Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Color Club Metamorphosis

Here is Color Club "Metamorphosis" stamped with Sally Hansen Lustre Shine "Plume".  It was a subtle stamp but I loved that. Metamorphosis is so beautiful, I really wanted it to shine through the stamp.

And a little fun in the snow.

I love this polish so much. Like all of my Color Club polishes, this one goes on very smooth and quite opaque. Two coats for good measure, and a top coat were used in the above.  It held up perfectly until I took it off 3 or so days later.

Monday, February 16, 2015

How to get a Lego head off a tooth?

Take a stroll with me, down memory lane, to one of my finer stories of parenthood.

Anyone know how to get a Lego head off a tooth? Cause I'm in sudden need of that answer.

That is how it all started. While visiting an aunt (RE: 5 hours away from my sensory kiddo's trusted pediatric dentist) my child did something very unlike himself. Very out of character. He put a toy in his mouth.  That's all I've got. I do not know exactly how the lego head got one his tooth (as his father asked me "Did he put in on his tooth then bite down? I don't see how it could be that far on?" and my speedy response was "Do you really think I watched him do this?"). But I do know it would not come off. It wouldn't even wiggle. In loose terms, we were up a creek without a paddle.

I turned to my trusted source of all knowledge, BabyCenter. The responses I got were as follows;


"Lego brick separator?"

"Is it really stuck? You can't just pull it off"

"Drink a hot beverage to expand the plastic?"


"Very carefully squeeze the Lego head with pliers so as the Lego hole gets squashed, it also gets wider. It should come off easier. But I don't know. If you're not comfortable using pliers in his mouth (don't know if I could do it) call a dentist."

Followed by panicked remorse 5 minutes later when the same poster said

"Seriously though, you can just ignore what I just said. It's making me panicky thinking about it. Call the dentist."

And possibly my favorite

"I'd go with dentist. My husband said pliers. My husband is not allowed to deal with this situation if it ever comes up"

This is the part where I've line up an appointment with the pediatric dentist my aunt uses for her young daughter, and they're willing to see me right away. Success! Once we get there?  Well, here is the story of the Turk and his Lego head, as recounted to many onlookers from babycenter.

Okay, so we get there and everyone wanted to see. They all talked about what a good attitude he had and he was so happy and friendly. And then they go to their business and he lost his mind, of course. They were going to try and flush it with water and cut it off but he freaked. So they ended up having a group of people hold him down and just pulled it off. So our little lego friend (I think he needs a name) is home safely with us now.
The story of the Turk.
On our way. He's still a happy guy. (happier than this picture looks). We start our "My S's are funny" conversation.

Walking in. Holding mom's hand like a good boy. More talk of "Another S word. I'm saying another S word mom!"

Oh there's a mirror. I look awesome! Everything is awesome!!!!!

Then we get there. They have toys and everyone wants to see him and his lego grill so of course he's in his element.  He goes back, gets his picture taken. Lego face is smiling at us.

Then the real fun begins. He was chill at first.

But then.
We needed 2 more people. Talks of water to help. He wasn't having it.

A third person was added and they were just going to pull lego man off. He was screaming and sobbing "OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!"

He had tears falling off his face. Ala this dude.

But he recovered. Got his lego (he told them to keep him at first. HA! I guess he figured to hell with that dude). But we got him back, a sweet ring and he was good by the time we hit the halls.

He did kind of space out the 5 minutes or so I was paying. He was just silently staring out the window. Probably wondering how he had lost control of his life.

And a year later, it is still funny. 502 people who read his story that day agreed by giving it the babycenter seal of approval and "hugging" the comment. And the eternal question on everyone's mind, yes, we still have Lego head. He rides in my purse full time as a reminder that some days are better than others.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

January Empties.

Moisturize! Because Winter!

My January Empties consisted of moisturizer, moisturizer moisturizer (basically lol). From top left, clockwise, there is Laura Mercier Mega Moisture, Hawaiian Silky Miracle Worker 14-in-1 and Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream.

The Laura Mercier moisturizer is my go-to moisturizer for winter. It's extra heavy, so that might be enough to scare some people off. I can't believe it when I read reviews saying it isn't enough! In the same sentence, I see they're only using a pea sized amount. I know this stuff is heavy, but do not be shy about applying it liberally!  It does wonders.

Hawaiian Silky is what I started using when I ditched Frizz Ease a few years ago (in search of something silicone free). I buy it at Sally Beauty Supply (in the ethnic hair care section). And no, I do not have coarse, africian american hair. I have quite fine hair actually. But it is curly, and quite frizzy, and this works great in my no-poo/low-poo Curly Girl routine. I apply it to wet hair after getting out of the shower (much like the Deva Curl cream). I also use it for in between showers. To bring life back to second day curls (with some scrunching) and for when I brush my hair out into loose curls (I usually brush, apply product then roll my hair into a low bun and sleep on it. Take bun out the next morning for nice, drop curls). I also use some when pulling my hair up into a ponytail.  No one wants frizz poofing out from their scalp area. So pretty much, I use this for everything. And for roughly $6 for 16 oz, this is a great buy!

Last is Aveeno PR Intensive Night Cream. I love the entire Positively Radiant line. I use the face wash pads, the make up removing cloths, the night cream and (in the summer time) I use their regular moisturizer (instead of Laura Mercier). The daily moisturizer is the perfect amount of moisture for the summer time.  But back to the night cream. It is thinner in consistency then the LM, but it is still much richer than say, the regular daytime Aveeno moisturizer. My face really loves the moisture after I've washed my makeup away.

Three great products, which you couldn't go wrong with.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Day Mani

Happy February! Here is my first Valentine's Day manicure of the year. With a water marble and accent. All Zoya polishes. Ziv, Colbie and Lola.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

NFL Themed Manicures

Every year I do a playoff challenge. Starting with one team and switching colors every time your current team loses (you must switch to the team who defeats your current team). Another year and another great set of mani's have gone by. With the exception of week 1 (I was working an insane amount of hours at work that week and my nails were kind of a mess) I did some nail art along with team colors.

I specifically picked a wild card team for maximum number of opportunities. The Arizona Cardinals were first up. Go gentle. I worked retail for the holidays and it was brutal on my nails lol.

Next week, the Carolina Panthers were up, as they defeated the Cardinals the week before. I used a technique called Shaving Cream Marbling for this one.  It was a lot of fun, but I should have planned more time. I was desperately trying to get ready for my anniversary dinner that night and this is a messy, messy technique.

Next were the Seattle Seahawks. I actually had them for two weeks but stuck with the same manicure style. It's one I've been working on perfecting a new manicure technique. So I've done it eleventy-zillion times, trying to get conformed results. 

Sometimes it turned out great

But sometimes it would turn out like this (and yes, I was watching Star Trek "Into Darkenss" on the iPad while I worked).

My final design, with a little help from some Moyou London stamping plates and my trusty Winstonia XL stamper.

And the one, the only, Superbowl XLIX Championship nails.  Inspired by the New England Patriots.

For football fans everywhere, till next year. For baseball fans everywhere, TWO WEEKS until pitchers and catcher report!!! Woo Hoo!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

"52 Reasons I Love You" Cards.

With Valentines Day coming up, I thought I'd share with you a homemade gift idea, which I got from the wonderful PaperVine

I used twine instead of metal clips and didn't distress the cards (although I think the combined twine and distressing would look fab together).  I also hand wrote my "reasons". Personal preference here. But when we're gone, something as simple as our handwriting can make someone smile. I cherish the recipes that were hand written by my Grannie. I have the same rule when scrapbooking, etc... Even if you think it's a mess, it can be special to someone else.

If you need a little help thinking of 52, I'll start you off with my, "The way you hold my hands under the pillow". A few others from my deck;

  • "You like to watch documentaries with me".
  • "Working out together".
  • "You make better coffee than me" (Very true. He used to work in a coffee house and while I'm a wonderful cook and baker, I can not make a decent cup of coffee to save my life).
  • "You pay the bills because they stress me out".
  • "You let me drive most of the time".
  • "You overlook how I get hangry" (Anger stemming from hunger lol).
  • "I always feel safe when you're home".

Here is the link to her blog post, complete with detailed instructions (Including pictures. A girl after my own heart) and the templet which is available for purchase from $4.99. Not bad for the price tag on a present for a retail holiday.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bear Pawlish: Hot Cider

My swatch of Bear Pawlish "Hot Cider". Every time I paint with this, I get one coat in and think

"It looks like I've rubbed hot buttered rum all over my nails"

Two coats in and you have solid color and lots of rainbows off of the holo (as is the norm for BP). The first picture was taken in natural light. All have two coats plus a top coat.