The Great Lie: Gel Nail Cleanser

The Great Lie: Gel Nail Cleanser

This is a legacy post that I’ve given a facelift because who doesn’t want to save money on manicure supplies? Opinions are the same, but is formatted and edited for easier reading and flow.

If you’ve ever gotten a gel polish manicure before, either salon or DIY, you know the final step consists of saturating a pad with gel nail cleanser and wiping off the tacky residue from the newly-cured nail surface. If you’ve done it in a salon, it might be in a nondescript bottle just like the lotions or scrubs may be. At home, it might be part of your gel starter kit. This is often the same solution used to clean the nail before the gel primer is applied.

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PSA: MUJI Drawers Back on Sale

Last time MUJI did a sale, I snapped up a pair of 5-Drawer acrylic drawers.

I love them! I store my ENTIRE collection, including brushes but sans packaging too large to fit (like foundation or BB cream), in the two drawers. I can see everything, which means my products get used more often.

They’re back on sale!

The 5 drawer, two drawer, and open-top two-drawer, are on sale for $10. Due to their fragile nature, there’s an additional $4 handling, but… that’s nothing!

I’m considering getting a two-drawer to accommodate my foundation and items that are too large for the slim five-drawer openings.

How to CRUSH Your No Buy or Low Buy

Ready to do more with less for a while? Time for a spending fast? Did you go overboard during the holidays? It doesn’t have to be on beauty purchases – it could be anything.

  • Shopping for family and friends?
  • temporarily blacking out on a, “TREAT YOSELF,” spree?
  • Maybe you’re just ready to shop your stash rather than adding to it for a while.
  • …The reason doesn’t matter.

The result is that you’ve committed to or are considering a No Buy to help you reign it in.  Whatever the reason… If that no buy involves something you really enjoy (as they usually do), you will find your willpower tested.

My top tip for how to crush your no buy (or low buy)?

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PSA: NARS at Ulta

Just before the holidays, we got to see NARS at Ulta. Initially, they had only four shades of blush, the Multiple, and Laguna bronzer. Since then, they have expanded to a range of sixteen products, several of which have multiple shades. Unfortunately, they’re all online-only at this time; I’m uncertain about plans to move them to stores. I can only assume such a move would depend on the brand’s performance at the mixed-range retailer.

NARS at UltaNARS at Ulta

I picked up a blush before the year ended, but I’m delighted to see they’re carrying my favorite eye pencil and the ever-popular Radiant Creamy Concealer (not the full color range, yet, but I imagine they’ll get there). NARS fans will be happy to see a NARSissist palette, Sheer glow, and the Audacious lipsticks stocked, among other things.

My NARS experience is limited to the aforementioned concealer, eye pencil, the foundation I wore for my wedding, and now a blush. They don’t carry the foundation in question because it has been discontinued, but the other products, so far, are absolutely worth the hype – which isn’t something I often get to say.

Are you excited to see NARS at Ulta? The online-only range is only expanding! Or did you prefer the slightly more exclusive nature it had before? Accessibility is good as far as I’m concerned.

 

PSA: 20% off FOREO Sale

20% off FOREO Sale

Today through Wednesday, FOREO is offering 20% off ALL devices with code FOREO1216.

Almost two years ago, I considered and ultimately purchased this unconventional toothbrush for my husband who has very sensitive gums. Eventually, eight months ago, I shared his review. His favorable opinion remains the same, and it was awesome to hear that his hygienist and dentist approved of the FOREO Issa mini’s performance, too. We can’t recommend it enough for those of you for whom routine brushing is really uncomfortable for, and who don’t relish the expense that conventional powered toothbrushes bring (cost breakdown on a full-sized ISSA at retail price is in this post).

I decided to buy a FOREO Luna mini for myself around the time we were writing up his review of the Issa Mini. Unlike my other skincare gadget, I’m not intentionally waiting forever to share my thoughts, I’ve honestly just been lazy. My goal is to publish that before the year’s end, but here’s my quick-take on the Luna Mini (not the Luna Mini 2, which I have not tried):

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