Monday, 22 April 2013

Music Monday

Hugh Laurie - Unchain My Heart

Seriously can't wait to get my hands on Hugh Laurie's new album. Love love love this song!

Friday, 19 April 2013

Blue Ombre Nails

I've been feeling right awful the last two days, but tonight we're going to go watch Michael McIntyre (yay!) so I was determined to make myself feel better. So, obviously, I painted my nails while I watched some season 1 episodes of Friends! ;)

I haven't tried ombre nails before, but now that my nail polish collection has expanded I thought I'd give it a try!

These are the polishes I used:

From left to right (thumb to pinkie):
Revlon Nail Enamel in White on White
Tip Top Nail Chic in Beach Babe
Woolworths Nail Varnish in Cool Blue
Essence colour & go in The Boy Next Door
Tip Top Nail Chic in In The Navy

What are your thoughts on this manicure? Are you a fan of ombre?

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

I love rainy days

I love rainy days. 
I love sitting at the window and just watching the rain fall. I love listening to the sound of soft gentle rain tapping on the paving stones.
I love being wrapped up in a soft warm blanket, enjoying endless cups of tea and coffee and hot chocolate.
I love staying in my pajamas all day long. I love wearing soft fluffy socks and sliding around my apartment's wooden floors.
I love playing scrabble in bed, or curling up on the couch with a good book.
I love steamy hot baths or showers, and then jumping straight into a gently heated robe.
I love pouring myself a glass of red wine once the light begins to fade.
I love spending an evening in soft candlelight and admiring the power of nature's electricity with every passing lightning strike.
I love lying in bed and falling asleep to the sound of the rain.
I love rainy days.
I don't love having to go to work on rainy days.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Currently craving... Houndstooth

I absolutely love houndstooth clothing, escpecially in classic black and white. I'm so excited that Mr Price has gone equally crazy for houndstooth this winter - a few of these pieces have already snuck their way into my winter wardrobe and I'm sure a few more will before long!

clockwise from top left

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Happy 21st Michael!

Today my "baby" brother turns 21! (I'm not quite sure when that cute blue-eyed kid grew up...)
To the best brother a girl could ask for: Happy birthday Mikey!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

NOTD In The Navy

tip top nail chic in "in the navy"

The start of cold weather means that it's time to bring out the dark, richer nailpolishes :) This polish was my first ever navy, and I really like it! (Ignore the fact that I was an idiot and only took this photo after two days of wear, hence the less-than-perfect look). As always with Tip Top polishes, this polish was a dream to apply and was very long lasting. I also added a coat of Mavala Sparkling Silver (previously seen here) over my ring finger which gave a perfect "starry night sky" look.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Getting a little bit personal...

I saw this post on Tails of A Mermaid and thought it would make an interesting blog post to share :) There's a lot of text here, but it shouldn't take long to read, I promise! ;)

1. List 5 random facts about yourself
-I write short stories in my spare time.
-I mirror-write.
-I play with my hair. A lot. This is why I usually put it up.
-I'm an introvert - hanging out with strangers/lots of people exhausts me.
-I'm just over 5 ft 1 tall. Which isn't much apparently.

2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have.
-Snails/slugs. I'm absolutely petrified. I will walk a complete detour to avoid having to step over them. It's bizarre but they really freak me out.
-Seaweed. Whether it's in the sea or on the beach, it completely freaks me out, and if it gets near - or god forbid, touches me - I will shriek like a girl in a horror movie about to get chainsawed.
-Being alone forever. Because even crazy, eccentric introverts need love, you know? 

3. List 5 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
-Everyone that you know right now? They're not going to be part of your life after high school. Stop caring what they think - just be yourself.
-Don't worry: your godawful acne WILL clear up!
-Enjoy eating junk food without putting on weight! You don't appreciate this nearly enough. Damn metabolism...
-Seriously, enough with the awful jeans, crew-neck tshirts and takkies - you'll feel a lot better about yourself if you actually wore clothes that suited you. And do something with that terrible hair!
-That voice at the back of your mind telling you to write more? Listen to it.

4. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
-hanging out with my friends
-good food
-great wine
-rainy days
-chemistry magic

5. If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?
-Funding (I haven't yet gotten paid this year and I'll only find out in April/May if I'll have funding/how much funding I'll have. It's getting tough - my savings account is running close to empty.)
-Perfect eyesight (I'm blind as anything without my glasses or contact lenses and it's a total bitch.)
-A new mattress that will magically make my lower back pain disappear.

6. What is your dream job, and why?
Can we save this question for Future Laura? Because right now, I have no idea what I want to do with my life.

7. What are 5 passions you have?

8. Describe your most embarrassing moment.
I can't even. It's mortifying. I'm not even going to think too long about. Onward to the next one...

9. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
-People who can't follow logical instructions.
-Shop assistants that ask if they can help me. One, I'm an introvert - I hate talking to people unless I have to/want to. Two, I'm a grown woman - If I want help, I'll freaking ask for it.
-People who don't know how to use INSIDE VOICES.
-Cup cakes that are too big to actually bite. If I need to get a fork to eat that thing, it's not a cupcake. It's an overly frosted normal cake.
-When people come over to talk to you about meaningless crap when you have your "I'm busy and I don't want to talk to you" earphones in
-Movies/books that are 'based on a true story'. Urg. Can't stand them. Because you know it's going to be filled with soppy, sentimental shit. Give me an epic fantasy book or a superhero movie any day.
-People who dawdle in shopping malls. And insist on walking five people abreast so you can't get past them. Or on sidewalks. Or anywhere in my way.
-People who still assume that because I have boobs and paint my nails I can't possibly be doing a PhD in science, or conceivably be pretty kickass at chemistry. Tell me once more how men are better at science than women and be prepared to hear a fairly long, rant-y lecture detailing how incredibly idiotic you are.
-Doing the dishes. Really don't like having to do this. Cooking and making everything a mess, that's much more up my alley...
-When you find that perfect top/dress/shoe and... they don't have your size. Urg.

10. Describe a typical day in your current life.
Wake up, check my email/twitter/other social networks on my phone, get up, shower and wash hair, get dressed, do my makeup/hair, make breakfast and lunch, go to work, check my blog roll, get the day's admin done, head into the lab, have a coffee break, eat breakfast, do whatever work needs to be done, have lunch, do what should have been done in the morning but I was procrastinating so I haven't done it yet, head home, watch an episode or two of series, make supper, read my book, check my blog roll, go to sleep. Wash rinse repeat.

11. What’s the hardest part of growing up?
Having to make tough decisions.

12. Describe 5 and weaknesses & strengths you have.

13. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
Where I am right now in my life is my greatest accomplishment. Every small step has led to the me that is right now.

14. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
Singing. I love to sing but I'm not very good. Except in the shower, of course ;)

15. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
Oh god. This is something that freaks me out totally and it's something I get asked all.the.time. "What are you planning on doing after you finish your PhD?" I HAVE NO IDEA. It's almost like there are too many options and I have no way of knowing what is the right path for me to follow. I'm going to have to figure it out as I go along.

16. What’s your favorite holiday and why?
The roadtrips I did with my friends to J-Bay at the end of every year during my earlier varsity years :) Such great memories.

17. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be?
Ooh, that's a tough one. Would it be cheating to say everyone in this photo? The scientific debate must have been utterly fascinating.

18. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
That the word "chemical" equals "bad/toxic/unhealthy/evil". This sort of chemophobia drives me absolutely crazy. Yes, some chemicals are bad. Others are beneficial, and some just sit around and do nothing.
Also, unless you are talking about a perfect vacuum, there is NO SUCH THING as "chemical free"! A
nother common misconception I see in the beauty industry is that something that contains lots of chemical ingredients is worse for you than something with fewer. Guess what? A single plant extract (which is listed just as is) can contain thousands of chemicals - plants are wonderfully complex.

19. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
Can I say my boobs? Because they're pretty awesome.

20. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.
Oh lord, I have no idea...

Monday, 8 April 2013

Thought for the day

Music Monday

Katrina and the Waves - Walking on Sunshine

Because I think I'm going to need all the upbeat music in the world to get me through this week. And also because this song has been stuck in my head since Friday night on the dancefloor. And because I love the irony in that it's going to rain today.

Friday, 5 April 2013

5 Things

1. This white bunny. Because I was sweeping my balcony when he hopped on by below.

2. This jar. Because I've had a lot of good things to add to it recently.

3. These test tube vases. Because I'm a chemist! :) And because they now hold happy yellow roses all over my apartment.

4. These photos on my fridge. Because they remind me daily how lucky I am.

5. This vintage school desk. Because I finally now have a place in my apartment to sit and work at my computer! (And, because it comes from my old primary school.) (Yes, I am that short that I can sit in a desk intended for Grade 6/7 students.)

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

NOTD: Polka Dot Crazy

Now that my internet situation has finally been sorted out, I can share my Easter weekend manicure with you! After browsing Pinterest, I set my sights on a pastel-hued polka-dotted manicure. This was the result. (Apologies for the less-than-neat edges: I took this photo before cleaning up the white dots.)

The polishes I used were:
Mint/ duck-egg = Tip Top Nail Chic in Cha Cha Cha (seen previously here and here)
White = Revlon Nail Enamel in 22 White on White (seen previously here)

As for my USA-inspired look last week, I did the polka dots by individually dotting with a bobby pin. (I put a drop of polish on a piece of plastic, and dip my pin into in before each dot.) They didn't come out absolutely perfect, but I'm happy with how they turned out (especially my right hand - normally any nailart I do with my left hand looks.... interesting.). I didn't use any top coat this time, as top coats have a tendency to smudge nail art no matter how dry your polish is.

What nail polish did you wear over Easter?

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Stila Colour Balm Lipstick

What's that gorgeous hot pink lipstick, you ask?

This is the first Stila Lipstick that I've used and I have to say - I'm pretty impressed. The colour payoff is amazing - Betsey is an intense hot pink - and once on, the colour stays put for an admirably long time. Even once the glossy finish fades, you are left with a pretty stain of colour on your lips.
As the name says, this product is also a balm - it is lovely and moisturising, and has a wonderful minty smell thanks to the soothing peppermint oil in the product.
The packaging is also pretty cool - the metal tube is sturdy and has a good quality feel. The name "stila" is punched out to reveal the colour of the product - perfect to find the right one in your collection quickly! Cleverly, the top of the lid is also a mirror, so you can reapply anywhere, anytime.
The only thing that I didn't really like about this product is that the tube of lipstick is a bit too broad, especially considering that it comes with a barely angled surface. With the intensity of the colour and it's tendancy to stain, getting the perfect application on my thin lips took a bit of practice.

Have you tried the Stila Colour Balm Lipsticks? What was your impression?

This product was sent to me by Beauty Bulletin.

Monday, 1 April 2013