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.

Dollar Tree Savings – AcneFree Products!

I haven’t updated my site in a loooong time!  I got a new job and school’s been nuts, but hopefully I’ll be back more often to make more fun posts!

Anyway, I was making my rounds today at Dollar Tree to buy a few things when I stumbled upon two products that I knew I had to have:

AcneeFree Oil-Free Cleanser: $5.97 at Walmart

acne cleanser

AcneFree Astringent Toner Pad: $6.97 at Walmart.

acne pads

I haven’t use too many AcneFree products because I’m lazy and don’t care for acne prevention routines, but I cannot wait to try these out!

TTFN.

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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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.

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.