DIY CUTICLE OIL
I’m always looking for products to try on my perpetually raggedy cuticles. After some research on Makeup Alley, I discovered that layering CND Cuticle Eraser and CND Solar Oil is meant to be REALLY effective in giving your cuticles the “just-manicured” look.
I ordered a bottle of CND Solar Oil but decided to make my own DIY cuticle oil while I wait for it to arrive. Solar Oil’s main ingredients are: Almond, Jojoba & Rice Bran Oil. I had some Almond Oil left over from a previous DIY skincare project, so I transferred it into a nailpolish bottle. This is how Solar Oil is dispensed – it makes the oil easier & neater to apply. Here’s what I did:
- Find an unused or empty nailpolish bottle.
- Pour any leftover contents into a ziploc bag filled with paper towels (helps contain the mess!) Save any metal ball bearings that came in the polish.
- Fill the bottle 1/4th full of acetone or nailpolish remover. Reinsert the ball bearing and swirl it around to thoroughly clean the bottle.
- Turn the bottle upside down so the neck & brush are cleaned.
- Pour the liquid into the ziploc bag. Refill and repeat a couple of times.
- Put a drop of dishwashing soap in the bottle and fill with warm water. Shake around with the ball bearing to remove all remnants of polish & acetone. Rinse and drain.
- Fill the bottle with Almond Oil – can add or substitute Jojoba Oil or Olive Oil. Add any essential oils for fragrance.
- Keep by your bedside and ‘paint’ it over cuticles at least once a day!
Now that warm weather has finally arrived (knock wood!) I’m always tempted by Iced Drinks when we’re out running errands (Iced Coffee, Iced Tea…) Keeping Iced Water on hand has helped me avoid the urge to hit the drive-thrus. The Bubba Stainless Steel Hero Bottle is AMAZING at keeping drinks cool – even after 5 hours in the car, it still has ice cubes! If you’re trying to drink more water, I highly recommend this thermos – AND it costs less than $20. I bought mine at Walmart and I’ve seen it sold at Target too – I’ve been buying them for EVERYONE in my family – my uncle, my sister, my parents etc! It’s also great for hot drinks – I used it to carry my Green Tea around in the Winter – and it stayed steaming hot for at least 4 hours (not tepid or lukewarm like my other stainless steel mugs).
How adorable is my newest iPhone cover – a Chanel Le Vernis print in May! I first saw this cover on Celina’s blog – she purchased hers on Etsy and I did too. I think the sellers keep changing usernames, because the seller I purchased mine from is no longer there (even though I JUST purchased this!) but if you search “Le Vernis Case” on Etsy, you should be able to find something similar.
My other new loves are these Coach Jelly Sandals with Bows. I’ve had a thing for bows ever since I saw the Valentino Bow Jelly Sandals (what is it with Valentino and all their amazing shoes? First the Rockstuds and now these?). They’re surprisingly comfy for Jelly Sandals – I wore them out doing errands on the weekend without any problems (unlike other Jelly shoes I’ve had which have rubbed my feet raw – ouch!). I found my sandals at Winners for $50 – it’s more than I’d usually pay for sandals but they look and seem indestructible so I’m hoping they’re worth it!
Have you used cuticle oils? Are you a fan of bow sandals?