Kiss Nails – Salon French or Perfect French?

*not a sponsored post

In an effort to save a little bit of money, I decided to start using Kiss nails earlier this year. Honestly, it started out on a whim, but I liked them so much that I kept it up! The recommended time to keep these nails on is seven days, but if you take care of them, you can wear them for a bit longer. I don’t go over a week and a half, though, because I’m nervous about water getting underneath the nails. When removing them, I grab the 100% acetone that comes in the jars with the scrubby insides. It maybe takes five minutes to remove each nail, but I understand that Kiss has a product of their own that is just like this, but in a jar that’s big enough to soak all of the nails on one hand at one time. Need to grab one of those, because it would save a lot of time! I don’t recommend popping these off with tools, because it can do more damage to your nails than is really necessary. Just soak them off, soak off any left over glue, buff if necessary, wash your hands, apply cuticle oil (all over nails), and let them rest for a bit before putting on a new set. I haven’t really had any damage from doing this, and my nails aren’t nearly as weak as they were when I used acrylics. With that being said, the type of false nails that you use can really make a huge difference as to whether they look natural or not, or as I learned last week, if they’ll pop off at the worst possible moments.

I strayed from the Kiss Salon French nails last week and decided to try the Kiss Perfect French nails in Medium. I figured that I’d try the smaller length, just to see if I liked them. So I broke out the nail glue and got to work! I put them on, painted them, and went about my business. The next day, one randomly popped off. I glued it back on. The next day, two more popped off. The day after that,  one popped off while I was washing my hair. Didn’t even feel it. Good thing that I felt that nail during the shampoo time! I grabbed two more and glued them on instead of reusing the ones that had popped off. What I eventually discovered, after only wearing them for four or five days, is that this particular type of nail does not fit the curve of my fingernails. When I looked at them more closely, I saw that there was a good amount of space between the top of my fingernails and the fake nail on all of the ones that popped off. The only nails that were safe were the ring fingers and the pinkies. The rest of them just were not going to work for my nails.

So…I went back to the Salon French nails, and they have worked perfectly for me.


I buy them in Long (usually buy quite a few packages at a time, as I don’t want to run out if they’re discontinued), and then I trim them down a bit, because as much as I love long nails, these are a little too much for me! I’ve been using these for months, and not once have any of them popped off. They really stay on, and now I know why. These actually fit the curve of my nails perfectly. There’s no spacing whatsoever. They’re a perfect match!

Have you ever tried wearing fake (glue-on) nails? If so, how was your experience with them?

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster BB Goodies!

Well hello there! It’s been a minute, yes? *le sigh* I know, I know. On to today’s goodness!

A few products were sent to me by Physicians Formula for review, and they came totally by surprise! I was not expecting a package from UPS, but I was excited because, hey, I like getting packages in the mail! Don’t we all? ;) I received the Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting BB Bronzer SPF 20 and the Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting BB Bronzing Cream SPF 20.

Say that three times fast. And the award for the longest product names goes to…lol! I really don’t mind, though, it does stand out from other product names. Because it’s a tongue twister. :D


The only con that I can find is that the color that I received…was not the right color for me. They sent both products in “Light to Medium,” and I should be using “Medium to Dark.” I can still use the bronzer, but the bronzing cream is a no-no.

First up: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting BB Bronzing Cream SPF 20.


This BB cream bronzer is advertised as having a creamy formula that will give you a sun-kissed look, plus the “mistake-proof formula” will provide flawless coverage. It also says that it will go on smoothly. I have to agree with this. When I put it on, it glided onto my skin, spread evenly with no streaks, and it felt pretty wonderful! Again, the only issue that I have is with the color. I tried it again later and used less product, and it actually seemed to blend into my skin. Looking at it in natural light, it was just like having a light moisturizer on, if that makes any sense. I did not photograph it with flash, though, and I’m sure that it would have been quite visible if I had.

Next: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting BB Bronzer SPF 20.


This buildable bronzer one is advertised as a BB cream with a bronzing powder finish. It has the same “mistake-proof” claim, and it is said to combine antioxidants with SPF in order to protect skin, improve its clarity, and give a healthy, lasting glow.

Looking at it, I really thought that it was going to be a no-go as well, but honestly, it turned out just fine color-wise. You can’t really tell that it’s Light to Medium when you put it on. I still believe that the Medium to Dark is the option that I need, because…yeah. lol! But this one is totally useable. :) The application was smooth, and it didn’t settle into any of the fine lines that I may or may not have. ;)

In all, I really liked both formulas, and I will definitely try them again…in the appropriate color for my skin. ;) These products are hypoallergenic, fragrance free, gluten free, paraben free, oil free, non-comedogenic, and are dermatologist approved. That was a mouthful! Both products retail for $14.95, and can be found at drug stores and mass-market stores such as Walmart, Target, etc. If you try them out, please let me know what you think!

Foundation Wars…Part 2

After trying out so many foundations over the years and not getting the results that I wanted, I decided that drugstore and mid-range foundations might not be for me. So I went to Sephora and picked up a few samples of higher end foundations, and thankfully the SA who helped me out knew exactly what she was doing. *waves at Pearl!* She picked the right shades for me, and that is a SA first! I’m pleased with her suggestions, and when I go back to purchase some more items, I will make sure to work with her again. :)

Today’s contenders:

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H in 510 Suede

Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup in 070

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat in B80

These will be in order from least liked to most liked! Okay, let’s get started!


First up: Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup (070)



Without flash…



With flash…



Pros: It blends in pretty smoothly, and you don’t need a lot of it when applying to your whole face. The color (without flash) when applied matches fairly well with my skin.

Cons: This formula is a little thicker than I’d thought it would be. When I tried to pour it out of the sample bottle, well, it wouldn’t actually pour out. I had to squeeze the bottle a few times to get enough of it onto my hand to test out. Also, I was not pleased with the fact that as soon as I frowned once, you could see lines on my forehead. My face looked fairly flawless in natural light – until I frowned. That’s not good. Another thing that I didn’t care for was that it still left a bit of a cast when using flash.


Ignore the tired expression…

As you can see, there are more cons than pros. :(


Next up: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H (510 Suede)






Pros: It’s definitely lighter in texture than the Diorskin Nude, and it also blends very easily into my skin. I had no problems with getting this one out of the bottle! It looked even, and close to my own skin. Not cakey.

Cons: Transfers easily, but that can be handled by using a powder after application. I don’t think that this will actually last for 24 hours, even with powder.




And I saved the best for last: YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat w/ SPF 19 (B80)




Pros: Everything. It’s super lightweight, and I didn’t feel like I was even wearing any foundation, which is always a plus for me. It’s like my skin, but even better. It claims to have a luminous effect, and I can agree that this will give you that look. I love looking dewy as opposed to matte, but that’s just me. This one did not settle into the fine lines, which I can appreciate. Flawless finish.

Cons: None as far as I’m concerned! :)



Obviously the YSL was my favorite of the three. And true to form, I would end up liking the most expensive one. *sigh* It’s the story of my life! But I will definitely be going back to purchase this one and probably the Lancome, as I rather liked that one as well. I’m so happy to have finally found something that works well for me! The Great Foundation Search is over! I’ll be right back…I have to go and do a happy dance now. :)

Foundation Wars Part 1

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it is really hard for me to find a foundation shade that works well for me. Really hard. So, I picked up a few more to try out, with the hope that one of these would work. One of them. Something. Anything!!

The contenders for this round:

Maybelline FIT Me in both 355 and 360

L’Oreal True Match in Cappuccino (Neutral)


Foundation 1.jpg


How did they fare? The FIT Me in 355 was a tad bit too light, while the 360 was too dark. If there were a color in-between the two, it would probably have worked a little better. The True Match in Cappucino worked fairly well, but it still wasn’t a match. One thing that I noticed about both brands is that they left a slightly greyish cast on my face when taking photos with flash. I don’t know if that’s happened with anyone else, but that’s an automatic disqualification as far as I’m concerned. Needless to say, close, but no cigar.

On to the next one!

Get It Together!!!

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I needed to take a brief hiatus in order to take care of some things (nothing bad! lol), but I am getting back to it! There are plenty of posts that I need to put together, so look for them soon! Thanks for being patient with me. (((hugs for everyone!)))

DIY Coconut Oil & Honey Conditioner…Semi-Fail?

My DIY life is still full of the fail, I see. Everything was going so well! But I’m out of my favorite conditioner at the moment (Essential Rich Premier Ultra Honey and Shea Butter Mask), and I’m waiting awhile to stock up again, as I want to buy it in bulk. And it’s made in Japan, so yeah, shipping fees will be out the wazoo! But it’s totally worth it! So what did I do in the meantime? I mixed up some hair goods!

And it didn’t work out so well.

What I used:

2 Tbsp coconut oil

2 Tbsp honey

A liberal portion of regular conditioner…just because.

Now, I thought that I’d taken photos of this, but apparently I didn’t, because I can’t find any of them anywhere! But the consistency was that of a slightly runny conditioner, and when I applied it the first time, it seemed to make my curly new growth just pop! I was excited, because the front section of my hair doesn’t really like to do that on its own! Fine hair problems, yes? I rinsed it out, pulled my hair back to air dry, and went on about my business. My hair was just fine.

The second time that I used it was a different story altogether, and there are plenty of things that could have contributed to this being a semi-fail for me. First of all, I wash my hair every two days. Three at the most. If I go any longer than that, my hair will rebel. It will not respond to ANYTHING. Moisture, oil, a comb, life, you name it, my hair doesn’t care about it. But when it’s under the water and is all clean? It loves me again. My hair is a living entity with its own mind – and it has an attitude. So, of course, I went to use the DIY conditioner again on day three. Big mistake. I couldn’t even get a comb through my hair, not even while under the water in the shower. It was so tangled, and then it was so dry – it felt like straw! And then I remembered…coconut oil.

There’s a reason that I don’t use coconut oil in my hair unless it’s one of the last few ingredients in a product. My hair doesn’t really respond well to it at all. Plus, I was using it a few days apart, as opposed to a week or so. Coconut oil = protein. I’d just put my hair under protein overload, so of course it rebelled. Of course it did.

The lesson? Don’t use coconut oil so closely together, unless you have a good moisturizing plan in place. Don’t be like me. ;)