Merry Christmas!

I was planning on posting yesterday, but never got around to it, so here’s a quick Christmas Eve post:

I’m off to a big family dinner (potluck style) tonight, then my partner’s parents house tomorrow. They LOVE Christmas, so that’s bound to be insane. Then, Boxing Day is at my parents, and I’m somehow going to fit in a few more runs (so that I don’t get fat with all the food I plan to eat!) to make my goal of 45+ miles for the week. I’m almost at 35 miles, so that should be doable, hopefully.

So my run today was a slightly different route than usual. I made it my goal to say good morning to everyone I passed and to enjoy the Christmas decorations. What I noticed is that some people go crazy on their houses and trees, and also that some people don’t realize that everyone can see into their windows when it’s still dark out and they have all the lights on (and maybe they should put on some pants!).

Anyways, here are some awesome (possibly crazy) houses I saw today:

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All inflatable, some animatronic. These people LOVE Christmas.

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I also did a quick, simple and Christmasy mani last night. Used some new Splendor polish from a lovely lady who lives right here in my city (see her etsy store here, a review to come!) in Balsam, Sinful Colors in Rosy Red and stamped with Julep Mahima. I used my Moyou Fashionista plate 7 for the snowflake like design and Tourist plate 21 to stamp the flowers on my ring fingers. I then topped my pinkies with Nicole by OPI’s Pick of the Glitter.

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Happy holidays!

Green and gold wrapping paper (and microbeads)

Hi all.

Just got back from my last run of the week, and did 6.4. I had been aiming for around 7, but basically got lazy and cut my run short very close to my usual turn around. I’ve been feeling exhausted all week, and I think it just caught up to me. On the plus side, yesterday was my last day of work before the holidays, so now I have 2 weeks to recharge. Another plus is that I still managed to get in 59.4 miles this week (I really should have done that extra 0.6 to make it an even 60, but oh well), and I’m at 2510.8 for the year. I had an original goal of about 2000, so that’s pretty excellent.

In nails, I tested out a “caviar” set I bought in England over the summer. I found myself in Primark looking for a cheap t-shirt (I had spilled on the one I was wearing), and saw a 3D mani set at the cash for £1, so I bought it. Hadn’t opened it until the other day, because caviar nails actually freak me out a little. But I figured I should give it a try for a 1 day look, and if it drove me nuts, I could just pick off the beads at work the next day (which I did). So I did a mani using this set randomly on Wednesday night. I actually strangely liked it, so I might hit up Michaels and buy some more microbeads! Downside is that the super cheap polish was indeed super cheap, and actually peeled right off the next day in the shower. So this was actually a one day look. The other nails have sponged on glitter on the tips (OPI Carried Away) applied in a way inspired by Simply Nailogical’s tutorial (see the video tutorial at the end of the post here). What that technique does is it maximized the amount of glitter, since the jelly base of the polish gets absorbed by the sponge. Then I topcoated it all with NYC Grand Central.

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My other mani this week is a dark green and gold wrapping paper inspired look. I did this on Thursday afternoon, and then looked at The Nailasaurus’s blog the next morning, and realized I had basically done the same thing (except hers is better, see it here). I did a base of Maybelline Color Show Walk in the Park, which is a super deep green that looks basically black after 2 coats. The plus side to the deep green vs black is that it doesn’t make my skin look quite so pale, and is a little softer than black. I really like it as an alternative. I took a pic (I was tired, so sketchy quality) attempting to show how green it is after one coat:

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I did my ring finger in Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Celeb City, which is basically all superfine silver glitter. I also stamped with Moyou’s Kaleidoscope 10 (I really like these abstract kaleidoscope images, I need to get some more of these plates) in the same silver and topped it all off with NYC Grand Central. I also used Maybelline Color Show in Platinum Adorn on my pinkies, because my right pinkie nail is still all deformed from being in a splint, and it needs to be camouflaged. I applied the glitter with the same sponge method used above to make it extra glittery.

I love it. Its subtle, but sparkly, and using the glittery Celeb City to stamp makes my nails look almost vintagey and distressed. I do wish it was more green (vs looking black), but as I said, it is quite flattering on my yellowish skin tone.

I’ve also now had this look on for a full day of chem labs and it’s showing very little wear. And since there’s not a lot of glitter, it will hopefully be easier to remove than some looks I’ve done lately. And as an extra added fun bonus, it’s kind of Christmassy (as I said last post, I’ve been struggling with making my nails Christmassy!). I now wish I had actual wrapping paper like this. Instead, I have red plaid paper (I should probably try to do a plaid mani to match that as well…)

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Thanks for reading and stay tuned for a Frozen inspired mani coming soon!

Target clearance haul! Colour and sparkle!

I just came home from my last run of the week. It’s unusually warm right now, and the snow is a disgusting mashed potato texture, so honestly, I will be glad to get back to some colder temps. It was kind of weird and foggy this morning as well. Total of 57.1 miles this week, even with me getting lazy today. I did a long run of 14 miles last Sunday, and am hoping to keep it between 14 and 18 for the next while. That always helps with increasing mileage, but I would love to start getting in a longer run on Saturdays. However, I’m working on my Post Bac in Education right now, and that means that I have class from 8:30-4:30 a few Saturdays a month, which really gets in the way of that plan. Maybe my goal will be to get in a longer Saturday on weekends where I don’t have class.

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Trail at St. Vital Park

Anyways, I hit up Target the other day to grab some Q-tips, but I came home with quite the pile. HUGE SALE on nail polish and cosmetics. It seemed like almost every second polish was on sale. I paid $20 for as many as I could hold in my hands. Glad I didn’t get a basket, or I probably would have bought way more. I was also at the mall, and grabbed some random polishes at Urban Outfitters, which I am incredibly surprised and pleased by. Here’s what I got:

Nicole by OPI: Carried away ($0.59!!!), A million Sparkles ($2.something), Lips are Dripping Honey ($2.39) and Mer-Maid for Each Other ($1.something) I lost some of the clearance stickers on the way home and have thrown out the receipt.

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Urban Outfitters Champagne Toast (white and gold glitter) and Afterhours (rainbow glitter). I love both of these already. They will see a lot of use, especially Afterhours, since the rainbow seems to enhance any colour its matched with. 2/$6.

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Other randoms where price varied from $0.29 to $2.09: Maybelline Color Show Walk in the park (a deep green creme), the holographic L’Oreal topcoat (very pretty, but makes all nails look blue, no matter what colour they were…), Essie Stroke of Brilliance (bluish purple round glitter), the green/yellow Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat (such a weird polish, but kind of cool), Sinful Colors Rosy Red, NYC High Line Green, Revlon’s Nail art set in Van Gogh and a Sally Hansen Striper in White.

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Great deal, hey?

So here’s what I’ve done with them so far. I started a Holiday mani with all the new colours, and hated it, so I started over and ended with something pretty and a little more muted, despite still being glittery and ridiculous. Base on fingers is: Julep Millie (purple creme) and Julep Mahima (gold). I stamped with Moyou London’s Fashionista 5, and added glitter to the ring and pinkie with OPI Lips are Dripping Honey. I actually loved this mani, but I lost most of when I was working with Acetone setting up a lab for one of my classes. Pretty nails don’t last long for a chemistry teacher.

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Have a good winter weekend!

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