Saturday, 29 January 2011

Lets Put Nail Varnish In My Ears

Got my first lot of proper nicotine patches today (they don't go out of date until 2013), I'm on the Stage 1 ones and I'm craving harder then when I was wearing the Stage 2 patches. What's that all about? To distract myself from cravings and the stress of the 4th round of the FA Cup I tarted up some plugs with some posh nail polish. Well, poshish, it was 99p from Fleabay.

The plugs are 8mm double-flared clear acrylic, though I did have to sand the back flares down a bit as they were mahoosive. Once they were sanded to size, the rears were given three coats of Orly - Meet Me Under The Mistletoe then a top-coat of black to give the glitter a bit more oomph. The sanded-down bits were treated to a quick coat of clear nail polish to smoothen then up, as they tend to not go in otherwise.

Quite pleased with how they turned out, actually, and I'm not the biggest fan of the colour green (though I wouldn't say no to a pair of these galaxies in 0g). Going to try out some duochromes later this week, they'll hopefully look pretty badass.

Late edit: If you want to remove the polish use an acetone-free nail polish remover otherwise it will make your acrylic plugs go cloudy and :( Also, some polishes may discolour the acrylic, so you could be best off with some bog-standard glass plugs instead.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Chuckie Egg Was Great

I've been scanning and recolouring my grandad's old photos, and thought I would post his nerd rig shot from 1983 as it would have been his birthday today.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Konad Stamping, Not Gonad Stamping

Had a horrible, horrible craving for a cigarette today and was nicely distracted by the departure of Andy Coulson, and the arrival my Konad Kit from Blush Cosmetics. Hurray! And despite my hands shaking like my neighbour's wooden fence, I made some pretties instead of playing Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper.

I shakily applied a few coats MUA Shade 1 (nice deep blue with a blue shimmer, quite yummy and £1 a bottle), and prepared to stamp. I practised for a while on some paper with cheap and cheerful polish and got annoyed as I just couldn't get the hang of it. However, I found some helpful advice on Laquerized and Emerald Sparkle, and once I got the hang of stamping the paper, I went for the nails. By the time I'd done the light had mostly gone so the picture is a bit rubbish (which is quite good as it's hard to see where I've smudged it and cocked it all up. You can see where I haven't cleaned up, though).

My particular kit was £14.99 from Blush Cosmetics in the UK, and they sell a variety of different kits and plates and polishes. You can also find the kits and accessories on eBay and other online shops.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Haven't Failed Yet

Still off the ciggies. God, this is brilliant, I can spend my money on shit I don't need instead of spending my money on shit I'm addicted to.

Anyway, I've purchased nail stuff. Exciting, eh? I've bought my first ever top and base coat, and various cheap and cheerful colours from the MUA range at Superdrug as it only costs £1 a bottle. No expense spared here. Also got these shiny nail tattoos, cos I like skulls and they were a steal at £1.99.

These nail tattoos look really good on and they're pretty easy to use, just peel off, stick on in desired place, whack some top coat on top and Bob's yer uncle.

I'm wearing this skull over just one coat of the £1 MUA Shade 2 polish, it's rather good stuff. The eyes of the skull were filled with Eyeko's Vampira, a gorgeous black and red glittery polish. Unfortunately, my dodgy phone camera hasn't captured the red, glittery eyes and my hands look all wrinkly :(

Should probably stop spending on nail things and get myself a half-decent camera.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Not Quite Failure

Still off the fags. Sort of. I ran out of the strong nicotine patches so had to go onto the medium ones, which was, err, fun. Slightly more expensive as well, as I have purchased (and smoked) one whole packet of Benny Hedgehogs and have enjoyed one or ten prison rollies. It's not quite failure and not quite success, a kind of failcess, or something.

I'd easily give up tomorrow if it wasn't for posh, clueless Tories.

Anyway, one of the things that I've been doing to keep my hands occupied is doing my nails, because I like colouring things in, the smell of nail varnish, as well as dodgy finger bling. I appear to be going a bit girlie with my midlife crisis, dunno WTF is going on. I'll be going bonkers over eyeshadows next.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Farewell Ciggies (Part 38)

Having yet another go at giving up the fags, so have replaced my Benny Hedgehogs with nicotene patches, and have dug out the old e-cig and copious amounts of zero-nicotene RY4.

I've only had two ciggies today (one upon waking, one after a row about my son's ongoing procrastination) so am doing quite well. Despite this, I am quite confident that I will fail and be back on the fags within three weeks.