Beauty

Color Street Nail Polish

Let’s be honest, as a working mom of 2 little ones I really don’t have the time to go to the nail salon every week.  Mix that with the fact that even though I LOVE shellac nail polish, they absolutely ruin my nails. So, I am always on the hunt to find nail polish I can use at home that can give me salon wearability and shine.  Today I am talking all about the brand, Color Street.

Color Street: Color Street was founded by a man named, Fa Park. He set out on a mission to find a way to make painting nails easier for women ((and men)).  After years of designing and trying different adhesive papers, Color Street hit the market in Fall 2017.

What Is It?: Similar to Jamberry, this product is actually an adhesive that goes directly onto your nail.  The biggest difference between Color Street and similar products out there, is they actually use REAL NAIL POLISH for their products.  So, when you open up a package of nail strips, they are 90% dry and will set once on your nails. When I say “set” I pretty much mean they will instantly dry. because you can go about your day as soon as you are finished.

What You Get: When you order from Color Street, you have a variety of basic colors, glitters, or designs to choose from.  Once the polish arrives at your doorstep and you open it up, you receive everything you need.  In each color package you receive 2 strips of various nail sizes to choose from, a miniature nail file, and an alcohol wipe. Each package of nail color is vacuum sealed so the product can stay fresh, literally when you cut it open you can smell nail polish.

How It Works: 

  • I recommend filing and buffing your nails before you begin to apply the product, so the adhesive can bind to your nail with a stronger hold.
  • Next, you will use the provided alcohol wipe and cleanse each nail.
  • Open the nail color strips.  Choose the correct nail strip, size-wise, for each nail.  It was recommended to me that you size down, because the strips can stretch a little to fit.
  •  Once you have the desired size chosen, peel off the clear plastic on top, As well as the silver tab and the backing on the backside of the nail polish.
  • Holding the strip in the middle, apply to desired nail.  Smoothing out from the bottom to the top.
  • Tear the excess off, but hold onto the remaining pieces. You can use this on your same nail on the opposite hand.
  • Once the excess is torn off, cut it down a bit so you have just a little hanging over to tuck under the nail.  Tuck the polish under your nail, then file your nail.
  • Repeat for remaining nails.
  • That’s it!

After wearing these color strips for a while here are my thoughts on them.

Pros: 

  • TIME SAVER!!! It literally took me 10 minutes for the whole process and my nails looked amazing.  I received so many compliments as well.  The shine lasts and looks like a salon painted your nails.
  • I also love that they use real nail polish, so the adhesive doesn’t feel “heavy” on my nails.
  • Love the various strip sizes included because you can give yourself a manicure and pedicure using just one single package.
  • It is also convenient that they come with everything you need already in the packaging.
  • Color Street is constantly running sales for buy 3 get one, so each package runs from $11-$14 which is reasonable for a manicure. SO easy to remove- just grab some nail polish remover and you are finished.  (Although the glitter polish did take a little more effort to remove).

Cons:

  • Although they use real nail polish, it is not 7-free meaning there are harmful chemicals used in the actual nail polish.
  • I will be the first to admit that I am tough on my hands, but this did not last 2 weeks.  Mine needed to be taken off after 9 days because of the wear and tear.
  • Once the packages are opened, you cannot use them again later.  I stored mine in a ziplock bag inside an air-tight container and didn’t have any luck.  Meaning I used to different packages so I could have accent nails. That means my 9 day manicure actually cost me $23.
  • There is a learning curve when it comes to applying the adhesives.  After 3 rounds I am better at it, but still not great.
  • Popular shades sellout quickly, so order fast if you like one.

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Final Thoughts: All in all, I am so glad I tried this product. It is an easy way to get your nails done at-home.  If you’re in the market for a new polish to try, give it a whirl.  I personally will only use it for special occasions since it can cost a bit more if I choose to use accent nail designs.  Another reason is I prefer to use nail polishes free of chemicals since we have children in the house.

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Have you tried Color Street? What are your thoughts??

Beauty · Uncategorized

The BEST Foot Peel

Spring is here!! Which also means its time to pack away the boots and bring out the open-toed shoes.  Thats right, it’s time to let those feet be free!!  If you’re anything like me though, your winter time pedicure routine doesn’t happen as often as you’d like.  Knowing my feet will be wrapped up for months, makes me push my toes to the back burner.  So, knowing my feet have been neglected for months I went on a mission to find a product to get my feet feeling silky smooth and ready for sandals asap.

I stumbled across Grace & Stella’s Dr. Pedicure and let me tell you that this product is an absolute game-changer! The box doesn’t lie when it says, “Use this and you’ll be showing off your feet in no time.”

What is it? This is a foot peel that will actually eliminate dead skin from your feet over the course of a few days. The peel comes in a variety of scents, but each one provides the same results.  The foot peel consists of two plastic booties that you will secure on your feet using tape.  Once finished, your skin are silky smooth and ready to hit the beach.  Disclaimer: If pregnant or nursing they suggest not using this product without consulting your doctor first.

How it works? Now, this part seemed a little strange but I went with it.  You will want to soak your feet for about 10 minutes (or take a really long shower) so your feet are soft.  Dry your feet.  Then, you will open up the package placing one bootie on each foot.  Once the booties are on, secure them with the tape provided in the package.  They also suggest placing socks over the booties to help secure them in place (I followed this recommendation and recommend you do too).  Now, you just sit back and relax for an hour while the peel works its magic. After an hour, remove the booties and throw them away.  Finally, wash your feet again with soap and water.  Thats it!

Peeling: After a few days, some say as early as 3 but mine didn’t start until day 5, your feet will literally start to peel.  I mean like snake shedding new skin type peeling.  Don’t be alarmed, that just means the product worked!  Over the next several days your feet will continue to shed all the dead skin.  It actually grossed me out a tad, so I was sure to wear socks so I didn’t have flaky skin falling everywhere. It is super important you do not pick at the skin, but naturally let it fall off.  After about 7-10 days your feet will finish peeling.

Results: My skin has NEVER felt this smooth.  Thanks to this peel my feet are silky and ready for manicured toes and barefoot days. I am so thankful I tried this peel and will keep one handy for the future.  Such an awesome product that required little work for fresh feet.

If you are interested in trying this foot peel out for yourself click here.  (Also available on Amazon). Its probably the best $12.95 you will spend this spring.  If you try it, don’t be grossed out.  This literally is like an at-home spa day without that massive spa bill.  If you’ve tried it or end up trying it, let me know what you think!!!

Sarah

Recipes

What’s Cookin

Today I’m talking about a random skillet sensation that I threw together in a pinch. This turned out to be simply amazing and has managed to become one of our favorites rather quickly. The best part is the ingredients we already had on hand. If you’re looking to add a quick and family friendly recipe to the mix, this is for you.

Ingredients:

  • 1lb ground hamburger
  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup red pepper jelly
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (we actually use palm sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Salt & pepper to your liking

Directions:

  • Wash and peel sweet potatoes. Then cut in half and cube sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • In skillet, brown hamburger and chop it up. When finished cooking, set aside.
  • Pour 2 Tbsp olive oil into skillet, turn skillet to medium heat. Pour cubed sweet potatoes into skillet.
  • Add in all the seasonings while the sweet potatoes are cooking and stir.
  • Cook sweet potatoes, they will be soft with a fork.
  • Once potatoes are cooked, add hamburger back to the skillet. Stir to mix everything together.
  • Add in 1 cup of spinach and red pepper jelly to the skillet. Mix together.
  • When spinach turns a brighter green, turn off the skillet.
  • Plate the meal and enjoy!!
Beauty

Money Saving Makeup- Drugstore Finds

Although Sephora will forever own my soul, I have set out on a mission to find makeup also available at a reasonable price. Not everyone wants to spend $30 on foundation, and to be fair I don’t always want to either. However, I also want makeup that lasts all day and won’t cause any breakouts on my skin. So, this past month I tried several drugstore brands. Some were absolute misses and they went straight into the trash after a day, but some were absolutely amazing. Today I am talking about the products that worked for me. Who doesn’t like to save a little money?

L’Oreal Infallibile Glow Pro Foundation

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This foundation is available in many shades so it can complement any skin tone.  Not only that, but it feels so light on your skin.  Sometimes drugstore foundations can cause my skin to feel clogged or heavy, but with this foundation I barely remembered it was on.  Another plus is the longevity of the product, it stayed in place all day long and I looked just as fresh at the end of the day as I did in the morning.  My favorite part about this foundation is the subtle glow it provides on my skin.  It almost reminded me of a built-in highlighter.  As the light hits the face, it provides a dewy glow all day long.  Such a steal for only $13.

 

L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation

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Seems a little crazy that I loved both the matte and the glow, but I loved them for different reasons.  I choice the matte foundation on days where I wanted to apply custom highlight and a fuller face.  Just like the glow pro, this foundation provides medium coverage with a long lasting ability.  It will truly come down to your makeup preference and if you prefer a subtle glow or a more light/textured finish.

L’Oreal Eyeliner

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I love everything about this wooden eyeliner pencil.  It literally glides right onto your skin.  Plus, it is easy to sharpen which is always a nice thing.  I also love that it lasts all day long and you will have this pencil for months before needing a new one.  (Although, its recommended you swap out eyeliner every three months).

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid

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I. Love. Matte. Lipgloss.  More importantly, I love THIS matte lip gloss.  It is available for only $8, which is half the cost of my favorite brand from Sephora.  Vivid Matte comes in a variety of shades and feels like butter on your lips.  This is now in my purse every single day- LOVE it.

Essie Treat & Love

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Nail polish can be tricky, no matter the brand. When doing my nails at home I prefer to use companies that have limited chemicals and are part of the 5 free campaign.  Essie certainly fits the bill for this. Their Treat Love & Color line provides everything Essie already stands behind PLUS the added bonus of strengthening your nails while wearing the polish. It is available in a variety of shades, but I am loving the soft pink shade “Soul Happy”.  Check out this polish for only $10, which is a lot cheaper than your bi-weekly gel polish at the salon.

Mixed Chicks Spring Bands

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These cute little spring hair ties look like something you would hold your car keys on.  I was skeptical at first, but gave them a whirl.  This product does exactly what is states- hold your hair in place without the kink from a typical hair tie.  So, you can easily transition your hair from up to down without any creases in your hair.  I just chose this brand, but several are available at your local drugstore ranging from $3-$5.

 

What are some of your favorite drugstore makeup finds? Any must-haves that I should look into? Would love to hear your comments below. Happy Shopping!

Kids Corner

How to Catch a Leprechaun…

Move over Elf on the Shelf, there is a new holiday book in town for St. Patrick’s Day.  Except this time, you are trying to set a trap to catch your very own leprechaun.  Parents rejoice, no elf to keep track of every day.  Instead, tap into your creative side and design a trap to catch your leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, let me clue you in.  How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace is a story about a quick little leprechaun who loves shenanigans but is extremely fast.  Can you make a trap that can catch this little guy?

Well, we certainly had fun trying at my house.  Christmas isn’t the only holiday that has a little bit of magic mixed in.  Spend some time with your little ones this week devising a plan to catch your leprechaun.  This year we used an empty tube, construction paper, glue, glitter and sequins. My two-year old quickly realized though that we needed a ladder because leprechauns can’t fly.  Thank goodness for toothpicks, they saved the day and became our ladder. Once we had our container the way we enjoyed, we set our trap.  Everyone knows a leprechaun can’t resist some gold coins and lucky charms.

This cute activity required little to no effort on my end, we used items we already had in the house.  Plus, my two-year old is obsessed with checking the trap now every morning. So, if you’re looking for a new book and a fun Saturday morning craft, look no further.  I will also be bringing this to school this week and having my students create traps, which we will write about during writing time.

Have you made a trap? Show me your pictures- I would love to see them!  What do you do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day??

See you over the rainbow!

Health & Fitness · Recipes

Açai Bowls

Açai berries have been one of the hottest ingredients for the past few years.  The acai berry has been deemed a “superfood”, which basically means it is packed with essential vitamins for you.  Right now, people is Southern California cannot get enough of something called an açai bowl and for good reason.

First, let’s just review a few simple things. An açai berry is a purple berry found in in Central/South America.  This delicious little fruit grows on acai palm and the fruit is now used as an ingredient in juices, smoothies, powders, etc.  Some people are actually calling this little purple/red berry “purple gold” because of all the punch it packs for such a small piece of fruit.  Acai berries are high in antioxidants, richer than the typical strawberries and blueberries you already know so much about.  Additionally, acai berries are low in sugar and provide a wonderful source of calcium for your body.

With all the health benefits and seeing how popular this fruit has become, I decided to make my own acai bowls at home.  Even a good thing can be a bad thing and when I was looking at calories/sugar content of an açai bowl from local smoothie stores I realized I would be better off making my own.  Let me tell you, this was DELICIOUS! My picky two year old stole this gorgeous snack from me, so I ended up making a second. Not only does it look delicious, but it is loaded with things that are good for you.

To make this smoothie I purchased a bag of the frozen Jamba Juice Protein Smoothies Berry Awesome Açai.  Açai berries can also be found on its own in the frozen food section at some grocery stores (I wasn’t so lucky, but is available at other grocery stores nearby).  Since making this though, I have discovered the açai powders they sell online and I will be using a scoop of that mixed with my own greek yogurt from here on it.  The powder is much more cost-effective and still provides the same nutrients as the frozen berries.  Simply mix half the bag with 8 oz of liquid, I chose coconut water, a little ice and blend it up.  Once you reach desired thickness, pour into bowl and top with fruit/granola.  I have seen people use everything from mango to coconut shavings on their açai bowls.  I think it truly comes down to your personal preference.  In my opinion, the granola adds a nice little crunch to the bowl.  (My daughter would agree, because she kept requesting more in her bowl.)

If you’re looking for a new snack or breakfast item, give these delicious bowls a try! Have you already tried them? What do you think?? I am LOVING how beautiful the food looks and how delicious it tastes!

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Planner

As a teacher I think it’s in my blood to LOVE planners. Literally, I cannot get enough and I’m obsessed with the different patterns/styles available. Major problem with this addiction is it can become quite costly. A decent planner these days can be at least $25 and the customized ones I love so much are typically $60+. (Let’s be fair though, the customized version I typically purchase as my lesson plan planner).

This weekend I stumbled across a link for the cutest free daily planners. I featured it on my blog today because I love it. The florals are beautiful and perfect for springtime. You will also find various templates that are also available for purchase on the site as well. Click here for the free planner shown above.

Hope you enjoy this stellar find! Happy Monday all!

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