Beauty & the Booze

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Over the weekend I had my first manicure in more than 3 years. My last one was horrible and left me with a bloody cuticle. Yes, I said bloody. So what made me willing to give manicures another try? Well, I got an invitation to try out the Beauty Bar at Geist, a salon that has a liquor license – the first of its kind in Indiana, apparently! So you can go get a manicure, pedicure, haircut, whatever…all while sipping a glass of wine or a cocktail. (In case you’re wondering, the people giving you the manicure, pedicure, or haircut do NOT get tipsy while they serve you. Probably a good call.)

My appointment was in the morning, so I went with a mimosa. Vitamin C, yo.

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I’m very happy to report that my manicure at the Beauty Bar was 1000% better than my last one. And that’s not just the booze talking. I told the nail technician (is that what they’re called?) my horror story, so she was very gentle on my sensitive cuticles. She also gave a kick-ass hand massage! Very relaxing.

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The color I chose was “Mint Convertible” by CND Vinylux. It claims to last 7 days. We shall see! I’m on day 4 now and it still looks as great as it did day-of. Here’s the finished product…

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Besides the great manicure and cocktail, I also liked that this place didn’t feel like a typical salon. They’re usually so clinical-looking, you know? And they smell like weird chemicals. This place was super cute and more inviting than my own apartment.

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You know what all this means? The Beauty Bar gets the coveted SASS (Sarah’s Awesome Stamp of Satisfaction)! I don’t hand these out easily, folks. So for my central Indiana folks, I definitely recommend a visit to the Beauty Bar. I’m sure it would be a great place for a bridal party to get their nails done together. You can also get massages and waxing; see the full list of services here.

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Disclosure: I was given a complimentary manicure and cocktail in exchange for a review. However, all opinions are my own, as I have not figured out how to have anyone else’s opinions.

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I have a little something extra in today’s outfit post – a perfume review! It’s awkward, right? It’s like, “Hey guys, look at how great I smell!” Why doesn’t the internet have a scratch ‘n’ sniff function yet? I mean, someone in China should have figured that out by now.

FrangranceNet provided me with 2 perfumes of my choosing to review, and I went with Versace Yellow Diamond and Bvlgari Omnia Coral. I thought about it, and I figure the best way to tell you about these lovely scents is to describe them in my totally unprofessional vernacular. If you want to hear about top notes and bottom notes and eighth notes and whatnot, you can find that in FragranceNet’s product descriptions!

Here’s what you need to know. What I look for in a perfume happens to be the same as what I look for in a white wine: fruity and floral, but light and not too sweet. Both of these scents totally fit the bill! They’re actually pretty similar. The Bvlgari one is a little lighter, so if you have a very sensitive nose and you’re looking for a nice summery scent, I recommend it!

Since FragranceNet was so cool to send me these sweet sprays, I should mention that their prices are well below retail if you feel like buying any new perfumes (hint, hint).

As for the outfit, this was what I wore on the 4th of July. I’m a terrible patriot – not only can I not be bothered to wear red, white, and blue, but I’m also wearing Italian perfume. Whoops.

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