Review: Essie Bikini So Teeny Nail Polish

essie bikini so teeny nail polishI finished off the nice long weekend by watching some K dramas and giving myself a manicure with Essie’s Bikini So Teeny nail polish.  We had absolutely fabulous weather the last couple of days and we took full advantage of it by getting in a couple games of tennis and an outdoor run. I completely forgot I was in a jacket and scarf just last week and found myself excited and looking forward to summer. [Read more...]

Essie’s Bikini So Teeny is part of the 2012 summer collection and rightly so, it screams summertime! It is a gorgeous periwinkle blue with micro-fine silver glitter. The color is stunning and I have nothing else quite like it in my collection. The glitter you can’t see at all once applied but that part doesn’t really bother me. Sadly, I have a love-hate relationship with this particular shade. I am so head over heels infatuated with the color, but the application is not that great. It is quite streaky and watery and takes at least 3 coats to reach full opacity. You have to be conscious of using thin coats because this polish will literally just drip in pools on your nails if you are not careful. The color reminds me of blueberry cream and despite the multiple coats, the watery consistency does aid in leveling out the polish for a smooth finish. I found there to be a very fine line between applying too thin of a coat that you experience bald patches, or too thick that it takes ages to dry and ultimately peels off within a day. However, once the perfect balance is achieved, I found this polish to last without chipping for at least 4-5 days.

Overall, it will require a little more attention and care to get a good application. It will all come down to just how much you like the color. For me, I adore this shade and the extra hassle required to achieve the perfect manicure is worth it. Have you tried this shade? What is a deal breaker for you when it comes to nail polish?
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Red Velvet Whoopie Pie


For Valentine’s Day this year I’ve prepared something a little more nostalgic for dessert using this recipe. Whoopie pies are a traditional old school treat that many of us remember from our childhood lunch boxes. [Read more...]

It’s really the best parts of a cupcake, the tops and the frosting of course, all sandwiched into one delicious palm sized dessert. In light of it being Valentine’s Day, I made mine Red Velvet. It also happens to be what we served at our wedding which makes it even more appropriate in this Hallmark celebration of love.

Whoopie Making Tips:

1. I recommend getting the whoopie pie pan so that you have a nice puffy cake round. I tried to pipe it on a baking sheet the first time around and ended up with a deflated rather sloppy looking disc. It’s worth it, trust me.

2. Don’t overfill the baking pans. For a standard sized whoopie pie, use a cookie scoop for precise measurements and fill up each cavity no more than 2/3 of the way.

3. Dip the back of a spoon in some water and use it to smooth out the tops of your batter so that you get a smooth pie once it’s baked.

4. The cakes are thin and will bake in less than 10 minutes so keep your eyes on them.

5. Don’t overfill your pie. You will end up with a gooey overflowing mess if you do.

6. Fill one pie first and let it sit for a few minutes. This will allow you to determine if the filling is too runny. If it is, it will start to drip over and you will need to add more confectioner’s sugar.


DIY: Sharpie Mug Valentine’s Day Gift


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and there’s no better way to say ‘I love you’ than with a personalized mug designed by yours truly and some sweet homemade treats to go with it. [Read more...]

 I recently made these chocolate covered orange peels which by the way were amazing and all that  is left from the batch is what is in the picture. I plan on making a more whimsical dessert for this weekend which I’ll be posting later this week. This DIY is super easy and inexpensive. If you mess up, just use a cotton swab and a little bit of alcohol or acetone to remove the ink. (This will only work in the pre-baked stage). The ink dries fairly quickly and does not smudge which makes it an easy enough task for even left handed crafters like myself.  You’ll also want to make sure you use an oil-based marker. This can be found at most craft stores in an array of colors and will ensure (once baked) that your message is permanent and dishwasher safe.

I found my mugs at Target for $3.99 and purchased my markers at Michael’s as a set.



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