Beauty

Press-on nails have had a bad reputation. When you think of press-on nails, you probably think about thick, ill fitting nails, right? Yeah, I did until recently because I have used those shitty nails in the past…when I was in my early teens to be specific.

Let me give a little backstory here. Before I started getting my nails done at the salon, I would buy glue on nails – always the french mani style…early 2000’s, ya know? They were hard to apply, never fit quite right, and would pop off so easily. The last time I applied them back then, I accidentally glued my lips together – LOL. I got the glue on one of my fingers, touched my mouth, and there you have it.

Now that many California nail salons have been closed for months 🤐 I couldn’t take it any longer, caved, and bought press-on nails to see what all the rage was about. OMG, you guys, press-on nails have improved over the last 15 years. SO.MUCH. They are also so much less expensive than going and getting a manicure. Faster, too. I will always prefer my usual dip powder manicure, but the downsides are the cost and the time it takes. I don’t count those appointments as ‘fun’ ones because I am sitting there for over an hour unable to use my hands.

An Instagram ad got me a few weeks ago as I was searching for the best press-on nails. I ordered two styles after I read about Static Nails and as I type this I am wearing them for day 5. I LOVE THEM.

The process: super easy. You select the size for each nail before breaking out the glue by placing each fake nail on top of your natural nail bed. My nails are tiny and I did have to file all of them down a bit, but I love that Static Nails provides you with several size options for each nail. Next, apply a thin line of glue onto your nails starting from the cuticle and ending at the tip. I also applied a dot of glue to the faux nails for extra security and let the glue set for 6 seconds before applying the faux nail to my real nail. Works like a charm. Then, file or clip the tip into whatever shape and length your heart desires and get ready to shock everyone when you tell them your manicure isn’t dip, acrylic, or gel. I was at Trader Joe’s yesterday and the cashier asked me where I got my nails done. She was shocked when I told her that I was wearing press-ons and asked for the name of the company and the color. Yeah, they’re really that deceiving.

What I love about Static Nails is that they’re nothing like what you’d see at the drugstore – a cheapy box with a clunky style. They’re chic. They’re amazing quality. They’re vegan and cruelty free. <— THAT is what sold me.

So there ya go. Order them and you won’t be disappointed! Static Nail sets are the next best thing – or maybe better – than your salon mani.

xo, Lynn

We all know that UVA and UVB rays are not so great for your skin. But there’s a new(er) “bad” light in town: BLUE LIGHT. As in blue light from devices such as your phone, your laptop, iPad, etc. It’s incredibly bad not only for your eyes and sleep but also for your skin. I feel like NOW is one of the worst times being that we’re indoors more due to quarantine.

Watching TV, using your computer and your phone can cause damage to your skin. Think of it kind of like an invisible sunburn. It can make your skin look dull, too. No one wants advanced aging skin whether it’s from the sun or your devices.

Ok, so let’s talk about combating the artificial blue light we’re all being exposed to…two words: Goodhabit Skincare.

Goodhabit just launched their brand and line of skincare TODAY and I had the privilege of trying it before they launch for a few weeks – and you guys, it is INCREDIBLE. Goodhabit Skincare is based around combating artificial blue light. All of their products use BLU5 Technology which neutralizes the blue light radiating from your device to your skin.

And if you’re wondering if SPF prevents damage from artificial blue light: no, not really.

“We discovered that despite what consumers think, most SPFs don’t offer protection against blue light damage. Chemical sunscreens don’t help at all, and only a small amount of physical sunscreens offer slight blocking protection.” – Goodhabit CEO Mariya Nurislamova

YIKES.

Not only does Goodhabit’s products prevent damage, but they also help to reverse damage from past oxidative stress caused by blue light. The BLU5 Technology in their products is made up of a few ingredients, including a marine active sourced from Greenland. “The rich proteins and exopolysaccharides actually form a protective barrier on your skin, protecting it against blue light damage. The other is an amino acid-derived molecule sourced from a salt lake in the deserts of Egypt.” –Goodhabit

The two products I have been using every single day since I received them are the Glow Potion Oil Serum and the Water Jelly Dew Cream.

I get into how to use them and show you my morning skincare routine in my new video:

So far, the biggest benefit I’ve seen is a brighter complexion. Like in comparison to before, I think my skin was a lot more dull.

Benefits of using blue light blocking products:

+ Neutralizes the effects of blue light, shielding skin from future damage

+ Creates youthful-looking skin, helping to smooth over fine lines and wrinkles

+ Brightens skin tone, preventing and fading the look of hyperpigmentation

+ Visibly improves skin’s texture and helps maintain a firm, supple appearance

+ Helps maintain a healthy glow by protecting skin from oxidative stress

Oh, also: all Goodhabit products are vegan and cruelty free.

Love, love, love.

xo,

Lynn

Have you heard of the double boiler method? I hadn’t either until I posted an Instagram Story about preparing to remove my beloved dip powder nails in preparation for this quarantine…and my friend Adele came to the rescue with this tip.

In the past, I had removed acrylics and dip powder nails the ‘traditional’ way: cotton drenched with acetone and then wrapped with foil for what seemed like 4956867 hours. Like seriously an all day project.

Everyone had the same idea – it took 4 stores to find acetone and I grabbed the last one on the shelf at Walmart and then got to work. I was SHOCKED that the process only took 20 minutes. That’s it.

Here is the complete breakdown:

LUXURIOUS NIGHT TIME ROUTINE is alive and well.

I am all about rituals because they help motivate and move us as people. Sound cheesy? Maybe, but I believe that that rituals are an essential part of daily life, whatever they may be for you.

My luxurious night time routine is my absolute favorite ritual because it is the most indulgent ritual I practice, from having my fresh eucalyptus in the shower with the salt rock night lamp glowing, all the oils…and more.

Everything I do at night helps me to sleep well. And the better the sleep, the less stress.

So here are steps that HAVE TO HAPPEN during my night time routine:

I know you’ve heard of highlighting and contouring. But today I want to share my newest makeup technique that will make you look sculpted in a more natural way: blush draping.

What is blush draping? It’s kind of similar to contouring in that it exaggerates curves and angles of your face, but instead of contouring sticks and bronzers, all you need is blush. Before we go further, I have to share my favorite blush with you: Charlotte Tilbury’s Cheek to Chic Blush in Love Glow. It’s the perfect pink. Not too brown, not too orange. It’s the perfect Barbie pink without looking fake. If you have fair to medium skin, this blush will be gorgeous on you. I also use the same blush in the color Sex on Fire, which is a darker version of Love Glow. You’ll see why in a second.

How to blush-drape: take your darker blush and buff it on to your temples, bring it beneath your cheekbones, and dust right beneath your brow bone. Then take your lighter shade (for me, it’s Love Glow) and dust it on the apples of your cheeks, down the center of your nose, and a tiny but on your chin. Adding the lighter shade gives you the perfect ombré’d look but it also provides a really pretty and soft chisel to the face.

Blush draping adds a liveliness and a sunkissed look (surprisingly) that bronzer just doesn’t offer.

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