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! :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

8 To The Day!!!

Welp.... it has been 8 days EXACTLY!!!!  CND Shellac is supposed to wear for 14 days, but for me, it only makes it to day 8.  And that is fine for me!  Honestly, NOTHING else wears that long or that beautifully... check out that shine (click on pic to enlarge)!!!

So the pic above is the exact same Shellac manicure that I wore for the past 8 days.  Day one features a white Konad nail art design (Click HERE for deets).  Day four features a black Konad nail art design from image plate M70 and day 8 is shown with all nail art removed using a non-acetone nail polish remover.  There are a few things to mention:

1)  The Shellac color DID darken over 8 days.  The color variations in the pictures is not a lighting effect.  I don't know why this occurred.  My first thought was it was just because the darker nail art on day 4 was just making the color appear darker.  But once I removed all the nail art on the final day, I did notice the color was actually darker than it had been the first day of the manicure.  Is this something that typically occurs with Shellac?  Is it because of the Konad special polish?  Maybe the non-acetone polish remover caused the darkening?  Or was it the Seche Vite top coat?  I'm not sure what the cause was, but day 1 was quite a bit "pinker" in color tone than day 8.

2)  I was able to change my nail art multiple times throughout the 8 days without losing an ounce of shine!!!  Because non-acetone nail polish remover does not effect the Shellac manicure (other than possibly altering the color a bit), changing my look was a snap making my nails look gorgeous and new without much effort!!!

3)  8 DAYS OF SHINE!!!  Except for a small amount of grow-out that is visible, my nails look PERFECT today!!!  Day 8 brought ONE chip in the polish of my middle finger that I noticed after doing my dishes.  Now, if I wore cleaning gloves like I know that I should... I probably would have gotten a full 14 days out of this Shellac manicure.  But I'm not one to fuss with those rubber gloves, so I'm content with my 8 days of wear.  Typically soapy water isn't very good for ANY manicure.  For those who love those manicures and hate those rubber gloves, you KNOW that 8 days of wear out of a manicure is AWESOME!!!

My final thought on the Shellac manicure is still, "I HEART SHELLAC" and I really might just consider investing in some rubber cleaning gloves and try this little test again.  I've only ever gotten 8 days out of a Shellac manicure, but after this little test I'm sort of motivated to give my nails just a little more care to see if I can get a few more days out of it.  If all I need to do is wear cleaning gloves while cleaning.... it might be worth it for 6 more days of a perfect manicure!!!  Shellac Rubble, here I come!!!  Check out the new 2012 Shellac colors HERE!

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