Tuesday, June 17, 2014

tie-dye and sunset nails.

Yes, another nail post. Obviously it's a thing with me! These were so fun to do and are super cute and springy. Here's what I did: I started with a base of white. Once the white was dry I sponged on four different colors: peachy pink, yellow, light blue, and lilac. When I was happy with my design I topped it off with my Seche Vite top coat.

Later I added a coat off Essie's Shine of the Times and it made the mani even prettier, almost opalescent. My nails feel like a freaking fairy and I'm totally loving it!

Here's another mani from a few weeks ago, I got the idea from Janelle at elleandish,she does such beautiful nail art:

It was a bit chipped by the time I took the picture but doesn't it make you feel like hitting the beach?

Friday, May 2, 2014

Spring nails and an obsession confession.

I bought a couple of new nail colors in the last week and I couldn't wait to try them out so I went for both! I used Essie's Nice is Nice and Haute as Hello(love the name). And for good measure I added little silver studs to my middle and ring fingers to give the mani a little something extra.
I don't know but lately I've been on a total makeup kick(okay, I'm totally obsessed), I've been buying things left and right, which I know I shouldn't but cute stuff! How could I resist? I'll have to show you some of my new goodies because they're so pretty and yeah...

I want to know: What is your current obsession?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Favorite spring nail polishes

Hello, and happy Easter! I hope everyone is having a good time, and if you don't celebrate Easter then happy Sunday! I thought I'd celebrate by sharing some of my favorite nail colors for the season. These are just some of my most worn colors this spring. Of course there are so many more I'd like to share but it might be a little too much! I'll probably be doing another mini compilation sometime closer to summer. anyway on to the good stuff!
From L to R: Wet'n'wild I need a Refreshmint, Revlon Electric, Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet, Confetti Belle of the Ball, and Sally Hansen Pacific blue.
I'm actually wearing one of these right now, it's Sally Hansen's Mint Sorbet. I love the color, and it's so opaque I can almost get away with just one coat! I'm wearing it along with another Sally Hansen polish from the same line in Golden-I, topped with gold glitter.

What are your favorite nail colors right now? I'd love to hear them.

Friday, February 7, 2014

More hand carved stamps: the alphabet edition.

You know I like my stamp carving right? Well, I may have gotten a little ambitious and decided I wanted to carve my own alphabet. I used my regular old erasers from the dollar store and my trusty x-acto knife. A few hours(and some mistakes) later I had my very own diy'ed alphabet stamps!

I kind of like their roughness and imperfections, they feel more mine. Sometimes(a lot) I'm a messy crafter, and that's okay! I think these are great for art journal pages, headers on my many pages of lists, or even in valentines!

Do you ever feel like your crafts, art, whatever is more yours when it's a little quirky? Or is it a total downward spiral? I have days like that too. I hope the little imperfections make you feel closer to your work rather than further from yourself.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Bits and Pieces: A book.

Yes, this is a mangled library book. Looks like it's been well loved.
This year I decided I want to read at least one book a month. Yesterday I finished reading John Green's Looking for Alaska. It was something that's been on my reading list for some time and I've decided that this year I will read at least one book a month. I love reading but it's so easy to just...not. This easy read was a good way to get back on the reading horse, I think. About the book, I liked it. It felt a little young for me because I'm not in high school anymore, but towards the end it was still kind of relatable. We all have a little bit of that guilty feeling from time to time, no?
Anyway, I think this was a good start and I'm already plotting my next read. But I am totally open to recommendations if anyone has any!

Happy Friday!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Nails: Golden Amanda.

I bought this pretty nude pink nail color called Amanda from Zoya about a month ago and I hadn't used it at all. So, I decided it was time. The color does feel more Spring-like to me but that doesn't really matter because its cute and I like it. This is just Amanda with some dots and an attempted chevron pattern in Golden-I by Sally Hansen(love that polish). 

I do see using this in a pretty floral design though, soon possibly. What do you think?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Candle Recycling: A (sort of) Tutorial.

Let me tell you a story. I had a yummy smelling vanilla creme brulee candle and one day the wax was not burning very well in it's big jar anymore. This made me sad, so I decided to melt it don and stick the rest of the wax in a small teacup. Why? Because yummy candle. Also it was fun.

Here's what I did:
one: I melted the wax by filling a small pot halfway with water and letting it boil. Then I turned it off and stuck my canldle jar in it and waited for it to melt.
two: Once the wax was all melty I took out the old wicks and poured the wax into my new container with it's new wick in it.

three: I held the wick up and centered by squeezing it between two chopsticks. And I let it dry.

four: I trimmed the wick and thoroughly enjoyed my new adorable teacup candle!

You could probably repeat these steps with a small batch of candles and a jar or you know, just buy some wax and melt it down to add your own yummy scents and colors.