Monday, November 29, 2010

My poor poor fingernail!

Hey friends!!!  Holy moly do I have a story for you!  I moved in early September and ALL of my nails broke, so I was waiting for them to grow back... well....

School started in September.  The very first day of school I was running a few minutes late (of course) and ran out to my parking lot to get on my bike.  I wanted some music, and my Ipod was in my car.  I walked my bike over to my car, unlocked it, balanced my bike on my leg, got my Ipod, and slammed the car door shut.  WITH MY LEFT INDEX FINGERNAIL IN THE DOOR.  I frantically screamed and tried to yank my finger out of the door.  I had to shuffle some stuff around, balance my bike, reach over and re-open the door to get my poor finger out.  It hurt like a bitch, but I rode to class anyway.  About 30 seconds into lecture I wanted to cry my finger was throbbing so bad.  I looked down at my nicely manicured finger and my cuticle was BLACK.  I left class and went to the doctor.  I had to get a hole burned through my nail to let the blood out from the blood blister I gave myself.

Now, I have heard from many, many people (including doctors) that this doesn't hurt at all.  However, my doctor must not have known what he was doing because IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST PAINFUL THINGS I'VE EVER FELT HOLY MOTHER OF GOD.  I think it was because it took 20 seconds instead of 3 seconds, and that he did it really really close to my cuticle, which made that burn, too.  Now I have a hole in my nail, and it is super wiggly and will fall off soon.  FML!  No nail blogging for me since then.  But my nails have grown back nicely other than that.... So maybe I'll start again =)

Stephanie from Short n Chic informed me today that I've been named a "Top Manicure & Pedicure Blog" by CosmetologySchool.org.  How awesome!!!






I have no idea how I made it onto this list, but I am grateful and honored! Go check out shortnchic if you haven't (which you probably have) because she does some great stuff.


Thanks for everything! Hope to be showing off my nails again soon!


~Kelsea






Tucker says hi!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Two for one! Wet N Wild Craze's Gray's Anatomy and OPI Shim-merry Chic

Two swatches for you today!

I'm going to Catalina Island with my friend this weekend, so you would think I would want some crazy bright colors on my nails, right?  Well, instead I decided to put on Shim-merry Chic over a layer of Wet N Wild's Black Creme, to try to dupe $OPI 212.  I think it came out pretty much perfect, if not even more awesome than what I was trying to dupe.

Natural light


Flash


Sun

Shim-Merry Chic turned a little more olive-y, which I love.  It's vampy, it's sparkly, it's mesmerizing.  It would look a lot better if my nails weren't all peely, which is why my nail polish looks all uneven, especially towards the tips.  Sorry about that.  Just trust me when I say that this is a great must try combo.    

I also wore Wet N Wild's Gray's Anatomy from the Craze collection.  I was so excited to buy it.  However, after putting it on, I was sad.







Now, I'm sure a lot of you are digging this.  I, however, think it leans too blue in real life.  I do not like light frosty blues.  I think they are yucky.  This looked far too "ice blue" in the shade for me to enjoy.  I'm trying to fix it, but it's not right just yet.  My first fraken try ever.  I'm scared!  Haha.

If you want a great silver foil, stick with Hot Topic's silver foil.  I know I will! =)

I just watched Shutter Island for the 3rd time.  I swear, it gets better every time.  I think I have all the intricacies down now.  If you haven't seen it, do so!!!!  Leo is so.... MMM.

<3Kelsea

Monday, August 2, 2010

NOTD~ Essie's Knockout Pout

Hello interweb land!  How are my readers?  I would just like to remind you how much it means to me that you guys follow/read my blog!  It makes me all fuzzy inside =)

Today I have pictures of Essie's Knockout Pout, which was swapped to me by the lovely Steph from Short n Chic.  I was excited to have a classic neon pink on my fingers for summer, but good lord the application was a bitch.  Serious cuticle drag, and three coats later it still looked uneven.  Oh well, I'm the only person that notices these things of the people I interact with, but showing you guys the ugly photos makes me sad lol.







Of course this is super washed out.  It's making it look more peach and less neon than it actually is.  It is a very barbie neon straight pink.  Doesn't lean either orange or purple, I don't think.  I like the way it looks in low light, like it's glowing.  You can kinda see on my ring fingers how its a tad patchy at the top.  I wasn't even hurrying or anything.  The formula was just sticky.

Hope you guys have a great week!!!

<3Kelsea

Thursday, July 22, 2010

113th Post for my 113 Followers =) NOTD's

Hey!  How've you all been?? I just got back a few days ago from my vacation to my dad's house and San Diego, and both went well.  It was relaxing and fun.  Now I am back to the old grind of work, but what else is new??

I know this isn't a food blog, but I had the most delicious salad last night and would like to share the recipe with you guys.  If you don't care just skip down!  It was a peach and feta balsamic vinaigrette salad and it was fantastic.  Of course you don't have to use all the ingredients I did, just do what you like!  I put:
Spring mix
A peach, cut up
Shaved carrot
Shaved radish
Orange cherry tomatoes
Cucumber
Red onion
Candied walnuts and died pomegranate (I bought them together in a bag, how convenient!)
Feta cheese

For the dressing:
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
dash of salt
dash of sugar
ground pepper, to taste
about a teaspoon of dijon mustard

MMM!!!  The sweetness of the peach, pomegranate and candied walnuts goes great with the bitter radish, spicy onion, and salty feta.  So good.

ANYWAY

I'm sorry I haven't been posting my NOTD's lately.  I'm a terrible friend!  Haha.

I have pictures of Rimmel's Crushed Pearl, OPI's Dazzled by Gold, and BB Couture's Opposites attract. I also wore a couple other colors, but they chipped so quickly I couldn't get photos.  LAME!









Let me just say that I bought this nail polish (along with steel gray which is on my toes right now) because I needed cash back.  However, I accidently used my credit card instead of my debit card, so it didn't let me get any cash back.  I'm dumb. 

I picked up this nail polish and was like OOOoooOoooo.  I knew I needed it even though it looked like a frost and I knew it would be a sheer pain in the ass.  Actually, I could have gotten away with two thick coats, but I did three anyway (weird, right?).  As soon as I finished putting it on I was in love.  It has this FANTASTIC red shimmer that makes it redish pinky in most lights.  It glows.  For the life of me I could not capture this shimmer on film.  Not even a little.  Trust me, there is a ridiculously awesome red flash to this polish.  You need it.








Oh Dazzled for Gold.  How I love you.  This is a foil.  It takes three coats, but it's totally worth it.  It has different shades of gold glitter in it, making it extremely dynamic and bright.  It some lights it looks like it's molten.  I call this, as well as my Hot Topic Silver Foil, my ROBOT NAILS.  I absolutely love it.  











BB Couture's Opposites Attract.  Holy mother of god I love this polish.  When I first got it I had no idea how to apply glass fleck, and has a seriously rough time with it.  The application turned me off to the polish for a while.  However, now that I actually semi know what I'm doing, I can handle the grittiness.  This polish is absolutely fantastic.  It has that black glitter that I absolutely love BB Couture for using, and the glass fleck makes for a truly unique and awesome medium gray.  Plus I just love all those weird colors we've been having lately: gray, puke green, tan, khaki, brown, purplegraybrown, you name it.  This is an amazing polish.

Also, on my vacation I went to the SD Zoo:

Oh hai, I didn't see you there.  I are a Polar Bear.

SO COOL

I also got to go to the Magic Castle in Hollywood. 
That's me and my daddy outside the Castle!  I love my dad... I'm such a daddy's girl!  =D

If you don't know what the Magic Castle is, it's a private club for magicians and their friends/family.  There is a ritzy restaurant, about 5 different bars that sell insanely expensive drinks, and about 5 different stages that put on magic shows all night.  You walk around, look at the crazy magic posters on the walls, request a song to be played by Irma the piano playing ghost, drink cocktails and watch magic shows all night.  It is epic fun.  You can see a deck of cards in my hand, that's because I got to be the magicians assistant for one show, and he gave me the deck of cards he'd been using all night as a souvenir!  SCORE!

Anyway, enough rambling.  If you made it though the whole post, I thank you.  If not, I hope you enjoyed the swatches!  Until next time!

<3

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

NOTD~ Zoya's Demi with SH Hidden Treasure

Hey!  Long time no talk!  Today's post is actually from a while ago, but I was so excited to post Demure Vixen that I posted that one first!  I sent Zoya Demi to Stephanie from Short n' Chic, but before I did I selfishly swatched it one more time.  Sorry, Steph!!!   A couple days later I recieved Hidden Treasure by Sally Hansen from Stephanie because I won her Haiku contest! WOO.  I put it on my nails right away.  It is even more awesome than I could have imagined.  PICTURES

Zoya Demi


HIDDEN TREASUUUREEE


Oooo.  Sorry Demi is chipped underneath.  I was too excited/lazy to redo the base


One coat people!  So many flakes!

Rainbow =)

You need this polish.  Trust.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Essie's Demure Vixen: Possibly my new favorite polish of all time.

Stephanie of Short n' Chic is amazing, if you didn't already know.  She sent me a mini bottle of Demure Vixen, Knockout Pout, and A huge bottle of Sally Hansen's Hidden Treasure!  What a nice lady!  Thanks girl!  She knew when she bought Demure Vixen that I would love it, and I knew I needed it when I saw her swatch.  I might have to buy the full bottle though, because this sucker takes three thick coats to look the way it should, and that tiny bottle cannot quench my Demure Vixen thirst that has been brought forth in me since I put it on my nails yesterday.  I LOVE IT.

Warning:  Lots of pictures.  I had a hard time capturing this polish.

Sometimes it looks like a taupey putty color, which is the base


But then sometimes it looks more lavender because of the pink and blue shimmer!

Sometimes there is a bright purple flash

Sometimes it's almost "mannequin hands"-esque.

Other times it looks cooler than my skintone

The shimmer/flash is what really makes this polish stand out as a neutral.

I'm in love.



I hope you guys enjoyed my walk-through of Demure Vixen!  Anyone have it and love it as much as I do?  Anyone dislike it?  I need 8 bottles.  OH LAWD!

~Kelsea

Friday, June 25, 2010

NOTD~ Color Club's With Abandon

Hey!  Long time no post!  I just finished my finals two weeks ago, and I have been busy with work and Father's day and the like since then!  I have a couple of backlogged swatches to show you, though.  I wore this a few days ago, Color Club's With Abandon.  This is one of the polishes that got me into NP in the first place.  I didn't even realize when I first got it what a special color it is!  Rewearing it has really allowed me to appreciate how great it is.  Anyway, swatches!

Inside, with flash


Inside, no flash


Outside, direct sunlight


Outside, shade


Outside, shade


Outside, Natural light


Make this one bigger.  It's awesome.


This one too! (flash)

With Abandon is a black base that's kind of sheer, after two coats it was still a tad blotchy in the sun, that has brownish gold flakes and glitter in pink, purple, blue, and possibly other colors such as orange or gold.  It's crazy amazing.  No one would mistake this for a black creme, but people who don't appreciate nail polish would probably not find this all that awesome.  We, however, can appreciate its beauty!!  haha =)

I really want to see more colors like this.  What if the base was, well, any other kind of jelly?  How about purple, or teal, or gray?  CMON nail polish companies, get creative!  Really I just want more flaky polishes lol.

I've been realizing more and more what a shame it is that spring and summer colors tend to be cremes and neons while fall and winter tends to have more shimmer and sparkle.  Because I think neons look best in low lighting, and shimmers look best in direct sunlight.  Sigh.  I might just have to break some rules and wear all my fall polishes now =)

Time for me to go to work, but I'm sorry I've been such a slacker lately!  I'm gonna try to be better about my consistency!  Have a great day<3

Thursday, June 3, 2010

NOTD~ Essence's Break Through

Hey!  Long time no talk!  I've been super busy with school, work, and curling lately so I haven't been keeping up on taking photos of my nails.  I have a great polish for you today though, Essence's Break Through.  It's a super awesome red leaning purple (purpley magenta?) color that is great for this season.

Shade


Natural sunlight




Flash

These photos make it lean a tad purple.  The natural sunlight pictures is the most color accurate.  This was perfect in two coats.  Fantastic formula.  And it was only a DOLLA!  =D

Here's a couple pictures of me curling.  I was in a competition this past weekend in Hollywood.  It was SO much fun.  My team didn't go too far in the tournament, but we did really well considering our skill level compared to the other teams there. 


We were the rockstars.  =)  (for the record I'm second from the right)

My team and I on a tour at the disney studios (I'm wearing the white dress for people who don't know what I look like!)

These two (above and below) are pictures of me skipping, which is the person who does the actual strategy of the game

Have a fantastic day everyone!  It's my last day of school before the quarter is over.  Finals are next week!  Ahh!

<3