Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dip Nails vs. Gel Nails

Hi All!
I recently tried out 'Dip Powder' nails after hearing much talk about them. Prior to trying Dip Nails, I had been getting Gel Polish manicures for the past 5 or so years every 2 weeks. After having the dip nails for a month I thought it would be a good time to give my thoughts on both.

Gel Polish //

* Fast to get done- takes around 30 minutes from start to finish including removal of previous gel
* Lasts for about 2 weeks- my appointments for the past 5 years have always been 2 weeks apart
* Can get a manicure- I love being able to get a manicure every once in a while & get my cuticles cleaned up
* Affordable - It's around $20 dollars at my salon to have just a gel polish color change

* Peels- this is the one thing that really drove me insane, sometimes it would last the full 2 weeks but often it would start peeling up on me all around the cuticle.
* Makes nails weak feeling - my nails were very weak when I would let them grow out so they would break really easily resulting in me having to cut my nails very short.
* Becomes "dull" looking- the shiny finish would wear off after the first week leaving a kind of scuffed look.

Dip Powder //

* Lasts 3+ weeks  - I love changing the color of my nails so I would never go longer than 3 weeks but this stuff lasts forever!
* Makes nails stronger - When the dip is on your nails it creates the same hardness as a fake nail which I love as I can't break my nails easily.
* Gives nails a great shape- They build up the product on your nails and then buff it into the perfect shape.
* Never peels or chips- this product has never come off my nails, it seems indestructible

* Takes 45 + minutes to have done- I have little patience and sitting in a nail salon for almost an hour is not my idea of fun! You have to sit for 10-15 minutes to let the product soak off and then they get your nails ready and begin to apply it, once it's applied they have to go back in and buff and shape your nails and then they add a final clear topcoat. It is quite the process!
* Can't get a manicure prior as your nail beds cannot have any moisture on them- as I mentioned previously I really enjoy manicures so it's a bummer you can't get a full manicure when getting the dip powder applied.
* Makes nails thicker- since the product is built upon your nails it does make your nails thicker, not as thick as fake nails but the same idea.

Final Thoughts //

After having both types I can honestly say I like both, that being said I do prefer the dip powder nails as I think they last longer, stay nicer overall and are much more durable! If you're going to spend the money to get your nails done that's the route to go! I felt like with gel nails mine were constantly peeling up on the edges prior to my 2-week appointment which was frustrating. The dip nails stay looking nice in between my appointments and I've yet to have any issues with peeling or breaking. I also love that it makes my nails feel "stronger" whereas, with the gel my nails were very bendy, this allows for me to grow my nails much longer without worrying about them breaking.

All of these opinions are my own- of course, everyone will have different experiences with products but these are mine. Let me know if you have any questions!


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Current Makeup Routine

Hi All!
It's been a while since I've shared my makeup routine & I've started using some amazing new products so I thought it would be a good time to share my routine with you.  All products will be linked at the bottom of this post. 
Sunday, February 10, 2019

My Sisters Closet Boutique

Hi All!

First off how cute is this sweater!? I love anything oversized and cozy for these cold winter months. I was recently introduced to the online boutique My Sisters Closet & I've fallen in love. There are so many great pieces at such great prices. 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Wedding Wednesday

Happy Wedding Wednesday!
I feel like I haven't shared many wedding things with you lately, besides my Unique Save the Dates last week. I've been busy planning out everything for the wedding and it honestly hasn't been as stressful as I had anticipated. I'm not generally a very laid back person but for some reason, this wedding stuff doesn't stress me out (thank god!).  Below I'm sharing what I've purchased so far for the wedding, the two things not pictured are of course my wedding dress & 6-foot wooden letters that spell out love (over the top I know!). 
I'm so excited about this hanger! I can't wait to see my dress hanging on it. 
I was on the hunt for a while to find flats for my wedding shoes. I definitely didn't want heels but it was difficult to find flats that felt dressy enough for a wedding. I'm so happy I found these- they're very comfy and definitely fancy enough for a wedding. 
 I purchased all of this rustic wedding decor for under $100- such a great deal. 
These table numbers & stands just came in yesterday! I found them on Amazon for such a great price.

I can't wait to share more of our wedding with you! There's still a lot to do.
I hope you've enjoyed!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Unique Save The Dates

Hi All!
I'm so excited to be sharing with you our save the date cards! I can't believe our wedding is less than a year away. I've been having so much fun picking everything out, from the decor and food menus to these unique save the dates. I had no trouble at all finding the perfect cards over on Basic Invite's site

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Current Skincare Routine

Hi All!
I've been meaning to share with you my current skincare routine as I've switched things up a bit and feel that it's really been helping my skin. I'm not sure if it's the switch of the seasons or lack of Vitamin D but every winter my skin takes a turn for the worst. This year I decided to do something about it and tried to nail down a routine that would combat some of the issues I generally face in the winter, like dryness and breakouts. Below I'm sharing the products I use from start to finish that have helped me to achieve a happy & clear complexion!

 First I use this pre-cleanse to remove all of my makeup. You use about one pump into the palm of your hand and then gently massage it onto your dry face. It will literally melt your makeup away (even stubborn eye makeup)!. Once your makeup starts to break up you can rinse your face and move onto step 2.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Home Decor Refresh

Happy 2019! 
I love the start of a New Year because I feel like it's a time to refresh my home. It felt so great last week to take down all of my Christmas decor and toss the tree out the back door (though it did make a HUGE mess!). I thought I'd share some of the new decor pieces I added throughout my home. To shop any of the items scroll to the bottom of the post.