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Friday, July 22, 2016

Colors by Llarowe Rezipped and Young Turks

I just found out some sad news.  The person behind the instagram account, @ane_li committed suicide.  I absolutely love her account.  She did amazing nail art and free hand.  The sad thing about this as well are the internet trolls who are commenting on her account.

One went something like, "oh so sad, new follower."  Really? How about this one, "how did she do it?" Or all the ones who are bullying and picking fights with the other commenters.  First of all people, let her rest in peace.  It doesn't matter the how, what matters is letting her family mourn the loss without the social media crap going on now.

I've told you before that I have had two close friends commit suicide.  It is a devastating thing to the people left here to grieve the loss wondering the why and what could I have done stuff.  In hindsight, I could not have stopped either one of my friends death, but there are people in some people's lives who do reach out with hints asking for help.

Pay attention to these and get them the help they need.

On a completely different and totally random note, I got a Clean set of five sampler perfumes from Sephora.  I had ordered the giant Nars Orgasm blush and got these with it.  I literally just tried each one up both my arms and as I sit here typing this, I smell like a damn brothel.

I am sitting here in my own creation of funkyness.  I'll let that picture settle in for a bit.

I made my very first car payment this weekend. Only 65 more to go!

Last post I told you that you will see what putting the gel over your cuticles looks like.  You can't see it without polish, but with it, it's quite obvious.  I also have one nail on my right hand that is about to fall off. I have got to make myself not use acetone to clean up my polish job as it's lifting my gel.

I was talking to my mom yesterday attempting to use nail glue to set it back down and ended up gluing my damn finger to my iphone.  No joke people.  I literally ruined a corner of my phone case and had my finger stuck to the screen.

Sometimes multitasking is not a good thing!

Let's look at CbL Rezipped.

Indoor Sun

Indoor Sun
Yes this is an amazing light blue holo and I love it! But pay attention to the ridge area at my cuticles. This is a divet from my getting gel on that area.  It's not as noticeable in the first picture, but definitely in the second one.

It's a learning process!

Next I did a simple jigsaw mani using Young Turks, but it's hard to see as the holo happiness is so apparent!

Indoor Sun

Indoor Sun
Last post I also said with seven layers of polish, it makes for an even thicker nail.  This is seven layers of polish. Basecoat, two coats of Rezipped, top coat, then two coats of Young Turks and topcoat make seven.  So yeah, it's thick!

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

EZ Dip Gel Nails Clear Version

Yes people, today I will be showing you my new nails using the clear gel powder I got from Oceans of Beauty.  I normally use the light pink powder, no real reason why, it's just what I did when I got the NexGen done in the salon.

When I watched the YouTube video they say to do three dips using the clear as it is thinner when activated.  I normally do two dips with the pink.  If you aren't aware, all the colors start as clear with the color pigment added.  That's why they are thicker when activated.

Here is a picture of the two so you can see the difference.

The pink is on the left.  They really are very similar.

First, I took off my polish then used my buffer block to remove some of the thickness of the gel on my nails.  I did what Diana at the NexGen salon does to soak it off.  I got a bowl of acetone placed it in a bowl of hot water to heat up the acetone and put a couple of cotton balls in it.

You then soak and use the cotton balls to scrub the gel off.  It really works great! This time it took me ten minutes to remove all the gel.

I lightly buffed my natural nails, used acetone to make sure the surface was nice and clean and then followed the directions that come with the gel powder.

Here is what I have learned so far.  The first time, I was trying so hard to do light layers that I didn't get a smooth even gel layer.  I also had some lifting which is most likely my fault as I was using acetone to clean the cuticle area after polishing.  This time, I was more focused on getting the structure liquid over the entire nail and used a bit more than last time.

I also did do three dips of the clear gel.  Here is what it looked like when I had finished.  Oh this time, I was from soak off to done in a little over an hour.  Way better than the three hours it took me the first time! I did not use any tips this time as my nails have grown out.

Now because this is clear, it shows the splits in my nails that have polish in them. I also once again covered my cuticle area, which in the next post, you will see how that shows up.

My nails are quite long for me here, that's why I did do three dips.  In hindsight, it looks very thick on the nail. Here is a side view.

This doesn't look too thick here, but when you add seven layers of polish it is insanely thick.  I can't say whether I prefer the pink or the clear.  So far, they both have performed perfectly.  Next time though, I am only going to do two layers of this clear, or two thin layers of the pink and buff the pink down to thin it a bit.  I am horribly rough on my nails, so I need the thickness to keep them from breaking.  This is a bit too much though.

I was more careful when I dipped this time.  Last time I had ridges and bumps in the finished gel. This time I waited a second before dipping again using a bit more of the liquid first and I only messed up one nail.  My thumb.

After this was dipped, I had dented or moved the gel sort of like you dent your polish.  I carefully tapped it down into place.  You can see it left a half moon swipe in the gel.  I don't care as you know I am covering this up with polish anyway.  I don't think I could do a real color powder and make it look good yet.

I am happy with how this came out.  My nails are long and I am loving doing the EZ Dip gel at home. So far it's been two weeks in between doing a new set.

Do you have any questions for me? Don't forget my discount code at Oceans of Beauty for 20% off your purchase.  Use FPM20 at the checkout.

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Colors by Llarowe Black Gold, Texas Tea

You're going to see that I've been on a Colors by Llarowe kick for the next few posts.  At least three-I haven't decided what to wear the day I'm writing this.

Some work updates.

I got to work this past Monday to an email from my back hurts coworker stating that she has decided to now work only half days for at least the next two weeks.  Remember, she has a two week Hawaii vacation coming up in August.

What gets me is the fact that the previous Friday, she could have mentioned this to me.  My cube is five feet from her.  It pissed me off really.  It was addressed to all the MDs she works with and the boss, myself and the other coworker.

I simply replied, "who's covering you?" As the boss is totally going to assume me and the other will cover her like we are to in August.  I figure if you ain't gonna discuss this with me like an adult and via email, I will reply the same way.

Her reply was that she didn't need formal coverage, that she would be there during the middle of the day.  Uh huh.  I wonder if she even talked to the boss about this first?

We share tight quarters and to me, it just is teamwork or etiquette to give your coworker a heads up saying something like, my back really hurts and I need to get better.  I've decided to do this and I don't need you to cover for me.  What I got was a mass email after the fact.

Am I wrong to be pissed about this?

The other thing was, my boss emailing me saying I hadn't done my self evaluation that was due in April and I had to do it by Friday.  I wrote her back stating I was told that I wasn't getting an evaluation this year so I didn't fill it out.

My boss has her mind made up about me and nothing I've done has changed her mind.  I originally just answered all the questions as "fully meets" because it's the middle of the road and you don't have to comment justifying your answer.

I left it for a while and went back to it later and decided to say what I felt needed to be said and that's that I bust my ass and here are the examples.  I don't expect it to have any impact and now I dread the face to face with her as I know it's just going to upset me.

It is what it is.

Now today we have perhaps the most gorgeous black holo ever.  Black Gold, Texas Tea.

Indoor Sun

Indoor Sun
How freakin awesome is this?????? I am dying it's so gorgeous!!!!

I want to say that when I wrote my last post, the France attack had not happened yet.  I want my French readers to know my heart goes out to you and your country.  I am so sorry for what has happened there.

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?

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