How to: Nail care between salon appointments

Spring Perfect pink-tipped combo with OPI Nail Lacquer

This combo is what I came up with to cover up some of the regrowth from my gel nails to my natural nails.  The colours I used are O.P.I.’s “If You Moust You Moust”- from their Minnie Mouse line; and O.P.I.’s – “Princesses Rule!”.

My nail painting station.

Nail painting station

Here’s  what I have on my nail painting station:

a tall tumbler full of coffee 😉
regular nail polish remover
nail polish remover for natural nails
emery block with different finishes (a regular emery board is fine)
cotton pads with two textures
cotton balls
cosmetic scissors
cuticle trimmers
cosmetic cotton swabs with one flat and a point on each end
2 nail colours one light one dark
a natural nail base coat
a nail polish top coat

I place a couple sheets of paper towel over a hard surface, I normally use a hard covered notebook for painting my nails while watching a movie in bed.

Nail Prep

 

Nail preparations:

1) Saturate a cotton ball with the regular nail polish remover and hold it on your finger nail for 3-5 seconds while gently rubbing through the U.V. Gel top coat. When you notice that your nail has no more shine, repeat the steps for each other nail.

2) Use the coarse side of your emery board or emery block and start filing down the seam where the U.V. Gel meets your real nail. This won’t be hard to find because there usually is an awkward looking bump. Be patient and file down the nail evenly until it blends into your natural nail.

3) Shape your nail to fit your desired look. Mine were already filed into an almond shape at the salon, so I decided to shape them into a teardrop shape or a “stiletto” shape. The best way to keep things even is alternate shaping each side of your nail with the same pressure.

4) Once you’ve reached your desired shape, buff the entire nail with the finer side of your nail file for a smoother finish.

5) Next, using a textured cotton pad, wipe nails with the nail polish remover for natural nails this will help your nails to transition from your U.V. gels to your  natural nail while restoring your weakened nails. Most polish remover for natural nails usually contain Vitamin E which will promote healing and strengthening.

6) At this point, I clean up any hangnails or dry skin with the cuticle trimmers and cosmetic scissors where needed.

 

Time for the fun stuff!

 

Nail polish

1) Apply a base coat to each of your nails, most base coats don’t take long to dry so you can immediately start to paint.

2) Taking the darker of the 2 nail colours, in my case “If You Moust You Moust” by O.P.I. this colour is a solid pink with a slight blue undertone. I applied this colour to just the tips of my nails, it doesn’t have to be perfect as you will be layering the lighter colour over the entire nail which will hide imperfections. Try to get your tips a nice even solid colour.

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3) Make sure the lighter colour is translucent. I chose “Princesses Rule!” by O.P.I. for it’s sparkles. 🙂 Apply the polish over the entire nail until you get the look you want.

Princesses Rule!

4) Paint a generous layer of top coat over your nails. If you want to add nail decorations, like gems or polymer clay art,  put them on and gently press them into the fresh layer of top coat where you would like your art to be, then add another layer of top coat over the nail and the gem(s) to seal the decorations in.

5) The best part is taking that tumbler, sitting down to relax and watch a movie while waiting until the painted finger tips are fully dry.

I hope you enjoyed my quick fix for the times when my schedule can’t allow a salon appointment, it’s important to give yourself the self-pampering session we all need.

If you try this out for yourself, please let me know how it went! I’d like to see what you created. You can also tag me in an Instagram pic at stilettosupermom so I can see what you’ve created.

Stay Sharp…and have fun!

SS

Ahhh..App Attack!

This morning I was looking through my phone amazed at all the Applications I have on my iPhone 5s. First, for a gadget, my iPhone has been the best gadget of the year for me, with my Canon Vixa Mini-X as a very close second.

Now, let’s get into just one portion of my apps, that are the Social Media Apps.

Here is what I currently have on my “Peeps n Shit” folder:

 

Peeps N' Shit

So here we have it…where I lose most of my day..BUT I’m connected! 😉

 

Vine App

The Vine app is where I go to laugh and watch creative 6 second videos. It’s amazing what some people can do in 6 seconds. If you have some free time try it out, you’ll have a blast! Setup is quick and easy.

 

Voxer App

The Voxer app. is a very diverse app.  You can message as well as leave voice messages like a walkie talkie. It also has an upgrade for business purposes where you can have group conversations. Another impressive feature for me is I can get a transcript of interviews (with mutual agreement of course) for more accuracy when reporting.  I could get a completely transcribed version of the interview session with the questions and answers available to add to my projects.

My mom is overseas and this has also kept us from ringing up our phone bills.

 

Viber App

The Viber app has messaging and phone calling capabilities which also saves on the phone bill. It has cute features like cartoon stickers to send to friends too, if you’re into that thing…guilty over here! 🙂

 

textPlus app

The textPlus app isn’t a perfect app, but it does provide you with a separate phone number you can text and call from which keeps your cell number private. *Note: if you’re in Canada this app will give you a phone number from the U.S. so I usually keep mine as a back up for texting and for outgoing calls only.

 

Skype and Skype WiFi apps

Skype app provides messaging, voice calling and video calling. I haven’t really had to use the Skype WiFi yet however it is used to find a WiFi hotspot. I use this predominantly for my radio show, but the last time I used it, the call dropped more than once…I’m working on a new plan to ensue that doesn’t happen again.

 

FaceBook Messenger app

FaceBook messenger has improved a lot over the years. I use it to connect with family, however I can see the possibilities to incorporate it for business as well.

 

kik app

The kik app is a

fun one to have. It has messaging, video messaging, built-in emojis (smiley faces). I’ve met really great people as well as some weirdos, but I’ll get to that later.

 

WhatsApp App

WhatsApp has messaging capabilities, I haven’t really had a chance to use this but when I did set this up the first time I used it, I loved personalizing it. My favourite feature is you can make up your own personal statuses which comes in handy for when I can’t check it as often.

Whew! Ok, before you get all app download crazy, know that these are best used with a good WiFi connection to prevent those extra charges on your cellphone bills. This is from personal experience… Now let’s address the reality of these social apps. Like most social settings, there’s the good and bad, as well as everything in between. Unwanted messages can get through, let’s face it there are weirdos in the world and they come in all forms, but the great part of each of these apps is the BLOCK button. Don’t let these unwanted weirdos scare you away from the fun and harmless meeting and connection between family, friends and colleagues. I’m happy to report I’ve only had a few bad “apples” but the problems were easily solved with a block, no harm done. 🙂

The apps are available at the App Store of your iPhone. I don’t have an Android, but I believe these are available in Android as well. If you do try these phone apps, I’d love to hear your thoughts or tips to get the most of these little gadget helpers.  Also, if you have any suggestions of some good apps, I’m willing to try the out!  If you can find me with one of these apps, I’d love to hear from you and enjoy a great conversation.

Time’s up… so back to the studio I go…

Stay Sharp 😉

SS

Compact Studio and Platform Shoes

I had a productive day and I’m exhausted. The appointment was tedious, but necessary and I was glad to be out as fast as I could. I was finishing up some final prep work for the show tomorrow. It’s officially my birthday and I honestly couldn’t be happier. I have a workload I can handle and I love what I do.

I bought a new microphone and so far I’m really impressed! The first test I did, I had the window down in the car as I recorded some ramblings and it caught every word, crisp and clear.

My studio set up is so easy and it’s portable. I will be able to bring everything I need in a tote sized bag. Now that I’ve pinpointed a date, city, and what we are going to do, the Texas trip is going forward. I can’t wait to let loose and have some fun.

I’m going to sink into my blanket, watch the seasons of Three’s Company until I pass out and dream of what bellbottoms look best with my platform shoes. 😉

Sweet dreams

SS

Turning to Mush

The kids are back in their school routines, which means I get to have some much needed alone time.   By “alone time”, I mean “I can get things done uninterrupted and without playing the referee”.

I decided to put myself out there and try a Q&A episode for the radio show.  The questions I’ve been getting have been hilarious, topics from hygiene to relationships.  I can’t wait!  What better way to bring in my birthday than with my cohost?!  We always have a great laugh together. 🙂

Tomorrow will be another jam-packed day, so at 3:21am, I’m going to actually log off my computer before my brain turns to mush!

Much love to you guys!

SS

Local Fancy, but Flat.

I had to get so much done today but I managed to sneak in some food at a local pub I used to go to in my younger years.  It was completely renovated with the ambiance of a fine wine type restaurant, which I was completely underdressed for.    However, I was welcomed very professionally and seated right away.

I ordered the Coconut Shrimp as an appetizer… and wow!  The presentation was as yummy as it looks!  I’m not a huge fan of spicy sauces, but I tasted a bit of it and it wasn’t too spicy hot, but still too spicy for me haha.

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For the main course, I ordered the Chef’s Special Red Snapper on Grilled Lemons and Tomatoes with Rice and Black Beans.  This was a huge disappointment.  It’s my preference to have my main course on one plate so when they brought out these two dishes by two different servers… I was confused….one brought out this hot wood and iron plate.  I felt like I was getting served from an iron frying pan.  The next server brought out a bowl of white rice and black beans.  Yes, I was confused.  Like, why the great presentation?  I was waiting for a band or something to pop out of nowhere.  When I inspected the tomato dish it looked really good, but the fish was burned to the bottom of this “frying pan” platter, so of course the fish was dry and tasteless, basically it was dry fish on salsa.  I tasted a fork full of the rice which, you guessed it, it tasted like plain white rice and black beans.  I was completely underwhelmed.  Completely.

 

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On that note, the overall presentation was great but, damn…it seemed like such a waste.  I finished my iced tea and asked for the bill not even looking at the dessert menu.  It was a very confusing experience, but an experience nonetheless.  I probably won’t be coming back to this place anytime soon, but maybe I’ll give them another shot in a few more months.

Until the next restaurant…happy nom noms! 🙂

Easter Weekend Begins…

Today begins the Easter Weekend.  Thankfully , the sun is shining and it is warm enough to do some walking.  After my 9 year old and my 5 year old were done eating their after school snack of apples; I brought out my packs of stickers and construction paper and told them to make some pages, hats, or whatever they wanted.  They loved the idea of making crowns and hats.  The house is so quiet and I actually have time to write and work..as well as repaint my nails.

 

Easter Nails

I filed and shaped my nails and I came up with a pastel purple, pink and green look.

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On my left hand I painted OPI’s Lucky Lucky Lavender with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in no, 540 Jaded on the ring finger.  On my right hand, I put the same lavender colour, but I used OPI’s If You Moust You Moust on the ring finger.  I’ll be going to my brother’s house for Easter this year.  I don’t have a clue what I’m going to wear but I’m going to be rocking these nails out.  It’s traditional for all of the women in our family to sit down after dinner and paint our nails, chat and watch movies while sipping our coffees or teas.  I know my sis inlaw will expect me to bring my nail polish.

I also bought these Sharpie 80’s Glam markers from Staples on sale for $15.00…

supplies

 

…and from Michael’s Craft Store I bought these adhesive ribbons that  for $9.99 with their 40% off sale.

 

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I was clearing out my studio for some shelving and supply storage and I came to my picture box.  Most of the photos had taken some years of abuse from packing and unpacking.  Since everything is digital, I figured I’d seriously focus on getting these into scrapbooks before they get completely destroyed.  So far, it’s been very relaxing going through my old photos of the kids.  The best part is my brother left all his things with me on various moves.  From his paintings to his old decorations from his old place.  I came across his old pictures from when he was sporting around long hair, driving a Tracker and Keanu Reeves was the latest girl-craze.  I’m putting a page together for him which will be hilarious because I’m sure he’s completely forgotten about these.

I’m looking forward to this weekend with my kids and my family…  bring it on Easter! 🙂

OMG Milk & OMG Peanut…and Netflix

This whole week I’ve been doing research and this weekend has come and gone. The kids’ lunches are ready for the last week before Easter. I went to the nearby Dollarama and picked up some Easter decorations and set it up before the kids came home…and they LOVED it! I had to sneak a picture before they ate all the MiniEggs…

Easter 2014

…like I thought, they devoured them haha

I couldn’t find construction paper at Dollarama so I stopped at Shoppers Drug Mart and found a couple things I needed for some of my projects. I will have to buy some gel pens as my boys “have no idea where they are”. The pen case was exactly where I left them, but zero pens..sigh.

Smiley Stickers

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Supplies

My biggest “score” however, were the OMG candy clusters I found. I was watching The Dragons’ Den on Netflix and I learned that these chocolate treats were made by the same creators of Clodhoppers. Of course, I wanted to try them.

OMG's Candy

Uhmm all I can say is YUMMMMM! These chocolates have graham cracker bits mixed in with almonds (Milk in red packaging) and the same mixture but with peanuts (Peanut in yellow packaging). If you are a chocolate lover like I am you will love these. The chocolate is so creamy and although the bag looks small, they are quite filling. The Peanut version seemed to have peanut butter mixed into the chocolate with whole peanut chunks. Great snack food!

I took my dog for a late night walk to burn off the delicious treats, now I’m off to curl up in my comfy bed and watch some Netflix. I will let you all know what I watched tomorrow.

Much love! 😉

Rare

I am raised with a matriarchal mentality
I know how to maintain my own reality

When I am in pain I retreat to recover
I will come back stronger, my dear enemies, take cover!

There’s nothing you can do that will ever take me down
I earned these battle scars and I made my own crown

I’m a self-taught, wild minded, God fearing soul
I know what I want, I know where I’m going

Not all understand because my breed is rare
From my fingertips, my body to my long flowing hair

I do what I must for all that I dream
Welcome to the matriarchal society of ME.

Quo Make-up Remover wipes and Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been trying some different facial cleansing wipes. Since I am on the go, quite a bit with and without my children, I have to have these in my purse.  Ever since I’ve had my first child, I have always toted around a small packet of wipes. That goes back to when my mom used to keep all the KFC towelette packets in her purse. She was definitely right because I’ve had to reach for a wipe or two wiping fingers and mouths from my kids!

I was happy to see that they finally have facial cleansing wipes available which smell more “adult” and less “toddler”.

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I went to my local Shoppers Drug Mart and found that Quo (their exclusive brand) had started selling their Quo Make-Up Remover Wipes. I tried two packages, so approximately 1-2 months worth from this company. The scent is pleasant and at first I was nervous about whether my combination skin would get irritated. To my surprise the formula is pleasant and non-drying nor did it irritate my skin. It even managed to remove several layers of non-waterproof and waterproof mascara.

 

 

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A couple weeks ago I was shopping at Costco and found Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes. It came in a box of a total of 150 sheets in 30 sheet and 15 sheet packages. I was running low on my Quo wipes so I decided to try it out and see if it was comparable. I was pleasantly surprised to know that the Kirkland and Quo brands both smell incredibly similar. The Quo brand is a little stronger in scent but the Kirkland formula worked equally as well. Depending on how much mascara I put on. I did have to use extra sheets, or hold the wipe on my lashes until the formula could dissolve the mascara enough to gently remove it.  No skin irritations either!

 

 

Facial Wipes

 

Overall, if I had to choose between the two I would choose Quo. The formula seems to penetrate my stubborn mascara faster and I used less sheets. I will however continue purchasing and switching from both brands and will try other brands depending on where I shop.   Happy shopping!  🙂

Secrets

I’m here to put you at ease
Relax your body
Now, drop to your knees

My command is what you wish
Get closer to me
And taste my dish

Don’t disobey and make me frown
Or I’ll have no choice
I’ll take you down

My hands are hot, my heart is cold
But all your secrets
I protect and hold

I am your darkest fantasy
Full of danger
…and ecstasy…

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