Manicure Monday: Feeling A Little Jaded

It’s Monday…already!!! And I swear it feels like the weekend just flew by! Isn’t that always the case…weekdays move at a snail’s pace but the weekend ends before you can blink.

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We didn’t do a whole lot, which I enjoyed. Sometimes it feels good just not to have anything pressing to do. I did get a chance to squeeze in a workout with my oldest son and two movie nights with the fam. And late last night I managed to squeeze in a little manicure me time….

I decided to try out one of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes from my most recent Influenster Vox Box. I went with my favorite of the three…Jaded. This shade is gorgeous! Initially I was slightly disappointed because it went on so sheer but after the second coat, I was more than pleased with the color payoff.

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Complete Salon Manicure Influenster Vox Box

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Excuse the creepy looking fingers.

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The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes offer 7 benefits of a salon manicure in 1 bottle:

  • Base Coat
  • Strengthener
  • Growth Treatment
  • Color
  • Top Coat
  • Chip Resistant
  • Gel Shine

It’s been a while since I’ve polished my nails and I’m really loving this shade. I’ve used the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes before and the formula is great. And if you haven’t tried them, I highly recommend that you do…the wide flat brush is amazing!

What do you think of Jaded by Sally Hansen? Have you tried any of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes yet? What color are you rocking on your nails today?

 

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Influenster Vox Box (#CSMTKO)

Woot! Woot!

Influenster Vox Box

Y’all know I love nail polish! So I was super excited when I received my Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Influenster Vox Box in the mail, especially since I’m on a “no-buy” diet until March. Check out the reveal here…

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Have you tried the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes yet? Which shade should I try out first from the Influenster Vox Box? Have you signed up for Influenster yet?

Disclaimer: Influenster sent these products to me for free in exchange for my review but as always ALL opinion stated are my own.

 

 

 

 

My Resolution to Shop Less in 2014

While unpacking from my week-long vacay during the holidays, I became extremely overwhelmed. Ok, that’s a bit of an understatement…I thought I was about to lose my mind. I realized that I have too much stuff! And that’s even after several attempts (month after month) to purge what it is I don’t use, need or wear. So yes, I will admit that I have a problem…

Hi, my name is Roni and I’m a shopaholic!

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I truly believe that shopping on any level is therapeutic. And when you pair that with my love for great deals and coupons, my shopping addiction gets even worse. So I’ve decided to challenge myself this year…I will shop less in 2014!

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Now I know that most resolutions don’t make it past January. But I’m setting rules and guidelines for myself to help me stick to shopping less this year.

  1. I have shared my resolution with the hubs, a few friends and family members hoping that they will help hold me accountable throughout the year.
  2. From now until the end of March, I putting myself on a strict “no-buy diet.” That means I’m only allowing myself to purchase the necessities (i.e. the staple products I use daily that run out) and nothing else no matter how great of a deal it is. During this time I plan to re-evaluate what is in my closet and purge as needed.
  3. After March, I will re-evaluate my strict “no-buy diet” and decide if I want to treat myself with a mini shopping trip during my birthday month.
  4. Throughout the year I vow to shop my closet more and to be more creative with my outfit combinations. No more wearing the same ol’ thing from week to week.
  5. I  will live vicariously through the fashionista’s on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook  and various blogs that so graciously share their shopping hauls. And use their outfit of the day post as sources of inspiration.

Would you like to join me on my quest to shop less in 2014? Have you ever done a no shopping challenge or resolution? What steps did you take to help curve your shopping appetite? What resolutions have you made for 2014? Do you believe in making New Year’s resolutions?

Natural Hairstyles of 2013

I love my natural hair and it’s versatility. Since the year is coming to a close in a few days, I decided to take a look back at my natural hair styles of 2013.

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Early this year I installed Marley Twist, a style I hoped would last at a month but only lasted about a week or two. I ranted about it here.

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Bantu Knot Out

Bantu Knot Out

I also tried the Bantu Knot Out earlier this year. I love the shrinkage and fullness but it’s definitely a style that needs work.

Wash'n Go

Wash’n Go

I also revisited the Wash’n Go this year. I personally prefer the Wash’n Go on shorter hair but I might give this one another go too.

Mini Twist

Mini Twist

Mini Twist are always a favorite of mine!

Mini Twist Updo

Mini Twist Updo

20131229-193129.jpgI straightened my hair this year and was blown away! I couldn’t believe how long my hair has gotten. But unfortunately Jesus prefers my hair curly because it rained everyday.

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I experimented with a few new updo styles too.

The Twist'n Bun

The Twist’n Bun

The Twist’n Bun is my go-to style on a bad hair day. I love it…simple and chic!

The Pony Puff

The Pony Puff

And when all else fails, I throw in a what I like to call a Pony Puff.

The Twistout

The Twistout

I used to be a die-hard braidout girl but once I mastered the twistout,  I’ve been in love ever since. Now it’s my go-to style for all occasions!

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What’s your favorite natural hair style of 2013? Will you be trying any new hair styles in the upcoming year? Are you ready for 2014?

Just Another MANICure Monday: Oh Christmas Tree

Christmas is just two days away! Can you believe it?!?! This year has flown by, before you know it we’ll be ringing in the New Year and making resolutions.

Sometimes I wish I could just push the pause button and give myself a second or two to take it all in. Christmas is such an exciting time of year! I absolutely love it. So of course this week’s MANICure is Christmas inspired.

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What are you rocking on your nails this MANICure Monday? Are you rocking a holiday inspired mani? What do you love about the holiday season?

Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Hair Giveaway going on over on YouTube!

 

I did it!

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I did it! Yes! Finally after a whole year of procrastinating, I did it! I now have my Vision Board completed and hanging on my wall. I’m so ready for the new year!

2014 here I come!

The process

The process

The rough draft

The rough draft

Y’all know I struggled with getting my vision board started but I’m happy to say it ended up being a lot easier than I thought (once I committed). And I even finished well ahead of my set deadline…woot! And although I’m still not quite what my “vision” is for my future, I do see somewhat of a pattern on my board. I highly recommend that everyone do a vision board at least once…it was such awesome feeling when I hung my vision board on my wall!

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I’m so excited about 2014! Are you?

Have you created a vision board before? Do you plan on creating a Vision Board for 2014? What goals have you set for 2014?

#TeamNatural: To Cut or Not to Cut?

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So I’ve been natural going on 5 years now, including my transition. And let me just say, I absolutely love my natural hair, on most days. Now don’t get me wrong, I have no desire to relax my tresses again but the day-to-day maintenance is no joke. I recently straightened my hair and was in absolute awe. My hair is the longest it’s ever been and I couldn’t believe it. And that is where the problem lies…

Long hair don’t care…*humph* that’s only when I don’t have to wash or style it.

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I’m sure y’all may think I’m crazy and are wondering why the length would be my problem, right? See I like to consider myself as a low-maintenance girl when it comes to my hair, in fact my motto is to keep it simple. And although my styling and wash routine are pretty basic, it still takes me forever to do it. I will admit that over the past year or so, I’ve become a bit lazy with my hair. Just thought of having to re-twist my hair at night makes me gag, so most nights I rock a pineapple. And I’ve tried the whole protective styling thing but that too is a time-consuming process and weaves/wigs aren’t really my thing.

To cut or not to cut?

It’s happened three times here recently…I’m getting ready in the morning and the hair struggle begins. Spraying my hair with water, adding oil and stylers, trying to brush it and *sigh*…a voice in my head says, “where are the scissors?” I end up fighting the urge to shave my head, like really its a battle. I push on through and I usually end up looking a mess by the head simply due to the frustration of it all. Yes, I do blame myself and the fact that I’m just to lazy to fool with my hair but something has got to give. My solution is to cut it…But the question is, how short? I would love to shave it all off but I think the hubs would just die so I’m searching for a happy medium. Here’s what I’ve found so far….

The Curly Bob

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

Ok so I’ve had my hair cut similar to the bob before. I went in for a trim and some layers and ended up leaving with a bob-ish cut…I loved it! But this time around I’m thinking of going a little shorter. I want to maintain some length so I can at least pin-up my twist and rock a “ponypuff.” So to cut or not to cut is the question…

What do y’all think? Should I go for the bob or leave it be? Or should I just go all out and shave it off? What have been some of your recent hair challenges?

**Please note I do not own any of the photos in the collage above, they are photos that I admire and have borrowed from Pinterest for style inspiration**

MANICure Monday: Black Friday Edition

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Whew! It’s December already and the countdown to Christmas and New Year’s is in full effect! Can you believe it?

Well, this week’s mani is inspired by Black Friday, which I’m aware was last week…better late than never, right? I had every intention of polishing my nails on Thanksgiving eve but totally lost all track of time. I ended up putting off until I just didn’t feel like doing it at all. *sigh* But despite my busted nails I did enjoy myself. I had an awesome Thanksgiving break! It’s always a good time when you spend it with family and friends.

Loreal's Sparklicious; Essie's Sand Tropez; WnW's Ebony Hates Chris; Milani's Art of Silver

Loreal’s Sparklicious; Essie’s Sand Tropez; WnW’s Ebony Hates Chris; Milani’s Art of Silver

Manicure Monday: Black Friday Edition

Manicure Monday: Black Friday Edition

Manicure Monday: Black Friday Edition

Manicure Monday: Black Friday Edition

Here are few outtakes from Black Friday…the inspiration behind this week’s mani.

Black Friday

What are you rocking on your nails this week? Did you go out on Black Friday?