PWI: Island Colors Old Lahina and Surfing Safari

Island Colors is a new-to-me brand, because Hawaii. Cheap, too! I love cheap. (Don’t look at me that way, I’m a student.) Unfortunately, most of the colors are something I already obviously have. They do have some shaped glitters that I found interesting; and let’s be honest, I’m not going to leave a completely new kind of nail polish alone.

I almost always put glitters over basically the same base color, and generally don’t like multicolor glitters. So I picked up the deep red Island Colors Old Lahina, and the lighter red Surfing Safari:

(Does “surfing safari” say “red stars” to you? Because it sure doesn’t to me.)

I started with Island Colors Old Lahina:

3 coats, indoor lighting. Mysterious blue thumb.

Which was actually a nice, smooth creme. 1 coat was pinkish, but the 2nd and 3rd settled down to a nice, deep, not-quite-berry red.

I then added Island Colors Surfing Safari:

Look! Stars! …yeah, I don’t see them either, although I swear
they’re in there. The red is brighter because this is daylight.

Obviously, this is when things went downhill. I like my glitters subtle, not invisible. Also, the stars were a pain; I had to fish them out one by one and blop them on the nail in a puddle of clear carrier. Sometimes, this process scraped the red off part of a star. I feel like working with loose glitter would have been easier, and that’s saying something.

But the main problem is the too-perfect match to the background color. So, when this PWI is over, I may try it on something else. In the meantime, I bought two more colors, because… well, because that’s the sort of thing I do, I guess. 🙂

So far…

Update: I am color-coding this list by day, starting with Saturday.

Food tourism:
  • Waikiki beach @ sunset
  • Wandering Waikiki shopping strip 
  • Honolulu aquarium 
  • Reading by hotel pool
  • Long walk along the beach at night, with incoming/attacking tide 
  • Chilling by hotel pool together after a long outing (QK hotel)
  • Viewing the sunset over the beach, with a drink and delicious snacks (Moana Beach bar)
  • Spending time together, admiring the Honolulu skyline (Wai’olu Ocean View Lounge)
  • Saw (part of) the Waikiki Beach Hula Show, which was honestly awesome.
  • Another lovely sunset.
  • Some more time chilling by the pool and eating burgers. So nice…
  • A bunch of work 🙁 
  • Water & Dew
  • Island Girl nail polish
  • Sunscreen
  • Sarong (whee!)
  • DayQuil (sigh)
  • Feminine supplies (double sigh!)
  • Iced, canned Kona coffee
  • Flip-flops
  • Red clay baked salt (for Coopers)
  • Turkey, cheddar, milk, dew, water, bread (it’s time!)
  • More nail polish
  • Postcards and stamps
Upcoming super interesting food reservations: 3
Books read: 4? 5?
Schlocky-fun books read: see above

Sick husbands: 1 🙁 🙁 🙁

Hotel: tiny room, very clean, excellent pool & poolside bar
Ocean view from hotel: yes (still!)
Devoted bloggers made ecstatic: 1! still! ecstatic!

Honolulu is not about nail polish! Or advisors or jobs or anything!!

Good grief there’s a lot going on in my life. I’m up to 3.5 job interviews (3 scheduled, plus a phone screening and we’ll see if they call me back). Medical fun-and-games (capital-T-Trying) proceed apace. (fingers crossed…) Health of the ancient declining feline continues to decline.

My advisor yelled at me this morning (with followup more-yelling email 12 hours later), and I am like 95% certain that if he had listened to what I was trying to say it wouldn’t have happened. So I’m kind of seethe-y, which isn’t actually fun. I feel like I have so many things on my stack and so few hours right now.

None of which is fun! That is like the definition of anti-fun! So let’s not talk about it. Let’s talk about Honolulu instead. Honolulu is definitely, definitely fun!

Diamond Head volcanic tuff cone, and a catamaran we’ll probably be
taking out to go snorkeling to see fish and sea turtles. Sea turtles, people. 

We (me and husband) are going to Hawaii! 😀 Not for very long, and not at a very good time. I’m frantic, he’s frantic, antique cat is declining, yada yada yada… but there’s never a good time. Never. The last (and only!) time we’ve gone someplace just us two was on our honeymoon. So… we’re going, poorly timed, poorly planned idea and all.

Not surprisingly given the lead-in, this wasn’t really “planned” or whatever. Just before the holidays, United sent email saying our (many) frequent flier miles were going to expire shortly. Once I investigated, I found out that United was planning to gut their rewards chart in January anyway, and those miles would subsequently become worth a lot less.

Also, Seattleites go to Hawaii. It’s, like, a thing. It makes sense; the non-stops from here are fairly quick and comparatively cheap, and when the sun hasn’t come out in a hundred years it gets very tempting. Since we’ll probably leave Seattle about 3.6 minutes after I graduate, we’re running out of time.

Plus, did I mention, Honolulu?

Fishes! Fishyfishyfishes! Probably we will see some very similar to these
fishes because we are going snorkeling which I might have mentioned!

So on about two hours notice, and without talking to my husband (not recommended), I booked us some mostly-paid-for United tickets. (Much more recently, I blew probably 10 years and 3 continents’ worth of miles to get a hotel room for four days. Uh… yeah… if you go to Hawaii in January or February? Book rooms way ahead of time. No competent adult needs to be told this… but, but, I was busy…. sigh.)

But as far as I am concerned, this is going to be the best thing ever.  We’re staying in the Queen Kapiolani; according to the internet, it’s old and dated, but very clean and friendly, and the location is amazing. (Here are some less biased pictures. Still looks great to me, to be honest.)

Now, per my usual Research All The Things approach (and spurred on by husband’s unexpected excitement), I’m trying to figure out what we will do there! Snorkel. Eat. Hang out. Wear a lot of sunscreen. But look for detailed updates that are not about nail polish, because, Honoooluuuuluuuuuuuuu!

(What can I say? I’m a student. This is a once-in-my-lifetime-so-far event…)