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{September 19, 2015}   Swatch Saturday: Nail Art and Living Proof 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

I’m pretty sure today is Saturday, right?  Anyway, I have been MIA too long I know.  Good news, though, I might finally have the first part of the Measure for Measure review done.

So today I have some random nail art.  Honestly, some of it is so old that I’m not 100% sure which colors I used, so I’ll do my best to remember them.

Before I get to that, though, I thought I’d share my thoughts on Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment.  I got a sample of it from Sephora several months ago and never bothered to use it.  I don’t typically put product in my hair, and especially not hairspray.  The last time I had hairspray in my hair was for my father’s wedding back in January.  But yesterday I decided to try it out.  I’ve seen a TON of Living Proof stuff at TJ Maxx recently, and I’m always curious, even though I’ve been mocking the brand for months because of Jennifer Aniston’s incessant shilling.  Essentially I’m constantly on the lookout for a product that can give me real volume.  I usually use Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Sea Salt Spray because it’s inexpensive and smells nice, and works pretty okay.

I should’ve taken a picture of the sample I guess, but I didn’t realize I’d review it when I used it yesterday.

So, the deets: if you know hair typing, mine is 1c/F/ii/iii.  It’s oily and usually very flat on top, but also very dry because I color it.  It’s butt-length.  I usually let it grow till I can sit on it, and then cut back to waist.  I use natural shampoo that I get off Etsy (the store is called toadstool soaps, and it is MARVELOUS, and the owner is just the best as well) and I wear it up a lot.  I’m very, very weird and particular about my hair, and even with the coloring it’s still in pretty good shape.  I oil it before every wash and also typically before I color my roots as well.

I guess you didn’t need to know all that, but there you are.  Maybe I’ll start a series of posts on my hair care routine.

Anyway.  So I used the product yesterday morning.  Because my hair is so long, I used the entire sample.  I smoothed it into my damp-ish hair and then just let it be.  The package said to blow dry, but I don’t do that, so I didn’t.  The package also said that it’s supposed to make you hair smooth, shiny, and give a lot of volume.  That’s precisely what I’m looking for.

The good: it does what it says on the box.  My hair has CRAZY volume and there aren’t a lot of flyaways.  I used the product yesterday, and my hair’s still looking really good.

The bad: this stuff stinks.  Like, a lot.  It’s distracting.  I can’t imagine why anyone would want their hair to smell like this.  I also think it’s a bit drying, but that’s usually the norm for texturizing products I think.  It made my hair feel really stiff, but that might also be because I didn’t blow dry.  And it’s not cheap: $26 for 4 oz at sephora.com.

I can’t wait to wash my hair later on today and get the smell out.  Overall, I would recommend it, but I’d really recommend you smell it before you buy it.  I won’t personally use it again.

Anyway, on to the nail art!

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Animal print with neons.  I didn’t turn out as well as I was hoping.  It’s OPI You Are So Outta Lime! and OPI Hotter Than You Pink, with a KISS black striper.

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More OPI neons, the last of the summer I think.  OPI Juice Bar Hopping with OPI Over & Over A-Gwen (probably) tissued over it.  Pretty, but very subtle.

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This was some very quick nail art I did with some Butters I got for super cheap at TJ Maxx.  It’s Butter Torch, Poole, with dots of Marbs.

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This is my very first Sharpie mani!  It came out okay I think.  I wanted to do notebook paper for the first day of school, even though I’m not actually in school.  It’s China Glaze White on White with the lines drawn with blue and red Sharpies.  It smudged a little.  I used hairspray to set the Sharpie but I think I used too much, or maybe didn’t wait long enough for the topcoat.

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This was another marble nail, but with saran wrap rather than tissue.  I actually like it more, honestly.  It was a base of Orly Lift the Veil, with OPI Roadhouse Blues and OPI Hotter Than You Pink (I think? There was one other color) saran’ed on.

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend!  It’s finally cooled down a bit here in Florida, woohoo!

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