Cruisin’ through books cause books make life worth living with Aly 2/4/2016 part 2

When the Killing Starts by Steven F. Freeman

This is a wonderful series.  I have enjoyed all the books so far and this book is no exception.  There is lots of action, this book was very busy.  The great characters that we love and so much more in this book. This series should keep coming at us!  * I received this book from the author—this is my honest review*
5/5

Sara’s Weekly Whatever, Hurray for March edition

**Well crap, that’s another week that went by….I hope she doesn’t realize or I might just be in trouble!

*Oops, I almost forgot to post this, Sara would have killed me x D

For the last day of February, i sported a silver tipped green french manicure, with full green pinkies as accent nails.

Today I noticed some minor chips, worn edges. It made me feel creative. And that’s when I decided to turn a basic french manicure into something different.

Colors used: Sinful Colors’ Last chance (dark emerald green)

Wet n Wild Wildshine Nail Color’s Metallica (silver) this color is new and awesome, bought two bottles of it due to name and finish, it looks like brushed metal if done correctly. It’s low cost, and one coat gets full coverage, no streaks.

New York Color Long Wearing Nail Enamel’s Purple Pizzazz Frost (deep orchid with a sky blue pearly shimmer)

I painted the tips with a coat of silver, being careful to leave a thin line of dark green. After waiting for it to dry, applied a thin layer of purple. My pinkies were done similar. Painted a thick tip in silver, waited for it to dry, then carefully leaving a thin silver line, also used a thin layer of purple here too.The purple turned into a metallic orchid. IMG_1392

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Sara’s Weekly Whatever, still crying inside after the Super Bowl edition

I know it’s been almost a week, but there’s a part of me that’s still crying inside. WHY WOULDN’T YOU BEAST IT?!?!! Anyways, back to the star of the show, Sara.

Super Bowl nails may have been my first use of tape, was a pain in the ass, but I Hate giving up, so I invented this design just to do a second attempt at tape. It worked well!

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red : New York Color Long wearing nail enamel Broadway Burgundy Frost

green : Sinful Colors Professional nail color Last Chance

Scotch tape

For this design I cut blocks and strips of tape

Tape nails first!

Use a strip to cover full tip (area covered will determine how thick the finished tips are)

Place a block piece of tape, making certain to center nail laterally and, this piece of tape extends to cover full lateral half of nail. A bit redundant, but results are worth it. It helps stabilize the small tip strip so it doesn’t wiggle or other “fun” things.

At this point, you should have a bare squarish shape on each nail.

Paint the bare area green.

For mostly straight, sometimes jagged edges, wait about 15 seconds, peel tape Slowly, the bits that stretch and are stringy are the jagged edges.

For crisp clean lines, allow green to dry then slowly remove tape.

You have a blocky green shape on otherwise bare nails.

At this point, if you want to neaten the green, do it before final step.

Final step is to just carefully paint the tips, and you’re done.

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And some bracelets to go with the design.

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Sara’s Weekly Whatever, Seahawks returning to the Super Bowl Edition

That’s right folks, it’s that time of year again. Can you smell the championship air? GO HAWKS!

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Applied two coats of Scherer Chameleon Blue Sky nail polish. Be sure nails are completely dry between applying coats with this color or else it may streak, clump, or other damage.

I looked over my green nail polishes and decided to tip nails with two coats of Maybelline Color Show holographic Mystic Green nail lacquer.

Looking at the two colors , I felt that something could be added so I painted the tip of the green silver , using L.A. Colors Color Craze Live nail polish

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Close up of thumb

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Bracelets : same as last week

Sara’s Weekly Whatever, Gotta beat the Panthers edition

In the famous words of the Seahawks esteemed quarterback, GO HAWKS!

This design is for the fellow Twelves out there! We are loud and proud.

Seattle Seahawks Twelve nails

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Painted nails laterally in half with L.A. Girl Magnetic nail polish , it has no name for the color , but its a deep metallic ocean blue. Used three coats.

For other lateral half I used three layers of Pure Ice’s Lucky Charming, a bright cheery sparkly green.

I then used L. A. Colors Color Craze’s Live, a vibrant silver to tip nails.

Using a white by 4 East Cosmetics, I drew a 12 with a toothpick on each nail.

A close up of the design.

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Bracelets My usual quartet paired with leaves in green and frost accented by a strand with dark blue pearls.

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Sara’s Weekly Whatever, Holy Crap It’s Been Awhile Edition

So, if anyone wants to give Sara crap for not doing this for a week or two….come after me. It’s all my fault. This is actually 3 posts in one, but I was working on getting my book formatted and yada yada, excuse, excuse. So, please don’t judge her for my slacker ways. Oh, and if you like the way the bracelets look, you’re more than welcome to contact us about custom made ones.

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Last week’s game against the rams I wore this design, so nice, did it twice.

Applied two coats of L.A. Girl Magnetic nail polish in a dark stormy blue. Layered over it a highly saturated fine glittery cobalt blue polish that shifts to deep purples(L.A.Girl Rock Star nail lacquer).Used three coats to get that sparkle. Selecting Pure Ice’s Lucky Charming, I drew a thin line horizontally along each nail flattening the brush first before using it. Finished with a silver accent using L.A. Colors color craze’s Live .

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New Year’s nail art. I liked the seahawks vs rams design so much I amped it up for the holiday.

 

The white is the product of careful layering. I painted what I wanted white with silver first, layering Pure Ice’s Glow in the dark over it. Effectively transforming L.A. Colors’ Live into a shimmery winter white. Did this for the base, stripes and accent dots. As an added bonus, my work paid off and I was rewarded with glowing nails in a fun distinctive pattern. Mostly came up with this winter shimmer white because I don’t like plain white, it’s boring and reminds me of White Out correction fluid. I’ve yet to find a shimmery white with a high fine glitter content that is in my budget.

On thumbs and pinkies : base is three coats of Sinful Colors Professional in Starry Night. I picked out the big pieces of glitter for a polished look.  Drew a thin line horizontally across nail with L.A. Colors color craze’s Live, carefully layered Pure Ice’s Glow in the dark over it, finished with a red accent dot in Sinful Colors Professional’s Sugar sugar.

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For ring and index fingers:  Base is two coats of Sinful Colors Professional’s Sugar sugar. A thin stripe of Starry Night, accented with a dot of winter white.

Middle fingers: Two coats of L.A. Colors color craze’s Live. Three coats of Pure Ice’s Glow in the dark, being careful to wait til dry between coats of glow. Horizontal red stripe in Sinful Colors Professional’s Sugar sugar. Topped with a black accent dot using Sinful Colors Professional’s Starry Night.

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Bracelets worn with New Year’s nails.

Black, some rainbow patina, and stone. Red segments, accents and leaves. Frosted bands and leaves too

 

 

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New Year’s makeup. Eyes: High Intensity Pigments metallic shadow duo in Platinum. This pair is a very metallic silver paired with a dark inky black that has shimmery flecks. Used the silver, making and filling the shape shown, also applied it under bottom eyelashes. Lined top and bottom eyelashes with Jordana Glitter Rocks retractable eye liner pencil in Glam Rock Green. Used generous swipes of Hard Candy 1,000 Lashes fiberized lash weave mascara in Green on upper and lower eyelashes, also used it to subtly color my eyebrows. Lips : Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain in Gothic.

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For these game day nails (Seahawks Vs. Cardinals) I started with two layers of L. A. Colors color craze’s Wired. I then used Live (silver) being careful to leave a blue border. Keeping a silver border, I applied another layer of Wired inside the silver, making certain to stay in the middle. Finished it off by adding Pure Ice’s Lucky Charming (sparkly green) at cuticles.

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These are the bracelets I paired with it.

Sara’s Weekly Whatever. Stealing the computer long enough to make a post edition!

Managed to buy eight new colors of nail polish,(three were on clearance) a green mascara, silver glitter eyeliner, and glitter eyeshadows in a pastel palette. I LOVE Halloween , best time to get the rare goods! I’m talking about glitters, black and other colors of lipstick, glow in the dark anything, colored/sparkly hairsprays, black cat anything, hair dyes in fun colors, other goodies for those that follow a different beat

Seahawks won their game. From now on I’m going to wear my Seahawks playoff shirt on gamedays. On the days that I haven’t worn it, the team’s lost.Don’t want to fuck up what works best lol.

Got a bunch of costume ideas from rummaging through my closet. Costumes run from the very easy to do to some that could have contest potential with the right accessories or upgraded pieces.

But first, nails!

Applied two coats of L.A. Colors color craze nail polish in Live (silver). Using Wired (blue) it’s in the same brand as the silver, I drew a line starting from the mid point of cuticle straight down the lateral length of nails. I then added green tips being careful to paint around the blue line. The green used is New York Color’s in a new york minute quick dry nail polish High Line Green.

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First costume idea is very simple to do. All that you need is a shirt that has “lucky” or “Lady Luck”. My shirt is one I picked up years ago from Wal-mart for St. Patrick’s Day and other “lucky occasions”.

For this costume, it’s best to keep makeup simple because the focus should be on the numbers and other symbols used. I did a twist and added some of my own lucky symbols amongst the traditional ones. A black cat and the number 13. There’s a turtle, a horseshoe, the numbers 7 & 6, two four leaf clovers. I used eyeliners for the numbers and to outline the horseshoe and to add definition to the turtle. Using eyeshadow, I made head, tail, flippers with a bright green. The shell is with blue. I then drew the flippers, tail and head ,giving my turtle a bit of a pointed nose with a black glitter eyeliner.For the shell I used a silver glitter eyeliner on the outside edge, I edged the inside of the silver with the black, adding more detail as i went along. For the horseshoe I applied a highly pigmented silver in a U shape, then drew the outline with the black glitter eyeliner, cleaning up as I went.To top this look off I added a jade elephant pendant with the trunk curled up to pair with my ever present cross…..oh, and some homemade hoop earrings that share colors with the shirt. (South Park in the background, one of our favorite animated shows<3 )

TIP: If you can, have a friend paint your chosen numbers, animals, and other symbols on your face. I used a mirror to do this. Very important If you’re going to use a mirror, draw your numbers Backwards, that way they’re correct when viewed by friends.

If you’re stuck on what lucky symbols to use, go on google and start there, from the search, I learned that there’s a shitload of lucky animals, objects and symbols. To top this look off I added a jade elephant pendant with the trunk curled up to pair with my ever present cross…..oh, and some homemade hoop earrings that share colors with the shirt. (South Park in the background, one of our favorite animated shows<3 )

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Second costume idea is called “biker babe” For this one to really shine (and be better than mine lol) You will need a leather jacket,( hope yours has buttons, for authenticity, I suggest those that hit about waist/hip, any with fringe or a zipper. Adornments are a plus. Leather pants or riding chaps over bootcut or jegging/skinny jeans or any other comfortable pair, preferably blue or black. If you have boots above the ankle and taller they’d be awesome for this, just make sure your boots are over your pants, the better to show them off. A bold graphic shirt featuring a bike or any brand of one is an essential piece that ties it together. A shirt with a motto like “death before dishonor” “love me , love my bike” , etc., etc., skulls, stuff that looks like “ed hardy” http://www.designersimports.com/cat-ed_hardy.htm can also go here www.harleydavidson.com .Tattoos are a plus and really cool as are piercings too. Keep makeup bold but simple and if in doubt pick colors from your shirt or go wild and have fun 🙂 I used orange on the inner half of eyes, used a blue that matched shirt for outer half, and red for lips.  Applied black mascara generously.

For accessories, chained wallets, bandana hat/headband, metal/ studded belt, any jewelry featuring roses, flames, skulls, crosses,spikes, studs and other motifs in the two sites or similar ones. Layer jewelry, have many rings, bracelets, necklaces.

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Third costume is of a renaissance peasant woman. Renaissance faires are fun places to attend….especially in costume. Sometimes you can even get a discount if you’re in costume. Don’t feel like dressing up as a peasant, then try fairy, nymph, mermaid,sprite, satyr, minor royalty, dwarf,elf, troll, orc, random disney princess, your rift or world of warcraft character, any lord of the rings character, game of thrones, list goes ever on.

For this costume I went with makeup in light purples on eyes, some mascara, and bold berry lips. It helps to have a shirt , cropped or otherwise with long pointy sleeves like mine,I’ll prolly wear a long sleeved shirt in a close match under this one.

A peasant top works well too.If unsure what qualifies as a peasant top just go to google images. A crinkle skirt like mine is an essential piece to have. I got it for cheap at Wal-mart. A chain skirt is another nice element to have. here’s a close up of mine. Keep jewelry and nails simple. Best suited footwear for this is ….simple leather sandals or clog like shoes.

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Last idea  is “rebel royalty”. Pile on the black, lace, crosses, skulls, have a tiara in your hair, a dark makeup look with pops of bold or bright color , can also spray temporary hair colors on pieces or edges or dye all your hair. I use Jerome Russell’s Punky Colour Spring Green on my unbleached strawberry blonde hair. It’s semi permanent, left my damaged hair silken soft the conditioners tamed fly aways and left my hair easier to style. The bright green highlights were applied using Jerome Russell B wild!!!temp’ry color spray Jaguar Green. It washes out with soap and water easily. For best results arrange the hair you want sprayed on top of a cloth, that way only the selected bits get color hits and the rest stays nice. Black peasant top with lace on sleeves to match the short lace skirt, bonus points if it’s got rips and holes. Dammnit, the tiara isn’t very visible but it’s there. I wear leggings with this cause I don’t like exposing my legs and it’s cold, also don’t wan’t to blind anyone lol. I used black sneakers but black boots would work here, so would mary janes, embellished slip ons, loafers too Especially if velvet, embroidered, or spikes,studs. Stilettos won’t work here.(most rebels refuse to wear them, I myself can’t stand the pointy painful toe end and the tiny toothpick heel that can get stuck in things like sidewalk cracks. Give me a solid block heel that I can run and live in! A black coat works very well, bonus points if there’s lace, velvet,furry/fuzzy shoulders, and if it’s long, the longer the better. I didn’t have a scepter, if I made one, it would feature a hand flipping the bird and be silver with black, green, blue details. Make up, I did a light version of rebel royalty. I think it would have been better if I had used dark colors.

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