Friday, April 30, 2010

NOTD & some important food for thought.

First a little information I've recently learned about the environment.

I recently had to do a presentation on the effects of pollution on wildlife and learned that there is a floating trash heap in the pacific ocean 2x bigger than Texas (the other oceans have this too). Its killing marine animals, giving whales breast cancer, and poisoning our planet. Most of that trash is plastic from water bottles and trash bags and will take 1000+ years to degrade.

I know a lot of us will go to the drug store for just a few bottles of np, and I'd like to challenge everyone to not accept plastic bags when just getting a few small items. Just say "I don't need a bag" and put it in your purse (after you've payed for it =P ). Even if you don't live anywhere near a coast, that bag could end up in a stream that goes to a river that empties into an ocean 500 miles away, or it could end up in a local pond/lake/whatever.

Now on to my NOTD: I am wearing 3 coats Sinful Colors I Love You and 2 coats LA Splash's Sparkling Lavendar. The sunlight photos are not color accurate but show the sparkle. I Love You is similar to Daddy's Girl, but the base is lighter and it has a lot more gold and purple flecks (like tiny tiny flakies). Daddy's Girl just has gold flecks that are a little bit bigger.






direct sunlight




direct sunlight

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hidden Treasure Swatches

I got my greedy hands on Hidden Treasure this morning, which is from Sally Hansen's newest summer collection. Its a clear base with flakes that shift to green, yellow, and orange. Its said to be very similar to GOSH's flakie and Nfu Ohs 38. I know everyone will be swatching it over black so I chose some different colors. You have to get this one.


L-R: CC Bizerq Turk, ChG Bermuda Breakaway, NYX Apple, Pure Ice Scandal (vamp purple)

1 coat Hidden Treasure

2 coats Hidden Treasure

bonus pic

Sunday, April 25, 2010

NOTD: Glitter gradient with ChG Sexy In The City + LA Splash Oceanspray

This pretty much makes me want to cry and wish I was on a tropical beach.

My camera totally made this look blue so I fixed it in photoshop as much as I could but its still not 100% color accurate, it is very close though. In person the base is a medium teal and all the glitter is light seafoam green.

3 coats Sexy In The City
3 coats Sparkling Oceanspray


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Friday, April 23, 2010

Late Earth Day NOTD:Blue franken + Nfu Oh 54

I made a blue franken last night with ChG Shower Together & Bermuda Breakaway, its similar to MAC's Blue India (I think). I layered two coats of Nfu Oh 54 over it. I love this combo because it looks like a watery planet with grassy islands all over, like Earth. The blue is a little bit more teal and dusty in person, and the flakes are kelly green in most lights.

Speaking of Earth, if you care at all about dolphins sign this petition on facebook, from the people that filmed The Cove, to stop the slaughter of 23,000 dolphins each year in Japan. And if you haven't seen The Cove please watch it (or at least the last 20 minutes) it will change your life.








Tuesday, April 20, 2010

NOTD: Ulta Bombshell + Update on my dad

I went to Oklahoma on Thursday to see my dad. He was doing a whole lot better than we expected. He has gotten a lot of strength back in his right arm and he can move his right leg a bit so that's good, but he will still have months of rehab and may not get full mobility back. The doctor said for as bad as his stroke was he's doing surprisingly well. My dad hasn't recovered so well mentally, he can't remember some things and will start long sentences using big words that don't make sense together, or he'll forget what he was trying to say mid sentence. He couldn't remember my name the first day but he knew my mom's. I'm pretty sure he knew who I was though. When we left on Sunday he seemed to be better then he was on Thursday so I'm just hoping he will continue to get better. My mom is going to try to get him moved to CA as soon as possible.

Now on to more happy stuff, my NOTD is Bombshell from Ulta. It is amazing! Its a great red jelly with medium sized bits of holo glitter in it. This is 3 coats. The sun is hiding so I couldn't get great sparkly pics of it, but if you check out MeganChair's blog (a link is on my blog roll) she has some and a video. Thank you Megan for your pics of this color, I'm so glad I got it.

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edit: here is an artificial light sparkle pic

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Life update...

This month has reached such a level of awfulness that its almost hilarious. You all know that my dog died on the 1st of April. My grandpa died a few days after that (after having a stroke and going into a coma for a few days), then my dad had a stroke on Friday. He's not in good shape at all. Yesterday he didn't recognized his own mother. Today my grandma had a seizure and is now one room over at the same hospital as my dad. I think she's doing better then my dad, but I'm not sure.

Tomorrow my mom and I are leaving for the airport at about 3 AM and when we get to Oklahoma City I have to drive 90 minutes to Lawton where my dad and grandma are. We are staying until Sunday night, and I have jury duty Monday morning, which is going to be so much fun after all that traveling.

The one good thing about this is that my brother who is in the army and lives in TN will be driving to Oklahoma to meet us for a few days. I haven't seen him in 2 years so that will be nice.

I'm bringing my laptop so I will keep you all updated. Please continue sending good thoughts to my dad, and my grandma.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NOTD: Lilacism & Nfu Oh 50

These Nfu Oh flakies kill me, they are so gorgeous. This is 3-4 coats of Essie's Lilacism, which has a really watery formula that is a pain to apply, and Nfu Oh's #50 which applied quite nicely. I love that the flakes change from green, blue, and purple. Unfortunately I could only capture the blue on camera. The first two photos are taken in natural indoor lighting, and second two are taken in the sunlight.


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Friday, April 9, 2010

More really bad stuff in my life

April is turning out to be the month from hell. My dog died on the 1st, my grandpa has a stroke and died a week later on Monday. Today my dad had a pretty bad stroke but seems to be stable. I don't really know what that means in terms of how/if he'll recover. He lives in Oklahoma and I'm in CA so there is no way for me to understand how bad he really is. He refused to go to the hospital so a judge in Oklahoma made him a ward of the state and made him go so he's in ICU.

My mom and her friend were going to drive there and bring him back here but I doubt he'll be in any condition to travel for a long time, and I can't go there because I have school. I feel so helpless and so bad that my dad is alone right now. I would be scared even with my family there, but to be by yourself like that in a hospital... His friend lives in Oklahoma and has been looking out for him, but there is only so much he can do.

This whole month has just been a mess. I feel like one emotional hurricane after another has been slamming into me every time I turn around. I have a feeling things are going to get a lot worse before they get better. I don't think I'll be posting as much, mostly because I won't be buying anything but necessities in case I have to help my mom with medical bills. I do still have stuff I haven't swatched or posted yet and I'll be posting that, if only to keep my sanity.

Please send healing thoughts to my dad, and maybe some peaceful/relaxing thoughts to me & my mom. We're both really worried and trying not to fall apart.

-Katrina

Thursday, April 8, 2010

NOTD: Essence VIP Appeal + Nfu Oh #49

Oh baby, this mani is so gorgeous. I'm wearing 3 coats of Essence VIP Appeal and 2 coats of Nfu Oh 49. It is even more amazing in person. The actual color is probably closest to the last photo, which was taken outside in direct sunlight (it was such a beautiful day today). Its a kind of soft, warm pink coral. It feels cozy, like the beginning of a sunset on a warm beach when everything is pink, orange, and gold. By the way, all Nfu Oh nail polish is 10-30% off at http://www.fabuloustreet.com/ all the way through April I think.


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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

NOTD: China Glaze 2NITE

First off I would like to thank everyone for all the support so many of you have given me after the death of my dog. I miss her all the time, I can't believe she's gone. I guess life has to go on though. I have a lot of things coming up soon, assuming that I'm not swamped by work tomorrow. I have some pale lavender comparisons, Nfu Oh swatches, Jordana swatches, Misa swatches, and more.

On to 2NITE. This is such a lovely color. In natural lighting its a pale smoky blue which is still gorgeous even without the holo effect. In any type of artificial light it really pops like in the flash photo. In the sunlight the different colors are more pronounced than the last two photos show, its a lot more holo. There is also more green and yellow then the photos show.

My only complaint is that application was a bit pain over my base coat which was Orly's Nail Armor. I had major cuticle drag (when you get a bare spot above the cuticle) on the first 2 coats (the 3rd coat came out fine though). On my bare nail though I didn't have the problem with cuticle drag. I actually put this on Saturday, its now Wednseday and there is almost zero tipwear and no chipping.


natural indoor light


flash


direct sunlight


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Heartbroken.

My dog was hit by a car tonight. I had her for 15 years. I don't know how I'll ever get over or pass this. I miss her already.

I won't be blogging for a while.

Comparison: ChG Emerald Sparkle vs NYX Las Vegas

These colors are pretty much both to die for. Both are dark green with some form of green sparkles or glitter. In the case of Emerald Sparkle it has larger, more dense glitter, and the base color is more opaque then LV. Las Vegas has small sparkles that are much more subtle, but still very eye catching, and has a jelly base. I prefer Las Vegas a bit more but you can't go wrong either way.


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index & ring: Emerald Sparkle, middle & pinky: Las Vegas
no top coat


Emerald Sparkle, 3 coats.


Las Vegas, 3 coats.

bonus sunlight pic