Monthly Archives: June 2012

My nail polish collection and nail art materials

Long overdue entry.  Tring requested this months ago but I kept forgetting about it.  (Sorry Tring XD).

Anyway, in this post I will show you guys the stuff I use to make my nail art.

First, let’s talk about my nail polish collection.  Contrary to what most people believe, I don’t actually own a lot.  I usually just stick to wearing black, silver, purple, red or pink and decorate them using stickers and other stuff.  Also, I normally throw out old bottles the minute they start drying up because I hate streaky nails.  So even though I’m always buying new ones, my entire collection can fit in these three small baskets I got at the Dollar Tree last January.

Here’s a closeup of the bottles grouped according to brand:

Etude House Petit Darling Nails (P48 each).  I use these a lot because I love pastel shades.

Etude House Petit Darling HD Beam Nails (P98 each).  I love the purple and silver one.  The rest I normally just use when I do nail art.

Wet and Wild (I think I got these for 99 cents each at Walgreens).  The pink glittery polish on the far left is one of my absolute faves!  It’s so saturated with glitter than you can use it by itself (just layer on a few coats) and end up with sparkly pink nails :D

I didn’t realize I owned a lot of these Caronia polishes until I took pictures for this entry.  I always thought I only had about 2 or 3 of them.  They’re only about P35 (the smaller ones) so sometimes I grab a bottle when we go grocery shopping.  Anyway I like using the sparkly beige shades for my toes because they make my feet look feminine yet natural.  (Although these days my toenails are usually red with gold glitter.)

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Week 23/52 : Some bunny loves you

Random self portrait. I’m still 3 weeks behind on my project so I just grabbed these bunny ears and took some pictures because it matched my outfit. I wore this for Father’s Day dinner last Sunday. Our family went to church then we had dinner at this new (sorta) restaurant called Isdaan. The food was pretty good and I liked that they had performers to entertain the audience, but I still prefer Kamayan sa Palaisdaan because it’s peaceful and less crowded. (And the food’s so much cheaper XD)

Anyway, it’s now the second week of the semester and so far so good. I haven’t met all my classes yet since majority of them fall on Tuesdays and these were declared holidays for the past two weeks. But I’ve enjoyed all the other classes I was able to have and I can’t wait to get to know my students a bit more :D

Outtake:

(I was actually thinking of making this my main upload since my pose in the top photo is very similar to my Week 3 self portrait this year, but Ezra told me she liked that one better so I posted it anyway.)

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(EZRA) 22/52 : Passion

Red and black <3

I love her red hair extensions. She bought them last weekend when we attended Toycon 2012.

She’s always wanted red streaks in her hair.  She actually went to a salon years ago to get it professionally done but it didn’t turn out too nicely.  The red showed up at the top of her head, but it faded to a dull brown as it went down.  And the red didn’t remain vibrant for long.  After a few weeks it turned into some sort of brassy, orangey color.  It took her years to grow out the colored hair because she didn’t want to dye it black.  (She had a severe allergic reaction to a henna tattoo back in college and the doctor told her that she should stay away from any sort of black dye from then on.)  She got most of the dyed hair chopped off this summer, but you can still see a hint of the orange in this shot.

Anyway, she’s really happy to have found these extensions.  They’re the perfect length for her and the SA told us that they were made of high temperature synthetics, which means that she can can flat iron or curl them and they would be fine.  If only she knew about them years ago, she could have avoided the whole hair dye fiasco.  And they were really cheap too!   (I should have gotten a few for myself as well.)

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(EZRA) 21/52 : Rainmaker

This is actually a re-creation of an old photomanipulation I did way back in 2007.  That was when I first started out on deviantart and I had just discovered Photoshop.  Back then I had a lot of free time so I spent hours browsing through the lovely stocks they had on dA and coming up with photomanipulations.  I miss those days.  These days I can barely find time to shoot a simple self portrait.

Anyway, Ezra told me that she wanted to do something rain-related because of the current weather here in the Philippines, so I showed her my old photomanip.  She loved the concept so we decided to make something similar for her self portrait.

Water and cloud brushes from redheadstock.deviantart.com.

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Toycon 2012 Haul

Last Saturday Ezra and I attended the 11th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention (ToyCon 2012) with Ckloy and our cousins.  My cousins were excited to see the cosplayers, but Ezra and I were more interested in the stuff they had for sale inside the convention.  We stuck together most of the time but it was really crowded inside and at some point I got separated from them.  I took this as my chance to go around on my own and get some shopping done :D    Here’s my haul from the event:

Upon entering Megatrade Hall 1, we found Chikara hats and Ezra bought a Jake beanie for Kurt.  The also sold all sorts of glasses and I ended up buying these super adorable Hello Kitty frames

I found a booth selling NYX makeup and ended up getting one of their lipbalms and jumbo pencils.  It’s such a coincidence because KayC recommended the NYX lipbalm just a few days ago and I told her I wish I knew where I could get them in the Philippines.  And now I have one. Yay :D

I got these cute vintage earrings for for only P50 each

Adorable cellphone case for my Galaxy S2 for only P195

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Week 22/52 : The camera captures light, our minds capture images

This was supposed to be my submission for TOTW‘s “vintage” week. Unfortunately I could’t find time to edit it earlier and now it’s too late to submit it to the group.

As you probably already know (since I’ve mentioned it several times now) I’ve recently just graduated.  But what I haven’t told you is that as soon as I got my certificate of graduation (since my diploma isn’t available yet) I reapplied for my old teaching job at the university and they agreed to take me back ^___^ Since I already have my Masters degree, I will be returning as an assistant professor. Can you believe it?  Me!  A professor!!  “Assistant” professor, but a professor nonetheless :D  I don’t know about you but when I hear people say “professor” I always picture a distinguished old man wearing a suit and bowtie, sitting on some fancy armchair in his office while reading a classic novel and smoking a pipe.  I certainly don’t imagine a tiny little girl who spends her days reading paranormal romance novels, watching Asian dramas and lurking around the internet. XD

Anyway, I’m thrilled to be back. My first class will be on Friday, I can’t wait :D

(The camera I’m holding in this picture is a Yashica rangefinder. It belonged to my adviser – he collects all sorts of vintage cameras. When he left the university he gave all his advisees a camera to remember him by. He told us they were all in working condition, but we’ve never really tried to use them XD)

Wallpaper texture came from HERE

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(EZRA) 20/52 : Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.

I’m uploading this *so* late!  The school year has started so I’ve been really busy again.  Ezra and I are 3 weeks behind on our self portraits, ack.

Anyway we shot this in our garden a few weeks ago.  But I only managed to edit ad upload it to Flickr earlier this week.  The flowers came from Baguio.  Ezra and my mom went there last month for a week-long workshop.

Title came from a quote by Gerard De Nerval.

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Book Review : Dark Swan series

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This was the third (complete) Richelle Mead series I read in the past two months.  It was interesting and different from her other two series and I enjoyed it a lot, but not as much as the others.  Probably because the heroine in this story annoyed the hell out of me – but I’ll talk more about that later.

I was a little hesitant to pick this series up because after reading about vampires, demons and succubi, a book about fairies and shamans sounded a little too fluffy for me.  However, with just a few pages into the first book, I realized that this was obviously not the case.  The fairies in this stories (AKA “The Shining Ones” or “gentries”, as they liked to be called) were not the tiny Tinkerbell pixies I imagined them to be – they resembled humans except they have to ability to wield magic and can live up to centuries.  Most of them are pretty badass fighters too.  I enjoyed reading about the different gentry kingdoms and the interaction between the human world and the fairy world (AKA the Otherworld).

Unlike the other Richelle Mead series I read, this one is composed of 4 books instead of her usual 6:

  • Storm Born
  • Thorn Queen
  • Iron Crowned
  • Shadow Heir

Here’s a brief summary of the first book from the author’s website:

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy–one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her…

Below are my thoughts on each book.  As usual they are FULL OF SPOILERS, so stop reading now if you’re thinking of reading the series:

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STORM BORN

In this first book the readers are introduced to the three worlds (the human world, Otherworld and Underworld) and the roles they play.  The main character, Eugenie is a powerful shaman who hunts down gentries who cross over to the human world.   Her job mostly requires her to stay in the human world, until she accepts a job where she is forced to go to the Otherworld to retrieve Jasmine, a fourteen year old girl who was taken by Aeson (the king who rules the Alder Land).  During her trip to the Otherworld she learns her true heritage as the Storm King’s daughter and hears about a prophecy which foretells that the Storm King’s first grandson would continue his quest to conquer the human world.  Naturally, this places her in danger – gentries all over are coming to either rape her with the hope of  fathering the powerful heir, or to kill her to prevent the prophecy from coming true.  Fortunately she meets Dorian, the Oak King, and he agrees to help her on her mission to retrieve Jasmine.  Aside from that, he teaches her how to control her magic and makes her see that gentries are not as evil as she was led to believe.

This book really drew me in.  I thought it was a great start for this series.  I never thought I’d be interested in fairies or shape shifters but I loved reading about all the magic and the gentry politics.  I enjoyed this book a lot but I must say that I wasn’t really a big fan of Eugenie from the start.  Sure she’s strong and stands for her beliefs, but she’s also whiny, selfish and a bit too slutty for my taste.

I did like the little love triangle in this book.  I liked seeing the contrasting personalities of the two dudes – Kiyo is rough and untamed and liked to be in on the action, while Dorian is more refined and charming.  (He’s also ambitious and conniving and managed to  trick Eugenie into claiming a kingdom that she didn’t want, but c’mon.  Is that such a bad thing?  He gave her a freaking kingdom and she gets angry at him for that?)  The two guys are interesting but if I were Eugenie I would have dropped Kiyo from the very beginning and just settled down with Dorian.  Kiyo was alluring at first and they had a lot to talk about, but after Dorian’s first appearance I was pretty much hooked on him.  I didn’t really like Kiyo after the first few chapters, there was just too much mystery about him.  And the fact that he has a child with the queen of Willow Land makes things even more complicated.  I was hoping things between him and Eugenie would end after he “died” during the battle at the Alder land, but Eugenie somehow managed to bring him back, tch.  I would have preferred it if she just left him in the Underworld and just stayed by Dorian’s side.

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THORN QUEEN

After becoming queen of Thorn Land, Eugenie travels back and forth the Otherworld and the human world to perform her royal duties.   She finds herself confused because she now has to protect and care for the same people she viewed as her enemies not so long ago.  Thankfully Dorian is there to assist her, whether she likes it or not.  He introduces her to Ysabel, a gentry-clone of Eugenie who he takes as his mistress after Eugenie cast him aside at the end of Storm Born.  Ysabel obviously doesn’t like Eugenie because she knows how much Dorian cares about her, but she is forced to teach her how to control her magic under Dorian’s orders.

As queen, Eugenie makes frequent visits to the villages in her kingdom and discovers that humans have been kidnapping gentry girls and bringing them back to the human world for some sort of sick sex trade.  She tries to rescue them but ends up getting captured herself by order of Leigh, the Prince of Rowan Land.  Like other gentries, he is ambitious and has plans to father the Storm King’s heir.  He imprisons and rapes her for a week (which is horrible and terrifying and I’m glad that Richelle Mead didn’t feel the need to explain what happens in detail) before she is rescued by Dorian, Kiyo and Roland (her shaman stepfather).  Her anger drives her to want to kill Leigh, but Kiyo stops her and tells her that her actions will only cause war between her kingdom and the Rowan Land.  However, Dorian feels the same as Eugenie and takes things into his own hands by running Leigh through with a sword.  As a result Katrice (the Rowan Queen) declares war on both their kingdom.

I liked Dorian in Storm Born, but I LOVED him in this book!  He’s a great king who obviously cares about his land and subjects.  He’s also witty, charming, smart and goes out of his way to help Eugenie.  Honestly, I don’t understand why she kept trying to make things work with Kiyo.  Sure she describes him as “hot”, but aside from the physical attraction, there was really nothing between them.  They talked and bonded for one night, but other than that I didn’t really see anything that would make her want to stay with him.  Dorian on the other hand knew her more than she knew herself, and he was always there for her during her hard times. And after she got raped, Dorian was the one who stepped up and dealt Leigh’s punishment.  While I appreciated Kiyo’s attempt at trying to avoid war, I still agreed with Dorian’s actions.  Call me crazy, but when he surprised everyone by stabbing Leigh despite Kiyo’s attempt to calm things down, I just wanted to hug him and ask him to be my own personal knight in shining armor.  I’m so happy that Eugenie finally realized what a great guy he was and dumped Kiyo for him.

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INSTABITS : May 2012

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here on my blog yet, but my parents got me a new phone when I graduated last April.  (Well, my graduation was in April, but they bought me the phone towards the end of March.)  My old phone was over 5 years old, so I was pretty excited :D  I was torn between the iPhone 4s and the Samsung Galaxy S2, but in the end I went for the S2 since I already have my iPod and I can get most of the iPhone apps on there anyway.

My new baby, complete with fingerprint smudges XD

I loaded it up with games and all sorts of apps but mostly I use it as a camera and as an alarm clock.  I downloaded an ebook reader for it too (Aldiko) but I still prefer to use my iPod to read books.

Anyway, about two months ago, Instagram was finally made available to Android users :D  Because of this, I decided to start this little thing here on my blog called Instabits where I will post all (or most of) my Instagram uploads for the month.  (I know, the title is so unoriginal but I think it’s cute.  I was initially thinking of calling it Insta-life, but Instabits reminds me of cereal, and I love cereal XD).  This is my very fist Instabits post, and hopefully I’ll be able to keep this up :)

This entry is meant for May, but I decided to include a couple of my uploads from late April too.  I’ll try to keep the captions as they are, except when I feel like I need to elaborate on something since most of my captions are pretty short.

(Also, if you’re expecting some kind of flow or story, you’re most likely going to end up disappointed.  These entries are meant to be photo dumps of pictures taken by my phone.  Think of them as tiny fragments of my life.)

All dressed up to attend Ezra’s graduation :)

Congrats dear sis!

Ezra and me with our cousins at her hooding/recognition ceremony :)

Kupos! Brinks and me at Ezra’s and my graduation party (April 29)

*love*love* (also taken during our grad party)

Amie and me after my teaching demo and IMSP interview last May 2.

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Favorite quotes and moments from the Georgina Kincaid series

I made an entry like this for the Vampire Academy series, so I figured I might as well make one for the Georgina Kincaid series too since I love them equally. Enjoy!

SUCCUBUS BLUES

We all have moments of weakness. It’s how we recover from them that really counts.

Love is rarely flawless. Humans delude themselves by thinking it has to be. It is the imperfection that makes love perfect. – Carter

Sometimes you wake up from a dream. Sometimes you wake up in a dream. And sometimes, every once in a while, you wake up in someone else’s dream

Very often the things we most desire come only after much patience and struggle.

Look, don’t get me wrong. I worship the ground this guy walks on. I’m excited to meet him tonight. I’m dying to meet him tonight. If he wanted to carry me off and make me his love slave, I’d do it, so long as I got advance copies of his books. – Georgina

“It’s important to keep up appearances with books,” I explained. “Image goes a long way in this business.”

He dared a look over at me, still nervous but steadily recovering his composure. “I go more for content.”

“Really?” I repositioned slightly so that we were touching again, the soft flannel of his shirt brushing my bare skin. “Because I could have sworn a moment ago you were pretty caught up in outside appearance.”

His eyes shifted down again, but I could see a smile curving his lips. “Well. Some things are so striking, they can’t help but draw attention to themselves.”

“And doesn’t that make you curious about what’s inside?”

“Mostly it makes me want to get you some advanced copies.”

Advanced copies? What did he—?

“Seth? Seth, where—ah, there you are.” Paige turned down our aisle, Doug following behind. She brightened when she saw me, and I felt my stomach sink out of me and hit the floor with a thud as I put two and two together. No. No. It couldn’t be—

“Ah, Georgina. I see you’ve already met Seth Mortensen.”

Sleep with Seth Mortensen? Good grief. It was the most preposterous thing I’d ever heard. It was appalling. If I absorbed his life force, there was no telling how long it’d be until his next book came out.

“I hope I redeemed myself with the whole dancing-sex comparison.”

“I suppose there were a couple of notable similarities,” I observed, holding a straight face.

“A couple? What about attention to detail, heavy exertion, lots of sweat, and single-minded determinedness to get the job done and done well?”

“Mostly I was thinking you just don’t talk during sex.” Mean perhaps, but I couldn’t resist.

“Well, my mouth has better things to do.”

I swallowed, my own mouth dry. “Are we still talking about dancing?”

To Thetis,

Long overdue, I know, but every often the things we most desire come only after much patience and struggle. That is a human truth, I think. Even Peleus knew that.

-Seth

SUCCUBUS ON TOP

“When you say ‘old friend,’ are we talking, like…since the Ice Age?”

“No. Of course not.”

“Oh.”

“It’s only been about four hundred years.”

Are you kidding? You’re the most interesting person I know. Aside from Hugh maybe. But then, he installs breast implants and buys souls. That’s a hard combination to beat. But he’s not nearly as cute. – Georgina

“It’s Dana! She’s back early.” He ran his hand frantically over Mitch’s neat, blonde hair. “What’s she want? What’s she doing here?

“Maybe she wants Reese’s pot back”

“This is my chance! She’s here alone. She wants me. Quick.” He yanks my arm and dragged me to the stairs. I cried out in suprise.

“Get out of sight. Throw that away.”

“I’m not throwing this away! Besides, you don’t think she’ll notice that your whole fucking house smells like this? Jesus. Your pupils are the size of her granny panties. Virtuous or not, she isn’t stupid.”

You’re wondrous and powerful and gifted, but even you can’t save me from hurting. No one can do that for anyone. I can make things perfect in the fictions I create, but the real world isn’t so kind. That’s just how it is. And anyway, for every bad thing in life, there are more good things to tip the balance. – Seth

SUCCUBUS DREAMS

“What kind of sick bastard burns down a Christmas tree?”

Hugh and I exchanged glances. “That’s an excellent question,” I said dryly.

Peter looked startled. “Was it you?” he asked Hugh.

“No,” said the imp. “It was Carter.”

“Your Christmas tree was burned down by an angel?” asked Cody.

“Yup. The irony isn’t lost on me”

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