Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Solemate Pedicure Scrubber and Soap Review

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Today I want to tell you about a product called My Solemate, (6.4 oz/$12.98), which has a dual yet singular purpose, to give you prettier feet.   My Solemate is a two part unit containing a scrubber and a soap.  It fits together in the middle, presumably you could take it apart and replace whichever side you used up first.  It's sold as one piece, tho, so you probably wouldn't actually replace either side singularly.

soap, scrubber, pedicure

pedicure, feet, exfoliation, skincare

The yellow is the lemon scented soap and the white is the a pumice type of sponge.  The soap contains such ingredients as aloe, vitamin E and shea butter.  The full list of ingredients:

Sodium Palmate,Sodium Palm Kernelate,Glycerin, Synthetic Sorbitol, Shea Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Vitamin E, Lavendula Angustifolia Extract,Synthetic Disodium EDTA, Perfume, BHT, CI11680, CI77891

What I want to tell you is that this item fits perfectly in the palm of your hand for a good grip while in the shower.  Use the soap to soften your feet and the white scrubber to exfoliate.  Having come from a place where summer still meant tennis shoes and socks for me, I honestly had no idea about this "summer feet" thing.  Most of the world wants pretty summer feet!!  Who knew??  Honestly as a kid from Alaska, I just had no idea.  But this is high season for pretty feet and you can achieve that at home with the help of My Soulmate.

So this is the exfoliating "stone":

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It does a pretty decent job of smoothing my feet.  My feet aren't rough at all and have some areas of sensitivity due to my recent foot surgery, but I'm able to control where I scrub rather well with this device.  I adore citrus scents and I do have to tell you this lemon reminded me a little bit of kitchen type lemon.  I'd like to see it smell like a mix of lemon and shea or something but that's just my personal citrus preference.

So save yourself a little money and pick up this handy soap and pumice stone combination.  Head over to where you can save on shipping if you're a Prime member.  You'll find yourself a Solemate via Twitter and Instagram... And let's have happy feet!!!

How do you currently exfoliate your perfect pedi?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Nail Butter - The Cuticle and Hand Cream You Need To Know

Recently I was sent a sample of a product called Nail Butter, ($24), a cruelty-free, handmade in the USA, cuticle, nail and skin care cream.   I gave this product a full and thorough scientific investigation before I came to tell you what my opinion is.  I'll tell you straight out this will be in the running for my top cosmetic find of 2015, and probably my top nail product of the year.  I can't imagine finding anything better.

cuticle cream, hand, hands, nails, healing

Nail Butter arrives in a cute glass jar with a polka-dot lid.  It comes in two different scents, Gardenia and Lemongrass.  For review and testing, I chose the Lemongrass.  I'm so glad I did!!  I love anything citrus scented and the lemongrass practically smells like a pie.  I could just literally sniff the cream all day long.

It is a rich emollient consistancy so you only need a little to put on cuticles, hands, elbows or anywhere else that you might have dry skin.  A tiny bit is all that is needed as it goes a really long way awhile it melts and melds into the skin.

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It was during a heatwave of about 112 degrees that my tub arrived, so you can see just the tiniest bit of melt on the left side as it sat in my mailbox during the afternoon.  In no way has that affected the product efficacy.

I'm going to give you a quick run down of my analysis, with a little background.  I had been having trouble with my nails and cuticles for about six or seven months.  I'd literally tried everything I could find.  I was using a bunch of different kinds of lotion and cuticle removers.  My nails were breaking and shredding, which is pretty unusual for me.  I found out my thyroid was undermedicated, explaining a lot of the nail weakness.  However, once that was corrected, I was still having a horrible time with my nails.

We had moved during the winter and my skin just hates the water here.  A water softener made it worse so we ditched it.  Everytime I washed my hands, they got worse.  They looked like this just about a month ago:  (WARNING:  If you're used to pretty nail pictures, this could be horrifying).

It was pretty lousy for me.  I hadn't been able to paint my nails for four months.  The middle two kept breaking and no amount of maintenance could help my cuticles.  It was discouraging.  You can see on my middle finger where I had tried a nail color on my finger but the nails were in such sorry shape, that I just took it right off.

The first time I tried Nail Butter was overnight.  I could tell a difference when I woke up in the morning without all that crustiness.  (I'm sorry this is gross, but I just have to tell you how wonderful this product is.)   Five days later, my nails weren't chipping or peeling and I was able to actually do a manicure for the first time.  Totally thrilling for me!!

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My nails weren't perfect but they were a FAR CRY from where they'd been the previous six months.  My skin and hands suffered so much for so long!  Five days of Nail Butter made such a difference...I call that a miracle.

Ten days later, my two middle nails were GROWING...and healing and so was my skin.  I did another manicure.  Two in a row for the first time in at least six months!!!

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I was completely convinced that I need Nail Butter at all times by this point, but I really wanted to do a good investigation.  So I stopped.  And for a few days, I used my cuticle oils and hand creams again....and more often than I used the Nail Butter, (once a night).  I was quickly back to my sorry nail state.  I started up the Nail Butter again and healing began within 24 hours.   I know that Nail Butter is the only thing I've come across while living in this harsh water area that will soothe my nail beds.  It is a complete must have for me, any nail blogger and anyone with brittle nails or peeling skin.

Nail Butter contains all natural cruelty-free ingredients:  wool wax, (lanolin), beeswax, natural emulsifiers, (sodium borate, cetyl alcohol, oil of mustard, aloe vera extract, grape seed oil, and...something for the fragrance.  The jar says gardenia oil, but again, my scent is lemongrass, so something else is used.  What is does NOT contain are parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial dyes or frangrances.

You can purchase Nail Butter on their website for $24.  Be sure to sign up on the website and receive immediate discounts.  I've already purchased two backups to put in my fridge until I need them.  I just can't be without it.

You can also follow Nail Butter on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

So tell me, do you find it better with Butter?  I sure do!

Friday, July 3, 2015

July 4th Weekend Beauty Sales and Steals

My inbox has a ton of really great coupons and sales for the Fourth of July Independence Day weekend.  Just in case you don't subscribe to the same lists I do, I want to share some with you.

Don't forget to sign up with Ebates.   You'll receive cash back for orders placed at many of the following online locations.  I've saved over $200 already in the few months I've been a member.  It's SO worth it!!

First of all, sign up at  They have amazing coupons and specials that will come to your inbox.  I just had the opportunity to buy backups of the Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer, which I have no doubt will end up being my product of the year for 2015.  I was able to purchase a color I didn't have as well as two I already do.  Pretty excited about that.  Sign up for the newsletter and get a free gift with purchase with the code SUMMERGLOW.

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Tarte Cosmetics has a firecracker of a deal at 15% off with the code STARS runing now until July 5th.  If you'd like to see how beautiful Tarte is, please check some of my reviews.

Zoya has a great deal for BOGO 3!  Buy any three polishes and get three free.  Use the promo code 3Free, put the colors in your cart and there ya go.  Add the colors you want and put the promo code in the coupon field in the shopping cart and it makes the $$ adjustment.  There is no limit to how many sets you can buy.  This deal runs until 7/4/15 at 11:59 p.m.

ORLY, my goodness I think this is unprecedented.  Look at what I got in my email:

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Beauty For Real has a  $10 off coupon using the code FREEMONEY at checkout.  Check out some of their products here.  Code is available until Monday, 7/6/15 at 00:00 am.

There is a fantastic Beauty Gift With Purchase at Nordstrom.  Oh my!!!!!  So cute!  And you can pick the one you want!  Be sure to check for the items on sale that are price matched.  (wait, I can't finish this post till I place my order.)

Over at Z Palette, can get 20% off the colors in the Sunset Collection.  Sale end 7/5/15 at 11:59 pm.

BH Cosmetics has up to 73% off on various items.  The offer ends 7/5/15 at 11:59 pm PST.  I have the green and brown eye palettes and oh my gosh...just so beautiful!!

And if you love Reviva Labs Skincare, (I don't know anyone who's used it that doesn't.  I love their products, too), head on over to their website for 20% off during the WHOLE month of July!!!!!!  Use the code July15.  You can read about some of my favorites here.

Grace and Lace is a fashion site, and really, isn't fashion all about the beauty of it?  They are having an incredible 25% off sale with the code FREEDOM.  

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Bath and Body Works is having a great sale.  Stop by their website to view the deets.  And sign up for their email list for special coupons.  There are two; one for $10 off $30 and the other is $20 off $50.

Pixi Beauty has 15% off sitewide with the code JULY4.  Don't forget to check the sale section of the website for more specials.  Sale ends July 5th at 11:59 PST.  Read some of my Pixi Favorites HERE.

If lipstick is your game, Gerard Cosmetics has a four pack lipstick special for $38 until July 4th at midnight.  Enter the coupon code 4thpack.

Dermalogica is having a 15% off sale with the code FFJUNE15.  The sale runs until July 7th, 2015 at 11:45 pm PST,

While on your feet, check your local Fred Meyer, Walgreens and Ulta for more great cosmetic sales.  And don't forget to use your Kohl's cash this week for additional money off everything!

Be sure to check your cartwheel app for Target.  They have some awesome sales this weekend online and in store and add more discounts often.  Use that Target card for an extra 5% off.  It really adds up.

I think this will keep us busy for now.  Please feel free to add to my list.  As I was typing this up, I realized that I just missed the KB Shimmer 20% off sale.  I'm devastated.  ugh.  I guess I'll survive.....somehow.

Thank you for bearing with me for this long list.  And please let me know of any sale, whether home, fashion or beauty, whatever floats your boat.  And share your weekend plans, if you want.  I'm just going to stay home, pool it and work on my blog.  :)  How about you?

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