Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The "Extremely Lazy" Lazy 15 Challenge Day 9: Disney

Blargh! Here's post number two for today!

See if you can guess which Disney character these were inspired by...

And no, it's not the Cheshire Cat! Think smaller. And more anxious.






Who do you think it is????

Before you see the answer, here's how I did this: First I put down a base of L'Oreal Violet Vixen, then once that was dry I cut up some pieces of tape and used them as striping tape. For my stripes, I used Essie Off the Shoulder, and then immediately removed my tape and added top coat.

Ready to see who it is??

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It's...

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PIGLET! :D

I know, I know, it's a pretty loose interpretation. :P I really intended for the stripes to be much smaller, but I didn't cut the tape small enough. Also I think my colors are unintentionally close to the Cheshire Cat... I still love the look of it though! 

I better go, my boyfriend is singing Pooh Bear's "In the mood for food" song...

-Fitzy



The "Extremely Lazy" Lazy 15 Challenge Day 8 - Dessert



Hey y'all!

Today's first post is one of FIVE Lazy 15 Challenge posts that I need to get done. As you can tell, I've been Extremely Lazy. Too lazy, in fact, to do Lazy Challenge posts. Shameful. .__.

The first post on my list is "Dessert." With all the hullabaloo surrounding Hostess going bankrupt, I couldn't help but feel inspired... by Little Debbie.


That's right, today's nails are featuring one of my favorite cakes: Zebra Cakes. Here's an odd fact about me: I pronounce the word "zebra" like it rhymes with "Deborah," but only when I'm talking about Zebra Cakes. If I'm talking about an actual zebra, I just say zee-bruh. Dunno why.

NAILS!!!!

Zebra Cake Nails




I used a base of Sinful Colors Snow Me White, and dotted on my chocolate frosting zebra stripes with Sheswai what.

Here's what I did for the thumbs:


It's supposed to look like a cross-section of a Zebra Cake. Like this:


What do you think? I know cakes like these are called "snack cakes," but to me, that much sugar makes it a dessert. :P

Okay, I'm going to go ahead and post this and see what other challenges I can get done today! (Can you tell this post was rushed?)

Fitzy


Monday, November 26, 2012

Darling Diva Polish: Auld Lang Syne - Swatch and Review


(Heads up, y'all! This one is picture HEAVY.)

So hello all you lovely lacquer-heads. Today I have one of three polishes sent to me from Darling Diva Polish. I still haven't gotten to the other two, but this one deserves a post of its own!

You might have already guessed, but this polish was made for New Year's Eve. If I had to guess, I'd say it was inspired by champagne toasts and fireworks. It's absolutely gorgeous. I know I say that a lot, but I think this may be my favorite Darling Diva so far! So bear with me, because I took a lot of pics. And they still don't really do this polish justice.

Auld Lang Syne







This polish is a delicate and lovely mixture of gold and silver holo glitters in a clear base. The glitters are mostly small and fine, with a few medium gold hexes thrown in. I can't stop staring at it! Y'all know I love anything holo, including glitter.

My base is one coat of Sinful Colors Rich in Heart over two coats of Elmer's glue as a base. I wanted to give glue base a shot, so we'll see if I have results to share later! :) I used one coat of Auld Lang Syne, and I topped the whole mani with one coat of Essie Good to Go.

Here's a blurry shot to show more of that holo glitter:


Aaaand some nail close-ups and bottle shots:

 
 



The verdict:

The good

  • Formula was perfect. Application was easy and even, with a good mix of glitter on each nail.
  • Soooooo sparkly
  • Dried smooth. Doesn't "eat" top coat.
The bad

...Nothing!

Seriously, y'all. I have nothing else to say about this polish except that I know I'll be wearing it on NYE. Somebody get be a glass of bubbly and a pack of sparklers because I am so ready. 

-Fitzy

(Product was provided for my honest review)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sonia Kashuk: Starry Night, and a personal update.


Howdy y'all!

I just have a quick post to share today.

First off, I want to thank everyone for all the support I received for the Transgender Day of Remembrance blog event; I was pretty nervous about my post yesterday, and about the event in general. All of your comments were wonderful and I'm sorry I haven't been able to answer all of them yet! I'm overwhelmed by how well everything went yesterday.

I also want to personally thank Mela, Bridget, Kimber, Sharra, Nicole, Kylie, and Wes. They all created beautiful manicures for our Candlelight Vigil theme. You should definitely take a look if you haven't already.

Second, I know I'm... a few posts behind on the Lazy 15. >.< I have one set of pictures taken from Monday (Dessert nails), but I might just take the rest of the week off due to Thanksgiving and do some catching up later! :D

Third, today I have pictures of one of my favorite polishes to show you. I find that Sonia Kashuk polishes are pretty reliable formula-wise, and some of them are definitely my favorites (including this one).

Starry Night






Black creme with silver microshimmer. I'm told this is very similar to Orly Goth (comparison by All Lacquered Up here). I wore this as a base for my galaxy nails for the Lazy 15, and it was the first time I'd worn it in a looong time!

I had forgotten about how tiny the brush is. It's a little difficult to work with, but as long as the brush was pretty loaded with polish, application was a breeze. It's opaque in two coats. Nice and smooth.

That's all I got folks. :3 (and probably all I'll have for the rest of the week. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

-Fitzy

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Candlelight Vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance

Hello everyone,

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance.

This is a day to remember and honor those who have lost their lives due to transphobic violence, hate, and discrimination. The media sensationalizes and disrespects transgender hate crime victims after they have been killed, by identifying them with the wrong name and pronouns and writing about them as if they were sexually confused and mentally ill. More often than not, though, transphobic hate crimes are largely ignored.

Please take a moment to look over this list from the TDoR website. This is the list of names of people who are being remembered this year on November 20th. Please note that the list is incomplete and constantly being updated.


I've been trying to figure out exactly what I want to say about today's post without making it too personal, but I don't think this post can not be personal.

I have transgender friends whom I love very much, and I'm glad none of them are on the list of names being memorialized today. I don't know what I would do if I lost someone close to me. I can't even begin to imagine something like that, and I don't want to.

As much as I am happy that my friends are safe, I am also extremely grateful that nothing bad has happened to me because of my gender identity.

When I was seventeen, I came out to my mother as transgender. Up until that point, I had simply been a girl, a daughter, a sister... but I struggled internally with my gender identity. I was extremely unhappy; I hated myself but I didn't know why.

At eighteen, I started living my life as the boy I've always been inside. It's been a rough journey, but I've made it through so far.

I've been going back and forth on whether or not I want to share these intimate details of my life, and I've decided that I shouldn't be afraid to. I'm proud of who I am.

It shouldn't make a difference in how others see me, but I know it does. People like me die simply because we are not understood. There is ignorance in the world that easily becomes hatred and violence.

It has to stop.

Today I'm sharing some images on my nails that mean a lot to me.





On my thumb is the transgender symbol in the form of a heart.



On my index and middle fingers is the Transgender Pride Flag, to represent the openness with which transgender people should be able to live their lives.


On my ring finger is a candle flame, in memory of lives lost.


Thank you all for reading this post, and for supporting me in my blogging journey thus far. I truly, deeply, appreciate the encouragement I have received from this wonderful community, and I hope to keep doing this for a long time.

-Fitzy

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Glitzology Swatches and Review


Hey y'all!

Today I have some swatches all lined up from Glitzology! Glitzology is pretty new in the indie polish world; the shop only opened about a month ago. But early on, Stacy, the gal behind the glitter, was looking for people to swatch some polish and I was happy to oblige.

I have five mini-bottles of polish to show today. Glitzology polish comes in a full-size 15ml bottle by default, but you can also buy small sets of mini 5ml bottles.

All swatches are one coat of glitter over a colored base, topped with one generous coat of Gelous. I'm trying to get some video swatches together for this post, so we'll see how that works out. O:

Neapolitan




This polish was inspired by Neapolitan ice cream... what a shocker. ;)

It certainly looks tasty! Various pink, brown, and white glitters make up this polish, representing chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavors. I was a little intimidated by the bar/string glitter in there, but it's not too much to handle! There's a great variety of glitter shapes in this one.

I layered one dabbed-on coat over Sally Hansen I Pink I Can and Jessica Summer Loving.

Close-ups:

Jessica Summer Loving
Sally Hansen I Pink I Can

My Viking Boyfriend




Cute name, AWESOME polish.

This one is definitely a glitter bomb! TONS of blue and silver holo glitters, including these big squares, hexes, and shards that are amazing when they catch the light. Pictures don't do this one justice! I'll have to get the video working soon so you can see this one sparkle... The fine holographic glitter in this one is beautiful.

One easy coat over Milani Dude Blue and Jessica Electric Blue. This one is so packed with glitter that I was tempted to wear it alone. Maybe I'll try it with glue as a base sometime? ;)

Video swatch: :D


Close-ups:

Milani Dude Blue
Jessica Electric Blue














Skeleton Key




Unfortunately, Beetlejuice references are totally lost on me. Good polish, however, is not lost on me. ;D

This one is matte white and black glitters with purple metallic glitter. Much redder in real life! 

The white glitter is mostly hexes with some big chunks in there, and the black glitter includes a few bars. Once again, I liked the bars in this one. Not too many, so they aren't overpowering and crazy. The purple glitter is a ton of hexes, squares, shards, and small glitter. Great balance of color in this polish!

One dabbed-on coat over Wet 'n' Wild Black Creme and Sally Hansen Purple Pulse.

Wet 'n' Wild Black Creme
Sally Hansen Purple Pulse














Marley




Marley... I'm guessing after Bob Marley. But it's just a guess!

Wow... I was surprised at how much I liked this one. Just look at the way that glitter pops over the black base! Simply wonderful. red, green, and yellow glitters in a transparent yellow base. I think the red and green are just hexes and small glitter, but the yellow glitter is made up of some shards and bars as well. Once again, another lovely mix of colors and shapes. 

One coat dabbed on over Wet 'n' Wild Black Creme and Milani Yellow Wiz.

Wet 'n' Wild Black Creme
Milani Yellow Wiz


Snow Day




*u* look at that blue sheen!

Snow day is a flurry of white hexes, bars, and squares with lots of ice blue iridescent glitter. I figured since snow is typically associated with winter and the holidays, I wanted to get a little festive for this swatch. I like the way this looks, but I can tell this polish needs to be layered over everything ever. 8D

One coat dabbed on over Essie Going Incognito and Essie She's Pampered.

Video Swatch!!!



Close-ups:

Essie Going Incognito
Essie She's Pampered














The verdict?

These are some fan-freakin-tastic polishes. I loved every single one, and I can't wait to get my hands on more Glizology polish! The mixes of glitter are superb, and so creative and cute. I love the personal touches added to each one! If I had to pick a favorite, I'd say Snow Day is it. :) I love a good versatile layering polish.

The only thing I had a problem with was the thickness of the formula. The mixing balls are sitting at the bottoms of the bottles and can't move at all! It's sort of funny to see, and it really didn't give me any major problems with application, but it's just something to note. When there's a little space in my mini bottles I'll probably add some polish thinner. :)

EDIT: Stacy has informed me that she recently switched to a different polish base, so her polish is not as thick, but is still just as glittery! 

That's all for this review! If you would like to take a look at some more Glitzology, please check out the Glitzology Etsy shop! Each polish is $7.00 US.

Stacy also offered a coupon code for me to share with my readers (that means you), so if you decide to buy some Glitzology polish you can use the code ILOVEGLITTER20 for a 20% discount! Though I think there's another sale running right now, so be sure to check the store info to make sure you're getting a good deal. ;)

Ciao for now!

Fitzy

(Products were provided for my honest review)