Sephora Nail Polish Remover: Magic or Hype?

Like many women, I have been expanding my nail polish collection. It’s getting a bit out of control (darn you Julep!), but I’m not complaining too much.

What I will complain about is the polish removal process. Sigh. Sometimes I will talk myself out of applying a color because I fear how long it will take to remove it. And glitter polish. For the love of God, glitter polish is like the worse thing to remove! I’d almost prefer to do my taxes. Almost…

Today I discovered this video from Cosmopolitan magazine of a review of Sephora’s Instant Nail Polish Remover. I have seen the product in the store before and have always been skeptical of it. I mean, really- we’ve all heard claims and promises of easy polish removal (“even glitter!”). Lies, I tell you! Lies! But this video has me convinced to give it a shot.

I’d love to hear if any of you have tried this polish remover or have used one that works wonders for you.




Kiehl’s To Debut Nail Color in Summer 2014

Kiehl’s is already a go-to place for great skin care and has released some cosmetic items before (BB cream, tinted lip gloss, etc.). But I was very surprised to see that they will be releasing their own nail color this July. I do love that their first color will be a glossy black, a nod to the biker trend we’ve seen lately and also a nod to Kiehl’s President Chris Salgardo, who is an avid biker.

The polish will be priced at $15-$18, which is a bit higher than many other polishes but it will also help raise money for AIDS awareness. Also more customers will be likely to buy the polish over a $30 body cream or fragrance. I will definitely be checking out this polish when it comes out this summer!



Seeking Those Perfect Moments In My Imperfect Life


This morning I did something I haven’t done in a long time: sleep in on a Sunday morning. I often go to the early morning service at my church, but when the alarm went off at 6:15, I immediately said, “No. Not today.” In one quick motion I turned off the alarm and went right back to sleep.

When I awoke a few hours later in my pillowy white cocoon, I gradually became aware of the morning light seeping in through the blinds. The sound of a car going down the street. A dog barking nearby, probably being walked by its owner. A plane overhead heading toward the airport.

Deep breath in. Deep breath out. I relished this moment. With these breaths I thought about the events of last week and the days yet to come. I thought about how these moments lingering in my bed, however quiet, however still, were like the opening credits of a movie that has yet to unfold. I don’t know yet what the plot will be and I may not have complete control over what happens. But in these moments, I look forward to seeing how everything will come together.



Now (Not) Playing in Theaters: Roqberry The Movie

Are you watching the Oscars tonight? I plan to watch Ellen’s opening and then flip back and forth between this and other shows. I do hope 12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture and I hope either Steve McQueen or Alfonso Cuaron gets Best Director. Other than that- really not that interested.

Although I did watch E! Red Carpet and Giuliana Rancic’s dress is amazing tonight!

Okay, so the Oscars got me thinking about that age-old question: who would play you in a movie?

Hmmm… Big question. The weight of the world rests on my answers, I know. But I am going to up the ante to include who would be behind the camera as well. So here it goes.

If my film was going to be an indie comedy, I want Kerry Washington in the role as roqberry in a film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. Mindy Kaling would play my best friend in the film (love her) and my love interest would be played by Chiwetel Ejiofor (super love him!).

But if my film was going to be a suspenseful drama, Ms. Washington would still play me but the film would be written and directed by the Coen brothers or maybe Steve McQueen. Best friend would now be played by Michael Fassbender but we have that “are we or aren’t we?” kind of friendship. Which causes all kinds of deliciously sexy tension! But this leads me, I mean, Kerry to fall into the arms of Jeremy Renner who Michael despises and the two of them fight over me and one of them dies but I… Oops, I mean Kerry gets framed for it and has to work with a retired detective played by Sean Penn to clear her name.

Hmmm… I would actually see that movie. And the Oscar for Best Daydream goes to…