Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Nicole by OPI "Snow-man of My Dreams" Review + Swatch

Two coats, natural light

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, it will soon be the most wonderful time of the year. What does that mean? Glitter nail polish, of course. And Nicole by OPI's newest Glitter Holiday Collection is the perfect remedy for anyone suffering from glitter withdrawal. Swatches of all four colors will be coming soon but as soon as I tried on this shimmery, cool blue I knew that it deserved it's own post.

The glitter in this polish is chunky and gritty. A top coat is needed for a glossy, smooth finish. But as much as I love this color, I have a strong feeling that it won't just chip but remove entire patches of polish with little effort. Quick last minutes warning: I've used this color twice and the polish in the bottle is already starting to get goopy and hard to apply--clumping on the brush. It isn't a huge deal now but it will only get worse as time goes on. Just something to be aware of before buying. *sigh* But I really, really love the color.

P.S. Sorry for the depressing state of my cuticles. With finals week approaching, my nerves are fried.

FTC: Product was sent to me for review

Monday, November 21, 2011

How To Make Pumpkin Spice Cake Pops

1. Mix together 1/2 cup of unsalter butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 2 large eggs, and 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree

2. Mix together 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of backing soda, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon salt

3. And then mix it all together

5. Put batter in a pie pan

5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (177 degrees C) and cook for 18-20 minutes

6. Take the cake and mix it in with frosting until it easy to mold (similar to the consistency of cookie-dough)

7. Using an ice cream scooper, form the dough into balls

8. Dip the lollipop sticks into melted chocolate and push the stick into the balls. The chocolate will harden and prevent the cake from falling off the stick.

9. Dip the ball into the melted chocolate until the entire surface is covered

10. Optional: We made these cake pops around Halloween and so we used black food dye to make faces and a green tictac to act as the stem. But be as creative as you want at this step.

If you try to make your own cake pops I hope they turn out as delicious and beautiful as ours. It was really fun to get into the kitchen. Even though I don't like pumpkin, I loved eating these. Anyway. I hope you liked this post and I might be doing more baking posts in the future.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Aerie Holiday Trunk Show 2011

Last Thursday I had the amazing opportunity to attend Aerie's Holiday Trunk Show at my local mall with a couple of my friends. I first heard about the show through Aerie's twitter and then I went to their Facebook page to learn more about the details. Essentially it was an event open to anyone who wanted a glimpse at their new holiday collection before anyone else.

I will admit, it being my first trunk show, I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was very low-key and all the girl's were extremely friendly. When I first arrived, not much of the new collection was out but the girls working were doing their best to get everything on display for shoppers. I checked out the Slim Gyms [also known as yoga pants], the hats [do you like my picture above], and then the bras [all of them were 40% off]. But my favorite pieces weren't actually clothing items but the slippers. Perfect for the holiday season. I couldn't decided which ones I like best. Heck, I couldn't even decide which color I wanted. But in the end I decided on blue. I felt they were more festive. I'm also kind of regretting not getting this super cute deer top. But I don't really need it. Do I?

We finally left the store but I'm sad to say minus the puff-ball hat. But I enjoyed my experience--even if my wallet wouldn't agree--and I'm officially in the mood for Christmas even though it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Before I went to college I never lived near an Aerie store and I wasn't really familiar with the merchandise. It shouldn't be surprising that I like the stuff so much considering what an American Eagle junkie I am. For those who don't know, Aerie is more laid back style of clothes. Comparable to the things at VS PINK--but for the American Eagle girl. That means less branding and more affordable.

Do you attend Aerie's trunk show? If you did, what did you think? And for those who didn't know or have the chance to attend, what do you think of Aerie? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.
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