Saturday, August 18, 2012

Versatile Blogger and Liebster Awards - Again! :D

 

Hi everyone! I was recently nominated for the Versatile Blogger and Liebster Awards again by Caroline Jewel of Caroline's Nails! Thank you so much! :D Caroline Jewel is relatively new at blogging. She primarily swatches and reviews nail polish, but there are also beauty product reviews and makeup looks here and there. Check her blog out!

7 Facts for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. I have been a huge fan of Animal Crossing ever since it came out for Game Cube. (Does anyone still remember that console? It was back in the early 2000's when it debuted.) I have Animal Crossing for Game Cube, Nintendo DS, and Wii! It steals my heart every time and I honestly don't know why! Maybe it's the appeal of creating your own world and leading your own life without having any responsibilities...

2. My nickname is Boss. (Yeah, I'm cool like that... Did I say this fact already???)

3. I found out about Korean and Japanese music in 5th grade and have been listening to it ever since. (I do listen to English music -and some Spanish music- if you're wondering.)

4. I'm going to start my second (and, hopefully, second to last year) year of college soon! (Throughout the summer, I really wanted to see my college friends, but now, I just want to stay at home with my parents. ;__; )

5. I have over 100 CDs of Korean and Japanese music.

6. I love manga and anime. I'm trying to get back into that world.

7.  My favorite literary pieces are Las Ataduras (The Bonds That Tie) by Carmen Martín Gaite and San Manuel Bueno, el mártir (Saint Manuel Bueno, the martyr) by Miguel de Unamuno. Both are Spanish works. I think El Burlador de Sevilla by Tirso de Molina is really funny. (Love the servant's name, Catalinón. *giggles* )

11 Questions for the Liebster Award:

1. Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog because many of the big time bloggers don't really review drugstore polishes (Sally Hansen, for instance) while some swatches of brands like Love & Beauty are really hard to find or nonexistent. I wanted to provide a one-stop blog for both drugstore and salon (such as OPI) polishes. Once I get my hands on some indie polishes, I will swatch them as well! :D

2. Do you ever feel like you won't get more followers? Do you ever lose hope and think 
that blogging was a bad idea? Why?
At times, I do. Many polish blogs are popping up nowadays. What makes my blog truly unique? I don't post everyday while other bloggers do. As such, they get followers more quickly than I do. However, I can't write posts for the sake of posting everyday. I just try to be honest with myself and remind myself that I'm doing this because I think it's fun.

3. What keeps you motivated to keep blogging?
Definitely trying to find a swatch of a polish, but end up finding absolutely nothing!

4. What is your favorite brand of polish?
For drugstore polishes, Sally Hansen. For "brand" name polishes, OPI. I am always impressed with the quality of their polishes.

5. What is your favorite nail art trend?
Right now, I'm really loving the block/stripe gradient trend!

6. How do you wear your nails most of the time? Long, short, medium? Plain color? Crazy art? Stamping? I want to know!
A lot of the time, my nails aren't polished at all. As for nail art, it really depends on my mood and if I'm willing to spend time doing it. I like short-medium length nails because I can do labs without them being cumbersome and they still protect the skin that is attached to my nails so it doesn't feel sore.

7. What is your favorite manicure that you've ever done? Post a picture or link!
Unfortunately, I don't have one. Whenever I paint my nails, I usually leave them plain. I really need to play with my nail art tools!

8. With nails, beauty, and blogging out of the way, what are your other hobbies or pastimes?
Recently, I've become addicted to Animal Crossing: Wild World for Nintendo DS again. ;___; (Why did this have to happen 2 weeks before college starts again?!) I also like sleeping, listening to K-pop and J-pop (Korean and Japanese music, respectively), and drawing. I really miss drawing!

9. What is your favorite song?
This is really tough, but it has to be 검은 행복 (Black Happiness) by T (also known as Yoon Mi Rae). T is a rapper and singer in South Korea, and is half African American and half Korean. However, she was born and raised in the U.S. This song is about how she was bullied because she was mixed, how people treated her mother, her guilt, and how music saved her. She, her husband (also a fellow rapper), and their really young son also got really racist backlash from some South Koreans. (Despite their advancement, South Korea is still pretty conservative.) I urge you to listen to 검은 행복 and follow along with the English subtitles. 

10. Who is your favorite band/artist?
T. Hamasaki Ayumi and Kalafina are close runner-ups though!

11. What are your top 5 favorite blogs?
Scrangie, Vampy Varnish, Let Them Have Polish!, Burkatron (DIY projects, FOTD, and nail art!), and Dr. Frankenpolish (which is now pretty much defunct). 


Aaaaand... Sorry for the lack of posts recently. As I've mentioned, I'm studying for the DAT (Dental Admission Test) that I have to take during my winter break and packing for college. All my nail polish is packed up and I don't want to mess with it.

See you guys on the other side of the day!

Michelle

Thursday, August 9, 2012

My Polish Collection - Picture Heavy

A couple of my friends wanted me to post up pictures of my collection, so here there are! I actually organize my collection by brand and then color, but for these pictures I organized it by color for some fun!

Nudes


OPI Samoan Sand
Sally Hansen Without a Stitch

Pinks, Roses, & Pink-leaning Corals


Sinful Colors Easy Going
Nicole by OPI Kim-pletely in Love
Sinful Colors Glass Pink
Revlon Starry Pink


Essence Enchanted Fairy
Love & Beauty Pink
Claire's Candy Shop


Cult Nails Untamed
Color Club Poptastic
Color Club Warhol
Sinful Colors Cream Pink


Sally Girl Pink It Up
Sinful Colors Island Coral
Sinful Colors Timbleberry
Revlon Really Rosy
Love & Beauty Rose/Gold

Reds


Sally Hansen Cha-Ching!
China Glaze Moulin Rouge
Cult Nails Annalicious
Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby
Julep Rose


China Glaze Ruby Pumps
Wet n Wild Burgundy Frost
Revlon Vixen

Oranges


Ulta Oh!
Essence What Do U Think?
China Glaze Dreamsicle
Sinful Colors Citrine
Color Club Wham! Pow!

Yellows


Sally Hansen Yellow Kitty
Color Club Almost Famous
China Glaze Trendsetter

Golds


Sally Hansen Big Money
Essence Gold Rush
Sally Hansen Golden-I

Greens


Sinful Colors Seaweed
Sally Hansen Creamy Olive
L'Oreal Safari Chic
Ulta Army of 1


Sally Girl TTFN
Sinful Colors Mint Apple
Julep Daphne
China Glaze Re-fresh Mint


Essence Lime Up!
Sinful Colors Innocent
Color Club Twiggie
Cult Nails Deal With It
Sinful Colors Exotic Green


Love & Beauty Green (Creme)
Confetti My Favorite Martian
Color Club Artsy Crafty
Ulta Envy
Nicole by OPI Khloe Had a Little Lam-lam


CQ Golden Green
China Glaze Glittering Garland
Revlon Mistletoe
Color Club Voodoo You Do

Blues


Revlon Whimsical
Essie Turquoise & Caicos
China Glaze For Audrey
Julep Robin
Sinful Colors Rise and Shine


Essence You Belong to Me
Sinful Colors Cinderella
Ulta Mint Condition
Sally Hansen Blue Me Away!
Color Club Chelsea Girl
Sally Hansen Fairy Teal


Revlon Cloud
China Glaze Purple Rain
Essie Barefoot in Blue
Essence A Lovely Secret
Revlon Royal Cloak


Revlon Royal
Sally Hansen Thinking of Blue
Essence Just Rock It!
Color Club Blue-topia


Essence Choose Me!
Sinful Colors Nail Junkie
Sinful Colors Love Nails
Sinful Colors Aqua
Finger Paints Late Night Rendezvous

Purples


Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud
Essence Dress for a Moment
Essie Lilacism
Jesse's Girl Confetti


Color Club Pucci-licious
Wet n Wild On a Trip
Wet n Wild Buffy the Violet Slayer
Sinful Colors Amethyst
Revlon Plum Night


Wet n Wild Through the Grapevine
Sally Hansen Lady Luck
Wet n Wild Hannah Pinktana
Sally Hansen Be-Jeweled


Revlon Naughty
China Glaze Visible Shivers
Cult Nails Spontaneous
Orly Fowl Play

Silvers


Sally Hansen Celeb City

Grays


NYC New York Color Sidewalkers
China Glaze Concrete Catwalk

Whites


Julep Kate
Nicole by OPI It's All About the Glam
China Glaze White Ice
Sally Hansen White On

Blacks


Cult Nails I Got Distracted
Orly Androgynie
Revlon Facets of Fuchsia
Claire's Galaxy


Wet n Wild Blackmail
Ulta Little Black Dress
Revlon Black Star
Sally Hansen Black Out

Browns & Taupes


L'Oreal Walk on the Beach
Rescue Beauty Lounge Jane
Essence Irreplaceable
Confetti Moonstruck
Orly Prince Charming


Color Club Nouveau Vintage
OPI My Private Jet (New Version)
Essence Date with the Night
Color Club Rebel Spirit

Duo/multichromes


Sally Hansen Resolution
Wet n Wild Gray's Anatomy
Orly Space Cadet

Crackles


China Glaze Black Mesh
China Glaze Lightning Bolt
OPI Silver Shatter

Glitters


NYC New York Color Gramercy Glitz
Confetti Pink Confetti
Sinful Colors Pinky Glitter
Color Club Fame and Fortune


Julep America the Beautiful
Julep O Canada!
OPI Pirouette My Whistle
Color Club Platinum Record


Sinful Colors Pearl Harbor
Sinful Colors Opal Glitter
Essie Shine of the Times


Love & Beauty Green (Glitter)
Sinful Colors Call You Later
Love & Beauty Turquoise


Milani Gems
Ulta Piñata-Yada-Yada
Color Club Wish Upon a Rockstar
Wet n Wild Party of Five Glitters
Julep Mila


Color Club Backstage Pass
Color Club It's a Hit
Color Club Take the Stage
Milani Gold

Frankens


Crushed Fairy Wings
Strawberry Glaze
Poisoned Apple


Dragon Scales
The Black Forest
King of Monarchs

Nail Art Pens


Migi Nail Art Pens

Clear, Base, & Top Coats


NYC New York Color Top Coat
Color Club Clear Coat
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Strengthener Clear

Finally finished! :D Let me know if you guys want any comparisons and/or swatches of a certain color! It will take me a while to get to them, though, because I've already started packing up for college. I leave in two weeks! (Can you guys believe I'm already in my second year of college?!) Time really flies (or, more correctly, is simply relative... Great, my inner nerd is coming out. -_- )

See you guys on the other side of the day!

Michelle

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Liebster Award - Again! :D

Hi everyone! I was nominated for the Liebster Award again! This time by Lauren from tales about nails! She has very high quality and consistent photos. I love her macros! She mixes things up by posting both swatches and nail art. Check her out!




11 Questions for the people I tag:

1.What nail polish can you not live without?
Hmm, there isn't one actually. I can live without any of my polishes. Don't get me wrong. I do like my polishes, but I just don't think nail polish is something you should kill yourself over. 

2. How did your love for nail polish start?
It first started when I was little, but then I went through a "tomboy" phase in middle school. It started again in my last two years of high school. I came across a picture of a mani of Essie Mint Candy Apple. Really, who can resist such a pretty color? (Although I don't even have it in my collection...) 

3. To glitter or not to glitter?
To glitter, that is my answer! I do it whenever I'm down or want something fun on my nails. Glitters are great picker-upers. :)

4. One food you could spend the rest of your life eating.
Wow, this is hard. There's SO MUCH good food out there... I don't know. On the spur of the moment, I guess sticky rice and Chinese sausage? I love to see it on the table when I come home from college during the holidays. Though lamb gyros, In-n-Out cheeseburger and fries, takoyaki, green tea ice cream, chili cheese fries, smoky ribs, bacon, s'mores, good mac and cheese, and zucchini fries are great too... Actually, this list can go on forever. I'll just stop now before I make myself hungry.

5. What do your family/friends think about your nail polish obsessions?
"You have too much/more than enough nail polish." "Stop buying nail polish." Am I going to listen to my parents? Probably not... Though I should stop for a while. (Which I've been good at doing so far.)

6. If you could have the wardrobe of one celebrity, who would it be?
I guess I'd like Taylor Swift's. I really like vintage, classy, chic. From what I've seen, her closet fits the bill.

7. One song you are so over and never want to hear ever again.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and Adele "Rolling in the Deep". You guys have great voices and the songs are nice, but I'm tired of hearing those songs of yours EVERYWHERE. (Well, "Rolling in the Deep" back in high school. We had a senior talent show and I swear people sang that song back-to-back! And then my friends and I went to the mall afterwards and the radio played it! Argh!)

8. What do you love about the nail blogging community?
I LOVE how everyone is so nice, supportive, and tight-knit with each other! :D Makes me think the world is nicer than it actually is.

9. What are your pet peeves?
Since I'm picky and a perfectionist, I have a lot. But the thing I truly cannot stand, and will glare at you until you stop and run away for, is inconsiderate jerks being loud or obnoxious in any way when I'm in the library or dorm basement to study! If you're going to play your music loudly and drawing on the table surfaces loudly (and can't hear me when I politely tell you to lower the volume) or talk about your private parts or tell your friends about that one time you were drunk (and underage) and made out with a girl who you thought was ugly, then don't bother being in the study areas! Jerks! (Yes, all are true stories. And to think they will be future pharmacists and dentists...) Sorry for the rant...

10. Signature dance move?
Um, does the antisocial-girl-over-there-in-the-corner (or most-likely-in-her-dorm-room) count? XD

11. What is your favourite nail polish brands and why?
For drugstore, Sally Hansen. For salon/higher end, OPI. I'm always impressed with their quality and range of colors. (I mean, did you SEE OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest from OPI's upcoming Germany collection?!)

Well, that's it! I did everything already in my other post.

See you guys on the other side of the day!

Michelle