Friday, September 30, 2011

Even More Pumpkins

Are you sick of these yet? I am not. :P

This is 3 coats of the silver hex glitter.

I think this is the same polish as the Blue Cross Ornaments glitter I bought last year at Christmas time. 



This brush had such a swagger lean.

This is 3 coats of the pink hex glitter.

Pink glitter base with silver hexs.



This is 3 coats of the red hex glitter polish.

This polish had an opaque red base with fewer hexs.



This is 1 coat of the blue flakie polish over black.

This polish has similar flakies to Color Club Covered In Diamonds. They did seem to stick up less.



This is 2 coats of the silver bar glitter polish over black.

This string glitter in this was very hard to get out. It also dried to a satin finish.



This is 2 coats of the silver moon glitter over a red creme.

Like most shaped glitter- the moons were hard to dig out. But I love the way this looked.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Estie Time: Cleansers

I know this is a nail blog, but it's my blog. So I'm going to talk about skin! Skin care is really important to me and I would love to share what I know with my lovely readers. I'm am esthetician (if you don't already know!) and I taking care of my skin and other's skin.
Sometimes I have really strong opinions about skin care. It's my own opinion and I don't want anyone to take offense to it. 
My Japanese grandma always calls me an "estie". I think it's really cute so this segment is now called Estie Time. Don't worry! I'm still doing plenty of nail related posts :).
And in case you're wondering- you pronounce Esthetician:
Ess-the-tih-she-an
I hoped that helped someone!

Today I thought I'd focus on the cleansers I use. I suggest buying a cleanser based on your skin type and skin condition. My skin type is combination. This means I have an oily t-zone but I can also have dry patches. My condition is sensitive and breakout-sensitive. This means my skin is more easily irritated, quicker to flush, and also I'm more sensitive to getting spots.

I do not use drugstore or department store products on my face. I only use spa/professional lines.
I will do another post if anyone is interested in why.

Cleansers
I use quite a few different cleansers. And yes, really a person only needs 1 or 2. But I like to try things and I've also figured out what works for me.

Image From Murad.com
1) Murad Refreshing Cleanser $29.50
  • Removes surface impurities and make up
  • Leaves skin soft and smooth
This is the cleanser I use the most in my evening shower. The algae in it makes it foaming and frothy. I've found this leaves my skin soft and moisturized but not greasy. I also love that it has cucumber and Hawaiian white ginger- both of these are great for sensitive skin.

Image from hisocity.net
2) Murad Essential-C Cleanser $35
  • Washes away environmental impurities 
  • Restores moisture to dehydrated skin
This is the other cleanser I use in the shower at night. I alternate between Essential C and Refreshing. Essential C can be a bit too moisturizing for my skin sometimes but I love the orange smell and the fact that it uses antioxidants to help with free radical damage.

Image from Sanitas-skincare.com
3) Sanitas Glycolic Citrus Cleanser $31.00
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acid stimulates skin
  • Exfoliates, removes impurities, oil, and make-up
  • Products even tone, firmer skin, and smoother texture
I use this cleanser every other morning. First of all, it has hyaluronic acid it in. That is my favorite ingredient of all time. Secondly, when I added this cleanser to my  morning- my skin stayed less oily, broken out, and uneven toned.

Image from Sanitas-skincare.com
4) Sanitas Lemon Cream Cleanser $29
  • Gently cleanses while delivering Hyaluronic acid and antioxidants
  • Vitamin E aids in tissue repair and protects from environmental stress
This is my resting cleanser. I use this in the morning when I'm not using my GC cleanser. I really have nothing to say about besides I like it. It works well as my skin feels soft and lovely when I use it. I love HA. I could bath in it.


5) Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser $35
  • Exfoliates dry, dull, uneven skin
  • Leaves skin smooth and hydrated
This cleanser I use twice a week. I use this as my exfoliator. I prefer AHA exfoliators over scrubs. I feel scrubs can usually be harsh. I'm talking about you St. Ive's Apricot Pit Scrub. Apricots are sharp! HELLO TINY MICRO-TEARS. Sigh, that is another story indeed.

As long as someone is interested- I'll be covering moisturizers next.

Comments? Questions?
Post it in the comments!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

More Pumpkin Polishes

I love these pumpkins. I really do. I want them all. I want to build a house out of them.

This is 1 coat of the orange string glitter over black.

This polish is the one I don't like. So we're getting that one out of the way. It's this disgusting orange string glitter that wants to curl and look like worms on my nails. GROSS.

UGH. Just looking at this makes me feel queasy.

Does anyone remember the Goosebumps episode with the worms that like took over a kids life? And in the end he had to fight a giant worm? It's all coming back to me...

This is 3 coats of the blue hex glitter.

Okay, this is how glitters should be done. 



This is 2 coats of the orange hex glitter.

This polish had a smoky grey base. I don't think I have another polish this color, even. Very unique.



This is 2 coats of the black hex glitter.

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The black hex polish had a black base and silver hexs. I am loving these glitters. Eating them up!



This is 2 coats of the orange glitter polish.

This glitter polish had a smoky base with two different sized orange glitter.



This is the silver and black glitter over China Glaze Hey Sailor.

Silver and black glitter. I'm pretending this is squashing my lemming for Lynnderella's Connect The Dots.



Well? What do you guys think of the pumpkins?
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