Review Wednesday: Bear Naked nail wipes

I am trying to get my fingernails back in shape and healthy again. They are thin and peeling.

At a recent visit to the nail salon the woman giving me my mani/pedi gave me some suggestions on how to get my nails growing and strong, which, of course, spurred a blog post titled: My nail experiment.

I am still working on getting them healthy. It’s taking a lot longer than I thought it would.

As I was doing my research for the above mentioned post one thing I read that nail polish remover with acetone shouldn’t be used.

Beauty and Style said you should avoid nail polish remover. Don’t use nail polish remover more than once or twice a month, if possible. And never use a nail polish remover that contains acetone, which can dry and damage nails. … And, a clear coat of nail polish may also help protect nails.

I was at Sephora a few months back and asked if they had nail polish remover without acetone. They had one brand: Josie Maran Bear Naked nail wipes.

I figured there was no way one little wipe would take the polish off of all 10 fingernails, as the package stated. But … Continue reading

Discrimination in any form is not OK

I am an Arizona native.

I was born, bred and educated in Tucson.

I love my home state and am proud to be from Arizona.

I am saddened and angry to find out that my home state is again in controversy.

Legislation on Thursday was passed in Arizona that would allow business owners to cite religious beliefs as a legal justification for denying service to same-sex couples, according to the New York Times article I read. The legislation will arrive on Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk this coming week.

Let’s not forget the, “show me your papers” legislation from 2010. Critics of the legislation say it encourages racial profiling, while supporters say the law prohibits the use of race as the sole basis for investigating immigration status, according to Wikipedia.

I was highly offended that my beautiful state would show such discrimination. I come from a mostly Mexican-American family and know that some of my family members (and friends) could be subjected to a ridiculous pull over because of their brown skin.

The Times article also says: Supporters and opponents of the (current) Arizona legislation do not agree on its potential impact. The supporters say it would simply tweak an … Continue reading

The amazing psoas muscle

The psoas muscle (pronounced so-az) affects every facet of your life, from your physical well-being to who you feel yourself to be and how you relate to the world. A bridge linking the trunk to the legs, the psoas is critical for balanced alignment, proper joint rotation, and full muscular range of motion, according to Yoga Journal website.

Recently in a yoga class with Baxter we focused on the psoas muscle with various yoga poses.

This Yoga Journal article talks about 10 yoga poses you can practice to release your psoas, such as Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose), pictured to the left.

Lunge variations, Vrksasana (Tree Pose), Tadasana (Mountain Pose) are also some poses that can be performed to work the psoas.

Also from the Yoga Journal website, in walking, a healthy psoas moves freely and joins with a released diaphragm to continuously massage the spine as well as the organs, blood vessels and nerves of the trunk.

Wow, one muscle does all of that?

Wikipedia says the psoas major is a long fusiform muscle located on the side of the lumbar region of the vertebral column and brim of the lesser pelvis. It joins the iliacus muscle to form the iliopsoas. In … Continue reading