OPI addict

They say the first sign of fixing a problem is acknowledging you have a problem. While I agree with that in most instances. This is not one. I understand I have a bit of a problem when it comes to my nail polish addiction, yet while recognizing that, I have no intention to do anything about it.

Something that feels so right, can’t possibly be wrong.

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I prefer to do my own manicures and over the years have developed a routine of painting them on Sundays and Wednesdays. I do take the occasional mandatory “polish vacation” where I dare to let my nails go bare for a few days. This is a necessary practice to let your nails go bare to absorb sunlight and oxygen to keep them growing healthy and strong. No one wants nails that are yellowing, dry, brittle or splitting. The polish vacation will keep you on the right side of those unsightly conditions!

My addiction to OPI was leading me to outgrow the baskets I had bought for my polishes. They were no longer fitting in them and so much to my neat-freak husband’s dismay, my bottles were popping up in other places of the house, mostly the coffee table in our living room and kitchen counters… and maybe in his bathroom… oh and the dining room table – you get the point.

Plus,  having them in a basket was beginning to present another problem. I was forgetting the colors I had and was starting to buy duplicates! And at $10 a pop, that can become an expensive mistake when you keep repeating it!

I fancy myself a problem solver so I had a job at hand! My solution – I needed a way that I could store, organize and maintain my polishes where I could see my inventory at all times and avoid forgetting colors I already owned. My solution – a nail rack fit for a professional!

This is now what happily hangs in my bathroom:

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Well to be fair, this was taken over the summer, they have multiplied a bit since then so there are no empty spaces… may be time for a second rack! See – problem solver! That’s me! 🙂

This rack has been an amazing addition, that keeps me and the hubs happy and keeps my duplicate problem at bay! (except for the times when I mean to buy a duplicate because I love the color so much…)

I got mine on amazon and it holds 96 bottles. If you want one too, here she is: bare nail rack

Happy Painting!!

Holy Hair Miracle.

It’s a PERFECT 10 is more like it!


So before I get into the magic of “It’s A 10” products, I feel that it’s important to mention that my older sister stole all the good genes from the pool and then I was born and got what was left over.

My ridiculously beautiful and (did I mention) older (sorry… youth is one of the few things I have on her…) has perfect hair (among perfect everything else). Yup, my sister is a walking talking Pantene commercial. Actually, she has the type of hair that advertisers photoshop Pantene ads into. Anyway, I digress. The point of this is that she has gorgeous, thick, shiny hair that accounts for 10 pounds of her 100 pound frame. I on the other hand, was not born with her Rapunzel like mane.

This product is a game changer if you’re like me and your hair falls on the more fine side. I might not have Chia-pet-thick hair, but hey my tresses will hold a curl with a rigor mortis death grip fierceness for days on end – so thanks for that!

Anyway, because my hair is on the finer side, I opt for their Volumizing line because it isn’t super heavy and won’t weigh your hair down. I discovered this product about a year ago (sorry I meant to tell you earlier, but went on a hiatus from blogging). After about 3 weeks of using I saw my hair stylist who has known me since she was about 3 or 4 and has been doing my hair for the last few years. The first thing out of her mouth was “What have you been doing differently?! Your hair feels so much thicker and healthier!” Then the next week I saw my colorist, and what do you know – she said the same thing!


This stuff makes your hair ridiculously soft (and who doesn’t love that?!), it smells great and seriously you notice a big difference in a short amount of time. My hair was softer, healthier, more manageable and felt thicker in no time. I buy about 4 bottles of the miracle leave in treatment (my favorite product in the line) and 3 bottles of the Volumizing Shampoo every time I go shopping for it; partly because I’m a hoarder and partly because I’m just so obsessed with it. I totally recommend you try it for yourself, even if your hair isn’t fine and you just want to switch up your routine with a quality product! Happy lather, rinse, repeating, ladies!

The Bee loves her BB Cream

BB cream has been my new beauty obsession of 2012 since my bff/beauty & fashion guru/author of AshnFashn.com  introduced me to it. My other bff, the hilarious and talented casting genius/author of the extremely amusing and boisterously merry rants at EwRewd.com, refers to me as “the Bee” hence the title of this post. I like alliterations.

What the heck is it?

BB Cream is a cosmetic staple that used to be sold mostly in East and Southeast Asia, but (fortunately for us!) is rapidly making it’s presence known in the Western beauty industry! BB Cream stands for “blemish balm” in most of the Asian markets, but here in America we know it as “Beauty Balm” because the word “beauty” is easier to market and sell than the word “blemish!” Just my guess, of course.

This cream is a girl’s new best friend – that will never talk about you behind your back! It’s the hardest working beauty product on the shelves and you won’t regret adding it to your morning beauty routine. You could see it as just another tinted moisturizer, but then you’d be selling this little wonder product short!

BB cream is a one-stop-shop facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock! So in addition to enjoying your sparkly new skin – you can enjoy less clutter in your medi cabinet and throw all those other bottles in the gar-bage! Bah-bye!!

And just when you thought it couldn’t get better – it does. That is the wonder of BB cream. Not only does it moisturize, protect you from harmful UV rays and provide enough coverage to give your skin a natural glow – it has other benefits too. It doesn’t merely cover blemishes – it also treats them! Yup! Spread BB cream on your face and watch as it goes to work fighting blemishes such as acne, sun spots and age spots. And with anti-wrinkle, anti-inflammatory and soothing effects – why have you not clicked on the link below and bought one for yourself yet?!

This product is amazing and you can tell I am a BIG fan. I love the light and fresh feel without having to wear make up everyday – it’s a huge bonus and a wonderful thing you can do for your skin. There are many manufactures of BB cream, but my favorite so far is the Garnier version (see below).


I opt for the Medium/Deep variation because in the battle of my gene pool – the Native American side won over the Dutch side so I need the darker option, but for you little light skinned belles out there they have a lighter shade as well that might be best for you.

I hope you love this product as much as I do!