Thursday, July 31, 2014

Catrice: King Of Greens

*phew* All caught up on everyone's blogs (if not my emails...) now to get this up quickly so I can go take a nap. lol

Today I have two coats of King Of Greens which is a stunning shimmery emerald green.

Even though it was all overcast (and, in fact, rained on me when I tried mowing the lawn) you can still catch hints of the shimmer.

Depending on how today works out I plan on doing a bit of water marble with this one. *fingers crossed*

And, yes, that's it. I know it's the last day of the month, but I only used up two products (is it just me or did July just fly by?!) so I will probably skip my decluttering post tonight and save them for next month. Hope everyone is fantastic and I will see you tomorrow!! (^_^)"/" *snores*...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WBW: Not-Quite Neon Textured Funky French

Before I get started, y'all should pop over to Nail Polish Canada and vote for Norma's awesome summer water marble! The voting system is a little wonky and she's not in the drop-down menu so I just entered "16. Fun Summer Water Marble" and her pinterest url under "other". Go show some love! hehehe

*ahem* So fans (Norma and Sandy) were clamoring for neon and... I tried. lol I had this idea in my head, but it's nowhere near as eye-searingly bright as I had hoped it would be. Which is kind of insane because all of these colors seem much brighter on their own!

Also, I had color-matching problems. lol If they had all turned out off-set or all dead-on I think I would like this much better. Here's what I used:

Uhm... I'll go from thumb to pinky... *ahem* Pool Party with Bumb & Grind, Towel Boy Toy with Of Coarse!, Papaya Punch with Toe-Tally Textured, Def Defying with In The Rough and Sun Of A Peach with Itty, Bitty & Gritty.

Not a bad effort, I suppose, but the inconsistency really bugs me. lol Also, I think having to remove so much polish from the brush for the tips really affected the texture. The only one that came out really textury was Of Coarse! because that one had clumps of the texture stuff stuck in the neck for some reason...

So there you have it. I hope it's not a total disappointment. lol

Depending on how much I like this (or don't) by the end of the day will determine if I have King Of Greens tomorrow, or this again with some extra arts crammed into it. For now I'm going to go start on the yard before it overtakes the house. I'll catch up on y'all's blogs next moment I get. *HUGS* Take care, everybody, and have a great week! (^_^)"/"

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Essence: Wanna Say Hello

Just a quick post today. I was going to add My Private Rainbow, but I keep getting tipwear and have had to patch this mani three times already. I'm done with it. lol

This is three coats of Wanna Say Hello, though two would have been fine. Just had some chips to cover early on.

This is such a gorgeous, creamy brown. I was very surprised. Judging by the bottle I expected it to be more of a browned-red.

And... ta da! Yep, quick post.

Finally got the packages in the mail and now to catch up on the dishes. Tomorrow will be Catrice King Of Greens. So excited! Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Y'all take care and happy polishing! (^_^)"/"

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sims Break

It's hot, the a/c is acting up, I'm cramping, lazy and generally feeling blah, so.... while I am wearing Wanna Say Hello I don't particularly feel like going outside for pics right now. Sims to the rescue! One of the things I love about Sims is the completely bizarre random stuff that can happen. Like if a Sim is cooking dinner and his ass catches on fire. Literally.

Or when you decide to collect garden gnomes and they put on their own impromptu sparring match.

When a nerd is just insanely excited for Sim City.

A witch casts a toadification curse and the afflicted Sim decides to take a nap instead of looking for a cure.

Or how about when a Sim is creating an ice sculpture and decides to lick the block of ice....

That moment when you discover that child witches have training wheels on their brooms.

Or when an elder is so confident in his firewalking abilities that he struts across the hot coals.

There was the time a confused zombie tried to eat robot brains...

....and the time that guy died from eating a magical jelly bean and was doomed to spend the rest of eternity in his pajamas.

Admittedly more funny in context is when you first install University, move your Sim into a dorm (because it's college, right? Experience!) and this poor co-ed decided that it was more important to take a shower than eat... and died for her troubles.

Even though Sims 4 is right around the corner, there are still a few things I want to do in 3 before hanging it up. I want to try and get the badge for cloning 24 Sims, but I also want one of those clones to have a proper farm. Massive garden, horse, cows, the whole shebang. I don't have the tractor, but I'm not sure it would work in the greenhouse (necessary for winter gardening) anyway. So, this is where I am. Time to pick up dinner then get back to Sims. Hope everyone's week is off to a great start! (^_^)"/" Love you guys!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Neon Sorta Jelly Sandwich Maybe?

lol Yeah, that thing. Like I threatened promised... >_> *ahem* Took my cues from What The Funk and dug out what I knew to be a sheer neon green and sheer neon orange:

The green is Color Club The Lime Starts Here (not too bad with just one coat over the glitter) and the orange is LA Colors Shock.

I think I like the orange nails better. The green just exacerbates the Christmassy feel.... *dodges Norma's dirty look*

Bonus little victory I want to share. I don't know how familiar y'all are with calorie counting, but when I started on MyFitnessPal I had my goal set to lose 1lb per week which gave me roughly 1380 calories per day, more if I exercised. Since I'm getting close to my goal last week I changed it to lose .5lbs per week and that bumped my calorie goal up to almost 1600 per day. O_O That really seemed like kind of a lot and in addition to (and totally flying in the face of) a fear of mental sabotage I ended up cutting it really close every day last week. Even so I still lost a whole pound! (^_^)/"\(^_^) I know I'm at the point where I need to start doing some ab work if I want to perceptibly shrink my middle, but... turns out it's harder to make myself do that than getting on the bike. >_> *blah*

Looks like Aaron doesn't plan on waking up. Guess I'll grab dinner by myself. Hope everyone is having a great weekend. (^_^)"/" I'll be back tomorrow with Wanna Say Hello.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

ILNP: What The Funk

*stretches* How are we all doing this fine Saturday... uh... afternoon? lol Today I've got two coats of What The Funk layered over one coat of white.

I'm so glad this looked more like the internet pictures in broad daylight. Last night while I was painting my nails it looked Christmassy which (sorry, Norma!) was really bothering me. Outside, though, the orange is definitely orange. I think, though, I would have liked more of the yellow-green glitters.

Applied smoothly, dried fairly quickly, though I did use topcoat to smooth it. The glitters are as they applied, no fishing or placing. Very sorry to say that I got What The Funk on sale as it was being discontinued and they are all sold out. Sorry!

I've been feeling exceptionally lazy regarding my nails lately, so don't be surprised if I come back tomorrow with this as a jelly sandwich or something. lol I mean, the white base is too versatile not to play with and I do have to make my unworns last, right? *looks around* Well, better get dressed. The day's not going to start itself. Y'all take care and have a great weekend!! (^_^)"/"

Friday, July 25, 2014

Zoya: Vega +Plus

Hello, everybody! *FLAILS* First I would like to direct your attention away from myself for a moment and towards the Swatch & Learn 4th Blogiversary Giveaway!! How would you like to win the entire OPI Nordic Collection? I know I would! So go enter!!

Second, my awful procrastination is nearing a... not an end, but an end as far as putting off going to the post office. >_> I forgot to grab some newspapers to pack with yesterday, but I remembered today! SO! Uhm... I plan on drinking pretty heavily tonight (Shut up! It's been a long week...) so I will definitely, absolutely, no question get to the post office first thing Monday morning.

Third, the polish! I did remember and used one coat of Lumin-icecent as a base. If I could have also remembered to pay attention and gotten full swipes with Vega one coat of that would have been amazing. But I didn't, so two coats it was.

This reminds me a lot of Pop The Bubbles. Except chunkier. I applied this last night and normally I'll always say (at least in my head), "OMG don't be such a baby, the texture isn't enough to snag on anything", but... these ones do. Hair, fabric... fabric... hair... It's not wretched and I didn't destroy my satin (fancy lol) pillow case, but I did notice it and I have had to pick off bits of hair and fabric from my nails.

Still, two coats was less offensive than three, and I really think that just the one would have been amazing, but... what can I say? I'm a spaz. Here's another close-up in the shade:

I don't know if I'm going to feel like doing my nails tonight. I'll try to get it done before we get this partay started. lol If so then you can look forward to ILNP What The Funk for tomorrow. Was going to be Wanna Say Hello, but... I decided to push that one back. Today really is trying to get away from me. Time to go feed my mother and the cats and jump back on the bike. *sigh* Those straw-ber-ritas are just packed with calories.... Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. Have fun, be safe and (one way or another) I'll see you tomorrow!! (^_^)"/"

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Essence: English Rose +Paris Memories: 254

Hello, darlings! Sorry again about yesterday. Starting to feel like I'm catching up. Got laundry and dishes more or less done, envelopes addressed, nails painted. All that good stuff. Still a little behind, but not "tearing out my hair" behind.

Today we're starting with two coats of essence English Rose which is an absolutely gorgeous antique rose cream.

I actually love how smooth and "grown up" this looks. Sophisticated without being stuffy. Totally work-appropriate, right?

I topped this with one coat of 254 by Paris Memories. 254 has a sheer rose-colored base with rose and blue glitters.

Even over two coats of color and basecoat 254 dried fairly quickly and is nicely sparkly.

Very pretty.

OMG I can't believe I only have six unworns!! *panics* hehehe Going to try and incorporate more nail art (I wish Norma lived closer so she could do it for me), but tomorrow will be my second Magical PixieDust in Vega. Thinking I may layer it over something so I'm not driving myself crazy trying to get full coverage. >_> We'll see! Hope everyone is having a fantastic week. Y'all take care!! (^_^)"/"

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waaaaaaaay Back Wednesday?

Like, way back before I had a blog? Maybe? lol Actually I am wearing Trustafarian, but it was overcast when I went for pics this morning. Then we spent all day in Austin getting latex for a head he's making, then we had to pick up dinner, make dinner, feed everybody... I'm exhausted and the sun is setting. So, yeah. I'm going to go Sim. Just couldn't bring myself to completely skip the day without explanation. I'll be back tomorrow with some prettiness for you. ;)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vibrant Temporary Color For Dark Hair (No Bleach!)

Yeah, I had no idea what to title this. Guess that's overly descriptive for something I've already lightly covered, but perhaps it will help bring it up in a search engine for someone who's not a loyal reader (yet). lol Gather 'round ladies (and gents?), especially those of you frustrated with trying to temp color dark hair without resorting to bleach. Hair chalk is seeing a major boon lately, but if you check out Jasmine's review of the Splat version, it carries it's own frustrations for those of us with darker tresses. It's cute, but nowhere near as vibrant as the box image. Shortly after Jasmine posted her review Norma found this slideshow detailing how to use eye shadow. Of course I had to try it myself, after which I received a litany (how do ya like that word, eh? LOL) of questions. So, being the people pleaser that I am, I decided to make a post out of it.

To start I picked up two brand new eye shadows so we can see how much is used really.

Essence Wild At Heart and John Lemon. Why not? Started with freshly straightened hair which I think did make a difference as far as my hair grabbing onto the color. I had to use a few more swipes and it's begun fading much quicker.

Then I put my glasses back on so I could see what I was doing.... and separated out a section for coloration.

This next picture got washed out by the flash, but it's fairly common sense. Hold the eye shadow (if you can pop out the silver pot part it's likely easier to use just that, but I'm terrified I'll break something with my man-hands) flat against your hair, using your thumb on the other side to press your hair into the shadow and drag it down the length of your hair.

For the yellow, depending on the length I was trying to cover, this vibrancy took between 8 and 15 swipes.

I did about five streaks with the yellow; then took the blue and did the tips of my bangs, the underside of my hair and the tips towards the front. The darker blue took fewer swipes for full color than the yellow.

So how much eye shadow did this kickass look cost in all? Not a lot. I didn't even hit pan on the yellow, and you can still see the etched design along the outside of the blue. Still plenty available for traditional use.

If you like you can set the color for longer wear with hair spray or makeup setting spray. I don't have hair spray, but I do have this little sample of Urban Decay's makeup setting spray so I used that.

Here's how the color looks out in the sun:

Looks like it's time to trim my bangs again...

Two little bits of advice if you're going to try this out. First, your hands will get messy. You can wear gloves or just wash them when you're done.

Also, while you're applying the shadow to your hair... all the dust that doesn't stick to the hair will fall on you... and your counter. I recommend a towel or something to avoid this "coal miner" look I got going on:

LOL Loads of fun.

So, what do you think? Is this something you'd try? What colors would you use? I wanna see pictures!!! It really is a lot of fun and a great use if you have any super gaudy or nearly expired eye shadows taking up space.

So that's that. Tomorrow is Way Back Wednesday and then Thursday I'm coming at ya with a twofer. Knockin' 'em down. Hope everyone is having a great week. See you tomorrow! (^_^)"/"

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rimmel: Blueberry Whizz +Ruffian

Hello all you lovely persons. I hope this day finds you all well. Today I'm starting with two coats of Blueberry Whizz... seriously, is that a British thing I don't get because it sounds indecent...

The color is way more vibrant than Fizzy Applelicious, and it is still a tad sheer, but in a far less annoying kind of way.

Since Fizzy Applelicious is/was still at the top of the drawer/pile I went ahead and grabbed it for a rough ruffian.

*teehee* I really like this look. This is two coats of FA over the BW. One coat was just too subtle.

Fun with textures!! You know I love it. When you look at it from the side you can see a distinct difference in thickness (like a little baby step from one color to the next), but since it's texture it kind of blends itself from straight-on.

I slept in pretty fiercely today so I don't have envelopes for shipping yet. Promise! By the end of the week! I'm also going to try really hard to straighten my hair so I can get that post up. WBW is going to be either neon or holo (it is summer, sheesh) so there's that to look forward to. Also have some pretty glitter and more pretty glitter coming this week as well. Looks like Aaron is behind schedule so... guess I'll go do my hair now... lol Hope everyone has an amazing week! Y'all take care and happy polishing! (^_^)"/"

Sunday, July 20, 2014

China Glaze: Cherish

Hello, lovelies. First up: Don't forget to pick or skip your Maven box! I actually wish I could afford it this month. The colors are very pretty. Also, did anybody else notice they hiked up the price of the add-on polishes? WTF? Maybe they wouldn't have to have to many "open to all" sales if they treated their Mavens a little better, but... I digress. Yesterday's hiatus helped a bit, I think. I was going to post, but then my dad came in late and it was almost 7pm by the time I got to sit here and by that point I just wanted to load up Sims and relax. OH! Before I forget, even with the bigger glitters thrown in there Cosmo was only slightly more difficult to remove than regular texture polish, and still a bit easier than regular glitter polishes.

Now, Cherish!

This is two coats, though if you're careful one will suffice. I love the green color in this. It's a bit more vibrant than most of my other chrome/metallic greens. Application was super easy over my regular basecoat; no streaking or weirdness at all.

Doesn't lay quite as flat as some other chromes, but that helps disguise ridges and stuff which is always a bonus for those of us who don't live in falsies. (nothing wrong with falsies if that's your thing, just that I don't)

That's it for me. Now to wait around for my mom to get back with my car (>_<) so I can finish up the dailies. Tomorrow I'll have Rimmel Blueberry Whizz (seriously, wtf is up with that name?) and hopefully a message for those of you waiting on packages from me. I know! I'm awful. Also, I did pick up two brand new eyeshadow compacts (on clearance lol) so that when I do the post on that I can include how much was used. Yay! Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Take care! Love you guys!! (^_^)"/"

Friday, July 18, 2014

Zoya: Cosmo

When the Magical PixieDust line was initially released... I was apprehensive. To say the least. I like the original PixieDust formula and if it's not broke, don't fix it. Right? Still, for $4 I could give them a try. I mean, I am open minded when it comes to texture.

Here's the thing... If you like the original PixieDusts, don't automatically assume you'll like the Magical ones. Due to the bigger glitters coverage is not easy to obtain and even after three coats there are still parts where I can see my naked nails peeking out from underneath.

If you really want to know the stone-cold truth of the matter: Cosmo has the exact same texture as There's Snow One Like You! You know, that polish everybody hates. Except that Cosmo comes with a holo sparkle- it's the same texture formula.

I don't want you to walk away thinking I hate Cosmo. I don't really... I guess I just don't see the point when there are still so many color possibilities for the regular PixieDusts which are stellar polishes! (Hello! Neon!) I do like the "Magical" sparkle and super quick dry time, but... I think I'll finish off my regular PixieDust collection (even though I think I just have a couple of oranges left to get) before delving into the rest of the Magical ones. Maybe Vega will work out better. *shrugs*

I may or may not take a small blog break tomorrow. It seems like there's so much going on I'm starting to feel a little overwhelmed. Whenever I do come back (which may be tomorrow, I do like it here) I will finally have China Glaze Cherish for you, and an update on whether or not Cosmo was a pain to remove. Coming up very soon I will do an in-depth post on the eyeshadow-as-hair chalk thing because ZOMG! It lasted for 23 hours! It did fade after a while, but was still noticeable. Which is way cool. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! (^_^)"/"