An SNS/Dip Powder Nails Review

Monday, September 25, 2017

Painting my nails or having them done has always been a fun pastime for me. It’s a stress-reliever, and not to mention it’s an excuse to express myself with whatever color I see fit on my hands.

But, a few months back, I decided to try something new: the SNS/Dip Powder manicure.

It all started when I was talking to one of my friends, and she had a particularly fabulous manicure. I asked her if they were gel and how she liked them. Imagine my surprise when one, they were not gel, and two, they were SNS (a brand of dip powder) nails that hadn’t damaged her nails at all. In fact, they’d only made them stronger.

Then, more ladies - both women and girls from high school to adulthood - had lauded the joys of the dip powder manicure, and they encouraged me to try it as well.

It took a few weeks, but I eventually decided to go for it.

And, y’all…it’s worth it.

What’s a Dip Powder Manicure?

A dip powder manicure involves your nails being coated with powder as opposed to just a polish or acrylic bonding. There is a bonding agent, but it’s more akin to a base coat than a sealant (with the exception of the top coat).

There is always a “base coat” between layers. The color is applied in two layers, and it feels like dipping your fingers in powdered sugar. Then, finally, there’s a clear layer, and then two layers of top coat that only takes four minutes to dry, and you’re totally set.

Occasionally, depending on where you go, there is a drill used, but it’s more of a buffer. It does not - and should not - hurt. If it does, please go elsewhere.

How long does it last?

Three, up to four weeks without chips. If that doesn’t draw you in, I’m not sure what will.

Here’s a dip powder manicure the day I went to the salon:



And here it is three weeks later:



I’ve had it last up to four before, but my nails generally grow a hair slower, so please keep that in mind.

How much does it cost?

Depending on where you go, a dip powder manicure can cost $45-$60. It’s generally ten dollars more than a gel manicure. 

But when you’re looking for a place to go, please make sure that there’s a general positive client review base. You don’t want to leave with cut-up cuticles (which has happened to me before, and it’s never a fun time). A great salon will give you a great manicure for a reasonable amount.

Who is this for?

Go for the dip powder manicure if:
  • You do a lot of labor-intensive work (such as farming, retail, etc.), or have a job that requires you to have a professional appearance (business, secretary, etc.)
  • You, to be honest, don’t have time to do your nails weekly.
  • You’re traveling (No need to bring nail polish with you on a trip! Save that space in your liquids bag or checked luggage and avoid spilled nail polish.)
  • You’re getting married! (No need to worry about chipped nails on your wedding day)
  • You’re in a wedding! (I did dip powder nails for the first time for one of my best friends’ weddings to cut their cake. I’m so glad I did.)
  • You’re going to prom! Or some other special occasion.
  • You’re sick and tired of removing glitter polish by hand (SNS glitter colors are some of my favorite manicures ever - see above)
  • You’re sick and tired of your nails being so brittle (My nails have not broken since I’ve been getting dip powder nails)
  • You want to!


Have you ever gotten an SNS/Dip Powder manicure before? Would you want to get one? Let’s talk in the comments! :)

What's in my Daily Makeup Bag | Fall 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017



The last time I did one of these posts was…November 2015?

Yep. Time for an update.

The last makeup post I did was on “Makeup to Fly Out the Door With.” A lot of those products (or, at least, the types of products) are actually ones I still use and love. My makeup routine these days is quite simple, with an emphasis on natural tones, simple graphic eyeliner, and (sometimes) an accent lip depending on the day.

By “makeup bag,” I mean the bag I keep on my vanity that I reach for every single day I go out. Some days I use all the products; other days I just use a few if I need to get somewhere fast.

Onto the products!

Face:

Eyes:

Cheeks:
  • Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush Wardrobe - This is an awesome blush palette! I usually wear the shades “Baby Love” and “How Deep is Your Love?” (The full palette was Limited Edition, but you can buy individual shades here.)

Lips:
  • Lipsense! (I’m not a distributor, but Lipsense is by far the best long-wearing liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried. Would you guys want me to post a full post on lipsense? Please comment and let me know!)

Anyways, that’s my daily makeup bag. What makeup are you guys loving lately? Any tried-and-true products? Let’s chat in the comments!

Quick disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any of the above websites I've linked. I just want to share my makeup with you guys. :)

A 1 Corinthians 13 Love

Monday, September 18, 2017



I've been thinking about love a lot lately. I think that's a given since I'm dating a pretty awesome guy, but nonetheless, love has been in my brain box for awhile.

The way it’s been on my mind may be a bit different from what you might be expecting. Awhile back, I found a story on Pinterest about a little girl who had a crush on a boy. Her mother told her to take the passage of 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 and replace the word “Love” with the boy in question’s name to see if he really was a nice kid.

"Love is patient, love is kind.
Love does not envy,
is not boastful, is not conceited,
does not act improperly,
is not selfish, is not provoked,
and does not keep a record of wrongs.
Love finds no joy in unrighteousness
but rejoices in the truth."

Now, I’m not sure if that story is true or not. But I did try this with Cody’s name, and I’m proud to say that he fits the description. He cares so much for me, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that he has my best interests at heart. He makes me feel secure in our relationship, and he makes sure we talk things out if either of us has a concern. He doesn’t brag, he’s humble, he’s polite, he’s kind to others, he’s nice to everyone, and he certainly doesn’t keep tabs of any disagreements we’ve had. He loves the Lord more than anything. And he makes sure I’m happy and loved. Believe me, I feel that way and so much more.

My goal is to be a 1 Corinthians 13 girlfriend so I can reciprocate the same kind of love. It’s a daily goal, and while I’m nowhere near perfect, I can certainly strive to be the very best and have his best interests at heart as well.

It involves me doing and being the following:

  • Being patient: waiting patiently for the next time I get to see him and being strong in doing so.
  • Being kind: Giving him compliments, telling him how proud I am of him.
  • Not envying: Not sitting around coveting the time we could be spending together, but cherishing every ounce of time we do get (and savoring every moment of our relationship long-distance, like the our nightly Skype sessions and daily phone calls and texts).
  • Not boasting: Not bragging about my own accomplishments and celebrating him more instead.
  • Not being selfish: Placing his interests above my own, being there for him no matter what
  • Not being provoked: Listening to everything he has to say whenever we talk anything out, making sure that he knows he is heard and cared for
  • Not keeping a record of wrongs: Making sure communication is open to prevent arguments, and seeing the very best in him always.
  • Rejoicing in the truth: putting God first in our relationship; after all, He was the one who gave it to us.


If you’re in a relationship, try this with your significant other. If you’re not in a relationship, try this within your family or friendships. Are you loving others the way they deserved to be loved: the way Christ loves them?

I tell you what...I'm thankful for my guy, I'm thankful for all the kinds of love in my life - family, friends, my fur baby Azalea, and my church family - and I sure am thankful for a 1 Corinthians 13 love. :)

Friday Five: 9/15/17

Friday, September 15, 2017

SO much great stuff happened this past week, y’all!

I got to watch my boyfriend signal. FINALLY.



I took a quick day trip to visit Cody at his college town. I got to watch him do his work in person (formations for his college football team), which was so exciting. I’m so proud of Cody for achieving his dreams, and I look forward to going to more games!

Lipsense

Specifically, neutrals and darks (i.e. “Apple Cider,” a peachy nude, and “Mulled Wine”, a rich berry).



Pardon the snapchat screenshot, but this was the first day I wore "Mulled Wine." I’ve been hooked ever since.

My New Author Website!



In other news, I took a huge design (and website!) leap and transferred my author website from Blogger to Wordpress. I’m so excited about having a space to showcase my work and give writing updates and advice. I’d love to see y’all over there sometime! Check it out and follow here. (If you stop by, leave a comment and let me know that you came from here on [Savannah] in Wonderland.)

(Also, do not fear...[S]iW is still sticking around. Consider my author website my business portfolio, [S]iW my fun outlet to chat with you guys.)

Fall Weather

Fall is FINALLY upon us. It’s mainly been in the sixties and seventies here in my hometown, but at the first touch of cooler weather, out came the flannels, jackets, and beanies (see snapchat screenshot above).

Indian Food

Absolutely nothing beats good indian food, y’all, especially a good Chicken Tikka Masala. My recommendations in Middle Tennessee: Shalimar (Nashville) and House of India (Franklin).

What have been your favorite things this week?

Wonderland Reads: Recent Reads #1

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hey hey! :)

I’ve read a couple of books lately in an effort to get out of a particularly janky (read: 4-month-long) reading slump. I did find a couple of good ones, and I want to share those with you.

Renegade by J. A. Souders



Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.
I liked the premise of this one a lot. It reminded me of the “Bioshock” video game series with its setting, and, I'm not gonna lie, an underwater utopia-gone-wrong story was super appealing. 

Was it a tad teen-angsty and dramatic? Yes. But was it still a good YA read with a great thriller plot and a good cast of characters? Of course. This was a good book to get me reading again.

The only reason I’m not continuing this series is that I was not really crazy about the ending. Other than that, good story and setting.

Rating: Four elaborately-built underwater sanctuaries out of five.

Roar by Cora Carmack



In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora's been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. 
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.
Now, THIS one was a fun ride!

I love a story with a good, well-established magic system, and I love me a good, strong-willed female protagonist, and I really love a well-written romance. This one gets the triple crown from me. Yes, I will be continuing this series, too.

Rating: Five thunderstorms out of five.

What have you read recently?
Titles and synopses from Goodreads