Manicure Mondays – Zoya Tickled Giveaway

I just entered to win the entire Zoya Tickled collection at http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/05/manicure-mondays-zoya-tickled-giveaway/ #nailpolish #giveaway #zoya

Happy Manicure Mondays everyone. I hope you all had a great weekend! I had the most AMAZING 2nd Mother’s Day with my boy and I really couldn’t be happier! I was on the verge of happy tears all day long! It really was just a great day and I enjoyed every second of it. That Johnny boy makes me smile so big!

Zoya just sent me their gorgeous Summer Tickled collection of bright cream nail polish and these colors couldn’t possibly be more fun! They have a lot of white in the base to really make the shades pop! These nearly neon hues will look great against a summer tan. I have a Zoya Tickled collection for myself, swatched below, and a collection to giveaway to one lucky reader. Check back next week as I swatch and giveaway Zoya’s Bubbly collection!

Zoya Tickled Kitridge Pink Cream Nail Polish Swatch

Zoya Kitridge is a classic summer bubblegum pink cream. This universally flattering (evenly balanced between cool & warm) has enough white to make it pop against a tan!

Zoya Tickled Tilda Medium Green Cream Nail Polish Swatch

Zoya Tilda is a warm mantis green cream that is a great alternative to a summer lime.

Zoya Tickled Ling Medium Royal Blue Cream Nail Polish Swatch

Zoya Ling is a vibrant royal blue cream that is evenly balanced to flatter most skin tones.

Zoya Tickled Rocha Red Cream Nail Polish Swatch

Zoya Rocha is a classic folly red cream with warm undertones that enhace a summer glow!

Zoya Tickled Rooney Magenta Pink Cream Nail Polish Swatch

Zoya Rooney is a mid-range magenta pink cream with balanced undertones to flatter most skin tones.

Zoya Tickled Wendy Peach Pink Melon Cream Nail Polish

Zoya Wendy is a juicy summer melon, deep enough to flatter a tan but bright enough to stand out!

How To Win

One lucky reader will win this entire Zoya nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below to enter. There is one mandatory entry, US and Canadian readers only, giveaway ends May 27th.

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Bing In The Classroom

Technology is changing so quickly these days and it’s amazing what kids are learning in school. I didn’t even take a computer course until middle school, and that course had nothing to do with the internet lol! Kiddos are learning at such a rapid pace, much of which involves the use of computers and searching the internet on a daily basis. I know when my toddler is old enough to search the web (he already knows how to swipe my phone!), I want his search results to be safe and ad free.

Luckily, Bing in the Classroom has a safe search engine for kids! The search engine allows students to retrieve safe, ad free results – all advertising is removed, there are strict filters for adult content, and enhanced privacy protections! Say “YES” to show your support for #adfreesearch!.

In addition to ad free, safe searching, did you know that you can earn Bing Rewards just for searching the internet? What’s more exciting than earning points for searching is that Bing In The Classroom allows you to donate those rewards so that schools may earn Surface tablets for their students! It’s all as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Get free Surface tablets in your classroom – It’s easy! Anyone can earn rewards just by searching the web with Bing.
  2. Support ad-free search – With just one click, join parents across the country to support ad-free search in the classroom.
  3. Find your school – Find out how close your school is to earning a free Surface tablet.

Bing in the Classroom is an ongoing program focused on helping kids use technology to inspire and satisfy their curiosity. It provides ad-free, safe, more private search in schools, daily lesson plans that inspire critical thinking, and a rewards program that community members can use to earn tablets for their schools.

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{New Series} Macro Monday – Name It To Win It

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Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone! If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably already know that my Cinco De Mayo manicure was a massive fail lol. I was keepin it real at Instagram with a pic of my very sloppy attempt. Horizontal stripes apparently are not my thing.

In addition to my Cinco De Mayo nails that I had hoped to deliver today, I also thought a new nail polish giveaway series would be exciting {after all, I am the queen of nail polish giveaways}! Depending on the response, I thought it would be fun to post a macro shot of a nail polish every Monday, along with a hint, and all you have to do is name it for a chance to win it.

Make sure you check back every Monday for a new macro and another chance to “Name It To Win It”!

How To Win

This giveaway will take place at Facebook. You can find your two hints here – like FabFatale at Facebook AND comment at “that Facebook post” with the correct answer for a chance to win.

You must like FabFatale at Facebook, be 13+ years of age to participate, international readers are welcome to enter. One winner with a correct response comment will be selected at random by 5pm EST tomorrow May 6th. Facebook is in no way affiliated with this giveaway.

Friday’s Fab Five – Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo Guacamole Salsa Recipe Margarita Garland Mexican Cheese Dip Pinata Cookies

Friday’s Fab Five is my inspiration to try something new every weekend. 1 of these 5 will be mine before Monday comes around!

Do you all have plans for Cinco de Mayo? Plan on making anything, going anywhere, or doing anything?

7 For All Mankind – 40% Off At Gilt.com Today

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My favorite brand in denim, 7 For All Mankind, will be on sale up to 40% off, today only at Gilt.com.

Buyer’s Tip – In addition to saving 40% off my jeans at Gilt.com, by sharing my personal invite link with you {as I’m doing here}, I get referral credits to spend on those deeply discounted jeans. You can too! Sign up at Gilt for free, share your personal invite link at your Facebook page or with friends via email, earn credits, and get those jeans for almost nothing! Big sales + big credits = major savings on designer brands!

Some of my other favorite flash sale sites include ideeli, and now for your home, my latest addiction One Kings Lane. There are so many out there now, but those are my absolute “check everyday” favs!

Hillary Duff Look For Less

Hillary Duff Look For Less Crop Sweater

I asked {here and here} and you answered with all yays and no nays. YAY!!! lol. I miss my old blog thelooksforless.com and apparently so do a few of you that followed me to my new space here at FabFatale, so once a week-ish, I’ll be bringing you a few of my favorite celebrity looks for a whole lot less than what the celebs paid!

Since I’ll only be doing these looks for less on occasion, I figured I’m just going to stick to outfits I’d wear myself and this look by Hillary Duff is definitely something I’d wear. Her cut-out lattice cropped sweater and black jeans are so fun and edgy. I also love that it’s “everyday casual”, but doesn’t lack at all in style!

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Heart Tattoo On Natural Nails

loving this black heart tattoo nail art manicure

Happy Monday everyone {if there is such a thing}! I hope you all had a great weekend!

I scratched up my nails so badly last week with a metal cuticle pusher and now they are just shredding. Uggghhh. I thought I’d skip Manicure Mondays this week and just conceal my nails while they heal with a little bit of Julep’s Oxygen Nail Treatment. Time will tell if it makes my nails stronger and thicker, but until then, I LOVE the way it looks over my natural nails, mostly a sheer pink with a little bit of shine. Hopefully it will help mend the damage I’ve done to my nails, but for now, it makes my natural nails look really healthy.

For fun, I thought I’d add a little black heart tattoo on my ring finger using Bundle Monster’s plate BM03. I really like the simplicity of a little black heart over nude nails. I’m thinking about adding a heart to each nail and at a different place on each nail. I also thought it was fun that my nude and black nails coordinated with Julep’s Oxygen Nail Treatment bottle.

Classic Tiramisu

Classic Tiramisu Recipe

Three weeks after we moved in, we had friends move in two doors down from us. We actually got to know them as we were building our homes, which was so fun! After they got settled in, I thought it would be fun to make them a housewarming basket filled with an Italian feast to make one night of cooking a little easier for them. I thought I’d complete the meal with an Italian dessert, so I made this entire tiramisu just to break one piece apart and fill a little fry pan to go in the basket.

Classic Tiramisu

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 12 Servings

Classic Tiramisu

Ingredients

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups mascarpone cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 (12 ounce) packages ladyfingers
  • 1/3 cup coffee flavored liqueur (I used Kahlua)
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
  • 1 (1 ounce) square semisweet chocolate

Instructions

  1. Combine egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler, over boiling water. Reduce heat to low, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whip yolks until thick and lemon colored.
  2. Add mascarpone to whipped yolks. Beat until combined. In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into yolk mixture and set aside.
  3. Split the lady fingers in half, and line the bottom and sides of a large glass bowl. Brush with coffee liqueur. Spoon half of the cream filling over the lady fingers. Repeat ladyfingers, coffee liqueur and filling layers. Garnish with cocoa and chocolate curls. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  4. To make the chocolate curls, use a vegetable peeler and run it down the edge of the chocolate bar.
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I made a double boiler by placing a glass mixing bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Make sure the water is shallow enough so that it does not touch the bottom of the glass dish. Combine egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler, over boiling water. Reduce heat to low, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whip yolks until thick and lemon colored. Add mascarpone to whipped yolks. Beat until combined.

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In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into yolk mixture and set aside.

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Split the lady fingers in half, and line the bottom and sides of a large glass bowl {you can also use a trifle dish or a springform pan}. Brush with coffee liqueur {I used Kahlua instead}. Spoon half of the cream filling over the lady fingers. Repeat ladyfingers, coffee liqueur and filling layers.

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Garnish with cocoa and chocolate curls {I clearly need to work on my chocolate curls :/}.

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Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

classic tiramisu recipe via allrecipes.com

Black & White Scallop Dot Tips With Bronze Gemstone Nails

Tribal Nails - Black and White Scallop Dot Manicure with Bronze Gemstones, Perfect for Coachella

In the spirit of music festival season kicked off by Coachella, I thought it would be fun to do a tribal, scalloped dot tips manicure. It was inspired by a River Island Coachella Kimono, sold at one of my favrorite online shops ASOS.com and previewed below.

I thought I’d use my Zoyas only for this mani as a fun giveaway reminder. If you haven’t already entered, my massive Zoya giveaway ends tonight!

Tribal Nails - Black and White Scallop Dot Manicure with Bronze Gemstones, Perfect for Coachella

The inspiration for my tribal manicure has a black and white scalloped beaded design, and works in some beautiful bronzed beads. I used Zoya Purity and Zoya Raven, both swatched at my Zoya Gilty Pleasures post, which also featured Zoya’s 18k Gold top coat in the same set!

Tribal Nails - Black and White Scallop Dot Manicure with Bronze Gemstones, Perfect for Coachella

Start with two coats of white cream polish, topped off with a fast dry top coat. I used Zoya Purity.

Tribal Nails - Black and White Scallop Dot Manicure with Bronze Gemstones, Perfect for Coachella

Next, place a blob of black polish on a paper plate, I used Zoya Raven, and dab your nail art dotting tool into the polish and then onto your nail. Don’t press too hard, or else your dots may turn out too big.

Tribal Nails - Black and White Scallop Dot Manicure with Bronze Gemstones, Perfect for Coachella

From my dotting tool set, I used both sides of the white pen. After using the large side for the first row of dots in the scallop, I alternated every other row with the large and small dots, for a total of four rows.

Tribal Nails - Black and White Scallop Dot Manicure with Bronze Gemstones, Perfect for Coachella

Next, using tweezers and my quick dry top coat, I added in a bronze gemstone at the base of each nail.

Tribal Nails - Black and White Scallop Dot Manicure with Bronze Gemstones, Perfect for Coachella

Ta da – an easy tribal dot tips manicure for all those music festivals you’ll be attending this spring!