Bring on the Shine

Gel nails have special place in my heart.  Their longevity and shiny crystal finish make me giddy, but the UV light process, and the ordeal of wrapping each finger in pure acetone to remove gel polish is enough to keep me from doing it often.  I usually save gel nails for special occasions, but I was on the hunt for that glossy finish of gel polish that I could use everyday. And, let's all take a deep breath, I think I've found it with Nails Inc. Gel Effect polishes and Essie's Gel Setter top coat. 

Nails Inc Gel Effect Black Taxi & Essie Gel Setter

I picked up the Nails Inc Gel Effect in Black Taxi at Sephora a few weeks ago, and it's just too good.   This British brand makes a mean nail polish with high pigmentation, and luxe shine. The polish itself is thin, so each coat glides on effortlessly, and dries a lot faster than other polishes I've used. Black Taxi is pretty shiny on it's own, but being the glutton that I am I topped it with Essie's Gel Setter, which boosted my nails with extra shine.  This combo made my nails look as if I had wrapped them in patent leather.  I tried capturing the glossiness in my photos, but you might have to go to Sephora and sample it.  
Please do, and experience this joy for yourself.

Nails Inc Gel Effect Black Taxi


Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Ever since I got into skincare it's been very rare for me to repurchase products after finishing them.  There are so many new skincare products that I usually just bounce around from product to product, trying out new things.  The Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution ($49.50) is the rare unicorn that I can't seem to replace.  I purchased my first bottle a year ago, and used it daily for a few months until one day I looked at my face, and noticed that those darks spots that had been plaguing me had disappeared. This I can tell you is a great feeling, and one we should all enjoy.

This serum is not going to erase all of your dark spots overnight, but what product out there will do that? If you have the answer, please let this girl know, thnx. This silky serum made with activated C, white birch, and peony extracts feels light and refreshing on the skin, and is instantly absorbed.  In fact it absorbs so quickly that sometimes I will do a double layer just in case I missed a spot. I put this serum on after washing and toning my face, and before my topical retinol solution. I purchased a new bottle a few weeks, and am testing it out all over my body on any old scars that could be lightened.  I think this is a great product to add to any skincare regime, and though it does take time to see results, there are results with this product, which is inspiring.