Manicure Monday – Wet n Wild WildShine in Sparked

Hello strangers! I’m back with a Manicure Monday!
This is Wet n Wild Wild Shine nail polish in Sparked. I received it in a goody bag from that awesome Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus launch event I attended last year.

Wet n Wild Wild Shine nail color
Sparked is is a fuchsia pink polish base with chunky silver glitter. The silver flashes to make the color seem lighter at some angles.

Wet n Wild WildShine in Sparked

What I really like about this glittery polish is that I don’t have to be super precise when applying it. I was in a hurry this morning, and slapped on three coats. I dare say it looks pretty good for a rush job.

Wet n Wild WildShine in Sparked

I haven’t worn polish in a while and my cuticles are in rough shape…but a few coats of Wet n Wild WildShine in Sparked and I felt like a lady again. When I get tip wear, I think I’ll just dab more polish on to make the color last a few more days. Since the polish is so chunky with glitter, there’s no worry about blending anything in. Perfect for gals in a rush! I like the slimline bottle, too.

What’s on your nails today? Do you like glitter polishes?



How Do You Choose The Best Adult Braces?

Dental braces are common now, and popular with both adults and children. But, as the rest of the world has been developing technology, so have orthodontics! There are now different types of braces, depending on what goal you want to achieve, the level of work that is needed, and the look of the braces themselves. Here are the different types, with their pros and cons.


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Metal Fitted

The traditional braces are made of stainless steels brackets, with matching metal wires. While these could be quite large and unattractive in the past, nowadays they are much smaller and less noticeable. Archwires are heat activated now as well, so respond to your body heat. This makes them move much more quickly. While they are still the most visually obvious type of brace, they are the most effective and often used when more movement is needed. They are strong and resilient, with regular check-ups and adjustments needed from your orthodontist.



Ceramic braces are very similar to the metal ones in their technique and style. However, they are made of a tooth coloured, white, or clear bracket, with a white wire. This makes them far less noticeable than the stainless steel ones as they blend into the teeth a lot more. They are just as efficient as metal, but proving more popular as they are more conspicuous. The only problem with ceramic braces is their susceptibility to staining easily. While the brackets won’t change, the white or clear elastic ligatures do discolour relatively quickly. Try to avoid colourful foods like curries, red wine and coffee, and rinse your mouth out with water after eating. These elastics are changed each time you have your braces adjusted, so any staining in short-lived.



Lingual braces use the same materials and brackets of regular braces. But instead of the brackets attaching to the outside of your teeth, they are fitted to the inside. They are invisible from the front, so they are the best ones to hide, but they do have more cons. As they are on the inside of your mouth, they’re much more difficult to live with. They can affect your speech and ability to eat, causing sores on your tongue. They are also much more difficult to keep clean, and adjustment appointments will be lengthier due to their fiddly nature. These are popular with celebrities, who want to hide the fact that they are wearing braces.


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Invisible Trays

A relatively new form of orthodontists, invisible trays are proving very popular. The main brand are Invisalign Braces by Accent Dental, and this is what most are known as. This treatment starts with a mould of the patient’s teeth being taken, which is uploaded onto a computer programme. The dentist can then work with you to alter the model online to get the desired look. When you’ve settled an end goal, plastic trays will be made that will adjust your teeth to their new positions. You will use a new tray every two weeks, which will eventually end up as the computer generated teeth look. These trays are much easier to cover than the fitted braces. They are generally preferred as they are removable, so eating and drink are unaffected. It’s important that the trays are worn 20-22 hours a day still, though, as taking them out for too long will slow the process down.


Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel in Olive Green

Good morning friends!
I pulled out this color -Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel in Olive Green – from deeeep within my nail polish stash for today’s Manicure Monday. I’ve probably had this nail polish for a good 5 or 6 years.

Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel in Olive Green

I love this color. Not just the nail polish, but Olive Green in general is a favorite shade of mine. I’d wear this color all day every day if I were not afraid of looking…militant.
Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel in Olive Green

Olive Green is a rich, deep, dusty green. With colors this bold, nail polishing errors sure are apparent, aren’t they? I’m still working on my polishing skillz.

Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel in Olive Green

I only need two coats for full opacity. It was layered over a base coat of Orly Bonder and under a top coat of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. It applied smoothly and evenly. Because I am impatient, I dunked my fingertips in a bowl of ice water to make it dry faster. I got about 5 days’ wear from this combo before it started to chip.

What’s on your nails today?


Purple Hair, Don’t Care!

I was browsing Sally’s Beauty Supply when I spied this – Ion Color Brilliance Brights in Lavender:
I used Ion Color Brilliance Brights in Lavender on my hair

Why not? I asked myself. After all, it’s only temporary
I used Ion Color Brilliance Brights in Lavender on my hair

It’s super-easy to use. No mixing or anything; just squeeze it out of the tube and apply to your hair. I put it on the underside of my hair and this was the result:
I used Ion Color Brilliance Brights in Lavender on my hair

But i thought it wasn’t quite enough, so the next day I put it on my entire ponytail:I used Ion Color Brilliance Brights in Lavender on my hair

It’s been about two weeks now, and the color has slowly faded away. It was blue, as if I had ink stains on my hair, then green, now it’s a greenish-yellow. I kind of like it; I feel rebellious and wild! I need to re-apply, and maybe this time I’ll do my entire head so it fades more evenly…

Have you ever colored your hair an unnatural color?


Aromaleigh Gossamer Variable Coverage Mineral Foundation

There are a few reasons why I stick with powder mineral foundation, even though I know it’s not advised for women overĀ  40.
First, I’m really oily. Whatever primer, finishing powder, skin care, whatever I use, my skin is oily, and foundation just does.not stay on. I have to reapply once or twice a day. With a powder compact, liquid foundation, or anything other than loose minerals, I think it’s kind of messy and gross.

Second, I have yellow undertones. There are few drugstore or department store foundations that are truly yellow. Maybe Prescriptives or Bobbi Brown, but I couldn’t ever get a great match there with the coverage I really want.

Third, and related to that last point – I feel like I need a lot of coverage. With loose minerals, I can control the coverage by adding layers when/as I need them, either the first time I apply it, or as the day goes on.

And finally (also related to the second point) if I can’t get a good color match, that’s not a big deal with loose minerals because I can mix up a color the way I want it to look. The way *I* want it to look, not the way some pushy sales person thinks it should. But I digress.

Anyway, that brings me to my current foundation – Gossamer formula from Aromaleigh. From the website:

Gossamer is ideal for all skintypes, and is our most popular mineral foundation formula. You can apply it with a fluffy brush for light coverage, or achieve a more moderate coverage by applying it with a kabuki brush or a flocked sponge.

It is finely milled and silky and contains Zinc Oxide, for full spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Gossamer also utilizes advanced light-dispersing and skin-smoothing pigment technology.

GOSSAMER looks just like you’d expect any mineral foundation to appear- a fine, loose powder… however, when you begin to apply it, you begin to feel a smooth, silky feeling on your skin… application is effortless… the powder melds with your own skintone yielding the appearance of perfection. It’s “Your Skin… Only Better”.

This is quality stuff. I fretted when Lumiere went out of business and I ran out of my beloved Cashmere foundation, but I needn’t have worried. Aromaleigh Gossamer is gorgeous, smooth, and gives me the coverage I really need. Bonus! There’s a bit of a shimmer in the foundation, so it’s not completely matte (the reason that women my age aren’t really supposed to wear powdered foundations). The glowiness with this foundation is perfect – my face isn’t flat matte, but it’s not shiny, either.

Aromaleigh Gossamer mineral foundation powder in Light 2Y and Medium 3Y

I really like the coloring/numbering system that Aromaleigh uses for its foundation – simple and straightforward. I’ve got yellow undertones, so I’m a Y. I’m light-complected, so I want Light. Easy peasy.

Aromaleigh Gossamer mineral foundation powder in Light 2Y and Medium 3Y

Except, Aromaleigh’s light is a bit too light for me. But – look above for Reason #4 why I buy loose minerals – that’s not a big deal. I just buy the medium shade and mix with the light!

As much as I love Lucy Minerals finishing powder, I’m tempted by Aromaleigh’s. The Luminesce Divine powder looks lovely and I think I need more glow! Or, I could try the Dewdrop foundation formula…or mix some of the Dewdrop foundation formula with Gossamer…

Aromaleigh is available online only, but you can order samples to find your perfect foundation match for $2.25. A full-size jar goes for $35 and lasts me about 4 months with 2-3 fully applications a day.

What foundation are you using these days?