DIY: Removing Shellac at home

Before I can show you my new manicure I though I’d show you how I removed the old one. First of all I have got to say that I just love shellac! It’s true that once you try shellac you never go back. I usually do my own shellac nails at home, but as I wrote in this post I was lucky enough to win a free shellac manicure at Studio Marichen.

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I got that manicure on January 19th and these pictures were taken on February 23rd, that’s over a month later and the polish is still flawless! Or not completely flawless, there was one tiny chip on my right forefinger and, as you can see, lost of regrowth! Even though the polish is still intact, that regrowth makes the manicure not so sexy anymore. And yes, I was too lazy to remove the polish sooner.

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But I did remove it at home on the 23rd, and here’s how I did it! At first I got out everything that I needed including coffee, water and the television remote because you’ll be sitting for a while with your hands “tied”. I used a nail polish remover with acetone (this is important), cotton pads, aluminum foil and a pair of scissors. I also had my CND flat oval brush and a nail file ready to scrape off polish and file down the nails afterwards.

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Now that everything is in place let’s go through this step by step:

  1. Cut out pieces of aluminum foil big enough to wrap your fingertips in.
  2. You can probably cut the cotton pads in half for this step. I didn’t think about that until after I started, but that will save you lots of pads. Anyway, this is where you add nail polish remover to the pads. You should soak them a little, but not too much because it will run.
  3. Wrap the soaked cotton pads over your fingernails and seal them with aluminum foil.

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4. Wait 10 minutes. This is why I had the coffee and television remote ready! You can’t use touch screens with aluminum foil on your fingertips you know. But drinking chococino with caramel while watching Modern Family is perfect while waiting for the shellac to soften.

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5. Remove the pad and aluminum on one nail and scrape the shellac off. Continue on the next finger and so on, one by one until they’re all uncovered.

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6. File down any excess shellac left on the nail (use a buffer if you have one). Now they are ready for a new manicure!

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Nail art is only ridiculous to does who can not understand

I found some of my old nail art tools the other day and decided to do a manicure. It’s been such a long time since I played with these things and I’m out of practice. I could really feel that when I cut the slices of nail decoration way too thick, haha. Lately I’ve just been doing simple manicures and french manicure.

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I’ll post the manicure later, but I was wondering if you have any suggestions on where to get nail art inspiration.

What types of nail designs do you like to wear, and which types would you like to see?

Nothing ruins a perfectly good day faster than a broken nail

This quote could not be more accurate. There is nothing more annoying than a broken nail that gets caught in your hair, in your clothes, in your pets fur or anything else that it could possibly get caught in. The most annoying part is that when I have a broken nail it is always when my nails are finally nice and long. Usually I have been forced to cut all my nails down when one of them breaks, and that is just equally sad every time. But I decided to try out the tea bag method for broken nails, and it really works!

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To fix my broken nail I used a small piece of paper cut out of a tea bag, tweezers and shellac. I started prepping the nail by removing oil, pushing my cuticle back and filing the nail before applying one coat of CND Shellac Power Polish Base Coat. Without hardening the base coat I gently put the tea bag paper piece over the rip. My broken nail of course had to be on my right hand and I am just terrible with my left so placing this piece was harder than I imagined, haha!

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After placing the tea bag paper piece I applied an other layer of base coat and then hardened the shellac. The picture underneath is taken after hardening the base coat. I then could just file off the excess paper and manicure my nails as usual, without having to cut them all down!

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I am glad i decided to try this. It was much easier than I thought! If you don’t have shellac there is lots of tutorials on this using nail glue or regular nail polish online.

May your nails be merry and bright!

Some days my biggest accomplishment is removing that annoying lip hair

Many years ago when I started blogging I loved to do lip art and post lip photos when I had new lipsticks or lipglosses. I got a new lipgloss for Christmas last year, but it took me a while until I tried it on. When I did I decided to take a few photos and maybe write a post about it here. But when looking at those photos I remembered why I stopped posting those lip photos a long time ago, and I waxed my upper lip a few days later for the first time in years. Words and comments can be so hurtful, especially when you’re young. I am glad that we grow up and learn all the awful truths about things that are taboo when we’re young. Things like periods, birth control and body – and facial hair. The truth’s that we all have it, we all need it and we all remove it. So before sharing a post about my new lipgloss I thought I’d share my hair removal routine with you.

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I use the black head removal mask while epilating my legs and armpits, plucking my eyebrows and waxing my upper lip. I apply the Aloe Vera Gelly to soothe the skin wherever I’ve removed hair and as a moisturizing mask to calm the skin in my face. Removing my own body hair is seriously one of the most boring things I can do. I hope I’m not alone in feeling like this. It’s weird, but doing it for friends and costumers is so totally different than having to do it for myself. I loved it when we were in school and had to practice on each other, I didn’t have to remove my own hair for months ’cause my classmates did it for me. It’s been five or six years since I last owned a razor. Now I only use wax, an epilator and tweezers. Boring and painful, but what won’t we do to stay smooth. I go to a salon once a month for intimate hair removal though. That is too much pain to inflict on ones self so I let Olga at Studio Marichen inflict it on me instead. She is the best thought, I’ve been seeing her for years and can totally recommend her.

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I’m glad that’s over for now! Only a month until next time.. The picture is taken before I started, and yes, I need to trim that side cut too.

Have a nice weekend!

Wish: European Long Sleeve Slim Sexy Bodycon Women Winter Dress Casual Work Weak

This weeks Wish Wednesday is a dress you have seen before. I wore it to Glasshjørnets Christmas party and wrote a post about it here. I decided to use the full wish ad header text here. Haha, they are so ridiculously long!

It arrived in 17 days and I paid 58NOK (6.91USD) for it. I ordered an XXS and it fits perfectly. It is a very stretchy dress so I could even have ordered it even smaller, but the fit is totally comfortable and classy. The fabric is unlike any other dress I have tried. On the inside it is so warm and soft, absolutely perfect for Norwegian winter parties.

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This is now definitely my favorite dress! I love that it is so warm and still so sexy. And the fact that it can be styled up for parties or down for a casual chic everyday look is just awesome. It is just amazing for the prize I paid, I am so pleased! Will buy this one in an other color, or even more colors!

Double date at Rio

On Saturday we went out to eat with a couple of baes friends. We wanted to go to Sjøloftet in Brevik, but they had no table for us. There are lots of places around here that has take away pizza, but not many good places to go out and eat pizza. We decided to go to Rio Pizza in Porsgrunn. It is one of the eldest, if not the eldest, pizza places in Porsgrunn and this is the first time I’ve ever visited the restaurant. And I wasn’t the only one who had a hard time placing it when hearing the name.

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When we came to Rio Pizza there were no other guests there. I find that odd on a Saturday night, and even weirder after our visit. The locations is great, pizza was good, the bowls of dressing were almost three times the size of the ones I’m used to and the atmosphere in the restaurant was very cosy.

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Yes, they could have upgraded their interior decorations and their musical playlist, but we enjoyed our visit.

2017 V-Day Hike

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We started our Valentines Day with a three hour hike in the forest. The sun was shining all day and it was such a perfect day for hiking. Our baby Bichon had so much fun and loved running free through the trees and snow.

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We chose to follow a track that neither one of us had walked before that’s called Uræddløypa. It was so nice to discover new paths and viewpoints together. We are so lucky to have such beautiful nature all around us. It feels good to discover new places sometimes, and giving our puppy some extra exercise at the same time. He also got a lot of training when it comes to socializing with both dogs and people, and everyone we met on our hike were all so positive and nice. Only on hikes and on boats Norwegian people actually greet unknown people!

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I am not used to bringing my camera around anymore, but it’s starting to feel more natural again. It’s especially nice that bae encourages it instead of getting embarrassed every time I take the camera out (except if I point it at his direction, haha). I used to love taking pictures and when doing it on our walk I realized how much I’ve missed it even though it was too cold to take a lot on the hike. It still made me want to get better at photography.

No matter where in the world you’re from, I’d like to know: Where’s your favorite hiking track?

Four course feast at J&G

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We chose to eat our Valentines Day dinner at Jacob&Gabriel in Skien. They have such great food! The portions are quite small though, or at least in the package course deals. We bought the four course dinner for 400NOK (48.07USD) each, and I had the beverage package too for 455NOK (54.70USD).

I am not going to write much more about the food, but I brought my camera and tried taking nice pictures of it so I thought I’d share the courses with you. I love practicing taking photos, and photos of food is something I find challenging and fun. The first course was cod with pickled fennel and hollandaise with vanilla and saffron paired with white wine.

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2. Veal shoulder with fried artichoke cream, beets, kale and truffle broth. Side of mashed potatoes and paired with a red wine.

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3. Norwegian cheeses with Julies crispbread, compote of figs and dates. This course was paired with the most amazing plum liqueur I’ve ever tasted.

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I tried asking where I could get this liqueur, and was told they actually brew it themselves! It was so good it even made bae regret he was driving that night.

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4. White chocolate, raw cocoa and blood orange paired with a desert wine.

Any tips for taking better food photos are very welcome!

2017 V-Day look

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Valentines day was such a good day! We spent the entire day together and ended it with the movie Fifty Shades Darker and a fancy dinner, and this is what I wore. Bae loves leopard prints, that is why I picked out this shirt from BikBok for our date. The blazer is from Top Shop. My watch is Guess and the bracelets are Victoria Secret. They were a gift from bae when he came home from Dubai last year. There are three bracelets and together they spell out “Love Me More”.

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I just adore these Jeffrey Campbell shoes even though they are like big bricks on my tiny feet. Bae likes these too, he’s the one who picked them out for this outfit. But he is not super excited about how tall they make me though, haha! My favorite part of this outfit is my new Guess Luxe bag that bae brought back from Hungary as an early V-day present. It is so pretty!

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The rest of this outfit I’ve shown you here already because I wore it for a birthday. Jacket is from H&M, jeans are Molly from Gina Tricot and scarf is from BikBok.

I hope you all had a great Valentines Day!