I adore nails. A fun, flirty, colorful manicure is one of those warm fuzzies in life that just makes me happy. Never one to have the longest or strongest nails naturally (even through increased vitamin intake and hormone balance) I always have to help them out a bit with faux extension.
No longer a fan of chemical laden acrylics at the salon, I wanted to find something that was durable, but safer for my skin and my nails. As someone who takes pride in cleaning her house, playing with my fur babies, doing archery, getting dirty in the mountains camping with Mr. Charming and constant travel, I always seek products that are durable, and imPRESS Manicure Nails have been my go-to since leaving the nail salons over two years ago.
My nail care routine is quite simple and starts with moisturizing with a good lotion after my shower and then applying a high quality cuticle oil to prevent cracking and dry skin. Once dry I then I apply my chosen imPRESS set and voila! Beautiful nails for a week.
One of my favorite accessories to pack when I travel, I like to mix it up with my nails and always keep a couple of looks on hand. As I head to Dallas, Palm Springs and Anaheim all before October hits, I want to make sure I have a mix of sophisticated styles for high-end dinners and writing meetings (for this I've got my Tweetheart red and Stalker french tips. For hitting Disneyland I packed my favorite fun pattern in the minty Bells & Whistles. (shown above in my first photo) - it's a regular go-to style because mint is swoon-worthy year round.
I've used many nail brands over time and I've never found one I've loved more. As you can see below in my nail gallery, I've been wearing imPRESS for a while now. From archery to cabin trips, beach life to typing for hours on end, they last and are practical for my lifestyle. I also love the way they elongate my tiny hands.
They are safe on natural nails and don't cause any skin or nail damage like salon acrylics & you simply peel and press. They last me, on average, seven to ten days and they have a mega gel shine, which is an important feature to me to help them look natural and elegant.
For those looking to save money, these little beauts saved me a TON switching from salon to shopping for nails. My gel manicures use to cost me $50-$65 every month. imPRESS nails are available at Walgreens, Walmart and Target for only $7.99 a package. For the price of one spa manicure I can get six imPRESS boxes. This fact in itself sold me on it in the beginning and sometimes I swap out nails midweek on a whim to match my outfit or event without feeling guilty.
I would love to know your nail care routine and your favorite nail colors & designs. I personally love to express my personality & accessorize my ensembles with fun, colorful nails.
This post was sponsored by imPRESS nails and I received complimentary packages of nails in exchange for an honest review. I welcomed the packages to my already large stash of imPRESS Manicure Nails, because as you can see above, I've been a fan for quite some time. All photos and opinions are my own.
As stated in my last Beauty Routine post on my teeth and body care post, I am just as careful as to what I put ON my body as to what I put IN my body. I can't stress enough that investing in high quality products that are gentle on your skin, hair, body, face & nails will help preserve the quality and health you are trying to obtain through diet, rest and exercise.
When Derma E approached me about their line, I fell in love with their concept and their line has since become my line. It's a 100% vegan & gluten-free beauty & skincare line that is approved safe for Celiacs, and upon their launch of their #ICANTWHEAT campaign I knew it was time to share what I love about them. You can read all about their formulations here to see all the goodness that's in there and all the nasty that's not.
While most products start in labs, Derma E started in a health food shop in Southern California, and as a resident beach girl, I love products that start in little shops seaside. It speaks to the entrepreneur in me who dreams of a nutrition office near the shore.
Their skin, hair and nail oil is one of my FAVORITE products because I love being able to get multiple uses out of a product for the best value. I use it primarily for my nails, because I adore soft, silky cuticles, but in the winter months I also add a drop with my lotion or moisturizer as well as a drop of my favorite essential oil for the richest and deepest moisturizing action when the weather is particularly dry and harsh on my skin. It's also comprised of three clean ingredients: argan oil, kukui oil & jojoba oil.
Though I am careful to use it on my hair (my hair is quite fine and too much oil of any kind makes me look like I need to shower & a good shampooing), I do use it in a mister with a little water to tame fly-aways when I travel to humid climates. As I'm heading to Texas in a week, it will accompany me for frizz defense.
Another MUST have in ANY girls beauty arsenal is a GOOD dark circle eye creme. I don't care how much sleep you get (and I ALWAYS get 8-9 hours) as we age our sensitive skin around our eyes take harsh punishment from makeup, washing, the elements, the sun and its better to invest in a good eye cream now.
And when it comes to my eyes, I am SUPER careful about what I put on them. In changing and cleaning my diet I started reacting to EVERYTHING I put on my eyes. From mascara, to moisturizer, eye shadow to cleanser, if its not pure my eyes will develop styes (I know, ew) or get red & itchy. When I find something that is gluten-free & gentle I embrace it. I hug it. I use it regularly and I recommend it to others who I know struggle with finding products for their sensitive skin.
In addition to being gluten-free and paraben-free, it is also GMO Free and full of beauty rockstar awesomeness.
And I saved the best for last. Well, ok, anything that is gentle and healthy and makes me feel pretty is the best. But as our skin is the largest organ, it makes sense to give it extra loving care. LOTION is one of my favorite things in this world. It's just something that has always made me feel pampered & pretty and it lets me know I'm taking care of my skin.
I travel, a lot. And plane rides, road trips, constant climate changes and varying weather BEATS UP my skin. Finding a gentle, vegan, gluten-free lotion is CRUCIAL when I'm applying it daily, sometimes multiple times a day. Derma E's Vitamin E lotion is such a Godsend. It's buttery soft and comes in Fragrance Free or a scented variation with natural oils. It's also gentle enough to use on YOUR FACE. Which totally blew my mind because I never in a million years put a traditional lotion on my face in fear of harsh chemicals or crazy breakouts.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I'd be happy to answer questions about any ingredients, practices or usage. Derma E did sponsor my post with product, but all photographs & opinions are my own. I'd been seeking a gluten-free & vegan beauty and skin line for so long and I am so happy to have found, and embraced, this beautiful company. The line offers an abundance of products from haircare to skincare, nail care to beauty. I was just highlighting the top three in my beauty cabinet because I don't use a ton of product. I know my go-to's and what has worked best to keep my skin balanced, healthy & glowing.
OK. I know I said that was the best part, but this next part is the BEST BEST part. YOU can save 25% of anything in the line using the promo code ICANTWHEAT in celebration of the #ICANTWHEAT campaign & they are doing an AMAZING giveaway.
Enter for you chance to win $150 of Gluten Free Natural Skincare by derma e.
One winner will receive a $150 gift certificate to shop at www.dermae.com
1,000 Runner Up winners win a Gluten Free Sampler kit (3 foil packs) + insert with coupon code
You can also head over and take the evaluation to find what's best for YOU and your skincare regiment. This is what I did originally to get started and I was matched with the PERFECT products missing from my beauty cabinet. You can put in your preferences and allergies to make the recommendations super tailored to your uniqueness.
I would love to know your favorite gluten free skincare products, and if you've tried Derma E, what's your favorite from the line?