Friday, August 15, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer: Raindrops

Day five of The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer and today I have the rain that comes (hopefully) after a Haboob.

I used OPI Here Today.....Aragon Tomorrow Suede as my base (two coats). I then used Sally Hansen Emerald City to create veins on my leaf. I then put on a thin coat of Wet n Wild Matte Top Coat (the veins almost disappeared). I then used a dotting tool and Poshe to create the raindrops.

Not exactly how I pictured it turning out, but it'll do. :)

Phew! I made through Summer! Now if only the Arizona summer would end, I'm hating 110F plus days! Grrrr!

Don't forget to check out what the other ladies did for their final day of summer!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer: Haboob!

Day four of The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer and I bring you a Haboob! A hab-what? A Haboob is an intense dust storm. And let me tell you, I hate them!

First, let me tell you how my pretty Haboob was formed. I used China Glaze Electric Beat for my sky and China Glaze Starboard for my grass (which I dabbed on). I then stamped using MoYou Sailor 03 for the different swirls of dust. I wanted to show the Haboob from thick dust to lighter dust. I stamped using Konad Brown and Color Club Cherubic. I sealed it with Poshe top coat. Pretty right?

But a Haboob isn't pretty and shiny. So I used Essie Matte About You to make it dusty.

I really hate Haboobs. They are one of my triggers for anxiety. Below I have posted a few videos, they are a bit long, but if you've never seen one then you should watch. Because even though I hate them, they are awesome (and not the totally awesome kind of awesome, but the awe-inspiring, frightening awesome) to watch.

I did not film these and I don't advise holding your phone/camera while driving in these (or at all!). You are to pull over off the road a ways and come to a stop, turn off your lights, and take your foot off the brakes (this way no one follows you and crashes into you). I don't like these.

Don't forget to check out what the other ladies are doing for summer!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer: Heat Haze

Day three of The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer and I attempted to create heat haze. You know, those wibbly wobbly waves in the air near the road?

Do you know what I mean now? These are very common in Arizona. Very common as it is freakin' HOT!

I used Essence You Belong to Me as my sky and Essence Hunt Me if You Can as my asphalt road. I drew the road lines with OPI Candlelight. I then used Essie Matte About You to matte the road and my middle finger. My index finger I used Poshe top coat to make it shiny! I then used a small brush to create "waves" on the matte surface using Poshe top coat.

What do you think? Yay? Nay? I have mixed feelings. I really wanted to do this as a mani and I struggled in how to show the waves. In person it shows up a little better, but maybe I should have chosen a darker blue for my sky so that the waves would show up? Oh well, it still looks a bit like heat haze right? :)

Don't forget to check out what the other ladies are doing for summer!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer: The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas

"The sun is a mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace, where hydrogen is built into helium and a temperature of a millions of degrees." - They Might Be Giants, Why Does the Sun Shine?

Today is day two of The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer and I decided to create the sun! Yes! Me! I have created the sun!

See? It's the sun! Complete with solar flares!

Here is how the sun looks before it was matte-i-fied! I started with two coats of OPI The Thrill of Brazil. I then used Wet n Wild to create the nothingness that is space (two coats). I added SpaRitual Invention to the OPI to give it some sizzle! I used the OPI to also create the solar flares with SpaRitual over top. I then dabbed some Barielle Fire Me Up over the red to warm it up some more and added some more SpaRitual Invention. I used Milani White on the Spot and Barielle Cream 'N Sugar to create the hot spots on the sun (also added some SpaRitual over them too. I used Poshe Top Coat to seal it all up.

I liked it but I knew something was missing.

Enter Essie Matte About You. Now I love it! The sun is perfect for summer! Especially in Arizona, bleh! Too hot!

I hope everyone has a little earworm now! Muwahahahaahaha! I love this song!

Don't forget to check out what the other ladies are doing for summer!

Also check out this amazing group: Inspire Me Nails. This current challenge is Inspired by Weird and Wonderful Nature.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer: Love Letters in the Sand

Welcome to another week of The Digit-al Dozen! This month's theme is Summer! And many of us are trying to be not so obvious with out manis (my get a little "different" later in the week).

But today's mani is a love letter written in the sand on a beach. D'awwww! I really like how this turned out. I used two coats of Contrary Polish Sand (duh, had to use that one right?) as my base. I splodged (look Debbie!) on some Milani White on the Spot for the sea foam. I sealed the Milani and Contrary Polish with Poshe top coat. I then used two coats of Zoya PixieDust Godiva as my sand. I let it dry a tiny bit then took a toothpick and wrote in the "sand"!

I totally love this and hope you did too! I hope it makes you think of summer!

Don't forget to check out what the other ladies have for you this summer! :)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Polish Room!

Remember that time when I made a video and I was a dufus and someone should have just turned off the camera? No? Oh, well maybe this video will remind you!

Oh geeze, why did I hit publish? Hahahahahaha! >_<

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Quoteable Quotes!

So, it's been awhile since I did a post for Axis of Ineptitude. But I loved today's prompt: Quoteable Quotes! I love me some quotes! I collect them. :)

So here are few that I am loving right now:

Monday, August 4, 2014

Is Blogging Dead? Or Are We Becoming Inactive? Or Am I Making Any Sense?

So, I've been wondering; and bear with me, because this post has evolved into something that I didn't know I needed to say! :) With all the different social media platforms now available that you can connect your internet self to, has blogging gone the way of rotary phones?

Just in case some of you didn't know what a rotary phone was! :)

People still need connection, it's human nature; but are Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook climbing the "social" ladder and taking over the blogging sphere?

Here we bloggers sit; creating ideas, mapping them out (sometimes >_<), completing the idea, editing, scheduling, and posting. But do we still have an audience? Or is it just the fancy pictures everyone wants to see?

Granted, I'm not much of a writer on my blog. I pretty much just tell you what I use and throw in some little tidbit; but I am working on that. But there are some very eloquent writers who pour their souls into their blogs. Do we read them? Or do we just look at the pretty pictures? 

I've been thinking about this lately. I've never really gotten a ton of page hits, I never really thought I would, but I have noticed a decrease. Are people just too busy? Or has the blog trend died?

(Here's my segue into what I suddenly felt I needed to say)

Or, is it that blogging is still alive and well but it's commenting that is taking it's last breath. Are we becoming inactive in our commenting?

Are we all becoming a part of the instant gratification generation? I want it now! I don't want to wait, I don't need to wait. Nowadays everything is so instant. Watching your favorite show and gotta go to the bathroom? Pause it and go, or watch it on your phone. My nephews find it weird when I say to use the commercial breaks to use the bathroom. Huh? But I digress.

With Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook we can just hit "like" and scroll on down, never taking into account the hours spent creating that pretty picture. It's all about the followers, the "likes", the re-tweets. Is our blog-esteem or even self-esteem based on the number of likes we've received on Instagram?

I mean sure, who doesn't like having a ton of people like their picture? And I mean "like". I feel it has a greater meaning behind it if there is a comment. I'd rather have more comments than likes or views (is that possible?) because then I know I am connecting with others.

That is the reason for my blog. I love to connect with people and through this blog I have met (some actually in real life!) some wonderful support friends. Many times these friends have pulled me from some of my deepest darkest holes. They have been my outlet to vent, my shoulder to cry on, and my partner in rejoicing!

To me, "liking" is superficial (don't get me wrong, sometimes I will like something on FB because I don't want to comment and get flooded with other comments, and yes I know you can turn those off). Commenting is taking a some bit of time out of your day to express your gratitude, your awe, your enjoyment, or your own point of view. It's letting the author know: hey, I read this, I liked it (or didn't, but please be nice about it!) and I want to let you know that I appreciate the time you put in.

I don't know, maybe it's just me. I feel, I don't know, know? Does any of this make sense? I've just been curious about this. I started this post thinking that blogging might be dead, but then as I wrote I realized it's commenting and acknowledging the blogger behind the blog. Maybe I just feel this disconnect and I'm completely weird (ok, I know I am weird, but you know what I mean).

I just feel that as bloggers we should be more connected not just through numbers but through our experiences. I mean heck, it's the internet, people anywhere in the world can read this. The internet is a powerful thing (and a destructive one too).

Well, that's my two cents. Don't know if I my rambling diarrhea of the mouth fingers formed any coherent thought or opinion. But I thought I would share what I've been feeling.

I don't blog for the numbers, I blog for the connection. Do you?

**Edit: Thank you all so much for all the comments! I really didn't expect all of them. This post wasn't to create and force comments on my blog, I was just curious. And I guess I'm not the only one seeing this downward trend. So glad not to be alone! :)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner Review

Ok, so I decided to do a review of Benefit's They're Real Push Up Liner. I've seen many different bloggers post their reviews and I keep seeing a lot of negative things about this amazing product. So I thought I would put in my two cents worth.

This is my first makeup review and my first attempts at photographing my eye. I don't know how you beauty bloggers do it so well! I applaud you! :) 

This review reflects my opinion of this product based on what I have been taught and what I have figured out on my own. I was giving this product at my work. I was not asked to do a review, I just wanted to shine a brighter light on this product! :)

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Alright, so I've had my liner about a few weeks before they officially launched in stores. I work at Ulta and was given it early to play with it and learn to use it. The week of their launch in stores I got to attend a training class on this liner put on by Benefit. (Can I say I love my job!)

So the tip of the liner is rubber (no latex!) and very flexible, able to bend to get in and hug your lashes.

When you first get your liner it has a little orange plug in it. There are many different schools of thought with this little plug. Benefit says toss it. Other bloggers say to keep and put it back on after you are done so it doesn't dry out. At first I would replace it, and it would just be a big mess each time, gel covering the plug and gel all over my hands. After my Benefit class I tossed it, they said it won't dry out. (But you can choose to do whatever you want to do.)

When I go to use the liner I give it a few twists to allow the gel to move up to the opening. You can see the gel coming out in the photo. When you first use the liner it takes quite a few twists to get your liner to start. I thought my was defective at first! Hahahahaha!

Now, this is how I prep my liner for use. After twisting it up in the previous photo I then wipe that excess off on a tissue to spread the gel evenly through the opening of the rubber tip. You don't have to do this, it's just something of a habit that I have picked up. 

I then give it a tiny twist and it's ready to go! With each twist you are bringing up new product each time! This amount that you see can do one full eye if not both. Excuse the little fuzz on the tip; it being rubber, fuzzies are kind of it's best friend. :)

Eeks! My eye! Didn't realize how many wrinkles I have! Hahahaha! The first step that I do on each eye is to "stamp" my wing. I line up the liner from my nostril to the corner of my eye press the tip on my skin and gently pull down. After doing this on one eye I go and repeat this process on the other eye. I've learned that doing it that way makes for a more even wings.

For my shadow I have on Urban Decay Skimp and Too Faced Marzipan from the Chocolate Bar Palette. I've also added a bit of Champagne Truffle in the crease, also from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette.

Sorry, this is a bit blurry. My next step is to line my lash line. This is a "rough draft" line. It isn't straight and perfect but it is the base on which I create my eye. Ok, now this is where I would have issues. My liner use to keep skipping, leaving huge blanks spots, or it would look like the liner tip would be picking up the liner like a spatula and cake batter. I asked this at my Benefit class. I was told, I needed to use more product. Since receiving that info, no more skips! Yay!

This is how it looks with my eye open, a simple black line. I could keep it like this but I never do! Hahaha! Seriously? I don't think I've ever really realized the hood or wrinkle in my crease. Or maybe it's denial? Hahahaha!

The next step that I do is to take the tip of the liner and go to the edge of the wing and draw a line to the middle of inner corner of my depending on the look I am going for. This is where you may need to twist up more product so that you don't have skips or bald spots. Sometimes you will get clumps of gel on you lids, and this is the cause of many complaints wit this products because it causes the fall out. You can do two things with these clumps. You can either push those clumps into your lashes (these clumps are still useable, they are not dried yet!) or you can pick them up and off you lid using the tip of the liner. If you leave the clumps, then you will have fall out.

Here's how it looks with my eye open. Not too bad huh! I love it! I have never been able to do this type of look with liquid or felt or pencils. I love this liner! It is rare that I am not wearing it now!

When I am finished with the liner I bend and wipe the liner on the tissues to remove and excess of the gel in the tip. 

This is my favorite thing to do with this liner......add glitter! Sparkly! This is Urban Decay's Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Spandex with It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara.

Still with Urban Decay Spandex. I love this look! Let's check out some more versions! :)

Here it is using Urban Decay's Glitter Eyeliner in Stagedive. I call this my mermaid color. :) On my lids I have Urban Decay Skimp and Snatch with Urban Decay's Moondust eyeshadow in Space Cowboy for added shimmer! Used It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara.

And open!

Using Urban Decay's Heavy Metal Eyeliner in Catfight. Again I used: Urban Decay Skimp and Snatch with Urban Decay's Moondust eyeshadow in Space Cowboy for added shimmer! With It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara.

Sorry about the lighting change. :) But here it is with my eyes open.

So what do you think? Have you tried this liner? Do you love or hate it? I love this liner and have had no issues. I know that it takes a bit of practising if you are use to liquid liners. And if you have ever done calligraphy, think of holding the liner like that. Try practising drawing lines on the back of your hand so that you can get a feel for how it works!

Let me know what you thought about this type of post, if you'd like to see more like this or not. :)