Friday, June 30, 2017

SNS Thoughts & Updates

I first got a SNS manicure last August. I pretty consistently had dipping powders on my nails since. Recently, I noticed that my nails were beginning to feel weaker and thinner (I think from all the buffing my salon does). For the past few, maybe 3, weeks I've let my nails take a break from SNS and boy oh boy do I miss it. My nails have definitely done well with this break and are feeling much stronger than they were. That being said, I'm ready to go back.

I am absolutely in love with SNS manicures. I have never received so many compliments on my nails until I started to get this manicure. Without fail, people were noticing my nails and asking what was on them. While I always have loved the way they turn out, you may notice I took a particular liking to the sparkles..

I work with my hands all day and just about every day. My manicure would stay perfect for a month if I was unable to go get it removed. Then my nail place started a policy that after 2 weeks they would charge more for a removal, so I started going every 2 weeks instead of 3-4.  

My nails look like they have 3-D glitter on them in all of these pictures but were absolutely smooth to the touch. The shine stays the entire time you have the manicure. Once I switched nail salons, my polish stopped chipping and giving that weird painful feeling that it may rip off my nail (from my first review.) I think that this round, I am going to take breaks and let my nails breath between manicures. Last time, I went 6 months straight with only SNS on my nails and even when my nails were feeling weak, it was difficult for me to stop. Your nails feel completely different with this manicure and while it was really nice to be able to actually scratch and pick things up off a table with ease, I'm ready for another set. 

Have you had SNS/dipping powder manicures? If you have any tips or tricks to keep your nails feeling strong please comment below!

xox Sarah

Monday, June 12, 2017

Aaaand We're Back...

How much do I suck at blogging if almost every post starts off with something like "long time no chat..." Oops. The foundation of Mumbles and Mishaps is that my life is not perfect and I make a lot of mistakes and f*ck up on a regular basis. Is my blog going to be perfect? No, because I am not perfect. *end rant*
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Most recently, I participated in the TIU Bikini Series (yes, again). This time I stuck with it more than I have in the past. I used a bullet journal to track myself - #instagram thank you for that inspiration. My weight has been fluctuating throughout the series. The last couple of weeks I had MDW celebration, birthdays, and a high school reunion. Did I enjoy myself during all of those things? Yes. Did I worry about following the Bikini Series to a T those weekends? No. That's fine. I found that I had a lot of NSV (non-scale victories) throughout the challenge. My scrubs are fitting much better/some are getting to be too loose. Pants I thought I would need to donate are fitting again. MY SHORTS FIT! I did not think it was going to happen for me this year after holding onto my #senior20 that no one warns you about. I am going to do a whole post on Bikini Series 2k17 and my future plans once it ends.

Since I last posted, I also actually finished BBG for the first time, out of 3 tries, and am so proud of myself. I mainly focused on fitting in the 3 circuits into my weekly schedule with some cardio here and there. Do my before & after pictures look like the ones you see promoting the product? No. Did I tone up and overall feel like I had more stamina during a workout? Hell yes. I remember running on the elliptical and thinking "when did 30 minutes become so easy?" NOT ALL PROGRESS IS ABOUT OUTWARD PHYSICAL APPEARANCE though I do appreciate that kind of progress.

I have hit 6 months at work and I still absolutely love my job. I am also working on moving out into an apartment and there are going to be many, many posts about my experience with that. Quick and dirty - I found out I know nothing about apartment hunting and real-world "adulting" so maybe some of my mishaps could prevent a few of your own..

For those of you still reading, thank you. I hope to post again soon but knowing myself, no promises.

xox, Sarah