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J. Hannah Does Nail Polish

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My Instagram feed is full of beautiful accounts from stores, designers, and crafters that I can't even begin to think about affording. I like to look at beautiful things, OK? The dark side of always scrolling through such lust-worthy posts is that I start to rationalize spending my grocery budget on pinky rings, but so far, I've been able to control myself and not purchase anything too crazy (maybe this will all change when Instagram finally integrates shopping into the app, but until then, I think my bank account is safe).

One such account that makes me double tap on every single post is that of J. Hannah, maker of Fine Jewelry for Fine Ladies. Her creations are the perfect mix of minimal simplicity with sculptural elements and a sprinkling of old school glamour - her Form Ring ($195) and Demi Signet ($198) are two of my favorites. 

Jess Hannah, the force behind J. Hannah, obviously has impeccable taste, and she's curated her own line of nail polish to go along with her selection of handmade jewelry. Each color is as sophistacated and timeless as her designs, and they all feel seasonless. They're seven-free and not tested on animals, and since they're only $18, they're the perfect entry level purchase to her products.

An Update: J. Hannah Nail Polish Review

After lusting after a few of these polish shades after their initial launch, I bit the bullet and ordered two: Marzipan and Saltillo. I had trouble deciding between shades - she has so many vibrant yet neutral options that it was tough! 

The packaging is sleek and easy to hold, and reminded me a lot of American Apparel's now-discontinued nail polish. I'm pretty sure it's the same bottle. The brush allows for easy, smooth application and made for neat, short strokes.

I found there to be slight formula variability between the two shades, which seems par for the course, as the lighter shade (Marzipan) requires 3 coats for a non-streaky finish, while 2 coats was sufficient for the darker Saltillo color.

The polish's thin texture reminded me of Smith & Cult's shades, and not thick like many of Essie's colors.

Both lasted without chipping for about 2 days, but someone else could have completely different results. I tend to have terrible luck getting nail polish to last on my nails. At least I have a good excuse to try other colors if I have to redo them every few days, right?

Polatam Sheet Masks

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How are you kicking off #maskmonday? Our mask of choice is Polatam's ultra-soaked cupro sheet masks πŸ˜πŸ’―. #kbeauty247 #monday

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Since I'm the sort of person who would totally judge a book by its cover and would buy wine based solely on its label, it makes sense that I would be drawn to the chic design of Polatam sheet masks. Brightening? Moisturizing? Repairing? Who cares! No matter which option you choose, your online shopping cart will look great. These babies also boast 5 star reviews on Glow Recipe, so you know they aren't all bark - they have a little bite. 

I haven't tried these myself, but let me know in the comments if you have!


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The Envy & The Vibe

The Envy & The Vibe

If you're like me and try to wash your hair only once every few days (and owe this accomplishment entirely to the life-giving magic of dry shampoo - my favorite is Amika's), it can be very difficult to keep your hair away from the frizz-inducing mist of the shower. It's too easy to space out and stand directly under the water stream, and then you're forced to take an extra 10-15 minutes in there to wash and condition. There goes your whole evening!

Wearing a shower cap is the obvious solution to this problem, but I've always avoided those things for a variety of reasons: they're flimsy, make a ton of noise when they're hit by the water, and leave a sad indentation on your forehead from the elastic band, among other problems. There's nothing hip or stylish about them, and where can you even buy them? I thought everyone just stole them from hotels.

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Former advertising executive Jacquelyn De Jesu had similar feelings about her nightly showers, and felt inspired enough to do something about it. She invented the chic and entirely functional SHHHOWERCAP, a turban made out of a 100% waterproof nanotech material. Jacquelyn De JesuJacquelyn De JesuJacquelyn De JesuJ

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We are SHHHOWERCAP. We believe that you should never feel less than 100%. That your beauty products should only help you feel beautiful. And that you should never keep anything around (a boyfriend, best friend, or product) that makes you feel like anything less than your best self. 

There are currently 8 different styles for sale on their site, and at $43 each, it's hard to justify buying one in each color, but I definitely want to! I don't think I've ever tried to accessorize in the shower before, but this is the perfect opportunity to try it, right?

Urban Decay Naked Nail Color

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If you want the perfect eyeshadow palette with enough colors to take you from day to night, whatever your eye color is, you're going to be safe purchasing an Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette. Sure, there are cheaper options out there, but you can't go wrong with one of the iconic sets. Flat nudes for no-makeup-makeup, deep bronzes for brunch, or metallic gunmetal for date night - they're all there.

I finally caved and bought the original Naked palette this summer, and now, Urban Decay is begging me to spend even more of my money on their freshly released Naked Nail Color polishes. Soft nudes and neutrals, saucy reds, and even one sparkly option for when you're feeling festive but not tacky. This collection is seriously on-point, and the worst part of the whole release is that it's a one time thing - they won't be stocking these again once they sell out. So I should probably buy one (or all) of these today, right?