April 11, 2021

Monday Miscellany: Home Manicure & More

Monday Miscellany: Home Manicure & More
Susan B. shows off an at-home manicure with Chanel Le Vernis polish in "Arancio Vibrante". Details at une femme d'un certain age.

First, thanks so much for all of your lovely and supportive comments on Saturday’s post. The topic of What Things Cost has been brought up by readers from time to time, so I just wanted to clarify my thought process regarding what pieces I feature and why.

An At-Home Manicure

While I guess some nail salons have reopened here, we’re still avoiding most “non-essential” businesses. With the virus out there and cases still surging, it just doesn’t feel safe yet, even with masks and other precautions.

So yesterday, feeling equal parts bored and brave, I decided to give myself DIY manicure. With bright polish this time. 💅 Not salon perfect, but not too bad if I do say so myself. 😆

Ring is from French Kande, HERE.

Susan B. wears Chanel Le Vernis nail polish in "Arancio Vibrant." Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s the Official Beauty Blogger shot. I’ve had this bottle in my stash for a few months. Chanel Le Vernis in “Arancio Vibrante.” I used base coat, two coats of the color, and the Chanel Le Gel Coat on top. (I’ve used this top coat for some time, and have found that it really does extend the life of my manicure or pedicure. And it comes off easily with regular polish remover.)

I’ve also had good results with Essie Good To Go top coat. It’s a great option if you’re in a hurry and want something quick-drying. Both Chanel and Essie polishes are considered “non-toxic” and used by my local TenOverTen salon.

(Once the polish was dry, I cleaned up the “boo-boo’s” with a q-tip dipped in polish remover. 😂 )

Something Yummy

Cranberry Spritzer mocktail with a sprig of rosemary. Details at une femme d'un certain age

Since lockdown, I’ve been having fun making actual cocktails at home a couple of times a week. But in the interest of reducing both calories and alcohol, I’ve been on the hunt for some non-sweet cocktail-hour alternatives.

This one is pretty good…a Cranberry Spritzer. Mix 1/3 cranberry juice (I use unsweetened) and 2/3 sparkling water or club soda. Garnish with a rosemary sprig. Mint would probably be nice too. I find this is really refreshing on a warm day. If you prefer a sweeter drink, you can always add some honey or stevia.

My Wardrobe Makeover: Adding Color

Also good on a warm day, this Lentil Salad recipe from Gimme Some Oven. I’ve been making it regularly, though substituting halved cherry tomatoes for the sun-dried (what I have on-hand).

Have you been doing at-home manicures? Have you found any specific techniques that work for you?

Stay in touch.

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