Saturday, March 26, 2011

Black Shatter O.P.I.

When I first heard of Shatter/Crackle nail polish, I was intrigued. But I'm not one of those super fashionable and cool girls, and I figured like many other trendy items, it was just something that I couldn't pull off. Then, I heard more and more about it. So, eventually I decided that despite my non-fashionista status, I wanted to try some. Thankfully, my grandmother kindly sent me a bottle of O.P.I. Black Shatter polish along with O.P.I. Not Like the Movies.

After class, I ran (metaphorically speaking, of course. My campus is too hilly for my lazy self to actually run around it.) back to my room so that I could paint my nails. Now, when I paint my nails, I'm like a kid who can't learn to paint inside the lines. I do my best, but it often just looks amazingly awful. That being said (I figured I better give a disclaimer because I'm probably going to include a picture of it), I used Not Like the Movies as a base. It's a shimmery polish that looks pink in some lights and green in others. It's a really fun shade that has my easily amused self moving my fingers back and forth against the light to see the color change. If you don't know much about shatter polish, you first have to put a color underneath it (at least I assume). Then you paint some of the shatter polish on the nail. It goes on fairly opaque, but then it "shatters" and you get the shatter effect. I'd definitely recommend adding a clear top coat when using the shatter, because it has an odd, dull finish without it.

As you can see, my polish has already withstood a couple of days of wear, and isn't looking its best. In fact, I didn't include my right hand because the thumb is literally missing half of its polish. So, am I cool enough to pull off shatter polish? Probably not. But that won't keep me from wearing it because it's super fun.

Have you tried O.P.I's Black Shatter polish or another type of shatter polish? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

College Daybreak

I'll be honest. I'm not much of news person. When I'm at home, I might pick up the paper if I'm bored, but even then, it's usually just to read the Life section. With all that's been going on in the world lately, however, I've been feeling kind of bad about my lack of news knowledge. I signed up for The New York Times news alerts thinking that I'd at least be aware of something important like a major catastrophe or an alien invasion. Instead, I got "important" news updates like "Charlie Sheen fired from Two and a Half Men." So, I unsubscribed. That's where College Daybreak came into the picture. College Daybreak provides a weekdaily news update. They post a selection of headlines, and under these headlines, they post a few highlights from the article. If you're interested in the article, you can click a link to read the whole thing.
I didn't know what to use as a picture, so I took a screencap of my inbox full of College Daybreak. Don't judge me for still using Juno. Just don't, okay? 

College Daybreak may seem like a lazy alternative to just reading the news. However, for me the alternative would probably be to completely skip the news altogether. It's not a fact I'm proud of, but it's the truth. Plus, I really enjoy reading my College Daybreak newsletter every morning. They have a good mix of fun, fluffy news and serious stuff that I should know. If you're not a college student, you may be a bit wary of this. While it's geared towards college students, I think it's useful to anyone who's not a huge news-reader. It's a free email, so giving it a shot couldn't hurt.

If you thing College Daybreak sounds interesting, you can sign up at their site:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Words With Friends Is Awesome

Whether or not it's true, I like to think that I sometimes am ahead of the game on trends. 
However, even my delusional self can't claim that to be the case with Words With Friends. After a fun fling with the Scrabble app, I discovered my true love, Words With Friends. And if you found that last sentence to be creepy, I'm going to guess that you haven't tried the app yet (or maybe you're just a lot saner than I am.) Anyway, I'm aware that my newfound love of Words With Friends is far from revolutionary. I've heard tons of people rave about Words With Friends before I tried it out. So, I guess that would make it kind of a slut if I kept going with my above relationship analogy. But, we should probably move on from that because I'm don't want to alienate you readers by being overly weird. So, what I'm trying to do is just humbly acknowledge that you've likely already heard of/played/watched someone play Words With Friends long before this review. If you haven't, let me share a little bit about it with you.

Because I'm awesome, I have pictures to go with this. Here's a sample game.

Words With Friends is pretty much like an online Scrabble app for the iPod Touch, the iPad, the iPhone, and the Droid. As you can see above, I play on my handy, dandy iPod Touch. It's called Words With Friends, but really, you can play with either a friend or a stranger. While it's more fun to play with people you know for bragging rights, sometimes I'm forced to start games with strangers to pass time while the people I know take forever and a day making their move. Anyway, it's got a couple of differences from playing Scrabble in real life. For one, the special squares on the board are set up differently. I haven't yet figured out exactly how the squares are different, but I know that they rack me up a lot more points that I can earn in actual Scrabble. Also, you don't have to count up the points or keep track of them yourself, because it's done for you automatically. Well, I normally just make someone else keep track of my points in actual Scrabble, but most of you probably aren't as lazy as me. Another difference from actual Scrabble is that you can play as to your convenience. In real life, Scrabble is normally played in one or two sittings. In Words With Friends, however, you can play whenever you feel like it. My favorite difference from actual factual (I've been resisting adding in factual ever time that I've said actual, so just give me this one) Scrabble is that you can try out words, and the app will tell you if they work. I'm always scared of the scary word-challenge in actual Scrabble, but in WWF (coming up with this abbreviation earlier probably would have been smart) you can try crazy words to your heart's content. It's quite simply amazing.

Oh yeah--this picture just reminded me. The app is free if you let them show you ads. As you can see, I'm cheap and went the free route. If you have money to spare though, you can buy the app for money (I don't know how much, and it's my spring break, so I'm not going to research) and have the ads removed. Anyway, I leave you with the above picture. It actually makes me look a lot more awesome with words than I actually am, so you can just believe that I win most of the time if you want to believe that.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

"Which seat can I take?"

If you haven't seen this wonderfully literal trainwreck of music video that's been circulating the internet recently, you should do yourself a favor (or diservice depending on your appreciation of the horrible) and check it out.