Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer is for Nail Art: YouTube Tutorials

Hey there! Long time no see. Probably 40% of my posts start that way. Whatever.

I think summer is a great time to experiment with color and pattern not just in fashion, but on your nails! The thought of painting anything on such a small canvas can be intimidating, though (especially if you have shaky hands, like I do). Luckily, the wide world of the internet has some really great tutorials for nail art, whether you want to do something subtle or go for a truly crazy design.

That being said, my two favorite channels are...


CutePolish, which not only has some super unique design tutorials, but also a bunch of videos that teach basic manicure skills! And...


MissJenFabulous. She has a whole series of nail art for beginners videos that each show three easy-to-accomplish designs. I plan on giving a bunch of them a try this summer as most of them don't even require any special tools. She also does beauty videos, which we know I love, right?

Will you be attempting any nail art this summer?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What I'm Reading, Week 20


Just started this piece of historical fiction. Honestly, I started reading it so quickly after finishing Amy Poehler's book (I think there was all of two minutes between that one and this) that I'm not even sure what's going on yet. This is what I've gathered so far:

World War II
Occupied France
Blind chick
Very young German soldier
Possible pirate treasure

Yeah, so that's what I got. It's enough to keep going.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mani Monday: Essie Peach Side Babe

Hey there!


This is from Essie's new summer collection and it's called Peach Side Babe, which is cute. I like it, but I'm just gonna go ahead and say what you're all thinking: this looks alarmingly similar to Tart Deco. In the bottle, I can't even tell the two apart. Insofar as I can tell, the formula on this is better than Tart Deco, and for some reason I like this, whereas I've never been to big a fan of the former. I'll have to do a swatch of both on my nails to see if this newbie actually is different.

Nevertheless, this collection is the first I've been excited about from Essie in about a year, with a definite summer vibe and a few cool colors that look truly different from anything else I have. I'll keep you kittens posted.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

What I'm Reading, Week 17

Still reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell! It's quite long, turns out.


Normally, this is not something that would bother me in any way, but I've only got the same three weeks in which to read this, Wolf Hall, and The Paris Wife, on account of how things came off hold through my public library account. It never rains, but it pours, am I right?

Seriously, though, I'm not an idiot, I know most people who work 50-60 hours a week are not also trying to read 100 books in 365 days.

Anyway, I'm still really enjoying this book, I'm nearly halfway through, I only wish I had a little more leisure at which to read it. You know what I mean? Definitely give it a go if you have any interest in a dry sort of fantasy (I can't think how else to describe it properly).