Sunday, August 2, 2015

Happy Pride 2k15 Vancouver!

Happy Pride, Vancouver! I might be going to the parade today and then Bard on the Beach after dinner downtown with Branden's parents. MAY also take my towel and a change of clothes and makeup down with me and dunk myself in the ocean - my first time swimming this summer. It has not been good times for me lately, man.

Anyway, y'all know pride means rainbows so here's the toolkit from left to right:

OPI Alpine Snow, Julep January, Orly Old School Orange, Essence Wanna Be Your Sunshine, Julep Leah, Julep Marisa, Essence Passion for Fashion, Cult Nails Nakizzle's Shizzle (swatch forthcoming), ILNP My Private Rainbow (not pictured), Rainbow Honey Royal Fruits topcoat.



After swatching CN Nakizzle's Shizzle and covering that with ILNP My Private Rainbow, I frenched the tips with OPI Alpine Snow, the best white ever.


Manually! Freehand! (I didn't have time to wait for the polish to dry enough to put down paper reinforcements.)


Then, just on the tips, a dab of each of those colours.





Because there was no way to get the white strip even, I used the dotting tool to give the sense of fluffy clouds.


Pre-cleanup!


Look at that glorious mess.


Post cleanup :D




I like it! It's a little bit subtle but still pays homage to Pride.

Gonna stand on my soapbox here for a second. It's pretty great that the US finally joined the rest of North America in allowing its citizens to get married, but in many states it is still perfectly legal to be fired immediately upon exercising their civil rights. On top of that, with queer visibility increasing children are coming out younger and younger which leaves them vulnerable to the wills of last-generation bigoted parents. In the US, estimates of homeless queer youth (limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender in their studies) approach 40%, with an incredible overrepresentation for trans* youth. Many are driven to suicide. Pride, and visibility, is a celebration of life, a challenge to the laws and societies that oppress people based on who they love and important in the light of the terrible laws being passed in places like Uganda which allows a lifetime jail sentence just for falling in love (or for fucking, and whose business is that?). My point is Pride is important. And whatever you dis/agree with, if you ever vote to change laws to take people's rights from them, you are a piece of shit.

For the sake of visibility, I'm bi. Queer rights are human rights. Keep fighting and if you're not straight/cis and struggling, remember there's resources to keep you going until you can get out of the terrible place you're stuck in at the moment.

Resources for Canadians

Resources for US

If you have links, please comment them below so I can add them to this post!

This weekend, celebrate, have fun, exist and be safe!


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Swatch: Rainbow Honey Gateau de Citron

Starting off August with something sweet!

Summer is time for strawberry lemonade, a delicious treat I can get from Red Robin with my free birthday coupon ;D

Anyway, ILNP Cutie Pop reminds me of sugar and strawberries which needed something bright and sunny to really drive the summer-ness home.

I also splurged on the whole Rainbow Honey La Patisserie collection so I had to swatch Gateau de Citron. The colours looked really well together!




Bubbly :D


Friday, July 31, 2015

Nail Art: Old Navy dress WITH POCKETS

Oh gosh, this was supposed to be posted last month. I've been really stressed out lately and haven't had time to sit and write blog posts. Thank you all so much for bearing with me! I'll end off this month with some nail art, and then I'm sitting on some nice swatches and a couple more nail art ideas to round out the summer. I hope you guys are having lots of beach time!

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I'm coming to realize I make it sound like I impulse buy a lot. I want to assure everybody that I plan out my impulse purchases so they are spread out and manageable. I am a responsible adult.

I ordered ILNP Mega (S) and needed some nail art over it to match this really comfortable new dress I got from Old Navy. Also I wanted to torture myself with striping tape.

Three coats Mega, then design using Cult Nails Time Traveler.



It matched the dress pretty well.




And it came with POCKETS.

The holo on Mega is lovely!







And sunshine!




I love holos!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Swatch: Cult Nails Time Traveler

One of our last purchases together before this blog became a single authorship endeavor was the Cult Nails Clearance and I am really happy I got this beauty. I have one dark blue in Julep Marisa and the tiny bottle is actually running low and I wanted a nice replacement.

TWO COATS.




It's a beautiful rich blue! If you're a Dr. Who fan you get the reference. I am not a Doctor Who fan so just enjoy the Tardis Blue and I hope you have yourself a good one ;D

Did anybody get some goodies from Cult Nails before they shut down?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Swatch: ILNP Cutie Pop

PINK. Believe it or not, pink is actually a big hole in my nail polish collection. I don't really like it usually. Despite this, ILNP Cutie Pop is SPECIAL and I wanted it as soon as I saw it. Unfortunately my camera and lighting didn't really like it. In person it is much closer to the website's photos of it.

Anyway, this is three coats.






It looked great in all lights, and in the sunshine the holo really exploded <3

Friday, July 3, 2015

Swatch: ILNP Princeton

Finally getting some posts together! This summer is kicking my ass so far and my birthday is coming up but so is a big presentation that I have to write a paper for (TODAY- let's hope I get it done?)

This swatch is from a couple weeks ago and it is from that nice big ILNP order I made (recently, I'm trying to convince myself because I want another one now... SIGH.).



This is ILNP Princeton, three coats.



The formula was really nice. The holo isn't that strong but it's not subtle either. This is a nice gentle green that will make you feel cool, which you might really need given this terrible heat wave bent on cooking us all.


ILNP just released a new collection on their website, and there are swatches on their facebook an bottle-porn on their instagram. Tell Barb I sent you!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Why Chinchillas?

Hi everyone! I'm sorry I haven't been posting a lot lately but some big things have been happening. I started a new job in a new lab and am trying to find my stride in that and in May we welcomed two new family members! If you've been following my instagram you know exactly who I'm talking about ;D


Cashew (top) and Peanut are settling in just fine! This is them taking a little rest in their playpen.

What I wanted to do was take you through our cage building process and why I chose chinchillas, which you've also seen the images for already if you follow me, but I'll be including our instructions and setbacks in a little more detail. If you're not interested feel free to skip this post or scroll right to the bottom for Cashew x Peanut playtime pictures.

I did a lot of reading prior to deciding who I wanted to bring into our home and the decision took into account many factors, one of which being that we need to be able to hide them from certain people (shh!).

Factors

  • I'm allergic to everything and Branden has respiratory issues, so we needed something hypoallergenic.
  • We live in an apartment and are a bit disorganized so we wanted something that could be contained to their own safe space.
  • I just have a preference for furry critters as opposed to feathered or scaly.
  • Because I was hoping to ease my loneliness around my boyfriend's busy life, I needed something interactive.
  • In terms of maintenance expenses, we wanted something relatively low cost.
  • We kind of have to keep them hidden in our building... so quiet and odor-less was also necessary.
These whittled down the choices pretty easily. No lizards, bunnies, cats, dogs, guinea pigs, birds, fish... what's left? Exotics! Degus, chinchillas, sugar gliders. At that point it became a question of space. Using various internet sources, I found degus needed a low, wide habitat and sugar gliders require a lot of space. For chinchillas, more is better, but their cage's longest dimension should be height. A wardrobe type design is perfect and stealthy.

The advantages for chinchillas include:
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Contained
  • Furry
  • Interactive
  • Food is timothy hay ($10.99) and chinchilla pellets ($11.99)
  • Interactive
  • Quiet
  • Odor-less
  • Litter train themselves (YUP! :D)
But there are down sides too:
  • High start up cost including cage, toys, food, more toys, playpen, cage accessories (water bottle, food bowl, houses, perches), not to mention the little critters themselves!
  • Exotic pets need exotic veterinary care, which has reduced availability and greater expense
  • Heat restrictions requiring air conditioning for the summer
  • Huge time commitment because they are so interactive
  • Quiet room, quiet life - no loud TV time, no dance parties
  • Huge lifetime commitment - they live up to 20 years!
  • Reputable breeders were few and far between in my area, and I wasn't sure I could handle a straight rescue since I am quite inexperienced with actually caring for my own animals
  • They are skittish prey animals and require a lot of patience and gentleness
  • They also cannot be expected to be cuddly like a guinea pig would be
Both my partner and I are quiet people who prefer a night in to a night out most days of the year. To mitigate the start up costs I saved for almost eight months until I had at least $1000 that I could spend to get everything ready. I also decided that a DIY cage would be the best thing for us to do since it meant we could customize not only the interior for their sake but the exterior for ours and it would save us some cash. Since he is very busy with soccer twice a week and dude time twice a week, I had to be sure I was willing to do all the work it would take to keep them clean, happy and in general well cared for. 

I did a lot of reading. A lot. The internet is a great resource and I found many people willing to tell me all about their beloved friends and I am so thankful. To get you started, here are some of my sources:

Over about two months, I gathered supplies and herded my boyfriend into building the cage, but that is for another post.

Tomorrow marks one month since my cuties moved in and I like to think they are happy <3





Look forward to more about them and check out my instagram for their takeover!