Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Twilight Breaking Dawn Blog Hop Winner

YAY!  I love announcing winners!!!  And this one is a special one for me since the prize features so many of my own designs!!!

I want to thank everyone who participated in this Twilight:  Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 Blog Hop (click HERE if you haven't done the hop yet.  There are some awesome projects!!!).... I so wish I had prizes for everyone.  Without further adieu, here's the blog candy winner!!!

Laura B said...
Your keepsake box is so gorgeous! Such a beautiful way to keep your memories!:)
Awesome candy, too!

Laura B, check your email, I just sent you a quick "Congrats" message.

Welp, that does it for today.  I hope everyone has a wonderful AND SAFE Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow.  I'm off to chop up some celery and onions this evening.  I'm not exactly thrilled with chopping onions so I saved it for the very last thing before bed tonight.  Now that I've completed this post..... I no longer have excuses to procrastinate!!!  So here goes nothing.  [***SNIFF***]

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Blog Hop

YAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!  IT'S HERE!!!  Breaking Dawn pt. 2 opens today and we're kicking the fun off with a Twilight Breaking Dawn Blog Hop!!!!  You should be arriving from Kelli's blog.  Isn't her tag AWESOME!?!?!   If you're just now joining the hop, you WILL want to start the hop at the beginning... trust me, you don't want to miss anything from this group of talented ladies.  Here's the whole hop list:
ME<== You Are HERE!!!


Here's my Twilighty keepsake box!!!  I had an absolute BLAST making this box and will be using it to hold all my pictures from Forks and La Push as well as pics from the various premiere parties I've attended/hosted over the years.

This originally started out as a faux book box.  I painted the spine black using acrylic paint and covered the rest using paper from the DCWV Immortal Love Stack.

Inside is a Tim Holtz Mini Binder Clip that is holding various pockets and pages I created to hold all my Twilight memories.  The knob on the front I got from The Home Depot.

The title plate is one of Tim Holtz's Ornate Plates.  I used various ribbons to highlight the edge of the checkered paper and even used some of the bright red ribbon to create the ribbon rose to pair up with the Bazzil paper roses.  Glossy Accents is actually still drying in this pic sealing the title in it's place.

Finally, here's a pic of the side.  For the edges of the book I simply painted a couple of Tim Holtz Elements Grunge pieces covering them with black acrylic paint and securing them with black brads.  The legs on the box are just round wood knobs that I also painted black.

Ok gang, that's it for my Twilight:  Breaking Dawn Blog Hop project!!!  You're off to see Sugar's "fang-tastic" project!!!  Me, I'm sitting in the theater RIGHT NOW watching a 15 hour Twilight marathon!!!  I cannot wait to see Breaking Dawn pt.2!


Up for grabs is a Twilighty paper and embellishment pack FULL of awesome Twilighty goodness and FitterTwit Original Designs (some appear on/in the box pictured above), a Twi-fold Mini Album and a pendant.... also a FitterTwit Original Design! Blog candy pics are posted below. To win, simply leave a comment on this post with an email address to contact you if you win.  I will pick a winner on November 21st using and announce the winner here.  Good luck to everyone and enjoy the rest of the hop!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Ok, so the movie officially opens on the 16th, but TOMORROW I will be taking in a 15 hour Twilight marathon that will end with a viewing of Breaking Dawn pt 2!!!  I'm sooooo excited!  For those of you who cannot join me for the marathon, please swing back by my blog here tomorrow because I'm ALSO participating in a Twilight Breaking Dawn Blog Hop and created something VERY special that I CAN'T WAIT to show off tomorrow.  Please tune in..... I HAVE TWILIGHTY BLOG CANDY!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Who Needs Sleep?

Yeah, I'm excited.... FOUR MORE DAYS!!!  Here's a card that I made to kick things off this week.  This one is actually a FitterTwit original design.  Yepper gang, I created the chess pieces you see here.  This Twilight fantasy world that I live in inspires some pretty cool stuff  (Click HERE and HERE to see more)!  I DO love this one!!!  And wait till you see what's coming later in the week (pssst.... I'm participating in a Twilighty blog hop on Thursday)!!!

The chess piece digi IS available for purchase!!!  Kick me off an email to if you're interested.  Price is $4.00 and will be sent in JPG format.  I also have a wolf digi, a paw print digi and an apple for sale as well for $3.00 each (click the link above to check out the apple).  All are JPG format.

***I used Spectrum Noir markers to color this image:  IG1, IG2, IG4, IG9, DR7, CR5, CR7

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Special Christmas Gifting

Yep, it's official... the Christmas shopping season is well underway.  Right now there isn't a single major chain out there that isn't COMPLETELY decked out in Christmas cheer, but while they are all gearing up for their holiday profiting, I'm reminded that supporting our small business folks is probably the greatest gift we can actually give to our struggling economy this Christmas.  I believe it is the greatest gift we can give OURSELVES!!!

And the Institute For Local Self-Reliance agrees with me.  As published in their December 24th article from LAST Christmas, Top 10 Reasons To Support Locally Owned Businesses, they site some pretty great reasons that benefit us all!  My favorites on the list are building community prosperity and creating competition to ensure innovation and lower pricing over the long term.  I also feel pretty good about supporting someone's kid going to school rather than supporting some no-name "CEO purchase a 3rd vacation home" as I heard it put on facebook.  The other benefit that I'm JUST NOW understanding is the quality you get from someone who puts their love and care into a business they NEED to survive.  If it's one thing that drives me crazy about putting hard-earned dollars back into the economy is the lack of service and quality I receive for those dollars.  Small business owners are trying to survive and typically give you far better service and quality at far better pricing.

So, in the spirit of supporting my own local small business owners, I want to give a shout out to a couple of local East Valley businesses (in Chandler, AZ) who have given me AWESOME products and services this week:

First up I would like to thank Kevin and Christy of Baldwin Brother's Automotive who saved me THOUSANDS on my car repair.  My car dealership quoted me $3000 to repair my car, Baldwin Brothers did it for $750 and had my car back to me the same day.  They also inspected my whole car, finding a couple of issues the dealership didn't include in their $3000 estimate.  I have WAY more confidence in my mechanic (Kevin) and am SO MUCH happier with my service.  If you live in the area, I HIGHLY recommend Baldwin Brothers Automotive!!!  Click HERE to check them out.... not to mention I think they have the COOLEST website I've ever seen with the COOLEST logo!!!  Seriously, check them out just for that!!!


Aren't they GORGEOUS!!!  I just bought them from my crafty friend Patty who, by the way, just opened a new Etsy shop!!!  She makes incredible jewelry (be sure to check out her soldered pendants) and is selling it at an incredible price!!!  Honestly, I've been eyeballing jewelry JUST LIKE THIS at the mall for 10 x's the price AND she customized it for ME!!!  I am so thrilled with this set.  RUN, don't walk, to Patty's Etsy store HERE!  Bling just doesn't get any better!!!

Really everyone, in both of these cases, not only did I support a local business, I ended up making out "like a bandit"!!!  I got SOOOO much more for my money and from people I call friends.  Could shopping this holiday season be any better than that?!?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Witch's Hat

Check out what I featured for my Spectrum Noir design team post today!!!  I figured, what could be better than a tutorial on coloring the creases and folds in a witch's hat???  After all, it IS the day before Halloween!!!  So once I had her colored, I KNEW exactly what I was going to do with her!!!  A coffin treat box of course!!!

Isn't that coffin treat box CU-UTE???  I'll go ahead and list the Spectrum Noir colors I used to color this gorgeous little Saturated Canary witch from the Witchkeys digi (click HERE to get the digi) and then I'll post the tutorial pics for creating hat creases.
Witch's Hat, Dress and Shoes:  IG9, IG4, IG1
Accessories:  PL1, PL4, OR1, TN3
Skin:  EB1, EB2, IG3
Hair and Book of Spells:  TN7, TN3, TN1
"Best Witches" outlined with CG1

Ok, here's the tutorial:

Ok, that does it!  Be sure to check the Spectrum Noir blog for MORE projects, tips and tricks from the rest of the Spectrum Noir design team.
Have a fun and safe Halloween everyone!!!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Copy Cat

Ok, so this cat was copied (mostly) from the OH-SO-TALENTED YouTuber Becxstar123, you can check out her tutorial HERE.  I used Diamond FX in Black, White, Yellow and Orange.  I finished my eyes using Ben Nye Black shadow.  As I've been saying for weeks, the right brushes and the right products makes creating looks like this surprisingly easy.  My contacts are from and are SUPPOSED to be yellow cat eyes, unfortunately the yellow is so light that my blue eyes show through making those cat eyes look like a dingy green.  I really was hoping for yellow. Every pair of contacts I own have been purchased from and MOST of my contacts are perfect.  The only problems I've had are with the yellow pairs.  For whatever reason the yellow just isn't quite opaque enough and end up looking green.

Also, a quick note about cat eye contacts as opposed to other contacts that have a round center.... the black slit in the eyes DO NOT STAY vertical!!!!  If you wear these contacts for any amount of time, the black slit likes to float horizontal.  Just a word of warning.  If you're REALLY wanting some animalistic eyes to finish off a look like this, I HIGHLY recommend getting a pair of wolf contacts (in any color) as you won't have to worry about the center of the contact lining up correctly throughout your Halloween festivities.  I actually found THESE for less than $30:

Wouldn't those just look terrific with this look?!?  I so wish I had a pair!!!  I MIGHT be able to rush delivery to get them by Halloween???? NAH!  I better not, with only 5 days until Halloween, something tells me I would be paying a pretty penny for expedited shipping and you all know I'm SOOOOO over budget as it is.  But catch me next year!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Living Dead Girl

Ok, so my friend Bailey requested a Zombie look.... this one's for you Bailey!!!  This look is PERFECT for my blood red contacts (!  It makes this look seem a bit more "diseased"!!!  For this one I started with a white base and then layered purple, red and grey to create the zombie-like shadows.  I drew on the scratches on the eyes using my black eye liner.  SO SIMPLE!!!  I'm so hoping I get to redo this look on Bailey.... hopefully I can get her to model too! ;)


UPDATE:  Since Bailey's request.... I also received a zombie request from my friend Krista. Maybe I can get them BOTH to model for us!?!  Fingers crossed!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Wigging Out

Ok, so a couple of days ago I featured a dark fairy.... well, on special request, here's my "light" fairy!!! Scroll to the bottom for complete instructions on how to fix a cheap wig or keep reading on how I did this fun Halloween makeup on a budget.

So my makeup was done in purples and blues (Yeah baby... that's blue mascara!!!!  Hello, 1980's!) using colors from my new Day, Night, Play Palette Purse I just got from Ulta.  This thing is AWESOME and quite a find.  It's on sale right now, buy one get one half off.... just in time for Halloween dress up!!!  I actually used a coupon and got it for around $20, so it fit my quickly dwindling Halloween budget but made for quick work of putting this light fairy look together.  Check it out:
The purple you see on my lips is actually the same purple I used for the crease of my eye.  To create those purple lips, I simply scraped some of the purple shadow onto my counter top using a clean bobby pin, wet a lip color brush and picked up all the purple eyeshadow shavings.  I then applied the wet eyeshadow to my lined lips and topped it with glitter.  Note:  I keep Lysol Disinfecting Wipes handy for quick clean up of messes JUST like these!!!  Anyway, I also added glitter to my eyelids and lined my eyes with blue AND lavender eyeliner making sure to extend the lines (another great tip if you don't have complimentary fake eyelashes) at the corners.  I lined the water line with white eyeliner pencil and slapped on that awesome blue mascara and I was done!!!  This is really another one of those looks that is cheap, easy and can be done in a pinch.  BUT....

Check out that wig!!!  I LOVE THAT WIG!!!  Believe it or not, that purple and white wig is a wig that I picked up at my local grocery store for $6.00!!!  Here's what I did to make it my own!!!

  1. Buy a cheap-ass wig.
  2. Soak in hot tap water with 1 cap full of fabric softener for 30 minutes (DO NOT USE BOILING WATER!!!!  Cheap-ass wigs melt!)
  3. Drape the wig cap over the bathroom shower nozzle so that the hair of the wig hangs upside down to dry (this helps to give your wig volume)
  4. Once it's mostly dry (about 3 hours), put on wig and secure to your head using bobby pins
  5. Use a WIDE toothed comb to style and detangle
  6. OPTIONAL:  watch THIS video and follow instructions to cut and shape your new wig... How To Cut Your Own Hair
  7. Hairspray the crap out of your wig so it stays in place
While I've never used this video to cut my real hair (cuz I'm a chicken), I HAVE now cut two Halloween wigs and both of them turned out AWESOME!!!   What do you think... this purple and white one turn out pretty good?  Ok you guys.... go wig out!  8 Days Till Halloween!!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I Need A Kimono

This one calls for a red and gold kimono.... don't you think!?!  If only I could get my hands on one this close to Halloween.... EVERYONE IS SOLD OUT IN MY SIZE!!!  Crap!

I don't have a lot to say about this look other than to say that I used a mesh cap to create the scales.  The makeup was simply black, red and white eyeshadow!!!  Yep, another SUPER easy one for someone on a budget.  The eyes were lined using a Revlon liquid eyeliner pen and the lips are just my red OPI lipstick.  That's it.  The contacts were featured a few weeks ago (see that look HERE).... so you see..... absolutely no bells and whistles.  Honestly, the right kimono would be all the bells and whistles you'd need to make this look stand out.  TRICK-OR-TREAT!  Seriously!

Hang in there gang.... 9 more days!!! YAY!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Dark Fairy

This one is a FAVORITE!!!  When I got the white manson contacts from I also got this pink pair (cuz they were havin a sale for two!!!) and I'm thinking that I love these THE MOST!!!  For this fun Halloween look I used all the same colors that I used for my Hatless Hatter look (call me lazy.... everything was still out and on my bathroom counter) except I muted all the eye colors and gave myself a deep lip color so that all the attention would be drawn to those A-MA-ZING pink contacts.  The one addition for this look is that I went around the entire perimeter of my face with grey eyeshadow.  I then used the grey to add very light shadows under my eyes, although, those rockin pink contacts are really the only thing I see when I look at this pic!!!  All that's left is to add a little glitter around the eyes and some fairy wings on my back and I'm ready to go trick-or-treatin!!!  10 DAYS LEFT!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hatless Hatter

Well.... so this in my LOOSE interpretation of Tim Burton's Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.  My pinks were more on the purple side, and I didn't have white mascara but..... didn't I rock those eyebrows!!!  LOL!  And honestly, my eyelashes are so blonde, I really didn't need the white mascara anyway.  I think, in the movie, the hatter had an orange-ish brown color lining his water line on ONE of his eyes and white lining the water line of the other, then white mascara on his lashes.  I didn't have the mascara or the orange-ish liner so I lined my water lines with white pencil.  Lucky for me I already have the orange hair, but unlucky for me my hatter is missing her hat!  I really dug this one even though I was missing quite a bit.... but this look still pulled together!!!

This look features Illamasqua white foundation mixed with Mac NW15 Studio Fix Foundation.  I then used various pink, purple and red eyeshadows around the eyes and cheeks.  There weren't any particular name brands here as I pulled the colors from an OLD makeup bag.  As I said earlier, the eyeliner is white and those AWESOME brows (I'm so proud of them) were painted on using Diamond FX in orange.  Finally, the lips were done using Burt's Bee's Fig Lip Shimmer.  I think this one might be a keeper this Halloween!!!  If only I had that AWESOME hat.....

*Contacts are white manson contacts from  These are NOT white out lenses, so my blue eyes show through making them look a bit gray.  One of these days I would LOVE to get the actual green manson lenses that were used in the movie.... one of these days.  It won't be this year, there's only 12 DAYS LEFT TILL HALLOWEEN!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAY!

UPDATE:  I WILL have my hatter hat this year!!!  Check THIS out.... it's BRILLIANT!!! 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Fire Breather

Ok, so this one is just a quick one.  I got my yellow cat eye contacts the other day and couldn't wait to put them in and play.  I originally was going to do a cat face for my next Halloween look in my Halloween series, but when I put the contacts in they turned green up against my blue eyes.  That's ok, I kind of dig the green hue, I just wish the color was more intense!!!  And a little thing I JUST learned with contacts.... THEY MOVE!!!  It was SO HARD keeping the vertical pupils vertical!!! But they were in and so this abstract dragon emerged.

As before, this look features Ben Nye and Diamond FX makeup.  I used #2 and #4 round brushes along with a 3/4" flat brush... but no wig this time, so nobody laugh at my hair!  LOL!  The yellow cat eye contacts came from (my blue eyes show through the yellow making them more of a greenish yellow cat eye).

I'm thinking I need a little more practice.  The left side of my face is HORRIBLY different than the right side.  It was so difficult angling the brush on that side.  I'm very uncoordinated, but hopefully will progress as Halloween gets closer.  Word to the wise, if you're going for a special look this Halloween, BE SURE to practice your look before Halloween gets here.  Take it from me... there is NOTHING more frustrating than al

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fall High Five

I am absolutely gaga and over the moon for this Great Pumpkin cake!!!  So BECAUSE of this awesome cake (that by the way, gets a MILLION high fives from me), I decided to host a Pampered Chef show ONLINE!!!  I NEED that fluted cake pan...don't you???  So no matter where you live in the United States, you can join the party... your stuff will ship to you.   Here's all you need to do:
  • Simply go to
  • Click on "Shop"
  • Choose "Pick a host"
  • Type "Danielle" in the first host name box
  • And "Johnson" in the second
  • Then shop till your heart's content!!!

How easy is THAT?!?  What a perfect way to celebrate the fall season.  Personally, I think this cake would look fabulous on EVERYONE'S table, and I'm working on a GLUTEN FREE Pumpkin Spice cake recipe JUST for this awesome pan and just in time for my Halloween festivities.

I'm sorry, did I say one million high fives.... I meant TWO MILLION!!!  I cannot wait to get my hands on this pan.  And if you're as excited as I am, be sure to act quick.... my party closes on October 9th!  I just love Fall!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Climbing Back On The Horse

So it has been a long week and a half since my good friend Trish passed away and THANKFULLY another dear friend came in to town to make me feel WORLDS better.  She even allowed me to use her as a guinea pig model for my Halloween series here on my blog:

Now THAT is friendship!!!  Check her out!!!
I'm telling you.... the right makeup and brushes makes the WORLD of difference when putting together a look for Halloween.  This was my first attempt at doing someone else's makeup, but I'm thinking that I'll keep practicing.  Maybe I'll offer to do Halloween makeup for ALL of my friends!  Anyone brave enough?  LOL!  HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

So for those who might be wondering what I used for this look...
  • Diamond FX White applied with a lightly dampened makeup sponge for the white base
  • Ben Nye Pressed Shadows in Brownberry, Black, White and Soleil Red
  • Black details were done with Ben Nye Cake Liner mixed with a couple of drops of Ben Nye LiquiSet
  • The final details using the same Diamond FX White that I used for the base applied with a thin round brush.
  • Lipstick is OPI Lip Color in St. Petersburgundy
And that is it!  And can I say, SHE LOVED IT!!!  Even when I sealed her eyes shut applying the cake liner mixed with the LiquiSet on her lids and around her eyes.  We were laughing in hysterics while I used a warm, wet washcloth to free her lashes so she could open her eyes!!!  Another benefit of the right makeup for Halloween.  MOST Halloween makeup lines are water based making messes quick to clean up/fix!!!  I think that was a good lesson to learn on my very first victim model in my very first Halloween series.  27 DAYS TO GO!!!

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Ok, so here's my ultra quick homage to the Scream franchise (serious Halloween fun)... and a fun, creepy image for my black Halloween mani!!!

Shown here is CND Shellac in black pool with the fauxnad image I got from Beautiful Scratchers, image plate T29.  Word of warning with these fauxnad plates:  the images are much larger than other image plates so in order to actually wear this image, I had to grow my nails out.  Only my ring finger was long and wide enough for this image, which is completely fine since it's quite popular and fashionable to have nail art on only one nail.  And this one sure does look cool!!!  That black looks like glass!  Yep.... I'm heartin Shellac again!!!

And more on the image plates from Beautiful Scratchers.... while large, the images are UNIQUE AND AMAZING!!!  I'm going to be getting a few more of these image plates in the future.  You'll definitely want to check them out.  I give Beautiful Scratchers 10 High Fives!!!

Friday, September 28, 2012

HALLOWEEN On The Spectrum Noir Blog

I am GIDDY with excitement this year and am ALL OVER Halloween party design ideas!!!  So for my feature today on Spectrum Noir's blog, I featured THIS little guy:

ISN'T HE GREAT!?!  He's actually an old image I bought from The Octopode Factory, but for some reason never used (silly me).  He is PERFECT for this treat bag place holder!!!  Here's a little tip for those who might want to give this one a try for an upcoming Halloween party.... color the image, scan it and then print multiple copies.  It is a WHOLE lot easier than coloring a ton of them for each and every guest.  Well, of course, unless you really love your guests and want to give each of them something you personalized for them.  But depending on your guest list, that might be A LOT of coloring!!! hehehehe!

Here is a list of all the Spectrum Noir markers I used:
Rabbit, Trousers and Shoes:  GG1, GG2, GG3, GG4, GG5, GG7
Ears and Nose:  BP6, BP1 and PP2
Hat and Shirt:  EB8 and OR1
Cup and Teeth:  EB8, TN4, TN2
Shirt and Socks:  PL1, PL4
Boarder:  GB4
and finally......
Eye:  DR7, DR3, Blender
Yeah, let me show you the eye!!!

For the bloodshot eyes, I just touched the tip of a toothpick to my alcohol ink marker nib and used the tip to draw the ultra find details.  The wood of the toothpick holds a good amount of ink and is the perfect tool to get the job done.  Blood shot eyes have never looked better!  I also used the other end of the toothpick to tap in an outline of a stain on the teeth using TN4 once I was finished coloring the image.  Sometimes it's all in the details.... the creepy fine details!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How About A Halloween Series???

OK, so I keep posting my Halloween makeup pics on Facebook and I keep getting comments about how weird I am.  Please let me assure you that while I certainly AM weird as all get out, the Halloween faces are NOT part of my weirdness.  Actually, it's really quite normal!  It's all because I ordered theatrical makeup this year for Halloween and ever since it arrived I've been compelled to play.... WOULDN'T YOU?!?  I mean, it's like getting a new toy.... it would be weird if I DIDN'T play with it!  Right?  And I suspect, like all new toys, this makeup will get "played out" and will eventually get old and I won't play with it as much (but let's hope not).  So until it does get old, how about we just say that I'm doing a "Halloween Series"?  That makes this whole "playin in the makeup" a little less weird.  Yes?  Alright!  Next up in the series:

This makeup reminds me of some sort of voodoo tribal makeup.... I feel like I need a necklace of bones around my neck... not an old ratty tee shirt!!!  And look how completely that white makeup covered!!! It even covered that ratty tee shirt (yes, I got it ALL over myself)!  HAHAHAHAHAHA!  Make sure, when you're getting ready for Halloween that you cover your costume prior to applying makeup OR wear an old button up shirt that you don't care if it gets messy.   Also, it's a good idea to use a few specialized brushes when applying your Halloween makeup... I've found it makes a world of difference.  For example, to apply the white foundation I used a foundation brush.  Now I already own the brush (which was SUPER FUN to clean afterward... NOT), but I know I only paid something like $4 for it at Walmart.  For the cracks and the mouth I used a really thin round detail brush (a #3 I think).  Again, it's one I already own, but it's a regular paint brush that I got at Michaels using a coupon.  I MAY have paid something like $2 for it.  And finally, I used a really cheap high density sponge to apply the black makeup around the eyes so that the edges were soft. The right tool really does make the job easier and application quick!!!

Well gang, I'm off.  Back to being weird!  LOL!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

RIP My Friend

I think this is what drowning feels like.  I lost a friend yesterday.  And I'm afraid that I am just having a very hard time finding the words to express what the world lost.  I'm having a hard time KNOWING she's gone.  I just can't believe that Trisha Giallella died yesterday.

I've known Trish for a large chunk of my life; she was the sister of my sister's ex husband. But for all the years that I knew her, I never REALLY knew her until very recently.  Oh sure, over the years I would listen in awe at all her stories.... stories of making movies in Hollywood, the wild parties and dating Rick James.  To a young girl of 15, those stories seemed like something from TV itself and far removed from my own piddly little life.  The fact that she even shared her stories with me sent me into a stuper.  I always had stars in my eyes when I listened to Trish talk, she was so glamorous and very, very tough... very passionate and good at "living".  It wasn't until years later, after she moved back to Arizona to live, had been in a severe accident and was well on her way to "settling down" did I really get to know her... and, of course, I had grown.  Our first heart to heart was when she and I rode together to a Joel Osteen conference in downtown Phoenix back in 2009.  I began to see the real person behind the incredible stories.  She and I had SO MUCH in common, but I won't lie, I still saw stars when I talked to her.  And then when my own sister and I had a falling out about a year ago, Trish became a nurturing force that filled a pretty big void for me.  Trish made it a point to call me regularly to check on me, we chatted a few times a month and messaged each other on Twitter and Facebook.  I saw very quickly that she had an incredible way of letting you know she cared.  I will always be grateful for her and my heart is truly breaking for the loss of more than just a friend, but for a new-found sister that I was only beginning to gain.

I spoke to Trish three days ago.  I keep replaying that conversation in my head.... each time adding to it things I wish I could say to her now.  We joked that day that she thrived on strife; I had no way of guessing how poignant that statement might be.  Right now, I don't have any information on how Trish died (WHY?  That's weird that no one knows yet).... I really wish I did.  But what I do know is that God is very happy to have her back with Him.  As entertaining as she was here on Earth.... I know she's a MILLION times more now that she's free.  Thank you God.  Thank you for giving me an opportunity to get to know Trish, even just a little.... I wish I could have had her longer.

*** I also have a quick note for Facebook.  THANK YOU!!!  Because of Facebook, I can review all of our conversations clear back to 2010.  Now that she's gone, I'm so glad I have those to read.... even though these conversations that I so took for granted are breaking my heart.  I'm also grateful that my posts for the week are already done and scheduled to go live because I honestly might need to step away from the computer for awhile.  Please keep me in your prayers as I work through understanding she's gone.  RIP Trish.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Halloween Inspiration For Going All Out

A few weeks ago I placed an order for theatrical makeup and just received it a short while ago.  I CANNOT believe how much easier it is to put a look like this together with the right makeup!!!  My last Halloween makeup post was all about keeping Halloween inexpensive, but this post is about what can happen when you invest a little!!!

I literally completed this look (with hair) in under a half hour!!!  Halloween makeup has NEVER taken me less than an hour.  Oh, and that time included the contacts!  Hard to believe I know.... but I've been practicing.  See, my last Halloween makeup post included a link for a sale on Halloween contacts and I just COULDN'T pass up the great deal (click HERE for deets on the "great deal").  So when both pairs of contacts arrived, I quickly stored them in solution and have been popping them in once a day.  My poor husband!  He has NO CLUE what color his wife's eye's will be at any given time when he looks at me.  He assures me that it's a bit more than disconcerting when he goes to talk to me while I'm doing dishes and I turn to look at him with BLAZING RED EYES!!!  HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  Now that I just got the blazing red and the white that are seen here, I can't help but change them up from day to day while I'm.... uh.... "practicing".  I really do HATE touching my eyeballs, but I will admit that it is getting easier the more I do it.  Here's a close up of these white contacts:

Pretty cool effect!!!   If you look closely, at certain angles, my blue eyes peek through around the edges of the contact lenses.  Honestly, I don't mind it at all.... I actually LOVE how they make my eyes look.  I think next year I'll work on getting some Manson lenses where the white is outlined in black.  Wow.... that's gotta be a record for me!  I'm already planning Halloween 2013 and October, 2012 isn't even here!!!  HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA!

Ok gang, that's it for today.  But before I go, I do want to suggest a couple of brands worth checking into if you're looking at "doing it up" this Halloween.  Here's a couple of links for Ben Nye products and Wolfe FX products.  Both are AMAZING product lines to make your Halloween one to be remembered!!!  Also, here are a couple of links for some inspiration and how-to's for Halloween looks:
Top 25 Makeup Tutorials and Monroe Misfit Makeup (She's so AMAZING!!!)!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Another Oldie But A Goody

Oh how I missed you!  This is a mani I haven't done in quite some time and I JUST realized that it NEVER got posted on my blog the first time I did it.  I can't believe it!  It's one of my favorites... and NOT just because it's a Halloween mani (mostly, but not entirely).  I like it because of all the Konad image plates I get to use to create this wonderful Halloween collage on my nails!  So here it is for the first time here on!!!  And check out my thumb....

My thumb is sort of an exception to the rest of the manicure because the scary jack-o-lantern is off of a "fauxnad" plate, but the rest of the Konad images plates are M3, M17, M18, C01, C04 and C05.  Wow.... that really IS a lot of plates!!!

So my base coat is Nail Aid's Pink Growth Therapy, then one coat of Orly's Mirror Mirror and then the various images stamped in Konad's special black and white polishes.  I LOVE THIS ONE!!!  The inspiration for this and many more mani's can be found HERE!!!  Stay tuned... more old and NEW Halloween mani's to come!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Halloween Revisit

Alright.... just a quick one today since I'm in the Halloween spirit, I thought I'd do my nails using one of my favorite past Konadicures.  Some of you may remember this one from a couple of Halloween's ago and it just so happened to be my first run at a Halloween manicure!!!  So to recap, I just simply used a base coat of Nail Aid's Instant Wrap so that my nails had a nice strong base.  Then I polished just the tips using OPI's Tangerine Scene and topped it off with a coat of Seche Vite Quick dry top coat for a fast dry.  Once dry, I stamped the lace image from Konad image plate M69 using the Konad gold-black special polish.  Finally, I stamped the spider from image plate M1 using Konad's special polish in black and applied another top coat of Seche Vite.  That was it... couldn't have been easier. 

This is probably one of the easiest manicures, but sure does pack a creepy yet gorgeous punch!!!  This was the perfect mani to keep me from missing that Shellac gel polish that I've grown to love!!! 
Stick around... I'm revisiting more Halloween mani's as well as debuting a couple new ones as Halloween approaches!  Is anyone else as excited as I am??? 

It really is the most wonderful time of the year!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Only Eleven

Ok, as promised, here's my Shellac manicure after taking great care to use rubber gloves whenever my hands were in water or I was going to be doing something that was rough on my hands.  I'll start with the before pic....

Welp, they didn't make it the full 14 days, but they made it 11.  And to look at the picture you wouldn't know that they didn't make it because they still look shiny and incredible, but TWO of the nails pictured have some lifting of the product (I marked the lifting areas with arrows.  You can sort of see it in the picture on the ring finger).  The lifting is enough that it's catching on my clothes and being a regular pain in the butt.  So honestly, I probably COULD have gone the full 14 days if I didn't mind a couple of chips in the product here or there.  And truth be told, I've never been able to keep anything on my nails for a full 14 days (even fake nails had a hard time lasting that long) so I'm used to continual changes and am ACHING for a new color.  But before I make the change, I want to be sure to show everyone just how great these babies look.  I also removed the nail art and didn't notice any discoloration.  Now, that might be because the color is darker than the Shellac Tropix from the original manicure.  It also might be because I used white for the nail art instead of black.... I don't know.  I'm going to have to keep playing with it to see if I can discover a pattern.  I'll get back to you on that.

So for the record.... I STILL heart CND's Shellac gel polish manicures and give it 10 High Fives!!!  Until next time...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Curse You 21 Jumpstreet and Heed My Warnings

Ok, so I rented it and I loved it!!!  I hate that I loved it!  And I hate myself even more that I'm running out to buy it!  But watching this HILARIOUS movie remake reminds me of all the broken dreams and unanswered questions I was left with as a teenage girl while I manipulated and maneuvered my black and white TV antennae unavailingly to give me a clear picture of the hit Fox TV show. Back in 1987, Fox was a new station and did not come through very clearly on that trusty black and white and most nights it was as if my beloved Penhall was communicating to me from the other side through all that white noise.  Yes, I was in love with Officer Doug James Penhall and that teenage ritual would literally foreshadow the pain and heartbreak I would endure watching the end of 21 Jump Street the movie... and I'm STILL compelled to buy it.  If you haven't seen the movie yet, this post might come as a shock and should definitely be considered a spoiler for anyone reading it.... my first warning.

Fox certainly hit the jackpot with this incredible show (and it's incredible casting) that ran throughout my most formidable years.  And ironically, it's not lost on me the uncanny resemblance the man I'm married to has to Officer Penhall (the badge, the thick brown hair, the strong nose, wicked jaw line, dimple in his chin.... ahem!  You get my drift); I mean REALLY ironic.  I honestly didn't think that I gave Mr. Penhall another thought after Hansen and Ioki just disappeared from the show without a trace and Penhall quit the force to raise his nephew after almost dying taking a bullet to the head.  I mean, how much heartbreak can a teenager take???  Oh, I would soon realize that my heartbreak was nowhere NEAR over.  You see, filed away, back in the deep dark recesses of my subconscious, Officer Penhall took up residence unbeknown to me and I would get burned.... burned bad.  Not only do I JUST now realize that I actually married Officer Doug Penhall some 7 years after 21 Jump Street went off the air, but the creators of this oh-so-entertaining little ditty of a remake saw fit for me to watch both Hansen AND Penhall DIE!!!!  WTH?!?  Seriously..... W.....T.....H!?!

So, all I have to say now is that I'm heading out to buy this movie.  But understand this, creators of this super funny (on oh so many levels) remake of the show I adored as a teen, you will bring Officer Doug James Penhall back to life in the sequel or I will THROW my copy of the newly remade 21 Jump Street movie out the window.... or at the very least close my eyes while I fast forward through the very bad, bad parts at the end where YOU murdered the man of MY teenage dreams.  And then I might use the disc as a candle tray or something.  Maybe I'll use it to try and signal air crafts or hang it on my rear view mirror to blind passing cars...whatever, it will be bad.... do you understand?  Bring back Penhall or it will be very bad.  I think I have testified pretty clearly here as to the strength of my subconscious, so consider yourself warned.

**** OMG... the scene in the park was FREAKIN FUNNY!!!  I can't wait to see it again.  10 High Fives!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It's Almost Here... And It Doesn't Have To Be Expensive

Ok gang.... Halloween is in exactly 49 days.... YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!  And I've got to tell you, I'm EXCITED!  You can probably tell from the pic.  I sort of did a "dry run" today.  I mean, it's not like I grabbed my trick-or-treatin-pail and hoofed it door to door in my neighborhood asking for candy. Although, I'm not gonna lie, I was tempted.  How could I not be after spending the day at my favorite local costume shop, Mardi Gras. I was tipped over the edge when my special order theatrical makeup arrived in the mail.  So here I am in all my vampyric glory.... well, minus the fangs.  Or maybe there ARE fangs?!?  I mean, check out those canines baby:

WHOA!  Extreme closeups make me look more like a werewolf than a vampire.  WOW.... I have some serious peach fuzz happenin here!!!  But this is a great pic to show just how doable an inexpensive costume can be.  Here I used three different shades of red lipsticks I already own to create the bloody chompers you see here, adding a streak of white eyeliner to highlight the blood.  All told, for about $40 I got makeup, wig and eyelashes.  I then used some of the makeup I currently own as well as my own barrettes to create a really fun vampire look.  I'm wearing a solid black outfit and intend on covering the whole thing with a black cloak.  Easy peasy!  Now, I already own the cloak, I think I got it for around $15 online.  But if I had a really tight budget, I could easily nix the cloak, do my own hair instead of buying a wig and invest in a really good liquid black eyeliner to make a look similar to this one for practically nothing (although my hair is red and I REALLY wanted black for Halloween<== insert whine here).  And there's ALWAYS eye shadows on sale at your local drug store for under $5.  For this look I used black, red, purple and white to create the smoky eyes finishing the look off with a few dots of red glitter next to the eyes (Elmers Glue is a Halloween freak's friend... that is EXACTLY how I adhered the glitter.  Make sure that you don't get glue in your eyes, but it works great and washes off easily).  See how cheap a fun costume can be?!?

Before I go, I do want to add that the contacts I'm wearing are sort of the piece de resistance for my Halloween costume this year.  But I already owned them too so I didn't have to invest any additional money.  But just for you guys I checked and the company where I got my contacts is having an AWESOME Halloween sale (I don't know how long the sale will run), so check them out: click HERE.  I remember receiving really great service, super fast shipping and their contacts have lasted me about three years.  I only wear them for Halloween, but they are VERY comfortable and easy to care for as long as you store and care for them properly.  Here's the BEST video I've seen on how to use these really fun contacts:  How To Insert and Remove Halloween Contact Lenses.

Ok, that does it.  I'll finish this off with a link to my 2009 costume that also featured these really fun contacts so you guys know I'm not joshin ya:  click HERE.  IT'S ALMOST HERE!!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Shellac Rubble

Ok, so yesterday was Labor Day and thankfully my Shellac Tropix manicure made it through the BBQing festivities!!!  Today begins another test!!!  What you see here is CND's Shellac Rubble!!!  THIS TIME I'm shooting for a full 14 day wear.  I picked up some lovely (and quite stylish I might add) rubber cleaning gloves....

I intend to wear these babies whenever I'm working with my hands.... for dishes, yardwork, etc.  I also strategically placed Konad nail art from image plate M36 on only ONE nail to see if the Rubble darkens like the Tropix darkened.  We shall see how long this manicure is going to last me.  Wouldn't that be great if I got MORE than 14 days of wear simply by making this one little change??? Hmmmmmmmm.... this might turn out to be quite an economical experiment!!!  I'll let ya know! :)

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