Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nail Art Sets: Buy Or Not To Buy

Hiya guys!

How are you all today? ♥

I've been spending time with my family these couple of days and since I really don't want to miss a thing by sitting on a laptop, I wrote this post for you last weekend so that there wouldn't be a total silence.

As you know, I'm pretty much of a polishaholic - hence new nail art weekly on the blog - and the month long shopping ban has really got me into looking carefully what is out there and what isn't. I don't know how much you all know about how the industry works, but the thing you should know is that they work much like in fashion. There are trends, colorwise, texturewise, and so on. 

This means that there's different things popular every season. One thing that doesn't seem to change, though, are the holiday trends, whether it's a Halloween or Christmas, the polish collections don't see that much change even if the years go by. I really wanted to go into depths of the new Christmas collections with you today, but to be honest, I wasn't all that hyped about them. Of course, every collection has their jewels and it's all about what you like in polishes, but to me there were only so many nice ones. 

Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas and all, but the bright red polishes with red glitter, accompanied with gold and silver polishes just don't do it for me. Of course they are great, great colors for Christmas, and perfect when you want something simple, but the artist in me kind of craves something more. I still don't think the collections are entirely bad, they're just not for me.

However, I spotted some things that were more interesting to me. All these are available already, and might not all be that new, but I haven't seen them on my favorite polish sellers before.

Note: None of the pictures below are my property, I'm just humbly borrowing them with the help of Google. 


First, China Glaze sets for creating somewhat easy manicures. All these include 2-4 polishes, "tools" like sponges and guide tips, depending on the set, and step-by-step instructions. If you are a beginner with nail art, I would recommend this as CG is a quality brand, but not nearly the most expensive. Also, if these are anything like the ombre kit (I talk about them a little in this post, after purchasing one), I would try them out.

There are sets for a dotted manicure, simple galaxy manicure, sort of French mani with a twist (or a V, more accurately), and for half moon mani. Some of these come in different colors, or at least, the double digits one does.

Why would I buy these:

Nice colors and great quality for reasonable price. Ready picked colors that are quite easy to wear, so no pressure on trying to choose the color. Especially great if you don't already own that many polishes as the colors in these are chosen from previous collections. Very awesome choice for beginners.

Why I wouldn't buy these:

As mentioned, these have polishes from previous collections. Even though I never buy a whole collection, and am quite picky with what polishes I buy (believe it or not), I seem to have awful lot of too similar shades to these. Also, as I am into nail art, I already have the needed tools for these manicures at home, so really no point on buying them for that. I also use the internet so much that it's the same just google the instructions. 

So, for me, these aren't the best buy, but I kinda wish they'd have these when I started getting into nail art.


Next up, Ciaté Caviar Manicure Luxe Sets. You know I have hyped about the caviars - especially Ciaté ones - before, but every time they get out something new, I'm pretty interested. Unlike the previous caviar sets, that very fun, delicious and colorful, these ones are quite sophisticated with stunning metal shades of silver, bronze and gold. I could definitely see these as a big hit over holidays, because they are such a perfect way to finish off a look.

These sets come (as usual) with caviar pearls, matching nail polish and a little funnel to help to get the excess pearl neatly back into their bottle.

Why would I buy these: 

The shades look absolutely stunning and Ciaté does quality stuff. Especially great if you have many parties to go to this holiday season and if you, like me, love the caviar texture. The shades are easier to wear than the multicolored ones. These also come with instructions, so it doesn't matter if the technique is new to you.

Why I wouldn't buy these:

They really don't bring anything new, except for the color. To me, £20 for three items (one polish, beads, funnel) seems a bit much, given that I already have a funnel by Ciaté, and pretty similar metallic shades, so all I would need would be the beads. 

Again, not something I will buy, if I think it reasonably, but if money grew on trees and so on, I would definitely get these.


Last, but definitely not least, Ciaté Feathered Manicure Sets. These great sets come in three different shades and to me, these look very, very promising. The feather manicure itself isn't that new thing in the nail art world, but I haven't seen sets like these from any other company.

Inside the package, you'll find everything you need for a neat feather mani, including little scissors and apparently a top coat. 


The results with the colorful feathers are something like this. Very cool, very interesting, and seems like a pretty easy way of creating a unique manicure. I could see myself wearing feathers at least for accent nails, maybe even the whole hand for a special occasion.

Why would I buy these:

Because they are just so darn cool. Feathers are one of my favorite patterns/shapes/whatever when it comes to nail art (after leopard print, of course) and I should really learn how to do that. With a set like that, it would be easy, and the feathers seem well chosen, all I've seen have been pretty. And again, with Ciaté comes quality.

Why I wouldn't buy these:

Again, this comes down to the fact I have so many things already. To avoid having too much of everything, I would just go to craft store and only buy the feathers. Saves a lot of money, too. 

All in all, thumbs up for this one too, but if you have a top coat, neutral polish and scissors, you're good to go with just the feathers. But I love the fact that you can get this as a set, too. Great for example if you want to do your nails for a special occasion for a few times (depending of course to use of feathers and how much there's actually in there).

That's it for this time, let me know what you think about these sets! And, if you have a set you'd like to recommend - or maybe a one that you'd like me to review, tell me so on the comments. ♥

I'm off now, continuing to have a great time with my loved ones.

Have a fabulous day!

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Foodie Post: Cake Pops

Hi lovelies!

How has your week started? ♥

Mine has started off pretty well, I got the chance to just chill today and play Sims 3 (which I finally got running fast and smoothly, yay nerd me!). Tomorrow morning, it's time for a quick cleanup before my parents get here later in the evening.

But, before I get all family-oriented and blog a little less, I thought I'd share this little recipe with you. Usually I post this stuff on it's own blog, but lately I've been thinking that things need to change up a bit, so, here you have it, a recipe post, here in my lifestyle blog. ♥

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Cake Pops

1 pack of dark, filled cookies, like Oreos
100-150 g (3,2-5,3 oz.) cream cheese
100 g (3,2 oz.) white chocolate
Red Candy Melts (or some equivalent)
Something for decorating the pops
Cake pop sticks


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1. Take the filling from the cookies and place it all in a bowl. Take the dark cookies and crush them into small crumbs with a blender.

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2. Mix the cookie filling and cream cheese in a bowl...

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...add in the crushed cookies...

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...and mix it all into a smooth dough with your hands. Roll the dough into small balls, and place them into a dish. Cover with plastic and let cool in the fridge at least 2 hours.

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While you wait, you can make the same observation as I did, that you don't actually own a holder for the cake pops. Not to worry. You can always make a temporary one out of a small cardboard box. I cut one into desired height, painted it silver, and added holes for the cake pop sticks to fit in. Inside, I used some packaging material to keep it from falling over even with uneven weight.

Before anyone suggest this isn't looking all that hot - I know that. :D I just didn't have literally anything better in hand, so... Think of this as a MacGyver version of the chic cake pop stands. :D

Now, back with the baking. It's time to make the frosting:

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3. Melt the white chocolate and candy melts (mine aren't the original ones as we all can see, haha) carefully in a microwave or with water bath.

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4. Mix the two up thoroughly to create an even mix, without any lumps or so. If it seems that the mixture stays too firm, add a little bit of shortening (or vegetable oil, works fine as well) and mix it in, until you get nice, more flowing mix. Be careful not to thin it too much, as this could lead up to big difficulties while covering the pops.

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5. Dip one end of the sticks into the frosting, and then push them into the cookie balls. This should attach the sticks better into the cake pops. After this, cover the pops all over with the frosting. Add decoration while the frosting is still a little wet, so that they will stick. (Note: this might be, depending on your frosting, easier to do one by one, even if that means that you need to heat up the frosting many times over.) Let them dry, and remember to store these babies in the cool of the fridge.

Cake pops stay edible many days after making them, if stored in the cold. So don't worry if over 20 feels way too much to eat on one day.

And lastly, some pictures of my random attempts on trying to decorate the cake pops somewhat nicely:

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Have you tried out baking cake pops? What recipe did you use? And, most imporantly, how did it go? ♥

Now, it's time to go get some sleep, so I can get up early enough to do more than cleaning tomorrow. ;)

Have a lovely day!

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Saturday, October 26, 2013

October Link Love ♥

Hi everyone!

I hope you're having a great weekend so far ♥

As promised, here's a quick post that I've been planning to do for a while now, but only now actually could find it in me to do. I don't know why. But better late than never, right?

So, today, I would like to share with you five blogs that have been on my radar this month. Of course, there are more blogs on my blogroll than I dare to admit, but these are some that I would like to bring up today so that you too can see how great they are. I'm planning to try and do these monthly - in the last Saturday of each month or so. So, if you need more blogs to read, in these posts you can see some of my recommendations.


Lovely editorials, great personal style and amazing young woman behind the blog. I absolutely love her style and her writing, and her blog has been one of my favorites since I got better involved with the blogging world. Cylia has great eye for fashion, and her looks are always perfect and yet so effortless.


Formerly know as Not For Sale, this blog is one of my absolute favorites. The beautiful Kertu really has eye for style and it's not wonder she works in the industry as well. I've had the chance to meet her once, and I can honestly say she seems like one of the sweetest people I've ever met. She posts about fashion, beauty, DIY stuff, food... All in all, the blog has something for everyone, I fully recommend this for your weekly read!


The writer is a lovely young woman with absolutely beautiful style. I love Kata's quite fresh take on blogging, and I could easily adopt her whole closet without a doubt. I'm really excited to see what the future will hold for this young blogger. Note: Her blog is in Finnish, but that doesn't stop you from admiring her stunning outfits.

cat eyes & skinny jeans

Very inspiring blog by my dear blogger friend Erika, full of nice little posts about beauty, nails, and of course, fashion. Her little pieces are like they'd be straight out of a fashion magazine - at least in my opinion. She also has a very nice personal style, with boots, skinny jeans and - like the title suggests - cat eye makeup.

Curiouser & Curiouser

A blog that many of you - at least the Finnish readers - are familiar with, Curiouser & Curiouser is written by the lovely Noora, whose sense of style, writing and photography skills really tell you why she is so popular. Absolutely fantastic work every time, great outfits, cute little posts about life, food, shopping and everything. Really amazing blog by such a talented young woman.

So, here you have it, link love for this October. More of these in the next month! If you want something more to read, check out the previous post about nails. ;)

Have a lovely day ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Friday, October 25, 2013

Purple vs. Orange

Happy Friday loves!

I hope you're all doing fine today ♥

We just received our visitors K and her man, and had a late dinner with them. From now on, there will be a weekend-long radio silence (except for a short post tomorrow), as I will concentrate on entertaining  our guests. If you want to, you can tag along on our weekend via Instagram (@silvertigo) where I'll be posting little bits and pieces on the way.

But now, today's subject: Nails. Again, I have two different manicures, and I would like to hear your thoughts about them. ;)

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First up, simple deep purple manicure with some rhinestones.

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The polish used here is China Glaze Charmed, I'm Sure. Can you believe I used only one color in a manicure? Me neither.

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See the difference between the shine of the clear rhinestone and the colorful ones? It's because the clear is made for nail art, and the colorful ones are not - they're just normal craft glam. Like I've mentioned before, they don't behave nearly as well with nail polish.

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With the other mani, we'll go to very different colors. The gorgeous neon orange felt like a perfect pair for silver glitter and glam.

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Again, I played with simplicity, just some glitter and rhinestones.

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The polishes used here are China Glaze Sun Of A Peach, China Glaze Gossip Over Gimlets and Essie Set In Stones. I personally love how sunny and bright Sun Of A Peach is, and it is such a perfect summer color - but for me, it works in fall as well.

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So, too different manis, in very different colors. And now, I wanna hear from you:

What do you guys think about these manis, and which one you like the best? Also: What are you wearing in your nails this weekend? ♥

I'm off now, to spend a lovely weekend with wonderful people!

Hope you'll have a fabulous weekend! ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Furry Weather

Hey lovelies!

How are you all doing today? ♥

I'm personally super excited for tomorrow, as I get to see my dear friend K and her man - the two are staying with us the whole weekend, which is so, so fun! And for once, the flat is so nicely in shape that there's no need for a massive cleanup before they arrive. (Yes, I'm unorganized and messy most of the time, traits that I really try to get rid off. :D)

But, as I'm itching to get to paint my nails for the weekend, I'll cut the blabber short today and just say some things about the outfit I'd like to share with you today.

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A while back, before the rainy days, I really wanted to try to pair with my new Aztec leggings with something. I remembered seeing colorful leggings paired with big knits before, so that's what I decided to try out here. I didn't know what shoes I should wear, so I took on my "when in doubt, wear biker boots" motto. And they weren't so bad for this.

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Aztec leggings: Boohoo Fur vest: Only Knit: Object Biker boots: eBay Beanie: DIY Scarf: second hand Bag: Boohoo

This one was not very typical outfit for me, but I think that exactly for that I actually liked it. It's something different. Of course there are many things that could make this whole outfit totally different - and who knows, maybe I'll try them out soon.

But now, it's time to hit the shower and get some tea, so that I can finally get my thoughts properly off of work. For me, weekend starts now!

Have a lovely day! ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Military Things

Heya babes!

How are you all today? ♥

I've been extremely lazy, I had planned a thing or two I should do today, but somehow it's nine o'clock in the night and I haven't done anything. Oh well. Of course I did clean my laptop so that it works better now and watched a movie with my man, but other than that, I've been just chilling. I guess that's good for me, though. Tomorrow, I seriously need to get a grip, haha!

Anyway, today I wanted to share photos from a day that we got to visit an old military landmark in Pori. I'm a very untypical girl in a way, because I like to see old things, buildings, guns, military things and so on. I guess I like trying to broaden my mind in a way (even though I many times get carried away by the gruesome beauty of a venue, so much so that I don't actually remember many facts about them). So here you can see my snapshots of the old artillery weapon we got to visit some time ago. I'm sorry I can't really tell you much about it - I was too focused on photography to actually pay attention to the introduction much.

I promise to try and post prettier things later this week, don't worry!

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Doors that made even me feel like a tall person!

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Itsy Bitsy Spider....

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Jacket: H&M Knit: Mango Leather shorts: H&M Boots: KooKenkä Bag: Boohoo Belt: Gina Tricot Scarf: Gina Tricot Earrings: Bik Bok

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Now, I knew these things are big, but somehow I didn't realize exactly how big. Wow.

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This guy had a better fashion day than me! I was impressed by this themed look, very nice. Medals and all, and he really knew his weapons.

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I don't know how normal this is, but I really think big knives and swords are beautiful. Especially the old ones that truly are handmade. I admire the skills with which people can actually create weapons/tools like that. Now, before someone sees me as a psycho or a serial killer or whatever, I admire the objects, not what they have been made for. Don't get confused. ;)

So, a little different post this time, but I think next one will be more traditional outfit post. But, what do you guys think about this post? ♥

Now, it's time for me to get some tea, and then sleep, so I can get my postcrossing things sorted out in the morning. ;)

Have a lovely day! ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna