Best Top Coat in the universe.

After years of manicuring my hands with expensive polish and having it chip off after two days, I decided to just spend money on Dollar Store polish and paint them regularly.  Then I learned that it was all about the top coat.

We ladies have spent so much money and energy and time and everything else on searching for the best top coat for our precious nails.

I’m here to save you that struggle.  You’re welcome.

Seche Vite!

Best Top Coat in the universe.

This thing is the most amazing nail polish I’ve ever used in my life.  I literally wear $1 polish most of the time (which is how I have so many colors), and I get a manicure that lasts throughout the week.

I typically give myself a full manicure every other week or every two weeks, but with Seche Vite, it looks like I’ve got a professional manicure.

The only con…

A lot of reviews talk about “shrinking” polish, so I wanted to address that.

Best Top Coat in the universe.

When I still have a wet coat of color polish, I apply a coat of Seche Vite to the ENTIRE nail.  A lot of people don’t coat the entire nail, but they don’t realize it until they use this polish because it’s thicker and breaks apart the color polish to ensure a thick, shiny coat.

Best Top Coat in the universe.

Even with my manicure this week (as seen above), there are obvious spots where I didn’t coat the side of my nail with the polish, but for the most part, it looks like a professional did my nails.

In case you were wondering, I clean my nails with 100% Acetone ($2.50 at Walmart) and an e.l.f. concealer brush ($1 at Walmart or Target).  Just dip the brush into acetone and wipe the excess polish from your skin and nails to create a clean finish.  I typically do this before I apply Seche Vite.  

You can grab a bottle for less than $5 on Amazon. You can buy it at Sally and CVS for a lot more.


Does apple cider vinegar get rid of acne?

I’ve already once shared my love of zinc oxide in the form of diaper rash cream for nasty pimples, but my face has been getting on my last nerve. It breaks out randomly and it’s getting depressing.

Well, the other day I found a few articles describing apple cider vinegar as a good fix. I have a whole bottle sitting alone in the pantry, so I figured I would try it.

Warning: the smell of apple cider vinegar is pretty potent. It’s like soy sauce and regular vinegar mixed together.  Only put it on before bed or if I know I won’t be showering for a few hours, because I can’t leave it on my face when I’m going to be around other people. 

BUT my face hasn’t looked this fresh in months! Apparently apple cider vinegar balances the pH of your face which helps with acne and breakouts.  If you have open acne sores, you can water it down to deter the stinging sensation, but I haven’t.  The stinging lasts a whole second and a half, and it’s worth the results anyway.

I’ve only been using it for about a week, but I love it so far. My pimples are calm and my keratosis pilarsis isn’t so red and inflamed. I haven’t had a breakout and I’m pleased.

Another pro: a huge bottle at any store is really, really cheap.

Do you have any other miracle acne solutions?  Let me know so I can try it and/or write about it!

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Tone Body Wash – Pink Peony and Rose Oil

As a BzzAgent, I occasionally get free things from companies in exchange for reviews and feedback.  For full details of BzzAgent, click here.  In my most recent BzzCampaign, I got a free, full-sized bottle of Tone Pink Peony and Rose Oil Body Wash, so this is my review.

I have fairly sensitive skin, and Tone body wash is really soft and gentle on my skin. I used Tone in the past and loved it, and it never gave me problems or irritations. After showering, my skin felt so soft! It also lathers easily, which is something I look for in a body wash (I know I can’t be the only one, right?). The only complaint I have was that the scent wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. When I bought Tone in the past, I bought Vino Moisture, and it smelled AMAZING. This scent, however, was subtle and not very rosy. I’ve never been a fan of sweet pea or subtle floral scents, so that’s probably why.

Verdict: I like Tone a lot and will be probably purchasing the brand and body wash in the future, but I won’t be getting this scent.  

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BzzCampaign – Schick Hydro Silk Razor

Hey everyone!  I just got my first BzzCampaign package in the mail since beginning my blog!!  In it is a Schick® Hydro Silk® Sensitive Care® razor with a two refills, as well as a bunch of $4.00 coupons for the razor and a coupon for a free purchase Skintimate® shaving cream!

It was a really nice razor, and once I broke it in (the razor has a thick moisturizing bar around the blades), it was a great, close shave!  This is specifically for sensitive skin, so if you get easily irritated skin after shaving, this is the razor for you.


Dollar Tree Savings – Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Polish

I do my nails on a very regular basis, and I once purchased magnetic nail polish because it was apparently incredibly popular!  I thought the effect was pretty cool, but I bought it at Flip Flops ‘n More, so it wasn’t the best quality.

Anyway, while in Dollar Tree, I found two gold mines!  One was a Covergirl eyelash curler, and then there was this!

I checked the price at Walmart, and it costs $8.97.  This polish costs more than nine dollars after taxes, and here it is, in multiple colors, at Dollar Tree for 1/9 the price.  This is by far the best deal I’ve ever seen at Dollar Tree to date.  You can see reviews here and here.

Update: I went back and purchased two bottles, literally saving over $16.00!  Even the cashier was astonished when she saw them (I guess she doesn’t stock the shelves)!  Can’t wait to use these bad boys.

Dollar Tree Deals – AcneFree Spot Treatment!

I’m a huge zip-zapper fan.  I have so many of them because I love experimenting with new techniques, creams, etc.  While shopping in Dollar Tree a couple of months ago, I stumbled upon this bad boy:

This exact product is $4.97 at Walmart, but was only $1 at Dollar Tree!  So, I’ve essentially saved four dollars on this single product!!  I love these kinds of savings, so I bought another for myself and got one for my boyfriend.

Miracle for Acne!

I’ve struggled with acne for a looooong time.  Since I was in middle school it’s been mind-pretty bad (I don’t want to say severe because that wouldn’t be fair to people really struggling with severe acne.

Anyway, I was reading the news one day, and I happened across an article a couple months ago that I investigated for days before investing in a product.  The woman in the article wrote her own article about the miracle that is zinc oxide.

She specifies:

I wish I knew why zinc oxide is not touted more often for its skin-clearing benefits. I think Badescu is flying under the radar with their formulations. The Buffering Lotion, Drying Lotion, and other skin-clearing products contain zinc oxide. Yet benzoyl peroxide creams and salicylic acid gels tend to be the drugstore standard products for acne. I find it unfortunate and a little baffling, because zinc oxide is a much gentler proven way to clear acne because of its anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

After reading this article, I decided to do a bunch of Googling over the period of several days.  Everywhere I was seeing the benefits of zinc oxide, and I started seeing “diaper rash cream” popping up all over articles and forums because of its purpose for sensitive skin and high zinc oxide concentration.  Finally, I decided to step up and buy a 4 oz tube of Maximum Strength Diaper Rash Ointment from Equate ($2.98).  Reviewers all over said it was better and smoother than Desitin, so I just tried that.

This stuff is amazing!  From my experience, it clears up big, disgusting whiteheads pretty quickly.  I put it in problem areas (mainly my chin and cheeks) every night, and by morning the redness and soreness has gone down a lot.  You can even use this as a deep cleansing mask, which I do about once every two weeks, or when my face really needs it. I really love this cream, so if it works for you, let me know!

DIY Sock Bun!

A huge beauty trend right now is the sock bun, which I never thought would happen, considering I work with active duty.  Anyway, one of my friends bought the tool to create it, but that cost her like, ten bucks, so I decided I’d just make one from socks I bought at a dollar store.

All you’ll need: two socks and a pair of scissors!  

DIY Sock Bun
1. Cut the end of both socks.
2. Roll Sock #1 REALLY TIGHTLY into a donut.  The tighter, the better.
3. Put Sock #2 through the donut hole, and 4. wrap it around Sock #1 and continue rolling tightly!

DIY Sock Bun
There you go!  Your very own sock bun, and it’s so cheap and easy to make!  Make sure you get socks that are close to your hair color.  My bun is a little dark, so if you’ve got thin hair like me, you want  to match it as closely as possible.