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Nail Painting Hack #46

I know that a lot of spoonies struggle to paint their nails. There are dozens of symptoms that can make it difficult to get a good finished look.  A simple way give your nails a better finish is to use PVA glue.

In short, you paint the glue onto the skin around the nail. You then paint your nails as usual. When you’ve finished your last coat of nail polish, peel off the glue. Any varnish that you accidentally got around the nail will be on the glue that you’re peeling away, leaving a perfect edge :)

You can get nail peels that are designed to do the same thing although I find that PVA glue works perfectly fine and is much cheaper.

-When you apply the glue, start by painting the very edge of your skin (where the skin ends and the nail starts). Then generously paint a barrier around what you have already applied. This makes the glue easy to peel later and stronger. If the glue around your nail is too thin, it might rip and be tricky to remove.
-You can also wash the glue off with water. You’ll need to wait for the polish to dry though so that you don’t smudge it. 
-Use a brush that isn’t too fluffy. Pick a brush with a straight edge or a fine point. This makes painting the edges of the skin easier.


Bubbles in amber

The amber was polished in order to reveal these dendritic air bubbles trapped between flow layers. The magnification is forty times and the image was taken in brightfield, ie with the light shining through the specimen. This image won 17th place in the 1983 Nikon small world photomicrography competition.


Image credit: John Koivula


Looks like honey-colored cloudy amber, except people usually polish amber and don’t bother with frankincense. Makes sense, since they’re both just pine sap. This stuff is dry and hard, and it isn’t sticky unless you get it wet. Like most pine resin, it has a sharp, dry, bitter scent, which is stronger if you rub it between your fingers. This stuff doesn’t have the fresh green scent of Christmas trees; it smells more like the sun-baked pine forests of hotter, drier climates. The pieces we have range from coarse sand and bean-sized rough pebbles to cherry-sized lumpy blobs, and many of them have the bulbous shape of something that obviously dried in drips and blobs, like candle wax (because it did - you literally just poke a specific kind of pine tree to get this stuff out). If you store it somewhere humid, it will ooze out sticky yellow droplets that look bright and not as cloudy as the rest.

You can’t just set it on fire - it will belch out thick black awful smoke. You need a little cup-shaped incense burner, and you have to put a little puck of charcoal in there and light that, then put the frankincense on it. It bubbles and oozes and lets out white acrid smoke that still smells very much like the dry pieces. A little goes a very long way. It makes me cough, like most musky smells. It’s an overpowering scent, and it stays on things it touches forever - you can even taste it on your lips afterwards if you were near the smoke, or on your fingers if you were handling the pieces/holding the censer - wash your hands or you will be in for a surprise next time you make a sandwich. I know someone who holds a cloth over frankincense smoke and then lays it over her cookies to give them a faint taste of frankincense (it’s not edible, do not use it as an actual ingredient.) I don’t much like it, since it tastes medicinal.

“Lonicera Paellax”

Ignis/Aranea (FFXV) | 3.2k words | I’ll tag it M but it doesn’t really deserve it

Authors Notes: Oh god, there wasn’t enough content for this ship so I made some??? Have 3,000 words of Ignis over-intellectualizing the entire universe, and Aranea being her generally sassy self. Pre-Altissia. Canon compliant where there’s actually canon to be had. Vague musings of Iggy’s backstory. Allusions to Aranea/Ravus. 

“So what is this plant we’re hunting for, again?”

Lonicera Paellax.”

“Great. Got anything more helpful than that, Ivory Tower?” Aranea’s voice was a taunting barb a few paces behind him as they picked their way through the beach rose and scrub pine of the Vannath sea-cliffs. “I’m not writing a dissertation. I’d just like to be able to spot the damn things before I’ve crushed them all to hell. These boots aren’t exactly ballet shoes, you know.”    

Ignis smirked. Of course he new that the scientific name was useless in their current context, but he liked the sound of the words… and maybe the sound of her frustration.

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October Nights, Autumn 2014

Left hand (top), L—›R (from thumb):

  • Custom multichrome by PrettyJelly on Etsy; named Riften. Overlaid with Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black.
  • Dragonspell by ALIQUIDLaquer on Etsy. Overlaid with Sinful Colors Cloud 9.
  • Essie Bouncer, It’s Me!, overlaid with Sinful Colors Hottie, a dab of Chunky Holo Black, and topped with Wet n’ Wild Kaleidoscope for extra holo shine.
  • L'Oreal Lilac Coolers to Cloud 9 gradient. Overlaid with a bit of Max Factor Fantasy Fire on the purple end.
  • Bouncer, It’s Me! overlaid with Chunky Holo Black and Fantasy Fire.

Right Hand, L—›R (from pinkie):

  • L'Oreal Lilac Coolers, Zoya Miley, Sinful Colors Cloud 9.
  • Sinful Colors Hottie with a dab of Kleancolor Chunky Copper, overlaid with Wet n’ Wild Kaleidoscope.
  • Riften overlaid with Chunky Holo Black.
  • Lilac Coolers overlaid with Chunky Copper, Chunky Holo Black, and Fantasy Fire.
  • OPI Just Spotted the Lizard overlaid with Dragonspell and Chunky Copper; fades to Hottie.

I couldn’t decide what to do, so I DID IT ALL.


  • The real Chunky Holo Black is incredible, especially for a $3-$4 polish; it’s ridiculous.
  • I was worried about Riften upon seeing it flat on my palette, but it’s awesome on the nail. Berry-amber shift (like Sally Hansen Nail Prisms - Amber Ruby) with a subtle golden green on the edges. Makes me miss running around with my sword and spells in the Autumn Forest. Highly recommend PrettyJelly; she’s great.
  • L'Oreal Lilac Coolers is pretty and layers well.
  • Dragonspell by ALIQUIDLaquer. Beautiful & unique.

Most Disappointing:

  • Essie’s Bouncer, It’s Me!. I wanted an electric blue jelly and since Essie is so popular I expected good quality. But the application is streaky and uneven, and it dries to a finish that looks like cheap blue candle wax. Not one to wear without a topcoat, for sure.

dziady  asked:

summer aesthetic: forests close to the seaside, pieces of rough wood polished by water, amber necklaces, wooden orthodox churches, homemade fruit tinctures, nights so hot you're not sure you're alive, hair curling from the salt in the air, staying at almost abandoned holiday resorts with ugly-interesting 80s neons, singing almost forgotten folk songs, wet, thin linen sticking to the naked body, braids, wearing grandma's silver jewelry, straw hats and vintage mules


Nothing too special this week; just a simple jelly sandwich with L'oReal Lilac Coolers, Max Factor Fantasy Fire, and Kleancolor Chunky Copper & Chunky Holo Black. The amber nails are Dragonspell by ALiquidLaquer.

I’ve been wanting to do some crazy Halloween nails, but may not have time due to my more “serious” pursuits.

Speaking of; I’ve seen other nail artists say that people give them a hard time by saying things like “you must have too much time on your hands”. How rude. And it’s not necessarily the case. At least for me, this is the one thing I can sit down to do that just doesn’t matter at all. And that’s why it’s relaxing: it’s totally frivolous, temporary, and in the end you have a cool/pretty design to cheer you up on stressful days. Just a thought.

Rare Natural Blue Amber from Sumatra, Indonesia.

We strive to feature the rare, beautiful and magnificent at Venusrox. One example of this is our Blue Amber collection of polished stones. It’s said to be the most powerful of all the Ambers due to its impressive colour range and how it can powerfully heal and assist the emotional, spiritual and physical bodies. It’s a very effective defense stone, protecting one from the negativity and rubbish that others may try and throw at one whilst going about one’s day-to-day life.

The picture doesn’t capture the blue as well as holding them up to natural light when the blue appears beautifully. This amber is NOT treated or heated, it’s natural, ancient fossalised tree resin. Something incredibly special and wonderful for collectors, healers or simply anyone who love the energy benefits of this unique and rare form of Amber. 

*More Blue Amber from Sumatra are available at the showroom along with other pieces of Natural Amber. From £46.00

Strange Magic Week: Role Reversal (Butterfly Bog)

AKA I know I’m a week late, but I don’t think either you or I really care.

This is a disjointed collection retelling bits of the movie, only with Prince Boggart of the Light Fields and Queen Marianne of the Dark Forest.

“Really? This is how you react to a near death experience?”

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rare gemstone parcel for jewelry making, by nostoneunturned333 on etsy

  • Ammonite Sliced Fossil: 20cts
  • Czech Moldavite: 4.1cts
  • Polished Baltic Amber: 4.85cts
  • Black Opal on Petrified Wood: 5.9cts
  • Dominican Larimar: 8.3cts
  • Rainbow Moonstone: 5cts
  • Aqua Aura Spirit Quartz: 16.2cts
  • Aquamarine: 6.8cts
  • Dogtooth Amethyst Polished: 18.8cts
  • Watermelon Tourmaline: 12.8cts
  • Bicolor Green and Black Tourmaline: 5.5cts
  • Green Tourmaline: 6.8cts
  • Pink Tourmaline: 8.2cts
  • Lime Kunzite Spodumene: 10cts
  • Imperial Topaz: 18cts
  • Hessonite Garnet: 10cts
  • Pyrope Garnet: 17.7cts
  • Epidote: 8.8cts
  • Sphene: 6cts
  • Orange Kyanite: 30.7cts

AMBER FOREVER - #9 in the “Get Stoned” series Part 4 + P.O.T.W. - O.P.I. - I just can’t cope-acabana

  • O.P.I. - i just can’t cope-acabana + y'all come back now ya hear? 
  • Spoiled - designated driver
  • Love & Beauty - cocoa
  • Sinful Colors - cloud 9
  • Color Club - pearl district + sparkle & Soar
  • Wet n Wild - under your spell
  • Sally Hansen - white on
  • gold rings
  • lt. brown Swarovski Crystals
  • gold nail art beads

This is the first look using O.P.I. - I just can’t cope-acabana. Stay tuned for the rest of the designs using this polish and visit the P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches