Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It's only Wednesday...

...but geez there has been A LOT of drama in the nail polish world in the past week! A polish collection inspired by real-life serial killers; the clamor surrounding the Cult Nails earring giveaway, and now the return(?) of Nerd Lacquer. My head is still spinning from all of it. I am not going to rehash any of it here, those horses have been beaten beyond death and need to be buried already, but there is one thing I noticed across all three events - a lack of respect of opposing views by many people. As soon as anyone had a dissenting opinion, I don't know if it was mob mentality or what but soooo many people jumped and things got crazy. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of some indies, and I respect what they do and the effort they put into their work. But I am not going to lie, I do not love every single polish they create, nor do I have to. And I should be able to state that without fear of repercussions even though I know I am going against the popular consensus. Just like all of the indie groupies have the right to rave how awesome and super they think the maker/polish is, anyone who does not feel the same should be able to say that too. I think as a whole we tend to forget that if we want people to respect our opinion we need to do the same for theirs. So, my deep thought of the day is remember to respect and consider the opinions of everyone else - just because they do not agree with you does not always mean they are wrong.

But enough about that, now for NOTD. Today I have for you I'm So Sari from SOPI.

This is a turquoise, maybe teal, foil with holo hexes. I used two coats for opacity since the first was a bit sheer, and then a coat of Gelous and a coat of HK Girl. Unfortunately it still is not leveled, so I would use two coats of Gelous next time because I usually like my manis like glass. Sari, I mean sorry (haha) for the blurry pics but it was the only way I could really pick up the scattered holo. Overall I am not sure how I feel about it. I usually prefer using a matte topcoat on foils, but I didn't think that was a great idea because of the holo glitter. Perhaps seeing it in sunlight will help. And now if we could just have some sun...

And that's all for me for now, catch all of you later.
~ Jaclyn

*All polishes above were purchased by me or given to me as a gift, and all opinions are my own.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Polish and Purls

Hi everyone!

Good news - I think I am finally kicking this cold/respiratory virus that has been kicking my butt for two weeks. As I am sure most of you know, it is really hard to polish your nails when you have to grab tissues constantly, so I haven't been able to do much by way of nail polish or art lately. So right now I have on Howl at the Moon from Girly Bits, and you can see my review on that here. I still like this polish A LOT, especially since it has not developed any "reflective curling" issues like I am seeing with some other metallic hex glitters.

Since I couldn't do much in the way of polish, I did get more of my knitting done. I tried fingerless gloves for the first time using the Easy Fingerless Mitts pattern by Roxanne Richardson that I found on Ravelry, and made a pair to match the hat I made myself a few years ago.


In other happy news, the polishes I ordered in the a-england promotion arrived today! I was lucky and ordered early enough to avoid the shipping issues that are going on with Royal Mail at this point. I ordered "O" and finally killed two of my lemmings - St. George and Tristam. The third in the set is Excalibur.  Oooooh, I cannot wait to swatch these babies and get reviews up for you!
 
Tristam, Excalibur and St. George in sunlight

That's it for today folks! I am happy to be back to blogging and hope to be doing it regularly again.

Later gators!
~ Jaclyn


*All polishes above were purchased by me, the gloves knitted by me, and all opinions are my own.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Apologies...

...are in order. I haven't been blogging because I have been caught up in a few other things lately. Mainly having a house guest for a few weeks, and knitting. I started knitting a few Christmas presents and haven't really stopped, so I have been doing  a bit more purling than polishing. I do not knit much in the warmer months and nail polish and nail art becomes my main thing then, but when it is cooler out I tend to pick up my needles more. I have been kicking around the idea of working that into the blog since knitting and polish are my two main hobbies. Kind of like Lilmoon's Polishes & Purls.

So... thoughts? Please, let me know if that is something you would be at all interested in seeing on the blog too. Your feedback will help me figure some of this out so I would really appreciate it.

Hopefully I will find something to inspire me and have some nifty nail art for you soon. Until then, I hope all of you stay warm (at least those of you who live where it gets cold) and that your polish flows freely!

~ Jaclyn