How to Remove Gel Polish at Home Without Foil

Anyone who knows me knows I love nail polish and often paint my own nails at home. However, there are the occasional times where I will treat myself to a gel manicure. It’s the same cycle for me every time: I love how it looks, then get sick of it after a week and feel the urge to remove it. I normally peel it off, and I know it’s so bad for your nails, but I don’t think soaking your fingers in pure acetone is any better. My nails usually look scraggly and dry after I peel off the gel polish and takes about a week for them to recover.

I went to get a gel manicure recently and told myself I would have it taken off professionally, but decided to just do it myself at home. I researched different ways and many of them involved the technique of wrapping aluminum foil around each finger with an acetone-soaked cotton ball situated on the nail for 10-15 minutes (this is the method I use to remove glitter nail polish). To my dismay, I ran out of foil and it was too late to go out and buy some. I kept researching and found the answer to my request. I have tweaked it a little and it works like a charm. Behold, my new favorite way to remove gel nail polish at home. Continue reading “How to Remove Gel Polish at Home Without Foil”

Summer Getaway to the Hamptons

I have always been fond of Long Island. It’s where I went for college and was my first home away from home once I left Hawaii. I finally had the opportunity to visit friends who live out in the Hamptons this summer, which has been on my list for quite some time, and it was truly nothing short of amazing. Here were my five favorite parts of this weekend getaway.  Continue reading “Summer Getaway to the Hamptons”

What I Learned About Myself at Dave Chappelle’s Phone-Less Show

I was fortunate enough to be given tickets to see one of Dave Chappelle’s shows during his August residency at Radio City Music Hall. Beyond being an amazing experience and the fact that he brought together legendary names to perform alongside him, the show did something unlike other shows I’ve been to: Chappelle banned all recording devices. Continue reading “What I Learned About Myself at Dave Chappelle’s Phone-Less Show”

A Weekend in Philadelphia

I spent my Fourth of July weekend in Philadelphia: home of the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin, and Philly cheesesteaks. The city itself is a great blend of rich American history, along with modern-day culture. And funny enough, I didn’t even see the Liberty Bell this time around because there wasn’t enough time.

It’s only a two-hour bus ride from New York City and there are many affordable Airbnbs to experience staying in a less-touristy area. We stayed in Fishtown, which is just a few subway stops away from Center City, and could not have been any happier with our time there, even if it was just for a four-day weekend. Here are the four highlights from my short and much-needed getaway. Continue reading “A Weekend in Philadelphia”

11 Ways I Have Learned to Actually Enjoy Saving Money

I recently had a wake-up call with my finances when I realized that I was spending too much money and needed to scale it back. I thought I have always been wise with how I spent my money, but I was really going out of control with buying clothes, eating out, etc. So, I buckled down and found a few ways for me to save money. Here are my tips: Continue reading “11 Ways I Have Learned to Actually Enjoy Saving Money”

I Gave Up Drinking Coffee for One Week. Here’s What Happened

I. love. coffee. Everyone who knows me knows that I love coffee and need to drink at least one cup every single day. However, I’ve noticed that lately I’ve been feeling more anxious, and I know that caffeine can heighten these symptoms. So, I did a little experiment and did the unthinkable (for me): I gave up coffee for a week to see what would happen. Continue reading “I Gave Up Drinking Coffee for One Week. Here’s What Happened”

How I Cleared My Skin

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to wear less makeup and focus more on skincare. I do not have perfect skin by any means, and I made it a point to figure out a skincare regimen that works for me.

A little background: I did not have any problems with my skin until I started wearing makeup in college. I developed bumps on my cheeks and had breakouts all over my T-zone, so I would wear two layers of foundation to make sure everything was covered. I also used to use skincare products specifically for oily skin, and even had a prescription for clindamycin as a topical solution for a few months. For the next five years, I was convinced that my skin was oily and tried to find the best products to ban any shine because oil = pimples. Or so I thought. Continue reading “How I Cleared My Skin”