Confession Time

I have a confession…I hate nail salons.  Now, let me first clarify something. I LOVE having my nails done, and pretty much always have them painted.  What I don’t like is having them done in a salon.  I find the whole process extremely stressful and it makes me anxious every time.  And don’t even get me started on pedicures.  YUCK!  I’ve never had a relaxing pedicure in my life.  They always hurt, my feet are too ticklish, and I feel like the people are making fun of my feet.  I know, I have some issues.  My lightbulb moment came when Matt decided to treat me to mani/pedi and I came home in a worse mood than when I went, and I redid my fingernails that night to suit me.  Ok, so I may have some control issues as well.  But that’s another post.

So, because I love my nails being “done”, and I hate the salon, the natural solution was to arm myself with the tools and skills to do them myself at home.  So that’s what I’ve done.  I have a great collection of polishes from every brand and price point, a really good manicure set with tools, etc.  But I really wanted those super shiny, two-week long gel nails you get at the salon.  Enter…the at-home UV Gel Nail system.  Hallelujah!  I purchased this little gem about a year ago, and since that time it’s paid for itself multiple times.  I love this thing.  No, seriously, I love it.  I purchased the starter kit at my local Walmart for about $50.  That was all I needed to get started.  It’s so easy to do at home, and you really do get the same results you get from a salon.

The brand I have is Sensationail, but there are many different ones.  Living in a town where we only have a Walmart and a Walgreens I’m pretty limited unlesss I order online.  Honestly, though, this one fits my needs fine, and I can get polish from either place or Sally’s Beauty if I want the Gelish brand.  As long as you use the UV polish you can use whatever brand you like.

The other day my Mom asked me if I would do her nails because she didn’t want to go to the salon.  Like Mother like Daughter.  So I said sure, come on over!  Now, I have never done anyone else’s nails, just mine, so I was a little nervous about getting the polish smooth and nice.  They turned out great!  She loved them too, which is the important part.  Here are some photos of during and after:

Thanks for being my first customer Mom!

Ah, confession is good for the soul!  And so is an awesome manicure 😉

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WalMart Beauty Box – Spring

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I’ve been getting the WalMart Beauty Box for about a year now.  Unlike a lot of subscription boxes that come monthly, this box comes every three months.  You get one in the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.  The price of the box is $5 including shipping, which I think is a good deal since you typically get at least $3 in coupons in each box.

Since I live in a VERY rural area, the only makeup readily available to me is drugstore.  I order all my higher end makeup online or wait until I get near an Ulta or Sephora to go nuts 🙂  So I really like that I can try some less expensive skincare/bodycare/makeup for $5.  If this box is something that interests you, hear is a link to sign up for your own Walmart Beauty Box.

This month was obviously the Spring box, and I have to say, I think this was one of the best ones.  There is a ton of stuff in here!  Let’s start off with the card samples and coupons:

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The first coupon at the top left (going clockwise), is a $1 off any Loreal True Match product.  I really like the True Match powder’s so I’ll probably use this.  One the back of the card there is a shade chart that looks really neat as well.

Next, is a Neutrogena coupon for $1 off any Acne product in their range.  This card also has a sample of the new Acne Correct and Cover Moisturizer.  It looks like a tinted moisturizer, so I’ll definitely give it a try.

Next, is sample of the Loreal Glow Renewal Facial Oil.  It says to use morning and night to restore a healthy glow to the skin.  Interesting.  I like facial oils and I don’t have one in my rotation right now.

There is a Vera Wang Embrace toilette spray sample.  Have to be honest…this is not my favorite scent.  However, I really love getting the spray perfume samples.  They’re great for travel!

The last card sample is the one I’m most excited about!  It’s the Burt’s Bees BB Cream in Light/Med.  I luuuuve Burt’s Bees products and I’ve been wanting to try this.  I’m pretty sure every Walmart box I’ve gotten has had a Burt’s Bees product in it, which makes me super happy.

Now let’s look at the bigger samples that were included:

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Starting at the top, we have a Neutrogena MoistureSmooth color stick.  I am so excited about this item!  It’s a great size sample (just a little smaller than the full size), and the color (110 Almond Nude) is fantastic.  I will definitely be getting some use out of this.

Next is the Curel Itch Defense Body Wash.  I have used Curel products in the past, but not this particular one.  It’s formulated for dry skin, so I think my husband will like it.  The sample is 1 oz which is perfect for travel.

Jergens Natural Glow in fair to medium, a 2 oz size is the next sample.  Again, this is great for travel.  I’ve used several bottles of this stuff over the years.  I love the way it gives my skin a natural looking tan without having to worry about streaking.

The Colgate Optic White toothpaste is a huge tube for a “sample”.  Colgate is a brand that we use often in our house.  The tube is 1.45 oz, which again, is great for travel for a family of three.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette shampoo in a 2 oz bottle.  I’m really excited to try this!  I only wash my hair 2-3 a week so I like to use a really good shampoo on those days.  I haven’t tried this one but I think the idea that’s it’s made for brunette’s (which I am).

This is the one I’m least excited about.  It’s the CeraVe Healing Ointment.  I’m not really sure when or why i would use this.  Maybe on a scrape or bruise…It’s a really thick consistency like a balm.  I know CeraVe products are typically pricey for drugstore so I’ll keep it in my drawer just in case.

The last one is the Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser.  I love Biore strips for blackheads and I keep those in my beauty drawer all the time.  I’ve never tried one of their cleansers so I’m pretty stoked about this sample.  It’s 1 oz, so it’s large enough to try it multiple times to really get a good idea of the results.

 

Well, that’s it for my Spring Walmart Beauty Box.  I’m really happy with this box for $5!  The lip product and toothpaste are worth that just by themselves.  What do you guys think?  Do you like the drugstore boxes?  Have you tried any of these products?

Thanks for reading!

~JYW