A Darke Kind of Beauty: Summer Eyeshadow Colours and Neon Blue with Sparkles Nail Art

I wanted to do this post earlier in the summer, but with school and work I never found the time. With my nails slowly growing back out, I’ve started messing around with some easy nail art. I’ve been chomping at the bit to do something that looks half decent, and my mind is racing with the possibilities. So much to do, and so little skill to do it with! So here is my latest attempt!


This was a simple procedure, but one that had me using (ugh) eight coats.

  • Base coat
  • Two coats of Essie Blanc
  • Three coats of Ceramic Glaze Mermaid’s Tail
  • One coat of Essie On A Silver Platter
  • Top Coat

And the final result:


I let the white and one coat of blue dry over-night and then applied the rest the next day; just to make sure everything was dry. The white and blue were both very streaky; hence the second coats for each. I was also concerned about the opaque of the blue and if it would look good without the white. I thought I’d try it this way first. The glitter coat was thick but it’s something I would use again.

I also got some new eye shadow for summer. The ‘experts’ were still calling on blue, but I was so sick of it I had to try something else. I’ve never worn green eye shadow before, but I found these colours and I just had to.


Now I used five colours for this. The two above and three from Urban Decay’s Alice Through the Looking Glass pallet.

I have hooded lids and large eyes so any eye shadow I apply is swallowed up the moment I open my eyes, making things like smokey eyes a challenge as you can only see it when I look down or close my eyes. It’s also the reason I don’t do cat’s eye eyeliner, but here’s how I did this.


  • From lid crease to brow in Royal Flush (ATTLG pallet)
  • Lid in Heads Will Roll (ATTLG pallet)
  • Crease line Doormouse (ATTLG pallet)

Here’s where I experiment. For a smokey eye you’re supposed to put the dark colour all through the lid crease and blend it out. I only go half way with the dark and blend it out, then use the brighter colour on the opposite side.

  • Outer corner to half way lid crease – Balsam (Bobby Brown)
  • Inner corner to half way lid crease – Fresh Limonade (Sephora)

I gave this a name too; Summer Essence. The colours remind me of all aspects of summer. The two dark green remind me of grass and trees, the light green of popsicles we used to eat on hot summer days, brown for summer tans and the white of fluffy clouds. I should think up a name for the polish art.

Adventures in Restaurants: Opa! It’s all Greek to me!

It’s been awhile since Husband and I had a night out together, so when he called and asked if I’d go out to dinner with him, how could I resist?

Finally the heat wave broke and downtown was nice. Not too hot, not too windy and the sun was just setting over the buildings so it wasn’t glaring down on us. Part of Princess Street is still hacked up (The Big Dig; Part Deux), and I was surprised we found a parking spot for Big Red.

We strolled up Princess Street looking for someplace new. Husband saw Greco’s and we headed in. Now I used to work for a Greek man, so I’ve seen my fair share of Greek food, but not until tonight did I get the chance to sit down and enjoy.

Oh and we enjoyed.

First, the waiter brought us over some bread with a sample of either Taramosalata (zesty fish dip blended with oil & lemon), or Skordalia (whipped potato with fresh garlic lemon & olive oil). Might have been a bit of both.


I had to start off with an appetizer. I’m not very brave, especially when I see that escargot are on the menu. Not as nice as Le Chien Noir, but it was tasty, and of course, I dropped a small piece of cheese on the girls (I don’t care, they’re my boobs).


For entrees it was Souvlaki for me. It came with rice, a salad (Greek for me) and the best potatoes I’ve ever tasted. Even Husband said they were ‘wicked’, and he doesn’t use that word often.


Husband had the Mixed Grill; a porkchop, lamb chop and chicken breast. He’s wanted to try lamb for some time, but wanted it done right so he could compare it if he has it again. It’s a different flavour to it. Like a burnt grease taste. He thought it was really good, but I didn’t care for it. It did taste oddly familiar too.


We had no desert tonight. There was too much food and no room.  Excellent meal. We will definitely be going back.

Movie Night: Deadpool

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IMBD Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1431045/

Rating: R (ya think?)

Synopsis: This is the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

– Written by 20th Century Fox


Review: I’ve been a Marvel fan for years, so I knew who Deadpool was way before they even thought about making the first Xmen movie. I was a little surprised to see him in Wolverine Origins, because, well, it wasn’t really Deadpool, was it? So when the test footage was leaked back in 2014, I got all excited again, and I wasn’t let down.

This is an awesome movie. Just what you’d expect from the ‘Merc with a Mouth’. I even loved the ending with his girlfriend. Not saying what happens. You wanna know, go watch the movie. It’s time well wasted.


5 out of 5.

From The Garden: A June Update

It’s been a long time since I did any gardening. Last summer I didn’t feel like it, even though Husband did plant some tomatoes. This year I’m feeling a little more ambitious, but first a few pictures of the flower gardens.

Front garden is looking good this year. Still needs some colour down at the front. Maybe when the annuals go on sale we’ll pick some up.


Remember the half-moon garden from last month? This is it now. It’s going to be a butterfly garden. below are some other flowers growing around the property.

Below are some of the other flowers around the property.

Now onto the veggies.

Beets and radishes in containers. They’re already sprouting, but I can’t remember which is which.


Carrots will take some time. Two weeks to sprout.


I read that you could grow cucumbers up a trellis, so I bought a sturdy metal one. I can secure it to the deck if need be.


Red peppers. I was going for green, but when I saw the built-in trellis I thought what the hell.


Basil. One of three herbs we bought this year.


There are herbs in here….somewhere….I should do some weeding.


How are your gardens doing this year?

Signs of Spirits

coollogo_com-26307596I am a strong believer that when we die, we don’t just evaporate into thin air; that our souls pass from this world—with all the knowledge and experience we gathered while we were alive—into the afterlife. Some people call it heaven, Pagans refer to it as Summerland, but whatever belief system you have there is some form of afterlife. Except maybe if you’re a Nihilist.


What happens to us after we die, is a mystery, but I belief we beings of energy who come and visit our living (for lack of a better word) relatives. I call these beings Spirits.

I went to see a medium several years ago, and the main thing I took away from his seminar was that spirits take their cues from us. If we don’t want to know they’re around, they won’t give us hints that they’re present. If we do want to communicate, they’ll let us know they’re around. For the longest time I was seeing dimes all over the place. I could walk through the kitchen and see nothing but a bare floor. Walk back through the room later on and see a dime right in my path. I’ve heard coins are a favourite sign of theirs to alert a relative of their visit.


Spirits let us know they’re around by other signs as well. Did you catch a whiff of a perfume or smell that reminded you of your Grandmother? That was probably her, just saying hi. Were you stressed out and smell something that reminded you of your father or Grandfather and suddenly felt calm? Yup, good chance they knew you were upset and chose to visit you, just to say everything is all right and I’m here for you.


In the spring of 2009, we lost our beloved dog Sara. Best dog we ever had. That summer we did some renovating (the living room) and instead of putting down carpet (because we couldn’t afford it) we painted the floor white. We did it one Saturday afternoon. Sunday morning we got up, and off along the wall, I saw a footprint in the pain. It wasn’t a typical print. The cats walked on it the floor too, so we could tell the difference. It looked more like a smudge of her paw print and I smiled knowing she was still walking around our home.


Keep this in mind the next time you catch a familiar scent on the breeze or hear the favourite song of someone who has passed. It could be them stopping in to see how you’re doing.


Have you had any experiences with Spirits?

Writing Update: May 20, 2016

coollogo_com-1761011869 (1)Spring is not a good season for me. I got very little writing done, but it seemed as though life was really getting in the way this month. I’ve done very well on the blogging, but it’s only been – what, a month? Also, I’m signed up to upgrade my English at the college, so that will bite into my extra time come June, but I want to get this done and over with.

I’m working on revisions for Down Finnegan’s Hollow. That’s been a slow process as I can only get about two pages per day done. It’s not a major revision; just tightening up the prose and adding more detail. I may have to do one more pass when I’m done.

The plague novel has been on hold for a few weeks. I came up with a really good sub-plot, so there’s more danger than just plague zombies running around, but now I have to include it in the chapters that I’ve already revised, and that’s the problem. Again, slow going, but I think it’ll be worth it. I’m also looking at cutting a lot of what was in the original draft. It was boring anyway, and I came up with a really good ending which is a good tie in to the second book!

Last, but not least, I’m working on my Steampunk novel The Man from D.U.D.E again. It just won’t stop poking at me and I thought I could work on it during the weekends. It’s not going to be a long novel, maybe a novella, which is fine with me. It’s just getting the first draft done that’s a bugger.

How has your writing been?

Adventures in Restaurants: Ich bin ein Berliner

I’m not sure if it’s accurate or not, but it seemed fitting for this post. Ocktober Fest is the closest I ever get to German food. I’ve made German potato salad (yum!), but with a lot of authentic foods, unless you’re shown how to do it by someone from that country, you really don’t know what it tastes like.

We went to Amadeus after work one night. It’s another of those small, cozy places nestled in between stores on the main street in the city. It’s another one of those places we kept meaning to visit, but never got around to until now, and this time we sat as far away from the window as possible.

Husband likes to sample draft beer from foreign countries. I don’t normally take a picture of that, but the glass has a hole in the base.


Our dinners came with either soup or salad, so we had the cabbage soup. It was not what I thought it would be. I envisioned a thin, watery soup with strips of cabbage and bland tasting. This was anything but bland. Creamy, with onion and either caraway or rye seeds. We couldn’t figure it out, but it was so good.


For entrees, Husband had Zigeuner Schnitzel; pork loin schnitzel topped with green and red peppers, mushrooms and onion in a homemade paprika sauce.


I had Rouladen; beef rolls stu­ed with onion, mustard, bacon and dill pickle. Yes, there was a slice of dill pickle rolled up in my dinner. Both came with something called spätzle. As far as we could tell, it’s just twisted up pieces of pasta dough that’s been boiled, and mine came with warm red cabbage.


I’m seriously starting to like cabbage.

We didn’t have desert. The meal was too filling as it was. Definitely going back.

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