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the lightest weight sunscreen.

{$42, at shiseido.com}

intellectually i know i should wear sunscreen everyday.  it prevents wrinkles.  it prevents age spots.  it prevents skin cancer.  but in practice, it is an often sticky and confusing to incorporate step during an already hectic start to the day.

shiseido's ultimate sun protection lotion broad spectrum spf 50+ for sensitive skin + children eliminates a host of excuses i use to avoid sunscreen.

it's good for sensitive skin, so it won't cause breakouts or redness.  it's safe for children, and tear-free,so i can smear it on myself and my little one before leaving the house.  it's also paraben-free, alcohol-free, PABA-free and fragrance-free.  however the product description does not even boast of what i consider to be it's greatest feat; it is unbelievably lightweight.  after applying it dries instantly and feels like i have nothing on - no moisture, no stickiness, nothing.

i'm hoping this will kick me into actually getting in the habit of wearing sunscreen every. single. day.


how to do simple heart nail art.

{tiny imperfect hearts}
i love the meticulous intricacy of nail art but havent had the time to get a proper design in a while. when i have a quick minute to spare i've been playing with some simple at-home nail design ideas. while they don't have the precision of a professional job i think part of their charm in in their minor imperfections.

this design in honor of valentine's day features hearts of two sizes, both made with only a toothpick and minimal skill and/or hand eye coordination.
step by step:

  1. apply base color x2.  choose a color without glitter or shimmer, otherwise the design will end up more blurry.  i went with bobbi brown roza nail polish, one of my favorite neutrals (but a limited edition shade that isn't currently available, sorry!). allow to dry completely.  i didn't add the designs until the following day.
  2. dab base of toothpick into chosen design color.  pick a color that pops against the background shade, and again avoid anything too shimmery for best clarity.  i picked china glaze sun of a peach.  
  3. for larger heart outline shape with toothpick on nail, applying light pressure.  re-dip toothpick in polish bottle often, as the tip of a toothpick holds very little polish.  then fill in outline using toothpick as a brush.
  4. for smaller hearts dip toothpick in polish then lay it down on nail to make one "petal".  repeat with the point of toothpick overlapping to the tip of the heart and other "petal".
{for small hearts lay toothpick sideways}
{overlap at the bottom to make the point}
{heart complete!}


new: herbal essences naked smooth + soft and clean + refresh.

{newest additions to the herbal essences naked fam}
this january two new varieties joined the herbal essences naked line (made up of paraben free haircare).   naked is already not only my favorite of the herbal essences lines, but my favorite maker of mass market shampoos + conditioners.  my main qualm with cheaper washes and conditioners is usually the build-up.  the various scents of naked that i've tried have all been effective at cleaning and hydrating, with no residue left behind.

the line now includes a clean + refresh shampoo and conditioner with a white strawberry and mint scent, and a smooth + soft shampoo and conditioner which smells of almond and mint. both scents are subtle and fresh.  the smooth + soft is on heavy rotation in my shower right now.  in addition to being paraben free it's also low residue and dye free.  most importantly, it works - cleans and hydrates.  it pairs well with the aveeno gentle scent nourishing coconut body wash (reviewed here). gourmand scents in the shower start the day right.

SRP $4.99 per bottle.


valentine's day wishlist, $20 and under.

{get gifted}

  1.  mario badescu rose hip mask - purifying and hydrating, plus it's soft pink with a delicate floral fragrance.  $20.
  2. covergirl trunaked roses - a range of shadows, en rose.  SRP $11.49 (!). 
  3. lush unicorn horn bubble bar - because magic.  $7.95.
  4. dove pink beauty bar - a subtle and moisturizing nod to the holiday.  SRP $3.79 for 2 bars.
  5. vosges volupte caramel hearts - i'm not a white chocolate girl, but when it's filled with caramel and dusted with fleur de sel, i can make an exception.  $15.
  6. tocca violette candelina - because roses and violet are a natural match. $20.


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