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Manicure Monday: Chinese New Year Edition February 25, 2013

Saturday night was the Chinese New Year parade here in San Francisco. We were able to score a pretty sweet view from a rooftop along the parade route. The parade is one of the top ten parades in the world and the largest of it’s kind outside of Asia! It is also one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in the country. There were lots of dragons, lions, beautifully decorated floats, marching bands, martial arts groups, dancers, and of course a ton of firecrackers! Many of the groups in the parade incorporated snakes into their costumes or floats to celebrate the Year of the Snake. The finale featured the Golden Dragon, at 268 feet it is the longest dragon in the Western Hemisphere and requires more than 100 people to carry it.

On to the nails:

Year of the Snake

I used Gelish Hot Rod Red as the base color. The gold glitter is Julep Oscar and for the snake I used Nubar nail art pens in Mint, Neon Lime, Basic White and Black.

CNY Year of the Snake

To see last year’s CNY mani click HERE.

Year of the Snake

West Coast Lion Dance Troupe

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Wells Fargo turned the beloved Lombard Street into a snake. So clever!

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SFPD Lion Dance Team

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Giant Fortune Cookie

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The 268′ Golden Dragon carried by Leung’s White Crane Dragon and Lion Dance Association.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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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.

Little Princess

Little Princess

Little Princess

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?

 

Wishlist Wednesday: Birthday Edition December 5, 2012

My Birthday is tomorrow and I’ll be celebrating over drinks with friends. Just thought I’d share my wishlist with you guys.
Birthday Wishlist