Three on Thursday

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, my weekly even though I sometimes skip weeks list of things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks, you can find those here.

1. CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish.  Gels and other no chips just wreck my nails - I love how they last for a vacation but I pay the price after, that's for sure.  I don't really want to do them anymore, so I started looking for something that would still last a bit but also streamline my routine and I went to a salon that offered this CND Vinylux polish, which claims to last 7 days.  So somewhere between a plan mani and a no chip.  I would say this is accurate.  I don't think I get 7 days but I also don't get as long on regular manis or even no chips as most people either; I'm very rough on my nails.  For this polish, the base coat is built in to the polish, which means one less step.  I am always super skeptical about polishes that claim this, not because of chip factor but because dark polish stains your nails without a base coat and it's miserable to get off.  But I've tried two different very dark polishes from the line and I haven't had that issue at all.  I top it with the CND top coat, which is amazing on any polish.  If you're not into the no chip thing either, give this alternative a try.  I'm really enjoying it!

2. Old Time Candy.  This website is so much fun.  It has so many nostalgic things I remember as a kid.  I got John a ton of candies from the 80s and 90s for his Christmas stocking and it was a big hit, particularly because they had his beloved Runts, which are HARD to find in stores.  Seriously, look next time you're in the candy aisle at the grocery or drugstore.  Plus the fact that they had Fruit Stripe gum and Nerds ropes and the mystery swirl Laffy Taffy?  It's like being a kid again.

3. Easy (actually easy) Pinterest DIYs for Makeup, Skin Care, and Hair Care.  I'm trying to cut out all chemicals this year and really make my own things, ever since I realized argan oil was the only moisturizer my face needed.  (And sweet almond oil is all my body needs, by the way, no more lotion buying here.)  Pinterest to the rescue, as always!  I don't need to buy the Soap and Glory body scrub anymore, I just make my own.  And since it has the oil in it, I don't even need shaving cream (and I can always just dab on a little more oil if I need to!)  Pretty much all you need for primer and setting spray is aloe vera gel.  I'm still using my NARS setting powder but I know I don't ever need to buy it again because I tested this and it works exactly the same.  And I stopped buying dry shampoo in favor of not using it at all or using cornstarch or arrowroot powder, though I didn't need Pinterest to figure that out.  I've also been all over the Crunchy Betty website looking at how to wash my face using only honey.  Possibly infused with lavender.  She has so many good, natural things to try.  I'm mostly going one step at a time, so I try to make something only when I run out of what I already have, but so far I've been met with success and I don't know why I didn't try it sooner.  It's better for me and better for the environment.  And I'm all for testing more recipes for you, if you're curious about replacing something in your routine.

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