Sunday, March 31, 2013

Winter is coming... A blue GOT lover's NOTD

Good evening everybody, have you all been enjoying your holiday weekend. Whether you celebrate Christian or Jewish faiths, or just spiritualism, humanism, or atheism... we can all enjoy a lovely weekend with family. The bulk of my family is in the midwest, Indiana to be exact, and my dad has been sending me a series of pictures/texts bragging about their yummy feasting. I'm super jealous since I had yogurt and granola for lunch today. Still delicious, but not a juicy ham. Mmmm pork. Moving on...

So, tonight is the season premier of Game of Thrones and I am SO EXCITED! Only, not really since I don't have HBO and even if I did I have to get up at 4 am Monday morning for work. Anyone want to watch it and Skype with me?? Ok, well I'm kidding about that but I do have a manicure to show you tonight that is GOT appropriate.

Tonight I've got Essie Butler Please and Smitten Polish Winter Is Coming, both polishes being gifts from lovely ladies doing their best to raise my spirits when my heart was broken. In fact, this manicure is from way back in February. Butler Please was a gift from Nicole at Polish Me, Please! and Winter Is Coming was a gift from Amanda Mae at Mae's Beauty. If I remember correctly I'm wearing two coats of each polish, but just to be safe there might be three coats of Winter Is Coming. Wear time was great on the Smitten Polish (it wore like IRON) but Butler Please didn't hold up in the field quite as long. In fact, it was chipping off after about three days which is unusual for any of my manicures. A week long manicure is standard for me so this was a surprise.

In other news, PUPPYGEDDON (also known as the day Bette comes home) is in T minus 5 days. Can you believe it!? I'm excited and nervous and hoping I've done everything I can to prep for her arrival. Remind me to pick up puppy food... I think that's all I'm missing at this point. 

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Let's Celebrate... Polish me, Please! is Prego!

Good evening everyone, I know its super late and I'm way tardy to the party, but I'm here to share a manicure I did for a woman in the polish community whom I consider to be a very good friend, Nicole from Polish Me, Please! Nicole is one of the wonderful and amazing women who've reached out to me to lend support while I struggle to find balance in my life and I couldn't be happier to share the good news with you all, she's expecting! Yep, a baby! 

Nicole is finishing her first trimester and due in late September, so its still a mystery if its a boy or girl. How exciting! In honor of the good news, a few special ladies (including Pregs herself) have put together baby themed manicures. You know what that means? Pink, blue... and pastels. Lots and lots of pastels!

The other ladies participating today are all special to me and I'm proud to be sharing this day in celebration of Nicole's good news, so be sure to stop by and say hello:

Cynthia of Of Life and Lacquer
Frosso of Lacquer Me Silly 
Lesley who you can find on Twitter HERE
Nicole Pregs McGee of Polish me, Please!

Are you ready for these pastel, baby-celebratin', nails?? Since we don't know the sex yet, I went gender neutral. Enjoy the photo spam, I was indiscriminate in my photo editing. :)

For this lovely dotticure I used:

  • China Glaze Lemon Fizz
  • Zoya Neely
  • Sinful Colors Sugar Rush
  • Sinful Colors Sweet Tooth
  • OPI Pink Friday

Now, is it just me, or do these nails remind you of Dippin' Dots? Or Easter candies? I swear it wasn't intentional! It doesn't help that the light I used after digging out my light box made these colors appear much brighter than they appear in person. I'll get some sunlight pictures up soon to compare.

Its been a long time since I've posted, for that I apologize. I miss you all and hope to be back up to speed soon. <3 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Color Club Halo Hues - Cherubic NOTD

Hello and good evening everyone! I know its late but it has been another busy week and I'm here to show you another lovely gift from a friend, Frosso at Lacquer Me Silly! Frosso sent me Cherubic, a Color Club Halo Hue, an insanely perfect nude linear holo. *SWOON* I die.

Somehow, Cherubic manages to be the perfect nude for my skin tone and a warm neutral holo. Its so much better than a silver holo, any day of the week. I wore two coats for this manicure that applied flawlessly, I have absolutely no complaints, only pure adoration. Application, cleanup, and removal were all a breeze and wear time is amazing at well over a week for me. Not to mention I get lots of complements on this. <3 Oh, and I've worn this several times in the last month. Its that special.

This week has been a roller coaster for me emotionally. One minute I'm doing well and being my own cheerleader and the next I'm losing sleep at night sobbing well into the early hours of the morning. That in and of itself drives me bonkers. There is an incredible amount of pain involved in being unceremoniously pushed out of the life you knew and dreamed of, not to mention finding out that you just aren't loved anymore. Whatever bullshit that is. Through the help and counsel of friends I find that maybe I am reaching a point where I can commit (to myself) to just disconnecting myself from this person entirely. Blocked on Facebook so his now "happy" life doesn't show up in my feed. No more texts. No more calls. No more pretending we can be friendly. No more communication - he doesn't deserve it. And it wrecks my day. Its always me that reaches out anyway, and I don't want to demean myself that way any longer.

In other, exercise related news, I tried an aerial silks class at a local climbing gym yesterday morning and oh my god I have discovered muscle groups that not even yoga enlightened me to before! Did you know that there were muscles in your armpits that could even get sore?? Today I'm moving at "80 year old lady" speed, aka slow motion. No matter how crazy this soreness is I recommend this workout to everyone, its so much fun! I also bought a few supplies in preparation for PUPPYGEDDON 2013, otherwise known as the day Bette comes home with me. I also got some much needed squee's in at the pet supply store making googly eyes at all the fluffy critters. And lizards.

I know I'm rambling a little now but it is so cathartic to share this stuff with you guys as I work through it. One of these days I'll sit myself down for a swatch-a-thon and show you all some of the goodies I've been stockpiling. Toodles for now!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Illamasqua Superstition - Sephora Exclusive

Hi everyone! Today, miraculously, I'm managing to be super productive... despite this being my only day off this week. Get this, I worked almost 70 hours last week and I'm lined up for another 70 starting Monday morning bright and early. And for the next few weeks after that too. No, it isn't the best kind of fun a girl can have but it sure does pad the bank account nicely!

Today I have the pleasure of showing you one of my retail therapy purchases, a spectacularly gorgeous Sephora Exclusive Illamasqua, Superstition. OMG are you ready for this!? Not only is this a neon fuchsia, it has a creme/jelly (crelly if you will) finish that is to die for at two luscious coats. le sigh. There is a special place in my heart for fuchsia. 

As you can see, I did a simple stamp on two of my fingers just for fun using Konad Special White and stamping plate BM-322. Just because I could, I added a little something extra before I stamped that's hard to see in these outdoor photos, a thin coat of butterLONDON Disco Biscuit. I bought Disco Biscuit forever ago but never had the inclination to layer and layer and layer to get it to opacity. Layering it over a similar shade was perfect and I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. It darkened Superstition only in the slightest. If you squint maybe you can see a tiny blue iridescent microglitter peeking through my stamping!

On my right hand I left Illimasqua Superstition alone so I could gawk at its beauty all on its own. Oh, except my thumb. On my thumb I added butterLONDON Disco Biscuit as well. It really is the perfect combo.

In other news, I'm doing remarkably well for working two full weeks worth in the last 6 days. It has kept me busy and my mind occupied so I don't feel so spaced out and zombified with sadness in my free time. There is no free time. Overall, that's improving but the slightest errant though will put a tear in my eye. Everything running through my mind is a contradiction. One moment I'm angry and feeling betrayed or sad that things transpired the way they did... but always I miss him. I miss the life that I had with him. I wish it didn't sound so damn cliche to say it, but Adele really hits it on the head with Rolling In The Deep. "The scars of your love remind me of us/They keep me thinking that we almost had it all." 

So this post doesn't end quite so depressingly, how about some good news? I'm getting a dog of my very own since I lost my two boys in the split (they were his when we met). I did a lot of research and soul searching, contacted a breeder and somehow charmed them (simply by being me) into bumping me to the front of the wait list. My pretty Weimaraner pup was born on February 11th and I've named her Bette. She comes home to her antsy pants mamma April 5th. You better believe you'll be seeing pictures. Lots and lots of them. Now, I'm off to finish my taxes. FUN!


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