The nail polish conundrum… *Beauty Tuesdays*

Good Evening Everyone!!

During the past few weeks I’ve been giving considerable thought to the direction i’d like to take this blog and some of the different topics i’d like to discuss on here. I feel I post the same sort of posts most of the time, and i’d love to expand my horizons and incorporate some of my other loves, such as beauty, fashion, and hair. So, as a special surprise tonight, I’m bringing you a beauty related post! I cannot promise to make beauty posts every Tuesday, but I going to put in a great deal of effort to post them at least twice a month. Actually no, you know what, i’m an ambitious girl, so let’s say every Tuesday for a month and see how that goes. I have a few other special posts coming up this week that I hope you will enjoy as well, so please stay tuned and let me know what you think.

I was browsing the internet this evening and came across this photo. Beauty is more than just hair tools, makeup, brushes, nail polish etc. but when we're getting into the "products" associated with beauty these are the types of things I'll be discussing.
I was browsing the internet this evening and came across this photo. Beauty is more than just hair tools, makeup, brushes, nail polish etc. but when we’re getting into the “products” associated with beauty these are the types of things I’ll be discussing.

So let me start by saying that I love nail polish. It’s one of the items that even during my semi tomboyish phase that I still loved. There is something about changing up the colours on your nails that I absolutely love, and it’s so simple and easy that you can do it well…every day if you want. I would have to say my love of nail polish has turned into a bit of an obsession though, because there are many times I get home with my brand new “Absolutely different” shade of nail polish only to discover I have 6 others almost identical to it. Oops.

It’s so easy to get sucked into buying a new polish when there are so many different brands available. The colours are endless, each brand boasts a new line, promising to stay on your nails without chipping for weeks on end, I mean what’s a girl to do other than buy a new one to try. This one, yes this one will be my holy grail. Mmm…Okay so maybe not this one, but definitely the next one, and so on. I have tried buffing my nails, base coats, thin layers of polish, thick layers of polish, top coat, no coat, heck, i’d even do a handstand if I could keep my polish from chipping but guess what nothing works, my polish always chips after a day or 2. The worst part, it always chips in an awkward spot IF you’re wearing a bright or dark colour. Neutral polish will remain for days, but that gorgeous wine shade is definitely going to chip on day 1 and peel right off. Now I don’t know about you, but once my nail polish chips it drives me just a little bit insane with each passing chip.

I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself, well if the nail polish chips so badly why do you even bother using it? *Insert laugh here* Because my dear friend, although it drives me a little bit crazy, each time it chips it is simply ensuring that I will either repaint my nails with a new shade, or who knows, buy a completely new colour. I almost never repaint my nails the same colour twice in a row, so in a way it is keeping my obsession alive.

There are 3 nail polish brands that I always find myself reaching for, they are OPI, Butter London, and Zoya. In this post, however, I am only going to discuss OPI and Butter London because it so happens, that is what i’m wearing on my fingers right now! I love all of these polishes for a multitude of reasons, but here are my top ones!

opihoustonpurple1. OPI nail polish. This brand makes up more than 80% of my collection. One of the reasons I love it is simply because it’s easy to find. You can find OPI at most salons and beauty related shops, the colours are gorgeous ranging from the lightest pink, to the darkest blue, and they change so quickly (this is probably a negative) that you will never get bored! The second reason I love these polishes is for the wand! It is a very wide brush that makes it very easy to apply and also for my nail painters out there, easy to get ALL areas of the nail! I have very small hands and nails, but I still really love these brushes and it’s probably the reason I stopped buying other brands because I never know what the brush will be like and I’m partial to the wider ones. A third reason I like these polishes is probably because I know the quality of the polish. There have been other brands that sell for much more and honestly, have been terribly streaky and hard to apply. I really don’t want to have to work to apply a smooth coat, and these ensure a quick, easy, painless application. Finally is the price. At $9.99 a pop, i’m sure some would find these to be rather expensive, but for everything I get, I think this is rather reasonable considering drug store brands run as high as $7.99 and often leave me disappointed with a bad colour pay off, thick streaky formula, tiny brush etc. I am probably a little biased, but honestly I do love this polish! If you haven’t tried OPI yet, definitely give it a try.

s1414440-main-hero2. Butter London. The second brand that I’d like to discuss tonight, is by a brand called Butter London. There are so many great things to be said about this company. First, it’s vegan, makes a conscious effort to use as few harmful chemicals, as possible, AND their packaging is beautiful! They consider themselves to be a ‘3 free’ company which essentially means they do not use formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP colour. They’re also non carcinogenic. Win, win, win, win!!! The first thing I noticed about this polish when I tried it was the smell, i’m not sure what it is, but it smells much more mild than other polishes, I assume because it doesn’t contain one of the chemicals? Not sure exactly, but it’s definitely not as strong smelling as my OPI ones. Like I already mentioned the packaging is beautiful, the collections always leave me drooling, but sadly I only own a few of these polishes because they are approximately $22 per bottle. I understand the 3 free approach, the beautiful colours, the amazing colour pay off, and it’s smoother and more velvety than any nail polish I have ever used, but as a polish junkie it is a little difficult for me to justify owning as many as I do of the OPI. That being said, if you are the type of person who only wants one or 2 shades of polish and will use those same 2 colours religiously forever, then I’d recommend this brand–honestly the formula, brush, and colours make it a worth while investment.

Okay so now that you know a little bit about my obsession, let’s continue on with the rest of my day. Actually, before I go any further, I feel it’s important to share a little secret with you. Okay… *nervous inhale* i’m a little shy about this, but I guess i’ll just come right out and say it…but I never go out in public without painted nails! Yes. There I said it. My nails are always painted. I can honestly say that I can count the amount of times on both hands that i’ve left my house with out painted finger nails since I started painting them many, many years ago in junior high. This is not a fact that i’m proud of, but nonetheless it is what it is, I have painted my nails so long that the look of them bare frightens me and also, they’re sort of yellow and chipped from never letting them breathe. Again, my own fault but the cycle continues. I don’t have a problem with going out without make up on, and do it frequently, but nail polish, well that is just a big no no.

This leads me to my next point. Last night, I was supposed to paint my nails before bed, but put it off all evening until I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. My nails were badly chipped and so I decided to quickly paint them this morning, only problem is after my workout, shower, protein shake, etc. I ran out of time…. Uh oh! I panicked and removed my nail polish anyway, but then realized i’d miss my bus so I quickly grabbed 2 shades, threw them into my purse, and ran out the door. I’m pretty sure at this point you’re thinking “well why didn’t she just wait until she got home to paint her nails” but come on now, I already admitted to you that I can’t do that. I had planned to quickly paint them as soon as I got to work, but traffic was bad this morning and I got in just as my shift was about to start so I had to wait, then I had a meeting, then another meeting, etc etc. It wasn’t until lunch time while I was eating my lunch and studying for my french class that I looked down at my hands and realized my nails were bare and staring back at me.

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*Gulp* I looked left, I looked right, I turned around in my seat and look behind me…and guess what!? No one was in the common area. I pulled out my polish and began to paint my nails as quickly as I could, being careful not to smudge the polish, or spill any in my quinoa. No sooner had I put on the last coat did someone walk in and say “It smells like paint in here, weird” and walk away. Phew! My crazy obsession was not found out. I looked down at my book and pretended to study, because let’s be honest–at this point my thoughts were focused on eating without smudging my nails, figuring out how to take notes for my upcoming meeting with wet nails, and how I was going to get my nail polish back into my purse without messing up my nails. I read somewhere once that a woman is only ever truly helpless while her nail polish dries…truer words have not been spoken. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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These are the 2 colours I had thrown into my purse this morning, so these are the colours I chose. I didn’t have any filing tools, base coat, top coat, etc. But after quickly painting my nails I felt so much better about the meeting I was to attend later in the afternoon. I realize it’s a weird thing, but I like having my nails painted and it’s like your ears feeling “naked” when you’re not wearing earrings, sure you don’t “NEED” them, but you feel a lot better when you have them.

IMG_20130924_132633Here is my completed nail look. I would have painted all of my fingers the gorgeous glittery gold, but without a base coat, i’d be trying to remove that colour for the next month so I chose an accent finger instead.

I am going to end my post here, as everything worked out in the end. I painted my nails, enjoyed my meeting, learned a ton in french class, and never once looked at my nails and thought “oh god, I really need to hide my hands” hahaha. Okay, so I exaggerate, my obsession isn’t quite THAT bad, but we all have that “something” that just has to be a certain way or else we’re all discombobulated. Mine happens to be nail polish…well, and a few other things, but let’s leave that for another post so that I don’t overwhelm you.

I sincerely hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any things beauty related you’d like to see me review or discuss, please let me know. I will be trying some new things in upcoming posts, so please check back regularly. Have a wonderful evening!!

*Peace, Love, and hugs*

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What happens in Miami, never happened(…until I blog about it)!!

Good evening everyone!

If you remember in my last post, I was headed to Miami–we didn’t lose the bride, came back with all of our limbs, and suffered only a few jellyfish bites so I’d say successful trip indeed! Jokes aside, it was a fantastic trip. I came back with an AH-Mazing tan, got to spend some quality time with some of my best girlfriends, AND swam in the ocean! *sigh* Is it time to go back yet?

If you read my last post, you’d remember that I have some pretty bad procrastination issues. I was better than usual this time, but I still didn’t paint my nails until the last possible minute, but instead of stressing over it, I decided to just paint them in Miami and get the extra 45 minutes of sleep. Turns out, I couldn’t sleep, so I should have just painted them, but anyway.

Our Hotel was gorgeous! We had an amazing suite, with lots of room, 2 bathrooms, lots of closet space, 2 balconies, and of course a fridge for my fruit…and champagne!

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We were only in Miami for 3 1/2 days but it was definitely long enough. I loved the heat, even if it was humid at times, but I needed to sleep SO BADLY by the time I returned. 3 days of very little sleep, unlimited champagne, and go go go–there is a reason we only do these big trips once a year. That being said, it’s still a great time to spend together, to bond, let your hair down, and just relax after a full year of work and life stress.

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Look at these beauties. Each brings her own unique personality and va-va-voom to the group, and I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world. Oh and yes, Blondie and I are wearing the same skirt. Apparently she called dibs on the outfit to travel in, but I didn’t realize it and wore mine too. Oopsies. Or maybe I did, and just felt like copying, you’ll never know. Muahhhahahah.

A few random things about Miami i’d like to mention:

1. In the 15 minutes it took us to walk to the nearest Walgreens i had gotten a sexy (NOT!!) tan on the part of my tummy between my crop top and skirt. It took me a full day of lying by the pool to get rid of it.

2. We went on a boat cruise and everyone jumped off the side of the boat. I’m a terrible swimmer, and not really the “jumping off the side of a boat” kind of girl BUTTTT I did it. I was scared to death, but I did it and i’m so proud of myself. I know, I know, 5 year olds can do that Regena. Well it was a big deal for me, because I have never done it and if it hadn’t been for the 6 girls in the water, I wouldn’t have.

3. I was only in the water for about 30 minutes after I jumped in. People started getting stung by jellyfish and I am NOT about that life. Ain’t nobody peeing on my leg thank you very much. After I got back on the boat, I looked over the side and there were TONS of the biggest jelly fish I’d ever seen lurking by the side of the boat waiting to sting unsuspecting swimmers.

4. Don’t leave on a search to find chocolate 10 minutes before you’re about to board, and then take 25 minutes. Or the airline will threaten to give away your seats and you’ll nearly give your friends a heart attack. Oops.

5. Planking is an amazing way to pass the time. Seriously, several of my friends and I decided we should “plank” around the hotel. It was pretty hilarious by the end we were just lying straight out on the floor too tired to stand up, but it made for some great photos!

Prior to Miami, I was a little worried about finding enough food, but I found a ton of smoothie and juice bars, and most places were more than happy to accommodate me and let me ‘build’ my own salad. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Oh and um. How fabulous is this Drag Queen.

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Finally, although we all packed all of our stuff in carry on sized suitcases, there were still tons of different pairs of high heels floating around, tons of dress sharing and swapping happening, and of course the typical “I don’t know what to wear tonight” uttered at least 20 times an evening. Not going to lie, but we are an attractive group of girls. Does that sound vain? Yeah I guess it does, but we eat well, work hard, and shoot hunny, if I want to shake my booty a little when I walk because I feel cute tonight, then I think i’ve earned that right. Okay? Okay. ย I kid I kid, but I assure you, my friends are all crazy stylish and the outfits never fail to impress.

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I hope to get back to Miami with my husband sometime in the not too distant future, but I have a feeling the trip will be a little different than this bachelorette trip. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย I hope you enjoyed this post, and honestly, there really isn’t a lot to write. We partied, we took cat naps, drank a ton of water ha! you thought I was going to say champagne again didn’t you? We sunbathed, did a little shopping, and just chilled. We tend to have random adventures when we’re all together, and this trip was no exception. One of my favourite random things that happened was blondie and I performing aย synchronized swimming routine while singing My heart will go on! It’s a very long story, but the short version is that although I could not swim as a child I always wanted to be a synchronized swimmer so she decided to help make my dream a reality. It didn’t go well. ย I didn’t want to get my hair wet in the pool that day but yeah, I got soaked. haha.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, as much as I enjoyed writing it. Have a wonderful week everyone!

*Hugs*