probably my favorite collection

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Happy National Book Lovers Day, feat. my cyberpunk collection & second bookshelf

These two pieces were once part of the same amazing carving of Australian precios opal. Together they weigh 131.6 carats, but originally weighed more, as some material was lost when they were re-polished after the break.

This is probably one of my favorites in my collection. One day I’d like to set both pieces together in gold, as I feel all the jewelry techniques I use now are “unworthy” of such a fine, expensive stone 😛

P.S. I’m very fortunate to not be the person who broke the piece. I’m not sure if I’d be able to live with myself 😂

Cleaning Candle Holders

Cleaning candle holders is probably one of my least favorite things to do, but recently I’ve started collecting left over wax to use in other projects (a post for a much later day) and I was entrusted with a few extra candle holders to clean so what better use of chore than to make a blog post about how I get it done.

There are A LOT of ways to clean candles. This is just the way that I like doing it and I prefer to do things in batches anyways because I’m all about saving some time. 

-SUPPLIES-

  • candle holders that need cleaning
  • a large pot or bowl
  • a knife (or something you can poke wax out with)
  • paper towel/something to wipe the candle holders down with
  • hot water (I boiled my water in my tea kettle and poured it into my bowl)

-INSTRUCTIONS-

  1. Use a knife to cut slashes into the wax still in the candle holder
  2. Place candle holders in a large pot and pour hot water into candle holders and around them. Leave sitting for about 15 minutes.
  3. Leftover wax will either float to the top or be soft and cool enough to pull out with a knife
  4. You can either soak them in a fresh batch of warm water or you can wipe off the excess wax with a paper towel (I used the paper bags we save from last minute store runs)
  5. You can set aside the wax for a future project or toss it!
Send me a word and two characters

[So this is something I put together for the fanfiction workshop I taught last week. The concept is shamelessly ripped off that other prompt post with the unusual words, and the words themselves are shamelessly harvested from all those “words that are impossible to translate into English” lists. I just collected the ones I thought were cool.]

  • toska (Russian)  a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for
  • mamihlapinatapei (Yagan)  the wordless, yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start
  • jayus (Indonesian)  a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh
  • fernweh (German)  being homesick for a place you’ve never been
  • tartle (Scottish)  the act of hestitating while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten their name
  • cafuné (Brazillian Portuguese)  the act of tenderly running one’s fingers through someone’s hair
  • mokita (New Guinean)  the truth everyone knows but nobody says
  • wabi-sabi (Japanese)  finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay
  • dépaysement (French)  the feeling that comes from not being in one’s home country
  • schadenfreude (German)  the feeling of pleasure at seeing another’s misfortune
  • tingo (Pascuense)  the act of taking objects one desires from the house of a friend by gradually borrowing all of them
  • l'appel du vide (French)  the instinctive urge to jump from high places
  • embasan (Maguindanaoan)  to wear clothes while taking a bath
  • duende (Spanish)  the mysterious power that a work of art has to deeply move a person
  • saudade (Portuguese)  the feeling of longing for something or someone that you love and which is lost
  • boketto (Japanese)  the act of gazing vacantly into the distance without thinking
  • hygge (Danish)  the pleasant, genial, and intimate feeling associated with sitting around a fire in the winter with close friends
  • pochemuchka (Russian)  a person who asks too many questions
  • packesel (German)  the person who’s stuck carrying everyone else’s bags on a trip
  • ayurnamat (Inuit)  the philosophy that there is no reason to worry about the things that can’t be changed
  • cavoli riscaldati (Italian)  the result of attempting to revive an unworkable relationship
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this is SO funny oh my god this is my least favorite dior collection probably ever 

Hyde and Eek! Boutique Sneak Peak | Target 2017

Every year Target has us running to check out their Halloween collections for the season. Keep reading to see some of my favorite (the best) pieces! 

Let’s just be honest, Target is one of the best places to get spooky decor for all year round use. They never fail to take all my money and since we’re being honest, they always take my money no matter the season. 

They recently released a sneak peak of their Halloween collections for Halloween 2017 and they did not fail to please. 

Their Nocturne collection is probably my favorite. 

Keep reading

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Mendelssohn - Song without Words, op.19 no. 6 “Venetian Boat Song”

Probably my favorite song without words from Mendelssohn’s collection. I don’t know, the melody sucks me in, it’s so somber, so simple, but at the same time hits a really deep chord with me…as if I were in Venice as the city is, not the Romanticized version of it, I mean a day where it’s grey and you notice the decaying churches and art along the walls, you become more pessimistic at the thought of decay, of how momentary everything seems to be. And yes I’ll say it: I just had some good pizza at an Italian pizza place and I couldn’t help but think of this “Italian” melody while I ate, and that’s probably a bi-product of my recent blue moods…whatever the source is, Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words are a great staple of Romantic piano music. Music that is lyrical, freeform, and something to use to experiment with small ideas, and the small and intimate is something that I think we all seek. In an age of mass production, of gluttony, we want something that feels personal, legitimate.

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Can I talk about how much I love my Phantom of the Opera piano book? It’s probably my favorite thing to play of my entire collection. I’ve had it since I was a kid. It’s now 20 years old, and it has fared far better than many music books half its age. The binding is superb; the pages are thick and glossy. 

Adaptations for solo piano sometimes feel like an afterthought, if not little more than accompaniment to the vocal arrangements, but these are gorgeous. The included songs translate well to piano–with the exception of, perhaps, “Masquerade,” which I think loses much of its fullness of sound. But more importantly, the pieces are fun to play. Twenty years later, and I still haven’t tired of them. The included photo spreads are a nice bonus. :)

I’m curious as to whether the publishing quality has held up over the years. Is it still as good as ever?

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WARNING. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE MIKE OR ZOKE SCROLL AWAY. This is for those of us that do.  No offense is intended. This isn’t even talking about how offensive Zoke/Mike is.. I just noticed that they are similar in the way they are both goofy (haha puns) clumsy guys that love their ladies. Plus they were animated very similarly.. Ok.. Enjoy!

I noticed a while back how similar these two couples are, which is probably why they are both my top favorites. So I collected some gifs and pictures of similarities.  Look how they act around each other, how happy they are together. How the guys try to impress their crushes.  Look how max and mike hold themselves kinda sheepishly and awkwardly especially around Zoey and Roxanne. AH<3 

10 things tag! 

I was tagged by @interstellhar and @studyingqt to share 10 facts about me! 

  1. My favorite book is The Secret History
  2. I love tea (especially green tea with mint!), chai lattes, and London Fog lattes. 
  3. I listen to the audiobook versions of Harry Potter every night to fall asleep! 
  4. I don’t know which Hogwarts house I’d be in, but I’m probably a Hufflepuff?
  5. I collect different translations of my favorite books (I own 14 copies of Les Misérables… yikes).
  6. My favorite color is gray, especially a soft, warm gray color. 
  7. I re-watch The Office anytime when I need stress relief, but my favorite TV show is In the Flesh! 
  8. I love cats and hedgehogs and sharks.
  9. I desperately want to go back to Ireland.
  10. Several of my IRL friends have Tumblrs too and definitely judge me a little bit for this haha.

I tag @jasperstudies @estudiear @teaandnotebooks @ceceggstudies @redheadredheart @peachrosestudies @notyetlegallyblonde @merestudies @piiess and @mintynotes (if you want to participate, but again, no pressure!)

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Ok guys, today I am bringing you a review for the new brand PS Polish and their Dream polish line.

Something to mention is that the company did reach out to me and send me their products for review but I am not paid to do this.

Ok so PS polish was created by Pardis A. Kelly (D.P.M., Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder PS Cosmeceutical) and Stefanie Grotkin (President & Co-Founder PS Cosmeceutical) who founded PS Cosmeceutical in 2012.

They claim their polish is “10 Free”, meaning it is free off:

● Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde resin
● Phthalate
● Toluene
● Camphor
● Lead
● Parabe
● Xylene
● Ethyl Tosylamide
● TPHP
- They say they don’t test on animals, it doesn’t stain and it is quick drying.

~~~☆SHIPPING☆~~~

Let’s take a moment to talk about my expiearence with shipping and my interactions with their company/customer service.

I am going to start off by saying their customer service is either grossly understaffed or they just don’t seem to have it up and running well.

When I agreed to do a review for PS Polish I was instructed by one of their outreach personnel on how to go about placing an order online through pspolish.com. I placed said order and it seemed to work well. But it didn’t give me a tracking number for shipping, just a notice after the order was placed that it would arrive within 7 to 10 business days. Two weeks went by and I never received the product.

I reached out to PS Polish via the e mail their outreach personnel left for me if I had any questions. Nobody ever responded to that e mail. So I tried the live chat option on the site a few times and waited several minuets for any sign of response and nobody ever responded. I tried to submit a customer support ticket but when ever I clicked submit it would redirect me to a page that gave me a 404 Error message.

It seemed there was literally no way to get in contact with this company. Had I been a paying customer I would have been VERY upset with this situation, even as a simple reviewer I was pretty frustrated because at this point it had been almost a month with a missing product.

So I gave it a last ditch effort and sent a message to them on their public Facebook page explaining the issue and telling them that this particular message would be my last attempt at contacting them and a review would come regardless of my having a product or not (which I believe they deleted because when I went back I couldn’t find it).

They eventually did respond and send me two colors and a base and top coat with a tracking number for the shipment. They did not apologize for the lack in response nor did they bother to inform me as to WHY they couldn’t or didn’t respond except for the initial contact I made with the person who acted as their outreach personnel had been let go (which I had to inquire about they didn’t readily offer me that information). However I would like to point out that they were not rude and did seem professional in their wording.

This alone is enough for me to be disinterested in ever actually ordering from them with my own money. In my expiearence the customer service is questionable at best and I truly feel that had I not made a point to make a statement on a public media platform I never would have gotten a response at all.

Take that as you will.

~~~☆FORMULA☆~~~

Let’s talk about the formula of these polishes.

They claim to be 10 Free, quick drying and nonstaining.

In my expiearence they were defiantly not quick drying. I would say they dried about the same as a normal polish. The lack of quick drying is evident in the photo I posted of the red color as I used it to stamp (it stamped beautifully by the way) over the lighter shade they sent me and after waiting several minutes it still smeared with the topcoat. If you have a topcoat that is pretty good at preventing smearing maybe you could get away with it but this defiantly smeared and stayed tacky for quite a while.

The colors do stain as well however I would say the level of staining is less significant than other polishes of the same color, even though I did use the Basecoat they sent me with both looks.

As for the colors and texture of the polishes. The red is a very lovely one coater. It’s a cream polish so it goes on pretty smooth and once it did dry it was fairly shiny. The pink took two costs to reach full opacity and I LOVE this shade. It is probably one of my favorite colors in my collection now, and it also dried shiny. Both colors are a pretty good thickness, and stay where you put them in the nail. They self level really well too.

I can’t say I care too much for the base coat, it is a typical base coat.

The topcoat is fantastic. It dried really quickly and it holds a stunning shine to it. I would say it is pretty comparable to Seche Vite in quality.

~~~☆THINGS TO POINT OUT☆~~~

The smell…. nail polish smells how it does because nitrocellulose is dissolved in a chemical solvent called ethyl acetate. This solvent is what gives nail polish its smell. But with this polish missing several ingredients (not those two) normal polish can have I was shocked to find that it smelled like normal polish.

These polishes run about 15 bucks a polish not including shipping.

The colors are fantastic in my opinion.

~~~☆IN CONCLUSION ☆~~~

Ultimately, I think the quality is pretty good and the formula is fair. But the ordeal I expiearenced with their customer service and the price point really doesn’t work for me.

Perhaps if you are allergic to one of the ingredients in normal polish that PS Polish claims to be free of, or if you don’t mind spending more for the brand name etc you may be interested in these products.

These women did work hard to bring the Dream line to nail polish lovers, so I am in no way disreguarding their effort. However, for me I don’t really find the positives of this expiearence to be worth the splurge.

I would like to see a boost in customer expiearence from them in the future.

Cheers!

- NailartArsenal