Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Awesome nail polish!

I just tried Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Polish ($3). This stuff holds up to its name (even though it is annoyingly redundant and misspelled). I used it in 'petal-pusher', a nice soft pink, right before I walked to school and it dried in less than 60 seconds. My problem with fast-drying nail polish I've tried before is the application; I always end up with streaks and uneven color. The genius of the Insta-Dri is the brush. It is large, flat, and has a contoured tip--one swipe coats an entire nail. Sally Hansen must have some smarty engineers working for them, seriously.

When I'm short on time, this will definitely be my go-to lacquer. Of course, if I have time, my all-time favorite nail polish is OPI's 'I'm not really a waitress', as long as we're on the subject :)

In a couple of days I'll update this post and tell you all about the durability.

*update:  It lasted 3 days without a chip, that's really good for me because I'm really hard on my nails (chalkboard, chalk, etc.).

Monday, September 14, 2009

Best Lasagna Recipe Ever!

[link to the best lasagna recipe]
One of my very favorite foods is lasagna.  Every year when I was little I would request lasagna for my (and my twin's) birthday dinner.  In fact, now that I think about it, did my twin ever get to decide what we had?  I don't remember.  Maybe he decided I was more concerned about the meal than he was so he always let me pick.  Hopefully he'll refresh my memory if he reads this.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I made this recipe for the family. Everyone said it was the best lasagna they'd ever had.  It was really good.  I used half spicy sausage and half sweet sausage.

I recommend this pasta:

 For some reason I just like the flat lasagna noodles way better than the 'curly' ones (I'm kinda picky).

Friday, September 11, 2009

Orla Kiely #2!

I went to a Nordstrom Rack (totally worth your time if you're near one) and found this Orla Kiely bag for 66% off!  It was the only one.  I am a lucky girl!

The cool thing about Orla Kiely Etc. bags are that they are coated canvas...which means they are pretty much water proof.  Since I plan on ending up in the in the pacific northwest, this is the perfect teaching bag (it is huge)! 
OK, I promise this is the last Orla Kiely post (unless I get another bargain...very doubtful).

This has the potential to be my new favorite show:

This is Glee, a new show on Fox about an up and coming misfit glee club. Because it's on Fox, and I like it, it will probably be canceled after 5 episodes. (Arrested Development or Wonderfalls, anyone?)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Laptop Sleeve

Here is a laptop sleeve I just made:

I used some fleece I had lying around the house (thanks brother!).

A now, a little Zooey Deschanel for your afternoon:

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I am an addict.

One thing some of you might not know about me....I am a make-up junkie.

Of course, maybe I'm more transparent than I think :)

Anyway, this post is silly since most of my readers are males who don't wear make-up (hello family!), but nevertheless, I like experimenting with make-up.  Rarely though do I find products that I love.  In the past months, I have found two such products.

The first is Stila Smudge-Pot eyeliner in black

It is, by far, the best eyeliner I have ever used. It is easy to use and will not budge.  It seems expensive, but this 'pot' will last easily a year or more.

The second product is Lip Glass lip gloss by MAC

This is the best lip gloss I have used in years.  Before you role your eyes, I am an authority:  I have over 10 different lip glosses in just one drawer of my school desk alone.  Seriously.  (Don't get me started on my purse.)
Anyway, it is more about the consistency than the color. Those who know lip gloss know what I'm talking about.


In a week of crappy news, this made me laugh out loud (something that doesn't happen very often)!

Thanks brother!

New Computer!!

Hey everybody, look at my new computer!

It's kind of a crappy picture, so here are the specs via costco.  So far it's running like a dream.