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!).


  • 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!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Swatch: Cult Nails Deal With It

Apologies in advance! I'm sorry to dangle this in front of everybody but I snagged this and two other gorgeous colours when Cult Nails announced their closing out sale. I've been lusting on Deal With It since it was released, knowing I couldn't justify a full priced bottle plus the $7 shipping.

BUT HERE WE ARE. Took three or four coats and I love love LOVE gold shimmer on anything. I'm just going to let the photos speak for themselves because they came out really well despite my terrible macrophotography skills.

I love greens *_* Did you guys get anything from Cult Nails in their last days of business?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Swatch: Rainbow Honey Waves and Rainbow Honey Magic Cake

I HAVE SO MANY COLOURS LIKE THIS SOMEBODY STOP ME. Waves is a gorgeous formula but if you have any of Essence Choose Me!, Wet&Wild 446D, Fingerpaints Avante Garde Green... on second thought these are all different colours and I am glad I have them all.

Here is waves, a gorgeous green like oceans with a bluish undertone. Sorry for the mess!

To spice it up, I added RH Magic Cake, one of the cutest and best selling glitters of last year. Over that I put Piper Polish Spectraflair topcoat.

Unfortunately I could not get a good sunshine photo until one nail had popped off but I love the rainbow sheen I've got even if I'm the only one who can see it.

Sunshine days are coming! I'm dreaming of some sandy beaches and warm ocean, how about you?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Swatch: Rainbow Honey Crème de Caramel and Rainbow Honey Viridis

Here it is! The base for Sunday's Peachy Sangria nail art. Unlike the online swatch, this colour is quite a bit more peachy than it is caramel. For some reason I think caramel is more brown/tan coloured. Anyway, this is still a beautiful colour, reminiscent of Julep Hayden (but more yellowish) with a MUCH better formula.

This is three coats.

I was looking for a complimentary glitter and picked up RH Viridis, from the Midnight Garden collection I think. It goes really well with all the cool green circles and lime green stars. There's also some lilac hexes and I think it's a great mix that goes well together. This is one of my better combos.

Sorry about the cuticles! I am trying out RH's nail honey cuticle oils and put on Pomelo to finish up. I also used their Tea Biscuit topcoat and together it smelled like fresh apple cookies on my hands!

Do you guys like scented topcoats? Tell me your favourite cuticle oil too!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Nail Art: Peachy Sangria

Heelloooooooooooo loyal followers! Seriously I want you to know how much I appreciate y'all given I tend to drop off the face of the planet intermittently. I wanted to post this because today is Mother's Day and that always reminds me of heavy breakfasts and fruity booze thanks to Branden's mama (lol).

So all the swatches for these are forthcoming but I definitely ordered the entire La Patisserie collection from Rainbow Honey (website, Facebook) and the colours are gooooorgeous.

So, onto fruity drinks. The base is Rainbow Honey Crème de Caramel topped on accent fingers with Rainbow Honey Viridis from a previous collection. The unglittered nails have been graced with Gelée de Fraise in a little drop which was subsequently flared out using the pointy end of an orange stick. Does it look like the pit of a peach when you slice it in half? :D?

Ah well, it may be a little abstract, but my new boss noticed and that was cool! (PS I started a new thing this week and that's why everything is all out of whack - including the prize distribution for the giveaway. I'm sorry!! They're coming!!)

Both hands! I think it is nice and springy!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there! I hope you have kids like my boyfriend and his siblings who make you amazing eggs benny and apple turnovers. (And if you are like me, keep your chin up and eat some chocolate <3)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Swatch: Rainbow Honey Fallen Snow

Swatchy swatch! This is Rainbow Honey's recent January limited edition (one of two) and it is a very faint blue-ish white that goes on creamy in two coats. The formula was great though I personally am never satisfied with how the edges on my paint job look when I am wearing whites but I think that's just me because my photos look fine.

This is going to make a great base for some sky nail art. Did you guys see their recent collection? I have all of that coming m way too! Right now they're offering a 10% off code too (RH10) so check it out! Let me know if you pick some nice colours up :D

Rainbow Honey Website