Themed Nails: Gatsby & Sherlock

January 9th, 2014 | Posted in Beauty, Geekery, Movies, TV by Meli

So if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I took on not one, but TWO themed parties in the span of a week. Some may call it crazy, I call it a challenge. First off was our Great Gatsby New Years Eve bash. I had a lot of fun decorating our place with glitter, sequins and fringe, but lets be honest. What gets me most excited are the themed mani’s that come along with events!

I didn’t have a whole lot of time, so I had to look over great tutorials, such as this one, before settling on the one you see above (reference). I have to say that it was a super easy manicure to achieve and it looked fantastic! I was complimented on it for days afterwards and it held up nicely.

Gatsby Nails
Two coats of Essie‘s Shifting Power
Two coats of China Glaze‘s Smoke & Ashes, stopping a little short to create the reverse french effect
One heaping coat of Sally Hansen‘s Big Matte Top Coat only over the black portion

Only a few days later, we hosted a viewing party for the new series of BBC’s Sherlock, which I can honestly say is my new favorite show. I have an unhealthy addiction to it and just can’t get enough. It’s been awhile since I’ve felt the fangirl burn inside of me so bright! Of course, I would have these feelings for a show that only airs 3 episodes every 2 years. I hate you, Moffat. But all that aside: FINGERNAILS (reference).

Sherlock Nails
One coat of Sinful ColorsSnow Me White (or any white polish) over all fingers except your accent
Three coats of Essie‘s Bouncer It’s Me on all nails
Create the Union Jack on your accent nail using a toothpick (it works even better than my dotting tools!)
For the red, I used Essie‘s Aperitif

Also, remember to exercise patience while trying to pull off these manicures. I often do not succeed, but I’m trying my best to learn to sit still! Doing nail art while watching a movie or TV show tends to help keep me occupied.

Happy Hump Day {Role Reversal}: Drew Barrymore

April 10th, 2013 | Posted in Hump Day, Movies by Meli

Drew Barrymore is such a girls girl, isn’t she? I remember she was the first actress I saw and wanted to be like. She was the perfect mix of glamorous and wild: so spontaneous and carefree. I personally think she was at her best in Mad Love (am I dating myself?) and I could watch Never Been Kissed all day every day. But what I love about her the most is her spirit – I wish I could bottle it or somehow channel it. She is also growing an empire: forget just Flower Films – she also has her own wine (Pinot Grigio no less) and just launched a beauty line, Flower Beauty, which I’ve only heard good things about.

Just ask my friend, Ashley. She runs the popular Drew fansite, The Drewseum. Check it out and the rest of this post!

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Happy Hump Day: Josh Hutcherson

March 20th, 2013 | Posted in Hump Day, Movies by Meli

Although Josh is a youngin’, I know all my fellow Hunger Games fans are beyond excited for the next installment, Catching Fire. From set spying via Google Maps to Capitol portraits, the fandom is buzzing so just seeing photos of Mr. Peeta Mellark (whether in or out of character) can make us start counting the days until the premiere. By the way, we are at 246 days. Just sayin’.

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Happy Hump Day: Jennifer Lawrence

March 6th, 2013 | Posted in Hump Day, Movies by Meli

I hate to be so cliche, but I love me some Jennifer Lawrence. Sure, so does the rest of the world, but I’m pretty sure she’s my best friend in hiding. I mean, the world may implode if we meet so it’s best if we keep things this way, right? Obviously. But in all seriousness, this chick is amazing. Not only can she act like a boss, but she is charming, hysterical and geeky all at once. All it takes is a quick search for “Jennifer Lawrence gifs” to instantly fall in love. That love naturally amplified to an all-time high when she took a tumble at the Oscars, gave the finger to a photographer who mocked her for it and completely lost her shit when Jack Nicholson recognized her.

She is the epitome of imperfection and that’s kind of what makes her perfect.

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Happy Hump Day: Alex Pettyfer

July 25th, 2012 | Posted in Hump Day, Movies by Meli

You guys. I saw Magic Mike a couple of weeks ago and I have to admit: I wasn’t all that floored with Channing Tatum. I could honestly do without him. Who really caught my attention? Alex Pettyfer. I had always heard his name thrown around, but I really didn’t know what he looked like. I guess I imagined a little blonde teeny bopper. Not this. And then I found out he was British. Well, that’s entirely not fair. Good job on this one, higher ups. I approve.

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