Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Invisible Children Haul; Day of Love

Hello!

So this post isn't about polish, but about the non-profit organization: Invisible Children. They are currently on tour, showing their new movie/documentary and talking about what their organization is about. I found it so inspirational and them coming and talking about what they do totally makes me want to become a roadie. haha. I definitely wanted to support them, and what better way than to buy stuff from them :P

I got a t-shirt with an awesome peace sign as shown below. I think I remember them saying that the cotton used to make the shirt is from somewhere in Africa. 


I also got a bag. I thought this was gorgeous, especially that vibrant yellow color! It is handmade by one person, from start to finish. It is a pretty gigantic bag however, not sure how often I will be using it, since I've been liking smaller bags for convenient sake. 


In each bag, they tell you who made the bag, pretty neat!


Wow, were they super inspiring. I know there are so many things going on in this world right now, and it seems like the bad stuff is never ending, but I feel like we can all make a difference somehow in the world. 

On Saturday this weekend, the church that I go to is hosting something called "Day of Love" which is day where they invite women and mothers all over the community to just enjoy themselves, relax, and allow others to take care of them. The church is setting an auto repair shop in the parking lot where they will be repairing cars and doing oil changes for free, there will be a clothes drive, food, and free massages for the women. I signed up to help out with massages for 4 hours, and to be honest, I AM SOOO NERVOUS. I have personally never taken a massage class, but when I ask if it was required, they said it wasn't. My only experience is giving friends and family back massages, and the longest massages are probably 10-15 minutes, how am I going to be giving massages for 4 hours?! Yes, I am internally freaking out. 

But when I told my friend about how nervous I was, they told me that these women probably have never gotten a professional massage before, or maybe have NEVER gotten a massage before. I am there to serve them, to give back to them for all the hard work they have done. It was such a good reminder for me that there are people worse off than me and doing something so small, like giving a massage or repairing a car, giving clothes and food, can mean the world to someone else. 

So I have a challenge for you out there! Go change the world! Help someone out. You never know what might change someone else life! :) 

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Zoya Savita

Hello!
Sorry I've been out for sometime..I've actually been wanting to post for quite some time now, but something is wrong with blogspot. Every time I type in the url, it would say that the page is not available..hrm weird. Is that happening to anybody else? Yeah, so thats why I haven't even been able to see other people's post which make me sad to know how much I missing out!
But hopefully the url will work from now on...

Anywhooo.. here is my mani:   




I apologize for my messy manicure, I had a bit of trouble with the application, maybe because its a matte formula so the polish dries quite quickly. As it says in the title here is Zoya Savita. Love the color :) 

What do you think?
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Tree Hugger

Hello!

I hope you guys are doing amazing. Here is a green mani with an accent nail:



Here we have China Glaze's Tree Hugger on all my nails except my accent nail which has Skin Food's Green with O.P.I's Black Shatter over. 

Is it just me or is the black shatter not really...shattering? hrm. 

What do you guys think?

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lemon Fizz

Hello! 

Long time no see. Sorry, I've MIA for a bit, school has been crazy! But hopefully, I'll be posting regularly again! :) Here is a pastel mani with an accent nail. Love pastels!





On my nails I have China Glaze's Lemon Fizz. On my accent nails I have Skin Food's Yellow with O.P.I's Black Shatter

Like? Love? Hate? Let me know! :) 

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Recycled Love

That title doesn't sound too appealing does it? hrm, haha I was trying to think of something semi-creative, but I guess not. Oh well! This is one of my favorites manis that I have given myself. GAH! I'm definitely going to try to attempt this again! 
left hand

right hand-bare because I didn't want to mess up such an awesome mani!
So the grey used is two coats of China Glaze's Recycle and the awesome teal color is two coats of O.P.I's Ski Teal We Drop. For the white heart, I used one of Kiss's nail art nail polish with the thin brushes. 

The heart surprisingly turned out REALLY well. I'm very impressed with myself. But since everything looked so nicely, I didn't want to mess up my other hand by drawing a very ugly and distorted heart with my non dominate hand, so I just left it blank hehe. 

What do you guys think?  :)

ps. wanted to give a quick shout out to two people today! Today is my sister, Kat, and my friend, Glen's birthday! So happy birthday to you two  :) 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Orly's Ancient Jade

Hello!!
I absolutely love this mani!! I'm definitely on a pastel color kick and this pastel mani just makes my day!




This is 3 coats of Orly's Ancient Jade and 3 coats of Sea Spray
The color in the picture is actually a bit lighter than the color on my actual nails. Add a touch of green to ancient jade and a bit of grey to sea spray and perfecto!

I actually wasn't too impressed with the formula and the application of Ancient Jade. It came off pretty streaky (smoothed out in picture thanks to top coat!) and it was pretty thick and gloppy.

However, this mani is so cute! I added some stars just for the heck of it, and I think it compliments the mani pretty well, don't you? 

What do you think? What do you think of the formula to Orly's Ancient Jade

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

O.P.I Sweetheart

Hello sweet lovely peoples!

I just have to say: Happy Mother's Day to my mama! <3 

I have some pretty short nails today! :(  I wanted to start playing my guitar again, so I decided to file them down, which makes me a bit sad, but not too worried because my nails grow decently fast. 



FLASH
In honor of Mother's Day, I have a lovely pink manicure!
I'm using four coats of O.P.I's Sweetheart. I've been looking for a good opaque baby pastel pink and decided to pick this up. I'm not sure if this would be the perfect pink that I'm looking for, but it definitely is a really nice color that would be great for something more formal or business-y like.

I added some pearls to put some pizazz to a very simple mani. Really like it! I got quite a few compliments on it as well as started a few conversations with the pearls on my nails. 

This mani, unfortunately, didn't last too long since the day after I did this mani, I went to the beach for a good friend's surprise birthday bon fire. The sand and dirt and charcoal did quite the damage to a very light colored polish. That was okay though, it means I just get to do more manis! :) 

What do you think? Is there any good opaque pastel baby pinks you would recommend to me? 

<3

Friday, May 6, 2011

Revlons

Hello!
My mani today makes is a bit sad. I absolutely LOVE minted green colors and loved this color in the bottle, but it looks SOO streaky!! *sigh 



On my nails are two coats Revlon's Minted and on my accent nails are two coats of Revlon's Perplex

I bought this last summer when it first came out and remembered it being just a bit streaky, but when I applied it this time around, the application was pretty streaky and thick. Do you guys have the same issue? 
The application with Perplex, however, applied very smoothly, so I wonder if its just the Revlon minted bottle that I have, or does everyone have the same issue?

I have also seen China Glaze's Refresh Mint and it seems to look pretty close to this Revlon one. Does anyone have both? Which one is better/which would you recommend? 

So many questions!!! 

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

On the Hunt!

I need your expertise! And I know I'm asking the right crowd! haha

I've been on the hunt for the perfect coral pink nail polish color for the longest time!! I want it to be more on the warm tone, and good blend of coral and pink....and not too pink. Does that make sense? haha

I would love it if you guys could give me some suggestions because its spring..and the perfect time to wear such a color, except I can't find any! :(

HELP!!
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Elf's Light Red

Hello!
I've been doing pretty good at posting huh?? I definitely give myself a pat on the back :) Here is just a quick post with Elf's Light Red nail polish. This is just two coats. 

flash!

no flash

Grr with night time photographing. I know, they look completely different. I think it definitely looks more like the one with the flash. 

The formulation on Elf's nail polishes are surprising pretty good! I absolutely love the black polish, which is uber opaque, and this one is not bad at all.  

I used this polish as a base in another post, my birthday post. I put China Glaze's Ruby Pumps over top last time to make it look it look like this:

Quite like it! Will defintiely be doing this again, and possibly adding some designs to it!

What do you think?

<3

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished-RANT


That saying is so totally true. I never thought how it could actually be true..but seriously. 
I seriously want to punch the bejeezus out of somebody right now, my housemate. I feel like I’ve done so much for her! Not only that, but there are so many things I need to let out about this particular person. 
She’s not a morning person and always seems to never wake up in time for the 8am we have together, so what do I do, wake her up..pretty much every time we have class. I’m not a morning person either, I do what is necessary. And now she basically expects me to wake up her and wait for her to get ready (which take 3 hours long) to walk to class together. I’ve had to wake her up for so many midterms because she probably would have missed it, is there a thank you, no. 
She always gets the easy way out of things. She forgets that there are midterms pretty much all the time. What does she do? She gets her friends from previous years to send her the quizes that are supposedly the exact same and what does she get on the midterms? A’s of course. While everyone else in the class, I feel, really works hard to study for their grade, but only gets C’s maybe B’s. 
She is SUPER shallow. Seriously. When she gets those undeserved A’s on the quizes she laughs at the people around her who got B’s and C’s. After our class one day she came up to me and was like, “Hey Carissa, do you remember that SUPER annoying guy in class?” No, sorry I don’t. Annoying is not something I attach to someone’s name when I remember them. Another time she was complaining about her date to some sorority formal that she needed to find. I mentioned a friend of hers that they seemed to get pretty well with each other:
_____: “Oh, I totally would, too bad he is shorter than I am” 
Me: “Are you really that shallow?”
_____: “Honestly, yes.”
Okay, SERIOUSLY!?!?! I just don’t get people sometimes. I don’t understand how people can be THIS shallow and be okay with themselves. 
Last example, even though, at this point, I could go on for hours. I was with a good friend chatting in my room. She charges in, pissed about a group project she was in. She talked about how “retarded” a friend was……right in front of my friend who had a little sister that is mentally challenged. I was honestly so embarrassed. Not okay. She just doesn’t know when to stop. 
But why am I so pissed off today? She forgot to do her homework a couple days that was due on monday. I had already finished my homework last thursday because I was planning on going homework for the weekend and didn’t know if I would be able to make it back in time for class. I had originally asked another friend to turn my homework in for me, but my housemate insisted that she do it for me. Okay, thank you! She ended up forgetting to do her own homework, so I said that she could copy my homework…but change it up a bit. Did she? No. She copied it verbatim!!! What happens? When the professor hands my paper back today, he asks me to go see him in his office hours with her.
I told her before going into his office hours that if it is the issue of her turning in my homework for me, then I will take full responsibility for it (because at that point, I had no idea why he asked us to see him..although it was pretty obvious), but if it was about the copying homework thing, then I couldn’t say anything because if I were to defend myself, then I would basically throw her under the bus, which I didn’t want to do. I told her that she would have to defend herself, but to not pull me into the mess. 
What does she do? Throw me under the bus of course! He asks why our homework was identical, and she said that we worked together on the homework…WHAT?!?!!?! NO. We definitely did not work together on the homework. I WORKED ON THE HOMEWORK. YOU COPIED. And the way she said it made it seems like we were both just copying each others work because we were “working together”. He then asked for further explanation, but she just sits there awkwardly and quietly staring at the ground. SERIOUSLY?! I told her that she needed to defend herself and not throw me in it, and what does she do? The exact opposite. 
I confronted her as soon as we were far enough, and she pulled out her teary eyes and said “OKAY, I’ll email him telling him that it was all my fault! Is that what you want?!” First of all, I hate people do that, making it seem like it was my fault and put guilt into the whole situation. But secondly, have some integrity in the first place! You put me into a bad position and throw that kind of line later on? 
And I know I have some fault in it. I should have known better than to let someone else copy my homework. But I felt bad because she’s been stressed lately, and I know she hasn’t gotten too much sleep lately, PLUS she was doing me a favor in the first place by turning in my homework..but I just needed to rant. Maybe I’m over reacting, but who wants their professor to think that they are a cheater? 
At this point, I just really can’t talk to her right now. Can’t look at her. Can’t be around this person. I kind of don’t want to sleep in the same apartment as her for the next couple of days. I hope she doesn’t confront me because I know I will definitely just want to punch out…I just need to calm down. Someone please calm me down!! Put some rational thoughts into my head. Tell me I’m stupid for being mad at her. Tell me it wasn’t her fault, that I shouldn’t be mad.Tell me that I’m overreacting.

Monday, May 2, 2011

White Winter Hymnal-Fleet Foxes Cover

So sometimes I just need a break from school..and what better way to procrastinate than to sing and cover a song that has 14 different layers in it! If you guys don't know, I absolutely love music. I love to (try to) sing, and play instruments. It is just a good way of relieving stress, take a break, and chill. Hope you guys enjoy this! 

video
Have an excellent day <3

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Chains!

Do you guys watch a lot of youtube tutorials and random videos? I definitely do! I actually may be watching WAY too much, but hey, sometimes I feel uncreative and need some inspiration! Well here is one that I saw from a youtuber: JulieG713. She did a nail tutorial on gold link chains on the nails and I thought I would try it out myself! This is how it turned out: 



The purplish color I have on my nails is called Socialite by Ulta. I used two coats of this polish.

I went to dinner with a bunch of friends the day after I did this manicure and got so many compliments! It is also a great conversation starter! But unfortunately, those chains annoyed the frick out of me and I ended up picking at the chains then riping them off (I am so violent RAWR). I think it was just a bit too unusual for me to have something so thick and bulky on my nails. If you can handle it though, I would definitely suggest you try it out!

What do you think?

ps. I just wanted to say a huge shout out and happy birthday to my friend Stefan. He obviously doesn't read my blog, but that's okay, its the thought that counts ;) 

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