The List Volume LXV

By |March 2nd, 2012|The List|

broken chains
Ever have one of those weeks where it seems like nothing is working?  It’s like everywhere you go, everything you do… something is broken.  It’s enough to make even the most well adjusted individual go a little bit cuckoo.  It seems you just can not catch a break… or maybe you’ve caught too many?

  1. Breaking the ice.
  2. Breaking a nail a mere fifteen minutes after a fresh manicure.
  3. Broken hooks in bathroom stalls leaving you with nowhere to put your purse and forcing you to hold onto your Balenciaga while you hover.
  4. Broken hearts.
  5. The train breaking down while you’re stuck underground and you’re sandwiched between a man eating a salami sandwich and a woman filing her nails.
  6. Broken stoplights causing complete and utter chaos ’cause no one has the good sense to take turns.
  7. Broken promises.
  8. Eyeliner breaking mid application sending shards of synthetic materials right into your retina… leading to tear stained cheeks and an appearance resembling that of a Cezanne watercolor
  9. Broken dreams.
  10. Being broke.

Well, if it ain’t broke…

Why Don’t You Try This: Bed of Nails

By |February 10th, 2011|Beauty Buzz|

I have gone on and on about my trials and tribulations with nail polish.  I just can’t keep polish on my pointers. I’ve Minx’ed, Axxium’ed, and Shellac’ed.  I considered pushing hard to bring chipped nails into style (wasn’t happening).  I’ve even spent time with my nails- gasp– naked!  Well, here I am again to chat about my latest endeavor into Lacquerville: population, 1.

While in the drugstore the other day picking up the essentials: TP, Aquaphor, Elle… I stumbled upon Sally Hansen Salon Effects.  I was initially just checking out the cute little nail art pens then nearly lost my shit when I saw these.  Just like Minx, Salon Effects are self adhesive strips of nail color that allow for zero drying time.  They are made from actual nail polish (how that works… don’t ask me) and come in bright solids, colorful glitter, and a variety of patterns.  I thought I was on top of my game finding these, but apparently, the word is out, cause my selection was very limited. So, I settled on a black and white floral pattern. Ten dollars for sixteen strips might sound steep, but not if it actually lasts ten days! Not to mention, Minx manicures can run you $50-65 a pop!

I’m not gonna lie, I may have been drinking wine when I attempted to apply these… I also should have probably had my glasses on . Despite my haphazard attempt at application, these babies still came out pretty great and I received compliments on them all weekend.  I read some other reviews, and I gotta say, these ladies must be real experts applying polish cause their manicures lasted much longer than mine.  I would say mine stayed sexy for a solid four days, but I would definitely try them again (perhaps sans cocktails) and would certainly recommend them to someone looking to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to their usual manicure.



*(Editor’s Note 3/8/11: I tried these again without prosecco and with my glasses and was delighted with the results.  They stayed on well over the 10 day time period with minimal chipping and maximum compliments!)

Beauty Buzz: Nailed It!

By |March 4th, 2009|Beauty Buzz|


You may or may not be like me, but I have real issues keeping my nails looking presentable.  I think there is actually something wrong with my nails because without fail every time I paint them/get a manicure my nails are chipped within 48 hours.  Every single time.  Though sometimes I still walk around sporting my chipped nails, I realized that I don’t look like a grown up or professional with my wonky nails.  So what is a girl to do? Leave my nails au naturale? Yuck.  Go for tri-weekly manicures? No thanks. I’m far too impatient to sit and let the paint dry.

Ah-ha! I have found the solution to my problems. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color.  It dries in 60 seconds (no lie, it does) and looks great with just one coat. The brush is big so it basically covers your nail in two strokes and it comes in 24 different shades (I chose Petal Pusher).  So now, when my nails chip in .45 seconds, I can just repaint them in 60 seconds 🙂

I also love these portable nail polish remover pads from Cutex.  Pack your nail polish and remover in your bag and you’ve got a manicure on the go.  Never again will I have ugly nails!