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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! <3

Hi everyone! πŸ™‚

I know it’s not a very original theme for a post, but thought I’d write about Valentine’s Day! I hope that you all have a great day, regardless of whether or not you are in a relationship.

I’ve done a special manicure for Valentine’s Day… I’m not the world’s greatest nail artist so kept my nails pretty simple! First I’ll show you the nails before doing the arty part, featuring O.P.I‘s DS Reserve (DS027). I really like this polish and would give it a quality rating of 4/5 and value rating of 4/5 (O.P.I polish is not cheap in shops here, retailing for approx. $16.95 AUD/bottle):

Here’s what they looked like with some “art”! πŸ™‚ (Do you recognise the nail stickers?! LOL)

For more great examples of nail art including Valentine’s Day nail art designs check out the blog Tip Top Nails‘ latest post here. πŸ™‚

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I’m not sure what R will be doing for me for Valentine’s Day but I have made him a cake! I cheated a bit as you will see, but I’ll let the photos tell the story! πŸ™‚

I had this in the pantry so thought I'd try it! πŸ™‚ (Yep this is in the new kitchen I promise to upload more pix of it soon!)

mmm chocolate cake batter which included choc chipssssss

...bake for 50 min...

... the cooked cake with the choccie icing (frosting), ready to decorate!

The finished cake! πŸ™‚

What I used to decorate the cake; available at supermarkets.

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Have a great day everyone; thank you all for visiting, reading, following/liking/subscribing! xxxx

Hmm… Not so keen on nail foils/stickers! Kiss Nail Dress Review

Hi everyone! Phew it’s been a busy first week back at work for me and, well, I’m pretty exhausted! At least it is Wednesday, so I’m on the downhill slope to the weekend! πŸ˜‰ How has everyone’s week been going so far?

I’ve been invited to attend a wedding on Sunday; I am still planning my outfit! So, when I saw some nail art stickers on sale I thought I would give them a try. (I’ve tried small nail art stickers before – such as flowers and stars – but not the full nail foil like stickers.) I like to look after my nails and experiment with classic and more funky looks, so I picked up the following design from Kiss (you can check out their website here):

Price: currently on sale for $11.99 AUD @ Priceline; standard RRP $13.99 AUD (they retail here for double what you would pay in the USA, which is where the brand Kiss originates!)

Where can I get it? Priceline

They claim that their stickers will last on your nails for up to 10 days. One packet contains 28 different sized stickers as well as a nail file (you need to lightly file the ends of your nails to trim the excess sticker off the end of each nail).

My nails beforeΒ  – yes these are my real fingernails πŸ™‚ –

The end result –

I found it difficult to apply these, because my hands and nails are very petite. I found that most of the stickers were way too large and I ran out of the small ones quickly. As such I had to trim some of the larger stickers down to size, which was more difficult than I thought it would be. Due to the size of my hands, the stickers on my little finger nails on each hand have a much bigger pattern to clear sticker section ratio which I think looks a bit funny. 😦

The process was also very time consuming. From start to finish, it took me approximately 45 minutes to apply the stickers to both hands! 😦 If I was doing similar nail art on my nails with nail polish I estimate it would only take me approximately 30 minutes, with a better quality finish.

I don’t believe the manufacturer’s claims that the stickers will stay put for (up to) 10 days… I suspect after a day or so mine will start to peel. The adhesive did not seem at all strong!

Oh-oh, this seems like quite a negative review, doesn’t it? I think I’m so critical because the cost of these is equivalent to a fairly decent bottle of nail polish, which you would get a lot more manicures out of!

Beautiful rating: value 1/5, quality 2/5. There are a lot of cool patterns in the range but I am disappointed with the quality and performance of this product, given the expensive price tag.

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Has anyone else tried full nail foils/stickers? Which brands would you recommend? πŸ™‚

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