I’m really digging olive-hued nails for fall.
Last night, I slapped on a couple coats of Essie’s Sew Psyched – a “soft cashmere sage pewter-grey” – while I watched The Big Bang Theory reruns in bed. I sealed it with a swipe of Good to Go quick-drying topcoat, and dozed off for a luxuriously interrupted 8 hours.
I woke up this morning to a perfect mani; not a smudge, bubble, or sheet mark. Have you tried Essie’s Good to Go yet? Doooo it.
Essie Bobbing for Baubles
Essie Lady Like + Carry On
Essie Going Incognito
OPI You Don’t Know Jacques
Essie Demure Vixen
Mixed Jewel Tones
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I love funky nail art as much as the next girl, but I usually don’t have the time or patience to do it myself. These days I’m all about an easy at-home manicure, and with fall officially upon us I’m on the hunt for new colors and textures to add to my nail kit. It’s time to trade in the hot pinks and corals of summer, and transition to inky blacks, jewel tones, neutral mattes, and richer nudes.
What’s your favorite polish this time of year?
It takes something pretty special to make me cross the thresholds of big box stores. The promise of a “true luxury at mass” color cosmetics brand, available exclusively in Walmart’s beauty aisle? I’ll get my keys.
My introduction to Flower came by way of Refinery29, in a feature interview with the brand’s leading lady, Drew Barrymore. Drew’s concept is a game-changer; department store quality and luxury formulations brought to the mass market, with price points ranging from $4.98 to $13.98. The lineup includes quadruple-milled powders, highly pigmented lip and eye products, treatment-packed BB creams, and a bevy of pretty polishes with names that make my florist heart go pitter-patter.
It took eight months for the 181-piece color collection to make it to my neck of the woods (hashtag: small town problems). Last month I made a trip to my local store to scope out the goods.
I gave myself a strict budget so I wouldn’t lose my mind and buy all the things. Keep reading for a run-down on the Flower products I chose!
For the last month, I’ve felt less “owner” and more “owned” in terms of our business. The transition after Chad’s departure has been more challenging than I expected; especially since we were sans-delivery-driver for the first two weeks, and down a designer in the days leading up to the holiday weekend. Managing the shop as a one-woman show has been all kinds of exhausting!
I’m about to let you in on my numero uno stress-busting, body-ache-relieving, sanity-restoring secret…
Epsom salt baths.
Go to the drugstore, and throw down six bucks on a giant bag of Epsom salt. Then go home and run a hot bath. Toss in a few cups of Epsom salt, a generous squirt of natural lavender body oil, and a bath pillow. Grab yourself a good book or magazine, sink your tired bones into the tub, and soak in the steamy heat for as long as you can stand it (at least 15 minutes). The Epsom salt soothes tight achy muscles and gives a magnesium boost, while the lavender calms your senses and eases anxiety as you sweat out lots of yucky toxins.
I also love to scrub down with a good organic sugar scrub while I’m in there, for soft skin and a super close shave that lasts for days. Afterwards, I moisturize with 80 Acres Olive Oil Body Balm, brew a cup of chamomile tea, and sleep like a worry-free baby.
We keep Epsom salt stockpiled at Chez Lennox. I’ve converted all my friends to believers, and they swear by it for sore muscles and sports injuries (a subject I know nothing about).
Hope your Labor Day is relaxing!
Note: Despite the benefits, Epsom salt baths aren’t suitable for everyone. They generally aren’t recommended for people who have conditions such as heart problems, high blood pressure or diabetes. If you aren’t sure whether an Epsom salt bath is safe for you, please consult your physician.