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Monday, May 20, 2013

Jamberry Nails

Mother's Day weekend my brother and his family visited.  We had beautiful weather and were able to sit outside and enjoy it.  The smell of the spring flowers wafted through the air as we caught up.

It was almost disappointing when my niece, Bailee, offered to do her grandmother's nails for Mother's Day.  Being a starving college student, my niece started selling Jamberry nails to help make ends meet.  She brought some up and planned to demo them.  My first thought was the beautiful smell of spring flowers would soon be replaced with the awful smell of nail polish!  I was wrong!

Jamberry wraps are applied to the nails by a mild adhesive.  The are sold in sheets that allow for at least 2 applications of 10 fingernails and 2 applications of 10 toenails.

To apply you simply cut one of the strips to fit your nail, gently heat the nail wrap with a hair drier then apply to your nail.  Using a nail file, you then file the wrap down to the size of your nail.  It's very simple and took me about 20 minutes to do my nails.

There's no waiting endlessly for the nails to dry either. You're ready to go once the wrap is applied to your nail.  The best part is the wraps last about 3 weeks on your fingernails with NO CHIPPING!

They come in a variety of patterns and colors and are safe for nails.  There are great holiday patterns as well as french nail tips.

Check out Bailee's website and try Jamberry nails.

For $15 a sheet you could outfit your nails for a fraction of what it costs in the salon!


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Coffee Goat's Milk Soap

Thank God for rebatching!  As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I had a major mishap while making coffee soap.  It overheated in the mold actually boiling out!  I could hear it boiling as I stood behind a closed door, slightly freaking out.   I've never had this happen before and it made for quite a mess and was a little scary.  All I could picture was me opening the mold and all the soap exploding out!  I'm happy to report, this didn't happen.

In fact, through rebatching (grating and remelting the soap) I was able to save the batch and make  a very beautiful bar of soap.

Adding coffee (caffeine) to skincare products has many benefits.  First, caffeine has been shown to reduce redness.  Because caffeine is a vasodilator, which means that it constricts blood cells, it can firm and tighten skin.

Because this is a rebatched bar of soap and I'll never be able to replicate (thankfully) the process again, it's being offered as a one-time special for only $3.  Order at Lora's Beauty while supplies last.