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Hand Care Tips

Recently a friend posted a comment on Facebook about how old her hands were looking and she had never noticed until now. That’s how aging is, it just sneaks up on ya then BAM you look 80. ;) Ok maybe not 80, but you know what I mean.

I commented to her that she should try a hand lotion with sunscreen and she mentioned that hadn’t ever even crossed her mind but she would look out for some.

Hands and necks are the places where aging tends to show up first because a lot of people use sunscreen on their face then forget everywhere else. Also people are loathe to constantly apply lotion on their hands after washing them. I get it, it’s a pain. Just like brushing your teeth or flossing or washing your face. But if you don’t want to look way older than your age, you might wanna start oh say NOW.

It got me thinking about hand care in general and some rules I kind of live by. Especially now that I started doing nail swatches SUPER up close, I like to take care of my hands and nails as much as possible. I use hand lotion about 20 billion times a day, but I realized none of the 30+ types I have actually contain sunscreen!

Then this past weekend I discovered something after visiting 6 drug stores including Target, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens. It’s damn HARD to find a hand lotion with sunscreen in it! Now I’m not talking straight-up sunscreen, because wearing that on your hands can be a greasy, sticky, yucky matter, and I hate the feeling of it myself.

No, I’m talking a nice creamy regular hand lotion but with sunscreen in it. I looked at what seemed like 100 different types and not a single one (cruelty-free or otherwise) had sunscreen in it. What’s up with that?

I know it is out there but it seems it’s not easy to find. I also know you can definitely find it at places like Sephora or Ulta or online, but that’s not as easy sometimes as your local drug store.

I asked people on Twitter what their favorite ones were and here are some responses: Continue reading »

VV Friday Poll


Welcome to Friday, I hope your week was nice. :)

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Wet n Wild Mega Eyes Defining Marker Review

Wet n Wild Mega Eyes Defining Marker

Wet n Wild MegaEyes Defining Marker is a fast drying liquid liner in a pen form.

The tip of this is soft and bendable, which is KEY in a good liner pen.

I have used some very rigid liner pens in the past and they just do not work. You have to be able to move the tip along your lash line following the shape of your eye or you’ll wind up with a really weird looking line.

Wet n Wild Mega Eyes Defining Marker 2

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Q&A with VV

Question: Rose asks: What is your favorite waterproof eyeliner?

Answer: Good question! I don’t normally seek out waterproof liners because I rarely find that I need them unless it’s for my waterline. I do prefer gel or creme liners for my waterline because I find that they last much longer than in pencil form like Urban Decay 24/7 liner, which tends to disappear on me within an hour or so.

My most recent favorite discovery for waterproof liner is the Wet n Wild Mega Eyes Cream liner. It lasts a really long time on me and doesn’t smudge all over the place.

For the non-waterline area I am also loving the Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Liners. They REALLY last on my upper eyelids all day long with no cracking or fading or smudging. They can actually be a bit of a bear to remove. I haven’t yet done any swimming while wearing them, which might be the real waterproof test though. Continue reading »

Jesse’s Girl High Intensity Nail Color in Glee Swatches & Review

Pretend there is a bottle shot here. Sorry, I forgot to take it!

Jesse’s Girl High Intensity Nail Color in Glee is a really hard color to capture correctly on camera. I took tons of photos and am not really satisfied with any of them.

The color is a blue/green glitter that shifts and shows a lot of yellow also. It’s really MUCH more pretty in person, but I’ll show you what I was able to capture.

Jesse s Girl Glee Swatch

This is indoors with the flash. You can see it’s a really nice shade of blue and super, duper glittery.

The formula is good, it’s on the thinner side and a little sheer so three coats is necessary. I could still see my nail line after three coats though a bit in certain lighting.

Jesse s Girl Glee Swatch 2

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