Friday, July 31, 2015

Colors by Llarowe "Believe In Miracles"

Hello there beauties!!

I am back from Cosmoprof and my 2-week trip and ready to blog again!!  I will write a separate post on Cosmoprof sometime later... I was dumb enough to just take notes and have my friend take pictures, and since she's still on vacation, I have to wait for her to send me the pics.  So I've decided to start reviewing some of the sparkly crack I received at the event!

First off, I wanted to update you briefly on what's been going on with me, and also why I chose to review this polish today...

About two months before I went on my trip, I found out I was pregnant.  I always said I never wanted to have children, but something changed up in my coconut and I decided that it wouldn't be so bad after all to have a little mini-me running around the house.  My husband and I were trying to get pregnant and actually almost gave up when the test came back positive.  A whole game of emotions overtook us, from pure shock to fear to elation.  Unfortunately, that all turned to extreme sadness when our first ultrasound showed a blighted ovum (meaning the embryo stopped developing at some point and there was only a gestational sac left).  This was 3 days before I had to go to Cosmoprof and on my trip...  I still had all the pregnancy symptoms and no bleeding or cramping..

Being in the medical field and knowing how to assess myself in case of miscarriage and when to go to the hospital, I decided to go to Cosmoprof and see what happens.  Well it happened about a week later, right smack when we got to Grand Canyon..  It continued on for a week at our Death Valley, Yosemite and Disneyland visit, and actually almost stopped, only to come back with a vengeance in the middle of Sea World visit in San Diego =(  This was definitely the lowest point of my whole trip!

Enough with the gory details...  I ended up needing a procedure to clean out my uterus from the remaining tissue (D&C) which happened earlier this morning.  I'm vegging out on the couch still high from the drugs and I think they are the only thing keeping me from bawling my eyes out..
I truly admire the women who have the strength to go through multiple miscarriages and still have hope for a healthy pregnancy...  My hubby and I will give it another whirl and if it doesn't work out I might just call it a day...  I just CANNOT go through the same thing again!!

In any case...  I've got a beautiful polish to show you today.  It's Colors by Llarowe "Believe In Miracles".  I chose it because it's a Polish of the Month and I wanted to show it to you before it's available, so you can make a decision whether you need it or not; and also because of its name...  I'm not sure if I believe in actual miracles; I'm more of a 'everything happens for a reason' type of a person...  however, the title just sounds so positive that I think it's a good name for the new beginning.    Hopefully in a few months I will be giving you quite the opposite, good news, and will be painting my nails in all kinds of pink (or blue?) nail polish!!


Friday, July 3, 2015

Miss me yet? :). I sure miss you!!

Hello my loves!!

I knew I couldn't stay away for too long... After I said goodbye to you I kept realizing that I was thinking "ooh, I should put that in my blog..", "ooh, I should tell my readers about this or that!"
I won't lie, I've been pretty busy over these last weeks and I've also had some major personal issues going on, but just wanted to let you know that I will be back!!

I'm going to Cosmoprof tomorrow and continuing on to California with my cyber BFF Jin Jit, the brain behind Superficially Colorful Lacquer.  I can't wait to meet up with all the bloggers and indie makers!!!  I'm really a nobody when it comes to blogging, so it will be such an honor to meet my girl crushes like Sheila (of Pointless Cafe), and Pam of Girly Bits, to name just a couple in the ocean of my idols.  I'm also so thrilled to meet the representatives of big companies like China Glaze and maybe even meet Zoya in person?!!  I'll be probably walking around like a kid in a candy store with her mouth wide open and drooling all over herself :). But whatever I do, I will surely take tons of pictures!!!  

You can expect a post from me in the last week of July when I come home from my trip, but in the meantime make sure you check out my Instagram (https://instagram.com/colorfulcrack/) for updates from Cosmoprof!!

Good to be back...  Talk to you girlies soon!!!!!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Adieu my loves...

Adieu, adieu...

for the most part.

If you've been following me religiously or just here and there, you may have noticed that my posts have been dwindling down lately...  I don't even post my favorite feature Thirsty Thursdays, where I match a polish to a drink, on a regular basis...

The time has come to say goodbye after 3 1/2 years of blogging!!  There are a few reasons why I'm doing this and if you're interested, read below:

It all boils down to the fact that I am juggling just way too many eggs.  The result is that either one or more eggs will fall down and break, or I would do a half-ass job of juggling and not throwing them up as high as I could.  Something had to go, and with much consideration and wailing, it had to be this blog...

1. I have a full time job.  If you read my posts, you've noticed that I've been complaining about getting 'stuck' at work a lot lately.  I am an anesthesia provider and I can't just leave my patient, even though it is 3pm and my shift is technically over.  It's been happening A LOT lately, that I am at work until 4:30 or 5pm, so at least an hour and a half past my normal time.  We're short at work and it doesn't seem to get any better...  there are more surgeries scheduled every day, and they go on longer.  It is what it is, but it definitely puts a dent in my free time at home.

2.  No other way to say it, I started getting fat.  My C-diff infection helped my weight a little (not recommended haha!!), but I've lost all the strength and 'good looks' I had only a year ago.  I attempted working out multiple times over the last year and I always felt pressed for time.  Three days ago I started doing P90X3 again.  To my horror, I found out that I am so incredibly weak and out of shape!!  Three years ago, before my big trip to Denali, I was able to do 100 pushups in a row.  I was cut and in the best shape of my life.  I was still pretty strong for Everest, and last year at this time when I attempted Denali for the second time, I was able to carry 120 lbs combined in my backpack and a sled!!  I was also able to do at least 70 pushups in a row.  You know how many I can do now?  Barely 3.  No, there's nothing missing behind that 3, it is THREE!!!  I am so incredibly ashamed of myself!!  How could I let myself go like this??  I know a lot of people can't do even one pushup, but I'm comparing myself to... myself.  I am my biggest competition.  Being so weak is simply not acceptable!!  So exercise is definitely a priority right now...  and with spending so much time on a blog, I simply don't have time to exercise!!  and I just can't have that at the moment.

3. My nail polish jewelry business has taken off very nicely...  in the peak season all I do in my afternoons is make more jewelry to meet demand.  It's a very nice problem to have, but still, it takes up all my free time, not leaving anything to spare for the blog!

4. I need time to 'breathe'...  lately I just don't have any time to myself, to decompress.  I beat myself up that I'm behind on my blog, that I have to swatch, and do this, and do that...  'what should I do: exercise or write a post?'  'what should I do: answer my comments, write comments on my readers' blogs, or write a post?'...  no matter what I do, I'm ALWAYS behind, and it's eating me up!!  And I do love to read books.  I can't remember last time when I just laid down on a couch with a book.  I love putting puzzles together, and whenever I think of doing one, I feel guilty because I have to write my blog!  I just can't be stressing like this anymore...

I said 'sort of' to my adieu in the beginning...  I will still post stuff on Instagram, Pinterest and Reddit.  I know that I haven't lately and that's because I've been boycotting my whole blogging existence.  It's so much easier just to snap a couple pictures (instead of a dozen) and not write a post!  I still do my nails everyday and this will not change.  I truly hope that you will still follow me on those platforms!!

Instagram: @colorfulcrack

Pinterest: ColorfulCrack

Who knows what will happen to me in a half a year, or a year, or two...  Maybe I will win a lottery and decide that I have too much free time on my hands and decide to blog again (I wish!!!!)...  maybe even despite all the busy stuff in my life I will decide that the void is too big and I will be drawn to blogging again...  Until then though, I MUST stop.  I hope you all understand!!

Thank you to every single one of you who have followed me over the last 3 1/2 years, taken time to read and comment on my posts.  I truly appreciate all of you!!!
I've made so many friendships over these years, and I'm even going to meet some of you in person at the CosmoProf this year!!  I made a cyber BFF (JinJit of Superficially Colorful Lacquer) with whom I will spend whole 2 weeks this summer!!!  I am so excited about this!

I truly hope my nail polish journey is not over and I will continue to make friendships through Instagram and Facebook.  Thank you all for sticking with me all this time and sharing the colorful world of liquid crack!!!

Goodbye my loves...  Keep smiling and polishing! =)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Comparison: Colors by Llarowe "Pirates of Penzance" vs 2 other CbL's

Hey loves!

I just showed you the glowing beauty of Colors by Llarowe "Pirates of Penzance" here.  If you're a hoarder collector like me, you probably wonder if it's any similar to other reds CbL's have released?  I compared it to two other CbLs that looked closest to this one.  Check them out below!


ABC challenge: P is for Colors by Llarowe "Pirates of Penzance"

Hello beauties!

Is your week going ok?
I've got nothing new to report here... same shit, different day...  So I'll just jump straight into the polish!

I'm trying to work through the  ABC challenge (at my own pace, since the real challenge is already over I believe...), and the next letter is P.  I chose Colors by Llarowe "Pirates of Penzance"!


Monday, May 4, 2015

Superficially Colorful Lacquer "Steamy Affair"

Hi loves!

How was your weekend?

I gotta tell you something funny...  as you may or may not know, there was a huge boxing fight in Vegas on Saturday night.  My hubby and his brothers were so excited to watch it at our house..  I told them jokingly that they can watch it all they want until 10pm, after which they need to get the f.. out since I need to get my beauty sleep before a 12 hour call the following day.  They all looked at me funny and said that 'there was a sporting emergency'...  supposedly cable went out and we were the only household in the neighborhood with DirecTV,  a satellite system, so most likely everyone and their mother would come to our house and make all kinds of noise. I felt bad to say 'no' and joked that everyone who makes noise after 10pm needs to chip in $10 for my crack.  Funny thing is that I fell asleep right at 10pm and didn't hear any ruckus coming from the basement..  it was my husband who kept waking me up snoring and tossing around!  However, I woke up that morning to $165 !!!  I don't know how a $5 got there since people were supposed to give $10 bills but my hubby said that people were just giving him money haha =))  I told him that he should have parties every weekend!! LOL =)))

And here's the polish of the day: Superficially Colorful Lacquer "Steamy Affair"!