Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Whole Damn Year!?

 purchased by me 

Has it really been a YEAR since I started this blog?  Really?  Anniversaries always make me sentimental and introspective, so there will be some rambling on my blogging past and future after the polishy part of this post.

It wouldn't be one of my blogaversaries without a magnetic polish.  They're basically what got me started four (FOUR!?) years ago.  Quick recap of my blogging origin story for any new readers...  My blog ex-wife, Nichole of Bedlam Beauty, and I were entranced by a YouTube video of Layla Magneffect polishes waaay back maybe five years ago.  When drugstore and salon brands started putting out magnetics, I bought Sally Hansen Silver Elements and instantly needed more.  A google rabbithole led me to Scrangie's swatches of a few Nabi Magnetic shades.  I had to have some, especially Wine.  I ordered Dark Wine by mistake and posted about that four years ago today, but me being me, Wine was still sitting around untried.  Since it's my blogaversary and magnetics are back, it's time to fix that.  I decided to merge an old polish and a new magnet.

Wine is a deep red magnetic with a red pull.

I never stopped loving magnetics, but I am so fucking happy that they're trendy again!  Neodymium "cat eye" magnets have brought a new twist and made things much easier.  They're stronger than iron magnets and the pull they create is so much sharper.  Unfortunately, it can still settle out as the polish dries.  I haven't managed to get a super crisp "eye" yet.  It comes out just fine when I use magnetic gels, but 30 seconds of lamp curing freezes the design in place better than air drying conventional polish ever could.  The photo above was my second try.  My first really settled back out...

...but it still looked so damn cool!

I never make videos, but the motion of the pull is the best part of magnetics, so...

The glow of Wine fucking kills me.


Wine is still around on eBay and Amazon if you're lemming it.  Just be advised, it's a stainer.  It turned my gel base orange!  I've never had that happen before.

Now the heavy-ish stuff.  The past few years have been...well...fairly shitty for me.  Blogging has been a bright spot in all of that.  I haven't been posting as much lately, but I'm not even thinking of quitting.  It's been a long time since I've been able to do stuff.  Now that I've had the surgery and recovered, I'm not dragging myself along through everything.  It's brought me back to life.  That's not an exaggeration.  When I feel like going out, I can just change my clothes and go.  I've even started wearing makeup again.  I've been cleaning the house too.  It's beyond great to be able to just do things without pain and instant exhaustion.  There's so much that I neglected while I was sick and/or crazy and it's going to take me a while to get my life, my home, and my body back to where they should be.  Ideally, I'd blog 2-4 times a week, but I just don't have the time or motivation to do it that often right now.  There are other places I need to be and other things I need to do.  Once the house is clean, I'll pick up the pace again.  It'll be a while.  Things are getting better, but it's slow going and the place was a wreck.  I'll probably post slowly over the rest of the summer and pick up the pace for the Fall collections in August.

So here's to a year of Some Weird Sin and to many more to come!

 all products in this post were purchased by me 

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