Need New Years Eve party nails? Try stick-on nail polish!

It seems that intricate, detailed nail polish is the new ‘thing’. I’ve been seeing this trend everywhere – from Hello Giggles to this fun DIY’er on YouTube. Even my dear friend Deb included it in her recent fashion trends post (scroll down to ‘trends I cannot abide’ – although I believe there are some exceptions there!).

While some of us have the time/energy/talent to paint snowflakes or transfer newsprint to our nails, thankfully Sally Hansen has provided easy tools for the rest of us! After seeing print ads in magazines for their Salon Effects line, I finally went to my local ULTA and found them there. I bought the pattern called ‘Cut it Out’ and went home to give it a go.

The package comes with 16 nail strips in various sizes, a nail file, a cuticle tool and instructions. I strongly suggest reading the instructions carefully. I didn’t and missed a step or two at the beginning, so the first strip took much longer than necessary.

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Dry Shampoo–Does it work?

batiste-dry-shampooRecently, I have been hearing more and more people talk about dry shampoo. I’m not sure how long it’s been around, but I was definitely intrigued. You’ve probably heard that you should only wash your hair 3-4 times a week – the shampoo and water can strip moisture from your hair and damage it. Or so “they” say. But, thanks to some fabulous genes from my dad’s side of the family, my hair gets pretty oily after one day. In the cooler, less humid fall and winter, I can get away with washing it every other day. To help cope with the oil, I use translucent powder and ‘powder’ the roots of my hair the morning of the second day. It helps, but by the end of the second day, my hair is usually pulled up in a ponytail. All this to set the stage for my excitement at the idea of dry shampoo!

I went to my local ULTA store, and found a couple different types. I went with Batiste Dry Shampoo. Its $7.99 for a 12oz aerosol can. Seemed a little pricey (shampoo is pretty cheap and the bottles are bigger!), but I had a 20% off coupon, so all was right in the world!

Day One –Tuesday Morning: To start the experiment, I washed my hair Monday evening. (Note – I always wash my hair the night before. I have pretty thick hair and it takes forever to dry, so I let it dry overnight). I am styling my hair as usual. I use a curling iron, but no hair products.

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