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Awkward reindeer.
This year’s Christmas has been manic and all sorts of crazy/fat fun. It’s the one time of the year that my cheer overtakes my general bitchiness, and all I want to do is throw confetti/honey baked ham at people in the most loving way possible.
I can’t believe it’s all almost over; I’m not ready to say goodbye to these antlers just yet. In any case, my sister and I are about to cap off this excellent day with the made-for-TV B-movie, A Diva’s Christmas Carol, and possibly the original animated version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
I hope you’ve all had the merriest merriest merriest Christmas, everyone! God bless us, everyone! ♡♡♡

Awkward reindeer.

This year’s Christmas has been manic and all sorts of crazy/fat fun. It’s the one time of the year that my cheer overtakes my general bitchiness, and all I want to do is throw confetti/honey baked ham at people in the most loving way possible.

I can’t believe it’s all almost over; I’m not ready to say goodbye to these antlers just yet. In any case, my sister and I are about to cap off this excellent day with the made-for-TV B-movie, A Diva’s Christmas Carol, and possibly the original animated version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

I hope you’ve all had the merriest merriest merriest Christmas, everyone! God bless us, everyone! ♡♡♡

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The Wish List


Every year, I post one of these things, and I love that I hardly ever get anything that’s on it. I’m not being sarcastic, I’m saying that my friends and family are too cool for school and awesome at giving gifts I didn’t even know I wanted. That still doesn’t stop me from doing it every year. HAHAHA.

Without further ado, the 2011 Christmas Wish List:


Phyto Phytomist Instant Hydrating Conditioner
AKA the spray of my dreams.


Gift Certificates
Whoever said GCs are the gifts of the lazy never met me. I LOVE GCs. In fact, I think it’s quite sweet that you’d rather let me get me something I really like instead of something you’re unsure of. That said, I don’t care where it’s from or how much it’s worth, I’ll most probably use it.


Krylon Glitter Blast
I mean, it’s glitter spray paint. And there’s a sealer. It must be mine.


Organizing Things
Divided plastic compartments and bins are my life.


Anything White Tea and Ginger from Alice Blue
It’s my favorite scent of theirs. Kesyo room spray or candle, I don’t care! Let me swim in it. (OA lang.)


Make-up/Hair Stuff
I don’t really need it, but I’ll always accept it. Hahahahahaha kikay habits die hard.


Loose beads/old vintage jewelry pieces
Doesn’t matter if they’re old or broken or what. Last year, my cousin gave me these beautiful pendant-like shells she found at the beach, and it was one of the most thoughtful presents I’ve ever received. (The truth is revealed: cheap lang ako. Hahahahahaha)


Polymer Clay
The metallic ones like antique gold, 18k gold, regular gold, and silver are my favorites. (Obviously.)


English Breakfast Tea
My most favorite caffeinated beverage ever. Rarrrr.


Kiln
I know. The idea of a kiln alone makes me feel like I should have my hair up in dreds or something, but the people in my house are freaking out about my use of our oven for my jewelry crafting. HAHAHA.


PMC or Precious Metal Clay
If not the actual product, at least a lead as to any local suppliers. This could be the answer to all my prayers!


Macbook Pro
I have lost the “Z” key on my bedazzled black Mac (who I fondly refer to as Obamac) and spend the rest of my days praying it doesn’t quit on me. I love you Obamac. Please don’t leave me.

Truth be told, I’d settle for Christmas ham and some good company, but I don’t think there’s any harm in wishing. Happy holidays everyone! What are you wishing for?

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MAN-icures and Guyliner

Speaking of all things nail varnish, I came across this article from Allure.

EvolutionMan, a men’s grooming line, is coming out with a nail varnish line exclusive to men. It boasts 3 colors — a pale gray, metallic purple, and a gunmetal — together with a matte topcoat and a regular shiny topcoat.

I’m down for guys getting manis and pedis — it means they pay attention to grooming, and that’s always a good thing. But the foray into male-exclusive metallics is, and I hope I don’t offend anyone by saying so, pretty confusing.

This is one of those trends for men that’s along the same vein as “guyliner.”  A few really hot or supremely cool guys pulled it off and now someone wants to market it to everyone else.

It’s unkind, especially because it probably shouldn’t be attempted unless the man in question is loaded with sex appeal or otherworldly coolness, like Jared Leto or Ely Buendia (he can do no wrong in my eyes). When those guys don a nice black smudge under the peepers, I don’t mind. I hardly even notice. It seems almost natural, an  effortless part of their aesthetic.

But then these guys get inspired and I don’t know what to do:

Adam from Secret Circle, who needs to tell me what his smudge-free waterproof khol of choice is. Tears and no smearing? Two words: HOLY GRAIL!

Richard Alpert from Lost, who is now Detective Machado from Ringer. And in both series, “machado” niyang feel yung eyeliner niya.

David Cook, what did you do.

Sweet baby Jesus.

See what I mean?

In any case, guys who are inclined to paint their nails already do so, and they’re fine purchasing Bobbie, Essie, Cutex, or OPI (which don’t particularly discriminate as brands exclusive to females). Putting it in cylindrical bottles and stamping the word “man” on it doesn’t necessarily make it any more approachable to a wider variety of men.

So unless the takers are the cast of The Vampire Diaries, and we are now entitled to “evolved” male sleepover scenes that involve painting each other’s nails… (Pause, take a minute, imagine it. IKR.)

…it’s probably best to leave a good thing alone.

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Day of the Dead: Evil Eye Nail Art

Pamela Love tweeted the photo above, talking about Evil Eye nail art. She says it’s her favorite Halloween nail trend, and I agree, mainly because I have been fascinated with the evil eye for some time now.

The evil eye, for those of you who may not know, is known to be a malevolent stare. (As in, “She’s been giving me the evil eye.”) But I don’t just mean bitchy girls who give you the toe-up every single time, but the kind from people who bear actual ill will and deep-seated envy. These stares from people with unkind intentions are believed in many regions all over the world to contain a sort of curse upon the object being looked at.

The charms and talismans you often see, like the ones below, are meant to protect against the evil eye. They are commonly made in shades of blue, but there are variants in different colors. It is said that if you wear this, the eye acts like a mirror, sending the curse right back to the person trying to wish you harm.

So while I’m not a wild fan of funky nail art, I decided to take a swing at this one. Something about its DIY-ability drew me in, and it really is quite easy to do. All you need is a steady hand and some color sense. I apologize in advance for the photo quality, but nevertheless, let’s get started!

1. Decide on a palette. I was out of blues so I went with a green palette. (Which, historically, might not be the smartest idea, as in some areas it is believed that green eyes bear the curse. C’est la vie!)

L-R: Chanel Peridot. OPI Skull and Glossbones. OPI Stranger Tides. OPI Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow. Seche Vite Fast Drying Topcoat.

2. If you don’t have nail art tools (which I don’t), be creative! Use the back of a paint brush, an old pen, a toothpick, a bobby pin. You’ll need three sizes for each of the dots.

You’ll also need a sheet of scratch paper where you can brush on a few drops of the polish. This will serve as your working area.

L-R: Blender tool. Paintbrush. Bobby pin.

3. Now you’re ready to start! Paint the entire nail with your base (mine is Chanel Peridot, a beautiful gold/green duochrome). Let it dry.

4. Using a white/near-white shade (I used OPI Skull and Glossbones, a super pale gray), drip some onto your work sheet. A good rule of thumb is one or 2 brush-fulls. You can always add more later.

Dip your largest tool in the color.

Dot it in the center of the nail. I prefer my dots not to be too perfect, just so it looks a bit more rock and roll. Let dry.

Drip some of your iris color onto your work sheet (mine was a combination of OPI Stranger Tides and Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow). Dip in your medium tool.

Dot it over the white base. Let dry.


Drip some of your pupil color onto your work sheet. (I used OPI Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow.) Dip in your smallest tool and dot it over your iris color. Let dry.

Finish off with a top coat, and you should get something like this:

I think it looks cool and different without being too orchestrated/over-the-top, as other nail art is wont to do. Give it a whirl, and the next time someone gives you the evils, toss up those tootsies and send it right back!

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