Monthly Archives: March 2012

Acrylic nails alternative; UV gel nails. How and why Helen switched.

Have you ladies, guys, girls and anyone in between heard about “UV GEL NAILS”?
Most of you ladies out there who get their nails done regularly probably have.
I used to get acrylic nails done on me but I hated it for 2 main reasons.
  1. it smells like hell
  2. it hurts like hell when you have to take it off

Sooooo, I was looking for alternatives and came across “uv gel nails”. I switched and I switched FOREVER. I am not going back to acrylic nails ever again.

For those of you who aren’t quite familiar with it,

It’s like acrylic nails but even better

  • Because there’s barely any foul smell to deal with and it dries instantly when u cure in the uv lamp
  • they don’t chip or fade for at least 2-3 weeks
  • you only need to maintain it when ur nails grow out(fill in)
  • it basically has all the benefits of getting acrylic nails(strong, shiny/glossy nails) minus the bad part.

The thing about getting your nails done is though, it looks great but your wallet isn’t going to be too happy when you have to shell out $25-55 each session. I had mine done with acrylics and she topped it off with UV gel coat and asked $35 for it. She did not even do a good job.


I had to trim them when I got home because the edges were still sharp. they were also uneven. NOT PROFESSIONAL. I was pretty unhappy and never went back. I started doing my own acrylic nails like these


I like unusual, funky nails. The girl at the nail salon when asked if she knew how to do snake skin nails she said for $55, yes. I said use black and gold and she uses silver glitters and put dots on the black background. THAT IS NOT HOW IT’S DONE. I got it done in LA once and they used some netting to create the patterns and put the next color over and filed it down later to reveal the pattern. ughhh and she overcharged me too. I was NOT happy.

Anyways, for those reasons I hate going to the nails salons. All they seem to care is how to charge more, and i was sick of crappy services/imcompetent nail techs, especially in Monterey County Aread in California(where I used to live before I moved to Santa Cruz)

I started doing my own nails but this time not acrylics. I will be showing you how to do UV GEL NAILS in my next blog. See you soon!!!


“Edward Cullen” Vampire look with Christian Dior airflash foundation

I recently purchased Christian Dior Airflash Foundation in 300. I’m NC30 so I went with 300 but It is a tad bit dark on me. I have light complexion with yellow undertone. Anyhow, I saw my hubby’s eyebrows grown out of control and I just HAD to groom them for him.

While I was at it, I begged him if I could put makeup on him(he has the most beautiful eyes). After a long talk, I finally convinced him. Yes, he DOES NOT know I’m writing a blog using his photos haha.

So here’s the “Edward Cullen” look I created w/the air flash foundation.





Just with the foundation. CD air flash foundation covered blemishes and dark circles beautifully with about 1 1/2 spray without any concealers or illuminators.


I evened out his skin tone using CD air flash foundation. I used illuminator under his eyes and on the brow bones. shimmering powder was added to give the glow(I wanted the sparkle affect but he was opposed to putting it on), eye brow was groomed and filled in with darker tone. lip balm with tint was added. Lastly, I defined and sculpted his face using bronzer and blush.

I’ve done some color correcting and editing a little bit but I could not find where they are. I’m pretty new to mac computers. please forgive me. all of my photos are untouched. please bear with me I’ll improve the quality of my photos 🙂

I hope you enjoyed it!!!

Pale Flowers: a Photo shoot

We could stand here for a century
Staring with our heads cocked
In the broad daylight at this thing
In bodies that don’t keep
Dumbstruck with the sweetness of being

The meteorite is the source of the light
And the meteor's just what we see
And the meteoroid is a stone that's devoid of the fire that propelled it to thee.

Happy first day of Spring!


[astronomy images]


This was my first time cooking Dandelion – something I’ve wanted to try for years.  My boyfriend wanted me to look up how to cook it but I had a feeling it would be similar to cooking leafy greens like … Continue reading

Korea town outfit

Outfit details:
Hat - forever 21
windbreaker - thrifted, Beacon's closet
sweater - Anthropologie
Oxford shirt - Uniqlo
sequined Skirt - modcloth
tights - HUE
shoes - Etsy seller " Fox and Fawn "

I kept my makeup simple : a line of black liquid eye liner, followed by a streak of sparkly silver, and white eye liner at the inner corners. I also dotted some gold liquid eye liner by the outer corners (5 dots for each eye) but you can’t really see. For my lips I just used one of Sephora’s glossy lip glosses. And for the skin –  skin79 BB (Blemish Balm) cream which I am really enjoying.  =)  

Sorry it's so blurry. Sometimes that happens when the light is too bright.

This post is kind of in honor of Helen’s cultural background! My bf took off from work today & since I was also free from work/school we decided to head on over to Uniqlo to check out the new Undercover collection. Having seen that, we had lunch in Korea town …  where my meal came with a thoughtful piece of gum.  


Who shall post the 1st post?

Me or you?