Monday, November 17, 2014

Julep's "Austen" with China Glaze's "Fairy Dust"

For the past 2 days it's been snowing very gently here and I was inspired to do a gentle glitter mani. I recently received Julep's "Austen" and pulled out my tried & true China Glaze "Fairy Dust" (practically essential for the holidays and into the rest of winter!).

A England - Crown Of Thistles

I'm kind of on a no-buy right now. Which is perfect because holidays are coming up, there are gifts to buy, and I'm so into NaNoWriMo right now that I don't need to waste time (& money) shopping for polish. The sad part is there are SO MANY awesome holiday collections coming out. To compromise, I let myself pick ONE bottle of polish and that's it. Nothing else until after the New Year. I might even be skipping December Julep. I'm not buying anything from their holiday sales. I DO have enough points (Jules) to get a free box so who knows.

Anyway, I actually did this mani over a week ago and meant to post it. I was going to a NaNoWriMo after-hours writing event in Chapters Indigo (chain book store in Canada for those of you who don't know) and wanted pretty nails. :) My single bottle of polish had just arrived and I wanted to give it a go!

Advent Calendars!

Okay. I figure we can start with the Advent calendars I'm going to open/post about each day in December. Canada doesn't have many to choose from (aside from the traditional chocolate ones) so I'm kinda limited here. If it was up to me, I'd buy ALL THE ADVENTS! because I think it's fun to open each day. December is pretty stressful so little treats are always fun. It gives you something to look forward to!

* Ciate Mini Manor (nail polish/nail art)
* The Body Shop (mini versions of holiday goodies)
* DavidsTea (little tins of holiday/winter/regular loose teas)
* Colouring Advent (little scenes to colour each day, yeah, I dig colouring)

* Starbucks (kinda wimpy)
* Benefit (WAY overpriced for what you get)
* L'Occitane (I will probably get this, it has 13 days though instead of 24)

Wish List (if I had a million dollars):
* LUSH (super cute but expensive for only 12 days)
* Benefit (WAY overpriced and huge price increase over last year with less actual product and more "filler" items like sticky notes and hair ties)
* Tarte (not in Canada)
* Yankee Candle (not in Canada)

Boyfriend bought himself:
* Lego Star Wars Advent (I don't judge)

Which one(s) did you get (or will be getting)??


So I've been in deep with NaNoWriMo -- I'm keeping up with the word count and trudging along. I'm discovering I'm a total "pantser" (meaning I write by the seat of my pants) vs a "plotter" (who organizes, outlines, knows their story beforehand, etc). Basically, on Day 1 of NaNoWriMo I had a scene in my head. A single scene. One character (ok, two). I had NO idea what kind of story it would be, though I had an inkling it wanted to be a fantasy/sci-fi kinda thing. I've never written before (long boring story involving deeply dysfunctional family issues). It's working out surprisingly well. My characters are just doing there thing, acting out the story and I'm doing my best to record what I'm seeing in my head. It's actually a lot of fun!

I don't have a synopsis yet or anything -- maybe later. I'm kinda shy about it, being my first story.

Anyway, I have a few things I want to post about. I've received a few boxes (November Julep Maven, Ipsy November box, Petit Vour November box, Chick Advisor Clarisonic Mia 2 for review) and I've done a whole 2 manis (but they're good ones!). I'm not sure if I'll get through all this stuff today but I'd like to get them up relatively soon.

What else? In December I'm going to have daily Advent calendar openings (with a mani)! So far I have 4 Advent Calendars: Ciate Mini Manor (I had this last year, loved it!), The Body Shop, DavidsTea, and a colouring one (yep, I dig colouring!). I might get the L'Occitane one. I considered the Benefit one but it's WAY overpriced (price increase of $30-40 from last year!) so no. Advents aren't really a big thing here in Canada so pickings are slim. I wish we had more, I totally love them!

Oh, and my birthday is coming up on the 29th. I'm hoping to have my NaNoWriMo novel finished by the 28th so I can relax and enjoy my birthday weekend without having to worry about my word count! We're also putting up the Christmas tree & decorations that weekend, can't wait!