Tuesday, December 8, 2009

LATE NIGHT FIXINGS

Oh my gosh.  look at the time. 
Working on prettying up the blog...  not sure I like it. 
but it'll have to do for now.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Night Shift

Okay, so apparantly i'm switching over to night shift...  not even sure why.


{night shift as in i'm up at night and sleeping waaaay in in the morning/afternoons.  ie.  it is currently 3:41am and i'm still wide awake..  ahhhhh }


...and now i'm shopping for nail polishes online..  great.  just what i need.
well, hopefully they don't get back to me with shipping prices too quickly.


:)



Monday, November 30, 2009

NOTD: Holiday Lavender Sparkle

My first gradient!
I used OPI: Done Out In Deco and Art Deco: Silver Glitter.  
I applied the silver glitter with a crease eye shadow brush actually.  ...only because I didn't have any sponges, which I believe may work better.  (and are disposable)


Don't have a tutorial on it, but I could do one if requested.  :D




Saturday, November 28, 2009

NOTD: Oil Spill


This look was so much fun!

I used Konad stamping kit image plate m63 and the nailpolishes shown below!  
Love It!






Thursday, October 22, 2009

NOTD: Purple+Teal Art

Hi All!


Here's a little look that I did on my nails today!
Tell me what you think!


Products used:
OPI - Done Out in Deco
LA Colors Art Deco - Sky Blue
Nicole by OPI - Global Beauty
Sally Hansen - All The White Stuff
LA Colors Art Deco - silver glitter



Friday, October 16, 2009

NOTD: Purple Zebra




Nails of the Day!


Virtuous Violet: Nicole by OPI
Black: Wet'n'Wild
Konad Image plate: m57

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

NOTD: Red+White Flower Tutorial

Nails of the Day - Red+White Flower - Konad Stamping With Regular Polish + Tips for Choosing Good Polishes for Stamping

I had a request on YouTube to do the stamping with other brands of nail polishes.  
The ones I used this time were the red and white from LA Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer.
The base color was the same as in my last NOTD (I think it was a pale pinkish by Rimmel.)  The stamping was generally successful.  


Basically you can use any kind, but there are certain key things to keep in mind that will determine the success/failure of the stamping:

1. The polish should be relatively opaque. If you're not sure how opaque it is (when you're in the store) make a little test swatch on your nails, or (if you're already wearing polish) make a test swatch on a white piece of paper. If the paper is still fairly visible behind the steak of polish, it may be less successful for stamping especially when used over a dark base color.

2. The polish should be preferably on the thicker side for consistency rather than thinner and runny. Thicker polishes will mimic the dense quality of the "special polish" that Konad sells. If you have any old polishes that are almost empty and/or are getting really goopy and thick from lots of use, these are perfect. the repeated use and exposure to air has made these old goopy nail polishes perfect for stamping! So don't throw them out!

3. Polishes that are matte with minimal shimmer tend to be better. Particularly stay away from ones with larger glitter pieces in them. The glitter will not work well with the delicate fine lines that are often found in the image plates. 



4.  Metallics also work really well because the polish generally need to be opaque in nature to be a metallic/or chrome.







Thursday, October 8, 2009

Nails of the Day - Natural Pink with Gold Glitter



Here's my rebellion against the mod red/white/black nails. 
I needed something neutral because the colored stripes and all the stamping that i've been doing lately was kinda getting a bit much for me.
So this is my rebellion with a neutral pink nail with just a touch of gold sparkle.  
It's very wearable for every day.
The two polishes I used are at the bottom.  :)


i felt like making the line into a star

the polishes I used:

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Nails of the Day - White/Red/Black Art Deco Nail Polish

Okay.  I need real harsh honest opinions.  I like the idea of this design, but find it kind of distracting to see a diagonal black line across my nails. 

Is this design great or tacky?



Saturday, October 3, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friends for Christmas

Had a good chat with my best friend, Christine while I was on the bus on my way to the doctor [about an eye infection... ewwwww] 

She's in Hamburg, Germany doing her PhD.  We chatted recently for a bit.  Man, I miss this girl.  I don't really think about her too much these days because we've been in different countries for almost 2 years, and in different cities for over 4 years, so it's not unusual for us to go months without communicating at all.  [and unfortunately when we do communicate it's usually via facebook]  

We just caught up a bit today.  We had chatted just a week or so ago, before she left for a symposium where she was giving a lecture.  She was really nervous about not being prepared and concerned about questions that people would ask about here presentation, which was her research, but only in the aspect that she was told to research someone else's method, so she did.  

As expected, it went really well.  

She also got a new roommate who's very clean.  This has her very excited because one of her old roommates who just moved out was not clean at all.  yay for clean roommates.  [in the past month, my roommate has only cleaned the toilet, once.  Other than that, i've been doing all the cleaning]

Well, Christine has booked her flight home for christmas!  She's going to be in Canada for almost three whole weeks!  I'm pretty excited.  I expect to be flying home for Christmas also.  Can't wait.  Haven't seen this girl since last christmas!

Nails of the Day - Dots with corner frame [preview]


Still LOVING the Konad Stamping method!  
I also purchased some nail art nail polishes in my 'i'm-sick' justification for getting more nail polishes.


Tutorial will be posted on YouTube and ABB soon!
yay nails!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Nails of the Day - Plaid print

Konad Stamping Kit [again!  SO Loving this!]
Lavender base color - OPI: Done Out in Deco
Print Color - Wet'n'Wild: Black

Friday, September 25, 2009

Beautiful People

It's funny how boys/men can consume your thoughts when you're interested in someone.  

My housemate is totally boy crazy and it's amusing because I thought I was boy crazy, but man, i'm nothing compared to her.  Although she is three years younger than me, so maybe i'll be a bit lenient because i was maybe a bit more 'crazy' when i was a bit younger too.  

Usually she's got some crush on a guy at school, and she talks about him constantly.  Although it's amusing and interesting to hear her go on and on about a conversation that she had with her crush of the moment, it's unfortunate because they don't seem to reciprocate her interest.

Currently she's interested in a boy who is definitely showing some interest back.  But he's having issues with something because she's out right told him that she 'really likes him' and all he said back was 'i really like you too.'  I mean, c'mon.  A girl doesn't tell any guy friend that she 'really likes him' unless it's more than friendship.. right?  or is that more common than i'm used to?

I was in a long distance relationship for three and a half years.  We broke up last fall.  After that I decided to not pay attention to boys and focus on finishing school. (I'm expecting to finish my thesis at the end of this fall term.)    There was a guy at school [is name is Shy] who i would see in the halls once in a while, and always though was cute, but never did much on because i was literally too focused on school.  

Last week was the first party of the semester.  I randomly made out with a really cute boy (not in my school.)  Hahaha.. I haven't made out with a cute guy on the dance floor in literally years!  It felt nice.  
He held me really close and he put his hand on my back under my tank top.  It felt really nice.  ...just to be held.  I don't expect to hear from him.  But sometimes it's nice just to have some skin to skin contact.  I think it's just something that's ingrained in us to be soothing.  
I think that's why I prefer hugs to kisses.
They can feel so much more intimate.
[Un]fortunately, nothing will happen with him.  He is not someone i see anything actually happening with.

It's funny how when you allow yourself to feel emotional about something so small about someone you don't even know.  Suddenly I started to realize that there are other beautiful people who are not in my life.   ...but who I wanted to be.
Like Shy.
Shy is beautiful.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Nails of the Day - Argyle print

On my nails are a muted/greyis purple (OPI: Done Out In Deco) and a really dark blue for the argyle print (SpaRitual: Surreal)
Print was created with Konad Stamping Nail Art Image Plate #m60.

Outfit of the Day - First Day of Classes

This was my look for the first day back at classes.

New jeans - dark wash, slim leg.
plain pink tee
navy V-neck sweater vest (because it was a little cold)
and this was accessorized with my everyday watch, ring and earrings, my new necklace from H&M, and my nike sneakers (with a pink swoosh that went nicely with the t-shirt.  :)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Marbled Nail Technique

So COOL!!!
[or possibly tacky... but i'm going with the former]
...And it was So Easy!

OOhhhh... Contest Entry for JuicyTuesday

I've finally uploaded my first makeup tutorial.  It took FOREVER!  Man, do i ever appreciate al the tutorials that all the beauty Gurus do.  It took me nearly all day: filming, editing, posting, annotating.  yeesh!


I think I did okay for my first time.  :D




Friday, September 4, 2009

Delicious

So today was one of those days where I made a super simple dinner.
However, once all the parts to the meal were on the plate, it just looked absolutely DeliciOUS!



YUM!  And super healthy!
mmm... looking forward to remaking this meal again tomorrow with leftovers!


Chicken: 


  • one chicken breast - cut into three flatter pieces.
  • Honey Mustard dressing drizzled on top.
  • Baked @400F for 20 minutes.
Salad:


  • Romaine lettuce hearts
  • grape tomatos
  • strawberries [not in image.  mine were rotten :(  ]
  • locally grown blueberries
  • feta cheese flaked and sprinkled ontop
  • slivered almonds (yay healthy fats!)
  • Honey Mustard dressing drizzled on top.
yummy yummy yummy in my tummy

Thursday, September 3, 2009

FIRST!!!



So I've been a member of YouTube for only a little while now.  I've posted my first video.  

But I really like watching others' videos.  Once in a while I'll scroll down to the comments and often see that the first person to comment doesn't actually have anything to say.  but since they claim to have seen the video first they comment: "First!!" 


What the hell is the point of that?  


It's so lame.  If you don't have anything to say, don't just shout out something for the sake of attention.  YOU'RE NOT FIVE YEARS OLD.