Saturday, June 27, 2015

Impala: Sea Shell + Sinful Colors: Star Blast Off + Color Club: Smooth Operator

Hey guys. Still waiting on my dad's appointment. >_< He's not a happy camper. So, while I have time, let's look at some polishes.

Impala Sea Shell... I'm starting to think Preto was a fluke because Sea Shell needed three coats even over undies.



It is a pretty light blue, though, with a pretty blue shimmer.



Also, it did dry really quickly. Just like polish used to. *sigh* So that makes up for a bit.

I was going to wait for July 4th, but I thought Sea Shell would make a good base for Star Blast Off:



A nice, cheap glitter to cover your patriotic needs. The stars didn't quite lay flat, but my nails have a hella curve so it might not be a problem for you.

So, yes, in my last Llarowe order I decided to throw in a bottle of Color Club's Smooth Operator basecoat since I still can't find my Julep ridge filler. So, how well did the Color Club one work?



Eh... I'd give it 3 stars out of 5? I did apply Push And Shove over the ridge filler because I knew it would settle into every nook and cranny. The good news is that Smooth Operator does work as a base for chromes, the bad news is that only performed moderately well as far as ridge-filling. A second coat might help, but from just a single coat the Julep one works better.

Going to try to do the hair and empties update before the end of the month. Also got a request for a color (omg why red?!) so I'm going to incorporate that with Formula X Black Hole and turn it into a #SBBNailChallenge mani. It'll work out. I hope. Didn't realize Black Hole was textured, but... I'll make it work. Everybody keep your fingers crossed for my daddy and take care of yourselves as well. Love you guys! (^_^)"/"

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Essence: It Wasn't Me!

Hey, guys. So some of you know by now that things are not great with my dad. He had to take a physical about a month ago and then they wanted him to take a stress test. Something came up on that so he had to take another one. There was an "abnormality" on the second one so now he's got to get cathetered and possibly have another stint put in... and thanks to all of this he's going to have to re-take his physical and jump through all kinds of hoops to get his CDL re-instated which isn't helping with the stress... and none of this is helping me not be stressed. It's a mess... I'm going to try to keep blogging through this without getting too anxious or morose, but I may be a bit more sporadic than I have been depending on his appointments.

*deep breath*

So today's polish is two coats of essence It Wasn't Me! which was kind of a surprise polish. It says "Glitter Effect" and the effect is...



Texture! It Wasn't Me! does have a jelly-like base so it did take quite a while to dry. *boo* Still, very pretty color, nice texture, sparkle... I guess I can forgive it.



So pretty. ^_^ I wanted to stamp over it, but I'm having a hard time focusing and motivating so... no stamping.

Even though I have 13 unworns I was needing something happy wanting to test out the Color Club ridge-filler so I've been wearing Push & Shove. I have a couple of sheers I can use it as a base for, so things will continue to move along, just at a slower pace.

I'm going to go disappear into Sims until somebody needs something. Hope everyone is having a great week. (^_^)"/" Take care out there.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ms Sparkle - Artemis

Hello, darlings. So... my dad had "something" come up on his stress test (I don't know what) so a lot of things are up in the air at the moment. That's making it even harder to get back into my routine, but... I'm trying. What better way to try than to wear some Sailor Moon themed nail polish?



Artemis is perfectly appropriate to the character and, for me, that's paramount. We have a white base with gold flakies, yellow moon glitters and blue star glitters to match his pretty blue eyes. The white base is smooth and opaque in two coats, the first was a bit streaky, but the second smoothed it out nicely. Little bit of glitter/flakie texture going on, but a layer of topcoat smoothed it out nicely. Dried pretty quickly, too. Not just a gimmicky Sailor Moon polish here. I'm so happy and impressed and I hope she does the Scouts, too, even though I'm broke and that would break me more.



If you'd like to get your hands on your own bottle of Artemis check out DutchPolishNSupplies' Etsy shop. Yes, it took forever to get here from The Netherlands, but it did get here. lol Also, at only $8.50 for 10ml ($4.50/5ml) the price is really good! I couldn't be happier.

Okay, so I have essence It Wasn't Me! swatched and ready to go and also hair stuffs which I think I'll do next just to get those pics cleared out of my folder. So... yeah. Don't forget to pick or skip your Maven box and I will see y'all later. (^_^)"/"

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sims 4: Get To Work - Your Own Store

I'm going to preface this by saying: Yes, I'm back, but I'm having the hardest time getting back into my routine. So if any of you posted anything that you really wanted me to see, please please please leave the link(s) in the comments. I'd really hate to miss something you think I'd like, but I feel like I have so much to do right now I don't think I'll be able to make the time to go through everything I missed.

With that out of the way, let's take a look at running your own business with the Sims 4 Get To Work expansion pack.



When it comes to running your own business you have the option of either buying a pre-set up store or starting your own from scratch. I opted for the latter. The only things you need to successfully run your own business are a cash register (even though it's never used) and stuff to sell.



Building an actual store-like structure is completely optional. As far as stocking merchandise you can either sell normal items from the in-game build/buy mode catalog or opt to sell items you have crafted or collected yourself. Since my business owner was a runaway with almost nothing to her name she sold produce that she had collected around town and pictures she had taken with her camera. Just click the items and "set for sale".



When you open for business customers will begin to arrive. You talk to them about their shopping preferences, budget, etc and the more excited they are or closer to buying - the more options are available. Once they're ready they'll stand by the item (yes, singular item) they want to purchase.



Then it's just a matter of ringing them up and "restocking" the item. With catalog-stock you have to click the placeholder and restock. With your personal inventory you can sell the placeholder and replace the item from your inventory. (you can also "restock" your inventory items for a price if you run out)

*Lather~Rinse~Repeat*

Ah, but it's never that easy, is it?



You can have any member of your active household working the store. Each member (minus children) has the same authority so there's no management conflicts within the household.



Or you can hire outside Sims. You have to assign tasks to them and check up on them from time to time. I wish I had some helpful hints, but after making Hibiscus happy and giving her a raise and promotion after a particularly good day she suddenly wasn't happy anymore so I fired her. Also, keep in mind your general revenue because employees do have to be paid whether they do a good job or not:



Every interaction and successful sale rewards you with "perk points" which you can use to make your store-running experience easier.



The rewards include things like "faster checkout", "faster restocking" and customers coming in closer to ready-to-buy. There are also fun things like the "My First Simoleon" plaque; in case you ever wondered what a simoleon looks like:



At the end of the day (or whenever your Sim is near death and you have to take him/her home) you close up shop and go home.



Oh yeah, household funds and store funds are kept separate, but you can easily click and transfer. Move your profits to your household or fund your store with your household's money if you're not turning a profit. It's as easily as clicking the button and transferring the funds.

All in all it's not an exceedingly difficult way for your Sim to earn a living. My family actually retired quite comfortably. Although I do have a word of warning here: My Sim's husband died and it glitched the store. She couldn't open for business, hire employees or even get into the perk reward menu. I was going to sell anyway (the store was their love-child), but I had to do so from the Manage Worlds menu. I don't know if this is a common problem (like not being able to lock doors so customers make their own cupcakes instead of buying yours) but it is something that happened to me.

I... think that's it. If you have any questions about running your own store in Sims 4 (or anything in any of the other expansions/packs) ask away and I will do my best to answer.

I did finally get my Ms. Sparkle Luna and Artemis polishes so coming up next I'll have pics of Artemis to share with you. Also coming up will be my final verdict on the Splat Fade Defense System. For now I'm going to try and focus enough to work on the kitchen a bit before I get pulled back into Sims. lol Hope everyone is having a fantastic week so far. (^_^)"/" Take care out there.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

SBBNailChallenge - 4 - Green

Yep, decided to use my water marble for a #SBBNailChallenge! It's been so long since I've done one I'm starting to feel a little bad about that. So, first things first, here are the polishes I used:



Left to right: A England's Saint George, Dragon and Fotheringhay Castle.

So how did the water marble work out? Let's see! First in the sun:





And in the shade:





I think this is worthy of a video. hehehehe



I'm so happy with how this turned out. ^_^ I did have some slight issues with the polish drying in the water so they're not as random-swirly as I had initially envisioned, but that's okay. I have seen marbles done with straight linear holos that keep their rainbow through the marbeling process, but I like the scattered sparkle in this one. One day (perhaps for the "favorite technique" prompt) I'll do a linear holo marble. Until then:



Ka-chick! Looks like I'm about 1/3 done? I'll try to get more into that when I get back. Hopefully some fresh air in the middle of nowhere will rejuvenate and inspire me. Going to have to get in the habit of using polishes I already own anyway if I'm going to be wanting an Xbox One before Fallout 4 releases! Hope everyone has an amazing weekend and I will see you Tuesday! (^_^)"/"

Monday, June 8, 2015

A England: Fotheringhay Castle

Hello, darlings. Just a couple of more days 'til I'm off and I keep feeling like I'm in a time crunch here so I don't know if I'll have another post or not. I have plenty of pics for a Sims post and I plan on doing a water marble, I just don't know. We'll see.

For now let's just concentrate on Fotheringhay Castle! A gorgeous olive green with loads of holo sparkle. Two absolutely creamy fabulous coats, dried quickly. A England is just the bee's knees of polish.



The holo is mostly scattered, but there is definitely a rainbow effect. I love this green (knew I would have it from the first swatches) and I love that the holo doesn't cover it up too much.



Of course I had to get a video:



Isn't that stunning?! If all of the polishes work together (I haven't tested yet, will do that tonight) I plan on water marbling with Fotheringhay Castle, Dragon and Saint George. O_O! Yes, if it works it will be the best water marble ever. That I have done. At least. lol

That's it for me for now. Need to start planning out everything that needs to be taken care of before this weekend. Hope everyone's week is off to a fantastic start. I gotta go grab dinner now. lol Y'all take care! If I'm not back Wednesday then I will see you again next Tuesday. (^_^)"/"

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Finger Paints: Urban Lights

Finger Paints Urban Lights is slightly more impressive than my pictures are showing. In real life you get a blue-green-purple duochrome effect depending on light and angle. Also in real life the days are clearing up so I waited a day (or two) for full-on sunshine! Which also gave time for some tipwear and also the sun blaring through the duochrome so I've only got the blue to show...



My bad! Sorry. Urban Lights is still really pretty, though; if a bit vampy for spring. lol Two smooth coats, dried pretty quickly. Easy cleanup in spite of the sparklies.



Isn't that pretty? I tried to get the other colors in video:



You can kinda see the purple around the edges, but the green didn't really want to show up. *boo*

Time feels like it's getting away from me. Bethesda finally released a video for Fallout 4 so now we're looking at not only investing in an Xbox One, but also having to replace our tv so we can actually see/read what's going on... On top of saving up for Beardlam in September. Camping in a week so I'm going to sit and see what we're looking at when I get back. I feel like it's doable. Going to try, anyway. Been waiting five years for Fallout 4! Going to have to buckle down and probably not go crazy with the nail polishes... except whatever amazon cards I amass because I'm pretty sure now it's cheaper to get Xbox One in stores than online? We'll see when we get there... Okay, I'm rambling. Hopefully the sun holds out because I've got Fotheringhay Castle coming up next! Y'all take care out there. (^_^)"/"

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hard Candy: Black Tie Optional & Sweet Tart +Empty

As it stands now camping has been rescheduled for the weekend from the 11th-15th. Barring any more massive rains. So YAY for that and also YAY for glitters! Two more finds from Jen's Destash on storenvy starting with Hard Candy Black Tie Optional:



Mostly matte black glitters with various white hexes thrown in for (I assume) balance. Very nice and kinda funky. Definitely a good one.

Sweet Tart, in my mind at least, is a sister-polish to Black Tie Optional:



What with the mostly white with black thrown in. I knew I had to get them both.

I did end up with one empty for May:



Julep's Oxygen Nail Treatment. It's supposed to allow nails to breath so they're stronger and such, not intended as a basecoat. I did use it as a basecoat and nothing bad happened. It's an okay product. I can't attest to it's claims of stronger nails because I'm so sporadic about rotating basecoats, but it didn't hurt them any. Only thing is that since it's a "treatment not a basecoat" it kind of took a really long time to fully dry. I assume that's why. Anyway, I could sit here for four hours with just the treatment, no dings or smudging, until I went to bed and I'd wake up with hair and sheet marks galore. Also, the pink color is intended to counter-balance the appearance of stains, but if your nails are at all like mine... no. It did not do that good of a job. Given Julep's prices... I wouldn't buy it. Not on it's own. I wouldn't be mad if it came in a Maven box with colors I like, though I'd prefer another bottle of their ridge-filler instead. That's a product that works.

Okay, so I have a Finger Paints coming up and I'm also compiling pics for a rundown on the Sims 4 Get To Work "run your own business" career thingy. So... yeah. lol Even though Sims has its hooks in me pretty deep I'm trying to keep up with other things, too. I will not abandon my blog!! I won't do it. I still like it here. *ahem* Anyway, hope everyone's week/month is off to a great start. See y'all soon! (^_^)"/"

Friday, May 29, 2015

Impala: Pistache

As impressive as Preto was I had such high hopes for Pistache...



And then this happened. Three coats and still painfully (especially considering the color) sheer! *cries* Pistache did dry pretty quickly, but I just wasn't willing to keep piling on layers until it went opaque.



*ugh* I am insanely disappointed. Bright side, I suppose, since Pistache is so incredibly sheer I should be able to do some kind of fun layering? Ah well...

We're starting to dry out a bit. Hopefully it doesn't rain in Dallas tonight. We're supposed to head up there for Beardfest! Sorry this is so short. I have so much to catch up on. lol I got started on the Teen Runaway challenge for Sims and it is so so so much fun. I don't know if I'm going to hit my swagbucks goal today, but... I'm going to go try. Would be a shame to crap out so close to the end of the month. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. I'll be back (eventually) with some Hard Candy glitters! (^_^)"/"

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nabi: Metallic White & Funky Fingers: Dia De Muertos +Plus

I don't know if you've heard, but Texas (as well as Oklahoma and surrounding states) has been absolutely bombarded with foul weather lately. Severe rains for a few weeks and several tornadoes touched down just last night! So my laziness is only partially actual laziness. lol The rest is trying to stay dry and alive. Also... Sims.

After the debacle that is/was Nabi's Metallic Orange my hopes were not high for Metallic White. I was... sort of pleasantly surprised.



Okay, so Metallic White is really more frosty/pearl than "metallic", but it is smooth and perfectly opaque in two coats! Unlike KleanColor's Metallic White:



Oy... lol

Nabi's Metallic White may not be strictly metallic, but it is white and white is a great base for glow-in-the dark polishes! The best, in my experience. Here's two coats of Funky Fingers Dia De Muertos:



Dia De Muertos has bright pink matte glitters and shiny blue glitters in a sheer (glow in the dark) blue-lavender base. I really wanted to do a third coat to ramp up the glow factor, but I didn't want to bombard my nails with glitter when two coats looked so pretty. So how did it glow?



Nicely. Surprisingly green considering the blueish base, but Dia De Muertos did put off a pretty strong glow. Even when going from the brightish greyness of outside to the mostly darkish of the laundry room:



Which, really, is the best part of glow-in-the-dark. Catching it when you're not expecting it. ^_^

As I mentioned, last night was pretty spectacular weather-wise. I've seen the sky blue, brown, orange, yellow and green.... but never have I seen it bright pink!



This pink came directly after a brilliant green that my camera refused to capture. As beautiful as it was it was also very disconcerting. Yellows and greens indicate bad storms stirring things up. Pink? o_O Found out later about four tornadoes in central Texas, but I can't even begin to guess what they were stirring up for that effect.

Weather reports are calling for more rain for at least another week. Managed a window of honest to goodness sunshine for Impala Pistache so I'm wishing I had gone with one of the holos instead. lol Ah well. Got that coming up as well as two Hard Candy glitters. Perhaps some stamping will end up on top of them. We shall see. Hope everyone is having a terrific week and staying safe. Love you guys!! (^_^)"/"