Product Review: Probelle Nail Polish

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My nails are always on an up and down spiral. One minute they are strong and the next they are breaking off for no apparent reason.

Over the years I have tried  a number of different products, some helped, but most did not. Most recently, I started using Probelle Touch N’ Grow Nail Polish. When I received this product, I was apprehensive at first and thought this might be another “miracle” in a bottle. But guess what, this actually does help to make nails stronger.

The Probelle two-step system is supposed to help nails grow to a healthier state. The Touch N’ Grow polish strengthens nails while the Touch N’ Grow Plus maintains healthy nails. The Touch N’ Grow Plus incorporates garlic and lime to prevent discoloration.

What I noticed instantly about this nail treatment was the absence of the very strong smell I am used to from traditional nail polish. The best part of this is that it dried extremely fast. By fast, I mean approximately 2 minutes. I have a very busy schedule and I certainly cannot dedicate hours to nail maintenance everyday (although, my lack of attention to my nails could also explain why they are weak)

I think the only challenge with this will be remembering to put it on everyday. But aside from that, it is definitely worth a try.

 

 

Christmas In July!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Most people wait all year for Black Friday specials after Thanksgiving. Thanks to the genius of Nordstrom, I get to have Christmas in July and Black Friday deals to go with it! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here my friends and I plan on stocking up on all my favorites.

And get this…They have exclusive beauty deals from MAC, NARS and many more of my favorite brands!

Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives

Unlike other department stores, Nordstrom does not run different sales through the year so you really need to run to get your favorites. The sale runs from July 18 thru August 3.

Happy Shopping!!!

Celebrity Hair Braiding Trend

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This being summer, we are seeing more braids gracing the red carpet. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Blake Lively have all been spotted wearing the trend. Braids are fun, sexy and very relaxed look.

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Off course, unlike celebrities, the average joe is not privy to a glam squad. However, have no fear, you too can be trendy!

The New Braiding Handbook gives you 60 hairstyles to get you ready for you crazy, sexy cool summer hair styles. The book gives you step-by-step directions for all 60 styles that will take you from work to date night!

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Kerry Washington’s Scandalous New Fashion Line

MTIxNDI3MjkzODA1MDUzNDUzGet ready Gladiators, Washington, DC’s elite solver of all problems Olivia Pope is giving us all access to her fabulous closet.

Kerry Washington, Scandal and The Limited have collaborated to bring you a new clothing collection inspired by one of TV’s most popular characters. In every episode of Scandal, legions of fans gawk at Olivia’s amazing threads from top designers like Armani, Burberry and Valentino, all of which are beyond the reach of most people.

Through this collaboration, Scandal’s costume designer Lyn Paolo and The Limited will bring Olivia’s impeccable style to the masses with a price tag of $49-$250.

The Limited Scandal Collection arrives in stores September 22. This will definitely generate buzz for the premier of the show’s 4th season!

My New Favorite Conditioner

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I am always in search of the perfect pair of jeans, blacks pants and hair products. A few weeks ago, on the recommendation of a few Youtube favorites, I decided to try Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner! I LOVE this conditioner and it is hands down one of my favorites and here is the best part, it is only $3.99!

I use it to co-wash my hair and it works wonders in bringing a spring to my hair. This creamy conditioner has really good slip and does wonders when detangling my hair.

I already shop at Trader Joe’s for all of my groceries and now I can add my hair products to the list!

 

Linganore Wine Festival

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This past Memorial Day weekend, I had the pleasure of going to the Linganore Wine Festival in Mt. Airy, MD.  The vineyard has a few festivals throughout the year, however the Caribbean Wine Festival continues to be a crowd favorite and takes place Memorial Day weekend every year and cost $20.

I spent more than two hours trying to get to the festival because of traffic, so take my advice and get there early. Gates open at 11am and the festival ends at 6pm. That being said, those two hours in the car were a blast because I was with two of my favorite people, my amazing friends Leslie and Sonya.

It was a day packed with laughs, thousands of people, tomfoolery, lots of wine and my new favorite drink moonshine a la my friend Leslie!

I even walked away with a few delicious bottles of wine!

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Woodrow Wilson Annual Garden Party

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the 26th Annual Woodrow Wilson Garden Party in Washington, DC. The benefit supports the preservation of President Wilson’s historic D.C. residence and featured live music, fancy hats and fascinators and specialty cocktails.

I am in LOVE with fascinators, so I was excited to partake in this event. Along with great company and drinks, the event featured a contest for best hats. Winners are listed below!

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I Have A NEW HAIRDO!

IMG_0258This past year, my hair has been in a state of confusion. It was 75% natural with 25% permed ends. Unlike most, I did not make a big decision to go natural. For me, it was a really slow walk. I was wearing extensions for sometime and by the time I removed it, I was half natural so I decided to go along with it.

Needless to say, I was really bored with my hair. It was not really long or short, it had zero body and really, I just needed a spring look. Enter Indya from Nival Salon and Spa. I went into this hair changing process totally committing myself to her creative genius (ok, I may have told her was that I was scared of MAJOR hair changes and while I was open to color and a cut I was not ready to go Rihanna bold)!

With that in mind, I went into the salon and had a consultation with this young maestro! After my consultation, we settled on an allover color with minor highlights framing my face. Indya selected a rich chocolate brown for my black hair and subtle golden highlights for the front.

Indya used a demi-permanent hair color from the L’Oreal Professionnel line. Demi-permanent hair color contains no peroxide, which means it’s much gentler on your strands, but also means that it won’t dramatically alter the color. It will warm up your color and give your hair more life.

Demi-permanent is much gentler on the hair than permanent color because it doesn’t open up the cuticle as much or penetrate inside the cortex of the hair shaft.  The integrity of the hair is better when the cuticle stays intact.” So with all of that, I give you my new hairdo! See the before and after!!!

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Nival Salon & Spa

 

5481 Wisconsin Ave.

Chevy Chase, MD 20815

P: (301) 951-4445

E: info@nivaldc.com

F: (240) 235-7048

 

 

Spa Week Is Almost Here

Spa week Spring 2014

It is that time of year again! It is almost Spa Week across the country. During the week of April 21-27 you can get spa treatments at a number of different spa locations across the country for $50! For example, a facial at the Red Door Spa at The Willard Intercontinental in Chevy Chase will typically cost about $110 or more, however during spa week, you can get a facial at this upscale spa for $50! For more information about spa week go to spaweek.com for a list of participating spas in your city. Also, note the dates may differ in some states.

MAC & Proenza Shouler Spring 2014 Collection

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I love when two brands I admire come together to create a thing of beauty! I am a lover of fashion and obviously makeup so when MAC announced they would be collaborating with fashion house Proenza Schouler for a makeup linemy little heart just fluttered!

This collection does not have foundations or eyeshadows, instead, the geniuses behind Proenza SchoulerLazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough opted for bold blushes, lipsticks and nail polish and dark and sexy eyeliners. The super fun and bright collection hits maccosmetics.com on April 21, and will be available at MAC counters and stores nationwide on April 24! See the collection below!

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