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Wishlist Wednesday: Floral February 27, 2013

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Like I mentioned last week, I cannot get enough floral prints so this post should be no surprise! I fell in love with the print on these pants. I love the colors and size of the floral print. I think this will be a great transition into Spring outfit. Oh and that ring…LOVE! Are there any specific prints you’ve been loving lately?
 

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.

 

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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Manicure Monday: Gelish Little Princess January 28, 2013

I received the Gelish foundation and topcoat for christmas along with an LED light (thanks mom!). Through videos on youtube I learned that people were able to layer regular polish between Gelish foundation and topcoat and still get the wear of a gel manicure. I’ve been experimenting with this since Christmas. Every time I tried it I would get huge wrinkles in my nails. According to the videos I watched, these wrinkles were being caused be the regular polish not being dry before I cured the gel topcoat. So I tried again and waited forever before applying and curing the topcoat. And I got the same results. I tried several different times with different brands and types of polish but kept getting similar results. The only manicure that was a success with this method was Julep Mila that I showed you last week. It wasn’t a total success because the mani only lasted a couple days and gel should last a couple weeks. I went to the beauty supply store last week and picked up Gelish Little Princess.

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According to the bottle and the display, Little Princess was a very pale whitish pink. As you can see, it is VERY shear! This is 3 coats! I usually hate shear polishes but, I really love this one! It’s kind of a “your nails but better” color. I will probably add some nail art over top of this in the next day or two but for now I am really enjoying this “palate cleanser”.

What do you think of Gelish Little Princess? I want to pick up a few more gel polishes but fear a new addiction! Any gel polishes you’d recommend?

 

Blog of the Year 2012 January 4, 2013

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Happy Friday ya’ll! A huge thank you to Zenorah and Melissa for nominating me for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award. I’m so excited to be nominated by two of my favorite bloggers. I took a huge unintentional break from blogging this year. I’m happy to be back and receiving awards from these lovely ladies makes my return that much sweeter!

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The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/   and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

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Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

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My Nominations:

I love everything about Zenorah’s blog and youtube channel. Zenorah is gorgeous and I love her name and her Trinidadian accent! Check her out for perfect swatches and informative reviews.

Melissa’s blog is one of my favorites so I’d like to nominate her as well. Melissa is a recovering nail biter so let her be an inspiration to you if you have the same problem. Check out Horrendous Color for nail related goodies and make sure you stop by her “About Me” section for the best blog naming story ever! She also has a beauty blog HERE.

I also want to nominate Judi from Middle Aged Beauty Queen. Judi is so sweet and so encouraging. After wearing the same color on her nails for 10 years she now changes her nails everyday and experiments with all colors. Judi came up with idea of Julep Januay (all julep, no repeats for all of January). Calling all Julep fans, check her out! Judi also has a youtube channel you can check out HERE.

Amy’s Vintage Closet is an awesome blog. Amy definitely deserves a nomination. I love how she combines vintage pieces with new pieces for totally stylish, totally unique outfits. And she’s rocked some pretty sweet mani’s over the past year too!

My final nomination is Tina from My Highest Self. Tina covers all kinds of topics and often has great giveaways.

Honestly I could go on and on with these nominations, I follow so many talented bloggers and all of them deserve an award. I am inspired on a regular basis by all my fellow bloggers. Cheers to 2013 everyone!

 

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 14, 2012

Yay! It’s Friday!!

Favorite Sweet Treat: Chocolate Truffles

Wrap the truffles up in a cute little box or tin and give as a gift for the holidays.

Favorite Mani:

Nail Art by Valery Filipova. My grandmother was an artist and this mani reminds me of one of her paintings. I absolutely love it!

Favorite Quick Hairstyle:

Love this 5-minute updo from Birchbox.

Favorite Quote:


We truly can do anything we set our minds to.

Favorite Video: San Francisco Time Lapse (Empty America)