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I’ve decided in an effort to be a little bit more focused, I would try to condense as many beauty posts as I can under one roof each week and call it the Beauty Department.  This is where you will find my fun beauty buys, manicures of note, and recommended products each week.  Now, let’s get started.

Beauty Haul

I love trying new fragrances and this one has really taken my breath away.  Tocca’s Aqua Profumata in Catania is a creamy vanilla scent that manages to somehow stay grown-up without delving into cotton candy body spray territory 10 minutes after its sprayed.  I pair this with my Citrus Soy Body Whip from Skin, an Apothecary to smell like a creamsicle (What? I like smelling like food).

As much as I love reading the beauty section of magazines, I never understood the point of including candles and room fragrances in the same pages as lip gloss and concealer.  It wasn’t until I bought this adorable peachy Voluspa Creme de Peche candle from Preen Apothecary that I made the connection.  Lighting a pretty candle in a gorgeous glass jar, waiting for the sweet scent to fill the room – this might be the single most indulgent beauty routine ever.  Another aspect to this candle that put it into my shopping bag was the glass because the raised pattern reminds me of my great grandmother’s juice glasses.

Manicure of Note

Pale Pink and orange are having a moment together lately and I thought I would try the look on my nails.  Unfortunately the pink was so close to my skin tone that lots of people asked me why I only painted one nail on each hand.  Oh well, I think it had a nice effect even if people just thought I was forgetful.

I have not been shy about my love for calendars and this post is no exception.  When I flipped my desk calendar at work to August a few days ago, I was greeted with this picture, which made me happy.  Not just because my sister is in it and it may have been one of her first ever Instagrams but because the colors in the photo and the colors on the page design remind me so much of how fun summer is supposed to be.

I think I get so lost sometimes in work and responsibility that I forget the simple joys of warmer weather and increased hours of sunshine in these long days.  Summer is so free and lovely.

So I decided to paint my nails with this calendar page as inspiration.  I used Wet n Wild Megalast in Tropicalia for 8 of my nails and Club Havana for the 2 ring fingernails.

And I didn’t even do anything :)  Thank goodness for perennials.

I miss my dad on Father’s Day because I know we’d be at my parents’ house watching the Masters while my dad grills in the backyard and complains about missing the Masters to cook for us on Father’s Day.  It was a tradition that happened every year.  And every year he would say that next year we were going to grill so he could watch the whole tournament (but he secretly wouldn’t have it any other way).  Anyway, I guess I’m thinking about gardening because it was one of my father’s favorite things to do and I know he would have guilted me into doing more work in my yard by now.  So on this Father’s Day, give your dad an extra hug for always guilting you into doing what you know you need to do :)  Happy Father’s Day!

The other day I was at the drugstore and found these coral, orange, and pink things and it made me very happy.  What made me happier was the 75% off deal on the lipgloss and the BOGO on the rest!  Somewhere there’s security footage of me doing a dance in the aisle with lots of nail polish bottles in my hands.

Do you remember that big shipment of nail decor I was waiting patiently for?  Well it finally arrived and now my nails look like fruit salad.  I had great plans to get out on my day off and explore Dayton a little bit, but unfortunately the miserably hot weather (90 degrees in May, seriously?) made me uneasy so I hunkered down in front of my computer with the fan going full blast and practiced using nail decor for the first time after only one YouTube video for guidance.

I also started watching The IT Crowd on Netflix and it’s quite addictive.  (And they have a Guided by Voices poster in the background in Season 2!)  I honestly think the real trick to perfect manicures is finding a show or movie that will hold your attention so you don’t mess up your nails.

The slices really do curl up as much as people say they do, so next time I’ll have to remember to make the dot of top coat as wide as the slice itself to help that.  After the fact, I tried pressing down on the sides of each slice that was curling up and some of them were put back into place while others are pretty much doomed to come off sooner or later.  Probably next week while I’m working in the bookstore…

I’ll have to figure out what my next color combo/fruit selection will be – and try to pull it off with a little less mess.  I might need to investigate some new nail colors.

I went shopping at The Greene the other day and decided it was a perfect day for a mani/pedi.  I love the Venetian Nail Spa because other than just the fact that it’s strikingly gorgeous the moment you step inside (dual waterfalls, sky mural in the vaulted ceiling, marble-esque floors, etc. – basically the polar opposite of Rose Nails) the services are awesome and not at all expensive, especially considering what you would expect being that it is the nail spa in The Greene.

In a very un-me move that would have shocked my regular techs at Luxury (it’s not my basic black, near black, almost black, etc.), I went for an orangey, coral-y, pink with iridescent glitter on just one nail on each hand.  I think it turned out pretty awesome.

Even though I was the annoying customer who came in with shopping bags, they helped me put them all on my arms and even got my car keys out of my purse for me.  If there is any real lesson in dependence, it’s trying to get out of a nail salon without ruining your nails.

I know I don’t normally write about chains in any capacity, but this place really is very beautiful and definitely a great place to go relax after a hectic shopping trip for something terrible like a swim suit.  Or jeans.  Or work shoes.  And no matter how fancy the place looks, at its heart it’s just your neighborhood nail spa with technicians who live and shop in the same area as you.

I seriously don’t think I would ever even contemplate painting a room or thinking of a color scheme without Creature Comforts from now on.

This is a color scheme she posted in September 2011 and I saved it because I would love to use it for something.  If not a room (I doubt my husband would appreciate it) then at least an outfit, or maybe my cubicle at work.

This color scheme was posted in January 2012 and I’m in love.  What a great idea to use cupcakes for color inspiration!

Did I ever tell you how awesome and creative my sister is?  Yesterday?  Ok, well then I’ll make this quick.  Take a look at these amazing website cards my sister made me!  They are so fantastic and I can’t wait to hand them out.  If you are looking at this and thinking to yourself, “wow, I sure wish I had someone to make website or business cards for me,” then get over to Weeks Design now and she’ll be happy to help you.