Summer has gone by WAY too fast! I’ve been doing a lot of babysitting, but mostly I was taking a college physics class at my community college to get that out of the way so I don’t have to take it this up coming school year while trying to balance my sophomore studio with the rest of my architecture classes. Thank God my advisor suggested I take it over the summer. It was pretty easy and low maintenance- come to class, listen to lecture, do a lab, be home by 2. No homework. No cumulative final. Considering this was a 5 credit hour class and it was scheduled to start at 11, but didn’t usually start until 11:15 or 11:30 and I was usually done by like 1 or a little after, I’d say it was time well spent since if I would have taken it at my university I would have been overwhelmed by the amount of work I would have had to do and the amount of hours I would have had to put in in and out of the classroom. And, I got an A, so there’s that. But, even though it didn’t take up my time during the school year, it did take up my time during the summer. For example, because of my class schedule, I missed the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Parade and Rally, which I fully intended on going to. On a slightly, but only slightly, more important note, because of my class schedule, I also wasn’t able to find a job this summer. It turns out that when you write on a job application that you won’t be able to work on any Tuesday’s or Thursday’s, employers don’t really think you will be the best fit for the job. Oh well. While I won’t be going back to school like Herby (Fully Loaded)… (Come on, you have to admit that was funny…) at least I had some extra time to hang out with my friends and relax. I went to the beach a lot and read quite a few books. So while my summer wasn’t as productive as I would have liked it to be, I got some stuff done. Add to the list of stuff I got done this summer: I GOT MY TONSILS OUT! Yay me! I’ve had some serious trouble with them over the past couple years and I decided that having no more problems with them was worth the two weeks of pure pain from having them out. End results: Welllllll… Too early to tell. I got them out a week ago tomorrow, but let me tell you, has it been fun (insert world’s largest amount of sarcasm here)! For the first three days, all I did was sleep and drink what little water I could. The medicine I was put on made me terribly dizzy and nauseous, to the point that I couldn’t even sit up for longer than 5 minutes at a time at first. Eventually, I was able to sit up through it for a bit longer, but not much. Well, the nausea was too much for me so I was put on different, over the counter, pain meds. It was so nice to be able to sit up and function like a semi functioning adult! But, with great strides comes great backwards steps, or something like that. Since the new medicine was so much weaker, I was suddenly having excruciating pain in my ears, also, I discovered that yawning brings with it a pain WORSE than the pain in my ears. So it’s been fun. But on the bright side, at least I can eat… liquids and squishy solids that barely pass for solids… But it’s something. Right now, mini ravioli cut into tiny pieces seems to provide the most balanced meal. Meat, noodles, tomato. It works and doesn’t cause too much pain. Mac and cheese is pretty good to if it’s cooked for a long time and eaten in really small bites. I cannot wait for this to be over. I want pizza and french fries and a roast beef sandwich (for some reason, when I’m sick, I always want Arby’s… Weird). Soon my pretties… Soon… But, since you don’t come here to read about my life (or maybe you do, but that’s your business), I suppose I COULD post a review, which I hope to be doing a lot more once school starts. So, without further ado…
ESSIE NAIL LACQUER- PLAY DATE AND LUXEFFECTS- PURE PEARLFECTION
So while I was mandated to stay in bed, I sent my lovely mommy and me dear sister to their local Ultas. Let me just say: when you can combine coupons and sales, life is good. Even when you are stuck in bed in pain. So far, I’ve come out of this surgery with six new nail polishes, the knowledge that Sabrina The Teenage Witch is on Amazon Prime Instant Video (You’re welcome for the info), and an addiction to the free game Restaurant Story (Do not get it. You, too, will become addicted. Or get it and we can become neighbors. Either way…). So all six of my beautiful new polishes are Essie brand. I was in an interesting place when I picked out these polishes because I had to choose them without first seeing them in store or on my nails. So I had to do my research and pick colors by googling them. Some of the pictures online do not look like the actual polishes, which is true of any polish. In the end, I chose Play Date, Luxeffects- Pure Pearlfection, Bikini So Teeny, and Marshmallow. The other two are different top coats that I have to try. So, while lying in bed and having nothing better to do, I painted my nails using Play Date and Pure Pearlfection. I used my OPI Nail Envy as my base coat, like always, and I have to say, Play Date went on surprisingly well. I say surprisingly because I’ve never really used Essie, I’ve only ever seen it on people, mainly my sister, and it always looks so sheer. I tend to gravitate toward more pigmented colors, so I’ve never really wanted to try it out, but when in sale-land… So with two coats, Play Date is a winner! It’s less blue than on the Ulta website and more pink, but it’s still what I consider a nice shade of purple, and bonus points for it being a shade that I don’t really have anything like already! I topped it off with the Essie Luxeffects Pure Pearlfection and that gave it a really eye catching shimmer. The specks of glitter are so tiny that they aren’t too overpowering, it’s more subtle. I only on put one coat, but I’m curious as to wether it would be more pearly and less glittery if I put another coat on. Oh well. Next time. A nice point about Pure Pearlfection was that it wasn’t grainy. It dried to a nice, smoothe, gloss, which not all glitter top coats do. Because of this, I didn’t feel like it was necessary to put a clear coat on top. So far, I haven’t regretted the decision, and it’s been about two or three days, with heavy hand washing. The only chipping, which can hardly be called chipping because it’s so minuscule, is along my nail bed because I was too lazy to use a cuticle pusher, so really it’s my fault.
Lesson learned: Attention to detail is everything!