Saturday, January 22, 2011

OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees Suede

The suede version of Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees is a grey matte polish loaded with silver micro-glitter. Totally chose this because I was in a rush and needed something that dried quick. I love how fast these things dry. I wore this with topcoat just to increase wear time and I like how glittery it looks with the topcoat. I forgot to add suede to the polish name on the pics. Whoops.

Two coats. As with all matte polishes, make sure you work quick as it'll get chunky and draggy if you spend too much time applying it. Also, ignore what the little tag says, totally use base coat. These will stain without.

Two coats with topcoat.

Pic of the Moment: This is the 1988 Calgary Olympic relay torch. This baby is super special. Rare as all get out. I was originally in this picture, but I think I look awful, so I edited me out. Lol. Anywho, this is one of the sweet perks of working at Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. You get to play with torches.

And while we're on the subject of my job. I just got a contract extension until the end of July. Yay! But this means I'll have to think about exhibit installation and moving the collection, something I've been avoiding until now because it terrifies me. This has absolutely nothing to do with anything, but I just need to babble, so let me give you some background. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame used to be in Toronto. 15 years ago they closed down with the intent of moving to a new building, but that never happened. Last year, Calgary won the bid to have them move here. So they did. Last summer, they began construction on the new building. And the entire museum's collection was shipped to a warehouse in Calgary, not where the building was being put up. I was hired in October. July 1st will be the grand opening day.

I was hired as a curatorial assistant. My duties so far have been photography, exhibition development, and office management. Now that I've been extended, those duties will end. If things go according to plan, I will have finished photography and exhibition development in a little more than a month and will move onto planning how the collection will be moved into the new building. We are working on a very tight schedule. Which is what scares me. I have no idea how we are going to do everything that we need to do by July 1st. I am absolutely freaking out right now. A part of me never expected to be around when they put everything up. Another part of me hoped to be. Oh good freaking golly I'm scared.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

OPI You're a Doll!

Heather's pick. I chose to do this way ahead of schedule because I wanted to try this Newspaper Mani. And You're a Doll happens to be the perfect polish for it. I think, anyway. Thanks so much to my friend Laura for linking me to this.

You're a Doll is a greyish pink polish with red shimmer. I really love it. Totally work appropriate, muted, but interesting. No pinky in this pic because I smudged it and couldn't apply topcoat to it to even it out yet.

Two coats without topcoat. Good application. Could have gone with an extra coat as you see minor VNL. But I didn't mind that and I didn't want to have to sit there and wait for a third coat to dry before I started applying the newsprint.

Nail Art of the Moment: Nail art is definitely not my forte. It just never turns out how I want. That might be because I don't do it enough to get practice, though.

Newspaper mani with topcoat. I really wish I had gotten more transfer, but I have really curvy nails so I couldn't apply pressure evenly all over. Out of all 10 nails, my left pinky was the one that turned out the best. What I also did different from the tutorial was to also dip the piece of newspaper in the alcohol so that I could get it to wrap better around my entire nail. And I used a Chinese newspaper because that's all I had at home. My parents don't read English and I get all my news on the internet.

Anyhow, this mani requires patience. 30 seconds isn't long, but can feel like an eternity. 5th finger in, I was ready to give up. But I stuck it out. I hope you guys try it out too. Very fun looking when done right.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

OPI Up Front & Personal

Went tobogganing (aka sledding). Have whiplash. Eyesight isn't quite right. Headache. Little bit of nausea. Dizzy. Want to sleep so bad. Really hope I don't have a concussion, but I went down the very steep hill head first and on my back. Hit a bump, went airborne for a fraction of a second and slammed my head down when I landed. I lost the sled midway down. Soooo sleepy. I'm glad I wrote this post ahead of time.

Up Front & Personal is a very sheer champagne polish packed with silver micro-glitter. This is my go-to polish. When I don't feel like wearing a single one of the polishes I own, I always go back to this one. It's one of the few polishes I've worn more than twice. I love it to bits and have two backup bottles. That's how much I love it. Sadly, it doesn't photograph well. This is the best one I took. I think this is one of the few polishes that look better in artificial light just because it glitters green and pink. The ott lite isn't good this way because it mimics natural sunlight. But if you click to see high res, you can see a little of the sparkle.

Three coats with topcoat. Definitely sheer. For just some sparkly, go with one coat. I did three just because my nails don't look awesome under the polish.

Pic of the Moment: When I first got my work camera, I had to learn how to use it. I had never used a camera that fancy or expensive before so I spent some time reading the manual and taking pictures just to take pictures. I was too busy fiddling with the camera to even see the subject that I was photographing. When I plugged the SD card into my computer to see what I had captured, I was a little amazed. For some reason I really loved these images. So here they are, please enjoy. All images are of something on my desk.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

MAC Jade Dragon

Jade Dragon is a dark forest green polish with blue micro-glitter. So awesome. I can't believe I considered not buying this. Actually, I almost didn't. Then I stepped into the MAC store, stopped for a fraction of a second and came out holding a MAC bag. I have no idea how it happened. But this polish is so worth it. I love how it's got that dark green, not in your face quality, but when you look closer, the blue just goes HI!

Two coats with topcoat. This is incredibly opaque. I would have gotten away with one coat if it wasn't for some mistakes. Topcoat is absolutely required though, it dries satiny. I really worry about staining though. Even just doing cleanup around my nails have left my skin kinda green. Really not looking forward to taking this off. Although I think I want to leave it on for a long, long time.

Pic of the Moment: A little while back StBFF was in Banff and she got me a pen. This was dangling from the top of it. Hello Kitty wearing a beaver costume! I couldn't stand it so I took it off and put it on my cell phone. It's so ridiculously cute.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Flower Love #77

So I don't actually know what the brand of this polish is. I bought it in China and all it says on the front is Colors Nail Lacquer. But there's a little crest logo thing on the back that says flower love, so that's what I'm using.

#77 is a grey polish loaded with gold micro-glitter. The overall effect is a mossy greeny goldy grey polish. So unique. And as some micro-glitters are prone to do, it'll sparkle pink and green in artificial light.

By the way, is it just me or does the bottle design have a weird almost-OPI look to it? Not the shape of the bottle, but the way the font is and how it's on the bottle. Anyway, this is three coats with topcoat. It's a little sheer so I slapped a third coat on. Overall application good.

I'm actually a bit surprised that I only came home with one bottle of nail polish from China. But I saw a lot of colours that I already had at home so I didn't get them. This one is a special puppy though.

Pic of the moment: For those of you keeping up with my pic of the moment, you'll remember that I got a brand new mixer and have been baking like mad. So have a pic of a chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting. I think it looks quite pretty. These cupcakes are super duper chocolately. Too chocolatey for me, but they turned out well. I think so anyway.