OCC Black Dahlia Nail Polish

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It doesn’t feel like fall will be here soon, but I figured painting my nails dark burgundy couldn’t hurt. It’ll help me forget that I live in Texas and it’s totally normal to have it still reaching 100 degrees in September.

Now, I love the color of this, but I will admit that the formula isn’t the greatest which is disappointing given that OCC is a little higher end. By the second day I had one or two chips, and it was easy enough to touch them up and reapply a top coat, but normally I don’t have to do that until day four or five. I needed two coats for it to be totally opaque, but that’s pretty standard. Overall it has average performance and needs a tough topcoat or regular touch-ups.

 

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These pictures are from day four after touching up the tips, so they’re a little grown out. Thanks Biotin for making my nails grow weirdly fast. I feel like I apologize for my dry cuticles in every nail post, and I’m going to do it again. I’ve been using Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil and they look good after, but I haven’t been diligent about using it. One day I’ll have soft, barely there cuticles.

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The Neon Museum in Las Vegas

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neonmuseumkatyThis last photo was taken by my friend Katy! Thank you lady! I went to The Neon Museum with her and her husband and took a ton of photos in the hot hot hot sun. I thought coming from Texas would make me more prepared for the heat, but man oh man standing outside for an hour mid morning never felt toastier.

The signs are so big in person – there were a few that I couldn’t get good photos of because they wouldn’t fit in one shot. I love neon things (my room in high school was full of little neon signs, light-up globes, lava lamps… very classy) so it was really fun to see all of the old styles and the way they’ve evolved as Vegas has grown. I recommend taking the tour if you’re gonna be in Vegas! They also offer night tours, but they fill up faster.

The only bad part of vacation is that eventually it’s over and now it’s back to the grind, BUT luckily for me the grind ain’t so bad.

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Vegas 2014: Virtual Packing

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I am going on a much-needed vacation to Vegas with my mister and a few of our friends this Labor Day, and even though it’s a super short trip, I still get excited thinking about what I’m going to pack. When it’s a trip this short, I really have to boil down what I’ll actually wear.

These are all from Polyvore so some of them are just CLOSE to the actual items I own. Obviously I’m a huge fan of color. Obviously. Seriously though, I love packing for planning way more than actual packing. It’ll take my mind off of worrying about flying on a plane for the first time in quite awhile. Big worry wart here.

I’ll try to take cool artsy photos, maybe even of the outfits I’m planning to wear. We shall see. I hope you all have a great long weekend (if you have one)!

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Battle of the Blue Liners: Revlon Versus Wet n Wild

Earlier this summer I got stuck on the idea of colored liner, and even though I usually try to avoid trends, I feel like blue liner keeps coming in and out of vogue enough to make it worth the plunge. I picked up two liners to see which one I could see myself wearing through the rest of summer (and then some).

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Wet n Wild MegaLiner in Indigo Blue // This is the first one I grabbed because I’ve been a fan of some other Wet n Wild products and it’s hard to say no when it’s so cheap (only $2.99). The first thing I noticed was the brush tip which I’m not a fan of. It wasn’t too hard to get the liquid liner evenly on the brush, but I prefer fine felt tips. The color is a shimmery navy that needs a few strokes to come off opaque.

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Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner in Electric // The second liner I got my hands on was this newer one from Revlon because I’d heard good things about it and it was closer to the color I’d originally pictured. It was a bit more ($7.99) so I had much higher expectations. I love felt tip applicators so I had a very easy time applying it evenly. The color is pretty much exactly like the lid and it comes off opaque with one stroke, so it’s easier to not mess up a good line but having to go over it over and over.

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On the left is the Revlon and the right is the Wet n Wild. They both have good staying power and are smudge-proof, but they aren’t waterproof so don’t push your luck if you’re going to be swimming or sweating profusely.

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Oh lord the close up eye photos. This is the Wet n Wild liner. It looks a little brighter on the eyes in natural light. It’d be good for someone looking to ease into colored liner because it’s buildable so you can start sheer and work up to something bolder.

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Notes

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Unless I’m carrying a tiny, itty bitty bag, it’s a given that I’ll have some kind of journal on me. I’ve always been a doodler, but I’m also an avid list maker. Whether it’s groceries, chores or blog post ideas, I get a great deal of satisfaction from crossing things off in any sort of to-do list.

I love Moleskines, but I’ll take any sort of plain or pretty journal. I’m currently working through the bee notebook right now, and I got it in the check-out line at Home Goods. I have so many empty standbys that I won’t need a new one for a long while, but I do fill them up quickly. Unfortunately I don’t paint at all anymore, but I still draw in my notebooks, and that keeps me going. They’re also good for bouncing around ideas for this here blog when it’s a little slow-going (kind of like it is now – sorry!). Sometimes I’m struck with a thought that I know I won’t be able to hang onto till I get home to my computer, and it’s just not as much fun to put notes on a smart phone. Notebooks win forever.

 

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