Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Enneagram Personality Test

How do you score?

I just took this personality test that I just heard about.
It's called an Enneagram Personality Test.  It's pretty accurate.

I have taken other personality tests (not the lame random internet ones, but the slightly more scientific, yet still free ones) such as the Myers Briggs Personality test; which was also very accurate in a different way.  (the personality is broken down in different ways than the Enneagram test)

for the Myers Brigges Test i'm personality type ESTJ.
for the Enneagram Personality test...
well, here are my results:

Enneagram Test Results
Type 1 Perfectionism |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||| 18%
Type 3 Image Focus |||||||||||||||| 70%
Type 4 Hypersensitivity |||||| 26%
Type 5 Detachment |||||||||||||| 58%
Type 6 Anxiety |||||||||||||||| 62%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||| 14%
Type 8 Aggressiveness |||||||||| 34%
Type 9 Calmness |||||| 30%
Your main type is 1
Your variant is social
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 Main Type
Overall Self
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Although i do kind of feel silly taking these kinds of tests, they always tend to ring so true.  and although it may seem like a cheater way of 'finding out about myself' I figure it still tells me something about myself: both from the test results and how I feel about the test results.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sally Hansen Xtreme wear: Review & Swatches

Last week I went shopping with a friend.  He was shopping for a suit for a wedding party that he's going to be in at the end of May and i joined him to help him in his search for a student-friendly suit.  (ie.  a cheap one that's not ugly)
We scoured the clearance racks at Sears and after searching for matching jacket and pants that both fit that were single breasted, not pleated in the pants, and not torn half way down the back of the jacket there was a mild victory!  It wasn't amazing, and frankly speaking I don't know much about men's formal attire and what's in and what's not.  It was fine and really cheap.  So we got the jacket and pants then went on the hunt for dress shoes, of which i definitely know even less about.  I mostly remember seeing some of my other classmates dressed up for presentations at school in shiny black dress shoes that made their feet look really flat and wide and kinda pointed too. that trendy?  ...for men's shoes to be tapered?  

Anyways.  While waiting for his boyfriend to pick us up from one mall to drive us to the other as the hunt for shoes continued, we hung out in Walmart. ...thus the segue into my nailpolish haul.  I don't know why i can't seem to resist the Sally Hansen Xtremewear polishes even though they never wear very well for me...  oh wait.  i know why.  the colors are prety damn kickass and they're priced super cheap, with a great brush.

At the Walmart that I shop at, the Sally Hansen Xtremewear polishes are always $1.99 regular price.  so how can i turn that down?  Even if they don't wear very well on their own, i can use them for nail art too right?  
The brush shape, however, was a let down this time.  (along with the disappointment of the change in the lid -which is probably tied to the brush shape)
The brush i'm used to for this line is one that is slightly wider than normal (not OPI wide, but sill noticably wider than the standard brushes).  The lids i'm used to are a simple slightly tapered cylinder.  

The majority of the polishes i got recently had a different brush and handle.  The brushes were the standard round shape (very disappointing) and the lid was not tapered on one end, but instead was tapered in the middle.  and the taper was far more noticable, which i don't personally like.  i don't like it when my fingers are forced to slide into a particular spot on the handle because of the taper.  blah.

well, at least the colors were great.
Individual reviews will be under each of the swatches below.

DEEP PURPLE: What a gorgeous purple with mirco shimmers.  Reminds me of Virtuous Violet by Nicole by OPI.  (wish i was organized enough to do a swatch comparison) 
Pigmentation was pretty decent, but definitely needed 2 coats to get opaque.

BLUE IT:  definitely going to take over the favorite blue from Blue Me Away.  but then again they're in very different categories.  This one is a gorgeous saphire blue with micro shimmers (as with the majority of colors from this line).  
Pigmentation of this one was great.  Only needed one coat (granted, a thick one) to get a nice opaque color.

OCEAN VIEW: mid blue/teal color with micro shimmers.  
Pigmentation is mediocre, but not the worst of the group.  needed two coats for sure, but the color is worth it!

MARINE SCENE:  here it is with one coat.  Horrible pigmentation!  This is one coat.

MARINE SCNENE:  I'd love to say that this photo was with two coats, but it was actually with three.  Yes it's fine with just two.  the nail line disappears with two coats, but the beautiful vibrancy and depth of the color isn't truly shown until the third coat is applied.  such a bummer.  ...but it'll be great for doing gradients and as an overlay!

CHERRY RED:  first of all:  can you believe that I don't actually own a flat bright red?!?!?!  How did this happen??  wow.
ok, but seriously.  this is cherry red with one coat.  two coats is great, but not entirely necessary.
Pigmentation on this one kicks buttttt!

However, as with most of the Xtreme wear polishes, the wearability continues to disappoint. The visible chip on my ring finger was after less than 30 hours of wear.  (and seven of those were during sleep!)  
typical disappointment for the wear of this line by Sally Hansen.  
Not sure why the heck that is...   especially since all the other lines i've tried form Sally Hansen always wear so well..  


Friday, April 16, 2010

Nail Fails vs. My Nails v1

Hi All!

So I was thinking about what the difference is between my youtube account ( and my blog.  And for a while there was no difference other than the fact that I don't update my blog as often as I post nail tutorial/makeup tutorial videos on Youtube, and the random personal blog post here and there.

So I decided to also show either the 'nail fails' or 'video fails' designs here.  Also, I rarely wear the nail designs that I do in my tutorials out in my daily life.  As much as I love the designs I come up with and love how they look, i'm not quite as bold as I wish i were to wear them out and about.  So here instead i'll also post just snap shots of the nail designs that I do actually wear.  (much plainer and simpler than my tutorials)

I don't have too many archived photos at this time so here's what I got for now.
(more will follow when I find the photos and/or actually photograph the false nails)

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This one was originally for a tutorial I called Green Meadow.  It was going to be a slide show tutorial because my iMovie is messed up (still is)  but then I kinda went overboard with it and it ended up looking just messy and gross.  But since it was a photo slide show I had photos of each step.  This photo is around where I think I should have stopped.
So instead I now call this nail: Green Leaves.  Much better.  :)

Hmmm..  well, this one never got named.  But now that I'm looking at it maybe i'll call it: Pink Button-up Dress.  That's kinda what it looks like to me.  
I have really been trying hard to do a tutorial with two convex curves like this using loose leafe paper reinforcements to get the curve.  But it never really turned out.  Even this one.  I think the curve is.. off.  Plus it just ends up looking odder as the curve radius stays the same but the nail bed gets bigger/smaller depending on the finger.    so I nixed this one for a tutorial.  

Geeze.  Thought I had more pics of the nails that didn't get a tutorial.  Musta recycled them when I was cleaning out the computer and external for school.  Oh wells.  I'll re-photograph them and post them later.

I've decided to name this type of Post: Nail Fails vs. My Nails.  I could keep a tally of which is winning.  lol.. is this lame?  Let me know!
So far, the score is 2 - 0

Hope you're all are doing well!

Monday, April 12, 2010


I recently did a handful of nail tutorials on nail tips.  I didn't do the tutorials on my own nails because I had just done my own nails with this look.
The base color is is OPI's My Private Jet.  LOVE this color.

Then I topped it off with a Silver Hologram Glitter from Coastal Scents that I mixed into a clear polish.  This Billie polish I got from my local dollar store.

I love this manicure.  I always get compliments on it because it absolutely glistens with a rainbow sparkle in direct light.  It appears much more of a flat silver in the shade (as seen in the photos - which were lit, but the glitter doesn't photograph easily :(

Are there any readers out there that make frankens a lot that can give me a quick tip?
I prefer to mix glitters with clear polishes but notice that they ALWAYS settle.  Any tips (other than adding the metal mixing balls) to prevent the glitter from settling??

Hope everyone's having a great start to the week!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

3D Nail Art Blog's First Monthly Giveaway!!

Hey all!

check out Charity's first blog giveaway!

Check out her Blog:3d Nail Art

It's gonna be a monthly thing!  A-MAZING!
She's so generous!!

She does wonderful acrylic nail art so if you're into that, Definitely check her out.  And if you're not, she's still a great inspiration for regular nail art too!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

DIE Movie iMovie!!

:@ Arghhhhh!!  

what the heck is wrong with my iMovie??  It won't save my videos!
It no longer likes doing transitions.  is moody with titles and won't do themes!  and sometimes it just plain old doesn't feel like saving after i spent over an hour or so editing a tutorial!  GAHHH!
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wel, hopefully i'll figure something out otherwise i guess all my tutorials will all be very choppy and kinda crap.  :(  boo.  especially now that I have over 500 subscribers on Youtube.  It'd be a bummer if suddenly i had to start putting out crap quality tutorials.  

I tried doing some slideshow ones but those were taking forever in iMovie too and it didn't even save the titles.  :(
And plus, i definitely prefer live tutorials.  they feel much more personable, in my opinion.  

well, hopefully i can figure something out.  i just tried downloading a couple free video editing software programs.  jahplayer and jashaka.  have no idea how the heck they work.  
any of you out there reading this know how to use those programs??    or have any ideas what i can do to fix my iMovie?   

Help=Greatly appreciated!