Monday, September 28, 2015

Zoya: Constance VS Illamasqua: Kink

Hey, everybody! Almost back to 100%; just a bit of an itchy nose for the most part. Wasn't feeling so hot when I wore Constance (one of the LE NYFW polishes), so... I sincerely apologize for this picture not being in focus...

As you can see... I could barely see. lol You can see the color, though! Two coats, dried relatively quickly. The formula was a bit thick (but not gloopy) so it did take a little while to fully dry all the way through.

There ya go. I decided to go ahead and compare this is the semi-matte Illamasqua Kink. Bottle shot:

Now... looking over my original post, apparently I didn't have any trouble with Kink the last time I wore her, but this time...

Hrm. Anyway, you can see that Kink is a slightly brighter green than Constance. Not quite dupes, but very very close.

Let's see... still have to review those razors before I run out of time. Also have essence Rock My World! swatched and ready to go. I have been overly indecisive about my polishes lately. Have a whole row of (17) polishes I haven't worn yet, but then I scroll through my collection page and think "ooh pretty... ooh pretty... OH! PRETTY!" LOL Oh crud... it's getting late. Gotta go feed the kitties. So, yeah, hope everyone had a fantastic September and (unless you follow my Instagram) I will see you next month! (^_^)"/"

Friday, September 25, 2015

Vassen Twilight Gray & Green Lenses - LensVillage

Hello, lovelies! Starting to feel a little under the weather, so please bear with me if things get erratic or... weird... lol I had to get this up, though, because... I'm forgetty. *ahem* So, last month (I think) LensVillage had a Labor Day sale and I was able to get two pairs for $30. Pretty sweet deal! Unfortunately the on-sale Rx selection was far smaller than the non-Rx selection, but... that's great news for those of you with 20/20 vision. As I was confined to a small selection of Vassan Twilight lenses I opted for gray and green, which are colors I had been contemplating for a while anyway.

It did take them a few weeks (three and a half?) to get here, but I'm used to waiting for overseas orders so it wasn't that big a deal. Each pair of lenses came with a free case, so yay!

I had to try the Twilight Gray pair first.

I could tell while transferring the lenses into their cases to soak that they are a little bigger than what I normally wear, and also the center hole is a bit bigger than I would ideally prefer. However, for $15/pair I'm not going to complain too much about that.

From a "normal" distance the big hole isn't that noticeable, or if you're in an area dark enough to really dilate your pupils. Since the lenses themselves are on the bigger side I did notice them in my eyes from time to time, but they weren't at all painful. Like... if you're not used to wearing contacts. I felt them, but not all the time and not in an uncomfortable way.

Here you can see the discrepancy between my pupil and the pupil-hole. I really wish manufacturers weren't so afraid of obscuring peoples' vision. lol What's the point if you can tell right off that they're contacts?!

Next I tried the Twilight Green pair.

Isn't that a gorgeous color?!

Taking into account my skin, hair and natural eye color - I think I prefer lighter colored lenses. lol The extra darkness makes me look kind of evil.

As with the gray lenses, these were noticeable in my eyes from time to time, but not painful and I had no physical discomfort with them.

Both pairs retail for $23/pair not on sale which is still a pretty good deal. (back in the 90s these would have been about $80/lens so... yep) Overall I do recommend LensVillage for their periodic sales; even though it doesn't look like they accept paypal I didn't have any problems using my debit card as a credit card and that gets a thumbs up from me. On a personal blind-person level I still prefer Pinky Paradise (despite their flip-flopping payment methods) for the sheer selection of Rx lenses they offer. Both sites offer quality lenses (they don't feel too flimsy or rigid and arrive in the glass vials you'd expect) and the Rx power has been perfect from both sites. If I do have issues in the future, y'all will be the first to know.

I really like the gray ones. *teehee*

I think I covered everything I wanted to. If you have any questions at all feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer. In the meantime I believe I'll take a hot shower and a nap before dinner. *cough~cough* >_> lol Y'all take care out there and stay well! There's something going around... it's not horrid, but definitely annoying. See you in a few days! (^_^)"/"

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

OKC & Beardlam 3

Hello, everybody! I know; I'm awful. lol It has been such a long week, but I'm finally here to recap our "weekend" trip up to Oklahoma City for posterity and those of you not following along on facebook or Instagram. ^_^

We left moderately early Thursday morning (11am lol) for the six hour trip North. Thanks to I-35 it's a straight shot; no thinking involved.

We did stop twice on the way up. Once for food (#LiveMas) and once for gas. For any Rocky Horror Picture Show fans out there, we drive right through Denton which is where Shock Treatment was supposed to be filmed. (wasn't because of the actor strike at the time, so that's a shame)

Huge shout-out to Wonka Mike and his lovely wife (whose name escapes me because I suck) for opening their home to us. Without their kindness and generosity the trip would have been far more unpleasant what with trying to sleep in the car in a Walmart parking lot or something. Here's a quick selfie of Aaron and Bruiser who may or may not have remembered us from last time.

hehehehe Adorable. ^_^ Mike had a doctor appointment Friday morning so rather than sit around making sure his house didn't float away we decided to explore a bit. This can be a little tricky because the stupid gps in my phone just keeps on trying to put us on the Turnpike, but we managed to find the mall!

According to Cristy it was a much cooler mall before when it had a Disney store and Sanrio store, but... it does have the coolest food court I've ever seen.

And an H&M!! Oh if I had all the monies... *sigh* I also found (and resisted) the nearby Ulta. Of course I did! But, yes, I resisted...

We made a quick trip to S&B Body Arts so we could see the shop (finally, last trip it was Sunday and they were closed) and I picked up this cute bow made by Stepher Madness (remember the chick that hoola hooped on glass? her):

Then, finally, we made our way to Bricktown Brewery for the main event! I got to be have a star.

I also got to meet this star!

Cristy and her husband are absolutely amazing. Friendly and hilarious and definitely not psycho stalkers as far as I could tell. LOL Seriously, I can't wait to hang out with them again.

Then! The main event of the main event. The Third Annual Beardlam Beard & Mustache Competition. Here's Aaron's look up close:

Scary! I was so nervous for him when he went up on stage to show off his hairs.

I don't know about the previous two competitions, but this year they had a celebrity judge! Mr Robert LaSardo, who is actually a decent human being; and not just because he gave Aaron a totally unsolicited compliment. lol You know when celebrities do events there's this understood level of niceness with us "little folk" that they have to have, but he went way beyond that actually talking to people and not being a dick even after everything was wrapping up. He was totally into the competition, taking everyone seriously and really getting into it. Proud moment for me: there were only a small handful of people that Robert LaSardo stood up to get a closer look at and... Aaron was one of them!

Sadly, he didn't win. According to a source close to the judges it was really close. If there had been a 3rd place trophy he would have gotten it. He is wanting to compete next year. lol If you'd like to take a peek at some of the truly amazing beards and mustaches that were on display check out the facebook album here.

Of course he always gives me crap about not "looking like a tourist" when we travel, but what's the point of travelling if you don't take in (and take pictures of) your surroundings?!

Also, apparently this is a thing:

We had to leave pretty early Saturday morning, but we did have time for a quick side trip to meet up with our e-friend "Panda" in Dallas. Being mostly on the way and all.

We had Starbucks. lol Not pumpkin spice...

Then, back home for all of the madness that was awaiting us here.

Last, but not least, I needed a mani that was going to hold up to a week's worth of travel and fun!

After much debate I finally decided to layer Zoya Cosmo over OPI Push And Shove. That chrome base really helped disguise the patchiness of Cosmo and it did hold up! That pic was taken yesterday so that's a full five days worth of wear. Fabulous!

*phew* Looks like that's it. Finally got my contacts from Lens Village so I will be doing a post on those coming up. Also the razors since I still haven't starting bzzzing on those yet. *oops* I will try to catch up on everyone else's blogs and stuff. *hugs* Love you guys! (^_^)"/"

Friday, September 11, 2015

Sinful Colors:Blue Sensation & V.I.Peach

Almost forgot to post today. Did forget to pick up cat food and had to go back out. One of those days. I do have two lovely polishes to share, so hopefully that will get me back on track.

Starting with two coats of Sinful Colors Blue Sensation:

Gorgeous blue with kind of a matted shimmer finish. The only reason I got this was because of the 3D Glitter sticker which made me think "ooooh texture or holo!" and it was neither, so... there's that...?

Still, it's pretty and dried quickly so I'm not too disappointed with it. Just a little confused.

I also have two coats of V.I.Peach.

I quite like it... for a yellow. It's a nice shade and, of course, that matte finish.

Currently wearing Color Club Antiquated. I thought I'd wear this 'til it's time to get ready for Beardlam, but it looks like I have one more post to do before we leave. I'll think of something. lol Hope everyone is well. Stay safe and I will see you soon. (^_^)"/"

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Zoya: Happi

Hello, lovelies! Today I have a beautiful shimmery gem from Zoya! Happi is a lovely pink with gold shimmer that is, sadly, more sheer than I would have liked, but not un-work-with-able and next time I will layer her over something else.

Three coats and still some VNL and (*ggrr*) PDL. The gorgeous shimmer does distract a bit, so that's nice. Like how it was all overcast when I was trying to take pictures?

I did have a moment sitting here and in the glow of my computer monitor where Happi looked almost coral and was absolutely glowing, but... my phone disagreed... *double ggrr*

We are not amused, phone. Oh! In spite of the three coats Happi still dried pretty quickly.

And then there was this:

I know, I know. Xbox One. But look at that cutie enticing me with irresistible prices. The banner is still up on the site (you can click the one above) and they do have a selection of prescription lenses available for the sale. I'm getting green and grey.

I'm going to go make some breakfast. Next post will feature a very confusing Sinful Colors. Hope you'll join me for it. See you there! (^_^)"/"

Saturday, September 5, 2015

#SBBNailChallenge - 47 - Tribal

Yep. I'm late today. Totally spaced. I'm here now with another #SBBNailChallenge; this time number 47 - Tribal. I tried searching the internets for inspiration and came across so many amazing freehand designs. I didn't trust myself with that, so I found the stamping plate that I thought most closely fit the theme.

From Bundle Monster plate BM-605. I started with a base of Color Club Tribe And True over which I applied a layer of Finger Paints Psychedelic Hue. Which didn't thrill me. Still trying to find combos that work with Finger Paints' 2nd flakie collection.

Stamping was done with essie Good As Gold which worked amazingly well. Finished everything off with a matte topcoat.



Left to right: Happi, Aggie, Tris and the NYFW exclusives Dagmara, Antoinette and Constance. Yay! WalkOfNails suggested Happi first so that's what I'm wearing now. I wish I could capture this amazeballs pink-coral-gold color I'm getting in the super low light, but... we'll see how they turn out.

That's it for me. Time to make dinner and drag myself through the rest of the weekend. Y'all stay safe out there! (^_^)"/"

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sinful Colors: Bright To The Point & Bright B4 Ur Eyes

Okay darlings, let's get this show on the road!

Today I have the two pinks from the Walgreens exclusive "neon" collection and we're going to start with what I thought would be the lighter of the two (judging by the wrapper colors) Bright To The Point:

Two coats over white. No formula problems, though I did have a lot of bubbling. This happened with both polishes, though, so I'm blaming it on my haste and my basecoat.

Bright To The Point is kinda bright. Sorta almost neon if you don't like the eye-searing variety.

I paired this with Models Own Hot Pink. Another sorta kinda neon pink.

Sorta close on this one. I can't call them dupes because they did look more different than that in real life, but close.

Next is the very confusing Bright B4 Ur Eyes which should have been darker than Bright To The Point, but...

Uhm... what? Again, two coats over white.

It's easy to think I got the bottles confused (I questioned myself twice since I started typing), but I double checked the bottles and I know this is right because the polish color in the bottle looks closer to my comparison color:

I chose Hello Kitty Pink Wink (omg go check out that mani! hehehe) because that's what it looked like it was going to be!

And I know I was very careful to keep the comparison bottles with their respective SC bottles. So, honestly, I don't know wtf.

Okay, so coming up next will be another #SBBNailChallenge post (that I really hope is okay...) followed by some layering fun. Then, likely, back to swatches because it looks like my Zoya package is already in Texas! *squee!* That'll help break up the mess of SCs I still have. Sounds legit, right? hehehe Okay, that's it for me. Hope everyone has a fantastic September! (^_^)"/"