Wednesday, August 21, 2013

KB Shimmer Totally Tubular

Back on land! To celebrate, I'm having a Veronica Mars marathon! I'm also trying out some new KB Shimmer polish I just got :] I'm really loving this turquoise with the pink and blue glitters! I'm not sure who started making circle glitters, but I am a huge fan.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Darling Diva T.N.T.

I'm currently in the middle of a Veronica Mars marathon! It is actually ridiculous how many episodes in a row I have watched today... I felt like a super lazy bum, and I figured that doing a little nail work would make me seem more productive! I'm not sure if this counts as work, but now I feel a little better about myself :]

I tried out one of my new Darling Diva polishes - T.N.T. I'm pretty smitten by it! It's a black jelly with green and gold flecks. It's a little tough to see the colors, so I took a bunch of different angled shots. I might have been singing the song the whole time.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Summer Storms

My mom and I went antiquing today! Their new house is going to be finished sometime in August, so we're picking out new decorations for it :] Did you know that most antique shops aren't open on Mondays? Me neither. That was a little obnoxious, but we still found a few cute things. 

I got some new polish from Happy Hands Polish! I picked out Afternoon Thunderstorms and decided it'd look pretty cool with the cloud stamp from Nail Craze NC02. I think it might have looked better with white, but I think the blue turned out pretty cool. I feel all dark and stormy!  

Colors Used:
Happy Hands Afternoon Thunderstorms
Sally Hansen Blue-ming Fast

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Born Pretty Pink Feather Tattoos

Oh my gosh, I have been dying to do my nails. Two weeks is a long time to go without! My offshore role is going really well so far. :] The time goes by pretty quickly since I'm always busy, but it's nice to be home. 

I decided to go with a pretty simple mani until I can get my nails straightened out (they're pretty chipped and short). I got these water decals from the Born Pretty Store. They're really pretty, but I had some application issues. The decals were on the paper backwards! If you try to apply them like a normal temporary tattoo, you end up with the wrong side of the decal facing outwards. I was unamused, but I managed to delicately slide them off the backing paper onto my nails and all was well. I'm not sure if all of their nail tattoos are like this, but beware if you're not comfortable sliding decals around.

Colors Used:
Sephora by OPI Pale is the New Tan
Essie Lights
Salon Perfect Shocked

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Neon Accent Dots

I'm headed back offshore today! I meant to do a lot more nail designs while I was on land, but I got a little busy. I caught up on The Fall and started Breaking Bad, and between the two I've just been too overwhelmed with drugs and murder to do much else. Next time! I have been playing around with some neon polishes I bought last month though. The pictures are a little less intense than what it looks like in real life, but you get the picture. :]

Polishes Used
Essie Lights
Salon Perfect Sugar Cube
Salon Perfect Summer Escape
Salon Perfect Yowza Yellow

Friday, July 5, 2013

Marbled Foil

A few months ago I bought a bunch of nail foil from the Born Pretty Store. I've never used this stuff before, but the site has application instructions and a video tutorial! The video made this look super simple, but I had some difficulties with it. I think my major problem was getting the base polish just the right amount of sticky so that it'd pull the foil to it without being too wet. I guess I need to practice a little more. But not today! I've had enough foil fun for a little while.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Terrible Tuesday: Elektra

Alright, I just got back to Houston after being offshore for two weeks and then going to Destin for a few days. I haven't had the chance to watch a single movie yet, so here's the conclusion of the Daredevil / Elektra marathon I had a few weeks ago.

Elektra (2005)

Much like Daredevil, I have not seen Elektra, nor do I know what it is about. I'm assuming it's a sequel to Daredevil, but Elektra supposedly died. I'm assuming that this is not the case.

The movie starts off with a prophesy about Elektra, stating that she will tip the scales in the epic battle between good and evil. They also mention that people who use the good side of the force are able to bring back the dead.

Cut to two evil dudes talking about what a badass Elektra is and how she's trying to kill one of them. The henchman thinks she's just an urban legend who died years ago. Oh how wrong he is. So I guess the former rich girl who dabbled in knife skills and karate flips is now an assassin who can teleport around, whisper in someone's ear, teleport back, and hurl a knife at their back. Uh... why not skip the whisper and just stab?

Elektra starts scrubbing down the floor (DNA!) and her "agent" walks in. Apparently she's a hitman. He asks why she had to kill all of the henchmen instead of just the target. I guess she just likes killing.

Flashback to her dying and being brought back to life by some old Asian man (Stick). Her eyes flash green! Do they ever explain this? It was hinted at a bit in the first movie. Stick teachers her some more karate moves and kicks her out with no place to go.

Back to present. A new client is requesting Elektra's services. She goes for an intense swim (filled with lots of boob and butt swimming shots) which triggers a flashback to her dad forcing little Elektra to tread water until she was exhausted.

Some teenage girl is walking through her lakeside home, trying to steal her necklace. Who is she and why? No idea. Elektra lets her go.

Flashback nightmare to Elektra's mom murdered on the ground, the same necklace around her neck covered in blood. The shadow of some devil goat man (Drag Me to Hell) runs away from the scene. Elektra wakes up and 2:30 in the morning and, of course, starts an intense, brooding workout. She goes out to stare at the lake where a guy walks up (Mark Miller) looking for his daughter Abby - the chick who broke into her house.

Abby comes over to complain to Elektra for being uncool and telling her dad she broke in. It turns out it's Christmas day and Abby invites her over for dinner. I guess they're living someplace tropical? Looks like Abby is trying to fix her dad up with Elektra or something? Abby talks about all the schools she's been expelled from in - glances to her dad trying to remember what she's supposed to say - Baltimore. After dinner, Mark TUCKS HIS 13 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER into bed while Elektra looks on from the porch. Mark reveals that a drunk driver killed Abby's mom back in "Baltimore."

The next morning Elektra gets a delivery of her target's pictures - Mark and Abby! She stays cool as a cucumber, whips out her massive bow and arrow (when did she learn this skill??) and... feels bad and can't kill them. She calls her agent back saying that she can't kill them because she doesn't have enough background info. Then she leaves the island, throwing the keys to her house into some bushes dramatically. She heads to the ferry to get off the island but sees a vision of the future where Abby is screaming (because people using the good side of the force can also do this) and then sees a horde of hitmen boarding, presumably to go kill Mark and Abby. I guess Elektra feels the urge to go save them pretty much for no reason. The dinner couldn't have been that great. Elektra does some pretty fancy jump up and stab moves to kill an assassin on the porch roof. She starts to have a chat with Mark about who he is, but more assassins come busting in. She kills a couple and they turn into some weird green smoke and float off. Then they leave.

Cut to a boardroom filled with Asian men - the Council of the Hand. The start talking about some treasure the assassins failed to get and how Elektra stopped them. These guys seem to represent the light side and the dark side of the force. Kirigi volunteers to handle the treasure.

Elektra heads to a pool hall where a blind old man is playing. He recognizes her walk and smell. It's Stick! Does she have a thing for blind men? She asks him to look over the Millers and then shows her that he's still way better at being a badass then she is. She tells the Millers to run off to Africa and hide. Abby whines. One Asian bad guy, Tattoo, seems to be able to see through and control tattoos and graffitti. A grafitti crow chases the trio until Elektra shoves the Millers into a car and drives away. Abby asks about Elektra's murderous past, stating her profession is "messed up."

They meet up with her agent and he tries to get her to just kill these people and be done with it. She asks for plane tickets to get them out of Dodge. Elektra keeps having weirdo flashbacks. Abby changes her appearance - by doing her hair just like Elektra. Apparently she had the same shade of hair dye on hand. She tries to teach Abby how to see the future like she does. Abby is the most annoying, loud meditator ever, making faces and getting strangely close to Elektra's face. It's a bonding moment and they giggle it out.

We still don't know why these people are being hunted or why the mom was killed. Mark and Elektra talk about.. nothing.. and then start kissing. Elektra takes a nap and a weird hawk (which has been following them for days) stares at her. Turns out Tattoo can also control REAL birds, not just painted ones. Really? Ok. The agent stays behind to hold back the other assassins who've just showed up - one of which has bulletproof pecks which deflect a shotgun blast. Obviously, the agent is killed.

Asian Poison Ivy (Typhoid), Tattoo, and Sir Pecksalot catch up with Elektra in the woods. Abby is an idiot and reveals her and Mark's hiding spot by calling out "Elektra!" for no reason. Tattoo's lightbeam wolf tattoo attacks Mark and Abby as they flee, along with some scrawny black dude who doesn't seem to have any weird powers. Mark and Abby fight back ninja-style, revealing that they have karate skills, too! Typhoid sneaks up on Elektra, giving her the kiss of death. Turns out that Abby is the treasure! Sheesh, what a crappy treasure. Stick's ninja squad swoops in and takes Abby to safety and then lets Elektra know she's going to be ok. Huh?

Elektra wakes up in Stick's training facility and watches Abby train. Turns out she was a prodigy from age 4 and now the Hand wants to use her to do his bidding. Mark took her away to keep her out of their clutches. Elektra lets Abby try out her fancy knives and they have a heart to heart about how they had to lie and protect their identities. Abby is a brat, starts to walk off, then sneak attacks Elektra to prove she's good. Which she isn't. And then she cries. Like a bitch. And whines some more that she just wants to be a kid. Boohoo, I have magical karate powers, poor me.

Elektra sneaks off in the middle of the night and mind-summons Kirigi to "meet where it all began" and have an epic battle to see who gets to keep Abby. Elektra breaks in to an abandoned mansion, one she already has the key to. It's her old house where her mom was murdered! She busts out the sexy red suit and lights a few candles to prepare for the final battle. For some unknown reason all of the furniture covers start flying around the room, shielding Kirigi - her mother's murderer - from sight. This man has aged really well! Stupid Abby shows up again. Kirigi uses some kind of sound wave explosion to blow Elektra onto the ground. Abby and her magical gold rope start fighting Kirigi. Elektra hoists Abby out of the room. Kirigi summons Tattoo and his hundreds of snake tattoos to help with the kill. The girls run into the bush maze from Harry Potter, but Abby gets trapped by the sea of snakes. Elektra just WALKS UP to Tattoo while he's projecting all these snakes out and snaps his neck. Unfortunately, Typhoid finds Abby and lets her know that she used to be the treasure and is now jealous. Kirigi and Elektra battle it out again, this time jumping back and forth through a well. Elektra has some more weird flashbacks of her life and Abby and how they're super similar. Then she stabs and kills Kirigi.

Now it's time to go after Typhoid. Elektra hurls one of her knives through a dozen maze walls - it doesn't slow down or change direction - right into Typhoid's head. Ok, if these people are so easy to kill, why didn't she just get it done an hour ago?? All you have to do is throw a knife! Abby has been infected with Typhoid's disease whatever. Elektra channels the good side of the force and brings her back to life.

Mark - where has he been?? - says farewell to Elektra with a sexy kiss, saying he'll take care of Abby. Elektra asks what Abby is going to do next - go to the beach and get a tan? Or get some icecream? Because that's all a teen girl could ever want. They get all sappy and Elektra says "WE'LL FIND EACH OTHER" and leaves. She runs into Stick on the way out.

Elektra: "Your second life is never really like your first, is it?"
Stick: "Sometimes it's even better."


So Daredevil ended with him remembering that Elektra said she'd find him. But she never finds him? This movie has no mention of anything that happened in the previous movie. And this tiny quote exchange is how they explain it??

I don't even... HUH??

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Terrible Tuesday: DAREDEVIL

Every Tuesday we will be working through one terrible movie, giving our opinion on what makes it terrible, or amazingly terrible.

Surprisingly enough, I have never seen this movie. I've heard tales of its terribleness, but I figured it was time to see this train wreck firsthand when my brother brought home a copy from the Wal-Mart bargain bin. I'm going to be honest, I don't know any of the comic book background for Daredevil (Matt Murdock). All I know is that he's a blind superhero and is the reason Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner got together.

Young Matt Murdock seems to be the neighborhood dork who gets picked on by a group of bullies. His dad is a washed-up boxer (Jack).

Matt witnesses his dad beating some dude up for money, runs off, and then gets sprayed in the eyes with some acid just chilling in a barrel along an alley. I know this is a superhero movie, but I guess I don't understand why acid (or whatever that was) gives this kid crazy sound-sight ("radar sense"). Is it nuclear waste? That's a thing that sits around alleys in New York, right?

So now all of his senses are heightened, which apparently means he can do backflips and crazy karate. The blind pre-teen Matt practices these flips and handstands on the edges of various rooftops. Because that is the obvious place to practice.


Grown-up Matt has become a lawyer who fights for innocent victims. If he doesn't win the case in court, he/Daredevil goes and beats up the guilty dude. For his first fight scene he walks into a bar and beats up an entire biker gang. I'm not sure how he ensures that he can see the guys he's beating up. I know he uses sound, but what if they're quiet? Or what if there's loud music (like in the bar fight scene) that drowns out the sounds of men tip-toeing away?

He pursues his target into a subway station, but the sound of the train going buy makes his ears hurt so much that he can no longer even stand, much less kill the guy. So his strength is is weakness? What do his other heightened senses do? Can he smell the body odor of these criminals too?

After taking out the first bad guy, Daredevil retires to his humble abode, only to be greeted by an outrageously long and detailed answering machine message from a former lover telling him how much he sucks. Just as he climbs into his quiet-chamber bathtub, he hears someone being murdered. Bath time ruined.

During his leisurely brunch with his lawyer bestie, he SMELLS a gorgeous woman before she walks into the coffee shop. Again, can he smell the stench of injustice? And how much perfume is she wearing? He talks to her for a bit and then follows her out like a creeper. After some awkward flirting they begin to Matrix-style karate fight each other in a playground for no other reason than they're both hot and can karate. Turns out Elektra has a rich, powerful daddy, and once the fight is over she is whisked away by her unnecessary bodyguard.

Now that we know who her father is, we cut to a deal between Daddy Warbucks and The Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan). What's the deal? I have no idea.

The fight made Matt a bit late to meet his newest client, some stoner who seems to have been framed for murder. Matt is on the case.

Another seemingly-random cut to Colin Ferrel (Bullseye) playing the most intense game of darts I've ever seen. He's a pretty sore winner and kills a grumpy bar patron with a paperclip. His next move is to go to the airport, go through a metal detector, and spit a strangely large number of paperclips out. Is he made of paperclips?

Matt and the bumbling bestie go to the apartment of the lady their new client supposedly murdered to gather evidence. They have their first court appearance moments later where Matt plays the blind card pretty hard. Afterwards Elektra creeps up on him as he's meandering down the sidewalk. They check out his favorite rooftop, and it conveniently begins to rain, illuminating Elektra's face with raindrop sounds. Some stupid guy ruins the moment by getting beat up, and Matt rushes off mid-kiss. He beats up the bad guy, who informs him that Hell's Kitchen (a crappy section of New York) now belongs to the Kingpin.

The next morning Matt goes to his office where his gorgeous secretary (Ellen Pompeo) hints that she wants to be his date to the Black and White Ball. This guy is swimming in gorgeous women! Instead he takes his obnoxious lawyer bestie. There's some shady news reporter, who looks like a former gang member, who has been in nearly every scene. They're trying to hint that he's the one setting up their client..? They also get to meet the Kingpin. And Elektra shows up! She is just boobs-out ready for this fancy party. Ow! Matt sniffs his way over to her... and then seductively sniffs her back. They start to dance and whisper awkward sweet nothings in each other's ears.

Cut to some bald biker getting stabbed in the forehead.

Cut back to the Kingpin and Daddy Warbucks talking about how hot Elektra is. Kingpin gives Daddy-o a rose (just like the rose left on Matt's dad's dead body). Elektra thinks something is up and cries "Papa! Papa!" after him. Are they from Russia? The zoom away in their limo, chased by Bullseye. This movie has got some sweet tunes. This is from the chase scene.

Bullseye and Daredevil meet up. Bullseye throws a throwing star, Daredevil dodges. Bullseye says, and I quote, "I missed! I never miss!" Who is he telling? He manages to get Daredevils cane thing and hurls in at Daddy Warbuck's heart, killing him. Elektra sees the pointy stick with the Daredevil logo and shoots after him. I guess she missed the big fight Bullseye and Daredevil just had?

The cops and the shady reporter show up. Daredevil runs off and trashes his apartment in a rage of despair. Kingpin and Bullseye have a chat about how to kill Daredevil, how they need to kill Elektra, and how Bullseye is jealous of Daredevil's outfit and wants one of his own.

Matt doesn't show up for court the next day and bestie tanks it. Shady reporter shows up to Daddy Warbuck's funeral to tell Matt that his client is indeed being framed and the cop who testified against him is being bribed. Matt (not dressed as Daredevil) finds the cop and his brand new car, which he crashes into stuff until the cop confesses. Kingpin is behind the whole thing, of course.

Bestie and the secretary are burning the midnight oil. Bestie figures out one of the clues left at dead lady's place. I understand that they want to solve this case, but why is this lady so important?

Side note: the songs they've selected for this soundtrack are super 2003 dated. Yeesh.

Elektra does a little knife workout and then finds Daredevil playing in some laundry on a rooftop. He tries to explain, but she ain't havin' none of it. She stabs him through the shoulder and then rips off his mask - revealing Matt! She instantly bursts into tearful remorse. Bullseye seems to know they're having a moment and begins grunting from a few rooftops away. Elektra now knows who she really has to kill!

Side note: does twirling around your knives before you stab someone make you a better knife fighter?

Elektra and Bullseye battle it out, but she gets pretty beat up. Bullseye stabs her through the gut just as an NYPD chopper finds their rooftop. Was the NYPD looking for any of these people? Daredevil, I guess. Daredevil and Elektra crawl over to each other (I thought they were on different rooftops) where Elektra dies in his arms. The cops bust in, but Daredevil manages to fall into a church and hide. Crazy Bullseye finds him nearly immediately (does he have super smelling too?) and throws an offering plate into Daredevil's windpipe. And so begins the "throwing holy objects around the room" portion. They climb up onto the most giant organ I've ever seen (horribly CGI-ed) and beat all the pipes around so DD's ears ring. Bullseye seems to have figured out that sound is messing DD up, but not before breaking a stained glass window into throwing stars. Bullseye reveals that Michael Clarke Duncan is Kingpin and that his signiature is red roses. DD has the he killed my poppy revelation. And then the cops shoot Bullseye through the hands Jesus-stigmata style and DD throws him out a window onto a cop car - dead. "Bulleye!" he cleverly mutters.

DD rushes off to Kingpin's headquarters. Kingpin knows he's coming and DISMISSES all of his guards. "I was raised in the Bronx. This is something you wouldn't understand." Uh, ain't nobody understands that. Now you gonna die. Kingpin dismisses is second in command, who promptly goes to a bar and confesses everything Kingpin has done. For no real reason other than the cop offers a plea deal. For what? They have no evidence!

DD and Kingpin fight in a room that has weird streams of water in the floor and walls. Nice touch. Kingpin rips off DD's mask and starts revealing his motives - money. DD busts open one of these weird water panels, which seems to cause a chain reaction that makes the whole room rain like a monsoon for 30 seconds. Then he defeats Kingpin by KICKING HIM IN THE BALLS? He might have also stabbed him, but I think I missed it. DD has mercy and spares his life, stating that he can HEAR THE POLICE SCANNERS stating they know who Kingpin is. DD walks away, content that justice will be done.

Matt and bestie get their client out of jail and then go and have some more coffee. They argue about alligators in the sewers (for like the Third time this movie!) and ay with attempt to have a heart to heart about Elektra being dead. Matt goes outside for some air and ends up walking to the church. Shady reporter happens to find him (this is a city filled with MILLIONS of people!) and let him know that he knows Matt is Daredevil. Matt asks him not to print the story, but shady thinks it's his duty as a reporter.

Bullseye is still alive and kills a fly with a seringe.

Matt finds Elektra's necklace, which has Braille on it.

Shady writes the ENTIRE story about who Daredevil is and then deletes it line by line.

Daredevil goes off to fight some bad guys.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Terrifying Tuesday: Animals

Right after I started working in Houston a couple coworkers and I started Terrifying Tuesday - a night dedicated to horrible yet horrifying movies that we were too scared to watch alone. Now that we've been working for a while we've all gotten a little busy for mid-week movie parties. Stupid work interfering with my social life! But now I'm reviving Terrifying Tuesday for you guys! I'm hoping this will be something like How Did This Get Made, a freaking hilarious podcast that talks about a horrible movie each week, spoilers and all. I hate spoilers as much as the next girl, but somehow spoiling bad movies doesn't bother me at all. If you are an uber spoiler-phob, most of these movies will be available on Netflix instant and you can give them a look-see before reading on. I'm going to be blogging as I watch, but I'll put a little warning in if I have any big plot spoilers.

Animals (2008)
I have never heard of this movie, and I'm not sure how it ended up in my Netflix queue. Sometimes the movie fairies just know when a movie must be seen. Here's the provided synopsis - 
After sleeping with Nora, a sexy stranger passing through town, Syd undergoes a supernatural transformation that plunges him into a frightening new reality and sparks conflict with Nora's angry ex-lover, who behaves more like an animal than a man. 
Average rating: *****
Best guess for me: *****
Now if that doesn't tickle your fancy I don't know what will. It's got a love triangle, some sexy strangers, and what seems to be a sexually transmitted vampire/werewolf disease. And just look at this poster for a minute.

"The deadliest predator is already inside you." Based on what we've been told about this supernatural STD, I don't know if this tagline's pun was horribly accidental or perfectly planned. Either way, I am entertained. Obviously we don't know who is who on this cover yet, but there seems to be a lot of sexy business going on. Is the redhead wearing a wedding ring? Does the woman in black remind anyone else of Beyonce? Are these vampires or werewolves? So much intrigue already! Time to pop some corn and settle in for - ANIMALS.

Pop over to Confetti & Meatballs for the rest of the review!

Tips from a Shopaholic - Etsy Nail Polish Edition

Hello. My name is Laura, and I am an internet shopaholic. I spend hours meandering through my favorite sites, adding shiny new items to my invisible shopping cart. Just a few more clicks and these glittering gems are on their way to my doorstep. Over the years I've collected quite a list of fantastic online retailers that the novice shopper may not know about. Here are a few of my favorite nail polish shops on Etsy.

Pahlish has quite the collection of creams, jellies, and shimmers chock-full of a variety of glitters. Plus they have a clever name! Here are a few of the ones on my wishlist.

Dark Paradise

Toxic and Timeless

Smitten Polish
This shop has a knack for coming up with polish names that perfectly describe their color combinations. Some of these look edible!

Mint Chip
Chocolate Bunny Soup

Glimmer by Erica
Glitter attack!!! Seriously, if you love glitter polishes this shop is for you. Every time I wear one of these polishes I spend most of the day staring at my blindingly blinged-out nails.

Muy Caliente
Worlds Away

KB Shimmer
This is one of my all-time favorite shops. They also have a website which posts products a little earlier than the Etsy site if you're like me and need things immediately. I've actually camped out on this site eagerly awaiting the release of new collections. Many of these collections are seasonal, and if you don't jump on them quickly they are phased out.

Get Clover It


These are just a few of the dozens of polish shops I frequent, and I hope you like them! Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments! Next time I'll pick a different genre of shops to point out, and I'm always open to requests or suggestions.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Music Festo - Do's and Don'ts

This weekend I went to Free Press Summer Fest! It's a two day music festival featuring a lot of local Houston bands as well as popular bands worldwide! I had a blast and decided to put together this list of tips and tricks I have picked up during my festival adventures. Check it out on Confetti & Meatballs.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Party Rockin' Mermaid Tails

I spent a good six episodes of Arrested Development attempting to do this quilted nail thing I saw on Pinterest. It looked so cool! But apparently it is impossible.... Hrmph.

After taking another episode to ponder my options, I decided to try this mermaid technique I saw on Chalkboard Nails. Since I'm trying to use household items for these manis, I used a couple bobby pins as dot makers! They worked pretty well :] I need to go out and get a couple more polishes (I only have 6 with me right now) but I like the way this scheme turned out.

Colors Used:
Sally Hansen Butter-fly Stroke
Sally Hansen Man-go Team!
Sally Hansen Blue-ming Fast
Essie Lights

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Summery Saran Wrap Nails

A couple weeks ago I put 95% of my belongings into storage, including almost all of my nail supplies. So for the next few months I'm going to be doing manis that either use super cheap supplies or stuff around the house. I'm not sure how my family is going to feel about me going through their belongings looking for makeshift nail art supplies, but I think they'll get over it.

Today I did a saran wrap mani! I've been meaning to try this out, and it ended up being way easier than I thought! All you have to do is apply one layer of polish and let it dry. Then you paint on another color and dab it with crumpled up saran wrap. It looks a bit like sponge painting, but without any sponges to clean up.
;] I picked some summery colors even though today is a bit gloomy.

Colors Used:
Sally Hansen Butter-fly Stroke
Sally Hansen Man-go Team!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Best Blog Nomination

Hey guys! I was nominated by Baroque Fool for a blogger award! I've been following her blog for quite some time, so I was ecstatic that she nominated me! Here's how it works - 

Rules: Answer the questions asked of you by the blog that nominated you, then nominate up to 20 other blogs with less than 200 followers and ask 11 questions of them!

My Questions:

1. What is your favorite nail polish brand?
I'm quite a fan of OPI, but I'm going to have to go with KB Shimmer, because they have yet to create a polish that I didn't have to buy immediately. I spent an hour refreshing the page, waiting for the 2012 Christmas collection to go live.
2. Did you ever meet any of your blogging friends in real life?
I haven't met any of the bloggers I follow, except for my friends from middle/high school who have also started blogs. I'd love to though!
3. What do you prefer swatches or nail art?
Nail art. I attempt to just do swatches of new polishes, but I always end up adding something extra to jazz them up.
4. What do you like better stamping or water marble?
Stamping, although I'm not really that great at either. I'm far worse at water marbling... Maybe I'll practice that this summer.
5. Are there any colors you like only as polish but nowhere else?
Neons. They're fun for summer nails, but neon clothing always looks to fratty for me.
6. Tea or coffee?
Iced coffee!
7. Show us your best work on your blog :)
I don't know if this is my best work, but it's probably my favorite.
8. Do you ever do your friends nails?
I do occasionally  but I always feel bad because it takes a long time to do something super fancy and I feel like they get tired of sitting still. I've posted a few pictures on previous posts of friends' nails.
9. What inspires you to blog?
I really like writing, and of course I love doing my nails. In high school and college I got a lot of compliments asking where I had gotten my nails done. No one believed that I was doing them, so I decided to show them!
10. Do you have any assistants in your blogging aka shelve making hubbys? Friends who bring their discarded polish?
I wish! This is currently a one-woman show. June 1st I'll be launching another blog with two of my best friends, so there will definitely be some collaboration going on there.
11. What was your most awesome haul?
I don't go to Wal-Mart all that often any more (mostly because I am too lazy to drive and can get everything online) but last summer I braved the crowds and found a massive selection of China Glaze polishes for like $2 each. I grabbed TONS.

My Nominees:
And since I follow a bunch of non-nail blogs...
And here are my questions for you!

1. What got you into blogging?
2. If you could live anywhere where would it be and why?
3. How many blogs do you follow regularly?
4. What's one skill (singing, painting, dancing) you wish you had?
5. Do you have any tattoos and/or piercings?
6. Name your top 2 hobbies.
7. What's one thing you could never live without (not people, those aren't things)?
8. What's your favorite blog?
9. If you could make a living doing anything you wanted what would it be?
10. Do you have any special tools you use to blog? (favorite camera, photo editing program, lucky laptop)
11. What's your favorite season?

Now it's your turn! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I'm Still Alive!

Jeeze, it's been almost a month since my last post. I was SUPPOSED to start working offshore tomorrow, but there are currently too many people on the platform, so I will probably have to wait a month before I can get out there full-time. I was told about the delay after I had already given my apartment complex my move-out notice and hired movers. So I've been in panic-mode for a couple weeks, frantically packing all of my belongings and putting them into storage - including all my nail polish! I'm not sure what I'm going to do without it (probably buy more, if we're being honest lol). My nails are currently a sad, broken mess after moving boxes and furniture for so long. After a little nail rehab, I'll be back posting pictures :) I won't have my same setup, but I have an idea of how to get some decent shots.

In other news, my two best friends and I are creating a joint blog! After a few intense brainstorming sessions, we've decided to call it Confetti and Meatballs. The site isn't up and running yet, and we're still working out what exactly we'll be posting, but I assure you that it will be fun and interesting!

Last bit of news - this weekend I'm driving up to Dallas to go see Kelley! We're going to go see the new Star Trek movie and attend the Dallas Comic-Con. I've never been to a Con, but I am so excited. We didn't have time to put together costumes, but I have a feeling that we'll have a blast anyway.

Since this is a pretty boring post, I'll leave you with some funny :]

Monday, April 22, 2013

Teal and Orange Wedding Skittles

Two of my favorite people in the entire world got married this weekend!!! It was the cutest wedding ever! I like to think I had something to do with that - I suggested the wedding colors and voiced a strong opinion about the bridesmaid dresses - but really I was just along for the ride. Since I thought it was a little inappropriate to have wild colored nails for the ceremony, I went with a traditional French mani. But here's what I would have done!

Colors Used:
OPI A Roll in the Hague
China Glaze For Audrey

Here's a couple pictures from the wedding!