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.
So as I've gone through my make-up supply cleaning it up (bye bye chemicals, hello minerals!) I started to think of other aspects in my vanity and wardrobe. A lot of what we wear isn't good for the environment either (polyester anyone?) and there's been a wonderful trend in bamboo clothing. I use to mainly see it in a lot of yoga studio shops, but now whole foods, farmers market clothing vendors and other up scale clothing designers are carrying these luxuriously soft pieces that are eco-friendly not to mention ADORABLE.
Some information regarding Bamboo:
Cleans the air. Bamboo gives us clean air to breathe, consumes carbon dioxide and, because bamboo forests are so dense, returns 30% more oxygen to the atmosphere than trees. Some bamboo sequester up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per hectare.
- Requires less energy, water to grow. It takes much less energy to grow and sustain bamboo than other similar trees and plants used for fiber production. Bamboo plantations require very little maintenance. Bamboo also requires very little water and can survive drought conditions as well as flooding.
- Reclaims land. Because of its rapid growth and root structure, bamboo can, in a very short time, reclaim land destroyed by overgrazing and over-building and clean the soil of toxins.
- Can be grown without pesticides. Bamboo can be grown without pesticides or chemicals because of it's own anti-bacterial agent.
- Can be harvested sustainably. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, making it a high yield renewable resource. It can be selectively harvested annually and is capable of complete regeneration without need to replant.
- 100% biodegradable. Unlike synthetic fibers which incorporate petroleum additives, bamboo clothing is safe for municipal disposal programs, whether by landfill or incineration.
" Bamboo is one of the world's most sustainable resources. " - eartheasy
Another option when choosing clothing that is earth & body friendly, is organic cotton. It's a top pick when bamboo may be hard to find. Organic cotton is vegan, compostable, biodegradable and good for your skin.
Some apparel lines who use organic cotton include:
Nike (Just Do It.)