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Choosing the Natural Soap For Men

Not all soaps are made to be the sam. You may not even be aware that those soaps that claim to be cleansers actually contain ingredients that are harmful to the skin. Perhaps you may have even considered higher-priced brands than their traditional alternatives as you think that they would provide better benefits. Choosing the best men soap may be easy as you think it is. But you will never know the effects that a soap bar product may have on your skin until you have already used it. But don’t worry. This article is intended to help you decide which to option to go with next time you would need to buy the best natural soap for men.

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Soap bars available in the market today can vary to some extent. Their formulation may be quite different. Thus, the clinical impact on your skin will also vary. It is, therefore, vital that you know what to consider when looking for the soap to use.

Traditional Soap Making Process

The traditional process of soap making usually includes a mixture of oils (animal fats or vegetable oils) and fluid (usually water) and an alkali. The alkali blends with the oils, resulting to what is known as saponification. In making bar soaps, the alkali that is usually used is sodium hydroxide or what is better known as lye.

Nowadays, many make soap using coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, and other natural ingredients. Scents, colors, essential oils, herbs, and also added to enhance the total appeal of the end product.

Choosing the Best Soap For Men

There are many other ways in making various types of soaps. As each process may use a variation of the ingredients to suit the manufacturer’s intent for the use of the product, there will definitely be different benefits, as well as effects, that the product may have on anyone who gets to use their products. And as many manufacturers may use synthetic ingredients, such as hardeners, scents, and colorants, to save on resources and to serve whatever purpose the sellers have in mind. As such, there is a great chance that those who use the products that may contain strong chemicals may harm the skin, even the health of those who get to use those products.

Needless to say, if you are concerned about the soap that you use on your skin, you need to be certain that the only bar or liquid soaps that you will allow to touch your skin are only those that will provide you with the most benefits. It is always a smart move to read the labels to know what could be hiding in those soap bars or whatever personal hygiene product that you intend to buy.

In deciding which bar of soap will be the best for your skin, you may want to consider these tips.

1. Think of what is most important to you?

Do you prefer a bar soap that is made of all-natural ingredients? Would you like to use one that is in liquid or bar form? How about the cost of the product? Will you consider brands other than those that you have been using right now? List all your considerations and do a quick search of all the available options for you.

2. Do you a product you can use for your face or for both body and face?

The skin on your face definitely a milder bar than the skin on the other parts of your body. Using one that is intended for your body may eventually be too drying for your face. There are many reviews online that you may want to check before listing your options. That way, you will know which could be a better alternative to what you are using at the moment. (more…)

Best Brand of Gel Nail Polish to Try

Gel nail polish has taken the nail industry to a new level ever since it has been introduced. Many women are now doing their own nails at home because gel polish is so convenient to use. Gel manicure has become a beauty mainstay because of its indestructible and impossibly glossy feature not to mention that it grips on to the nail tighter than traditional polishes.

But with the market flooded with so many options, many women find it so hard to decide which one to go for. So before you go for your next manicure, check out these top 10 must-have gel polish brands.

OPI Gel

OPI gel

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Long lasting
  • Dries fast
  • Great applicator brush
  • Pigmented color

Cons

  • If no top coat is applied, it can chip easily

OPI gel polish is a high-end and high-quality brand of nail polish that can be seen in almost every salon. It has an extensive range of colors and funky polish names that most clients love. The quality of this product is well worth the price tag.

Kiarasky Gel

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Pros

  • Applies smoothly and evenly
  • Long lasting
  • Dries quickly
  • Easy to use
  • Gentle on your nails

Cons

  • Needs a top coat

Kiarasky gel polish is known for their excellent and professional quality. Their polish can last up to three weeks on the nail chip free. With the wide array of colours that they have, customers have endless options for beautiful nails.

DND

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Pros

  • Used by professionals
  • Wide range of colors and finishes
  • Lasts three weeks

Cons

  • Requires a top coat

This comes in several finishes so you have a wide range of shades to choose from. Applying the product is very smooth and easy. Giving a stunning and supple looking nails that looks like it was freshly made from the salon. The colour doesn’t easily fade that is why many professionals also opt for this brand. (more…)

Bootie Babe- Butt Out!

Hellllooo Loves! Happy Sunday! Sunday’s are kinda like my Saturdays, since the Hubs days off start Sunday, so it’s a happy day of the week for me. It means some time where I can relax and not have to chase the dogs or the 4 year old for a bit! And of course, swatching!

Today’s polish is from a brand that I have been wanting to try for quite some time, Bootie Babe. They caught my eye with their hiney shaped bottles and rear-end themed names, so when I saw Butt Out on sale for $5 a few weeks back, I snagged it without hesitation. I mean, who can resist a sparkly butt???

Butt Out is a coppery, pinky, kinda purply duochrome shimmer loaded with large holographic glitters. It’s hard to describe because it really does change colors depending on light and angle. In my lightbox, for instance, it shows more of a coppery pink, but outside it’s more of a dusty pink with silver. I do wish that I had the time to photograph this from every possible angle, but since I don’t, you get to see what it looks like in the lightbox, which is also what it looks like indoors most of the time.

This is 2 coats of butt out, with a single coat of top coat. It does look a bit bumpy because I use a 10x magnifier on my lens, so you can see every little nook and cranny, plus this polish really does need a smoother or 2 coats of top coat for it to be entirely smooth due to those large holo glitters. I don’t mind texture, so I didn’t bother with either. 🙂

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You can see a bit more of the pink in the last 2 shots, but I do wish I had the time to take some sunlight shots of this. It has been storming here for the past 4 days, so sunlight hasn’t been all that abundant.

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The base color looks very coppery here since this was taken in the lightbox as well, but you can also see all the colors in the holo glitter!

Butt Out is certainly one unique polish, and I am so glad that I grabbed it. I will definitely be adding more Bootie Babe to my stash as soon as my budget allows it (losing $550 a month in income is seriously hurting my blogging game, yo!)

Butt Out’s formula is stellar, and application is flawless. No dragging, balding, or problematic glitters, and dry time was fast, fast, fast! Wear is exceptional with no chipping at a whopping 4 days! Can you tell I’m in love with this polish? 4 days is almost unheard of in my world! I was, and am, just mesmerized by the colors and the holo in this polish. Just fabulous!

I do want to mention that the formula may seem familiar, and that is because Bootie Babe is made by Nubar. I dunno about you lovelies, but I really dig Nubar polishes. I did not know Bootie Babe was related to Nubar in any way until yesterday, but it’s right there on the website. Thought I’d just share that little tidbit!

You can check out Butt Out and all the bootie shakin’ pretties at BootieBabe.Com (I have my eye on Honky Badonky, Hind Quarter, and a few others!). Most polishes sell for $8, but there are several on sale for $6 right now, so grab a few! Who doesn’t need some butt shaped polishes in their collection? You can also find Bootie Babe on Facebook  and Instagram.

What do you think of Butt Out? Do you have any Bootie Babe polishes in your stash?

I have more from I, A.M. Custom Color on the way, as well as some Born Pretty Store water decals and Sally Hansen Color Foils. Stay Tuned!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!
-Kimber

Polish TBH Uniquely Me — A Very Special Polish (you should read this, really!)

Hello my lovelies! It’s Saturday, yet I am still feeling like crud. I seem to be stuck in the phase where the swelling is mostly gone, but what is left is putting pressure on my inner ear, causing some pretty annoying dizzy spells. No driving for me. But, I did manage to swatch last night, which makes it all better.

Today’s polish is a very special polish, and I am beyond honored to play a part in bringing this polish to you.

A couple weeks ago, Christian from Polish TBH messaged me about helping out with a special polish that she was creating to help out a little boy with Autism. His parents are raising money to get him a service dog, which is invaluable to a lot of people with Autism, and has been proven to be especially beneficial for kids. Now, if you know anything about me, it’s probably that my own daughter is on the Autism spectrum, and that there isn’t much I won’t do to help out a child on the spectrum, and this really touched me. To read more about the family this polish is helping, please take a moment to read Chrissy’s blog post here. There are also links for donations, and I cannot tell you how expensive service dogs are alone, not to mention fencing, care, and all that, Insurance does not cover any of this!

I can’t take much credit for the polish – I just threw out a reference point and Christian did all the work, but I would be lying if I said that this isn’t one of the prettiest polishes around. Period.

Uniquely Me is vibrant blue jelly polish with red, yellow, green, blue, black and white glitters, The blue represents the official color of Autism Awareness, and the glitter colors represent the colors of the puzzle pieces in the Autism Awareness ribbon. To make it even more awesome, there is even some holo dust in there!

I took some normal shots first, to show how gorgeous this polish is overall. This is 2 coats with top coat here:

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Egads!!!! The squishy!!!! And you know I am a sucker for blue! I do wish I had some sunlight here to show off that holo sparkle, but it’s overcast and we have had record rains here.

So, how about some artsy shots? Ha!

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Le gorgeous, right? The vibrant base and all those glitters just make this baby sing. Christian really did an amazing job. As a side note, I’m kinda playing with my second hand pose since getting my nails perfectly straight for my usual hand pose is becoming nightmarish. My nails don’t sit straight, and they don’t grow straight, and its kinda hurty with my tendonitis and all.

But enough about that! Macro!

I swear ya’ll – that blue is killing me! To die for!!!! *swoon*

Uniquely Me is a true jelly glitter bomb, so it starts fairly sheer and builds to opacity. Obviously the opacity is amazing since I’m only wearing 2 coats here! The formula is perfect – nice and smooth with no dragging or balding and the glitter behaves nicely. Dry time was much faster than I had expected with a jelly glitter bomb, and wear is outstanding (I’m still wearing this!).

Loves, this is a beautiful polish for an amazing cause. Grab it while you can!

Uniquely Me will be available for purchase from Polish TBH on August 1. This polish will be available in full size only for $15 ($10 goes to the family and their service dog), and will come in a white capped, retro bottle. Follow Polish TBH on Facebook and Instagram for release and order info.

What do you think of this polish? Are you going to grab a bottle?

I’ll be back with another beauty from Polish TBH (hopefully) tomorrow – tooth permitting. I also have a ton of polishes from Laquerlicious and Peaches Polish so come back soon!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!
-Kimber

Egyptian Nails with Born Pretty Store Water Decals!

Hello my loves! I apologize for my absence, again. If you follow me on Instagram or facebook, you may already know why I was MIA – I am suffering from not one, but 3 tooth abscesses. I have a broken molar on the bottom right side of my mouth, that decided to abscess and take the 2 surrounding teeth with it. For the past 4 days, my face has been hugely swollen, and even moving my head is incredibly painful. My dentist rocks, and saw me Monday morning as soon as I woke up and called, and I’m on antibiotics, but the infection is so bad that I still have a gold ball sized lump that hurts like crazy. I guess when the tooth cracked, it had a small hole in the center that food was getting down into. Brushing was not able to remove it, and so it became infected. Fun stuff!! And I had an appt for it next week too. Oh well. Nothing much I can do save for suffer through until the swelling is gone and I can have the teeth fixed.

Today I am back to swatching and have all sorts of killer goodies to share!

You all know about my love for Born Pretty Store’s nail art products, and today I have some seriously cool water decals to show you all. Now, this manicure isn’t perfect – I’ll admit that now. I worked on this with a face the size of Guatemala, so please forgive my mistakes! I will say that these are some of the coolest water decals ever. I adore all things Egyptian – I’ve been obsessed with Egyptian mythology since I was a kid – I even have the Eye of Horus tattooed on my right bicep – so when  saw these, I knew I had to try them.

These are a bit different than the usual water decals I use — these are large enough to use as a full nail decal, or partial nail, and would also make some wicked accent nails. I chose to show these over a white base polish to make the colors pop.

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placement is not perfect since my face was super swollen and super painful, making this the hardest manicure on earth, but one must have cool nails for emergency dental work right?

Like all of Born Pretty Store’s water decals, these are soooo simple to use. Just apply your base color and let dry. Then cut your decals to the size of your choice, dunk in water, apply to the nail and let dry for a few minutes. Add top coat and voila! Fast and easy, epic nail art!

These decals come in a pack of 10 – 2 of each design for one full manicure, or several accent nails. The pack sells for $2.98 at BornPrettyStore.com, search for item number 10754, or click here to go right to them. This is design number 112 – there are also peacock and leopard designs available. Go grab some – they are too cool to pass up. They are also incredibly long lasting, remaining perfect until I removed them 4 days after applying!

What do you think of these water decals? Are you a fan of egyptian art?

Don’t forget that you can save 10% on your order from Born Pretty Store by using the discount code below! Also give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the latest nail art supplies.

I have a ton of new polishes coming up- some amazing-ness from Polish TBH and Laquerlicious, as well as a new Aussie Indie, Peaches Polish! You don’t want to miss these, so check back soon!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!
-Kimber

I, A.M. Custom Color – Girls of Phnom Pehn

Helllllo, Lovelies! I know, It’s been a few days. I don’t have crazy deadlines at the moment, so I took a few days to run errands and just hang out with my fam. It was nice to be able to chill for a bit, but I do better when I have a pile of polish waiting to be swatched than I do when I can take my time. I guess I’m one of those people that works better under pressure.

Today I have another beauty from I, A.M Custom Color to dazzle your eyeholes! Can you say Glitter? I knew you could!

This polish is from the June Rebel 4 A Cause Series – The No More Child Brides Collection.  June’s spotlight is on child marriage and child trafficking for the overly large and equally apalling sex trade industry. This is one of those causes, much like FGM, that really raises my hackles. Children being married off as young as 8 or 9?? Little girls of the same age being sold to traffickers for the sole purpose of being sold to perverts for sex???? How does this even still exist!?!?! I can’t really say much more without going off and swearing like a sailor, but Ashlie has a wonderful, informative post that you can check out here.

Girls of Phnom Pehn is today’s polish star, and she is a gorgeous mix of purple, white, and black glitters in all shapes, sizes, and finishes, with some magenta holo microglitter adding some serious pizazz. This glitter topper is nothing short of spectacular! This is 2 thin coats of GOPP over Sinful Colors Candy Coated.

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It’s official, I more than love this glitter. This is one of my all time faves! The magenta in this slays me – can you tell? It just gives it such a beautiful pop of bright color and sparkle.

GRATUITOUS MACRO!

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See that color now? And all the different shapes of the glitters? *Wipes drool*. Ashlie, you are a genius. I bow down to your polish making skills!

So, how does Girls of Phnom Pehn stack up? The formula is fab, as usual. Ashlie never lets me down, I swear. This baby applied smooth and even with not a single glitter issue. No clumping, no fishing, just sweet, sweet glittery goodness. GOPP dries fast as well, and the wear is excellent. I wore this one for a few days as well, and it was still perfect when I removed it last night. I also did not have to use a glitter smoothing top coat with this polish – just my DiamondPro top coat smoothed things out perfectly. Yup, yet another winner from Miss Ashlie!!!

You can grab this gorgeous glitter at I, A.M. Custom Color on Store Envy for $12.50 full size. 25% of proceeds goes to charity. Hurry though! This is an LE polish and will not last long. While you’re there, make sure to check out the other Rebel 4 A Cause polishes, and Ashlie’s new Bday Duo (which includes Cali Bombshell, that amazing Gold Metallic Holon that you all fell in love with on IG!)! You can follow I, A.M. Custom Color on Facebook and Instagram for new releases, sales info and more pics.

What do you think of this glitter topper? Are you a fan of toppers or full coverage glitters?

I have more from Miss Ashlie on the way, as well a some Water Decals from Born Pretty Store and a very special Polish TBH.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!
-Kimber