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Summer Project — Houndstooth Pedicures!!

29 Jul
With four girls in our household, we are into all of the glitz and frilliness that go along with being girly. One of our favorite parts of Summer are pedicures!! We love giving each other pedicures and inviting our friends over for them too!

When Beckie was out filming our webshow this weekend, she mentioned a new (to me) product — nail polish strips. I immediately had to buy some to try with my girls. The brand that I tried was Sally Hansen Salon Effects. I love all of the different patterns and colors that are available in this line.

PLUS, they are so easy to apply. The strips stick to your nails and you don’t even have to wait for them to dry. Genius!! Beckie said that hers had been on for two weeks and they still looked awesome!!

I bought the Houndstooth pattern, just my style! 

So yesterday Ella and I experimented with them. This is what we did:

1. Make sure your nails are clean and dry.

2. Hold the stips up to your nails and decide which size will work best.

3. Peel off the clear plastic coating, and then the white backing.

4. Place the strip right up next to the cuticle of your nail and then stretch it slightly so it really grabs the nail. Then trim the excess.

5. Do this to all the nails. Then come back and use the pink nail file (which is provided) and Shape the strips to fit the nail exactly.

And you are done!! 
In 15 minutes I had a pedicure that didn’t have to dry. And it has a really cool pattern too!

And another company that has cool nail patterns is Jamberry Nails.

Here are some other great pedicure ideas:


  • You can always have a Glitter toes Party like we did. One of my favorite posts of all time 🙂 
**In case you were wondering, I wasn’t paid to write this post. I just thought this was a really cool product 🙂 
Have a Fantastic Friday!! 

PS — I just found out that today you can get nail shields for FREE if you sign up at  Save More. They have 40 different patterns to choose from. Such a great deal!!


PPS — It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!! I am SO excited to see YOUR ideas. The party starts at 6 pm {MST} tonight!!

Extreme Makeover: Beauty Tips/Tricks

3 Jun

It’s that time again: Extreme Makeover: Me Edition. This week I have been doing really well – I have been walking/running in the morning for an hour each day. I am starting to feel really strong. I also feel like I have more energy during the day. I still am down 3 pounds from where I started, and that is fine. I have noticed more toning in my arms and in my abs. I also noticed that my pants are fitting looser – so yay! I still need to download some good workout music to my ipod. Go on over to Amber’s and join in the fun!

This week’s question:

What’s your favorite beauty secret?

  • Sunscreen: I am a big believer. I use Neutrogena 45 sunscreen. I really like Neutrogena because it doesn’t make my face break out. I wear it year-round. And I put it on in the morning when I go walking even though I wash it off later and have to reapply it again after my shower.

  • I know other people have said this, but I love tank tops. The kind I buy are from a store called Charlotte-Russe. They are very light-weight and stretchy. They smooth evrything out and give me coverage for when I am bending over and my top hikes up over my pants.

  • Makeup Primer. I love this stuff. It smooths your skin out and mattifies your skin.

  • Mineral makeup. I think this is so much more natural than liquid makeup. And you can apply layers of it when you need a little more coverage.

  • Sunless tanner. This is great stuff. For me, using so much SPF, I don’t get very much of a tan. But if I have to go to the pool I feel so much better with some color. If you need some color fast, this stuff has bronzer AND self-tanner. The bronzer gives you an INSTANT tan so you can see it immediately. And it doesn’t rub off on everything.

  • Shine happy. I have EXTREMELY dry hair. No matter how much I condition it, nothing matters. This is a clear coat that is like dye, but without any color. It just gives your hair shine. It lasts about 6 weeks.
Have a wonderful day!