My First Attempt at Nail Art!

Hello everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend.  Mine was pretty relaxing.  I just watched a lot of TV and spent some quality time with my wonderful boyfriend.

Today I want to share with you my first ever attempt at nail art.  It came out pretty decent! I got the inspiration from this YouTube video.  If you like nail art, you should check out this channel.  It has lots and lots of easy tutorials for all kinds of pretty designs.

The video I followed was for a Heart Leopard design.  I changed up the colors and didn’t use the heart.  I was drawn to this design because I like the way it’s only on part of your nails.  I’ll call this a Pink and Silver Leopard Gradient, for all intents and purposes.

Leopard Gradient

Leopard Gradient

Thumb close-up

Thumb close-up

My thumb nail came out the best, but I really love the design on all of my nails.   I wish I had used a darker pink so the silver didn’t steal the focus, but overall I’m very pleased.  I’ll definitely be doing more leopard designs in the future.  It’s so easy and very trendy right now.

I used OPI Don’t Burst My Bubble for the base color.  The leopard spots are Nicole by OPI Naturally and they’re outlined in OPI I Haven’t the Foggiest.  I applied one coat of Seche Vite top coat to finish up the look.

For step by step instructions, watch the video by Cute Polish (linked above).

So what do you think of this design? Will you try it? Let me know in the comments!

OPI San Francisco Collection Swatches

Hi everyone! I hope you guys have had a great week and are getting ready for the weekend.  Today I want to share three beautiful polishes from the OPI San Francisco collection with you.  Normally when a new OPI collection comes out, I’m all over it.  There was something way too familiar about this collection though.  Most of the colors look like stuff OPI has put out within the last year with their Germany, Skyfall and Euro Centrale collections.  The three polishes I’m sharing today are the only ones that were original enough for me to buy.

First is a stunning metallic silver called I Haven’t the Foggiest.  I used two coats of polish to cover minor imperfections, but the formula is so wonderful that you could get away with one coat.

I Haven’t the Foggiest is extremely shiny and reflective.  I had to take a picture with flash to show off how shiny it is.  The second picture with no flash still does it justice.

I Haven't the Foggiest (with flash)

I Haven’t the Foggiest (with flash)

I Haven't the Foggiest

I Haven’t the Foggiest

Next we have Peace, Love and OPI.  This color is gorgeous! It’s a color-shifting polish that goes from gray to purple to sage.  My camera didn’t quite do it justice, but the shifting adds a lot of interest.  This is a perfect color for fall and just overall very cool.  The swatches below are with two coats of polish, which you really need to build up the color.

Peace, Love and OPI

Peace, Love and OPI

Peace, Love and OPI (best photo of the color shift)

Peace, Love and OPI (best photo of the color shift)

Finally we have one of the Liquid Sand colors, Alcatraz Rocks! This polish is absolutely beautiful, and one of my favorite Liquid Sand colors OPI has debuted.  It’s a deep purple, almost blue color with multicolored glitter.  Of course like all other Liquid Sand polishes, this dries to a matte textured finish.  You need two coats to get the optimal color and texture and no top coat.  Alcatraz Rocks! is my favorite polish from the San Francisco collection.

Alcatraz Rocks!

Alcatraz Rocks!

Alcatraz Rocks!

Alcatraz Rocks!

In honor of this collection, I want to share some pictures of me in San Francisco.  These were taken when I visited my uncle for spring break in 2007.  I really love San Francisco and I think it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited.

Me on Alcatraz Island

Me on Alcatraz Island

Me and my uncle Darryn in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

Me and my uncle Darryn in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

I hope you enjoyed my swatches and San Francisco pictures! Are you planning on getting any of the OPI San Francisco collection?

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Hello everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend.  Tomorrow is Labor Day so I have a long weekend.  This is exactly what I need so I can relax.  These past couple of weeks have been crazy.  I started my new part time position with BB&T and then I had to undergo treatment for an infection I got from a bad pedicure.  I’m still trying to get my toes healed but it’s been a slow process.  Hopefully the extra day off will give my feet some rest.

Today I want to talk about a new favorite product of mine: Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.  Remember that epic swatch-fest I talked about in the last entry?  Well this product was a huge help in between swatches and definitely afterwards.  My cuticles were dry and screaming for some relief, so I used this awesome product.

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Opened up

Opened up

This product is simply amazing.  You just rub a little into your cuticles and massage some into your nails for instant relief.  I’ve been using this stuff for about 3 weeks now and my fingers don’t split and my cuticles look healthier overall.  A little goes along way, and the formula doesn’t leave fingers greasy.  Did I mention how yummy it smells too? The scent reminds me of lemon meringue pie, but it’s not overpowering.  You should grab this product immediately if you do your nails a lot, or if you’re just looking for a new cuticle care product.  I highly recommend it.

You can purchase Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream from Burt’s Bees or from major drug stores and Target.

Have you tried, or would you like to try this product? Let me know in the comments!

Julep Maven August Box

Hello everyone! Today I did an epic swatch-fest that’s been months in the making.  I have tons of new posts ready to go, so expect to see more activity here within the next week.  Tonight I want to share the Julep Maven August Box with you guys.  Warning: This post is picture-heavy!

The August Maven box features the Garden Party Collection.  I decided to upgrade my box for this month and get the whole collection because I loved every single color.

Inside the August Maven box

Inside the August Maven box

Inside the box with the polishes unwrapped

Inside the box with the polishes unwrapped

I absolutely love Julep’s packaging.  They really make their Maven boxes look spectacular.

Inside the box for August, I received 9 nail colors, the Moisture Mask Trio and Double Step, a moisturizer/friction stick for feet.  Julep also included some Forget Me Not seeds which I’ll be planting soon!

Before we get to the color swatches, I want to talk about Double Step.

Double Step

Double Step

This product is a moisturizing treatment and friction stick for feet.  You apply it to prevent blisters.  The product goes on smooth and has a pleasant minty smell.  I haven’t really noticed much difference in my feet since I’ve started using it, but my feet don’t usually get blisters anyway.  I’ll continue using it because I like to keep my heels moisturized so they don’t become cracked and dry.

The Moisture Mask Trio was the other beauty product included in my upgrade box this month.

Moisture Mask Trio

Moisture Mask Trio

I haven’t had an opportunity to use these yet, but I’ll keep you guys posted on the results once I do.

Okay, now on to the swatches.  I know this is what everyone has been anxiously waiting for!  Here’s a group shot.  Don’t they all look lovely?

Garden Party Collection Polishes

Garden Party Collection Polishes

First up is Nellie, a pink fuschia creme.  Nellie is a one-coater and the formula is fabulous.  No streaks here.

Nellie

Nellie

Nellie

Nellie

Next we have Veronica, a modern mauve creme (as described by Julep).  I would call this color more of a dusty salmon.  Veronica is also a one-coater and has a streak-free finish.  This would be a good color for a job interview or similar occasion.

Veronica

Veronica

Veronica

Veronica

Then we have Lois, a dusty rose frost.  Lois is gorgeous, but I found the formula to be a little thick.  Perhaps this has something to do with a frost also being a one-coater? I’m amazed that I got excellent coverage with just one coat of this polish.  Lois is super shiny and is great for someone who likes neutrals but wants a little extra flair.

Lois

Lois

Lois

Lois

And then there’s Marjorie, a citrus orange frost.  I did have to use two coats of Marjorie to get the coverage I wanted.  This color doesn’t look great with my skin tone and I was really hoping it would change my opinion on the color orange because it looked so beautiful online.  Unfortunately, I don’t love Marjorie and I’d be willing to part with it.

Marjorie

Marjorie

Marjorie

Marjorie

Next is Bea, a lemonade creme.  I was scared of Bea because I really, really wanted to love it.  I almost didn’t want to put it on because yellow polishes usually look horrendous on me and I didn’t want to be disappointed.  Much to my surprise, Bea works with my skin tone and is a lovely color.  I had to use two coats, but you could make Bea work with just one if you’re really great at painting your nails.

Bea

Bea

Bea

Bea

Next is Francis, a celery green creme.  I fell in love with Francis at first sight online, but when I started applying it I wasn’t sure about it.  In the beginning it reminded me of pea soup, but once I had two good coats on, I fell for Francis all over again.  I wouldn’t call it a celery color, but it’s not lime green either.  Francis is really pretty and a perfect color for spring or summer.

Francis

Francis

Francis

Francis

Next is Lacey, a midnight blue with purple shimmer.  Let me tell you guys, this polish is absolutely gorgeous.  The shimmer makes it stand out more than just a regular dark blue polish.  Another awesome thing about Lacey is that it did not stain my nails like so many other blue polishes do, and it didn’t smear too badly when I removed it.  Love, love love it.

Lacey

Lacey

Lacey

Lacey

Then there’s Sylvia, a lilac purple creme.  I only had to use one coat of Sylvia too.  This beautiful purple is a great transition color for fall.  Please forgive my camera for not being able to capture the true color.  Sylvia is so much more stunning in person (and a lot less blue).  The picture with the bottle is most accurate to the true color.

Sylvia

Sylvia

Sylvia

Sylvia

And last but certainly not least is Fiore, an espresso brown creme.  Fiore is beautiful and I’m very pleased as this is my first brown polish.  I only had to use one coat and the color is excellent.  It’s not too dark and would make a lovely color for fall.

Fiore

Fiore

Fiore

Fiore

You can purchase the Garden Party polishes and beauty products on Julep’s website.  If you want to become a Maven and receive a wonderful box every month, please use my referral link to sign up.  You’ll get a monthly box for $19.99 (shipping is free), plus 20% off regularly priced products.

Did you love the Garden Party collection as much as I did? Which polishes are your favorites? Would you like to try any of the beauty products featured this month? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Food Review: Nick’s Old Fashion Hamburger House

As promised, I’m delivering a long-awaited food review.  And of course it has to do with this blog’s namesake, cheeseburgers! Enjoy.

My dinner buddy Chris and I ate at Nick’s Old Fashion Hamburger House located in Welcome, NC back in July.  Being a floating teller with BB&T, I get to go to lots of new places and discover new restaurants.  When I worked at the BB&T office in Welcome, I recognized Nick’s as a place I’d seen on my Google Local.  I was anxious to try it because I read a few good reviews on the place.  Let me tell you, this place did not disappoint!

Usually I would blog about the decor, service and food but I feel like changing the food review format up a bit.  I’ll touch on all of these things but the entry won’t be broken down into categories.

Nick’s is a small restaurant located in a shopping center on Old Highway 52.  The restaurant does not offer a lot of seating, so Chris and I had to eat in the car because the place was packed when we got there around 7:00 pm.  The decor inside is simple.  There are old-timey photos on the wall of local people and places.  It makes the restaurant feel homey and comfortable.

The service is great, but a little slow.  The cashier took our order promptly and efficiently, but we did have to wait about 20 minutes for the food.  That wasn’t a problem for me because the restaurant was very busy and everything is cooked to order.  If you go around a busy time, expect to wait.  Otherwise, the place is very friendly and welcoming.

Now on to the best part: the food!

Chris and I both ordered cheeseburgers and we shared a basket of fries.  Our to go order was packaged very nicely in a cute little box.  I thought this was a nice touch.

Our nicely packaged to go order

Our nicely packaged to go order

Inside the box

Inside the box

Chris ordered a cheeseburger on a pretzel bun.

Pretzel Burger

Pretzel Burger

He said that this burger was juicy and that the toppings were fresh and crisp.  This is so important for a burger.  If you have wilted lettuce or mushy tomatoes, it really takes away from the taste.  This wasn’t the case at Nick’s.  The veggies tasted great and completed the burger.  Chris also commented that the pretzel bun was nice and soft and had a wonderful flavor.  He really enjoyed the burger overall.

I’m a plain Jane type of person and like my burgers with very little toppings.  I ordered a cheeseburger with pickles and mayo only.

Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger

Here you can see underneath the bun.  The cheese is all melted, which is awesome.  Also, the amount of pickles and mayo on the burger was very much to my liking.  I love pickles and I really love mayo, so I was happy to see that Nick’s didn’t skimp on these toppings.  The pickles were crisp and had a wonderful flavor.  The burger was cheesy and tasted delightful.  The bun had a nice toasted texture as well.

Underneath the bun

Underneath the bun

One thing Chris and I really liked about Nick’s is that they hand-form their patties and cook them on a hot flat top grill.  No two burgers look the same and they’re not perfectly formed either.  The burgers have an excellent fresh taste.  If you’re looking for a great handmade cheeseburger, head on over to Nick’s.

The fries were also very good.  They were nice and crispy and hot.  They were not over or under cooked, and they weren’t greasy.  Nick’s also serves sweet potato fries if you’re looking for an alternative option to the regular crinkle fry.

Overall Nick’s is a great local restaurant with some really tasty burgers.  They also serve ice cream and milkshakes, but I didn’t try any dessert offerings on this trip.  I recommend Nick’s to my fellow burger lovers.  This is seriously a great place to grab a burger and some fries and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.  If you’re in the Welcome/Lexington area, stop by Nick’s.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Nick’s Old Fashion Hamburger House is located at 6999 Old US Highway 52 in Welcome, NC.  For more information and to view their menu, please visit their website at http://www.nicksoldfashionhamburgers.com/.

The Resurrection of C&NP

Hello loyal readers! It seems as if I’ve taken an unintentional hiatus from C&NP.  I’m truly sorry that there hasn’t been any new content here recently.  I took pictures of some nail polish swatches and never uploaded them because my camera died and I kept forgetting to charge the batteries.  Fear not! I have new content and LOTS of it, including some new food reviews.  This blog started off as a food blog and transitioned into a polish/beauty blog, so I think it’ll be nice to return to my roots.  Within the next few minutes (pending cooperation with my WiFi connection), you shall see at least one glorious new entry.  Please stay tuned! I have stuff from OPI, Illamasqua, Julep and butter LONDON to share with you guys.

See you VERY soon!

Sarah xoxo

The C&NP Sunday Special!

Hi everyone! Today I’ve got something extra special for you all: two posts that will be combined into one.  I have two sets of gorgeous swatches that I just couldn’t wait to share, so I decided to post them both today.  Enjoy!

My first swatch is another bright, summery shade that will look great with just about anything.  It’s Essie In the Cab-ana from the 2013 Resort Shades collection.  You would not believe how incredibly difficult these polishes are to find right now.  In the Cab-ana is especially popular, so getting it was tough, but I managed to find it in Target.  This vibrant blue color reminds me of the sunny Caribbean beaches.  It’s a perfect shade to wear if you’re pining for a little time by the sea.

As always with Essie, the formula for In the Cab-ana was flawless.  No balding and opaque in two coats.  Pictures below show the polish with one coat of Seche Vite.

Essie In the Cab-ana

Essie In the Cab-ana

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In the Cab-ana in sunlight

In the Cab-ana in sunlight

Look at that beautiful shine!

Look at that beautiful shine!

You can find Essie polishes at Ulta, Walgreens, Target and other major drug/department stores.  You may be able to find a Resort Colors display if you’re lucky.  Let me know if you’re able to find these anywhere!

Alright lucky readers, here’s the second set of swatches for the Sunday Special.

I present to you Honey Rider, a Liquid Sand polish from the OPI Bond Girls collection.  This polish is also perfect for summer because it reminds me of the sunshine.  Honey Rider is absolutely breathtaking in sunlight.  Keep reading for pictorial evidence.

I did notice that Honey Rider has a bit of a thicker formula than the other Liquid Sand polishes, but that didn’t bother me.  Application was smooth and I got great coverage in two coats.  I did not use a top coat because I like the texture; however, you’re welcome to apply a top coat for a glossy finish.

OPI Liquid Sand in Honey Rider

OPI Liquid Sand in Honey Rider

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Honey Rider in sunlight = spectacular

Honey Rider in sunlight…simply spectacular

You can buy the OPI Bond Girls collection at Ulta for $9.00 each.  All shades are Liquid Sand polishes.  Do you plan to pick any up?

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I’ll see you next time with some more fabulous swatches.