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Nail Tips

Nail suppliesAlright, y’all know I like to DIY so of course I do my own nails, right? (Well 95% of the time. Sometimes you just gotta treat yourself to a REAL mani/pedi) Since I have been doing my own nails for the past twenty years, I have picked up a few good tips along the way from trial & error, friends, and yup, you guessed it- Pinterest.

Once your nails are clean from previous polish, cut and file your nails. I have found that polish doesn’t chip as quickly on a freshly cut nail.

Next, rub a vinegar soaked cotton ball over your nails. Pinterest says it will keep your polish on longer and I believe it. vinegar

Paint a thin coat of polish on, then LET IT DRY COMPLETELY before adding second coat. Proper drying is key to having smooth, smudge-free nails.

Also, I’m pretty biased about brands of polish. I have tried them all, from .99 cents to $9 and by far, the absolute best polish is OPI. (I’ve purchased a few on eBay for half the price!) Use a clear top coat once the color is completely dry.

OPI Heart Throb


DIY Eye Makeup Remover

coconut oil makeup removerI ran out of eye makeup remover one night and I absolutely hate to sleep in mascara. That’s when I remembered hearing about using coconut oil as eye makeup remover. (What can coconut oil NOT do, right?!? Oh yeah, you can’t shave with it.)

Well I tried the coconut oil and it worked amazingly well. I have been doing this for several months now to make sure the honeymoon stage would last and it has! I am happy to report I have been very pleased with my results as I remove my makeup each night and I hope you will be too.

First, get about a dime size of coconut oil on your fingers.

dime-sized coconut oil


Rub onto each eye in a circular motion.

rub in circles


Admire your raccoon likeness in the mirror.

raccoon eyes

Use a clean cotton ball to wipe away the residue.

wipe away residue

And ta-da! Works like a charm. Every time.

I also stopped using face wash so I keep my coconut oil close by and wash my face with a little bit mixed with corn meal. You can read about my first experiment with that here.

Let me know what you think!