Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sometimes things just get away from you...

...and it's that much harder to get those things back.

I had this grand idea to start a nail blog. I LOVE nail polish. The only thing I love more than nail polish is reading nail blogs. What I lack is TIME---don't we all? I work six days a week, 12 hours per day. Yes, I work a 72-hour week. And I'm studying to get more IT Certifications as well as being a full-time student. Oh, and I trying to stay in shape, so somehow I need to make it to the gym and maybe even eat. Or sleep. And still fall in love every day with my fiance. And parent my children from 7000+ miles away. Did I mention that I work in Iraq? Yes, THAT Iraq. And although I polish my nails almost every day, and still buy the latest polishes, I just have not found the time to pull out my Nikon D90, tripod, light box, back drops---and take photos of my HAND! LOL, and then edit and crop and upload and post and find something intelligent to say. This is hard work.

But I love it so much, and I can make time for the things that I love. I hope.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

OPI - A Good Mandarin is Hard to Find

OPI - Breathe Life

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Barefoot in Barcelona - OPI

I am experimenting with new photo-editing software, so please bear with me as I test out different looks for my picture format. That said, I have beautiful nude polish to showcase today. The color is OPI Barefoot in Barcelona, a peachy-brownish-taupe with a cream finish. For my sanity, I think I'll just file this under "brown". I didn't use any topcoat, I tend to like to capture the true color of the polish without any extra shine (if my camera let's me). This a a great "work" appropriate color that goes on smoothly with two coats. Dry time was super fast---I was snapping pics within 10 minutes!

Seriously thinking of giving WordPress another try...

I don't know why I keep bombarding myself with projects that I "may" not complete BUT I a, really thinking of transferring BACK to a WordPress platform. I really like the idea of self-hosting and being able to do "what I wanna" with my blog. I don't know...it just seems like nbow whould be the time to do it, especially since I can reach my web host ALL OF A SUDDEN. For wahtever reason, I was being blocked from my control panel, I couldn't manage my blog so in desperation I started using Blogger with a custom domain name. Today I decided to try and log into my control panel and just like magic, it let me in. Decisions, decisions.

Slate of Affairs - Barielle

I have a whole basket full of blue nail polish but I hardly ever reach inside. I figured I'd try something different and I am glad that I did. This is the first Shades by Barielle polish that I've featured and I was pleasantly surprised by this color. Slate of Affairs is a "pearlized" blue-gray polish that was a part of the "All Lacquered Up" collection. I used three thin coats to get the desired opacity, however the polish took longer to dry than what I would have liked. As far as wearability, I cannot say because I removed the polish after I woke up and found it smudged and dented. Blame it on me though, I was just too sleepy!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New year, new camera!

I got a new camera for Christmas. And not just any camera, I got a new DSLR, a Nikon D90. And I know how to turn in on, so far. I have four books on how to work it, yes four! I'm not a dummy, it's just that learning to take great pictures with a professional camera takes practice and patience, two things of which I am in short supply. I have been using my macro lens to take pictures of my nails. Ummmmm....not coming out very well. But whatever!! I want to get to posting. So this is what a have so far....an OPI Designer Series polish that I can't remember the name of nor can I find where I put the bottle.
Oh well.
Sunday, December 19, 2010

I have had it! Time for some tough nail love...

I just broke a nail. Not just any nail, either. I broke the thumb nail on my left hand, and of course my left hand is the star of my nail photos. And the chip is big enough that I have to cut my nail(s) down. And I broke it down in the server room trying to get the faceplate off a server that I couldn't reboot remotely. I knew this was going to happen, because it happens EVERY time. I have to face the fact that although long nails are beautiful and showcase polish very well, my current length is just not conducive to my lifestyle. When I have to deal with all of this computer hardware my nails just get in the way. Honestly, I was more concerned about breaking a nail than why I went into the server room in the first place. As the ONLY woman around here, it has become somewhat of a joke that I "don't want to break a nail" and that just doesn't look or sound good. After I returned to the office one of the guys jokingly asked me if I'd broken a nail. And sad to say, I HAD! See what I mean? So, I've decided that I need to cut my nails down to a more manageable length. For my sanity. And for female IT professionals everywhere (LOL)!
Thursday, December 16, 2010

I'm BACK with a few product reviews.

Whew....I am so excited to be back to blogging again. My nails and hands had suffered tremendously for a while, and I was nursing them back to health. I just couldn't post a picture of my stubbly nails, all different lengths, broken off, and with my hands looking rough from the onset of winter and indoor heating. Thanks be to the heavens that I have finally gotten my digits under control and that I can get back to blogging. That being said, I think it would be an opportune time to do a few product reviews on what helped me get my nails and hands back to optimal condition. Adding these products to a good nail care regimen can help to have beautiful, strong nails and healthy looking hands. After neglecting my nails I have found that I seriously could not live without CND Cuticle Eraser and CND Solar Oil.

CND Cuticle Eraser

This has to be the best cuticle treatment in a cream form that I have tried. I know there are others, but this one works well for me. It touts itself as an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) cuticle treatment that "micro-exfoliates" the cuticle and conditions the nail plate and surrounding skin. It does exactly that! When I apply this to my cuticles they immediately feel moisturized. The ingredients include glycolic, lactic, citric and fruit acids, with water and apricot oil listed as it's first ingredients. Usually within five minutes of using I can gently remove any nagging cuticles with an orange stick. The formula is thick enough to stick to my cuticles without being runny and applies easily, thanks to the nozzle-like tip. It is virtually odor-free and one 1.75oz tube lasts a long time because a little goes a long way. The directions say to use it once daily, however I tend to use it much more. Of course your mileage may vary, but using this product can only do good for your nails.

CND Solar Oil 
CND Solar Oil is next in my arsenal and I use it frequently, alternating it's use with CND Cuticle Eraser. I use it after I wash my hands and keep three bottles, one for my purse, one on my desk at home, and another on my desk at work---yeah, I love it that much! This oil is essentially a nail and cuticle conditioner containing "good for your nails" stuff, such as Vitamin E, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and rice bran oil. There is a slight sweet odor, not unbearable or cloying, but worth mentioning. This oil penetrates instantly and offers quick moisturizing and hydrating benefits to dry cuticles and nails. The application is via brush, and just like CND Cuticle Eraser, a little bit goes a long way.

These two products have made me throw my cuticle nippers in the back of a drawer somewhere. My cuticles stay moisturized and pliable, which is essential when up against the dryness of indoor heating and bundling up in cotton or wool gloves that can strip your nails of moisture. I purchase these products from a variety of sources, but typically I can always find them at Transdesign at a reasonable price. Hopefully they will be as helpful to you.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Back from vacation and ready to make some changes!

Hello dear readers! I am back form vacation and exhausted as usual. I have been spending the past few days contemplating the direction that I want to take with this blog. Design-wise, I'd like for it to be a bit brighter and more...whimsical. I am working on changing the layout and overall design as well as removing unneeded features. I am going for a more streamlined look with less clutter. I design and code about 75% of the elements so it takes me a while because I do have a day job that requires a lot of "attention". The changes will take some time, but all should be settled within the next two weeks. I am also working on how I should present my content, leaning towards a daily or weekly theme, so look forward to some exciting changes around here! I am committing myself to at least 10 posts a week, if not more, after I make much-needed changes.

In nail news, I've been wearing the SAME polish for weeks now. I am almost out of Nubar Arencia from the Venetian Glass Collection from wearing it so much. I really love the color, it reminds me of the summer that I am trying so desperately to hold on to. I have suffered some extreme ugliness on my right hand (nail breaks, cuticle roughness, dryness, etc), thank goodness that I never photograph it---but it has caused me to cut down my nails on my left hand. I can't wait to get back to polishing!

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