Saturday, January 28, 2012

Just Letting You Know no.2...

Hello, dear readers! :D

I just wanted to let you know that A Girl and Her Polish is having a giveaway for a bottle of Revlon Whimsical, to celebrate her 100th post! :D  WOOO!!!  Congratulations on the 100th post!

If you are interested, please click the link and head on down to her site.  :)  Even if you aren't interested, I highly suggest checking out her cool blog!  ^-^


11 Questions Tag Round no.2!

Good afternoon, dear readers!

First off I would like to sent a heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you.  Your responses to my last post meant so much to me, and made me so happy to read them! :'D  Thank you all so incredibly much!!

Second, I was tagged for the 11 Questions again, this time by the lovely Nails Like Lace.  If you haven't done so already, please check out her blog as it is great fun to read! :D  I will answer the questions, but the rest of the rules were followed in my other 11 Questions posts, which you can read here. :D  I love answering questions! :D

So here were her questions:

  1. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    This is really hard!! XD  I do love chicken fingers!! :D
  2. If you could only use one polish (multiple bottles of it, though, of course) for the rest of eternity, which lucky gem would you choose?
    OHH NOOOO!!!!  This would really suck!!  I can't choose, I have too many favourites! :O  Probably one of my sisters frankens.  ^-^
  3. Favorite polish finish (pearl, glitter, duo-chrome, matte, etc.)?
    Again I can't choose, because it all depends on my mood.  Shiny!! :D
  4. Nail care: Honestly, when taking down nail length, do you go through the long process of solely filing, or do you sometimes first sneak those clippers out if you are taking down a lot of length (the nail gods won't strike you down if you admit it, although some bloggers might)? 
    Oh if necessary I will clip most of it off, then file it down.  I only have so much patience some days.  XD  Thankfully my sister gave me an electric file, which works pretty fast!  Also, my mom gave me a glass file for Christmas and that works really fast too!
  5. Nail envy: What nail shape do you wish you could pull off but either don't feel you have the guts to attempt it, or know it would, sadly, would never look good on you in a million years?
    Longer nails.  :(  My index fingers on both hands have this weird thing that when they grow to the end of my finger, they start growing down on one side instead of out.  It looks silly!
  6. Stash: Just to clarify, is there really such thing as 'too much' or 'plenty of polish'? Didn't think so... So... Double digits or triple?
    I would say that I think I have around 100 right now?  Maybe a teeny bit more?  I'm not too sure, I haven't counted in a little while, haha.  ^-^
  7. When discussing it with someone outside of the polish community, do you announce said number pridefully or does it embarrass you to say that you actually own that much polish? Weeeell... everyone I talk to (not online) doesn't have nearly as many polishes as I do XD.  Also, most of my friends are guys and I don't think many of them understand this at all, haha.
  8. Polish envy: What is your all-time numero uno desire that, despite your love for it, is either way too expensive to purchase, or is ancient and no longer sold?
    Good question!!  There are several, but I really like Raindrops by Illamasqua.  It is so pretty!!!  Also, there are quite a few franken polishes out there by independent sellers that I adore!
  9. Nail "piercings": Spectacular or horrific?
    I like them! :D  I remember doing that a long time ago when I was in high school.  But I don't think I could leave them alone if I had them now; I'd probably tear my nail.
  10. Is there one certain nail look/technique that you absolutely adore creating or seeing (sponging, ruffians, stamping, etc.)?
    I really like sponged gradients and jelly sandwiches! :D  Also, there are some amazing stamped manicures out there!
  11. What/Who inspired your polish obsession?
    Nail polish blogs!!  I started going through them and then I got addicted, ahhaha!! XD
Thank you Nails Like Lace for asking me these questions!! :D  I love answering them! ^-^

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


Friday, January 27, 2012


Good evening, dear readers!

I hope that everyone is having a great weekend so far! :D

I just wanted to let you know that I may be absent a bit from here for the next little while.  Well, I will still try to pop on but I may not be on as often or comment on other blogs as often, as I have been feeling pretty depressed and my anxiety and panic disorders have been really bothering me lately.  :(


I have next to no energy, keep getting headaches, and when my anxiety gets worked up I usually sleep really badly, which sometimes makes my paranoia act up and it all really, really sucks.  I would rather lose one of my feet if it meant I would never have to have paranoia and anxiety again.  Also I will be trying a new medication soon and that will make me feel more anxious.  >.<

I will still try to be active on here as it helps keep me occupied for a little while, but if I am late between posts that is why.

I hope that everyone is doing well!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

I Love Your Blog Award

Good evening (again! XD) dear readers!

The other day I got 3 (!!) (edit: 4!! :D) nominations for the I Love Your Blog Award.  These lovely ladies sent them to me:

Nails Like Lace
Nails and Stuff
Polish Obsession

These ladies are so kind and sweet, and have wonderful blogs! :D  If you haven't visited them before, I highly suggest doing so (you won't be disappointed! ;)).

Depending on which site you visit, some have rules for this award and others do not.  However, there are a set of questions to answer, so here I go!  ^-^

1. What is your favorite fashion magazine?  I don't have one.

2. Who is your favorite singer/band? OH NO!!  This is too hard!  If I absolutely HAD to choose or my life would depend on it, I would probably pick Freddie Mercury from Queen.  He had such an amazing voice!!!

3. Who is your favorite YouTube guru?  Hmmm... I don't really have a favourite, but I do like petrilude (his makeup skills are amazing!!! :O) and glowpinkstah (who is absolutely hilarious!! XD)

4. What is your favorite makeup product?
Hmmm.... My favourites tend to change, but lately I have been using these: Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink, Sally Girl lip glosses (you can get them sooo cheap at Sally's Beauty Supply, and they are usually by the cash registers), Josie Maran Eye Love You eye palette, The Body Shop Brilliance Powder in Shimmer Gold (so pretty! :D), Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Red Revival, L'Oreal eyeshadow quad in Desesrt Sunrise (for blue eyes), L'Oreal Double Extend Eye Illuminator mascara in Black Crystal.

5. Where would you like to live?
Canada!! :D  Seriously, I love this place. (edit: I already do live in Canada but I mentioned this because I want to continue living here! ^-^) But I would really like to travel to Europe and Japan (and Arizona)!

6. What is your favorite film?
I like so many of them!  I like Blade Runner, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit (the animated one from a long time ago!), The Last Unicorn, Sunshine, The Harry Potter movies, The Last Samurai, Grave of the Fireflies, Studio Ghibli Miyazaki films (Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, Ponyo, Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind...)... I like a lot more too, hehe.

7. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Hmmm... including sandles, running shoes and boots, about 7?

8. What is your favorite color?
I really love light blue, green tea green, hunter green, ultramarine, purple, 'baby' colours (baby pink, blue, yellow, purple..), yeah there are more colours I like hahah. XD

So there we go!! :D  I didn't feel like following the rules (I know, I know... such a rebel!) so I TAG ALL OF YOU!!!  MUAHAHA!!! >:D I know that seems like a cop-out, but I have been pretty exhausted lately so I hope you can understand.  >.<;

But seriously, even if I don't name you all individually, please take this award personally as I would have liked to add you had I been not so tired.  :)

Thanks again ladies, I appreciate this award so much!! :D

11 Questions Tag

Good afternoon, dear readers!

The lovely Shannara from Nails and Stuff tagged me for the 11 Questions Tag.  This was really fun to do! :D

Each person must post 11 things about themselves on their blog. 
Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer. 
You have to choose 11 people to tag and link them on the post. 
Go to their page and tell them you have linked him or her. 
No tag backs. 
No stuff in the tagging section about 'you are tagged if you are reading this'. You legitimately have to tag 11 people.

11 Things About Me:

  1. I grew an extra inch!  Seriously, I was 5’6 for the longest time (and I am 26 years old) and then a year or so ago someone said that I looked 5’7.  I told them I wasn’t, but we measured me anyway and I am 5’7 now!! :O  I have been measured at 5’6 so many times before so I don’t know where this new inch came from. :s
  2. When I was a kid I ate some bath beads and got really sick.
  3. When I was a kid I was smelling some candy that I got (I like smelling things, haha) and my sister said to me “if you keep doing that, you’ll get it stuck up your nose!”  I ignored her and continued to smell it, then BOOP!  Up my nose it went!  It got stuck in my nostril and I went to the hospital to get it extracted, haha.  They had to stick a tube up my nostril and it went down the back of my throat and it was gross.  Thankfully by then the candy had melted.  XD
  4. I have never broken a bone in my body (that I know of!)
  5. I have never been stung by anything (bee, hornet, wasp).
  6. When I was a kid my sister and I decided to eat flower soup.  We collected a bunch of flower petals from the neighbours garden, and put them in water, then proceeded to eat them.  My mom had to call poison control because she didn’t know what we ate, or if anything we ate was poisonous.  We were okay, and she made us pancakes and milk. :D  Win-win situation there! XD
  7. One time when I was a kid I got really angry at my sister during school.  We were on break, and I don’t remember why, but I got so angry that I bit her on the arm really hard.  I felt so guilty and was scared of getting in trouble, so I told her that if she didn’t tell our parents, I would give her my prized gem collection.
  8. I loved collecting rocks and gems (and I still do! :D)
  9. I generally dislike being told what to do.  XD
  10.  I still get creeped out if my foot or arm is dangling off the side of the bed.
  11. I like tucking blankets under my feet when I go to sleep.  I also need to have blankets in between my ankles and knees, so they don’t go all clackity-clack against each other.

Shannara’s 11 questions:

  1. What is your favourite movie? I am horrible at choosing favourites, haha.  There are so many types of movies.  I love fantasy and science fiction.  I love The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Harry Potter movies, Lost in Translation, Ghost in the Shell, pretty much all Studio Ghibli Miyazaki movies that I have seen, DISNEY!!! :D (Tron, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Alladin, Moulan, Pocahontis…).  I really like how the did the new Star Trek movie (those actors look like the originals!! :O).  Sunshine, Solaris, Gia, Brigadoon, My Fair Lady…

  1. What is your dream? To be happy.  :D  I want to have a home that I own one day.  I want my family and friends to live long, healthy and happy lives.  I want to travel to Japan, Europe and Arizona.  I want to study the stars, learn more about the world we live on and what it is made of (and how it works!).  I want to continue making art and music, and hopefully one day have a job doing something I love! :D  I also want to be fit, haha.

  1. Do you have brothers or sisters? I have one sister, who is almost exactly 1 and a half years older than me.  J

  1. Are you religious? I am agnostic.  I don’t know for sure what is out there, but I am open to the possibility.

  1. What are your hobbies? I love to paint, draw, sing, play piano, make art on my nails… basically creating!  I love artistic pursuits.  :D  I also ADORE reading.  Seriously, reading is one of my favourite things to do! 

  1. What would you change in your life? Hmm… a lot.  LOL! XD  How I handle things.  My health.  Also, I could be more tidy… hehe.  I would also like to be able to handle my OCD and ADHD better, and to be able to focus on the task at hand and actually finish the projects that I start before moving onto something else and completely forgetting about what I was doing before.  ^-^

  1. What charity would you support?  I don’t know if this counts, but I do respect the Red Cross.  I also support the Canadian Blood Services and the One Match program.

  1. What would you do if you were a millionaire tomorrow?  Oh, that would be so handy, haha.  I would pay off my debt, give money to my loved ones, and put some money into a savings account.  Eventually I would like to own my own place and travel! :D 

  1. Blind or deaf?  Oh nooo!!  This one is so hard!!  I love the beauty I see in this world, and the sounds of life.  I love music and art.  If I really had to choose though, I would pick being deaf over being blind.   Being in complete darkness really scares me and makes me feel quite claustrophobic.

  1.  What do you enjoy the most?  Spending time with my loved ones.  :D  Other than that, I love cuddling up with a good book and a hot tea!   I also love wearing really warm socks.  ^-^

  1.  Who would you want to be for a day?  A better version of me.  J  More kind, generous, and forgiving. J

Here are my 11 questions:

1. What did you want to be when you grow up? (As a child :D)
2.  What is your favourite time of the day or night?
3. If you could fix one thing about this world, what would it be?
4. What is your favourite music?
5. If you could change into any animal (or reptile) any time you wanted to, what would it be?
6. What is the first thing you would do if tomorrow morning there was a zombie apocalypse? XD
7. If you could meet anyone (past or present) who would it be?
8. If you had the opportunity to travel the universe with Dr. Who, would you do it?  (Also, where would you like to go first?)
9. What is your favourite gemstone?
10. What was your favourite class in school?
11. Tell me about someone who made a huge impact on your life.

I tag:

I’m sorry that I can’t choose more of you.  I would love to read your answers to my questions!! :D  If you would like to answer them anyway, that would be so cool!! ^-^


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Very Important Favor to Ask

Hello dear readers.

It has been brought to my attention that the friend of a blogger whom I follow has been told that she has about two months left to live. D:

Her name is Janet, and she has been diagnosed with leukemia.  Last year she was healthy and happy in remission, but this year she is in the hospital and may not have that much time left.  :(

She is one of the reasons why I entered myself into the bone marrow registry which uses an international database to find matches for donations.  It is super easy to get registered (basically you use a cotton swab in your mouth and mail it back to the registry) and there are a couple ways to donate cells if you are proven to be a match.

It is incredibly hard to find a match, even with the database being international.  Some potential donors who are proven to be a match end up changing their mind about donating.

This is incredibly important, and I am scared for Janet and hope so much that she gets another chance at life!

Please check out this blog link, and if you can, please tell others about the registry.

Thank you all so very much!!


Oh My Gosh I Won!! :D

Good morning, dear readers!! :D

I hope that everyone is having a fantastic day so far!!  When I woke up, my day just got awesome. XD

A little while ago Kirsten from Glitta Gloves held a Konad started pack contest, and I won!! :'D

I can't believe it!!  I am so excited! XD  !!

I have never stamped anything on my nails (I don't have anything to stamp with!) and when I saw this contest I thought that it was pretty awesome.  I didn't think that I would win (but I sure hoped to!!).  :D  She also has a whopping 1160+ followers on her blog, so those were huge odds against me!! :O

Thank you so very much Kirsten!!! :D  I love your blog and if anyone hasn't seen it yet, I highly (HIGHLY!! :D) suggest checking it out!!! :D

I've literally been wandering from my bedroom to the kitchen and back squee-ing and waving my hands around in excitement.  EEEEEEEEEE!!!  Sorry, I had to!! :D  WHEE!! YAY! XD

I just thought I would share this awesome news with you! :D

Have a fantastic day everyone!!! :D


Monday, January 23, 2012

Fangorn Forest - Franken

Good afternoon, dear readers! :D

I hope that everyone is doing well and that you had a great weekend!

Today's swatch is a franken I made called Fangorn Forest (I was asking my sister whether to call it Enchanted Forest of Forbidden forest, and she said "Fangorn" and I was like "aww yeah!").  Love me some Tolkien!

Anyhoo, here it is:

Now I will say this, it looks much better in real life!  There is more depth to the polish when it is right in front of you.

I hope you enjoy! :D

Just so you know, I think a large part of my blog from now on will be about frankens.  These are seriously fun to make and wear!!  I will still have regular swatches and nail art, but this is definitely a permanent addition to the mix! :D

Take care and I hope that everyone has a wonderful evening.  ^-^


(P.S., please excuse the dry skin and the leftover polish stuck on it... I tried to make a Chinese New Year manicure earlier today but it was a huge, messy, HIDEOUS fail.  XD)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Franken Swatches: Fairground, Chronos, Horcrux, Spackle

Good afternoon, dear readers! :D

I hope you are ready for another round of the franken swatch-a-thon!  Again, these were made by my sister and I.  Actually, I only made Fairground out of this bunch, and my sister made Chronos, Horcrux and Spackle.

Funny story about Spackle: my sister set out to make the ugliest shade possible (deliberately) XD.  She kept adding the most random colours together, and when it turned into this I made her stop because I loved it! :D  She wasn't done (and she thinks it is ugly already, XD) but I really like it!  So she gave it to me (YAY!! :D).

Okay!  I guess I will start with Spackle first!

Next up: Chronos! :D

And now... Fairground.  :)

And last (for now XD) but definately NOT least, Horcrux.

Please forgive my dry skin.  Also, I had a few issues with my topcoat (well, it was really my fault in applying in badly o.o; so if you see lumpiness or weirdness by the nail tips, that is probably why).

I really love the frankens that my sister comes up with (and the fact that she gives me most of them!! :D ^-^!)

I hope that you enjoy these too! :)

Have a wonderful Sunday, and I hope that your weekend has been going well.  ^-^


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Franken Swatches - Gallifrey, Tutti Fruity Jelly Bean!, Orion, Nebula

Good evening, dear readers!! :D

Sorry for the lateness of this post.  I spent a lot of today doing swatches and my sister and I did some more franken experiments (I will swatch them soon!).  ^-^

Today (or tonight, rather XD) I will be showing you Gallifrey, Tutti Fruity Jelly Bean!, Orion and Nebula.  These all have a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat on them.

First up, Gallifrey!

Next up is Tutti Fruity Jelly Bean!.  (On the thumb is Festival, which shows how much darker it is than TFJB!.)

Now we have Orion:

Aaaaand... Nebula!!! :D

My camera had such a fit trying to take photographs of Nebula!!  It looks so much better in real life but my camera just could not settle on the colour.  Either way I hope that you enjoy these swatches!! :D  My sister made the lovely Nebula.  :D ^-^

I wanted to make another polish similar to Andromeda (another franken that I had made), so if you think Orion looks similar, that is why. :D

I took more swatch photos of other polishes, but I will leave those to another post.  I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend!! :D


Friday, January 20, 2012

Howdy Do!

Good evening, dear readers!

I hope that everyone is having a great weekend so far.  :)

I just wanted to let you know that I will be posting some swatches tomorrow, as I am too tired to do so tonight.  I also have a headache and polish fumes make it feel worse, XD!

Have a wonderful night! :D


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sound of Drums - Franken, Cute Blog Award and Hooked! Post

Good afternoon, dear readers!

Sorry that I haven't been doing much on here for the past little while; I have been pretty busy and reaaally tired lately.

For today's post I wanted to show you a swatch of Sound of Drums, a beautiful franken made by my sister.  This franken was part of the first set my sister and I made (here is the link to that post).

This is a lovely sandy/bronzey polish with the most beautiful tiny green shimmer specks in it.  Unfortunately, my camera would NOT pick up the green, no matter which way I posed my nails.  :(

I really love this colour!!! :D

I will be swatching a lot more frankens when I return home.  These photos were taken earlier in the week, and as you can see my skin is pretty grumpy at me!

I also wanted to send out a huge thanks to Kia from NailsN'cupcakes for giving me the Cute Blog Award!!! :D  (I love this award, it is sooo adorable!! XD)

Thank you so much, Kia!!! :D XD

I have received this award before (but I love receiving more!! :D!), and here is the post where I linked some absolutely wonderful blogs.  I really suggest checking out Kia's wonderful blog, and the others on my list! :D


Now for one more thing!  Yesterday hollysagemini from Hooked! made a post on the upcoming 2012 nail polish trends, and asked several of us bloggers if we would like to contribute to the post!  I was very lucky to be able to make a manicure on the 'pastel' trend, and you can see the article here!  These are some gorgeous manicures by some very lovely people, and I heartily suggest checking them out! :D

Here is my submission to the post (I made this manicure before I left home):

For this manicure I used Orly Snowcone, China Glaze For Audrey, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Mellow Yellow and Mini Sally Girl polishes in Simple and TTFN. 

I hope you like these swatches, and that each and every one of you have a wonderful day! :D

-Ashesela ^_^

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Festival Swatch (Franken)

Good evening, dear readers!! :D

First off I wanted to say thank you to all of you, for your kindness and sweet comments.  I am so lucky to have you to encourage and inspire me! :D

I am not at home right now, but I managed to get a few swatch pictures before I left to post while I am away.  Thankfully, one of the frankens that was requested as a swatch was Festival, and that is one of the swatches I have! :D

So here we go!

Whee!! :D  I have to admit that there is more red in this purple, as my camera washes out certain types of pinks and so makes purples look more blue than they are in photos.  Also, sorry about the cuticles; my hands have been pretty rough lately (although nowhere near as bad as they used to be before I started this hobby!).

I hope that you enjoy! :D


New Frankens

Hello and good afternoon, dear readers! :D  (I was about to say good morning, then realized that it is 12:07 p.m. already! :O)

Today I have another nail wheel of franken swatches, created by my sister and I.  We have so much fun doing this!!  Right now we create our frankens out of other nail polishes that we own but in the future I would like to pick up some mica pigments and find some large glitter that goes well with polish (and doesn't lose it's colour by running!).

Here we go! :D

(Thanks again Jenn for the nail wheels; they have come in so handy!! :D)


Here are the names:

1. Aztec (made by my sister)
2. Fairground (made by me)
3. Tutti Frutti Jelly Bean!  (made by me)
4. Picon (made by my sister)
5. Unicorn (made mainly by me)
6. Unicorn (different bottle, made by me)
7. Icarus (made by my sister)
8. Sonar (made by my sister)
9. Firework (made by my sister)
10. Permafrost (made by my sister)
11. Luster (made by my sister; this is much more purple in real life)
12. Myth (made by my sister)
13. Dynasty (made by my sister)
14. N/A
15. Festival (made by me)
16. Orion (made by me)
17. Sing (made by me)
18. Decade (made by my sister)

:D!!!  This was so much fun, and I LOVE the colours and names that my sister came up with!  I will be doing swatches of all of these at some point (if there are any in particular that you would like to see, just let me know!).  I have more photos of close-ups of the nail wheel, but since I took so many pictures I didn't want to overload you by posting them all, so just let me know if there are some you would like to see.  :D

Have a wonderful day!!


Wish List and Collection List

Hello Dear Readers! :D

I hope that everyone had a great weekend (and a fantastic Monday!).

I just wanted to let everyone know that I finally put information up in the pages under the list of Dear Readers (on the right side of the page).  :D  I have compiled my list of polishes that I own (although I have some frankens I need to add to the list) and eventually I will try to link the entries to blog posts in which I have used those specific polishes.

I will be posting some more frankens (new ones that my sister and I made!! :D) and manicures soon!  It has been busy and a bit hectic the last couple of days so most of the time I spent on here was just catching up on different blogs that are on my blog roll.  Again I wanted to say that if I don't comment as often or if it takes a while for me to do so, it is because I have quite a few people on my blog roll right now LOL! XD  I still like looking through them even if I can't post comments on them all, so please nobody feel like I am abandoning you!  I may just be watching silently from the sidelines for a while.  ^-^  (Okay, that actually sounded kinda creepy...XD!!!)

Take care everyone and have a wonderful Tuesday!  ^-^


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Blindfold Nails

Good morning, dear readers! :D

Today's post is inspired by this one, over at Diaries of a Sephoraphobe.  My sister and I loved the idea of painting nails while blindfolded (who doesn't?) and decided to change the idea a bit and paint each OTHERS nails while blindfolded, instead of our own. XD  (That was my sister's idea!).  We had a random selection of colours in a pile near the artist, and they chose the colours and painted the nails while blindfolded.

So here you go. :D

Here are some photos of a manicure she gave me:

Isn't that lovely??


We have a couple videos of us painting each other's nails this way but it will be a while before I can upload them to YouTube.  When I do, I will post them in this post.  ^-^

EDIT:  Here are the videos! :D

Video 1

Video 2

Have a wonderful weekend!


Products I'm Really Enjoying Right Now

Good afternoon, dear readers! Today's post is about some of products that I've been enjoying lately!  Swatches (where applicable) ...