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GO BLUE!

Yeah, I’m jumping on the bandwagon. The long standing rivalry between the University of Michigan (UofM) and Michigan State University (MSU) reaches another showdown this Saturday in the Big House in Ann Arbor, MI.

Being a College of Engineering graduate from U of M, I bleed maize and blue. I thought it only appropriate to do my newest manicure in those colors or at least a somewhat stylized variant for the purposes of nail art.

I’m not super great at nail art, so I purchased some tools from teh internets after much research concerning the fine art of Konad stamping. Basically, there’s a laser etched, stainless steel plate etched with some design. You apply nail polish on to the image, use a plastic card to wipe the excess polish of the plate, take a rubber stamping transfer tool and transfer the image on to the stamp. Once the image has been transferred on to the stamping tool, you align the design w/ your nail and apply the image on the nail, and voila! Nail art!

For the Wolverine inspired fauxnad (not real Konad since that’s a brand name for the tools and plates and I used Bundle Monster image plate #18), I used Orly Royal Navy as the base and a yellow Konad Special Nail Polish that I received from a special Coraline stamping kit. This is maybe the 3rd or 4th time I’ve ever done stamped nail art, so I still have to perfect my technique, hence the uneven application of the yellow flame design. It’s definitely by far easier than if I did it by hand, but certainly takes some getting used to.

Behold! My maize and blue creation!
Royal Navy and yellow flames

Royal Navy and yellow flames-closeup

So this is the nail art I’ll be sporting as I cheer on my alma mater.

GO BLUE!

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Bling-tastic Tuesday…or Wednesday Vol. 3

Let’s get reeeaaddyyy for the Tuesday (or Wednesday) spectacular bling-tacular!!!!!

Riiiighhhhttt, so, I got home from work late last nite (if left to my own devices, I become a work-ahloic, so this really isn’t much of a surprise on a daily basis), so instead of the nail polish application tutorial I had originally planned for today, you guys can get blingy with it. 😉

Again, b/c I feel guilty for not delivering as promised, I’m posting photos for two different manicures.

First up I have a nice metallic foil (I’ll admit it, I really like foils!) from Orly called Luxe. This was part of their Foil FX collection that came out earlier this year. It’s still available along w/ a rose colored foil called Rage and a silver foil called Shine from Head2Toe Beauty for $3.75/bottle. I picked this up at Ulta earlier this summer on a whim b/c I thought to myself I didn’t have anything like a gold foil and this fit the bill perfectly!
Orly Luxe

Orly Luxe-closeup
This applied nicely and I didn’t have too much trouble w/ visible brush strokes. This actually made me think of Minx Nails and made me think I could probably do a neat manicure using my Konad stamping tools. Yet another idea for a post. 🙂

The next shiny I have for you should be pretty familiar. This was Nfu Oh #45 from yesterday over Zoya America. I thought the red flakies might pop more over a colored base, but I dunno…I kinda like it applied without a colored base.
Nfu Oh 45 over Zoya America1

Nfu Oh #45 over Zoya America
Nfu Oh 45 over Zoya America3

Nfu Oh #45 alone
Nfu Oh 45-closeup2

Nfu Oh #45 over Zoya America
Nfu Oh 45 over Zoya America2

Did satisfy your bling need for the week?

Bling-tastic Tuesday…or Wednesday Vol. 2

Well, I’m kind of disappointed. No feedback when I post eyeballs??? Maybe I’ll wait another 24 hours before I rant, LOL.

Disregarding that, I have more glitter for you! Last week’s glitter french manicure seemed to go over pretty well, so I actually did another one. This time the glitter on the tips was a little more obvious since I used OPI Absolutely Alice.
Glitter french manicure-Absolutely Alice

Glitter french manicure-Absolutely Alice closeup
This was a Zoya Shimmer base under OPI Absolutely Alice tips.

But how boring would that be if that were the only thing I shared w/ you??? I felt guilty about not throwing in something new, so I’ve also got photos of one of my newest obsessions-flakies! (Of which I completely blame Nicole from Magic Maid for. See, she even admits to being my enabler here! LOL)

What are flakies you ask? They’re irregular shaped flakes of some opalescent material suspended in a non-colored base. The result when you layer it over a colored nail polish is like lighting it on fire! The light catches so many different colors as you move your hand around, it just completely transforms the base color. Lookie!
Nubar 2010 over Orly Royal Navy

Nubar 2010 over Orly Royal Navy closeup
This was Nubar 2010 (flakie layer) over Orly Royal Navy.

Not impressed? Then clearly I need to do a better photography job the next time. B/c, oh, there WILL be a next time! Bwahahaha!…ok, now that the sleep deprivation has subsided, I claim that there will be more b/c I placed an order at FabulouStreet.com for more flakies w/ more, differenter (again, “That’s not even a WORD!”) opalescence. Confused? You won’t be after this week’s episode of…Soap! <—Whew! Sorry about that, the sleep deprivation is really setting in and I'll need to go to bed earlier today, but I just had to let that one out. Heehee!

Ok, well, that's all for now. I'll be working on that much promised polish application tutorial which I hope to publish at the end of this week/weekend.

Cheers for now, lovelies! 🙂

First Post

It’s Saturday night (technically Sunday morning as it’s 1:27 in the AM) and I’m at home after having watched the fabulous Kathy Griffin perform at the Fox Theater. In my typical scatter-brained manner, I’m petting my cat, surfing the web, Tweeting, and IMing w/ one of my besties, Diana (the art maven responsible for the designs you will see here, and yes Brad, you get a shout-out too!) whilst listening to my husband attempt to organize the unwieldy music collection currently on his 1.5 TB HD (which we’re still not sure will fit the rest of the music collection which hasn’t been digitized and consists of approximately 2,000+ CDs). However, I digress; I’ve been wracking my brains trying to think up catchy/appealing blog names. B/c everybody knows when trying to launch something as important (please note the sarcasm) as a beauty blog, one must pay special attention to branding.

In any case, I’ve been babbling about blog names to pretty much anyone who will listen (so sadly this falls to the aforementioned husband and bestie). There have been numerous attempts at capturing the essence that is me and my scatterbrained existence. By day, I’m an engineer at a Li-Ion battery company in the Midwest (for those in to alternative energy, this shouldn’t be too difficult to narrow down). By night, I collapse from exhaustion from the long hours I work (it’s true!) on the couch w/ kitties and nail polish. Thankfully I manage to avoid nail polish on the cats. 😉

(Yeah…so the rest of this post is written like 2 weeks after the initial two paragraphs above.)
SO, based on these factors, I’d been tossing around ideas that conveyed a generic nail polish/cosmetics theme or that also incorporated science/engineering w/ cosmetics. One of the names considered, but ultimately tossed out was “Lucky Lacquer” which seemed pretty cute. Unfortunately, a similar URL had already been taken http://www.luckylacquers.com which, for the record, has nothing to do w/ nail polish.

Another was pretty brilliant, in my opinion, but made for an impossibly long URL which, let’s be honest ladies, you don’t want to spend five minutes trying to figure out how you misspelled madamecuriesmakeupbox.com. The latter was actually something the hubby came up w/ in an attempt to help me identify a viable blog name and end the obsession surrounding THAT little quest. He then informed me of one the names he thought of, but mentally tossed aside: Makeup and Entropy with the related tagline, “Creating disorder from order and looking glamorous while doing it.”

LIGTHBULB! That was fatntastic! How he could have thought that was a discardable (yeah, “That’s not even a word!” Props to anyone who can name what that little gem is from) is beyond me. Thus, the idea of Makeup and Entropy was born!

So, what is Makeup and Entropy you ask? Why yes, I am getting to a point in a rather convoluted way! Makeup and entropy is pretty self explanatory, well, I suppose once you know what entropy means-it’s basically a measure of microscopic disorder in a system (WOOT! Using my ChE degree after all! TOTALLY worth the small fortune I’m still in debt for to get it!)

ANYWAYS, anyone who’s close to me knows exactly how disorganized and random I am. My poor husband has often found the remote control in various locations around the house other than in the living room-where it belongs. I’m also the type to start a small task, then walk away from it, completely forgetting what I’d initially intended to do, you know, such mundane things as feed the cats. >.> Hence, why I use “entropy” to describe this blog’s ramblings about cosmetics-a sick, beautiful addiction I have. So much so, that it was suggested that I start a blog to share that obsession w/ the masses.

In my day to day life, it’s pretty amazing for me to manage getting out of the house put together in any way. *I* like to think I manage to look glamorous (or at the very least, presentable) when walking out the door.

Perhaps my new reading audience can help me out w/ that-let me know what you think about my swatches and looks? Help me grow and be a better blogger and cosmetics photographer? 😉

Well…if not, there’s always talking to myself!

For now, please enjoy the entropy inspired offering of various nail polish swatches.

Cheers!

This was my 4th of July manicure-Lippmann Collection Happy Birthday over Zoya America.
Lippmann Happy Birthday over Zoya America

Chanel Illusion D’or over China Glaze For Audrey
Chanel Illusion D'or over CG For Audrey

An impulse buy at CVS that did not disappoint, Sally Hansen Spectrum:
Spectrum

Orly Charged Up-It looked so nice and purple-y!
Charged Up

From China Glaze’s Summer 2010 Poolside collection, Pool Party. This was a reddish pink that looked amazing on. It positively glowed and looked great on my skin and I think would look just great on someone w/ a tan.
Pool Party

For reference I’m NC42. So, what do you guys think? Let me know!

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