Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall Into Autumn Challenge: Pumpkins

Jesus marimba. I've been out of town for almost a full week now. I spent a few days in Austin doing recruiting for work. I got to stay in a sweet hotel and eat at tons of places I never could afford before. But it wasn't all fun and games. I stood and talked to approximately one zillion people for 10+ hours a day. My feet were killing me and I nearly lost my voice, but it was still fun!

After Austin, I headed down to San Antonio to visit Laura and go see Looper. I thought this movie was pretty amazing, but it is not for the faint of heart - or weak of stomach. Bruce was great, as usual. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt was wunderbar, even though the crazy Bruce makeup was a little weird.

My final destination on this whirlwind adventure was to go visit my sister in College Station. She got us tickets to the A&M vs. Arkansas game, which was an interesting experience. It rained pretty much the entire time... which was a little miserable. Overall, this has been a pretty great week, but I'm super excited to be back home... and paint my nails!!

Colors Used:
China Glaze Starboard
Nicole by OPI One Time Lime
Sally Hansen Sun Kissed
Konad White
Shany Black

Here's a couple more action shots. It was kinda hard to keep the glare off of the pumpkins and show that there was a glare already painted on.

In other news, Once Upon A Time comes back in ONE MINUTE, and I may have a panic attack I'm so excited.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's My Year!

Do you ever wander into your closet and find a polish that you've never seen before and don't remember buying? That doesn't happen to me often, but it definitely happened today. I'm not sure where this polish came from, but it sure is pretty! I really need to start taking pictures of polishes that work for my camera. This one didn't. Please take note that this is prettier than it appears!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Light as a Feather!

I think I'm the worst at looking at a mani and trying to replicate it. Today I gave it a shot again. And I think I actually did a decent job this time, BUT I CAN'T TAKE A GOOD PICTURE OF IT. I think part of it is that I had to use artificial lighting (like I always do). I should try painting my nails when it's not the middle of the night... Anyways, I found this design on Pinterest. And I tried to find the original blog it was on, but I could only search as far as this Tumbler... Blarg.

I started off with about a billion layers of Spoiled My Button Fell Off. It's a little pinker than it looks.

Then I applied a thin layer of Essie Set In Stones.

I was afraid that if I used the Spoiled polish as the top layer of the sandwich it would totally block out the glitter. Instead, I used Ulta Sweet Nothing. This one isn't very pinky, so the sandwich looks more flesh-colored now.

I put this up against my bleh-colored apartment walls to try and make the pink hints a little more obvious.

FINALLY I stamped on my best feather stamp. I REALLY REALLY wish I had the stamp that this girl used. It's sooooooooooo pretty. I am now officially on the hunt for it.


Here's all of the polishes I used!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Fall Into Autumn Challenge: Fall Leaves

In case you missed the memo, I live in Texas. Just for a second, picture Texas in your mind. You just pictured horses, tumbleweeds, and cowboys, right? There wasn't a single tree in that image. That's because Texas is the worst. The few trees we do have look super unnatural and they don't change colors. Ever. Sometime in the late winter the leaves just rot and plop to the ground in a horrible, soggy mush.

LUCKILY I lived in places (namely Indiana) that actually experienced seasons. I reached into the recesses of my brain to pull out my distant memories of leaves in the fall. I kinda failed at 1) picking colors that show up in stamps 2) smearing the topcoat.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Fall into Autumn Challenge: Football

It's football season!! My team lost last night, so I wasn't super excited to do football nails today. The brush I used was being obnoxious, so I have some smudges. =/

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fall into Autumn Challenge: Cloudy Days

After a lot of consulting with my moral compass, Laura, I have decided that the next two designs in the fall challenge will be retroactively applied to two posts I did earlier this month. Basically, I'm just retagging those posts because I don't want to do the same thing over again. If you'd like to look and the apple designs and my school spirit nails, you can check those out now. :]

Now we can get to the fun stuff!! Today's challenge is "cloudy days." Weirdly enough, today was actually a super cloudy day in Houston. I know because I sit next to a window all day - from sunrise to an hour before sunset. I don't usually associate cloudy days with the fall (isn't it more of a winter thing?) but I guess today's weather proved me wrong. Houston actually has ridiculous random storms that roll through in the summer/fall, so my nails are storm clouds! If I did this again I probably would leave out the lightning, although Laura assures me that it looks awesome.

Colors: Essie Smokin' Hot, Revlon Top Speed Metallic, Rimmel London French Ivory, Milani Yellow Whiz

Since Laura was such a good sport about me forcing her to watch the Bears/Packers game tonight, I did her nails too! She specifically requested polka dots, and I think these turned out pretty cute! They look a little like turtle shells!

Colors used: Essie Smokin' Hot, Revlon Cloud, Revlon, Jelly

Monday, September 10, 2012

JENsations Bubble Gum

I have been walking around in the world with claw-like nails for the past two days. The next thing on my fall challenge is apple nails, and I seriously just did those! So... I've been avoiding doing my nails so I wouldn't have to feel bad about skipping the next thing on the challenge. But then I realized that I have all of fall (which hasn't officially begun yet!) to do all of these. *phew* Today I tried out one of my recent Etsy purchases. :] This is Bubble Gum from JENsations on top of China Glaze Spontaneous.

Random viewing rant:

Has anyone seen Silent House? The real-time horror movie with Elizabeth Olsen? Well I'm watching it right now (alone in my dark apartment) and... it's actually really bad. 99% of the acting is balls-to-the-wall, over the top, ridiculous. Elizabeth is the only one who's doing a decent job here. Don't get me wrong, this movie has some terrifying moments. I'm pretty sure I've figured out what's going on and why (I won't spoil it, just in case you wish to few this. And it's kinda gross.). But... the other two characters in this movie (so far) are the girl's dad and uncle. And both of them have creepily made passes at her and/or were acting a little too flirty during the beginning bits.

Update: Don't watch this.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Star Trekkin': The Man Trap

First off, check out the sweet Google Doodle from today!!! I really recommend checking it out ASAP. There's a bunch of scenes that just made me giggle at how accurate they are. 

Pre-episode tidbits - This actually isn't the second pilot! I believe that this was actually the fifth or sixth episode that was filmed (once they knew they were going to get picked up) and they decided to have this be the first episode at the last minute. Weird!

Episode 1.1 - The Man Trap
Original air-date: Sept. 8, 1966

Plot: Stardate 1513.1, the Enterprise visits planet M-113 where a group of nerds are doing an archaeological survey. Dr. McCoy (Bones) meets up with a former lady lover, Nancy, who is now married to one of the nerds. Random crew members start dying after all of the salt is strangely sucked from their bodies. Who's doing the sucking? Let's find out!

After beaming down to a pretty drab-looking planet, Captain Kirk tells Bones that he should bring his lady some "flowers." Looks like these pieces of straw are all this planet can afford.

Nancy, looking like the same hottie Bones remembers from 10 years ago, waltzes in to say hello. But when the captain gives her the once-over she's looking a little rough. *First indication of something weird going on*

After one more crewmen introduces himself, we see that he is seeing her as a 20-something blonde bimbo! He tells her she looks like a girl he left behind on a "pleasure planet" AKA hooker. Smooth.

I guess they're trying to show that each man is seeing his ideal woman. But... the captain likes 'em old? Innnnneresting choice, Jimbo. Mommy-issues?

Nancy lures Mr. Pleasure Planet away from the others with a "come hither" sashay of her hips just as the intro credits roll. SPACE! THE FINAL FRONTIER!

Mr. Nancy rudely greets Bones and Kirk, asking them to get the heck out - but leave him some salt. Bones insists that Star Fleet requires a yearly health check, and the trio starts chatting about how Nancy looks. Bones keeps going on and on about how Nancy hasn't aged in 12 years while Kirk, ever the gentleman, tries to hold back his comments about her looking a little older than 25.

Bones looks confused, and Mr. Nancy tries to hit that maybe Bones had his beer-goggles on and that when she came back she'd appear to be a more "believable age." Just then, they hear Nancy shrieking like a loon off in the distance.

Turns out that Mr. PP "ate an untested plant" and died on the spot. Kirk shoved his fingers down his face to pull out a little green plant.

What kind of grown-ass man picks up a random alien plant and just starts eating it? Really?? Come on lady, come up with something a little more believable!! But Kirk and Bones seem to think this is totally reasonable, as their crew members have the average intelligence of a two-year-old. Somewhere during Nancy's tear-filled retelling of the events Bones realizes that she's looking a little old. The guys get ready to beam themselves and Mr. PP back to the ship, but Nancy takes a moment to forcefully remind them to bring back some salt tablets.

Back on the ship, communications officer Uhura gets her flirt on with Mr. Spock. She tells him that they should talk about what it's like to be in love, first kisses, and what a moonlight stroll on Vulcan looks like.

Spock no likey.

Spock video chats with sickbay once everyone is beamed back. Check out his earpiece...

He lets the doc and Kirk know that whatever PP ate isn't what made his face so blotchy. DUN DUN DUNNNN. Bones runs and reruns some tests, and finally discovers PP has zero salt left in his body. Spock, Kirk, and two other dudes head back to the planet to question the couple. Nancy is off doing something, so one of the dudes goes off to find her while the other starts looking at plants. While the others are arguing about why salt is necessary, Nancy kills the dudes. Then she morphs into one of them while Mr. Nancy runs away. Bones and Kirk meet up with the impostor, and Bones yells for Nancy to come to the safety of the ship with them. Kirk tells him to "stop thinking with your glands!" and get back to the ship. Nancy (now Greene) beams back with them. In the hallway he encounters Basket-Head eating someone else's food (why?) so he stops to eat the salt shaker.

Spock and Jim scan the surface of the planet to locate Mr. and Mrs. Nancy, but only one lifesign is visible.

Apparently today is Horn-Dog Day on the Enterprise, and these two pervs check Basket-Head out.

Turns out Yoeman Janice was bringing Sulu his food in the botany lab. While she drops it off, she says hello to her favorite moving/squealing planet, which is clearly a man wearing a green glove with pink cloth stuck on the ends. Love it.

After Nancy/Greene strikes out with Basket-Head, he sees Uhura in the hall. He quickly morphs into her idea of a dreamboat -

Uhura obviously thinks he's a hottie.

And she isn't bothered by the fact that she's never seen him before (they live on a spaceship!!) or that he's obviously about to choke her to death.

Luckily, Basket-Head walks back into the scene just in time. Uhura heads back to the bridge, where she fails to mention the stranger who tried to kill her.

In other news, Bones takes a sleeping pill and passes out on the most uncomfortable looking space bed ever.

Nancy/Greene/Sexy Black Man eats.. this guy... I tried to come up with a good name for him, but I'm thinking so many things at once that I can't narrow it down to just one.

Nancy goes to whisper sweet nothings to the doc while he's pretty drugged up. All medical personnel are called to a meeting and, naturally, Nancy goes for him - as him!

Jim locks on to Mr. Nancy's location and beams down to have another chat. They find him.. just chillin... next to his rocks and lion statue...

Spock has another look around and eventually finds Greene's real body. Finally! It's taken way too long for them to realize this thing was a shifter. Also, everyone in this episode is super sweaty - except Spock. Are they supposed to be like this? I can't tell. Maybe it's just the Sweaty Sixties. Mr. Nancy gets caught and tells Spock and Kirk that the creature is the last of its kind and the real Nancy died about a year ago. He's been keeping it alive with salt tablets. *Beam back to the bridge*

Fake Bones meanders up to the bridge and asks Sulu and company for an update about the "creature" and the offers some advice. After everyone explains the traps that have been set for it, the salt-licker says they should just give "it" some salt and it'll behave. This is the first of many arguments the crew will have about whether or not to kill an alien creature just for doing what it does. Mr. Nancy (who senses that the doc is really the creature) explains that the creature needs love as much as it needs salt, and that he loves when it becomes Nancy for him. Creepy? Creepier still, Spock suggests that they use "truth serum" on Mr. Salt-licker so that he tells them which person is really the creature. The "doctor" says it's ok, and then he and Spock take the poor guy to sickbay.

Nancy/Bones tries to eat Spock and then kills Mr. Nancy. So much for love!!

Nancy wakes up the real Bones and tries to make it sound like the others are out to kill her.

Kirk walks in, phasor set from stun - to kill! Kirk lures Nancy over with some salt pills, but McCoy still doesn't believe it and tries to wrestle the phasor away.

Nancy starts eating the captain (of course) and the doctor still doesn't believe it (of course) until Spock walks in and starts beating the shit out of it.

FINALLY the doctor sees the creature for what it is! And boy is it a doozie.

I don't know about you, but all this talk of salt has made me thirsty.

Death toll: 5