Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WWtKW: Pamper Yourself

Happy Wednesday!

I'm linking up with Mamarazzi, Crazymama of 6 and Queso for WWtKW again this week.  The questions come from Crazymama and are all about pampering yourself.


1.  What is your go-to color if you paint your nails?  Do your toes and fingernails match?
This is kind of a funny question for me.  See...when you have over 300 (*gasp*) color choices at your beck and call, it's hard to have a go-to color.  Seriously.  When I get tired of my current mani, I pick whatever catches my fancy at that moment.  As for the matchy-matchy...that never happens.

2.  Have you ever gone for a mani/pedi?  How often do you go?
The last time I went for a mani?  I can't even remember.  However, I can tell you I do my nails 2-3 times a week at home.  My last pedi was probably about 6 months ago.  I usually do my own every 2 weeks or so.  I think I'm pretty good at doing my own nails and since I have all the supplies already at home, why pay somebody to do it?

3.  Do you color your hair?  Do you have a salon do it or do you do it yourself?
I hadn't colored my hair for a long Nate was born.  But, all of a sudden, I got a wild hair and decided to do it myself.  I liked the color enough, but I wanted more.  So I employed the assistance of my bestie to put in teal streaks.  It didn't go so well...
And then I decided I needed a cut, so I got a cut and the salon was running a special, so I got it re-dyed.  Usually I'll do it at home but the sale was for 50% off - how can you pass THAT up?

LOVED this color but anybody who does their hair in reds knows how high-maintenance it is.  It's been about 6 weeks now and it's much more brown than red. *sad*

4.  Facials...have you ever had one?
Yep.  But, again, it's been YEARS!  I used to work in a dermatology office and we'd get facials for a super reduced price.  Can't beat a good deal!

5.  Would you, or have you ever, done Botox?
Nope.  Never have.  Never will.

6.  Beauty knows now pain.  Do you believe in waxing, electrolysis, eyelash extensions, anti-aging creams, micro-dermabrasion, peels, etc?
I've done it all - including being a guinea pig for laser hair removal (*ouch*).  OK...maybe not *all* (I haven't done electrolysis or lash extensions) but I have had my lashes dyed and I've had more than a few micro-dermabrasions.  I say, if you wanna do it, do it.  Who's to tell you not to?  And if it makes you feel better about yourself, why not?!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Look Out (derby) World!

Good morning, Kitschies!!

I have some exciting news!  Last night was skills test night for derby and instead of breaking my ass like I did last time...I passed!!  I skated my 25 in 5 (skate 25 laps in under 5 minutes) in 4:43.  I performed all the skills (stops, falls, hits, whips, etc) AND I passed the written test.  Yep.  There's a lot to do to become a roller girl!  Funny thing is...when I started this back in August, I gave myself 6 months to pass the skills test and it's been almost exactly 6 months since my first practice!

And...I have a home!  I am a proud member of DIA: Derby Intelligence Agency. 

Now, that doesn't mean I'll be skating in a bout any time soon...I'm just fresh meat at this point.  No.  Seriously. 

But... if you live in, or come visit, the Albuquerque area, you should definitely come see my team's first bout on March 10th at the Albuquerque Convention Center!!  *EDIT*  I've been informed that I will, in fact, be skating on March 10th!

I'll be posting here periodically about my progress with DIA and such.  I can't wait to start this thing!  It's been such a great outlet for me...I really needed to "find" myself.  So. excited!!

OH!  And one more thing.  My hubs brought the boys by the clinic to say hi yesterday afternoon and Nate gave me the BEST card ever!!

When he gave this to me, I almost cried!  How sweet is that?!  Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic, but I couldn't get it on the computer any other way at work.

OK.  I'm done.  Have a great Tuesday!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Motley Blue

Good morning, Kitschies!  We're running in to the end of the week again.  Anything exciting planned for this weekend?  I get to spend the day with Nate tomorrow (school is out today and tomorrow for parent-teacher conferences) but I don't know what we're doing quite yet.  We have a birthday party on Saturday, but other than that, I imagine we're looking forward to the usual 'round the house chores that we usually do.  Then Monday, school is closed AGAIN for Presidents' Day, so the hubs gets to have *his* day with Nate.  I know they're planning on going skating - lucky!

I've been so bad about posting consistently lately and I'm sorry.  Things are still in a somewhat chaotic state in my life and I have a hard time fitting everything in.  However, the last few days have been a bit slower at the clinic, so I'm trying to take advantage and get a few posts in.

I'm sure you've seen a lot of the Finger Paints Special Effects (flakies) around the blogs over the last couple weeks and you know I have to jump on that train.  I was lucky enough to pick up these great flakies prior to their official release (because I bug my Sally's girls like that) but I haven't had a chance to wear all of them yet.  I know this isn't the first mani I've used them for, but this is the first one I took pics of.

I started with a base of SH Complete Salon Manicure in Thinking of Blue, a pretty navy blue creme.  Then I added two coats of FP Motley, an awesome combo of blue (or purple, depending on who you talk to) and green flakies.  The blue flakies don't show up so much because of the blue base, but you could see them in certain lights. 

I apologize for lack of good pics of this one - we went through a cloudy stretch and this was impossible to capture with a flash. 

Were you lucky enough to pick up the FP Special Effects collection?  Funny thing: the SA tried to sell me the black polish that was "released" with this set because "they (the flakies) won't work without it."  I asked her to see the bottle, opened it and immediately handed it back to her.  Sorry.  I don't need yet another black creme.  LOL

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

WWtKW: Happy Hearts Day!

Good morning, Kitschies!!  It's been another busy week so far and I have barely had time to do my nails *gasp!* let alone take pictures.  So...I'm joining up with Mamarazzi for We Want to Know Wednesday (I's been a while...).

This week's questions come from Mamarazzi herself and are all about Valentine's Day!

1.  How was your Valentine's Day?
2.  What is your favorite flower?  Did your honey get them for you?
3.  Was Valentine's Day a big deal when you were a kid?
4.  Did you put up any Valentine's Day decorations?  (bonus points for a picture)
5.  Do you have any Valentine's Day traditions?

1.  How was your Valentine's Day?
It was good!!  The hubs and I got to get out for a lunch at the park where he surprised me with a new pair of yoga pants and a zip hooded sweatshirt.  And having a full lunch for me is kinda a big deal - it's been busy at the clinic and those have been much less frequent than I'd like.  Then in the evening, we surprised the boys with breakfast for dinner - they loved it!

2.   What is your favorite flower?  Did your honey get them for you?
It's a toss-up between hydrangeas and giant bearded iris.  And since you can't really get iris like that in the stores, I'll go with hydrangeas.  I didn't get either.  LOL

3.  Was Valentine's Day a big deal when you were a kid?
In school?  Yes.  At home?  Not so much.  And you know what?  It's probably best that way.  We always got so much candy and junk at school, all that was needed at home was a card and a small little gift.  I plan on keeping it that way for the boys.

4.  Did you put up any Valentine's Day decorations?

5.  Do you have any Valentine's Day traditions?
The hubs and I tried to start a tradition last year of taking off the 14th today - no matter the day - but that didn't pan out this year.  Other than that, we don't do anything specific to constitute a tradition.

Now that I've shared, how 'bout you?


Thursday, February 9, 2012

NerdLacquer - Webinarmy

Good morning, Kitschies!  Another week is flying by and it's been just as busy as the one before it.  Derby practice Monday (workin' my skillz), sick kiddo (Mason - again - this time with an ear infection), misbehaving kiddo (Nate - again), intense workouts, lather, rinse, repeat. 

After seeing quite a few girls with their new NerdLacquer hauls, I decided I couldn't wait any longer and I purchased a trio.  Oh, how I love Amanda's creations.  They're pretty *and* they're geek-centric.  Nail polish doesn't get much better than that!

Here's what I got...
LtoR: Webinarmy, ≠C, Event Horizon and I Think You Call Me...Sexy

How do you pick which one to try first?  Really!  So.  I don't know how I decided, but I went with Webinarmy.

Webinarmy is a pretty green - not quite Army green, not quite Kelly green.  The best I can describe it is a dusty green with a hint of blue.  ANYway...this is an almost jelly base with a bit of silver shimmer thrown in there for fun. 

And then the glitter...oh, the glitter!  Small green and blue hex glitter with little tiny bits of round blue and green round glitter. 

I had a couple pieces of the larger hex glitters that didn't lay quite flat, but it wasn't enough to snag on anything.  The wear was good (at least 3 days) and the removal was the typical pain in the butt glitter removal.  My *only* complaint (and it's not even really a complaint, but an observation) about this polish is the smell.  It's not *horrible* but it's noticeably different than your mass-market polishes.

As always, these and other wonderfully gorgeous NerdLacquers are available from Amanda's Etsy page, however, she's on a short vacation and her shop is closed.  But this is only temporary!!  Be sure to check back there often so you can grab one when she comes back online.  :) here's the question of the day: Which NerdLacquer should I try next? 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Disco Smurf

Good morning, Kitschies!  I apologize for the decreased postings as of late.  Things at the clinic have been a little more hectic and I haven't had as much down time as I usually do.  But, know that I'm still here and I love you all and I think about blogging often. 

And since I have a quick couple of minutes, I thought I'd share a recent mani with you.

In December, I got an awesome ROAK package from one of my favorite nail bloggers: Nailstah.  I was itching to try one of the beauties she gifted me and this was the first one I tried.

This is SH Xtreme Wear in Blue Me Away and Kleancolor Blue Holo.  Blue Holo looks *so* pretty in the bottle but it's super, super sheer.  I matched the blue base as close as I could and I think the match with Blue Me Away was pretty spot on.

Serious bling, ladies!  I wore this back in early January and it took me a few days before I could get some decent sun shots, hence the tip wear visible on the first pic.  I loved this mani - it reminded me of a disco Smurf.  LOL

Well, it's time to get my butt off my chair and get some stuffs done...even though my butt is sore and I'd rather just sit here.  LOL  Yay, roller derby!  I'll post as often as I can but it won't be near as consistent as it was a few weeks ago.  Yay for being busy with work.  Boo for not having as much time for my blog!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hello, Gorgeous!

Good morning, Kitschies!!  It's been another busy week over here in Suburbia.  Work "restructuring", sick kiddo, derby, new part time job for the hubs.  My head is spinning!!  The bestie and I managed to make an brief escape on Saturday for lunch and some retail therapy - it was soooo good to get out of the house for some girl time (when are we going again, Ms Zombie?).

I have a gorgeous polish to show you today.  I do NOT know why I waited so long to get this one.  Seriously.  One of, if not THE most, awesome polishes I own.

In the shade, this looks like your typical silver foil polish.  But don't let that fool you because...

WAPOW!  Silver holo awesomeness!  I know all you lacquerheads out there know already, but this is Nfu Oh 61.  Or, as I like to call it, the Queen of Holos.  I used 2-3 coats (depending on streaks) over 2 coats of Nfu Oh Aqua Base.

Nfu Oh has the best holos, IMO.  Strong linear rainbow-y goodness!

I just don't know what else to say.  Just stare and drool.  Stare and drool.

Happy Wednesday!  I hope today is a good one for you.