The Return of the Redhead

Holy Hannah!  I am finally back to blogging after a very painful recovery from a lumbar spinal fusion.  My mother and I both have spines that did not develop properly as children.  My spine is degenerating at a faster pace than is normal, leading to a laminectomy in November of 2011 to the fusion of the same level my musebox piclast Monday.
They had to go through the front and back, which led to a really nasty looking incision that I will spare you all from posting here.  Last week and this weekend were hell, but I’m seeing the light of day now and am off of narcotics (yay for driving again!) and going to back to work (boo for working again!).
For the next SIX MONTHS, I have to wear the most blindingly white corset-type brace.  If I wear it under my clothes, I look like I’m in my second trimester.  If I wear it over the clothes, I don’t look pregnant but I also invite stares.  I think this season will be the season of cardigans. 
That said, I’ve been sitting around on my butt and playing online.  One of the blogs I follow, musthaveboxes.com, posted about a new beauty box My Musebox.  It looks to be slightly more expensive than my beloved Birchbox, but I am intrigued and am thinking about joining up!  Does anyone else have any experience with My Musebox?  Let me know in the comments, please.
Meanwhile, I will continue healing and working on redoing an old desk of my Grandmother’s into a vanity, which will be difficult as I can’t bend, lift, or twist for quite some time!
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Avon Urban Splatter Nail Enamel

Avon Urban Splatter AppliedFull disclosure – I am an Avon rep (http://jpfalz.avonrepresentative.com/).  I will review Avon products here from time to time, and they won’t all be glowing.  My intention is to remain straight-up honest.  That said, this review IS glowing. 
I LOVE nail art, but I have some nerve problems in my hands that make it almost impossible for me to draw or paint with a steady hand.  There goes my illustrious career as a neurosurgeon!  There also goes my ability to do anything very cute on my own nails.  Also, I just noticed that my pointer finger is crooked.  Wierd.
What you see in the picture is two coats of Avon Urban Splatter Nail Enamel on my fingers.  No paint, no tiny brushes, no decals – just straight up two coats on my nails.  This particular shade is “Pink Splatter,” and after I had applied it I realized that it made me think of Cherry Blossoms, which made me think of my best friends in D.C., which made me happy every time I looked at it.
The base is very light, so chips weren’t noticeable .  It wore for a long time.  I loved it so much that I have already bought another color.  Urban Splatter comes in Blackout, Pink Splatter, Underground Yellow, Blue Vandalism, Purple Graffiti, and Urban Green.

Cost:  $6.00 from Avon.

Packaging:  Just a little black box with a bottle of nail enamel inside.

Avon Urban Splatter

Scent/Taste:  It smells like any other brand of nail polish.

Bear in Mind:  As you brush the coats on, you’ll find that the brush will deposit most of the decals on the top part of your nail.  It’s very easy to use the brush to “push” the decals around on the surface of your nails so that it’s evenly distributed.  Also, as with any enamel that contains glitter or decals or special effects, it’s a pain to remove.  You’ll have to get out the acetone to remove it.  Some of the decals might end up extending over the top of your nails.  Once they dried, I just trimmed them back.

I Wish:  My D.C. girlies weren’t so far away!

Overall Rating:   

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

I am obsessed with this balm stain.  It goes on so easily with no need for lip liner.  It is moisturizing and it does turn into a stain.  I own two colors already and plan on trying them all.  It really doesn’t get any easier than this.

Cost:  $6.00 – $9.00 online

Packaging:  Standard plastic crayon-type applicator.  The bottom twists up to expose more product when necessary.

Scent/Taste:  Slightly floral scent.  No taste.  The scent is not overpowering enough to be able to smell it when it’s on your lips.

Bear in Mind:  You should exfoliate your lips before applying this in the morning.  The product will grab onto any lip flakes and make sure that everyone in the world sees them.

I Wish:  The color selection is fairly limited and heavy on the pastels.  I’d like to see more oranges and browns.

Overall Rating:    4 of 5 owls