Things I love

Here you'll find links to blogs, brands and products I adore! Spread the love!

Indie polish brands | Nail products | Nail blogs | Food blogs | Language blogs, science blogs, etc. | Books | Skincare

Indie polish brands

Indie polish is the best polish!

a england
Anne Kathleen
Emily de Molly
I Love Nail Polish
Indigo Bananas
Ninja Polish
Painted Sabotage
piCture pOlish
Sinister Benediction
Yume Lacquer

Nail products

Products I've used and love. Hope you will too!

Nailtek Foundation No.2 Ridge-Filling Nail Strengthener Base Coat
American Classic Gelous Nail Gel Base Coat
INM Out The Door Top Coat
Indigo Bananas cuticle balm
Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover
6 Color Striping Tape (Black)

Nail blogs

Because you gotta stay on top of the nail news, right?

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Aisuru Nails
An Accent Nail
Accio Lacquer
All Lacquered Up

Be Happy and Buy Polish
Beauty Fiends

Chalkboard Nails
Chelsea Queen
The Crumpet

The Daily Nail
Delight in Nails
The Digit-al Dozen

Every Little Polish

Fashion Polish
Fear No Beauty
Finger Food

A Girl and Her Polish
Glitter Me This
Gnarly Gnails

Hooked on Varnish
Horcrux Nails
The Hungry Asian

In Jeeb We Trust

K's NailArt
Kitty's Painted Claws

Lab Muffin
Lace & Lacquers
Lacquer: The Best Medicine!
Lacquer Buzz
The Lacquerologist
Lacquer or Leave Her
Lauriestrodes Fun With Nails
Lazy Lacquerista
Let Them Have Polish!
Light of the Moon Nails
Light Your Nails
Little Miss Nailpolish
Loodie Loodie Loodie
Love Varnish, Chocolate and More...
Lucy's Stash

Many Manis
The Mercurial Magpie
Midnight Manicures
Miss Ladyfinger
Miss Mani Monster
More Nail Polish
Musings of the Wife of a Jedi
My Life in Turquoise
My Nail Polish Addiction
My Polish Stash
My Simple Little Pleasures

Nail Addicted Sisters
The Nailasaurus
Nail Jems
Nail Newbie
Nailpolish is My Crack
The Nail Polish Project
Nail Polish Sleuth
Nail Polish Society
Nail Polish Wars
Nailz Craze
Neverland Nail Blog
Nuthin' But a Nail Thing

Painted Nails & Baking Scales
Paint Those Piggies!
Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Lacquer
Penny-Pinching Polish
PishPosh and Polish
Pocket Money Polishes
Pointless Cafe
The PolishAholic
Polished and Glittered
Polished Chic
The Polished Perfectionist
Polish Etc.
The Polish Hideout
Polish Hound
Polish Obsession
Polish or Perish
Polly Polish
Pretty Tough Nails

Refined and Polished 
Royal Milk Tea

Samarium's Swatches
See It, Love It, Swatch It
Shelby Lou Nails
A Shi...pload of Polish
Sloth Nails
Southern Sparkle Nail Art
The Sparkle Queen
The Sparkling Hoard
Swatch and Learn
The Swatching Sprite

Things I Love at the Moment


Vampy Varnish

Wacky Laki
Will Paint Nails for Food
Wondrously Polished
work / play / polish

Food blogs

The Food in My Beard
Food Junk
The Impulsive Buy
Java Cupcake
Not Without Salt
On Second Scoop
Smitten Kitchen
Sprouted Kitchen

Language blogs, science blogs, etc.

Bad Astronomy
Bad Skeptic
Code Switch
It's Okay to be Smart
Language Evolution
Language Log
Life Before the Dinosaurs
Mr. Verb
Real Monstrosities
A Walk in the Words
You Are Not So Smart


My OTHER other hobby.

Richard Adams -- Watership Down
Jane Austen -- Pride and Prejudice
Mark Bittman -- How to Cook Everything (Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition)
Richard Dawkins -- The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
Daniel Dennett -- Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
Daniel Dennett -- Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
John Irving -- A Prayer for Owen Meany
Stephen King -- The Stand
Ursula K. Le Guin -- A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle)
Gaston Leroux -- The Phantom of the Opera: The Original Novel
George R.R. Martin -- A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
John McWhorter -- The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
Steven Pinker -- The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
Philip Pullman -- His Dark Materials Omnibus (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass)
Carl Sagan -- Contact
Nevil Shute -- On the Beach
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Silmarillion



Ever since puberty, I've had very oily and acne-prone skin. Over the past year, I've been working on trying to fix that. In the end, I found that benzoyl peroxide (as harsh as it is) is unfortunately the most effective chemical at fighting my acne; but I have been successful at making my skin less oily and more moisturized and smooth. I've also eliminated sulfates from my routine as much as possible. Here are some of my favorite products out of the dozens I've tried.

Burt's Bees Radiance Day Creme With Royal Jelly

Himalaya Neem Face Pack: The only masks I've tried that don't give me breakouts are turmeric/neem-based.

Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe Vera: Nice alcohol-free toner. (Don't put alcohol on your face, people.)

Mogador Certified Organic 100% Pure Argan Oil: Good as occasional moisturizer along with the jojoba oil and tea tree oil if you want.

Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil

Dermadoctor Physical Chemistry microdermabrasion/chemical peel: Expensive, but it lasts a while, and really gets your skin smooth.

Passport to Organics Clear Face Turmeric Cream Cleanser: Very gentle, doesn't dry me out.

Nubian Heritage shea butter infused with black soap extract, oats & aloe: I use this as a nighttime moisturizer (shea butter is non-comedogenic!).

Pur Minerals CC cream broad spectrum SPF 40: The only BB/CC/DD cream I've tried that actually helps my makeup go on smoother. I think it takes longer for my face to get oily with this on too.

Jane Iredale mineral makeup: They have some really nice matte foundation and powder, plus sprays to set your makeup.


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