Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
I've become dissatisfied with Seche Vite. So much so that I'd like to find a new top coat.
I know! It's pure blasphemy! It's treason! But, it is so.
If you are unfamiliar with the glories of Seche Vite, let me enlighten you. Seche is a extremely fast drying top coat ... I mean, like 5 minutes after you slap it on, you're good to go. It also forms a hard, shiny, gelatinous coating over your polish that keeps the polish from chipping for quite a long time.
Why would I want to abandon this wonderful invention, you say? Well, I have a couple of reasons.
First off, the brush in this thing is ridiculous. After you've made your way through about half of the bottle, it is pretty much impossible to get anything out unless you revert to tipping the bottle to odd angles and screwing the top back on every time you dip the brush in. Very irritating.
Secondly, Seche Vite bubbles and thickens like no other. After 1/2 the bottle is gone, you'll notice some thickening of the polish and a little bubbling. Nothing too serious, but annoying all the same. But then when the bottle is maybe 2/3 gone, this stuff goes insane. Bubbles everywhere and it turns into glue. I've tried adding huge amounts of (Seche brand) thinner. While that does help a little with the thickening, it does nothing for the bubbles. And who wants bubbles in their manicure?
So here's what I'm proposing to do. I will start a great lacquer hunt for another amazing top coat. It must dry quickly, be shiny and gelatinous, be cheap (Seche Vite is expensive-ola), and not thicken or bubble. That's quite a list, we'll see what I come up with! I'll be posting about all the new top coats I try.
Do y'all have any suggestions for me?
Sunday, August 9, 2009
And finally, here is the perfume I own in full-size and use (well, I use Gap Dream too, but I'm too lazy to talk about it, except that it is divine). Ralph Lauren Ralph. Ralph has TWO kinds of freesia. I know, freesia lover's heaven, huh? It's pretty good. I've used about 1/3 or a little more of my 1 oz, and still like it pretty well. My only problem with it is that it can be a little cold. That's the only way I can say it. There's nothing to soften it up, make it a little powdery. Now, I'm not a huge fan of powdery perfumes, but I think Ralph needs just a teensy bit of powder to make it perfect. You can buy Ralph at Sephora from $22.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
On to the clothing! the Bold Boutonniere dress. I think that this is scrumptious. It looks so fall-ish and cuteFlowers-By-Numbers tee. On sale for $29.95 Very picnic-y.
Shellseeker Cardigan. On sale for $49.95 And how cute would I look tooling around campus in this?Sylvie Top. On sale for $29.95 Light and airy for the 3 months of summer we Texans still have.
the Terasina dress. I need a nice black dress. This one is ruffly! :)
the Well-Matched dress. I just think that this is cute. Period.
Asymmetric Architecture Jacket. On sale for $49.95 If this was black and leather, I think my wishes would be complete, and I would most likely buy it. As it is, I am content to wish for it.
Park Days Cardigan. On sale for $69.95 I would do exactly what the title suggests. :)
Quiet Light Dress. On sale for $49.95. So pretty and floaty.
Simplicity Dress. On sale for $69.95 It's yellow and has a ruffle and cinced waist. What more could you want?
Upon-The-Shore Jacket. On sale for $69.95 Ack, I can't even stand it! Why must you be so beautiful?
From-The-Sky Skirt. On sale for $99.95 This is one expensive skirt. It was originally $228. But it is so beautiful! If I had $99.95 to spend on a skirt, I would spend it on this one.
Sand Spurrey Espadrilles. On sale for $89.95 There are ROSES on these shoes. 'Nuff said.
Do you see? I should never browse stores online again. It's very bad for me. Makes me covet and lust for things. Luckily, I have an Anthropologie near me, so as soon as I get money, I will head over there. ;) That will probably not be until Christmas though. Because the money I have now has to pay for a bike and a bike lock and maybe part of a laptop, and then shampoo and other random things while I'm in college.
*sigh* Being practical is so boring.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is about a girl in China and her laotong, or old-same. Laotongs are girls that are matched for life in friendships. Since girls were married out to men they had never seen before, and probably would never love, latongs fulfilled the emotional love that everyone needs. One thing that I thought was particularly interesting about this book was that there was no lead male character. I kept waiting for the main man to enter the book, but he never did. It's pretty awesome.
I'm fascinated by Asian culture (including India). I read as many books as I can on it, particularly books about India. These are mainly novels, but I read a few bios and stuff. Non-fiction that is not comedy, poetry, plays, or biographies is hard for me. I'll read some history books, but other than that, I stick to novels.
By now, you've probably guessed that I'm a reader. I read books constantly. When someone asks me what I do in my spare time, I reply that I read. :) It helps that I can somehow read extremely quickly. Like, weirdly quickly. Once I made my sister very angry and confused by reading a book at a speed of 200 pages per minute. (it was an extremely good book.)
Anyways, I've strayed from my point. Whatever that was. Normally I review the books that I read on this website called goodreads, which I would highly recommend for the readers out there. It's very fun. :) Check it out and friend me.
But I think I might post occasionally about books on here too. Books that I think were really good or really bad. What do you think?
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Anyways, I'm rambling. (I'm very good at rambling, if you haven't noticed by now. ;))
The name of this free nail polish is Jell-O Strawberry Acai. I know, what kind of a name is that? But it does look like strawberry jello a little bit. It's a pinky-red with a slightly jelly finish, and very shiny. Not the most original color in the world, but definitely pretty. And I lurve anything free. My only problem with this nail polish was that it was slightly streaky. Oh, and this is 2 coats. You can see some VNL, but only a little, so I didn't add any extra coats. Maybe because I was being slightly lazy and doing a slap-dash job on my nails. Bad Faithy!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
We bought me some bedding, here's the bedding I bought. It's from Target, nothing to fancy, but I think I'll be able to live with it for 4 years. A lot of the stuff that they advertise for college students is really bright and in your face ... I don't like my room to be too bright, I like a space that I can relax in. I bought the matching sheet set for the bedding as well.
I also bought this dry-erase board. Fun stuff! Oh, and we got me a hamper, pillows, etc. My friend Olivia bought me a bedside lamp for graduation, so I don't have to worry about that. I also got towels and a luggage set for graduation, so that's nice. It's really weird to actually own things like towels and bedding and hampers ... I'm used to my parents owning it, you know? But this stuff I can take with me when I leave college and use in my apartment or whatever. Weeird. Ok, maybe y'all don't think it's weird, but I do. Haha!
We've also been researching a computer for me. My daddy took me to the Apple store yesterday, and we looked @ the Macbook Pros. I'm liking that students get free ipod touches with their new Macbooks. :)
So I want to ask y'all something. I was thinking about making this a non-polish-exclusive blog. I'd like to post about my daily life as well. And perhaps some beauty stuff too. What do y'all think? Would that make you angry? Or are you cool with it?
Saturday, August 1, 2009
See? It's a gorgeous berry that looks like a creme but actually has secret shimmer. Yay! This is 3 coats, if you use 4 it'll get vampy on you, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your preferences. :)
I don't know why I love BMH so, since it's not especially unique or blue or anything, but I love love love it. Everytime I put it on I feel so fancy and pretty. Always nice to feel that way. ;) It applies smoothly with minimal streaking. Very good!