Sunday, April 20, 2014

Jewelry: My collection

I'm participating in an Israeli blogger's challenge, and this round's theme is "Collection". Since there are a lot of beauty bloggers participating, I've decided to eschew the obvious choice of my nail polish stash, and talk about something else.

This is not all of my collection, but this is the part that sparks my creative juices: the decorative elements. I do have some other decorative elements squirreled away elsewhere, but these- the crystal and glass and semiprecious beads- these are my muse. I can stare at a box of beads for a few minutes and be inspired to a new project. I love my beads.

I've actually been collecting these for about ten years!




These two were my first ever sorters- the second one is a little jumbled, but these have been with me for so long I can't even remember where half of it came from. This is from back when I mostly used plastic, and glass beads were a rare treat.


This one is my main work box- it's got my most commonly used elements in it, as well as jump rings and crimping beads and such.






I actually took these photos in my brand new light box! I'm still figuring out the best way to use it, but I like these better than they would have come out otherwise.

And since it's a roughly cat sized box, Simon came to visit of course:


Don't forget to check out the rest of the bloggers doing the challenge!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Convention! Passover 2014

Man, I keep forgetting to make convention posts. I've been doing them twice a year for three years now, but I've only made one post! Well, here's to a better job in the future.

Unfortunately, this con was fairly underwhelming for me, I had almost no customers. I'd been all excited too, since this year I made a whole bunch of nail decals to speed things up! I mean, I love hand drawn as much as the next person, but when you're at a sci fi convention you're not going to sit for forty minutes while your nails get done. Better a quick base coat and a cool decal or ten.

So here are a couple of clients:

Galaxy nails

Avatar (the last airbender) nails
Avatar nails part 2

Companion cube

Portal nails

Batman nails

Devil's trap (Supernatural) nails

And since I had a lot of down time, I did my own nails too. The white stamping polish smeared a little, but I still like how they came out:


I didn't photograph a lot of cosplays, but a friend of mine dressed up as a character from Death Note (I don't know which since I haven't watched it) 



And I did manage to photograph one cosplay (there were lots of really good ones), this was an amaaaaaaaaazing amazing amazing Winter Soldier- seriously, I'm putting it on the largest size, check out the intricacy on that arm! And the kid who made it is 16. I predict that he'll go places.


And finally, I didn't buy much but I did pick up some Tokidoki figurines:


I got two Spidermans- luck of the draw, I guess! Sadly, I didn't get more Avengers, only Captain America. But look how cute he is with his little hamburger and his skateboard!



For the record, these little fellas measure 4cm high.

Anyway, that's it for this time, hopefully next convention will be more productive. Reminder: Don't forget to enter my giveaway!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

2 Year Nailversary Giveaway!

Okay so I'm about a day late, but April 9 is the anniversary of my very first nail polish post! I actually started this blog in June 2010 as a jewelry post, but after three dinky posts I let the blog gather dust for over a year, and in 2012 my nail polish obsession had reached the stage where it needed it's own blog :)

It's been a bumpy ride, since I have been alternating between extremely busy and extremely broke for the past four years of my life, so I've only made ~115 posts in two years, but hopefully things will be looking up soon! I have a convention coming up, some new polishes and techniques to try, a functional camera, and most importantly, a job. True, the job does take up a LOT of my time and I have very little time for proper nail art, but I'm slowly learning to balance things out.

On to the giveaway! Since this is mainly a nail polish and jewelry blog, I will be making two prize packs.

Prize Pack 1: $50 credit at my Etsy store + free shipping


I have used a collage of some of my existing jewelry to show what you can get with it, but if you want you can also commission an original piece just for you! If it's within my skill set, I'm happy to do it.

Since there are a LOT of pictures, the rest of the giveaway (and the rafflecopter) are under a friendly readmore cut :)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Swatched: Superficially Colorful Giggly

Hi everyone! Apologies for my accidental hiatus. But I've got a good post-hiatus comeback- thermal polish!

Say hello to the new indie polish in my life, Superficially Colorful:



I decided to try out a larger photo size today, mostly because I've been thinking about it for a while but also partly because this nail polish is SO PHOTOGENIC. It's amazingly easy to apply- two coats for opacity (although I used three for these swatches) and absolutely no topcoat needed. That shininess comes from the polish all on it's own, baby. I can totally see why Jin considers this her flagship polish- this makes me want to get more and more. The temperature sensitivity is perfect too- it sits exactly in the spot where most of the time it is purple (cold) at the tips and pink (warm) on the base of the nail, but it can go through surprise changes after a gust of wind or a little time in the sun. I wore these for a whole day (although not this swatch- you may have seen a preview on my instagram earlier last month) and I honestly could not stop looking at my hands. I spent the day with a friend, and she also kept grabbing my hands and staring at them in amazement.

Warm pictures:



Cold pictures:


All in all, I will definitely be buying more polishes from Jin in the future. Also, tune in soon, because I will be adding a bottle of Giggly to a prize pack in an upcoming giveaway!

Polishes from Superficially Colorful can be found at her website, international shipping available.


*Disclaimer- this polish was provided to me as a sample for my unbiased review

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Review: Laline Face

Laline is an Israeli bath and body company that I have a serious weakness for. They make all kinds of creams, scrubs, bath bombs, oils, and so on and so forth, and they smell really good. I have a hard time going past one of their stores without going in.

Recently they added a line of facial products, which are based on chamomile and cucumber, and of course smell wonderful. I couldn't resist buying a few of them to try out. Also, this may be some of the best photography (of cosmetics stuff) I've ever done!

(Note: These products were bought with my own money at my own discretion, and I was not asked or paid to make this post. I'm doing this because I feel like it)


I bought four products, from left to right: "Hot mama" thermal face mask, "Face it" foaming facial cleanser, "After hours" overnight moisturizer, and "Serum Supreme" facial serum.


 Since this is pretty photo heavy, the reviews themselves go under a cut.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Swatched: Life 351

I rarely swatch Life polishes on my blog. They're the drugstore brand for Superpharm, and they are made by the same manufacturer as Ga-de, which means most of their polishes are dupes of Ga-de. Amusingly, Life came out with the exact same collection of liquid sands that Ga-de did, only two months later. I usually don't buy Life, since if I can get the exact same polish but in a nicer bottle, with a name, and with 13ml in it rather than 10ml, I do that.

Still, sometimes I come across the odd Life polish that doesn't have a Ga-de equivelant, and 351 is one of those.





Life 351 is a forest green shimmer, with a faint gold shimmer scattered throughout. It's almost unnoticeable, and it mostly serves to give the polish a lit-from-within quality that I always love. It's opaque in three coats, and although the shimmer is very dense there are hardly any visible brush strokes at all. I imagine more careful application would eliminate them altogether.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hair talk: Henna

I have had long hair for most of my life. I briefly cut it short in high school to donate, but by the time I graduated it was nearly back to it's original length. I've always kept it somewhere between waist length and tailbone length- I don't think it actually gets much longer than that on me.

A bit over two years ago, I started dyeing my hair regularly with Henna. I do it roughly every six weeks- really for the roots, but most of the time I go ahead and do all of my hair each time. I've actually been meaning to document my henna routine for several months, but I kept forgetting on henna day, or remembering when I had already done part of the process. This time I remembered!

Some general notes about henna:
  • Henna is extremely healthy for your hair and your scalp. It is entirely natural and non-toxic, meaning if some gets into your mouth you don't have to worry. It is also totally safe to leave on for however long you want. It may be possible that some are allergic to henna (although I've never heard of that) but other than that it is fine.
  • Henna is not a typical hair dye, in that it does not change your hair to a specific color. It adds a red tint to whatever your hair color already is, meaning if you have naturally dark hair you will see very little difference. Your hair will light up beautifully in the sun though, since it shows up best in sunlight.
  • Henna has a very distinct earthy smell, like freshly turned dirt in a garden. Some people dislike this smell and find it to be a downside, but personally I really love it. Either way, the scent lingers in your hair even after several washes, (usually about a week in my experience). 
  • Henna has been used as a hair dye for hundreds of years in many parts of the world, although it originated in the Middle East (I'm pretty sure.) A number of cultures also use henna to draw semi-permanent designs on their skin in various sacred ceremonies, although you need to use a higher quality of henna for that than for hair. In India this is called Mehndi. Yemenite and Morrocan Jewish women often have Henna ceremonies shortly before their weddings. I've been to a fair few of them as my classmates started getting married, they're beautiful events.
Here are my ingredients:



  • Henna (middle): In Israel and probably most of the Middle East and India, you can buy this most anywhere that sells spices by weight. I usually use ~120 grams. I have waist length wavy hair, not very thin but not very thick either.
  • Cinnamon and Ground Cloves (left): These don't really do much to the color or nutrition, but they add a nice autumn-y smell to the mixture, and if you don't like the smell of Henna, they go a long way towards making it bearable. The cloves have some tannins that are supposed to be good for hair, but I don't think I use enough for that effect.
  • Chamomile Tea: I actually cut the tea bag open and pour the loose contents right into the mixture. Chamomile has a very mild lightening effect, which helps the red to show up better against my medium-dark hair. It's also a very soothing for the scalp and supposedly reduces dandruff. Also it smells wonderful, adding complexity to the scent.
  • Lemon Juice: This one is a must. The lemon juice helps release the dyes from the henna and seals them into the hair. There are science-y reasons for this, but I'm only science-y enough to mostly understand them, not really explain them. Lemon juice also has lightening properties. I usually use a roughly 1:1 combination of lemon juice and water in mine, but beware: lemon juice is also very drying. If your hair tends towards being dry and brittle, I would suggest using a lower proportion of lemon juice.

The rest of this post is less wordy but fairly picture-heavy, so I'm putting it under a cut.
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