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Darling Diva Polish-Chunky PB&J

Hi all! This is my second stab at this post. Safari is a fickle beast, and my MacBook Pro sucks (in part because it’s running on an older OS, and my disk drive is broken, so I can’t upgrade it). So, let’s try this again, shall we?

Today I have Darling Diva Polish’s Chunky PB&J, a grape jam purple holo with copper colored hex glitters. It’s got a little more oomph holo-wise than my last holo from her (Slutty Pumpkin), and applies easily. The first coat was a tad streaky, but coat two evened it out beautifully, and coat three was essentially to just deepen the color a little bit and get a couple more glitters on thar.

Here’s a couple of bottle shots-still working on getting lighting down pat, so please keep in mind that this color is a tad lighter than it appears in the photos.

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Isn’t it lovely? I love the sparklies. ❤ A couple of the photos are a little blurred to help you see the holographic effect.

And here it is on my nails!

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In the photo directly above it’s easiest to see the holographic effect on my ring finger. Love it! And the glitters were not difficult to get out, nor to apply. 🙂 Definitely worth the money spent!

You can buy Darling Diva Polishes here on etsy for $12, which is a little more than her other polishes due to the amount of holographic material used in the polish. Again-totally worth it. 😀

I’ll be back soon with the next one in this order! Until next time, keep warm!

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Something in the Drive

I woke up this morning to a happy, smiling baby face as I often do, and after some cuddles, got up and opened the curtains and scanned the yard for animals. This is a precaution I take nowadays to prevent my dog from being moose curb-stomped. This morning there were no moose, but there was something sitting in my driveway. It looked very much like an overly fat cat.

So I scampered out to the front door (starkers!) and braved a blast of -45 or -50F cold to make kitty-call noises and see if I could get the poor thing inside. It’s just too cold to be a cat outside today. I was worried the poor thing was freezing, as it was hunkered down in the driveway in a fluffy mound.

No movement. Crud. This was not looking good. I decided to make a strategic move and let the dog out to pee while I checked on the baby. Baby had, it turned out, followed me to the living room. I went to the window in the study. The animal was still. Then…it turned its head. First one way, 90 degrees, and then to the front, and then the other way, 90 degrees. Something tickled in my brain at the movement and I had a sudden suspicion that had to be verified.

The dog came back in without a hitch, I plopped Baby into his playpen prison, got dressed and booted, and then started crunching my way down the driveway to see if I was correct. About fifteen or twenty feet away from it, I spooked it, and what turned out to be an absolutely enormous owl opened its wings up and flew off into the timber surrounding my home.

I’m wishing I’d at least gotten a bad picture of it through the window, now, but it was just too cold to have my camera outside without risking harm to it, and I didn’t think to try and photograph it from the indoors until it was too late. But it was an interesting and definitively Alaskan way to start the morning. As much as I complain about the cold, I dearly love days like this!

A-England’s St. George

Just a quick update-things have been busy here! It’s down to -20F most days now, and with the cold comes a few household maintenances that have been put off for a bit too long.

The formula on this, like the other a-England polish I have (Dragon) was phenomenal. The polish is *very* pigmented, requiring only one coat to be opaque! It dried to a fine shine, though I slapped some Seche Vite on top because hey, I’m a mom, and my baby wakes up randomly and makes me smudge my polish a lot. HA. Sadly, the SV shrunk it up a tad, and so by day two my tips are showing. 😦

The scattered holo in this is very fine, and does not appear in normal lighting. Even in sunlight, you have to be paying attention. Just keep that in mind! And now, without further ado: photos!

You can really see the holo sparkles in the bottle here!

This matches my favorite mug!

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Such a luscious teal!

 

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Bottle shot 2, full sun

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Bottle shot, full sun

Next time I’ll add a bonus shot with the matching mug. 😉 Ta for now, sweethearts!

Neither Lacquer nor Liquor! Angel Food Cake

It’s been snowy lately, so I haven’t gone to the store for more beer to review. And I’ve spent my nail polish budget for the month! I have a few more to review, but after a fit of rage following a mis-cut of a few nails, I no longer have any nails. Cut ’em to the quick. While they grow back, I’ll be posting about other goings-on here in Fairbanks and another couple of brews.

Because it’s been so snowy and gloomy outside lately, I decided it was time to do some baking! Perfect timing for that kind of energy, as today is also my husband’s thirtieth birthday. Happy Birthday, Vince! 🙂 He requested strawberry shortcake, but after considering the kind of shortcake he usually picks up at the store, I decided angel food cake would be closer and went looking for a recipe.

As usual, Alton Brown had my back. His recipe, here, even includes a large clip from the show that has him making the cake, so there was very little room to mess up! I had a new Nordicware specially-shaped pan (their buttercup pan, which I picked out so that we could pile whipped cream and strawberries in the middle!) and a glass angel food cake pan. I had my trusty KitchenAid mixer, which I bought last summer at a garage sale for just $50. And I had all the ingredients. The egg whites were room temp, the flour and sugar were sifted. Everything was ready.

Set the mixer going with the egg whites and such in it, as per the recipe, and when it reached medium peaks, I was ready to fold in the flour/sugar mixture with my spatula…

…that I’d forgotten broke a few weeks ago and is now MIA somewhere as a baby toy.

So I folded it in with my hand.

Egg whites, *everywhere.*

My kitchen’s now a sticky, horrific mess, and the cakes came out a little denser than I’d’ve liked, thanks to a little overmixing (and not folding the flour in promptly enough-halfway through Little Man fell down and bonked his head!). But the little cakes especially came out beautifully, and are very tasty! The big one’s a little undercooked towards the bottom but I’ll just cut that part off and we’ll be good to go. 🙂

Have some pictures!

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See y’all next time! I’ll try to start on a M-W-F update schedule. Ta!

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