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Autumn ombré nails.
It is surprisingly easy to accomplish this effect, and has earned me many compliments.
Ombré nails!  Happy Thanksgiving!
[Shisem gold polish base with a dash of orange and red fine holo glitter.]
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Lantana flowers, just outside my window. These grow all over town. Most people overlook them, walk past them, or even step on them. But they are these prolific tiny little bursts of colour and beauty that I've always marveled at.

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Lantana flowers

And here is my last nail swatch for a long time:
Parrot by Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure.
I've been fairly happy with this particular brand. I received Right Said Red as a gift last year (a very pretty red, if that is your thing). The brushes on these are wide, flat, and short, with a rounded edge. The formula has dreamy leveling abilities and dries to a glossy finish. Parrot reminds me of taffy candy in the bottle. It dries quickly on my nails to a very solid apple green colour.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Parrot
[Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Parrot]
alice789: (hey you over there)
I wanted glittery flashy nails this time around, so I went for a mermaid theme!

Mermaid theme nails!
[Passion in the Pacific by China Glaze]

This polish is aptly named. It is a metallic aqua teal that is fairly sheer and fast drying. The colour is pretty, and durable, but it doesn't coat well, so I added some holo tinsel, a dash of ultra fine, a few large hexagon cut glitters, and some trusty clear topcoat. I like how this turned out.
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I have often raved about Nivea's Kiss of Smoothness lip balm, so when I was skipping through the grocery store this morning, shiny gift card in hand, I noticed this new one - Kiss of Protection - boasting an SPF of 30, along with sunflower extract & vitamin E. I figured I'd pick it up and try it out, since the other (Kiss of Milk & Honey) was nice as well.
First off, the Kiss of Protection smells sweet and pretty but looks different from the others - it looks buttery. Application is thick, and not as smooth, because of the solidity. A glance in the mirror confirms my suspicion, this lip balm is opaque as well. I can see the creamy streaks on my lips, and while I'm sure this adds to the SPF protection, it looks like crap.
I figure it'll soak in and disappear, right? Not really.
It does soak in a little, as it dries out an hour later. (This works out fine if you have an hour to apply before anyone sees you) At least the amount of moisture is nice.
You could wear this one under lipstick, or tinted lip gloss, but the reason I wear highly protectant lip balm is so that I don't have to wear anything else.
I suppose this one will be okay for serious physical activity or elemental abuse, like ice fishing, mountain climbing, etcetera.
On the other hand, if you aren't chopping trees, hauling anchor, or scaling sheer rock cliffs, this one is probably not sensible.

[ EDIT: OKAY, so I have been trying to use this lip balm as much as possible these last few weeks, because I am greatly opposed to waste and I'm stubborn. I bought it, so I'm gonna use it, dammit. I have decided that the SPF on this is wasted, as it is best used as a lip conditioner overnight, or as a moisturizing base under creamy nude lipstick. ]

Oh, and yesterday I was gifted Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure nail lacquer in Parrot. A taffy candy colour pastel green. This particular brand has been outstanding in application, so I have high hopes.
alice789: (loveless)
I was in the mood for something different.
I usually only wear this colour for St Patricks.

China Glaze Four Leaf Clover
[Four Leaf Clover by China Glaze]

This polish is a creamy kelly green, slightly darker than the picture (taken at night, with flash). This one has a smooth thick texture and covers evenly in 2 coats. It is not exceptionally durable, so be sure to include some clear topcoat.
China Glaze Four Leaf Clover

[ EDIT: I take it back - this polish is utter crap in durability. It chips off of natural nails after a few days, even with topcoat. At least the colour is pretty. SIGH ]
alice789: (for great justice)
A few of my favourite things.

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Nailed

8 August 2012 01:44 pm
alice789: (Goldfrapp)
I finally got around to changing my nail colour, as well as swapping out the acrylic for short natural nails, I broke a few and haven't had the time to fix them.
I've been told repeatedly (starting with piano lessons when I was 10), short nails are professional nails, as where long nails are a big no no.
Later in college, my sewing teacher threw a fit looking at my acrylic nails, my stiletto heels, and my short skirt. "You couldn't possibly sew anything looking like that. Ridiculous!"
I proved her wrong.

That being said, short nails really ARE more practical and reasonable for almost everything that involves moving your fingers.
On to MY fingers:
Hot Pink!
[A florescent hot pink by SHISEM]
Neon colours never do photograph correctly! The picture of the bottle is closer to the actual tone.
I was pleasantly surprised by this brand. I plan to procure some of the other colours at some point in the near future. They can be picked up in China for cheap, but I've heard nice things. I got this colour for summer - its a very bright, pretty, solid pink with a bit of jelly. The formula is thick, creamy, and slow to dry. This is a problem because I tend to move around a lot and ruin nails. My solution is to apply the polish right before I lay out in the sun. I pick up a book, enjoy some sunshine, and I give my nails some time to dry.

EDIT: Aug 17th: Nearly 10 days later and this polish still looks great, only a minuscule chip on my index tip. This has marvelous staying power!!

Hot Pink by Shisem Nail Color
[This is a Korean nail polish, methinks]
This time while waiting for the polish to set, I finished up reading Twilight - I don't hate, I'm not a hater. I'm also not a critic. But I will admit that the characters in this book were dreadfully unrealistic, and completely inconsistent from one page to the next.
The impression I got, was that the writer was making up characters in their head, without actually basing them off of anything like a real breathing human being.
Overall, I don't hate it, or love it. I suppose if I were 20 years younger, this book may have been much more appealing. Why did I read it? Because its a part of the pop culture of this last decade and I was genuinely curious. I also bought it, in hardcover, from the used book store for 50 cents - about what it is worth.
alice789: (elle fait sa coquine)
I haven't been posting pictures of "what I'm wearing" lately, I have been packing and preparing to move and most of my nice clothing is in suitcases at the moment. I don't suppose people want to see pictures of easy fit t-shirts and athletic shorts, and/or bikinis & flip flops every week.. but maybe that would work!

I noticed my hairstyle has suddenly become popular. For years now, on my days off, I've braided my hair when I got out of the bath, I'd leave it braided until I washed it again. I would sleep with it, go to the store with it, etc. It'd turn in to a messy sloppy side braid, with my bangs and stray hairs.
I thought it was charming in a country romani bohemian sort of way.

Oh! Here is my first nail swatch. I have mentioned this colour before, its my favourite for summer! Sadly, with all neon colours, its difficult to capture it properly in photography. This was taken in bright natural light.
China Glaze - Flip Flop Fantasy
[Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze]
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I got this polish a long time ago, and it has been one of my favourites.

Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze

Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze.
This is an ultra fluorescent, loud colour (and I have to warn, like with most neon colours, it doesn't show up well in photos). Its a peachy coral type pink, with a hint of orange. The polish itself is matte, and dries in an instant. Coverage is decent, but I find myself using 4 coats sometimes for an even look. I smother it in a shiny clear topcoat.
It is beachy summer fun in a bottle:

Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze.  Hello Summer!

Lo and behold, Flip Flop Fantasy on my toes. Oh, and Michael Kors straw platform wedges.
Hello Summer!

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I grew up in Coronado, California, and the ocean is something I truly miss. I love perfumes, flowers, pastels and muted colours. I love to watch anime, play games, read books, eat sweets, and drink ice cream floats.
Despite liking really girly things, I don't consider myself an exceptionally girly person.
I get a huge boner for Baroque music.

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