Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Week’s Peeks – Jennius-sized September

Post originally published by Jennifer X on Who I Am, September 30th, 2015.

I had this idea. 

I thought I would post pictures more regularly, since I’m taking so many but haven’t been doing anything with them, because I haven’t been posting on here much at all. So I have a backlog of pictures, some I think are cool, some just to note what I’ve been doing, and I would like to get more of them out there.

And the more things piled up, here we are at the end of September and I haven’t posted a one.

You know how I go!

Anyway, I think I’ll call these “The Week’s Peeks,” kind of like “Sneak peek” but I don’t like sneaking and it wouldn’t quite fit. Or “Week’s Peaks,” but not everything I post would be considered a peak, hardly anything, actually; I have difficulties considering peaks and valleys types of stuff.

However, I got it to rhyme and people like rhymes, right?

The idea is to post pictures from the past week, along with some commentary or not (but not a full post). I haven't settled yet on what day of the week I plan to have these up. 

Here is a Jennius-sized “Week’s Peeks” to start off - enjoy!

Or not. Its okay.

Phone pictures:
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Tumbler,
full of Blood Orange Iced Tea - yum!

Maybe someone should feed the horses.
After work, taking a long walk on a hot day.
First time here.
Fried rice and egg!

One of the flood days. Dillingham had no sidewalks.
I can't remember the last time I sat
in the absolute back of the bus (I tend
not to just for personal safety concerns.
Also, I want that guy's gray jacket.
This bag has had it. Yellow dandruff everywhere.

Trying out a different kind of perspective.

Mango Black Tea.
I think I'll pass. I could still taste
a peach flavoring and I don't like that.
A gift from the work Nora! Mmm....
Whatever your opinion of it is. I think of bro fists.Or a meeting of dragons.
Obligatory Creeper Shot.

I took time to choose between ear bud colors, deciding on the blue.
Later, I realized how well the blue matched the blue covering.
Good job, Jennius.
Look, it's like they're kissing! Eewww! :P
"This car has a good turning radius!"
Inside joke, but I laugh every time!

Oh, garlic fries, why are you not "good" for me?!!
Trying out 3 facial skincare products for the first time.
This is what I'm starting with, let's see how it goes....
"Whatchu mean? This IS my chair! YOU get off!"

Go 'Bows! And go Claire Marie Anderson!
Cleaned up the room some. Rearranged a little so I don't have
wires crossing the floor anymore.
Sick week: how I felt.
"Could you... maybe... get healthy and leave, so I can
have the bed to myself again?"
Whenever I see my cat sleep with one eye open, Metallica
plays in my head.

Trying out the Colourpop.
Probably the fanciest gift with purchase I have
ever received.
My sick-bowl of snacks.
Tanioka's! Where have you been the last several months?!
Is that not amazingly beautiful?

Hoot hoot hoots!
Sick week: trying to mask the sickness.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I Love Nail Polish (ILNP)

Post originally published by Jennifer X on Who I Am, September 29th, 2015.

Okay, “love” is a strong word. Well, maybe not….

From my dear young age when the only nail polish I wore were glitters that my cousins would put on me when they babysat, to the days when I only wanted one color on my nails (a pearlescent plum shade from Sally Hansen), my nail lacquer phases have come and gone and changed many times.

Lately, I’ve been into two nail things, one of them being I Love Nail Polish. []

I stumbled across a YouTube channel by JessFACE90. I like her swatch videos. It was one of her videos that introduced me to the world of indie nail polishes (among so many other things nail polish). Then I searched Etsy for indie nail polishes, ending in overwhelming myself with all the choices of themed nail polishes that interested me in one way or another.

Gaia, 3 layers, on its own.
Eventually, I settled on ILNP with their ultra-chrome flakies. I started with a few ultra-chrome flakies, a couple of them with a holographic (H) effect to them, and then I got Mega (S) as well. I am very pleased with the formula – easy to apply, easy to take off (it’s not like a glitter), and lasted at least 4 days without chipping, each (sometimes longer, depending on what I was doing). I didn’t expect to get into holographic, sparkly nails as much as I am now.

Gaia, Rapture, Cold Fusion (H), Mega (S), Phoenix (H)
Being impressed with the formula, I pre-ordered some from their Summer 2015 collections, plus a multi-chrome from a previous collection. They are just as beautiful as the previous ones. I keep looking at my nails when I have these polishes on. They’re so dimensional, the holograph-icity is unbelievable in the sunlight, and yet the colors are still unassuming in other lights.

I See You, Shoreline, Long Walks, Ten Fold, 
Honor Roll, Mutagen (H)
ILNP is a 3-free, cruelty-free vegan brand with a rewards program (purchased from their website, not their Etsy site, as far as I know) and free shipping program (with a minimum purchase). The first order arrived within a week. The second order took two weeks because it was a pre-order that I had ordered near the end of the offer period. Both shipments were well-packed, nothing broken, with good presentation. Each bottle contains 0.4 fl. oz. (12 mL). The brush handle is rubberized for sufficient grip. The brush itself is slightly wide and flat, which I personally prefer.

ILNP typical brush, slightly wide and flat.
 Overall, I really like ILNP’s polishes. There hasn’t been a disappointing one. Still, I’m partial to a few from the bunch: Mega (S) for its name and beauty, Phoenix (H) because the colors and shift show up so well, and I See You is a gorgeous nude with amazing shine in the sunlight.

Ten Fold. Ring finger: layered over China Glaze's
For Audrey
Ugh, they’re all beautiful. I mean, Ten Fold reminds me of sitting at the edge of a pool on a hot day, skimming the top of the water with my hands – doesn’t that sound wonderful? That’s it, I’m going swimming right now!

Well, maybe not quite right now….

If you'd like more pictures, details, an individual post, etc., of any of the polishes, let me know!

Thank you for reading! You are welcome to leave a comment and/or question(s) in the section below :)

All products were purchased myself.

Cold Fusion, 2 coats over OPI's 4 In the Morning.
I wish the color shift was more distinct, but I love
the colors.
Mega (S)
Phoenix (H), 2 coats over and partnered
with OPI's 4 In the Morning.
Long Walks. This has more subtle holographic shimmer and
floating gold specks.
ILNP typical bottle, rubberized grip cap, name labelled
on the bottom.
ILNP typical shipment packaging. The tissue
paper has the ILNP heart circle logo print.