Glitter In The Air vs. Whimsical

How was your weekend? Mine was amazing, but flew by way too quickly. I’m enjoying my grand finale by eating chocolate ice cream, watching the Grammys, and workin on Manicure Mondays. Just a few of my favorite things!

When I was in Virgina for Christmas, I was browsing the nail polish aisle {as usual} at Ulta and saw a pretty little seafoam and sequin polish by the queen of dupes Revlon that looked strikingly similar to Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter in the Air. Check out the comparison below and let me know what you think.

Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter in the Air

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air Revlon Whimsical Dupe Comparison Mint Creme Sequin Glitter Nail Polish

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air Revlon Whimsical Dupe Comparison Mint Creme Sequin Glitter Nail Polish

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air Revlon Whimsical Dupe Comparison Mint Creme Sequin Glitter Nail Polish

Revlon’s Whimsical

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air Revlon Whimsical Dupe Comparison Mint Creme Sequin Glitter Nail Polish

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air Revlon Whimsical Dupe Comparison Mint Creme Sequin Glitter Nail Polish

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air Revlon Whimsical Dupe Comparison Mint Creme Sequin Glitter Nail Polish

So what do you think? Pretty spot on right? The two polishes are exact dupes in terms of the seafoam creme base and sequin color. Where they differ slightly is in coverage and amount of sequins. Both polishes had visible nail lines {VNL} after 3 coats; however, Revlon’s Whimsical had a bit better coverage and a few more sequins per stroke. The biggest difference is in price. Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter In The Air retails for $17.00 and Revlon’s Whimsical will run you only $3.99.

Creamy Chicken And Gnocchi Soup

Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe Olive Garden

I am addicted to Olive Garden’s creamy chicken and gnocchi soup, so when I came across this copy cat recipe, I knew I had to try it. I ordered OG’s soup on Friday so that I could do a side-by-side comparison of this recipe to the original, and it is spot on!

This recipe takes a little bit of chopping, which I hate, but thanks to my favorite chopper, I got through it pretty quickly! This chopper is a must for soups and dips that require a bunch of mincing and dicing.

Serves: 8

Ingredients

1 tablespoons extra virgin oil
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 quart half and half
1 stalk celery, finely diced
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 minced garlic cloves
1 14 ounces can of chicken broth
2 carrots carrots, finely chopped
2 medium chicken breasts, cooked and diced
1 package gnocchi, cooked
1 cup of spinach coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)

Instructions

Saute the onion, celery, and garlic in the butter and olive oil over medium heat until the onion becomes translucent. Add the flour and make a roux. Let the butter and flour mixture cook for about a minute before adding 1 quart of half and half.

Cook gnocchi according to package directions.

Into the roux, add in the carrots and chicken. Once the mixture becomes thick, add the chicken broth. Once the mixture thickens again, add the cooked gnocchi, spinach, and seasoning; simmer until soup is heated through.

recipe – altered from copycat.com.

Manicure Mondays – Chevron + Tangerine Tango

Sally Hansen Kook-A-Mango Chevron Tangerine Tango Pantone Manicure Nail Polish

I hope you all had a great weekend! You may have caught an Instagram preview of this mani on Twitter the other day as I was chattin it up with the Budget Babe about chevron nails. She reached out for a how-to on this popular pattern, and I just happen to have this lined up for today’s Manicure Monday.

For this manicure, I thought it would be fun to mix the color of the moment, Pantone’s color of the year Tangerine Tango, with the pattern of the moment, chevron. The color I had on hand that was most similar to the coral reddish orange of Tangerine Tango was Sally Hansen’s Kook-A-Mango. Another coincidence cuz the Budget Babe and I share a love for this color and wore it often last summer!

I opted to showcase the color and pattern over a nude base color using Essie’s Sand Tropez. For the chevron pattern, I used Bundle Monster’s image plate 201 with my Konad stamp and scraper set. Once the design is good and dry so that it doesn’t smear, top with a layer of Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat.

My Twitter bud @bunniexoxo thought this mani looked Missoni inspired. Fun, right? So what do you all think of this chevron + Tangerine Tango manicure? Is this something you would try?

Avocado, Black Bean, and Cilantro Lime Dip

Avacado Black Bean Corn Lime Red Pepper Dip Recipe

Happy Superbowl weekend! I blogged about this avocado, black bean, and cilantro lime dip a couple of weeks ago in Friday’s Fab Five and I couldn’t wait to make it. I was looking for a Super Bowl Sunday snack and this recipe is perfect. It’s healthy, yet so so good.

This recipe makes quite a bit of dip – the pic you see above is a full size bowl and that’s about a third of what it makes. Feel free to make this dip ahead of time, but I’d recommend adding in the avocados right before you serve it, or try soaking the slices in the lime juice before adding both to the dip. Store leftovers in an airtight container with the avocado pit to slow the browning process. I bet this would be amazing over grilled chicken with a side of low fat sour cream. Yum!!!

Serving Size: 6-8

Ingredients

2 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can Mexican corn, drained
2 red bell peppers, diced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced shallots (one medium shallot)
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (I like Colavita)
8 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest (be sure to zest limes before juicing them)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus more to garnish
2 Hass avocados, diced

Directions

Combine all ingredients except avocados in a large bowl and mix well. Cover and chill for a few hours or overnight. Right before serving, add avocados and mix gently, being careful not to mash avocados. Garnish with a few sprigs of freshly chopped cilantro if desired. Serve at room temperature.

recipe – altered from once upon a chef.

Friday’s Fab Five – Valentine’s Day

Strawberry Chocolate Poundcake Skewers Matchbox Valentines Crayon Window Hearts Red Velvet Pancake Recipe

If I’m doing a Valentine’s inspiration board, of course 3 out of the 5 pins had to be food related cuz the way to my heart is definitely through my stomach, just like a man lol. I always say, I’ll take a dozen chocolate covered strawberries over a dozen roses any day ;) I hope you enjoy the things I can’t wait to buy, try, or DIY this week.

Don’t forget about your nails for Valentine’s day. In case you missed it, check out my conversation hearts candy Valentine’s Day manicure. What were your must-haves this week? Did you try anything new? I’m always up for new ideas!

Diagrams

Table Place Setting Diagram

Oh how I love Pinterest, let me count the ways. Sometimes you come across a pin that’s as simple as a diagram, yet BEYOND useful. I’m loving this how-to formal and informal place setting diagram. If I ever have a formal dinner, I’ll know exactly how to set the table.

Necklace Length Diagram

Have you ever seen a necklace at an online shop that wasn’t displayed on a model or mannequin and wondered how long it will drape on your neck? The mystery of necklace lengths is solved in this simple, but oh-so-useful diagram.

I hope you’ll follow me on Pinterest for a daily dose of pinspiration.

Valentine’s Day Manicure

Valentines Day Manicure Nails I Love You Be Mine Nail Stamp Sweet Hearts

Valentines Day Manicure Nails I Love You Be Mine Nail Stamp Sweet Hearts

I’m so happy this Valentine’s Day manicure turned out exactly as I had hoped. Hopefully it’s obvious that I was going for the look of the infamous conversation hearts candy with my Valentine’s nails.

I used nail polish colors I had on hand, all cremes that matched the Sweethearts, including Julep Blake (yellow), Julep Carrie (pink), Essie To Buy Or Not To Buy (purple, spring 2012), Essie Navigate Her (green, spring 2012), China Glaze in Peachy Keen (orange peach), and Sephora by OPI Nail in Havana Dreams (light blue).

I really wanted this manicure to look soft, so I went with short rounded nails and piled on a few thick layers of each color. I topped each layer off with Essie Matte About You matte top coat, to give my nails that chalky finish like the Sweethearts, and then stamped each nail using Nail Art Diva’s From the Heart 1 image plate and China Glaze in Make An Entrance along with my Konad stamper and scraper set. For a how-to tutorial on stamping, check out the video that I did over at TheLooksForLess.com.

Please follow FabFatale on Instagram for Manicure Monday’s sneak peeks. So what do you all think of this Valentine’s Day Sweetheart manicure? Is this something you would try?

Valentines Day Manicure I Love You Be Mine Nail Stamp Sweet Hearts

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