Friday, April 24, 2015

Essie: Belugaria

Despite my excitement over finally getting to try this... let's say "controversial" polish, I've been apprehensive about posting up my thoughts. Why? Probably my grandma's spirit getting into my head. She always said I would argue just to argue which, hearing that from one's grandmother of all people, can make a person question their own intentions. Do I really like Belugaria? Or do I only like it because everybody else hates it? After three days of wear I believe I can say with full confidence: yes, I honestly like Belugaria. Now I will tell you why.

I will admit that one of the reasons is because Belugaria is different. I will always advocate for nail polish innovation. Not everybody is going to like everything, but that's no reason to not try. That aside, Belugaria has a rough.... "beauty to be revealed" quality to it. Like geodes.



Or, in this case, like precious gems bubbling up from a tar pit. Which, I'm afraid, is a strike against it right off the bat for some people. Belugaria is like the sparkly love-child of China Glaze's Bump In The Night and There's Snow One Like You. Here's the thing, though: between the black texture and multi-colored glitters essie managed to capture that "oil slick" quality in such a perfect way that is missing from "basic" polishes that claim the same. Hell, Aaron pointed it out while I was going through editing my pictures!



While Belugaria was a tad tricky to apply with its thick formula and buttload of texture particles, once the polish settles it's not that much rougher than any other texture. The first day it was a bit rough, but if you're used to texture then it's no big deal. If you're a newbie to texture and unsure if you'll like it (or can't stand the feeling of it from experience) then maybe this isn't the polish for you. Truth be told: it's not that bad.



Not only that, you are always free to topcoat and still maintain that awesome "oil covered glitter" effect without the texture.



I mean... duh, right?

Bottom line, there is something decidedly grunge in Belugaria that calls to me and my love of the 90s. I think it would have been quite popular back then. With my crowd, anyway. I mean... look at the sparkle!



If you ever find yourself faced with a "priced too low to pass up" bottle of Belugaria: don't try it because I like it, but don't pass on it because someone else doesn't. Remember it's a texture, look at the sparkles and see if it calls to you. If the price is right and you're feeling adventurous, then don't be afraid to give it a shot. A fair shot. Belugaria isn't perfect by any means. The formula is thick, but not impossible to work with and it does chip at the tips, but textures are a godsend for repair because not even you will notice the patching 1cm away from your eyeballs. It all boils down to how much effort you are willing to put into it. (which isn't that much lol I'd rather deal with Belugaria than a finicky too-sheer cream)

Anybody ever wonder what happens if you receive a text at the exact moment you're taking a picture with your phone? I never did until this happened:



LOL Isn't that weird?! I actually saw it happen, too. My whole screen shuddered as the picture snapped. XD (I just noticed my pinkie picture above is the same way... weird)

So... anyway lol What do you think? Am I crazy and Belugarai really is "gross" and "never should have been made" "I don't know what essie was thinking" "worst polish ever"? Or is it just a victim of the "ugly duckling syndrome"? I really want to know! Mostly out of curiosity. I already have an idea in my head for a black "grades of texture" ombre mani I will be doing in the near future featuring Belugaria as the final nail so you will be seeing it again. Whether you want to or not. hehehe Love you guys. I'll be back soon with that sling bag I was working on and a three-fer post with some pink! Y'all take care out there. (^_^)"/"

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Color Club: Kapow!

Up before the sun today. Whippee! First there's something I kind of want to talk about. I debated for a long time last night bringing it up at all, but... most of us are bloggers (the ones who comment, anyway) and that's great! We're an awesome community of folks and I love you guys dearly. I like that even if either of us posts something the other (whoever you are) isn't entirely thrilled about we can say so in a nice way and it's all in good fun. To each her own, right? Well... Last night I saw something that really disturbed me. I was looking up essence swatches and landed on a blog that was less-than-friendly to one of her readers. The comment mentioned that while the blogger's swatches were nice she wasn't impressed by the thermo color-shift. Fair enough, it's not that impressive. The way this blogger reacted you woulda thought the commenter had called her grandmother a hooker! It was pretty brutal to read. Her, supposed, reason for such a reaction was that the commenter was "consistently negative commenting" so I (of course) took a quick peek at the archives and it was always a similar reaction. "awesome review, but" "great look, but" you get the idea. Maybe I sympathize with the commenter because I tend to do the same thing? I mean, not everybody is going to love (or be able to afford) every product, but that doesn't mean we can't also appreciate the blogger's effort. It's this kind of honest (but nice) commenting that helps us get to know each other. Like, I know Jasmine's not a fan of pink nail polish and Joyce doesn't wear eye-searing neons. That's okay! I'll have something more your taste later. I guess my point is that even if you have 800+ "readers" (which she did) it's important to respect and appreciate those who take the time to comment because they're the ones actively interacting with you; and also realize that just because somebody doesn't like something it's not a personal attack on you. I'm so grateful that all of the blogs I follow and comment on are run by some of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of e-meeting. Have you ever come across something like this? Either personally or while browsing? No need to name-names, just curious.

*phew* Now that I've gotten that off my chest, let's take a look at Color Club Kapow!, shall we?



Two coats of Kapow! over white plus topcoat. Honestly, I'm on the fence with this one, but that's purely my own fault. I was expecting to be blown away by brightness.



Kapow! is pretty bright, but I feel like the swatches I saw online were brighter? Or maybe I'm just neon-spoiled. It is pretty, though. I kept looking at it so that says something. lol



There is also a hint of shimmer in Kapow! that gives it a bit of depth. I think it's pink shimmer? It's not as obvious as the blue/lavender shimmer in Lola, but it's not really hidden either.



Can you see it? o_O? *shrugs* I know I said I was going to pair this with Fairy Dust, and I actually did, but... clouds. >_< All I had was silver specks. I'll hang on to that for later.

So right now I'm mid-application wearing one coat of Belugaria and... not to be contrary-wise, but I'm kinda digging it. lol My grandma always accused me of "arguing just to argue" but in all seriousness Belugaria is reminding me of a textured Androgynie. The glitter. The glitter!! You'll see. I'll try really hard to get this up tomorrow so you can see it's not really that bad. lol Hope everybody's having a great week. GLITTER! (^_^)"/"

Monday, April 20, 2015

Essence: Lady Mermaid

*gasp* Three days in a row?! *feels forehead* I must be ill... or getting better. Not sure. I wasn't actually going to post today, but since I had to log into everything to get at this pattern on NyanPon's I thought "why the hell not?". Today I have three coats of Lady Mermaid which is a gorgeous blue-purple duochrome... it says "foil", but it's not really metallic. More like one of those shimmer-packed jellies. Three coats and I still had some VNL.



Don't know if you can see it, but it was there. The duochrome didn't want to show up in broad daylight either.



I also topcoated. Essence rarely lets me down, but three coats with this sort of finish was just too risky. Here's some video I took in the *ahem* bathroom that better showcases the purple shift:



Pretty. ^_^

Coming up next I have Color Club Kapow! and China Glaze Fairy Dust. I wouldn't normally consider pairing neon with holo glitter, but my palette test looks pretty cool so "why not?"? I loaded up Sims this morning, but I think I'm going to work on that crocheted bag for a bit before delving into the digital wonderland. Hope everyone had an amazing weekend and that your week is off to a great start! I'll be here. Doing my thing. lol Y'all take care out there. (^_^)"/"

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sims 4: Get To Work ~ The Detective Career

Back again with more Sims! Two weeks ago (dang, really?) I went over the Doctor career included in the Get To Work expansion pack for Sims 4. Today I'm going to cover the Detective career! I knew from the start I wanted to make some Sims based off of this Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in-game radio commercial. Here is my imagining (as far as Sims allows) of Yuppie and The Alien:



Koogon Spurlock as "The Alien" and Chet Yuppington as "Yuppie". In Get To Work if you have two Sims in the same household working in the same active career, they do not go to work together. No Sim juggling or workload sharing here. I had to choose which Sim to go to work with and they each worked their own separate cases.



The Detective lot is a little bigger (and more Sim-filled) than the Doctor lot so I am having to deal with a little lag. Pausing for 5seconds (give or take) usually gives the game time to catch up. This lot includes holding cells, a crime board, evidence analyzers, computers... everything you need, really. It also has a small gym and kitchen upstairs. Let's get to work! (ha)

The Detective career logically follows case-solving in the same way that the Doctor career follows caring for patients. (it also follows the same task/time limit formula) You start by "getting case assignment" from the computer (I often have to resetsim somebody to get to one; Sims are always on computers....) and then you start up a fresh case board:



You don't have to do too much with this as the game does most things automatically. Like when you click "go to crime scene" you don't have to figure out where the crime took place. It whisks you there automatically. Which reminds me: If you abhor loading screens, this may not be the career for you. There are a lot of them.



There is a lot to do at the crime scene. I usually start with taking witness reports. Witnesses can be found by hovering over the Sim and a red "Witness" will appear under their name. So far there have always been three; two helpful and one not so helpful. After collecting all of the witness reports it's time to "search for clues"!



Some clues are obvious, like broken electronics and graffiti. Whether you can see any clues or not (one lot had absolutely nothing obvious to go on) you can click anywhere on the ground and "search for clues". The Sim will stand there for a moment and then a yellow circle will radiate out to highlight any hidden clues. As in the screenshot above.



Then it's a matter of "take crime scene photo", "collect evidence sample" and/or "dust for fingerprints". Collect as much evidence as possible because...



Next you get to analyze it! You use the same machine found in the hospital to analyze samples and fingerprints, and you use the computer to "cross-reference police database" for the photos and witness statements. The more evidence you collect the better off you are because analysis and cross-referencing can fail and you want as many clues to the offender's identity as you can get.



Then you add it to the crime board! It helps to do this as the prompts appear to bring up your day's success bar faster. If you've collected enough clues you can compile the suspect's age, gender, hair color, top clothing, bottom clothing and a trait. It helps to have the Observant reward-trait (only 500 reward points) just to get a list of Sims' traits quicker. This part of the process usually takes a whole day. I don't end up going after anybody until the next work day. Then: More loading screens as you track down the perpetrator!



You click the crime board to "Issue APB" and the game whisks you away to wherever the Sim you're looking for is hiding out. There are enough clues given and enough Sim variety that I haven't had a problem with this one yet. Pause the game as soon as you get to the lot because the Sim you're looking for is already there. Wait too long and a bevy of Sims will come rushing in to fill up the lot. A quick check into your phone's notebook will tell you you're looking for, say, a male young adult with red hair wearing jeans and a short sleeved shirt. lol Arrest that bugger and take him in for questioning!



This is the fun part. You have interactions for "good cop", "bad cop" and "use evidence". There is a bar at the top that lets you know how the Sim is feeling. If they're tense or shy I use "good cop", but once they get defensive or smug I bring in the "bad cop". Sprinkling in some of the evidence helps bring their "confession" bar up quicker. Once the bar is full and flashing (don't push it past that or it will go back down) you click on the suspect and "get confession".



Then it's just a matter of processing. You don't have to do this part (unless it's one of your tasks and you need the performance points), but I like to, because...



I'm a bit of a sadist. LOL If you don't process them they go into an individual cell with a sink, toilet and cot all their own. If you do process them then they get stuck in there with the rest of the Sim-trash. XD I know. I'm awful. Once your perp is locked up it's okay to delete any extra evidence you may have in your inventory.

There is also an option (through the crime board) to "Go On Patrol". You have to do this the second day, but not really after that unless you need the points and it's the only task available. Rare, but it has happened. On patrol you talk to citizens and issue citations which is kind of boring and a pain since it's hard to tell if Sims are fighting on a lot (I've never caught one littering) unless they up and attack you personally. Which did happen to me a few times...

And that's about all there is to the Detective career. Pretty involved and a lot of loading screens, but you're rewarded with more unlockables than the other careers. Lots of fancy cop/detective looking clutter for your Sims' home. So far I haven't had to arrest any of "my" Sims, but Aaron did have an interesting time when he had to arrest his boss. My Yuppie ended up alien pregnant twice and I decided to make him quit his job to raise the second one (you have the option of sending the baby back to its home planet) so now I'm just working with The Alien and he's Level 7. Once I get him maxed out I'll scrounge up a Sim to explore the Scientist career. Fair warning: He or she will probably be a mad scientist. lol

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Nabi: Metallic Punky +Hair/Glasses/Lipstick

Yup, had an interesting morning between naps. lol Starting off with two coats of Nabi Metallic Punky. These first two pictures are from the third day of wear.



I love this color. hehehe Perfect formula applied easily and dried quickly. So glad I got this one.



It was a bit cloudy when I took those pics, so here's the Instagram shot I posted in broad glowing daylight... including my less-than-stellar clean-up. :p



Isn't that pretty?! ^_^

So, I don't plan on keeping my hair blonde for long so I thought I'd go ahead and get a picture of that LA Colors duo, and my new glasses, while I documented my hair experience:



See? It's got lipstick on the top and lipgloss in the bottom. The gloss is not as streaky as I expected and a bit brighter than the lipstick. The wear is also pretty good. I took a nap after taking this picture and didn't have hot pink smeared across my face. I did have to re-apply after going out with my mom, but... more than five minutes with her and I start chewing on my lips. >_> Oh! Yeah! Even without the gloss the lipstick didn't do that weird settling and accentuating dry spots thing that's so annoying. Of course I noticed after I bought it that it's made in China which does raise some concerns... So off to google and I found this post on Humanely Chic and I'm happy with that. *phew*

After posting a pic similar to the one above on facebook my friend, Lisa Marie, commented "Need to tease her hair a mile high now to truly rock that 80' look" and after running all of my errands I had to try:



Not exactly a mile high, but I actually really like this picture. Whether in spite of or because of the OTT ridiculousness I'm not sure. Either way I think it came out pretty good.

Next polish up is essence Lady Mermaid! First, though, I think I'll go ahead and do the detective career. My alien has almost maxed that so it would probably be a good idea to post it before getting started on something else. Also, sorry to my handful of Twitter followers about the mass mPoints postings. I can't resist the option to double the points I get especially since I'll probably be using mPoints to pay for a replacement xbox. Hope everyone is having a super fantastic weekend! See you soon. (^_^)"/"

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Essence: The Black Cat & KleanColor: Sugar Factory +Nail Mail

Yep, bunch of stuff to cover. On account of my exhaustion induced laziness. I did sleep through the night finally, but I think I'll take a little nap after I get this posted.

Starting off with two coats of essence The Black Cat. Just the name gets me all excited. I love my black kitties, even the black-hearted one. Okay, especially the black-hearted one. She does love her momma (me) after all. hehehehe *ahem*



The Black Cat has a soft matte finish. Of course it dried super quick! By the time I got to my last thumb my first pinkie was ready for a second coat. The first went on a little thin, but two was definitely enough for perfect coverage.

Then I went and topped this off with KleanColor Sugar Factory...



It looks kind of blue there, but Sugar Factory is one of those green-centered flakies. So there are also blues and sometimes yellows. Unlike Sugar Cravings, Sugar Factory more than lived up to the "textured 3D" claim.



Look at that! Just look at it! O_O So I guess it's just the luck of the dip. Also because I did one finger the night before and it came out fine. I also matte-ed it:



See? That one's not so bad. It had a couple of little corners poking up here and there, but nothing mountainous.

Nail mail! Got my recent order from Jen's Destash super fast!!



I got essie Belugaria, Formula X Black Hole, Hard Candy Sweet Tart and Black Tie Optional, and Julie G Gift Of Gold since I never got their Christmas texture collection. Woohoo! ^_^

Also, I was telling Aaron about the Smashbox lipstick I want and the other day we were wandering around HEB waiting for them to put out the sushi (he wanted some for breakfast) and he spied this LA Colors lipstick/gloss duo that is kind of a similar super bright pink:



It's called "Glam" and also came with a free lip liner pencil. Not bad for $2.50, but... it's not quite the same as the Smashbox. Especially once I got it on my lips. I think I'm going to have to use a primer to lighten them up a bit first. Pictures of that will come.... eventually. lol

Up next I'll have the ultra gorgeousness that is Nabi Metallic Punky. If you follow me on Instagram then you've already seen a preview because... man that was some bad cleanup. lol I fixed it, though, and will have pics in the next day or two. I'm in no hurry to remove it. hehehehe Still working on the detective thing sort of. I should have enough pics to do a rundown of the profession, but... I'm lazy. I'll look over that and see if I need anything else. Uhm... I think that's it for today. Hope everyone is having a great week! (^_^)"/" Y'all take care.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Orly: Crossroad + #SBBNailChallenge

It's 4:30am. I haven't been sleeping well. On the bright side less sleeping means more time for other stuff, yeah? *groans*

Starting off today with two coats of Orly Crossroad which... is not what I expected.



Crossroad dried a lot darker than I expected, but it's still really pretty. The shimmer hides a lot, but you can see it when the light hits. Fortunately it served the purpose of making a very good base for some nail art!

This time I went for #SBBNailChallenge - 51 - Follow Someone's Tutorial. A few days (or weeks?) ago I spotted this tutorial shared by Pure Ice on facebook and knew I had to give it a shot:



Looks easy enough, right? Pretty and maybe not too complicated? I started off with the saran-wrap (sort of, I used a hunk of plastic bag) part using China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le with essence Chaising Lacy and English Rose:



For the line work I used the Orly Nail Artist water based paint in Jet Black so I could scrape off any seriously bad mistakes:



Which I did. A few times. lol For the dots I decided my butterflies needed a little sparkle so I used Color Club Worth The Risque:



Sparkly. ^_^ Yes, I know, my tips. I did wrap them, but did so with the black so it came off... *oops*



This one definitely deserves a ka-chick!

Been doing a lot on Sims. The detective career is taking a bit longer because I actually have two Sims in the same household working on that and they only let you go to work with one at a time. I have something special I'm working on for that. Also, of course, plenty of polish. lol Next you can look forward to essence The Black Cat and KleanColor Sugar Factory. Hope everyone's week is off to a great start! (^_^)"/"

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hard Candy: Fun N' Festive

Hai hai. Yes, I'm here. I know, I'm awful. It comes and goes. Today I have Hard Candy Fun N' Festive which... I think could have been named something else. I like green and all, but it seems more Halloweeny than the bright playfulness that "Fun N' Festive" conjures up.



Fun N' Festive has green, gold and copper glitters crammed into a sheer black base. This is two coats, dried pretty quickly.



LOL I guess Hard Candy had a time of it, because remember the not-so-aptly named Jubilee? XD I wonder if these two are meant to go together?



Not so sure about the "festive", but it's definitely fun!

Uhm... yes. Still working on that tutorial thingy for the challenge. Looks good so far, but now I'm at the part where I could really screw it up. *fingers crossed* Going to get back to my Sims now. lol Hope everyone's had a great weekend! (^_^)"/"

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Julep: Tatiana +Nail Mail

So I had a bit of a super spaz moment and, rather than face the problem head-on as soon as I noticed it... I decided to go all Scarlet O'Hara and deal with it "tomorrow". Which is now today. The problem was not with Tatiana, but entirely with myself. I had this idea for some nail art for the Orange #SBBNailChallenge prompt and... went ahead and did the nail art (which failed as it was nearly invisible) before getting pictures of this gorgeous orange beauty:



There. lol Two moderately fast-drying coats of Tatiana. I absolutely adore this color! So vibrant and shiny!! ^_^



Which figures that after 1.5 manis there is a noticeable dent in the bottle. *cries*

Nail mail time! All three of my amazon orders came in around the same time. Still waiting on my glasses, but I'm sure they'll get here.



Left to right: China Glaze Fairy Dust and Broken Hearted; and Nabi Metallic Emerald, Metallic Orange, Metallic Punky (remember how awesome the Crackle Punky is?!) and Metallic White because I had to pick a fourth and the curiosity must be satisfied. I wish I could say "this is it for now", but... I got a little downhearted when I discovered that Sephora didn't have the Magenta Matte Smashbox lipstick on their site (check out Jasmine's review here; I am in love with that color! Also, doesn't Jasmine have the prettiest lips?!) so I was looking around and found Butter London's Primrose Hill Picnic Lippy (unopened!) on Storenvy so I had to get that which led me to check what was new on Jen's Destash page and found five polishes there (including essie Belugaria which I've been wanting to see for myself but refuse to buy in store) that I just couldn't walk away from... All I can say is thank goodness for Swagbucks and mPoints or I would never eat. XD

Okay, so I have pictures for Hard Candy's Fun N' Festive for tomorrow, then swatches of Orly's Crossroads which is going to be the base for that "tutorial" nail art I alluded to previously. Additionally, I've almost maxed out the doctor career and will soon be delving into the detective career so expect a rundown on that soon, too. Good? Good. Hope everybody is having a great week. Take care out there! (^_^)"/"

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Essence: Rock My World

Hai-hai! (^_^)"/" It's such a nice day here in Texas. lol Today I have essence Rock My World which is a bit of an odd one. It has kind of a sheer, iridescent base so I layered it over Nail Fetish Babe:



I'm not sure what happened, because she's much prettier and more sparkly in person. There are some small iridescent flakies and tiny little glitters, too. I did topcoat. I think the mild texture was more incidental than intentional.



Like most essence polishes, Rock My World dried super quick. I did try to get a video, but I don't think that's much better:



Hrm... Definitely prettier in real life.

Okay, so tomorrow is going to be Julep Tatiana which is super pretty. I'm debating trying some kind of nail art with this one. Whether I do or not, after that I'm going to try out this moderately simple looking tutorial that Pure Ice posted on facebook for the "use someone's tutorial" prompt on the #SBBNailChallenge. With luck I won't screw it up too badly. lol Hope everyone's having a great day! (^_^)"/" See you tomorrow!