Saturday, January 21, 2012

It's melting!!!

Western Washington area has been trying to deal with heavy (for us) snow and ice.  By the time my shift ended yesterday it was finally warm enough to rain and our snow pack is finally melting.  A few of the more traveled roads were even clear!  All the hills do not make snow and ice a pleasant experience to any who have to venture out.  While a lot of people in my office got to either go home early most days this week or not come in at all, I was part of the 'essential' staff that absolutely had to make it in.  Luckily when something like this happens and we can't make it out of our driveways, the company sends one of our technicians out to get us.  This week's lucky driver fortunately has an all wheel drive vehicle that had no problems in the snow and ice, despite all the hills. 

Tuesday, 1/17/12.  I love the look of snow covered trees.  But I fear the wind when this happens.  As I type this I can hear the wind outside and am more than thankful that all the trees were back to their green snow-free selves before the wind started up this morning.

One of my neighbors trees on Tues.  How beautiful is this?

The rhododendron bush outside my front door.  Poor thing always gets completely covered when there are heavy snows.  It holds up well to the weight though.  Even after we received several more inches in the following days, AFTER they said that the snow was supposed to stop and the temperatures were to rise.  They so lied...

Again, while wonderful to look at, I'm glad all this white wet mess is finally melting.  It's time for a run to the store for food, and now I can actually make it. 

So, I never did get around to taking pics of Christmas Dinner #2 which was a roast with potatoes and carrots.  But it did turn out fantastic.  I think I might have to make some more roast again soon.  The leftovers are always great and last a couple days.

Now onto the beauty stuffs for today.  Who gets crazy dry and flaky skin during the winter?  *raises hand*  Yup, I most certainly do.  Only recently however.  It seems the older I get the more my Norwegian background comes out and my almost completely tough and unfaseable skin of my childhood and teen years is but a memory.  Granted, my skin is still far from being crazy sensitive, but it certainly takes a LOT more care than it used to.  No simple light moisture anymore.  I have to get out the big guns now.  My new HG lotion is actually a very cheap and old standby of many, that fantastic creme in the blue tin, Nivea.  I have to slather my face in that a few times a day when it's cold out, or the dry flaky patches come back.  But Nivea doesn't leave my skin greasy at all even though it's beyond thick and heavy.  It absorbs completely and leaves me dewey and fresh.  As a coworker said once, "I can practically hear your skin say 'aaaaaaahhhh'."  It is truly wonderful stuff.  It took several months for me to make it into tin #2.  Not bad for $.99 right?  And it works a million times better than the prescription stuff my Dermatologist prescribed for me.  And also a million times less greasy, lol.  Now if only I can find something like that for my scalp I'd be one happy woman.  The Rx I've got for my scalp leaves my hair greasy and forces me to wash it every day, which just dries out my scalp more.  Ugh.  Endless cycle that I hope to break at some point.  Right now I'm enduring the dry itchy flaky parts and just washing my hair every few days.  It seems to be doing just as well, if not better, than the Rx was doing.  Though if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears.  I have however used every anti-dandruff and psoriasis shampoo out there that I can find and none of them work.  Even used the hot oil treatments for a while and that was just as useless.  Well, for my scalp anyway.  My hair loved those treatments.

A recent NOTD I did.  CQ Slate, Finger Paints in Motley, and CG Anti-Freeze.  Absolutely love how it turned out.  And look!  Even though the skin on my fingers continues to be a bit beaten up, my cutes are looking much better!  I started using CND Cuticle Eraser weekly in addition to regular use of my cuticle oils.  It's making all the difference. 
Another shot, excuse the lobster hand look.  My hands were getting a bit on the cold and numb side by this point, lol.  Another recent NOTD that I did followed in the same vein.  I used Maybelline in Chic Chocolate, topped with Finger Paints Twisted and CG Orange Slush.  That was a beautiful combo as well, and I'm sad to say I didn't get any pictures of it.  I'll definitely have to do it again in the future.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas everyone!

Merry Christmas everyone!  Hope everyone's surrounded by family and friends and having either a wonderful day just passed or wonderful day just starting, depending on which timezone you're in. ;)

So, to make up for my lackluster updating, here's a whole bunch of pics!  First up is my current mani.  Sorry for the crappy lighting, and only a few fingers.  I'm all chippy so I wasn't about to do a full hand shot.

Chanel Peridot with nail striper holly berries!  Got a few compliments on this one.  That Peridot is really eye catching let me tell ya.  (middle & ring fingers)

Another shot, this time my left thumb.  I'd have gotten a couple shots of my right hand, but the holly really didn't turn out.  Just couldn't get it right using my left hand.  I'll have to work on that.

Excuse the horrid cutes, and lack of cleanup.  I still haven't gotten in the habit of doing cleanup after a mani, and am not very regular about using my cuticle oils.  Why I'm not sure, since I have both the peppermint and orange oils from ChG and love them..  Anyway!... Essie Marshmallow with As Gold As It Gets layered on top.  Nail striper art for the lights.  This is the mani that got me a discount at my last dusty hunting session!  Pics of that successful hunt are further down.

I really liked how this mani turned out.  Again, crap for cleanup, but I'm getting better with my gap!

I think this is going to have to be a yearly mani.  Seriously.  It's just wintery, christmasy, awesome.

Last several hauls.  ChG FYI, ChG BFF (good version), OPI Blue Moon Lagoon (x2, but one was found earlier in the month, or was it last month? I can't remember), OPI Fireflies, Sally Hansen Prisms in Mandarin Garnet, Cinnabar Opal, Fire Opal, and South Sea Pearl.  I had also gotten another mini in Diamond, but that automatically went into my swap pile as I already have one.  The ChG FYI, BFF, OPI Fireflies and one Blue Moon Lagoon were my most recent score.  The one that I got a discount on after the salon lady and (assuming) husband saw my xmas lights mani.  The Prisms were a recent Ross haul, and the other Blue Moon Lagoon was another dusty score.  All in all it's been a very awesome month for polishes for me.  That doesn't even count what I bought retail, and what I'll be opening later this morning once my SO wakes up.  I know he's got some really awesome goodies for me.  Something from Illamasqua (no clue if it's the lippie set that I wanted or if it's some of their polishes...) for sure, and yeah. Beyond exited to dig into those.  Hopefully he'll be prepared for childish squeals of delight.  ;) 

My friend made this awesome Caramel/peanut/bacon bark that she found a recipe for.  She modified the measurements since it called for insane amounts of bacon and peanuts.. but lemme tell ya, yum!!  Next time she's going to use caramel sauce instead of melting soft caramel candies like the recipe calls for.  Yeah, the caramel is a bit on the difficult side.

That Christmas #1 dinner I was talking about.  Apparently there wasn't another side.  So, venison steaks, mashed potatos with gravy, cheese, and green onions (instead of chives), and my homemade cranberry sauce.  It turned out a tad thinner than I hoped for, but it was damned good if I do say so myself.  Normally I go the easy route and just get a carton of OJ, but this time used a fresh orange and lemon for both zest and juice.  Never using the easy route again!

Adopt-a-Zombie from my friend.  As you can tell, I have far too much fun with Zombie stuff.  And it's oddly satisfying to take him apart.

Castle!  Love love love Castle!  Nathan Fillion.. Not as young or as in shape as when he was doing Firefly, but still easy on the eyes.  So is Stana Katic though if I must be honest. ;)  And I must, lol.

Who knows when my next post will be, but I hope to have a post sometime soon (read: within the next 3 weeks) with Christmas #2 dinner, xmas gifts from my SO, and maybe some swatches.  Especially since I've got nearly 400 swatch sticks done.  So much goodness to come!  I also need to work on swatching some of my makeup at some point.  And another jewelry post.  Well, Merry Christmas for now, have a fantastic day everyone!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve!

I have some xmas mani pics for you, but just not yet on my computer... I know, major fail right?  But I do have them.  I just wanted to drop in and say Hi, Merry Christmas, and all that jazz.. Just in case I forget to get my xmas mani pics up tonight or tomorrow morning.  Gonna be a touch busy.  Got Christmas #1 tonight with my best friend, and then Christmas #2 tomorrow with my SO and his Dad.  My stomach is going to be so happy with all the tasty goodness tonight and tomorrow. 

Christmas #1 Dinner:
Venison steaks
mashed potatoes
a side that I can't remember now of course
my homemade cranberry sauce
a bacon/caramel/chocolate bark that my friend saw online

Christmas #2 Dinner:
Roast beef w/potatos, carrots
sparkling cider
and whatever else I decide to make ;) 

As you can tell, my friend and I have a tendency to go a little more exotic.  I've gotta keep things a little less... odd shall we say?  with my SO. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

A few late pics from Halloween...

Halloween was awesome this year.  I did the zombie thing, though I definitely need to invest in some better pale (boardering on white) foundation for next year.  Even if I'm not a zombie next year, I've got a couple things lined up to do the special effects for people who will be.  I'm beyond stoked for that!  Anyway, onto the pics!

Blood nails.  Got so many compliments on these.  Pure Ice in white, topped with ChG Ghoulish Glow, with Revlon Ruby (I think...) 'blood'.  I had taken some shots in the dark and while they show up perfectly fine on my camera, it just doesn't translate to my computer.  :( 

Ah, my zombie gore.  As you can see I really needed that better foundation that I'm going to have for next year.  As a friend's husband put it, I was a 'fresh zombie'.  Which is good cus they're more energetic, lol.  All the better for terrifying children and adults alike.  I actually freaked out more teens and adults than the younger kids.  My neighbors always do their yard up as an elaborate cemetary and it rocks!  The last couple years I've been the 'living ghoulie' in the cemetery to scare them all.  This year was a million times better though. Next year they hope to do 'Thriller' in their yard for halloween.  I of course will be providing my special effects services (as limited as they may be) and enjoying the resulting hilarity.  Should be a night to remember.  I may also be headed down to a friend's husband's family's haunted house and helping them out with makeup the weekend prior to the actual day of Halloween.

And a very cropped pic of a partial full face I did for my neighbors daughter.  Got the best parts in this shot though. Her eyes are a great shape and so getting things to turn out how I wanted was also fantastic.  She had broken out on her forhead and you can barely tell.  Used TFSI, followed by several in the Ben Nye Lumiere (sp) pallet.  I hope to continue on this type of thing for a while.  We'll see how it goes.

Also!!!!  I got my nail polish swatch sticks.  I managed to get 20 from my ever growing stash swatched this morning, only far far too many left to do.  But at least as soon as I get them all swatched then I'll have a night of picture taking and hopefully get a nice long spam bomb going for here & MUA.  Until then, I've been up nearly 24 hrs so it's really time for me to get to bed.  Hope everyone has a fantastic day!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Franken time!

I know I know... I can't blog regularly to save my life.  At least I did mention that that was likely to happen in my very first post.  At least after this delay I bring some awesome pics for you!  I got some colorshifting pigments and spectraflair from the lovely morenailpolish.  I of course had to get out my underused frankening supplies (of which I luckily have both mica and glitter bases from TKB Trading) and put a few small bottles together.  Right after I made a couple full sized colorshifting topcoats.  <3 <3 <3
First up, my spectrafranken.  I was going for red, but ended up more in the deep pink territory.  I'm so not a pink person, but if it's holo, I think I can deal with it, lol.  Case in point my OMG collex, lol.  And the holo in this franken really is quite lovely.  Unfortunately I'm always taking these pics at night since I'm a grave shifter and hardly see the sun.  But I think they're good enough for now.

Pic one of my first franken (not counting topcoat) with my copper red to green colorshifting pigment.  Again, was going for a redish base, but came out slightly more pink.  I've still got some room left in the bottle, so I may still tinker around with it.

Pic two of the copper red to green colorshifting franken.  Trying and failing to catch the green.. at least failing to catch it to my satisfaction.

Pic one of my violet blue to green color shifting franken (on top) next to a swatch of my Liquid Euphoria (possibly euphoric? the name is missing) that I've been trying to franken a dupe for since I started on MUA.  I think I can finally accomplish it with a little more tweaking.  More of a blue leaning purple base, and a bit more colorshifting pigment.  That should do it.  *nods*

Black end of a duo I found at Rite Aid, topped with my red to green topcoat, topped with the orange glitter end of the duo.  Still wearing this mani.  Excuse the complete lack of cleanup..

There's that beautiful green!  Great contrast with the orange glitter.  Gotta be one of my favorite manis in a while, and ever so appropriate for the approaching Halloween!

Little bit of both the copper red and the green, though more of the green.. And again, horrible horrible mess.. *hangs head in shame*  I just have not gotten in the habit of doing propper cleanup, and when I do I tend to frell things up a bit so I wasn't too eager to do it with this mani.

Previous mani.  Borghese in Palmero Plum, topped with the copper red to green topcoat.  Wore this one for a few days too.

There's a good shot of the copper red!  Again, copper red to green topcoat on top of Borghese Palmero Plum.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Stash pics

Well, I gotta say, I'm horrible about doing any kind of regular updating.  But here is a quick post of my polish stash.  I finally got a melmer for my birthday last month, and needless to say (the pics speak for themselves) my stash already outgrew my melmer before I even got it!  I also have a small sterilite (sp?) tote that has all my items for swap, as well as some minis that will be extras, and nail art and repair stuffs. Anyway, enough with my yammering, on to the pics!

All three melmer drawers w/recent goodies out front since I've no room left.

Bottom Drawer: Essie, Sally Hansens of various lines and vintages, WnWs, Pure Ice, Rimmel, Hard Candy, Revlon, Borghese, other misc goodies.

China Glazes, Sinfuls, Finger Paints, Color Clubs, Orlys, Petites, and more misc goodies.

My fav drawer, the top.  Full of my HTF and HE goodies.  As well as whatever couldn't fit anywhere else, lol.  ChG OMG and Kaleidoscope collex, some OPI DS colors, other HTF OPIs, Nars, Illamasquas, Essence magnetics (and my bucky balls, though they're a little on the strong side for the polish.  still looking for a good magnet or two for those polishes), Gosh Holographic.  Also my BC and TCs.  And yet more misc goodies that wouldn't fit anywhere else.  ;)  Notice a trend?  I so need another melmer.

And my most recent goodies.  Yes I know I should have waited for the Butter London's, but my next paycheck is going to medical bills when they arrive, and if I'd waited with the money I've got from over time I'd have ended up using that for the medical bills too.... Which I probably should've done, but these beauties will get me through the dry spell that will be following.  *sigh*

And just for the hell of it... ZOMBIE!!!  Zombie night fell on my birthday at my local geek/gamer tavern & restaurant.  I love AFK Tavern.  I'm not much of a gamer, but I am a bit of a geek.  Though you certainly don't need to be either to go there.  Everyone is friendly, the staff is amazing, and the food... awesome!  Anyone who is in the least bit geeky or into gaming will have the best time just reading the menu.  And it even gets better on their theme nights. Like the Zombie night. I must say, I certainly could've done better.  Gone for a little more gore, and maybe work up some pus and whatnot... But I'd say it didn't turn out half bad for working on little sleep.  I especially like the bits on the chest. Though it turned out I could've spent quite a bit more time on it because we ended up getting there WAY too early for any of the good stuff.  But oh well. Still had a good time and followed it up with some Walking Dead episodes at home.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Finally, haulage!

Ah... lovely haulage.  I was super excited to see NARS on ACW so of course I snached quite a few things up when I got a little extra $$ my way.  Then hit up Sephora and got the Naked palette as well as a couple things from Illa and yet more NARS.  Oh how I love NARS.

All 3 from ACW.  I was going to get a few more, but I figured I'd save some $$ for Sephora.  I haven't gotten around to swatching these yet, as whenever I've got a few seconds they end up devoted to something else.  *sigh*

Entire haulage open for your viewing pleasure.  Plus one swap, Butter London in Knees Up.  Love it, it's gotta be the PERFECT metalic red.

Please excuse the massive blur going on here.  Dunno how I managed that.  Anyway, Illa lipstick in Drench.  A deep pink/red that surprisingly actually looks good on me.

Purple Rain and Throb from Sephora, Boccacio and Hunger from ACW, and Knees Up from a lovely lady on MUA.

My new glosses.  I'm almost done with my mini Easy Lover, and decided I had to get a full size.  I've only maybe finished a gloss once in my life, so if I've damn near finished this one I knew I had to get a new one.

Beautiful beautiful Naked palette.  Now I need to work on the whole getting up early enough to use it before work.

Current NOTWeekend. Nice subtle funky french.  Lovin this combo.  Throb is a bit deeper IRL though.

Makin use of my crack.  FYI, I find that the Sally Hansen crack works better if you shake the ever lovin hell out of it just before application.

See, look at that!  Lots of shakage going on prior to application on this one.

And then just for the hell of it... Spaz looking all smug, and Specter just chillin in the background.  How I love my evil little babies.