Friday, May 30, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Manicure!

Nail Art

   Oh, readers, this post is a fun one for me to share!  You may think that with all the pastel colors around here that I am simply a girly-girl.  Not true!  Beneath my frilly, lacy outer layer you will find a cold, hard nerdy comic book geek.  Hey, sometimes your knight in shining armor is actually a knight in really tight spandex.  Don't complain, fellow princesses, you know a spandex spidey-suit is easier to clean than a full suit of armor.  Yay for wash-and-wear!  ...Moving on!

   See what I did here, channeling the vintage comic book cover style?  I'm pretty proud of it... not nearly as proud as I am of these nails, though!!  I painted them on May 3rd, in preparation of my my 2nd wedding anniversary day-early dinner & movie celebration.  (What a mouthful.)  See, I really am a geek - I totally felt this was a sufficient romantic date for an important occasion.

   So yes, this was nail art for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie - wait 'til you see the other hand! - but  promise that I will reveal no spoilers.  I hate spoilers!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

ILNP: Dreaming In Violet - Offset Cloud Manicure

Swatch & Nail Art

   My could manicure obsession continues!  This time I switched the color layering up by offsetting the "bumps" of the clouds.  It's a subtle difference but I like it!

  For this manicure I used a base of ILNP Dreaming in Violet, my one Pantone orchid-inspired polish... as of yet!  This is a really nice pinky-purple holographic polish.  It is linear, and stronger than what my photos show, of course.  While Dreaming in Violet's formula is very good (I only needed 2 coats!) there was just one thing I was let down about...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Seraphina Stares at the Stars

Swatch & Review Manicure

And says her prayers
In awe of what she sees
I could never see the things she sees

And she's always far away
In some other place
She likes to make believe
I can't stand to see her in such pain

Even when the world is pushing down
She stands so tall she can almost touch the clouds

Friday, May 16, 2014

What Happened?

   Wow.  It's been a month since I've made a post here.  Six weeks since I've updated either of my Instagram accounts.  Of everything I do blogging has never come first for me, not even second or third, but this is ridiculous.  Could I seriously not post any tiny updates anywhere in a month?  (I poke at Twitter, yes, but honestly who sees those? So I'm not counting my tweets.)
   I was very depressed in April, and when I'm depressed I don't write, when I don't write I don't update regularly, when I don't update regularly I get depressed about not not blogging, and so on.  It's a really lame cycle.  In the face of everything that I have going on (studies, family, work, LIFE, etc) I've even considered taking a break from (or quitting) blogging.  But to be honest I've done that already in the past.  Not actually quitting, but letting my breaks stretch on for seasons at a time.  And I didn't much care for it, since I genuinely enjoy writing reviews and documenting my progress as a nail addict.  While others my not miss my posts, I sure do miss blogging for me.

"This is what I think of Mom's attempts at having a life!"

   I've typed and retyped this post about 10 times now, and I've decided that I'm not going to try to explain exactly what has gone on.  But I do want to say that I plan to keep blogging as best as I can, as part of my creative outlet and for my own sanity.  After all, I do still paint my nails from time to time!

   And because I don't want this to be a lame, sad-news post, here are some nice things that happened in the past month:
  • In April:  I built that light box finally!  No really, I did.  It's finished.
  • May 4th:  Celebrated our 2-year wedding anniversary a day early with a low-key afternoon outing... dinner and a movie! 
  • May 10th:  Freya learned to say "papa" and took off crawling in the same day!
   That's about it, though.   Hopefully I'll have time to edit some pictures over the weekend and write my usual fare of blog post goodness for next week.