I try to keep up with my nails...I really do. It's usually pretty obvious that I'm a "DIY Spa Gal" what with the smudges and knicks but sometimes it's nice to leave it to the professionals. I'm ashamed of how rough my feet and hands looked this summer. Okay truth, I got one manicure and one pedicure the entire Spring through August.
I know...who is this girl? I birthed a third baby and it's my business - Oak St. Social. That changed one seasonably warm day this month when I was treated by my friends at Pretty Quick to a spa pedicure at Wellness Nail Spa.
With over 3 locations, two of which reside in Chicago, Wellness Nail Spa makes it easy for the woman-on-the-go to squeeze in a few minutes of "me time" amidst the chaos we call life.
I'm confident that my nail tech could read the "How long will this take because I have a conference call in 45 minutes and a kid to pick up..." expression on my face as I feverishly started replying to texts and emails.
My treatment commenced with my nail tech ushering me over to the polish station to select a new hue. I chose a dove grey from a carefully curated wall of nail lacquers. From there it was total R+R. I worked on my social media checklist while my nail tech buffed, scrubbed, massaged and painted my tired feet into piggy perfection. I was surprised at how quickly the service felt but I did, indeed, receive a full 60 minutes of undivided attention from my soft spoken, sweet friend.
Without a moment's hesitation, she picked up my bags, shoes and miscellaneous cords to walk me over to the drying station. I chatted a few minutes with JB, the kind, modest owner of Wellness Nail Spa, and relaxed as my polish set. Daydreaming away in a quiet Lincoln Park street is not the worst way to kill an hour of unadulterated bliss, let me tell you.
After 15 minutes, my nail tech swooped in once more to apply dry oil and assisted me into my heels. Just like that I was back to the daily grind.
Wellness Nail Spa is the perfect destination for a quick escape from the daily demands of being a mom and career woman. I even got an earlier appointment pleading for an opening of which they were happy to accommodate. With all of life's pressures, it's the ideal way to unwind even if just for a short hour before returning back to reality.
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I never used any sort of toner until my mid-30's. Quite frankly, it seemed like a lot of work to add an extra step into my skincare routine. How's that for laziness? Don't answer.
I'm an open book. I think we know this given my career of choice - social media. It should come as no surprise to you that I am also very much an advocate of BOTOX and aging gracefully. I don't see it as taboo. I'm not ashamed and it makes me feel good. And isn't that what counts?
I've never been all too loyal to one particular beauty brand. That's changed quite a bit in 2017. I find myself reaching for the staples pretty frequently these days. Let's just say I've figured out who makes the best concealer. I know which matte lipstick stays on the longest and yes, it's worth your precious dollars to spend a little bit more when it comes to these items. Took me 39 years to figure it out but hey - better late than never.
There's a few things that I prioritize when it comes to my skincare regimen...which are completely different from my priorities in my 20's. I suppose that happens. They are as follows:
- Anti-aging benefits
- Reasonably priced
- Ideal for oily skin
The last one is kind of obvious but hey, it needs to be said. ...and I found one that actually accomplishes all of the above: Timeless Skincare. You'd be amazed what $20 can do for your skin!
Okay, real talk. I never get to a spa. And that is not a complaint. I'm of the mindset that if I cannot relax at all - why spend the money? Heck, I can barely get through a no-chip manicure without tapping my toes and telling my manicurist to skip the hand massage complete with warm towel aromatherapy. Yeah, I'm that girl.
I haven't converted entirely but I am damn near close. I recently fell in love with nude lips. Matte, of course, so I thought I'd spill the beans and share my recent favorites. Tried and tested by not only myself but my girls, too. Yes, I have cultivated a team of beauty addicts back at the homestead! The oooooh's and ahhhhh's are quite cute.
It has been ages since I've written a Beauty 411. The truth is...I receive a shit load of beauty products (of which I am very grateful for) and it takes awhile for me to review, test, sniff and trial each product several times. Many do not make the cut and it has nothing to do with price tags. I assure you.
Micro-needling. I tell people I've had it done recently and their facial expressions morph into one of fear. It's pretty accurate because that's how I felt, too. Two thoughts entered my brain: needles + face = no bueno.
I've always had a good skincare routine. Cleanse in my morning shower followed up by a toner, moisturizer and eye cream. Standard but I felt it was better than the alternative and I very rarely went to bed with makeup on. The same routine ensued in the evenings with a weekly addition being a gommage or facial scrub to slough off dead cells.
When it comes to my stocking, I thoroughly appreciate a good beauty haul. I don't get to Sephora often but when I do, it feels like birds are circling my head and an angel choir cues up. It's my personal heaven complete with scents, colors, smart packaging, handy tools and more. In a sentence: I get lost. Hand me a cup of coffee and we're really talking!