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Manicure Monday – Healthy Nails

I am at constant battle with my nails and trying to grow them out to be long and healthy. However, it seems like every time I think I’ve started to achieve healthy nails they immediately all start to break and peel and then I’m back at square one with awful looking nails/cuticles.  Today, I finally went a little youtube crazy and watched a ton of videos on healthy nails and found two that brought up points I think might actually help that I haven’t really heard before. I found the below photo on Pinterest and not only do I love the polish, but the length/shape/condition of those nails is how I eventually want mine to look on a regular basis.

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Killer Products – Frizz Fighters

m’s choice:

Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Ever Straight Flat Iron Spray

Even though it isn’t specifically a frizz fighter, it does exactly what I need. The spray includes Brazilian coconut oil and keratin proteins that seal and protect your locks. The avocado oils and cocoa butter smooth and tame those wild fly-aways without weighing down your hair. It keeps volume in my hair and doesn’t add that extra crunch or weight that gels do. I spray it on dry hair before I leave the house and it leaves my hairs smelling like coconuts all day!

c’s choice:

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Easy Boyfriend Short DIY

If you’re like me, at one point or another, your jeans will eventually rip in the inner thigh. It doesn’t matter how expensive my jeans are, they will always do this. So when this recently happened to yet another pair of my favorite jeans, I decided to try something new and turn what was left into a wearable pair of shorts. (This DIY can also be done with a pair of jeans that haven’t ripped).

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Killer Products – Mascara

Here at Bare Bones, we’re both a bit of makeup junkies and love testing out new products, especially when it comes to mascara. We know how disappointing it can be when you buy a new tube of mascara and it just doesn’t live up to the claims on the packaging, so here are a few of our favorite picks!

m’s Choice:

For awhile now, I have been using Maybelline Illegal Length. It goes on very smoothly, with very little clumps. As an added bonus it has micro fiber extensions that really grab on to your lashes and make them look longer! I was skeptical at first, but after using it the first time a noticed a difference. The fibers are like little extensions for your lashes! This mascara stays on all day no problem, with no smudging or running. I am really happy with it and will continue at purchase it at only $6 a tube available at most drug stores!

c’s Choice:

The most results I’ve ever seen from a mascara is from Benefit’s BAD gal Lash. This mascara is meant to create full, voluminous lashes, which it definitely does, and it gives some added length. However, at $19 a tube at Macy’s, it’s more of a “treat myself” kind of product.

When I don’t have the money to go for the BAD gal Lash, I’ve been leaning towards Neutrogena Healthy Lengths. It generally costs around $6-$8 at most drug stores. The reason I love this product is it’s meant to help stimulate growth in lashes while adding length with each application. Also, it goes on in a really smooth, shiny, extreme black color that really makes my eyes pop.

Bare Bones Mascara Tips:
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Manicure Monday – Feeling Purple

Polishes I used:

Left – Forever 21 Polish (from a pack of 10 and no, they don’t take the time to name their polishes. Lame.)

Center – NYC Sidewalkers

Right – OPI Sapphire in the Snow

Step One:

Start with a base coat of your darkest color.

Step Two:

Next paint the second color diagonally across the top half of your nail.

Step Three:

Paint your third color diagonally across the top of the nail leaving a sliver of the second color showing. And that’s it!

Extra tips:

  • Make sure each coat is completely dry before doing the next coat. I used a quick dry polish between each coat.
  • If you don’t have a steady hand, you can use scotch tape to guard the part of the nail you don’t want to paint.
  • Always start with a base and top coat.
  • Clean up mistakes with a Q-tip dipped in polish remover.
  • Whenever I paint my nails I always finish up by applying cuticle oil and hand cream.

This manicure is pretty easy and totally customizable to any outfit, season or event. Choose any colors you like!



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