Friday, January 13, 2012

Nail Polish: Essie Cute as a Button, Insta-Dri Snappy Sorbet, and Insta-Dri Lightening

Tri-color nails are all the rage, or at least that's what I'm telling myself since I decided to paint my nails three different colors. I was shopping the other day and stumbled upon (meaning I walked right towards) the nail polish section. I needed an update since I've been on a strict nail polish diet (not purposefully) using only Essie Mint Candy Apple or Essie Lilacism
I LOVE bright colored nails. I think dark nails look fantastic but there is something about looking at flashing neon bright nails that can turn your mood around. It may be because I wear so little color during the winter months that using shock worthy nail colors is a great way to add flash to my looks. 
My nail colors are Essie Cute as a Button, Insta-Dri Snappy Sorbet and Insta-Dri Lightening. Looking at my nails for the last couple days, I've decided that these colors are a Tropical Sunset. There's just something about the bright pink, neon melon and sunny yellow colors that scream lying on the beach in the tropics. 
As with all Essie nail polish its a bit watered down. You really have to layer it on to get a strong color. I suggest at least 2-3 coats. The Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polish is much thicker so only 1-2 coats of polish is necessary. Take a look at how my nails turned out. 
If you would like to buy Essie Cute as a Button click HERE or Insta-Dri Snappy Sorbet click HERE or Insta-Dri Lightening click HERE

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Food and Drink: Tazo Passion Tea and Joy Tea

It was when I arrived at the young age where my friends "discovered" coffee that I realized I hated the stuff. Coffee is not my friend. The strong flavor that seems to drown your mouth, nasal cavity, and throat so that you're breathing it all day, just didn't work for me. When my friends would ask, do you want to grab a coffee? I would hem and haw over my decision because the last thing I wanted to do was drink it. 

I had to come up with something to drink and after numerous occasions of being roped into attending the well known and not so well known coffee houses, I discovered tea (hot tea). It is important to mention that I had been drinking iced tea for years both sweetened and unsweetened. As weird as it may sound, hot tea is a very different animal than iced tea. The way the flavors hit your mouth is entirely different depending on the temperature. 

Eventually a friend had me try the Tazo Passion tea. It's really my go to tea, whether its hot or cold, it will always be my favorite. It has a bitter sort of flavor that I love. I usually tell people its the worst tasting best tea you will ever have because the flavor is so strong and pungent. I can understand why many won't like it but I think its fantastic. It is much more of a spring/summer drink with its light flavoring of hibiscus, papaya, mango, and passion fruit. 
I was left with the dilemma of finding the right tea for fall/winter. My cousin gave me the Tazo Joy tea as part of a Christmas gift and I've been drinking it obsessively since. The Joy tea is only released around the holidays--why? I have no idea. I think they should make it year round because it is THAT good. It is a fantastic blend of black, green, and oolong tea. If you can't find it in stores, try searching around online because it is definitely worth a try. I recommend drinking it without sugar so you can really enjoy the flavoring. 
If you would like to find out more about Tazo teas or purchase them, click HERE
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