Monday, October 20, 2014

Zoya: Tilda

I'm here! lol OMG Just a couple of days lost in Borderlands and I had so much to catch up on. So many lovely manis and awesome holiday products. Great blogging, you guys!!

I've been wearing Tilda for a while. Partly laziness and video games. Partly ZOMG look at this green!!

This is a mere two coats. There is some damage, but that's fairly recent. Tilda totally reminds me of sour apple candy. Perfect cream formula. I honestly can't say enough good things about Tilda. If you like green polish: get Tilda.

I can't believe I waited so long to get this one. *swoons*

Planning time! My birthday is next month and while I've entered to win a spa/resort getaway that happens to be the weekend after my b-day (*fingers crossed*) there's no way I'm counting on winning. lol So I'm already piecing together my birthday haul. Got 60% of the Swagbucks I need for my Sephora haul and I now have two Zoya coupons so I will be picking up some more of those. Also, I finally broke down and accepted a Julep box. Partly to use up some Jules (since apparently they expire now *ggrrr*) partly because I'm paranoid that they'll choose now to reinstate the "only Mavens that accept the monthly box get access to the Secret Store" rule and I want my birthstone polish asap. I didn't get any polish, but went with the Core Classics box.

More quick dry drops (my second favorite Julep product ever), some smoothing basecoat, hand and cuticle stick, a... cuticle stick which will likely get more use on my feet since my hands don't really need help in that department, and I used up most of my Jules on the Oxygen Nail Treatment. So, yeah. Birthday haul is coming together nicely.

That's it for me. Picked up the blue & purple Rimmel glitter so I gotta update my stash page, then it's back to Sims so I can mark off which fish he's caught so far. For those of you that do Sim, I've found Carl's Sims Guides to be some of the most comprehensive and are continually updated. That link is for the Sims 4 site. I kept using his Sims 3 guide clear to the end. Tomorrow I'm going to try and get some of this bow stamping done. Whether I do or not I should almost definitely have swatches of Hip City Jack before I remove Tilda. Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Take care! (^_^)"/"

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Funky Fingers: Fro Yo!

Hello, all! ^_^ Just a quick post today. Partly because blogger's being a butt-pain; partly because... it's Aaron's birthday!! 35 years old today. I'm married to an old man... LOL

Today I have four coats of Fro Yo!. Less spazzy persons than myself could probably do less, but every time I thought I was done I noticed ultra-sheer patches and had to go over them again.

Fro Yo! is a very sheer lavender-periwinkle with white and black glitters. Very cool depth look, but at what cost?!

Mostly just dry time. lol Fro Yo! was surprisingly easy to remove. Although that could be credited to the free bottle of Zoya's Remove+ that came with my last order. *shrugs* Fro Yo!!!

Currently I'm wearing Tilda and I'm sure it will surprise nobody that I am totally loving it. Going to try some more stamping experimentation before reviewing the bps plate. I could have had that for tomorrow, but I totally borked half of it. (which will also surprise nobody lol) Time to head out. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!! (^_^)"/"

Friday, October 17, 2014

Born Pretty Store "Vortex Pattern" Water Decals

Hello, lovelies! Today I'm reviewing the Born Pretty Store water marble water decals; which they call: Nail Art Water Decals Transfer Stickers Artistic Vortex Pattern Sticker XF1262.

For 99cents you get two sets of six little decals and two sets of the two longer ones. That's a pretty good deal. I really like the designs and especially the fun bright colors.

These water decals apply the same as any other. Moisten the back, slide the image off, apply to the nail. I think the curves of my nails betrayed me here when I tried to apply the designs towards my tips. You can see that when I added topcoat some of the decals started to curl up from the bottom. o_O I was not applying my topcoat backwards so I can only assume it's from the edges not laying flat against my nails.

Still very cool looking. I got a lot of compliments (some people even thought it was water marble!) and nobody noticed the wonky bits. Even with the curling I'd still give these an A-. I do love the colors. Don't forget to use my code EMX31 for 10% off! (^_^)"/"

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sinful Colors: Starry Night +Haul +Sims

Good (almost) Morning, all you beautiful peoples. ^_^ Anybody else finding it ridiculously difficult to crawl out of bed now that it's getting colder? lol I am, for sure.

Today I have three coats of Starry Night. I don't know if this is a special Halloween polish from Sinful Colors (I believe I may have seen it before), but I found it in the Halloween display.

Starry Night has a fairly sheer black base with tiny holo sparkles and some holo shreds thrown in for good measure. That top pic is with my camera, the next is with my phone:

I didn't get a lot of the shreds out of the bottle this time, but I got a few!

For some reason even though I could see all of the sparkling with my eyes, my cameras were having a hard time. So here's a blurry close-up taken while I was in the bathroom:

Sparkly! And a bottle shot where you can see more of the shreds just hanging out against the glass:

As I mentioned yesterday this did chip pretty badly on my right hand. Thankfully Moxxi leans towards trashy so I didn't feel all out of character. :p

ZOYA!! Imagine, if you will, my squee of delight when I spotted my package sitting on the trash can a full day before the projected delivery date! ^_^

Charisma (which is more purple than pink), Tilda, Loredana and Harlow. *SQUEE* hehehe Also, my free Matte Duo gift!

Posh will be heading up to Norma and I'll have swatches of the unnamed (and, sadly, unlabelled) matte lipstick just as soon as I feel like doing up my face. I did a quick swatch for Norma last night (she twisted my arm... lol) and it is WAY brighter than what I normally wear, but I do love the matte finish. I'd say the wear is pretty good, too, since I woke up with red lips. LOL

Quick Sims. Still (slowly) working on my legacy family. I've had random members digging around for "treasure" and finally managed to dig up all of the "MySims" trophies!

This was confirmed by a handy pop-up and the appearance of a "completion" plaque in their mailbox. Huzzah! Still need a few minerals and fossils, but one collection down and I can sell the duplicates.

Tomorrow I'll have a review of the "water marble" decals. I'm wearing Fro Yo! right now. Think I'm going to go ahead and use it as a base for some stamping (need more points for more plates!) and then I'm going to reach for Tilda. Partly because I'm such a green fiend, partly because she looks like she'd make a good base for Hip City Jack. Got a few (hopefully) non-busy days before we find out if we'll be able to go to Oklahoma so I should be able to fit all that in. In the meantime I'll be swagging my little fingers to the bone for my birthday Sephora haul. I was doing good for a while, but it still feels like a new computer is so far away... *sigh* Anyway, hope everyone is having a great week so far. Take care out there! (^_^)"/"

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Midnight Release!

Last night was amazing!! I started to get sleepy a little before midnight, but by the time we got home I was so jacked up again I didn't go to bed until about 3:30am. Midnight releases are always more fun when more people show up in costume (and not so many people show up overall... it can get claustrophobic).

YES! Big cast this time!

We had Aaron as Wilhelm: The Enforcer. He worked so hard on this! We couldn't get his hair exactly right (it did not want to stick straight out at all), but everything else was spot on!

He convinced our friend Nathan to dress up as Scooter for his first midnight release party. CATCH-A-RIDE!!! Aaron made the hat, but Nathan totally got into the character.

I, of course, was Moxxi. (Scooter's mom lol) I'm hanging onto this costume for future wearing. ;)

We also had Ashley as Tiny Tina (super cute, she did an amazing job on her costume!) and Amanda as an absolutely hysterical Suicidal Psycho Bandit.

Last, but certainly not least, Tracey as Handsom Jack(oline). Jack is Moxxi's boyfriend in this one. hehehe

It was an awesome night filled with costumes and candy and laughter. Nobody's costume fell apart and everyone had fun. One of the funniest parts for me was after it was over I, as Moxxi, had to help Nathan, as Scooter, jump-start his car. In the parking lot. Someone should have gotten a picture of that. LOL I do have pictures of Starry Night (which chipped maddly on my right hand, but that could have been the basecoat's fault), but for now I need to get in the shower and wash off my Moxxi face. When I get around to reviewing the Urban Decay make-up setting spray... I think it'll get five stars. lol For now I leave you with one of my favorite pictures of the night:

Bandit psycho taking a selfie with Felicia Sex-o-pants. XD

Take care, y'all! (^_^)"/"

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Musing? Rambling?

Procrastinating? lol I do have pics for the water decals, but I'm too headachy right now to put together a decent review. So let's see what's going on other than that.

Late last week I was finally treated to a new affordable display at HEB. Not essence, sadly, but Rimmel is good, too.

Glitter Bombs! I grabbed five of the coupons to hang onto, good thing because they were gone by the next day. So far I've gotten to use two.

I got Disco Fever, awesome square holo glitters; and Bling Thing which has hexes and stars! I still want at least the purple and blue one. The other two look a bit Christmassy and it won't break my heart if I end up missing them. lol

Weighed in today at an even 154lbs. 4lbs away from my goal. I'm willing to admit it's a fairly arbitrary number. 150. Last time I did this I completely turned my life around, lifting and juicing and severely restricting my calories. This time it's been mostly cardio and coming in just under my MFP calculated calorie goal. I've learned more about how much I can eat of foods I like to eat and feel better about my ability to keep the weight off this time. Being this close to goal I know the only way I'm going to see real change is to start some kind of toning/strength training... that's hard for me. The bike is easy. Yoga works, I know that, but hulu removed the video I like. We have some free weights in the back yard. I got pretty good with those last time. Baby steps for my lazy ass. lol

All in all I'm happy with the progress I've made. Just in time, too. For those of you who aren't familiar with Borderlands, this is Moxxi:

There is a part of me that still wishes I had a corset to suck in my middle a bit more, but 30lbs ago I would have been dreading walking out of the house like that. Now? I feel alright about it. Not super pumped and confident, but alright.

I don't know if I'll have time to blog Starry Night tomorrow, but I do have it on and will get pics. It's pretty sweet, I'll tell ya that much. Going for a third coat now, but totally worth it. Uhm... Oh! We finally got ghosts in Sims. lol Took forever to have one show up and now Aaron is having the hardest time getting his Sims to die the way he wants. I think I'll load that up and see if anybody uploaded special (electrocuted, fire, etc) ghost families. After I update my stash page. Almost up to 1100 polishes... yeesh... Hope everyone had a great weekend. Y'all take care. If I don't see you tomorrow I'll definitely be back Tuesday with my midnight release pics! (^_^)"/"

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Zoya: Lola

ZOMG!!! Ladies, ladies, ladies... and gents? Whether you're a big fan of pink or not, prepare to fall in love! Lola is everything I'd hoped she'd be and then some.

Ba-BAM! lol This is three coats (two would have sufficed, the third didn't make that much difference) over white. With topcoat. Lola dries to a semi-matte finish. Normally I would have kept that to show you, but it was getting late.

Aside from the gorgeous hot pinkness, what really makes Lola special is the fine blue/lavender shimmer which does not hide, but stands proud and really makes the pink pop!

Here's a shot I took with my phone in computer-light:

I think Lola is my new favorite neon pink. Yep, Lola beat out the ultra cute Hello Kitty Pink Wink for top spot. It's the shimmer!! *dies*

Two more days to finish off our Borderlands outfits. *frets* All I have left to do is add accents to my hat, dots to my spats and find the white cake makeup and fishnet stocking and I am done! As far as costuming. Then we can start stressing about how we're going to make it to Oklahoma. lol I went through my past bps orders and wrote down the ones I haven't reviewed yet so I'm thinking tomorrow I'll have a review for these faux water marble water decals I grabbed and never used. Then Monday, since Moxxi wears black polish, I'll have SC Starry Night to share with you. Fun stuff coming up! Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend! (^_^)"/"

Friday, October 10, 2014

Funky Fingers: Anna

Hello, dolls! ^_^ So the 2nd coat on Moxxi's trim ended up going far quicker than the first, so I did have time to layer Anna over Blue-Jeaned. The result? Absolutely stunning!!

This is one coat of Anna. No fishing or placing. I did only end up with that one snowflake, but I got one! And, all together now, "saves more for later"! Indeed it does.

I didn't even realize until I was out taking pictures that Anna also has blue snowflakes!

Very cool. One last little pic. We took Jet out for poops while I was getting my polish pics and Aaron noticed a bird nest nestled in the tiny tree in the middle of our yard:

Bird nest! lol

I can't make any promises because I still need to jump on the bike for a bit, but hopefully I will have pics of Lola for you tomorrow. *fingers crossed* I've looked up a few swatches and everyone seems to like the sheer "squishiness", but... you guys know you won't be seeing any of that here, right? White undies for Lola. Funny story, I spent a good chunk of the day going over every collection on the Zoya website and finally managed to compile a complete wishlist, which you can peep at by clicking that link if you like. Basically snagged every polish I don't have yet minus a bunch of reds and nudes. I do have some reds and nudes, but... y'all know I can only handle so much of that. Uhm... yeah, I think that's it. Gotta go jump on the bike so I can get on doing my nails! lol Y'all take care. Hope each of you has an amazing (and safe) weekend! (^_^)"/"

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Essence: Blue-Jeaned

Hello, everybody! Finally getting around to Blue-Jeaned! I found this one in the standard display at Ulta, though it is not in the standard display at HEB. So, if you're looking for it... keep looking? It's out there. Here I have two coats:

Beautiful dark denim blue and, yes, a slight "sugar" texture. Very slight.

I've described polishes as "texture light" before, but this one is, by far, the texture for girls (or guys) who aren't sure if they'll like texture or not.

Like, the training wheels of texture polish. lol I love the color, love the texture, quick dry time. Love.

I started painting the yellow trim on my Moxxi costume and... didn't quite finish the first coat last night. Time is ticking away and I really need to finish that up so I'm not sure if I'll have time to do my nails tonight or not. Looks like Anna has a clear base so I may layer that over this. I will get to the lovely Lola just as soon as I am able. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week and hopefully I will see you tomorrow! (^_^)"/"

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Butter London: Tart With A Heart +Haul

Good... uh... evening, everybody! lol I was totally going to get this up earlier, but today was so busy. Out of the house busy this time.

So today I've got Tart With A Heart for you. One coat layered over two coats of essence Peach & Cream.

Tart With A Heart is a sheer nude base jam-packed with iridescent glitters. Both teensy sparkles and small hex. Delicate, but very sparkly pretty.

If my nails weren't all stained I would totally wear this on its own. Here's a shot in the shade for ya.

So pretty. I think I wore this for three or four days? Just stunning.

Haul time!! Starting with a quick trip we took to Five Below. They didn't have any of the glow in the dark Halloween polishes, but...

I got Anna (it has snowflake glitters) for $2 and Hip City Jack and Fro Yo! for 50cents each. They also didn't have the superhero polishes that KarenD spotted. *sigh*

Zoya! So in August Zoya says "connect your Zoya account to fb and you'll get a surprise next month", so I did and... I forget the exact details. 50% off? Anyway, those polishes finally came in:

Giovanna, Anaka (which is more magenta irl) and Lola. Look at freakin' Lola!! *dies* I will be wearing that ASAP.

Speaking of Zoya! OMG!! I was so over the moon when they decided to re-release all of their matte velvets!! I immediately put Loredana and Harlow in my basket. Then they announced another "special surprise" coming up and of course I waited patiently and...

O_O!! Use promo code MATTE; spend $30 to get Posh and the matte lipstick for free, spend $35 and get free shipping! Well. Loredana and Harlow were going to cost me about that with shipping anyway so I added Charisma and Tilda for the free duo and shipping. Four polishes at $9/per comes to $36! Perfect!! ^_^ Now... more waiting...

That's it for me. Nearly done with Moxxi. I've got Blue-Jeaned all photographed and ready for tomorrow. Went a bit manic eating last night and today so I have to squeeze in bike time before I work on Moxxi's trim, but... if all goes well I'll try and get tomorrow's post typed up tonight. Starting to... uh... amass quite a few untrieds again... Ooooops.... hehehe Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Y'all take care of yourselves out there! (^_^)"/"