Health Adjacent: Quick Tricks
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Quick Tricks: Quick And Pretty Nails
Historically, I havent been one to do my nails. The nail polish always chipped and I had better things to do with my time than wait for paint to dry. Now, of course, I have all the time in the world.
Because I always have limited energy (yes, doing your nails does take energy) and my hands often hurt, I have to make my nail routine a quick and easy effort. So heres my Quick Trick nail secret: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips.
Essentially, this is nail polish formed into strips. You find the size for each nail, peel off the coverings and apply. Use the included nail file to buff off the extra length and you are done. Sometimes I apply a base and top coat, but to be honest, I havent found that it improves durability.
This manicure can last anywhere from 5 days to 10 (on my nails). It seems like the patterns and glitter varities last longer. And as a bonus, if you are sick in bed for a few days, your manicure will last even longer. And when is the last time you could say there was something good to being in bed sick?
Ive used all kinds of nail strips and stickers. I will definitely do a review of them at some point. But, I always come back to Sally. Oh, and right now, they have holiday themed nail strips...so head out to CVS, Target, Walgreens, etc and pick up some Sally Hansen Nail Strips!
Salon Effects Pictured (L to R):
Posted at 08:20 AM in Quick Tricks Permalink
Getting ready (beyond my uniform of black sweats and a ponytail) can be exhausting. Some days I have so little energy that if I use too much in the getting ready process, Im too tired to do anything else. So heres my dirty little Quick Trick secret...skip the shower!
This was me the first time I used Deva NoPoo. Curls look great second day with their revitalizer, Mist-er Right.
Ive found that skipping the shower cuts my energy expenditure by half. Now, Im a shower a day kind of gal...lest you think I am a hygiene slacker...so this means I need to plan ahead and shower the night before.
This is probably one of the easiest accommodations and it makes the biggest difference. It does mean I need to use second or third day hair styling options (check out my video on my gentle, no-lather shampoo, Deva hair routine.) I have very little oil on my scalp, so that works just fine for me.
What tips do you have for reducing the energy expended on getting ready?
Posted at 06:12 AM in Chronic Illness, Quick Tricks Permalink
I have an awful time with redness on my face. Sometimes its in the form of a rash, other times its that my skin is irritated. And dont get me started on hot flashes...
Anyway, Ive discovered a quick trick for redness on my face... yellow toned concealer can work wonders! The one Im using now is Benefits Lemon Aid Eyelid Primer. I bought it ($12) in a duo with Boi-ing, their supposedly industrial strength under eye concealer. Yes, I realize Lemon Aid is for eyelids, but I use it wherever I need it. After all, Benefit is not the boss of me. Honestly, I find it a bit too creamy for me, so I will probably try something else after this is finished. And the concealer is so not my fave...greasy and cakey. No thanks!
There are a ton to choose from, but two that I am considering:
LOreal Studio Secrets Color Corrector in Green (should work like yellow) $12.99 (and no mention of how many ounces)
Smashbox makes an entire line of correctors. Those are about $38 per 1 ounce tube.
If youd like to see a video of my basic makeup routine for redness, head over to the Health Adjacent YouTube channel.
There are lots of other color correctors for redness, too. Have you used any that you like?
Benefits Boi-ing concealer on top, Lemon Aid Color Corrector eye primer on bottom.
Quick Tricks: Quick And Pretty Nails
Posted at 11:15 AM in Quick Tricks Permalink
Ive found that between hormonal changes and Ivan (my new non-fibro, yet to be diagnosed symptoms) I have a really hard time staying cool. I mean, if I take a shower that is too warm, I have to lay in front of a fan for a half an hour to cool down again.
This summer, I discovered the most awesome quick trick for staying cool! Gel packs in stretchy bandage type wrapping. Ok, I didnt "discover" them like I was Sir Issac Newton or anything, but I had no idea how freaking awesome these things are!
Technically, I they can be used as either a hot or cold pack. But since I have an assortment of heating pad type devices, I keep mine in the fridge at all times. You can put them in the freezer too, but thats too cold for me for prolonged use. Heres how I use them:
Wrapped around my head to keep me cool outside (yes, I look like an accident victim...so what?)
Strapped on to my feet or knees to deal with hot, swollen joints
Wrapped around my neck after a shower to cool me down
These cold packs are a life saver, especially in the summer.
I looked at the text on the pack to see if I could find out where I bought them (my memory is a casualty of my pain meds). I think they came from Target...but Ive seen similar kinds of things at CVS and Walgreens. Anyway, give them a try the next time you feel a bit on the hot flashy side.
Posted at 10:35 AM in Quick Tricks Permalink
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