Minty Condition Feet

Over the last year that I have been a Julep Maven they have shared many beauty products that were not nail polish related. There was lipstick, dry oil, cleanser, cuticle oil, facial sponge, eye shadow, foot balm. For the most part they were either “Meh” or just “OK”. In my last mystery box they included a tube of Mint Condition Pedi Crème.

The Mint Condition Pedi Creme from Julep offers another great solution for silky feet.I loves it! It has a nice light mint scent and is a little tingly. For a foot creme, it has a few unique ingredients (alpha hydroxy acids, shea butter, coconut oil, essential oils, and vitamin E) for treating our tender tooties.

The creme has a lovely texture and absorbs nicely when it is massaged into the feet. I put mine on at night time and it doesn’t have a sticky feel — no sleeping in socks required! Like almost any lotion I have tried I still have to be dedicated to regular foot care. There is just no getting away from the foot file but I have noticed I can get away with doing it less.

The only downside I have noticed is that it becomes a bit slippery when I step into a hot shower. I was taken aback the first time I noticed. Now I am just a little more careful stepping in.

As much as I like it, it is a bit pricey. A 3 oz tube is priced for $20, $16 if you are a Maven.

Special Price: Julep’s Mint Foot Creme is 50% of with code: minty until April 19. So $10 or $8 if you are a Maven. That’s more like it!

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Make a Squid Statement

Squid and cuttlefish are the new statement jewelry. Yes, I’m serious. Look how darn cute these handmade polymer pieces by Sheryl Westleigh of Noadi are. Her octopus, squid and cthulhu come in all sorts of poses, colors, and sizes.

This Jade Squid is $30:

Jade Octopus necklace created by Sheryl Westleigh for Noadi on Etsy.

This Yellow Squid has two tones and is also $30:

Yellow Octopus necklace created by Sheryl Westleigh for Noadi on Etsy.

This Neo-Victorian Steampunk Octopus is $40:

Neo-Steampunk Octopus necklace created by Sheryl Westleigh for Noadi on Etsy.

This Frankenpod (so cute) Octopus is $35:

Green Frankenpod Octopus necklace created by Sheryl Westleigh for Noadi on Etsy.

These adorable Candy Pink Tentacles earrings are $15:

Candy pink tentacle earrings created by Sheryl Westleigh for Noadi on Etsy.

If you want something with a little more shell then check out the Black Iridescent Trilobite for $35:

Blue Trilobite necklace created by Sheryl Westleigh for Noadi on Etsy.

There is much more to look at in Sheryl’s online shop at Etsy — Noadi. She ships worldwide at very reasonable rates from $3 to $14.

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Neutral with Sparkle

I do not get particularly excited about neutral colors so when my Julep’s Lois arrived in my Mystery Box I put it aside as a, “someday I will get around to it” nail polish. Well it happened last week and I am really glad it did. I am surprised how much I liked this pale dusty rose, described as a “frost” but it reminds me of pink pearls (in natural light).

I tested Julep's neutral pink frost which has its own little sparkle to it.

Even though I love it as is, that did not stop me from dressing it up with a little accent glitter Remix by Cuccio (came in my Top Box).

I added a multi-colored glitter top coat to the ring fingers and thumbs.

Lois is a little pinker in natural light.

This polish looks pinker in natural light.

It is still available at Julep if you like it (on sale for $3.99 when I last checked).

Julep's Lois accented with Cuccio's Remix glitter.

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Plus Size Shortlettes Underwear

Another alternative to thigh rub is Under Summers. They offer pretty bicycle style short underwear in pretty fabrics with or without lace accents — they call them shortlettes (they are not shapewear!) They are pretty reasonably priced too, under $35. There are lots of options from solids colors to animal prints. And there are matching camisoles. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Two options for battling thigh from from Under Summers shortlettes.

The base layer shown in coral here comes in three other colors (turquoise, black, and silverfish). As does the print (zebra, brown leopard, and grey leopard). There is an excellent size range from XL to 6X. In the U.S. they offer free shipping for orders over $50, not sure if they ship to Canada yet or what the rate is (sent them an email and will update when I find out).

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My Favorite Scent — Citrus

Scent is a funny thing. You either like it or you hate it. I’ve always been attracted to lighter citrus scents more so than flowery scents for myself (although I often enjoy flowery or rose scents on others). I have been wearing pretty much the same scent for over ten years — Clinique’s Happy. I have taken breaks to try other scents along the way but I have always found myself going back to Happy because it makes me, well, happy. The name alone even makes me smile.

I’m not sure where my love of citrus began — I can tell you a story from my childhood where overeating mandarin oranges led to disastrous effects — so much so you’d think I’d be turned off citrus for life. But no, I definitely consider it my scent.

I find Clinique’s happy to be very light. It provides enough scent that I feel fresh but not so much that it inspires a headache in my migraine suffering spouse. I like the feel of the glass bottle and how it sprays just the right amount of scent in two presses. And that one small bottle lasts a long time — I don’t know the time frame exactly but it’s long. Which is good because $50 is nothing to sneeze at. When I need a new bottle it is usually timed right for when one of their promotions is on and because of the price I end up with a free kit which usually includes a lipstick, eye shadow, or mascara as a bonus.

Clinique can be found at department stores like the Bay or Sears. Or if you are in the U.S. you can buy it from their official website.

Do you have a scent that you just can’t let go of?

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New Duffel Bag

Baggu has added a new duffel bag to their long line of eco-friendly bags. It is pretty simplistic and traditional in design. My favorite would be the white with blue stripes which they are calling the “sailor stripes”. It also comes in chestnut, indigo, and black. I’m surprised red was not an option. The heavy canvas bag is not super long, only 23″ and comes with dual handles. I am kind of disappointed it is only “spot clean” for an $82 canvas. If it is the same canvas they used to make the dual handled tote, I throw that in the wash all the time and it still looks great.

Baggu's new duffel bag is nautical looking.

It seems like a perfect size for a yoga mat, towel, throw, and water bottle. Or for a weekend bag.

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Mystery Brand Vox Box

This is my third Vox Box from Influenster but this one is a little different. Product wise, this box is all about hair. Sample wise, instead of sending full brand samples and product information they sent mystery samples in generic bottles with little product information other than shampoo, conditioner, and split-end serum. They are still tagged from L’Oreal but they have many hair brands. Our task is to use them for a week then they will send full size samples in another package unveiling the brand.

I was chatting with another blogger on Facebook and she thinks it is “L’Oreal Advanced Hairstyle”, a new higher end hair product “not quite professional, but better quality than the regular stuff”. Only time will tell! In the mean time:

Day one: Last night I used the shampoo and conditioner for the first time. Both have a very light scent that is not over powering. It reminds me of something but I cannot put my finger on what. Both are very creamy and a little seems to go a long way — my hair is pretty short but sometimes I find I need a little extra shampoo to get a good sud. I decided not to use the split end serum the first time out just to see how the shampoo and conditioner worked on their own. This first day out I didn’t notice any noticeable change in my hair but really was not expecting it. I posted my end result on Instagram last night:

Day two: Tonight I used the split-end serum after shampoo, conditioner, and towel drying. After blow drying I noticed my hair was considerable softer. I did not notice any change visually in terms of texture. But I did take another Instagram shot for posterity — is it me or are my highlights darker in this photo?

Day three/four: I noticed a significant change in hair texture. I have not been using any extra styling products but I have noticed my hair seems to be keeping it’s style until the end of the day. Normally it becomes quite flat as the day progresses if I don’t have “extra” stuff on it. On day three I think I might have used too much of the serum because my hair seemed heavier, but today, day four it is doing much better. I know I have commented on the light scent but I really am impressed with that. I live with a migraine suffering so heavy scents can be a problem. I like that it smells clean without being over powering or triggering.

I will update further here as I continue to use the product and when the final product is unveiled.

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“I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”

Copper Owl Bracelet

It doesn’t seem like my obsession for owls is dying off anytime soon. When I saw this etched owl bracelet on Art Fire I had to share it with you. In itself there is something very pretty about copper but I love how Catherine from Boo Beads Jewelry has etched these four “whimsical owls” into this copper bracelet.

This lovely etched 100 copper cuff bracelet is from Boo Beads on Art Fire.

This 100% copper owl cuff is 1″ wide with an opening at the back making it adjustable. And it is sealed to prevent marking the skin. Price? $36. Shipping in the US is $2.50 and $7.50 in Canada.

Catherine has many other copper pieces including rings, key chains, and other beaded jewelry. Be sure to check out her Art Fire shop.

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Dome Glass Rings

Lori from JewelsNJournals creates these really cute dome glass rings with special words highlighted in the central aspect. She does customization at no added cost if there is a specific word you would like. She sells them in her Etsy shop:

Cute adjustable dome glass rings from Etsy.

All rings are adjustable in size and Lori is also open to doing customization to color of tint and ring base (silver stretch or wrap in silver, oxidized silver or nickel finishes). They are very affordable at $15 to $20 per ring. At the moment there are about seven rings to choose from. Keep an eye out for more or give her suggestions on some great words you’d like.

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Simple Holiday Nails

I decided to go for simple holiday nails this week with a bright red and a holographic top coat. These are two of my favorite polishes. The red is by Sally Hansen (Rapid Red) and the sparkly top coat is by Julep (Joelle).

My attempt at simple holiday nails by combining red and sparkle polish.

You don’t have to have these polishes to get a similar look just look for any red and sparkle in your collection or on sale at the drug store and give them a try.

It works for Christmas or New Years or anytime throughout the year as far as I’m concerned (I am pro-red and pro- sparkle anytime).

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Camera Inserts for Handbags

I would love to have a Kelly Moore Camera bag but lets face it, they are a big investment. Sure there is quality and a name behind the product but sometimes it is just hard to justify $200+ for a pretty handbag, even if it is guarding camera equipment. If you are crafty you can make your own insert or if you shop Etsy you can find a pretty reasonably priced insert to put in a handbag you already own. Esty artisans combine the use of color, cuteness (without being overt), and function to create camera inserts for handbags under $50. Here are a few of my favorites:

Darby Mack Handbag Inserts

My absolute favorites come from Darby Mack. She will do custom orders if you have a hard to fit bag or would like a particular fabric but she really has a lot to choose from in her store. Camera bag inserts are not all she creates, she has camera bags, purses, laptop bags and DSLR straps. Some of the inserts have a zipper which is great if you are using the other half of your handbag for a purse and don’t want your camera to be visible every time you open your bag. Her camera inserts range from $34 to $42. She has excellent shipping to the US and reasonable rates to Canada. Here are my favorite camera bag inserts from her collection (but especially that blue zipper one!):

My favorite camera bag inserts from Darby Mack's Etsy store.

Olive Tree Textiles

They have a padded insert that can be custom made from over 30 fabric options from solid to pattern. Camera equipment looks snug as a bug in a rug. Their camera insert is $52. They also offer ready made bags and quilts. They have reasonable shipping to the US but it is a bit pricey to Canada.

I like the puffiness of the Olive Tree Textiles camera bag insert.

Chelsea Bags

This artisan’s focus is on hand and diaper bags that are pretty to look and built to last but she has this subdued camera insert that would hide nicely in any purse. It costs $25. She has reasonable shipping to the US and an OK rate to Canada.

Chelsea's bag have a couple extra compartments for accessories.

Martilena

This Etsy shop has one bag insert for cameras that she makes-to-order depending on your fabric likes. It is the only thing in her shop at the moment. I love the hot pink color. Her insert is $35 and her shipping rates are reasonable in the US and OK for Canada.

I love the color and extra pockets of Martilena's bright inserts.

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My Favorite Gifts: Kelly Moore Handbag

The purse that is a handbag or a camera bag or both. Or the diaper bag that is a camera bag or both. What ever floats your boat at the time. That is what a Kelly Moore handbag is and that is what makes it one of my favorite gifts. One of my favorite styles at the moment is the grey Juju handbag. I am so going through a grey phase I can’t tell you. I am working on a navy lapghan and all I can do is wish it were grey. Guess that will be the next color. Anyhoooo, here is the grey handbag from Kelly Moore, isn’t it lovely?

I love the color and all the outside pockets on this grey Kelly Moore hand/camera bag.

Missing from the picture above is the long detachable shoulder strap. There is lots of space inside this big beautiful bag (16″ x 8″ x 11.5″) — it can hold a 15″ laptop if necessary too. And it is waterproof (man-made).

Lots of movable compartments inside.

If you are not fond of grey it also comes in black or walnut.

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Doctor Who Nail Art

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Doctor Who series. I remember fondly watching with my Aunt Ida and Uncle John (he wasn’t a real uncle, just a tenant — but still kind of funny because I loved him more than my real Uncle John, anyhooo…). Doctor Who was in reruns a few times over when I was kid. My favorite Doctor growing up was Tom Baker. Seeing pictures of him makes me instantly want a twenty foot striped scarf.

The 4th Doctor Who, Tom Baker.

Image courtesy of BBC.

I started watching Doctor Who again when Christopher Eccleston took up the reins and was devastated when he left the show. I decided to hang in there with David Tennant but when Rose (Billie Piper) left my interest waned off (it was just too traumatic to lose them so soon) returning again for David’s regeneration into Matt Smith — I never got into this incarnation — to which I balled my eyes out.

Today is a day full of who’s Who and my DVR is running overtime recording over 24 hours worth of shows including the start of the new season. I am looking forward to watching a new and older Doctor which is more reminiscent in age to the ones I grew up with. I will be in the Who for the next few weeks watching everything.

In honor of Doctor Who’s birthday here are a few nail art ideas I foraged through on YouTube for you to play around with while you are getting your Whovian fix on the telly today.

Tom Baker’s Scarf

Since Tom Baker is my favorite Doctor it stands to reason that I would share this tutorial by Unomadds which looks completely doable while reminiscing over old doctors:

The Daleks

A little more challenging is this how-to nail video that focuses on a recurring villain The Daleks. ProfessionalDQ provides a fairly easy looking tutorial using a bright red color theme.

The Tardis

And IhaveaCupcake video pays homage to the Doctor’s time travel machine, the Tardis. I totally have to do this one. I love Tardis stuff.

The Galaxy

The Doctor can’t travel without a galaxy to go through and CutePolish takes us through an easy tutorial that creates beautiful galaxy looking results.

The Doctor

And this final video pays homage to the last doctor. In it Anjayleekah shows us a combination of galaxy, Dalek and bow tie.

Have a “splendid” day!