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OPI: I Have a Herring Problem

I Have A Herring Problem’ is part of OPI’s Holland Collection (0.5 fl. oz.). It can be purchased at a variety of salons/shops or online.





In the photos above, I have three coats of ‘I Have A Herring Problem’ and one coat of topcoat. ‘I Have A Herring Problem’ is a shimmer grey-blue crème polish. I only realized how grey-blue this polish was once it was on nails, but it also appears a green-blue in certain lights. Without the shimmer, the polish is a bit lighter and grey-toned than Nubar’s ‘Boyfriend Jeans’ and Chanel’s ‘Blue Boy’. Even though it is technically a blue and shimmer nail polish, I think you definitely could get away with it in formal environments (ex. Work), since it’s very classy and subtle.

I had no problems with the application; the polish is not thick and it dries quickly and smoothly. I got very minimal tip wear with around 5 days of wear. 

Mudslide Cookies

Today’s recipe: Mudslide Cookies!

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These cookies were loved by everyone I shared them with. For me, the combination of flavours in this cookie was just right. It had a strong chocolate taste with just a hint of Kahlua. I made 3 changes to the original recipe, all of which are reflected in the recipe below. I decreased the sugar from 1 cup light brown sugar and ½ cup white sugar to ¾ cup and ¼ cup, respectively. I found that this was the perfect amount of sugar for me. I also used mini chocolate chips because I like the smaller pieces of chocolate and how they spread through the dough. I also omitted the sea salt flakes since I don’t have any. These are delicious at room temperature, but I loved even more them after reheating them in the toaster oven.

I also tried this trick with cookie dough that has been circling the Internet. You’re supposed to pull a ball of dough in half and then stack the two halves on top of one another, with the inner side of the halves facing opposite directions. Apparently, this makes beautiful cookies, but mine came out looking like a bum (compared to just a regular cookie below). Anyone have any insight on this?


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Mudslide Cookies

Adapted from How Sweet It Is

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter, melted and cooled for 10-15 minutes
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon Kahlua
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips


Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Mix the flour, cocoa, coffee powder, salt and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the melted butter and sugars until they are combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir until mixed. Stream in coffee liqueur and mix. Gradually add flour and mix until dough forms. Fold in the mini chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.

Remove dough from the fridge and roll into golfball sized balls. Set on a non-stick baking sheet with 2 inches between each. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are set and the middles are still soft. The centers should be puffy. Do not over bake. 

Essie: Masquerade Belle

Today I’m going to be talking about my favourite crème nail polish! I love this polish for its formula and because it’s one of my favourite colours. Even though it was part of Essie’s 2010 Winter collection, but I think you can wear it all year round (at least I do anyways). I purchased mine online ($8.00 for 0.5 fl. Oz.), but it’s currently unavailable.

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In these photos, I’m wearing three layers of Masquerade Belle and one layer of OPI Rapid Dry Top Coat. Essie’s Masquerade Belle is described as a ‘black ruby’, but I would say it’s more of a dark red-brown. It does appear as more of a burgundy colour when in the sun. The polish is definitely opaque at two layers, but I accidently made my two coats a bit uneven and so I tried to cover it up with three.

Like many other Essie crème polishes, I didn’t have any problem with the application – it dries quickly and isn’t too thick or thin. It has an extremely smooth and even look; many people actually thought my nails were fake! 

Deborah Lippmann: Lady Sings the Blues

This was my first time working with a Deborah Lippmann nail polish. I bought this trial sized version (4ml) on TaoBao (Chinese equivalent to amazon), but you can purchase this polish online ($18.00 for 0.5 fl. Oz). 

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In these photos, I have two layers of Lady Sings the Blues over a very thin layer of China Glaze’s Man Hunt (bottle being held for photos), followed by a layer of Seche Vite as top coat. Deborah Lippmann’s Lady Sings the Blues is described as a ‘silver sparkled blue’. I was surprised at how dark this polish was – I would describe it as more of an inky, almost black shade of blue with large hexagonal and smaller glitter particles of silver and blue. Despite this, I really like the polish since it’s so special – it's I’m looking at a starry night sky every time I look at my nails!

I really like this formula; it dries very quickly and isn’t too thick. Since it was my first time using a glitter polish, I found it difficult to spread the glitter on to the nail, but I think you can absolutely overcome this issue with more practice. I would also try to keep the hexagonal glitter away from the edges of your nails - they can end up sticking up and giving the nail a rough feeling (see my the right bottom edge of my pointer finger for an example). If you want everything to look more smooth and glassy, I would definitely recommend two layers of top coat.