Healing My Nails After Removing Acrylics

Hotties! Over a year ago I got tired of my ridged, lined, peeling and ugly nails.  I have always had ugly nails. They grew weird and were weak and bendy and not awesome. So I got acrylics. I loved them!  They were long, and pointy and the polish and nail art stayed on forever without chipping….it was great! Well I finally got tired of spending the time and money to keep them up so I removed them.

Oh.

The horror.

The ugly, ugly horror of what they looked like when I’d removed the acrylic. And they hurt. Real bad. In this post, I am going to show you how I went from this (taken 6/21/17):

 

after removal

To this (taken 1/3/18):

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The first thing I’m going to say is that it’s a LOT of work. I did some research and settled on a routine that I thought would work for me. I was lucky enough to participate in a product test by Different Dimension, their cuticle oil called Boost, which can be found here.

It is described as: Boost contains a special mix of Lavender Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, and Myrrh Essential Oil. Use to help strengthen and grow out weak nails!
Lavender – Helps strengthen nails, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties help to keep bacteria from infecting cuticles. Hydrating properties
Lemon – Helps to brighten weak and dull nails. High levels of Vitamin C (natural antioxidant) nourishes cuticles helping to strengthen nails. Helps with discoloration of nails from removing polish.
Myrrh – Has amazing hydrating properties, helps to prevent dry and brittle nails (which lead to breaks). Has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties

I was instructed to use this up to five times daily, and use regular hand moisturizer and take a photo each day. The photos below and days 1-14 in order of the progress. The only polish I used was Sally Hansen Hard As Nails as I found it was thick enough to really protect my thin and damaged nail and nail beds.

Day 1

Day 2

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Day 4

Day 5

Day 8

Day 9

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Day 10

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14

As you can see, it’s a slow road to heal your nails and cuticles.  Once the 14 day product test was over, I started adding in other treatments. After doing some research I found a few things that are great for healing nails and cuticles and keeping them happy and healthy.

Dead Sea Salt – Dead Sea salt naturally contains over 20 beneficial minerals, most of which are effective for improving nail health.

Lemon Juice – Lemon juice contains antioxidant vitamin C which protects nails, removes stains, and encourages stronger growth.

Olive Oil – Olive oil is one of the best moisturizers for nails (plus skin and hair, too!)

Honey – Honey is packed with enzymes to nourish and heal skin, and it’s a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture into the skin.

Using a rotating variety of the above ingredients, I soaked my nails 2-3 times a week for 5-10 minutes each time.  The most common combos were sea salt and lemon, and honey and olive oil.  Sometimes I got crazy and did honey, lemon juice and sea salt!  Go wild! I really do think these helped.

I also found this amazing nail hardener called Quimica Alemana nail hardener and it’s worked like magic for me.  I will warn you, it’s got formaldehyde in it so if that’s a no-go for you, you should skip this.  Also read the reviews as some people are very sensitive to it. At first, I applied as directly, only to the top half of my nail and I had a burning sensation so I took it off immediately (I patched tested it on one nail). I waited a couple more weeks and then tried it again, but put it over Sally Hansen Hard As Nails and that worked like a charm. I did that for a couple more weeks, then tried the Quimica Alemana directly on my nail and it was fine. I have been using it ever since. It’s fairly thick and takes a while to completely dry but it’s worth it.  My nails have never looked better!

I also started taking Biotin and religiously use cuticle oil or balm and keep my hands moisturized at all times. I make sure to wear gloves when doing dishes or cleaning and that has also helped a lot. I also switched to a glass nail file, which has helped to keep my nails from peeling when I shape them.

So there it is, that’s how I took my nails from wrecked to decked! Do you guys have any special tips and tricks that you use?

Quick Sleeping Beauty Manicure

Hey hotties!  So in case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been really into nail art lately. I took my acrylics off in July and have been working really hard to grow my natural nails out. After many months of lemon and sea salt soaks, moisturizer and the most amazing nail hardener in the world – Quimica Alemana  I’m finally not embarrassed of my nails!

This was not a labor intensive mani, with just two nails stamped but I wanted to test out the Happily Never After Nail Stamp set from Bundle Monster. Once I saw the Malificent image, I knew I had to use it! I went with a kind of Sleeping Beauty blue color on the rest of the nails, with a grey on my ring fingers.

What I used:

  • Joy Lacquer Stick It To Me base coat
  • Joy Lacquer Classy, Sassy And A Little Bad Assy on all fingers except ring fingers – 2 coats
  • Joy Lacquer Sarah on ring fingers – 2 coats
  • Topped with Joy Lacquer 3…2…Oh! fast dry top coat (this stuff is AMAZING and perfect if you don’t want to smudge your nail art)
  • Stamped with Bundle Monster Violet Waves stamping polish. This is a perfect substitute for black if like me, you have issues with black stamping polish running or smudging.
  • Bundle Monster plate Happily Never After BM-XL193 and I used the queen and text images.

I am by no means any sort of nail art expert but I really do like how these came out.  Text is always hard to stamp but I think I did alright, other than scraping a little too much polish off before I picked up the image.

What do you guys think?

Joy Lacquer Now Available At The Rhinestone Housewife

Hotties! We are always so happy to find new vendors to add to The Rhinestone Housewife family, and we are even more happy when those vendors are local to us! Joy Lacquer has everything that we look for and love. Amazing products that we feel confident using and recommending, great packaging, cheeky and puny names (an extra bonus!) and sparkly. Well, Joy Lacquer has all of those things and more!

We have started with a selection of some Joy Lacquers best sellers, their famous fast drying top coat, and new Sisterly Love winter creme collection (indie cremes are the BEST!) and some cuticle butter balm and glass nail files.  Don’t know what a glass nail file is?  Well, it will change your life! (and the way you file your nails)

In the coming months you will also see another collection launching as well as a custom collection based on something that is near and dear to Hottie’s Seattle born heart, so stay tuned!

Sisterly Love Winter Creme Collection 2017

Joy – an ultramarine reminiscent of the clear blue sky color seen on a crisp winter day.

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Maggie –  a rich mulberry merlot, the color of wine enjoyed with holiday dinners.

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Anna – a deep magenta punch color, reminiscent of delicious holiday desserts.

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Ren – in nature a wren is a lovely little brown songbird, while this color is warmly reminiscent of your winter mug filled to brim with rich hot chocolate.

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Mallory – a lucky green inspired by the change in leaves’ color, from the new growth of spring to the deep hunter evergreens of winter.

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Melissa – a luscious pumpkin orange color, one often associated with a bountiful autumn harvest.

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Sarah – the same soft gray color of your favorite cozy winter sweater.

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One Little Unicorn – As the only sparkle in a set of creme finishes, this unique topper is as glittery and precious as a baby unicorn.

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Core Collection:

The Three of Us – a beautiful pink scattered holographic with flecks of tiny iridescent chameleon blue sparkles.

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Classy, Sassy and a Little Bad Assy – A pearly peacock blue that hints at undertones of teal green and gold, this beauty has a linear holographic finish.

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Birkenstocks No Socks – a creamy, mint-green turquoise with a strong scattered holographic finish. 

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Immaculate Reception – A deep maroon polish with a gorgeous blue chrome shift and a linear holographic finish.

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3…2…Oh! Quick Dry Top Coat – Your top coat drying is the one time when a 3-minute finish isn’t a bad thing! Our crystal clear top coat is the perfect (and fastest) way to finish off your manicure. The strong, glossy finish has been known to resist chipping for up to 10 days!

If you guys want to check out what else Joy Lacquer has to offer, check our their store!

Sale at The Rhinestone Housewife

Hello friends!  Just a quick note to let you know that we are having a sale at The Rhinestone Housewife to celebrate my birthday!  Use code BIRTHDAY15 to take 15% off all orders $10 or more, effective now until 1/1/18.  This includes all the yummy new Solstice Scents, Joy Lacquer products, new Bundle Monster stamping plates and accessories and all products that are already marked down.

Enjoy!

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Solstice Scents Winter Update Live at The Rhinestone Housewife

Hotties! Trust me, I know it’s been forever, but we’ve finally got Solstice Scents restocked at The Rhinestone Housewife.  And on top of that, we’ve also stocked the Winter Collection.  Please read on for details – available while supplies last!

ATTIC – Vanilla, Red Cedar Heartwood EO, Cypress Wood EO, Sandalwood EO, Dried Rose Petals

Available in EDP and Perfume Oil

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CASTING SHADOWS  – Golden Amber, Nag Champa Incense Accord, Dried Sugar Maple Leaves, Wood Smoke

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Available in EDP and Perfume Oil

DEVIL’S TONGUE – Chypre, Leather, Fine Tobacco, Woods, Frankincense and more

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Available in EDP and Perfume Oil

ESTATE AMBER EAU DE PARFUM  – Estate Vanilla, Golden Amber, Amber Resin, Cardamom Absolute, Organic Coriander

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Available in EDP

FOXCROFT INTENSE – Decaying Leaves, Dry Leaves, Dirt, Wood Smoke, Fir Balsam, Cedar, Cypress Wood, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Vetiver, Rain, Bayberry and more

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Available in EDP and Perfume Oil

LACE DRAPED SPECTRE – Vanilla Musk, Spicy Pink Carnation, Pink Pepper, Rose, White Musk

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Available in EDP and Perfume Oil

We have also restocked all GC perfume oils, EDP’s and EDP samples.  Enjoy!

Bundle Monster Now Available at The Rhinestone Housewife

Hello hotties!

Here at The Rhinestone Housewife, we are always looking for new and innovative products to present to you. I have recently become a lot more active in nail art and in particular, nail stamping. With a little bit of practice, you can achieve truly amazing results that look like you’ve spent hours on – it’s really amazing! I just knew that i wanted to share this super fun and easy way to make gorgeous nail art with you guys!

Bundle Monster has long been a fan favorite of nail art and stamping. They offer great options in stamping plates, stampers, polish and all sorts of other nail art supplies. Another great feature of their site, it informative tutorials and photos of their products in use.

We have chosen to start with plates and stampers to offer at The Rhinestone Housewife. Should customers demand more, we are happy to expand the collection to more plates and supplies. I tried to pick a nice little variety of plates to start with. Some gothic, some cute, come artsy, a couple of sets and of course, they are all gorgeous and fun!

Here are a couple of manicures that I’ve done in the past so that you can see the fun things you can create with nail stamping:15665379_10211529959623938_2156961335304773651_n16194960_10211893350788490_4147607011670354408_n17554195_10212504526587503_1356668701079116729_n

And off to the goods!

Mystic Woods Nail Stamp Plate Life’s Boutique

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Happily Never After Set Of 5 Nail Stamping Plates

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The Nutcracker Set Of 5 Nail Stamping Plates

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Poesie Perfume Review

Hello hotties!  I know it’s been a while but I wanted to post up a review of a great new company that I tried for the first time, Poesie Perfumes! I really appreciated the fact that I was able to purchase the small apothecary bottles, a typical 5ml bottle as well as a larger 9ml bottle.  Customers love options! The branding on the packaging was spot on and quite posh. Everything arrived safe and sound.

Purchased:
Enchantress of Numbers: clean lemon and fresh lavender, corrupted by a ribbon of caramel and sweet amber.
In bottle: Clean and herby.
Wet on skin: Bright and lemony with a healthy whiff of lavender.
Dry on skin: As it dries down the caramel peeks out and it’s quite lovely with the lavender.  The sweet amber grounds everything with a dash of woodsy goodness.
Verdict: Quite lovely and would make a wonderful sleepy scent as well as a nice soft scent for those times you want something comforting and relaxing. Stays fairly close with medium sillage.
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Codename Madeleine: rich butter cookies, heady jasmine blossom, bright cardamom.
In bottle: Sugary cardamom with soft jasmine.
Wet on skin: The jasmine is right up front and it’s gorgeous….rich and lush.
Dry on skin: As it dries I get a lovely waft of sugar cookies but they aren’t too buttery, they are nice and sugary.  The cardamom is lovely and fresh and it’s absolute perfection with the jasmine blossom.
Verdict: Jasmine is one of those notes that never seems to work for me but this blend is absolutely perfect….just gorgeous! I’ve been wearing it non-stop since I got it.  If you like a nice combination of foodie but but not too gourmand and jasmine with some spice, this is for you!
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Just Like Heaven:  delicate lavender, heavenly marshmallow accord, resinous incense.
In bottle: Green and herby.
Wet on skin: First up is the lavender which is quite soft and cloud like – I think that’s the fluffy marshmallow. The lavender becomes a bit more sharp as the incense starts to blossom.
Dry on skin: The incense and lavender are combining to become an interesting combination of heavy and light. The marshmallow provides a nice cloud of sugary sweetness but it isn’t cloying.
Verdict: I’ll admit that I liked this a lot more than I thought I would.  It’s a warm a sexy scent, spicy but not at all artificial smelling. If you like resinous scents, you like this one.
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Sixties Salad:  tangy pineapple, delicate pistachio, fluffy marshmallow.
In bottle: Very sweet and lightly fruity.
Wet on skin:  The first thing I get is pineapple and a brief whiff of pistachio.
Dry on skin: As it dries down, I get a lemony vibe with the sweetness of the marshmallow.  It’s not listed, but I swear I’m getting a light toasted coconut as well.
Verdict: If you like sweet, fruity scents, then you’ll like this. If you liked the tangy and weird fruit salad that you grandma made for holidays, then you’ll probably lie this as well. It’s light and whimsical.
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Fan Dance:  sugar-dusted tart raspberries, vanilla bean.
In bottle: Sweet and fruity.
Wet on skin: It’s all tart raspberries right at first with a swirl of sugar. The vanilla bean is quite  soft at this point.
Dry on skin: It’s dried down to smell like tart fruit dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with feathery vanilla syrup.
Verdict: This is a warm, sweet fruity blend that smells pretty much like how you’d expect it to. If you like sweet foodie blends, you’ll love this!
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Too Dreamy: maraschino cherry, sweet amber, creamy sandalwood, rich oud, skin musk, green cherry stem.
In bottle: Woodsy and musky.
Wet on skin: It’s all woods and musk at first with a snap of green.
Dry on skin: The is the star now and it seems to be best friends with the musk. I’m still getting the green cherry stem but not really any of the maraschino cherry.
Verdict: If you like a heavier and more substantial blend, this might be for you. This comes off as unisex for me and would be equally appealing to those who like spicy or woodsy scent.  It’s not head shoppy at all to me. Good sillage and throw.
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The Aviation:  candied violets, spicy juniper, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a hint of cherry.
In bottle: cherry accord liquor.
Wet on skin: It actually smells a lot like the cocktail! It’s a light ethereal violet at first with a nice base of the juniper.
Dry on skin: As it dries down it’s become very soft and quite pretty. The lemon is giving it a nice zing and the sugary violets and cherry is so juicy.
Verdict: This is one of my favorite cocktails and I’m happy to say that this is also one of my favorite perfume oils. It’s sophisticated, sexy and unexpected. If you like a scent that’s not right up in your face, you’ll like this.  I could see this being a great warm weather scent. This stays close, like a comfy sweater. Medium sillage and throw.
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Frosted Hummingbird:  Notes: toasted pecans, buttery cake, warm cinnamon, decadent cream cheese frosting, juicy pineapple, sweet banana.
In bottle: Rich and buttery.
Wet on skin: This is super buttery and rich with the heavy frosting, and the toasted pecans are just dancing around the edge.
Dry on skin: Now it starting to smell like a succulent pineapple that is just ever so lightly garnished on top of the frosting. There is just a touch of banana.
Verdict: If you’re a fan of gourmands, you will like this.  It’s very heavily foody with the cake and cream cheese frosting. Medium sillage and throw.
 My two favorites are Codename Madeline and The Aviation.
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