Saturday, 31 October 2015

Hearty Nails: Halloween 2015

Long time no see. Three things have happened at the same time:
1) I'm a massive procrastinator. This isn't new but still.
2) My camera decided to not turn on at all. I'm currently surviving on the nice new camera on my nice new phone.
3) School started (...last month) and it honestly has me braindead in the evenings.

This has resulted in two things:
1) I can't NaNo this year (I have the time, I just don't have the brainpower).
2) I'm so late to post everything here. There's a book review that's been waiting for a month to get done.

Anyway, the school I mentioned is in fact Beauty School. Yeah, I've gone to the dark side (?). So in the spirit of improving my nail game (and let's be honest, impressing people at school), I decided to redo a nail design I'd done before. Twice. You may want to see this post where I first did it. And then this post where I redid it. Funny how I ended that post saying "maybe I'll revamp it again next year". It took me two years in fact, but I have made it quite a lot better.

The base colour was done with the saran wrap technique, mixing the following colours:
-Yssy 058
-BarryM Mango
-Kiko 356
-Kiko 355
Over that, it's all acrylic paint.

I then did another design, inspired by random pictures of pretty stained glass:

This one was done completely in acrylic paints, and it took SO LONG. But it was worth it. I started faintly outlining the pumpkin shapes with black acrylic, and then made random lines for the background blue, and then put the colour over that, taking care not to put the same shades next to each other. Well, at the beginning. Then I just thought I don't have enough shades for that, and ended up putting several little spaces coloured in the same shade next to each other. And then I painted the lines with black again, because obviously the colouring had covered most of them.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Hearty Nails: venoms

"What?" You think, "Another Mejibray inspired nail art? This girl is obsessed!"
you're not wrong.

The band recently celebrated their 4th anniversary. The poster you can see here was part of it. As you can guess, the image of the poster tingled my nail artsing senses. It did it all on its own, but it did it even more so after Koichi nailartsed it himself. You can see that here.

My take on it is exactly the kind of nail art that's better seen from the distance. Honestly, I see so many flaws on these macro pictures that I couldn't see just with my eyes, it's not even funny. And mind you, I have good eyesight.

The base colour was a flesh colour I frankened ages ago. The rest was done in acrylic paint.

The central fingers. If the original was already a zombie pegasus unicorn, mine is even more zombiefied by my inability to draw a horse head, and the overdrooling. Because apparently zombie pegasus unicorns drool black. I don't even know.
I will also say that my available acrylic paint colours are limited, and I didn't think I would be able to mix the light minty blue and the pistachio green colours. But I could, so that was cool.


Yeah, that's a pill with wings. It comes after you if you forget to take your meds.

That's all for today, bye~

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Hearty Nails: Mejibray Eiki inspired

You may or may not be aware that under my "Jrock inspired" category of nail art, there's a specific band that appears pretty often called Mejibray. This is mostly due to my habit of copying Koichi's nails. Today I am not bringing you a Koichi nail reproduction. I am in fact bringing you the nailification of Tsuzuku's Eiki outfit.
Now, it's not the first time I've done a nailification of an outfit, not even the first time I've nailified a Mejibray outfit, but that last one has never been posted on this blog for some reason, so you can find it here.
Eiki is the band's latest single, it came out this month. I could make this a love letter to the band, but let's just keep this centered around the nails and leave the loving for another post.

The first thing you'll notice is that my fingers are painted black. Why are my fingers painted black, you wonder. Because he painted his black, as you will see if you watch the music video below. Since he said their outfits will now also be part of the Conceptual Puzzle, I'm sure it means something. I don't know what yet (though obviously I have my theory), but we'll find out eventually. Probably.
Now, if you're wondering what each nail is supposed to correspond to, here it is: the thumb is meant to be the pointy shoulder part, the index is the collar part with the zipper down the vest, the middle finger is the corset-like arm parts, the ring finger is the bare back with the net shirt, and the butterfly tattoo, and then the pinky is just random studding.

Details. It was all done in this:
SpaRitual Hunk of Burnin' Love(Red)
Skin-like nail polish that I mixed myself
BarryM Foil Effects 320 (Gold)
Stargazer 232 (Silver, only on the zipper bit)
NYC 302 (Black, for the butterfly, which was stamped with a brandless plate)
Black acrylic paint, very watered down (for the netting)
Gold hexagonal glitter.
A toothpick (to draw the gold details in....which is why the corset-type lace-up looks wonky)
Maybelline black gel eyeliner (if you were wondering what I used to make my fingers black).

I will leave you with the music video.....and the warning that it's pretty nsfw (or as someone I know would say, "this is not good for my health"):

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Hearty Nails: The night sky in fluffy candyland

So, I have a friend, who's an artist. She draws, she paints. She makes beautiful stuff. Some of the stuff she makes makes me feel like I want to put it on my nails. I am fully aware that it'll be prettier the way she did it, but I still want to try. Maybe I'll learn something while I'm at it too. For example, from this I learnt that I really really need more practice with lines. Straight lines, curved lines, just lines in general.

Since the original is monochromatic, all the colour decisions were mine. I should point out I didn't mean for it to look like marshmallows or anything, but it really does. I am OK with that. I'm not yet sure of Kii's opinion on that fact. To be honest I've been a bit scared of showing this to her because what if she doesn't like it, what if she disagrees with my choice of colours? But I also promised her I'd show it so here I am.

This was her original drawing. It has no title, because she doesn't title everything she does. You can see her lines are much neater than mine. Which means I need more practice.

And now, on Kii's advice, I shall go frolic with pandas in the meadows under the night sky in Fluffly Candyland. Goodbye.

Update: she liked it.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Hearty Offtopic: The Chronicles of Laptopless Anid

So you may be wondering if I abandoned ship and let the blog die. Not quite what happened. What happened since I last wrote here was...let's list:
-I was running out of time to finish my TEFL course because sometimes I'm the worst procrastinating idiot there is, so I had to focus on that. I finished it on time and got my certificate.
-I started getting my driver's license. The start of my theory learning ate my brain a bit. I have now passed my theory exam and I'm waiting to start the practice lessons.
-My laptop had a crisis on his cooling fan. Or it would be more accurate to say that the cooling fan completely died. Laptop was gone to PC hospital for about three weeks, and that took long because it had to be sent to the brand (and then obviously sent back once fixed) and because my dear laptop had the nerve to break down right on holiday week.
-And since my parents were away on that holiday week, the sheer boredom nearly drove me mad. Because I count on my laptop for entertainment, and the things I can do on my Dumbphone are really rather limited.

As a way to stop myself from being so bored, and also to stop my brain from smushing days together, I started using my agenda as a sort of diary. This is something I've tried before, many times, and failed all of them, because I'm just not made for keeping diaries apparently. But for a few days, I did manage to write some stuff, which I am now calling the Chronicles of Laptopless Anid.
And so it happened, that the same day I finished the TEFL course, Alice Nine made their comeback announcements, which were a lot. And I mean a lot as in there was so much stuff that when talking to a friend we realized we'd missed a different piece of info each. Part of what they were announcing was the crowdfunding project to pay for the expenses of the new mini-album which will be out in August. Well it turns out they didn't just meet the goal of the project, they doubled the amount of money they were aiming for. Awesome news.

Another thing I did was writing a giant essay on Tengwar. That, if you don't know, is a writing system. An elvish writing system. Of the elves of Tolkien. I did this for a friend, I don't just randomly write essays about elvish stuff.

Ah, during this time I also experimented with making my nails almond shaped, which meant I had them longer than ever, and because of that when writing on the phone I couldn't stop making typos. This led to the discovery that the pen they gave me at driving school (you know those promo pens they just give you in places) is actually a touchpad pen, so that was a greatly exciting discovery.
By the way, I have decided almond shaped nail aren't my thing, so my nails are currently very short and will be back to squareish when they grow a bit.

One laptopless day, I got so bored I actually dared go and use old Computersaurus. My brother and I haven't used Computersaurus since we first got our laptops, and it sort of randomly became my father's computer. Not that he uses it much. The thing is, whenever you open internet in there, it will freeze every three seconds, hence my use of the word "dare" up there. I discovered a few interesting things. Computersaurus doesn't have MS Paint, or (gasp) Minesweeper, but it does have Gimp. That was good enough for me to draw a couple of emotes out of boredom. But then I tried to email it to myself (innocently thinking it would be quicker than putting it on a flashdrive), and Chrome froze no less than three times just while I was trying to log into my email account.
Then that night, after watching my brother battle the rubber gloves to do the dishes (which was hilarious) we watched the FFVII movie, Advent Children. We'd both seen it before, but he's played all the games and I haven't, so he explained to me all the plot I was missing (which was about 70% of it). After the DVD finished he went to bed, but I stayed watching an episode of Castle, which is unusual because 1) I don't even watch Castle and 2) I wasn't even actually interested in watching the episode. But I turned the TV off on a commercial break and realised I wanted to see the end of the episode, so I turned it back on. This was a mistake, it was a horrible cliffhanger and now I want to know what happens next. I wrote down that I need to find out what episode/season that was, but I haven't done it yet oops. Still, it turned out to be a great lesson in storytelling, this was a great lesson in the use of "raise the stakes".

The next day I went on a Wiki research trip. On Computersaurus. Turns out Computersaurus is cool with Wiki but not with Yahoo mail.
The next day was Saturday, and my brother and I ate nothing but crap food all day, and it was great (promise, the other days we actually ate proper food). Then at night I randomly stayed up until 2am watching CSI when I REALLY wasn't interested in it. On Sunday morning I realized just how mad with boredom being laptopless was making me. The CSI thing had a lot to do with that realization to be honest.
Ah, and just as I say we ate proper food I see written on Sunday that we had leftovers for dinner. My brother's name for his plate was "Day 5: zombies are still keeping siege to the bunker. We are running out of food..."

Ok that's all the remotely interesting stuff that was written on the agenda. I shall now tell you what I have planned to write on this blog in the following weeks.

-An updated nail polish collection post.
-A lip product collection post, which came out of a conversation with a friend.
-A nail art post, and I mean a specific one that I drew inspired by the artwork of a friend. This is a different friend from the lipstick-convo-friend. The lipstick-convo-friend was the same friend as the Tengwar-essay-friend.
-I also have Cinder and Fairest bought and on the way here right now, so I expect I'll be super excited about Fairest and write about it.
-Oh, and a love letter to Mejibray.

I said weeks, but this is a lot of stuff, knowing me it might become three months' worth of blogposts wtf.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Hearty Music: a random love letter to UNiTE.

Funny, it's only been a few months since my first love letter to UNiTE. and I already feel like writing another one. It was sparked by their new video. And the fact that today was LiN's birthday. Which is why they showed the video today, of all days, of course.
It's funny because I follow a few bands that should be getting their own love letters here (and probably will in due time), but it seems like this band just gives me fuzzy feelings strong enough to come to the blog and talk.
This actually could work as a follow-up from the previous one.
The previous love letter happened when Sana had just joined the band. These days, Sana feels so much a part of the band that I sometimes forget he wasn't always there. Which in turn makes me feel bad for forgetting Yukimi.
Apart from the drummer, not much has changed.
Yui's smile still holds the prettiest smile award.
LiN's still the dorkiest idiot ever. And he's still my fave.
Their outfits still look like they raided a fabric store and played collage on themselves.
They're still spreading the -smeh-. That means Smile Makes Everyone Happy.
Their music still gives me warm fuzzy feelings of positivity and suchlike.

Sana appears to me as an apprentice of LiN. In the dorky idiot sense. Because they're similar in...uh...sense of humor? I guess? They also kinda sorta look alike. See evidence:

That's LiN on the left, and Sana on the right.
A friend of mine is convinced they're actually secretly brothers.
Further evidence of how similar they are appeared today, at LiN's birthday concert, when people actually confused Sana for LiN when he first got on stage. The fact that he was dressed up as LiN (they all always dress up as the birthday boy on their birthday concerts) is only partly to blame for this.

Sana's mere presence has brought in a good amount of fresh inside jokes, the most popular of which are the Sanaf and Kermit jokes. In fact, it was once admitted by himself, when asked "what do people say you look like?" he answered "frog, frog, Olaf, Gachapin, frog."

I took a bathroom break and promptly forgot whatever I was going to write next. Nice one, brain.

Anyway, LiN is saying he turned 44 today. In the past (for the longest time) he's said he was 42. I've never seen him say 43. Nice maths. Please note that I don't believe for a second that he's actually in his forties. I'd say early thirties at most.

So, the new video. It's for the new single, coming out next March. This single will include Sana's first song for UNiTE., so that's exciting.
I really like Marble. I think it could do without the electronicky bits, but there's not much of them so it's not a big complaint. The lyrics seem pretty simple, which is a nice change from LiN's and Mio's, because those two tend to get pretty weird sometimes (especially LiN omg he can be incomprehensible).
I like how they incorporated the colours on to the video too. They do this thing, that each of the band members is sort of assigned a colour: Yui is pink, LiN is orange, Mio is purple, Haku is green, and Sana is blue (Yukimi used to be a light blue, so the drummer's still blue but in a different shade). In the video, those random swirls of colour appear to each member in their own colour. And then they start blending into rainbow. Very pretty. I'm not sure what's with the giant eye and the glass balls but eh, whatever. I'm not good at finding the meaning of symbolism. If it even has a meaning at all, it might not, I don't know.
Oh, the video also reminded me of the amusing detail that Haku shares his friend Koichi's liking of going around barefoot. I have yet to find out if the third member of their bassist gang, Koudai from Royz, also shares this liking, but I'm not really into Royz so that's why I don't know.

Ok that's enough love letter, I'm hungry now and I need my daily dose of chocolate.
I'll leave you with the video:

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Hearty Nails: rainbow glitteriness

Ah, isn't it lovely when it's winter and the sky is grey and you can't take any pictures because there's no light. It's a fact that if you try to take blog pictures with natural light in winter it will only lead to bad pictures and frustration.
Which is a long and lame way of saying this is a very old manicure.
It has been sitting on my drafts for forever and a half, but I maintained the original title because honestly I suck at titling and I can't think of a better one.

If you have seen a bunch of my manis you will know that I like sponging. It's easy and fun: take a sponge, splotch and pat, there's no way of doing it wrong. Unless you consider the way the ring finger is unblended wrong, in which case yes there is, but I don't remember it bothering me at the time.
The white dots were an afterthought of sorts, and I'm still not convinced about them.

Here's the full list of colors used:
NYC white
claire's 2 way nail art pen/brush silver
Kiko pink 282
Kiko green 296
Rimmel 050 Tangerine Queen
Kiko (pastel) pink 376
Kiko (pastel) green 389
Kiko (pastel) orange 356

Friday, 2 January 2015

Hearty Books: los mejores del 2014

Esta entrada va a hablar de los mejores libros que he leído o descubierto en 2014 (que no de libros que han salido nuevos). Es posible que me olvide de alguno.

Divergente (trilogía completa)
Se ha hablado mucho de ella ya. Salió la (primera) película. Ahora mismo ya no tengo tanto entusiasmo por la trilogía como tenía cuando tenía la lectura fresca, pero sí que me gusta la historia. Engancha mucho. Me gustó en especial el hecho de que el final es justo el que la historia necesitaba, no fue un final de agradar al público así porque sí.

Neil Gaiman
No es que lo haya descubierto este año, ya había leído cosas suyas antes, pero este año he leído bastantes cosas suyas (y básicamente me han gustado todas) así que lo voy a agrupar todo bajo su nombre. Me compré Fortunately, the milk (traducido al español como El galáctico, pirático y alienígena viaje de mi padre) y El océano al final del camino. Fortunately es más o menos como un capítulo de Doctor Who pero para niños (por mucho que digan que es para todos los públicos, yo no creo que la mayoría de los capítulos sean de verdad aptos para niños...) mientras que El océano es para adultos, aunque sean los recuerdos de un niño. El océano es especial, de una manera casi indescriptible. Tiene una sutileza, aunque la historia en sí no sea sutil...y preciosa narrativa.
También me gustó mucho Los Hijos de Anansi, que esperaba que fuese como American Gods, pero no es ni de lejos tan oscuro, y de hecho es bastante gracioso.
Pero lo que más ganas tenía de leer era Sandman. Que no es un libro, es una serie de cómics. Le tenía muchas ganas pero por desgracia es muy caro, así que cuando vi que la biblioteca tenía tomos fui corriendo a por ellos. Lo malo es que los tuve que leer desordenados y que la biblioteca no tenía todos los tomos. No me importó leerlo fuera de orden pero sí que me importa que me falten tomos por leer, porque no es la clase de historia que quieres dejar a medias.

The Grisha (1 y 2)
Es una trilogía que sigue pendiente de que el tercero caiga en mis manos. Están publicados en castellano como Sombra y Hueso (1) y Asedio y Tormenta (2). Aunque la atmósfera general de la historia es más oscura de lo que me suele gustar, es precisamente lo que la historia necesita. Transcurre en un mundo ficticio aunque muy inspirado por la cultura rusa. Lo que realmente me llamó la atención, sin embargo, es la magia de esta historia, es un concepto que no he visto en ningún otro libro.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Hablé de este aquí.

Cazadores de sombras: los orígenes (trilogía completa)
Que conste que no me gusta especialmente el título que le dieron a la trilogía en castellano.
Aunque la serie de los Cazadores de Sombras es la que tiene a todo el mundo embelesado, yo prefiero la trilogía. Sorprendentemente, porque parte del argumento incluye un triángulo amoroso, de esos que me dan alergia. Pero está escrito de una manera que no sufrí, ni me dio alergia, así que minipunto para Cassie (?).

La Crónicas Lunares (1, 2 y 3)
Ya hablé de esta serie aquí.

Soul Eaters (1 y 2)
Hablé de Cracked aquí, y de su secuela aquí.

Compuesto (de momento) de InterWorld y El Sueño de Plata, es una mezcla muy interesante de fantasía y ciencia ficción. Incluye mundos paralelos (Tierras paralelas, mejor dicho), y tropecientas versiones paralelas del mismo personaje, provenientes de dichas Tierras paralelas. Es un poco complicado, pero al leer se entiende fácil.

Anna vestida de sangre (y Anna desde el infierno)
Me leí el primero por recomendación de una amiga, y tuve que esperar mucho hasta leer el segundo, y con las ganas que le tenía la espera se me hizo eterna. Es una historia sobre un cazador de fantasmas con un nombre que da un poco de vergüenza ajena, que recuerda un poco a la mejor época de Supernatural (antes de que metieran todo el drama). Da miedo cuando tiene que darlo, da risa cuando quiere también. La secuela es más oscura, y tiene más tensión que comedia (aunque el elemento de gracia lo sigue teniendo), pero también la disfruté mucho.

Sky Chasers (trilogía completa)
Sin traducción al castelano (que yo sepa). Estos también tienen triángulo amoroso, y este sí que me dio alergia. Pero saqué el primero de la biblioteca a ciegas sin saber qué me podía esperar, y el balance total fue positivo. Es ciencia-ficción. La historia se sitúa en un futuro en el que la tierra está tan destrozada que es prácticamente imposible vivir en ella, y la humanidad envía dos naves con gente en busca de un nuevo mundo para vivir. Los protagonistas son la primera generación nacida ya en esas naves. Tiene un ambiente muy tenso, y hasta oscuro y negativo en ocasiones, que te hace temer de verdad lo que les pueda pasar a los personajes. En general la historia estaba bien escrita (con la excepción de ese personaje que cambió de apellido a mitad del tercer libro, después de llamarse de manera distinta durante dos libros y medio wtf), y con un final satisfactorio.

Y finalmente, la joya de la corona.
La Enciclopedia de Idhún
No es como el resto de la lista porque es un compendio de conocimiento (de un mundo ficticio). La historia ya se narró en la trilogía, ahora lo que nos cuentan son datos varios de interés sobre el mundo. Incluyendo la historia, cosmología, flora/fauna y leyendas, entre otras categorías. Pero en realidad es la joya de la corona por lo bonito que les salió el libro. Las ilustraciones, la cubierta, los detalles. No se ha descuidado nada, y se nota. Me emociona no sólo por el contenido y la explosión de creatividad que se adivina detrás, sino que también emociona a la amante de la papelería que hay en mí. Es un libro caro, pero lo vale (y en realidad ni siquiera es TAN caro, es sólo que yo soy una rácana a veces).

Ya veremos qué tal sale el 2015 en cuanto a libros.