Monday, October 4, 2010

Polish Review - Cherry Red

Once last year, or the year before, I got a manicure. It was the first manicure I'd ever had, and it was great. For those of you who have never had one -- it's kind of like having your fingers trimmed and your nails fortified.

This made me feel as though a manicure might be the perfect thing to get right before going to Burning Man. The second manicure I ever had was on the day I left for the playa this year. It turns out that it was a great idea, for a few reasons:

1. If your nails are short and strengthened with several layers of lacquer, they are less likely to get caught and painfully broken while building and playing.

2. If your nails are colorful, you can't see how dirty they really are. (Yucky, I know, but it helps me freak out less about cleanliness when I can't see all the playa under my nails.)

3. Caring for your hands helps keep them healthy.

4. Freshly manicured nails are totally girly and also sexy. It's a really simple way to show that you take time to care about yourself and personal hygiene.

Upon returning from the desert, I decided this was something I wanted to try to keep up all year long. It's a nice simple thing I can do for myself, and it's become quite a rewarding little me-time ritual since then.

So, since this is going to be a regular thing, it can also be a regularly shared thing. :)

Without further ado, I present, my first nail polish review!

(I know... riveting, right?)

Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear nail color in Cherry Red #07

Cherry Red is a creme color, and it definitely lives up to the extreme wear promise. This polish has lasted longer without chipping than any others I've tested so far -- a whopping 4 days. The first chip was tiny, and easily patched for a night-time dinner outing. It provides great coverage in two coats, and has a pretty decent shine, even with just my quick-dry top coat on. When it came time to kiss Cherry Red goodbye, it was easy to remove, and didn't stain my finger tips.

...and now for the scoring part. I think any review needs some sort of score, and scores should be fun, so here goes... The Finger Scale!

On a scale of one (I'll let you guess which one) to ten (ALL IN!) fingers, I give Cherry Red:

Cost: 10 fingers - I picked this color up on sale, buy one get one 50% off, original price $2.99.

Coverage: 8 fingers - It went on and covered well in two coats, but it was extremely thick and that made it harder to work with.

Wear: 10 fingers - This may change later, but so far this is the longest wearing polish I've tested, at 4 days with no chips.

Clean-up: 7 fingers - I did use acetone polish remover, and it took 4 total cotton balls to clean up.

Color: 10 fingers - I got exactly what I expected. A true red that matched the bottle color completely.

Final Score: 9 fingers!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fortunes

I've been noticing the little signs that October is approaching, and I am super excited for autumn this year.

Something about the coming of fall always inspires me to post, so here's to another beginning. :)

I collect random fortunes that I find here and there (You'd be surprised how often I randomly find these -- nowhere near a fortune cookie.) and I figured it was about time I started sharing some of them as they come along. I found this one while crafting.

I guess maybe I should be eagerly anticipating winter instead?

What are you looking forward to?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Tree Fort Report

Just over a week ago, one of my coolhunters (Burnkitty) sent me a link to this fabulous item: The Sailboat Kit.

I have a knack for organized disarray, but somehow that just wasn't fulfilling all of my needs when it comes to my daily life. Some of you may be wondering where I disappeared to some time near the end of last year. Well, here it is: I have a job I do from home, and a life I live from the same home, and it was becoming more and more difficult to separate the two properly. This leaves me feeling overwhelmed and overloaded, totally unsure of what to do with my abundance of guilt and depressing attitude toward my ability to handle everything myself. I can't work all the time, but I also couldn't allow myself to have play time without feeling guilty like I should still be working -- just because I COULD still be working.

This Sailboat Kit arrived, and I built it. It took three hours, tons of paper, almost an entire pencil, and more intense brain spew scribbling than I ever expected I was capable of. I considered posting the insane brain spewage here, but I think I'll hold off for now. It's kind of a mess, and I don't like thinking about my kit in such a shamble. After the hours of building were done, I took a good look at what I had built. Much to my surprise, it's not a sailboat at all. This is the finest tree fort I have ever had the pleasure of encountering.

The. Finest. Tree. Fort. Ever.

Ever, people.

So I now have a very free-form way of organizing my time, my work, my play, everything. It's all there in my Tree Fort. If you'd like to see it lemme know and I'll send you the secret link. I don't really feel like I want to share my schedule with the world, but if you ask, I'll send it over for a look. Just don't giggle too hard... Or do. Hard giggling is good.

I now feel free when I've taken care of my work responsibilities for the day. It's like every day is Friday once I've checked off all of my tasks, and I can mentally relax while I physically relax into my evening. The feeling is immensely fantastic, and I wish it upon each and every one of you.

In other news, my kitchen has gotten so many upgrades since returning from Burning Man last year that it's practically a whole new room. Actually, I suppose since I moved in December it actually IS a whole new room. I won't get into everything right now, because it's more than I feel like writing this evening, but to give you a taste until next time...

At the urging of Miss Burnkitty, I invited Mark Bittman into my kitchen. His influence (via Kitchen Express) has completely changed the way I cook, and I can barely imagine what I was doing before to make cooking seem so difficult. I still firmly believe that baking is a science, but cooking meals has never been easier. I now cook two or three meals a day, every day, all week, and I love it.

Even if you hate cooking, if you have a chance to check out this book, I highly recommend it.

Coming next week (or sooner if I get wild): Rutiz Farms, One Knife to Rule Them All, But Wait There's More, and The Kitchen List & Food Board.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Meh and Prints

In an attempt to make my Etsy shop more accessible to people who might not be interested in purchasing an actual hand painted art of mine, but still want to own a bit of my work, I have begun researching outsourcing some high quality art prints.

There are far too many options and I am far too new at this.

So far I've narrowed it down to (maybe) two potential printers, but now there's all this nonsense about making sure your files are the right size, shape, etc. It's expected nonsense really, but I don't have the patience to figure it out today.

The tough decision is this: I don't know what size prints I should stock, if any, or if it would be a better idea to just outright offer prints for sale and then order them if someone buys one.

My argument is, personally, I hate waiting for things I've purchased online. That's the worst part of buying things on the internet. The waiting, oh god the waiting... and I like to think I'm usually an extremely patient person. On the other hand, I don't really want to shell out a bunch of money for prints that I don't need myself, and may never sell.

Oh the conundrum. What's a girl to do?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hooray Blog!

I finally got all my old blogs from the myspaces moved over here. Hopefully that makes this a bit more fun to browse.

Also, I finally got situated working at home and now I'm having a hard time turning it off. It's like every time I sit in front of my own computer, I feel like I should be working.

Hopefully this is the first of many more updates this year. How have you all been?

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