Thirty days ago I decided to get back into Blogging.
The decision was mainly based on my love for writing and the fact that I was disappointed that I strayed away from it in the last couple of years – especially after telling myself that my dream was to have a book published by the time I was 30. I think that being published is the ultimate desire for anyone who enjoys writing. I started this blog with no expectations except to post about things that I love – travel, shopping, food, quotes… (the list goes on) and hope that just a few people would be interested.
In 30 days I’ve had :
-over 2,800 views
-from over 70 countries
-and gained over 225 followers
My intentions are not to win the Nobel Prize for blogs but just to write to entertain, inform and if I’m lucky enough – to inspire.
I hope all of you had a wonder Christmas with lots of laughs, love and food while being surrounded by amazing friends and family.
It’s about your presence, not the presents.
Calvin Harris + Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing
As a self-proclaimed specialist when it comes to the at home manicure, I was intrigued when I came across the Ciaté products at my local Sephora. They offered a few different options but I went with a smaller set since I was not too familiar with the brand.
Ciaté CAVIAR Mini Bar $29.00
includes: – 4 x 1.7 oz Paint Pot Nail Polish
– 4 x Caviar Pearls
I started off with a Sally Hansen basecoat.
After the basecoat, I decided to try out a nail polish that I’ve had for a while but never got around to using. Sephora by OPI Nail Polish in Mermaid to Order.
I did double coats on all my nails except the ring finger since you need to pour the Caviar Pearls on right after the last coat is applied. I decided to use the Caviar Pearls in CandyShop – I felt like all the colors blended so well with Mermaid to Order.
The Ciaté set comes with a plastic tray so you can place it under your hand while pouring the Pearls on to your nail(s) to catch all the excess. It also comes with a funnel for easy clean up. You just place the funnel into the bottle and pour the unused pearls back in from the tray. After I poured the pearls on both desired nails, I pressed down on them to set them into place. I also used the same basecoat and went around the edges of the nail to try to hold them in place more. I do not recommend using a top coat over these pearls. It makes the pearls look super sloppy and basically ruins the look.
Overall I love the concept. The Caviar Pearls give a very unique “rich” look and makes the nails stand out. Do not purchase this product thinking your manicure will last a week or honestly, even 48 hours as the box states. Within an hour I had pearls coming off but it is not very noticeable. This is great for a special occasion or a night out but definitely not your everyday longwear manicure. I was a little worried that the removal of the pearls might be difficult but with a swipe of nail polish remover, they were gone with no mess or fuss. I also want to note that I am not a big fan of the actual nail polish the set came with. I felt for the price point that it lacked quality. I tested them out and they peeled pretty easily and needed about 3 coats for the color to pop and that is why I decided to use a different brand of nail polish for this look. For $29.00 though I got my moneys worth and I do not regret the purchase. I am excited to try different styles of manicures with the Caviar Pearls.
Here are a few other kits Ciaté offers:
Ciaté Sequined Manicure Kit, available in 3 colors – $19.00
Ciaté Velvet Manicure, available in 3 colors – $19.00
You can view all the Ciaté sets Sephora offers here.
Have you tried any of these products? If so – let me know what you think!
Where do I even begin???? This is the ultimate collaboration – Target teams up with Neiman Marcus to bring you not just 1 amazing designer BUT 24!
Some of which include:
alice + oliva
Oscar de la Renta
& the list goes on….
They will have more than 50 gorgeous items starting at $7.99 and going up to $499.99. These items will be available not only at all Target & Neiman stores but also on Target.com and NeimanMarcus.com. I love how diverse the collection is, their is something for everyone – including our fuzzy friends. Here’s a first look at some of my favorite items in the collection:
Marchesa Girl’s Floral Dress $79.99
alice + olive Bike $499.99
Brian Atwood Leather Gloves $49.99
rag & bone Men’s Sweater $69.99
What’s better than shopping? The gift of giving… Target & Neiman Marcus are doing just that! They will jointly make a $1 million donation to the Council of Fashion Designers of America to celebrate this partnership and affirm their continuing support of the American design community.
These items go on sale tomorrow 12/1/12 & they will definitely SELL OUT!
Happy Shopping! xo