Friday, November 18, 2016

Inspiration comes from strange places


Hello, Lovelies!

Lately I've hit a huge nail art block, if you follow me on Instagram you can see all of the swatching and stamping I've posted in the past couple of weeks, not a lick of freehand in sight. I did just paint a simple flower design I've yet to post, but that's about it :(

I've been so busy with work, moving, the holidays, and life in general that I haven't been spending nearly as much time online as I used to, I was getting most of my ideas from sites like Tumblr and Pinterest, or even just browsing clothing shops or Amazon. Some of my best floral designs are based off fabric prints I saw on Ikatbag or dresses off of Amazon.
I decided to go through my past mani pics on Picasa and put together a collage inspired by some girls communion dresses, to try to break me out of this boring spiral of plain swatches. If you look at something with nail art in mind you can plan out a mani design from some pretty strange places.
For instance the sheer lace on the sleeves of the white communion dress below would be a great base for a mani, you could leave the base of the nail sheer and then stamp or freehand white detailing for the lace and build it up as you go down the nail.



Or going off the dress below you could use that 3D gel technique that was really popular a couple months back and instead of going with the usual sweater design, mimic the lace and pintucks of the skirt of this first communion dress. On a different note, the model really reminds me of the white queen from the new version of Alice in Wonderland, she's got that dainty hand gesture down pat.



I'm also starting to pin things to my nail board that aren't necessarily nail art; anything and everything that might look cute when turned into nail art, so then when I'm having a block I can just go through those pins and have a design already laid out for me. How do you come up with inspiration for your art? Or just how do you stay inspired in general?

See you later~

This post was sponsored by Aisle Style

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Thrifted OOTD



Hello lovelies!

I thought I'd try a different kind of post today, I've starting hitting up the thrift shops and good will bins more often as of late, and this dress was one of my favorite pieces from my last haul. The shoes are an old pair I thrifted years ago, and the belt is actually off of Amazon, the vendor sent it over for me to try out.





Saturday, October 8, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

listening to: Lily Allen
watching: Vlog Brothers
eating: lemon and raspberry cake
drinking: earl grey jasmine green tea
liking: overcast days
finding: less and less time for nail art :(
wanting: more of the above^
on my nails: Nina Ultra Pro Purple Xing
wearing: pjs to work for pajama day
slices of the internet:
looking forward to: Kumoricon!
planning on: making more time for sewing and working out patterns
working on: cosplay plans for con
feeling: too busy

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

GÖTZ BAD ISCHL Oxygen Facial Tonic



Good evening lovelies!

For the past couple months I've gotten extremely lazy with my skincare routine, I'll wash my face, and moisturize, and that's it....

I've been ignoring my numerous face masks and scrubs, and my toners and serums have been sorely neglected. But recently I received some new toners and lotions in the mail to review and they've made me realize how much I miss spending a good chunk of time pampering my skin, so I'm hoisting myself back on the horse, and I'm going to start implementing my skincare stash!

A German brand called Gotz sent me this unique toner to try out, it's called GÖTZ BAD ISCHL Oxygen Facial Tonic.It's a dark tinted gentle toner with a subtle herbal scent, and it comes in a glass bottle with a spray pump. I usually spray it onto cotton pads and then use the pad to apply it liberally to my face. I let that soak in and dry a couple moments before moving on to moisturizer, I've been trying not to rush through things as much lately. 
My skin has been clearing up on it's own as of late, but this definitely gave it a pick me up, and has been very refreshing and enjoyable to use each night.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

What's the story, morning glory?




listening to: Cheap Thrills
watching: Stranger Things, Log Horizon, Bleach
eating: sugar cookies
drinking: black tea
buying: some new pinstripe shorts
liking: this coconut soap, it smells awesome!
finding: more cute skirts I need in my closet
wanting: this winged backpack
on my nails: Sally Hansen Petal Pusher
wearing: sweaters 24/7
looking forward to: October
planning on: drafting the pattern for my Hungary cosplay soon
working on: cosplays for Kumoricon

Pop by again sometime~

Some products mentioned were sent to me for review

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What's up buttercup?




listening to: Gasoline by Halsey
watching: Stranger Things
eating: cheddar bacon fries from Carls Jr
drinking: dr pepper
buying: a new phone finally! (Moto X Pure if anyone cares)
liking: that it's cooling off a bit
finding: no time to catch up on tv :(
wanting: ^more time lol
on my nails: floral lace
wearing: my comfy new crop top that was sent to review,
looking forward to: the state fair this weekend
planning on: doing some watermarbling soon
playing: Pokemon go for the first time
feeling: tired after running on four hours of sleep

Pop by again sometime~

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Making new habits



Morning all!

Well hey there, long time no see..... sorry about the radio silence! I decided making mini posts for every nail design is redundant since I post almost the exact same thing on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, so I'm going to start only posting long wordy things here in bloggy land, and keep my eyecandy over on my other social media. *cough-check out the handy dandy buttons on the side for all my profiles-cough*

I've gotten into the bad habit of only using jojoba oil for my skincare routine and that's it. I dropped using any serums or lotions, and barely use any of my face masks. So needless to say my skin is not too pleased with me; I'm going to try to not be quite so lazy moving forward.
Lately I've been using this toner from Valentia, it has witch hazel + tea tree oil, which I use all the time so this actually makes my routine go a bit quicker by combining the two. And then as far as cleansers go, I'm using Swissvita's Cleanser Cream, it's a super gentle thick cream that foams into a cleanser. I use a pea sized dollop of the cream with warm water each night. I'd compare this to Cetaphil in terms of gentleness, but with a bit more oomph. And also since it's such a thick cream, a little goes an extremely long way, this 3.5 oz tube will last me ages.

Pop by again sometime~

I received some products mentioned above free to test and review, but all opinions are my own.