How I Got Nailed This Week:

Chanel 495 Mica Rose

 

In a previous post, I shared with you my terrible experience with a pink Dior nail polish. Now, I’ve found the same beautiful color which made me purchase the Dior polish in the first place, except this one is actually easy to apply and gives beautiful results!

May I introduce you to this beautiful find, the Chanel Nail Color nail polish in 495 Mica Rose! Its opacity is optimal, which means that I am done with only 2 coats. The consistency of the polish is very fluid and is very easy to apply! Overall, a real winner if you are looking for a light pink shade!

 

So, if I may ask, how did you get nailed this week?

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Gourmet Club: Dessert and Drinks on a Stick

As our motto says: “Why have it plain, when you can have it on a stick?”, we couldn’t miss to reblog this fantaSTICK post. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we did.

Rantings of an Amateur Chef

The final course of the night was dessert. Like the salad course, we ended up with a beautifully presented set of fruit kabobs. The fruit was a nice ending after such a heavy main course.

The second drink that I had made for the club, was my very own Drink on a Stick.

I made both margarita and strawberry daiquiri popsicles.

I took the easy way out and used pre-mixed drinks. I poured them into plastic 3 oz cups and into the freezer. After 1-2 hours I inserted the sticks. It worked great. The recipe below was my original inspiration.

Margarita Popsicles

Cook Time: 5 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (8-12 small limes, usually)
  • 1/4 cup silver tequila
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 12 3 oz disposable paper cups
  • 12 wooden popsicle sticks or spoons

Directions:

Heat water and sugar in…

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A Fast And Fancy-Looking Appetizer

Guacamole-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

I really like cooking! And, what I prefer doing are simple, fast dishes that require little or no heat to make. Here is one of my favorite appetizers:

Guacamole-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes:

You will need:

– a few cherry tomatoes

– salt and pepper

– one or two avocados

– chili flakes (or fresh chilly)

– lime juice

Recipe:

First, begin by washing your tomatoes. Then, cut off the top and empty the inside. Sprinkle some salt in the emptied tomatoes and place them on absorbent paper towels: the tomatoes are going to give out some of their water. In order for the tomatoes to sit up straight, you can cut off a little bit of flesh at the bottom.

Then, make the guacamole: in a plate, mash the avocado(-s). Add lime juice, chili flakes, and salt and pepper to taste. Scoop the guacamole into the tomatoes… et voilà!

Make sure you don’t wait too long before eating this appetizer: even though you put lime juice in the guacamole, it still can turn brown-grey.

Enjoy!

Beauty Misfit of the Week

Dior Nail Polish

This expensive nail polish left me with cheap-looking nails.

The accused: Dior Nail Polish in Rose Dauphine / Pink Icing #253. Inside this 10ml glass bottle, which retails for over 20$ in the USA (and over 30.- in Switzerland) is a beautiful pink varnish with little silver sparkles. The DIOR USA website tells us that the color is beautiful, the application is easy and the result is long-lasting.

First accuser’s testimony: I bought this nail polish over a year ago, for my birthday, as a gift to myself. It is a good thing that I didn’t receive it from anyone else, because, seeing the result, I might have wondered about this person’s good intentions… The product is very hard to apply neatly, as it is too thick and streaks easily. I feel like I either put too little on, and so the opacity is too thin and I can see brushed streaks with my nails underneath, or I put on too much and I end up with plastered-like nails. I’ve tried times and again, because it was an investment for me and so I forced myself to use it, but I’ve never been satisfied with the result. I can’t tell you if it lasts long: it looked so awful that I took it off after only a couple days.

Second accuser’s testimony: You might think that the awful texture described by Gale is due to the sparkles: at times, sparkling nail polishes tend to be more whimsical than the plain ones. However, don’t be fooled. There is a real issue with Dior’s nail polishes whatever their finish is.

Some months ago, I had to handle a plum polish from this brand without shimmers or sparkles in it. The person whose fingers I was applying nail polish on had been advised by a saleswoman. The latter apparently didn’t mind to recommend bad quality products (in my opinion).

My painting attempt was a disaster. A calamity. A synthetic varnish Berezina. It led to an unsuccessful deployment of the full arsenal of my techniques for applying nail polishes and a particularly dissatisfied hand model who was not ashamed to slander my apparently legendary incompetence. Thanks a lot Dior!

Final verdict: Because it is (almost) impossible to apply correctly, leading to a cheap and amateurish look, we declare this nail polish:

… and so justice is done …