Favorite Beauty Find: Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Fast Dry Nail Color Tuesday, Jan 5 2010 

Now usually, I would think spending a bunch of money on nail polish was stupid and irrational. However, after purchasing this nail polish on sale at the drugstore, I will never make a $0.99 nail polish purchase again. This nail polish not only dries fast but lasts long. I have a bunch of colors, since the sale was for about a week, and everytime I went to get something, I bought like 3 polishes. I love it so much, especially the fact that it only takes a minute to dry. I can literally update my blog and let my nails dry at the same time, it’s great. I would suggest this for anyone who lives a fast lifestyle, with no time to get a manicure, and you need a quick polish fix. I have it in red, yellow, bright pink, white, black, dark teal, dark red, dark purple, navy blue, and I think a couple other ones I think (I am a bad impulse shopper lol). You can purchase them at your local drugstore or here. For more beauty finds, check back here at The Interesting Stylish Mom In College.

ISM Sarah Jane


My Beauty Must-Haves Friday, Nov 20 2009 

So, I’m not a big make-up artists, and most days I just wear my favorite lip gloss. But when I do get all “dolled up”, I swear by these products. These range from skin care to cosmetics. So, here we go!


Face wash

Clean and Clear Advantage 3 in 1 Foaming Cleanser

I have the worse acne in the world. I mean, I haven’t had clear skin since before puberty. I just don’t get it. I’ve tried Pro-Activ, no luck. I am now just trying to maintain the acne I do have, and i do so by using this face wash. I must admit, some of my acne has gone away, and I only sprout big pimples when I am eating bad things and/or stressed out. I have to thank this face wash for the work. Every morning and night, I wash my face with this, even after I use a make-up remover, because make-up remover does not replace washing your face at night. It’s always great to find a good acne product that doesn’t break you out and you can see changes.

Body Wash

Caress Tahitian Renewal Body Wash

I swear up and down by this body wash. It smells like a tropical dream, and the tiny beads leave my skin feeling very clean and dead-skin free. I honestly splurge here because it smells so heavenly, and I haven’t broken out from it. I am usually allergic to scented body washes and lotions, but this one hasn’t gotten to me (knocking on wood now). I just wish they had a matching lotion, then I would be set for life 🙂

Speaking of lotion, I have really dry skin, especially my feet, hands, face, and elbows. They tend to soak up moisture like a sponge, but never retain it. So, I have been daily searching for the right one for me. I actually buy the Family Dollar brand because it’s $1.50, and it works just as well as the Johnson and Johnson. Creamy Baby Oil won’t burn my skin in the sun, yet gives me the lasting moisture I need for my skin. Great product, I suggest it for anyone with severe dry skin, either this or Crisco, but i don’t like smelling like I’m going to be cooked in a pan soon 🙂


I use these two foundations off and on depending on what I am wearing and doing. The Super Stay is for when I wear white or may be hugging a lot of people, I definitely don’t want make up stains on my clothing. Also, when I go out at night, I wear this so i won’t look like a melting ice cream cone. The Liquid Mousse is for every other day, and works wonderfully. Maybelline really came out with some great products, I never thought they would be the ones to help a little black girl look flawless.

I adore Burt’s Bee, and I lost my only Burt’s Bee lip balm two months ago, I am still praying it will show back up. Until then, since I’m a broke college mom, I went for the next best thing, Lip Smackers. Yep, I took it back to the 90s when I was in elementary school and they were all the rage. You had to have all of the flavors or you were lame. I used to have almost every flavor, even if they didn’t taste all that great. I had the Skittles, The Soda Pop ones, you name it, I either had it or planned on getting it. Well, I had dropped that porduct off along with my BSB posters and bell bottom jeans. But in a desparate need for lip balm for a concert, they were there to support me. Now, this is not the best lip gloss, because your lips get pretty dry not too long after (then again, I have dry skin issues, even with my lips, Burt’s Bee was close but not the best either for my condition), but the Pink Lemonade is my favorite. The Strawberry I got because I thought it would taste great, I was disappointed, but I have it in case I lose the Pink Lemonade or leave it in another bag.

Coastal Scents was introduced to me by a college roommate of mine my freshman year of college when I stayed in the Residence Halls. I now stay with my mom, but I digress. She mentioned they had a great deal on an 88-color eye shadow kit for $20. I thought, $20 for 88 colors, I’m so there. I bought the shimmer one because I love a little shimmer with my shadow. There is leterally every color to match a shade of something in my closet. I get so excited because I actually did play with the shades one time to match a shirt I owned, here’s the picture

Yep, I wa experimenting so don’t judge me too harshly. Anways, this is a great line, and my eyeshadow doesn’t wear away after a night of dancing. And that’s without a primer, yes, you heard right, without a primer. I love the options I have color wise, great set.

Well, that’s pretty much the only beauty products I use as far as my face and skin is concerned. I will be doing a post on my experience with natural hair care soon so look out for that. If you have any questions,  leave a comment or send me a message.

ISM Sarah Jane

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