Saturday, January 15, 2011

Review: Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme

About a few years ago, I had received a Burt's Bees set from a friend as a gift. In that set, there was a small container of Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme. It ended up just sitting in my desk drawer for quite a long time. I didn't really paint my nails ever, nor did I pay attention to the condition of my cuticles.

But finally when I started to become interested in makeup, I saw a video by MissChievous on doing an at home manicure. In the video, she used the same cuticle creme. So I dug out my little tin, and used it that night. I woke up the next morning with soft, smooth, and tame cuticles. It was amazing! I had no idea that I was storing a little treasure in my desk! :) After a while I had used it so much, I had to buy a new one (the tiny one was getting hard to get the product out with my long nails).

I have also found another fantastic use for it.
I am no fan of vaseline. It's not so much that I don't find it useful, but it's the smell. And this creme - it smells delicious! So last night, when I got home from work, I was putting some lotion on my hands, and I noticed that the side of my right hand was burning. I looked at it and I was bright red. When I touched it, it felt SO dry. I realized my lotion wasn't doing the trick, so I grabbed my Burt's Bee's Cuticle Creme and started to put on thin layers slowly. In about 3-5 minutes, the burning had gone away, and the skin there was no longer tight.

I was SO impressed with the quality of this product! I mean, I know it says "cuticle" creme, but I felt that since it was so thick and moisturizing to my cuticles, it would do the same elsewhere.
I definitely plan to use this creme when my skin gets really dry - I think it's perfect for winter! What other uses do you find with this product? :) Do share! :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

My makeup storage

I can't tell you how many plastic storage units from Walmart I've gone through. It's true that each time they get larger and larger. So on Thursday, after becoming quite frustrated with my storage unit and how flimsy it is, I was determined to acquire a new unit that is more sturdy.

Ya know what I mean - when you continue to use a plastic drawer and want to place items on the top, it begins to sink down and inhibit the drawer from pulling out smoothly. Drives me wacky, I tell you!

So I knew that Walmart had a set of drawers - the best way I can describe the material is a very sturdy cardboard. It is a huge improvement from the plastic, as the new drawers hold plenty of items on top without sinking down into the drawers. Interestingly enough, I could not find the same items or anything like it at Target, TJ Maxx, and I was planning to look at Bed Bath and Beyond, but forgot. Ah well - Walmart is closer! ;)

Okay, enough chit chat and on to the units!

Currently my makeup is being stored on my dresser, as this is the only vacant counter space I have at the moment.

The glass vase I got at Jo-Ann's Fabric and Crafts, as well as the tiny beads. I bought 2 bags of the beads and put 1 full bag and then half of the other into the vase (in case you were wondering!). I really love it to hold my eye brushes, but the vase started getting cramped, so the Saturday before Christmas my sister in law invited me to go shopping with her.

We ended up going to TJ Maxx (at my request!) and I found the cute little "lazy susan" type storage item. I find it perfect to hold my larger brushes as well as items I use daily (i.e. Flowerbomb perfume roller, eyeliners, brush guards, etc).

In the spray bottle is my MAC brush cleaner - I got the spray bottle at Sally's on Thursday.

This is just to give you an idea of how much can fit in the drawers and the size comparison.

I got the item on top of the drawer at Walmart as well [sometimes I like things to match ;)]. I think it's perfect to store my MAC palettes, as well as my other 2 spray bottles (Alcohol in one, water in the other).
Behind that I'm keeping a clear cup to hold my cotton pads, makeup remover, toner, and Fix +.

My favorite thing about this setup? The storage drawers do not sink under the weight of the things on top - no matter how much I put on top of them! :)

This was just to show how I store my makeup, of course in no way to show off in any way or brag (had to get that out of the way) :)

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