A Mini-Mani…In 30…In the Car. Was It A Success Or Flop?

Found!  Yes, I have found the perfect place to perform a mini-mani…

The car!  Today I did a quick polish change in my car – in a half hour – and here’s why I think it’s the perfect place:

1.  The steering wheel makes the perfect mount to place my hand on while I polish.  I didn’t miss a single edge because I had such a great view of the nail.

2. 5 minutes with the AC blasting and my nails were dry!  Yep. 

3.  Keeps me out of the stores from spending more money that I don’t need to be spending.

So I left for lunch with a chipped-up yet shiny gray manicure and came back with some plastic-y red nails (more on that in a minute).  Some quick notes, though.  First, this wasnt a full-on manicure.  I just went for a manicure last week so my cuticles are in good shape and my nails didn’t need shaping/filing.  It really was just a color change.  Second, I didn’t use a top coat because this polish isn’t meant to have a top coat (again, more on that in a minute) so that could have helped.  However, the formula on this was thick and so 2 coats of this probably equals 2 thin coats and a layer of top coat.  Finally, bring non-acetone polish remover with you!  Granted this was a clean job – my beige pants and beige leather seats went unmarked (I know, I’m crazy).  But I did get a mark on my steering wheel.  Non-acetone remover took the spot away and didn’t stain my black steering wheel.

So what color did I use?  I picked up a bottle of Orly Plastix in Retro Red yesterday while I was in my local Sally Beauty Supply.  I swear I stopped in to browse, but when I saw the display I couldn’t resist.  I had been wanting this color since I first saw the previews on some of the other beauty blogs a few months back  but wasnt dying for it (unlike some of my other lusts, cough cough OPI Mad As A Hatter).  And being the impatient person I am, just couldnt wait to make the switch.  But my CEU’s (continuing education units – my personal training certification is almost up and I need to complete these so I don’t lose it) are keeping me from doing much in the evenings so lunch was my only option.

I know this color has been reviewed by many other sites but heres what I think.  The color is meant to have the finish of plastic.  Visually it is a smooth, eggshell finish.  To the touch it does feel a bit plastic-y!  I havent tried any matte polishes because it’s just not my ideal (nails are meant to be shiny) so I can’t compare this to a matte, but this has just enough sheen to not be dull.  The color isn’t really a true red to me.  In some lights in looks like a very bright coral and yet I wouldn’t call it that either.  Reminds me of something Betty Boop would wear for some reason.  The formula was really thick on this but wasnt unmanageable.  Not gloppy, but definitely thicker than a regular Orly.  I almost expect this to be a chipalooza but we shall see.  I have one dent in my thumb, but that’s because I was trying to dig through my bag for a q-tip to touch up the edges.  The one thing I will say, is that it does dry fairly quick and thanks to not needing top coat, made this a breeze in terms of drying time. 

Overall, I think this is a great polish just because its different.  Is it something to rave about?  Not really.  The color is nothing special but something about it is interesting.  I’m guessing its the plastic finish.  I just wish it were available in more colors.  I’m not a fan of oranges and blues, and the purple was just too Barney for me.  Reds are right up my alley.

And just as a quick mommy note, Orly has amazing rubberized handles on their brushes – my 10 month old has much fun teething on this (supervised of course) and will sit quiet for a good 15 minutes massaging his gums on them.  Go ahead, judge me, but when your kid is cutting 3 teeth at one time, anything helps.

And stay tuned!  I have some colors/brands to try that I dont beleive have been swatched/reviewed on any other blog!

Links:

http://orlybeauty.com/

http://www.sallybeauty.com/

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Mommy’s Little Helper

Pre-mommy bed time routine:

Remove eye makeup, wash face, swipe with witch hazel, apply eye cream, apply night moisturizer, spot treat any blemishes, hit the hay.

Mommy bed time routine:

Swipe face/eyes with cleansing towelette, apply eye cream, maybe night moisturizer, hit the hay.

What a difference, huh?  By the time I get ready for bed I’m beat…sometimes I have to peel myself off the couch and practically crawl to the bathroom.  Its horrible.  It wasnt too bad when I was home for 6.5 months, but since I’ve become a working mommy it has intensified three-fold.  Oh, and my sons bedroom is right next to the bathroom and the water has woken him up in the past…anything to not wake a sleeping baby!!

So today, all I’m going to do is a rave about my nighttime lifesaver – Equate Facial Cleansing Towelettes.  I picked these up shortly before I gave birth 10 months ago and have used them just about every night since I came home from the hospital.   I cant say enough about these babies – they clean my skin well (lightly textured to exfoliate – bonus!), leave me feeling soft not dry, and I seldom have a blemish. 

When I went back to work I was skeptic if these would still work.  While I was home my makeup routine consisted mostly of moisturizer, brown eyeliner, undereye concealer, and bronzer – simple yet effective and not too much to clog up the pores!  My work makeup on the other hand is the works – foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, mascara, and blush/bronzer.  And you know what?  They havent let me down.  I’ve been back to work for 3 months now and my skin has had 1, maybe 2 blemishes pop up and that’s probably because there were a couple of nights I went to bed without even swiping a wipe across my face (yes, that tired sometimes). 

As you know, I’m also a gym rat and frequently work up a sweaty mess.  Again, these towelettes have not failed me.  I’ve used just these in lieu of face wash and still no breakouts.  Sometimes I’ll use 2, but it’s still quicker and easier than lathering up.

I’ve never had such success with a face cleanser – and I’ve tried so many over the years I can’t even begin to name them all.  These are my lifesaver – they make my night routine a lot easier, reduce the risk of waking my child, and keep me looking great.  My only caution is be careful around the eye area.  A lot of nights I don’t have the energy for eye makeup remover and use these.  They work great but do sting a bit (and I’m sure there is a warning about avoiding the eye area on the tub, I just choose to ignore things).

I purchase mine at my local Wal-Mart.  Initially you purchase the tub  (with a package of towelettes in it), and then you can buy 2-pack refills.  Not sure of the pricing and it’s not available on the Wal-Mart site, but trust me when I say they are cheaper than commercial brands.  And they last – they last longer than a bottle of most face washes.  All around, I have not one complaint.

Check them out:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Equate-W-Chamomile-Vitamin-E-Triple-Tea-Complex-Facial-Cleansing-Towelettes-60-ct/11047655

Can you Take It Easy – I’m Trying to Tweeze, Apply, and Polish

Yesterday we piled into the car – me, my husband, baby, mom, dad – oh, and my makeup case – to head out to Pennsylvania for a BBQ at my aunt’s house.  I put my makeup on, plucked my eyebrows, and touched up my nail polish in the car (and no, I wasnt driving, my dear husband was). 

This isn’t the first time since becoming a mom that I have performed my makeup routine en route to an event.  Gone are the days when I could wake up and take my leisurely time to get ready.  Sitting in my shower is a tub of body scrub I bought a few weeks before my son was born and I think I’ve used twice since and I’m lucky if I can shave my legs and throw some lotion on (in steps LUSH King of Skin – great moisturizer, not greasy, sinks in well, and leaves me super soft in a fraction of th time it takes to cover myself in lotion).   Point is, getting ready just isn’t as easy as it was 10 months ago.  But I refuse to show up at a party looking like I just rolled out of bed.  So I prioritize.  I can’t blow dry and straighten my hair in the car, but I can do my makeup.  And while I wouldn’t recommend painting  your nails Viva Pink in a moving car while wearing white pants, I just couldn’t show up with my nails as chipped up as they were.  So with much effort and care, I looked a bit better and I managed to keep my white pants polish free. 

I wonder what measures other mothers go through to look great when pressed for time?  I also wonder if its moments like the ones above – flying down Rt 80 trying to not stab my eye out with tweezers – that make me a nut.  Wouldnt is just be easier to go au naturale?  It probably would’ve made the first half hour of the trip a lot more pleasant for me (and the rest of the clan considering they had to listen to me while I attempted all this).  But I can honestly say I wouldn’t have felt like myself.