Easy peasy Fourth of July manicures


This weekend kicks off the Fourth of July holiday. People everywhere will be buying hot dogs and burgers, stocking up on adult beverages and grabbing all the other essentials to celebrate America’s birthday.  When you pick up your party food you can also pick up something cute for your nails, these cute patriotic imPRESS nails.

Priced at just $5.99 each, these patriotic nails “press on” in minutes without a lot of effort or chemicals. Each set comes with a variety of sizes to fit nail beds of all sizes and once they are applied they can last up to seven days.

You can find them at grocery and drug stores including CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Harris Teeter.

Nude Skincare ProGenius Rescue Oil – a review

I am always looking for something to mitigate wrinkles. Unfortunately, retinol (the most effective wrinkle treatment) and I don’t get along. Awhile back I read about celebrities  like David Gandy incorporating rose hip seed oil into their beauty routines to combat aging. A few days later I was shopping online and I saw this Nude Skincare trial kit at Sephora. I bought it, along with some other things.

Sephora haul 2.2016
Needles No More by Dr. Brandt (thumbs down), Supergoop Sunscreen Oil (thumbs up), Urban Decay Primer Potion (so-so) Marvis Toothpaste (thumbs up) and Nude Skincare Progenius Rescue Oil duo (thumbs up).

Nude Skincare is a natural skincare brand that includes Mrs. Bono as one of the backers. The brand has a few treatment oils, including the Progenius Rescue Oil. In addition to cold pressed rose hip seed oil,  rosemary oil and coleus root extract the treatment includes bakuchiol, a “natural” retinol that helps to improve texture and guard against skin stressors. It is also vegan.

It came with ProGenius Omega Treatment Milk, which you are supposed to put on before the oil. I didn’t really like the smell of the texture of the treatment oil so I don’t use it. The oil “stays in place better if you layer it with a moisturizer, but you can apply it to cleansed skin.

I use it at night, after I put on my rosacea treatment and sometimes in the morning as a daytime moisturizer. It helps calm by burning, red skin and my skin is super moisturized when I wake up in the morning. My skin also seems firmer, radiant and has a more even skin tone. Suffice to say – I love this stuff! Now the cons – if you don’t wear it with moisturizer, it tends to take longer to absorb, getting on your glasses, etc.. It is also expensive ($68 an oz.) and Sephora recently announced it will be discontinuing it.

While supplies last, you can head over to Sephora and stock up or just try out the brand at 30 percent off. The trial kit I bought (several of them actually) is called the ‘Double Dose of Genius’ and is reduced to $15.40 for .33 oz each of Rescue Oil and Treatment Milk. The oil has lasted me since February and I spilled a bunch. At 2-3 drops per application, this sample could last you 6 months. I will use up my supply and if Nude Skincare is gone by then I’ll look for a replacement.

Get $10 by joining Nordstrom’s new rewards program

Sign up by July 10 to get a $10 certificate to use July 22 to Aug. 7, 2016.

If you follow business news than you know what’s happening out there in retail land – things are bleak.  Retailers are having one of the worst quarters in history and apparel is one of the main culprits.  The glacial pace of sales has encouraged companies to provide some pretty amazing incentives. MAC  Cosmetics has been offering deals like $10 off $50 and 15 percent off and Bath and Body Works has been sending out coupons for free products.

Nordstrom is launching a new program that rewards shoppers with points that can be then exchanged for store gift certificates. To kick it off, they are giving everyone that signs up a $10 certificate that can used during the summer anniversary sale, July 22- Aug. 8, 2016. To get your certificate, head over to Nordstrom.com and sign up before July 10, 2016. The certificate can be used online, in-store, at Nordstrom Rack and at Hautelook.

If you didn’t know already, Nordstrom is a great place to buy makeup and beauty products. They offer everyday free shipping on any purchase and price match on beauty across the internet.

Get a free KISS manicure at Walmart stores this weekend

KISS, the creator of the press-on manicure is inviting you to Walmart for a free application Saturday, May 21, 2016 in select stores. Forget the old do-it-yourself acrylic nails, KISS has revolutionized glue-on and press-on nails to feature all the latest colors and trends in the nail world that can applied in minutes.


Come out this weekend and check out the new summer styles and colors of the  Nail-spirations Collection of imPRESS Manicure and The Collection Nails by KISS. The new collection includes tropical flowers, playful colors, geometric designs and patriotic red, white, and blue – perfect for Independence Day.

To get your free manicure, just head to your local Walmart store on Saturday, May 21st from noon to 4 p.m. local time. Go to http://www.kissusa.com/stores/ to find the participating store near you.

After you pick up some new manicures, share them for a chance to win a trip for two to New York Fashion Week. To enter the  KISS Nail-spiration Contest, just post a image of your KISS or imPRESS Manicure with a favorite fashion look and the tag #MyNailspiration. Contest runs from  May 16 – Aug. 27, 2016.  For more information, visit http://www.kissusa.com/nailspiration-contest.

Da da da dun dun.. its the Super Mom VoxBox!

I belong to this super site called Influenster that allows its members to share and review products and try out new things via the vox box program. I just a got a new box full of household and beauty products called the “Super Mom Vox Box” and here it is!


Inside I found a sample size bottle  of Palmolive Fusion Clean With Baking Soda and Lime dishwashing soap, Suave Kids Purely Fun 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner, Suave Kids Purely Fun Detangler, Plackers Fruit Smoothie Swirl flossers, Pilot Acroball Pens in pink and white, a sample of Secret Outlast Xtend Invisible Solid, a coupon for a free squeezable Daisy Sour Cream and this really cute card for mothers by Pilot.

The Palmolive (what I use) smells great, almost like a margarita. I’ll have to wait to see how it performs. I am super excited about the Suave Purely Fun. I found a coupon and was actually going to buy it. I already use the Suave Kids products and have trouble finding hair care for my sensitive kids. Suave Purely Fun is hypoallergenic, tear free, made without dyes and parabens and is made with soothing calendula.

You don’t have to be a professional writer or marketer to participate. Get in on all the fun at Influenster by heading over to the site and signing up!