I have had my first two exams, just one left next Tuesday and my time at university has come to an end! My first exam was awful. The questions were awful and I didn’t know how to answer any of them, even though I spent more time revising that topic than anything else! *grumble* The exam the following day was much better though. I had to complete two questions out of four and I could have done a really good job on all of them! I really enjoyed that topic though, it was about the social psychological issues relating to sexual health of young people. I love a good debate and that topic is full of them. One exam question was to suggest new policies, so I was happy to make up wacky policies for awhile! :)
I can’t believe uni is over. What’s scary is I wanted this day to come for so long, now I’m annoyed about it because I need to find a job. Unfortunately I didn’t get postgraduate funding so I won’t be staying on to do a PhD, which is a little upsetting. I wasn’t too upset because I knew it was a long shot in the current economic climate, but I still hoped I’d be able to stay on and do research as I really enjoy it. Oh well! I’m trying to keep a focus on finishing my exams first, then worry about ‘the future’.
In more fun news, as a reward to myself so being super awesome during one of my exams and finishing uni I decided to buy myself something. For ages I’ve wanted a ukulele and a stylophone, so I bought myself them! Whisking it’s way to me is a gorgeous, shiny red ukulele! Strange things to buy? Yep. Completely awesome things to buy? Definitely! :)
Also, I’m going to see Art Brut again next week! :P I made a big deal about it last time, so I’ll try contain my excitement this time :) Current favourite song from the new album is Bad Comedian which sports the line, ’He dresses like he came free with the NME! How can you bear to hold his hand? I bet he signs his name in Comic Sans!’ <3 Aww, Comic Sans, “the most controversial font of our time”. Soo friendly! <3
Anyhoo, to pictures of my lovely long nails which I am mourning the loss of. I write faster with short nails so I cut them for my exams. I liked them the length and shape they were, but alas they had to go. I picked up this polish in Asda when I went to visit my family last month. It really stood out from the others on the huge stand of super cheap, but very nice polishes because is has a lovely blue/purple duochrome in it. Of course it is a nightmare to photograph, but I manged to get one, out of focus but accurate picture of it.
The polish was quite fast drying, but it was very sheer. I definitely needed 3-4 coats to get this finish, but it’s a gorgeous colour so it was worth it. I will definitely pick up more of these polishes if I see a colour that I like, for £1.50 you can’t go wrong!
Here is my out of focus attempt to capture that duochrome. My silly phone camera was obsessed with focusing on the background of everything that day. You can see the base of my nails are more purple? That’s what the polish looks like in real life, but I couldn’t capture it in a normal shot.
I gave myself the day off today from revision. Instead of resting or doing something fun I cleaned the windows, I was really bored not revising. I’m not right sometimes. When my instruments arrive I’ll be able to play with those instead! Do any of you lovely people play instruments? Or want to play one?
I hope everyones exams are going well and everyone is having a lovely week! :) xxxx
I have just got home from finally seeing the latest Harry Potter film! It was good and didn’t verge to far from the book, I’m glad I went to see it. Now to find the time to see Tron!
It’s now Christmas Eve, wooooo! I’m going to try and get one of my assignments done when I get up tomorrow so that I can have Christmas day off without feeling guilty. I can’t believe the first week of the Christmas break has gone already! I’ve done all my Christmas food shopping, so I don’t have to leave the house for at least a week now. I raided M&S, so I’m set for a lovely Christmas dinner! Nom nom!
Anyway, a quick nail polish post! This is Models Own Feeling Blue. I bought it months ago online, but when I saw it in person I wasn’t too keen on it. It looked really sheer and when I tested it on one nail I wasn’t impressed. So into the box it went to be forgotten, until I randomly felt like blue nails the other day. I found this one and thought it deserved another chance. I put on one coat and it was horrible, all sheer and brush marks, but I persevered and put on a second coat and it suddenly turned into this!
It’s a lovely frosty/icy blue. It is still a bit on the sheer side, but another coat should fix that. I also used this as a base on my frosty patchwork manicure. Do you have some sad, lonely polishes that you have shoved in a box after a quick test? I have to stop personifying my make up…
Merry Christmas! xxxx
I am pretty much at the end of my un-tried polishes now! Woo! The only ones I have left to show are ones I have bought recently. I have a lot of work on at the moment, as my boss is going away for 5 weeks, and I need to make sure I’ve got everything sorted before he goes away. So I will probably be afk for the next few days. I’ve been afk sporadically since term started…it’s been a crazy few weeks, so much so I’m not sure what day it is most days, I even completely missed bin day this week…by 2 whole days! Not good! Anyway, wish me luck that I survive.
I bought this awhile ago and is another un-tried as I bought a similar turquoise colour from Models Own. I have a soft spot for turquoise colours.I really like the Rimmel one coat wide brush things. I can get a cleaner line near my cuticles without having to do any clean up, which I normally ruin if I make a mistake. I must invest in a paint brush for clean ups, I’m too clumsy with cotton buds! I didn’t find this colour very fast drying for a 60 second polish. I’m up to 30 mins and still not able to put a hoodie on, and it’s so cold today! First time with the heating on for months!
Anyway, here are my blue nails on my blue, cold fingers! Brrrrr…..
The picture actually shows this colour as slightly more blue than it is. It does have a bit more of a green-y tinge to it irl, it couldn’t get my camera to pick it up, but it’s not far off the true colour.
I ordered this as a present to myself for finishing a particularly horrible piece of work. I wouldn’t normally spend more than £5 on a polish. The Orly Cosmic Fx polishes have been on a lot of blogs lately, they do look great in the bottle, but I was never swayed by any pictures of it on the nail. I really liked Halley’s Comet though. It hasn’t had a lot of blog love because it is a dupe of a couple of other polishes, e.g. OPI and Zoya
Seeing as I have neither I was happy to get the Orly one! I really love this colour, the polish, the bottle, everything really! I love turquoise shades and I love sparkles, so I’m very pleased. :)
There were two things I found irritating about this polish,
1- how difficult it is to photograph! It looks really nice irl. It is smooth and very shiny, and has a nice blue/green shimmer dependent on the light.
2 – It was horrible to remove. It is definitely a sparkly-flakies type polish and it was highly pigmented. This lead to not only a battle similar to a glitter to remove and it tinted my fingers very blue! It’s worth it though! :) I really like this Orly polish and will consider getting more if I want to treat myself again. This is two coats which dried really quickly and smoothly.
On a stranger note…I’m not sure how anyone else pronounces it, but from my many geeky times online I only associated O RLY with…
I cut my nails off as I needed to type quickly…don’t they look sad? :( I think I went a bit too short. :S
Here is Models Own Top Turquoise and Emerald City on ring fingers. I keep wanted to write Emerald City as Cathedral City…as in the cheese…I don’t know, it’s worrying how minds work sometimes.
I love turquoise as a colour. It reminds me of my boyfriend as he always wears bright shirts and he has lots of turquoise ones. :) ….I also think of weird things like a social influence study testing minority influence. This is pretty interesting in it’s own right, but not really related to my turquoise nail polish…or is it?
This is quite a green turquoise. I would normally label turquoise as a blueish hue colour. It’s definitely turquoise, but not like the Tiffany turquoise, this is a bit darker, more green. It’s strange, the more I look at it, the more I doubt I know the difference between green and blue! …maybe it is due to the Emerald City green sparkles making me perceive the green more.
Moving on… Emerald City is a pretty green glitter and I really like it here. This is three coats to give full coverage. It’s very sparkly and I think pairs well with the turquoise.
My apologies for the psychology/colour perception nonsense. I work with a lot of vision geeks and the psychology of perception is fun for me from a science point of view and from a more philosophical ‘do we actually see what we see’ angle. It’s fun! For example:
Did you know you only have colour vision in the centre of vision and the rest is just made up by your brain? To test grab two pens/sticks/whatever you can find that are two different colours. e.g. a big red pen and a big blue pen. Mix them up behind your back so you don’t know which pen is in which hand. Hold your arms out to your sides with a pen in each hand and keep looking straight ahead. Move your arms forward slowly until you can make out you have something in your hands from your peripheral vision. Try to tell which colour pen is in which hand while keep looking forward. If done correctly you should not be able to identify the colour as the colour receptors in your eye only exists in the centre of your vision. I love this stuff, it’s weird to think that what you see is mostly made up by your brain fudging information together.
Only two weeks to go till uni. I’m glad uni is starting again, I will be happy to learn new nonsense! :)
I received Models Own – Blue Moon from Jenni a little while ago. Jen had a swatch of it ages ago and I fell in love with it, so I was excited to try it.
It applies in a very similar way to Models Own Champagne, it’s the same kind of shimmer, but blue not gold. It’s a one coater, I didn’t want to risk a second coat as I know Champagne bubbled quite badly, but it doesn’t really need a second coat anyway. I love the shimmery blue!
I cut my nails down as I was starting to make too many typos. My fingers look all short and stubby now! :S
- Wallet, I’ve had the same wallet since I was 12ish, but I love it and it’s leopard print!
- Usb stick with all my work on it, to loose this = diaster!
- Lots of cards, mostly rubbish. I still have an old M&S staff card and an MVC card.
- Photos of my other half/pets.
- Lots of paper i.e. receipts/bus tickets/movie stubs.
- My kitty, happily asleep under the bed, until my foot dangles over!
- My comfy bed.
- My growing box of nail polish.
- Finish my degree, preferably with a good grade!
- Live in London or at least nearby so I can visit more often.
- Go abroad, I’ve been to Scotland, but I’m told it doesn’t count.
- Get a permanant job I enjoy doing, more of what I’m doing at the moment would be fab!
- Indie music.
- Nail polish.
- Gaming, just recived an invite to World of Warcraft Cataclysm Beta, I know I quit, but it is rude to turn down an invite!
- Everybody Was In The French Resistance…Now! – He’s a “Rebel”
- Maximo Park – Once, A Glimpse
- The Coral – Dreaming Of You
- Idlewild – Roseability
- I’ve been to sci-fi conventions and I enjoyed it!
- I used to work in web development before I decided to do psychology as it seemed less stressful and more interesting.
- I’m serious when I’m joking and joking when I’m serious.
- I could sit and watch Diagnosis Murder all day, I don’t care if it is silly, that’s what makes it awesome.