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Manicure Monday: Minx Technical Disco (a sort of review and comparison) December 31, 2012

Thanks for joining me for another edition of Manicure Monday. I’m posting much later than usual but it’s still Monday so I am still sticking to my schedule!

I picked up this Minx set a few months ago at Ulta. Minx used to be a salon only service but they now make an at home version of the product. I’ve been wanting to try Minx so I was excited to find these on sale. Here’s what the packaging looks like.

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I chose the Technical Tribal print. The set comes with 16 manicure strips, 12 pedicure strips and 2 alcohol wipes to prep the nails.

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Technical Tribal is a shiny, mirror-like metallic tribal print of golds, magenta and black.4-IMAG0715-1 5-share-tmp-019 6-share-tmp-020 7-share-tmp-021

I do love this pattern but for the price (Minx sets retail for $18 at Ulta) I would rather buy Kiss Nail Dress (retails for around $8). I didn’t think Minx was any higher quality than Kiss to constitute the higher price. No matter how hard I tried I ended up with wrinkles at the tips of nearly every nail. The wrinkles are driving me nuts and they are already starting to peel back because of the wrinkles. The package said to rub the minx to warm it before removing it from the plastic and placing it on my nails. Next time I am going to try warming it with a blow dryer for a few seconds before applying instead of just warming it with my hands. I did warm them with the blow dryer after applying to try to get the wrinkles out but that didn’t work. Since Minx comes with 16 manicure strips you only have enough strips to do one complete mani but I like to add them to a plain manicure as an accent nail like I did HERE with Kiss Nail Dress. You can also check out a review I did on Kiss Nail Dress HERE. I’m curious to see how long these will last.

Have you tried Minx (at home or in a salon)? If so, what did you think?

Have a safe and happy New Years everyone!!

 

 

Friday Favorites December 28, 2012

Favorite Video:

Favorite Mani:

Gorgeous glitter placement by Chelsea King of getnailed.

Favorite New Year’s Decor Idea:

 

I love the idea of decorating with clocks for New Year’s.

Favorite Recipe:

I made this green bean casserole for Christmas and it was sooo good!

Favorite DIY:

These DIY Toy Animal Jars are so cute and simple to make.

What has been your favorite recipe this holiday season?

 

 

Wishlist Wednesday: Rainy Days Edition December 26, 2012

Here in San Francisco we’ve had so much rain lately that I’ve decided to devote this Wishlist Wednesday to Rainy Days. Whats the weather like where you are?Rainy Days

Burberry rain coat
burberry.com

Skinny fit jeans
$16 – newlook.com

Ked
modcloth.com

Kate spade jewelry
bloomingdales.com

SELECTED circle scarve
$25 – selected.com

Umbrella
modcloth.com

Essie nail polish
nordstrom.com

Old Navy crew sweater
pinterest.com
 

Manicure Monday: Christmas Edition December 24, 2012

 

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the holidays. Here’s a pretty quick and simple Christmas mani I did with candy canes and snowmen. I love how it turned out!

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What’s on your nails?

 

 

Friday Favorites: Christmas Edition December 21, 2012

Christmas is right around the corner! I absolutely love this time of year! I love the decorations, the food, the festive cheery spirit. This edition of Friday Favorites is all about Christmas. I’d love to hear some of your favorites for this time of year.

Favorite Christmas Mani:

I love this plaid mani by TotallyCoolNails.

Favorite Wrapping Idea:

So simple yet elegant and festive. I love it!

Favorite Christmas Treat:

Peppermint bark is so delicious and looks pretty simple to make. Put some in a tin for a sweet gift.

Favorite Decor Idea:

Fill glass ornaments with holly, bayberry and evergreens.

Favorite Christmas Tune:

Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses

Favorite Christmas Movie:

Favorite DIY Gift Idea:

Do you have a favorite Christmas movie?

 

 

Wishlist Wednesday: Holiday Party Edition December 19, 2012

Holiday Party

Baby doll dress
ricketyrack.com

Jimmy Choo heel sandals
saksfifthavenue.com

2b set of bangle
2bstores.com

Amrita singh jewelry
amritasingh.com

Gold belt
openingceremony.us

Butter london
beauty.com

 

Manicure Monday: SantaCon Edition December 17, 2012

This past Saturday was SantaCon here in San Francisco. SantaCon is everyone’s chance to be Santa! Dress up as Santa or any of his merry helpers (elves, trees, reindeer, milk and cookies, etc) and spread the Christmas cheer! SantaCon originated in San Francisco in 1994 and now takes place in 37 countries and 276 cities. Ways of participating in SantaCon are passing out candy canes, giving toys to children, giving gloves/hats to homeless, having a snowball fight, etc. In general, Santa consumes many adult beverages during SantaCon and the entire city turns into a bar crawl.

Here are some pictures from the 2012 SF SantaCon:

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Unfortunately the weather was cold and rainy but it was so much fun seeing red EVERYWHERE!!! Some people came up with some very creative costumes as well. Our little group was made up of a reindeer, a Christmas tree and a Santa.

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I dressed as a Christmas tree for SantaCon so I decided to paint my nails with Christmas presents!

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What things do you do to spread the holiday cheer?