Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Dogs!

Cara as a witch (without her hat)

Emily as a flower (without her stem)

Precious as a flower

Paco as a pumpkin

Zoya 'Whitney'

I again used Konad plate m57, with Zoya 'Whitney' and Konad special black polish. This fishnet nail went perfectly with my flapper girl Halloween costume! Zoya 'Whitney' went on smooth and covered with only one coat -- which is completely amazing. It is a gorgeous color and surprisingly different from 'Jewell'. I really, really like it.

I also ordered three new Konad plates and two special polishes. I can't wait to try them all out!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Nails

Three coats OPI 'Don't Be Koi With Me' topped with Konad special black polish using plate m57. The fishnet design didn't go on as clear as other designs I've used from this plate (plus it ran when I painted my top coat on).

Monday, October 26, 2009

Zoya 'Miley'

Zoya 'Miley' is truly the perfect purple. It is light without being too pastel, it has gorgeous grey undertones that make is perfect year-round, and it is a great neutral. The only problem? It took four coats to get that great color! I don't mind painting numerous coats of polish, but I've noticed that some Zoya polishes dry slowly - and this is one of those polishes. Even though it takes a few coats to achieve, the final color of Miley is absolutely gorgeous.

Zoya 'Miley', four coats, topped with Seche Vite

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Dog Halloween Pumpkins

Tonight I made dog pumpkins using the free pumpkin stencils at Better Homes and Gardens. They have a a number of popular breeds with downloadable stencils that are easy to follow. I used the Labrador stencil, which looks the most like Emily. Unfortunately, there isn't a Border Collie stencil, which would have been perfect for Cara, so I used the German Shepherd one (I just shorted the ears a bit). My mother made a Chihuahua pumpkin so I will also be posting pictures of her Chihuahua pumpkin soon.

Try making your own dog pumpkins!

They currently have stencils for: German Shepherd, Beagle, Boxer, Bulldog, Chihuahua, Dachshund, Golden Retriever, Labrador, Poodle, Pug, Scottish Terrier, and Yorkshire Terrier.

Chihuahua with pumpkin courtesy of BHG

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Zoya Jewell with Konad m57

Two coats of Zoya 'Jewell' with Konad special black polish and 
Konad plate m57, topped with Seche Vite

Zoya 'Jewell'

I LOVE Zoya 'Jewell.'  It applied very smooth and evenly, and covered well with just two coats.  The Konad stamp was easier to use and this time I got very little black polish outside of my nails!  The love this Konad plate; it has so many different designs.
I also tried the flower design on plate m57 (on my sister's nails).  I used a regular polish (Zoya 'Brooke') instead of the special polish and it worked well, although it probably would not have been as effective for a larger design.

Friday, October 23, 2009

HP Mini 110 Pink Chic

Yesterday I received my HP Mini 110 in gorgeous Pink Chic.  I was very hesitant about the color -- I was worried it would look dull, but I am so glad that I went with the Pink Chic because it is gorgeous!  

The HP Mini 110 is one of the netbooks (small laptops) that HP is currently offering.  It is very comparable to the Dell Mini 10, although the Dell version is offered in more colors.  The Mini 110 starts at $299; to add Pink Chic or White Swirl there is an additional charge of $20.  The standard color is a pretty sparkly swirled black.

I'm a Mac person, but I have been craving a tiny laptop to take with me when I travel and to my graduate classes.  Verizon FIOS was offering a free HP Mini to new customers, so I signed up for FIOS and got a certificate for $299 off of any purchase at HP.  With taxes and the color-matching sleeve, my new Mini came out to around $50.  Not bad!

I went with the standard 3 cell battery, which I can already see is going to be a problem.  I was hesitant about getting the 6 cell battery because it is larger and would therefore raise the back of the netbook, which I think would be annoying.

I debated between the 160 GB SATA hard drive and the 8 GB Solid State, but eventually went with the 160 SATA drive.  Two days later, the options have all changed -- now you can get the 160 SATA, a 250 SATA for $30 more (I would have gone for this if it was offered), or a 32 GB Solid State for $100 more.

It has a 1 GB memory, so no storing photos on here!  There is currently no option to upgrade to a higher memory.  

There is an included webcam, which is cool.  The screen is antiglare, which I like (Mac makes you pay extra for that).

The keyboard is smaller than a traditional keyboard -- but not by much.  It will take a little getting used to, but it is not so much smaller that it is unusable.  The keys are closer together than I am used to also.  The "1" key looks like it was chopped in half, which was an odd decision.

The track pad is tiny -- it looks like they could have made it larger, and I really wish they would have.  What I do like is that it has click keys on either side of the track pad, so I can scroll with my right hand and click with my left (although I don't always want to use two hands for scrolling).  What I love about the trackpad is this set of dots that runs alongside the right click key (where my thumb is).  If you slide your finger up and down those dots, they act as a scroll, which is very cool -- two thumbs up for that feature!

It certainly runs slower than my Mac (my old Mac!), but I guess that is just something you're going to have to deal with in these smaller computers.  It multifunctions fairly well and runs quietly.  

Overall, I am very impressed with the Mini 110 and I'm really looking forward to using it more.  I don't think it could function as a replacement to a full-sized laptop or desktop, but for using on the go, it is a great little computer.  

I would like to find an adapter so that I could plug my Mini into my car outlet, since I do a lot of work on the road.  I haven't been able to find one... any suggestions?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Konad Leopard Manicure

I couldn't resist trying out another image on my new Konad plate.  I am amazed at how easy it was to do.  I still had some polish that I needed to clean up around my cuticles (I used a polish corrector pen), but every nail turned out perfect!  I am already getting ready to order some more plates :)

Konad plate M57, with two coats OPI 'I Get a Kick Out of Gold!' and Konad special black polish, topped with Seche Vite.


I am beyond excited about my new Konad stamp!  I only just recently learned about Konad and wanted to give it a try.  Konad is a nail polish stamping set, basically.  They sell various metal plates with designs embedded on them, as well as special thick polishes and a stamping tool.  I ordered plate m57, as well as the special black polish, the stamping tool, and a scraper.  Basically, you spread your desired polish on the plate, scrape it off with the scraper, then roll the stamping tool over top of the plate -- as fast as possible.  Then roll the stamping tool across your nail and voila! a Konad design.  I also ended up with Konad design all over my skin and cuticles (I cleaned it up with a polish removing pen), so I can see this will take some practice.  I ordered my Konad supplies through OC Nail Art -- I highly recommend checking them out if you're looking for Konad goodies!

These are both the Zebra print section of the stamp, over Zoya 'Brooke.'  As you can see, it is a bit messy -- but I'm still pretty impressed it turned out this well!

My cat happened to be laying in a very nice patch of sunlight, so she became the background.  This is the fishnet section of the plate.  I'm planning on doing all my nails in red with black fishnet for Halloween (I'm dressing as a flapper girl!).

Zoya Polishes

Here are my six newest Zoya polishes, ordered left to right: Brooke, Audrina, Whitney, Jewell, Miley, and Barbie.  Whitney and Jewell look nearly identical in the bottle, and Barbie looks quite similar to Sweet, except with a blue iridescence.  

I love Zoya polishes because they are vegan (not tested on animals!) and free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, and other yucky things we don't want on our nails or skin -- and that we don't want to breathe in!  They are considered to be one of the few polishes that are safe for women who are pregnant as well.  Zoya claims that they are one of the longest wearing polishes... I'm not so sure about that, but I do love the formula and colors.

Brooke is photographed below (I love it for fall and winter) and I will be posting pictures of the other five colors within the next week or two.

Six New Zoya Polishes!!

I ordered six new Zoya polishes and they finally arrived today.  I will be posting color previews very soon.  Tonight I tried out 'Brooke' (couldn't resist the name!).  It is a lovely fall shade, a dark red with purple/blue undertones.  My pictures are not showing the color accurately, so I will take some tomorrow in the daylight.

Introducing... Zoya 'Brooke'

Zoya 'Brooke'
Two coats Zoya 'Brooke' topped with Seche Vite top coat
Two coats Zoya 'Brooke'
I was taking pictures all over the place trying to get this color to show up correctly.  I have never had so much trouble photographing a polish color before.

I find this picture to me the most accurate for color comparison

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Vera Bradley Summer 2010 preview

Vera Bradley Fall 2010 HERE 

Looking for the Spring 2010 patterns?  Click here: 

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Featured are the four new Vera Bradley patterns, which will be introduced in the Summer 2010 collection.  Which one is your favorite?

Call Me Coral

Simply Violet

Night and Day

Make Me Blush

Thanks for checking out Vera Bradley's newest patterns!
Which ones do you love?  Any must haves here?

Friday, October 16, 2009

China Glaze "Fly"
Two coats, topped with Seche Vite
It looks like a color between the flash and without flash pictures, leaning more towards the color in the pictures with flash

With flash

Without flash
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