Must haves for July!

Dose of Color 

(any of the lip products 

they are very pigmented)

Hair RePear T-Shirt Hair Towel

Trademark Lollia by Marmot Elona

Eau du Parfum in Calm

StriVectin Volumizing

Hand Treatment 

Captain Blakenship 

Golden Waves Sea Salt

Shimmer Spray

Sunday Riley Juno
Hydroactive Cellular 

Face Oil

Kopari Coconut Oil

Coconut Body Glow

Michael Todd 

Charcoal Detoxifying

Facial Mask

Base and Top Coats – What really makes a manicure last!

Applying the right base coat and top coat can make all the difference in how long your manicure lasts!

Here are some of my favorites! All 3 Free unless noted!

Bonder by Orly rubberized basecoat

Grips nail lacquer to the nail surface for lasting adhesion. This unique formula delivers a cutting edge resin technology to improve lacquer adhesion and wearability.

Butter Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat

Is a non-toxic primer for nail color. Helping keep your nails free of stains, it provides an ideal surface for lacquer, smoothing out ridges and imperfections. Fabulous by itself, it leaves a matte, silky finish. Men can also utilize the basecoat for an invisible, yet immaculate manicure.

CND Stickey Base Coat

Anchors color to the nail to prevent peeling and chipping.

Butter Matte Finish Top Coat.

Turns any color matte, flat, and utterly beautiful.

Note: when using a matte top coat don’t use any kind of spray, oil, or liquid to help to set the top coat faster. I’ve found it makes the matte top coat less matte and more shiny. Once completely dry it is fine to use hand cream or nail oil.

Seche Vite™ dry fast top coat

Vite is widely acknowledged as the world’s finest top coat. Specially formulated to penetrate through nail lacquer to the base coat forming a single solid coating over the nail plate for a much more durable finish. Guaranteed not to yellow while leaving nails silky, stronger and resistant to chipping and peeling.

Note:  Vite is meant to be used on wet nail polish only!!!!  Thus penetrating to the base coat.  If applied to dry polish or to touch up a manicure the next day the nail polish will come up in huge pieces when it chips because the top coat wasn’t able to penetrate to the base coat like it should when applied to wet polish.

Seche Vite is not “Big 3-Free”. It is free of formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), but does contain toluene, a common solvent.

Using Seche Vite:

  1. Polish nails
  2. Get a decent bead of Seche Vite on the end of the brush (you’ll have to experiment to find the right amount)
  3. Place the bead in the middle of the first nail you polished WHILE IT IS STILL WET-ish
  4. Use the tip of the brush to drag or comb through the bead, helping the polish spread but not letting the brush bristles touch the nail polish below
  5. Seche Vite will spread across the nail bed and self-level

It seems that some solvents and plasticizers used in Big 3-Free products (such as Butter) are not compatible with the ingredients in / formulation of Seche Vite.

Appears they are not waiting sufficient time for solvents in lacquer color to evaporate. Seche Vite has a  high solvent (Toluene) content which flashes (evaporates) off quickly and hardens over, thus trapping the lacquer color solvents beneath and not allowing color to dry.

I would recommend that they apply the lacquer color and allow it to dry completely. This will allow the solvent from the nail lacquer to flash (evaporate) off, and topcoat can then be applied with desired results. However, we never recommend using any product with Toluene, DBP, or Formaldehyde.

If you find that this is the case with your 3 free nail color, don’t use Vite.  Since the point of using Vite is to make the polish last longer by applying to wet-ish polish.

CND Speedy Top Coat

Another great top coat, with great shine.

Other Favorites:

Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil

Sephora Collection Crystal Nail File

Not all nail files are created equally. I prefer a glass nail file, since they are gentle on the nails, easy to clean, and will last a lifetime if cared for properly. Use one side to gently buff out ridges and the other to create a healthy shine.

Be Natural Dry Heel Eliminator

ARCH Sole Savour Creme


Be Natural Callus Eliminator

be natural Cuticle Eliminator

Eucerin Intensive Repair Hand Cream

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream

With the exception of the lips don’t use on your face. I love this as a hand cream!

Holiday Season Survival List!

Whether you are Partying, Eating, or Just Dealing With the Cold Weather, I’ve Got You Covered!

Hand Cream

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream or their Lavender Scented Version

Eucerin Aquaphor Advanced Therapy – Great for Hands, Lips, Body, etc.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, Fragrance Free – Another Hand Cream that is Great for the Body, Lips, etc.

Lip Balm

Aquaphor Lip Repair, Immediate Relief – long-lasting relief for dry lips because it works by creating a protective barrier that conditions lips as it prevents moisture loss. It protects and helps heal dry, cracked lips to keep them smooth and healthy.

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve – Great Lip Balm, can be used on Hands, and Smells Wonderful!

Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint – delivers luscious color a glossy finish and lots of antioxidants.

Eye Drops

Any of the following, because they are preservative free which is less irritating to the eye:



Thera Tears

Genteal Visine Tears

Refresh Endura

Refresh PM ointment

Refresh Plus Lubricant Eye Drops, Single-Use Containers 70 per box – I like the single use drops to keep in my purse
*Soothing tip – put your eye drops in the fridge for a few minutes before applying.

Mints/Digestives/Aches & Pains

Listerine PocketPaks – They Are Very Strong, But They Work Covering Odors and have Lasting Power!

StarBucks Sugar-Free Classic Mints – Coffee Breath No More!

American Health Chewable Original Papaya Enzyme – Take a Few of These Before or After a Heavy Meal to Help Your Digestion, Added Bonus the Papaya Flavor is Delicious!

Your Choice of Over the Counter Pain Reliever (You May Want to Avoid Tylenol or its Generic if You are Drinking it can React with Alcohol)

Tums – Anti-Acid

Facial Mist

Clean Start by Dermalogica All Over Clear – Great for Oily Skin and Breakouts

A’Kin Pure Rose Hydrating Mist – For Normal to Dry Skin

Foot Care

Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Rub Relief® Strips – Prevent Blisters by Reducing Shoe Rubbing with Adhesive Strips that Fit Anywhere Inside Your Shoes.

Band-Aid Friction Block Stick – Instantly reduces rubbing on skin. Invisibly prevents blisters.

Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy Plus Intensive Repair Foot Cream

Gold Bond Maxium Strength Foot Spray – Goes on like a Liquid but Quickly Dries to a Fine Powder to Cool, Refresh and Soothe Your Feet. So You Can Have Fast Relief Without Having to Clean Up Afterward. Provides Triple Action Relief to Quickly Stop Itch, Absorb Moisture, and Control Odor.

The Body

CeraVe® SA Renewing Lotion

DermaDoctor KP Duty Dermatologist Body Scrub with Chemical + Physical Medi-Exfoliation

Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash


Drink Water to Stay Hydrated!

Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier – A Humidifier to Put Moisture Back into the Air


ProfoundBeauty Hair Time-Out Treatment – Time-released, leave-in treatment containing micro-encapsulated ingredients that continually penetrate the hair fiber over an extended period of time.

Et Cetera

Agloves Original – Gloves that You Can Wear and Text With!


While I’ve attempted to use
credible sources for information,
this is not intended to be a
substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented
within this blog and the advice
given by your medical professional,
please follow the medical professional’s
advice as he/she will know you
and your medical circumstances.

How to keep your hands looking youthful.

Protect and moisturize!

English: Female hands.

The two most important rules to youthful looking hands, so many peopleconcentrate on making their face look youthful, failing to take the time to care for their hands.

  Protect your hands by wearing gloves when doing dishes, working outdoors, keep your hands exposure to chemicals and water to a minimum and always moisturize them once clean.  Keep hand cream in convenient places so that you are sure to use it.  The kitchen and bathroom sink, your car, purse, and your desk at work are all great places.  Your daily daytime hand cream should have sun block for sun protection and lactic or glycolic acids, to protect and revitalize the skin.  At night apply a heavier hand cream.  You don’t need a hand cream with sun block at night.  For better penetration of the product wear cotton gloves to bed, this also helps if you touch your face or sleep on your hands at night to keep from transferring the heavy cream to your face causing break outs.

Use a face or body scrub to exfoliate your hands once to twice a week.  Don’t use pressure when using a scrub on any part of the body all you need is the light movement of your hand to have the scrub do its job.

Pay attention to your cuticles and nails.  You may want to buy cuticle/nail oil if they are very dry and peeling.  Apply a drop of oil to each nail and work into the cuticle and nail.


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