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Losing to a Carrot

I’ve had to make some unexpected changes since I got braces. One of the most unexpected was my lipstick. Since the braces slightly change the shape of my lips and mouth, my lipstick started wearing off in strange patterns and lips got seriously chapped. After a few days of this I had to try something new.  Enter the tinted lip balms by Fresh. Since I am a SephoraBeauty Insider” (basically it means in exchange for my email address, I get redeemable prize points to be used for special kits and a free birthday gift) I received two sample size tubes of the basic and rose Sugar balms for my birthday back in March. Mostly they’d just been taking up space on my bathroom counter, but after using them for a few days I am a converted believer. No more lipstick for me, it’s lip balm from here until the end of braces.

So where does the title of this post come in? From another braces induced life lesson. When my braces were put on, the lovely assistant gave me a list of things I should avoid eating/drinking. Basically, nothing overly crunchy, sticky or sugary for the next 24 months. She also confided that, from her own experience, if you really want to eat something then you’ll figure out a way to do it.

After a couple of weeks of a lot of softer, largely carb based meals I was really craving something fresh. After raiding the produce department at the Publix near the house, I made a huge plate of fresh veggies and Tuscan herb hummus (a-mazing!). Fast forward a few minutes, Andy and I are working our way through the plate and I decide I want a carrot. Since they are very crunchy, I had purchased tiny baby carrots, problem solved right? Wrong! Halfway through my first bite I knew I had made a horrible mistake. My entire mouth hurt, my brackets and wire made a horrible popping sound and I was positive that I had snapped or dislocated some part of my elaborate orthodontia. Fortunately, after frantically taking stock of the state of my braces I realized nothing had broken. Whew! Clearly carrots are now at the top of my list of things to avoid, but in 23 months I will buy another bag of carrots, I can’t allow myself to be bested by an orange vegetable smaller and thinner than my pinkie. You may have won this battle carrot, but just you wait, victory will be mine!

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Sephora & OPI

I love buying nail polish, which is a little strange considering due to the amount of typing, crafting and baking I can never keep a polish chip free for more than a day. My toes fare a little better, since I try to get at least one pedicure a month.  As i’ve gotten older, I have become a bit of a polish snob, I am extremely picky about the brands i’ll use, and right now I am favoring Essie and OPI and since OPI makes an exclusive Sephora line I have been stocking up on the some of the more interesting shades.  When the Garden of Good and Evil collection debuted I was a little torn. Most of the colors are not really what I normally wear, I lean more towards deep reds, violets, and almost blacks, but I was curious enough to give them a try.

To the amusement of the ladies working at my local Sephora, I used the testers to give my self a rainbow manicure and then decided what colors I wanted to invest in. I had pictures, but my nails were in really poor shape by the time I had my camera back in hand.

Finally, after much debate and inner turmoil (I kid you not) I ended up with the sample pack and a regular size of the Designer Fig Leaf, so here is my review:

Designer Fig Leaf: An opaque metallic olive green, probably my favorite of the bunch. I would recommend a minimum of two coats for nails Poison Ivy would be proud of.

Completely Fern-ished: A matte olive green that is exclusive to the sample pack, while I like it, it sort of looks like the other green’s ugly sister by comparison.

Eve-y On the Eyes: A really lovely cool shimmery fuchsia, something that would be great on any skin tone.

Tempted by Teal: A bright iridescent teal that shifts gold and silverish, almost exactly like Mermaid to Order, which is one of my favorite summer shades, but a little less opalescent.

Frankly I Don’t Give A-Dam: A matte light grey that was surprisingly feminine, I will be picking up the full size on my next shopping trip.

Overall I really think this collection has something for everyone, and the sample pack is a great way to try some colors that you may not usually wear. It’s definitely inspired me to branch out from my red-purple safety net, and i’ve received lots of complements on my new green nails.