nicole by opi carnival cotton candy

Summer is finally here and I’m so excited about it. What I love most about this time of the year is spending my weekends at the beach, enjoying warm weather, swimming in the ocean and watching beautiful sunsets. I also love wearing brighter color clothes, which I’m sure most of us ladies do, especially sun dresses.

Lately, I’ve been loving painting my nails. I have so many different colors of nail polishes in my collection that I have decided to do a post every Saturday to introduce you to some of my old and new favorite brands. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it!

Today, I’m reviewing Nicole by OPI Carnival Cotton Candy!

It’s a sweet pink that I can see many of us young ladies are drooling over because it has that innocent and playful look to it. Since it has a creme finish and it’s pigmented, you could use this as a base for lots of wonderful nail creations!

The name “Carnival Cotton Candy” reminds me of a carnival/fair that I’m always looking forward to visit with my girls when it’s in town. I always treat myself and girls to cotton candy. And since one of my favorite colors is pink, the candy floss would always be pink.

nicole by opi carnival cotton candy

If you’re into Barbie pinks, I have no doubt that you’ll be thrilled with Nicole by OPI Carnival Cotton Candy. It has sweetness in spades! It’s a perfect color for summer, has a smooth, creme finish that’s very easy to work with. If you don’t already have a staple pink in your collection, this is a great one to pick up.

 nicole by opi carnival cotton candy

As with most cremes, this one was no exception – it glided on very easily, and I only needed two coats to achieve complete opacity.

The formula is especially great for those who may be new to the nail world. When you’re using something as creamy as this one, you can concentrate more on your application technique and less time struggling with a bad formula. You can think of this like nail-polish ‘training wheels’ in a way!

 Do you wear pink polish more on your fingernails or toenails? Do you wear pink clothing to match your pink polish? Do you remember the first pink lacquer you purchased? Share in the comments section below!
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what you need to ask your hairdresser before she grabs those scissors

There are some questions your hairdresser will love to answer. Her goal is to help you have the best hair possible. After all, you’re a walking advertisement for her business. Consider some of these questions to ask your hairdresser at your next appointment.

 
Will This Cut Work For Me?
You can see a haircut on someone and fall in love with it. But you have to remember that it isn’t going to look exactly the same on you. I think this is so easy to forget. Certain cuts favor certain face shapes better than others, as well as certain cuts working better on certain hair types and textures. Your hairdresser is the best person to answer this question for you.
 
How Do I Style This Cut?
Okay, you’ve found your perfect cut and you’re so excited about it. But there’s a problem. You don’t exactly know how to style it. Ask your hairdresser! She’s the gal with the know-how. You’d be surprised how much of a difference a little bit of instruction can make for your look.
 
What Products Should I Be Using?
Some women are hesitant to ask this question because they’re afraid their hairdresser will lecture them on how they should only use salon products. And while this is possible, it’s not likely. Most hairdressers are happy to point you in the direction of some good products for your hair without sounding condescending. It could be a mix of salon and drugstore products. My hairdresser has given me some recommendations for both.
 
Will This Color Work For Me?
Before you have your hairdresser take you from brunette to platinum, you might consider asking if it’s the best color choice for you. Being open to her expert opinion can save you months of heartache. You often don’t know how emotionally attached you are to your current hair until you’ve had a hair disaster. If your hairdresser doesn’t think what you’ve got in mind will work then ask her for some suggestions. She may have a color suggestion you’ll love.
 
Is My Hair In Good Condition?
You handle your hair every day so it can be difficult to tell if it’s in good condition. Damage can happen to your hair slowly, such as the kind that occurs from styling tools. That makes it difficult to notice. It’s good to ask your hairdresser if your hair’s healthy. If it isn’t, she can offer you some suggestions on what to do about it.
 
What Hair Tools Do You Use To Style My Hair With?
Do you love how your hair looks when you leave the salon? It may have a lot to do with the hair tools your hairdresser uses. Ask her what she’s using to style your hair. She’ll probably be happy to share the information with you. The right hair tools can make a huge difference in your hair.
 
Do You Have Any Other Tips For Me?
It’s good to leave the door open for your hairdresser to give you any other advice she feels is helpful. There may be something she’s hesitant to mention but could really be helpful to you. Asking her this question can give her the encouragement to share with you. Get all the helpful information you can from your hairdresser. It can help you look your best.
 

What helpful advice has your hairdresser given you? Share in the comments section below!

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There are lots of ways to get your feet ready for summer sandals and the time has never been better to get started. As the weather warms up, you’re bound to start wearing different shoes to stay cool and look fabulous. There are so many types and styles of sandals in all price ranges, so you don’t want to have to forgo them because you can’t stand the way your feet look. So go ahead and get started with these ways to get your feet ready for summer sandals.
 
1. Exfoliate 
Exfoliating isn’t just for your face. It also sloughs off dead skin cells on your feet, allowing fresh, radiant skin to shine through. My favorite way to exfoliate is to combine equal parts sugar and olive oil and massage it into my feet. I then rinse with warm water and finish with a good moisturizing cream. This is the best of the many ways to get your feet ready for spring sandals and is the ideal one to get started with.
 
2. Remove Calluses 
Don’t be tempted to clip those calluses off. That’s just asking for a bacterial or fungal infection, which is much more likely if you have open cuts or lacerations on your feet. Instead, use a pumice stone to buff the calluses off your feet. Get started a few weeks before you plan to debut your spring sandals. I like to use my pumice stone just before I get in the shower because I can do the job, then soften and remove the skin I just buffed off. Never share a pumice stone with anyone else!
 
3. Clip Your Toenails 
It’s so easy to forgo foot maintenance during the cold, winter months when you wear socks all the time. I’m just as guilty as the next person. But, now that you plan to start wearing sandals for spring, it’s a good time to give your toenails some attention. Use a pair of nail clippers and trim your nails in a straight line across. This helps prevent an ingrown toenail. Don’t clip your nails too short or they might be uncomfortable.
 
4. Push Your Cuticles Back 
My cuticles grow really fast, so I have to push them back often. This keeps your nail bed healthy and allows you to apply nail polish without problem. I use my fingers to push my cuticles back (after washing them, of course), but you can also use any clean, sanitized cuticle pusher. They’re available for cheap at most drugstores.
 
5. Moisturize
Skin, even that on your feet, looks better when it’s soft and supple. That makes moisturizing a must step for getting your feet ready for all those fabulous spring sandals. I always apply lotion right after a shower to seal in the moisture, but I also slather it on first thing in the morning before I put my shoes on. You can also put lotion on anytime you notice the skin on your feet looking dry or feeling tight.
 
6. Massage 
You don’t have to shell out big dollars for this. You can massage your own feet. It gets the blood flowing, which makes your feet look healthy and youthful just in time for spring to arrive with its cache of cute sandals. Do this once or twice a week after you shower, or everyday if you want to.
 
7. Polish
The last step to sandal ready feet is a great pedicure. Again, you can do this right at home to save money. File and buff your toenails to start. Then apply a base coat, two coats of a fabulous spring color, then a top coat. Wait for your polish to dry, slap on your favorite sandals and you’re ready for spring!

 How do you care for your feet? What’s your favorite pair of sandals this season? Share in the comments section below!
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things to do before you snooze

After a busy, long day the only thing you want to do is jump into bed and get some shuteye. But before hitting the light switch, here are a few things you should do before you go to bed.

1. Squeeze In A Short Five-Minute Workout
Every little bit of exercise counts, especially if you’re trying to drop a few pounds or tone muscles (like me). But if your hectic life makes it hard to squeeze in physical activity, exercising a few minutes before bedtime might fit your schedule. Of course, this depends on your makeup. Some people feel exercising before bed is too stimulating, while others say they sleep better. You have to do what works for you. This might include squats, crunches, lunges or running in place.

2. Schedule Or Plan Your Next Day
A schedule might seem restrictive, but if you’re always running behind or if you can never complete your work in a 24-hour period, maybe the problem is poor scheduling. Before closing your eyes for the night, plan out your next day. Include any activities or errands you need to do before or after work.

3. Lay Out Your Clothes And Pack Your Lunch
If the mornings are always hectic, do yourself a favor and prepare as much as possible the night before. This includes laying out the clothes you plan to wear and packing your lunch so you don’t have to spend money outside the office. As a tip, put a note on your front door as a reminder to grab your lunch from the fridge.

4. Remove Your Makeup For Healthier Skin
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been lying in bed ready to go to sleep and then realized I was wearing makeup. Getting out of bed to remove makeup is one of the hardest things to do, but going to bed wearing makeup increases our risk for breakouts. To make the task a bit easier, purchase makeup remover wipes in a resealable package. In just a few swipes you can remove your makeup in under a minute.

5. Check Your Bedroom For Any Irritating Noise
Even the slightest noise coming into your bedroom can disrupt your sleep. Before going to bed, listen carefully to make sure the faucet isn’t dripping in the bathroom, and unplug any electronic device with a low humming or buzzing sound. If you live near a busy street, pick up ear plugs the next time you’re at the drugstore. This can block most sounds and help you sleep soundly.

6. Apply Moisturizer To Face And Hands
Our face and hands are always exposed and take a beating throughout the day. As you’re getting ready for bed, apply moisturizer to your face and hands (or your whole body). This routine keeps your skin hydrated and reduces the appearance of fine lines.

7. Prepare Your Mind For Sleep
You might need more than five minutes to do this. About 30 minutes or one hour before bed, turn off the TV and electronic devices. Use this time to unwind quietly in the bed or pull out a book until your eyes get tired.

Having a nighttime ritual can help you sleep better, and it can get your next day off to a good start.

 What are other things to do before going to bed? Share in the comments section below!
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I don’t blame you if you not ready to fully embrace the “no makeup” makeup trend, but be warned: The new foundation formulas cover everything you want to cover (pores, redness, general blah-ness) without any heaviness and make you look so well rested and glowy that you might find you just don’t need anything else.

best new foundations for every skin type

Best Full Coverage
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer – $27 – www.clinique.com
I love this foundation. You just need a little bit for full coverage, and I will say this is best for people with oily acne-prone skin or have blemishes (like me) because it covers them up really well.

Best Brightening 
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation – $48 – www.narscosmetics.com
Your face will look amazing (again dewy not matte). The coverage is very good and flawless looking. The consistency is very thin but it is super pigmented. It goes on smoothly and blends very easily. It does have a slight luminosity factor but nothing shimmery or glittery-looking. I find it to be dewy as opposed to being very matte. The range of shades is excellent.

Best Mattifying 
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation – $12 – www.target.com
This foundation looks wonderful on my skin, it blurs pores on my nose, feels light and controls oil pretty good. I apply it with beauty blender. The coverage is medium but can be built to full if needed. You have to exfoliate and moisturize your skin before applying, otherwise it might cling to dry patches. It’s not necessary to even set this with powder, although I do lightly set it on my t-zone. The finish is demi-matte. I wore it for some 7-8 hours and it looked great.

Best Light Coverage 
Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum De Teint – $53 – www.sephora.com
I think this foundation will be perfect for those with normal and balanced skin. You’ll love this if you have moderately oily skin like myself due to it’s longevity and matte finish and you’ll also love this if you’re on the normal to dry side, because it has a moisturising (effect due to it being a serum). This foundation requires no effort, its perfect for everyday wear with your daily dose of SPF. It’s no where near caky or thick and makes your skin look like skin but better, healthier giving a radiant glow.

Best Anti-Aging 
Sisley Skinleya Anti-Aging Lift Foundation – $195 – www.sisley-paris.com
I was anxious to try this insanely expensive makeup. I got a bit of a deal on ebay but it was still very pricey. After some experimenting, I finally got this to work. It comes with a very nice foundation brush. It works the best when using beauty blender sponge. Also, you have to apply primer before applying foundation. I’ve learned that once you take the time to apply this foundation it leaves you with a beautiful complexion. Skin looks rested, perfectly natural, flawless and glowy, and you only need a very small amount to cover your entire face.

best new foundations for every skin type
 
Best Medium Coverage
Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth Foundation – $8 – available at mass retailers nationwide.
I know people say to avoid this foundation if you have oily skin, but I can’t help but want to use it. It gives the most beautiful dewy glow and I always get compliments with this foundation. If your not too worried about the longevity of the foundation, I would definitely recommend this. It does help a bit if you use a matte powder on top but it does remove a bit of the dewiness. The packaging is a bit bland and I don’t like the fact there is no pump, but overall for a drugstore foundation it is worth the money.

Best Lightweight & Hydrating 
By Terry Sheer-Expert Perfecting Fluid Foundation – $66 – www.barneys.com
So glad that I decided to give this foundation a try. You can build from light to medium coverage easily without caking. The colour 7 is perfect for my light olive toned skin. It feels super light on, blush/bronzer and powder last beautifully on this foundation. I do have oily skin and find that it gets a little shiny later in the afternoon but keep in mind I apply it at 6am and only starts to get oily at about 2pm, but it doesn’t break up on the face, or look gross, just more…radiant I guess.

Best Long-Wearing 
Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup – $15 – www.ulta.com
This foundation gave my face a smooth and flawless finish for at least 8 hours. It is a little difficult to get out of the bottle because it is so thick, but it is easy to spread across your face and blend. As with many long wear foundations, this tends to be a little drying, so make sure you exfoliate and moisturize before applying so you will not accentuate the appearance of dry skin. I applied this over my SPF 45 facial sunscreen, and I did not experience any pilling. The finish was satin-matte, with no visible shine. I set it with pressed powder to make sure I had no oiliness crop up during the day. Coverage is medium to full. The SPF 20 protection is a nice feature.

Best Smoothing & Refining
Georgio Armani Designer Lift Smoothing Firming Foundation – $67 – www.sephora.com
This is one of my favorite foundations to wear
for photos. This gives a medium coverage and makes my skin look flawless. You do have to work quite quickly with it as it drys quite fast but it doesn’t transfer. It does not give your face a lift but it does look great on your skin. I find apply with a stippling brush best for a smooth application.

Best Medium To Full Coverage Powder 
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation – $36 – www.sephora.com
I have extremely oily and acne prone skin and I always wanted to try this product. I honestly fell in love with it! I’ve had it since December and I still have sooo much left over so it definitely lasts a long time. If you have oily or acne prone skin…I definitely recommend this product!

 Have you tried any of these foundations? Which one is your favorite? Share in the comments section below!
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