02.15.18

Revel Dip Nails

Hey guys I am new to the dip nail trend. I’ve been hearing people talk about it and I’ve been getting tired of my peeling gel manicures. They start peeling so quickly in certain spots. As long as I fight the urge to peel them more they last, but that’s a tall order. Revel Nail sent me a starter kit including these 2 colors I used today – Crux and Isadora. This is only my second time doing my dip nails so I’m still getting the hang of it. You can see how I do it IN THIS VIDEO.

Difficulty Level
Medium

I found dip nails to be fairly easy once I got the hang of the steps. It is more work than a gel polish because it requires more filing. It’s also more damaging to your nail. All of these things are a down side, but when you consider the lasting power it balances out. My first manicure was pretty pathetic and it would have easily lasted 2 weeks or more. I ended up taking it off at 9 days though because my nails had grown out. I didn’t like the color of my first dip manicure so I ended up filing it down and painting over it with 2 coats of gel polish. It worked great! It worked way better than if I would have painted the gel on my nail. I didn’t have any peeling or lifting of the gel OR the dip nail. So that’s exciting to know that if I don’t like the color I can easily paint over it with my gel polish.

Recommended Nail Kit Buys

If you do dip or gel nails I cannot recommend and electric drill enough. It makes it so much easier and quicker. I can’t believe it took be this long to buy one. I have this one below from amazon.

You remove dip nails similar to gel polish. I have a video I’ll post about my removal of them. The most helpful thing I have are nail clips. They are so helpful and easy to use and I’m so glad to not have to use foil anymore.

Last but certainly not least – the Revel Nail Kit. I recommend buying a starter kit and then adding to it. There are a LOT of colors available and they are $10-$14 each. I think I would like to add more colors to my kit, but the fact that I can still use my gel colors on top of a dip nail is AMAZING! I was worried that I invested all of this money on gel colors and now they would never get used. I know that I will start with dip nails and then when I want to change the color I’ll use my gel. Best of both worlds!

XOXO

01.25.18

Fitbit Charge 2 Review


Hey guys I am writing a formal room for my Fitbit Charge 2. I wear it every. single. day. I have other nice watches that sit in the jewelry box now that I have this. I love being able to track my activity. It really helps me gauge how forgiving I can be with my food intake and it’s inspired some really good habits. It has jump started my new ‘ketogenic’ lifestyle this year. More on that lifestyle decision later.

The Good

This lavender band and rose gold face is beautiful. It was definitely worth the extra money. It does a great job of tracking my steps and it is customize able. I really like that the watch lights up and shows you symbols of what the numbers mean. All of my texts come through on my watch, which is something I never thought I’d love so much. I used to miss calls and texts all the time but now my watch vibrates every time I get one. It’s been really helpful. Especially because I tend to leave my phone in one spot while I clean. The heart rate monitor works well most times I check. Resting heart rate is really good. It is off during high intensity exercise and I don’t recommend it for any type of circuit training. If your heart rate stays steady during your work-outs it will probably be sufficient. There will be a lag in accuracy though. For me, I prefer my Polar H10 for any type of workout though. It’s accurate, its wireless and it’s my go to monitor. It has a bunch of other features that am not too familiar with since I use it primarily as a watch/pedometer. You can set alarms on it to get you moving more. I had them set in the beginning but I found them more of a nuisance so I turned them off. It’s nice to have the option though. A huge plus to the Charge 2 is that it’s pretty. It’s not an ugly fitness tracker and let’s be honest……. most of them are. I researched them all and the biggest selling point of the Charge 2 was the style. It’s not over-powering. It’s still delicate enough for smaller wrists, especially the rose gold face. It doesn’t scream “HI – IM A FINESS TRACKER!”. You can buy a ton of different bands for them which is amazing. They have leather, metal, and more plastic bands on amazon.

The Not So Good

You tap the screen twice to turn the screen on, but you have to tap hard. I usually have to try 2-3 times before I get it just right. It does have a button on the left of the face that you can always press, but you shouldn’t have to. You can also turn your wrist up and that motion turns it on. That works fine except for when I’m in bed. Then it barely works at all. Or it works while we are all sleeping and wakes us up. A big con for me is that it doesn’t track my steps when I’m pushing a stroller or cart. Which stinks big time because huge chunks of my steps are happening like this. I get that every pedometer would have this issue, but I wish there was a way around it. I wish the charge lasted longer. I typically get 6-7 days out of mine. It charges quickly enough, but it’s still a pain to be in the middle of something when the low battery sign comes on. I dread that low battery signal every week haha! Another con is that it doesn’t show me full texts if they are too long. I love being able to read my texts on my watch until they get cut off and I have to go find my phone anyways. I also wish they came in yellow gold faces. Maybe the next round will offer it.

In my opinion the pros of the Charge 2 GREATLY outweigh any cons I’ve found. It’s really has changed my activity level. I find myself walking around more to get more steps on my pedometer. It’s become like a game and I’m always trying to get a high score. I’ve finally lost my baby weight and I’m really trying to adopt a much healthier lifestyle this year. I don’t use all the functions on my Charge 2 because it does so much. It’s a wonderful fitness tracker for everyday life and a more advanced tracker.

12.06.17

Gift Giving Guide 2017

Christmas is upon us again! Can you believe it? Another year flew by and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. It’s true what they say, ‘The older you get the faster time goes’. YES and YES! Why…….. time please slow down for those of us desperately trying to savor every smile and laugh our babies give us. Back to the fun part that comes at the end of each year, GIFTS! I like giving gifts. It’s my primary love language so why wouldn’t I? If you guys are like my husband though, you’re horrible at the gift giving thing. You never know what to buy and it gives you hives just thinking about picking out the right gift. Lucky for my hubby I send him periodic e-mails letting him know what I have my eye on, just in case he needs a life line. But for the rest of the special people in your life, what in the world do you get them? I like to think of myself as a master gift giver. I love to give and shopping for the perfect gift is actually a fun task for me. Here are 10 items that would make great gifts this year.

1) Fit Bit 2
These Fit Bits have come a LONG way since I bought one for Tom for Christmas 5 years ago. This was actually something I got for Christmas, and since I couldn’t wait I’m already using mine. So far I love it. Not only does it track your activity like steps, heart rate, and sleep, it also connects to your phone so that every time you get a text or phone call it will show up on the watch. I love it! Yesterday I was around the house doing chores and every call or text I was getting made my watch vibrate. The texts even show up ON THE WATCH! I haven’t used this during a workout yet so I can’t say how I feel about the heart rate monitor. I know the first generation of this watch was not great for people circuit training because it had trouble keeping up with the HR changing so often. I hope they fixed that because I cannot exercise without a heart rate monitor. It also has a cool function that walks you through a 2 minute breathing session when things are getting too stressful throughout your day. PLUS it all connects to your phone so you can track your calories, customize your settings, and set activity alerts and goals for yourself. You can even buy different bands to customize your look! So in my book this gets an A+ because anything that can help us be a little healthier is a welcomed gift.

Pros:
Great for men, women, and kids
Easy to use
Connects to phone
Great easy app
Bands are changeable
2 sizes for different wrists

Cons:
$149 may be too much for some to spend, but it’s worth it for all it does!
Wish it came in yellow gold
Not waterproof

2) Rodan and Fields Lash Boost

Give the gift of great lashes (or brows)! This year I started my business with Rodan and Fields and I have been blown away by their products. As a blogger, I’m constantly trying out new products but these have beat them all. One product that shines bright is the Rodan and Fields Lash Boost Serum. This stuff is amazing. I’ve used so many lash growing serums in my time and this one has blown them all out of the water. I cannot be without it! Since starting my business my friends are now addicted to it as well! I’ve learned for some reason people avoid spending money on skincare products for themselves. That is why giving it as a gift becomes the gift that keeps on giving. Once people feel and see the difference they will see what a great gift it is.

Pros:
It works!
Lasts 3-4 months
No Side Effecs
Dermatologist created
Unique
Works on brows and lashes
60 Monday back guarantee!

Cons:
$150 PC Price But it’s only $135 if you are a PC Perks member!
Can take up to 12 weeks to see results (you WILL see results)

3) Rodan and Fields Redefine Regimen
For the same reasons I listed about the lash boost. Most people don’t like spending money on their skincare which is why gifting it is such a great option. This Redefine regimen is our anti-aging flag ship. It comes as a no fuss kit. Use 3 products in the morning and 3 at night. It comes with a day cream WITH SPF and a night cream. For the price you get 4 products that will last months! If this isn’t the right regimen for your receiver we have 4 others. Reverse lightening for skin discoloration (age spots, freckles), Reverse Brightening for a brighter complexion and dull skin, Unblemish for those with acne, Soothe for those with sensitive skin.

Pros:
Easy to use for those who are new to skincare
Results results results!
60 day money back guarantee

Cons:
Retail is $199 – But please don’t waste money paying retail price.
PC perks is only $179 + free shipping for 4 products

4) Convection Bowl
This may seem like a silly gift to some, but that’s just because you haven’t seen how awesome this thing is! We use this thing almost every day. This is essentially an updated toaster oven. A better toaster oven. It cooks faster, the food tasted better, it fits more, it’s easier to clean, it’s just all around better. You have so much variety on what you can use it for. Have you heard of those “air fryers”? These are essentially large air fryers. They cook the food exactly the same way. But with the convection bowl you can actually cook things. We primarily use it to re-heat leftovers (pizza is so good heated in here), chicken tenders, frozen foods, fried foods. I stumbled upon this thing while I doing research about air fryers and I am SO glad I did. It has changed our food/kitchen game. I barely use my oven which saves a ton of energy.

Pros:
Fast
Efficient
Can use for a ton of things
Inexpensive at around $50
Great gift for any adult or student

Cons:
The bowl gets very hot so make sure kids can’t reach it

5) Alterna Haircare Caviar Moisture Duo
These are SO SO GOOD! I went over a year with my hair out of whack when we first moved to Texas. The climate was just too different from Colorado. We went from no humidity to 50% minimum and that was hard for my hair. I tried many many products and everything left my hair dry or greasy. I saw this duo and I gasped at the price. I was intrigued because it had great reviews but it was so expensive. Though, there had to be a reason why people kept coming back and spending the money on it. I caved and bought it thinking that there was no way it was going to be worth the money. Well after the first use I was sold. It left my hair silky soft and perfect. I could go longer without washing my hair and it wouldn’t get greasy! It was some weird hair magic and I cannot explain how or why these products are so amazing. All I know is that they are!

Pros:
Amazing!
Left hair silky soft
Hair didn’t get greasy for several days after washing

Cons:
Expensive for shampoo and conditioner
May not be worth it for men with short hair

I hope these ideas are somewhat ‘out of the box’ from the typical (boring) bath set you can find at any store. The main thing I focus on when gift giving is making sure I’m buying something that will be USEFUL! If it doesn’t get used then it becomes a waste of money for both me and my receivers. I don’t ever want to give a gift that becomes “It’s the thought that counts”. Some of these items are available at Nordstrom which is where I HIGHLY recommend you buy they from. They offer free shipping and free return shipping. The also have the best return policy in the biz. The Rodan and Fields stuff you can get through me or my RF site. Feel free to email me at sarahmarie55@gmail.com.

04.07.17

e-cloth Give Away!

Hey Y’all! I am having a give away on my youtube channel. I was sent these great products for Elliot and I am really impressed with them. Basically they are clothes that kill bacteria with just water. Once they are dirty I toss them in the washer to use again. Baby Care by e-cloth removes 99% of bacteria. They also last 300 washes, which is approximately 6 years and removes ALL risk of chemical exposure for your little ones.

To enter watch my video to see what you have to do to enter. Easy as that! But hey if you don’t win just head over to their site and purchase the starter pack. It’s worth it, I promise.

Good luck to everyone who enters! Be sure to subscribe and follow my blog as well!