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Friday Favorites February 22, 2013

Favorite Giggle:

Yes please!!

Favorite Hairstyle:

I’m always looking for different braids and buns for days I don’t feel like dealing with my hair or I just want it up. I’m going to try this one today! Check out her blog for lots of cute hairstyles.

Favorite Home Decor:

This octopus chandelier is the most amazing chandelier I have ever seen!

Favorite Shoes:

TOMS X Shabby Chic

Favorite Video:

Favorite Mani:

Clearly I’m loving florals. These nails on Mr. Kate were inspired by a Carolina Herrera gown.

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Manicure Monday February 18, 2013

I recently created some new designs for sugarshorts and fell in love with the following set:

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This design mostly uses polishes from the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean collection. This is one of my favorite polish collection of all time. I love the muted, dusty looking pastels.1-Phonto1361205287085

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Manicure Monday: Valentine’s Edition February 11, 2013

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Manicure Monday: Super Bowl Edition February 4, 2013

Hi all! Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. Here’s the mani I did for the Super Bowl. I’m not into football at all and actually only caught the last few seconds of the game.

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Also, this is what I ended up adding to last week’s mani after wearing it plain for a couple days.

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And here are a few pictures from the Hand Jobs show at 24k studios in SF.

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‘Banana Milkshake’ by Nancy Mc:07-IMAG0803

‘Project Nude’ by Haus of Lacquer:08-IMAG0801

‘Black Magic’ by The Illustrated Nail:09-IMAG0793

‘The Clumsy Cat’ by Britney Tokyo:
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‘Vintage Wasps’ by Nancy Mc:
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Friday Favorites January 25, 2013

Yay, another Friday!!

Favorite Shoes:

The leopard/neon combo has me swooning for these kate spade ballerina flats.

Favorite Manicure:

Astrowifey killed it with these lace and crystal nails. Gorgeous!

If you are in the Bay Area, Hand Jobs opens tonight at 24k Studios in SF. Hand Jobs is a gallery exhibition of nail art and jewelry. Astrowifey is one of the nail artists participating in this event.

Favorite Recipe To Try:

Key lime fruit dip! Yum!

Favorite Haircut:

I’m in need of a new haircut and I’m loving long layers.

Favorite DIY Project:

V-Day will be here before you know it! Get your craft on making these cute origami hearts for all your valentines.

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

 

Manicure Monday: Catching Up January 21, 2013

Sorry about my lack of posts the last couple of weeks. I’ve been settling into a new job and a new schedule. I took pictures of some of my manis over the past couple weeks and will share those with you now.

This first manicure is Julep Mila. I did this mani when I was planning on participating in Judi’s “Julep January” theme. Watch Judi’s eye opening video to find out why “Julep January” didn’t last very long. I knew the Julep bottles contained less polish than standard bottles but to see how much is actually contained in those bottles was enough to make me second guess my Julep Maven subscription. I’m still debating on whether I want to continue as a Julep Maven. On one hand I love the excitement of it but on the other hand I feel like I am getting ripped off. I’m most likely going to be cancelling in the next day or two before February’s box ships. What are your thoughts on the Julep Maven program?

Julep Mila

For my next mani I wanted to incorporate the color of the year: EMERALD. I added a little leopard print and I was good to go!
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Emerald Leopard

On to my current mani: I took inspiration from one of the nail sets I created for sugarshorts available HERE.

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Skulls and red roses with silver studs.

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What’s on your nails?

 

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!!