair volume, but they all have their drawbacks. I’ve yet to find the holy grail of hair products. If I ever do, you’ll be the first to know.
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Sunblock for the Beach – My Favorites from the Drugstore

The best sunblock for the beach from the drugstoreWalk into any drugstore in the summer months and you will be greeted with a wall of brightly colored bottles and tubes of every kind of sunblock and sunscreen imaginable. It is, in fact, a bit overwhelming. Which ones are good? What SPF is adequate? Is the spray-on sunblock worth the higher cost? Does the wet skin stuff work? What’s the best one for the face? These were the thoughts that ran though my head as I stared at the possibilities available at my local drugstore the week before I left on vacation. My family and I were about to spend a week at the beach and I needed to prepare for seven days of sunshine and salt water. Continue Reading →

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Bio-Oil (another great beauty product from the drugstore!)

Bio-Oil review - The Style ConfessionsBio-Oil is another wonderful beauty product sent to me by the same people who gave me the Elizabeth Arden products I raved about in this post. I like the Bio-Oil just as much but for different reasons. For one, this softly scented oil is affordable and available at my local drug store.  I love the way it smells and the way it makes my skin feel soft and moisturized for hours. Continue Reading →

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Long Lasting Nail Polish for Natural Nails (from the drugstore!)

Long Lasting Nail Polish for Natural Nails from the drugstore - The Style ConfessionsI’ve written about my struggles with my weak, soft, nails, natural nails in the past. My manicures used to last between a few hours to a couple days before chipping, then I found a polish that didn’t chip immediately and realized that there must be other brands that make long lasting nail polish for natural nails. I have now found what has to be my “Holy Grail” of laquer for soft, weak, nails, and it is not by an expensive company. It’s by Wet N Wild.

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